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Disappointment

Well, Neal Boortz' commencement speech was a disappointment. He didn't discuss politics much at all, and instead focused on the standard high school graduation topics: success, failure, adulthood - zzzzz. If anything, the Rabbis and other speakers were more political and more controversial than he was. A common theme among all the speakers was the importance of taking personal responsibility for one's actions and not blaming other people for one's failures. Read more »


Pennywise and Pound Foolish

Ever since 9/11, I've longed for the days when the 24-hour news channels had to occupy themselves with round-the-clock coverage of Gary Condit and the shark attacks.

Yes, the "I had a Scream" speech was somewhat satisfying, but we've had to slog through numerous "serious" scandals like Valerie Plame, Abu Ghraib, and now Ahmad Chalabi.

We need a new issue. Thankfully, William Safire comes to the rescue: Read more »


Neal Boortz: Commencement Speaker

Neal Boortz, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and local Atlantan libertarian personality will be the commencement speaker tonight for Yeshiva Atlanta, a private, Orthodox Jewish high school from which I graduated in 1999. Read more »


Technical Virgin

Social conservatives are always talking about how abstinence is the only way to avoid unwanted pregnancies. But with their raging hormones, abstinence for most teens leaves much to be desired.

Thankfully, the good people at TechnicalVirgin.com offer a number of creative alternatives to procreative sex.

[T]here is a way for youths to enjoy rich and satisfying sexual intimacy without risking unwanted pregnancy ? ANAL SEX! ...


Lou's Blues

A few days ago on CNN, Lou Dobbs worried that "the U.S. army may begin buying bullets from Israel and Canada because the U.S. ammunition plants can't keep up with demand." Read more »


The Speed of Word of Mouth

My sister recently got engaged. She called my mother from California to tell her the good news, but asked her to keep it quiet until she came back to Atlanta so that she could have the pleasure of telling all of her friends herself.

Of course, knowing that my mother couldn't keep a secret to save her life, and would suffer severe emotional trauma unless she could break the news to someone--ANYONE!--who was willing to listen, my sister granted one exception: my mother could call her family living in Israel. Read more »


I'm Shocked--Shocked!--That Michael Moore Would Tell A Lie

Steven Weiss catches Michael Moore playing fast and loose with the truth on Air America:


Fake Quote Of The Day

I TiVo'ed the Libertarian Party Presidential Debate this afternoon on C-SPAN. The first candidate to speak is Michael Badnarik, and he begins his speech with a quote he attributes to George Washington:

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master.

Collaboration Commodification

Brian Hawkins has some thoughts on the mathematician who auctioned off his services as a co-author on eBay.

In response to a math professor in Spain who believes that "Nobody should pay anybody for writing or collaborating on a scientific project," Hawkins writes, "I guess academics in Spain live on the goodwill of the people?" Read more »


Libertarianism Is "The New Communism"?

The always interesting Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek criticizes a forthcoming article which suggests that libertarianism is "The New Communism":

What libertarian ideology promises today is strangely close to what Marx promised would come with communism ? freedom from alienation and oppression, a life constrained by nothing but personal choice, the withering away of religion, and the withering away of the state.

The Importance of Vanity Google Searches

Every few months I do a vanity Google search just to see what people may be saying about me behind my back. On the most recent search, I came across this gem:

What does this little witch Micha Ghertner smoke when she's on campus? What sort of anti-American monsters are our universities producing? This one has obviously gone sour before her expiration date. Her parents should request a tuition refund while they slap her silly.

I must be doing something right.


Pillows, Not Guns

If you learn one lesson today, learn this one: Never bring a knife to a pillow fight. Or a pillow to a knife fight.

What began innocently enough as a soft-core porn shoot later devolved into absolute mayhem. Filmed in panoramic 360? "SadoVision," this is one series that is certainly NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

I'm sure some radical feminist media critic will have a field day with this one. Read more »


Evil racist robots from beyond the moon

...would be a good name for a rock band. Read more »


Machinery of the World Unite!

Robot union protests and demands respect and recognition of their contribution to society and fair compensation for their labors. Employers have been substituting human labor for machinery for far too long. Outsourcing hurts robots too!

Robot Protest.jpg

The picket signs are written in binary.

More pics and info here.


Pay-to-stay

In the spirit of my previous posts arguing in favor of charging wrongfully convincted prisoners for room and board comes this news from Oregon: Read more »