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Guest Post: John Bryson’s Real Medical Condition

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Submitted by James E. Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada,

Last Saturday, it is being reported that U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson was involved in two auto accidents that may have been related to a seizure he suffered during the incidents.  According to CNN, Bryson is currently under investigation for a felony hit and run.  It is unclear at this point if the Commerce Secretary’s health condition played a part in either accident.  Police currently don’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved.  Whatever the case, Bryson’s insider status will likely help him escape any significant legal trouble that could arise from the episode.  That’s just how plutocracies roll.

Perhaps now is a good time to analyze the oxymoronic reasoning behind a government bureaucrat in charge of regulating commerce.  According to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress shall have the authority “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”  For those not fooled by the fantasy that government will always abide by the rules set up by its founders, the fact that Congress has used such vague language to regulate anything and everything under the sun comes as no surprise.  If the ruling class of the state really wants to ignore previously defined limits to its powers, there is little that will stop them short of full blown domestic revolution.  Just look at President Obama’s ongoing killing spree in the Middle East.

The plain truth is the U.S. Constitution, like every government-establishing text, was never meant to shackle Leviathan.  As Southern University School of Law professor Butler Shaffer writes in regard to the supposed freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights:

This fact is what conservatives fail to understand when they bleat about wanting “to get back to the Constitution.” The government has never strayed from the Constitution; these words have been in that document from the beginning. They have, however, been interpreted according to the ever-changing preferences of those in power.

From Abraham Lincoln’s whoring out to the railroad industry to Franklin Roosevelt’s fascism-in-disguise New Deal, the commerce clause has always been interpreted to justify the federal government’s intrusion into economic life.  Even if we were to accept that the authors of the Constitution really wanted to grant Congress the authority to regulate commerce in such a way as to facilitate it rather than limit it (James Madison is said to have argued that regulate generally means “keep regular”), then such a notion would be counter-intuitive.  The state only ever impedes commerce and transactions among free people.  Tariffs, taxation, subsidies to politically favored firms, and legally imposed barriers to industry are all products of government dictum.

Rather than promote “job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans,” as goes its mission statement, the Department of Commerce is fundamentally anti-commerce.  People are perfectly capable of trading with their next door neighbors and with strangers all the way across the globe without being supervised like children.  And through every transaction, both parties think of themselves better off or they wouldn’t have conducted business in the first place.  This concept is universal irregardless of the arbitrary boundaries imposed on the world by various nation-states.

What the Department of Commerce really serves as is another bureaucracy to be staffed by those who take great pleasure in barking orders at individuals and instructing them in the proper way in which to live their lives.  In what is perhaps one of the most accurate descriptions written on the state and its enforcers, famed investor Doug Casey’s recent essay “The Ascendence of Sociopaths in U.S. Governance” gets to the bottom of the type of person drawn to positions of coercive dictation.  In addressing the crotch fondlers in the Transportation Security Administration, he writes:

Have you ever wondered where the 50,000 people employed by the TSA to inspect and degrade you came from? Most of them are middle-aged. Did they have jobs before they started doing something that any normal person would consider demeaning? Most did, but they were attracted to – not repelled by – a job where they wear a costume and abuse their fellow citizens all day.

Few of them can imagine that they’re shepherding in a police state as they play their roles in security theater…but the 50,000 newly employed are exactly the same type of people who joined the Gestapo – eager to help in the project of controlling everyone. Nobody was drafted into the Gestapo.

In short, to cite another illuminating phrase from Casey, “Washington draws sociopaths like a pile of dog crap draws flies.”  The key difference is that piles of dog excrement don’t steal from your paycheck, sexually assault you before you board a plane, read your electronic communication without your permission, and then pretend to be looking out for your best interests.

As we have seen, Casey’s reasoning applies directly to those in the Department of Commerce.  If under no restrictions people will naturally economize and bargain with each other to better their lives, then all government can do is act as a hurdle to trade.  And it is precisely those who seek to oversee and squash commerce that will gravitate toward the institution that specializes in the practice.  The purpose of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and its equivalent in other countries, is based on Orwellian reasoning and its offices are used to employ busybodies who will dutifully go to the voting booth and put politicians in power that will appropriate more stolen money to its range of agencies.

What ever medical condition Secretary Bryson may have is negligible in comparison to his statist mindset as the head of a regulatory bureaucracy.  Those who had their vehicle plowed into by his Lexus are not the only ones who have suffered at the hands of Secretary Bryson.  It is the businesses and innovations that will never see the light of day due to the endless amounts of regulatory red tape which permeate from Washington into the economy like a deadly plague.


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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:25 | 2516756 UP Forester
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Fuck it, throw him under the bus, too, and back up a few times.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:38 | 2516796 SilverTree
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Get well soon Johnny boy.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:45 | 2516816 fourchan
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they hustled his dick back to washington pdq.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:56 | 2516845 TruthInSunshine
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This guy plowed into the back end of a Buick with three passengers inside, argued with them, got back into his car, took off, and proceeded to hit yet another car for no apparent reason, this time not even bothering to stop, and just proceeding to wherever he was going.


He had a "seizure."





Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:59 | 2516852 Bear
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The whole cast in DC is one big seizure

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:27 | 2516922 I think I need ...
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diplomatic immunity

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:38 | 2517036 xtop23
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Potomac two-step in 3...2...1...

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:23 | 2517091 Michael
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Lawyers For Ron Paul Civil Rights (Voting Rights) Lawsuit FAQ

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 06:49 | 2517247 Mitzibitzi
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"It's just been revoked!"

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:02 | 2516861 optimator
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Just like old Europe, the Royalty have the right of way.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:35 | 2516941 Harlequin001
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Do you mean old Europe as in 19th century, or old Europe as it is today, from an American perspective?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:47 | 2516953 The Big Ching-aso
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Maybe his medical condition is rectal-cranial inversion seizures from huge ego spasms.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 02:31 | 2517148 Likstane
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Excellent!  Way to take the extra minute and determine if it was worth posting!  Bravo!  

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:21 | 2517581 aerojet
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I'm pretty sure they meant medieval times.  Then again, Europe is also full of panjandrums who expect and get royal treatment and lord over the mostly-willing peastantry there, too.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:03 | 2517067 Popo
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Quite a few monarchs in Europe were slaughtered along its their entire courts, personal staff and extendd families. Historically speaking, Monarchy is a privileged status right up until you get dragged from your bed by angry peasants, and your corpse is dragged bloody through the streets.

Throughout history, understanding the tipping point of public frustration has been vital to personal survival for those in power.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 02:30 | 2517147 uhb
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that starts only when the sheeple dont get enough to bite

"The distance between culture and anarchy is three warm meals"

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:19 | 2517573 aerojet
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That tipping point had better come pretty soon.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:40 | 2516952 Stoploss
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Kharma in action. Let her play with him a while, it's just started, so sit back, pay attention and enjoy.

She is taking him apart at the seams, leaving a trail for all to see.

Not the first, definitely won't be the last.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:41 | 2516954 Blotsky
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Well said! lmao :)

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:23 | 2517056 G-R-U-N-T
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It's quite simple really...He drives commerce like he drives his Lexus.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:41 | 2516802 Bear
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November 6 ... baby!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:16 | 2516866 SilverTree
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Remind me what the special occasion is again Poo bear.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:41 | 2517106 prains
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it's when you bend over and get a mitt full

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:34 | 2517635 dbomb12
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I think it is when sheeple think they are actually accomplishing voting out one bad guy and replacing it with another one just as if not more corrupt. Its the old good cop bad cop scenario (democrats and republicans) the end game for both is the same

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:43 | 2516809 Hedgetard55
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Yea, under the choomwagon, the VW bus.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:47 | 2516822 Cortez the Killer
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But, but but,

I thought there wasnt enough regulation

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:00 | 2516855 GMadScientist
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It would help if these Mises pieces (Ellleeeeooottt!) would dare to mention specific regulations, but that's apparently too close to doing actual economics for their comfort or something.


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:34 | 2516939 GMadScientist
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Cute, but I was talking about mentioning which ones might actually be preventing growth (of something other than a carcinoma).

Here, I'll help you out:

Ending the war on drugs would save America billions of dollars per year.

See, wasn't that easy?

I'm just asking for less chest-thumping and hand-waving and the application of a more pragmatic and functional approach.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 02:37 | 2517152 Likstane
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It seemed to me you were defending this chump and his governmental overkill by berating the author for not singling out specifics.  What is worse is that you propose a general call to 'end the war on drugs'.   Where is the specificity in that broad statement? 

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 08:49 | 2517465 pods
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I think that in for brevity, one cannot take on the behemoth of even a department of the federal government.

I would take your drug idea a bit further, abolish any law where there is no injured party.


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 10:24 | 2517830 tarsubil
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That is too simple and there cannot be any simple solutions!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:26 | 2516919 LetThemEatRand
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He has literally no idea what the regulations say, but that's not the point.   Borrowing from Bush, "the regulat'ns hate our freedoms."

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:39 | 2516950 jeff montanye
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no doubt the regulations stifle competition and creativity.  if i had to guess, it is at the behest of the lobbyists from the oligopolists (who probably wrote the regulations).  while there is still something in this standard rant, regulatory capture is so clearly nearly complete that what we see the government actually do (not say) is almost all the will of the rich and the big corporations.  

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:50 | 2516981 LetThemEatRand
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I don't know a single human being on the planet who disagrees that all (most?) of the current regulatory system is out of control.  It is an imperfect system, especially in recent years when the big industries figured out that they could have lobbyists convince Congressmen to pass their desired regulations word-for-word.  The simple problem with this author is that the solution is not simple.  The bath water is indeed dirty.  That's where my agreement with the author ends.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:07 | 2517258 Mitzibitzi
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While my definition of the perfect scope of government is probably a bunch smaller than yours, LTER, I do generally agree. Regulatory capture is the problem, along with the vested interests of those that seek government power for themselves in the first place. The usual rationale given for wanting to be in a position of authority is, "I wanted to change things. Make things better!" Unfortunately, in all but a rare few cases, that's quite literally true. What isn't added to the statement is setting out precisely for whom things are to be made better. But they're hardly going to admit that they want power to mold the system to suit themselves, their peer groups and whatever pet social and economic theories they happen to adhere to.

It seems quite obvious that the human race, in it's current state of intellectual and emotional development anyway, does still need some form of limited government - ironically the government employees and politicians of pretty much any 'civilised' country are themselves proof of what happens when humans are allowed to figuratively (and often literally) get away with murder.

So it's not government itself we need to get rid of, though I consider it a long term goal to do so, it's government by self-interest, crony-ism and greed.

But as you rightly say... the solution is not simple. If we were to ban lobbying and appoint a regulatory body to oversee the activities of politicians and civil servants, in order to ensure that 'under the table' bribes didn't take it's place, all we'd now have is another government agency that is subject to precisely the same kind of greedy self interest and susceptibility to corporate / bankster bribery as we have now. It might work for a few years, maybe, but that would be all - too much money involved for all our 'white knights' to remain clean for long!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:18 | 2516893 I Got Worms
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This guy needs to be added to the list of folks who need to be tracked down and "spoken to" when TSHTF.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:46 | 2516975 Tom Servo
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My takeaway from this is a new meme in the lexicon...


funds "Corzined"

PM's or guns "Lost in a boating accident"

sky is the limit? "I must have had a seizure!"

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:26 | 2516762 azzhatter
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Excellent post. And tell me that he was tested. "Police don't believe alcohol" was involved. What a crock of shit

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:34 | 2516780 brewing
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LA PD was looking fot the most powerful street cleaner in the city to sweep this one under the rug...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:45 | 2516817 ACP
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No way.........they don't need to sweep this under the rug. Criminals in this cartel get away with anything they want in plan view, with full cooperation from the Politburo, comrade!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:12 | 2516879 e_goldstein
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Nah, bath salts.

The people in the buick are lucky they didn't get their faces chewed off.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:16 | 2516887 pods
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Exactly.  Evidence, not belief.

So if I was high as a kite, and hit someone, would I be liable if I did not believe that drugs were involved?


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:18 | 2517017 mkhs
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Only if you believed you didn't believe?

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:37 | 2517651 dbomb12
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That means they did not bother to check, otherwise Obama would have another BEER summit

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 13:42 | 2518651 Zymurguy
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No no no no... the LA PD Chief has just pulled his ticket to get into the elite club.  Mark my words, the Chief will ascend to high ranks in the FBI/CIA/NSA/BATFE/ETC

This is how its done...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:28 | 2516767 ACP
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Hellz yeah bitchez! That's how communist Party Leaders roll!

So when does he get that blue emergency light and siren on his car that the wealthy and politically connected get in Russia, even today?

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:38 | 2517655 dbomb12
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As soon as Obama gets a second term

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:31 | 2516774 Seasmoke
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he drives a car , like he does the economy

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:51 | 2516779 reader2010
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Only fools work in America, and only fools believe law is applied equally to everyone. So junk me since I told the truth. Because the smart ones let machines and fools work for them, and let them believe no one is above the law. 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:35 | 2516782 LeonardoFibonacci
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crashing his car into other vehicles.  Wait till he crashes his department and the victims of his department!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:36 | 2516787 world_debt_slave
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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:36 | 2516792 LeonardoFibonacci
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He practices Zimbabwe economics which he learnt from Obamanomics

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:44 | 2516965 Manthong
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Incoherence and car crashes could be seen to have some legacy position and influence in Obamanomics formation.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:40 | 2516799 LetThemEatRand
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The von Mises institute of which this author is the leader, advocates for rule of the masses by the wealthy and noble unelected elite who rise to the top.  It is all part of their vision of brutal economic Darwinism as the desired system of all human interaction.   And apparently the Institute does not want a nation of laws, at least based upon the scathing discussion above about the interpretation of the commerce clause over 200 years of Supreme Courts.  We certainly can't trust lawmakers and courts because they may give too much power to elected government.   Nice vision.  Give up the Constitution and elected government and trade it in for a new Feudal society run by Kings and Lords.   And of course the wealthy would pass their wealth on, so within a few generations the leaders would simply be the offspring of the winners of previous generations.  Because there would be no cronyism or corruption or injustice in that system, right?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:45 | 2516808 Ident 7777 economy
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-1 for willful mis-statement of von Mises Institute mission statement ...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:06 | 2516865 LetThemEatRand
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-1 for your lack of ability to understand the advocated end game.

1.  Do you disagree that the Institute advocates pure free markets aka economic darwinism?

2.  Do you disagree that the Institute would allow the wealthiest to pass their wealth and power from generation to generation?

3.  Do you disagree that wealth and power would concentrate among the most successful business people in the Institute's vision, and that there would be no redistribution through taxation ore regulation up to and including death?

4.  Do you disagree that the Institute is against representative (elected) government?

5.  Do you disagree that the Institute would throw out the U.S. Constitution as a completely flawed document?


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:24 | 2516910 James_Cole
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The mises institute is run by a former art school student - enough said.

I just wonder how much they pay ZH to run their terrible articles here. 

Not say I support Bryson - I don't support any of Obama's administration - I just hate seeing an otherwise mostly intelligent site spammed with horrendously bad articles.  

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:38 | 2516947 LetThemEatRand
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His usual approach is to take a subject on which everyone can agree (ordinary people would be treated differently from this government official in a hit and run accident), and then conflate that single example of abuse of power with a completely different subject such as the Commerce Clause, and then conclude that all government must be eliminated and that all would be well if we had no rules other than private property.   The logic and analysis is so completely flawed it is laughable, but the Rand vultures feast upon it like the fine rotting carcass that it is.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:56 | 2516991 James_Cole
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It's not so much just their axe to grind I find annoying, it's more reading high school level analysis written as if done last minute night before a deadline without the author able to connect any part of their stream-of-conciousness ranting.

Hopefully the contract runs out soon, no more ads for overseas gfs and no more Mises institute please! Both are a blot on my screen - but it's like a car crash, tough to look away. 

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 04:44 | 2517203 Buckaroo Banzai
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Hey you two douchebags. Quit sucking each other off where we have to watch. Go back to DailyKos or whatever stupid liberal blog you came from.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:12 | 2517267 TrainWreck1
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"The mises institute is run by a former art school student - enough said."

Yes, and the US is run by a Harvard lawyer.


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:43 | 2516958 Ident 7777 economy
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LetThemEatRand :

" -1 for your lack of ability to understand the advocated end game. "


Failed and extravagant over-reach unlike has been seen for awhile; a bridge too far; reading 'between the lines' where there were none; assumption unwarranted since no opinion by poster was stated; projection; possible attempt at straw-man erection.




Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:55 | 2516988 LetThemEatRand
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I guess we need to just read the Mises "mission statement" and not understand the mission? 

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:42 | 2517673 prole
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Who is "we" you POS Commie? You are a joke, and you are here to defend your God: Government.

Spinning lies and obfuscations about those who promote freedom, is basically all you do.

I Hate Rand you are a LIAR. (also human garbage, tax eater, parasite etc etc)

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:50 | 2516828 Cortez the Killer
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We should give the reins to inter racial trailer park couples.

Isnt that what you said last week, commie cocksucker?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:16 | 2516885 LetThemEatRand
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I would think that you be a big supporter of the big O with your cocksucking obsession.  Then again, you probably got "cured" at some mega-church, right? 

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:46 | 2516970 jeff montanye
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be careful, he's a self-confessed killer.  with a cool frilly collar.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:06 | 2516867 oddjob
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But your cronyism and corruption is more palatable, right?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:09 | 2516874 LetThemEatRand
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We can look back thousands of years through human history and see all of the alternatives that actually occurred.  Our system is horribly corrupt, but it beats the shit of the feudal society advocated by these egomaniacs who fancy themselves future Kings and Lords.  Our system needs to be fixed.  The Institute's desired system needs to be put back into the history books as a miserable failure that would in fact destroy liberty and individual freedom.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 16:41 | 2519470 ffart
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I guess it's a matter of degree. Most of the feudal lords were too busy killing each other over territorial rights and power to bother killing their own peasants, unlike the modern authoritarian governments which have killed more people while claiming it was for their own good than previously thought possible.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:05 | 2516868 GMadScientist
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My vision of how things work in a libertardian utopia:


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:44 | 2517681 prole
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Fuck You Socialist. Who is going to follow your dull link?

Anonyretard's comments are brilliant pearls of wisdom compared to what you post.

(I wonder why Anony never has a complaint about the commentary of his fellow-troll-travellers hmm...)

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:24 | 2516909 pods
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"And of course the wealthy would pass their wealth on, so within a few generations the leaders would simply be the offspring of the winners of previous generations."

Yeah, that does NOT happen now thank god.

You know, 

Prescott Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush

George Walker Bush

Jeb Bush

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:31 | 2516932 LetThemEatRand
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To name just a few.  I agree.  We need to avoid dynasty families through a reasonable inheritance tax over say $20M in assets.  

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:49 | 2516979 Ident 7777 economy
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LetThemEatRand :

" ... We need to avoid dynasty families through a reasonable inheritance tax over say $20M in assets.  "


'Property rights' being overated, not based on any original concepts or principles the signers of the Declaration of Independence might have intended or expressed in the letters they exchanged during that period (and of which records still exist.)


 LetThemEatRand, are you now, or have you ever been, a Communist? 



Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:03 | 2517001 LetThemEatRand
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I'm sure the Supreme Court Justices who have consistently upheld the inheritance tax since it was conceived are all commies too, yes?  I really envy the ability you guys have to see the world in such simple terms.  You claim to love the Constitution yet you routinely advocate its effective repeal when you disagree with its application.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:50 | 2517694 prole
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I love Liberty bitch, and I hate you, and all your revolting cheerleading for Socialism and slavery.

So kill yourself and make the world a better place today!!

If fellow posters would only notice how you are winning in your trolling; you effectively misdirect this thread away from useful commentary about the government nomenklatura being totally above the law and the harmfulness of bureaucrats, and make it about parsing your crap and lies.

I wish posters would just junk you to oblivion and otherwise ignore you. (except occasionally to mention that you are a liar and should kill yourself)

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:18 | 2517083 G-R-U-N-T
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You can stick your inheritance tax up your ass bitch!

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:34 | 2517092 Richardk888
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Really!?  How about prosecuting the illegal ways the Bush family got so rich instead of taking away the money of families who earned it honestly.  What right does anyone have to tax the inheritance of a families honestly earned money no matter what the amount?  Your argument is weak IMO.

Are you posting from the anti capitalist section of the OWS movement?  You using Public WIFI or 4G off your wireless carrier?

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:31 | 2517030 Marty Rothbard
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You are assuming that no one can screw up a good thing.  The second, or third generation of a family business, are notorious for destroying the firm. You assume monopolies will exist.  Not likely, without barriers to enter an industry, caused by governmental regulation, and cronyism, profit margins are limited by competition.  Imagine trying to start a pharmaceutical company today, and bringing a new drug to market.  Good luck raising the money, and staying in business, while the thoroughly captured FDA considers approving your product.

   Besides, what you describe is better than what you have today.  The people you fear would gain their wealth through voluntary commerce.  Our current rulers steal the wealth they accumulate, through threat, and use of force.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:42 | 2516805 loveyajimbo
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This guy is a great rep of the Kenyan's administration... an epic failure.  Perhaps the medical condition explains his incompetence?  Either way, adios.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:51 | 2516982 jeff montanye
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and the truly sickening part is how much the kenyan's administration is a seamless extension of the texan's.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:48 | 2516806 earleflorida
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mr. bryson's flighty route wasn't scheduled off road -- but for himself, the airwaves were full of 'Boeing-4-$$$'s', just start channeling your spiritual advisor ron brown? 

and for god's sake,... stay away from the buses! *[eight months on the job and now is officially resigning as of 10pm today]

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:42 | 2516807 ziggy59
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So, if he couldn't and can't make proper decisions, especially of the ethical kind due to supposed seizure he should be relieved of his duties to serve, in the future, no?
based on past experiences with gov efficiency and whatever,
Well he will probably be promoted ..

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:04 | 2516864 Whoa Dammit
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He'll probably get elected as POTUS in 2016. ;-).

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:45 | 2516814 Hedgetard55
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Am I supposed to believe he had TWO separate seizures while driving, one after the other? He smacked two separate cars.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:03 | 2516862 Agent P
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Are you suggesting alcohol was a contributing factor?  Too easy.

My theory is he got caught up in all the Apple hoopla going on with the developers conference so he went out and got himself a shiny new iPhone, and then crashed his car (twice) while texting...and since he is a Washington insider, I'll just assume the texts were pics of his junk being sent to some underage male intern back in DC. 

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:57 | 2517189 tenpanhandle
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plus the alcohol.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:48 | 2516824 lolmao500
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House committee schedules contempt vote against Holder

CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It's the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.

On Monday morning, Issa formally announced the committee vote on contempt, set for Wednesday, June 20.

String the fucker up!

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:55 | 2516836 StreetMoney21
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You know I read a lot of articles and many of them are often very good. This article in my opinion has no value. It is not giving me information to help me make decisions that will help me advance and sounds like a bunch of shit to me. Go look at Spain's banking system which is "unregulated". Then look at what is happening to Spain now and who will still altimately pay for it. So I don't buy into the argue that markets should not be regulated. I would if taxpayers did not have to bail out the assholes who fuck up. Banks should not be gambling in credit markets only to loose billions of dollars only because they know the government will bail them out. Why, because government is bought and paid for by a group of institutions that dominate not only the very markets that are now casinos, but our very lives. What's funny is that Mitt "tell yo ass anything you want a hear" Romney who is hated by his base will do no better than obama and will continue to carry out plan develop by the few who control our government.

So the person who wrote this article should take their misguided energy to figure out what we can do to make changes for the better instead of focusing on trying to disguise their real feelings with fake ass free market gibberish. 

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:01 | 2516996 dwdollar
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Who writes regulations? You? Me? When was the last time a politician asked you how something should be then worked to implement it?

I rest my case.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:54 | 2516840 GMadScientist
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All that verbage and not a single cogent example of a regulation that, if rolled back, would create a single job.

Sound: check. Fury: check...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:54 | 2516987 jeff montanye
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significance. check ...

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:04 | 2516843 TruthInSunshine
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Remember, he had a seizure, where he happened to seize up very momentarily and precisely while striking two cars in separate incidents, and then these 'spot' seizures quickly abated, allowing him to drive on, until he was finally found ***cough -bullshit*** unconscious.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:09 | 2516875 ebworthen
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He was probably on his way to have lunch with CORZINE.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:18 | 2516892 Joe Sixpack
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Maybe on his way back from breakfest with Bernanke?

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 02:06 | 2517130 ebworthen
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A "two-fer" no doubt.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:17 | 2516888 otto skorzeny
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as much as I don't watch CNBC other than to get my blood pressure up-they had some puff piece on tonight on how the mega-rich are getting WAY nervous about class warfare and are starting to hire thug law-enforcement bodyguards for protection. ahhh-yeaaaaaaaah-class warfare- the only way we as the human race rapidly progress. A Wagnerian Gotterdamerung-BRING IT

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:21 | 2516899 Zodiac
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Drew Lewis was another drunkard Commerce Secretary.   Hopefully the bastard is dead by now.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:21 | 2516901 fadgadget
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irregardless?  really?

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:23 | 2516908 EddardStark
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I'd be less concerned if drugs or alcohol had been involved

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:25 | 2516913 glass
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The demand of cheap wholesale snpbacks has risen considerably over the years. They are a perfect accessory to look fashionable and are available in various colors and designs. The biggest advantage with them is that one size fits all; you do not need to fuss about the size, fitting the person you are gifting it too. The adjustable attachment on the hat is a boon. Compared to retail stores, you would be able to easily order these hats online. There are numerous online stores that deal with all the accessories and have a lovely collection of cheap wholesale snapback hats in all colors and plenty designs. Buy them during the sale season for even better deals.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:27 | 2516921 PersonalRespons...
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Okay then.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:39 | 2516927 booboo
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Whata ya think all them "soldyours" are gonna do for yobs when they get home? They are going to be soldiers of fortune hosing down main street with their SAW clearing a path for Jamie Dimons limo and smoking cigars on your front porch in the evening.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:48 | 2516964 dwdollar
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Well, opportunities weren't exactly knocking on their doors when they joined the military in the first place. More likely it was their only chance at a real inflation adjusted income.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 23:44 | 2516963 Law97
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"Honey, I swear when I had all those hookers and blow, I was having a seizure."

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:11 | 2517008 Conax
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What ever became of that Patrick Kennedy that was driving around on drugs running into shit a few years ago?

I think he had to apologize and go to pillhead prevention school or something.

Also, this guy Bryson hit the first car twice, then another car later.

A crazy story. Could be drugs, could be an arrogant spoiled schizo.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:26 | 2517016 ProtectiveFather
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Lost me at "irregardless." Probably right about the government though.

This is fodder for my developing conspiracy theory that typos, wrong word choices, and other editing deficiencies are intentional in ZH posts (especially guest posts) and meant to convey meaning that I am totally missing. Do conspiracy theories require a defined motivation? Because that's what I can't figure out.

(comment edited for typos...point taken, self)

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:31 | 2517624 aerojet
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The simpler explanation is that these people simply cannot write.  I tend towards cliches, myself.  It's a harder discipline than people realize. 

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:20 | 2517019 janus
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well written

and agree


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 00:48 | 2517051 Crash2012
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Easy on the rush to judgement in this story.


The police will have taken samples as there were multiple wrecks.  They have to cover their behinds too!


Also note, ANY drug tests will take up to a week to complete as they will be checking for many drugs and combinations.


The media is pretending the police have said various things, when the truth is they will have said nothing.


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:59 | 2517716 prole
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If it is an untermensch, or 'regular civilian' then they will take samples and back up samples and make a corpse out of you and take samples. If it is a actual person that matters- LEO, Prosecutor, Kennedy, Commerce Secretary, they will delay, dally, call for back-up, consult the great beyond, and 72 hours later then they will take some samples, or not.

Rules for thee, not for me

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:00 | 2517062 potlatch
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Author neglects to recognize, every outpost needs a Swearengen.  See?

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:24 | 2517093 q99x2
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Arrest him. And while your at it arrest Bush, Holder, Soetoro, Clinton (Mr. and Mrs.), and the other Bush and Blankfein and Dimon. That's it for starters.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:25 | 2517096 Uchtdorf
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Don't forget Rahm E.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:24 | 2517094 Uchtdorf
Tue, 06/12/2012 - 01:58 | 2517119 JohnKozac
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'Seizures?" .....Corzine missed this one.


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 02:13 | 2517135 tony bonn
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"“Washington draws sociopaths like a pile of dog crap draws flies.”

i can't tell the flies from the dog crap, the former being so thick....

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 02:24 | 2517143 cplusplusandloathing
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look at who's writing this bullshit. it's like hitler, if he owned a few oil refineries and some pipelines!

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 02:24 | 2517144 slewie the pi-rat
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this is perhaps fair game but terribly ad hominem

i don't know that much about the man or what happened  but i don't think the secretary is responsible for the commerce clause

or goobermint itself

trying to beat him over the head with dougCasey quotes?  priceless & right outa the cartoons

this guy is the doonesbury of financial journalism?  this is pretty funny, really

tyler doesn't seem to add one word!  i think tyler is developing this guy as his own nigelFarage

i can only consider this guy as a fighter who is gonna get his ass kicked here but in a terry-thomas way

casey is a marketing phenom of self-touting mastery and sells a lot of newsletters and i guess people like his ideas, but i find them harnessed to opportunities so lucrative that to me it is just another case of wondering why he even bothers to sell this info and develop these products when he could just be rich and live like a king without helping others all the time

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:07 | 2517171 drunkenlout
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So, someday this fucktard steps in front of my car, and I try real hard to have a seizure.  Maybe put some hydrogen pyroxide in my mouth after plowing his ass.  I walk from any charges, right?


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:29 | 2517178 Tom Green Swedish
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In times of hardship people will sometimes turn to doing things they would not otherwise do.  This was the case of the Nazi's and TSA.  TSA people were most likely unemployed people with pals somewhere.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 06:33 | 2517237 egoist
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Maybe something to the "psychopath" claim. But I think more universal is the pragmatism problem; many / most people seem to be pragmatists. It's the idea of rejecting principles, on principle; "whatever works". And it is blessed by those on the right. I have seen countless examples of it [expanding] over the years, like a plague.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:27 | 2517614 aerojet
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Every college and university teaches this "ends justify the means" bullshit.  It's called "post-positivism"--you can't know anything for certain, so you have to do your best to make sense of things from minute to minute.  And psychopathic-minded control-freaks always interpret this to mean that they can make up reality as they see fit and fuck anyone who doesn't care to go along with it.  A less brain-dead culture would not allow them to get away with it.  In fact, a less brain-dead culture would single out the control freak types and move them into counseling, prisons, or jobs where they could do little harm.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 06:39 | 2517240 Oldwood
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If I were responsible for this economy, i would likely go out crashing my car into something as well. strange this came right after Obama's big news conference on the economy.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:02 | 2517254 egoist
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If it was a seizure, shouldn't his drivers license be revoked?

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:15 | 2517273 valley chick
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yes...for at least 6 months

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:12 | 2517265 overmedicatedun...
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you all missed the point- bryson was out on the street creating jobs for the cops, firemen, auto repair shops..he is leading by example..go break some windows and join him.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:15 | 2517270 valley chick
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anybody know someone that has had seizures?  I have a family member that does and cannot see having TWO accidents...would have been one accident at most....and would be totally out of it....he would not be able to continue driving for a second accident.  BS, IMHO.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:38 | 2517300 djsmps
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My brother has epilepsy (under control). You are totally correct.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:54 | 2517332 TrainWreck1
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This was a double-secret seizure.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 07:55 | 2517337 overmedicatedun...
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when after a life time of liberal progressive socialist ideals comes crashing down as the reality of who runs the D and R's and our dear leader obuma -hits you, after a few drinks well you go blind and run into things..he will file for work related injury soon.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 08:08 | 2517370 Papasmurf
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The first incident was an accident.  The second was so he could meet his deductables.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 08:39 | 2517438 mendolover
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Going by every photo I've seen of this guy, I'm sorry but he just looks like a dick.  And the fact that he works for the present administration confirms my feelings.  I think every person in the present administration is defective mentally and/or emotionally.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:23 | 2517592 aerojet
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Bush's people were all idiots, too.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:00 | 2517497 xcehn
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Happens all the time in Moscow.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 09:22 | 2517587 aerojet
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"...irregardless..."  lol, learn to fucking write!

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 20:12 | 2519990 chistletoe
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It is probably worthwhile to mention a few of the functions within the Department of Commerce ...


and those who have been making fun of the concept, could profit by taking just a moment to imagine what might happen if any of these functions were left up to private industry.


The Weather Department collects or supervises collection of all raw data for weather prediction, including hurricane and tornado tracking,

and long-term monnitoring of precipitation and temperature.  Just imagine if CNBC, or Exxon, did this instead.  All media get their data from NWS.

The Office of Coast Survey collects seawater depth strudies the only way it can be done, by going out there and running up and down with a sonar device, because satellites can't see through water more than a few feet think.  they also model tides and oil spills and harmful algae with mathematics that would make most college graduates head's spin. Because of their efforts, oil tankers with forty foot keels can navigate tight tidal water channels whle scraping their keels, in confidence.

Can you imagine the bribes if a private company were to manage all patent and trademarks?

...and what about the bureau of standards, where things like the exact meaning of foot, second, ounce, and calorie are rigidly maintained and disseminated ... in our exceedingly complex world, the existence of standards helps to keep things just a little bit simpler, just imagine if every auto company had their own proprietary nut and bolt sizes ....

Commerce also monitors international trade, gathers numbers about imports and exports.  they may not do a superb job of monitoring international dumping and other monopolistic practices, but do you think we would be better off without them?

I'm not justifying this man's behavior, but he may not be representative of the career folk who work for this organization, some of whom are actually dedicated public servants in the best sense of that word.

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