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Archive for November, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Will Wilkinson writing for The Economist: To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it’s important to distinguish between the government—the temporary, elected authors of national policy—and the state—the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus superficially but not fully controlled by the reigning government. The careerists scattered about the world in America’s intelligence agencies, military, […]

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Hope n’ Change: Pardon Edition

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Thus far, President Obama has pardoned 4 turkeys and 0 people. Does anyone else have a problem with this? George Lardner Jr. writing an article for The New York Times entitled “No Country for Second Chances” does: If by tomorrow [November 23, 2010] he pardons no one but turkeys, President Obama will have the most […]

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TSA Update: More Strip and Grope, Opponents are “Domestic Extremists”

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Strip and grope to come to boats, trains, and more? “[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.” “I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going […]

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Open Thread: TSA & Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Edition

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The reports I have read today so far are that the Opt-Out Day protests haven’t been very widespread with most travelers opting for the full body scan. Is this really what is happening at the airports or is this an attempt by the MSM and TSA to discourage protests? What I’m interested in is hearing […]

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If You Don’t Fly, The Terrorists TSA Wins

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

If you want to get on an airplane in the US, you might be subjected to a radiation strip-search or a groping pat-down. Coming back on my recent flight from Vancouver I ended up in the scanner line, but haven’t experienced the pat-down yet. As a frequent traveler, I expect to be subject to this […]

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TSA updates from people who opposed the TSA before opposing the TSA was cool

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

As Stephen Littau noted, November 24th (Wednesday) is the busiest travel date in the country and it’s also National Opt Out Day.  To assist Opt Out Day participants, and all air travelers after Wednesday, the Opt Out Alliance is providing free “Know Your Rights” travelers cards. I spoke with one of the key people at […]

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Strip and Grope: Offensively Ineffective

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

By now, readers of this blog are well aware of the new search regime being enacted by the TSA: digital strip searches coupled with “enhanced” pat downs that include fondling of the genitalia. This has prompted more public outcry about the TSA than I have ever witnessed, everything from “If you touch my junk, I’ll […]

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5 Years Of The Liberty Papers

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

5 years ago today, Eric introduced The Liberty Papers to the world. A blog that was once a general “classical liberal” home has significantly expanded, as those of us writing here have grown and changed. When the doors first opened, we generally followed a Constitutionalist small-l libertarian mindset in general, and as Eric pointed out, […]

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R.I.P. David Nolan, Founder of the Libertarian Party

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

I’m saddened to report that Libertarian Party founder David Nolan is no longer with us. From the Libertarian Party website: We have received news that David F. Nolan, a founder of the Libertarian Party, passed away this weekend. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 in Mr. Nolan’s living room. He had remained active with […]

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Airport Activism Anyone?

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up (and busiest travel day of the year), a group of concerned citizens is calling November 24th “National Opt-Out Day.” Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY! It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually […]

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Quote of the Day: 4th Amendment Be Damned Edition

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

“Nobody likes the 4th amendment being violated when going through the security line, but the truth of the matter is we are going to have to do it.”-Former. Asst. TSA administrator Mo McGowan So when the friendly TSA agents pull you out of the line for a groping or full body nudie scan as you […]

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Men Cited For Engaging In Battlefield Simulations Near Childrens’ Playground

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

First it’s chess. Then Sun Tzu. Eventually you have a militia on your hands overthrowing the government. That’s how these things progress, right? The scourge must be stopped at its source! A group of seven mild-mannered chess players are due in criminal court next month after police officers from the 34th Precinct issued them summonses […]

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Playing the World’s Smallest Violin for Rep. Charlie Rangel

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Via CBSNEWS.com: A House ethics committee subpanel today found Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 charges of ethics violations against him. The panel, composed of four Democrats and four Republicans, emerged after private deliberation to announce their findings. […] The subpanel will now submit its findings to the full ethics committee, […]

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Yaknow, I was going to write something about this, now I don’t have to

Monday, November 15th, 2010
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It’s time for libertarians to start taking a look at Gary Johnson for POTUS 2012

Friday, November 12th, 2010

“That’s the first sign you know you’re a libertarian. You see the red light. You stop. You realize that there’s not a car in sight. And you put your foot on the gas.” – Gary Johnson Former two-term Republican Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico has been hitting the news a lot lately. This makes […]

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Innocence Project: Key DNA Sample Not a Match to Man Executed in Texas

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Innocence Project reported just today that the hair sample used to condemn Claude Jones to death was not a match. “(Houston – November 12, 2010) The Innocence Project today released DNA test results proving that crucial hair evidence found at the scene of a murder, the only physical evidence linking the accused Claude Jones […]

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Sarah Palin E-Mail Hacker Goes To Prison For Doing Something Uncle Sam Does Every Day

Friday, November 12th, 2010

To paraphrase the sign on Ron Paul’s desk, don’t break into someone’s email account that’s the government’s job: A former University of Tennessee student who was convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail during the 2008 presidential election has been sentenced to a year and a day in custody. A federal judge recommended Friday that […]

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Jim DeMint Gives The Middle Finger To Libertarian Republicans

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Only a few days after Mike Huckabee dissed libertarians on Fox News Channel, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint did the same thing: One doesn’t expect excessive amounts of wisdom from Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC), the troglodyte who recently told an audience, according to the Spartanburg Herald, that “if someone is openly homosexual or if an […]

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If The Gov’t Doesn’t Pick Up The Trash, It’s Rat-Infested Black Plague For Us All

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

It seems that Radley Balko has gone playing whack-the-left again, this time smacking around John Cole of Balloon Juice for an overreacting tirade against people who are overzealously overreacting. It seems that Fountain Hills, AZ had competitive trash pickup, and the city council wanted to bid out trash pickup as a single-provider city service instead. […]

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Not Too Bad for an Amateur Prognosticator

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Two years ago today, in a post I wrote entitled One Libertarian’s Advice for Republicans and Republican Leaders, I made the following observation and prediction: This is not to say that you [the Republican Party] will continue to lose every election until you return Goldwater/Reagan conservatism. There is a good chance that you will regain […]

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