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  • Florida candidate for U.S. Senate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood

    10/05/2015 11:19:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 6, 2015 | By By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, AP Political Writer
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood. Now that he's a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him. The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus' candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor...
  • Ron Paul’s legacy belongs to Ted Cruz

    10/03/2015 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 12 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Shawn Dietz
    As a Libertarian leaning Republican (in Iowa no less), I’m used to my options for Presidential candidates being limited. I’m also used to my choice turning me into an outcast among peers. What I’m about to write may ruffle some feathers among friends, but let’s face it, as the Iowa Liberty movement has grown, we’ve ruffled our share of feathers in the ranks of the establishment, so forgive me if I shake the tree of Liberty for a moment. Let’s get this straight right out of the gate, there will only ever be one Dr. Ron Paul. The former Texas...
  • The collapse of Rand Paul and the libertarian moment that never was

    10/02/2015 1:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2015 | Jerry Taylor
    The libertarian moment in American politics—foretold just last year in the New York Times magazine—is like the horizon; always retreating as we advance upon it. The political events of 2015 are a brutal reminder about how far this country is from embracing libertarianism and how alien those ideas are even to the purported shock troops of the freedom movement. While libertarianism’s opponents can take heart, its champions are setting their cause back by pretending that all is well. The collapse of the Rand Paul campaign speaks volumes. In a 15-person field, Paul is the only candidate who looks even remotely...
  • The limits of consent: Consent only has value when based on knowledge of what is truly good for us

    10/01/2015 6:50:25 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 10/1/15 | Timothy Hsiao
    Earlier this year, an article in New York Magazine featured a story involving an eighteen-year-old woman who plans to marry and have children with her father. When the interviewer asked her to respond to those who might question her relationship, she offered the following reply: I just don’t understand why I’m judged for being happy. We are two adults who brought each other out of dark places ... When you are 18 you know what you want. You’re an adult under the law and you’re able to consent. Her reasoning is typical of contemporary liberal approaches to sexual morality, which are usually justified by...
  • If the Libertarian Party Doesn’t Get Christians, Ted Cruz Will

    09/30/2015 3:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | September 30, 2015 | R. Brownell
    The Libertarian Party conducted a poll a few months back in order to better understand the religious demographic of party members. A result which surely shocked many was the stereotype-shattering data the Libertarian Party got back. Of the 19,428 votes caste, around 50% of those who participated came back as Christian. ArenÂ’t libertarians just a bunch of atheist? Well, only 42% of Libertarian voters identified as Atheists. This is incredibly exciting! This is an opportunity to not only expand the message of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty, but on a personal level, to expand the Gospel of Christ...
  • Bernie Sanders, First Libertarian Socialist?

    09/20/2015 8:12:21 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 09/15/2015 | Terry Michael
    Ground-breaking research by political science experts (actually me, Googling) reveals that a new breed of American politician has been discovered, the first ever "libertarian socialist." And it has a name: Bernie Sanders. Oxymoronic, you say? Call me crazy, but the senator from the Peoples' Republic of Vermont is at least two-thirds of the way there on the road to free minds and free markets. There are three issue frames in politics. Foreign. Social. Economic. Sanders is as non-interventionist as Ron Paul on foreign policy. He is as pro-choice and pro-gay rights as Yahweh on social issues (Yahweh has come a...
  • John McAfee manifesto: Open US borders, end War on Drugs and abandon TSA 'in its entirety'

    09/17/2015 9:07:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    I B Times ^ | 9-17-2015 | Anthony Cuthbertson
    US presidential candidate John McAfee has released his manifesto for the 2016 elections, revealing policies that include opening US borders to immigrants, ending the War on Drugs, and abandoning the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in its entirety. McAfee, who founded the antivirus software company of the same name, confirmed his unlikely presidential bid – as a new third party candidate – earlier this month with the campaign slogan "privacy, freedom, and technology". The 1,700-word manifesto lists 10 key policy areas: foreign policy, War on Drugs, immigration, taxation, education, welfare, TSA, economy, cyber awareness and the FDA (Food and Drug Agency)....
  • Libertarianism and Conservatism Not Incompatible

    09/14/2015 9:01:20 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 42 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Supposed sages in academe and beyond have been trying to create a schism between Libertarianism and conservatism that need not exist. M. Stanton Evans on Freedom and Virtue “Freedom and virtue have declined together and must rise together,” author M. Stanton Evans wrote in 1964. At the time Evans was the editor of the Indianapolis News. “So far are ‘value’ and ‘conformity’ from being identical that the second can rise to its current distasteful height only when the first declines,” Evans averred in an essay which appeared in the 1964 anthology, What is Conservatism? “A man without the interior armor...
  • Rand Paul: Don't punish federal workers who used Ashley Madison

    08/26/2015 10:31:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday that government workers who were outed by hackers as members of - a website created to facilitate extramarital affairs - should not face punishment. Before he could register that opinion, though, he had to figure out what the heck "Ashley Madison" is. "I keep seeing that headline, but I'm terrible - I don't know what it is," he confessed to a Washington Post reporter when he was asked about the hack of the risqué website, which exposed the contact information of millions of its users. The senator asked, "So, she has done...
  • Why Montana Is Going Backward on Medical Marijuana

    08/17/2015 5:08:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Michael Bodley | AUG 16 2015
    Gone are the flashing green neon lights advertising $200 ounces of pot. Gone are the caravans of cannabis doctors who signed up hundreds of people in a single day. The medical marijuana business in Montana boomed after voters legalized it in 2004. At one time, this state of only a million people had almost 30,000 patients and 4,900 providers. But the industry has been crippled by state legislators and a determined grass-roots opposition. And a state Supreme Court decision coming as early as October could all but wipe it out. Elizabeth Pincolini is a medical marijuana user and advocate, who...
  • Face Facts: Trump Supporters are Often as Incoherent as He Is

    08/10/2015 6:14:20 AM PDT · by libertarian neocon · 109 replies
    Libertarian Neocon ^ | libertarian neocon
    Last night, instead of focusing on True Detective, I ended up getting into a bit of a flame war on Twitter with some Donald Trump supporters.  Oh my, those people have no clue and you really couldn't pin them down on anything.  Ask a simple question like "how do you know Trump will govern as a conservative?" and the responses you get are "do your homework", "you're not very bright are you" and "Trump/Cruz is the only hope for this country".  The last is would only be true if your hope is for a historic route of the Republican Party. ...
  • Glenn Beck On Trump: He's A 'Son Of A B**ch'

    08/09/2015 4:34:52 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 103 replies
    Townhall ^ | Matt Vespa
    Glenn Beck certainly did not hold anything back concerning how he feels about Donald Trump regarding his performance during Fox News’ August 6 debate, calling the billionaire a “son of a b**ch” (via The Hill): Conservative radio host Glenn Beck called Donald Trump a "son of a b*#ch," and panned his performance in Thursday night's GOP presidential debate. On his Friday broadcast, Beck argued that the GOP front-runner was a "big loser" in the first showdown between Republican candidates. He is the most arrogant candidate next to the candidate called Barack Obama,” he said. “I mean, there’s nobody I’ve seen...
  • Rand Paul is basically doomed: How the man who was supposed to “reinvent” GOP fell flat on his face

    08/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | August 3, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    It wasn't too long ago that Rand Paul was viewed as a serious threat to the GOP nomination. Not any longer.One of the big mysteries of the Koch brothers’ lavish gala this past weekend is the fact that Rand Paul was not in attendance. You’d think that the Kochs would at least insist that Paul come to the fete to do a dramatic reading of John Galt’s “Atlas Shrugged” speech for the billionaires in attendance, but he didn’t show. Some reports suggest that he was invited, but declined. Perhaps his feelings are hurt that they also invited Scott Walker, Ted...
  • Politics Is Not the Path to Pro-Life Victory

    08/05/2015 4:52:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 4, 2015 | Ron Paul
    During my time in Congress, I regularly introduced legislation forbidding organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding. The U.S. Government should not force taxpayers to subsidize an activity they believe is murder. Thus, while I was horrified by the recently released videos showing Planned Parenthood officials casually discussing selling the organs of aborted babies, I am glad that the reaction to these videos has renewed efforts to end federal funding of abortion. My experience in Congress does not leave me optimistic that federal funding of Planned Parenthood will be ended this year, however. This is not just because the...
  • Chris Christie Vows Crackdown On Legal Weed As Soon As He's Prez

    07/29/2015 8:46:05 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 79 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 07/28/2015
    Chris Christie Vows Crackdown On Legal Weed As Soon As He's Prez New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is once again threatening marijuana users in states that have legalized the drug, telling them to "enjoy it" while they can because, if he becomes president, there'll be a crackdown. “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie said Tuesday during a Newport, New Hampshire, town-hall meeting, Bloomberg reports. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.” Christie, one of 16 Republicans campaigning for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, has made no secret of his long-held opposition to...
  • 5 Questions For Libertarians Who Support Privatizing Marriage

    07/28/2015 12:08:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/28/2015 | Stella Morabito
    Reason magazine went out on a limb recently and published an article entitled “Privatizing Marriage Is a Terrible Idea,” by Shikha Dalmia. She presented an argument that is boldly counter-intuitive for many libertarians these days: that abolishing state-recognized marriage would increase government interference in our lives rather than reduce it. Dalmia is absolutely correct about this. And it would behoove anyone who truly stands for limited government to consider her points thoughtfully and soberly. The libertarian default position that goes by the slogan “let’s just get the government out of the marriage business” is short on substance. If it sounds...
  • A Black Libertarian’s Thoughts on the Confederate Flag: No One "Won" the Civil War

    06/26/2015 6:14:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/26/2015 | Walter Hudson
    In the wake of nine racially motivated murders in South Carolina, attention has focused on displays of the Confederate battle flag. Many retailers have pulled Confederate flags from their inventory. A bipartisan group of politicians and public figures have called for the removal of the flag from South Carolina’s capitol grounds. To some, the flag represents a noble Southern heritage. To others, it evokes a vile history of racial violence. As a black libertarian, I see in the Confederate flag interwoven tragedies which echo through history. The first tragedy is the most obvious, the one most cited, the one fueling...
  • Rand Paul: Confederate Flag “Inescapably A Symbol Of Human Bondage And Slavery”

    06/23/2015 8:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, news reporter
    “… I think to every African-American in the country it’s a symbolism of slavery to them and now it’s a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think it’s times to put it in a museum.” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he believes the Confederate battle flag is “inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery” and needs to go. “No, I agree, I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hated so vicious that you would kill somebody I...
  • Probing the Libertarian Mind

    05/18/2015 11:48:57 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 19, 2015 | John Horvat II
    "..........Indeed, The Libertarian Mind is a mixture of “whatever” the individual deems to be his interest. “Whatever” can consist of the reasonable libertarian outcry against big government and abusive regulations, or its excellent affirmation of free markets, rule of law and property rights. But “whatever” also consists of the throwing off of moral restraints that inhibit gratification and self-interest. Thus, the author obsesses about the urgent need for same-sex “marriage,” the end to pornography restrictions, and the right to legal drug use.Throughout his explanation,...(h)abits like drug abuse, for example, are only seen from the individual’s perspective of happiness and not...
  • Have You Demanded a “Right to Kill” Recently?

    04/24/2015 6:07:08 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/24/15 | Jim Yardley
    Between terrorism and verbalized threats, I think Mr. Bandow's justifications need a little more work before people actually listen to him, or assign any value to his opinions The Cato Institute publishes a regular, and regularly interesting, newsletter called Cato at Liberty. In yesterday’s newsletter, the institute included a piece authored by Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties, who wrote the article titled: “America Should Say No To War Against Iran: U.S. Has No Right To Kill At Will”. Mr. Bandow leads off his article by saying: War has become...
  • How Rand Paul is turning off Republicans by stretching the truth

    04/20/2015 5:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Vox ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Rand Paul has cast himself as a Diogenes for the modern era, a truth-seeker who can't seem to find an honest man — or woman — no matter where he shines his lamp in Washington. That's why his willingness to say almost anything about himself and other Republicans, regardless of whether it's true, poses an existential threat to his brand. It's only a matter of time before the offended start punching back publicly, and that will surely start with fellow Republicans. Many of them had a right to be aggrieved after Paul's speech this weekend at the First in the...
  • Libertarians Outnumber Both Liberals and Conservatives

    04/18/2015 4:39:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | April 18, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Rand Paul’s entry into the presidential race raises an interesting question: Just how many people consider themselves “libertarian” and what is the potential voting strength of this segment of the population? Paul Krugman weighed in early with the brash claim that "there basically aren't any libertarians." But as David Henderson reminds us, once again Krugman’s opinions are nowhere near factual reality. Gallup, which has been polling on the issue for quite some time, finds that 38 percent of the public identifies as “conservative” and 24 percent as “liberal” in the latest poll Gallup doesn’t ask people if they are libertarian,...
  • Ron Paul criticizes Iran position taken by his son - "..terrified that peace might break out."

    04/12/2015 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2015 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN ...Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Saturday dismissed as a "joke" the demand by U.S. senators of his party that they must approve a potential agreement over the Middle East country's nuclear capabilities. "I strongly disagree with the motivation of that statement made by so many members of Congress, especially in the Senate," Paul said at a conference on liberty at the University of Texas at Austin, presumably referring to an open letter senators sent to Iranian officials describing any deal not approved by them as informal..... "They're out to stop peace," he said. "They're terrified that peace...
  • Rand Paul reignites the term limits debate

    04/11/2015 5:15:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When Rand Paul announced his “official” candidacy for the presidency this week he sparked a number of debates, not only in the media and among his opponents, but inside the GOP. One of the less noticed ones revolved around a comment he made during the speech regarding the institution of term limits for congressional offices, similar to what we have for the Oval Office. This drew a quick response from our friend Matt Lewis, who feels that Rand is missing the mark. "During his presidential announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for term limits. “We limit the...
  • Why Rand Paul Is Unwelcome at NRA Gun Rights Convention

    04/10/2015 8:59:37 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/10/2015 | Reid Epstein
    Sen. Rand Paul wasn’t invited to speak at this weekend’s National Rifle Association annual convention because the Kentucky Republican is caught in the crossfire between competing gun-rights organizations. Top NRA officials are unhappy that Mr. Paul has for years lent his name to fundraising solicitations for the National Association for Gun Rights, a group that fashions itself a more conservative alternative to NRA. Mr. Paul’s aides have been told by the NRA he will be unwelcome to participate at NRA events as long as he remains affiliated with NAGR, according to people familiar with the conversation. Publicly, the NRA chalked...
  • Ted Cruz does fantastic in CNBC interview

    04/09/2015 11:51:53 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 60 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 04/09/2015 | The Right Scoop
    Below are a few video clips as well as the transcript from Ted Cruz’s latest interview with CNBC’s John Harwood. After having watched and read all of it, I must say that Cruz did an excellent job refuting the liberal nonsense and making his case for what he believes. He even weighed in on Social Security and did a masterful job with it. Watch and read (transcripts DO NOT correspond to the videos so you should watch and read everything): Harwood: First of all, what happened to you in your childhood that you do not like guacamole avocado?Cruz: My Dad...
  • Keep Rand Paul Weird: Will the Libertarian-Leaning Presidential Candidate Shed

    04/08/2015 2:58:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    Rand Paul, who launched his presidential campaign on Tuesday, calls himself "a different kind of Republican," which at this point remains an accurate description. But in his eagerness to win primaries, the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator runs the risk of shedding the differences that make his voice distinctive and worth hearing. Perhaps the most striking example of politically motivated backpedaling is Paul's recent proposal to raise defense spending by $190 billion over two years with money reallocated from other parts of the federal budget. Four years ago, by contrast, he supported cutting defense spending by $164 billion over five years. Paul...
  • Rand Paul'we have come to take our country back' DOESN'T mention illegal immigration or Obamacare

    04/07/2015 8:52:15 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 18 replies
    DailyMailUK ^ | 4/7/2015 | David Martosko
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told a raucous crowd in Louisville on Tuesday that he will build his presidential campaign on 'a message that is loud and clear, and does not mince words: We have come to take our country back.' He will blast 'special interests that use Washington, D.C. as their personal piggy bank' if he wins the White House, Paul promised a cheering, packed ballroom. 'The Washington machine,' he said, 'must be stopped.' Paul's official announcement Tuesday that he would run for president in 2016 came at the beginning of what observers are already calling an unconventional campaign....

    04/06/2015 12:05:37 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/6/2015 | Matt Boyle
    HOUSTON, Texas — About six or seven hundred hardcore conservatives gathered outside the new Houston campaign headquarters for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) last Tuesday, an event at which he showed off his presidential prospects as the first declared candidate for 2016. Cruz, the true Washington outsider, has had a hugely successful first two weeks as the first declared candidate for the White House—raising millions of dollars, hiring key staff, and building a formidable operation, all while sticking true to his aggressive conservatism. Cruz has shaken up Washington, the political class, and the media establishment by essentially proving since his announcement...
  • [VIDEO] Rand Paul to announce 2016 run tomorrow

    04/06/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 45 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 04/06/2015 | The Right Scoop
    It looks like Rand Paul will be announcing a presidential run tomorrow according to his new campaign video that says on April 7 a different kind of Republican will take on Washington:   Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has told her staff to be ready at any moment for a presidential campaign announcement: THE HILL – Most staffers hired for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have no idea when she’ll announce, according to a CNN report, but have been told that they must be ready to start their campaign roles at any moment — starting Monday. Until then, they are working out of...
  • Why I am Conservative, was never Leftist and am no longer Libertarian

    04/04/2015 10:59:53 AM PDT · by walford · 43 replies
    Facebook ^ | 04/05/2015 | walford
    Leftism [including all forms of collectivism] is a juvenile mentality in which the adherents want what they want and cannot be troubled with limitations and consequences. They think that their unworkable ideas will work if everyone believes in them. Given that it is essentially a belief system that is not amenable to logic, reason or evidence, it is necessarily dogmatic. Those who disagree are a threat; the mere existence of contrary thoughts cannot be tolerated and must be quashed at all costs. And, oddly enough, is a closely related cadre of religious dogmatists who, in their infantile mentality, blasphemously posits...
  • Rand Paul: Cruz's Audience Was Required To Attend; I'm Not Interested In Just Throwing Out Red Meat

    03/24/2015 6:32:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 03/23/2015 | Ian Schwartz
    MEGYN KELLY, KELLY FILE: Senator, good to see you tonight. A lot of Rand Paul supporters showed up today at the Ted Cruz announcement. Was that orchestrated? SEN. RAND PAUL: Somebody did. I'm not sure know who did orchestrate it. I kind of remember those days because I went to Baylor University and we were all required to go to convocation. So all these kids are required and some of those who are required wanted to make sure that just by having to be there they weren't expressing their support. But we were glad to see them there and organized...
  • Cruz faces off against Rand Paul supporters at Liberty University

    03/23/2015 8:13:46 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 38 replies
    Houston Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 03/23/2015 | Brimstone
     Today Ted Cruz announced his campaign for President at Liberty University to a crowd of Rand Paul Supporters.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential bid with Twitter post, video

    03/23/2015 7:58:39 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/23/2015 |
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he will run for president in 2016 via a Twitter post early Monday, becoming the first major candidate to officially declare. "I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight," Cruz says as the video concludes. Shortly after midnight Monday, the campaign had launched its website.  Cruz had been expected to make the official announcement later Monday during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He is expected to start his campaign immediately rather than launch an exploratory committee, which many do as a precursor to a campaign. 
  • Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

    03/22/2015 7:55:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 149 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2015 | JP
    A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi. “It is clear,” the author wrote, “that there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives.” He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization. “People have generally come to the conclusion,” he asserted, “that they don’t really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors.” He also predicted that “the...
  • Rand Paul’s claim — twice in one day — that he has a biology degree

    03/20/2015 2:53:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/13/2015 | Glenn Kessler
    “I have a biology degree, okay?”– Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in remarks at the Lincoln Labs “Reboot Congress” conference, Feb. 12, 2015This column has been updated with an additional explanation by Paul’s spokesman.We first spotted a version of this quote in a Bloomberg column by David Weigel, and then checked the quotes with our colleague Jose DelReal, who had attended the conference.This is a bit of an odd one, given that Paul does not have a college undergraduate degree.The Facts Paul mentioned his alleged degree at the conference not once, but twice. First, in an exchange with TechCrunch founder Michael...
  • Cooke: Rand Paul Represents ‘Conservatarian’ View ‘On Paper’ -- But Has His Own Problems

    National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke explained his new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, claiming that Senator Rand Paul (R., KY) perhaps best represents the “conservatarian” political point of view. Cooke said conservatarians feel “libertarian when around conservatives and conservative when around libertarians . . . They don’t like libertarians on defense, they don’t like libertarians on foreign policy, and they’re not sure about libertarians on abortion — abortion is the one so-called ’social issue’ that is still an outlier.” “But on drugs, on gay marriage, and on federalism, they’re disappointed with conservatism,” he continued....
  • Report: David Koch to sign amicus brief supporting gay marriage

    03/04/2015 10:02:35 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | ADAM B. LERNER
    David Koch, the big money political donor and liberal boogeyman, has agreed to sign onto to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The brief he will reportedly sign in DeBoer v. Snyder, a case that could afford same-sex couples a constitutional right to marry, will host a number of other prominent conservative signatories, including retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former Reagan White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman. News of the brief was first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post.
  • Why Don’t Libertarians Like Scott Walker? [Is Rand worried?]

    03/04/2015 12:20:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | March 3, 2015 | Charles Barr
    While Scott Walker is touring the country trying to stay atop of the polls for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination, his home state of Wisconsin is struggling to keep people in the state. Since 2013, nearly 2,300 people have left the state of Wisconsin and the household income has slipped about .01%. If we don’t consider these small, nit-picky numbers, the economic prospects of the state are great – Wisconsin went from number 49 on the economic prospects to number 21. Walker himself laid out most of his economic success stories in his CPAC speech this past weekend, most of...
  • Can Paul's straw poll streak be stopped? CPAC

    02/28/2015 4:41:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2015 | Cameron Joseph with Jonathan Easley
    Rand Paul’s likely White House foes are looking to end his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll hot streak. The Kentucky senator is still the frontrunner to win the annual measure of grassroots support after claiming victory for the past two years. But how deep other potential rivals — most notably Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — cut into his support will show who is on the rise in the 2016 GOP field. “Every year serious candidates come to CPAC and organize and get people to come here for the specific purpose of voting...
  • The Circuitous Perfection of Libertarian "Foreign Policy"

    02/26/2015 5:52:41 PM PST · by crusher · 1 replies
    swlf | today | crusher
    The Present and Future Timeline of Libertarian Foreign Policy RE: Iran I have long believed that Iran was THE problem in the Middle East, and given that they are clearly DaWon's heart throb thy are worthy of continued monitoring. Their presence on the word stage is a continued source of confusion for Libertinians who tend to fall into the pattern of thinking below. 1. All nation states are evil, in fact equally evil, so no nation state including the USA should engage in actions against other nation states like Iran (or even extra-national entities like ISIS). 2. Since all nation...
  • Ron Paul: Black Caucus Only Against War Because They Want That Money For Food Stamps

    02/25/2015 7:38:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Megan Apper and Andrew Kaczynski
    “They are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here.” (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps. “I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not—they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps...
  • Kochs and Unions

    02/25/2015 6:35:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 25, 2015 | John Stossel
    Lots of people sure hate the Koch brothers. The Kochs get death threats like this: "If I had a chance to murder a Koch brother in cold blood, I would surely take it." Jim Dean doesn't want to kill the Kochs, but he does want new laws to limit their influence. Dean's brother Howard was a Democratic presidential candidate, and Dean chairs a group called Democracy for America. "Get money out of politics," Dean says on my show this week. But Dean's not just unhappy because the Kochs have money to throw around. He doesn't like their politics. "The Koch...
  • Coloradans become first to ask feds to block legalized marijuana

    02/20/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 130 replies
    The Eugene Register-Guard ^ | February 19, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    DENVER — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors.
  • Jon Stewart and Me

    02/19/2015 7:48:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | February 19, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    About six years ago, one of my producers at the Fox News Channel received a call out of the blue in which the caller asked if I'd be interested in coming on "The Colbert Report." At the time, I was generally unfamiliar with the genre of late-night comedy because I am usually in dreamland when it airs. Colbert was hilarious in his haughty imitation of the excesses of my Fox colleague Bill O'Reilly. I did not and do not know what his personal politics are, but his shtick was playing O'Reilly to a T. In fact, at one point during...
  • Why Are So Many Americans in Prison? (Hint. Not the WOD)

    02/09/2015 9:29:01 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 86 replies
    Slate ^ | 02/06/2015 | By Leon Neyfakh
    Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is way too high. It’s possible that a decline has already begun, with the number of state and federal inmates dropping for three years straight starting in 2010, from an all-time high of 1.62 million in 2009 to about 1.57 million in 2012. But change has been slow: Even if the downward trend continues, which is far from guaranteed, it could take almost 90 years for the country’s prison population to get down to where it was in 1980...
  • Ted Cruz Is Wrong about Same Sex Marriage (Look at the source)

    02/06/2015 11:30:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 6, 2015 | Presley Sanderson - Campus Contributor
    Ted Cruz claims to be a “constitutionalist,” but expects us to believe that the issue of gay marriage should be left to “debate…in the legislative chambers.” In response to President Barack Obama’s comments about gay marriage in the State of the union, the Texas senator said: I think the proper place to debate those issues is in the legislative chambers. I’m a constitutionalist…From the beginning of this country, marriage has been a question of the states, and we should not have the federal government, or unelected judges, setting aside the policy judgment of the elected legislatures and imposing their own...
  • The Bloody Crescent: The Danger of Obama and Libertarians

    02/06/2015 8:26:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | February 6, 2015 | John Ransom
    It may take ten years or even twenty years to repair the damage done to America's security through the deliberate foreign policy initiatives followed by the three horsemen of the Apocalypse, Kerry, Clinton and Obama. That is, of course, if the damage is able to be repaired at all. Whether we can fix American security largely depends on the views of the next person we elect as president of the United States. There exists in the world today a bloody crescent stretching from Morocco through North Africa, around the Mediterranean Sea, slicing its way through Mesopotamia, Persia, near Asia and...
  • Parasites

    02/04/2015 4:05:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | February 4, 2014 | John Stossel
    Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they're important because they are parasites. They feed off others, while creating no wealth of their own. We all complain about businesses we don't like, but because business is voluntary, every merchant must offer us something we want in order to get our money. But that's not true for politicians and their businessman cronies. They get to use government force to grab our money. Those people who take instead of producing things make up "the parasite economy," says Cato Institute Vice President David Boaz. It's my...
  • Ayn Rand At 110

    02/03/2015 6:02:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | February 3, 2015 | David Boaz
    Interest in the bestselling novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand continues to grow, 33 years after her death and 70 years after she first hit the bestseller lists with The Fountainhead. Rand was born February 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the dark year of 1943, in the depths of World War II and the Holocaust, when the United States was allied with one totalitarian power to defeat another, three remarkable women published books that could be said to have given birth to the modern libertarian movement. Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who had written Little House on...