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Archive for March, 2007

Get A Parking Ticket, Lose Your House

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

The City of Brooksville, Florida is apparently seriously considering a law that would allow the city to seize someone’s house if they owe as little as $ 5.00 in parking tickets: According to the proposed ordinance, a vehicle owner must pay a parking fine within 72 hours if a meter maid claims his automobile was […]

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Judge To Feds: You Can’t Treat Us All Like Children

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Today, a Federal Judge in Philadelphia struck down a 1998 law that made it illegal for online content providers to allow children access to “harmful” material: PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge on Thursday dealt another blow to government efforts to control Internet pornography, striking down a 1998 U.S. law that makes it a crime for […]

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A Pox On Both Their Houses

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Writing in today’s New York Times (firewalled behind their TimesSelect thingy), David Brooks says there’s been bad behavior from both parties over the U.S. Attorney firings: When you look at the prosecutors who were fired by the Bush administration, you see some who were fired for proper political reasons and some who were fired for […]

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Point/Counterpoint

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

As Doug mentioned Monday night, we here at The Liberty Papers have been brainstorming some interesting new features here. One, that we will roll out shortly (likely before the end of the week) is called Point/Counterpoint. While our contributors generally agree on most issues, there are always issues where we don’t. We all share a […]

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A Retraction On The United States Attorneys Story

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Last week, I wrote this post attempting to argue why the story surrounding the firing of eight United States Attorneys was something that needed to be looked into. Well, I completely blew that one. I’ve followed this story as best I can, including today’s story that subpoenas will be issued to top White House aides, […]

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Does Pajamas Media Have It In For Ron Paul ?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Vox Day accuses Pajamas Media of taking Ron Paul’s name out of their online Presidential Straw Poll because he was consistently beating all the other candidates and that wasn’t too the liking of PM’s conservative owners: [T]he truth is that there are alternatives, genuine alternatives to the three-part multiple choice quiz, but the mainstream media […]

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Congress Subpoenas Rove And Sets Up A Constitutional Showdown

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

The House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas today for five top aides to President Bush in connection with the developing investigation into the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys: A House panel today authorized the issuance of subpoenas for top White House and Justice Department aides as it investigates the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year. […]

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Rudolph Giuliani In His Own Words

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

The date is March 20, 1994. The forum is a conference on crime in major cities sponsored by the New York Post. The speaker is Rudy Giuliani: [Emphasis is mine] We constantly present the false impression that government can solve problems that government in America was designed not to solve. Families are significantly less important […]

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Seeking Justice For Police Negligence

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Back in January, I wrote about the case of Salvatore Culosi, a Fairfax, Virginia man who was shot to death by police sent to arrest him in connection with an alleged illegal gambling operation. Today, Culosi’s parents filed a lawsuit against Fairfax County and several police officers in connection with Culosi’s death: The parents of […]

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Commendation for a friend

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

My State Representative, Steve Davis, was the only legislator to vote against Georgia’s bloated budget: We had the 2007 Amended budget that I was the stand alone vote against. I voted against the budget for the first time for numerous reasons but I will start with the fact that the amended budget increased by $700 […]

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Most Appropriate Location For A Government Agency Ever

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

The Department of Homeland Security is set to move into a former lunatic asylum: WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is setting up its new HQ in a former lunatic asylum. The DHS says it will consolidate most of the 60 offices it has across the Washington, D.C. region into […]

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Kathleen Blanco Will Not Run For Reelection

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

According to PoliticsLA.com, Louisiana’s so-called governor, Kathleen Blanco, will not seek reelection. Even she saw the handwriting on the wall and saw she had no chance in hell at winning. The people of New Orleans may be stupid enough to reelect Ray Nagin and Bill Jefferson, but the people of Louisiana as a whole are […]

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To Catch A Predator: Creating A Problem Where One Doesn’t Exist ?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

By now, I think most of us are familar with Dateline NBC’s “To Catch A Predator” series. A decoy from a group calling itself Perveted Justice chats online with adult men. The decoy pretends to be either an underage boy or girl, and, when someone bites, they take the conversation as far as they can […]

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Bob Barr: Angry Conservatives Should Join Libertarians

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr spoke to a Libertarian Party conference in Florida said that conservatives are angry,  looking for an alternative to the intellectual bankruptcy of the GOP, and that the LP could be a new home for them: “They are eager for a philosophical home,” Mr. Barr said. “There are enough of them […]

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Bong Hits 4 Jesus And Freedom Of Speech

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard argument in what has come to be known as the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case. The facts of the case are pretty straightforward, but it’s led to some interesting political alliances: WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court Monday debated the case of a high school principal who suspended a student […]

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Democrats Using Pork To Advance Their Iraq Policy

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

This morning’s Washington Post reports that Democratic leaders are using porkbarrel projects as inducements in an effort to secure votes for bills supporting their policies in the Iraq War: House Democratic leaders are offering billions in federal funds for lawmakers’ pet projects large and small to secure enough votes this week to pass an Iraq […]

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Just How Much Patience Are You Asking For Mr. President ?

Monday, March 19th, 2007

On the day that America marked the 4th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, President Bush addressed the nation and asked for patience as he pursues his latest strategy: President Bush asked skeptical Americans for additional patience as the Iraq war entered its fifth year yesterday, saying that the United States can be […]

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200,000

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Within the last few minutes, the 200,000th unique visitor as recorded by Sitemeter passed through The Liberty Papers. We reached the 100,000 mark on January 23, 2007 and it took about 428 days of posting to get that far. In other words, in the past 55 days, we’ve had as many visitors as we did […]

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An End To The Online Gambling Ban ?

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Last year, Congress passed a law that effectively made it illegal for American citizens to gamble online even if the servers running the gambling site were located in another country. Now it looks like there are moves in Congress to repeal the ban lead, unlikely as it might seem, by Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank: WASHINGTON […]

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U.S. Military Unprepared For Another Conflict

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Thanks principally to the War in Iraq, the U.S. military is woefully unprepared to respond to a serious military crisis elsewhere in the world: Four years after the invasion of Iraq, the high and growing demand for U.S. troops there and in Afghanistan has left ground forces in the United States short of the training, […]

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