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Archive for June, 2008

Anyone Else Object to Being Called a “Human Resource”

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Ahhh work, that most marvelous of pursuits that keeps food on the table. Today was my first official day of work as a full time employee of Gigantomegabankcorp North America, where I have been a contractor for 26 months. Going from Contractor to FTE means bennies, paid time off (25 days a year actually. Woo [...]

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10 Reasons To Support Getting High Before You Fly

Monday, June 30th, 2008

From that bastion of objective news, The CW: SAFER, Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, which got a ballot initiative passed to make enforcing marijuana laws the lowest legal priority in Denver, is now pushing to allow passengers to get high before they fly. But since the FAA oversees the airport and smoking pot is against [...]

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How Badly This Administration Wants War

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Seymour Hersh writes in the New Yorker: Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a [...]

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No, there IS Another Choice

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

If my vote for Bob Barr is a “wasted vote,” than so be it.

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What are you REALLY voting for?

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Yesterday, the supreme court announced that the constitution actually means what it says, and that it’s OK if we want to exercise our pre-existing and fundamental rights… at least most of the time, presuming we follow the allowed restrictions… Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy about Heller, and I think it’s a better ruling [...]

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A Human Right, A Civil Right: Fundamental, Pre-existing, Strictly Scrutinized, Universal, and Incorporated

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This morning, I’m noting a lot of ill informed …or perhaps just informed by misunderstanding of the text… opinions and statements regarding the historic Heller ruling on the scope and applicability of the 2nd amendment. This of course is unsurprising when many people of varying levels of knowledge about law, history, and firearms have just [...]

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Presidential Candidates Respond to D.C. vs. Heller Ruling

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Given that the D.C. vs. Heller ruling is a historically important ruling for the Second Amendment and given that the next president could appoint between two and three Justices to the Supreme Court over the next four years, I think the responses from Bob Barr, John McCain, and Barack Obama might give us some insight [...]

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Supreme Court Upholds Individual Right To Keep And Bear Arms

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

After nearly two centuries of silence, the Supreme Court today struck down a District of Columbia gun ban and affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices’ first [...]

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The Death Penalty, Child Rape, And The Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a Louisiana law allowing the death penalty for rape of a child even when it doesn’t result in death is unconstitutional: A divided Supreme Court ruled today that it is unconstitutional to execute someone who rapes a child but does not kill the victim. In [...]

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Thanks Union Bosses!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I have to say, I love these commercials from unionfacts.com. And And And here is Ted Kennedy’s well reasoned response:

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TLP Commentor Receives Name In Lights

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Well, a letter to the editor, anyway. In response to a sycophantic article regarding government’s– in general, Obama’s in particular– ability to “plan” an economy, regular commenter Jeff Molby penned a letter. The critical points: In a column Tuesday, deputy editorial page editor Stephen Henderson lauded Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s economic plans as bold [...]

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Freedom To Travel: Such A Pre-9/11 Concept

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Ah, the good old TSA. When faced with a minute* number of citizens asserting their rights, they simply take those rights away. And what’s worse? They don’t even take the rights away from everyone, only the loudmouths like us cantankerous civil libertarians: Passengers who refuse to show ID, citing a constitutional right to fly without [...]

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RIP, George Carlin

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Today is a sad day for comedy. While I can’t say that I always agreed with some of his ideas, the simple fact is that George Carlin, through the vehicle of comedy, did an incredible job of making people question the world around them. That questioning is the first step towards having independent thoughts– a [...]

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Government Reefer Madness

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Its stories like these that make my blood boil. Here we have a young man who has found relief from serious pain with marijuana. I have yet to read a story where anyone has overdosed and died from smoking too much cannabis but for some reason, our federal government sees a need to prosecute those [...]

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Obama & McCain Call For Renewed Laws Against Witchcraft and Those Who Make Infernal Pacts With the Devil

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

In barbaric cultures, when people find themselves facing unpleasant changes, like the failure of crops or natural disasters, they look for scapegoats to blame. In the Europe and early colonial America, all to often the quest for a scapegoat took the form of a persecuting old women, who were charged with having used magic to [...]

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Remember Kelo

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is no force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist.”- John Adams Monday is third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s [...]

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So-Called, Quote, Candidate McCain

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Exhibit A, back in 2006: I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected Exhibit B, earlier this month: We are now going to have the courts flooded with so-called, quote, Habeas Corpus suits against the government, whether it be about the diet, whether it be about [...]

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Two Great Reads

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I found a couple of really great articles I would like to pass on to our readers. The first is an article posted at Townhall.com by John Stossel entitled: Legalize All Drugs. In this article, Stossel busts several myths about the war on (some) drugs such as “Heroin and cocaine have a permanent effect,” “If [...]

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Lesson In Unintended Consequences #2

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The government likes to support biodiesel. It has all the buzzwords. “Recycling”. “Sustainable”. “Environmentally-friendly”. So they subsidize efforts to blend diesel with biodiesel. One main problem here. Americans don’t use much diesel. So they’re subsidizing foreign, not domestic, use. In fact, they’re simply sending money for non-American-produced diesel that won’t be consumed on American soil [...]

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What’s Right vs. What Works

Monday, June 16th, 2008

In an article in the July issue of Reason about libertarian responses to environmental issues, Fred Smith of the Competitive Enterprise Institute makes this interesting point: We believe that if we just go out and talk to everybody for a few hours they’ll become libertarians. That’s not a wisely thought-through process, and it misses the [...]

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