Showing posts with label high speed rail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label high speed rail. Show all posts

Feb 21, 2019


The United States should legalize prostitution

fromCollegian:  Sex working is the most dangerous job in the country, even more so than logging or oil workers. Despite the general taboo associated with prostitution, legalizing it would benefit everyone more than expected.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Houston narc who lied to justify a deadly drug raid had been accused of perjury

fromReason:  There may be a consequence for the lying narco cop responsible for the deaths of two innocent people and the injuries to five other state agents.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

Trump wants taxpayers reimbursed for billions thrown away on California's high speed rail scheme

fromCNBC:  Politicians lied about every aspect of the plan to rob federal taxpayers. The costs, feasibility and speed bear no resemblance to what had been promised.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Supreme Court to hear biggest gun rights case since 2010

fromReuters:  The U.S. Supreme Court took up its biggest gun rights case in nearly a decade, agreeing to hear a challenge to New York City’s strict limits on handgun owners transporting their firearms outside of the home.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Oregon on track to be 1st state with mandated rent controls

fromAP:  Now Oregon property owners are as helpless to dictate rents as they are to dictate taxes.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

How people in 1968 used jury nullification to block unreasonable arrests

fromCATO:  There wasn’t much doubt that the men had been doing what the law prohibited. Yet Long Island juries found them not guilty. That’s a phenomenon often called jury nullification.

Feb 18, 2019


VIDEO: Off the Rails - California's High Speed Boondoggle

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  A tribute to the ability of politicians to rip off taxpayer money and grab citizen land with no accountability. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market         Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Feds collect record individual income taxes in calendar 2018--as debt climbs

fromCNSNews:  The federal government collected a record $1,665,484,000,000 in individual income taxes in calendar year 2018, according to the Monthly Treasury Statements for the year.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market       Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

These are dangerous times, and the government is to blame

fromRutherfordInstitute:  Mind you, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or because of terrorism, which is statistically rare. The real danger comes from the U.S. government its powers to has granted to its standing army to steal, cheat, harass, detain, brutalize, terrorize, torture and kill.
The Government is Not Us         Police State America

You can't say that on Twitter

fromCreators:  She tweeted that "men are not women," and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter. The truth qualifies as "hate speech" for some of the gnomes at Twitter HQ.
Indoctrination and Censorship          Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

The ‘war on drugs’ is causing great damage

fromTheGuardian:  Readers discuss the best way to combat the violence fueled by the drugs trade.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Majority of California residents want to leave: poll

fromBreitbart:  Sixty-two percent of respondents realize the Golden State's best days are in the past.

Dec 1, 2018


When governments restrict guns, people make their own by the millions

fromReason: Sophisticated firearms are becoming ever-easier to illicitly manufacture in basic workshops, says a new report. We’ll even show you how to do it!
2nd Amendment Assaults

Trump says pardon for Paul Manafort still a possibility

fromNYPost: It certainly is looking like Manafort is a political prosecution. If so, he should be pardoned.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption      Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

California assisted suicide law clears hurdle

fromOregonLive: A man has the right to destroy anything he owns. If he does not have the right to end his own life, he is obviously owned by someone else.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Oakland University to fight shooters with hockey pucks

fromDetroitNews: Q: How stupid can political correctness get? A: The university's "no weapons" has left vulnerable students to defend themselves with the equivalent of rocks.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery     2nd Amendment Assaults

Brace yourselves: A 163% meat tax could be coming

fromActivistPost: Remember when smoking was the only socially engineered target of government health nannies? Then fat, then sugar, then caffeine and now even soda.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

California Gov-elect Gavin Newsom faces pressure to cut $77 billion high-speed rail project after audit

fromActivistPost: The train to nowhere is going nowhere. Assemblyman Jim Patterson: “This audit is so damning that it basically says there is no path to completion and has now triggered a federal audit.”
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

March 14, 2018


More imprisonment does not reduce state drug problems

fromPewTrusts: Nearly 300,000 people are held in state and federal prisons in the United States for drug-law violations, up from less than 25,000 in 1980. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Why not private provision of many government services?

fromFFF: There are a wide variety of tasks that the private sector could better provide that many think must be supplied by the government.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Majority of college students say their campus climate hurts free speech

fromTownhall.com: An increased majority of U.S. college students, 61 percent, now agree that the climate on their college campus “prevents some people from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive.” 
Indoctrination and Censorship

Trump is more like recent presidents than anyone wants to admit

fromReason: On trade, foreign policy, and so much more, he's Clinton, Bush, and Obama without the charm and respect. That can be a good thing. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

VIDEO: Why it’s so hard for government to fix social problems

fromLearnLiberty/YouTube: What if the government can’t solve our problems because the government doesn’t really exist? Prof. Mike Munger explains his “unicorn” theory of the state.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

The utter stupidity of California in one project

fromAmericanThinker: This is California, the canary that died to reveal to the rest of the country the final destination of arrogant liberalism and open borders. 
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

March 9, 2018


Best Buy’s geek squad techs search customer computers for the FBI

fromCBSPittsburgh: A child pornography case against a California doctor has revealed that Geek Squad technicians have worked with the FBI to uncover data on customer’s computers for years. Best Buy should be dead to you.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion: 'Worst-case scenario has happened'

fromLATimes: California taxpayers have been run over by the idiotic train-to-nowhere, as politicians grab land, money and resources to feed their cronies.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery       Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Tariffs and economic populism: Good politics, bad economics

fromCBSPittsburgh: Obama majored in political science. But Trump has a BS degree in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. What's his excuse?
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Uncle Sam continues to stick his head in the sand on entitlements

fromReason: America needs to rethink programs that send so many taxpayer dollars to well-off seniors.
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency     Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Why does government fear marijuana?

fromSanLuisObispoTribune: The severe suppression of marijuana will continue and even escalate until “We the People” replace our current dictatorial regime with the representative republic upon which this nation was founded.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Trooper stops driver twice within 3 hours, gropes her for no apparent reason

fromReason: The cop's boss says he did nothing wrong; the local D.A. disagrees. Make no mistake. Cops, doctors and priests are just as likely to molest as Hollywood types.
Police State America      The Government is Not Us


February 6, 2018


VIDEO: Want to make an untraceable handgun at home? Cody Wilson can help.

fromReason/YouTube: Cody Wilson's Ghost Gunner milling machine and 3D printed firearms are destroying the concept of gun control.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Students hate Trump's SOTU quotes...until finding out they're actually Obama's

fromCampusReform/YouTube: Some students reacted negatively to quotes they believed were from President Donald Trump’s recent State of the Union Address, until realizing they were actually quoting Barack Obama.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Leave right now or arm yourself to the teeth: life in Caracas

fromBloomberg: A frightening look at end-stage socialism in Venezuela.
Economic Policy Statism Versus The Free Market     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Vacant lots, empty homes and dying orchards on bullet train route attract squatters, vandals and thieves

fromLATimes: State lawmakers believe parents who homeschool their children are more likely to become child abusers and should be subjected to involuntary home visits to prove they are acceptable parents.
Economic Policy Statism Versus The Free Market     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Proof that 50 years of drug policy is based on lies

fromTheDailyBell: More terrifying than monsters, murderers, snakes, and rats: politicians. They create horror stories that go on for decades. And their tales are real.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Enemies of the Free Market

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Professor Friedman identifies the two primary enemies of economic freedom.
Economic Policy Statism Versus The Free Market     

fromLATimes: Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it's worth asking why California has fallen behind.
Economics: Statism Versus The Free Market     Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

fromYouTube/RutherfordInstitution: Every move you make is being monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to see who you are or what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

fromYouTube/LibertyPen: Jerry Brown’s high speed rail project appears to be an effective scheme to steal private property from farmers and landowners through eminent domain, but will not produce any value for fleeced taxpayers.
The Government is Not Us    Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

fromProjectVeritas: “Everything you send is stored on my server… You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server.”
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

fromForbes: Walmart had good news and bad news for the hundreds of thousands of its employees recently. The good news is that it is hiking the minimum wage it pays them, the bad news is that it is closing dozens of its Sam Club Stores.
Regulation Nation     Economics: Statism Versus The Free Market

fromTheGuardian: Rates of assault and murder decreasing in regions near Mexican border where cannabis use has been partially legalized.

September 22, 2017


The politician behind California high speed rail now says it's 'almost a crime' 

from Reason: The creator of the scheme is suing to keep it from happening.
Economic Policy: Statism vs The Free Market

In Florida it’s illegal to power your home with solar panels—thanks to lobbying 

from The Free Thought Project: The function of government is about enriching cronies, not representing citizens.
The Government is Not Us

Unleashing the power of mockery on annoying social justice warriors

from Creators Syndicate: In a culture where humorless leftists scolds seek to impose their rule upon us normals by sucking every drop of joy out of life, it is the conservative smartass who is the true subversive.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

 🎬  Do You Have the Courage to Dissent?

from LearnLiberty: Does peer pressure have you running with the crowd or are you guided by the judgment of your mind?
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

This is how Californians take back their privacy

from The Sacramento Bee: An internet privacy bill failed to pass California’s Legislature this session, so advocates are pushing a measure for the November 2018 ballot.

Feminist claims sex dolls can be raped 

from Milo: If boys can be girls by simple proclamation, isn't anything possible?
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

50-Year Disaster Of Government Trains, Buses & Streetcars

by Daniel Bier.  Today, Less than 2% of trips use transit. Ronald Reagan once quipped that "government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." There, in a nutshell, you have a short history of mass transit in America. CEI's Marc Scribner explains,  ... MORE

More Trouble For Jerry Brown's Rail Boondoggle

by Steven Greenhut.    Moonbeam's plan no longer resembles original proposal. One of the biggest problems with California Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to battle climate change is the "do or die" nature of the situation. Based on his rhetoric, there's little room for debate over costs, benefits, details and oversight. When the future of the Earth is at stake,   ... MORE

Throwing Billions Down A Dark Tunnel For Bullet Train

Political nitwittery thrives in California.    For years, critics of the California high-speed rail project – from government oversight agencies to transportation and engineering experts to think tanks to local grass-roots organizations to these Opinion pages – have faulted the California High-Speed Rail Authority for its overly optimistic and ever-changing  ... MORE

John Stossel: Who'll Build The Roads?

Government planners vs the free market.     "Tea party members don't think there's a federal role in transportation!" complained Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week, near the site of a $5.8 million highway project. If only most tea party members were that radical. While Brown and other big-government folks worry that Republicans will     ... MORE

John Stossel: Trains To Nowhere

When Democrats and Republicans agree, I get nervous.     It often means that they agree to grab my wallet. Both parties now agree that we don't have extra budget money lying around, but both say government does need to spend more on "infrastructure." Even conservatives want more spent on roads and mass transit.   ... MORE

Conn Carroll: American Energy Revolutionized By Fracking

As green energy failed.      It's hard to remember now that President Obama's agenda has degenerated into a sham gun control bill with loopholes big enough to drive a Mack truck through, but back in 2008, progressives had big dreams about how to reshape the entire U.S. economy, starting with the energy sector. For years, liberal     ... MORE

Politicians Prefer Scare Tactics To Sensible Reform

by Steven Greenhut.  Not many of my friends or neighbors are sitting on pins and needles, worrying that the world as we know it will end as the federal government “slashes” spending as part of the automatic sequester cuts mandated by a previous budget bill. And not many people have been thinking, “Geesh, there’s nothing we need more than  ... MORE

John Fund: Off The Rails, Over The Cliff

California's train to nowhere: full speed ahead.  It’s hard to express how sad it was for me to watch, in person, as the state I grew up in committed fiscal suicide. I went down to the state capitol here on Friday afternoon to watch the state senate approve, by a single vote, a $4.7 billion bond package to build a high-speed-rail system from ... MORE

AP: Broke California Spends $62 Billion On High-Speed Rail


They can always get a bailout. California lawmakers gave the green light to start building the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line, a multibillion dollar project that will eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco. The move marked major political victories for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration. Both have promoted ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Getting Nowhere, Very Fast


A spending spree with other people's money.  California has a huge state deb and Washington has a huge national debt. But that does not discourage either Governor Jerry Brown or President Barack Obama from wanting to launch a very costly high-speed rail system. Most of us might be a little skittish about spending money if we were teetering on the ... MORE