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Archive for February, 2007

Medical Marijuana Group Sues U.S. Government

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A medical marijuana advocacy group in California has sued the Federal Government over statements by two federal agencies denying the medical benefits of smoking marijuana: SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21 – Frustrated by government policy and inaction, a group of advocates for medical marijuana sued two federal health agencies on Wednesday over the assertion that smoking […]

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Happy Birthday Mr. President

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

David Boaz discusses why George Washington is so important: George Washington was the man who established the American republic. He led the revolutionary army against the British Empire, he served as the first president, and most importantly he stepped down from power. In an era of brilliant men, Washington was not the deepest thinker. He […]

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Let Them Eat Cake

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Robert Mugage, Zimbabwe’s dictator for the past twenty-seven years, will turn 83 this week complete with a big birthday party, while his countymen starve for lack of bread: JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 21 — President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe turned 83 on Wednesday to the strains of the song “God Bless President Mugabe” on state-controlled radio, […]

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Egypt Imprisons Blogger For Insulting Islam

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Yesterday, I wrote about the case of Abdel Kareem Nabil, a college student being held in an Egyptian prison after posting anti-government remarks on his personal blog. Today, an Egyptian judge sentenced him to four years in prison: ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — An Egyptian blogger was convicted of insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak and sentenced […]

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The New Assualt Weapons Ban

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-New York) has proposed a new assualt weapons ban. Say Uncle has a summary of what the ban proposes. Instead of banning rifles with 2 evil features, it’s one evil feature. Said evil features are: `(i) a folding or telescoping stock; `(ii) a threaded barrel; `(iii) a pistol grip; `(iv) a forward […]

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Iraqi Democracy In Action

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

If you’re a government official and you allege wrongdoing, you’re usually protected as a whistleblower in most civilized nations. In addition, one of the arguements against the Saddam regime was the systematic use of rape as a weapon of terror. Well, rape is again being used a weapon of terror by the Shi’ite dominated Iraqi […]

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2008 Election Poll

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Quinnipiac University conducted a poll that was released today showing the performance of the candidates in the 2008 presidential elections if they were held today. The results are possibly surprising in some areas. The most important thing to remember about these numbers is that these are mostly based on the first impressions and name recognition. […]

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“Police needing heavier weapons”

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

This is great news. WASHINGTON — Law enforcement agencies across the country have been upgrading their firepower to deal with what they say is the increasing presence of high-powered weapons on the streets. Scott Knight, chairman of the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, says an informal survey of about 20 […]

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Arrested For The “Crime” Of Blogging

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Today’s Washington Post tells the story of a man sitting in a jail in Egypt for doing nothing more than dare to criticize a government institution on his blog: A former college student, Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, is sitting in an Egyptian prison, awaiting sentencing tomorrow. His alleged “crime”: expressing his opinions on a blog. His […]

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XM And Sirius vs. The FCC: The Battle Is Joined

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

With yesterday’s announcement of the proposed merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, and the announcement last month by the Chairman of the FCC that he would oppose such a merger, the battle that will determine whether this merger will go forward has begun, and it will revolve around the question of whether […]

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The Death Of Habeas Corpus

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a law passed by Congress last year which effectively eliminates the right of foreign nationals, or even United States citizens, to have their day in Court if they are held by the American military outside of the United States: A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that hundreds […]

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Memo: The Earth Doesn’t Move

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds Kansas’ government school science curriculum is no longer the laughing stock of the nation and the world; the dubious honor may next be bestowed on Georgia. Georgia state representative Ben Bridges has circulated a memo to other state lawmakers around the country encouraging his colleagues to […]

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The State of Liberty

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

I got bored today and wrote this, it’s kind of elaborating on things I’ve written here and on my site. The United States of America…We are the bastion of liberty and the world’s object of admiration, as Reagan said, we are that “shining city on a hill,” right? Many of us would like to believe […]

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Just Say No To the E.U.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Appparently, the European Union wants the rest of the world to adopt their rules: Brussels wants the rest of the world to adopt the European Union’s regulations, the European Commission will say this week. A Commission policy paper that examines the future of the Union’s single market says European single market rules have inspired global […]

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Ron Paul: The Real Republican

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Radley Balko’s has an interesting column at Fox News about Ron Paul this week and he clearly understands the impact that the Paul campaign could have if things go right: Paul’s presence in the race is important because he’ll put issues on the table that would otherwise be completely ignored. His presence in the primary […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Punitive Damage Award Against Philip Morris

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

This morning, the Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict of nearly $ 80 million against Philip Morris: The Supreme Court today threw out a nearly $80 million jury award against the Philip Morris tobacco company, a victory for it and other big businesses seeking limits on what juries may award to punish companies. The court […]

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McCain Slams Rumsfeld

Monday, February 19th, 2007

John McCain, long one of the Bush Administration’s most ardent supporters when it came to the Iraq War, made a speech today blaming most of the current situation there on former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: BLUFFTON, South Carolina (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for […]

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Quotes Of The Day: George Washington Edition

Monday, February 19th, 2007

As we mark the 275th anniversary of the birth of our nation’s first President, there isn’t a better time to note some of his more important observations: Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. It will be found an unjust […]

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Oh…the hypocrisy

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Who said the following?: I wholeheartedly support withholding funds… Although it is a drastic step and ties the President’s hands, I do not feel like we have any other choice. The President has tied our hands, gone against the wishes of the American people, and this is the last best way I know how to […]

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Eroding Posse Comitatus

Monday, February 19th, 2007

The New York Times writes today about a little-known law passed late last year that significantly eroded the line between law enforcement and the military: A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night. So it was with a […]

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