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Immigrant Song

So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.
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Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others

Eugene Volokh points to an interesting story about an Eckerd pharmacist who refused to fill a prescription for the morning-after pill based on personal objections to abortion. The Eckerd management apparently did not approve, and is taking "disciplinary action" against this employee. (I'm not sure what "disciplinary action" might mean in this context. Will an Eckerd executive make the pharmacist take a note home to his mommie? Read more »

Are these the Nazis, Walter?

While doing some research for my previous post, I came across a website called Come and Hear: An Educational Forum for the Examination of Religious Truth and Religious Tolerance. Sounds pretty innocuous, no? Read more »

Active vs. Passive Killing

I attended a private Jewish high school, and two classes each day were designated for Talmudic study. The Talmud, as Wikipedia describes it, "is considered an authoritative record of rabbinic discussions on Jewish laws, ethics, customs, legends and stories." Although Talmudic law diverges greatly in many respects from contemporary U.S. law, familiarity with its underlying logic and method can be a useful preparation for the study and practice of American law. Read more »

Tale of the Slave

One of the primary justifications for government is democracy. Social contract theory, without democracy, isn't very convincing. If Hobbes tells us that the state is justified because we would all agree to give up our rights in exchange for protection, we can simply ask Hobbes the devastating question: how is this different than a mafia? When a mafia "offers" protection, it is not really an offer at all, and although we may benefit in some way from this protection, we never willingly chose it and we might very well prefer to get our protection from someplace else. Read more »

Stossel Luncheon report

This afternoon, I went to a Cato luncheon featuring John Stossel as the guest speaker. Read more »

The Twisted Logic of Drug Re-importation

Jeffrey Tucker points to an interview in which Milton Friedman opposes drug re-importation on the grounds that the whole purpose of a government-granted patent monopoly is to provide an incentive for research investment. Read more »

Brent Bozell's strange epistemology

"Whether or not CBS executives did or did not know in advance is irrelevant, Viacom executives had the duty to know."


[link via Bryan Westhoff]

Cruel and unusual - or the ideal vacation?

Beth Plocharczyk, Brock Sides, and Will Baude have been discussing whether or not Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik's proposal for prison reform is cruel and unusual:

World of Warcraft Beta Test

Registration for the World of Wordcraft Beta Test has begun. For those of you with too much free time, sign up here.

Whoa. Good Myth.

"Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction."

"We live in a space ship, dear."

So, I finally finished watching all of Firefly. A shame, really. Like I said earlier, I knew before even purchasing the series that Firefly had been cancelled. At least it didn't end on a cliff-hanger. That would have truly sucked.

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Subtle pressure and direct coercion are "desirable"

Tell me again why we are supposed to call these folks ?liberals??

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - Of Crack

The Radical Cowboys are hosting a photo caption contest. Go check 'em out.

Hey Yaaah

What do you get when you combine the #1 single of the year (according to Bryan Westhoff) with Dean's "Barbaric Yawp"?

Shake it like a Democratic candidate.