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2011-04-16 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Law enforcement + LE + War on Drugs
The Drug War Is Doing Just Fine

Yep. The escalation of the drug war in Mexico is definitely doing just fine. Even after government promises of more security following the discovery of a mass grave holding the remains of 72 Central and South American migrants last summer, also in San Fernando, Tamaulipas remains a state that experts describe as ungoverned — or […]

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The Globe and Mail: No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. A six-year-old boy in Virginia has been suspended from school for … crying. Earlier this month, Gary and Heather Clark were notified by officials at Tallwood Elementary School in Virginia Beach that their son Bronson had been suspended from school for allegedly […]

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According to the government, if you show visibly that you hold the TSA and their procedures in contempt, it’s likely because you’re a terrorist. Or something. CNN: Don’t like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line. Arrogant complaining about airport security is […]

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Universities: the vanguard of free speech and expression. Reason: After everyone from the Chicago Tribune to the Daily Mail in Britain picked up this story, the dancers were made to apologize for “any offence we may have caused.” Then the university itself issued an apologetic statement in which it said the costumes were indeed “inappropriate” […]

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2011-04-15 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Government + Taxation
Who Knew?

Who could have guessed that raising taxes to punitive levels doesn’t change behavior, but leads people to the black market? Le Times: Itinerant cigarette vendors have long been a fixture in some parts of the city, like bodegas that sell individual cigarettes in violation of state law. But with cigarette prices up and the number […]

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2011-04-15 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + health care
Successful?

TPM on Ryan’s medicare overhaul proposal: In trying to dismantle Medicare, Republicans are seeing to rollback a successful example of single payer toward freer market. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

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2011-04-15 :: madlibertarianguy // Authoritarianism + Dumbassery + Law enforcement + LE
Mother v Tank

PrisonPlanet: Maryanne’s attorney, Allison Folmar, claims her client never shot at police in a report in the Voice of Detroit, which reports that the police sent the “Detroit Special Response Team (SRT) officers who descended on the home with a tank and assault weapons. Video footage shows individual officers staking out the house, taking cover […]

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2011-04-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + election + Government
Empty Rhetoric

The Wall Street Journal on Obama’s “debt reduction” speech: Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan’s plan, even as he categorically rejected all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as essentially un-American. “Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact […]

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2011-04-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Taxation
Other People’s Kids

Why the fuck am I paying for other people to have kids? If you want to have kids, adopted or otherwise, pay for them with your own goddamn money.

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2011-04-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Taxation
Apparently Words No Longer Have Meaning

Reason on Obama’s word trickery: Tellingly, The New York Times defines “tax expenditures” as “payments to taxpayers for deductions for charitable donations or home mortgages,” as if letting people keep more of their own money is the same as giving them subsidies.* The Times notes that “the use of the phrase ‘tax expenditures’ allows the […]

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2011-04-11 :: madlibertarianguy // Authoritarianism + Dumbassery + Government
For Da Chilluns

Since when the fuck do school administrators have any sort of authority whatsoever to override parents when it comes to making any decisions whatsofuckingever which are not directly related to academic issues? It seems that in Chicago we have a wave of school principals who feel like they are also nutrition experts and have BANNED […]

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2011-04-09 :: madlibertarianguy // Authoritarianism + Dumbassery + health care + Regulation
Nanny of The Day

If you don’t like McDonalds, don’t go there, but STOP trying to punish me and my children for wanting to go there as a treat, you fat motherfucker.

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2011-04-08 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Taxation
Other People’s Money

You just gotta love an entire political philosophy that is completely based on the premise that it has the RIGHT (Damnit!) to other people’s money. Reason: Forty-seven percent of American households pay no federal income tax at all, points out the Tax Foundation, and the IRS hands out more than $70 billion in refundable tax […]

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2011-04-06 :: madlibertarianguy // Constitution + Dumbassery + Government + health care + Journalism + Taxation
Unbiased

Here in America, we have principles. Principles like a free media, unbiased by not receiving funding from the government. Oh, wait. No we don’t. Two mainstream news organizations are receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) — a $5 billion grant program that’s doling out cash to companies, […]

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2011-04-06 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Environment + Teh Science!
The Greenies Are At It Again

The Guardian: Over the last fortnight I’ve made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong. We have done other people, and ourselves, a […]

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2011-04-06 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + POTUS + Terrorism + War on Terror
So Yummy

The tears of our formally hopeful voters for Obama are so yummy. Slate: In reversing one of its last principled positions—that American courts are sufficiently nimble, fair, and transparent to try Mohammed and his confederates—the administration surrendered to the bullying, fear-mongering, and demagoguery of those seeking to create two separate kinds of American law. This […]

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2011-04-03 :: madlibertarianguy // Constitution + Dumbassery
Apologizing for Freedom

Though I don’t at all condone the idiocy that is the burning of a Koran by Florida lunatic pastor Terry Jones, I will absolutely defend his right to have done it. Freedom of Speech is a cornerstone of not only democracy, but of our republic. It’s the first fucking right mentioned in the Bill of […]

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In the event that anyone just can’t fathom why civil libertarians have a general dislike for cops and their authoritarian culture, peruse down to Police Link’s article concerning a girl who was detained for recording the police in a public space and take a gander at the comments. Some fine examples from our esteemed law […]

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2011-04-01 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Military + POTUS + Religion
Statism and Authority

From the mind of a progressive statist at Mother Jones: Libya has been Obama’s first real opportunity to make a decision on a new overseas military operation, and within days of making his choice it’s already started to spiral. First he resisted intervention. Then he agreed to a no-fly zone. The no-fly zone turned into […]

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2011-04-01 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Law enforcement + LE
South Africa Seems to Get It

Now only if American police would get on board with the whole “demilitarization because American citizens are NOT fucking battelfield enemies of the police” thing. Via The Sunday Independent: In papers filed at the court, the police say the need for discipline was the main reason for the change in rank structure. However, the union […]

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