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Archive for September, 2009

Simon Says: Roman Polanski

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Sorry, can’t think of anything funny to say about raping a 13-year-old girl. Douchebag. Burn in hell. >:-(

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Lake Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Here in Southern California, water is a pretty precious commodity. And I’m not just talking about the pretentious restaurants where you get dirty looks if you don’t like your water “sparkling” and at $6 a bottle. No, it’s a serious outgrowth of building a major city in the middle of a desert, in which you […]

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Supreme Court To Rule On Second Amendment’s Applicability To The States

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

One of the issues left unresolved by the Supreme Court’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller was whether the Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment as an individual right applied to state and local governments. The last time the Court had the opportunity to rule on the issue, in 1886, in the case Presser […]

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The Nanny State In Action — School District Bars Kids From Riding Bikes To School

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

I wouldn’t be able to do it anymore because district boundaries in my hometown changed a long time ago, but when I was a kid I used to ride my bike to school nearly every day that weather permitted it. It’s a good thing I didn’t live in Saratoga Springs, New York: SARATOGA SPRINGS — […]

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The Daily Show Illustrates the Shortsightedness of Government

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Arizona State Capitol Building for Sale www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Ron Paul Interview The above video clip from The Daily Show, while very humorous, illustrates a fundamental problem of government: shortsightedness. In this example, the State of Arizona is offering […]

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Why Not The Sage From South Central The Senate?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

California is a state that is not likely to elect a Republican to the Senate any time soon. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. Babs Boxer is up for re-election next fall, and the field is wide open. Unfortunately, the NRSC is determined to narrow the field, and has scuttled support for one […]

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PATRIOT Act – Much Ado About Drugs, Not About Terrorism

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The PATRIOT Act was sold to the country as the line in the sand protecting us from the murderous hordes of Islamist terrorists. Passed in a hurry following 9/11, they told us that these powers were needed for terrorism only, and not for general law-enforcement. Civil libertarians didn’t believe this assertion, of course, and as […]

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Republican Senator Expresses Support For Mandatory Health Insurance

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Former Republican Senator Bill Frist starts out the U.S. News And World Report article in which he comes out in support of a government requirement that each American have health insurance with what can only be described as a fair degree of irony: I believe in limited government and individual responsibility, cherish the freedom to […]

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Why You Should Support Auditing The Fed

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The Fed is tasked with the dual goals of price stability and restraining inflation. Folks like myself would suggest it hasn’t done a very good job of either, but that’s not crucial to the question of whether we should be able to determine how they’re attempting to fulfill their mission. Particularly irksome when we’re talking […]

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Sorry Granny, “But For The Good Of Everyone, The Law Was Put Into Effect.”

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I tells ya, sometimes ya just gotta to make an example of ‘em: When Sally Harpold bought cold medicine for her family back in March, she never dreamed that four months later she would end up in handcuffs. … Harpold is a grandmother of triplets who bought one box of Zyrtec-D cold medicine for her […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

“You heard the mantra, ‘Tax the rich, tax the rich… We’ve done that. We’ve probably lost jobs and driven people out of the state.” – Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) H/T: United Liberty

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HHS Blocks Misleading Insurance Company Propoganda! [It Just Happens To Be True]

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services isn’t pleased. You see, Humana has sent out a mailer (PDF) claiming that under the proposed health care legislation, Medicare Advantage benefits might be cut. HHS thinks this might be misleading, partly because Max Baucus (D-MT) says it won’t cut benefits and because they suggest it can be […]

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The NEA Con-Call; There’s Not Much “There” There

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

On August 10th, a conference call occurred, including folks from the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the arts community. The purpose of the call was to “rally the troops” of artists who had spent time working for the Obama campaign, enlisting their help to push national service initiatives. The revelation of […]

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The ACORN Tapes

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I’m about to write a very long-winded post on the story that dropped from Breitbart on the NEA “scandal”, and in doing so, I need to clear the air about ACORN. When the ACORN tapes hit the street, I considered posting about it. My initial reaction was this: 1) I’m a libertarian. In my world, […]

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Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

A little diversion to your week: India’s cricketers at the Champions Trophy in South Africa are being encouraged by their coach to have sex to boost their on-field performance, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. … The large-selling broadsheet, which claimed to have a copy of the document, said the relevant chapter was headlined “Does sex […]

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Why Federal Government Spending Will Never Be Cut

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Economist Bruce Bartlett had a column in Forbes outlining why he thinks spending won’t be cut. Every time I write about the need to raise revenues to pay for federal spending, some nitwit always demands to know why we don’t just cut spending. That is not a viable option to deal with our fiscal problem. […]

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Republicans Were Against Big Government Before The Election, Too.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Apparently, the Obama administration is learning that calling a large percentage of the American people racist wackos isn’t a very good idea: it cheapens the terms, which carry more charge if applied to Stormfront and the birthers, respectively. Obama on Leno last night (text via LA Times) suggested that maybe people are opposing him because […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

From Ian Millhiser, who derides “tenthers”, the folks who actually believe the 10th Amendment was designed as a meaningful check on the federal government. More important, there is something fundamentally authoritarian about the tenther constitution. Social Security, Medicare, and health-care reform are all wildly popular, yet the tenther constitution would shackle our democracy and forbid […]

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Are Health Insurance Mandates Constitutional ?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

After a piece last month in the Washington Post, which I wrote about here, lawyers David Rivkin and Lee Casey are back with a piece in the Wall Street Journal expanding on their argument that a requirement that every American buy health insurance would be unconstitutional. This time, they argue that, even under current commerce […]

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Hey Ezra, Strawman Much?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Ahh, the infamous strawman. Take one aspect of an argument, assume it is not part of a cohesive whole, and argue against it as if it negates everything else at hand. I.e. libertarians and conservatives argue that capping drug prices just MIGHT reduce drug innovation, and Ezra Klein acts as if we’d keep everything else […]

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