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Archive for March, 2007

The Housing Bubble, and the Freedom to Fail

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

In the post “Ron Paul — Federal Reserve To Blame For Housing Bubble” Warbs noted that Ron Paul was blaming the fed for creating, and perpetuating the housing bubble, which is about to burst and deliver a big smackdown to the economy. “When the bubble finally bursts completely, millions of Americans will be looking for […]

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NYPD Or CIA ?

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Today’s New York Times reports that the New York Police Department engaged in a widespread spying program for almost a year prior to the 2004 Republican Convention: For at least a year before the 2004 Republican National Convention, teams of undercover New York City police officers traveled to cities across the country, Canada and Europe […]

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The Damage To Society From Our “War On Terror”

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

One of the constant themes I point out in the War on (Some) Drugs is that the cure is worse than the disease. Nobody will claim that drugs haven’t been a catalyst for people to ruin their lives, and often dramatically alter the lives of those around them. However, the fact is that the methods […]

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Refuse to Serve? Protect Yourself!

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Karolina Obrycka is a Chicago bartender. As a responsible bartender, she noticed that one of her patrons had a little too much to drink and refused to continue to serve him. This did not sit well with the customer 38 year-old Anthony Abbate who became increasingly belligerent to the point where he began attacking her. […]

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How Do Strippers Calculate VAT, Anyway?

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

It looks like reporting and paying taxes in the UK just got easier for strip clubs, and a lot harder for individual strippers. He backed the chain’s argument that the self-employed dancers provide the entertainment on offer, rather than the club. “The women are not employed by the club. They are all self-employed,” Mann said. […]

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Freedom Suffers Another Setback In Russia

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

The Soviet Union officially died in 1991, but Russia’s road toward freedom has always been a difficult one, and things became even more difficult when Boris Yeltsin was followed as President by former KGB officer Vladimir Putin. In the seven years since he became President, he has taken steps to consolidate power and eliminate rivals. […]

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Defaming gun owners

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

“This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our police will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.” – Adolf Hitler, who instituted the first German gun laws just before Kristallnacht. I’m not the biggest fan […]

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For The 9/11 “Truthers”

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

In the comments today, a commenter had this written to me: Our best bet is learn how to get along with one another, Kevin, already setting an arbitrary litmus test to anyone who questions the veracity of the 9/11 myth, Well, I’ve got some questions and some evidence that will debunk the so-called 9/11 “truth” […]

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Chavez To Disband Venezuelan Legislature

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

This can’t be good… Venezuela May Eliminate Congress, Lawmaker Vivas Says Venezuela may eliminate the National Assembly and transfer the powers of congress to community councils, congressman Dario Vivas said. The councils, which the government began organizing this year, will replace some state institutions and shutting congress is “part of that debate,” said Vivas, who […]

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Granny’s Got a Gun

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

NEW ORLEANS – Sixty-four-year-old Vivian Westerman rode out Hurricane Katrina in her 19th-century house. So terrible was the experience that she wanted two things before the 2006 season arrived: a backup power source and a gun. “I got a 6,000-watt generator and the cutest little Smith & Wesson, snub-nose .38 you ever saw,” she boasted. […]

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The Definition of An Earmark

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

During the Iraq Supplemental Bill debate, Congressman Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) was accusing the Democratic leadership of violating the House rules on earmarks. Check out the response by House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey (D-Wisconsin).

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First Rule Of Fight Club — Don’t Talk About Your National Security Letter

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

A story from the WaPo about the person who is fighting against the practices of issuing National Security Letters. While the author’s identity wasn’t publicized, the WaPo claims they’ve checked out his story. It’s chilling. My National Security Letter Gag Order Three years ago, I received a national security letter (NSL) in my capacity as […]

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Robert Mugabe: Africa’s Hugo Chavez ?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s dictator, must be watching CNN or something, because he’s starting to take plays right out of Hugo Chavez’s playbook. Call this one the “taunt the West” play: HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed on Friday to survive any Western attempt to dislodge him from power. Mugabe said Britain and […]

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Congress Ignoring The Constitution, Again

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

I’ve been writing alot this week over at Below The Beltway about the bill currently making it’s way through Congress that would give the District of Columbia voting representation in the House of Representatives. The bill is being pushed by Democrats and some Republicans, and it’s also unconstitutional. Today, the Wall Street Journal has an […]

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Ron Paul — Federal Reserve To Blame For Housing Bubble

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

I’ve been one of the doomsayers regarding America’s economy, with the impending collapse of the subprime lending market (which I think will create a nasty recession). As with any economic downturn, the government and the media will be looking for someone to blame. Ron Paul suggests that we place our sights directly on the Fed. […]

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Dogs Begin Fleeing Venezuela

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I guess it’s really starting to get ugly! Stowaway puppy hunts home after surviving harrowing trip from Venezuela An accidental stowaway from Venezuela, discovered in a ship container by dockworkers at Port Everglades, was being treated Tuesday for dehydration — and mange. The caramel-colored mutt, a 3-month-old female, was found Thursday in the trailer-sized container […]

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The U.S. Attorneys Fight: It’s Gonna Go Nuclear

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

According to The Politico, both Republicans and Democrats see advantage to be gained the coming confrontation over the U.S. Attorney firings: The White House and the Democrats who run Congress both see political advantage in the ongoing fight for public testimony by presidential advisers about the controversial firing of eight U.S. attorneys. And both have […]

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Injunction issued against COPA

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

The Child Online Protection Act has been struck down by U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed: Sexual health sites, the online magazine Salon.com and other Web sites backed by the American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on grounds it would have a chilling effect on speech. Joan Walsh, Salon.com’s editor in chief, said the […]

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Romney cutting ties

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Rocky Anderson, the mayor Salt Lake City, called for Bush’s impeachment recently. Anderson doesn’t hide his political beliefs, a quick look at his endorsements in the last election will tell you where he is on the political spectrum, specifically the endorsement from the Democratic Progressive Caucus. Mitt Romney apparently has a friendship with Anderson, who […]

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Another School Free Speech Case

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

This time, it’s developing in Illinois: A Neuqua Valley High senior has gone to federal court seeking the right to wear an anti-gay T-shirt to school next month on the day after a national event in support of gays is scheduled in schools. Heidi Zamecnik, 17, is asking the court to order her school and […]

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