Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Ultimate Bob Dylan Interview Mashup

I must admit that I was not a Bob Dylan fan at all until I saw his 2004 60 Minutes interview with Ed Bradley (transcript).  Much of the issue was hearing about him from a certain segment of his fans, the ones who parroted whatever the music magazines said about him.

During the course of my current book project, I came across more interviews of Bob Dylan and it struck me that they were very much the same.  Reporters would ask him the same silly questions, and he would answer them in the same frank way, decade after decade.  I recon the oldest interviews in this video are from 1965, and the newest is the 2004 interview for 60 Minutes.

The late Ed Bradley seems to be the rare reporter who got it right about Bob Dylan, the man who just writes songs and sings them.  That's it.  That's what the man does.

Dylan's new interactive video of Like A Rolling Stone is quite good too.

As Mr. Dylan said near the end of his Don't Look Back documentary, "Give the Anarchist a cigarette."
Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ

Friday, November 22, 2013

National Socialism, American Style

Good Lord, if I hear one more person compare compulsory health insurance to compulsory car insurance my head will explode. If you want to compare ACA to anything "car" it is an after purchase WARRANTY, which is not required anywhere. Required car insurance is for causing damage to the property of others, not for replacing ball-joints.

Maybe they are just trying to soften up the conversation for when someone has the bright idea of forcing everybody to buy personal liability insurance as a consequence of being an American citizen. Personal liability insurance being the proper instrument to compare to automobile liability insurance.

If one wants to compare this latest American adventure into National Socialism to anything, it is the aspect that you think it is just fine for the government to force you, under threat of violence and loss of liberty, to do business with favored vendors of the bureaucrats who never met you and don't care one whit about your welfare.

Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Latest Article at The Freeman - Colorado: Weed Killer

Colorado: Weed Killer
Conventional wisdom now equates legality with a dedicated tax and regulatory apparatus

While browsing the commentary after Election Day 2013 I kept reading about the victory in Colorado. I thought, “Fantastic! They shot down that silly marijuana tax.” Actually, what they shot down was Proposition 66, a different tax and an effort to revamp the government schools there. 
Proposition AA, the marijuana tax, passed with over 60 percent of the vote. It creates two new taxes for the newly legalized recreational pot: 15 percent at the wholesale level and a 10 percent retail sales tax. Some cities, like Boulder, piled on to the tune of a further 8.5 percent local tax on top of the state tax. 
"The passage of Proposition AA today completes the historic process of regulating and taxing marijuana in the state of Colorado," Brian Vicente, one of the architects of marijuana legalization and a proponent of the tax measure, said in a statement
That is to say, Vicente sees the institution of these taxes as inherent to the process of legalization—if there aren’t taxes applied and bureaucracy erected around it, it’s not actually legal.
Read the rest here.

Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hey Kevin Blackstone, or should I call you Meathead?

Hey, Kevin Blackstone, 1972 called and they would like an apology for you parroting Meathead.

And now for a word from the writers at CBS:

Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DC Council Votes For Redskins Name Change

DC Council voted 10-0 (in a 13 seat council) for the Washington Redskins to change their name. May I suggest the Maryland Redskins? Perhaps even the Landover Redskins? Even the Virginia Redskins would be more fitting, since their headquarters and practice complexes are there. They have not had a presence in DC at any time in the 21st century.

Also posted at Freedom Bunker

Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ

Friday, November 1, 2013

Are the Black Panthers back on the scene?

Just caught a Brian Doherty story at reason about a fellow at Los Angeles International Airport with a gun, wearing a militant uniform, and he had a note in a bag saying he wanted to kill "pigs.  He has been identified as Paul Ciancia, 23, of Pennsville, N.J.

However, the story does not fit a Black Panther's operation.
CBS claims this to be a picture of the shooter

Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ