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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Professor Coldheart | 

    From the War on Drugs article:

    “The President has sent counselors Robert H. Finch and Donald Rumsfeld on a recent visit to countries in Europe and Africa to discuss drug-abuse prevention …”

    Glad that guy’s getting work.

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    This is a pretty remarkable graph.

    Notice that the bureaucrats know which side their bread is buttered on.

    But, those who serve the role of cannon fodder have a distinctly different view.

  3. #3 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Man walks through snow to make art.

    So much for my theory that it was done by aliens. That probably screws up my theory about crop circles as well.

  4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Don Boudreaux writes a beautiful letter to Bill O’Reilly.

    You should have included a warning that Lou Dobbs was going to be mentioned.

  5. #5 |  Eric Hanneken | 


    The rule seems to be that crop circles expressing geometric patterns are too amazingly complicated to have been made by humans, except for the ones where we have video of humans making them.

  6. #6 |  Stephen | 

    Anybody else think dig-dug about that 1st snow art pic?

  7. #7 |  contrarian | 

    Interesting that in 1971 a newspaper would write about “narcotics and marijuana,” which is correct since marijuana is not a narcotic. Today’s “journalists” seem to have lost that distinction and will use the words “narcotic” and “marijuana” interchangeably.

  8. #8 |  Marty | 

    #2- my thoughts exactly. it’s interesting how many employees are willing to put their paychecks toward ousting their boss. If Obama wins, he’ll probably have records of who put their money where and he’ll be sending everyone on his naughty list to the middle eastern front.

  9. #9 |  Kolohe | 

    “Anybody else think dig-dug”

    I thought Q*bert.

  10. #10 |  Mike | 

    Don’t you know pencils and paper are weapons of mass destruction? So the school was completely correct in its actions.

  11. #11 |  Stephen | 

    “Anybody else think dig-dug”

    I thought Q*bert.

    You’re right. I got the name wrong. Still thinking of this though.

  12. #12 |  croaker | 

    Q*bert for the win.

  13. #13 |  croaker | 

    As far as the “gun” arrest is concerned, is Canada trying hard to become worse than the USA?

  14. #14 |  jb | 

    Or paper-pushing bureaucrats, engineers, and other desk-work types tend more liberal than soldier-types. In my experience, that is the case.

  15. #15 |  EBL | 

    Here is another link you might want to add: Three lesbians get charged with hate crime for beating up a gay man.

  16. #16 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    More about military donations— Obama is getting a higher proportion than he did last time.

  17. #17 |  Robert | 

    Mr. Boudreaux neglects that there has been no refineries built in the recent past, and quite probably will be none built in the foreseeable future, due to the impossibility of getting permits.

  18. #18 |  primus | 


    The lack of refinery construction has nothing to do with the importating and exporting of petroleum products. It is totally due to economics. Currently, due to the spread between Brent Crude and WTI, refineries east of the Mississippi are losing money and are being closed down, while those west of the Miss. which are making money are running full blast. This is an economic decision by the oil companies. Nobody has suggested that there is a shortage of supply, merely that they don’t like the price. If there were more eastern refineries there would just be more shut down. If there were more western refineries there would be more exporting of gasoline. In any event refining capacity is not the problem; if there was a shortage of capacity all of them would be open. Nice try with the Red Herring, though. Troll.

  19. #19 |  Irving Washington | 

    That graph shocked me at first, but the more I think about it, the more sane it seems.

  20. #20 |  BamBam | 

    @6 I think you mean Qbert *#!@&#!@#!

  21. #21 |  a_random_guy | 

    Gotta love the privacy policy. It’s all invented in America is it? Let’s read between the lines a bit:

    “Based on globally accepted privacy principles originally developed in the United States”

    This is really rich. The US has some of the worst privacy violators – in particular, the US government.

    “The Administration’s plan lays the groundwork for increasing interoperability between the U.S. data privacy framework and those of our trading partners.”

    Because US companies might be shut out of Europe, because Europe actually has privacy law, and the US does not.

  22. #22 |  Onlooker | 

    The story about the guy arrested for the non-existent gun is stunning and scary. It’s Canada but you really could see that happening in NYC or SF (though I don’t know what the gun laws there are).

    Every time I think I’ve seen it all, there’s another case that drops my jaw.

  23. #23 |  johnl | 

    The drain cleaner shopper is Miss Lauren Ackerman, Carly Shay’s teacher who briefly dated Spencer in episode 25.

  24. #24 |  DoubleU | 

    Several years ago Bill O’Reilly was on a rant how “one guy” was in charge of setting oil prices.

  25. #25 |  johnl | 

    Can anyone summarize the Cafe Hayek letter from memory? Because their site is down.

  26. #26 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    And how is that working out?

    Oh those prices. $7.75 for a 6′ ladder!

  27. #27 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    “A plastic toy gun is to blame for the mayhem that saw a man arrested at his daughter’s school this week.”

    A plastic toy gun, an inanimate object, is to “blame” for the chaos caused by retarded bureaucrats? Really?

  28. #28 |  Lior | 

    Nancy #16: You linked to a story about the 2008 election cycle.

  29. #29 |  Robert | 

    @ #18

    If his first example is going to use the premise that companies will build newer and bigger refineries as a result of exporting gasoline, when none are allowed to be built at all, pretty much says that his example is the red herring that you speak of.

    “This is an economic decision by the oil companies. Nobody has suggested that there is a shortage of supply, merely that they don’t like the price.”

    Yes, it is an economic decision. Never said it wasn’t. Just that he should not base his example on something that cannot happen in the current regulatory environment.

  30. #30 |  Dysoeptic Curmudgeon | 

    Re: Man walks through snow to make art

    Reminds me that in the winter in some parts of Canada, people walk in the snow to make distress signals:

    Can’t do that anywhere near Toronto this ‘winter’ though: No snow.