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Archive for April, 2011

Birthers Got Punk’d, Yo!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

When I woke up on Wednesday morning to the news that Obama had released his birth certificate, I’ll admit that I was a bit confused. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. -Napoleon Bonaparte It seemed to me at the time that the birther distraction was helping Obama greatly, siphoning away reasoned [...]

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The Inflation Won’t Come From The Fed

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Everyone knows the Fed is pushing Quantitative Easing. By that, it means that when America is having trouble selling T-bills at advantageous interest rates, the Fed prints up some money to keep demand. It buys the bonds with newly-printed money. The recent run was $600B or so, and the Fed’s current balance sheet holds about [...]

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Donald Trump: Corporatist Bully

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I do not like Donald Trump. I don’t dislike him because of his wealth; he probably earned most of his wealth honestly. Some dislike Trump because he is a self promoter. I don’t dislike Trump for this reason either. Many successful individuals are great at self promotion and developing a successful brand (a very good [...]

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Ron Paul To Announce Presidential Bid

Monday, April 25th, 2011

National Journal is reporting that Ron Paul will announce the formation of a Presidential Exploratory Committee tomorrow in Iowa: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, whose outspoken libertarian views and folksy style made him a cult hero during two previous presidential campaigns, will announce on Tuesday that he’s going to try a third time. Sources close to [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Why we should go after the online poker vendors: There are plenty of victims of (allegedly) illegal online poker, starting with the desperately-short-of-cash federal and state governments which are deprived of all the taxable revenue ($3 billion, say the feds) from the now-suspected operations. And just ask casino and horse racing executives what they think [...]

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Former Governor Gary Johnson Announces Candidacy For President

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The field of candidates for the GOP nomination for President got a little more palatable to libertarians today when former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson announced his candidacy for President at an event in New Hampshire: Gary Johnson is running for president. The former New Mexico governor — who favors legalizing marijuana — on Thursday [...]

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Tu Quoque

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A glib question has made the rounds of right-wing blogs over the last two years, asking “Where has the anti-war movement gone?” Megan McArdle uses the question today to introduce a potential answer. As for me, I rarely bring up such trivialities, because the response you usually get from a leftist is “yeah, well why [...]

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What’s The Problem, Revenue Or Spending?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I got into it a bit over at Drum’s place, where commenters are arguing that the S&P is a bunch of GOP plants because of the negative outlook report. Given that I spent some time analyzing historical revenue & spending tables with a calculator to generate one of my comments, I wanted to expand on [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

In my post on alternate voting systems, I called the Republicans and Democrats the “beast with two asses”, making an allusion to the old “making the beast with two backs” euphemism for sex. However, I think I’ve got an, ahem, more colorful example that works better: American democracy is a threesome where the Republicans and [...]

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TLP Contributor Stephen Gordon Injured In Car Accident

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Via Jason Pye, I’m passing along news that many of you may already be aware of: Stephen Gordon, a very good friend of mine and fellow libertarian, was involved in a serious car accident on Tuesday evening in his hometown of Hartselle, Alabama. From what I’ve been told, a truck crossed over into his lane [...]

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Preference Voting — Darling Of The LP, But Does It Work?

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Anyone who’s read my work here over the years will have realized that I’m not very interested in political horse races. It’s not to say that I don’t think there is some importance to them (as several contributors here do pay close attention), but that others can cover that stuff far better than I can, [...]

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Thank You!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

To all who participated in our fundraising efforts for The Innocence Project, I’d like to give a warm and hearty Thank You! We were able to surpass our goal and bring in $520 for the organization, and I believe the entire fundraiser successfully exceeded their organizational goal of $20K. We here at TLP are honored [...]

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UPDATE: Crystal Mangum’s Boyfriend Reginald Daye Has Died

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Just last week I wrote about the false Duke lacrosse accuser, Crystal Mangum being charged with “assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.” Durham police are now “more than likely” going to charge Mangum with murder since her alleged victim and boyfriend Reginald Daye has died. Maria White writing for CNN reports: (CNN) [...]

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A modest proposal

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Following along the lines of Glenn Reynolds’ proposal of a 50% surtax on the earnings of former government officials, here’s my modest proposal for our elected officials: For 10 years after leaving office, each elected official shall pay the highest income tax rate for which he cast a “yes” vote. Same goes for a president [...]

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All We Need to Do to Balance the Federal Budget is Eat the Rich…Right?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Share this with the Michael Moore fans in your life. If we eat the rich, expect a case of deadly economic indigestion.

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Last Call to Meet Our $500 Goal/Life After Exoneration

Wednesday, April 6th, 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 had tried to dedicate at least one post per week [...]

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Duke Accuser Crystal Mangum Charged with Stabbing Boyfriend

Monday, April 4th, 2011

To this very day, there are individuals* who try to hold the Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum up as a “victim” despite the fact that her gang rape accusations against the players were completely untrue. Crystal Mangum is NOT a victim but a menace to society. Not only did she falsely accuse these young men [...]

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