Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
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
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
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.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
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.