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Archive for April, 2008

Quote Of The Day: Founding Father Birthday Edition

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” — Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743

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Bob Barr On C-Span’s Washington Journal

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Bob Barr appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal and took telephone calls: I don’t watch Washington Journal that much but I’ve got to say they really attract some weird questions. H/T: Third Party Watch

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Wayne Root On WGN-Chicago

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Wayne Allen Root, one of the candidates for the Libertarian Party’s Nomination, was interviewed recently on Chicago TV station WGN: Root doesn’t have the name recognition of Bob Barr, but he’s well-spoken and, like the former Georgia Congressman, a former Republican. It’s too bad he no longer felt at home in the GOP. H/T: Third […]

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Everything That’s Wrong With Washington

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Is summed up in these four paragraphs: Former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is struggling a bit to adjust to life as a lobbyist. “I took the Metro for the first time,” Lott told the Sleuth Thursday afternoon in the makeup room of MSNBC, where he and his new lobbying partner, former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), […]

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Should Libertarians be Concerned About “Small” Abuses by the Government?

Friday, April 11th, 2008

In my most recent post, I listed the names of the top 5 “porkers” in the House and the Senate according to CAGW’s 2008 edition of the Pig Book. I also listed the amount of pork the three leading candidates for president supported and named the ten members of the House which supported no pork […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, April 11th, 2008

There’s a reason we have a Bill of Rights: Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don’t give it any value.– Dean Steacy, Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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The Speed Of Government

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I’ve found something that the government does quickly. When you owe them taxes at this time of the year, they don’t waste time. I owed at the end of this year, and there was maybe a 3-4 day from the time we SENT the check and the day it cleared. That check cleared faster than […]

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Right To Contract vs. “Human Rights”

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Eugene Volokh writes about a case in New Mexico that demonstrates the extent to which the right to decide who you do business with has been eroded in the name of so-called anti-discrimination laws: Elaine Huguenin co-owns Elane Photography with her husband. The bulk of Elane’s work is done by Elaine, though she subcontracts some […]

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Quote Of The Day: Michelle Obama Edition

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Forget Jeremiah Wright. Does Barack Obama agree with his wife ? “If we don’t wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership … for how we want this country to work, then we won’t get universal health care,” she said. “The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care […]

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Venezuelan Health Care System On Verge Of Collapse

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Venezuela’s health care system, a place only Michael Moore could love: Palacios, Venezuela’s largest public maternity hospital and once the nation’s beacon of neonatal care, has fallen on hard times. Half of the anesthesiologists and pediatricians on staff two years ago have quit. Basic equipment such as respirators, ultrasound monitors and incubators are either broken […]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The late Charlton Heston, back in 1987: There’s no question that one of the most pernicious effects of modern society is the seeming impossibility of reversing the tendency of government to get bigger. It has under every administration, I guess, in the history of the Republic — certainly in this century. And despite all the […]

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Something For The History Buffs

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

A website chock full of information about the American Revolution, including copies of original documents and this neat timeline.

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A Timely Reminder

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

No matter what you think of John McCain, everything said in that video is entirely true and correct; and people should remember that whilst … I’ll be charitable and call it arguing… about politics for the next 7 months… and for the next forever for that matter.

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Bob Barr At The Heartland Libertarian Conference

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Here’s former Congressman Barr speaking this weekend at the Heartland Libertarian Conference, where he announced the formation of his exploratory committee:

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Bob Barr’s Impact In 2008

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

The Right Wing Liberal argues that Bob Barr’s run as a Libertarian would, contrary to conventional wisdom, help the Republicans: [T]he people who assume Barr will take votes from McCain are basing it on Ron Paul’s performance in the GOP primaries – and even more strangely, their assuming Barr can do better. However, Dr. Paul […]

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Quote Of The Day

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

The late, great, Charlton Heston:

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Barr forms exploratory committee

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

BobBarr2008.com is live. Here is Mr. Barr’s announcement:

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Sizing Up Bob Barr

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Mark at Publius Endures takes a look at the possibility of Bob Barr as the Libertarian Party standard-bearer: The first thing I would say is that the LP could do a lot worse than Congressman Barr. Although he most certainly had a less-than-libertarian track record in Congress on things ranging from the Drug War to […]

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Can This Marriage Be Saved ?

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Reason’s David Weigel takes a look at the increasingly tenuous relationship between libertarians and the Republican Party: [Ron] Paul’s candidacy—which drew the eye-rolling treatment from McCain, Rudolph Giuliani, and “serious” conservatives nationwide—showed just how marginalized libertarianism has become in the party of Barry Goldwater. Paul’s lonely apostasy on foreign policy was greeted with hoots of […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, April 4th, 2008

From Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail: You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, it is rather strange and paradoxical to […]

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