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  • Gold standard
  • nativist
  • isolationist
  • anti-tax
  • anti-abortion
  • anti-war
  • anti-church-state-separation
  • anti-hate-crimes
  • anti-environment
  • 100% rating by the John Birch society

    Pat Buchanan or Ron Paul? You decide.
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Same song.

Next verse.

"For half a dozen years, the motto of state government and particularly that of Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been No New Taxes. It's been popular with a lot of voters and it has mostly prevailed. So much so that Pawlenty vetoed a 5-cent gas tax increase - the first in 20 years - last spring and millions were lost that might have gone to road repair. And yes, it would have fallen even if the gas tax had gone through, because we are years behind a dangerous curve when it comes to the replacement of infrastructure that everyone but wingnuts in coonskin caps agree is one of the basic duties of government." - Nick Coleman, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"My goal is to get government down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." - Grover Norquist
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Boy do I feel like a broken record sometimes, but - what Digby said.
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"How can parents instill values and morality in their children? How can educators teach our children? How can the rule of law for every American be applied equally if we have two standards of justice in America – one for the powerful and the other for the rest of us?" - Chuck Hagel

"He is not above the law. If an ordinary citizen committed these crimes, he would go to jail." - Bill Frist

"I very much worry that with the evidence that we have seen that grand juries across America are going to start asking questions about what is obstruction of justice, what is perjury. And I don't want there to be any lessening of the standard. Because our system of criminal justice depends on people telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That is the lynch pin of our criminal justice system and I don't want it to be faded in any way." - Kay Bailey Hutchison

"No man is above the law, and no man is below the law. That's the principle that we all hold very dear in this country." - Tom DeLay

"It would be wrong for you to send a message to every American that it's acceptable to lie under oath and obstruct a federal investigation. It would be wrong for you to tell America's children that some lies are all right. It would be wrong to show the rest of the world that some of our laws don't really matter." - Rep. Steve Chabot

"Lying under oath strikes at the heart of our system of justice and the rule of law. It does not matter in the least what the perjury is about," - Robert Bork and James Rosen, National Review.

"And we know that when a person testifies under oath that he doesn't remember something when in fact he does, he has committed perjury," - Bill Bennett, Wall Street Journal.

Guess which obstruction of justice and perjury charge they were incensed about? Hint: not the guy whose sentence was just commuted.


Jun. 19th, 2007 10:36 am
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Nicked from here after a reference to it on pharyngula...

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The advantages arising from a system of copyright are obvious. It is desirable that we should have a supply of good books; we cannot have such a supply unless men of letters are liberally remunerated; and the least objectionable way of remunerating them is by means of copyright. You cannot depend for literary instruction and amusement on the leisure of men occupied in the pursuits of active life. Such men may occasionally produce compositions of great merit. But you must not look to such men for works which require deep meditation and long research. Works of that kind you can expect only from persons who make literature the business of their lives... It is then on men whose profession is literature, and whose private means are not ample, that you must rely for a supply of valuable books. Such men must be remunerated for their literary labour. And there are only two ways in which they can be remunerated. One of those ways is patronage; the other is copyright.

There have been times in which men of letters looked, not to the public, but to the government, or to a few great men, for the reward of their exertions... I can conceive no system more fatal to the integrity and independence of literary men than one under which they should be taught to look for their daily bread to the favour of ministers and nobles. I can conceive no system more certain to turn those minds which are formed by nature to be the blessings and ornaments of our species into public scandals and pests.

We have, then, only one resource left. We must betake ourselves to copyright, be the inconveniences of copyright what they may.
He goes on to oppose, rightly, the extension of copyright many years after the author's demise. But for those who think copyright is "just wrong", that's the straightforward and correct response.
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The real tragedy of something like Virginia Tech is that sometime soon, some politician looking to score points with the reflexively limp-dicked nannystaters is going to call for a total ban on killing.

Look, the laws we have against killing are clearly ineffective. It didn't prevent this, after all. What we should do is let individuals take responsibility for their own defense: teach every American how to kill people, and repeal laws all laws against killing. If nanny-state laws didn't forbid most responsible forms of killing, the nutjob who was killing people in Virginia would have been killed in retaliation by somebody once he started his rampage. And many of those tragically killed could have been saved, if only they had the means to kill people themselves.

Let me be the first to call for a return to responsible gunplay in our once-proud schools.

Nanny-state regulations that infringe on my inherent right to kill lead inevitably to totalitarian repression. A violent society is a polite society.

After all, look how polite everybody is today.
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Senator Clinton has taken a lot of flak not only for her vote to authorize the war but for her unwillingness to repudiate it.

I think there's a defense of her actions that I haven't seen explored much, or talked about much.

Let's start with the basics. Read more... )
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... somebody's doing the perp scoot today.

Of course, it's only perjury and obstruction of justice. It's well-known, conservatives will say, that one only goes after those counts when the underlying crime can't be successfully prosecuted. Like, say, receiving a blowjob.

Excellent early discussion from 2003 of the Plame outing. The money quote, for me, about this whole affair came from a comment a third of the way down that page...
The junta have of course done far viler things than this, but something about this story gives me the creeps in a way the other things (in this specific way) don't. This action doesn't resonate with the history of 20th century totalitarianism, riddled though that is with tales of shot messengers and spooks hung out to dry. These betrayals at least had reasons of state behind them.

This is different. It smells of ancient Rome. It smells of decadence, of whim and spite indulged at the expense of the safety of the state. It's the sort of thing that was done to Belissarius.
Update: Sorry, but I just had to include this bit from Kos. I literally spewed diet coke out of my nose. Rupert Murdoch has brass balls.
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As far as I can tell the term doesn't yet exist anywhere (Googling it turns up blank). I want to claim ownership. Nobody can tell me I can't! I don't have to follow your rules! I'm the most important thing in the universe!

Why hasn't someone applied this word to Camille Paglia already?
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Wikipedia is "the democratization of knowledge"... and its backers assure us that definitions will greet us as liberators. - paraphrased from comments on Crooked Timber

"We attempted to stimulate the economy. We only succeeded in annoying it." - Frank and Earnest, yesterday
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"We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we're for them and trying to get them out of there... We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"
Molly Ivins, rest in peace. I can think of no one who's earned it more. The rest of us, we'll have to go on working for it.

Raise hell.


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
I miss her already. Dammit.
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Days like this I have to remind myself that blogs are sometimes wrong, and Washington buzz is sometimes manufactured so that later reality looks better by comparison.

Attacking Syria and Iran would be utter insanity.
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"Any farmer will tell you that certain animals run around and are unpleasant, but when they’ve been fixed, then they are happy and sedate." - Grover Norquist

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The Sac Bee today. The headline:
Gas prices may have bottomed
Analysts dismiss conspiracy theories
Of course not. Prices heading back up three days after the election, when they fell for months leading up to it? Pure coincidence.

I love the media.
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Majority Leader Reid!

and, not to toot my horn or anything, but I called it yesterday morning.
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I will be going to bed soon. But if the current leads hold up, in MT and VA and MO, it's also Majority Leader Reid.

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Speaker Pelosi!


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