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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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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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2011-04-18 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Journalism
Willfully Blind

Paulie Krugnuts apparently has some form of self-inflicted blindness syndrome in his latest opinion column on political violence: Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. Yeah; liberals are better than that. Or not. It just couldn’t be that the media actively downplays […]

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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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2010-11-29 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Journalism + War on Terror
Smackdown

Nice smackdown, Radley. Well done indeed. Radley Balko in rebuttal of The Nation’s libertarian blaming piece about the backlash against the TSA: As Matt Welch has pointed out, if the accusation that anti-TSA backlash has a partisan aftertaste were directed at conservatives, vanden Heuvel would have a point. But it isn’t. Her awkwardly-structured hedge is […]

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Roger Cohen via The Gray Lady in an opinion piece concerning the new TSA nudie scans and enhanced pat downs: I don’t doubt the patriotism of the Americans involved in keeping the country safe, nor do I discount the threat, but I am sure of this: The unfettered growth of the Department of Homeland Security […]

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2010-11-05 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Journalism + Tea Party
Concerned Troll is Concerned

WaPo on the concern over whether anti-Washington politicians elect might be co-opted by politics in Washington, DC: But as the Republican revolutionaries of 1994 have demonstrated, there’s something about coming to Washington that alters even the purest of intentions. Many of the 73 GOP members of Congress who won office in that huge anti-Washington electoral […]

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2010-11-04 :: madlibertarianguy // election + Journalism
Is There an Echo In Here?

Both “L” and “l” libertarians have been saying this for years: Having pushed back against the conventional wisdom on the Tea Party costing Republicans, I will say this: conservatives ought to seek out higher quality candidates as their standard-bearers. If Joe Miller comes up short in Alaska, he won’t have lost because he was too […]

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2010-11-04 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + election + Journalism
Leftist Elitism Just Won’t Die

Bill Press of The Hill in his reaction to Tuesday’s elections: Even before Tuesday’s midterm elections, a lot of adjectives were used to describe American voters today: frustrated, disappointed, angry, betrayed. Looking at the results, I suggest there are two adjectives missing: fickle and dumb. And we even get a bonus “you ignoramuses are ungovernable”. […]

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Reason Magazine on the media’s opposition to California’s Proposition 19: It’s telling that the loudest voices opposing pot legalization are coming from the mainstream media, politicians, and law enforcement. The three have a lot in common. Indeed, the Prop. 19 split illustrates how conservative critics of the mainstream media have it all wrong. The media—or […]

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One of the prominent and infinitely fucking annoying libertarded memes of the last few weeks is the idea that the elections are being hijacked by “outside groups” that are able to anonymously fund political speech because of a nefarious SCOTUS decision (Citizens United v Federal Election Commission (PDF)) which enables these groups to spend unlimited […]

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2010-10-23 :: madlibertarianguy // Journalism + War on Terror
Assange, Wikileaks and Collectivism

Let me first say that I applaud Mr. Assange, the founder of wikileaks, for the information that he has seen fit to provide the world concerning the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a libertarian who doesn’t believe in the rightness our recent International Adventurism, I’m very glad to have access to the raw information […]

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I guess, though, that we should have expected this kind of shit from a douche-nugget like Moore: (I do think that an NPR journalist who accepts money from Fox News for his work a regular commentator should be a firing offense, but that’s another story.) [. . .] P.P.S. Here’s something else that I’d sincerely […]

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2010-10-22 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + election + Journalism
A Perfect Example

Apparently, Steve Pearlman of The Washington Post thinks that the reason people are leaning Republican this election has nothing to do with really shitty policy and strict party line votes on highly unpopular bills in defiance of the will of the people, but because we’re too stupid to resist our feelings. As for the details […]

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2010-10-21 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Journalism
The Infantilization of America

Salon addressing a letter from a concerned mother of two “adolescents” who won’t help out around the house: Your [20 and 21 year old] son and daughter are barely still adolescents. They are very close to adulthood. Still adolescents? Close to adulthood? What the fuck? When the political establishment and their lackeys endorse the idea […]

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2010-10-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Journalism + Tea Party
Who Would Have Thunk It?

Color me shocked. Shocked, I say! WaPo: Ekins’s conclusion is not that the racially charged messages are unimportant but that media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more […]

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2010-10-04 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Journalism + Regulation
Typical

In the midst of a fine argument against government intervention in press activities, particularly against government subsidies for the press which is supposed to be free and unbiased, L. Brent Bozell III and Dan Gainor, via The American Spectator, miss their left at Albuquerque, and roll straight into typical conservative bullshit land: In furtherance of […]

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2010-09-29 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Journalism + Tea Party
Thanks for the Afterthought, Stanley

Prominent academic and literary theorist Stanley Fish offers his insight on the “Tea Party Problem”, yet from a different angle than the rest of the national chatocracy: that the ways in which the terminally libertarded attack the Tea Party, that it’s little more than a movement of the stupid, is unproductive, making the Tea Party […]

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2010-09-16 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + health care + Journalism
Asking the Right Questions

The American Spectator on polling Obamacare popularity: ObamaCare booster Jonathan Cohn [. . .] notes that “While 40 percent of respondents said they supported repealing the Affordable Care Act, more than half changed their minds (leaving just 19 percent in favor of repeal) when pollsters mentioned that it’d mean letting insurance companies exclude people with […]

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2010-09-15 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + election + Journalism
Praytell

John Gruber of Daring Fireball: Anti-Masturbation Candidate Wins Republican Senate Primary in Delaware “The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. You can’t masturbate without lust!” You can’t make this shit up. Praytell, John; is a candidate who’s neutral on masturbation better able to govern? Or does one need be pro-masturbation? Because, […]

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