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

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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February 19, 2009

Octomom: A Microcosm of Democrat and Republican Policies Realized

Much to my delight and surprise, the news of Nadya Suleman (a.k.a. Octomom) giving birth to 8 children in addition to her other 6 children she could ill afford to support has not been well received by a large portion of the American public. Octomom seemed to go into this undertaking with the idea that […]

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February 9, 2009

Which is Freakier: A bong hit or “the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris [as] an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement?”

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps took a bong hit; Kellogg’s has dropped their sponsorship of Phelps. In my opinion, Kellogg’s has every right in the world to drop the sponsorship. And I have every right in the world to quit using Kelloggs’ products. If the Phelps issue wasn’t enough, let’s […]

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February 8, 2009

Economic Enhancement

As reason (via Stephen Littau) informs us, all economies have “performance issues.”  Our national case of electile dysfunction has led to a stimulus package that Robert Stacy McCain says simply “won’t work.” If we are going to continue with the sexual analogies, here’s a thought: Obama certainly isn’t going to stimulate me with a trillion-pound […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 4:27 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Government Waste,Sex,Taxation
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December 1, 2008

Sex Offender Insanity

I’ve written several times in the past about the manner in which America’s sex offender registry laws have led to insane, some might even say unjust, outcomes. There was the six-year old boy in Virginia who will go through the rest of his school career tagged as a sexual offender. The 15 year old Ohio […]

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November 23, 2008

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted from the “yes” campaign. Argument #1: […]

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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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May 7, 2008

Help Reduce Child Abuse: Legalize Polygamy Now!

A great deal of attention is focused on the recent raids on the FLDS compound in Texas. The behavior of the state has rightly been condemned, most effectively by Les Jones who wrote: Imagine that some parents in a school district were accused of child abuse. Now imagine that the authorities took every child from […]

Posted By: tarran @ 11:10 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Religious Liberty,Reproductive Rights,Sex,Theory and Ideas
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March 25, 2008

Simon Says: Damnable Dalliances

There once was a man from New York Who had quite the fondness for pork He porked a hooker Though she’s quite a looker In prison stripes he’ll look like a dork The mayors of Detroit & Newark hold mistress’ Two women that have put them in distress Their sensuous thighs Won’t cover the lies […]

Posted By: Simon Jester @ 4:17 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Sex,Simon Says
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March 12, 2008

Spitzer Resigns

The following is the full text of Eliot Spitzer’s resignation speech: In the past few days, I have begun to atone for my private failings with my wife Silda, my children, and my entire family. The remorse I feel will always be with me. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 11:10 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,General,Politics,Sex
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March 11, 2008

Hypocrisy Has a New Name: Eliot Spitzer

By now, most everyone has read or heard some of the sordid details involving New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his alleged involvement with a prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP. I think I can safely speak for all of the contributors at The Liberty Papers that we all believe that the actions between consenting […]

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November 1, 2007

The Broader Implications of the Genarlow Wilson Verdict

Last week’s 5-4 Georgia Supreme Court ruling in the Genarlow Wilson case is not only great news for Genarlow Wilson but also great news for others who have found themselves in a similar situation. With the ruling being as close as it was it’s clear that the court could have easily ruled the other way. […]

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September 7, 2007

Everything is Economics

I’ve said this many times before: economics isn’t the study of money; it’s the study of incentives, choices, and consequences. In this video from the TED conference, economist Emily Oster performs an economic analysis of the spread of AIDS in Africa and shows once again, it’s about the economics (which means it’s about peoples choices […]

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July 17, 2007

Utah Supreme Court Resists Creating Another Genarlow Wilson

Via Eugene Volokh, comes news of a decision from the Utah Supreme Court regarding the state’s attempted prosecuted of a 12 year old boy and thirteen year old girl for committing sexual abuse on a child, with each other: When she was thirteen years old, Z.C. engaged in consensual sex with a twelve-year-old boy and […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:43 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Sex,The Nanny State
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July 13, 2007

Genarlow Wilson Prosecutor Distributes Child Porn

ATLANTA (AP) — District Attorney David McDade has handed out some 35 copies of a video of teenagers having sex at a party. McDade says Georgia’s open-records law leaves him no choice but to release the footage because it was evidence in one of the state’s most turbulent cases — that of Genarlow Wilson, a […]

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July 9, 2007

Senator David Vitter’s Phone Number Found On DC Madam’s Records

This should be fun… Sen. David Vitter, R-La., apologized Monday night for “a very serious sin in my past” after his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the so-called “D.C. Madam.” Vitter’s spokesman, Joel Digrado, confirmed the statement in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press. “This was a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Legal,Politics,Sex
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June 28, 2007

Genarlow Wilson Is Still In Jail

By now, Genarlow Wilson’s story should be familiar to everyone. At 17 he was convicted of having consenual oral sex with his fifteen year old girlfriend and, because of the absurdity of Georgia’s sex offender laws, he was sentenced to ten years in prison. Earlier this month, the judge in charge of his case reduced […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:20 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences,Sex
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June 11, 2007

More Mandatory Minimums Madness: The “Sexual Predator” Edition, Part II

Back in January, I wrote a post about the injustice that befell seventeen year old Genarlow Wilson who was sentenced to ten years in prison for engaging in oral sex with a fifteen year old girl (just a few months shy of sixteen) at a New Year’s party. Wilson was charged with aggravated child molesting. […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 1:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,General,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences,Sex
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May 6, 2007

The Real Prostitution Scandal

There has been alot of media coverage over the past several weeks about the case of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman who stands accused of running a call girl operation that catered to the rich and powerful in Washington. But that’s not the only kind of prostitution that’s going on in our nation’s capital: Prostitution […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:12 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Government Waste,Politics,Sex
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March 28, 2007

Somebody’s Gotta Say It (Book Review)

(Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds) As a regular listener of The Neal Boortz Show, I find this book every bit as hard-hitting, insensitive, informative, and entertaining as his show. The High Priest of the Painful Truth pulls no punches in his assault on ignorance whether from the Right, the Left, or […]

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