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Monday night miscellany

The Paladin book is going into final edit before going off to the publisher and a S.W.A.T. magazine deadline looms this week. So the brain is a bit crowded right now (and that’s without … well, other stuff going on that involves three driven-to-distraction dogs and an overwhelmed but surprisingly calm guest kitty; more on that later).

But, with a little help from my friends, here’s a bit of blogitude:

  • Via Sam (thank you): What happens when an American traveler calmly refuses to answer questions upon his reentry into the “homeland.” Bold blogger, that guy.
  • Larken Rose, who last time so eloquently smashed the Libertarian Party, says the Constitution Party is useless, too. Again, you already knew that, right? But again, he says it so very well. And he’s really talking about the Constitution and its ardently hopeful devotees, not really a political party.
  • We’re not anti-government. We just want government to work better. Hm. Have you considered that maybe that’s your problem?
  • Okay, you people who don’t tear up over critters can move right on past this little one-minute YouTube video. But if you animal lovers want to see a thing of beauty, scroll down this page, click, and be sure to watch all the way to the very end of the 60-second spot. I was shopping online for a bed the other day and found that page of support for the Michigan Humane Society on a site that also just happened to have some of the best prices on beds, mattresses, and bedroom furniture. Can’t afford it yet, but boy, I know who I’m buying from when the time’s right …


  1. Matt
    Matt September 21, 2010 7:49 am

    Once again Mr. Rose hits the nail on the head. I have recently been reading a bout the political climate and politics of those first few decades of our country, and came to realize that the constitution trashing and twisting had indeed started at day 2. Shay’s Rebellion and the Whisky Rebellion were early precursor’s as to what would happen with Mr. Lincoln, and the do as your told or die attitude of government.

  2. -S
    -S September 21, 2010 9:20 am

    For an amusing dog video, watch

  3. Victor Milan
    Victor Milan September 21, 2010 12:58 pm

    What the “anti-government straw man” guy and his ilk want is government that does what they want it to do.

    And that differs from all other statists how?

    Government isn’t broken (at least, not the way the “reformists” believe.) It does what it was designed to do: centralize benefit and socialize cost. That’s all it does, ever has done, ever will do – for however much longer external governance persists.

    By deluding ourselves we can somehow make government “better,” aren’t we surrendering to those who really do have the power to make government do what they want?

    (And here’s yet another take: even I don’t believe in no government. I just believe in self-government. External governance is the problem.)

  4. Winston
    Winston September 21, 2010 2:46 pm

    I personally don’t agree that the LP and Constitution parties and etc. are completely useless. Maybe it’s because I’m not really much of a libertarian and don’t have an emotional attachment to the word.

    R-lite? Maybe…but that’s just what I’m looking for. All I really expect from a candidate is that first of all they will reliably vote against gun control, tax hike and further privacy invasions. Also I prefer that my vote not go to someone who is prone to moral panic…someone who is likely to pander to the Oprah-watching “Think of the children!” crowd who are alwayd going after violent video games, dirty books, satanic t-shirts and other stuff I like. That kind of soft facism is not only annoying but is basically a political gateway drug to going after more important things. But I digress.
    Anyway, I know that the ship is sinking and that’s all I realistically expect anyone to try to do. I mean, if 3rd party candidates ever actually got elected that often. Maybe one day I’ll finally admit that voting is a silly waste of time.

    Find me a candidate who promises, say, to abolish ALL taxes and make pot legal and I’ll show you someone who is not only unelectable, but as full of shit as that guy over there promising he’ll fix the economy and give everyone jobs.

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