Real Deals

You may disagree, and you're welcome to point me to other sources (there's only about a half-dozen political blogs I read with any regularity), but I think my approach to Paul's candidacy, at least in my mind, has been somewhat unique (up to now). I've made no predictions on his chances, and still I remain skeptical about them. The two most common approaches I see from other enthusiasts is the positive-thinking approach ("we're going to…Read More

Fuck Obama and His Stupid Bitch

[Note: This post has been edited from it's original version to remove time, place and circumstance information, for personal reasons.] There; I said it. Indicative of my level of frustration, I guess. Yesterday, I endured -- for a short time -- being lied to by the wives of the presidential candidates on some teevee program. It was such utterly contemptible, pandering and rotten bullshit that it always makes me wonder what world I live in,…Read More

Shrug

I've had this entry of Billy's marked "keep as new" in my RSS reader for too long, so finally this morning took to watch the two clips (Part I; Part II) which total about 15 minutes. Here's some of my own recent thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Atlas Shrugged, which has sold 30 million copies worldwide in a dozen languages. As to the video, Part II is the more important and…Read More

Random Bits

For the first time ever, Mick, Keith, Ian and Charlie made a buck off me. I went ahead and bought the 1971 Sticky Fingers album on iTunes which is probably their album with the most tracks I like. Here's my favorite, Can't You Hear Me Knocking. The guitar work sounds pretty simple to me (for those who know what they're doing, of course), but I like whatever effect he's using, the seeming kinda discord, and…Read More

Experts

First, the bafflement. You can file this under the "nobody could have predicted," category. "Everyone -- the staffers in the other campaigns, the bigwig political observers in the state -- is scratching their heads. They don't know what to make of this Ron Paul phenomenon," Smith said. Next, the irony. These "experts" were lopsided: on the occasions when they were right, they attributed it to their depth of understanding and expertise; when wrong, it was…Read More

Are There Enough Thinkers?

Doubtful; very doubtful Go ahead and take up one of Paul's principled stands and make an argument against it (I'd agree with some of the good ones), but please try to not be fooled enough to tell me or anyone that a Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Giuliani, Thompson, Romney, or McCain are doing anything but posturing in order to try and strike the right balance. You can verify it for yourself: Paul says exactly what he…Read More

They Just Don’t Get It

"Inspired" by Paul's Nov 5th money bomb that raised $4.2 million from about 38,000 contributors, Huckabee, Thompson, and Obama (or their supporters) figured that, well, if they can do it, why can't we? Huckabee bombs at $223k on Nov 20th. Paul out raised him even without a "bomb" on that day. Thompson bombs with only 82 pledges as of that writing, but his campaign is apparently not as transparent as Paul's, so their results will…Read More

Happy Fucking Thanksgiving

Give thanks today. What a wonderful "Land of the Free" we've created for ourselves. Utah highway patrolman John Gardner tasers motorist Jared Massey over a speeding ticket dispute (in view of his wife). More details here. You're welcome to draw your own conclusions, but to my mind, the hallmark of civilization -- a polite, civilized society -- is defined most by its general restraint on the use of force -- it massively outweighs everything else.…Read More

Recession?

First one must understand that "recession" is a contrived economic term with a technical definition: negative GDP or real growth over two or more successive quarters. You're likely to have a hard time seeing that pointed out in any of the quotidian "news" you're exposed to. On the other hand, nobody needs an economic definition to feel or experience being financially squeezed. On the other other hand, if you're feeling squeezed, is it really because…Read More

Rapsodia

Alright, listen: I was an Andrea Bocelli fan before anyone who currently cares about him in America had even heard his name -- or most, anyway. I'm just sayin'. Here's my favorite number, which, naturally, is nowhere near any of his popular tracks. I love the way is starts of slow and just builds and builds. No idea what the video is all about. This was the only instance of it on YT -- unlike…Read More

Well…

First off, I really don't care about Jeffs, and I personally loath that whole racket they've got going. But 10 years to life for "forcing a 14-yr-old to marry her 19-yr-old first cousin?" How does one "force" people to marry, presuming that means we're talking about something more than a 10-minute ceremony where two people are tied to adjoining telephone polls. And when it comes to conjugation, one's imagination runs pretty wild imagining how Jeffs…Read More

Stem Cell Rationality

I really do welcome the news, but, in a rational world: Owners of several-cell human embryos, who don't value them as "babies," would sell them to scientists -- who also don't value them as "babies" -- who would then conduct research to develop useful technologies to help real, actual babies and other real, actual human beings and hopefully make billions for themselves in the process. Owners of skin cells, who may or may not value…Read More

“…to experience freedom in our time.”

Listen for that, and consider the implications -- especially for those under perhaps about 35 years of age. Could it be that, here in America, there exists young people who've grown up and do not know what freedom is? And the only reason they would not know, is that they've never really felt it in a classic, American sense? So, just ask yourself: how long did you expect they could be lied to? How long…Read More

Paul’s Campaign Responds to Charen

Other than a few really annoying typos (Communications Director?), this is exactly the sort of thing I like to see. Simple, direct, straightforward, to-the-point; and completely devoid of double-talk, euphemism, innuendo, wiggle room, grandstanding, appeals to emotion, authority (other then the Constitution), patriotism and every other insulting device used in virtually every communication out of a campaign in the last 50 years at least. Additional background, here. You know, all one need do is read…Read More

The Taxman

Bruce McQain really does a good job filling you in on what you're up against, assuming you're in the top 50% of income earners in the U.S. And let's face it: if you're even trying, top 50% aint that tough. Read the whole thing, and the Walter Williams piece that underlies it, too. I've been saying it for years: the chief objective of practical politics (I'm not going to make any useless distinctions: politics. period.)…Read More

Duh

Johah Goldberg's punchline : But there's something weird going on when Paul, the small-government constitutionalist, is considered the extremist in the Republican Party while Huckabee, the statist, is the lovable underdog. It's even weirder because it's probably true: Huckabee is much closer to the mainstream. And that's what scares me about Huckabee and the mainstream alike. You can read the rest of the article to find out why, but what it really comes down to,…Read More

“Land of the Free” Update

Don and Susie Kirlin buy a piece of property in Boulder, CO in 1980, and last year finally decide to build their dream house on it. Not so fast. Former Boulder District Judge, Boulder Mayor, RTD board member - among other elected positions - Richard McLean and his wife, attorney Edith Stevens, used an arcane common law called "adverse possession" to claim the land for their own. And they were successful. They had developed an…Read More

My Inner European

Not really a big surprise, as I speak the language and used to live there. I could have gone different ways on a number of those questions, though. Got this via Bruce. Your Inner European is French! Smart and sophisticated. You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so. Who's Your Inner European?Read More