Hating Energy Dependence, Not Loving Energy Independence

Hating Energy Dependence, Not Loving Energy Independence.

I worked on this piece on and off from November 30th to January 21st. I wrote the bulk of it on the first day, and most of the editing since then had been cosmetic. It is somewhat related to a project I was helping a friend with, although that is not the reason I wrote it. This piece originally appeared on January 21st at Notes on Liberty, where it was my first for that blog.

WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT ENERGY DEPENDENCE?

Contrary to what one might be led to think, energy independence need not be the opposite of energy (inter)dependence. Likewise, contrary to what many advocates of free markets and free trade will say, energy dependence (perhaps not their choice of words), is not a good thing. Energy interdependence certainly can be a good thing, but in today’s world I can’t agree that every instance of it always is. Continue reading

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TAC Action Alert for Montana: Nullify the NDAA

TAC Action Alert for Montana: Nullify the NDAA.

The Tenth Amendment Center has an Action Alert for the State of Montana. You can see that here. There is a bill that needs cosponsors by tomorrow at noon, so if you live in Montana and are interested contact your representative via the link provided. The bill is intended to nullify, in the State of Montana, the Indefinite Detention Provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Nullification may seem silly and ineffective right now. But when your Congressmen and Senators can’t get the legislation right (preferably by not writing any new legislation, but yeah right) it is the next line of defense. Continue reading

Where Does the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Really Come From?

Where Does the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Really Come From?

Most gun rights advocates, even the ones who know that government is not the creator of rights, would say that the Second Amendment is where the right to keep and bear arms comes from. And you would think that we could, for the sake of argument, and because we know that most of them believe that rights are endowed by the Creator and all men are created equal, etc., etc., just drop the issue that they are technically incorrect about the idea that our legal right come from the Second Amendment, because we are all on the same side (on this issue). Right? Continue reading

So He Had Two Wallets Then?

So He Had Two Wallets Then?.

There is no reason to shed a tear for Christopher Dorner, who was probably killed in the cabin the LAPD burned to the ground. But whether justice was served or not is open to debate. And if it wasn’t, don’t be too hasty to dry your eyes. We all know he was an emotionally unstable man with a propensity for violence. But it should be equally known that there was never any intention to arrest and convict this man. Maybe it is because it was too dangerous (though some have said they could have starved him out or used tear gas, et cetera), or maybe the LAPD didn’t want him to make allegations of corruption and abuse in the police department. Who knows? That is not what I am here to talk about. I only want to bring up a discrepancy I have noticed. It’s even on Dorner’s wikipedia page, though I noticed it first through my own observation and analysis of two conflicting  reports. Continue reading

Great Facts About an Even Greater System

Great Facts About an Even Greater System.

If you want to nullify a bad law, you probably have to lie under oath. And if you want to get kicked out of the courtroom, then so long as you know and approve of the purpose of a jury (not to convict criminals, per se, but to prevent the conviction of non-criminals), all you have to do is tell the truth. That is the Justice System, both criminal and civil, as it pertains to the average citizen from whom the state requires reciprocity.

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Jury Duty Tomorrow Morning

Jury Duty Tomorrow Morning.

My person has been commandeered for the purposes of deliberating on the facts and the law of a case, of which I have not been fully informed of all the details. I am fully informed of my rights/duty, however. I wrote a great piece over here that I hope you will check out. There are two polls for you to vote in as well. It would be nice if everyone voted before tomorrow morning, but it would still be cool if the votes still trickled in throughout the week. Even if I don’t base my decision on what the voters want, it would be nice to know what people think, even after the fact.