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Taxes cartoonFormer National Journal Tech Daily editor Danny Glover (no, not the actor) will be blogging to keep track of every single cent his family pays in taxes for 2008. I have a feeling many people will be shocked. I usually pay attention to how much tax I pay on everything, including hidden taxes such as those built into the price gasoline, cigarettes, liquor, etc., and it always, always pisses me off.I haven’t kept track of my tax expenditures in a written form, so I find this to be an interesting experiment sure to open the eyes of many.

The average person pays a lot more in hidden taxes, I suspect, than they do in income taxes. It will be interesting to see if my theory is true. Here is the description of the blog in question:

How much do you really pay in taxes? If you knew, you might get angry. You should — and I hope this blog will get you riled. For the next year, I’ll be blogging about the taxes our family pays so you can appreciate how much you pay.

Keep track of the taxes they pay here.

Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan 

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Patients suffering from chronic pain, loss of appetite and other ailments that marijuana is said to alleviate can get their pot with a dose of convenience at the Herbal Nutrition Center, where a large machine will dole out the drug around the clock.”Convenient access, lower prices, safety, anonymity,” inventor and owner Vincent Mehdizadeh said, extolling the benefits of the machine.But federal drug agents say the invention may need unplugging.

“Somebody owns (it), it’s on a property and somebody fills it,” said DEA Special Agent Jose Martinez. “Once we find out where it’s at, we’ll look into it and see if they’re violating laws.”
However, the vending machines only allow purchase by those with a valid marijuana prescription, and there are multiple safeguards in place, including fingerprint identification.

Are the feds overreacting?

Read the entire article here.

Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan 

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Faux NewsOn Fox News Sunday this week, the panel discussed the possibility of Hillary Clinton being chosen as a vice-presidential candidate. Bill Kristol picked that apart, saying:

Kristol: Look, the only people for Hillary Clinton are the Democratic establishment and white women. The Democratic establishment, it’d be crazy for the Democratic party to follow an establishment that’s led them to defeat year after year. White women are a problem – but, you know … we all live with that …

(laughter)

Juan Williams: not me…

Brit Hume: Hey, Bill, for the record, I like white women.

Kristol: I know, I shouldn’t have said that.

Kristol is right. He really, really shouldn’t have said that. The other talking heads shouldn’t have laughed about it either.

Here’s the clip, so you can see it for yourself:

Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan 

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Plastic eggsThis, I wouldn’t have believed had I not read it in a print newspaper’s online edition. Honestly, it reads more like an April Fool’s Day joke:

An Elizabethtown man was charged Saturday with possessing a weapon of mass destruction after police said he ignited a device filled with plastic pellets inside Saturday’s Market in Londonderry Twp., hitting at least five people and causing alarm in the building.

The device looked like a plastic Easter egg

No one was taken to a hospital, Beckley said.

I bet that’s the very same weapon of mass destruction that Bush claims was in Iraq.

Read the entire article here.

Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan 

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Libertarian Party logoLibertarianism is growing the world over, and is no longer a singularly American ideal. As of January 1st, even the United Kingdom has started a Libertarian Party.

Unlike the politicians at Westminster, the Libertarian Party looks at the world in the same way that most people do. Libertarians understand that you, and your family, should be the focus of all political policy—government should exist to serve you, not the other way around.

Over the coming weeks, this website will be regularly updated and expanded. Here, you will be able to discover a new perspective on politics, read about our common-sense approach to dealing with the issues that face us all in the real world today, and find out how you can help change our society for the better.

Libertarians are largely apolitical—we don’t carry around the huge burden of ideological baggage which bedevils the other parties, and which stops them from taking the sensible decisions that our country so desperately needs. In fact, libertarian thought can largely be boiled down to one simple phrase:

YOU OWN YOURSELF

We believe that everyone in society has certain rights, and that the role of government is to protect those rights. Of course, if you hold these rights—the right to equality before a just law, the right to make your own decisions as to how best to live your life—then you must respect the equally held rights of others.

Other parties pay lip-service to this idea; on the one hand claiming to protect our rights and interests whilst, on the other, passing more and more legislation that curtails our hard won freedoms. Only libertarians truly trust each individual to know what is in their own best interests, and that of their families. Only libertarians want to put people back in charge of their own lives, and call a halt to the endless gravy-train of political corruption in our country.

The Libertarian Party exists as a voice for all who cry “Enough!”, but find their words go unheard. Our aim—and we will succeed, with your help—is to put government back in its rightful place; as a servant of our people, rather than our master.

Hat tip Jason Gatties

Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan 

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Libertarian Party logoThe new website for the Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan, launched January 1st, is well worth a look. My good friend Jason Gatties is on the Executive Committee, and his beautiful and very talented wife Priscilla is their webmaster. She’s done a great job on the website, and I’m sure Jason will do a real bang-up job as well!

The Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan is an affiliate of Libertarian Party of Michigan and the National Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan represents Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties.

The Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan meets the first Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted). The public is always welcome! The business meeting will take place at the Benton Harbor IHOP and the General Discussion portion of the meeting will take place at The Livery in Benton Harbor.

International House of Pancakes
1981 Pipestone Rd
Benton Harbor, Mi 49022

The Livery
190 5th Street
Benton Harbor, Mi 49022

The Business Meeting begins at 6:00 PM at IHOP and the General Discussion Meeting begins at 7:15 at The Livery. For more information, please contact one of the Executive Committee members listed above.

Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan 

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AR-15 assault rifleI don’t remember hearing about this before. Do you? Yet, it should have been big news when it happened.

A would-be bar owner angry at being denied a liquor license threatened to shoot people at the Super Bowl and drove to within sight of the stadium with a rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition before changing his mind, federal authorities said. Kurt William Havelock, who ultimately turned himself in, had vowed to “shed the blood of the innocent” in a manifesto mailed Sunday to media outlets, according to court documents. “No one destroys my dream,” he wrote.

The documents say he was armed with an AR-15 assault-style rifle Sunday when he reached a parking lot near University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, where pre-game activities were happening.

“He waited about a minute and decided he couldn’t do this,” FBI agent Philip Thorlin testified at a detention hearing for Havelock on Tuesday.

Read the rest of this article at Sports Illustrated.

Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan 

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