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  • The Case for Polygamy Begins; The Case for the Single Life Needed Too

    06/30/2015 8:33:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | June 30, 2015 | Ed Krayewski, associate editor
    It's past time the government stop treating the tax code as a tool for social engineering.It’s happening. Less than a week after the Supreme Court ruled that gays have the right to marry, the argument in favor of polygamy as the "next advance"(in the words of Fredrick DeBoer at Politico) in marriage equality is beginning to be deployed. He writes: Now that we've defined that love and devotion and family isn't driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people...
  • After a tepid start, Ted Cruz plans to ‘play hard’ in Iowa (Joni Ernst's father supporting Cruz)

    06/26/2015 1:59:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 26, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    RED OAK, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz wound his way through the small towns and rolling hills of western Iowa last week, doing the gruntwork of retail campaigning: shaking hands, posing for photos, giving stump speechesand, most importantly: making entreaties for support in a state that could determine the trajectory of his presidential campaign. “Whether we win or lose, this race will be decided by the men and women gathered here,” he said last Friday to a group of mostly older people sitting on folding chairs in a conference room. Iowa’s first-in-the nation caucuses are often a high-stakes event for...
  • What Really Happened in the Waco Motorcycle Gang Massacre?

    06/19/2015 6:57:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    Reason ^ | June 18, 2015 | Brian Doherty
    One month ago yesterday, on the early afternoon of May 17, in and outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, a bevy of marauding motorcycle gangs who had gathered to create some sort of criminal trouble (the cops had already warned the restaurant to not let them meet there) began a wild melee of shooting at each other and at police. Nine people would eventually lose their lives, and 18 others were wounded. Waco police (including a SWAT team) and officers from the state Department of Public Safety–who were all already on the scene, aware of the potential for...
  • Judge Napolitano: Prosecute ‘Hothead’ McKinney Pool Party Cop

    06/12/2015 1:22:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | June 11, 2015 | Adam Dick, The RonPaul Institute
    The resignation on Tuesday of McKinney, Texas policeman Eric Casebolt after the widespread viewing of a video showing Casebolt drawing his gun and brutalizing a teenager outside a pool party may not be enough to bring justice, suggests Judge Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano, in a Fox Business interview, argues that it would be proper to prosecute Casebolt. Reviewing the video footage, Napolitano explains to host Stuart Varney that Casebolt, who Napolitano calls a “hothead,” appears to have committed an illegal assault: Varney: The police officer could be guilty of a crime? Napolitano: Oh sure, it’s an assault for him to pull...
  • Ron Paul: Will Victims, Suspects Of Deadly Waco Biker Rally Receive Justice?

    06/11/2015 11:18:51 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 77 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | June 9, 2015 | Ron Paul
    Circumstances surrounding the deadly Waco biker rally remain unclear, and local police are shielding details of the incident from the public. “This just builds up more suspicion on our government,” Ron Paul said during his latest Liberty Report. The three-time presidential candidate and former Texas Representative Paul raised concerns about the ever-growing number of questions about the biker rally shooting, including why the Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved, what evidence the Waco Police Department gathered from the incident, how the shooting got started, the number of weapons on the scene, and who shot whom. Nearly 1,000 bikers rallied in...
  • Ted Cruz is finished: Laughable “strategy” that guarantees he’ll get nowhere near the White House

    06/10/2015 3:16:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | June 10, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Tea Party hero's roadmap to the presidency borrows from the failed presidential runs of Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani.It’s sometimes easy to forget that Ted Cruz is running for president. While other 2016 Republican candidates are out giving big speeches and attaching themselves to causes and making trips to Europe, Cruz has stayed relatively quiet, which is strange given that his animating purpose up to this point has been to loudly remind you that Ted Cruz exists. The biggest headlines Cruz has earned for himself lately were for a dumb joke he told about Joe Biden just after the vice...
  • Rand Paul’s Faux-Libertarian Opposition to the Patriot Act

    06/06/2015 10:14:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 6, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At Powerline this week, Steve Hayward penned a post aptly entitled “The Insincerity of Rand Paul.” The senator’s legal arguments against the Patriot Act, he posits, mimic papa Ron Paul’s 2003 calls for a formal declaration of war against Iraq: mere “constitutional punctilio to cover his real feelings.” Steve is right. Congress statutorily authorized the use of military force in Iraq. Nothing more was constitutionally required. The real reason for Representative Ron Paul’s formalistic nattering about a declaration of war was his opposition to American intervention in Iraq. That, in turn, was driven by his theory that it was American...
  • Rand Paul Is Following Ron Paul All the Way to a 2016 Loss

    06/04/2015 3:34:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 3, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    He’s turning out to be a lot like his father, unable or unwilling to adjust to changing political realities within his party.There are many reasons to be bullish about Rand Paul's unconventional campaign for president. He's relentlessly courting support from young voters and African Americans, making the explicit case that outreach can translate into wider support. He's embracing issues that Republicans usually don't dare touch, such as criminal-justice reform, drug decriminalization, and reining in government surveillance. And based on the early polls, he's finding himself in solid shape, running competitively against Hillary Clinton and in the top tier of Republican...
  • Ron Paul: My politics ‘probably helps [my son Rand] more than it hurts’

    06/04/2015 12:39:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | June 2, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Ron Paul, libertarian hero, three-time presidential candidate and father of senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that his record will only help his son, who is currently running for president himself. "It probably helps more than it hurts," the former Texas congressman said on Ora TV's "PoliticKING," when asked whether his particular brand of politics would "hurt or help" Rand Paul. The elder Paul also said he believes his son has had a better time than he did overcoming an independent-minded bent, and that he has worked well within the establishment, unlike his father. "McConnell has endorsed him...
  • Did Rand Paul's NSA gambit work?

    06/02/2015 7:05:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 2, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett
    The Kentucky senator walks a tight line between pleasing libertarians and alienating moderates.Rand Paul is a man besieged. Eight weeks into his White House bid, the Kentucky Republican is hurting for deep-pocketed donors, watching supporters of his libertarian father, Ron Paul, gravitate toward opponents and getting flogged by a GOP establishment that abhors his calls for a less interventionist approach to foreign policy. But his latest confrontation with Republican power brokers — a move to block the renewal of the PATRIOT Act and federal spying programs — has also exposed Paul’s increasingly imperiled tightrope walk toward his party’s nomination. “His...
  • Team Rand Attacks ‘Canadian’ Ted Cruz

    05/29/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s America’s Liberty Super PAC is out with a new ad attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a “Canadian” who supports President Obama on domestic surveillance extensions in the Patriot Act. The extreme-style smackdown ad features Paul as the shirtless hero of a Sunday brawl in the Senate over the NSA and the right to privacy. Featuring a picture of Cruz with Obama and the backdrop of a Canadian flag, the ad calls the Texas Senator a “capitulating Canadian” who is “backing Barack’s bill.” Technically, the ad is not endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)'s campaign, but...
  • Jeb Bush and Others Learned Nothing from Iraq (Tha Author shows his ignorance)

    05/17/2015 7:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Jeb Bush began a talk the other day by addressing the issue of his brother George, noted architect of the Iraq war, and he did not shrink from the challenge. "I can't deny the fact that I love my family," announced Jeb. So if you suspected that the Bush Thanksgivings in Kennebunkport resemble "August: Osage County" -- with lots of screaming, sobbing and clawing -- you probably feel pretty silly right now. On a more pertinent question -- whether the war was a wise idea -- the answer is not so clear. The former governor of Florida first said that,...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a chance?

    05/15/2015 10:41:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. ~snip~ If you tell them in private, "You do not have a chance to be president," they will point to underdogs who won, such as Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, or front-runners who...
  • Oath Keepers Founder Calls for John McCain To Be ‘Hung By The Neck Until Dead’ (for treason)

    05/13/2015 11:48:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 52 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 11:52 am, May 13th, 2015 | by Tina Nguyen
    For the uninitiated, the Oath Keepers is a group of law enforcement officials and military types whose goal is to uphold the Constitution, unless the government starts getting unconstitutionally tyrannical in their business. With that in mind, here’s one of them calling for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to be tried and hung to death. Via Right Wing Watch comes a video of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes speaking to a conservative gathering in Arizona. In the middle of his speech, reminding the audience of how Ron Paul delegates were shut out of the 2008 GOP convention he blasted the former...
  • Exclusive–Rand Paul: Stop Warping Reagan's Foreign Policy

    03/10/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT · by jpsb · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 9, 2014 | Rand Paul
    Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan. Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda. Reagan was a great leader and President. But too often people make him into something he wasn’t in order to serve their own political purposes.
  • Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    03/11/2014 7:42:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Tue., Mar. 11 2014 at 7:00 AM | Dianna Wray
    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually naming the guy who may be beloved by the Tea Party conservatives, but has earned some pretty impressive dislike from the elected members of his own party -- for his hijinks that Paul said have encouraged divisions within the party: "I don't claim to be the next...
  • Sen. Rand Paul will meet with black lawmakers on justice reforms

    05/09/2015 5:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 8, 2015 | Lauren French
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will host a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus next week to discuss criminal justice reform. The libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky has long been an outspoken advocate for changing how the American criminal system prosecutes and sentences. Now he’s teaming up with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and other black lawmakers, to craft a strategy for advancing legislation as law enforcement issues have taken center stage following the death of several unarmed black men at the hands of police. “Not only is Senator Paul the [S]enate co-sponsor of the Justice Safety Valve Act, which...
  • Literally Every Texas Conservative is Loony; Fears Jade Helm 15

    05/07/2015 10:30:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Ever since Chuck Norris wrote his WND editorial about how the federal government was organizing a martial law takeover, it seems that every Texas conservative is pushing that idea, reported Talking Points Memo. Now, it seems that every notable, political Texan is driving the idea that the military training exercise called “Jade Helm 15” is actually a planned takeover of the state. What’s more fascinating is that every single one of these politicians and talking heads are Texans. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was among the first Texas figureheads to bring Jade Helm 15 to national attention when he ordered the...
  • Circling the Drain in Baltimore

    05/04/2015 8:04:01 PM PDT · by No One Special · 16 replies
    JR Nyquist's website ^ | May 3, 2015 | JR Nyquist
    Circling the Drain in Baltimore Commentary for 3 May 2015 The NSA has made a coloring book for kids. Why not? Our intelligence community has been catering to adult children for the last fifty years. Political correctness at the NSA, as with the CIA, long ago reached a level incompatible with national security. The NSA even has an Earth Day mascot/cartoon character. As a provocation, political correctness is a scheme for neutralizing and discrediting America’s most important institutions. Long ago James Burnham explained that latter-day liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide. And who, in the end, will fight for...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • Red or Blue Quiz: Did a Republican or Democrat say that?

    04/28/2015 10:48:05 PM PDT · by bikingbill · 20 replies
    "When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship." Red or Blue?
  • Rand Paul: Let’s face it, it was a mistake to topple Saddam Hussein

    04/27/2015 7:35:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 209 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    <p>Interesting, not because it’s a surprise that Ron Paul’s son feels this way — remember this? — but because this is a subject that every Republican in the field, Rand included, would probably prefer to avoid during the primaries.</p> <p>Or am I wrong about that? Could this be a smart play for Paul, especially given how it’ll make Jeb Bush squirm?</p>
  • Dr. Rand Paul: Vaccines Can Lead to 'Mental Disorders'

    02/02/2015 4:21:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/02/2015
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul is standing by his statement that most vaccinations should be "voluntary," telling CNBC that a parent's choice not to vaccinate a child is "an issue of freedom." In an interview with the network Monday, Paul said that vaccines are "a good thing" but that parents "should have some input" into whether or not their children must get them. And he gave credence to the idea - disputed by the majority of the scientific community - that vaccination can lead to mental disabilities. "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound...
  • Cruz Supporters Planning to Launch ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’

    04/25/2015 2:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 25, 2015 | Justin Haskins
    A group of zealous supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-TX) 2016 presidential run is planning to launch a ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’ (TCAF) in the coming months prior to the Republican primaries that begin in less than a year. According to TCAF, “Ted Cruz clearly has the support of the grassroots. He will also have air support.” TCAF says its most prominent air feature will be the “Ted Cruz Blimp,” but it also plans on recruiting “antique aircraft, towed aerial banners, light sport aircraft … [and] parachutes.” Member of TCAF Jerry Collette says he’s going to do everything he can...
  • 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...
  • 9/11 COVER-UP?

    04/19/2015 5:23:00 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 313 replies
    Facebook account of Shepard Smith ^ | April 13, 2015 150413 | Shepard Smith
    9/11 COVER-UP? The latest claim isn’t from conspiracy theorists--it’s from a former top US Senator. He says documents prove Saudi Arabia helped pull off the attacks, and that the FBI hid the truth. Shep has details:
  • Rand Paul’s Brother: “No Difference” Between Rand And My Dad On Ideology

    04/19/2015 2:40:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “The difference is purely in implementation. If you had a philosophical discussion on what the world should look like, there would be no difference.”(AUDIO-AT-LINK) Rand Paul’s brother says that when it comes to ideology, there’s “no difference” between his brother, the Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate, and his father, the former congressman and three-time presidential candidate. Ronnie Paul, the eldest son of the former congressman and sometimes-surrogate for his brother, was speaking with libertarian podcaster Israel Anderson. He said that both his brother and father held the same beliefs, there’s just a difference in the implementation of how to...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Ron Paul on Iran letter signed by Rand: The Senators who signed it are “out to stop peace”

    04/13/2015 11:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    If Ron Paul weren’t Ron Paul, I’d assume this denunciation was just a stunt orchestrated by him and Rand to put some foreign-policy distance between them before the primaries. Are you a mainstream conservative worried that President Rand would be too much like Ron in office? Well, here you go. Let your conscience be eased. The nation’s most famous isolationist thinks his boy’s a bit of a warmonger. But c’mon. With the possible exception of his vote for the Afghanistan AUMF in 2001, has Ron Paul ever endorsed a position that he didn’t sincerely hold? Of course he thinks the...
  • Ron Paul criticizes Iran position taken by his son, Rand Paul

    04/13/2015 7:56:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 04/13/2015 | By Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN - Well, this could make for an awkward conversation at Thanksgiving dinner. 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...
  • Ron Paul makes trouble for Rand Paul over Iranian nuclear weapons

    04/12/2015 11:42:45 AM PDT · by Marcus · 11 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | April12, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign for the presidency is not more than a few days old and already his mercurial father, former Rep. Ron Paul, himself a former presidential candidate, is starting to make trouble for his son. According to a Saturday story in the Houston Chronicle, the elder Paul called the famous letter that 47 Republican senators, including the younger Paul, sent to the Iranian mullahs “a joke.” The letter informed the Iranian leadership that any agreement that they reached with President Obama concerning Iran’s nuclear bomb program would not outlast the Obama presidency lacking congressional ratification.
  • 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...
  • Why don’t Americans trust Republicans on foreign policy?

    04/11/2015 7:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | April 11, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Riddle me this, fellow Republicans. An NBC survey April 9 reports that a huge majority (70%) of Americans doubts that Iran will abide by any agreement to limit its nuclear arms–but a majority (54%) still thinks Obama will do a better job than the Republicans in dealing with Iran! A majority of Americans – 54 percent – trust Barack Obama to do a better job handling an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, compared to 42 percent who say they trust the Republicans in Congress. But nearly 7 in 10 Americans say that Iran is not likely to abide...
  • Grassroots Turn Table on Bush Attack Ad (youtube)

    04/11/2015 11:10:47 PM PDT · by z taxman · 10 replies
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  • “I’m a libertarian, and I’m supporting Ted Cruz”

    04/12/2015 1:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    JoelKurtinitis.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joel Kurtinitis
    The other night as my wife Kelsey and I were getting ready for bed, we were talking about the 2016 presidential race and discussing how things would shape up for the first-in-the-nation caucus state – our home state – of Iowa. We had both heard that Ted Cruz was set to announce his candidacy at midnight, and were keeping a finger on the pulse of the reaction within our liberty-heavy political circles. My wife’s phone buzzed, and then I heard her groan. Another of our friends had asked her who we would be supporting for president in the state where...
  • Rand Paul's First Test: If he can't beat his father's numbers in the Iowa caucus, he's toast.

    04/10/2015 6:26:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Slate ^ | April 10, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    IOWA CITY, Iowa—Rand Paul kicked off his first public appearance in the Hawkeye State since launching his anti-establishment presidential campaign with a question that was meant as a rallying cry. “Do we have any liberty lovers here?” he asked a crowd composed mostly of University of Iowa students, who sported Rand stickers and responded with cheers and whistles. But if Paul’s going to have any chance of contending for his party’s nomination, he better hope their nonlibertarian-leaning parents feel the same way. The Iowa caucus will, of course, be the first major test for the entire GOP field—but the first-in-the-nation...
  • Rand Paul: Playing to Everyone, Going Too Far Off on Foreign Policy, Lost the Ron Base?

    04/08/2015 2:03:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 8, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    In a relentless stream of Rand Paul-talk in the past 48 hours, three bits stood out for width of their perspective or freshness of their data. McKay Coppins at Buzzfeed reads the Paul campaign strategy as trying to be everything to everyone in his Party for maximal potential appeal. Some points from Coppins: On one side, there are those in Rand world who argue his best bet is to unite his core base of libertarian activists with elements of the GOP establishment and traditional donor class. In the other camp are advisers who say conservative evangelicals — many of whom...
  • Rand Paul's Campaign, Haunted by the Ghost of His Living Father

    04/07/2015 2:23:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    It is a genuinely interesting topic, if you are at all interested in Rand Paul, since his rise to political prominence was so dependent on his father Ron Paul, and his success since them at becoming a fully normalized and mediagenic hot property has to some degree been dependent on his not being his father. A bevy of sources on the eve of Rand's presidential campaign becoming officially official wonder: how is he going to deal with dear old dad? First, the New York Times, which quotes me explaining why things like dual personal appearances are probably not going to...
  • Ron Paul supporters bolt Rand Paul camp -Support Ted Cruz

    04/07/2015 10:28:47 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 53 replies
    Politco ^ | 3/26/2015 | Ben Schrenkinger
    As he pulls together his expected presidential campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sen. Rand Paul is confronted by defections from an unexpected quarter: the die-hard idealists whose energy powered his father’s campaigns. That network of committed supporters was expected to convey to Paul, the natural successor to Ron Paul’s libertarian movement, providing him with a plug-and-play ground organization in the make-or-break early voting states. But instead of embracing the Kentucky senator, many of those grass-roots activists are turning their backs on him, disillusioned by the younger Paul’s concessions to mainstream politics. Story Continued Below One of the most prominent...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • The “Rand Paul Isn’t Running” Story Is Bogus … But Brilliant: But Who Is Spreading It?

    04/03/2015 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    FITS News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul is running for president … in fact, he announces his candidacy next week in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he travels to early voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – including a big fundraiser in the Palmetto State the day after he announces. As we write this, money is being collected. Speeches are being vetted. He’s 100 percent in … and not only that, Paul is one of the few candidates in the race with (we believe) a path to victory. And one of the few candidates (we believe) to be worthy of real consideration. Is...
  • What are the individual strengths of Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul?

    04/03/2015 9:45:50 AM PDT · by pinochet · 60 replies
    1. Rand Paul is strong among libertarian Republicans and anti-war isolationists on foreign policy. 2. Ted Cruz is strong among pro-life evangelicals and those in favor of a hawkish interventionist foreign policy. He is also favored by those who see the elimination of Obama Care as a priority. 3. Scott Walker, as a governor, is favored by those who want someone with executive experience. He stood up against public sector unions, just like Reagan stood up against the air traffic controllers. The unions forced a recall election against Governor Walker but lost. Scott Walker is also favored among supporters of...
  • Rand Paul: Christie Win Shows GOP Has Room for Moderates

    11/06/2013 4:19:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 06:25 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The sweeping re-election of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proves moderates are an integral part of the Republican Party, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says. “There’s room in the Republican Party for moderates, like Chris Christie. They seem to be the only ones that are winning in the Northeast,” Paul told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV. “The other thing that might happen in the Northeast if we had a little more libertarian-leaning Republicans, they would have a chance in the Northeast. But there’s room for moderates, like Chris Christie, and he’s got a place in the party.” …
  • Russia's 'troll factory'

    03/28/2015 2:29:08 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/2015 | Sam Matthew
    Vladimir Putin has an army of professional trolls running thousand of fake Twitter and Facebook accounts to flood social media with pro-Russia propaganda. Hundreds of workers are paid Ł500 a month to work exhausting 12-hour shifts bombarding the internet with comments placing Putin in a more favourable light. The trolls work under strict condition which see them banned from talking and even forging friendships with one another.
  • Supporters deserting Rand Paul for Ted Cruz (Including key people)

    03/27/2015 6:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Newsmachete
    <>Politico writes that Rand Paul is losing support among key followers. One of the most prominent defectors is Drew Ivers, chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign, who says he will not endorse Rand Paul for president. On Tuesday, three members of Iowa’s Ron Paul-aligned Liberty movement — state Sen. Jason Shultz and former Iowa Republican Party central committee members Chad Steenhoek and Joel Kurtinitis — announced the same, adding that they will support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ivers, who had dinner with Rand Paul in August, said the Kentucky senator has abandoned many of the stances that made Ivers...
  • Republicans vote against Pi Day. WHy?

    03/14/2015 7:26:45 PM PDT · by rey · 53 replies
    vanity
    I understand that in 2009 10 Republicans voted against House Resolution 224 a resolution making today, 14 Mar, 3.14, Pi Day. Why would anyone be against this? Is there cost in passing such a resolution and if so how much? The ten who voted against: Chaffetz, Jason, R-Utah, 3rd Flake, Jeff, R-Arizona, 6th Heller, Dean, R-Nevada, 2nd Johnson, Timothy V., R-Illinois, 15th Miller, Jeff, R-Florida, 1st Neugebauer, Randy, R-Texas, 19th Paul, Ron, R-Texas, 14th Pence, Mike, R-Indiana, 6th Poe, Ted, R-Texas, 2nd Shuster, Bill, R-Pennsylvania, 9th
  • Carl Sagan's Son Is a 9/11 Truther

    03/12/2015 4:27:21 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 107 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 03/12/2015 | Ashley Feinberg ProfileFollow Ashley Feinberg
    Carl Sagan is arguably science's biggest rockstar—the ultimate champion for logic and reason. Which makes it all the more painful to find out that his son is a vehement 9/11 truther. In a recent interview for a radio show called 9/11 Free Fall (already off to a great start), Jeremy Sagan—the younger son of Sagan senior and his first wife, fellow scientist Lynn Margulis—went off on all us closed-minded sheeple. In response to a prompt asking when he first "woke up," Sagan remarks:
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Minister Louis Farrakhan Blames 9/11 Attacks on 'Zionist Jews'

    03/07/2015 7:05:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | March 7, 2015 | The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    The Anti-Defamation League condemned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as the “leading anti-Semite in America” after a speech in which he blamed “Israelis and Zionist Jews” for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “At a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic lows, Farrakhan’s unabashed promotion of anti-Semitism is a throwback to the intolerance of another era,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement issued Thursday. Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic remarks, delivered his speech Sunday in Chicago as part of his Saviors Day 2015 sermon. “It is now becoming apparent that there...
  • 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...