Archive for September, 2011

Elliott, Cheney tour Canada

September 28th, 2011

Carl Elliott and Dick Cheney are in Canada this week.  The former Vice President spoke at $500-a-plate dinners in Vancouver and Calgary, and was greeted with protests and calls for his arrest.  One member of Parliament suggested he be barred from entering Canada altogether.

Carl Elliott will be speaking in Toronto tomorrow.  He has not crossed the border yet.

Making it Interesting

The Alvin Brothers Feel Carl’s Pain

September 18th, 2011

I’m sure it’s not easy having a brother who’s a runaway internet viral sensation. For what it’s worth, though, Phil and Dave Alvin, formerly of the Blasters, recorded this excellent song:


The Ethicator’s Moral Hero of the Week: Rick Perry

September 13th, 2011

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At last night’s Republican Tea Party debate on CNN, things got a little testy over Governor Rick Perry’s executive order mandating HPV vaccinations for 11- and 12-year old girls.  Michele Bachmann accused Perry of a conflict of interest with Merck pharmaceuticals,  but Perry knew just how to brush it all aside:

“It was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them.  I raise about $30 million. And if you’re saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended.”

Amen to that. Perry practically gave it away.  Next time, Merck, if you want to mandate a vaccine, you better be prepared hand out some major scratch.

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Things you can buy for the cost of Carl’s book, part 15

September 11th, 2011


Fake Ham

A fake ham.

OK, so you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket, and you’ve got two choices:  One, you spend it on some undigestible piece of plastic fakery;  or two, you buy an imitation ham from  I think you know the answer.


Things to buy instead

Things you can buy for the cost of Carl’s book, part 14

September 10th, 2011
Sow in Heat Urine

Sow in Heat Urine

A spray bottle of Sow in Heat Urine! This goes for $13.19 online, only three dollars more than the cost of Carl’s paperback on Amazon.  Now, I can’t possibly be the first person to say that Carl Elliott’s White Coat, Black Hat isn’t worth a warm bottle of hog piss, but I may just be the first to offer market-based evidence.  And really, which would you rather have?

Get a hunting rifle, spray some of this on your clothes, and rutting boars will come at you like left-wing hippies to a Carl Elliott lecture. You’ll eat all winter long on that.  On the other hand,  spend that money on White Coat, Black Hat, and you’ll just be left with that same old empty feeling in the pit of your stomach.

$13.19 from  Get you some.

Things to buy instead

Defending the Dinosaurs

September 1st, 2011

Dinosaurs“Hey, everybody, look at me. I’ve got tenure and you suck. Want to watch me make fun of my employer? I can do that! They make money, so they must be criminals. My book is on Amazon, by the way. Have you read it? It’s only $15.52.”
-Carl Elliott

Today we are treated to the sad spectacle of Dr. BFD acting out his grudges against the productive class in his review of Benjamin Ginsburg’s new book, The Fall of the Faculty.

What’s all too clear is that, as a pampered member of the academic elite, Carl resents the democratization of education that we’ve seen over the last few years. The marketplace is finding less and less room for overpaid academic middlemen like him standing between the students, who pay the money, and the administrators, who take it.

Somebody moved your cheese, buddy–move on.