• Lucille

      by Published on 09-21-2014 08:15 AM

      He won over another one. To know Ron is to love Ron!

      http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/20/ro...eech-lpac-2014

      [...] Unlike a lot of slightly younger libertarians I know, I didn't come into the fold via Ron Paul, and this was the first time I've heard the former Congressman and Republican presidential candidate speak live. I was charmed—the man certainly has charisma—and though he lost me a few places, I thought Paul's statements about American foreign policy and the general precepts of liberty were really great. The crowd seemed the most gung-ho when Paul spoke about foreign policy, economic matters like taxes and the gold standard, and dysfunctionality in Washington.

      Toward the end of the speech, Paul stressed that there are two basic principles ...
      by Published on 09-17-2014 09:50 AM

      Who needs jobs when you have HEALTH CARE FOR ALL!!! All progs do is destroy. Even when they're attempting to fix what they previously broke, they destroy even more.

      http://reason.com/24-7/2014/09/16/jo...bamacare-costs

      Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks.

      Health economist John Goodman noted that "three Federal Reserve Banks in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta have surveyed the folks in their area and roughly one fifth of the employers are saying they cut back on employment.

      “Roughly one fifth are saying they're moving from full time to part time,” Goodman added. “More than one in ten are saying they're doing more outsourcing - all this because of the new health care reform."
      [...]
      Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, said “for the smaller employers -- those that have between 20 and 49 employees -- you get a negative impact on jobs, you get a negative impact on wages in those jobs. What this means for small business as a whole is over $22 billion of earnings gone for their workers and 350,000 jobs." Continued...
      by Published on 09-17-2014 05:30 AM

      To fascist progs, insurance companies are more important than physicians. Great job, progs. You got your insurance mandate, guaranteeing them customers and profit at the point of a government gun, but you Humanitarians with Guillotines attack the physicians who actually provide medical care.

      http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/16/do...ls-for-deadbea

      Last year I wrote that Obamacare could leave doctors holding the bag for claims for patients who don't pay their insurance premiums. That's because the law includes a three-month grace period during which health insurers must continue to cover patients who sign up, but don't pay the price of their insurance. If the patients eventually make good, there's no problem. But if patients don't pay the owed premiums, the insurance company has to cover the cost of claims filed during the first month. Providers are stuck with the tab for any claims filed during months two and three.

      The piece I wrote last July was theoretical. The notification letter I'm holding in my hand, addressed to my wife's pediatric practice, is reality. And reality costs, in this case, over $600. That's the outstanding balance owed the practice by a patient insured by BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona. It's a balance that my wife might have to eat, or else try to collect herself.

      Here's the letter, from which my wife redacted all identifying information before showing it to me.
      [...]
      The American Medical Association (AMA) has more information about the grace period here, though the letter above covers the high points. Given the potentially high costs providers can face when the insurance coverage they process for patient care turns out to be more of a conditional suggestion than a firm guarantee, the AMA also offers physicians guidance, and urges them to enter into financial agreements with patients who receive subsidized care. The idea is to get them to promise to pay their own bills if they stiff the insurance company.

      Of course, those patients promised to pay their insurance companies, too.
      by Published on 09-12-2014 12:45 PM

      I don't call it Barry's Big Fascist Medical System for nothing! Progs would be freaking out if Republicans shoved this "reform" down the nation's collective throat. But TEAM BLUE did it, so it's all good. It's cute how progs don't even know they're fascists.

      http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/10/wh...holders-are-lo

      Obamacare continues to struggle in the court of public opinion, but it’s good news for some health insurance industry stockholders, specifically the folks who have invested in WellPoint, which owns multiple insurers, including Blue Cross. Via The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney, here’s a research note from Seeking Alpha titled: "WellPoint Inc.: Loving Obamacare?"

      WellPoint, the note says, has become
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      by Published on 08-22-2014 05:34 AM
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      But of course.

      http://www.newser.com/article/560609...dictments.html
      WASHINGTON (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.

      "We need to have all of our options open," Perry told a standing-room-only crowd at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
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      Every option except non-intervention, ya mean.
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      The potential 2016 presidential candidate dismissed the "limited" air strikes that President Barack Obama has ordered ...
      by Published on 08-21-2014 09:53 AM

      "we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class" ... Unless they're reciting the Socialist pledge of allegiance?

      http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/20/te...ying-bless-you

      Not to be outdone by Summerville High School in South Carolina—where writing about shooting dinosaurs can get you arrested—Dyer County High School in Tennessee has suspended a teenage girl for saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.

      That's according to the girl's account of events, reports CBS Charlotte:
      Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

      She said that we’re not going to have godly
      ...
      by Published on 08-20-2014 07:15 PM

      I am so glad he was born.

      Happy Birthday, Dr. Freedom!
      http://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/...ay-dr-freedom/

      Today is Ron Paul’s 79th birthday. This great man used to be known in Congress as Dr. No for his opposition to the statist, warmongering, Keynesian legislation that he fought. But he really deserves the title Dr. Freedom for all the positive work he has done for our ideas, continues to do, and will do in the future. People all over the world look to him as Dr. Libertarian, and he is that, too. He is, of course, unique in American political history for his principles and steadfastness. He’s also a great physician and athlete, a leader by example and family patriarch. He is Dr. Peace, a man who chose medicine as a profession so he could never be forced–in those days of the draft–to carry a rifle and shoot people on orders of the government. Indeed, he is the champion of all the ideas that undergird civilization: freedom, peace, and private property, and learned teacher of Austrian economics, too. He is a man of faith, who worships the Prince of Peace. What an honor to know him. What an honor to acclaim him.
      I haven't donated to him in a long time. That ends today! http://ronpaulinstitute.org/donate-now.aspx

      Ron Paul: My Birthday Appeal
      http://www.fitsnews.com/2014/08/20/r...rthday-appeal/
      Dear Friend of Peace and Prosperity,

      Today is my birthday, and though it is not polite to ask for a present I am going to make an exception this year. Won’t you please send a gift of support to my Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity? It would mean so much to me and to our cause.

      We are fighting the war party, challenging their propaganda at every turn. But we are on the ropes and we need your help – as I write this to you they are trying to lie us into yet another war that could be the end of us all. Our job is to tell the truth and to expose their lies.
      [...]
      Won’t you help me give these merchants of death their deserved comeuppance? Here, your generous donation is tax-deductible, and your dollars do massive good.

      There is so much else to do with publications, conferences, student internships, and teaching peace and prosperity. We are making great progress, but a closed sign on the door will strike a fearful blow against our ideas.

      Pro-war, pro-Keynesian groups are rolling in money. But because they are fathers of lies, and we have the truth on our side, we do not need to match them.

      But we do need your help. Your tax-deductible donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, or more would be like a rescue squad.

      Help me wipe the smirk off the neocons’ faces, and all those who kill for profit, and kill freedom in the process. I am counting on you.
      ETA: Done!

      Aug 20, 2014 Payment To Foundation for Rational Economics and Education Completed $50.00 USD
      by Published on 08-20-2014 08:35 AM

      This is really great. I hope it goes viral. No, introspection is not its strong point, and neither is the Golden Rule, but hypocrisy sure is. "Do as we say, not as we do."

      http://www.theburningplatform.com/20...other-country/

      This is a hysterical satire of what the rest of the world sees when we dictate what should happen in their countries. Introspection is not a strong point of the American Empire.

      Via Vox

      How would American media cover the news from Ferguson, Missouri, if it were happening in just about any other country? How would the world respond differently? Here, to borrow a great idea from Slate’s Joshua Keating, is a satirical take on the story you might be reading if Ferguson were in, say, Iraq or Pakistan.

      FERGUSON — Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.

      “We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.

      The crisis began a week ago in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

      America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists.

      Continued: http://www.theburningplatform.com/20...other-country/

      Related, and not satire: Human Rights Watch USA – Amnesty International Deploys In America
      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...eploys-america
      by Published on 08-19-2014 05:13 PM

      "Contempt of cop" comes to mind. Nice to have one admit it.

      http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/19/po...-want-to-get-s

      "If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground," warns Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department, "just do what I tell you."

      The thing is, Officer Dutta (pictured) is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Colorado Technical University. And he uttered those words not in the heat of the moment, but in an opinion piece in the Washington Post responding to widespread criticism of police attitudes and tactics currently on display in Ferguson, Missouri, but increasingly common nationwide.

      Continued...
      by Published on 08-17-2014 04:32 PM

      BSC! McCain called us the Bob Taft wing. One of the few things he's ever gotten right.

      I added the link to the Kauffman piece, since Krayewski was too lazy to check Unz.org for it.

      Return of the Anti-War Right
      Sen. Rand Paul is among those insisting on a less aggressive approach to foreign policy.
      http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/1...anti-war-right

      In the February 1987 issue of reason, Bill Kauffman wrote about the history of the "anti-war capitalists," explaining that while this cohort of activists did not look like the kind of protesters that were most prominent in the "peace movement" of the 1960s, '70s, and even '80s, they could trace their intellectual roots through a long tradition of libertarian
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