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Archive for April, 2010

First Quarter GDP Expands By 3.2%

by @ Friday, April 30th, 2010. Filed under Business, Economics

Potential good news about the economy: The United States economy continued to expand in the first quarter, but economists cautioned that the pace of growth is still not nearly fast enough to recover ground lost during the recession. National output grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.2 percent last quarter, the Commerce Department […]

Glenn Beck’s Paranoia On Display: They’re Coming To Kill Me

by @ Friday, April 30th, 2010. Filed under Dumbasses, Glenn Beck, Politicos & Pundits, Politics

The other day, Glenn Beck once again said that he thinks he’ll be killed: Which, of course, requires me to post this: It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes. sound bite  The Godfather sound bites

Houses Passes Bill To Authorize Vote On Puerto Rico’s Future

by @ Friday, April 30th, 2010. Filed under Congress, In The News, Politics

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would once again put the issue of Puerto Rican statehood on the front burner: The House on Thursday approved legislation that could set in motion changes in Puerto Rico’s 112-year relationship with the United States, including a transition to statehood or independence. The House bill would […]

Why Should Obscenity Be Illegal ? Answer: It Shouldn’t

by @ Friday, April 30th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Privacy, Right to Contract

Another classic from Reason TV:

What’s That You Say ? Pole Dancing Isn’t Art ?

by @ Friday, April 30th, 2010. Filed under Business, Economics, In The News

At least not according to a New York State Tax Board: The gyrations of a pole dancer may be difficult to execute, but that does not make them art, a New York state tax appeals board has concluded in rejecting an administrative law judge’s finding that the exotic dancing qualifies for a sales tax exemption. […]

Charlie Crist Launches Independent Bid For Florida Senate

by @ Thursday, April 29th, 2010. Filed under 2010 Elections, Elections, Political Parties, Politics, Republicans

As expected, Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced today that he was running for the Senate as an Independent: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Former GOP darling Gov. Charlie Crist defected from the Republican Party on Thursday to run as an independent for U.S. Senate after months of being ripped by conservatives as too supportive of President […]

United Nations Elects Nation That Subjugates Women To Seat On Women’s Rights Commission

by @ Thursday, April 29th, 2010. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran

Once again, the United Nations proves that it utterly without any sense of morality: NEW YORK — Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law […]

Why The West Should Show Solidarity With South Park

by @ Thursday, April 29th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who was the subject of Theo Van Gogh’s film Submission has a great piece in today’s Wall Street Journal arguing that the West needs to stand up to the Islamists who would punish every satirical depiction of Mohammed: The entertainment business, especially Hollywood, is one of the wealthiest and […]

Birther Lawyer Orly Taitz Continues To File Frivolous Motions

by @ Thursday, April 29th, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Politicos & Pundits, Politics

This time, it’s a motion asking asking Judge Royce Lamberth to reconsider his dismissal of her most recent Federal Court lawsuit against President Obama: Laguna Niguel attorney Orly Taitz is challenging the latest dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency, filing a metaphor-filled motion for reconsideration and asking for a special […]

Senate Democrats Ready To Unveil Immigration Reform Plan

Well, this will make the next few months interesting: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other leading Democratic senators will formally unveil the outlines of legislation for comprehensive immigration reform late Thursday, CNN has learned. Two senior Democratic sources say the Senate Democrats will discuss a proposal drafted by Reid, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer […]

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