By Anthony Gregory | Tuesday April 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM PST | 4 Comments
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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Tags: Humor, Presidential Power, The State
By David J. Theroux | Saturday December 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM PST | 3 Comments
The following was nationally distributed in the United States by the Associated Press and appeared in the New York Daily News on Friday, November 4, 1949. The measures being referenced are those in the Fair Deal, the cradle-to-grave welfare state proposal of President Harry S Truman to follow up on Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal...
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Tags: American History, Budget and Tax Policy, Civil Society, Corruption, Culture, Employment, Government subsidies, Humor, Liberalism, Media, Nationalization, Politics, Progressivism, Socialism, Taxation, The State, Unemployment, Welfare
By Mary Theroux | Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 2:37 PM PST | 1 Comment
Thank goodness for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—the $57 billion per year super-agency created when the already bloated Department of Defense turned out to be incapable of defending even its own Pentagon headquarters. I mean, if it didn’t exist, how else could Americans learn that vats of boiling oil pose a danger? For...
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Defense, Disaster Management, Humor, Military, Nanny State, Peace, Personal Liberty, Terrorism, The State
By David J. Theroux | Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST | 14 Comments
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert “takes on” Occupy Wall Street in a hilarious yet actual segment with protest representatives from “the consensus within the press group,” Justin (“a male-bodied person”) and “Ketchup” (“a female-bodied person”), in a “Co-Optportunity” with what Colbert calls a cult, oh sorry, I mean “movement”.
Tags: Bailouts, Budget and Tax Policy, Business, Civil Society, Culture, Entertainment, Government subsidies, Humor, Liberalism, Morality, Nationalization, Power, Propaganda, Religion, Socialism, Video
By Melancton Smith | Monday September 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM PST | 4 Comments
CNN reports that the “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is causing quite a stir in the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Seems like the demonstration of just how out of hand it is to use race in school admissions or anything else is bothersome to some folks.
Tags: Civil Society, Constitution, Culture, Education, Humor, Liberalism, Racism
By David J. Theroux | Sunday June 26, 2011 at 10:37 PM PST | 1 Comment
In the new hit album by pop-singer “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alpocalypse, he includes the song, “Party in the C.I.A.”, which is a parody of the hit song by Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”
Tags: American History, CIA, Civil Liberties, Corruption, Culture, Entertainment, FBI, Humor, Middle East, Military, Peace, Personal Liberty, Surveillance, Terrorism, Video, War
By David Beito | Friday March 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM PST | 4 Comments
Spike Lee has reminded us of his longtime, and all too predictable, belief that Cleopatra was black on the occasion of Liz Taylor’s funeral. This instantly brought to mind Zora Neale Hurston’s pithy retort to similar claims by W.E.B. DuBois: “I resent his putting that Greek slut, Cleopatra, into the same race as me.”
Tags: American History, Humor, Middle East, Racism
By Robert Higgs | Tuesday February 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM PST | 29 Comments
Whenever a writer composes anything more elaborate than a grocery list and allows it to be published, even on the Web, he bears a certain resemblance to Christopher Columbus in the navigator’s voyage of 1492. Which is to say, he knows where he wants to go, but he is not sure that the course...
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By David J. Theroux | Wednesday January 5, 2011 at 12:37 PM PST | 3 Comments
Aasif Mandvi from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central hilariously skewers the hypocrisy, authoritarianism, and foolishness of “progressive” San Francisco’s Nanny-State ban of Happy Meals at McDonald’s restaurants in the city. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon — Thurs 11p / 10c The Daily Show on Facebook HT: Carl Haberberger
Tags: Business, California, Civil Society, Corporatism, Culture, Entertainment, Family, Fascism, Food, Healthcare, Humor, Liberty, Media, Mercantilism, Morality, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Politics, Power, Property Rights, Regulation, The State, Urban Issues, Video, Welfare
By Randall Holcombe | Thursday December 2, 2010 at 7:20 AM PST | 2 Comments
Even President Obama, the architect of our $1.4 trillion deficit, sees that it is a problem. One indication is his call for a two-year pay freeze for federal workers. (This seems like a tactical error, in that it will have hardly any actual effect on the deficit, and will antagonize federal workers, who would...
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Tags: Budget and Tax Policy, Economics, Federal Reserve, Humor, Money and Banking, Politics, The State, Video