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Archive for May, 2008

Government Getting Away With What Plebes Can’t

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Over at Coyote Blog, Warren is discussing things that the NY Transit Authority can get away with that would get a private property owner fined: New York City Transit has spent close to $1 billion to install more than 200 new elevators and escalators in the subway system since the early 1990s, and it plans [...]

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Third Police Officer Sentenced in Kathryn Johnston Case

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

(WSB Radio) A Fulton county judge came down hard on Atlanta police officer Arthur Tesler, giving him near the maximum for his role in the killing of Kathryn Johnston. Judge Michael Johnson sentenced Tesler to 4 1/2 years in prison for lying to investigators. Tesler was part of the cover up of the botched drug [...]

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The Amish– Behind Ahead Of Their Time

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

From the AP, sure to be an environmentalist’s wet dream: High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained [...]

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The Liberty Papers to Cover the National Convention in Denver

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

The Libertarian Convention of course! Which convention did you think I was talking about? The Libertarian National Convention will run this Memorial Day weekend beginning on Thursday, May 22nd and ending on Monday, May 26th. I plan on attending the convention representing The Liberty Papers as a citizen journalist on Saturday, Sunday, and possibly Monday. [...]

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ACLU Strikes A Blow Against Freedom Of Speech & Association

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Of course, they tell you it’s all in the name of “fairness”. But their position on the media is nothing more than a blow against freedom: “Under the pre-December FCC rules, media companies had been already consolidated to the point that threatened our marketplace and public debate. Six major companies control most of the media [...]

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The People of Yavapai County, Their District Attorney, and Their Sherriff Cordially Invite Serial Killers To Hunt On Their Land

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

If you are a serial killer who is looking for human prey, you can find some very nice hunting grounds Yapavai County in Arizona. At night, you will be able to force any car you want to stop in a deserted spot at your whim – all you have to do is put some blue [...]

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Did the FBI Just Admit That Drug Dealers Are Victims?

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Last week some ex LAPD officers were convicted in Federal Court.  These thugs had been convicted of conducting numerous home invasions, violently battering the people they found there and tossing the homes for illegal drugs which they then fenced. The FBI, understandably proud of its role in apprehending these criminals, has issued the following press [...]

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In Favor Of The Electoral College

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Why do I like the electoral college? Because living in California, these people aren’t canceling out my vote. Remember, those of you who worship at the altar of democracy, these people are actually allowed to vote. Hannitized, every last one of them. It’s about individual rights, people, not about democracy. The former is an end, [...]

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Bob Barr On The California Gay Marriage Decision

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Bob Barr released the following statement about yesterday’s ruling from the California Supreme Court on gay marriage: “Regardless of whether one supports or opposes same sex marriage, the decision to recognize such unions or not ought to be a power each state exercises on its own, rather than imposition of a [...]

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ICE Sending Drugs Out Of The Country — Inside Deportees

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Our government sure has a strange take on drugs. If you want to take them to get high, or to improve sports performance, or to dull the pain of debilitating diseases, you deserve to be put in jail. But if they’re trying to make someone malleable and complacent, such as schoolchildren, drugs are great! And, [...]

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A Victory In The War Against The Food Police

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Chicago, city of broad shoulders and big steaks, has repealed its ban against fois gras: Chicagoans can feast on foie gras once more. The Chicago City Council just repealed the ban on its sale that it put in place two years ago. Monica Davey, the Times’s Chicago bureau chief, says the ban has been a [...]

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Farmers Struggling Despite High Corn Prices

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

With record-high corn prices, and plenty of subsidy money floating around, an interesting thing is happening. Less farmers are growing corn! Why? Because the inputs used in growing corn are rising in price even more quickly: The amount of corn planted in the U.S. is expected to dip this year. Rice acreage in California, which [...]

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Quote Of The Day: Imperial Presidency Edition

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Gene Healy from his new book, The Cult Of The Presidency: The chief executive of the United States is no longer a mere constitutional officer charged with faithful execution of the laws. He is a soul nourisher, a hope giver, a living American talisman against hurricanes, terrorism, economic downturns, and spiritual malaise. He—or she—is the [...]

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Open Thread: Who’s Worse For President

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Which Presidential candidate is worse for liberty, John McCain or Barack Obama?

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The Revolution: Reviewed

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Glenn Reynolds reviews Ron Paul’s The Revolution: A Manifesto: The main shortcoming in Paul’s book, as with his candidacy, is in the follow through, the transition from critique to action. Although he does include a chapter entitled “The Revolution,” about reducing the size of government, it’s a pretty skimpy plan. Were we to see a [...]

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Bob Barr Announces Presidential Run

Monday, May 12th, 2008

As expected, former Congressman Bob Barr, announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President today: (CNN) – Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr formally jumped into the White House race Monday as a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. Barr, the onetime darling of conservatives who led the impeachment fight against former President [...]

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Barack Obama On The Drug War

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Don’t count anything other than the audacity of hype when it comes to the War On (Some) Drugs: As president, I would use the bully pulpit of my office to warn Americans about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs, and I would put greater resources into enforcement of existing drug laws. I would also convene [...]

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Question Of The Day: Time To Invade Burma ?

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Time Magazine asks the question: That’s why it’s time to consider a more serious option: invading Burma. Some observers, including former USAID director Andrew Natsios, have called on the U.S. to unilaterally begin air drops to the Burmese people regardless of what the junta says. The Bush Administration has so far rejected the idea — [...]

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Why Libertarians Never Get Taken Seriously, Exhibit A

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Via Third Party Watch, here’s a rather bizarre comment from Mary Ruwart, one of the candidates for the LP’s Presidential nomination: For years, myself and other libertarian candidates have pointed out that “when guns are banned, only criminals will have guns.” The shift in popular perception has come about primarily because courageous Libertarian candidates are [...]

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Reason.tv Showcases The Cory Maye Case

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

For your consumption…

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