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“It is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.”

–Richard Fernandez

(H/T: Instapundit)

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In whose judgment is a free trade a failure?

Harry Binswanger

The notion of “market failure” is a contradiction in terms. The “market” is an abstraction. The concrete reality is individuals freely trading goods and services. What would it mean for such free trade to “fail”? By what standard? In whose judgment? “Failure”–for whom? These are the unasked questions. They can’t be asked, because the answers would be the refutation of the doctrine of “market failure.

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THESE PEOPLE (THE RINO ESTABLISHMENT) never stand on principle, except during campaigns, when they don’t mean it. And when it comes time to govern, then they jettison it. — Mark Levin

As I’ve said many times before: principle is pragmatic.

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The other eye-popper here is that indie authors are outselling the Big Five. That’s the entire Big Five. Combined. Indie and small-press books account for half of the e-book sales in the most popular and bestselling genres on Amazon.

Joe Konrath

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The idea that a first floor classroom filled with children, with no lock on the door and no reasonable means of defense are simply supposed to wait for death to arrive is barbaric and sadistic.

Matthew

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GENIUS FOR THE OBVIOUS department.

If we have a system where the president can pick and choose which laws to follow, at utter whim and discretion, then the whole rest of our constitutional structure becomes superfluous.

–Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

And ya know… He’s right. Couple that with John Marshall — if a law doesn’t comport with the Constitution, it is null and void. You get…

If the entire government does not comport with the Constitution, how are We the (little) People obliged to obey any of its diktat?

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If government would just close the doors and sneak away for three weeks, we’d never miss ’em.

–Ronaldus Magnus, 1975
on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

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[Obama’s] ‘victory’, if so it can be called, is the victory of a bankrupt who has compelled his relatives to mortgage the farm so he can return to his losing streak at the casino.

–Richard Fernandez, The Belmont Club

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SPOKEN (WELL, WRITTEN) TO DEMOCRATS

You are the enemy.
You are not benevolent.
Your first goal is to disarm us.
Your second goal is to eliminate privacy.
Your third goal is to criminalize our opinions.
You want power for yourselves, and nothing else.
You believe yourselves entitled to rule us absolutely.
You routinely wish for the deaths of conservative figures.
You would have us forcibly “re-educated,” if you could pull it off.
You are trying to destroy all remaining restraints on the federal government.
You’re doing everything you can to criminalize disagreement with your agenda.
You accuse your political opponents of every foul crime and motivation in the book.
And you do it with a contemptuous smirk that says “You can’t stop us no matter what you do.”

I tried to grant you the presumption of integrity.
I can’t. You’ve forfeited all claim to decency or benign purpose.
The only difference between you and the Communists of North Korea is your skin tone.
From here to the end of my life, I will do all in my power to have you seen for what you really are.
Not decent people with different opinions about what’s best, or what means are acceptable.
Not persons agonized over America’s residuum of violence, or poverty, or racism.
Not neighbors peacefully willing to agree to disagree with other Americans.
You are none of those things.
You are the enemy.
You are villains.
Traitors.

–Our Curmudgeon, at Liberty’s Torch

RTWT.

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As for the 99.9% who won’t see my level of success, I would point out that 99.9% of those who submit material to the traditional machine will never see a similar level of success. It isn’t like our option is to self-publish OR see how well our novel does fronted out on an endcap in a bookstore. Our options are to self-publish OR spend a few years landing an agent, another year selling the book to a publisher, a year waiting for that book to come out, and then three months spine-out on dwindling bookshelves before you are out of print and nobody cares about you anymore. If you’re lucky. Most likely, you’ll never even get an agent. Because you aren’t Snooki.

Hugh Howey

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But liberals don’t care about the innocent black victims of crime. They don’t care about citizens being prisoners in their own homes — as long as it’s not in their neighborhoods. The important thing is to self-righteously preen about racism.

Ann Coulter

True dat.

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You are not Facebook’s customer, advertisers are Facebook’s customer. Same is true for Google. You become an asset that they monetize and sell to their customers, aka the advertisers.

Phil Zimmerman, creator of PGP
in an interview with GigaOM.

In the interview (RTWT), Zimmerman asserts: “It is going to require some push back in the policy space. We are going to have to have Congress react to this and we need to get the population to react, perhaps through the economic consequences we face of losing a lot of business for American internet companies. Maybe American internet companies can push back because of economic harm that comes with the rest of world turning its back on us.”

I agree. I think it’s going to take a long, hard, messy slog through the courts as well to establish as governmental best practices the recognition that:

1) You own yourself, therefore you own the information about yourself. The two are inextricably intertwined.

2) With respect to individual rights, there is and can be no separation between public and private sectors.

There seems to be some strain of belief that, since the Constitution is a bill or particulars limiting the power of the state in acting against the rights of individuals that ONLY the state is so constrained. However, if you read the document carefully, there are few and limited enumerations of government power thus delegated to the Federal government (or, in the case of state constitutions, state governments), but the proscriptions against the infringement or abridgement of rights are absolute and universal.
The Second Amendment, for example, does not start out “Congress shall make no law…” but an assertion that an armed populace is a sine qua non to a state of ordered liberty and ends with an absolute proscription: The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed. No actor, public or private, or at any level of government may infringe upon the right, inhering as it does to the individual.

Anti-self-defense types (and even some pro’s) argue that the RKBA cannot trump private property rights. And, in purely social circumstances, that may be judged to be true, but we are a long way from establishing that in law. (In fact, I assert that the commercial actions thus far taken in defense of RKBA are only the beginning.)

In the meantime, there exists this contention that, if you operate a public accommodation (such as a drugstore lunch counter or an email server), you cannot abridge the rights of individual citizens to assemble or associate freely, or enjoy the blessings of privacy rights, or be free from the requirement to quarter troops in their homes, or self-incriminate, or limit their rights to those enumerated, or suffer an unlimited expansion of Federal power.

If Woolworth’s can’t discriminate on the basis of race whom they serve, how in the hell is it allowed that a book store can forbid the carriage of arms on its premises? Why is it not right, proper, recognized, and expected as such for a Silent Mail to tell — dispositively — the agents of an importuning Federal bureaucracy to “Come back with a warrant — for each and every account whose Fourth Amendment rights you seek to vitiate” — and make it stick?

Department of Redundancy Alert! If you act dispositively, it damned well better stick.

Yeah, well…

Yeah, it’s gonna take some pushback. It is, as a matter of fact, going to take some smash-mouth constitutionalism, a lot of ruined careers and lives for Federal employees, and — yes — some lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for citizens.

More’s the pity.

People across the political spectrum assert that, if you don’t pay attention to what the government is doing, you deserve what you get. I call bullshit. Why is it that predatory statists are allowed free rein, but people only wishing to be left alone to mind their own business have to sleep with one eye open? Should it not be that the statists are the ones in fear for their lives? Just sayin’s all.