Archive for December, 2012

Oh, but in a libertarian society private courts would convict and imprison innocent people for profit, unchecked by any higher authority

Monday, December 24th, 2012

A Justice Department review of FBI forensics cases has revealed widespread and prolonged malfeasance that resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of many innocent defendants. Thousands of criminal cases at the state and local level may have relied on exaggerated testimony or false forensic evidence to convict defendants of murder, rape ...

Blatant, misleading propaganda about Obamacare

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Via my Facebook feed (where else?), I came across this inane guide from Health Care For American Now called How to talk about Obamacare during the holidays. Almost every point it makes is either false or interpreted in an inaccurate, pro-government way. Health care is too expensive. Everyone agrees with that. ...

The coming ban on semi-automatic rifles

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I expect Congress and President Obama to pass some form of ban or stricter federal law against semi-automatic weapons and/or "assault rifles" in the next few months. I'm sure many Americans strongly support such a ban now, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, if they didn't before. It's easy ...

Tyrants overthrown vs. innocents killed

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

This Tom Toles political cartoon from 2010 is making the rounds in the Twittersphere in support of strict gun-control laws in the wake of the Newtown, CT elementary school murders. The content and the message of this comic are so misdirected and disingenuous that they could not have been unintentional. ...

Disarm the President

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

According to this incredibly depressing and disturbing infographic, 62 pieces of human excrement have committed mass shootings in the United States since 1982, killing and injuring a total of 978 people. That's over 32 a year. Most of the guns used were semi-automatic, and 75% were purchased legally. All of ...

Adam Gopnik is complicit in the genocides of the 20th century

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Adam Gopnik, writing in the New Yorker, makes an eloquent while still outraged and despairing plea for the United States to enact much stricter gun control laws to prevent massacres like that in Newtown, Connecticut. I think he makes a major logical and philosophical error, though, when he makes gun-rights ...

Liberal hypocrisy on the economy

Friday, December 14th, 2012

We’ve been hearing for four years how the poor economy and slow recovery under Barack Obama are not his fault because George W. Bush screwed it up so badly for eight years before him. I don’t doubt that’s true, just as I don’t doubt Obama’s and the Democrats’ policies are ...

Arianna Huffington on short-term solutions to long-term problems

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I liked this column by Arianna Huffington about the fiscal cliff face-off and the irrelevance it has to our deeper, long-term problems of employment and growth: 'Slightly Above Zero': A Slogan for Our Age of Diminished Expectations. I never thought of her as an astute political commentator, but this is ...

Right-to-work laws are un-libertarian

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A local (Michigan) radio show was recently discussing the right-to-work law being debated in the state legislature. One pro-union caller said (paraphrasing), “It’s simple math. When a union represents the employees of a company or of an industry, the employees earn higher wages because the union has major bargaining power ...

NCAA admits its student-athlete "promotion" clause is not required and not backed by law

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

According to an email that Sports By Brooks obtained, the clause in the NCAA student-athlete eligibility form that authorizes the NCAA to use the student-athlete's name or picture in promotional materials is not required for the student-athlete's eligibility, and it would not be legal for the NCAA to make it ...

David Brin on freedom, governments, and the internet

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

In his post A Threat to the Internet as We Know It, science-fiction author, scientist, and futurist David Brin writes about the recent United Nations summit and the threats to internet freedom that it portended: A United Nations summit has adopted confidential recommendations proposed by China that will help network providers ...

Greenwald on the deification of Democrats and villification of Republicans

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Glenn Greenwald's column Obama: a GOP president should have rules limiting the kill list must be my favorite political writing that I've read in years. It expresses why I'm so frustrated and fed up with liberals and their Democratic politicians better than I ever could have, so I'll just quote ...