On Friday February 7th, President Obama signed a farm bill that has an estimated cost of $954.6 billion.
The President and other supporters claim the bill will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next ten years, though the National Taxpayers Union points out, “it is highly unlikely that taxpayers will reap any so-called ‘savings’ from the almost $1 trillion spending bill.” see more…
** Okay, so the period of unashamed sticker pimping is over. But not before the stats. **
In January we gave away a grand total of… 74 stickers.
Yes, yes, I know it’s starting to push it with the sticker posts here at Hammer of Truth, but after this I assure you it will be the last one (from me) for a while.
Thanks in order:
- Thanks to all the local folks who are rocking them on their dogs and cars and skis and computers and office cubicles and stuff.
- Thanks to the Robin Hood of Colorado Springs. We’ve already heard one political rapper on the scene and it was thrilling to hear libertarian lyrics live while being able to point to a HoT sticker.
- Thanks to Geovanni Machado of Machado Customs in Colorado Springs for giving us a deal so fantastic we could swing a whole bunch of free ones for any and all who ask.
- Thanks to Ginsburg for single-handedly stickering 28 people in one night.
- There’s probably more, but this isn’t a fucking awards show…
For my part, in addition to boasting our over 12 years of quality libertarian prose and doing programming on the back-end, I’m still the primary provider of what interesting news I can find from the confines of a 9 to 5er (well, a 10 to 6er, it’s a flexible gig as a pollster programmer). I have already noticed an uptick in 2014 as the elections begin to really wind up and fire up new libertarians fill our ranks here and everywhere else online.
Eagle-eyed Hammer of Truth readers may have noticed our facebook sticker giveaway linked up for a week in January. We ended up giving out three of our new stickers right as they came off the press.
Apparently the software/app we used at facebook was a total failure and only two people were able to even submit an entry. One person appears to join every giveaway the app announces, and never got back to us when we asked for shipping info. Oh darn. Lame, we know.
HoT has upped the stupendous sticker selection to five colors:
white, pink, yellow, silver and gold
Today we’re launching new sticker distribution abilities, and simultaneously unveiling Hammer of Truth Asks, our own political polling platform based on LimeSurvey.
Hammer of Truth Asks will be occasionally polling opinions like the big boys (except with more than two party ID choices). Because really, we’ve looked at all this polling stuff and determined it’s not all that hard. Well, it is actually rather difficult and it took entirely too long to customize and install and making one short survey took all day and statistics should be scientific and precise… well all you want to know is “Does it works?”
If you’re in the U.S., Canada or Mexico… get your free sticker now!
On Jan. 4, 2010, The New York Times ran an opinion piece by TSA agent Jason Edward Harrington titled, “To Stop a Terrorist: No Lack of Ideas.”
This caused Harrington’s supervisor, the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare, to have a meeting with him; a meeting that Harrington explained was usually followed by termination.
The supervisor told him, “The problem we have here is that you identified yourself as a TSA employee.”
Harrington explained his reaction and the ensuing conversation:
“[I knew] self-identifying as a government employee in a public forum may be grounds for termination.”
“I was shocked. I had been sure the letter would fall under the aegis of public concern, but it looked as though my boss wanted to terminate me.”
I scrambled for something to say. “I thought the First Amendment applied here.”
She leaned back in her chair, hands up, palms outfaced. Now she was on the defensive.
“I’m not trying to tread upon your First Amendment rights,” she said. “All I’m saying is: Couldn’t you have run those First Amendment rights past the legal department first?”
Harrington wasn’t fired, and continued working for the TSA for 3 more years. see more…
In fact, I’ll let Chad Ginsburg introduce himself with this fantastic video presented at Liberty First earlier this month. It gets a little long with the Q&A going on towards the end, but it’s one of the best examples of the Colorado Springs political scene (Liberty First is a bi-monthly meeting often frequented by GOP candidates seeking votes and “buzz”). Chad’s a genial libertarian and a natural showman and I’m eager to
exploit nurture that.
Welcome aboard Chad, and thanks for being a rock star by helping hand out a bajillion Hammer of Truth stickers already.
We took a break from covering the SOTU address this year. Don’t hate, we really just didn’t have the time, what with hanging out with Colorado’s next governor (maybe) and generally not caring what new imperial decrees or broken promises The NSA’s Teleprompter wants to scare us with next.
Honestly, there was some hope for one of those new tea party guys to be blitzed, hopped up on the resurgence of libertarianism, and start heckling him about his tie, but it was fleeting when we realized it turned them into those kind of people… the kind that just talk and talk and talk.
The State of the Union right now is cold, icy and largely immobile, much like the economy… go Broncos.