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Archive for December, 2008

25 More Reasons for Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

20 months ago I wrote a post (click here) to recognize the successful efforts of The Innocence Project in exonerating 200 wrongly convicted (14 of which were on death row). In the time between that post and this one, the Innocence Project has helped 25 more wrongfully convicted regain their freedom! If this trend continues, [...]

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Simon Says — In Rod We Trust

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

There once was a man from Illinois, Tried to sell a Senate seat like a toy, Some of us think He’ll end up in the clink, And the new “Rod” he meets won’t bring joy.

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Pricing And Politics

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I firmly believe that many political problems are born of the average Americans inability — and unwillingness — to try to think and understand the world around them rather than accept conventional wisdom. This is clearly evident in peoples’ lack of understanding of pricing; it is disturbingly evident in the political policies they seek as [...]

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Free Speech Or Slander ?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

A case in Maryland is requiring that state’s highest Court to find the line between freedom of speech and business disparagement: In a First Amendment case with implications for everything from neighborhood e-mail lists to national newspapers, an Eastern Shore businessman argued to Maryland’s highest court yesterday that the host of an online forum should [...]

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Ted Stevens, William Jefferson, Rod Blagojevich, And The Corruption Of State Power

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

In light of yet another example of the eternal truth that power corrupts, and absoulte power corrupts absolutely, Steve Horwitz wonders why we’re still talking about handing yet more power over to the government: I simply do not understand how those who are in favor of giving government all of these new powers because they [...]

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Oil — Where Is It Going? Up, Up And Away!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Last week, I posted about my belief that oil has currently dropped to a price level that is damaging to the long-term stability of the oil market, and that while it seems wonderful right now, it won’t last. Today we find a bit of evidence that may only support this point: The $25 low-end estimate [...]

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No Philosophy?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Several times over the past few years, well respected and well known people, have written that the reason liberty oriented people fail in the political arena, or achieve limited results that they cannot follow up on or capitalize on; is because there is no coherent philosophy behind the notion of liberty. In fact, the common [...]

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Open Thread — Off-Topic / Notebook vs. Netbook

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

This is somewhat off-topic, but as I know many bloggers and blog-readers are technophiles, I wanted to get advice from the best place I could. The time has come for us to replace my wife’s laptop. It’s about as old and decrepit as a laptop can be and still run Windows, and is a constant [...]

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Quote Of The Day: Arrogant Bastard Edition

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

“I don’t believe there’s any cloud that hangs over me. I think there’s nothing but sunshine hanging over me,” – IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to reporters yesterday. This morning, Governor Blagojevich sits in a holding cell at the Federal Courthouse in Chicago. H/T: The Daily Dish

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How Far Will Smoking Bans Go ?

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Reason.tv profiles Belmont, California’s efforts to ban smoking in private residences:

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Return Of The WPA

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Prior to the election, the question loomed — would a potential Obama administration govern as a political moderate? The recession and financial crisis have solidified the answer… FDR and LBJ may have nothing on BHO! President-elect Barack Obama is focusing his economic recovery strategy on making the biggest investment in the nation’s infrastructure since President [...]

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ABC Shows Us Just How Little Anti-Terrorism The Homeland Security Apparatus Does

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Reality TV junkie? Also a State-worshipper? Then you’re in luck! Every day the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security patrol more than 100,000 miles of America’s borders. This territory includes airports, seaports, land borders, international mail centers, the open seas, mountains, deserts and even cyberspace. Now viewers will get an unprecedented look [...]

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Why Nationalization Damages Liberty and Prosperity

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Many progressives are looking forward to increased government oversight over the auto industry. They see this as a chance to influence the types of vehicles that are produced and to dictate that production be turned to socially beneficial uses, including the manufacture of green cars that auto manufacturers are not manufacturing. These vehicles are not [...]

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Welcome To The New American Auto Industry

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

If the Democrats in Congress get what they want, the real headquarters of Ford, GM, and Chrysler won’t be in Detroit any more: All three restructuring plans are heavy on promises to build the “green” cars that a Democratic Congress wants built. GM promises 15 hybrid models by 2012 and 37 miles per gallon on [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, December 5th, 2008

From Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience: The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. Even the Chinese philosopher was wise enough to regard the individual as the basis of the empire. Is a democracy, such as we know it, [...]

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Happy Repeal Day !

Friday, December 5th, 2008

It was 75 years ago today that America’s incredibly stupid experiment in alcohol prohibition finally ended: Prohibition was the pièce de résistance of the early 20th-century progressive’s grand social engineering agenda. It failed, of course. Miserably. It did reduce overall consumption of alcohol in the U.S., but that reduction came largely among those who consumed [...]

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Roubini Advocates Nationalization Of Auto Industry

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

You know, Nouriel Roubini is smart. I’ve long believed that we should never treat those in opposition* like dullards, because that leads to sloppiness in fighting them. But I just don’t know how a smart person — an economist — can advocate the nationalization of our auto industry with a straight face. “We’re spending $2 [...]

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Is It Time To Take “Under God” Out Of The Pledge Of Allegiance ?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

A writer at The Washington Post says the answer is yes: First, it isn’t the 1950s anymore. As religion scholar Will Herberg noted in his influential 1955 essay “Protestant-Catholic-Jew,” at that time 68 percent of Americans were Protestant, 23 percent Catholic, and 4 percent Jewish. (The remaining 5 percent expressed no religious preference.) “Not to [...]

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Gohmert’s Bailout Alternative: My Letter To John Campbell (R-CA)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Earlier this morning, Stephen Littau posted a novel idea by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to use the $350B set aside for the 2nd half of the TARP program for a two-month tax holiday early in 2009. This would eliminate the income and payroll taxes for the months of January and February, allowing workers to keep [...]

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Big Three CEO’s Molt Before Congress — Reveal Same Snakes Inside

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Just look at all the sacrifices they’ll make! Humbled and fighting for survival, the country’s once-mighty automakers went to Congress with new promises to change their ways in return for a bailout as large as $34 billion. They said they would sell the corporate jets. The CEOs will work for $1 a year (Chrysler boss [...]

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