Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

Archive for October, 2009

Off Topic – Halloween Humor

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I’ve been looking for a reason to share this video for a long time. Why? Because its one of the funniest videos I’ve seen on YouTube for awhile. Yeah, I realize that this video has little to nothing to do with the theme or purpose* of The Liberty Papers but sometimes a little humor can [...]

Continue reading Off Topic – Halloween Humor

The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Over the past 30 years, America has seen Presidential scandals ranging from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Travel-gate, Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, and the Valerie Plame affair. We’ve learned the truth about some of the truly nefarious actions undertaken by some of most beloved Presidents of the 20th Century, including the iconic FDR, JFK, and LBJ. [...]

Continue reading The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

Coming Next Week At Reason TV: Honoring Ayn Rand And Her Ideas

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

This promises to be very interesting: Coming November 2, Reason.tv will debut “Radicals for Capitalism: Celebrating the Enduring Power of Ayn Rand’s Ideas,” a new video series featuring segments on the novelist’s continuing presence in American culture and exlcusive interviews with Nathaniel Branden, Barbara Branden, Reason Foundation founder Robert W. Poole, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), [...]

Continue reading Coming Next Week At Reason TV: Honoring Ayn Rand And Her Ideas

Hubris – Above The Law

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I hate excerpting entire blog posts, but this one at Radley Balko’s place is short and can’t be done justice without the full text: If you follow with any regularity the police misconduct stories I post on this site, you’re no doubt familiar with the phrase “paid administrative leave.” No matter how serious the alleged [...]

Continue reading Hubris – Above The Law

Street Value

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Uh-oh: Last week the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that bong water is an illegal drug. Under state law, a controlled substance includes any “mixture” containing that substance, “regardless of purity.” The consequences of reading that definition literally can be severe. In the case before the court, a woman whose bong contained 37 grams of water [...]

Continue reading Street Value

The Institute for Justice Challenges Unjust Law Banning Compensation for Bone Marrow

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

In January 2008 I wrote a post calling for the repeal of the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. As I mentioned in the post, many thousands of lives are being sacrificed because of the moral hang-ups of certain individuals who think its icky to sell organs to people who need them. How dare they. [...]

Continue reading The Institute for Justice Challenges Unjust Law Banning Compensation for Bone Marrow

A symbolic victory in a sea of defeats

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The governator sent a letter to the California State Assembly where he, er, told them he would “strike” them. Carnally. To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature. For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while manyunnecessary bills come [...]

Continue reading A symbolic victory in a sea of defeats

Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Hugo (via Cato): Every day I’m more of a revolutionary, every day I’m more socialist… I’m going to take Venezuela toward socialism, with the people and the workers…The revolution is not negotiable, socialism is not negotiable, because every day I’m more convinced that socialism is the kingdom of God on earth. That is what Christ [...]

Continue reading Quote Of The Day

Obama Creates Perfect Storm with Marijuana Policy Change

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Last week’s announcement from the Obama Administration that the Justice Department would call off the dogs with regard to medical marijuana in states where legal has created a perfect storm regarding state and local regulations. Colorado Attorney General lamented that with this announcement, a “legal vacuum” has been created and was quoted in The New [...]

Continue reading Obama Creates Perfect Storm with Marijuana Policy Change

Liberty Rock Friday: Tyrant by Judas Priest

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

By reader’s request, “Tyrant” by Judas Priest Judas Priest “Tyrant” Sad Wings of Destiny (1975) Behold ’tis I the commander Whose grip controls you all Resist me not, surrender I’ll no compassion call (tyrant) capture of humanity (tyrant) conqueror of all (tyrant) hideous destructor (tyrant) every man shall fall Your very lives are held within [...]

Continue reading Liberty Rock Friday: Tyrant by Judas Priest

Quote Of The Day

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

We all know youths who have changed for the better. When I was a lawyer in Cody, the court sometimes appointed me to represent juvenile offenders, and parents who knew of my history often asked for help with their children. I once handled the case of an 18-year-old who stole a car and drove it [...]

Continue reading Quote Of The Day

Risk and Compliance

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

For the first time today, TASER international has acknowledged that the use of their electro-compliance device has a higher risk to the health of the restrainee than they have advertised Taser: Don’t shoot stun gun at chest First time company has suggested there is any risk from its stun guns AP – updated 8:23 a.m. [...]

Continue reading Risk and Compliance

Government v. Prosperity

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Leslie Carbone, local Virginia blogger and author of Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform spoke at an Accuracy in Media sponsored even in D.C. last week. Here’s the video: And, here’s my review of Leslie’s book, which I highly recommend.

Continue reading Government v. Prosperity

Memo To Libertarians: Unite Or Die

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Over at United Liberty, Crystal Gross argues that Libertarians (and libertarians) need to back off from their doctrinaire attitudes: [M]y day-to-day experience with card-carrying members of the Libertarian Party indicates a considerably different perspective on the libertarian philosophy: “Live and let live … or else.” Why would members of a “Party Of Principle” with the [...]

Continue reading Memo To Libertarians: Unite Or Die

Is An Individual Health Insurance Mandate Constitutional ?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Over at Findlaw, Cornell University Law Professor Michael Dorf criticizes the libertarian argument that a government requirement that every citizen purchase health insurance is unconstitutional: A federal statute that was already in effect in 1994 provides that “all citizens shall have . . . an obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose.” [...]

Continue reading Is An Individual Health Insurance Mandate Constitutional ?

Government Reasonability Quiz

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

On Monday morning around 5:30 a.m. in Springfield, Virginia, Eric Williamson was making coffee (in the privacy of his own home) in the buff. Unbeknownst to Williamson, a woman and her 7 year old son could see him in all his glory as they took a shortcut through his front yard. The woman, horrified that [...]

Continue reading Government Reasonability Quiz

Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

“We swear an oath to the Constitution, not to a man, even if he makes a thrill run up your leg when he talks.” – Stewart Rhodes, the Founder of Oath Keepers, to Chris Matthews on Hardball

Continue reading Quote Of The Day

When the Government Controls Medical Care …

Monday, October 19th, 2009

… patients are an expense or liability to be gotten rid of rather than a source of profit who must be served. Much of the problems with government supplied health care can be traced to this truth concerning incentives.  A hospital is not paid more if they treat people well.  They don’t lose money if [...]

Continue reading When the Government Controls Medical Care …

Quote Of The Day

Friday, October 16th, 2009

From Lexington, The Economist: A fool of a justice of the peace in Louisiana refused to marry a biracial couple. He said he was concerned for the children. A White House spokesman, asked about the case, quipped: “I’ve found that, actually, the children of biracial couples can do pretty good.” Yeah, it’s a pretty funny [...]

Continue reading Quote Of The Day

I Know The Feeling

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Well, it appears to be a slow news day, unless you count UFO Boy or the demise of J&K+8, so let’s look at cartoons! Just once I’d love to see this actually happen…

Continue reading I Know The Feeling
Powered by: WordPress • Template by: Eric • Banner #1, #3, #4 by Stephen Macklin • Banner #2 by Mark RaynerXML