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Archive for October, 2007

Some Thoughts On Iranian Nukes

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

After reading Doug’s post on the latest poll about a possible strike on Iran, I would like to give my view on a possible strike plus my thoughts on American-Iranian relations in general. 1) Obviously Iran cannot be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon. An Iranian nuclear weapon would encourage the Arab states to develop [...]

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More On The Funeral Protestors Saga

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Much has been written about the Rev. Fred Phelps and his merry band of protesters who travel the country staging demonstrations outside the funeral services of American soldiers killed in Iraq expressing their apparent belief that the soldiers died because of America’s toleration of homosexuals. Today, a Federal Jury in Maryland awarded $ 2.9 million [...]

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Jeff Flake On Earmark Reform

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Via Andrew Roth Interesting, just as Flake calls for an Earmark moratorium, he gets cut off.

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Internet Free From Taxation For 7 More Years

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

God help us if Hillary is elected… Congress approves Internet-tax moratorium The House unanimously approved a seven-year extension of a moratorium on Internet-access taxes, which the Senate passed last week. The move cleared the way for President Bush to sign it before the current ban expires Thursday. For consumers, the legislation largely maintains the status [...]

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Zogby: 52% Of Americans Would Support A Strike On Iran

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

The latest Zogby poll has bad news for those of us who think that preemptive military action against Iran would portend worse consequences for the United States than the Iraq War has: A majority of likely voters – 52% – would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and [...]

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Ron Paul On Leno

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

In case, like me, you missed The Tonight Show last night and forgot to TiVo it, here’s the video of the Congressman’s appearance last night: All in all, more substantive that I would’ve expected from late-night television. And, I’m fairly certain that this is first time the term “Austrian Economics” has been mentioned on late [...]

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That Hillary vs. Ron Paul Rasmussen Poll: What Does It Mean ?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

There’s been much blogosphere commentary on an article earlier this week from Rasmussen Reports showing that Hillary Clinton only leads Ron Paul by ten percentage points in the most recent, and first to my knowledge, head-to-head matchup poll between them. Rasmussen contends that the poll says more about Clinton than it does about Paul: First, [...]

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The Grinch Who Taxed Halloween

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

So is that pumpkin you bought over the weekend something you intend to eat, or is it just a decoration. If you live in Iowa, it apparently makes a difference: The Iowa Department of Revenue is taxing jack-o’-lanterns this Halloween. The new department policy was implemented after officials decided that pumpkins are used primarily for [...]

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A Strange Bit Of Historical Revisionism

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

An article at The Volokh Conspiracy pointed me to a month-old profile of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and, in particular, his role in one of most pivotal events of the Second World War: After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 1941, Stevens enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 6, [...]

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From Taxicab Freedom In Minneapolis To Central Planning In NYC

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Earlier, Doug posted a story about an expansion of freedom in the taxicab market in Minneapolis. It seems that someone finally asked why it was necessary to set an arbitrary limit on the number of cabs operating in the city, and that someone was able to muster enough power to end the restriction. Perhaps NYC [...]

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Milton Friedman lives on…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Mike Huckabee would hate this… Speaking of Milton Friedman…on November 2nd, PBS will be showing The Ultimate Resource, which focuses on individuals in five countries (Ghana, Peru, Bangladesh, Estonia and China) and how the ideals of individual choice, freedom, free trade and private property are successfully being spread throughout the world and improving quality of [...]

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Tom Cruise, The Sex Pistols, And Ron Paul

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

No, it’s not the setup for some weird joke, it’s the lineup on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. Texas Rep. Ron Paul will have the largest audience in his longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination tonight when he joins Tom Cruise and the legendary punk rock band the Sex Pistols as guest [...]

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The Club for Growth Report on Ron Paul, An Analysis

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The Club for Growth paper on Ron Paul has generated some discussion over pragmatism vs radicalism. The Club for Growth, while overall praising Ron Paul, took exception over some stances that they believed as too unrealistic. This post will take a look at the actual paper and evaluate which who’s right on any particular issue, [...]

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The King Of Pork

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

It’s got to be John Murtha, Congressman from Pennsylvania: JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — If John Murtha were a businessman, he’d be the biggest employer in this town. The powerful U.S. congressman has used his clout on Capitol Hill to create thousands of jobs and steer billions of dollars in federal spending to help his hometown in [...]

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Milton Friedman vs. Phil Donohue

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably remember Phil Donohue, who was a loud-mouthed talk show host before loud-mouthed talk shows hosts were cool. And he was, very, very liberal. Here’s a classic segment of an interview with the great Milton Friedman where he tries to trap a Nobel Prize winner in an [...]

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A Victory For Economic Liberty In Minnesota

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The guys at the Institute for Justice are among the unsung heroes in the fight for liberty. Here are a bunch of lawyers dedicated to little more than fighting laws and regulations that restrict the ability of people to run their business, or even to go into business. They’ve been on the winning side and [...]

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Ron Paul and the Nazis: My Take

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Lately there has been a great deal of brouhaha about Ron Paul’s support amongst white-supremacists and the, er, “racially aware” types that frequent Stormfront. Make no mistake, the support is real. Now, these guys support Ron Paul because they like his policies. The white supremacists are actually making a serious mistake in supporting Ron Paul; [...]

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The Giuliani Bubble Could Pop By January, And Ron Paul May Be Holding The Needle

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The oft-repeated mantra of Rudy Giuliani’s Presidential campaign is “electablity” — the idea that, of all the Republican Presidential candidates, he’s the only one capable of beating the presumptive Democratic nominee in November 2008. But the early primary calendar poses a challenge to Giuliani that could put a big hole in the electability argument and [...]

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Sometimes, Intellectual Property Laws Are Just Plain Nuts

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Take, for example, the story of the 9 year old girl who sent a letter to Apple only to get a cease-and-desist letter in return: CBS 13) Like any nine-year-old, Shea O’Gorman spends a lot of time listening to her iPod Nano. So much so, that when her third grade class started learning about writing [...]

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Ron Paul And Alex Jones: A Partial Clarification

Monday, October 29th, 2007

In a post that generated much heated comment, co-contributor Kevin Boyd noted the questions that had been raised over the weekend about a $ 1,300 payment from Ron Paul’s Presidential Campaign to a person who appeared to be Alex Jones of the so-called 9/11 Truthers. It seems that those questions have been answered: The “payment” [...]

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