Cato May Offer Mediocre Sandwiches (Though Excellent Cookies) at Its Events, But That's Not "Extremist"


Aren't you glad the divisive politics of the Bushitler Era are behind us? From Ben Smith at Politico, a story about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee slagging Cato as a "right-wing extremist group":

"While making today's announcement that he will once again run for Congress in New York's 24th District, [Richard] Hanna also launched a new campaign website where he shamelessly touts his ties to the Cato Institute, a right-wing extremist group that has long been a vocal advocate for extremist, unfair trade policies that would allow companies to ship American jobs overseas," said the press release.

An incredulous Cato spokeswoman, Khristine Brookes, e-mails, "Are they serious? Are we a right-wing extremist group because of our arguments in favor of gay marriage or for our criticism of the Bush war in Iraq?" The "extremist" in question in the release, she notes, is a pro-immigration, pro-trade economist who is on the site today attacking Jerome Corsi.

Whole thing, including the offending press release, here.

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  1. Ctizens United has been decided. Huge win for free speech rights.

  2. It’s the SPLC approach to politics. An extremist, racist, terrorist loving, evil bastard under every rock.

  3. Coakley loses, Krugman doubts The Messiah, and Citizens United wins.

    We may drown in liberal tears.

    1. Bathing in them shall give me an eternally youthful complexion.


        It makes your pubic hair grow wildly out of control to the point that it will cover your whole body.

        How do you think Krugman end up looking like that?

  4. Cato drinks Mountain Dew. It’s EXTREME!!!

  5. And what makes Michael Acuri any better? As if he has not made any leftist socioeconomic policy statements? Keep in mind this political battle takes place just below NY 23rd and the territory encompasses Syracuse (as in SU).

    Free trade will become an issue in this Congressional District as industry around Syracuse,NY is in serious decline or dead. Yet, I will bet, not one honest debate about the deleterious effect of typical Progressive tax and spend socioeconomic policy will take place.

  6. Yummy, did someone say cookies??


    1. I feel sorry that the bot can only appreciate cookies abstractly.

      It’s got the heart of a poet, but trapped in a silicon prison.

      1. Like a reimagined Centurian before Centurians were allowed to reason and feel.

        1. When Anonymity Bot starts talking about gelatinous orbs, we might want to get worried.

  7. Yes libertarian = extreme. What morons.

    1. Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, remember.

      1. They don’t even do that. Cato is renown for being the moderate, practical voice of libertarianism. They actually get listened to on occasion! By people in power!

        1. That’s what so odd about all the Cato hatin’. You think they’re mistaking it for the Green Hornet’s pal, and it’s all thinly veiled sinophobia?

          1. No, they think it’s run by Clouseau’s old valet/fighting dummy.

  8. What says extremist more than a belief that two parties should be able to freely enter into a contract with one another regardless of geography?

    Thats one step away from goose-stepping.

    I bet the cookies offered at Cato events have unacceptable levels of transfat in them. Facists!

    1. Facists

      If they happen to appreciate Rod Stewart’s early work, what of it?

  9. I found this quote that seems fitting (from Robert Brockway (yes, from Cracked.com, yes I think it is funny, sue me)), even though I think Shripal Shah is a man.

    “…I’m sorry, I don’t speak incompetent bitch. You’ll have to explain your fascinating, bizarre language to me. I’m not familiar with your culture. Tell me of your rich heritage of incompetence and bitchery, sing to me your native fucking idiot songs-“

    “Sir, I-“


    “Good god, sir!”

  10. I peed on a hamster once…. It’s not nice, but it’s not evil.

    It should be “Axis of Not Nice.”

    1. And don’t forget the time when you used me to party with Richard Gear.

  11. the Cato Institute, a right-wing extremist group that has long been a vocal advocate for extremist, unfair trade policies that would allow companies to ship American jobs overseas,” said the press release.

    Speaking of jobs I would like to see shipped overseas…

    Why don’t these guys just get their asses out on the streetcorners in sackcloth and ashes, with signs saying, “REPENT!! THE END IS NIGH!!”

    1. We should ship our government overseas, then rebel against them as a foreign government.

      1. I would love to hear everyone in Congress lament that “they took our jerrrbs!!”

  12. Yummy, did someone say cookies??

    I think somebody missed a turn on the way to BettyCrocker.com.

    1. Really, Hit & Run should post more recipes. Nothing says freedom like cooking.

      1. Salmon tartare:

        1 lb sushi-grade salmon
        1 medium shallot
        1-2 tsp crushed ginger
        several chives
        1 tbsp capers
        1 tsp olive oil
        tamari sauce
        1-2 lemons
        smelt eggs (optional)

        Chop salmon finely or grind coarsely in food processor. Chop shallots, chives, and capers. Mix ginger, olive oil, shallots, capers, chives, and salmon (and smelt eggs). Start adding soy sauce and lemon juice to taste. Chill and eat. Serving on rice crackers works well.

        1. Nice, Episiarch, nice. And so early, too! The capers are a nice choice.

          I’m going to forward that to my wife.

        2. And for dessert, apple-cinnamon bread :

          1/4 cup vegetable oil
          1/4 cup water
          1/2 cup sugar
          1 egg
          1 cup flour
          1/4 tsp baking soda
          1/4 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
          1/4 tsp salt
          1 apple, chopped

          Mix wet ingredients; add dry; add apple; bake at ~375 for ~45 minutes. Makes sufficient for one standard loaf pan.

        3. Gunning for the catering gig at Cato’s next EXTREME event?

          1. Here’s some ice cream to go with the pie (it’s great–had it at Emeril’s a couple of times):

            Drunken Monkey Ice Cream:
            2 cups milk
            1 cup heavy cream
            1/2 vanilla bean, cut and seeds scraped
            1 cup mashed ripe banana
            1/3 cup sugar
            4 egg yolks
            1/4 pound white chocolate, chopped
            1/4 cup rum
            1/2 cup crushed cashew brittle, recipe follows
            3 1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, about 1/2 cup
            4 teaspoons vegetable oil

            In a 2-quart saucepan set over medium heat, add the milk, cream, vanilla bean, pod seeds and the banana. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sugar and egg yolks and beat, using a whisk, until pale yellow and smooth. Pour about 1 cup of the milk and cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture and whisk thoroughly. Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and simmer gently, stirring with a wooden spoon. Be sure to stir inside the corners of the pan. As the custard cooks, it will thicken, and be able to coat the back of a spoon. This will take about 5 minutes. Remove the custard from the heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, into a clean non-reactive bowl.

            Add the white chocolate to the custard and stir to melt the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, pour the rum into the bowl and stir well to blend. Refrigerate the custard and allow it to chill for at least 2 hours before proceeding.

            Once the custard is cool, pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly freeze the custard. When the ice cream is partially frozen, add the cashew brittle to the base and continue to churn the machine.

            While the ice cream is churning, melt the chocolate with the vegetable oil over a double boiler. Stir the chocolate as it melts to keep it smooth. Once the chocolate is completely melted, drizzle it into the ice cream. As the hot chocolate hits the cold cream, it will cool and form into shards. Continue to churn the ice cream until it is nearly completely frozen. Remove from the machine and place in an airtight container. Freeze for at least 4 hours, and preferably overnight.

            Yield: 1 quart

            Cashew Brittle:
            1 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
            1/2 cup water
            1/4 cup corn syrup
            1-ounce butter (2 tablespoons)
            1/4 pound cashews, about 1 cup
            1/4 teaspoon baking powder

            In a saucepan combine the sugar, water and corn syrup. Set over a medium heat, and cook until the sugar turns a caramel color, and a candy thermometer inserted into the sugar registers 280 degrees F. Whisk the butter into the sugar, and remove from the heat. Stir the pan vigorously until the butter has completely dissolved and the sugar is a deep amber color. Add the cashews and baking powder to the pan and continue to stir quickly to ensure that the cashews are well distributed in the sugar. Pour the brittle onto a greased baking sheet and when cool, about 30 minutes, crack into 1/4-inch pieces using a rolling pin.

            Yield: 2 cups of brittle

      2. Recipes that have at least one ingredient that is banned.

  13. We should ship our government overseas, then rebel against them as a foreign government.

  14. Of course Cato is evil right-wing – everything that isn’t left-wing, fits that category. Ask Bill Ayers, he’ll school ya.

  15. Let’s ship Congress to Port au Prince; to better establish our Haitian Protectorate. We’ll give them plenty of blue plastic tarps and folding chairs. And cookies.


    1. Then try them for war crimes after we win.

  16. They tuk rrr jerbs!

    1. BTW, since I work for an evil, global corporation, still wondering how Congress (or anyone but us) gets to determine if and where we ship our jobs. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee…”policies that would allow…” Tools.

  17. The world “extremist” doesn’t mean “politically radical” anymore. The word is now used within a sentence to signify a whiny little bitch uttering said sentence.

    1. Ayup. “Extreme” = “actually has principles and disagrees with us.”

  18. I won’t entirely give up on Cato until I hear Keith Olbermann’s views on it.

  19. I believe that more than a few lefties awoke yesterday morning permanently scarred, teetering on the brink of insanity. Their beautiful world is crumbling before their eyes, and a nightmarish vision of Republican resurgence haunts their waking hours. You can see it in their faces. The look of horror has never been so beautiful.

  20. Once again, you rightwingteabagginghomophobicdomesticviolencesexistfascistthugpronaziracist libertarians are resorting to childish name calling!

    1. Enjoy your padded room, Keitho.

      1. My ratings beat yours, Conan.

        1. Conan’s ratings will be higher even during the brief interval he’s off the air.

          Just as an aside, let me note that there’s something wrong with the world when Leno can force out Conan.

          1. They don’t give out $45 million payoffs when they get it right.

            1. I’m thinking getting rid of Leno would’ve been smarter and cheaper.

              Fox is going to love Conan. Maybe with his near-infinite clout he can demand that they order 200 new Firefly episodes, buying out contracts of all the players in other gigs.

              1. Conan sucked in his early time slot.

                1. More than Leno?

                2. Grr…

                  I wrote about this the other day HERE, but take it from a professional who has been responsible for scheduling acts in the past: Conan had *no chance* of succeeding within the structure NBC provided.

                  To sum up the point I make more broadly in the link, they used a headlining act (Leno) as an opener, and instead of supporting the “real” headliner (Conan), it just split audience loyalty and made both suffer.

                  It was one of the worst (and yes, I thought so 7 months ago) ideas I’ve ever heard and goes against every common sense programming standard there is. If you have an opening act, the goal is to support, not take away from, the success of the headlining act.

                  The example I used in the article is that it’d be like The Beatles opening for Justin Timberlake. Both are famous, both are great entertainers… But they’re completely different. So which one are the audiences actually going to see? Instead of being one show, it’s now two competing shows.

                  What NBC did was a terrible idea, and simply undercut any opportunity Conan might have had to do a successful show. And besides, it’s completely ludicrous to assume that within 6 month a brand new Tonight Show would be beating out someone like Dave Letterman. These things take time. Also something that apparently Conan didn’t have.

                  Anyway… Fox will be very happy, I suspect.

              2. “Maybe with his near-infinite clout he can demand that they order 200 new Firefly episodes”

                I’m sold. Where do I sign up?

  21. that would allow companies to ship American jobs overseas

    The ingratitude shown in the common phrase American jobs speaks volumes.

    Corporations owe those jobs to fat slobs with union cards by birth right.

    1. No kidding… The jobs belong to those folks paying for them. They are most definitely not “American” by default.

  22. Has anyone done more to send jobs oversees than Wal-mart and Bill Clinton?

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