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Happy Hour Guys profile Free the Hops! and the J. Clyde: Update on Freddy’s: Barring a miracle, the saloon will be demolished so some fatcats can have a new arena. Freddy’s supporters staged a protest and last hurrah. RIP. PA Keystone LCB Kops raid bars for illegal beers on anonymous tip. Update These raids illustrate [...]

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre when the Chinese state violently ended weeks of peaceful protests for democratic reform and killed hundreds of its own citizens for daring to speak out against repression. Even though most of us let this day pass unnoticed, the Chinese state has not forgotten and remains [...]

Here’s a good video from Reason.tv: More. Almost anything would be preferable to the current code. How about a flat tax of 2 percent or a federal sales tax of 1 percent? Previous tax day posts here and here. Heading down to the Birmingham-area Tea Party at 6:30. Hope to see you there. A brief [...]

Booking Blagojevich

Ok, so the title’s misleading. Blago has not yet been brought to justice for attempted simony (in the loose sense of buying/selling power). But since I’m just now getting around to reading Freakonomics (available here), I thought that the passage below was pretty interesting. It’s from page 159 in the economics of parenting chapter. The [...]

North Korea exposed

A couple of months ago, my friend Yun and I watched National Geographic’s undercover investigation into North Korea. Traveling under the guise of a medical team, Lisa Ling and her team documented the bizarre, totalitarian culture that is forcibly maintained in North Korea. It is a heartbreaking look at how some of the world’s poorest [...]

So, several of my friends in DC decided awhile ago that they would celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s contributions to sweet, sweet liberty by organizing a flashmob dance party (I would say flashdance, but that has other connotations) for the 265th anniversary of his birth and hold it at the Jefferson Memorial natch. Dubbed the Thomas Jefferson [...]

Previous post on Alabama’s courageous Representative Cam Ward’s efforts to stop this awful piece of legislation here. The Alabama effort to oppose Real ID from the grassroots is at: NO2REALID.org. Please support this effort in any way you can. As noted in that earlier post, the deadline for states to kowtow to Washington’s Real ID [...]

Best sentence I read today: “Security is always a trade-off.” From Bruce Schneier’s article on maintaining an open wireless network. Via TLF. Real ID mission creep. Also via TLF. Fourth Amendment? What Fourth Amendment? Via Nikki. This has the potential for serious abuse, but I can think of some useful and even therapeutic uses, such [...]

Wei Wenhua, RIP

Starkly illustrating the importance of freedom of the press and the ability of citizens to film public officials carrying out their official duties, Wei Wenhua, a Chinese blogger, was beaten to death by a mob of 50 municipal officials after attempting to film a confrontation between the officials and local villagers over the dumping of [...]

Hello Lenin!

It’s been awhile since I did any Leninblogging, but this story was too good to pass up. Scientists trekking across a little visited part of Antarctica have discovered a bizarre relic of the Soviet Union is dominating the South Pole of Inaccessibility. In the middle of no-where – literally the point on Antarctica furthest from [...]