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Archive for June, 2009

So Long, Farrah

by @ Thursday, June 25th, 2009. Filed under Celebrities

We learned today that, after a long and apparently painful battle with cancer, Farrah Fawcett died today in California.

Supreme Court: Strip Searches Of Teenage Girls Unconstitutional

by @ Thursday, June 25th, 2009. Filed under Individual Liberty, Privacy, Supreme Court

I’ve written several times in the past about the case of Savanna Redding, a then 13 year old girl in Arizona who was strip-searched by school officials who believed that she was in possession of illicit Ibuprofen. Today, the Supreme Court overwhelmingly ruled that the search violated Savanna’s civil rights: WASHINGTON — In a ruling […]

The Flag And Freedom: Some Thoughts On Flag Day

by @ Sunday, June 14th, 2009. Filed under Freedom of Speech, History, Individual Liberty

Twenty years ago when the flag burning debate was on the front pages, I wrote this article for The Freeman. I’ve posted it here before, but the words bear repeating: The recent Supreme Court decision overturning state and Federal laws that made it a crime to burn or desecrate the American flag has created a […]

Virginia Governor’s Race Tightens; McDonnell Advantage Evaporates

For months while the Democratic candidates for Virginia Governor fought it out, Republican nominee Bob McDonnell was sitting pretty. He had no opposition for the GOP nomination, poll after poll showed him leading regardless of which Democrat he was matched up against, and he enjoyed a significant fundraising advantage. Now that Virginia Democrats have chosen […]

Another Nail In The Obama Birth Truther Coffin

by @ Monday, June 8th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Politics

It seems that the Certification of Live Birth that Barack Obama produced last year is the only birth record that Hawaii releases: [Y]ou can’t obtain a “certificate of live birth” anymore. The state Department of Health no longer issues copies of paper birth certificates as was done in the past, said spokeswoman Janice Okubo. The […]

Tiananmen: Twenty Years Later

by @ Thursday, June 4th, 2009. Filed under China, Foreign Affairs, History, Individual Liberty

Twenty years ago today, the government of China sent tanks rolling into Tiananmen Square, crushing a student rebellion that had been growing for over a month. Of all the images that remain from that day, the one that has always stayed with me has been the man above, standing down a column of tanks. I […]

Peter Schiff: Libertarians Need To Infliltrate The GOP

by @ Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009. Filed under Libertarians, Politics, Republicans

An interesting video from someone who may yet end up running for Senate in 2010:

Dick Cheney Supports Gay Marriage ?

by @ Monday, June 1st, 2009. Filed under Dick Cheney, Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

I never thought I’d say that I agree with Dick Cheney about anything, but apparently there’s an exception to every rule: “I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” replied the former VP. “As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay, and it is something we have lived with for a long […]

General Motors Follows Chrylser Into Bankruptcy

by @ Monday, June 1st, 2009. Filed under Auto Industry, Barack Obama, Business, Economics, Politics

Just over a month ago, it was Chrysler filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, today General Motors did the same: General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection this morning, marking the end of financial independence for the 100-year-old industrial leviathan that once conflated its interests with the country’s and — counting jobs at the company and […]

Public Continues To Hold Bush Responsible For The Economy

by @ Monday, June 1st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Credit Crisis, Economics, George W Bush, Politics, Republicans

If you’re looking for a reason why President Obama continues to enjoy relatively high approval ratings despite the state of the economy, look no further: President Obama contends he inherited the nation’s ongoing economic problems and that his actions since taking office are not to blame. Sixty-two percent (62%) of U.S. voters agree with the […]

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