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Gary Oldman is a libertarian, kind of

25 Jun
He’s not sure people should be able to use drugs, and his favorite pundit is (the admittedly brilliant) Charles Krauthammer, but he says he is more or less a libertarian, attacks political correctness, and he understands that Bill Maher is NOT a libertarian.  In this month’s Playboy interview.

OLDMAN: I think we’re up shit creek without a paddle or a compass.


OLDMAN: Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a cunt—and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless cunt—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.” He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, “You fag”? I don’t get it.

PLAYBOY: You see it as a double standard.

OLDMAN: It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.

PLAYBOY: How would you describe your politics?

OLDMAN: I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons.
PLAYBOY: But there are a ton of conservatives in Hollywood, and libertarians too. Bill Maher has called himself a libertarian.
OLDMAN: I think he would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.

Watch Matt Welch on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Friday at 10 p.m.!

7 May

Libertarian calendar for April

30 Apr
For Libertarian Party events go here

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    April 25
    8 pm Pacific

    Adam Kokesh on Outright Libertarian radio

    Washington DC
    April 30

    Who is Happy About Capitalism?

    ***Register here:

    Capitalism is the social system for individuals who want to achieve happiness in society. So why is it constantly attacked? Join Tom Bowden for a discussion of Ayn Rand’s unique insights into the system she called an “unknown ideal.”

    Lunch will be served.

    RSVP is required for attendance.


    Washington DC
    April 30

    “This Town” by Mark Lebovitch
    6th and I Synagogue

    7 pm

    Ticket: $14
    1 ticket + 1 book: $18
    2 tickets + 1 book: $24
    How to Purchase:
    Online or by phone (877.987.6487 with a $1.50 fee per ticket). Additional fees apply.
    General Admission
    Doors Open:
    6:00 pm

    Mark Leibovich

    In Conversation with Franklin Foer and David Brooks

    Apr 30, 2014 • 7:00 pm
    Hailed as a “hysterically funny portrait of the capital’s vanities and ambitions” (The New Yorker), This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital captured America’s attention asthe political book of 2013.
    Washington, D.C., might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. In This Town,Leibovich—chief national correspondent forThe New York Times Magazine—presents a blistering examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.”
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    Obamanoids Shrugged!

    12 Sep

    Maureen Dowd summed up Obama’s week: “Amateur hour started when Obama dithered on Syria and failed to explain the stakes there. It escalated last August with a slip by the methodical wordsmith about “a red line for us” — which the president and Kerry later tried to blur as the world’s red line, except the world was averting its eyes.”

    Dana Milbank described Obama’s foreign policy by gaffe (the Biden effect?): “Kerry can be forgiven for being at odds with the president. The president, in the space of his 16-minute address, was often at odds with himself. He spent the first 12 minutes arguing for the merits of striking Syria — and then delivered the news that he was putting military action on hold.”

    Bill Maher: “Sorry, Barry, you didn’t make the sale with me. Real Time comes back Friday night, I still like my argument better. But nice suit.”

    The usual commutard faux radicals and peacenik poseurs of Hollywood (John Cusak gloriously excepted) have been so silent BuzzFeed assumed they must have been abducted.

    And David Simon, the grumpy, self-satisfied, rigid, ever unhappy while wildly successful (basically the Bill Maher of the east coast) writer-creator of Treme and Wired, was defending Obama’s surveillance state and NSA abuses last month, but has gone silent during the Syria befuddlement.  (We put his blog in our blogroll over there on the right hand side — but you will have to go way down to the bottom to find it, because he hasn’t posted a peep in weeks!)