Archive for October, 2008

Educating for Anarchism, edition

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Mike over at has an occasional post entitled Educating for Anarchism, in which he posts real life exchanges of his political beliefs with others. Below, you will find an exchange with my brother in a Facebook message thread (which sadly, is the best means he has of keeping in ...

Obama’s 30-minute infomercial

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I heard about Barack Obama's 30-minute policy-advertising infomercial after it had aired. Since I haven't heard any of it or read a transcript, I can only guess as to its contents. Before I search for a transcript, I want to make this prediction (which I certainly would have made beforehand ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Since I am too busy and uninspired lately to write anything substantive, other than explaining why my Statist friends and colleagues are wrong to support the Democrats so faithfully (and various other corollaries that would be fun, if not necessarily interesting or thought-provoking, to write about if I had the ...

Quote of the day

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

"I wonder if Stevens has ever cared the tiniest bit about the way that Justice Department lawyers treat people until now. Now that he's the victim, suddenly he fancies himself some kind of underdog hero." —Ryan McMaken, on Sen. Ted Stevens blaming his conviction on an "unconscionable" Department of Justice [sic]

Anti–universal health care proposal in Arizona

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

I was intrigued by this George Will column in the Washington Post, which might mark the first time that has happened to me. He begins: On Election Day, Arizonans can give the nation the gift of a good example. They can enact a measure that could shape the health-care debate that ...

Quote of the day

Friday, October 24th, 2008

"Whenever there is a problem due to 'too much freedom', the solution is to restrict freedom, and not to blame the individual that committed the crime. Whenever there is a problem due to a corrupt system, then the individuals are blamed and never the corrupt system." —FSK, Kangaroo Court Fnord.


Friday, October 24th, 2008

In a valient effort to not be very productive at work on a Friday, I stumbed across a group on Facebook that has a collection of amusing pictures. Like most of my college aged cohorts that populate Facebook, this group is unabashedly pro-Obama. He's the new Jesus, so sayeth the ...

Immorality and control

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I liked this post by Francois Tremblay about hierarchies and control. One of the good things about being a libertarian blagger is that you can have intellectual debates with other amateur (or, sometimes, professional) philosophers about real, substantive issues. The bad side is that libertarians often disagree over semantics and ...

Liberals obsessed with Sarah Palin

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

My hardcore-Democrat friends (read: my friends) are officially obsessed with Sarah Palin. Not in the stupid, absurd way in which Charles Murray or Rich Lowry are, but it is no less pathetic. They gave up talking about the issues three or four weeks ago—although they did watch the idiotic and ...

Andy Rooney: More war! More death! More inflation! More corporatism!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I still don't have much time for real writing, but I hope to some time late this week; until then, enjoy this dim-witted quote from the doddering old Andy Rooney, from last night's "60 Minutes": I'd really like to meet our next president, so I sort of hate to tell you ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

"Bush is to the left of me now. Comrade Bush announced he will buy shares in private banks." —Hugo Chavez Hat tip: Mike Tennant.

Irresponsible lending and borrowing

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I liked this post by Less Antman and the comments following it, explaining some of the basics of the housing market crisis and its role in the current recession. It is short and simple, but I appreciate that type of post or article in my efforts to learn more about ...