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On a slightly lighter note

“A libertarian is a conservative with an acknowledged vice, like say, a teenage girlfriend.”

The as-ever brilliant P.J. O’Rourke (hat tip Catallarchy)

15 comments to On a slightly lighter note

  • Bernie

    Wish that were true for me

  • Verity

    I have nothing new to say about the legendary, brilliant PJ, but taking the “lighter note” cue from Jonathan, click on this link for things our American cousins like about Britain. After the bombings, the Vodka Pundit invited Americans to post what they love about Britain, under the heading Fuck Yeah! (Link) It’s fabulous and funny, and who would have guessed they know so much about us!

  • Of course, someone had to say that perhaps “Guy Fawkes! Fuck yeah!” was “inappropriate”. Can we ever again see commentary that does not equate the people with their wanna-be rulers?

  • Verity

    damaged – Yes. I noticed that too. Given the vast volume of funny and surprising things Americans had listed they like about us on that site, someone must have been crawling through it panting for a chance to grab the moral high ground.

  • I like a passage from one of PJ’s books where he addresses the issue of allegedly-racially-insensitive sports team names. He followed up his main point, that nobody names teams after people they don’t like, with a few hypothetical team names, including “Dallas White Trash,” or something to that effect.

    I’m not offended. I live in Irving.

  • Robert

    Wow, that’s a lot of fuck yeahs.

    Someone had better have mentioned Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and the entire New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

    m/FUCK YEAH!m/

  • Steve P

    Robert; I’m not sure as I haven’t read the entire list. However, one person did mention Spinal Tap, which meant that someone else was obliged to point out that :
    a) Spinal Tap aren’t a real band,
    and b) the actors are actually American.

  • Robert

    Spinal Tap aren’t real and are American?

    Lies! Filthy lies!!!!!!!!

  • Robert

    Um, crap, forgot to leave a little something to indicate that was meant to be humorous.

    Too late, ya think?

  • “Tap” might not a be a real band, but believe me: that’s a true story.

  • Julian Taylor

    From The Observer a few weeks ago,

    Liam Gallagher, apparently, was a huge fan of Spinal Tap. But he thought they were a real band. He was horrified to discover the same actors performing as A Mighty Wind at Carnegie Hall a few years back and, when Noel Gallagher told him the bad news, shouted “I’m not ‘avin’ that”, and stormed off. And has never watched the film again.

  • speedwell

    I’m a libertarian…

    In my case the quote should probably read, “A libertarian is a liberal with an acknowledged vice, like, say, being conservative.”


  • and b) the actors are actually American.

    Not the 5th Baron Haden-Guest (a.k.a. Christopher Guest).

  • Yeah the Tap movie is very accurate about metal band and their tours. That is a damn funny movie that never gets old.

  • Wild Pegasus

    I’m not a fucking conservative.

    – Josh