The Increasing Pointlessness of Politics

I remember the constant “But… but… SCOTUS!” when people complained about how cartoonishly horrible Trump was during the campaign. And, hey, that gamble paid off. We got a really good SCOTUS pick.

But apparently that’s about it from a Trump administration and a Republican controlled House and Senate. It really seems like the Republicans were caught completely off guard by Trump winning and had no plans beyond being an opposition party. I mean, this health care stuff, people have been talking about that for a while. Like years. They probably should have had some sort of plan ready. But nope. I’m a little more hopeful they can come up with something on taxes… but not that hopeful.

So, so useless. It’s why I just can’t get in these partisan fights anymore. What’s the point? Is there any chance of anything being accomplished?

But on the plus side for the Republicans, attack ads will be hard. “We have to stop these radical, extremists Republicans from… not doing anything in particular.”

So what’s the path forward here? What’s the rallying cry for 2018? Neither the Democrats or the Republicans have a particularly good case to make about anything. Best slogan I can come up for them is “Embrace irrelevancy.” I kinda like that. If the government were more irrelevant and we just paid it less attention, that’s a good thing. And, frankly, I’d kinda like to talk about something other than Trump one day.

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Random Thoughts: Civil Asset Forfeiture and OJ

Enjoyed Resident Evil 7. Best since 4. Started very different, but ended as regular guns a blazing Resident Evil.
Enjoyed the earlier part with little combat more than the later sections fighting a bunch of bullet sponges.
RE4 is one of my favorite games of all times, but strangely the more RE7 stayed away from the combat-heavy focus, the better it was.

Interesting people recognize civil asset forfeiture as theft but not taxation. Both involves assets taken without charge of a crime.

seize an arbitrary amount of money from one person
“Outrage!”
seize arbitrary amount from everyone
“Don’t you want roads and schools?”

If civil asset forfeiture goes to the Supreme Court, will Justice Roberts save it by calling it a tax?

This is fun. Next up is whether you can come up with a fundamental difference between a mob running a protection racket and the government.

My sources are telling me that the Grand Moff of the Supreme Court is heading here from Alpha Centauri to seize power from Trump.

What many don’t understand is that as horrible as Trump is, to many the average politician is much worse.
Yet people are still expending energy trying to prove Trump is horrible like that now means anything to anyone.

Do you sometimes get the impression that Trump is kinda dumb and has poor impulse control?
I don’t want to rag on him, though. It’s a tough job I don’t want to do. Like being a waitress.

I don’t get it. Donald Duck and Daisy have zero chemistry.

My main memory of the OJ trial was a big groan throughout my high school when the verdict was announced.
How did we get news updates back then? I guess some classes turned on radios or TVs.

My sources are telling me Bannon has been secretly executed and Marshal of the SCOTUS has disguised himself as Bannon and taken his place.

The way things are going, if OJ Simpson gets parole, there’s a 13% chance he’ll be the next president of the United States.

“Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” Would love poll on how many people still believe DC is capable of delivering any of those things.

I was unaware Splatoon 2 lacked a split-screen multiplayer when I ordered it. That is going to cause contention with the kids.

Jan Brady voice
“Russia! Russia! Russia!”

The Justice League trailer makes it look like they really are going to try to make Aquaman happen.
And I guess there is some sort of clause where WB loses rights to all DC characters if they ever make a movie that’s bright and colorful.

The British government kidnapped a child to make sure he did not receive potentially life-saving treatment.

Remember slow news days?

Everyone in the country should get one large box (24″ x 18″) full of health care. For free.

I thought the Senate had literally voted to murder me, but it was the “Murder Frank J. Flemming Act” and my name only has one ‘m’.

Calm down, everybody. You shouldn’t be freaking out unless you’re a member of Trump’s cabinet.

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Video Games as a Parent

Got Splatoon 2 on Friday and it’s a really fun game with one huge problem: No split screen. Only one player per console. I didn’t even think to check for that before purchasing since it’s a multiplier-focused game on a multiplayer-focused system. It seemed obvious it would have it; I mean, doesn’t everyone have a fond memory of playing Goldeneye on the N64 in four-player split screen. And Minecraft for the Switch has four-player split screen. But no dice on Splatoon 2. I was really looking forward to getting to do some squad-based shooter combat with my kids, but to do that, I’d have to buy a whole other Switch and a second copy of the game.

My video game needs have changed a bit. Usually, I only cared for playing single player, but now the point of games for the Switch is to play them with the kids (and not have them constantly fight over whose turn it is). Yes, the first game I got was Zelda which was solely single player, but I only played it when the kids were watching (which they were very insistent on). And since that game defied normal video game conventions so much, Buttercup had a number of ideas that worked that I never would have come up with. For instance, in one area there was a switch that needed to be weighted down (very common to Zelda games) and a barrel across the room that you had to ride moving platform to get to. Having played video games for decades, I knew the puzzle was get the barrel and bring it to the switch. But Buttercup suggested we just take some of the many many items we collected in the overworld and drop some on the switch to weight it down. I knew that wouldn’t work because that would ruin the whole point of the puzzle, but I tried it to shut her up. And it worked. Breath of the Wild was very much a game where they set a bunch of rules of physics and let you come up with solutions that the programmers didn’t even think of, and stuck in my old ways I never fully embraced that.

Anyway, now I’m just rambling on — which I can do since it’s my blog and I like talking about video games — but the point was I’m very disappointed in the lack of split screen on Splatoon 2. My dream is to do an online squad with my kids, taking out all our foes together, but that dream has been denied. Still, it’s really sweet to at least watch my 6yo daughter pwn people online.

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Stop Trying to Prove Trump Is Awful

Hey, want to hear the 7,543rd instance of Trump saying something in the past that directly contradicts what he’s saying now? If you’re on the fence about Trump, I’m sure this will finally convince you about him.

The media and the opposition are still trying to gather further evidence that Trump is awful, like there are people out there who aren’t settled on that issue. The late night comedians are still trying to mock Trump even though he’s already this glorious spectacle of which they have nothing to add. So basically, no one has learned anything.

The focus is on how awful Trump is, but the issue — and the reason he was elected — is how awful everyone else is. The other politicians. The media. They think it goes without saying they’re much smarter and better than Trump, when they are regarded by much of the population as worse than him. And that they’re still refusing to face that.

Trump is this obvious clown, but Barack Obama was an idiotic, incompetent clown too and they won’t admit it. All of Congress is full of useless, terrible people, but the Dems new slogan is reportedly “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” How many idiots are left who believe anyone in D.C. can deliver any of those things?

But it’s still the current message from the “opposition” that if you don’t like Trump, go back to the usual incompetent idiots that will continue to screw things up as they always have while the media tells you that you’re the dumb ones. On our current course, Trump will go into 2020 with a 20% approval rating and easily win reelection. And I’m sure the usual suspects will be baffled.

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Random Thoughts: Net Neutrality and Lady Doctor

I’ve never watched Game of Thrones because of how porny it sounds. I have read the books, though.

If your solution to our problems is “elect Democrats,” you don’t have any solutions and are in fact part of the problem.
And probably goes without saying that “more Republicans” isn’t going to fix things either.

The next Republican presidential nom is probably going to be something idiotic like Kid Rock and Dem one even more idiotic like Hillary.

I need to start charging for my political opinions. I don’t want to devalue them by giving them away for free.

Anytime a corporation support a government regulation, get crazy suspicious.

If no one ever takes the presidency seriously again, Trump will have been our most successful president ever.

Net neutrality thing reminds me of Obamacare repeal in default state of things from few years ago now being sold as doomsday beyond belief.

“We need to support net neutrality to keep people from being taken advantage of by large corporations.”
“Say who?”
“Google.”

We talked less about Russia when they had nukes pointed at us and we’re actively threatening to destroy us.

With Trump as president, it seems like Stranger Things should just be called Things.

So has anyone prominent on the left said something one way or another on the Charlie Gard thing? The silence on the issue is kinda creepy.

On plus side for the GOP, it’s going to be hard to do attack ads on them. “Don’t elect those scary Republicans or they’ll… do nothing.”

I like taking the kids to the pool because it’s my one opportunity to see how far I can throw them.

I have no idea anymore what people imagine capitalism and socialism to be.
Anyway, I’m for whatever system involves less pointing guns at people and telling them what to do.
I also like how freedom leads to adaptable feedback loops and am suspicious of the fragility and inefficiency of centralized control.

The choice isn’t capitalism or socialism which apparently means different things to different people. The choice is free markets or cronyism.
Or to put it another way, do you want your money going to corporations voluntarily or involuntarily?

“Lady Doctor Who, make me a samm-”
has the sandwich already ready because she can travel through space and time

What do you call it when you don’t see any actual outrage but you see lots of people righteously responding to supposed outrage?

I swear, a lot of people preach tolerance and understanding solely to get in fights on the internet.

What does it say about us as a society that we had a female Doctor before a female president? That’s an actual question; I have no idea.

“Finally, a female Doctor Who. What a blow for feminism! This will– Wait, why are there now so many scenes of the Doctor showering?”

Doctor regenerates into a woman
“Time to travel through space and time to find someone outraged by this so I can righteously respond!”

Seriously, it’s like 2% people celebrating a female Doctor Who and 98% loudly berating people supposedly offended by it.

My only hope about the lady Doctor Who is that Donald Trump tweets about it.

New rule: You can only respond to someone being outraged if you actually saw someone get outraged and didn’t have to search for it.
Reading an article that someone somewhere was outraged doesn’t count.

Enjoying The Grinder which only had one season, but it’s American so there’s still more episodes than most long running BBC series.

Sherlock, which has run for seven years, still has fewer episodes than the one half season of Firefly.

Doctor Her?

Now that the Women’s March has succeeded in making the next Doctor Who female, are they disbanding?

There has to be at least a couple women worth celebrating who aren’t cop killers.

Why can’t the Democrats learn from the Republicans and accomplish absolutely nothing when in power?

“Sure we’re completely worthless, but we’re not as bad as the other guys!” -Democrat and Republican slogan for 2018

Rich people don’t deserve their money. The U.S. government deserves it a thousand times less.

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Is It Evil to Oppose Capitalism?

Everyone had fun with crazy grandpa Bernie Sanders in 2016, but it’s a little scary how many people seem to take the guy who owns 3 houses ranting against capitalism seriously. More people are overtly talking about how great socialism is, when I assumed that was a debate long ago settled, like that slavery is bad. I have no idea what these people think socialism is — they seem to think it’s some sort of magic word that causes everyone to get everything they want. And I have no idea what they imagine capitalism to be. They keep saying it “hurts the poor” and I’m like, “What? You must be thinking of your face.”

When I hear capitalism, I think of the stats at places like HumanProgress.org where you see this massive increase over the last century in the living standards of the world’s poorest. In wealth, nutrition, life expectancy, it’s been an insane boon. It’s not even remotely debatable; capitalism has been orders and orders of magnitude better at helping people. Debating capitalism against other systems is like debating what’s a better weapon, a gun or different varieties of sticks. So when people say they want to crush capitalism, I take that as they want massive amounts of poor people to starve to death if it means rich people will be a little less rich.

Socialism somehow gets labeled “progressive” despite being a really old, really really failed system of misery and oppression. We have a system that both massively helps people while also respecting people, i.e., giving them freedom to make their own choices. It’s not just dumb to oppose it, it’s wrong. Being a socialist is as cute as those alt-right people playing nazi — who were also socialists. Because in the end, socialism is about controlling people, and what horrible person doesn’t love that?

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Random Thoughts: CNN and Russia! Russia! Russia!

Both Trump and CNN don’t seem to understand how their actions appear to normal people.

The left seems to think any method is excused because they are fighting horrible people but they forget that they are also horrible people.

When I saw a video with a CNN logo poorly photoshopped into it, at no point did I think “I must know more about who did this.”

I think the best way Lex Luther could destroy Superman is expose that he’s actually a journalist.

During a checkup, spent hundreds on tests for my 14yo shepherd/pit mix, though I suspect the results will come back as “She’s old!”
She’s nearly deaf, but she still hears well enough to get scared during thunderstorms and fireworks 🙁

It’s good to put your name and face to what you say. But there are reasons not to.

“Someone wrote a tweet criticizing CNN. Here’s the first of a five part story on where his children go to school.”

I pronounce GIF like “Jif” and the peanut butter Jif like “Gif”.

If you’re wondering why people are voting against their interests, the answer probably is “because you’re a prick.”

Since both properties are owned by Warner Brothers, there should be a canon answer to who is faster: the Flash or Speedy Gonzales.

I’d probably be more outraged by the Ivanka thing if I knew what stuff like the G20 was other than a protest magnet.
I don’t think the protesters know what it is either.

TRUMP: “Putin assures me he’s not behind cyberattacks and gave me a doll with another smaller doll inside it. I did not investigate further”

Is taxation theft? Let’s say the government didn’t have any guns. How many people would voluntarily pay their current tax burden?

I still can’t figure out whether it’s dumb to be afraid of Russia or to not be afraid of Russia.

Can I become president of the United States and still rant about the man trying to keep me down?

I thought in the 80s we strangled all the socialists and built a Walmart on their grave.

My 6yo daughter’s favorite word is “Actually…”

I’m beginning to enjoy our weird orange president and am dreading the day we again have a president some people take seriously.

One day there will be people living in luxury we can’t even imagine and they will complain about how bad they have it because of inequality.
You can never have so much you won’t complain if someone else has a lot more. Than doesn’t necessarily mean the other person is the problem.

I never for the life of me understood who David Brooks’s audience is supposed to be.

There’s two Donald Trumps?

I don’t get the secularization of holidays. What does a bunny have to do with Easter? What does a sale at Amazon have to do with the birth of Optimus Prime?

I’m for executing Don Jr. for treason if that’s what it will take to get us to finally stop talking about Russia.

The next Wonder Woman film will take place in the 80s and be about her teaming up with cyborg Ronald Reagan to fight Commies.

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A Timeline of IMAO’s 15 Years

Can you believe it? It was fifteen years ago this week that the blog Harvey & Friends (also known as IMAO) was started. I thought it would be neat to look at a timeline of all the important events in IMAO history.

A TIMELINE OF IMAO

2002 – Noticing a dearth of political opinions online, Frank J. started a blog on blogspot and named it IMAO for reasons long forgotten. Frank J. soon posted the treatise “Nuke the Moon” which many say led directly to the Iraq war, causing him to be considered a war criminal in many circles.

2003 – Frank J. wins the Pulitzer for his expose on blogger Glenn Reynolds, aka Instapundit, explaining why local dogs had gone missing.

2004 – IMAO jumps the shark with its coverage of the 2004 race of W versus some random New England elitist everyone has already forgotten. Frank J. held a t-shirt babe contest in a surprisingly effective ploy to get a date.

2005 – Frank J. gets married and immediately stops being funny. He tried to compensate by turning IMAO into a group blog, though it’s really just Frank J. posting under a bunch of really fake sounding names like “spacemonkey” or “Harvey.”

2006 to 2015 – It gets to be kind of a blur at this point. I remember something about Fred Thompson. Ask Harvey.

2016 – Donald Trump seizes the Republican nomination and renders political satire redundant.

2017 – This post.

Well, that’s it. Quite a history. And who knows what will happen in the next fifteen years? Probably the complete collapse of this country and the outlawing of free speech — but they’ll forget to outlaw blogs since that was like this fad from years ago that everyone had forgotten about. Then IMAO will be leading the resistance — as long as there is still some money to be made from GoogleAds.

Thanks for fifteen years, everybody!

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Favorite Posts/Moments Open Thread

I’d love if you’d post some of your favorite posts or moments from IMAO from the last 15 years in the comments. I’d put up some of my own, but I’m afraid it would be like the Simpsons where every one would be from the first few seasons.

Anyway, what do you fondly remember about IMAO? I did love doing the podcasts with SarahK, Harvey, Spacemonkey, and Lair, but man were they a lot of work.

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15 Years of Blogging Supremacy

Hey, it’s me, Frank J., the guy who sometimes blogs here. Anyway, it was fifteen years ago today I started the blog IMAO. Since then, this blog has led to me becoming a columnist, becoming a published author, and becoming a script writer. And this blog has also led to me getting married (12 years now). And it was all thanks to you, my readers and those who have supported me.

So, yeah, I know I don’t blog as much as I used to with all the other stuff going on (I don’t have much time to write right now as I’m on a fishing trip with the kids), but I will keep this blog going forever if I can. Well, maybe Harvey will, with Basil doing tech support. But I will be around waiting for that one fabled day where I will have more time to blog. Maybe on the 30th anniversary, though it’s possible by then I’ll have handed the blog over to my daughter Buttercup. She’s very opinionated and very certain she’s right about everything.

Anyway, I feel very blessed. Thank you so much for your support. And I’ll try to be funny again one of these days, I swear — though I think it’s now been thirteen years since that last happened.

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Random Thoughts: Trump Tweets and Independence Day

You don’t have a right to anything someone else has to provide.

For people who have it better off than anyone else in human history, we sure whine a lot.

Free markets gives no guarantee, but consistently delivers best results. Government gives guarantees it can’t honor. People want guarantees.
It’s like from Tommy Boy, but people would rather you take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed.

I guess the NYT’s defense in Palin’s suit will be that their editorial board wasn’t malicious but just some of the dumbest people in print.
I might be sympathetic to that argument.

I don’t know the merits of Palin’s lawsuit, but NYT wrote an editorial based on slanderous nonsense. Someone should have been fired.

I was once on the cover of Time, but I don’t hang it up in my country clubs.

"…and that’s why you got Trump."

Single-payer sounds like a great idea unless you’re the one selected by lottery to pay for everyone’s health care.

I’m sure by year six he’ll start acting presidential.

Anyone want a hot take on why it’s good the president is attacking someone about her facelift? I can get you a 1000 words, but I’m not cheap.

We’d rather a right to health care than health care.

Hadn’t read comic book in a while and thinking of getting the Elmer Fudd/Batman crossover. $5! What rich elitists comic book readers must be.

Supergirl is by far the dumbest of the CW DC comics shows, but I like their Superman better than the current movie Superman.
Superman is supposed to be hopeful and uplifting (counterpoint to Batman). That’s why DCEU Wonder Woman is better Superman than Superman.

I don’t care for the new NRA ad, but I’m also not outraged by it.
They lose me early on with the “They’re saying mean things about the president!” line.

My wife woke me at 2am to kill a spider. Didn’t she learn anything from watching Wonder Woman?

Baby Driver’s nemesis is Toonces the Driving Cat.

Trump is a terrible human being, but if he continues to be ineffective implementing any of his plans, he could be an above-average president.

I might be in a bubble, but so far I haven’t seen anyone on the left comment on the Charlie Gard case one way or another.
When you’re pushing more government control over health care, it seems like you might want to address worst-case horror stories.
Of course, this is beyond single-payer. It’s not just the government saying it won’t pay; it’s saying you can’t pay either.

So what are the parameters on a preferred pronoun? Like, can I state that it always has to be capitalized?
I’m going to make my preferred pronoun 135 characters long to make it really hard to make fun of me on Twitter.

If they repeal Obamacare, is there a repeal ceremony? Like dumping the law into a fire pit while Obama is forced to watch?

lit by the burning law, Trump points a finger at a weeping Obama
“Ash is your legacy now! ASH!”

In Trump’s defense, vomiting every incoherent thought he has onto Twitter did make him president, so I’m not sure why he should stop now.

Of the sociopaths in DC, the Dems are the more annoying ones since they really really want everyone to believe they care about people.

“I am the very model of a modern U.S. president…”

For twelfth anniversary, did the tasting menu at Barley Swine in Austin. Highly, highly recommend.

In Chris Christie’s defense [ERROR: Second half of sentence not found.]

I constantly get Alison Brie and Brie Larson confused.

Happy Independence Day! Try to whine less and do more with the insane amount of advantages you’ve inherited.

Wait. What do I say to followers from other countries on the 4th? “Our condolences.”

If you’re cool and from another country, come live in America. It’s the best. If you’re not cool, stay where you are.

What makes US great is it’s dedication to freedom, not government programs. Plenty of countries with govt that make promises they can’t keep.
But a dedication to freedom is truly respect for all people. That is rare and worth fighting for.

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Trump Gave Me Freedom

One of the great things about Trump is he’s fully free from my last vestiges of partisanship. That was already fading going into the presidential primary as I no longer had the energy to root for any of the candidates as none of them seemed like they’d get us away from the same old, some old — well, except one who seemed like he learned about conservatism from watching Stephen Colbert. And when the election ended up being Trump versus Hillary, that was it. I was done.

And it’s been nice. Like at the election, I was all prepared for a Hillary win. And when Trump won instead, I was like, “Well, that’s interesting,” but no big change for me. And now when everyone is saying bad things about the president, I’m just like, “Yep, he’s pretty awful.” but also when people are like, “He’s going to destroy the country! We must stop him!” I’m like, “Meh.” I’m free. I don’t need to care either way.

And when someone says, “Republicans are bad!” I just nod and say, “Yep. They’re pretty useless.” But if someone says to me, “But Democrats are good,” I body slam him. So I’m almost free. When someone tries to prop up some mediocrity as something we should be happy about — like some people were recently trying to rally behind Kamala Harris like she wasn’t horrible — that still activates me. If you want to get excited about a politician and think he or she is good, you will have to get through me.

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The Vulgar Argument for Freedom

I don’t often make the pragmatic argument for freedom as I find it a little vulgar. You just shouldn’t point guns at each other and tell each other what to do because it’s wrong — the utility of being nice to each other shouldn’t have to be factored in. But there also such huge benefits to freedom that it just seems absurd we have to keep making these arguments.

Freedom, essentially, is attempt to see each person to their best potential. With freedom, every person gets to apply their knowledge and their motivations to decision making. This is often the knowledge of millions versus the knowledge of one — a politician or a bureaucrat who just isn’t anywhere near as motivated to see improvements in the lives of each person as they are themselves. So it’s orders of magnitude more knowledge being applied by extremely motivated people (because everyone is motivated about themselves and their family and friends) versus extremely limited knowledge and motivation.

And when you get to free markets, the advantage of it over systems that constrain liberty get absurd. Again, seeing how we’re a world growing in population and yet the number of undernourished people keeps dropping, it’s almost evil we have to make arguments for a system that’s helped so many, but here is why it works. Everyone focuses on the dollars as an end, but they are a means. They are information. Each time a dollar does something, that’s — I want to say a “bit of information” but it carries way more info in it than a 1 or a 0. And the free market is this feedback loop of people constantly reacting to all these trillions of pieces of information. And everyone has power in this, because those dollars are precious — especially when you have less of them. So it means a lot when they move. And you make a lot more money selling mass market to poor people than just to rich people (look how much money Walmart deals with) so it’s a system where people are much more motivated to serve the poor (again, just by reacting the information of dollar exchange) than other systems, such as voting which attempts to take information from a large amount of people (though I should note a vote means much less to people than a dollar and they think nothing of throwing it away) and then does very little with that information, usually just making a binary choice. But in a free market, the information leads to so many things like where people apply labor or where they put their billions of brains towards innovating, and that’s why it leads to everything becoming cheaper and better… unless someone steps in and smashes that information with interference.

That brings us to a system like socialism — and I’m not sure kids these days even know what it is beyond thinking it’s some magic word that causes everyone to get everything they want for free — where what you’re doing is sacrificing all those trillions of pieces of information in your decision making for an illusion of control. You’ve short circuited where those dollars would naturally go and all the information that carries and are trying to make extremely complex decisions while only looking at a tiny sliver of information. It’s saying, “I’m going to figure out how to feed, clothe, and get health care for everyone. First step, I’m going to gouge out my eyes and pierce my eardrums.”

But I understand why people don’t like freedom and free markets. They’re scary. They make no guarantees of anything. Governments make guarantees. Guarantees they can’t keep, but people want some large entity saying it will provide for them, even when it keeps failing to do so. That’s why we seem to be on the path to single-payer in health care. We don’t want to use the system that makes everything cheaper and better by utilizing all the possible information because it seems so wrong when people’s lives are at stake. People could die because greed will keep them from health care — in the same way people could starve all over the world because greed could keep them from food. But it never works out that way in a free market because you only make money by selling things — and making it cheaper so you can sell to more people — not by denying things from people. But we want the guarantee, and thus we’ll get a system where we don’t use all those trillions of pieces of information to figure out where to put resources. And people will die from that decision — people who could have been saved in the better system or through innovations that will take much longer now. But we’ll pat ourselves on the back for caring about the poor while it happens, and I guess that’s what’s important.

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You Want People to Die!

Since Harvey is gone for a bit, I guess I should blog.

But I don’t want to!

Anyway, this is pretty great, so watch it.

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Random Thoughts: The ACHA and Milkshake Duck

I hope little girls see the Wonder Woman movie and realize they can be anything they want to be. Except ghostbusters.

The Dems make a pretty good argument that Trump is terrible. They don’t have a good argument that they’re better.

“We’ll stop the ACHA!”
“You think we’d reveal our bill if there remained a chance of you affecting its outcome? We passed it 35 minutes ago.”

Would help the WH spokespeople explain away Trump’s statements if they could say, “You have to remember, the president is kind of a dummy.”

“But he implied he had tapes of Comey.”
“There’s a simple explanation for that: Trump’s an idiot who should not be taken seriously.”
And then everyone would just sort of nod and say, “That makes sense. He does seem like an idiot.” And the scandal is gone.

Is there anyone saying how bad Trumpcare will be who didn’t squander all their credibility saying how great Obamacare would be?

BEFORE: “Obamacare means lower premiums and you get to keep your doctor.”
NOW: “Repealing Obamacare will kill people!”
Whatever, liars.

“Planned Parenthood does a lot of other things than abortion” always reminds me of “The Civil War wasn’t just about slavery.” Yes, but no.
If PP did all it currently does except abortion, neither Republicans nor Democrats would care about it. Public wouldn’t have heard of it.
Pretending opposition to PP is anything other than opposition to abortion or support is something other than support of abortion is silly.
In a free country, people who don’t like abortion wouldn’t need to have their money associated with it.
And in a free country, people who like abortion could voluntarily raise all the money they want for abortions.
But no one likes a free country. We like partisan footballs.
So says me, Frank J. Fleming, the only reasonable person observing politics. You can praise me for my wisdom now.

When Obama jumps in the debate, I think “There’s that sociopath who ruined my health insurance and wants me to thank him.”

Was… was Johnny Depp comparing Trump to President Lincoln?

Writing sequel to Superego is not going as fast as hoped. I only have a little spare time each day for it. Still, I’d guess you’ll see it before Game of Thrones book 6.

How do you determine what a living wage is? Do you pay someone less and less until he dies?

“The Republicans are going to kill millions of people!!!”
“Eh… still rather them than the Democrats.”

For all those yelling about it, if the AHCA passes, do you have plans to try and save the thousands (millions?) who are going to die?

I don’t agree with the left that if someone’s labor is worth less than $15 an hour then it should be illegal for that person to get a job.

The suggested retail price for SNES Classic is $80 and the suggested eBay price is $400.

Pretty hard to tell what’s going on with health care, but at least you can be certain that no one on either side is telling you the truth.

Capitalism is a system that will give you everything you ever wanted as long as you can be okay with someone else having a lot more.

So are we supposed to pretend to not notice the huge differential between the men’s leagues and women’s leagues in sports?

I was disturbed to find out about Milkshake Duck’s racism. But I’m also disturbed by how quickly and viciously people turned on him.
Yes racism is bad. But we’re all bad. We all have awful flaws. There is beauty and ugliness in us. We all drink milkshakes and are racists.
And isn’t the most problematic thing of all placing yourself on a pedestal above someone else? Or above a milkshake drinking duck?
I don’t like the path we’re on. It’s a path along which the trains get ever smaller. Far enough along, we’ll be in tiny train world.

I don’t think we have enough guns in this country until we have enough for every man, woman, and child to dual-wield.

It would be nice if either George W. Bush or Barack Obama wrote “Being a U.S. President for Dummies.” I know who I’d buy it for.

The great thing about having three kids is now I can put up weekly child rankings to motivate them.

So single-payer is the theory that everything will be all puppies and sunshine if Trump just had more control over health care.

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