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Billyrock caged, charges unknown

By William R. Toler Anarchist activist and libertarian femme fatale Amanda Billyrock will be sitting in a cage this weekend. According to Ademo Freeman of Cop Block, Billyrock was socializing with him and others when she was arrested. He says … Continue reading

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Medical cannabis advocate arrested

By William R. Toler Medical cannabis activist Robert Dorr wanted to get arrested. Wednesday night, he got his wish. His brother tells the Independent Register that Dorr was arrested Wednesday evening and is, at the time of this writing, in … Continue reading

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Too many in the dark on sunshine laws

By Corey Friedman Leaders don’t always need legislative victories to sweep aside inconvenient laws. Sometimes, a misinformed majority is all it takes. From the governor’s mansion to a town hall in our own backyard, elected executives have decided they can … Continue reading

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Prohibition isn’t over…but it should be

By William R. Toler Eighty years ago, Congress decided to appeal a constitutional amendment with another constitutional amendment ending the nationwide ban on alcohol. The thirteen-year dry spell is known as and referred to as prohibition. And that ended. Well…sort … Continue reading

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Town should strive for open government

By Corey Friedman As prominent voices join the chorus of concerned residents, it must be getting mighty difficult for Middlesex commissioners to keep plugging their ears.  Officials have thus far refused to seek Attorney General Roy Cooper’s opinion on whether … Continue reading

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Boston police attempt to intimidate blogger

By William R. Toler To paraphrase Carlos Miller, the Glik decision doesn’t seem to be worth the paper it’s written on…or the $170,000 settlement that resulted from it. In the 2011 case brought up in the First Circuit Court of … Continue reading

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The jaded few

By Sarah Snider It seems to me that with all the changes happening in our world, you come across folks who are either really passionate about one side or the other, or those who can’t seem to muster up the … Continue reading

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Ramblings on redistribution

By Eric Voliva How can you discuss freedom with someone who believes they have a right to claim part of your labor, your intellectual property, the sum of your effort and ingenuity? Not talking about taxation specifically, but about individuals … Continue reading

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Bearcats on the prowl in ENC

By William R. Toler Eastern North Carolina could see a few Bearcats roaming the streets in the near future. No, it’s not a panther on steroids. It’s a military-style assault vehicle, a species which is multiplying in cities and small … Continue reading

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Learn, teach the Constitution’s message of freedom

By Corey Friedman A senseless act of terror that killed three people and injured more than 250 others could lead to limits on individual rights that make the “land of the free” less so. A survey gauging Americans’ awareness of … Continue reading

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To spray or not to spray for mosquitoes?

By Corey Friedman A few minutes down the road from Wilson County — the home of this year’s first confirmed West Nile virus case in North Carolina — there’s a town with something of a mosquito problem. Robert Johnson, an … Continue reading

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NC medical cannabis grower raided

By William R. Toler Last Thursday, men with guns broke into Todd Stimson’s home to steal plants. Stimson says he was brushing his teeth when he noticed police cars from the bathroom window. As he was going out to meet … Continue reading

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Sweepstakes halls face a catch-22

By Corey Friedman Video sweepstakes halls operating in the city of Wilson have the worst of both worlds. On one hand, city officials will charge the businesses $1,000 for each computer monitor, a nuisance fee of sorts for the high … Continue reading

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Reporter arrest at NAACP protest raises questions

By Corey Friedman Police raised thorny legal questions this week when they arrested a newspaper reporter covering an NAACP-led protest at the North Carolina General Assembly. Tim Funk, a religion writer for the Charlotte Observer, was charged with trespassing and … Continue reading

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New York bill would make it a crime to ‘annoy’ police

By William R. Toler Those elected to allegedly serve the interests of “the people” in the State of New York, as usual are working on a bill to protect some of their own: the police. According to WIVB, legislators in … Continue reading

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