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Archive for June, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 29th, 2009

On John Edwards’ sex tape, the understatement of the day: While he was unpacking, Young discovered a videocassette, according to the book pitch. Hunter had been hired by the Edwards campaign to videotape the candidate’s movements, but this one is said to have shown him taking positions that weren’t on his official platform. I don’t [...]

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Public Schools and the Public Option

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Imagine a private school where students sat in a math class for weeks misbehaving and learning nothing. Imagine that school gets on TV news because the administrators suspended the young lady who blew the whistle by taking a cell phone video and giving it to her mom who confronted them. Do you think that school [...]

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Petty Meddlers Face Jackboot

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Homeowners’ Associations are one of life’s little sour tastes of government. Petty meddling nannies who tell you that you can’t do X, or that you must do Y, in order to keep the neighborhood “uniform” or somesuch. Sadly, it’s also a microcosm for most peoples’ reactions to government. When it’s a neighbor doing something they [...]

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I have to give the man some credit

Friday, June 26th, 2009

I happen to live in Arizonas 5th congressional district; and am currently represented in the house by Harry Mitchell. Congressman Mitchell and I disagree about a lot of things. Abortion, social security and government health care, school choice and education policy, many economic issues, government intervention and regulations in general, and the overall wisdom of [...]

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Where Is This Rally Headed?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before, I sometimes question my allegiance to the belief that we’re in the midst of a bear market rally. Part of this is due to the constant media affinity for “green shoots”, and the fact that in many ways, the “second derivative” is actually improving… But I don’t think the fundamentals are [...]

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If Government Ran Healthcare…

Friday, June 26th, 2009

First a little humor in this Sprint Spoof from Reason.tv Now Dr. Ron Paul’s prescription for reforming healthcare in America

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Liberty Rock Friday: …And Justice for All by Metallica

Friday, June 26th, 2009

This song somehow seems appropriate in marking the end of another term of the U.S. Supreme Court. Metallica …And Justice for All …And Justice for All (1988) Songwriters: Hammett, Kirk L; Hetfield, James Alan; Ulrich, Lars Halls of Justice Painted Green Money Talking Power Wolves Beset Your Door Hear Them Stalking Soon You’ll Please Their [...]

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Quote(s) Of The Day

Friday, June 26th, 2009

One this short, you’d think I was taking it out of context. And if anyone can find justification I’m doing so, let me know. But I just don’t see any way this comment is defensible under any circumstances: I know that most readers of NRO, like myself, believe completely in creativity and democratic power of [...]

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ObamaCare: 21st century gerrymandering?

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

It’s a rare day that I don’t read some story about President Obama punishing some financial institution,  auto manufacturer or responsible party for not playing along with his political agenda.  It’s fairly common knowledge that the elderly are more likely to vote Republican than Democrat. While the main stream media seems ignorant of the fact, [...]

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SCOTUS Returns to Sanity in School Strip Search Case

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

It seems that most of the time the U.S. Supreme Court is divided 5-4 on what should be very basic Constitutional principles (such was the case I wrote about in my most recent post). But once in awhile, SCOTUS does the unthinkable and actually upholds the Constitution. In Safford Unified School District #1 et. al. [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Reason’s Jacob Sullum on Sonia Sotomayor: This inconsistency is not exactly encouraging, but even if Sotomayor chooses sides by flipping a coin she might still turn out better (or at least no worse) than David Souter, and Obama easily could have chosen someone more consistently bad. I don’t expect much good from Sotomayor, or would [...]

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30,000th Comment

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

This evening, we had our 30,000th comment here on the Liberty Papers. On behalf of all of us who post here, I’d like to thank you, our audience, for your feedback, arguments, discussions, and explanations. You, our readers, are why we write. Thanks for reading.

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SCOTUS: No Constitutional Right for DNA Testing Post-Conviction

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Last week in District Attorney’s Office for the Third Judicial District et. al. v. Osborne the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that convicts have no Constitutional right to DNA testing even if such testing would conclusively determine the guilt or innocence of the convict. In this particular case, William Osborne was willing to pay for [...]

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Trust, blogs, and the FTC?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

So, the FTC is coming after bloggers who make money and don’t adequately disclose it: New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers – as well as the companies that compensate them – for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The Sheriff whose deputies raided Berwyn Heights, MD mayor Cheye Calvo’s house predictably doesn’t think they did anything wrong. He said a lot of pretty despicable things in that article, but this one really bothers me: “I’m sorry for the loss of their family pets,” Jackson said. “But this is the unfortunate result of the [...]

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BB&T One Of First To Return TARP Funds

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

BB&T, a regional southern bank, is a bit of a darling of the libertarian movement. After Kelo, they made it bank policy to not lend money towards projects utilizing eminent domain. Co-contributor Jason Pye suggested a desire to open an account there after BB&T began donating money to UNC-Greensboro to found a pro-capitalism and pro-markets [...]

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This is Government

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

According to the Iranian government, the person dying below was a terrorist. No doubt all the people walking around her in apparent unconcern for there were fellow terrorists, and the people she was terrorizing were outside camera range. She is being called Neda. The person who uploaded the video to Youtube claims that he was [...]

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Symbolic Victories Are Often Real Losses

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Judging from his statements and the note he left in his car, James von Brunn walked into the Holocaust Museum believing that he was about to strike a blow against Jewish world hegemony and Federal gun-control.  Even by his twisted standards, his actions were counterproductive. His plan was to massacre people visiting and working at [...]

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I Don’t Ask Congress To Applaud Iranian Protesters, But I’ll Do It Myself

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Congress has voted to condemn the actions of the Iranian government, and as Reason points out, Ron Paul in typical contrarian fashion is the sole “no” vote: I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone [...]

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Or Else We Will Be Very, Very Angry With You!

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Apparently the UN has said it has the right to stop any North Korean ship suspected of smuggling arms. Or, not really… We have the right to ASK them to stop. And if they don’t stop, they will be in deep trouble with the UN. How deep? They might be angry and write a letter [...]

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