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Feb 22, 2012 malamute commented on Why Seattle 
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New Sports Arena.
Hansen can get private financing, assuredly.

What he cannot get is private financing at more favorable municipal bond rates.

This lefty King County resident is all kinds of for this.

As for the argument that we'll have a duplicitous owner later bemoaning our cash-poor, (not-so) small-market I say: Green Bay Packers. Detroit Red Wings.
Feb 21, 2012 malamute commented on Lunchtime Quickie: Cyclist vs Car.
The driver of the car was in the wrong. The cyclist dispensed justice that would have been otherwise denied. Without such consequences, the driver has no incentive to change his/her behavior.
Feb 15, 2012 malamute commented on Is Oklahoma OK?.
The greater injustice would be to deny black actors roles that are challenging to our morality and sense of right; THAT - more than the role - would extend our nation's unfortunate racial history.
Feb 15, 2012 malamute commented on Bah Humbucker: The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time*.
John Reis, aka Speedo
May 3, 2011 malamute commented on Asshole's Paradise.
@108: The moral merit of societies can be measured objectively, empirically. There is an entire field devoted to this study, "happiness economics".

Metrics that these economists use measure the aggregate level of happiness in a society - some refer to this as a Happiness Index, other as "Gross Domestic Happiness".

The happiest societies in existence have strong elements of social libertarianism; however they have completely rejected economic libertarianism. The latter is what we're really talking about here.……
May 2, 2011 malamute commented on Asshole's Paradise.
Neither Objectivism nor Communism are necessary - this is a 20th century fight.

Over the past 15 years, the Scandinavians have cracked the code for creating societies that maximize prosperity, and economic and social liberty for the greatest number of citizens. Capitalism without the brutality.
Apr 28, 2011 malamute commented on Asshole's Paradise.
@100 FTW. The moderators should just lock this one up right here.
Apr 26, 2011 malamute commented on Asshole's Paradise.
@92: I think it goes deeper than that, as her sexual proclivities attest. She was traumatized by seeing her father emasculated by the Bolsheviks during her adolescence. Mix daddy trauma + adolescent hormones + a superior intellect and you get a woman who idolizes an imaginary, invincible, hyper-masculine alpha male. Her entire life history hints at her search for such an Ultimate Man, and her literature is nothing more than a lengthy - and ultimately, failed - attempt to summon him into existence.
Apr 26, 2011 malamute commented on Asshole's Paradise.
@80: The hatred exists because her works and philosophy provide the intellectual foundation for much of the conservative movement and its brutal economic policies. Alan Greenspan was an early acolyte, and the GOP's current darling - Rep. Paul Ryan - credits Rand for driving him to running for Congress. Ryan, in fact, requires his Congressional staffers to read Rand.

Free trade agreements? Thank Ayn Rand. Abandonment of the poor? Ayn Rand. Deregulation of the banking and airline industries? Ayn Rand.

Fitzgerald was not nearly so influential.
Apr 26, 2011 malamute commented on Asshole's Paradise.
@77: PRogressives and libertarians indeed have a few points at which their worldviews intersect. We have many more areas where we diverge.

The libertarianism you are promoting is anarcho-syndicalism, a left variant. The libertarianism that is on the rise in the US is a right wing variant, anarcho-capitalism.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that anarcho-capitalists like Ron Paul are your allies; like the Teabaggers, they are the unwitting, useful tools of corporate power. They would dismantle the only mechanisms that have ever worked to constrain it.