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Archive for December, 2011

California Has Problems, And They’re All Kim Kardashian’s Fault

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

There are plenty of folks saying today that while California might be — on its own — in the top 10 largest economies in the world, our political system far more closely resembles that of Greece. High spending and an inability to live within our means despite some of the highest taxes in the nation. […]

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Rest in Peace: Siobhan Reynolds

Monday, December 26th, 2011

On Saturday Dec 24th, an important voice in the cause of freedom was silenced. Siobhan Reynolds, founder of the Pain Relief Network, tireless foe of the monsters promoting the War on (Some) Drugs, and the financially ruined victim of secret court proceedings that outrage the conscience and will rightly be held in infamy in coming […]

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GRANDMA GOT INDEFINITELY DETAINED (A VERY TSA CHRISTMAS)

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Lyrics: Grandma got indefinitely detained now coming home to visit Christmas Eve You could say she had a right to counsel but some folks in the Congress disagree she was flying home to our house when she got checked by TSA thought she might be Abdulmutallab when they looked at her X-ray Her hair had […]

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It’s not about “Elites” or “Idiots”…

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Over the past few years, there has been a constant drumbeat from “progressives” (and even some non-lefties) that conservative anti-elitism is effectively “anti-science”, “anti-education”, “pro-stupidity” etc… This is partially in response to the fact that many conservatives use the terms “elitist” or “the elite” (in the political and social context, not in the context of […]

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Quote of the Day: Isolationism Edition

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Jacob Sullum @ Reason writes: Reporters routinely describe Ron Paul’s foreign policy views as “isolationist” because he opposes the promiscuous use of military force. This is like calling him a recluse because he tries to avoid fistfights. The implicit assumption that violence is the only way to interact with the world reflects the oddly circumscribed […]

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Gov. Johnson to Drop Out of G.O.P. Contest and Make LP Run; G.O.P. Establishment Fears Prospect of Paul Victory in Iowa

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Libertarian leaning candidates Gary Johnson and Ron Paul are stirring up some trouble for the G.O.P. Gov. Johnson has apparently had enough of the Gary Johnson Rule and his treatment from the establishment. According to Politico Johnson will switch his party registration to the Libertarian Party and make an announcement that he will run for […]

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Good Riddance Kim Jong Il

Monday, December 19th, 2011

In marking the death of a dictator, Kim Jong Il, it seems appropriate to do so in the form of a joke…since he was one. From Team America World Police: “So Lonely”

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Quote of the Day

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Radley Balko, on the late Christopher Hitchens: The only time I drank with Hitchens… he entertained us with dirty limericks. But the guy’s vocabulary and syntax were so beyond me, I really only know they were dirty because he said so. In the hyper-partisan political world in which we live, there are some people who […]

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Quote of the Day: Bill of Rights 220th Anniversary Edition

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

December 15, 2011 marks the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights – at least what is left of them. Anthony Gregory’s article at The Huffington Post runs through the list of violations of these precious rights from the Adams administration’s Alien and Sedition acts all the way to the present day violations of the […]

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Polls Show Encouraging Signs in the Cause of Liberty

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Just yesterday, the Libertarian Party celebrated its 40th Anniversary. In that time, no LP presidential candidate has come close to winning and few have won any office higher than at the city or county level. As someone who would like America to return to a much freer and prosperous place, it’s very easy to become […]

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Nice Campground Ya Got Here… Shame If Anything Happened To It

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Usually my ire for Alabama is reserved for their insane beer laws… …but then I read about how Coyote, to keep one of his campgrounds in the good graces of the state of Alabama, needs to pay his “Alabama Business Privilege Tax”. As a good friend is known to say, this is rigoddamndiculous.

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Julian Sanchez on security theater: Security theater, then, isn’t only—or even primarily—about making us feel safer. It’s about making us feel we wouldn’t be safe without it. The more we submit to intrusive monitoring, the more convinced we become that the intrusions are an absolute necessity. To think otherwise is to face the demeaning possibility […]

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Book Review: Resonance, by Chris Dolley

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

By science fiction standards, I’m not exactly an SF buff. A decent amount of the fiction I read might fall into the genre, but identifying many names beyond Neal Stephenson or Robert A. Heinlein calls up blanks. But again I was bitten by the Amazon Kindle $2.99 price point, picked up Chris Dolley’s Resonance on […]

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Institute for Justice’s Bone Marrow Donor Compensation Legal Challenge Prevails

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Here’s a follow up to a story I linked back in 2009 concerning the Institute for Justice’s legal challenge to the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 and the act’s applicability to bone marrow transplants. This is very good news for the roughly 3,000 Americans who die every year while waiting to find a bone […]

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National Defense Authorization Act Passes Complete With Indefinite Detention Provisions

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Despite some valiant efforts of a handful of senators, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012 passed by an astonishing 93-7 vote. Earlier today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein offered yet another amendment to the bill that would have limited the military’s jurisdiction to detain suspects captured outside the U.S.; the amendment failed by a narrower […]

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The Late David Nolan’s Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens Fears One Step Closer to Being Realized

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Back in the 2010 mid-term election, Libertarian Party co-founder David Nolan ran as a Libertarian against Sen. John McCain for his seat in the U.S. Senate. Sadly, McCain easily won the election and Nolan died several weeks after the election and just two days before his 67th birthday. During his debate with Sen. McCain, Nolan […]

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