Sarah Hoyt sometimes makes me want to give up blogging, because she so often makes me think, “I should have written that. Why didn’t I?” Her latest, on what constitutes duty, starts off high with a brilliant Heinlein quote, and then soars up into the heavens. Sample:
Fulfill those duties you freely assumed, yes, even unto death, because that’s the price of your honor and your adulthood. But those obligations imposed on you by force majeure? Accept the need to do it, if there is no other alternative, but do NOT under any circumstances internalize it as your duty or feel guilty for not fulfilling it.
This is why you should harbor absolutely no feelings of guilt about avoiding taxes as much as you legally can, why you should never volunteer information to the police unless you’re an uninvolved witness and why (in 2020) you should tell the government’s “census”-takers to fuck off with their snooping and intrusive questions. And those are just the first three which came to me as I was reading it. Feel free to add your own suggestions in Comments.
Read Sarah’s whole post, please. It will clear your head and make your whole day brighter, as it did mine.
From Johnny Depp:
“Flying commercial would be a fucking nightmare.”
Note the subjunctive: Depp has a private jet. So would anyone with sufficient funds, because TSA.
And yes, I’m familiar with the trenchant and cynical Rich Man’s Maxim: “If it flies, floats or fucks, it’s cheaper to rent than to buy.”
And yes (Part Two), I know that Depp is a fuckup of a human being. Don’t care. He gets the (John) Barrymore Exemption because he’s a brilliant, exceptional actor.
“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.” – Captain Clay Higgins
Higgins is a Republican Congressman from Louisiana.
To say that I endorse his position is like saying that I endorse the Second Amendment.
This comes from a friend’s grandfather, shortly before his death:
“You know, over the course of my life I spent most of my money on whiskey, women and guns… the rest, I just wasted.”
I got nothing.