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Archive for March, 2008

“PATRIOT” Act used against Spitzer

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

It was indeed the so-called PATRIOT Act that brought Elliot Spitzer down: When Congress passed the Patriot Act in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, law-enforcement agencies hailed it as a powerful tool to help track down the confederates of Osama bin Laden. No one expected it would end up helping to snag the likes [...]

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Bob Barr For President ?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Once again, there’s speculation that former Congressman Bob Barr may be running for President as a Libertarian: Bob Barr for president? According to the Washington Times, the former Republican congressman from Cherokee County confirms he is considering a run for the White House as a Libertarian. “There is great deal [of] dissatisfaction with the candidates [...]

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There’s a word for Energy Independence: Poverty

Friday, March 21st, 2008

One of the hot topics in this campaign is a call for “energy independence”. All the candidates for president, with the exception of Ron Paul are for it. The vast majority of the candidates for Congress are for it too. Essentially, the proponents are arguing that if people living in the U.S. bought less oil [...]

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Free Speech And Fraud

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

An interesting case-in-point raised by this article in The New York Times: When Xavier Alvarez was asked to say a few words about himself at a meeting of a California water board last summer, he decided on these: “I’m a retired marine of 25 years. I retired in the year 2001. Back in 1987, I [...]

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A Presidential Candidate We Can Believe In

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

His policy statements are vague, he’s got no experience and I’m about 80% sure he’s still on drugs, but damned if he isn’t a likeable scamp who can belt out a good tune, so I’d consider tossing the man a vote. It’s time for America to drink from the hose once again (and barbecue on [...]

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A Personal View of the DC VS. Heller Oral Arguments

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I watched/listened to the oral arguments in DC vs. Heller this morning, and in my view (solely based on my knowledge of the justices, and the questions and arguments raised today; which is always iffy) we’re looking at a mixed bag. Well, first the good news. It seems clear that the entirety of the court, [...]

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District of Columbia v. Heller Gets Its Day In Court

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

The Supreme Court had allotted 75 mintues for oral argument in D.C. v. Heller today — 30 minutes for each side and 15 minutes for the U.S. Solicitor General — but they actually ended up running nearly half an hour longer as the Justices considered the interpretation and application of an Amendment that has been [...]

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Gun Rights On The Docket Today At The Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Beginning at 10am today and lasting for 75 minutes, the United States Supreme Court will hear argument in the most significant Second Amendment cases ever to come before it. Today, in the Boston Herald, Robert Levy, one of the lead attorneys for the citizens in the case, gives a preview of the argument he’ll be [...]

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Would You Pimp Your Kids For Obama?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Some parents apparently said yes. Click that link first. Watch the video. Digest it for a second. Then come back. And look at some of the comments: Those kids will feel very proud of themselves in in the? next decade I? am crying watching this video. I wish and pray for all kids around the [...]

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District of Columbia v. Heller Preview

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in District of Columber v. Heller, the case challenging the District of Columbia’s decades-old and near-complete ban on gun ownership by city residents. At stake is interpretation of an Amendment that has received almost no judicial scrutiny in 209 years since it was enacted. One blogger, former [...]

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Death Row Appeal Denied Despite Recanted Testimony of 7 Witnesses

Monday, March 17th, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) The Georgia Supreme Court denied a new trial Monday for a death row inmate convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989, even though several witnesses against him recanted their testimony. Troy Davis, 39, was a day away from being put to death last July for the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Officer [...]

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John Adams

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Let all become attentive to the grounds and principles of government, ecclesiastical and civil. Let us study the law of nature; search into the spirit of the British constitution; read the histories of ancient ages; contemplate the great examples of Greece and Rome; set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who have [...]

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Should It Be Easier To Amend The Constitution ?

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

The Constitution has only been amended 27 times in it’s 219 year history. Ten of those amendments, The Bill of Rights, were passed within two years of when the Constitution first went into effect, and two of them, the 18th Amendment and the 21st Amendment, essentially cancel each other out. Moreover, with the exception of [...]

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D.C. v. Heller Comes To The Supreme Court

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear argument in what is clearly the most important Second Amendment case in decades: Despite mountains of scholarly research, enough books to fill a library shelf and decades of political battles about gun control, the Supreme Court will have an opportunity this week that is almost unique [...]

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The Least Understood Founding Father

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Starting tonight, HBO will begin running what looks to be an amazing mini-series about one of America’s most misunderstood Founding Fathers: When in the course of media events, a network devotes six Sunday nights, more than seven hours of airtime and $100 million to a miniseries, it’s likely that the show will be awash with [...]

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President Bush Is A Liar And A Coward

Friday, March 14th, 2008

On Thursday, President Bush decided to offer some encouragement to the troops in the war Afghanistan (a war he has often neglected in favor of his disastrous vanity project in Iraq) by offering this bon mot on his personal feelings about the mission and the service rendered by our armed forces: I must say, I’m [...]

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The Founders And Earmarks

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Earlier this week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made this rather absurd comment in the debate of earmarks: “As we look back in history, the Founding Fathers would be cringing to hear people talking about eliminating earmarks,” Reid said, noting that the Founders dictated in the Constitution that all spending should originate in Congress, not [...]

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Should We Thank Veterans For Our Freedom ?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

A reader passed on to me a link that asks a question with what would seem like an an obvious answer, but at least one libertarian thinks the answer is no: Why not? Because no living veteran of any US foreign military incursion has done anything to protect a US citizen. “Gee, Joe, you’re a [...]

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Lessons From The Spitzer Debacle

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

First of all, I’ve got to say that I agree wholeheartedly with Stephen’s sentiments, expressed here and here, that Elliot Spitzer pretty much deserved everything that has, and will, come to him. During his time as Attorney General of New York, he was a no-holds-barred zealous prosecutor that cared little for the facts or for [...]

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The Case For Legalizing Prostitution

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Steve Chapman takes up the cause at Reason: Outlawing this commerce serves mainly to make things worse, not better. It assures income to criminal organizations with long experience evading the law. It makes prostitutes vulnerable to abuse. It prevents measures to protect the health of providers and patrons. It exempts an industry from the taxes [...]

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