Monthly Archives: June 2013

Late Wednesday/Early Thursday Links

– A 30-Second Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You. – The FDA has approved the Plan B morning-after pill for over-the-counter sale without age restrictions. Finally. – Christian pastors in Jamaica are opposing efforts to overturn the nation’s 150-year-old … Continue reading

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10 Years After Lawrence v. Texas, Supreme Court Issues Another Landmark Gay Rights Ruling

In a historic ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, while avoiding a larger ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. The court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the Defense of … Continue reading

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Pro-Choice Filibuster Against Awful Texas Abortion Law Cut Short

An attempt by Texas Democrats to filibuster a controversial proposed abortion law has failed. State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) began her filibuster at about 11 a.m. Tuesday and planned to continue for 13 hours until the midnight deadline for a … Continue reading

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Weekend Links

– Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law a controversial bill that would make it a crime for journalists or anyone else to publicize the names of gun permit holders or applicants. Louisiana lawmakers must believe that the Second Amendment nullifies the First. – … Continue reading

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Late Wednesday Links

– 5 Famous Frivolous Lawsuits That Didn’t Actually Happen. – An Egyptian court has sentenced a Muslim cleric to 11 years in prison for burning a Bible in protest of the film “Innocence of Muslims.” He was able to plead down … Continue reading

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Sex Is Not a Contract: The Case Against Compulsory Parenthood

Should a man who accidentally impregnates a woman be compelled to financially support the resulting child? That’s the question that Laurie Shrage, a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at Florida International University, asks in an essay for The New York … Continue reading

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Wednesday Links

– 5 Conspiracy Theories That Are Shockingly Easy to Debunk. – JFK’s nephew believes in a conspiracy theory…but not the one you would expect. – A 64-year-old Arizona man is suing the City of Surprise after he was arrested and … Continue reading

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Michael Lind’s Response to Libertarian Critics: You’re All In a Cult

Last week columnist Michael Lind wrote an essay for Salon.com in which he asked why there are no libertarian countries. Libertarians–including yours truly—answered him, pointing out that his question was based on a profound misunderstanding of libertarian ideas. Despite the fact that … Continue reading

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Late Wednesday/Early Thursday Links

– 5 Scary Myths You Probably Believe About the Economy. – The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled against a group of landlords and tenants who challenged the city of Red Wing’s rental inspection law, saying that the plaintiffs failed to … Continue reading

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Salon Columnist Asks Why There Are No Libertarian Countries

In a column for Salon.com, “radical centrist” Michael Lind asks why, if the libertarian approach is correct, there are no “libertarian countries”? The short answer to his question of why no country has tried libertarianism is that libertarianism–as a philosophy … Continue reading

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Weekend Links

– The 5 Most Absurdly Petty National Laws Ever Enforced. – Last month, France became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage, leading to anti-gay protests in Paris. Meanwhile, at Cannes, the explicit lesbian love story Blue is the Warmest … Continue reading

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Michele Bachmann’s Greatest Hits

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced this week that she will not be running for re-election in 2014. Good riddance! Bachmann is so batshit crazy she makes all the other wackjobs in the Republican Party look sane and rational by comparison. (I’m talking to you, Rick … Continue reading

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