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Can Florida Ban Beer Growlers?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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, […]

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There’s No Such Thing As An “eBook Monopoly”

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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 […]

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Brad’s Beer Review: Alpine Brewing Company – Duet

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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, […]

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Idaho Gay Marriage Lawsuit Moot – City Backs Down

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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 […]

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That Idaho Gay Marriage Lawsuit? It Just Got Murky.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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 […]

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Link: Popehat’s Gamergate Post That’s Not About Gamergate

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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 […]

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Idaho Pastors Threatened With Jail Time Over Refusal To Marry Gays

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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 […]

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Rant: People Who Don’t Link To Source Material

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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 […]

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Ebola: A Consequence Of Austerity?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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, […]

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Changing of the Guard

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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 […]

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Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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. […]

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Democracy != Consensus

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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 […]

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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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