Posts tagged Libertarian
Posts tagged Libertarian
In which I’m quoted in a Daily Caller about energy drink regulations in Illinois:
Caffeine was likely dropped from the bill in order to make it more popular, wrote Mike Billy, a reporter for the Illinois News Network.
“I think the legislators knew the bill would never pass if they included caffeine in the definition because caffeine is too popular and people would realize just how ridiculous the regulation is,” Billy wrote in an email to The DC News Foundation. “A server at a restaurant would have to check the age of anyone buying a soft drink.”
But practical considerations aside, permitting caffeine while banning taurine makes little scientific sense, he said.
“Caffeine actually has health risks and there have been no reports of negative health effects associated with taurine, guarana and ginseng in the amounts found in energy drinks,” he wrote. “It’s an arbitrary way to define an energy drink without any regard to science and it accomplishes nothing.”
Read the whole thing here.
Check out this graph (via The Cato Institute) of what the sequester cuts actually look like. Notice how spending is still increasing. So next time you hear that the budget is being slashed to death by Michael Myers-esque Republicans in a Capitol Hill rendition of an 80s horror flick you can can look at whoever is saying that and laugh. Unlike the airheaded blonde in those movies who always makes the dumbest decisions, the country will survive.
"Under Democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed and are right…" - H. L. Mencken
A joke about economists
Two economists were walking down the street one day when they passed two large piles of dog poop. The first economist said to the other, “I’ll pay you $20,000 to eat one of those piles of shit.” The second one agrees and chooses one of the piles and eats it. The first economist pays him his $20,000.
Then the second economist says, “I’ll pay you $20,000 to eat the other pile of shit.” The first one says okay, and eats the shit. The second economist pays him the $20,000.
They resume walking down the street.
After a while, the second economist says, “You know, I don’t feel very good. We both have the same amount of money as when we started. The only difference is we’ve both eaten shit.”
The first economist says: “Ah, but you’re ignoring the fact that we’ve engaged in $40,000 worth of trade!”
VIDEO: Senator Mike Lee on FISA: “We can’t abandon constitutional rights for temporary security”
I don’t think JFK would have been welcome in today’s Democratic Party
"By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ the ‘security’ of the nation, and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."
- John F. Kennedy, sourced from the UCLA Law School
Santa Claus arrested for writing “Love” and other peaceful phrases on the sidewalk with chalk
Santa Claus, also known by his friends as James Peterson, was arrested after spreading holiday cheer and chalk with young people in front of the Texas capitol building on the 21st. An occupy activist who was giving out chalk to children while dressed as Santa was well received in the plaza, but as he left, Texas DPS officers chased him down and handcuffed him. The crowd appears shocked, one woman yelling out in confusion, “You’re arresting Santa Claus?!”
Santa’s official charges, according to the Huffington Post, are “criminal mischief,” which is essentially a catch all charge, and “evading arrest.”
Though there were dozens of people chalking - Santa was passing out chalk so that children could participate - he and one other activist were the only ones arrested. The second victim of the Texas Department of Safety was Cory Williams, who was arrested after chalking “Free Santa” on the sidewalk while Santa was in handcuffs.