Archives for: September 2012

Sovietizing Kootenai County, Idaho

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 28, 2012 The Kootenai, Idaho County Commission is promoting a ballot measure that would supposedly ?streamline? the county government by making it bigger, more expensive, and less accountable. If approved,… more »

Want to be Healthy? Do the Opposite of What the Government Recommends

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 27, 2012 As is often the case with large-scale public problems, the ever-increasing rate of childhood obesity is a joint product of individual weakness and misguided government intervention. For decades, the fe… more »

All Laws and Rights Yield to the Imperative of "Officer Safety"

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 26, 2012 When a police officer conducts a traffic stop, the laws and the Constitution are instantly rendered irrelevant; all that matters is ?officer safety.? This admission was provided by Corry Bassett, a… more »

Is the Golden Rule Spiritually "Empty"?

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 25, 2012 In the study of logic, philosophy students are taught to avoid a fallacy called the category error, in which things of one kind are presented as if they belong in another. A recent critique of libertari… more »

Sovietizing the Homeland Security State

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 24, 2012 On Independence Day 1994, then-FBI Director Louis Freeh traveled to Moscow to visit the Lubyanka Square headquarters of the Russian secret police ? which is now known as the FSB. During the Stalin-era… more »

USA: Land of Military Slavery for Young Mothers

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 21, 2012 Kimberly Rivera, the mother of four small children, was arrested at the Canadian border while returning to theUnited States. She faces a term of two to five years in prison for deserting the U.S. Army.… more »

Do NOT Teach Your Children to Trust the Police

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 20, 2012 Shortly after Ruben Delgadillo graduated from the Idaho Police Academy, the Governor?s Task Force on Children at Risk held a conference to examine how to deal with child predators. That event included… more »

Obama and Romney: Interchangeable Corporate Socialists

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute   September 19, 2012   In secretly recorded remarks to campaign donors that were leaked to the media, Republican presidential aspirant Mitt Romney observed that roughly 47 percent of the electorate is dependent on gov… more »

Barack Obama: "Constitutional" Dictator

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 18, 2012 When he affixed his signature to the National Defense Authorization Act last December, Barack Obama issued a signing statement declaring that he would not make use of a provision permitting the indefini… more »

Our Long-Dead "Living Constitution"

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  Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 17, 2012 The document that was completed inPhiladelphiaon this day in 1787 was a written Constitution intended to limit the powers of the central government by specifically defining its functions. Anything t… more »

Beating Somebody Up is a Crime; Handing Him a Joint is Not

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 14, 2012 Police in Boise assert that a criminal syndicate called the ?Slayer? gang was responsible for a series of robberies, assaults, and acts of extortion. The alleged ringleader, a 53-year-old man named… more »

Drug Prohibition And Forcible Mass Drugging: The Government at Work

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 13, 2012 Representatives from more than a dozen federal and local law enforcement agencies assembled in front of the Malheur County Courthouse in Vale, Oregon on September 10 to announce the results of a lengthy… more »

Why Do We Treat Politicians As Celebrities, Rather than Criminals?

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 13, 2012 Representatives from more than a dozen federal and local law enforcement agencies assembled in front of the Malheur County Courthouse in Vale, Oregon on September 10 to announce the results of a lengthy c… more »

The Day the Laws Fell Silent

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 11, 2012 Everyone remembers September 11, 2001 as the day the Towers fell in lower Manhattan. Relatively few recognize that date as the day the laws fell silent as well. Terrorists murdered thousands on that mo… more »

Why Pretend that Government is Anything Other than a Gang

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 10, 2012 Federal prosecutors in San Antonio claim that they have legal cause to seize two homes owned by Sindy Chapa, a professor at Texas State University. Although Chapa hasn?t been charged with a crime, pro… more »

The Prisons we call "Airports"

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 7, 2012 A woman who had passed through airport security in Houston was detained by the Transportation Security Administration and forbidden to board the plane as punishment for exhibiting a ?bad attitude.?… more »

The Texas Taliban Makes Felonies out of "Fish Stories"

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 6, 2012 The expression ?fish story? was inspired by the tendency of fishermen to exaggerate their exploits. Lying is always a sin, and when it involves fraud it can be a crime. But is lying about the size of… more »

Lenin's Heirs

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 5, 2012 Vladimir Lenin, the founding dictator of theSoviet Union, digested politics into two simple propositions. The first was that the fundamental political question is who does what to whom. The second was th… more »

The Republican Party's Slave Labor Lobby

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 4, 2012 One of the oddest lines in the 2012 Republican National Platform calls for the Mariana Islands to be exempt from the federal minimum wage. Since the Constitution does not authorize the federal government… more »

The TSA's Porn Cartel

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute September 3, 2012 The 2012 Republican Party platform calls for ?[c]urrent laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity ?to be vigorously enforced.? That pornography is a soul-destroying vice is incontestable. Whe… more »

State-Licensed Human Trafficking

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute August 31, 2012 With prisons overflowing in Idaho, the state department of correction chartered a private jet to transport 120 inmates to the Kit Carson Correctional Center in Burlington, Colorado. That prison, like the I… more »

The Drug War Is No Longer Metaphorical

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute August 30, 2012 When did the United States Congress declare war on Guatemala? According to the Associated Press, 200 United States Marines are now engaged in combat operations along Guatemala?s Pacific coast. They are p… more »

"Zero Tolerance" Hits Bottom -- And Starts to Dig

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute August 29, 2012 San Antonio,Texasis known to millions as the home of theAlamo? a monument to principled defiance of a tyrannical government. On August 27, the city will be the scene of a small but significant protest in… more »

Travelers in the VIPR's Nest

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute August 28, 2012 The heavily armed, black-clad figures stalking bus and train stations in New Jersey weren?t deployed in response to a specific threat. Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo explained that the VIPR te… more »

Forcing Schoolchildren to Take "The Mark"?

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Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute August 27, 2012 San Antonio, Texas is known to millions as the home of the Alamo ? a monument to principled defiance of a tyrannical government. On August 27, the city will be the scene of a small but significant protes… more »