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Archive for January, 2009

In Da News

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Nanny state grows exponentially: Getting arrested for participating in a snow ball fight. From the No Shit Sherlock Department: People are actually more concerned about the economy than global warming. Paul Jacob is free, at last: “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is […]

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Ezra Klein — China Should Replace Personal Savings With Tax Burden

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Okay, that’s not exactly what he said, but that’s what it boils down to: But it’s worth zooming in on why the Chinese are making this a priority right now: Chinese economists see universal health care as a way to induce consumption and economic dynamism. The Chinese have a high savings rate — indeed, an […]

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It’s Good To Be The King

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

From The Economist’s Free Exchange blog, the Brits are learning that you can’t play the King when you’re only a Duke: Do not do as America does, unless you are a very big country (or economic bloc). That seems to be the lesson Britain is learning as the pound weakens and confidence in the credit […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

From The Austrian Economists: During the inauguration celebration a reporter asked Magic Johnson about President Obama’s plan to replace the White House bowling alley with a White House basketball court and whether or not he will get an invitation to play some hoops with the President. Johnson replied that he would obviously lace up his […]

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No, No, Not Roquefort!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Some midnight regulations need to be rolled back, and quickly: The quintessential French blue cheese found itself the unlikely focus of a trade war after the Bush administration took punitive action for the European Union’s ban on imports of US hormone-treated beef. America imposed a 100 per cent import duty on a long list of […]

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Montana Brings A Gun (10th Amendment) To A Knife (Interstate Commerce) Fight

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This could get interesting: A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and that remains within the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that […]

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Joe Trippi’s Great Tweet

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I was going through my Twitter account to catch up on what’s going on in the world when I stumbled upon this gem: JoeTrippi RT [redacted] Barack should take the oath daily. Would be huge on YouTube. Bonus: reminds us he’s really president It might also do the country a great deal of good if […]

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NSA Spied on US Journalists — And You!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Here’s a chilling interview of former NSA analyst Russell Tice conducted by Keith Olbermann. While I’m not the biggest Olbermann fan in the world, he asked some important questions about how far the NSA went during the Bush administration. It’s a chilling interview. Hopefully restraining the NSA to 4th Amendment boundaries will be a priority […]

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How Much Did Obama’s Second Inauguration Cost?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

“This time, the scene [where Obama was re-sworn in] was the White House Map Room in front of a small group of reporters, not the Capitol platform before the whole watching world,” says CNN. Why the hell didn’t they hold a small ceremony like this the first time so as to save us a rather […]

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Good Job, Obama! Now Replace Hillary.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I’ll sure I’ll be voicing plenty of criticism about Obama over the next four to eight years, but I’d like to take this time to say thanks to Obama for shutting down Gitmo. Hopefully, Obama is still opposed to torture, as well. As a sign of good faith, he could replace Hillary, as having to […]

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Told Ya So

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Yesterday, I wrote: “Yes, there was a flub-up in the reading of the oath of office. I’m sure some of the tin-foilers out there will also be stating that “Barack isn’t president because he wasn’t officially sworn in” for the next four years.” And so it begins…

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Glenn Beck Moving to Fox

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Glenn Beck is rapidly becoming more libertarian and he’s treated people like Ron Paul and Bob Barr with the greatest of respect.  He’s moving from CNN to Fox News.  Here’s the low down: Glenn Beck goes on the air with Fox News for the first time Monday afternoon, and he’s got a surprise for you: […]

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New Freedom Website

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

There’s a new freedom-oriented website out there: Freedom Politics. From their initial blog posting: Lovers of liberty, rejoice. Today, we’re launching FreedomPolitics.com, a site dedicated to the pursuit and protection of freedom. We’re not the only ones who think freedom needs a hand, but as a Freedom Communications site, we follow the model of an […]

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Why Are the Feds in My Little Hometown?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Here’s some embarrassing news from my small hometown: The Hartselle Police Department has teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to figure out who put a Confederate flag on a church building earlier this week. On Monday, Hartselle Police responded to Mt. Pleasant C.M.E. Church, in the 500 block of Bethel Street, in reference […]

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Perspective

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

David Harsanyi nails it, in both paragraphs: Yes, two important historical events transpired Tuesday: The first was the peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected politician to another (an uninterrupted streak we often take for granted). Then there was the first presidency of an African-American, which proves we can transcend our unsightly past. After […]

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A not so brilliant idea

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Welcome back to the New Deal: A stimulus package may be a lifeline for the nation’s economy, but it could be a death sentence for a lot of cows. Lawmakers are looking for ways to use the forthcoming stimulus bill to help dairy farmers, and the number one priority is to dampen milk supplies and […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Can’t pass this up… Ezra Klein, on how easy it was to get into the inauguration compared to onto an airplane: We value our politicians much less than we value our planes. And rightly so.

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For What it’s Worth…

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The Dow took a huge dump yesterday despite the inauguration of the Chosen One. Hat Tip: Boortz

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Open Thread – The Emergency Alert System

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

On my way to work today, my XM radio blared the ever-familiar “This is only a test” emergency alert system. As I tried to switch to a station other than Rawdog Comedy (where a good comedy bit was playing), I realized that this discordant tone was across the entire spectrum. And I was annoyed. Is […]

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Change Libertarians Can Believe In?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

There’s no secret that most of the Obama Administration agenda is at odds with the Lockean rights of life, liberty, and property at almost every turn. Obama’s views on freedom are more along the lines of FDR’s so-called “Four Freedoms”. As disturbing as this agenda is, I thought it would be important to identify policies […]

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