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01 February 2005

Thank You, Mr. Chairman 

It's been a long time since I've written anything here. In the words of the old punk song, "there's nothing to shout about". The election went down as I predicted... the Democratic Party is in ruins, a shadow of its former self.

But Howard Dean kept his white horse, and he's about to ride in.

The Republican Party, lurching to the left economically and running headlong to the right socially, could certainly use some competition. Go, Howard, go...

...but don't expect me to enlist just yet.

19 April 2004

GOP: Gays Openly Persecuted? 

Most of us have been taught that a house divided can not stand, but no one knows exactly when such a house will fall, especially if it is filled beyond maximum capacity by squatters with nowhere else to go. As a left-leaning libertarian, I understand full well how this political claustrophobia can feel, but my own sense of alienation pales in comparison to the plight of homosexual Republicans. The Chicago Tribune and The Orlando Weekly carry the story.

16 April 2004

The Wisdom of Lew Rockwell 

Read this. Then pass it on.

10 April 2004

Abrahadabra; the reward of Ra Hoor Khut 

For those who know the date, and will and dare to celebrate, I wish a happy centennial. To the rest of you still occupied by politics, I offer this little interlude.

I just purchased this T-shirt… in buying it, my only desire was to relive my youthful hacker days and proudly proclaim my nerdiness to the world. Yet the more I meditate on the slogan, the more it confirms my current political apathy and my voting plans for November. It was truly a wise and learned sage that said all true wisdom is found on T-shirts. Don’t believe me? Click here.

These are fools that men adore. A plague on both their houses, though there we live.

01 April 2004

 

It’s April Fools Day, and the joke is on me.

I have fallen victim to the vast conspiracy of lowered expectations. My interest in politics at anything other than a theoretical level has ebbed and waned; my optimism is a perverse caricature of its former self, like Ibbieta in Sartre’s prison… now I only hope that they kill us without much pain.

The election is just half a year away, and I find myself happy about President Bush’s reelection. Dare I say that I’m looking forward to it? With the resentment and bitterness born of the 2000 recount nourishing leftists like heavenly manna, I had assumed that the Democrats could run a photogenic block of wood against Bush and win by a sizable margin… and this is, of course, the strategy that they have chosen.

Did you see Kerry on MTV? Strike photogenic. Bush is at least personable as he loads the nation into the Halliburton Hell-bound Handbasket… with any luck I’ll be able to smile and nod my way through four more years.

Four more years. November fools.

25 March 2004

A Meditation, By Way of Summary 

“A government which maintained law and order, defined property rights, served as a means whereby we could modify property rights and other rules of the economic game, adjudicated disputes about the interpretation of the rules, enforced contracts, promoted competition, provided a monetary framework, engaged in activities to counter technical monopolies and to overcome neighborhood effects widely regarded as sufficiently important to justify government intervention, and which supplemented private charity and the private family in protecting the irresponsible, whether madman or child – such a government would clearly have important functions to perform. The consistent liberal is not an anarchist.

“Yet it is also true that such a government would have clearly limited functions and would refrain from a host of activities that are now undertaken by federal and state governments in the United States, and their counterparts in other Western countries.”
Milton Friedman

21 March 2004

On The Dean's List 

So Howard Dean just sent me an email promoting his new website Democracy For America. For those who don't know, he's turned what's left of his Presidential campaign into a political action committee, formed to help Democrats "succeed with voters who might be tempted to support independent or third-party candidates".

Sorry, Doc, but it's going to take more than just your pat on the back to get some of us to fall in love with Kerry and Terry. If the Democratic Party is really so concerned about our issues, then why aren't you the nominee?

Standard disclaimer: these are my opinions, and no one's paying me to share them.
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