Sudden Uncivil Libertarian Syndrome

Sudden Uncivil Libertarian Syndrome is what happens when left-leaning publications and journalists suddenly become angry strict “original meaning” constitutional scholars.

Jay Willis at GQ:

Q: …what is an executive order, exactly?

A: Broadly speaking, an executive order is a decree issued by the president that directs members of the executive branch to do what the president says. Executive orders aren’t run-of-the-mill instructions, though—they carry the full force of law. When Congress wants to get something done, they enact a bill into law. When it’s the president calling the shots, he issues an executive order.

Q: Hold on a sec. I thought only the legislative branch was allowed to make law.

A: That’s not a question, but we’ll let it slide, since you’re on the right track…

(emphasis mine)

What makes this rolling on the floor funny is that I can count the number of executive orders (or “Presidential Memorandums” by another name) from Obama over the last eight years that the media openly and loudly objected to (or questioned their constitutionality) on the fingers of a stubby amputated arm.

You can tell from the first two weeks that there will be plenty more of this kind of outrage over the next eight years. No honeymoon with the media.

While the media openly questions the constitutionality of the executive order, while they persist in calling it a “ban” and avoiding the word “temporary”, when they claim it targets Muslims despite not explicitly calling out that religion, when they try to manufacture in your head an idea that refugees have a right to emigrate to the USA, this is the one thing they’re going to avoiding talking about:

(f)Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

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When that 2 AM call came to concede the election….

When that 2 AM call came to concede the election, Hillary apparently could not “women” herself up enough to do it in person. John Podesta must have drawn the short straw or something.

(The video is pathetic. It’s at this point I decided to turn in for the night)

Even here, he didn’t admit they had lost, and (according to CBS) she finally made a private call at 2:30 a.m.

With Hillary’s health issues (forcibly shoved into the tinfoil-hat zone by the ctrl-left) being what they are, I’m sure we all made the right call.

I’ve never been a Trump supporter, but hell yea, anyone but Hillary.

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190 proof outlawed

Maryland today joins California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Washington, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Minnesota in outlawing 190 proof booze. I understand there is a de facto ban in Virginia thanks to the state controlled liquor stores.

That news totally came out of nowhere. I’m glad the fourth estate has got our back.

No word on whether 189 proof will be available for sale or I’ll just need to seek out some moonshine or something.

This is probably a good time to post my limoncello recipe:

You should do this recipe with a microplane zester.

Zest from about 3 limes or equivalent citrus peel
10 fl. oz. 190 proof alcohol
9 oz sugar (by weight)
8 oz water (by either weight or volume)

In a clean pyrex bowl, zest the citrus such that the essential oils spray downwards toward the bowl. Avoid as much of the white pith as practical. “Wash” the microplane zester with some of the 190 proof. Pour the zest mixture into a clean glass jar. Rinse the bowl again with some of the remaining 190 proof. Add any remaining alcohol to the jar and seal. Set aside for 2-3 days at room temperature. Using another jar, a funnel, coffee filter, and screen, filter the zest from the alcohol.

Heat the water in a pot and dissolve the sugar. Let the mixture cool. Combine with the alcohol extract. Store the mixture in the freezer for best results. The final mix should be around 80 proof, although because of the sugar and smooth taste it hits you pretty hard. Caution is advised.

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The IRS makes me look like a fool (digital currency, bitcoin)

Right after my last post, the IRS issued new guidance on how to report capital gains on Bitcoin and other digital currency. Right after I predicted that they wouldn’t.

Again, this is the best info I’ve found is from reddit user dblcross121.

The absolute worst part of this is that if you buy $3 of Bitcoin, it becomes worth $4 and you use it to buy a coffee, you will be legally obligated to report and pay capital gains on that transaction.

You should probably take this as a sign that Bitcoin and other digital currencies are not a passing fad.

I’m still standing by the “highly speculative” advice.

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If you had no idea what a cryptocurrency was yesterday….

…then doing a little search-fu on:

Dogecoin bobsled jamaican

probably cleared that up for you.

“Dogecoin” is based both on the lamest meme of 2013 and the original cryptocurrency, “Bitcoin”. It’s a bit of a joke and a bit of a serious currency all wrapped up together in a bunch of speculation about how the IRS would tax earnings on any realized gain.
I’m going to speculate here and say that some form of cryptocurrency is posed to become the next world’s reserve currency (please see caveats noted below) and the last thing the IRS is willing to do is to issue clear rulings on how to pay your taxes on any realized gain. Not being a tax attorney, the best guidance so far about the issues involved seems to be here. Worth exactly what you paid for it. I don’t expect the IRS to issue anything anytime soon because doing that would go a long way in reducing the FUD surrounding widespread adoption. Expect any future issued rulings to be as byzantine as possible.

Despite my feelings on the future of bitcoin, litecoin, dogecoin, and other cryptocurrencies; investing in these things remains highly speculative. Don’t bet the farm.

Even though Dogecoin probably can’t be counterfeited, willed into existence, or “double-spent”; it isn’t immune to having it’s exchange rate being manipulated by well-funded players and world powers. I’ve also seen an amazing number of users fall for scams that scream “Ponzi scheme” and “confidence game” to any reasonably well-read person. Dogecoin of course is a fiat currency, (just like federal reserve notes.)

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