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

March 9, 2009

Outlawed in Alabama: A Tale of Two Videos

What do sex toys and microbrewed beers have in common?  In Alabama, they are both more-or-less outlawed. What’s that, you say?  They don’t have statewide prohibition in Alabama, do they? Before I respond, here’s an interesting video just produced by reason which celebrates the “American beer revolution.” Of Alabama’s 67 counties, 14 are completely dry [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 3:39 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,The Nanny State
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March 6, 2009

Stimulate Economy By Rethinking Kid Toy Law

Oh, the unintended consequences keep coming in: Larry Neill has $118,000 worth of small motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles sitting on his lot in Missouri’s capital city. He’ll be fined if he sells any of them. Neill, who owns Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City, cannot sell or repair the bikes because of a new federal [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:38 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,The Nanny State
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March 5, 2009

Health Care Rationing Isn’t Fun, But It’s Unavoidable

Sad stories abound in the world of health care, because health care has a few peculiar features. First, when you get it wrong, people die. Heck, sometimes if you get it right, people die. Second, it’s terribly expensive. This is actually a good thing, in a way. The cost of advanced western health care is [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:47 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Healthcare,Socialism,The Nanny State
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March 2, 2009

The Root of the Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Spillover Into the U.S.

For those of you who believe that Libertarians focus too much on the War on (Some) Drugs, perhaps it’s time to pay attention to the escalating violence in Mexico which is spilling over into the U.S. PHOENIX (Reuters) – Hit men dressed in fake police tactical gear burst into a home in Phoenix, rake it [...]

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February 24, 2009

Kids’ Nutrition Choices Made By Lobbyists, Not Doctors

Kevin Drum tells us “the reality is, this is how things get done”. In the below exchange, Kevin is MJ (Mother Jones), and Michael Pollan (Berkeley journalism prof & food author) is MP: MJ: Does WIC [the Women, Infants, and Children program] still specify that you buy dairy? MP: Yes. We had a huge fight [...]

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Government

The Rocky Mountain News reports: He may have saved three lives, but RTD bus driver Jim Moffett got a jaywalking ticket anyway, along with broken bones and internal bleeding. Moffett, 58, was driving an RTD bus southbound on Federal Boulevard at 62nd Avenue about 9 Friday night, according to the Colorado State Patrol. A couple [...]

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February 23, 2009

It’s Time To Lower The Drinking Age

Last night 60 Minutes ran an interesting piece about the suggestion from some that the drinking age be lowered back to 18: (CBS) Last fall, a group of over 100 college presidents – including the heads of Dartmouth, Virginia Tech and Duke – signed a declaration stating that the 21-year-old drinking age is not working, [...]

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February 17, 2009

The Brady Bill Was Only Step 1

Remember the “good old days” of the Brady Bill and the instant background check? It turns out that the gun grabbers in the 111th Congress no longer believe these gun control measures go far enough. Introducing perhaps the gravest threat to date against the Second Amendment: H.R. 45 Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of [...]

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February 15, 2009

The Moral Hazard Problem Of Socialized Healthcare

Ezra Klein quotes approvingly a section of Michael Pollans In Defense Of Food on the high level of diabetes in those eating a Western-style diet. In response, he almost seems to be suggesting that there’s a moral hazard problem of socialized healthcare: A diagnosis of diabetes subtract roughly twelve years from one’s life and living [...]

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February 14, 2009

Oh, It Was All About Raising Awareness?

Well, New Yorkers can rest a little easier. The proposed soda tax has been shot down. It’s main proponent, Gov. David Paterson, is taking the defeat in stride: New York Gov. David Paterson admitted Thursday one of his most talked-about tax proposals, an obesity tax on sugary drinks, is fizzling. But he said it popped [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:35 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Taxation,The Nanny State
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February 13, 2009

A Few Thoughts About the Ryan Fredrick Case

The long and short of the case is that three days after his home was broken into, Fredrick fatally shot an intruder who turned out to be a police officer. Fredrick promptly surrendered to the police once he realized the intruders were in-fact a SWAT team serving a warrant (a very small amount of marijuana [...]

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February 12, 2009

Quote Of The Day — Lincoln-esque Edition

As Barack Obama tries to claim the legacy of our 16th President, perhaps he should think about this quote from Honest Abe: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Quote of the Day,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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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 7, 2009

Stimulis: Because all economies have performance issues

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February 4, 2009

Utah To Replace Private Club Booze With Big Brother Booze?

After’s first foray into the explanation of the idiocy of Utah’s blue laws, the Hit&Run blog has followed it up with Utah’s proposal to finally end the “Private Club” craziness that they put people through. But is the cure worse than the disease? A plan to do away with Utah’s private club law and [...]

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February 3, 2009

Execute Michael Phelps

I’ll assume that US News and World Report writer Mary Kate Cary despises the people on this list (which was provided by Radley Balko): Barack Obama, president-elect.  Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the U.S.  John Kerry, U.S. Senator and 2004 Democratic nominee for president.  John Edwards, multi-millionaire, former U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic nominee for [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: The Nanny State
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“They Still End Up Gettin’ Drunk” In Utah

Utah is a beautiful state. I have traveled there quite a few times over the last few years — I”ll be there next week, in fact — and am always struck by the amazing scenery available just traveling in the Salt Lake City area. I’ve driven through the salt flats, and have stayed up in [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:09 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Federalism,Government Regulation,The Nanny State
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February 2, 2009

Administration Declares War On Middle Class Dissatisfaction

…or something like that: For years, we had a White House that failed to put the middle class front and center in its economic policies. President Barack Obama has made it clear that is going to change. And it’s why he’s asked me to lead a task force on the middle class. America’s middle class [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:11 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Politics,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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January 29, 2009

Nanny State Republicans

According to Rasmussen, “62% of adults say there should be a nationwide ban on smoking in all public places, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree, and five percent (5%) are not sure.” Here comes the money line: Republicans, who usually frown on government restrictions, are more emphatic about [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:59 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: The Nanny State
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January 26, 2009

The Most Dangerous Phrase Strikes Again

Seriously, congresscritters are morons. There can be no other explanation. Sadly, this is not the most idiotic, ridiculous, laughable, or embarrassingly stupid law ever proposed; but it’s close: “New Law Will Require Camera Phones to ‘Click’ Author: Michael Horton A new bill is being introduced called, Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, which would require any [...]

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