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  • Ted Cruz and Rand Paul: Opposite directions

    04/20/2014 3:29:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 20, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    In 2013, freshmen senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seemed like two peas in a pod. Both railed at the NSA, backed the government shutdown, opposed intervention in Syria and championed the tea party faithful. But 2014 has been a different story. Cruz has become a serious, vocal proponent of a tough foreign policy and harsh critic of President Obama’s approach to Iran and Russia. He gave serious speeches on the importance of standing up to Vladimir Putin and on the folly of expecting Iran to give away its nuclear weapons program without stringent sanctions and/or the threat...
  • A rancher's armed battle against the US government is standard libertarian fare (Typical Guardian)

    04/20/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kieran Suckling
    Cliven Bundy's standoff with the BLM is over a paltry monthly grazing fee. But it's also over more - the idea of the public interest.Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the...
  • Paul defends Bush on immgration but says US 'can't invite the whole world'

    04/13/2014 7:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." In an interview that aired Sunday, Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the United States "can't invite the whole world" inside its borders....
  • Rand Paul’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administration’s drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • 2009 Rand Paul Speech: Cheney Manipulated US Into Iraq War for Profit

    04/08/2014 9:46:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 7, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sen. Rand Paul claimed in 2009 that former Vice President Dick Cheney exploited the 9/11 attacks in order to lead the United States into war in Iraq to benefit military contractor Halliburton, where Cheney had been CEO before heading to Washington, a video unveiled by blog Mother Jones' writer David Corn shows. In the video unearthed of a speech given at Western Kentucky University, Paul argues that Cheney opposed the first Bush administration's plans but changed his mind over Halliburton, Corn reports. "He's being interviewed (in 1995), I think, by the American Enterprise Institute, and he says it would be...
  • Hawkish GOP donors to Time mag: We’ll stop Rand Paul in the primaries

    03/31/2014 2:14:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 31, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Nothing surprising here but the quotes are oh so tasty. Including one that comes, secondhand, from Paul himself. Is that what the last month of Russia-bashing and Tomahawk-praising was all about? Is Rand … “evolving” on foreign policy? The [Republican Jewish Coalition] conference brings together some of the biggest names — and wallets — in Republican politics, most notably billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. At a private dinner for VIP donors in an Adelson-owned aircraft hangar holding one of his pair of Boeing 747s, Bush was asked about the growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party and replied there was...
  • John Bolton Steps Up Super PAC Game With Eye On 2016

    03/25/2014 9:35:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 24, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    With an eye on 2016, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is stepping up his Super PAC game. The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations raised over $800,000 in 2013 and is looking to make a big splash in the second quarter of this year when he'll announce endorsements. “We had a very, very good March,” Bolton said in an exclusive interview Monday, referring to fundraising numbers that still aren't public. “We've got criteria and we're evaluating candidates to support,” he added. The hawkish Bolton isn't exactly coy about where this is headed. “I don't rule...
  • The Four Faces of the Republican Party

    03/10/2014 12:20:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 25, 2014 | Henry Olsen
    THE COMMON wisdom holds that the GOP 2016 presidential race will boil down to a joust between the “establishment” and the “insurgents.” The former will allegedly be more moderate and the latter more conservative. Since most polls for two decades have shown that around two-thirds to 70 percent of self-described Republicans call themselves conservative, this elite narrative will focus on just how much the establishment candidate will need to be pulled to the right in order to fend off his insurgent challenger. And since the Tea Party has clearly become a vocal and powerful insurgent element in the GOP, the...
  • CPAC Update: Sarah Palin shines, Rand Paul wins piece of straw

    03/09/2014 9:19:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | March 9, 2014 | Eric Golub
    WASHINGTON, March 9, 2014 — The third and final day of CPAC brought everything full circle. Most of Radio Row leaves after Friday, and the vendors pack up early Saturday afternoon. Yet all is not quiet on the CPAC front. Two events conclude the event, one meaningful and one meaningless. The meaningful event is the keynote speech. In recent years, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have brought the crowd to its feet with rousing closing remarks. This year offered Sarah Palin as the grand finale. The meaningless event is the straw poll, won virtually every year by retired congressman and...
  • The Standing Armies of Yesterday and the Police State Today

    02/23/2014 3:32:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The International Libertarian ^ | August 22, 2013 | Darren Wolfe
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Darren Wolfe gave this presentation at the Citizens for Liberty meeting on August 20, 2013 near Norristown, Pennsylvania. Below are links to source material so readers can do their own research and come to their own conclusions. Many of the quotes used in the presentation are parts of essays or speeches that are well worth reading start to finish. This first series of quotes is from John Trenchard's 1697 book “An Argument Shewing, that a Standing Army is inconsistent with a Free Government, and absolutely destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy” (http://www.reformation.org/john-trenchard.pdf): And if we enquire how these...
  • Harry Reid Calls For An End To Legal Prostitution In Nevada

    02/23/2014 12:24:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 100 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | 2/21/14 | Frederick Reese
    In 2011, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nev.) went before a joint session of the Nevada State Legislature to call for “an adult conversation” about prostitution in the state. “Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment – not as the last place where prostitution is still legal,” he said in a speech delivered to the Nevada Legislature. “We should do everything we can to make sure the world holds Nevada in the same high regard you and I do,” Reid continued. “If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts...
  • White House: No more information about drone killings will be released to public

    02/19/2014 10:44:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2014 | Vince Coglianese, executive editor
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the Obama administration will not be releasing any more information about the controversial use of drones to kill American citizens. Carney’s remarks, via the White House’s transcript of the off-camera press gaggle: “This is not an open-ended process. This is a specific and unique accommodation in this circumstance. The fact is, when it comes to public disclosure, we have been — not with the kind of attention that’s been given it this week — but we have been publicly discussing these matters at the highest levels of government for the...
  • Oliver Stone and Jeremy Scahill Rail Against Obama and His MSNBC Defenders

    02/17/2014 1:07:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 15, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Journalist Jeremy Scahill and filmmaker Oliver Stone believe that, on issues of civil liberties and warfare, President Obama has entirely abandoned his 2008 rhetoric. And they see MSNBC and stars like Bill Maher as the biggest cheerleaders for such abrogations. The two well-known men of the left appeared Saturday at the 2014 Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC), on a panel entitled “Imperial Overreach and the National Security State,” sponsored by the libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation. They were joined by Stone’s co-author Peter Kuznick, with Newseum vice chairman Shelby Coffey moderating. While lamenting the “expanding warfare state” in America, both...
  • New leader in 2016 GOP primary field: Mike Huckabee, of course (Actually, it's Gov. Palin)

    01/29/2014 5:14:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I realize that all presidential polls this far out from election day are hot garbage but there’s no way I’m missing an opportunity to troll my Huck-hating readership as golden as this one. Two words, my friends: Huckabee/Christie?Although Huck’s now technically the GOP frontrunner, he’s not the pol with the highest favorable rating among Republicans. That’d be Sarah Palin, who’s at 70/20 and has the highest numbers among both women and men. PPP didn’t offer her as an option in its presidential polling, presumably because they think she’s unlikely to run. Following the controversy over his ‘Uncle Sugar’ speech Mike...
  • Neal Boortz Unloads on Social Conservatives on Sean Hannity’s Radio Show

    12/27/2013 5:30:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 27, 2013 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Neal Boortz, subbing for Sean Hannity on his radio show on the day after Christmas, took the opportunity to unload a heap of libertarian wrath upon social conservatives, saying that Republicans will not win another election if they continue ”screaming and yelling about abortion, about gay rights, about prayer in school.” Boortz spat the words “social conservative Republicans” into the airwaves as he railed against (some unnamed) Republicans who, apparently “obsessed” with social issues, are running around the country raging against the forces trying to take prayer out of school. Boortz seemed particularly upset with Republicans who want to peer...
  • Forget a new state for Silicon Valley — let’s divide the US with “Duck Dynasty”

    12/26/2013 4:04:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Pando Daily ^ | December 20, 2013 | Nathaniel Mott
    You may have heard that Tim Draper hopes to convince Californians to separate their state into six pieces. The plan is the latest attempt by Silicon Valley to separate itself from the rest of California, where mentally ill people have the gall to clutter streets paved in alternative currencies and Series As and which lead to startup employees’ lavish home-away-from-homes (bought at obscene prices in an overheated hot real estate market). Draper’s proposal would see the formation of six new states: Jefferson, North California, Central California, Silicon Valley, West California, and South California. In his vision, counties would be able...
  • Hey Randians, There’s More To Life Than Economics: Mike Lee is right, life is not an Ayn Rand novel

    12/25/2013 10:01:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 12, 2013 | Nicholas Rizzuto
    In an address to the Heritage Foundation entitled “What’s Next for Conservatives”, Senator Mike Lee said, “The conservative vision for America is not an Ayn Rand novel. It’s a Norman Rockwell painting, or a Frank Capra movie: a nation ‘of plain, ordinary kindness, and a little looking out for the other fellow, too.’” The comment, which received little attention when it was made back in October, harkens back to a traditional conservatism that stressed the importance of local institutions and relationships as a source of strength. As innocuous as that might seem to most conservatives, the mildly unfavorable comparison of...
  • All 10 Republicans visiting Iowa 'are players' for 2016

    11/22/2013 2:35:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Des Moines Register | November 22, 2013 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131122/NEWS09/311220100/?odyssey=nav%7Chead
  • Fighting a hostile takeover of freedom’s party (The Tea Party versus the GOP-e)

    11/13/2013 11:46:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 12, 2013 | Matt Kibbe
    "Learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.” Those were the words of advice given by senior Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to junior Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) during last May’s debt ceiling debate. It’s a provocative suggestion, considering that traditional congressional business practices have led us into almost $17 trillion in debt, unfunded liabilities several times that amount and a congressional approval rating that hovers around 9 percent. Business as usual in Washington has failed the American people, and it’s time to clean house. In the corporate world, a “takeover”...
  • Chris Christie, my favorite Republican. . . for now (Should one write if they can't spell?)

    11/09/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 9, 2013 | Russell Allyn, LA Progressive Examiner
    It is no wonder that with Christie’s 22.5 point reelection victory in the New Jersey governor’s race on Tuesday the national press has christened him a star. Other than Christie, there is not one political adult being mentioned as a serious candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Rand Paul values property rights over civil rights, which should be reversed. Ted Cruz wants to close the federal government and seal the boarder from immigrants, which is odd for a Canadian. And Rick Santorum. Enough said. Truth be told, the GOP has not fielded many attractive candidates of late. ---snip--- Here...
  • A Third Tea Party: Possible, Realistic, and Easier Than You Think

    09/15/2013 4:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | September 15, 2013 | Daniel R. Quintiliani
    During the pre-Palin days of the Tea Party Movement, the idea of a conservative third party was often discussed. Since the Tampa Purge of 2012, many have revisited this idea, most recently Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation. A third party dedicated only to freedom and limited government has been attempted several times, and we do have the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party, though like the Green Party, they have been restricted to local politics, and often lack ballot access. This period of American history is marked by a large, oppressive, and violent federal government. We have many factions...
  • How to serve a warrant: 1972 versus today, by Lt. Harry Thomas

    08/17/2013 8:41:22 AM PDT · by bamahead · 32 replies
    Police State USA ^ | August 15, 2013 | Lt. Harry Thomas
    This past week I was over on Officer.com trying to convince some hot-headed, patriot-hating young cops that the Constitution is actually the law of the land. I failed. One of them refers to open carriers as “attention whores.” I was denounced as a traitor to law enforcement for insisting that gun owners actually have rights that LEO’s are legally and morally bound to respect. It got me thinking about the great gulf that separates the law enforcement profession that I knew as compared to the one that exists today. I never thought I’d be one of those geezers that says,...
  • Poll: 2 percent in Alaska support Zimmerman for president (Supposedly, HRC beats SP!)

    08/02/2013 8:22:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    United Press International ^ | August 2, 2013 | Kristen Butler
    In a recent poll of Alaska voters, George Zimmerman -- who was recently acquitted in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin -- got a surprising 2 percent support as a hypothetical Republican presidential candidate. The newest Alaska survey from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Clinton's only chance of winning the state in 2016 would be in a matchup against Republican Sarah Palin, where Clinton would lead 49/40 percent. Clinton trails all other Republican candidates in the survey. Out in front, Chris Christie leads her by 8 points at 46/38, Jeb Bush leads at 49/42, Rand Paul is up...
  • Right Side Round Table: Is Sarah Palin an effective voice for the right?

    07/01/2013 2:03:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    QUESTION OF THE WEEK Sarah Palin rejoined Fox News as a contributor earlier this month, indicating that the polarizing former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate remains a powerful voice in the conservative landscape. Is she beneficial to conservatives and the Republican Party, or does she do more harm than good? Sarah Palin is undeniably useful and important as a face of the conservative movement. She is ineffective and even detrimental as the face of the conservative movement. Unfortunately, that's exactly what she became when John McCain selected her as his running mate in 2008: the face of the GOP...
  • Nostalgia Act: The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013 (Disses Cruz & Palin as fake libertarians)

    06/18/2013 3:06:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast's Politics Beast ^ | June 18, 2013 | Nick Gillespie, editor, Reason Magazine
    Are you ready for the great Sarah Palin Revival of 2013? The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate is back from her exile at Fox News and, like the former child star played by Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, the self-described Mama Grizzly is ready for a big comeback. But, to be blunt, she seems more like a relic of a bygone, little-missed era in showbiz-cum-politics. Indeed, she no more represents a viable future for the GOP than her 76-year-old “angry bird” running mate, John McCain.To give her full credit, Palin is talking what sounds...
  • NSA surveillance fears give Republicans a great in with young Americans

    06/16/2013 2:56:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 14, 2013 | Harry J. Enten
    Young people are more Democratic and pro-Obama – but they're even more pro-liberty. The GOP should seize this chance.You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that the Republican party has a problem with the millennial generation. Americans born after 1980 voted by some 25pt for President Obama over Mitt Romney, while the rest of the electorate narrowly supported the Republican candidate. It's my view that Republicans can do little to attract most Millennials – but privacy may be the exception. Our Guardian poll conducted by Public Policy Polling indicated that Democrats were more supportive of President Obama's...
  • Ron Paul: I’m worried that the government might kill Edward Snowden with a drone

    06/11/2013 5:02:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 362 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 11, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO AT LINK) During an interview with FOX Business, former Rep. Ron Paul explained that he was concerned about the well-being of National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden. “I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile,” Paul explained. “I mean we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed, but the gentlemen is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on.” Paul added that there were no signs of Snowden defecting to a foreign country, which meant that he...
  • The Solitary Leaker (Brooks takes a paternalistic, snobby tact on Snowden)

    06/11/2013 1:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 10, 2013 | David Brooks
    From what we know so far, Edward Snowden appears to be the ultimate unmediated man. Though obviously terrifically bright, he could not successfully work his way through the institution of high school. Then he failed to navigate his way through community college. According to The Washington Post, he has not been a regular presence around his mother’s house for years. When a neighbor in Hawaii tried to introduce himself, Snowden cut him off and made it clear he wanted no neighborly relationships. He went to work for Booz Allen Hamilton and the C.I.A., but he has separated himself from them,...
  • Why didn’t Snowden give Paul PRISM instead of $500?

    06/10/2013 10:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It seems like just last week we discussed the difference between leakers and reporters, and whistleblowers and criminals. In fact, it was just last week, as the Bradley Manning court-martial got under way, when I wrote that Manning didn’t have a First Amendment freedom-of-the-press defense. I wrote in my column at The Week that whistleblowers with clearances have specific ways in which to raise issues of illegality and unethical behavior: Those with clearances are briefed on how to raise issues on legality and ethics within the parameters of security, and none of those processes involve sending the data to a...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' nation needs Sarah Palin

    05/20/2013 2:50:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 20, 2013 | Bernie Quigley
    Why Sarah Palin? Because when I write a blog here on Jeb Bush or President Obama, it will bring in maybe 10 comments. A piece on Sarah Palin last week brought 135. Same every time. She strikes a chord which runs deep. She has a purpose here. She may be today the most important person in American culture and politics. She may always have been. The flak you draw tells of your truth and importance, and no one has taken more flak than Palin. Most has been neutralized now as Tea Party meets the mainstream with the IRS affair in...
  • Gun March Organizer Now Calling for Citywide Civil Disobedience

    05/10/2013 5:48:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | May 8, 2013 | Will Sommer
    The July 4 armed march on Washington just got a little more interesting. A day after telling City Desk that he would still try to enter Washington with a loaded gun, rally organizer Adam Kokesh changed tactics. Now, he wants citywide civil disobedience over whatever law participants consider unconstitutional. "This is now a call for mass civil disobedience on July 4th anywhere in Washington, DC," Kokesh writes on his march's Facebook event page. "Break whatever unconstitutional law you choose." Kokesh declined to comment on the move, promising a full announcement next year. But the shift to a citywide strategy seems...
  • Schumer backs Rep. Israel's call to halt plastic guns made using 3-D printers

    05/07/2013 11:04:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Long Island Newsday ^ | May 7, 2013 | Bill Mason
    Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday he is putting his full support behind legislation aimed at stopping the production of undetectable plastic guns that can be made using relatively cheap 3-D printers. A Texas-based libertarian group has successfully been able to produce a functioning plastic handgun using a 3-D printer that anyone could purchase, Schumer said. He said the group plans to post on the Internet how to go about making this cheap, but functioning weapon that could pass through metal detectors at airports and elsewhere. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he is joining Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) who has pushed for new...
  • A march on Washington with loaded rifles

    05/04/2013 3:41:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2013 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is hoping to get 1,000 people to march on Washington on July 4 — armed with loaded rifles. The plan, launched with a Facebook group today, is to gather on the Virginia side of the Potomac, where gun laws are lax, and then march across the bridge with loaded rifles slung over their shoulders into the District, where openly carrying weapons is generally prohibited. “This will be a non-violent event,” the Facebook group warns, “unless the government chooses to make it violent.” Already, over 200 people have said they’ll attend the march. Here’s...
  • Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect scarier than attack

    04/29/2013 5:09:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said the law enforcement that swarmed around Boston in the days following the marathon bombings was scarier than the actual terrorist attack. “The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city,” he said on the Lew Rockwell website, Politico reported. “This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.” The terror attacks on April 15 in Boston killed three and injured 264. Mr. Paul, a former libertarian political candidate who served in Congress as...
  • Ron Paul Sabotages Son’s Race with Fringe Advisory Board

    04/25/2013 4:17:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The American Interest's Via Meadia ^ | April 25, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    The biggest question mark over Ron Paul has always been his affinity for unsavory wack jobs on the fringes of American politics, but these days he’s turning that question mark into an exclamation point. The Daily Beast reports that the ex-Texas Congressman is creating the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, a think tank concerned with what Paul considers important foreign policy and civil liberty issues. It appears that the institute’s board contains some truly bizarre characters: Putin shills, Serb genocide apologists, 9/11 truthers, and pro-Confederate loons. Here’s a summary of one of the members, John Laughland: A prominent...
  • Do You Need Government Protection From Sarah Palin, Ron Paul And Rush Limbaugh?

    04/08/2013 2:14:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | April 3, 2013 | George Rasley
    In his “farewell address” before Congress, libertarian Republican Ron Paul asked in so many words, “why is liberty so hard to sell?” Congressman Paul answered that question at length in his speech (which you can read here),but in summary, he said that in the early part of the 20th Century, “The majority of Americans and many government officials agreed that sacrificing some liberty was necessary to carry out what some claimed to be “progressive” ideas. Pure democracy became acceptable… They failed to recognize that what they were doing was exactly opposite of what the colonists were seeking when they broke...
  • What's Moderating Fox News Want with a Right-Winger Like Tucker Carlson? (huh?)

    03/27/2013 6:02:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | March 27, 2013 | Elspeth Reeve
    Fox News has hired Tucker Carlson to co-host Fox & Friends Weekend, even though the two are on opposite ideological trajectories -- Fox is getting more moderate while Carlson is getting more fringe. The network has intentionally taken on a more moderate tone in recent years; this year, for example, it dumped Sarah Palin and hired Scott Brown. Megyn Kelly gently mocked Karl Rove for his insistence that Mitt Romney maybe would have beaten Barack Obama, if only he'd gotten more votes in seven states. "OLIGARHY"-fearing conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is long gone. But Carlson, who founded the conservative blog...
  • Rand Paul’s Filibuster: Re-Claiming his Father’s Tea Party (Huh? What?)

    03/07/2013 11:16:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Independent Voter Network ^ | March 7, 2013 | Chad Peace, Director of Operations and Founder
    The modern day tea party movement took shape in 2007. Yet, it is hardly a reflection of the anti-war, anti-deficit, pro-civil liberty message that propelled its early popularity. During a time of impending recession, a government that had taken us to endless wars on false pretenses, and an unprecedented expansion of government under eight years of “conservative” leadership, the tea party began as a fundraising rally cry for a then relatively unknown dark horse candidate, Representative Ron Paul. The first “modern day tea party” was held on the anniversary of the original Boston Tea Party, December 16, 2007. In a...
  • That’ll leave a mark: Glenn Beck calls Ron Paul ‘newest member of the Westboro Baptist Church’

    02/05/2013 1:13:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    Glenn Beckâś” @glennbeck Newest member of the Westboro Baptist Church: Ron Paul. I am with Marcus Latrell & grieving family members. Will respond tomorrow. SHAMEFUL. 1:30 AM - 05 Feb 13 289 Retweets 96 favorites Tell us what you really think, Glenn. Glenn Beck wasnÂ’t the only one making that comparison after Ron Paul launched a repulsive Twitter attack on murdered American hero Chris Kyle. Derek Ryan @longhornderek Ron Paul is now no better than the Westboro Church protesters. (Let's hear it, Ronulans. Lets hear you defend your dear leader.) 6:28 PM - 04 Feb 13(continued)
  • Did “Ron Paul's Revolution” Stay Home Last Night? (where are 3 million missing McCain voters?)

    11/07/2012 4:56:42 PM PST · by drewh · 121 replies
    Hill Buzz.org ^ | Kevin DuJan
    haven’t seen anyone ask this yet, so I will: did the Ron Paul Revolution stay home last night? Mitt Romney won 3 million votes less than McCain while Obama lost 10 million votes of his own from 2008. Where did those 3 million McCain voters go? The main part of why I believed Romney would win this time because I knew the 10 million Obama supporters would sit home…but never in my worst nightmares did I imagine McCain voters would sit home. I counted on them to show up and bring friends this time to boot Obama out. The only...
  • Mitt Romney is the only sane choice for Libertarians [Wayne Allyn Root]

    11/03/2012 3:53:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 3, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    As a former Libertarian presidential contender, the 2008 Libertarian vice presidential nominee, the former chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee, and the man called "Mr. Libertarian" by media across this country, you might be surprised to find I’m supporting Republican Mitt Romney for president. Yes, this Las Vegan has gone “all in” for Mitt. Why? Because Mitt Romney is the only sane choice for Libertarians. It’s simple. Libertarians believe in less government; lower taxes; cutting rules, regulations and mandates to get government out of the way of small business; reining in out-of-control government agencies like the EPA; auditing the...
  • The Problem with Voting “Other” Whether Libertarian or 3rd Party

    10/19/2012 11:53:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 20, 2012 | Prof. Anita Morrill, Des Moines Area Comm College
    I have a lot of respect for my Libertarian friends, and they are frequently the first people I’d like to have a discussion with about a new policy or political controversy. I find most of them to be intelligent, thoughtful, well-read people. I also find that in large part Independents (including the Tea Party) often have much in common with the right when it comes to the issues of this particular election–economics and the over-reach of the Federal government. But I do think that to actually vote for a 3rd party candidate in a tight general election (as this one)...
  • House raid ends with no drugs or arrests, but police say they were on target

    10/11/2012 9:58:26 AM PDT · by Altariel · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 10, 2012 | Robert McCoppin
    Paul Brown was working on his computer in his north suburban home when police smashed in the front door, pointed guns at and handcuffed him and other family members, and ransacked the house in a search for drugs. The authorities had burst in immediately after a postal worker delivered a package to the home that they said contained marijuana. But a search of the house found no further contraband, and officers left without making an arrest. Brown, outraged, said he was sure the cops had the wrong house. Police maintained they had the right place, but the target of their...
  • Intelligence effort named citizens, not terrorists

    10/03/2012 5:21:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-2-12 | MATT APUZZO and EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON—A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program created in the aftermath of 9/11 has improperly collected information about innocent Americans and produced little valuable intelligence on terrorism, a Senate report concludes. It portrays an effort that ballooned far beyond anyone's ability to control. What began as an attempt to put local, state and federal officials in the same room analyzing the same intelligence has instead cost huge amounts of money for data-mining software, flat screen televisions and, in Arizona, two fully equipped Chevrolet Tahoes that are used for commuting, investigators found. The lengthy, bipartisan report is a scathing evaluation of what the Department...
  • Terence Corcoran: Ayn Rand — still the most dangerous woman in America

    09/22/2012 5:54:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Financial Post ^ | September 22, 2012 | Terence Corcoran
    Veteran American libertarian author and activist Jerome Tuccille once wrote a book titled It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand. Not true in my case. For me it all began with Walt Whitman, the 19th-century mystic whose mesmerizing American poetry helped turn me into a free market individualist. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself…” But that’s another story. These days, I find what began with Walt Whitman is usually fired up in me now by leftist economists who promote big government, Occupy activists who attack corporate greed and politicians who cravenly exploit class warfare over allegedly expanding inequality. Which is how...
  • Rand Paul: ‘I think the election is over. I think that Romney has already won’

    09/20/2012 9:06:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 20, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    (VIDEO AT LINK) On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Wednesday, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said that as far as he was concerned, Mitt Romney was already the victor over incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama. “You know, I think — I’m in the minority here, but I think the election is over,” said Paul, who was on to promote his new book “Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds.”“I think that Romney has already won,” Paul continued. “The people really are tired of the debt. They’re tired of irresponsible leadership. I think they’re...
  • Obama Administration Expands ATF’s Power to Seize Property

    09/08/2012 2:49:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 09.07.2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Obama Administration Expands ATF’s Power to Seize Property As part of a one-year trial run, the Department of Justice has granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the power to “to seize and administratively forfeit property allegedly involved in controlled substance offenses,” which is almost tantamount to saying that on the mere suspicion that one is doing something illegal, the ATF can snatch one’s firearms and property. The Washington Times, among other publications, have explained the implications of this new DoJ decree: It’s a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized...
  • Gun Sales Surge: An Obama Bounce?

    09/08/2012 2:21:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 8, 2012 | Allen Wastler, managing editor
    The gun business is booming. The question is, why? Smith & Wesson stock Friday was zooming, thanks to a stellar earnings report. The firearms maker also boosted its outlook for the rest of the year. Because of the strong business, its backlog of orders more than doubled from the same quarter last year, the company is concentrating on boosting production and building inventory. “We are underserving the market at this moment, we all know that, and that's a great opportunity going forward for us,” CEO James Debney said in a conference call with analysts. And another gun maker, Sturm, Ruger...
  • Romney/Ryan or Bust! If you don't vote Romney this Nov. then you will be casting a vote for Obama

    09/07/2012 6:30:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1,011 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 7, 2012 | Jim O'Neill, former SEAL Team Two member
    “Truth is the new hate speech.”—“Creeping Sharia” “We [the people] own this country.”—Clint Eastwood I feel like I ought to start out each of my articles anymore with a disclaimer, or caveat saying something along the lines of “WARNING: The contents of this article are to be considered null and void in the event of a “Reichstag Fire,” false flag event, and/or an invasion by Russian Spetsnaz in collusion with Northcom,“or words to that effect. My intent is not to make light of such concerns, as God knows we have reason enough to be more than a bit edgy these...
  • Paulistas Coming Around?

    09/06/2012 4:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 6, 2012 | Larry Thornberry
    TAMPA -- The Paulistas were at the Republican National Convention last week, and they were cranky. They held up cranky signs and wore T-shirts with cranky messages. They scowled. They pouted. They sometimes shouted when others were speaking. They were clearly cheesed off that their man, who won several states during the primaries, did not get to write the platform and otherwise dominate the convention. Oh, wait. Oops. No, Dr. Paul, the gold-medal winner this year in the Olympic Pat Paulsen look-alike competition, didn't win several states. In fact, he did not win a single state. He ran early and...