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Archive for April, 2008

Airlines And Outsourcing

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Airlines, a business regulated to death, when they’re not self-immolating due to mismanagement, face a lot of pressures and not a lot of answers. Like other businesses which are procured as a commodity (i.e. most travelers fly whatever airline is cheapest on Orbitz, Travelocity, etc), there is constant pricing pressure and cutthroat competition, and always […]

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It’s the dollar, stupid

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

So, GWB and San Fran Nancy have been sniping at each other over the nation’s economic malaise. Who’s to blame? He says inaction by a Democratic congress is to blame, while she says his administration’s incompetence is to blame. Well, as entertaining as this tussle is, they’re both wrong. Fabius Maximus has a good post […]

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Tuesday Open Thread: Rating The Presidents

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

The Debatable Land has an interesting post asking readers and other bloggers to name the most overrated and under-rated Presidents in history: 1. You may nominate up to three Presidents in each category. 2. Three points will be awarded to your first selection, two to your second and one to your third. If you do […]

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Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Bacon Dogs

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Drew Carey is back with his latest Reason.tv installment, this time he takes on the food police in Los Angeles: Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, there exists another world, an underground world of illicit trade in—not drugs or sex—but bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Street vendors may sell you an illegal bacon dog, […]

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Wesley Snipes Gets 3 Years For Not Filing Taxes, But Don’t Tell Harry Reid

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Actor Wesley Snipes, previously convicted on three misdemeanor charges of failing to file income taxes, has been sentenced to three years by a Federal Judge: OCALA, Fla. — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced the actor Wesley Snipes to three years in prison for willfully failing to file tax returns. Mr. Snipes, who was convicted […]

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Why Not Just Get Rid Of The Sixth Amendment While You’re At It ?

Friday, April 25th, 2008

A state legislator in Tennessee opens a new front in the drunk driving wars: Defense attorneys would be banned from advertising their expertise with drunken driving cases under a bill advancing in the Senate. Sen. Rosalind Kurita, a Clarksville Democrat, successfully added the provision to a bill that would create an online registry of repeat […]

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Three NYC Police Officers Acquitted In Death Of Sean Bell

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Back in November 2006, a man named Sean Bell was killed on the evening of his bachelor party in some kind of confrontation with the NYPD:  Officers shot three men who had just left a bachelor party held at a Queens strip club early Saturday morning, leaving the groom dead on the day of his […]

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BATF Doesn’t Like Beer Made In Weed

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

In the rural areas of Northern California, in the shadow of beautiful Mt. Shasta, lies a sleepy small town. In that town, however, lurks a menace. The town itself elicits laughs from degenerate drug users all over the nation. In fact, the town itself is a literal advertisement for drug use. At least that’s what […]

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The Right to Discriminate Based on Genetics

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Very quietly, a bill has been working its way through Congress that bans Genetic Discrimination. The bill, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, has been passed by the House of Representatives with overwhelming support and will probably pass the Senate in the next few weeks. While this bill has some powerful arguments behind it, it is […]

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When You Can’t Rig The Election, Ignore It!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

There’s been a bit of deriliction of duty going on here at The Liberty Papers. I’ve been trying to keep track of happenings in Zimbabwe, but we’re now 25 days into an electoral nightmare in that nation, and I’ve not had the time to address it. Zimbabwe has spent most of the last decade as […]

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Happy Capitalism Day

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Don Boudreaux thinks we should forget about Earth Day and celebrate Capitalism Day today: Before refrigeration, people ran enormous risks of ingesting deadly bacteria whenever they ate meat or dairy products. Refrigeration has dramatically reduced the bacteria pollution that constantly haunted our pre-twentieth-century forebears. We wear clean clothes; our ancestors wore foul clothes. Pre-industrial humans […]

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Today In History — The Shot Heard `Round The World

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Two Hundred Thirty Eight Years Ago today, the American Revolution began: The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.[1] They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. […]

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Menino’s Homeopathic Solution to Gun Violence

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

This week Boston’s Mayor Menino testified before the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns. He had this to say: We share a common disdain for what we have seen happen in our cities, to our residents and to our police officers as a result of illegal guns. So, we signed a statement of principles and […]

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War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, And We All Love Big Brother

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

George W. Bush rewrites the Declaration of Independence: “We need your message to reject this dictatorship of relativism and embrace a culture of justice and truth,” Bush said in brief remarks welcoming Benedict to the White House. “In a world where some see freedom as simply the right to do as they wish, we need […]

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A Lesson In Unintended Consequences

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Normally, we libertarians know enough about government to predict many unintended consequences of government regulation… But this one took me by surprise: Although many countries have introduced national bans, America has taken a piecemeal approach. A number of states, counties and municipalities have introduced various types of bans, and have enforced them with varying degrees […]

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Should Libertarian Republicans Just Swallow Their Pride And Vote McCain ?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

That’s the argument that Steven Maloney makes at the Libertarian Republican blog: If you listen to Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) on the campaign trail, you hear some scary things. They portray “too many Americans’ as one step away from economic and social disaster. They see as people badly in need of major assistance – […]

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Jefferson v. Hamilton

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

The HBO Miniseries John Adams has been excellent, and this dramatized exchange between Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Secretary Of The Treasury Alexander Hamilton highlights the great differences that were to define the first twenty years of the Republic: Part II: H/T: Freedom Democrats

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Quote Of The Day: Tax Day Edition

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

From the always entertaining Dave Barry: Taxpayers: It’s almost April 15, and you know what that means. It means the Miami Dolphins already have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. But it’s also time to file your federal tax return. Yes, this is a pesky chore, but remember that paying taxes is not a ”one-way […]

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Bob Barr’s Missed Opportunity

Monday, April 14th, 2008

When I learned that Bob Barr was going to be a guest on Hannity and Comes, I was excited to see a rare opportunity for a Libertarian candidate to explain the Libertarian philosophy to an audience which is largely unfamiliar with what the Libertarian Party is all about: personal liberty. To my dismay, Barr instead […]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

America’s Third President was born 265 years ago today. Since there isn’t anything to write about Jefferson that hasn’t already been said, it seems appropriate to let his words speak for themselves from the text of the two written documents that he was most proud of throughout his life. First, from the Virginia Statute For […]

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