Morning Links

Monday, February 7th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Stephen | 

    That farmer has a lot more forgiveness in his heart than I will ever have.

  2. #2 |  Tommil | 

    O’Reilly translated – “People who know more about stuff than I do are pinheads.”

  3. #3 |  Bob | 

    Holy freakin’ shit.

    “The Earth has a moon and a sun, why doesn’t Mars?”

    Sure, Mars’ moons aren’t really tide grade artifacts, but there are two of them! And two is better than one, right?

    Hell, I’m surprised he could name “Mars” after hearing that.

  4. #4 |  Joe | 

    There was a world of difference between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The country was worse off under Carter, better off under Reagan. That may seem subjective, but it is true. So I do not accept the parties are idential in policy, but…

    They are very similar. Unfortunately too similar on the fostering of government. Reagan got it and fought against it (he did speak out against it), yet the politics of government still grew under his watch. It is a monster. We have various reasons to justify it, poverty, enemies, and on and on, but the outcome is depressingly the same. Government grows faster than overall growth and our liberties seem to shrink in same proportion.

  5. #5 |  Brandon | 

    Radley, did you happen to have Prof. Mutharika for Contracts your 1L year? His brother is president of Malawi, and he is something akin to Attorney General and a member of Parliament in Malawai. He’s also widely thought to be his brother’s successor to the Presidency…

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    all those great points about Reagan and he didn’t even make it to the disastrous drug policies and ‘just say no’ propaganda. Just because you hang out with Milton Friedman, that doesn’t mean you understand what he’s saying…

  7. #7 |  Stephen | 

    Bill O’Reilly should buy a telescope and just look at the sky. He could probably afford a much better one than I have. Then again, his head would probably explode the first time he looked.

  8. #8 |  Joe | 

    Bill O’Reilly almost got shot in Argentina as a reporter, so he is a hero. Don’t you dare make fun of him.

    FUNNY CAREER MEMORY: “A million of those. I almost got killed twice. In Argentina, covering the Falklands War in 1981 for CBS News. Argentine soldiers were pointing guns at me…from 20 ft. away. In Buenos Aires. I just said, ‘Perio dista no despare.’ Journalist, don’t shoot. Showed no fear. They didn’t shoot.

    Translation from BillSpeak: “I am sure Anderson Cooper shit his pants in Egypt. Hence the reason he caught a beating. That and his poor ratings, third world people will not respect you if your ratings suck.”

    There is no mocking of O’Reilly allowed. None at all.

  9. #9 |  Highway | 

    My impression of Bill O’Reilly looking through a telescope:

    “Wow! Look at all the things that revolve around ME!”

  10. #10 |  Mattocracy | 

    Everyone remembers Reagan what he said he believed in, not what he actually did. Reagan really has turned into a messiah figure. He’s anything a conservative wants him to be now. Icons are about emotions, not about objectivity.

  11. #11 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Planets and moons are easy. Magnets! Now there’s some mysterious shit.

    Actually listened to the whole O’Reilly clip. Could feel brain cells die.

  12. #12 |  Marty | 

    re O’Reilly- the last time I saw a performance like that, it was by Michael Keaton in ‘Night Shift’- I half expected O’Reilly to say ‘we’ll feed the mayo to the tunas…’ over-confidence can carry you far, I guess.

  13. #13 |  Joe | 

    I am actually surprised that you have not heard about the New Hampshire story. It is even worse than you might know. This guy got convicted on the sole testimony of a woman with a history of false reports who trespassed on his property! He should have been pardoned and with an apology (and a big civil settlement in his favor). As for the governor of New Hampshire, the live free and die voters should remember what happened here and send the Governor a message when he is up for re-election.

  14. #14 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    RE: NH farmer freed on gun charge.

    Rule #1: Never give a statement to the police
    Rule #2: See rule #1

    If you might think it is OK to answer a question from the police…IT ISN’T!

  15. #15 |  CRNewsom | 

    @#14 Boyd:

    This is my rule exactly. Here goes a sample police encounter:

    PD: Mr. CRNewsom, we’d like to ask you a question about .
    Me: Do you have a warrant?
    PD: No.
    Me: Have a nice day.

  16. #16 |  luvzbob | 

    “…California rose in a ranking of the states from twentieth to thirteenth in personal income tax collection per capita, and it rose from fourth to first in per capita revenue from corporate income taxes…”

    This of course was due primarily to large growth in corporate & personal income, not the tax rates themselves. Further the Reagan years were followed by continued increases in income growth. The idea that higher taxes are anethama to growth is disproved by the Reagan tax increases.

  17. #17 |  MikeZ | 

    From the Malawi link, I’d say bigger than criminalizing farting looks like the Justice Minister may have also criminalized breathing:

    “Chaponda has made it clear he understands that methane is second only to carbon dioxide as the most damaging greenhouse gas produced by human activity.”

  18. #18 |  qwints | 

    While Reagan’s legacy may prove helpful in the long run, it will only be a result of those inspired by his rhetoric not a result of his actions.

  19. #19 |  Joe | 

    Oh BTW, O’Reilly is not a conservative. He is a populist.

  20. #20 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Bill O’Reilly vs. Science. Round two.

    How ironic that O’Reilly once railed against Insane Clown Posse as a bad influence on children, as it appears they have an almost identical understanding of science.

  21. #21 |  Mario | 

    Re: “He’s still got it.”

    You know, politicians are a charismatic bunch to begin with, but I’m convinced that Bill Clinton, in person, must be heads and shoulders above all of them. He must have something analogous to Steve Jobs’ “reality distortion field.”

    My brother met him, when Clinton came to visit at a hospital my brother worked at when he was doing his internship. My brother can’t stand Clinton, and told me that he wasn’t the least bit interested in meeting him. However, he had entered a room that Clinton was in and told me, “Mario, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.”

    I only share this because this is as close as I’ve gotten to experiencing it myself. But, this jibes with several other reports I’ve read about on Internet blogs and such.

    The guy has got spooky charisma.

  22. #22 |  Michael | 

    How did O’Reilly ever get out of teaching? No school is going to let that talent go.

  23. #23 |  Balloon Douche | 

    Why do libertarians insist on snarling traffic, Radley? I demand you address this issue or prepare to have your integrity besmirched! Impugned, even!

  24. #24 |  Michael | 

    How can the Live Free or Die state not be a castle doctrine state?

  25. #25 |  Aresen | 

    O’Reilly is one of the High Priests of American Moronism.

  26. #26 |  luvzbob | 

    “O’Reilly is one of the High Priests of American Moronism.”

    The country’s fasting growing religion.

    New bumper sticker: “I’m a Moron, and I vote!”

  27. #27 |  OBTC | 

    #8 Joe

    Thanks for that link – Hilarious!

    #13 Joe

    Do you have any links regarding the farmer in New Hampshire?

    Since all I know about this story is from Radley’s link, part of me wonders who this farmer pissed off before the incident took place.

    Or was there an anti-gun D.A. prosecuting his case.

    Is the govenor anti-second amendment as well? May explain his refusal to pardon.

  28. #28 |  Sean | 

    “Sounds about right.”

    I’m in trouble because I like Sweeney Todd…

  29. #29 |  Joe | 

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/226766/free-ward-bird

    What happened to Ward Bird was outrageous. Fuck New Hampshire. You are no longer the “live free and die” state, New Hampshire is the “We are like Massachusetts state, only that we are bigger pussies” state.

  30. #30 |  Joe | 

    I guess my rephrase for New Hampshire will not fit on a license plate.

  31. #31 |  Robert | 

    Outside Clinton may have been smiling, but inside he was thinking “How in the hell do I get away from this!”

  32. #32 |  roy | 

    The First Lady is more shrewd than people give her credit for. She’s merely making sure she knows where Bill Clinton is at all times. That’s important when there are young women and hamburgers around.

  33. #33 |  Chuchundra | 

    I’m convinced that a large part of the Reagan love is due to the fact that there just aren’t a lot of former GOP Presidents that are considered great or that people even like or admire very much.

    If you’re a Dem you can point to FDR and Kennedy and Truman, maybe even LBJ. There’s a lot of choices, depending on you’re particular wing of the Democratic party.

    If you’re a Republican, who do you have besides Big Ron? Eisenhower maybe and then you have to go all the way back to Teddy Roosevelt. Moreover, neither of those two guys embody anything of the current Republican party.

  34. #34 |  Whim | 

    Caption of picture of Michelle Obama and Slick Willie:

    DOWN boy…..

  35. #35 |  pris | 

    In the NH case, Ward did not testify at his trial- a bad mistake. The women’s past history was not allowed in court. Ward had a gun, whether he waved it or not, only Ward knows. It was a he said/she said case, and she testified. The Gov has never pardoned a case. This man now has a felony conviction. It was the public outcry that freed him, that is the only positive message out of this case.

  36. #36 |  Eric Hosemann | 

    Totally agree with the sentiments of the young man in the video, but his delivery seems more glee-club thespian than real. If using cadences and pregnant pauses ripped from the vocal tracks of Disney’s Hall of Presidents is what it takes, then I’m all in.

  37. #37 |  Joe | 

    Chuchundra, what you just said is Dems have not had a decent Democratic Party President since 1964. LBJ was a disaster on all levels. And Carter…oh baby Jesus he was horrid. JFK would arguably be a Republican today. What you have implied is most modern presidents from both parties are either mediocre or suck.

    But I liked Clinton–or at least I did not hate him. Not that he was so great a president. But combination of the GOP controlling congress and Clinton in the White House was not terrible (although Dem Rubin and Rep. Greenspan still managed to plant the seeds that eventually resulted in the financial mess we are in now).

    And I do like the idea of starting to roll back the federal government to the relatively modest goal of the size it was under Clinton. That is doable. The beast needs to eat less.

  38. #38 |  Joe | 

    Whim, a woman placing her hand on a man’s leg is not the way to get him down.

  39. #39 |  Chris Berez | 

    This is actually the first I’ve heard of this story.

    Yeah, that case has been a really big deal up here. People were outraged that what he did was considered a crime. I was definitely glad to see him get his sentence commuted.

  40. #40 |  Marty | 

    #8- that link is a prime example of why I miss the karma button- OUTSTANDING.

  41. #41 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The idea that higher taxes are anethama to growth is disproved by the Reagan tax increases.

    Those #s are not proof either way. However; Mises and a bunch of others proved higher taxes are toxic to growth.

    Related: Socialism “works” if you have magic fountains that spooge oil.

  42. #42 |  sigh | 

    Unfortunately, I think the NH farmer isn’t going to enjoy his freedom for long before being robbed or burglarized, now that the whole world knows he’s supposedly unarmed. Pardon or not, this is just plain wrong.

  43. #43 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I’m convinced that a large part of the Reagan love is due to the fact that there just aren’t a lot of former GOP Presidents that are considered great or that people even like or admire very much.

    I think Reagan was to conservatives what Obama is to liberals: an incredibly likable smooth-talker who’s amorphous enough that you can project whatever you like onto the guy. Libertarian-leaning? Then you remember that he deregulated the airlines. Social conservative? You remember “Just Say No.” Neo-Con? Well, I don’t even know where to begin. Maybe Nicaragua? And when you invoke his name, people remember the things they liked about him and forget everything else so you really can’t go wrong.

  44. #44 |  the innominate one | 

    A fuller explanation of O’Reilly’s ignorance (just on this one topic. The whole web probably isn’t big enough to hold a full explanation of all the topics O’Reilly is ignorant of):

    http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2011/02/science_bill_oreilly.php

  45. #45 |  luvzbob | 

    The funny thing about O’leilly is that he gets it exactly backwards: If one day the tides didn’t come in on schedule THAT would be evidence of god.

  46. #46 |  Jesse | 

    “But what if the moon was made of bar-b-que spare ribs, would you eat it then? It’s a simple question, just say yes and we’ll move on.”

  47. #47 |  Mo | 

    O’Reilly is right, not other planet in our solar system has A moon. Sure, they may have anywhere from 2 to dozens. Yes I’m following Neil Degrasse Tyson’s belief that Pluto is no moon.

  48. #48 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Iraq might be next (hopefully, Afghanistan will follow) http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/06/us-iraq-protests-idUSTRE7151B020110206
    2011: Year of the Riot. If Iraqis riot, will Fox News cover it?

    Final thought on O’Reilly and I had to amend AC Clarke to summarize: Any sufficiently advanced technology (or simple science to an idiot) is indistinguishable from magic or God.

    @ Jesse 46,
    I don’t get it. BBQ ribs are the single greatest tasting thing on this or any planet (yet-another proof of God…amiright Bill?). Bacon is ribs’ uglier sister.

  49. #49 |  luvzbob | 

    “Those #s are not proof either way. However; Mises and a bunch of others proved higher taxes are toxic to growth.”

    And yet CA growth after the agressive Reagan tax increases disprove “Mises and a bunch of others”. The missing part of the equation is “what are the tax revenues spent on?”. Spent to provide infrastructure that promotes growth – say education, or the internet – the increased taxes can have a dramatic effect on increasing growth.

  50. #50 |  Joe | 

    The Wisdom of Homer Simpson:

    Lisa: “I’m going to become a vegetarian”
    Homer: “Does that mean you’re not going to eat any pork?”
    Lisa: “Yes”
    Homer: “Bacon?”
    Lisa: “Yes Dad”
    Homer: “Ham?”
    Lisa: “Dad all those meats come from the same animal”
    Homer: “Right Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal!”

    Bill O’Reilly is Homer Simpson without the charm and wit.

  51. #51 |  PW | 

    This one will leave you speechless.

    http://www.chron.com/video/?780788842001

    On the plus side, at least a few of the cops in the video were apparently brought up on criminal charges.

  52. #52 |  Mo | 

    Libertarian-leaning? Then you remember that he deregulated the airlines.

    That was Jimmy Carter.

  53. #53 |  Dangerman | 

    I live a few towns away from Ward Bird, it was a pretty big deal locally. There were sign wavers outside the courthouse property and on the side of the major roads nearby for nigh on twenty four hours a day this fall, until winter drove picketing into dayligt hours.

    Joe: feel free to not visit our fine state if the actions of a particular county proscutor and a (cough) Democrat Governer bother you. They bothered us too, you may have noticed (or not) and we literally to to the streets (er, roads) until he was released. It’s a damn shame he will still have a felony conviction, but it isn’t outside the realm of reasonable suppositon that he might receive a quiet pardon at a later date.

  54. #54 |  Nick | 

    And yet CA growth after the agressive [sic] Reagan tax increases…

    What unit of measurement are you using to measure this “growth”? Dollars?

  55. #55 |  Dannyp19 | 

    Regan was responsible for me becomming a libertarian. He talked the talk but didnt walk the walk.
    BTW the Misses web site is the second site (The Agitator first) I read each day. I find the dailys very insightful, especially the old Rothbard history essays.

  56. #56 |  John H. | 

    I happen to like incredibly gory musicals…

  57. #57 |  Joe | 

    Dangerman, sorry, no offense to the good people of New Hampshire (or Vermont or Massachusetts). My ire is directed to those who could prosecute and send to prison a man recovering from surgery who was simply protecting his own property from a trespasser and did not actually hurt anyone. My scorn is to them. I spit on them and all they represent.

    And your governor is a disgrace.

    Unfortunately for you, you New Englanders seem to have more than your share of them.

  58. #58 |  JOR | 

    “O’Reilly is not a conservative. He is a populist”

    Well, technically, America’s real conservatives are the center-left goo goo liberals.

    Loyalty to personalities and institutions over principles? Check. Selective moral relativism? Check. Anti-”ideology” ideology? Check. Un-self-consciously rationalistic identification and rejection of “rationalism”? Check. Yep, they’re the closest thing America has to actual conservatives.

  59. #59 |  Joe | 

    I agree there are CINOs. Lots of them. I want to get back to classical liberalism and the old school conservatives who just wanted to be left alone (and wanted to leave you alone) and have the government follow a sane restrictive fiscal policy. Unfortunatley they are the endangered species out there.

  60. #60 |  c andrew | 

    The funny thing about O’leilly is that he gets it exactly backwards: If one day the tides didn’t come in on schedule THAT would be evidence of god.

    Or maybe a great big water magnet constructed by Aliens!

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