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Archive for October, 2007

Ron Paul And The Theocons

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Along with most of the other Presidential candidates, Ron Paul appeared in Washington yesterday at the so-called Value Voters Summit sponsored by the Family Research Council. Here are a few YouTube highlights First, Congressman Paul responds to an audience members question about libertarian views on social issues. After Paul is done, there’s a bit from […]

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I wish I’d done it

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’m glad to see that someone destroyed this monument to a murderer: A glass monument to revolutionary icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara was shot up and destroyed less than two weeks after it was unveiled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s government. Images of the 8-foot-tall glass plate bearing Guevara’s image, now toppled and shattered, were shown […]

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Hillary Clinton And Executive Power

Friday, October 19th, 2007

As things stand today, Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite to win the White House in 2008. While things could, and hopefully will, change between now and then, that brings up the interesting question of just how eager she would be to divest the Presidency of the powers that George W. Bush has assumed over […]

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The Philosophy of Life, Liberty, and Property Explained

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Hat Tip: Cato on Campus

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How Not To Fix The Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Friday, October 19th, 2007

In today’s New York York Times, Shelia Blair, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, makes this proposal on how to fix the subprime mortgage crisis: [S]ubprime servicers should take a more standardized approach: restructure all 2/28 and 3/27 subprime hybrid loans for owner-occupied homes in cases where the borrower has been making timely payments […]

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Libertarians vs. Communitarians

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Michael Kinsley has a short article in Time Magazine about the rise in public awareness of libertarian ideas manifested in Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign, and comes closer than most have to identifying the true nature of the political divide in America today: Many people feel that neither party offers a coherent set of principles that […]

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Absurd Intellectual Property Argument

Friday, October 19th, 2007

It’s not often that America’s pastime and individual liberty cross paths, but it happened earlier this week when a Federal Appeals Court in Missouri rejected an argument by Major League Baseball and it’s players union that player names and statistics constitute intellectual property rights: Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) — Companies that operate fantasy sports leagues have […]

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226 Years Ago Today: American Liberty Is Secured

Friday, October 19th, 2007

It was 226 years ago today that Lord Cornwallis formally surrendered to George Washington, ending the Seige of Yorktown and, effectively, the Revolutionary War itself: The morning following the battle a formal surrender ceremony took place. Cornwallis refused to attend out of pure embarrassment, claiming illness. Although absent at the surrender ceremony, he observed to […]

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Vice-President Ron Paul ?

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Rojas speculates over at The Crossed Pond: What else is the VP slot for? Setting aside the pro-liberty voters who might otherwise be lost to the Democrats–again, many of them in critical swing states–there’s a huge element of Ron Paul’s supporters who wouldn’t otherwise vote AT ALL. In an election that otherwise promises to be […]

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Another Argument In Favor Of Separating Education And The State

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

This time from Portland, Maine: PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11. King Middle School will become the first middle school in Maine to […]

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Ron Paul: Still Running For Congress

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

An interesting article came through the aggregator today. It seems Ron Paul is having even more fundraising success that we realized, in his campaign for re-election to Congress: FRIENDSWOOD — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul raised more than six times the money for his re-election campaign this quarter than his primary challenger, Friendswood city councilman Chris […]

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Paul Campaign Speaks On Fundraising Success

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

The Campaign Director and Finance Director of Ron Paul’s Presidential Campaign spoke yesterday at the National Press Club about what has clearly been a very successful fundraising campaign: Ron Paul has been stockpiling his campaign cash, and his campaign says he’s now in such a good financial situation that he should be considered one of […]

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Latest Rasmussen Poll: More Of The Same Nationally, And A Huckabee Surprise In Iowa

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

The latest Rasmussen Poll is out and, at least on the national side, shows results consistent with other national polls released in the past month: For the seven days ending October 14, 2007 show that Rudy Giuliani earns 29% of the vote while Fred Thompson attracts 19%. Mitt Romney has slipped a point and is […]

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George W. Bush: A Libertarian’s Dream

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Never before has one President done so much to destroy the idea that Americans should have faith in the state: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deepening unhappiness with President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress soured the mood of Americans and sent Bush’s approval rating to another record low this month, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll […]

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Latest Rasmussen Poll: More Of The Same Nationally, And A Huckabee Surprise In Iowa

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

The latest Rasmussen Poll is out and, at least on the national side, shows results consistent with other national polls released in the past month: For the seven days ending October 14, 2007 show that Rudy Giuliani earns 29% of the vote while Fred Thompson attracts 19%. Mitt Romney has slipped a point and is […]

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

(WSB Radio) — Despite the threat of legal action by Gov. Sonny Perdue, the Army Corps of Engineers says it has no plans to reduce the release of water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. Army Major Darren Payne tells WSB’s Pete Combs the Corps is required by law to send water down the Chattahoochee […]

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The Hillary Clinton Nanny State Begins To Take Shape

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Her idea to give every child born in the United States a $ 5,000 bond may have fallen by the wayside, but that isn’t stopping Hillary Clinton from proposing yet more nanny state nonsense: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday proposed giving $1 billion in grants to states that enact paid family leave laws and said […]

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The Latest Gallup Poll: The Song Remains The Same

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Gallup has another poll of the Republican candidates out and, there’s not alot of change from the last several polls. Here are the basic numbers: Rudy Giuliani 32% Fred Thompson 18% John McCain 14% Mitt Romney 10% Mike Huckabee 6% Ron Paul 5% (4) The major change over the last poll is a slight up-tick […]

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Getting Free Speech Wrong

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Proving the old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows, and that misunderstanding the Constitution is something that both the right and the left are guilty of, the President of NARAL and the President of the Christian Coalition have a joint column in today’s Washington Post about the refusal by Verizon Wireless to allow broadcast text […]

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Quote Of The Day — Liberal Bias Edition

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Seen on a bumper sticker: REALITY Has A Liberal Bias Really? Now, humanity has a liberal bias. Most of humanity is caring, generous, kind, forgiving, and willing to accept and look past the failure of others. Reality? Not so much. Reality is cruel, reality is harsh, reality punishes mistakes without remorse. Reality doesn’t give many […]

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