Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tuesday Outrages

http://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2011/08/egg-regulation –┬áIra Stoll examines the latest outbreak of disease in the products of factory farming (80 million cases of food poisoning a year and the government still prefers to dedicate untold resources toward harassing Rawesome Foods) and notes that “the … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand meets Playboy

Rand is too Manichean, but this part of her 1964 Playboy interview moved me: PLAYBOY: In Atlas Shrugged, one of your leading characters is asked, “What’s the most depraved type of human being?” His reply is surprising: He doesn’t say … Continue reading

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Daily Briefings

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/does-michele-bachmann-think-world-ending – Everyone knows that god-talk is only acceptable when it’s coming from Cornell West. But in all seriousness, Michele Bachmann’s candidacy as a semi-serious presidential candidate both frightens and amuses me. I’m not sure when the Tea Party stopped … Continue reading

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A few hours with Google, weekend edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxbeyn2xMQE&feature=related, http://www.distantocean.com/2008/04/chomsky-on-libe.html, and http://adamsmithslostlegacy.blogspot.com/2009/05/misuse-of-adam-smith-quotation.html (for references) Noam Chomsky has always been a difficult figure. On the one hand, he projects the calm candor desirable in political or religious public figures–he is a quiet orator with an understated delivery and tends … Continue reading

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Daily Outrage, weekend edition

http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2011/08/23/steal-is-wrong-even-when-its-the-government-doing-it/ – Dr. Dan Mitchell breaks down the growing use of asset and civil forfeiture among law enforcement. http://www.theagitator.com/2011/08/27/ignorance-of-the-law-is-no-excuse-unless-youre-in-law-enforcement-2/ – Fear and ignorance of the Second Amendment and the rights protected therein. http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/told-you-so-floridas-new-drug-testing-policy-already-costing-taxpayers-more – The ACLU examines the financial implications … Continue reading

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The Daily Outrage(s)

http://ccheadliner.com/news/unfriended-teachers-say-state-law-violates-first-amendment/article_de49f094-cdb1-11e0-b2d1-001cc4c002e0.html – Ever wonder why we call politicians demagogues? http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/family-spokesman-for-elderly-woman-killed-by-atlanta-police-in-2006-sues-for-compensation/2011/08/25/gIQAq22aeJ_story.html – Another ugly chapter in a particularly sordid instance of police incompetence and malfeasance, never mind the evils of the no-knock warrant. http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/aclu-campaign-schools-must-stop-blocking-kids-access-to-pornography.php – A conservative Christian’s take on the … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Ignorance of First Amendment, pt MMM

What better inaugural post for a blog than a direct and shameless violation of the First Amendment? Aside from the trampling of civil liberties, the recording is notable for the officer’s exasperation. The young man is doing nothing more than … Continue reading

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