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Faces Veiled, Fallacies Unveiled

A real-life politician has admitted to having been wrong, even going so far as to dismiss his own previous comment as “stupid.” He wasn’t abject about it — didn’t “apologize.” He simply explained how and why he had erred. This . . . from a presidential contender. No, it wasn’t






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Human Interest Story

“Local Moralist Doing His Part to End Income Inequality” Click below for high resolution version of this image: Mugger photo by Flikr user cometstarmoon  






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Junk the Law

Would your favorite presidential candidate force women to register for the military draft? A federal court case, National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System, is bouncing around the Ninth Circuit. It challenges the male-only draft registration program as discriminatory against men. Thirty-five years ago, when yours truly was fighting






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Law in the Tooth

Why did Dr. Ben Burris give up his orthodontic license? Where did he go wrong? Dr. Burris broke the law. He flagrantly violated the hallowed precepts of the Arkansas Dental Practices Act. Let me rinse and spit out the truth: This dentist illegally cleaned people’s teeth. Not just once —






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Subsidizing Illegal Aliens

In The Mouse That Roared, a 1955 comic novel by Leonard Wibberley, a tiny English-speaking country in Europe loses market share for its only export, a wine label, to a cheap American knock-off. Seeking compensation for the loss, the duchy decides to do the only rational thing: declare war on






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Forfeiting Forfeiture

“The Department of Justice announced [last] week that it’s suspending a controversial program that allows local police departments to keep a large portion of assets seized from citizens under federal law and funnel it into their own coffers,” reports the Washington Post. The Feds call the paused program “equitable sharing”;






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Do-It-Yourself Policing

While crime was plummeting throughout the country, last year New Orleans experienced a surge — rapes up 39 percent and armed robberies up 37 percent. Having reduced its police force by 500 officers due to budget problems, the Big Easy called in Louisiana State Troopers to assist a force “historically






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Anti-Gun Barrage

America’s would-be gun-grabbers, chiefly in the media and “on the left,” don’t know much about guns. But they know what they hate. After the horrific terrorist shooting spree in San Bernardino, MSNBC and CNN went on a shooting-their-mouths-off spree, relentlessly pushing the need for stricter gun control. President Barack Obama






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Government Burglars

If you try to compare those police who take people’s money and property through civil asset forfeiture laws to burglars, who rob folks in more traditional ways, you are just not being fair. To the burglars. The Institute for Justice recently released an updated Policing for Profit report showing that






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Equitable Stealing?

Is freedom a simple matter of drafting a lofty document about respecting the rights of citizens? Alas, no. Our Constitution does that, as does Turkey’s and, for that matter, so did the now-defunct Soviet Constitution. Obviously, vigilance is also required. Keeping powerful government agencies respectful of the law — our






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Our Innocent Stuff

The Institute for Justice’s new report, Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture, details a “big and growing problem” that “threatens basic rights to property and due process.” Through both criminal and civil forfeiture laws, governments can seize property used in — or the proceeds of — a






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Candid Camera

Support for criminal justice reform, especially the common sense use of body cameras for police, marks a bright spot for the Obama Administration. Or so I thought. The president has called on local police to don the video devices. He has even offered $75 million of his own hard-earned money






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