Just a brief note to wish a Merry Christmas to all subscribers to my blog and to thank you for following the blog during 2011.
We will be having a shorter, one-hour webcast today. Planned topics include: Different perspectives on Christmas, the GOP caves on the Payroll Tax Cut, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul & more. Join in live if you’re free; otherwise the archive recording will be available for listening/download at your convenience. Both the live show and, later, the archive, can be accessed at this link.
Here’s the link for today’s show.
Planned topics: The last GOP debate before Iowa: how did the candidates perform? Who do you want to win, and who do you think will win? Congressmen and CAIR put pressure on Lowe’s for pulling advertising from “All American Muslim.” Does a company have a right to free speech, or not? What does that entail? The latest on the “Arab Spring” in Egypt. And more if there’s time.
UPDATE: The show is now over. You can find the recorded podcast here. Thanks to all who participated live, especially Ed Mazlish of Conservative New Jersey for discussing his experience with the Lowe’s “Buycott” and other political/legal issues.
The National Transportation Safety Board today said it “recommends” that states outlaw all non-emergency phone calls and texts by all operators of vehicles on the road.
We know how this goes. First it’s just a “recommendation.” Next, it becomes a string attached to federal funding that the states can’t afford to do without. Or maybe Congress — or perhaps even a regulatory agency without even a peep from Congress — goes ahead and promulgates the ban under the pretense that calling while driving and texting “affects” interstate commerce. After all, if your refraining from purchasing health insurance affects interstate commerce (as many smart appeals court judges apparently believe), then surely phoning and texting while driving does.
In a proper society we’d have private roads, with the owners of those roads deciding what rules to impose. And we’d have insurance company policies and tort liability rules geared to punish those whose calling and texting behavior caused accidents. Instead, today we have the increasingly interventionist nanny state giving us a “one size fits all” approach.