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January 31, 2011

Ron Paul On Egypt: More Meddling Is Exactly The Wrong Thing To Do

January 26, 2011

Rand Paul: The Day Of Reckoning Is Here

The Libertarian Response To The State Of The Union

Last night, John Stossel was joined by Ron Paul and others to discuss the State of the Union and the televised responses:

January 20, 2011

Ron Paul: We Can’t Afford Perpetual War

by @ 8:30 pm. Filed under Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Ron Paul

January 19, 2011

Ron Paul: How America Can Once Again Become The Standard For A Free Society

From today on the House floor:

January 18, 2011

United Liberty Podcast: National Debt, 2012 Politics, And A Little Bit Of Drinking

by @ 3:26 pm. Filed under Blogging

On Saturday, Jason Pye, Brett Bittner, Mike Hassinger, and myself sat down and recorded one of the too-infrequent United Liberty Podcasts. We talked about the National Debt, the start of the 112th Congress, and the opening moves of the 2012 Presidential campaign. And at least one of us was drinking at the time.

You can listen to the podcast here.  To download, right-click and “save link as…”

January 10, 2011

Rand Paul On The Arizona Shootings

Rand Paul was on Fox News Sunday yesterday, along with Delaware Senator Chris Coons, and the majority of the discussion concentrated on the shootings over the weekend in Arizona:

January 9, 2011

Bob McDonnell: A Borrow-And-Spend Republican

Bob McDonnell continues to trouble me. Last year, he balanced the state budget by engaging in an accounting trick that merely pushed the state’s liability to the employee pension fund to the following fiscal year. Now, he seems intent on spending money that the Commonwealth doesn’t have:

RICHMOND – Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell plans a massive spending campaign that he said would unclog state roads, award thousands more college degrees and spur job creation, part of an aggressive legislative agenda he is expected to roll out this week.

McDonnell (R) will press lawmakers to approve a series of statewide projects he said would be paid in part through Virginia’s $403 million budget surplus, $337 million in higher-than-expected tax revenue, and $192 million generated through cuts and savings.

And in stark contrast to other governors, who are cutting budgets and slashing payrolls, McDonnell told The Washington Post that he plans to borrow nearly $3 billion over the next three years for transportation projects and intends to spend an additional $400 million to fix the state’s ailing roads, $58 million to help state colleges and universities, and $54 million to create jobs.

“When you only have four years to do things, you understand the clock is always ticking,” said McDonnell, referring to Virginia law that makes it the only state in the nation where a governor can’t succeed himself. “You have a sense of urgency to get things done.”

And you have every incentive to leave the bill for the next guy.

Republicans in Richmond, you have a job. Stop this irresponsible spending spree.

January 3, 2011

Ron Paul: Repeal The PATRIOT Act!

Sounds good to me:

January 2, 2011

Justice For The Sensuous Italian Sunbather

by @ 11:56 am. Filed under In The News, Legal

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Back in August, I wrote about this story out of Italy:

A TOPLESS sunbather is being investigated by police after being accused of sensuously rubbing sun cream on herself on a public beach.

Police were called to a beach at Anzio south of Rome by a furious mother who said the way the “attractive” sunbather was rubbing lotion on her body had “troubled her sons aged 14 and 12.”

The mother said she had asked the 26-year-old woman, identified only as Luisa under Italian privacy laws, to cover herself up. But the woman, still topless, refused and an argument broke out and police were called.

“A patrol was stopped by a mother of two sons who was angry at a topless sunbather and the way she was applying suntan cream,” a police spokesman said.

(…)

“The patrol went and took her details and she argued, still topless, that she could so no harm in what she was doing as it was a public beach.

“We have opened a file on committing an obscene act as we are committed to following the complaint. From what I heard she was very attractive,” the spokesman said.

(…)

“She is amazed that she is being condemned for simply sunbathing topless,” lawyer Gianluca Arrighi said.

“’Let’s be clear my client is tall, brunette and has an ample breast and is therefore going to naturally be sensuous when she applies cream to her chest.

Now, Eugene Volokh reports that justice has been served:

Reader Belkys Guerrero writes that “the claimant mother has been condemned for ‘calumnie’ … (a false accusation leading to the beginning of a criminal trial) and ordered to pay 25k to the young woman.” He points to an Italian video on the story, but since I can’t speak Italian I can’t understand it, except to note that the word for “topless” in Italian is apparently “topless.” I’d love to hear more details from any Italian-speaking readers.

There are also two Italian newspaper accounts here, and here. Here’s a translation of one of them via Google Translate:

A nice Christmas present: a compensation of 25 000 €. It is the sum Luisa D. B., 26, committed the Via del Corso, scored after being exonerated by ‘charges of indecent exposure in public places. L ‘handsome young man last summer was denounced for his irrepressible topless by a mom, according to which the vision of that breasts were upsetting his teenage children on a beach in Anzio Lavinio. The two boys – according to his mother – had been enchanted with his eyes open in front of that curvy girl who smeared suntan lotion on her naked breast. “Shame on you and cover, ” he shouted at the young woman committed. Faced with the refusal of the girl, her mother had taken her two children and went to complain to the police station. Luisa D. B. was identified. But then the magistrate had now closed the case, do not see any crime against the order. Instead, the process went forward, opened ‘s office for defamation against the woman who had lodged the complaint. And the damages – as reported Gianluca Arrighi, legal Luisa D. B. – was paid to the girl just to get her to give up a civil party in the process. In this way the cause for slander may now be closed. P.S. Luisa D. B. in the meantime has also found a second job: it has begun to pose as a model.

Seems about right to me :)

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