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Archive for December, 2005

I’m Alive!

Friday, December 30th, 2005

I think the insanity is finally coming to an end. I have had a major project at work that was going on right through the holiday, but we seem to finally be in the homestretch. As a couple of people know, I’ve been working 15+ hours a day since about the Dec. 12th, give or […]

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Massachusetts Attempts to Ban All Firearms

Friday, December 30th, 2005

ALERT TO MASSACHUSETTS READERS: Move, Now, before they ban breathing and eating without a license. Seriously, this is quite possibly the worst piece of legislation I’ve ever read in my entire life: Yes, they want complete registration of ALL firearms, and compulsory liability insurance for all firearms, with a $250,000 minimum liability limit, failure […]

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Public and Private Information

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Fuz posits the following: “What if two vehicles are hustling along a rural road, doing low-80s in a 75-limit zone, and a Highway Patrol vehicle comes from the opposite direction, suddenly pulls over, reverses direction, and catches up? The patrol car hovers behind the rear of the two vehicles for about 4 minutes, then passes, […]

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Lessons of Russia’s Gas Attacks

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Today in St. Petersburg, Russia attacks using gas IEDs were launched against several hardware stores. Fox News is reporting that the Russians suspect that a rival hardware chain store may have launched the attack as part of a dispute the two businesses were having. The lesson is that capitalism and the free market cannot exist […]

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Monday, December 19th, 2005

Sure, there are exceptions – we may at times be overcome by brute force, anyone who thinks they’re going to rape, mutilate, or murder us will find that they’re going to have to have brute force on their side . . . ’cause we’re not going to make it easy for them to accomplish their villanous aims.

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What To Do About Iran

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Iran’s Holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad most recent rhetoric is bring comdemnation from the Europeans. In addition, the rhetorical battle between Iran and Israel has reached new levels of belligerence. There is also the potential that Iran could develop nuclear weapons and there is the long standing ties to terrorism. The big question is what do […]

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Nothing More, Nothing Less

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

People who want to ban, or restrict gun ownership are actually saying they dont believe that people are capable of being rational and responsible.

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Could this happen to <span style="font-style:italic;">you</span>?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

The War on Drugs is reminiscent of the tyranny that our forbearers revolted against. Hyperbole? I think not. There‚Äôs a horrible miscarriage of justice, which Radly Balko summarizes this way: Cops mistakenly break down the door of a sleeping man, late at night, as part of drug raid. Turns out, the man wasn't named in […]

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The Gadsden Flag

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

For the Christmas party we had over the weekend, we decided to do a gift exchange. When we had to tell everyone what we wanted several weeks ago, I explained that I wanted a Gadsden Flag for my basement. That caused quite a bit of a controversy. I did end up getting the flag, but […]

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The Price Of Regulation

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Today’s Washington Times tells a story that brings home, quite literally, the costs that government regulation impose on society. Escalating prices that have made houses unaffordable for many people in Washington are mostly the result of homeowners using political and regulatory means to block construction of new housing, economic studies show. The so-called “slow growth” […]

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General Semantics

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

I suspect that many of my readers, and, indeed, many of the people I read, have never heard of Alfred Korzybski or General Semantics. I would highly recommend, before reading and commenting, that you familiarize yourself with the idea that the “map is not the territory” and the “word is not the thing”. Better yet, […]

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Why Does The Second Amendment Exist?

Friday, December 9th, 2005

I’ll give you your first hint. Or several even. The Second Amendment does not exist so that gun collectors can buy antique muskets. Nor so that Elmer Fudd can keep on trying to bag Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.

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Natural Rights doctrine – the missing piece

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Some of you remember the debate raging a while back about whether property rights are natural rights, and exactly what that means. There were a few things that just didn’t sit right with me, but I haven’t had the time to really collect my thoughts and provide the response I wanted to give, until now. […]

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Renewing The Patriot Act

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Despite their faults, the ACLU is quite rightly questioning the authority of the US Government where individual liberty is concerned. Specifically, they have been relentless in their opposition to the Patriot Act, legislation that all but ignores the Fourth Amendment and the Viagra online presumption of innocence. Under the Patriot Act, the FBI can demand […]

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Keep Your Powder Dry

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Over the years, I’ve had many dialogues with people about inherent rights and constructed rights, and why they are different. I’ve also tried to distinguish between capitalism and corporatism, and why the are different. The issue that continues to crop up is that most people, even though they have taken classes on politics in high […]

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A citizen, or a Subject?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

What is the difference between a citizen, and a subject?

Very simple. A citizen has rights, a subject has priviliges.

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Clark Foam vs. the EPA

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

It came to my attention last night that Clark Foam, the producer of 90% of the polyurethane surfboard blanks used world-wide has been closed down by the 9th District of the EPA for a two-week period while they investigate the factory which they believe does not meet industry standards.

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Insufficient capacity for ridicule

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

I have suddenly discovered I lack the capacity to ridicule this sufficiently. I can of course do my best, but it simply isn’t enough.

Perhaps I should forward this to Misha and Kim and look out for explosions to my east…

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Carnival of Liberty XXIII

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Carnival of Liberty XXIII is up at Below the Beltway. There is, as always, a bunch of really great posts on the topic. In reading through it so far, I’ve already discovered some great posts from folks such as Coyote Blog and Eidelblog. I know there’s a lot more great stuff, I just haven’t had […]

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Why We Are Not Conservatives

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Libertarians are often lumped into the same camp as conservatives and it usually takes alot of explaining to the uninitiated before they completely understand the differences. I was reminded of those differences this morning when I read this piece on Hit & Run that contained the following quote from Robert Bork: “Liberty in America can […]

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