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Archive for April, 2007

A Gun Owner Defends Himself

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

On the streets of Cleveland Ohio, a gun owner stops a crime: Damon Wells is the man gun supporters imagined when they fought for the right to carry concealed weapons. He had a permit to carry his gun, and he had the gun on him when a pair of teenage thieves approached him Saturday night [...]

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The Pentagon’s Public Relations Disaster

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Every war has it’s heroes, and in the case of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the two heroes that received the most accolades from the Pentagon were Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch. Tillman, you will recall was the NFL star who left his football career behind to join the NBA where he died a [...]

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Defending Yourself

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

In the post I wrote last week, In Defense of Self-Defense, I lamented how our culture is changing from one which once saw moral justification in self-defense to one which values self-sacrifice. I also shared some of my in-expert opinions on how the students and faculty at Virginia Tech might have protected themselves from becoming [...]

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The Maddening Trust Fund Lie

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

It’s sad to see very smart people get fooled into playing the government’s games. I hate to call him out on this one, because he’s a blogger that I respect, but Kip is using their terms when he’s smart enough to know how fraudulent they are. To review: An IOU from myself to myself is [...]

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China Set To Become World’s Biggest Polluter

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

In a few months, the People’s Republic of China will surpass the United States as the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases: China could overtake the US as the globe’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases later this year, far earlier than expected, one of the world’s leading energy bodies warned today. If left unchecked, within [...]

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Housing Slide Not Over Yet

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Remember in March and early April, when everyone was cheering the strong sales of existing homes during the month of February? Perhaps we were finally turning the corner, right? The National Association of Realtors’ index for pending sales of existing homes rose in February at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.7 percent. The index [...]

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The FCC Wants To Declare War On Television Violence

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

This morning’s Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission is days away from proposing an unprecedented expansion of government regulation of entertainment broadcasting: Federal regulators, concerned about the effect of television violence on children, will recommend that Congress enact legislation to give the government unprecedented powers to curb violence in entertainment programming, according [...]

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Book Review: The Multiplex Man, James P. Hogan

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

I teased this one in my bookaholic post, so I figured I might as well get around to reviewing it. The book is The Multiplex Man, by James P. Hogan. I’m not even sure where I first heard about this one (a libertarian blog somewhere, probably), but I picked it up used from Amazon for [...]

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D.C. Area Government Workers Steal $ 17 Million Per Year

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

This morning’s Washington Post is reporting that government workers in the Washington, D.C. area have defrauded the American taxpayer out of $ 17 million dollars per year: It’s a perk of federal employment: a free monthly subsidy that pays for commutes on public transportation. But scores of workers have been taking the government for a [...]

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Fred Thompson On Federalism

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

First, let me make it clear. Fred Thompson is not a libertarian, he’s a conservative. Nonetheless, he does have interesting things to say. Today, he has a column up at NRO that addresses criticism about his votes on tort reform while in the Senate, but has this interesting quote about federalism: As I understood it, [...]

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Carrying A Few Extra Around The Gut Area? Blame Congress!

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Adam Drewnowski, a researcher at the University of Washington, had a question. Why is it that America works opposite of the rest of the world, where the rich are generally thin, and the poor are generally not so. So he decided to take a look: Drewnowski gave himself a hypothetical dollar to spend, using it [...]

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This is supposed to be good news?

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Well…Social Security is set to go bankrupt one year later than estimated: The trust fund for Social Security will be exhausted in 2041 and the Medicare trust fund in 2019, the trustees of the two programs said Monday. Both dates were one year later than previously estimated. In their annual report on the financial health [...]

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Who Suggested We Arm Everyone?

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Well, nobody, really, but that’s the refrain we hear from the left in response to gun advocates who suggest CCW might have helped contain the massacre at Virginia Tech before 32 people were killed. We say “give responsible gun owners the freedom to carry concealed”. They hear “force a gun into every able-bodies citizen’s hand”. [...]

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Sheryl Crow’s Dumb Idea

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

The BBC is reporting that singer Sheryl Crow has come up with her own solution to global warming: Singer Sheryl Crow has said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. Crow has suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions [...]

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Is Google Getting Too Big ?

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

In the Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein writes about Google’s continued expansion: Google is the quintessential business success story. Two bright young guys started with an idea, built a company around it and grew it into a $150 billion juggernaut that now dominates the Internet. It nudged aside rival Yahoo, challenged traditional media giants and frustrated [...]

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British Police Breaking Social Contract

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

I thought this was simple. You pay taxes, and in return, the government will do what it can to protect you and to investigate crimes. You’d think that in Britain, where taxes are incredibly high, this would mean that the police will respond to your every beck and call, right? Well, not so. Now they [...]

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Chavez To Begin Indoctrination Socialist Formation Classes

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

You know, ever since I started working from home, I’ve found myself to be much more productive. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I no longer spend time in meetings. Does Hugo Chavez realize the damage he’ll do to productivity by sending people to socialism classes for four hours [...]

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Virginia Tech And The Failure Of Gun Control Laws

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

As it turns out, under currently existing Federal gun control laws, Cho Sueng-Hui should never have been allowed to buy a gun at all: WASHINGTON, April 20 – Under federal law, the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger [...]

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Assessing The Surge Three Months Later

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

It’s been three months since President Bush announced the so-called “surge” plan to increase American troops in Iraq temporarily, with the idea being that they would bring increased stability to the country. So where do things stand now ? Well, at best, the results are mixed: BAGHDAD, April 21 — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the [...]

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The Shackles Tighten In Russia

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

In another sign that the regime of Vladimir Putin continues to advance it’s plans to stifle freedom in Russia, the state is continuing to consolidate control over what’s left of the independent media: MOSCOW, April 21 – At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had [...]

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