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CEI Weekly: Policy Translated 

>>[VIDEO]Policy Translated: Technology Regulation

This week Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews discusses the government’s role in regulating new technologies as part of CEI's latest video series. We takecomplicated policy issuesand translatethem into basic English withthe help of hilariously straightforwardsubtitles. series)



>>Shaping the Debate

Health reform can’t copy auto insurance

Eli Lehrer quoted in The Detroit News


Trustbusters Should Lay Off Microsoft and Yahoo

Ryan Young op-ed in The Washington Examiner


FCC Sticks Its Nose Into Google Voice App Flap

Ryan Radia quoted in E-Commerce Times


The Antitrust Anachronism

Wayne Crews quoted in The Wall Street Journal


Microsoft-Yahoo Search Pact Raises Antitrust Issues

Ryan Young quoted in Yahoo Finance


Beach Houses: Owned by the Rich, Paid for by Everyone

Eli Lehrer quoted in Citizens Against Government Waste Wastewatcher


Bermuda insurers hit back at controversial Neal Bill

Eli Lehrer quoted in The Royal Gazette§ionId=65


Bill Closing Tax Loophole For ‘Offshores’ Introduced

Eli Lehrer quoted in National Underwriter News



>>Best of the Blogs

Health-Care “Reform” Always Costs More Than Promised

by Hans Bader

"When the government creates a new entitlement to health-care, it costs far more than predicted. That’s the depressing truth told by former Congressman Tim Penny (D-MN) and former Senator Rudy Boschwitz (R-MN), casting doubt on whether the trillion-dollar price tag of Obama’s health-care plan even begins to capture its colossal, budget-exploding cost."


Policy Peril Segment 5: Is the Science Debate “Over”?

by Marlo Lewis

"Despite what you’ve heard over and over again, these basic issues are unsettled, and more so now than at any time in the past decade. The science debate is not “over.” Reports of the death of climate skepticism have been greatly exaggerated."


Reporting the Hidden Costs of Stimulus

by Ryan Young

"The media is great about reporting on what is seen – Sara Kelley and the others. The media is not so good at reporting on what is not seen – opportunities taken away by the stimulus; opportunities that never came to be because the money they required was instead spent on Joab Gonzalez’s youth training program."


Carney on Cash for Clunkers

by Ivan Osorio

"Now, as Congres considers an additional $2 billion in funding for Cash for Clunkers, the Obama administration is refusing to release data on the effectiveness of the program. But hey, it’s not like this administration and Congress have tried to rush legislation before!"



>>LibertyWeek podcast

Episode 54: Read My Lips

Your host Richard Morrison welcomes back guest co-hosts Michelle Minton and Jeremy Lott for Episode 54 of the LibertyWeek podcast. We start with ominous hints of new taxes, California state employees making strike threats and the possible antitrust implications of the Microhoo partnership. We continue with a double-dipping pay scandal, the suppression of dissent in Venezuela and some fully transparent Olympic News.



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CHQ - Chairman on C-SPAN2 This Weekend Chairman Richard Viguerie on C-SPAN2 This Sunday

This weekend, Chairman Richard Viguerie will appear on C-SPAN2 (10 p.m. on Sunday, or 10 p.m. on Saturday) as it rebroadcasts a panel discussion from the 2009 Freedom Fest. The panel--which includes Thomas Fuentes, Thomas Phillips, Jon Utley, and Richard Viguerie--will discuss the future of the conservative movement.

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NHAC - August 29th You Are Invited! 

Taxpayers Unite!

Buy $10 Tickets for some Pork Roast, Sausage, and fun!


We have many reasons to get together and have our voices heard! We will have speakers to discuss...










Join us...

Saturday August 29th


The party starts at11am andthere are special discounts fora family of four - socheck us out!

...see you there!



AFP - You and I are under attack 

"Angry mobs of rabid right-wing extremists."
Brad Woodhouse, Democrat National Committee


"....manufactured anger. "
Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman


"experts at fake grassroots campaigns that promote corporate interests."
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC


"oil industry and Republican operative millionaires' club"
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC


This is what the elites in Washington, D.C. and the national media are saying about Americans like you who are simply standing up and defending your freedoms.


Hundreds of thousands of folks like you are attending rallies, going to congressional town hall meetings, e-mailing and calling your member of Congress, and telling these politicians to vote NO on the health care takeover and the jobs-killing cap-and-trade energy tax.


And, because you're speaking out - simply telling YOUR elected representatives how you want them to vote - you are being vilified, demeaned and attacked by the Obama administration, by many politicians in Congress and by the national media.


This week, I've been on the road doing AFP rallies against cap-and-trade in Monroe, LA; El Dorado, AR; Jonesboro, AR; Sikeston, MO and Evansville, IN. I've met literally hundreds upon hundreds of the greatest Americans there are - the man in his 80s in Monroe who flew and fought with the Flying Tigers in China in WWII and is still defending freedom today; the refinery worker in El Dorado who brought his three kids to their first political event because "it's such an important time"; and the lady in Sikeston who is putting 40 hours a week into building a local tea party organization because she "couldn't live with myself if I didn't do something."


Yet, these American citizens and many more like them are being viciously attacked because they care enough about their country and their families to get involved.


Americans for Prosperity is under the same kind of aggressive assault.


You see, the other side thinks they will be able to intimidate you and me.


But they are wrong. They have misjudged us.


I'm asking you to send a message that you're not going to be intimidated by going to more town hall meetings, attending rallies in your area, calling and e-mailing your members of Congress, and getting your family members and friends involved.


Go to our website for ways to get involved CLICK HERE. This weekend alone
AFP has the following coming up:


6 stops on the Patients First "Hands off My Health Care Bus Tour" in Colorado
8 stops on the bus tour in North Carolina


Click here to find a bus stop near you! We'll be heading to Pennsylvania and North Dakota next week.

Also in Pennsylvania, AFP Foundation will be holding its 2nd annual RightOnline conference to train activists on how to be more effective using new media. CLICK HERE to register!


We'll be back on the road the week of August 17 with our "Cost of Hot Air tour" in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. Meanwhile, Patients First "Hands Off My Health Care" rallies will be rolling through Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and onward!


In fact, to see our entire massive roster of events please CLICK HERE.


On October 2nd, AFP is hosting a massive rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., right in the middle of the final congressional battle over health care and cap-and-trade. I hope you'll join us. CLICK here for info.


Also check our website for listings we have of congressional town hall meetings. If you don't see one listed in your area, find out where they're happening and send us the info so we can post it.


We have our opponents disoriented and on the defensive. The clearest sign: instead of focusing on the supposed benefits of their health care takeover and cap-and-trade, they are now in full attack mode focusing their fire on you and me.


Their attacks will fail....if we refuse to be intimidated into backing off.



Solas, The Makem Brothers at Prescott Park! 

Celtic Band Solas and The Makem Brothers and more performing Prescott Arts Festival next Saturday

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival will present Celtic band Solas, The Makem Brothers, The Molenes, and the Porch Rockers as one of their festivals on Saturday, August 15, 2009. The festival will be held in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, and start at Noon. Solas is loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands on the music scene today.

Solas is hailed by the LA Times as "the best Irish traditional band in the world" and the Boston Herald as having "startling instrumental and vocal firepower". Solas stepped onto the world stage in 1996, when Irish music was poised at the brink of a new era of innovation and popularity. They blend deeply rooted Irish traditional music with playful inventiveness and extraordinary virtuosity.

Solas, which means "light" in Gaelic, includes All-Ireland fiddle champion Winifred Horan, Mick McAuley (accordion and concertina), vocalist Deirdre Scanlon, guitarist Eamon McElholm, and multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan (flutes, whistles, mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar, bodhran). Seamus holds the All-Ireland Champion title on four of his six instruments. Lead vocalist Deirdre Scanlon, a native of County Tipperary, sings in both Gaelic and English.

"Simply put, Solas is legendary. You can't find a better evening of traditional Irish music than one with this group." exclaims the festival's Executive Director, Ben Anderson. "We're all in for a real treat."

Also being featured at the festival are The Makem Brothers. Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such a vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their Irish folk music genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and five male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound.

The Makem Brothers continue the lineage of one of Irish music's dynasties, begun by their grandmother Sarah Makem and her vast store of traditional Irish songs. Their father, Tommy Makem, now considered an icon, helped bring Irish music out of the corner and into the international spotlight, where it has remained ever since.

Also performing are The Molenes who forge hard-twang melodies and driving steam-train rhythms into compelling songs that have been firing up the stages of the Northeast's burgeoning Americana/Alt-Country scene since the band's inception in 2005. Evoking the burnished lyricism of Son Volt, the organic atmospherics of Wilco, and the rootsy swagger of Steve Earle, The Molenes'second album, Songs of Sin and Redemption Redemption, takes the listener on a tour through both the dark and light sides of the American experience, a jaunt through the heartland-both figurative and geographical-that's in turns jolting and unsettling, inspiring and uplifting.
Like all of Prescott Park Arts Festival's events, the concert is offered at no-fixed admission and no tickets are required. A donation of $8 is suggested. Audience members are permitted to bring chairs, or rent those offered by the festival.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.