Why is it that most dogmatic conservative and libertarian blogs don’t provide trackbacks or comments? If they did then Anthony Gregory, Thomas Woods (of Lew Rockwell Blog) and Kevin might be able to have a constructive dialog. Instead, we have this. Such posts make people feel better, superior even. They probably get appreciative head nods [...]Continue reading Why Is It?
Originally, police departments (especially, and most famously, the LAPD) formed SWAT teams to deal with violent, dangerous situations, such as hostage situations. I remember watching SWAT in the ’70s. They never showed the SWAT guys serving drug and gambling warrants, just dealing with really bad situations where innocent people were at risk of losing their [...]Continue reading Continuing to Extend the Use of SWAT Teams
It’s been an interesting year, including some good, some bad, some ugly. Here’s hoping that 2007 is better. And, in some ways, there are interesting signs of improvement. We’ll see how that plays out. In any case, happy new year to all of you, contributors and loyal readers both. AdamContinue reading Happy New Year
I know it is common, in this country, to believe that our government acts based upon the so-called will of the majority. This leads to another idea we refer to as the “tyranny of the majority”. Unfortunately this set of ideas is completely false in a representative government that is based on the idea of [...]Continue reading The Power of the Minority
As always, I enjoy reading Thomas Sowell. Many times I don’t agree with him, he is much more socially conservative than I am. But, economically, I rarely disagree. And his most recent piece in the National Review is no exception. It’s on income inequality and he makes some good points in it. But the best [...]Continue reading Why Aren’t They Upset About Hollywood’s Obscene Wealth?
We, the people opposed to the War on Drugs, told you that your civil liberties would be lost and nothing would be gained. We warned you that each assault on drugs would just make things worse, not better. You didn’t believe us. In fact, you said we were a bunch of druggies that just wanted [...]Continue reading We Told You So
I thought about responding to the Maha Blog after this post and comment thread. In the course of the thread, Maha decided to censor two Liberty Papers contributors, including myself and Brad. She also removed a comment from “Mycroft Holmes” without comment at all when he had the temerity to point out that she had [...]Continue reading I Thought About It
So, we have a reader, Walter, who advocates going toe to toe with the Chinese over Taiwan. In response to a single comment by me, he posts a couple hundred words tackling me and his perception of what I advocate or believe. Below the fold, I tackle his comments. I’m sure they won’t make much [...]Continue reading Responding to Walter
So, my family used to use Amazon’s (you don’t really need the URL, do you?) wish list feature for Christmas and birthday gift giving. But there were two problems with it. First, you could only list and link things sold on Amazon. That left plenty of possible gifts that I (or anyone else) might want [...]Continue reading Cool Uses of Technology
These kids are great musicians. It helps, of course, that I love metal too. The Gauchos are a South American sibling garage band that does metal covers. Like Iron Maiden’s The Trooper: Or, their tribute to ELP: But, this cover of Sepultura is probably my favorite: Google was brilliant for acquiring YouTube. One more way [...]Continue reading YouTube is Great!
For some good, original reporting on Iraq that isn’t the same old, tired, regurgitated AP junk, I’ll recommend Bill Roggio. Yeah, I know everyone knows all about Bill, the embedded blogger, but so what. I’ve never really read him before. Today I was about fed up with the junk I get from the AP …….. [...]Continue reading If You’re Looking …..
From a Wired Blog entry: On the last day of the recent Reuters Media and Marketing Summit in New York, Warner Music Group CEO [ed: Edgar Bronfman] admitted that he was “fairly certain” that one or more of his seven children had downloaded music without the permission of the copyright owner, which Reuters referred to [...]Continue reading Delicious Irony
Another citizen is dead in a raid conducted by police to serve a warrant. In this story, an 18 year old man, and his dog, is killed by police. He is suspected of armed robbery, supposedly one of two men that hit Justin Raines over the head and stole a PlayStation 3 from him. It [...]Continue reading Another Dead Citizen
There has been a significant amount of blogging activity and discussion around “no knock raids“, police culture, Police Militarization, giving the police the benefit of the doubt, and much more. First, some credit. Radley Balko, The Agitator, has been blogging on this topic for quite a while. He has the best collection of posts on [...]Continue reading Continuing to Think About Police and Police Culture
To all those who say that the problem leading to incidents such as the shooting death of Kathryn Johnston is not a police problem, I point you to some comments I’ve made about what police should be vs. what they are. Specifically, I’ve said that cops have an obligation to protect citizens and that protecting [...]Continue reading Police Culture is the Problem
Over at Catallarchy, they have a tribute to Milton Friedman: Much of this is due to the work of Milton Friedman, a great economist and a great champion of Liberty at a time when she so desperately needed one. As you know by now, Dr. Friedman died recently. Though it is less than he deserved, [...]Continue reading A Tribute to Milton Friedman
In the “consumers are really dumb, which is why you need us bureaucrats to make decisions for you” category, we have this story. A company that manufactures a sausage known as Welsh Dragon sausage has to change the name of the sausage. Why? …..trading standards’ officers warned manufacturers that they could face prosecution because it [...]Continue reading You Can’t Possibly Be Smart Enough ……
A very painful demonstration of a Taser …….. right to the guy’s testicles. How To Use a Taser – video powered by MetacafeContinue reading How NOT To Use a Taser
Ask yourself why you aren’t up in arms with a government that shoots 92 year old women in their home? Why do you still support a government that sentences Cory Maye to die for defending his property (his apparent crime is being black and living at the wrong address). How can you endorse a War [...]Continue reading Ask Yourself