God Bless the Scots!

A Scottish brewery has produced the strongest beer in the world, Tactical Nuclear Penguin.

“This beer is about pushing boundaries. It is about achieving something which has never before been done … ,” said  James Watt, head of the company, BrewDog. “This beer is bold, irreverent and uncompromising.”

So naturally, this story from the Scottish News is focuses on the whining from “health chiefs.”

World’s strongest beer sparks fury | The Sun |Home Scotland|Scottish News.

Libertarianism for Non-Libertarians

In January, I hope to publish the first issue of Liberty Point, an independent quarterly newsletter devoted to promoting practical and principled politics for libertarians. It will be a complement and companion to the ideas I promote on this blog.

Liberty Point will offer libertarian activists and candidates another resource for running practical and principles campaigns, presenting the uncompromising libertarian argument, while using terms and language which  the voting public. The key concepts will be that: All politics are local and politics is an art, not a science.

Articles and columns will come from North Carolina libertarians, as well as from people in other groups that share a common interest or cause with libertarians.The purpose will be to appeal to both libertarian and non-libertarian readership.

Read more about Liberty Point below. But the bottom line is that I need people to subscribe. Subscriptions will be $5.00 per year, for a quarterly publication. Liberty Point will be mailed to subscribers, but in addition we will use a ad hoc, grassroots distribution system. Additional copies will be provided to be dropped in — waiting rooms, DMV offices, bus and train stations, airport lounges — anywhere people have to wait.

If after reading this you want to support this project, go to http://groups.google.com/group/libertypoint to subscribe. And starting writing your article.!

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Without Power There Can Be No Corruption

Op Ed from North Carolinians for Free and Proper Elections
by Brian Irving

Just as predictable as the media’s “gotcha” coverage whenever a politician gets caught cheating or stealing is the inevitable call by political reform groups for more laws to prevent such abuse in the future and for “better” ways of financing campaigns. They ignore warning from our nations Founders’ who understood that the more corrupt a State the more it legislates.

We certainly do need honest and moral people with integrity to run for office. We certainly should applaud and support those elected officials who are honest and keep their hands out of the cookie jar.
It’s pointless – and disingenuous –  however to propose that forcing taxpayers to fund political campaigns they don’t agree with will promote honesty. Compelling anyone to pay for something they oppose is not just dishonest and corrupt, it is immoral.

Corruption stems not from lobbyists money but from taxpayer money. As long as government isn’t limited in what it can spend your money on there will always be people who will find a way to get the politicians to spend it on them.

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Cost of 'free' healthcare

As the Democrats rush to ram the healthcare “reform” bill through Congress this weekend, I am reminded of these immortal words of that great American prophet, P.J. O’Rourke:

“If you think health care is expensive now, just wait and see what it costs when its free.”

Governor does the math

Governor Perdue is finally putting one of the skills she developed as a teacher to work – mathematics. She’s correcting the Department of Corrections basic math used to determine the release date for 27 inmates convicted or rape and murder. Apparently they can’t add or subtract very well.

It is unfortunate the “Education Governor” didn’t use her math skills when writing the state budget; even my third grader granddaughter knows you can’t spend more money then you have.

Beitler for U.S. Senate

Stop the madness

Dr. Michael Beitler has announced he’s seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010.

“I want you to know, I am committed to abolishing Federal programs and agencies, not to creating new ones,” Beitler told about 100 supporters gathered for the announcement at the PTI Airport Marriott Hotel Thursday.

“Big government is causing more problems than it is claiming to fix,” he said. “Federal Government’s spending is out of control. Total reported – and unreported – Federal Government debt has taken us to the point of no-return.”

“It’s time to stop the madness,” Beitler said. He said the time has come to stop talking in terms of reducing the budgets of various government programs and agencies.

“The time has come to abolish entire Federal programs and agencies,” Beitler said. Noting that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) has become know as “Dr. No” in the U.S. House of Representatives, Beitler said he wants to be known as “Dr. Abolish” in the U.S. Senate.

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Things I simple don't understand

Some things that happen in government I simply do not understand. The News & Observer reported on the passage of two bills in the NC House yestereday, both sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake). Both passed nearly unanimously — yet Rep.Weiss was listed as an “excused absence.” Did she have a note from her mother?

Another odd thing with local zoing rules. I live in the Containment Area (Cary). Dog owners have to pick up after their pets do their business. I supposed it is in the interest of the environment. Yet they pick up the stuff in plastic bags. Yet the geese and ducks, who are “protected species” leave their offerings everywhere and anywhere.

Then there are the bill titles that called “Freedom of Choice” Acts which actually limit choice.  Don’t get me started on that.

Lawyers say the darndest things

Bernard Madof will plead guilty to 11 felonies and the 70-year old could be sentenced to 150 years in jail.  But Jerry Reisman, the lawyer for the people he ripped off, said, “”I will tell you my clients are outraged by his being able to escape with a guilty plea.”

What do they want? Make Madof their indentured servant for life? Put him in the stocks in downtown Raleigh?