Archive for May, 2008
The Very Definition of Uncivilized

When I entered the security checkpoint at the Denver Airport on my way back home, a TSA agent confiscated my water. He asked if my bag, which had just gone through the x-ray machine, contained water. He seriously gave the bag a cursory search, found the offending bottle of water, and told me I...
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Why We Choose to Defend Liberty

The following is based on a talk given at the Libertarian National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, May 24, 2008. People often look upon those of us who choose to defend liberty with some curiosity. What could be our motivation? Those who see everything political purely in terms of economic motivations and personal...
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Subway Apologizes

It looks like I can start buying my ham subway sandwich on whole wheat again. After Subway took a lot of flack for its earlier decision to exclude homeschoolers from an essay contest, it has promised to make amends: “Our intention was to provide an opportunity for traditional schools, many of which we know...
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Federal Fingerprint Registry

With a new excuse of mortgage regulation, the feds are contemplating a new national registry of fingerprints. Very troubling stuff.

No Homeschoolers Need Apply (Subway)

Subway is sponsoring a writing contest for children. The first prize is five thoousand dollars of athletic equipment for the child’s school and the winning essay will appear in Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine. Here are the rules:”Contest is open only to legal US residents, over the age of 18 with children in either...
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Audio of John Cusack Interview on “War, Inc.’

Here is an audio of Scott Horton’s interview of actor, producer, and writer, John Kusack about his new film satire, “War Inc.” The film opened on May 23 in New York and Los Angeles and in the interview, according to this description, Cusack expresses his outrage at the criminality of modern American war profiteers,...
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Eminent Domain Abuse in Birmingham? (The Evergreen Baptist Church)

In this recent testimony before the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the U,S. Commission on Civil Rights, Rev. John E. Smith gives his version of what happened after eminent domain was used to take the one hundred year old Evergreen Baptist Church. In exchange, the state gave the congregation land to build a new church....
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Members of Congress May Commit Only Great Crimes

According to an Associated Press report of May 20, 2008, New York Representative Vito Fossella will not seek re-election to Congress. In the wake of Fossella’s arrest for drunken driving on May 1, it has come to light that the Republican congressman from New York has fathered a child with a Virginia woman, Laura Fay, who...
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California’s Fumigation and Quarantine Policy

The state Department of Food and Agriculture is currently being slowed down in its policy of spraying Santa Cruz, Monterey, Sonoma and other parts of the state to battle the brown apple moth. It has already quarantined a part of Sonoma. And, “Although people reportedly got sick last year in Monterey and Santa Cruz...
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Prince Caspian, Natural Law and Just War Theory

Michael Ward has an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that touches upon the natural law lessons in Prince Caspian, the much awaited sequel in the new Narnia film series. It helps shed some light on the difference between the modern wars that we read about in the news and the more righteous version...
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