Thursday, May 04, 2006

An Energy Revolution

I like the idea of an ethanol/methanol economy, as described by Dr. Robert Zubrin in this article. There are significant reasons that ethanol/methanol are better choices than hydrogen for powering our transportation infrastructure, and the benefits of keeping all the money currently sent overseas in the U.S. are not insignificant. Switchgrass, which Bush mentioned in the state of the union (has any other plant ever been mentioned in a SOTU address?) can be grown over much of the US and is a much better producer of ethanol than corn, so Southern farmers might get into the action along with the big midwestern farms.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The New Health Insurance Solution

For anyone who doesn't already have health insurance, or whose insurance is too expensive, I highly recommend reading The New Health Insurance Solution by Paul Zane Pilzer. Tons of great information on the new Health Savings Accounts, which will probably replace traditional employer sponsored insurance as it has existed for the last several decades. Good info in this book as well on saving on drugs and expenses, how to get insurance even with a pre-existing condition, and how to use an HSA like a super-IRA account, tax free on both ends. Good stuff.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Susan Hamill -- Again!

Susan Hamill is at it again, this time in Utah. According to her, "Most of us will never voluntarily contribute our fair share due to our inescapable greedy tendencies," so government should force us to "contribute," Yup, that sounds like Hamill.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

V for Vendetta

I saw "V for Vendetta"--I liked it, though I thought it might be over
the heads of some people. Maybe I'm wrong. Anyone who liked the
idea of citizens taking back their government might like a book by
John Ross called "Unintended Consequences," about what might happen
to the US gov't if citizens finally decided it has gone too far.
Also see this list for interesting stuff, particularly the short work
"Politics of Obedience," by Etienne de la Boetie.

This is available on the web for free (with an excellent introduction
by Murray Rothbard) on the Mises Institute website.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Government in Action

A report on the inner workings of the government traffic scam:

I Fought the Law - My adventures in traffic court. By William Saletan.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Put Your Hands Up and Step Away From the Burrito!

Jury or Jail

Yet another example of how slavery continues to exist, despite the 13th Amendment. I guess when the government is your "master," it doesn't count. Of course, anyone who knows about his true rights as a juror and wants to serve would probably be dismissed.

They Got the Good One

It's good to know that somewhere out there in the wide world, there's a "Susan Hamill" who has the sense to oppose higher taxes. Wonder if Maine would swap with us? Probably not.

Are You Scared Yet?

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Hurricane brings out blowhards

Every hurricane that blows through seems to stir up the economic ignoramuses. Here we see it again, with Attorney General Troy King threatening people who charge "too much" for their goods and services. Good thing he knows better than the millions of buyers and sellers in the free market. Can't let the price system ration supply to demand all by itself, now can we? That would be un-American! The Ludwig von Mises Institute has a number of good articles on the subject. Here is one of them.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Chickens Dumped, Customer Stumped

John Martin of Elmore County informs us that the county government there is wasteful. I'm shocked. SHOCKED I tell you!

Martin writes:

Is there any effective way to abate the grievances imposed by a county health department? Better yet, how can we abolish the department outright?

"What's your beef?" you ask. I'll tell you.

On the night of July 14, I stopped by the Wal-Mart in Wetumpka to buy some groceries. As I was walking in, I noticed a lady taking all of the cooked, ready-to-eat chickens out of the display and putting them onto a cart. I asked her where she was taking them.

"I'm going to throw them away," she responded.

"Could I buy one of them for a dollar?" I asked.

"No. I have to throw them away."

"Why can't you let me buy one for a dollar? Why do you have to waste them like that?"

"It's just our policy. Our manager is over there. You can ask her."

So I did. She said the county health department mandated it. She would not be allowed to sell the outdated chickens.

"The county health department?" I asked. "Not the state or federal?" She said it was the county.

I said, "That's criminal. The health department ought to be prosecuted for wasting food like that."

"I'm sorry." she said. "You'll have to take it up with them."

They threw away 20 or more perfectly good chickens that one night, not to mention the likelyhood of numerous other food items. They probably do the same thing every night.

Multiply that times all of the grocery stores in Elmore County (except, perhaps, one or two that have enough backbone to stand up for our rights--that's where I'd do my shopping if I knew which ones). It's no wonder people call it "El-Moron" County.

I'm madder than the proverbial "old wet hen." Aren't you?

Of course, this isn't the first time a county health department has done something nasty. They have sucked up our tax money and decreed all kinds of oppressive regulations for many years. It's long overdue to add the county health departments to the long list of government "services" that we are a whole lot better off without.

Fire every last one of them.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Kelo Decision and Post-constitutional America

The Supreme Court Repeals the Constitution, by Sheldon Richman. More and more it is clear that we still live in a feudal society, paying for the privilege of existing, and subject to being kicked off the land at any time by the "sovereign."

Friday, June 24, 2005

Legal plunder ruled constitutional

The long downward slide of America's system of law and government continues unabated, with the Supreme Court's decision to approve legal plunder.

"But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." -- Frederic Bastiat, in The Law.

Constitutionalists take heed. Another quote springs to mind:
"[T]he writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain --- that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist." -- Lysander Spooner, from No Treason.

Friday, May 27, 2005

FedEx becomes an arm of Homeland Security

Libertarians have long warned about economic alliance of government and big business. Now it's happening for another reason: homeland security. This article on FedEx's total, willing capitulation to the federal government gives me plenty of incentive to use UPS to ship my packages. Heck, even the Post Office gives you more privacy protection! (assuming their statements in the article are true--a big assumption). Seems the former FEDERAL EXPRESS chose its name aptly.

In terrorism fight, government finds a surprising ally: FedEx.

Free Speech Denied in Courthouses

Here is an unfortunate story out of Alaska, where a jury-rights activist had his conviction for jury tampering upheld by a federal court. Unfortunately, he is not planning to appeal. Here is an excerpt from the article:
The state of Alaska maintains Turney's free speech does not extend into the courthouse. "Just because a person says something doesn't make it political speech," said Douglas H. Kossler, the assistant attorney general who argued on behalf of the state.