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Riddle Me This

Timothy Noah argues, in an otherwise unobjectionable Slate piece,

An orthodox belief in big government's inefficiency cannot coexist with an orthodox belief in private industry's inability to compete with big government.


I just removed my most recent post at the request of a source from whom I did not receive permission to publish comments made confidentially. My apologies to all concerned, especially the source. I hope to address the same issue at a later date, without reference to this particular person.

Use of the \"A\" Word

Randy Barnett just finished giving a talk to the Cato interns . During the question and answer period, I asked the following:

People like David Friedman have no qualms using the "A" word. You do. You couch it in terms like "polycentric legal order," when what you really mean is anarchy. Do you do this so as not to scare the children? What's the point in doing so when anyone who reads your book can easily figure out what you stand for?

The Importance Of Means Testing

A spectre is haunting universal entitlement programs -- the spectre of means testing. Democrats are terrified of means testing, and for good reason – they recognize, rightly, that widespread public support for programs like Social Security and public schools rests entirely upon deception. If

Not Safe For Work

Consider yourself warned:

‘What do you think of the war: complete success, or very nearly complete success?’ she asked.
‘Well, in no time—barring the strong possibility of Civil War--we’ll have a democratically-elected anti-US Islamicist government in charge of the world’s second-largest oil reserves, so I’d have to say only very-nearly, on the complete success scale, at a hysterically distorted best.’
She showed her teeth. ‘It sounds to me like you don’t support our troops.’

Pinball Wizard For The Video Game Age

Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as "Mortal Kombat."

In that regard, the 17-year-old isn't much different from so many others his age.

Except for one thing: He's blind.

Echoes of Tommy.

[Via the frighteningly cultish Anger Management]

Movie Quote I\'d Like To See

"This one time, at math camp, I had this compass, and oh-my-god it hurt."

The Ironically Named \"Liberty University\"

Liberty comes in all shapes and sizes:

  • Attendance at a dance - $25 fine
  • Gambling - $25 fine
  • Possession and/or use of tobacco - $25 fine
  • Attendance at, possession or viewing of, an "R," "NC-17" or "X"-rated movie - $50 fine
  • Entering the space above ceiling tiles - $50 fine (wtf?)
  • Participation in an unauthorized petition or demonstration - $50 fine
  • Association with those consuming alcohol - $250 fine

Moral Relativism Is Not What Conservatives Think It Is

The always interesting Rad Geek has a great metaethical post on why, far from being a case of moral relativism, identifying mass murder of U.S. citizens with mass murder of Japanese citizens as morally equivalent is actually a rejection of moral relativism, an identification "that moral principles be applied universally, rather than applied ad hoc depending on your relationship to the agent being judged." Read more »

Good Egalitarianism And Bad Egalitarianism

Good Egalitarianism and Bad Egalitarianism

zero-sum societies and positive-sum societies

Why are gender and nationalistic bigotry taking so much longer to condemn than ethnic and racial bigotry?

income bigotry

Open Bar At Schicklgruber\'s

The Roomate and I were discussing the pros and cons of attending a free skybox viewing of an Americal Idol taping tomorrow. On the pro side, he mentioned that skyboxes often have open bars.

I conceded the point. An open bar would significantly outweigh the psychic costs of attending an Americal Idol taping. To bolster the pro side, I cried out,

"Hell, I'd go to a Hitler rally for an open bar."

All Ben Shapiro Really Needs Is Some Serious Deep-Dickin’: Part III

In what is, unsurprisingly, becoming an enormously popular series, I present you with your Ben Shapiro quote of the day: Read more »

All Ben Shapiro Really Needs Is Some Serious Deep-Dickin’: Part II

I read Ben Shapiro so you don't have to. Continuing in our series of Ben Shapiro quotes of the day:

Does marijuana lead to crack? Perhaps. Do teen magazines lead to Cosmo and People? No doubt about it.

- Shapiro, Ben. Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future, Washington, DC: Regnery, 2005. 97 Read more »

All Ben Shapiro Really Needs Is Some Serious Deep-Dickin\'

In what is sure to be an ongoing series, here is your Ben Shapiro quote of the day: Read more »