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Eccentric Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Makes Strangest Move Yet: Becoming Trump Delegate

White nationalist William Johnson also on delegate list, though Trump campaign says that was just a "database error."

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California's secretary of state office recently released an official list of pledged delegates for the state Republican Party. Many were surprised to find on it the name of original PayPal investor and tech billionaire Peter Thiel, whose apparent outing as a Trump supporter has been raising eyebrows and hackles.

jurvetson via Foter.com / CC BY

Thiel, whose politics mostly seemed to be anti-politics in the past to the extent he's described them at length, fecklessly threw a couple of million at an underperforming Ron Paul-supporting SuperPAC called Endorse Liberty in 2012.

But Thiel also helped launch the libertarian-tinged Seasteading Institute (which seeks to create new lands free of existing governments rules on the high seas, the ultimate anti-politics cause), and created controversy in an essay for the Cato Institute's web site in 2009 in which he seemed to lament the political effects of giving the franchise to women and in general suggested that a healthy free economy and democracy might not be the best bedfellows.

Thiel has not yet commented publicly on supporting Trump, though he did diss him somewhat to Daily Caller back in 2014, saying that Trump was "sort of symptomatic of everything that is wrong with New York City."

He also gave $2 million to a Carly Fiorina SuperPAC this cycle, Wired reports.

In other news from the Trump delegate list, it initially included the name of white supremacist William Johnson, which also created huge controversy.

The Trump campaign is now claiming that he's not really a Trump delegate and that was a database error; they meant to remove his name back in February, likely as a result of the controversy that arose over a set of Iowa robocalls Johnson's American National SuperPAC paid for supporting Trump on explicit white nationalist grounds.

Daily Beast reports Trump did return a direct $250 donation from Johnson after the controversy broke.

Before Trump backpedaled, Mother Jones wrote a long, detailed, and entertaining profile on Johnson and his love of Trump. (Johnson, like Thiel, also had a Ron Paul past. He was a Ron Paul donor, and back in 2008 even hosted a fundraiser for Paul and ran a Los Angeles based Meetup online group in Paul's support, and ran for an L.A. Superior Court judgship. I recall at the time other SoCal Paulites professed to not being familiar with his white nationalist beliefs, which are detailed in the above Mother Jones profile.)

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  1. What’s the difference between crazy and eccentric?

    About a billion dollars.

    1. /old Ross Perot joke (and it may go back further)

      1. If you go back far enough, it was a million dollars.

    2. “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money.” — famously attributed to Sen. Everett Dirksen

      1. Except it was “A million….”

    3. I kinda like Rothbard’s theory that all billionaires are crazy because they become completely surrounded by yes men that distort their view of reality.

      1. It doesnt take a billion to become surrounded by yes men.

        just a deep checkbook or some power over others.

        Via a government title perhaps.

  2. The framing of that picture makes it look like Thiel is sitting in an old-timey wheel chair.

    I felt that this important aspect of the discussion shouldn’t go unnoticed.

    1. It’s a dog whistle for FDR voters!

    2. The Bond-villain-style cat he was holding was edited out of the photo.

    3. Mr. Potter, from “It’s a Wonderful Life”: rich and heartless.

      FDR: Rich and tyrannical

      Peter Thiel: Rich and stoopid

    4. I didn’t notice the chair, I was distracted by how in the pic he seemed to be describing the size and heft of Donald’s balls.

      1. I would have guessed that he was describing G. Gordon Liddy’s balls.

        1. In the book The Falcon and the Snowman the writer describes one of his prison experiences. He and his partner were major cocaine smugglers who got caught early on in the game.

          He is in a federal prison. All the different gangs have their separate turf

          There is one middle aged white guy in the prison who’s clothes are miraculously always pressed like they came from a dry cleaners. He walks unimpeded between the various boundaries set by each jailhouse gang and no one fucks with him.

          It was G. Gordan Libby. A reputed CIA guy who’s gang was moer powerful than any of the prison gangs and they respected that and left him alone.

  3. Call me crazy, but if I was worth more than a billion dollars, I’d have better things to do with my time.

    1. Not to mention your money. $2 million would have been much more useful in singles rolled up and sent to the people of VZ as toilet paper than as a donation to Carly Fiorina. It’s getting flushed down the shitter either way, but at least that way it helps people first.

      1. Exactly. At a minimum, with my libertarian proclivities, both Reason and Lew Rockwell would have me on speed dial.

        1. And did I mention Gary Johnson?

      2. Silly Hugh. You can’t flush your shit paper down the toilet in Latin America. *points to bin*

        1. Clearly, neither of you have actually tried to flush money down the toilet. I mean, that is if you even care about the eventual backup and overflow.

          1. *Glares at Paul, points to bin*

      3. Maybe he should have organized a TP airlift to VZ. Imagining airdrops of TP over Caracas.

    2. Yeah. Like nothing. Nothing would be a GREAT use of my time when I’m a billionaire.

      (ha… when…)

      1. It will be everything you think it could be.

      2. Sir – you have orphans to whip into shape. Do you want them slacking?

    3. It’s an investment. Now Fiorina owes him a favor, and you can’t put a price tag on that.

      1. Good….point.

  4. If Chris Christie backs him, that tells me everything I need to decide not to support Trump.

    1. Talk about coals to Newcastle.

    2. You already have all the info required for that decision.

  5. OT:

    Expanding on Irish’s (racist!) reference to Obama administration official(s), Ben Rhodes to name one, manipulating the modern media:

    Price tells Samuels that he would funnel talking points to the White House’s “compadres” in the press, “and the next thing I know, lots of these guys are in the dot-com publishing space, and have huge Twitter followings, and they’ll be putting this message out on their own.”
    “All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” Rhodes is quoted as saying. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

    BTW, he’s referring to the journalists he likes and thinks are useful.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/…..z48IQrVpxL

    1. How dare he insult foreign correspondents! Outrage is right.

    1. What a nutjob dirtbag.

      1. Thanks for the tip about accounting for the construction in Montreal, I would have never guessed. Another acquaintance of ours that lives in Montreal advised us to book our lodging earlier, since the USD is “strong” these days.

        I may take you up on your offer and give you a holler, I wanna hit Unibroue. I haven’t been to MTL in 15 years, which is a shame since I live less than 5 hours south in NH. Never been to Quebec City I’m sad to say, as well.

        1. Also this will be my first “mandatory passport” crossing. Boo police state!

        2. Yeh, I think your safe though since it just started its uptick but it probably hit its ‘sweet spot’ at around .80 cents.

          Montreal has gotten progressively worse over the years with the congestion – strange since I don’t think the city is growing in any significant manner.

          Meh.

          1. My last visit, I rolled in on Boxing Day evening. Pedestrians were categorically ignoring all of the pedestrian traffic signals; classy. Despite that, I enjoyed my time there freezing my ass off.

            1. Yeh. Another problem here. Don’t get me going with our lack of politesse.

              This is a place where people speed up at cross-walks.

    2. The party of tolerance

      1. I find it fascinating that she converted to Catholicism.

        1. Some cults are significantly better than others.

      2. Her Dad probably wishes she’d marry a nice Jewish girl.

        1. Paging Crusty Juggler…Crusty to the red courtesy phone.

    3. Didn’t read the article, but he’s not wrong.

      1. Oops misread the quoted text. Pretty sure the Japanese and Germans were absolutely given some clemency and quarter after surrendering.

  6. Happened to be watching CNBC this morning and co-host Sara Eisen said that Thiel supporting Trump was not surprising as he, Thiel, is a libertarian. So, is that the new game in town – trying to equate Trump with libertarianism?

    1. As I stated in an earlier thread, the only thing worse than bad government is fewer government.

    2. There seems to be a contingent of libertarians supporting Trump because he’s “anti-establishment” and “anti-PC.” And a good number of non-libertarians who used to support Ron Paul. I’ve also noticed quite a few (not here, but elsewhere) supporting Sanders for the same “anti-establishment” reason more or less.

      1. You mean “libertarians”. This place has an infestation of know-nothing peons.

        1. I’ve seen it in other places as well. I do agree that there’s no good reason for a libertarian to support Trump, and the same goes for Sanders.

    3. It’s not a new game in town. Equating libertarians with conservatives, fascists, and national socialists is an old game.

      1. Politics is like that famous New Yorker cover: the farther West you look from Manhattan, the more it all blurs together.

    4. Get with the times, man:

      http://www.infowars.com/promin…..ald-trump/

      1. Oh-oh, don’t they realize that Cytotoxic is going to write them out of libertarianism and call them ignorant hillbillies??

    5. Trump is the pick for libertarians, like Thiel, who can do math.

  7. and created controversy in an essay for the Cato Institute’s web site in 2009 in which he seemed to lament the political effects of giving the franchise to women

    So you’re telling me he doesn’t girls?

    1. That explains him being mistaken for a libertarian.

    2. What, rampant statism and erosion of the notion of equality under law?

      What’s not to like?

  8. So what you’re telling me that Mr. Thiel generally makes horrible investment decisions and hitting it rich from PayPal was likely a fluke? Got it.

    1. Thiel quote from 1999: “In the future, when we make our service available outside the U.S. and as Internet penetration continues to expand to all economic tiers of people, PayPal will give citizens worldwide more direct control over their currencies than they ever had before. It will be nearly impossible for corrupt governments to steal wealth from their people through their old means because if they try the people will switch to dollars or Pounds or Yen, in effect dumping the worthless local currency for something more secure.”

      Yeah, him being a billionaire is definitely a fluke.

    2. Thiel also got in on Facebook early (2004) and he/his funds have invested in a bunch of other successful firms, along with some stinkers and yet-to-be-seens. PayPal was hardly his only good play.

    3. I don’t think Bloomberg News was a fluke, either, doesn’t make Mike Bloomberg a nice guy.

  9. Off topic, but I hope Reason eventually covers it:
    DEA serving search warrant at Prince’s compound.

    Prince was hopelessly addicted to opiates, and seeking help. The DEA made it nearly impossible to do that.

    In fact, Prince’s team contacted an addiction specialist in CA seeking help just days before his death. The DEA is now investigating that doctor too.

    1. Double OT, a friend just texted me that the Kremlin is “debating” releasing 20,000 of Hillary’s emails. Don’t know if it’s true, and I don’t yet have a link, but boy, wouldn’t that be delicious.

      1. You text about lame stuff. If there aren’t any nudes, I’m not interested

        1. Emails #245 and #1248.

          Er…so I hear.

          1. Paging Barfman. Barfman, please report to this thread.

    2. Exhibit #52856728956784021556789208 of how the War on Drugs is truly evil.

    3. You can just bet some Minnesota Congresscritter is going to name a law after Prince that gives the DEA more tools to fight the scourge of addiction.

  10. Kind of baffling to go from Fiorina to Trump. Also baffling that Paul got support from white supremacists. I don’t know if that’s intentional, but evidently there was corruption up and down in his staff. I suspect he’s a principled guy, just manipulated. Whether that is true for Thiel or just a cynical move, hard to say.

    1. White supremacists liked his foreign policy.

      Same with Pat Buchanan. America First, it’s all the Jews fault.

    2. Take a look at Clinton and Sanders, and it’s not baffling at all.

    3. Kind of baffling to go from Fiorina to Trump.

      Not that baffling.

      I liked Carly as the candidate who best articulated the problem of the unaccountable regulatory state. I like Trump for going after the power base of that ever increasing regulatory state, first and foremost stopping the spigot that imports voters for the regulatory state.

  11. http://www.thegatewaypundit.co…..ls-hacked/

    God I hope it’s true.

    1. Whether they are released or not, it is a win for Putin. He will decide a presidential election!

      It is also telling how everyone believes that he has emails.

      1. It is true V. Putin doesn’t do email. He has Instagram for pictures of him riding bear with manliness.

        1. Whilst shirtless….and carrying a rifle.

          1. Whilst shirtless….and carrying a rifle…….

            ….in his teeth.

            Kevin R

    2. I thought she said it wasn’t hacked. Hmmmm….

    3. Time to hit that reset button again.

    4. Uhhhh…

      The RT piece is abundantly clear about what it is they are publishing, and contrary to Gateway Pundit and the “report” they cite from WhatDoesItMean.com (featuring “What You Aren’t Being Told About The World You Live In”, “How The ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Label Was Conceived To Derail The Truth Movement”, “How Covert American Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations”), it ain’t “Clinton’s emails”.

      RT:

      On the back of widespread public interest RT has decided to publish in their entirety a series of memos which were allegedly sent from a one-time White House aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

      The emails, which were allegedly sent by former political adviser Sidney Blumenthal to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were forwarded to RT by a hacker using the alias “Guccifer.”

      Guccifer was credited with hacking the AOL email account of Blumenthal last week, though the authenticity of the emails has not been verified.

      And yes, Western journalists did report on this.

      In other words, I’m going to recommend you not share this on Facebook.

      1. LMAO

        An astounding, and frankly terrifying, nearly 500 page report prepared for the Security Council (SC) by the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and Federal Security Service (FSB) is warning today that the United States can now be classified as undergoing a coup d’?tat where Freemasonic forces (for the first time in 188 years) led by American billionaire Donald Trump, and aided by secretive elements within both the Sicilian and American mafia, are presently engaged in a “soon to be deadly” all-out battle against the US Federal Reserve System supported “shadow government” currently ruling that nation, and who on its side is being aided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the La Santa Sede (Vatican/Holy See).

        Though little known among the American people, the GRU had previously reported, Donald Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born on the Island of Lewis, in Scotland, where she and her Gaelic speaking ancestors were the “caretaker/guardians” of the Callanish Stones many believe to have been erected as geographic “markers” mapping the Knights Templar’s voyages from Europe to America where their vast treasure and documents were hidden before the European discovery of the North American continent in the late 15th century.

        1. Making Donald Trump’s cabal even stronger, this report states, was his joining forces this past week with the head of another powerful Freemasonic faction, New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

          Governor Christie, the SVR explains in this report, has been long believed by Federation intelligence sources to be the 6th cousin of Donald Trump through the paternal line of his Scottish born great-grandfather, James H. Christie?whose family, like Donald Trump’s mothers MacLeod line, were also caretakers of the Callanish Stones on the Island of Lewis, and whose father, Wilbur James “Bill” Christie, managed “substantial” Freemason funds during his career at the Bank of New York that was established in 1784 by the American Founding Father and Freemason Alexander Hamilton, until its collapse in the 2007-2008 global banking crisis.

          I had heard to avoid Gateway Pundit but never really looked into it. Well, now I know why.

            1. Hey, did either of my messages from last week inbox to the new address you gave me?

              1. Yes. I got them. Sorry, I haven’t responded to them, but I will very soon!

                And thank you.

                1. Oh no worries. Just checking, since that ISP “loses” stuff based on my experience. No rush.

          1. Great job Karl. One of the worst aspects of the modern right is the love of citing nutjob websites that don’t the difference between truth and lie.

          2. Sorry, what does this link have to do with Gateway Pundit?

          3. Chris Christie a Freemason? I guess that nowadays, technically, they would take a Catholic, and the Pope won’t excommunicate you for joining, not since 1983. But an RC being a Mason is not the way to bet.

            Now, a secret Knights of Columbus conspiracy…….

            They’ve got capes, and swords, and plumed hats!

            Kevin R

    5. I just glanced at that.

      I don’t think there’s any proof anywhere that shows that Hillary’s server was hacked.

      The stuff that “Guccifer” accessed he got from getting into Sid Blumenthal’s AOL account. No third party has ever shown documents that were not already in the public domain that came from HRC’s account.

      That said, i’m pretty sure people have accessed it. Its just not ever going to be news.

      also – i tend to be skeptical of any story that links to sites that say the following =

      [Note: Many governments and their intelligence services actively campaign against the information found in these reports so as not to alarm their citizens about the many catastrophic Earth changes and events to come, a stance that the Sisters of Sorcha Faal strongly disagree with in believing that it is every human beings right to know the truth. Due to our missions conflicts with that of those governments, the responses of their ‘agents’ has been a longstanding misinformation/misdirection campaign designed to discredit us, and others like us, that is exampled in numerous places, including HERE.]

      The “Future Of Humanity” You’re Not Allowed To Know

      They Are Going To Come For You?Why Are You Helping Them?

      1. Who the fuck cares if her server was hacked? It’s the mere existence of the server that matters. Where are the backups from the server? If they exist, why are they looking for deleted emails?

        1. yes, yes, we know.

          as to your questions, i’m sure the Top Men are way ahead of you.

    6. Gateway Pundit is the least reliable source on the internet, slightly edging out the Enquirer (though I think he gets a lot of stories from there)

      He makes the Russia Today look reputable.

      1. Now now, let’s not shortchange WorldNetDaily.

        1. You don’t appreciate quality columnists like John Rocker?

    7. Now…who was calling me a conspiracy nut recently when I said that Putin had her emails and used them to stir up mischief?

      1. Did you miss the part where this “report” came from a lunatic conspiracy site, and, besides being unsubstantiated, blatantly lies about the contents of the RT article it cites?

        1. You’re talking to a guy who seriously believes there is a Muslim conquest of Europe underway.

  12. I like Thiel. No one is perfect. Yet I read a lot about the guy and I agree with him a lot more than I disagree with him. He’s a pretty intelligent guy in my opinion.

    1. Not only intelligent, but I’m sure I’m inline with him morally. He seems libertarian to me, in my definition of the term.

      1. Let’s start here:

        From the Telegraph: Interview:

        “An hour into my conversation with Peter Thiel the conversation turns, as it seems conversations with Thiel often do, to the question of death. ‘Basically,’ Thiel says earnestly, ‘I’m against it.'”

        This is my brother, fuck all of you luddites, go to hell.

        1. That’s cool. Hopefully he sinks a fuckton of money into life extension research.

        2. Peter Thiel – Pro Life and Pro Choice

          Pro Life means wanting people to not have to die.
          Pro Choice means wanting people to be free to choose how they live.

        3. This is my brother, fuck all of you luddites, go to hell.

          Here’s hoping that those who love death more than they love life get their love requited. And soon.

    1. I enjoyed that

  13. OT: I just witnessed something crazy. I was outside the bar having a puff when this guy asked me for two dollars. He said he was gonna have a beer before he went to detox. Then he said “I’d rather go to detox than rehab”. He then dialed 911, and told them that he wanted them to come pick him up and take him to detox. I told him it was a bad idea. Total stranger, didn’t seem homeless, crazy, or even that buzzed, and it’s only 6:30 pm here.
    After about 5 minutes, cops roll up. By now I’m inside, because, well, because I read Reason. Sure as heck, that man went to detox.
    I swear to god I just witnessed this.

    1. I hope that you don’t mean by detox that the cops shot him.

        1. That was poorly worded. “I didn’t see them shoot him”

        2. Well, people get desperate, but it’s a damn good idea if they first consider all options before calling cops, or apparently the modern equivalent of dialing 911. I’m confident that at least .0000002% of the population consider this.

          1. You’d be surprised.

            There are a lot of homeless in NYC who call 911 for a ride across the city. It costs the taxpayers up to $1k each time it happens.

            1. SF’s bums do that, too, for rides to the emergency room for non-emergencies, at least. $1500/ride, the last I heard.

    2. …what exactly is “Detox”? If you’re so fucked up on drugs that the cops take you to the hospital, or something?

      1. What they used to call the drunk tank. You spend the night, and when you want to leave, you have to pass a breathalyzer. No charges, if they took him there instead of arresting him for public intoxication, but I think they bill you.

        1. It may be the hospital, instead of the old drunk tank thing. Which means he’s gonna be billed alot.

          1. I’ve been told it is not the hospital, just drunk tank

        2. ahhhh.

          I’m old fashioned. I still think of that as the Drunk Tank. Never did a whole evening myself. Have no idea why someone would *want* to choose that as an option.

          I suppose it was simply part of the gentleman’s ‘lifestyle’ habit? I presume the truly experienced choose to get sauced all day long, then pull the ripcord before they pass out in public early in the PM so as to get a good spot in the Detox tank. No one likes to be the last one looking for a bench.

          1. He was well dressed and articulate. No way he was drunk. Now, maybe he just slammed a fifth and knew what was coming, but I didn’t get that vibe at all.

            1. The mysteries of life my friend.

      2. Drunk Jail.

        They hold you until you can care for yourself.

        In my neck of the woods, that includes a free microwave burrito and orange slippers.

        1. that includes a free microwave burrito

          (sniffs)

          “Is this Vegan? Sorry, no can do. I’ll have the Soy/Kale Chimichanga”

          1. If you pull that shit, they serve it to you frozen. I’m not kidding.

    3. Which cost $2? The beer or detox?

    4. Ok, if anyone cares, I’ve gathered up the pieces of the story:
      Apparently, his wife is hell on wheels, and does not like it when he drinks.
      Again, he didn’t seem very buzzed, but who knows what he’d just slammed a fifth.
      Still, you don’t have a friend with a couch?
      Before you call the cops, you’d better be sure that it’s a life-or-death situation, because, once you call the cops, it becomes a life-or-death situation.

      1. So better jail than going home to the missus?

        1. Just noticed your handle. Maybe he’s despondent over the crappy game.

  14. Thiel’s being smart and getting on board to influence Trump, instead of whining about Trump as many Libertarians appear to be doing.

    1. The nerve of those libertarians.

    2. No he isn’t. Influence over an epically failed presidential candidate cum punchline is not worth much.

      1. Like it or not, Trump was the best option of the 16 the GOP had this cycle.

        1. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHA *gasp* BAhAHAHAHAHAHHAHHA

          So were you dropped or was it a congenital thing?

          1. The only one I could see an argument for is Kasich. The rest would’ve been total non-starters.

            Bush would’ve been trashed for being a Bush. Rubio has zero accomplishments and his home state apparently despised him. I was for Rand Paul, but we all know he has the charisma of a nagging schoolmarm.

            1. Oh, and Cruz is a kooky sperg. Fuck that guy.

              1. Sperg….

                Added to my vocabulary, though I probably won’t use it. H&R is invaluable for larnin’ what the yung’uns are up to these days.

                Kevin R

            2. Kasich and Rubio could have done it. The rest were very challenged but MILES better than Trump, who will not only lose in a landslide but probably hand a bunch of races to the Dems. None of the other GOP candidates have numbers near as bad as him.

            3. And Hillary has the nagging schoolmarm charisma vote locked up.

    3. You might find it interesting to know that Thiel is a sponsor of a piece of software called Urbit, of which the primary developer is someone called Curtis Yarvin. Yarvin is better known by his pen name Mencious Moldbug, one of the founders of the neoreactionary movement.

      1. There’s a lot of cross-over between quirky brilliance and nonsensical weirdness. The guy who invented PCR was an HIV-AIDS denialist, which is no less respectable than the neo-reactionary movement.

          1. Um….okay.

        1. PCR?

          I like Pickled Cabbage Reserve the best.

          Kevin R

      2. Thiel and Moldbug are libertarians who can count votes, and therefore realize the futility of pursuing full libertarianism through democratic means.

        Trump’s nationalist populism is the most libertarian alternative that is electorally viable, and it won’t be viable ever again if Trump loses this time.

        If Hillary wins, she’ll import and christian millions more big government voters to make a permanent ruling electoral majority for the Progressive Theocracy. Game over. Welcome to the One Party State.

        1. …import and christian millions…

          ?Que?

          Kevin R

  15. I was watching the local news about a murder trial when the news reader said “An insect scientist was called to the stand..”

    If only we lived in such a world.

    1. Didn’t Jeff Goldblum play an insect scientist?

      1. (polite applause)

    2. It didn’t mention specifically what species he was? I am picturing a preying mantis.

      1. Ha! Me too! I guess they just look more scientisty than other bugs.

    3. +1 fly on the wall

  16. fecklessly threw a couple of million

    Fecklessly, Doherty?

    Was PT on a weekend bender and just handed over a blank cheque to Benton?

  17. “The Trump campaign is now claiming that he’s not really a Trump delegate and that was a database error; they meant to remove his name back in February, likely as a result of the controversy that arose over a set of Iowa robocalls Johnson’s American National SuperPAC paid for supporting Trump on explicit white nationalist grounds.”

    Oh cripes this guy’s organization hopes to beat Clinton and they can’t even remove a name from the delegate list. Pathetic.

    The last paragraph provides a perfect summation of why the Ron Paul phenomena was such a bust for libertarians. Lining up with that guy was a bad move.

    1. Since you’re always pointing to polls proving that Trump is doomed, how about those recent polls showing Trump tied with Hillary in three battleground states? Have you dismissed those yet?

  18. Man, I can’t WAIT to get my hands on a fuckin’ Deal Me In t-shirt.

    Check out the back: “If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.”

    How you like that shit, bitches?! Yeah, I’ll be crushing so much pussy in that shirt while you cunts are sitting at the bar in your tattered rags! And it only cost me 30 clams!!!

    1. “If being an evil becankled old hag is playing the “woman card” then deal me in!”

  19. OT: France pushes through watered-down but still very important labour reforms through by constitutional decree.

    link text

    It’s not a free-marketer’s ideal, but this is a big change and probably heralds more. This bill is the first break. I think Hollande might be France’s Carter. MOAR

    If we can get what we want there, we can get it anywhere.

    1. Check out this gem of a comment:

      Expat_515013 hours ago
      To a teahadist, it’s never enough to make the lives of just Americans miserable with their billionaire sharia. With TTIP they are hell-bent on imposing it on a global scale.
      What do billionaire pimps with money and power want? Simple – more money and more power. There is no such thing as enough.
      Study up on the history of the French Revolution for what comes next.
      TTIP : not only no, but NO HELL NO.

      Show Replies (2) Reply14

      Progs can’t even handle a fucking classroom without shitting themselves and scurrying off to a safe space, but this shitstain is gonna pick up a weapon and revolt?! PLEASE let this happen in my lifetime. I would give anything to see a gaggle of dickless, cowardly, parasitic progs engaging in mass violence….especially on private property.

      1. Unfortunately they do that all the time in France and elsewhere in Europe.

        Remember, Trump is going to make these people more powerful over here in NA.

        1. European progs are a different species of parasite than American progs. American progs share the same sort of affliction as the Fainting Goats from Tennessee; i.e. they shit themselves and pass out when threatened.

          1. True dat.

        2. How is Trump going to make Progs more powerful? Not seeing the calculus for this at all.

          1. Really? The online SJWs are going to point this guy as vindication of how awful the world is. Once he’s been clobbered by Hillary, all opposition to the DNC-prog monolith will be tarred as ‘Trumpian’. We can already see that happening with the conflation of Trump with libertarian (an issue that is made worse by ‘libertarians’ that express sympathy/insufficient contempt for Trump and his supporters).

            He’s the best thing that’s happened to the DNC in decades and that’s probably true of proggies too.

            1. No matter who the nominee was, SJWs would point at them as a vindication of how awful the world is.

              Which in all likelihood, could very well backfire on them anyway. There’s enough normal voters left in the country who find that shit increasingly shrill and annoying.

              1. “No matter who the nominee was, SJWs would point at them as a vindication of how awful the world is.”

                Well duh. With Trump, they might actually convince people. THAT is the difference.

              2. Trump got where he is, in part, BECAUSE of the SJW point-and-shriek reflex.

  20. I am not looking forward to five and a half more months of “ZOMG [famous person] is anti-Trump” and “ZOMG [famous person] is pro-Trump”.

    1. ZOMG! Bernie won West Virginia!

  21. I barely remember the movie, but I would love to see a mockumentary made about its production.

    1. The prospect of such a mockumentary is a mere chimera.

      1. A mystery wrapped in an enigma and stitched onto the body of a leopard?

        1. with a creamy nougat center.

          1. I really don’t want to know how you got that nougat to cream for you.

            1. I just picked one off the nougat tree.

    2. I’m waiting for The Monster From Jekyll Island to be made into a feature film.

  22. BTW the annulment of the impeachment of Brazil’s president has been annulled. It’s back on.

    1. How bad are things in Brazil?

      Rivaldo is telling people to stay away from the Olympics.

      http://www.foxsports.com/socce…..ics-051016

      Yes this Rivaldo:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiW0IPrv1Ro

      What a dumb ref.

    1. SF’d, and I doubt that hurts it very much.

      1. I have no idea what is going on in that video or why it’s going on and I doubt PJ TV does either. What a fucking joke PJ TV is just like Gateway pundit and the rest of the ‘alternative’ online ‘news’ scene.

        1. British partakers attack Muslims for refusing to partake of the local British customs.

        2. How dare those infidels criticize young heroes enforcing Sharia law.

          1. Just from the video, there is no way to know what happened. I don’t get the point.

            1. ‘The point’ is to confirm a narrative by whatever means necessary.

              Remember when Islamophobia was just a leftist way of smearing critics of Islam? Good times.

          2. There are so many non-Muslim British hooligans over there that I’d need better video before assuming it’s the Muslims who were the aggressors.

          3. Uploaded 2 days ago and PJ Media is the only one running the story? Not even that flip Michelle Malkin linked it. Doesn’t exactly lend a lot of credence to the story.

      2. I think its been mentioned before… but the new “journalism” of weaving a narrative around 60 seconds of ‘something happening’ is pretty lame.

        “brits get into pub-fight with passing Palestinian protestors” – which is what the video seems to actually show – isn’t quite as sexy. If there was testimony from some witness claiming that they were ‘attacked for drinking alcohol’, i missed it.

        1. It looks more like they just happened to bump into each other and started chucking tables. Not sure who started it, but I doubt it was spawned as a deliberate attack against alcohol consumption.

  23. Why don’t you ignorant losers do something and learn some ‘colorism’:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xam-M0gt4Vo

    1. Still would.

      1. Yeh behind the retardation and rabid racism, she’s cute. And not bad a speaker; she just chooses to sound like an idiot through her content.

        1. You’re guilty of jizzism.

  24. Today’s Yomiuri advise column:

    I’m a 20 year old, female university student. I’m in a sexless relationship with a mid 30s man.
    When we started dating a year and a half ago, we had sex once a week. I didn’t want to get pregnant, so our sex went to once every 2 months. He loves me but he has lost his sexual drive and even he doesn’t know why.
    I want kids, but he said we should break up if I want them soon. How can we return to our physical relationship? Should I give up on him?
    K in Kagoshima

    Link, sorry Japanese

    1. Are you trying to depress everyone?

      or are these like ‘human haikus’?

      1. Weird hobby, I know. Just love reading advise columns from other countries.

    2. So… turning thirty means I can bang twenty-year-old Japanese chicks. Terrific.

      1. Was thinking the same.

  25. Ouch.

    Sorry Caps fans.

    1. Hey!! Vampires are Libertarian. We have to ask permission to enter your property. The way you were the other night, we should call it Economic Rufusism.

  26. I just found out that Robby’s name is pronounced Suav? (now the “Rico”s make sense).

    Now I have to change my name. I’m such an idiot.

    1. All better.

  27. seemed to lament the political effects of giving the franchise to women

    If you actually count votes, women have tilted toward the democratic party since at least 72, the farthest back that I can find data. They haven’t voted Republican since 1988.

    If you consider the Democratic relatively the party of big government, and are opposed to big government, then women’s suffrage is hard to be enthusiastic about.

    1. The difference is probably largely attributable to the GOP’s absolutist pro-life stance. Abortion is ugly, but getting saddled with a pregnancy one didn’t want is still going to be an existentially terrifying prospect.

      Other than that, I suspect women at this point want mostly the same things from govt that men want.

      1. Decent point about abortion. Likely does have a lot to do with it.

        I suspect women at this point want mostly the same things from govt that men want.

        I disagree here. Women have more interest in social welfare spending, as they are more often the beneficiaries. But even more to the point, I don’t think men and women and interchangeable cogs. Different preferences, different values.

        1. You’ve never heard: The Democrats are the Mommy party. The GOP is the Daddy party.…?

          Nice blog post about that phase’s origins @ the Language Log.

          Kevin R

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    Some people like him simply because he might blow up the whole thing. I happen to think that might officially spell the end of capitalism and Trump might usher in the next Castro.

    Some libertarians think that capitalism is already dead and a total upheaval, to include calling out all of the: PC bullshit, FED crimes, and wars for politics sake might be the best we can hope for. I think he will go to war in a second and will not even question the FED.

    After all, the economy is the only thing that really matters to our liberty and individualism. If trump at least disrupts the status quo long enough for the morn sheep to understand that the government is a total a shit sandwich, than he has done more than a whole century’s worth of politician criminal dirtbag scum.

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