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Archive for April, 2009

A new libertarian line-of-attack when debating medical marijuana issues with Republicans

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

For years, activists have been trying to pass federal legislation which prevents the feds from arresting patients (or doctors, growing clubs, etc.) when they’ve been prescribed medicinal marijuana by a physician in the states where such prescriptions are allowed by law.  Libertarians have often made valid points about Republican hypocrisy regarding federalism when it comes […]

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Disharmony @ #tcot, freedom @ #tlot

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Despite all of the hullabaloo over #tcot (Top Conservatives on Twitter), there seems to a be a bit of a scrap brewing between TCOT co-founders Rob Neppell and Michael Patrick Leahy.  To date, the argument sounds more like a quarrel between gay lovers than one between some of the God-fearing, pro-torture fag-bashing Republicans who frequently […]

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Except for a few crapweasel holdouts, Arlen Specter unites the left and the right

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

When Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, progressives, conservatives, liberals, libertarians, and socialists can all agree on something political in nature, it’s a monumental occasion.  There seems to be a near consensus: Arlen Specter is a spineless crapweasel who now prefers to bottom-feed from a blue pond, as opposed to the red one he’s been polluting for […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

You know, Ford is looking rosier and rosier every day, especially now that they know Obama won’t become Chief Auto Designer for the company: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told NPR’s Michelle Norris yesterday: “The President has said, and I couldn’t agree more, that what this country needs is a one single national road map that […]

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Let’s Talk, Barack.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

So Barack Obama has a few snide remarks for the tea partiers: Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans. “Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea […]

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The District of Corruption Owns Your Driveway

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

In Washington, DC aka the District of Corruption, the friendly local meter maids are now issuing parking tickets, on your driveway. Beverly Anderson is mad as hell. She just started to get tickets for parking in her own driveway. That’s right. The District of Columbia is ticketing people who park their cars in their own […]

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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

One of these things doesn’t belong: Graph c/o Ezra Klein I’d say government would be considered “countercyclical”, but unfortunately it doesn’t shrink when the economy is growing.

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The Obameter at the 100 Day Mark

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Yeah I know, the “First 100 Days” of President Barack Obama is somewhat arbitrary. Still, a great deal has happened in these first 100 days so why not take another look at the Obameter shall we? So far, President Obama has kept 27 campaign promises, compromised on 7, broken 6, stalled on 3, has 63 […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Ezra Klein, who seems almost surprised that the predictions of public choice theory has come to pass: Matt is right to say that a lot of what passed for “financial innovation” was in fact innovative efforts at regulatory arbitrage. Well, yeah. When you have a massive regulatory state, don’t be surprised that people spend as […]

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Fake Cops, Fake Raid, Real Guns

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Here’s yet another example illustrating why the practice of SWAT style raids should be ended: robbers posing as cops. Here’s the news story from WRAL: This is the unedited surveillance video: As bad as this situation was, it could have ended much worse. It’s very fortunate that the armed robbers encountered the man on the […]

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WSJ dares ask the question…

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Tired of hearing about violence at the Mexico border, the false claims of firearms coming from the United States that fuel the violence and the imprisonment of citizens who are doing nothing other than trying to help patients with medical problems? If so, the Wall Street Journal has a solution to drug war blues: An […]

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Cato Report: Portugal’s Seven Year Experiment with Drug Decriminalization “a Resounding Success”

Monday, April 27th, 2009

In July of 2001, Portugal tried something which would horrify policy makers the world over: the decriminalization of all drugs. As a result, Portugal turned into a country overrun with drugs, stoners, drug tourists, and criminals…right? Not according to a report by Cato’s Glenn Greenwald entitled Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and […]

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Yet another Truther gives the freedom movement some positive media attention

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I’m taken to task in the comments every time I write about how Truthers and other conspiracy theorists harm the freedom movement.  Now that someone has just been arrested for posting threats on Twitter, let’s take a look at how the newspaper reported (emphasis added) the individual accused of the threat: According to an FBI […]

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The White House owes us some answers

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

“The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.” — President Barack Obama Along with other plaintiffs, talk radio host Michael Savage has sued Homeland Security Secretary Janet Reno and Attorney General Eric Holder […]

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This veteran won’t accept Janet Napolitano’s lame apology

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

According to this ABC News headline, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has offered a “right-wing mea culpa” for the report this site played a major role in bringing to public attention.  However, journalist Rachel Martin (or perhaps her copy editor) either has a political agenda or they just aren’t all that smart over […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Racial minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged targeted for eminent domain abuses in Alabama

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

BY DAVID BEITO What is happening in the cradle of the modern civil rights movement?   Jimmy McCall would like to know.  ”It was more my dream house,” he laments, “and the city tore it down….It reminds me of how they used to mistreat black people in the Old South.”  In 1955, Rosa Parks took on […]

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Even David Duke Has The Right To Free Speech

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Friday in the Czech Republic, Czech police detained a foreigner on suspicion of Thoughtcrime. The foreigner in question is former KKK leader David Duke who was arrested and later deported for the Thoughtcrime offense of denying the Holocaust. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was detained by police in the Czech Republic on Friday […]

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Libertarian snark of the day

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

And the award goes to… …Nick Gillespie for this gem: Here’s Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) talking with Conservative News Service (CNS) who, like the Canadian Mounties, always seem to get their man when it comes interview: “I would let people gamble on the Internet,” Frank said. “I would let adults smoke marijuana; I would let […]

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Bragging about a shining star and a very dear friend

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’ve heard Wayne Allyn Root described as “the Energizer Bunny on speed.”  While our styles are significantly different, I’ve been told that I outperform Root.  I’m not trying to compete with Root, but to make another point.  There is one person in the liberty movement I know who has the energy and results of Root […]

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Where Did The Anti-War Movement Go?

Friday, April 24th, 2009

In the American Conservative, Antiwar.com editor Justin Raitmando (whom I often disagree with) has a piece detailing some more leftist hypocrisy concerning their Messiah and his plans to expand the Afghan War The antiwar rally at the University of Iowa was sparsely attended. The below 30 degree weather might have had something to do with […]

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