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Oklahoma State Trooper Will Not be Charged for Assaulting EMT

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

I dare say that any individual sans badge would be charged for putting his or her hands on the throat of an EMT. Click here to read the rest of the story. UPDATE I: Once I figure out how to insert a pdf without hotlinking, I’ll have the official statements from both the EMT and […]

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US still likes the Constitution…sort of

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Ramussen has a poll on the public’s perception of the Constitution: Eighty-three percent (83%) of voters nationwide rate the U.S. Constitution as good or excellent, and there is little public support for changing the document. However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% believe the Constitution doesn’t place enough restrictions on the […]

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Senator Feingold wants your input on health care

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Senator Feingold is half of the team which brought us McCain-Feingold. His “Citizen Brief on Health Care” wants your input. It asks: How does the state of our current system affect you and your family? What reforms do you think are necessary to fix our health care crisis? Do you support the creation of a […]

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Quote of the Day: Sotomayor’s “Pro-State Bias” Edition

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

This article in The Boston Globe about Sonia Sotomayor ought to delight “tough on crime” conservatives and cause great concern for civil libertarians of all stripes. Prosecutors and law enforcement organizations give her high marks for her “aggressiveness” both as a prosecutor and as a judge. One quote from the article stood out and seems […]

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Open Thread — Chrysler Storm A-Brewin’

Monday, June 8th, 2009

This news just came through the tubes — A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday granted a request to put on hold the sale of bankrupt automaker Chrysler LLC to a group led by Italian carmaker Fiat SpA. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a one-sentence order, said the orders of the bankruptcy […]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Hey Newt… As one of the limited-government pro-individual-rights potential voters who has stopped voting Republican in disgust at the actions of the party over the last 8 years, I think you and I both agree that the Republicans need a concerted effort to woo folks like me back. But as an atheist, this sure isn’t […]

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A boot stamping on a human face…

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

…forever.  But, if San Francisco’s most famous street vendor has anything to say about it, that boot will be well-shined: He sleeps under a bridge, washes in a public bathroom and was panhandling for booze money 11 months ago, but now Larry Moore is the best-dressed shoeshine man in the city. When he gets up […]

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California Department Of Real Estate Trust Fund Nearing Deficit!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

The California Department Of Real Estate oversees and administers the state’s real estate agent and broker licensing program. During the big housing boom, the fees generated by the high level of real estate activity (and the agents/brokers who were licensed to enable that activity) has caused them to build up some a nice Trust Fund. […]

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Wasn’t the “stimulus” bill supposed to keep unemployment down?

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Could opponents of the stimulus bill actually have been right? Take a look at the numbers of what the Obama Administration said unemployment would look like with and without the “stimulus” compared to what it is today. Don’t forget that the ridiculous claim by Obama Administration that 150,000 jobs have been created (total job losses […]

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Comment of the Day: A Welcome Voice from Liberty Papers Past

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Re: Mancow gets waterboarded It’s always a treat to hear from Eric, the founder of The Liberty Papers. Its comments like this one which make me miss his “grumbles.” This comment was in response to a discussion sparked by Stephen Gordon’s post concerning waterboarding: Interesting discussion. Chris has a very valid point about altering the […]

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And Republicans still can’t figure out why they keep losing battles in the War of the Tubes

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Shortly after I graduated high school in 1980 (yep, I’m an old man, just ask my kids), I responded to two computer programming job ads.  One company wanted a detailed resume of my education and work experience.  The other company was trying to get people to come in and take a test. The test was […]

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Liberty Rock Friday: Another Brick in the Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This is one of my all-time favorites. To truly appreciate the message, one needs to see the video (below). Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall, Part II The Wall (1979) By Roger Waters We don’t need no education We dont need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids […]

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Is The “Public Plan” True Market Competition?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I’m not sure if this is a case of drinking too early in the day or willful dishonesty, but I can’t quite understand why Ezra Klein would misrepresent his opposition this badly: I’ve been trying to figure out how to make this sound like more than a cute argument, because I think it’s actually a […]

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Republican Senators busted trying to water down the “Audit the Fed” bill

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The Senate version of The Federal Reserve Transparency Act (HR1207) is being watered down.  Not by Democrats, but by two ranking Republicans. The Huffington Post reports: Thanks to an overlooked document posted on the website of Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, voters can virtually watch the water […]

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The Liberty Papers hits list of top 100 poliblogs

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

ABC News has noted Wikio.com’s ranking of political blogs.  The Liberty Papers made the top 100 poliblogs, coming in at number 87. The rankings are compiled based on links from other blogs — with extra weight given to blogs that rank higher via Wikio’s formulas, and based on how recently an item is published. Blog […]

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Sonia Sotomayor: Endorsed by The Badge Worshippers and Law Enforcement Bootlickers of America

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Those who are of the badge worshipping and law enforcement bootlicking persuasion might assume that Judge Sonia Sotomayor may not have much to offer them as a Supreme Court Justice until they take a look at her record on the 2nd Circuit. As it turns out, Sotomayor has quite an authoritarian streak. It seems that […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

It seems Timmy Geithner can’t sell his house in this market… So he’s renting it out. “Careful attention has been paid to the design of every feature of this sophisticated home,” according to the listing. Hopefully more careful than the attention he paid to his taxes. H/T: The Big Picture

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Valor Pleases You, Crom… So Grant Me One Request. Grant Me Revenge!*

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Governator is back. And this time, he takes no prisoners: Declaring that “California’s day of reckoning is here,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said today the state should turn its dire budget straits into an opportunity to make government more efficient. Speaking to a rare mid-year joint session of the Legislature and other constitutional officers, Schwarzenegger […]

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The 31-Year Old “In Charge Of” Automakers? I’m More Qualified Than This Guy!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

So what happens when you go from your PoliSci undergrad degree, float through various political and think tank jobs, begin a law degree, and have no formal training in either economics or business? You get the job of running GM! It is not every 31-year-old who, in a first government job, finds himself dismantling General […]

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Working Harder Or Working Smarter?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Is workplace compensation associated with intelligence? Tangentially, yes. But it’s by no means a clear link. Compensation is based on one critical factor which Ezra Klein leaves out of the below analysis (and for which intelligence plays an important, but not necessary, role): And that, I’d submit, is the real reason that people assume the […]

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