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Archive for November, 2006

The Drug Slaughter

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Radley Balko’s got a list that’s entirely too long over at his place detailing several lesser known examples of the results of the heroic war against “drugs.” And by “drugs,” I mean of course small time drug users, people who happen to live with drug users, people who live next door to drug users, and […]

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Ask Yourself

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Ask yourself why you aren’t up in arms with a government that shoots 92 year old women in their home? Why do you still support a government that sentences Cory Maye to die for defending his property (his apparent crime is being black and living at the wrong address). How can you endorse a War […]

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The Case for Change

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

There are three groups of people within this nation of ours, generally speaking. You may not like it, but you are bound to fall into one of these broad categories. The first group are those who think that things are generally okay, we just need to tune and adjust to improve where we’re headed. Most […]

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Another Police Shooting

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

This time in New York City. Apparently this dangerous menace to society’s crime was swiping an unmarked police car. Officers shot three men who had just left a bachelor party held at a Queens strip club early Saturday morning, leaving the groom dead on the day of his wedding, said police, witnesses and relatives. The […]

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Shooting shows need for reform

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Instapundit has some information that is worth reading on the shooting involving Kathryn Johnson, including some observations by Radley Balko: According to the Atlanta assistant chief of police: 1) The search warrant was in fact a no-knock warrant. 2) Police claim there was an undercover buy at the residence. The seller was apparently a man […]

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Is Iraq Winnable?

Friday, November 24th, 2006

In a recent Slate article, Christopher Hitchens lays into James Baker, head of the Iraq Study Group. Hitchens: “Baker was quoted as saying, with great self-satisfaction, that nobody ever asks him any more about the decision to leave Saddam Hussein in power in 1991.” In 1991, for those who keep insisting on the importance of […]

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Simon Says: How Many More?

Friday, November 24th, 2006

(with apologies to Heather Alexander) Without warrants, truncheons swing Wanton shootings’ piercing ring No one knocks, they barge ahead — Another innocent lies dead. Midnight nightmare, bloody hand All of us must take a stand Sound the call, take up the cry How many innocents now must die? “Follow orders as you’re told” — That […]

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An Unhappy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

As most of the country chows down on turkey, ham, lamb and sits down to watch football or various Thanksgiving parades, I feel sad and I’m not in the celebratory mood. I find myself on this day that celebrates capitalism and individual liberty reflecting about how far our country has gone from the ideals our […]

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The Bosses Are Dead! Long Live The Bosses…

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

There was a change of power last week in Washington, but the bosses remain the same: the guys with money: Democrats’ Victory Is Felt On K Street The Democrats’ takeover of Congress this month has turned official Washington upside down. Labor and environmental representatives, once also-rans in congressional influence, are meeting frequently with Capitol Hill’s […]

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Happy Thanksgiving, Love Congress

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Our masters in the District of Corruption have decided to give us a Thanksgiving day present. One of the political heirs of Barry Goldwater, Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ), exposes this gift.: Mesa, Arizona, Nov 22 – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today highlighted pork projects contained in the Agriculture appropriations bill […]

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An Open Letter to a Most Illiberal Liberal

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

To a liberal of my acquaintance: It’s not your core values I disagree with; it’s pretty much every concept you have about how those core values should be applied and executed. You seem to make all your judgements about the truth of something, not by the actual facts, but the motives you assign to the […]

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Simon Says: Nancy Has…

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Nancy has a crony Whose corrupt soul is vile. Nancy speaks of “ethics” While giggling all the while. Why so hard on Nancy? An easy tale to tell — Hastings for Intelligence? That match was made in Hell. >;-D

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Hello all…

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

First let me say thanks to Brad for allowing me to post here. This is a blog that has been a regular read for me for a several months now and I’m honored to be given the privilege to post here. As Brad has said, I have my own site,, which is a blog […]

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Comrades, I Hereby Declare the Revolution

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

A revolution? Comrades? But this is a classic liberal blog, isn’t it? In a word, yes. And it will remain so. I use the word “comrade” in it’s older sense, not the socialist meaning of egalitarianism and absolute equality of class, but in the fraternal sense. We are comrades, brothers and sisters seeking liberty. But, […]

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

All, I’d like to welcome two new contributors to The Liberty Papers. The first is Jason Pye, who currently hosts his own blog, and will now be contributing here. The other is Adam Selene, who does not currently have a personal blog, but has been around the blogosphere for a while and will be an […]

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Another Victim of the Drug War

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Sad day here in Atlanta… Woman, 92, killed in police shootout A 92-year-old Atlanta woman is dead after she opened fire and shot three undercover narcotics officers serving a search warrant on her home. At a news conference Tuesday night, Atlanta assistant police Chief Alan Dreher said the unidentified woman was alone in the house […]

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The Legacy Of Milton Friedman III

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

In article at Reason, Brian Doherty makes the point that, as the article’s title puts it: It’s Milton Friedman’s World, We’re Just Living In It. When celebrated public intellectuals of Nobel-prize-winning heft die, the newspapers are packed with encomiums on their brilliance and importance. It isn’t always obvious, though, where the rubber of their lofty […]

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Happy Anniversary

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the first posting here at The Liberty Papers. Twelve months and exactly 400 posts later, and thanks to some great contributors, I think its fair to say we’ve done alot. Hey, 52,000+ visitors can’t be wrong. Great work everyone !

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The Legacy Of Milton Friedman II

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

In dueling columns in the Washington Post, Michael Kinsley and Robert J. Samuelson take differing views on the legacy of Milton Friedman and what his ideas mean for us today. First up, Kinsley claims that, Friedman’s legacy notwithstanding, there are some things capitalism just can’t do: Capitalism is brilliant at setting the price of potatoes. […]

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The Legacy Of Milton Friedman

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

A trio of articles at TCS Daily takes a look at the legacy of Milton Friedman, who passed away last week at the age of 94. First, Martin Fridson writes about Friedman’s style of gentle persuasion: Many people become unhinged at the mention of Milton Friedman’s name because they consider it synonymous with “conservatism.” If […]

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