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Will Romney Have To Answer For Polygamy?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Over at David Friedman’s blog, he discusses the thorny position Mormon Presdential candidates (which at the time of posting included Huntsman) may face when taking a position against same-sex marriage. Many opponents of same-sex marriage use the slippery-slope argument that if two consenting gays can marry each other, why not three or more consenting adults […]

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The Good And The Popular

Friday, January 13th, 2012

That I believe the set of what’s popular and the set of what’s good aren’t always the same thing should come as no surprise to readers here, especially in the wake of my Kardashian post the other day, but I should make it clear that this idea extends quite a bit farther. As such, I […]

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Dilbert For President

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

I doubt he’s filed any sort of FEC paperwork, or has actually put any effort into his candidacy with the exceptions of blog postings, but Scott Adams is better than Obama or Romney: I will assume for now that the pundits are correct, and Obama will face Romney in the coming election. Both of those […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Radley Balko: Greece adds pedophiles, exhibitionists, and kleptomaniacs to list of disabilities eligible for state benefits. Sounds like some politicians are ready to retire. Hah!

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A New Approach To “Government Research”

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Over at Cato, Jim Harper responds to proponents of gov’t research that point to the products of that research as justification — they never really consider that such products would still occur via private-sector investment. He takes a bit of a swipe at IP policy in the middle, and in his discussion of the history […]

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California Has Problems, And They’re All Kim Kardashian’s Fault

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

There are plenty of folks saying today that while California might be — on its own — in the top 10 largest economies in the world, our political system far more closely resembles that of Greece. High spending and an inability to live within our means despite some of the highest taxes in the nation. […]

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Quote of the Day

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Radley Balko, on the late Christopher Hitchens: The only time I drank with Hitchens… he entertained us with dirty limericks. But the guy’s vocabulary and syntax were so beyond me, I really only know they were dirty because he said so. In the hyper-partisan political world in which we live, there are some people who […]

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Nice Campground Ya Got Here… Shame If Anything Happened To It

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Usually my ire for Alabama is reserved for their insane beer laws… …but then I read about how Coyote, to keep one of his campgrounds in the good graces of the state of Alabama, needs to pay his “Alabama Business Privilege Tax”. As a good friend is known to say, this is rigoddamndiculous.

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Julian Sanchez on security theater: Security theater, then, isn’t only—or even primarily—about making us feel safer. It’s about making us feel we wouldn’t be safe without it. The more we submit to intrusive monitoring, the more convinced we become that the intrusions are an absolute necessity. To think otherwise is to face the demeaning possibility […]

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Book Review: Resonance, by Chris Dolley

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

By science fiction standards, I’m not exactly an SF buff. A decent amount of the fiction I read might fall into the genre, but identifying many names beyond Neal Stephenson or Robert A. Heinlein calls up blanks. But again I was bitten by the Amazon Kindle $2.99 price point, picked up Chris Dolley’s Resonance on […]

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Book Review: Slackernomics, by Dale Franks

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Those of you that have been around the libertarian blogosphere for any length of time will recognize the name Dale Franks. His main writing gig is over at QandO, where he spends the bulk of his time writing about the economy. In addition, he’s a bit of a gunblogger, and runs a separate blog for […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Marks, Percy, “Under Glass”, Scribner’s Magazine Vol 73, 1923, p 47 The idea is, of course, that men are successful because they have gone to college. No idea was ever more absurd. No man is successful because he has managed to pass a certain number of courses and has received a sheepskin which tells the […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

From Coyote: Had Obama been around 10 years earlier with his green jobs program, Enron might never have gone bust – it could have just gotten DOE loans I guess they were just ahead of their time!

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Solyndra: Delusions Of Grandeur, Or Just Colossal Balls?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Wow. It’s one thing to carry the necessary delusion that comes with most people in a startup… That self-delusion, the belief that you can’t fail (despite the high proportions of startups that fail), is what is required to overcome the often monumental odds most startups face. But is it merely delusion to submit THIS* to […]

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Rick Santorum Revives The Lincoln-Douglas Debates; Unwittingly Takes Douglas’ Side

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Wow… Just, wow. I’ve heard of people taking quotes out of context, but Rick Santorum is treading down a slippery slope that I think even he, as a hardcore social conservative, would find himself quickly uneasy with: His spokesman Hogan Gidley emails me in response to Mark Miners comments: “Senator Santorum is certainly an advocate […]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Ahh, that veritable font of blogging material, Kevin Drum: And yet, to a large extent, governments are merely responding to the wishes of the public. It’s a simple fact that the average Joe (or Dieter or Emile or Carlotta) believes pretty strongly in folk economics — low inflation, a strong currency, and balanced budgets — […]

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The Taking Tree

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Nice:

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Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Megan McArdle, on the Solyndra mess: When banks engage in this sort of behavior, we call it a bubble, and try to figure out how to fix things so they won’t do it again. When government agencies do this, we call it a weekday. Zing!

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A Blow Against The Nanny State Struck In… California??

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Yes, my good friends — Gov Jerry Brown has actually vetoed a nanny-state helmet law. Can you believe it? I’ve added the emphasis below. It’s almost refreshing to hear such a sentiment from a politician — a California politician at that. To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 105 […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

From a commenter over at Kevin Drum’s place. The discussion was about problems with the American educational system: Yep. And as the posts by Aaron Carroll and Austin Frakt have shown over the last year (link below) the same is true of our health care system. We’ve gone through a 30+ year binge of hypercapitalism, […]

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