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  • Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD, Or Not

    08/29/2015 1:06:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 95 replies
    SCIENCE FRIDAY, NPR ^ | February 10, 2012 1:00 PM ET | John Dankosky
    JOHN DANKOSKY, HOST: Up next: how to tell your CD from your MP3, from your AAC. But first, let's start with the LP. When I was a kid, music took up a lot of room - not in your hard drive, but in your life. Being an audiophile meant devoting shelves and shelves and shelves and shelves to your album collection. And when you moved out of your parents' house, out of your first apartment, you hauled milk crates filled with your music collection onto your next life. And these days, most of us probably get our music in the...
  • New Gallup poll shows Americans want third political party participation

    09/26/2014 10:14:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9-24-14 | Karl Dickey
    A new Gallup poll out this morning, September 24, 2014, found that 58% of Americans strongly want a third political party choice in the candidates because the two older parties "do such a poor job" representing the people. This number is little changed from a Gallup poll asking the same question in 2007. The third largest political party is the Libertarian Party, yet its candidates face unfair hurdles of ballot access and media exclusion. Many states in the nation purposely raise the bar for Libertarian Party candidates to have their name printed on the ballot alongside the Republican and Democratic...
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • Libertarians may run Senate candidate in Ky.

    05/27/2010 8:06:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies · 832+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | May 26, 2010 | Roger Alford (Associated Press)
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Libertarian Party is considering running a candidate in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, saying GOP nominee Rand Paul -- the son of a former Libertarian presidential candidate -- has betrayed the party's values. Party Vice Chairman Joshua Koch said Wednesday that Paul has been a black eye for Libertarians because of stands he's taken on issues, including his criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Koch said Paul is not a Libertarian. He called Paul and his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, "faces of the same bad coin."
  • Bucking The System

    05/09/2010 7:10:36 AM PDT · by scottteng · 15 replies · 446+ views
    The Tampa Bay Area Start Page ^ | 5/9/10 | Anne Money Buck
    I recently had the opportunity to interview Alexander Snitker, the Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate in Florida. My editor, who had heard Snitker speak at a campaign stop, gave me the assignment to interview him. “I want you to really work him over. Hit him hard on the issues,” he told me in stereotypical editor fashion. So I dutifully set out to do just that. I had heard the name, but I knew almost nothing about him. After doing a bit of homework on Snitker, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Some of his positions seemed like they were straight...
  • Libertarians blast Sotomayor pick

    05/26/2009 9:40:55 AM PDT · by VirginiaConstitutionalist · 75 replies · 2,615+ views
    The Libertarian Party ^ | 5/26/09 | The Libertarian Party
    Libertarians blast Sotomayor pickObama Court nominee ruled government should discriminate based on race WASHINGTON -- America’s third largest party Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, citing past rulings that public employers should discriminate in hiring based on race. “While Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair and impartial hearing, Supreme Court justices should be nominated for their thorough knowledge of and adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law,” said William Redpath, Libertarian National Committee Chairman. “By nominating Sonia Sotomayor, Barack Obama has made it clear he prefers an activist...
  • Mark Sanford Whacks Lindsey Graham Over Libertarianism [says libertarianism "a badge of honor"]

    05/18/2009 6:22:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 204 replies · 3,886+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 2009-05-18 | David Weigel
    (snip)After the speech a volunteer from Paul’s Campaign for Liberty asked Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) about it, and he weighed in against Graham. There was almost a pejorative comment a moment ago. Sen. Graham spoke and said “I’m not a libertarian,” whatever, whatever, as if that’s an evil word. Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment … People say, you know, “Mark, you’re kind of libertarian,” you know, and they say it as if it’s an evil word, like you’re a communist or something. I’m like: Throw me in that briar patch … I’ve been accused of being a...
  • Polling shows independents aren't buying Obama’s promises of prosperity through Big Government

    05/11/2009 11:25:43 AM PDT · by VirginiaConstitutionalist · 49 replies · 2,768+ views
    The Libertarian Party ^ | 5/11/09 | The Libertarian Party
    Poll: Independents reject Obama, agree with Libertarian PartyPolling shows independents aren't buying Obama’s promises of prosperity through Big Government WASHINGTON -- Despite a deep financial crisis and the election of a left-wing president, political independents still see “big government” as a greater than “big business” by an unchanged two-to-one margin, America’s third-largest party notes today. “Independent voters believed Candidate Obama when he said he would be mainstream. Their trusting votes gave him a narrow victory,” said Donny Ferguson, Libertarian National Committee Communications Director. “But now that the real Barack Obama has revealed himself, they’re not following his bootlegger turn toward...
  • Ron Paul's Influence Grows

    05/06/2009 5:01:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1,338+ views
    The New American ^ | 2009-05-06 | Charles Scaliger
    lthough he officially abandoned his presidential bid last summer, Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s star continues to brighten. Once shunned by the mainstream media and marginalized by the national leadership of the Republican Party, the modest pediatrician-turned-congressman has become something of an éminence grise these days, feted and fawned over by the likes of Fox News, which once dismissed him as a quack. The reason? Dr. Paul’s unexpected fundraising prowess during his presidential campaign turned more than a few heads, and the bestseller status of his book The Revolution: A Manifesto attracted further attention. But besides the growth of his Campaign...
  • Who is watching the Watchmen? [Bush DHS commissioned infamous "right-wing extremism" report]

    05/05/2009 9:19:37 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,321+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2009-05-05 | Gene Healy
    April was a cruel month indeed for new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The weeks before the Swine Flu outbreak found her stumbling through reporters’ questions about a DHS threat assessment memo on “Rightwing Extremism.” That memo urged law enforcers nationwide to monitor the allegedly gathering danger from Rightist radicals, including pro-lifers, immigration opponents, and those who reject “federal authority in favor of state and local authority.” Was this a sinister conspiracy by an administration full of Chard-sipping arugula eaters determined to spy on Red-State patriots? That‘s quite unlikely: The memo was commissioned during the Bush administration, as was a...
  • When Government Plays Doctor [Ron Paul]

    05/04/2009 8:51:55 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,601+ views
    This week, concerns about swine flu have dominated the media and many government officials. While the American people should be made aware of infectious diseases and common sense preventative measures, much of the hysterical reaction from government only serves to remind us how detrimental to your health it can be when government plays doctor. As a physician, I have yet to see any evidence that justifies the current level of alarm. Influenza typically kills around 36,000 people every year in this country and hospitalizes a couple hundred thousand. So far there are only a handful of confirmed deaths attributable to...
  • Letter: Sanford is right on stimulus funds

    04/12/2009 12:35:35 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 541+ views
    The Independent Mail, Anderson, SC ^ | 2009-04-12 | Michael Carmany
    I hope the citizens of South Carolina stop the General Assembly from the shark-like “feeding frenzy” of federal funds, which are really our seized tax dollars. Find out the facts. Gov. Mark Sanford has tried to reduce the non-necessary spending of our lawmakers. He has vetoed this pork every budget year and the legislature has consistently overridden his efforts to reduce spending. South Carolina would be in a better fiscal situation if spending restraints had been made in the good times. Now we are being threatened by our legislative leaders that if we don’t take the federal funds, prisons will...
  • MO: TSA detains official from Ron Paul group [harassed for carrying cash]

    04/08/2009 4:32:46 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,370+ views
    The Transportation Security Administration is investigating the detention and harassment of a Ron Paul organization official by airport screeners, an incident that was caught on tape at a St. Louis airport. Steve Bierfeldt, director of development for Campaign for Liberty, was selected for additional screening after officials spotted a metal box in his luggage that contained a large amount of cash and checks made out to the campaign. Mr. Bierfeldt was attending his organization's regional conference in St. Louis and said he was keenly aware, as the situation unfolded March 29, of a controversial report issued to Missouri law enforcement...
  • Budget Expands Government as Economy Contracts [Ron Paul]

    04/06/2009 6:11:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 1,233+ views
    Last week the House passed another budget that increases federal power, raises taxes, and increases the national debt. I voted against it, and was pleased to see that not a single Republican representative voted for it. Legislators often see bipartisanship as constructive, but I disagree especially where the destruction of our economy or our liberty is concerned. There has been too much bipartisan consensus on expanding government far beyond the bounds of the Constitution which we all swore to defend and uphold. Because of this, I have never been able to vote for a budget. However, it was good to...
  • The Banker Who Said No

    04/05/2009 10:29:05 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 2,212+ views
    Forbes ^ | 2009-04-03
    While the nation's lenders ran amok during the boom, Andy Beal hoarded his money. Now he's cleaning up--with scant help from Uncle Sam. BY BERNARD CONDON & NATHAN VARDI Standing outside the glass-domed headquarters of his Plano, Texas, bank in March, D. Andrew Beal presses a cellphone to his ear. He's discussing a deal to buy mortgage securities. In just a few minutes, the deal's done: His Beal Bank will buy $15 million of face value for $5 million. A few hours earlier he reviewed details on a $500 million loan his bank is making to a company heading into...
  • End the War on Drugs [Ron Paul]

    03/30/2009 6:49:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 156 replies · 4,999+ views
    We have recently heard many shocking stories of brutal killings and ruthless violence related to drug cartels warring with Mexican and US officials. It is approaching the fever pitch of a full blown crisis. Unfortunately, the administration is not likely to waste this opportunity to further expand government. Hopefully, we can take a deep breath and look at history for the optimal way to deal with this dangerous situation, which is not unprecedented. Alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s brought similar violence, gangs, lawlessness, corruption and brutality. The reason for the violence was not that making and selling alcohol was inherently...
  • Only Conserva-tarians Can Save the GOP

    03/23/2009 10:30:09 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 203 replies · 2,137+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2009-03-19
    Limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, greater economic opportunity, and respect for this nation and its heritage. BY JERRY A. KANE At what point does complacency end and panic set in for the members and leaders of the Republican Party? When will they notice the empty hour glass and recognize wickedness for what it is? The hordes of satiated simpletons shouting in rhythmic cadence, “Oh we love, the O-One … Oh we love, the O-One” is not the Winkie chant of guards entering a castle in a scene from a classic fantasy film. The ill winds of the 2006 and...
  • Militia report evokes flurry of criticism (Missouri)

    03/22/2009 1:17:37 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 77 replies · 2,400+ views
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | Sunday, March 22, 2009 | T.J. Greaney
    A report compiled by federal and Missouri law enforcement officials has ignited a firestorm of criticism that shows no signs of letting up. A confidential analysis on “The Modern Militia Movement” compiled by the state “fusion center” has drawn livid responses from people and groups listed in the document. State officials — including those at the Missouri Information Analysis Center in Jefferson City, which compiled and disseminated the report to police — stand behind it, contending it has been misinterpreted. The eight-page MIAC report listed warning signs indicating someone might be a domestic terrorist or a member of a militia....
  • B.C. court case has potential to make Google, Yahoo illegal in Canada

    03/18/2009 10:45:00 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 736+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 17 Mar 2009 | Vito Pilieci
    A court case in British Columbia has the potential to drastically change the Canadian Internet landscape by making search engines such as Google and Yahoo illegal. A case brought against the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) by a small search engine for BitTorrent files, called ISOHunt Web Technologies Inc., is raising questions about whether search engines are liable for the sharing of copyright-protected content online. The question before the British Columbia Supreme Court is, if a site like ISOHunt allows people to find a pirated copy of Watchmen or The Dark Knight, is it breaching Canadian copyright law? “It’s a...
  • Missouri Libertarian Party Condemns Missouri Highway Patrol Training Document as Political Profiling

    03/17/2009 8:25:28 PM PDT · by GoldStandard · 45 replies · 1,662+ views
    Libertarian Party of Missouri ^ | March 15, 2009 | Mike Ferguson
    The Missouri Libertarian Party, the third-largest political party in the state, issued the following statement regarding a “Strategic Report” issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) on February 22nd, which became known to the public late last week: An internal document designed for law enforcement education purposes inaccurately and dangerously implies that among the indicators of possible involvement in extremist, militant militia activity is support for the Libertarian Party. This memo and its findings are potentially dangerous to both the people of Missouri and to our system of free political speech. The memo claims that membership in, among other...
  • Earmarks Don't Add Up [Ron Paul]

    03/16/2009 5:53:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 2,067+ views
    Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more time and patience to grasp the reality of what earmarks really are. To be sure, if earmarks were the driving force behind explosive government spending as some have been led to believe, that would be a good reason for all the fuss. The misconception seems to be that members of Congress put together a bunch...
  • Mark Sanford: Build From The Local Level

    03/16/2009 7:58:09 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 411+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 2009-03-07 | Daniel Stone
    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford sees a strong future for the Republican Party, provided it's rebuilt in what he sees as the right way: on the local level, far from the halls of Congress and the GOP's national headquarters. Republican ideals haven't changed, he said last week, but he thinks the ways the party engages new people will have to. NEWSWEEK's Daniel Stone asked Sanford who's responsible to lead the party from here and what he thinks about the party's national leadership. Excerpts: NEWSWEEK: In devising a new strategy for the party, where do you go from here?SANFORD: There is...
  • Gov. Mark Sanford on Stimulus, Economy [Tenth Amendment, entitlements, defense, taxes, the Founders]

    03/16/2009 7:46:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1,029+ views
    The New American ^ | 2009-03-16 | Patrick Krey
    Governor Mark Sanford (R) of South Carolina has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan and in the process has become one of the most prominent fiscal conservatives in the country. Recently, he made national news when he announced his plan to accept the stimulus funds but sought a waiver from the President to use 25 percent of it to pay down state debt rather than spend it on suggested programs (the other 75 percent is determined by formulas). If Obama doesn’t grant the waiver, Sanford has said he will reject it. Before Sanford was governor, Sanford...
  • Gov. Sanford offers the only rebuke to reckless big government ideology

    03/13/2009 6:08:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 746+ views
    City Paper, Charleston, SC ^ | 2009-03-11 | Jack Hunter
    In last week's Best of Charleston issue, City Paper readers picked Gov. Mark Sanford as our "Best Conservative" and rightfully so. "Facing budget deficits and high unemployment, Sanford has opposed the state legislature's pet projects and the White House's economic stimulus," the write-up read. "The controversial governor's logic may not be practical, but it is conservative." In these tough economic times, accusing conservatives like Sanford of not being "practical" for opposing massive spending has been a common liberal theme. During a press conference last week, President Barack Obama was asked about the plummeting stock market, the rapidity of which many...
  • Ron Paul: Audit the Fed!

    03/12/2009 7:06:14 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 131 replies · 4,509+ views
    As I know you’re aware, the Federal Reserve’s inner-workings are shrouded in secrecy, and their meetings are off-limits to the public. Just recently, the Federal Reserve told Congress “NO WAY” when asked to account for TWO TRILLION DOLLARS in taxpayer-backed loans! Well, why do you think they refused? They know coming clean with Congress and the American people on how they doled out those two TRILLION dollars would result in an anti-Fed firestorm. So can you imagine the impact of a full-scale audit? You and I will finally be able to show the American people that the Federal Reserve System...
  • Obama to weigh Sanford's request [Mark Sanford vs. SC legislature, House/Senate Rats, Obama]

    03/12/2009 5:13:00 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 582+ views
    The Post & Courier, Charleston, SC ^ | 2009-03-12 | Robert Behre & Yvonne Wenger
    Gov. Mark Sanford's wish to use $700 million of federal stimulus money to cut the state's debt rather than prop up its budget soon will land on the desk of President Barack Obama. If Obama refuses Sanford's request, as expected, then state lawmakers will decide whether to override the governor yet again. The drama will unfold in the coming weeks as each of them grapples with what is widely considered the worst economy since the Great Depression. Much of South Carolina's $8 billion share of the $787 billion stimulus package will go directly to individuals in the form of tax...
  • Sanford rejects federal funding ["I’ve got a 15-year pattern of doing exactly this kind of thing"]

    03/12/2009 5:21:29 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 961+ views
    S.C. lawmakers will bypass him, accept disputed money. BY JOHN O'CONNOR Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that using federal money to balance the state budget come July could “destabilize” the S.C. economy over time. The governor said he will not accept $700 million in federal aid for state budgets unless South Carolina can use the money to pay off retirement, health care costs and other debts — making him the nations’ first governor to specifically reject portions of the federal aid.
  • S.C. governor evokes Zimbabwe in arguments against stimulus [Mark Sanford]

    03/12/2009 5:07:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,237+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-03-11
    COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) -- The United States faces a Zimbabwe-style economic collapse if it keeps "spending a bunch of money we don't have," South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday. Sanford, a Republican, has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's $800 billion stimulus plan. He said he'll turn down about a quarter of his state's $2.8 billion share unless Washington lets him use that money to pay down debt. "What you're doing is buying into the notion that if we just print some more money that we don't have and send it to different states, we'll create...
  • Missing The ‘Old Right’

    03/10/2009 9:27:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 1,145+ views
    President Obama on Friday announced he would be drawing down the troop level in Iraq. This was what we had all been waiting for, right? After all, it was dissatisfaction with Bush’s war that kick-started the Democratic resurgence in 2006 and helped the Democrats win overwhelming victories in 2008. But aside from a little chattering here and there, most people’s response seemed to be, “Oh yeah, that war,” before changing the channel to see what’s on “The Tyra Banks Show.” True, Obama still plans to leave 50,000 troops in the country indefinitely. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of...
  • The Declaration of Independence

    03/10/2009 9:40:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,580+ views
    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,...
  • Imagine

    03/10/2009 12:34:11 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 109 replies · 2,091+ views
    Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.” Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of...
  • Will Atlas Shrug? A Compilation of Blogosphere Commentary about “Going Galt”

    03/09/2009 7:20:20 PM PDT · by bamahead · 120 replies · 2,603+ views
    The Liberty Papers ^ | March 6, 2009 | Stephen Gordon
    There’s a new craze hitting the conservative tubes on the Internets these days: “Going Galt!” While it’s difficult to identify an exact date of reference or to provide any unique person with credit for the general meme, Michelle Malkin and Helen Smith certainly deserve honorable mention for recently popularizing the phrase. This movement seems to have manifested itself in two distinct, but related, forms: those who say, more-or-less, that “I ain’t gonna produce more that 249,999 dollars and 99 cents of taxable income” as well as those more accustomed to singing “Amazing Grace” than Twisted Sister taking to the streets...
  • Sanford and the new era of nullification

    03/09/2009 12:38:42 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 1,067+ views
    The State, Columbia, SC ^ | 2009-02-26 | Andrew Davis
    “That the sovereign powers delegated are divided between the General and State Governments ... it would seem impossible to deny to the States the right of deciding on the infractions of their powers, and the proper remedy to be applied for their correction,” wrote then-Vice President John C. Calhoun his 1828 paper “Exposition and Protest.” Calhoun and many of his fellow South Carolinians were furious over tariffs imposed on the state by the Congress. They saw the tariffs as unconstitutional acts of federal protectionism, which were injurious to the people and industries of their state. Calhoun, a staunch advocate of...
  • Can Congress Regulate All Political Speech?

    03/03/2009 4:41:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,004+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2009 | Bradley A. Smith and Jeff Patch
    The ultimate stakes could not be higher in a Supreme Court case argued today Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., which will be argued before the Supreme Court today, is one of the most important cases this term. Unfortunately, much of the press coverage of this dispute is superficial and misleading -- and as a result, the public is unaware of the momentous First Amendment issues at stake. The case has its roots in a complicated tale of political and corporate intrigue between two coal companies, leading eventually to a jury verdict of $50 million in favor of Hugh Caperton,...
  • Ron Paul "Probably" Won't Make Another White House Bid

    02/28/2009 12:26:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies · 3,233+ views
    CBS News - Political Hotsheet ^ | 2009-02-27 | Brent Lang
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), whose bid for the GOP presidential nomination last year electrified libertarians and generated a passionate following online, told Bob Schieffer that he will "probably" not run for president in 2012 during a special "Washington Unplugged" interview. In a free-flowing conversation, Paul was pessimistic about both the direction of his party and the country. Asked about the future of the GOP, Paul said: "I think of it in terms of the country and the future of the Republican and Democratic party, and there's not much good in either party at the rate we're going, and right now...
  • Is Libertarianism a Sign of Mental Illness?

    02/26/2009 9:54:23 PM PST · by bamahead · 50 replies · 1,251+ views
    CATO Institute ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t know whether this belongs in the comic-relief category or the future-threats category, but the Harvard Law School is having a conference to analyze the “free market mindset.” The basic premise of the conference seems to be that people who believe in limited government are psychologically troubled. The conference schedule features presentations such as “How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community” and “Addicted to Incentives: How the Ideology of Self Interest Can Be Self-Fulfilling.” The most absurd presentation, though, may be the one entitled, “Colossal Failure: The Output Bias of Market Economies.” According to the description, the author argues...
  • On Transparency of the Fed[Ron Paul]

    02/23/2009 9:34:36 AM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 440+ views
    House.gov ^ | 23 Feb 2009 | Ron Paul
    This week the Federal Reserve responded to the American people’s increased concerns over our monetary policy by presenting new initiatives aimed at enhancing the Fed’s transparency and accountability. As someone who has called for more openness from the Fed for over 30 years, I was pleased to see the Fed acknowledge the legitimacy of this need. The Federal Reserve controls the flow of money and credit in our economy because Congress has abdicated its responsibility over the nation’s currency. This process therefore occurs centrally, and almost completely outside the system of checks and balances. Because of legal tender laws, people...
  • Feds Propose Storing Internet User Data for 2 Years

    02/21/2009 11:34:16 AM PST · by Perdogg · 44 replies · 1,275+ views
    Link Only due to copywrite complaints http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/02/feds-propose-st.html
  • How our liberties have been destroyed[UK]

    02/21/2009 12:21:38 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 536+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 Feb 2009 | Daily Mail
    Since Labour was elected 12 years ago, a massive and frightening array of powers have been introduced which curtail Britain's long-fought-for commitment to the freedom of the individual. There are 56 such freedom-destroying powers, according to the Convention on Modern Liberty. They range from the shameful decision to ban inconvenient but peaceful protests in the vicinity of Parliament to the storage by the police of DNA samples taken from entirely innocent people. Town Hall Stasi routinely deploy anti-terrorist powers to snoop on dog foulers and families suspected of cheating school catchment area rules. Low-ranking officials have access to the chilling...
  • Clearing away the smoke [Republican Christian on Medical Marijuana]

    02/20/2009 6:14:14 PM PST · by Gondring · 62 replies · 2,483+ views
    The Timberjay Newspapers ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | Scott Stowell
    Ely photographer K.K. Forss is using words rather than a camera to offer a picture of what his life is like without medical marijuana. Forss traveled to the State Capitol to testify in support of medical marijuana legislation at a Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee hearing on Wednesday. Medical marijuana use has been a political issue in Minnesota since the mid-nineties. The bill is currently being sponsored in the House by Rep. Tom Rukavina (DFL-Virginia). A five member bipartisan group is pushing it in the Senate. Last year, though the legislation passed in the Senate, it did not...
  • Guardsmen to conduct urban training at Arcadia in April

    02/19/2009 6:19:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 96 replies · 3,190+ views
    (Carroll, Iowa) Daily Times Herald ^ | 02/17/2009 | Butch Heman
    The Carroll National Guard unit will train on urban military operations by holding a four-day exercise at Arcadia. The purpose of the April 2-5 drill will be to gather intelligence, then search for and apprehend a suspected weapons dealer, according to Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company. Citizens, law enforcement, media and other supporters will participate. Troops will spend Thursday, April 2, staging at a forward operations base at Carroll. The next day company leaders will conduct reconnaissance and begin patrolling the streets of Arcadia to identify possible locations of the weapons dealer. The primary phase will be...
  • OKC officer pulls man over for anti-Obama sign on vehicle

    02/19/2009 7:25:45 AM PST · by peggybac · 362 replies · 15,470+ views
    NewsOK ^ | 2/19/09
    An Oklahoma City police officer wrongly pulled over a man last week and confiscated an anti-President Barack Obama sign the man had on his vehicle. The officer misinterpreted the sign as threatening, said Capt. Steve McCool, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, and took the sign, which read "Abort Obama, not the unborn." Chip Harrison said he was driving to work when a police car followed him for several miles and then signaled for him to pull over. ''I pulled over, knowing I hadn't done anything wrong," Harrison said in a recent phone interview. When the officer asked Harrison if...
  • Shazam! Mayor Bloomberg Finally Understands Who Pays NYC Taxes (40,000 people pay 50%)

    02/19/2009 8:19:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies · 3,645+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 2/19/09 | The Maha
    Shazam! Mayor Bloomberg Finally Understands Who Pays NYC TaxesFebruary 19, 2009 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mayor Bloomberg, state and city revenues in New York are falling because of the Wall Street collapse. State lawmakers are considering income tax increases for households earning between $250,000 and $1 million. They already pay a 6.85% income tax rate. Mayor Bloomberg, who as recently as six months ago would have supported this, had something different to say about it recently on the radio. It's sound bite number 11. BLOOMBERG: One percent of the people that live in the city, the households that file in the...
  • House shoots down federal gun controls-(State Rights vs FedS)

    02/14/2009 8:12:51 PM PST · by Flavius · 81 replies · 3,011+ views
    ap ^ | 2/14/09 | KAHRIN DEINES
    Associated Press Writer HELENA, Mont. (AP) Firearms manufactured and used in Montana would be exempt from federal regulation, under a bill the Montana House is supporting. House Bill 246 aims to circumvent federal authority over interstate commerce, which is the legal basis for most gun regulation in the United States. The bill could have the effect of releasing Montana gun owners from federal registration requirements. The measure applies to firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition that are made and sold in the state. The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Joel Boniek of Livingston, says his proposal is more about states' rights than...
  • Reality Intrudes on the Drug War

    02/15/2009 2:55:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies · 3,367+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | February 15, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    In the story of the emperor with no clothes, it took someone whose observations are rarely heeded -- a child -- to point out the obvious fact that no one else could acknowledge. In the case of drug policy, it takes people who are usually ignored by Washington policymakers -- Latin Americans -- to perform the same invaluable service. Last week, a commission made up of 17 members, from Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa to Sonia Picado, the Costa Rican who heads the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights, did nothing but admit the truth: The war on drugs is a...
  • The New Book Banning

    02/15/2009 6:44:18 AM PST · by classical artist · 51 replies · 1,084+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2009 | Walter Olson
    It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, yank existing ones off their...
  • Alert – Stop Congress From Restricting Your Property Rights.

    02/10/2009 10:32:31 PM PST · by nateriver · 22 replies · 3,139+ views
    ATR ^ | Grover Norquist
    While everyone is distracted with the Pelosi Reid Obama artery–choking, cardiac arrest, Pork Barrel Spending Bill, congress is sneaking-ly trying to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Left-wing environmentalists are behind this bill to purposely undercut current progress toward affordable domestic energy. Essentially they will be stealing 300 million barrels of proven oil and 8.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from any future use.
  • On The Dole Again (Welfare reform gutted in porkulus)

    02/14/2009 6:09:20 AM PST · by bamahead · 19 replies · 1,615+ views
    Cato.org / NY Post ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | Michael D. Tanner
    Much of the "stimulus" bill is devoted to a backdoor undoing of one of Washington's greatest achievements of recent years - welfare reform. One of the most important changes of the Clinton-era reform law was replacing the individual entitlement to welfare with a block grant to the states. In the old system, the more people a state signed up for welfare, the more money it got from Washington. The block grant broke this link, creating an incentive for states to help people become self-supporting. But, as The Post's Charles Hurt has reported, slipped into the stimulus bill is a provision...
  • Ron Paul speaks on economy, smaller government [to students at Rice University]

    02/12/2009 5:08:51 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 1,650+ views
    Republican Representative for Texas Ron Paul spoke to Rice students last week to share his personal opinion on the state of the economy and discuss how to restore the United States back to a responsible fiscal system. "The system we have today has failed," he said. Paul, a two-time presidential candidate, decided to become involved in politics after President Richard Nixon took the United States off the gold standard in 1971. Since then, United States currency has operated on the fiat system, where the value of the money is based solely on faith in government to back the value of...
  • The Myth of Libertarians as Social Liberals

    02/11/2009 1:53:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 105 replies · 1,567+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 2009-02-11 | Jonah Goldberg
    All good points and I agree with them all to one extent or another. But — and you knew there had to be one — it bothers me when conservatives offer the blanket concession that social liberalism and the social aspect of libertarianism are one and the same. To say you are an economic conservative is to say you are a libertarian on 95% of the relevant issues. But to say you are a social liberal isn't anything like saying you are a libertarian on 95% of social issues. Social liberals are often quite aggressive advocates of using state power...