Castro Pot Bust Goes Awry, Law Professor Converts, Threatens to Sue

One year ago, I wrote in a previous post that virtually everyone believes in freedom — that is, until everyone finds out what freedom actually means. Then almost no one believes in it. Freedom simply means you are left alone: you are neither helped nor hindered. And that’s all it means. Rightwing politicos and leftwing…

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Charity Or Love? A Valentine’s Post

The man named Valentinus (which comes from the Latin valens, meaning “powerful, brave, valiant”) was a martyred Christian of ancient Rome, about whom virtually nothing is known. His name does not appear in the earliest redaction of Christian martyrs (354 AD), and it was Pope Gelasius who first included Valentinus — or Saint Valentine, as…

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Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

Well, it’s Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, and all the garden-variety conservatives are busy touting that. It seems, therefore, appropriate to republish some of the actual facts about Ronald Reagan, who, like virtually all politicians, talked a good game but didn’t deliver. The following is from a post I did December 16th, 2009: It’s high time…

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Second Judge Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

Tad the bartender: Did they shoot your horse? Tom Reagan: If there’s any justice. — Miller’s Crossing (1989) Well, thank goodness, there is still some, Tom. This Monday, January 31st, 2011, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson became the second judge to officially recognize the painfully obvious: namely, that forcing people to buy health insurance is…

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The Five-A-Day Fruits And Vegetables Myth

My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood … — William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (1606) The following might be a little difficult for you to swallow, but I make no apologies: here at rayharvey.org we aim to pulverize all the myths, one slab of baloney at a time. My good…

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Mother Jailed For Attempting To Get Her Child Into A Better School

Government, as everyone knows, holds a monopoly on education in this country, and because of that monopoly, our publicly funded schools operate at a dismal standard — and they do so, moreover, with complete impunity. The following story is for all those who never tire of telling me how great our public institutions are; how…

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Corzo Tequila And Ace Gillett’s

Food-and-drink maven Kristin Mastre just wrote a gorgeous review of the Corzo tequila dinner Ace Gillett’s recently put on, the cocktails for which I crafted especially for the event. Here’s an excerpt of her review: When I first discovered that Ace Gillett’s was hosting a tequila pairing dinner, my heart fluttered with excitement. Not only…

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Newsweek’s Evan Thomas: ‘The Health Care Bill Is A Disaster’

No shit. The only real question here is this: what took you liberals so long to figure it out? And, make no mistake, Evan Thomas is a liberal — about as liberal as they come, as a matter of fact, once even uplifting his hero Barack to the status of a deity. From The Daily…

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The States Versus ObamaCare — By Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi is the attorney general of Florida. In the latest edition of the Wall Street Journal (January 5, 2011), she wrote the following article, which is a rather remarkable article that I think should be read by every American who believes that (a) government has legitimate authority to force each of us to pay…

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A Complete List Of Things Caused By Global Warming

The following site is called the Warmlist, and it has rather painstakingly tracked all the effects actually attributed to global warming climate change “climate chaos.” It will either make you laugh or cry, one or the other: Click-Click For all you folks still on the climate chaos bandwagon, please tell us what you’re thinking, and…

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Global Warming Causes Everything

Here’s an elucidating pair of actual headlines, which should tell you everything you need to know about the (non)issue of “climate change.” Most recently (December 26th, 2010), from none other than Time Magazine: (Link) And then from this beauty of a “global warming” story, which appeared in the March 2000 issue of The Independent:

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Swimming With The Sharks

Let this be a lesson to us all:

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Greatest Christmas Song Evuh: Fairytale Of New York

Written and popularized by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan — formerly of The Pogues — and featuring the mellifluous vocals of the late British singer Kirsty MacColl, who, in December of 2000, was killed in a mysterious boating accident in Mexico, “Fairytale of New York” was released as a single in 1987, and despite lyrics…

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Christmas And Its Origins

Syncretism is a word that means combining or reconciling opposing practices and principles. It is most commonly used in a religious or philosophical context, and as with Easter, Christmas too is syncretic in its origins: a pagan celebration whose provenance long predates Christ’s birth, but which eventually made its way into the Christian mainstream. In…

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Mandatory Health Insurance And Car Insurance — “A Stupid Analogy”

The following article, which I reprint only in part and which destroys the mandatory-car-insurance-mandatory-health-insurance canard, was written by Tibor Machan, who teaches business ethics and general philosophy at Chapman University in Orange, CA: A Stupid Analogy Now that Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Virginia district court ruled that the Obama health care measure violates…

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