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Taxation: crack cocaine of the ruling class

After 11 years of dithering, our kinder gentler neighbors to the north decided to set up a Chinese national for torture and execution.

A Canadian court cleared the way earlier this month to extradite him back to China. After all, the Communist Thugocracy promised they wouldn't torture or kill him, even though his brother and his accountant both died in prison, so where's the worry?

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The Evil Eye: everybody tracking everybody

Are you afraid that Big Brother is secretly tracking your cell phone, snooping into your call history or spying on your email?

According to a new nationwide study by Big Brother could actually be, well, big brother. Or big sister or Mom or Dad or Hubby.

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Voluntaryists face "felony wiretapping" charges for filming in public

Two well-known Voluntaryists, Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman will have their day in court on Monday, July 18, in Greenfield MA.

The pair is facing felony wiretapping, trespassing and resisting charges.

The charges against the Liberty on Tour tandem came a year ago at the Franklin County Jail while attempting to bail out a friend.

How Should Government Treat Energy Producers?

As the economy continues in its downward spiral and talks in Congress about reducing spending have only amounted to political theater, the subject of how the tax code treats energy has become a topic of controversy. Specifically, should we subsidize, enforce mandates, or give tax credits and deductions to industries like ethanol and natural gas? Having a thriving energy market domestically is a good thing and something the government should not hinder. Not only would decreasing our dependence on foreign oil simplify our foreign policy, but it would greatly enhance our anemic economy at home.

Strange Definitions of War and Peace

Last week I joined six Republican and three Democrat colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim that the administration has complied with the clear requirements of the 1974 War Powers Resolution.

In a remarkable act of chutzpah, the administration sent to Congress its response to the growing concern over its abuse of war powers. Its argument, in a nutshell, is that the War Powers Resolution is not relevant because US armed forces are not actually engaged in hostilities because Libya is so militarily weak it cannot fight back! This explanation would be laughable if not so horrific. The administration wants us to believe that there is no real violence because the victim cannot fight back? Imagine if this standard was applied to criminal law in the United States! I am sure Libyans on the receiving end of US and NATO bombs feel hostilities are quite definitely taking place.

The Keys to Economic Growth

Recent economic data show that U.S. job growth in May was negligible, while the official unemployment figure-- at least the figure the Labor Department admits to-- rose to 9.1%. The real unemployment figure, however, as compiled by economist John Williams, may well be higher than 20%. It is clear the U.S. economy is in terrible shape, and that no amount of government spending or Federal Reserve quantitative easing can reduce unemployment, increase real productivity, or address our debt fiasco.U.S. jobs and productivity are dependent on the accumulation of private capital to finance existing businesses or fund new entrepreneurial activity. Private capital-- whether accumulated by profitable U.S. businesses, invested by private equity and venture capital firms, or attracted from abroad-- is the key to economic growth and new jobs. But we cannot create jobs if we demonize profits, punish risk-taking capitalists, and stay hostile to foreign investment.

Holding the President Accountable on Libya

Last week, more than 70 days after President Obama sent our military to attack Libya without a congressional declaration of war, the House of Representatives finally voted on two resolutions attempting to rein in the president. This debate was long overdue, as polls show Americans increasingly are frustrated by congressional inaction. According to a CNN poll last week, 55 percent of the American people believe that Congress, not the president, should have the final authority to decide whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya. Yet for more than 70 days Congress has ignored its constitutional obligations and allowed the president to usurp its authority.

The Corporate Greedy – When Psychopaths Cooperate The Case of Craig Franklin and Dan O'Dowd

Psychopaths have no conscience. What happens when psychopaths are producing our weapons systems?

Star Trek was subversive indoctrination!

Heinlein wrote this near forty years ago, using colloquialisms of speech from fifty years prior. And amazingly it's still fully true today. In general we get Businesses Politician = Republican and Reform Politician = Democrat

Enabling a Future American Dictator

These are truly troubling days for liberty in the United States.

Last week the 60 day deadline for the president to gain congressional approval for our military engagement in Libya under the War Powers Resolution came and went. The media scarcely noticed. The bombings continued. We had a hearing on Capitol Hill on the subject, but the administration refuses to bother with the legality of its new war. It is unclear if Mr. Obama will ever obtain congressional consent, and astonishingly it is being argued that he doesn't need it.

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Roundup: Real ID, Real Money, Real Silliness.

Last week Florida LP Chairman Adrian Wyllie publicly surrendered his driver's license as a protest against Florida's implementation of the federal Real ID Act.

Renewing his license under Real ID would require submitting "an array of personal information" including his original birth certificate, SS card, marriage license, utility bills and other documents, in effect surrendering his Fourth Amendment rights.

He then told the cops what he had done and went out driving.

Stop Raising the Debt Ceiling

The federal government once again has reached the limit of its legal ability to borrow money, meaning it cannot issue new Treasury debt without action by Congress to increase the debt ceiling limit. As of this month, our “official” national debt- which doesn’t include the staggering future payments promised to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries- stands at $14.2 trillion.

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Whatever happened to John Kurtz?

"The trial was postponed due to officer not showing up or something like that."

"The trial was continued as there are depositions the defense needs to take before proceeding."

"The persecution got a continuance, I think until 6/20."

Plenty of guesses but are any true?

John Kurtz was scheduled for trial on May 16 in Orlando FL where he faced 6 years in jail for the victimless "crime" of videotaping a cop in public.

May 16 came and went and John Kurtz seemingly disappeared right off the face of the internet.

Quote 2153

History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion--i.e., none to speak of.

— Woodrow Wilson Smith

The Milk Police

On April 20th, after a year-long undercover sting operation, armed federal agents acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer to prevent him from selling his unpasteurized milk to willing, fully-informed customers in Maryland. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to catch Allgyer committing the "crime" of selling his milk. He was not tricking people into buying it, he was not forcing people to purchase it, and there had been no complaints about his product. These were completely voluntary transactions, but ones that our nanny-state federal government did not approve of, and so they shut down his business. The arrogance of the FDA and so many other federal agencies is simply appalling. These types of police state raids on peaceful businessmen, so reminiscent of our tyrannical federal drug war, have no place in a free society.