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Archive for August, 2006

The Right To Privacy

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

One of the most contentious bits of Constitutional jurisprudence in history has been the “Right to Privacy”. Some say it’s not there at all, as the word “privacy” never even appears in the document. Some say it flows out of penumbras, formed by emanations. I wish I had a clue what the heck that means. […]

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An Unlikely Lesson

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

I grew up in New Jersey, and one of the lessons I soon learned by the time I was old enough to drive a car was just how screwed-up the automobile insurance business in that state actually was. For the longest time, New Jersey ranked as one of the states that exercised the most control […]

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The Infallibility of Government

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Originally posted in Feb 2005 at The Unrepentant Individual ———————————————————— “The government should fix that!” “The government should pay for that!” “How could the government let that happen?!” All statements and questions that we frequently hear in our society. We have grown into a myth that the government is a benevolent and all-powerful force in […]

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Carnival Of Liberty LIX

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

The 59th edition of the Carnival Of Liberty is up at Peter Porcupine. Head on over there and check it out.

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Thank you, Mr. Governor

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

An open letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger: Mr. Governor, I thank you for making my life harder. By allowing a minimum wage increase, you are ensuring that my money, as well as the money of every other Californian, will buy me less. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about much, since I’m not in the unenviable […]

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Lives Destroyed

Monday, August 21st, 2006

aka: Just Another Day in the War On Drugs Federal Appeals Court: Driving With Money is a Crime A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, “United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency,” the U.S. […]

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Just Following Orders

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Is this man just enforcing the law, or is he actively (and enthusiastically) adding propaganda on top of it? It seems the DEA has a traveling exhibit linking drug funding to terrorism. Legalization proponents say the profits are due to the black market and prohibition, the head of the DEA says he’s “just following orders”. […]

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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Eric recently provided this quote about Prohibition. One could equally relate it to the War on (some) Drugs: “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It […]

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When Negotiation Is Merely Appeasement

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a programme would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of […]

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Carnival Of Liberty LVII

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

The 57th edition of the Carnival Of Liberty is up at Socratic Rhythm Method. Matt did a great job this week, and we had alot of great contributions. Next week’s Carnival Of Liberty will be hosted at Below The Beltway. If you’re interested in hosting yourself, check out the list of available dates here.

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Carnival of Liberty 57 Submission Instructions

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Matt Barr will be hosting next week’s Carnival Of Liberty. Here are his submission instructions.

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Stadium Searches

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

If I wish to pat you down before entering my home, to ensure you’re not carrying a weapon, it’s my property, and I have a right to do so (and you have a choice to consent to a search, or leave). If I own a store, and you have a backpack with you, I have […]

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Carnival Of Liberty LVI

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

The 56th edition of the Carnival Of Liberty is up at Homeland Stupidity. Once again, we had a great group of contributions, go check it out. Next week’s Carnival Of Liberty will be hosted by Matt Barr at Socratic Rhythm Method. After that, we’ve got a bunch of open slots. If you’re interested in hosting, […]

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No Incentive to be Accountable

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Listening to Newt Gingrich speak, I remember one of his stories. He was speaking to a crowd, asking about people who traveled overseas. He asked them how many had taken money out of an ATM in a foreign country. Think about it. You’re 6,000 miles from home. You stick a magnetic card in a machine, […]

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