Archive | December, 2014

Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel to Head up Marijuana Company

31 Dec

Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel to Head up Marijuana Company

Logicology: Dear Mr. Cantwell…

31 Dec

Logicology: Dear Mr. Cantwell…: I’m not normally one to jump into the internecine squabbles of seventh tier embarrassments like this, but I recently revived an older vi…

A "Straight Dope" reader ends 2014 with a new level of fascism

31 Dec
In light of a recent Daily Mail article, “Why Sleeping Naked Could Cut Your Risk of Diabetes…Not to Mention Ward Off Infections, Trim Your Waistline and Make You Less Exhausted” [11/24/14], I was wondering whether you think the government should ban pyjamas? —Sarah Chekroud

The answer.


New Year’s Eve Resolutions for Libertarians and Contrarians

31 Dec
Here’s a list of projects I would think some libertarians would resolve to do in 2015:

Back to school backpacks for the victims of state schools, backpacks with supplies and perhaps including copies of the Constitution, DeSchooling Society, Watership Down, Anthem, and other age appropriate material.  Many community groups do this for poor children, and libertarians should start their own version.

Hacking government computer systems to eliminate social security and taxpayer ID numbers, tax liens, meta-data on American citizens, etc.

FOIA requests on newly married gay politicians to see if they were using the ban on gay marriage to escape joint financial disclosures that show they have been using their partners’ businesses for crony contracts and pay to play.

A study of tax free enterprise zones around the country and any lessons learned.

A study of the disparity in funding in per pupil allocations for public schools, vouchers, and charter schools, around the country.

A national database on the cost of the drug war, with state by state and city by city numbers on arrests, incarcerations, asset forfeiture, deaths, time served, dollars spent, etc.

A database of people killed or injured in government raids enforcing tax and regulatory policies.

Why Libertarians and Conservatives Clash Over the Meaning of the Constitution

31 Dec

Why Libertarians and Conservatives Clash Over the Meaning of the Constitution

Ellen Dance Dare (COPS GONE WRONG)

30 Dec

2014 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 60 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Is The “Dear One” The Innocent One?

30 Dec

JONATHAN TURLEY

Kim_Jong-il_PortraitSony_Entertainment_NetworkNow this would make for a great movie (certainly better than “The Interview”). Here’s the plot. A reportedly awful movie is produced by Sony with little expected success. Then the company is hacked with threats not to release the movie. All fingers are pointed at North Korea, including statements from the White House and the FBI. There are widespread reports of the U.S. shutting down the North Korean Internet in retaliation. However, the real culprits are actually laid-off Sony staff. In the meantime, the suppressed movie racks in millions as viewers (including my kids last night) rush to see the forbidden movie. Now that’s a movie plot. It is not clear however if it should be fiction or non-fiction. Media is reporting that experts believe that North Korea was in fact innocent of the hacking and that the culprits were former employees of that other hermit kingdom, Sony.

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Happy Hanukkah Advent Calendar – Our 10 Hottest Libertarian Jews

30 Dec
(Our list is for humor – and appreciation – and includes atheists, agnostics, half-Jews, and anyone else we wanted to include, who is arguably Jewish.  We aren’t promising not to do a list of hot libertarian clergy for Easter.  I’m also including Objectivists etc. because a square is a rectangle even if a rectangle isn’t always a square.  So…get your dreidels out for a game of spin the dreidel…

לחיים

and

ליברטי .)

We have 8 days of Hanukkah…so we will be adding a hot Jew every day (before sunset), like an Advent calendar.  Nominate the remaining hot libertarian Jews.  And please, current MOTs, no Ayn Rand, Jane Jacobs, Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman.  Also feel free to nominate people for the Hanukkah 5776 list.

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TV’s Andy Levy

Well, warm and cuddly anyway.  Although we found this glamour shot.  Mr. Levy is known for his cats, his dry wit on the FoxNew’s show RedEye, and his sweet little cheeks.  (He has a nice punim too.)



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Brittany Leigh Sligar










Ms. Sligar, an undergraduate, blogs at Natural Folk and declares on twitterI want to abolish the government. Yay for Anarcho-Capitalism. Long live free markets!”


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Jim Epstein











Mr. Epstein is a writer and video producer at reason magazine.

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Angela Keaton

Sometime member of the Libertarian National Committee, Ms. Keaton works at Anti-War.com.  If you become her pen pal she will supply you with very amusing articles and humor, often about Taylor Swift or liberty movement celebrities.










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Alan Gura









Mr. Gura is the chief 2nd Amendment advocate in American courts in the Heller decision and other cases.  I’d go to a shooting range with him anytime.











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Michelle Minton


Newlywed Ms. Minton runs Human Achievement Happy Hour and writes for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.







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Alex Epstein

A philosophy student by training, Epstein is the author of the new book,  The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and a website on the same subject.











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Ashley Rae Goldenberg


A student at George Mason University, Ms. Goldenberg wrote an admirable short defense of Israel and is a contributing editor for Liberty Without Apologies. Follow her on Twitter @Communism_Kills.

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Jeremy Sapienza









Sapienza (left) is the proprietor of Cafe La Mejor in Brooklyn and an urban gardener.  Amazingly, even though a Jew and a libertarian, he has been known to blog.



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Daria Kafler




Ms. Kafler is a member of Tel Aviv University Students for Liberty

L. Neil Schulman interviewed on "The Interview"

30 Dec

The interview with Schulman starts several minutes into the story.