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Archive for July, 2007

Why Politics As Usual Will Always Be Politics As Usual

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Even in a political climate where everyone agrees that change needs to be made, that change never happens: WASHINGTON, July 25 — For the many critics of farm subsidies, including President Bush and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, this seemed like the ideal year for Congress to tackle the federal payments long criticized as enriching big farm […]

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Worst Housing Market Since Great Depression

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Let’s look back a moment. How many times have we “hit bottom”, according to the financial cheerleaders on TV, over the last year? How many predictions of a “soft landing”? How many people have suggested the subprime meltdown would be “contained”? Well, even the lenders themselves are now seeing reality: COUNTRYWIDE Financial, America’s largest mortgage […]

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Don’t You Feel Safer? Part 785

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

In a stunning display of either laziness or frugality (you can guess which I ascribe this too), our government has finally admitted that their ridiculous policy of banning lighters and breast milk don’t make us safer. Airline passengers will be able to bring many types of cigarette lighters on board again starting next month after […]

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Is Ron Paul Running Away From The Libertarian Label ?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

KipEsquire asks an interesting question…..why is it that Ron Paul isn’t acknowledging his libertarian roots ? Can you cite to one occasion in this campaign where Ron Paul has, unsolicited and not in response to an interviewer’s question, used the word “libertarian”? Can you point to one page at his website that contain the word […]

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Ron Paul, The Polls, And Reality

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

I’ve written enough about the 2008 Presidential Campaign in general, and Ron Paul specifically, to know just how the die-hard supporters are going to react to this post, but, nonetheless reality is reality, and, as Ayn Rand once said A is A. In his case A would be the results of a poll showing just […]

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Critics Of Chavez To Be Deported

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

So I can understand (at least to a small extent) how Chavez had cover for shutting down RCTV, as they were participants in the coup against him. It’s a stretch to defend him there, but I can at least give people a little benefit of the doubt on that one. But I don’t see how […]

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Poll Numbers That Will Satisfy All Night Long

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

From The Agitator, taken directly from Hit & Run:

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“SiCKo” Patients Received Better Treatment than the Average Cuban

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Back in May in this post, I made the following statement about Michael Moore’s crockumentary on his claim that the average Cuban receives better healthcare than many Americans: It probably won’t occur to anyone in the MSM that perhaps Castro would want Moore’s propaganda to cover up the failings of his government. Moore is doing […]

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Monday Open Thread: Getting To Liberty From Here

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Alright… So yesterday I alluded to one of my older, more optimistic posts, where I suggest that the internet will fundamentally change the world and be an enormous force for liberty. But on other days, I get very pessimistic, and worry that America has gone too far down, and that the trappings of “society” will […]

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The Founders, The President, And Iraq

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

In today’s New York Times, Adam Cohen points out that the Founders had a very different idea about Presidential authority in war time from the one the Bush Administration puts forward: The Constitution does make the president “commander in chief,” a title President Bush often invokes. But it does not have the sweeping meaning he […]

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What’s So Bad About John Doe Protection ?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

Last week, the Democrats in Congress blocked an effort to give immunity from civil lawsuits to private citizens who reported what they believed to be suspicious activity from fellow airplane passengers: [L]ast March, the House of Representatives passed by a 304-121 vote the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007, with language protecting from […]

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There’s No Good Reason To Bring Back The Draft….And Plenty Of Bad Ones

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

Motivated mostly by his opposition to the Iraq War, Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, along with New York Congressman Charles Rangel, has been among the most vocal members of Congress talking about the idea of bringing back the draft, and forcing young men, and presumably women, into military service whether they like it or not. Let’s […]

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autoDogmatic Reports On SC Ron Paul Rally

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

Aaron, one of the bloggers over at autoDogmatic and the founder of the Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter, recently attended a Ron Paul rally in South Carolina, particularly looking for freaks and fringe groups. He found none: You see, I went in expecting an audience which was somehow “not normal”, indescribably; maybe quirky or geeky; paranoid; socially-awkward; […]

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America: More Likely To Elect A Gay, Muslim, Former Drug User Than An Athiest

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

That is the somewhat interesting result of a recent New York Times poll: THE probing about his Mormon beliefs has by now become familiar to the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But when Mary Van Steenis, a teacher at a local Christian school, took the microphone at a recent “Ask Mitt Anything” forum in Pella, […]

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Ron Paul In The New York Times

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Sunday’s New York Times Magazine features a profile of Ron Paul, his campaign for President, and the motley crew of supporters that he’s attracted. For The Times, it is, I suppose, a mostly positive piece. Being The Times, of course, there is much discussion of his position on the Iraq War: Alone among Republican candidates […]

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Tax Protester Acquitted Of Tax Evasion

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

To be honest, I’ve never really thought much of most of the legal arguments put forward by the tax protest crowd. For the most part, such as in the case of those who try to argue that the 16th Amendment was never really ratified, they just sound nutty. But, that may have to change, now […]

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America: From Freedom to Fascism

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Aaron Russo, a former Libertarian Party presidential candidate, has made his documentary, America: From Freedom to Fascism, available for viewing online. I don’t agree with all of his points and I think some of it is far fetched, but it is a very good documentary about the history of the income tax and the abuses […]

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Ron Paul And Gay Rights

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Ron Paul is widely considered, rightfully so I would argue, to be the most libertarian candidate for President running in either party. At the same time, a few bloggers have raised questions about some of his public policy stands and whether they really are pro-liberty. He favors restrictions on immigration, while most libertarians would argue […]

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A Politician’s Rare Moment Of Candor

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

The Politico reports on the reaction of Alaska Congressman Don Young to efforts by Congressional Republicans to cut back on pork to his state: Rep. Don Young attacked his fellow Republicans on the House floor Wednesday, as he defended education funds allocated to his home state of Alaska. “You want my money, my money,” Young […]

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A Ron Paul Surprise In Iowa ?

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Patrick Ruffini is predicting that Ron Paul will place second in the non-binding straw poll to be held in Ames, Iowa in August: You heard it here first. He leads the second tier in cash-on-hand. He was able to get 1,200 people out to the Hy-Vee (has any candidate done something that big on their […]

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