Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Corrupting Influence Of Civil Asset Forfeiture

by Jacob Sullum.       According to the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council (APAAC), "an asset forfeiture practice that supplements other law enforcement activities provides an opportunity that is unique among governmental agencies—the direct augmentation of the agency's budget through the performance of its designated function."     ... MORE

NatGeo: Science Seeks To Unlock Marijuana’s Secrets

by Hampton Sides. As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease. There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever. In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3000 B.C.  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Eating Up Junk Science

The Making of the American Police State

by Christian Parenti.  How did we get here? The numbers are chilling: 2.2 million people behind bars, another 4.7 million on parole or probation. Even small-town cops are armed like soldiers, with a thoroughly militarized southern border. The common leftist explanation for this is “the prison-industrial complex,” suggesting that the buildup is largely    ... MORE

John Stossel: Governed By Zealots

Agendacrats gone wild. The government's environmental rules defeat even environmentalists. Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls "the single largest deposit of gold and silver that is not being developed in the entire world." Tom's    ... MORE

VIDEO: Are GMOs Good Or Bad?

Pragmatism Is Impractical In The Long Run

by Jaana Woiceshyn. Pragmatism—compromising principles to achieve goals—is prevalent not just among politicians (think of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran). It is also a common hazard among business people, many of whom think that to succeed in business you have to compromise principles. It’s OK to compromise honesty and fake a little,     ... MORE

Alexa Corse: The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain

A most convenient 2-month gap.  Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up     ... MORE

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Local Gov'ts Are Increasingly Poking Through Your Garbage

by Jenna McLaughlin.     "Nothing is safe, not even our trash."     Civil libertarians are worried about an increasingly common form of domestic surveillance that has nothing to do with listening to your phone calls or reading your emails; it has to do with looking through your garbage. Municipalities across the United States are implementing    ... MORE

Immigration Irresponsibility Well Documented

by Thomas Sowell. People who entered the United States illegally may be called "undocumented" in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for    ... MORE

VIDEO: Hillary's Private E-Mail Server - Act Two

J. Wilson: Regulation Growth Strangles The Economy

Whenever liberals complain about deregulation, show em this. One of the biggest arguments against conservatives and libertarians is the belief that evil deregulation is what caused the economic collapse in 2008 and the current income inequality. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren have built their careers around this false argument. They want to   ... MORE

Hillary's Solar Scheme Is Central Planning At Its Worst

by Ira Stoll.   Just when you thought gov't couldn't get any dumber. In a YouTube video released over the weekend, the leading Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, announced that "on day one as president," she would set "two ambitious national goals that will test our capacities." Said Clinton, "First, I will ensure we hit a target     ... MORE

VIDEO: Eminent Domain Abuse - The Story Of Susette Kelo

Celebs Protest Call To Decriminalize Prostitution

by Elizabeth Nolan Brown.  After a long and careful consideration of the evidence, global human-rights org Amnesty International has come to the conclusion that decriminalizing prostitution is the best way to "respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of sex workers." But actress Anne Hathaway played a French whore in Les Mis, so she has feels   ... MORE

As Prices Drop, Gold Sales Explode at US Mint

by Joshua Krause.   Something doesn't add up here. A little over two weeks ago, a source within the US Mint announced that sales of their silver eagles had grown to the point that the Mint was running out, and would have to suspend all orders for several weeks. This claim was later officially confirmed by the US Mint, and ZeroHedge noted how strange   ... MORE

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chris Edwards: Coercion Is Bad Economics

Free markets spur better ways of doing things.       A common feature of Obama administration economic policies is the use of government coercion.   The Obamacare health law mandated that individuals buy insurance. The administration's tax increases grabbed more earnings from millions of people. And federal agencies are       ... MORE