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Date registered: April 28, 2011 1:02 am

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  1. Totes Not A Democracy — April 18, 2014 9:25 am
  2. And Now a Susanna Martinez Nontroversy — April 17, 2014 4:56 pm
  3. Shifting the Numbers — April 15, 2014 5:39 pm
  4. The Bundy Ranch — April 12, 2014 11:10 pm
  5. Stevens Advocating for the Liberal Constitution — April 12, 2014 10:24 pm

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Fort Hood Again

Another shooting at Fort Hood. Early reports are at least two dead with many more injured. This does not appear, again based on early reports, to be an act of terror, but a dispute between soldiers. I’ll post more details as events warrant.



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The Triumph of Obamacare

I think it’s time for us on the blog to finally admit that Obamacare has been a roaring success, far in excess of what even the most optimistic supporters projected. I mean, just check out the numbers:

  • At least six million people have signed up for insurance on the exchanges, close to the seven million Obama hoped for. Now granted, only two million of those were previously uninsured; the rest were people who were already … Read more
  • Wretched Hives Of … People Smoking

    One of the claims made by the anti-pot crusaders — particularly government USA’s and DEA agents prosecuting legal medical marijuana clinics — is that pot shops are a magnet for crime. These claims have just been thrown out there with little evidence to back them up. But they’ve used to justify raiding pot shops, shutting them down, threatening landlords with asset forfeiture and other fun games our federal government likes to play.

    Well, someone took … Read more

    He Just Wanted to Stifle the Competition

    Holy shit:

    In a stunning criminal complaint, State Sen. Leland Yee has been charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, casting yet another cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee’s aspirations for statewide office.

    Yee and an intermediary allegedly met repeatedly with an undercover FBI agent, soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for setting up

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    Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. This case concerns whether the federal government can force an employer to provide birth control to their employees. Hobby Lobby is claiming it violates their Freedom of Religion and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to force them to pay for a service they have a moral objection to.

    You can read some legal analysis from Mataconis and a series … Read more

    The Phantom Koch Menace

    Let’s face it: the Democrats are scared. Polling shows them down, Nate Silver now projects the Republicans to gain the Senate this year and while Hillary is popular in Democrat circles, it is quite likely she would lose a general election. There is a very real possibility the Republicans could control both Houses and the White House in 2017.

    There are many ways for the Democrats to respond to this downturn in their political fortunes. … Read more

    The Captive Child

    The Atlantic has a long but must-read article by Hannah Rosin on the overprotected child. In it, she documents how children today, despite increased safety and lower crime rates, have far less freedom to explore and be kids than previous generations did. We’ve harped on this before, but Rosin cites example after example of how little freedom we allow our children and how much of what makes childhood fun (and important) is being taken away.… Read more

    The Heckler’s Veto

    A few weeks ago, the 9th Circus ruled that it was acceptable for a school to ban shirts displaying the American flag. Their reasoning was that high school students do not have full Constitution liberties, which is a well-established precedent, and that the shirts would have caused disruption in the school by angering Mexican students.

    Yeah.

    This was the end of a series of confrontations between Mexican-American students and white ones alternatively displaying Mexican and … Read more

    Gorby’s Empire

    One of the most baffling developments of the 1980′s was the Cult of Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev had his qualities. He was one of the few leaders in the Soviet Union who understood that the system wasn’t working and was absurdly corrupt (I met a general who identified Gorbachev as a potential reformer back in 1983). He reigned in some of the worst parts of the police state and, unlike his predecessors, did not use military … Read more

    Echoes of the Big Bang

    The Universe got a little more amazing today. Thirty years ago, the theory of cosmic inflation was proposed. The idea is that, for about one billion billion billion billionth of a second, the universe expanded faster than the speed of light.

    The inflationary theory explained a lot of things, such as the remarkable smoothness of the universe. And it had some interesting implications, such as the potential existence of other universes, perhaps with different laws … Read more

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