16 Apr 2014

Closing the Border Keeps You IN

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I’m sure this will go over with nary a peep:

15 Apr 2014

Josie the Outlaw Is Happyyyyyy

Josie the Outlaw 96 Comments

This is great. First she establishes her street cred with tough videos like this (over a quarter million views and counting), and now she reveals that she wants people to be happy. I imagine the hardcore libertarians will soon denounce her.

14 Apr 2014

Law Without the State? Murphy on Tom Woods Show

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For those who prefer YouTube:

14 Apr 2014

Economics at the Movies

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Tyler Cowen: “When I am watching a movie I often think ‘why isn’t the Coase theorem holding here?’”

Kyle Reese: “Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”

13 Apr 2014

Thoughts on Palm Sunday

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Today is Palm Sunday. From Matthew 21: 1-11:

21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage,[a] at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

4 All[b] this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[c]
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him[d] on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’[e]
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

There is obviously a lot one could say about all this, but for me, the most striking thing is just how fickle people are. The same crowds that were praising Jesus as a King on Sunday would, on Friday, be demanding His crucifixion.

The takeaway for me is twofold:

(1) Don’t worry about it when people act like you’re amazing when they first encounter you, then denounce you to the world a short while later. True, it might be because you’re a monster, or it could just be…that’s how people are. Whatever unfairness has happened to you, is nothing like what happened to Jesus. And yet look at the grace with which He handled the situation.

(2) If you have a powerful but difficult message to convey, don’t bother trying to win over “the masses.” They are fickle and even if they are totally behind you on Sunday, they could be led astray by a few plotting loudmouths to call for your death on Friday. Instead, follow Albert Jay Nock’s lead and go after the Remnant (which of course is a Biblical reference).

12 Apr 2014

More From the “These Feds Are Almost as Bad as Mexicans!” Crew

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Maybe the Fox clip in the last post was too subtle. Thank goodness we have Facebook, which is anything but:

2014.04 Bundy Illegals

And my comment, as well as some others (I blacked out the names):

2014.04 FB comments on Bundy

Note how many Shares the top thing got–that is humongous.

Besides the underlying sentiment here being objectionable, it’s also stupid. The same government that has the power to build fences and surveillance to keep out all those pesky day laborers who don’t speak English very well (though much better than you speak Spanish), has the power to keep you in when they drop the hammer.

Well at this point I’m mad at just about everybody on this issue, so it’s time for bed.

12 Apr 2014

Fox Jumps In On the Outrage in Nevada

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This clip is making the rounds now:

As I noted on Facebook when someone shared this: “I get it, believe me, but it’s kind of ironic that when people on Fox get their dander up, their zinger amounts to: ‘It’s like Obama’s thugs think Mexicans are more important than cattle!!’”

In case that’s too opaque for some of you, let me spell it out: It’s ironic to simultaneously get mad at the feds for “not enforcing the border” and also be outraged at this “tyrannical harassment of a rancher.” The standard crew at Fox isn’t opposed to feds with guns ripping apart families and ruining people’s businesses in general. (By the same token, as the people at ThinkProgress have so aptly demonstrated, the left-liberals don’t care about the little guy and fighting the power either, as general principles.)

12 Apr 2014

“This Land Is Their Land”

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In contrast to my wisecracking (one of my posts involved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–you had to be there), a Facebook Friend decided to vent her frustration in satirical song: