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  • David Harsanyi: Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?

    06/30/2015 8:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Harsanyi, senior editor
    If same-sex marriage is used to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster. I’ve supported same-sex marriage ever since I first heard the idea. And when I became a political columnist in the early 2000s—despite being the “conservative” at a good-sized newspaper—I was the only one at the paper (as far as I can recall) who unequivocally backed gay marriage publicly. Though I wasn’t gullible enough to believe I’d be persuading many readers, I was gullible enough to believe that my allies in the cause were merely concerned with “equality.” As we dig out from the avalanche...
  • Mom who uses medical marijuana faces up to 30 years in prison

    06/09/2015 9:46:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/08/2015 | Brigid Schulte
    With a wave of legalization measures in recent years, marijuana in some form is now legal in 38 states. But in the 12 where it is not — a swath of the west and Midwest, including Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, and in the rust belt states of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania — parents whose use of the drug would be legal elsewhere are losing their children and often seen as irresponsible parenting pariahs. In March, Child Protective Service workers took Shona Banda’s 11-year-old son from her home in Garden City, Kansas, saying her use of marijuana to control debilitating...
  • Gay Marriage Conservatives?

    06/08/2015 7:00:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 6, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    Speaking on Fox News Channel’s The Five, pundit Greg Gutfeld said that “gay marriage, in my opinion, is a conservative idea.” He noted that the left “generally hates traditions” and is all about “breaking with traditions,” and that gay marriage offers conservatives an opportunity to “embrace a tradition” that strengthens families and communities. I should acknowledge that Gutfeld spoke without notes, unscripted, live and off-the-cuff. I often talk with inexactness when I’m speaking live. Live speaking is a perfect venue to make mistakes. It’s easier to type your thoughts and have the benefit of reflection, revision, and a word processor....
  • Getting Government Out of the Marriage Business

    06/08/2015 8:40:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/08/2015 | Michael L. Grable
    It seems surreal a single unelected lifetime judge could decide that the nation’s supreme law requires its unwilling states to derail human history’s central social institution. The bad news is that’s likely to happen this month. The good news is that unwilling states can sidestep it. The lifetime judge is Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The supreme law is the U.S. Constitution. The unwilling states are Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The social institution is heterosexual marriage. The case is Obergefell v. Hodges. The issue is whether the U.S. Constitution compels unwilling states to license homosexual marriages. And Justice...
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Pete Hoekstra backs Brian Ellis over Rep. Justin Amash in primary race (Establishment loser)

    07/15/2014 11:57:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 7/14/14 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has said he'll back U.S. Rep. Justin Amash's opponent in the upcoming August primary. Hoekstra is endorsing local businessman Brian Ellis in the Third District race. Hoekstra, who served in the House from 1993-2011 and was chair of the House Intelligence Committee, in a statement said Ellis will be a "strong partner" with other Michigan Republicans to promote conservative ideas. "Bottom line, I strongly endorse Brian Ellis because he will be an effective conservative voice and a consistent conservative vote for solutions that will help hardworking Michigan taxpayers," Hokestra said. "Brian...
  • Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul

    12/29/2011 11:24:43 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Last night, Kelly Clarkson got an impromptu lesson on the impact of Twitter and the secret past of Ron Paul. The “Stronger” singer’s evening took a pretty intense left-hand turn when, only an hour after letting the world know that she was enjoying making cinnamon rolls with her niece, she decided to sound off on her love for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
  • Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays, survey finds

    10/29/2010 10:19:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 354 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/28/2010 | Ed O' Keefe
    A majority of active-duty and reserve service members surveyed by the Defense Department would not object to serving and living alongside openly gay troops, according to multiple people familiar with the findings. The survey's results are expected to be included in a Pentagon report, due to President Obama on Dec. 1, regarding how the military would end enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bans openly gay men and lesbians from serving in uniform. Some troops surveyed - but not a majority - objected strongly to the idea of serving with gays and said they would quit the...
  • Breaking: Pro-Life Rand Paul Wins by Landslide in Republican Primary in Kentucky

    05/18/2010 5:57:46 PM PDT · by tcg · 149 replies · 1,971+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/19/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Major news sources have all called the Republican Primary in Kentucky and Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul, has soundly defeated Trey Grayson for the Republic Party nomination for a seat in the US Senate. By the time the votes are all counted it could be a near landslide for the first time Senatorial candidate. Dr. Paul is a family man who has been married to his wife Kelley for 19 years. They have three sons. He is a doctor, and not a politician. That is part of the appeal he had for the voters of Kentucky. There...
  • Candidate Says "The Constitution is just a piece of paper."

    04/13/2010 12:39:49 PM PDT · by mukraker · 91 replies · 2,220+ views
    YouTube ^ | March 26, 2010
    Roger Roth, Wisconsin Assemblyman and Candidate for Congress, Wisconsin’s 8th District, had this observation about the U.S. Constitution: “The Constitution is a wonderful document. It’s a great piece of paper that’s got a lot of words on it. But you know, at the end of the day, it’s just a piece of paper that’s got a lot of words on it. And we need to elect representatives that believe in that.” “It’s not so much ... I asked a class of, of, uh, you know, I go around to my local schools and talk to fourth, fifth, sixth graders, and...
  • When Conservatives are more Libertarian, than the Libertarians

    06/24/2009 8:43:36 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies · 1,163+ views
    blogspot ^ | 6/23/2009 | Eric Dondero
    What a reversal. Freedom is breaking out across Iran. We are witnessing one of the most historical events of our lifetimes, comparable no doubt to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet, Libertarians, outside of this political news blog, Atlas Shrugs, the Libertarian Defense Caucus, and a few other libertarian Republicans, are for the most part silent. Virtually no reportage at Reason. In the last week, just two articles on the whole Iranian Revolution at Reason, and one was more of a criticism of how CNN was covering the event, than coverage of the event itself. Cato is similarly unengaged....
  • Albany can prevent patients from becoming perps to treat their illness (Leagalize Marijuana Now)

    05/01/2009 3:04:07 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 345+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, May 1st 2009 | Jamin Sewell
    Numerous scientific studies have provided compelling evidence that marijuana is effective in treating chronic pain and other symptoms. Now, the New York State Senate and Assembly are considering legislation that would allow patients suffering from specific diseases such as cancer or HIV-related illness to obtain a certification from their doctor that would allow them to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 12 plants. This legislation must pass. It is patently unfair to deny anyone access to any effective treatment, as well as potentially take away their livelihood, for simply trying to relieve the suffering caused by...
  • Legalize, Tax Marijuana? (Libertarians Say Yes)

    02/28/2009 8:55:36 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 245 replies · 3,860+ views
    Fox ^ | 02/26/2009 | Glen Beck
    GLENN BECK, HOST: Marijuana brownies, anyone? This is the worst — the people in our green room, I'm happy to say it's clear they've never been high. I'm going to ask you what's wrong with this picture. Chicago is trying to fix $50 million budget — their budget gap by taxing car rentals in suburban areas. And now, California is talking about legalizing marijuana and taxing marijuana to solve their budget problems. Rob Kampia is the executive director for the Marijuana Policy Project. How are you doing — how are you doing, Rob? ROB KAMPIA, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT: Doing well....
  • Mexico attorney general: We don't need U.S. troops to intervene in drug war

    02/25/2009 9:19:03 AM PST · by AuntB · 74 replies · 3,509+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Mexico’s attorney general said Tuesday he sees no need for U.S. troops to intervene in his country’s war on drug cartels, nor to gear up for a spillover of violence across the border. U.S. officials view the violence as a potential national security threat, and last month the Bush administration’s homeland security chief, Michael Chertoff, said Washington has drawn up contingency plans for a “surge” of both civilian law enforcement and military assets along the border. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry demanded a tighter security net from Washington, saying he’s asked the Obama administration for more aircraft and “a thousand...
  • The Myth of Libertarians as Social Liberals

    02/11/2009 1:53:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 105 replies · 1,567+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 2009-02-11 | Jonah Goldberg
    All good points and I agree with them all to one extent or another. But — and you knew there had to be one — it bothers me when conservatives offer the blanket concession that social liberalism and the social aspect of libertarianism are one and the same. To say you are an economic conservative is to say you are a libertarian on 95% of the relevant issues. But to say you are a social liberal isn't anything like saying you are a libertarian on 95% of social issues. Social liberals are often quite aggressive advocates of using state power...
  • Libertarian Group Condemns Sarah Palin for Not Killing Disabled Baby in Abortion

    09/17/2008 3:56:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 114 replies · 711+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/17/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A writer for a libertarian group has written perhaps the most scathing attack on pro-life vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin since the Alaska governor was announced weeks ago as John McCain's running mate. Nicholas Provenzo condemns Palin for the birth of her baby Trig, who has Down syndrome.Provenzo, who writes for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism, not only bashes her for allowing Trig to be born, but says she should have made the so-called morally justifiable decision to kill him in an abortion.The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism bills itself as a...
  • Libertarians Favor Obama and Other Looks at Election 2008

    07/05/2008 10:45:48 AM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 121 replies · 196+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 05, 2008 | Rasmussen Reports
    Libertarian voters make up 4% of the nation’s likely voters and they favor Barack Obama over John McCain by a 53% to 38% margin. Three percent (3%) would vote for some other candidate and 5% are not sure.
  • Libertarians are menace to society, democracy

    11/08/2007 9:27:47 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 77 replies · 76+ views
    THE LARIAT ONLINE - BAYLOR UNIVERSITY ^ | 08 NOVEMBER 2007 | BRAD BRIGGS
    It seems that calling yourself a libertarian is the chic thing to do in college these days. If students are frustrated with both parties, they often say, "Oh, I'm a libertarian." On the surface, modern libertarianism does seem enticing -- it's either "the stay out of my bedroom and don't pass laws against what I want to smoke" or the whole "capitalism is god" thing that seems to grab students' attention. It's understandable. What's more enticing than sexual freedom, reefer madness and lots of money? Hey, throw in unlimited nap time and I'm on board. I'm not trying to marginalize...
  • Is San Francisco Ron Paul territory? (Duh!)

    10/29/2007 9:25:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 236+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 29, 2007 | Scott Martelle
    Stephanie Burns and Ben Parkinson strolled down sun-drenched Fillmore Street with political thievery on their minds. Both are grass-roots volunteers for Republican presidential contender Ron Paul, a Texas congressman whose libertarian views might seem to make him a tough sell in this legendarily left-wing city. But Burns, Parkinson and other Paul supporters have been spending their weekends marching, staffing tables and knocking on doors in an improbable quest: picking up some of California's 173 convention delegates in the Feb. 5 primary. On the surface, the plan seems quixotic given general assumptions about California: that the state is too big for...
  • Forty Seven Percent of Americans 'Definitely' Won't Vote for Ron Paul

    10/27/2007 4:34:52 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 28 replies · 103+ views
    National Ledger ^ | 10/22/2007 | Tim Morgan
    One thing that fuels the debate among the supporters of Ron Paul and those that think the US Congressman from Texas that is running for the Republican nomination for the US Presidency is that most believe he would have no chance of defeating Hillary Clinton. The "Libertarian Leaning" candidate was hit in the face with a bit of that recently when he was included in a poll by Zogby poll that asked "Whom would you NEVER vote for for President of the U.S.?" I was more than a bit shocked when it was revealed that those polled put Dr. Paul...