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Archive for November, 2007

Venezuela: Turning Against Chavez ?

Friday, November 30th, 2007

In what may well be the last real chance the people of Venezuela have to stop Hugo Chavez by democratic means, it looks like there’s more than a few citizens of the country who’ve had enough: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital Thursday to oppose a [...]

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Anthony Bourdain On The War Against Fois Gras

Friday, November 30th, 2007

The Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain was in Washington, D.C. earlier this month promoting his new book and spoke with Reason.tv about the next front in the war against the food police:

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Federalism vs. Individual Freedom

Friday, November 30th, 2007

The Constitutionalism of Ron Paul has ignited a debate that’s sorely needed in this country. The Founding Fathers envisioned a nation of individual States, each with its own quirks and ideas, and each with wide latitudes to set its own internal laws and policies as it saw fit. The central government was tasked only with [...]

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The Real Immigration Problem

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The New York Times had an editorial this morning about the real problem with immigration in this country. The fact that many people who want to become Americans are forced to suffer with long delays before getting naturalized and residence visas. The agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, is telling legal immigrants that applications for citizenship [...]

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Another Reason Why Ron Paul Is Having Problems

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Ron Paul is one of the few presidential candidates in any party running on a platform of immediate withdrawal from Iraq. However, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll on Nov. 20-26 which asked various questions on Iraq: The results were: Do you think the U.S. should keep military troops in Iraq until the situation [...]

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Religious Tolerance, Teddy Bears, And The Insanity Of Sharia Law

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Today, an English teacher who went to Sudan to teach was sentenced to jail and deportation for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammed: KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — A Sudanese court found a British teacher guilty of inciting religious hatred and sentenced her to 15 days imprisonment Thursday for allowing a teddy bear to [...]

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Open Thread: How Do We Stop Mike Huckabee?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Today’s open thread is about how those of who support limited government can stop Mike Huckabee. To spur the creative juices, here’s Mike at his finest:

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War On Drugs Update: Afghanistan Edition

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Afghan leaders, prompted by the United States discourage farmers from growing opium, so they switch to alternative plants: KABUL, Afghanistan — The fields of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan were free of opium poppies this year, a success touted often by Afghan and international officials. But one look at Mohammad Alam’s fields uncovers an emerging [...]

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The Marathon Is Becoming A Sprint

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Thirty Five days from today, Iowa voters will caucus and the 2008 Presidential primary season will start. Five days later, New Hampshire will hold it’s primary earlier in the year than ever before. And, then, four weeks later, 20 states will hold primaries on what some pundits are referring to as Super Duper Tuesday. By [...]

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Right-wing Progressivism

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Jonah Goldberg wraps on Mike Huckabee on NRO TV. Here is part of the transcript: I think people are focusing way too much on Ron Paul when the real threat is Mike Huckabee. [...] He believes that the government, the federal government, the government in Washington is there to be used to do any and [...]

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Republican CNN/YouTube Debate Roundup And Reaction

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Well, that was a complete and total waste of about two hours of my life. Tonight, the Republican candidates for President (not including Alan Keyes, who’s campaign has somehow gotten my email address and decided to bombard me with daily updates) gathered in Florida for their version of 2008′s latest fad……..a bunch of inane debate [...]

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GOP You Tube Wrap-Up

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Tonight, the Republicans had their YouTube debate. I recommend my co-blogger Jason’s live blog about it. Basically, I think tonight ended some bids for the White House and it gave some dark horse candidates a boost. Winners: (In order of best to worst) Mike Huckabee: He was outstanding in his delivery on all the questions. [...]

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Why Is Ron Paul Slipping On Intrade?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

I’ve long been a fan of Intrade, as I’ve pointed out here, here, and here. I’ve noted that Ron Paul, for quite some time, has been trading higher on Intrade than he’s been polling. But something recently changed, and rather inexplicably. When the Ron Paul advocates raised $4.2M in one day, I expected to see [...]

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John Edwards Doesn’t Trust The FDA

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

He won’t tell you this, though. In fact, he wants you to believe he’s here to help you, as part of the “other” America. But in fact, when he fights against advertising for drugs that have passed FDA certification on “safety” grounds, he’s implicitly telling you that he doesn’t believe the FDA is certifying drug [...]

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John Edwards Demands You Have Healthcare

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Trial lawyer and Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards revealed how he will force all Americans to enroll in Edwardscare: “I’m mandating healthcare for every man woman and child in America and that’s the only way to have real universal healthcare.” “Evertime you go into contact with the helathcare system or the govenment you will be [...]

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A Small Win For Privacy

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Amazon user data request dropped Federal prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena seeking the identities of thousands of people who bought used books through online retailer Amazon.com Inc., newly unsealed court records show. The withdrawal came after a judge ruled that the customers had a 1st Amendment right to keep their reading habits from the government. [...]

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Libertarianism And Non-Interventionism

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Megan McArdle has a post up outlining the divide that developed among libertarians over foreign policy in the wake of the Iraq War: A real non-interventionist has to accept that the United States should not have entered into World War II. Yes, Japan attacked us, but they did so because we were encroaching on their [...]

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Chavez threatens property of opponents

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Atlas continues to shrug in Venezuela: The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, today threatened to strip the country’s industrialists of their assets if they continued to oppose his indefinite presidency. Chávez faces a vote at the weekend on his proposals to change 69 articles of the constitution, including scrapping the limit on the number of terms [...]

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Lou Dobbs Is Winning

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

David Brooks argues in the New York Times that the nativist, anti-free trade, anti-immigrant message of Lou Dobbs is winning the battle for hearts and minds: Once there was a majority in favor of liberal immigration policies, but apparently that’s not true anymore, at least if you judge by campaign rhetoric. Once there was a [...]

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Mitt Romney’s Religious Test

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has stated that he would not appoint an otherwise qualified person who happened to be Muslim to his cabinet if he became President: I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position [...]

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