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Archive for January, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

From Obama’s speech (as retold by Ezra Klein): Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is […]

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Orwell Couldn’t Have Named It Better

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

From WaPo: The George W. Bush Presidential Center will include a “Freedom Institute” focused on a broad portfolio of topics, including the expansion of democracy abroad and education reforms of the kind Bush implemented during his presidency, according to organizers. Aside from a few really minor issues which defined the Bush presidency (i.e. torture, Gitmo, […]

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Ron Paul’s Response to Obama’s Speech

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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Question of the Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

“How many former editors of the Harvard Law Review does it take to administer the Presidential oath properly?” Source.

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Only Chrysler Would Want Fiat Technology

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Perhaps, in some alternate universe where Italian cars were known for reliability and value rather than performance and beauty, this might make sense: Chrysler LLC said today it was striking an alliance with Fiat S.p.A. that will give the Italian carmaker 35% of Chrysler in return for sharing technology, manufacturing and management. Advertisement The deal […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

The freedom of people to choose their leaders is the root of liberty. -Dianne Feinstein No, Dianne, the root of liberty is first to choose whether to consent to being led. Hat Tip: Billy Beck

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This Could Make For Some Interesting Product “Placement”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

And hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up! (link mildly NSFW)

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Some Inaugural Day Observations

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

“So it goes. One man with a record of disrespect for the Constitutional limits on his power leaves the office of the presidency, and another takes over,” writes Anthony Gregory. If there is such a “mandate,” why is Markos Moulitsas elaborating about the “most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world” — one which Obama […]

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The Very, Very Creepy Pledge to Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

“I pledge to be a servant to our president…” As Mike noted, several people (Radley Balko, Will Wilkinson, Jonah Goldberg) posted a YouTube video (which seemed to have gone down memory hole already) described by Michael Goldfarb as… …a bunch of B-, C-, and D-list celebrities, and Michael Strahan, resolving to take time out of […]

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So What’s A Libertarian Supposed To Think About All This ?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Doug Bandow sums up what January 20, 2009 means for those of us who believe in freedom and limited government: Finally, after eight long years of wasteful spending, unnecessary war, and trashing the Constitution. Finally! Now the challenge begins to constrain President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress. Onward and upward. Exactly. Now that Bush […]

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If a picture is worth a thousand words…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

…then here is something that should dovetail nicely with Doug’s post below: Picture source: REUTERS/Jason Reed h/t: Radley Balko, who also posted a video that was pulled just a few minutes ago. It featured a bunch of celebrities (so I know, it shouldn’t be taken seriously) but it included the line “I pledge to be […]

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Remember, We’re Inaugurating A President, Not Coronating A King

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Words of wisdom: Men( and any woman will tell you this ) are just men. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have their flaws. Let us not forget that he is a man, and only a man and that any man who holds the office will someday leave it. Let us pray […]

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Bush Caves, Commutes Sentences for Ramos and Compean

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Well, maybe I should say he partially caved. With less than 24 hours left in his presidency, Bush decided to commute Ramos and Compean’s sentences rather than granting full pardons. The Associated Press reports that the president chose to commute their sentences because he agreed with the court’s finding that the men broke the law […]

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Quote of the Day, Part Deux

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Comes from this AP story on our soon to be President’s activities on the day before his inauguration: Then his motorcade headed for the Sasha Bruce House, a facility for homeless teens, where he grabbed a paint roller and helped volunteers who were fixing up rooms. “We can’t allow any idle hands,” he said. “Everybody’s […]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, January 19th, 2009

TJIC, riffing on the Boston Globe, as the Globe writes an alarmist tale of the “crisis” of young Americans: The average college graduate has nearly $20,000 in debt. Oh noz! The average salary for college graduate jobs is $46,000. So, that’s almost five whole months of income to pay off the debt! My thought? $20K […]

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More “Change” From the Obama Administration

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Meet the new “change” — same as the old change. Here’s soon-to-be Surgeon General Sanjay Gupta on the reform of medicinal marijuana laws: But I suspect that most of the people eager to vote yes on the new ballot measures aren’t suffering from glaucoma, Alzheimer’s or chemo-induced nausea. Many of them just want to get […]

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DC Government Got This One Bass-ackwards

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

The District of Columbia intends to create Prostitution Free Zones during Obama’s inauguration.  From WUSA: District police have placed signs along 5th and I Streets. They read, “Warning, Prostitution Free Zone.” Those who disobey could be fined 300 dollars, and even jailed. But will the city’s plan work? DC City Councilman Jim Graham said officers […]

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How Many of Your Tax Dollars Will Be Used to Pay for Obama’s Big Party?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

MSM advice about Obama’s inauguration: So you’re attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate, not to mention comfortable and financially viable? To quote the man of the hour: Yes, you can. […]

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FedGov Can’t Even Plan A DTV Switch Given 2 Years!

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Oh, this is rich: West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the new chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced legislation that would postpone the digital transition by almost four months. “I firmly believe that our nation is not yet ready to make this transition,” Mr. Rockefeller said in a statement. Congress began seriously considering delaying the […]

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Microsoft Attacked By EU For Same Practices That Apple/Linux Use

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Back in the day, antitrust regulators decided that including a browser with an operating system was an unfair competitive measure. But to this day, they’ve only ever enforced this against Microsoft, and the EU is still pushing: European antitrust regulators have told Microsoft Corp. that the company’s practice of including its Internet browser with its […]

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