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Archive for September, 2007

Ron Paul Wins Maryland GOP Straw Poll

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

As reported by the Washington Post: A curious thing happened this year at the Maryland Republican Party booth at the State Fair: A GOP presidential straw poll was won by Ron Paul, the idiosyncratic congressman from Texas who is a fierce critic of the Iraq war. Perhaps just as curious was the Maryland GOP’s decision [...]

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Set Your TiVo

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

I’m not sure whether this is wise or not, but Ron Paul is scheduled to step into the inane lion’s den that is The O’Reilly Factor on Monday’s 8pm episode. Nick Bradley at Lew Rockwell’s Blog thinks Fox News is trying to downplay Paul’s appearance by scheduling it opposite the premier of the opening game [...]

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Is non-interventionism immoral?

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

“The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war’s desolation.” Robert Heinlein Starship Troopers For as long as I can remember, people interested in politics have been debating various crises where the main question was whether or not the U.S. military should [...]

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Osama bin Laden: Source Or Symbol ?

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Fred Thompson has only been in the Republican race a day and he’s already causing controversy: ABC News’ Bret Hovell and Jennifer Parker report: Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., has only been an official Republican presidential candidate for a day. But his comments are already drawing fire from his GOP rivals. “Bin Laden is more [...]

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A Ron Paul-Mike Huckabee Rematch ?

Friday, September 7th, 2007

That, it seems, is what CNN would like to see happen: After the recent FoxTV-managed GOP debate fireworks in New Hampshire, CNN is actively seeking to set up an “immediate” further debate between Ron Paul (R-Tex) and former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (AR). Huckabee has already accepted, certain presidential campaign observers say. And [...]

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Fred and the First Amendment (not a good record)

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Fred Thompson tried to weasel his way out of his past support of McCain-Feingold today with Laura Ingram, but the Club for Growth did some fact checking on his claims: Thompson says at about the 10:55 mark “the issue ad thing wasn’t even being discussed as far as I remember when the first debates were [...]

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Everything is Economics

Friday, September 7th, 2007

I’ve said this many times before: economics isn’t the study of money; it’s the study of incentives, choices, and consequences. In this video from the TED conference, economist Emily Oster performs an economic analysis of the spread of AIDS in Africa and shows once again, it’s about the economics (which means it’s about peoples choices [...]

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Is Osama bin Laden Abandoning Head Chopping For Tax Cutting ?

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Okay, it’s late in the day on Friday, so this post is very tounge-in-cheek. But, I can’t help being amused by some of the latest ramblings from Osama bin Laden: He says to the American people, “you made one of your greatest mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished those who waged [...]

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Fred Thompson on Federalism

Friday, September 7th, 2007

More here on Thompson’s essay on federalism I don’t know a whole lot about Fred Thompson’s record at this point, but I do like most of what he has to say about federalism. He’s at least speaking my language: Before anything else, folks in Washington ought to be asking first and foremost, “Should government be [...]

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Nifong Goes to Jail; Exonerated Players Seek Settlement and Reform

Friday, September 7th, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C. – The prosecutor who led the now-discredited Duke lacrosse rape case reported to jail Friday to serve a 24-hour sentence for contempt of court. The city, meanwhile, was in settlement talks with the three exonerated players. According to a person close to the case, attorneys for the three players are seeking $30 million [...]

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Peggy Noonan Warns The GOP

Friday, September 7th, 2007

It’s time, she stays, to stop laughing at Ron Paul and start debating him: The debate was full of fireworks about Iraq, about its essentials–the rightness of the endeavor, and what should rightly be done now. From the libertarian Ron Paul a blunt argument against the war: We never should have gone in and we [...]

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Portions Of Patriot Act Declared Unconstitutional

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

A Federal Judge in New York has ruled that key portions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional: A federal judge struck down controversial portions of the USA Patriot Act in a ruling that declared them unconstitutional yesterday, ordering the FBI to stop its wide use of a warrantless tactic for obtaining e-mail and telephone [...]

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Ron Paul vs. Sean Hannity

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Congressman Paul appeared on Sean Hannity’s show after last night’s debate, and the result was entirely predictable Congressman, I don’t agree with everything you have to say on foreign policy, but there’s no point in trying to debate an intellectual pinhead.

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That Sam Brownback Sure Can Draw a Crowd!

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

This photo just warms my heart. Here we have the Christian Right’s dream candidate Sam Brownback drawing…let’s just say a less than impressive crowd in New Hampshire. Could it be that his vision of government imposed family values isn’t resonating even within the G.O.P.? Could this be a sign that maybe, just maybe the Christian [...]

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Ron Paul Kicks Ass In New Hampshire

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Yes, I’ve been a critic of the prospects of the campaign, but this clip had me yelling “Hell, yeah” all along

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Ron Paul vs. Mike Huckabee On Iraq

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

I didn’t watch tonight’s Republican debate, but, from this description, it sounds like Ron Paul stuck it to Mike Huckabee on Iraq: (CNN) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made a dramatic statement regarding Iraq at Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate, declaring, “We bought it because we broke it.” The comment came in perhaps the [...]

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School Choice For Me, But Not For Thee

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

That, it appears, is the attitude shared by a sizable plurality of Senators and Members of Congress who choose to send their children to private schools rather than public schools: Many Members of Congress value the opportunity to choose a safe and effective school for their own children, yet many of these same Members consis­tently [...]

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Washington, D.C. Files It’s Appeal In Parker v. D.C.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

The District Of Columbia today formally set forth the legal basis for it’s petition for an appeal of the decision earlier this year that struck down a decades-old gun ban as unconstitutional: The District today asked the Supreme Court to uphold the city’s ban on private ownership of handguns, saying the appeals court decision that [...]

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Quote Of The Week: God Bless Capitalism

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Matt Carrothers via Jason Pye:  God bless capitalism and the enduring quest across the globe for individual freedom and liberty. Anyone who knocks capitalism while holding a $4 cup of dark roast fair trade organic grande latte purchased at a multinational chain coffee shop really needs to visit their favorite chain bookstore and read P.J. [...]

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Taxachusetts: Why Property Taxes Are Going Up Again

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

The defining characteristic of socialism is that it divorces production from consumption. In other words, in socialist systems consumers are permitted to consume goods without producing anything, and producers are forced to give up the the fruits of their productive labor to consumers without regard to how they (the producers) would like these fruits to [...]

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