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If We're Going To Respect Gay Rights, Can We Start Respecting All Rights?

This tweet sent out by the office of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ironic given Mayor Bloomberg’s hositilty to the right of the people to buy large sodas and own guns: In the history of the United States, no law limiting the rights of a particular class of people has ever stood the test

Study: Federal Regulations Have Made America 72% Poorer

Government up to a certain point can be a boon to an economy. Laws that protect our rights, and provide a legal process for settling disputes, allow for a stable environment in which commerce can flourish. Beyond a certain point, government is a burden. And a new study from economists John Dawson at Appalachian State

Bad News For Democrats: Former Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords Coming To North Dakota

Former Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords was forced to leave Congress after she was shot by a deranged man in Tucson. Now she’s on a multi-state tour aimed at chastising members of Congress who voted against gun control. “Our intention is not to chastise people,” Giffords aide Pia Carusone told Politico, but rather to “draw attention to

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

The Supreme Court today struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a Clinton-era federal law which disallowed the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage and also prohibited inter-state recognition of the same. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court found that the federal government cannot take away rights under the law that the states have

President Obama Is Asking For Trust In A Government That Hasn't Earned It

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about government, it’s that the power it has tends to get abused. We can talk about recent scandals (the IRS targeting conservatives) or old ones (the IRS targeting Nixon’s enemies, the spying on the civil rights movement, etc., etc.), but we know it happens. So it’s cold comfort when

Chancellor Shirvani Blasts Minot State, UND And NDSU President In Evaluations

Chancellor Hamid Shirvani may be on his way out the door, but per his contract buy out agreement he’s still in-office until the middle of July, and he had some choice words for some of the university system’s presidents on the way out the door. Specifically, he’s requested full evaluations for the leadership of Minot

Republican Senator Pretty Sure We Aren't Going To Have To Start Censoring Mail Yet

The operative word, of course, is yet. That from a guy who is already on the record suggesting that bloggers might not have 1st amendment rights, and that you shouldn’t be worried about the NSA tracking your phone call as long as you’re not talking to terrorists. Responding to reporters’ questions about the National Security

Valedictorian Has His Mic Cut Off After Mentioning Religion In Commencement Speech

A similar story about a valedictorian at a South Carolina high school ripping up his speech and delivering the Lord’s Prayer, in defiance of school policy, got a lot of reaction on the reader blogs. Today comes another story about a valedictorian in Texas who got his mic cut off after he diverged from his

72% Of Americans Think Gay Marriage Is Inevitable, Including 60% Of Those Who Oppose It

“According to the Pew Research Center’s latest poll, 72 percent of Americans say legal recognition of gay marriage is coming,” writes Scott Shackford for Reason. “It doesn’t necessarily mean they support it. Almost 60 percent of those who oppose recognition of same-sex marriages think it’s inevitable anyway.” Pew’s research goes much further, though, showing significant

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