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The Senate judiciary commitee of New Hampshire has voted against a bill that would decriminalize possession of up to one-quarter of an ounce of the drug. That represents the end of the marijuana decriminalization efforts in that state, for now. It also demonstrates that public opinion (about 60% of NH residents support decriminalization) is not necessarily enough to move stodgy old lawmakers out of touch with reality.

New Hampshire, whose official motto is “Live free or Die”, is one of the most libertarian states in the US. It has no sales tax, no state tax and no public schooling mandates. It is also the only American state without mandatory seat belt and helmet laws. For all these reasons, it is the state chosen by the Free State Project as the destination for all liberty-loving people.

However, as the marijuana episode reminds us, NH still has a long way to go.

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Yes, thats the Ariel Atom for you. At $35,000, it is much, much cheaper than the other fancy sports cars around. And it beats them all in speed.

I would love to own one. Wouldn’t you?

(Link via Instapundit)

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From a CNN news story:

Like hundreds of young men joining the Army in recent years, Jeremy Hall professes a desire to serve his country while it fights terrorism.

But the short and soft-spoken specialist is at the center of a legal controversy. He has filed a lawsuit alleging he’s been harassed and his constitutional rights have been violated because he doesn’t believe in God. The suit names Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

“I’m not in it for cash,” Hall said. “I want no one else to go what I went through.”

Known as “the atheist guy,” Hall has been called immoral, a devil worshipper and — just as severe to some soldiers — gay, none of which, he says, is true.

Link.

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Buoyed by its Supreme Court success on the reservation issue, the Indian government now wants to introduce quotas in private educational institutions as well.

I quote from the report in the Telegraph (emphasis mine) :

The Centre plans to table a bill to introduce quotas and control fees in private higher education institutes in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Aided and unaided private higher education institutes, including management schools, will be covered. But private unaided minority-run institutions will be exempt from the proposed law.

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It’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense. I dont have anything additional to say. It’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, I don’t have anything more to say….it’s nonsense. I reject it categorically.

John McCain’s take on his endorser Rev. John Hagee’s remarks that Hurricane Katrina was punishment for the gays and sins’of New Orleans.

Well, I can’t fault McCain on that one!

(Link via Andrew Sullivan)

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I discovered this really cool site today. Among other things, it allows you to upload your favourite piece of music, edit it to make a customized ringtone and then download it to your phone.

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One of the rare economic issues in which I support Obama’s stance. A gas tax-holiday, at this stage, is little more than a populist gimmick. It is bad fiscal policy, bad energy policy, bad environmental policy and — as previous experience shows — will do little to provide consumer relief.

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