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Archive for December, 2007

John Stossel & Ron Paul On Immigration

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

In the fourth part of their web-only interview, ABC’s John Stossel and Congressman Ron Paul talk about illegal immigration: Paul, R-Texas, strongly opposes granting “amnesty” to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States today. So I asked him what he’d do with all those immigrants. Would he try to arrest all of [...]

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Ayn Rand On What’s Wrong With Conservatives

Friday, December 14th, 2007

It was recorded in 1961, but it’s equally applicable today: H/T: LewRockwell.com

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Repeal The Shoe Tax !

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Shoe manufacturers and retailers are lobbying Congress to repeal a seventy year old tariff that has outlived it’s usefulness: WASHINGTON – Footwear manufacturers and retailers are trying to end a Depression-era federal shoe tax, a move they say could save American consumers hundreds of millions of dollars annually and kick-start relatively flat footwear sales. Trade [...]

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Memo To Congress: Stay Away From Baseball

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Less than a day after former Senator George Mitchell issued his report on the use of steroids in baseball, two Congressman are calling for investigations and hearings: About two hours after the report was released, two congressmen at the forefront of Capitol Hill’s involvement in the steroids issue asked Mitchell, Selig and Fehr to testify [...]

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John Stossel & Ron Paul On Foreign Policy

Friday, December 14th, 2007

More than any other issue, it is foreign policy and, more specifically the War in Iraq that has propelled Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign. He is, after all, the only Republican candidate who has spoken against the war and against virtually the entire foreign policy that the Bush Administration has engaged in since taking office in [...]

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Those Stupid Europeans

Friday, December 14th, 2007

The next time you hear some politician telling you that America should be more like Europe, remember nonsense like this: Amazon.com may not offer free delivery on books in France, the high court in Versailles has ruled. The action, brought in January 2004 by the French Booksellers’ Union (Syndicat de la librairie française), accused Amazon [...]

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Why Capitalism Is Not Anti-Environment

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

To obtain shellfish, it’s often required dredging the sea floor. That’s a particularly nasty proposition, because it destroys reefs harboring complex ecosystems. And at the same time, it’s not particularly energy-efficient, and the damage done tends to also damage the shellfish recovered. However, a new type of non-invasive dredge is changing that (at least for [...]

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Quote Of The Day — Bush Strategerist Edition

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

From a “memo” in the Financial Times, where Karl Rove offers Obama advice on beating Hillary: First, stop acting like a vitamindeficient Adlai Stevenson. Striking a pose of being high-minded and too pure will not work. Americans want to see you scrapping and fighting for the job, not in a mean or ugly way but [...]

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Democratic Des Moines Register Debate Round-Up And Reaction

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

You would have thought I learned my lesson yesterday, but I actually sat down and watched the entire 90 minutes of the Democratic candidates debate sponsored by The Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Television. Same moderator. Same format. The only thing that was missing was Carolyn Washburn’s inane attempt to get all the candidates [...]

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The Ron Paul Republicans

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Today’s Washington Post reports on something that I’m pretty sure is a first. There’s a guy in Maryland campaigning for the Republican nomination for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District as a “Ron Paul Republican”: In the past few election cycles, Republicans haven’t made much headway in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, which includes part of Montgomery County [...]

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John Stossel Talks To Ron Paul On The Proper Role Of Government

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

In the second part of his web-only interview of Congressman Ron Paul, ABC’s John Stossel talks about the proper role of government: When Paul is asked to count off the major responsibilities of the federal government should have, he arrives at a surprisingly short list. “Protect our freedoms. Have a strong national defense. Look and [...]

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A Real Bailout For The Banking Industry

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Only a week ago, I was claiming that the Bush “plan” to streamline the mortgage-modification process wasn’t a bailout. A bailout is when the government actually spends money or drastically changes regulation in order to give an industry a helping hand. That plan wasn’t a bailout, for many reasons. But the financial markets weren’t quite [...]

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Republican Des Moines Register Debate Round-Up And Reaction

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

This afternoon, the Republican candidates for President, including the quixotic and slightly odd Alan Keyes, met in Des Moines Iowa for their final debate before the January 3rd Iowa Caucuses. To say that this debate was anti-climactic is an understatement. The moderator, Carolyn Washburn, is the editor of the Des Moines Register and, quite honestly, [...]

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John Stossel Interviews Ron Paul On Legalizing Drugs And Prostitution

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

ABC’s John Stossel, who is probably the only outspoken pro-free market/pro-individual liberty journalists in the mainstream media, interviewed Presidential candidate Ron Paul recently, and their talk will be featured by ABC as a six-part series on ABCNews.com: Over the last few months, I’ve received hundreds of e-mails from people who wanted me to interview the [...]

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36% Of Teens Use Drugs — Bush Claims Credit

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Bush Says Drug Policy Working Teens in the 2007 “Monitoring the Future” study reported that their use of most drugs either became less frequent or held steady during the previous 12 months. But researchers noted a gradual increase during the past few years in the number of teenagers using the drug known as ecstasy, following [...]

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Congress Set To Declare That Christmas Is Important

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

In light of tarran’s excellent post about government recognition of religious holidays, I found this article from The Politico to be both amusing and disturbing: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced a resolution (H.Res. 847) saying, and I am not making this up, that Christmas and Christians are important. The House is scheduled to vote [...]

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The Cult Of Death

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

An Australian medical expert has called for a $ 5,000 per child tax for any family with more than two children: COUPLES who have more than two children should be charged a lifelong tax to offset their extra offspring’s carbon dioxide emissions, a medical expert says. The report in an Australian medical journal called for [...]

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Two Victories on the Mandatory Minimums Front

Monday, December 10th, 2007

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday said judges may impose shorter prison terms for crack cocaine crimes, enhancing judicial discretion to reduce the disparity between sentences for crack and cocaine powder. By a 7-2 vote, the court said that a 15-year sentence given to Derrick Kimbrough, a veteran of the 1991 war with Iraq, [...]

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Should Governments Promote Religious Holidays?

Monday, December 10th, 2007

A perennial question that comes up this time of the year is the question of how Christmas should be celebrated in public places, with a significant amount of anger and heated accusations being traded between proponents and opponents of the idea. The Argument For Christmas is a major part of American culture, especially since it [...]

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Ron Paul Turns Down Invitation To Run On Libertarian Ticket

Monday, December 10th, 2007

As I noted yesterday, the Libertarian National Committee took the somewhat unusual step of asking Ron Paul, who is running for the Republican Presidential nomination, to run as a Libertarian if he does not get the GOP nomination. Today, the Austin American-Statesman reports that Paul has declined the invitation: WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul [...]

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