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“Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years” Synopsis

Even though Alexander Hamilton was among the most important Founding Fathers, less is known about his early life than that of any other major Founder. Relatively few records regarding Hamilton’s birth, childhood, and origins in the West Indies have been … Continue reading

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Who Reads International Liberty?

This is the 6th Anniversary of my first post on International Liberty. In honor of this moment (or at least to recognize a modest amount of endurance), let’s review some data on readership. According to WordPress, there have been more than 8.7 million page views in that six-year period. I don’t know if that’s good […]

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Palm Sunday, Triumphalism, and Leadership

On Palm Sunday, way back in the mid 60’s, according to the traditions of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, I became a man, with all the responsibilities to God that that carried. It was also when you traditionally got your first suit. The Sunday before was Examination Sunday, the test was verbal, in front of […]

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Rabbi: Obama = Haman

Anyone familiar with the Old Testament book of Esther knows that Haman plotted to destroy the Jewish nation. This weekend, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin criticized President Obama: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat on Saturday night compared US President Barack Obama to Haman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Mordechai. Speaking at the Jerusalem Great […]

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If Poor Nations Want Economic Convergence and Capital Accumulation, They Need Good Policy

There’s a “convergence” theory in economics that suggests, over time, that “poor nations should catch up with rich nations.” But in the real world, that seems to be the exception rather than the rule. There’s an interesting and informative article at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank which explores this question. It asks why most […]

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Hillary…A Joke! [del.icio.us]

Very funny joke concerning Hillary Clinton, her Benghazi failure of leadership that led to death and disgrace, her impeached husband and her general tenure at the State Department!

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Hillary…A Joke!


Very funny joke about Hillary Clinton, her Benghazi failure of leadership that led to death and disgrace, her impeached husband and her general tenure at the State Department!

Question: Is this woman really qualified to be the next President of the United States? How about a local dog catcher?

I wouldn’t vote for her to be either!

Hillary…A Joke!

Hillary Clinton goes to a gifted-student primary school in New York to talk about the world. After her talk she offers question time.

One little boy puts up his hand. Hillary asks him what his name is. “Kenneth.”  “And what is your question, Kenneth?”

“I have three questions:

First – whatever happened in Benghazi?

Second – why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?

Third –whatever happened to the missing 6 billion dollars while you were Secretary of State?”

Just then the bell rings for recess. 

Hillary Clinton informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess. 

When they resume Hillary says, “Okay where were we? Oh, that’s right, question time. Who has a question?” 

A different boy—little Johnny–puts his hand up; 

Hillary points to him and asks him what his name is. “Johnny.” “And what is your question, Johnny?”

“I have five questions:

First – whatever happened in Benghazi?

Second – why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?

Third- whatever happened to the missing 6 billion dollars while you were Secretary of State?”

Fourth – why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?

Fifth – where’s Kenneth?

H/T Max and Lill

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Leaders and non-leaders

[For Easter this year, here, and to a limited extent, at All along the Watchtower (more about that later in the week) at well, we are looking back a couple of years, and bringing forward some of our favorite posts from the Easter season. I think it well to begin with one of my favorites from […]

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Video satire of every business news report you have ever seen!

Ever watch business news and wonder about what it is that they are trying to say?Or does it seem that no matter what you watch it all just sounds like the same basic crap day after day?Watch ‘Every TV news report on the economy in one!’ at LI here.Cart… . . . → Read More: Video satire of every business news report you have ever seen!

Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan

Klavan’s latest novel is both entertaining and thought provoking. It’s the story Zach Adams, dubbed “The Supercop” by the press, after saving a child from a ruthless psychopath. But this cop, is no ordinary superhero – he’s a werewolf! Continue reading… . . . → Read More: Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan

Saturday Night Cigar Lounge – Education, Rand Paul, FEMA

By Taylor Millard It’s another big Saturday Night Cigar Lounge here on Vigilant Liberty Radio starting at 9pE/8pC HOUR ONE: Education has been on Taylor’s mind a bit, especially after a proposal …read more Via:: Saturday Night Cigar Lounge – Education, Rand Paul, FEMA       

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Learning the Right Lesson from Corruption in the EB-5 Visa Program

As an economist, my primary objection to excessive government is – or at least should be – based on foregone growth. After all, government spending (whether it is financed by taxes or borrowing) diverts resources from the productive sector of society and results in the misallocation of labor and capital. Based on my blood pressure, […]

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CONFESSION: YESTERDAY AND TODAY: The Newman Lecture

Another fascinating lecture, which gave me some insights into my own life, as well as why ‘confession is good for the  soul’,. As usual the Storify is linked below the Soundcloud, and Professor Charmley outdid himself in live-tweeting this one, there is a huge amount of meat here for your digestion. Professor Henry Mayr-Harting is former […]

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A Dream Night In Jones Hall

World Class Orchestra

It’s symphony night once again in Houston at Jones Hall for the fetching Mrs. B and I and we are really looking forward to our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra performing a great concert program.

Felix Mendelssohn   1809-1847

It starts out with one of my favorite pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, his concert Overture To A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The concert overture we will be hearing tonight  [Saturday] was also used by Mendelssohn, along with the famous Wedding March to make up the incidental music he composed for Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I love both the concert overture and the incidental music for the play. The overture is filled with beautiful melodies, typical of this giant Romantic Era composer.

Then will be a first time for us to see in Jones Hall the great Hungarian 20th century composer, Bela Bartok’s Violin Concerto #2 with soloist, Augustin Hadelich.  The Houston Symphony Orchestra’s website notes:  “witness why, according to the Houston Chronicle, Hadelich’s last performance at Jones Hall “exerted the kind of excitement that threatens to lift the listener right out of his seat.”

After intermission will be one of the later symphonies from the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his Symphony #39 in E-Flat Major.   This pleasant symphony has a positive, at times majestic quality, with a triumphant finish.  This symphony has the traditional four movements: 1. Adagio [introduction-then Allegro],  2. Andante con moto,  3. Minuette:Trio  and 4. Allegro.

Yes, this will be a dream night in Jones Hall tonight, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” that is.

As usual, when Mrs. B and I attend our great symphony orchestra at Jones Hall, we like to present a little sample of the pieces that we will be enjoying.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy.

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

W.A.Mozart: Symphony #39 in E-Flat Major, Movement 1, Adagio-Allegro:

W.A. Mozart: Symphony #39 in E-Flat Major, Movement 4, Allegro:

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The Right Mics Radio Show with Mike Miller and Michael Hausam- 3.27.15

By Michael Hausam If you missed the show, and Fridays are usually are best show of the week – even if Miller and Hausam are stone cold sober – you can stream it …read more Via:: The Right Mics Radio Show with Mike Miller and Michael Hausam- 3.27.15       

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Praised on Facebook: ‘Our Holy Martyr Lubitz Died for our Prophet’

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Praised on Facebook: ‘Our Holy Martyr Lubitz Died for our Prophet’

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The Conservative Feminist Show – This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Edition

By Moriah Jovan This is why we can’t have nice things: Why is it “conservatives” only want to replace one set of freedom-restricting rules with a different set of freedom-restricting rules. And damn libertarians …read more Via:: The Conservative Feminist Show – This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Edition       

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“Nearly two-thirds of Iowa Republican insiders believe Cruz can win the caucuses”

That should have been the headline at Politico part of the state run media. Newsbusters Politico Completely Contradicts Itself was able to bag them on the missed story. So when that “bipartisan” group is narrowed down to just Republicans (why consult Democrats on Republican primaries?), the real facts completely underminesRead More

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Conservative Comedy 3/27/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Hope n’ Change noticed that there are only a few days left in the nuclear negotiations between Barack Hussein Obama and Iran, but Secretary of State and gangly professional shuttlecock John Kerry is hinting that an agreement is now within reach as the parties warm to each other. For instance, as a show of good faith, the United States has already stopped pretending to be Israel’s ally – and in return, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei is calling for “Death to America” … but doing so with a new, pixyish twinkle in his eye. Jodi Miller at Newsbusted rocks the news. Check out her take on the Obama’s Economist Magazine interview, Eric Holder brings charges against Robert Menendez, and a sad truth about Social Security. Additional stories include: A new tour by the Rolling Stones, binge drinking among seniors, and the ASPCA’s “adopt a guinea pig” program. She wraps up her show with an explanation about why Madonna doesn’t date men her […]

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Restoring the Old-Fashioned Budget Virtue of…FDR and Truman?!?

This is a column I never expected to write. That’s because I’m going to applaud Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. This won’t be unconstrained applause, to be sure. Roosevelt, after all, pursued awful policies that lengthened and deepened the economic misery of the 1930s. And, as you can see from this video, the “economic […]

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