Sunday, October 30, 2005


Week 7: Straight Up 6-7 vs. Line 9-4
Season: Straight Up 58-45 vs. Line 47-53


@Carolina -7 Minnesota

Oakland -1 @Tennessee

@NY Giants -1.5 Washington

@Dallas -9 Arizona

@Detroit -3 Chicago

@Houston -2 Cleveland

@Cincinnati -9.5 Green Bay

Jacksonville -4.5 @St. Louis

@New Orleans -2.5 Miami

@San Diego -6 Kansas City

@Denver -3.5 Philadelphia

Tampa Bay -11 @San Francisco

@New England -9 Buffalo

@Pittsburgh -11 Baltimore

Friday, October 28, 2005

Aggresive War

The Epic Crime That Dares Not Speak Its Name

by John Pilger

At the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi leadership, counts one and two, "Conspiracy to wage aggressive war and waging aggressive war," refer to "the common plan or conspiracy." These are defined in the indictment as "the planning, preparation, initiation and waging of wars of aggression, which were also wars in violation of international treaties, agreements and assurances." A wealth of evidence is now available that George Bush, Blair and their advisers did just that. The leaked minutes from the infamous Downing Street meeting in July 2002 alone reveal that Blair and his war cabinet knew that it was illegal. The attack that followed, mounted against a defenseless country offering no threat to the US or Britain, has a precedent in Hitler's invasion of Sudetenland; the lies told to justify both are eerily similar.

The similarity is also striking in the illegal bombing campaign that preceded both. Unknown to most people in Britain and America, British and US planes conducted a ferocious bombing campaign against Iraq in the ten months prior to the invasion, hoping this would provoke Saddam Hussein into supplying an excuse for an invasion. It failed and killed an unknown number of civilians.

Walmart Strikes Again

The CEO of Walmart is calling for an increase in the minimum wage. Why? He knows it won't affect his company, but it will help to further eliminate the competition. Lew wrote a great aritcle about it today.

From the article:
Thus has our CEO friend Mr. Scott discovered a viciously devious tactic. He sees a way to drive out the competition by doing precisely what Wal-Mart's biggest critics are advocating! And what will be the result? Wal-Mart's share of the market will go up, and its degree of cartelization over the mass consumer market will increase, not by market means but through government intervention. Then we can expect the left to once again fly into another hysteria about the size and growth of the company – totally oblivious to how they worked to bring it about.

Free-market advocates who have long defended Wal-Mart can only be disgusted at this shift in the company's methods from competing on market grounds to calling for the state to crush its competition. Even more disgusting is how the company can count on the economic ignorance of its critics to help do it.

The minimum wage should not be raised but abolished. If free competition and a non-monopolized market are what you favor, you too should favor abolishing the minimum wage. In a purely free market, Wal-Mart would discover that there are indeed limits to growth, and that others are willing and able to learn from its successes.

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Week 8: Straight Up 5-1 vs. Line 3-3
Season: Straight Up 52-8 (.867) vs. Line 34-25-1 (.576)


Note: It's homecoming for Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State, which is usually a good bet, but I couldn't bring myself to pick any of these terrible teams. All are home underdogs by a large margin.

@Nebraska -1 Oklahoma

Texas Tech -11.5 @Baylor

Missouri -6 @Kansas

Colorado -7.5 @Kansas St.

@Texas A&M -10 Iowa St.

Texas -37 @Oklahoma St.

Helicopter Ben

Excellent article about the new Fed chief.

Future Shock at the Fed

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Most Powerful Man in the World

The Bush administration made yet another huge gaffe by appointing Ben Bernanke as the new Fed chief. The following is a quote from Bernanke on inflation that I jacked from Lew's Blog.

"The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. By increasing the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, or even by credibly threatening to do so, the U.S. government can also reduce the value of a dollar in terms of goods and services, which is equivalent to raising the prices in dollars of those goods and services. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation."

Positive inflation? Isn't that like positive cancer? - Norman Singleton

Monday, October 24, 2005

November 8 Election

I know most of you won't bother voting, this is in case you do.

The Libertarian Party of Texas has taken an official position on only three of the nine constitutional amendment propositions on the November 8 ballot.
Amendment Proposition 1: AGAINST
Amendment Proposition 2: AGAINST
Amendment Proposition 9: AGAINST

The LPTX took positions on only three propositions primarily due to time
constraints, not because of significant ideological disagreements on the
other 6. Therefore, you might find the recommendations provided by the
editor of Lone Star Liberty and the Travis County LP useful in forming
your own opinions.

The Travis County Libertarian Party recommends the following votes:

Amendment Proposition 1: AGAINST
Amendment Proposition 2: AGAINST
Amendment Proposition 3: AGAINST
Amendment Proposition 4: (no position)
Amendment Proposition 5: (no position)
Amendment Proposition 6: (no position)
Amendment Proposition 7: FOR
Amendment Proposition 8: FOR
Amendment Proposition 9: AGAINST

A discussion of the Travis County LP positions is attached below, and
also viewable at (click on "

Proposition 1 - "The constitutional amendment creating the Texas rail
relocation and improvement fund and authorizing grants of money and
issuance of obligations for financing the relocation, rehabilitation,
and expansion of rail facilities."

AGAINST: We reiterate the analysis of Sal Costello of the Austin Toll

Proposition 1 is an open-ended corporate subsidy scheme - a blank check.
Taxpayers will pay unlimited tax dollars to move private corporation
rail lines into Gov. Perry's Trans Texas Corridor. Our state debt
commitment will be open-ended and will encourage massive debt for
generations. Such a fund is currently unconstitutional and should remain

Proposition 2 - "The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in
this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and
prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from
creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage."

AGAINST: Our position is explained by an expert on the role of
constitutions, Jon Roland:

Proposition 2 is deceptive and misguided, and does not belong in a
written constitution of government. It is deceptive in that it
encourages voters to think that it would somehow forbid the practice of
unconventional combinations of persons living together and calling their
relationships "marriage". It would not do that, nor could it.

It is misguided because objectively, it would do nothing to protect
traditional marriage. All it would do is allow voters to vent their
disapproval of deviations from it. But written constitutions are not the
place for merely aspirational commentary. Furthermore, the example of
nonconventional couples attempting to fulfill traditional family values
in their own way is more likely to strengthen traditional marriage than
weaken it.

What the proposition ostensibly seeks is beyond the competence of any
government, even the most despotic. "Marriage", so far as government is
concerned, is only the providing of a service of defining a default
contract that people can invoke by reference, without having to
negotiate thousands of pages of provisions that a complete equivalent
contract would comprise. Early in our history marriage was not a
governmental matter. Take away government involvement and little would
change other than a few tax breaks and subsidies. Humans will do what
they want with or without government.

Public officials might try to use their positions as pulpits to
influence private behavior, and voters might elect people to do that,
but government is not created to inspire people to behave more
virtuously. When government tries to do that, the result is usually

Proposition 3 - "The constitutional amendment clarifying that certain
economic development programs do not constitute a debt."

AGAINST: Our position is explained by Texas Libertarian Party Executive
Director Wes Benedict:

Local governments should not be in the business of handing out tax
abatements to preferred groups or corporations. Instead, to attract jobs
and economic development, taxes should be reduced for all and businesses
should compete on a level playing field. These handouts should remain

Proposition 7 - "The constitutional amendment authorizing line-of-credit
advances under a reverse mortgage."

SUPPORT: Our position is explained by Travis County Chair Robert "Rock"

Property owners should have complete freedom to dispose of their
property as they see fit as long as they respect the similar rights of
others. The Texas Constitution did not allow complete freedom due to
homesteading provisions. These archaic provisions have been rolled back
over the last few election cycles and this is another important step
towards the goal of economic freedom with regards to property rights.

Proposition 8 - "The constitutional amendment providing for the clearing
of land titles by relinquishing and releasing any state claim to
sovereign ownership or title to interest in certain land in Upshur
County and in Smith County."

SUPPORT: Our position is explained by Travis County Chair Robert "Rock"

Government surveying deficiencies from 1900 were uncovered and
threatened the ownership rights of more than a thousand Texas families
and businesses who had purchased their property using state sanctioned
methods of title transfer. This amendment makes it clear that their will
be no attempt to seize the property of the Texans whose property rights
were thrown into dispute due to these government errors.

Proposition 9 - "The constitutional amendment authorizing the
legislature to provide for a six-year term for a board member of the
regional mobility authority."

AGAINST: We reiterate the analysis of Sal Costello of the Austin Toll

The Regional Mobility Authority is the author of the double taxation
toll road plan. This plan was reviewed by the Texas Comptroller who
found conflicts of interest, favoritism, and self-profiteering of board
members who gave out no bid contracts to their friends and their own
companies. These board members should be subject to the two year terms
currently imposed by the Texas Constitution.

Friday, October 21, 2005


Week 6: Straight Up 10-4 vs. Line 6-7-1
Season: Straight Up 52-37 vs. Line 38-49-1


@Miami -1 Kansas City

@St. Louis -3 New Orleans

Green Bay -2 @Minnesota

Indianapolis -15 @Houston

@Cincinnati -1.5 Pittsburgh

@Philadelphia -3.5 San Diego

@Cleveland -3 Detroit

@Washington -13 San Francisco

@Seattle -3 Dallas

@Oakland -3 Buffalo

@Chicago -1 Baltimore

@Arizona -3.5 Tennessee

@NY Giants -2 Denver

@Atlanta -7.5 NY Jets

Sign Me Up for Sirius

When Howard Stern crosses over in January to satellite radio and his own pay-per-view cable channel, he will do so from a new Midtown Manhattan studio loaded with the kinds of accessories that one would expect to find if the Playboy Mansion were given an extreme makeover.


Week 7: Straight Up 6-0 vs. Line 4-2
Season: Straight Up 47-7 vs. Line 31-22-1


@Missouri -2 Nebraska

@Iowa St. -15 Oklahoma St.

Texas A&M -4 @Kansas St.

@Texas -17 Texas Tech

@Oklahoma -14 Baylor

@Colorado -14.5 Kansas

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Peace Mom

Cindy Sheehan blasts Hillary. You go girl.

"I think she is a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys."

I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican."

"I believe that the intelligent thing for Democrats to do for 2006 and 2008 would be to come out strongly and correctly against the botched, bungled, illegal, and immoral occupation of Iraq."

Not bloody likely. Republicans and Democrats love war, it's the health of the state. Only the Libertarians stand for peace as far as I can tell.

Gold Bug

I've been warning about inflation rearing its ulgy head for about a year now. Unfortunately, I was correct. So what do people do when inflation is imminent? They buy gold and silver.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tax Reform

Dr. Ron Paul explains: The reform panel should have two simple goals: make taxes lower, and make taxes simpler.

Bird Flu

Who cares? Not me.

Why Democrats Support the War

Because they firmly believe in the federal government’s role as the American people’s welfare daddy-god.

The Income Tax

Did we, as a country, get along just fine without it for 137 years? Yes
Should you have to pay it? No
Am I going to pay mine? Yes
Why? Because if you don’t pay your taxes, you will be forced to pay them, and then you will go to jail. And what if you resist, physically? Then, if they deem it necessary, the feds will kill you. It’s just that simple.

Fred Reed on Evolution (again)

I agree with Fred when he says, "I do not object to the content of Evolutionism. Some, all, or part of it may be correct. I would like to know." I also agree with him when he says, "...Compulsory Evolutionists are fellow travelers of the regnant cultural Marxism, though I don’t think that they are aware of it. They display the same hermetic materialism, the same desire to suppress dissent by the application of centralized governmental power, the same weird hostility to religion." And furthermore, "...a great deal of Evolution, not having been established, must be accepted on faith, and that a fair amount of it doesn’t make a lot of sense."

Yes or No questions:

1) Has the chance occurrence of life been demonstrated in the laboratory?

Do we really know, as distinct from guess, hope, or imagine, of what the primeval seas consisted?

Do we know, as distinct from guess, pray, wave our arms, and hold our breath and turn blue, what seas would be needed for the chance formation of life?

Can we show mathematically, without crafted and unsupportable assumptions, that the formation of life would be probable in any soup whatever?

A Constitutional Lesson

provided by Southwest Airlines.

"Contrary to popular opinion, the Bill of Rights does not operate as a control over private actions. Instead, its restrictions are limited to conduct by officials of the federal government. Read the First Amendment carefully. You’ll notice that it expressly prohibits Congress, not private individuals and corporations, from depriving people of such fundamental rights as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion."

Friday, October 14, 2005


Week 5: Straight Up 9-5 vs. Line 11-3
Season: Straight Up 42-33 vs. Line 32-42


@Dallas -3 NY Giants

@Detroit -1 Carolina

Atlanta -5.5 New Orleans @San Antonio


@Chicago -3 Minnesota

@Kansas City -6 Washington

Cincinnati -3 @Tennessee

@Pittsburgh -3.5 Jacksonville

@Baltimore -6 Cleveland

@Tampa Bay -4.5 Miami

@Denver -3.5 New England

@Buffalo -3.5 NY Jets

San Diego -2.5 @Oakland

@Seattle -9.5 Houston

@Indianapolis -13.5 St. Louis


Week 6: Straight Up 5-1 vs. Line 5-1
Season: Straight Up 41-7 vs. Line 27-20-1


@Texas Tech -15 Kansas St.

@Missouri -5.5 Iowa St.

@Texas -17 Colorado

@Texas A&M -19 Oklahoma St.

Oklahoma -6 Kansas @Kansas City, MO

Nebraska -2.5 @Baylor

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Don't Support the Troops

Unless you like seeing productive Americans slaughtered in far-off lands.

"America: you do not in any way support troops by sending them to die for Halliburton and Bechtel’s bottom line. This is analogous to sending your teenager out in a car with no brakes and bald tires, accompanied by a child rapist high on crystal meth, and calling that "supporting" your children." - Michael Gaddy

Chomsky's New Book

Noam Chomsky has a new book out about government propaganda entitled Imperial Ambitions.

God Tells Bush to Invade Iraq

Dear President Bush,

Please invade Afghanistan and Iraq.


Note: Typically people who hear voices in their head telling them to kill people are deemed insane. Is that not the case here?

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Thank God for the Big XII. Things have gone from bad to worse in the NFL.

Week 4: Straight Up 9-5 vs. Line 5-9
Season: Straight Up 33-28 vs. Line 21-39


@Cleveland -3 Chicago

@Green Bay -3 New Orleans

Tampa Bay -3 @NY Jets

@St. Louis -3 Seattle

@Atlanta -3 New England

@Buffalo -2.5 Miami

@Detroit -1.5 Baltimore

@Houston -3 Tennessee

Indianapolis -14.5 @San Francisco

Carolina -3 @Arizona

Philadelphia -3 @Dallas

@Denver -7 Washington

@Jacksonville -2.5 Cincinnati

@San Diego -3 Pittsburgh


Week 5: Straight Up 5-1 vs. Line 4-2
Season: Straight Up 36-6 vs. Line 22-19-1


@Kansas St. -6.5 Kansas

Texas -14 Oklahoma @Dallas

Missouri -5.5 @Oklahoma St.

@Iowa St. -9 Baylor

Texas Tech -4 @Nebraska

@Colorado -3 Texas A&M

Lew's Response

From his blog:

Consistent libertarianism is incomprehensible to state partisans. And so I'm the subject of a funny expose on FrontPage Magazine.

Really, there is nothing too complicated about why the left today looks better than the right (and its unthinking defense of Bush): the right holds the balance of federal power and the left doesn't. It's the flipside of the 1990s, when the Republicans attacked Clinton's foreign policy for its nation-building, overrearch, democratic imperialism, etc. while the left warmed up to the domestic and international uses of the armed forces.

It's all about power. Libertarianism stands against power. (By the way, thanks to Mr. Laksin for digging up a younger, skinnierphoto of me! Thanks also to Alec E. for the link.)

Right Jab published an an expose about Lew Rockwell today that is worth reading. It shows how the far-right views Lew and his ilk.


This is one of Saturn's moons. You know I've always felt we got kinda gypped here on Planet Earth with only one moon.

Irwin Schiff

I really like this guy. A little kooky no doubt, but I applaud him for taking on the federal government and IRS. He even got his book, The Federal Mafia: How the Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes, banned. Way to go! It's a very interesting trial if you haven't been following it. I'll be in Las Vegas later this week, I may even stop by the federal courthouse to show my support.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Just Following Orders, Sir

It has been said that “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.” Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men.”

Hat's off Capt. Ian Fishback for stepping up to the plate when nobody else would.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


Week 3: Straight Up 9-5 vs. Line 6-8
Season: Straight Up 24-23 vs. Line 16-30


@New England -4 San Diego

@Jacksonville -4 Denver

@Cincinnati -10 Houston

Indianapolis -7 @Tennessee

@Tampa Bay -7 Detroit

@NY Giants -3.5 St. Louis

@New Orleans -1 Buffalo @San Antionio

@Washington -2 Seattle

@Baltimore -7 NY Jets

@Kansas City -1.5 Philadelphia

@Atlanta -6 Minnesota

@Oakland -3.5 Dallas

Arizona -2.5 San Francisco @Mexico City

@Carolina -7 Green Bay


Traffic is a symptom of government central planning of the roads. Of course, if all roads were privately owned and operated, chances are good you would never be stuck in traffic again.

In Rita Madness, Kevin Duffy discusses the mass exodus from Houston.