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Archive for March, 2011

You Would Never Confess to a Crime You Did Not Commit? Don’t Be So Sure

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Disclaimer: The views expressed here at The Liberty Papers either by the post authors or views found in the comments section do not necessarily reflect the views of The Innocence Project nor its affiliates. In support of our fundraising efforts for The Innocence Project, I have decided to dedicate at least one post per week [...]

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Where You at Now, Joe?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

You know, as much as I disagree most of the time with Dennis Kucinich on so many issues, I respect him because he is principled and consistent regardless of who happens to be occupying the White House. That’s a hell of a lot more than what I can say about Joe Biden. So where are [...]

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So You’re A Dictator Who Wants to Remain in Power…

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Besides the fact that the current regime in Libya is not a threat to U.S. national security, the role of the U.S. military ought not be engaged in strictly humanitarian missions, will likely lead to future humanitarian interventions, and can in no way be argued that such actions in Libya are somehow part of a [...]

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Repost: Where Did The Anti-War Movement Go?

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

I wrote this originally on April 20, 2009 about Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Now with Obama’s undeclared war in Libya beginning, I feel this is timely so I’m reposting it. In the American Conservative, Antiwar.com editor Justin Raitmando (whom I often disagree with) has a piece detailing some more leftist hypocrisy concerning [...]

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Quote of the Day – Eyes wide shut?

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

In making the case for open and obvious centralized rationing, advocates claim that “we” must ration with “our” eyes open. From Beth Haynes at PJM: That’s why Medicare needs the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Setting a cap on spending is the first step of rationing. The next is deciding who gets what medical care. “Limited [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I posted yesterday about Bernard von Nothaus of the Liberty Dollar being convicted. I definitely think the fact support a guilty verdict on the charge of “issuing and passing Liberty Dollar coins intended for use as current money”, but some of the others seem quite a bit ridiculous, such as “conspiracy against the United States”. [...]

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Liberty Dollar Founder Reportedly Convicted

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Hard to believe it was over three years ago, but may of us in the libertarian movement will remember the seizure of the Liberty Dollar holdings/equipment/etc. For those new to the movement, the Liberty Dollar was a metal-backed currency presented as an alternative to traditional fiat currencies, but unlike Gold/Silver Eagles, or Krugerrands, or gold/silver [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Not political, but I just thought it hilarious. Megan McArdle, discussing an rumored move by Netflix to develop original television content on their own streaming distribution network: A&E was producing some great original content in the 1990s, but eventually abandoned the strategy and retreated to its core business of rebroadcasting Law and Order reruns. If [...]

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Good Work — Almost There

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Merely a week ago, I posted about a fundraiser for the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is a non-profit group working to offer legal services to convicts claiming innocence who have a chance to prove it. Living in as free and just a country as we manage to have, there are still mistakes — many [...]

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Eyewitness Misidentification: Revisiting a Previous Discussion

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Disclaimer: The views expressed here at The Liberty Papers either by the post authors or views found in the comments section do not necessarily reflect the views of The Innocence Project nor its affiliates. In support of our fundraising efforts for The Innocence Project, I have decided to dedicate at least one post per week [...]

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Tweets of the Day

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The recent tu quoque of conservatives apoplectic about Obama on the golf course [I call it a tu quoque because of how the left constantly complained about Bush's vacations at the ranch] brought about this exchange between @superbus (a libertarian video games writer from CT) and myself: @superbus: Hey GOP: By your logic, if the [...]

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Reading List: Slackernomics and BMOC

Monday, March 14th, 2011

For the bargain conscious out there, a couple books recently became available for the Kindle at dramatically reduced prices, and I wanted to pass them along. As an aside, if nothing else this is a great sales pitch for the Kindle — at $139 for the wi-fi only version [which is all you *really* need], [...]

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Quote Of The Day — MS-DOS Causes Improper Foreclosures

Monday, March 14th, 2011

HuffPo is writing on a new Fed report that of 500 foreclosures they investigated, they couldn’t find a single one where the borrower was not significantly delinquent on payments. Thus, the Fed declared that no improper foreclosures occurred. This doesn’t matter to those who think bankers are raping angels in their spare time, and who [...]

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Duh, Winning!

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

The ATF has been arming the drug cartels in Mexico? What could possibly go wrong? CBS News reports: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allegedly let gun runners walk off with weapons – thousands of them – to see if they’d end up in the hands of the cartels. The Justice Department and [...]

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Overheated Rhetoric or Terroristic Threats?

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Just about this time a month ago, Tea Partiers and those of us who support things like cutting spending were accused of using “overheated rhetoric” in the immediate aftermath of the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords among others. Sarah Palin was blamed by Leftwing pundits for inspiring the gunman because she had “crosshairs” on [...]

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Ron Paul: Hands Off Libya

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Sounds good to me

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With Gov. Pat Quinn’s Signature, the Death Penalty is Abolished in Illinois

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

ABC News reports: In a ceremony behind closed doors today Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill that will make Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. “I have concluded that our system of imposing the death penalty is inherently flawed.” said Quinn in a statement issued after the signing. “Since our experience [...]

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The Scales of Justice Need Rebalancing

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In support of our fundraising efforts for The Innocence Project, I have decided to dedicate at least one post per week over the next four weeks to the cause of criminal justice reform – many of which are the very reforms The Innocence Project are working to bring about. As of this writing, I am [...]

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is — The Innocence Project

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

[To skip my blather and go straight to The Liberty Papers' page at the Innocence Project, go here.] It’s been said before that a conservative is simply a liberal who’s been mugged, and that a libertarian is a conservative who’s been mugged — by his own government. I know that for me, it wasn’t *exactly* [...]

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Lessons from Atlas Shrugged

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Turned on the news recently? It seems the looters (i.e. collectivists) are everywhere and more active than ever. The big story over recent weeks of course has been the special interest government employee union looters in Wisconsin who call themselves “ the working people” who say they have a “human right” to collective bargaining. Meanwhile [...]

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