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

June 15, 2010

Welcome, but insufficient to the needs of the day

David Cameron today apologized for the  British Armies conduct on Bloody Sunday. Great… now do something of substance. Either treat the north as a real part of the rest of the damn country, or get the hell out. The UK is firmly wedded to a lot of government involvement in industry, in finance, in development… [...]

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April 20, 2010

Ron Paul And Rudy Giuliani Still Sparring Over 9/11

In one of the early Republican debates in the 2008 election cycle, Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani sparred over the September 11th attacks and the role that U.S. foreign policy choices may have played in inciting the attacks: On Iraq, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988, stood alone in [...]

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March 24, 2010

Life Expectancy — Due To Lack Of Healthcare Or Gluttony and Smoking?

A new study suggests that simply due to the results of blood pressure, obesity, blood glucose levels and smoking, American life expectancy is artificially low by 4.9 and 4.1 years for men and women, respectively (h/t Reason): A new study led by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with researchers [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:04 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Healthcare
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February 19, 2010

LP’s Wes Benedict on ‘Limited Government’ Conservatives

Those of us who truly believe in limited government* tend to be simultaneously amused and irritated hearing the folks at CPAC speak of limited government as though it’s a principle they truly support. Yesterday, the Libertarian Party’s Executive Director Wes Benedict, monitoring the CPAC festivities from afar, said some of the things that many of [...]

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December 16, 2009

This Is Who We’re Gonna Wreck Our Economy For?

So, it appears the Tuvaluans are angry about climate change, and they’re going to make sure Copenhagen knows about it: Tuvalu demanded – and got – a suspension of negotiations until the issue could be resolved. The split within the developing country bloc is highly unusual, as it tends to speak with a united voice. [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:24 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs
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December 4, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: “Prison Song” by SOAD

Here’s a perfect song to complement my recent call to action to pass the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009. System of a Down “Prison Song” Toxicity (2001) Written by: Tankian, Serj;Malakian, Daron;Odadjian, Shavarsh; and Dolmayan, John They’re trying to build a prison, They’re trying to build a prison, Following the rights movements You [...]

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December 3, 2009

Evil Doesn’t Need Warrantless Wiretaps — They Have Facebook

It’s not often when I come across something so bone-chillingly despicable that I want to post about it but can offer nothing to say beyond the mere actions taken… So look at what Iran is doing: His first impulse was to dismiss the ominous email as a prank, says a young Iranian-American named Koosha. It [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:40 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Free Speech,Human Rights,The Surveillance State
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October 9, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: “Peace Sells” Edition

In commemorating President Barack Obama’s (undeserved) Nobel Peace Prize, I thought the classic Megadeth song “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” would be appropriate. Considering some of the other individuals who have won the prize (Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Al Gore) Obama’s undeserved recognition shouldn’t be all that surprising. What do you mean, “I [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:03 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Liberty Rock
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Statistic Of The Day: Nobel Laureate Edition

Over 3,500 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama took office: Civilian casualties (est.) in two wars being waged by the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: Afghanistan, Feb-July: 886 Iraq, Feb-Aug: 2,629 Hope and Change !

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:56 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs
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The One™

From the LA Times: President Obama, who has pledged to place diplomacy ahead of confrontation and reached out to a skeptical world with offers of mutual understanding, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for what the committee called “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Obama is only the third [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:02 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Media
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October 1, 2009

Hollywood’s Incomprehensible Defense of the Child Rapist, Roman Polanski

From The LA Times: More than 100 industry leaders and prominent authors — including directors Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Michael Mann, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen and Neil Jordan — have signed a petition asking that [Roman] Polanski be released from Swiss custody. “Filmmakers in France, in Europe, in the United States and around the world [...]

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The Brits Have Finally Lost It

…why don’t they just make stabbing illegal? Plans to replace the traditional pint glass with one made of shatter-proof plastic will not be accepted by drinkers, the pub industry has warned. The Home Office has commissioned a new design, in an attempt to stop glasses being used as weapons. Official figures show 5,500 people are [...]

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September 8, 2009

Honduras sheds light on Obama

Juan Carlos Hidalgo asks the question of the day in a post at Cato@Liberty: What Principle is Guiding Obama’s Honduras Policy? The Obama administration is threatening not to recognize the result of Honduras’ presidential election in late November unless Manuel Zelaya returns to the presidency beforehand. The presidential poll was already scheduled prior to Zelaya’s [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 6:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Foreign Affairs
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August 23, 2009

Europeans Go On Strike; Americans Simply Defy

One of my personal bits of curiousity about the world is related to cultural “ways of thinking”. While I don’t believe that Americans are innately different than Europeans, or Chinese, or Russians, there are certainly differences in average thought borne of the different cultural histories of each place. Dale Franks at QandO recently posted about [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:03 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,Foreign Affairs,Free Speech,Freedom of the press,Government Regulation
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August 4, 2009

Rare Praise for Former President Bill Clinton

I’m not normally one to say nice things about former President Bill Clinton but I have to say kudos for his securing the release of the two American journalists turned political prisoners in N. Korea. Reuters Reports: SEOUL — North Korea said on Wednesday it had pardoned two jailed American journalists after former U.S. President [...]

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July 28, 2009

Chavez’ Plan: Domination Through Caffeine Withdrawal!

We’ve already reported on Venezuelan food shortages, which are going to make the population too weak to fight Chavez. Now it appears they’ll be too tired as well: Venezuela, a traditional coffee exporter that boasts one of the best cups of java in South America, may have to import coffee for the first time ever [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:44 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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July 19, 2009

Breaking News: Results Of Honduran Referendum!

As reported (circumspect) by QandO: One of the district attorneys that participated in the operation that took place this Friday showed reporters an official voting result from the Technical Institute Luis Bogran, of Tegucigalpa, in which the specific number of people that participated in table 345, where there were 550 ballots, 450 of which were [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:40 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Democracy,Elections,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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July 1, 2009

Photos From Iran

Between Iran’s internal crackdown on journalists and communications, and CNN’s insistence on devoting every hour of the day to Michael Jackson coverage, I’ve been having quite a bit of trouble getting any “real” reports of what’s going on over there. Luckily, I was able to sit down with a coworker who emigrated from Iran at [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:25 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs
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June 19, 2009

I Don’t Ask Congress To Applaud Iranian Protesters, But I’ll Do It Myself

Congress has voted to condemn the actions of the Iranian government, and as Reason points out, Ron Paul in typical contrarian fashion is the sole “no” vote: I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone [...]

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May 6, 2009

Quote Of The Day

From David Rittgers, Cato@Liberty: As I have said before, the quickest way to create an insurgent is to burn a man’s livelihood. This may be a competent counternarcotics tactic, but it is an epic failure as a counterinsurgency strategy. We can fight a war against the Taliban or we can fight the war on drugs, [...]

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