Archive for April 21, 2011

Sensitivity Training 101: Abandon all your principles. Defending ideals like individual liberty and freedom of expression can be offensive to others and dangerous to yourself.

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Wonkette, a progressive political blog, published an article a few days ago taunting and sneering at a three year old child with Down’s Syndrome. But they had sound reasons for doing so. The child in question was Sarah Palin’s disabled son Trig.

Excerpts:

Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it).

“What’s he [Trig] dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.”

the list of companies taking action to remove their advertising dollars from the site include:
Papa John’s
Huggies
JJill
Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Reliant Energy
Texas Education Agency
State Farm
Colonial Williamsburg
Holland America Cruiseline
Vanguard
Nordstrom
StarKist Tuna
Coldwell Banker
MetroPCS
I’m sure more will follow

Now for how I feel? Greg Gutfield nails it.

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Yeah, you know, that Ayn Rand was a nut, huh? That Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog rule doesn’t happen in real life. And government doesn’t partner with favored businesses in “trade associations” to destroy competition and innovation. All that Atlas Shrugged nonsense is, like, totally unrealistic.

Until 2010, sedan and independent limo services were an affordable alternative to taxicabs. A trip to the airport only cost $25. But in June 2010, the Metropolitan County Council passed a series of anti-competitive regulations requested by the Tennessee Livery Association-a trade group formed by expensive limousine companies. These regulations force sedan and independent limo companies to increase their fares to $45 minimum.

The regulations also prohibit limo and sedan companies from using leased vehicles, require them to dispatch only from their place of business, require them to wait a minimum of 15 minutes before picking up a customer and forbid them from parking or waiting for customers at hotels or bars. And, in January 2012, companies will have to take all vehicles off the road if they are more than seven years old for a sedan or SUV or more than ten years old for a limousine.

These regulations have nothing to do with public safety. Nashville could have limited its requirements to those regulations that are designed to genuinely protect the public’s health and safety, such as requiring insured and inspected vehicles, and driver background checks, but instead, Nashville is stooping to economic protectionism to put affordable car services out of business in favor of more expensive services that happen to have more political power. Many Nashville residents who regularly use limos and sedans will be forced to spend twice as much money for exactly the same service and hard-working sedan drivers will be driven out of business.

On April 20, 2011, the Institute for Justice teamed up with three Nashville entrepreneurs and filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to vindicate the right of Nashville’s limo and sedan operators to earn an honest living free from excessive government regulation.

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Cass Sunstein Explains Why “Environmental Justice” Buzz Words Matter and Shows How The Government Uses them to Spend Your Tax Dollars Unchecked.

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Many students believe that it is moral to confiscate money from hard-working Americans and entrepreneurs and give it to those who didn’t earn it, yet don’t support the same philosophy when it is applied to their GPA scores.

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