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Slate

by Seth Faison

March 31, 2005

The antics that Arnold Schwarzenegger employs each day would turn any other politician into a joke. The Governator of California drives around in an olive-green, doorless Hummer with the license plate "Reform 1."

He holds court in a majestic white tent outside the governor's office, like an Arab sheik, so that he can smoke the cigars that are forbidden inside state buildings. He encourages visitors to touch the sword he brandished in Conan the Barbarian . His conversation overflows with winking references to the "part" he is now playing, or the "theatrics" of a political battle, and he often relies on his trademark "I'll be baaaaahck!"

The Arizona Republic

by Ed Montini

March 29, 2005

There is a con man's technique that politicians sometimes use to manipulate the public and never has it worked better than with the tragic case of Terri Schiavo.

The scheme involves making a very big deal about the plight of a single person to get us to ignore the plight of hundreds, thousands or even millions of others. Two-bit hustlers use distraction and diversion techniques to lift your wallet or empty your bank account. Political flimflammers use the tragedy of a single family to distract you from the horror they are inflicting upon your friends and neighbors.

Uncle Fed's Tax Board

by National Tax Services, Inc.

March 24, 2005

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers participating in the Son of Boss tax shelter settlement have so far paid in more than $3.2.

Son of Boss was an abusive transaction aggressively marketed in the late 1990s and 2000 primarily to wealthy individuals. The settlement initiative required taxpayers to concede 100 percent of the claimed tax losses and pay a penalty of either 10 percent or 20 percent unless they previously disclosed the transactions to the IRS.

Uncle Fed's Tax Board

by National Tax Services, Inc.

March 23, 2005

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that more people have used Free File this year than for all of last year.

As of March 16, 3.55 million tax returns have gone through Free File, up 44 percent compared to the same time last year and exceeding last year's total of 3.51 million. "This is another record-setting year for Free File," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "The success of Free File reflects a broader increase in the overall e-file program. People like the ease and convenience of filing electronically."

American's for a Free Republic

by Nelson Hultberg

March 22, 2005

Capitalism died in 1929 according to the esteemed pundits of our day. Since that fateful year, intellectuals and politicians of our country have been promoting the welfare state as a "safe, responsible, middle ground."

Today's chaotic and corrupted America does little, though, to reinforce this notion. What the last seventy years have shown with their epileptic breakdown in socio-economic order, is that the welfare state is not a stable middle ground at all, but a highly unstable mixture of individual freedom and government intervention that is evolving steadily away from freedom toward an all pervasive statism.

Slyck News

by Thomas Mennecke

March 20, 2005

United States Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has been appointed chairman of the new Intellectual Property Subcommittee.

"The subcommittee will have jurisdiction over all intellectual property laws and oversight on patent, copyright, trademark, and international intellectual property policies. Hatch named Bruce Artim, former staff director and chief counsel for the Judiciary Committee, the subcommittee's staff director and chief counsel." Why is this important to the P2P and file-sharing community' Let us take a look at Senator Hatch’s past record.

World Net Daily

by Ron Strom

March 18, 2005

A Bible created for girls age 13-16 that includes profiles of fictional teenagers discussing oral sex, lesbianism and "dream" guys is drawing sharp criticism.

The "True Images" Bible, published by Zondervan, promises on its dustcover to "strengthen your relationship with God, family, friends and guys." While the book includes the entire text of the New International Version of the Bible, it's the "over 1,000 relevant and compelling notes and articles" that have critics upset.

Keep and Bear Arms

by Alan Gottlieb and Joe Waldron

March 12, 2005

How might civil rights activists react if they learned that a U.S. Senator wants to keep personal records on people suspected of carrying the AIDS virus, even though they have committed no crime?

That is essentially what anti-gun Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) is advocating. He wants the government to maintain gun purchase records for at least ten years on persons whose names appear on terrorist watch lists. How does one get his name on such a list' How does he get his name removed if he is innocent'

TCS: Tech Central Station

by Ryan Sager

March 11, 2005

In September of 2000, less than two years before the passage of McCain-Feingold, the liberal magazine The American Prospect put out a special issue devoted to campaign-finance reform.

It was called, "Checkbook Democracy." And it was bought and paid for with a $132,000 check from the liberal Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has spent millions of dollars promoting laws to restrict political speech -- a fact the magazine never disclosed to its readers.

Los Angeles Times

by Evan Halper

March 10, 2005

A state audit of pet projects funded at the behest of various lawmakers found widespread misuse of the money, with investigators concluding that more than $1.1 million never went where it was supposed to go.

The report, which was released Wednesday by state Controller Steve Westly, cites museum projects that were paid for by taxpayers but never built, project directors who funneled state money into their personal accounts and a city that left the state on the hook for $700,000 after abandoning a sports complex project.

      
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