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Archive for December, 2007

Monday Open Thread — Resolutions Edition

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Note that I didn’t say “revolutions” edition, although if your resolution is to start a revolution, that’s fine too. My goals are pretty vanilla; get into better shape and cut down on debt, and hopefully (if the market is properly battered) to buy a house. How about you folks? What do you have planned for […]

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Huckabee: My Supporters Are Scarier Than Ron Paul’s!

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Ron Paul has attracted the support of a few unsavory characters, but we’re all sure that Ron Paul doesn’t agree with them on their unsavory beliefs, and his record proves it. Mike Huckabee? Not so much. He seems pretty certifiably wacko, and his supporters are most definitely unsavory: I read in Robert Novak’s column this […]

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Naughty Or Nice? Santa & The FBI Want To Know!

Monday, December 24th, 2007

It’s often said that if a politician or newsmaker wants to make sure something gets swept under the rug, they’ll ensure it drops on a Friday afternoon. That way, the media gets distracted by other stories by the time Monday rolls around, and they can hope that it gets reported without fanfare. So what does […]

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Why The Ron Paul / Stormfront Issue Bothers Me

Friday, December 21st, 2007

As most readers of this blog know, I’ve pretty well stayed out of this issue. I’ve never been all that interested in stupid political theater, preferring to deal with the ideological issues instead. I’m a lot more of a policy wonk than a political chess player. That being said, Doug’s criticism of Ron Paul’s handling […]

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Hillary Clinton Christmas Video Mash-Up: This Time With Prices

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Erick at Redstate has done a fairly good job of remaking Hillary Clinton’s Christmas ad: Ha !

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What’s So Bad About Mike Huckabee ?

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

George Will sums it up nicely: Huckabee’s campaign actually is what Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy is misdescribed as being — a comprehensive apostasy against core Republican beliefs. Giuliani departs from recent Republican stances regarding two issues — abortion and the recognition by law of same-sex couples. Huckabee’s radical candidacy broadly repudiates core Republican policies such as […]

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Web Sites “Fined” For Gambling Advertising

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Web giants to settle gambling allegations The U.S. attorney in St. Louis announced the settlements Wednesday with Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., which she accused of selling ads that steered U.S. Web surfers to offshore gambling websites. The Justice Department considers publishers of such gambling ads to be accessories to a crime. Without […]

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Federal Reserve To Reduce Your Access To Risk

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

In the subprime meltdown, there were some problems on the front end, and some problems on the back end. The front end is the lender/borrower relationship, and most of the major-media attention has been placed here. The major media is torn between blaming borrowers for taking too much risk, and blaming lenders for making too […]

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Quote Of The Day — Creative Destruction Edition

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The FCC is looking to relax some of their rules regarding media cross-ownership, in order to give fishwrap media a chance at survival. To do so, they need to be lean and efficient. One way to do so is to share their reporting staff with television news, to ensure the job is not needlessly duplicated. […]

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The Ron Paul/Stormfront Story Makes The MSM

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Frankly, I was beginning to think that I was wrong in my prediction that the story about Ron Paul’s campaign receiving a $ 500 donation from the guy who runs the Stormfront website would eventually be picked up by the mainstream media as Paul became more of a story in the race. It appears, though, […]

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In Hillary Clinton’s America, The Government Plays Santa Claus With Your Money

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Check out Hillary Clinton’s “Christmas card” ad: Hillary Clinton as Santa Claus giving us all presents. Ummm, except for the fact that all of her “presents” are paid for with someone else’s money.

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Explaining The Appeal Of Ron Paul

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Are political analysts finally starting to figure out why someone who was, until earlier this year, an obscure Congressman from Texas has garnered the support that Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign has seen ? Here’s Ezra Klein at The American Prospect: With Paul, the positions aren’t the point. His candidacy is tonal, aesthetic in nature. It’s […]

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Your Death Due To Global Warming — Now Illustrated!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Wow. That’s all I can really say. Wow. I could make snide jokes, I could try to spin some insightful political commentary out of it, but all that is unnecessary. Click the link. Feel free to report any of your reactions in the comments section. Hat Tip: Cafe Hayek

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Should Oil Producers Embargo America Again? The Democrats And Republicans Seem To Think So

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

In 1973, OPEC announced an embargo of oil sales to countries whose governments had supported Israel in the Yom Kippur war. In the U.S. this precipitated a major economic crisis as the U.S. government attempted to ration gasoline and control production and sale through a regime of price controls. The U.S. Central bank also embarked […]

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An Open Letter to Neal Boortz

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Mr. Boortz, I am writing this letter as a plea for you to reconsider your support for Mike Huckabee‘s candidacy for Republican nomination for President. I’ve listened to you since I was fourteen years old. I remember my mom telling me when I was eight or so that I was going to like your show […]

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The Price Of Government Comes Home

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

The government believes you should use ethanol as a fuel. They have enacted policies to incentivize ethanol production. Those policies, as I pointed out here, have unintended consequences: But let’s look at what’s happened. First, we started hurting poor Mexicans by threatening their access to affordable corn tortillas, a staple of the diet for the […]

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Timeline of liberty

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Here is a neat timeline of the libertarian movement, from John Locke to Ron Paul with many interesting stops in between.

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John Stossel & Ron Paul On Respecting The Constitution

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Say what you might about Ron Paul and his supporters, but he’s the only candidate in the race who talks about following the Constitution and actually means what he says: Paul talks a lot about the Constitution, more so than any other candidate. “We’ve had a grand experiment in this country where we emphasize freedom. […]

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Iowa’s Pink Locker Room — Federal Issue?

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Many years ago, coach Hayden Fry of the Iowa Hawkeyes chose to paint the visiting team’s locker room pink. In the world of big-time college football, he believed that putting his opponents into a pink locker room would pacify them and give the Hawkeyes a better chance for victory. Such a sentiment, though, doesn’t quite […]

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John Stossel & Ron Paul On Health Care

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

In the fifth part of his Ron Paul: Unplugged series, John Stossel talks to the the Texas Congressman and Medical Doctor about health care: “We’ve had the government involved in our medical care system since the early ’70s, we’ve had managed care. And all of a sudden, nobody’s happy with it,” Paul said in our […]

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