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Archive for January, 2008

Economic Freedom in the world

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The Heritage Foundation has released its annual Index of Economic Freedom. The report analyzes different areas of economic policy (taxes, trade, business, property rights and more) and ranks 162 nations accordingly. It’s always an interesting read. If you’re a fan of economics, you’ll enjoy it.

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Nevada Judge Says NBC Must Include Dennis Kucinich

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Late yesterday, a state court Judge in Nevada said that NBC must include Dennis Kucinich (D., Mars) in tonight’s Democratic debate: A judge in Nevada has just ordered MSNBC to include Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Tuesday’s Democratic Party presidential debate in Las Vegas or he will cancel the forum. Senior Clark County District Court Judge […]

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End the War

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The enemy has changed tactics yet again and as a result we are left scrambling to catch up. Despite a large U.S. military presence, he still manages to elude detection and moves with impunity in order to accomplish his objectives. After an investment of billions of dollars and several years of operations, it’s time to […]

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Supreme Court To The Sick And Dying: The Only Right You Have Is The Right To Die

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Today, the Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal in a case that asks the question — do terminally ill patients have the right to access to experimental drugs ?: The Supreme Court today declined to consider whether dying patients have a right to be treated with experimental drugs not yet approved by the Food […]

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Michigan Predictions And Monday Open Thread

Monday, January 14th, 2008

I haven’t exactly been accurate on my predictions for the primary season so far, but with only one race to worry about, maybe I’ll get it right this time. The Republicans should turn out as follows: John McCain Mitt Romney Mike Huckabee Fred Thompson Ron Paul Rudy Giuliani Current polls have McCain and Romney virtually […]

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When Gun Rights and Property Rights Collide

Monday, January 14th, 2008

THE ATLANTA JOUNAL-CONSTITIUTION – Calling it “a core fundamental issue” for his group this year, the head of the National Rifle Association lobbied hard Monday for a bill that would allow employees to keep handguns in their cars at work. NRA Executive President Wayne LaPierre made a rare appearance under the Gold Dome Monday, a […]

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In Britain, Your Body Belongs To The State

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The British government is in the process of turning it’s citizen’s bodies into harvesting sources: LONDON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday threw his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to remove organs from dead patients without explicit consent. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr. Brown said such a move would save thousands of […]

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Quote Of The Day: Explaining What’s Wrong Edition

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

From Mark @ Publius Endures: People don’t have to be libertarian to be persuaded by libertarian policy arguments- but they do have to have at least a positive or neutral impression of the people making those arguments in the first place. The more that Ron Paul remains the face of libertarianism, the more negative the […]

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A Good Point in the Ron Paul Kerfluffle

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

This point at Classically Liberal is really quite a good one. Paul’s final defense is to ask us to believe that he doesn’t pay attention to his own affairs or what is done in his name. He doesn’t read the publications he sends out. In fact, he doesn’t even write his own material. He doesn’t […]

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California Slightly Backs Down On Thermostat Issue

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Last week, I posted about California’s proposed Big Brother Thermostat proposal, where they were planning to mandate that all new thermostats allowed the state utility companies to shut off your A/C if it was an “emergency”. They’ve backed down on this one, but only slightly: As initially proposed, these programmable thermostats would have deferred in […]

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DoJ and DC Gun Ban

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief on behalf the District of Columbia. Yes, you read that right. The Bush Administration is supporting DC in the upcoming case on that will have a major impact on gun owner’s rights. Here is the analysis from David Hardy: As I read this, the (Bush) Dept […]

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Federal Driver’s Licenses: The Government’s New Plan To Screw Up Your Life

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The brainiacs who’ve made air travel almost as fun as a 10-hour Coca-Cola enema have unveiled their new master plan for creating an efficient security system…federally mandated drivers licenses for everybody under the age of 50, which all states will be forced to comply with by 2011, whether they’re capable or doing so or not, […]

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Ron Paul & The Newsletters: 1996 vs. 2008

Friday, January 11th, 2008

When the story about the racist content of some of the newsletters published under his name first became public this week, Ron Paul’s campaign issued this statement: “The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and […]

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Hugo Chavez Borrows From Hitler’s Playbook

Friday, January 11th, 2008

It seems that Jewish people in Venezuela are becoming just a little concerned about their President’s ties to people like the President of Iran: Venezuelan Jews, long uneasy with the Chávez government’s alliances with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries that espouse anti-Israel views, are concerned that the government is sponsoring anti-Semitism in this hemisphere, […]

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Ron Paul And The Future Of Libertarianism

Friday, January 11th, 2008

I had a feeling that I’d be writing a post like this at some point, I just didn’t think it would be this soon or under these circumstances. Now that we know the results in Iowa and, more importantly,  New Hampshire and now that the newsletter story has hit the mainstream media in a big […]

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The Ron Paul Newsletters: Naming Names

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The Economist states openly what others have been saying privately since Tuesday: While his statements sometimes leave the impression that Mr Paul simply licensed his name to people with whom he had little contact, there is much evidence to the contrary. The newsletters that appeared under his name were published by M&M Graphics and Advertising, […]

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Double-Speak Definition Of The Day

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Today’s double-speak is: “Al-Qaeda’s Number 3 Man” A hierarchical description applied to a member of an organization that has no clearly defined hierarchy beyond the top two members.  This term is popular with the current administration whenever they kill a probable terrorist whose body the military was able to identify in a timely fashion and who had enough […]

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Ron Paul Talks To Wolf Blitzer About The Newsletter Story

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Ron Paul appeared on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer today to talk about the controversy that has erupted over the last several days regarding newsletters published under his name in the late 1980s and early 1990s which contained, to put it mildly, some incredibly racist statements. Here’s Part One: And Here’s Part Two: I […]

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The Border Fence And Property Rights

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

It seems that the push for a fence on the southern border of the United States is about to become a really big theft: The government is readying 102 court cases against landowners in Arizona, California and Texas for blocking efforts to select sites for a fence along the Mexican border, a Department of Homeland […]

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Does This Mean That LaDainian Tomlinson Isn’t Qualified To Plug HD TVs?

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

The people who’ve taken a legislative axe to archaic concepts like free speech and made it almost impossible to find a cold medication that works now have a new cause celebre…cracking down on celebrity endorsements for consumer products. The ads in question this time are for the top-selling Pfizer product, Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug that from […]

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