…Erm, where is the rest of Terry McAuliffe’s dirty Joseph Caramadre money?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, the current Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia, chose not disclose his investment into an insurance scheme run by a businessman [Joseph Caramadre] who was stealing the identities of terminally ill patients on his Virginia Board of Elections Statement of Economic Interest during his 2009 run for Governor. [snip]
“Robbin’ the ‘Hood”: California’s Green Energy Schemes Benefit the Well-Connected
You know those odd little charges at the bottom of your utility bill? In California, electricity customers pay average fees of $24 per year, plus $12 per year if they also use natural gas, for the benefit of alternative energy programs. Those charges add up; a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. A report in the Sunday | Read More »
Obama’s Missed Opportunity
First Lady Michelle Obama likes to talk “Let’s Move” but can’t do the same for her own garden. Reports the Obama garden blog: In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste. The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, | Read More »
Power and obedience
There is nothing more pernicious than the illusion of liberty surviving, or even flourishing, alongside growing government power. It doesn’t work that way, not once you get past the transition from anarchy to lawful government. Personal liberty does not exist in a state of anarchy, because individuals can be defrauded, robbed, and killed at will by lone predators and organized gangs. Some degree of government | Read More »
NSA snoops all of Gmail, and Google probably helps
Earlier this year, I dared point out that Google could be a private intelligence agency for the left. Some people told me to put on a tinfoil hat. So I drew up a piece detailing high-level connections between Google and the Obama 2012 campaign. The political connections are obvious and undeniable, but how much access does the government really hand to Google data for mass | Read More »
The Absurdity of the Washington Redskins Controversy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Josh Zerkle to discuss the debate over changing the Washington Redskins name, why it’s so absurd and a look at the NFL season so far.
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Obamacare – It’s all about Control… (Alt-Delete).
POP-QUIZ: What is the new Obamacare website?
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(A) Just another NO-BID contract.
Halloween Mitch: Only Tricks, No Treats
He is invisible. He vanishes from the scene. He lurks in the shadows to sabotage conservatives at the most crucial points. Then he swoops down and picks up the carcasses he helped create. He is Mitch McConnell. Here are the latest tricks in the invisible man’s grab bag: Pass a Continuing Resolution to fund all of government, including every aspect of Obamacare, until January 15. | Read More »
The basic framework of the deal Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid have hammered out is coming to light. The provision the GOP is crowing over — that the Obama Administration will check the income levels of those who receive a subsidy — is already the law. Meanwhile, the GOP will let the rest of the year proceed above sequester level spending, give the unions another | Read More »
Tech at Night: Silly posturing from Germany and Hillary Clinton on NSA
Here we go again, a group of organized criminals seeks to attack innocents. “First sentence, then trial.” I’m looking forward to when prison sentences are given out to these people of Anonymous. Hacktivist is apparently a code word for ‘anarchist terror cell.’ I mean, just like Tor users (who are getting traced as well as they’re getting arrested), we just keep on arresting Anonymous cells.
#Obamacare exchanges: June myth versus October reality.
Here’s a fun game: see how far you can get in this Atlantic Obamacare puff piece from June 2013 before you erupt in involuntary laughter! As the first website to be demonstrated by a sitting President of the United States, Healthcare.gov already occupies an unusual place in history. In October, it will take on an even more important historic role, guiding millions of Americans through | Read More »
Debt default: global threat, or greatest stimulus plan ever?
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund declare themselves deeply troubled by the U.S. government shutdown crisis, and the looming possibility of “default.” There is absolutely zero possibility of actual default, mind you. Such a thing would only happen if President Barack Obama explicitly directed it, because there is a vast amount of spending the federal government could cut before it became necessary to think about defaulting | Read More »
Pavlov’s Dogs and America’s Last Men
So how are EBT Cards and QE debt monetization alike? They resemble one another in three ways. They are jet-fuel for the continued encroachment of the state. They require a voluntary acquiesence of liberty in return for security and they both are a form of shackle that binds those who benefit from either to greater government dependence. What type of individual would prefer either QE or EBT Card money to individual liberty? Friedrich Nietsche gives us a description of just that type of individual.
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The last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security….The last man is the goal that European civilization has apparently set for itself. The lives of the last men are comfortable…. Social conflict is minimized. Nietzsche said that the society of the last man would be too barren to support the growth of great individuals. The last man is possible only by mankind’s having bred an apathetic creature who has no great passion or commitment, who is unable to dream, who merely earns his living and keeps warm. The last men claim to have discovered happiness, but blink every time they say so.
Fighting Obamacare: The Difference Between Cutting Spending and Limiting Harmful Government
As Mitch McConnell puts the finishing touches on his terms of surrender, here are some thoughts to ponder. Republicans and conservatives have spent the past few years messaging their platform to the American people built upon budget-speak. It’s all about the debt and cutting spending. In reality, we don’t have a spending problem per se, we have a big and harmful government problem. The two | Read More »
Quote of the Day, This Is Why We Fight #Obamacare edition.
Never mind partisan maneuvering: when it comes to stopping Obamacare, it is in the best interests of the country that we win. Because the waves of pain are just going to keep on coming. The first two weeks of healthcare.gov have passed, with no progress toward a usable website on which to enroll. The public is being told that they can also enroll via paper | Read More »