Dare to Burn

with only one flag desecration this year, it’s a safe bet that the amendment is meant to promote more symbolic burnings

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Medical MJ Raids

for everyone who said the DEA wasn’t going to bother enforcing this: STFU! [via]

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China Eyes Unocal

landmark bid of $18.5 billion dwarfs Chevron’s attempts, stirs protectionists to act hypocritical

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Pentagon Promo

they hired a marketing firm to create a database of teens and college students, yech

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Housing Pop

Very soon now, very very soon (to answer the end question, I’d bet on Orange Co, CA)

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Hillary in ’08?

Political insiders on both sides agree she’s the primaries contender, but may be too liberal to win the general

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Libertarian T-Shirt Idea

Would you buy this shirt? Or is it crap?

Dick and Jane libertarian

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Unreceptive Woes

psst… the senator would like it to be known that he actually has friends, pass it on

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Smog Traders

a libertarian concept of selling emissions vouchers; SUV owners don’t seem to care

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These Colors Don’t Burn

Congress passed the anti flag burning amendment, because hey… it’s been a week since the last dumb law

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Real ID, Fake Funds

States are rightfully pissed that they have to foot the bill for compliance

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How Libertarians Can Be Satirized

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Liberteaser mocks the way libertarians try to gain credibility in politics with a 16-point plan of action (via Catallarchy). My favorites:

4. Establish a network of online weblogs, or “blogs” as they’re called, among those sympathetic to the freedom cause. When people are introduced to liberty through this fresh, hip medium, it’ll be so long welfare state, and hello Free State!

7. Develop a short “quiz” that non-libertarians can take that shows them that they’ve had libertarian leanings all along.

10. Identify elements of libertarianism in obviously non-libertarian pop culture, and discuss them with wholly uninterested third parties.

I was kinda hoping there would be some jabs at the national committee as well, but perhaps the cynicism level is still a few notches below what I’ve seen. Regardless, I found another witty libertarian blog (rare) that is joining my RSS aggregation and blogroll. Perhaps we could form a network, that would be extra libertarian cool.

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Alternate Pledge

her 8-yo kid was suspended for making up his own pledge… to the United Federation of Planets

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Is America Becoming Fascist?

wolfA funny little meme cropped up today (starting at the Volokh Conspiracy and being expanded by Instapundit) arguing about whether it’s appropriate or correct to label America fascist and just whether we are evoking the racist fascism of Nazi Germany or the religious-toned fascism of Mussolini’s Italy.

Funny, just as a flock of sheep debating the precise species of wolf that has been devouring their lambs is downright hilarious.

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People Right-Wingers Hate

Ok, someone merge this with the forthcoming list of “People Left-Wingers Hate” and we have a reality TV show where we watch as one of them is hunted each week — Running for Office

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DOJ: ISPy on You

Apparently the word has been spreading that the DOJ has been quietly whispering to ISPs about data retention, which — coupled with expanded warrantless searches of PATRIOT II — would put big brother in the thick of the Internet. Radley Balko is freaking out and sounding the klaxxons. On the other hand, Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy seems to think that this is overblown backroom talk about theoretical possibilities. I’m mixed on the immediate ramifications and lean more towards Kerr on this one, but on a longer timeline this kind of has me concerned.

Nevermind the logical implausibility of capturing every single packet on the router level, storing it in multiple-terrabyte (or more) databases and trying to data mine that — something even Google would be hard pressed to accomplish. Instead, let’s focus on this as a possibility perhaps 10 years down the line, when the technology to do this could actually catch up and data mining would be trivial.

What bothers me most isn’t the privacy concerns here, it’s the very likely possibility that the FBI could create a program that flags you for pre-emptive arrest based on likely characteristics and behavioral analysis of previous criminals, and chalk up your detention to “the greater good”.

Your ISP as Net watchdog [CNET News]

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The Onion on Medical Marijuana

“Dude, the small- government- advocating, states- rights- supporting conservatives must’ve been totally high when they wrote that decision.” [via]

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Democrat by DNA

If political preference is genetic — as these scientists claim — then you’d think conservatives would pipe down on abortion (a largely liberal preference)

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LP Membership Drive

Well, the new poll options are up, and my slogan suggestion is coming in dead last. Well, I guess a slogan like that needs a strong image to compliment it anyways, so I’m not terribly surprised.

Regardless, go on over and vote for your favorite slogan for the drive.

As a side item, I’m working with a talented artist friend to create some libertarian tees that are more pop culture and less, uh… join us or die, republicrat pigfucker. I’m a huge advocate of using humor to break the ice with potential libertarians on common issues, and this would be a great way to have pride in libertarianism while being an active advocate.

At least one shirt will be ironic in nature (Dick and Jane in helmets, smiling gleefully under a surveillance camera, saying “Hooray, big government! Don’t vote Libertarian!”) while another is planned to be a bit of throwback to pre-revolution sentiment (Crates bearing libertarian grievances being thrown from a ship “Let’s party like it’s 1773!”).

Details of when the shirts will be for sale are tentative at the moment, but I’m currently exploring several venues for production. If anyone knows of any good quality silkscreeners (in Cleveland is ideal), let me know in the comments. I’d like to keep the selling price at $10, but that’s flexible if a chunk of profits can be directed towards libertarian media projects.

But back to the LP fundraising/membership efforts. I kinda doubt they’ll come close to the 5,000 new supporters mark, as that’s a pretty hefty number considering our media visibility. I do wish them the best of luck and hope they do some complimentary internet advertising to broaden the campaign visibility.

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TSA Tricksters

After promising not to create a passenger database, they get caught doing it anyways. Congress responded by shaking its fist in mock anger.

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Gonzo Editing

CJR piece on what it was like to be Hunter S. Thompson’s editor [via]

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GoDaddy: Go Gitmo!

CEO and founder Bob Parsons blogs on his site (linked on front page) in favor of the Guantanamo Bay facility, vote with your dollars as you will. [via]

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2006 LNC Reform

A request for comments on what the LP should be doing better. This will be merged into the reform platform for the 2006 regional candidates.

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