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

June 5, 2009

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 @ 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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May 3, 2009

100 Cocktails To You, Sir.

Any serious fan of college football should be reading Every Day Should Be Saturday on a regular basis. Of course, if you claim you’re the former, and you’re not already doing the latter, I declare you’re no fan at all. What does this have to do with libertarian politics? Usually, nothing. But it seems that [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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April 29, 2009

The Obameter at the 100 Day Mark

Yeah I know, the “First 100 Days” of President Barack Obama is somewhat arbitrary. Still, a great deal has happened in these first 100 days so why not take another look at the Obameter shall we? So far, President Obama has kept 27 campaign promises, compromised on 7, broken 6, stalled on 3, has 63 [...]

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April 22, 2009

Colorado One Step Closer to Abolishing the Death Penalty

The Colorado House passed the bill which would eliminate the death penalty by 1 vote. The Denver Post reports on the dramatic moment: In the hushed state House chamber, all eyes Tuesday stared up at the vote board, which showed lawmakers deadlocked 32-32 on whether to repeal the death penalty in Colorado. All but Rep. [...]

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April 17, 2009

A very special thank you note…

…for this week’s links, visits and media The Liberty Papers would like to issue a very warm welcome to our fellow travelers visiting from the following websites.  We’d also like to express our appreciation to these sites for linking to us.  Here’s (below the fold) a list of recent links (and I apologize, in advance, [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 12:28 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General,Media
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April 11, 2009

Reforming America’s Prison System: The Time Has Come

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) in his recent article calling for a major reform of America’s prisons in Parade Magazine brought some very disturbing, eye opening, statistics about America’s prison system to light. In summary this is some of what he found: -Since 1984, America’s prison population has quadrupled from 580,000 to 2.3 million -Though the [...]

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April 8, 2009

If You Can’t Compete, Why Not Shackle Your Competitors?

Ahh, the left… When life deals you lemons, you advocate a Federal Lemon Rationing Board: Personally, I would love a legal cap on the number of words a blogger is allowed to produce per day. I’m privileged to have a job that I really enjoy. But at the same time, I would prefer to write [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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April 4, 2009

$1.00

This is the amount a jury awarded the America hating professor, Ward Churchill in his civil rights lawsuit against The University of Colorado. Despite charges of academic misconduct “deliberate and repeated plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication” Churchill and his legal team turned his dismissal from CU into a First Amendment free speech issue. Maybe I don’t [...]

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April 3, 2009

Lenin Gets It In The End

You can’t help but appreciate this: One of Russia’s most famous statues of Vladimir Lenin has been bombed, leaving the Bolshevik revolutionary with a gaping hole in his rear. The bronze statue, in the city of St Petersburg, was badly damaged before dawn on Wednesday, when the blast blew a hole in Lenin’s coat. No-one [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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Iowa Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

It’s bound to set off yet another political fight, but the Iowa Supreme Court today declared that state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional: DES MOINES — Iowa became the first state in the Midwest to approve same-sex marriage on Friday, after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided that a 1998 law limiting marriage to a [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:04 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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April 1, 2009

Open Thread Question of the Day: How Can We Fix Our Prisons?

Our prison system, holding nearly 25% of the worlds reported prisoners, may seem like an April fool’s joke but certainly is not a laughing matter. I’m in the early stages of writing a post in response to Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) recent article in Parade entitled: Why We Must Fix Our Prisons. Sen. Webb is [...]

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March 31, 2009

When Did Maricopa County Become Red Square?

This seems even excessive for the Toughest Most Authoritarian Sheriff in America, Joe Arpaio: Sheriff’s deputies and county Protective Service officers arrested two men and two women in the middle of the [County Board of Supervisors] meeting when they stood and applauded a speaker who criticized Arpaio. Joel Nelson, Jason Odhner, Monica Sanschafer and Kristy [...]

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March 30, 2009

Maryland House Passes Mayor Calvo’s SWAT Bill by 126 to 9 Vote

Despite the objections of the National Tactical Officers Association, the bill championed by Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo passed the Maryland House by a wide margin: Delegates adopted a bill, on a 126 to 9 vote, that would require law enforcement agencies to report every six months on their use of SWAT teams, including what [...]

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March 29, 2009

I like this definition of sin; what are your thoughts?

“Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other ‘sins’ are invented nonsense.” –Heinlein I’ll argue that this applies to politics, as well.

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 11:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: General
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March 27, 2009

The Liberty Papers Welcomes Fellow “Militia Members” and Enemies of the State

Are you an enemy of the state? Chances are if you are reading The Liberty Papers, you are! According to a new report from the Missouri Information Analysis Center, “The Modern Militia Movement” authored by Governor Nixon and Attorney General Koster, signs that you may be a domestic terrorist or militia member include: – You [...]

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March 26, 2009

Obama’s Policy to Fight Mexican Drug Cartels is Doomed to Fail

The Obama administration, rather than dealing with the root cause of the violence along the Mexican border, has decided to adopt a policy to deal with the symptoms. The problem is that this policy will neither alleviate the symptoms nor come close to treating the problem. WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help [...]

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