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James Comey vs. your privacy

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Today’s smartphones contain more data about your life than any other device in human history. It could be argued that they even contain more usable information about your whereabouts and activities than your own brain. Naturally, post-Edward Snowden, protecting that information is a priority for a lot of people. James Comey wants access to all […]

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The view from the bubble

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

They say we’re entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts. Except, of course, if we’re Paul Krugman: When it comes to Barack Obama, I’ve always been out of sync. Back in 2008, when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his press was strongly favorable, I was skeptical. I worried […]

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The problem with mobile Amber Alerts

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

As you might have heard, many Californians were awakened by their phones last week for a late-night Amber Alert: Russ went to bed early, setting “do not disturb” mode on his iPhone so no one could wake him up. His phone did wake him up, though, screeching and lighting up with an Amber Alert message […]

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Embrace Burke? No thanks, Mr. Dionne. I’ll take Coolidge instead.

Monday, July 1st, 2013

In his never-ending campaign to weaken those who oppose a progressive state, E.J. Dionne has attempted to give American Conservatives (including, in his flawed formulation, libertarians) a new idol: Edmund Burke. Embracing Burke, Dionne posits, would “clip the wings of modern conservatives”: It’s to Norman’s credit that he recognizes how “Burke also clips the wings […]

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Our Democracy

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Barack Obama tells graduates at Ohio University today: Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject […]

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Two words…

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Matthew Yglesias says: What’s needed is a much more forceful, much more statist approach to forced savings, whether that’s quasi-savings in the form of higher taxes and more Social Security benefits or something like a Singapore-style system where “private” savings are pooled into a state-run investment fund. It only takes two words to show that […]

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This is…

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

…why I don’t trust people who want power: By mid-May Steve [Heymann] was acting weird. None of his raids seemed to have turned up what he wanted. Aaron’s lawyer was talking to JSTOR, which had found him through Steve. We had contacted people to talk to JSTOR, eminent people, many of whom were shocked by […]

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“Assault weapons are just the beginning”

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Coming from a Second Amendment supporter, this statement would be treated as paranoia. Coming from left-wing elitist Jan Schakowsky it’s something else entirely. Is it paranoia when the left admits it? Don’t remember Schakowsky? Read our open letter to her from 2009.

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A Question of Labor Scarcity

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Cory Doctorow started the New Year with a very interesting piece on the “roboticization of the workforce”. The whole article is worth a read, but it brings up a disturbing question: But here’s the thing that neither of these articles — or even Bruce’s acid observations — touches on: once technology creates abundance, what possibilities […]

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Larry Correia on Gun Control

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

I just finished reading Larry Correia’s “An opinion on gun control“, a tour de force attacking the logic and arguments of those who want to control guns. His view on those who want to control guns is damning: In conclusion, basically it doesn’t really matter what something you pick when some politician or pundit starts […]

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Thoughts on the fiscal cliff

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Just some quick thoughts on the fiscal cliff… IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID It’s frustrating that no one is discussing the fact the the Obama plan for deficit reduction actually increases spending with the inclusion of a stimulus package in 2013. Raising taxes and borrowing more money for more stimulus not debt reduction. It’s just more […]

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Four more years…

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This quote from Santayana seems to sum up the first four years of Obama’s reign: Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those […]

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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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Individual Mandate Upheld as Tax

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate as valid under the Congress’ taxing power in the Constitution. Disappointing, but not surprising. The worst thing about it is that the individual mandate is really a one-shot delaying tactic. The law can only mandate people into the insurance market once. When health care spending continues to […]

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Fast and Furious was not botched

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I’ve officially lost count of the number of times I’ve heard or read a media source assert that Operation Fast and Furious was botched. It wasn’t. It did exactly what it was designed to do: put American guns in the hands of criminals so they could terrorize and kill innocent Mexicans with them and get […]

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Tomasky: Kill personal freedom for government and crony capitalist well-being

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Michael Tomasky penned a sickeningly ignorant and immoral piece in the Daily Beast… even more sickening than he considers sodas and 1/2 pound hamburgers. The most stomach-turning part: We have this “liberty” business completely backward in this country, and if Bloomberg can start rebalancing individual freedom and the public good, God bless him, I say. […]

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The Life of Julia… who really wins?

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

President Obama’s campaign has put together “The Life of Julia“, following a woman from cradle to grave to show how she benefits from the enlightened benificence of President Barack Obama. The reality, though, is rather different. Let’s look now at “The Life of Julia”:

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Call to action: Stop the police cyber-state

Monday, August 1st, 2011

There is a scary bill working its way through Congress right now: H.R. 1981 – the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 While this sounds like a worthy goal, the bill features a repressive data retention requirement that would open ordinary Americans to abuse from government as well as cyber-criminals. Specifically, the bill […]

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Sorry Steny…

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

…but California is living proof that a supermajority requirement doesn’t “make it virtually impossible to raise revenue,” it only encourages stupid politician tricks.

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Too big to fail: Washington edition

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

From Megan McArdle, a list of reasons why the Federal Government is too big to fail (or even pause): The nation’s nuclear arsenal is no longer being watched or maintained The doors of federal prisons have been thrown open, because none of the guards will work without being paid, and the vendors will not deliver […]

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