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Archive for February, 2008

The Candidates And Earmarks

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

One of three people will be President of the United States on January 20, 2009, they’re all Senators, and today the Washington Post reports that they have quite different attitudes when it comes to earmarking: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year’s spending bills, placing […]

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Judge Andrew Napolitano Discusses the History of Civil Liberty Violations in America

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Judge Andrew Napolitano gave a speech for Reason Magazine in Washington D.C. in October of last year on the history of Constitutional infidelity. Virtually every president from George Washington to George W. Bush has broken his oath of office to defend the Constitution. President John Adams, the nation’s second president, was the first president who […]

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The Libertarian Party — What Is It Good For ?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

As I noted earlier, the Libertarian Party is making an open appeal to Ron Paul’s supporters to come back to the party: The Libertarian Party is the last remaining stronghold for liberty in American politics. Unfortunately, the Ron Paul campaign has unintentionally taken a toll on our party. Many of our members have changed their […]

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Quote Of The Day: What He Said Edition

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, N.C.) on today’s Clemens-McNamee hearings “This isn’t a hearing, it’s a show trial,” Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., said Tuesday. “And it is another reason why people are fed up with Congress. We’re facing huge challenges in housing, government spending, taxes and illegal immigration. Congress would be better served to focus […]

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A Full Serving Of Sanctimony

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I’m sitting here with the television in the background listening to Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee answer questions before a Congressional Committee. I’ll admit, it does make for great television; after all, you’ve got one of the best pitchers in the history of the game on one side and a washed-up trainer on the other […]

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Potomac Primary Postmortem And Wednesday Open Thread

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Here’s how things seem to look one day after the vote in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Republicans If there was ever going to be a chance to stop John McCain, or force a brokered convention, it was here, specifically in Virginia. For part of the night, it looked like Mike Huckabee might actually pull it […]

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Libertarian Party Makes An Open Appeal To Ron Paul’s Supporters

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

With Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign all but officially over, there’s a small but sizeable group of voters out there up for play, and the Libertarian Party is looking for them. First, the Party issued this statement last week when John McCain’s victory became apparent: Washington, D.C. – Following a solid McCain victory in the Super […]

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Ron Paul’s Congressional Seat In Trouble

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

For the most part, Ron Paul’s constituents have tolerated his more quixotic political views because he’s delivered for the district, now it seems that he might be in trouble: Troubled by internal polls showing insurgent challenger Chris Peden having pulled ahead shockingly in the Texas 14th congressional district, Congressman Ron Paul will be pulling out […]

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Obama vs. McCain: Who’s Better ?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Nick Bradley has an interesting piece at Lew Rockwell’s blog where he essentially argues that, from a libertarian point of view, Barack Obama might just be better President than John McCain would be: In the grand scheme of things, Obama is far less statist than Hillary (socialism at home, hegemony abroad) and McCain (fascism at […]

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Bob Barr For President ?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

There’s talk in the blogosphere of former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, who left the Republican Party for the Libertarian Party in 2006, being the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President: Bob Barr, who helped lead the 1998 impeachment of President Clinton, is the object of an alliance of conservative and libertarians seeking to recruit the former […]

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Ron Paul Won’t Endorse John McCain

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Well, did anyone really think it would happen ? Republican Rep. Ron Paul told the Tribune this morning he will not back Sen. John McCain as his party’s nominee unless the Arizona senator “has a lot of change of heart.” “I can not support anybody with the foreign policy he advocates, you know, perpetual war. […]

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Another One, And A Good One, Bites The Dust

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Roll Call is reporting that Arizona Congressman John Shadegg is retiring at the end of his current term: Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) will announce this evening that he will retire from the House upon the conclusion of his current term, according to a well-placed Republican source. Shadegg is one of the few Republicans in the […]

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DeLay criticizes McCain for being responsible

Monday, February 11th, 2008

“Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we’ve pared [the budget] down pretty good.” – Former Texas Rep. Tom DeLay As if you needed more evidence, here is proof that Tom DeLay cannot be taken seriously: Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay criticized likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain – and by extension some of […]

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Question Of The Day

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Under what provision of the Constitution is the United States Congress authorized to establish a commission to regulate boxing ? The move is part of a campaign to protect youngsters coming into the sport, the actions of promoters and the independence of judges. Among a range of schemes to be introduced will be a new […]

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Department Of Homeland Security Claims American Public No Longer Expects Privacy

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Apparently, the right to privacy no longer exist for anyone crossing the border as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has claimed that they have a right to search, without warrant or probable cause, anyone who comes into this country, including citizens.  Amir Khan says he becomes frustrated and humiliated every time he enters the […]

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Potomac Primary Predictions And Monday Open Thread

Monday, February 11th, 2008

This job is getting a lot easier now that the Democratic race is down to two people and the Republican race is essentially over. Nonetheless, here we go. Republicans Over the weekend, some may have gotten the impression that Mike Huckabee was riding the wave of a stop McCain movement, but that wave will crash […]

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More Amicus Briefs In D.C. v. Heller

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

There have been several more amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court in support of the effort to overturn the District of Columbia’s gun ban, but the one that raises the most eyebrows is signed by the Vice-President himself: Vice President Cheney signed on to a brief filed by a majority of Congress yesterday that […]

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Ron Paul: There Will Be No Third Party Run

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

There’s a statement from Congressman Paul up at the campaign blog: Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as […]

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Is Ron Paul Readying For A Third Party Run ?

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Ron Paul was in Lynchburg today speaking at Liberty University and there seemed to be some indication that his people are already looking at a third party run: [T]he important thing is this: his staffers were collecting signatures for a Ron Paul presidential run in Virginia. They talked as if he will be on the […]

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Respondents File Brief In D.C. v. Heller

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Earlier this week, the Respondents filed their opposition brief to the District of Columbia’s appeal in District of Columbia v. Heller: If the Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a handgun, then the District’s ban on such arms must be declared unconstitutional, lawyers for the man challenging the “nation’s most draconian gun laws” told […]

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