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Alternatives to statism

Now that government has failed, what next?

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Ozone levels are falling

The EPA says that cap-and-trade helped make it possible

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Microsoft agrees, "democracy" is forbidden in China

Microsoft's new Chinese web portal censor's words like "freedom" and "democracy"

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Molecular Robot

“Scientists Create World’s First ‘Molecular Robot’ Capable Of Building Molecules”

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Free Markets vs Corporations

Radley Balko makes a better case for free markets

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Wet dogs

“Small Town Gives Dogs Their Own Pool Day”

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Professor says studies don't use science

“J Scott Armstrong: Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method”

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Legal theft

Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to steal your stuff

Civil asset forfeiture is a national problem, and a big one. In 2014, for the first time in recorded history, police in the United States seized more money and property through civil asset forfeiture than all burglars and thieves combined. Making matters worse, civil asset forfeiture has been known to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos, creating significant barriers to opportunity in their communities. According to a study in Oklahoma, nearly two thirds of seizures come from racial minorities, representing a significant disparity.
     — Payton Alexander

Emphasis added. H/T reddit

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
     — U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks

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“Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist”

“There's No Other Way to Say It: Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist"

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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Secret group creates blacklist

Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

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Soros manipulating media

“Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections”

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Still plenty of ice

“Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking… ”

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Abnormal

“Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right”

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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Mixing science and politics

“The Real War on Science”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Right to boycott

“Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump. Shouldn't Bakers and Florists Have the Same Right?”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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Compromise

‟Ignore the Mob—Long Live the Electoral College”

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Cry Wolf!

“You Are Still Crying Wolf”

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Good thing she wasn't elected…

“Hillary Clinton Supporters Doxxing, Harassing Electoral College Voters”

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More back down

“Sorry America, we're not leaving!”

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Escape

“Do #CalExit Supporters Realize Many Californians Have Been Trying to Escape Them?”

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It was a joke?!

WTF? Amy Schumer Backs Out, Now Says Talk of Moving was a Joke?!


One backed down. So much for character. So much for honor. So much for principle.

She’s going to stay where the money is.

Next.

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Tiny houses banned

“Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living”

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Grow a lot faster

“Memo To The Next President: We Can Grow A Lot Faster”

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Nativists threatened by success

“Alt-Right Nativists Launch Witch Hunt Against Chobani Yogurt Founder For Helping Refugees”

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Unlimited immigration redux

“Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx”

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“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

“We operated the business legally and in compliance with all California and local laws.”

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“Parliament is sovereign.”

“Britain's Constitution is famously “unwritten” but can be summarised in three words…”

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Sometimes the police are not your friends

“Who Protects Kids from Pblurbatory Police and Prosecutors?”

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Taking away choice

In a free market, if you don’t like what a business is selling, you don’t buy it.

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Maybe too windy

“Wind Farms Cause Sleep Loss, Stress and Anxiety, Government Review Finds”

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Russia gets attention

“The Russian Bogeyman”

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Unlimted immigration is not a good idea

“German Streets Descend into Lawlessness”

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Gay Thought Police

“…Like Soviet-Era Bullies”

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Politico elites lie

The takeaway is the the elites can’t be trusted.

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Wrong lizard

When both choices are bad…

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Utah tries grabbing tribal land and pilfering tribal funds

This is why the Republic dies

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2016 Election

I don't like either candidate. I don't trust either candidate. And I definitely don't trust the two major parties.

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“You Are Not Alone” by Bill Whittle

This essay isn't mine and I do not have permission to quote it, much less post it.

But you should read the whole thing.

For length reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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Libertarianism for Beginners

John Stossel wrote an excellent review of Seavey's Libertarianism for Beginners.

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Racism or Tea Kettles?

As a free trade supporter, the downside would be the loss of a free trade zone with the rest of Europe, but I am not sure it can be called a "free trade zone" if they are banning toasters.
     —Warren Meyer, Was Brexit About Racism or Tea Kettles?

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Catastrophe or Opportunity

The sky is not falling, and when the dust settles, Britain's decision may very well prove to be a pivotal event in the reshaping of global relationships and trade that will, in the final analysis, benefit all of us.
     — Gary Johnson, You Can Look at Brexit as a ‘Catastrophe’ or an ‘Opportunity’

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Public blasphemy

Get that? The science is settled. Don't question the dogma. Thou shalt not dissent!

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Rebellion rumbles

There's only one question left

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Holding up prices

This does show a lack of competition.

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This is why John Kerry won't call it a treaty

John Kerry and the State Department do a semantic shell game to avoid the law.

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The Return of Jim Crow

In the sixty years since the Civil Rights movement, the Left has entirely perverted the whole notion of civil rights. Civil Rights as the Founders intended meant the right of all citizens, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual, gender, etc., to be free of government constraints (although the government’s police powers certainly required the government to protect citizens when others amongst them worked to injure them or constrain their basic freedoms). Civil Rights as the Left demands it has become an all powerful government that is responsible for redistribution wealth, property, access to government and even happiness, from whites to blacks.
     — Bookworm, American Christians are the new blacks; and Leftists own the new Jim Crow movement
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Watching the headlines #2

“CNN ATTACKS Duke basketball coach for NOT speaking out against new Indiana Religious Freedom law”

“Everybody's Lost Their Goddamn Mind Over Religious Freedom”

“The overblown hypocrisy of Tim Cook's business boycott of Indiana”

“Sounds like Apple’s CEO needs to disable the ‘hypocrite’ app on his iPhone”

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Dancing grannies demand freedom

The official titles don’t matter, aunts and grandmothers hold a community together.

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We finally hear Moore

You should read it all, it’s very good.

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Victim privilege - updated

Yes, f*** your trauma. My sympathy for your suffering, whether that suffering was real or imaginary, ended when you demanded I change my life to avoid bringing up your bad memories. You don’t seem to have figured this out, but there is no “I must never be reminded of a negative experience” expectation in any culture anywhere on earth.
     — Chris Hernandez, ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger Warnings,’ Meet Real Trauma

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That time of year again

Certain fundamentalists trot out the scare tactics again

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The real reason behind Prohibition

Nothing to do with morality and everything to do with vote pandering

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Bottleneck

America’s internet doesn’t have the problem you think.

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Liberty Beats "Internet Freedom"

Watch this great video

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

This is awfully familiar. The U.S. has been accused of human rights abuses before


As usual, individuals with no responsibility in the matter, their humanitarian impulses outraged by conditions that were frequently beyond help, began carrying to America tales of indifference, negligence, and callousness on the part of the troops.  Generally these stories were lies.  The thousands of men assigned to the job of rescuing the DPs and organizing relief for them were Americans.  They were given every facility and assistance the Army could provide, and they were genuinely concerned in doing their utmost for these unfortunate of the earth.  But because perfection could not be achieved some so-called investigators saw a golden chance for personal publicity.  They did so at the expense of great numbers of Americans who labored night and day to alleviate the average lot of people who had suffered so much that they seemed at times beyond suffering.
     — General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe

Hat tip to William Katz at FrontPageMagazine.com

Posted: Mon - June 13, 2005 at 05:48 AM

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John Kerry on Iraq

What changed?

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Edward Kennedy on filibusters

Did you hear what you thought you heard?

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Ferris Bueller on beliefs

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Ferris Bueller on beliefs

'Isms' are not good

It's not that I condone fascism....or any 'ism' for that matter.  'Isms' in my opinion are not good.  A person should not believe in an 'ism', they should believe in themself.  I quote John Lennon, 'I don't believe in Beatles...I just believe in me.'  A good point there.  After all, he was the walrus.  I could be the walrus, I'd still have to bum rides off of people!
      Ferris Bueller's Day Off

One of the great all time arguments against isms of any kind.

Posted: Sat - May 21, 2005 at 02:45 PM

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Happy Towel Day!

Douglas Adams Passing Day

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Rulers and Masters

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Rulers and Masters

Daniel Webster on those who want to rule

In every generation there are those who want to rule well - but they mean to rule. They promise to be good masters - but they mean to be masters.
     — Daniel Webster

And of course, they only promise to do it for "your own good."

Posted: Mon - May 9, 2005 at 09:15 PM

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