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Archive for March, 2009

Alan Greenspan Says — Not My Fault

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Alan Greenspan is one of the most highly respected financial minds in the world. He was Chairman of the Federal Reserve under four consecutive Presidents, and was laughed at when he uttered the words “irrational exuberance” foretelling the eventual collapse of the dot-com bubble. But even if he was expected to be so by the […]

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Picking at Festering Libertarian Scabs

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I honestly believe that Ron Paul is a decent guy and one of the most unique spokesmen for the libertarian movement out there.  However, I’m going to write something that one year ago would have filled the comment section below with hate messages from Dr. Paul’s supporters: Ron Paul does not walk on water and […]

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Afternoon Reads

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Enough is too much, already: Nancy Pelosi sez another stimulus package may be required. Over at Fr33Agents, I’ve just associated Attorney General Eric Holder with serial killer Ted Bundy in a preemptive strike against the gun-grabbers waiting to exploit recent tragedies in Alabama and Germany. Google is going to get even more personalized personal. Three […]

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How Effective Would Reduced Withholding Be?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

In my post two days ago, I suggested that as many Americans as possible reduce their withholding to the minimum allowable levels. It’s a new type of tax protest, one that might actually hit the feds in the pocketbook: So here’s my suggestion. April 15th, go to your HR department and change your W-4 claimed […]

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Nader Scores Big Court Victory for Third Party Candidates

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

It’s not often that I sing the praises of unsafe-at-any-speed Ralph Nader, but his recent legal victory is worthy of such praises. “LOS ANGELES, March 9 /PRNewswire/ — In a significant move for open-election laws, the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an attempt to overturn a federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that the […]

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Is Ron Paul Right About Earmarks ?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The Club for Growth calls his thinking backwards and alleges that he’s enabling more and more spending, Don Surber just calls him daft, but Ron Paul has an argument in favor of earmarks that does make sense: NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Speaking of a lot of money, the battle about the money they’re spending on Capitol […]

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Ruining Our Economy Is A Domestic Matter — No Foreigners Allowed

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

From a NYT story about new banking regulations attached to the bailout funds (and the desire for some of these banks to now return the money): The list of demands keeps getting longer. Financial institutions that are getting government bailout funds have been told to put off evictions and modify mortgages for distressed homeowners. They […]

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Name That Socialist

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Today, a news story came out where a company planned on purchasing chicken processing plants and the government was going to match the private company’s bid dollar for dollar. This plan is proposed under the guise of saving jobs. Now let me give you a hint who this socialist leader is; he’s a national leader. […]

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Obama Talking About Making The Same Mistake Herbert Hoover Did

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

It’s still widely believed that Herbert Hoover did nothing to stop the economic downturn that began when the stock market crashed in October 1929, leading eventually to the Great Depression. The truth, however, is quite different. During the period from 1929 to the time he left office in 1933, Hoover was a strong proponent of […]

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E-mail to GM President: “It’s time to pay for your [own] sins, Detroit”

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

My apologies to those who have already read this, but for those who haven’t this is just too good not to share. Since December 2008, the Knox e-mail to GM has been making its way to inboxes all over the world; I learned of it only yesterday when listening to Neal Boortz yesterday. Within an […]

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Another Ridiculous Gun Regulation Challenged In Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Last year’s Supreme Court case hasn’t stopped the District of Columbia from passing arbitrary gun laws clearly designed to restrict it’s citizens’ Second Amendment rights: A D.C. woman filed suit in U.S. District Court yesterday, claiming that the city would not let her register a pistol because of its color. Tracey A. Hanson argued that […]

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How To Shrug — A Legal Tax Protest That Might Make A Difference

Monday, March 9th, 2009

By now, a few regular readers have seen my post from last week, and many thousands have seen Stephen Gordon’s compilation of “Going Galt” commentary. I say it’s time for some folks to put their money where their mouths are. One of the links in the compilation is to a post of Bryan Pick @ […]

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The $30 Billion Stack of Paper

Monday, March 9th, 2009

21 pages of paper is apparently worth $30 billion taxpayer dollars — if you are too big to fail, that is. That’s 1,428,571,428.57 bucks per page. Here’s how ABC reports the story: An AIG report to the Treasury Department last month warned that if the government didn’t come to its rescue again, its collapse would […]

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It’s Not Real — But Not Far Off

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Hat Tip: The Big Picture

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Outlawed in Alabama: A Tale of Two Videos

Monday, March 9th, 2009

What do sex toys and microbrewed beers have in common?  In Alabama, they are both more-or-less outlawed. What’s that, you say?  They don’t have statewide prohibition in Alabama, do they? Before I respond, here’s an interesting video just produced by reason which celebrates the “American beer revolution.” Of Alabama’s 67 counties, 14 are completely dry […]

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Dow — Feels Like 1966, Baby!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Is this a knock on the market, or a knock on the Federal Reserve and the inflationary track we’ve been on since the end of Breton Woods in 1971: I’m going to select “both”. I’d love to recreate this graph and make the vertical access non-logarithmic. I think that would really show how far inflation […]

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Daylight Saving Time Is A Waste Of Time

Monday, March 9th, 2009

If it wasn’t bad enough that Congress totally threw off my sleep schedule, it turns out that the entire idea of Daylight Saving Time being an energy-saver is a hoax: The history of Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been long and controversial. Throughout its implementation during World Wars I and II, the oil embargo of […]

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So, What The Heck’s Up The Economy ? A Roundup Of Mostly Contradictory Opinions

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Over the weekend, we learned that the current recession is on the verge of becoming the longest since the Second World War ended: WASHINGTON – Factory jobs disappeared. Inflation soared. Unemployment climbed to alarming levels. The hungry lined up at soup kitchens. It wasn’t the Great Depression. It was the 1981-82 recession, widely considered America’s […]

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A Tax By Any Other Name Is Still A Tax

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Obama says those of us making less than $250K/year will not see our taxes increased “one dime”. Does he actually believe that user fees aren’t taxes? Because he’s gonna raise them: Extra fees get under the skin of all but the most zen travellers. First you pay one price for your ticket, and then they […]

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A Picture’s Worth a Trillion Words

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Here’s what a trillion dollars looks like…

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