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Archive for May, 2009

Scary Chart

Monday, May 18th, 2009

How many green shoots does it take to fix this?

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Why Collectivism “works”, but doesn’t work.

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Generally speaking, when talking with a relatively reasonable and intelligent leftists about politics, economics (which are the same thing to them), econometrics, and social philosophy (again, they can’t be separated in leftist theology); the “question” will arise “If socialism is so bad, why does it work in families, and villages? It works there, so it […]

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Does Rick Perry think that NCLB preceded the 10th Amendment?

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I’m getting pretty sick and tired of hearing about Texas Governor Rick Perry being described as some sort of libertarian Messiah or hero of the 1oth Amendment. If Perry has a libertarian bone in his body, it’s one he obtained through the use of eminent domain.  This paragraph clearly outlines his dedication to small government: […]

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Presenting the Latest Nominees for the Ramos-Compean Medal of Valor

Monday, May 18th, 2009

For going above and beyond the call of duty, I herby nominate these three members of L.A.’s finest to receive the Ramos-Compean Medal of Valor. As clearly shown in the footage below, the first officer bravely kicked the suspect in the head after he had surrendered. The second officer also deserves to be recognized for […]

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Open Thread Question of the Day: To Whom or What Do You Pledge Your Allegiance?

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I was listening to the local talk show host on my way to work this morning and the topic was the ongoing saga surrounding the auto makers. This particular talk show host is a very pro-union “buy American” (and therefore anti-free trade) kind of guy in the mold of Lou Dobbs. As I pulled into […]

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Regulation Is About Competition, Not Safety

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Just a little Friday afternoon food for thought, c/o the Mises Institute. One would initially think that FAA rules mandating the retirement of pilots at age 65 (age 60 as recently as 2007) would be based upon the safety of passengers — but one would be wrong: Flashback to 1959. The airline industry is on […]

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Liberty + Libations = ???

Friday, May 15th, 2009

What do you get when you mix alcohol with the politics of freedom? An argument can be made that we owe our Republic not only to a lot of bright and brave people, but also to a lot of booze. In order to bring out freedom fighter in all of us, as well as to […]

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Obama’s Against Deficit Spending?

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Just who is he trying to fool? President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries. “We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside Albuquerque. […]

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The Nanny State vs. The Family, 2009 Edition

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Out in Minnesota, there’s a case pending that tests the limits of individual rights, religious liberty, and the state’s role in “protecting” children. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge is expected to decide whether a family can refuse chemotherapy for a 13-year-boy’s cancer and treat him with natural medicine, even though doctors say it’s effectively […]

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Libertarians arrested in Mississippi — probably for being libertarians

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Some of my friends were just arrested in Mississippi.  Here’s a description of why they’re traveling across the country: The Motorhome Diaries is the story of three friends who took to the road in April 2009 to search for freedom in America. Along the way the friends — Jason, Pete and Tom — interact with […]

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Alabama’s hops are almost free

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

I’ve been writing about a bill in Alabama to Free the Hops.  The bill just passed the Alabama Senate and is heading to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.  Here’s the relevant news update: The bill passed the Senate 22-9 and now goes to the governor. If signed, retailers would be allowed the […]

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Why Do We Keep Believing Them?

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Men (and women) who physically abuse their spouses often express remorse afterwards. “Come Back Baby, I won’t hit you anymore” they say. And puzzlingly, their battered spouses often say yes, even though this latest offer is probably just as unlikely to be true as the previous 600 offers. To those of us observing such a […]

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Drug Czar Calls For End To “War On Drugs”

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

It’s too early to tell if it’s a semantic change or a major step in the right direction, but these comments from President Obama’s “Drug Czar” are encouraging: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting “a war on drugs,” a move that […]

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Boy Scout Training: “Put him on his face and put a knee in his back”

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

From the “Not The Onion” files comes a tale that I can’t even believe, much less figure out how to respond to. Is this really what the Boy Scouts are becoming? The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in […]

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The Liberty Papers Now Available For Amazon Kindle

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

For those of you on the front end of the technology curve, you now have a new way to receive your daily TLP fix — The Liberty Papers – Kindle Edition. Amazon is expanding their Kindle blogs offering, and we were able to get ourselves in early. Now is where I’d usually give you all […]

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DHS Pulls Report On “Right-Wing Extremism”

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

It was just a little over a month ago that our own Stephen Gordon was among the first to break the story about a Department of Homeland of Security report that appeared to label most conservatives and libertarians in the country as “extremists.” Now, the Washington Times reports that DHS has officially pulled the report: […]

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Carrie Prejean Is Wrong About Her Rights

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

During the press conference the other day where Donald Trump announced that Carrie Prejean would not lose her title as Miss California, the new heroine of social conservatives everywhere had this to say: “I exercised my freedom of speech and I was punished for doing so,” an emotional Prejean said at a news conference. “This […]

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Obama Administration Setting Compensation — For Non-TARP Banks

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

I’ve said I was going to write a post — one that I’ve been thinking about since Obama’s 100-day mark — on how much worse his Presidency has been than I feared. I expected him to be a typical Democrat in the mold of a Clinton. I expected him to be a typical politician. I […]

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A suggested mea maxima culpa for Republican leaders

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

While hanging out on Twitter earlier today, I made this observation: “American voters will not take the GOP seriously until they make some sincere and MAJOR mea culpas.” This got me to thinking about what it would take for me to start taking the Republican Party more seriously.  My initial observation is that I’m suddenly […]

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The Limits of Campaign Finance Law Abridgement of the First Amendment Tested in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

During the 2008 presidential campaign, an organization called Citizens United produced an anti-Hillary documentary called “Hillary: the Movie.” The movie was available on pay-per-view cable channels until the FEC pulled the plug claiming that the broadcast violated campaign finance law. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, is now being considered by the Supreme […]

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