Archive for July 2014

On being a libertarian and minding one’s own business

Most devotees of the libertarian mindset pride themselves on being above the fray of other people’s messy emotions and biases.  They come down on the side of gay marriage because that shows their willingness to allow others to make their own choices and to advocate that we all should just mind our own business.  They…

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Federal Judge Rules D.C. ban on handguns outside home unconstitutional

Another victory for civil rights by Alan Gura, Palmer v. District of Columbia. Washington D.C. prohibits registration of a gun by anyone not a resident of the District, and prohibits carrying a firearm without a permit. The so-called “permits” are unattainable. The court issues an injunction against both the laws regarding and the practice of…

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David Mamet’s Intellectual Journey Through Politics

For thirty years, David Mamet was a force in theater and film, championing liberalism in his movies and plays, exploring the ethics of the business world, the struggles of the “oppressed,” and the [supposed] flaws of capitalism. But then something happened: David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a “Brain-Dead Liberal”, in the Village Voice,…

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DC Circuit delivers death blow to Obamacare subsidies

UPDATE:  Just a few hours after Halbig v. Burwell was released by the DC Circuit the 4th Circuit issued its ruling in an identical case, and reaching just the opposite conclusion. Unlike the DC Circuit judges, the 4th Circuit judges decided the case on the basis of Congressional “intent”, rather than the actual text that…

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Millennial’s crazy belief system

If the polls are correct, the so-called “millennials”, those born from about 1984-1996, currently in the 18-30 age group, hold beliefs about politics and government so hopelessly inconsistent you’d have to wonder what they’ve been smoking.  A clear majority of them say that government is corrupt and incompetent, but they want more of it. See,…

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The “hair trigger” problem for a defensive handgun

What makes a gun easier to shoot intentionally makes it easier to shoot unintentionally.  There are legal as well as practical implications to this. Self defense is a complete defense to a charge of homicide or assault.  It is also a complete defense to a civil suit for wrongful death or personal injury.  An act…

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The graph that tells it all

As you drive along the interstates this summer and see all those massive wind turbines that are defiling the landscape and eating up billions of taxpayer dollars to pay the government subsidies without which none of it would exist, think also that if decarbonization [the supposed justification of all those wind turbines] is to be…

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Capitalism, Socialism, and Morality

You may know, perhaps from personal experience, that if you put a bumper sticker on your car that reveals or even suggests that you are a conservative your car may be keyed.  Liberal bumper stickers don’t elicit keying.  Conservatives, as a general rule, just don’t think that criminal property destruction is a way to deal…

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Then and Now

The Atlantic: 45 years ago we landed men on the moon. Glenn Reynolds: Now we can’t even launch a website successfully.

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Fifth Circuit defies Supreme Court on Racial Preferences

The Left loves racial preferences so much its judges will even defy their ultimate boss, the U.S. Supreme Court, to keep them.  The University of Texas prefers racial minorities over white students in its admission policy.  It does this by using lower standards for racial minorities.  Why is this bad? It’s bad because it sets…

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