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Archive for January, 2013

Maybe its Immigration Policy That is the Problem?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Immigration, especially of the illegal variety, is one of those important issues that is difficult to have a rational discussion about. The discussion quickly devolves into the need to “secure” the border with a wall or fence…at least on the Southern border (the Northern border is more porous but I don’t recall the last time [...]

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Take Back Your Government

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Tuesday night, I spoke before the Bonner County Republican Party Central Committee (all elected county officials in Bonner county are Republicans right now), in support of a resolution (which I had a small part in writing) supporting the second amendment and: “Strongly urging” the county commission (all commissioners are Republicans) to enact an ordnance 1. [...]

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Recovered from the Memory Hole: Inaugural Rhetoric vs. Reality

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Expect more of the same.

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Quote of the Day: MLK Day Edition

Monday, January 21st, 2013

(Re-post) Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is unquestionably one of the most famous speeches in American history. In listening to the speech today, I found the following passages that aren’t as often quoted to be some of the most powerful lines in the speech. In a sense we have come to [...]

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“Common Sense” Legislation to Curb Gun Violence?

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Like most people who value individual liberty, I listened to President Obama’s speech about reducing gun violence with a great deal of trepidation. He presented several ideas such as limiting the size of magazines to 10 rounds, banning “military-style assault weapons” (i.e. any gun that looks scary to progressives who know almost nothing about firearms), [...]

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Fiscally Conservative Republicans To Spend $3M In Tax Dollars To Defend DOMA

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Ugh. House Republican leaders have signed on to spend up to $3 million to keep defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court, according to a copy of their newly revised legal contract obtained by The Huffington Post. House Republican leaders took over the legal defense of DOMA in the spring of 2011, when Attorney [...]

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The Mind of an Anti-Gun Loon

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I’m a defender of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms but let’s face it: there are some loony gun owners on our side. The anti-gun media loves to try to hold these people up as typical supporters of the 2nd Amendment, the castle and stand your ground doctrines. If they cannot find the loon [...]

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George W. Bush Castigates President Obama For Unhealthy Addiction To Unconstitutional Executive Power

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Thankfully, it was caught on video!

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“That’s a Violation of My Privacy!”

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

In Little Canada, MN the police are trying to argue that Andrew Henderson violated HIPPA (federal healthcare privacy law) when he recorded a police interaction with a third party which required an ambulance. His camera was confiscated, the file was deleted (according to Henderson), and is being charged with “disorderly conduct” and “obstruction of the [...]

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The Right to Bear Arms Highest Ranked Topic at The Liberty Papers

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Every now and then I take a look at the sitemeter for The Liberty Papers to get some idea of how many people are actually reading and what they are reading. When I went to the pages ranked by entry and exit, I couldn’t help but notice how many pages were being viewed concerning the [...]

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Profile in Courage: Malala Yousafzai

Friday, January 4th, 2013

It’s one thing to advocate for the cause of human liberty on a blog such as this in a country that is still relatively free; it’s quite another when doing so is against the policy of the government you live under could cost you your very life. If you haven’t heard about the brave 15 [...]

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More Than One Class of Parasite

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The welfare state is a problem in America, there’s no question about it. When you have a country were nearly 49 million people are dependent on food stamps as of this writing, that is a problem. We libertarians as well as conservatives lament the growing welfare state because of what it is doing to the [...]

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A Question of Labor Scarcity

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Cory Doctorow started the New Year with a very interesting piece on the “roboticization of the workforce”. The whole article is worth a read, but it brings up a disturbing question: But here’s the thing that neither of these articles — or even Bruce’s acid observations — touches on: once technology creates abundance, what possibilities [...]

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