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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

ted turner

One article link currently up on the DrudgeReport reads as follow:
Ted Turner says Iraq war among history's 'dumbest moves of all time'...
So far, so good. Maybe Turner is smarter than I thought. Here's the next article link:
Touts Gore for President...
Oops, I was wrong - Turner is still an idiot.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

in defense of sean penn

For the life of me, I can't understand why so many libertarians hate Sean Penn. Yes, he's a Hollywood liberal, but the issues he really seems to care about are ones that libertarians are also supposed to really care about. Here's a guy who's been against the Iraq war from the beginning, and to me, that's one of the most important issues of the day. Shouldn't libertarians be rallying behind him and supporting him?

A couple of days ago, he got grief for smoking at the Sutton Place Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival, in defiance of Canadian law. Here's how the Toronto Star put it:
Sean Penn has left a bad taste in a lot of mouths for his behaviour at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The 44-year-old so-called Hollywood bad boy puffed on cigarettes at two separate news conferences this week at the Sutton Place Hotel in open defiance of Ontario law.

Let us not protest that he didn't know better. Penn pulled the same stunt two years ago at the film festival and was roundly criticized for it.

But Penn is a Hollywood movie star and seems to think he is above the laws that govern regular people, such as those who pay to see his films.

David McKeown, Toronto's chief medical officer of health, says Penn won't be charged under the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, unlike hundreds of other smokers who lit up illegally in recent months.
Gimme a break. It's not Penn's fault that the police charged hundreds of other smokers in violation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Where do they get off saying he thinks he's above the law governing regular people? I'm sure he'd have no problem with some guy walking in off the street and puffing up in the same place. He's protesting an unjust law, ladies and gentlemen. It should be up to the property owner whether or not smoking is allowed in a hotel, and libertarians should be supporting him in this act of civil disobediance.

Sure, Penn's done some stupid things in his life - like marrying Madonna, for example - but who hasn't? (Done stupid things, that is - there's plenty of us who haven't married Madonna).

It galled me that he even got grief for going down to New Orleans last year to help with Katrina rescue efforts. Lots of people laughed when his boat sank; OK, that was pretty funny I have to admit, but he still deserves our praise for taking action and going down there to help out.

On top of all this, he's a damn good actor. I'm sure I'd disagree with him on many issues, but of all the liberals in Hollywood, Penn seems to be one that libertarians should be able to find some common ground with. So fuck you, Trey Parker and Matt Stone!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

you don't mess with nurse kuhnhausen

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- When Susan Kuhnhausen returned home from work one day earlier this month, she encountered an intruder wielding a claw hammer. After a struggle, the 51-year-old nurse fended off her attacker by strangling him with her bare hands.

Neighbors praised the woman for her bravery, and investigators said they believed the dead man -- Edward Dalton Haffey -- was burglarizing Kuhnhausen's home.

But after an investigation, police now say the intruder Kuhnhausen strangled was apparently a hit man hired by her estranged husband -- Michael James Kuhnhausen Sr. -- to kill her.

The 58-year-old husband was taken into custody Thursday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail...

...There was no sign of forced entry into the home, but according to the affidavit, Susan Kuhnhausen offered an explanation for the lack of evidence of a break-in: Her estranged husband had the security codes for the home's alarm system, and would have been able to disarm it...
This is one tough nurse! But, Nurse Kuhnhausen, you might want to think about changing those security codes... You can read the rest of the story here.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

go kinky!

As reported here, Kinky Friedman would legalize pot in Texas and clear all the non-violent pot users out of the prisons should he be elected governor.
Kinky Friedman says he favors legalizing marijuana to keep nonviolent users out of prison. If Texas elects him governor, he says, he'll try to get locked-up pot users released to make room for more violent criminals.

"I think that's long overdue," Friedman told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. "I think everybody knows what (U.S. Sen.) John McCain said is right: We've pretty well lost the war on drugs doing it the way we're doing it. Drugs are more available and cheaper than ever before. What we're doing is not working."
I'm sure I'd disagree with him on a number of issues, but when a would-be governor of Texas speaks out against drug prohibition, you gotta give him some respect.