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Archive for June, 2012

Did Justice Roberts Help Romney and Provide a Path to Repeal ObamaCare?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Over at Red State, Erick Ericson theorizes that Chief Justice John Roberts joined the majority opinion as a way to put ObamaCare back into the hands of the political branches to decide the law’s fate: The Democrats have been saying for a while that individual pieces of Obamacare are quite popular. With John Roberts’ opinion, […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

As Quincy notes below, the Supreme Court upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act today by relying upon an argument that most people had not been paying attention to: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday left standing the basic provisions of the health care overhaul, ruling that the government may use its taxation […]

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Individual Mandate Upheld as Tax

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate as valid under the Congress’ taxing power in the Constitution. Disappointing, but not surprising. The worst thing about it is that the individual mandate is really a one-shot delaying tactic. The law can only mandate people into the insurance market once. When health care spending continues to […]

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Fast and Furious was not botched

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I’ve officially lost count of the number of times I’ve heard or read a media source assert that Operation Fast and Furious was botched. It wasn’t. It did exactly what it was designed to do: put American guns in the hands of criminals so they could terrorize and kill innocent Mexicans with them and get […]

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In the Mailbox Today…

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Marco Rubios new bio/memoir “An American Son” Full disclosure, his publisher sent me a review copy (as they did to a number of conservative and libertarian bloggers). I’ll be reading it and posting a review shortly. The book will be publicly available starting tomorrow, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now (links below). For those […]

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Quote of the Day: Killing vs. Squealing Edition

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote an excellent article in yesterday’s Washington Post entitled: Killing vs. Squealing. The judge laments that the Republicans in the congress aren’t so much concerned about the fact that President Obama is acting as a third-world warlord thug killing individuals he picks out from a deck of “baseball cards” in Yemen, Pakistan, […]

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I DESPERATELY need this as a t-shirt

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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Doug Stanhope – Liberty (Re) Defined

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Brad has posted a version of this comedy routine by Doug Stanhope before. This version has been edited to include images and video by Fr33 Agent Beau Davis with a more honest than the traditional “pledge of allegiance” at the close. I thought that since today happens to be Flag Day, this video would be […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

David Brooks has fired up Radley Balko. And I highly recommend you go read Radley’s whole piece… It’s worth it. One bit that I found particularly poignant, regarding why democratic politics, in particular, is not worthy of blind deference: Politics—the quest for power because you’re sure that you, more than others, know what’s best for […]

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Some Libertarians Need Social Skills

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Originally posted at United Liberty Twitter and the Internet in general have gone insane once Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney a day after his dad, Ron Paul, conceded the Presidential race. All of a sudden, Rand Paul became a sellout, a traitor, a neo-con, etc. The same Rand Paul whose Senate record has nearly been […]

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Rasmussen Poll: 61% of 500 Likely Voters in Colorado Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol (Amendment 64)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

This is one of the most encouraging polls I’ve seen in a long time. Honestly, I didn’t think that Amendment 64 [full text here] would have much chance of being approved by the voters, especially since a similar measure, Prop 19 failed in California in 2010. The Huffington Post reports: The survey of 500 of […]

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Protecting and Serving Whom?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Today, I had the joy of observing an officer of the Newton Police force take a bad situation and make it worse.  The incident showed much that is wrong in the relationship between the common citizen and the government that is there to protect him or her. An elderly person had fallen and a police […]

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Gary Johnson: “Be Libertarian With Me”

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Gary Johnson’s Presidential campaign has released a new web ad, and it may be their most effective to date: Johnson has managed to get some top-notch political advisers behind him, and he has experience running for office in somewhat hostile territory so things seem to be going well for him right now. The question is […]

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Gov. Scott Walker Wins Recall Election But More Importantly, Government Unions Lose

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Journal Sentinel reports the following: This is most encouraging news and a victory for fiscal responsibility.

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The Talkmaster to Retire After 42 Years on the Air

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

On my first day of my staycation (yesterday), I saw the tweet that Neal Boortz has announced his retirement. Just moments ago, I finally got around to reading the full announcement. I am happy to report that his “year of talking dangerously” will not come to an abrupt end as I first thought. Below is […]

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Don’t Apologize for Your Opinions

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

One thing that always bothers me, is when intelligent, thoughtful people; feel it is necessary to apologize for their ideas and opinions… or for even having ideas and opinions at all (much less opinions contrary to those around them, or which are unpopular). You don’t have to apologize for your views to anyone, for any […]

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Tomasky: Kill personal freedom for government and crony capitalist well-being

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Michael Tomasky penned a sickeningly ignorant and immoral piece in the Daily Beast… even more sickening than he considers sodas and 1/2 pound hamburgers. The most stomach-turning part: We have this “liberty” business completely backward in this country, and if Bloomberg can start rebalancing individual freedom and the public good, God bless him, I say. […]

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Doublespeak Definition of the Day: Combatant

Friday, June 1st, 2012

I touched on this on yesterday’s post but I think the Obama administration’s redefinition of the word “combatant” as it relates to his secret kill list deserves more exposure. The following comes from a New York Times article written by Jo Becker and Scott Shane entitled: Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles […]

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