Hornberger's Blog

Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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Hornberger’s Blog, August 2005

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005 Maybe it’s too much to hope for rational economic thinking among Louisiana and Mississippi government officials, but residents in those hurricane-stricken areas ought to hope that their politicians don’t follow the lead of Hawaii politicians and bureaucrats, who recently imposed price controls on gasoline, which will inevitably produce shortages, long lines, angry tempers, and ...

Hornberger’s Blog, July 2005

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Saturday, July 30, 2005 I wonder if Martha Stewart, whom the feds convicted and punished for lying to a federal bureaucrat even though she wasn’t under oath at the time she supposedly lied, noticed the latest news about President Bush’s nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. In conjunction with his ratification hearings, Bolton was ...

Hornberger’s Blog, June 2005

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Thursday, June 30, 2005 Have you ever noticed that the august members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who are forever proposing a flag-burning amendment to the Constitution, never propose a Constitution-burning amendment along the same lines? You know — as in making it illegal to burn your own private copy of the Constitution, just as they want to make ...

Hornberger’s Blog, May 2005

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 U.S. officials might be prematurely celebrating the death of Musab al Zarqawi, given a tape on which Zarqawi describes his wounds as minor. The Zarqawi saga evidences the ease by which federal officials can mold the minds of people to adopt new official enemies whose death would supposedly bring “victory” in Iraq and in the ...

Hornberger’s Blog, April 2005

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Saturday, April 30, 2005 One of the interesting twists of fate in Iraq involves Bush versus Bush with respect to the regime that would rule Iraq. After U.S. military forces under Bush I ousted Saddams forces from Kuwait in the Persian Gulf intervention, Bush I encouraged the Shiites and the Kurds to revolt. However, U.S. officials ultimately decided to stand aside ...

Hornberger’s Blog, March 2005

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Thursday, March 31, 2005 According to the Pioneer Press, Dan Gartrell, a former Head Start teacher at Red Lake High School in Minnesota, said public-school student killer Jeff Weise “would have been just fine if teachers ‘had time to greet students in the morning, easing them through conflicts since the previous day that may be getting them down.’ He ...

Hornberger’s Blog, February 2005

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Monday, February 28, 2005 U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty, who is representing the government in the Abu Ali case (the case in which U.S. officials kept U.S. citizen Abu Ali in a Saudi jail for 20 months), should be given a special federal medal for audaciousness. Responding to Abu Ali’s claims of torture, McNulty stated in official court ...

Hornberger’s Blog, January 2005

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Monday, January 31, 2005 While President Bush and the Pentagon continue their march around the world establishing “democracy” through military invasions and occupations, Americans would be wise to focus on democracy at home. For example, yesterday’s New York Times reports that the CIA, which consists of secret, unelected bureaucrats whose power is virtually omnipotent, is refusing to comply with ...

Hornberger’s Blog, December 2004

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Friday, December 31, 2004 In today’s FFF Email Update, we link to an interesting article in the drug-war section entitled “A Taste of the System” which details one of the perverse consequences of the “war on terrorism” and the “war on drugs.” John Perry Barlow, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, checked ...

Hornberger’s Blog, November 2004

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Tuesday, November 30, 2004 The last few weeks have not been kind to sons of prominent bureaucrats. First, Howard Stern brought to public attention that Michael Powell, the head of the FCC, the American version of the Taliban’s Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue, is the son of Colin Powell. But both Michael Powell and ...

Hornberger’s Blog, October 2004

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October 30, 2004 Like a bad dream, Osama bin Laden is back, having released a videotape stating that terrorism against the United States is rooted in U.S. government foreign policy in the Middle East rather than in hatred for America’s “freedom and values.” This is also what the CIA agent “Anonymous” emphasizes in his recent book ...

Hornberger’s Blog, September 2004

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September 30, 2004 Our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is back in the news. The city has just agreed to use its taxing power to plunder and loot D.C. residents to line the pockets of the baseball owners who have graciously agreed to bring the Montreal Expos to D.C. Never mind that that America’s premier “model city” has schools that are ...
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