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Archive for September, 2010

Nolan Exposes McCain’s Antipathy for Civil Liberties in Arizona Senate Debate

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

David Nolan, co-founder of the Libertarian Party and author of “The World’s Smallest Political Quiz” (to which the result is plotted on the “Nolan Chart”) is running against none other than the most recent Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain for his senate seat. KTVK-3TV hosted a debate last Sunday which included Sen. McCain along […]

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Pot Freedom: It Works!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

A great story that’s a testament to the endurance of freedom, from Portugal: In 2001, Portugal legalized all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs—including cocaine, heroin, and meth—and replaced drug sentences with offers of therapy. If that sounds a bit bleeding heart, well, it worked: In the five years following decriminalization, drug use among […]

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Perhaps it’s time for a little compassionate libertarianism

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

“It is to put conservative values and conservative ideas into the thick of the fight for justice and opportunity. “This is what I mean by compassionate conservatism. And on this ground we will govern our nation. “We will give low-income Americans tax credits to buy the private health insurance they need and deserve. “We will […]

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Back to State’s Rights: Marijuana

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

At the time that Brad Warbiany and I had a debate about state’s rights, I’d just come back from CPAC in Washington D.C. where there had been a mix of the really good and the really bad. I volunteered at the Campaign for Liberty booth and found three copies of anti-Abraham Lincoln books for sale. […]

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From Saxby Chambliss’s Office: “All faggots must die”

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Here’s where you can find the offending quote on the Internet. Here’s the challenge that was made to find the culprit: The above comment was left today by “Jimmy” on my post about the DADT cloture vote. The IP address *appears* to resolve to the neighborhood of GOP U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ Atlanta office. The […]

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Ken Buck’s “Radical” Proposal to “Rewrite” the Constitution

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I do not support Ken Buck in the Colorado senate race and I will not vote for him. Actually, between his extreme position on abortion, on banning common forms of birth control, and his sexist comments he made about his primary opponent, I think he is quite a jackass. But even as much as I […]

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Be Thankful I Don’t Take It All…

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Here’s the outrage of the day, coming straight out of the UK: The UK’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer. The proposal by Her […]

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The Tea Party Movement: A Geopolitical Perspective

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Stratfor is an incredible policy source that looks deeply into matters of geopolitics. Policy wonks are often able to look at what is going on dispassionately and with eye for understanding what is actually happening and that indispensable ability is in evidence in Robert W. Merry’s analysis of the Tea Party movement: Nearly every American […]

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Political Progress Through Laughter in Afghanistan

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This piece from Al Jazeera illustrates how comedy can positively affect politics. Like in the United States with comedians like Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, satirists, comedians and cartoonists in Afghanistan are able to go where conventional journalists are afraid to go. With the dreary headlines coming out of the region, it’s good […]

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Will the Tea Party movement be willing to support libertarian-leaning candidates?

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Reason‘s Jesse Walker and the Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan have some back and forth and back again going on relating to the Tea Party movement and libertarianism. Sullivan notes: If only a left/right alliance would cooperate to end the drug war, get a grand compromise on the debt, and rein in defense spending and police state […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, September 17th, 2010

From The Big Picture, on whether he [Barry Ritholtz] is a Republican or Democrat: Here’s why: I am not a Democrat, because I have no idea what their economic policies are; And I am not a Republican, because I know precisely what their economic policies are. Indeed, the entire left/right debate is false, an artificial […]

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Constitution Day Open Thread: Top 3 Amendments You Would Make

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Today marks the 223rd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, allegedly the supreme law of the land. The framers of the Constitution recognized that over time changes would need to be made through an amendment process. In the intervening 223 years, this document has been amended only 27 times. This brings me to the question I […]

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Jack Conway’s Unfair Attack on Rand Paul

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I’m not a Rand Paul fan, not a Kentuckian and am not going to endorse him or give money to his campaign. Given that, all of the above is true of his Democratic opponent Jack Conway as well. His disingenuous advertisement attacking Paul for an alleged laissez faire approach to law enforcement is absurd and […]

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Islamic Fundamentalism: Still A Danger

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

The hyper-reactionary hatred of Terry Jones and his merry band of bigots down in Florida may have muddled the waters surrounding Islamic fundamentalism and its dangers, showing that we certainly have our own share of anti-intellectual sorcerers. Now that that and the Ground Zero hate festival is over, however, Islamic radicalism’s ugly head is springing […]

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Jon Stewart Is Becoming A Libertarian

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

As the economy continues to stagnate, Jon Stewart appears to have developed a very healthy helping of skepticism about progressive economic policies. This on top of his tearing President Obama apart for his continued embrace of executive power (completely counter to the criticism of Bush-era civil liberties violations that got him a standing ovation at […]

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Cato Presents: Cops on Camera

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

As cameras have become more available to individuals and government alike, viral videos of cops behaving badly have become quite pervasive on the internet. This short video by The Cato Institute provides a few recent examples of this relatively new phenomenon and explains why recording the actions of police and government officials for all the […]

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Coming Soon: The War on Tacos

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Now, this is just lame: “The City of Emeryville, California, is looking for individuals to serve on its new ‘Food Truck Taskforce’ — a bureaucratic reaction to the increased competition local ‘brick and mortar’ restaurants face from mobile kitchens. Local worker Catherine Hicks tweeted, ‘restaurants are whining that trucks are more popular at lunch!’ But […]

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Religious Fundamentalists Join In On Anti-Pot Crusade

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Just as religious groups played a significant role in revoking the freedom to marry in California, it looks like religious groups are subsequently involved in squashing the freedom to put whatever you want in your own body: The same day Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca became co-chair, with Dianne Feinstein, of the No on 19 […]

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Tides of Change in Latin America

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

After Cuban leader Fidel Castro excoriated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his anti-Semitism, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez appeared to get the message: During a visit to the International Tourism Fair in Caracas yesterday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced he would meet with leaders of Venezuela’s Jewish community. “We respect and love the Jewish people,” said […]

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Fidel Castro’s Incredible Revelations

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, some incredible quotes came from the aging Cuban dictator: (Reuters) – Fidel Castro said Cuba’s economic model no longer works, a U.S.-based journalist reported on Wednesday following interviews with the former president last week. Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, wrote in a blog […]

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