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Archive for May, 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 [...]Continue reading Why Collectivism “works”, but doesn’t work.
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: [...]Continue reading Does Rick Perry think that NCLB preceded the 10th Amendment?
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 [...]Continue reading Presenting the Latest Nominees for the Ramos-Compean Medal of Valor
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 [...]Continue reading Open Thread Question of the Day: To Whom or What Do You Pledge Your Allegiance?
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 [...]Continue reading Regulation Is About Competition, Not Safety
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 [...]Continue reading Liberty + Libations = ???
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. [...]Continue reading Obama’s Against Deficit Spending?
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 [...]Continue reading The Nanny State vs. The Family, 2009 Edition
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 [...]Continue reading Libertarians arrested in Mississippi — probably for being libertarians
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 [...]Continue reading Alabama’s hops are almost free
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 [...]Continue reading Why Do We Keep Believing Them?
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 [...]Continue reading Drug Czar Calls For End To “War On Drugs”
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 [...]Continue reading Boy Scout Training: “Put him on his face and put a knee in his back”
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 [...]Continue reading The Liberty Papers Now Available For Amazon Kindle
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: [...]Continue reading DHS Pulls Report On “Right-Wing Extremism”
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 [...]Continue reading Carrie Prejean Is Wrong About Her Rights
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 [...]Continue reading Obama Administration Setting Compensation — For Non-TARP Banks
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 [...]Continue reading A suggested mea maxima culpa for Republican leaders
The Limits of Campaign Finance Law Abridgement of the First Amendment Tested in Citizens United v. Federal Elections CommissionTuesday, 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 [...]Continue reading The Limits of Campaign Finance Law Abridgement of the First Amendment Tested in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission