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Georgia Pellegrini is the new frontierswoman—rugged, savvy, scrappy and smart.

Take the skills of Martha Stewart, cloak them in the earthiness of Rohan Anderson, then toss them in a field with Jim Shockey, and you’re getting close to the axis where urbanite frontier woman Georgia Pellegrini resides.

Pellegrini hunts her dinner with guns. She makes tables out of tree stumps. And, sometimes when she’s in the mood, she garnishes cakes with rose petals. Her new book, Modern Pioneering, is a guide to everything handy, rustic and delicious. For the lady in your life (or, hell, I find it pretty handy myself), this is your gritty, off-the-grid, pioneering guide.

I first crossed Pellegrini’s path when I heard about her hunting trips. She takes girls to the field, kills dinner with them, then cooks up delicious meals around a wood-fired hearth (or similar cooking source). A standard itinerary includes: clay shooting, falconry, fly fishing, bird hunting, ATV riding, cooking, and—of course—mechanical bull riding. 

Where can I sign up.

The bad news is: I can’t. No dudes allowed. Good news is, the next special surprise for your lady is locked. Pellegrini is grooming the women of our dreams, one wilderness adventure and eggplant carpaccio at a time. Small gift: book. Big gift: adventure.

So let’s talk Modern PioneeringThe pages are full of what Pellegrini’s been up to, which amounts to, mostly: hunting, gathering, cooking and crafting. She’s a classically-trained chef from NYC’s culinary world set loose upland hunting (Michelin stars meet shotgun shells). She lives by maxims like, “the only way we truly know where our meat comes from is if we hunt it ourselves.” Agreed—you go girl.

Here’s a few highlights from the 150 helpful self-sufficiency “pioneer life” skills: preserving with alcohol, beer-battered jalapeño chips, guerrilla gardening (with “seed bombs”), a wild mint and dark chocolate milkshake, the Austin-inspired jalapeño-bacon michelada, duck breast prosciutto, how to change a tire, and the ever handy watermelon keg.


And The Winner Is….


The Cato Institute is proud to have announced the winner of the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty earlier today. 


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Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, has been widely credited with the economic transformation of Poland.

Balcerowicz liberalized the prices of most consumer goods and initiated sound fiscal and monetary measures designed to balance the budget and end hyperinflation. A former member of the Polish United Workers’ Party, he became Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister in 1989 under Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe’s first non-communist leader since the end of World War II. He held those positions again from 1997 to 2000. From 2001 to 2007, Balcerowicz served as the chairman of the National Bank of Poland.

“Leszek Balcerowicz’s contributions to the advancement of liberty and free markets in Eastern Europe cannot be overstated,” said Cato CEO John A. Allison.  “Poland now serves as a model that other countries may follow in transitioning from socialism to a humane economy based on individual responsibility and the rule of law.”

The Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, named in honor of perhaps the greatest champion of liberty in the 20th century, is presented every other year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to advancing human freedom and individual liberty.

The prize, a cash award of $250,000, will be presented  during a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on May 21, 2014. Former world chess champion, Russian pro-democracy leader, and global human-rights activist Garry Kasparov will deliver the Keynote Address.

Doug Ross @ Journal: STRAIGHT OUT OF THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO: The Obama Tax Code, Destroying Jobs and Opportunity


If I’m late with my taxes, will a claim of being an illegal alien undocumented Democrat get me off the hook? Just wondering.

As Americans navigated the labyrinthine tax code ahead of tax day, many felt the sting of the President’s myriad tax increases.

Despite calls for more taxes on the rich, the Heritage chart shown above reveals that the recent tax increases disproportionately affect the working wealthy. The top 10 percent of all income earners paid 71 percent of federal income taxes in 2010, yet they earned 45 percent of all federal income. Compare that to the bottom 50 percent of earners, who earn 12 percent of income yet pay only 2 percent of federal income taxes.


So when Obama and advocates of higher federal taxes opine that the rich do not pay their “fair share,” they are correct—affluent income-earners pay a whole lot more than they would pay if we had a proportional tax code instead of the highly progressive one we have today.

While taxes have increased for most taxpayers, the wealthy are—relative to the rest of the population—increasingly shouldering the federal tax burden. The Wall Street Journal’s John McKinnon notes that this burden has shifted largely as a result of the tax changes passed at the start of 2013 during the fiscal cliff debates. These changes include a “bump in the top ordinary income rate to 39.6% from 35%, a limit on itemized deductions and an increase in the top rate on investment income.”

But the tax misery is not limited only to the well-to-do. All taxpayers faced an average tax increase of 1.8 percent in 2013. Indeed, Heritage tax expert Curtis Dubay uncovered no less than 13 tax increases that kicked in at the beginning of the year, six of which came on the coattails of Obamacare. Taxpayers also face state and local tax burdens that remain high in much of the country, as well as the prospect of rising payroll taxes in the future.


Calling someone who is a criminal in the making “helpless and ill,” the poor victim of a mental or psychological “trip on the staircase of life” feeds in to exactly the kind of victim and entitlement thinking which every parasite-criminal requires in order to “function.” By buying this slop that much of the media uncritically serves up, you’re not helping anyone and you’re not being compassionate. Quite the opposite: You’re making the world that much of a safer place for criminals by suggesting that they’re victims of illness rather than the product of their own warped thinking and actions over time (which research and honest thinking tells us they are.)
I sincerely wish that people who know absolutely nothing about the field of psychology would stop spreading these ridiculous and even dangerous myths.

Michael Hurd

channeling Murray Rothbard

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