This is the best election cycle ever!  Isn’t it a riot watching those two prove what many of us know to be true?  Politicians are among the most despicable humans on the planet.  Usually their kind hide it pretty well, but these two are such egomaniacs they can’t help but utter populist bullshit and lie about everything they can get away with.  Politicians in general have psychopathic tendencies, but this year it is more evident to most of us, and that is the greatest outcome of all of this ugliness.


If you happen to be firmly on one side or the other I’m sure you have well reasoned arguments based on an issue or two.  Now consider how often politicians fail to come through on promises.  It’s similar to the logic that says if you vote for a third party candidate you’re taking away votes from one of the mainstream candidates.  I’m not sure which third party candidate steals votes from which mainstream candidate, but I think it hardly matters.  If you change the channel or read a different website, you’ll find a different opinion.  If you really think it matters, you’re just living in fear of the other one taking office.  Stop it!  Don’t live in fear.  Don’t hate those you see as ignorant.  Both sides are correct.  The “other candidate” is a despicable human being.

If you’re against war, hold your nose.  Hillary has proven to be as bloodthirsty and reckless as any of the neo-cons, and Trump has spoken out of both sides of his mouth on this issue, mostly out of the ‘blow em up’ side.  I hold a very unfashionable belief.  It is that if you kill someone’s neighbors, children, or parents, they are going to want you dead as well. Yeah, it sounds crazy, but the CIA actually believes this too.  Unfortunately, few in congress seem to understand it.  They are wasting young lives and a lot of tax dollars on a corrupt jobs program for producers of military goods.  Congressmen, lobbyists and defense contractors get paid well.  The oil, banking, and other commercial businesses that now move into the area can make quite a profit.  Soldiers get paid poorly, and in return and are killed, maimed, or psychologically messed up.  The CIA created ISIS either on purpose or by accident depending on how cynical you are.  Read the missing 28 pages of the 911 report.  Prince Bandar from Saudi Arabia (affectionately known as “Bandar Bush” by GW) and others in the Saudi government aided the 9/11 hijackers.  If you’re not aware, Saudi Arabia is the oil rich country that has been holding down the price of oil to kill new industry in the US.  The US gives them foreign aid, and the US military is right now working with them to kill people in Yemen.  Oh yeah, and the Saudis behead way more people than ISIS.  Just to be clear that there are no good guys in this shit show, Obama recently tried to veto legislation that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.  He’s worried that might open US officials up to similar suits from abroad.  Yes Barack, murder should have consequences.

Anybody for a reduction in federal spending?  Surely I’m joking.  Who’s going to do that?  Republicans talk about it but cut nothing.  Democrats talk about spending more and typically do.  But wouldn’t you know it, they have an excuse.  In his 1936 book entitled “The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money” John Maynard Keynes theorized that the way to get an economy out of a recession is by spending a large amount of money.  Of course only our wise overlords are smart enough to know how best to spend the large sums of money.  Amazingly, they adopted Keynes’ theories over competing ideas that said savings and investment are the keys to prosperity .  Surely you’re familiar with the effects of this roller coaster monetary policy.  Events known as “The Great Depression”, “The Dotcom Crash”, the housing bust and subsequent “Great Recession” were all created by loose monetary policy that first caused an unsustainable boom in certain sectors of the economy.  At some point the Fed fears runaway inflation, pulls away the spiked punchbowl, and down we go again.  The stock market is about at all time highs right now.  Don’t let me get you down.  Surely this time is different.  If you think either of the two main contenders are on your side vs. Wall Street, you should check the facts on their top donors.

You might be saying to yourself, “Who else but a libertarian would be stupid enough to be against both murder and extortion on an extremely large scale?  That bastard is just going to pimp Gary Johnson.”  Nope.   Johnson is not much of a libertarian, and his running mate is not even close.  If I do vote I’m not sure if it will be for Johnson or Vermin Supreme.  Yes, Vermin Supreme,  the guy that wears a boot on his head.   If you’re forced to do something, brushing your teeth seems pretty trivial, and who would not like a free pony.

Vote for who you want to vote for… don’t vote … write in yourself…whatever.  Don’t let someone else tell you that you’re wasting your vote.  I will tell you as far as the presidential vote goes, in terms of probability, you’re wasting your time.  But if it makes you feel good, do it.  They say politics is a reflection of society.  If that is true, we could stand a little personal improvement.



I got pulled over by a road pirate about three months ago.  You know, the bullies that have brand new vehicles with flashing lights.  They like to force you off to the side of the road and demand money from you.  When I saw the vehicle up ahead it was making a u-turn from the shoulder on my side of the road.  After we passed he made a second u-turn within the same quarter mile on a state highway at 5:45pm on a weekday.  He caught up to me very quickly and tailgated me for about a half mile before turning on the lights.

When he came to the window he said, “The reason I pulled you over is because your tint looks a little dark.”  I nodded my head since I had gotten a tint, fix-it ticket about two years previous.  The first attempted shakedown happened approximately two months after my wife and I had paid a well known automotive aftermarket shop to apply a legal tint to our car.  At that time we were doing a lot of traveling with our children who were just over a year old, and thought they could use a little extra shade.

Officer Farva first measured the front passenger window, then the rear passenger window.  I distinctly remember him saying “forty-six, forty seven” when measuring both windows.  He waddled back to the official extortion vehicle and emerged several minutes later.

The law says a window is illegally tinted if it “has a light transmittance of less than 50 percent plus or minus three percent in the visible light range.” He earlier told me the law says 50%, but I know forty seven is legal.  So when he hands me a citation, I say “I don’t know how you can even write me a ticket.  Isn’t there a tolerance range?”  Then he says “Forty five, forty six, you have to draw the line somewhere.” Boy do I wish I had my phone recording for that one.

Farva goes on to say “I see it this way, you’ve had a couple warnings for tint and you haven’t done anything about it.  If I give you a citation then maybe you will.”  At that point I’m just shaking my head and probably look very angry.  He asks if I have anymore questions and I say “I don’t suppose there’s any way I’ll talk you out of that ticket, so no.”

When I get home I tell my wife the story.  She soon finds the fix-it ticket from two years ago.  It is from the same guy.  When he talked about other warnings, he was talking about one from himself and two attributed to a previous vehicle, from which, the tint was subsequently removed. Interestingly enough, the tint in my old car would have been legal if it was in a truck or SUV.  The laws are different for these vehicles by some inane government logic.

I don’t hate cops.  My uncle was a cop for years and is a great guy.  They often arrive on accident scenes before the EMT’s, offering first aid and routing traffic to allow emergency vehicles through.  Many of them are good people trying to do their best to serve the public.  It’s not a job I would want to do and many of them are heroes in some instances.  Maybe Officer Farva is even a decent guy around friends.  The problem is that their incentive is all wrong.  They are encouraged to blindly enforce laws instead of actually protecting citizens and their property.  Does Officer Farva really think he’s keeping others safe by hassling me about window tint that is maybe 1% too dark?  I’ve thought a lot about private defense contracting versus public police and logic dictates that if they were actually protecting and serving versus enforcing arbitrary laws, things would be a lot more peaceful.

A growing problem is that many new police are being hired from the ranks of returning soldiers.  Great huh?  A bunch of guys with post traumatic stress disorder, who are used to shooting everything that moves and pushing locals around with impunity, are put in charge of keeping the peace on our streets.  Search around and you’ll find countless stories of innocent people killed in swat raids, others brutalized, pets killed as a matter of procedure.  One of the best out there at exposing the boot on the throat of civil liberties is William Grigg at his blog Pro Libertate.

In addition, our local police departments have been arming up with military gear and training.  One of the many drawbacks to living in an imperialist country is that the offense department has a bunch of extra equipment laying around to give to local PDs.  In some cases they only have to fill out one sheet of paper to get an armored vehicle.  We are now seeing a perfect display the result of police militarization in Ferguson, Missouri.  Police were teargassing everything that moved, including people in their front yards and news crews.  Michael Brown was certainly no angel, but did he deserve to die?  Theft, vandalism and looting are despicable, but so is racism and police brutality.  Hopefully this will be a spark to increase police accountability.  I’m afraid it will lead to an increase in violence.  Other government interventions that helped to create this crisis are LBJ’s Great Society, minimum wage laws, and the war on drugs.

Back to Officer Farva’s hypothesis about what action I would take based on the impetus of his citation.  He misjudged me.  I did not pay the fine and go away like a good citizen, but showed up for arraignment two months ago and plead not guilty.  First I talked to the county attorney who advised me to pay the fine right there.  I told her I was going to contest it and then explained my case.
I had spoken with Officer Farva’s boss about what kind of tint meters they used and got confirmation that it was a Laser Labs M100.  It turns out that there is a plus or minus two percent accuracy on the meter, which means that they cannot say for certain if the window was forty five percent or 47 percent (which is legal).

Today was supposed to be my court date. Yesterday I got a letter from the county attorney.  It was a copy of a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that there is “not a reasonable likelihood of conviction.”  It’s good to know that ultimately someone there understands the value of time…well, their time anyway.  So I was able to be a productive member of society instead of taking a half day of vacation…which is how they still got some revenue from me today…yay for constitutionally limited democratic republicanism.

Not that I really care for the Libertarian Party, but their symbol (a porcupine) is a great representation of people who suffer under too much government.  Whether it is something as serious as the oppression inner cities deal with, or the minor issue of a highway cop with a hard on for tinted windows.

Cronyism ALERT

They’re not even trying to cover it up anymore.

Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, will be joining Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, the company announced in a statement.

“The company’s strategy is aimed at the strongest concentration of professional staff and the introduction of best corporate practices, and we’re delighted that Mr. Biden is joining us to help us achieve these goals,” Alan Apter, Burisma Holdings’ chairman of the board of directors, saidin a statement, which was reported by The Moscow Times on Tuesday.

Biden, joining the board, will be in charge of the legal unit, the company said. He will also provide support for Burisma Holdings “among international organizations.”

This video is a perfect example of crony capitalism.  Large breweries in Florida want to keep upstart microbreweries from taking market share.  Beer distributors want a piece of the cut on all sales.  Together they have a lot of money to donate to campaigns, and considerable influence.  Similar to my earlier post about Sunday growler sales in Minnesota, this is what Frederic Bastiat called legal plunder.  That was back in 1850.  There is nothing new under the sun.

This beer is a Blonde style.  Here is the description of an American Blonde Ale from BA(beer advocate):
“More or less a creation from the craft-brewery movement, and also reminiscent of the German style Kölsch. Pale straw to deep gold for color. Usually an all malt brew, well attenuated with a lightly malty palate. Most have a subdued fruitiness. Hop character is of the noble variety, or similar, leaving a light to medium bitterness. A balanced beer, light bodied and sometimes lager like.”

Smell: Straw, malt.

Taste: Light hop, tartness tapers to a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp, light, slightly flat

Appearance: Very light and clear, bright yellow, resembles an American lager.


Overall: Not that impressed.  This beer does not stand out at all.  It is nice and light and would make a good summer beer, but I could also buy something less expensive to fill that role.  If you’re more of a Bud/Miller/Coors drinker, you’ll probably enjoy this for a change.

One of my favorite blogs is The Altucher Confidential.  James Altucher is a dynamic individual and his writing is often very introspective which makes for interesting reading.  This blog entry is a nod to James’ style.

Last week I had a discussion with a couple guys at work about the value of living in a militaristic society. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m talking about the USA. Outspending the next ten nations combined is pretty militaristic. Another indicator is when your local police are wearing battle gear and driving tanks around, and yet another clue is when your country is consistently the largest military arms exporter, but I digress.

swatOne point in favor of living in a highly militarized country was that WWII cured the Great Depression. Another point was that there are a lot of inventions borne out of military necessity. I argued the first point was absolutely false and the second was likely the opposite of the truth.  It was a quick discussion on the way back from lunch, but was still on my mind during the drive home. I thought of a funny way to spin the first point, referring to the military inventing the internet: “It took the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people so we could shop for household goods in our underwear.” So I had to share this quip the next day and offer a reference with reasonable proof that his assertion about WWII was wrong.

Later that day I read a quote posted on Facebook by an acquaintance. The quote compared a hoarder of cash to a hoarder of cats or newspapers, and implied that we give the hoarder of cash too much credit. I could not help myself but to comment and inform him that if that rich person holds their wealth in a bank or investments, then it is actually doing all of us a huge favor. Corporate investment buys equipment for corporations, which enables us to produce more than other nations which do not have the same number of rich people investing there. This increased production is what enables us to have a high income per capita in comparison to most of the world. Obviously there are crooked businesses as there are crooked politicians, but this relationship generally holds true. It’s called capitalism and can be credited with bringing humans up from a level of bare, hand-to-mouth subsistence to a  place where the poorest of society have many more amenities than the kings of only decades ago.

someone-on-the-internet-is-wrongSo all this debating got me thinking, “Why do I argue about politics?” It’s probably not good for my health. Sometimes I start sweating a bit when I can’t come up with a good counterpoint.  At least I’ve overcome the urge to get angry, perhaps with a firmer grasp of where I stand and why. There must be some element of thinking I’m right. In the last few years that thought might have a bit of merit for all the reading I’ve done, but I was arguing about politics before I started researching libertarianism and Austrian Economics.  Before 2007 I was only concerned with making a living and having fun in the interim, but still felt my view was the correct one.  I guess that is human nature and the reason most people do not debate about politics or religion.  In my opinion though, any position you can’t defend is no position at all.  I’ll respect religious differences, they shouldn’t affect me, but your beliefs about the nature of government do affect me, so that’s why I think we need to consider them.

Keynesian economics (spend our way to prosperity) seems intuitively wrong as does our foreign policy (killing someone’s family makes them want to vote for your puppet dictator). The government has a motive to whitewash its sins and embellish the victories.  Who approved those textbooks you learned from in school?  Should we believe our government is unique in history in being totally honest with its citizens?  Then there is the fact that an astonishing number of guys involved with Austrian Economics called the recent crash.

I am concerned about the present state of affairs in our nation, and hardly any of the issues that are presented in the nightly news. Loss of civil liberties, a growing police state, perpetual war, economic calamity caused by central banking, an incompetent government and a corrupting elite class are some of things that make me want argue.  If you want an earful, suggest that the state is the natural solution to any of these ills that it created.

I have been told arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics.  I guess that is supposed to mean that it is pointless, which is pretty mean, and sadly somewhat accurate, as I am not exactly in the same league as someone like economist Robert Murphy who has raised $105,000 to try and get Paul Krugman to debate him.  Obviously Krugman is scared since Ron Paul whooped on him and Murphy is much sharper than Paul.  My own father told me that my effort on this blog was not going to change any minds.  He also believes socialism is workable, so I take that opinion with a grain of salt.  Perhaps the naysayers are right and I am just flapping my arms here trying to fly.  My goal is to expose the ideas of libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism to a few new people, so I’ve already achieved success in that.  People do change their minds about political philosophy.  I did, so there is some hope, and not the kind you get from a poster.Hope-you-dont-get-indefinitely-detained-Obama

I have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Two to three years into the program I was having a tough time and wanted to quit, but my parents encouraged me to step up to the challenge.  I studied hard the next semester, got on the Dean’s List, and continued to do well through fairly intense study.  After college there were a few years where I didn’t feel like learning except for occasional “edutainment” on the Discovery or History channels.  That changed when I lost my job and my 401K dropped by a third. In the search for an answer to why that happened, I found the subjects of libertarian philosophy and Austrian Economics.  Now I’m driven to absorb as much as I can about history, economics, philosophy, and logic relating to the non-aggression principle.  There are many sources for information out there, but in my opinion, the most prolific communicator in the circle of Austro-Libertarian thought is historian and author, Tom Woods.

Dr. Woods holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Columbia, both in History.  He has written eleven books, including two that I have read and were also on the New York Times best seller list, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown.

Tom is the creator of an educational website called, which includes several courses in History, Logic and Economics.  The classes are presented in approximately 30 minute segments that are perfect for a commute or a short nightly session.

I recently finished the “Western Civilization to 1500” course.  It was very interesting to learn about ancient societies and get a broader understanding of the origin of many laws and mores in our current culture.  Religion, political arrangements, and economic activity were discussed from the time of Mesopotamia through the Middle Ages.

Presently, I’m listening to  “History of Political Thought Part 1”, and just got through some lectures on Plato’s thoughts on political philosophy.  It’s interesting to note that what he advised entailed slavery and totalitarianism.  I’m glad we have continued to discuss the ideal conditions for man to live under.

Tom also hosts a daily podcast called The Tom Woods Show.  I highly recommend tuning in as the guests are varied and always interesting.  You will learn a lot just by listening to the show.  If you tune in you will also get updates about another project he is working on, the Ron Paul Curriculum.  All this and his wife just had their fifth child, so you understand that he is prolific by all definitions of the word.

Considering that kind of schedule, I feel like a loafer for complaining about how tough college was or how busy my current schedule is.  We always have a little time in our day to learn something new.  It is in fact necessary if you want to live a full life.  If you generally agree with what I’ve been talking about on this blog, you should really look into   If you subscribe through a link on my blog I will get $30.  I’ll send you $10 via paypal and donate the rest to, or donate it all to if you wish.  Currently you can save 50% by using the coupon code DISCOUNT.