Florida State shooter

21 Nov

Originally posted on The Liberty Zone:

According to a police source, the guy who shot three people at Florida State University yesterday is Myron May. Here’s a profile. He was a lawyer who graduated from the university with a B.A. in economics in December 2005, and then proceeded to get his JD from Texas Tech University School of Law in December 2009.

The gun grabbers’ usual cacophony of “MOAR GUN CONTROLZ LAWZ” has already begun on my Twitter feed.

None of them can tell us which gun control initiative they advocate would have stopped this shooting.

FSU is a “gun-free” campus (and by “gun-free,” I mean the university disarms its students, in delusional hopes that crazed gunmen will also abide by their disarmament policies). So what are the gun grabbers going to do? Ban guns twice? Yeah, that’ll stop them.

Myron May was an attorney. Until September of this year, he was a felony prosecutor…

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New Obama stimulus plan – $2 billion for fertility clinics

18 Nov

I’m joking.  

But this photo isn’t photoshopped. 

Apparently in some Asian countries this is the word for “cement.”

That said, a public policy study I NEVER saw anyone anywhere write about, would have been on a regulation that people (i.e., upper middle class people with high option insurance and deep wallets), which required that sperm (and maybe egg) donors had to be HIV tested not with any of the common HIV tests, but with the more expensive anti-nucleic acid test.  Only a few labs in the whole country could do it when it became required back during the Bush administration, and it costs hundred of dollars per test.  It’s hard to imagine that the person who owned the patent to that test in the U.S. was not politically connected.  I’m sure it is a more accurate test.  But why were only the deep pocketed couples already spending thousands to conceive babies in their 40′s saddled with this extra expense?

Side note:  Star Parker once whispered to me at a CATO event that employer provided insurance programs (pre-Obamacare) that included fertility treatments for people who had put off having kids for two decades were “welfare for white women.”  She’s not totally wrong.

Libertarian calendar for November

18 Nov

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November 18
Washington DC
6:30 pm

Richard Gamble  “In Search of the City on a Hill:
The Making & Unmaking of an American Myth”

Marriott Conference Center
ASAE Building
1575 I Street NW
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Nations adopt narratives to explain why they are different and exceptional. As nations are different, so are their narratives different. Interest groups compete to articulate the national narrative. George Orwell said: “Whoever controls the present controls the past and whoever controls the past controls the future.”
In 1917, Anglophile Woodrow Wilson took the nation to war to “make the world safe for democracy.” He propounded an American civil religion that replaced the founding narrative of self-restraint and limits on power. His militant “idealism” – as developed and reinforced by humanitarian interventionists, neoconservatives, and assertive nationalists – animates our foreign policy debates almost a century later. We have to “do something” constantly because Americans are a chosen people indispensable to world order. Ronald Reagan jack-hammered the metaphor “City on a Hill” into the Wilsonian narrative that America is “a force for good in the world.” George W. Bush gave this kind of thinking a strong boost, and Democrats have embraced America as “the indispensable nation.”
 In “In Search of the City on a Hill”, Professor Richard Gamble shows how Reagan turned the Christian metaphor into a secular metaphor with a meaning diametrically opposed to what Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop meant in his Model of Christian Charity four centuries ago. Today Republican and Democratic politicians invoke the phrase repeatedly as a shorthand for an American exceptionalism that justifies the use of American military force around the world. Recovering the biblical meaning of the Sermon on the Mount and the Puritan context of the “city on a hill” is a good way to understand how the current American exceptionalism represents a drastic break with America’s moral, religious and political origins. The historical Winthrop — if he were here today — would be a foreigner in his own country.
Richard Gamble holds the Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Chair in History and Political Science at Hillsdale College. He is a contributing editor of The American Conservative.

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November 18
Washington DC

Mayflower Hotel

Date: Tuesday, November 18
Time: 6:30 p.m. doors open | 6:45 p.m. remarks and Q&A
Where: The Mayflower Hotel(Colonial Room), 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
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Co-sponsored by The Federalist Society and Reason

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November 18
Washington, DC

private home
Martinis with Charles Murray

Martinis with Charles Murray

Date/Time
Date(s) – 11/18/2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location
Private Home


Sponsors
Gold: Charles Koch Institute
Bronze: Young Conservatives Coalition, Roger Custer
Have you ever wanted to pick Charles Murray’s brain? Now’s your chance! Please join America’s Future Foundation for Martinis with Charles Murray at the upcoming Liberty Circle reception. Dr. Murray will give brief remarks at 6:30, followed by informal discussion and drinks.
The author of numerous groundbreaking books, including “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” “The Bellcurve,” “Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980,” and “What It Means to be a Libertarian: A Personal Perspective,” Dr. Murray’s broad interests and extensive career as a political scientist have given him unique insight into American life. Come relax and learn from Dr. Murray with AFF on November 18.
Join AFF for a special reception and hear from special guest Charles Murray! Tickets $40-50

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November 19
Washington, DC

If Everything Is Getting Better, Why Do We Remain So Pessimistic?

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue nw
11:00 am

Featuring Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; with comments by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute; and Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; moderated by Marian L. Tupy, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute. 
Evidence from academic institutions and international organizations shows dramatic improvements in human well-being. These improvements are especially striking in the developing world. Unfortunately, there is often a wide gap between reality and public perceptions, including that of many policymakers, scholars in unrelated fields, and intelligent lay persons. To make matters worse, the media emphasizes bad news, while ignoring many positive long-term trends. Please join us for a discussion of psychological, physiological, cultural, and other social reasons for the persistence of pessimism in the age of growing abundance.
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at www.cato.org/live and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

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November 19-27
Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix area libertarians and other are buying hoodies for homeless people to protest laws against people camping and sleeping on public property.

All libertarians may not be behind that effort, but other possibilities for your community are:  back to school back packs with supplies and copies of pocket Constitutions or Rand or Heinkein novels (etc,) for poor students forced to attend state schools; or pop up food trucks to serve Thanksgiving or other meals to poor people, especially in jurisdictions that have outlawed feeding the hungry without a license.

The Phoenix Campaign to Legalize Urban Kamping is a grassroots ballot initiative to repeal the urban camping ordinance in Phoenix which makes it illegal to sleep or eat in public parks. Your gift of a hoodie (to yourself or someone who needs it) helps the homeless community in more than one way.

By supporting our campaign, you make it possible for us to challenge the status quo in a fiscally independent way, and you put a warm hoodie in the hands of somebody just in time for the cold weather. Because of the relatively good weather we experience in Phoenix, your gift may get somebody through the entire winter.

The hoodies will be distributed before Christmas, so stay in touch with our Facebook page for photos, news, and progress of the campaign. If you are in the Phoenix area and willing to volunteer, please also consider joining our CLUK Volunteers group and attending a meeting.

Please contact CLUK: Campaign to Legalize Urban Kamping if you have any questions. THANK YOU!!

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November 23
Dallas, TX

LPDC Marketing Committee Meeting 

  • 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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    7839 Park Ln, Dallas, TX (map)
  • Eating and drinking coffee with laptops and paper
  • Last Marketing Committee Meeting of the Year!
    We will do a recap and evaluation of all of our activities this year, and discusses successes and failures. Then, we will start to make plans for next year’s programming and activities.
    If you’re coming for the first time, excellent — we welcome your help and your best ideas to the table in pursuit of building a more powerful Libertarian presence in our beloved Dallas County.
    Join us over coffee, food, and the good company of fellow Libertarians one last time in 2014.

9,000 years of anarchy in Ireland?

17 Nov

Originally posted on On the Mark:

I posted once before on Ireland and their anarchy that lasted for more than a thousand years:

This most remarkable historical example of a society of libertarian law and courts first came to my attention while reading Murray Rothbard’s For a New Liberty. This was a society where not only the courts and the law were largely libertarian, but they were basically anarcho-capitalist in the modern sense of the phrase. This Celtic society was not some primitive society or tribe but rather it was a highly complex society. Ireland for centuries was the most advanced, most scholarly, and most civilized society in all of Western Europe. And all without a government!

Murray Rothbard documented the Irish Anarchy in his book “For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto were he wrote in part:

The most remarkable historical example of a society of libertarian law and courts, however, has been…

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The Democratic Party Has Become So Useless It’s Making Young Liberals Look Longingly at Rand Paul

17 Nov

The Democratic Party Has Become So Useless It’s Making Young Liberals Look Longingly at Rand Paul

Another libertarian book to worry about

17 Nov

KN@PPSTER’s Big Freakin’ Book of Stuff


It’s here, ladies and gentlemen …

As promised, there is a free download version. Yep, you can get the whole book in PDF format and it won’t cost you a dime (unless you decide after reading it to hit the support/tip jar over in the sidebar, which of course I hope you’ll do). Right-click/Save as here for the PDF download.

Would you like it in EPUB or MOBI format? $1.99 at the FastPencil site. No “Digital Rights Management” or anything, by the way; the only thing to stop you from buying it once and sharing it is your decision not to; the book is, so far as I know how to put it there, in the public domain and I don’t believe in “intellectual property.” If you like it and think it’s worth paying for, I’ll joyously accept your money. If you don’t, well, thanks anyway and maybe next time.

Also via FastPencil, dead tree paper copies. $13.99. The book weighs in at more than 400 pages in a perfect-bound trade paperback edition. In my opinion — and it’s JUST my opinion — you’d waste that much in paper, ink, printer wear and tear and time printing up an unbound print copy at home, so I think it’s priced to sell for those who like their books on paper.

How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion

16 Nov
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