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Archive for July, 2007

Utah Supreme Court Resists Creating Another Genarlow Wilson

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Via Eugene Volokh, comes news of a decision from the Utah Supreme Court regarding the state’s attempted prosecuted of a 12 year old boy and thirteen year old girl for committing sexual abuse on a child, with each other: When she was thirteen years old, Z.C. engaged in consensual sex with a twelve-year-old boy and […]

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Tucker Carlson May Be Ron Paul’s Biggest Fan

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

At least in the media. For the third time since June, Tucker had Ron Paul on his MSNBC show this afternoon. This time, much of the conversation dealt with the Iraq War. Congressman Paul is right about one thing. Prior to March 2003, there was no such thing as al Qaeda In Iraq. He’s on […]

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Jeff Flake On Earmarks

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Andrew Roth at Club for Growth reports on a great speech by Congressman Jeff Flake on earmarks that deserves to be reproduced: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today out of concern for what earmarks are doing to this body. Those of us on the Republican side understand very well the political perils of this practice. Unfettered […]

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A 20,000 Percent Tax Increase

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

It may sound astounding, but that’s exactly what the Federal Government is proposing: Eric Newman punches the numbers on his calculator and gapes at the results one more time. It’s no mathematical error: The federal government has proposed raising taxes on premium cigars, the kind Newman’s family has been rolling for decades in Ybor City, […]

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The pro-freedom lessons in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

If you haven’t seen the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”, you should. Tonight. It’s on HBO, I believe. It has some interesting lessons regarding freedom. The movie follows the adventures of Andrea, a serious, intellectual, hot, young woman who wants to be a journalist, as she works for a difficult editor of a fashion magazine. […]

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The 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee: None Of The Above

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

According to a new AP Poll, Republican voters aren’t happy with any of the choices they are facing in 2008: The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to back top-tier hopefuls Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain or Mitt Romney, and no one candidate has emerged as the […]

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Libertarians And The War

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Randy Barnett has an excellent essay in the Wall Street Journal explains why there is no correct libertarian position on the Iraq War: First and foremost, libertarians believe in robust rights of private property, freedom of contract, and restitution to victims of crime. They hold that these rights define true “liberty” and provide the boundaries […]

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Ethanol: Not So Green After All

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Ethanol is perhaps the biggest boondoggle in American history. Pushed forward by the farm lobby, we’ve been led to believe that its the clean, green alternative to gasoline. But we’ve already started seeing unintended consequences. Corn prices are higher than ever, because of demand from fuel producers for the raw material to make the ethanol […]

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Parker v. District Of Columbia Headed To The Supreme Court

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today that the city will appeal the Appeals Court decision in Parker v. District of Columbia, which struck down the city’s gun control law: D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that the city will appeal to the Supreme Court to uphold a long-time ban on handguns that was […]

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Ron Paul’s YouTube Interview

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Ron Paul sat down for his YouTube interview on Friday. Fairly interesting, mostly because Paul usually does well in one-on-one situations like this. And it’s nice to see an interview of Ron Paul that focuses on something other than the Iraq War. He talks about taxes, a libertarian position on the environment, and gives a […]

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Liberty And Generosity

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

John Stossel has a great column out today about the relationship between libertarian ideas and benevolence. He starts off by relating something that Michael Moore said to him recently: I INTERVIEWED Michael Moore recently for an upcoming “20/20″ special on health care. It’s refreshing to interview a leftist who proudly admits he’s a leftist. He […]

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Senate Democrats Vote Against Free Speech

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

On Friday, the Democratic controlled Senate voted down a bill that would have barred the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the so-called Fairness Doctrine without Congressional approval: WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Friday blocked an amendment by Sen. Norm Coleman that would have prevented the return of the Fairness Doctrine, a federal rule which required […]

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Ron Paul At Google

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Ron Paul visited Google headquarters on Friday and sat down for an interview. It’s an hour long, so if you’re gonna watch it, I’d suggest getting a beverage and sitting back…..

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Happy Bastille Day

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Today is the 218th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and the official mark of the overthrow of the French Monarchy. So, a Happy Bastille Day ! And here’s one of my favorite renditions of La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem. It’s from Casablanca, and it depicts a group of French patriots standing up […]

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Republicans Continue To Splinter on Iraq

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

When it comes to Republican Senators, there are no two more pro-military members than John Warner and Richard Lugar. Warner is a former Secretary of the Navy who, while in the Senate has served on the Armed Services Committee nonstop and has been its Chairman more than once. Lugar has been on the same committee […]

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Genarlow Wilson Prosecutor Distributes Child Porn

Friday, July 13th, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) — District Attorney David McDade has handed out some 35 copies of a video of teenagers having sex at a party. McDade says Georgia’s open-records law leaves him no choice but to release the footage because it was evidence in one of the state’s most turbulent cases — that of Genarlow Wilson, a […]

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Ron Paul And The 9/11 Truthers

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Let me start out by saying that I support Ron Paul. But when he does stuff like this, I really start questioning my support for him: Presidential candidate Ron Paul says the U.S. is in “great danger” of a staged terror attack or a Gulf of Tonkin style provocation while also warning that a major […]

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Debunking The Myth Of Rudy The 9/11 Hero

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

From the firefighters:

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House votes to withdraw from Iraq

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The House of Representatives has voted to withdraw from Iraq: The House has voted, 223-to-201, to approve legislation that would require the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq beginning within 120 days. You can view the vote total here.

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Ron Paul Not A Factor In Latest Gallup Poll

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The latest Gallup Poll is out, and while it shows Fred Thompson slipping into second place behind Giuliani, the news is not so good for Ron Paul: Giuliani continues to be the top choice of Republicans for his party’s 2008 presidential nomination, with Fred Thompson following next, John McCain in third, and Mitt Romney in […]

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