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Archive for January, 2009

Introducing the Obameter

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

According to PolitiFact.com, Barack Obama made 509 promises during the 2008 presidential campaign. How can we possibly keep track of 509 promises? Fortunately, PolitiFact.com has introduced a new feature on their website called the Obameter. The Obameter compares the president’s actions to his campaign promises by tracking all 509 promises by placing each in the […]

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Open Thread — Don’t Tread On Me

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’m a bit of a fan of the Gadsden flag. I’ve got a 3′ x 5′ version from here. Back in the day, this was my old office. So when I found out that there’s a designer clothing line centered around the Don’t Tread On Me logo, I was a bit intrigued. But I started […]

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Treasury Bars Lobbyists From TARP II

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Not sure how they intend to accomplish this, and the WaPo story suggests they’re not sure either: Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner issued new guidelines yesterday aimed at eliminating the influence of lobbyists on the $700 billion financial bailout program by restricting their contact with officials who are reviewing applications for money and deciding how […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

From Robert Gates: Villagers need to “see that it’s their army that we’re helping. It’s not us kicking down their door. It’s an Afghan who’s kicking down their door” Uhh, if the United States Army [or the local SWAT team] comes kicking down my door, I’ll probably be less upset than if, say, the Chinese […]

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How Quickly It Falls Apart

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Iceland, not a nation known for political instability, may be in serious trouble: Considering the devastating effects they experienced, the people of Iceland reacted to the economic crisis with relative calm in the weeks following the collapse of the krona and the failure of the country’s three major banks. Yes, there were rushes on grocery […]

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Stimulating Michelle Malkin and Heritage

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Michelle Malkin brings our attention to a really good graphic from the Heritage Foundation pertaining to how the bailout will impact the typical family. From Heritage: Many people have trouble picturing such an enormous amount of money. To put it into perspective, $825 billion is worth approximately $10,520 for each family in the United States, […]

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County Governments Across the Country to Target Citizens…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

…with their own tax dollars. It seems the “taxpayer-funded National Association of Counties (NACO) is currently seeking an applicant among whose duties will be to ‘combating anti-government/anti-tax efforts.’” That would be sort of like stealing money from a friend in order to use that money to seduce his wife. Except I don’t know too many […]

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Bush Was a Dictator – And the U.S. Government Is a Dictatorship

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

A dictator is a monarch who is both law-maker and law enforcer, who also acts as final judicial arbiter in cases, and is not legally liable for his actions. By such a standard, George Bush was a dictator.  He claimed the power to ignore the legislature, and to arbitrarily rewrite the law – citing the […]

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The Most Dangerous Phrase Strikes Again

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Seriously, congresscritters are morons. There can be no other explanation. Sadly, this is not the most idiotic, ridiculous, laughable, or embarrassingly stupid law ever proposed; but it’s close: “New Law Will Require Camera Phones to ‘Click’ Author: Michael Horton A new bill is being introduced called, Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, which would require any […]

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The Latest Torture Allegation: “One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make a cut…”

Monday, January 26th, 2009

“They cut off my clothes with some sort of doctor’s scalpel.  I was totally naked… “…One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make a cut.  He did it once, and then stood still for maybe a minute…  …watched my reaction.  It was an agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress my […]

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Rush Limbaugh Proposes $540 Billion Corporate Welfare Package

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Move over McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy and McCain-Lieberman.  We’ve now got the Limbaugh-Obama Bipartisan Economic Recovery Package (AKA LOBERP, pronounced like “low burp”).  Here’s the description provided over at The Next Right: Mine is a genuine compromise.  So let’s look at how the vote came out, shall we?  Fifty-three percent of voters in this country — we’ll […]

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They Sold Us The Rope… Too Bad They’re Tied To The Other End

Monday, January 26th, 2009

I’ve pointed out the old saying — “If you owe the bank $5,000 and can’t pay, you have a problem. If you owe the bank $5,000,000,000 and can’t pay, the bank has a problem.” Well, the bank has a problem: What he might have said was that the nations funding the majority of America’s public […]

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Good For The Government, Bad For The Economy

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The Cato Institute’s Dan Mitchell takes on the $ 825 billion boondoggle that is Barack Obama’s “stimulus” package:

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MV = Py

Monday, January 26th, 2009

So, as evidence that I’ve never taken a true macroeconomics course, today was the first time I’ve ever seen this equation… M – Monetary base V – Velocity of money P – Price level y – Real GDP People have asked my how I can claim the Fed/Treas are inflating when P and y are […]

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Dumbass and Authoritarians Among Us

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Here are a few choice comments in response to a recent post where I argued that Ramos and Compean should not receive presidential pardons. I was aware that this was a very unpopular position to take (even among libertarians) but I was stunned and disturbed by the tone of some of the comments. I’ll let […]

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Bailouts Are Not Sexy

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Extreme obesity could be defined as an abnormally large accumulation of body fat. Consequences of obesity include illness, disability and death. While treatment options vary (i.e. dieting, liposuction, medications, surgery), increasing caloric, fatty or carbohydrate intake clearly isn’t the correct solution. In other words, you aren’t going to shed 10,631,467,593,243.45 pounds by consuming a 7,940,000,000,000.00 […]

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SNL Has Simple Fiscal Solution for Congress

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Saturday Night Live has provided some important advice from which Congress and Obama could obviously learn a lot. Props.

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Two Legal Standards in VA: One for the Cops and One for the People

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

From Pete Eyre of Bureaucrash: This past Friday afternoon when coming home from work I noticed a cop car parked in a no parking zone. I contemplated just walking by to start enjoying some down time but concluded that if I don’t speak up, even against such trivial law-breaking, who else would? As you’ll see […]

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Quote Of The Day

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Relayed by the Mises folks: The most improper job of any man, even saints, is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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The “Oklahoma 3″ Set Free, Paul Jacob Responds

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Oklahoma’s political prisoners have been set free! Paul Jacob released the following statement in response to the charges being dismissed on January 22, 2009: Today is a great day for justice, for freedom of speech and the right to petition one’s government. It is a great day for Rick Carpenter, Susan Johnson, and me—now known […]

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