People like making fun of Rep. Allen West because he's supposedly always saying a lot of silly stuff. But I watched this new campaign ad for a whole 11 seconds before I heard him say anything verging on self-parody…
"That's the American dream. There's no such thing as a Somali dream, a Chinese dream, there's one dream—the American dream and that's why people came to these shores."
Okay, laugh all you want, but let me ask you this: Have you ever actually seen a Somali person dream? Or a Chinese person? Can you prove that they were dreaming?
Well, then, don't you feel dumb.
Tags: Allen West, China, Florida, House of Representatives, Somalia
Prior to the Supreme Court's ruling, conservatives had an easy time making the distinction between Romneycare — a freedom-enhancing program in which Medicaid was expanded to cover more low-income people, subsidies were provided to individuals buying private insurance on a state-regulated exchange and everyone was required to purchase insurance or face a fine — and Obamacare, a socialist program of government overreach in which faceless bureaucrats would shove broccoli down the throats of God-fearing, red meat-eating Americans by expanding Medicaid, setting up insurance exchanges, and requiring everyone to buy health coverage.
The difference was that the state-based Massachusetts program was constitutional while the federal program jack-booted unconstitutional tyranny. Now that this distinction has been obviated, conservative supporters of Mitt Romney, like Florida's Marco Rubio are proclaiming other differences…
Romney "supported it on the state level. Which means if you didn't like it in Massachusetts, you could move to another state," Rubio said on Bloomberg Television. "What are people supposed to do? Leave the United States now because of Barack Obama’s brilliant idea to stick the IRS on millions of people?
Why not? Yesterday on Twitter, dozens of freedom-seekers proclaimed their desire to move to Canada to seek asylum from affordable health coverage. You can see the problem.
As a refugee of the former USSR, I'm uniquely sympathetic to the plight of those who seek to escape tyranny. Here then are some places where the government will let you die with your precious pre-existing condition in peace…
Tags: Health, Health Care, Marco Rubio, Somalia
Late last week, the United States announced that it would offer millions of dollars in rewards for information leading to the capture of leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab, with bounties ranging from $7 million for the capture of the group's leader Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamud Godane to $3 million for various spokesmen and senior advisers.
Making up in moxie what they lack in potable water, the Somali militants responded with a counter-offer.
"Whoever reveals the hideout of the idiot Obama will be rewarded with 10 camels, and whoever reveals the hideout of the old woman Hillary Clinton will be rewarded 10 chickens and 10 roosters," senior militant official Fuad Muhammad Khalaf announced, according to the BBC.
Yesterday, our man in Mogadishu, Johnnie Carson, did not have the presence of mind to reveal the "hideout" of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and take the damn camels…
When asked about al-Shabab's offer at a news conference, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs said: "The question is so absurd it does not deserve a response."
He said his trip to Mogadishu, which lasted a matter of hours, was to note the "significant progress" made against al-Shabab.
This is what happens when we let Democrats run the State Department. Is a ratio of 10 camels to 20 chickens really that different from the 77 cents on the dollar that American women earn relative to men, that we have to reject it as "absurd?" Senate Republicans wouldn't think so.
It's not clear that President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton have heard the offer, but I imagine, "You don't bring a camel to a drone war," would be part of their response.
Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Somalia, Terrorism
The fringes of the Republican Party welcome those who think the income tax and FDA regulation of chemotherapy drugs are the equivalents of a boot stomping on a human face, forever. And there are socially tolerant segments of the Democratic Party that support the legalization of presently illicit drugs and the reduction of the prison-industrial complex. But where's the political home for those who think marijuana prohibition, gun control and government-placed traffic signals are all emanations of a fascist state?
That political home, of course, is in government-free Somalia, but for those who prefer a less famine-y clime, it can also be located on floating cities that will give volunteers the chance to experience true political freedom and the prospect of facing pirates without U.S. Navy assistance. This weekend in San Francisco, libertarians overcame their natural distrust of sharing to exchange ideas about how such societies might form…
"We want people to have freedom to experiment with new ideas and this is the last territory in which they can do that," said Seasteading Institute Senior Director Randolph Hencken in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Though the organization is still in its infancy, Hencken envisions ships and platforms of independent "islands" where scientists could conduct research without FDA regulation, communities could practice new forms of government and international entrepreneurs could set up shop off the coast of Silicon Valley without worrying about U.S. visas.
Though the Seasteading Institute has been widely talked about since at least 2009, seemingly little progress has been made, which is surprising considering how much of the design work has already been accomplished. Doesn't anyone have the blueprints for their parents' basement that can be used for building the staterooms?
Admittedly, the structural engineering of these autonomous floating republics is going to take some work. North Carolina conservatives may think they can pass a law against rising water, but libertarians are scientific-minded people, who are rightfully wary of high waves. Maybe they can be convinced to take the plunge if the Seasteading Institute told them that this rush of ocean isn't a tsunami, it's just the invisible hand taking a bath.
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Tags: California, Libertarian, Science & Technology, Somalia