Quotes of the Day

posted at 8:01 pm on March 23, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Thad Mercer, director of trading at a securities firm, came away a believer in Mr. Paul’s presidential prospects. “He was right on point,” Mr. Mercer said. “So many people dance around the question, never give you an answer. He’s a serious candidate in my eyes.”

And yet some Republicans say Mr. Paul needs to start acting more like one. They note that he does not have a political or fund-raising infrastructure to match his emerging national profile.

Mr. Paul has been working to change that, keeping a frenetic schedule more befitting a presidential candidate than a first-term senator. While his speeches before conservative audiences and on liberal campuses draw headlines, he also is trying to cultivate relationships with wealthy Republican contributors — vital in this pre-primary season.

He is slowly fusing the small-dollar donor base that contributed $41 million to the 2012 presidential campaign of his father, Ron, with the more traditional donors who raised millions for more mainstream candidates.

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Here’s what I find interesting. The bad things that Johnson’s brother and daughter went through happened while drugs were illegal. In other words, they were endogenous to the drug war. So Rand Paul questions a policy that prevailed while those bad things happened and yet he is, presumably, regarded as insensitive for talking about them. What if Rand Paul had been a strong believer in the drug war and what if he had known about Johnson’s family tragedies? Would it then have been appropriate for him to have talked about his belief in the drug war? Maybe the idea is that you just shouldn’t talk about anything that could trigger any negative feelings in your host. If so, I get that. That’s a judgment call, but at least I get it.

But what so few people seem to understand is that virtually all their horror stories about drugs occurred during a time when drugs were illegal. That is not in itself a slam-dunk argument for legalization. Much more is needed to make the case against the drug war. But if all these horror stories occurred during the drug war, it is hard to see how people can so easily think that these horror stories are an argument for the drug war.

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Is Rand Paul really “the most intriguing man in today’s Republican Party?”

That’s the assertion Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus made the other day, going beyond that to declare the US Senator from Kentucky “for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening” potential presidential candidate in 2016.

That election is light years away in political time, of course. Sen. Paul could trip over something, like the evidence of sloppy plagiarism in his past speeches and writings he was forced to acknowledge last year.

But really, compared with the other Republicans mentioned these days – Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, etc. (plus such 2012 also-rans as Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, both sniffing the presidential winds again) – he’s positively sparkly.

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“Here’s a guy who’s got Neera Tanden and Newt Gingrich in agreement that he’s interesting and provocative — and so I definitely think Rand Paul gets the ‘most interesting Republican on the scene’ prize for the past year,” said Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today.

Page said Paul is “clearly a factor” going into the 2016 elections.

“And if anyone thought he was just Ron Paul Two — that’s clearly not the case,” she said, referring to his father, who ran for the GOP nomination in 2008 and also ran for president in 1988 as a libertarian candidate. “He’s carving out his own identity, it’s distinctive. Sometimes he takes on Republicans, sometimes he takes on Democrats,” she said.

The libertarian-leaning senator is fresh off a speech at the historically liberal-leaning University of California at Berkeley, where he talked about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program and the Republican Party’s need for change.

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In the case of political emotions—at least the kind set off by Marcus’s column—there’s not a whole lot of harm that will be done. Rand Paul’s backers will surely be circulating the clipping to raise funds and enthusiasm for their man; Democrats will, just as surely, circulate it in alarm to push their own agenda. The impact on Paul’s fortunes will likely be a wash.

There’s nothing wrong with giving transitory feelings a role in in-the-moment decision-making. It’s what pushes us to do brave and creative and scary things when simple prudence would dictate otherwise, and it does motivate us to get politically involved. But sometimes, standing still and doing nothing is just as smart. Right-now feelings belong in the brain’s front seat; they just don’t belong behind the wheel.

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“Rand Paul recently made a comment that he thinks the Republican Party, in order to get bigger and not alienate young people, would have to agree to disagree on social issues,” the reporter asked Cruz. “Do you agree with Senator Paul on that?”

Cruz chose his words carefully.

“Look. I am a conservative,” he asserted. “I am a fiscal conservative, I am a social conservative. I think we’ve seen that in order for the Republican Party to succeed we need to be a big tent. We need to embrace American values, American values that have been present in our country . . . for centuries.”

“There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for life,” he continued. “I don’t agree with that. There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for traditional marriage. I don’t agree with them either. I think we should continue to defend our shared values.”

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Nothing like a test with only 4 equations on it, but their all differential calculus requiring proofs… <—- Aggggg time to pull all of your hair out, and only 1 hour to answer them all.

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 2:15 AM

If you “set your problems up Clearly” and “showed all of your work Clearly” and “explicitly identified your assumptions”

…..but you didn’t actually press the buttons or turn the crank to get the “final number” – or ONLY turned the crank wrong…..you got the vast majority of credit…….

I used that method to pass a lot of tests – back in the days when the Profs were adding to the Test Problem-Solving Burden to Respond to “The Calculator Crew” – i.e. – make sure that they didn’t have an “unfair advantage”………or just make EVERYONE’S DIS-Advantage a whole HECK of a lot bigger…..

‘Course that was back the days with more than half the profs spoke english as a first language and they actually spent TIME reading and grading Test……

williamg on March 24, 2014 at 2:22 AM

blueballs…sweetie!…come back!…(I’ve explained my name for you)…P L E A S E !
…I want to be vile!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 2:24 AM

BISHOP!…come back!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 2:25 AM

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 2:15 AM

If you “set your problems up Clearly” and “showed all of your work Clearly” and “explicitly identified your assumptions”

…..but you didn’t actually press the buttons or turn the crank to get the “final number” – or ONLY turned the crank wrong…..you got the vast majority of credit…….

I used that method to pass a lot of tests – back in the days when the Profs were adding to the Test Problem-Solving Burden to Respond to “The Calculator Crew” – i.e. – make sure that they didn’t have an “unfair advantage”………or just make EVERYONE’S DIS-Advantage a whole HECK of a lot bigger…..

‘Course that was back the days with more than half the profs spoke english as a first language and they actually spent TIME reading and grading Test……

williamg on March 24, 2014 at 2:22 AM

I can’t even imagine what it must be like these days. Take your iPad to class, and use Mathworks? God forbid you ever have to do the equations by hand.

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Today I was pulling for Kansas and Wichita State…went bust on those two!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 2:21 AM

I know what you mean..My bracket has totally fallen apart..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Flora Duh on February 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I don’t know if you are one of the new commenters who just registered today, but I’m not interested in wasting my time with childishness.

bluegill on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

It happened. I have a pretty good memory. It was awhile ago, though.

bluegill on March 24, 2014 at 1:43 AM

It was either right before or right after the election. ‘Diva was annoying everyone with her pessimism, and many thought she was a Moby.

bluegill on March 24, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

#WAR

Flora Duh on March 24, 2014 at 2:31 AM

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 2:24 AM

Breadball?

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:33 AM

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

#WAR

Flora Duh on March 24, 2014 at 2:31 AM

…just beautiful!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 2:38 AM

#WAR!
YES!!

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Breadball?

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:33 AM

…no!…contaminated ovaries!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:39 AM

I knew you would show up..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Wood eeevening…

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Good night folks,time for me to kick the bucket for the night…

oscarwilde on March 24, 2014 at 2:45 AM

I knew you would show up..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2014 at 2:42 AM

I was here earlier. O-Scar din’t wanna talk to me. I inserted something I think.

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Have you seen “frank” lately..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2014 at 2:51 AM

Have you seen “frank” lately..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2014 at 2:51 AM

frank, frank frank frank frank.

Biggest horse’s patoot in this man’s army.

Nope. He tired of me quickly :D

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:53 AM

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:53 AM

I think he has left the building..:)

Dire Straits on March 24, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Nobody really needs to make the case against The War on (certain) Drugs. The fact that it was always a thinly-veiled assault on the Bill of Rights is enough to damn it.

But then, a lot of people who think they are conservative are actually quite progressive when it comes to the domination of their personal lives to serve the greater good of the collective. Many people have been indoctrinated to believe that society will fall apart into chaos if certain things aren’t imposed by federal overlords.

The question is if there are any people left under the GOP banner that give a damn about the Bill of Rights. Can they be brought back to the light? Is there anyone left in the old tent that’s worth saving?

Or have people made their irrevocable choices, and are now committed to fighting for the collectivists and their cult of leadership?

Another Libertarian on March 24, 2014 at 2:57 AM

Breadball?

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 2:33 AM

BMore fishes with breadballs. Are you catching anything?

SparkPlug on March 24, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Sporky.

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 3:03 AM

“Much more is needed to make the case against the drug war.”

I’d like to hear the case for the drug war. Has anyone ever really made it, or did people just accept it as fait accompli from the petit American Aristocracy?

Another Libertarian on March 24, 2014 at 3:05 AM

No, dude, drugs are dumb.

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Dire Straits on March 24, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Good morning Dire. Can’t stay long. Work to do.

gh on March 24, 2014 at 3:09 AM

I just viewed my rocketmail account. I’ve used .002% of a terabyte of space leaving room for 54 million more e-mails.

Lanceman on March 24, 2014 at 3:14 AM

I am so furious right now. Just went back to the My Little Pony thread after reading more about the issue.

Look at this similar case:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/14/3702347/wake-sheriffs-office-still-investigating.html

I am shocked that Jazz didn’t link to it. Everyone who had read that thread should also see this other story, and decided to post it here as well. This is outrageous.

bluegill on March 24, 2014 at 4:20 AM

Ut, oh. Obama is going to be very upset and McCain will probably throw another temper tantrum.

“529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt.

An Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death Monday on charges related to violent riots in the southern Egyptian city of Minya”

VorDaj on March 24, 2014 at 5:05 AM

bluegill on March 24, 2014 at 4:20 AM

Thanks for drawing my attention to that post. I had ignored it.

I agree that Jazz should change the picture. It gives a completely misleading impression. OTOH, I disagree with you about bullying. Too much interference by adults does not help, at least with boys.

gh on March 24, 2014 at 5:09 AM

bluegill on March 24, 2014 at 4:20 AM

I don’t intend to diminish the seriousness of the story you linked but it is not exactly the same issue and the boys involved are not the same age. The whole “bronies” thing is a little disturbing.

gh on March 24, 2014 at 5:16 AM

This is really a non-issue. The legal case has already been de-bunked thanks to McCain’s failed run. Cruz’s people are working too in going the extra step and making sure the legal path is clear.
And, in the end, how much a case do the Dems have in claiming that Cruz is unfit to be President because he might have alliegance to Canada?
Happy Nomad on March 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Cruz’s mother is an American citizen. Case closed. Read the Naturalization Act of 1790. This defines the meaning of a Natural Born Citizen.

Brock Robamney on March 24, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Expecting snow tonight here. Winter is supposed to be over.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 6:29 AM

I don’t intend to diminish the seriousness of the story you linked but it is not exactly the same issue and the boys involved are not the same age. The whole “bronies” thing is a little disturbing.

gh on March 24, 2014 at 5:16 AM

Yep.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Obamanomics…

“(NEWSER) – The situation is even bleaker than it might seem for the 3.8 million Americans classed as long-term unemployed, a new study finds. Only 11% of the long-term unemployed in any given month had found work a year later, according to research from three Princeton University economists, and they are far more likely to drop out of the workforce permanently than to return to full-time employment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The outlook for the long-term unemployed has failed to improve despite short-term unemployment levels returning to pre-recession averages, the AP finds.

The researchers, including Alan Krueger, President Obama’s former chief economic adviser, also found that even among the long-term unemployed who found jobs, more than a third ended up jobless within a year, the Washington Post notes. The researchers called for aggressive measures to fix the job market, including “designing effective interventions to prevent the long-term unemployed from receding into the margins of the labor market or withdrawing from the labor force altogether,” reports the Wall Street Journal….”

http://www.newser.com/story/184120/only-11-of-long-term-unemployed-find-jobs.html

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Smart Power! = “Peace in Our Time II”

My take: Putin Set to Invade Ukraine. Harsh Letter From Obama to Follow.

kingsjester on March 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

The researchers called for aggressive measures to fix the job market, including “designing effective interventions to prevent the long-term unemployed from receding into the margins of the labor market or withdrawing from the labor force altogether,” reports the Wall Street Journal….”

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Aggressive measures? Effective interventions? That sounds suspiciously like a call for yet more welfare for the long-term unemployed.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Hmmmm…..check out the chart at the link…

” The ability to survive without trade or aid from other nations, for example, is not the same as the ability to reap enormous profits or grow one’s economy without trade with other nations. In other words, ‘self-sufficiency’ in terms of survival does not necessarily imply prosperity, but it does imply freedom of action without dependency on foreign approval, capital, resources, and expertise.

Freedom of action provided by independence/autarky also implies a pivotal reduction in vulnerability to foreign control of the cost and/or availability of essentials such as food and energy, and the resulting power of providers to blackmail or influence national priorities and policies.

Consider petroleum/fossil fuels as an example. Nations blessed with large reserves of fossil fuels are self-sufficient in terms of their own consumption, but the value of their resources on the international market generally leads to dependence on exports of oil/gas to fund the government, political elites, and general welfare. This dependence on the revenues derived from exporting oil/gas leads to what is known as the resource curse: The rest of the oil-exporting nation’s economy withers as capital and political favoritism concentrate on the revenues of exporting oil, and this distortion of the political order leads to cronyism, corruption, and misallocation of national wealth on a scale so vast that nations suffering from an abundance of marketable resources often decline into poverty and instability.

The other path to autarky is selecting and funding policies designed to directly increase self-sufficiency. One example might be Germany’s pursuit of alternative energy via state policies such as subsidies….”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-23/probably-most-important-chart-world

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Aggressive measures? Effective interventions? That sounds suspiciously like a call for yet more welfare for the long-term unemployed.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Yeah it does.

That worked out so well in the UK before Thatcher….didn’t it?

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

My take: Putin Set to Invade Ukraine. Harsh Letter From Obama to Follow.

kingsjester on March 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

The 1980s called, just to say I told you so. The 80s are vindictive like that.

Seriously, the WaPo has a pathetic puff piece this morning about how Obama has tried this whole enlightened foreign policy but it is set to be derailed by “nostalgia” on Putin’s part. That’s right, once again the failure is somebody else’s fault.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Smart Power! = “Peace in Our Time II”

My take: Putin Set to Invade Ukraine. Harsh Letter From Obama to Follow.

kingsjester on March 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Merkel will settle with Putin for a partition of the Ukraine.

Putin wants the eastern and southeastern part of the country…the most productive parts of the wheat growing region…The chinese need wheat.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:07 AM

The 1980s called, just to say I told you so. The 80s are vindictive like that.

Seriously, the WaPo has a pathetic puff piece this morning about how Obama has tried this whole enlightened foreign policy but it is set to be derailed by “nostalgia” on Putin’s part. That’s right, once again the failure is somebody else’s fault.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Why can’t he just jump on our 21st century global bandwagon? – Obama

Putin is more Russian than he is…you know Internationalist like us… – Merkel

Bbbbut I sent him an IPOD loaded with my speeches… – Obama

Yeah but it didn’t have the euro plug…so there you have it… – Cameron

Why can’t you guys have regular outlet plugs like us? – Obama

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Human nature doesn’t change.

Territorial wars are still fought over resources…who’s got them and who wants them.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:14 AM

The White House ✔ @WhiteHouse
Congrats to the @DaytonFlyers on a huge upset win! Devin Oliver, I may need to take you up on that pick-up game one of these days. -bo

Razor @hale_razor
Follow
@WhiteHouse You seem to follow college hoops more than Russian troops.
9:35 PM – 22 Mar 2014

http://weaselzippers.us/180434-jobs-people-dying-in-ukraine-barack-obama-focuses-on-basketball/

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Hmmmm….

“Top Republicans are hoping for a happy beginning to the next, 114th Congress, with the GOP taking control of the Senate and forcing President Obama on his heels for the last two years of his term.
But in the House, the clouds are already gathering over the first day of the next session, when the chamber votes to elect a Speaker.
“My sense at the present time that the Speaker doesn’t have the support of the conference,” says South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan about John Boehner. Another member of the House privately estimates that 40 Republican lawmakers would vote against Boehner on the floor and says “I’ve seen a running total.”
“Believe me, they’re not going to go through the national embarrassment — all of the cameras are on the floor — they’re not going to go through that. A leader will emerge before that happens,” the source adds.
The discussions behind closed doors, which have picked up dramatically in past months, are still at the early stages, and it’s not clear whether Boehner will even come back. There are also still nine months left in 2014 – an eternity in politics.
But based on interviews with a broad array of plugged-in Republicans over the last several weeks, it seems unlikely the transition into 2015 will pass through peacefully.
“There are conversations being had,” Duncan adds.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor has turned up the intensity of his outreach to members in preparation for the possibility Boehner retires but is facing new questions from the right about his conservative bona fides….”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/23/2014-Midterms-Heat-Up-Speculation-in-Race-for-GOP-House-Speaker

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Human nature doesn’t change.

Territorial wars are still fought over resources…who’s got them and who wants them.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:14 AM

And you don’t avert territorial wars with sanctions or strongly worded letters. There’s only one thing that Putin would understand and the delivery system is not an 8.5×11 sheet of 100%recycled cotton bond.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Majority Leader Eric Cantor has turned up the intensity of his outreach to members in preparation for the possibility Boehner retires but is facing new questions from the right about his conservative bona fides….”

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:22 AM

There isn’t any question about Cantor’s conservative bona fides…. he doesn’t have any.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:24 AM

“Green card holders who do not qualify for Medicare will qualify for Obamacare and any relevant federal subsidy. They may also qualify for Medicaid, depending upon their location.

One needs to have worked a total of 40 quarters (10 years) in the United States to qualify for Medicare.
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents at least age 65, who have been here five years, may buy into Medicare if they don’t have the work history. Individuals who qualify to buy-in to Medicare can choose to participate in Medicare or buy Obamacare insurance.

Those qualified for “premium free” Medicare or Medicaid do not qualify for Obamacare.
Geography matters when it comes to Medicaid, “a need-based health insurance program for individuals with little or no income. In some states, including South Carolina, you cannot get full Medicaid until you have been a permanent resident for five years. You can however, get Medicaid reimbursement for emergency services. In some states, including New York, all permanent residents who meet the income qualifications can get Medicaid….”

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/03/23/Green-Card-Holders-Not-Qualified-For-Medicare-Are-Eligible-For-ObamaCare

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:33 AM

There isn’t any question about Cantor’s conservative bona fides…. he doesn’t have any.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:24 AM

True.

It’s interesting that this story is out there ahead of the mid-terms.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:35 AM

And you don’t avert territorial wars with sanctions or strongly worded letters. There’s only one thing that Putin would understand and the delivery system is not an 8.5×11 sheet of 100%recycled cotton bond.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Unlikely since China has Putin’s back.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Surveillance and the militarization of the police are two dovetailing items that need to be stopped before they close the loop on them. The wrong no-knock raids are bad enough, but what happens when they are done to go after those criticizing the system as a whole? After the loop is closed, fighting your way out moves from the realm of civil legislation to civil self-defense.

I disagree with Rand Paul on immigration: companies, cities, counties and individuals can all have opinions on how we control our borders, but the actual actor has been delegated by the Constitution to the federal government. Acting against that requires harsh enforcement, and laws to penalize those doing the hiring. I prefer a three strikes system, but the alternative is that those doing such activities, when sworn by two US citizens that it is done, is a form of treason and undermining the Constitution. I prefer a stiff set of civil penalties and a final closing of businesses to the actual Constitutional remedy. You cannot be for open borders, for legalizing those coming here illegally and saying that you are supporting the Constitution: those do not go together.

On the drug war the preferred remedy is to realize that enforcement has been undermining civil rights, has caused no-knock raids going wrong with horrific frequency and lethal consequences, and that all the enforcement has led to a prison-industrial complex that funds for ever harsher penalties because it requires more prisons to be built which benefits a segment of the industry no end. I’m against that, and prefer personal accountability for bad behavior in the endangerment of others by the abuse of any form of intoxicant. Get as high as you like, but don’t get behind the wheel of a car or truck, or be an engineer on a train, or work with heavy equipment that can endanger others. We would be better off finding out what these drugs do, how they do it, what their effects and side-effects are, and then applying standard purity laws to them so that doses can be known and measured. They will still be abused, yes. LEGAL DRUGS are abused, too, and yet we deal with that via other means, and don’t go after the producer and distributor of them, but hold the individual accountable for what they actually DO that HARMS OTHERS. Clean and sober provisions in work contracts can take care of that far better than militarized police can ever do.

So far Rand Paul does a good job on his ideology, although even classical liberals (at the root of Libertarianism) recognized that the Law of Nations was in effect for personal,natural liberty and that Law of Nations is a part of how our natural liberty expresses itself in creating civilization. It does not exist in a vacuum, pure and on its own for that is the realm of savage man and we create Nations with our marriages so that we may set aside our negative natural liberties and delegate them to the Nation. It is in those areas I have severe disagreement with Rand Paul, and they are marked by a chasm between modern Libertarians and their classical liberal forebears.

ajacksonian on March 24, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Unlikely since China has Putin’s back.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:36 AM

True, but Putin doesn’t care about the sanctions.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:39 AM

“A former Cover Oregon employee is blowing the whistle on her working environment, claiming that employees were encouraged to push paper applications through the process despite obvious problems such as missing Social Security numbers.

The whistleblower appeared in an interview with KATU investigators which was published Thursday.

She said when she questioned whether it was appropriate to process some of the claims she was seeing a manager told her to “quit stressing and go take a walk.” Another anonymous source told KATU “I’m not sure when it started but then eventually we were told, if they don’t have a social just go ahead and enter it, just push it on through.”

Employees also say there was a two tier system for processing the paper applications. Applications coming from the Governor’s office or from state legislators were put in line ahead of those of regular people.

The office also was careless disposing of applications. On a tip, KATU investigated the dumpster behind the processing center, which was unlocked and located in a public parking lot. They quickly found a piece of paper with a name and Social Security number written next to it.

Apparently stress was an issue on the job. On another occasion an entire office was interrupted to play a game of rock, paper, scissors. A manager broke people into groups of three and had them compete. The winner for the office was given a certificate for their achievement. Though the game only lasted 15-20 minutes, one of KATU’s sources felt it was wrong, saying “I know that it’s a night shift and they need some morale boosters, but they really pushed the limits with some of the stuff that they did.”

Whistle blowers also claim they saw paper applications from undocumented immigrants and even some which included dependent children living in Mexico. The latter allegations were denied by Cover Oregon staff….”

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/03/21/Cover-Oregon-Whistleblower-Reveals-Questionable-Behavior-at-Processing-Center

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:42 AM

True, but Putin doesn’t care about the sanctions.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Yeah.

Look at the chart link I posted upthread (data from 2010) on countries that are self-sufficient in terms of energy resources.

China has been funding the siberian development and Putin’s been sending China Gas as well as helping China develop it’s own resources with tracking etc.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Hmmmm….

“You can see why they want a lot of temporary visas for cheap foreign workers.” – Glenn Reynolds

Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

“Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed to curb their restricting hiring deals. The same companies were then hit with a civil suit by employees affected by the agreements.

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and several of the companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court, Pando has obtained court documents (embedded below) which show shocking evidence of a much larger conspiracy, reaching far beyond Silicon Valley.

Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.

According to multiple sources familiar with the case, several of these newly named companies were also subpoenaed by the DOJ for their investigation. A spokesperson for Ask.com confirmed that in 2009-10 the company was investigated by the DOJ, and agreed to cooperate fully with that investigation. Other companies confirmed off the record that they too had been subpoenaed around the same time.

Although the Department ultimately decided to focus its attention on just Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar, the emails and memos clearly name dozens more companies which, at least as far as Google and Apple executives were concerned, formed part of their wage-fixing cartel.

A confidential Google memo (above, left) titled “Special Agreement Hiring Policy,” dating from November 2006, divides the company’s wage-fixing agreements into two categories: “Do Not Cold Call” and “Sensitive Companies.” Below that, the Google memo offers a brief chronology and list of companies:

The following companies have special agreements with Google and are part of the “Do Not Cold Call” list.

The first entry marks the beginning of Google’s participation in the wage-suppression scheme:

Effective March 6, 2005:

• Genentech, Inc.
• Intel Corporation
• Apple Computer
• Paypal, Inc.
• Comcast Corporation

Until now, neither Paypal (owned by eBay), Comcast nor Genentech have been publicly mentioned as part of the wage-suppression cartel. Nor have they been publicly named in criminal or civil actions relating to this particular case, although both the DOJ and the state of California are currently pursuing a separate but related antitrust suits against eBay.

The “effective date” of Google’s first wage-fixing agreements, early March 2005, follows a few weeks after Steve Jobs threatened Google’s Sergey Brin to stop all recruiting at Apple: “if you hire a single one of these people,” Jobs emailed Brin, “that means war.”

Jobs threatened Brin and Google on February 17, 2005; nine days later, Apple’s VP for Human Resources sent out an internal email to Apple recruiting,

All,

Please add Google to your “hands-off” list. We recently agreed not to recruit from one another so if you hear of any recruiting they are doing against us, please be sure to let me know.

Please also be sure to honor our side of the deal.

That was February 26; on March 6, Google’s identical non-solicitation agreement with Apple became “effective.”

This timeline is important to establish because it demonstrates precisely what makes this scheme illegal: secret cross-agreements between two or more parties to fix wages in the labor market, at a time when tech engineer wages were soaring, threatening profits.

This is just a tiny sample of the “overwhelming” evidence used by both the Justice Department’s antitrust division, and the District Court judge in San Jose, to debunk the company executives’ claims that each had coincidentally implemented identical non-solicitation policies at the same time, with the same companies, without knowing what the other side was doing….”

More at the link:

http://pando.com/2014/03/22/revealed-apple-and-googles-wage-fixing-cartel-involved-dozens-more-companies-over-one-million-employees/

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

This is outrageous.

bluegill on March 24, 2014 at 4:20 AM

blueballs!…the hour glass is still running!…can’t set the sun dial…it’s never sunny…where you are!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

My take: Putin Set to Invade Ukraine. Harsh Letter From Obama to Follow.

kingsjester on March 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

…it is a great ‘take’ kj!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

This is outrageous.

bluegill on March 24, 2014 at 4:20 AM

So is this.

Flora Duh on March 24, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Seriously, the WaPo has a pathetic puff piece this morning about how Obama has tried this whole enlightened foreign policy but it is set to be derailed by “nostalgia” on Putin’s part. That’s right, once again the failure is somebody else’s fault.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Foreign policy? He doesn’t have one.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM

“There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for life,” he continued. “I don’t agree with that.

I don’t agree with that either, but who is saying that?

There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for traditional marriage.

Gimme a break with this already. Even if this issue gets you fired up and you’re all about making sure the gays don’t get married because …. whatever… it’s so low on the list of priorities it doesn’t register.

It’s inane to be even discussing it, but I’m sure the media will bring it up every time they feel the democrats need a little bump in the polls.

Dash on March 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Dash on March 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

In case you don’t get the news there under the rock you must be living under, WE are not the ones making it a priority. That would be the immoral Christ hating leftists, who are intent on further destroying the institution of marriage and with it the family, since leftists can’t take over a culture that is built on strong faith and families. WE are also not the ones forcing anti-Christ laws on people and trying to destroy the businesses of people who are merely trying to live their faith. Insane to even discuss it? Really? It is insane to discuss the shredding of the First Amendment? Quite the libertine anti-Constitutionalist you are, aren’t you?

pannw on March 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

pannw on March 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Anti-Christ laws? Geez.

You’re talking about forcing people to perform services counter to their religion, such as a Muslim declining to serve a woman without a burka, which is another subject.

Cruz mentioned “traditional marriage”, as opposed to gay marriage. And yes it’s inane. Not insane, inane. Silly or absurd.

Dash on March 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

It’s inane to be even discussing it, but I’m sure the media will bring it up every time they feel the democrats need a little bump in the polls.

Dash on March 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I’m sure a lot of people in the past slavery south felt the same way. “It’s inane to even discuss negars be allowed to be citizens.”

You should agree with their logic, seeing that the comparison to blacks and slavery is just like the gay marriage to advocates.

Will you take the bait?

Mimzey on March 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM

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