A brief remark prompted by Ed Barreras’ concerns about frat boy comments. Verbal aggression, speaking generally, is a good thing, especially as an alternative to physical aggression. The general rule about verbal aggression – satire, snark, ridicule, obscenity – is: punch up, not down. When satirists ridicule politicians, that is punching up. It may be outrageous, excessive, shocking, utterly unwarranted, but it is fair, because the victim can simply return the favor. When nerds make fun of frat boys, more power to them [although I will admit that I went beyond the bounds of fair criticism when I filled a desk drawer with water and dumped it out the window on some drunk Final Club members at Harvard in ’52.] Let us have more Jonathan Swifts and Alexander Popes, if we can find them. As for Paul Ryan, he richly deserves all the abuse we can heap on him. And no, I do not think there are any admirable Ayn Rand lovers, at least none that are older than fifteen.