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Archive for February, 2008

Quote Of The Day: Sending Shivers Down My Spine Edition

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Michelle Obama at UCLA: Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will [...]

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Are Americans Tired Of Individual Liberty ?

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

David Strom asks the question at Town Hall: Liberty has always been a tougher sell than many of us assume. We all want the freedom to do as we like, but few of us are as committed to allowing others to act contrary to our notion of right and wrong. Majorities have always sought and [...]

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Open Thread: Is Obama Really JFK v2.0?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

There have been more than a few comparisons between Barack Obama and JFK, many of them originating in the Kennedy family. JFK, of course, is one of the most-loved American presidents, but when you look at the record, you find yourself wondering exactly what he accomplished. JFK was known for many things, and for diffusing [...]

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The Cult Of Barack Obama

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

The Obamagasm phenomenon apparently knows no bounds: BALTIMORE — Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings has held elected office for more than a quarter-century, so he’s seen his fair share of politicians come and go. But apparently he’s never seen one quite like Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. “This is not a campaign for president of the United [...]

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Wisconsin/Hawaii/Washington Primary Postmortem And Wednesday Open Thread

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

With the last major primaries before March 4th behind us, the race on both sides is looking clearer and clearer. Republicans As James Joyner notes, this is the easy one. As expected, John McCain won handily in Wisconsin and Washington and, more importantly, he has cut significantly into Mike Huckabee’s core support areas. As of [...]

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Today In History — FDR Signs Executive Order 9066

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

A dark chapter in American history begins with the signing of an Executive Order: United States Executive Order 9066 was a presidential executive order issued during World War II by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, using his authority as Commander-in-Chief to exercise war powers to send ethnic groups to internment camps. This [...]

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Barack Obama Supports Indentured Servitude

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

He’ll help you pay for college if you agree to be a temporary slave to the state: It’s the dream of the teacher who works at Dunkin Donuts after school just to make ends meet. She needs better pay, and more support, and the freedom to do more than just teach to the test. And [...]

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Tuesday Open Thread: Time To Lift The Cuba Embargo ?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

With today’s announcement that Fidel Castro is stepping down as President of Cuba, the curtain is drawn on one of the longest international rivalries of the 20th Century. Yes, Fidel’s brother Raul is taking his place, and, yes, Cuba remains a one-party dictatorship, but this announcement leaves me with the feeling that we are seeing [...]

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Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Fidel Castro has resigned as President of Cuba: MEXICO CITY, Feb. 19 — Fidel Castro announced early Tuesday morning that he is stepping down as Cuba’s president, ending his half-century rule of the island nation. “I am saying that I will neither aspire to nor accept, I repeat, I will neither aspire to nor accept [...]

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(Re)Introducing The Republican Liberty Caucus

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Here’s a great two-part video showing Phil Blumel talking to a group of Ron Paul supporters about the Republican Liberty Caucus and it’s role in the Republican Party. If you’re interested in being part of the effort to reinvigorate the GOP’s libertarian wing, there are few places better than the Republican Liberty Caucus.

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Superdelegates And The 17th Amendment

Monday, February 18th, 2008

The Democratic Party is finding itself in a very strange position. They’re approaching a potential situation where neither of their candidates have enough elected delegates to secure the nomination, and the race will turn to the superdelegates to decide. Primary results can then be trumped by the say-so of the “party elites”. Thus, the party [...]

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Today In History

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

  On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States.

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The Border Fence vs. Private Property Rights

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

The Washington Post has a detailed article this morning about the government’s efforts to steal private property to build a fence along the Mexican border: EL CALABOZ, Tex. — In the 240 years since the Spanish Crown granted Eloisa Tamez’s colonial ancestors title to this flat, grassy expanse along the Rio Grande’s northern bank, her [...]

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Obama Tries to Have it Both Ways on the Second Amendment

Friday, February 15th, 2008

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Barack Obama said Friday that the country must do “whatever it takes” to eradicate gun violence following a campus shooting in his home state, but he believes in an individual’s right to bear arms. Obama said he spoke to Northern Illinois University’s president Friday morning by phone and offered whatever help his [...]

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Republican Congressmen Ask Shadegg To Reconsider Retirement

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Earlier this week I noted that Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, one of the few true fiscal conservatives in the House Republican leadership, had announced his retirement. Yesterday, his colleagues sent him a letter asking him to reconsider: More than 130 Republicans in Congress have signed a letter imploring U.S. Rep. John Shadegg to reconsider his [...]

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Eminent Domain — Your Property Rights Subject To “The Common Good”

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Every once in a while, the veil is lifted, and you see just what the “common good” crowd thinks of your rights. In several California newspapers (this from the Contra Costa Times), journalist Harrison Sheppard asks whether eminent domain is a “land grab or tool to rebuild”. He, as a journalist should, does highlight the [...]

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Obama — Ready To Use Your Money To Fight American Global Poverty

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Barack Obama has proven to be an interesting character in this race. He’s offered comments, from time to time, that suggest that he’s a much bigger advocate of free-market policies than Hillary Clinton. What he’s hidden, to some extent, that he simply views the free market as a more effective way to get tax revenues [...]

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Low Moments In Congressional History

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I’m sure there might be something else out there, perhaps the caning of Charles Sumner by Preston Brooks, but I think it was reached yesterday when a Congressional Committee started investigating Roger Clemens’ ass: WASHINGTON — Throughout the confrontation between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, much of the back and forth has been based on [...]

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The Media’s Latest Hoplophobia-mongering

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Internet Broadcasting Systems has a new breathless article warning of the latest danger to government space travelers making the rounds of the internet: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station apparently have access to a gun. Oh the horror! Then comes the letdown: Russian Cosmonauts carry a gun on their Soyuz space capsule, which is attached [...]

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Quote Of The Day: There Are No Libertarian Gods Edition

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

This is exactly the wrong way to think about a politician, and, ironically, it comes from someone who supports a candidate who has run on a campaign of individual rights: Ron Paul called for a march. If you are a supporter, youll go or at least try to. Anyone who thinks this isnt a good [...]

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