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Archive for April, 2007

Not Even to Save the Life of the Mother

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Today on The Sean Hannity Show, Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback cleared up his position on the abortion issue. Normally this is not an issue which I like to discuss because I believe there are so many more important issues and I believe that this issue has taken up way too much of the political [...]

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The Republican Party Has Abandoned Liberty

Monday, April 30th, 2007

That, in essence, is the conclusion reached by Orange County Register columnist Steven Greenhut as he explains his decision to leave the GOP. In essence, Greenhut maintains, the Republican Party has abandoned even the pretense of believing in limited government: Under Republican leadership, the federal government has expanded – without even including war-related spending – [...]

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The Iron Rule Of Bureaucracy

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Megan McArdle writes today about her recent run-in with the TSA  and demonstrates exceedingly clearly just how blind bureaucrats are to the idoicy of the rules they make: I’ve been in California this weekend, and during that time, I bought a few little sample bottles of shampoo and conditioner that I did not use. So [...]

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Happy Tax Freedom Day

Monday, April 30th, 2007

According to The Tax Foundation, today is Tax Freedom Day. That means that from January 1st until today, the wages earned by the average American went to pay federal state and local taxes. For the last four months, you’ve been working for the government, now it’s time to earn something for yourself. Tax Freedom Day® [...]

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“There Oughta Be A Law”: A conversation with someone who just doesn’t get it

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

A few months ago, Arizona passed a statewide comprehensive smoking ban in all work places and public gathering spaces excepting those that earn 51% or more of their revenue from tobacco. Essentially, as of May first, it will be illegal to smoke in public in Arizona, except on the sidewalk (away from bus stops), in [...]

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Quotes to Ponder: Capitalism

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: “No man should have so much.” The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: “All men should have as much.” -Phelps Adams The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; [...]

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Fighting Fire with Gasoline

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

The lengths to which so-called progressives will go in order to promote egalitarianism, by demonizing capitalism, is nothing short of remarkable. One such example is a hyper-emotional <a href="http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_c ontent&task=view&id=189&Itemid=36″>screed by Manuel Garcia, Jr., who attempts to demonstrate that the West, and the U.S. in particular, is fundamentally a racist cult…of “whiteness”. The core basis [...]

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Pirates And Emperors: They’re Really The Same Thing

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Not sure where this is from, but it makes a point:

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How To Create A Police State

Friday, April 27th, 2007

A guy named Dan Simpson, who sits on the Editorial Board of The Toledo Blade has written a column wherein he takes a position I don’t think I’ve even seen Sarah Brady take; the complete disarmament of the American public. [H]ow would one disarm the American population? First of all, federal or state laws would [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Found in a footnote to Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia”: To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wistom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to [...]

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Rudy Giuliani Sells Out On Civil Unions

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Back in February 2004, before he was running for President, Rudy Giuliani had this to say to Bill O’Reilly on the subject of civil unions for homosexuals: On a February 2004 edition of Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Mr. Giuliani told Bill O’Reilly, when asked if he supported gay marriage, “I’m in favor of … [...]

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Barney Frank: Libertarian Impersonator

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

When I think about lawmakers with libertarian leanings, Massachusetts’ Barney Frank (D) isn’t one that normally comes to mind. With the way Frank responded today in regard to the bill passed by the last G.O.P. controlled congress and assuming I knew nothing else about him, I would think him to be ideologically similar to Ron [...]

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Shameful

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

“5-minute delay crucial in Tech shooting” “Police said he unleashed 170 rounds on the classrooms of Norris Hall during a nine-minute rampage. Thirty people were killed in the building; more were wounded. During those shooting, police spent three minutes rushing to the building and then about five minutes breaking through the building’s doors, which Seung-Hui [...]

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A Purely Symbolic Shot Across The Bow

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

The United States Senate joined the House today and passed an Iraq War spending bill that includes a timetable for withdrawal of American troops: The Senate today gave final approval to a $124 billion war spending bill that requires troop withdrawal from Iraq to begin by Oct. 1, with a goal of ending U.S. combat [...]

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A Record Day For The IRS, A Bad Day For The Rest Of Us

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

I’m sure they were partying over at the Treasury Department yesterday, because they had a record day: U.S. tax receipts from individuals hit a record one-day high of $48.7 billion on April 24, a Treasury Department official said on Wednesday. The previous record was $36.4 billion, set on April 25, 2006, said Jennifer Zuccarelli, a [...]

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Three Police Officers Indicted In Kathryn Johnston Case

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Three Atlanta police officers have been indicted in connection with the no-knock drug raid in November that resulted in the death of a an 88 year-old woman: ATLANTA April 26 — A Fulton County grand jury has indicted three current and former police officers who were involved in botched drug raid that led to the [...]

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More Guns Equals Less Crime

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Robert Levy, a Cato Institute Senior Fellow who is co-lead counsel in Parker v. District of Columbia has a great piece in The American Spectator on the relationship between the availability of guns to law-abiding citizens and crime: Here are the numbers, as summarized by legal scholar Don B. Kates: Over the 30-year period from [...]

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Were the Federalists Really Lying?

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Lew Rockwell has an interesting essay in the American Conservative: Maybe the authors of the Federalist Papers were liars. Maybe they were just engaged in political propaganda in order to shove through the Constitution. In secret, perhaps, they were plotting a Leviathan state with a president who can do all that the Bush administration claims [...]

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Rudy Giuliani On The Consequences Of A Democratic Victory

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Here’s what Republican Presidential candidate had to say about the consequences of a Democratic victory in 2008: MANCHESTER, N.H., April 25 — Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani issued a stark warning Tuesday evening that Democrats would put the country on defense in the campaign against terrorism and needlessly prolong a conflict that he [...]

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Is McCain-Feingold In Trouble ?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases out of Wisconsin which pose a direct challenge to some of the most egregious parts of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Specifically, the cases challenge those provisions in the law which prohibit third parties from running advertisements within 60 days of a general election which specifically [...]

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