Tag: Humor

“Creepy Uncle Sam” Obamacare Care-nival »

To follow up on the superb “Creepy Uncle Sam” videos satirizing Obamacare (see here and here), the new “Something Creepy This Way Comes: Creepy Uncle Sam Obamacare Care-nival” has now gone viral on the Internet: For the pivotal alternative to Obamacare, please see the Independent Institute’s widely acclaimed book: Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis,...
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The Economics of Offensive Trademarks »

My fellow blogger William Shughart recently gave a good critique of the Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to rescind protection of the Washington Redskins’ name. I agree with him that whether some people view a trademark as offensive should not be a criterion for determining whether it should be protected. If a large number...
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Patent Litigation Is No Laughing Matter... Or Is It? »

As pointed out in my forthcoming Independent Institute book, Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation, the American patent system is in need of an overhaul. This is no laughing matter, but Stephen Colbert, in the following, recent segment from “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central takes Amazon to task for claiming...
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Common Core Makes Simple Math as Complicated as the Tax Code »

Those of us recovering from tax day should be more than ready to answer a simple subtraction problem: What’s 427—316? If you mastered elementary math sometime before the onset of Common Core national standards and after “new math” had fallen out of fashion, then you can solve this problem in about three easy steps,...
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New Videos Slam Obamacare’s Lies »

First, we have singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood mocking Obamacare at the Country Music Awards. As reported by Aaron Blake in the Washington Post, “Hey do you have that Obamacare?” Underwood asks when Paisley says he needs to see a doctor. “Oh, it’s great. I started signing up last Thursday, and I’m almost...
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Gun Control? Someone Picked the Wrong . . . »

In response to the current, “Progressive” (i.e., authoritarian) jihad against the Second-Amendment right of Americans to own and use firearms non-invasively, here is the Independent Institute’s new archive page of articles, books, and videos, “Firearms, Violence and the Second Amendment,” to arm everyone with the facts. In addition, GLOCK Inc. has just produced three,...
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The “Green” Election Market Proxy »

With just a week to go, election predictors puzzling over the too-close-to-call polls, have a choice of numerous proxy market predictors, among them the 7-11 Cup Poll, Intrade, and the Iowa Electronic Markets. And now: the Chia president. As reported in the San Francisco Business Times: Chia Obama was trouncing Chia Romney 69.6 percent...
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Equality Requires Men and Non-Mom Working Women to Work Less »

The latest feminist volley, “Finding balance requires changing the lives of men,” from Professors Joan C. Williams and Anne-Marie Slaughter, calls to mind nothing so much as “Harrison Bergeron,” Kurt Vonnegut’s brilliant short story projecting to its logical conclusion what the demand for strict equality would result in: everyone equally handicapped. Thus, as employers...
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Diminishing His Position »

Many find much to criticize in a certain late-night comedy sketch featuring the president. Indeed, the man has much to answer for. He has a very important job in society. Millions of young people look up to him as a role model. He surely has much better things to do with his time. And...
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Government Gives Itself a 99.9% Score »

President Obama has called the Secret Service prostitution scandal a “little distracting” and has emphasized that “99.9 percent” of the time the agency does its job professionally. “A couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do,” he says, although there are perhaps as many as twelve agents implicated in the “knuckleheaded” behavior. This...
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