February 29, 2012

This app is one of my favorite apps that I have ever downloaded. You can turn your phone into a walkie talkie.

Once you download it, use this list of walkie talkie lingo to make things interesting:

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2008 Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Reported to President Obama’s ‘Attack Watch’

September 14, 2011

2008 Presidential Candidate Barack Obama was reported to President Barack Obama’s ‘Attack Watch’ after it was revealed that Candidate Barack Obama made misleading statements on closing the detention facility known as Guantanamo Bay…

Newt Wants to Win the Future

May 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich has formally jumped in as a candidate for President in 2012. But judging by the quote on the front of Newt.org, I’m not sure if he is running against Obama or against Joe Biden to serve as O’s veep:

Newt Wants to Win the Future

The Battle Over Public Employee Unions Is Not Against the Workers, It’s Against the Union Bosses

April 19, 2011

Fire fighters. Policemen. Teachers. Medics. Those are the professions that Democrats and Big Labor are falsely claiming to be under assault from the well-reasoned folks that support limiting the collective bargaining power of public sector employee unions.

Simply put, those professions are not under attack from anyone.

A troubling report in the Washington Post covered a married couple in Ohio that was feeling as if their professions (one was a fire fighter, the other a nurse) had been marginalized by the recent budget showdowns that have involved several states curtailing the collective bargaining power of the unions.

Indeed, the unions have come under scrutiny, but the employees have not. After all, it is the unions that are bleeding the state dry.

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Atlas Shrugged Part 1 is a Must See!

April 18, 2011

Atlas Shrugged Movie Poster

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 opened in 300 theaters this past Friday. Fortunately, I had the chance to see it twice over the weekend—and I’m glad I did!

The movie opens with clips from futuristic newscasts in the year 2016. The clips show an America that is eerily similar to today. The stock market is tumbling, oil shipments from far away lands are disrupted, and the economy and unemployment are out of control.

The characters from the book are brought to life in the movie in a way that I couldn’t have imagined. You are introduced to Dagny Taggart, the protagonist of the movie. She is trying to save her family’s railroad company from disaster as she handles the fallout from a train derailment on her company’s most important rail line. Dagny is confronted with politicians and government-sponsored institutions that try to stymie her every move to bring the company back to life.

The villain in the movie, Wesley Mouch, couldn’t have been more spot-on. Through Mouch, you are reminded of the modern day Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama triumvirate that seeks to use the power of Big Government to regulate society towards their version of America that is cured of all of societal imbalances. Mouch is a greedy, power-hungry lobbyist that uses every disaster in America to create a new regulation. Watching Mouch react to the disasters that unfold in the plot is like listening to Rahm Emanuel announce that you never let a disaster go to waste.

As the plot unfolds, you find Dagny Taggart teaming up with Hank Rearden to repair the damaged rail track in Colorado. Along the way, Dagny and Rearden, a wise businessman/inventor who knows that something is wrong with the world but doesn’t have the answers, join forces with Ellis Wyatt, an entrepreneur who hates government regulations.  The team is constantly confronted with the question of “Who is John Galt?” If you have not read the book and do not know the answer to that question, you will begin to discover it in part 1 of this trilogy.

Throughout the film you are inundated with laws and regulations that are passed at the hands of Mouch that further establish the overbearing government that Ayn Rand wrote of in her classic book. From legislation like the “Equalization of Opportunity Act” to the “Anti-dog eat dog rule,” you see a society that is overrun with government regulators and how they are worse off because of it.

At some points in the film, the dialogue does get sloppy. At one point, Dagny Taggart and Hank Reardon get too windy when discussing heading to a town hall to obtain records. It almost felt as if you were watching a clip from CSI where the detectives use too much dialogue to discuss their next move. At another point, the film crew decided to focus whole minutes on the countryside of Colorado, distracting the viewer with scenery of the mountainous West while nothing is developing in the plot. These elongated scenes did nothing to further establish the plot and serve as a distraction midway through the film.

Another scene that is poorly done is when Dagny confronts a union boss who threatens to withhold workers from working on her new rail line. Instead of a dramatic encounter with the labor boss, Dagny simply shrugs off the union spokesman and moves on with her business, which highlights the problems that the writers of this film had when it came to developing intriguing dialogue. Aside from the poor dialogue and much-too-long and overly dramatic views of country scenery, the remainder of the film does not disappoint.

While the movie was produced on a shoestring budget, this production is a must-see. The actors, which were mainly television actors, and the cinematography, were top notch. To find the movie in your area, simply click here. I cannot encourage you enough to make sure that you see this film this weekend. And I cannot wait for parts 2 and 3 of this epic trilogy.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of NetRightDaily.com. You can follow Adam on Twitter at @AdamBitely.

TARP Was Not a Success

March 29, 2011

Contrary to Robert Samuelson’s claim that TARP has been a success story, it has been anything but.

Writing in the Washington Post, Samuelson claims that “[w]hen the entire financial system succumbs to panic, only the government is powerful enough to prevent a complete collapse.” Clearly, Samuelson has never taken an economics course.

First, when the financial markets tumbled in 2008, the correct reaction would have been to allow the financial system to naturally collapse and allow it to rebuild itself by reallocating resources to those entities that were best suited to do that. Instead, the government stepped in and provided the TARP fund, which propped up zombie corporations and companies that had mismanaged resources. Such activity allowed bad business practices to continue.

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Buy Local = Indiana Plates and a Land Rover

March 1, 2011

There is nothing wrong with purchasing items made locally. But there is something wrong with preaching to the rest of us the “Buy Local” mantra on the rear window of your foreign SUV:

The Buy Local MobileMy fiance spotted the above “Buy Local Mobile” over the weekend in Washington, D.C. and snapped a picture of it for me to see.

Perhaps the owner of the car is on vacation, so I will not go into the other obvious failures of this person to follow the absurd “Buy Local” ideology (an ideology that Cafe Hayek’s Russ Roberts defined as the Middle Ages). But how odd is it that this “Buy Localer” is driving a Land Rover Discovery, a vehicle that has never been produced in the United States. Clearly this person has created some personal exemptions when it comes to supporting “local” business.

I challenge this person, if they should ever see this post, and any other “Buy Localer” to try and live your life based consuming only those goods that are produced locally. Clearly this person has indicated that he or she was unable to locate a locally produced supply of this specific type of car that they demanded. I wonder how many other goods this person uses that are not produced by a local business.

As for me and the rest of us who economize and recognize that there is no problem getting goods from those that have a comparative advantage producing them, we will continue to ignore your stupid “Buy Local” preachy bumper stickers and continue to purchase those products which we demand at a specific price from whichever supplier is willing to engage in an exchange–irregardless of where the supplier is geographically headquartered.

(H/T to my fiance @ASki04)


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