Tuesday, January 31, 2012
What I find most interesting is that Romney got more votes than those who finished 3rd and 4th, combined. Not even in New Hampshire did Romney achieve this, though he was close (he had 39.3% of the vote to Paul’s 22.9% and Huntsman’s 16.9%).
It’s hard to say what will happen to Santorum. Candidates are known for being optimistic until the day they drop out, like when Huntsman delivered his “ticket to ride” speech after getting third in New Hampshire, before dropping out days later. One can’t even look at where a candidate has campaigned heavily, as Perry put his heart and soul into South Carolina, but dropped before the vote due to abysmal poll numbers.
Paul has been focusing on Maine, where the state’s caucus has started early. While it was “recommended” that the caucuses run from Feb. 4th through the 11th, a handful of counties have already begun. Seeing no hope in Florida, which assigns delegates on a winner-take-all basis, Paul has shrewdly focused on states like Maine, Nevada and Minnesota. Since Gingrich and Santorum are walking away from Florida with nothing to show for their effort, Paul is actually poised to come away with more delegates earned this week than both of them, combined.
I’m of the opinion that Paul’s campaign is not aiming to win the nomination, but to pave the way for libertarianism within the Republican Party. While he has been making all the smart moves for someone in his situation, pragmatically choosing the best methods available to him to gain delegates, I have a feeling it’s more about ideology than Paul himself. I’m still confident it will be Paul and Romney at the end, and it will be interesting to see whether there will be any Romney/Paul debates before the convention (Romney may very well decline to attend such a debate, because he would have nothing to gain by showing up).
With the results from Florida now official, Romney is once again the undisputed frontrunner with all the momentum. This was the sense going into the primary today, based on debate performances and polling, but Romney must be breathing a deep sigh of release after his loss in South Carolina, where he had been polling ahead of Gingrich by double digits just a week before the primary.
However, there are already murmurs among political analysts about whether Romney can win support, or if he’s only capable of tearing down his opponents. His strategy of outspending the opposition with attack ads is working now, but it probably won’t cut it in the general election, where Obama has the advantage, both monetarily and substantively.
Obama has been in full campaign mode since the State of the Union, which essentially served as his preliminary case for re-election. Expect him to focus on aspects of his presidency where he has excelled, namely his foreign policy decisions. The wedge issues this year are still up in the air, but I wouldn’t be surprised if classics like taxes, gay marriage, regulations, and illegal immigration pop up, joined by timely problems like income inequality and unemployment.
Whatever does come up in the general election, we’ll hear more about it than any prior contest. The sheer volume of advertising is expected to surpass all previous years, so when you’re trying to enjoy the Olympics this summer but you can’t, because every 10 minutes you are reminded of why you hate politics, remember (and thank) Citizens United.
"If The Government Calls You A Terrorist They Can KILL YOU & The Rest Of Us Take Their Word For It!"
Says David Kramer at LRC Blog:
RTs Alyona Minkovski does what none of the Banksters-controlled MSM talking heads do: She rips apart current Offense Secretary Leon Panetta on his Fascist "rationale" of why a U.S. Murderer-in-Chief can murder any human being without due process so long as the Murder-in-Chief deems such person a "terrorist" or "enemy combatant.
And here's Glenn Greenwald's essayLeon Panetta’s explicitly authoritarian decree
Monday, January 30, 2012
The following states lost/will lose half their delegates: New Hampshire (from 23 to 12), South Carolina (from 50 to 25), Florida (from 99 to 50), Arizona (from 58 to 29), and Michigan (from 59 to 30). Iowa kept their full delegation (28), as will Nevada (28), Maine (24), Colorado (37), Minnesota (50), Missouri (52), and Washington (43). Those are all the states leading up to Super Tuesday.
Florida will be a study in demographics. As well as being the biggest state in the race until Texas’ primary on April 3rd, Florida is arguably the most diverse voter population thus far. While there has been considerable attention given to the Latino vote, this is a closed primary, and Latinos are not traditionally registered as Republican.
While the Latino vote is worth considering, I think the important group to go after will be seniors and women, which are actually linked in Florida. Because women have a longer life expectancy, and Florida is full of retirees, there’s a lot of older women expected to hit the polls Tuesday. This bodes well for Romney, who is notably well liked among women, more than the other candidates (especially Gingrich).
Gingrich also had weak, often unfocused performances at the post-South Carolina debates. It’s looking like Gingrich will still take second place, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Santorum nips at his heels or even overtakes him.
A second place finish for Santorum just might provide him the momentum to stay in the race longer than he ever should have. Santorum is basically running on fumes, and his very presence in the race serves only to split the neoconservative vote with Gingrich. A poor showing in Florida (which he is projected to experience) may be the nail in his campaign’s coffin.
Some analysts are also picking Paul to have a good showing, so long as the historically unreliable youth/college vote experiences good turnout (he will benefit from this later date, compared to South Carolina’s primary, when many colleges were still out for Winter break). Paul has largely ignored Florida, wisely citing the delegate penalty and the sheer cost of trying to compete in a race as large and expensive as Florida. He has primarily focused on upcoming races in Nevada and Minnesota, but he is also expected to perform well in Maine.
The biggest story is not so much who will win Florida, but how will the survivors continue? Gingrich and Romney have run nasty campaigns, and while Romney is still likely to be the nominee, it’s hard to believe he will come out of this race for the nomination as popular as he was going on… and this is Romney we’re talking about.
Romney was so universally unappealing, everyone from Trump to Palin to Perry to Bachman to Cain to Santorum has spent a moment in the limelight as the “ideal” opponent to supplant the bitter medicine that is Mitt Romney. Romney needs a spoonful of sugar to make his campaign palatable at this point, and a solid VP pick may be just the trick .
Even if he makes all the right moves from here on out, Romney will have a tough, uphill climb to overtake an incumbent Obama, who has more money for
Is it November yet?
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Well, first it was pork rinds and now, bacon. I even bought one of those Makin Bacon things to cook it in the microwave with. It does drain all the grease away, but I really didn't have to wait to buy one to start cooking bacon in the microwave oven. All I needed was a plate. Imagine that!
Some girl (yeah, stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Radfem Tremblay!) at work started bringing bacon and eggs to work in the morning and leaving the aroma of bacon all down the hallway. I copied her when she said she'd lost six pounds in a week. Only I had to get the hang of microwaving bacon. My first try I overcooked it for fear of undercooking it. It also came out as a big clump, and was more like beef jerky than bacon. Then I learned to adjust the time and spread my bacon slices out on the plate more. I've been smelling up the break room ever since and have no plans to stop. No one minds the smell, by the way, unlike with many other food smells. Instead, I get comments like "Nick, your bacon is making me hungry" and "That smells so good!". Proves to me that bacon is special and irresistible.
My one difference with my bacon and eggs loving co-worker is she scrambles her eggs and cooks them up that way in a cup while I bring my microwave egg poacher and cook my fresh eggs that way. They come out perfect and go well with the bacon. Still, I think I'll simplify things this week and just scramble my eggs. That way I won't have anything to wash up after breakfast (the company provides paper plates and cups).
Some amongst those who had been campaigning against SOPA and PIPA did not know that the US government already had the authority to shut down entire websites and in fact has exercised that authority on numerous occasions. What many are now learning is that, far from some potential future threat, internet censorship already exists in a variety of legislation that is already on the books in the United States and in nations around the world.
Although most commonly associated with China, which has implemented strict internet filters that prevent its citizens from finding politically sensitive material, various internet censorship programs have already been implemented by countries around the globe.
Mohammad Marandi, an associate professor of American Studies at Tehran University, told Al Jazeera: "If Western regimes try to strangle the Iranian people and to hurt the Iranian economy severely, then the Iranians will have no option but to punish them."
The majority of registered voters — 56% — would vote out every single member of the House and Senate if there was a ballot measure to do so, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.-Majority of Americans want to vote out every single member of Congress: poll
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
The personal computer may soon be not-so-private, with the U.S. and some European nations working on laws allowing them access to search the content held on a person's hard drive.
President Obama's administration is keeping unusually tight-lipped on the details, which is raising concerns among computer users and liberty activists.
Almost everyone today owns a music player and a laptop. But what if the Government decided to allow itself to access these personal devices for no specific reason whatsoever?
In extreme secrecy from the public, the Obama administration is hammering out an international copyright treaty with several other countries and the European Union.
Under the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), governments will get sweeping new powers to search and seize material thought to be in breach of copyright.
While the Obama administration calls these secretive plans a development of national security, Richard Stallman, a prominent American software freedom activist, calls it a secret war on sharing-http://youtu.be/vrug3kXZNfU
When Poland announced its intentions to sign the treaty on 18 January 2012 a number of Polish government websites, including those of the President and Polish Parliament, were shut down by denial of service attacks that started January 21, akin to protests against SOPA and PIPA that had happened two days previous. Notwithstanding the ongoing protests, the Polish ambassador to Japan signed the treaty, as ordered by the Polish authorities, though whether it is going to be ratified by the Parliament and the President remains to be seen.
On 26 January 2012 a group of Polish politicians expressed disapproval of the treaty by holding up Guy Fawkes masks during parliamentary proceedings. Mike Masnick of Techdirt noted that the handmade masks were themselves symbolically "counterfeit", as Time Warner owns intellectual property rights to the masks and typically expects royalties for their depiction.-Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
I remember listening to Irwin Schiff (father of Peter Schiff) many years ago on local radio talk station KABC out of LA with host Ray Briem, as Schiff was a guest on the show many times. Briem would always advise listeners not to take Irwin's advice and instead stay within the law while fighting the income tax.
More on Irwin Schiff at: PayNoIncomeTax.com
Government is imaginary, as are the borders they claim denote the area where they profess to have a monopoly on violence.
The violence and theft that people do in the name of government is very real, however, and unfortunately the consequences of their self-declared authority are not an illusion. But it is important to realize that the entire world is in a state of anarchy. It always has been and always will be. The only reason it doesn't feel that way is because many people have been fooled into believing that the largest criminal organization in each region is a legitimate and necessary thing. Like the money they print, their authority is fiat. It only exists because they themselves claim it. And, as long as the majority of people believe that, then Government will continue to hold its grip over most people's lives.
But, as powerful as the government can appear to be, it is also incredibly fragile. It only takes a few people pointing out the truth to instantly awaken many others.
Hockey Players Supplicating to the Biggest Crime Boss in the Region
That is why what Tim Thomas, the goaltender for the Boston Bruins did yesterday was so notable. Thousands and thousands of grown men have accepted an invitation by a serial killer and thief to stand beside him and grin and get their photos taken. Not one, in all that time, has had either the intelligence to see the President for what he is or the courage to decline his invitation.-Tim Thomas is a Libertarian Hero
Then there is T.C.'s post on the topic (with the mysterious statement "I didn't even publish it until now." from the master blogger - yeah, right, T.C., and I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you):
Who died and left the White House the spiritual holder of his (or anybody's really) body, reason and soul? Hey, if it were me, I'd probably go since I always wanted to go see if Lincoln's ghost actually exists but I don't begrudge someone for exercising their right to...whatever.
And don't think for one second some people would have reacted the same if he had done under Dubya because we all know he would have been seen as a hero "fighting for his rights."-The Thomas-White House Affair
Thursday, January 26, 2012
In order to simulate various flavors in processed foods, some food manufacturers are actually using aborted fetal cells to test and produce these artificial chemical enhancers that millions of Americans consume every single day. Concerned about the ethical and moral implications of such a process, Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey has introduced new legislation to prohibit this practice from occurring in his home state.
"There is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted human babies in their research and development of basically enhancing flavor for artificial flavors," Sen. Shortey is quoted as saying by KRMG News Talk Radio. "What I am saying is that if it does happen then we are not going to allow it to manufacture here."-Oklahoma lawmaker wants to stop Pepsi from using aborted fetus cells in soda flavoring research
Political Packrat says...
Just when you thought the GOP could not get any crazier, its ignorance and paranoia have reached new heights. Oklahoma State Senator, Ralph Shortey, has introduced a bill into the Oklahoma State Legislature banning the use of aborted human fetuses in the production of food for human consumption. Yes that's right-- the inmates are now officially running the asylum.-Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Wants To Ban Using Aborted Fetuses as Flavor Enhancer in Human Food. WTF?
But, the inmates have been running the asylum for a long time now, haven't they? I mean, it's nothing new (and I'm talking about both parties, which are really one party, but that's a subject for another time).
If you thought the 2012 State of the Union was very similar to President Obama's past State of the Union speeches, you were right...
Damn, Bret could have just reposted his "live blogging" from last year. Who would have known the difference?
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – See below for 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
“Tonight, President Obama once again showed that he does not represent the fundamental change this country needs. Instead of offering solutions to the problems our country faces, the President was intent on delivering a campaign speech, further dealing in the typical Washington political gamesmanship that has gotten us exactly nowhere close to improving the lives of the American people.
“In a speech where much of the rhetoric was devoted to job creation, it was strange that President Obama would brag about his job-destroying national health care plan, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank bill, which, contrary to the President’s claims, guarantees future taxpayer bailouts of large institutions. Unfortunately, President Obama’s ‘job creation’ policies amount to little more than continuing to allow government bureaucrats to pick winners and losers, which is a recipe for continued economic stagnation.
“President Obama claims to want an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. Yet he remains committed to the same old system of debt, deficits, bailouts, and cronyism that created our economic problems. The President speaks of giving us energy independence from unstable nations, yet he refuses to allow the type of development needed to achieve this goal, while at the same time his administration hands out favors to the politically connected – those given to the likes of Solyndra, who fail to produce jobs or energy but succeed in ripping off the taxpayers.
“Of course, President Obama refuses to even mention the role the Federal Reserve plays in creating an economic system where some are denied a fair shot or even to support my efforts at bringing transparency to the Federal Reserve. Also not mentioned by President Obama is the very crucial need for reining in spending and balancing the federal budget. What is called by some ‘the greatest threat to our national security’ seems not to be of great importance to this President, although I, like many Americans, believe it to be cause for immediate measures, like the $1 trillion in spending cuts that would take place in my first year as President under my Plan to Restore America.
“In the area of foreign policy and civil liberties, President Obama’s rhetoric may be different, but the substance of his polices – as shown by his administration’s defense of the TSA’s treatment of my son, Senator Rand Paul, is hardly ‘change we can believe in.’ No wonder more and more Americans, especially young people, are rejecting the phony alternatives of Obama and establishment Republicans and embracing my campaign to Restore America Now.”
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
21 Crazy Facts About The Unbelievably Corrupt Olive Oil Industry and Don't Be Tricked By Fake Olive Oil
But back to frying. Eating fried food alone (depending on what kind of oil you use) does not increase heart disease risk:
The latest study, published in the British Medical Journal, found no association between the frequency of fried food consumption in Spain - where olive and sunflower oils are mostly used - and the incidence of serious heart disease.-Fried food heart risk 'a myth'
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Tonight, I’m joined in commenting on the State of the Union by a Doctor of Sociology and Demography who studied at an Ivy League university (the party one). She specializes in Economic Sociology and Demography, and is a published author on the topics of work, family and gender. Please welcome, my wife, Dr. AE.
As always, please feel free to leave comments. The Applause Break Counter will begin once the speech has started, and I won’t be counting the final applause break after the speech is over.
We haven’t picked a network to watch the speech, but I’ll be sure to let you know what we settle on. It will depend upon who has the best info graphics. If we flip through and see a reaction meter of some kind, we’ll probably settle on that channel. Otherwise, I imagine we’ll settle on MSNBC, CNN or Current TV. My wife is pushing for Current, but we don’t have Current in HD, so I’m hoping MSNBC or CNN pull through with good coverage. The First Lady has entered the chamber, and we’re awaiting the intro of the President.
The human props are walking onto the floor, now. There’s a lot of focus on Gabby Giffords, who will be attending her last address, but I imagine the president won’t be mentioning her much. She’s been in the news lately, however, so all cameras seem to be on her.
The president has just been introduced. It will clearly take him some time, since he has to shake hands (and apparently kiss) people all the way to the podium. This might take 10 minutes, so a good chance to use the restroom.
He’s close, he’s shaking hands with the Supreme Court…
Obama is embracing Giffords, and I’m hearing that Mitch Daniels (Governor of Indiana) will give the Republican rebuttal.
We’ll be watching on CNN.
Standing ovation for dead Bin Laden.
If only we were all like the military! (Applause)
An economy not reliant on unstable parts of the world? Sorry, Alabama...
Why are these people standing up to applaud the American dream they’re ruining?
3 million jobs for 8 millions lost... so close.
“The state of the union is getting stronger.”
True, GM is the #1 producer of automobiles, having passed Toyota this month.
Addressing taxes, outsourcing and jobs... took you only three years.
Minimum corporate tax? My wife agrees that is good fiscal policy.
Asians buying American cars? Don’t bet on it...
They’re going after piracy in other countries?
Job training is a serious problem in this country, especially since we rely on private means of funding people’s tuition.
“It’s time to turn our unemployment system into a re-employment system.”
Obama is suggesting a system of rewarding good teachers, rather than punishing bad ones. My wife is tired of being bashed and not paid enough, that’s for sure.
My wife said it’s a travesty that people can just leave school before 18 as it is, that it’s sad that it isn’t already a law.
My wife is angry about trying to encourage online education, which is garbage that isn’t even worth it’s miniscule cost.
It’s the recession that is causing less immigration, not Obama’s policies. No one wants to come here anymore.
My wife likes the idea of equal pay for equal work... but they’re just words, words, words...
“Don’t let other countries militarize their police quicker than us.” - Wife
Drill baby, drill? I guess he forgot about that oil spill.
Natural gas? Yay, earthquakes and flammable water for all!
We can blame the government for private fracking, hurray!
“He said, ‘Yuxery Lots.’“ - Wife
“Flight climate change?” - Wife
Using public land to generate clean energy... a decent idea. Certainly could be profitable.
I predict the “refinancing” will result in more mortgage terms being changed. That’s always what happens when those with the money change the contract.
We do need better financial, environmental and medical regulations.
Never bailing out the banks again? Ha, I hope so, but don’t bet on it.
I just realized, if I was mentioned on the floor for some reason, I would rather be booed by Republicans than cheered by Democrats.
Paying their fair share of taxes? Democrats stand, Republicans sit... figures.
“Nothing will get done in Washington this year...” Truth.
People are BOOING the idea of ending insider trading among politicians. No surprise.
Boehner just rolled his eyes about Obama quoting Lincoln on limited government. “I wish there was a way to shoot people on TV, like a video game.” - Wife
“No options off the table to achieve that goal [Iran’s nuclear program].”
Reaffirming relationship with Israel (need that campaign money...).
“He must be wrapping up; he’s talking about soldiers again.” - Wife
My wife is sure she just saw someone with half a mustache. I thought it was just blonder on one side, or maybe light hitting it funny.
My wife thought it was a strong finish, by reminding us he killed Osama (she’s a Democrat...), and using the event to bring us to a metaphor about working together. She admits to losing interest a little during it, but still a strong ending.
Final Applause Break Count: 74
In an interview with Rock Cellar magazine, Stone was asked if an economic collapse would lead to the fall of the American “empire.”
“I think it’s a given,” Stone said. “There’s no way that we can continue this spending spree. In fact, I think in many ways the most interesting candidate — I’d even vote for him if he was running against Obama — is Ron Paul. Because he’s the only one of anybody who’s saying anything intelligent about the future of the world.”
Read More: Filmmaker Oliver Stone would vote for Ron Paul over President Obama
The Praetorian Class includes members of the Armed Services, federal, state and local law enforcement personnel as well as numerous militarized officials including agents from the DEA, Immigrations, Customs Enforcement, Air Marshalls, US Marshalls, and more. It also includes, although to a lesser extent, various stage actors in the expanding security theater such as TSA personnel. The main mission of the Praetorian Class is to keep the order of the day. This requires displaying an intimidating presence in their interactions with the Economic Class.
As the Praetorian Class ascends, the clear, albeit unstated, message that emerges is that actions and events in the Economic Class only occur with its tacit consent. Whether driving on roads, traveling in the air, visiting public land, walking down the street or even living in your own home, every action you take is predicated on its permission. By preconditioning the populace to enforcement of its edicts, most of which are completely arbitrary, the Praetorian Class sets itself up for a high degree of autonomy in its actions. This is confirmed by the fact that consequences for malfeasance within the Praetorian Class are almost never observed, and when it happens, it typically becomes a grotesque spectacle in which one of their own is sacrificed as an example, so as to keep appearances of effective internal controls.
The Rise of the Praetorian Class
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
Constitution of the United States
Article 1, Section 6
Yet, the lying piece of shit in the White House sided with the TSA thugs!
The police have always been thugs who protect the moneyed. If ever you suffer the foolish assumption that the police are here to protect you and serve you, you should try pushing your luck on whatever chosen "civil right" you think is most important, and see how The PoPo treat you in that luck-pushing.-constructive destruction
The next day, with the FBI’s takedown of MegaUpload, they showed us the law doesn’t even matter to them — that they never needed SOPA in the first place. And they really didn’t. For the past few years, the FBI has seized the domain names of alleged “intellectual property infringers” through in rem actions and civil forfeiture. SOPA was just a legal fig leaf. As Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) Media Coordinator Tom Knapp argues, regardless of whether SOPA passes, its substance will still be implemented piecemeal through executive action.
But only hours after the MegaUpload takedown, Anonymous showed us the real way to fight back against the Copyright Nazis. The good guys’ sites went dark on Wednesday; the bad guys’ sites went dark on Thursday. The websites of the US Department of Justice, FBI, MPAA, RIAA, and dozens of media companies were taken down by distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.
The beauty of it is, this was an an impromptu action using Anonymous’ “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” attack from our grandparents’ day, all of two years ago. DDOS isn’t hacking a site; it’s the equivalent of tearing down a poster — taking a site temporarily offline by overloading it with traffic. In contrast, during the past year, Anonymous has actually infiltrated major corporate and institutional websites — like those of HBGary, Texas law enforcement, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), and Stratfor — and published reams of highly embarrassing internal emails and memos. This is called a “doxing” attack. Just my guess, but I imagine we can expect something similar to happen to the MPAA, Chris Dodd, and assorted Big Content companies starting any day now.
The ultimate response, rather than trying to fight for reform within the system, is simply rendering the Copyright Nazis’ filthy laws — whatever they are — unenforceable. As C4SS board member Charles Johnson has argued, a gram of circumvention is worth a metric ton of lobbying. Let the wicked write whatever laws on paper they see fit; the righteous will break them, as Samson broke iron chains like bands of tow.
The seizure of MegaUploads’ domain name is a shot across the bow, a warning to companies who store and transfer large files through the Cloud, for entirely “legitimate” reasons (under the existing copyright monopoly), that their data is vulnerable to lawless action by the state. The Copyright Nazis’ rentacops in the FBI are only creating a powerful incentive for websites to migrate to servers in places outside the American Gestapo’s control. Iceland, an emerging free information haven, is a good candidate.
The American state’s decline into fascism is also creating powerful incentives for Internet users here behind the USA’s DRM Curtain to adopt Tor routers and circumvention tools like the Firefox DeSopa extension. The latter extension automatically routes to a site’s actual numeric IP address when the domain name is shut down. (MegaUpload is already back up and accessible at its IP address, http://184.108.40.206/, by the way).
Totalitarian regimes in China and Iran are unable to prevent their citizens from using such means to access information in the Free World. The Lords of Scarcity and their hired thugs in the American state, likewise, are unable to prevent Americans from breaching the Great Firewall and communicating freely with the Free World.
There’s also another promising avenue of attack. Just about every day or two, Mike Masnick at Techdirt mentions another example of some Copyright Nazi Congresscritter or Big Content company whose own website includes copyrighted material without permission. If SOPA passes, we need to start actively flagging all such content, calling Joe Biden’s 800 anonymous snitch number, or whatever is necessary to subject the Copyright Nazis to a costly war of attrition under their own laws. In fact, by using government coercion against us, they’ve put themselves outside the law and made themselves lawful spoils of war — why does the violation even have to be real, so long as the complaint is anonymous?
By setting itself up as the World Hegemon enforcing artificial scarcity and information lockdown, the United States will simply reduce itself and its satellites to the position of a closed, squalid, and declining society, shut off from a surrounding world of free, open, and agile networks. And in the end, it will relegate itself to the ash heap of history.
-So What if SOPA Passes?
(republished under Creative Commons)
Monday, January 23, 2012
But in one key way, Romney is pure Wall Street. A review of his personal financial disclosure records shows that a chunk of Romney's wealth—he's worth an estimated $190 million to $250 million—comes from investments in an array of Wall Street banks and investment houses, none more so than Goldman Sachs.
Romney and his wife, Ann, have investments in nearly three-dozen various Goldman funds together valued at between $17.7 million to $50.5 million, according to a financial disclosure form filed in August 2011. Those investments appear in the blind trusts and individual retirement accounts belonging to the Romneys. Romney's been a loyal Goldman Sachs client. His 2007 disclosure, filed before his first presidential run, showed Goldman investments valued at between $18.2 million and $51.5 million.-Mitt Romney: Goldman Sachs Guy
Fellow tax paying units, the war has begun. Already, Federal authorities have raided the home of a German national who ran a file sharing website. Sure he was eccentric, and probably arrogant, but at the end of the day he was providing a service to meet a consumer need.
United States authorities have shutdown Megaupload and claimed that said website has cost copyright holders at least $500 million. If you knew anything about economics, then you would know that this statement is utterly ridiculous and that this man’s arrest (known as Kim Dotcom) was nothing more than a power play in order to control the Internet.
The power elites do not like competition. Make no mistake: I doubt that President Obama had anything to do with this other than relay orders from his handlers. The power elites, whoever they may be, are not happy that their gravy trains are losing money and that people are able to share entertainment. The arts have a long history in modern times of influencing people and thus controlling people. If you control the people behind the entertainment of the dumb masses, then you can effectively control the dumb masses.
I know that this is getting a little more crackpot than usual, but consider this: there was no crime in having a file sharing website. There are plenty of them out there and it amazes me that Megaupload go singled out by the Attorney General. By the way, did you know that we sent FBI agents to New Zealand to arrest this man? That has to violate some article of the constitution somewhere. At the very least, it demonstrates how the United States Government is not the world’s police, but the world’s bully.
As the economy gets worse and worse, I fully expect more actions such as these to go on. When you start to lose everything you’ve gained, you become more and more desperate. For many of the common man, it is merely a glitch in the system, where you might find an occasional breakdown resulting in violence. But when it starts happening to the world power brokers, they start to get more and more tyrannical.
Despite this, people do not appreciate being treated as slaves (or tax paying units), especially when they had a better life when they were not slaves. They will not respond well to what is going on, as witnessed by what Anonymous did to DOJ, MPAA.org, and RIAA.org.
For all you conservatives out there who think that this isn’t a big deal, you need to understand that like TARP, this is corporatism on display. In a truly free market, none of this would have happened as copyright would not exist and the government would not bend to the will of a corporate cabal.
The Internet is a powerful tool that has reduced all men and women down to their individual identities rather than grouping all of us together like what has been done in the past centuries. National allegiance, race, gender, creed, and many other things are almost non-existence on the Internet as people identify themselves by name, not by group.
The old dinosaurs who sit in the hollowed halls of power do not like that they cannot pit us against each other as well anymore. With Generation X and the younger ones rapidly figuring out many of their scams, we will see a new world bore out of the one. They will get their New World Order, but not the one they hoped to create.
Basically, I’ll just be sitting at home in front of the TV and computer, updating a single blog post throughout the address with highlights, thoughts, criticisms, fact-checking, rude remarks, and a new feature this year, the live Applause-Break Counter.
I’m even considering taking bets on the number of applause-breaks there are. His first SOTU had 61, his second had 89, and his third had 76, giving him a 75.3 AB avg.
Hope to see you online, either during or after the speech.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I'd watch it. I wish there was such a channel. I'm tired of hearing talks where someone is standing behind a podium in a cold, drab setting.
I want my Cozy Talk!
Also, check out this site: Bankrupting America
Romney’s primary opponents have been jumping on him for his record at Bain Capital — referring to it, variously, as a “chop shop” or “vulture capitalist” operation that buys up enterprises, downsizes their workforces, strips them of assets, loads them up with debt as cash cows, then throws them away.
Their criticism comes across as somewhat less than authentic; when, under any other circumstances, has someone like Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin or Rick Perry had a problem with that model of capitalism? For that matter, what Romney did as a venture capitalist is essentially what Fortune 500 companies do with all the corporations they acquire from mergers and acquisitions — and frequently with the enterprises they already owned. That’s just what most pointy-haired MBAs do. So one suspects an element of disingenuousness in the moral outrage coming from Gingrich and Perry.
But what’s really hilarious is the response from Romney and his surrogates. Some Romney flack on a talking head show wrung her hands over what a shame it was to hear “criticism of the free market” coming from Republicans. And whoever’s turn it was inside the barrel writing boilerplate for the WSJ editorial page clutched their pearls at such “crude and damaging caricatures of modern business and capitalism,” calling on Romney to “base his claim to office on a defense of the system of free enterprise that has enriched America over the decades and is now under assault.”
Romney himself is aghast at “class warfare” and the “politics of envy” from Republicans who sound like “socialists,” scolding that “President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. … In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him.”
Hearing all these encomiums on “free enterprise,” and equations of the Romney vulture capitalist model of “modern business and capitalism” to the “free market,” reminds me of an old Russian joke from the Brezhnev years.
Brezhnev, on the occasion of a visit from his old mother from her rural village, went out of his way to impress on her that he’d made good. He showed her his closet full of tailored suits. They rode around in his chauffeured Zil, visited his vacation dacha on the Crimean Sea, and went shopping at the GUM department store for which only the Soviet elite had membership cards. The old lady remained silent through the whole tour. Finally, the disappointed Brezhnev pressed her for a reaction. “This is all very nice, Leonid,” she said. “But what will happen to you if the communists take over?”
Forty years later and on the other side of the world, listen to this gaggle of crony capitalists, monopolists, corporate welfare queens, Gordon Gekko wannabes, and pet ideologists at Pravda (ahem — The Wall Street Journal) talk about our “free enterprise system” makes me want to ask: “That’s all very nice, Mitt. But what will you do if the free marketers take over?”
When a genuine free market comes to America, I expect the Fortune 500 and the banksters will fare about as well as would Brezhnev & Co. had the workers taken over.
In a sense, Mitt and his stooges are correct to refer to criticism as “class warfare.” As Prussian strategist Karl von Clausewitz argued, a war is not started by the country that moves its troops across a frontier. The invader would like nothing better than to carry off the invasion without a single gunshot. The actual war starts when the invaded country’s army starts shooting back. Likewise, a lot of sensible folks like to point out that we’ve had a class war for all of human history — it’s been waged by the privileged, exploiting classes on the rest of us. But to be perfectly accurate, it only becomes a genuine class war when we start fighting back.
Unfettered market competition — which destroys monopoly, destroys large concentrations of wealth and causes scarcity rents to evaporate — is the greatest weapon of class warfare ever created.
BY KEVIN CARSON AT Center for a Stateless Society UNDER Creative Commons
Kevin Carson also blogs at Mutualist Blog: Free Market Anti-Capitalism
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Romney is still the frontrunner, but there’s no ignoring his loss of momentum going into Florida. Romney finished 4th in SC in 2008, so very few Romney supporters are surprised at his second place finish this year.
Gingrich probably carried the conservative vote over Santorum on the strength of his debate performances. He may have actually gained from the publicity surrounding the release of his wife’s interview Thursday night, as Republicans are wont to crucify a victim and back a scoundrel.
Even with Santorum’s “win” in Iowa, it’s hard to imagine a path forward for him. If he drops out now, it’s entirely possible Gingrich could carry the votes necessary to win some more key states.
While it’s not impossible, it’s still unlikely that the Gingrich campaign, as it stands now, has the legs to go the distance. More monetary support would need to materialize, and Gingrich will need people to continue focusing on what he says today, not what he’s done in the past.
While it’s certainly fair-play to go after a man who maligned Bill Clinton for his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and who defends the “sanctity” of heterosexual marriage, it’s his unsavory political history rife with corruption and cronyism that could sink his campaign. If people catch wind of his ethics violations and tax problems, it may not bode well for him.
Going forward, Florida is another seemingly easy win for Romney… much like South Carolina was meant to be. Romney is polling with a double-digit lead well ahead of the primary, much like he was in SC. These same polls do show one unique feature: Santorum and Gingrich alternate between which is in second place.
Paul is openly passing over Florida, preferring to spread his limited cash among smaller races where his campaign feels confident he can pick up delegates. His focus appears to be on Nevada and Minnesota.
Florida is the largest early primary state, and the media markets are some of the country’s most expensive. Romney’s monetary advantage may be a huge factor, as will the presence of many Northern retirees.
One question many were asking before South Carolina was whether regionalism was dead. However, it seems the political divide between the Northeast and the South remains intact. There is not another truly Southern state primary again until Super Tuesday, when Georgia and Virginia primaries are held concurrently with 5 other primaries and 3 caucuses on March 6th.
Romney is projected to perform well in the coming races, but his advantage is highly contingent on what happens with the rest of the candidates. The worst thing that could happen to Romney is for Santorum to either drop out early, or for Santorum’s supporters to flock to Gingrich. Even in this worst-case scenario, several states would still be easily carried by Romney (like Maine and Michigan).
In any case, the race has avoided becoming too boring. While it won’t help Romney’s chances in the general election if his opponents continue battering him in debates and campaign ads, it might have been worse for Romney to have simply swept the nomination process. At least now Republicans can feel like the nomination wasn’t bought outright.
Wow, that crazy Ron Paul actually supports civil liberties and the Bill of Rights! What a "crackpot on the fringe"!
Texas Congressman and GOP presidential contender Ron Paul is continuing his battle for liberty even as he is focused on his fight for the White House. This week, he introduced legislation to overturn the dangerous provisions found within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Rep. Paul spoke on the House floor, specifically against Section 1021 of the NDAA, which includes language which permits the government to detain anyone who “substantially supported al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States.” Paul fears — as do a number of other opponents to the law — that the language can be used against U.S. citizens as well.-Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Repeal NDAA's Indefinite Detention
How come no one in the mainstream media says that Donald Trump can't win? That Michelle Bachman can't win? That Rick Perry can't win? That Jon Huntsman can't win? That Herman Cain can't win? That Mitt Romney can't win? That Newt Gingrich can't win? That Rick Santorum can't win?
Why is it that ONLY Ron Paul can't win? Lookit, when there are almost a dozen initial candidates, all but one "can't win."
Let me assure the War Street Journal: Not only CAN Ron Paul win, not only does he WANT to win, but, stick this in your pipe and smoke it, he WILL win.-Ron Paul Can't Win; Heck, He Doesn't Even Want To Become President of the U.S.
In a January 18 interview with Glenn Beck Rick Santorum decided to compare his view of the Constitution with that of Ron Paul. His statements can only be described as delusional and totalitarian.
Santorum first claimed to have read an eighteenth-century dictionary that defined happiness as "to do the morally right thing." This is how the founding fathers defined happiness, he said. This is Santorum’s definition of "happiness," not the founding fathers. It’s a good bet he is lying when claiming to have read an eighteenth-century dictionary. (But I suppose anything is possible with a man who brought his deceased infant home who died two hours after birth and slept with it after showing it to his children, as Santorum admits to have done).
The freedom to do whatever you want to do – as long as you do not harm anyone else or interfere in their equal freedom – would "lead to libertinism and lead to chaos" said Sanctimonious Santorum, who has also pledged to do what he can to put an end to contraception if elected president. Contraception changes "the way things ought to be," he says. Santorum is self assured that he, and he alone, understands "the way things ought to be" and pledges to use the powers of the state to forcefully impose his "understanding" on the entire country.
But the founding fathers are known as champions of freedom, are they not? But what kind of freedom? According to Santorum, who apparently fancies himself as an historian, freedom in America means "the freedom to do what you ought to do – what you are properly ordered to do [by a politician like himself] – as someone living a good, decent, and ordered life" (emphasis added). "That’s the differentiation that I believe Ron Paul and I have with respect to what liberty is," said Santorum. To Rick Santorum, "freedom" means doing what government "properly" orders you to do, as long as government is controlled by good, proper, moral people like himself, the K-Street lobbyist for the Pennsylvania coal mining industry (and anyone else who will pay his huge fees for influence peddling).
This is not the view of the American founding fathers, as Santorum claims. It is more likely to have been the mindset of the founders of the Soviet Union, not the American union. It is the mindset of the neoconservatives whose founding members were, after all, Trotskyite communists. This includes the self-described "godfather" of neoconservatism, the late Irving Kristol, who reveled in talking about his youthful Trotskyite roots.
If Santorum really wanted to know how the founding fathers defined freedom he would not make up imaginary, two-century old dictionary entries but would read what the founders actually said. A good place to start would be Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address where he stated: "[A] wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government . . ." It is hard to imagine that Jefferson, the author of the 1786 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom that strongly opposed the governmental imposition of any religious views on anyone while defending religious liberty in general, would have admired an Uber-Catholic Theocrat like Santorum. For government to compel a man to support a religious cause with which he disbelieves, wrote Jefferson, is "sinful and tyrannical."
When Ron Paul says that such victimless crimes as prostitution or smoking pot should be decriminalized, says Santorum, "that’s not the moral foundation of our country," once again pretending to be The Expert on the thinking of the founding fathers. There’s one problem with Santorum’s historical revisionism, however. Prostitution was in fact pervasive in Colonial America. Prostitutes traveled with George Washington’s army, serving as nurses and cooks as well as prostitutes. In fact, there were no laws in America banning prostitution until Massachusetts enacted the first one in 1917. (The 1910 "Mann Act," named after Congressman James Mann, prohibited "white slavery" for the purpose of prostitution). Federal laws against prostitution were first enacted after women got the right to vote and immediately outlawed prostitution in the vicinity of military bases when their husbands and boyfriends were off serving in the military. In other words the founding fathers agreed with Ron Paul, not Rick Santorum, on personal liberty issues.
America is "not just a collection of freedoms," said the insufferably sanctimonious Santorum. It is, instead, a collection of orders from the state defining what "proper" behavior is. Stalin himself could not have said it better.
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo: Ayatollah Santorum the Sanctimonious (ASS)
republished under the following notice: Copyright © 2012 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
Some people have missed my point about Sick Rantorum and his claim that happiness means doing what is moral. That's not all that he said. The key point here is that Rantorum also said that this means "doing what you are ordered to do" by the state. The Newt Gingriches, Bill Clintons, and Sick Rantorums will define for us what is moral, and then use the state's powers of imprisonment, taxation, execution, torture, etc. to force us to live like they want us to live. In other words, some of the most immoral people in society, who have gotten to where they are by being masterful liars, connivers, and manipulators, will force us to live our lives in their image. Quoting ancient Catholic theologians or founding generation politicians on the subject of happiness is therefore irrelevant unless they, too, were totalitarians like Rantorum.
Rantorum gave an interview to a major news network to describe the story about bringing his deceased infant home, presumably to boost his image as a right to life candidate. He went on and on in the interview about how this really, really proved his bona fides as a "pro-life candidate." It was a political stunt, in other words. This is why the story is worth mentioning — it speaks volumes about the character of this man who wants to have his finger on the nuclear button, and in the name of being "pro-life" is just itching to murder thousands of innocent Iranians (for starters).-Thomas DiLorenzo (Missing the Point About Santorum)
And Sick Rantorum's view of "liberty" is telling in regard to his statements during the last Republican debate on SOPA and PIPA, where he said "“The Internet is not a free zone where anybody can do anything they want to do..." I guess that means he would let you do only what he thinks is "moral and right" while you're online.
Friday, January 20, 2012
We’ll start with Paul, since no one else ever does. Paul represents a diverse sub-group of the right. They include the Libertarians, young conservatives, conspiracy theorists, Neo-Nazis, anarchists, minarchists, Constitutional originalists, anti-Federalists, anti-United Nationists, and I’m sure some people I’m leaving out. Paul isn’t all of those things (I think he’s a conspiracy theorist, but he’s not a racist… it’s just that some of his ideas on removing protections for minorities appeal to racists). Rather, those are just some of the types of people who back him.
Santorum/Gingrich are typical Neocons in the same vein as Bush. They invoke Reagan, though rarely side with any of his policies, except as they pertain to lowering taxes. They were over-represented in this race, as Michele Bachman and Rick Perry were both also this type of Republican. This group is heavy with Evangelical Christians, and they rally around social wedge issues like opposition to gay marriage and abortion. This type is usually supported by the stereotypical stupid, uneducated Tea Bagger that the rest of us have come to know and loathe.
Herman Cain might be seen as one of these Neocons, but he’s really more like Romney than most people would probably imagine. Those in Romney’s camp rally around successful people, often businessmen (or in Reagan’s case, an actor). The Republicans who support these kind of candidates are more pragmatic than ideological, more realistic than idealistic, and they make up what might be seen as the educated moderates of the Republican party.
Romney is going to win the nomination, not on the strength of the moderate vote in the Republican party, but thanks to the sheer number of traditional Neocons in the race. While Huntsman is a clone of Romney, nearly all the voters in that camp went with Romney, which is why Huntsman gave up. While the departure of Perry will likely result in more consolidation of the Neocon vote, it is still split between Santorum and Gingrich, who both trail Romney by double digit figures in South Carolina and Florida.
What’s more, Gingrich was the clear national favorite over Santorum, but it’s likely that the revelation of details regarding his philandering will not play well among women or social conservatives. Everything has been going wrong for the Neocon candidates since day one, and Romney has weathered the storm by simply not being wretched human scum.
The bar is incredibly low, and Romney has managed to keep his nose clean on all matters Republicans care about. Sure, he’s rich thanks to his father and he has been gaming the tax system, but Republicans don’t care about that. Every Republican imagines he will one day be rich… though I’m not sure how it’s possible to just one day wake up and have been born into a wealthy family. Maybe they believe in reincarnation…
At any rate, the race will undoubtedly be shaken up by South Carolina. Expect at least one candidate to drop out before Florida, and if current numbers are anything to go by, it will be Santorum. Even if there’s a three-man race going into Florida, Gingrich will still be an underdog to take Florida.
Ron Paul will probably have a poor showing in both South Carolina and Florida, though look for him to at least beat Stephen Colbert in South Carolina (who is being represented by those who vote Herman Cain; he cannot get on the ballot, but he can have people vote for candidates on the ballot who have dropped out). Paul will shine in the coming races, where he may garner big support in Nevada, Colorado, and/or Minnesota. He may also beat any Neocon candidate still in the race when Maine’s week-long caucus ends on February 11th.
Super Tuesday seems so far away (March 6th). It’s almost inconceivable for more than two candidates to still be in it, but Neocons are adamant about Gingrich staying in the race. If this turns out to be the case, Romney will have a rough general election to look forward to. Paul and Romney both run the kinds of campaigns that don’t leave the other crippled, but Gingrich has a scorched earth strategy that is bound to make him a serious threat to Romney’s electability come November, though Gingrich has almost no chance of winning the nomination himself.
What do you think? Is Romney a shoe-in to win the nomination? What are his chances against Obama? Will Romney and Gingrich get hit by a meteor, catapulting Ron Paul to the status of front runner?
Which brings me to T.C and his post, which I republish below.
Ever notice how effortlessly liberals and conservatives use the word "ban" when it comes to a social problem they deem important?
They just don't grasp that "banning" something creates a criminal under ground and puts people in jail for non-violent crimes.
How about this concept for a change: Mind you business.
Incredible that in this day and age someone would suggest banning something - like cigarettes.
Hence, as I digress, why Ron Paul's message is resonating.
People are tired of the expanded the Bureauctatic-Statist Complex-Banning Things Are For The Brain Dead And Iliberal Minded (republished under Creative Commons)
Sorry little clovers always want to impose their personal vision of how everyone should live on all of society. I have only three words for them: GO TO HELL!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
It’s hard to pinpoint a single moment where his campaign derailed. Most people would point to his public struggle to remember which three departments of the federal government he would shutter, but there were many other moments which I think would have been more meaningful to Republican voters.
Remember, this is the same party who voted for a marble-mouth like Bush. Perry’s support for educating the children of illegal immigrants probably lost him more support than his utter lack of poise. This really speaks to how pathetically cruel and ignorant the Republican Party has become.
In any case, Perry is out. I can only speculate as to why. Did he look at his single digit poll numbers in South Carolina, a state where he spent more money than anyone but Romney, and decide he didn’t even want to face the embarrassment? Did his donors realize failure was inevitable?
Perry is said to be officially endorsing Gingrich, but don’t expect much to come from that immediately. It’s doubtful that even the bulk of Perry’s supporters will flock to Gingrich. I think it’s quite likely his supporters will split between Romney, Santorum and Gingrich. There’s even a chance Paul will pick up some steam from this second candidate to drop out this week.
What I’m most unsure of is, what will become of the multimillion dollar Super PACs backing Perry? Since they are not officially associated with Perry, they may turn their support towards another candidate. They might also dissolve. I really have no clue how that works. I’m fairly sure that no one can just pocket the money, so I imagine either they will back new candidates (or rather, just keep attacking certain candidates), or they will remain active until the next relevant election.
In any case, Romney is still projected to grab another blow-out victory in South Carolina. Republicans love backing a winner, and Romney is the first non-incumbent to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. His nomination is almost assured.
Gingrich, perhaps for lack of money, has been personally vocal this week, making laughable claims and pandering to anyone he thinks he has a shot at getting to listen to him. He has boldly claimed that if he wins South Carolina, he will become president (though he also admitted that if he loses South Carolina, his run will be over). This morning, I found out he said that if elected President, he would select Sarah Palin for an important position, perhaps in a bid to reach out to Tea Party voters, among whom he is splitting support with Santorum.
If this plays out as I expect, Gingrich will not win South Carolina, though I question if he will drop out before Florida 10 days later. If he has a strong second place finish ahead of Santorum, I seriously question if he will drop out before Santorum. Don’t expect Paul to drop out, even if he never gets another second place finish until it’s down to just him and Romney. I have heard it said among some people that they think Paul will hold on until Super Tuesday, or even all the way until the convention.
At this point, Romney has to be glad to be rid of Huntsman and Perry, both of whom have actively attacked him of late. The campaign had entered a vicious phase leading up to New Hampshire, and it has truly culminated in a flurry of attack ads from all camps in South Carolina. The debates have largely been “Everyone vs. Romney” events since Iowa. Romney is the guy to beat, and everyone is giving him a beating.
In many ways, they are ensuring Obama’s re-election. Obama’s entire campaign is being written by Republican strategists. Terms like “vulture capitalist” may be making a comeback leading up to November. Coming from Obama, people might just write-off such claims as Socialist propaganda… but these are Republicans complaining about how Romney is abusing the system by using vast sums of cash.
Besides that, one can see a certain hostility for Romney among some Republicans. Sure, many just don’t like him, but they’ll begrudgingly hold their nose and vote for him. However, there are some who simply won’t vote for him. Not a lot, perhaps only just enough to matter in a race where a few hundred thousand votes in key states make all the difference. But what are the odds that such a situation will occur…
I don't know why this is suddenly an issue. People walking around with headphones blaring crap into their ears has been going on since pre-digital times (remember the original Sony Walkman audio cassette players?) and I never understood the need (isn't walking or running a joy in itself, with plenty to see along the way; isn't there happiness in just being alone with the sounds surrounding you and your own thoughts?).
I like listening to something while driving my car, but that's a different kind of experience to me. Unlike riding in an automobile, walking puts you directly in touch with your surroundings and forces you to interact with the environment you find yourself in.
But, if you are distracted, it can be dangerous. Even drunk driving is safer (and recommended by experts in certain circumstances) than drunk walking. You have a greater chance of dying by walking home drunk than you do getting in your car and driving a few blocks. Especially if you're walking drunk with headphones on.