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  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changesóand found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The studyís findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Ö
  • Rand Paulís Foreign Policy: For the Situation Room or the Dorm Room?

    04/15/2014 2:47:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | April 15, 2014 | Rich Lowry
    The oil-services company Halliburton is an old obsession of the anti-Bush Left, and evidently of Kentucky senator Rand Paul. The libertarian standard-bearer and almost-certain Republican presidential candidate suggested to audiences a few years ago that Vice President Dick Cheneyís views on the Iraq War were influenced by his time as CEO at Halliburton. Cheney had opposed going into Iraq during the Persian Gulf War under the first President George Bush; then, after a stint at Halliburton, he supported going into Iraq under the second President Bush. Q.E.D. Asked about the Halliburton charge on ABCís This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Paul...
  • I Hate to Say I Told You So (But I predicted this gay revolution)

    04/11/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/10/2014 | Michael Brown
    For years Iíve been sounding the alarm about an impending social, cultural, and spiritual crisis, and for years critics have compared me to Chicken Little, discounting my warnings as the ravings of a hysterical, religious fundamentalist. Well, itís a little late for that now. Ten years ago, I charted this progression and made this prediction: ∑ First, gay activists came out of the closet ∑ Second, they demanded their ďrightsĒ ∑ Third, they demanded that everyone recognize those ďrightsĒ ∑ Fourth, they want to strip away the rights of those who oppose them ∑ Fifth, they want to put those...
  • FBI: Drone-like toy planes in bomb plot

    04/08/2014 8:42:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    CT Post ^ | April 7, 2014 | Michael P. Mayko
    BRIDGEPORT -- A Moroccan national who allegedly plotted to turn a radio-controlled model airplane into a drone-like flying bomb and crash it into a school and a Connecticut federal building was arrested Monday by FBI agents. Wires and tools were found in the High Ridge Drive apartment where El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, 27, had been living since January with an individual he met while incarcerated in Virginia, according to the FBI. It was not known if any explosives were found. Fahti told an undercover agent in five recorded conversations that he studied the bomb attack operation for months, and had...
  • 'Socially Liberal, Economically Conservative' Is So Over

    04/08/2014 2:28:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/8/2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    The genius of teaching the educated professional class to be ďsocially liberal, economically conservativeĒ for the last 20 years was that the economically conservative part came for free during the Great Boom from 1983-2007.† When the economy looked good forever and everyone's 401(k) was increasing, the professional class could easily be persuaded to look down on -- and actually fear! -- the bigoted Religious Right and vote for Democrats. Candidate Obama's remark about bitter clingers captured the meme perfectly. But now that gay marriage is a fact and the junior inquisitors from the gay Holy Office have shifted from the...
  • George Sorosí real crusade: Legalizing marijuana in the U.S

    04/03/2014 8:45:52 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 61 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Billionaire philanthropist George Soros hopes the U.S. goes to pot, and he is using his money to drive it there. With a cadre of like-minded, wealthy donors, Mr. Soros is dominating the pro-legalization side of the marijuana debate by funding grass-roots initiatives that begin in New York City and end up affecting local politics elsewhere. ďThe pro-legalization movement hasnít come from a groundswell of the people. A great deal of its funding and fraud has been perpetrated by George Soros and then promoted by celebrities,Ē said John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under...
  • Rand Paul: GOP Must Get the ĎDoor Ajarí for Minorities, Not be ĎParty of Deportationí

    04/02/2014 8:05:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/02/2014 | RODRIGO SERME—O
    WASHINGTON Ė Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the future of the Republican Party depends on what the Republicans do to expand its appeal among Hispanic voters and show them that the GOP is not ďjust the party of deportation.Ē ďIíve been saying over and over that the Republican Party cannot win until itís more diverse, until it looks like the rest of America,Ē he said. During a Tuesday symposium hosted by the Media Research Center (MRC) and the American Principles Project (APP), the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said that if the GOP wants to appeal to minority...
  • Rand Paul: America Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 128 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! ďThere are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them Ö some of...
  • Secretary Kerry: U.S. To Send Scientists To Discuss Homosexuality With Ugandan President

    03/18/2014 1:45:46 PM PDT · by lbryce · 89 replies
    BuzzFeeda ^ | March 18, 2014 | J Lester Feder
    ďMaybe we can reach a point of reconsiderationĒ on Ugandaís Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Kerry said during a forum at the State Department. The Ugandan president committed to meeting with American ďexpertsĒ on homosexuality to try to change his mind about the Anti-Homosexuality Act signed into law last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a forum at the State Department moderated by BuzzFeed. Museveni claimed to have signed the law, which imposes up to a lifetime prison sentence for homosexuality, after being convinced no one is ďborn gay.Ē ďI talked personally to President Museveni just a few...
  • Supposed ĎChristianí Dad Claims Gay Son is No Sinner

    03/16/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 45 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 16, 2013 | JP
    Chris has a gay son. He neglected to mention that when I met him at a business event the week before last, when we talked a little politics, when he invited me to join him and his buds for their weekly golf game. All was amicable on the golf course. As it turned out, two of the guys were fellow conservatives. And two others happened to be members of my church. But things got twisted when our two foursomes sat down for post-round libations and conversation. Thatís because Chris, a social liberal, an Obama-loving Democrat, insisted on talking politics. And...
  • Rand Paul: Republicans must agree to disagree on social issues in order to grow the party

    03/14/2014 1:15:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via WaPo, compare and contrast. Here‚Äôs Mitch Daniels four years ago: Beyond the debt and the deficit, in Daniels¬ís telling, all other issues fade to comparative insignificance. He¬ís an agnostic on the science of global warming but says his views don¬ít matter. ¬ďI don¬ít know if the CO2 zealots are right,¬Ē he said. ¬ďBut I don¬ít care, because we can¬ít afford to do what they want to do. Unless you want to go broke, in which case the world isn¬ít going to be any greener. Poor nations are never green.¬ĒAnd then, he says, the next president, whoever he is, ¬ďwould...
  • GOP Future Bright . . . If We Can Keep It

    03/12/2014 10:53:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Bob Barr
    When asked to relate the results of the Constitutional Convention of 1789 to a citizen as he left Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin is reported to have replied, ďA Republic, if you can keep it.Ē As the annual Conservative Political Action Conference ended last weekend, one might reply similarly to an observer that the future of the GOP is bright, if we can keep it. In 1975, Ronald Reagan, not yet one of conservativesí most beloved presidents, sat down with Reason magazine for an interview about his thoughts on the future direction of the GOP. ďThe basis of conservatism is a...
  • Young Republicans Find Fault With Elders on List of Social Issues

    03/11/2014 9:26:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    It was difficult to miss Ian Jacobson at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Known as Rooster, he was 33, with an ample beard, earrings and a towering orange-and-aqua spiked Mohawk haircut. But he also sported a pinstriped suit, French cuffs and a natty contrast collar. Mr. Jacobsonís sartorial contradictions matched those of his politics: He is among the young Republicans who are pro-free market on fiscal issues and libertarian on social ones. While his views represent a potential growth wing for a party that is losing among other demographic groups, they also show an emerging tension with the older social...
  • News 12 Special Report: 'Hooked on Heroin'

    03/11/2014 9:06:24 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    News12 (Hudson Valley, NY) ^ | 3/10/14 | Tara Rosenblum
    The use of heroin has risen over the past few years in the Hudson Valley. In part one of News 12's special report "Hooked on Heroin," Tara Rosenblum speaks with parents who have lost children to the drug. After Renee Hustins lost her son Benjamin to an overdose three months ago when he was 23, she met other parents who have lost children to heroin. The parents now all rely on each other for support. The parents Rosenblum spoke to all say they never would have expected their children to become addicted to heroin. Some of them also shared their...
  • Obama, Ukraine and the Price of Weakness

    03/02/2014 2:42:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    There may be no way for the United States to reverse the Russiaís seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The Obama administration still has the opportunity to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for this aggression in response to the ouster of one of their stooge in Kiev by a popular uprising. Indeed, he would do well to listen to the advice of Senator Marco Rubio who outlined eight steps the U.S. should take in response to the crisis. But whether or not the president acts appropriately now, itís probably too late to preserve the...
  • Welfare cash pulled from ATMs inside Colorado pot shops

    02/21/2014 8:27:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    KDVR-TV ^ | February 20, 2014 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DENVER ó Colorado welfare recipients are using ATMs located inside marijuana retail shops to withdraw cash. The money was given to them by taxpayers to help their families survive, but an exclusive Fox31 Denver investigation found some cash benefits most likely going toward marijuana purchases. FOX31 Denver asked the Colorado Department of Human Services for its ďQuest cardĒ database of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cash transactions for the month of January, 2014. That is the first month in which Colorado marijuana dispensaries were regulated and open for recreational sales. The FOX31 Denver investigative team matched the addresses of EBT cash...
  • ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    02/20/2014 9:57:52 AM PST · by PapaNew · 62 replies
    Sarah's Facebook Page ^ | 2/20/14 | Sarah Palin
    The permanent political class in D.C. won't listen. So, let's start putting our efforts behind good new candidates who will go to Washington not to line their pockets, but to help restore our country. It's time to put inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity over incumbency in the GOP.
  • I Want a Sugar Mommy.

    01/27/2014 10:16:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    Please enjoy my pithy posts from Facebook. Theyíre brilliant, or reasonably insightful, or at least not stupid in most cases. If a male politician found a sugar mommy to pay his way through school, and to accept and raise his children as her own without him, he wouldn't dare make heroic single daddy-hood the centerpiece of his identity and campaign. If he tried, the media would slaughter him. If he were a Republican, anyway. Liberals think people are too flawed to make it in life without paternalistic restraints and controls. Conservatives think people are too flawed to be trusted with...
  • Get the State Out of Marriage

    01/27/2014 3:28:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 185 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2014 | Mark Baisley
    It is Super Bowl week; Time for a football analogy to politics: The best defense is a good offense. Yep. Perhaps the most successful head-fake tactic of the left has been political correctness and I think that it is high time that we got our defense off the field and start throwing some play-action post routes of our own. The leftist playbook includes instructions to accuse the right of being cruelly unfair in response to every assertion of a conservative standard. Reducing taxes is to ďfund the government on the backs of the poor.Ē Opposing Obamaís takeover of health care...
  • Chuck Norris smokes marijuana debate

    01/26/2014 9:10:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 110 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Mr. Norris, with Washington and Colorado recently legalizing pot smoking and their football teams (Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos) being in the Super Bowl, some have asked whether there is going to be added marijuana use during this yearís Super Bowl. And President Barack Obama recently said that he doesnít think marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol. What do you think, Chuck? Is it? Ė ďTrying to Make Sense of SensimillaĒ in Seattle I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels...
  • King Libertarians Neocons

    01/24/2014 12:49:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 223 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    From at least the time of the 1980ís, the Republican Party and the ďconservative movementĒ have been dominated by, not conservatives, but neoconservatives. The so-called ďlibertarianĒ influence in the party is growingóand neoconservatives are none too pleased by it. Libertarians, neoconservatives assert, are ďisolationists,Ē ďnaÔve,Ē even sophomoric, idealists whose detachment from reality borders on being ďunpatriotic,Ē for libertarians threaten to compromise national security, making citizen and soldier alike unsafe. After all, when his own country is in the midst of a protracted, bloody war, a person who uses his considerable influence to convince large numbers of Americans that their country...
  • Libertarian wing of GOP gains strength in Congress

    01/24/2014 7:11:12 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1/24/14 | Susan Ferrechio
    A few times each month, a couple dozen House Republican lawmakers gather in a meeting room in a building adjacent to Capitol to discuss ideas and legislative proposals that focus on limited government, reducing the debt and maintaining individual rights. The group considers itself conservative with a libertarian emphasis. They call themselves the Liberty Caucus and believe that in order for the GOP to win more elections in the future, the party must begin embracing their libertarian-minded philosophy because voters are beginning to demand it, particularly in the wake of government data collection revelations that some believe infringe on privacy...
  • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Promises to End War on Drugs in Inaugural Speech

    01/23/2014 9:04:52 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 01/22/2014 | Allison Geller
    In the inaugural speech for his second term of office, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie vowed to end the ineffective ‚Äúwar on drugs.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWe will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands this simple truth:¬† every life has value and no life is disposable,‚ÄĚ Christie said Tuesday at the War Memorial in Trenton. Christie generally tried to strike...
  • Beck's Betrayal (Vanity)

    01/21/2014 8:19:56 PM PST · by Viennacon · 88 replies
    Conservative Beacon USA ^ | 1/21/2014 | Me
    I had previously authored a vanity piece on this topic, hoping that I might have been overreacting or misinterpreting Glenn, but the recent antics are the final nail in the coffin. Glenn Beck has actually moved closer to Robert Sarvis' politics than those of any conservative I know. Just wait till he starts pushing eco-crap. No, better to just load up a compilation of Alex Jones and Michael Savage's greatest hits. That will essentially give you Glenn Beck, minus the left wing turn. I'd post links to the content I refer to, but I wouldn't want to drive more traffic...
  • 5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

    01/21/2014 4:29:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 172 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | John Hawkins
    How did we end up in a world where Big Gulps are being banned in New York while the welcome mat for potheads is being rolled out in Colorado? How is it that cigarette smokers are pariahs, while people smoking weed are being cheered? This is despite the fact that potheads are almost universally recognized as unmotivated, low class, degenerate Ė and, yes, smelly failures. Even the ones that get somewhere in life, like Barack Obama, usually turn out to be mediocrities. Moreover, we all recognize that smoking is a dirty habit that makes you die younger and while drinking...
  • Some GREAT food for thought for liberals who think they're the most compassionate Americans

    01/19/2014 10:21:01 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-19-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I don't know if Penn Jillette actually said this, but it's very well said and echoes conversations I've had with others on the topic that drew the very same conclusion.To me coerced giving through confiscatory means isn't just immoral, it actually degrades society because real compassion begins to atrophy..."why should I care about my neighbor when the government pays a †nameless, faceless bureaucrat to do it for me."
  • (Debra Medina is back) Interview with Debra Medina, Candidate for Texas Comptroller

    01/13/2014 12:18:53 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 14 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 01/13/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    Saturday, I had the opportunity to interview Texas Comptroller candidate, Debra Medina, about her race and discuss her ideas on issues such as cronyism, tax policy, immigration, and House leadership. Debra Medina has three Republican primary opponents, including Harvey Hilderbran, Raul Torres, and Glenn Hegar. Check out all of our interviews with candidates here. Disclaimer: Hardhatters is a non-partisan political research organization, and we do not support or endorse any political candidates
  • LIBERTARIANISM & LIBERTY - COMPATIBLE WITH CHRISTIANITY SOCIALISM - COMPATIBLE WITH NEITHER

    01/10/2014 1:14:42 PM PST · by crazylibertarian · 36 replies
    I have always been resentful of authority, with an attitude to 'the authorities' of 'who died and made you God?' I've always believed that freedom is only possible within the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
  • Glenn Beck Stands With GLAAD Over Russian 'Hetero-Fascism' (Video)

    01/02/2014 2:15:17 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 100 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 12/31/2013 | Sarah Fruchtnicht
    Conservative radio host Glenn Beck told CNN's S.E. Cupp that he would stand with the gay advocacy group GLAAD in the fight against the criminalization of homosexuality in Russia. Beck said it‚Äôs ridiculous that Americans were so wrapped up in ‚ÄúDuck Dynasty‚ÄĚ and the race of Santa Claus in December. ‚ÄúWhat are you nuts? That‚Äôs the conversation we‚Äôre having?‚ÄĚ Meanwhile in Russia, he said, ‚Äúlast week one of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt think you could make the Holocaust worse,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúbut he‚Äôs like ‚ÄėWhy the...
  • Neal Boortz, Libertarianism, and Moral Government -- Somebody's morality is going to govern us.

    12/30/2013 5:11:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/30/2013 | Trevor Thomas
    While substituting for Sean Hannity recently, Neal Boortz went into another of his "libertarian" rants against "social" conservatives. Taking note of the recent flak involving Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty," while pleading that the fate of the republic may depend upon Republicans retaking the U.S. Senate, Boortz forebodingly predicted that Republicans would fail in this task because, "they [Republicans] simply cannot resist the urge, the impulse to get into this social conservatism." Long known for his disdain of the "social" (I prefer "moral") issues, like many others, Boortz masquerades as libertarian while in reality being nothing more than a liberal...
  • Gov. Brown Pardons Mostly Target Drug Offenders

    12/24/2013 7:11:11 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies
    KCBS.COM ^ | 24 DECEMBER 2013 | AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) ó Gov. Jerry Brown issued 127 pardons on Tuesday, the vast majority of them to people who had been convicted of drug dealing, cultivation or possession. Typical of the handful of crimes that were not direct drug offenses is that committed by a Humboldt County woman, who was convicted in 1995 after she broke into a home to steal food so she could feed her children. A statement from the governorís office said all those granted pardons had completed their sentences and had been released from custody for more than a decade without committing additional crimes. The Democratic...
  • Juan Williams Defines Himself As A Libertarian - Fox News' "Cashin In" Panel Erupts In Laughter

    12/15/2013 1:37:17 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    yazchattiest/youtube ^ | Dec 15, 2013 | FOX
    Priceless indeed. Who knew that liberal Fox News analyst Juan Williams considered himself a libertarian? Twitchy: Juan Williams calls himself a libertarian; Hilarity ensues
  • High court hears medical-marijuana case

    12/14/2013 8:12:22 AM PST · by wonkowasright · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/4/2013
    Tallahasseeís political establishment has repeatedly blocked legislative votes on medical marijuana and will ask the Florida Supreme Court Thursday to follow suit and keep the issue away from state voters in 2014. Led by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, opponents have raised a host of objections to the proposed state constitutional amendment, which they say could lead to de facto ďunfetteredĒ marijuana legalization under the guise of compassionate medicine. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/04/3796894/high-court-hears-medical-marijuana.html#storylink=cpy
  • Gary Johnson announces libertarian Super PAC

    12/13/2013 9:34:44 AM PST · by kobald · 7 replies
    The Examiner ^ | December 12, 2013 | Karl Dickey
    2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee and chairman of the Our America Initiative, Gary Johnson announced yesterday the formation of a 527 Super PAC called Our America PAC. The new Super PAC has the goal of supporting and ultimately getting into elective public office, principled candidates committed to smaller government, fiscal conservatism and individual liberty... Yesterday, Johnson said of the new Super PAC, ďFrom the realities of government-run healthcare setting in to the continuing disclosures of the breadth of NSAís domestic spying, more Americans than ever are ready to take a serious look at candidates who offer real alternatives to business-as-usual....
  • Let's Split

    12/05/2013 7:11:26 PM PST · by kinsman redeemer · 3 replies
    Vanity | 12/05/2013 | Kinsman Redeemer
    Ken Cuccenelli lost the 2013 bid for Governor of Virginia primarily because of Robert Sarvisí campaign, funded in part by a Texas Obama supporter and campaign bundler, Joe Liemandt.
  • Obama is 100% Red, White & Blue American

    11/28/2013 4:45:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 111 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 4, 2013 8:00am | WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
    **SNIP** In hundreds of media interviews, Iíve stated that even though Obama was my college classmate at Columbia University , Class of 1983, and we shared the same majors (Political Science and Pre-Law), I never saw, met, or heard of him. But the media has this story wrong too Ė Iíve never said that my conclusion is Obama did not go to Columbia . On the contrary, I believe Obama graduated Columbia and we are classmates. Where was he hiding for those Columbia years? My educated guess is he was smoking pot and attending communist meetings, plotting the downfall of...
  • Rand Paul Aids Surprise GuantŠnamo Bay Win for Obama

    11/22/2013 12:05:15 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Time.com ^ | Nov. 20, 2013 | Massimo Calabresi
    In a surprising win on Tuesday night, the White House and top Senate Democrats successfully defended provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would loosen restrictions on transferring detainees out of GuantŠnamo Bay, advancing President Obamaís goal of closing the facility by a margin of 55-43. . . . . . . As recently as early November, Democratic Senate aides participating in the fight to loosen the transfer rules described the politics of the vote as ďdifficultĒ but ďnot impossibleĒ and said those whipping the vote were five or six votes short of the bare majority they needed...
  • Catholicism and Libertarianism

    11/19/2013 3:10:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/18/13 | Brian Jones
    While libertarianism has a number of tenets that are in accord with Catholic social teaching, complete integration of the two is ultimately impracticable. Earlier this year, a friend and I attended the Ludwig von Mises Institute conference in Houston, Texas. The conference centered upon an analysis of the current financial challenges facing our country, and a discussion of some economic and political solutions. Since the keynote speaker was Ron Paul, I thought it was safe to say the majority of those in attendance identified themselves as libertarians, either socially or philosophically. But I learned otherwise. During the first session break,...
  • The George Bush You Forgot (The Libertarian George Bush Who Was Against Nation Building)

    11/18/2013 11:36:19 AM PST · by Skeez · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | Uploaded on Aug 15, 2008 | merrimac290
    Youtube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9SOVzMV2bc&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL2A98BEEA82D96E4ESee link. Short video from 2000 campaign. Unbelievable.
  • Libertarian Larry Elder tells Bill Maher to stop calling himself a Libertarian

    11/17/2013 8:21:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 17, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Libertarian Larry Elder tells Bill Maher to stop calling himself a Libertarian
  • The Two Kinds of Libertarianism: Calhounian and Heinleinian

    11/16/2013 8:19:41 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 16, 2013 | Hamilton
    Today in America, we see two kinds of libertarianism, which we might call ďCalhounianĒ and ďHeinleinian.Ē Both kinds believe in freedom, but they are very different in their emphasisóand in their politics. The names behind the adjectives are John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), of South Carolina, and Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), of California. [Calhoun] was also a proud slaveholding South Carolinian who rose in politics to be vice president of the United States. Indeed, Calhoun spent the last two decades of his life making the case for statesí rights over national unity In particular, he was a passionate advocate of ďnullificationĒóthat...
  • Switzerland Plans to Give Out "Free" Money - Claims It's a Libertarian Idea

    11/14/2013 8:38:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    People constantly ask me what it would take for me to abandon my stance that "hyperinflation is not going to happen in the US". My answer has always been "free money" (not credit), on a big enough scale. Note that QE causes huge economic distortions but it is not "free money". Free Money Proposal In Switzerland, enough signatures have been gathered to put a "free money" proposal on the ballot. To collect, all you have to do is breathe. Rich and poor alike would get the money. New York Times economic-writer Annie Lowrie discusses the idea in Switzerlandís Proposal to...
  • Normalizing pedophilia: Abolishing the age of consent

    11/13/2013 6:57:44 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 37 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11-12-13 | Jacqueline Laing
    After certain press criticism and a productive online backlash in the blogosphere, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is performing a gratifying volte-face in its use of the term sexual "orientation" for paedophilia. In its fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the APA has distinguished between paedophilic disorder and paedophilic orientation. Paedophilia-advocacy groups, like B4U-ACT, a grassroots lobby group, have long seen the declassification of paedophilia to the status of an "orientation" for ďminor-attracted persons" (MAPs) to be a necessary means to their ends. The North American Man-Boy Love Association (and numerous international affiliates advocating...
  • The Libertarian Era?

    11/13/2013 5:19:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | John Stossel
    I didn't know what a libertarian was when I started reporting. I was just another liberal. I knew the Republicans were icky, and Democrats were more like me -- except they didn't care about debt. I had no idea there was an actual movement of thinking people who want to honor the principles of the Founders -- liberty and limited government. It took me a long time to wake up. Now more Americans have woken up, say Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie, editors of Reason magazine. "Poll after poll show you that Americans are much more fiscally conservative than...
  • JOHN STOSSEL: We should sell human organs, as they do in Iran

    11/11/2013 2:28:06 PM PST · by JediJones · 50 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | 11/11/2013 | John Stossel
    I say: Privatize everything. Regulations forbid buying and selling organs, so the market cannot operate. Desperate patients must wait and hope someone gives an organ out of sheer generosity, that someone dies at just the right time, and that hospital administrators bump their case to the top of the list. In the United States, 100,000 people are on waiting lists for kidneys. Kidneys make up 80 percent of the organ shortage. We have two kidneys but need only one. Donors could save many lives, but not enough choose to donate. By contrast, in Iran, thereís often a waiting line of...
  • Obtuse: Some Libertarians, Criticism and Deliberately Missing the Point

    11/10/2013 3:06:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    When you bait a hook, you hope to catch a fish. Thursday I baited a hook, and I caught a lot of fish. I had intended to write todayís column with the title ďThe Problem With Conservatives,Ē because there are some too. But I enjoyed the feedback I got from poking the bear so much I thought Iíd grab another stick. By daring to criticize ďLibertariansĒ (yeah, Iím capitalizing it since it bothers certain people so much) for their ineffectiveness, laziness and general apathy while what they claim to so prize is slipping away, the flying monkey brigade of indifference...
  • The Real Reason Libertarians Aren't Settling For Conservatism

    11/11/2013 10:35:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 333 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Rachel Burger
    Yesterday, Derek Hunter declared that libertarianism has entirely lost its meaning, that the party has devolved into a catch-all for people who want to criticize the government without doing anything about it. He also assumed that any Republican candidate would be better than a Democrat for classical liberals. Hunter could not be more wrong. The Libertarian Party is still the face of ďindividual responsibility, small government, and free markets,Ē but how the LP arranges those priorities is changing. The Party needs to represent its constituency, appeal to young voters who largely have experience with Ron Paul, and has to emphasize...
  • The Problem With Libertarians

    11/07/2013 4:59:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 215 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    There was a time I called myself a Libertarian. And there was a time I was a Libertarian. I just wanted to get government to leave me alone, to leave people alone and to go all crazy and limit itself to doing only that which is spelled out clearly in the Constitution. That was what a Libertarian was. But itís not anymore. The word no longer has any meaning, no definition or parameters, certainly no coherent philosophy to speak of. And thereís no one to blame for that except Libertarians themselves. So what happened? By not even loosely defining...
  • Colorado voters approve big tax on recreational marijuana

    11/06/2013 1:27:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 6, 2013, 4:56 AM | (CBS/AP)
    A proposal to impose hefty taxes on recreational marijuana, whose use was okayed by Colorado voters in last yearís election, was an easy sell in the state Tuesday. About two-thirds of those casting ballots approved a 15 percent excise tax plus a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales that begin next year. The taxes are projected to bring in $70 million a year. The money will be used for school construction and regulating pot sales. Ö Also in Colorado, ten rural counties refused to approve secession from the state in an effort to form a 51st state called North...
  • Read This If You Believe Your Candidate Lost Due to Third-Party Voters

    11/06/2013 12:24:33 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 67 replies
    Reason ^ | Nov. 6, 2013 | Scott Shackford
    So it turns out Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli were able to draw away enough votes to keep Robert Sarvis from winning Virginiaís governorís race. I hope the folks who put those guys on the ballot are happy. Last night, my Twitter feed had quite a few conservatives laying the blame on Sarvis for costing Cuccinelli the election (which really isnít true according to polls, and it probably wouldnít even had been a close outcome but for the Obamacare mess). So in the spirit of reconciliation, here are some tips from a typical third-party voter to major party movers and...