A glib question has made the rounds of right-wing blogs over the last two years, asking “Where has the anti-war movement gone?” Megan McArdle uses the question today to introduce a potential answer. As for me, I rarely bring up such trivialities, because the response you usually get from a leftist is “yeah, well why [...]Continue reading Tu Quoque
I got into it a bit over at Drum’s place, where commenters are arguing that the S&P is a bunch of GOP plants because of the negative outlook report. Given that I spent some time analyzing historical revenue & spending tables with a calculator to generate one of my comments, I wanted to expand on [...]Continue reading What’s The Problem, Revenue Or Spending?
In my post on alternate voting systems, I called the Republicans and Democrats the “beast with two asses”, making an allusion to the old “making the beast with two backs” euphemism for sex. However, I think I’ve got an, ahem, more colorful example that works better: American democracy is a threesome where the Republicans and [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
Anyone who’s read my work here over the years will have realized that I’m not very interested in political horse races. It’s not to say that I don’t think there is some importance to them (as several contributors here do pay close attention), but that others can cover that stuff far better than I can, [...]Continue reading Preference Voting — Darling Of The LP, But Does It Work?
To all who participated in our fundraising efforts for The Innocence Project, I’d like to give a warm and hearty Thank You! We were able to surpass our goal and bring in $520 for the organization, and I believe the entire fundraiser successfully exceeded their organizational goal of $20K. We here at TLP are honored [...]Continue reading Thank You!
I posted yesterday about Bernard von Nothaus of the Liberty Dollar being convicted. I definitely think the fact support a guilty verdict on the charge of “issuing and passing Liberty Dollar coins intended for use as current money”, but some of the others seem quite a bit ridiculous, such as “conspiracy against the United States”. [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
Hard to believe it was over three years ago, but may of us in the libertarian movement will remember the seizure of the Liberty Dollar holdings/equipment/etc. For those new to the movement, the Liberty Dollar was a metal-backed currency presented as an alternative to traditional fiat currencies, but unlike Gold/Silver Eagles, or Krugerrands, or gold/silver [...]Continue reading Liberty Dollar Founder Reportedly Convicted
Not political, but I just thought it hilarious. Megan McArdle, discussing an rumored move by Netflix to develop original television content on their own streaming distribution network: A&E was producing some great original content in the 1990s, but eventually abandoned the strategy and retreated to its core business of rebroadcasting Law and Order reruns. If [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
Merely a week ago, I posted about a fundraiser for the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is a non-profit group working to offer legal services to convicts claiming innocence who have a chance to prove it. Living in as free and just a country as we manage to have, there are still mistakes — many [...]Continue reading Good Work — Almost There
The recent tu quoque of conservatives apoplectic about Obama on the golf course [I call it a tu quoque because of how the left constantly complained about Bush's vacations at the ranch] brought about this exchange between @superbus (a libertarian video games writer from CT) and myself: @superbus: Hey GOP: By your logic, if the [...]Continue reading Tweets of the Day
For the bargain conscious out there, a couple books recently became available for the Kindle at dramatically reduced prices, and I wanted to pass them along. As an aside, if nothing else this is a great sales pitch for the Kindle — at $139 for the wi-fi only version [which is all you *really* need], [...]Continue reading Reading List: Slackernomics and BMOC
HuffPo is writing on a new Fed report that of 500 foreclosures they investigated, they couldn’t find a single one where the borrower was not significantly delinquent on payments. Thus, the Fed declared that no improper foreclosures occurred. This doesn’t matter to those who think bankers are raping angels in their spare time, and who [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day — MS-DOS Causes Improper Foreclosures
[To skip my blather and go straight to The Liberty Papers' page at the Innocence Project, go here.] It’s been said before that a conservative is simply a liberal who’s been mugged, and that a libertarian is a conservative who’s been mugged — by his own government. I know that for me, it wasn’t *exactly* [...]Continue reading Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is — The Innocence Project
What’s at stake in most unions? Promises. Laborers in non-union workplaces are offered very few promises. Typically employment is by contract for a specified (and individual) wage that can be severed at any time by either party for [mostly] any reason. Unions negotiate additional layers of promises. Those promises may be specific regimented work rules, [...]Continue reading Promises, Promises
No, seriously, War and Peace. I found it on the top 100 lists of free Kindle books, and decided that reading War and Peace was one of those things I probably had to do in my life to call myself a serious reader. Bad decision. As I remarked to a good friend, it was meandering, [...]Continue reading War and Peace
Barbara Boxer, on what apparently is the greatest outrage she’s ever seen in Congress. A lot of them are sleeping in their offices. You tell me one other person that you know Mr. President that is allowed to sleep in the office of their corporation that they may work for. As far as I know, [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
From the hockey mom: Though Palin was critical of Aguilera’s performance, she claimed her attack on the songstress wasn’t personal. “I’m sure Ms. Aguilera is a very nice person, but I just think the American people deserve better than a demanding beauty queen who’s clearly in over her head.” LOL!Continue reading Quote Of The Day
[shakes head] A group of South Dakota lawmakers has introduced a bill that would require almost everyone in their state to buy a gun once they turn 21. Turns out it’s not a serious attempt. Rather, the lawmakers are trying to make a point about the new health care law — that an individual mandate [...]Continue reading South Dakota Lawmakers Confused By Federal/State Distinction — Embarrass Selves
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable. -H.L. Mencken I’ve long been of the opinion that a critical flaw in [...]Continue reading The Dearth Of Reason
The “Wild Bird” estate off Hwy 1 near Big Sur, CA. Owings built ”Wild Bird” as a permanent home at Big Sur in 1958. In the early 1960s, he and his wife joined neighbors in organizing to limit development along the scenic highway of California Route 1. This small step into the world of political [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day