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Who Needs Ayn Rand? America
Has Already Gone John Galt

PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/12/2014 4:06:18 AM

Tell all your “Objectivist” friends and the libertarian gang at Reason magazine to break out the champagne. Americans may have skipped the movie of Atlas Shrugged, nor have many read any of Ayn Rand’s works, but they have taken the author’s advice anyway and gone John Galt, quitting the work force in record numbers. According to Zero Hedge, the latest figures show the labor participation rate at 35 year low. Realistically, it’s even more than 35 because that figure reflects an employment bump when larger numbers of women joined the work force in the seventies and eighties. (They’re gone now, with

      


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Who Needs Ayn Rand? America
Has Already Gone John Galt
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:06:18 AM     Post Reply
Tell all your “Objectivist” friends and the libertarian gang at Reason magazine to break out the champagne. Americans may have skipped the movie of Atlas Shrugged, nor have many read any of Ayn Rand’s works, but they have taken the author’s advice anyway and gone John Galt, quitting the work force in record numbers. According to Zero Hedge, the latest figures show the labor participation rate at 35 year low. Realistically, it’s even more than 35 because that figure reflects an employment bump when larger numbers of women joined the work force in the seventies and eighties. (They’re gone now, with

   

 

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New plan – let the feds
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Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:03:12 AM     Post Reply
For quite a while now we’ve been telling you about expanded state government efforts to impose sin taxes on tobacco sales and how the law of unintended consequences comes into play when they do. It seems that somebody has been listening, because researchers have been finding out just how much smuggling has been going on in areas where big tax increases were levied and the news is more than a little disturbing. So should the states reconsider these policies in light of these finding? Of course not! We should spend more money at the federal level to trace packs of

Stranded in the Wild With a
Neo-Fascist and a Stick of Gum
Wall Street Journal, by Dara Horn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 3:10:40 PM     Post Reply
GROWING UP, MY three siblings and I suspected that our parents were secretly trying to get rid of us. Every year they took us on trips that brought us to the brink of peril—a midnight crocodile hunt on the Amazon, a Caribbean cruise during which the ship caught fire, a visit to Communist Leningrad that concluded in a supposed misunderstanding that nearly left our 10-year-old brother behind in the U.S.S.R. They outdid themselves one spring when they signed us up for a three-hour motorboat tour in a remote canyon in Utah—just the six of us, two boatmen and cliffs that

Polarization we can live with.
Partisan warfare is the problem.
Washington Post, by Sean Theriault    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 1:40:19 PM     Post Reply
I have been studying party polarization in Congress for more than a decade. The more I study it, the more I question that it is the root cause of what it is that Americans hate about Congress. Pundits and political scientists alike point to party polarization as the culprit for all sorts of congressional ills. (Snip)Perhaps my home state of Texas unnecessarily reinforces the distinction I want to make between these two dimensions. Little separates my two senators’ voting records – of the 279 votes that senators took in 2013, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn disagreed less than 9 percent

Exec Backpedals After
Saying Ford Tracks Drivers
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Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 12:30:29 PM     Post Reply
A Ford Motor executive who said the company tracks and collects data on how Ford customers drive their vehicles said Thursday that he regrets making the comments. Jim Farley, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Ford (F), said that he was wrong to suggest to customers that the automaker uses GPS devices in vehicles to collect data on how people drive. "I definitely left the wrong impression with my comments, and I regret it," Farley told CNBC. "It´s important to me that our customers know where we stand and that we do not track them." Wednesday night, while taking part in a

‘True Detective’ Review: You Have to
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Daily Beast, by Andrew Romano    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 8:54:13 AM     Post Reply
HBO’s True Detective sounds like your average celebrity-studded crime procedural. Yet, buoyed by Matthew McConaughey, it’s one of the most riveting and provocative series ever. Period. Perhaps the only bothersome byproduct of the Great Golden Age of Television we´re currently living in is the fact that all of us now feel compelled to evangelize—incessantly—on behalf of our most beloved shows. How many times has a friend or coworker insisted that You.Have.To.See [Insert Critically Acclaimed Series Here]? (No, seriously—you have to.) Try sidling up to a bar in Brooklyn and announcing that you´ve never seen a single second of The Wire

   

 

  


 
Wendy Davis proposes higher teacher pay,
clashes with Greg Abbott on education
Morning News, [Dallas, TX], by Gromer Jeffers, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 8:23:54 AM     Post Reply
ARLINGTON — The leading contenders for governor clashed Thursday on public education, as Democrat Wendy Davis called for more money for teachers and Republican Greg Abbott dismissed her proposals as “fuzzy math.” Davis unveiled a plan that would bring teacher salaries in line with the average pay nationwide. She also proposed guaranteeing high school students interested in becoming teachers a spot in college and a job when they finish their studies. Davis would also enhance a state college-loan repayment program for educators. “Education must be the Number 1 priority we address as a state,” the Fort Worth state senator said during a panel

Elvis Is Dead? Nobody Told the Aussies
Wall Street Journal, by Rachel Pannett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 5:32:23 AM     Post Reply
PARKES, Australia—Elias Jamhour has a problem. He´s bigger than Elvis. Or at least that´s the case on a train departing Sydney for one of the unlikeliest Elvis festivals on the planet. As the tribute artist gyrates through the carriages on a seven-hour journey into the Australian countryside, the attentions of his fans—many of whom wear badges declaring "Elias 4 Elvis" and "I-heart-Elias"—becomes suffocating as he is mobbed by increasingly exuberant middle-aged women full of cheer and bored by the limited view of eucalyptus forests that give way to endless cattle and sheep farms. Last year, he was barricaded in a carriage by

U.S. warns of possible terrorism
at Sochi, but no specific threat
Reuters, by Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 5:30:42 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department warned Americans on Friday of the potential for terrorism at the Sochi Olympics but said it was not aware of any specific threat to U.S. citizens. In a "travel warning," the department urged Americans to be vigilant about personal security at the February 7 to March 14 Olympic Games, and flagged the possibility of petty crime, inadequate medical care and hotel shortages. It also highlighted a Russian law, much criticized by rights groups, that would make it a crime to publicly promote the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. "Large-scale public events such as the Olympics present

After Obamacare
Reason Magazine, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 5:27:38 AM     Post Reply
On January 19, 2011, in one of their very first actions after retaking majority control of the House of Representatives, Republicans voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The vote was largely symbolic; no one expected the Democratic Senate to take up the measure. But for the House GOP, the repeal vote was the necessary fulfillment of the core campaign promise that helped sweep them back into power. That promise, however, was only half fulfilled. Republicans had not merely vowed to remove Obamacare; they also said they would pass a program of their own in

The Moral Evolution of Progressives
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Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:50:04 AM     Post Reply
Boy, have progressives “evolved.” The party of saloon protesters, suffragettes and crusaders against smoking, prostitution and immigration are now the champions of government-regulated vice. They no longer want to save souls, but use them to increase tax revenue to fund an ever expanding list of new priorities in a turnaround that would likely make Frances Willard, the famous head of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in the late 1800s, reach for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. The reversal is not totally consistent, however. No sooner had progressives successfully helped to ban smoking everywhere in public places had they moved on to champion

   

 

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Hillary’s skeleton stampede
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:46:42 AM     Post Reply
Every night’s going to be Halloween night for Hillary. The skeletons in her closet are signing up now for the conga line. They’re impatient to put on their dancing shoes for the 2016 presidential campaign. Like it or not, it’s just around the corner. Even when her friends try to raise their voices in Hillary’s defense, what comes out is mostly static. The attempted whitewash by The New York Times of the hash she made of Benghazi only reminds everyone that she was asleep when the telephone rang at 3 o’clock in the morning. Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary, tried



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Hi, everybody. Yesterday, we learned that in 2013, our businesses created 2.2 million new jobs — including 87,000 last month. Our unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since October 2008. And across our broader economy, there are signs of progress. [Snip] We’ve cut our deficits by more than half. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people, our economy is growing stronger. But we know we’ve got more work to do together. It depends on the success of the American people. It depends on your ability to make ends meet and provide for your families.

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