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Since I’ve already semi-admitted to criminal behavior in my youth, it’s time for another confession.

I was recently watching football with a fraternity brother who mentioned that he found some old newspaper clippings about a certain…um…incident from way back in 1979.

Here’s the story from the local newspaper. Since I openly admitted my role in the “attack” and mentioned the danger of government intervention, I like to think that this is evidence that I was genetically libertarian and precociously self-aware.

I realize that there are alternative hypotheses, involving words like “jerk” and “troublemaker,” but surely that couldn’t be the correct explanation.

And here’s what the student newspaper wrote about the episode.

It’s been so long that I don’t remember suffering any repercussions. From reading the articles, I gather the leftists made a complaint to the Interfraternity Council. I’d like to say I prevailed in a knock-down, drag-out fight with the establishment, culminating in an inspirational speech akin to the Otter scene in Animal House.

But back in those days, the complaint was probably placed in the circular file.

Nowadays, I would probably get suspended or expelled – even though all I did was march with a sign for about 100 yards.

Though I didn’t get official permission to participate in the parade from the university bureaucracy. Fortunately, the statute of limitations on that reckless and dangerous offense presumably has expired.

P.S. On the specific issue of the Equal Rights Amendment, the actual language of the proposal wasn’t offensive, but I greatly feared what it would mean once leftist judges decided it gave them carte blanche to start imposing quotas, instituting comparable worth, and otherwise interfering with the right of private contract.

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The Georgia Bulldog softball team, part of the Capital Alumni Network league in the DC area, won yesterday’s preseason tournament featuring teams from the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.

You may notice the presence of someone who appears to be just a tad bit older than the other players. That is not an April Fool’s example of photoshop. It is yours truly, a crafty veteran.

Anyhow, hopefully this is an omen for Georgia’s 2012 football season.

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The good news is that I just finished up a couple of days skiing at Okemo and Killington with the kids.

The bad news is that the Georgia Bulldogs ended a miserable season with a pathetic loss to a mediocre University of Central Florida Team. We got home in time to watch the 4th quarter, which was a rather unfortunate 15 minutes.

A few other year-end observations.

I’m hopeful that my efforts to spread the message of freedom and prosperity are having at least some positive impact. My videos were watched about 420,000 times this year. Almost 900 people are now following my efforts on twitter, and this blog as been far more successful than I had hoped (Glenn Reynolds deserves a lot of the credit since his Instapundit links drive an amazing share of the traffic to International Liberty).

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Our AA 50+ softball team made it to the final day of the World Series tournament in Phoenix, but we lost 15-14 to a team from Alaska and missed out shot at the title.

We had the tying run on second and I was on deck when the game ended, so I missed my chance for glory (or embarrassment). But we played very well yesterday, knocking several teams out of the tournament.

And the Georgia Bulldogs beat Kentucky, their third straight win after a terrible 1-4 start, so the sports news this weekend was not all bad.

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Blogging will be at irregular hours for the next week. I am in Sydney for the Mont Pelerin Society conference. The MPS was founded in 1947 by Friedrich Hayek, “…to facilitate an exchange of ideas between like-minded scholars in the hope of strengthening the principles and practice of a free society and to study the workings, virtues, and defects of market-oriented economic systems.” Home to several Nobel laureates, the MPS is an oasis of freedom-loving individuals in a world that seems to reward statism and conformity. Belonging to this organization is one of the great honors of my life.

And perhaps I will have to travel overseas more often. When I landed in Sydney, I discovered that order had been restored to the universe. By that, I mean that the beloved Bulldogs had thrashed the Tennessee Volunteers 41-14.

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The world is coming to an end. The Georgia Bulldogs have dropped to 1-4, losing a game to Colorado 29-27 thanks to a late fumble to ruin what should have been a game-winning drive.

There’s nothing else to say. I’m going to curl up in a fetal position and sulk.

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After coming for 14 points down in the 4th quarter, Georgia allowed a touchdown with 15 seconds to go and lost to Arkansas 31-24.

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Truth and Justice Prevail

The beloved Bulldawgs of Georgia cruised to an easy victory against a first-game patsy, thumping University of Louisiana-Lafayette, 55-7.

Here am I with the three kids, who have been indoctrinated to loathe government and love Georgia.

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I don’t get it. How can Georgia lose at home to an unranked Kentucky team, but then beat #7 Georgia Tech on the road the following weekend? Just a rhetorical question, of course, but it sure felt nice. Georgia 30 – Tech 24!

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It was bad enough that UGA VII died unexpectedly, but that was nothing compared to losing to Kentucky…at home…after going into halftime with a 20-6 lead. This has not been the best of seasons, and I’m not terribly optimistic about next week’s game against Georgia Tech.  So I’m going to retreat into my shell and think about memories of a better time…

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Greetings from Arkansas. My Bulldogs won, 52-41, but we gave up almost 500 yards. I would say that former Coach Vince Dooley is spinning in his grave about that defensive performance, but he’s still alive.

However, a win is a win is a win. Next week, back to Athens to face Arizona State.

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