Friday, April 24, 2009

Capitalism is good for the environment?

Well, sort of... A recent New York Time article finds that as a country's per capita income goes up their carbon emissions go down. Furthermore, increased regulations on poor countries emissions will hurt the cause in the long run as it will take longer for their economic situation to improve. This new "Kuznets Curve" is leading researchers to believe that wealthy countries naturally cut carbon emissions according to the curve... What do you think?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


does anyone else think this cop is about to lose his job?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Supreme Court to hear strip-search case

The now 19 year old victim is testifying regarding an incident where she was strip searched... in the 8th grade!

Savana Redding recalls being searched in the nurses office because her principal suspected she was hiding ibuprofen in her underwear. This Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear the case with little precedent; the closest case going being a 1980 incident in New Jersey when a girl's purse was searched after she was caught smoking in the bathroom.

The state of California, along with 6 other states, currently prohibit strip searches on campus.

Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw said the vice principal's action defied common sense as well the Constitution.

"A reasonable school official, seeking to protect the students in his charge, does not subject a 13-year-old girl to a traumatic search to 'protect' her from the danger of Advil," she wrote.

"A school is not a prison. The students are not inmates," she added, noting that juvenile prisoners are given more rights than were given Savana.

To read the full story in the LA times click here

Thursday, April 16, 2009

If this blog isn't enough..

Here is a list of other libertarian blogs that might be interesting:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Tax Day

Cato institute production dissecting the administration complications and privacy infringement of the tax code.... enjoy!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

"Harrison Bergeron"

A friend just showed me this great Kurt Vonnegut story.  The story begins,
THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
It's a great read, and takes literally 5 minutes.  For the full experience, try listening to it with Rush's "The Trees" blasting in the background.  


I feel safer now...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

What exactly are we diving into?

The good folks at have neatly summarized what the extraordinary levels of spending in the bailouts and stimulus packages are really committing us too.

Watch, and be very afraid.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

"This upsets me."

It's comments like the following that upset me with some alleged libertarians?

Brink Lindsey, of the Cato Institute, supposedly a respected libertarian think tank, wrote in an online article for the New Republic that also appeared on the Cato website:

Tax reform also offers the possibility of win-win bargains. The basic idea is simple: Shift taxes away from things we want more of and onto things we want less of. Specifically, cut taxes on savings and investment, cut payroll taxes on labor, and make up the shortfall with increased taxation of consumption. Go ahead, tax the rich, but don't do it when they're being productive. Tax them instead when they're splurging — by capping the deductibility of home-mortgage interest and tax incentives for purchasing health insurance. And tax everybody's energy consumption. All taxes impose costs on the economy, but at least energy taxes carry the silver lining of encouraging conservation — plus, because such taxes exert downward pressure on world oil prices, foreign oil monopolies would wind up getting stuck with part of the bill.

Shift taxes? Increase taxes? Tax the rich? Impose new taxes? Use the tax code to influence public policy? What kind of libertarian tax reform plan is this? How about reduce, cut, eliminate, and abolish taxes? Not deductions, not exemptions, not credits, not shelters, not loopholes — taxes.


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Meet Daniel Hannan

      During last week's session of the European parliament, one man rose to challenge (with great eloquence) the Keynesian spend-spend-spend policies that have left Britain in even worse shape than us.

Meet Daniel Hannan. A representative to the European Parliament since 1999, Hannan is a rising name in Britain's Conservative Party. Two years ago, he was involved in the attempt to block passage of the Lisbon Treaty by the European Parliament, and advocated a referendum on it instead. And this week, he appeared on American television and expressed support for non-interventionist and general limited government policies. We wish him all the best in the not-so- hospitable socialist European environment- and gladly take him over here, if things don't work out across the pond.