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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Your tax dollars at work

Gay Pride film festival in Bulgaria partially funded by US Embassy.

My links from yesterday

While Blogger was broken. Crossposted at The Corner.

U.S. Postal Service Nears Collase

A long but worthwhile read at BusinessWeek:

With the rise of e-mail and the decline of letters, mail volume is falling at a staggering rate, and the postal service's survival plan isn't reassuring. Elsewhere in the world, postal services are grappling with the same dilemma—only most of them, in humbling contrast, are thriving.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ed Schultz off the air at MSNBC for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut”

Daily Caller.

Gov't spends 4.5 million to save $116K in gas

39 years to offset the cost of the cars.

Links and comments at HotAir.

CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Dies Unexpectedly


Sowell: Dependency and Votes

To listen to some of the defenders of entitlement programs, which are at the heart of the present financial crisis, you might think that anything the government fails to provide is something that people will be deprived of.

In other words, if you cut spending on school lunches, children will go hungry. If you fail to subsidize housing, people will be homeless. If you fail to subsidize prescription drugs, old people will have to eat dog food in order to be able to afford their meds.

This is the vision promoted by many politicians and much of the media. But, in the world of reality, it is not even true for most people who are living below the official poverty line.

via Newsalert.

Texas adds 733K jobs in 10 years; no other state tops 100K

California lost 623,700.

via NRO.

Wednesday links

Don’t panic – today is Towel Day.

Great Moments in Syfy Films.

The economic forces behind the rising cost of beer.

Victorian tech support.

Severed head of patron saint for genital diseases is up for sale.

Crossposted at The Corner.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Run, Paul, run!

Jonah Goldberg: Daniels' decision not to run for president is bad for Republicans. Time for Rep. Paul Ryan to ride to the rescue.

What happens when Greece defaults

Telegraph: It is when, not if. Financial markets merely aren’t sure whether it’ll be tomorrow, a month’s time, a year’s time, or two years’ time (it won’t be longer than that).

Afghanistan's accidental gay pride

Rainbow flags catch on in Afghanistan.

Obamacare bombshell: Final ruling after 2012 election?

Washington Examiner: Read the whole thing.

This afternoon, the (4th Circuit) panel ordered the parties to file supplemental briefs by May 31 explaining the consequences if the court holds that the Anti-Injunction Act applies. That’s a bomb for one simple reason: The Anti-Injunction Act applies to federal taxes.

This means that the appellate judges on this case may hold that the Obamacare individual mandate is okay because it is a tax. While the political repercussions of such a decision seem obvious, the legal implications are serious, too.

Under the Anti-Injunction Act, no one can sue to challenge the legality of a tax until after the tax has been paid. The statute specifies that no federal court has jurisdiction to hear a challenge until someone who has already paid the tax files suit, demanding a refund and the tax’s termination.

The individual mandate doesn’t go into effect until 2014. Therefore, if it is ruled to be a tax, then no one will have standing to sue until 2014. The Fourth Circuit cases would be dismissed.

Judgment Day rescheduled for October

Yahoo! News: Instead of the world physically coming to an end on May 21 with a great, cataclysmic earthquake, as he had predicted, Harold Camping, 89, said he now believes his forecast is playing out "spiritually," with the actual apocalypse set to occur five months later, on October 21.