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Archive for June, 2007

Spending cuts proposed

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

There were attempts to cut spending in the House of Representatives by up to four percent. I’m sure you can guess the outcome: All of these votes were held this week on various appropriations bills. Notice a pattern? Notice the similarities in the vote tallies? The House failed, 177-231, to pass an amendment that would […]

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Dick Cheney Rewrites The Constitution

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Vice-President Cheney’s office is asserting that the Vice-President is not part of the Executive Branch: For four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has resisted routine oversight of his office’s handling of classified information, and when the National Archives unit that monitors classification in the executive branch objected, the vice president’s office suggested abolishing the oversight […]

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Gitmo To Close

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

According to an AP story linked by Matt Drudge, the United States on the verge of closing the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: WASHINGTON – The Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere, The Associated Press has learned. […]

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Immigration Is Good For The Economy

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Contrary to the argument made by most immigration opponents, it seems that immigration actually raises wages for workers as a whole: Immigration has a positive impact on the U.S. economy and boosts wages for the vast majority of native workers, though there are “small negative effects” on the earnings of the least-skilled Americans, according to […]

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The Privacy Of Email

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

A Federal Appeals Court in Ohio has issued a ruling that broadly expands the privacy protections given to electronic mail stored on internet servers: WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) — A U.S. appeals court in Ohio has ruled that e-mail messages stored on Internet servers are protected by the Constitution as are telephone conversations and […]

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Counterpoint: Sometimes Intervention is Necessary

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

(Responding to Brad Warbiany’s post here) After reading Brad’s arguments opposed to interventionism, I found many more areas of agreement than I expected. Brad makes the point that he does not favor isolationism or pacifism and points out that force is sometimes justified, though he does not explain the circumstances where he believes force or […]

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Point: The Case For Non-Interventionism

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Time for the inaugural Point/Counterpoint. The topic will be a debate between the philosophy of a non-interventionist foreign policy versus the policy of fighting the war on terror through an offensive military war to expand freedom in the Middle East. It’s been suggested that the case for non-interventionism should be the opening case, which I […]

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California Drivers — Treated Like Children, Act Like Children

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

This morning, driving in to work, I was treated to a royal charlie-foxtrot unlike I’ve seen in a while. In Orange County (for those of you familiar with the area), the traffic signal at the corner of Moulton & El Toro malfunctioned. This is a big intersection, 3 lanes of traffic in all 4 directions, […]

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The Godfather Part IV: Fredo’s Revenge

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

As a diehard fan of The Godfather, and a libertarian, I just have to love this one: Originally posted at Below The Beltway

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George W. Bush: A President Above The Law

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Much has been written about the Bush Administration’s use of so-called Presidential “signing statements”, which are typically comments appended by the White House to Bills submitted by Congress which purport to constitute the Executive Branch’s understand of how it will comply with the law that Congress has just passed.  From a Constitutional perspective, these “signing […]

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Bad News For Ron Paul

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Notwithstanding weeks of media attention he otherwise would not have gotten and an undeniable base of support online, it doesn’t appear that Ron Paul is moving forward in the race for the Republican nomination. Here’s the summary. Fred Thompson, who hasn’t even declared his candidacy, leads Rudy Giuliani 28% to 27%. Romney and McCain are […]

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She Even Says Hot Things

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Predictably, Jessica Alba is under fire for saying she doesn’t consider herself a latina: Alba is my last name and I’m proud of that. But that’s it. My grandparents were born in California, the same as my parents, and though I may be proud of my last name, I’m American…I had a very American upbringing, […]

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Tax Reform Group And Christian Group Snubbing Ron Paul?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

For a guy who wants to do away with the IRS, and is pro-life, this just makes no sense: Iowans for Tax Relief and Iowa Christian Alliance will host a presidential candidates forum on Saturday, June 30th in Des Moines. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Tommy Thompson, and Tom […]

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Eroding Rights Through Confusion

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Potter, New York isn’t a very large town. 1,800 residents in a small farming community, who want the freedom to head out to the store and buy a six-pack of beer. In fact, they overwhelmingly want that freedom, but due to confusing state ABC laws and confusing ballot questions, they voted that freedom away: Before […]

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So Much For Openness And Transparency

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Six months into the new Democratic Congress, lawmakers are still keeping their earmark requests secret: (CNN) — Despite the new Democratic congressional leadership’s promise of “openness and transparency” in the budget process, a CNN survey of the House found it nearly impossible to get information on lawmakers’ pet projects.Staffers for only 31 of the 435 […]

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Iraq — Too Early To Call It A “Failed State”?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Apparently not for several peace groups: Iraq has emerged as the world’s second most unstable country, behind Sudan, more than four years after President George W. Bush ordered the U.S. invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, according to a survey released on Monday. The 2007 Failed States Index, produced by Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund […]

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What’s Next for Michael Nifong?

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Over the weekend, Michael Nifong was disbarred from practicing law for committing “intentional prosecutorial misconduct” in his handling of the so-called Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. While this is welcome news, more still needs to be done to right this wrong. The accused players David Evans, Collin Finnerty, and Reade Sieligmann endured a year’s worth of […]

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Monday Open Thread: Reading List Edition

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Alright folks, I’ve got about a billion things going on, so my reading list hasn’t moved much in the last month… But I’ve got a couple things on tap to read, once I get a chance: Long Way Round – McGregor/Boorman 1776 – McCulloch Anarchy, State, and Utopia – Nozick A Leap In The Dark […]

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Another Botched Police Raid

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Via Radley Balko comes news of yet another botched police raid isolated incident: Law-enforcement officers raided the wrong house and forced a 77-year-old La Plata County woman on oxygen to the ground last week in search of methamphetamine. The raid occurred about 11 a.m. June 8, as Virginia Herrick was settling in to watch “The […]

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Pot Calls Kettle Black

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Or in this case, George W. Bush denounces the Democrats in Congress for fiscal irresponsibility: CRAWFORD, Tex., June 16 — Even while trying to reach out to Democrats to fashion a new immigration bill, President Bush lashed out at the opposition party Saturday for its budget policies and served notice once again that he plans […]

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