Hogeye Bill 
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Re: ““Where is the love you said was mine, all mine . . .” The GOP and its sudden need for emotional reassurance

Great Jed Clampit interview and songs! OTOH you know how I loathe your petty factional political prattle columns. Dem or Rep bashing is too easy, and boring. And can be turned around so easily. Do you really prefer the proven warmonger Hitlery, who never met a US invasion she didn't like, and loves NSA spying, to a Clit Eastwood clone? (Spelling intentional.) One thing is guaranteed: Whoever gets elected will suck. I say: Don't endorse war and rulership and oppression by voting. As George Carlin said, you can do the same thing by staying home instead of going to the polls, and there when you get finished masterbating you'll have a little something to show for it.

Posted by Hogeye Bill on 03/17/2015 at 11:06 PM

Re: “1998: Stonewalling 
 -Washington County withdraws employment protection for gays

I guess I didn't make my position clear. There is a clear moral difference between government requiring its agents to be non-discriminatory, and government forcing private people or entities to be non-discriminatory. It is clearly a violation of freedom of association to initiate force against private citizens, or groups of such.

For internal government business, as in your county clerk example, freedom of association is not an issue. The county should exercise its freedom and fire his ass. I don't think police force would generally be necessary for this. So the answer to your question is: No, police violence should not be used to force a county clerk to register a black; the clerk should simply be fired and replaced by someone who can do the job.

Posted by Hogeye Bill on 02/20/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “1998: Stonewalling 
 -Washington County withdraws employment protection for gays

>"Several of the speakers spoke to the fact that the current policy only dealt with hiring and firing on the part of Washington County itself, not to private businesses in the county.

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So at least some people had it together. I would have opposed the 1998 county law deleting "sexual orientation," since it is perfectly okay for an entity - even a government - to have a policy against discrimination. I opposed the 2014 Fayetteville ordinance, since it condoned aggression against peaceful people, violating freedom of association of individuals and private businesses. I heartily endorse businesses voluntarily choosing non-discriminatory employment practices, as Walmart and most businesses do, but I oppose using police power to force people.

Posted by Hogeye Bill on 02/17/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “One Christmas, brought to you by abject poverty

Nice article, until you get to the slavespeak part, stupidly and abjectly wishing for politicians (“anyone in power”) to “speak up for the children.” Duh! What about voluntary action, charity and benevolence? That statist one trick pony blinds you to various wonderful (and peaceful!) alternatives. Want to help, Richard? Instead of begging rulers, why not take more poor people out to eat, or join Habitat for Humanity or Stand With the Children? https://www.facebook.com/groups/StandingWi…

Posted by Hogeye Bill on 12/25/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The perils of satire

The fabricated quote that chafes my ass is the Thomas Jefferson quote featured in nearly every video I see about corporatism:

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered."

Hey, it’s bullshit: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/jefferson/ban…

Jefferson was against *government* banks ("banking establishments”) but would allow the federal government to circulate debt notes during emergencies (wars), to be retired forthwith, returning to free banking (backed by specie.) I.e.

“I am not without a hope, that this great, this sole resource for loans in an agricultural country, might yet be recovered for the use of the nation during war; and, if obtained in perpetuum, it would always be sufficient to carry us through any war; provided, that in the interval between war and war, all the outstanding paper should be called in, coin be permitted to flow in again, and to hold the field of circulation until another war should require its yielding place again to the national medium.” - Jefferson, Letter to Eppes, 1813.

Posted by Hogeye Bill on 11/29/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Shhh - it’s okay, you don’t really need their support anyway. How the Emperor gets new clothes. . . .

My explanation of “how many politicians lose touch with their base:”

1) Power corrupts.
2) The agency problem - he needn’t be responsive once elected, and cannot be fired for breaking promises.
3) The public goods problem - in the statist system, bad (special interest) law is a private good so is oversupplied, while good law is a public good and under-supplied. (Polycentric law, aka anarchism reverses this.) Put another way, special interests that have a lot to gain generally outbid (out-bribe, out-lobby) the general pubic where each person has only a little to lose.

Posted by Hogeye Bill on 10/05/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Blind Loyalty - and why elected officials don’t deserve it

A lot of the problem stems from a special interest struggle view of politics and government. Rather than asking what is right, so many think in terms of whether a policy will help their group or constituency, through violence-power at the expense of others. The Dem and Rep factions of the Welfare-Warfare Party are infamous for this. Policy X helps in-group A, ergo it is a good policy. Or conversely, policy Y hurts out-group B, so it’s a good policy. It’s basically using ‘us versus them’ tribal mentality rather than ethical considerations.

Posted by Hogeye Bill on 09/30/2014 at 11:13 PM

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