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www.lewrockwell.com - Is the #1 website for lovers of liberty. Lew Rockwell describes his site as "anti-state, anti-war and pro-market". Some of the most unique and thought-provoking commentary on the issues of the day are found at LewRockwell.com You may not like everything you see there, but it will make you think.
www.davidrhenderson.com - David is a good friend, a friend of the program and a frequent KION contributor. He is an associate professor of economics at the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (www.nps.edu) , a research fellow with the renowned Hoover Institute at Stanford University and the author of several books, including "Making Great Decisions in Business & Life" (w/Charles L. Hooper). David is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and many news sites and opinion blogs too numerous to mention.
www.Reason.com - "Free Markets & Free Minds" is the motto of the Reason Foundation - a southern California based free-market think tank. Reason research fellows are frequent contributors to KION and help to spread the message of individual liberty and freedom.
www.CATO.org - the Cato Institute is one of the top free-market think-tank in the world today. The cause of lower taxes and less government at all levels has been advanced nobly by CATO and KION counts the institute and its scholars as fast friends of liberty.
www.fee.org - When I'm looking for something provocative, witty and brilliant, I go to the Foundation for Economic Education. The underpinings of a free society are free markets and FEE eloquently expresses that viewpoint in a variety of ways. At FEE you'll find newsletters, position papers, archived speeches and a host of materials to help build your arsenal to defend a freedom-based society.
www.mackinac.org - Though mostly focused on issues affecting Michigan, Mackinac does offer a window into how to apply the freedom philosophy on a wider scale. Mackinac's efforts on behalf of privatization of government-run functions are legendary in Michigan and Mackinac has the resume to show that privatization does work!
www.joincitywatch.org - This Salinas-based non-profit educational organization shines a bright light on the fiscal operations of local government. Whether you live in Salinas or on the Monterey Peninsula, CityWatch is keeping an eye on government for you.
www.capoliticalnews.com - The top aggregator for political news and commentary in the Golden State. California Political News & Views is a project of KION contributor Stephen Frank. It's frank conversation for conservatives on the issues of the day.
www.politicalvanguard.com - takes you inside politics where editor Tom Del Beccaro brings you a fresh perspective on state and national politics, plus a prescription for change.
Mark’s Note for the Day for Monday,
A couple of quick hitters for you today – some stories from our homepage. One that struck is highly unlikely for yours truly – a story that says that at some point or another during our lifetimes, 21% of us will be rich. Really? I’ve never been rich and outside of winning the lottery, I don’t expect to ever be rich. In fact, I don’t think there’s anyone rich in my family (no rich uncles that will die and leave me a fortune – not gonna happen) but according this story – 21% of you will be rich someday. Here’s the story link:
Here’s a real feel good story for today – a sign-language Santa is bringing joy to the lives of hearing impaired children in
Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to your next visit. Best, Mark
Mark's Note for the Day for Friday, December 6, 2013
Checking elsewhere on our website is a story about how the Department of State prepared for the sequester earlier this fall. Worried that funds would be cut off for daily operations, State decided to stock up on necessary items in order to carry themselves thru whatever length of shutdown occurred. So what did they stock up on? Office supplies necessary to the mission of State? No, they stocked up on booze – and lots of it, too.
The regular abuse of the taxpayer by these clowns in
You know what I want for Christmas? That’s right. A giant pull chain and I want to be the guy who gets to pull it!
Mark's Note for the Day for Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Wow! It’s been cold the last few days. I’m sitting in our studio here at KION, dressed for winter (even wearing a sweater) and I’m freezing! I think the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system for this end of the building is broken, cuz it’s really cold right now.
The roof has little insulation, it’s just a wood plank roof covered with tar and there’s a false ceiling about three feet below that. In other words, there’s nothing to stop the cold (or heat during the warmer times) from coming into the studios. I’m going to head down to the store in a few minutes and purchase my own small space heater – I spend most of my work day in this studio and I’ll be darned if I’m going to freeze my fingers off!
Some big news from the
It’s great to know that the ‘Birds are coming back to
On an unrelated topic, a good friend of mine, Patrick Cavanaugh writes a daily blog about agriculture here in the
That’s all for today, have a great Thursday and check this space back again on Friday for my next update.
Mark’s Note for the Day for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Harry Reid, another typical arrogant politician who comes from the “Don’t do as I do, do as I say” school of leadership. The senate majority leader, one of the biggest proponents of Obamacare, has decided to exempt his office staff from having to purchase their insurance thru the exchanges. What we learn is that Reid is the only member of the house or senate to act in this manner. What a hypocrite! I can’t wait til the advertising starts for the 2014 mid-term elections. “Hypocrite Harry” might be exhibit 1 in Republican efforts to keep the house and pick up the six seats necessary to take back the senate.
Here’s the story link to “Harry the Hypocrite” - http://www.1460kion.com/articles/politics-104707/harry-reid-exempts-some-of-his-11880887/
On a more positive note our annual
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Mark’s Note for the Day for
What otherwise was a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday was marred by a horrific commuter train crash in
As I’ve listened and read news reports about this story over the last couple of days, I’m starting to get a very uneasy feeling about what’s happening in this case. Here’s why:
I’m hearing union officials (the train operator is a unionized public employed) making excuses for his crime (yes, it’s a crime – involuntary manslaughter, is what I think he can be charged with) by saying that he had a momentary lapse of conciousness and attention. So where are they going with this line of excuse? I tell you where. They want this guy to not lose his job or face any prosecution for what they are trying to soft-sell as a “momentary” lapse of concentration. I’ve even heard a union hack (spokesman) try to compare what happened in this case as being same thing as someone having a momentary lapse of attention while driving their car on the highway. I’m sorry but I don’t’ buy it. That’s bullsh*t! The guy was driving the train too fast (82mph going into a 30mph curve), was not paying attention and caused the deaths of four people and the injuries of countless others and concurrent property damage.
There’s no way this clown should get off with a slap on the wrist. If you or I are driving our car down the highway and we doze off and cause an accident that results in a loss of life to innocent parties, we’ll likely have the book thrown at us and do jail time. The penalty should be no less for this train operator.
Fire him, put him on trial, convict him and send him to state prison. It will serve as an object lesson to other train operators to: A). Pay attention at all times B). Stay off your cell phone and don’t text while driving your train. As if that needs to be mentioned at all.
Here’s a story link where you can follow more of the details of this incident.