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Take Back Your Government

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Tuesday night, I spoke before the Bonner County Republican Party Central Committee (all elected county officials in Bonner county are Republicans right now), in support of a resolution (which I had a small part in writing) supporting the second amendment and: “Strongly urging” the county commission (all commissioners are Republicans) to enact an ordnance 1. […]

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History, Moral Philosophy, and Libertarianism

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

I’ve written fairly extensively about the philosophy behind my particularly type of libertarianism… and how there are a LOT of different schools of libertarian thought… and a lot of pointless, anal, wonky, yet often completely epically vicious… argument and disagreement between them. A selective overview of these pieces can be found here: A Refresher on […]

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The Basic Premise Behind Campaign Finance Laws

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

A great deal of ink (or film, or bits) has been expended this election cycle, primarily on the far left (though some on the right… particularly with the more populist factions), decrying the actions of “independent” political action committees, superPACs, and “issue advocacy groups”; as somehow corrupt, evil, anti-democratic etc.. The rhetoric on the left, […]

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Accountability, responsibility, risk, metrics, unions, markets… What about education?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

As has been discussed here recently, Chicago teachers are striking, even though they already make an average salary nearly double that of the average Chicago family, and are being offered a 16% raise over four years. I dunno about you, but as a free market partcipant in our economy today, that sounds like a pretty […]

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Two Libertarians Walk Into a Bar

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Actually four libertarians (an two larval stage libertarians), and it was a restaurant; but the potential for humor is about the same. Mel and I just had the pleasure of dinner (and Coldstone ice cream afterwards) with Aretae and his wife, and children. No, there wasn’t some long winded intellectual libertarian singularity, or formalist/structuralist matter/antimatter […]

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Farming in an Equilibrium Trap

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

JayG wrote something today about how this summers drought is hitting farmers very hard; which is absolutely true. And it’s already having an impact on food prices, and that impact is just going to grow. The crop that’s being impacted worst is dent corn, which makes up the majority of livestock feed in this country; […]

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In the Mailbox Today…

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Marco Rubios new bio/memoir “An American Son” Full disclosure, his publisher sent me a review copy (as they did to a number of conservative and libertarian bloggers). I’ll be reading it and posting a review shortly. The book will be publicly available starting tomorrow, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now (links below). For those […]

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I DESPERATELY need this as a t-shirt

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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Don’t Apologize for Your Opinions

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

One thing that always bothers me, is when intelligent, thoughtful people; feel it is necessary to apologize for their ideas and opinions… or for even having ideas and opinions at all (much less opinions contrary to those around them, or which are unpopular). You don’t have to apologize for your views to anyone, for any […]

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How far we have fallen…

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Reading the point/counterpoint posts on the question of how the supreme court would decide on Obamacares constitutionality, was quite disturbing to me in several ways. On the one hand I was heartened, because clearly both Brad and Doug are sane and rational folks with a reasonably solid background in both law and politics, and a […]

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The REAL grass roots of American politics: A report from the first ever Idaho Republican Caucus

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Since 1920, the 43rd state has had either a convention, or a presidential primary to select the the Republican party presidential candidate (the Democratic party allowed each county to decide whether to have a caucus or a primary, up ’til 2008, and the counties varied between caucuses and primaries. In 2008 they changed the rules […]

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Impossible Ideology, False Dichotomy, and Unacceptable Conclusions

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

This post is a clarification of an ongoing theme I’ve addressed before… and which has been addressed many times before by myself, by other bloggers, and by scholars like Victor Davis Hanson, and Thomas Sowell. I’m talking about the “Stupid or Evil” false dichotomy. Those of us with a libertarian, or economic conservative bent (social […]

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An explanation for… Almost everything really…

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm-but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” — T.S. […]

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We don’t go black… We try to turn on lights

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

We’re not going black today, over SOPA or PIPA. In case you by some miracle hadn’t noticed it yet, tens of thousands of web sites around the country and around the world, are “going black” or putting up banners explaining that they are not available or there is no content today etc… In protest against […]

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It’s not about “Elites” or “Idiots”…

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Over the past few years, there has been a constant drumbeat from “progressives” (and even some non-lefties) that conservative anti-elitism is effectively “anti-science”, “anti-education”, “pro-stupidity” etc… This is partially in response to the fact that many conservatives use the terms “elitist” or “the elite” (in the political and social context, not in the context of […]

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Exactly what you’d expect…

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

“The state is broke. Unemployments about to tank. Public Health insurance has no funds. All other agencies as well. Its a mess. What in Gods name is happening?” — A question from a friend It’s rather simple really… The government spent everything they could squeeze from us when the economy was good. Then, when the […]

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A Brief Constitutional Lesson for Congresscritters… Particularly those from Kentucky…

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

United States Constitution Article 1, Section 7 All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. The issuance of debt is a revenue raising measure. The “debt ceiling” is, in fact, legislation initiated in the House of Representatives, which […]

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It really does get better…

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

And now it’s time for another post in which I irritate my socially conservative readers… Watch all the way to the end please, and listen… unless rather serious vulgarity and profanity offend you in which case don’t watch the video, or just skip to the end spoken word bit (yes, this is VERY VERY NSFW): […]

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Yaknow, I was going to write something about this, now I don’t have to

Monday, November 15th, 2010
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Correcting the so called “Corrections” system

Monday, November 8th, 2010

As of today, it should be clear to everyone in this country, that our system for dealing with criminals (I won’t call it a “criminal justice” system since justice has so little to do with it), is utterly broken, beyond any conventional concept of repair. At this point, again I say, it should be clear […]

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