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Archive for May, 2010

Wayne Allyn Root Is Poison For The Libertarian Party

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Wayne Allyn Root, the businessman and online gambling advocate who served as Bob Barr’s running mate on the Libertarian ticket in 2008, is casting his lot in with the birthers. As Radley Balko reports, Root promotes on his Facebook page his participation in a “trial of Barack Obama” that took place last week in New […]

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French Burqua Ban: Liberating or Tyrannical?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I can almost guarantee that the overwhelming swap of Liberty Papers readers were sympathetic to the creators of South Park in the recent controversy. In fact, I’m sure some of you are planning on participating in Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. Given that, I have to request reader thoughts on the French ban of the burqa […]

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Ohio Police Officer Found Guilty In Shooting Of Unarmed Cyclist

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Yesterday, an Ohio jury found a local police officer guilty in the shooting of an unarmed motorcyclist: TOLEDO, OHIO — A Lucas County jury has found an Ottawa Hills police officer guilty of felonious assault in the May 2009 shooting of a motorcyclist. After over five hours of deliberations, a jury found that part-time Ottawa […]

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Nation’s Drug Czar Laments Drug War Failure

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Here’s the direct quote: “In the grand scheme, it has not been successful,” drug czar Gil Kerlikowske told the AP. “Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified.” That’s certainly good to hear, but here’s the chief problem: This week President Obama backed up that rhetoric by announcing […]

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Elena Kagan And The Second Amendment

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Today’s controversy burning up Memeorandum is a revelation concerning Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s previously expressed views on the Second Amendment: May 13 (Bloomberg) — Elena Kagan said as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk in 1987 that she was “not sympathetic” toward a man who contended that his constitutional rights were violated when he […]

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Prosecutors Ask If Congress Duped CBO To Obtain Favorable Score

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Okay, that’s not true. But it’s no different than this: Prosecutors Ask if 8 Banks Duped Rating Agencies Wall Street played a crucial role in the mortgage market’s path to collapse. Investment banks bundled mortgage loans into securities and then often rebundled those securities one or two more times. Those securities were given high ratings […]

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Robin Hood – Tea Partier?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

A review for Robin Hood from the Seattle Weekly poses some unexpected accusations: An old-fashioned adventure epic weighed down by overly simplistic, quasi-populist dialogue,Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood plays like a rousing love letter to the Tea Party movement. Instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) preaches about […]

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Gay Marriage, Religious Liberty, And The Case Of One 8 Year-Old Boy

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The latest battleground in the ongoing debate over gay marriage and religious liberty is taking place in Massachusetts: BOSTON (AP) — A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was “in discord” with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers. It’s […]

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Quote of the Day

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

“You can fight fire with fire. As a rule, though, it’s better to use water.” -From Steve Chapman’s Reason article: “Meeting Stupidity with Stupidity: For every action, there is an equal and opposite overreaction” Read the whole article.

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A New Introduction

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I am honored to join The Liberty Papers. Brad Warbiany and Doug Mataconis have been very welcoming, and my new realm into libertarian thought should be fulfilling and rich. I’ve been at United Liberty for two years, starting with the 2008 election and running all the way up to coverage of Arizona’s discriminatory immigration law. […]

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Simon Says

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Shes a cipher, Is she or isn’t she? Her detractors are less hidden, We know what they are. >;-)

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Monday Question: Immigration Motives

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Coyote, in far more concise words than I probably could have generated, asks a very good question. What I would really understand is: what drives these folks? I will take them at their word that it is not racism. If its violent or property crime, the stats are pretty clear that immigrants don’t really contribute […]

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House Resolutions Are Silly

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

As a homebrewer and avid consumer of craft beer, even *I* find this silly: Resolved, That the House of Representatives— supports the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week, as founded by the Brewers Association; recognizes the significant contributions of craft brewers to the economy of the United States; encourages beer-lovers of the United […]

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The TSA Napoleon Complex

Friday, May 7th, 2010

When I thought of all the ways the TSA body-scanning machines could end badly, surprisingly I didn’t hit on this: A Transportation Security Administration screener is facing an assault rap after he allegedly beat a co-worker who joked about the size of the man’s genitalia after he walked through a security scanner. The May 4 […]

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NIMBY, Granny!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Oh dear. “Stonemill Farms will be the scene of many memorable days with family and friends alike,” according to marketing materials. The development, with its $300,000 to $500,000 homes, is “the perfect place to raise a family,” the website boasts. Sounds like a nice place. At least until the influx of the brain-devouring proto-zombie hordes […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Hmm… Title of the post included below: When bad economic news is good news Productivity growth slowed from more than 6 percent during the final three quarters of 2009 to 3.6 percent during the first quarter of 2010. Generally, you want productivity growth to be as high as possible, but this is actually good news […]

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Eliminate The Liability Cap For Offshore Drilling

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Commenting on the efforts in Congress to increase the statutory liability cap that oil companies enjoy for damages caused by offshore drilling accidents, John Cole makes this point: Here’s a revolutionary idea- why don’t we get rid of the limit altogether! If BP or Exxon cuts corners and makes a hash of things, and they […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him. -Leo […]

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This Day in History: 40th Anniversary of the Kent State Massacre

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

From the Progressive/Left-wing DemocracyNow.org’s coverage: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State Shootings. On May 4th, 1970, National Guardsmen opened fire on hundreds of unarmed students at an antiwar rally at Kent State University in Ohio. The guardsmen fired off at least 67 shots in roughly 13 seconds. Four students were killed and […]

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Libertarianism From A To Z

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Reason’s Nick Gillespie recently sat down to interview Professor Jeffrey Miron, author of the new book Libertarianism, from A to Z:

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