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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Kevin | 

    FEC, not SEC

  2. #2 |  Radley Balko | 

    Thanks. Fixed.

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Department of Energy! That’s the third one I was thinking of.

    The way gov works, I expect DOE to spend a few billion on public awareness…citing Perry’s stumble as reason.

  4. #4 |  MH | 

    The sunset provision on new regulations (in Makey’s article) is an excellent idea. Though I would make it after five years rather than ten.

  5. #5 |  2nd of 3 | 

    Aren’t the debates privately sponsored events? If so, why should they be forced to include him?

  6. #6 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Senators push bill requiring indefinite detention of suspected terrorists, citizens or not, with or without sufficient evidence.”

    Damn, I thought we were moving away from Sept 11 hysteria-paranoia and
    toward repairing our broken (and broke) nation…

  7. #7 |  Bad Medicine | 

    Re: Tri swim panic – it’s crazy. The start of an IronMan tri I saw looked like the salmon running, there were so many limbs flying and water splashing.

    If you want to simulate the start of a triathlon swim, try this…

  8. #8 |  ClubMedSux | 

    So, if I read the HuffPo article right, a guy shot and then later ate a bobcat that was killing his roosters. Cops discovered this when searching his house for drugs, at which point they also found meth in his house. Based on these facts, the article is given the sensational headline: “Henry Arnibal Kills, Eats Bobcat While High On Methamphetamine.” And here I thought hiring Radley was a sign that HuffPo wanted to be part of a rational discussion on drug policy…

  9. #9 |  ParatrooperJJ | 

    The vet is asking for a study to be done, not just to allow it. The VA already allows patients to us MJ off campus.

  10. #10 |  crzybob | 

    “America became the wealthiest country because for most of our history we have followed the basic principles of economic freedom: property rights, freedom to trade internationally, minimal governmental regulation of business, sound money, relatively low taxes, the rule of law, entrepreneurship, freedom to fail, and voluntary exchange”

    Bullshit. Or at best half the story. America became the wealthiest country because we were blessed with untapped valuable natural resources, were isolated by vast oceans from devastating wars, but mostly because of investments in public infrastructure that allowed economic development.

    The underpinning of the economy in Radley’s home state is vast networks of public drainage infrastructure that turned huge areas into arable farmland, networks of publicly funded rail (and now) road networks (rail networks were publicly funded by giving vast quantities of land to the railroads), and the agricultural efficiency and yields developed at its land grant universities. Just a few examples, don’t forget the internet was a 100% government invented and developed operation.

    Another thing the US has going for it was an early and robust commitment to public health (think clean water and sanitation, vaccinations & etc.) this creates a healthy workforce with a long “service life” that can be more productive than other places.

    All the things that Mackey talks are available elsewhere, but what they don’t have is the public institutions and infrastructure that create the opportunities that economic freedom can develop.

  11. #11 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Citizens push for the immediate arrest indefinite detention of ALL politicians at ALL levels of government until it can be determined that they have not committed any acts of corruption or other crimes against the Constitution or the American People. All reviews to be thorough and exhaustive,possibly taking years. Isn’t it unfortunate that the wheels of “justice” grind so slowly. Due to the lack of political “leadership the economy has rebounded and liberty and freedom run rampant across America. And there was much rejoicing. Does this sound like a reasonable scenario to you ? Well than lets get started. . Article does not say if bobcat hunting is illegal ,was it killed out of season ? If the hunting of predators is legal and it was not killed out of season then weather it were eaten or not weather high or not is a non story. If this is the best Huffpo can do then Radley best seek a new employer is Huffpo is NFL.

  12. #12 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I’m going to have to agree with crazybob (at least a little bit). American advancement was helped by natural resources…and an abundance of immigrants willing to come over and spend a generation (or two) at the bottom of the social ladder.

    Note that crazybob leaves out “immigrants”.

    Infrastructure investments by the state are historically overstated in importance. Eminent Domain abuse followed by kickbacks and 100% cost overruns funded by taxes are not the building blocks of economic freedom. Let’s look at the vast, beautiful highways of sparsely populated West Virginia to remember how the state handles these things.

    I will not give credit to a system that provides me a $10 service and takes $100 in taxes.

    > All the things that Mackey talks are available elsewhere…
    Bullshit. This isn’t even close to being true.

    property rights: abused globally
    freedom to trade internationally: trade wars and protectionism abound
    minimal governmental regulation of business: where does this exist?
    relatively low taxes: debatable unless (like me) believe in <5% taxes
    the rule of law: exemptions for state agents
    entrepreneurship: debatable
    freedom to fail: do I need to comment on this?
    voluntary exchange: voluntarism is under incredible threat


    sound money: Yes, I want fiat money to expand to the heavens but that is only because I have a great deal of gold holdings and invest against fiat currencies every chance I get. That doesn't change the fact that Earth doesn't have sound money and private citizens are going strong toward alternatives to state-created currencies.

  13. #13 |  Juice | 

    PTSD has been found to be eliminated (cured) using MDMA (ecstasy). Maybe he should lobby for that.

  14. #14 |  EH | 

    Aren’t the debates privately sponsored events? If so, why should they be forced to include him?

    Equal time. Also: why not? It’s not like Pat Paulson is going to return from the grave expecting a slot.

  15. #15 |  2nd of 3 | 

    @EH – I’m for equal time personally, it just seems odd that an alledgedly libertarian-leaning guy would ask a regulatory agency to force a private organization(s) to include him.

  16. #16 |  Nick T. | 

    God that article about indefinite dtention is creepy. Great that Obama is concerned NOT with whether or not it’s draconian and will harm innocent people, but whether it will interfere with their interrogations and prosecutions – ie their own efforts to lock up brown muslims. Just the saddest thing.

  17. #17 |  HD | 

    The panic feeling at the start of a tri can be very real. You wait a long time in your wetsuit (you have to be suited up and ready to go at the time of the first wave, but your wave might not start for hours if you’re not a celeb or in top-tier), in an ocean swim. The cannon goes off, everyone sprints, and that’s exciting, and the surf can be high and difficult to get through (at one of the late season races last year, something like 1/4 of the entrants didn’t make it through the heavy surf. Bam. Race over.). Getting out to the first buoy, you are going to get kicked and hit, water visibility is low, and you have to get your head out and look for buoys and other swimmers, and maintain your direction.

    It gets your heart rate up way beyond what it ought to be for a normal swim. Most of us practice in pools. Even with practice open water swims, you don’t get the cannon and other swimmers.

    I’ve never panicked, but it always takes me quite a bit of time to settle down and get into my rhythm. I thought it was just me.

  18. #18 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    From Mackey;
    “If current long-term trend lines of economic growth continue, we will see abject poverty almost completely eradicated in the 21st century”

    Nope, poverty is RISING rapidly – again – in developed nations. Cost of living also needs to be considered, of course. Trickle-down economics were abandoned among sane economists decades ago.

  19. #19 |  Kwix | 

    What’s even worse is that HuffPo actually linked through to the original article in the Mercury News that clearly delineates a timeline refuting the sensationalist headline:

    Arnibal was arrested Nov. 7 on Sleepy Valley Road in unincorporated Morgan Hill. He was allegedly high on meth. Deputies found 50 roosters, gaffs, sharp hooks that are attached to roosters’ legs for illegal cockfights, and the preserved carcass of a bobcat.
    Arnibal told authorities that the large feline had eaten five of his roosters, according to Lowney. He killed it with a .22-caliber rifle, authorities allege.

  20. #20 |  Radley Balko | 

    Nope, poverty is RISING rapidly – again – in developed nations.

    This is hugely contingent on how developed nations define poverty. There’s no question that we all live better than we did a generation ago.

    And absolute poverty around the world has been in decline for about a decade now.

  21. #21 |  Mattocracy | 

    Natural resources are not an indicator of economic sucess. See Japan and Hong Kong for reference. What they do have in common is economic freedom. A whole lot of it.

  22. #22 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    John Mackey wants to cut defense spending, and Crank that I am I find that I agree with him. We need to give up expensive and largely decorative defense programs, such as defending ingrates (I’m looking at YOU , France), and ‘Nation Building’, and concentrate on better defined and much less expensive initiatives. Like killing people who insist on threatening or attacking us. No frills. No worrying about ‘world opinion’. No sticking around expensively to pick up the pieces afterwards. Stark, simple, “You screw with us, we kill you.”

    That would be a HUGE savings.

    It would also probably enormously simplify the international picture, because it would mean that the behavior of the 800 lb. Gorilla on the scene was actually MAKING SENSE. I imagine that trying to figure out what we are REALLY up to underneath our smoke screen of Altruistic Culturesmog makes a lot of countries VERY nervous.

  23. #23 |  JOR | 

    If economic freedom were better at producing surplus wealth than slavery and command-economics, people would not have been using slavery and command-economics for thousands of years until finally ditching them (to an extent) for purely sentimental reasons.

  24. #24 |  lunchstealer | 

    “FEC, not SEC”

    In fairness to Balko, he’s now living in Tennessee, where the SEC takes significant precedence over piddling things like government.

  25. #25 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    In the first place, that assumes that people behave in a rational manner, a proposition for which I fear there is precious little evidence. Secondly, you are forgetting changes in technology, which make each individual much more productive, but at he same time put an awful lot of potential to harm production in the hands of an annoyed slave. Thirdly; for most of human history, it has been widely accepted that economics is a zero sum game. The notion that it is possible for everyone to become wealthy is relatively recent, and has made progress toward acceptance slowly.

    And then there are always those people who are much more interested in making the peasants do what their ‘betters’ tell them to than they are in wealth, or anybody’s well being. And now we are talking about the e-cigs.

  26. #26 |  freedomfan | 

    2nd of 3, I agree that, in a libertarian world, there is no way for Johnson to argue that a government agency should enforce the notion that he is owed time at the debates (equal time or any time at all). However, I can easily imagine Johnson looking at mountain of FEC forms and disclosures he has had to file to be in this race and concluding that he is not living in a libertarian world.

    And, that’s a constant issue for libertarians: Where to draw the line between how to act in the world we want to live in versus how to act in the very different world we do live in.

  27. #27 |  John Gordon | 

    “Aren’t the debates privately sponsored events? If so, why should they be forced to include him?

    Equal time. Also: why not? It’s not like Pat Paulson is going to return from the grave expecting a slot.”

    Huntsman, Paulson, what’s the difference? Like either one have a chance. But go to where Pat’s son has a (dated) website for his 2012 run.

  28. #28 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @20 – Yes, there absolutely ARE questions. Child poverty, starvation-related disease, older people freezing to death other the winter and other measures are rising extremely rapidly.

    And absolute poverty WAS in decline.

  29. #29 |  V | 

    In light of the medical marijuana/PTSD article, I recalled this from yesterday’s Stars and Stripes:

    It’s worth a read.