Recently declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson’s telephone calls reveal a secret that may have changed the 1968 election. President Johnson had caught Richard Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks… but said nothing. Click this link to read the fascinating story at BBC News.
Great piece by Charles Krauthammer in today’s Washington Post titled ‘Hail Armageddon’ on the sequester taking effect in Washington, D.C.
- Hail Armageddon (nationalreview.com)
- Krauthammer’s Take: Sequester ‘Most Ridiculously Hyped Armageddon Since the Mayan Calendar’ (nationalreview.com)
- Krauthammer: Here’s How Republicans Can Win the Argument Over “Sequestration” (townhall.com)
Via Reason TV. After all, it’s not like you bought your phone.
Alexandria, Virginia lost out in its bid to get Google Fiber to Kansas City a couple of years ago. The Washington Post has an update on how it is going in Kansas City now that all of the holes are dug and people are getting connected at speeds 100x faster than what you’re used to.
Smack in the middle of the nation, this city is about as far as possible from the hubs of high-tech innovation on both coasts.
An effort last spring to excite new Web entrepreneurs in a place better known for cattle drives and barbecue sauce turned up just a dozen people.
The company, dominant in the virtual world, began digging actual holes in the ground and connected homes and businesses to Internet speeds 100 times faster than most Americans have ever seen.
Three months into Google’s much-publicized experiment, signs of new business life have emerged. Nick Budidharma, an 18-year-old game developer, drove with his parents from Hilton Head, S.C., to live in a “hacker home” that’s connected to Google’s Fiber broadband network. Synthia Payne uprooted from Denver and landed here to launch a start-up that aims to let musicians jam real-time online. That sleepy weekly gathering for Web entrepreneurs recently attracted a standing-room-only crowd of 260 businesspeople, investors and city officials.
Just as the move from dial-up modems to higher-speed Internet connections helped launch Netflix, Facebook and YouTube, policymakers and Google hope this next leap forward will breed a whole new slate of innovations.
Read more at this link.
Vice President Joe Biden recently told the NRA that the Federal Government ‘doesn’t have the time’ to enforce existing gun laws (something the NRA has proposed) and instead is pushing ahead with creating new ones.
Considering gun prosecutions under the Obama administration are down 45%, shouldn’t Congress and the President focus on that?
During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said the Obama administration does not have the time to fully enforce existing gun laws.
Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words during an interview with The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”
Submitting false information on an ATF Form 4473 — required for the necessary background check to obtain a firearm — is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, depending on prior convictions and a judge’s discretion, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Baker, the NRA’s director of federal affairs, told TheDC that he was given five minutes to present the NRA’s concerns and the approach the group saw as being the most effective to prevent another massacre like the Newtown, Conn. shooting. During those five minutes, he said, he mentioned the need to prosecute existing gun laws.
Read more at this link.
(Cross posted at The Alexandrian)
- Why Pass New Laws If You Won’t Enforce Existing Ones? (onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com)
- Biden To NRA: We ‘Don’t Have The Time’ To Prosecute Gun Buyers Who Lie On Background Checks (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Joe Biden: ‘We Don’t Have Time To Prosecute Everybody Who Lies’ On Background Checks (freedomoutpost.com)
- Pass More Gun Laws Even Though We Don’t Enforce the Ones We Have (independentsentinel.com)
- Biden: We need more gun laws because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have (hotair.com)
It feels as if mental health treatment is one of the most intractable problems we have had since Ronald Reagan emptied the institutions.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 17, 2013
This is misguided to say the least. Since President Reagan changed mental health policy in the 1980s, how many Democratic lawmakers and Presidents have there been that could have put more money toward mental health?
- Government Should Have Gone Over the Cliff (lewrockwell.com)
- Peter Schiff Update On Fiscal Cliff (ampgoldportfolio.com)
- Congress Avoids the Cliff by Selling Us Down the River (businessinsider.com)