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North Korea: the nightmare of living under a god

Posted by: Phineas on April 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s an interesting and frightening interview posted to Business Insider today with Yeonmi Park, a woman who escaped from North Korea with her family as a teenager, but needed years to get over the brainwashing she endured there. An indoctrination so intense, she believed the late Kim Jong Il could read her […]

 

North Korea: all men must now wear Kim Jong Un’s hairstyle?

Posted by: Phineas on March 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas When you’re the boy god-king of the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation, you can get away with weird, petty stuff like this: If you are a man in North Korea, we sincerely hope you have a round face. It’s the shape that will work with your new haircut. That […]

 

On birthday parties, income inequality, and big government

Posted by: Phineas on January 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas So, in all the excitement of the NFL’s “championship weekend” the featured the 49ers thrilling come-from-ahead loss in Seattle (1), I forgot it was Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday. You can bet she didn’t forget, though, enjoying a lavish party attended by 500 celebrities and political stars. An intimate soirée, in other words. […]

 

Have a Happy New Year: privatize @USPS

Posted by: Phineas on December 31, 2013 at 8:35 pm » 9 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This is a bit of a personal rant to end the year on, but a recent experience with the US Post Office and trying to get a package delivered has lead to the conclusion that one of the best “little things” a new Republican Congress could do in 2015 is privatize the […]

 

Obama tool @SallyKohn: Losing your current health insurance plan is a good thing, rube

Posted by: ST on October 30, 2013 at 11:41 am » 7 Comments

There are Useful Idiots, fools, and then there are absolute tools -and “progressive activist” Sally Kohn manages to roll all three into one with this apologetic, lecture-y piece on Obamacare: (CNN) – Conservatives are expressing shock and outrage that the Obama administration knew that many people in the individual insurance market would not be able to […]

 

On Detroit, bankruptcy, and President Obama

Posted by: ST on July 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm » 7 Comments

An October 2012 tweet from our celebrity President: Obama: “I wasn't going to let Detroit go bankrupt. Or Toledo go bankrupt. Or Lordstown go bankrupt. I bet on American workers.” — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 26, 2012 The story on what happened today, via Fox News: Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. […]

 

Not enough scandals for you? Here, have four more!

Posted by: Phineas on June 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Via Gabriel Malor at Ace’s, who laments that the misbehavior at the EPA has largely flown under the radar, overshadowed so far by the IRS, NSA, Rosen, and so many other stories. He collects them all in a handy post, but here’s a summary: Remember former Administrator Lisa Jackson’s hidden email account using […]

 

Oh, no. This won’t set off conservative and libertarian alarm bells at all.

Posted by: Phineas on May 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I mean, what’s so threatening about a biometric database of all adult Americans being in the immigration bill, citizen? The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous […]

 

Study: #BigGulp bans would likely INCREASE soda consumption, obesity

Posted by: ST on April 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm » 1 Comment

Paging Mayor Bloomberg and other elitist nanny-state types: Attempts to outlaw mega-sized sugary drinks, like New York’s controversial soda ban, could have the unintended consequence of increasing soft drink consumption and obesity, research suggests. In a study published in the April issue of PLoS One, researchers examined whether price trumps portion size when it comes to […]

 

NYT op/ed writer: Quit yer b*tchin’, and embrace the nanny state!

Posted by: ST on March 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm » 14 Comments

The writer of this opinion piece – author and Bowdoin College assistant philosophy professor Sarah Conly – is not an official member of the NYT’s editorial board, but her drool-fest over Bloomberg’s nanny-state power grabs make her a strong contender should an opening become available (bolded emphasis added by me): WHY has there been so much fuss about […]