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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Eric Hanneken | 

    When it comes to anxiety about purity, food : leftists :: sex : conservatives.

  2. #2 |  Joe | 

    The incestuous relationship between BP and the Obama administration seems to be more of a problem than whether or not the 20 billion dollar escrow fund was coerced or not. BP bought cap and trade and a host of other policies to win favor with Obama. There is evidence that government oversight on the Deepwater Horizon rig was lax and that BP was violating regulations.

    As for Sowell calling comparing Obama policies to Hitler and Lenin, isn’t there a law that you can only do that if you are a lefty attacking conservatives and libertarians (who go off the lefty reservation)?

  3. #3 |  Joe | 

    As far as the link about that alleged unique trait of humans, what are dogs thinking of when they decide to hump your leg at a party?

    And I have seen things at the zoo’s monkey house that suggest we are not the only primate who engages in such behavior.

  4. #4 |  Stephen | 

    That map is way cool. Detroit sure is being abandoned.

  5. #5 |  Marty | 

    “That’s just my money coming back to me,” Jungerman, 72, said Monday. “I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.”

    as if no one else pays ‘a lot’ in taxes! no telling what other great ideas this crotchety old man has.

    someone pointed out that farmers receive subsidies for corn, which artificially deflates the price of corn syrup, which is used in soft drinks, which are having sin taxes levied on them… in effect, we’re being taxed to lower the production costs on a product they’re increasing taxes on to discourage us from using!

  6. #6 |  Cornellian | 

    So Sowell puts “torture” in quotation marks, accuses Obama of being like Hitler and Stalin for failing to torture people, hypothesizes a scenario that exists only on television to justify torture and says of course there was no need to torture German PoWs during WW2 because they didn’t know anything that would keep London from being bombed. (Needless to say he doesn’t explain how he knows that last point).

    But it’s the rest of us who are “serious” about torture. Yeah right.

  7. #7 |  LivingPre911Still | 

    “the developing world isn’t your personal museum” What a wonderful quote. Here’s a fascinating but long article on one of the worlds most amazing men and deserving recipient of the Nobel prize. He would agree whole heartedly with that quote. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/97jan/borlaug/borlaug.htm

  8. #8 |  Tom G | 

    As far as fat presidents, I’ve read 2 biographies of Grover Cleveland and he’s one of my favorite presidents. His swift rise to the top (mayor to President in less then 4 years) ought to make Obama envious, not to mention teaching Sarah Palin what to do right…
    There’s also the pleasant notion of a classically liberal Democrat.

  9. #9 |  Nobody | 

    I’m sorry, but Dostoyevsky is a depressing author to read. If they weren’t aware of that before naming their station after him, then perhaps they should rename it.

    I have a suggestion: “Silvia Plath Memorial Station”.

    Seriously though, I want to see this station. It sounds awesome.

  10. #10 |  claude | 

    “Nestle plans barge to bring ice cream, chocolate to remote Amazon villages. Lefty food snobs are predictably outraged.”

    They will likely be too busy suing mcdonalds for not taking the toys out of happy meals. (this is true, if mcdonalds doesnt remove the toys from happy meals in the next 30 days, they will be facing a lawsuit.)

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0623-happy-meals-20100623,0,4821950.story?track=rss

  11. #11 |  Marc | 

    Wayne County MI is pretty funny.

  12. #12 |  Z | 

    I’m special.

  13. #13 |  TDR | 

    “The developing world isn’t your personal museum.”

    For the ages.

  14. #14 |  Marty | 

    #10- best quote in the link:

    “McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children”

    WOW.

  15. #15 |  Carl Drega | 

    Tom left Cato? Wow that’s a big blow for them.

  16. #16 |  damaged justice | 

    Of course the progressives would applaud if it were fair trade chocolate sweetened with wonderful, healthy and natural agave nectar. Because they’re idiots.

  17. #17 |  Eric Hanneken | 

    Carl: Tom Palmer hasn’t left Cato. He’s just a busy man.

  18. #18 |  Joe | 

    BTW, I am not defending Sowell on his Godwin law violation at #2, I would just enjoy not seeing the Nazi label stuck to every conservative and libertarian who disagrees with a lefty.

    And for the #3 comment, I have seen chimps wacking off at the zoo. The urban myth is true. I suspect some liberal pundits do it too.

  19. #19 |  perlhaqr | 

    Crop subsidies are different, he said.

    “Because I’m receiving them.”

    Still, if his 1040 supports the notion that he’s actually paying more in taxes each year than he’s getting in subsidies, I can’t particularly fault him for taking the money. I know I’d sure like to keep more of what I end up getting mugged for each year.

  20. #20 |  Mario | 

    Ubermensch?

    You’re not mixing up Dostoevsky with Nietzsche, are you?

  21. #21 |  Ben | 

    As far as the link about that alleged unique trait of humans, what are dogs thinking of when they decide to hump your leg at a party?

    And I have seen things at the zoo’s monkey house that suggest we are not the only primate who engages in such behavior.
    ——————-

    The article specifically addresses that and says that although many animals do play with their, umm, appendages, they almost never continue until, ….. umm … completion. That is what is uniquely human.

  22. #22 |  Ruth | 

    My favorite part of the Thomas Sowell article is when he says “If you believe that the end justifies the means, then you don’t believe in constitutional government.” Ummm. . . and what was your argument for torture, exactly?

  23. #23 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Soon, we will all be parasites.

    We live in a country where the government spends considerably more than it takes in so, in a way, we are all part of a parasitic society that lives for today hoping to make future generations pick up the tab.

    I don’t agree with Mr. Jungerman. I wouldn’t have a problem with him taking the subsidies if he was actually opposed to them. You can be sure I will be taking my Social Security check even though I am rabidly opposed to SS. But, Jungerman is trying to justify taking handouts at the same time as he’s condemning other people for taking them.

    On the other hand, I definitely see his point about being a net contributor versus being a net drain on government revenue. I think one could make a case that your right to vote should be tied to whether you’re a net tax payer or a net tax consumer.

  24. #24 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Very cool interactive map of county migration patterns.

    Hahahaha! Have a look at Detroit. They ought to plow that place under and start fresh. Unfortunately all the people who left that place are carriers of the disease that destroyed it and they’re doing their very best to infect the entire country.

  25. #25 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Humans are also unique in that they wear clothes and imprison their fellow humans when they remove their clothes where others can see. Then we sit around and proudly bask in the glory of how civilized we are.

  26. #26 |  flukebucket | 

    I wish I made enough money to pay over one million per year in taxes.

  27. #27 |  claude | 

    “McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children”
    “WOW.”

    Yeah. Im sure b4 too long, Ronald McDonald will be on some offender registry somewhere (LOL).

    Well, i said this sort of thing was next on the list once the anti-smoking cartels got their way with smoking bans, so none of this comes as a shock. Who will be next to get their turn in the barrel? Thats the real question. The “moral do-gooders” have way too much free time.

  28. #28 |  Mattocracy | 

    On a happier note, the US is advancing to the second round of the World Cup. America! Fuck yeah!

  29. #29 |  Dan | 

    Obama has not reached the level of the big three: Hitler, Stalin, & Mao. But give him time, he has potential.

  30. #30 |  Aresen | 

    Dan | June 23rd, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Obama has not reached the level of the big three: Hitler, Stalin, & Mao. But give him time, he has potential.

    He isn’t even at the Andrew Jackson level yet, let alone the Roosvelt or Wilson level.

    Take a deep breath. The republic has quite a few years left yet.

  31. #31 |  Mattocracy | 

    Farmers are the biggest Welfare Queens in the United States. They believe in free markets like Tea Partiers believe in civil liberties.

  32. #32 |  DarkEFang | 

    “Hahahaha! Have a look at Detroit. They ought to plow that place under and start fresh. Unfortunately all the people who left that place are carriers of the disease that destroyed it and they’re doing their very best to infect the entire country.”

    The automotive industry? I’m afraid it’s too late to prevent that.

  33. #33 |  Dan | 

    Aresen, I think the republic has been gone for quite some time. We have an incestuous socialist/fascist/corporate power structure that, to me, bears little resemblance to a republic. My previous remarks were half in jest, but socialism[ and I think Obama is at least that] can only exist by taking freedom and liberty away from people [for their own good of course] and the annointed one fits right into that mentality as far as I can see.

  34. #34 |  claude | 

    “but socialism[ and I think Obama is at least that] can only exist by taking freedom and liberty away from people [for their own good of course] and the annointed one fits right into that mentality as far as I can see.”

    When was the last administration that didnt fit into that mentality?

  35. #35 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Claude,
    The one right before FDR.

  36. #36 |  Joe | 

    The article specifically addresses that and says that although many animals do play with their, umm, appendages, they almost never continue until, ….. umm … completion. That is what is uniquely human.

    Really? Then what is that stuff left over? Mayo? You taste it first and tell me. Okay, I have never seen a dog spooge. But what are they thinking about when they are…getting busy.

    Acutally I was scuba diving once and a trigger fish kept bumping into my chest. Like it was attacking me. And when I got out of the water there was a…substance on my chest. Good thing I had a dive skin on.

  37. #37 |  Joe | 

    Don’t be a dummy, vote for Chris Christie.

  38. #38 |  Aresen | 

    Boyd Durkin | June 23rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm
    Claude,
    The one right before FDR.

    Not true. Hoover was a big time meddler. FDR actually ran against Hoover’s meddling in 1932, promissing to reduce government interference in people’s lives. The fact that FDR was the greatest meddler in US history merely obscures Hoover’s dismal record.

    You are better to go back to “Silent Cal” Coolidge.

  39. #39 |  Mattocracy | 

    @ 36 Joe,

    For years now, I have been living with the shame of being dry humped (wet humped really) by a trigger fish. I thought I was the only one. Now that I know there are others, we can find strength with each other and finally put an end to fishual assualt.

  40. #40 |  claude | 

    “For years now, I have been living with the shame of being dry humped (wet humped really) by a trigger fish. I thought I was the only one. Now that I know there are others, we can find strength with each other and finally put an end to fishual assualt.”

    LMAO! Well done, sirs. Well done.

  41. #41 |  Pinandpuller | 

    Hitler only played 12 rounds of golf in his first two years.

  42. #42 |  Joe | 

    @Mattocracy. We need a support group!

  43. #43 |  Joe | 

    All I know is that “thing that only humans do” referenced above, if true, makes that song “Human Again” in Beauty and the Beast especially creepy and inappropriate.

    And do not even get me going about the symbolism in Pinocchio.

  44. #44 |  GregS | 

    Radley, I think you would agree with about 99% of what Thomas Sowell has written (though you might not think so reading some of his online columns). I’ll admit his position on torture is disturbing to me. But I’ve read several of his books, and he’s one of the authors that really pushed me toward libertarianism. He is at times a little too deferential toward state power, and his only real departure from libertarian principles appears in his book “Intellectuals and Society.” I actually recommend reading some of his books if you want a good course in economic literacy.

  45. #45 |  Radley Balko | 

    I don’t know about 99%, GregS, but yeah, on economics Sowell is great.

    But he really went off the rails during the Bush administration on foreign policy and war on terror stuff.

    He’s also of the James Q. Wilson school when it comes to criminal justice policy.

  46. #46 |  GregS | 

    Perhaps the “99%” figure I’m imagining is coming from his books. I’ll admit I’ve read his columns and thought it was a different person writing them.

    Incidentally, I’m more likely to listen to an economist than a pundit when he’s making the case for war…someone who’s trained think in terms of cost-benefit analysis and trade-offs is more credible than someone trained only to think in categorical or moralistic terms. Sowell is kind of like the pro-war devil on my right shoulder, arguing with the Chomsky on my left shoulder. He supplies the intellectual heft to that voice.

    I know little about his positions on criminal justice, although I’ve read some of his critiques of horrendously failed crime control in Britain, and his critiques of the (I believe discredited) notion that poverty CAUSES crime. I’ve read little of his that I disagree with, and I have to say I largely agree with your positions, Radley.

  47. #47 |  Roark | 

    Here we have Radley telling us Obama is relatively benign. Another example of why Sex & Drugs & Open Borders Libertarians are utterly useless.

  48. #48 |  Andrew S. | 

    As opposed to what, Roark? Statist, socially conservative libertarians? They’re usually referred to as Republicans.

  49. #49 |  Radley Balko | 

    Here we have Radley telling us Obama is relatively benign. Another example of why Sex & Drugs & Open Borders Libertarians are utterly useless.

    You’re right. Clearly there’s no middle ground between “relatively benign” and Hitler!

  50. #50 |  RWW | 

    Here we have Roark announcing his desires to subjugate others.

  51. #51 |  Tom G | 

    I don’t want to sound like I’m minimizing Obama’s many bad points, but didn’t the Republicans shriek and wail during Clinton?
    The problem with reflexive anti-“Democratic guy in office” is that usually the dire consequences are exaggerated, but as soon as a Republican gets back in office, the State keeps all that eeeeeevil power and somehow it’s okay to be trusted again.
    Which is why I can’t stand most Republican pundits.

  52. #52 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #32 DarkEFang

    “Hahahaha! Have a look at Detroit. They ought to plow that place under and start fresh. Unfortunately all the people who left that place are carriers of the disease that destroyed it and they’re doing their very best to infect the entire country.”

    The automotive industry? I’m afraid it’s too late to prevent that.

    No, actually I was thinking of unions. But I think it’s probably too late to prevent that cancer from metastasizing to the rest of the country, too.

    The only thing the auto industry is guilty of is using government to help them prolong their lack of profitability and inability to compete in the real world. And why shouldn’t they? It’s not like the feds aren’t in the business of selling favors. It’s practically their sole mission.

    The bad guy in that story is the government which should have let the car companies go under, but didn’t. The government thinks the laws of economics are merely a suggestion.

  53. #53 |  Billy Beck | 

    “But Hitler and Lenin? Come on, now.”

    Man, Radley… you just cannot grasp a fucking principle for anything in the world, can you?

    I like you, but you’re a goddamned ethical cripple.

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