As we discussed, my maternal
grandmother shipped me my late grandfather’s neckties. I spent a couple
of hours during Labor Day weekend sorting through them and removing the vichyssoise
stains with a cold wash liquid cleaner.1 I noted
the overlap in taste, although we only discussed apparel perhaps twice in
all our conversations, and that after I’d already figured out how I wanted
to dress.2 The difference
is in his cravat color choices: more maroon, burgundy and flax.
By chance, I encountered LP congressional candidate Matt Finkel in my
neighborhood grocery.3 He
wanted to know why I hadn’t been attending LP functions lately. He seemed
to have trouble understanding my explanation,
and what he did understand he resisted with standard talking points of the
Libertarian “Reform” Caucus.
Finkel told me that he had trouble reading through the pre-Portland platform, which doesn’t speak well
of his reading comprehension or his understanding of libertarianism. He’s
a nice guy, but his arguments for the gutting of the platform, for example,
were no more persuasive or substantive than anything on his Web site.4
He’ll fit in Congress just fine. In fact, the longer I think about our conversation,
the less likely I am to vote for him in November. He’s too prone to going
along to get along. If these people resisted
the State half as much as they resist fixing the problems they’ve caused since
the Portland convention, we wouldn’t have big government.
While its current dictator, that alcoholic ex-cheerleader nitwit,5
kowtowed to the Red Chinese financiers of his ruinous policies,6
the debt-ridden Democrats nominated Barack Hussein Obama in a garrison
state version of Denver.7
So seven years into the undeclared War on Terror,
a coke-snorting, red-diaper, crypto-Muslim foreign bastard from a screwed-up
family has impressively become a serious contender for president.8
I mean, if we accept the current administration’s rationales, shouldn’t
guards be doing to Obama what Jesse Jackson wanted, in some overseas detention
camp, just to be safe?9 At
least he's not Hillary Clinton.10
But his biggest problem, and one that’ll hurt both his presidency and
us, is that he’s too wedded to the failed policies and paradigms of previous
generations. If he were really about “change,” the way he’s yammered since
the start of his campaign, he’d sound like a carbon copy of Ron Paul.11
In fact, the only thing I like about Obama is his age, which puts him in
the same generation as me, according to the people
who've done the research. Nevertheless, Obama’ll be a bigger disappointment
to our generation than Nick Gillespie and his flunkies.12
So much for Obama’s good points. His running mate, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden
of Delaware, is a fast-talking mick hustler prone to running at the mouth.13
In other words, members of the two most dysfunctional, disorderly, and improvident
ethnies in America represent the Democratic ticket.14
(Disclaimer: The above commentary should not be inferred as a tacit
endorsement of Mad Dog McCain, or for
that matter, Bob Barr and his running mate, Wayne
The Ian Fleming Estate has revived James Bond with a new author. In “Devil
May Care,” set in the mid-‘60s, the archvillain rationalizes his archvillainy
by talking like Noam Chomsky, only not as dull.16
Steve Martin – yes, that Steve Martin – co-wrote and produced “Traitor,”
a serious thriller about some wild and crazy guys. It’s a good flick, even
though the Muslim protagonist lives at the end.17
Austin Death Watch
Austin City Manager Marc Ott has concluded that a fourth of all City
streets are in bad condition. He must get around.18
The University of Texas Accessibility Institute closed in late August
– thereby becoming inaccessible. Spokeswoman Helen Keller was unavailable
National Instruments has teamed up with Lego to create a robot that young
children can assemble and program. WeDo will be available only to schools,
probably because parents don’t want a cookie-sneaking automaton underfoot.20
From this, it’s just a baby step to the kids creating robots with a replicating
Complete Insurance Solutions has moved into the Gracy Farms Center strip
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