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Archive for March, 2010

The First Amendment Protects Ann Coulter, William Ayers, And The Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This morning brings the news that a speech by former Weather Underground leader William Ayers at the University of Wyoming has been canceled: The University of Wyoming announced Tuesday that a public lecture by William “Bill” Ayers, a former 1970s radical antiwar protestor who is now a university professor, has been canceled. Ayers, 65, a […]

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TLP Bracket Challenge Update — And Then There Were Two

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The NCAA Tournament has been one of the most exciting in recent memory, with more major upsets than just about anyone could have rationally expected. As such, even prior to the Final Four, we’ve seen just about every entrant in the Liberty Papers Bracket Challenge go bust. Below are the standings: 1. Nate McHugh – […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Economist’s Lexington, on Nancy Pelosi: Her autobiography contains less substance than Sarah Palin’s, which is saying something.

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Instead Of Trying To Save The Post Office, Let’s Try Freedom Instead

Monday, March 29th, 2010

It’s been rumored for more than a year now, but the U.S. Postal Service is taking the first steps toward eliminating Saturday mail delivery: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Saturday mail could be one step closer to cancellation when the United States Postal Service submits an official proposal to a government regulatory board on Tuesday to […]

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Stossel On Government Schools

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

From his blog at Fox Business Network, John Stossel has this on government schools: It’s absurd that powerful Americans consider it normal that they must move their residence or manipulate politicians to get their kids into a good school No one has do that to buy an iphone, or a good restaurant meal In every […]

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Don’t Say You Want A Revolution

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Over at United Liberty, Kevin Boyd puts forward the best case I’ve seen to date against the idea that we are anywhere near the point where rebellion is justified: For those of you out there who think this is the time for revolution, please consider the following: 1) All political and legal options have not […]

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Will The Supreme Court Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Be So Quick To Say Yes

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The New York Times’ long-time SCOTUS reporter Linda Greenhouse takes a look at how the current court might look at the challenges to the health care reform law: The challengers invoke and seek to build upon the Rehnquist court’s “federalism revolution” that flowered briefly during the 1990’s. In a series of 5-to-4 rulings, the court […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Jim Harper @ Reason, on the security of electronic medical records (emphasis added): Transferring control of health care to the federal government transfers control of health information to the federal government. The government has interests distinct from patients, and no matter how hard one fights to protect patients’ privacy interests, the government’s interests in cost […]

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Federal Court Gives Freedom Of Speech Another Victory Over McCain-Feingold

Friday, March 26th, 2010

A Federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. put another nail into the coffin of the monstrosity that is the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law: A federal appeals court on Friday handed another victory to conservative opponents of campaign-finance restrictions, striking down limits on individual contributions to independent groups who want to use the money for or […]

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Legalization Of Marijuana To Be On California Ballot In November

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Advocates of marijuana legalization have succeeded in getting a referendum on the November ballot: LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) — California will again be the flashpoint in the smoldering debate on legalization of pot as officials said Wednesday the question will be on the November ballot. Los Angeles County elections officials Wednesday submitted their official […]

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Bureaucratic Environmental Protection Agency

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

The proprietor of Coyote Blog is an entrepreneur specializing in operating camping & recreation facilities. Recently he’s been moving from big pick-up trucks to much smaller, more fuel-efficient, cheaper used Japanese trucks. That is, until the EPA barred their import: These are trucks that are from an emissions regime (in Japan) harsher than ours and […]

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The Social Security Trust Fund In Kindergarten Terms

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Yesterday I had $10 in my right pocket. I loaned that money to my left pocket, which I like to call my “Right Pocket Trust Fund”. I put an IOU from my left pocket into my right pocket to document the loan. I then spent that $10 on lunch. Today my right pocket wants to […]

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SCOTUS, Not Gov. Perry, Grants Hank Skinner a Reprieve

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Hank Skinner will not be executed today. With about an hour left before Skinner was to be taken to the death chamber, SCOTUS put an immediate halt to the process. Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports: The brief order grants him the delay but does not ensure he will get such [DNA] testing. Perry […]

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Rand Paul Picks Up Major Endorsement

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Well, sorta: Dick Cheney today announced that he is endorsing Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in the GOP Senate primary. “I’m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it. I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear […]

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Life Expectancy — Due To Lack Of Healthcare Or Gluttony and Smoking?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

A new study suggests that simply due to the results of blood pressure, obesity, blood glucose levels and smoking, American life expectancy is artificially low by 4.9 and 4.1 years for men and women, respectively (h/t Reason): A new study led by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with researchers […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Those of us who predicted lenders would avoid US Treasuries during the financial meltdown we initially somewhat surprised to see investors flocking to them. It’s the result of a supposed “flight to quality”, and nothing at the time seemed less risky than buying US Treasury bonds, since the Treasury sells its bonds in a currency […]

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Comment Of The Day

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Walter, commenting on Doug’s post about legal challenges to the health care bill: The outcome is not as important, one might reason, as it is to exhaust this means of redress by law. It needs to be clear to the people that law has failed so that political redress will be urgently sought. That failing… […]

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The Cost Of Repeal

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

So, the CBO says this bill lowers the deficit. And thus, says Ezra Klein, it’ll be tougher for the Republicans to repeal, should they win control of Congress: And as a reader reminds me, people should also remember that “now that the reform bill is the law of the land, [repeal] would increase the budget […]

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Thirteen States File Suit Against ObamaCare

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Well, that didn’t take long: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed the bill the House passed Sunday […]

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Will The Courts Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Count On It

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Over at The American Spectator, conservative lawyer Stacy Cline points out that the legal challenges to ObamaCare have the odds, and the case law, against them: Last night’s passage of the greatest expansion of the federal government since the Great Society is a sad day for our country, not only because it may bankrupt our […]

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