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Great News for Libertarian Journalism: Contributing Editor Glenn Garvin Gets Col in Miami Herald

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Longtime Contributing Editor Glenn Garvin (read his Reason oeuvre here) is now a columnist on the opinion page of the Miami Herald. Read a story about him here. And read his first col below:

There's a reason that English is the most widely spoken language on the planet: It's the most highly adaptable, capable of evolving to meet new needs in the blink of an eye. For example: Just last year, offering mortgages at a cheaper-than-market teaser interest rate with little or no money down was known as "predatory lending." But conditions changed—specifically, the party occupying the White House—and now we call that style of lending "national policy."

The new definition was provided by Predator-in-Chief Barack Obama last week while making his daily announcement of a new bailout plan, this one for homeowners who took on mortgages they can't afford during banking's go-go days earlier this decade. Offering them cheaper new terms on their loans—at taxpayer expense, of course—will help us bolster "those core values of common sense and responsibility, those are the values that have defined this nation," Obama said.

Only churlish Language Nazis would quibble with those bold new definitions of common sense and responsibility, much less note the extraordinary resemblance between Obama's mortgage-lending practices and those of the reptilian bankers he denounced so often during his presidential campaign.

Whole thing here.

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  1. “Predator-in-Chief” is an awesome job title.

  2. “Predator-in-Chief” is an awesome job title.

    If only Barack could live up to Clinton’s example. I would so love a sex scandal from him. It would implode his supporter’s minds, and man, if it got racial, I don’t think I could handle the entertainment.

  3. Only churlish Language Nazis would quibble with those bold new definitions of common sense and responsibility, much less note the extraordinary resemblance between Obama’s mortgage-lending practices and those of the reptilian bankers he denounced so often during his presidential campaign.

    New band name: The Churlish Language Nazis

  4. Don’t you get it? When evil reptilian bankers make cheap loans to people of questionable means, it’s for the wicked, wicked profit motive. When Our Benevolent Government makes cheap loans to people of questionable means, it’s to support the financial health of the nation! Clearly you are just a dead-ender hanging onto a thoroughly discredited philosophy if you cannot see this. You’ll be scheduled for a seat in the next political re-education camp, I’m sure.

  5. Anyway, forget the presidency — i’m’a get “Predator-in-Chief” put on my next batch of business cards.

  6. Do you have a daughter or sisters, X? This is America–anyone can become Predator-in-Chief. I want my shot.

  7. Love the comments page over there. Highlights the binary thought process in current American politics. If you don’t like what Obama is doing, you must be the biggest Bush fan EVAR and a strong Sean Hannity devotee to boot.

    I don’t know when everyone became convinced that politics was a simple two-sided discussion between opposing teams, but it’s annoying.

  8. “Print is dead.” — the Harold Ramis character in Ghostbusters

  9. If you don’t like what Obama is doing, you must be the biggest Bush fan EVAR and a strong Sean Hannity devotee to boot.

    You forgot RACIST!!!

  10. Epi, i’m thinking more in terms of meat acquisition and consumption. I’m happily married and ain’t need to get into the other values of “predatory.”

  11. Epi, i’m thinking more in terms of meat acquisition and consumption. I’m happily married and ain’t need to get into the other values of “predatory.”

    Yeah, but I’m not. I mean, you go ahead and “consume” all the “meat” you want, and if your “wife” is “ok” with that, good for you, Senator Craig.

  12. What is up with that picture? Did they colorized an old picture of Hemingway with MS Paint?

    The Old Man and The Sea and His “Colour From Outer Space” Sweater

  13. The Old Man and The Sea and His “Colour From Outer Space” Sweater

    How come libertarians always get associated with eldritch horrors from beyond space-time?

  14. The Elder Gods want it that way.

  15. Aren’t there laws against “predatory ruling?”

  16. Lovecraft wrote about predatory ruling.

  17. Good collumn. Not profound, but he makes his point well without sounding partisan.

  18. So that makes Hit & Run, what, little more than a cachinnating chorus of frog-monsters? Well, it explains Episiarch, anyway.

  19. X,

    I think of him more as a Fungi From Yuggoth.

  20. Episiarch,

    Is that a racist comment?

  21. Is that a racist comment?

    It is if I can use it against NutraSweet and Xeones.

  22. SugarFree, you are a wealth of informative and entertaining links.

    Still, i kind of always pictured him as having the Innsmouth look, you know?

  23. The common stinkhorn mushroom was given the botanical name Phallus impudicus, which translates to “shameless penis.” And it shows up without warning, growing out of an egg-shaped mass in the ground to 10 inches long in less than a day

    Sounds about right.

  24. So, more like this, then.

  25. Aren’t there laws against “predatory ruling?”

    Laws are for prey, silly.

  26. Obama is absolute scum.

    I guess the one thing we can look forward to is government looking even worse after all the Obama kool-aid drinkers realize that he is worse than Bush.

    No more Affirmative Action.

  27. Sounds about right.

    According to Wikipedia, it’s edible and despite its foul odor, is eaten regularly in France and Germany.

    They can’t tell the difference with Epi.

  28. Epi, you forgot the end of that sentence: …and then oozes a foul-smelling slime from its tip. Dude, they have drugs for that.

    SugarFree: Pretty much, yep.

  29. They can’t tell the difference with Epi.

    What can I say? European chicks dig me.

    Dude, they have drugs for that.

    Do you take anything for your herpes and crabs? No? Then I don’t have to take anything for that.

  30. “I think of him more as a Fungi From Yuggoth.”

    Funny how nature sticks with just the same few basic shapes.

  31. Good article and what Reinmoose said.

    Also, between SugarFree talking about Elder Gods and the discussion of stinkhorn, not to mention a Fallout 3 thread, I just want to play Oblivion now.

  32. Stinkhorn Cap

    Damage Health
    Restore Magicka
    Water Walking
    Invisibility

  33. Oblivion was fun. Can’t believe the man-years I put into playing it. Couldn’t get away with that these days, with an infant running the house.

  34. “Predator-In-Chief”

    Garvin obviously knows that referring to a black man as a predator is….RACISM!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Garvin obviously knows that referring to a black man as a predator is….RACISM!!!!!!!!!!

    Next he’ll have a cartoon with a dead shark (black tip..obviously) and two cops for Sharpton to carry on about.

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