Monday, August 01, 2011

From LRC
  • The Maybury conscience check. The golden rule or two ground rules under which we can all get along, believer and unbeliever, Jew and gentile, Catholic and Protestant, mainliner and evangelical, straight and gay. 1) Do all you say you are going to do. 2) Do not encroach on other persons or their property. The second of course is the second part of the Summary of the Law quoted in the American 1928 Book of Common Prayer, but here it’s the golden rule rephrased as a thou-shalt-not. The good old libertarian do-no-harm principle (from John Stuart Mill?). Free your mind: read this amazing medium instead of tuning into the dying mainstream media (although I like having a cheap piece of paper to read on the train etc. I won’t really mind when newspapers go away; I already know how to use my skills here!). And learn how our money is based on a government lie (breaking Rule No. 1). 1 is also the answer to the culture-wars bait about marriage: kick it down to boring old contract law (keep your word or I’ll sue) and keep the state out of defining it.
  • Why mainstream conservatives stink. They do an impression of us libertarians when they’re out of power; evangelical Laurence Vance and I won’t have it. I did something the other day that I have not done for years – I listened to Sean Hannity on the radio for a solid hour. All it did was remind me why I despise Sean Hannity. In the mind of Hannity, the eight years of the Bush administration never happened. That is the only way I know how to explain it. Here is a quote from Hannity about Obama: “The guy who is responsible for all this massive debt.” Really, Sean? Bush doubled the national debt and gave us the first trillion-dollar deficit but it is all Obama’s fault? Now, I despise Obama and his policies as much as I despise Hannity, but why give Bush a free pass? Hannity also said something like: “We need a conservative Senate; we need a conservative in the White House.” Really, Sean? Bush and the Republicans had absolute control of the government for over four years and what did we get for it? The TSA, the Medicare Prescription Drug plan, the Patriot Act, the expansion of the police state, and two wars. Let’s hope and pray that we don’t get any more conservatives in the Senate and the White House.
  • Monster: A Portrait of Stalin in Blood. About time the bastard stopped getting a free pass while relatively minor-league Hitler is considered synonymous with the worst in politics and history.
  • Harry Browne: The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, “See, if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.”
  • Working with shadowy foreign and domestic intelligence operatives, a Muslim lawyer has been found to be behind the increasing hysteria against Halachic law, which is not about to be imposed on those who do not voluntarily accept it, despite the propaganda. Oh, wait a minute. I got that backwards. As long as they play by our do-no-harm rule, which is not uniquely religious, I have no problem with such people policing themselves; not you and me as dhimmi, themselves.
  • I heard it reported on NPR that Tea Party Republicans want Pell Grants, which cost taxpayers about $35 billion a year, to be cut back. Not eliminated, just cut back. Fine. Good idea. But why no Tea Party Republican calls for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be cut back? They cost us over $10 billion a month. And they kill our young people instead of educate them.
  • Listening to the Catholic theologian Michael Baxter, who says: Those who try to manage the state, end up getting managed by the state. Something Baptist fundamentalists used to understand before Francis Schaeffer moral-majoritised them and something the evangelical-turned-Catholic neocon culture warriors would do well to learn/remember.

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