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When the letter of the law becomes more important than the spirit of the law, injustice is what one will find in the Justice System
Florida man Ryan Holle is currently serving his 11th year of a life sentence, even with no prior criminal record.
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I discovered my new addiction. I can't stop playing. I've had 1 1024 and 2 512s but couldn't get them together before I lost. :-( 
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Scary concept of what location data mining could lead to if we don't demand that govt remain limited in what it can access about us. The term "police state" seems almost an understatement.
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+Tom Woods Not sure if you'd ever read this, but I have a question for your upcoming interview with Judge +Andrew P. Napolitano:

While the Snowden spying scandal has certainly been covered (at least superficially) by the news, one thing I haven't heard nearly enough about is the gag orders placed on companies and even specific employees. I've even heard claims that specific technical employees were presented with threatened or given gag orders that would prohibit them from even informing their bosses about granting govt agencies access to company data?

Can you talk a bit about the veracity of such claims and if true, speak to what legal authority these agencies claim grants them the ability to literally reverse the 1st amendment and prohibit speech?
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 What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. -Salman Rushdie

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. -George Bernard Shaw

The true test of a free society in terms of freedom of speech is not whether popular and “responsible” speech is protected from government assault but instead whether the most vile and despicable speech receives such protection. After all, even in North Korea people are free to publish popular and “responsible” materials. People have freedom of speech only when government is prohibited from suppressing the most unpopular and irresponsible forms of speech. -Jacob Hornberger
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Rachel Maddow takes Obama to task over his proposal for new (completely unconstitutional) legal framework to indefinitely detain potential threats.

Kudos to Rachel for criticizing her own side. Well done.
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Is it good or bad that I watched the video, didn't really understand what they were saying and didn't realize until the banner at the end that it was all women?  I don't know if that's a good thing and  says I don't focus on gender or a bad thing that I didn't even notice it was exclusively women.
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For those of you that say that libertarians are just embarrassed Republicans who are every bit as partisan as others, let me point out an instance where I agree with Justices Bader-Ginsberg, Sotamayor and Kagen.
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A while back, I talked with a conservative about immigration reform. We talked for several hours and were able to agree to a set of policies that we felt were a good compromise. With some of the suggestions being put forward recently by the two major parties, I personally think this would be a better approach.  

But I would like to hear what others think of the proposals. 

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Yes, the welfare aspect is a large concern. A welfare state and open borders do not mix well. However, it feels like you're (dis)missing the post's penultimate point of restricting federal welfare from applying to non-citizens. If non-citizens were ineligible for any FEDERAL welfare, would that help assuage your concerns any? As I see it, this is not only more in line with a decentralized, federalist, Constitutional, 10th amendment perspective of governance, but also blocks the greatest source of moral hazard (federal welfare programs) while still leaving states and localities able to determine what type of welfare (if any) they wish to provide for non-citizens.

Plus, by lowering the barriers to enter legally, is it not likely that we would see far more legal, taxpaying immigrants?

And yes, borders demarcate different govt jurisdictional boundaries. But again, crossing one, in and of itself, is not directly harming anyone.
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