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Archive for June, 2007

Ladies And Gentleman, We Have A Winner

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

The state receiving the award for the dumbest new law taking effect on July 1st is Tennessee: NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Comer Wilson hasn’t had to show his ID to buy beer in a while. Maybe it’s the 66-year-old man’s long white beard. Starting Sunday, gray hair won’t be good enough. Wilson and everyone else will be [...]

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N.M. Gearing Up To Face Drug Police On Federalism

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

New Mexico has voted to legalize medical marijuana. Starting tomorrow, they’re raising the bar: the state will make sure a safe and legal distribution system in created: New Mexico has a new medical marijuana law with a twist: It requires the state to grow its own. The law, effective Sunday, not only protects medical marijuana [...]

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The Reality Of “Predatory” Lending

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Over at my personal blog, I wrote earlier today about a Washington Post article about the rising number of foreclosures in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Along those same lines, Tim Cavanaugh writes in the July issue of Reason Magazine about the current focus on so-called predatory lending and its connection to the state of the [...]

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New Laws Coming On Sunday

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I just came across a story with a headline about “Hundreds” of new laws that will be taking effect in various states on July 1. Most of them are fairly innocuous attacks on liberty, that will stagnate economies and generally raise consumer prices, like most of government: Among them are new efforts to encourage alternative [...]

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The Battle Against The Fairness Doctrine Continues

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Captain Ed is reporting that Congressman Mike Pence’s amendment blocking the FCC from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine will be introduced in the Senate by Senators Norm Coleman and John Thune: In an effort to prevent Democrats from suppressing the right to free speech for talk radio and other broadcasters, Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN), Jim DeMint [...]

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Guantanamo Detainee Cases

Friday, June 29th, 2007

This could potentially be a very significant legal development: The Supreme Court said today that it would review the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees to challenge their confinements in federal court, reversing a decision in April not to take up that issue. (…) The court will hear two cases that challenge the Bush administration’s position [...]

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Did A National ID Card Kill The Immigration Bill ?

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Among the many provisions of the recently defeated immigration bill that most Americans didn’t know about was a massive expansion of the use of a National ID card. And it seems that those provisions may have ultimately been what killed the bill: The U.S. Senate definitively rejected President George Bush’s immigration bill on Thursday, just [...]

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Two Defeats For RealID In One Month

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Yesterday, it was New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die State, that said no to the Real ID Law: New Hampshire on Wednesday rejected the federal Real ID Act as tantamount to requiring a national ID card, joining five other states in opposing it. South Carolina, Montana, Washington, Oklahoma and Maine also have rejected the [...]

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Update on the “Fairness Doctrine”

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” – John F. Kennedy The United States House [...]

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Is There A Case For Impeaching Dick Cheney ?

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Bruce Fein, a conservative who served as Deputy Attorney General under Ronald Reagan, and who has been associated with groups such as the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case at Slate: Under Dick Cheney, the office of the vice president has been transformed from a tiny acorn into an unprecedented giant oak. In grasping and [...]

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Banning The Fairness Doctrine

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Congressman Mike Pence has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from bringing back the so-called Fairness Doctrine without Congressional approval: WASHINGTON – A Republican lawmaker wants to forestall any potential reversal of federal rules that allow talk radio to broadcast one side of an issue without [...]

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Supreme Court Severely Limits Affirmative Action

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

In two decisions today the Supreme Court severely limited the ability of public school systems to use race as a factor in assigning students to schools: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected integration plans in two major public school districts but left the door open for the limited use of race to achieve [...]

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Genarlow Wilson Is Still In Jail

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

By now, Genarlow Wilson’s story should be familiar to everyone. At 17 he was convicted of having consenual oral sex with his fifteen year old girlfriend and, because of the absurdity of Georgia’s sex offender laws, he was sentenced to ten years in prison. Earlier this month, the judge in charge of his case reduced [...]

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Another Police Outrage Caught On YouTube

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Go skateboarding in Little Rock, Arkansas and you run into the iron hand of the law: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A police officer who appears to choke a skateboarder and put two others in a headlock in a video posted online has been put on administrative leave while police investigate, officials said. Hot Springs Mayor [...]

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Counterpoint: The “Living Constitution” Is The Road To Serfdom

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

In his opening post, our Guest Blogger Derek Hammer states that the United States Constitution is, and should be considered to be, a living document. In at least one interpretation of that phrase, I agree with him. As we sit here, less than three months shy of the 220th anniversary of the date that the [...]

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Point: The Constitution Is A Living Document

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

In the United States, a document–the Constitution of the United States, the Supreme Law of the Land–binds us, the people, when we are granted citizenship. By becoming citizens of this great nation, we assure ourselves the protections outlined by this document. Unfortunately, many citizens forget these inalienable rights. However, there are some that have not. [...]

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Dick Cheney Rejoins The Executive Branch

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Compelled perhaps by the rather creative proposal by Congressman Rahm Emanuel to cut off funding for the Office of the Vice-President based on assertions that the Veep is not part of the Executive Branch of Government, Vice-President Cheney has now apparently decided to rejoin the Executive Branch of the Federal Government: Dick Cheney’s office is [...]

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Audacity Defined: Congress Gives Itself A Pay Raise

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Notwithstanding record low approval ratings, it appears that the members of the House of Representatives think they’re entitled to a pay raise: WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Despite record-low approval ratings, House lawmakers Wednesday voted to accept an approximately $4,400 pay raise that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000. The cost-of-living raise gets lawmakers back [...]

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PETA Swerves Into the Truth

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Even organizations as wrongheaded and extreme as PETA can swerve into the truth on occasion. PETA’s president and founder Ingrid E. Newkirk wrote a letter to Michael Moore (the Fat Ass from Flint) in response to Moore’s upcoming crockumentary SiCKO; a film which advocates socialized healthcare and criticizes America’s current healthcare system. So what is [...]

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Rahm Emanuel — Cheney Can’t Get Funding From Executive Branch

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Dick Cheney dropped an odd proclamation last week. It appears that he doesn’t believe he’s part of the Executive Branch, and thus is not subject to their rules regarding disclosure. He’s playing with fire, because if he’s outside the Executive Branch, it’s unclear whose rules he falls under. Cheney is hoping that means he’s not [...]

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