I'm Not The Only One is a blog offering commentary on politics and social issues with a libertarian slant. I am a native New Yorker who has relocated to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. If you live in a state where the rules are many, the civil rights are few and the state constantly dips into your wallet or purse, check out this blog to see what life is like when the taxpayers stop playing nice and ask the government to put their hands where we can see them!
This summer, Shaw’s announced that the supermarket chain would be closing all of its New Hampshire locations. A week later, Stop & Shop, another supermarket chain announced that it would be closing its New Hampshire locations as well. The reason given by both chains was that their stores were under performing terribly.
No one had any doubt as to why both chains were suddenly losing money after years of being in the state. Market Basket, another supermarket chain expanded this year into Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire. Stop & Shop and Shaw’s simply could not compete with Market Basket’s lower prices. Hannaford, another supermarket chain with two stores in Manchester, also boasts lower prices than Stop & Shop and Shaw’s.
Why are these two departing supermarkets unable to beat their rivals’ lower prices for essentially the same products? Because they are both unionized workplaces. Iron-clad labor contracts negotiated by unions often demand the employer pay for wage increases and a variety of benefits such as pension plans. Imagine how expensive breaking out of the labor contracts must have been that it was actually cheaper and easier for these two companies to shut down all of their New Hampshire locations. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever since that whole Travon Martin case made international headlines, I promised I would not blog about it, since almost every other blogger, political pundit and commentator would be doing the same thing. Furthermore, I felt the case had been over hyped (thanks in part to the MSM), and making some kind of blog entry would only add more credibility to something that was being marketed as some kind of groundbreaking civil rights case and a gauge on race relations in the U.S.
But when President Obama gave an impromptu speech about his personal experience as a man of color in the United States and the racial profiling and discrimination that black Americans endure throughout much of their lives, I felt I had to say something. Read the rest of this entry »
Over and over again, in the mainstream media as well as in real life, people use improper grammar. I used to use bad grammar as well, and once in a while I slip back into my bad habits, but am always quick to correct myself. It’s likely that you, too use bad grammar. It isn’t exclusive to one region or one demographic group. Even the most intelligent, sophisticated and educated people are guilty of this, so it’s quite widespread.
So let’s begin the grammar lesson.
The bad grammar to which I am referring concerns pronouns. When people speak about the government, they erroneously use pronouns that include themselves, and if they are in the presence of others or are broadcasting themselves through various media formats, they are including their viewers, readers or listeners. For example: Read the rest of this entry »
Amidst work, social life, the occasional health complication and preparing for PorcFest, another thing that has kept me from blogging is a new project I launched in April.
It’s something I really didn’t want to do but it’s definitely something I wanted to see for a while. Basically, it’s a podcast that addresses issues affecting people of color from a pro-liberty perspective. Read the rest of this entry »
Conventional wisdom leads us to believe that women are always the victims of domestic violence and never the aggressors. Studies and polls suggest, however, that women are just as likely to initiate violence against their partners as men are.
Many women understand that the law and the culture is biased in their favor. Female violence is not seen as serious as male violence, and violence against men is not taken as seriously as violence against women is, as evidenced by this PSA.
Female violence is trivialized, in some cases eroticized like in media depictions of catfights and such. Violence against men is often a punchline, like in the case of prison rape, or when a man is overpowered and beaten by his wife or girlfriend, that man is almost always ridiculed and emasculated. Read the rest of this entry »
Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal legations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..” Read the rest of this entry »
Kira Peikoff’s debut novel, “Living Proof“, takes readers to a disturbing world in the not-so-far future where church and state are anything but separate. The story’s hero, Dr. Arianna Drake, runs a fertility clinic in 2027 New York City. Like most clinics, hers is under constant scrutiny from bureaucrats who inspect her inventory of embryonic cells to ensure the cells’ “souls” are preserved. In this nightmarish collusion between religious fanatics and big government, destroying embryonic cells is legally considered first degree murder. Even pregnant women caught smoking or drinking alcohol can be charged with attempted homicide or manslaughter. Read the rest of this entry »
This just in: Beyonce fakes her performance of the theme song of the fictional entity known as the United States government at a ceremony in which the ruling elite disguised as two distinct political parties fabricates the illusion that some sort of change of power has occurred when in fact the same figurehead/puppet ruler was simply re-elected in a process marketed as being democratic but is in fact closed to anyone who is not down with the oligarchy.
And the sheeple call Beyonce on her bullshit because they believe she was the only fraud at that event.
When I saw the coming attractions for the new NBC series Revolution, I knew it was something I wanted to watch. Packed with all the elements of survivalism and geopolitical dynamics in a dystopian world and a generous amount of swashbuckling and stabbing, Revolution is sure to please.
Currently the first season of Revolution has been in hiatus since Thanksgiving, with the show scheduled to resume sometime in March. As has happened time and time again to many a great show, network executives either frequently change the show’s time slot, air episodes out of the intended order of the storyline, give it a mid-season four-month hiatus, or find some other ways to ensure it loses its audience. A slow, disappointing network-induced death a la Firefly, The Event, Terra Nova and Jericho.
But I digress.
If you’re not familiar with Revolution, here’s the synopsis: epic global electromagnetic pulse, except nothing electric ever functions again. Modern conveniences are a thing of the past as the 21st Century world is suddenly set back 200 years. The U.S. government and political subdivisions thereof collapse, militia take over. Fifteen years after the power goes out, the United States now looks like this: Read the rest of this entry »
In celebration of the new year, I thought it would be fun to predict what the world might see in 2013. Here are mine, in no particular order:
1) By the end of the year, 25 states will have legalized medical marijuana, and three more states will have full legalization.
More and more Americans are coming to the realization that despite what the federal government thinks, marijuana is harmless and has been proven to have medical benefits. Already 20 states and Washington D.C. have approved medical marijuana and Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for general use this year. There is no chance of stopping the momentum on the marijuana movement in this country. The only question is, how many states will have to legalize marijuana for either medical or general use before the feds stop persecuting people over a plant? Read the rest of this entry »
My guess is that this serves to inspire people to donate to organizations that build and operate girls’ schools in developing nations. Forget private microloans, building wells or administering life-saving vaccines; educating girls and only girls is the key to improving the lives of people in the developing world!
This infographic is based on the misconception that all boys in the developing world have access to education and always have. For the most part, with the exception of a small elite minority, both boys and girls in the developing world have historically been denied access to educational opportunities. More politically correct nonsense; what could be more imperialistic and condescending than looking at a Third World problem through a First World mindset? Read the rest of this entry »
So apparently secession is on everyone’s mind these days, whether they’re calling for it or arguing against it. Although the nationwide buzz and White House petitions for secession are only as young as this month’s election results, the desire to break away from the United States is almost as old as the Union itself.
The first attempt at secession, or at least increased autonomy from the federal government, came from New England during the War of 1812. South Carolina threatened to secede in 1828 in protest of a tax on Southern goods sold in Northern states.
These attempts, of course, are dwarfed by the much more famous secession attempt made by the 11 states making up the Confederate States of America. We all know how that ended, and the message conveyed by the Civil War was that any state attempt at secession will be forcibly put down by the U.S. military. Since the Civil War, no state has attempted to leave the Union. Read the rest of this entry »
When Presidential candidate John Kerry ran against then-incumbent President George W. Bush in 2004, the hot-button distraction-er-issue was gay marriage. The federal government was waging two simultaneous wars (remember the good ol’ days when the U.S. was only invading TWO countries at once?), the national debt was skyrocketing, the civil rights-eliminating Patriot Act had been passed, and the doomed to fail No Child Left Behind Act had been passed with the enthusiasm of Bush. Kerry could’ve easily criticized his opponent for the aforementioned events during the first term of his presidency.
Likewise, Bush could’ve easily made criticisms about Kerry’s voting record in the U.S. Senate. But what was the main focus of the 2004 Presidential two-party debates?
The Bush camp alleged that if elected, Kerry would amend (or at least support the amendment of) the Constitution to protect gay marriage in all 50 states. The Kerry camp alleged that in Bush’s second term, he would amend (or at least support the amendment of) the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Boy, did they go back and forth in the debates, and the slew of attack ads echoed this ridiculous theme.
History proved that in Bush’s second term, just as his first, he argued in favor of banning same-sex couples from having any kind of legal recognition, but did not back up his big talk legislatively. He ultimately contradicted his official position by saying he wouldn’t mind if individual states offered legal recognition such as civil unions. And I am doubtful that if Kerry were elected he would’ve forced every state to recognize and allow gay marriage. I suspect that neither Bush or Kerry actually believed the federal government should step in and pass any federal law or Constitutional amendment regarding same-sex marriage. Read the rest of this entry »