I'm a Libertarian living in Humboldt County, CA. I've lived here in Eureka since 1973 and joined the Libertarian Party in 1992. This blog will mostly focus on local political issues, but I may stray into state and national issues as well, when I can't help myself. Please post your comments by clicking on the "comments" link at the bottom of each post. Although I do moderate comments, you need not be a registered user to post them.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Go- Go Dancers
Most younger folk probably wouldn't remember them. I wouldn't have except for a Facebook post a friend made yesterday with this picture. First thing I thought was Go- Go Girls, but the wife reminded me it was Go- Go Dancers. That's Nancy Pemberton and Annie Huettner back in the '60s on their way to work at the somewhat famous Whiskey A Go- Go in Hollywood. Not sure if they were dancers. They waited tables there, but the outfits sure are Go- Go with the mini- skirts and high boots that came to be known as Go- Go boots. Wikipedia confirms my recollections. They even mention that one of the places Go- Go dancing might have started out is Hollywood's Whiskey A Go- Go. Way to go Nancy and Annie!
Kirsten Powers over at USA Today looks at a recent case of LGBT intolerance, albeit the opposite from what some would have us expect: A lesbian couple buys a couple engagement rings from Christian jeweler. They're pleased enough that they refer a friend to the business. The friend goes there and notices a sign saying, "...Let's keep marriage between a man and a woman". The friend reports the sign to the girls that referred him. Now the girls want their money back.
One of the girls is quoted, "I have no issues with them believing in what they believe in. I think
everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But I don't think they should
put their personal beliefs inside their business." Powers goes on to ask, "One wonders whether
this same rule applies to displaying symbols supporting lesbians, gays,
bisexuals and transgenders".
Exactly. Service wasn't refused and there was no issue with the items purchased. The jewelers were just politically incorrect. This happened in Canada, but you can be sure it will happen here if it hasn't already.
Since I have nothing else this morning, I'll post this piece from Counterpunch. I was thinking of posting it on Tuesday. I didn't want to put it up on Memorial Day and ruin anyone's holiday, now would I? Why do I feel that way when I have no problem trying to ruin people's Christmas? Anyway, Bill Quigley wonders why we pray for peace while being the most warlike nation on the planet: "Memorial Day is, by federal law,
a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly
pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world
in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of
weapons around the world?"
Isn't Spiked supposed to be a left wing magazine? I was under that impression so was surprised to see them running this article criticizing increasing efforts among the college community to shut down what are felt as politically incorrect ideas: "Duke University responded: ‘The comments were noxious, offensive, and have no place in civil discourse.’. But if Hough’s comments are racist, repugnant or simply incorrect,
should we dismiss them as unfit even to discuss, let alone debate or
The author does seem left leaning himself. He just thinks non- PC ideas should be refuted, rather than simply silenced. I'll give him a thumbs up for that. He's a rare one indeed- a voice in the wilderness- but the movement to shut down non- popular thought on college campuses will likely continue unabated.
Addendum: The comments to the article are a good read, too.
The Tenth Amendment Center reports the Alabama state Senate just passed a bill that would end state issued marriage licenses and replace them with marriage contracts. "The intent or motives behind this bill are a moot point. By removing
the state from the equation, no one can force another to accept their
marriage, nor can they force another to reject that person’s own beliefs
regarding an institution older than government. 'Licenses are used as a way to stop people from doing things,' said
Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center. 'My personal relationship
should not be subject to government permission."
I've always proposed something along the same line. Let's just have marriage contracts, or whatever you want to call them, and the state only need record the contract. Seems simple enough to me, although I'm sure religious marriage types and the in- your- face LGBT folks will disagree for one reason or another. Let the flaming begin!
KInda neat, but probably a bit small for my comfort. These Ecocapsules will be commercially available soon- price still to be determined. Self contained homes with their own power source and the ability to filter water from almost any source.
Might Times- Standard columnist Tim Martin have a libertarian streak to him? Maybe so with him wondering if this is a free country. He writes today about government snooping. He's concerned. Many aren't, especially when their party is in control of the White House. Had a Democrat/Green friend tell me the other day in so many words he thinks the spying is a good thing.
I don't have much of a problem with government spying on bad guys overseas, but question just how much of our intelligence effort is focused there. I asked my friend if he'd ever seen pictures of the buildings used by the National Security Agency.
As the picture shows, they're huge, and I believe that's just one of them. Must be thousands of people working in that building alone, and they can't all be spying overseas. And that's just one building of one agency. Don't forget the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and the rest.
We are being watched. What else are those spy agencies and all their people going to do?
I would think even some Democrats would find this Truth Revolt article amusing. A focus group of ten Hillary supporters is asked for a list of her accomplishments. They come up blank. Yet they're still strong in support of her. "These Democrats were more than willing to stand behind a candidate they
know little or nothing about. Their awkward silence when trying to
conjure up a single political accomplishment of their preferred
candidate speaks volumes."
Ok. Maybe hard core Democrats won't find that amusing and, truth be told, the same thing could be said about many Republicans as well.
I'm not sure what to make of a couple letters to the Times- Standard today. This one, about robot felines, I don't get at all. Wife says it's from a crazy person. Seems like it, but maybe we're missing something? This other one is from a lady suggesting Eureka's kids need a curfew. I'm not sure she makes a very good case for it. A couple kids made her nervous at 7:25pm earlier this month. It should still be daylight at that time. They flashed her some gang signals and seemed to be acting suspicious. Then they left the area.
Not sure what the exact problem is there. And how would a curfew help with that sort of thing, unless we keep the kids home all the time?