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Archive for July, 2007

Dinesh The Gun Totin’ Libertarian Is At It Again

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Dinesh D’Souza has a post up responding to his earlier post claiming that Ron Paul isn’t really a libertarian because he doesn’t want to conquer the world. This time, he tries to explain away the fact that the Founding Fathers were non-interventionist: In response to my argument, some Ron Paul supporters have noted that the […]

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Arizona Trashes The First Amendment

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The Arizona Senate has passed a resolution banning the sale of t-shirts that carry an explicitly political message: PHOENIX — State lawmakers voted Monday to enact new laws designed to stop the sale of anti-war T-shirts with the names of dead soldiers — a measure a veteran media lawyer says is “unconstitutional about three or […]

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Terrorist Metalheads Coming To An Airport Near You!

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica, looks suspiciously like a terrorist to the Brits. I’d describe the full story, but Justin of autoDogmatic has done a much better job. He explains that government is quite capable of dishing out its nonsensical harassment and justice for all: James Hetfield, lead-singer of Metallica, learned this week that […]

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An Open Letter To Ron Paul Supporters

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

In more than one post here, I’ve expressed the opinion, which I continue to believe, that Ron Paul does not have a realistic chance of winning the Republican Presidential nomination. At the same time, I have also said, on equally numerous occasions, that if Congressman Paul manages to make it to the Virginia primary in […]

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Six Wasted Years

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Less than six years after al Qaeda struck down the Twin Towers, it appears they’re back up to operational status: Six years after the Bush administration declared war on al-Qaeda, the terrorist network is gaining strength and has established a safe haven in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan for training and planning attacks, according […]

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Ron Paul On Tucker Carlson’s Show Again

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Ron Paul appeared on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show about two months ago and not only did well, but clearly impressed Carlson who has talked him up ever since. Paul appeared again today and here’s the video:

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Ron Paul: Rising From Obscurity And Influencing The Debate

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Today’s Washington Times, the conservative paper of record in Washington, D.C., profiles the rise of Ron Paul from the unknown candidate to sleeper: Aides helping Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with his long-shot run for the Republican presidential nomination never thought they would need more than the corner of a one-bedroom apartment. They were wrong. […]

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Massive tax increases in our future?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Our entitlements are catching up to us: Sen. Judd Gregg released (pdf) a Congressional Budget Office study (pdf) yesterday that attempts to quantify the tax rates needed to pay for the spending increases projected in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Average taxpayers would typically pay marginal federal income tax rates in the 30s, much higher […]

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OSHA Contemplates Regulating Ammunition as Explosives

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

OSHA is now considering regulating ammunition as explosives. If OSHA has its way, ammunition will become very difficult to purchase, store, or transport and would seriously curtail the individual’s constitutional right to bear arms without specifically banning firearms. One can only wonder how the courts would rule if OSHA’s proposed regulation were challenged. I for […]

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The Case For Libertarian Optimism

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

In a long essay at Cato Unbound that is well worth reading in full, Brink Lindsey argues in favor of the idea that things are far better for libertarians than it might seem: There is no organized libertarian movement of any significance in American politics. To be sure, libertarian academics and intellectuals occupy some prominent […]

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Gut Feelings And Terror Warnings

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff tells us that his “gut” tells him that we may be in danger of terror attacks this summer: Fearing complacency among the American people over possible terror threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in Chicago Tuesday that the nation faces a heightened chance of an attack […]

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Don’t Stop With Scooter

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Over at Reason, Jacob Sullum suggests that President Bush take a look a few other unjust sentences now that he’s commuted Scooter Libbey’s prison sentence: Consider Weldon Angelos, a 24-year-old Utah record producer with two children who in 2004 was sent to prison for 55 years—a life sentence, in effect—because he owned guns when he […]

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Cost Of Government Day 2007

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

According to Americans For Tax Reform, today is the day that the average Americans stops working to pay for the state, and starts working for themselves: Cost of Government Day (COGD) is the date of the calendar year on which the average American worker has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her […]

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The Republican Party’s Gay Problem

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Nate Nelson at GOP Progress writes about what may be one of the more insurmountable problems the Republican Party will face in 2008: The Republican Party needs to get over its gay problem. I’m not saying that Republicans should capitulate to every whim of the so-called gay rights movement, much of which is just a […]

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Another Terror Threat, Or Much Ado About Nothing ?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Once again, Brian Ross at ABC News is breathlessly reporting a grave threat to the Republic: Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here. The White House has convened an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday […]

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Rudy Giuliani, M.D.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

No, the former Mayor of New York didn’t go to medical school, but he thinks that he did: Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that people who want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes really just want to make the drug available to everyone. “I believe the effort to try and make marijuana available for […]

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Why Ron Paul Isn’t Libertarian Enough

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Extreme Mortman has a tongue in cheek list: Not too long ago, Extreme Mortman conducted a Ron Paul online experiment. What would happen, we queried, if we just mentioned Ron Paul’s name a bunch of times with some inconsequential silly set-up. Would anyone notice? The results were fascinating. The Ron Paul faithful flocked our way. […]

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Libertarians On The Rise ?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

With the Republican and Democratic Parties both near the bottom of the barrel in public opinion polls, the Libertarian Party is claiming that it’s numbers are increasing: Polls show that fewer Americans are calling themselves Republicans or Democrats and the number of Americans unaffiliated with either party has reached an all-time high — good news […]

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Dinesh D’Souza: Gun Totin’ Libertarian ?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Dinesh D’Souza, whose has some pretty strange ideas in his career, seems to have a really strange idea of what being a libertarian is all about: [H]ere is question for Ron Paul: shouldn’t the United States do what it can to promote liberty worldwide? I posed this question and Paul answered that America should be […]

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Arming the citizenry? What a novel concept!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

The Iraqi government has hit upon a novel idea to improve security in the country. Arming the citizenry. The call for civilians to take up arms in their own defense was echoed Sunday by the country’s Sunni Arab vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi. “People have a right to expect from the government and security agencies protection […]

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