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Weekend links

  • University of Michigan offers students the opportunity to designate their “personal pronoun” of choice to avoid giving offense to the whatever-gendered. One student selects “Your Majesty.”
  • Not only does another major newspaper endorse Gary Johnson, but the editorial is pretty awesome.
  • OTOH, A.B. Stoddard thinks Johnson is such a stumblebum — and yet such a threat in a four-way race — that Hillary should offer William Weld a cabinet position in hopes of luring would-be LP voters to her campaign. (Yup, this whole election cycle is even sicker and weirder than we thought.)
  • Yet another corrupt, better-than-thou “progressive” (who also happens to be named Clinton), flies in a private jet to a clean-energy gathering.
  • In foreign affairs, the U.S. (government) is your know-it-all friend.
  • Whut? Why the hell would an atheist want to lead a Protestant church? Just for the sake of power? Headlines? Why on earth?
  • Progress, Muslims, and the Whig view of history.
  • Dogs. They’ll ignore your lousy suggestions and get right to the essentials. Unlike humans, who are more suggestible.
  • Seventeen water-loving cats.


  1. Pat
    Pat October 1, 2016 4:47 am

    Wow — A newspaper trying to be objective. Imagine that! And trying to bring the country back to middle-of-the road politics, which is exactly where Johnson fits.

    “The Democrats have nominated Hillary Clinton, who, by contrast, is undeniably capable of leading the United States.”

    Where did anyone get the notion she can run a country? She was just a President’s wife until suddenly she’s appointed to a position of significant importance as Secretary of State. But she was never capable.
    In a sense, the United Church of Canada has to decide what makes a church — its authority or the congregation in it. One thing that Church can’t do is take away Vosper’s ministry. She can always be a minister, no matter where, preaching no-matter-what. The Church assumes the right to make her a minister, but she makes the final decision how to apply her ministry. And in 2016, she just may take a portion of her congregation with her — or better yet, add many more to become a sect of its own.

  2. Larry
    Larry October 1, 2016 5:19 am

    My personal pronoun “Slave”

    Slave John Doe
    101 Main Street
    Home Town Plantation, 68802

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty October 1, 2016 5:25 am

    Nobody is “capable” of running the country. Hope more folks figure that out soon. 🙂

    And the mental image of the AA sponsoring a pub crawl is very funny. Thank heavens they’ve never been serious evangelists, or they just might be doing that! 🙂

  4. Claire
    Claire October 1, 2016 5:29 am

    “Where did anyone get the notion she can run a country? She was just a President’s wife until suddenly she’s appointed to a position of significant importance as Secretary of State. But she was never capable.”

    Don’t forget her impressive carpetbagging job as a U.S. senator. For which, somehow, her tenure as a “dead broke” president’s wife prepared her. 🙂

    Yeah, that line in the editorial about Clinton being capable of running the country struck me, too (in an otherwise great piece). And not only because Hillary has had a disastrously undistinguished career, but because of course nobody’s capable of running the country. Ruining it. Looting it. Plunging it into turmoil. Sure. Running it? Oh, puh-lease.

  5. Claire
    Claire October 1, 2016 5:30 am

    “Nobody is “capable” of running the country. Hope more folks figure that out soon.”

    Great minds. We posted at the same time. But I don’t think many folks will ever figure it out, alas.

  6. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry October 1, 2016 7:12 am

    Hey now. Like all Vogons, Madame Clinton is supremely capable in all the regards which truly matter in the running of a country- ceaseless grasping graft, obstructionistic obscurantism, bureaucratic adventurism and mission-creeping, and plain old garden-variety murder and blackmail. Ask anyone on Vogsphere or the Galactic Planning Council: it may take a few Gargle Blasters to get ’em talking, but they always admit it in the end.

  7. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal October 1, 2016 9:17 am

    Cats also ignore bad advice. And good advice. In fact, cats are tired of humans yapping at them and wish we’d just keep our mouths shut.
    But I love my cats anyway.

  8. pyrrhus
    pyrrhus October 1, 2016 9:43 am

    Johnson’s love of Obamacare, smoking bans, and other government intervention strikes me as very odd for an alleged Libertarian, but I’m certainly happy that the normally leftist Tribune endorsed him instead of Killary….

  9. Comrade X
    Comrade X October 1, 2016 12:33 pm

    This year is a none of the above for me year, methinks the libertarians had a great opportunity to step up into the big league but they blew it with the two they put up; when it comes to Johnson I have a problem getting by this interview;

    He needs to lay off the weed while campaigning or maybe it’s some kind of handicap (tongue in check disease?) but I just don’t know how other world leaders may take such a conversation.

  10. LarryA
    LarryA October 1, 2016 1:44 pm

    College sets up eminently prankable form, and college students prank it. Nobody saw it coming? Administrators need remedial training.

    The sad part is that Weld would be a good fit in a Clinton administration.

    I would disagree as far as Clinton’s leadership capability, but there are lots of people who are qualified to lead the country. It’s not that hard of a job, done right. As in Step 1, get government the hell out of everyone’s way.

    There are all kinds of people who want to tell others what to do. Minister of a church is an acceptable and remunerative way to do so, with lots of social and tax advantages.

    It’s sad when groups are so wrapped up in their philosophies of how the world should work that they ignore how it really works. Reality is what it is, not what you want it to be.

  11. Fred
    Fred October 1, 2016 2:31 pm

    Many mainline American churches are already led by non believers. I imagine Canada is much the same. I give her credit for stating it right out loud though. So, without further ado; West Hill United Church, welcome to the loosely affiliated order of social clubs of north America. But you might want to drop the whole; it’s time the church gave up on “the idolatry of a theistic god.” thing. Although many agree in practice, some of your fellow country clubbers don’t cotton to saying that.

  12. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson October 1, 2016 2:40 pm

    Johnson is the better choice of the three, no doubt, but I worry about the damage he is doing to the libertarian brand. Naive people will assume libertarian stands for Republican/Democrat lite, not any particular set of principles.

  13. Fred
    Fred October 1, 2016 2:46 pm

    “In a sense, the United Church of Canada has to decide what makes a church — its authority or the congregation in it.”

    That authority rests solely in Christ Jesus. The “church” and the “congregation” may do with their free wills as they choose but that doesn’t make it a church any more than attempting to drive a fuzzy pair of pajamas makes them a car.

  14. Desertrat
    Desertrat October 1, 2016 9:55 pm

    Whigs & Muslims. Hmph. The world is overgoated with Cleopatras. I keep my canoe off Denial. I read about the trials and tribulations in Europe and I gotta admit that at times I think Ann Barnhardt should quit waffling around and tell us what she really thinks.

    In the used-to-be, university administrators were mostly mature adults, capable of rational thought. Trouble is, we’re in the here-and-now.

    If La Hillary is all that competent, how come her track record as SecState is so sordidly full of failure? Primacy? As in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Egypt? But maybe piles of dead bodies and gazillions of refugees are seen as signs of success by the Wolfowitz Doctrine claque.

  15. Dana
    Dana October 2, 2016 11:37 am

    FWIW, the NH Union Leader also endorsed the Johnson-Weld ticket. What I found interesting is that in the old-fashioned dead-tree print edition, this editorial appeared on the front page (above the fold) as the headline story of that day. They did not stick it inside in the editorial section.

    In other news, here’s what the paper has to say about what our lawmakers are smoking….

  16. AG
    AG October 2, 2016 2:58 pm

    Your Highness is a good title. As this point it should be a competition of one upmanship.

    “Leader of the Free World and Dominator of Multiple Lesser Savage-Filled Regions”, AG

  17. Mark Call
    Mark Call October 2, 2016 5:44 pm

    Gary Johnson has got to be the most unprincipled idjut ever to be nominated by the former “libertarians”. The guy doesn’t even have a clue about what the non-agression principle means, much less “shall not be infringed.” And his totalitarian openly-gun-hating VP is even worse.

    No wonder they love ’em in the Gun-Free Killing Zone where Mob Rule means never having to say you care what the Little People want.

    But they still think Herr Hitlery could “run the country”. No doubt. She’s not only demonstrated Top Notch Criminal credentials, she’s arguably THE most accomplished felon ever to ENTER the Oval Office, much less off an ambassador. But this kind of “principle” requires a true grasp of how it’s done… “the Chicago Way” (apologies to Sean Connery.)

    “Time upon time, Clinton’s behavior affirms the perception that she’s a corner-cutter whose ambitions drive her decisions.”


    How ’bout they affirm the perception that she’s a multiple felon who would already be serving life according to her husband’s policies — were it not for the fact that she’s Above the Law? Doesn’t hurt that the admitted “weasel” madam-ing the FBI found a horse’s head himself…on the hot Phoenix tarmac.

    Evidently, when the Chicago Tribune talks “principle” – they must be sorry that folks like Benedict Arnold and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are no longer available.

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