Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

March 3, 2009

Indianapolis Councilman Punished for Being Libertarian

A couple of weeks ago, Indianapolis City-County Councilman Ed Coleman jumped from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party.  From the Chicago Tribune: Councilman Ed Coleman says he has become disillusioned by what he called the abuse of power by GOP leaders. Coleman was elected in 2007 to his first term as an at-large council member. He’ll be […]

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February 19, 2009

Dr Michael West Filmed Committing Attempted Murder

Over at Reason, Radley Balko has published a damning article and video of Dr Michael West attempting to murder a man named Jimmie Duncan. In 1993,  [Dr Michael West and Dr Steven Hayne]  conducted an examination on a 23-month-old girl named Haley Oliveaux of West Monroe, Louisiana, who had drowned in her bathtub. The video […]

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February 17, 2009

“How bad is it going to get?

Yesterday, a reader wrote me and asked: “I have been wondering how bad the current economic “crisis” will get. Depending on who I talk to I have been told everything from “this is simply part of the normal cycle of economics” to being told to invest heavily in ammo” Ok, here’s my take on it. […]

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February 13, 2009

A Few Thoughts About the Ryan Fredrick Case

The long and short of the case is that three days after his home was broken into, Fredrick fatally shot an intruder who turned out to be a police officer. Fredrick promptly surrendered to the police once he realized the intruders were in-fact a SWAT team serving a warrant (a very small amount of marijuana […]

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February 12, 2009

Resist The Stimulus

Now that the members of the United States Congress have ignored the American people and are set to steal and borrow around $800 billion for a “stimulus” package which benefits left-wing special interests, political machines on the state and local level, and other vote buying programs in general; those of us who actually believe in […]

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February 6, 2009

Illinois — Where Our Governors Make Our License Plates

Ahh, as a transplant from Chicago, I just got this in an email from my family — who is excited about the move up to 40 degree days this weekend!

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:52 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Humor
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January 30, 2009

Let me just talk about numbers again for one second…

So let me ask you, what do you think would stimulate the economy more: $819 billion of taxpayer money and bad debt on our national credit cards; distributed via political favoritism, cronyism, and cherry picking of favored causes $2,676 in the pocket of every single man, woman, and child in America $7,122 for each and […]

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January 29, 2009

Blagojevich Gets the Boot

Fox News Reports: Illinois senators stripped Gov. Rod Blagojevich of power Thursday in the final act of a political drama that handed the reins of state government to his estranged lieutenant governor, Pat Quinn, and likely will end Blagojevich’s career in politics. Senators voted unanimously to convict Blagojevich and bar him from holding political office […]

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January 11, 2009

Another Permanent State of Emergency

Many people have expressed a hope that Barack Obama will be an improvement over George Bush and that he will roll back some of George Bush’s excesses.  They see in Obama a man who understands nuanced argument, who at least acknowledges that those who oppose his policies can have good reasons and arguments for doing […]

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December 18, 2008

Quote of the Day: The Death Penalty Edition

From Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. dissent in Doss v. Mississippi [T]he most terrifying possibility in a system where the death penalty is dealt arbitrarily: innocent men can be, and have been, sentenced to die for crimes they did not commit. In 2008 alone, two men – both black – convicted of murders […]

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December 13, 2008

2008 Guide To Government Waste

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has published a guide giving a snapshot of the most wasteful programs enacted by the Federal government this year. The programs highlighted total a little over $1.3 billion (which is small potatoes in a year where the budget deficit is hovering around $1 trillion). Some of the programs highlighted are: National […]

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December 12, 2008

Che, Mao, and Pop Culture

One thing that disturbs me to no end is the way despotic Communist serial killers like Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Mao Zedong are iconic figures in American pop culture. When I see someone wearing Che’s ugly mug on his/her chest, I want to ask him/her: “Do you really have any idea who this man was […]

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December 10, 2008

25 More Reasons for Criminal Justice Reform

20 months ago I wrote a post (click here) to recognize the successful efforts of The Innocence Project in exonerating 200 wrongly convicted (14 of which were on death row). In the time between that post and this one, the Innocence Project has helped 25 more wrongfully convicted regain their freedom! If this trend continues, […]

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Simon Says — In Rod We Trust

There once was a man from Illinois, Tried to sell a Senate seat like a toy, Some of us think He’ll end up in the clink, And the new “Rod” he meets won’t bring joy.

Posted By: Simon Jester @ 11:49 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Simon Says
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December 9, 2008

Ted Stevens, William Jefferson, Rod Blagojevich, And The Corruption Of State Power

In light of yet another example of the eternal truth that power corrupts, and absoulte power corrupts absolutely, Steve Horwitz wonders why we’re still talking about handing yet more power over to the government: I simply do not understand how those who are in favor of giving government all of these new powers because they […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:26 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Economics,Fascism in America,Government Regulation,Politics
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November 17, 2008

I’m Not Saying… I’m Just Insinuating.

I’m sure one has nothing to do with the other: Wikipedia: In October 2008, Cuban started as a grassroots, online portal for oversight over the US government 700 billion dollar “bailout” of financial institutions. And today: Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban charged with insider trading Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:03 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Crime and Punishment,Equal Protection,Legal
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November 11, 2008

Justice Department: Indicting Spitzer is Not in the “Public Interest”

Last March New York governor Eliot Spitzer resigned because of his involvement in a prostitution scandal. This is all well and good; I was among many others who called for Spitzer to resign. But should his resignation from office be enough? I think not. Apparently federal prosecutors disagree. Washington Post, November 7, 2008 Former New […]

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November 10, 2008

Porker Steps Down

In some worlds, this would be seen as good news: A passing of the baton happened Friday. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., announced he will step aside as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. … Byrd is 90. He has served in the Senate since 1959 – the most senior member of the Senate. It […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Election '08,Government Waste,Politics,The Welfare State
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October 27, 2008

Stevens Convicted

40 years of corruption down the drain. Might as well have joined the f’in Peace Corps: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska’s political patriarch in disgrace. The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, increased Stevens’ difficulty […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:48 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Crime and Punishment,Equal Protection,Government Waste,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences
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October 21, 2008

A slight profundity

A question was asked of me recently: “Why don’t libertarians and real conservatives win elections”. Simple really. True libertarians and conservatives share the same electoral disadvantage: True libertarians and real conservatives, CANNOT win electorally, in a climate where everyone is allowed to vote; and that “everyone” includes the huge politically created classes (both underclass, and […]

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