Ever notice how much time, space, and energy libertarian-hating writers, bloggers, and pundits spend opining about how libertarians are irrelevant?
Here’s a bit more on that Simpsons porn case. Including: “…my favorite part of the plea agreement is the ‘proof’ that Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are ‘minors': ‘An internet search of the encyclopedia website www.wikipedia.org listed the three minor-aged Simpsons characters ages as ten, eight, and baby.'”
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October 17th, 2010 at 9:08 am
L.A. prosecutor encourages columnist to get high, drive around town.
Actually it’s one of those closed-course tests at a police facility.
My favorite part was that the author was told to pick up some high-grade and some mid-grade, and came back with Skywalker and Train Wreck. Only in a weed mecca like Cali would either of those come close to the description of “medium grade”.
I’m thinking not much good will come of this, since it combines Carmen Tutriarch and a guy who wrote this:
[I support 19]…..But I’ve wavered a bit as election day approaches, swayed by arguments that commercializing pot would violate federal law and invite litigation. It would also lead to patchwork policies at the local level, it would lower the price of weed dramatically and therefore create more widespread use, and it might lure illicit out-of-state dealers into the California market.
The “patchwork of policies” and “violate federal law” things might be the most consistently stupid anti-19 talking points out there. That’s a tough call though.
I’ve always hated having to defend libertarianism because people pick the most whacked out shit that another supposed libertarian has said. Having to explain that contempt for government schools isn’t the same as not wanting education is on that list.
I mean hell, most of the Republicans out there still think it’s ok to treat gays like second class citizens, advocate wars that are bankrupting us while bitching about federal spending, and lock up people with out trial while talking about freedom.
And then Democrats…well, see above.
But yes, it’s the libertarians we have the most to fear from who haven’t done any of this shit to anyone ever.
Here’s a bit more on that Simpsons porn case. Including: “…my favorite part of the plea agreement is the ‘proof’ that Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are ‘minors’: ’An internet search of the encyclopedia website http://www.wikipedia.org listed the three minor-aged Simpsons characters ages as ten, eight, and baby.’”
I know this may seem shocking, but they are fiction. Even if they were real, they have been around for twenty years.
Mattocracy “I mean hell, most of the Republicans out there still think it’s ok to treat gays like second class citizens, advocate wars that are bankrupting us while bitching about federal spending, and lock up people with out trial while talking about freedom.”
Wow! That was awesome. I’m putting that in my collection of great quotes!
I’ll never understand how critics of libertarianism can claim it to be simultaneously irrelevant and the source of all of our problems. The reality is that libertarian views have little influence on public policy. If it did our country would be a very different place. Even the few people in public life like Ron Paul and Bob Barr who do have some legitimate libertarian credentials tend to discredit themselves with bizarre associations or difficult to overlook hypocrisies. This is one of the reasons it drives me crazy when this recent wave of GOP/Tea Party populism is described as “libertarian”.
Indeed from criminal justice to foreign policy to fiscal management I’d say all of the issues most dear to libertarians are the ones where there is a decidedly anti-libertarian consensus among both big parties.
Couldn’t tell you the number of times that I’ve had conversations with people who are libertarian in their speak. Failed wars, failed economy but don’t associate yourselves with me because I’m part of the fringe Libertarian movement that you saw on a fictional TV program last week.
Back in the pre-internet days, one of the major car magazines (Car & Driver, Road & Track, Motortrend… naw, probably not Motortrend) conducted their own testing on the effects of marijuana while driving. They conducted several different tests: driving a slalom course, fast-reaction lane changes, etc.
They found that most drivers got slightly faster with a buzz, especially the test that required concentration (the lane change). To see a decrease, the driver had to be totally baked beyond functioning — or rather, baked beyond caring to function.
Helmut O' Hooligan |
October 17th, 2010 at 4:43 pm
#8 INMD: I’ll never understand how critics of libertarianism can claim it to be simultaneously irrelevant and the source of all of our problems.”
Excellent point. If the critics really felt that libertarian ideas were irrelevant, why would they waste so much time and print bashing the philosophy? I think it is because they are invested–whether emotionally or financially–in the very systems that libertarianism endangers: big government and the large corporations that DEPEND on government to remain big themselves. Well, that and they are just afraid of challenges to conventional Conservative and Progressive political ideas.
“I know this may seem shocking, but they are fiction. Even if they were real, they have been around for twenty years.”
Hypothetically perhaps the Simpson porn photos were drawn 20 years ago when they were still minors. Did anyone check to see if Maggie/Lisa signed a proof of age form when the alleged image was drawn? Any lawful pornographic drawing would certainly have that under Title 18 section 2257. :)
As sick and disturbing as simpsons porn and similar images may be, they are just that – images. Images of a crime but images nonetheless. In digital form, a collections of 1’s and 0’s which produce a smattering of electrons across a screen to produce an image of something that may or may not have happened. I have difficulty seeing that as a crime in itself. If one watches a security video of a robbery is that not a crime too? After all, we’re watching an illegal and violent act. Are we all terrorists because we watched the images of the 911 attacks or even own videos of it? How about the police and private investigators who go looking for the images online and view them? They are doing the same thing as the so-called criminal. How about those missing child organizations or the US Post Office who have vast archives of illegal porn? Are they not criminals too? They’ve got the same thing as some pervert with a stash of illegal porn.
By all means go after actual instigators of abuse and prosecute them but prosecuting people for viewing a depiction of a crime is problematic. It is also ripe for use as a means of retribution. It is extremely easy for these sorts of files to be planted by vindictive spouses, relatives, associates or the police not to mention the possibilities of hacking. Didn’t Shaquille O Neal just get into trouble for attempting to frame someone with illegal porn? How many people are in prison right now because of a vindictive cop, wife or associate? How many are there because of having their machine hacked or their wireless router compromised?
On the Fisher Price tricycle, you snap the key in place when you assemble the damned thing, it shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to just remove the key and throw it away. A recall isn’t needed, just put out a warning………………Oh! Wait! If you just put out a warning and rely on COMMON SENSE, there’s no need to get LAWYERS involved. Sorry! My bad!
Cynical in CA |
October 18th, 2010 at 11:41 am
“Ever notice how much time, space, and energy libertarian-hating writers, bloggers, and pundits spend opining about how libertarians are irrelevant?”
Jacob Weisberg is probably on the State payroll somewhere. And he’s scared shitless.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mohandas Gandhi