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Archive for February, 2007

Zoning Out Freedom

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Unhappy with legislative failure in Richmond, the leaders of the City of Alexandria, Virginia have turned to a new, rather unique, tool in their effort to force local businesses to ban smoking: Frustrated that the state legislature failed to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, Alexandria officials have come up with a maverick plan of […]

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It’s All About The Money

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

The other day, in the comments on Doug’s post about Ron Paul, Kevin and tarran got into it a bit over money. Specifically, they got into the nature of a gold standard, as to why a gold standard makes sense (or doesn’t). tarran gave a pretty good synopsis of money, and got this response from […]

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He’s a rebel…

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Let’s say you are a candidate for President in 2008 and you’ve been criticized by a leading pro-growth organization. I would think that you’d attempt to make some in-roads with a very disenfranchised group of voters. But not Mike Huckabee, who is looking to Congressman Don Young to rally support in Congress: At a time […]

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We’re Obviously Doing Something Right

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

This website let’s you test to see if your site is blocked by China’s internet firewall. According to the results, The Liberty Papers is blocked. While it’s unfortunate that the Chinese people are denied access to some truly great writing, it’s clear we’ve offended the right people. Good work guys !

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Is Islamofascism a Legitimate Threat to Liberty?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

In my recent post about Michael Charles Smith, I received a response from a reader by the name of Carl Deen regarding my support for the war against terror Islamofascism (Not the war on terror. Terrorism is the method the Islamofascist uses to accomplish his political-religious goals). I think his challenge is worth a post […]

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Why John McCain Will Lose

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Don Surber explains why he thinks John McCain’s candidacy is doomed: McCain-Feingold. The fundamental difference between McCain 2000 and McCain 2008 is that he put his name on a law that forbids people from speaking out against their congressman within 60 days of an election. (…) That is a show-stopper. Ever step in fresh dog-doo? […]

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A Victim Of The Welfare State

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

There is much discussion in the local media here in Washington D.C. about this tragic story: Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday. A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him. If his mother had been insured. If his family had not lost its Medicaid. If Medicaid dentists weren’t so hard to find. […]

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Ron Paul — Polls, Prognostications, ‘pinions & Prediction Markets

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I have my concerns about a few of his positions, but he is far and away better than any other Republican or Democrat currently under discussion. Most candidates will force us to hold our noses simply to keep from retching if we vote for them, Ron Paul’s odorous positions are like mild B.O. in comparison.

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Teaching Children To Be Good Little Socialists

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Maureen Martin writes at TCS Daily about a school exercise that sounds like it came right out of The Communist Manifesto: Some Seattle school children are being told to be skeptical of private property rights. This lesson is being taught by banning Legos. A ban was initiated at the Hilltop Children’s Center in Seattle. According […]

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Amtrak Incompetence

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Why is this unwieldy unproductive behemoth still around? With freight traffic soaring in recent years, Amtrak’s never-stellar on-time performance declined to an average of 68 percent last year, its worst showing since the 1970s. When the routes where Amtrak owns the tracks are excluded, the on-time performance last year fell to 61 percent. < ...> […]

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A Taliban Propaganda Coup

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

While the world’s attention has been focused on Iraq for the past four years, today the Taliban reminded us that there’s another country in the Middle East that we n eed to worry about: Vice President Cheney was shuttled into a bomb shelter at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan this morning after a suicide […]

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Ron Paul On Lou Dobbs

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Ron Paul was on the Lou Dobbs show last night discussing mostly the Iraq War and immigration but also touching upon his Presidential campaign:

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Perhaps Never More Appropriate

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

George Orwell’s 1984 is available in full online.

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The American Public Speaks On Iraq

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

As Congress debates, the latest poll results make it clear; the American public favors a pullout from Iraq: With Congress preparing for renewed debate over President Bush’s Iraq policies, a majority of Americans now support setting a deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces from the war-torn nation and support putting new conditions on the military that […]

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Straight out of “Atlas Shrugged”

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Hugo Chavez is seizing oil projects run by foreign entities: President Hugo Chavez ordered by decree on Monday the takeover of oil projects run by foreign oil companies in Venezuela’s Orinoco River region. Chavez had previously announced the government’s intention to take a majority stake by May 1 in four heavy oil-upgrading projects run by […]

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Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Al Gore

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Al Gore, environmentalist. Or maybe not: Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy. Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month […]

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California’s Experiment With Cigarette Prohibition

Monday, February 26th, 2007

In July 2005, California bannedall tobacco products from it’s state prison system. The results have been about what you’d expect: LANCASTER – There are no ifs, ands or butts about it: California’s ban on tobacco in prisons has produced a burgeoning black market behind bars, where a pack of smokes can fetch up to $125. […]

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Further Evidence In Favor Of Postal Privatization

Monday, February 26th, 2007

In case you haven’t heard, the Post Office wants to raise rates and make it easier for them to do it in the future: WASHINGTON — Say goodbye to those pesky 1- and 2-cent stamps that used to clutter up desks and purses every time the price of mailing a letter went up. A new […]

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Virginia General Assembly Strikes A Blow For Property Rights

Monday, February 26th, 2007

While all of the attention during the final hours of the Virginia General Assembly session was focused on the transportation bill, the Senate and House of Delegates passed a bill aimed at restricting local government’s authorty to use the power of eminent domain: RICHMOND — After more than a year of work on the issue, […]

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Ron Paul In New Hampshire

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The Manchester Union-Leader has an article today about Ron Paul’s visit to the home of the nation’s first primary: Paul – who had been in New Hampshire since Thursday – found himself treated like a rock star at yesterday’s event, and a couple of hundred people were on hand to hear him speak at the […]

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