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Doug Bandow Has a Stupid Beard

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Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and he has a stupid beard.

Just look at that thing, what a stupid beard. I bet that beard can't do basic mathematics or know when to use your, you're or yore. It can't even finish the Monday crossword puzzles, is the reason we have warning labels on everything, and even likes Jay Leno. What a dumb, stupid beard.

On the other hand, Bandow himself is a pretty smart guy, at least when it comes to the age old American right to be a jerk (demonstrated above).

A lot gets lost in the debate over freedom of speech, especially in the context of threats of terrorism and the need to protect our liberties away, but Bandow's latest article strikes at the real meat of the question:

Terrorism may pose the greatest threat currently facing America. Not the possibility of being killed in a terrorist attack. Rather, the possibility of losing basic constitutional liberties.

That says it pretty well, but since a lot of people need to hear things more than one time and in more than one way to understand them, here's some more:

[T]o allow fear to justify the abrogation of Americans’ constitutional liberties would threaten what makes America worth protecting.  Indeed, the First Amendment sets the U.S. apart from the rest of the world.  Canada and many European nations long have sacrificed free speech to political correctness.  It is a new form of tyranny, in which people cannot argue about important political, religious, moral, and cultural controversies if doing so might offend the majority or, more often, an influential minority.

Or, to put it more simply, it's life and liberty, not life then liberty if no one in the world gets mad.

[Forbes]

Pro Boozo

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This Cinco de Mayo, the McDivitt Law Firm in Colorado Springs will by paying the cab fare for anyone too drunk to drive themselves home.

Cinco de Mayo is commonly believed to be Mexican Independence Day, but the truth is, the annual celebration commemorates the day on which Americans of Anglo and German ancestry realized that Latin Americans also like to drink copious amounts of cervesa, and we all finally started to get along.

The free cab service will run from 7pm on May 5th until 3am May 6th. Passengers need only tell the driver that McDivitt is picking up the tab to receive a free ride to any residence (sorry, not to another bar) within the Colorado Springs city limits.

McDivitt launched its first Safe and Sober program for New Years 2007/08 and has since provided over 5000 free cab rides. The firm often represents victims of drunk driving accidents, which means the program will cut into its pool of future candidates. It also means that McDivitt probably actually cares, and does more for the public good than your 20 hours of pro bono.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

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The worst problem an attorney can have is no clients calling.

The second worst problem an attorney can have is clients calling.

Read all about Namby Pamby's adventures with disembodied voices here: Can You Hear Me Now?

Florida Extends Waiting Period for Minors' Abortions

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Florida minors will now have to wait an extra day before getting 97% 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood.

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that would give judges 3 business days to decide whether to issue a judicial bypass allowing a minor to get an abortion without parental consent, imposing a de facto waiting period for any judge who chooses to use the full time. The current law gives judges a 2 day time limit.

This actually amounts to more than a one day delay. It increases the odds of the decision going across a weekend by 50%.  Assuming judges take the full amount of time, and that minors apply for a judicial bypass equally on every day of the week, the wait time would be 2.8 days under the current law. Under the new law, that time would be 4.2 days. We didn't factor in federal holidays because that would be too much work, but you get the point.

The new law will also require the bypasses be obtained within the judicial circuit the minor lives in. At present they can travel to neighboring circuits.

[Miami Herald]

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