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Charley Reese endorses socialized medicine

From his latest column [via Bill St. Clair]:

I never thought I'd say this, but what Congress should do is go whole-hog and provide health care for the entire population and tax people to pay for it. Then the government would be in a position to drive hard bargains with hospitals, pharmaceuticals and doctors.

Tell me again why this guy is supposed to be some sort of libertarian?


Does money grow on Washington?

A column today by Nicholas Kristoff in the NY Times demonstrates the common belief among many that Washington DC is some sort of magical fountain of money to be distributed to the masses. Read more »


Liberty as a Western value

Sage of None the Wiser has a great post on Tony Blair's recent speech in which his cultural relativist side came through, largely to the applause of most observers. The failure to make moral distinctions and human judgments necessary for liberty to come to fruition are the very hallmarks of its deterioration. Read more »


Interstate protectionism

Virginia Postrel's latest NY Times column is about the laws that prohibit the free online trade of wine, in the name of consumer protection. [via Instapundit]

Twenty-six states prohibit almost all direct shipping of out-of-state wines, including seven that make direct sales a felony. Consumers in these states can buy directly from winemakers only if they actually visit the winery.
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Do your own thing

A reuters article about software guru Ken Sakamura, the inventor of an processor-embedded operating system called TRON, caught my attention. Sakamura could have been (according to the article) as rich as Bill Gates, but is content living an ordinary life. Whereas Microsoft Windows is distributed for a price, TRON is distributed free of charge. Read more »


First Amendment-free zone

They have taken this zoning stuff a bit far:

Ranger: "You can't protest here."

Browne: "Why?"

Ranger: "This is federal property."

Browne: "What about my First Amendment right to free speech?"

Ranger: "This is a First-Amendment-free zone."

God, how I wish I was making this up.

I wish he was too.


What is E. J. Dionne smoking???

In his homage to socialism yesterday, E. J. Dionne made the following observation: Read more »


Public school cell phone bills

The bill for last year's cell phone use by officials at Albuquerque public schools: $248,000.

Albuquerque public schools plans to cut cell phone bills by more than $60,000 this year.

Concerns arose last year over long-distance charges, late charges and the cost of individual cell phones as the annual bill totaled about $248,000.


Important sayings

Northern Virginia public schools will have to make room for, and unearth copies of, that esoteric document known in extremist circles as the
'Bill of Rights' in response to new legislation.

``Back in our legislative package we said we would prefer not to have postings," said Arlington School Board member Elaine Furlow. ``But if that is the law we will abide by it, then get back to our business."

Some Alexandria School Board members were less circumspect.

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President, heal thyself

In the ever centralizing path the current White House has taken, the Bush administration wants the Supremes to allow the Feds to revoke the licenses of doctors who recommend marijuana to their patients.

If the Supreme Court takes the case and ultimately rules in the government's favor, Boyd said, "it would make all of the states' marijuana laws a dead letter. . . . If a physician can't recommend marijuana, then no patient can qualify" to use it under state law. [...]

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Apologies

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Apologies are in order for the lack of posts recently. Everything from technical problems with the blog to lightning strikes resulting in fried network cards resulted in a conspiracy of nature determined to deprive our millions of readers of Catallarchy goodness. Blogging shall return promptly.

[lone wolf howls at the moon in the distance]




The Registry and the Commerce Clause

In addition to Brian's entry below about the inherent problems associated with a centralized 'solution' to unwanted telemarketing calls, there has been some thoughtful writing on the Constitutional legality of the Registry, specifically dealing with the Commerce Clause.

Radley Balko calls out blogosphere libertarians.

Julian Sanchez responds. Read more »


Simberg on the Columbia accident

Rand Simberg has some thoughts on recent revelations about the Columbia accident, safety issues with the shuttle, and current state of the space program. Read more »


Duncan on classical liberalism, argumentation, and blogging

Newish Samizdatista Andy Duncan (funny, he doesn't look newish) has a long post on the differences between the ways in which classical liberals and socialists come to their respective positions and make their arguments. Read more »


False dichotomies

Virginia Postrel points to an article from the Long Beach Press Telegram showing the false dichotomies presented by modern liberals like Calpundit between government programs and 'vital services'.

"I can accept higher state taxes if it means preserving my police services and educating my children."