Reason Morning Links: Bankrupt Cities, Maoist Saboteurs, and Pot Local 420


• As BP restarts its attempt to plug its oil leak, the White House orders a moratorium on deep-rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

• The Senate Armed Services Committee and the U.S. House both vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

• The Obama administration releases a new National Security Strategy.

• Another California city considers bankruptcy.

• The British government pledges to scrap its national ID cards within 100 days.

• Maoist rebels claim responsibility after a train crash kills at least 65 people in India.

• Medical marijuana workers unionize.

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  1. The 52-page manifesto, called the National Security Strategy, aims to draw contrasts with President Bush’s 2006 version, which centered heavily on the anti-terror fight, and began by saying, “America is at war.”

    Also, Bush’s version included unflattering doodles of the Prophet Mohammed in the margins.

  2. I like America’s new Strategy!

  3. I got nothin’ today.

      1. Oops, should have checked it first. Now I have to go find yesterday’s clip of Christie tearing a teacher a new one.

        1. Here it is:…..n-surfaces

      2. Discussed in a thread yesterday.

        1. I’ve been caught skipping class.

  4. If you know proper fucking booming, you probably a fucking pussy.

  5. The 15,000 identity cards already issued are to be cancelled without any refund of the ?30 fee to holders

    Thanks, suckers!

  6. The document calls for the United States to strengthen international institutions, to heed treaties and norms, ….

    With all due respect, WTF?

    The document isn’t binding in any way

    Oh. Whew!

  7. Maoist rebels sabotaged a high-speed train in eastern India

    See! See! It’s not just us!

  8. American As Fuck

    “I s’pose I’ll head over and treat Arizona like I treat my neighbor’s wife?pound the cobwebs out of its tender parts and leave a bite mark to tell its husband I was there.”

    1. Reckon he was too busy not being a pussy.

      1. “Ya’ think someone wants your job down at the boy touchin’ factory?”

        1. Fresh faced Nancy fucking awesome.

          1. “Ain’t nothing complicated about lettin’ a man be!!”


    2. All of the MAN COMICS are good.

      Misunderstanding at the Barbershop

      “Go ahead and shoot me in the back. If your bullets are anything like your son, they’ll stop when they get halfway in and start crying.”

      1. Even if it’s just a cardboard box that says “TANK” on it, $4.98 is still a good deal. But it’s not. IT’S A MOTHERFUCKING TANK.

        1. Flat Stomach. Giant, Giant Balls.

  9. Talk of municipal bankruptcy has not escaped California’s politically powerful public employee unions. A number of them are pressing the legislature to pass a bill that would require local governments to get the approval of a state board before filing for bankruptcy. Since the board could be stacked with union-friendly appointees, bankruptcy pleas could be rejected or delayed.

    I just wanted everyone to see the level of scum in unions who will readily take down a whole city (or company, state, etc.) just to get that extra inflated paycheck.

    1. Preaching to the choir, mr simple, preaching to the choir.

  10. If you combine popular stereotypes of marijuana users with libertarian stereotypes of union members, then unionized medical marijuana workers must be the laziest people on earth.

    1. But the laid-back attitude and surliness cancel each other out to make semi-productive, happy workers.

    2. Shouldn’t it be government unionized medical marijuana workers that would be the laziest on earth?

      1. But won’t it be worth it to see a DEA Raid team forced into arbitration?

        Arbiter: “As seen here in Section 6a…”

        DEA Agent: “I haven’t shot a goddamn dogs in two hours! How much more of this shit is there?”

        Marijuana Store Worker: “Can we take another break for snacks?”

        1. You sir sound experienced in CWA grievance meetings. I wager you have telco in your background.

      2. Wait for the disability pensions for work exposure to toxic chemicals-pot.

        “Dude I’m totally disabled like, I can’t get off the couch, you know.”

      3. Bob Marley’s birthday as a paid holiday.

        1. And Willie Nelson’s to.

          1. HE CUT OFF HIS BRAIDS!!!

            1. So, no longer a Padawan?

            1. I saw that. If I ever hear that he has given up weed, I will know the apocalypse is upon us.

              1. Maybe he got married. Somebody check his legs to see if he’s still shaving.

            2. He heard they could use it to test.

    3. If you combine MNG with a fifty pound sack of cow shit, you end up with a useless bag of shit.

      1. My wife the gardener would say you’re unfairly maligning cow shit.


    “With one lawmaker citing President Lincoln’s respect for the rule of law, the Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said, than any immigration bill proposed over the past five years.

    In a surprising turn of events, the legislation replaced a narrower bill that was passed Wednesday over the objections of Republicans.

    The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.”

    But I thought only evil gun toting readnecks wanted to do something about illegal immigration?

    1. The War on Global Wage Arbitrage (WoGWA) continues.

    2. “With one lawmaker citing President Lincoln’s respect for the rule of law

      Please tell me that was ment as a joke.

      1. I am sure it wasn’t. No one knows anything about history anymore. I am a huge Lincoln defender. And even I rolled my eyes at that one. Being a product of late 20th Century American schools, I am sure that guy could tell you all about Harriot Tubman and George Washington Carver. Lesser figures in history like Lincoln, not so much.

        1. I’d like to see you invent a peanut based version of plastic, gasoline, or nitroglycerin, bitch. Just for that, I’m cutting you off from PB&J.

        2. You do realize you just implied that people who do great things non-coercively, as Tubman and Carver both did, are less important than those whose accomplishments flow from their steering the dread ship of state.

          1. Well, that’s probably true. Most historically significant figures were fucking assholes who ruined the shit of millions, and were remembered for that accomplishment. 1000 years from now, no one will know who George Washington Carver was, but they’ll probably still remember Hitler and Stalin.

    3. It’s been a rough week for The Enlightened.
      Which, as usual, means it’s been a good week for common sense.

    4. Documentary evidence of Boston’s attitude toward brown people.

      It’s a grand old flag!

  12. I must be dreaming. Somebody wake me up!!

    May said: “This bill is the first step of many that this government is taking to reduce the control of the state over decent, law-abiding people and hand power back to them.

    “With swift parliamentary approval, we aim to consign identity cards and the intrusive ID card scheme to history within 100 days.”

    The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said: “The wasteful, bureaucratic and intrusive ID card system represents everything that has been wrong with government in recent years.”

    1. Clegg is not a fiscal conservative but on civil liberties, he has been refreshing.

      1. But the cost avoidance from dropkicking Real ID is not too shabby, especially for a libdem. I would like to see someone put the brakes on homeland security over here.

    2. Get back to me when they repeal ASBOs.

    1. Dancing Dude Holes!

    2. Cats and dogs…living together!

    3. So you DO have somethin’ today, ya stinkin’ liar!

  13. What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers ? from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee ? are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.” If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.…..r-absence/

    1. I’m going to take a broad interpretation of the 3rd Amendment and enforce it with the 2nd.

  14. A slimmed-down Drew Carey brought his Libertarian ideas on how to help save his hometown to Cleveland City Council on Thursday.…..nd_ci.html

    1. thanks for this – I was just going to request if anyone had a link just like this.

    2. What is Drew Carey wearing in that picture? Is he taking fashion advice from Matt Welch now?

      1. He must be moonlighting as an Elton John impersonator now.

      2. I think Carey’s jacket overpowered and devoured Gillespie’s.

        1. Blashphemer!

          1. One word, and I couldn’t even spell it correctly.

            1. The spelling suggests perhaps you drank your breakfast this morning.

              1. Or was is a late dinner?

        2. Perhaps the jacket is not permitted to enter a government building….like a vampire with a church.

    3. “For others, the session was a chance to bask in the famous comedian’s aura.”

      Wow, they really made it all the way down to the base on that one.

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    1. bountiful organic farms in Havana, which he says feed its 2 million residents. (Protein remains insufficient.)

      Well, I’m sold.

    2. “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could shut off the food supply to New York City, just for a little while?” he said the other night.

      Only if we can eat you first.

      Otherwise, not only no, but fuck no.

      1. Sorry, but I think it would be cool. New York City types are some of the most baleful, self-centered nannies out there.

        Along the same lines, I live not far from one of the many reservoirs up in the Catskills providing water for NYC, and wouldn’t mind turning off the taps for a day. NYC isn’t a good neighbor.

    3. Those people are dangerous. They really do want to kill us. How could you possibly support that unless your goal was to starve people to death?

      1. Well, it would be starving New Yorkers to death. And better yet, once they realized who was responsible, they would probably cannibalize everyone who came across as vaguely enviro or leftie. So, double win. I say, let them try it.

    4. I don’t think it’s quite possible to type out my reaction to that, but it would be something along the lines of:


  16. Medical marijuana workers unionize.

    Maybe now the Obama administration will, you know, follow through on its campaign promises.

    1. Not until the Marijuana Workers Union members stop eating munchies, watching Cheech and Chong movies and get off their mothers couch in the basement and start donating money to the Democratic party, knock down Republican yard signs and manning phone banks supporting Democratic candidates.

  17. As legitimization of the multi-billion dollar business in marijuana could set the stage for a growth industry, one that UFCW is now in on the ground floor of. Which could help sway other growth-oriented unions like the Service Employees International Union.

    The sheer illiteracy of the paragraph above is unmatched in human history. It’s enough to make me rape myself in the face.

    1. I’m sorry, I was reading your comment, and thought I saw the phrase “growth-oriented union”, but my screen caught fire at that point.

      1. Growth of membership, they mean.

  18. All unions are “growth-oriented” in the sense they want to increase their membership. Economic growth is a different issue; unfortunately, they haven’t figured out the First Rule of Parasitism, which is, “Don’t kill the host.”

    1. That’s the First Rule of Symbiosis.

      1. No, symbiotes provide a benefit to the host; successful parasites simply limit the amount they harm their host to get the largest benefit over time.

  19. No way dude thats like totally amazing.


  20. I can’t believe Reason doesn’t have a post on this bombshell:

    WASHINGTON ? The White House used former President Bill Clinton to offer an unpaid advisory position to Rep. Joe Sestak in hopes of persuading him to drop his Pennsylvania Senate primary challenge to President Barack Obama’s favored candidate, according to an internal report issued Friday.

    Seeking to quiet the clamor from Republicans and some Democrats over a possible quid pro quo, the White House released a report describing the offer intended to clear a path for Sen. Arlen Specter to win the Democratic nomination.

    White House Counsel Robert Bauer’s two-page report said there was no improper conduct. No one in the administration discussed the offer with Sestak, he said.

    Instead, the report said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel enlisted Clinton’s help as a go-between with Sestak. Clinton agreed to raise the offer of a seat on a presidential advisory board or another executive board if Sestak dropped his bid, “which would avoid a divisive Senate primary,” the report said.

    Sestak could remain in the House while serving on a board.

    1. Looks like they’re using Clinton not only as a bribe launderer, but also as a philosophical model. If the law against interfering with elections by offering jobs to people can be circumvented by simply using a liaison who is not himself a member of the administration (though he is the spouse of a Cabinet member!), then the law is meaningless.

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