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Buddy, can you spare some change?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/06/2008 14:36:29

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Pericles (495-429 BC)

Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it. (Unknown)

It was a double-header debate held in New Hampshire last night. And the secret word, in case you missed it was: CHANGE. Seems to be the buzz word of the day thanks to the decisive Barack Obama win in Iowa. First at bat, the republicans, I missed the first half-hour of them due to birthday celebrations with my wife, but I rather doubt I missed much.

Here is Velveeta’s report:
Boy, is Mitt Romney disliked! Even though he is not the leader (currently) the girls had their claws out on him. Mike Huckabee even got in a 2-circle-snap comeback to Mitt regarding his constant flip-flopping.
“I also supported the troop surge," Romney said, "Don't try to mischaracterize my position."
"Which one?" Huckabee shot back

Even John McCain jumped into the fray with a not-so veiled barb at Mitt, “I just want to say to Gov. Romney, we disagree on a lot of issues, but I agree you are the candidate of change," (Good one John).
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12 comments (Latest Comment: 01/07/2008 02:22:28 by TriSec)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/05/2008 14:08:40

Good Morning!

I've got a double this morning from Lew Rockwell.com.

Let's start with the horse races....if you live in a major state, you've got a primary election coming up sometime in the next 30 days, and probably no later than the next 60 days. Is everyone paying attention? We here at Four Freedoms have endorsed John Edwards, and of course we are open to any candidates anyone else wants to support.

As the 'token libertarian' in these parts (and a left-leaning one at that), I have been keeping an eye on the most Libertarian candidate of them all, a certain Republican congressman from Texas. In really paying attention to the campaign this year, I've also discovered that maybe I'm not as Libertarian as I used to think. After his stance on the war....many of his policies are just way to scary to even ponder.

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13 comments (Latest Comment: 01/06/2008 04:59:44 by Mondobubba)

Iowa Huckabee
Author: BobR    Date: 01/04/2008 13:15:07

... or at least the Republicans there do. He won a decisive victory in the Republican caucus, sending Romney off to nurse his wounds. Thompson finished a surprising 3rd. Guiliani didn't even register on the scale. It was a result few would have predicted several months ago when Guiliani was the assumed candidate (with an endorsement from Pat Robertson), when Thompson got Rove's minions working for him, when Romney supposedly got the endorsement from the Southern Baptists (although that was later qualified as not).

The Democratic caucus results were less surprising, ending in essentially a 3-way tie, with Obama slightly ahead. Edwards came in second, and Hillary finished third (perhaps the only real surprise here). The other candidates barely registered at all. Sadly, the results prompted both Dodd and Biden to bow out of the race. Because of this, we have removed the Dodd link from our ad/endorsement strip.
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83 comments (Latest Comment: 01/05/2008 03:39:17 by livingonli)

And... They're off!
Author: Raine    Date: 01/03/2008 13:36:03

Today is caucus day in Iowa. It's going to be cold but it doesn't look like the weather will be a reason not to turn out. That is good news. Seems like many students are going back to campus early so they can caucus. That could be very good news for Obama, since he is said to be popular among the college crowd. It also makes for a rather undecided race.

Bill Richardson is set to throw his support toward Obama. Just like Dennis, this is in case he finds himself not getting the 15% of the vote. So that is that. With Bill, I am not surprised at this move. Dennis tho, that one is going to take some time for it to sink and and digest.
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234 comments (Latest Comment: 01/04/2008 04:36:51 by livingonli)

ReDeclaration of Independence
Author: BobR    Date: 01/02/2008 06:30:10

It's a new year. Time for a new government by re-examining an old classic...
IN CYBERWORLD, Jan 2, 2008.

The unanimous Declaration of the fifty United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present President of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
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123 comments (Latest Comment: 01/03/2008 02:16:22 by TriSec)

Ask a Vet - 2008
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/01/2008 13:27:11

Good Morning.

As promised, 'Ask a Vet' returns for the new year. While we're all festive and drunk on these shores, our brave men and women are still doing their duty and dying every day of the year. Today is our 1,749th day in Iraq.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3902
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3763
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3441
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3043
Since Election (1/31/05): 2465

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 474

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10 comments (Latest Comment: 01/02/2008 04:00:05 by livingonli)

The Losey Awards
Author: Raine    Date: 12/31/2007 13:22:38

After tonite, 2007 will be just a memory. It is hard to believe that this is the end of this calendar. Time to start a new one.

We have a lot to do in 2008. I myself will be actively participating in getting a democrat elected to office. But before we say goodbye to this year. I would like to give you my list of the biggest dolt's and loser's of the year.

The Finalists:

Alberto Gonzales: For doing nothing in the justice department that could even be considered legal, and instead using the department as George Bush's secretary pool. The man should still go to jail for what he did.

Larry Craig: Entertaining, but still, I mean, come one... He is the leader of turning the GOP in the Gay Old Party. Larry led the charge of so many gay sex scandals this year, including State Rep. Bob Allen, State Rep Richard Curtis, GOP county Chair Green bay Wisconsin, Donald Fleischman, and Glenn Murphy Jr, National Chairman of the Young Republicans

George Bush: for treating the entire world like a bunch of idiots. Oh wait, I guess he is just talking to us the best way he can. Also for not reading the Constitution. Oh and for lying about Iran. And for lying about Iraq. And for lying about FISA, and awww, hell... it is a new year... I will take it easy on him for this one day. At least he got rid of Turblossom, aka, the Vote Cager...

The 25% of people who still support George Bush: Sorry friends. But I think these people would support him if HE ran a dog fighting ring. All he'd have to do is call it waterboarding.

Michael Vick: For throwing everything away. What a waste. Maybe he should have used the waterboarding defense. He could have had those 25% of bush supporter's on his side.

... but the Winner of the Losiest is.....
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74 comments (Latest Comment: 01/01/2008 06:43:48 by livingonli)

Author: velveeta jones    Date: 12/30/2007 13:35:54

Warning: the following commentary may contain sarcasm.

According to my backwards bush clock, we must still suffer another 386 days with this “administration”. I use quotes because I really believe this group of people more closely resembles a mafia. I never watched that hit show, The Soprano’s, but I’ve seen the Godfather I and II and one of my favorite films is GoodFella’s. I just adore that scene in the diner with DeNiro and Liotta and that nifty camera trick where they dolly back while focusing in on the table. But I digress…

In my opinion what we have is a Texas Mafia. Stolen elections to secure their “turf”, which happens to be our country; hiring of their own wise guys and hitmen; protecting their own by whatever means possible; and raking in a ton of dough for all their friends and investors.

So, how come we can’t seem to impeach these guys? It seemed so easy with Bill Clinton. One day a vague story about an intern showing her panties off – the next day…WHAM! Impeachment! (It may have taken longer, but I was in the midst of getting clean and sober so time was irrelevant to me).
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18 comments (Latest Comment: 12/31/2007 02:35:17 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/29/2007 11:24:04

Good Morning!

Well, if it's a Saturday blog before 8:30, you know where I'm off to this morning. It's my last platelet donation of the year. Remember folks...if you already donate blood, it's the next logical step. I find it to be more valuable and a much more meaningful donation than time or money...it's literally my own flesh and blood.

So....on to some news and tibdits from around some of my favorite Libertarian websites. Sort of a 'cleaning out the drawer of the political mind' (with apologies to Bob Ryan).

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50 comments (Latest Comment: 12/30/2007 05:17:41 by livingonli)

No More Sympathy for the Devil
Author: BobR    Date: 12/28/2007 13:09:50

I stuck around at St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a-time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name

Throughout history we've seen how the course of human events can take an abrupt turn with the death of just one person. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand set into motion WWI. There were numerous alliances and tenuous relationships at the time that had created a house of cards which fell because of that one murder.

After the assassination of JFK, we became embroiled in war in VietNam. The assassinations of RFK and MLK destroyed the hope of the nation that peace, love, and equality was on the way. But no - instead, the answer to hope for the future by those in alliance with true evil is the forced death of those that would lead us towards enlightenment.

And so - it seems - once again.
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73 comments (Latest Comment: 12/29/2007 04:28:44 by livingonli)

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