Archive for April, 2011

Atlas Shrugged – The Movie

Sunday, April 17, 2011 14:06 7 Comments

Huebert gives Atlas Shrugged a positive review, and here’s my follow-up post. Huebert, I am in complete agreement with your take on Atlas Shrugged. Some of the dialogue was strangely inept, and the acting was a bit ailing in spots, but I am not so sure this was a negative, considering the characters and the ideas [...]

This was posted under category: Music/Movies

Why Blame Corporations for Inflation?

Sunday, April 17, 2011 9:05 2 Comments

My goal in this post is not to get into the guts of inflation because this information is found elsewhere on this website, as well as within numerous commentaries from libertarians and adherents of Austrian economists ’round the web. Rather, I am perplexed that such simple facts of inflation often go disregarded by not only [...]

This was posted under category: Economics

Waiting in Line So I Can Get Permission to Go Wait in Line to Pay Extortion Fees

Friday, April 15, 2011 17:09 10 Comments

Anytime I have to do something that has to do with government providing a “service,” the outcome is a predictable sort of pathetic. Today I went to the Secretary of State (the SoS is Michigan’s department of motor vehicles) about mid-morning, figuring that I would miss the early morning wait-outside-the-door crowd and the “I’ll swing [...]

This was posted under category: State Worship

To Protect (from Dangerous Baby Squirrels) and Serve

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:59 6 Comments

“Don’t spray me, bro!” probably won’t become a popular t-shirt anytime soon, but, thanks to the video culture, we have all of these unbelievable moments captured for a lifetime of viewing. Once again, an embarrassing moment from a guy with a plastic badge and a plastic Glock in the cause of “protecting the children” from an [...]

This was posted under category: police state

Low-Fat Lunch Czars Saving You From Your Choices

Monday, April 11, 2011 23:34 3 Comments

Occasionally, I will get emails from readers telling me that I am, at times, too unrelenting on issues, or, that I exaggerate the consequences of the enslavement that awaits us all if we, as a society, continue to allow ourselves to be repeatedly bullied, flogged, controlled, and ruled by government henchmen as they plunk us [...]

This was posted under category: Food Totalitarianism

Hate Mail Reading

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 22:23 2 Comments

I can identify with hate mails …… after 12+ years of them. I often find myself with a friend over the house, or perhaps talking on the phone, reading some of my “greatest hits” hate mails, ‘specially after a glass or two of wine. They can be amusing and de-stressing. They are fun. They are [...]

This was posted under category: Hate Mails

Doctors Against Government Radiation

Monday, April 4, 2011 6:09 2 Comments

This is from an article by Elizabeth Cohen, a senior medical correspondent for CNN. She was in line at an airport waiting to be porno-scanned when she saw, for the first time, a man make the choice to opt out and be groped instead. During an ensuing conversation she discovered he was an MD – [...]

This was posted under category: The Terror State

The Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet

Sunday, April 3, 2011 20:23 19 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the assets on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet. There isn’t much substance in the short article, except the purpose was to promote a new interactive graphic that will be continually updated to “mark the expansion of the central bank’s balance sheet.” This [...]

This was posted under category: Financial Markets

The State is Not Great

Sunday, April 3, 2011 16:16 5 Comments

This young man, Jacob Spinney, has put together a superb presentation for “beginners” trying to understand the role of the state in society. He emphasizes the meaning of key words and phrases that most people do not understand until they come to grasp the meaning of libertarianism:  institutionalized aggression, coercion, monopoly, representative democracy (the real [...]

This was posted under category: Economics

Disorderly Property Ownership

Sunday, April 3, 2011 15:26 8 Comments

A reader on Facebook, Michael Lurie, pointed out this latest “it seems like satire but it’s real” demonstration of the totalitarian madness that is sweeping our nation with its war on people, places, stuff, and ….. basketball nets. This onslaught of tyranny and control freakism is not confined only to the Feds, or even the [...]

This was posted under category: Totalitarian Government