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Archive for December, 2009

I’m Going To Turn My Grandmother Into A Radical Libertarian

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Okay, maybe not. But I sure have a great way to do so (and maybe to turn a few readers). I’m in Chicago visiting family, sadly with little internet access (sitting outside Panera Bread Co in the car with my napping son in the back). Today we celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday. This is a […]

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Just because people make bad choices…

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

…Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have any choice at all. The first freedom is the freedom to fail… And when it comes to choosing our leaders in this country… whoooo boy have we failed big time, for a long time. So fellow gunblogger Tam, being an Ovarian American, got a bit tweaked at a comment over […]

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The real right to health care

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Democrats are addicted to saying that there is a right to health care, and subsequently hammering anyone who opposes their disastrous reform bill as opposing that right. The truth is, there is a right to health care, and it is consistently opposed by the left, not the right. Put simply, each person has the right […]

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Why Cash For Caulkers Is Good [If Not Libertarian] Public Policy

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

As a libertarian, I spend a lot of time railing against idiotic government giveaways. The TARP, the Porkulus Stimulus, and Cash For Clunkers all took copious levels of heat. I derided them for various reasons: TARP: Notwithstanding the wide-ranging areas this money was targeted to (i.e. auto bailouts) and the fact that when it was […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Coyote, noting that Tiger may be going to rehab for sex addiction: Paying lots of money to stop having sex with hot women seems an odd thing to do. Indeed. But I’ve never been lucky unlucky enough to be in his situation, so I have limited basis to judge such actions odd.

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Gary Johnson – Who Is He And Why Should I Care?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

It’s a good question. He’s the former governor of New Mexico, but given that I can count the number of times I’ve visited that fine state (and their excellent green chiles) on one hand, that means little to me. So why would I care about Gary Johnson? Well, the sad answer is that we live […]

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Health Care “Victory”

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

When you hear Democrats celebrating their victory in getting 60 votes, remember that it’s not just a victory over those evil Republicans. It’s a victory over logic; it’s a victory over responsibility; It’s a victory over the Constitution; and it’s a victory over the people. That’s quite a thing to celebrate, aint’ it, Harry?

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Quote(s) Of The Day

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Both relate to Ben Nelson being bought off to provide the Democrats’ 60th vote. Oh, and what a bribe it was! First, David Kotok over at The Big Picture: Senator Nelson of Nebraska sold his vote in return for special treatment for the Mutual of Omaha insurance company and for perpetual Medicaid funding for his […]

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United Liberty Podcast

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Many readers here are also familiar with the United Liberty blog, not least because our contributor Jason Pye is the editor-in-chief of that blog, and co-contributor Doug writes at both locations. They (Jason and UL Assistant Editor Brett Bittner) recently honored me be asking that I join them as a guest on their podcast, which […]

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Congressional Thug Tries To Silence Free Speech

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Meet Congressman Alan Grayson, a punk ass bitch and wannabe thoughtpoliceman Not everyone thinks imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In fact, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando took such offense at a parody Web site aimed at unseating him that the freshman Democrat asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Lake […]

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Obama Has Failed in Copenhagen, Minorities and Women Will Benefit the Most

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Fortunately for humanity and the civilization that sustains it, Barack Obama stayed true to his record of incompetence and failure, messing up the talks at Copenhagen.  The talks have ended with nothing more than yet another agreement to meet again in a few years’ time. His last ditch instructions to Hillary Clinton, which led to […]

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This Is Who We’re Gonna Wreck Our Economy For?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

So, it appears the Tuvaluans are angry about climate change, and they’re going to make sure Copenhagen knows about it: Tuvalu demanded – and got – a suspension of negotiations until the issue could be resolved. The split within the developing country bloc is highly unusual, as it tends to speak with a united voice. […]

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This is your government on no-bid contracts

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Alabama’s premium political blog reports the following: “The Department of Finance, Executive Budget Office has released a power point presentation on the same subject.” The topic of the report may be interesting, but that’s not why I’m posting these links.  If you open up the Power Point presentation, here’s what you’ll see on page 5: […]

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Free Market Capitalism: Good for the Environment?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Anyone who is really paying attention to the global warming debate will notice that reducing carbon emissions and wealth distribution go hand-in-hand. Or do they? Dick Morris and Eileen McGann wrote a very interesting article which makes very much the opposite point. The goals of the climate change crowd are not reduction in global warming […]

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Earmark And Healthcare Wars: Ron Paul vs Jeff Flake

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

A recent article in the Washington Examiner by John Labeaume details the differing approaches to earmarks that two of most libertarian members of Congress have. This difference came out in a vote on an amendment that Flake wrote to H.R. 3791 which was the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009. The Flake amendment would ban […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, December 11th, 2009

From Randall McElroy III @ The Distributed Republic: Left and right, pundits applaud Obama Nobel Peace Prize speech This, to the discerning mind, is a clear sign that the speech is full of shameful lies that would make a decent person cringe. Reminds me of my definition of the word “bipartisan”.

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I Have Taught You Well, Young Padawan

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

from RJ Matson, NY Observer Hat Tip: Ritholtz, The Big Picture

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Automakers Steal $30B From Obama’s Jobs Program

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Now it’s the automakers. Too bad nobody predicted that throwing money into these fine well-run American corporations could have been a bad deal! The Obama administration will tell Congress Wednesday that it expects to lose about $30 billion of the $82 billion government bailout of the auto industry. Gene Sperling, senior counsel to Treasury Secretary […]

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Gov’t Not Going To Lose As Much Money As Expected; Reveals Plans To Spend Difference

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Normally this might be considered good news: The Obama administration plans to announce this week that it is slashing its estimate of the losses from the government’s financial bailout package by about $200 billion, Treasury officials said. The White House had projected in August that the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, would […]

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Monday Morning Question

Monday, December 7th, 2009

All, if you’ve followed the ClimateGate scandal, you’ll note that most coverage on both the left and the right centers around the emails. There is discussion in the emails of trying to influence access to peer-reviewed journals to stop critics (unethical), and even some suggestions that data requested under FOIA be deleted (potentially illegal). So […]

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