Declaration of Independents

Matt Welch on Politics, "The People Formerly Known as the Audience," Losing the Keys to the Prague Castle, and…Deney Terrio?

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Reason mag's Editor In Chief Matt Welch, co-author with me of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, gets grilled by Human Events' Lisa DePasquale about pop culture, politics, and his most cherished souvenir, non-political edition. Great stuff. Snippets:

In Clockwork OrangeMalcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he is "cured."  If you could give President Obama the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make him watch?

WELCH:  The Candidate.  Not only because it's about a youthful, attractive liberal activist lawyer who, after bursting on the scene as lefty teller of then-unpopular truths, retreats into a political blank slate upon which voters cast their hopes and dreams, getting corrupted by the process of finding ever-more platitudinous middle-of-the-roadisms as he gets closer to landing the mother of all upset victories …. but because the whole worldview and tenor of the movie is one that the Left has largely let go—that of paranoid and cynical anti-authoritarianism.  That era produced not only some of the best culture of the modern era, but some of its best policies, including (but not limited to) liberal-led deregulation of airlines, trucking, beer and much else besides….

How do you think pop culture and entertainment affect people's political beliefs?

WELCH:  In free democracies, I think the main impact, in a kind of indirect way, is on our rapidlyevolving sense of tolerance.  We see exponentially more different ways of living than we did even 10 years ago, whether it's Mormon polygamy or middle-class weed-selling or a thousand new variants on foodyism or being gay without being named "Ellen" … and all that stuff certainly reinforces acceptance of what used to be out-groups.  Perhaps most importantly, we now constantly repackage and reuse culture to suit our whims, which means we are less passive receptacles and more what the press thinker Jay Rosen calls "the people formerly known as the audience."  Controlling the means of cultural production is a powerful (and fun!) development, with impacts we are only beginning to vaguely understand….

What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

WELCH:  Two different vinyl copies of Deney Terrio's Night Moves: The Professional Approach to Disco Dance Instruction.  I can still do a mean box-step, if pushed. …

 If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2011, what would they be?

 WELCH:  Democrats: "I Wanna Be Sedated."  Republicans: "Don't Let it End."  The rest of us: "Idiot Wind." 

Whole thing here.

Bonus: Last summer, dePasquale put me through the dozens experience. Read that here.

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  1. Odd how she doesn’t put Prognosis in italics.

    Even today, Matt, your paper doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

    I used to hear to wild stories about how you guys ran that paper out of some 3-bedroom panelak in Prague 5. I’d love to one day read your perspectives of those events and times.

  2. “Two different vinyl copies of Deney Terrio’s Night Moves: The Professional Approach to Disco Dance Instruction. I can still do a mean box-step, if pushed”

    You let me down, man. Now I don’t believe in nothing no more. I’m going to law school.

  3. Theme song?

    I Fought the Law

    1. I’ve got the correct song by The Clash for both parties: Inoculated City suits them both to a T. And for the rest of us? Of course it’s The Guns Of Brixton.

      1. Suspect Device also works for the rest of us.

        1. If we are going to do Stiff Little Fingers, Wasted Life is also appropriate.

    2. The Clash version’s good, but nothing tops The Bobby Fuller Four’s original, especially considering the law likely killed him for it.

  4. If you could give President Obama the “Clockwork Orange treatment”

    You mean the Ludavico technique? Why not call it by its proper name?

    1. Cuz if you call it the first one 90% of the people who read will understand what you are talking about.

      If you call it the second 90% of your audience won’t understand.

      1. She could define it by adding “called the Ludivico technique.”

  5. co-author with me of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America

    I’m going to the local B&N to hide every copy of the damn thing behind Glenn Beck’s latest book.

    1. And make it easier for the socons? With the book actually out, it gets libertarians some modicum of normality.

  6. Another victory for social justice!

    In 2007, state legislators passed the Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act, which imposed the fee on nearly 200 establishments that feature live nude performances and allow the consumption of alcohol. The $5-per-customer entrance fee, which is imposed on the business and not the patron, is intended to raise money for sexual assault prevention programs and health insurance coverage for low-income people.

    ————-

    On Friday, the [Texas] Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the fee was constitutional, declaring it a “minimal restriction” on the businesses and that any establishment seeking to avoid the fee “need only offer nude entertainment without allowing alcohol to be consumed,” Justice Nathan L. Hecht wrote for the court. He wrote that the fee was not intended to suppress expression in nude dancing, but was directed instead at “the secondary effects of nude dancing when alcohol is being consumed.”

    ——

    A spokesman for Greg Abbott, the state attorney general, called the ruling a victory for both the state and victims of sexual assault. “Thanks to today’s ruling, we are a step closer to freeing up millions of dollars for sexual assault prevention and crime victims’ assistance,” said the spokesman, Jerry Strickland.

    Who could object to a pervert tax? It’s like free money!

    1. Who could object to a pervert tax?

      Thanks, ACLU, for basically sitting this one out, you assholes.

      And no, I’m not a shill for Big Tits. I’m just…actually, scratch that. I am a shill for Big Tits.

    2. The $5-per-customer entrance fee, which is imposed on the business and not the patron.

      Sigh, do we really need to go there, NYT?

      1. If the gub’mt says it, it’s true! What else could happen? Anything else is inconceivable!

    3. The only way this country can get away from deficit spending is if the titty bars finally start paying their fair share.

      1. The only tax on a titty bar I could support would be a “flat tax.”

        1. Not a single one of you humorless fucks noticed my “flat tax” on a titty bar joke? Not a single one?

          Well, fuck you all.

          1. Considering you didn’t make such a joke, that’s hardly surprising.

            But yes, it was funny. For a moment.

            1. Never mind, same e-mail address. Still new around here.

          2. I get half the no credit for setting you up.

            1. I LOLed.

          3. I noticed, I was just out of my allotted points for the week. Now that it’s a new week, +1.

    4. “which imposed the fee on nearly 200 establishments that feature live nude performances and allow the consumption of alcohol.”

      Does this mean that if they cut out the alcohol, they’re exempt? Discuss.

      1. Sharia-compliant strip clubs.

        1. Couldn’t we just attend a beekeeper convention?

  7. The NYT has a plan.

    If Mr. Bernanke advocated specific policies to achieve those aims, he would be violating the etiquette that requires Fed chairmen to leave fiscal details to Congress.

    So allow us. The best, proactive way to revive the housing market is to help bankrupt and delinquent borrowers rework their mortgages through principal reductions. It is also important to ease refinancing rules so underwater borrowers who are current in their payments can trade in their high-rate mortgages for lower-rate loans. The Obama administration is considering new refinancing rules, but mortgage investors are sure to resist.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    1. Is there any lefty solution to an economic problem that doesn’t just involve printing a shit-ton of money and throwing it out a helicopter (again)? Or some cargo cult about Clinton-era tax rates?

      1. Sure. Nationalizing the industry in question. Or the economy as a hole.

  8. Ok Matt, I want to hear more about losing the keys to Prague castle.

    1. Much more interesting on paper.

      Basically, the castle complex included some apartments that were used to house visiting dignitaries, some employees of either the castle or the president’s office, and others. For a few months, I was staying there on occasion. It was pretty cool in theory, but the window was just above where the guards did their ceremonial changing, often with loud fanfare, and so on.

      Anyway, I lost the keys one day. Which means they had to change all the locks. On the Prague Castle. The end.

      1. Hey Matt, are you going to try to make Hempfest an annual thing? How was the feedback there? If you come back next year I would go only for that.

        1. I don’t know! I certainly enjoy going to drug policy-related gatherings, particularly as we head closer to a state legalization. Also, it’s pretty neat to watch 130,000 people break federal law, and Seattle is awfully nice in the summer.

          Feedback there was fine, as far as it goes. Most people probably don’t attend to listen much to five-minute speeches by Reason Foundation types.

      2. Oh goodness. I did a summer in Prague studying architecture so I’m quite familiar with the castle. I’m sure they loved you for that. Lol. At least you had a band outside your window to entertain you every day.

      3. Not that story. The one that “The Hangover” was based on that involves what you did the night you lost your keys. Feel free to make shit up if the real story is boring.

        1. Next on reason.tv: Matt Welch loses keys to Medical Marijuana dispensary, hilarity ensues.

    1. Easy for you to say.

  9. I almost worked-up the balls to refuse to sign up for Selective Service, but my greed got the better of me and I gave in to receive my federal loans.

    1. Son, there ain’t no draft no more.

    2. Sergeant: “Correct, there is no obligation.”
      Sergeant: “Unless, of course, war were declared.”
      Fry: “What’s that?”
      Sergeant: “War were declared.”

    3. Fucking sellout.

  10. I just read a little bit about The Candidate.

    Wait, so in 1972, a movie came out about the sheer stupidity of campaigning on image, and 36 years later all of those lessons were lost as we again voted for the more photogenic candidate?

    1. Yeah, but it starred Robert Redford, so one can be forgiven for erasing it from the mind.

  11. My new favorite Pharyngula comment:

    Excuse me when I break in and say that plenty of these “libertarian” commenters (who are supposedly not rich) are actually paid trolls, paid in fact by places like Koch brothers’ institutions and the American Enterprise Institute.

    How do I know this? Because I work for a place like that (doing a different function), but I did hear co-workers say that they were being paid to leave comments on message boards.

    Certainly PZ has a high-traffic blog, and he certainly has a high visibility. And to me these particular commenters have a real paid-troll feel: they relentlessly repeat what they see as a devastating point because that is what they were told to say ? they want someone to find that phrase. And they refuse to engage with anyone else’s point except as a way to restate that directed phrase.

    1. I like the “who are supposedly not rich” parenthesis. Does the commenter suppose that they are rich because there is so much money in posting on blogs?

      1. It’s such a lucrative endeavor that people who are already rich can be induced to give up their indolent lifestyle–lounging around the pool watching third-world toil away in their factories via webcam–in order to post propaganda comments on blogs.

  12. threadjack alert !

    For Marines in Afghanistan: be careful where you fart.August 23rd, 2011 | Afghanistan | Posted by Gina Cavallaro

    So here’s the news: audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange because it offends the Afghans.

    I know there are many things in the Afghan culture that don’t seem normal to Americans and it’s hard to spend seven months working in someone else’s back yard. Still, the Marines I saw downrange are doing a pretty good job at trying to do the right thing around the Afghans.

    They’re not supposed to cuss because it could be misunderstood (that one goes out the window a lot). And they stay away from talking about politics, religion or girls because those topics could escalate into major disagreements (they can’t communicate anyway because of the language barrier).

    But farting? That’s practically a sport. Ok, it’s not soccer, but a good contest could open the door for cross-cultural exchanges, jokes and other gallows humor.

    >ck the comments. here’s one –

    9.A.K.A. Says:
    August 24th, 2011 at 6:33 am
    Really? We are worried about offending people who crap in the corner of their own living space. On a daily basis Marines are accosted by the grotesque living conditions of the ANA and ANP, assaulted by non-stop request to go to the sack with them, have to put up with their complete incompetence, have to worry about whether or not their ANA and ANP tag along is going to bail during a fire fight (or shoot at you, or maybe he is the one who put that IED in place), but we can’t fart in front of them. Sure thing. Maybe the guy who made this call should step away from his desk for a minute and put eyes on what’s really happening down range.

    http://militarytimes.com/blogs…..-you-fart/

  13. I have nothing against Matt Welch or goddamn hippies, per se, but I cannot abide a 1.5MB jpeg on the internets unless it includes the aforementioned titties.

  14. http://landmarkreport.com/andr…..can-donor/

    The Gibson CEO is a Republican donor. The Martin CEO, a company that uses the same wood as Gibson is a Democratic donor. Eric Holder’s DOJ has a SWAT team kick down the door of Gibson.

    It’s the Chicago way.

    1. If they make Gibson switch to using maple fretboards before I can afford a Les Paul, I may have to give up my libertarian pledge of non-aggression.

      Seriously, though, what a bunch of worthless fuckers.

  15. Japan nuke plant radiation leak exceeds Hiroshima By MARI YAMAGUCHI
    Associated Press

    TOKYO (AP) — The amount of radioactive cesium that has leaked from a tsunami-hit nuclear plant is about equal to 168 of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, Japan’s nuclear agency said Friday.

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency supplied the estimate at a parliamentary panel’s request, but it noted a simple comparison between an instantaneous bomb blast and long-term accidental leak is impossible and the results could be “irrelevant.”

    The report estimated for each of the 16 isotopes released from “Little Boy” and 31 of those detected at the Fukushima plant but didn’t provide the total. NISA has said the radiation leaked from Fukushima was about one-sixth of what the Chernobyl disaster released in 1986.

    The report said the damaged plant has released 15,000 tera becquerels of cesium-137, which lingers for decades and could cause cancer, compared with the 89 tera becquerels released by the U.S. uranium bomb.

    http://ap.stripes.com/dynamic/…..6-10-59-36

    1. Not a nuclear physics expert, but I’m pretty sure this is way off. First, prove either amount of cesium. Then we’ll talk. I seriously doubt that they can.

      1. On a further note, the most common isotope of cesium, Cs 133, isn’t radioactive. Cs 134 has a half-life of 2 years, Cs 135 2.3 million years*, and Cs 137 30 years. All other have half-lives under a month.

        So, why only the attention on Cs 137? Is that the most commonly produced one in these circumstances? Say so. Prove it.

        *Why isn’t *this* what the anti-nuke crowd is hyping?

        1. Yes, Cs-137 is a common fission product of U-235.

          http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.g…..sfrag.html

          Sr-90 and Cs-137 are bad because they have 30 year half-lives. This is short enough that they give off their radiation rather quickly compared to Uranium or Plutonium but long enough that they hang around for 100+ years. As opposed to Iodine-131 which has a half life of 8 days. Stay away for a month and most of the radiation is gone. But Iodine concentrates in the thyroid and Strontium is right below Calcium in periodic table, so chemically similar, and goes to the bone where it can give its radiation directly to bone marrow and cause leukemia.

  16. Welcome to Hurricane Irene, perhaps the most overhyped weather event of all time.

    Remember all this ridiculous hysteria the next time some pinhead tells you he can predict what temperatures will be decades from now with his computer model.

    1. Pretty much. But it did run Obama off of Martha’s Vineyard. They both returned in separate plans. It is just other people’s money.

      1. Michelle is a disgusting pig. Who knows if it’s really true or not, but I’ve heard stories that even Barack is apparently getting tired of her acting like Marie Antoinette on the taxpayers’ dime.

        1. I would hope so. It is ridiculous.

          1. Plus, she’s fugly!

            1. tight bod tho. she evidently works out

              1. Please tell me you’re kidding.

                If that’s your idea of a tight body, I weep for you.

                1. Cut the guy some slack, he’s probably a homo.

      2. Every now and then when I complain about something the GOPers are doing John will (exercising his usual retarded powers of logical argument) jump up and down and say “show us where you were complaining about the Dems when they did that or STFU as that proves you is a partisan hack!!!!”

        So let me have some fun: John, W used to be criticized a lot for his vacations. You used to post here during his administration. So show us where you criticized his vacations or STFU as a partisan hack!

        1. Oh, great! Another weekend John/MiNGe fuckfest.

          Please, no.

          1. Not only No, but FUCK NO.

            1. The sad thing is, John and MNG are actually both relatively reasonable* for a conservative and a liberal, respectively. They both at least understand the libertarian perspective, even when they disagree.

              John has learned that his (for one issue) foreign policy views will provoke arguments here. Rather than get into arguments that won’t result in anyone changing their minds, he avoids the topic for the most part.

              MNG doesn’t mind getting into those types of fights, and so provokes a bit more wrath around here. However, anyone who would list their top two choices for President as 1) Gary Johnson and 2) Ron Paul can hardly be described as a typical progressive.

              But it would be nice to have a “side blog” or something so that if they wanted to get into it for 50+ comments, they could, and let the rest of us carry on.

              *no pun intended. Drink! is optional.

              1. Totally agree. Hell, I love it when one or the other is on here. They end the echo chamber that any ideologically-driven blog can tend to be. And while I disagree with many of their views, they both tend to argue in good faith and are true believers in their political philosophies as opposed to trolls. And while I tend to have more fun with MiNGe and enjoy his hilarious rage at our absurd comments about his aversion to our Hebrew brethren, John can be a good laugh as well.

                That said, when they go after each other, look the fuck out. The invective is just mind-boggling.

                With that in mind, I’ll just say this: anchor-babiez and Jooz!!!

    2. Naked Man Bravely Shows Penis to Irene, Weather Channel [NSFW]

      By Nick Greene Sat., Aug. 27 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Hurricanes are no laughing matter. An example of this can be found after the jump. As you will see, Irene’s winds are capable of ripping a man’s shorts right off, exposing him to peak-viewership on the Weather Channel.

      http://blogs.villagevoice.com/….._brave.php

      1. That is pretty awesome. I’m normally not in favor of a person dropping trou on live TV, but these overhyping mediots deserve it.

      2. “Naked Man Bravely Shows Penis to Irene”

        Considering I had to look hard to spot the penis, that man is indeed brave.

    3. the most overhyped weather event of all time

      Well, at least since the last one…

    4. The Weather Channel assholes kept saying that it was going to re-strengthen from a Category 2 to Category 3.

      This morning, when it was only a Category 1, one of them said they heard a fellow meteorologist complain about the category system because people would think a Category 1 really wasn’t that dangerous.

      God these panic-mongerers are obnoxious.

    5. I’ve been enjoying watching Wolf fellate FEMA off and on for a couple of hours. You could almost hear him panting when he called upon a republican gov to respond to some RP remarks that suggested that the states could handle FEMA’s duties.

  17. Libertarians back-to-the-future party like its 1900!

    By NBC’s Jo Ling Kent
    GILFORD, N.H. — After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.

    “We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said. “I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district.

    “There’s no magic about FEMA. They’re a great contribution to deficit financing and quite frankly they don’t have a penny in the bank. We should be coordinated but coordinated voluntarily with the states,” Paul told NBC News. “A state can decide. We don’t need somebody in Washington.”
    By NBC’s Jo Ling Kent
    GILFORD, N.H. — After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.

    “We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said. “I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district.

    “There’s no magic about FEMA. They’re a great contribution to deficit financing and quite frankly they don’t have a penny in the bank. We should be coordinated but coordinated voluntarily with the states,” Paul told NBC News. “A state can decide. We don’t need somebody in Washington.”
    By NBC’s Jo Ling Kent
    GILFORD, N.H. — After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.

    “We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said. “I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district.

    “There’s no magic about FEMA. They’re a great contribution to deficit financing and quite frankly they don’t have a penny in the bank. We should be coordinated but coordinated voluntarily with the states,” Paul told NBC News. “A state can decide. We don’t need somebody in Washington.”
    By NBC’s Jo Ling KentGILFORD, N.H. — After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.”We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said. “I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district.”There’s no magic about FEMA. They’re a great contribution to deficit financing and quite frankly they don’t have a penny in the bank. We should be coordinated but coordinated voluntarily with the states,” Paul told NBC News. “A state can decide. We don’t need somebody in Washington.”
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com…..-necessary
    _
    god bless his wittle heart. is there any wonder that there’s not more than a dozen or so libtarians?

    1. We need your commentary here like we need a second asshole.

    2. Wowzers, leftists are still defending FEMA even after Katrina? This falls under a special level of dipshittery that is almost undefinable.

      1. brownie was soo 2005. buy a clue

        1. It is okay as long as our people are in charge.

    3. Oh so Libertarians want to return weather forecasting to 1900? So many people died in the great Galveston Hurricane because they didn’t know it was coming. Had FEMA existed then, it wouldn’t have known either.

      1. Hurricane Ike (08)- Eighty-two deaths have been reported in the US, including forty-eight in Texas, eight in Louisiana, one in Arkansas, two in Tennessee, one in Kentucky, seven in Indiana, four in Missouri, two in Illinois, two in Michigan, seven in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania,[80]

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ike

        1900 Galveston – The hurricane caused great loss of life with the estimated death toll between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals;[3] the number most cited in official reports is 8,000

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1….._hurricane
        _

        real world – 82 w FEMA v ~8000 without

        1. I know. So many people died because the Island was a sea level and they had no idea how big it was and that it was coming. That would never happen today FEMA or no.

          1. mostly they died in 08 because galveston residents (falsly) believed the island wall was sufficient & ignored repeated evac warnings about the cat 3 hurricane

            1. Where was Brownie?

              1. brownie was thrown under the bus

        2. People used to die of malaria and yellow fever in New Orleans in 1900.

          Now that FEMA is around, no one dies of either one. Case closed.

        3. I think he means Doppler Radar and televised weather broadcasts, not FEMA. Right, dipshit?

      2. I couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that per capita GDP in 1900 was $2000/year, and today it’s $46,000, could it?

        Nah. It’s FEMA. Which does nothing that private enterprise couldn’t accomplish better.

    4. Copy-and-paste fail.

      1. yea im not sure what happened there

        1. Re: Double Asshole,

          yea im not sure what happened there
          Same thing the OBGYN said when he dropped you…

    5. I heard him say something like this on an hour long interview on NPR (remember kids, NPR is as biased as FOX) after the tornados a while back. He said “whay should a person in NY have to pay for helping out a person in a tornado in Alabama?” You have to give him credit for having the balls to say that, especially at that time.

      I can see having concerns about a centrally coordinated response, there’s many potential organizing problems there. Having said that, given that after every disaster state governors run around saying “gimme, gimme, gimme” to the feds wanting aid count me as less enthusiastic by this role being given over entirely to the states.

      1. Good caltch, MiNGe. It’s sad that a politician who remains consistent in his stances is looked upon as an eccentricity and a nut by the press.

        Never mind, it’s the spin machine over at MSNBC. I put as much stock in their opinion as I put in FoxNews’s

        1. just like colbert said about boosch’s (supposed) consistency – he’s the same on wed as monday, no matter what happens on tuesday!

        2. What can I say, I’ve always liked Paul. In this day and age you have to admire his consistency and courage. I can’t think of any other pol that comes close.

          1. If I had to vote today for POTUS I would vote for Gary Johnson. Second would be Ron Paul. I’d say Obama and Hunstman would tie for third, but I’d give Huntsman a nod because he hasn’t lied to me about nearly a dozen positions. I’d say Cain, Bachman, and Santorum would then tie for a very, very, distant fifth place, followed by Perry and then Romney. The only way I would vote for Romney is if someone took my ‘cold, dead hand’ and put it on the lever and pulled it.

            1. I’m hardly enthusiastic about Romney m’self.

            2. The only way I would vote for Romney is if someone took my ‘cold, dead hand’ and put it on the lever and pulled it.

              I don’t remember you telling us that you live in Illinois.

      2. Re:MNG,

        I can see having concerns about a centrally coordinated response, there’s many potential organizing problems there.

        The morality of extorting wealth from one group to bail out the other that decided to live in a dangerous coast being a never mind to you, I gather…

    6. FEMA doesn’t actually DO anything.

      FEMA undertakes no real-time disaster response.

      All FEMA does is come in after a disaster and hand out grants. Often they appear WEEKS after a disaster, because they have to wait for a federal disaster declaration.

      After the Springfield, MA tornado, FEMA brought in 100 people two weeks after the actual disaster and those people sat in temporary offices (mainly in elementary schools) and did ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY NOTHING but wait for people to come in for information. At least 100 people, all getting paid and getting travel disbursements, for a handful of people to walk into their offices each day FOR TWO MONTHS.

      If FEMA had been around during the great Galveston disaster, all they would have done is come in two weeks later and sit there getting paid in the middle of a depopulated island. They would have helped no one. They would have saved no one. They have absolutely no capability or facility to save anyone.

  18. You got your picture taken with Scarf Guy, Matt. Well done. Everyone knows Scarf Guy here.

    1. Scarf guy could stand to do some bench pressing. Or get a shirt.

      1. Maybe an ascot?

        1. That would be a very elegant look. Great choice.

        2. An Affliction shirt should class him up just fine.

          1. No. An ascot like Fred from Scooby Doo. I have spoken.

            ROOOKAY RAGGGYYYY

            You know what I just realized, Warty? You’re Scrappy Doo. sage, back me up on this and these meddling kids.

            1. More like Scooby Dumb.

              1. What do you think about his Isreali cousin, Scooby Joo?

                Never mind, MiNGe. We already know.

                1. Scooby Joo? You know he controlled the Scooby Snacks…

                2. Oh, snap, it’s sloopy that does the MiNGe spoofs. You’re much sadder than I thought.

                  Those beatdowns must have really hurt.

              2. Also, is there any iconic cartoon character hotter than Daphne?

                That question was rhetorical btw.

                1. Whenever I spoof, I leave my email address so I can be properly credited and/or vilified. That wasn’t me, MiNGe.

                2. Re: MNG,

                  Also, is there any iconic cartoon character hotter than Daphne?

                  Uh, Penelope Pitstop? Josie and her Pussycats? Cheetara?

            2. I always pictured him as Velma….with a slow-growing tumor that manifested itself through fits of rage, and a penchant for buggery and shitty music.

              1. Yeah, but Velma was the smart guy on the team.

            3. You should all check out the porn version of Scooby Doo.

              1. Live action or animated?

              2. No thanks. I don’t need dogs in my porn. Velma’s nasty.

                Also, the canine part is weird.

                1. Live action, no dog, Velma’s hot.

                  1. I watched a porn version of The Flintstones recently. Hilarious.

                    Why are there so many fewer spoof pornos than there were 15-20 years ago? One would think the market for it would be steady, as people like to laugh as well as jack off.

                    1. heller’s right, Velma’s hawt.

                    2. I’m not a huge Bree Olsen fan.

                      And that’s no reference to my manhood, because I’m a huge Bobbi Blair fan.

                    3. I’m not either dude. But strangely, in this one she is super hawt.

                    4. Also, I’ve noticed that the trends in porn have been shifting away from story to straight up, content-less action. Newer generation, shorter attention spans, bla bla bla.

  19. State Funeral for Jack Layton

    What they fail to mention is that there is a special level of hell designed for collectivists.

    1. Layton seemed to be a incorruptible man (he probably was), so no wonder they turn out to idolize him. Just any excuse that will make politics not look ugly will do.

  20. Used soda bottles light up the world ? for free
    Refracted sunlight from soda bottles acts as a ‘light bulb’ in dimly lit homes in the developing world

    A used plastic bottle filled with water and a touch of bleach is placed in a hole of a tin roof. For up to five years, 50 watts of light fill up a once-gloomy windowless shack any time the sun is out, Mr. Diaz told Reuters.

    The invention is something that is so simple, cheap, and sustainable that anyone can create and maintain it themselves. As Diaz says, the three rules of appropriate technology are that people can find it, they can replicate it, and most importantly, they can make a business of it.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World…..d-for-free

    1. Thank God for the developers of plastics, eh double sphincter?

      1. The producers and purveyors of processed plastic.

      2. im in the polymer industry

        1. Well then, would you do us a favor and wrap your head in shrink wrap when you go to bed tonight?

          Thanks in advance.

    2. Ummmm, they cut a HOLE in their roof! I’ll bet without the stupid bottle they’d get even more light. Maybe just put some saran wrap over the hole to keep the rain out.

      Also, I’m a bit skeptical about the bleach. It breaks down into chlorine and salt water as I recall. Not sure what it is doing in there.

      1. The clear plastic bottle acts a as a diffuser, so that you don’t end up with a dark room with one little spot of light. The bleach is added to the water to inhibit microorganism growth.

        This is actually fairly old technology in parts of Latin America. I saw an article on it about 5 years ago.

    3. Re: Double Asshole,

      The invention is something that is so simple, cheap, and sustainable that anyone can create and maintain it themselves.

      Sure. There are also a cool invention called a “window.”

      God, are you stupid.

      1. I’m pretty sure that you won’t see a lot of American homes with 2 liter bottles in the roof. But it’s basically a low-tech version of a fiber-optic skylight. Much better lighting than a window, and keeps the structure closed, unlike just a hole in the side of the building for someone too poor to afford window glass, or electricity.

        OO is still a moron, but if you’re dirt poor, this is actually a pretty smart fix. Make fun of double-sphincter all you want (I know I do), but don’t sneer at the idea.

        1. Re: Kant feel Pietzsche,

          but don’t sneer at the idea.

          I don’t, I sneer at double asshole’s insinuation: “The invention is something that is so simple, cheap, and sustainable that anyone can create and maintain it themselves.”

          To which I reply: That is what a window is for, and it is pretty “sustainable” as well. May be a good interior lighting solution for people with no electricity – and no windows – but pretty idiotic for anybody else.

      2. See, a “good libertarian” would be hawking this as a perfect example of individuals coming up with ingenious solutions to problems without any government interference.

  21. I’m going to go eat wings, drink beer, and shoot pool. Goodbye.

  22. Welcome to Hurricane Irene, perhaps the most overhyped weather event of all time.

    If you turn on CNN right now you will see that are still blathering on about it, even though these same dildos reported on its progressive downgrade to Cat1 all yesterday afternoon. Better you should watch this classic again.

    1. It’s only important if D.C. is impacted.

      1. what? kidding?

        1. All the good weather-realted -pocalypse and -geddon clich?s have been used. Yer on yer own, NYC. But do tweet us!

          1. Also the weather-related ones!
            Stupid Storm Team Reason interns.

              1. The closest I can get to making it sound deadly is “Hurricane Irene-al Failure.”

      2. Because maybe we’ll get some special elections?

    2. I think it is a bit premature to say that it is no big deal. It’s not going to blow anyone’s house down, but it is a very big storm and will drop a lot of rain (and 50 MPH winds are nothing to sneeze at). Wind speed isn’t the only thing.

      1. Pffft. 50 mph isn’t even enough to get the links on my wind-gauge chain to rattle hard. That’s what we call “a bit of a breeze today”.

      2. I think the main thing is that it’s hitting places where they’re totally unprepared for that sort of thing. Living in Florida, the over-hyped coverage seems laughable (“yeah, that looks like the rainstorm we got a couple days ago, and four days ago, and…”). However, if we got an inch of snow here, it would be a total cluster.

    3. Re: Ice Nine,

      If you turn on CNN right now you will see that are still blathering on about it[.]

      CNN? Shit, try Fox. It’s like Irene was category 5 or something.

      Those are not the worst: The usual idiots at the NYT still tout this fizzled-out storm as an example of what “global warming” has in store for us. No, really!

      1. Shit, open tag. Here’s the link:

        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08……html?_r=1

  23. So, Ghost: Allegory for the existential crisis felt by America during the collapse of the Soviet Union?

    1. What does Whoopi Goldberg represent?

      1. The fact that, in the Soviet Union, the witch exorcises *you.*

  24. Did anybody see that yesterday the First Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the qualified immunity arguments of three Boston police officers sued by a Boston area attorney who was arrested by the cops for taping and recording their arrest of another in the Boston common?

    The criminal charges against the lawyer were all dismissed by the South Boston district court. The lawyer then filed an action in the federal court against the officers as well as the city of Boston alleging violations of his first and fourth amendment rights.

    Well, its not all gloom and doom.

    1. Link, please? This sounds interesting.

      1. There are stories like this one, but I like the actual brief.

        As he was walking past the Boston Common on the evening of October 1, 2007, Simon Glik caught sight of three police officers … arresting a young man. Glik heard another bystander say something to the effect of, “You are hurting him, stop.” Concerned that the officers were employing excessive force to effect the arrest, Glik stopped roughly ten feet away and began recording video footage of the arrest on his cell phone.

        After placing the suspect in handcuffs, one of the officers turned to Glik and said, “I think you have taken enough pictures.” Glik replied, “I am recording this. I saw you punch him.” An officer then approached Glik and asked if Glik’s cell phone recorded audio. When Glik affirmed that he was recording audio, the officer placed him in handcuffs, arresting him for, inter alia, unlawful audio recording in violation of Massachusetts’s wiretap statute. Glik was taken to the South Boston police station. In the course of booking, the police confiscated Glik’s cell phone and a computer flash drive and held them as evidence. Glik was eventually charged with violation of the wiretap statute, … disturbing the peace, … and aiding in the escape of a prisoner. …

        Glik filed an internal affairs complaint with the Boston Police Department following his arrest, but to no avail. The Department did not investigate his complaint or initiate disciplinary action against the arresting officers.

        1. Thanks for the links.

          I wonder what would have gone down if this guy weren’t a legal insider.

        2. And nothing else happened?

    2. And a lone ray of light briefly illuminates the cavern.

      …until it’s overturned, and we continue our decent into the stifling darkness.

  25. I was thinking a great theme song for all of us would be Sixteen Tons. Hell, let’s make it our National Anthem.

  26. El Paso Weathers Drought, Thanks To Lawn Policy by The Associated Press

    For decades, the city of El Paso, in far West Texas, defied the look of most desert communities, with neighborhoods boasting lush, green lawns and residents freely running their sprinklers.

    Then a study came out in 1979 that showed just how close El Paso was to a crisis: At its rate of water use, the city would run dry within 36 years.

    Over the next couple of decades, the city took drastic measures to stabilize its water supply, undergoing a philosophical and physical facelift that included ripping up grass from many public places, installing rock and cactus gardens and offering financial incentives for residents to do the same.

    Today, El Paso is among the few cities in drought-stricken Texas not worrying about water. It’s a distinction El Paso leaders attribute to a conservation plan that other cities in less arid climates, such as San Antonio and Austin, have tried to a limited extent amid receding water resources and booming population growth.

    Over the past 20 years, El Paso has paid residents a combined $11 million ? $1 per square foot ? to remove their grass and replace it with gravel, cement or desert plants. The city has permanent restrictions on watering days, and it has cut water consumption by offering special shower-heads, and rebates for water-efficient toilets.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/08/27/…..awn-policy

    1. Well, I guess it’s better that they use the carrot instead of the stick.

      That said: fucking private property rights, how do they work?

    2. Better question: fucking price system, how does it work?

      1. MUCH better question.

    3. You know what else would keep people from wasting water on their lawns during a drought? Eliminating the state subsidization of water as well as the subsidized loans that municipalities get to improve their water infrastructure. If people had to pay anywhere near what it actually costs to treat their drinking water they would respect it a little more.

    4. Re: Double Asshole,

      For decades, the city of El Paso, in far West Texas, defied the look of most desert communities, with neighborhoods boasting lush, green lawns and residents freely running their sprinklers.

      Seems like double asshole here did not see the irony of having a desert community receiving FREE WATER from a government monopoly so people could keep lush lawns… until the shit hit the fan.

      Now the same people pat themselves in the back because they practice rationing. And Double Asshole is there to stare in awe. Shit.

    1. Because the real cause of the crisis was the people and government were not spending enough money and not going into debt enough.
      ANd now that our currency/bonds are in danger of being worth less so that fewer people want to buy them, we really need to make them worse even less.

  27. Did this already get posted/discussed?

    Arrested for Selling Lemonade

    Everyone MUST see the cop they talk to at the end of the video. Dunphy would be proud.

    1. Admittedly, they were using federal lands without permission. There are two questions we should still be asking:

      Was arrest the appropriate response to the offense?

      Should the government own land that it does not have use for?

      1. They should have given the lemonade away and accepted a 10 cent donation for each cup, while handing out literature explaining the stupidity of the regulation.

        Oh, and that cop who kept pushing the camera needs to be citizen’s arrested for assault and petty (or grand) larceny. I wonder if that dumbass black cop who would have enforced segregation laws will do it.

  28. Government’s obligation in education: Chileans get it, dumb Americans and Teabaggers (but I repeat myself) don’t.

    The student marches have been far bigger than those organised by other protest groups. On several occasions, they have drawn 100,000 people on to the streets.

    At the heart of the students’ anger is a perception that Chile’s education system is grossly unfair – that it gives rich students access to some of the best schooling in Latin America while dumping poor pupils in shabby, under-funded state schools.

    On the face of it, Chileans enjoy the best education in the region. In 2009, their country outscored all other Latin American states in the OECD’s PISA rankings. These are used to compare educational standards across countries.

    But Mario Waissbluth, a Chilean professor and national coordinator of the citizens’ group Educacion 2020, says the figures tell only part of the story.

    He says that of the 65 countries that participated in the PISA tests, Chile ranked 64th in terms of segregation across social classes in its schools and colleges. Only Peru has a more socially divided education system.

    Prof Waissbluth describes this as “educational apartheid” and says it lies at the heart of the current unrest.

    Chile’s secondary schooling takes three forms:

    45% of pupils study in state schools
    50% in voucher schools, where the government subsidises the pupil’s education
    5% study in elite private schools, wholly paid for by students’ families

    The voucher schools are privately run and, in theory, can turn a profit, although many do not.

    That means that over half the schools in Chile, as well as most of the universities, are, in effect, privately-run entities.

    The protesters object to that and have called for an end to profit in education.

    It’s time we did the same here in Amerikkka.

    1. Get rid of the state schools, and the taxes needed to fund them, then most people could afford private schools. Businesses would start schools, because it would be profitable to charge affordable admissions rates, seeing as there is no unfair state competition. Furthermore, said private schools would have motivation to do a good job, as students would leave bad schools for good schools.

      Education is just a business. The markets will reach equilibrium quickly without state intervention. In addition, the amount of education people are willing to pay for will be based off the salaries that are paid for having various levels of education. Believe it or not, if the market needs more labor, and no one is willing to provide it, then salaries for labor will go up, until the market reaches equilibrium.

      Microeconomics, how does that work?

    2. Go fuck yourself in your earhole, scumbag.

    3. One thing that’s funny about Mr Mustard’s AmeriKKKa comment, is that the KKK was behind the creation of the U.S. public school system.

      The KKK, being anti-catholic, were bent on dismantling the Catholic parochial school system which had brought upper class education to the lower classes at an affordable price.

      Thus, mr Mustard is advocating for one of the KKK’s major policy planks, while painting opposition as KKK members.

      What’s that term? Oh yes, “Useful Idiot!”

    4. Come on guys, he’s obviously being ironic.

      Since Chile has the best education results in the PISA rankings, he’s obviously posting this so we can see that privatizing education is a huge success down there.

      Now they just have to get rid of the rest of their state schools, and they should do EVEN BETTER.

    5. Re: Mustard,

      It’s time we did the same here in Amerikkka.

      “It’s time we did” WHAT? Institute vouchers, have the same public-private schooling density as Chile, or protest in the streets like assholes, or what?

  29. 90% of American kids K-12 are in public schools. What the fuck is your point?

    1. He’s just having some “mustard gas” today…

      1. Mustard gets my vote for “worst post I’ve ever seen”.

  30. “Our rapidly evolving sense of tolerance.”

    Are we really more tolerant? Or is just that the things people are intolerent/tolerant of have shifted around?

    1. War on Drugs, how does that work?

  31. Hot off the presses, Ron Paul is a nothing but a dirty no-good commie hippie.
    http://bigpeace.com/smitsotaki…..ful-idiot/

    1. Jeezus that article reads like the ramblings of a meth addled neocon, then has the audacity to throw the crazy card at Paul supporters.

      1. Reads? Or is?

    2. Spyridon Mitsotakis has to be one incompetent writer; Over 300 words needed to create a tu quoque fallacy? Hell, I can toss one off in 50 words!

      1. And the guilt is by association…to unrelated mid-century politicians and the crazy unnamed Paul supporters cult members that Moussaka has supposedly met.

        1. The thing that cracks me up about the American Spectator article that inspired Spyrion to slowly type out that blistering bit of illogic was that the Spectator article depended on the historical illiteracy of its readers.

          Gone were the conservatives who founded the anti-imperialist league. Woodrow Wilson become a pacifist, when everyone who reads a decently thorough biography of the man knows he was a warmonger who, like Obama, pretended he was anti-war to win elections.

          It’s just pathetically funny how much the establishment Republicans would prefer to lose to Democrats rather than to see the U.S. move towards being a free country.

          1. Yeah, using 40’s era democrats as exemplary non-interventionists/pacifists was an amateur move. And what does it matter if a commie was an isolationist? Should I hate dogs because Hitler liked them?

            ————-

            Dang, I just read the original Spectator piece, and it gives the Moussaka piece the focus and clarity of an Orwell writing in comparison. It’s not even good enough to be wrong.

    3. He listed William Jennings Bryan among the evil, noninterventionist Democrats. Presumably, this is because Bryan objected to the U.S. getting involved in World War One, even resigning as Secretary of State to protest the drift to war.

      So the author is suggesting the Bryan was wrong, and that getting into World War One was a wonderful decision – so self-evidently wonderful that it doesn’t even need to be defended?

      1. What are you, some kind of pussy?

        Thinking is for pacifist quacks.

        1. He knew at the time, when they called it World War One, that the name meant there were more to come.

          1. Only a pacifist pussy quack is against war sequels. Wars are like great action movies, but better!

          2. I’ve heard he objected on the grounds that WWI sounded too much like an ego stroke for his boss, not understanding that WW stood for ‘world war’.

            1. Your big words tell me you’re a pacifist nerd. Our enemies will beat you up on the global playground, nerd.

              1. Dammit heller, that ain’t no suprise to anybody. Everyone knows that one’s toughness is directly proportional to how aggressive one’s foreign policy stance is.

                1. I would bomb the fuck out of everyone, and then bomb Allah while he’s sorting them out.

                  1. Only two hands and so many necks, alas.

                  2. Only two hands and so many necks, alas.

                    1. So that’s four hands, then?

                    2. Then you could give those titties four thumbs down.

  32. Let’s check the death count from the killer storm bearing down on us like a shotgun full of snow…

    1. Just wait until the wind blows killer bees into your backyard!

    2. My mini-blinds are close to perishing from the turgid breeze flowing through my open windows.

    3. The weather was so crazy in AZ today that a cool breeze interrupted my poolside nude sunbathing.

    1. Don’t be silly, it’s not a Ponzi scheme. You can opt out of a Ponzi scheme.

      1. True. It would be nice if we could upgrade it to Ponzi scheme status.

      1. FWIW, Joe M’s link post-dates yours.

        In fact, it includes this:

        “Later, in Des Moines, when a reporter asked about the suggestion that his campaign was backing off some positions in the staunch states-rights book, Perry said, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right.”

  33. Clash is always nice inspiration. But than again where is Rage Against the Machine?

  34. CNN Comment of the Week:

    Repubtee-bagger Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    How about we send all the tea-baggers to Somalia on a fact finding mission to see how best we can follow Somalia’s lead of how to govern without a government ? with no one and no laws or regulations to answer to it would be utopia for the tea-baggers. What’s the worse that could happen ? it would be a “win” for everyone!
    August 27, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    Several people have insisted to me that YouTube harbors the dumbest, nastiest community commentariat in the series of tubes. However, I think that CNN’s comments sections win that distinction. For every one post made by somebody with a functioning brain (left or right-leaning), there are literally hundreds of pieces of evidence that people are, generally, dumber than I’d like to believe.

    The above is from a thread where Ron Paul’s assessment of FEMA’s usefulness and effectiveness means that he not only hates women, children, and minorities, but would gleefully roast them to death inside a Brazen Bull after breaking them on a Judas Cradle.

    I say again: this level of eyes-popped rage because Paul said we should do away with a bloated, ineffectual, ineffecient money-pit of a Federal agency.

    Runner up comment, from the same thread:

    regertz

    Frankly, I see this “self-reliance” mantra as a cover for hoarding and a person like you as someone who would happily profiteer on food and water in an emergency. FEMA is simply one good tool used for the nation coming together to help each other. Community, ma’am. Something you may use when you need and spurn when you’re lucky enough not to require it.
    August 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm | |

    Your stuff. Give it to me.

    1. Is it time to go off the grid yet? I think I am about ready.

    2. Several people have insisted to me that YouTube harbors the dumbest, nastiest community commentariat in the series of tubes. However, I think that CNN’s comments sections win that distinction.

      Obviously you’ve not spent very much time on USAToday’s comments section. It makes CNN’s look like a Mensa meeting.

      1. Ahem.

        1. Turn your phone off, bitch pudding.

  35. Correction: the second comment I posted is from a different thread, not the Ron Paul post.

  36. The existential angst of the hipster douchebag:

    Mr. Harvey said recently that “Burning Man’s not anticapitalist.” Rather than hewing to the corporate imperative of maximum profit, he said, he’d rather aim for “profit enough.” But what does this kind of capitalism look like, anyway?

    “I feel like transparency is always the best, and when you move from being very open and transparent about something to being vague, it always seems like the intent is nefarious,” said Brianna Camarda, a Seattle undergraduate student in creative writing and member of a Burning Man camp that for many years built a colossal space-age funhouse in the desert.

    “Especially when you see the economy tanking on a worldwide scale, it seems very self-serving,” she added. “You say you’re a counterculture organization, but then you’re funding your retirement on the backs of attendees.”

    Some Burners believe their participation entitles them to an active role in governance. “I think that your ticket buys a little piece of the rock when you go,” said Bill Keller, 46, of San Francisco, who went to his first festival in 1996. “I believe your wanting to be there and paying to be there gives you some modicum of ownership, like a credit union.”

    The nagging fear that someone, somewhere, might be making money.

    1. And:
      “Mr. Harvey, for one, lives in a modest rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco.”
      So his landlord is subsidizing him. Who needs money when you can steal what you need?

      1. The streets are subsidized. Is it “stealing” to drive on them? Is it immoral to pay the liquor tax when you want a bottle of booze? Living in a rent-controlled apartment isn’t theft when the local government makes the rules, skews the housing market and creates shortages. And I’d be willing to bet that if you had the option of taking a $700/month rent-controlled apartment over a similar one, uncontrolled, at $1500, you’d grab the cheaper one. You’d be a fool not to.

        1. I’m sure the landlord being forced to give away his property agrees!

          Turn off your phone, bitch pudding.

        2. That’s not even comparable.

          The roads are subsidized by taxpayers, and the taxpayers as a whole get to use them.

          Here, the subsidy is provided by one person (the landlord) and enjoyed by one person (you).

          You’re directly stealing from the landlord, and (this is crucial) you’re violating the rights of the person who would have outbid you for the apartment as well.

          Somewhere there is a person who would pay more for your rent-controlled apartment. You’re fucking the landlord, but you’re also fucking that other potential renter, who deserves the apartment that you do not deserve.

          1. The govt is the one fucking the landlord. The renter is just taking advantage of the situation. If you don’t, someone else will.

        3. Re: Anonymous dot,

          The streets are subsidized. Is it “stealing” to drive on them?

          They’re not subsidized. Understand one thing, you stupid fuck: The government does not conjure things out of nothing; government can only TAKE. Streets are paid with the wealth the government takes (not receives) from us, the productive.

          Is it immoral to pay the liquor tax when you want a bottle of booze?

          No, it’s immoral to levy it.

          And I’d be willing to bet that if you had the option of taking a $700/month rent-controlled apartment over a similar one, uncontrolled, at $1500, you’d grab the cheaper one.

          No, because the cost of having as neighbors the people that would take advantage of such largess is higher than the difference I pay. See: The Projects.

          You’d be a fool not to.

          You’re a fool for suggesting it.

          1. …”Living in a rent-controlled apartment isn’t theft when the local government makes the rules, skews the housing market and creates shortages.”…

            So when a local government screws up the economy, theft becomes something other than theft?

          2. Excellent OM.

  37. Re: Ice Nine,

    If you turn on CNN right now you will see that are still blathering on about [Irene.]

    CNN? Shit, try Fox. It’s like Irene was category 5 or something.

    Those are not the worst: The usual idiots at the NYT still tout this fizzled-out storm as an example of what “global warming” has in store for us. No, really!

    1. Once the mediots committed themselves to wall-to-wall weekend Hurricane Hysteria, they couldn’t back away from it and admit they were over the top.

      But it looks like most of Reason panicked and headed for the hills as well. Not one weekend thread since this one yesterday morning.

    2. Shit, open tag. Here’s the link:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08……html?_r=1

      1. That dumbfuck posts the same article every time there is any type of weather event whatsoever. I swear he’s got it set up like Mad Libs on his computer.

  38. The short answer from scientists is that they are still trying to figure it out. But many of them do believe that hurricanes will get more intense as the planet warms, and they see large hurricanes like Irene as a harbinger.

    Scientists say “we don’t know.” We’re saying “yes” anyway.

  39. You’re directly stealing from the landlord

    And this is made possible by the government, who stands behind you with a gun.

  40. Some people just dont make any sense at all dude. Wow.

    http://www.anon-stuff.us.tc

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