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Archive for January, 2007

What does this have to do with fighting terrorism?

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is using a provision of the PATRIOT Act to fire US Attorneys and appoint replacements. The new appointees are more politically friendly to the Bush Administration. “It appears that the administration has chosen to use this provision, which was intended to help protect our nation, to circumvent the transparent constitutional Senate […]

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Ethanol And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

The Wall Street Journal has an article today about the consequences that have resulted from the Federal Government’s decision to heavily subsidize the production of corn-based ethanol [T]he great virtue of ethanol is that it represents a “sustainable,” environmentally friendly source of energy–a source that is literally homegrown rather than imported from such unstable places […]

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The Militarization Of The Presidency

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Garry Wills writes in today’s New York Times about the disturbing way in which the President’s role has Commander in Chief of the military has expanded as the Imperial Presidency has grown in power: WE hear constantly now about “our commander in chief.” The word has become a synonym for “president.” It is said that […]

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Simon Says: I’m At A Loss…

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

The current crop of politicos are as vapid as they claim GWB to be.  I can’t write doggerel to match their idiocies — Shakespeare would gape, and Twain would reach for the whisky. So, if the Muse fails me? I’ll fall back on quotations.  Thus on the Democrats, and the Republicans, blundering towards the bottom of… […]

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Another big government Republican files for ’08

Friday, January 26th, 2007

It’s official, Mike Huckabee is running, well he at least is taking the step of form an exploratory committee. Here is what Erick over at Red State had to say about Huckabee: ATTENTION REPUBLICANS. You too can support a guy who has no problem raising taxes, hiking the minimum wage, spends his time doing rice […]

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Monday Is Milton Friedman Day

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Monday January 29th has been declared Milton Friedman Day to honor the legacy and contributions of one of America’s best known and greatest free-market economists. There are a number of events planned, including a Happy Hour at a Washington D.C. bar (where, of course, there will be no such thing as a free cocktail) and […]

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The Wrong Energy Policy

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Commenting today on President Bush’s proposed energy program, Charles Krauthammer, who I usually like, just gets it completely wrong: First, tax gas. The president ostentatiously rolled out his 20-in-10 plan: reducing gasoline consumption by 20 percent in 10 years. This with Rube Goldberg regulation — fuel-efficiency standards, artificially mandated levels of “renewable and alternative fuels […]

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What Authority Does Congress Have In Iraq ?

Friday, January 26th, 2007

As Congress debates a resolution opposing the President’s plan to “surge” additional troops in Iraq, a group of legal scholars, including libertarian Law Professor Richard Epstein, have addressed the issue in a letter to Congress. The letter is in PDF format so I can’t quote it here, but it’s well worth reading. H/T: Lew Rockwell

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A Victory For Property Rights In Maryland

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Last year, a Judge in Montgomery County, Maryland ruled that Marianne and Marc Duffy, who had bought and renovated a home in Chevy Chase, would have to tear the house down because it violated county zoning laws, even though the house as constructed had been approved by the county. This week, another judge in Maryland […]

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Rich Atlanta Towns vs. Robin Hood

Friday, January 26th, 2007

In Atlanta, there’s been a fight brewing for some time. Fulton County consists of some of the poorest parts of the city, and some of the richest. For decades, the political calculus in Fulton County ensured that those poor sections had the voting power, and thus the richer sections found themselves getting eaten alive by […]

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The War On Smoking Reaches Virginia

Friday, January 26th, 2007

If one Virginia Senator has his way, the Old Dominion could be the latest state to ban smoking in restaurants and most other public places: RICHMOND, Va. — Smokers in the nation’s fourth-leading tobacco-growing state would be banned from lighting up in restaurants and most other indoor public places if a bill endorsed Thursday by […]

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Taxpayers Pay $ 15,000 For Jell-O

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

As hard as it might be to believe, taxpayers in Arizona actually saw $ 15,000 of their money used to pay an “artist” to create a Jell-O replicy of the City of Scottsdale: cottsdale’s latest public art project is a bit shaky but will definitely provide food for thought. It is a sculpture of parts […]

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Maine Strikes Blow For Free Speech!

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Maine has taken a strong stand against the Real ID Act. Bastions of freedom that they were, the said the act was an unconscionable infringement on civil liberties too expensive for the state to fund. Maine revolts against digital U.S. ID card Maine lawmakers on Thursday became the first in the nation to demand repeal […]

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Move Complete

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

If you’re reading this, the move is complete and we’re now on our new host. If you see anything that appears odd over the next few days, don’t hesitate to send me an email…

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Moving Hosts

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Some of you have noticed that we had downtime this week. Some of you probably noticed that the server got hacked last night. And our hosting company has told us that WordPress is too processor-intensive for them. So we’re moving to a new host today. Parden our dust if things temporarily break in the process. […]

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Louisiana Whiners

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

President Bush did not mention Katrina or the Katrina recovery during his State of the Union speech. Louisiana’s ruling class and the New Orleans based left-wing blogosphere are not pleased. The incompetant so-called Governor of Louisiana, Kathleen “Maw Maw” Blank-o, who had this: “I guess the pains of the hurricane are yesterday’s news in Washington,” […]

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Highest Murder Rate & Strictest Gun Laws

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Yep, that’s what the mayor of DC says they’ve got. So he and a bunch of other mayors are headed to the feds for help. Fenty (D), speaking at a news conference held by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, said local laws are not sufficient to fight the use of illegal weapons. “We have […]

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Texas Raises Taxes, Creates A Black Market

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

At the beginning of the year, Texas increased taxes on cigarettes by $ 1.00 per pack. Now it appears that the tax increase has helped fuel a black market in cigarettes ? Now that Texans have to shell out $1 more to the tax man for a pack of smokes, many may look elsewhere for […]

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Words of truth from Andy…

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

A lesson in privacy rights from Andy Griffith…“Cause whether a man is guilty or innocent, we have to find that out by due process of law.” Hat tip to the LP Blog.

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The Scales of Justice Need Rebalancing

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

In civics class, we are taught a few lessons about the American criminal justice system: the accused is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, has the right to a court-appointed attorney if the accused wishes not to pay for his or her own, has a right to a trial by a jury […]

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