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  • David Harsanyi: Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?

    06/30/2015 8:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Harsanyi, senior editor
    If same-sex marriage is used to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster. I’ve supported same-sex marriage ever since I first heard the idea. And when I became a political columnist in the early 2000s—despite being the “conservative” at a good-sized newspaper—I was the only one at the paper (as far as I can recall) who unequivocally backed gay marriage publicly. Though I wasn’t gullible enough to believe I’d be persuading many readers, I was gullible enough to believe that my allies in the cause were merely concerned with “equality.” As we dig out from the avalanche...
  • Mom who uses medical marijuana faces up to 30 years in prison

    06/09/2015 9:46:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/08/2015 | Brigid Schulte
    With a wave of legalization measures in recent years, marijuana in some form is now legal in 38 states. But in the 12 where it is not — a swath of the west and Midwest, including Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, and in the rust belt states of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania — parents whose use of the drug would be legal elsewhere are losing their children and often seen as irresponsible parenting pariahs. In March, Child Protective Service workers took Shona Banda’s 11-year-old son from her home in Garden City, Kansas, saying her use of marijuana to control debilitating...
  • Gay Marriage Conservatives?

    06/08/2015 7:00:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 6, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    Speaking on Fox News Channel’s The Five, pundit Greg Gutfeld said that “gay marriage, in my opinion, is a conservative idea.” He noted that the left “generally hates traditions” and is all about “breaking with traditions,” and that gay marriage offers conservatives an opportunity to “embrace a tradition” that strengthens families and communities. I should acknowledge that Gutfeld spoke without notes, unscripted, live and off-the-cuff. I often talk with inexactness when I’m speaking live. Live speaking is a perfect venue to make mistakes. It’s easier to type your thoughts and have the benefit of reflection, revision, and a word processor....
  • Getting Government Out of the Marriage Business

    06/08/2015 8:40:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/08/2015 | Michael L. Grable
    It seems surreal a single unelected lifetime judge could decide that the nation’s supreme law requires its unwilling states to derail human history’s central social institution. The bad news is that’s likely to happen this month. The good news is that unwilling states can sidestep it. The lifetime judge is Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The supreme law is the U.S. Constitution. The unwilling states are Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The social institution is heterosexual marriage. The case is Obergefell v. Hodges. The issue is whether the U.S. Constitution compels unwilling states to license homosexual marriages. And Justice...
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Pete Hoekstra backs Brian Ellis over Rep. Justin Amash in primary race (Establishment loser)

    07/15/2014 11:57:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 38 replies ^ | 7/14/14 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has said he'll back U.S. Rep. Justin Amash's opponent in the upcoming August primary. Hoekstra is endorsing local businessman Brian Ellis in the Third District race. Hoekstra, who served in the House from 1993-2011 and was chair of the House Intelligence Committee, in a statement said Ellis will be a "strong partner" with other Michigan Republicans to promote conservative ideas. "Bottom line, I strongly endorse Brian Ellis because he will be an effective conservative voice and a consistent conservative vote for solutions that will help hardworking Michigan taxpayers," Hokestra said. "Brian...
  • Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul

    12/29/2011 11:24:43 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Last night, Kelly Clarkson got an impromptu lesson on the impact of Twitter and the secret past of Ron Paul. The “Stronger” singer’s evening took a pretty intense left-hand turn when, only an hour after letting the world know that she was enjoying making cinnamon rolls with her niece, she decided to sound off on her love for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
  • Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays, survey finds

    10/29/2010 10:19:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 354 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/28/2010 | Ed O' Keefe
    A majority of active-duty and reserve service members surveyed by the Defense Department would not object to serving and living alongside openly gay troops, according to multiple people familiar with the findings. The survey's results are expected to be included in a Pentagon report, due to President Obama on Dec. 1, regarding how the military would end enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bans openly gay men and lesbians from serving in uniform. Some troops surveyed - but not a majority - objected strongly to the idea of serving with gays and said they would quit the...
  • Breaking: Pro-Life Rand Paul Wins by Landslide in Republican Primary in Kentucky

    05/18/2010 5:57:46 PM PDT · by tcg · 149 replies · 1,971+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/19/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Major news sources have all called the Republican Primary in Kentucky and Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul, has soundly defeated Trey Grayson for the Republic Party nomination for a seat in the US Senate. By the time the votes are all counted it could be a near landslide for the first time Senatorial candidate. Dr. Paul is a family man who has been married to his wife Kelley for 19 years. They have three sons. He is a doctor, and not a politician. That is part of the appeal he had for the voters of Kentucky. There...
  • Candidate Says "The Constitution is just a piece of paper."

    04/13/2010 12:39:49 PM PDT · by mukraker · 91 replies · 2,220+ views
    YouTube ^ | March 26, 2010
    Roger Roth, Wisconsin Assemblyman and Candidate for Congress, Wisconsin’s 8th District, had this observation about the U.S. Constitution: “The Constitution is a wonderful document. It’s a great piece of paper that’s got a lot of words on it. But you know, at the end of the day, it’s just a piece of paper that’s got a lot of words on it. And we need to elect representatives that believe in that.” “It’s not so much ... I asked a class of, of, uh, you know, I go around to my local schools and talk to fourth, fifth, sixth graders, and...
  • When Conservatives are more Libertarian, than the Libertarians

    06/24/2009 8:43:36 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies · 1,163+ views
    blogspot ^ | 6/23/2009 | Eric Dondero
    What a reversal. Freedom is breaking out across Iran. We are witnessing one of the most historical events of our lifetimes, comparable no doubt to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet, Libertarians, outside of this political news blog, Atlas Shrugs, the Libertarian Defense Caucus, and a few other libertarian Republicans, are for the most part silent. Virtually no reportage at Reason. In the last week, just two articles on the whole Iranian Revolution at Reason, and one was more of a criticism of how CNN was covering the event, than coverage of the event itself. Cato is similarly unengaged....
  • Albany can prevent patients from becoming perps to treat their illness (Leagalize Marijuana Now)

    05/01/2009 3:04:07 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 345+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, May 1st 2009 | Jamin Sewell
    Numerous scientific studies have provided compelling evidence that marijuana is effective in treating chronic pain and other symptoms. Now, the New York State Senate and Assembly are considering legislation that would allow patients suffering from specific diseases such as cancer or HIV-related illness to obtain a certification from their doctor that would allow them to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 12 plants. This legislation must pass. It is patently unfair to deny anyone access to any effective treatment, as well as potentially take away their livelihood, for simply trying to relieve the suffering caused by...
  • Legalize, Tax Marijuana? (Libertarians Say Yes)

    02/28/2009 8:55:36 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 245 replies · 3,860+ views
    Fox ^ | 02/26/2009 | Glen Beck
    GLENN BECK, HOST: Marijuana brownies, anyone? This is the worst — the people in our green room, I'm happy to say it's clear they've never been high. I'm going to ask you what's wrong with this picture. Chicago is trying to fix $50 million budget — their budget gap by taxing car rentals in suburban areas. And now, California is talking about legalizing marijuana and taxing marijuana to solve their budget problems. Rob Kampia is the executive director for the Marijuana Policy Project. How are you doing — how are you doing, Rob? ROB KAMPIA, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT: Doing well....
  • Mexico attorney general: We don't need U.S. troops to intervene in drug war

    02/25/2009 9:19:03 AM PST · by AuntB · 74 replies · 3,509+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Mexico’s attorney general said Tuesday he sees no need for U.S. troops to intervene in his country’s war on drug cartels, nor to gear up for a spillover of violence across the border. U.S. officials view the violence as a potential national security threat, and last month the Bush administration’s homeland security chief, Michael Chertoff, said Washington has drawn up contingency plans for a “surge” of both civilian law enforcement and military assets along the border. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry demanded a tighter security net from Washington, saying he’s asked the Obama administration for more aircraft and “a thousand...
  • The Myth of Libertarians as Social Liberals

    02/11/2009 1:53:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 105 replies · 1,567+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 2009-02-11 | Jonah Goldberg
    All good points and I agree with them all to one extent or another. But — and you knew there had to be one — it bothers me when conservatives offer the blanket concession that social liberalism and the social aspect of libertarianism are one and the same. To say you are an economic conservative is to say you are a libertarian on 95% of the relevant issues. But to say you are a social liberal isn't anything like saying you are a libertarian on 95% of social issues. Social liberals are often quite aggressive advocates of using state power...
  • Libertarian Group Condemns Sarah Palin for Not Killing Disabled Baby in Abortion

    09/17/2008 3:56:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 114 replies · 711+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/17/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A writer for a libertarian group has written perhaps the most scathing attack on pro-life vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin since the Alaska governor was announced weeks ago as John McCain's running mate. Nicholas Provenzo condemns Palin for the birth of her baby Trig, who has Down syndrome.Provenzo, who writes for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism, not only bashes her for allowing Trig to be born, but says she should have made the so-called morally justifiable decision to kill him in an abortion.The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism bills itself as a...
  • Libertarians Favor Obama and Other Looks at Election 2008

    07/05/2008 10:45:48 AM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 121 replies · 196+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 05, 2008 | Rasmussen Reports
    Libertarian voters make up 4% of the nation’s likely voters and they favor Barack Obama over John McCain by a 53% to 38% margin. Three percent (3%) would vote for some other candidate and 5% are not sure.
  • Libertarians are menace to society, democracy

    11/08/2007 9:27:47 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 77 replies · 76+ views
    It seems that calling yourself a libertarian is the chic thing to do in college these days. If students are frustrated with both parties, they often say, "Oh, I'm a libertarian." On the surface, modern libertarianism does seem enticing -- it's either "the stay out of my bedroom and don't pass laws against what I want to smoke" or the whole "capitalism is god" thing that seems to grab students' attention. It's understandable. What's more enticing than sexual freedom, reefer madness and lots of money? Hey, throw in unlimited nap time and I'm on board. I'm not trying to marginalize...
  • Is San Francisco Ron Paul territory? (Duh!)

    10/29/2007 9:25:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 236+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 29, 2007 | Scott Martelle
    Stephanie Burns and Ben Parkinson strolled down sun-drenched Fillmore Street with political thievery on their minds. Both are grass-roots volunteers for Republican presidential contender Ron Paul, a Texas congressman whose libertarian views might seem to make him a tough sell in this legendarily left-wing city. But Burns, Parkinson and other Paul supporters have been spending their weekends marching, staffing tables and knocking on doors in an improbable quest: picking up some of California's 173 convention delegates in the Feb. 5 primary. On the surface, the plan seems quixotic given general assumptions about California: that the state is too big for...
  • Forty Seven Percent of Americans 'Definitely' Won't Vote for Ron Paul

    10/27/2007 4:34:52 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 28 replies · 103+ views
    National Ledger ^ | 10/22/2007 | Tim Morgan
    One thing that fuels the debate among the supporters of Ron Paul and those that think the US Congressman from Texas that is running for the Republican nomination for the US Presidency is that most believe he would have no chance of defeating Hillary Clinton. The "Libertarian Leaning" candidate was hit in the face with a bit of that recently when he was included in a poll by Zogby poll that asked "Whom would you NEVER vote for for President of the U.S.?" I was more than a bit shocked when it was revealed that those polled put Dr. Paul...
  • The Ummah Hearts Ron Paul (Muslims Say Voting for Ron Paul Will "Spread the Word" of Islam)

    10/22/2007 12:16:50 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 27 replies · 228+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 10/23/2007 | Charles Johnson
    Why should American Muslims vote for Ron Paul? How will he help the Ummah? How YOU can HELP Palestine and END American Sponsored Oppression Assalaamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters, You can help by sharing and sending this note to all the Muslims you know as well as by registering as a Republican and voting for Ron Paul in the Republican primaries in your state. Here’s why: Muslims have an unique window of opportunity for the 2008 election. There is a candidate running as a Republican that would work to completely cut off the funding to Israel, remove ALL US troops...
  • Presidential hopeful Ron Paul sees crises ahead for country

    09/17/2007 1:05:51 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 56 replies · 69+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Saturday, September 15, 2007 | David Postman
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul said in Seattle on Friday that America is approaching an economic and constitutional crisis due to growing debt, bad trade deals and assaults on personal liberty. And even if he beat all the odds and won the presidency next year, he said, the problem would be beyond what he alone could fix. "The time is coming. I believe that the great debate is coming," Paul told more than 400 mostly young people who attended his constitutional lecture at Seattle University. -SNIP- The lecture was organized by Seattle University law students. What's the appeal of Paul to...
  • Libertarian Ideas Are Unreasonable (ref: Ron Paul)

    09/13/2007 9:02:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 292 replies · 3,096+ views
    The Daily Campus ^ | September 11, 2007 | Brandon Nadeau
    Last week the Republicans had another debate, this one on FOX News. Not much has changed in the last few months; Rudy Giuliani is still in the lead in the polls and Fred Thompson is still in second despite the fact he didn't announce his intentions to run until a few days ago. What has changed, and changed for the worse, is the surging popularity of a Texas Congressman by the name of Ron Paul. I've been running into normal, intelligent people who support Paul, and it really scares me. The reason Paul is as popular as he is has...
  • Ron Paul: Libertarian Apostle

    09/13/2007 6:54:29 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 131 replies · 1,289+ views
    Pittsburgh City Paper ^ | SEPTEMBER 13, 2007 | CHARLIE DEITCH
    Growing up in Green Tree, Dr. Ron Paul was a milkman, making deliveries to houses from his family's local dairy operation. It's not hard to believe, even looking at him now at age 72: You can picture his mature face and skin-on-bone physique clad in the trademark white pants with a thin black leather belt, white shirt and white hat. And in any case, it's much easier to imagine him delivering glass bottles to families in Dormont and McKees Rocks than delivering a radical, energizing political message to the masses. But there he was, standing in the conference room of...

    08/17/2007 10:46:03 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 737 replies · 11,781+ views ^ | Jim Condit Jr.
    This e-wire / report ultimately makes two points: 1. The voting process at the Iowa Straw Poll was a fraud, wrapped in lies. (Whenever those running any kind of an election use police power to hide all the ballots from the people, and then announce results (?) when supposedly (?) only they have seen the ballots – those people are frauds, are acting like Stalin-esque tyrants, and their organization is a fraud. That award goes in our current drama to the Iowa GOP leadership, namely Ted Sporer, Chuck Laudner, Mary Tiffany, Craig Robinson, and Chairman Ray Hoffman. What they did...
  • It's OK If Ron Paul Is Right

    05/18/2007 8:13:13 AM PDT · by traviskicks · 174 replies · 5,781+ views
    TSC Daily ^ | 5/18/07 | Gregory Scoblete
    Quixotic presidential candidate Ron Paul landed himself in a bit of hot water - make that a boiling cauldron - for remarks he made in last week's GOP debate suggesting that America's containment of Saddam Hussein led to 9/11. Responding to a question about whether Paul was blaming America for the 9/11 attacks, he stated: "They don't come here to attack us because we're rich and we're free. They come and they attack us because we're over there." Mayor Giuliani interjected in high dudgeon sending the crowd, and later conservative pundits, to their feet. But what Ron Paul said is,...
  • Here come the 'liberaltarians'?

    12/25/2006 7:07:01 PM PST · by Sunsong · 139 replies · 2,566+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, December 24, 2006 | Robyn Blumner
    ”The libertarian vote is up for grabs in a way it may have never been before. A compelling case is being made for the economically conservative yet socially liberal libertarians to switch their political allegiances from Republican to Democrat, a trend that has already begun. ”Brink Lindsey, a scholar with the libertarian nonprofit Cato Institute, lays out the reasoning in "Liberaltarians," a provocative essay in The New Republic. He explains that the defining ideology of the American right for the last 50 years has been conservative fusionism, which recognized the common interest in both social and economic conservatives to protect...
  • The Myth of the 'Values Voters'

    12/14/2006 8:37:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 164 replies · 2,365+ views
    Reason ^ | January 2007 | David Weigel
    The Republicans handed libertarian votes--and the elections--over to the Democrats. At the Democrats’ official election night party in Washington, D.C., all eyes were on Florida—for about 10 seconds. At 8 p.m. network exit polls confirmed that Rep. Katherine Harris, for this crowd the arch-villain of the 2000 election, was lopsidedly losing her bid for a Senate seat. The partygoers cheered the news. Then they turned their attention to races that carried at least a whiff of suspense. They shouldn’t have dismissed Florida so quickly. Less than two years earlier, the Sunshine State had shown the first symptoms of the malady...
  • Ex-Rep. Barr Quits GOP for Libertarians

    12/15/2006 3:29:05 PM PST · by flixxx · 444 replies · 6,145+ views
    breitbart ^ | 12 15 06 | BEN EVANS
    A former Georgia congressman who helped spark President Clinton's impeachment has quit the Republican Party to become a Libertarian, saying he is disillusioned with the GOP on issues such as spending and privacy. Bob Barr, who served eight years as a Republican congressman before losing his seat in 2002, announced Friday that he is now a "proud, card-carrying Libertarian." And he encouraged others to join him. "It's something that's been bothering me for quite some time, the direction in which the party has been going more and more toward big government and disregard toward privacy and civil liberties," said Barr,...
  • HAS OUR TIME COME? (Blame CATO/Libertarians for this election result)

    11/08/2006 8:08:12 AM PST · by Matchett-PI · 273 replies · 3,829+ views
    Has Our Time Come? A **new study from the Cato Institute [see link below] suggests that libertarians might be the new swing vote. The libertarian vote is in play. At some 13 percent of the electorate, it is sizable enough to swing elections. Pollsters, political strategists, candidates, and the media should take note of it. After examining the relevant polling data, Cato concludes that libertarians and libertarian sympathizers constitute somewhere between 10 and 20% of the American population. Some explanations are offered as to why libertarians constitute such a bigger constituency than one might expect. First is that libertarians...
  • Libertarians, Please GO AWAY

    11/08/2006 10:24:16 AM PST · by Keltik · 457 replies · 8,425+ views
    Vanity ^ | 11-08-06 | Me
    At this link: Neil Boortz is quoted as saying: "So how did I actually vote when I got that provisional ballot in my hand. Straight Libertarian." Thank you Neil Boortz. Thanks to you and those who think like you, we now have the Democrats in control of Congress. I hope you and your ilk are very happy. Free Republic is allegedly a CONSERVATIVE web site. Will you libertarians please go somewhere like, where you can laugh and smile about how you put the Republicans out of power, and leave Free Republic to the conservatives. Oh, and one more...
  • Losing Libertarians

    11/07/2006 7:01:57 AM PST · by libertylovinactivist · 323 replies · 3,521+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/6/06 | David Boaz
    Take a look at independent voters. There are more of them than before, especially in the West. More than 25 percent of Arizona voters now register as independent or third-party voters. And according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, they've shifted sharply toward the Democrats in this fall's elections.
  • The Rise of the Republicrats

    09/02/2006 5:09:31 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 39 replies · 932+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | 02 Sep 2006 | Ezra Klein
    Conservatives swore that they’d shrink the government once they got power. Well, they have it -- and the government is bigger than ever. Now, some on the right have a surprising response: Embrace the welfare state. Taking its name from a series of antityranny pamphlets published in the early 18th century, the libertarian Cato Institute is the foremost advocate for small-government principles in American life. Its 95 full-time employees, 70 adjunct scholars, 20 fellows, and army of interns work out of an eye-catching cube of glass and steel on Massachusetts Avenue and generated more than $22.4 million in revenues in...
  • METH Inc.: The route to Minnesota(Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel in MN)

    07/09/2006 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 60 replies · 9,297+ views
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 7-9-06 | Paul McEnroe
    In the eyes of the federal agents who secretly watched him, Alberto Zatarain was a drug dealer who made all the right moves. He had at least three aliases. He switched cell phones every month and drove ugly old cars to avoid notice. After dark, he holed up and watched TV inside a rented matchbox house in Richfield that rattled from low-flying jets. No clubs, no parties, no women. And every few months, when another runner came up from Mexico, Zatarain handed off suitcases of cash -- profits from a booming business that stretched from metro suburbs to farm towns...
  • UK 'too soft on cannabis dangers'

    06/27/2006 2:38:29 AM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies · 576+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 27JUN06 | Philip Johnston
    New strains of highly potent cannabis are as dangerous as heroin and cocaine and the drug can no longer be dismissed as "soft and relatively harmless", the United Nations said yesterday. In an implied criticism of Britain's decision to downgrade cannabis, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said that countries got the "drug problem they deserved" if they maintained inadequate policies. His comments indicated deep unhappiness with the Government's decision to reclassify cannabis from a Class B drug to Class C. Heroin and cocaine are Class A substances, attracting the toughest penalties for...
  • Mexico's Cartels Escalate Drug War (militias, whose tactics include beheadings ... border wall ?)

    06/23/2006 5:36:34 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 15 replies · 706+ views
    LaTimes ^ | June 23, 2006 | Richard Marosi
    TIJUANA — The caller painted an ominous scene: A convoy of 40 vehicles carrying 70 heavily armed and masked men was prowling the streets of Rosarito Beach on Tuesday evening. The three police officers who arrived were quickly abducted. The next morning, their mutilated bodies turned up in an empty lot. Their heads were found in the Tijuana River later that day. The assault is believed to be one of the largest in Baja California, and is the latest in a series of precisely executed paramilitary operations that have beset Mexican cities as drug cartels escalate their battles to control...
  • Against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage

    06/01/2006 8:28:01 AM PDT · by Sunsong · 349 replies · 3,472+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | June 6, 2006 | Dale Carpenter
    Today the Cato Institute is publishing a paper I've written on why a federal amendment banning gay marriage is a bad idea, even if you oppose gay marriage. Of course, if you think recognizing same-sex marriages is a good idea, that's a strong reason by itself to oppose an amendment banning them. This paper is written for conservatives and moderates who either oppose or are unsure about same-sex marriage. Here's the executive summary: Members of Congress have proposed a constitutional amendment preventing states from recognizing same-sex marriages. Proponents of the Federal Marriage Amendment claim that an amendment is needed immediately...
  • 'Demon drug' propaganda doesn't cut it anymore

    05/10/2006 7:31:03 AM PDT · by cryptical · 338 replies · 3,361+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | May 10, 2006 | Froma Harrop
    America's war on drugs is actually a Raid on Taxpayers. The war costs an estimated $70 billion a year to prosecute, and the drugs keep pouring in. But while the War on Drugs may have failed its official mission, it is a great success as a job-creation program. Thousands of drug agents, police, detectives, prosecutors, judges, anti-drug activists, prison guards and their support staffs can thank the program for their daily bread and health benefits. The American people are clearly not ready to decriminalize cocaine, heroine or other hard drugs, but they're well on their way to easing up on...
  • "No joint smoking" signs prove hot

    02/06/2006 8:55:09 PM PST · by presidio9 · 37 replies · 1,162+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 6, 2006
    Amsterdam's new street signs banning cannabis smoking in parts of the city have sparked global interest. The sign shows a red circle around a fat cannabis joint in a cloud of smoke sparked by white marijuana leaves. It has been installed at one square and surrounding streets in Amsterdam where young cannabis smokers are a nuisance ( Soon after the installation on February 1, the first signs were stolen after which the Amsterdam council of De Baarsjes decided it would start selling what it believes is the world's first anti-cannabis road sign. Over 400 consumers have approached the council to...
  • The pornification of America

    01/24/2006 2:50:39 PM PST · by SmoothTalker · 148 replies · 4,403+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Don Aucoin
    Actors having real sex in art-house movies. Erstwhile child star Lindsay Lohan appearing barely clad on the cover of her new album. Teenage girls strolling down Main Street USA attired in ''Porn Star" T-shirts. A bikini-wearing Jessica Simpson bumping and grinding in the music video for ''These Boots Are Made for Walkin.' " College-age women flashing for the ''Girls Gone Wild" video series with nonchalant exhibitionism. Not too long ago, pornography was a furtive profession, its products created and consumed in the shadows. But it has steadily elbowed its way into the limelight, with an impact that can be measured...
  • Drug Task Force nabs 10 (including Libertarian candidate for Boulder County Commissioner)

    01/15/2006 10:21:13 PM PST · by presidio9 · 221 replies · 2,111+ views
    Colorado Daily ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2006
    The Boulder County Drug Task Force announced Thursday it had arrested 10 people in connection with selling drugs on or near the Pearl Street Mall, including Jeff Christen-Mitchell, a Libertarian candidate for Boulder County Commissioner in 2004. Christen-Mitchell was charged with one count each of distribution of marijuana; conspiracy to distribute marijuana; possession of marijuana with intent to sell; possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Other defendants facing various charges include Donald McNeese, April Martinez-Laveta, Justin Boyer, Greta Duderstadt, Charles Weddle, Dallas Elviro Dilaura, Diana Stough, Kenneth Finney and Joseph...
  • (Bob)Barr to Introduce Al Gore at Bipartisan Event Speech to Address NSA Spying Scandal

    01/14/2006 9:53:17 AM PST · by Dane · 38 replies · 1,085+ views
    Barr to Introduce Al Gore at Bipartisan Event Speech to Address NSA Spying Scandal Atlanta, GA (Jan. 14) – Former Congressman Bob Barr will introduce former Vice President Al Gore at a bipartisan event hosted by the Liberty Coalition and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. The speech will be held in the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall (1776 D Street, NW in Washington D.C.), Monday, January 16 at 12 pm (doors open at 10:30 a.m.). The Liberty Coalition organizes and coordinates non-partisan public policy, and partners with conservative organizations such as the American Conservative Union,...
  • They call themselves libertarians; I think they're antisocial bastards

    12/19/2005 8:30:57 PM PST · by Pikamax · 144 replies · 2,123+ views
    Guardian ^ | 12/20/05 | George Monbiot
    The road-rage lobby couldn't have been more wrong. Organisations such as the Association of British Drivers or Safe Speed - the boy racers' club masquerading as a road-safety campaign - have spent years claiming that speeding doesn't cause accidents. Safe Speed, with the help of some of the most convoluted arguments I've ever read, even seeks to prove that speed cameras "make our roads more dangerous". Other groups, such as Motorists Against Detection (officially known as Mad), have been toppling, burning and blowing up the hated cameras. These and about a thousand such campaigns maintain that speed limits, speed traps...
  • DEA's pot raid draws protests

    12/21/2005 9:39:56 AM PST · by Know your rights · 194 replies · 1,933+ views
    The Sacramento Bee (CA) ^ | December 15, 2005 | Robert D. Dávila
    [...] Organizers blasted the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for targeting businesses that are legal under Proposition 215, a California law that permits marijuana use for medical treatment. Demonstrators said the action would restrict access to regulated pot shops for seriously ill patients. [...] "They didn't do any arrests, just took drugs and computers," said Paula "Cookey" Brown. "It just seems like a straight armed robbery." [...]
  • Alaska: Governor Set to Push Anti-Marijuana Legislation Again

    12/16/2005 7:23:26 AM PST · by Wolfie · 131 replies · 1,543+ views
    Juneau Empire ^ | Dec. 9, 2005
    Governor Set to Push Anti-Marijuana Legislation Again The Murkowski administration will "hit the ground running" next session on a bill proposed last year to overturn a court decision on marijuana use, said Alaska Department of Law spokesman Mark Morones. Alaskans are allowed to possess up to 4 ounces of marijuana in their homes for personal use but the bill could lower that amount to less than 1 ounce if it passes. The Senate Health, Education and Social Services Committee heard from experts last session on both sides of the issue - some arguing marijuana is a threat to society and...
  • Rush Loses in the Florida Supreme Court

    04/28/2005 8:01:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 369 replies · 13,402+ views
    Yahoo ^ | April 28, 2005 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court says it won't consider an appeal from conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. Today's four-to-three order didn't explain the court's reasoning. Limbaugh's attorney argues that an appeals court misconstrued Florida law when it ruled prosecutors could review the records. Prosecutors seized Limbaugh's medical records in 2003 for an investigation into whether he illegally purchased prescription painkillers. Limbaugh hasn't been charged with any crime. He lost at the appellate court level and wanted the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that would open his medical records and possibly allow prosecutors to build a case...
  • UN: Insists Syria Withdraw Troops from Lebanon (France Going to Screw Bush Again!)

    10/20/2004 5:05:19 PM PDT · by notkerry · 28 replies · 1,866+ views
    Daily Star ^ | October 20, 2004 | Mayssam Zaaroura
    BEIRUT: The UN Security Council's 15-member states issued a presidential statement Tuesday once again demanding that Syria withdraw its troops from Lebanon, and requested a report by the UN Secretary General every six months on the two countries' compliance. .... Syria, EU finally ink trade, political agreement Syria formally initialled an association agreement with the EU that commits both sides to work toward free trade and increase efforts to stamp out terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Syria was the only Mediterranean country in the EU's "Barcelona process," launched in 1995 aiming to bolster trade and political ties in the...
  • Libertarian Harry Browne: Bush Did Not Liberate Iraq

    12/17/2003 8:04:12 PM PST · by Commie Basher · 272 replies · 847+ views ^ | Dec 15, 2003 | Harry Browne
    Sunday's capture of Saddam Hussein made it a great day — a great day for empty rhetoric and meaningless posturing by politicians and journalists. Somehow it was assumed by politicians and the press, without explanation, that Hussein's capture has vindicated the Bush administration's attack on Iraq. But from September 2002 to March 2003, George Bush said nothing about capturing Saddam Hussein. Instead, Bush talked incessantly about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq's ability to attack the U.S. with them — as well as Al Qaeda camps in the Iraqi desert. How does finding Saddam Hussein make Bush's claims any more...
  • A darker side of pot growing Diesel, oil contamination a slippery, but serious problem

    06/17/2003 3:30:04 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 82 replies · 540+ views
    A darker side of pot growing Diesel, oil contamination a slippery, but serious problem By John Driscoll The Times-Standard The cost of a pound of marijuana on the street may not reflect the steep cost to the land where it was grown and to people living nearby. With the ongoing trend of moving big marijuana grows indoors, drug enforcement agents are frequently uncovering serious environmental contamination problems. Mostly, the pollution is from diesel generators used to power energy-hogging sodium lights and ventilation equipment needed to grow high potency marijuana indoors. A below-standard diesel storage tank, and improper disposal of...