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"Dim Bulb" or silly goose?

If your carry-on bag is sitting on the bottom of the Hudson River right now, The Washington Examiner suggests New York senator Chuck Schumer may be partially to blame.

Pelosi: Reduce government spending by reducing the population

What do you get when the government begins providing all child care, education and health care?

You get a government that begins to look at its citizens as an expensive burden.  The Drudge Report highlights this exchange Sunday between This Week host George Stephanopoulos and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on some of the more ridiculous items in the so-called "stimulus package."

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

Barr in the AJC: "Change" means more of the same

Constancy of government intrusion unlikely to change

By Bob Barr

For the Journal-Constitution

Read the entire column for yourself at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Clearly, much has changed since the early spring of 2008. But, as I scan the news, there remains an eerie constancy to goings on in Washington, in Atlanta and elsewhere.

Report: Government-run hospitals fatally discriminate against the disabled

A 43-year-old man with Down’s syndrome painfully starved to death for 26 days after doctors in Britain’s socialized National Health Service simply forgot to feed him.

Martin Ryan died, according to The Daily Mail, “starving and in agony” in an NHS hospital after doctors failed to give him a feeding tube.  Ryan had difficulties communicating with doctors, which led to him suffering a slow and brutal death from starvation. 

Book Review: “Hamilton’s Curse” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

It’s common to hear today from Americans that “if we knew then what we know today, we should never have gone to Vietnam. “ Even my father who served as a Green Beret and who agreed with the Iraq invasion visits his friends names at the Vietnam Memorial with a tear in his eye and regret in his voice.

Congress blocks 15,000 ticketholders from inauguration -- and they want to run health care?

The Politico reports California senator Dianne Feinstein is trying to make it up to as many as 15,000 inaugural ticketholders who were blocked from entering the event -- by sending them a photo of Barack Obama.

Thousands of now-angry people secured tickets to the historic inauguration of Barack Obama through the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and stood in line for hours on a frigid D.C. morning -- only to be told they wouldn't be allowed to see the event.

Obama inaugural's "carbon footprint" five times larger than a coal-fired power plant.

Even though Obama proposes job-destroying tax hikes on employers who emit carbon dioxide, the Institute for Liberty reports his $170 million inauguration had a total "carbon footprint" of 575,000,000 pounds.

According to the EPA, the average American coal-fired power plant produces 10,237,509,070 pounds of CO2 per year. That's 112,191,880 pounds of CO2 every four days.

Bush Gets Ramos/Compean Commutation Right

When Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were arrested and convicted for crimes surrounding the 2005 shooting of drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, they became a symbol of the immigration problems facing the United States. They were given a prison sentence of more than 10 years for what some believed to be them "just doing their job," causing conservatives to scream for a pardon from President George Bush. 

Say 'Yes' to Sweatshops

"But, sweatshops are evil!" you say.

Tell that to the kids collecting plastic out of smoking piles of refuse in the landfills of Cambodia for $.05 a pound.

At least in the sweatshops you don't get run over by garbage trucks.

Volunteer Appreciation Spotlight

The Libertarian National Committee would like to recognize Daniel Kamerling as an outstanding and exceptional volunteer.  As a person who has been voting Libertarian for almost a decade, Daniel volunteers because he "thinks the Libertarian Party has a lot of good ideas to help America, and [he] wanted to spread those ideas beyond [his] own circle of friends and family." 

He has been coming into the National Headquarters office for the past few months, assisting with Operation Elect-Us and various other national events. 

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