Damon Root, at Reason, on Florida’s ban on 64-oz beer growlers. The law is being challenged by a retail company called The Crafted Keg, which is a “growler bar*”. To survive judicial review under existing Supreme Court precedent, economic regulations such as Florida’s growler ban must pass what’s known as the rational-basis test. In effect, […]Continue reading Can Florida Ban Beer Growlers?
First things first… I’ve spent a lot of time criticizing Kevin Drum over the years. Suffice to say that we don’t see eye to eye, and a reliable way to generate content here has often been “wait for Drum to say something ridiculous, then flog him for it.” It’s a well I’ve gone back to […]Continue reading There’s No Such Thing As An “eBook Monopoly”
Weekends tend to be a slow time for political blogs, so it’s a perfect time to get into another passion. So I’m happy to announce a new weekend off-topic feature here: Brad’s Beer Review. As many of you already know, I’m a homebrewer and a beer geek. What’s a beer “geek”, you [probably don't] ask, […]Continue reading Brad’s Beer Review: Alpine Brewing Company – Duet
I’ve covered the Idaho “Hitching Post” gay marriage case. I started with a relatively in-depth look at the legal issues involved on Monday, and then covered some inconsistencies in the history of the Hitching Post’s religious designation yesterday. Today, though, it has all been resolved. The Hitching Post’s recent change from performing civil marriages as […]Continue reading Idaho Gay Marriage Lawsuit Moot – City Backs Down
On Monday, I posted about the Idaho pastors who filed a lawsuit as Couer d’Alene’s anti-discrimination ordinance threatened them with large fines and possible jail time for a refusal to perform same-sex weddings at their chapel, The Hitching Post. As background, I posted excerpts from the Hitching Post’s lawsuit regarding their employee policy: Then, the […]Continue reading That Idaho Gay Marriage Lawsuit? It Just Got Murky.
Today Clark @ Popehat has an excellent post about Gamergate. Only, it’s not really about Gamergate. Gamergate is a symptom. Clark’s post is about the cause. A cause which is much deeper, rooted in the very things that make us human. It’s not often that you can find someone who ties off evolutionary biology, political […]Continue reading Link: Popehat’s Gamergate Post That’s Not About Gamergate
Opponents of gay marriage have consistently predicted that legalization of gay marriage would force churches to perform the ceremony. Supporters have said that this was highly unlikely, and not the intent of legalizing gay marriage. It appears the first shots have been fired in this fight, and it’s an extremely interesting case. As usual, in […]Continue reading Idaho Pastors Threatened With Jail Time Over Refusal To Marry Gays
Earlier today, my new co-contributor Matt wrote about the ridiculous Houston city council subpoena on a group who was against the transgender bathroom-rights law. Where did the original story come from? Right here at The Washington Times. It’s a busy article. It comes complete with a picture from the San Francisco gay pride parade. What […]Continue reading Rant: People Who Don’t Link To Source Material
Kevin Drum, today, on how “slashing” funding for the NIH has resulted in us not having an Ebola vaccine: What’s more, even without a vaccine we’d probably be better prepared to react to the Ebola outbreak if we hadn’t spent the past decade steadily slashing funding for public health emergencies. The chart on the right, […]Continue reading Ebola: A Consequence Of Austerity?
To me, it’s a bit crazy that I’m one month from my 10-year blogiversary. It’s been a just under 9 years since Eric started The Liberty Papers, and merely May 2006 that he handed the reins over to me. A lot has happened in the 8 years since. For some time, The Liberty Papers was […]Continue reading Changing of the Guard
Now, before you all lose your collective shit, I want to remind everyone of one critical fact: The Supreme Court doesn’t exist to make the morally right decision. I’m going to repeat that, blockquote it, and bold the damn thing because it’s that important. The Supreme Court doesn’t exist to make the morally right decision. […]Continue reading Hobby Lobby
As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, I work in the mainstream corporate world. One of the key aspects of any corporate environment is that in any decision, there are multiple stakeholders who are affected and may be responsible for implementing a decision, so there is a lot riding decision-making process. As a result, and as […]Continue reading Democracy != Consensus
Transcript: A particular set of ideals began to emerge, the belief that through conscience and free will, each of us has the right to live as we choose, the belief that power is derived from the consent of the governed and that laws and institutions should be established to protect that understanding. And those ideas […]Continue reading Obama in Brussels
Uhh, I’m confused. Everyone’s making a huge stink over what Phil Robertson said about gays. But you know what I don’t hear? An exhortation to return sodomy laws, or any comments on gay marriage, or the idea that he chooses to “hate” gays or endorses violence against them. It’s clear he considers homosexuality to be […]Continue reading Phil Robertson Says Something Offensive—But It’s Not The Thing Everyone’s Focusing On
Today the FDA dropped a big m-fing hammer on 23andme, a service that will allow you some insight into your own genome. They offer, along with the ability to get a raw report about the specific genes they track, some level of analysis of your genome. They can use your data to look for specific […]Continue reading I Want My — I Want My — I Want My DNA
I haven’t blogged about the shutdown, because, well, I haven’t blogged much about anything. Mea culpa. I haven’t had time because I’m, quite frankly, not personally or professionally affected. Warren Meyer of Coyote Blog, however, is very personally AND professionally affected. Warren operates private concession operations that handle all on-site activities at parks, with a […]Continue reading As Painful As Possible, For As Many As Possible
The Feds just arrested the owner of Silk Road, a black market web drug marketplace, and seized the domain name. Now, there are obviously a lot of reasons why they’d want to catch this guy. But I was struck by the headline at the above linked article: Feds arrest the alleged founder of Bitcoin’s largest […]Continue reading A Simple Question About Motive
Ken @ Popehat, in a very good post related to general nanny-state-ism and the potential legalization/decriminalization of prostitution: I think that if you are going to tell someone what they can or can’t do for their own good, you ought to hear what they have to say about it, and look them in the eye […]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
Just a quickie here, folks… Radley Balko’s book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, was released today. It’s no secret that we here at TLP have enormous respect for the work Radley has done over the years chronicling the militarization of police and evisceration of our most cherished rights with […]Continue reading Radley Balko’s Book, Released Today