Outtakes, riffs and dicta

  • My Serenity review noted that I felt there was a strong libertarian theme. I saw via the newsgroups last night that Reason magazine, which many (including myself) would consider a libertarian magazine, takes it a bit further. An column there describes the movie’s themes as “existentialist libertarianism.” (PLEASE NOTE: The Reason article contains serious spoilers regarding a major movie plot and should be avoided unless and until you have seen the film or made the foolish decision not to.)
  • I see the JAILers ran an ad in the local daily today. Too bad there’s absolutely nothing to indicate the three cases they cite (only one of which is from South Dakota and, hence, subject to their effort) would fall under the terms of their initiated measure. Conversely, if it is their position these cases fall under JAIL, it’s simply further proof JAIL is simply an acronymn for justice by vigilante committee.
  • In its continuing series of “Listening to CDs with”, the NYT listens with Sonny Rollins (registration required…or BugMeNot).
  • Because I have significantly reduced the number of politics-related blogs I follow, I learned via Newsweek that Daily Kos has launched Street Prophets, a blog of “faith and politics” from the left.
  • Earlier this week Clean Cut Kid offered an interesting insight into the Governor’s family traveling on state airplanes. Notably, though, the Governor is exempted from the statutes governing use of state-owned vehicles (although I note the statute refers to “motor vehicle”). I wonder how many private employers have similar rules barring family as passengers on business trips.

People don’t like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don’t run, don’t walk. We’re in their homes and in their heads, and we haven’t the right. We’re meddlesome.

River Tam (Summer Glau) on life in The Alliance, Serenity

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