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MediumThe 27th amendment to the United States Constitution was submitted to Congress for ratification on September 25th, 1789. This amendment, which added limits on how Congress could give themselves pay raises, took an unbelievable 202 years, 7 months, 12 days to finally be ratified. Even then, it seemed only to be ratified unintentionally. The average ratification time of the remaining 26 amendments is only 1 year, 8 days. This disparity makes it hard to dispute an apparent double standard when it comes to congressional self-regulation. Read more…

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SgtmajDespite the fact that it’s a fundamental principle of leadership, taught in NCO and SNCO schools alike, it’s becoming very rare to see senior NCOs and officers stand up for their Marines. The few leaders in possession of a certain level of “testicular fortitude” (e.g. Gen. Mattis) seem to be being shown the door en masse recently. That’s why I needed to give a nod of respect to Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett, who spoke his mind to Congress at a recent congressional hearing focused on cutting funding to military commissaries. The senior enlisted of three other U.S. military branches were also present at the hearing, however, the Coast Gaurd’s was not present. Read more…

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House Blocks Funding to Enforce Light Bulb Ban

↳ Posted on January 16th, 2014 by Ben Spera
Via Fox News:
Congress offers glimmer of hope for incandescent lightbulb
The House's passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill Wednesday that dictates the budgets for all federal agencies may be a desperately needed lifeline for the light bulb.

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YanksTitlePhotosmThis is a day you won’t learn about in history class. It doesn’t foster pride in the American ideal we’ve been taught to be so proud of. This was a day our politicians reneged on promises. A day our nation chose a few dollar signs over 15,000 World War I vets with their backs against the wall, pockets empty, and their stomachs growling with hunger. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Dea Struck Deal with Mexico’s Most Notorious Cartel

Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Ben Spera
Via Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel
Court documents detail arrangement between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa cartel.
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