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Frist endorses Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages

In response to the Supreme Court's ruling that the Texas law prohibiting homosexual relations violates privacy rights, Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) says that he supports a proposed Constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage. Read more »

Sabine Herold - classical liberal? Not so fast...

Andrew Ian Castel-Dodge has a dissenting opinion on Sabine Herold, the 21-year old college student being hailed by some as the great liberal hope for France. Read more »

Nukes in a free society II

Having read my original post about nukes again, and after talking with my co-blogger Brian, it is clear that the last part of my post was a bit mangled, likely giving the wrong message.

My main points were:

1) Nukes cannot be justly owned by anyone in a free society, as they are equivalent to the barrel of a gun pointing at anyone within many miles of them, and as such are a direct threat to their lives and property. Read more »

Book Review - <i>Perdido Street Station</i> by China Mieville

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville is a fantasy novel set in the gothic London analogue New Crobuzon. The rotund human scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin spends his time dabbling with the applications of Crisis Theory. His secret lover, Lin, is a beetle-headed member of the khepri race. She is a sculptor of unusual technique who is estranged from her khepri roots and spends her time in the Bohemian city underground. Read more »

Nukes in a free society

In Perry's attempt to meme-hack the term 'social individualist' into the political lexicon, he makes an important point about legal documents and their relationship to rights. He correctly points out that rights are objectively inherent to the individual as a consequence of his nature as a human being. In any free society, individuals should be allowed to pursue their self-defined ends, and this framework gives rise to the concept of rights - barriers against outside coercion which allow them to pursue their ends. Read more »

Two laws of justice

Richard Maybury writes about the two 'higher laws' of justice [via David Farrer's comment in a Samizdata comment thread]:

The first law is, do all you have agreed to do.

The second is, do not encroach on other persons or their property.

That about covers it.

Paul on Greenspan's follies

Representative Ron Paul's (R-TX) latest column is critical of Alan Greenspan's easy money policies and lack of congressional accountability. [via Bill St. Clair] Read more »

Lawyers meet to discuss War on Obesity

An obesity litigation conference was held in Boston this past weekend to plan how best to sue the food industry successfully in the same manner that tobacco companies have been sued. Here are some choice quotes from the article:

"Remember, many social movements were kick-started by litigation," such as civil rights, environmental, sexual discrimination and tobacco laws, said John Banzhaf III, a conference speaker. [...]

Blogging symposium

There is an interesting transcript of a question/answer symposium on blogs and the media that was sponsored by ANWFA which included Ryan Pitts, Ken Layne, Jeff Jarvis, and Joanne Jacobs on Kevin Holtsberry's blog. [via Joanne Jacobs] Read more »

Orrin Hatch: digital pirate

After proposing that people who file-share should have their computers destroyed by remote control, it appears that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah is a digital pirate himself. A UK-based software company, Milonic Solutions, claims that prior to last Thursday, Hatch's own website used its Javascript menu system without prior registration or a link to Milonic's website, both of which are required for the free license.

Private security for department stores

An article from last week from the NY Times details the growth of private security systems in department stores across the country. Macy's lost $100 million from shoplifters last year and runs a $28 million dollar a year security operation nationwide, including $4 for its Manhattan store. Accused shoplifters are detained in store 'jails' and interrogated. Verdicts are made as to guilt or innocence. Confessions are signed, and restitution is given by the shoplifter. Read more »

Kim Jong-Il forms boy band

Tired of threatening his neighbors with nuclear annhilation and bored with using mass famine as a political weapon, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il has his sights on something more mundane. In a move sure to surprise many in the international community, Kim has decided to form a boy band with himself as the front man. The group will be named Kom-RADz, and Kim will assume the moniker Special K. Read more »

Balko leans left

Radley Balko is joining the ACLU after being convinced that the greater threat to liberty comes from the right in the form of civil liberties violations rather than from the left in the form of economic regulation. After rightfully pointing out the expansion of government that has taken place under the Bush administration, Radley states that he is not simply choosing the 'lesser of two evils' in his slide leftward. Read more »

New bill will give British police control over internet in emergencies

A bill is to be introduced in Britain that will give police control of the internet in the event of a terrorist strike. Read more »