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DEA Uses Truck Under False Pretenses; Refuses to Pay Truck Owner $133,532 in Repairs Resulting from Botched Sting Operation

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In the era of Fast and Furious, nothing should come as much of a surprise with how incompetent and reckless federal agencies can be but here, the DEA reaches a new low. The Houston Chronicle reports: The phone rang before sunrise. It woke Craig Patty, owner of a tiny North Texas trucking company, to vexing [...]

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Reinventing Newspeak – The Fatal Error at the Heart of The Little Blue Book

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The Little Blue Book is billed as helping progressives convince non-progressives to see things their way. But rather than facilitating building rapport and understanding, the book instructs the reader to ignore and shout down non-progressive arguments – ensuring that the reader can neither convince nor be convinced by his opponent.

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Taxpayers made that happen

Friday, July 27th, 2012

By now, everyone has heard Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line: If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. [...]

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Quote of the Day: Following Orders Edition

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Agitator guest blogger Maggie McNeil made some very good points in a post she titled “Godwin’s Law” that dovetail nicely with a point I was trying to make in another post about government enforcing immoral laws. Prior to reading the post, I wasn’t familiar with Godwin’s Law (“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability [...]

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Eric Tweets The History Leading To The American Revolution

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

I’m posting this on behalf of Eric, who on twitter (@e_cowperthwaite) gave a series of tweets highlighting the key events leading up to the US Revolution & Declaration of Independence. I’m providing the whole list here: How did the American Revolution happen? Did we really fight a bloody, 7 year war only because of taxes [...]

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‘Wendy’ Condemns Chick-fil-A President Remarks On Gay Marriage

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Caught this across the wire today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wendy’s Spokeswoman ‘Wendy’ Stands With Gay Marriage Supporters Dublin, Ohio, July 25 2012: Wendy’s corporation found Dave Thomas believed in treating all people, customers, employees, and vendors with the utmost respect. As the woman you see on the sign and in the logo of Wendy’s, it [...]

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Random Acts of Violence Can Be Mitigated But Not Prevented

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

In the aftermath of the senseless killing that occurred last Friday in Aurora, CO at the premier of the latest Batman movie, the question on most people’s mind is how this kind of violence can be prevented. What is the appropriate public policy that will prevent something like this horrible event from ever happening again? [...]

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Gov. Deval Patrick Vetoes Bipartisan Bill that Would Prohibit EBT Card Fraud and Abuse

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

In Massachusetts people can purchase guns, porn, jewelry, get a manicure, or get a tattoo with an EBT card (i.e. food stamps). Understandably, this upsets some Massachusetts residents and the state legislature passed a bipartisan bill which would prohibit use of EBT cards for these non-food related items. You would think that such a common [...]

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FactCheck.org Debunks Obama Campaign’s “First Law” Ad Concerning the Gender Pay Gap

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

If you live in a swing state like I do, you have probably seen the ad from the Obama campaign entitled “First Law.” The claim in this ad is that women are “paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” This claim (a real pet peeve of mine) is nothing [...]

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Recovered from the Memory Hole: Sen. Obama Opposed to the Individual Mandate in ‘08

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

“If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house. The reason they don’t have a house is they don’t have the money.” – Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 Democrat Primary. A long, long, time ago, way back during the 2008 primaries, then Sen. Barack [...]

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Do We Really Want the President to Enforce ALL Federal Laws?

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

The Rule of Law, theoretically at least, is superior to the arbitrary Rule of Men. For most of human history, the law has been subject to the whim of a head of state be s/he a monarch, czar, dictator, emperor, etc. James Madison and the framers of the U.S. Constitution wisely determined that the document [...]

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