Vaclav Havel, RIP

The great anti-communist dissident, writer, and politician Vaclav Havel is dead at the age of 75.

From Matt Welch's great 2003 profile, Velvet President:

Like Orwell, Havel was a fiction writer whose engagement with the world led him to master the nonfiction political essay. Both men, in self-described sentiment, were of "the left," yet both men infuriated the left with their stinging criticism and ornery independence. Both were haunted by the Death of God, delighted by the idiosyncratic habits of their countrymen, and physically diminished as a direct result of their confrontation with totalitarians (not to mention their love of tobacco). As essentially neurotic men with weak mustaches, both have given generations of normal citizens hope that, with discipline and effort, they too can shake propaganda from everyday language and stand up to the foulest dictatorships.

Unlike Orwell, Havel lived long enough to enjoy a robust third act, and his last six months in office demonstrated the same kind of restless, iconoclastic activism that has made him an enemy of ideologues and ally of freedom lovers for nearly five decades.

Read the whole thing.

Reason on Havel.

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  • ||

    There is a saying that goes to live in a totalitarian country and retain even the most basic morality takes extraordinary courage. Havel did more than even that.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: John,

    Indeed. One of my many heroes, even if imperfect. I am truly sorry to see him gone.

  • Alan||

    Requiescat in pace: Vaclav Havel, Christopher Hitchens, Cesaria Evora.

    The world is a little poorer for these losses.

  • ||

    I hadn't heard that about Evora. That is a shame.

  • ||

    OK. Who is the third shoe to drop?

  • Paul||

    Lenny Dillwater of Jackson, tn, essayist who wrote the seminal, "Why my truck don't work so good"

  • chris||

  • ||

    He was, truly, a great man who contributed enormously to the world. This is a terrible loss. What a wonderful life.

  • BigT||

    A man of true dignity and courage.

  • ||

    Wow, OK he really did seem like a really cool dude. Wow.

    www.VPNPrivacy.tk

  • Vake||

    Vaclav Klaus was better.

  • Colin||

    He was better in a political sense, but he wasn't braver.

  • Better||

    I'm braver than them both. Come at me and see.

  • hnedka||

    Was? You do know he is currently a president, don't you? The guy is pretty libertarian (probably more than any other president in the west).

  • ||

    Haha, je to hnědka_zdrápaná? Asi jsme se viděli na d-fensovi.

    Back to English: in later years, Vaclav Havel was more popular abroad than home.

    Home, he was stigmatized by his half-hearted approach to the division of former Czechoslovakia, plus tacit (sometimes not-so-tacit) support of several political microparties whose line of thought was far from libertarian.

  • hnedka||

    Svět je malej :)

    Anyway, you are right.

    Vaclav Klaus deserves a lot of credit for dividing Czechoslovakia into two states and thus preventing Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, East Timor or Yemen situation (to name just a few). That, and for having balls to criticize the EU.

  • ||

    When it comes to Klaus, I credit him with keeping the libertarian streak of Czech mental space alive.

    Not orthodox libertarian, but still one of the rare politicians who thinks (and says) that the state should mostly leave the citizens alone.

    Not sure who will carry this banner in younger generation, though. Petr Mach lacks the steam.

  • Department of Conformity||

    Off Topic:

    All you free thinkers are fucking mental!

    http://www.offthegridnews.com/.....l-illness/

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Old AND lame.

  • Department of Conformity||

    Combine it with the NDAA and FEMA camps clinics.

    Now, we are talking, boys and girls.

  • fish||

    Slavers always fall back on the same tactics. Change the language, play the guilt/race card, hate the planet, anti-science....whatever! If we write it down in a document it must be true.

  • Colin||

    I once briefly met him when I lived in Prague. Not a perfect man, but a good one.

  • GILMORE||

    me too! i wasn't living there, just visiting in 1992, but he walked into a bar we were in, got a pint, and walked around shaking hands and making small talk. at first i was like, 'who's *this* guy'?.... they're like , "The president"... President of What? .... The Country.

    I was too, "you're fucking kidding me" to have anything intelligent to say when he walked up.

  • ||

    And here I am, living 16 years in sight of Prague Castle and I never met him once. I knew a chick who was hit on by Vaclav Klaus while skiing...

  • ||

    You can carry guns in the Czech Republic -- the rules are really strict, but you can still carry, unlike the rest of the continent. Can you carry in bars?

  • ||

    Yeah, no problem. I've seen a lot of guys get their concealed weapons confiscated before being let into clubs. The rules might be strict, but the reality is that no one really gives a shit. Same with MJ.

  • ||

    How do you find Czech cops? Abusive, generally respectful?

  • ||

    They can be punks, but they mostly leave people alone. There's little rule of law and plenty of corruption so people get away with driving in an insanely dangerous manner but one can still get stopped and shaken down for really no reason.

    I guess generally respectful. Even when they are shaking you down they are usually nice about it.

  • ||

    Czech cops are mostly laidback and tolerant.

    Mostly, as in "90%+". They will even let guys on the street smoke pot and not harass them. Technically, it is a misdemeanor, but widely tolerated. (For a Czech, it is always a rude awakening to arrive to America and find how hellish the laws regarding MJ are).

    They don't tolerate DUI, though. The country is a zero tolerance state, and enforced.

  • hnedka||

    On a side note, according to this site:
    http://www.freeexistence.org/f.....erse=false

    we are the second most free country in the world when it comes to just drugs and guns.

  • no no||

    Same with MJ.

    I can't abide a country that would let Michael Jackson into a club. Perverts.

  • WARNING||

    Do not click on Rather's link. It's bestial pornography and stomach churning.

  • Realist||

    Because you're an idiot?

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: rather,

    Death of an artist


    Was it a librarian you would whore with?

  • ||

    he walked into a bar we were in, got a pint, and walked around shaking hands and making small talk.

    The secret police came in and interrogated and searched everyone first, right? And verified their identities and political affiliation?

  • tarran||

    Oh please!

    The reason the Secret Service does that to vet people who might have access to the president is because the U.S. is a free country.

  • ||

    I hope Reason is planning a series of "fuck yeah they're dead -- sic semper tyrannis" releases for Clinton, Obama, Bush and W, Carter, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and all the rest.

  • Patrick||

    Knowing the world's luck (Hitch dead at ~60, Castro still breathing at ~90), all those assholes will outlive us all.

  • Amakudari||

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Good link, Amakudari.

  • jester||

    So don't bring home the bacon?

  • -||

    Yeah. That's what intellectually mature people would do.

  • ||

    Celebrating the demise of petty tyrants, thiefs, mass-murderers and all-around fucktards is indicative of intellectual immaturity?

    Here you go:

    www.cpusa.org

  • Do better||

    Sarcasm is crude form of humor. You don't mean that's what intellectually mature people would do at all. You mean the opposite.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Why show any kindness towards tyrants?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    How many "intellectually mature" people will cry like three-year-olds when the Castros kick the bucket?

  • ||

    I'll throw a party and burn a portrait each of the fuckers in a drunken stupor. And I'd be wholly justified in doing so. These dipshits with their filing cabinets shoved firmly up their asses are everywhere nowadays. Why can't they keep that crap confined to talk shows with Whoopi Goldberg?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Speaking of not being intellectually mature, here's a story about how playing a song equals pining for the days when men owned slaves:

    http://www.news-leader.com/app.....1112110332

  • ||

    Butthurt grievance-mongering political-correctness-loving-nonentity is butthurt.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    One of the commenters equated the Confederate flag to the Gadsen flag.

    Stupid fucking liberals. How do they work?

  • ||

    Equated? How?

    The comments won't work for me on the damn article. Fffffuuu

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Oh, some dumbshit said this:

    You have the people who are flying the Stars and Bars, the don't Tread on Me flags all seeming to say that the southern states were somehow fighting for noble cause. The South was going to fight the civil war when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Slavery was a hot issue at the time and to placate the south it was swept under the rug but the putrid smell of slavery was still there. The Southerner went to church on Sunday and beat his slaves on monday through saturday. There was absolutely nothing noble or grand about the idea that one man can hold another in bondage. The South got wiped because their cause was scurriious.

    Gannett switched to Facebook for their newspaper online comment sections. It was slightly worse before.

  • ||

    Grade-A horseshit. Your question was far less a jest than you might have thought when you voiced it, FIFY -- stupid fucking liberals, how do they work?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I'd give it grade-AA.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Damn, hit "enter" too early...

    It's like when I mentioned the mindset of "any curiosity over the Civil War is, itself, racist" the other day... some people take it that far. And they're that stoopid.

  • ||

    Well, the Blood-Stained Banner used red and white, you know, which was also on the Union flag, so flying the Union flag is indicative of support for the Confederacy and a virulent racism that must be purged by the censorship of the state.

  • ||

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I see what you mean... yep, it's just racism all around.

    I'm going to the store later to buy some milk, which is also racist, because milk is white - oh, I *could* buy chocolate or strawberry milk, but apparently I'm too busy pining for the days of mint juleps and whippin' the darkies to purchase such enlightened beverages.

  • Fitting||

    Another beautiful tribute to the great Vaclav Havel.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Yes, he was a good man.

    Meanwhile, worthless scum like Rick Santorum and Bernie Sanders continue to exist.

  • ||

    Isn't the signature position of Rick Santorum a particularly interventionist foreign policy? Instead of "we should consider military action", it's "WAR WAR WAR IERJRPTW". He's a nonentity in this race. Bernie Sanders is pinko scum. *Spit*.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Santorum's also a xocon, and I despise socons as much as pinko scum.

    All decent people should take a similar position.

  • Ted S.||

    Does anybody else find Facebook comment widgets to be a terrible memory hog?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I refuse to use FB for political commentary. Hell, I rarely use FB at all.

  • ||

    So are we going to ban "Swannee River" now too? That one was about a slave missing the plantation.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Give Team Blue time, they'll figure out a way.

  • Jaunty Newspeak Obama||

    Give me four more years, and I'll find a way.

  • Eric Holder||

    Just give the word, Boss.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Thanks for leaving out the context.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    IMO, the point is that people get upset over stupid bullshit.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    People in that area of Missouri, are still handwringing over the lynchings that happened a LONG time ago.

    Some of them act like it just happened, and like things have gotten no better since those dark days.

    Guess which Team they support.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    People in that area of Missouri, are still handwringing over the lynchings that happened a LONG time ago.

    Some of them act like it just happened, and like things have gotten no better since those dark days.

    That may be true, but I feel that hyperbole the other way isn't the proper answer. The band director was pretty dunderheaded to not have foreseen that playing a song like Dixie, in a park with a monument to the memory of lynching victims would make some folks upset.

    It's like those Japanese politicians who act mystified when Chinese and Koreans are outraged by their monthly or yearly visits to pray at Yasukuni shrine.

    I mean, every Dec. 8th, the President could go to Arlington cemetery to pray at the graves of the crew of the Enola Gay, but there's a reason he doesn't, yes?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    My point is, it wasn't an outright in-yer-face decision by the band director, and thus not a big deal.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I get your drift, HM, and I'm not disagreeing in general... having dealt with people like the commenters on the story, though, I know how they think:

    The third-largest city in Missouri is full of inbred racist hicks, surrounding a tiny, beleaguered cluster of Team Blue stalwarts who never engage in hate speech, discrimination, or insensitivity towards other cultures or beliefs.

  • Team Blue||

    No we're don't!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I get your drift, HM, and I'm not disagreeing in general... having dealt with people like the commenters on the story, though, I know how they think:

    The third-largest city in Missouri is full of inbred racist hicks, surrounding a tiny, beleaguered cluster of Team Blue stalwarts who never engage in hate speech, discrimination, or insensitivity towards other cultures or beliefs.

    Right. Unfortunately, the band director stupidly gave them more ammunition, that's all I'm saying.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I realize that, and I posted the story based on the reactions of the Perpetually Offended to said story.

  • Gay Black Jewish Klansmen||

  • cynical||

    I guess they can cut their teeth on Kim Jong Il.

  • ||

    I just watched (finally) the Fox debate from the 15th, and it's funny how Ron Paul's answers, regardless of how retarded and loaded the wording of the questions was, were pretty clear and to the point. They're ignoring the guy because his answers are making sense -- otherwise, they'd just keep shitting on him with red herrings.

  • ||

    Joke names, ugh.

  • Brilliant||

    A moving tribute to the great Vaclav Havel. Thank you!

  • ||

    I forgot the OT warning -- sue me.

  • squarooticus||

    The only bad answer was the last one, where he started rambling Paul-style. Otherwise, he was great: a tremendous improvement over 2008.

  • ||

    I'm not even noting that one because the crap he was responding to was such noxious bullshit -- one nuclear weapon wiping nations off the face of the earth, and a rogue nation-state's possession of a single nuclear weapon being sufficient justification for a declaration of war by the most powerful country in the history of the world.

    Bachmann's getting less attractive politically by the day.

  • Richard ||

    Any Paulbearers notice that he went on Leno and said that Bachmann "hates Muslims"?

    And before you get all "hell yeah!" on me, explain 1) why he would bother attacking Bachmann instead of Newt or Mitt, and 2) whether this is really a good way to win friends and influence Republican primary voters? Can't he make a case against war without arguing that the only people who support it are racists/religious fanatics/imperialists/warmongers? Have you noticed that Paul's policy on the use of the military is indistinguishable from Michael Moore's?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    It's not indistinguishable. It's pragmatic.

    Moore's a lefttard. Paul isn't into nation-building or playing Global Playground Monitor. BIG difference.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Paul isn't into nation-building or playing Global Playground Monitor.

    And if that were all I'd be happy with him. But he actually thinks dictatorships have 'rights' including rights to nuclear weapons and is ignorant of Pakistan's duplicity and Iran's repeated attacks on Americans. He revels in it.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Well, I don't agree with his position on that, but I'd still take him over Obama.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Fair enough.

  • ||

    If we respected dictatorships' sovereignty there wouldn't be so many of them going after nukes.

    Notice the difference between how we treat the PRC and Kim Jong Il vs. Gadaffi and Saddam. You can be sure the other dictators in the world noticed too.

    The idea that we can attack any country we deem not free enough is a recipe for eternal war. Not something I'm signing up for.

  • ||

    and is ignorant of Pakistan's duplicity and Iran's repeated attacks on Americans.

    And what is your policy response to this? bomb, bomb, bomb. You seem a tad ignorant yourself, of the complications that policy has.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    And what is your policy response to this?

    Well, my policy response is to let them try to get foreign aid from their "friends" the Chinese.

  • ||

    Supposedly the Chinese are being sold on in a naval base at Gwadar along Pakistan's western coast. I'm not sure I enjoy that possibility.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Supposedly the Chinese are being sold on in a naval base at Gwadar along Pakistan's western coast. I'm not sure I enjoy that possibility.

    Why? Are you Indian?

  • no no||

    It's pragmatic.

    RP's position is not pragmatic. It's ideological. A different ideology than that of MM, but still ideological.

    RP's complaining about how the cost of military actions is just his disingenuous way to win support from voters who don't side with him on principle.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Cost in dollars plus cost in other things. Got to take it all into account.

    Facts is facts: We don't need to get into bullshit like Iraq (Bush) OR bullshit like Libya (Obama).

  • ||

    Can't he make a case against war without arguing that the only people who support it are racists/religious fanatics/imperialists/warmongers?

    He didn't make that very general statement. His statement was about Bachmann in particular, who said some seriously scary things in her back and forth with Paul in the debate.

  • ||

    Have you noticed that Paul's policy on the use of the military is indistinguishable from Michael Moore's?

    Moore supported intervention in Libya and Uganda, no?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Moore also told Larry King that food should be free.

    I'm just sayin'.

  • tarran||

    He was asked to give his impression of each candidate, and it went something like this (this is from memory so the the transcript will have some mistakes):

    Leno: Mitt Romney?
    Paul: Former governor of MA. pause for laughter He should probably go back to that job. pause for laughter Actually he's a pretty nice guy.

    Leno: New Gingrich?
    Paul: Former speaker of the house. pause for laughter I wish he'd run for speaker again.

    Leno: Michelle Bachman?
    Paul: She really doesn't like Moslems... She hates them... She really wants to get them. punching his fist for effect

    Leno: Huntsman?
    Paul: Great guy, really diplomatic.

    Leno: Santorum? He seems to be really worried about gays.
    Paul: Yeah, he doesn't like gays... and moslems. laughter

    Personally, I think anyone who gets outraged by that exchange needs to grow up.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tarran,

    Personally, I think anyone who gets outraged by that exchange needs to grow up.


    You should read what some write in Daily Caller regarding his comments - they sure don't sound adult-ish.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Richard,

    Any Paulbearers notice that he went on Leno and said that Bachmann "hates Muslims"?


    You... you... You mean... It's not true she hates Muslims?

    Well paint me naked and hit me with a stick! I would never ever suspect she was kidding when she was insinuating that their religion is really a cult. All the billion of them are cultists!

    And before you get all "hell yeah!" on me, explain 1) why he would bother attacking Bachmann instead of Newt or Mitt,


    He did - he said they should try to get their old jobs back.

    Have you noticed that Paul's policy on the use of the military is indistinguishable from Michael Moore's?


    Do you prefer it looked like Hitler's? Or Bush's, for that matter?

  • Old Mexican||

    Also, it is looking like his comments are helping him to garner more respect for him from some unsuspecting quarters:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/er.....-jay-leno/

    Do I love everything about Ron Paul? Of course not. I admit to liking him more and more the further down this GOP primary rabbit-hole we travel. Certainly watching him on Jay Leno’s show made me even more fond of the man.

    I appreciate his belief in live-and-let-live. His clarifications on his belief in state’s rights (which he noted do not actually have rights) was welcome, as were his arguments about the environment (which he said should be governed by property rights which would prevent pollution better than current regulation.)

    His notions on marriage and morality are likewise non-interventionist. It is more Christian, I think, than the shrieky attempts by his rivals to push their beliefs on everyone else through the long arm of the law. Morality is built by communities and families and harbored in the human heart. The state cannot enforce it, only nudge us in the right direction by first doing no harm.
  • El Commentariosa||

    Thank you Havel for opening up the hot women of the Czech Republic to the west.

  • ||

    They're baaaaaaaaaaaack!

    By noon, protesters had streamed into the square from all directions under cold, cloudy skies to reinforce the vibrancy of a movement swept last month from another space, Zuccotti Park, and signal a resolve against ecclesiastical leaders resisting their wish to set up an encampment on property owned by the venerable Episcopal church.

    “Everything about this movement is momentum,” said Mr. Sky, 27, an Internet consultant from the East Village. “We need to show people that we are still relevant.”

    --------

    “O.W.S. protestors call out for social and economic justice; Trinity has been supporting these goals for more than 300 years,” Dr. Cooper said in a statement. “We do not, however, believe that erecting a tent city at Duarte Square enhances their mission or ours.”

    NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Not a Vaclav Havel-worthy body in that bunch, that's for true.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    From the SF Chronicle:

    Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Saturday after they scaled a chain-link fence or crawled under it to get to an Episcopal church-owned lot they want to use for a new camp site.

    Protesters used a ladder to scale the fence or lifted it from below while others cheered them on. A man in a Santa suit stood on the ladder with others as they ignored "Private Property" signs....

  • ||

    Two words "Castle Doctrine". What scum.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    If they took over an occupied (pardon the pun) building... definitely go Castle Doctrine on their asses. That would be akin to a home invasion, IMO.

  • ||

    I can't wait until they show up at the DNC next summer.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I hope they replicate the 1968 convention.

  • ||

    And embarrass their "man on the inside"? I don't think so. They will however protest against the party that's been out of power for 4-6 years.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I hope you're wrong, Tulpa... I hope they DO embarrass Obama. He deserves no less.

  • ||

    They are going to show up Tulpa. They think they are invited. They think they own the party. The will expect a seat at the table. They are like the drunken, homeless uncle who shows up for a free meal on Thanksgiving.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Great analogy, John.

  • tarran||

    Kind of like Cousin Eddie, huh?

  • ||

    "I can't wait until they show up at the DNC next summer."

    The Occupy people are to the Democratic Party now as the Yippies and the New Left were to the Democratic Party back in 1968--at the Chicago Democratic Convention.

    Inside the Democratic convention in '68, what we call progressives, liberals and union interests were choosing their leaders. Outside, the Democrat machine that ran the city was cracking New Left and Yippie skulls.

    I don't know if it'll come to that this time, but the Occupy people are to the progressives and liberals today as the Yippies and New Left were to the Democrats in 1968. There's no way the Occupy people won't show up at the DNC this time.

    No freakin' way.

  • Rahm Emanuel||

    What's wrong with crackin' some skulls?

  • James P. Hoffa||

    Works for us!

  • ||

    There's no castle doctrine in NYS or especially NYC.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Unfortunately, you're right.

  • ||

    I know. I was being facetious

  • Maxxx||

    What is an Internet consultant?

  • ||

    A blog commenter with a business card.

  • ||

    Sourceless assertions- we haz them!

    Many of the alternatives to incandescent bulbs are more expensive. But industry executives, government officials and environmental advocates say they often last longer and save money by reducing electric bills.

  • ||

    Industry executives who stand to make a fortune off of them, government officials whose careers depend on banning the old bulbs, and environmental wackos who raise money based on scare tactics, all think this is a good idea.

    Well that certainly settles the issue.

  • ||

    There are those who say...

  • ||

    I bet you put up [citation needed] thingies on statements like "Cats have four legs".

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I have a closet full of incandescent bulbs. Mostly 60-75 watt.

    I plan on buying more.

    Fuck those clowns.

  • Mr. FIFY||

  • ||

    I knew I wasn't going to like that author when I saw they use periods in acronyms. ( C.F.L.'s and L.E.D.'s )

  • ||

    Still, industry executives say that consumers need to get away from the idea that bulbs should be cheap, disposable and assessed by their wattage.

    You stupid consumers! How dare you want cheap things!

  • ||

    "... true personal liberty ..."

    Like true Scotsmen?

  • chris||

    No Scotsmen true?

  • ||

    What if they repeal the ban? You're going to be sitting on nothing more than a bunch of miniature space heaters.

    I do think incandescents have their place, but for most applications the CFLs and other bulb tech is superior.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I got 'em cheap.

    I'm NOT going to buy CFLs. Ever.

    I'll wait until LEDs are cheap.

  • ||

    And what if they stopped making electricity? Then you'd be stuck with a closet full of things that make a cool noise when you throw them into a ceiling fan.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I'll use 'em as weapons to stave off looters.

  • ||

    Except the ceiling fan would have to be powered by donkeys or something!

  • PETA||

    Over our dead, worthless, human bodies!

  • Cytotoxic||

    for most applications the CFLs and other bulb tech is superior.

    Not if you want nice natural light they aren't. CFLs emit only across a few regions of the visible spectrum while incandescents emit across the whole of it much like the sun. That's why CFL light is so weird and unpleasant.

  • David Axelrod||

    Hey! What's wrong with being weird and unpleasant?

  • ||

    Yes, I know how fluorescent gas-discharge lighting works, I took quantum mechanics in college. But people can adjust to the discrete spectrum just fine if they are open to it and not bent on complaining about everything.

  • ||

    Yes, so did I.

    Did you also take a class in people adjusting to shitty things by being open to them and not complaining?

  • tarran||

    Yes, tulpa, darn those consumers for not adapting to the overpriced shit the government is forcing upon them.

  • ||

    I don't approve of banning incandescents, but people really would be better off if they got over the "natural light" thing.

  • tarran||

    Tulpa, you might want to consider the fact that for some people it's a royal pain:

    For example, the red cones in my eyes don't work very well. As a result I see colors differently than most people.

    The end result, when it comes to lighting that attempts to simulate white light using a couple of frequencies looks "wrong" and tires me out quickly, no doubt because the visual centers in my brain are working extra hard to sort things out.

    Now, you may say this is me being whiny, I say it's arranging my environment to my satisfaction.

  • Sevo||

    tarran,
    While I appreciate your circumstance, I think it's irrelevant in that neither you, nor I need to justify what pleases us.
    A hearty FUCK YOU to those who presume otherwise.

  • tarran||

    Oh yes, sevo, I completely agree with you.

    Just as I feel that people should have freedom of speech, even if it means they use that freedom to make quarter-assed simulacrums of Socratic questioning, I think people should be free to buy whatever bulbs they want for whatever crazy set of reasons they have.

  • ||

    I don't approve of killing Jews, but people really would be better off if they got over the "Holocaust" thing.

  • The Most Interesting Tulpa||

    I don't always approve of killing Jews, but when I do, I approve of killing Israelis.

  • Sevo||

    "But people can adjust to the discrete spectrum just fine if they are open to it and not bent on complaining about everything."

    I, for one, welcome our new CFL overlords!

  • ||

    My wife went to the center (Vaclavske Namesti) in the wet snow to light a candle for Havel--she even took the kid. I stayed home to drink cheap white wine. We all mourn in our own ways.

  • ||

    I'm not sure anyone here cares about Havel dying, but I put up some pics my wife took on my blog.

    http://praguestepchild.blogspo.....aclav.html

  • Focus, Schmocus||

    Lip service isn't caring?

  • Sevo||

    And the SF Chron says Happy Days are Here Again:
    "California's dark days of budget deficits and severe spending cuts may be nearing an end."
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/.....1MD1IH.DTL
    Al it takes is a (cough) tax 'hike' (cough).

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Are they going to implement a 150% tax on incomes over a hundred grand?

    Because even that wouldn't be enough.

  • Paulie Krugnuts||

    Only 150%?

    Greedy bastard.

  • Thomas Friedman||

    China is soooo sexy.

  • Bernie Sanders||

    Make ME dictator, and I'll show you fuckers how to do things!

  • ||

    Surely just repealing Prop 13 would be enough. That's not a tax hike it is just rolling back tax cuts for the wealthy.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    God, I hate that phrase... Pelosi is fond of using it.

    It's like a retailer saying "we're going to roll back the price cuts we put on our products". Orwellian horseshit.

  • Pretty Much Any Liberal||

    Rich people suck! Throw rocks at them!

  • Occupy Wall Street||

    Will chunks of pavement be sufficient?

  • Earth Liberation Front||

    We need to hang, Occupiers. We'll show you how to tear shit up.

  • ||

    Or Intel saying they will roll back their processors to 1994 levels. 486s for everyone!

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Good analogy.

  • ||

    Thanks!

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    From Welch's article:

    "but overall the impression he gives is that of an unspectacular man who probably would rather be drunk.

    This is one of his true gifts to the rest of us, and once again recalls Orwell's legacy. As in Orwell's case, Havel's talents seem far more the result of hard work and discipline than any once-in-a-generation gift of talent. If this normal-looking character could shake off the hangover long enough to give an eloquent finger to The Man, well, what were you doing with your time?"

    Indeed. RIP.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    This news made me remember how much of an impact Frank Zappa had on people like Havel.

    Side note: I'll never forgive Zappa's family for making nice with the Gores.

  • Sevo||

    Cause he liked to drink?

  • ||

    Awesome. "We are the 99%" is quote of the year according to someone who thinks they make that determination.

    It joins such poetic prowess as "Don't taze me bro" and "The fuck? I don't remember eating corn!"

  • Tax cuts for mllionaires...||

    ...and billionaires.

  • Chuck Schumer||

    “The very same people who don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC to limit pornography on the air. I am for that… But you can’t say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise but you are allowed to intervene in another. That’s not consistent.”

  • Roseanne Barr||

    "Part of my platform is, of course, the guilty must be punished and that we no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder. Because it teaches children, you know, that they don't have to have any morals as long as they have guns and are bullies and I don't think that's a good message.

    I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty.

    I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn't help, then being beheaded,"

  • Tony||

    :drool:

  • Max||

    Ron Pual!

  • shrike||

    Christ-fags!

  • Chad||

    Externalities!

  • White Indian||

    Privation property

  • ||

    did he actually say that? What a schmuck.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    He did indeed. The Google will tell you:

    http://sweetness-light.com/arc.....io-to-porn

    Unfortunately, the YouTube vid is not available.

  • Team Red||

    *sigh*

    We have too much freedom in America.

  • Team Blue||

    *sigh*

    We have too much freedom in America.

  • George Orwell||

    Freedom is slavery.

  • Team Red||

    Freedom is slavery.

  • Team Blue||

    Freedom is slavery.

  • ||

    OT: Tell a Yankee there are people in the south that don't sound like that dude from America's Got Talent, like this guy: http://web.ku.edu/~idea/northa.....abama1.mp3

    and their heads will explode

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Unfortunately, everyone from Boston sounds like this.

  • Random Stoopidity||

  • Need a Cool Name||

    That made my eyes bleed.

  • ||

    Threadjack

    "Dear Leader" is dead!

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/.....-says.html

    Once that sick regime collapses, I hope they make a urinal out of his mausoleum. (One with many, many stalls.)

  • Cytotoxic||

    Third shoe drops?

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