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"The New Debate in the Republican Party Needs to be Between Conservatives and Libertarians" - Reason Magazine
by Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch
April 12, 2012
Sen. Jim DeMint talks about the looming fiscal crisis and the future of the GOP.
"A lot of the libertarian ideals that Ron Paul is talking about...should not be alien to any Republican," Sen. Jim DeMint said during an interview at reason's Washington, D.C., offices in late January. Encouraging words from a South Carolina Republican who has earned a reputation as one of his party's strongest voices for fiscal conservatism during his six years in the House of Representatives and six years in the Senate. Yet right after the 2010 midterm elections brought a wave of DeMint-backed Tea Party freshmen to Capitol Hill, the Palmetto State's junior senator proclaimed that "you can't be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative," a comment that was widely viewed as a slap at libertarians.
"Why do you have a right to your money?"
The Real Revo
March 6, 2011
Some thoughts from those wiser than myself...
$1T-plus spending bill taking shape in Congress
by Andrew Taylor
December 12, 2011
Congress is putting the finishing touches on a sweeping $1 trillion-plus spending bill wrapping together the day-to-day operating budgets of 10 Cabinet departments with funding for the war in Afghanistan.
$25,000 Fines For Keeping Theme Park Tickets
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Upi - United Press International, Inc.
June 8, 2012
A pair of assistant principals at a New York school were each fined $25,000 for keeping more than $20,000 worth of theme park tickets meant for students.
City officials said Assistant Principal Richard Gilberto and Assistant Principal Derric Borrero of IS 24 kept the Great Adventure tickets, which were each worth $64.19 but marked "complimentary," after they were donated to the school for use by students, the New York Post reported Thursday.
$250 Million For A 14-Year-Old's Big Idea: Origami Owl
by Karsten Strauss
October 24, 2013
All Isabella "Bella" Weems really wanted was a used car. That desire set in motion a chain of events that led to the Arizona teenager spearheading what is now a multi-million dollar enterprise that she may someday control.
Weems, now 17, is founder of Origami Owl, a custom jewelry company whose direct sales business model turns would-be entrepreneurs into salespeople and evangelists. The company, which she founded in 2010 at age 14, generated $24 million in revenue in 2012 and this year expects to reach $250 million, according to the company. Origami Owl takes on independent associates - known as "designers" - who buy products at a discount and then peddle them to others for a marked up price. One of the favorite points of sale are "jewelry bars," or private parties at someone's home or another venue operated by a "hostess" (the hostesses get discounts and some free products too). The company has about 50,887 designers.
$4.25 million verdict in teen's drowning
The Press Democrat (CA)
by Mike Geniella
June 3, 2005
Jurors say they wanted to send message to Ukiah school district for death during swimming class.
In a stinging rebuke to local school officials, a Mendocino County jury Thursday awarded $4.25 million to the grieving parents of a 13-year-old boy who drowned at the city pool during a 2003 swimming class. The jury, which took less than 90 minutes to reach its unanimous verdict, awarded Sandy and Joe Talamo $250,000 more than their attorneys had sought.
$500 Million Obama Administration Program Will Help Kids 'Sit Still' in Kindergarten
by James Zilenziger
May 25, 2011
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the administration's new $500 million early learning initiative is designed to deal with children from birth onward to prevent such problems as 5-year olds who "can't sit still" in a kindergarten classroom.
"You really need to look at the range of issues, because if a 5-year-old can't sit still, it is unlikely that they can do well in a kindergarten class, and it has to be the whole range of issues that go into healthy child development," Sebelius said during a telephone news conference on Wednesday to announce the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.
$7,060,259,674,497.51--Federal Debt Up $7 Trillion Under Obama
by Terry Jeffrey
August 6, 2014
The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than $7 trillion during the slightly more than five and a half years Barack Obama has been president.
That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined, and it is more debt than was accumulated in the first 227 years of this nation's existence--from 1776 through 2003. The total federal debt first passed the $7-trillion mark on Jan. 15, 2004, after President George W. Bush had been in office almost three years.
$99 Fee Spells the End of Three School Districts' Participation in Spelling Bee
by Chris Henry
December 12, 2007
The Scripps National Spelling Bee program, citing financial pressures, has instituted a $99 per school participation fee, leading the Bremerton, Central Kitsap and South Kitsap school districts to opt out of the annual bee.
Students in those districts can sign up in the home school category; the deadline is Friday. For individual families who are not members of bee-enrolled home school associations, there is a $10 fee per family for materials and enrollment.
'Bully' makes case for homeschooling
Documentary explores systemic violence children endure on campus.
You can laugh at nutty right-wingers who home-school their kids because they don't want them to learn about evolution; you can sneer at dirty hippies who unschool their kids at home because they can't be tied to the Man's curriculum, man. Laugh and sneer all you want, but those home-schooled and unschooled kids are not being hounded to death - literally, in a case documented on-screen in "Bully" - by their peers.
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