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Archive for November, 2006

William F. Buckley Jr. On The Minimum Wage

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Although William F. Buckley Jr. can hardly be described as a libertarian or classical liberal, he does remind one of the day when conservatives and libertarians were far more united on issues than they are today. Perhaps that’s why he sometimes seems out of place in a world where conservatives identify more with the Rick […]

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Cato Institute Drug War Interactive Map

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

If you haven’t seen this, head over and take a look. They’ve compiled a google map where each “pin” is a botched paramilitary-style raid. Some are simply raids on innocents’ houses. Others are raids where either an innocent person, a non-violent offender, or a police officer was killed. Either way, it’s staggering how this “Epidemic […]

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Illinois Video Game Law

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a lower court ruling declaring Illinois ban on the sale of certain video games to minors unconstitutional: ILLINOIS — The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed the ruling of a judge who struck down a law that would have banned the sale of violent and sexually explicit […]

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Your Home: The Next Front In The Anti-Smoking Wars

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

After being successful in efforts to ban smoking in virtually all public places, anti-smoking forces are training their sights on the final battlefield, your home: Anti-tobacco forces are opening a new front in the war against smoking by banning it in private places such as homes and cars when children are present. Starting Jan. 1, […]

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Your Rights End Where My Contract Begins

Monday, November 27th, 2006

There’s been some buzz created today about the story of a Colorado subdivision that has fined a homeowner for hanging a Christmas wreath shaped like a peace sign: DENVER — A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign […]

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Informant cries foul

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Fox 5 is reporting that the informant involved in the Kathryn Johnston never went to her home and he claims that the police are lying. You can watch the video here. Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington is taking action: Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington has put the entire narcotics unit on administrative leave while several […]

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Stuck in Iraq Longer Than WWII?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

A friend sent me this via e-mail: U.S. Involved in Iraq Longer Than WWII U.S. involved in Iraq war 3 years, 8-plus months – longer than it was in World War II Only the Vietnam War (eight years, five months), the Revolutionary War (six years, nine months), and the Civil War (four years), have engaged […]

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A Tribute to Milton Friedman

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Over at Catallarchy, they have a tribute to Milton Friedman: Much of this is due to the work of Milton Friedman, a great economist and a great champion of Liberty at a time when she so desperately needed one. As you know by now, Dr. Friedman died recently. Though it is less than he deserved, […]

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The Far Reach Of Zoning Laws

Monday, November 27th, 2006

I’ve written before (here, here, and here) about the impact that zoning and land use laws can have on individual rights. In various parts of the country, they are used to keep undesirable businesses out of certain areas, or to restrict the types of business that can be conducted in a certain areas. And, in […]

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Rand on Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

I know this is a little late, but I just came across this quote from Ayn Rand: “Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday…The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.” Only Rand can put capitalism in this kind of perspective.

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Let’s Make Them Prove It

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

You’ve heard of The Free State Project ? Well, someone else is starting up The Free Lunch Project. Are you frustrated at the loss of a free-ride and sense of entitlement in America, while the growth of government involvement and distribution of wealth stalls? Do you want to live in communities where your right to […]

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How One Man’s Bad Ideas Can Affect A Nation

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Today’s Washington Post has a profile on the man credited with being the father of the modern anti-immigration movement, and a sad story of how one man can help create a movement that destroys freedom: PETOSKEY, Mich. — Let’s just get this out of the way. John Tanton, mastermind of the modern-day movement to curb […]

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You Can’t Possibly Be Smart Enough ……

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

In the “consumers are really dumb, which is why you need us bureaucrats to make decisions for you” category, we have this story. A company that manufactures a sausage known as Welsh Dragon sausage has to change the name of the sausage. Why? …..trading standards’ officers warned manufacturers that they could face prosecution because it […]

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How NOT To Use a Taser

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

A very painful demonstration of a Taser …….. right to the guy’s testicles. How To Use a Taser – video powered by Metacafe

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The Problem With No-Knock Raids

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

There have been several posts here this week about what can go wrong when police execute a so-called no-knock search warrant, or more generally when they shoot first and ask questions later. In Atlanta, in resulted in the death of a 92 year-old woman. And, in New York, the shoot-first-ask-questions-later philosophy resulted in the death […]

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More Police Shooting Justice

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

In almost any other profession, if you make a mistake that results in someone’s death, you’ll lose your job. Apparently, that rule doesn’t apply if you’re a cop in Fairfax County, Virginia: Fairfax County police officials want to suspend for three weeks without pay the officer who accidentally shot and killed Salvatore J. Culosi, an […]

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The Empircal Case Against The Draft

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

I wrote last week about Congressman Charles Rangel’s call for a resumption of the military draft. My primary opposition to the draft remains the fact that I don’t believe that the state has the right to force a person to engage in labor of any kind, especially labor that would likely involve serious death and […]

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The More Things Change….

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

If you thought that kicking out those unaccountable pork-barrel spending Republicans would teach anyone in Washington a lesson, you’d better think again:’ WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 — Senators Ted Stevens of Alaska and Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii are the best of friends in the Senate, so close they call each other brother. Both are decorated […]

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Red Wine Is Good For You, But The Government Keeps It A Secret

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

The health benefits of red wine have been the subject of media reports for at least the past 15 years, but wine producers seldom talk about it, because they’re afraid to: NAPA, Calif., Nov. 19 — The wine industry certainly has welcomed the recent disclosures that a compound in red wine improves the health and […]

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Quote of the Day

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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