We’re not going to a tea party; mostly because we have jobs, and also because I think they’re both great, and ineffective. Great, because it’s amazing that so many people are making it known publicly that they don’t want to have their freedoms abridged, and more of their money stolen from them. Ineffective because basically [...]Continue reading Our Tax Day Protest, and Celebration
Archive for April, 2009
Talk about some strange incentives. A business is clamoring for the state to tax their services, and the budget-constrained state turns them down: Nevada, suffering from a $3 billion budget crisis, passed on a chance to raise at least $2 million a year. Yesterday, lawmakers said “No Thanks” to a $5, er, service tax, for [...]Continue reading Nevada Government Turns Down Tax Revenue?
Big-government Republican hypocricy knows no limits, it seems. Here’s the latest tweet from Mike Huckabee: Pls support HPAC today, my 3 reasons for $3: rising taxes, deficits, massive exp. of govt http://tinyurl.com/cwpy6t Plse RT #tcot Let’s see if I understand this correctly: Tax Hike Mike wants us to give money to the Huck PAC because [...]Continue reading Astroturfing Republican of the Day Award
Remember that now-retracted Missouri Information Analysis Center report which stated that small-government types (specifically Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin supporters) were potential terrorist threats? According to this new Homeland Security report, all it takes to fit the terrorist profile is to have general anti-government feelings or prefer local/state government to federal control over [...]Continue reading Homeland Security document targets most conservatives and libertarians in the country
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) in his recent article calling for a major reform of America’s prisons in Parade Magazine brought some very disturbing, eye opening, statistics about America’s prison system to light. In summary this is some of what he found: -Since 1984, America’s prison population has quadrupled from 580,000 to 2.3 million -Though the [...]Continue reading Reforming America’s Prison System: The Time Has Come
It’s hard not to smile when viewing this video by former Senator Mike Gravel from 2008. Power to the people! Give peace a chance!Continue reading Mike Gravel blast from the past
Andrew Sullivan gets it right, and wrong, at the very same time. He scribed: The remarkable thing about today’s partisan Republicans is their capacity to forget instantly and entirely anything that went on for the past eight years. And so suddenly we are rushing toward socialism, even though by far the biggest jumps in state [...]Continue reading Andrew Sullivan, astroturfing Republicans and GOP hypocrisy
Over at The Daily Beast, the speculation is that Nancy Pelosi is the recipient of multiple facelifts. But D.C. cosmetic surgeon Barry J. Cohen ventured where no other M.D. would: “I would guess she had a neck lift some time ago, although is certainly ready for another,” he wrote to me by email. “It would [...]Continue reading Does Nancy Pelosi have to endure waiting lines when she gets botox treatments?
Speaking of astroturfing Republicans, Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus told folks in Trussville, Alabama that there “are exactly 17 socialists” in the House of Representatives. The National Taxpayers Union just gave Bachus a failing grade of 56% (which they upgraded to a C+ on their liberally-curved grading scale) on spending issues. Perhaps Bachus should realize that [...]Continue reading Another Republican pot calls kettle black
Somali pirates have been in the news a great deal lately, and there is a great deal of controversy as to how to deal with them. To date, the proposed solutions seem to be a simplistic calls for a) intervention to build a stable state in Somalia, b) send in various national navies to engage [...]Continue reading Responding to Piracy on the Somali Coast
I certainly disagree with former-Washington-Times-Assistant-National-Editor-turned-freelancer-and-new-media-personality-father-and-personal-friend Robert Stacy McCain from time to time. One thing noteworthy about him is that he’s constantly begging for donations to support his online writing habits. It’s hard to find a post on his personal blog where he doesn’t directly ask folks to hit his tip jar. At the same time, [...]Continue reading Yet another blithering idiot reporter calls for a newspaper bailout
Here’s some partially-true balderdash regarding upcoming Tea Parties found on Craigslist: What hasn’t been reported until now is evidence linking Santelli’s “tea party” rant with some very familiar names in the Republican rightwing machine, from PR operatives who specialize in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns (called “astroturfing”) to bigwig politicians and notorious billionaire funders. As veteran Russia [...]Continue reading Telling Tea Party Truth
The über-secret attempt by ACORN to tell Obama the names of people attending Tea Parties (and other stories)Thursday, April 9th, 2009
UPDATE: Welcome, Washington Independent, The Other McCain and Michigan Blogger readers. We’ve got more recent Tea Party goodness located here, too. Electing dead guys The New York Times is making the point that Missouri citizens have now elected another dead guy. I fail to see how this local news is so important from a national [...]Continue reading The über-secret attempt by ACORN to tell Obama the names of people attending Tea Parties (and other stories)
Ahh, the left… When life deals you lemons, you advocate a Federal Lemon Rationing Board: Personally, I would love a legal cap on the number of words a blogger is allowed to produce per day. I’m privileged to have a job that I really enjoy. But at the same time, I would prefer to write [...]Continue reading If You Can’t Compete, Why Not Shackle Your Competitors?
The Obama Administration continues to defend the Bush Administration’s wiretapping policies: (04-06) 15:26 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The Obama administration is again invoking government secrecy in defending the Bush administration’s wiretapping program, this time against a lawsuit by AT&T customers who claim federal agents illegally intercepted their phone calls and gained access to their records. [...]Continue reading Meet The New Wiretapper, Same As The Old Wiretapper
The Cato Institute has announced it’s 2009 Cato University program: Cato University, the Cato Institute’s premier educational event of the year, is right around the corner! On June 26-31 in Rancho Bernardo, California, Cato University will bring together outstanding faculty and participants from across the country to discuss how the state has expanded during times [...]Continue reading A Great Place To Learn About Great Ideas
David Weigel (via Robert Stacy McCain) brings us some gun goodness with a fair amount of gun not-so-goodness in this photo spread at the Washington Examiner. “I spent Saturday at the bi-annual Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, right outside of Louisville, Ky. Gun enthusiasts of all stripes were there — from the National Rifle Association [...]Continue reading Good gun nuts. Bad gun nuts.
“People reading news for free on the Web, that’s got to change,” sez Rupert Murdoch. With newspapers folding all over the country, one might think that the journalism industry would actually get the hint. Just like any other business, when the books don’t balance, you’ve got to cut costs, increase sales, raise your prices, improve [...]Continue reading Lame Quote of the Day
This one is a bit topical for me. My wife and I just had our taxes prepared by her business accountant. As mentioned last year, she and her sister started a business, and due to the myriad obstacles and pitfalls inherent in our legal system, incorporated the business as an S Corp. Being a first-year [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
For years, believers in small government have been fuming at egregious Republican spending. All of a sudden, more mainstream Republicans are livid about bailouts. Even elected Republicans who supported bailouts are suddenly jumping on the anti-bailout bandwagon because they’ve been popped upside the head by their own supporters. Even Republican governors accepting bailout money are [...]Continue reading Action item for libertarians and small-government conservatives