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  • Cop Smiles And Waves To The Camera After Murdering Innocent Man With His Bare Hands

    07/29/2014 4:10:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies
    xRepublicTV ^ | July 22, 2014
    Cop Smiles And Waves To The Camera After Murdering Innocent Man With His Bare Hands
  • It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

    07/23/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | July 21, 2014 | A. J. Delgado
    Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country. No, I’m not talking about public-school teachers. I’m talking...
  • Police-beating verdict cause for deep cynicism

    01/22/2014 3:13:37 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 22, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    So it wasn’t surprising when, in July 2011, the Fullerton political establishment rushed to the defense of officers who had beaten a 130-pound homeless schizophrenic named Kelly Thomas. The public saw the published photo of Thomas’ horribly swollen and bruised face, yet the mayor went on TV saying he had seen worse injuries in the Vietnam War and that it was unclear what killed Thomas, who died in a hospital days after the whomping. We also learned that police officers confiscated the video camera of a bystander and were allowed to watch the surveillance video of the incident and essentially...
  • A Brief History of Pacifism and Isolationism vs. Interventionism in the Republican +party

    12/26/2013 12:23:11 PM PST · by crazylibertarian · 15 replies
    Self - vanity | Dece,ber 26, 2013 | Roderick T. Beaman
    The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) is spearheading a return to the non-interventionist policies of Robert Taft of the 20s to the early 50s. Taft was defeated at the 1952 Republican National Convention for the nomination by Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is telling that Barry Goldwater attended that convention as an Eisenhower, not a Taft delegate. The neo-non-interventionists are destined for far more success in the Republican Party than any economic libertarian will ever find in the Democratic Party. As usual, history is instructive. Our Wars of 1812, Mexican-American and Spanish-American were strictly imperialistic. Our entry into WWI was engineered by...
  • Duck Dynasty and the GQ Interview of Phil Robertson: Rejecting Political Correctness

    12/19/2013 5:46:18 AM PST · by tcg · 59 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/19/13 | Keith A Fournier
    Duck Dynasty is one of our favorite television programs. Obviously, we are not alone. Duck Dynasty has been a ratings success for the A&E television network. It averages 14 million viewers an episode. The question the main stream media should really be asking is - why? Maybe, just maybe, if they paid attention, they might learn something about this wonderful Nation and the longing in the human hearts of real, regular folks. Perhaps if political observers paid attention, they might actually recognize a growing resistance movement... I am tired of the agendas of the Cultural Revolution winding their way into...
  • Cops sued after raping a man for running a stop sign

    11/22/2013 2:57:27 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    Hammer of Truth ^ | November 10, 2013
    On January 2, David W. Eckert was stopped by police in Deming, NM for running a stop sign. What happened next is extremely difficult to comprehend. Deming Police Officer Robert Chavez had Eckert exit his vehicle, and patted him down. A lawsuit filed by Eckert says this was “without reasonable suspicion.” According to court documents, the officers who stopped Eckert thought he was “clenching his buttocks.” They brought in a dog to sniff for drugs, and the dog “alerted” to the driver’s seat. Two deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department told Chavez that Eckert was known to insert drugs...
  • Syracuse police taser a disabled man for standing on a bus -

    09/10/2013 3:07:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    X Republic ^ | August 9, 2013
    Police used a taser to electric shock a disabled man because he was standing on a bus, as he always does. The man prefers standing because of his spinal injuries, which make it uncomfortable for him to sit.
  • Forfeiture laws turn public officials into profiteers

    08/17/2013 1:41:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 15, 2013 | Steven Greenhut
    The case highlights the dangers of marrying policing and profit. “The profit incentive is so incredibly dangerous,” said Scott Bullock, legal counsel for the libertarian-oriented Institute for Justice, which is representing the Jalalis. He told me that officials “set aside policy goals and go after the money,” especially in tough budgetary times. The case also illustrates the inherent problems when a nation’s laws are so contradictory and confusing that well-meaning people can’t easily follow them. One can debate medical-marijuana law. It’s an unsettled matter that is winding its way through the courts. Even the federal prosecutor handling the case admitted...
  • Government's War

    07/05/2013 3:20:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | June 19, 2013 | John Stossel
    As Americans obsess over NSA spying, abuse by the IRS and other assaults on our freedom, I can't get my mind off the thousand other ways politicians abuse us. In their arrogance, they assume that only they solve social problems. They will solve them by banning this and that, subsidizing groups they deem worthy and setting up massive bureaucracies with a mandate to cure, treat and rescue wayward souls. Their programs fail, and so they pass new laws to address the failures. It's one reason that 22 million people now work for government. Some of the things they do seem...
  • An essay that when read backwards, has the opposite meaning

    02/25/2013 7:16:09 AM PST · by Slump Tester · 14 replies
    We all know that a palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same backwards as forward. But what should we call an essay that when read backwards, has the opposite meaning? This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite.
  • Who Should Support The Disabled?

    12/31/2012 11:19:02 AM PST · by OddLane · 28 replies
    The Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | December 26th 2012 | Lawrence M. Vance
    Some of the most terrifying words the parents of a newborn will ever hear are “there is a problem with the baby.” Sometimes the dreadful news comes later after a tragic childhood accident or disease. When such children grow to adulthood they are joined by an even larger number of those who lived perfectly healthy lives as children only to become disabled in some way as adults. Adults with a disability of some kind are many times unable to work or unable to make enough money from working to support themselves or their families, especially during periods of economic downturn...
  • Is it time to rethink the war on drugs?

    12/13/2012 5:26:46 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 147 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/13/12 | Judson Phillips
    We have had the “War on Drugs” since the 70’s. In the 80’s, the “War” went from just skirmishes to an all out nuclear war on drugs. Now, thirty years later what have we accomplished? Has the “War on Drugs” become just another epic government failure like the “War on Poverty” with the only thing accomplished being massive government spending and an equally massive erosion of our Constitutional Rights? My perspective on the “War on Drugs” is a little different from most people. I practiced law for 24 years. Ten of those years were as a prosecutor. The rest were...
  • Giving up? On Work And On This System Of Government?

    12/08/2012 6:54:03 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 16 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/8/12 | Jane Galt
    Does anyone know exactly when it was that the government started cooking the books on unemployment, and counting people who have given up and left the work force, as "no longer being unemployed"? Seems to me that that one change in statistic-keeping set the stage for moving people from work onto welfare, and I think it was made during Clinton's regime? Or was it Carter? It appears to allow them to move people transparently from work to welfare, and the unemployment statistics only look half as bad as they really are. Look at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t15.htm The U3 is the figure that...
  • Illinois abandons gun rights, empowers criminals

    03/20/2012 7:38:45 AM PDT · by OddLane · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | March 20, 2012 | Raquel Okyay
    Plan on purchasing, owning, transporting and/or operating a firearm in your lifetime? Do not relocate to the state of Illinois. The state has one of the worst gun laws in the country and the Illinois Police and the Illinois Attorney General really need to stop pursuing innocent gun owners, sellers, and users, and pursue those who actually commit crimes that injure or harm others. Stemming from a public safety initiative, Illinois implemented a law in 1968 that says a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card must be issued by the Illinois State Police before a resident can possess or purchase firearms...
  • What Should Libertarians do About Politics? (To fight or not to fight at Cato)

    03/06/2012 12:29:39 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Libertarianism.org ^ | March 6, 2012 | Trevor Burrus
    Recent momentous events at Cato have drudged up some age-old questions about libertarianism and politics: how should libertarians interact with politics and political candidates? Should libertarians compromise “full freedom” by promoting half-measures in the form of less-than-perfect candidates who are better than the alternatives on some matters but perhaps worse on others? Many of the most long-standing divisions within libertarianism are partially a result of different answers to these questions. Some regard all interactions with politics and politicians as inherently corrupting and a tacit endorsement of governmental oppression. Others feel that a refusal to engage in politics is a one-way-ticket...
  • WAYNE ALLYN ROOT ANNIHILATES PARASITIC SOCIALIST IN HEATED DEBATE

    02/25/2012 7:51:44 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 19 replies · 1+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | February 25, 2012
    VIDEO: In this red-hot 16 minute debate, libertarian Wayne Allyn Root, obliterates a pitiful, whiny, parasitic, anti-freedom socialist. It's interesting and noteworthy how the broadcaster seems to label those rightfully afraid of socialism as being afraid of the "big, bad, wolf". Watch how quickly the socialist pulls out the race card (and how Wayne Allyn Root dismantles it). This is universally done by the left, regardless of whether the debate is with a democrat, socialist, or communist. Along with class warfare, it's the only tool they have. It's laudable how Root maintains his composure and pleasant disposition, even in the...
  • Kelo Home Seized Through Controversial Eminent Domain Taking Now Being Used As A Dumping Ground

    09/02/2011 4:59:09 AM PDT · by icanhasbailout · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Say Anything ^ | September 1, 2011 | Rob Port
    The Kelo vs. New London case saw the Supreme Court expanding the government’s eminent domain powers to include taking property and giving it to other private citizens for the purposes of economic development and enhancing tax revenues. It was a terrible blow to property rights in America. And now, in perhaps a fitting end to the sad chapter in American jurisprudence, the City of New London is now using the property the fought to seize all the way to the Supreme Court as a dumping ground. Video below, and a letter to the editor noting the irony of the city...
  • Why Can't Chuck Get His Business Off the Ground?

    08/30/2011 10:08:50 AM PDT · by icanhasbailout · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Justice ^ | Oct 26, 2010 | Institute for Justice
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQscE3Xed64
  • The 100% Tax

    08/07/2011 7:22:35 AM PDT · by christofortruth · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WWFT ^ | 8/7/2011 | ChristoForTruth
    When we usually speak of taxes we tend to personalize it. For all the hyper-morality we tend to wax fancy about on the macro level, taxes are the one thing we always seem to have to do a little philosophic double-take on. Messing with your money is messing with your own self, your own identity. Really, it is.Income tax, of course, effects most of us--but seemingly, unfortunately, never enough of us. Property tax is in the news every time the liberal sadists here throw a school levy up for vote. Usually we're all connected in some way to the guilt-fest,...
  • Where Were You When They Raised the Debt Ceiling

    07/22/2011 5:44:02 PM PDT · by DrDan4Congress · 1 replies · 1+ views
    http://drdan4congress.com ^ | July 22, 2011 | Dr. Dan Eichenbaum
    Sentinel events arise in everyone’s personal history like a volcano in the middle of a barren plain – obvious and undeniable. I was taking a music composition course in the bell tower on the quadrangle at the University of Michigan when President Kennedy was shot. As the giant bells inexplicably began to toll, the date and time were etched forever in my memory. While an intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital, I watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon from the house staff break room. And on an otherwise ordinary morning in September 2001, I watched, horrified, a small TV...
  • An Unhappy Ending To The Drug War?

    07/11/2011 4:48:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies · 1+ views
    The American Interest ^ | July 11, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    The Drug War, with an impact stretching far beyond the inner cities, is one of America’s worst policies. It costs billions we don’t have; it promotes the growth of transnational criminal gangs and supports large black markets in money and arms that terrorists as well as drug lords can use; if fills the prisons and it hasn’t stopped either the use of existing illegal drugs or the development of new ones. Furthermore, as a Cato Institute paper estimates that legalizing and taxing drugs would yield more than $80 billion a year in savings and new revenue. (Something tells me that...
  • Ronald Reagan: Isolationist

    06/28/2011 6:11:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 63 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-06-28 | Jack Hunter
    In his ongoing mission to declare Republicans who dare question America’s foreign policy “isolationist,” Sen. John McCain asked recently concerning Libya: “I wonder what Ronald Reagan would be saying today.” Columnist George Will answered McCain: “Wondering is speculation; we know this: When a terrorist attack that killed 241 Marines and other troops taught Reagan the folly of deploying them at Beirut airport with a vague mission and dangerous rules of engagement, he was strong enough to reverse this intervention in a civil war.” Will added: “Would that he had heeded a freshman congressman from Arizona who opposed the House resolution...
  • Ron Paul: breakdown of family values, not gov’t, at heart of legal abortion

    06/09/2011 6:25:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2011-06-08 | Peter J. Smith
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The right to life was the foundation of American liberty, but a widespread moral change must occur before abortion is made illegal again, Republican lawmaker and presidential candidate Ron Paul told religious conservative activists on Friday. “If we do not have high respect for life, how can we be dealing with our personal freedom, personal privacy, our rights to homeschool our kids, the right to pick our religion and make personal choices on what we do?” Paul asked the audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in downtown Washington, D.C.“Life is precious,...
  • The Conservative War on Drug Prohibition

    05/16/2011 8:25:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-05-12 | Jack Hunter
    Most people can’t imagine an America without a minimum wage. Without such wage regulation many believe poverty would run rampant, families would become homeless and children would be starving in the streets. Yet conservatives have rightly recognized that these are moralistic and emotional responses to what is essentially an economic problem. Pointing out the policy’s failure, National Review founder William F. Buckley wrote: “The minimum wage is about as discredited as the Flat Earth Society…” Yet the very notion of getting rid of it remains something most Americans simply cannot fathom. Most people can’t imagine an America without the War...
  • Lindsey Graham’s War on Freedom (Southern Avenger)

    04/08/2011 7:55:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-04-07 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When Florida pastor Terry Jones decided to “send a message” to Muslims by burning a Koran last week, it incited outrage and violence throughout the Arab world. American leaders rightly responded by condemning the senseless and dangerous act. Yet in the end, and despite the pastor’s obvious and irresponsible recklessness, Jones used his free speech and political leaders used theirs. Such is the nature of free expression in a free society. But one politician’s condemnation of Jones contained a suggested remedy far more dangerous to American freedom than burning the Koran. Said Sen. Lindsey Graham on CBS’ Face the Nation:...
  • Michael Moriarty: American suicide (Palin/West 2012)

    04/03/2011 8:13:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | April 4, 2011 | Michael Moriarty
    Last week I wrote of the religion of power. This linked article contains a doctoral level diagnosis of America's problems with herself, and, I dare add, the foreplay to American Suicide. We had best get out, hunt and find or beg for some readable version of the Judeo-Christian Bible. Only there can you find The Divine POV through which to ingest, digest and eventually comprehend this diabolically doomed marriage between Marxism and Islamic Jihadists. That Infernally Odd Couple now threatens to destroy the entire Free World as we know it. But, given my own estimate of the child-aborting Free World,...
  • The War In Libya, Just Another Distraction?

    03/24/2011 2:49:56 PM PDT · by DrDan4Congress · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum ^ | March 23, 2011 | Dr.
    As we initiate new military action in another Arab country (Libya), we must question and demand answers from this administration about the goals of the mission. How realistic are the chances for success? What is the true risk to our military personnel and what exit strategy is in place?
  • Congressman, Wake Up!

    03/11/2011 8:44:50 AM PST · by El Gringo · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Thinkwright blog ^ | 11 March 2011 | JWThinkwright
    Congressman, Wake Up Mr, or Ms, Freshman (or any Congressman seeking tea party support): Please Vote against the Continuing Resolution. The eyes of the Tea Party are watching. The Continuing Resolution is a Democrat Trojan Horse that contains $105 BILLION life support for Obamacare. Mr. Congressman, don’t get fooled by the laid back Republicans who don’t see this as a golden opportunity. This is your chance. Don’t blow it. Pay attention to Michele Bachmann. Forget about Boehner. It will take courage. Do you have the right stuff? Don’t fall under the spell of the go-along, get-along crowd. You were sent...
  • California Reapportionment -- A call to arms

    03/08/2011 2:57:33 PM PST · by El Gringo · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Thinkwright blog ^ | March 8, 2011 | jwthinkwright
    California Reapportionment A call to arms, CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS! Are you interested in California Reapportionment? You’d better be. The latest issue of The American Spectator has an article by Grover Norquist on page 52 titled “The Battle Moves to the States.” Near the end of his piece, Norquist comments: Perhaps the most important task for state-level Republicans will be redistricting.In California, reapportionment is being done by a committee consisting of five state senators, three liberal Democrats, and two apparently conservative Republicans. California has 53 Congressional Districts. The Democrats could, feasibly, put 20 districts in Los Angeles, 10 in San Francisco, 3...
  • On Gun Control and Violence

    03/06/2011 9:11:47 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The terrible violence in Arizona last weekend prompted much national discussion on many issues. All Americans are united in their sympathies for the victims and their families. All wonder what could motivate such a horrible act. However, some have attempted to use this tragedy to discredit philosophical adversaries or score political points. This sort of opportunism is simply despicable. We are fortunate to live in a society where violence is universally denounced. Not one public official or commentator has attempted to justify this reprehensible act, yet the newspapers, internet, and airwaves are full of people trying to claim it was...
  • Is Isolationism on the Rise?

    03/06/2011 9:06:12 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-02-25 | Jack Hunter
    In the 1980’s the United States funded Iraq’s Saddam Hussein yet considered Palestine’s Yasser Arafat and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi terrorists. And they were. But so was Saddam, who at that time was terrorizing his own people, gassing Iraqi Kurds while receiving America’s financial and political support. In the 1990’s, the US declared Hussein a menace and we apparently changed our mind about Arafat, who was even invited to the White House to shake hands with Bill Clinton. In the 2000’s George W. Bush went back to calling Arafat a terrorist, went to war with Saddam, who we also began calling...
  • State of the Right

    03/06/2011 9:05:18 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-01-28 | Jack Hunter
    State of the Union speeches are sort of like listening to cheating husbands apologize to their wives. Not only are we told that any past mistakes are yesterday’s news and the worst is behind us, but in an effort to show how things will be different we are given a laundry list of promises that paint a rosier future. Nobody paints rhetorically better than Obama and the smooth talking president’s oratory skills were on full display this week-just as they likely will be next year when things won’t have substantively changed one bit. The most significant change Tuesday night was...
  • Pay as You Go vs. Investments

    02/25/2011 8:47:47 AM PST · by GarthVader · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Consider first a static economy, with no inflation, no population growth, and stable wages. Under these conditions the rate of return for a pay as you go system is exactly zero, the same as putting money in a mattress. Social Security is purely insurance against living longer than average, with the benefits paid for by those who die younger than average. (Social Security also transfers some wealth between those making upper middle class wages over a long career to those making lower class wages.)
  • Mankind's Benefactor: The Individual

    01/30/2011 5:35:03 PM PST · by El Gringo · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Thinkwright blog ^ | JWThinkwright
    Unvetted (i.e., without credentials) individuals such as the Wright brothers and Thomas Edison have had a far more beneficial effect on mankind than have all the vaunted, vetted collectives such as the Service Employees International Union, or Napoleon's Army for that matter. Here are a few unvetted individuals I have in mind: Wright brothers, A. Einstein, H. Ford, Thomas Alva Edison, Moses, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus of Nazareth, John Adams, Benito Juarez, Robert Goddard, Ronald Reagan, Frederick Douglass. Often they were at odds with the Establishment and the power structure. They were likely to be dismissed as unusual or strange. On...
  • Washington software developers start conservative social media website ["Foundersweb"]

    01/05/2011 2:54:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Examiner ^ | January 4, 2011 | Joe Newby
    As the 2012 election begins to heat up, conservatives will be looking to find alternate ways of getting information, since much of the so-called mainstream press tilts heavily to the left. One way conservatives can connect is through the use of "microblogging". Microblogging is defined as a web service that lets subscribers broadcast short messages to other subscribers of the service. These short posts can be made public on a Web site and/or distributed to a private group. One example of a microblog is Twitter, currently in use by thousands worldwide. Barack Obama used Twitter heavily during the 2008 election,...
  • Distorting the Tax Policy Debate (Ron Paul)

    12/25/2010 3:56:38 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 11+ views
    George Orwell warned us about the use of “meaningless words” in politics, words that are endlessly repeated by sloganeering politicians until they have no meaning at all. Meaningless words certainly were on display during last week’s congressional debate over the latest tax bill. Over and over again we heard trite, empty phrases like “tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%,” “tax giveaways,” “tax earmarks,” and “borrowing money to give to millionaires.” Time and time again the same falsehoods were presented as fact, and reported as such by a credulous media. But all of these clichés about taxes are based on the...
  • How to Steal an Election

    12/08/2010 11:25:32 AM PST · by El Gringo · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Thinkwright Blog ^ | 12/8/10 | JWThinkwright
    Let’s say you wanted a way to put fraudulent ballots into innumerable ballot boxes throughout a large county, or even an entire state, even while poll watchers are on duty, and while honest observers are present while the votes are processed at all steps, from the polling places to the data entry points at a secure location. The ideal way to do this is the provisional ballot in the hands of sympathetic municipal union people. continue
  • Nikki Haley signals South Carolina opting out of ObamaCare

    12/05/2010 5:45:38 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 53 replies · 4+ views
    Libertarian Republican ^ | December 4, 2010 | Eric Dondero
    Obama at first holds firm, then makes a slight concession Governor-elect Nikki Haley of South Carolina was one of a number of incoming governors to meet with Obama in D.C. over the weekend at the Blair House. Haley challenged Obama over his health care legislation. From the Charleston Post & Courrier "Obama opens door for S.C. opt-out, Haley says" Dec. 3: COLUMBIA -- Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley said President Barack Obama agreed Thursday to consider letting South Carolina opt out of the federal health care overhaul if the state comes up with its own solutions to meet some of the...
  • Un-Libertarian presidents becoming commonplace

    11/20/2010 7:58:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Small Government Times ^ | November 20, 2010 | Jeffrey A. Miron
    Deciding which politician to support has long been frustrating for libertarians. Both the liberal and conservative perspectives conflict with cherished libertarian views, so few Democrats or Republicans present a package that libertarians can embrace with enthusiasm. Libertarians do find common ground with conservatives on some issues, and with liberals on others. Roughly, libertarians are economic conservatives and foreign and social policy liberals. So, depending on the pressing issue of the day, libertarians can sometimes identify one candidate or another as “the lesser of the evils.” Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, however, have presented libertarians with a more fundamental...
  • If you’re happy and you know it…

    10/28/2010 5:42:16 AM PDT · by racarrera · 1 replies
    RudyCarrera.com ^ | 10/27/2010 | Rudy Carrera
    Doing a bit of digging (;), I came across a rather remarkable video which should give both make you chuckle and pause you to think about the doldrums we're in financially in this place. If you like it, post it everywhere. If you\'re Happy and you know it...Cross-posted at RudyCarrera.com.
  • Ron Paul’s Pledge to America (Southern Avenger)

    09/30/2010 6:40:56 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-09-28 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    The Republican Party has a history of using desperate times to call for drastic measures and when bailing out AIG, bolstering Medicare or bombing Iraq, that party has always been willing to go big and bold on some of the largest government expansions in this nation’s history. But what about cutting government? You know, that stuff GOP politicians always talk about during election time? One might think that in a political environment in which so many are desperate to reverse what they see as unsustainable government growth, Republican rhetoric might at least attempt to reflect that desperation. But when GOP...
  • Healthcare Reform: A Huge Misdiagnosis

    09/30/2010 6:39:11 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies
    This week marked six months since Congress passed the healthcare reform bill in what has become all-too-typical legislative chicanery. Those in power crafted a mammoth piece of legislation and rammed it through Congress under a dire sense of emergency. Insisting on time enough to read the bill was dismissed as dangerous and crazy in a time of crisis. We were told that if we really wanted to see what was in the bill, we would have to pass it first. I cannot imagine the founding fathers intended for Congress to legislate in this manner. I would think if a Member...
  • How Liberals and Conservatives use Fear-Mongering to Promote Statism (Southern Avenger)

    09/30/2010 6:37:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-09-29 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When President Obama announced a new $50 billion stimulus plan Labor Day weekend, conservatives scoffed -- and rightfully so. Who does this guy think he's fooling? After the $700 billion TARP bailout, the auto manufacturer bailout, and an $800 billion stimulus, does this president actually think a measly $50 billion is going to successfully turn around an economy where greater sums have failed? But the president and his party have a ready reply for such naysayers: "Imagine if we did nothing?" This open-ended question will undoubtedly continue to provide cover for stimulus-loving liberals, no matter how often conservatives insist that...
  • Democrat Rep. Lincoln Davis Approves of Single-Payer Healthcare

    09/27/2010 8:51:28 AM PDT · by brewferr · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | 9/25/2010 | DemocratLincolnDavis
    Representative Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, described by Democrat Party Chair of Tennessee Chip Forrester as a "key vote" for Barack Obama, is in real trouble in the polls. This video is making the rounds in TN-04 on youtube, showing Lincoln "Houdini" Davis as being in favor of a single-payer healthcare system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLgpLGh3n5o Davis, a self-proclaimed "blue-dog" democrat, votes one way in Washington and walks a different walk back home in his district. His Houdini act must come to an end. Dr. Scott DesJarlais, of Jasper, TN. is seeking to relieve Davis of his duties. He's a conservative physician that wants...
  • Republicans Should Make Education A Really Big Issue

    09/08/2010 8:01:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Sept 8, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A NOTE TO THE PARTY BOSSES: Tens of millions of parents have been dragged into the Education Wars, the Reading Wars, the Math Wars, etc. They are profoundly sick of it. They are angry. They want change and improvement. The Republican Party has got to step up and hit this easy pitch. The Tea Party as well. Almost every American has watched Jay Leno go Jaywalking, and probably exclaimed the same words: “These people are voters but they don’t know anything. This isn’t acceptable.” The Republican Party should see the huge political leverage in pushing common-sense reform. Give the people...
  • America's Defeat in Iraq

    09/01/2010 3:21:17 PM PDT · by Zanton · 39 replies
    It was called Operation Iraqi Freedom but it should have been called Operation Iraqi Self-Rule. "Autonomy" and "self-rule" are the political values which largely dominate the US and the world. Certainly more so than "democracy." And almost infinitely more so than "liberty." After over 7 years, $700 billion, and 4000 killed, a fairly-bad, socialist, shariaist dictatorship (headed by Saddam) was replaced by a moderately superior one (headed by Maliki). Was this death-agony of effort worth it? Did this unending exercise in nation-building and self-sacrifice profit us? Consider all the resultant violations of civil liberties at home, and support for friendly...
  • Liberty Utopia

    08/27/2010 9:48:43 AM PDT · by Zanton · 20 replies
    When it comes to politics, economics, and sociology -- as well as individual happiness and greatness -- freedom is 100% good in theory, and 100% good in practice. How is it people don't understand this? Freedom, free enterprise, free trade, capitalism, laissez-faire, live-and-let-live, voluntary social cooperation, unfettered personal interaction, socio-economic libertarianism, and other such similar ideas and lofty goals, are all flawless, and without conflict or contradiction, in both philosophic principle and real-world application. All are end-of-history correct and ideal, both intellectually and pragmatically. How can anyone not know this?
  • A New Breed of Republican (Southern Avenger)

    08/19/2010 5:35:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2010-08-06 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Speculating who might become America’s-next-top-conservative-idol has become common sport. No doubt, the GOP establishment would love to anoint a Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, or Tim Pawlenty. Many rank-and-file Republicans have begun to gravitate toward men like Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Jim DeMint. One national poll has the Tea Party split between former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Ron’s son Rand, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, and GOP outsider Sharron Angle, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, are also now being portrayed as national leaders of the rumbling that continues to brew on...
  • World Trade Center Celebration

    08/04/2010 1:13:03 PM PDT · by Zanton · 10 replies
    Normal, average, mainstream, moderate Muslims seem to support the hell out of this upcoming, loathsome, heinous "Cordoba House." It isn't just the "radicals" and "extremists." Enthusiastic support for the massive new World Trade Center mosque is evidently the true face of current world Islam. Rather than call it the Cordoba House, it could easily be renamed the To Hell with Freedom or Death to America or 9/11 Victory Dance or Osama's Glorious Triumph Over the West mosque. Privately, no doubt, most Muslims do call it thus. Mainstream, moderate Muslims are being deliberately, grossly insensitive here, as usual. It's hard to...
  • DID SARAH PALIN REALLY SAY THE 'C' WORD? (Cajones)

    08/01/2010 10:56:39 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 130 replies · 15+ views
    WebToday ^ | 8-1-10 | WebToday
    I'm not sure if we can believe anything in The Washington Post but this one needs mentioning even if they fabricated the story since it has to do with actually making Sarah Palin look good. What's wrong with this picture? Since when would the WaPo want to make a conservative like Palin look good under any circumstances? Nonetheless, Matt DeLong of the Washington Post quoted Sarah Palin as saying Barack Obama lacks 'the cojones' to tackle immigration. Here's the exact quote, copied and pasted from the WaPo story: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Sunday that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer...