From the monthly archives: "November 2012"

I like sex and drugs and rock

But I’m down with Waller Block

No one rocks as well as you

But who Rocks well is Lew

I love but don’t worship Jesus

The same could be said of Mises

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Stossel’s bad on Nagasaki

But not as racist a dude as Taki

All Ukuleles were on sale!

It’s just a silly list, “Songs to Co-Opt for Libertarian Ends”. It was initially a WordPress post over here.

I am going to try to start writing for them more and more. Their superior ability to explain economics is most intimidating, but thankfully I can make stupid bullet points and incessantly tout that greatest of anthems, Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road.”

  • North Koreans are slowly moving into the age of cell phones, but the real, worldwide internet remains only for people named Kim Jong-Un and a few choice others.
  • Drone hits Yemen less than a day after Obama wins reelection. New normal, people. A Republican would have continued these tactics with relish.
  • There’s talk of a Casablanca sequel, which is not the worst idea ever, since there was a treatment penned by the original writer, but also good Lord no let’s not. A treatment isn’t enough to save it, a full script probably wouldn’t be, either.
  • Look, I know that Rookie mag is for 14-year-olds in thick glasses, but it’s for teenagers and writers write about, say, how Hedy Lemarr was totally bad-ass. Do you understand how amazing such a magazine would have been when I was a teen? Do you understand that it still kind of rules, even though I am extremely old?
  • I still blame Gawker for being lazy, but clearly New York Times mag was the one encouraging Donderoooooooooo.
  • I am listening to Charlie Parr today, so you should, too. If only for his beard.

Lazy Critique of Libertarianism of the Day

See, it’s funny because Gawker headlined it “America’s Only Rude Libertarian…” and all libertarians are middle-aged white dudes with no social skills, who live in their parents’ basements, while simultaneously being Mitt Romney, I mean Paul Ryan, I mean a non-specific evil Hollywood businessman. And those of us libertarians who exist in the real world have never heard those strawmen before. Nor would we ever hear them, if not for the hardworking reporters at Gawker.

Eric Dondero; they decided Dondero(ooooooooo) was worth an entire post.

Hey statists, you won last night, mostly. Any compelling reason to kick libertarianism when it’s down? Because it’s always down.

Except, did the actual success of libertarian-friendly causes like gay marriage and legal marijuana on Tuesday make you nervous? Your president had to be dragged kicking and screaming into being an ally to the gay community (out loud, that is). And he has let his Department of Justice trample all over marijuana growers, state legality be damned.

Yep, the best aspects of the (arguable) left have nothing to do with Obama. He’s a sell-out war mongerer, and even if he becomes less of one this term, that won’t erase his last four years. That’s the thing about people’s lives and freedom being taken, there is no backsies there.

Oooh, I have another idea for a Gawker blog! I bet Wayne Allen Root said something stupid!

  • New York Times op-ed doc on Chris Williams of Montana Cannabis  who is facing 80 years in prison. Another Montana Cannabis co-owner, Richard Flor, died in prison in August, a few months into his five-year term.
  • “Police were forced to shoot a dog” during a narcotics SWAT search warrant on a house which contained an infant. Comforting! 
  • Michael Moynihan says everyone’s a big fat liar, not just Republicans.
  • Sometimes I wonder if Cosmo isn’t better than Esquire, just because Cosmodoesn’t think women have ever heard of politics and therefore nobody ever writes shit like this for Cosmo.
  • Winner and finalists for the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography are worth a look. 
  • Football is boring, but a little bad-ass girl playing it with boys is worth a look.
  • Britain is awfully bureaucratic about contacting aliens.