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Our Favorite—and Least Favorite—Things in 2012 (Non-Politics Edition)

Forget politics for a minute. Here's what Reason staffers liked - and hated - in the past year.

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Although Reason magazine, Reason.com, and Reason TV cover politics, it's a given that libertarians intensely dislike politics as a matter of principle. Politics is usually a zero-sum game in which 51 percent of voters get to sock it to the other 49 percent. Legislative battles tend to produce gloating winners, sore losers, bad feelings, and worse.

When you get outside of politics, though, a thousand flowers can bloom as people go their merry ways and work to create worlds of meaning for themselves and whoever shares their values, interests, and company. That's why libertarians want to squeeze politics—and the need for unified consensus and its enforcement—down to its smallest size possible.

Think about it this way: When religion is the province of politics, it's an ongoing source of social strife, as people are forced to worship in ways they dislike—or are kept from worshipping (or not) however they see fit. When religion is removed from the political realm, it flourishes as a voluntary activity filled with everything from atheists to Zoroastrians in the mix. There are still arguments, of course, but there is also a hell of a lot of peace, tolerance, and experimentation.

Across Reason's various platforms, we try to balance the need to keep an eye on the sorts of coercive, top-down controls constantly being foisted on us with a celebration of the interesting, fun, and meaningful things people are doing far beyond the tawdry setting of Congress, state capitols, and city halls.

Here are some of Reason.com staffers' favorite and least favorite things from 2012 that have little or nothing to do with politics. – Nick Gillespie

Ronald Bailey

Least Favorite Thing: The Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Kate Middleton, is going to have a baby next year. The airwaves and newsstands will be clotted.

Favorite Thing: From 1970 to 2010, global male life expectancy at birth increased from 56·4 years to 67·5 years and global female life expectancy at birth increased from 61·2 years to 73·3 years. Deaths among children younger than 5 years old have declined by almost 60 percent since 1970. Malnutrition fell from the leading cause of premature death to number eight.

Bailey is Reason's science correspondent.

Shikha Dalmia

Least Favorite Thing: Joshua Ledet, one of the best modern gospel singers, being eliminated in the penultimate round of American Idol. As if that was not bad enough, a constipated (if likeable) white boy, Philip Phillips, went on to win. It betrayed my faith in a just cosmos.

Favorite Thing: Watching Daniel Day Lewis—the best actor, living or dead—use his gaunt sexiness to give a tour de force performance in Lincoln. He looked like he was born to play the role—except that he looks like that in every role. But his portrayal of Lincoln grappling with the moral dilemma of making mincemeat out of the U.S. constitution for the sake of a just cause was fricking brilliant.

Dalmia is a senior analyst at Reason Foundation.

Brian Doherty

Least Favorite Thing: Yelp commenters. I'm a confirmed cornucopian and ultimately believe more is always better in the world of choices and information, but damn Yelp (the review site for everything) brings out negative nancies that make those without preternatural self-confidence in their own judgment scared to stay in any hotel, eat in any restaurant, or shop in any store without fear that just maybe they'll have the unmitigated most horrifying experience of their lives.

Favorite Thing: While music-listening service Spotify launched in the U.S. in July 2011, I didn't catch on until this year. Spotify gives you dire powers best not used by mortals (for instance, the ability to listen to all of Kansas's post-'70s LPs) its ease of use and breadth of access makes even this vinyl junkie wonder why he's still got over 3,000 black circles in cardboard sleeves around the house. And yes, it even pays writers and labels, though not in amounts that please them.

Matthew Feeney

Least Favorite Thing: The Olympics. What was supposed to be an exhibition of athletic excellence was little more than an embarrassing PR spectacle. Ethical concerns aside, at least doping would have made events such as handball and water polo worth watching.

Favorite Thing: Felix Baumgartner's free-fall. The Austrian daredevil jumped from a record-breaking 24 miles above the Earth's surface, and became the first human to break the sound barrier without the assistance of a vehicle on his way down. The feat was streamed live on YouTube and watched by more than 8 million people. It was one of the very few genuine awe-inspiring "wow" moments of 2012.

Feeney is assistant editor at Reason 24/7 news.

Nick Gillespie

Least Favorite Thing: Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography, Total Recall. There was a brief, shining moment when it looked like the Austrian Oak would transform California the way he had transformed bodybuilding and helped to create a new type of cinematic action hero. But this memoir, erroneously subtitled My Unbelievably True Life Story, boasts one of the least reliable and self-deceiving narrators since Ford Maddox Ford's The Good Soldier. Forget his hugely disappointing governorship (and his inability to explain why everything that could go wrong did -and times 1000). There's no insight here about life, love, or, truth be told, even lifting.

Favorite Thing: Ohio State football's unbeaten season while on NCAA probation. The Buckeyes were put on probation for minor infractions and banned from post-season play by an organization that is aribitrary at best and capricious at worst. They responded with the team's 10th unbeaten season, a poke in the eye to a horrible system that exploits the very players who make it so much fun to watch.

Gillespie is editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV and co-author with Matt Welch of The Declaration of Independents, now out in paperback.

Ed Krayewski

Least Favorite Thing: Fox Business canceling Freedom Watch, and not just because I worked there. Freedom Watch was one of the most libertarian shows ever on television, with Judge Andrew Napolitano providing the kind of analysis and guests rarely found elsewhere on the dial. Though it's no longer on the air, I like to think it's influenced the rest of Fox Business, and even other networks, to pay more mind to the libertarian point of view.

Favorite Thing: Johan Santana pitching the New York Mets' first franchise no-hitter; it took more than 8,000 games, but it finally happened. And against the St. Louis Cardinals and with Carlos Beltran's first return to Queens to boot.

Krayewski is an associate editor at Reason 24/7 news.

Katherine Mangu-Ward

Least Favorite Thing: Comcast, which is my Internet provider at home and at work. It is the bane of my existence. I pay them money to connect my computer to the Series of Tubes. And they do—sometimes. Comcast routinely wins "worst company of the year" awards, including the coveted Golden Poo from Consumerist a couple years back and a massive takedown in Wired in 2009

Favorite Thing: The Uber app. It's 5 a.m. You have to get the airport. It's cold. No cabs in sight. Open the Uber app on your phone. Two clicks. Five minutes later, your driver texts that his black cab is outside. Electronic payment happens invisibly. I love living in the future.

Mangu-Ward is managing editor of Reason magazine.

Damon Root

Least Favorite Thing: The human canvasses on Ink Master. Spike TV's Ink Master features a group of tattoo artists competing against each other for a $100,000 prize and bragging rights in the skin-and-ink trade. It's like Top Chef, except on this reality TV show you can't throw every disgusting entry down the garbage disposal. What kind of person voluntarily assumes the risk of wearing a losing tattoo for life? 

Favorite Thing: "Devil's Angels" by Danzig. Before starting the metal band Danzig, vocalist Glenn Danzig was the driving force behind The Misfits, a legendary New Jersey punk band that sang about zombies, ghouls, and teenagers from Mars. This new cover version of the 1967 biker movie theme song is a welcome throwback to his Misfits-era sound.

Root is managing editor of Reason.com.

Scott Shackford

Least Favorite Thing: Internet Memes.They were fun for a couple of years, with new ones popping up now and then for a good laugh. But as social media has expanded everybody is trying to make everything into a meme. Facebook walls are inundated with "One does not simply…" and "I don't always…" posts, and they're particularly unfunny when they're political.

Favorite Thing: The film Wreck-It Ralph. Gaming long ago transformed from a hobby for a particular American subculture to an entertainment option of interest to millions and shared between generations. Wreck-It Ralph was marvelously crafted with the idea of appealing across multiple generations and on the assumption that most Americans are familiar with the language and tropes that make up the culture of video games.

Shackford is an associate editor at Reason 24/7 news.

Peter Suderman

Least Favorite Thing: Apple's iOS6 Maps App, a near-total failure from a company that has made precious few missteps in recent years, and a warning sign that without founder Steve Jobs, the company may be on its way to lesser things. Thankfully, Google stepped into the breach with a far better maps app of its own. 

Favorite Thing: The video game Dishonored, a surprisingly clever, stealth-action game that allows—and even subtly encourages non-violence. You play an assassin in a steampunk Victorian city filled with gears and magic. But if you look around, there's always an option to avoid killing anyone, including your target. Playing this way is harder. It's also more rewarding.

Suderman is a senior editor at Reason magazine.

Jacob Sullum

Least favorite thing: Season 1 of Elementary. I really wanted to like this new CBS show but was defeated by two things: 1) the basic premise of super-detective Sherlock Holmes as a conspicuously tattooed recovering addict and Dr. Watson as his "sober sitter" sidekick and 2) Lucy Liu as a nosy, nagging Watson. Jonny Lee Miller is good as Holmes, but Liu is more annoying in this role than in anything else I've ever seen her in (possibly because there's a new installment every week). The British update of the Holmes stories, Sherlock, is vastly superior (and no, not just because it's British).

Favorite thing: Season 3 of The Walking Dead. Still one of the week's TV highlights, the AMC zombie drama is consistently engaging, suspenseful, and surprising. 

Sullum is a senior editor at Reason and a nationally syndicated columnist.

J.D. Tuccille

Least Favorite Thing: Gangnam Style. It's not that it's so horrible in and of itself; it's just catchy enough to get inside your head, and your friends' heads, and the heads of people who ought not ever consider dancing like a horse, and completely permeate the world. It's like the Macarena, but now its various iterations can be spread on Facebook.

Favorite Thing: DIY e-book publishing. This started a few years ago, but it took off this year as publishing programs such as Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble's PubIt, Lulu, Smashwords and other outfits allowed indie authors to bring new books to readers at competitive prices (averaging around $2.99) while old-line publishing houses continued to offer books in electronic form priced as if each copy was individually hand-crafted by monks. At indie e-book prices you can afford to take a risk, and readers and writers alike win.

Tuccille is the managing editor of Reason 24/7 News.

Matt Welch

Least Favorite Thing: Brooklyn Department of Motor Vehicles. Yes, it's cliche for a libertarian to complain about the DMV. But what if I told you that every employee I met inside Brooklyn's notorious Atlantic Terminal DMV was perfectly nice and outwardly competent, that neither of my two basic procedures met any unexpected delay, and yet still the process took an unbelievable—and utterly predicted – five hours? No wonder Mayor Michael Bloomberg would rather talk about soda-cup sizes and national gun bans: He sucks at basic services.

Favorite Thing: Peter Joseph Osterhaus memorial in Koblenz, Germany. My great-great-great grandfather, Peter Joseph Osterhaus, was a German 1848er who fled revolutionary Mannheim, made his way to the United States with his young family, volunteered for the army of the North (one of 200,000 or so Germans to do so), and eventually became a major general. My mom, a retired nurse, wrote a biography of him that came out in 2010. In large part because of that, the American and German descendants of Osterhaus united this year (along with military representatives from both countries) to erect a proper memorial near his mudslide-damaged grave in Koblenz, Germany. Nothing better than 21st-century technology reuniting a family divided in the 19th, and reminding citizens of both countries about the primacy of democratic principles.

Welch is the editor in chief of Reason magazine and the co-author with Nick Gillespie of The Declaration of Independents, out in paperback.

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  1. Favorite thing: My continued humble awesomeness in the face of less than awesome company.

    Least favorite thing: Still no Community.

    1. Who hurt you FOE?

      How could any dean be so mean?

      1. That comment is streets behind.

  2. Welch, it’s amazing that your ancestor even had a grave. My war hero Kraut great-great-great-great grandfather doesn’t have a grave at all; Germany-based genealogists tell me that graves are repurposed in Germany to save space and that any grave older than 100 years old pretty much doesn’t exist.

    1. Which war was he a hero in? Guessing from the number of greats, was it the Franco-Prussian war?

      1. Napoleonic…fought in the King’s German Legion, in the famous 2nd Light Battalion. He lived to a ripe old age and died in Germany in 1874 (he brought his family to the U.S. in 1838, but he never became a citizen and went back-and-forth to Germany a lot).

    2. He had been a person of note, a U.S. Consul General in Mannheim near the end of his life, then spent his last days in Koblenz(during which time his son was Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, which made for some awkward letter-writing). The grave was nothing much; it’s only the rehabilitation/memorial this year that made anything like a splash.

  3. Favourite thing: Probably Jon Hamm. Or annoying FoE with my spelling and vocabulary

    Least favourite thing: Slavers. Every last one of the fuckers

    1. Here, let me put extra u’s in all my wourds and see houw youu like it.

    2. “Proubably Joun Hamm. Our annouying FouE with my spelling and voucabuulary.”

  4. Favorite Thing: Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall.

    Really? Watching a guy fall is awe-inspiring?

    1. Watching the free fall? In itself not particularly; but the complete concept of being 20+ miles up and jumping out of freakin’ balloon. Yeah, that was awe-inspiring.

      I’m with Feeney on this one. But, to each his own.

      1. “But, to each his own.”

        See: https://reason.com/archives/201…..your-thing

  5. Least Favorite Thing: Internet Memes.

    One does not simply insult Internet memes. I don’t always take issue with reason staff, but when I do I do not simply insult them.

    1. Whether or not you like memes is of much less import than whether or not they like you.

  6. Favorite thing: Ohio State football’s unbeaten season while on NCAA probation.

    Nick — I love you, man!

    1. Times infinity. The NCAA slavers suck ass.

    2. Yes, indeed. A chorus of Carmen Ohio for Nick.

    3. As usual, Nick proves this magazine and website are worthwhile just because he’s around.

      Also, Fuck Michigan!

      1. [Also, Fuck Michigan!]

        BASTARD!

  7. Least Favorite Thing: Fucking lameass History class. I’ll never understand how people can have so much interest in the second most boring subject ever.

    Favorite Thing: Becoming more confident in my powers as an individual human being.

    1. I’ll never understand how people can have so much interest in the second most boring subject ever.

      Nothing says knowledge and wisdom like having no interest or understanding of the past.

      1. At least he didn’t say Spelling class.

        1. Spelling is fascist.

      2. What good has your vast knowledge and understanding of the past done for you?

        1. Since you don’t have it, you wouldn’t understand even if I explained it to you.

          And I have no doubt your history class is lame. But that is because your teacher sucks not because history is lame. The truth is almost always more interesting than fiction.

          1. Since you don’t have it, you wouldn’t understand even if I explained it to you.

            I’m glad you were able to come up with an honest answer instead of a personal attack. I guess you did learn something important from your studies of the past.

            The truth is almost always more interesting than fiction.

            I’m not sure what this statement has to do with history.

            1. I’m not sure what this statement has to do with history.

              Think harder.

            2. And it is true. If you are so far gone, you don’t see or understand the value of the past, no amount of pleading on my part is going to change you.

              1. We history professors thank you.

          2. I agree with Sparky, John. History class has little to do with learning about history. I took a class on Pre- and wartime Germany and learned little. I read Rise and Fall Of The Third Reich by Shirer and Inside the Third Reich by (my distant relation) Speer and learned quite a bit.

            1. History classes, as taught by current academics, generally suck. But history as a subject is great. He seems to be denying the latter and that is why I disagree with him.

              1. That’s not how I read his comments. I think he likes learning, but doesn’t want to learn the often-meaningless minutiae because a period just so happens to be in a syllabus for 2 weeks longer than is necessary. Or he doesn’t want to be indoctrinated by a professor with an obvious agenda.

                1. I read, I’ll never understand how people can have so much interest in the second most boring subject ever. to be an indictment of the entire subject, not just the particular class or teacher.

                2. That’s a fairly accurate summation, sloop. If I come across something that I need to apply some context to, I know where to go to find the information. Otherwise, the rest is just useless details.

          3. I don’t always read books, but when I do, I read books on historical subjects.

            1. After all, one can’t simply ignore history and expect to understand current events.

              1. I disagree, completely.

                1. You’re probably confused about that 2nd Amendment too aren’t you?

    2. I love history, but I absolutely hated history class. It was pretty much an extension of English Lit. We read some shitty leftwing books tangentially connected to American history and analyzed why people’s lives sucked back then.

      1. Oh and that reminds me of the political science class I was forced to take where the professor openly admitted that she viewed it as her job to convert us to liberalism.

      2. This. History is enormously fascinating, but good luck telling that to a history prof or a high school history teacher.

        Medieval England, Spain, and the eastern Roman Empire are particularly fascinating IMO.

      3. My American history class in high school was cool; at least the parts I was awake for. When we got to the 1940’s, our teacher had us watch the entire Band of Brothers series for two weeks.

        1. I guess it was an attempt to convert you to HBO?

        2. I’m surprised your teacher didn’t get fired for spreading “propaganda.”

    3. In my Anthropological Theory class, I would always have to play devil’s advocate on the Friday discussions, because otherwise 40 people were all just nodding in agreement.

      One of the weeks I recall taking the position that learning history is pointless, we only need to worry about the lessons from history. For example, we don’t need to know all of the details of the Bubonic plague to know that germs are bad, mmmkay.

      Very rarely did I actually support the argument I was making, but I remember this one especially getting the class riled up (maybe because we were all anthropology majors, so without history what purpose do we have?)

      1. One of the weeks I recall taking the position that learning history is pointless, we only need to worry about the lessons from history.

        This is pretty much where I stand. I am thoroughly into Philosophy and think that how people thought in the past is an excellent gauge of why things happened which is more important that just what happened.

        1. I am thoroughly into Philosophy and think that how people thought in the past is an excellent gauge of why things happened which is more important that just what happened.

          If you don’t understand history and are not interested in the time and the context of when the philosophy was written, then you are not really into philosophy. And you cannot understand why things happened if you don’t know what those things, namely history, were.

          You can’t really separate history and philosophy. For example, you can’t understand Descartes if you don’t understand the middle ages and scholasticism that he was rebelling against. Sure you can read it. But you won’t fully understand it.

          1. That may be true for you, John, but I have no such problems. I suppose it’s just because I’m a better thinker than you are. Why do you feel the need to project your shortcomings onto me?

            1. That may be true for you, John, but I have no such problems

              Yes you do. You are just not smart enough or self aware enough to know it. Have you told a lot of people how you are “really into philosophy” but have no interest in the time or place or context when it was written? If not, do so and notice the looks you get.

              1. John, I know you hate to think that anyone might be more intelligent than you, but you’re just going to have to accept the fact that some are. I feel slightly embarrassed for you when you spout your absolutist screeds all over the place. I know you want to believe that you’re better than me because you make more money or went to a better school than I did, but all of your wishing just isn’t going to make it so.

                The best part about what I listed as my favorite thing is that I can easily refuse to become like you just to prove a point. I am confident in the fact that I am better than you, but I won’t condescend or stoop to your level because of it.

                1. No Sparky, I don’t think I am better than you. I just think you are being foolish and depriving yourself of a very interesting subject.

                  1. No Sparky, I don’t think I am better than you. I just think you are being foolish and depriving yourself of a very interesting subject.

                    I have ADD and am comfortable with that fact. I don’t have the time or the inclination to sort through every minute detail of everything that happened at some point in the past. If you’re into that, more power to you. I just think it’s boring as shit.

                    1. I probably have ADD as well. And history is not the minute details. It is the story. And the real stories and people are much more interesting than the fictional ones. If it is well written, it is just entertaining.

                    2. Do you own/run a business?

                2. But the best part is your humility!

              2. I think he would be getting weird looks moreso because he tells people he’s “really into philosophy”. They would probably tune out the rest of the sentence.

                Seriously John, people can fully appreciate something without appreciating it in the same way you do. I was capable of finding the derivative of a calculus equation without showing my work (to the displeasure of my teachers); does this mean I have less appreciation for the process? No, it just means I don’t have to waste my time in meaningless steps.

                1. I think he would be getting weird looks moreso because he tells people he’s “really into philosophy”. They would probably tune out the rest of the sentence.

                  Unfortunately this is true. There really is nobody around to talk to regularly and it’s a pain in the ass trying to sound out thought because of it.

          2. For example, you can’t understand Descartes if you don’t understand the middle ages and scholasticism that he was rebelling against. Sure you can read it.

            I’m flagging this as BS.

    4. History becomes much more interesting when you travel and see the shit you’re learning about. That Architectural History class I took junior year of college would have been deadly boring if I hadn’t been standing smack dab in the middle of the Selimiye Mosque while learning about it.

    5. I hated history class as well. All the fucking crap about the position of women in society X. Who fucking cares. We learned about the position of women in medieval Vietnam, but never bothered to learn anything about the Jews. We just learned about how Judiasm came into existence, how Christianity came into existence, while we never learned about the Temple, the Revolt, The Torah or the Talmud, or the disapora. When we got to Russia and it came time to justify Bolshevik atrocity, I asked how exactly the Jews got from Israel to Poland, and guess what, we didn’t have time to study that!

      1. You know who else cared about the positions of women?

          1. Nah. Wilt Chamberlain.

    6. If you think history is boring, you’re doin’ it wrong.

      And I note that you complain about the subject, not the class.

      1. I just find the whole subject thoroughly uninteresting. That doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about history, it just doesn’t interest me.

        BTW, the most boring subject in the world is economics. I also know a little bit about economics, that doesn’t make it any more interesting.

        1. “BTW, the most boring subject in the world is economics. I also know a little bit about economics, that doesn’t make it any more interesting.”

          Writing that here qualifies you for the Contrarian of the Year award!

  8. Tempted to say my most and least favorite things are one in the same. NHL lockout. Least because I love hockey and most because it’s driving those syrup suckers batshit crazy.

    1. I’ll take this opportunity to tell you that not everyone here in Canada is hockey mad.

      I sure as hell am not.

  9. Least favorite thing: My university (Central Florida) joining the Big East only to have anywhere from 5 to 13 teams leave it and we are now stuck in pretty much the same spot: a weak conference that will get no love in BCS standings.

    Most favorite thing: My dad becoming more libertarian. He voted for Ron Paul in the primary, but unfortunately I think he did end up voting for Romney in the general. Still, little steps. He just bought a Glock 19 and is generally coming around to my level of hatred for petty and arbitrary government restrictions. Running a small vending business will do that to a person.

    1. Running a small vending business will do that to a person.

      that squared. My wife used to think she was liberal – still is on social things – till she owned a business and saw how much govt equated to plunder. Like your dad, she is in the libertarian camp.

  10. Least favorite thing: the 2012 election. The whole fucking thing and everything about it.

    Favorite thing (in 2012 and for eternity): SKIING

    1. Booo! You need to try snowboarding.

      Seriously though, I’m glad you like it. Skiing can be a lot of fun if you either have a good instructor or are a quick learner. I’m always worried about twisting a knee though, which is why I prefer snowboarding now.

      1. At age 40, the chances of me giving up 33 years of ski snobbery are pretty much nil.

        I had terrible ski teachers (or I was a terrible student), so I just learned it in my own time. It’s 90% confidence, 10% technique.

  11. Least favorite thing: My wife is in the terminal stages of baby fever. I can see my free time and money slipping away.

    Most favorite thing: Scuba diving in Hawaii and seeing two white-tipped reef sharks. Fuckin A!

    1. Dude, the “babies cost a fortune” thing is overrated. And while your free time will be limited, your money won’t disappear as fast as you think.

      Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a diaper to change and a baby to feed since my wife is still asleep.

      1. Oh yeah, and there’s dealing with all the bodily fluids and never getting to sleep. I think if I could fast forward a child to 4 years old – about the time they stop being an amorphous blob, unrecognizable as a human being – I’d be perfectly fine with being a parent. But then again, I’ve never liked babies.

        1. if I could fast forward a child to 4 years old

          Why on Earth would you want to rush right to the hard part?

        2. If she’s in the terminal stages, does that mean you’re almost home free then?

          1. Sadly no 🙁

            Have an emoticon. I hear teh womens like that sort of thing.

            1. Aww. Right back at ya buddy 🙁

            2. Least favorite thing: My wife is in the terminal stages of baby fever. I can see my free time and money slipping away.

              I have already succumbed. The plus side? She initiates. The minus? That’ll probably be the last time.

        3. You could have just adopted a four year old Russian kid if those Putinites hadn’t have fucked you over yesterday. Of course, adopting an American child is out of the question unless you have years to waste and a lot of money to spend.

          1. Yeah. Makes it really hard to establish a child coal mining operation. Le sigh.

            1. Oh a serious note we are thinking of adopting a child as well. The fucking state of California makes it an arduous process to say the least. We’re going to start, but they want people to be foster parents for a lengthy period before they’ll let them adopt, and then they don’t like them adopting for the kids they foster. It’s a convoluted system that I’m fairly certain is more concerned with being a jobs program than it is getting kids adopted.

              1. Yeah, that really sucks. I bet attempting to adopt a child could turn a person into a libertarian.

            2. Which is sad, because you could dig smaller tunnels if all the workers were kids.

  12. Favorite: I can still get a boner.

    Least Favortie: I never got to use said boner.

    1. Amen to that, brother.

      1. Too. Much. Information.

  13. Least Favorite Thing: Facebook. It seems to have very little actual value. It has turned the exhibitionism and inflated sense of self worth of this new generation into something willfully endorsed by society. Ten years ago if a girl wanted to take a picture of herself almost naked with five other girls at a party, she had to go out and buy a camera, buy the film, then go develop the film, carry the photo around with her and show people. She would have been ridiculed even by the most ardent feminist. Now she can just upload it to Facebook and watch all the other kids “like” the photo. In addition Facebook is the ultimate example of false appearances. Everyone looks so happy on Facebook even if they are suicidal on the inside.
    Most favorite thing: Minecraft. Though the programming is simplistic and could probably be done more efficiently, I like the easy-to-do modelling on it. No other 3D game is simpler in it’s construction. To model a block or a moving entity is very easy, the lighting and 3D effects work remarkably well.

    1. Now she can just upload it to Facebook and watch all the other kids “like” the photo.

      Hmm, I might need to amend my list of favorite things. God bless technology.

      1. What if it were someone in your family?

        1. Yet you continue to post photos and videos of your wife getting tag-teamed by two big, mean, stupid, violent African-Americans on your Tumblr.

        2. What if it were someone in your family?

          that actually may be the best use of FB – the ability to point out to family members just how monumentally stupid they look to the entire world and how, given technology, it’s not just about them.

  14. Least Favorite Thing: Comcast

    For me, it’s not just Comcast, but the fact that the city council has given Comcast a monopoly franchise, given bullshit reasons for doing so, and then lied about promoting cable competition.

  15. Least Favorite Thing: The inability of Bama’s db to stop the Aggies from gaining huge chunks of yardage during the first quarter and a half of the Alabama-Texas A&M football game.

    Favorite Thing: Mark Richt/Aaron Murray failing to clock the ball, insuring that Georgia would only get to run one play at the goal-line during the last 15 seconds of the SEC Championship Game.

    1. Yeah, it kinda sucks knowing that you can’t go undefeated, huh?

      1. They can still win a national championship.

    2. I bet you Notre Dame beats Alabama. Alabama doesn’t have a Julio Jones or a big play maker in the passing game. Meanwhile, Notre Dame has the best front seven in football and will stop Alabama’s running game and score just enough to win.

      1. I am really hoping you are right, John. I can’t stand SEC homers, and it would be so sweet for a non-BCS team who played a pretty tough schedule all season to go undefeated and win it all.

        1. non-BCSnon-AQ conference team

          Sorry for the confusion.

      2. they have a freshman wideout that is the real deal. Made at least one huge play against UGA. Big kid and fast. He may not be Julio yet but he’s headed in that direction. Name escapes me at the moment; it’ll come right as I hit ‘submit’.

        1. Amari Cooper

          And John, Alabama’s lineman have the same average height and weight as the New York Giants’ line.

          I think Bama has just enough going for it in the passing game to open up the field for our running backs.

          And ND hasn’t played a team of Bama’s caliber yet this year. They struggled with Pitt and they struggled against USC with a 2nd string QB.

          I hope it’s a good game, but I think it’ll get ugly for ND.

    3. caleb
      your favorite thing ought to be that bama gets breaks other teams can only dream of. Lose at home and not win your own division? Who cares; have a rematch.

      Lost at home by a bigger margin than the score showed? Who cares; get a chance over every other one-loss team.

      Full disclosure: I am genetically incapable of being a bama supporter though will acknowledge that the tide has a solid program and saban is a hell of a coach.

      1. I guess that would have been my favorite thing about 2011.

        I suspect that Auburn fans’ least favorite thing about 2012 was Michael Dyer and Barrett Trotter’s disappearance. Especially Trotter. What, the guy has a solid, if somewhat less than expected 2011 season, and Chizik chases him off? Chizik should have been fired in the off-season.

  16. Most Favorite Thing: getting little Reason home on Christmas Day after 23 days in the hospital and finding out that she ended up being the best-case scenario the surgeons dealing with her have ever seen.

    Least Favorite Thing: getting used to the Directv Red Zone Channel only to realize I’m gonna have to pay for it next year.

    1. + infinity on your MFT. Very cool following that story.

    2. Can’t top that.

      Major props, BTW, on naming your kid after a nuclear-powered hypervelocity railgun.

      1. Snow Crash ref?

  17. Least favorite thing: 4 more years of Obama.

    Favorite thing: Seeing Gary Johnson break the one-million-vote barrier as a Libertarian.

  18. Second least favorite thing: Getting logged out of Reason every few minutes, often deleting long and brilliant posts with impeccable formatting.

  19. I don’t want to cause trouble, but I couldn’t help noticing none of the Reasonites picked the H & R commentariat as their favorite thing.

  20. Favorite thing: wearing shorts in northern Nebraska in January.

    Least favorite thing: the drought in northern Nebraska, leading to numerous prairie fires in the summer, which I predicted while wearing shorts in January.

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