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Archive for September, 2007

A Timely Special Report on Healthcare

Monday, September 17th, 2007

This 20/20 report by John Stossel “Sick in America: Whose Body is it Anyway” came just days before Hillary Clinton unveiled her government healthcare plan. However you feel about the healthcare issue, if you missed this episode, I urge you to watch the six part YouTube version (part 1 below). Stossel asks and answers many [...]

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Monday Open Thread: Iraq Edition

Monday, September 17th, 2007

So, time to bring up a touchy subject. I find myself straddling the two camps between “we broke it, and thus we must fix it” and “let’s get the hell out of there”. Basically it boils down to a hope that the surge works as expected and gives us the ability to make a pretty [...]

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Bill Maher On 9/11 Truthers

Monday, September 17th, 2007

There’s are few things that I agree with Bill Maher on, despite his phony claims of being a libertarian… But he got this one right:

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Atlas Shrugged At 50

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

The New York Times has a surprisingly positive piece today marking the upcoming 50th anniversary of the publication of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged: One of the most influential business books ever written is a 1,200-page novel published 50 years ago, on Oct. 12, 1957. It is still drawing readers; it ranks 388th on [...]

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Fred Thompson Is Right On The Schiavo Case

Friday, September 14th, 2007

While I don’t necessarily support him as a candidate for President, I think Fred Thompson answered a question about the Terry Schiavo case exactly the way it needed to be answered: THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson gave no opinion Thursday when asked about efforts by President Bush and Congress to [...]

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Have Republicans and Democrats Found Common Ground on the Way Forward in Iraq?

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Yesterday, President Bush addressed the American people to give his assessment of both the progress and the way forward in Iraq based on General Petraeus’s report and testimony before congress. As is customary when the president gives a speech, a member of the opposing party gave a counterpoint speech. This time the Democrats selected Rhode [...]

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Why Ron Paul Faces An Uphill Battle

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

It’s hard to win with a campaign based on liberty, when so many Americans don’t seem to really believe in it: WASHINGTON — Sixty-five percent of Americans believe that the nation’s founders intended the U.S. to be a Christian nation and 55% believe that the Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the “State of [...]

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Whose Brain Is It In That Bucket?

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

It looks like the nanny state is alive and well, with our federal government champing at the bit to make brain-buckets mandatory nationwide: States should require motorcycle riders to wear proper helmets, government investigators urged as part of several recommendations that seek to stem a steady rise in motorcycle deaths. Members of the National Transportation [...]

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Another Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Given some of the discussions that have been taking place here lately, and what clearly seems to be an abundance of emotion and enthusiasm and seeming willful denial of reality, I thought this quote might be appropriate: Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, [...]

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L.A. Times/Bloomberg Poll Confirms: The Same Old Guys Are Winning

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News conducted an extensive poll of 3,211 Republicans and Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and the results are about the same as we’ve been seeing in every other poll: At the beginning of the autumn dash to the primaries, a new Times/Bloomberg Poll of 3,211 Democrats [...]

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Penn & Teller Give al Qaeda the Finger

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

There has been much debate over what should be done with ground zero since the towers fell six years ago. Unfortunately, politics and political correctness has caused the WTC site to remain a giant hole in the ground. So what should be done with this hallowed ground? Build the “Freedom Tower,” turn it over to [...]

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Quote(s) Of The Day

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

“We don’t need a history lesson.” -Bill O’Reilly Said during the Ron Paul interview last night, in response to Ron Paul’s attempt to explain the principle of blowback. But I guess when you live in the 1-hour news cycle of cable news like O’Reilly, you don’t need to worry about long-term effects or consequences, right? [...]

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Government — Codify What’s Already Happening, Then Take Credit For It

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Those who favor government intervention in the regulation of business often work with an assumption: that businesses would not self-regulate given the chance. Currently, there is a major push towards healthy eating habits, and if the pro-government crowd is correct, businesses will not go above and beyond the FDA’s labeling requirements unless they’re forced to. [...]

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2191 Days

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

September 11, 2001, 8:46am Eastern Daylight Time: 2191 days Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge—and more. — [...]

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Margaret Thatcher Isn’t Dead Yet, But She’s Already Rolling Over In Her Grave

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Because this is what the Conservative Party in Great Britain has turned into: The Conservatives will propose banning plasma screens and other energy-guzzling electrical goods in a report to be unveiled next week. The proposals target white goods like fridges and freezers, as well as TVs, personal computers and DVD players that use too much [...]

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Ron Paul On 60 Minutes ?

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Free Market News is reporting that CBS’s 60 Minutes is working on a profile of Ron Paul for an upcoming episode: Though Ron Paul campaign officials will not admit it, or even breathe a word about it, media sources confirm that CBS’ 60 Minutes expects to negotiate or film a segment at presidential candidate’s Ron [...]

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Bill O’Reilly vs Ron Paul

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Ron Paul and Bill O’Reilly had a lively debate about foreign policy. I think that O’Reilly, while granted he kept interrupting Paul, got the best of him in this debate. In the final minute or so, while O’Reilly did falsely accuse Ron Paul of opposing the Afghan war from the beginning, Paul did come back [...]

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Thompson Up, Romney And Ron Paul Down In Latest Gallup Poll

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The latest Gallup Poll is out and it shows a small surge for Fred Thompson, while Mitt Romney falls, and Ron Paul falls along with him: WASHINGTON — Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson has gotten a modest bump in support after finally announcing he’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. [...]

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Stossel takes on Moore

Monday, September 10th, 2007

John Stossel and Michael Moore will go at it on the healthcare issue this Friday on 20/20. Here is a taste of things to come.

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12 Steps to Mind Rape

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

The ninth circuit court has recently ruled that you can’t force someone to go to a 12 step program against their will, as a condition of their release; because it is in effect forcing someone into religious indoctrination under the color of governmental authority. For those of you who have been living in a cave [...]

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