Somebody failed Econ101

Or just never bothered to take the class in the first place.

Vetoing Liquor Privatization, Pennsylvania’s Governor Says Competition Would Raise Prices

Yesterday Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have privatized the sale of wine and liquor while liberalizing the rules for selling beer in the Keystone State. Wolf counterintutively argues that replacing the state monopoly with private businesses would be bad for consumers. “During consideration of this legislation,” he says, “it became abundantly clear that this plan would result in higher prices for consumers.” He also worries that letting private businesses sell beer and wine would result in “less selection for consumers.”

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wolf and his fellow Democrats “warned that prices would rise as private businesses sought profit.” In other words, private merchants will jack up prices because they want to make money—unlike the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), which seeks only to raise revenue. If you think those two motives sound pretty similar, you are smarter than Pennsylvania’s governor, who fails to recognize that the relevant difference between these two models for distributing booze, when it comes to how high prices can be raised, is the presence or absence of competition. Other things being equal, more competition leads to lower prices, so it is hard to see why Pennsylvanians would have to pay more for a bottle of whiskey if the state monopoly were replaced by profit-driven businesses competing against each other.

As the resident of a state that recently privatized liquor sales, I can honestly state that the only reason the price of liquor went up after privatization is because of the increased taxes the state put on the liquor when they had a chance to amend the bill.

However, the part about there being less choice. Holy shit, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only do residents not have to drive dozens of extra miles to find one of the sparse number of state operated liquor stores like they did before privatization, the hours are much better, and the selection is easily a multitude better.

It used to be that you could only find something “rare”, such as Johnny Walker Blue Label, once or twice a year in the state-run monopoly stores. IF you were lucky and IF you made friends with the people who worked for the monopoly and they were kind enough to call you to tell you they got a couple bottles into their store. Hell, I bought a bottle from the duty free shop the first time I went on a cruise because I had never seen it in a state-run liquor store.

This morning at 9am I can find a bottle in 30 locations within 20miles of my house. And it doesn’t matter which one I buy it from because they’ll match their competitors price if theirs is higher because they’re competing for my business.

I hope the good people of Pennsylvania see this for what it is and recall this jive-turkey for lying to them.

That’d be a 21st Century Whiskey Rebellion.

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Heavy Metal




Behold! 800lbs of scrap I-beam that found its way from my work’s scrap bin to my cutting table!

30 inches of 24×12, 49 inches 20×6, and 51 inches of 24×6.

I’ve got a parking problem I need fixed, and ain’t no one gonna do it for me. So next weekend, my cutting torch and I will be making parking bollards.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to make 18 inch stakes out of re-bar.

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Happy Independence Day!

…break some statist laws or regs to celebrate!
 Here’s some Cali-safe rifles, aboard the Hornet. 

Gotta say it’s a good day when a carrier deck is used for bouncy houses!


Be safe, y’all.


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HP Merger? Signs point to….

For those who are interested — Hewlett-Packard’s got a bunch of job listings out in the Bay Area right now for M&A attorneys.

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Hang Down Your Head, Tom Wales-ey

…hang down your head and cry…

Oh wait, does this mean that sort of utterly crass trollish comment’s not to be uttered anymore? Great, I look forward to an internet that’s one big safe space for everybody!

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New Eyes

i have an unfortunate habit of showing up for Boomershoot with guns that haven’t been sighted in, but this last two years my shooting’s been much worse, even after Lasik. Turns out I had a mild astigmatism remaining after the procedure, but the improvement (from a 7.6 to a zero, effectively) was so good in all other aspects I’d just tried to power through — not good for consistent focus on a reticle at all. Doc says my eye muscles show fatigue from relentless unconscious focusing throughout the day.

So now I have new contacts — a measly 1.25 correction — and I can see everything effortlessly. Makes a huge difference. Being able to read insanely small print is fun, too. Focusing on a reticle should actually work, now.

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Eisenhower Steak

One of my uncles prefers his steak charred rare, and while that’s not my preference, I understand the attraction.

This collection of fun articles about Ike’s steak make me want to try this out. Wood charcoal only. Now to find a four-inch-thick ribeye…


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Eyvind Earle Viking Style

It’s been twenty years. I really need to start playing video games again, if only for the art. I loves me some Eyvind Earle (and not his Sleeping Beauty crap; his paintings), so this Banner Saga business is calling me….

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The She-Guardian. Clicky for the ecstaticness.

Yeah, we were gonna visit London again anyway (there’s not much more fun in life than inadvertently spooking a hulking, suspiciously kidnappy* unlicensed “black-cab” driver into squeaking “Are you a cop? I am so sorry, sir!” just by being American, that is, not a typically beta Brit male apparently) — but this is the kind of art installation I will happily support with my tourist dollars, formerly-Great Britain be damned.


*Google “London black cab kidnap” — it’s a thing, and has been for a decade.

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Wahhmbulance Enroute

The folks over at the HuffPo found a map and a search engine and have discovered that there are over 180 public schools named after leaders of and/or soldiers for the Confederate States of America.

History + Geography x PSH = Amusing

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