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Obama in Brussels

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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 [...]

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Phil Robertson Says Something Offensive—But It’s Not The Thing Everyone’s Focusing On

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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 [...]

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I Want My — I Want My — I Want My DNA

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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 [...]

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So You Thought You’d Be Able To Keep Your Health Insurance…

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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As Painful As Possible, For As Many As Possible

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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 [...]

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A Simple Question About Motive

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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 [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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 [...]

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Radley Balko’s Book, Released Today

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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 [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 24th, 2013

From the always-quotable Popehat, on the charges facing Snowden: Note that the second and third charges both require the feds to prove that Snowden’s release of information to the press was harmful to the United States. This puts our government in the position of attempting to prove that it is harmful to release accurate information [...]

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Fusionism And The “Coalition Government”

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Doug today had a very good post on the concept of Libertarian/Conservative Fusionism. Suffice to say that I agree with him on the basic points, but had another take that is just too much to put into comments. It seems that the Conservative groups understand that they’re not a majority on their own, but that [...]

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Quote of the Day

Friday, June 7th, 2013

And yet another Ayn Rand quote (from Atlas Shrugged): For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors – between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Warren from Coyote Blog, on Atlas Shrugged Part II: The one failure of both movies is that, perhaps in my own unique interpretation of Atlas Shrugged, I have always viewed the world at large, and its pain and downfall, as the real protagonist of the book. We won’t get into the well-discussed flatness of Rand’s [...]

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Libertarianism And Privacy In The Data Age

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The world is changing. It’s happening rapidly. And it’s freaking people out. Libertarians are concerned that constant surveillance, like that which helped identify the Boston bombers, is an infringement on our privacy. This can be true whether the cameras are public or private, as it’s not hard to justify a subpoena for a company’s tape [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, May 10th, 2013

From James Hamblin, The Atlantic: It’s a kind of nonchalant way to say that the organization in charge of making sure everything we eat and drink is safe for us is, decades into the mass marketing and sale of heavily caffeinated products without regulation to all U.S. markets, going to look into their safety. They [...]

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Congress: Replace 1 Year Of Modest Cuts With 10 Years Of Miniscule Cuts And We’ll Call It Even

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

This is absurd. Brad Plumer at WaPo recounts the 4 plans in play to stop the sequester. And it’s astounding. It’s made ever more clear to me that nobody in Washington is serious about cutting spending. Right now we’re 15 days away from the implementation of $85.3B in 2013 spending cuts. Oh, for the record, [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

I finally finished reading Hitch-22, and this passage near the very end really caught my eye: It is not only true that the test of knowledge is an acute and cultivated awareness of how little one knows (as Socrates knew so well), it is true that the unbounded areas and fields of one’s ignorance are [...]

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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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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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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Governor Moonbeam? Or Governor Death Ray? You decide: Answering critics at a solar ribbon-cutting earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown laid down the gauntlet, affirming his commitment to solar energy and saying he would “crush” opponents of solar. “There are going to be screw-ups. There are going to be bankruptcies. There’ll be indictments and there’ll [...]

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Your Feel-Good Cop Story Of The Year

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Here at TLP, we commonly bring you stories of police abuses, bad behavior, and general asshattery that often accompanies giving someone power over another… …but it’s not always like that. “Thin blue line” concerns notwithstanding, the vast majority of people who go into law enforcement do so because they honestly want to serve and protect [...]

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