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Archive for December, 2006

Another Bush Surrender (See Updates At Bottom of Page)

Monday, December 25th, 2006

This time, in Somalia. The weak Somali interim government is under attack by Islamofascist militias with ties to Al-Qaeda. The Ethiopian government has deployed troops to support the Somali government. Yesterday, the Ethiopians upped the stakes by launching air strikes against Islamofascist militia positions in and around Mogadishu. Now, the Bush State Department doesn’t like [...]

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Christmas Day Post

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

The contributors would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.

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More on “Liberaltarians”

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

“Big Tent Democrat” had an interesting diary at Daily Kos about how to neogotiate an alliance with libertarians. The continuing faux-negotiations of our Lefty wonks with Libertarians is an interesting exercise but it does suffer from a fatal flaw in my view – our Lefty wonks are attributing ideological rigidity to liberal policy prescriptions that [...]

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Latest Police Harassment

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Radley Balko has the skinny on a series of recurring harassing actions undertaken by the police force against the proprietor of a local bar (including a 90 person SWAT-team raid under the auspices of an “alcohol inspection”) in Manassas Park, VA. The story seems almost too absurd to be true, as the harassment has gone [...]

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The Congruence of Rights and Utility

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

At this point in history, the purpose or goal of politics—and, theoretically, politicians—is ostensibly a balancing act: on one hand is the moral obligation to respect the inalienable rights of every individual, with the maintenance of a civilized, peaceful society on the other. Unfortunately, individual liberty is rapidly becoming a nuisance that stands in the [...]

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TSA Violated Privacy Laws

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Don’t you feel safer? Report Says TSA Violated Privacy Law Secure Flight, the U.S. government’s stalled program to screen domestic air passengers against terrorism watch lists, violated federal law during a crucial test phase, according to a report to be issued today by the Homeland Security Department’s privacy office. The agency found that by gathering [...]

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The market at work…

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Che Guevara was a murderer and promoted slavery, I’m glad that this has been pulled: Target Corp said on Friday it had pulled a CD carrying case bearing Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s image after an outcry by critics who label the Marxist revolutionary a murderer and totalitarian symbol. Target had touted a music disc carrying case [...]

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A Victory For Free Speech

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that a loophole in the McCain-Feingold law allows issue advocacy ads to run during an election campaign: A divided three-judge court ruled yesterday that ads advocating for an issue and mentioning candidates can run during an election, creating a loophole in the law that sought to control the power [...]

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A Kelo Christmas

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Suzanne Kelo, the Plaintiff in the now infamous Kelo v. City of New London case has sent a Christmas Card to the people who took her house away: Here is my house that you did take From me to you, this spell I make Your houses, your homes Your family, your friends May they live [...]

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Republican Religious Bigotry

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

I wrote earlier this month about the Dennis Prager induced hysteria that had arisen regarding the decision by Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a Muslim, to be sworn in using the Koran at his ceremonial swearing-in as a Congressman in January. This week, a Congressman from my own state of Virginia, Virgil Goode, decided to get [...]

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The Mommy State

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Just in case you were wondering what life under Clinton II might be like: WASHINGTON – Sen. Hillary Clinton told a TV audience of 3 million women Wednesday that the nation has “never had a mother” be president. Appearing on “The View” to push the 10th anniversary reissue of her book “It Takes a Village,” [...]

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Libertarian Moonbats

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Over at Lewrockwell.com, Anthony Gregory wrote a column explaining the differences between libertarians. He starts by touching a bit on the differences between left and right libertarians. Then, he decends into doing what the average minion of Lew Rockwell does best, purge out libertarians who don’t agree with their doctrinaire libertarianism. He goes to let [...]

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The War on Sudafed

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Chris wrote about this a few weeks ago: But that’s not why its a “problem”; its a problem, because it’s also the primary ingredient in Methamphetamine; and therefore the government has declared war on it… …declared war, on a nasal decongestant. The war on some drugs has made getting the actual medications that work, a [...]

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We Told You So

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

We, the people opposed to the War on Drugs, told you that your civil liberties would be lost and nothing would be gained. We warned you that each assault on drugs would just make things worse, not better. You didn’t believe us. In fact, you said we were a bunch of druggies that just wanted [...]

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Farm Subsidies Destroying The Family Farm

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

In yet another installment of its to-date-excellent series on farm subsidies, the Washington Post shows that the very farm subsidies that proponents call necessary to protect family farms are, in fact, destroying them: The cornerstone of the multibillion-dollar system of federal farm subsidies is an iconic image of the struggling family farmer: small, powerless against [...]

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Quote of the Day

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

I am passionate about my commitment to limited government and freedom. I simply know that you can not have unlimited opportunity and unlimited government. Although today I view the terrorist threat from this radical strain of Islam to be the greatest threat to my country and my family, I frankly view the second greatest threat [...]

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Barry Goldwater Spins In His Grave

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

President Bush has officially abandoned the idea that the Republican Party believes in economic freedom: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush said on Wednesday that he supports a Democratic proposal to increase the U.S. minimum wage but said it should be coupled with tax and regulatory relief for small businesses. “I believe we should [...]

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What Conservatives Believe (Today, At Least)

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

In Human Events, Terence P. Jeffrey outlines the latest definition of principles of American Conservatism. 1. God’s Law Governs Nations as Well as Men. The Ten Commandments should not only be enshrined in our courthouses, they should be engraved in our hearts and minds as guides to all behavior, public and private. As the Founders [...]

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Building a Better Mousetrap Pot Plant

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Mexican Soldiers Find Hybrid Pot Plants Thousands of soldiers sent to seize control of one of Mexico’s top drug-producing regions have discovered widespread cultivation of a hybrid marijuana plant that is easy to grow and difficult to kill, officials said Tuesday. The plants can only be killed by having their roots pulled, a slow and [...]

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Libertarianism and Utilitarianism

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

In the comments to my last post, one of our regular commenters asked a very interesting question: “Libertarianism is a moral system, valuing individual liberty as it’s highest ideal.” I have finally gotten an answer. When seen in that light it changes many debates. We must discuss just what is an unalienable right, and does [...]

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