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

May 24, 2010

Why I Don’t Listen To Jenny McCarthy — Or the CDC

The journalist responsible for the original uproar about the MMR vaccine and autism has been shown to have produced very shoddy research, and widely discredited. He was even recently banned from the practice of medicine in the UK. This has, of course, not quieted the debate. In fact, it’s gotten even worse, with his vaccine [...]

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May 13, 2010

Prosecutors Ask If Congress Duped CBO To Obtain Favorable Score

Okay, that’s not true. But it’s no different than this: Prosecutors Ask if 8 Banks Duped Rating Agencies Wall Street played a crucial role in the mortgage market’s path to collapse. Investment banks bundled mortgage loans into securities and then often rebundled those securities one or two more times. Those securities were given high ratings [...]

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May 7, 2010

NIMBY, Granny!

Oh dear. “Stonemill Farms will be the scene of many memorable days with family and friends alike,” according to marketing materials. The development, with its $300,000 to $500,000 homes, is “the perfect place to raise a family,” the website boasts. Sounds like a nice place. At least until the influx of the brain-devouring proto-zombie hordes [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:32 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,Government Regulation,Healthcare,Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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May 3, 2010

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Ad: “Find Us Before We Find You”

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is currently running an ad – a friendly reminder to encourage PA residents who owe back taxes to pay up because the PDR knows where you live. Creepy huh? But don’t be alarmed PA residents who owe back taxes, go to the website (PAtaxPayup.com) and you will find that the [...]

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April 22, 2010

Tom Martino’s ‘Hot Button’ Earth Day Rant

I just happened to come across this wonderful rant from Tom Martino concerning Earth Day and environmentalism. For those of you who live outside the Denver media market, Tom Martino (a.k.a. ‘The Troubleshooter’) isn’t a political commentator per se but a consumer advocate with both a radio and TV show (similar to Clark Howard, but [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 9:48 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Culture,Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Media,Multimedia,Theory and Ideas
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March 29, 2010

Instead Of Trying To Save The Post Office, Let’s Try Freedom Instead

It’s been rumored for more than a year now, but the U.S. Postal Service is taking the first steps toward eliminating Saturday mail delivery: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Saturday mail could be one step closer to cancellation when the United States Postal Service submits an official proposal to a government regulatory board on Tuesday to [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Business,Constitution,Economics,Government Regulation
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March 25, 2010

Bureaucratic Environmental Protection Agency

The proprietor of Coyote Blog is an entrepreneur specializing in operating camping & recreation facilities. Recently he’s been moving from big pick-up trucks to much smaller, more fuel-efficient, cheaper used Japanese trucks. That is, until the EPA barred their import: These are trucks that are from an emissions regime (in Japan) harsher than ours and [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:21 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,Government Transparency
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March 22, 2010

Finding Out What’s In It

We’ll they’ve passed it, so now we can find out what’s in it. And here’s something that I was a bit surprised to see: Tucked neatly inside the health reform legislation headed to the Oval Office for a presidential signature is language that will require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus, menu boards, and drive-through [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation
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ObamaCare’s Immediate Impact

As we all know, most of ObamaCare is pushed out to 2014 or so. But Ezra Klein, ever helpful, points out this nice PDF which explains what will occur nearly immediately. Ezra is always celebrating the cost-control measures of ObamaCare, so let’s see how these provisions stack up: 1. SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS—Offers tax credits [...]

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Inflation

If you thought thirty was sleazy and dirty what can one say about 700K? >;-)

Posted By: Simon Jester @ 8:20 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Abortion,Government Ethics,Individual Rights,Liberty
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March 19, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From the LA Times, a story about the LA City Council. Electronic auto-voting allows council members to avoid actually attending council meetings, much to the chagrin of voters: Still, their physical absence frequently infuriates members of the public who show up to testify only to find themselves addressing one or more empty chairs. Advertisement “We [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:22 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Government Transparency,Quote of the Day
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March 13, 2010

How To Shrink The Size Of Government

It’s very simple… Just require federal employees to follow the law, and they’ll make themselves ineligible for service: `SUBCHAPTER VIII–INELIGIBILITY OF PERSONS HAVING SERIOUSLY DELINQUENT TAX DEBTS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT `Sec. 7381. Ineligibility of persons having seriously delinquent tax debts for Federal employment `(a) Definition- For purposes of this section– `(1) the term `seriously delinquent [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:42 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Government Ethics,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Taxation
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March 5, 2010

Quote Of The Day

The state of Washington is currently in process on a bill that will impound any car for 12 hours where the driver is arrested on suspicion of DUI. This will be automatic — whether the car is owned by an innocent third party, or whether someone else in the vehicle can legally drive does not [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:02 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Government Regulation,Government Transparency,Legal,Police Watch,Politics
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February 17, 2010

Innocence Commission Exonerates Greg Taylor After Serving 16 Years of Life Sentence

North Carolina has at least one criminal justice reform that all states ought to adopt: an innocence commission (particularly for states which currently have a death penalty). So far, North Carolina is the only state which has such a commission. Greg Taylor, convicted of 1st degree murder of prostitute Jacquetta Thomas in 1993, was the [...]

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January 25, 2010

A Must Watch on “Climate Change” from Climate Skeptic

Catastrophe Denied: The Science of the Skeptics Position (studio version) from Warren Meyer on Vimeo. Warren is local to me (he lives about three miles away actually), and runs both the excellent libertarian small business and economics blog CoyoteBlog, and the absolutely essential climate blog Climate Skeptic.

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January 16, 2010

A doctor calls for a kinder gentler war

I regularly read the Science Based Medicine Blog since it is an interesting combination of intelligent, rational examination of medicine and the naive monstrous morals of a toddler. This week’s column by Dr Steven Novella does not disappoint. The good doctor reviews the medical impact of modern sodium consumption and states: As usual, the medical [...]

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January 13, 2010

Reporting On Stimulus Jobs Becomes Even Less Useful

I suspect we’ll see a corresponding shift in the rhetoric. Instead of Obama saying the stimulus “created or saved X million jobs”, he’ll say the stimulus “put X million Americans to work.” Either way, it’s still a joke: When the White House unveiled its nearly $800 billion stimulus package last year, it promised not only [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:21 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fiscal Policy,Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Government Waste
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January 7, 2010

Would C-SPAN Make The Healthcare Bill “Worse”? Define Worse.

I’ll blockquote Peter Suderman over at Reason blockquoting the CAP’s “wonk room” blog on this one: The short version of the argument is that C-SPAN’s coverage would put pressure on legislators to perform for the cameras and thus make the bill worse: C-SPAN is grounded in the belief that transparency produces superior legislation. And maybe [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:11 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Healthcare,Politics,The Welfare State
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January 5, 2010

The Reports Of CA’s Jobs Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ezra Klein links an interesting story by econoblogger Ryan Avent about declining cities. His post is a fairly interesting read about how (or whether to) try to save dying manufacturing cities. But one of his passages discusses a greatly different topic. As a California resident, I’m stuck with a very high-tax, heavy-regulating, dysfunctional state government [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Regulation,Taxation,Theory and Ideas
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January 4, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From Jonah Goldberg, re: airline security: Anyone who flies regularly will tell you, the hellishness of airline travel is not primarily derived from the outrage of lost privacy, it’s derived from the outrage of inefficient, time-consuming idiocy. I would gladly trade the privacy invasion that would come with those body scanners in Total Recall in [...]

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