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Friday, September 28, 2012

WTF Friday: Wingnutty Posts from a BNP Punk

Last week, the witty and equally rational Brit Coughlan616 released a video of him reacting to MarmiteMan4’s blog Revolution And Progress.

For those of you fortunate enough not to know him, MarmiteMan4 is a BNP-supporting punk who can best be described as David Duke only British and teenage. Like every other blond-haired blue-eyed nationalist, he tends to rant about how his county is under attack by everyone who isn’t blond-haired and blue-eyed like himself—especially those evil Jews in the NWO.

He recently took down all of his videos but continues his mindless racist rambles on his blog, which Coughlan did a hilarious reading of (even if it did cause him to lose his mind).

Here are just a few highlights from his blog:

• In a blog post about the Paralympics: "If you thought the Olympics were bad, with their pro-racial mixing, pro-mutliculturalism and homoerotic opening ceremony then you should of seen the Paralympic opening ceremomy. It was like Cultural Marxism on steroids." Commenting on a picture of the ceremony: "Looks like some sort of Aryan man who has no legs, no arms and a disfigured upper body. While Africans dance around it in some sort of weird celebration."

• In a post about Romney’s RNC Speech: "I think the anti-whites will the seething at the mouth that a White man is challenging their almighty leader Obama. I can't wait to see the egg on Mr Obama's face if he loses, the fallout from his failure will be so immense who knows what will happen. Black people certainly won't take it easy, if you know what I mean."

• In a post about the far-right Greek nationalist party Golden Dawn: “Clearly the left-wingers are scared of the Golden Dawn. They've even compared the Golden Dawn to the NSDAP of the 1930s which is ironic because their beautiful socialist friends known as SYRIZA look like Stalin's old boys from the 1920s.”

• In a post about progressives and pedophile rights: “Progressives constantly take credit for the abolition of slavery, the first step to an "equal and fair world". What these progressives don't tell you is that White Europeans didn't want to own slaves, it was semites such as Jews and Arabs who owned slaves and sold them off cheaply to North America.”

And those are just snippets of the pure wingnuttery of MarmiteMan4—or rather, as the Amazing Atheist called him, MarmiteBoy1/4!

You have to read the rest of the blog to get the total experience of going full retard. And you have to watch Coughlan’s video for his ROFL reaction to it. Seeing him slowly lose his mental composure will make it the best 28 minutes of your life, I guarantee:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Daily Pony: Adult Size Pony Costumes

Halloween is around the corner, and with the popularity of MLP:FiM, little girls are sure to be trick-or-treating as their favorite ponies. Of course, big girls can also get in on the fun. recently listed six pony costumes that, while not named after the Mane 6 (for obvious copyright reasons), are a clear tribute to them:

If these costumes seem a bit, um, revealing, there’s a reason for that: is an adult costume store. (And by adult, I mean “Adult.”)

Something tells me that a brony is going to force his girlfriend (assuming he has one) to wear one of these for role-playing. (And by role-playing, I don’t mean D&D.) Worse: he's probably going to be wearing it. (Have fun with that mental image!)

Personally, I’ve seen far better costumes made by cosplayers. What can I say? You can’t beat costumes that are fan-made than those that are just made for fans.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MSNBC: "White Grievance" About Obama

Sheesh! If I had a dollar for every time some libtarded moonbat (more specifically, some libtarded moonbat on MSNBC) accused someone of hating Obama because he’s black, I wouldn’t be living with my parents freelancing articles for a living.

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“This is about white grievance. And the right has spent 30 plus years stoking a sense of grievance among white working class voters. They’ve completely distracted them from the issues of what the 1 percent are really doing to them by constantly saying they are trying to take your stuff, those immigrants, those black people.”

Nader: Obama Worse Than Bush

He should know. He ran against Bush twice as the third-party candidate.

On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told POLITICO, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.”
“He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world is his plate, that national sovereignties mean nothing, drones can go anywhere. They can kill anybody that he suspects and every Tuesday he makes the call on who lives and who dies, supposed suspects in places like Yemen and Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that is a war crime and he ought to be held to account.”

Nader called Obama “below average because he raised expectation levels. What expectation level did George W. Bush raise?… He’s below average because he’s above average in his intellect and his knowledge of legality, which is violating with abandon.”

“I don’t know whether George W. Bush ever read the Constitution,” said Nader. “This man taught the Constitution, and this is what we got.”
And the worst part is that, just like Bush, he’s going to get a second term. After realizing just how messed up these past four years have been, the American public is going to reward him with another four—because, after all, he may be worse than Bush, but at least he’s no worse than Romney. Gotta vote for the lesser of two evils!

I originally read this story on the Huffington Post, and I made the mistake of reading the comments. All the libtarded moonbats on there are bashing Nader for daring to call Obama a war criminal. These are the same people who had no problem labeling Bush a war criminal, but now they have a problem with doing the same with Dear Leader. So much for standards!

What’s more disgusting is how many of them are blaming Nader for Bush’s war crimes. I kid you not. According to their mental gymnastics, because Nader ran third party in 2000, he stole votes away from Gore, thus handing the election over to Bush.

Yeah, how dare candidates run third party and take votes away from the duopoly! We only have two choices and that’s all we need. We don’t need no stinking alternatives. We’re perfectly fine with choosing which of the two parties should screw us over for the next four years. Lesser of two evils, amirite?!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Daily Pony: KPHO Report on Bronies

Nice to know there are news programs out there that are portraying Bronies with a fair and balanced view, as opposed to what other “fair and balanced” networks are portraying them.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lao Tzu on Cronyism

The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve.

The people are difficult to keep in order because those above them interfere. That is the only reason why they are so difficult to keep in order. The people attach no importance to death, because those above them are too grossly absorbed in the pursuit of life. That is why they attach no importance to death. And indeed, in that their hearts are so little set on life they are superior to these who set store by life.

- Ch. 75, Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu.


About the author (from Wikipedia):

Lao Tzu (6th century BCE) was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi). His association with the Tào Té Chīng has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism"). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Lao Tzu as Taishang Laojun, or "One of the Three Pure Ones".
According to Chinese traditions, Lao Tzu lived in the 6th century BCE. Some historians contend that he actually lived in the 5th–4th century BCE, concurrent with the Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period, while some others argue that Laozi is a synthesis of multiple historical figures or that he is a mythical figure.

A central figure in Chinese culture, both nobility and common people claim Laozi in their lineage. He was honored as an ancestor of the Tang imperial family, and was granted the title Táishāng xuānyuán huángdì, meaning "Supreme Mysterious and Primordial Emperor". Throughout history, Laozi's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.


About the selection (from Wikipedia):

Lao Tzu is traditionally regarded as the author of the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching), though the identity of its author(s) and/or compiler(s) has been debated throughout history. It is one of the most significant treatises in Chinese cosmogony. As with most other ancient Chinese philosophers, Lao Tzu often explains his ideas by way of paradox, analogy, appropriation of ancient sayings, repetition, symmetry, rhyme, and rhythm.

The Tao Te Ching, often called simply Lao Tzu after its reputed author, describes the Dao (or Tao) as the source and ideal of all existence: it is unseen, but not transcendent, immensely powerful yet supremely humble, being the root of all things. According to the Daodejing, humans have no special place within the Dao, being just one of its many ("ten thousand") manifestations. People have desires and free will (and thus are able to alter their own nature). Many act "unnaturally", upsetting the natural balance of the Dao. The Daodejing intends to lead students to a "return" to their natural state, in harmony with Dao. Language and conventional wisdom are critically assessed. Taoism views them as inherently biased and artificial, widely using paradoxes to sharpen the point.

Livia Kohn provides an example of how Lao Tzu encouraged a change in approach, or return to "nature", rather than action. Technology may bring about a false sense of progress. The answer provided by Lao Tzu is not the rejection of technology, but instead seeking the calm state of wu wei, free from desires. This relates to many statements by Lao Tzu encouraging rulers to keep their people in "ignorance", or "simple-minded". Some scholars insist this explanation ignores the religious context, and others question it as an apologetic of the philosophical coherence of the text. It would not be unusual political advice if Lao Tzu literally intended to tell rulers to keep their people ignorant. However, some terms in the text, such as "valley spirit" (gushen) and "soul" (po), bear a metaphysical context and cannot be easily reconciled with a purely ethical reading of the work.

Wu wei (無爲), literally "non-action" or "not acting", is a central concept of the Daodejing. The concept of wu wei is multifaceted, and reflected in the words' multiple meanings, even in English translation; it can mean "not doing anything", "not forcing", "not acting" in the theatrical sense, "creating nothingness", "acting spontaneously", and "flowing with the moment."

It is a concept used to explain ziran (自然), or harmony with the Dao. It includes the concepts that value distinctions are ideological and seeing ambition of all sorts as originating from the same source. Lao Tzu used the term broadly with simplicity and humility as key virtues, often in contrast to selfish action. On a political level, it means avoiding such circumstances as war, harsh laws and heavy taxes. Some Taoists see a connection between wu wei and esoteric practices, such as zuowang "sitting in oblivion" (emptying the mind of bodily awareness and thought) found in the Zhuangzi.


Wall Street photo from New York Daily News.
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This Week In Review (09/24/2012)

News of the Week

Tim Pawlenty Steps Down As Mitt Romney's National Co-Chair

Last Monday, Mother Jones leaked video footage of Mitt Romney giving a speech at a private fundraiser where he said that 47 percent of Americans paid no income tax, received government benefits, and “will vote for the president no matter what”—a claim that is mostly, though not entirely, untrue.

Following the release of this video, Republicans have been abandoning support for the presidential candidate like rats from a sinking ship. Such prominent figures include Reagan’s former special assistant Peggy Noonan, Bush’s former adviser Mark McKinnon, Massachusetts Senate candidate Linda McMahon, and Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

But the most recent Republican to withdraw his support, and clearly the most embarrassing for Romney, is his own national campaign co-chair Tim Pawlenty. (What does it say of a presidential candidate when his own campaign manager bails on him?!)

The former Minnesota governor and presidential nominee has since become the CEO of the Wall Street lobbying firm Financial Services Roundtable, thus switching his career from Republican politician to Wall Street lobbyist. (Difference? What difference?!)

Meanwhile Romney has been trying desperately to regain the support he has lost, even going so far as to flip-flop on his own statement. Whereas he started by standing his ground with his comment on the 47 percent, he has since tried to appear more open, claiming to stand for the “100 percent.” (Mittens flip-flopping? Inconceivable!)

But even before this video sabotage, polls have shown that Romney has had trouble maintaining support from his own party. Following his RNC speech, Gallup showed that he failed to gain any support because of it.

By now, it has been obvious that Mitt Romney has been an unpopular candidate even within his own party. And why would he be otherwise? He holds such unpopular positions such as perpetual war, corporate cronyism, and religious fundamentalism. Then again, these positions have been lauded by the Republican Party for years. They are the sole reason why the party and its politicians remain unpopular with most Americans, and will continue to remain unpopular until it abandons them. If it fails to do so, it will be doomed to fade into obscurity, to be replaced by a true conservative party dedicated to limited government and fiscal responsibility.


Sex Parties Thrown By Romney Fundraiser

The fundraiser from which Romney’s speech was leaked was held by Marc Leder, co-founder of the private equity firm Sun Capital. Under his leadership, 20 percent of its companies went bankrupt, with 28 companies, including the restaurant Friendly’s, forced to lay off their workers.

So we have one crony capitalist who profited from the bankruptcies under his company running for president and being supported by another crony capitalist who profited from the bankruptcies under his company. Somehow that’s not surprising.

What is surprising is how Leder, months before the fundraiser, had hosted numerous sex parties.

The New York Post covered one of these parties hosted last summer at a rented home in Bridgehampton, N.Y, calling it a “nude frolic” and describing it as follows: “It was as if the Playboy Mansion met the East End at a wild party at private-equity titan Marc Leder's Bridgehampton estate, where guests cavorted nude in the pool and performed sex acts, scantily dressed Russians danced on platforms and men twirled lit torches to a booming techno beat.”

The article goes on to further detail one of the sexual acts performed at the party, but to maintain a clean conscience, I won’t repeat it here.

Isn’t it ironic how the Moral Majority tends to have the most immoral politicians? We have governors endorsing abstinence while their own daughter gets pregnant out-of-wedlock, politicians who oppose gay marriage while involving themselves in homosexual antics, and presidential candidates who preach about the sanctity of marriage while divorcing their cancer-stricken wives because they’re not young or pretty enough to be the wife of the president.

Gee, it’s almost as if Republicans only care about “family values” when it comes to the poor.


Royal Couple Sue Over Photos of Topless Duchess

French publication Closer Magazine published topless photographs of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. The photos were allegedly taken with a telescopic lens 500 meters from the side of the road while the duchess was sunbathing topless at a secluded private villa.

Needless to say, the scandalous photos upset both the Duchess and her husband Prince Harry, who has been especially protective of his wife from the media, considering how his mother, the late Princess Diana, died in a car crash after being pursued by the paparazzi in December 1997.

The royal couple has since filed and won an injunction against the magazine, prohibiting it from republishing the photographs and instigating a criminal investigation against it. If found guilty of committing a federal crime, which it most certainly did, the company could face fines up to 250 thousand euros.

Many people have claimed that the royal couple’s lawsuit violates the magazine’s freedom of speech and of the press. This clearly isn’t the case. These photographs were taken without the duchess’ consent, thus violating her right to privacy. This is no different than taking an upskirt photo of a random girl on the street and publishing it on the internet.

Yes, one can argue that the royal couple are public figures, thus making them subject to public scrutiny and thus the press, and that would be a viable defense if the couple had been performing their public duties. But I highly doubt that sunbathing naked while on your honeymoon counts as a public duty.

As with everyone else, the royal couple is entitled to the privacy of their personal lives. The invasive actions on behalf of Closer magazine clearly illustrates how it, along with other paparazzi outlets, fail to comply with the most basic of journalistic ethics, and thus is ineligible to the same freedom of the press shared by other more reputable media outlets.


Girls Beat Up Iran Cleric Over Dress Code

While on his way to mosque for noon prayers, an Iranian cleric encountered two girls whom he considered to be dressed immodestly and admonished them to cover up. One of the girls replied by telling him to cover his eyes. Insulted, the cleric instructed them again to cover up and “to put a lid on what he felt was verbal abuse.”

The two girls then reacted in the only sensible way that any woman should react to an old fart dictating what they should wear: they pummeled him to the ground and began insulting and kicking him to the point where he had to be hospitalized for three days. The cleric has not pressed charges against them, but a public investigation into the incident is underway.

Now as a Christian and libertarian who observes the non-aggression principle, I normally don’t condone violence, especially against the elderly, but in this case, I just have to say to these two, “You go girl!”

This is what true feminism looks like! While feminists over here are complaining about being asked out for coffee in elevators and about sexism in the media where none exist, women in Islamic countries are fighting for their right not to have their clothing preferences dictated to them, among other rights denied to them through Sharia law.

Iran alone has long been a violator of women’s rights. Under its highly-misogynistic law, women are only eligible for half the inheritance that men receive and their legal testimony is equivalent to a quarter of a man’s. They do not have the same power to divorce as their husbands nor do they have the consent to allow him to marry more than one wife. They are denied studying specific subject matter as medical students. They are buried up to their necks when sentenced to stoning (while men are only buried up to their wastes). They are prohibited from singing as individuals and are required to sing in a chorus. They are prohibited from attending public sporting events. They cannot display public acts of affection. They can be sentenced to execution if they happen to be lesbian. And of course, they can only wear dress according to their religious laws, which means wearing burkas that cover them head to toe.

And that’s only a fraction of the inequality that Iranian women suffer. Clearly they suffer more under the real patriarchy of Iran as opposed to what feminists complain about the imagined patriarchy here in the States. If feminists were consistent with their concern for women’s rights, they would cease their petty whining and start lobbying against foreign aid to countries that deny the most basic rights to women. (You know, countries like our ally Saudi Arabia, which aside from funding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has also oppressed women under Sharia law, even going so far as to behead a woman for witchcraft.)

But obviously feminazis have more important matters to address, like attacking media pundits for calling sluts—well—sluts. Clearly American feminists have their priorities straight!


In economic freedom, Canada rises, U.S. plummets

The Fraser Institute, a Vancouver based free-market think tank, released its annual Economic Freedom of the World report on Tuesday.

As with the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, the report uses international economic data in order to rank 144 countries on 42 criteria for economic freedom including government size, property rights, free trade, taxes, and regulation.

This year Canada has risen among the top 5 countries with the most economic freedom, tying with Australia for fifth place with Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and Switzerland as the top four countries respectively.

Unfortunately for the United States, which once ranked second place in 2000, it has dropped 10 places from last year’s ranking, plummeting to 18th place, its lowest ranking ever.

So how did the good ol’ U.S. of A, the epitome of free-market capitalism, manage to drop far below the Great White North in economic freedom? The National Post offers the following explanation:

Canada’s economic freedom began to rise under former prime minister Jean Chrétien, who reined in the budget and reduced government spending dramatically — more than Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher, Mr. McMahon said.

Meanwhile, George W. Bush began to spend — U.S. government consumption went from 17.6% of GDP to 19.5% in 2000, transfers of subsidies went from 13.2% to 16.3% and the government enterprises and investments went from 17.6% of GDP to 22.5%.

“Canada really started moving up in economic freedom under a prime minister that was supposedly from the left side … and the United States started moving down in economic freedom under someone who was supposedly from the right wing, Republican party,” said Mr. McMahon, emphasizing the ideological irony.
What does it say when the liberal party of our northern neighbor balances its national budget far better than our Republican party can our own? So much for the party of fiscal responsibility!

This isn’t the only instance where our neighbors in the north managed to put our own country to shame. Earlier this year, it was reported that developing countries are looking more towards Canada’s Charter of Rights as a blueprint for their own government rather than towards our U.S. Constitution.

Once upon a time, America was considered the "Shining City upon a Hill," a bastion of individual liberty and free enterprise; but in recent years, Canada, long since the butt of jokes by ultra-patriotic flag-waving Americans, has begun outshining our own country in both personal economic freedom. So how long will we continue to remain blinded by the flag while our country continues to diminish in its place as the greatest country on earth?

Of course, if it makes my fellow Americans feel any better, it’s not as if Canadians are going to recognize their own economic greatness anytime soon, choosing to credit it on their failed socialist policies rather than on their economic freedom.


Dumbass of the Week

Barack Obama and the DOJ

Last week, the indefinite detention provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was permanently blocked by federal judge Katherine Forrest, who had placed a temporary block on the provision earlier this year, claiming that it would have had a “chilling effect” on Constitutional rights.

Following this ruling, President Obama—being the Constitutional scholar that he is, and having promised to veto the provision last year (right before he signed it!)—went on to commend the judge for her decision and her willingness to defend the Constitution by refusing to allow national security to compromise individual liberty.

He was then interrupted by an informant telling him that Hell had frozen over.

In reality, the Department of Justice issued a memo requesting that the judge suspend her ruling, calling it “unprecedented” and “unconstitutional.”

And their defense that it is unconstitutional? They claimed that the indefinite detention provision merely reinforces the powers granted to the President through the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which in turn reinforced powers granted through the War Powers Resolution.

In other words, the President already had the authority to detain citizens considered security threats before the NDAA, and striking down the indefinite detention clause only prevented him from exercising that authority.

Even if that was the case, it still doesn’t dismiss the fact that such authority is unconstitutional. The Fourth Amendment protects American citizens from seizures without a warrant while the Fifth Amendment protects them from punishment without trial or due process. Therefore, throwing American citizens in jail for the rest of their natural lives without charge, lawyer, trial, or any other form of due process violates the Fourth and Fifth Amendments and is therefore unconstitutional.

This action on behalf of the DOJ, and by extension, President Obama, clearly shows the smegged-up priorities of this administration. They do not care about the Constitution or our rights that stem from it. They only care about combating the vague threat of terrorism, and if that means stripping us of our civil liberties, so be it. Clearly the collective “common good” trumps individual liberty here in the land of the free.

The good news is that Judge Forrest has since denied the DOJ’s request. Again, kudos to the judge for her bravery to stand up for our rights by standing up against this administration and its unconstitutional agenda. Now more than ever we need more brave elected officials like her.


YouTube Vid of the Week

TokenLibertarianChick Julie Borowski does a splendid job of refuting herself as herself (or rather, as herself parodying an Obama-supporting hipster) as to why people should support and vote for Obama—again! (BTW: Julie looks cute in Hipster glasses, even if they do remind me of Janeane Garofalo and Rebbeca Watson!)


Quote of the Week

Dependency breeds a sense of complacency and entitlement and fosters a government that—in order to stay in power—will further that dependency...[W]hen the public treasury becomes a public trough and the voters recognize that, they will send to the government only those who promise them a bigger piece of the government pie. Then, sooner or later, the government will run out of other people's money. - Judge Andrew Napolitano

Daily Pony: Twilight And The Cookie Jar

C is for cookie. That's good enough for...Twilight!

twilight and the cookie jar by *Coltsteelstallion on deviantART

Friday, September 21, 2012

WTF Friday: Top 10 Shocking TV Broadcasts

Tom Green getting his balls removed.

Sinead O'Connor ripping a picture of the Pope.

A cheesy 50s-esque sitcom starring Hitler.

Max Headroom interrupting Doctor Who.

These are only a few of the Top 10 Shocking TV Broadcasts as presented in this Vaulting review.

Do you have what it takes to handle them? Watch the review and then tell me what you considered to be the most shocking.

John Stuart Mill on Big Government

"Objections to Government Interference"
from "On Liberty" (1859) by John Stuart Mill

The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant… .

The objections to government interference, when it is not such as to involve infringement of liberty, may be of three kinds.

The first is, when the thing to be done is likely to be better done by individuals than by the government. Speaking generally, there is no one so fit to conduct any business, or to determine how or by whom it shall be conducted, as those who are personally interested in it. This principle condemns the interferences, once so common, of the legislature, or the officers of government, with the ordinary processes of industry… .

The second objection is more nearly allied to our subject. In many cases, though individuals may not do the particular thing so well, on the average, as the officers of government, it is nevertheless desirable that it should be done by them, rather than by the government, as a means to their own mental education — a mode of strengthening their active faculties, exercising their judgment, and giving them a familiar knowledge of the subjects with which they are thus left to deal. This is a principal, though not the sole, recommendation of jury trial (in cases not political); of free and popular local and municipal institutions; of the conduct of industrial and philanthropic enterprises by voluntary associations. These are not questions of liberty, and are connected with that subject only by remote tendencies; but they are questions of development. It belongs to a different occasion from the present to dwell on these things as parts of national education; as being, in truth, the peculiar training of a citizen, the practical part of the political education of a free people, taking them out of the narrow circle of personal and family selfishness, and accustoming them to the comprehension of joint interests, the management of joint concerns — habituating them to act from public or semi-public motives, and guide their conduct by aims which unite instead of isolating them from one another. Without these habits and powers, a free constitution can neither be worked nor preserved, as is exemplified by the too-often transitory nature of political freedom in countries where it does not rest upon a sufficient basis of local liberties. The management of purely local business by the localities, and of the great enterprises of industry by the union of those who voluntarily supply the pecuniary means, is further recommended by all the advantages which have been set forth in this Essay as belonging to individuality of development, and diversity of modes of action. Government operations tend to be everywhere alike. With individuals and voluntary associations, on the contrary, there are varied experiments, and endless diversity of experience. What the State can usefully do, is to make itself a central depository, and active circulator and diffuser, of the experience resulting from many trials. Its business is to enable each experimentalist to benefit by the experiments of others, instead of tolerating no experiments but its own.

The third, and most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government, is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power. Every function superadded to those already exercised by the government, causes its influence over hopes and fears to be more widely diffused, and converts, more and more, the active and ambitious part of the public into hangers-on of the government, or of some party which aims at becoming the government. If the roads, the railways, the banks, the insurance offices, the great joint-stock companies, the universities, and the public charities, were all of them branches of the government; if, in addition, the municipal corporations and local boards, with all that now devolves on them, became departments of the central administration; if the employees of all these different enterprises were appointed and paid by the government, and looked to the government for every rise in life; not all the freedom of the press and popular constitution of the legislature would make this or any other country free otherwise than in name.


About the author (from Wikipedia):

John Stuart Mill, FRSE (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was a British philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy. He has been called "the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century". Mill's conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control. He was a proponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham. Hoping to remedy the problems found in an inductive approach to science, such as confirmation bias, he clearly set forth the premises of falsification as the key component in the scientific method. Mill was also a Member of Parliament and an important figure in liberal political philosophy.


About the selection (from Wikipedia):

On Liberty is a philosophical work by British philosopher John Stuart Mill, originally intended as a short essay. Mill's marriage to his wife Harriet greatly influenced the concepts in On Liberty, which was largely finished prior to her death, and published in 1859 shortly after she died. The work applies Mill's ethical system of utilitarianism to society and the state. Mill attempts to establish standards for the relationship between authority and liberty. He emphasizes the importance of individuality which he conceived as a prerequisite to the higher pleasures—the summum bonum of Utilitarianism. Furthermore, Mill criticized the errors of past attempts to defend individuality where, for example, democratic ideals resulted in the "tyranny of the majority". Among the standards established in this work are Mill's three basic liberties of individuals, his three legitimate objections to government intervention, and his two maxims regarding the relationship of the individual to society "which together form the entire doctrine of [Mill's] Essay."

On Liberty was a greatly influential and well received work though it did not go without criticism. Some attacked it for its apparent discontinuity with Utilitarianism, while others criticized its vagueness. The ideas presented in On Liberty have remained the basis of much liberal political thought. It has remained in print continuously since its initial publication. To this day, a copy of On Liberty is passed to the president of the British Liberal Democrats as a symbol of office.


Government Seals from Wikimedia.

Daily Pony: Human Pony Swimsuits

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, which makes today the last day of summer. I know I should be sad, but personally, I prefer the fall: cooler weather, new television shows and seasons, and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

(Then again, down her in Florida, we only get two seasons: summer and Christmas.)

But to those of you who are feeling blue about today, here are some human ponies in swimsuits to cheer you up.

No lifeguard on duty by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

From across the 4th wall by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

Meet me at the pond by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

Librarian's day off by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

So many wonders by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

Rarity's Day Off by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Hypocrisy, IT BURNS!

President Obama filed a trade complaint against China for subsidizing its own auto industry.

Allow me to repeat that.

Obama, who’s first action in office was to bailout the auto industry, complained that China subsidized its auto industry.

One faceplam is not enough for this much fail.


Even these facepalms aren't enough. So feel free to leave your own in the comment section below!

Obama y u fail so much?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

BlameThe1st After Dentist

Went to the dentist earlier today. Had a microscopic cavity in my front tooth that needed to be filled. The filling took less than 10 minutes. The only bad part was that I couldn’t feel my face for the rest of the afternoon. There’s just something trippy about the anesthesia they give you at the dentist. The side effects can prove to be rather entertaining as David after Dentist shows.

Wait? Did I say “David” after Dentist?

Sorry, I meant “Trunks” after Dentist.

Because Saiyans at the dentists are 20 percent cooler. (Wait, wrong show!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

This Week In Review (09/17/2012)

It's my first This Week In Review in a long time, and I decided to experiment with a new format. Tell me how you like it. Do you prefer this one or the older one? Feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

This Week In Review (09/17/2012)

Conservative Byte

NYC Approves Bloomberg's Soda Ban

Earlier this summer, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. The proposed ban was approved Thursday by the New York City Board of Health with a vote of 9-1. The ban would prevent the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters, food carts, and other beverage-serving businesses. It would not affect the sale of soft drinks at grocery stores, nor would it affect the sales of diet soft drinks, fruit juice, milk-based beverages, or alcohol. (So rest assured, New Yorkers: you won’t be sipping on Double Gulps at 7-Eleven anytime soon, but you’ll still be able to swig a yard of ale at the local sports pub.)

This isn’t the first time the New York Mayor has enacted laws that pry into the personal business of his citizens. In the past, he has also passed bans on smoking in bars, food donations to homeless shelters, and formula feeding infants in hospitals. The mayor has even had the audacity of suggesting that police officers refuse to protect citizens until they give up their guns: "I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say we're going to go on strike. We're not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe."

No, Bloomberg! It’s not the job of the public to keep the police safe. It’s the job of the police to keep the public safe. That’s the entire point of government: to protect the rights of its citizens, not to control or dictate their lives. Unfortunately, for elected officials like Bloomberg, they have the entire concept completely backwards. They feel that the role of government should be to act like our nanny and protect us from ourselves. It’s high time that our politicians stop treating us children and respect us for the adults we truly are.


The Liberty Voice

Judge Strikes Down NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision.

Earlier this year, Federal Judge Katherine Forrest temporarily blocked a provision within the National Defense Authorization of 2012 that would have allowed for the indefinite detention of terror suspects—U.S. citizen or otherwise—without a lawyer, trial, or any other form of due process or habeas corpus. The block was ruled following a lawsuit filed by journalist Chris Hedges and other individuals who felt that the vague wording of the provision would make them suspect under it. Judge Forrest blocked the provision, claiming it would have a "chilling impact on First Amendment rights." This Wednesday, her block was made permanent.

Kudos to the Judge for standing up to protect our civil liberties. In a time when most elected officials are more than willing to strip us of our rights with the false promise of security, it’s a relief to know that some are willing to fight to ensure that our rights remain intact. She is living proof that, even in times of encroaching tyranny, in the end, liberty always prevails.


Chicago Tribune

26 Thousand Chicago Teachers Strike

The strike was instigated after Chicago teacher unions failed to reach a contract agreement on Sunday with Mayor Rahm Emanuel after weeks of negotiation. This would make it the first time in a quarter century since Chicago teachers have protested.

One of the core issues of these negotiations has been teacher salaries. Emanuel had offered to raise salaries by 16 percent over the next four years, but the unions rejected it, and insisted on an increase of 30 percent. This demand is especially absurd when one realizes that Chicago teachers are the highest paid in the nation. On average, Chicago teachers are paid $76 thousand per year minus benefits while the national average is $56 thousand. If their demands were implemented, Chicago teachers would be receiving double what the average Chicago family receives, which is $46 thousand per year. Clearly Chicago teachers are not being underpaid (and for the record, neither are American public school teachers). So what’s the real issue here?

It’s no secret that Chicago reeks of political corruption, and its public school system is no exception. Only 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading and only 56 percent of students graduate high school. (Ironically, 39 percent of Chicago teachers don’t send their children to public schools. It really says something about the public school system when the very teachers who work there don’t even send their children there!) Rahm Emmanuel has offered numerous suggestions for educational reform, and as can be expected, the teacher unions have been against it.

Look, I don’t want to hate on teachers. Both of my parents are public school teachers and they do an exceptional job. Most teachers do. But other teachers don’t, and they rely on teacher unions to ensure that they keep their job. And this is why most teacher unions are opposed to any attempt at educational reform: because it would put their job security at risk.

Teachers shouldn’t receive automatic respect simply because they’re teachers. They deserve respect when they place the education of our children before anything else. But when they place their jobs before our children’s education, like these Chicago teachers are doing, they clearly deserve none.



Boy Scouts Shelter Child-Molesting Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America was recently revealed to have been hiding child molesters within its ranks for two decades, according to leaked documents discovered by the L.A. Times. These leaked documents, dating from 1971 to 1991, show that the BSA routinely covered up cases of child molestation as they failed to report these cases to authorities, threatened victims and their families to remain silent, and protected the identity of the alleged child molester. (A patriarchal religious organization covering up child abuse? Inconceivable!)

For years, the BSA has defended its “No Homo” discrimination policy by claiming that gay men are poor role models for young boys and that they often turn out to be pedophiles. Well, even with the organization remaining homo-free all these years, it still managed to not only take in child molesters but protect them as well. (Gee, it’s almost if you don’t have to be a homosexual to be a child predator. But hey, this is only a point that South Park made over a decade ago.)

As a private organization, the BSA has every right to discriminate against members for whatever reason regardless of how bigoted it is; however, it does not have a right to avoid criticism for this discrimination. And if the BSA truly believes that being born gay is grounds for dismissal as a scout leader but choosing to piddle children isn’t, then it deserves every ounce of criticism it receives for being the hypocritical self-righteous bigots they are. (Boy Scouts of America? More like Bigoted Scumbag ***holes!)


Dumbass of the Week

Hilary Clinton

Pundit Kitchen

On Tuesday, the U.S. embassy in Libya was attacked by radical Islamists, resulting in the deaths of three Americans. Since then, there have been attacks on other U.S. embassies in the Muslim world including Egypt and Yemen.

So when forced to address the American people on the subject, whom did Secretary of State Hilary Clinton blame for the attacks? Did she blame the radical Islamists who raided the embassies?


Instead, she blamed an amateur (and largely unknown) internet film called “The Innocence of Muslims” for invoking these riots.

"To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage."

No, Hilary, that film did not cause the riots, and considering that this was an attack planned months ago, that’s a safe assumption to make.

Allow me to steal the Amazing Atheist’s response: “If a crazy person has a crazy reaction to the mildest little thing, you don’t blame the mildest little thing for pissing them off, you blame them for being crazy.”

If Hilary should be blaming anyone, she should be blaming herself for cheerleading our support of Libyan rebels in their overthrow of Gadaffi, thus creating the power vacuum that was eventually filled by the radical Islamists responsible for this attack. (You know, like what non-interventionists like Ron Paul had warned us about!)

But of course, that would require politicians to actually hold themselves accountable for their own actions, and why would they do that when they can easily use scapegoats like free speech?


To suggest a story for This Week in Review, or to nominate someone for Dumbass of the Week, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a personal message.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

30-Day Reading List Discontinued

I know most of you are wondering where the other “30 Day Reading List” posts are. I know I said I was going to post an article every day, and, well, I haven’t posted anything in the past four or five.

For one thing, I finally managed to get some assignments from my job, so I’ve been busy with them—too busy to continue with my 30 Day posts. Also, I found that reading the articles, creating an abstract, and selecting a quote to be more of a chore than I thought. I wanted this to be something a little fun, but it turned out to be nothing more than busy work.

So, sad to say, I’m discontinuing it.

For those still interested, you can still read the original list here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

WTF Friday: Bambi

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Disney classic Bambi. How can you not be? It contains one of the most depressing scenes in Disney cinema.

But if you think the death of Bambi’s mother was heart-wrenching, you clearly haven’t read the book.

Of course, why bother reading the actual book when you can watch a video review/comparison?

Just a heads up: the movie had five deaths in total. The book? Eight!

Guess Who Predicted Al Qaeda Would Move Into Libya?

If you predicted the same politician who’s been warning against our interventionist foreign policy since—ever, you’re right!

Amazing Atheist - Muslims: Calm Down

The Amazing Atheist lays the smack down on the crazed Muslims rioting over a low-budget movie that dared to poke fun at their religion.

The Muslim world has been choking on its own tits over a movie called The Innocence of Muslims which is about how the prophet Mohammad is a violent f***ing degenerate loser ***hole—so a bunch of Muslims decided to act like violent degenerate loser ***holes to prove the movie wrong.
He also lays the smackdown on Hilary Clinton who blamed the movie makers for instigating the riots.
Here’s a rule of thumb Hilary: if a crazy person has a crazy reaction to the mildest little thing, you don’t blame the mildest little thing for pissing them off, you blame them for being crazy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision Struck Down

Ultra Culture

The woman pictured above is Katherine Forrest, U.S. District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Earlier this year she blocked the indefinite detention provision within the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, claiming it would have a “chilling impact on First Amendment rights."

Yesterday she made her block permanent, essentially striking down the provision.

So take cheer, America. In a time when most of our elected officials are salivating over the prospect of increasing their own power by taking away what little we have, when so many serve only to please special interests to the determent of everyone else, others like Miss Forrest are willing to place our interests ahead of their own and fight to ensure that our civil liberties remain intact.

When other federal officials have sided with the scrapping of our Constitutional rights with the false promise of security, Miss Forrest sided with us, esentially pointing her finger at the military and telling them “no, you cannot act as law enforcement and throw American citizens in jail for the rest of their natural lives without giving them a proper trial!”

So kudos to you, Miss Forrest. You are living proof that even when things look bleak in the face of encroaching tyranny, liberty always prevails in the end.

Daily Pony: Composer Comments On Season 3

Daniel Ingram, the composer for the show, recently tossed this hunk of red meat to the starving lions of the Pony fanbase on his Facebook page:

I can hardly stand the suspense. Hurry Season 3, hurry fast!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

30 Day Reading List: Day 11: The Watermelon Summit


The 30-Day Reading List That Will Lead You to Becoming a Knowledgeable Libertarian

Day 11: The Watermelon Summit by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Unlike conservationists, who truly care about the environment, “environmentalists” only use environmental concern as a guide for their socialist intents. This has been the case ver since the fall of the Soviet Union. As the late economist Robert Heilboner said in his New Yorker piece “After Communism”: “There is, however, another way of looking at . . . socialism. It is to conceive of it . . . as the society that must emerge if humanity is to cope with . . . the ecological burden that economic growth is placing on the environment.”

“An 'environmentalist' is a totalitarian socialist whose real objective is to revive socialism and economic central planning under the subterfuge of 'saving the planet' from capitalism. He is 'green"'on the outside, but red on the inside, and is hence appropriately labeled a 'watermelon.'”

Daily Pony: 9-11

Not many MLP tributes to September 11. This is one of the few.

Very fitting that this one portrays Applejack, considering she’s the personification of all things American.

9-11 by ~dmtactical on deviantART

An all-American pony paying tribute to America on this solemn day. God and Celestia bless her soul.

Anti-Theists Exploit 9/11

Apologies ahead of time for my atheist watchers—all three of you! I’m sharing this video not to bash atheists but rather to bash the anti-theists who use September 11 as a bludgeon against religious folks. (Derp. Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings. I iz clever!)

The ever erudite Brock Lawley decimates the inane argument that religious people are responsible for September 11.

While suicide bombing like we saw on that dreadful day is not a modern day phenomenon, the Japanese and their kamikazes were not motivated by prospects of otherworldly paradise, but instead by a fanatical loyalty to the state.

If religious beliefs really are the source of terrorism like the atheist movement so much wants you to believe, where’s the Christian Bin Laden? Where’s the Christian Al-Qaeda? Where is the Christian Hezbollah? Where are these Buddhist suicide bombers? The New Atheist movement is trying to make in your eyes a moral parallel where none exists and they do so foolishly at their own risk and peril.

The vast majority of the world believes in heavenly bliss in some kind and a very, very, very small percentage of them would think to kill for heavenly bliss. So this weak attempt to indict religion for the crimes of a very small portion of radical Islam fails.

Nahn Elevuhn

It’s that fateful day again. Exactly eleven years since the tragedy that changed America as we know it—for the better, or for the worst. (But for the most part, the worst!)

I should probably be like every other America-and-God-loving blogger and post something ultra-patriotic. Perhaps I should be like everyone else and post Alan Jackson’s money maker sentimental music video.

But I’m not like everyone else.

Instead, I’m posting something a little more—irreverent.

Here’s Morrakiu’s recent video ranting against the blind hero worship that has since pervaded the day.

Maybe it’s not the most “patriotic” thing to post, but at least it says something that  needs to be said.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Daily Pony: Rhythm is Magic - Remix Apple Apple Apple

So much going on in this video, I can hardly describe it.

Apple Jack goes Samurai Jack against a horde of changelings

Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy practice karate with PaRappa and Master Onion.

Pinkie Pie chomps on goodies while dodging parasprites.

Rarity plays golf in a cute pink kimono (with Sweetie Belle cosplaying as Mini-moon, and the Diamond Dog as Franky).

Rainbow Dash performs a rainbow Kamehameha wave (and Fluttershy a tiny pink one)!

Spike gets clubbed into oblivion.

The scary muscley pegasus screams "yeah!"

And Twilight still fails at being a DJ.

It’s all just—so—EPIC! My head is about to explode from the sheer epicness!

30 Day Reading List: Day 10: Seeing the Unseen


The 30-Day Reading List That Will Lead You to Becoming a Knowledgeable Libertarian

Day 10: Seeing the Unseen by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Despite the blatant failure of socialism in light of the success of capitalism, the market economy is still viewed as the problem and government intervention the solution. The reason for this warped worldview is two-fold: first, that people lack a basic understanding of economics; and second, that they lack the imagination to contemplate a society that is market-centric rather than government centric.
“To think in economic terms is to realize that wealth is not a given or an accident of history. It is not bestowed on us like rain from above. It is the product of human creativity in an environment of freedom. The freedom to own, to make contracts, to save, to invest, to associate, and to trade: these are the key to prosperity.”

Sunday, September 9, 2012

30-Day Reading List: Day 9: Hitler Was a Keynesian


The 30-Day Reading List That Will Lead You to Becoming a Knowledgeable Libertarian

Day 9: Hitler Was a Keynesian by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Despite Hitler being hated for his political views, his economic views, which involved central planning and protectionism, have been praised by Keynesian economists (including Lord Keynes himself) who have pushed for similar policies within our own government. This should come as no surprise, as Keynesian economics require a totalitarian state to implement its policies.

"It is wrong to attempt to examine the economic policies of any leviathan state apart from the political violence that characterizes all central planning, whether in Germany, the Soviet Union, or the United States....A government big enough and powerful enough to manipulate aggregate demand is big and powerful enough to violate people's civil liberties and attack their rights in every other way. Keynesian (or Hitlerian) policies unleash the sword of the state on the whole population. Central planning, even in its most petty variety, and freedom are incompatible."

Daily Pony: Married Again

Awkward for Shining Armor. Hilarious for the rest of us.

married again by *CSImadmax on deviantART

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Daily Pony: Season 1 DVD Set Announced (w/Season 3 DVD)

Good news, everypony! Season 1 will be released on DVD Dec. 4.


It’s going to be an Amazon exclusive, and right now, you can pre-order it for $24.49.

Also being released on the same date is a third DVD titled “Adventures in the Crystal Empire.”


Looks like Hasbro’s prepping for the third season. Makes me wish they would hurry up and start it already. I’m dying of anticipation here! And I’m sure most of you are, too.

30 Day Reading List: Day 8: Taxation Methods Evaluated


The 30-Day Reading List That Will Lead You to Becoming a Knowledgeable Libertarian

Day 8: Taxation Methods Evaluated by Murray Rothbard

The legendary economist Murrary Rothbard judges the pros and cons of the income tax and various proposals for consumption taxes. He concludes that the real issue should be the amount taxed rather than the form of the tax.

"Income taxes are collected in the course of a coercive and even brutal examination of virtually every aspect of every taxpayer's life by the all-seeing, all-powerful Internal Revenue Service. Each taxpayer, furthermore, is obliged by law to keep accurate records of his income and deductions, and then, painstakingly and truthfully, to fill out and submit the very forms that will tend to incriminate him into tax liability. An excise tax, say on whiskey or on movie admissions, will intrude directly on no one's life and income, but only into the sales of the movie theater or liquor store. I venture to judge that, in evaluating the "superiority" or "inferiority" of different modes of taxation, even the most determined imbiber or moviegoer would cheerfully pay far higher prices for whiskey or movies than neoclassical economists contemplate, in order to avoid the long arm of the IRS."

What Else Democrats Removed From Their Platform

With most of the country (and by that, I mean Fox News) obsessing over the Democrats omitting God and Israel from their platform, more disturbing omissions are being overlooked.

Remind me again why the Democrats are the lesser of two evils.

White House: The Economy Is Recovering!

The national debt rose over $16 trillion, GDP plummeted to 1.7 percent, household income dropped to 4.8 percent, food stamp recipients increased by over 173 thousand, and our global economic competitiveness continues to drop—and yet only in the minds of the Obama White House can the economy be considered recovering!

While there is more work that remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.
Of course, they’re referring to the latest job report which reveals that unemployment has dropped from 8.3 percent to 8.1, which sounds good, until you realize that this is only because so many people—368 thousand to be exact—have stopped trying to find a job. In other words, unemployment is down, not because jobs have increased, but because job seekers have decreased.

But hey, Obama says the private sector is doing fine. So it must be! Dear Leader is always right. It’s reality that’s clearly wrong.


WORDS MATTER: An Un-narrated Obama Documentary

No narration. No scary music. No political spin. Only 13 minutes of Obama in his own words on transparency, healthcare, taxes, fairness, energy, and the national debt followed by news reports showing the stark contrast. A must watch and share.

Guess Whose Campaign Is Running More Personal Attacks

Associated Press

I’ll give you a hint: it’s not Mitt Romney!

A crabby, negative campaign that has been more about misleading and marginal controversies than the major challenges facing the country? Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can both claim parenthood of this ugly child.
But there is a particular category of the 2012 race to the low road in which the two sides are not competing on equal terms: Obama and his top campaign aides have engaged far more frequently in character attacks and personal insults than the Romney campaign.

With a few exceptions, Romney has maintained that Obama is a bad president who has turned to desperate tactics to try to save himself. But Romney has not made the case that Obama is a bad person, nor made a sustained critique of his morality a central feature of his campaign.

Obama, who first sprang to national attention with an appeal to civility, has made these kind of attacks central to his strategy. The argument, by implication from Obama and directly from his surrogates, is not merely that Romney is the wrong choice for president but that there is something fundamentally wrong with him.

To make the case, Obama and his aides have used an arsenal of techniques — personal ridicule, suggestions of ethical misdeeds and aspersions against Romney’s patriotism — that many voters and commentators claim to abhor, even as the tactics have regularly proved effective.
The rest of the article goes on to cite examples of Obama and his aides engaging in good old-fashioned mudslinging. It’s a good four page read, so I suggest reading it for yourself.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Eastwood: "Obama Is the Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on the American People"


Less than a week after his “Invisible Obama” routine at the RNC, which garnered him much ridicule from libtarded moonbats, Clint Eastwood finally speaks out.

Turns out his speech was impromptu—something he devised an hour beforehand, and despite seeming incoherent, it managed to convey what he wanted it to mean.
Clint Eastwood said he didn’t come up with the idea of using an empty chair to stand in for President Barack Obama during his remarks at the Republican National Convention until about one hour before he took the stage.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone in an interview published Friday. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

He said he asked a stagehand to put it out while he was being announced.

“The guy said, ‘You mean you want it at the podium?’ and I said, ‘No, just put it right there next to it,’” Eastwood said.

Calling the president “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” the 82-year-old Hollywood icon told the newspaper that “A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama.”

“Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle,” he said.

Eastwood said he had three points he wanted to make during his speech.

“That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job,” he said. “But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”
Well, I disagree with him that Romney would be a better president than Obama—in fact, he could very well be worse. But his speech was by far the best thing—if only good thing—about the RNC. It’s the type of down-home humor you’d expect from your grandpa. In fact, I’d pretty much expect my grandfather to do something like this. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much.

Anyway, for anyone who missed the sheer epicness, here it is in it's entirety: