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Archive for July, 2009

Friday Humor II: William Shatner Reads Sarah Palin’s Tweets

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Following up on Stephen Littau’s post, here’s the return visit William Shatner paid where he read selections from Sarah Palin’s (old) Twitter Account:

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Friday Humor: William Shatner Reads Selections from Sarah Palin’s Farewell Speech and “Acted Stupidly”

Friday, July 31st, 2009
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Obesity! (Women And Minorities Hardest Hit)

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Chalk this one up to the sloppy language and anthropomorphism. Marc Ambinder is responding to points Megan McArdle made about obesity, and he takes a few steps too far (via Democracy in America): If you tend to blame individuals for their choices, then your answer will be no. But the crucial fact is that obesity [...]

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What’s Really Wrong With “Cash For Clunkers”

Friday, July 31st, 2009

This morning, we learned that the Car Allowance Rebate System, known more popularly as the “Cash for Clunkers” program was running out of money after only a few days in operation: The government’s “cash for clunkers” program, aimed at boosting stagnant auto sales, is almost out of money, putting its future in question, according to [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

From Tim Lynch, Cato@Liberty, on Obama’s entrance to Gates-gate: Even more disturbing is Obama’s leap into this matter. It is yet another indication of the Cult of the Presidency where the President sees a role for himself in just about any aspect of life. The news media covers the event as if it is pretty [...]

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Obama, Gates, Crowley, and the Troubling Controversy that Seemingly Won’t Go Away

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Up to now I have purposely avoided this whole disorderly conduct arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. for a number of reasons. First reason being that compared to the other cases I’ve written about here and elsewhere, this is a very minor case of police misconduct. I have yet to read or hear any reports [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

“There is no right to health care – any more than there is a right to chicken Kiev every second Thursday of the month.” – Theodore Dalrymple a/k/a Dr. Anthony Daniels

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Kevin Drum Astonished That People Disproportionately Like Subsidized Stuff

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Satisfaction levels of Medicare beneficiaries are pretty high. This surprises Kevin Drum: There’s a pretty obvious political dynamic that’s responsible for this. Seniors, who actually use Medicare, know perfectly well that it’s a good program. They can see any doctor they want, they get care when they need it, and the quality of service is [...]

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The Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates Was Unconstitutional

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

So says Fox News Channel Legal Analyst, and former Judge, Andrew Napolitano: Civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate agrees: Under well-established First Amendment jurisprudence, what Gates said to Crowley–even assuming the worst–is fully constitutionally protected. After all, even “offensive” speech is covered by the First Amendment’s very broad umbrella (…) Today, the law recognizes only four [...]

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Where’s The Authority ?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Walter Williams asks a question that, unfortunately, nobody in power bothers to ask anymore: A president has no power to raise or lower taxes. He can propose tax measures or veto them, but since Congress can ignore presidential proposals and override a presidential veto, it has the ultimate taxing power. The same principle applies to [...]

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The Horse Race

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Curunir over at The Distributed Republic has a point, related to many politicos obsession prior to the election with 538.com, that resonates with me: Am I the only one who finds the popularity of horse-race style election coverage negative and bad for society, certainly not something to be subsidized? To be sure, I don’t care [...]

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Chavez’ Plan: Domination Through Caffeine Withdrawal!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

We’ve already reported on Venezuelan food shortages, which are going to make the population too weak to fight Chavez. Now it appears they’ll be too tired as well: Venezuela, a traditional coffee exporter that boasts one of the best cups of java in South America, may have to import coffee for the first time ever [...]

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Quote Of The Day: Change We Can’t Believe In Edition

Monday, July 27th, 2009

“Legalization [of marijuana] is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine,” – Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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Why Do We Need Expensive College Degrees to Get A Simple Job?

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Until 1960 or so, the percentage of people getting college degrees was relatively low. There was plenty of work for people who had ‘merely’ graduated from high school, and a high school graduate could support a family. Then came the Vietnam War, where the United States government would happily enslave high-school graduates, but not students [...]

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Harold Fish is Free!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

On the Liberty Papers, much of what we write is negative; decrying the steady movement towards tyranny and totalitarianism that is the trajectory of the U.S.. Occasionally, we get to report some good news.Harold Fish has been released from jail. His case is an important one; the state of Arizona charged him with murder for [...]

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The Perfect Guidebook As We Travel Down The Road To Serfdom

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

As I’ve noted in the past, sales of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged have increased significantly over the past year. Now it appears that the same is happening to Frederich Hayek’s seminal work: So far this year the most popular edition of Road to Serfdom has sold 11,000 copies. That compares with 3,000 copies at the [...]

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Real Solutions for Health Care, Part I – The Problem

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

If one looks at Barack Obama’s principles for health care, the basic ideas are right. His three principles are: Reduce Costs Guarantee Choice Ensure Quality Care for All Unfortunately, the health care measures the president is backing shows he clearly doesn’t understand the main problem with American health care. In America today, doctors rarely answer [...]

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Control Without Responsibility

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

At Cafe Hayek, a letter to the editor by Andy Morriss to the Wall Street Journal is posted: Holman Jenkins asks “Does Obama Want to Own the Airlines?” (Business World, July 8). I am sure he does not. Rather than own them, the president and his congressional allies want to control the airlines — a [...]

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Lies, Damn Lies, and California Budget Proposals

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The news out of Sacramento appears good for the California middle class: The good news, Schwarzenegger glowed, is no new taxes. Digging a little deeper, of course, reveals the truth: REVENUES * Accelerate income tax withholding — $1.7 billion * Increase estimated tax payments for businesses and the self-employed — $610 million Between now and [...]

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Don’t Blame Me Just Because I Voted For Bob Barr

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Over the weekend, Melissa Clouthier took the time to take to task those of us who refused to compromise our principles last November and voted for Bob Barr over the atrocious McCain/Palin ticket: [P]eople are coming out of the woodwork saying, “Don’t blame me! I voted for Bob Barr!” I ask you, Is that something [...]

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