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I highly recommend the two part interview, embedded below, of pornographer John Stagliano with Reason TV.

Stagliano, who has been mentioned previously in this blog, faces obscenity charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. He is a libertarian and a contributer to Reason Foundation.

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Mark O’ Malley is ignoring mandatory evacuation orders and staying in New Orleans.

There’s a good chance I’d have done the same. Riding out a category 4 hurricane is highly risky, even when you are in a sturdy three-story house with enough supplies to last several weeks. On the other hand, this is, simply, a once in a life-time opportunity.

Will be checking his blog frequently.

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Cindy McCain, Sarah Palin

John McCain left both his first wife and Mitt Romney for beauty queens.

Honestly, that’s the best political witticism I have heard in a long time.

[Edit:] Check out this video.

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Having just finished an enourmous sandwich at Panera’s, I walked towards my car in order to drive to a nearby coffeeshop (which is where I am writing this post from). Today is blazing hot and as I entered my car it felt like I was inside a pizza brick oven.

I stepped on the brake, turned the key, shifted the gear and released the brake. The beast started moving. Simultaneously, the car radio came to life. This was playing.

I laughed out loud in child-like delight.

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This is how it looks in one of the most liberal cities of the most free country in the world.

(Hat Tip: The Agitator)

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From the Telegraph report:

For six days now, no newspapers have been printed in the curfew-ridden Kashmir Valley; and the ones from outside haven’t been distributed. Local news channels were blanked out by a government order a week ago on the grounds that they were telecasting “inflammatory” images; yesterday local operators retaliated by switching off all national channel links to consumers. Mobile texting was banned throughout Jammu and Kashmir as a “security measure” more than a month ago and cellphone networks are, at best, erratic.

Yes, the Indian government is making a lot of Kashmiri friends this way.

Also read: Swaminathan Aiyar’s case for a plebiscite in Kashmir.

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In essence, Obama is declaring simultaneous loyalty to individualism and to collectivism, to independence and to dependence, to free markets and to state control. If you wonder which half of this self-contradictory agenda will win out, Obama doesn’t leave you in suspense. [..] It is the free market that he wants us to regard as discredited.

That is what makes this the most dangerous election in many years. It has been almost half a century since the left’s ideas have had such an intelligent, charismatic, and appealing advocate. He is now preparing to lead the left’s effort to reconstitute itself in the first serious way since the Fall of Communism. He must be defeated. 

Robert Tracinski, objectivist writer and editor of “The Intellectual activist”.

 

 The real problem lies in the assumption, still widespread on both the left and the right, that Obama is a doctrinaire liberal whose positions can be deduced simply by asking what the left thinks. [..]

Of course Obama is a progressive. From health care to assistance for low-income families to education to environmental protection, he emphasizes that Americans have duties to one another, and that government should be taking active steps to provide equal opportunity and to help those who need help. But by nature, Obama is also an independent thinker, and he listens to all sides. One of his most distinctive features is that he is a minimalist, not in the sense that he always favors small steps (he doesn’t), but because he prefers solutions that can be accepted by people with a wide variety of theoretical inclinations.

When he offers visionary approaches, he does so as a visionary minimalist–that is, as someone who attempts to accommodate, rather than to repudiate, the defining beliefs of most Americans. His reluctance to challenge people’s deepest commitments might turn out to be what makes ambitious plans possible–notwithstanding the hopes of the far left and the cartoons of the far right. [..]

By nature, Obama does not follow old-line political orthodoxies. Above all, Obama’s form of pragmatism is heavily empirical; he wants to know what will work.

Cass Sunstein, Professor of Law and occasional advisor to Barack Obama.

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