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RedEye Panelist Gay Bashed Over Ferguson

16 Mar

TV’s Andy Levy, one of the most out libertarians on FoxNews, was gay bashed, as a “closeted gay libertarian,”  last week, by conservative blogger Pat Dollard, who called Levy “a 50 year old confirmed bachelor with cats,” because Levy thinks part of the Department of Justice report on Ferguson is correct in identifying racism in local police forces and their behavior as revenue generating tax authorities fining people for all the loot they can get.

There are three problems with Dollard’s critique:

1) As one Levy fan on twitter noted, Dollard forgot to mention the highlights Levy used to have in his blondish hair

2) Closeted gay libertarians became extinct in the early 1980s, and were made illegal after the passing of Roger McBride.

3) Heterosexuals, like newlywed Leon Wolf of the conservative website RedState, agree with Levy.

Levy, like Pollard, served in the US military.  A former Army infantryman, stationed in Korea, we would like some day to thank Mr. Levy for his service.

We Need More Regulation – the FaceBook Addiction Crisis

29 Aug
Facebook Addiction Disorder — The 6 Symptoms of F.A.D.

Dr. Keith Ablow, the bald butch daddy psychiatrist FOX contributor often called in an The O’Reilly Factor to dispense advice about personal responsibility has one area where he thinks you can’t be allowed to take care of yourself – FaceBook.  He’s calling for FaceBook to have mandatory labeling to warn users that it can be addictive.

Since anything can be addictive, it’s difficult to view conservatives fads and fears about how something “new” is dangerous (birth control, rock music, social media) as anything other than an expression of their own psychological obsessions.  And it’s easy to see how the governmental nose they propose to stick under the tent will be abused (limiting and controlling  social media, from blogs to twitter, is something governments from Tehran to Cairo to DC would love to be able to do).  Ablow’s argument is shaky, with premises like an assumption that when people use FaceBook to build lists and networks (e.g. of tea party or antiwar activists, potential customers, alumni, neighbors,  etc.) they actually think these are “friends.”

But that aside, its not even original.  Ablow is just regurgitating a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode from over two decades ago.

Exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald

2 Jul
At 7:20 am on Fox and Friends Tuesday Eric Boling interviews Glenn Greenwald. Bolling had earlier had an exclusive with Lon Snowden. So far Andrew Napolitano, Tucker Carlson, Eric Bolling, Steve Doocey, and maybe Bob Beckel seem to be the only people standing up for the 4th Amendment and against the NSA on TV.  Are there others?

Edward Snowden – Burn the Heretic!

14 Jun
National Security hawks tell us if we really knew what they know we’d agree with the surveillance state.  I’ve had many a Log Cabin Republican or RINO with some military or other government job tell me this.

Brian Wilson on DC’s conservative WMAL radio just said this morning that when Presidents get their first security briefing they come out with “eyes as big as saucers.” But since the “information” is secret and not peer reiewed, undebated and uncriticized, it’s more like religion than science. They are just priests telling us what God told them in a private.

Edward Snowden in their mystical worldview is a witch or a Protestant and they want to burn him at the stake.  That’s why they’ve spent the week making up lies and smears about him.  By tomorrow he will be said to have had sexual congress with Satan.

The smearing of Edward Snowden

13 Jun
The smearing of Edward Snowden as a wag the dog distraction to change the topic convinces me that his critics have no defense of the surveillance state. Yesterday Greg Gutfeld told FOX viewers we crazy Snowden supporters and NSA opponents have been saying Gutfeld is gay and Jewish in our hate mail to him. Ho hum.

Snowden we are told really only got paid $122,000 as an IT person at NSA not $200,000. Leaving aside the fact that this doesn’t refute any of Snowden’s criticisms of the surveillance state, notice that the pundits are too dumb or dishonest to consider that an IT person might pick up $80,000 on the side as a web developer or consultant.

Likewise belittling Snowden for being 29 (as FOX’s Gretchen Carlson and MSNBC’s Mika Brzeninski – shouldn’t she recuse herself from covering national security topics given who her dad is? – did  in stereo one morning this week) for not working with NSA (as a contract employee through Booze Allen Hamilton) for very long, for not having a formal education at government approved schools, or for having a girlfriend who is an exotic dancer, don’t refute his critique. They make it worse. The government classifies too much information and then lets too many people have access to it, including 29 year old contractor employees.

Finally, the charge that Snowden is foreign agent simply because he chose to fly from Hawaii to Hong Kong, a rather direct flight one suspects when you are trying to escape the clutches of the Obama regime, is just laughable and discredits completely anyone who says it. What’s next? Scapegoating any American who is a Jew, Arab-American, Asian, etc.?

Leftovers have told us they believe in liberty because even though they would force us to work to pay for their programs over half our lives they’d let us have abortions and any kind of sex. Now people on the right like Greg Gutfeld and John Bolton tell us they believe in liberty because they’d let us say or worship as we wish, and even cut our taxes, but they can listen to and record all our calls and email and make us disappear in the night if someone says it is needed for national security.

No thank you.

Ann Coulter, Welfare Queen?

20 Feb
My girlfriend Ann Coulter, who I am known in libertarian circles to have a man-crush on (if only she were a real boy!), intrigues me with her acerbic commentary and confrontational style.  I believe that’s the real her, and not a marketing strategy.  She’s not just the Madonna of the right.

I even enjoyed sitting a few rows away and watching Ann be interviewed before 1400 mainly very unsympathetic libertarians this past weekend at the 6th Annual International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.  (Living within walking distance of the several locations where all 6 have been held, I’ve been lucky to attend 4 of them.). The interview was a taping for John Stossel’s show, and she was interviewed in a two hour sequence of interviews that included Congressman Justin Amash and former Ambassador John Bolton (who was also interviewed last year).  I believe these will be aired as the next two Stossel shows, one tomorrow night, and one the following Thursday, on Fox Business, with various insomniac broadcasts on both Fox Business and the Fox News channels.

Like Bolton, my girlfriend Ann always pitches herself as a libertarian, “but….”  She wants a world of nations where people have maximum individual freedom except where allowing it would diminish it. She’s Hegelian even though not Marxist.  Bolton of course worries about civil liberties and non-intervention allowing tyrants abroad to gain power, a worthy debate but one where he would have more cred if he had spent more time in the past calling for defunding tyrants.

Ann’s hang ups include worrying that people using pot will become slackers, and end up on welfare adding to the oppression of all of us tax serfs.  It’s similar to the somewhat more credible fears that illegal immigrants will be used to oppress taxpayers, especially since we now know illegal immigrants are using $2 billion in tax funded health care, set to explode under fully government controlled medicine.

Here’s the problem though – we don’t have any accurate statistics on the budgetary and opportunity costs of the drug war or of illegal immigration.  I just ran for office in DC and I tried to find numbers on arrests, incarcerations, and budgets, either for the drug war as a whole or for pot specifically.  I’m not sure anyone knows.  Nor do I think anyone knows how many people have criminal records for non-violent drug crimes, nor how many have been prevented from obtaining employment because of them, such that they did either end up on welfare, or have much reduced life term earnings and careers.

Clearly Ms. Coulter knows everyone who smokes pot isn’t a slacker; at one point in the Q&A she replied to someone who asked why she so often smeared libertarians as stoners that “you’re not stoners, you’re nerds.”  So apparently some people can smoke pot and still become successful IT entrepreneurs.

Likewise we don’t know how many red blooded, native born, Americans, or even legally immigrated ones, can only make a living running farms, restaurants, and construction companies because they have access to illegal immigrant workers.   Maybe in both cases we need to make the economy more vibrant, and the tax funded benefits more meager, so that stoners and illegals will simply find it more attractive to get a job, start a business, or have a career.  In the free market community Ann, which you are welcome to join, we call those incentives.

Both Bolton and Coulter have a blind spot (which doesn’t mean they can’t argue that their opponents have their own blind spots, and ask whose is bigger).  They see the problems of welfare parasitism or Islamic violence, but don’t ask if our policies are funding and fomenting it.  Is the only evil that lazy slackers go on welfare, or is it also an evil that government schools, government regulations that keep poor people from starting small businesses, and the drug war that gives them criminal records, keeps them from ever getting out of welfare.  Thereby incidentally leaving whatever opportunities do remain available for nice girls from suburban Connecticut schools who have the grades to get into law schools (and access student loan programs and other forms of upper middle class welfare).  Most of these Connecticut girls end up being the Elizabeth Warrens who perpetuate the system, living in DC on their 6 and 7 figure salaries as regulators and lobbyists, blocks from the people they have condemned to lives of poverty and illiteracy.  Ann’s path is better, but not good enough.