Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt Click here to download a pdf
Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy By the Rev. Robert Sirico Is written so well and so conversationally it is a very easy read. Buy it on Amazon here.
WEBSITES AND BLOGS I LOVE! Click on the name to get there.
BY THE NUMBERS BLOG This is my nerd friend David's blog about economics. You've heard him on the show and now you can read his stuff too!
BLUEGRASS INSTITUTE Free market solutions for Kentucky
MICHELLE MALKIN Great blog site with interesting links
BREITBART.COM Even dead he's still shaking things up from the grave
BLUEGRASS POLITICS If you are glutton for punishment
LOT'S OF GUESTS TODAY Which is good, because I'm sort of exhausted trying to keep up with all the scandals.
SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH McCONNELL AT 9:30 I am pretty sure I know what he wants to talk about.
CONGRESSMAN THOMAS MASSIE AT 10:30 11:35 Rep. Massie once said something very funny which seems especially true this week. When asked how things are in DC, he said, "it's a total swamp but all these guys up here think it's a hot tub." It still makes me laugh.
FANS OF THE NRA ARE HAVING A BANQUET And at 9:45 you'll find out how you can go and support lots of good educational programs. TICK OFF THE GOVERNMENT BY SPONSORING THE BANQUET! Email email@example.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Find more info about the event by clicking here.
READ THIS ARTICLE About economic freedom in Kentucky and how that translates to wealth creation. Sounds nerdy, but it's really not.
TAKE THAT PARK SNOBS! They wanted it torn down, but thanks to the efforts of people who actually use the pavilion, it is not only going to be saved but may be on the National Historic Registry. I LOVE it! Even though I do think that designation is abused too often.
BUT I'M SURE NOTHING WILL GO WRONG HERE So funny story, the woman who was in charge of the Tax Exempt division of the IRS when they allegedly illegally targeted conservative groups is now in charge of the Obamacare division. I'm sure this will go well. If you need medical care, I'd think about changing your party affiliation first. Just saying.
A $30 DELIVERY CHARGE??? For one of our hometown products, KFC. Buckets of the tasty, greasy treat are being smuggled into the Gaza strip. We don't need to intervene, if we keep sending buckets of fried chicken in all the Hamas terrorists will die of clogged arteries.
I GUESS WE'LL NEVER KNOW The real motive behind the Boston Bombers. Except, wait, we do now, after a note was found scribbled in the boat where the 2nd bomber was found. And amazingly, it was motivated by these young men practicing their version of the Religion of Peace. I guess they forgot about us helping all those Muslims in Kosovo.
YES, MR. PRESIDENT, STILL ILLEGAL A second court has ruled the "recess" appointments made by PrezBO while the Senate was NOT in recess illegal. This is good news for anyone adversely affected by the year's worth of work the National Labor Relations board has done, because it will all be pitched if the Supreme Court upholds this. And I'm guessing after the way this President has gone out of his way to humiliate this court in the past, they won't look too kindly on this.
CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE AT 9:15 I wonder what we'll talk about?
ALAN CLAYPOOL FROM TAC4 AT 10 There is another Tackle with Tac4 Event scheduled for next week, this one starring our own Jim Waters. What's it on? I'll tell you at 10! Get tickets by clicking here.
DID THEY LAY OFF ANY ADMINISTRATORS? This story about layoffs at JCPS is kind of interesting, because in the article, it talks about how they will be hiring teachers for needed positions this summer, even as these 41 will be let go. Seems they don't have the needed skills for the schools they currently work in. Any word on how many administrators were let go? No? I wonder why. Somehow they never seem to be affected.
UM, I'M NOT SURE YOU DO, GUVNAH The Governor admits that the new Kentucky Health Exchange, which took $252 million federal dollars to set up, will be funded by taxes on the health care companies who participate in it. That means he's set up a new agency that will require tax money to exist. And he didn't get permission from the Legislature to do it. Which he is required to do. But he doesn't think so. This should be fun to watch.
HE WAS FIRED...OR HE QUIT...WHATEV The acting IRS Commissioner is out. PrezBO says he asked for his resignation, but the man himself says he is merely leaving at the end of his assignment to the post. Does it matter? Maybe to the man who is now being held responsible for things that allegedly happened on someone else's watch. Will there be a series of interviews? We shall see. Does this make the whole thing go away? We shall see, but my gut says no.
LYING LIARS WHO LIE, PART #8680 National Review has an interesting round up of the lies unfurled last week during that IRS call that unleashed the latest scandal. Check out the entire list here.
ON TO THE NEXT SCANDAL Apparently no one in charge in this Administration is actually IN CHARGE of anything. Eric Holder deflects blame and can't remember and doesn't know anything. If you voted for Obama, you voted for a new level of incompetence, or a new level of corruption. Thanks for that.
AND THEN THERE'S BENGHAZI.... The White House is still trying to rewrite how the talking points were amended and decided to release a document dump last night in the interest of seeming to cooperate. Except they decided not to release the emails from the first 67 hours after the attack. And they did release an email from David Petraeus that says he would "just assume not use these" in reference to the edited talking points. Hardly seems to support the lie that the White House didn't have anything to do with editing them. Whoopsie, that must have slipped through.
WHEN YOU'VE LOST THE HUFFINGTON POST I read this column in the HuffPo and had to keep checking back to make sure my computer hadn't accidentally taken me to a Tea Party page. It seems even the libs are disillusioned with the actions of this Administration when it comes to alleged transparency. The totally awesome thing about this is this column echoes so many points being made by the Tea Party that there may be a chance to unite both sides on these issues. In that case, the President finally lived up to a campaign promise I'm excited about. He's uniting us. We can all agree that the kind of behavior/incompetence that we, as citizens, should not have to put up with. Even the Commenters are in agreeance for the most part. Repeal the Patriot Acts most onerous rules? Yes! Bring the troops home? Heck yes! Demand a clear declaration of War before getting entangled in foreign affairs? Hell yes! I take less snide joy in being right on big government run amok than I do from the realization that at least some of the people who have referred to me as a right wingnut are now beginning to see our bloated government for what it is. Welcome to the party, we've been waiting for you.
DANA MILBANK OF THE WASHINGTON POST Piles on PrezBO for being the Commander-In-Absentia.
FOXNEWS ASKS IF PREZBO WILL EVER take responsibility for ANYTHING.
OMG, THERE WAS A MEETING AND GOD WAS MENTIONED!!!!! Any group who completes an application and pays a fee can use school facilities after hours. A group known as LACES did just that, in an event designed to “encourage Christian educators, provide information about religious rights, instructional strategies and support.” So of course people are freaking out about the possibility that a Christian might slip in a mention of God in the classroom, lest they offend a little budding atheist. This is much ado about nothing. If teachers or administrators violate the rules JCPS has put forth about proselytizing in the classrom, THAT is when action should be taken. A meeting is just a meeting people, and you shouldn't worry about being accidentally converted if you walk into a room the next day that people might have prayed in the night before.
SHOULD WE MAKE DRUNK DRIVING EASIER TO PROSECUTE? The NTSB is recommending that the legal threshold for drunk driving be dropped from .08 to .05. One of the big arguments is that we lag behind Europe in doing so, and Europe has had great success in reducing drunk driving deaths. We can not compare ourself to Europe in this issue. We have a car culture and zoning laws that often work to keep bars out of residential areas without good public transporations, problems most cities in Europe don't have. .05 is about two drinks for most people. Should we lower the limit?
KERMIT GOSNELL GETS LIFE Which seems fitting to me. A man who took the life of babies by cutting their spinal cords with scissors certainly deserves to spend the rest of his in prison. Good riddance to horrible, awful, rubbish.