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Archive for May, 2007

Ron Paul, The Polls, And Reality

Friday, May 18th, 2007

For the first time in the 2008 campaign, Ron Paul has actually gotten press attention thanks to the showdown he had with Rudy Giuliani during Tuesday night’s debate. That may or may not be a good thing in the long run, but given the results of the latest Gallup poll, it certainly can’t hurt at […]

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And “The System” Rolls On

Friday, May 18th, 2007

So, it’s been over 100 most days for the last month and a bit, with some massive wind and dust storms… generally not the most pleasant outdoor environment, and like many Arizona residents we’ve neglected our yard a bit. Note, I said “a bit”; here’s the total weed growth since we last did the weeds […]

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Comment of the Day

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

The comment thread can be (and sometimes actually is) an excellent vehicle for reasoned discussion. It can also be a great way to disabuse well-meaning ideologues of their naïve, utopian sense of “social justice”. treatment for gout debt counseling services A classic example of the latter comes in the form of an exchange on a […]

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Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani, Who’s Right?

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

The slapping match between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani at Tuesday night’s Republican debate has ignited a debate on foreign policy. Ron Paul made his controversial remarks ,which I have to disagree with my fellow contributor Doug about, that can be interpreted by a reasonable person as showing moral equivalence between the enforcement of the […]

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More on the Fair Tax

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

In a comment, Phillip Hinson brought up some very interesting points arguing in favor of the Fair Tax. I think he is on the wrong path, but they are quite respectable arguments, and I thought I would answer them. He was writing in response to a post of mine where I argued: To me the […]

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The Attack Machine Goes After Ron Paul

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

I’ve got my criticisms of Ron Paul, and I’ve said more than once here that I don’t think he has a chance of winning either a single primary or the nomination, but when I see crap like this it really gets me angry: For all those getting really excited about anti-war, libertarian Republican Ron Paul, […]

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The Latest Gallup Poll: An Opening For Change ?

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

According to the latest Gallup Poll, a full 3/4 of the American public are dissatisfied with the current state of the United States: NEW YORK What’s going on? Gallup reports today a sudden plunge in its regular “satisfaction” index. Only 25% of Americans now say they satisfied with the state of their country — down […]

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Republicans: The Party Of Censorship

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Or so it would seem based on this report: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party said Wednesday that he will try to bar Ron Paul from future GOP presidential debates because of remarks the Texas congressman made that suggested the Sept. 11 attacks were the fault of U.S. foreign policy. […]

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Rethinking Ron Paul’s Answer

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

At least one neo-con seems to be doing so: I’m thinking that as obnoxious as Ron Paul’s remarks came across last night in the moment, he said something important and necessary to think about. If we’re ever going to avoid getting into quagmires like Iraq again, we’ve got to be able to talk about the […]

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Ron Paul vs. Sean Hannity

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Sean Hannity is not a person to go to if you want reasoned discussion of the issues. Even more than Rush Limbaugh, who famously said after the 2006 elections that he wasn’t going to carry the GOP’s water anymore and seems to be living up to that statement so far, Hannity has drunk so much […]

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Isn’t That What The President Is For ?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Lt. General Douglas Lute was named yesterday by President Bush to fill a position that the media is calling the new White House “war czar” responsible for overseeing the Iraq War President Bush tapped Army Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute yesterday to serve as a new White House “war czar” overseeing the conflicts in Iraq […]

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Ron Paul And The Future Of The Republican Party

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

There is one candidate running for the Republican nomination for President who not only speaks the rhetoric of individual liberty, limited government, and the idea that the Constitution means what it says and should be respected by all branches of government, he also actually believes what he says and has voted that way all his […]

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Ron Paul Demands Giuliani Read the 9-11 Report & Apologise

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Give Ron Paul enough time to talk, and he says some wonderful things.

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An Interesting Twist On The Warrantless Wiretaps Story

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Congressional Quarterly has this interesting item about a near meltdown in the Bush Administration over the President’s warrantless wiretap program: Former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that he, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, their top aides and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III nearly resigned in early 2004 after […]

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Fred Thompson Responds to the Fat Ass from Flint

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Fox News: WASHINGTON — TV star and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson declined Tuesday to meet with Michael Moore, suggesting the filmmaker instead might want to check himself into a mental hospital after Moore challenged Thompson to a one-on-one debate on health care. I’m really disappointed that Fred Thompson couldn’t schedule a debate (I wonder […]

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Ron Paul Media Alert

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Ron Paul will be on Glenn Beck’s program on CNN Headline News tonight: Glenn Beck just announced that he will be talking tonight “one on one” with Ron Paul on CNN. Rudy Giuliani did Ron Paul’s campaign a big favor by singling him out. Courtesy of Rudy, Paul is finally getting coverage and many more […]

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Targeting Ron Paul

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Oh this is rich: I am this morning, declaring my candidacy for Congress in the GOP primaries against Ron Paul. If he does not resign his seat, and if another Republican candidate does not declare against him, I will run a balls-to-the-wall campaign for Congress in Texas CD 14. I am the guy that got […]

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Rudy Giuliani Distorts Ron Paul’s Comments On Iraq

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

I’m not necessarily a supporter of Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy, and I didn’t watch last night’s debate, but I think it’s clear that Rudy Giuliani distorted Ron Paul’s comments about Iraq during last night’s debate: On Iraq, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988, stood alone in railing […]

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GOP Debate Liveblogging and Instant Commentary (5/15/2007)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

7:57 PM Central, the candidates have taken the stage. Carl Cameron of Fox News says that the candidates might be allowed to be take on each other directly. This debate maybe better than the last one. 8:01 PM: Debate is being simulcast on Foxnews.com. South Carolina GOP chairman is giving an introduction. Nobody cares. 8:02 […]

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What Tonight’s Republican Candidates Need To Do

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Tonight, the Republicans presidential candidates will gather in Columbia, South Carolina for their latest debate. They’ll be fresh off their performance at the Reagan library. The candidates have different goals they need to accomplish tonight: Rudy Giuliani: -He needs to address abortion questions without flip-flopping. -He needs to come off as less authoritarian. -He needs […]

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