No More Foreign Aid Funding For Defense Department's Delusional Nation Builders, Says Bill Easterly

Today in The Guardian, Bill Easterly describes how U.S. foreign aid programs have been “taken over by national security interests, abetted by delusions of nation-building” since George W. Bush announced increased aid funding in 2002:

The resultant failures overshadowed notable successes in more traditional aid programmes like health. These disasters and the neglect of more feasible poverty relief failed to sustain the compassionate constituency evident earlier in the decade.

Easterly therefore reccommends building a "firewall" between Defense and U.S. aid programs. If you're going to fund foreign aid, you may as well do things like vaccinate kids against deadly diseases or provide antiretroviral drugs to HIV-positive patients instead of throwing funding at too-grandiose-not-to-fail nation-building efforts.

Yet half of U.S. aid increases following President Bush’s announcement went to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. “Another fifth,” Easterly notes, “went to other violent, corrupt or autocratic places where ‘nation-building’ also had little chance of succeeding, such as Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.”

As Congress considers whether (or where) to slice foreign aid funding, you'd think that money for extravagant nation-building programs would look like warm butter. Still, Easterly writes, a current House proposal features smaller cuts in aid to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan than anywhere and everywhere else on the planet.

As I wrote in a recent piece about the Millennium Villages Project, George Soros et al. dropping loads of money on aid projects for a handful of African villages might improve those villagers’ lives. But it isn’t likely to lead to long-term development. Similarly, U.S. aid programs may be able to vaccinate a lot of children around the world, but don't expect them to build successful nation-states anytime soon.

Read more Reason on nation-building.

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  • Cliché Bandit||

    soooo serious quesiton (and work with me here), Could it be considered a form of Coase that the US pays off the worst kind of autocratic countries that present a threat to us? Does that aid translate directly to bribe/extortion?

  • Bingo||

    What, exactly, is the difference between the current way we deal with these regimes and bribes/extortion? It seems more like a matter of semantics than behavior.

  • Bingo||

    This video convinced me that rugby might be the greatest sport ever. (nsfw)

  • ||

    It certainly raises the sport in my estimation.

  • Bingo||

    What's the over/under on John chiming in and calling them too skinny?

  • ||

    You can't really apply an over under to this, and I won't take a bet regarding that anyway. Too risky.

    Leela: I'm having a poker game tonight with some of my old cryogenics lab coworkers. Would any of you like to join?

    Bender: I don't know. I only gamble with chumps.

    Fry: I'll play.

    Bender: I'm in!

  • I ♥ Futurama||

    Ha ha ha!

  • chris||

    I use to treat minor injuries for my college rugby team. Thrilling sport to watch, and those guys could put away a ton of beverage afterwards. Fun times, even having blood spurting on me during the AIDS fear fueled 80's.

  • affenkopf||

    League > Union

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: rather,

    George Bush did an amazing job with AIDS prevention/treatment in Africa


    George Bush, MD. New TV Drama for the mid-season.

  • .||

    DJF|11.21.11 @ 6:33PM|#
    I always find it funny when many who call themselves conservatives decry nation building in the USA yet jump on the bandwagon for nation building around the world, especially when the US military is involved. The same people who rightly think that the government can't efficiently do such work in the USA can think that it can magically be done overseas where they don't know the language, the culture, the ethnicity, the politics, the religion, etc and where the work will be done by people who rotate in and out of country for six months or a year.

    reply to this
    John|11.21.11 @ 6:36PM|#
    The reason why the military started managing foreign aid is that we started doing aid projects in combat zones. And the military was the only one with the people and the ability to provide security to do the aid.

    reply to this
    Old Mexican|11.21.11 @ 6:49PM|#
    As I wrote in a recent piece about the Millennium Villages Project, George Soros et al. dropping loads of money on aid projects for a handful of African villages might improve those villagers’ lives. But it isn’t likely to lead to long-term development.

    It certainly leads to a cargo cult mentality.

    http://blog.bhargreaves.com/wp.....o-cult.jpg

    reply to this
    Joshua Corning|11.21.11 @ 6:53PM|#
    “Another fifth,” Easterly notes, “went to other violent, corrupt or autocratic places where ‘nation-building’ also had little chance of succeeding

    So it does not work where it is needed and is not needed where it works.

    Why do we give out free tax payer paid money to governments living outside our country again?

    reply to this
    Mr. Mark|11.21.11 @ 6:54PM|#
    Nobody sane or semi-sane or capable of at least doing a passable imitation of sanity likes nation-building.

    Nation-building sucks.

    With regard to foreign-aid, though, we don't need to be doing federally-funded AIDS programs or vaccination programs, either - at least not for purely humanitarian purposes.

    Foreign aid is part of foreign policy. It should be used to advance U.S. foreign policy - to address problems that present some real danger to U.S. interests.

    So, providing assistance to a country surrounded by leftoid moonbat neighbors, especially when that nation is on your own side of the world and leftoid moonbatism has been the latest rage on the continent to the south of your own, may be something that advances U.S. foreign policy.

    On the other hand, providing gruel to kids in some far-off, inconsequential backwater country simply for the sake of helping kids who don't have food to eat, is not a wise use of federal tax money.

    That's not to say that feeding starving kids in some third-world ongoing catastrophe is a bad thing or unworthy of your money - it's just that YOU ought to be the one who decides to SEND IT.

    Not the government.

    It seems to me that many foreign governments view the receipt of foreign aid as a long term economic enterprise. It is not a means to an end - it IS the end. Being on the international dole is the entire end-state of their national economic strategy. Much of the money that banana republics take in ends up paying for jet set lifestyles of the political elites.

    People in the third world aren't poor because of nonexistent transportation infrastructure or because of a lack of water or because of a lack of hydroelectric power. People in the third world are poor because:

    - Investments are not safe there (lack of impartial judicial systems to enforce contracts and protect private property rights)

    - People are not safe there (violent crime and batshit-crazy warring factions make travel, business, or just plain physical presence on the ground extremely dangerous to utterly suicidal)

    - The social contract between governments and the governed is completely, utterly broken there

    Now, someone might say, "Hey, from eminent domain abuse to Government Motors and Solyndra, you could make some of these accusations about our own government!"

    Yep. But obviously, we aren't doing nearly as badly so far as say....Sierra Leone.

    But give us some time...

    reply to this
    Bingo|11.21.11 @ 7:00PM|#
    Foreign aid is part of foreign policy. It should be used to advance U.S. foreign policy - to address problems that present some real danger to U.S. interests.
    Yeah, no.

    reply to this
    CoyoteBlue|11.21.11 @ 7:05PM|#
    If you'd like to peruse the foreign aid budget for the 'civilian' side (which includes military training, equipment and law enforcement and anti-narco) see here: http://www.state.gov/documents.....158269.pdf

    It's interesting that just about every country on earth, unless they are on hate list, gets some kind of aid. Even semi-rich countries, like China and India, get something.

    Curing kids of polio and feeding the starving is nice, but the original form of foreign aid was bribing foreign princes and their courtiers for influence. It looks like a lot of our aid is that, under the cover of "helping" and "development" - maybe some of just to buy stability in shitholes.

    I used to work in NGO/Development-Industrial complex and I'm pretty cynical about it all if you hadn't noticed.

    Confession|11.21.11 @ 6:15PM|#
    Once, when I was a kid, I was given a chance to donate one of my Christmas presents to needy children. I didn't, and I always had plenty of presents. It was shameful, and I feel bad about it to this day.

    I contracted genital warts from a girl I slept with in college, and didn't tell my (at the time girlfriend) about it. Now my wife has HPV.

    I hate most of the regular commentators on here, and hope they die in fiery automobile collisions.

    Confession is good for the soul.

    reply to this
    John|11.21.11 @ 6:25PM|#
    That is okay. All of that pales in comparison to your vote for Obama in 2008 and your membership in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

    You have a lot to atone for son.

    reply to this
    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 6:29PM|#
    It's just rectal, John. She hates us so much she just can't stop reading. You have to remember she's mentally ill.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:31PM|#
    Chief Inspector John Clouseau |11.21.11 @ 1:59PM|#
    My instinct is this, whenever there is a white indian post there is always a rather post to go with it. One does not come without the other. That means either an evil group of trolls is stalking you for no apparent reason or you are connected to the trolls. My instinct says the latter.

    Another case solved :-)

    reply to this
    John|11.21.11 @ 6:31PM|#
    Well here we are.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:47PM|#
    Stop using my email

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:54PM|#
    Why am I talking to myself? Is it a sign of incipient insanity? Extreme narcissism? Frustrated and repressed sexuality?

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:55PM|#
    Editors/moderator, publish the above IP, cowards. Feel free to email me
    rctlfy@hotmail.com

    reply to this
    Bingo|11.21.11 @ 6:33PM|#
    We should submit rectal's story to Obama so he can use it in his re-election campaign as an example of how our nation's mental health institutions have failed this poor, misunderstood girl. Such a sad story, the social fabric of this great nation has failed to give her support she needed and now she is stuck shitposting on a comment board for 12 hours a day.

    reply to this
    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 6:37PM|#
    He could point to her schizophrenia, her bipolar disorder, and her retardation all as a reason we need universal health care so she can be hospitalized 24/7.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:43PM|#
    Oh Epi baby, where would you, Warty, SF, and ProL be without me? I define your existence.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:58PM|#
    Editors/moderator, publish the above IP, cowards. Feel free to email me
    rctlfy@hotmail.com

    reply to this
    Bingo|11.21.11 @ 6:45PM|#
    And here the HnR commentariat is acting as her substitute therapists. Unfortunately, we are clearly cold-hearted libertarian bastards and are either unwilling or unable to give her the care she really needs.

    Please Obama, look upon rectal's plight and help her get the treatment she so desperately deserves! We cannot let this market failure continue!

    reply to this
    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 6:49PM|#
    Obama, why do you hate the schizophrenic bipolar mongoloids?

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:29PM|#
    Dear Confession
    I think you would feel a lot better if you named your warts after the commentators you don't like-just an idea.
    I call #2 an epi, and my period a Warty, Sugarfree is a fart, Bake Penguin is a pap smear....

    reply to this
    Gojira|11.21.11 @ 6:37PM|#
    Tell me: do you rub your secretions all over public toilets, to spread your misery, sort of like an Typhoid Mary...only for genital warts?

    Also, have the warts grown to such proportion that you can't fit the watermelon in anymore?

    reply to this
    Gojira|11.21.11 @ 7:07PM|#
    Non-existent moderators! Publish the above IP! I'm being spoofed! Possibly by...OWS, or maybe even...illegals!

    See, it's not just you, rectal...it isn't convincing when anyone does it.

    reply to this
    DuncePhy|11.21.11 @ 7:07PM|#
    GET DOWN ON THE GROUND!!!

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:47PM|#
    Stop using my email

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 7:00PM|#
    Editors/moderator, publish the above IP, cowards. Feel free to email me
    rctlfy@hotmail.com

    reply to this
    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 7:00PM|#
    This is too funny for words.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 7:08PM|#
    Chief Inspector John Clouseau |11.21.11 @ 1:59PM|#
    My instinct is this, whenever there is a white indian post there is always a rather post to go with it. One does not come without the other. That means either an evil group of trolls is stalking you for no apparent reason or you are connected to the trolls. My instinct says the latter.

    Another case solved :-)

    reply to this
    Gojira|11.21.11 @ 7:10PM|#
    What Epi, you don't believe her oh-so-earnest protestations that she's the victim of a diabolical cabal of spoofers?

  • Confession||

    Once, when I was a kid, I was given a chance to donate one of my Christmas presents to needy children. I didn't, and I always had plenty of presents. It was shameful, and I feel bad about it to this day.

    I contracted genital warts from a girl I slept with in college, and didn't tell my (at the time girlfriend) about it. Now my wife has HPV.

    I hate most of the regular commentators on here, and hope they die in fiery automobile collisions.

    Confession is good for the soul.

  • ||

    That is okay. All of that pales in comparison to your vote for Obama in 2008 and your membership in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

    You have a lot to atone for son.

  • ||

    It's just rectal, John. She hates us so much she just can't stop reading. You have to remember she's mentally ill.

  • ||

    Well here we are.

  • Bingo||

    We should submit rectal's story to Obama so he can use it in his re-election campaign as an example of how our nation's mental health institutions have failed this poor, misunderstood girl. Such a sad story, the social fabric of this great nation has failed to give her support she needed and now she is stuck shitposting on a comment board for 12 hours a day.

  • ||

    He could point to her schizophrenia, her bipolar disorder, and her retardation all as a reason we need universal health care so she can be hospitalized 24/7.

  • Bingo||

    And here the HnR commentariat is acting as her substitute therapists. Unfortunately, we are clearly cold-hearted libertarian bastards and are either unwilling or unable to give her the care she really needs.

    Please Obama, look upon rectal's plight and help her get the treatment she so desperately deserves! We cannot let this market failure continue!

  • ||

    Obama, why do you hate the schizophrenic bipolar mongoloids?

  • chris||

    She's here husband shopping.

  • chris||

    Don't bother replying to these rants. The editors have taken to cleaning up this shit, so expect them and your replies to be erased.

  • Gojira||

    Tell me: do you rub your secretions all over public toilets, to spread your misery, sort of like an Typhoid Mary...only for genital warts?

    Also, have the warts grown to such proportion that you can't fit the watermelon in anymore?

  • Gojira||

    Non-existent moderators! Publish the above IP! I'm being spoofed! Possibly by...OWS, or maybe even...illegals!

    See, it's not just you, rectal...it isn't convincing when anyone does it.

  • DuncePhy||

    GET DOWN ON THE GROUND!!!

  • ||

    This is too funny for words.

  • Gojira||

    What Epi, you don't believe her oh-so-earnest protestations that she's the victim of a diabolical cabal of spoofers?

  • ||

    Well, of course I believe, Jim. That's why that diabolical cabal of spoofers disappears exactly when she does and all at the same time. See the logic now?

  • ||

    I made poopy in my diapers. +1 me!

  • Straw House||

    H&R is the 2nd most "popular" libertarian site!

  • ||

    such as Colombia

    Colombia? I think Columbia is a success story. I would hardly lump them in with Ethiopia or the Congo.

  • Gojira||

    Well shit, I spoofed you on the last thread because I hadn't seen you around all day, and figured it would be an obvious spoof, and then here you show up. You bastard.

  • ||

    What are you spoofing me for? What did I do? And maybe I am wrong but I thought Columbia was doing really well. It is a real country and a democracy. I don't think of it as a candidate for nation building.

  • Gojira||

    You didn't "do" anything. I just plucked your name out of the aether because I hadn't seen you in any of the threads I was haunting all day.

    I have no real knowledge of Columbia and so am not going to offer any ill-informed opinions.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Drugs, War on.

  • DJF||

    I always find it funny when many who call themselves conservatives decry nation building in the USA yet jump on the bandwagon for nation building around the world, especially when the US military is involved. The same people who rightly think that the government can't efficiently do such work in the USA can think that it can magically be done overseas where they don't know the language, the culture, the ethnicity, the politics, the religion, etc and where the work will be done by people who rotate in and out of country for six months or a year.

  • ||

    The reason why the military started managing foreign aid is that we started doing aid projects in combat zones. And the military was the only one with the people and the ability to provide security to do the aid.

  • Old Mexican||

    As I wrote in a recent piece about the Millennium Villages Project, George Soros et al. dropping loads of money on aid projects for a handful of African villages might improve those villagers’ lives. But it isn’t likely to lead to long-term development.


    It certainly leads to a cargo cult mentality.

    http://blog.bhargreaves.com/wp.....o-cult.jpg

  • ||

    “Another fifth,” Easterly notes, “went to other violent, corrupt or autocratic places where ‘nation-building’ also had little chance of succeeding

    So it does not work where it is needed and is not needed where it works.

    Why do we give out free tax payer paid money to governments living outside our country again?

  • Mr. Mark||

    Nobody sane or semi-sane or capable of at least doing a passable imitation of sanity likes nation-building.

    Nation-building sucks.

    With regard to foreign-aid, though, we don't need to be doing federally-funded AIDS programs or vaccination programs, either - at least not for purely humanitarian purposes.

    Foreign aid is part of foreign policy. It should be used to advance U.S. foreign policy - to address problems that present some real danger to U.S. interests.

    So, providing assistance to a country surrounded by leftoid moonbat neighbors, especially when that nation is on your own side of the world and leftoid moonbatism has been the latest rage on the continent to the south of your own, may be something that advances U.S. foreign policy.

    On the other hand, providing gruel to kids in some far-off, inconsequential backwater country simply for the sake of helping kids who don't have food to eat, is not a wise use of federal tax money.

    That's not to say that feeding starving kids in some third-world ongoing catastrophe is a bad thing or unworthy of your money - it's just that YOU ought to be the one who decides to SEND IT.

    Not the government.

    It seems to me that many foreign governments view the receipt of foreign aid as a long term economic enterprise. It is not a means to an end - it IS the end. Being on the international dole is the entire end-state of their national economic strategy. Much of the money that banana republics take in ends up paying for jet set lifestyles of the political elites.

    People in the third world aren't poor because of nonexistent transportation infrastructure or because of a lack of water or because of a lack of hydroelectric power. People in the third world are poor because:

    - Investments are not safe there (lack of impartial judicial systems to enforce contracts and protect private property rights)

    - People are not safe there (violent crime and batshit-crazy warring factions make travel, business, or just plain physical presence on the ground extremely dangerous to utterly suicidal)

    - The social contract between governments and the governed is completely, utterly broken there

    Now, someone might say, "Hey, from eminent domain abuse to Government Motors and Solyndra, you could make some of these accusations about our own government!"

    Yep. But obviously, we aren't doing nearly as badly so far as say....Sierra Leone.

    But give us some time...

  • Bingo||

    Foreign aid is part of foreign policy. It should be used to advance U.S. foreign policy - to address problems that present some real danger to U.S. interests.

    Yeah, no.

  • Mr. Mark||

    If you lived outside of fantasy land, you'd understand.

  • ||

    If you'd like to peruse the foreign aid budget for the 'civilian' side (which includes military training, equipment and law enforcement and anti-narco) see here: http://www.state.gov/documents.....158269.pdf

    It's interesting that just about every country on earth, unless they are on hate list, gets some kind of aid. Even semi-rich countries, like China and India, get something.

    Curing kids of polio and feeding the starving is nice, but the original form of foreign aid was bribing foreign princes and their courtiers for influence. It looks like a lot of our aid is that, under the cover of "helping" and "development" - maybe some of just to buy stability in shitholes.

    I used to work in NGO/Development-Industrial complex and I'm pretty cynical about it all if you hadn't noticed.

  • Mr. Mark||

    Why should I be forced to pay for curing kids of polio or feeding the starving?

  • .||

    DJF|11.21.11 @ 6:33PM|#
    I always find it funny when many who call themselves conservatives decry nation building in the USA yet jump on the bandwagon for nation building around the world, especially when the US military is involved. The same people who rightly think that the government can't efficiently do such work in the USA can think that it can magically be done overseas where they don't know the language, the culture, the ethnicity, the politics, the religion, etc and where the work will be done by people who rotate in and out of country for six months or a year.

    reply to this
    John|11.21.11 @ 6:36PM|#
    The reason why the military started managing foreign aid is that we started doing aid projects in combat zones. And the military was the only one with the people and the ability to provide security to do the aid.

    reply to this
    Old Mexican|11.21.11 @ 6:49PM|#
    As I wrote in a recent piece about the Millennium Villages Project, George Soros et al. dropping loads of money on aid projects for a handful of African villages might improve those villagers’ lives. But it isn’t likely to lead to long-term development.

    It certainly leads to a cargo cult mentality.

    http://blog.bhargreaves.com/wp.....o-cult.jpg

    reply to this
    Joshua Corning|11.21.11 @ 6:53PM|#
    “Another fifth,” Easterly notes, “went to other violent, corrupt or autocratic places where ‘nation-building’ also had little chance of succeeding

    So it does not work where it is needed and is not needed where it works.

    Why do we give out free tax payer paid money to governments living outside our country again?

    reply to this
    Mr. Mark|11.21.11 @ 6:54PM|#
    Nobody sane or semi-sane or capable of at least doing a passable imitation of sanity likes nation-building.

    Nation-building sucks.

    With regard to foreign-aid, though, we don't need to be doing federally-funded AIDS programs or vaccination programs, either - at least not for purely humanitarian purposes.

    Foreign aid is part of foreign policy. It should be used to advance U.S. foreign policy - to address problems that present some real danger to U.S. interests.

    So, providing assistance to a country surrounded by leftoid moonbat neighbors, especially when that nation is on your own side of the world and leftoid moonbatism has been the latest rage on the continent to the south of your own, may be something that advances U.S. foreign policy.

    On the other hand, providing gruel to kids in some far-off, inconsequential backwater country simply for the sake of helping kids who don't have food to eat, is not a wise use of federal tax money.

    That's not to say that feeding starving kids in some third-world ongoing catastrophe is a bad thing or unworthy of your money - it's just that YOU ought to be the one who decides to SEND IT.

    Not the government.

    It seems to me that many foreign governments view the receipt of foreign aid as a long term economic enterprise. It is not a means to an end - it IS the end. Being on the international dole is the entire end-state of their national economic strategy. Much of the money that banana republics take in ends up paying for jet set lifestyles of the political elites.

    People in the third world aren't poor because of nonexistent transportation infrastructure or because of a lack of water or because of a lack of hydroelectric power. People in the third world are poor because:

    - Investments are not safe there (lack of impartial judicial systems to enforce contracts and protect private property rights)

    - People are not safe there (violent crime and batshit-crazy warring factions make travel, business, or just plain physical presence on the ground extremely dangerous to utterly suicidal)

    - The social contract between governments and the governed is completely, utterly broken there

    Now, someone might say, "Hey, from eminent domain abuse to Government Motors and Solyndra, you could make some of these accusations about our own government!"

    Yep. But obviously, we aren't doing nearly as badly so far as say....Sierra Leone.

    But give us some time...

    reply to this
    Bingo|11.21.11 @ 7:00PM|#
    Foreign aid is part of foreign policy. It should be used to advance U.S. foreign policy - to address problems that present some real danger to U.S. interests.
    Yeah, no.

    reply to this
    CoyoteBlue|11.21.11 @ 7:05PM|#
    If you'd like to peruse the foreign aid budget for the 'civilian' side (which includes military training, equipment and law enforcement and anti-narco) see here: http://www.state.gov/documents.....158269.pdf

    It's interesting that just about every country on earth, unless they are on hate list, gets some kind of aid. Even semi-rich countries, like China and India, get something.

    Curing kids of polio and feeding the starving is nice, but the original form of foreign aid was bribing foreign princes and their courtiers for influence. It looks like a lot of our aid is that, under the cover of "helping" and "development" - maybe some of just to buy stability in shitholes.

    I used to work in NGO/Development-Industrial complex and I'm pretty cynical about it all if you hadn't noticed.

    Confession|11.21.11 @ 6:15PM|#
    Once, when I was a kid, I was given a chance to donate one of my Christmas presents to needy children. I didn't, and I always had plenty of presents. It was shameful, and I feel bad about it to this day.

    I contracted genital warts from a girl I slept with in college, and didn't tell my (at the time girlfriend) about it. Now my wife has HPV.

    I hate most of the regular commentators on here, and hope they die in fiery automobile collisions.

    Confession is good for the soul.

    reply to this
    John|11.21.11 @ 6:25PM|#
    That is okay. All of that pales in comparison to your vote for Obama in 2008 and your membership in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

    You have a lot to atone for son.

    reply to this
    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 6:29PM|#
    It's just rectal, John. She hates us so much she just can't stop reading. You have to remember she's mentally ill.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:31PM|#
    Chief Inspector John Clouseau |11.21.11 @ 1:59PM|#
    My instinct is this, whenever there is a white indian post there is always a rather post to go with it. One does not come without the other. That means either an evil group of trolls is stalking you for no apparent reason or you are connected to the trolls. My instinct says the latter.

    Another case solved :-)

    reply to this
    John|11.21.11 @ 6:31PM|#
    Well here we are.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:47PM|#
    Stop using my email

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:54PM|#
    Why am I talking to myself? Is it a sign of incipient insanity? Extreme narcissism? Frustrated and repressed sexuality?

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:55PM|#
    Editors/moderator, publish the above IP, cowards. Feel free to email me
    rctlfy@hotmail.com

    reply to this
    Bingo|11.21.11 @ 6:33PM|#
    We should submit rectal's story to Obama so he can use it in his re-election campaign as an example of how our nation's mental health institutions have failed this poor, misunderstood girl. Such a sad story, the social fabric of this great nation has failed to give her support she needed and now she is stuck shitposting on a comment board for 12 hours a day.

    reply to this
    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 6:37PM|#
    He could point to her schizophrenia, her bipolar disorder, and her retardation all as a reason we need universal health care so she can be hospitalized 24/7.

    reply to this
    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:43PM|#
    Oh Epi baby, where would you, Warty, SF, and ProL be without me? I define your existence.

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    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:58PM|#
    Editors/moderator, publish the above IP, cowards. Feel free to email me
    rctlfy@hotmail.com

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    Bingo|11.21.11 @ 6:45PM|#
    And here the HnR commentariat is acting as her substitute therapists. Unfortunately, we are clearly cold-hearted libertarian bastards and are either unwilling or unable to give her the care she really needs.

    Please Obama, look upon rectal's plight and help her get the treatment she so desperately deserves! We cannot let this market failure continue!

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    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 6:49PM|#
    Obama, why do you hate the schizophrenic bipolar mongoloids?

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    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:29PM|#
    Dear Confession
    I think you would feel a lot better if you named your warts after the commentators you don't like-just an idea.
    I call #2 an epi, and my period a Warty, Sugarfree is a fart, Bake Penguin is a pap smear....

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    Gojira|11.21.11 @ 6:37PM|#
    Tell me: do you rub your secretions all over public toilets, to spread your misery, sort of like an Typhoid Mary...only for genital warts?

    Also, have the warts grown to such proportion that you can't fit the watermelon in anymore?

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    Gojira|11.21.11 @ 7:07PM|#
    Non-existent moderators! Publish the above IP! I'm being spoofed! Possibly by...OWS, or maybe even...illegals!

    See, it's not just you, rectal...it isn't convincing when anyone does it.

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    DuncePhy|11.21.11 @ 7:07PM|#
    GET DOWN ON THE GROUND!!!

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    rather|11.21.11 @ 6:47PM|#
    Stop using my email

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    rather|11.21.11 @ 7:00PM|#
    Editors/moderator, publish the above IP, cowards. Feel free to email me
    rctlfy@hotmail.com

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    Episiarch|11.21.11 @ 7:00PM|#
    This is too funny for words.

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    rather|11.21.11 @ 7:08PM|#
    Chief Inspector John Clouseau |11.21.11 @ 1:59PM|#
    My instinct is this, whenever there is a white indian post there is always a rather post to go with it. One does not come without the other. That means either an evil group of trolls is stalking you for no apparent reason or you are connected to the trolls. My instinct says the latter.

    Another case solved :-)

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    Gojira|11.21.11 @ 7:10PM|#
    What Epi, you don't believe her oh-so-earnest protestations that she's the victim of a diabolical cabal of spoofers?

  • ||

    Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin
    Naal ok zin los vahriin
    wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal!
    Ahrk fin norok paal graan
    fod nust hon zindro zaan
    Dovahkiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!

  • ||

    Culture matters.

  • ||

    Take up the White Man's burden--
    The savage wars of peace--
    Fill full the mouth of Famine
    And bid the sickness cease;
    And when your goal is nearest
    The end for others sought,
    Watch sloth and heathen Folly
    Bring all your hopes to nought.

    Take up the White Man's burden--
    No tawdry rule of kings,
    But toil of serf and sweeper--
    The tale of common things.
    The ports ye shall not enter,
    The roads ye shall not tread,
    Go mark them with your living,
    And mark them with your dead.

  • ||

    THEY'RE ALREADY HERE, BROOKS
    WHEN IT FINALLY DAWNS, IT'LL DAWN IN FIRE

  • ||

    For the king!
    For the king!
    For the sake of Skyrim!
    For our life, for our home
    For Hrothgar's blood
    For the Nords and for the Gods,
    For the sole single son
    Dovahkiin, our king, who'll dawn with fire!

  • Serious Question||

    Is H&R's Episiarch the same Episiarch who was voted Most Likely to be Found Hanged, Naked and Dead in Bangkok Hotel Room?

  • ||

    Wasn't there a shitty comedy movie made about that scenario not so long ago?

  • Warty||

    +1 Epi, I guess.

  • ||

    The only "foreign aid" we should be giving any country is free trade.

    The rest is nothing more than second-hand kleptocracy. No matter where it goes.

  • blr||

    But all those savages will starve without Uncle Sugar!

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