Thanksgiving Links

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

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27 Responses to “Thanksgiving Links”

  1. #1 |  Steve S. | 

    If “Grown Ups” are the new “Serious People,” I pray for the day that we can finally have a “Logan’s Run” like society.

  2. #2 |  K9kevlar | 

    The best thing you can do is die for your country.

  3. #3 |  HV | 

    The story in the first link also highlights a glaring double standard because such abuse of animals would land a black professional athlete in jail while it is perfectly ok for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol to “train” their dogs by whipping them, hitting them with sticks, and using choke collars and stun guns.

  4. #4 |  K9kevlar | 

    Harvard School of Public Health calls for witch hunt – keeping the tradition alive for 4 centuries. Now is as good a time as any to fuck the folks who work under Detroit. Will the TSA scanners be able to uncover the salt smugglers?

  5. #5 |  K9kevlar | 

    Parker and Stone have given us some of the most intellectually stimulating TV ever. South Park’s episode 712 All About Mormons is one of my favs.

  6. #6 |  Andrew S. | 

    Cripes, Radley. Even on Thanksgiving morning, you still get a running start on that nutkick, huh?

    Have a happy one!

  7. #7 |  perlhaqr | 

    Dude, seriously, kittens button. ;)


    If accepting the police state is the grown-up thing to do, I’ll just have to revel in my childlike tendency to put flaming bags of dog poop on the front steps of those folks.

  8. #8 |  Bob | 

    Damn, I’m thankful that I’m not a dog working for the South Carolina State Highway Patrol.

  9. #9 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Radley – So…where exactly is the union link there? Not mentioned anywhere in the linked article.

  10. #10 |  nospam | 

    In the numerous “grow up” tantrums I’ve seen in the past few days it’s become more and more obvious that the one uniting factor of liberals and conservatives is their mutual hatred of libertarians and people who just want to be left alone.

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    today, I’m thankful for all the journalists out there helping me become more mature regarding my feelings for the tsa…

  12. #12 |  delta | 

    “Hey, just wait until TSA workers get this kind of union protection!”

    Of course, there’s no mention in that story or any of the links of the word “union”. So that’s sort of a canard.

    Side note: At least among teachers, it’s been found that when union members are involved in the hiring/firing process, they are more aggressive about getting rid of bad teachers than administration members would be. See American Educator, Fall 2008, “Taking the Lead”, p. 37:

  13. #13 |  Les | 

    delta, PAR is a fine idea, but your link refers to one program in one location, it’s hardly evidence that teachers unions are aggressive about getting rid of bad teachers. And there is a lot of evidence to suggest that in most areas the opposite is true. It is most certainly true in the law enforcement community. Also, I’m not anti-union. I’m anti-bad union.

  14. #14 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Anyone here going to fly again? I’m supposed to in February, just about to inform the appropriate people that I’m not.

  15. #15 |  JS | 

    Me neither Cynical. I’ll drive if I have to go anywhere. I’m supposed to go to my cousin’s wedding in Oregon so idk what I’ll do about that but I’ll miss the wedding rather than fly as long as there is a TSA. The only exception I’d make is if I get a one way ticket out of the country, then I might.

  16. #16 |  mad libertarian guy | 

    I won’t fly domestic short of an emergency. When I have to fly international (which I do HAVE to on occasion), I’m driving to Canada and flying from there.

    Fuck the TSA. And fuck the state dick suckers telling me to give up my fourth amendment rights so that they can call me an adult.

    It’s fucking amazing how much bitching about libertarians is being done right now. You’d think that we actually have some sort of political power or social pull or something.

  17. #17 |  demize! | 

    Well here’s one anarcho-leftist who will man any barricade with libertarians. Left/Right paradigm is obsolete. Are you boot locker or are you not is where it’s at. Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. #18 |  JS | 

    demizel “Left/Right paradigm is obsolete.”

    Totally agree!

  19. #19 |  claude | 

    Happy Turkey Day.

  20. #20 |  Pete | 

    I recently came to the conclusion that Democrats and Republicans distill down into essentially identical things: They both use hot-button issues to get their voters to the polls, and those issues are either never resolved or really aren’t that important in the first place.

    Then, when they are in office, they take YOUR money and find a way to give it to whichever corporate interests got them elected or have promised to help get them re-elected.

    Those same corporate interests pay for all the media advertising, so of course you never read about this in the paper or hear TalkingHead discuss it on Statist Channel #43.

    Democrats are pushing food safety, which means some protectionist legislation for the largest companies in the food industry. Small outfits are screwed.

    Democrats are pushing health care, so let’s let the health insurance companies write the fucking bill and we won’t even bother to read it, we’ll just get the cliff-notes from the lobbyist who delivered it and told us to sign it before introducing it in the House.

    Republicans are pushing terrorism and security and liberty for brown people (who don’t live within our borders, that part is unspoken but important), and I don’t really think I have to explain how warfare-state money is parceled out, not HERE.

    I am all for keeping politics out of the market, but you have to keep the market out of politics or you wind up where we are – vassals to the megaCorps without even having to work for them.

  21. #21 |  Cynical in CA | 

    I’m with my anti-state brothers this Thanksgiving evening. The grand illusion is wearing thin. Humans are animals, nothing more. But some animals are more equal than others, and they are destined to rule the herd. The idea that natural rights inhere in human animals is ridiculous, always was, always will be. Our human animal overlords are shedding the pretense, the mythology is unnecessary anymore. The lower human animals will do as they are told.

    All that’s left is to decide whether one wants to run with the herd, rule the herd or abandon the herd through self-exile or death. There is no other choice.

    Happy Thanksgiving my friends, though I will leave it to you to decide what there is to be thankful for.

  22. #22 |  Woog | 

    Mormonism is silly, but its adherents don’t try to kill you if you make fun of it.

  23. #23 |  croaker | 

    @22 Make fun of it, no. Suppress it, yes.

  24. #24 |  Xenocles | 

    I like Parker and Stone, but I’m not sure I want to sit through two hours of “dum-dum-dum-dum-dum” on stage.

  25. #25 |  KristenS | 

    I’m flying next week…this will be my last time and it’s to take my parents to see Trans Siberian Orchestra, so there’s a reward at the end.

    I will be sure to give myself painfully smelly gas before getting in the security line, though. I think Legal Seafood in National Airport has onion rings….

  26. #26 |  supercat | 

    I think Bruce Schneier misses the real point of the new TSA policies: to increase the gap between the “worthwhile people” who can fly without being subject to intrusive screening procedures, and the “peons” (i.e. everyone else). The hassle and humiliation aren’t an unfortunate side-effect of increased security measures. They’re the real objective.

  27. #27 |  Woog | 


    You could say the same thing about our Founders’ behavior when their way of life became subject to unbearable suppression by the British Empire. The key difference is force, and who initiated it. I’m no fan of Mormonism, nor of any cult, but my understanding of the violence from Mormons of times past is that it was defensive in nature, against outside aggressors bent on imposing their will on others.

    If my understanding is correct, how could any free thinking person damn people acting in defense of their way of life?