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Archive for February, 2007

Funding Government Through Externality Payments

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

In most of the libertosphere, you’ll likely hear the statement “Taxation is theft.” The general implication of this, of course, is that for us to right this wrong, we must have no government, or government financed entirely by voluntary contributions. But what if there was a third way? What if we could fund government entirely […]

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Be Prepared

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

“Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” -Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts (emphasis mine) First, extremely brief story time. This Thursday I walked […]

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GOP Georgia legislators v. Genarlow Wilson

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

The Genarlow Wilson case has been the talk of the blogosphere here in Georgia this week. Wilson is currently serving a ten prison sentence for participating in an oral sex act with a 15 year old, which is a felony. Wilson was 17 at the time of the act. Had Wilson had intercourse, it would […]

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Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Bunch Of Guys

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

It seems that the Religious Right is finding it hard to be relevant in the race for the 2008 Republican nomination: WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — A group of influential Christian conservatives and their allies emerged from a private meeting at a Florida resort this month dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field and uncertain where to […]

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New York Congressman Proposes Assault On Free Speech

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Maurice Hinchey, representing the 22nd District of New York, is proposing something called the Media Ownership Reform Act. What it really should be called is the Death Of Free Speech Act. Here are a few of the highlights: Our airwaves are a precious and limited commodity that belong to the general public. As such, they […]

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Washington County, MD Says No To Bulls’ Nuts

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Back in the old days, my buddy and I had a saying. “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye; then it’s just fun.” Well, the times have changed. Now I think it should be “It’s all fun and games until a legislator decides to ‘save us’.” It’s one thing when they’re trying […]

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Democrat Congress — BFF With Venezuela

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Alright, first things first. I know Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is a moonbat of the highest level. But this is still a bit odd: U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters that she was making the first U.S. congressional visit to Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez’s December re-election with the message: “I […]

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How To Not Explain Things To Libertarians

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Chris Clarke, at Pandagon, has written a long article about How To Explain Things To Libertarians. As you might expect, as he leads into all of this, he gets some things wrong. The things he gets wrong are the traditional propaganda of the left related to why we need social democracy. For example: If those […]

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How To Increase Tax Revenue While Reducing Eminent Domain

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

The question of what constitutes “just compensation” troubles everyone when it comes time for a city to condemn a property for eminent domain purposes. Invariably the property owner thinks it’s worth market value or above, and the city thinks it’s worth as close to nothing as they can get away with paying. As a result, […]

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Penn & Teller On The War On Drugs

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Courtesy of YouTube, we have access to this great Penn & Teller Showtime documentary that tears apart the logic of the War On (Some) Drugs. Each part is long (9 minutes each at least) and contains NSFW profanity, so be warned. Here’s Part One: Parts Two and Three are below the fold:

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Virginia General Assembly Passes Abraham’s Law

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Yesterday, the Virginia General Assembly gave final approval to a law designed to prevent another teenager being forced to undergo a medical procedure when they don’t want to: Virginia lawmakers passed a bill called “Abraham’s Law” yesterday after agreeing that 14 is the appropriate age for a teenager with a life-threatening condition to have a […]

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Former LP Presidential Candidate Endorses Ron Paul For President

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian Party’s 2004 Presidential candidate, has endorsed Republican Congressman Ron Paul in his run for the 2008 Republican nomination: Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Libertarian Party candidate for President of the United States, has endorsed Republican Congressman Ron Paul (Texas) for President. “My short term goal for the next two years is to […]

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Muzzling Professors

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

In Arizona, a state Senate committee approved a bill that would make the First Amendment null and void at that state’s universities. In the name of promoting tolerance and diversity of thought on campus, committee has decided to ban professors from doing the following: *Endorsing, supporting or opposing any candidate for local, state or national […]

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Someone needs a lesson in separation of powers… AGAIN

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Well now, take a quick look at this bill, and see if you can tell me what’s wrong with it: HR 563 IH 110th CONGRESS 1st Session + H. R. 563 To vacate further proceedings in the prosecution of certain named persons. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 18, 2007 Mr. HUNTER (for himself, Mr. […]

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The “New Rules” Economy, Part 2

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Well, I’m about halfway through their policy paper. The progressives decided, before laying out their own policies, to critique those of the “neopopulists” (anti-immigration, pro-organized labor Democrats, it seems) and “conservatives” (mainstream Republicans). They lay out a nice, 10-page response to the neopopulists, complete with data, graphs, and logic. Then they went after the conservatives*, […]

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Democrats Set To Confront Bush Over Iraq War

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Undetered by the failure of last week’s joint resolution to clear the Senate, the Democrats have come up with a new plan to engage the Bush Administration on the Iraq War, you might call it the “take-back” strategy: Senate Democratic leaders intend to unveil a plan next week to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the […]

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Ron Paul on YouTube

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Ron Paul has given his website a new look and has shot a video explaining why he is running… I’ll support Ron Paul as long as he is in the race.

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The “New Rules” Economy

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

There’s a new group out there called ThirdWay, a progressive organization looking to find new ways to sell their policies to the nation. They’ve written a policy paper about “The New Rules Economy”. I haven’t yet read the whole thing. It’s about 40 pages, so it won’t take long, and I’ll get to that tonight. […]

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Meet Michael Charles Smith

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

If the 2008 presidential campaign wasn’t about electing the first woman, African American, Hispanic, or Mormon president but rather about ideas, candidates like Ron Paul might have a fighting chance to be the next president. For the purposes of this post, I’ll pretend that this race is about ideas. Ron Paul seems to be a […]

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Why Ron Paul Probably Won’t Win

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Before I get into the meat of this post, let me just make it clear. I like Ron Paul alot, and agree with him on almost every issue — the major expception being immigration where he is, I would submit decidedly non-libertarian. That being said, I don’t think he has a snowball’s chance in Texas […]

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