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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Congressman Steve King

Congressman King, Let me say this in advance of everything else: I hope you lose in November, but I fear you might win re-election. The people of Iowa, and particularly the Iowa 5th Congressional District, are poorly served with you as their representative. You appear to care more about making headlines than you do about […]

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"That’s obscene, and I’m offended!"

What do John Stagliano, Lizzy Borden, and Rob Zicari have in common? All three were prosecuted under Federal obscenity laws. Lizzy Borden and Rob Zicari were sentenced to 1-year prison terms while Stagliano’s indictment was dropped by the Court. ReasonTV recently did a story on the idea of obscenity: The idea of obscenity is, in […]

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Freedom of Conscience

On his show Tuesday night, Glenn Beck talked about a plan by the Obama administration to repeal the "Freedom of Conscience Act", which gives health care workers the option of refusing to participate in medical care they find objectionable. Known formally as the "Provider Refusal Rule", sometimes referred to improperly as the "abortion rule", it […]

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Children of anonymous sperm donations

Men donate sperm for one of any number of reasons, and likely the top reason is simply money since sperm banks tend to pay their donors. A lot of the samples are likely to be discarded: they were either not viable to begin with, or they aren’t used within their viability period. But for the […]

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Tom & Jerry

Censorship with the vintage Tom and Jerry cartoons is a horse beaten so far beyond death that flies are buzzing around horse pulp instead of a carcass. As such, I’m not going to discuss the censorship per se, but instead provide some information for collectors. I have all three volumes of the Tom and Jerry […]

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Being Libertarian

Earlier in my life, I knew my late grandfather was a libertarian. Back then, before I got my head on straight, I thought that libertarianism was on par with anarchism — completely anti-government, not just wanting the government to leave you alone. Now I’m sure we’ve all taken those political alignment quizzes that try to […]

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Rights of marriage

Here’s an interesting question that no one seems to be asking in this enormous debate on gay marriage: do you have a right to get married? Now if we were to go by the definition of a right that I have presented several times1, the answer is a definite No, you don’t have a right […]

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Independent health insurance

One thing in this health care debate that has frustrated me to no end is how both Republicans and Democrats make it seem like unless you have a job you cannot have health insurance at all. Well this is kind of true as without the job you can’t pay for insurance, but they make it […]

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Who grants rights?

Who grants you your rights? This is one question that is an argument of the pious. It’s similar to questions like "who created life". The idea behind the question is that without God you don’t have rights, kind of like without God you have no morality. Not true. Let me submit this question for your […]

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