Santa’s making his list, and we’re making ours. Over the past year, a number of government and other entities have been very naughty. In response, the Beacon Center is giving you the opportunity to send them a lump of coal for their misdeeds. Below are our staff picks for the four finalists for the not-so-coveted 2013 Lump of Coal Award.
Between now and Monday, December 16th, cast your vote for the finalist who has been the biggest Scrooge to Tennessee taxpayers over the past year. Once voting is complete on the 16th, we will announce the winner and send them a big fat lump of coal for bahumbugging the principles of individual liberty and limited government. Read the Full Story and Vote
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday vowed to work with the international community to try and restore order in Libya following a recent escalation in violence.
Kerry was speaking in London following talks with British counterpart William Hague and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.
"We talked to the prime minister today about the things we can do together -- the United Kingdom and the United States and its other friends -- in order to help Libya to achieve the stability that it needs," he told a press conference.
"Libya has gone through great turmoil, particularly after the course of the last weeks," Kerry added.
"And the Prime Minister informed us of a transformation that he believes is beginning to take place and could take place because the people of Libya have spoken out and pushed back against the militias," he said. Read The Full Story
A Hawaiian stewardess who bet early and large on Bitcoin is now using her virtual currency to fly into space.
On Friday, she became the first person to buy a $250,000 Virgin Galactic space ticket using bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency. So said the company’s CEO, Sir Richard Branson, during an interview on CNBC. He didn’t identify his latest Bitcoin-funded space tourist by name. Through Virgin Galactic, she declined our request for an interview.
Virgin Galactic says it has sold more than 600 tickets for its space tourism trips, which will offer customers an expensive but thrilling sub-orbital flight to the edge of space. The first flights are set to take off next year, Virgin says. Read The Full Story
Here in Nashville, the state legislature held hearings this week on "policing for profit," the catchy name the libertarian public interest law firm the Institute for Justice has given to the practice of civil asset forfeiture.
The hearings were inspired by some terrific reporting done by local television journalist Phil Williams over the last couple of years about how the practice is used and abused in central Tennessee. Basically, if you're carrying a large amount of cash, and someone from one of these task forces pulls you over, they feel they have the authority to take your money from you. It's then up to you to prove you earned it legitimately. The stops can quickly devolve into shakedown operations, in which a motorist is told he can face arrest, or he can give the police all of his money and go free. Read The Full Story
Look Out, Flu Shot Resistors: The “FLUgitive” Propaganda Campaign Aims to Shame You Into Getting Jabbed
If you don’t get lined up for this year’s
The campaign was created by Sanofi-Pasteur, the company who makes…you guessed it…a flu vaccine called Fluzone, approved by our good friends at the FDA in 2011. (They also collaborate with the notable eugenicists of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.) You can find out more about the FLUgitive campaign on Facebook. Read The Full Story