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Marita Noon: Senator Tom Udall wants to shut me up

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

For eight years, I've been preaching my brand of energy evangelism and I can do it thanks to uniquely-American free speech

Each week I write an energy-themed commentary. The topic on which I write is generally something that my readers—even those in the energy industry—don’t know about. I frequently get grateful responses for the information, education, and deadlines addressed.

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How Physician Licensing Hurts Medicine and Helps Pseudoscience

By DANIEL J. BIER - FEE

In 1900, average life expectancy in the United States was just 47 years, and one in 10 children died before their first birthday. Today, life expectancy is nearly 80, and infant mortality is down to half a percent. Vaccines have battered deadly diseases like polio, smallpox, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis, and tetanus to the brink of extinction. If ever there was a monument to human achievement, it is that, all around you, there are so many people alive and healthy—and so few sick and dying.

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Time For Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws To Meet The Same Fate As Jim Crow

George Leef - Forbes
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Educational Choices

One of the greatest political philosophers, Frederic Bastiat, wrote that the law should exist to protect life, liberty, and property, but unfortunately is often perverted into a means of “legal plunder.” In other words, the law is used to legitimize the use of force to deprive people of their wealth.

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No Sex Please: We’re Californian

By Robin Koerner
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member for Liberty Coalition Partners

Rape may represent the greatest possible violation against a human being except, perhaps, for murder.

Any decent person sympathizes with the intent of those who would seek to prevent it by any reasonable means.  Moreover, there are plenty of statistics regarding the prevalence of rape in our society – mostly, but not exclusively against women – that indicate a moral and cultural epidemic that must be addressed. I, like far too many people, am close to more than one victim of this evil and so nothing I write here is written lightly.

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Marita Noon: The EPA is more concerned with what sounds good than what actually works

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

The Clean Power Plan is an extraordinary and unprecedented government overreach

In this hyper-partisan environment, it is good to know that a majority of Senators can still agree on an issue. When such a rare moment happens, the rest of us should pay attention, as it is probably something very important.

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Finally, a common sense approach to drugs, from politicians

By Dan King
Our America Initiative Outreach Coordinator of New York

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, a worldwide group chaired by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardozo, recently proposed a new policy to combat the war on drugs.

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What should you say about the Ray Rice video?

By Jim Babka - Zero Aggression Project
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Liberty Coalition Partners & Co-Creator, Zero Aggression Project

Why Roger Goodell should be nervous that there’s no electoral campaign to oust him

Everyone is talking about the video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking-out his wife in a casino elevator. There are many open calls for the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, to lose his job, because the NFL never asked the casino for a copy of the video during their “investigation.”
Is there a libertarian “teaching moment” available in this story? Is there something special you could say to your friends about it? We think there is…

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Thirteen Years On, Our Choice Is Between America and Fear

By Robin Koerner
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member for Liberty Coalition Partners

Lights at WTC

 

The politics of our nation since 9/11 have been the politics of fear.

Because of fear that one of us is a terrorist, we've allowed our intelligence services to listen into our private conversations; because of fear of terrorists from abroad, we have killed innocent people in foreign nations (supposedly to protect ourselves here); because of fear that our planes will get blown up, we let government agents put their hands on our children's crotches and look at our naked bodies, and because of fear that the economy will implode, we've given trillions of dollars to organizations that have brought us to that point.

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CURB THE APPETITE OF FEDERAL REGULATORS

By Mark Norris and Douglas Henry
Mark Norris Majority Leader of the Tennessee Senate & Douglas Henry Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

If this doesn’t take the cake!

The Tennessee Board of Education now finds it necessary to limit the number of bake sales a school may hold to no more than 30 per year. The reason? The federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

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Marita Noon: Don’t give up America’s economic and competitive advantage

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

Hillary Clinton is battling climate change instead of terrorism

"This is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.”

With 9-11 nearly upon us, ISIS is brazenly beheading American journalists—with a promise of more to come; Christian congregations have been bombed during worship, churches have been destroyed, monasteries attacked, entire cities purged, hundreds of thousands have fled, while others have been slaughtered; and cities, weapons, banks, and key infrastructures are being captured. Surely, with all of these horrors playing out before our eyes, the crisis in Syria and Iraq is the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face.” No, the quote above was made about climate change by Hillary Clinton—the heavy favorite for the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination—before a standing-room-only crowd at Senator Harry Reid’s seventh National Clean Energy Summit (NCES 7.0) held in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 4.

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