The other night I went to the drive-in movie with my lady and daughter to watch the new Dreamworks ‘How To Train You Dragon 2′. Let me first say, I think it was a really entertaining movie and my daughter loved the hell out of it. Go see it.
With that said, something about the message really jumped out at me.
We know Hollywood wants to push its agenda, but it still “tries” to make its lessons vague and hidden.
The problem with this method is that it tends to send a message they’re not trying to send: the exact opposite.
Granted, maybe what I picked up is the message they were trying to send, but because it is slightly muddled I find it just to be an outcome of an attempt to appease all sides in the pro and anti-gun movements.
What does a dragon movie have to do with guns? see more…
There were two large and related news stories from the Supreme Court today.
First up, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 (PDF) that some Obamacare provisions can indeed be ignored by some employers who object to it on religious grounds:
Attempting to expand religious expression protections to small business owners without significantly disrupting the rules that govern for-profit corporations, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration must exempt closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby from a rule requiring large companies to help pay for their employees’ birth control.
In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The RFRA dictates that an individual’s religious expression shouldn’t be “substantially burdened” by a law unless there is a “compelling government interest.” see more…
The Washington Times picked up on our “stunning” announcement of the new LNC chair:
Republicans and Democrats, who pine to woo the all-important young, restless and disengaged demographic, have some serious competition for this sizable voting bloc, which now numbers about 45 million.
In what onlookers described as a “stunning” upset during their recent national convention, the Libertarian Party elected Nicholas Sarwark as their chairman. He is 34, hails from Denver, serves as a deputy public defender, is a prolific blogger and is intent on positioning the Libertarian Party as “the only choice for pro-freedom young people.”
The party itself is getting feisty. The 43-year-old organization also intends to be recognized as the official “real deal” libertarians, which may not sit well with a spate of assorted Republicans, tea partyers and independents who also claim influence with the growing “less government, lower taxes, more freedom” crowd. The articulate Mr. Sarwark himself may be a serious draw for undecided or disengaged folk out there.
Libertarians and Democrats have seemingly been the only parties able to escape their middle-aged comfort zones — to attract and register younger voters.
If that fervor for unblemished voters emerges as a core theme of Sarwark’s leadership, it could prove to be a problematic second front for Republicans who are already struggling in this key demographic.
“Spreading Freedom” and pre-emptive war have fallen out of fashion. That doesn’t mean that the Pentagon has run out of excuses to bomb people though. Under the guise of the “Responsibility to Protect” the Obama administration has toppled one government, and carried out military operations across Africa. Obama’s friendlier sounding interventions are just as dumb as Bush’s. Here’s why…
Showbiz pioneer P.T. Barnum was famously known for using common sense in business to assure quality, cost and access.
He once stated, “True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress: live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of the income.”
What he writes throughout his book — The Art of Money Getting — is that the business owner needs to suffer the lack of extravagance if they wish to attain it, because only then will they produce quality and thus, reap the benefits in the long run. see more…
Columbus, Ohio was the scene of a stunning upset this evening as the delegation to the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention voted the leadership position of Libertarian National Committee Chair over to 34-year old Coloradan Nicholas Sarwark.
Sarwark — who was most recently the Vice Chair of the Colorado Libertarian Party — was pitted against incumbent Chair Geoffrey Neale, Clark County Nevada LP Chair Brett Pojunis, Sharchild, and of course anarchist favorite “none of the above”.
Neale trailed the first round by seven percent, only to have the gap widen to thirteen percentage points in a second-round runoff against the young contender.
Whenever I describe my politics as Libertarian, I get a lot of ugly looks. People instantly make a lot of assumptions about what I believe, and then proceed to ask a lot of dumb questions. The attached video is the attempt of two Istanbul Libertarians to put some of those dumb questions to rest permanently. We believe that the Libertarian perspective is the only sane one to adopt on 21st century America, and we hope to make the case with this series of videos…
You can find a lot more videos from this perspective here
Could a county coroner soon arrest scandal-ridden Sheriff Maketa and his accused subordinates for whoring?
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports on the growing investigation:
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is embroiled in accusations of sex with subordinates, abusive treatment of employees and dismantling oversight of the office budget that could stain his 12-year career and sink future prospects for one of the most powerful local Republicans. see more…
There’s been plenty of press afforded to Uber’s fight against regulatory and competitive foes in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
Well, did you also know that this free market wunderkind is now cheaper than traditional black car services, faster and more environmentally friendly to boot?
Next Big Future crunched the numbers:
The math here is simple:
Uber’s demographic probably tends toward the higher end of the $5,000-$15,000 per year range (depreciation on a highend car, parking, gas, maintenance etc..).
At the high end about 882 uber rides and 292 at the low end.
Uber costs twice as much as a cab ride. But the median Uber ride only costs $24. That means you’re paying $12 more than you would for a cab.
UberX, is usually 30 percent less expensive than taxis.
Uber tends to save 54 minutes versus a cab. They arrive sooner. see more…
Tea party blindside, IRS lied, Hard drives died, Credibility fried
Lois Lerner is showing us what’s become of Obama’s legacy of “transparency” (yeah, motherfucking air quotes). From Politico:
Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightning rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.
“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.
Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late Wednesday, citing IRS officials.
It may just be standard government procedure, but the revelation is significant because some lawmakers and observers thought there was a way that tech experts could revive Lerner’s emails after they were washed away in a computer crash in the summer of 2011. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), for example, subpoenaed her damaged hard drive earlier this week, when he asked for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRS issued to Lois G. Lerner.” see more…
A young man by the name of Erik Finman has received a fair amount of news in the recent weeks after it came to light that he made a six-figure profit on a bitcoin investment, and then opened his own business.
In 2012, Finman received $1,000 from his grandmother and invested it in bitcoin.
Mashable.com reports, nearly 18 months later, he sold his investment for $100,000 “and used the earnings to launch Botangle.com, an online tutoring service that runs on video chat.” see more…
This September, voters in Scotland will be asked whether or not the nation should leave the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. And according to a recent poll, support for Scottish independence is at 46% (once undecideds are removed). The poll also found that two-thirds of people across England, Scotland & Wales expect the bid for independence to be rejected. see more…
The US and the EU are currently working on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. There is a lot to question about this trade deal and the negotiation process. What nobody is focusing on, however, is the message that this sends to the rest of the world, much of which has spent decades jumping through hoops to be part of the World Trade Organization. This video attempts to put the focus there…
Lately we’ve heard a lot about the DC Renaissance. After decades of decline it is now becoming a playground for the rich and over-educated. In the midst of the celebration, it is worth remembering that all of this wealth is built on exploitation and war. This video is our attempt to make this clear…
Over the past half decade or so the United States has invested 2 trillion dollars in state-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan without much in the way of success. The Europe has managed to do a much better job, and without making many defense contactors rich. Here’s How…
Hey all, let’s talk a bit about Democracy in Europe. Almost Every term you use when you talk about politics can get you in to trouble…
“The Worst Thing about Europe is those damn liberal Socialists!”
“The Worst thing about The US is those heartless liberal Republicans!” see more…
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that member of the two wings of the ruling party have more rights than members of other political parties.
In 2012, that court ruled that Michigan’s “sore-loser law” applied to Presidential candidates, despite the fact that in 1980, the Michigan Secretary of State decided otherwise.
Most recently a judge from the 6th Circuit ruled, even though Rep. John Conyers did not have enough valid signatures to rightfully be placed on the ballot, that “because his failure to comply with the law appeared to be a good faith mistake,” Conyers should be placed on the ballot anyways. see more…
On May 16, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler issued an order temporarily preventing the military from force-feeding (also called ‘enteral feeding’) an inmate at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay. Last year Abu Wa’el Dhiab petitioned seeking to block his force feeding there during the Ramadan holiday.
Dhiab’s petition was initially rejected by the same judge. Politico reports that in “July of last year, Kessler threw out Dhiab’s petition, saying she had no authority to consider it.
However, she urged President Barack Obama to act to ‘address’ complaints about the force-feeding practice.” see more…
The European Union is of course a ridiculous, socialist, nanny state contraption. The thing is, Europeans love that sort of thing. It has also done us quite a favor. It’s been almost 70 years since Americans have had to die on European soil in large numbers. The latest in our series of videos on good news tries to tell this rarely told story…
Ah, Europe. It has added so much to world culture. Germanic Music, British Humor, the French work ethic. There is one export however that has made more of an impression than any other. And that’s violence. Europeans have killed people for land, they’ve killed people for Religion, they’ve even done it for ideas. see more…
The FEC has become the latest agency to issue guidelines on the usage of Bitcoin. On May 8, the six-members of the FEC issued an Advisory Opinion at the request of Make Your Laws PAC (MYL), a nonpartisan political action committee that supports “making every legislature a liquid democracy.” This advisory opinion was actually an approval of MYL’s third draft proposal for an opinion on whether or not the PAC could accept Bitcoin. The original proposal by MYL would have “allowed” them, and all PACs, to accept Bitcoin donations online, only “after the contributor provides their information, and only through a ‘one-time linked address’ system that makes it harder to contribute in someone else’s name” and donations would be limited to $100 worth of Bitcoin (per contributor, per election). see more…