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Archive for March, 2008

Carey tackles immigration

Monday, March 31st, 2008

“I think we should welcome all peaceful people to our country. They get to the pursue the ‘American Dream’ and we get to benefit from all the wonderful things that immigrants bring to our country—like good old fashioned soccer. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.” – Drew Carey Drew Carey tackles immigration in […]

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Earth Hour — What They SHOULD Have Said

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Allow me to engage in a bit of strawman-bashing. In the comments to Don Boudreaux’s excellent post at Cafe Hayek, a rather idiotic argument came up. It is the same argument that many of our own contributors received when we opposed Ron Paul, and commenters told us “If you don’t like Ron Paul, you must […]

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Google “Doing Their Part” For Earth Hour

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Seen today: “Earth Hour” is a worldwide event where individuals are asked to shut off their lights for an hour. Ineffectual, pointless, but that’s what we need to do “for the planet”. So what does Google do? Do they run some of their servers in a lower-power mode, perhaps sacrificing the speed of search results […]

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How Saudi Justice Is Sometimes More Merciful Than American Justice

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

In the field of professional executioners, the Saudi executioner has one of the more brutal reputations since he uses a sword to cut off people’s heads. This is not the clean antiseptic push-button executions of the U.S. but one where the executioner has to physically exert himself, gore splatters and the smell of blood fills […]

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The FBI Hyperlink Honeypot, and what you can do to stay safe

Friday, March 28th, 2008

This post is intended to help internet users who make legitimate, non-criminal use of the internet avoid being caught by the FBI’s hyperlink honeypot. While there are methods that can be used to cover deliberate criminal activity on the internet, I will not post them here. Declan McCullagh brings scary news of the latest tactics […]

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Why Mike Gravel Is Not A Libertarian

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

This list seems to sum it up nicely: The Fair Tax. Anti-Libertarian redistribution of wealth by another name. Single-Payer Medicine. No. No, no, no, NO. There is a libertarian proposal for medicine, and this is just about the exact opposite. Social Security. He’s pro. Libertarians are anti. Carbon tax. Another anti-libertarian value. Sin taxes by […]

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Newt Gingrich: Federal Control Of Education Is A National Security Issue

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

There are some things that Newt Gingrich has said over the years that I agree with, and I’m somewhat a fan of his alternate history novels, but this is just plain daffy: Newt Gingrich gave a luncheon talk about education at the American Enterprise Institute today.  Among other things, he said he’d “argue with any […]

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So Much For That Theory

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Well, it looks like President Bush’s theory that the phony economic stimulus package would actually accomplish anything will be proven to be untrue: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Tax rebates are the centerpiece of the government’s plan to stimulate the economy, but many Americans are planning to put the money in the bank or use it […]

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Mutual Enemies Of Freedom: The Hillarys And The Huckabees

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Cato’s David Boaz has a great column about the mutual threats to freedom posed by the philosophies of the left and the right: [D]espite [America’s] heritage of freedom, we’ve always got the Hillarys and the Huckabees and the other people who think they could run our lives better than we can. The Huckabees on the […]

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A Bob Barr For President Update

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Former Congressman Bob Barr is now talking seriously about running for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination: On an Internet site called Anti-War Radio, former Georgia congressman Bob Barr confirmed on Wednesday that he’s “very seriously” looking at joining the race for the White House as a Libertarian — and had harsh words for both the […]

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Mike Gravel: Libertarian ? — The Round-Up

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Reason’s David Weigel catalogs some of the reaction to yesterday’s announcement that Mike Gravel had joined the Libertarian Party and is running for the LP Presidential Nomination. This statement from Presidential candidate Wayne Allen Root fairly sums up how I feel about the idea: Gravel is in no way, shape or form a Libertarian. He’s […]

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It’s Time To Call For An Olympic Boycott

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Over at The Crossed Pond, Rojas gets on the bandwagon: After some reflection, I think I’m now ready to fully endorse a boycott of the 2008 Summer Olympics. I don’t do so lightly. For one thing, I like sports. For another thing, I don’t like the corruption of non-governmental enterprises by political concerns. The bottom […]

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Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Tax Freedom Day is April 23rd: Tax Freedom Day, the day on which Americans have earned enough money to pay all their federal, state and local taxes for the year, will fall on April 23 this year, according to the Tax Foundation’s annual calculation using the latest government data on income and taxes. Tax Freedom […]

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The Threat To Limited Government In 2008

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The Cato Institute’s William Niskanen points out that limited government is unlikely to fare well regardless of who’s elected in November: An administration and Congress of either party is likely to approve a federal program of universal health insurance. Such a program was endorsed by most of the presidential candidates in both parties, was implemented […]

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The Libertarian Case Against John McCain

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

It would seem to be axiomatic, but Reason’s Matt Welch makes the case for why libertarians shouldn’t cozy up to John McCain: BEHIND any successful politician lies a usable contradiction, and John McCain’s is this: We love him (and occasionally hate him) for his stubborn individualism, yet his politics are best understood as a decade-long […]

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Mike Gravel Joins The Libertarian Party

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Former United States Senator, and Democratic Candidate for President, Mike Gravel has, apparently, joined the Libertarian Party: I just got off the phone with Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory and he confirms the following information: Former US Senator and Alaska House Speaker Mike Gravel has joined the Libertarian Party. Cory says he’ll provide more […]

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Gordon Brown Resists the EU’s Biofuel Targets

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The Guardian- Gordon Brown is preparing for a battle with the European Union over biofuels after one of the government’s leading scientists warned they could exacerbate climate change rather than combat it. In an outspoken attack on a policy which comes into force next week, Professor Bob Watson, the chief scientific adviser at the Department […]

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Simon Says: Damnable Dalliances

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

There once was a man from New York Who had quite the fondness for pork He porked a hooker Though she’s quite a looker In prison stripes he’ll look like a dork The mayors of Detroit & Newark hold mistress’ Two women that have put them in distress Their sensuous thighs Won’t cover the lies […]

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Why Can’t Government Deal In Cyberspace?

Monday, March 24th, 2008

As a member of the internet generation, I do more things online these days than offline. In the world of commerce, there are a host of simple and useful tools, created by companies, that make it very easy for me to accomplish what I want to accomplish. Need a map? Google. Need information on where […]

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Quote Speech Of The Day

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Two Hundred thirty-three years ago today, Patrick Henry delivered his most famous speech: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it […]

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