It was 2008 and no one knew that the government threatened Yahoo. Until now. One of the tools of the terror security state (or insecurity state) is that they can bind you to secrecy so that you are completely isolated in your struggle with the government.
The Washington Post reports,
The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according Read more [...]
Last year I wrote to someone getting free money, “An Open Letter to the Welfare Cage: Dear Lucy, Nothing from THEM is ever Free.” Lucy was a woman who seemed both articulate and honest who called into a local conservative radio show. The two hosts were talking about people living off welfare and why anyone would live that way. She replied, If someone is going to give me money to do nothing and get to smoke pot all day, why wouldn’t I take the money? (That’s a paraphrase: you can listen to Read more [...]
Is Obamacare unhealthy? Maybe one way to answer this is to ask if the healthcare industry is unhealthy even apart from Obamacare.
The major force behind Obamacare was that people either cannot afford health insurance, or that they lose it because they lose their jobs. I don’t doubt that there are many people who have suffered under such conditions (though I think many more will be suffering in many different ways under Obamacare) but it is important to realize that, for some people, losing Read more [...]
Guns in school? Didn't Sandy Hook show us what happens when we don't have guns readily available to teachers in our schools?
Sadly, I couldn't get the Huffington Post video to embed, because it exemplified stupid Liberal “wisdom” about guns. Their “expert” actually thought the horrifying killing of John Crawford in a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, was a reason why open carry laws are bad. No, genius, a culture without open carry is one given over to paranoia and the assumption that Read more [...]
David Frum has been horribly pro-war for a long time, though Matt Welch at Reason points out that he did apologize for his role in beating the drums for the Iraq invasion. But it is bizarre that Frum is now playing the Rand Paul role while Rand Paul himself has sided with war, only asking that Congress get to approve Barack Obama’s plan (which, of course, Obama will probably not allow; too Constitutional).
Frum is completely against “going back to Iraq.”
The top foreign-policy priority Read more [...]
This revelation of our anti-education public school system is found at the Washington Post. It involves a straight-A child-prodigy that the DC school district is regarding as a truant. Avery Gagliano is a piano and violin player with an international reputation and who could have been given a criminal record in DC.
Columnist Petulia Dvorak writes:
“As I shared during our phone conversation this morning, DCPS is unable to excuse Avery’s absences due to her piano travels, performances, Read more [...]
"It's clear to me that we need to train and equip Syrian rebels and other groups in the Middle East." –Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.
Here’s some context for the quotation from an article in the National Journal, “Vote on Spending Bill Postponed amid Syria Debate.”
House Republicans have postponed a vote that was planned for Thursday on a must-pass spending bill, as they grapple with an eleventh-hour request from the White House to include an authorization to arm and train Syrian Read more [...]
If you want to see a real psychological war on women, look at this piece celebrating the highest-paid “female” CEO. The sheer audacity of the article is amazing. The open joke starts in the headline: “America’s Highest-Paid Female CEO Is Transgender.”
And then the tagline: “Not only is she one of only 11 women to make the list of the 200 highest-paid CEOs, but this executive was born a man.”
Translation: There are only ten women who made the list of 200 highest-paid CEOs.
Think Read more [...]
As you probably know, our government’s intervention in Syria created an Al Qaeda utopia in part of that country. Now it has spread to Iraq in an orgy of violence aimed at Christians as well as other religious minorities and Shiite Muslims.
Recently, Professor Peter Neumann, the director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King's College London, has pointed out the significance of what the U.S. has done in Syria for the Muslim world. Newser.com reports that
the Read more [...]
This is a pretty ugly instance of police intimidation. I highly recommend you watch it:
In case it disappears from Youtube, below is the text that accompanied the video.
I filled out a PD-99 Citizen Complaint form with MPD Sunday night and submitted it to Internal Affairs and the District 1 Commander. I heard back from Commander Jeff Brown and Captain Brian Harris on Monday afternoon, and again from Capt. Harris Tuesday night. Capt. Harris told me the officers shown were clearly in the Read more [...]
In case I get accused of libertarianism (again!), since I am writing criticisms of gambling prohibition, let me just say that I am not one. I am a Christian who thinks the Bible is the authoritative word of God that contains wisdom for all people in all places. And in the Bible, I see that a great deal of behavior can bring about bad consequences. But I don’t see all that behavior being illegal. I do see many examples of laws and government prohibitions on sex outside of marriage (thus, I can’t Read more [...]
French Sunbathing shows that French culture is getting slightly more modest. The younger generation finds the idea of women going topless at the beach to be unsavory.
France's summer is fast becoming a memory, and so is one of its iconic beach sights: the topless woman. As few as 2% of French women under 35 now say they want to bare their breasts, according to an Elle magazine poll this summer. It's a far cry from the once-ubiquitous scenes of semi-nudity on Read more [...]