The Unrepentant Individual

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December 3, 2006


It’ll be OSU/Florida

That clears up quite a bit. If OSU takes care of business, all is well. If not, well, all hell breaks loose.

In other news, watching Notre Dame get embarrassed by LSU will be a lot of fun :-D

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September 19, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LXIII

Another week in, another Carnival of Liberty. I’ve been ultra-busy this week, so I’m not going to try to impress with flowery prose or exotic themes (even though I’d considered a beer-themed CoL). What I will do is give you a no-nonsense look at this week’s posts.

Grab your cup of coffee, or if I finish this that late in the day, your favorite adult beverage, have a seat, and prepare to see the world through a bunch of cranky libertarians’ eyes…

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September 5, 2006


Carnival of Liberty 61 is up…

At Quotulatiousness… Not sure what that name means. Check it out anyway.

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August 29, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LX

Yeah, I really hope that’s “60″… Up at the Socratic Rhythm Method. Matt did it this time without any Fiona Apple, and I must say, his new theme is a big improvement. Click over there, because it is REALLY cool…

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August 16, 2006


Carnival Of Liberty LVIII

Up over at Below The Beltway.

A couple of good entries:

OK so I’m not really a cowboy gives us his thoughts on Tough Love. I highlight this because it has expressed some of the things I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. I wonder why it is that I look at all my friends who are on various mood-stabilizing drugs for anxiety, depression, etc, and yet somehow I’m the stable one who doesn’t. The only rationale I can find is that I was challenged my whole life. I was expected to perform, and when I didn’t, my parent’s disappointment tought me lessons. I think that one of the crucial flaws about my generation is that too few of us were ever challenged. Too few of us have had to taste the pain of failure, because parents and loved ones tried to shield it from us. When you do that, you only make things worse.

We accept that the immune system is strengthened by exposure to pathogens, that muscles only grow when stressed to their limit, that without gravity, bones do not grow strong. But far too many of us deny the importance of being pushed to one’s limits when it comes to personal growth.

The key to a child’s success is not their diversity training, their self esteem, or their ability to use large words. It isn’t in making them ‘feel loved’, or in the clothes they wear. It isn’t in being passed along to get a meaningless high school diploma. It won’t be found in a four year degree either. People will only realize their potential when their success is contingent upon their own efforts.

The second post that caught my eye was Matt Barr’s discussion on The most powerful man in the country, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Overall, it’s a very good post about the overreaching our Supreme Court has undertaken trying to right social wrongs where they have no jurisdiction. However, I do think there is one mistake:

Contrary to what I gather is popular belief, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Founding Persons didn’t sit around wondering what would happen if something went sideways and say, “I know! We’ll have a Supreme Court who can strike it down!” If it even occurred to them that the Supreme Court might be in a position someday where it could erase laws from state codes they had considered and validated 15 years earlier, they would have blinked a couple times at how ludicruous the hypo was but then noted that Congress could take away the Court’s appellate jurisdiction any old time it wanted. Checks and balances.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite true. Judicial nullification of laws that were unconstitutional was widely considered to be a legitimate and inherent power of the judiciary. It wasn’t spelled out in the Constitution because it wasn’t considered something they needed to. I’ll agree with Matt that they likely didn’t think the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction extended to state rulings (at least until the 14th Amendment). Nor would they have looked favorably upon the idea that the Court can write rulings which compel the legislature to write legislation, or the way they’ve completely disregarded the plain meaning in their “interpretation”. But judicial nullification on Constitutional grounds is and was considered a legitimate and inherent exercise of judicial power.

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August 8, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LVII…

…or “Matt’s obsession with Fiona Apple, part I”

Check it out over at the Socratic Rhythm Method.

Matt likes to present themes with the Carnival, and this week is a Fiona Apple theme. Each post is preceded by lyrics from a Fiona song, including a link to the actual song, which can be played. Very interesting. I’m sure Matt and his therapist have some things to discuss about Fiona Apple, but for the rest of us, it’s an excellent Carnival presentation.

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August 1, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LVI

Up today at Homeland Stupidity. Mike must be a masochist, because for some reason he’s now hosted two weeks in a row. I couldn’t do that…

Two posts stuck out in my reading:

Lisa at The London Fog is doing a little census civil disobediance up there in Canadia. It appears that the Canadians desire to know all sorts of arcane information about where Lisa lives, how much money she makes, how she raises her children (which I think she doesn’t have), etc etc. While I’m sure Lisa lives a tremendously interesting life, one which we could all learn a great deal from, I share her worry about providing such information to the government.

But “Wait!!”, you say, “that’s for those silly folks up in the Great White North”— or as I like to call it, America-Lite— “and we won’t have that here in the US!” Think again. We’ve got the American Community Survey. If you choose not to fill it out, the DOJ can fine you between $100 and $5000. You can be damned sure that if one of these packets show up at my door, it’s not being responded to by me. If people show up at my door looking for this information? That’s too bad, you’re not getting it.

Second is the Pubcrawler with The Death of the Electric Car. Two things about this post. First, he goes into a discussion of why electric cars currently aren’t cost-effective. Overall, this is a pretty good analysis, because even counting the range issues, there are battery-replacement issues, and the technology just isn’t quite mature enough yet. In addition, he does quite a bit to explain why it’s the private sector working to solve these problems, not the government, when everyone in the media is wondering why “the government” doesn’t do more. But I think the second part of his post, trying to compare the new Tesla electric car with normal cars, misses the point. I think Tesla Motors is not trying to make a car that is competitive with normal cars. They’re building toys. It’s an electric sports car, made for the super-rich. It may do a lot to help the technology progress, but it’s not intended to replace a family sedan, it’s intended to go into these guys’ garages.

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July 25, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LV

#55 is up at OK so I’m really not a cowboy. Check it out.

One bit I found was this post about “Illegal” Music Downloading, in which he argues that downloading shouldn’t be illegal, just uploading. I guess we can just throw out all the laws we currently have against “possession of stolen goods”, huh?

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July 18, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LIV

Up at Ogre’s Politics & Views. Check it out.

I submitted my post over at The Liberty Papers, Patrick Henry on the Constitution. If you want to see what one of our eloquent founding fathers (and an anti-Federalist) had to say about the Constitution, head on over.

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July 4, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LII — The Anniversary Edition

One year ago, the libertarian end of the blogosphere was reeling from the Kelo decision. While the decision wasn’t that big of a step to expand precedent, it’s significance was clear: your property is no longer yours, and the government will take it any time they think there’s a better use for it.

A few days later, the Life, Liberty, and Property blog community was born. Started by a small group of bloggers irate over one Supreme Court decision, the community has now bloomed. Now boasting nearly 150 members, it serves as one of the core forces in the blogosphere for mobilizing libertarians to act on issues affecting us. Perhaps Kelo may be our Stamp Act, and the egregious violation of what our entire country perceives as essential liberties will result in us gaining the strength to win those liberties back.

Shortly after the formation of the LLP community, we asked ourselves what more we could do to bring attention to the constant battles between freedom and government. At the time, we suggested hosting a blog Carnival, a place where each week’s best liberty-oriented posts would be collected. I was given the honor of hosting the first Carnival of Liberty, which we aptly posted on Independence day. I have again been given the honor of posting the anniversary edition. Kelo may have slipped below the radar, but the battles for liberty rage on, as we saw our Senate debating whether or not to take our rights to freedom of speech just last week. The anti-liberty forces have taken no rest, and thus we must not either.

I would like to take a moment to thank Eric and Quincy, without whom the LLP community would never have gotten off the ground. Unfortunately for us (although not for him), Eric had to stop blogging due to a grand new career. Quincy, too, has largely stopped blogging, although I’ve seen him leaving comments here or there. Thankfully, though, Doug has taken over the reins, and the LLP group is stronger than ever.

So without further ado, it’s time to light this firecracker!

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June 27, 2006


Carnival of Liberty LI

Yep, #51 is up at Below the Beltway. Check it out. Doug has highlighted my post over at The Liberty Papers, which I highly suggest visiting as well.

Also interesting is Homeland Stupidity’s post, Make Mine Freedom. Michael embeds a 1948 propaganda short film from YouTube that you need to take a look at. Good stuff.

Next week, the Carnival will be coming back to The Unrepentant Individual. I hosted the first one, on July 4, 2005. This Tuesday, we celebrate our 1-year anniversary!

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June 20, 2006


Carnival of Liberty L

Yep… Carnival 50 is up at TuCents… Check it out.

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June 13, 2006


Carnival of Liberty XLIX

Yep, #49 is up at Liberty Corner. It’s a big one, folks, 35 posts. Check it out, as Tom has done a wonderful job putting it all together.

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June 7, 2006


Down to Orlando

Boy, it sure does suck prefacing every post I write with an apology for not posting more, but alas, life has been pretty busy lately. I’ll be out all day today with no PC access in Orlando, but I’ll try to spend some time at the hotel tonight writing.

In the meantime, go check out the Carnival of Liberty, posted over at Indian Cowboy’s blog. It’s a lighter-than-usual week over there, so you should be able to power through the whole carnival. Go and read, or you’re a bad libertarian. After all, only dirty, smelly, hippie socialists don’t read the Carnival of Liberty!

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May 30, 2006


Carnival of Liberty XLVII

Sorry for not posting much. Over the weekend, I was working on the laptop, and the dogs decided to start fighting each other. I put the laptop on the arm of my chair to go after the dogs, and as soon as I got up, it fell and destroyed my wireless card.

Luckily, I was able to get this post, over at The Liberty Papers, done and posted before my clumsiness got the better of me. It looks back at history, asking whether politics today are any more nasty than the politics of the past. Check it out.

That post was included in the Carnival of Liberty #47, up today at the New World Man. I haven’t had a chance to go through and read everything over there yet (it’s a busy day), but I highly suggest you do so. He’s got an Indy 500 theme, to the extent that he even referenced the Purdue Marching Band with my post. I’m glad it wasn’t Notre Dame, or I’d have had to beat him senseless with a shillelagh. And, of course, with the Indy 500 theme, there are pictures of Danica Patrick throughout the post, so I really suggest you head over and visit!

In other news, I introduced my neighbor to homebrewing yesterday, as he brewed a basic IPA, and I brewed my Stone Ruination IPA Clone. He hasn’t even had a taste yet, but I think he’s hooked on this hobby!

mmm... beer

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