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Archive for May, 2007

How Liberal Law Professors Saved The Second Amendment

Monday, May 7th, 2007

The New York Times has an interesting article about how a shift in views on the Second Amendment by leading law professors normally associated with the left led to the case that could transform the debate over gun control: In March, for the first time in the nation’s history, a federal appeals court struck down [...]

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Get Fresh On An Airplane, Go Directly To Jail

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Another one for the “WTF Files”… Affectionate passenger gets federal rap A California man who prosecutors said got a little too friendly with his girlfriend during a flight was convicted Thursday of interfering with flight attendants and crew members. Carl William Persing and his girlfriend were seen “embracing, kissing and acting in a manner that [...]

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George Bush: The GOP’s Albatross

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

According to the latest MSNBC/Newsweek poll, George W. Bush has the worst approval rating of any President since Jimmy Carter, and he’s holding the entire GOP Presidential field back: May 5, 2007 – It’s hard to say which is worse news for Republicans: that George W. Bush now has the worst approval rating of an [...]

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The Real Prostitution Scandal

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

There has been alot of media coverage over the past several weeks about the case of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman who stands accused of running a call girl operation that catered to the rich and powerful in Washington. But that’s not the only kind of prostitution that’s going on in our nation’s capital: Prostitution [...]

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Jail, … Huh! … What Is It Good For?

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

A recent Boston Globe article caught my eye: “Correction system ‘mess’ held inmates past their time – Man imprisoned four years too long” Now, this story is a pretty sad one. A man suffering from schizophrenia is sentenced to 30 years in jail for various assaults, is released on parole, re-arrested for drug possession, released [...]

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Guiliani: For AND Against Roe v Wade

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

During Thursday night’s Republican debate, the great libertarian hero Rudy Giuliani had well…. a confused position on Roe v Wade to say the least. Maybe be if Giuliani was concerned about something else than lusting for power, his position on Roe v Wade would be much more clear.

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Bush Pulls Out Veto Pen When Dems Control Congress

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Bush Administration intends to veto hate crimes bill: The Administration favors strong criminal penalties for violent crime, including crime based on personal characteristics, such as race, color, religion, or national origin. However, the Administration believes that H.R. 1592 is unnecessary and constitutionally questionable. If H.R. 1592 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would [...]

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Review: The Production of Security – Part 1

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

The seminal work of free-market anarchism is commonly held to be Gustave di Molinari’s The Production of Security. This document was one of the many great analyses of free-market economics to come out of France during the first half of the 19th century, and questioned the truth of the fundamental belief that … to secure [...]

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Canada’s C$1 Million Coin — Got Your Wheelbarrow?

Friday, May 4th, 2007

I’m not a big fan of paper* money, but it is a lot easier to carry: The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a welcome addition to any piggy bank on Thursday — a monster gold coin with a face value of C$1 million (455,000 pounds) that it says is the world’s biggest, purest and highest denomination [...]

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Somalia Mayor Attempts To Seize Guns

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Yeah, I’m sure this will work… A former warlord who has long lived by his gun was sworn in as mayor of Mogadishu on Friday and immediately ordered residents of the Somali capital to get rid of their weapons. But Mayor Mohamed Dheere offered no clear details on how that could be accomplished in a [...]

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The Economics of the 2nd Amendment

Friday, May 4th, 2007

I don’t think I could say it better, so I’ll just let David’s words stand on their own. “Suppose one little old lady in ten carries a gun. Suppose that one in ten of those, if attacked by a mugger, succeeds in killing the mugger instead of being killed by him — or shooting herself [...]

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More Ethanol ? More Expensive Beer

Friday, May 4th, 2007

It’s not just milk prices that are feeling the effect of the government mandates for increased production of ethanol, now it’s starting to impact the price of beer as well: Der Spiegel Online reports that a 2006 barley shortage will raise the wholesale price of German beer this May. Many brewing industry lobbyists attribute the [...]

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Winners & Losers Of The GOP Debate

Friday, May 4th, 2007

The first major day of the 2008 campaign on the Republican side just finished. It had a couple of surprises, at least from what I could see. So here’s my take on the winners and losers. Of course, this is an incredibly subjective analysis, so take it for what you will: Winners: Winner being the [...]

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GOP Debate Liveblogging

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The first Republican party debate of the 2008 is set to begin in about 15 minutes. Right now on MSNBC, which the debate will be shown on, the most vicious partisan hack on television, Keith Olbermann, is doing a pre-debate show. Quickly, all the candidates have a to do list for tonight. The differences in [...]

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Why Is The Federal Government Worried About “Hate Crimes” ?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would add sexual orientation as a category to which existing federal “hate crimes” legislation would apply: WASHINGTON, May 3 — The House of Representatives voted today to extend “hate crime” protection to people who are victimized because of their sexuality. But the most immediate effect of [...]

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Hugo Chavez Isn’t Done Yet

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Fresh off of Tuesday’s nationalization of Venezuela’s oilfields, Hugo Chavez is now threatening to nationalize the nation’s banks and steel industry if they fail to comply with his wishes: CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez renewed his nationalization threats and this time threatened steel company Sidor and Venezuela’s banks with a possible state takeover. If Sidor [...]

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Only Explicit Rights Are Recognized

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

It’s long been noted that our Federal Government has grown in scope and hubris to the point where they don’t see any limits to their powers except that which is explicitly forbidden by the Bill of Rights, and even then they try to get around it (McCain-Feingold, warrantless wiretaps, etc). Usually, though, they try to [...]

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The Heck With The Queen Of England

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Tomorrow, a woman by the name of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor-Mountbatten will be visiting the free and independent United States of America. She calls herself Queen Elizabeth II. As you may be aware, we fought a war about 229 years ago to liberate ourselves from her tyrannical predecessors. Nonetheless, I am amazed at the fact [...]

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Successful Dentist Shut Down By Florida Government…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

…because he didn’t get the government’s permission. Roger Bean, 60, was arrested on Tuesday and held on a $US6,000 bond. Bean performed denture fittings and made false teeth in his garage, charging just $US200 for a full set of dentures, a procedure that typically costs more than $US2,000, authorities said. But he was not licensed [...]

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Can A Military Coup Ever Be Justified ?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Several bloggers have written today about this quote from Thomas Sowell: When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup. I think it’s perfectly clear [...]

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