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Archive for March, 2007

Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment ?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

There was a time when it looked like the Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in the midst of the 1970s movement toward gender equality, would actually passed. It had garnered the support of 35 of the 38 states needed for ratification. And then it just died. A few states passed resolutions purporting to rescind their [...]

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Bob Barr: Medical Marijuana Lobbyist

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Back when he was a Congressman, Bob Barr was at the forefront of a move in Congress to block a referendum in the District of Columbia that would have allowed the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The referendum went forward, but thanks to the Barr Amendment the public wasn’t even allowed to know what [...]

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What Is 17 Years In Prison Worth ?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Virginia is proposing to pay $ 1.9 million to Earl Washington, Jr., who spent 17 years in prison, including time on death row, for a rape and murder that he did not commit: Virginia officials have agreed to pay $1.9 million to a man who spent 17 years in prison — including more than nine [...]

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Are CEO’s Accountable To Shareholders?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Over in the comments to this post at Cafe Hayek, a debate is brewing over whether compensation for bad CEO’s is the fault of the shareholders or not. In this debate, you constantly see people of the libertarian mindset blaming the shareholders for not exercising enough control over the CEO compensation process. This, I think, [...]

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The U.S.S. Robert A. Heinlein?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Check it out. Chances are slim, but how sweet would it be? h/t: The CDR.

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Jim Webb And The Second Amendment

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Yesterday I wrote at Below The Beltway about the arrest of an aide to Virginia Senator Jim Webb who was arrested trying to bring a loaded gun, apparently the Senator’s gun, into the Russell Senate Office Building. Today, Senator Webb spoke about the incident and made some comments about the Second Amendment you just don’t [...]

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Ordinary Americans Caught Up In The War On Terror

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

There’s an interesting articlle in The Washington Post today about a little-known Federal law, beefed up by an Executive Order issued in the wake of 9/11 that is having an impact on the ability of ordinary Americans to buy products or obtain services: Private businesses such as rental and mortgage companies and car dealers are [...]

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The FBI Lied To Obtain Secret Search Warrants

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

The Washington Post is reporting today that the FBI lied to a secret tribunal of Federal Judges authorized to issue search warrants in national security cases: FBI agents repeatedly provided inaccurate information to win secret court approval of surveillance warrants in terrorism and espionage cases, prompting officials to tighten controls on the way the bureau [...]

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Quotes To Ponder

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them — and then, the opportunity to choose. – C. Wright Mills When liberty is taken away by [...]

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Five Years Of Failure

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

In today’s New York Sun, Ryan Sager notes that it was five years ago today that the McCain-Feingold bill was signed into law: Five years ago today, President Bush signed into law the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. Today, American politics is so clean you could eat off it — except for the mud-slinging, [...]

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The Web As Collective Property

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Last night, in a comment to Jason’s post on Venezuela & “collective property”, I suggested that the Pilgrims showed that collective property doesn’t work. As I was listening this morning to an EconTalk podcast, the discussion turned to the web, and how the web has grown into an enormous community, largely due to the people [...]

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It’s Constitutional For The Government To Harass You

Monday, March 26th, 2007

So you buy a property. The property is free and clear. Then some bureaucrat comes along and tells you that the government has an easement on your property, but there’s no written record of it. You tell them to go screw. So they start harassing you. Is this right? This is the subject of a [...]

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Virginia Governor Proposes Smoking Ban

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine wants to make it illegal to smoke in restaurants in the Commonwealth of Virginia: RICHMOND, March 26 — Smoking would be banned in Virginia restaurants under a proposal announced Monday by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). Kaine said he will ask lawmakers to enact the smoking ban when they return to [...]

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What Separation Of Church And State Really Means

Monday, March 26th, 2007

At USA Today, Notre Dame Law Professor Richard Garnett uses the current battle for religious freedom in China as an example of why separation of church and state is important, and how it has been misunderstood by people on both sides of the debate: It is precisely by failing to respect the separation of church [...]

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Kelo Comes To Washington

Monday, March 26th, 2007

It seems the District of Columbia is on the verge of taking over a locksmith shop to make way for a massive new hotel: District officials are proceeding with their plan to acquire a locksmith shop at the corner of Ninth and L streets NW to make way for a convention center hotel, according to [...]

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Chuck Hagel Is Talking Impeachment Again

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Earlier this month, I wrote about statements by Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel that seemed to suggest that he thought President could be impeached because of his Iraq policy. Yesterday, he appeared on ABC’s This Week and made the speculation even more explicit: WASHINGTON — Some lawmakers who complain that President Bush is flouting Congress [...]

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Christian Pharmacists And Muslim Cashiers

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Just a question. Is there any moral difference between these two? Muslim cashiers won’t ring up pork products So Dsouza was taken aback when the cashier – who had on the traditional headscarf worn by many Muslim women – refused to swipe the bacon through the checkout scanner. “She made me scan the bacon. Then [...]

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“Collective Property” in Venezuela

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Hugo Chavez is killing his country…his latest socialist move is to create “collective property”: Vowing to undermine capitalism’s continued influence in Venezuela during his television and radio program “Hello President,” Chavez said state-financed cooperatives would operate under a new concept in which workers would share profits. “It’s property that belongs to everyone and it’s going [...]

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Diplomacy, Lobbyists, And The Strait Of Formosa

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

As I’ve pointed out several times, I tend to keep tabs on what is going on between China and Taiwan. The Washington Post is currently doing a long series on lobbyists, and I came across a chapter regarding the lobbying effort to allow Taiwanese President Lee to visit the US in 1994-5. The Republic of [...]

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Big Brother Has A Big Database

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

The Washington Post reports today that, in the five and one-half years since the September 11th attacks, the Federal Government has amassed a huge database of information as part of the War on Terror: Each day, thousands of pieces of intelligence information from around the world — field reports, captured documents, news from foreign allies [...]

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