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Archive for October, 2007

Is Ron Paul’s Campaign Being Hijacked By The Whacko Fringe ?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Over at The Huffington Post, Thomas Edsall comes pretty close to writing a smear peace when he points out the fact that Ron Paul’s campaign seems to be attracting the support of some less than desirable characters: Through no fault of his own, Rep. Ron Paul’s anti-globalist, anti-government campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has […]

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Laissez Faire Books To Close

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Reason’s Brian Doherty reports that one of the great resources for libertarian and classical liberal books is shutting it’s doors at the end of the month: A great libertarian institution is on its way out this month (though they have not yet officially announced it on their web site): Laissez Faire Books, the libertarian book […]

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Verizon Admits It Turned Over Customer Data Without A Warrant

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Today’s Washington Post reports that one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies routinely complies with requests for customer data from government agencies without requiring a warrant: Verizon Communications, the nation’s second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers’ telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times […]

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Ron Paul At The Robert Taft Club

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Ron Paul spoke Friday before the Robert Taft Club in Arlington Virginia, and C-Span was there. Here’s Part One: Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Part Six and, Part Seven

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Ron Paul Beats Mitt Romney

Monday, October 15th, 2007

While I don’t put much stock in straw polls, stories like this should put a quick end to the idea of Mitt Romney as a serious contender for the nomination: SPARKS, Nev. – Ron Paul won the GOP presidential straw poll conducted by organizers at the Conservative Leadership Conference held at the Nugget Casino this […]

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Ron Paul’s Boots On The Ground In New Hampshire

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Today’s Washington Post takes a look at the ground war that Ron Paul’s supporters are running in the state that will hold the nation’s first primary in February: STRAFFORD, N.H. — There’s no mistaking which house on Lake Shore Drive, about 45 minutes northeast of Manchester, is the one full of Paulites — the intensely […]

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US Steel Makers Keep Tariffs

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

The steel makers were successful in persuading the International Trade Commission to keep steel tariffs: In a victory for U.S. steel makers, the federal government agreed Wednesday to continue tariffs on imports of certain steel products from China, India and four other nations. General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. Chrysler and other steel consumers had […]

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Is The Surge Actually Working ?

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

The Washington Post seems to suggest that the answer is yes: NEWS COVERAGE and debate about Iraq during the past couple of weeks have centered on the alleged abuses of private security firms like Blackwater USA. Getting such firms into a legal regime is vital, as we’ve said. But meanwhile, some seemingly important facts about […]

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Ron Paul On The News Hour

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Say what you will about PBS, but you won’t find ABC News spending 20 minutes talking to a Presidential candidate: Here’s Part One: And here’s Part Two: A few thoughts: Woodruff asked Paul what he thought the interests of the United States that were worth defending and I don’t think he ever really answered the […]

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A Civil Liberties Thought Experiment

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Over at Atlas Blogged, Wulf puts forward an interesting civil liberties/intelligence gathering thought experiment: Suppose the CIA wants to eavesdrop on Vladimir Putin. They don’t need a warrant. They just listen in on his phone conversations and they are legally within bounds as far as US laws are concerned. Vladimir calls Kim Jong Ill, they […]

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Ron Paul And Islamofascism

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Over at RealClear Politics, Tom Bevan takes Ron Paul to task for his recent statements about people who use the term “islamofacsism”: In the spin room after the Republican debate on Tuesday evening in Dearborn, Mich., a reporter from the Arab-American News asked Ron Paul what he thought of the term “Islamic fascism.” “It’s a […]

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Iraq: A Nightmare With No End In Sight

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

So says retired Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded American forces in Iraq from 2003-2004: Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who led U.S. forces in Iraq for a year after the March 2003 invasion, accused the Bush administration yesterday of going to war with a “catastrophically flawed” plan and said the United States is […]

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Why Ayn Rand Still Matters

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Reason’s Brian Doherty explains why Ayn Rand still matters, and why the political right would do well to reconsider her ideas: [Rand] recognized, not merely that government shouldn’t take as much from us as it does, but also that it can’t justly and pragmatically do as much as it currently […]

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Ron Paul: No Reason To Ever Go To War

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Ron Paul spoke with the Washington Post yesterday: Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul said today that he could see no possible reason to ever launch military action or initiate a war, vowing instead to battle efforts he said are undermining the individual liberties of people in America. In an interview with’s PostTalk program, the […]

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CNBC’s Open Letter To Ron Paul Supporters

Friday, October 12th, 2007

In the wake of Tuesday’s debate, CNBC ran an online poll that Ron Paul seemed to be winning. However, after several hours, the poll was taken down and removed from the network’s website. Today, Alan Wastler, the managing editor at explains why they did it: Dear folks, You guys are good. Real good. You […]

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There’s Only Ten ?

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Andrew Roth at the Club For Growth tries to pick the ten dumbest vote in the history of the House of Representatives. Here are a few select goodies: MOHAIR SUBSIDIES (Roll Call 383, 2000) – Offered by then-Rep. Mark Sanford, this vote sought to defund all mohair subsidies. Pray tell, what exactly is mohair? Webster’s […]

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McCain’s Health Care Plan: The Good and Bad

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Presidential candidate John McCain introduced his healthcare plan today. It has some aspects that are an improvement of the current system, while there are some features that are bad. First, the good: The plan would end the tax incentives provided to businesses for providing healthcare to employees, and transfer that incentive to individuals for owning […]

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Burma Update: Tyranny Unfettered

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Now that the rest of the world has moved it’s attention elsewhere, it seems that the military crackdown in Burma is getting even more brutal: Monks confined in a room with their own excrement for days, people beaten just for being bystanders at a demonstration, a young woman too traumatised to speak, and screams in […]

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The Heroes Of Capitalism

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

In an article that appeared in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, but only became available for free access today, Philosopher David Kelley marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Atlas Shrugged by noting the novel’s central accomplishment, celebrating as heroes men and women who even today are still considered villains by a large part of […]

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The Taxpayer Choice Act

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Robert Novak writes today about a sweeping tax reform package being proposed by a trio of Republican Congressman: [R]eform-minded conservative Republicans this week introduce the most sweeping tax plan since Jack Kemp’s three decades ago. It would establish a radically simplified, flatter tax for an estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of all income tax […]

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