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Archive for July, 2007

Irony, Thy Name Is Ted Stevens

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Talk about bad timing: There’s never exactly a convenient time to have one’s house raided by federal agents. But for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) the impolitic timing Tuesday was exquisite: One day after the feds rummaged through his property on a corruption probe, he threatened to try to kill an ethics reform package. Cracking down […]

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Simon Says: Gilding The Turd

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

The peasants are restless, their money is tight, There’s blood in the water, the whole town ain’t right, Bernanke’s in his helo, dropping inflation and lies, The peasants feel better, as the whole world dies.

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Why Ron Paul Cannot Be President

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

John Derbyshire who is, admittedly, a conservative, has a mostly positive piece about the Paul phenomenon at National Review Online where he tries to figure out why more conservatives aren’t supporting Ron Paul. In the process, he comes up with the reason that Ron Paul cannot be President: If Washington, D.C. were the drowsy southern […]

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Iraqi Parliament Adjourns, American Soldiers Continue To Die

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Apparently content with the fact that their security is being guaranteed by guys from Topeka, Dubuque, and Oklahoma City, the Iraqi Parliament has decided to take the summer off: BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament on Monday shrugged off U.S. criticism and adjourned for a month, as key lawmakers declared there was no point waiting any longer […]

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Government — More Greed Than Compassion

Monday, July 30th, 2007

We all know the story of Prohibition. As H.L. Mencken said: Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to […]

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More Fred Thompson & Federalism

Monday, July 30th, 2007

I brought it up yesterday, but Radley Balko already killed it. Go and read.

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Adequately Explained

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be adequately explained by incompetence –Napoleon Bonaparte So, it’s been making the rounds on the far lefty loony blogs and forums (and amazingly not a few libertarian sites as well) for some time now that Bush and company are going to stage a terrorist attack and use it […]

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Is One Of The Senate’s Pork Kings In Trouble ?

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Senator Ted Stevens’ home was raided by FBI and IRS agents executing a search warrant ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an official said. Investigators arrived at the Republican senator’s home in Girdwood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, […]

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Single-Payer Health Care Doesn’t Work, And Michael Moore Is Wrong

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Another Canadian speaks out against the simplistic conclusions made by Michael Moore in his new movie Sicko: In his new movie “Sicko,” Michael Moore uses a clip of my appearance earlier this year on “The O’Reilly Factor” to introduce a segment on the glories of Canadian health care. Moore adores the Canadian system. I do […]

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The Coming Welfare State Collapse

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Newsweek’s Robert Samuelson talks about the issue none of the Presidential frontrunners in either party are willing to each discuss: Aug. 6, 2007 issue – If you haven’t noticed, the major presidential candidates—Republican and Democratic—are dodging one of the thorniest problems they’d face if elected: the huge budget costs of aging baby boomers. In last […]

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Monday Open Thread: Socialist Atrocity News Day

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Hey guys… I always manage to stir it up whenever I talk about Venezuela and the fact that Chavez is slowly destroying the underpinnings of a free society in his bid for dictatorial control. But with work, and a baby on the way, and dreams of opening a brewery dancing through my head, I don’t […]

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People Want Big Brother To Watch Them

Monday, July 30th, 2007

At least that’s what a recent ABC News poll seems to suggest: Crime-fighting beats privacy in public places: Americans, by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, support the increased use of surveillance cameras — a measure decried by some civil libertarians, but credited in London with helping to catch a variety of perpetrators since the early 1990s. […]

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Single-Payer Health Care: A View From The Inside

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

A Canadian Doctor provides a fascinating, and for anyone who cares about freedom, troubling, inside view of the kind of medical system that Hillary, Barack, and Michael Moore would like to bring to America: I was once a believer in socialized medicine. As a Canadian, I had soaked up the belief that government-run health care […]

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Cities Sue Gangs To Keep Them From Congregating

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

You know, I read this headline: Cities sue gangs in bid to stop violence And I immediately thought “wow, civil suits against gangs would be a novel concept, and an interesting test of anarcho-capitalist theory!” Instead of trying to meet the standard of evidence to put them in jail, which is typically a very difficult […]

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Fred Thompson — Federalist?

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

I’m pulling for Ron Paul, but I have to have a question in the back of my mind. If Ron Paul doesn’t get the nomination, should I vote Republican or Libertarian in 2008? The question comes down to this: “Is there anyone other than Ron Paul in the Republican field that I want to vote […]

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Not A Suicide Pact: A Book Review

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Federal Appeals Court Judge Richard A. Posner is known for being both prolific and controversial. In addition to authoring one of the most important academic treatises in the field of law and economics, he is also known for writing on more controversial topics ranging from the 2000 Presidential election to sex. And it’s when he […]

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Anti-Immigration Law

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

A U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania has struck down a City of Hazleton ordinance targeting illegal immigrants: HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday struck down Hazleton’s tough anti-illegal immigration law, ruling unconstitutional a measure that has been copied around the country. The city’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act sought to impose fines […]

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The Libertarian Legacy Of Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a great piece about Robert A. Heinlein’s political legacy: Heinlein’s political beliefs were moving more and more toward the libertarian side of the spectrum. He supported Barry Goldwater in 1964, and in 1966 he published what many considered his greatest book, “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress,” the tale of […]

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Tyranny Can Kill You

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Yet more evidence from North Korea: About 430 North Koreans have died of hunger in a northern region of the impoverished communist country in the past month because of chronic food shortages, a South Korean aid group said. North Korean authorities have said illnesses were to blame for the deaths, but the Seoul-based Good Friends […]

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U.S. Senators To Parents: We Know Better Than You

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Two United States Senators are advocating universal Internet filtering on the ground that parents aren’t capable of protecting their children: US senators today made a bipartisan call for the universal implementation of filtering and monitoring technologies on the Internet in order to protect children at the end of a Senate hearing for which civil liberties […]

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