Fairfield County Weekly

Jolt's on You: Civil Liberties get Tasered

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (9/27/06) Link

Last week a student named Andrew Meyer barged his way to an open microphone to pester Sen. John Kerry at a forum hosted by the University of Florida. His "question," such as it was, was a rant about the Skull and Bones society Kerry was in at Yale, a criticism for not impeaching Bush, curiosity about why Kerry didn't contest the 2004 election results, and a bunch of other random stuff. In the inevitable YouTube video, Kerry can be heard to start responding to Meyer, calling it an "important question."

To Catch a Creep: Larry Craig's MacGuffin Moment

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (9/20/07) Link

"We have a name in the studio," Alfred Hitchcock once explained, "and we call it the 'MacGuffin.' It is the mechanical element that usually crops up in any story. In crook stories it is most always the necklace and in spy stories it is most always the papers."

Let Geekdom Ring: the Commodore Amiga, the Boston Celtics, and the American Libertarians

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (9/13/07) Link

Do you know that feeling of instant camaraderie you get when another person shares a deep passion of yours? You may not even know their real name or age or where they live but to you, the shared characteristic speaks volumes about their soul. I feel an immediate kinship with someone if I find out they are a libertarian, or if they're a Celtics fan, or if they have ever owned a Commodore Amiga.

Valuing Politicians

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (9/5/07) Link

What is your value to society? One broadly applicable and fairly objective measure is your lifetime earnings: the total amount of money and other assets that was ever willingly and voluntarily forked over to you.

Happy Grover: Grover Cleveland and the making of a libertarian holiday

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (8/30/07) Link

Why do we observe Labor Day in September when the rest of the world celebrates it on May 1? And why do we celebrate it with barbecues instead of parades and speeches?

Swiper No Swiping! Exploring the hidden (and possibly socialist) agenda of Dora the Explorer

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (8/23/07) Link

The children's television show Dora the Explorer has generated billions in revenue from retail sales alone and has captured the imagination of children everywhere. On the surface it's a quasi-interactive bilingual show about the misadventures of a young girl and Boots, her companion monkey, but according to a list of trivia on Wikipedia, it was also the first show to begin a trend of "applying liberal politics to children's shows."

Off with Their Hedges: The ALF-CIO and others are fuming over hedge fund profits

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (8/16/07) Link

Hedge fund and private equity managers may soon be paying more in taxes. Why?

One stated reason is fairness and it comes in two flavors: mild and spicy.

Interstate Deathway

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (8/8/07) Link

Is it merely a coincidence that the last three catastrophic bridge disasters resulting from structural failures were all interstate highways?

The collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis last week that killed at least four and injured dozens more gruesomely recalls the last two structural bridge tragedies, both of which happened in our neck of the woods.

Is Harry Potter a Libertarian?

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (8/1/07) Link

Like college students across the country, the boy wizard had to deal with a crazed, crypto-Marxist teacher.

On page 357 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, author J.K. Rowling reveals (spoiler alert!!!) that the newly deceased headmaster of the wizard school Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore, was a brimming socialist-communist in his teenage years.

The Book of Greenwich: The city built on gneiss and purchased with coates may be Connecticut's most libertarian place

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (7/26/07) Link

Greenwich recently celebrated its birthday. The town is either 367, 342, 335, 321 or one billion years old, depending on when you start counting.

The official date commemorated last week was July 18, 1640 when two settlers, representing the New Haven colony, bought Old Greenwich from Native Americans for "twenty-five coates." Much like the famous purchase of Manhattan for $24 worth of trinkets 14 years earlier, it's not clear if sellers were actually the people who owned the land or were merely the ones who happened to occupy it at the time.

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