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Western Journalism Reports: Did a former Montana Governor (and potential presidential candidate) really shakedown 2 mining companies?

This is pretty ugly stuff. Western Journalism reports that former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer strong armed one company, Stillwater Mining Company, into making him chairman at $181,000/year (though he had no experience in the mining industry) and into granting him over $660,000 worth of stock. Schweitzer then allegedly tried to pull a similar thing with a second company, Mines Management Inc., which told the former governor to take a hike. Schweitzer then allegedly initiated a PR campaign designed to damage the stock price of the company.

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Congressman Thomas Massie, the libertarian, gun-rights stalwart, MIT grad who drives a Tesla and lives off the grid

I like Tom Massie I have to admit. He and I spoke briefly at CPAC and the impression I came away with was of a man of conviction and intelligence. I then heard him on a panel with Congressman Amash later that day and I was more impressed. That doesn’t happen all that often when I meet politicians. He is certainly someone to watch in Washington. Especially as the libertarian insurgency gathers steam in the GOP.

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Jerry Brown’s crony capital

We’re not referring to Sacramento…Da dum dum. We are referring to Governor Brown’s “behest payments.” Money which is given to the governor which he can then distribute to the charities of his choosing. So far it’s been a banner year for such payments.

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Taxpayers bailed out GE Financial in 2008, Now GE is selling off GE Financial, No “Thank You” to taxpayers

GE got caught with its pants down. It over leveraged itself like much of Wall Street before the 2008 Crash and then begged Hank Paulson in Bush’s Treasury to save the company from its bad bets. Which Paulson did – or rather WE did. Now, fully indemnified and then some, GE is getting rid of its financial division. Exiting the scene free and clear. No problem. No pain. Everything’s fine. No Thank You to the taxpayers.

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Christie’s New Jersey, Cuomo’s New York, and the black hole of cronyism and bureaucracy right in the middle

Today Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the in the “Bridgegate” affair, where lanes on the George Washington Bridge were closed to punish the Mayor of Fort Lee for not supporting Christie in the most recent gubernatorial election. It’s another blow to the New Jersey governor’s presidential bid.

But as Bloomberg reports, “Bridgegate” is merely a symptom of a port authority system which is rife with inside dealing, corruption, power plays, and mindless bureaucracy. New York’s harbor is a vortex big city nastiness.

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“Recovering computer science major” Congressman says to DHS, NSA, on encryption, “Just follow the damn Constitution.”

I don’t know Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), but on this subject at least he sounds like a pretty sharp guy.

We have locks on the doors of our houses to keep people – including on occasion the police (depending on the neighborhood I suppose) – out. We as free people have every right to encrypt our “papers and effects.” If the police want at the information they should have to at the very least get a warrant. They certainly shouldn’t have a skeleton key to every digital device which they can use whenever they want.

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The known and unknown of the Ex-Im Bank

For crying into our pillows, kill this crony program. It is entirely in the hands of congressional Republicans who are supposed to be for smaller government. This one should be easy.

But it’s not easy because the big companies want their welfare. They want the American taxpayer to subsidize their loans, because, well, because they deserve it. And many supposedly conservative Republicans don’t want to upset their corporate sponsors.

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Baltimore Protesters Tried To Light This Pizza Shop Owner on Fire (Now he’s getting a gun.)

To the degree that we should have government it should be to protect people and property from acts of aggression. In Baltimore we saw the big government machine break down in a profound way. We shouldn’t be surprised when people act to defend themselves in the face of such government incompetence. Indeed, that is a big part of what the 2nd Ammendment is about.

Good luck to this guy.

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What does Diane Feinstein want to ban now? More guns? Nope. Homemade soap.

This is how it’s done folks. Regulate your competition away. Enjoy fattened bottom lines courtesy of your sponsored politicians in Washington.

Of course consumers have fewer choices, overall quality is likely diminished, entrepreneurs go out of business, and employees lose jobs. But hey, it’s a crony world. You actually thought you’d get a fair shot? Ha! You’ve got a lot to learn my soap making friend.

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