Patrick’s Thursday Linkathon of Whatever

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

I apologize that I haven’t been able to grace you people for a while with my, whatever it is, but whatever.

  • The college reading list, interpreted by a six-year-old. Here’s what she had to say about Animal Farm: “It looks like a book for kids. I think it’s about a donkey and a pig that do not like each other and they both live on a farm for animals. The same farm. It looks like it would be a funny book with a good really nice ending.”
  • “Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling, and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is the thing of the future. If we don’t get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now.” (My take on a Facebook link through Mike at Crime and Federalism).

  • When it comes to false advertising, the government’s position is, “Do as I say, not as I do.” But false advertising from snake oil salesman doesn’t typically cost its victims their jobs and freedom.
  • Raul Hector Castro is a powerful, influential man. He was the governor of Arizona. He was the ambassador to Argentina. None of that means jack squat to the Border Patrol. Is that because his name is Raul Hector Castro, or, as the Border Patrol claims, because he is a “nuclear threat”?
  • I like the cut of this Cory Booker man’s jib.
  • My “anybody but Obama pragmatic side tells me to vote for Mitt Romney. My idealistic principled side tells me to vote for Gary Johnson. My principles are winning today.
  • A “hip hop fan” raised on Drake reviews It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.

Take this, punk!

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29 Responses to “Patrick’s Thursday Linkathon of Whatever”

  1. #1 |  Eric Hanneken | 

    Re: Pragmatism vs. idealism. Your vote won’t change the outcome of the election, Patrick, so there really is no pragmatic argument for voting for Romney. If you’re going to vote, you might as well vote for Johnson.

  2. #2 |  Patrick from Popehat | 

    I know someone who voted for Nader in Florida, Eric.

    But I’ve never voted for a Republican or a Democrat in the big race (unless ex-Republican Ross Perot counts), so don’t worry about me.

  3. #3 |  Stephen | 

    I live in Texas. I can vote for Johnson with no fear that Obama will win here.

  4. #4 |  Graduate Student | 

    That kid prefers Jimmy from Degrassi to Public Enemy. There is no fucking hope for the future.

  5. #5 |  Eric Hanneken | 

    Al Gore lost in Florida by more than one vote, Patrick. If your friend had voted for him, he still would have lost.

  6. #6 |  Patrick from Popehat | 

    Al Gore lost by one vote Eric. As it happens, I’ve had lunch with one of the voters.

    He was one of the rudest people I’ve ever met.

  7. #7 |  Chris Mallory | 

    Raul Hector Castro’s power and influence should mean “jack squat”. He should be treated just like any other person. The most disgusting part of that article was how his driver kept referring to him by his former government title. He is no longer in office so he should be a “Mr.” just like any other man.

  8. #8 |  nickcharles | 

    Heh…was the link at the last bullet meant to be part of a hip-hop version of the first bullet?

  9. #9 |  Patrick from Popehat | 

    Chris, do you mean to say that all Latino citizens of Arizona, who are 96 years old, should be taken out of their cars and forced to endure 100+ degree heat?

    Because that’s what it sounds like.

  10. #10 |  RT | 

    Fake DEA Agents rob woman and steal 3K in cash and “hundreds” of prescription pills. http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wlos_vid_8015.shtml

  11. #11 |  adifferentken | 

    @#6
    Some votes count more than others, or to put it another way, your actually proving the point that ours don’t count.

  12. #12 |  that guy | 

    I have to agree Nation of Millions is kinda weak, compared to Who’s Afraid of a Black Planet anyway. I haven’t listened lately but I think Terminator X is in much better form on Black Planet. Or at least I much prefer the sound/music on Black Planet to Nation of Millions. Shrug. Who is Drake??? Is it like D&D fantasy rap?

  13. #13 |  that guy | 

    er Fear of a Black Planet. shows how long it has been

  14. #14 |  Fascist Nation | 

    Nonsense! If you had principles you wouldn’t vote.

  15. #15 |  Ariel | 

    “It looks like a book for kids. I think it’s about a donkey and a pig that do not like each other and they both live on a farm for animals. The same farm. It looks like it would be a funny book with a good really nice ending.”

    Which is why children are children, nascent adults perhaps, but still not with opinions we should fawn over.

  16. #16 |  John David Galt | 

    Re: “You Didn’t Build That!”

    Let’s make millions of individualized versions of this sign appear in store windows between now and November.

    IT COST ME (x) [YEARS|MONTHS],
    (y) NIT-PICKY PERMITS, AND $(z)
    BEFORE I COULD EVEN OPEN THIS BUSINESS,
    ALL THANKS TO GOVERNMENT “HELP.”
    BUT I GOT IT DONE ANYWAY!
    THANKS FOR NOTHING, BIG GOVERNMENT!

    I release this wording to the public domain, to pre-empt anyone who would claim ownership of it.

  17. #17 |  Bill Beyer | 

    I’m voting for Gary Johnson… but I live in Washington, where it can’t have any effect on the election, being bluer than blue. If I lived in a swing state I might strategize ‘anyone but Obama’ and vote for Romney, even though he’s really not much better in the issues I care about.

  18. #18 |  Fred Mangels | 

    If the Republicans had a half way decent candidate, I might have trouble with the practicality vs. principle thing. As it is, a vote for Gary Johnson seems a no- brainer.

  19. #19 |  K2 | 

    Um, Raul Castro was not detained because he is Latino. He was detained because they detected residual radiation, a claim that is not being contested. The detention is not the problem here, under those circumstances. What IS the problem is the -yet again- lack of common sense exhibited during the detention, namely, an elderly HEART patient in 100 degree heat forced to wait in his car.

  20. #20 |  marie | 

    re ‘principles are winning’:
    Lucy says, “they’ve been mostly focusing on stamping out child pornography for some weirdly sensible reason…”

    How is that working out? How did it work out to ban alcohol? How is it working out to ban drugs?

  21. #21 |  Meister574 | 

    Re: College reading list

    The two she is right on about are Catcher in the Rye and Brave New World.

    I read “Catcher” twice and I still don’t know what it is about. I just want to slap Caulfield and say “They flew south for the winter. Now stop whining”. And that was when I was 17.

    Brave New World: “This book is about the future. I think the future will all be robotics because that’s what it’s like in cartoons, so the book would be like that.” Add drugs and that is pretty much it.

  22. #22 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @20 – How’s stamping out murder working? Why do we bother doing that?

    There’s most certainly a scale of harm, and cp falls on the “Yes, it should be banned” side of it (The real stuff, I’d add – when it’s fake/cartoon and no kid’s being hurt it’s simply disgusting, and disgust isn’t sufficient for a ban).

  23. #23 |  HoldingTheFire | 

    @19,

    Something tells me that if he was white they’d have been more understanding of him. The fact that he has been detained and questioned three other times, including in his own backyard, should tell you there is something racial going on.

  24. #24 |  marie | 

    How’s stamping out murder working? Why do we bother doing that?

    A murderer does something more than look at pictures.

    Yes, we should stamp out child pornography. It should be illegal to produce movies of child abuse. The laws, however, make no distinction between a guy streaming video of him raping a seven-y-o, and a 16-y-o sending a naked photo to a friend.

    The efforts to stamp out CP have resulted in a lot of arrests, a huge increase of guys incarcerated. Very impressive numbers. But the vast majority of those arrests are guys who have done nothing more than look at pictures and videos. Surely, that is a sick habit, an immoral hobby. But should it be a crime to look at pictures?

    Oh, you might say, We should prevent the guy looking at pictures from touching children! And I say, When we arrest someone for picking pockets, do we punish him for armed robbery…just in case he might do that some day?

  25. #25 |  Pale rider | 

    @ 17 – Just so you know – when the vote totals come out for WA, I’m the other dude that voted for Johnson.

  26. #26 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Raul Hector Castro is a powerful, influential man. He was the governor of Arizona. He was the ambassador to Argentina. None of that means jack squat to the Border Patrol.

    Good.

  27. #27 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Is that a doobie Spock is dragging?

  28. #28 |  Dave Krueger | 

    My “anybody but Obama pragmatic side tells me to vote for Mitt Romney. My idealistic principled side tells me to vote for Gary Johnson. My principles are winning today.

    My “anybody but Obama or Romney” pragmatic side matches my “anybody but Obama or Romney” principled side.

    In any case, I’m pretty sure there is nothing pragmatic about “anyone but Obama”, but it certainly explains the astoundingly lame set of candidates republicans had competing for the nomination.

    Basically, you can vote for more bailouts, more war, more military spending, more expansion of government, more domestic surveillance, more expansion of welfare, more government involvement in health care, more innovative drug war tactics, more expansion of the prison population, more lobbying in DC, more expansion of the TSA, more federal debt, etc, etc, etc…

    …or you can vote for Johnson.

    There has never been a presidential election in the U.S. where it matters less whether you vote for the republican or the democrat. The only good thing about voting democrat or republican is that there will later be no question about whether you deserved what you got.

  29. #29 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @24 – British law most certainly does! The definition of Child Pornography you have is nuts, and a good part of the problem. (Of course, I also view our extension of it to pictures without real kids in them equally nuts)

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