- Starting from the foundation of Obamacare, Rob at The Ponds of Happenstance asks if a nation of sheep, wherein the necessities of life are provided by and consequentially controlled by the government, really represents the kind of world we want to live in.
- Claire Wolfe, in an article over at Paladin Press, notes that four states, Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Vermont, now allow citizens to carry weapons, concealed or openly, with or without permit. Even more interesting, she reports that twelve additional states are considering similar legislation.
- The Pinko Commie Libertarian recommended an article by Steven Horwitz at The Freeman, Hating the State and Loving Liberty, that reminds libertarians that selling the sizzle of freedom is sure to prove more appealing to the reader than ranting about the stinky lump of limburger the state has laid on our plates.
- From earlier in the month, an article at USA Today notes that "billions of dollars in credit card debt that was charged off during the Great Recession— some of it decades old — is coming back to haunt borrowers in the form of unexpected tax bills." There's nothing as certain as death and taxes, I suppose.
- Bill Maher reinforces Rodney King's lament of "can't we all just get along," in Please Stop Apologizing, where he calls for "an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize."
He also suggests: "If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life. Turn the page or flip the dial or pick up your roll of quarters and leave the booth." Sound advice, good for everyone's blood pressure.
- At Bloomberg, Amity Shales is just the latest to raise the ugly specter of accelerating inflation and the importance of public perception. We previously discussed the games the federal government plays with inflation statistics here and here, as well as The Perils of Paper Money
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