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Archive for August, 2010

Hey Obama, This Won’t Make Them Happy At Michigan Or Penn State

President Barack Obama helps spell out “Ohio” with the Weithman family, Rachel, 9, Josh, 11, and mom Rhonda, in their home in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Gary Johnson On Rand Paul And Drug Legalization

by @ Thursday, August 19th, 2010. Filed under Gary Johnson, Individual Liberty, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, War On Drugs

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was on The Ed Show the other day talking about Rand Paul and marijuana legalization: Keep an eye on this guy.

Rand Paul’s Pandering Flip-Flop On The “Ground Zero Mosque”

by @ Wednesday, August 18th, 2010. Filed under 2010 Elections, Elections, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Rand Paul

Less than twenty-four hours after telling a Kentucky political blogger that he considered the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” a New York issue, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul contradicted himself and joined the reactionaries on the side of religious intolerance: Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul says that he opposes developing plans for a mosque to be […]

Quote Of The Day II: Mosque-Smosque

by @ Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Religion, Individual Liberty, Islam, Quote Of The Day, Religion

The “mosque” controversy isn’t about property rights or religious freedom. It’s a bogus issue seized by the GOP establishment to distract the rank-and-file from the party’s reluctance to shrink government. — Gene Healy

Why I Don’t Believe The Republicans Are Serious About Small Government

by @ Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Filed under 2010 Elections, Elections, Political Parties, Politics, Republicans

Nick Gillespie counts the ways: 1. All this mosque madness. Sweet fancy Zardoz! Whatever else you can say about the Cordoba Initiative (not to be confused with the Chrysler Cordoba – and one wonders just what sort of Muslim triumphalism its seats of rich Corinthian leather were meant to symbolize), if this is where the leading lights […]

Quotes Of The Day: Religious Tolerance Edition

by @ Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Religion, Individual Liberty, Quote Of The Day

Gentlemen, While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens. The reflection on the days of difficulty […]

Rand Paul On The “Ground Zero Mosque”: I Won’t Interfere With Local New York Issues

by @ Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Filed under Islam, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Rand Paul, Religion

Kentucky political blogger Jim Higdon reports on a response from the Rand Paul campaign to a question about his stance on the construction of an Islamic community center at a location in Lower Manhattan formerly occupied by a Burlington Coat Factory: Given all the bad crazy going around regarding allegedly small-government conservatives trying to dictate […]

Taking A Look At Gary Johnson

by @ Monday, August 16th, 2010. Filed under Gary Johnson, Politicos & Pundits, Politics

Conor Friedersdorf has a nice write-up about former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, and argues that he deserves to be in the top tier of Republican contenders for 2012: Tell a savvy politico that you’d love to see former Governor Johnson win the Republican nomination and they’ll tell you the same thing, usually in a […]

Joe Scarborough Blasts Newt Gingrich For Comparing Mosques To Nazi Memorials

Over the weekend, Newt Gingrich again decided to weigh in on the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”: Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, also condemned the proposed mosque and the President’s comments. “There is nothing surprising in the president’s continued pandering to radical Islam,” he said. “What he said last night is untrue and in accurate. […]

Orly Taitz Loses Final Appeal On Birther Sanctions Judgment

by @ Monday, August 16th, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Politicos & Pundits, Politics

Shortly after losing the Rhodes v. McDonald case last year, the Federal Judge hearing the case ordered Orly Taitz to tell him why he shouldn’t sanction her for filing a frivolous pleading, Orly responded in the worst possible way, and Judge Land responded by imposing a $ 20,000 Rule 11 sanction against her. Orly called […]

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