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  • Jim Breed

    Actually, the levels of lithium in wells in the Texas panhandle is quite high. The report says lithium carbonate is used to treat manic-depression.

  • thibaud

    “Fortunately, they dwell in the margins of American life and don’t—and won’t—call the shots”

    This is a very nice sentiment. But it ignores the reality that one of the two parties has been captured by the loony notions of a man pledged to “make the government so small that we can drown it in the bathtub.”

    These are the people who are deliberately starving the defense department of necessary operating funds so as to try to secure an absurd level of tax cuts for wealthy Americans, one that defines fiscal irresponsibility.

    It also ignores the reality that one of the major parties has put on its presidential ticket a man with an adolescent understanding of economics, derived from his fervent worship of a crackpot novelist and enshrined in a budget plan that is so ludicrous that he’s now pretending he doesn’t believe in it, that he wants to preserve Medicare’s current structure.

    As the senior GOP senator from South Carolina said recently in disgust at his own party’s defense spending farce, “We need to have a discussion internally and ask ourselves, What the hell is going on with the Republican Party?”

  • John

    [Please refrain from disparaging other commenters.]

    I didn’t realize–though of course I do now after reading your unusually short note–that Republicans and Conservatives are proponents of small defense and peace through inoffensive weakness.

    Nor did I realize that either Republican candidate engaged in “fervent worship of a crackpot novelist”. I thought each worshipped only God. I thought that because I was blind.

    [Please refrain from disparaging other commenters.]

  • The wine in Lubbock is a lot better than the water, so I suspect you may be right with the beverage advice…

  • John

    As thibaud here illustrates, I think the Obama faction sees people like Judge Head as their last, best hope for victory in the fall: only re-electing Barack Obama can stop Mitt Romney’s, Paul Ryan’s, Judge Head’s, and Todd Akin’s war on women! etc. etc.

    Now if Mitt Romney listened to Judge Head Sunday mornings for 20 years, or if he considered Todd Akin a mentor during his formative years, then the Democrats will have a point; nut the real point, I think, is simply that they’re (rightly) afraid and desperate of what this November brings.

    If reality–the economy, the failure of stimulus, the resulting unprecedented deficits and debt, unemployment (especially labor force participation)–is not your friend, turn to what friends you have: Todd Akin and perhaps now Judge Head are the thin reeds upon which they feel they’ve no choice but to lean.

    I doubt it’ll work, but they’re certainly welcome to try. They can easily persuade themselves, it seems like, and that’s a start.

  • Luke Lea

    “Laughing at the loons in the boondocks is one of the less attractive features of the soi-disant enlightened press . . .”

    Especially when there are plenty in the Big Apple too. Provincialism is universal.

  • Tom Gates

    @ Luke Lea: Touche’
    You are so right: Listening to a loon like a big city mayor trying to enforce mandatory breast feeding. Now there is a war on women!

  • Sam L.

    I see trolls, daddy.

  • vanderleun

    “Fortunately, they dwell in the margins of American life and don’t—and won’t—call the shots.”

    As we might learn from the Bolsheviks one of the tried and true methods of getting to call the shots is to be willing to take the shots.

  • RP-in-TX

    “The wine in Lubbock is a lot better than the water, so I suspect you may be right with the beverage advice…”

    Oh yeah! Llano Estacado Winery!! Best port made in North America. Their rieslings are fantastic too.

  • Jim.

    I think there is something of a misunderstanding here, about how serious the opposition to Obama became after he eliminated all possibility he might be a moderate, “uniter” type, by shoving ObamaCare down our throats by dodgy politics.

    What prevented blood in the streets was the 2010 election, which directed the energies unleashed by the TEA party into a political party and not a political “wing”.

    I appreciate that Via Meadia favors peace, quiet, and good civil order (except possibly in Russian Orthodox churches), and wishes to dismiss the sentiments of Judge Head with an easy laugh. But more appropriate would be an uneasy laugh.

    Obama is the point man for the largest theft in history — so far, $5 trillion dollars’ worth of intergenerational theft, with trillions of dollars more to come either intergenerationally, or through confiscatory and involuntary taxation.

    He is the head of a party that does not understand basic budgetary mathematics, basic religious freedom, or the desire of most Americans to live as they have for the last century, in the greatest country the world has ever seen.

    To support his agenda he seeks to convince people that it is good and right to force other people to pay their bills for them. You’ve heard of “judicial murder”? This is judicial theft.

    Elections are the way that we turn things around in this country without blood in the streets. 2010 proved that this is still true.

    I don’t believe 2012 will see blood in the streets, but only because I believe it will be like 2010.

    God have mercy on this country if it isn’t.

  • thibaud

    My gosh, Jim, chill. The Republic won’t go to hell in a handbasket if Romney’s elected and it won’t if Obama’s re-elected.

    Curious that so many supposed hyper-patriots think that the US is so weak, its government and resources so unbelievably concentrated and top-heavy, that a change in the White House is enough to bring down the whole teetering structure of the nation.

    Romney is very unlikely to win – still less than a 1-in-3 chance – but in the odd event that Team Obama falls on its face or fails to respond to Romney’s race-baiting campaign, a Romney victory would hurt the GOP more than the nation.

    This is the last time that a GOP presidential candidate will be able to play the race card to any effect.

    The best thing for the GOP would be to stop denying the inevitable and move the party forward, past the Atwater/Southern Strategy era and into the 21st century. A good thrashing come November would help hasten this realization.

  • thibaud

    John – be of good cheer, saith the Savior. As to the scales dropping from your eyes (“Nor did I realize that either Republican candidate engaged in “fervent worship of a crackpot novelist”. I thought each worshipped only God”):

    Alas, you’ve been deceived, dear John.

    Paul Ryan believes that a zygote has full human rights.

    Ayn Rand famously said, “An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).”

    Perhaps you can explain just how Paul Ryan can claim to be a fervent disciple of a woman who said:

    “Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?”

  • La Marque

    I think Jim is correct. Furthermore, I think that the more I read WRM, the more NYT and MSM viewpoints are becoming his viewpoints. I used to think that WRM was an independent thinker; I was wrong. He has become a shill for big government.

  • Roy Lofquist

    There is a polarization in this country that far exceeds anything that I have seen in 6+ decades. The sentiments expressed by Judge Head are shared by far more people than this audience can conceive. It is no coincidence that the one bright light in our economic malaise is the gun industry.

    Take heed, folks. The natives are restless.

  • Dick Pickett

    “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
    ― Patrick Henry

    “You said, ‘They’re harmless dreamers and they’re loved by the people.’ ‘What,’ I asked you, ‘is harmless about a dreamer, and what,’ I asked you, ‘is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.”
    ― Tennessee Williams

    “All revolutions are the sheerest fantasy until they happen; then they become historical inevitabilities.”
    ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

    “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
    ― Thomas Paine

    “You are hard at work madam ,” said the man near her.
    Yes,” Answered Madam Defarge ; ” I have a good deal to do.”
    What do you make, Madam ?”
    Many things.”
    For instance —”
    For instance,” returned Madam Defarge , composedly ,
    The man moved a little further away, as soon as he could, feeling it mightily close and oppressive .”
    ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

    “True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity. False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the “rejects of life,” to extend their trembling hands. True generosity lies in striving so that these hands–whether of individuals or entire peoples–need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world.”
    ― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

    “Revolutionary movements do not spread by contamination but by resonance. Something that is constituted here resonates with the shock wave emitted by something constituted over there.… An insurrection is not like a plague or a forest fire — a linear process which spreads from place to place after an initial spark. It rather takes the shape of a music, whose focal points, though dispersed in time and space, succeed in imposing the rhythms of their own vibrations, always taking on more density.”
    ― The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection

  • John


    I’m sure you truly believe what you’re saying, and that amazes me.

    As it seems to me, your puzzles are an admixture of a wee bit of truth (e.g., Ryan is broadly pro-life and is sympathetic with Hayekian smaller-government economics)* and a hungry-man helping of progressive-bubble caricatures (the rest), and teasing those apart would both take the bulk of my time and be highly resisted, and so not worth it for me personally.

    And as I don’t think many here find you persuasive, there’d be little benefit for others as well.

    *much more precisely, so far as his plan goes, “less larger” government.

  • thibaud

    John – an Ayn Randian Christian is an absurdity.

    Claiming to follow both Jesus Christ and the comic book character John Galt is like being a Jewish Nazi or a Marxist bond trader.

    This is why Ryan, true to form, is now trotting out his Medicare-receiving mom and hastening to assure Florida’s electorally-precious seniors that he really doesn’t want to cut Medicare.

    That what he’s REALLY against is his imaginary notion that Obama wants to take money from the Decent [White] Folk and give it to Undeserving [Non-White] Folk.

    Specifically, Ryan is lying to dimwitted old white voters, telling them a fairy tale in which Obamacare strips Medicare to fund insurance for the uninsured.

    I have no idea what Galt would say about this scurrilous lie, but a Christian would be ashamed.

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