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Archive for December, 2006

Milton Friedman At His Best

Friday, December 15th, 2006

From the 1960s, Friedman in a lengthy discussion about limited government: H/T: The Radical Libertarian

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Apparently, It’s Not Really Our Money After All

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Just in case you thought that those coins in your pocket were yours to use as you see fit, the U.S. Mint has other ideas: WASHINGTON — People who melt pennies or nickels to profit from the jump in metals prices could face jail time and pay thousands of dollars in fines, according to new [...]

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Postive Developments In New Jersey

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Faced with a mandate from the State Supreme Court, the New Jersey legislature yesterday passed a bill authorizing civil unions that give gay and lesbian couples the same rights as married couples: NEW YORK, Dec. 14 — With a mandate from New Jersey’s highest court to offer gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals, the [...]

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Why The Republicans Lost Part IV

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Over at Reason, David Weigel argues that the explanation for the Republican losses in November is really quite simple. After 2004, the GOP decided to concentrate on its social and religious conservative wing and ignore libertarian oriented voters completely. It started, Weigel argues with the Terry Schiavo case when the GOP pandered to the evangelical [...]

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First they came for the gamers…

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

German legislators have found it necessary to defend the lives of Halo’s Covenant Elites, Killzone’s Helghast soldiers, and countless generic terrorists and Nazi soldiers. “Killing” these “persons” could be punishable by a fine or up to 12 months in jail. If such a law were ever to pass here, it is one that I would [...]

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Socialism For Children

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Well, this just makes me want to go you and create a kid’s edition of Atlas Shrugged. H/T: Club For Growth

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The Return Of Socialized Medicine

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

The death of Hillarycare may have set things back, but that doesn’t mean that some Democrats aren’t still thinking about turning the health-care industry into an arm of the state: WASHINGTON — Several business and labor leaders on Wednesday hailed a proposal to provide health care coverage to all Americans through a pool of private [...]

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Another Sign Of The Decline

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Amendment XXVII to the United States Constitution: Congressional pay increases. Ratified 5/7/1992. No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened. The United States existed for over 200 years before such an amendment was necessary. How much of a lack [...]

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The War Against Trans-Fat: Cleveland Edition

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Fresh from their victory in New York City, the food police are now looking at Cleveland, Ohio as their next target in the war against food they hate: We now have Smoking Police. Are we ready for Crisco Cops? Following the lead of New York City, which last week became the first major U.S. city [...]

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GOP Presidential Candidate For Judicial Activism

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Kansas Senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback isn’t happy with a judicial nominee. The reason, because she attended a committment ceremony for a lesbian couple. Democratic U-S Senator Carl Levin says it’s “very inappropriate” for a Kansas senator to ask a federal judicial nominee to promise not to rule on gay marriage cases. [...]

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A Victory For Gun Rights In Ohio

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

The Ohio Legislature secured a significant gain for Second Amendment rights in that state when it overrode Governor Bob Taft’s veto of a bill that will override most local restrictions on gun ownership: COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawmakers voted Tuesday to override outgoing Gov. Bob Taft’s veto of a bill that will wipe out local gun [...]

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Support For Domestic Spying Slipping

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Five years after 9/11, fewer Americans think it’s such a great idea for the government to spy on it’s citizens: Two-thirds of Americans believe that the FBI and other federal agencies are intruding on privacy rights as part of terrorism investigations, but they remain divided over whether such tactics are justified, according to a Washington [...]

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FDA Death Toll Will Drop Slightly

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

FDA Reveals Plan for Wider Access to Experimental Drugs The Food and Drug Administration yesterday unveiled a proposal designed to give thousands of seriously ill patients easier access to experimental treatments. The proposal would clarify how patients can become eligible to get drugs that are showing promise but have not been fully tested to determine [...]

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America Goes Commie — What Do You Do?

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Over at Catallarchy, Jonathan Wilde asks a very interesting question: At some point in the future, the majority of US voters come to believe passionately in communism. As the presidential election approaches, all polling data points to a probable win by the communist party candidate. And I don’t mean ‘communist’ like Barack Obama or George [...]

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John McCain Wants To Regulate Blogs

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Arizona Senator, and 2008 Presidential candidate, John McCain has proposed extending federal obscenity laws to require extensive reporting and regulation by social networking sites and blogs: Millions of commercial Web sites and personal blogs would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000, if [...]

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The Libertarian Party At 35

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

The Libertarian Party turned 35 yesterday, and created a cool little video to mark the occasion

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CIA Bested By — Google?

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Seeking Iran Intelligence, U.S. Tries Google When the State Department recently asked the CIA for names of Iranians who could be sanctioned for their involvement in a clandestine nuclear weapons program, the agency refused, citing a large workload and a desire to protect its sources and tradecraft. Frustrated, the State Department assigned a junior Foreign [...]

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The Government is NOT Your Friend – Part sixtyquajillion

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Due to the fact that I am an idiot, and don’t know when to quit working and playing, and rest so I can get better; the cold that our oldest took home from school with her two weeks ago (and everyone else is already recovered from), has in my case metastisized into a lovely sinus [...]

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How Not To Fix The Post Office

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Among the many bills passed by the 109th Congress in its waning hours was the latest version of their continuing efforts to “reform” the United States Postal Service: The legislation would replace the lengthy and litigious process used to raise the price of stamps and some other postal rates with a price cap, limiting rate [...]

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“We Need” Doesn’t Obligate The Government

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Over on my War On Christmas Blog post I wrote at the Unrepentant Individual (where I advocate a satirical War On Christmas Blog), I’ve gotten some interesting comments and trackbacks. One trackback came from a Help Save Christmas, a blog that I’m still unsure whether it’s satirical or not. Another was from a definitely-satirical War [...]

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