CIA Gets Looser Drone Rules, TSA Defends Tyke Pat-Down, Miami Finds Missing Car Fleet: P.M. Links


  • And each car has the same Taylor Swift CD jammed in the player.

    Not content with providing firearms to Mexican drug cartels, the ATF also sent them an assortment of fine hand grenades.

  • An EPA official is in full-on CYA mode after taking flack for vowing to use regulatory powers to "crucify" oil and gas companies.
  • Privacy advocates may worry about the civil liberties implications of the CISPA cybersecurity bill, but in Congress, the battle is between CISPA supporters and backers of a similar, competing bill.
  • Officers "followed proper screening procedures," the TSA insists, defending the detention and pat-down of a four-year-old girl.
  • The CIA has been given a free hand to use drones in Yemen, even when the identity of those who might be killed is unknown.
  • Argentina's seizure of the YPF oil company came after a seemingly concerted campaign to lower the company's value, and risks alienating the investors needed to expand production.
  • Miami-Dade county recently found something it had misplaced — 298 unused vehicles purchased brand-new in 2006-2007.

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    1. This should pretty much be the default first comment for every H&R post.

  1. Not content with providing firearms to Mexican drug cartels, the ATF also sent them an assortment of fine hand grenades.

    How long until government agents get those back in the form of shrapnel?

    1. In a country which is moving downhill the fraction of stupid people is still equal to a; however in the remaining population one notices among those in power an alarming proliferation of the bandits with overtones of stupidity (sub-area B1 of quadrant B in figure 3) and among those not in power an equally alarming growth in the number of helpless individuals (area H in basic graph, fig.1) Such change in the composition of the non-stupid population inevitably strengthens the destructive power of the a fraction and
      makes decline a certainty. And the country goes to Hell.

      The Basic Laws of Stupidity still apply.

  2. Officers “followed proper screening procedures,” the TSA insists, defending the detention and pat-down of a four-year-old girl.

    If only my internal policy of punching you in the face shielded me from the legal repercussions of punching you in the face.

    1. So you mean your policy of “Fuck you, that’s why” probably wouldn’t fly?

    2. “There was no common sense and there was no compassion,” Croft said. “That was our biggest fault with the whole thing – not that they are following security procedures, because I understand that they have to do that.”

      Well that answers my question from the other day when Sullum posted this.

      1. Snowflakes!

      2. The last thing I’d want someone to be experiencing while sticking their hand into my 4-year-old’s butt crack is compassion.

      3. Re-posting, slightly edited, from a similar comment made in Morning Links:

        not that they are following security procedures, because I understand that they have to do that


        *Directed toward Croft, not Sparky.

        1. I was saying the same thing to myself yesterday when I read Sullum’s article. I had questioned whether the parents were this type and were only pissed because it was their daughter.

          1. I feel sort of silly now, because, giving her the benefit of the doubt, I had thought perhaps she was just incredibly frazzled at the moment.

    3. They are completely out of fucking control.

  3. The Obama-appointed Environmental Protection Agency official who explained that the agency uses a “crucify them” enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies apologized for his comments on Wednesday night.

    “I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,” Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller. “It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws. I am and have always been committed to fair and vigorous enforcement of those laws.”

    So the problem was the offensive terminology, not the offensive policy?

    1. This administration is really, really bad at non-apology apologies.

    2. I can’t stand this guy or the goons he works for but I’ve got to tell you, I find it kind of hard to argue with the policy. It is basically throw the book at one or two of them (law-breakers) and you’ll catch the attention of the lot of them.

      1. I’ve got a problem with the “making an example” theory of regulation. Punishments should fit the crime, and regulatory actions shouldn’t be taken against some but not others.

      2. Depends how the one or two are selected. If the criterion is how bad the violation is, OK. If it’s how much they donated to BO’s campaign, not OK.

        1. No way, no how, that kind of discretion is safe. Because that latter reason is a factor, whether they acknowledge it or not.

          1. Al Armendariz is undoubtedly a douche, but the logical way to proceed with any program – public or private – is to start with the worst problems that you can easily solve.

            eg: If you are collecting debts, you start with the biggest loans that can be recovered with the least effort.

            1. Arbitrary and capricious. Let’s nail somebody we don’t like among those committing the same offense. But tell the world that they were the worst offender.

        2. Me today, you tomorrow.

  4. Croft said that for the first few nights after coming home, Isabelle had nightmares and talked about kidnappers. She said TSA agents had shouted at the girl, telling her to calm down and saying the suspect wasn’t cooperating.

    “To a 4-year-old’s perspective that’s what it was to her because they didn’t explain anything and she did not know what was going on,” Croft said. “She saw people grabbing at her and raising their voices. To her, someone was trying to kidnap her or harm her in some way.”

    Well, that’s what she gets for trying to fly through the government’s air.

  5. The county “discovered” this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.

    What happens to a Prius when its batteries no longer hold a charge? Anyway, maybe they weren’t lost, maybe it was just that no county workers wanted to sign any out.

    1. Hey, take it easy, dude. You have a lot to say, I can see, but you’ve never faced the no-win scenario, have you.

      1. I don’t believe in the shut-your-mouth scenario.

        1. When you talk, hours seem like days.

          1. You’ve managed to insult everyone else, but like a poor insulter you keep… missing… the target.

            1. At least I knew enough to tell Warty that how we face the PM Links is at least as important as how we face a Cavanaugh post.

              1. What about your mom’s face? It’s buried in my ass, so fuck off if you need it.

                1. I don’t need it right now, but thanks for asking.

              2. Episiarch, although your abilities intrigue me, you are quite honestly inferior. Mentally, physically.

                1. Of course! We are one big, happy commentariat! Ah, ProL, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold?

                  1. Galloping around this thread is a game for the young, gentlemen.

                  2. That’s actually French. Either Khan was a moron–which is impossible, because his is the superior–or the entirety of Klingon culture was stolen from Earth. The evidence for that is pretty compelling, beginning with Shakespeare.

                    1. If I may be so bold, it was a mistake for you to accept promotion to Urkobold. Commenting on H&R is your first, best destiny; anything else is a waste of material.

                    2. The blog–out of danger?

                    3. Out of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, your guys are the most…dickish.

                    4. I do not believe this was a fair test of my commenting abilities.

                    5. Don’t mince words, Epibones, tell me what you really think.

                    6. A no-post thread is a possibility every commenter may face. Has that never occurred to you?

                    7. Prayer, Mr Episiarch. The Reason Squirrels take no prisoners.

                    8. If I may be so bold, it was a mistake for you to accept registration. Commanding a blog is your first, best destiny; anything else is a waste of material.

                    9. There’s a troll out there I haven’t seen in fifteen years who’s trying to bait me. You show me a son that’d be happy to help. My son… my blog that could have been… and wasn’t. How do I feel? Old… worn out.

                    10. I’ve done far worse than kill you, JW. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on… hurting you. I shall leave you as you left Warty, as you left Episiarch. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet… buried alive. Buried alive.

                    11. Well that’s simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word.

                    12. Oh, Gray Ghost…quoting from Star Trek IV, when we’re quoting from Star Trek II?

                      I’m sorry, but we’re going to have to ask you to leave.

                    13. Thought someone had mixed in a VI quote or two. And you can’t find a better quote to describe our commentariat.

                      Still, it could be worse; it’s not like I was quoting from Voyager, Nemesis, or V.

                    14. Say, that’s an option?

                    15. …….. *******GROOVUS!!!****** …GROOVUS!!! ….groovus!!!….

    2. Looking to save some face fuck up further, the county has rushed at least 123 of the hybrids into service.


      1. They could make more money selling them to douchebags as douchebag collector’s items.

    3. Someone had to know these cars were just sitting there, wherever that was. It’s hard to believe that at least some of these weren’t getting the shit driven out of them for private purposes by some savvy county employees.


    Ballon Juice needs better comedy writers.


      and so does this guy.

    2. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,”

      That line by itself is just bizarre. How the hell did a stridently selfish individualist inspire you to server others?

    3. Does joe from lowell still attend there?

  7. even when the identity of those who might be killed is unknown

    That’s OK. They’ll never know what hit them.

    1. If that’s the case, why not use nukes? Those kill indiscriminately, too.

      1. Probably just a matter of time. 8-(

        1. Guess you could merge the two. Nuclear drones.

          1. Nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed! Win win.

            1. I bet you can get those on eBay now.

              1. That’s what I was thinking. I also wonder if the Russians had something similar.

              2. When’s the next TSA convention?

                1. Oh man, you are on so many lists now.

                  1. Probably everyone here is:)

  8. McCaul also alluded to the political concerns that some Democrats may have if they choose to oppose it.

    “[W]hen the [National Security Agency] director says it’s not a question of if – but when – we get hit and we don’t pass this bill, whoever is responsible for putting it down is going to have to answer a lot of questions,” he said.

    You have to love Washington. A lot of those asshole actually believe some piece of legislation they shit out is going to do anything to stop or mitigate a cyber attack.

    1. This.

      Moreover, how many legislators know *anything* about the subject beyond using Google and “I saw something about it on TV”?

      1. I saw a Die Hard movie that explained it all. You can take over the US with some laptops in the back of a van.

      2. and “I saw something about it on a woodcut”?


      3. You’re already talking about the cream of the crop if you expect them to use Google.

        1. “Why does everybody in this town use AltaVista?!”


    Hannibal Lecter escaped from prison!!!!

  10. Sarah Silverman admits “overgrooming” for movie nude scene:…..retty.html

    1. Kirstin Dunst, now Sarah Silverman, then what?

      Jennifer Love Hewitt?

      1. I guess the 20 seconds of Dunst naked justified sitting through Melancholia’s over 2 hour run.

        1. I guess the 20 seconds of Dunst naked justified sitting through Melancholia’s over 2 hour run.

          No, no, it didn’t. Especially since I saw that scene on the web. For free. With no other part of the movie attached.

          When a good friend showed me this, I asked her, “Aren’t previews supposed to make you want to see the film, not run screaming from the room?”

          Her husband, who really liked it and insisted that she watch it with him, was rather insulted.

      2. Silverman continued: “There’s so much nudity in movies, but it’s always sexual… You never see nudity that is not in a sexual way, so this is that.

        What is this…non-sexual nudity…that you refer to?

        I can’t believe that they finally found my price for suffering through a Seth Rogan movie. Sarah Silverman neekid.

      3. I want to see all three of those women naked.

    2. “You know when [you’re] even and even and even until nothing’s left?”

      Um, not exactly.

      1. Its a shame. I always pictured her with a nice thatch. Yeah, I am a fan of foul-mouthed Jewish chicks. She is pretty hot.

        1. Well, it grows back.
          I’ve always found her quite appealing as well.

          1. Not if you cauterize it.

        2. Yeah I think the dirty mouth is part of the attraction.Jewish girls are hot.


    3. Why oh why can’t Obama just go ahead and order a drone strike on whoever thought it would be a good idea to show Sarah Silverman nude? I could actually get behind that use of executive assassination power.

  11. ‘Gaia’ scientist James Lovelock: I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change

    Old-ish news, but I don’t think I’ve seen this posted here yet.

  12. I was an alarmist

    Old-ish article, but I don’t think I’ve seen it posted here.

    1. Bloody squirrels:

      James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.

      1. look, when you’ve lost the Gaia-Guy….

        1. Seth Macfarlane’s latest hit, Gaia Guy, airing on Fox this summer.

    1. “a person’s a person, no matter how small?”

      1. No, silly me, that would have been utterly inconceivable.

  13. Last night I watch Moyers and Co. (so you wouldn’t have to). Eric Alterman was on flogging his new book on liberalism. Here’s the take-away:

    BILL MOYERS: So when the proverbial alien from Mars arrives and says, Alterman, how will I know a liberal when I meet one? How do you answer?

    ERIC ALTERMAN: You know how you know someone is a liberal? It’s because they believe in the enlightenment. It’s because they believe in reason. It’s because they follow their thoughts to their logical conclusion. And they say, “This is the right thing to do.” Now exactly what policies that leads you to is always changing and always open to argument. But they don’t say, “This is what God told me to do.” They don’t say, “This is what the dialectic of history told me to do.” They say, “This is the right thing to do for the greatest number of people.”

    So if there’s one challenge that faces liberalism– liberals today, it is to find a way to revive people’s faith in the ability of government to improve their lives. And that, to me, is the– would be the next chapter of this book.

    1. So liberals are utilitarians with childlike faith in government?

      1. They’re not utilitarians at all, since they are constantly bitching about the consequences of the policies they themselves enacted.

        1. Ah, so they’re incompetent/delusional utilitarians with childlike faith in government.

          1. You’re getting warmer. Keep going.

          2. Ah, so they’re incompetent/delusional utilitarians dullards with childlike faith in government.


    2. Thanks,, reading that just shaved a couple years off my life.

    3. I think you’re trying to destroy poor Barfman s esophagus.

      1. funny:)

    4. That’s exactly wrong. Today’s liberals are children of the Romantic movement, which was a backlash against the science, reason, etc. of the Enlightenment. And this quaint yet dangerous faith in government is totally consistent with that. They’ve learned absolutely nothing.

      1. Are you saying Eric Alterman is wrong about something?

      2. Liberal lineage runs from John Locke to today’s social contract (US Constitution). That is the problem for the LP – the Constitution is a statist document with all its representative democracy. You may not like the 16th Amendment but you cannot deny it exists.

        1. “Are you serious?”

          It’s too much of a pain in the neck to change my name for one comment but you know who I’m talking about.

    5. Well I can appreciate the irony.

  14. Officers “followed proper screening procedures,” the TSA insists, defending the detention and pat-down of a four-year-old girl.

    Yes yes, we know. Therefore, the procedures must be changed.

    1. To put it another way, following procedures doesn’t mean you’ve done nothing wrong.

    2. You know who else was just doing what they were told?

      1. You know who else was just doing what they were told?

        You mean, “followink ordahs”?

      2. Me until age eight?

  15. Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is expected to bring record price at Sotheby’s on May 2.

    “Maybe the only image more recognizable is the face of Che Guevara.”

    1. How appropriate.

    2. “Maybe the only image more recognizable is the face of Che Guevara.”

      Go. Fuck. Your. Self. Moron.

      1. Seriously, WTF? Sure, Che’s fairly well-known, but that’s like inflating the fame of his image a billion times. For instance, I imagine Mickey Mouse is far more well-known.

        1. Mickey Mouse? How unbearably gauche.

          1. Yeah, feel that for a second. The Mouse is an order of magnitude greater icon than Che ever will be. I’m surprised the hard left can live on this planet knowing that.

            1. *mickey mouse laugh*

            2. And Donald Duck gets more votes.

            3. It doesn’t count if it was made for…ugh…money.

              *buys organic free-trade unbleached cotton Che T-shirt from etsy*

              1. Jesus, Warty, you’re brilliant. How did I not think of this before?

                Che World! A theme park outside of Miami dedicated to the Argentine icon and the glories of communism. Che World will welcome angry Cuban expats and will make them part of the revolutionary ardor of the theme park.

                Each ride will introduce guests to the horrors of capitalism by being insanely expensive. Food will be served at a single concession, with queuing based on the political purity of the queuers.

                1. Excellent idea! Also, any homosexuals or other undesirables who try to enter the park will be lined up and shot by employees in fuzzy Che outfits.

                2. Of course! And there will be a second park added, showing the revolutionary future we’re headed for: Despot Center.

                3. It’s a good start, ProL, but it won’t be complete without the Tunnel Of Bolivia.

                  1. I envision multiple parks, like the ones stolen from the people by our greatest enemy, the capitalist exploiter known as Disney.

                    1. Will there be a Euro Che-World? Or is this redundant?

                    2. Sure, EuroChe! Why the hell not?

          2. Mickey Mouse: You think God is in control here? I’m in control. I’ve been in control since the ’50s, in case you haven’t noticed!

            [points to the Jonas Brothers]
            Mickey Mouse: You three faggots are going on stage,

            [points to the South Park boys]
            Mickey Mouse: and you three faggots aren’t going to stop me! I have worked too long and too hard for anybody to fuck this up!

    3. Che Guevara? WTF? Not the Mona Lisa or American Gothic or the Cistene Chapel?

      1. Or the David? Or about eleventy billion other works of art, as opposed to some photo of an evil, murdering commie son of a bitch?

      2. I was thinking Goatsie, but either way.

      3. Nice list. I’ll add Venus On The Halfshell and Starry Night.

        1. Maybe The Creation Of Adam or Jesus Christ*? Are they as recognizable as Che?

          *The white ones, not the black ones.

      4. “Sorry, Monsieur, none of those art references registers high enough on the hip-meter.”

  16. Sales of gas guzzlers rise despite high pump prices

    Sales of the least fuel-efficient vehicles grew by more than any other segment last month, even though gasoline prices were near record highs in many parts of Canada.

    1. I did my part. The new F-150 isn’t particularly fuel-efficient. Nice, though.

    2. I wonder if that is true in the US too. As I recall, last time gas was over $4, it actually knocked the F-150 out of it’s nearly permanent top selling spot as people went for more fuel efficient vehicles. Maybe people are just more used to high gas prices now.

      1. There’s also the fact that part of the gas price increase is due to monetary inflation.

        1. There’s also the fact that people still need to do shit regardless of the price of gas.

          Unless, that is, one can tow their boat or haul a load of lumber with their new Scion iQ.

    1. UNLEASH, GODDAMIT, UNLEASH!!11oneoneone

      …oh, sorry, “fracking”, not “kraken”.

  17. President Michelle Obama? ‘Absolutely Not’

    “One of the things you learn about yourself as you get older are what are your strengths and what are your interests,” she said. “And for me, it’s other stuff, that is not being the President. So I probably won’t run.”…..itics.html

    Apparently I’ve been too distracted by what’s actually been happening to have even thought of this possibility. I like the use of ‘probably,’ though. Nice hedge.

    1. So now that one first lady has run for president, we have to consider all of them as potential candidates?

      1. I can’t imagine even one of them remotely worth considering.

      2. really, First Ladies should automatically succeed their husbands at the end of their terms.

        Starting with this first lady, of course.

      3. Edith Wilson’s Corpse 2016! She already was president.

      4. Supposedly, Eleanor Roosevelt pretty much ran things toward the end of ol’ dickhead’s reign, but that’s about as close as it gets.

        … Hobbit

      5. If we expand it to First Paramours it gets really messy.

        1. I see what you did there. Well done.

        2. If you want to make it really fun, expand it to first metamours.

    2. I really don’t want to click that link and see the headline be anything other than “List of People Declining Romney’s Offer of VP Slot Grows”.

  18. College students protest debt on “Trillion Dollar Day”

    They set fire to student debt documents and held signs reading “Debt free degrees” and “Education in America: Don’t bank on it.”
    Hadi Nassar, 31, whose eight years of undergraduate and dental school education has left him $186,000 in debt, said he was having to rethink his plan to work at a community health clinic.
    “It makes me angry. It makes me not want to do what I set out to do – which was, help people, take care of people,” said Nassar, a dental resident. “That type of job isn’t going to give me enough income, monthly, to pay this off.”

    1. My brain. It’s not happy with what you quoted at all.

    2. Dentists make a lot of money. Go be a dentist, with patients who pay.

      1. Dentists make a lot of money. Go be a dentist, with patients who pay.

        Yep. And volunteer a few hours a week at that community health clinic if you wannna get your pro bono on.

        His whineification falls on deaf ears with me.

    3. Anyone who’s 31 should have outgrown the urge to work at a “community health clinic” a long time ago. “Oh no, I have a DDS, how am I ever going to pay off my student loans?” Fuck you, do-gooder.

      1. Anyone who’s 31 should have outgrown the urge to work at a “community health clinic” a long time ago. “Oh no, I have a DDS, how am I ever going to pay off my student loans?” Fuck you, do-gooder.


        It isn’t that he hasn’t the proper training needed to make the money he needs in a field that can be highly lucrative to most, it’s that he’s willfully choosing to do everything possible to not do what he needs to do to pay back his loans.

    4. Problem: Your dream job is regulated and you need 8 years of post-high school education to be get a license, which is cost-prohibitive.

      Solution: Pile up debt anyway, then whine until the government “fixes” it for you.


    5. Here is a solution Hadi: get a job at a dentistry practice with customers that can pay, and then use your free time to volunteer at free clinics. Don’t demand the government bail you out.

      1. No, the only way he can “help” others is if you pay for it, duh.

      2. But his free time is just that: his. You don’t expect him to donate it free of charge do you?

        Of course don’t point out to him (or others like him) how capitalistic their own behaviors really are. Their tiny little brains will explode.

    6. I’ve dealt with med students and residents just like this puddle of drool.

      1. Please tell me that you give them forced tracheotomies and then fuck their throatholes.

      2. Same, far too many.

    7. my dentist has a rather large house on the lake, along with a nice boat. He is not a poor man. Of course he has to look in people’s mouths all day…

  19. “And each car has the same Taylor Swift CD jammed in the player.”

    She’s a better writer than anyone on Reason’s staff, which is why she makes millions more a year than all of the Reason writers combined.

    1. Dude, you can White Knight all you want, but she’s still not going to sleep with you.

      1. Well duh. I just find it funny because what I wrote is true.

  20. An EPA official is in full-on CYA mode after taking flack for vowing to use regulatory powers to “crucify” oil and gas companies.

    The funny stuff comes after when the usual flock of Obama apologists engage in obfuscation. The disturbingly contorted faces they display while trying to dismiss this guy’s comments as “not describing how the government agency really works” are testament to the impossible task they set upon themselves. Bring your popcorn.

    1. Kind of like how Maxine Waters said that “this liberal” would nationalize the oil industry if oil companies would not lower prices. Nothing better than when a liberal makes a Freudian slip.

  21. As much as I hate the NY Rags, I hate the idea of the Ottawa Senators as being “Canada’s Team” for the next 2 weeks.

  22. Only Bernie Eccelstone could get the French Government to pay him money to race at a track he owns.

    1. Holy fuck. That guy could sleaze his way into the Vatican and make money by convincing them they need him as a rabbi for their kosher certification.

    2. Damn, Bernie deserves an extra monocle for that. Just like football stadiums in the US, European governments seem to regard hosting an F1 race as some sort of prestige thing. And they don’t mind fleecing their subjects to get their prestige.

  23. Is your head still not exploded enough for one day?
    Read the comments

    1. Just the headline was enough. You couldn’t pay me enough to wade into the ocean of stupid that surely awaits in the comments.

    2. Please make it stop.

    3. When I was in college, something akin to that headline was being used by a guy drumming up petition signatures to get the Green Party on the ballot.

    4. Okay, some of the comments are pretty funny, e.g.:

      They’re looking forward to the day when all the impoverished folks will gladly sell themselves into slavery just to stay alive.

      that’s right, GOP terrorists, starve the children. That shows what big men you are.

      I hope every one of the republicans who support this choke to death on their next meal. How can anyone look at a child and not care if they get to eat. scumbags!

  24. Why not go out for the girls wrestling team and lose every match?

    Boy kicked off girls sports team due to dominant performance

    1. You’re not suggesting males and females are different, are you?

      1. He should have lost some games, then sued to get into the girls’ locker room.

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