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Foreseen consequences are NOT unintended. Public health officials and regulators who have battled for years against smoking may be inadvertently bolstering the tobacco market with their strong stand against e-cigarettes, some financial analysts say. While certain experts view the products as a potentially game-changing safe alternative to smoking, many health organizations have warned of their […]

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I highly doubt that the science verifying the efficacy of using e-cigarettes as a far more healthy form of ingesting nicotine than traditional cigarettes, and a legitimate means to quit smoking analogs will have any bearing whatsoever on the FDA, which has vowed to hang its looming regulation of the industry on the frame of […]

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How government kills a nascent industry and ensures that small, independent competitors have a massive barrier to entry in to the market: The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While […]

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“Dear beautiful America, please, stop moving Forward.” I now live in Northern California, in the heart of the Bay Area, thousands of miles away from my homeland. And yet the poison of Soviet propaganda seeps through college dorms just as it did in Soviet classrooms. Stop a random youth on the street and you’ll find […]

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2014-01-13 :: madlibertarianguy // Constitution + Dumbassery + Government + POTUS + SCOTUS
Hypocrites

Fucking hypocrites all. Canning highlights the willingness with which many on either side change principles based on their preferred outcome. The whole practice of gaveling the Senate to order to prevent recess appointments was a Democratic innovation used expressly to screw over George W. Bush. Back then, Senate Republicans trotted out what came to be […]

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2014-01-07 :: madlibertarianguy // Government + health care + Obamacare
That Eeeeeeeeeeevul Walmart

How dare Walmart offer more comprehensive insurance plans at a lower price than Obamacare! Richard Pollock at the Washington Examiner: New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees. For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target of […]

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2013-04-03 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Government
Deja Vu

I get this weird feeling that I’ve seen this before. Wapo: President Obama’s economic advisers and outside experts say the nation’s much-celebrated housing rebound is leaving too many people behind, including young people looking to buy their first homes and individuals with credit records weakened by the recession. In response, administration officials say they are […]

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2013-03-06 :: madlibertarianguy // Economy + Government + POTUS + Sequestration
Sound the Alarm

Thomas Sowell on the politics of enacting budget cuts: Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s […]

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2011-04-18 :: madlibertarianguy // Economy + Government
“That Dream Should Now Be Over”

Reason on Standard and Poors’ downgrading of US Credit today: Fiscal denialists thought we could just keep getting away with having some of the worst finances in the developed world. That dream should now be over. Full story here.

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2011-04-18 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Government + Journalism + Taxation
Worth Printing

The Times finally runs an opinion column finally worth printing. Money quote: Last week, in his address on deficit reduction, the president followed the playbook once again. In the throat-clearing section of the speech, Obama promised “tough choices” that put “everything on the table.” But his tax proposals were aptly summarized by The Atlantic’s Clive […]

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2011-04-16 :: madlibertarianguy // Authoritarianism + Dumbassery + Government
Republicans Suck

This is why Republicans suck and end up chasing voters away. Instead of worrying about my jerk flicks, why the fuck don’t you worry about making government smaller?1 _______________ 1. You know, instead of worrying about how the government can stick its nose in business that isn’t fucking yours.

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2011-04-15 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Government + Taxation
Who Knew?

Who could have guessed that raising taxes to punitive levels doesn’t change behavior, but leads people to the black market? Le Times: Itinerant cigarette vendors have long been a fixture in some parts of the city, like bodegas that sell individual cigarettes in violation of state law. But with cigarette prices up and the number […]

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2011-04-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + election + Government
Empty Rhetoric

The Wall Street Journal on Obama’s “debt reduction” speech: Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan’s plan, even as he categorically rejected all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as essentially un-American. “Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact […]

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2011-04-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Economy + Europe + Government + Regulation + Stimulus
The “Best and Brightest”

Via The Guardian concerning budgetocalypse: Some economists and political scientists also raise what they see as the danger of Republican cuts slowing or even reversing America’s climb out off recession. Thomas Ferguson, professor of politics at the University of Massachusetts, said there was a danger of repeating the mistakes of the Great Depression by chopping […]

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Goddammit. That woman TSA fucktard would have been attacked with extreme prejudice were it my daughter. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3sH1GaO_nw&feature=player_embedded

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2011-04-11 :: madlibertarianguy // Authoritarianism + Dumbassery + Government
For Da Chilluns

Since when the fuck do school administrators have any sort of authority whatsoever to override parents when it comes to making any decisions whatsofuckingever which are not directly related to academic issues? It seems that in Chicago we have a wave of school principals who feel like they are also nutrition experts and have BANNED […]

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2011-04-06 :: madlibertarianguy // Constitution + Dumbassery + Government + health care + Journalism + Taxation
Unbiased

Here in America, we have principles. Principles like a free media, unbiased by not receiving funding from the government. Oh, wait. No we don’t. Two mainstream news organizations are receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) — a $5 billion grant program that’s doling out cash to companies, […]

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2011-04-04 :: madlibertarianguy // Economy + Government
Let Me Guess

Let me guess, liberals: If we refuse to pay for ugly, useless art that goes in to the lobbies of federal buildings where only federal employees will see it on their way to and fro “work”, we’ll be just like Somalia?

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2011-04-01 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Military + POTUS + Religion
Statism and Authority

From the mind of a progressive statist at Mother Jones: Libya has been Obama’s first real opportunity to make a decision on a new overseas military operation, and within days of making his choice it’s already started to spiral. First he resisted intervention. Then he agreed to a no-fly zone. The no-fly zone turned into […]

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2011-04-01 :: madlibertarianguy // Government + health care
Brave New World

This shit is so fucking Huxleyan that I don’t have anything whatsoever to add to it: Genetic testing for newborns started in the 1960s with testing for diseases and conditions that, if undetected, could kill a child or cause severe problems, such as mental retardation. Since then, the screening has helped save countless newborns. Over […]

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