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Archive for March, 2007

Amtrak: Slower Than A Bus, More Expensive Than Flying

Monday, March 19th, 2007

In Mike’s post about Amtrak, it was suggested in the comments that if we lost passenger rail, we’d be stuck with buses. So what? They’re far cheaper than Amtrak, and they’ll often get there faster! I wrote the below post back in April 2006 (so the costs might not be up to date), and added […]

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More Amtrak Bashing

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

I’ve beaten up on Amtrak a bit before. This time I’ll just let Reason’s Peter Bagge do it for me, with cartoons! It’s from 2005, but it’s still pretty darn good. h/t: Chap

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Iraq War Four Years Later (Part Deux)

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

No commentary because I’m headed out the door, but I thought this poll would make for an interesting counter-point to Doug’s recent post on Iraq. DESPITE sectarian slaughter, ethnic cleansing and suicide bombs, an opinion poll conducted on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq has found a striking resilience […]

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Tyranny and the Right to Leave

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Brad has written previously on Mugabe cracking skulls and governments restricting their populace’s right to escape. The two have now combined in Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe has continued its violent crackdown on dissents after an opposition activist was badly beaten and prevented from leaving the country at Harare International Airport, his colleagues reported Sunday. The attack on […]

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The Iraq War Four Years Later

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

It was four years ago tomorrow night, early in the morning on March 20th Baghdad time, that the Iraq War finally began. After more than a year of build-up, accusations of links between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda that were later proven to be false, and stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction that never existed, […]

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George Will On The Parker Case

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

George Will has a good column up at TownHall.com on the Parker v. District of Columbia, where the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban based on an individualist interpretation of the Constitution. As Will points out there is an important similarity between those who would whittle down […]

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Another Nail In The Coffin For RealID

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

It looks like the Show-Me State is getting ready to join the growing coalition of states rejecting the RealID idea: JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House overwhelmingly voted Thursday to refuse to follow a federal law setting national standards for driver’s licenses. The federal Real ID Act passed in 2005 after officials learned […]

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The Endgame Of RealID and Passport Restrictions

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

We need only look to Britain. In the name of security, they are pushing for a national ID card; to get the card you must surrender extremely onerous information to the government for whatever nefarious uses they might find. But don’t worry, the program is optional. If you don’t want to give them the information, […]

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The Broadcast Nannies vs. Jack Bauer

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

The Parents Television Council is back, and this time they’re gunning for Jack Bauer: Nipples are so three years ago. Janet Jackson’s 2004 flash at the Super Bowl reawoke the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to decency issues and left producers scouring TV footage for too droopy bathing suits. A few fines and a lot of […]

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The FBI Knowingly Violated The Law

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

A further followup from last week’s story about the FBI’s use of “national security letters” indicates that the FBI’s improper use of these data collection techniques went on even while it’s own lawyers were expressing concern that the law was not being followed: FBI counterterrorism officials continued to use flawed procedures to obtain thousands of […]

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A Litigator For Liberty

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Today’s Washington Post has a profile of Robert Levy, the lead attorney in the case against the District of Columbia’s gun law: Meet the lawyer who conceived the lawsuit that gutted the District’s tough gun-control statute this month. Meet the lawyer who recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful […]

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Hugo Chavez Continues To Defy Common Sense

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Hugo Chavez must have it in mind to violate every law of economics in the book. Price controls, nationalization, and now demonetization: CARACAS, Venezuela, March 17 — Of all the startling measures announced by President Hugo Chávez this year, from the nationalization of major utilities to threats of imprisonment for violators of price controls, none […]

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The Government Will Pay Your Mortgage!

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

At least, that’s the best I can decipher from this news: The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday to look into the crisis in the subprime section of the U.S. mortgage market, said Chairman Christopher Dodd. Dodd announced the date of the hearing on Friday, a day after he said the committee […]

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Police Arrest 7-Year-Old — Including Fingerprints & Mug Shot

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

What did this little hellion do? Murder a fellow child? Burn down the elementary school? Nope… He rode a dirtbike on the sidewalk. Police in the eastern state of Maryland arrested a 7-year-old boy and hauled him to jail, where his mug shot and fingerprints were taken on a charge of riding a motorbike on […]

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Predicted But Unplanned-For Consequences Of New Passport Rules

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

January 1, 2007, marked a change. For the first time, you are now required to show a passport on flights to and from Canada and Mexico. Want to hop down to Cancun for spring break? Show your papers! This will be extended in 2008, when you need your passport in order to drive across the […]

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White House Opposes D.C. Vote Bill

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

The White House Made it fairly clear yesterday that it opposes the latest effort to give the District of Columbia a vote on the house floor: The White House declared its opposition yesterday to a bill that would give the District its first full seat in the House of Representatives, saying it is unconstitutional, and […]

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New Mexico Approves Medical Marijuana

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Thanks to support from Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico is on the verge of becoming the latest state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes: Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, poised to sign a bill making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana, said Thursday that he realizes his action could become […]

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Quote of the Day

Friday, March 16th, 2007

It’s been a while since any of us posted a “quote of the day”, so it seemed to be time. And this one is so true, except that it seems more like 8 decades, not 3. Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked […]

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Stockholm Syndrome With Government?

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Over in a comment at Catallarchy, I came across this from Constant: To give an example, I am not personally bothered by taxation. I don’t get an adrenaline rush (in a bad way) from taxation, but I do get a bad adrenaline rush from being mugged. My feelings about taxation that I feel each year […]

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Three NYPD Officers Indicted In Sean Bell Case

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Back in November, Sean Bell was to death shot by New York City Police Officers on the day of his wedding, today ABC News is reporting that at least three of those officers have been indicted by a Grand Jury: NEW YORK Mar 16, 2007 (AP)— A grand jury on Friday indicted at least three of the five […]

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