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Archive for August, 2008

Is Palin a reformer and fiscal conservative?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

One thing I am hearing right now is that Sarah Palin is a fiscal conservative. The Club for Growth released a statement on a potential Palin VP candidacy that praises her stance on earmarks and support for opening ANWR. Fighting earmarks and opening ANWR are important, but they are only half the battle. When the […]

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Bob Barr: The Lone Candidate in the Lone Star State

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

As with most third party campaigns, the Barr/Root campaign has had an uphill battle to make the ballot in certain states. In Texas, however, Bob Barr is the only presidential candidate on the ballot. The McCain and Obama campaigns have failed to meet the August 26th deadline to file the necessary paperwork and are not […]

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Obama And The Libertarians

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Reason’s Steve Chapman lists some reasons why libertarians should not panic if Barack Obama becomes President: —He’s liberal, but not that liberal. Contrary to the famous National Journal ranking that put him most leftward in the entire Senate, another study found he is really the 11th-most liberal. In the primaries, when Democratic candidates are under […]

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My Thoughts On The Convention

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

On a Purdue football message board, one of the off-topic threads asked what we thought of the Democratic National Convention. My reply: I hear Obama himself is speaking on Thursday, right? I think NC State @ South Carolina will be far more compelling viewing… As with most things when it comes to politics, the convention […]

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Biden And Pay For Play

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

First, a disclaimer. I’m not singling out Joe Biden for the below piece for any reason other than that he’s now become a vice-presidential candidate. I firmly believe that situations like the below are quite common in our government, at all levels. That being said, this one is particularly conspicuous. Joe Biden, breaking ranks with […]

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Libertarians Who Don’t Respect Property Rights

Monday, August 25th, 2008

A blogger at Lew Rockwell.com decries the notion that private organizations have the right to make their own rules: Homeowners’ associations can be filled with hordes of power mongering, petty, little tyrants who love to play Big Bureaucrat and run the lives of everyone else. In Texas – of all places – there is an […]

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Joe Biden And Liberty

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Both The Club For Growth and The Cato Institute are out today with analyses of Joe Biden’s position on economic issues of importance to libertarians and, as you might suspect, it’s not good. First from Cato on the issue of international trade: Here are the highlights and lowlights of Biden’s voting record on trade: On […]

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Three words on Obamassiah and Biden

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Gross Tactical Error

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Denver Admits That War On Drugs Wastes Police Resources

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

There’s some interesting news coming out of Denver as the Democratic National Convention approaches. Apparently, the Denver Police are being urged to look the other way and not enforce the city’s law against marijuana possesion while the convention is taking place: DENVER – A city drug panel has voted to urge police to refrain from […]

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Strange Bedfellows To Say The Least

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Ron Paul endorses Alaska Congressman Don Young (R., Bridge To Nowhere): Former Republican presidential contender Ron Paul has endorsed Don Young in his bid to win an 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Paul, the 72-year-old congressman from Texas whose maverick presidential bid drew wide support in Alaska, sent out a letter to […]

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TSA Agent Who Endangered 9 Aircraft Won’t Do Prison Time

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

A few weeks ago, a man damaged the Total Air Temperature sensors on 9 aircraft. These sensors are critical to the airspeed gage, without them, a pilot can get an inaccurately low or high airspeed reading.. An inaccurate airspeed indication can cause a pilot to go unexpectedly into a stall. To understand the seriousness of […]

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Quote Of The Day — Libertarians for Commies Edition

Monday, August 18th, 2008

This time, it’s an incredibly bizarre dispatch from the land of paleo-libertarianism: There is a case to be made for Deng Xiaoping, who launched the biggest, fastest increase in prosperity and freedom in the history of the human race, and brought the Chinese people back into the world economy, to their great benefit and ours. […]

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Why Democracy And Individual Liberty Usually Aren’t Compatible

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Sometimes, the wisdom of crowds is as bad as the insanity of a dictator: Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary, but they draw the line at imposing that same requirement on the Internet. Thirty-nine percent (39%) […]

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Government Reefer Madness Update: Lynch Receives 100 Year Sentence

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

This is an update to a post I wrote in late June. Maybe its time to propose some sort of “fully informed jury” legislation and demand a return to federalism?

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Barack Obama: Starting Forced Volunteerism Early

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

If you want to go see Barack Obama speak on the last night of the Democratic National Convention, you’ll have to agree to be the guinea pig for his first exercise in forced volunteerism: Some of those hoping to wrangle a seat for Barack Obama’s speech were told this week they have to put in […]

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Barr Weighs in on No-Knock Raids

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

I didn’t see the press release from the Bob Barr campaign when I wrote yesterday’s post so I thought I would pass along some of his thoughts on the issue today. The case Barr is specifically referring to is the recent raid in Berwyn Heights, Maryland. Here are a few excerpts: “Absent exigent circumstances, not […]

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Forgot Your ID? Welcome To The Watch List

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Back in June, the TSA decided that you were no longer allowed to fly without ID, even if you submit to a more strenuous search process. At the time, though, there was a loophole. Assuming you had lost or forgotten your ID, and were “cooperative” in assisting screeners to assess your identity, you would still […]

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The Olympics And Nationalism… Plus Doug Stanhope

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

There’s a lot of hoopla and hullabaloo over the politicization of the Olympics, including the fact that it’s held in a country that is horrendously restrictive of social freedoms. But there’s another aspect that’s largely ignored. There is a certain nationalism that follows the Olympics, which is wholly unjustified. As Americans, we are expected to […]

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A Tale of Two Drug Raids

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. For those who wore the badge, they could do no wrong. For the “badge-nots,” they could do no right. I only wish this was a work of fiction but it is not. When it comes to drug raids (often no-knock raids), suspects (whether […]

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Mindless Rule-Driven Bureaucracy In Action

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Blogger Megan McArdle has a problem. 16 years ago, in college at the age of 19, she was caught drinking underage in a bar in Pennsylvania, arrested, and convicted. At the time, she was a college student, without a driver’s license, and thus had no license to suspend. Since then, she’s gone on to live […]

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