Tag Archives: California

Judge Gray: Theodore Roosevelt-The Great Patriot

Theodore Roosevelt
The Functional Libertarian Series
November 21, 2013

Today we conclude our short series about classic American patriots with a discussion about Theodore Roosevelt, who was known for his exuberant personality and large range of interests and achievements. For example, he was awarded both the Nobel Peace Prize for having negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War, and, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor for his fighting during the Spanish –American War.… Read more ...

Rick Bronstein: The (Un)affordable Care Act

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The (Un)Affordable Care Act
By Rick Bronstein
November 18, 2013

As more people are learning every day, Obamacare is not the solution to our health insurance needs. As of mid-November over 5 million people have had their insurance cancelled because it does not comply with some of the provisions of the ACA.… Read more ...

Judge Gray Responds to IPR’s Opposing Viewpoints on Policemen As Noble Servants

Cartoon policeman

Judge Jim Gray writes a weekly column called The Functional Libertarian, which we publish here. One of those articles, The Police as Noble Servants , had quite a reaction from many IPR and Facebook readers, so I invited readers to write opposing viewpoints. Three people did, which we published here , and sent along to Judge Gray.Read more ...

Judge Gray: John Adams-Defender of Freedom

John Adams

The Functional Libertarian
November 14, 2013

Our short series on some classic American patriots continues with a focus on John Adams. Fortunately, with the fairly recent publication of David McCullough’s book entitled “John Adams” (Touchstone, 2001), this somewhat crusty but likeable American is finally beginning to be recognized as the hero that he is.… Read more ...

Judge Gray: The Police As Noble Public Servants

Judge Gray

The Functional Libertarian
October 31, 2013

One of the most noble public servant positions in our society is a police officer. These men and women often have difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve. When I was a child my parents drummed into me that “if I was lost I should find a policeman, because they are my friends.” I still believe that, but, unfortunately, we don’t hear those sentiments too often these days.… Read more ...

Judge Gray: George Washington-The American Patriot

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The Functional Libertarian

November 7, 2013



Today begins a short series in this weekly column about some of America’s greatest patriots, and we begin today with probably the greatest: George Washington.

At his funeral oration for George Washington, which was given to both houses of Congress on December 26, 1799, General “Light Horse Harry” Lee famously stated that Washington was “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen.” That was demonstrably true at that time, and it is, or should be, still true today.… Read more ...

Steve Collett: Drug Policy Alliance Offers True Hope and Change

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Steve Collett posted this to his blog just a few days ago . He passed away suddenly over this past weekend.

Love Fest in Denver

Economy, End Drug Prohibition, Human Rights, by Steve Collett.

Drug Policy Alliance Offers True Hope and Change

There is a love fest going on in Colorado right now.… Read more ...

Libertarians Shocked at Sudden Death of CA Activist, Steve Collett


Posted to OC Politics Blog

RIP, L.A. liberty movement leader Steve Collett
By Art Pedroza

Friends of Steve Collett , the noted Libertarian activist, are commenting on his Facebook page that he has apparently passed away. If this is true it would be a great loss for the liberty movement. Reportedly he died at his home in Hermosa Beach, of unknown causes, after returning from the Reform Conference in Denver, which he blogged about just a couple days ago, here .… Read more ...

Judge Gray: Restore Hetch Hetchy Valley!

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The Functional Libertarian Series
October 24, 2013

Those of you who have read this column more than a few times can probably tell that innately I am an optimist. For example, recently I have predicted that our nation’s policy of Drug Prohibition will be ended within only a few years. I believe that is true, but I acknowledge that it is an optimistic thought.… Read more ...

Steve Kubby: Public Needs to Know the Government is Watching

Posted to Lake Tahoe News
October 16, 2013


Information released recently in a story by John Shiffman of Reuters explained how a secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.… Read more ...

Judge Gray: The Drug War is A Failure, From My Perspective

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The Functional Libertarian Series
October 17, 2013

At the end of my September 7, 2013 column I asked you the readers to respond to me about any area of importance to you, and I would show to your satisfaction how it was made worse by Marijuana Prohibition. So many of you took me up on my offer that I want to share my answers with the rest of you.… Read more ...

Judge Gray: To Act, or Not to Act?

Judge Gray

The Functional Libertarian Series
October 10, 2013

Have you ever felt inspired, hopeful, able and optimistic about your ability to right a wrong?

Have you ever felt frustrated, small, ineffective and helpless about your ability to do anything about a problem?

I have, both ways.

Recently my wife and I saw the movie “The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, and, in what is probably the most intentionally ironic casting in the history of moviemaking, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.… Read more ...