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Archive for August, 2007

Ron Paul On Morning Joe

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Along with Joe Scarborough, Tucker Carlson is one of the few conservative talk show hosts whose given Ron Paul any attention, and, interestingly, they both seem to be quite positive toward him. H/T: The Crossed Pond

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What is Hillary Clinton Hiding?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Many have called the Bush administration the “most secretive administration in American history.” Among those making this charge is Hillary Clinton; likely the next to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (unfortunately). On Clinton’s website, she states that “We need a return to transparency and a system of checks and balances, to a president who respects Congress’s [...]

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Congressional Approval Rating At Historic Lows

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

According to the latest Gallup Poll, Congress’s approval rating is at a low not seen since the days when guys like Tom Foley were in charge: PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds Congress’ approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. [...]

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Lose Your House, Get Screwed By The I.R.S.

Monday, August 20th, 2007

It’s bad enough to end up in an economic conundrum where you lose your house to foreclosure, but, wait, there’s something worse waiting for you from your friends fiends at the Internal Revenue Service: Two years ago, William Stout lost his home in Allentown, Pa., to foreclosure when he could no longer make the payments [...]

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More Blowback From The Credit Crunch

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Since Brad brought up the economy in this morning’s open thread, I figured I’d post this article which I originally posted this morning at Below The Beltway. I’m not an economist either, but when credit starts drying up, bad things can happen. It’s not just the mortgage industry that’s being affected: U.S. corporations for years [...]

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Monday Open Thread: Market/Economy Edition

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Well, for those of you who follow the financial world, the market was all over the place last week. We saw the fed come in and try to inject $7B in liquidity, only to see the Dow drop 2% afterwards. We then saw a rate cut and a rally to close the week. Today has [...]

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Romney Moves Up, Ron Paul Stays Still

Monday, August 20th, 2007

The latest Gallup Poll is out, and it shows a change in the top of the Republican race, but not much else going on: A new national Gallup Poll shows Mitt Romney moving into double digits and third place for the Republican presidential nomination. The former Massachusetts governor is at 14%, behind Rudy Giuliani (32%) [...]

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500,000

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Just before midnight on August 19th, The Liberty Papers had its 500,000th visitor as registered by Sitemeter. Not too bad, considering that we hit 100,000 back on January 27th, and hit 200,000 on March 19th . and a quarter million on  April 10th. On behalf of my fellow contributors, I’d like to thank everyone who [...]

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The Lost War On Drugs

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Sunday’s Washington Post has an article which highlights the extent to which we’ve been fighting a losing war for 36 years: Thirty-six years and hundreds of billions of dollars after President Richard M. Nixon launched the war on drugs, consumers worldwide are taking more narcotics and criminals are making fatter profits than ever before. The [...]

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Zimbabwe Is Pretty Much Screwed

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

My co-bloggers and I have written several posts about the chaos that the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe has brought upon the African nation of Zimbabwe. Today, though, the London Telegraph reports that things have gotten so bad that the nation is four months away from complete chaos: The economy of Zimbabwe is facing total collapse [...]

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Karl Rove Directed Government Funds For Political Gain

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

That is the rather shocking revelation that comes out of a fascinating article in today’s Washington Post: Many administrations have sought to maximize their control of the machinery of government for political gain, dispatching Cabinet secretaries bearing government largess to battleground states in the days before elections. The Clinton White House routinely rewarded big donors [...]

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Congress Gave Bush More Spying Powers Than Even He Wanted

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

So says the New York Times: Broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that go well beyond wiretapping to include — without court approval — certain types of physical searches on American soil and the collection of Americans’ business records, Democratic Congressional officials and [...]

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Ron Paul Wins In Alabama And New Hampshire

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Well, not the primaries, he won two straw polls. But there’s less here than meets the eye. First let’s look at Alabama: Tom Tancredo – 0 (0%) Sam Brownback – 2 (.75%) John McCain – 2 (.75%) Mike Huckabee – 6 (2%) Rudy Giuliani – 7 (3%) Fred Dalton Thompson – 9 (3%) Duncan Hunter [...]

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Ron Paul Doesn’t Have Any Original Ideas

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

So says Rick Fisk over at LewRockwell.com: Let’s face it: Ron Paul doesn’t have a lot of new ideas. His foreign policy harkens back to the very first President, George Washington. George Washington, who gave up a dictatorship, given to him by the continental Congress to prosecute the revolutionary war, was crazy. Washington was the [...]

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Lou Dobbs And The Democrats Are Lying About Trade

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

The San Diego Union Tribune had this excellent retort to the protectionism that has been the mantra of Lou Dobbs and, apparently, the Democratic candidates for President: If The New York Times is right, 2009 could go down in infamy as the year that America’s leaders took a knowing step toward economic suicide. That’s because [...]

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Rudy Giuliani Gets It Mostly Wrong On Education

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Rudy Giuliani says he believes in school choice, but it’s not the kind of school choice you might think: MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Friday argued for taxpayer-funded vouchers for private elementary and secondary schools, saying school choice works for the nation’s colleges and universities. People come from all over [...]

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A Good Old-Fashioned Bank Run

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

It seems that Countrywide Bank is getting blowback from the financial problems of it’s parent company: LOS ANGELES — Anxious customers jammed the phone lines and Web site of Countrywide Bank and crowded its branch offices to pull out their savings because of concerns about the financial problems of the mortgage lender that owns the [...]

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The First Victim Of The Credit Crunch

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

The near-collapse of the secondary and sub-prime mortgage markets claimed it’s first victim yesterday: TUCSON, Ariz. — First Magnus Financial Corp., a national mortgage lender that is suspending operations, says it has laid off 99 percent of its nearly 6,000 employees nationwide and closed all of its more than 300 offices. According to a notice [...]

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Just Saying No To Earmarks

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

A Florida County has said it doesn’t want to be the beneficiary of a $ 10 million government grant for a low-priority road project: WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 — It is not often that a local government tries to turn down $10 million in federal construction money. But then it is not every day that an [...]

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Big Brother’s Eyes In The Sky

Friday, August 17th, 2007

I’ve written before about the increased use of street-level surveillance cameras in cities like New York, now it appears that the Federal Government is increasing the use of spy satellites over American territory: The Bush administration has approved a plan to expand domestic access to some of the most powerful tools of 21st-century spycraft, giving [...]

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