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Archive for September, 2011

Quote of the Day: Americans Cheer the Assassination of the Fifth Amendment Edition

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Glenn Greenwald writes in response to the overall positive reaction of the drone assassination of American born Anwar al-Awlaki: What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred […]

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ATF Decides the Second Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Medical Marijuana Users

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The AP via CNBC reports that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says that it is illegal for medical marijuana users to purchase firearms or ammunition. Federal law already makes it illegal for someone to possess a gun if he or she is “an unlawful user of, or addicted to” marijuana or […]

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Solyndra: Delusions Of Grandeur, Or Just Colossal Balls?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Wow. It’s one thing to carry the necessary delusion that comes with most people in a startup… That self-delusion, the belief that you can’t fail (despite the high proportions of startups that fail), is what is required to overcome the often monumental odds most startups face. But is it merely delusion to submit THIS* to […]

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Warren makes a persuasive argument to redistribute sex with hot women

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

  H/T Facebook user I bet Ludwig von Mises can get more fans than John Maynard Keynes’s

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Rick Santorum Revives The Lincoln-Douglas Debates; Unwittingly Takes Douglas’ Side

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Wow… Just, wow. I’ve heard of people taking quotes out of context, but Rick Santorum is treading down a slippery slope that I think even he, as a hardcore social conservative, would find himself quickly uneasy with: His spokesman Hogan Gidley emails me in response to Mark Miners comments: “Senator Santorum is certainly an advocate […]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Ahh, that veritable font of blogging material, Kevin Drum: And yet, to a large extent, governments are merely responding to the wishes of the public. It’s a simple fact that the average Joe (or Dieter or Emile or Carlotta) believes pretty strongly in folk economics — low inflation, a strong currency, and balanced budgets — […]

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Gary Johnson and Ron Paul CPAC Speeches

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The 2012 G.O.P. candidates each gave speeches at CPAC following the debates. Below are the speeches from Gary Johnson and Ron Paul. The first video is Johnson’s presentation before perhaps the largest audience he has had in awhile. Johnson spends a good part of his presentation introducing himself before giving an overview of his proposals. […]

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Gary Johnson Invited To 9/22 Fox News/Google Debate

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

For the first time in four months, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will get to participate in a nationally televised Republican debate: Gary Johnson, the Republican presidential candidate who has labored in obscurity, is about to get his moment in the spotlight—for one night, at least. Johnson will be included in Thursday’s Fox News […]

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With Less than 24 Hours Remaining Before the Execution, Doubts Persist About the Guilt; Innocence of Troy Davis

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Despite seven of nine eyewitnesses recanting their testimony, the failure to find the murder weapon, DNA or other forensic evidence, and despite jurors from the original trial who say they would not sentence Troy Davis to death if they had it to do over again, the State of Georgia will execute Troy Davis for the […]

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The Taking Tree

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Nice:

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Don’t Bother with the Fine Print, Just Pass the Bill

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The title of this post ought to be a red flag no matter who the president is or what your political persuasion. President Obama is demanding that congress pass his “American Jobs Act” in front of supportive crowds of people who I am sure have taken the time to read the whole bill and understand […]

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Plastic Men

Monday, September 12th, 2011
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An Innocent Man Was Probably Executed on Gov. Rick Perry’s Watch…Not That Anyone Cares

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Is it possible that the G.O.P would nominate and/or the American people would elect for president a man who as governor more likely than not executed an innocent man? An even more disturbing question would be: Could Gov. Rick Perry be elected president despite his efforts to keep investigators from learning the truth about the […]

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Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Megan McArdle, on the Solyndra mess: When banks engage in this sort of behavior, we call it a bubble, and try to figure out how to fix things so they won’t do it again. When government agencies do this, we call it a weekday. Zing!

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A Blow Against The Nanny State Struck In… California??

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Yes, my good friends — Gov Jerry Brown has actually vetoed a nanny-state helmet law. Can you believe it? I’ve added the emphasis below. It’s almost refreshing to hear such a sentiment from a politician — a California politician at that. To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 105 […]

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A Ban Worth Drinking To

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

For the first time ever, reason.tv is cheering their “Nanny of the Month.” That’s right, starting September 1 , more than 500 Michigan restaurant and bar owners will begin turning state lawmakers away from their establishments. State Senator So-and-so wants a brew? Too bad. Politicians won’t be served until they revisit the state’s 2010 smoking […]

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