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The Vehicular Thomas Crowne Affair: how to creatively defeat photo radar

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights on December 30, 2006 at 11:32 pm

What I’m proposing here is nothing short of the worldwide Vehicular Thomas Crowne Affair.


Scrollin On Dubs

By way of Wendy McElroy

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Cory Maye Denied New Trial

In Civil Liberties, Corruption, Crime on December 30, 2006 at 9:15 pm

Cory Maye has lost his motion for a new trial. The opinion is half-assed and poorly argued. Reads like a guy who had already made up his mind, and didn’t want to be bothered with the damned facts. I can’t believe the same attentive judge I saw at the hearing last December cobbled the shabby thing together.

Via Rodney Balko: The Agitator

Also at Balko:

DWI Checkpoint Video

A 19-year-old in St. Louis videotaped his encounter at a DWI roadblock. The officer asked where he was coming from and where he was going and the guy — fully within his rights — answered that he’d rather not answer that question. The pull him out of the car. When he — again, fully within his rights — asks if he’s being detained, an officer replies, “You better stop runnin your mouth or the other officer will find a reason to lock you up tonight.” They then search his car without probable cause.

This is why it’s essential that private citizens be permitted to photography and videotape on-duty police officers. Video sharing services like YouTube and Google Video can go a long way toward cracking down on this kind of behavior.

Video here. Transcript here.

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DMV prank

In Constitutional Rights, Humor, Music on December 30, 2006 at 9:05 pm

via Bureaucrash

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LPA Repost: Great Wall of America

In Civil Liberties, Immigration, Libertarian, Politics on December 30, 2006 at 11:02 am

Some Libertarians, such as recent Connecticut Congressional Candidate Phil Maymin

Support white house resident Dubai-ya’s “Great Wall with Mexico” boondoggle.

This is wrong for many reasons.

Some of my favorite principle-based arguments against this huge waste of stolen taxpayer money are at



If those don’t convince you, what about the practical arguments?

Consider what the following had in common:

The answer of course is that they were all giant failures!

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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Saddam is dead but is this justice?

In Iraq War on December 30, 2006 at 7:06 am

AP via Dallas Morning News reports that Saddam Hussein was hanged today. He was convicted a mere 56 days ago for the murders of 148 Shiite Muslims. His appeal request was rejected and US courts refused to grant relief.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dismissed pleas for Saddam’s life to be spared:

“Our respect for human rights requires us to execute him, and there will be no review or delay in carrying out the sentence,” al-Maliki’s office quoted him as saying during a meeting with relatives before the hanging.

Some even called for the public viewing of the filmed hanging:

Mariam al-Rayes, a legal expert and a former member of the Shiite bloc in parliament, told Iraqiya television that the execution “was filmed and God willing it will be shown. There was one camera present, and a doctor was also present there.”

and “holy” men prayed for God’s revenge upon Saddam:

“Oh, God, you know what Saddam has done! He killed millions of Iraqis in prisons, in wars with neighboring countries and he is responsible for mass graves. Oh God, we ask you to take revenge on Saddam,” said Sheik Sadralddin al-Qubanji, a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

There is no question that Saddam did horrible things to some Iraqis, but some of you may remember that over at Hammer of Truth- way back when the trial started- I called the court proceedings a joke of justice. I complained then about the witnesses who were granted the opportunity to testify without facing the accused. The entire court seemed the epitome of a kangaroo court.

We are all too familiar with the side effects of most remedies. We are bombarded with commercials for drugs that promise to cure all sorts of ailments, and we have all laughed at the line, “If you experience an erection lasting more than four hours…” Well folks, I can tell you that we are going to wish that Priapus be the only god that comes to minds of people. Sadly, I predict that the many Iraqis will bring to mind a god associated with war rather than pleasure and fertility.

Saddam will now be viewed a martyr and he knew this as he penned his farewell.

In a farewell message to Iraqis posted Wednesday on the Internet, Saddam said he was giving his life for his country as part of the struggle against the U.S. “Here, I offer my soul to God as a sacrifice, and if he wants, he will send it to heaven with the martyrs,” he said.

I took some heat for my views over at HoT, as I am sure I will now. But I ask you to keep this in mind: The day that a man can be executed without due process and it be accepted as legitimate is a dark day for humanity. If you can honestly look at yourself in a mirror and cheer Saddam’s sham of a trial and subsequent execution, then tell yourself while you are there, that it could happen to you too.

Fire in a crowded theater

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Politics on December 30, 2006 at 1:15 am

Lots of people say “you can’t say fire in a crowded theater” but fewer people know that this phrase comes from a 1919 court decision in which an antiwar protestor was jailed for handing out leaflets against the war.

By way of Wendy McElroy.

Regime Workers

In Humor, Personal Responsibility on December 30, 2006 at 1:10 am

via LP blog

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First of the LPA reposts: the Fraud Tax

In Economics, Libertarian, Politics, Republican on December 30, 2006 at 1:07 am

Thanks to Seth Cohn for saving these and mailing me an archive.

What’s Offensive in the Boortz FairTax Book
by Jim Cox

Beyond the proposal for the “FairTax” itself, the Neal Boortz/John Linder book has even more verbiage to offend libertarians than it does points we can cheer.

The following is a comprehensive recounting of the bad to be found in The FairTax Book:

UPDATE: Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute also posted these other articles at LPA activists yahoo group.

The Fair Tax Fraud – Mises Institute

There is No Such Thing as a Fair Tax – Mises Institute

Mises Economics Blog: The FairTax Rally

The Fraudulent Tax – Mises Institute

Mises Economics Blog: The Fair Tax Fraud

Mises Economics Blog: There is No Such Thing as a Fair Tax

Mises Economics Blog: Libertarians for a National Sales Tax?

Mises Economics Blog: Comment on The FairTax Rally

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Drunks Against Mad Mothers

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Personal Responsibility, Politics on December 29, 2006 at 4:15 pm

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Functional gift giving

In Celebrities, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Crime, Personal Responsibility on December 29, 2006 at 8:25 am

For my last birthday I was offered jewellery or shotguns. I chose the guns.

Elizabeth Hurley


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USA Deserves A Tax Cut

In Economics, Humor on December 29, 2006 at 6:39 am


Some people are passing this around as money, and every once in a while it actually works.

This is bad, because only government should pass around monopoly money.

Or something like that.

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Robert Scheer: Ike Was Right

In Iraq War, Middle East, War on December 29, 2006 at 6:38 am

full text of article at

The public, seeing through the tissue of Bush administration lies told to justify an invasion that never had anything to do with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 or weapons of mass destruction, now has begun a national questioning: Why are we still in Iraq? The answers posted most widely on the Internet by critics of the war suggest its continuation as a naked imperial grab for the world’s second-largest petroleum source, but that is wrong.

It’s not primarily about the oil; it’s much more about the military-industrial complex, the label employed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower 45 years ago when he warned of the dangers of “a permanent arms industry of vast proportions.”

The Cold War had provided the rationale for the first peacetime creation of a militarized economy. While the former general, Eisenhower, was well aware of the military threat posed by the Soviet Union, he chose in his farewell presidential address to the nation to warn that the war profiteers had an agenda of their own, one that was inimical to the survival of American democracy:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Ponder those words as you consider the predominant presence of former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney in the councils of this White House, and how his old company has profiteered more than any other from the disaster that is Iraq. Despite having been found to have overcharged some $60 million to the U.S. military for fuel deliveries, the formerly bankrupt Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root continues to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in lucrative contracts.

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Ted Rall: Bush Plan to Win in Iraq

In Humor, Iraq War, Middle East, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Republican, War on December 29, 2006 at 6:23 am


By way of Claire Wolfe

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In the Freelance Nuclear Age, Government Is a Liability

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2006 at 6:20 am

by Sheldon Richman, December 5, 2006

Large-scale terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons have exposed the sham of government protection.

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Liberty Loves Justice

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2006 at 6:18 am


By Way of BK Marcus

Recycling: No good?

In Celebrities, Economics, Environment, Humor on December 28, 2006 at 11:16 pm

My friend Dan is a big big fan of Penn & Teller. Besides the fact that Penn is involved with the World Juggling Federation (yes, I actually sit at rapt attention for hours while watching grown adults play with their balls on national television), they do this lovely little show called “Bullshit.”

Dan got all three seasons of Bullshit right before Christmas break and he was showing me some episodes. I went hunting for some of the online episodes and this is one of the especially enlightening ones. I want to save the environment as much as the next guy, which is why I was so fascinated. (They also did another one on the environmental movement in general that was good.) But anyway, here it is. Half an hour but so worth it.

So bad it comes back around to being good again.

In Humor, Republican on December 28, 2006 at 10:34 pm

As I read this, I heard the sound of a thousand yellow ribbon magnets committing suicide because they’ll never quite reach that level of patriotic kitsch.

Post Settings

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2006 at 8:31 pm

I think maybe the settings here should be changed so that longer posts are not on the front page in their entirety.

Kinda like at HoT, you could make a long post like I just did, but only the beginning of it would be on the front page?

Tried to post this as a comment, no dice…

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2006 at 8:25 pm

So let’s try this instead.

Here’s further illustration of the differences between Kochtopus-style faux-libertarians and real libertarians, as also explained by Anthony Gregory at

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WTF is our ex-VP candidate doing?

In Economics, Libertarian, Personal Responsibility, Politics on December 28, 2006 at 5:17 pm

So remember Koch… y’know, of the “Clark-Koch ’80” fame? He bankrolled the most successful Libertarian presidential bid in history.

Well, now he wants the government to bankroll him, apparently. Free market my ass:

While the tracks are privately owned, G-P at least has been ringing phones all the way up to the governor’s office. On Friday, the company’s Portland-based lobbyist also called up Rep. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, and suggested that if times get too tough, G-P’s Coos Bay mill, which employs 140 people, may cut operations. Two-thirds of that company’s lumber heads out on rail.

If you will recall, Georgia-Pacific is owned by our own Koch, ever since last year.

So why you asking for a government handout, Koch? You’re better than this… or so we thought.