So, here goes...
- Greg - Taking into consideration the non-aggression axiom central to libertarianism, the view of the state as either non-existent (Murray Rothbard) or as the "night watchman" (most notably Robert Nozick), and also bearing in mind John Locke's notion of children as potential free-actors and the notion (which Locke refuted) that parents have the right of life and death over their children and that fathers have absolute authority (a la Sir Robert Filmer), I believe that the state (at the long end) has the right to prevent this sort of aggression against children though they have not yet gained full access to their natural rights and (at the short end) the state may not be able to intervene, but they should have the right to punish parents who, in effect, murder their children.
- Erika - I think that Hugo Chavez is one of the latest graduates of the Fidel Castro Institute of How To Piss Off the United States (famous graduates include Kim Jong Il, Mahmoud Ahmhadinejad and Saddam Hussein). Domestically, he seems to be following the same bankrupt state socialism that was disproven (finally) almost twenty years ago now. He does things, naturally, calculated for effect and because he knows he has something that we use and obsess over. I suspect he is long near-month oil futures on the NYMEX and does something "shocking" when he wants the price to pop. He, I suspect, is the least of our concerns at present.
- Lost A Sock - The words "driveway" and "parkway," after a quick perusal of the Oxford English Dictionary, come from the late 19th century. The "park" in "parkway" seems to refer to the idea that it is an urban "green space" not the fact that a vehicle may alight there. The terms "cargo" and "shipment" are seventeenth century and retain their meaning from that era though the mode of transport has changed. We do this a lot with terms: in the UK, for example, what we would call a "divided highway" is still refered to as a "carriageway."
As I said, if you want me to expand on my answers, I would be glad to do so.