Monthly Archives: October 2011

Safety Creep 2: Anatomy of a Conservative Freakout

Attention, conservatives! The freakout regarding TSA screenings on Tennessee highways has been cancelled! OK, not cancelled, just dialed back a wee bit… According to, the TSA “came in for just three days – Oct. 18, 19 and 20 – to … Continue reading

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Safety Creep: TSA Comes to the Interstate

UPDATE: There is less reason to freak out than previously suspected, although there is still reason to be concerned.. Attention, conservatives! Did you get the latest memo? There’s a new Thing For Conservatives To Be Freaked Out About. The TSA … Continue reading

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Reasons For Optimism 5-6

5. The latest Gallup poll puts public support for legalizing marijuana at 50% for the first time. Regardless of your personal feelings about what people should be allowed to do, I think it’s rather obvious that the “war on drugs” … Continue reading

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Competition In The Texting Marketplace

I wasn’t as fast as the typical Apple fanboy, but over the weekend I finally upgraded my iPhone 4 to iOS 5.0. Among other things, this means that any text I send to or receive from another iPhone will no … Continue reading

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The Right To Keep Exotic Animals

It’s not the kind of news story you read every day. “Dozens of exotic animals, including bears, lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, giraffes and camels… on the prowl in eastern Ohio…” I found the media’s ubiquitous use of the word “exotic” … Continue reading

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Celebrating Good Capitalism

We stopped by the Bush Bean Museum on our way to the Smoky Mountains last weekend. I thought it just sounded like a random, quirky, and free place to visit, but I left with an appreciation for the underlying values … Continue reading

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The Negative Externalities of Occupying Wall Main Street

Paul Krugman is at his best when he points out silly things Republicans say: Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, has denounced “mobs” and “the pitting of Americans against Americans.” The G.O.P. presidential candidates have weighed in, with Mitt Romney … Continue reading

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The Right To A Tanning Bed

Sometimes the government interferes in the marketplace in ways that seem utterly insane. Sometimes, however, the government interferes in the marketplace in ways that seem so completely reasonable that I’m not even sure if I disagree in principle.

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