Category: ayn rand stuff

Libertarians: Probe her body for a fetus, not mine for pot

Reading Scott Walker’s defense of his government mandated pre-abortion ultrasounds [they’re “a cool thing”], I was struck again by the horrible manipulation involved. Who do these Walker people think they are? Why do they think they can do this to women?

And then I thought, “Where the hell have the Libertarians been?” You’d think the Unfettered Liberty squad would be apoplectic over government mandated trans-organ anything, and the probing of all human orifices. You’d think the Fonzies of Freedom would be out riding Harleys in great trans-continental packs protesting the state violating people’s bodies and taking pictures of their innards.

You would be wrong.

If you have a strong disregard for your own health and safety, you are free to express it in all sorts of ways. You can smoke cigarettes. You can gorge on fast food five times a day. You can go live among bears in Alaska.

You can stagger through the worst part of town at 2 a.m. You can become a trapeze artist. You can join the Marine Corps. But if federal regulators get their way, you will not be able to ride a motorcycle without a helmet.

But let’s first start with an authentic Libertarian issue: Helmets.

…in three states—Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire—all riders are free to feel the sun on their scalps and the wind in their hair.

This small zone of personal autonomy causes great annoyance at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a federal agency. Last week, it urged that “everyone aboard a motorcycle be required to wear a helmet.”

The same old song. Government shouldn’t encroach upon my freedom.

Said NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart, “It’s a public health issue.”

Oh, no, it’s not. A public health issue arises when masses of people are exposed to illness or injury by dangers beyond their control—contaminated water, sooty air, natural disaster, marauding bands of hyenas—or when I get a serious disease that I may pass on to you against your will…

But riding a motorcycle without a cranial cushion poses no danger to anyone except the rider. Skull fractures are not contagious.

It doesn’t matter a bit that a helmet will save a person’s life. It doesn’t matter that helmets will save the taxpayers millions of dollars in systemic healthcare expenses. What matters is that placing a confining thing over one’s head greatly sucks. Ever tried it? Okay.

Given that, you can imagine how strongly the Fonzies feel about this: Big Brother cramming a doctor’s wand up one of their wazoos. Ask Matt Welch. It’s so awful, he can barely stand to hear it…

I was hoping to make it through life without hearing television commentators repeatedly utter the word transvaginal. Yet that intimate territory is where the country headed in February, and it is where we will increasingly return as long as the government keeps assuming a greater role in our private lives…

Libertarians have their values stomped on by governments every day. My (high) taxes in Washington, D.C., are helping to pay hundreds of millions in debt service for a baseball stadium I fervently believe should not have received a drop in public financing. My local city council members—who work part time, mind you, and often maintain second jobs—receive $125,000 from taxpayers each year, a pay rate second only to the loot commanded by the inept legislators of the last city I lived in, Los Angeles. And the criminal code is a festival of offensive-to-me-value judgments, prohibiting actions I consider perfectly moral and proper, such as traveling to Cuba, smoking marijuana, or paying money to illegal immigrants.

…a mandated medical probe, of course that’s bad. But you know I can’t even smoke pot! And they won’t let me go to Cuba! How much longer must we tolerate totalitarianism? A nuanced take. Here’s another one, A. Barton Hinkle:

Last week the health committee of the Indiana Senate approved a bill to require not one transvaginal ultrasound, but two – one before the abortion, and one afterward – for medical, rather than surgical, abortions…

Perhaps some enterprising lawmaker in another state will require pregnant women seeking abortions to write letters to their unborn children. We eventually might even get around to requiring scarlet letters, too.

This brings up a much broader problem in American politics: Call it the auctioneer effect. Having approved a new law or program to address a circumstance in one year, politicians confront a dilemma in subsequent years: What next? Often – almost always – the problem does not disappear. It wouldn’t do to conclude that, since previous laws and programs have failed, perhaps the problem lies beyond government’s ability to solve.

Well, I understand why the states force women to undergo ultrasounds [abortions yuck]. But then for how much longer? At some point won’t they have to give it up? Some day they’ll have to admit abortion is too difficult a problem to solve via radiating wands and genital probes. As always, the limits of government [sigh].

You’d think the Sovereigns of Self-Interest would grasp the problem of being self-violated. But they don’t at all, or at least none of the ones I could find at did. Speaking of which, get a load of this:

Why Is That Cop’s Finger in Your Butt?
The war on drugs now features roadside sexual assaults.

Last month the Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that requires police officers to obtain a warrant before probing the anuses and vaginas of motorists during traffic stops…

The fact that the bill was deemed necessary speaks volumes about the way the war on drugs has eroded our Fourth Amendment rights and encouraged cops to inflict outrageous indignities on people they suspect of violating pharmacological taboos.

Well now this is very different. We’re no longer talking about women, and medical procedures. Now we’re talking about men, and the way they exercise their personal liberties. This is a frankly serious issue: The God-given right to smoke pot in your car…

That may be hard to believe, but it is also hard to believe that six troopers in three separate traffic stops thought it was reasonable to explore those private areas on the off chance that there might be some pot there.

With this egregious behavior the government isn’t trying to solve any of society’s problems. No, not any more. They’ve just become the morals police. Treating recreational marijuana users like jailbait, they’re nothing but a bunch of brownshirted dragoons bent on oppressing free men of good will. And let’s be honest – anything resembling a roadside anal-probing amounts to “sexual assault.”

Such judgments can be understood only in the context of a prohibitionist mentality that sees bits of dried vegetable matter as a grave threat to public order.

But what if the bad actors aren’t just a few cops, but entire American states? And what sort of “threat to the public order” is abortion, incidentally? If Libertarians have any essential beliefs or values, it’s not clear what they are.


Ron Paul: A show about nothing

It’s like, how much more Ron Paul could this be? And the answer is none. None more Ron Paul.

5,000 Americans contacted healthcare providers fearful they had contracted Ebola after the media reported that someone with Ebola had entered the United States. All 5,000 cases turned out to be false alarms…

Ebola is a dangerous disease, but it is very difficult to contract.

Finally, some common sense from the right wing. But then you realize: It’s coming from Ron Paul.

Ebola spreads via direct contact with the virus.

Meaning that what he says will sound reasonable at first. Until you begin to take it seriously, and think about it a bit, and then it will dawn upon you. This guy is an idiot.

To wit: What kind of viral disease can you contract without having “direct contact with the virus”? How the hell else would a virus take over your system? Telekinesis? You get my point. Jiminy Cricket, Ron Paul is a useless person.

The devastation wrought by years of war has made it impossible for these countries to develop modern healthcare infrastructure. For example, the 14-year civil war in Liberia left that country with almost no trained doctors.

You’re telling me the country’s doctors have Gone Galt. They’ve all come down with a case of Enlightened Self-Interest. Good for them, being so fully-empowered and self-actualized. Unfortunately, without them, Libertarianism will have a difficult time helping their poor fellow countrymen in a time of need. This virus in particular remains dangerously unimpressed with Ron Paul’s political acumen and philosophical dynamism.

President Obama’s response to the Ebola crisis has been to send 3,000 troops to West African countries to help with treatment and containment. Obama did not bother to seek congressional authorization for this overseas military deployment. Nor did he bother to tell the American people how long the mission would last, how much it would cost, or what section of the Constitution authorizes him to send US troops on “humanitarian” missions.

Nonetheless Paul has managed to come up with some advice for us. Here’s how we can all pitch in and stop this terrible epidemic:

The people of Liberia and other countries would be better off if the US government left them alone.

We can ignore it.

Leave it to private citizens to invest in African business and trade with the African people. Private investment and trade would help these countries develop thriving free-market economies capable of sustaining a modern healthcare infrastructure.

And after a few million people die of the disease, and Liberia has been reduced to empty jungle, a group of fully self-actualized individuals will descend upon the “country” and buy it lock, stock and barrel. That’s when the now-former Liberians will get the shiny healthcare system they richly deserve.


Harry Binswanger can kiss my ass

Well. If it ain’t Swine Rand.

And: Hahahahaha

Give Back? Yes, It’s Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1% | Op/Ed | 9/17/2013 @ 8:00AM

Riot, anyone? If I could find Forbes’ front lawn I might water a bit of it.

It’s time to gore another collectivist sacred cow. This time it’s the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.” That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.”

I work as hard as any of you Corporate Geniuses, I give up a bigger share of my meager income in taxes, and I do far more for my local community. But you guys make three hundred, or five hundred, times what I make. I never said you stole it, I said you didn’t earn it. You could civilize yourself by admitting that.

And beneath that lies the perverted Marxist notion that wealth is accumulated by “exploiting” people, not by creating value–as if Henry Ford was not necessary for Fords to roll off the (non-existent) assembly lines and Steve Jobs was not necessary for iPhones and iPads to spring into existence.

James Buchanan ‘Buck’ Duke used automated rolling machines back in the 1880s to mass-market the first modern cigarette, eventually monopolizing the domestic market with the American Tobacco Company. That the Earth invented tobacco, the farmers cultivated it, James Bonsack invented the rolling machine and Buck inherited the original tobacco company from Daddy are not in dispute. But Harry says it was Buck alone who created the billions and billions in ‘Value’ he sucked out of the enterprise. I trump Bullshit. He was a drug dealer with power enough to bully and destroy his rivals. Not much more than that. Whatever dubious value was created was to be found in the addictive cigarettes, and Buck never made a single one of those in his life.

What the Uber-Binswangers really admire about the rich is the way they prevent the real makers of ‘Value’ from receiving their just rewards. Cutting everybody else out of the profits, that’s how you create ‘Value’ Ayn Rand-wise.


Ayn Rand uh-choppin’ broccoli

The hub of online libertarian thought and discourse focuses upon this week’s high court doings. The arguments on Obamacare draw the interest of the unflinching intellects who inhabit the eminent

Expect the usual. ‘Gosh, the proceedings are serious (titter). Look at how hard everybody’s trying (cough).’ Serious people always find the rest of us silly. Folks who can quote Ayn Rand chapter and paragraph from thousands of pages of stultifying prose probably find Supreme Court arguments whimsical.

Press your ear to Earth’s brain-box. You can fairly hear their thoughts . .

“How hard is it to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg, really? Who can’t sit at a desk? How hard is it to set fire to a gavel? What’s so smart about everybody when everyone’s stupid? You guys should try feeding America a diet of greed. Try baking a palatable philosophy with narcissism. When any of you losers can manage that, we’ll talk.”

With that attitude, Reason went right at the proceedings. Justice Scalia’s argumentum ad absurdum proved to be damn amusing.

“Could you define the market — everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so you define the market as food, therefore, everybody is in the market; therefore, you can make people buy broccoli,” Scalia asked during the second day of oral arguments.

Mr. Obama, you’re basing your argument for the mandate upon the Commerce Clause. Well, buying vegetables is commerce, too. What about a broccoli mandate? Hmm?

Now there’s some Randian lightning. John Galt would have shoved the government’s celery right back up its *ss, for sure. You too, Michelle. Scalia’s coup de rhubarb proved so logically devastating that the Reason-ers had to turn the question upon the world. Well, world?

87 Percent of Americans Agree With Conservative Supreme Court Justices on Broccoli Mandate
Emily Ekins | March 27, 2012

“If the government can do that, what else can it do?” asked Justice Antonin Scalia, referring to the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He then questioned whether Congress could also require individuals to buy vegetables, such as broccoli.

Ever seen a poll on intentional absurdity? Look!

The recent national Reason-Rupe poll of 1200 adults released yesterday shows 87 percent of Americans believe it is unconstitutional for Congress to mandate that you buy broccoli. Eight percent think Congress can constitutionally force you to buy vegetables.

Notwithstanding the rampant intellectualism, I’ll assume broccoli is a vegetable.


Getting a Life: It Has Its Pros and Cons

A person shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the Magic Book of Faces drinking coffee, staring into space (cyber and otherwise), and giggling at his or her own jokes. On the other hand, if I hadn’t spent this morning doing just that (ok, it’s 25 after twelve, quit nit-picking), how would I have stumbled upon this?

Pin-ups for Ron Paul. I thought it was a parody but…it wasn’t. I don’t even know what to say. I guess if there are people of color and liberals who can find reasons to support him, there are women that misguided as well. Like a chicken voting for Frank Perdue.

There are only two partial explanations for this display that I can come up with.
1.) Ambition. The GOP seems, in its Insane 2012 Death Spiral Dance, determined to graduate from “just plain nuts” to “eeeewwww, gross and nuts.” 2.) Yuck. I remember a guy I knew years ago that told me “Crazy chicks are hot.” I didn’t take that as a compliment since I was sleeping with him at the time. Although, in retrospect, since I chose to be with him, maybe he was right.

I guess some women need to see what life is like when they go ‘self-respect, optional.’ Calgon, take me away.


Pardon me while I go on about stupid Paul freaking Ryan

On Wednesday, the GOP pitted conservative darling Paul Ryan against liberal hero Elizabeth Warren, with Ryan serving as a tribune to wealthy Americans and Warren as a populist fighter for working people.

What? You don't want to work?

So it begins, the 2012 battle for the hearts and minds of American voters. But you couldn’t get me to vote for Ryan, or any other Conservative, for simple reasons: they’re clueless. They vow to govern America through the thoroughly disreputable philosophies of the rich and powerful. To wit: We are good for you.

This is no way to run a good nation. This is the way banana republics and cults of personality operate. Organized around a single, selfish group of individuals, the country rises and falls upon the pursuits of the narrowest interests. If your needs aren’t aligned with the rich, that’s too bad for you.

Eliminating the capital gains tax would result in a massive payday for them. And if it puts exactly nothing back in your pocket, that’s too bad. If it slashes government income and results in rollbacks of programs you depend upon, say food stamps for your kids, that’s far worse.

The critical truth about government is this: it has finite resources. What the government gives to one group, it often denies to another. And that’s a reasonable mirror of our own lives. We have limited time, money and energy to devote to any one thing, the government, or society, or our fellow man, included. The government is an agent operating a lot like our ourselves, only benefiting far greater numbers.

Thus, the greatest truth: we are all in this together. So the government question becomes ‘How do we deliver the maximum benefit to all?’ I’ll go with Elizabeth Warren’s answer. The government should create ‘the commons,’ and these should benefit as many people as possible.

Political power distributed through democratic means, fair play business regulations, a productive but un-punishing tax code, a legal system which preserves personal liberty, durable and plentiful infrastructure, the freedom to live as you please — these make for a user-friendly world. This is the Great Western Society.

But each of these features is a limited resource. No matter how much you’d like to, you can’t drive over the same bridge everybody else is already using. If it’s jammed, you’ve got to wait or find another way. You can’t use the same part of the tax code as someone making a tenth of you. Even if a whole bunch of you tried, the codes would catch up with you by resetting against your favor. You can’t all live in the same beautiful neighborhood, you can’t all live in the same house. You can’t yell “Fire” in a crowded club just to demonstrate your First Amendment freedoms.

So the commons, while meant for everybody, are limited resources. Elizabeth Warren:

You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.

Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

Exactly. And this, Warren’s addressing of the essential Paul Ryan ethos — “I use it up, I win” — is where we jump off:

Moderator Ed Fuelner asked Ryan to respond to this argument. Ryan dismissed it as the “fatal conceit of liberalism.”

“Money and wealth made and created in America is the government’s unless they benevolently spend it back to people. It’s the other way around,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s ‘deconstruction’ is a great illustration of how shallow he is. Nobody’s ever argued that the government owns Paul’s wealth, that’s moronic. The argument is that the government provided a great many of the tools Paul used to create his wealth. Those tools take resources to produce and provide, and they don’t belong to Paul. They belong to us all.

If I borrow your lawn mower and mow the neighbor’s lawns at 20 bucks a pop, that may be a good idea. But I, being a reasonable person, would also throw a few bucks back at you for use of the mower. It’s not going to last forever — I haven’t done it any favors. Paul The User says “Screw that practice.” His Randian philosophy says it was brilliant of him to borrow your things, and that’s why he’s keeping every cent. The “Money and wealth made” is all his, regardless of the way he made it.

But you may say, “If the mower’s owner didn’t ask for anything, then that’s tough — forget him.” Fine. You want to talk strictly in terms of agreements? No problem: When you use the commonly owned tools, you enter into Warren’s social contract. You want to start a business by hiring publicly educated employees? You and the government are now partners. Simple enough? We have a meeting of the minds, a quid pro quo. Get ready to pay your taxes.

“No one is suggesting that we don’t need good schools and roads and infrastructure as a basis for a free society and a free enterprise system. But the notion that the nucleus of society is the government and not the individual, the family, the entrepreneur, is to me just completely, inherently backwards.”

More Ryan nonsense. The society is organized around the individual, and that’s fine. But its potential is enormously extended by avoiding anarchy and socializing common activities. Like making money. Paul Ryan wants all the tools and security of a collective but still wishes to extract every ounce and penny out of his efforts without regard to contracts he made with his neighbors. As if he lived first in a civilized place and then in a giant riot. He refuses to see the massive efforts of the people and the government, the centuries of work, that preceded him making his first buck. He is, in two words, a narcissist.

A Tuesday report by the Congressional Budget Office suggests that under conservative policies, wealthy are paying less and getting more while everybody else has stagnated . .

“Let’s not focus on redistribution, let’s focus on upward mobility,” he said. “If these studies are used as justification for erecting new and more barriers for making it harder for people to rise, all that will do is reduce our prosperity in this country.”

See what I mean? Totally self-deluded, clueless. Income taxes, even on middle-income families, are at a 50-year low. But one out of seven Americans qualifies for food stamps, more than 20% of our children live in poverty, 2.5 million more of them slipped into poverty in the last decade. Real wages for working Americans have shrunk over the same period, 74% of us think the nation has “gotten off on the wrong track,” and the august body Paul Ryan represents, Congress, is getting a record-low 9% approval rating. You can see why Conservatives love this guy. You show him a barrio graveyard, he sees Tutankhamen’s tomb. The way the riches stretch out in every direction, it hurts my eyes. Last:

“We’re coming close to a tipping point in America where we might have a net majority of takers versus makers in society and that could become very dangerous if it sets in as a permanent condition . . into a hammock that ends up lulling people into lives of dependency and complacency which drains them of their incentive and the will to make the most of their lives.”

And that’s when Paul worries for America. Not when the rich have decimated us with their narrow-minded, self-serving policies over the last 30 years. Not when they’ve recently triumphed in tweaking the economic commons in such an over-wrought and disastrously fanciful way as to shatter it to pieces, running the country aground. It’s when you people have taken too much. You’re probably on unemployment, taking even more as we speak. Look what you’ve done.


A few choice words on Ron Paul . .

I am not a conspiracy gal, but, in fact, I am out to get Ron Paul as his eyebrows might be the most genuine things about him. People think he is more of a joke than a threat because he has a slightly smaller chance of winning the White House than I do, but here is what’s important about him:

1) For a guy who can’t really win an election, he has been taking up a seat in Congress for around 30 years, voting no on virtually everything because he is “against government.” Way to collect a fat (government) paycheck for doing the people’s business without actually doing any work.

2) Most important, some of us have been watching Paul for some time and are aware that the avuncular Libertarian thing is an act, albeit a successful one. He pulls in lots of pigeons, I mean followers, who can’t see past “End the Wars” and “Legalize Drugs.” Many of these political morons, I mean Americans, who are entitled to their own point of view spend all their time splitting the Left on behalf of their Libertarian Savior and getting very nasty when you attempt to point out that it directly aids the extreme Right.

3) It is now WELL documented that Paul is a serious career racist and has been since well before he began his career in Congress. His writings and associations over this time come from his deep involvement with the worst of the worst: basically, white supremacists and neo-Nazis. If you really want to see his most solid and consistent fan base, check out the threads about him on and Oh — also, he is down with the John Birch Society. Takes money from, does photo-ops with, speaks at functions of, etc., all of the above. BTW: he hates women, LGBT people and poor people as much as he does people of color, but, if I get into all of that now, I’ll be in “new post” territory instead of comments [*boing* –ed.]. His writings and speeches were much more overtly racist in the past — he’s stealthier now, but, sadly for him, his past garbage has been preserved and is being re-distributed.

4) Even if none of the above were true, he is partially responsible for the existence of RAND PAUL. I rest my case.

As far as the eyebrow thing it is also possible that Dr. Paul has health issues that contribute to their disappearance, but, if I knew anything about, that HIPPA laws and patient confidentiality would prevent me from revealing it at this time. All I can say is Ron Paul is a very, very bad man despite any appearances to the contrary. American politics is very much about appearances, but, in Ron Paul’s case, a little peri-ocular merkin situation might be the best thing about him.



You were right: Ron Paul is dumb

Mr. Randian Austrian Economics rebelogue, Ron Paul, opposer of wars on intellectual and moral grounds, ain’t exactly smart. Sorry to break it to you, fantards.

Here, in the video evidence, Ron makes the mistake of pretending to be too brilliant to get snared in the non-debate: is Evolution a Margy Parble? Because he’s a genius, he kindly relents and weighs thoroughly in. And the unique facade of the right-winger with brains clatters to the ground:

I think it’s a theory. The Theory of Evolution, and I don’t accept it, you know, as a theory.

This dodge? This is your standard knucklehead response. “It’s a ‘theory.’ Pbbbfft, ha.” Standard dick-4-brains argument, a la Rick Perry. A la millions of anti-Science morons, Ron Paul officially being one of them. A Scientific Theory is not the same as a Scientific Figment of Egghead Imagination. The Theory of Gravity co-exists with gravity, Ron. It explains very neatly how things fall out of the sky and the speed with which they hit the ground. You old fool.

. . The Creator that I know, you know, that created us, and every one of us, and created the universe, and the precise time and manner, and all, I just don’t think we’re at the point where anybody has absolute proof on either side . .

If, after 76 years of living on this planet, this response demonstrates the length to which your curiosity extends to Evolution, you’re a pale Einstein. Frankly, about one of the great, shocking revolutions in thought and in understanding the world around you, you just don’t care. You’ve never lifted a cerebral finger, and you never will.

The evidence, centuries of it, amassed by tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of people, stacks very cleanly on the side of Evolution. If you fancy yourself worldly and intellectual, but this is your pathetic awareness of the world’s existence, either your brains or your feet are made of clay.


Electronic bite counters and your destiny with madness

The world ends in insanity. Common sense looks a mayfly. All is hopeless, no daylight for us. (done yet? no.) Here begins the American descent into madness. (still? yup.) Huddle the young and smother the old as civility rounds the corner for psychosis.

Okay: have you seen it? That gadget? The omen? The bite counter? Jesus, Joseph and Mary, save me from a future replete with these:

Bite Counter is like a pedometer for your mouth
By Ron Barnett, USA TODAY

Researchers have developed a way to fight obesity by helping people answer one fundamental question: How many bites of food are you eating?

The Bite Counter, a wristwatch-shaped device being marketed to weight-loss clinics and fitness professionals, uses technology developed by a Clemson University team for the military to track body movements in clearing buildings of insurgents in Iraq says Adam Hoover, an electrical engineering professor who handled the technical aspects of the design.

Well, any free-marketeer worth her weight can see the dangers inherent in such an electronic thingie. Pretty much everybody knows what horror comes next. (Anyone? I’m stumped.)

One News Now, “Your Latest News from a Christian perspective,” broke the story:

The insanity of a ‘pedometer for the mouth’
Chris Woodward – OneNewsNow – 8/26/2011

A wife and mother of three says the invention of a new product that counts how many bites a person takes indicates society may have reached the point of insanity…

“That is very strange — and I think we have reached the point of insanity that someone has created that [device],” says Julie Gunlock, senior fellow for the Independent Women’s Forum.

Gunlock says this is one of many supposed “health-related” items now currently available that go overboard. “BMI report cards [Body Mass Index] for children . . “

You know what’s crazier? The IWF pushing a notion of national insanity using the example of harmless technology. What the hell are you ‘fellows’ supposed to be doing, again? “The Independent Women’s Forum is dedicated to building support for free markets, limited government, and individual responsibility.” Well, then, I take it back. Libertarians aren’t intellectually shiftless crotch-grabbers, Julie, so you go right ahead. Lecture us away. Anyone that would take the advice of a Ms. Gunlock would be sane.


Wall Street Journal calls our recession-era food stamp program a “crime wave”

Glibertarians attack. Since they’re too smart to vote in presidential elections, this is their contribution to society:

The Food-Stamp Crime Wave
James Bovard | Wall Street Journal

. . The Obama administration is far more enthusiastic about boosting food-stamp enrollment than about preventing fraud. Thanks in part to vigorous federally funded campaigns by nonprofit groups, the government’s AmericaCorps service program, and other organizations urging people to accept government handouts, the number of food-stamp recipients has soared to 44 million from 26 million in 2007, and costs have more than doubled to $77 billion from $33 billion.

Reality canapes, anyone? There’s a dark little economy playing over at The Ritz.
Should we take it in?

• The food-stamp poster boy of 2011 is 59-year-old Leroy Fick. After Mr. Fick won a $2 million lottery jackpot, the Michigan Department of Human Services ruled he could continue receiving food stamps . .

Decades after liberals derided Ronald Reagan’s reference to a Cadillac-driving “welfare queen,” Obama administration policies could easily permit Trust Fund Babies driving Rolls Royces to get free food courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Thank you detective James Bovard. Now we know who those extra 18 million people are. And at 134 dollars worth of food every month, we can conclude: this is how America got destroyed.

• Troy Hutson, the chief of Washington state’s food-stamp program, resigned in April after a Seattle television station revealed that some food-stamp recipients were selling their cards on Craigslist or brazenly cashing them out on street corners (for 50 cents on the dollar) and using the proceeds for illegal drugs and prostitution.

Hey, Columbo: why the bustling market for cards that can be swapped for food? Odd. Anyway, the millionaires are selling their monthly EBT cards for, uh . . *fingers and toes* . . 67 bucks? That’s not a lot of street cocaine. Or intercourse, anywhere. For a whole day. But I believe you, and I thank you for your Rand-ian douchenozzlery insight.

‘Who are you, James Bovard?’ I wondered. (can you blame me? yes.) So I looked you up. You are in the Wikipedia:

“James Bovard (born 1956) is a libertarian author and lecturer, and model whose political commentary targets examples of waste, failures, corruption, cronyism and abuses of power in government.”

Jim! Someone is poking fun at you:

You are beautiful and you are clever.


• “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
• “A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.”
• “Elections are vastly overrated as a means for restraining government abuses.”

BONUS: This is the image appended to Bovard’s detective work. Someone at the Wall Street Journal took time to draw this up just so you could understand the post:


The case for regulating Ayn Rand’s corpse humpers

Glibertarian Republicans go after the FDA again.

“Do we believe that McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken and Safeway and Kraft Food and any brand name that you think of, that these people aren’t concerned about food safety?” [Rep. Jack] Kingston said on the House floor. “The food supply in America is very safe because the private sector self-polices, because they have the highest motivation. They don’t want to be sued, they don’t want to go broke. They want their customers to be healthy and happy.”

Of course. Jack’s hit the nail on the head — who wouldn’t want others to be healthy and happy? Nobody. That’s why nothing ever goes wrong. People don’t want bad things to happen. So they don’t.

Union Carbide cared for its Indian neighbors. That’s why they didn’t spill a massive cloud of cyanide across Bhopal, killing 3,787 of them. Why would that proud subdivision of Texas’ Dow Chemical do such a thing? They wouldn’t. Those guys are all about happy and healthy. They don’t want to get sued. They wouldn’t want to go broke. That’s why they didn’t do it. The private sector polices itself, hooray. The children can return to kindergarten now, sorry for the delays.

How about that farm in Germany?

THE bean sprouts contaminated with a particularly nasty strain of Escherichia coli, a bug that normally lives quietly in the gut of humans and other animals, have now sickened over 3,250 people in Germany and caused 37 deaths. Since the outbreak began in May, a quarter of those infected have developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)—a potentially fatal complication that affects the blood, kidneys and nervous system . .

Many of the patients with HUS will need kidney transplants or require dialysis for the rest of their lives.

They’d need dialysis IF the farm weren’t from the private sector. But because it’s a profit-driven entity, nobody shat any blood. Or died. Whoopee. Idiots police themselves.

Speaking of which — who wants to break laws? Who would choose to go to jail? Nobody. That’s why we don’t have police. Or lawyers. Or prisons. Hooray.