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Archive for January, 2010

Is The PAYGO Rule Fiscally Responsible?

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

On Thursday, the US Senate voted to restore pay go rules on a party line vote. President Obama praised the restoration of the PAYGO rule. Obama supporter Andrew Sullivan used the vote as a club to attack Republicans. Republicans opposed the restoration of pay go calling it a backdoor attempt to raise taxes. However, the […]

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“Are these Republicans Walter”? “No Donny, these men are just nihilists”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

“I mean, say what you like about the tenets of the Republican party, Dude, at least it’s an ethos…” Apologies to Joel and Ethan Coen… There has been a recent meme circulated by the leftosphere, that the Republicans… in fact any opponent of the Obama agenda… are nihilists. Now, I have to say, I don’t […]

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A Bit of Unexpected Wisdom from a Friend

Friday, January 29th, 2010

You might have heard the old saying “The best measure of a mans intelligence and wisdom, is how closely he agrees with you on any given subject”… Well, by that measure, Kommander is a damn genius (from a thread discussing Obamas abandonment of manned space flight): The problem with exploring and colonizing space, as opposed […]

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Is America Ungovernable?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Fundamentally, decisions are the marriage of facts and values, and although any government may have access to the facts, it does not have access to my values.

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Stanhope on Fear

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Really puts it in perspective. Hat Tip: KN@PPSTER

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Opening the floodgates…

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

From tonight’s State of the Union address: “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said. “Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by […]

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A libertarian live-blog of the State of the Union address

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

United Liberty’s live-blog of the State of the Union address will begin around 8:30pm. President Barack Obama will begin his speech to the joint session of Congress around 9pm.  Liberty Papers contributors Jason Pye, Kevin Boyd and Stephen Gordon will be among the live bloggers for the event.  Trying to insert the embed code now.  […]

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Hayek REPRESENT!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

When I heard there was going to be a Hayek vs. Keynes rap battle, I was amused. And then I watched it, and realized it’s actually pretty good. Enjoy.

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Tuesday Open Thread

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

In this country, it has become socially acceptable to use internet or over-the-phone consults with a fraudulent “ailment” for prescriptions of a recreational drug (Viagra/Cialis). In this country, it is still socially unacceptable (in the areas where it is legal) to go see a doctor in-person with a moderately fraudulent ailment for prescriptions of a […]

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A Must Watch on “Climate Change” from Climate Skeptic

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Catastrophe Denied: The Science of the Skeptics Position (studio version) from Warren Meyer on Vimeo. Warren is local to me (he lives about three miles away actually), and runs both the excellent libertarian small business and economics blog CoyoteBlog, and the absolutely essential climate blog Climate Skeptic.

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Obama Infuriates Middle-School Public Speaking Teachers Nationwide

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Wherein, he uses a teleprompter to address 6th-graders: Now, I don’t know about you, but when I took public speaking classes in middle school and high school, there was one rule — don’t sit there and read straight from your notes. What’s next, he’s going to go into their algebra classes with a TI-89 graphing […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Smoking bans to get extended — Los Angeles wants to ban smoking on outdoor patios. Here’s the justification: “We have an opportunity, folks, to extend and continue the great fight to get people out of the habit of smoking, to continue to protect the public health, which is really one of our main focuses and […]

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Supreme Court Strikes A Blow For Free Speech

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

By driving a stake through the heart of McCain-Feingold: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns. By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that […]

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Gay Marriage — Far LESS Harmful Than Democracy

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I’d like to claim that I’m not one to pick nits — but I’d be lying. So here is exhibit 10,483 in the “Brad takes part of a post he agrees with and spins it way out of context.” The base post is about marriage and in support of gay marriage. But I found this […]

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A Referendum on Secrecy and Entitlement

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Virgina Senator Jim Webb offers up one of the best perspectives on Scott Brown’s win tonight: Calling the race “a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process” Webb said Democrats need to hold off on further action until Brown is formally sworn in to […]

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…And a Revolution Happens

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Scott Brown is the senator elect from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. -30 to +5 in three weeks… I cannot describe the kind of a change this is… Ted Kennedy held this seat from November 7th 1962, until his death in 2009… Almost 47 years… The democrats have been calling this “Ted Kennedys seat” since his […]

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A Portent Of Things To Come?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Apparently, Ben Nelson can’t go for pizza any more: Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and his wife were leaving dinner at a new pizza joint near their home in Omaha one night last week when a patron began complaining about Nelson’s decisive vote in favor of the Senate’s health care bill. Other customers started booing. A […]

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A doctor calls for a kinder gentler war

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

I regularly read the Science Based Medicine Blog since it is an interesting combination of intelligent, rational examination of medicine and the naive monstrous morals of a toddler. This week’s column by Dr Steven Novella does not disappoint. The good doctor reviews the medical impact of modern sodium consumption and states: As usual, the medical […]

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Alabama — We Have Nothing Better To Do

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Warren, the blogger and small businessman behind Coyote Blog, does business in a number of states. Alabama, which is a relatively new state for him (6 months), just sent him a notice that he was being audited for his business over the last three years in Alabama. He called to clear this up, and was […]

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Reporting On Stimulus Jobs Becomes Even Less Useful

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I suspect we’ll see a corresponding shift in the rhetoric. Instead of Obama saying the stimulus “created or saved X million jobs”, he’ll say the stimulus “put X million Americans to work.” Either way, it’s still a joke: When the White House unveiled its nearly $800 billion stimulus package last year, it promised not only […]

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