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Pardon me?
Author: Raine    Date: 12/08/2008 13:38:08

Less than 5 weeks. 5 weeks until we have a new administration, a new set of rules, a new lease on America. It's exciting and thrilling and hopeful and affirming. That said, there is less than 6 weeks for the current pResident to wreak havoc. Pardon me, you say? Why yes.

I am talking about the presidential power of the pardon. From Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution:
Section 2. The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

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170 comments (Latest Comment: 12/09/2008 12:58:58 by Random)

A Poem
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 12/07/2008 14:40:23

By Dick Cheney

Twas the night before inauguration, when all though the white-house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a neo-con louse
The prisoners were hanging in Gitmo, by their hair,
In the hopes that some Court, soon would be there.

My minions were nestled all snug in their beds.
While visions of beating libs, danced in their heads.
And Mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a loud bell,
I got up from my bed and screamed “What the Hell!”
Away to the window I limped with a sneer
I promised the culprit would not persevere!
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 12/08/2008 05:15:15 by livingonli)

Puttering around on a Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/06/2008 13:09:52

Good Morning!

This is certainly unusual. When I stopped writing "Libertarian Saturday" regularly, Bob warned me that there would be plenty of times that I'd wake up and say "Well, what the hell am I going to write about this morning?" Today seems to be one of those days.

So, I'll start by pondering the Kennedy Legacy. Most of you know the long and storied tale of the brothers Joseph, John, Robert, and Edward. My senior senator just seems to keep going, and going, and going....but last spring we in Massachusetts took a terrible blow when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. At the time, I remember remarking that if he makes it to the convention, it could turn into a "farewell".

Fortunately, the senator is still in reasonably good health, is getting the best treatment in the world (thanks to a combination of his gold-plated senatorial health plan and vast personal wealth) and the convention turned into something far better.

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21 comments (Latest Comment: 12/07/2008 07:06:16 by Raine)

Testing the Waters
Author: BobR    Date: 12/05/2008 13:18:42

Listening to the news recently, you'd think the whole world had jumped into the WayBack machine and ended up on the high seas 300 years ago. Over the past 11 months, there have been 120 pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia. As of this moment, there are 14 ships currently being held hostage (Source).

Why the resurgence in piracy? The main cause is the lack of a real government in Somalia. Perhaps the U.S. is partially to blame:
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141 comments (Latest Comment: 12/06/2008 10:50:22 by Scoopster)

NEW LOOK!!!
Author: BobR    Date: 12/05/2008 13:17:52

FourFreedomsBlog would like to announce a makeover.

We've recoded huge chunks of the blog to make it easier to maintain and hopefully run a little faster. Along the way, we decided to give it a facelift as well. We hope you find the new interface a little easier on the eyes, and easier to use.

If you happen to run into any problems, please let us know immediately, and post a comment here so others will know, and we don't lose track of issues. If you need to access the old blog interface, you can do so here.

2 comments (Latest Comment: 12/09/2008 03:15:57 by Raine)

Punked!
Author: Raine    Date: 12/04/2008 13:14:45

... and also she won't get fooled again---
When a man sounding remarkably like President-elect Barack Obama called a Florida congresswoman Wednesday, she assumed it was a crank call.

So Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hung up. But, the Miami Herald reports, this was no prank.

"I thought it was one of the radio stations in South Florida playing an incredible, elaborate, terrific prank on me," Ros-Lehtinen told the newspaper. "They got Fidel Castro to go along. They've gotten Hugo Chavez and others to fall for their tricks. I said, 'Oh, no, I won't be punked.'"
I guess the phone call adventures of Sarah Palin have a few people gun shy, but I found this little story fascinating. Although I am sure this is a strange fluke, I am left wondering how many times the pResident that we have now has actually made calls like this -- Especially across the aisle.
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126 comments (Latest Comment: 12/05/2008 04:51:38 by livingonli)

Look for the Union Label
Author: BobR    Date: 12/03/2008 13:41:55

Once again, the Big 3 auto manufacturers are heading to DC with hat in hand, looking for a bailout. This is generating the usual questions: Should we help them?... How will the money be used to help them survive and thrive?... Who's fault is it that they're failing?....

That last question is important. Without fixing the problem, we're just throwing good money after bad. Naturally, opinions differ as to the cause of the problem. The most popular one is to blame the unions. There is a popular "statistic" floating around about union workers making $70/hr. Here is a refutation to that meme:
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93 comments (Latest Comment: 12/04/2008 07:20:33 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/02/2008 11:41:22

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,085th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the Warron Terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4207
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4068
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3747
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3348
Since Election (1/31/05): 2770

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 627
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 389
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 445

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$576, 093, 250, 000.00



Last week, we looked over some of the potential candidates for Secretary of Veteran Affairs in an Obama Cabinet. Whoever that may be, they're going to be facing enormous challenges in rebuilding a decimated agency and caring for the returning troops. IAVA posted an editorial at New York Newsday recently about the need for change at the VA.

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141 comments (Latest Comment: 12/03/2008 07:40:08 by livingonli)

U.S. Suffering 'Moral Meltdown' Despite Protests It Acts Justly
Author: BobR    Date: 12/01/2008 17:09:30

By Sherwood Ross

Despite false protestations that it goes to war only for a just cause, the United States has been acting immorally for some time and "is in the throes of a moral meltdown," a prominent legal authority wrote in a 2008 book of essays.
"What should one call it but immoral when a country tortures people; when it kidnaps them off the street…when it causes the deaths of tens of thousands of persons by artillery, bombings, (and) missiles…for a cause nearly all think a great mistake and one caused by lies…?" asked Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.
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Blogger Joe 2008!
Author: wickedpam    Date: 12/01/2008 13:44:40

It’s that time of year again, the time when Blogger Joe travels over the internet to spread the joy and cheer of the holiday season.

If you would like to participate just...

1) Email me (snotra@comtekmail.com) by Friday, December 5th, with your Name and the Address were you would like to have something sent. Also include a list of items that you do not wish to receive for reasons of allergies or ethics (i.e. leather, alcohol, etc.).

2) On Monday, December 8th I will draw names and PM or email you back with the Name and Address of the Blogger Joe you are to gift.

3) Shop or create something for your Blogger Joe, but spend no more then $10 on that gift.

4) Send your gift to you Blogger Joe so that they will receive it during the week of December 19th, so we call open them together on either December 22nd.

5) Enjoy and have fun!

7 comments (Latest Comment: 12/05/2008 13:57:00 by Scoopster)

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