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Tacking Right - Governing Left
Author: m-hadley    Date: 06/29/2008 12:19:27

Tacking Right – Governing Left

First thing I would like to say this Sunday morning is that I am thinking of Velveeta Jones and her Aunt Azalea and hoping that they are both doing okay. We miss Velveeta here at FourFreedomsBlog and we know that Aunt Azalea misses Velveeta too. We all hope that they are each safe and warm (although not muggy :D). And now on to the post that I have the honor to write in Velveeta's stead.
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118 comments (Latest Comment: 06/30/2008 04:28:40 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/28/2008 12:41:49

Good Morning!

Well, we've been having a lively debate this week on the recent decisions of the Supreme Court. It should come as no surprise that the LP has issued several statements about them, too. But we'll actually start with the recent passage of the FISA bill through the senate. It's unfortunate that Sen. Obama chose to support it; let's hope he can recover from this obvious blunder. (I know of at least a handful of 'one-issue voters' that have already abandoned the Senator from Illinois over this.) Of course, I find it curious that while the LP is attacking Senator Obama, the other candidate, who has supported this all along, gets a free pass...

The Libertarian Party condemned Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for recently stating he does not oppose the Bush administration's program of illegally spying on U.S. citizens. "Obama has sold out liberty in his refusal to stand up to Republicans on FISA," says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis.

"We have come to expect Republicans to hold a contempt for basic protections of civil liberties," says Davis. "To see this same type of reckless disregard for the Constitution from Democrats--especially their presidential nominee--is extremely unfortunate. Democrats were given a chance to stand up to Republicans after the 2006 election, but they have failed to do so time and time again ever since. Obama's refusal to state a clear opposition to the President's illegal program of domestic surveillance is just one more example of how both Republicans and Democrats have failed the American people."

In an interview last week with ABC News' Senior National Correspondent Jack Tapper, Obama stated, "I haven't opposed, for example, the national security surveillance program, the NSA program," adding that he believed the program could be done without violating the Constitution.

"Perhaps it is in Obama's nature as a big-government liberal to trust the government with unchecked power," Davis adds, "but supporting a proposal to give the government blanket permission to spy on American citizens should give voters an idea of how much Obama respects the Constitution and privacy rights."

The Libertarian Party has called repeatedly to reject any amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that empowers the government to spy on U.S. citizens, which includes the most recent "compromise" by Republicans and Democrats. Additionally, Libertarian Party candidate for president Bob Barr recently issued a video that blasted supporters of the recent FISA amendments.

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107 comments (Latest Comment: 06/29/2008 11:51:07 by trojanrabbit)

Supreme Disappointment
Author: BobR    Date: 06/27/2008 12:25:35

The Supreme Court has been busy the last few days. It's that time of year when these 9 don their robes, listen to arguments, then write opinions based on their own personal... opinions. When the stars align correctly (such as Rowe -vs- Wade), these decisions grant individuals more rights, more freedoms, and more protection. Lately though, the decisions have been swinging the other way.
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227 comments (Latest Comment: 06/28/2008 05:53:23 by livingonli)

The cost of our Thneed
Author: Raine    Date: 06/26/2008 12:33:27

Mountain top removal in the Appalachias for coal, mining the Grand Canyon, and now drilling off our coastal waters for oil. This is what is either happening, or will happen all in the search for fuel sources.
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181 comments (Latest Comment: 06/27/2008 12:59:47 by capt)

The Ugliness of the McCampaign
Author: BobR    Date: 06/25/2008 12:19:39

With the conventions still two months away, the campaign season is already in full swing. Both candidates have vowed to run a clean campaign. Whether they will remains to be seen; whether they have is open for interpretation. For the groups and high-profile individuals who support the candidates, it's business as usual. Here's a sampling of some of the less savory items out there...
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226 comments (Latest Comment: 06/26/2008 06:20:01 by livingonli)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/24/2008 10:41:53

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,924th 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): 4104
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3965
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3643
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3245
Since Election (1/31/05): 2667

Other Coalition Troops: 313
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 532

We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $ 530, 974, 500, 000.00 I timed it again this morning, and the counter seems to be moving at $10,000 every 3 seconds.

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190 comments (Latest Comment: 06/25/2008 03:08:22 by livingonli)

Being Right Is Not Enough – Speaking Truth and Taking A Stand
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 06/23/2008 12:50:08

Know your enemy and know yourself, and you will win a thousand battles.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War,

In reflecting on past Democratic political campaigns, it seemed that many of the candidates had never heard of the wisdom of a general of ancient China whose works are still required reading in many military academies. Too often, Democrats and progressive have let Republicans not just define the terms of the debate but have failed to present their stories and vision of the country and the world. Equally as bad, too often these stories and for what candidates stand were related in ways that seemed passionless and distant from voters. Thus, the Republican Party has been able to win time and time again – even when only a minority of Americans shares their positions.

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189 comments (Latest Comment: 06/24/2008 05:05:35 by Raine)

Telecom Immunity? - I Don't Think So!
Author: m-hadley    Date: 06/22/2008 12:31:12

Good Sunday Morning Everybody,

Well, I had planned to blog this morning on the recently released report by the Physicians for Human Rights, Broken Laws, Broken Lives, but it makes for grim reading and it, not unlike Scotty McClellan's book, does nothing more than confirms what we have suspected all along, and this time it does it in such gruesome detail that I thought simply directing folks to the report (I think the 18 page executive summary gives one enough ammunition to write any congress person or argue with any right winger who wants to take the position that "America doesn't torture.")
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62 comments (Latest Comment: 06/23/2008 12:52:57 by BobR)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/21/2008 10:39:51

Good Morning!

Ah, another early morning for your loyal TriSec. Of course you know by now I'm off to donate platelets. Yesterday, there was word out that the Atlanta area was in the middle of a severe blood crisis...so why not think about [literally] giving of your own flesh and blood? It doesn't hurt...much.
Are you concerned that giving blood will hurt? Read John Morton's Giving Blood. John Morton is an author, former Olympic athlete and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. He overcame his fear of needles and donated blood in memory of his wife who died of cancer.

Myth vs. Reality

M: It will probably hurt a lot.
R: The truth is, all you'll feel is a slight pinch for a few seconds. That's it!

M: I'll probably faint if I give blood.
R: Most people feel just fine after donating.

M: You can get AIDS from giving blood.
R: Absolutely not! A sterile needle is used for each donation and then discarded.

M: You should only give blood once a year.
R: Actually blood can be safely donated every eight weeks, or six time a year.

M: Most people get paid for their blood.
R: Wrong again! The Red Cross only provides blood to patients which comes from volunteer donors.

M: I don't know anyone who needs blood right now.
R: There are hospital patients and accident victims who need blood every day of the year.

So...on to the usual shenanigans...

Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party seem to be lining up to take potshots at John McCain; it's actually quite fun to watch.

For starters, the National Libertarian Party wants Mr. McCain to tell us what's wrong with habeus corpus?

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51 comments (Latest Comment: 06/22/2008 06:36:11 by clintster)

The Slippery Slope
Author: BobR    Date: 06/20/2008 12:27:42

"No more war for oil" has been a slogan since the beginning of the war in Iraq, as protesters across the country and around the world accused the Bush administration of doing just that. Why was the Oil Ministry the only place secured by our forces? Haven't there been slips and hints from various officials inside the administration that America needs to drill in ANWR so that we no longer have to send our soldiers into battle for oil?

It seems that our suspicions were well-founded. Iraq is granting no-bid contracts to mostly American oil companies:
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248 comments (Latest Comment: 06/22/2008 23:36:32 by Alex Hidell)

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