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Archive for November, 2009

To The Veterans And Those Potential Veterans Who Serve

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

There are a lot of debates one can have about the military. One can ask, as the founding fathers might, whether it be necessary to have a standing army at all. One can ask, as a non-interventionist might, whether it is worth spending American lives on non-essential tasks. One can ask whether our military is […]

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Liberty Rock Veteran’s Day Edition: “Citizen / Soldier” by 3 Doors Down

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The video that accompanies the song is simply too powerful to merely post the lyrics (below the fold) of the 3 Doors Down song “Citizen Soldier.” If you know a veteran, share this with them and tell them “thank you” for their service as citizen soldiers.

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The Soldier Pays the Biggest Part of the Bill: an Excerpt from a Speech by Maj Gen Smedley Butler, USMC

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Excerpt from War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler USMC [The] soldier pays the biggest part of the bill. If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran’s hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of […]

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Thoughts On Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

As we mark Veterans Day here in the United States, it is worth remembering that, for the rest of the Western world, today marks the end of what may very well be the most pointless war in human history The war in which millions of educated and working class men sacrificed their lives to fight […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

A [previously unpublished] letter to the editor in the UK Daily Telegraph: SIR – I find it intensely humiliating to be asked by airport security staff if I have packed my own bag. This forces one to admit, usually within earshot of others, that I no longer have a manservant to do the chore for […]

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Pfizer Abandons Site Condemned In Infamous Kelo v. New London Case

Monday, November 9th, 2009

In the annals of Supreme Court history, there are perhaps only a handful of cases that go down in history as more egregious than what happened in Suzette Kelo v. City of New London. In that case, the Supreme Court approved an eminent domain taking by the City of New London, Connecticut that involved taking […]

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Twenty Years Ago Today

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The people of Germany are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the end of the division of their nation: With prayers, music and pomp, Germany on Monday remembered the 20th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall fell, sending East Germans flooding west and setting in motion events that soon led to the country’s reunification. Chancellor […]

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Will The Supreme Court Finally Start Reining In The Necessary And Proper Clause ?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

One of the most pernicious clauses of the Constitution that has, through creative interpretation led to an expansion of the power of the Federal Government far beyond where it was intended is the Necessary and Proper Clause, which sits at the end of Article I, Section 8 and states as follows: To make all Laws […]

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On promises made and broken

Monday, November 9th, 2009

In the lead up to the vote on H.R. 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America” Act (scare quotes intentional), Barack Obama offered this encouragement to legislators to vote for the bill: “This is their moment, this is our moment, to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us,” Obama […]

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The House values Control over Health Care

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

So it is done: 220-215. Two-hundred and twenty United States Representatives put their support behind 20 pounds and 2,000 pages of abusive legislation in the form of innumerable mandates enforced by 110 new government agencies. One of those mandates, though, cuts so violently to the core of our freedoms that it cannot go unanswered: Buy […]

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ACTION ALERT: Put The Stake in Obamacare

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Well the good news is that the Democrats are saying they don’t have the votes. Probably one of the reasons why they don’t have the votes is because people are finding all about what’s in HR 3962. They’re objecting to: Higher taxes on individuals and businesses which will drive up unemployment Government dictating what’s in […]

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Good News On Health Care Reform: They Don’t Have The Votes Yet

Friday, November 6th, 2009

This is a good sign: WASHINGTON – A House leader says Democrats haven’t yet lined up enough votes to pass their health care overhaul bill. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland says the vote that House Democrats had scheduled for Saturday could slip to Sunday or early next week. Hoyer acknowledged to reporters Friday that […]

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Liberty Rock Friday: “Land of Confusion” by Genesis

Friday, November 6th, 2009

I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t occurred to me to post “Land of Confusion” for Liberty Rock sooner. This is a great song with a great message that seems perhaps even more appropriate now than its original 1986 release. The song raises questions in my mind such as: Who is ultimately responsible for this land […]

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ACTION ALERT: Obamacare Set For Vote On Saturday

Friday, November 6th, 2009

On Saturday at 6PM, the Democrats plan to bring Obamacare for a vote on the House floor. Obamacare contains: A government run public option which will eventually take over our healthcare Higher taxes on individuals A mandate that businesses and individuals and families buy health insurance Increase the cost of health insurance by requiring insurance […]

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Twitter user claims “Mission Accomplished” regarding Fort Hood incident

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

My nephew and his wife (who recently got out of the Army) live in the Fort Hood area.  After calling to see if they are all okay, I hit Facebook and Twitter to see if I could obtain some additional information.  That’s when I found this tweet: “Fort Hood = Mission Accomplished.” Here are some […]

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Book Review: Island by Aldous Huxley

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I think many libertarians are a bit like myself, and tend to like a good dystopian novel. 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Anthem, etc. It’s typically a book detailing a future utopian society, where government controls the lives of their citizens for their own good (1984 being the exception there), but the world the […]

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Congressional House Call Day

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Tomorrow on the Fifth of November, Americans for Prosperity will be coordinating with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann a Meetup at the United States Capital. The purpose of this meetup is to kill Obamacare. This blog, along with many bloggers and activists were invited to a conference call tonight with Congresswoman Bachmann and Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson. The […]

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Is the End of Government Reefer Madness Near?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Referring back to my post I wrote last week about the “perfect storm” the Obama Administration has created regarding medical marijuana, Colorado in many ways seems to be in the eye of this storm. It seems that more and more people are starting to understand the insanity of declaring war on a substance which has […]

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The Enduring Legacy Of Ayn Rand

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Part One in Reason.tv’s new series about Ayn Rand: Few authors have ever achieved the popularity that the novelist and essayist Ayn Rand (1905-1982) did. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943 and Atlas Shrugged in 1958, Rand became a full-blown cultural phenomenon, selling millions of books and inspiring countless readers—ranging from former Federal […]

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Gene Healy Talks About The Cult Of The Presidency

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Recently, Cato Institute Vice-President Gene Healy, author of , which I recently reviewed, spoke on Freedom & Prosperity Radio about his book and the rise of Executive Branch power in the United States. The whole interview is worth listening to.

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