Friday, December 19, 2014

Ignorance No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You’re a Cop

by John W. Whitehead.        With Orwellian irony, the U.S. Supreme Court chose December 15, National Bill of Rights Day to deliver its crushing blow to the Fourth Amendment. Although the courts have historically held that ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking the law, in its 8-1 ruling in Heien v. State of North Carolina, the   ... MORE

Jonah Goldberg: The Real Person Of The Year

Jonathan Gruber, the true face of government Jonathan Gruber should have been Time’s Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the “Ebola Fighters” instead. Good for them; they’re doing God’s work. Still, Gruber would have been better. Time’s Person of the Year designation has lost a lot of its stature over recent years. Part of its decline   ... MORE

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - Discussion On Wealth Inequality

Lee Stranahan: Authority’s Threat To Citizen Journalism

The government's persecution of James O'Keefe.        It’s a scenario that smacks of a movie set in a foreign country. A journalist is arrested and put into shackles. Not just handcuffs, mind you; shackles. He’s taunted by the police and thrown in jail on trumped-up charges. The politically connected prosecutors don’t just work to put him    ... MORE

Is Government Faithful To The Constitution?

by Andrew Napolitano.  When the government is waving at us with its right hand, so to speak, it is the government's left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, last week presented a textbook example of public disputes masking      ... MORE

VIDEO: Will Regulation Ruin School Choice In New Orleans?

Islamic State Promises Crucifixion, Lashing for Unbelievers

by Adam Kredo.    But so far, no threats of waterboarding. The Islamic State (IS) has published it own penal code, which harshly penalizes actions such as sodomy and blasphemy with punishments including execution, crucifixion, lashing, and the severing of limbs, among other penalties. IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) issued the detailed    ... MORE

Excellent News As E-Cigarette, Or Vaping, Use Rises

by Tim Worstall.   We’ve news from the government that the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, is on the rise among schoolchildren and teenagers. We might think that this is a health story and it is, but behind it is an interesting little economic point and a guide to public policy. The question really revolves around whether vaping is a substitute   ... MORE

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Richard D. Emery: Who's Policing The Prosecutors?

Prosecution is becoming a lucrative business.    In the last fiscal year, the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion from civil and criminal actions (including $20 billion from JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup over their handling of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis). Recently, the Manhattan district attorney’s office     ... MORE

Tammy Bruce: Another Blow To ObamaCare Privacy

Personal medical info to be shared with 35 federal agencies. Get ready to fight back: Last week, the Health and Human Services Department announced a plan to share your medical records with over 35 federal agencies — all in the name of “health care,” of course. All in the name of “efficiency,” the favorite excuse used by fascists    ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel: Property And Prosperity

Teen Marijuana Use Down Since Colorado Legalization?

by Michael Minkoff.           In a non-intuitive twist, it seems that pot legalization in marijuana has not contributed to a sharp increase in teen marijuana use. In fact, legalization might be contribuing to a drop in teen use: Since the passage of HB10-1284, Colorado’s historical medical marijuana regulation legislation, current marijuana use among   ... MORE

Woman Jailed for Saying 'Fuck the Police' Wins Settlement

Thick badge, thin skin.   A Georgia woman jailed for criticizing police officers as she rode by on a bicycle has been awarded a $100,000 settlement in a civil suit against the local police department.  Cobb County resident Amy Barnes was bicycling to the store in April 2012 when she passed police officers questioning a suspect. She treated    ... MORE

VIDEO: Police State America - Missouri SWAT Tactics

Would this get mainstream media coverage had the victim been black?

Rand Paul: The Conservative Realist?

by Matt Welch.   On October 23, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave a major foreign policy address at the Center for the National Interest in which he declared himself a "conservative realist," aligning himself with the tradition of Ronald Reagan and Caspar Weinberger. (See "The Case for Conservative Realism.") As he did in a similar February 2013   ... MORE

John Stossel: Government Vs. Giving

Step aside Uncle Sam.   It's the season for giving. That doesn't mean it's the season for government. Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who aren't helped by coldhearted capitalism. The truth is, government gets in the    ... MORE

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congress OKs Codification Of Warrantless Surveillance

Fourth Amendment fast becoming toothless. Congress last week quietly passed a bill to reauthorize funding for intelligence agencies, over objections that it gives the government "virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American", without warrant, and allows for indefinite storage of some intercepted material, including      ... MORE

Nullification: A Powerful Weapon In The Fight For Liberty

by Patrick Taylor.   We are faced with increasing federal tyranny these days. Most Americans seem unaware or ambivalent about the federal reach into their lives. Most do not know just how invasive it has become. Sitting at my desk, I can see printers, pens, lamps, diplomas, books, a clock, my laptop, and little knick-knacks. All of these items are   ... MORE

VIDEO: FOX NEWS - IRS And Justice Department Collusion

Study Shows Texas Has Most Economic Freedom

by Kristin Tate.    The Lone Star State is the most economically free state in the nation, according to a new report released by the Fraser Institute. The ranking took into account the size of government, taxes, red tape, and labor market freedom. The study said, "When the government taxes one person in order to give money to another, ... MORE

Sam Hananel: The Supreme Court Rules Traffic Stops Are OK Even When The Police Are Mistaken About The Law

Might is always right even when wrong. Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution's protection  ... MORE