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  • Bonding with Bill Richardson

    January 9, 2009
    The municipal bond scandal has already forced New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to withdraw his name as Barack Obama's appointee to the position of Commerce Secretary and may bring down other state and local officials around the country.
  • Massive in Massachusetts

    January 8, 2009
    The people of Massachusetts, who until now have been entirely clueless about the fat content of any food, will finally be set free from their ignorance thanks to the wisdom of Governor Deval Patrick and the other wise and caring officials of the Bay State.
  • Costa's Confusion on Net Neutrality

    January 7, 2009
    As PC Magazine ends its run as a print publication and moves to an online-only model, columnist Dan Costa pens a good, yet confused, column.
  • New ABC Show Glorifies Failed Immigration Policies, Drug War

    January 6, 2009
    ABC is debuting its new show "Homeland Security USA" tonight at 8pm eastern time.  Presumably the show is intended to make us all proud to be an American.  If the previews are any indication, I won't be feeling very proud.

    Many of the preview segments focus on busting drug runners, probably because it makes for very good television.  Cutting open a Ford Contour at the border and finding bundles of some sort of drug has a sort of "gotcha" appeal.  The appeal of high-speed boat chases doesn't need to be explained.

    Seeing criminals caught red-handed (think "America's Most Wanted") is usually satisfying, but when it's for the victimless crime of transporting drugs, there's little to be excited about.

    By creating black markets for cocaine, heroine, and other drugs, the "War on Drugs" has helped only criminals. By making drugs...
  • A Nobel Low: Krugman Calls Small Government Philosophies Racist

    January 5, 2009
    Through twists of logic that only a recent Nobel Prize winner could muster, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman tries to make us believe that advocates of small government are racist.
  • Economy Worsens, Congress Gives Itself a Raise

    January 5, 2009
    Effective this week, Members of Congress will be making a $174,000, that's $4,700 more than last year and the 10th time in a decade that Congress has given itself a boost in pay.
  • More Money For Your Mattress

    January 3, 2009
    America's biggest maker of mattress springs has been hard at work...in Washington. After all that work, the Department of Commerce is in bed with the bedding industry. Together, they're forcing everyone to pay double for their next mattress.
  • Yahoo! vs. the Obama Justice Department

    December 18, 2008
    Yahoo! announced on Wednesday that it will only be holding on to user behavioral data for 3 months, instead of the previous 13 months, according to the Washington Post.

    Unfortunately for Yahoo!, the Obama administration's Justice Department may push for ISPs and other web companies to hold on to information for more time, rather than less. Eric Holder, a former Clinton administration Deputy Attorney General, is slated to be America's next Attorney General and Holder has stated publicly that he thinks companies should hold on to data so that law enforcement can access it when necessary.

    This is a threat to privacy, an interference in how the issue of privacy is sorted out in the free market, and will make for an interesting fight between the Obama administration and...
  • Coming to an ISP Near You: Google Servers

    December 18, 2008
    Over at the Tech Liberation Front, the Internet's premier free market technology blog, we're discussing the implications of Google's OpenEdge program.  The program plans to place servers at your local ISP, allowing Google to store files closer to you, the end user.

    Rather than waiting for your YouTube video to cross the country to get to your computer, they'd only have to cross town.  This would cut down on load times and cut down on traffic elsewhere on the net.

    However, some have said it might be unfair, and violate net neutrality, a principle that Google itself wants to advance.

    Read all about it here:

    Me on whether or not Google violated net neutrality and whether or not it really matters

    Adam Thierer on...
  • VIDEO: Fred Thompson on the Economy

    December 16, 2008
    In a great satire of today's political doublespeak, Fred Thompson tells us why the sophisticated policies coming out of Washington defy common sense. How do we solve a problem caused by spending more money than we had? Spend more money than we have!

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