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Archive for January, 2006

Carnival Of Liberty XXX

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Carnival of Liberty XXX is up at Mover Mike. I haven’t had a chance to read through anything yet, but it looks like we had another great set of contributions. Go check it out. Technorati Tags: Carnival of Liberty , Life Liberty Property

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A funny thing happened on the way to the TV

Monday, January 30th, 2006

So I’m getting ready to make dinner, and one of my favorite ’80s teen romps comes on, Summer School. It’s a pretty baaaad movie, but there were some great moments, mostly provided by the dialogue of one Francis “Chainsaw” Gremp, A.K.A. Dean Cameron. Actually the movie has quite a lot of actors who actually had […]

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Quotes

Monday, January 30th, 2006

“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” — P. J. O’Rourke “The blame for [the national debt] lies with the Congress and the President, with Democrats and Republicans alike, most all of whom have been unwilling to make the hard choices or to explain […]

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What The Censors Want To Achieve

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Re-posting from The Liberty Belles, we have these two Google searches. The first is a US Google search for “Tiananmen” and the second is a PRC Google search for “Tiananmen”. US Google search People’s Republic of China Google search In the long run this is not going to work for the PRC and it’s going […]

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War on Semantics

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Lindsay Beyerstein of Majikthise: Analytic philosophy and liberal politics suggests that the ”war on terror” isn’t even a war. The buy cialis discount fact is that we're not at war on terrorism, let alone against terror. Terrorism is a strategy. Actually, it's a normative assessment of a family of tactics. In the current climate “terrorism” […]

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Looking Around the Blogosphere

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Brian Doss, at Catallarchy, has a great discussion on Treaties, Sovereignty and Binding Legal Authority. Apparently, there was an earlier discussion that brought up the idea that the US had ceded some of its sovereignty to the United Nations and could not declare war, in all cases, without UN authorization. Brian does an excellent job […]

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Upgrading to WordPress 2.0

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Okey dokey folks, I’m upgrading The Liberty Papers to WordPress 2.0 this morning. At some point the site is going to go down. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that it comes back up. :-) Update: All done. And amazingly easy. Here’s what I did: Backed up the database using PHPMyAdmin Backed up The Liberty […]

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I Think They Skipped This Day In School

Friday, January 27th, 2006

They being Congress Critters. Or, they just don’t read anymore. That might be the problem, since many of them are products of our wonderful public education system. Next time your Congress Critter votes for pork spending, send them this quote and ask them if the Constitution got amended. “The true test is, whether the object […]

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Think About It

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Think about the quote below and be honest about it. We call it “social justice” to take money or property from one person and give it to another through the use of the state’s monopoloy on coercive force. But, it is only justice for the person who benefits, not for the person who has the […]

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Sticks and Stones and Suicide Bombers

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Matt Welch has a good essay up at Reason entitled The War on Sedition: “Anglosphere” allies crack down on speech in the name of fighting terror. He laments the fact that our cousins—England and Australia—have leaders that are needlessly attempting to trade liberty for security. The following quote especially ‘spoke’ to me: “We need not […]

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Responding to a Reader

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Stephen, of On Beyond left a comment for me on Elitists and a Society of Fear over on Eric’s Grumbles. In the comments on that post, Stephen holds forth with a few things that I don’t agree with, so I responded with my own comment.

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American Gestapo?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

There’s another Paul Craig Roberts piece at counterpunch that sounds the alarm, so to speak. A provision in the “PATRIOT Act” creates a new federal police force with the power to violate the Bill of Rights. You might think that this cannot be true, as you have not read about it in newspapers or heard […]

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You Gotta Love the <span style="font-style:italic;">far</span> Left

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Paul Craig Roberts, writing for counterpunch, touches all the bases in grand polemical style. There are the requisite ad hominem attacks against Bush, Cheney, Israel and America’s other “puppets” in the Middle East. Nothing new there, but I was struck by an interesting bit of hypocrisy. Compare this: Fox “News,” which in fact is the […]

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Carnival Of Liberty XXIX

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Carnival of Liberty XXIX is up over at Combs Spouts Off. There was alot of great writing contributed for this week’s carnival and Richard’s does a great job pulling it all together. Head on over and check it out. Are you interested in hosting the Carnival of Liberty ? As of right now, there are […]

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Elitists and a Society of Fear

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

This is yet another case of elites who believe they know what is best for you and I. These folks are no different from the men who ran the Soviet Union. They have, in fact, through their arrogance and elitism, condemned hundreds of thousands, even millions, to death, starvation and privation.

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Thinking About Teen Drinking

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

One of the sub-sets of the War On Drugs™ is the continuing, and pretty well fruitless, effort to prevent people under the age of 21 from drinking. Brad, the Unrepentant Individual, points out yet another episode in this continuing and puritanical folly in Alabama. If the bill becomes law, people could drink draft beer only […]

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Public Rights vs. Private Contracts

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

The Washington Post typically devotes the back pages of its Sunday Outlook section to short articles written by local community activists and others expressing their opinion about various issues of interest to the Metro DC area. This morning, one of those articles, titled My Rights Aren’t A Matter Of Address regarding the alleged threa to […]

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It’s NOT about RACE

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

A frequent canard of black activists, liberal advocates, “justice” advocates etc… is that there are “sentencing disparities between powder and crack cocaine”; followed of course by “Clearly because crack is seen as a black drug, these harsher sentences must be racially motivated”. It is repeated so often that even some responsible conservatives (and a LOT […]

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Hooked On Takings

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

According to this report in the New York Times, the use of eminent domain to advance private development is the dirty little secret of commercial real estate. Bank of America agreed to join the developer Douglas Durst in 2003 in building a 54-story tower in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, giving a psychological and economic […]

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The Difference Between Reverend Nagin and Reverend Robertson

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Yesterday as you may or may not know, New Orleans Mayor For Life Ray Nagin had some interesting comments at the annual MLK Jr. parade. In addition to his publicized “chocolate New Orleans” comments (for which he has a lame excuse), he said God sent hurricane after hurricane because He did not approve of us […]

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