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UPDATE: Campaign Denies that Obama Used Stall Tactics with Iraq on Troop Withdrawal

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Some readers have questioned the veracity of the article I cited in yesterday’s post (which is a good thing and should be encouraged). I am not familiar with the work of the article’s author, Amir Taheri and cannot speak to his credibility one way or the other. I realize that there is a great deal […]

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Iraqi Foreign Minister: Obama Asked Iraqi Leaders to Delay U.S. Troop Withdrawal Agreement Until After the Election

Monday, September 15th, 2008

If this turns out to be true, this could be the most damning scandal exposed of any of the candidates seeking to be the next president or vice president. According to an article in The New York Post, Sen. Barack Obama told Iraqi leaders to delay a U.S. troop withdrawal agreement until after the presidential […]

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Do Strict Constructionists Wish to Bring Back Slavery?

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

The View seems to be an endless source of idiotic commentary, especially in the realm of politics. It appears that Whoopi picked up where Rosie left off when Sen. John McCain appeared on the show. To have “a strict constructionist” philosophy means to return to slavery and other injustices of the era of the founding […]

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Friday, September 12th, 2008

In fact, let me say unequivocally, I’m OK with more people dying, so long as we have more freedom; be it with drugs, or guns, or sex, or anything else. Are there limits? Of course there are; at the very least, my fist is limited by your nose… but doing immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional things […]

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Voting — Americans Do It Like They Eat

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Over here, a YouTube clip of Craig Ferguson discusses the election. Most of his rant is spot-on (and hilarious), but he talks about American’s “duty” to vote. He goes a bit off line when he says that our American Democracy is about: free people making free choices… …in this case, to choose which candidate will […]

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Sarah Palin & The Libertarian Republicans

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Reason’s Radley Balko takes a look at Sarah Palin and concludes that she’s about the best libertarian Republicans can expect right now: [W]hat I like about Palin should bother McCain. Palin actually has staked out unorthodox positions on a number of interesting issues, and they’re issues that McCain and the Republican base that has embraced […]

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Some Damn Good Advice From an American by Choice

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

No further commentary necessary.

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The Palin Bump — Bigger Than I Expected

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

I’ve been saying for a long time that I’ve long figured this election was in the bag for Obama. Given the degree to which the nation is fed up with Bush and desiring change, coupled with the fact that he’s a dynamic speaker and near-celebrity, finally added to the historic demographic story of potentially ‘the […]

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Inconvenient Convention Facts and Fictions Exposed

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Now that the conventions are over, it’s time to separate the facts from the fiction. With so much misinformation being peddled by the political campaigns (not to mention rumors spread through e-mail, the internet and the MSM), this is very often a difficult task. My approach is to be skeptical until I am satisfied that […]

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The Nanny State Invades The Front Stoop

Monday, September 8th, 2008

The latest battle in the war against the nanny state is being fought by a guy in Brooklyn, New York who just wants to drink a beer on his front stoop on a hot summer night: Kimber VanRy was sitting on his stoop in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, drinking a beer and sending […]

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Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae: Just The Beginning

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Now that the Treasury Department has rescued Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the tune of $ 200 billion, it’s not surprising that other industries might be lining up for their chance at the federal trough. First in line; the Big Three automakers: WASHINGTON (AP) – Auto industry allies hope to secure up to $50 […]

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The Bush Administration Embraces Socialism

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Late yesterday, the Treasury Department announced what may well qualify as the biggest Federal bailout of a private company in history: The government seized control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac yesterday in a dramatic bid to restore faith in the embattled mortgage giants and arrest a vicious cycle that has driven the nation’s economy […]

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Freedom Not Invited To The Party

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Reason Magazine’s Steve Chapman reviews the recently concluded Democratic and Republican Conventions and notes that there was one thing missing from both; liberty: So what was missing? Only what used to be held up as the central ideal of the party. The heirs of Goldwater couldn’t spare a day for freedom. Neither could the Democrats. […]

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Maybe They Should Call It ‘The Cheese-Maker’

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

No matter how jaded I get, American “Christians” seem to come up with new ways to make me aghast. The latest CINO (Christian in Name Only) is Sheriff Lott, who is prepared to use a 50 machine gun to keep law and order in what I thought to be the relatively unwarlike Richland County of […]

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Aren’t Libertarians Being a Bit Hypocritical and Hoplophobic?

Friday, September 5th, 2008

One custom that gang members enjoy is posing with weapons. I suppose that the pictures serve a purpose of both reassuring members of the gang about their power to hurt people while acting to intimidate not only the innocent people the gang prays upon, but also rival gangs. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has produced […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, September 5th, 2008

The title of one of McQ’s posts over at QandO: Jesus was a community organizer; Pilate was a governor I’m not sure what the point is (haven’t even read the post yet), but that’s funny.

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What About McCain’s Legislative “Accomplishments” ?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

We’ve heard a lot this week about Barack Obama’s lack of experience, Sarah Palin’s supposed experience, and John McCain’s military experience. As Reason Magazine’s Matt Welch notes, however, we haven’t heard much about the legislative accomplishments of the GOP’s nominee, mostly because they encompass things that Republicans would be embarressed to mention:

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1,2,3 Set’em Up, and Knock’em Down

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

So, last night I watched, in succession (through the wonder of teh intartubes) the RNC speeches from Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, and Sarah Palin. Folks, there has not been a better slate of political speeches in my lifetime. Oh sure, Romney, Huckabee, and Lieberman were in the mix; but their contributions were meaningless and everyone […]

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Question Of The Day: RNC Convention Edition

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Why is it that when I hear a phrase like “County First” being repeated over and over again at the GOP Convention, the other phrase that comes to mind is “Freedom Second” ?

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Sarah Palin Is A Bona-Fide Conservative

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

First, let’s get it right out there. She’s definitely got the same sort of “star” quality that you get from a guy like Obama. It has nothing to do with policy, or politics, but there’s something about the story that is compelling. By Friday evening my wife– who is not a politico in any sense […]

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