Quote of the Day


I believe in limited government. I believe that government should be limited in many ways, and what I am going to emphasize is only an intellectual thing. I don’t want to talk about everything at the same time. Let’s take a small piece, an intellectual thing.

No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literary or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.

—Richard Feynman

If You Like Your Plan, We May Change It


It’s always interesting to see what documents get dumped on a Friday afternoon. Yesterday, the dump included 30,000 “found” Lois Lerner emails and 300 pages of proposed Obamacare regulations. One of the proposed changes would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to move you to the cheapest plan in your coverage tier if you didn’t specifically reenroll in your current plan during open enrollment.

Of course, you could wind up with a plan that doesn’t provide reasonable access to a key service you need or that excludes the team of doctors treating your current condition, but don’t worry. Our betters really know what’s good for us.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin rattles on and on about false narratives. He’s a primary source of them himself. Consider these paragraphs from his second amended complaint in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.ECF 135-152That’s clearly designed to give the impression that Justice Through Music Project (or Velvet Revolution US) and, thus, Brett Kimberlin were deriving income from the State Department because of participation an “International Leadership Program.” Let’s look a bit deeper.

First, the actual program run by the State Department is called the International Visitor Leadership Program. There doesn’t seem to be any U. S. Government record of JTMP or VRUS participating in the program.

Second, there doesn’t seem to be any record of payments from the Department of State to either Justice Through Music Project or Velvet Revolution US for any purpose during the “three years prior to 2012.” The industrious Gentle Reader may verify that at usaspending.gov.

This doesn’t mean that TDPK never talked to foreign visitors at some sort of State Department event. He may have. But if he did, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that he or his not-for-profits were being paid as a contractors or grantees by the government. However, most taxpayers would agree that is was not an unwise decision to refrain from using a convicted felon in a such a potentially sensitive role.

#FalseNarrative

 

Obama, Carter, and Hollow Presidencies


Do you remember back in 2008/2009 when it was said that Obama’s presidency would be like Jimmy Carter’s second term?

Dan Balz, WaPo

When President Obama was elected in 2008, his victory signaled a generational change and the prospect of renewal for the Democratic Party. Instead, the opposite has occurred. Over the past six years, the party has been hollowed out.

You may also remember that some of us said that Carter’s second term was a best case scenario.