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Archive for October, 2007

The Club For Growth Grades Ron Paul’s Economic Record

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The Club For Growth released another White Paper on the economic policies and records of the various Presidential candidates, and this time it’s all about Ron Paul. “Ron Paul’s record contains some very laudable components,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “On taxes, regulation, and political speech, his record is superb. His spending record [...]

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Genarlow Wilson: The Rest Of The Story

Monday, October 29th, 2007

There’s an interesting post-script to the Genarlow Wilson story at CNN.com this afternoon. In it, Wilson discusses why he rejected a plea deal back in 2005 that would have kept him of prison. The reason is pretty clear — pleading guilty would have ruined his life just as much as the prison sentence did: ATLANTA, [...]

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Fighting The Fairness Doctrine

Monday, October 29th, 2007

In today’s Wall Street Journal, John Fund writes about the one-man war against the Fairness Doctrine being fought by Congressman Mike Pence: Mr. Pence is proposing the Broadcaster Freedom Act, a bill that would permanently bury the Fairness Doctrine. Because House Democratic leaders are unlikely to allow it to come to the floor for a [...]

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Ron Paul’s Second New Hampshire Television Ad

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Well, I’ll say this much. It’s better than the first commercial, mostly because it’s just the candidate talking about what he believes. The message pure end the Iraq War and bring the troops home from everywhere. with a paen to something that the United States Government hasn’t seen in a long time — a balanced [...]

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Ron Paul Paid 9/11 “Truther” Alex Jones?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Beth at the blog My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy has uncovered evidence that Ron Paul has paid 9/11 Troofer kook Alex Jones $1,300″. For the Paulistians and others who will be on this thread shortly to attack me, say I’m part of the New World Order, accuse me of being on the payroll of Israel, [...]

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John Edwards Wants To Censor The Medical Information You Receive

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards is proposing that drug companies be prevented from informing the public of the possible beneficial effects of their products: Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says prescription drug companies should have to wait two years to begin advertising their new products to consumers. Edwards on Sunday was outlining a plan to [...]

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The Case Against An Elected Judiciary

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Today’s Washington Post writes about the extent to which partisan politics has inserted itself into that peculiarly American institution, the judicial election: Judicial elections are an almost uniquely American invention, with a patchwork of more than 16 selection systems spread across the country. In the 21 states that hold direct partisan and nonpartisan elections for [...]

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The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Now Available Online

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Now available for free online, The Ayn Rand Lexicon an A-to-Z presentation of the basic principles of Objectivism on a topics ranging from Antitrust Laws to Music to the Welfare State. It’s not a substitute for actually reading about the ideas themselves, but its a good place to start if you’re at all curious. H/T: [...]

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Ron Paul’s First New Hampshire Television Ad

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

As I understand it, these ads are set to start running this weekend or early next week. If this is the entire ad strategy, it’s disappointing. Part of the problem with using volunteers to do campaign ads is that, usually they can’t act and they have a hard time acting like themselves when the camera [...]

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Mike Huckabee, Less Than Meets The Eye

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is, in many respects, the flavor-of-the-month in the Republican Presidential field right now. He came in a surprising second in the Ames Straw Poll back in August, and he’s been rising in the polls to the point where Rasmussen now has him ahead of Mitt Romney in their national poll. [...]

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Breaking: Justice For Genarlow Wilson

Friday, October 26th, 2007

This morning the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that Genarlow Wilson’s ten year prison sentence for having consenual oral sex with his 15 year old girlfriend when he was 17 constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” and ordered Wilson released immediately: Georgia’s State Supreme Court has ruled that Genarlow Wilson’s 10-year sentence for having consensual oral [...]

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Now This Is What $ 5 Million In The Bank Can Do For You

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Ron Paul is about to begin a major media blitz in New Hampshire: WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 — If media muscle is any measure of a candidate, Representative Ron Paul of Texas is getting ready to flex his. In the last two weeks, Mr. Paul — a Republican presidential candidate — has spent nearly a half-million [...]

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More On Stormfront And The Ron Paul Campaign

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Two weeks ago I wrote about the endorsement that Ron Paul’s campaign had received from the neo-nazi’s over at Stormfront. Now,  its seems that the founder of the site has donated money to the campaign: A LoneStarTimes.com investigation has conclusively established that a leading figure in the American neo-Nazi / White-Supremacist movement has provided financial [...]

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Exposing A Myth About Drug Legalization

Friday, October 26th, 2007

One of the most common retorts from opponents of drug legalization is that making drugs available legally would lead to increased use. Well, if Britain’s experience with the decriminalization is any indication, they’ve got it completely wrong: Gordon Brown’s plans to tighten the law on cannabis by increasing the penalties for possession suffered a fresh [...]

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Confessions Of A Former “Big-L” Libertarian

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Vodkapundit’s Stephen Green explains why he divorced himself from the party that once captivated him so much: [W]e all woke up one morning to learn that airliners had crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and into the wooded hills of Pennsylvania. “Well, here’s a war even a good Libertarian like me can support.” [...]

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Government Funding of Science: Inherently Susceptible to Junk and Superstition.

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I recently discovered the thoroughly enjoyable podcast put out by Skepticality magazine, and was browsing through some past ‘casts, when I stumbled across an interview (in Podcast #59) with Lori Lipman-Brown, a lobbyist in the employ of the Secular Coalition of America. The interview was pretty wide ranging, but at one point it focused on [...]

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Is Ron Paul Close To 10% In New Hampshire ?

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

A new poll being released today seems to suggest that the answer is yes: St. Anselm College’s Institute of Politics will release a new poll today, completed by SRBI Research in New York City, showing that Clinton and Romney hold solid leads in New Hampshire. The survey of 1,514 likely primary voters has margins of [...]

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Economic Illogic

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

One economist seems to think that the recent fires in Southern California might actually help the economy: “In the odd nature of economic accounting, this will probably be a stimulus,” said Alan Gin, a University of San Diego economist. “There will be a huge amount of rebuilding in the next couple of years, financed by [...]

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Giuliani’s Neocon Foreign Policy Advisors

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

The New York Times has a report out on the foreign policy team that Rudy Giuliani has assembled, and it seems to be made up of the same bunch of guys who got us in the mess we’re in right now: Rudolph W. Giuliani’s approach to foreign policy shares with other Republican presidential candidates an [...]

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Supreme Court To Consider D.C. Gun Ban Appeal Request Nov. 9th

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

SCOTUSBlog reports that the Supreme Court will consider the Writ Of Certiorari in the two cases appealing last year’s decision overturning Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban on November 9th: The Supreme Court will consider two petitions growing out of the Second Amendment dispute over a District of Columbia ban on private possession of handguns at its [...]

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