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Archive for March, 2009

Eminent Domain, Alabama Style

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Speaking of the Cato Institute’s new video telling the story behind Suzette Kelo’s legal fight against the City of New London, I’ve been working on a website for a new grassroots organization in Alabama hoping to promote “the property rights of all Alabamians, regardless of race or financial status.” In Alabama, it is generally the [...]

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My Name Is Suzette Kelo And The Government Stole My House

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The Cato Institute has a new video out telling the story behind Suzette Kelo’s legal fight against the City of New London, Connecticut and Pfizer, Inc, which resulted in one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in recent memory: You can also listen to Suzette Kelo tell her story in her own words. And, yes, [...]

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Strategies For Advancing Liberty — Building Alternative Structures To Government

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Those who have read me for a while have seen that I’ve transitioned a lot over the last few years. When I started blogging, my first post was days after the 2004 election, defending a vote for George W. Bush as the best of a couple of bad options. Now, I’m nearly indistinguishable from an [...]

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Posse Comitatus Alert: Military Deployed in Alabama to Aid with Murder Spree Law Enforcement Activities

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

As I was just interviewed by the Associated Press pertaining to federal troops being sent to Samson, Alabama immediately following a rampage last week which left 11 people dead, I’d thought I’d collect my thoughts on the issue here. Preliminary reporting includes these stories: the initial AP piece, USA Today, LewRockwell.com, and CNS News. The [...]

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Who is John Galt?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

This question is asked repeatedly in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged until Galt himself introduces himself to a world in crisis. In light of this new phenomenon of “Going Galt” being encouraged by Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and many others (particularly on the Right), this question deserves a serious answer. How else would it [...]

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Fixing The Hidden Homeless Problem? No, Throwing Money At The Non-Existent Homeless Problem

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Maybe, in the fury over federal bailout dollars spent on AIG bonuses, someone should stand up and ask whether this $600K in stimulus money is well spent: The Town of Union is getting $578,661 in federal Recovery Act funding for a homeless problem that may not exist within its borders. The money is coming from [...]

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Stephen Colbert Goes Galt

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Last week, Stephen Colbert put his spin on the whole “Going Galt” meme: Even though I like Rand’s ideas alot, I think Colbert hits the nail on the head. In the end, I think that a lot of this “going galt” stuff is just talk that will amount to nothing. UPDATE (Brad Warbiany): Fixed formatting [...]

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Sacha Baron Cohen Makes “Queer” Pass at Ron Paul

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Two of my favorite former presidential aspirants have now been punked by Sacha Baron Cohen. Those who thought the Borat scene with Bob Barr funny (modified YouTube below) may find even the thought of this one even funnier. Here’s how Slate describes (movie spoiler warning) the scene with Ron Paul for the upcoming movie Bruno: [...]

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Angry About The AIG Bonuses ? Blame Washington

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

As the Obama Administration tries to manage the blowblack from the revelations about the bonuses paid to AIG employees last week, it’s becoming exceedingly clear that this is a controversy created largely thanks to the incompetence and grand-standing at all levels of levels of government. First of all, there’s the fact that Tim “Turbo Tax” [...]

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Spot The Flaw In Ezra Klein & Kevin Drum’s Reasoning

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Here we go — unfortunately I have to quote this nearly in its entirety, or the error will not be quickly apparent. Noam Scheiber says “our political system isn’t ideally suited to dealing with financial and economic crises.” Ezra Klein begs to differ: Indeed, I think our political system is actually fairly well-designed for short-term [...]

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Simon Says: Hope

Monday, March 16th, 2009

In Washington is a man full of Hope™, Through a crisis he says we can cope, He’s promised us Change™, But if you believe that’s in range, Then I suggest you’re smoking some dope.

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Protectionism For Green Industries Is Unnecessary [And Bad]

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The Economist Free Exchange Blog, responding to this pro-protectionism piece by Joe Weisenthal, half-heartedly suggests that maybe Joe meant that a little infant industry protection for green industries is in order: I wonder if he is suggesting some sort of infant industry type policy to stimulate domestic manufacturing of more enviromental products. Interesting idea, but [...]

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New Jersey To Ban Being Bare “Down There”

Monday, March 16th, 2009

New Jersey, already a state even less free than my home of CA (PDF), has decided to tread where others don’t dare, to see if the ladies are bare down there: Things could get hairy in New Jersey this summer for women who sport revealing bikinis or a little bit less. The painful Brazilian wax [...]

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Logic Problems for the Single-Payer Cabal

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Believe it or not, Jay Leno is not the biggest clown with that particular last name.  No, really, he’s not.  That dubious honor instead falls to my State Senator, Mark Leno.  Leno’s latest clown move is again introducing a single-payer health care measure that would impact all Californians: The new version of the bill, SB [...]

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Defining Both Major Parties in Twenty Words or Less

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Over at AmSpecBlog, Robert Stacy McCain has launched a contest to see who can best describe the Democratic Party in 20 words or less.  Considering that I’m a libertarian, I’m sure my entry won’t win — but here goes anyway: Of the big-government political parties, the Democrats are the ones who favor donkeys over elephants. [...]

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20/20 and Reason: “Bailouts & Bull”

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Last night’s episode of 20/20 was one of the best I’ve ever seen. John Stossel took on several topics, such as taxpayer-funded bailouts, transportation, medicinal marijuana, universal pre-kindergarten and immigration. Many of the segments are based on and include footage from The Drew Carey Project from Reason TV. Stossel also interviews Drew Carey in some [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao: “President Obama and his new government have adopted a series of measures to deal with the financial crisis. We have expectations as to the effects of these measures,” Mr. Wen said. “We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety [...]

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Is the White House “Going Galt” on Us?

Friday, March 13th, 2009

In a 2001 article entitled “The Virtue of Greed,” noted economist Walter Williams wrote: “YOU CAN CALL IT GREED, selfishness or enlightened self-interest, but the bottom line is that it’s these human motivations that get wonderful things done. Unfortunately, many people are naive enough to believe that it’s compassion, concern and ‘feeling another’s pain’ that’s [...]

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Patches, Security, and Blog Contests

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A few weeks ago, I wrote on my personal blog, about an author who had, essentially by accident, trained himself to become an intelligence analyst: Trevor Paglen is an author, and Dr. of Geography, who developed a fascination for the “black” side of the military some years ago; and started snooping. His first book on [...]

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Tonight On 20/20: Bailouts & Bull

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Tonight’s 20/20 is definitely worth watching, not just for libertarians but for anyone who wants to know what’s really going on: Additionally, starting at 8:30pm ET, Reason.com will be live-streaming an event from it’s D.C. Headquarters tied into the special. So, watch it live or set your DVR’s !

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