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Authority Elbows In At The Libertarian Party National Convention

Tomorrow, the 2014 national convention of the Libertarian Party will begin. For a Libertarian convention, the convention looks tightly focused on rules and regulations. The first several events are:

Training Bylaws Committee Meeting Credentials Committee Meeting Convention Registration & Delegate Credentialing

They’re Libertarians, so why can’t they all just agree to show up, and then […]

Are Women Men’s Transferrable Property? Tradition Says Yes.

Do you yearn for a return to “traditional values”? Consider this essay from the Chalcedon Foundation:

I’ve been Daddy’s girl from Day One. My first word was “Dada.” I’ve always wanted to do what Daddy was doing, go where Daddy was going, read what Daddy was reading, say what Daddy was saying…. Little wonder people […]

Not the Voice of God You’re Hearing? Sound Check!

A friend who participates in a Facebook group called the “Christian Left” shared this image with me the other day. I wonder if my friend has read the Bible lately. Consider the acts of God and the commands by the voice of God in these books of the Bible:

Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy […]

Argument From Oliver Wendell Authority

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1927

So said the long-serving, widely respected Supreme Court justice. Can’t you just hear that basso profundo. Cast James Earl Jones for the reenactment. Cast Morgan Freeman.

“It would be strange if it could not call upon those who […]

Obama vs. Obama on the "Choice" Between Security and Freedom

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on December 15, 2005, proposing reforms to the Patriot Act:

“A few years before I even arrived in the Senate, I began hearing concerns from people of every background and political leaning that this law, the very purpose of which was to protect us, was also threatening to violate […]

The Evolution of a Quote: Misconceived, Misattributed, Misconstrued

Yesterday a professional contact of mine shared the following message on Facebook:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an […]

Government Collecting Too Much Information About You? Party Followers Change Answer based on who is President

From the Pew Research Center’s American Values Survey:

When a Republican is in the White House, Democrats are more concerned than Republicans about the prying eyes of big government.

When a Democrat is in the White House, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats about the prying eyes of big government.

My authority figure is […]

Finally, the White House Features Comment on Pepper Spray attacks against Protesters

Today, the White House has broken its silence regarding pepper spray attacks against peaceful protesters — but it isn’t what you might think. No, your President Barack Obama still has not uttered a word in response to the widespread and unprovoked use of pepperspray as an instrument of pain and torment to force Americans to […]

American Surveillance System Run By Rulebreakers and Cheats

I’ve had just about enough with all this second-guessing of our leaders. Yes, the U.S. Government is putting an increasing number of innocent Americans’ activities under surveillance. But what you have to understand is that our leaders have our best interests at heart. They must have a good reason to be doing what they’re doing. […]

Strobel’s The Case for Christ: Inconsistent Appeals to Authority

A while back a reader here suggested Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ, as a compelling book — the very reason why she, a self-described highly rational patent official, turned from skepticism to Christianity. I responded to this appeal by committing to read the book cover to cover, and that’s what I’m doing now.

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The Ted Haggard Coverup Story Is Bigger Than Ted Haggard’s Schlong

To most of the media outlets covering the latest revelations surrounding Ted Haggard and the New Life Church of Colorado Springs, the big news story is that Ted Haggard turned out to be noodling around, not just with Mike Jones, but with yet another young man, in what appears to be a rather pushy manner. […]