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

October 5, 2009

Downsizing Government

Our friends at the Cato Institute, the only think tank in DC dedicate to personal and economic liberty, have launched a new site,, committed to cutting waste from the federal budget. From the press release: The research on the site also exposes that many public outlays—though vigorously defended by the politicians who created them […]

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 3:08 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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September 23, 2009

The NEA Con-Call; There’s Not Much “There” There

On August 10th, a conference call occurred, including folks from the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the arts community. The purpose of the call was to “rally the troops” of artists who had spent time working for the Obama campaign, enlisting their help to push national service initiatives. The revelation of […]

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The ACORN Tapes

I’m about to write a very long-winded post on the story that dropped from Breitbart on the NEA “scandal”, and in doing so, I need to clear the air about ACORN. When the ACORN tapes hit the street, I considered posting about it. My initial reaction was this: 1) I’m a libertarian. In my world, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:53 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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September 22, 2009

Republicans Were Against Big Government Before The Election, Too.

Apparently, the Obama administration is learning that calling a large percentage of the American people racist wackos isn’t a very good idea: it cheapens the terms, which carry more charge if applied to Stormfront and the birthers, respectively. Obama on Leno last night (text via LA Times) suggested that maybe people are opposing him because […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:39 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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September 14, 2009

H.R. 3311 is an oxymoron

Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer is seeking to inflict yet another tax on the American people. This one, though, is far more insidious than the average tax thought up by Congress: The “Road User Fee Pilot Project” would be administered by the US Treasury Department. This agency in turn would issue millions in taxpayer-backed grants to […]

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September 5, 2009

Quote of the Day

From former GAO head David Walker in the WSJ: Mr. Walker’s own speeches are vivid and clear. “We have four deficits: a budget deficit, a savings deficit, a value-of-the-dollar deficit and a leadership deficit,” he tells one group. “We are treating the symptoms of those deficits, but not the disease.” Remember, this is from someone […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 3:40 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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September 3, 2009

Open Thread – Government Debt

From the Treasury, as of Tuesday 9/1: Total US Debt: 11,792,918,170,836.43 ——————————– Debt Held By The Public: 7,481,218,854,095.12 Intragovernmental Holdings: 4,311,699,316,741.31 Debt held by the “public” includes anything not held by other government agencies. I.e. this is t-bills sold to individuals, corporations, foreign individuals and even foreign governments or sovereign wealth funds. Intragovernmental holdings a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:45 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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August 26, 2009

All I Have to Say About Ted Kennedy

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 9:17 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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July 22, 2009

Real Solutions for Health Care, Part I – The Problem

If one looks at Barack Obama’s principles for health care, the basic ideas are right. His three principles are: Reduce Costs Guarantee Choice Ensure Quality Care for All Unfortunately, the health care measures the president is backing shows he clearly doesn’t understand the main problem with American health care. In America today, doctors rarely answer […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 7:05 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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June 23, 2009

SCOTUS: No Constitutional Right for DNA Testing Post-Conviction

Last week in District Attorney’s Office for the Third Judicial District et. al. v. Osborne the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that convicts have no Constitutional right to DNA testing even if such testing would conclusively determine the guilt or innocence of the convict. In this particular case, William Osborne was willing to pay for […]

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June 19, 2009

Or Else We Will Be Very, Very Angry With You!

Apparently the UN has said it has the right to stop any North Korean ship suspected of smuggling arms. Or, not really… We have the right to ASK them to stop. And if they don’t stop, they will be in deep trouble with the UN. How deep? They might be angry and write a letter […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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Barbara Boxer is the One Who Needs the Etiquette Lessons

This behavior on the part of Barbara Boxer* would be appalling if the comments were directed at a regular citizen at a town hall meeting much less a decorated general in a Senate hearing! She “worked so hard” to earn this title? What did she have to do to “earn” this title vs. what General […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:13 am || Permalink || Comments (12) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,General,Hubris,Multimedia,Politics
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June 15, 2009

Some Thoughts About the Iranian Demonstrations

Christopher Hitchens has a must read article about the Iranian “elections” that saw the “reelection” of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “President”. Iran and its citizens are considered by the Shiite theocracy to be the private property of the anointed mullahs. This totalitarian idea was originally based on a piece of religious quackery promulgated by the late […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 7:03 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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June 9, 2009

Quote of the Day: Sotomayor’s “Pro-State Bias” Edition

This article in The Boston Globe about Sonia Sotomayor ought to delight “tough on crime” conservatives and cause great concern for civil libertarians of all stripes. Prosecutors and law enforcement organizations give her high marks for her “aggressiveness” both as a prosecutor and as a judge. One quote from the article stood out and seems […]

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June 5, 2009

Comment of the Day: A Welcome Voice from Liberty Papers Past

Re: Mancow gets waterboarded It’s always a treat to hear from Eric, the founder of The Liberty Papers. Its comments like this one which make me miss his “grumbles.” This comment was in response to a discussion sparked by Stephen Gordon’s post concerning waterboarding: Interesting discussion. Chris has a very valid point about altering the […]

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Liberty Rock Friday: Another Brick in the Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd

This is one of my all-time favorites. To truly appreciate the message, one needs to see the video (below). Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall, Part II The Wall (1979) By Roger Waters We don’t need no education We dont need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:53 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,General,Liberty Rock,Theory and Ideas
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June 4, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor: Endorsed by The Badge Worshippers and Law Enforcement Bootlickers of America

Those who are of the badge worshipping and law enforcement bootlicking persuasion might assume that Judge Sonia Sotomayor may not have much to offer them as a Supreme Court Justice until they take a look at her record on the 2nd Circuit. As it turns out, Sotomayor has quite an authoritarian streak. It seems that […]

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May 26, 2009

Governments Collapsing In Tough Economy

In the Wall Street Journal today, an article is published that details how cities are disincorporating as a result of the declining economy. Cities are dissolving themselves in order to escape city union contracts, among other things. As the recession batters city budgets around the U.S., some municipalities are considering the once-unthinkable option of dissolving […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 5:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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May 18, 2009

Open Thread Question of the Day: To Whom or What Do You Pledge Your Allegiance?

I was listening to the local talk show host on my way to work this morning and the topic was the ongoing saga surrounding the auto makers. This particular talk show host is a very pro-union “buy American” (and therefore anti-free trade) kind of guy in the mold of Lou Dobbs. As I pulled into […]

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May 12, 2009

The Limits of Campaign Finance Law Abridgement of the First Amendment Tested in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission

During the 2008 presidential campaign, an organization called Citizens United produced an anti-Hillary documentary called “Hillary: the Movie.” The movie was available on pay-per-view cable channels until the FEC pulled the plug claiming that the broadcast violated campaign finance law. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, is now being considered by the Supreme […]

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