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Must Reads For The Week 8/31/13

August 31, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

As Long As You Don’t Eat, Price Inflation Is Under Control, at Have you noticed that certain items, like raisins and tuna, have less in the box or can, for the same or higher price, than six months ago. Is this a way to hide inflation?

Airbnb And Its Enemies: Who’s Afraid Of A $10 a Night Sofa, by Jim Epstein, at The free market finds a less costly way to provide a service, but the incumbents in the hotel industry try to get Government to stop this voluntary activity. When businesses lobby Government for protection from competition, it proves Government has exceeded its explicit constitutional powers.

Texas Oil Output Has Almost Doubled In The Last Two Years, by Mark J. Perry, at The decisions of individuals, which is the market, is an unstoppable force. These economic forces are creating an oil boom. These same forces are working to correct Obamacare, which is why the President has stopped the implementation of some of the provisions.

The Huffington Post On Ludwig von Mises, at The fact that the Huffington post wrote an article about the great Austrian economist, Ludwig von Mises, gives us hope. This wouldn’t have happened just five years ago.

Is The Secular Bear About To Growl? at These are interesting charts about historical stock market run ups and declines. History isn’t a predictor of the future, it can only show past trends that may be similar to today. These trends are subject to change as the variables may not act as they did in the past.

Bitcoin Group To Meet With 7 Government Agencies, at The Government doesn’t like the free market, especially in money creation. Governments know if they lose their monopoly on money creation, their power will erode substantially because they won’t be able to fund their expansion.

NSA’s Surveillance  Programs Are The “Most Serious Attack On Free Speech We Have Ever Seen”, by Josh Levy, at Government action creates incentives and constraints that individuals consider when they act. People will begin to censor themselves when they feel their speech is being monitored.

When It Comes To Obamacare, Ignorance Is Bliss For Young Americans, by Scott W. Atlas, at The administration is propagandizing young people into signing up for the health care exchanges, for one reason only. They want young people to pay more in insurance than they receive in benefits, essentially funding the Obamacare boondoggle. You got what you voted for.

A Truly Great Phony, by Thomas Sowell, at An article by Thomas Sowell, enough said.

Re-education At George Mason, by Walter E. Williams, at An article by Walter Williams, enough said.


Must Reads For The Week 8/17/13

August 17, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)



Harry Reid Says Obamacare Just A Step Toward Single Payer System, by Mark Tapscott, at The progressive elites are all about incrementally getting to their real goal of a Government run healthcare system. Many of us said this was their goal, and were told, “your crazy, that can’t happen here”.

IRS Needs AR-15’s For “Standoff Capabilities“. by Joshua Cook, at It’s not just the IRS. The Department of Education, The Social Security Administration, and The EPA are all stockpiling tactical weapons and ammunition. Most people have their head in the sand (or somewhere else), when they say, “IT CAN’T HAPPEN IN AMERICA”.

Warrantless Vaginal Searches Conducted By Texas Police, by Kristin Tate, at  “IT CAN’T HAPPEN IN AMERICA”.  Watch the second video and let me know if  the police woman put on a new pair of latex gloves to search the second women after she searched the first woman?

Government’s Secret Snooping Programs, Video FOX news. I saw this at Quote from Judge Napolitano, “…When and how will this end? Why is there no outrage? Just ten days ago they asked for our passwords, and they were probably turned over. Where does it go from here?”  Oh, by the way, IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE.

Senate Committee Now Investigating Bitcoin, at Virtual currencies like bitcoin allow individuals to exchange goods and services without the Government extracting their “fair share”. But the main reason Government doesn’t like bitcoin is because they don’t want to give up their monopoly  power of electronically printing counterfeit money, because it is how they fund Government expansion.

The Growing Police State And The Chilling Effect, at This is what they are hoping to accomplish by targeting people who don’t agree with them. Fear of Government repercussions keeps us from standing up against it.

More Americans Are Going Galt, by Daniel J Mitchell at I found this on People won’t abide by what they think are immoral laws. This is why prohibition didn’t work, this is why the War on Drugs isn’t working, this is why over half the cigarettes sold in NY State are smuggled. It should be no surprise that when the tax code becomes too onerous, people will avoid paying at any cost. The American Revolution was fought over onerous regulations by England. Liberty is still a part of our cultural DNA, and each person has his own level of tolerance before the marginal straw of regulation finally breaks the proverbial camels back. We got into this mess incrementally over a hundred years and we will probably get out of it incrementally (hopefully it takes less time).


Court Slaps Down Michael ‘Napoleon’ Bloomberg’s Soda Ban, at A bit of sanity rears its head.

US Judge Says Bloomberg’s “Stop And Frisk Policy Is Unconstitutional, at Another victory for liberty.

Marine Colonel To Town Council: “Your Building A Domestic Army; Are You Blind?”, at Individuals, like this marine, are taking a stand. It all starts at the local level.

Bono Is Now Preaching The Virtues Of Capitalism, by Mark J. Perry, at Maybe many are finally realizing that free market capitalism is what produces the goods and resources that they want to redistribute.

Oil And Gas Extraction Increased To A Record High In July, by Mark J. Perry, at The shale oil and gas boom (fracking), couldn’t be stopped by Government. It is happening on private lands, as Gov. has taken federal land off the table for extraction. The free market, as hampered as it is, always finds a way to thwart Gov. wishes.

Auston Kutcher On Opportunity, at He says “Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” This is a great message for young people.

As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Doctors Are Opting For Cash Only Clinics, by Joshua Cook at A free market answer to the health care situation. If you get rid of third party pays, the price and cost will go down. Republicans follow these leaders and repeat after me, ” We’re going to replace Obamacare with a free market health care system.”

Must Reads For The Week 8/3/13

August 2, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Giving Up Liberty for Security, at  This article by Andrew Napolitano is one of the best about trading liberty for security.

The American Surveillance State Is Here:  How You Are Being Tracked, at  A sobering synopsis on some of the ways American citizens are being tracked.  Partnerships between government and business are always bad.

Think Your Password is Secure From the NSA?  Try This, at  I know my passwords aren’t great, but my memory is really bad.  This article includes links to help test your passwords.  (Hint: “password” is not a good password.)

What Is Overcriminalization? at  This video explains the effects of the Federal government criminalizing so many activities.  Does anyone remember the old saying “Don’t make a Federal case out of this”?

The Government “Revises” 84 Years of Economic History This Week, at  The government is reshaping the intellectual battlefield by changing the definitions.  If you don’t like a particular problem, define it out of existence.

Milton Friedman:  Reflections on a Free Society, at  This video by Milton Friedman is a great review of the uniqueness of the American ideals of liberty and free markets.  (I know, having two videos in “must reads for the week” is a bit of a contradiction.)

Milton Friedman on the Energy Crisis (and ObamaCare to Come), at  A look at what is ahead for ObamaCare by looking at government intervention during the 70s energy crisis.  We must remember, past is prologue.

35 Facts To Scare A Baby Boomer, at  This article is, “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation”!  There are some really big and nasty chickens about to come home to roost.

The Entire Developed World Is On A Slippery Slope, at  This article is comprehensive (meaning long) and comments on just about everything regarding the state of our economy.  This is well worth the read.