Journal of the Great Shutdown, Day Seven

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Clark

Clark is an anarchocapitalist, a reader, and a man of mystery. He's not a neoreactionary, but he is Nrx-curious 'til graduation. All he wants for Christmas is for everyone involved in the police state to get a fair trial and a free hanging. Follow him at @clarkhat

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45 Responses

  1. RKN says:

    I needed to get out of there, and ASAP.

    Yeah. Where's Mel Gibson and his Interceptor when you need him?

  2. Richard says:

    Shame on you, for making us worry so over the weekend!
    Haven't you seen the frantic posts Patrick has been making looking for you?

    Glad to hear you're alright. We're all pulling for you.

  3. JonCB says:

    Was there Chains and various other makeshift weapons involved in the game of football? If so… "Wooo! Jugger!" An appropriate game for this Post-Apocalyptic world we live in.

  4. Ken White says:

    I would overpay to take the Surfliner to San Diego for court more often, because I can work on the train, so it makes economic sense.

    But Amtrak's wifi is run by the same people who optimize its food service.

  5. Geek Chick says:

    How in the world can you lose money on a $2 can of soda? Even if cases of 24 sold for $24 (which they don't) you'd still be making 100% profit.

    Oh and nice to see you made it, Clark. On a slightly related tangent, why does TEOTWAWKI always seem to feature gay bondage biker gangs? Or is that just an Australian thing?

  6. Doug says:

    yes, the food on Amtrak aint cheap and it aint good.

  7. En Passant says:

    I wouldn't trust those railroad men. I've heard they just drink up your blood like wine. Better to be stuck inside of MobileBaltimore.

  8. Clark says:

    why does [ the end of the world as we know it ] always seem to feature gay bondage biker gangs?

    I assume it's because freed of constraints we'd all give in to our innermost desires.

    Wait.

    They.

    They would all give in to their innermost desires.

  9. Kevin says:

    I realize that Clark isn't following the Republican's talking points, but their talking point is nearly identical. As political strategy I am not sure I understand why they are arguing this point. If I looked at the shutdown for guidance on what the government does, I would think all it does is run the national parks. That doesn't seem very intrusive into my life, so why is big gobernment a big deal?

    Simultaneously, if you convince everyone that your hostage is worthless, then why should anyone negotiate with you?

    I just don't understand any of this mess, but I am glad you made it home alive Clark.

  10. Tyson says:

    Shame on you, for making us worry so over the weekend!
    Haven't you seen the frantic posts Patrick has been making looking for you?

    Glad to hear you're alright. We're all pulling for you.

    Via Angus was thiiiiiiiis close to making a post about searching for Clark over by the other big barn.

  11. Geek Chick says:

    Clark, but wouldn't you expect that if they gave into their inmost desires there would be a more definite pony element? Even before the fall of decent civilization, there were far too many bronies.

  12. Erwin says:

    I wonder about the long-term plan of the Tea Party. I wonder what the most effective way to reduce the government size would be? I'd guess it would be forcing the US into a semi-sustained default. If that can be managed, borrowing costs would increase exponentially and government spending would be rapidly cut to levels sustainable by taxation.

    Now, there'd be some side effects – as currently – the US making quite a profit over having what is perceived as a stable currency and safe bonds. (It seems possible to fund roughly half of all federal spending through near-zero interest loans and occasionally printing money…)

    But, it'd be a sure way to shrink the size of the government. The only issue is that it would effectively shrink the US economy by about 10%.

    Overall, it might even be a good thing. Sure, SS and Medicare would be cut and some old people would die. But, on the bright side, US military spending would also be crippled – and other nations would obtain a fairer shake. Or possibly massive wars. Longer-term, it'd set the stage for a significant rebalancing of wealth in the US, once all the subsidies were cut. I'm not sure – as the costs occasioned by switching to a different reserve currency might be substantial for the rest of the world.

    Meh, or taxes would just go up by 20%.

    –Erwin

  13. JScarry says:

    The first post wasn’t funny. Neither were the rest. Now you just look like an entitled git. You really have no clue or empathy for people who are impacted by the shutdown. Stop now before you damage the Popehat brand even more.

  14. Clark says:

    @JScarry

    The first post wasn’t funny. Neither were the rest.

    I'm trying to understand the thought processes of someone who would eat a bowl full of shit, and then complain that not only did it taste bad but so did the next six bowls.

    …and I'm failing.

  15. Ken White says:

    Stop now before you damage the Popehat brand even more.

    OMG is Clark Chance Trahan in disguise?

  16. TomB says:

    Stop now before you damage the Popehat brand even more.

    First this, then the ponies, can things get any darker for the vaunted Popehat brand?

    Govern yourselfz accordionly, yo.

  17. I don't post much anymore, except on Facebook, which is an adjunct to this blog, but over there I mentioned that I was going to ban people who complain about this author or that ruining the brand.

    So I did.

  18. Via Angus says:

    I have a brand on my front leg.

  19. Allen says:

    I heard a rumor that at one of the wild horse and burro facilities run by the BLM they had to shoot all of the animals because they couldn't feed them anymore. On the plus side the carcasses are available for the ravenous hordes. Deep-pit burro umm, umm, umm.

  20. Irk says:

    If the Popehat brand is damaged too much, spammers won't ask to send in guest articles anymore, and this world would have less mirth in it for the loss.

  21. Shane says:

    @Geek Chick

    How in the world can you lose money on a $2 can of soda? Even if cases of 24 sold for $24 (which they don't) you'd still be making 100% profit.

    Silly Geek Chick, you forgot the most important part of the equation to calculate profit, volume. It is ok though because it is probably not your job or profession to do so, but imagine that for those in the government whose job it is and they can't. By default though you would be better at it than them because at least you could understand that you don't know how to do it and would probably be amenable to learning, whereas those in the government staunchly believe that markup is the only factor in any profit calculation.

  22. Al says:

    Man, I was sure he was Texas.

  23. Shane says:

    @Patrick Non-white

    I mentioned that I was going to ban people who complain about this author or that ruining the brand.

    So I did.

    Popehat has a brand? Like Anugus'? I like your solution though.

  24. Shane says:

    @Clark

    …and I'm failing.

    Newb

  25. FlyingDogs says:

    @Clark

    I'm trying to understand the thought processes of someone who would eat a bowl full of shit, and then complain that not only did it taste bad but so did the next six bowls.

    Classic, I can hardly wait for the response . . . . if there is one.

    Standing by with popcorn . . . .

  26. Shane says:

    @Ken White

    I never saw the brand ending app. Did I miss it?

  27. DRJlaw says:

    The first post wasn’t funny. Neither were the rest. Now you just look like an entitled git. You really have no clue or empathy for people who are impacted by the shutdown. Stop now before you damage the Popehat brand even more.

    The universal judge of funniness, entitlement, clue(less)ness, empathy, and proper non-commercial blogging has spoken.

    Now pack it in and focus your efforts on things that JScarry approves of, or at least does not find objectionable.

  28. Geek Chick says:

    @JScarry

    I have no empathy for anyone who uses the word "impacted" in any way other than referring to a wisdom tooth. It's a sure sign of a bureaucratic pencil pusher.

  29. Allen says:

    Ooo, ooo, pick me!

    I can do a Popehat Brand. But you need some livestock first.

    The basic brand: (+)

    A half circle underneath makes it The Rocking Popehat.
    Tilted to the side would make it The Lazy Popehat.

    The possibilities are endless.

  30. Clark says:

    @Allen

    Tilted to the side would make it The Lazy Popehat.

    Is there any other kind?

  31. Jack B. says:

    Is there any other kind?

    ~(+)~

    Flying Popehat

  32. Don says:

    @Geek Chick

    I'm thinking he may be impacted on the other end.

  33. Bill says:

    @Clark – When you didn't post for two days and then we didn't get a follow up from Patrick, I was sure you had fallen. I'm elated to see you're alive and well but you left us worried sick for a good 48 hours. I know you'll probably use that Dinner guests/My Wife stuff again but it really is hard to swallow in the middle of the world falling apart like this.

  34. orvis barfley says:

    i snicker while the greatest of all time coughs in the field overhead, and . . . uh . . . clark writes swell.

  35. Ryan says:

    And here I thought Clark had gotten chopped up and canned with a little lemon for seasoning.

    Oh well, there's always tomorrow. Doesn't look like this shutdown is ending anytime soon =)

  36. Nick says:

    So my takeaway from this is that Clark has been massively underestimating the profitability of the Northeast Corridor Amtrak lines.

    Which..yeah that actually sounds pretty plausible to me.

  37. Dave says:

    Clark, as Marylander all my life I can say Baltimore is not that bad, it's Rockville you have to worry about. You don't go back to Rockville.

  38. gramps says:

    @geek chick; @don: such use of "impacted" is almost certainly a cover for not knowing the proper use of "effected" versus "affected". Think: Hanlon's Razor.

    Disclosure: I've been using this trick/cover for decades, in spite of Strunk & White holding a prominent place on my desk.

  39. Allen says:

    Branding is such a tricky thing. Would the brand meet the CFR (as accepted by your state.)

    Tricksey.

    I vote for the Flying Popehat brand BTW.

  40. Anony Mouse says:

    I thought the Northeast Corridor was only profitable when you assumed the massive government subsidies just fell out of the sky like manna from Heaven. And as long as you don't count the $300+ million it needs for infrastructure and equipment.

    Or, in other words, its profitability is nothing but smoke and mirrors and it's just a slightly smaller sinkhole than the rest of the lines.

  41. Tarrou says:

    Glad to hear you made it, Clark. I myself went to Canada, where their government works so well they wouldn't let me in. I would have been back sooner, but the sled dogs had a hard time mushing with no snow on the ground. Couldn't use the roads, no government you know. And bicycles are for hippies. I returned to my hometown to find it riddled with violent crime and burnt out abandoned buildings. I really thought the shutdown would have affected us by now.

  42. Reformed Republican says:

    You really have no clue or empathy for people who are impacted by the shutdown. Stop now before you damage the Popehat brand even more.

    Which people would those be? The ones who collect a paycheck for doing nonproductive jobs for the government, or the ones who collect welfare without even the illusion of doing a productive job?

  43. TomB says:

    Which people would those be? The ones who collect a paycheck for doing nonproductive jobs for the government, or the ones who collect welfare without even the illusion of doing a productive job?

    Disability is the new unemployment.

    Damn lawy…….
    …..uh, never mind.

  44. Wyo says:

    A cursory check of the california brand registery shows that the flying popehat brand ~(+)~ (@JackB) is available, though given some of the others listed it shouldn't be too hard to actually register the outline of a mitre and cross.


    http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/Livestock_ID/2010_Brand_Book.html