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Weekend links

  • “How the white working class lost its patriotism.” (By J.D. Vance, whose hillbilly roots are not too different from my own family’s)
  • Oh wow. Did you know about this? Anybody seen it? Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk have a new series that plays on their roles in the late, much-lamented, still grand-and-gloriously freedomista Firefly.
  • Speaking of rip-roaring, libertarianish fiction, Larry Correia’s latest Monster Hunter book is coming out Tuesday. An unusual amount of buzz around this one. Preorders now accepted on Amazon.
  • The big weapon in the antigunners’ arsenal.
  • Twenty years ago, libertarians were “lunatics” for wanting to end the drug war. Now … mainstream. Twenty years ago, libertarians were “crazy and irresponsible” for wanting to end zoning laws. Now … the idea’s being discussed on
  • Are Bernanke’s (and Milton Friedman’s) helicopters on their way?
  • Could the U.S. have avoided the War Between the States?
  • Every four years, the Olympics cost cities, regions, and countries more than they earn. Every four years, a new athletic supercomplex begins to crumble into ruin. Every four years thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of poor people and small businesses are brutally displaced for the sake of an international show. Why do so few commentarors realize and write about the obvious?
  • Suspicions confirmed: the U.S. has only one native wolf species. The other two “species” are just the result of coyotes and wolves doing some … er, heavy partying.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 30, 2016 5:18 am

    Depends on what is meant by “patriotism.” Far too many people equate that with the worship of government, flags and the military, etc. For me it is love of the land and the people who live there with me. Fortunately, I’m seeing less of the former here, and more of the latter… but I still see far too many folks who have not figured out the difference.

    As for wolves… I’ve seen small, gray desert wolves and one time a BIG Canadian wolf here. He was just SO beautiful, but I’m glad he went back to wherever he came from. But yes, dogs of all kinds don’t seem to mind a good “party” with other members of their large family. Did you ever see the offspring of a Dachshund and a Chihuahua? Oh mercy!! LOL

  2. Joel
    Joel July 30, 2016 6:28 am

    I have seen a Pomeranian attempt to party with a St. Bernard. Talk about a sight that will cement every inadequacy issue you ever had or even thought about having – and now I cannot unsee it.

    For the record the new MHI book is not principally written by Correia, it’s a spin-off with some Correia input and I will not get sucked in by Baen’s usual bullshit. Why make one or two fantastic books when you can milk a concept for a dozen mediocre ones? I own every MHI book to date, but I’m holding off on one where Correia changed his name to John Ringo.

    If Patriotism is a ‘civic religion’ as J.D. Vance says, then I’m not patriotic because I lost my religion many years ago after a childhood indoctrination as fervent as anybody’s. But I prefer to think that the ‘white working class’ – to the extent that there is such a thing – just wised up and stopped drinking the Kool-aid. I don’t even know what people mean when they say ‘patriot’ – the original American patriots would have been hanged as traitors if they’d lost their war, justly by every law ever written – but now it seems to be taken to mean ‘loves to fight the elite’s overseas wars for them.’ I didn’t buy that when I was 16 and I don’t buy it now.

  3. Bear
    Bear July 30, 2016 8:29 am

    Wow. So these scientists finally figured out what everyone but greenweenies and politicians have always known about “red wolves”?

  4. Laird
    Laird July 30, 2016 3:36 pm

    This is the first I’ve heard of “Con Man”; thanks for the tip. The trailer is dated 2015 and the IMDB website says there are 25 episodes, so it’s clearly not new. Is it only available through Netflix? I have to figure out how to get it; it looks great. A lot of big-name stars are in the trailer too; I wonder if it’s become sort of an “in joke” for the Hollywood set, like Entourage was?

  5. firstdouglas
    firstdouglas July 30, 2016 9:46 pm

    Got Season 1 of “Con Man” after reading here that it existed. And I’m imagining that anyone who’s seen Firefly won’t be discouraged from watching this spin off, whatever, just by reading my words, but I couldn’t make through the third episode. And um ..they’re ten minute episodes.

  6. Shel
    Shel July 31, 2016 6:18 am

    Didn’t read the one about the white working class; I’ve maxed out on my WaPo articles (from links on the Drudge Report and here) and refuse to send them money. This may be what the election is about, though. Our rights, of course, don’t even merit a mention.

    It’s very saddening to me to see what’s happening in Rio. In the ’70’s, the beaches there were so beautiful; and the Brazilians are a wonderful people. Now the medical recommendation is for athletes to keep their mouths closed when they swim. The World Cup in South Africa was a leftist political love fest and a financial disaster as well.

  7. Laird
    Laird July 31, 2016 8:48 am

    All Olympics have become “leftist political love fests and financial disasters as well.” They’re a pointless exercise in mindless nationalism and a transparent excuse for grossly wasteful government spending. And it’s a tossup which international sports federation is the more corrupt: the Olympic Committee or FIFA. John Oliver did a humorous but infuriating expose of it last year; it’s worth a watch (whatever you think of Oliver).

    The Olympics have long outlived their usefulness. They should be allowed to die a quiet death, just as did the old Worlds Fairs (anybody remember them?).

  8. Joel
    Joel July 31, 2016 10:15 am

    firstdouglas: You’re way ahead of me. I couldn’t make it through the trailer. It’s like the first ten minutes of Galaxy Quest, without the actual story.

  9. Fred
    Fred July 31, 2016 6:43 pm

    Vance claims to be Christian and then goes on to sparsely explain all the secular “logic” behind the demise of merca but mostly talks about government as failed savior. Hey J.D. the gov ain’t coming to save you. We have the blood 55 million dead babies on our hands and decades of non stop unjust war and you lament aimlessly like the godless. Read the book boy. Nobody’s coming to save us. (in fairness to him it is the wapo so, discussion of the loss of belief on the LORD is not allowed. It’s not “logical”)

    Con Man looks funny.

    I think the “libertarian lunatics” positions are becoming mainstream because of the authoritarian’s non-stop assault. Although, Ya’ll do evangelize pretty good as well, to which I say; thank you for telling me some hard facts that I had gladly and willfully ignored for years.

    You mean the war of northern aggression. Want to know who the biggest tyrant in a county is, look at the biggest statue in it’s capital. Lincoln killed 600,000 Americans. He cut a swath of rape, pillage, and plunder across the countryside and burned whole cities to the ground leaving over 1 million homeless and fatherless women and children. What a great guy? My favorite president? Screw him. The secession was actually about tariffs in violation of the original meaning of the commerce clause. The churches were hard at work to end slavery. America was the last western country, just a matter of time. The war wasn’t about slavery until the north needed the issue to rally support half way into the war. He didn’t even free the northern slaves just the southern ones. But a tyrant can’t have the G-d fearing solve a nations problems now can they? No sir, ‘the gov shall save you’ is their motto. The american gov was the biggest mass murderer in the world during the 1800’s. We slipped to 5th of 6th last century, but never fear, We are well out in front again this century. We’re number one, we’re number one…

    Stopped watching the olympics long ago. Boring. And since nobody likes this country anymore anyway why would we watch it. “We are the world.” oh, go puke.

  10. Ellendra
    Ellendra July 31, 2016 8:31 pm

    The Olympics would almost make sense if they were held in the same place every time. During non-Olympic years the equipment could be used for training by countries too small to build their own. Moving it every time is just stupid.

  11. Laird
    Laird August 1, 2016 8:26 am

    LarryA, the word is “bated” breath. It’s a corruption of “abated”, meaning stopped or held. No one is sticking worms on their breath.

    Sorry, that’s one of my pet peeves.

  12. Bear
    Bear August 1, 2016 8:36 am

    Laird, based on the italicized “baited” and the suggestion of crumbs as enticement, I think you missed a pun.

  13. Fred
    Fred August 1, 2016 9:55 am

    JC, cool small house. I’ve thought about container houses some. Either an L shape or four in a square with a little enclosed outdoor space. And a roof patio is a must for me.

    I like the windowed space between 2 in the picture and the sliding door and deck are nice but I was thinking more along the lines of a somewhat defensible position.

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