Archive for February, 2009

The Dirty Dozen

Posted by on Feb 27 2009 | Uncategorized

Which Supreme Court cases have had the most significant negative impact on Americans’ personal and economic freedom? Institute for Justice president William Mellor had to narrow the number to 12 for his latest book, The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. Mellor goes one-on-one with me to discuss how the Supreme Court has affected freedom.  That’s tonight at 8:30 on KBDI, channel 12; repeated the following Tuesday at 5 pm.

(You may remember Chip from this recent Independence Institute event).

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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Feb 27 2009 | Friday's Funny

© 2008, Benjamin Hummel. To see more cartoons like this go to

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Goodbye Rocky, We’ll Miss You :(

Posted by on Feb 26 2009 | Media, PPC

The Rocky Mountain News, the 150 year old Colorado institution we have all grown to love, has finally called it quits.  Tomorrow the Rocky will publish its final newspaper… ever.  It’s taken awhile for this to all sink in, and to a large extent, I’m not sure it has yet.  I don’t think we realize just how lucky we were to live in a two newspaper town.  The Denver Post always had the Rocky there to keep it honest, and vice vera.  Now, accountability on a number of levels disappears.  The accountability that newspapers bring to government is halved, along with the accountability that competition breeds between two major news competitors.  Furthermore, I’m 50% less likely to receive the type of media attention my raging ego demands.

Dave Kopel and I decided to do a podcast today, a sort of farewell address to the Rocky. We discuss what each of us will miss most about it, and the broader implications of a one newspaper town. In addition, I’ve embedded my interview with John Temple, then editor of the Rocky, just a few weeks back on my show Independent Thinking:

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Liberty on Film Tonight!

Posted by on Feb 26 2009 | Events, PPC

Liberty on Film presents Indoctrinate U
Event Info:
Thursday, February 26, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Jackson’s Hole Sports Grill Downtown
1520 20th Street, Denver, CO
There is no admission fee for this event.

Liberty on the Rocks & The Independence Institute proudly present Liberty on Film, a monthly showing of free market movies that you won’t see coming to a theater near you (unfortunately). Join other independent thinkers at Jackson’s Hole downtown to watch Indoctrinate U: Our Education, Their Politics. Here’s a little more about it:

Speech codes. Censorship. Sensitivity training. Political conformity and rehabilitation. Intolerance. Hostility to religion. Violations of freedom of speech and conscience. Kangaroo courts. We usually associate such things with the repressive regimes of North Korea, China, Cuba, and the former Soviet Union. But instead, this assault on free thought is taking place all over America–right now–on our nation’s campuses.

Award-winning filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney’s new documentary film, Indoctrinate U, reveals the ugly truths about academia that you won’t see in their glossy admissions brochures.

Directed By: Evan Maloney, Produced By: Blaine Greenberg, Stuart Browning, Thor Halvorssen, Frayda Levy

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Another Tim Gill Plaything Gets His Panties in a Bind

Posted by on Feb 25 2009 | Capitol Crazies, Media, PPC, Purely Personal

Just cleaning out my email when I came across this one.  It sometimes takes me days to get through all of it, I mean so many Viagra ads – and it is my responsibility to read each and every one.  As a sidenote, I’ve spent the kids’ college funds.

So, every now and then I get an email nasty-gram from Tim Gill’s other plaything Bill Menezes, who runs the always-offended-by-the-right-but-never-by-the-left Media Matters – you know, the group that faked offense over my use of the slang “bitchslapped,” until we found they didn’t mind when all their pals on the left did the same thing.

Anywho, Bill sends me some of the goofiest stuff, so I thought I’d share this one.  I was a call-in guest on Peter Boyles’ radio show the other day to talk about our anti-stimulus rally at the Capitol and the goofball who came to it with a small anti-Obama sign with a swastika.  Peter made an off-color joke, calling Diana DeGette, Vagina DeJett.  Here’s what Bill wrote me:

I note you seemed quite comfortable with Boyles’ dialogue here, never raising the idea with him that it might not constitute reasonable discourse for the public airwaves. Why am I not surprised? Good luck defending that choice in public, coming the same week you shared a podium with a swastika-waver.

So let me see if I get this.  As the guest on Pete’s show I am supposed to demand an apology from the guy who invited me on the air.  And if I did, I’m sure Media Matters would reward me with a huge congratulatory press campaign.  So allow me to defend my “choice in public.”  My friend Pete Boyles is free to crack any joke he likes on his own show. If you don’t like his humor, don’t tune in.  Markets work.

And exactly when did I “share a podium with a swastika-waver”? I didn’t know that one goofball showing up in a public crowd was me sharing a podium.  But then again, Media Matters is all about accuracy.

Getting paid to pretend being offended all the time has got to get tiring.

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Prison Spending, Recidivism and the Colorado Budget

Posted by on Feb 24 2009 | Events,, PPC

One week from today, the Justice Policy Initiative is holding a star studded event down at the University Club titled, Prison Spending, Recidivism, and the Colorado Budget: How many more prison beds can we afford?

Panelists include Mike Krause, Director of the Independence Institute’s Justice Policy Initiative; Christie Donner of the Colorado Criminal justice Reform Coalition; State Representative Ellen Roberts; State Senator Morgan Carroll; Richard Jerome from the Pew Center on the State’s Public Safety Performance Project and Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. More info:

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 5:00pm-7:00 pm
5:00 PM reception and 5:30 PM program
The University Club
1673 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203

Admission is free with RSVP
Cash bar and light food served

Since I have absolutely no idea what the word recidivism means, I’m going to let center director Mike Krause explain,

Twenty years ago, prison spending was less than 3 percent of the state budget. Last year, prison spending was nearly 9 percent of general fund spending in Colorado, and still growing. Recidivism is a major factor in that growth. Please join us for a panel discussion on the impact of recidivism on Colorado’s prison population and on the Colorado budget, and the recent recommendations of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCCJJ) to reduce recidivism in Colorado.

The event is FREE with RSVP, so sign up now before it’s too late, or call us at 303.279.6536. And because this topic is a bit over my head, Amy Oliver sat down with Mike to discuss this issue and explain some more about his event on our latest podcast.

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Pork Roast Makes National Waves

Posted by on Feb 23 2009 | Events, PPC, Purely Personal

Our little protest shindig the other day has garnered some national interest, as seen here in this Investor’s Business Daily article. Although I have to admit, I’m a little surprised by what I found to be a critical omission.  They mentioned the Independence Institute and Michelle Malkin, but failed to mention, or post photos of the two biggest stars of the day, found here in this picture:

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Ari Armstrong – 2, Tim Gill Hack Organization – 0

Posted by on Feb 19 2009 | Capitol Crazies, PPC, Purely Personal

Tim Gill’s play thing, Michael Huttner and crew, have seemingly found themselves in the same quandary they were in awhile back when I said “bitch-slap” on air. Check out this press release from the “genuinely upset” and “mortified” Huttner and friends.  Has Huttner never heard the old adage, “history repeats itself?”  Thanks to Ari Armstrong over at, history is indeed repeating itself. Just like before with the fake outrage over “bitch-slap,” Ari has once again dug up the hypocritical dirt on ProgressNow and issued his own press release, highlighting the many times Huttner and friends have used Nazi imagery and symbols to defame the right. Why is that okay?  And where was the outrage all those years when lefty protesters compared Bush to Hitler and the right to the Third Reich? Again, why was that okay?

I believe this is the part in the game where the fans on one side start chanting, “scoreboard… scoreboard…” Speaking of which, let’s take a look. Ahhh, there we go: Ari Armstrong – 2, ProgressNow – 0.

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Former Gov. Bill Owens

Posted by on Feb 19 2009 | Idiot Box (TV Show)

Just a few short years ago Colorado enjoyed a thriving economy and Republicans enjoyed being in power. What happened? Former Governor Bill Owens goes one-on-one with me to discuss everything from the state of the state of Colorado to the state of the Republican party.  Tune in this Friday night at 8:30 p.m. to KBDI Channel 12; repeated the following Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.

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Stimulus pork roast party! minus Obama

Posted by on Feb 18 2009 | Economics, Government Largess

Our $30,000 a plate pork roast to celibrate the Big O’s signing of the economy-crippling spending bill was a smash! I thought that me and a drunk buddy or two would show up.  Instead the west steps of the state capitol were packed with over 300.  Read all about it:

Great slide show on:

With cool pix:
Great pix -

More pix at Independence

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