Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Everyone step on his toes!" Newt Gingrich staff acting like completely barbaric thugs in Florida

I could feel my ears and cheeks burn as I read this article. I could hardly even believe it. Newt Gingrich is a sleazy politician, but he's got a primary to win: that even his campaign staff and supporters could behave in such a brazenly brutal and vicious way shocked and outraged me. His campaign should have to apologize for this:

Dillard, a 29-year-old Ron Paul supporter from this suburb near Orlando, arrived to vote at his precinct at Winderemere Baptist Church early Tuesday morning. Pulling into the parking lot, Dillard noticed a man outside the polling place with a Gingrich sign. He decided to run home, slip into his "Ron Paul Rocks America" T-shirt, grab a "Ron Paul 2012" sign from his garage, and return to give his candidate some representation outside the precinct after he cast his vote.

Dillard found a quiet spot along a sidewalk lined with tiny American flags and held up his sign. Little did he know, Newt Gingrich had chosen that very spot to make his first Primary Day campaign stop.

When Gingrich's bus pulled up, Dillard stood silently holding his sign and watched the news-media horde swamp the candidate. Gingrich stepped down from the bus and made a beeline for Dillard. He stopped in front of Dillard and his sign and parked himself for a round of handshaking and pictures with voters. The placement couldn't have been worse. There was Gingrich, standing with his wife Callista at their first event of the day, and a giant Ron Paul sign floated inches from their crowns.

Noticing the awkward optics, Gingrich aides and security personnel swarmed Dillard, trying to intimidate him into moving. One of Gingrich's security agents stepped in front of him. When Dillard didn't budge, the agent lifted his heeled shoe over Dillard's bare foot and dug the back of it into his skin, twisting it side-to-side like he was stomping out a cigarette. Shocked, Dillard kept his ground and took a picture of the agent with his phone, which was quickly knocked out of his hand. Dillard slipped off his flip-flop to pick up the phone with his foot, and a Gingrich supporter kicked the sandal away.

"Don't kick me!" Dillard said to the man who knocked away his sandal. More members of Gingrich's security retinue approached, shoving their shoulders and chests in front of him.

"Just block him!" a Gingrich campaign aide said. "Everyone step on his toes!"

So glad my friend Chris Moody is reporting this story. Newt Gingrich was right there while all of this was happening. He should have to answer for his campaign staff's ugly behavior and apologize to the Ron Paul supporter who was assaulted by them. Republicans pride themselves on being better than this. Often times I think that most of them are. I feel like we're more likely to read about this kind of behavior from an Occupy protest somewhere than from a major Republican political candidates' staff. I was embarrassed for Gingrich to read this. Do Republicans want this kind of behavior representing their party?




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Mitt Romney Tried to Take Kosher Food Away From Holocaust Survivors in Massachusetts

The Florida Primary sure is getting ugly. Here's a robocall that Newt Gingrich is running (h/t memeo):

The Newt Gingrich campaign has a robocall out in Florida claiming that Mitt Romney once took kosher food away from Holocaust survivors.

The allegation made in the call, obtained by anti-robocall activist Shaun Dakin, is undoubtedly targeted at Florida's large Jewish and elderly populations.

The text of the call:

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes. Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney's compassion for our seniors? Tuesday you can end Mitt Romney's hypocrisy on religious freedom, with a vote for Newt Gingrich. Paid for by Newt 2012.

The call is referencing Romney's veto of a 2003 bill. It came at a time that some nursing homes were considering eliminating their kosher kitchens during a period of budget cuts. Their plan was to instead bus in kosher food from other locations. The bill Romney vetoed would have given an additional $600,000 in funding to nursing homes, therefore making it possible for them to continue cooking kosher food on site.

Romney's campaign is countering that he was "practicing fiscal restraint during a time of fiscal crisis, " but I have this rule that only people who haven't aggressively worked to pass socialized medicine in their state as governor ever get to credibly claim that they were practicing fiscal restraint. If Romney wanted to practice fiscal restraint as governor, maybe he could have gone easy on the Holocaust survivors and just not passed a radical expansion of the entitlement state.

It's interesting, many Republican voters have made it clear that Ron Paul's position on Israel (which is actually to respect their sovereignty and allow them to defend themselves if necessary without having to beg Washington's permission first) is a non-negotiable for them because he would prefer to cut off Washington aid to them (as well as even more Washington aid to their enemies). But if Israel is your priority as a Republican primary voter, how do you feel about a candidate who wanted to "cut off aid" to elderly Jews living in our own country-- some of them Holocaust survivors-- by allowing kosher meal programs to go under.

Now is this a cheap shot by the Gingrich camp? Maybe. But if Ron Paul's views on Israel matter to so many Republican voters as they do, then I don't see why this isn't fair game too.




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Ron Paul might win more delegates this week than any other Republican candidate

Ron Paul is skipping out on Florida and looking ahead to Maine and Nevada's caucuses on Saturday, February 4th:

This week, Ron Paul is likely to win more delegates to the 2012 GOP convention than either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. In fact, he’s likely to win more delegates than Gingrich and Santorum combined.

“Hold it”, you’re saying, “How can that be? Rep. Paul’s polling in single digits in Florida. He’s going to finish behind Gingrich and Santorum, as well as Mitt Romney, in Tuesday’s Florida primary. How can that translate into beating any of his rivals at all?”

We’ll tell you how – because he’s not winning those delegates in Florida. He’s winning, or will probably win, at least a few delegates in Maine.

Paul took a quick two-day swing through Maine over the weekend, in case you didn’t notice. He met with GOP Gov. Paul LePage. He spoke to big crowds throughout the state – in Lewiston, apparently, event organizers had to expand his conference room to handle the people who showed up.

He even landed the coveted L.L. Bean endorsement – that's Linda Lorraine Bean, heiress of the L.L. Bean empire and a lobster roll entrepreneur in her own right. She endorsed Paul on Saturday from her restaurant in the retail outlet mecca of Freeport.

Hat tip: Drudge Report

Paul's also focusing his campaign out West on caucuses in Colorado and Nevada where he's hoping to make major gains:

While his GOP rivals duke it out in a bloody Florida primary on Tuesday, Ron Paul will continue stumping for votes in the caucus states that dominate the political calendar over the next week.

Paul does well in caucus states, where superior organization and passionate supporters play to his strengths and could allow the Texas congressman to pick up more delegates than Gingrich and Santorum combined this week.

Even Republican strategist Karl Rove admitted that strategy provides Paul the biggest advantage over the next week while speaking on Fox News Monday night.

“I think it’s going to be a advantage of Ron Paul,” Rove said on “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren.” “He’s been spending a lot of time on caucus states. His campaign manager announced this is going to be a big focus.”

While Florida Republicans will hit the polls on Tuesday, Paul will be stumping in Colorado and then Nevada.

The Paul campaign said they are heavily focused on picking up Nevada’s 28 delegates by turning out Hispanic and Mormon voters.

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Paul’s message of limited government and individual liberties plays well in Nevada, which is a conservative anti-tax state but also has liberal pro-choice laws and the lowest average attendance of church in the nation, Herzik said.

Paul’s campaign has been running television ads in Nevada since last summer, and senior aides add that they will continue to run them in the state through the Feb. 4 caucuses.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Paul has spent $350,000 on air time in the state.

Flush with cash from a $13 million fundraising haul last quarter, Paul said he’s staying in the race through the convention.




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What is money? (Part II)

Last week, we explored the three functions that money serves and learned that money has enabled so many of the modern world’s advances in material prosperity and standards of living by acting as a: 1) Medium of exchange, 2) Unit of account, and 3) Store of value. If you haven’t already read it, please read What is money? (Part I) to familiarize yourself with these roles that money plays and why they are so essential to the material success we all enjoy today.

If you’ve read Part I, you’re ready for Part II below, where we’ll explore what characteristics money has to have in order to fulfill these roles…

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IVN challenges the party establishments on early endorsements in California

'Voters will see these “pre-endorsements” for what they are and resent the party hierarchy’s attempt to dictate results to them. Instead of helping the candidates that they endorse so early on, the parties will only hurt their chances. Pre-endorsements will become a liability to establishment picks and be used against them by their grassroots opponents. It isn’t about left vs. right anymore.  It’s about the establishment vs. you, and more and more voters are starting to really believe that.'





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Ron Paul in Back to the Constitution

Saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh. Especially because I love Back to the Future so much.






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The problem with Mitt Romney's religion... is that he isn't Mormon ENOUGH?

I'm glad I featured this Salon piece recently, as I've gotten a lot of responses from The Humble Libertarian's Mormon readers, who say if Romney adhered more closely to his church's principles, he'd be more libertarian and a more acceptable candidate.

Reader Carla writes:

I'm Mormon. The White Horse Prophecy is considered more urban legend than actual prophecy by Joseph Smith. The Church officially distances itself from it. So whoever wrote this is missing some key facts.

Including the one where most Mormons support Ron Paul, not Mitt Romney.

And:

Romney definitely goes against official Church doctrine and scriptures all the time. The principle of agency is one of the most basic and important elements of our faith and he doesn't seem to believe in it himself. It leaves me and every other Mormon I know scratching our heads as to where he gets his politics.

And yes, Mormons support Ron Paul in droves. I don't know of a single person who supports Romney.

Reader wurzel writes:

There are three reasons not to worry about Romney trying to establish a theocracy, or taking his direction from Salt Lake City, or whatever the latest scare-myth is.

1) From our Articles of Faith, we believe in "honoring, sustaining, and obeying the law." This is particularly interesting as the church has grown from primarily US-based to world-wide, and has to function within many jurisdictions.

2) Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have a deeply ingrained concept of stewardship. When one is given responsibility, be it for ones family, a church ward, a job at work, or a political office, we believe we'll be held accountable before God for how well we performed our duties, given the circumstances we were dealt. If Romney accepts a job with the description, "Protect and defend the Constitution" I believe he'll do it.

3) LDS scripture explicitly approves of our Constitution as inspired, and our land as a free land. Furthermore, the scriptures condemn using force to compel others, but rather, persuasion, longsuffering, and patience.

A really good book just came out called LDS Liberty which has many citations from scripture and modern prophets demonstrating why a libertarian society is most in line with LDS doctrine. Indeed, we believe the whole reason we are here on earth is that we fought a war in the preexistence in favor of free choice.

So, perhaps one could say that Romney's Mormon-ness isn't worrisome so much as the extent to which he deviates from it for political reasons?

After reading these responses from two professing Mormon readers, I can't help but think, Gee I wish Mitt Romney was MORE committed to his Mormon beliefs. Maybe then, he'd make a better political candidate!

PS: Do any of my Mormon readers happen to know, are there any good Mormon liberty candidates or politicians out there?




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Monday, January 30, 2012

Mitt Romney has the WORST chances of beating Barack Obama in the November election

Mitt Romney is REALLY rich. How rich? The AP says:

Add up the wealth of the last eight presidents, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. Then double that number. Now you’re in Romney territory.

He would be among the richest presidents in American history if elected — probably in the top four.

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The former Massachusetts governor has disclosed only the broad outlines of his wealth, putting it somewhere from $190 million to $250 million. That easily could make him 50 times richer than Obama, who falls in the still-impressive-to-most-of-us range of $2.2 million to $7.5 million.

“I think it’s almost hard to conceptualize what $250 million means,” said Shamus Khan, a Columbia University sociologist who studies the wealthy. “People say Romney made $50,000 a day while not working last year. What do you do with all that money? I can’t even imagine spending it. Well, maybe …”

This speaks to Romney's electability against Barack Obama this November. The economy is hurting badly and in all likelihood, will continue to be hurting by the time of the general election. Historically, this bodes well for Republicans. People vote their pocketbooks. "It's the economy, stupid," right? The Republicans should win this unless they actively try to lose it by nominating someone who is unelectable, someone who would completely cede this advantage to Obama, and Mitt Romney is that someone.

Why? Because the economic hard times only work against Obama if his opponent doesn't seem exactly like the kind of guy that is responsible for the average voter's economic woes, the "fat cat," Wall Street, golden parachute, executive kind of guy who actually likes firing people, and stupidly even says so out loud on the campaign trail. Romney didn't even earn all that wealth by hard work and innovation. He saved his big bank, Bain and Co. with a $10 million taxpayer bailout when he couldn't turn a profit by his own merits as a businessman.

Obama is ready to turn the economic hard times around on Republicans if they give him an opportunity to. Mitt Romney would be that opportunity. Someone who made millions consulting for Freddie Mac during the housing bubble (cough, cough Newt Gingrich) would be that opportunity. Someone who was a Senator during the Bush years and voted for all the deficit-busting budgets that have led us down this path would be that opportunity. But most of all, Mitt Romney would be that opportunity.

And on a side note, a mild-mannered country doctor and military veteran who has always voted against and opposed bailouts for big Wall Street banks, who actually predicted the economic crisis before it even happened, and who has offered a real, non-partisan, remedy to solve the problems spawned by the crisis would NOT be that opportunity.

If Republicans really mean it when they say that the most important thing is defeating Obama this November, even with a candidate who isn't perfect, then they absolutely must reject the candidacy of Mitt Romney as a major liability to that end and embrace the one candidate who wouldn't cede the biggest advantage they have going into the general election, and that candidate is Ron Paul.




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Ayn Rand, God, and the Devil

From The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand:

"It was a contest without time, a struggle of two abstractions, the thing that had created the building against the things that made the play possible--two forces suddenly naked to her in their simple statement--two forces that had fought since the world began--and every religion had known of them--and there had always been a God and a Devil--only men had been so mistaken about the shapes of their Devil--he was not single and big, he was many and smutty and small."






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More Awesome #MusicMonday Rapping - "Bailout" by Former Fat Boys

Fans of Journey will be either delighted or annoyed by the sample in this rap (as a Journey fan myself, I was positively delighted). Fans of liberty, fiscal responsibility, and monetary sanity will be 100% delighted by the lyrics. The video might be nsfw due to some f-bombs and the (spoiler alert:) "banana hammock" (very skimpy male swimsuit) at the end of the music video.



Music sampled from Separate Ways (Worlds Apart):






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This is what's wrong with public education in America and it's all the unions' fault

This is what's wrong with public education:

Hell no, he won’t go.

In a defiant raspberry to the city Department of Education — and taxpayers — disgraced teacher Alan Rosenfeld, 66, won’t retire.

Deemed a danger to kids, the typing teacher with a $10 million real estate portfolio hasn’t been allowed in a classroom for more than a decade, but still collects $100,049 a year in city salary — plus health benefits, a growing pension nest egg, vacation and sick pay.

Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo can call for better teacher evaluations until they’re blue-faced, but Rosenfeld and six peers with similar gigs costing about $650,000 a year in total salaries are untouchable. Under a system shackled by protections for tenured teachers, they can’t be fired, the DOE says.

“It’s an F-U,” a friend of Rosenfeld said of his refusal to quit.

“He’s happy about it, and very proud that he beat the system. This is a great show-up-but-don’t-do-anything job.”

Accused in 2001 of making lewd comments and ogling eighth-grade girls’ butts at IS 347 in Queens, Rosenfeld was slapped with a week off without pay after the DOE failed to produce enough witnesses at a hearing.

But instead of returning Rosenfeld to the classroom, the DOE kept him in one of its notorious “rubber rooms,” where teachers in misconduct cases sat idle or napped. As The Post reported, Rosenfeld kept busy managing his many investment properties and working on his law practice. He’s a licensed attorney and real-estate broker.

Hat tip: Memeorandum.

Oh yeah. This is happening in America. Taxpayer dollars are paying teachers to do nothing because union rules have made it impossible to fire them. Government employees simply do not have the same liabilities that private sector employees have. They can get away with so much more and that is a problem. That is what fosters corruption That is what creates so much waste.

This is an extreme example, but varying examples all throughout the country show just how wasteful and irresponsible our public education system has become. Public sector unions have rigged the system so they can get the most benefit, at taxpayers' expense, for the least effort, the lowest quality, and the worst results possible.

I'm not saying every public school teacher behaves that way and freeloads off the system, but I bet it's the ones that don't who will be the first to agree with me and be frustrated that their coworkers don't take the work seriously. The problem is not a people problem, it's a systemic one. It's a problem with the system, the system that we've set up at the behest of public sector unions.

With stories like the one above, and less outrageous examples of a system designed to shield public employees from any kind of liability for their actions and any kind of responsibility for their job, is anyone really wondering why so many states are having financial problems? Would anyone be surprised to consider that so many of the states with the worst public finances are also forced-unionism states, not right to work states?

Someone email this to Matt Damon.

And please read the original article linked above and tell me that this sleazy "teacher" doesn't look exactly like Biff from Back to the Future. Seriously. Go do it. I'll wait...

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Isn't the resemblance uncanny? Okay that's all.




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Is Newt Done?

On the eve of the Florida primary, all signs seem to be pointing to Mitt Romney.

If Romney wins big it will be a huge boost of momentum. It will be a big pelt to nail on the wall while adding fuel to the narrative of both Romney’s inevitability and electability.

Yet one cannot help but notice that a Romney candidacy is still disdained by much of the party.

And despite what a Florida victory would mean for Romney, Gingrich shows every sign that he is willing to remain in the race for the long haul. Appearing Sunday morning on ABC, Gingrich said he expects the race to “go all the way to the convention.” Gingrich appears to think that even if Romney wins Florida, that he has the opportunity to fight Romney in a war of attrition with all the proportionally-awarded delegates.

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On this day in history: Andrew Jackson and Davy Crockett beat the crap out of someone for trying to assassinate Jackson (Jan. 30, 1835)

Way too cool not to share...

The Politico reports:

On this day in 1835, Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) became the first U.S. president to be targeted by an assassin.

Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter, approached Jackson as he left a congressional funeral held in the House chamber of the Capitol and shot at him. His gun misfired.

A delusional Lawrence believed that the U.S. government owed him a large sum that Jackson was keeping from him.

Release of the funds, he thought, would allow him to take his rightful place as King Richard III of England.

Jackson, who was 67 at the time, repeatedly clubbed Lawrence with his walking cane.

During the ensuing scuffle, Lawrence took another pistol out of his pocket and pulled the trigger. But that gun also misfired.

Bystanders joined in, wrestling Lawrence to the ground and disarming him. One of them was Rep. Davy Crockett of Tennessee.

The U.S. Secret Service — which is now charged with protecting presidents, members of their families and other high-ranking officials — did not undertake such duties until 1901.

Historians have come to view Lawrence as a mentally unstable person, but the Democratic president became convinced that his political enemies in the rival Whig Party had hired Lawrence to assassinate him.

At the time, Jackson was locked in a bitter struggle with the Whigs over his ultimately successful effort to scuttle the Bank of the United States.

Hat tip: Reddit.




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Occupy Your Mind

Saw this somewhere. Thought it was cool. Occupy Your Mind... then you can become a libertarian and start reading my website :)




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Ron Paul on CNN: We have a very good chance of winning in Maine

This is a pretty good Ron Paul interview. The questioner asks a lot of questions about Ron Paul's thoughts on the primary itself, his chances in upcoming states, his thoughts on the other candidates, and what he plans to do practically in the coming months with his supporters and with the delegates that he racks up:






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The Man Behind Gingrich’s Money

From the New York Times (hat tip memeorandum):

The trip to Jordan by a group of United States congressmen was supposed to be a chance for them to meet the newly crowned King Abdullah II. But their tour guide had a more complicated agenda.

The guide was Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate who helped underwrite trips to the Middle East to win support for Israel in Congress. On this occasion in 1999, as the lawmakers enjoyed a reception at the Royal Palace in Amman, Mr. Adelson and an aide retreated to a private room with the king.

There, the king listened politely as Mr. Adelson sat on a sofa and paged through his proposal for a gambling resort on the Jordan-Israel border to be called the Red Sea Kingdom.

“This was shortly after his father, King Hussein, died, and he was grateful to me,” Mr. Adelson explained later in court testimony, recalling that he had lent his plane when the ailing monarch sought treatment in the United States. “So they remembered.”

The proposal never went anywhere — Mr. Adelson later said he had feared that a Jewish-owned casino on Arab land “would have been blown to smithereens.” But his impromptu pitch to the Jordanian king highlights the boldness, if not audacity, that has propelled Mr. Adelson into the ranks of the world’s richest men and transformed him into a powerful behind-the-scenes player in American and international politics.

Those qualities may also help explain why Mr. Adelson, 78, has decided to throw his wealth behind what had once seemed to be the unlikely presidential aspirations of Newt Gingrich. Now, in no small measure because of Mr. Adelson’s deep pockets, Mr. Gingrich is locked in a struggle with Mitt Romney heading into Florida’s Republican primary on Tuesday.

Mr. Adelson, by some estimates worth as much as $22 billion, presides over a global empire of casinos, hotels and convention centers whose centerpiece is the Venetian in Las Vegas, an exuberant monument to excess with canals, singing gondoliers and acres of slot machines. That fortune is a wellspring of financial support for Mr. Gingrich, who has benefited from $17 million in political contributions from Mr. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, in recent years, including $10 million in the last few weeks that went to a “super PAC” supporting him.

The question of what motivates Mr. Adelson’s singular generosity toward the former House speaker has emerged front and center in the campaign. People who know him say his affinity for Mr. Gingrich stems from a devotion to Israel as well as loyalty to a friend. A fervent Zionist who opposes any territorial compromise to make way for a Palestinian state, Mr. Adelson has long been enamored of Mr. Gingrich’s full-throated defense of Israel.




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Former NSA Chief Called CIA ‘Out of Control’

This is big. From Veterans Today:

The CIA is “out of control” and often refuses to cooperate with other parts of the national security community, even undermining their efforts, said former National Security Agency head William Odom, according to a recently released record of a 9/11 Commission interview.

“The CIA currently doesn’t work for anyone. It thinks it works for the president, but it doesn’t and it’s out of control,” says a report summarizing remarks made by Odom, a retired three-star general who served as director of the NSA from 1985 to 1988.

Odom, who also served on the National Security Council staff during the Carter administration, was known as an outspoken advocate for intelligence reform. He died in 2008.

The 2003 interview, among others conducted by the 9/11 Commission, was posted on the website Cryptome, which is often compared to the secret-spilling WikiLeaks website. The report was not a leak, however, but one of many records relating to the 9/11 Commission that have been released and made available on the National Archives website.

“Quite a few remain ‘access restricted’ for classification review,” John Young, who runs Cryptome, told AOL News in an e-mail about the records, some of which he has reposted. “We expect to make an FOIA [Freedom of information Act] request for their release once we have a full listing of those restricted.”

In the commission interview, Odom portrayed CIA officers as individualistic, saying they were interested in writing “exposes.” He also accused the CIA of not sharing “humint,” meaning intelligence collected through contact with people, and of trying to sabotage the Pentagon’s own work in this area.

“The director of the CIA has as much reason to brief the president as the man on the moon,” Odom told the staff of the commission investigating the failure to prevent the terror attacks.

Odom also believed that intelligence officials weren’t held sufficiently accountable for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He said he believed that the heads of the NSA and the CIA should both have been fired by the president after 9/11 for “symbolic purposes.”




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Mitt Romney's religion

In the context of voting for him or not, I care a lot more about Mitt Romney's politics than his religion, but maybe for him the two are more blurred than I was aware.

Some highlights from the Salon article:

Mitt and the White Horse Prophecy

A close look at the roots of Romney's -- and the Mormon church's -- political ambitions

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From the time of his birth — March 13, 1947 — through adolescence and into manhood, the meshing of religion and politics was paramount in Mitt Romney’s life. Called “my miracle baby” by his mother, who had been told by her physician that it was impossible for her to bear a fourth child, Romney was christened Willard Mitt Romney in honor of close family friend and one of the richest Mormons in history, J. Willard Marriott.

In 1962, when Mitt — as they decided to call him — was a sophomore in high school, his father, George W. Romney, was elected governor of Michigan. Throughout the early 1960s, Mitt collected petition signatures, campaigned at his father’s side, attended strategy sessions with his father’s political advisors, and interned at his father’s office during all three of his gubernatorial terms. He attended the 1964 Republican National Convention where his father led a challenge of moderates against the right-wing Barry Goldwater. Although he was fulfilling his spiritual obligation as a Mormon missionary in France in 1968 while his father was the front-running GOP presidential candidate, Mitt was kept apprised of the political developments back in the U.S.

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That same year, the Cougar Club — the all male, all white social club at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City (blacks were excluded from full membership in the Mormon church until 1978) — was humming with talk that its president, Mitt Romney, would become the first Mormon president of the United States. “If not Mitt, then who?” was the ubiquitous slogan within the elite organization. The pious world of BYU was expected to spawn the man who would lead the Mormons into the White House and fulfill the prophecies of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr., which Romney has avidly sought to realize.

Romney avoids mentioning it, but Smith ran for president in 1844 as an independent commander in chief of an “army of God” advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government in favor of a Mormon-ruled theocracy. Challenging Democrat James Polk and Whig Henry Clay, Smith prophesied that if the U.S. Congress did not accede to his demands that “they shall be broken up as a government and God shall damn them.” Smith viewed capturing the presidency as part of the mission of the church. He had predicted the emergence of “the one Mighty and Strong” — a leader who would “set in order the house of God” — and became the first of many prominent Mormon men to claim the mantle.

Smith’s insertion of religion into politics and his call for a “theodemocracy where God and people hold the power to conduct the affairs of men in righteous matters” created a sensation and drew hostility from the outside world. But his candidacy was cut short when he was shot to death by an anti-Mormon vigilante mob. Out of Smith’s national political ambitions grew what would become known in Mormon circles as the “White Horse Prophecy” — a belief ingrained in Mormon culture and passed down through generations by church leaders that the day would come when the U.S. Constitution would “hang like a thread as fine as a silk fiber” and the Mormon priesthood would save it.

Romney is the product of this culture. At BYU, he was idolized by fellow students and referred to, only half jokingly, as the “One Mighty and Strong.”




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#MusicMonday - RAP NEWS with Robert Foster and Juice Media (All Videos)



I'm pretty sure I've featured one or two of these before here, but today we're leading the week with a very special #MusicMonday feature: every single RAP NEWS with Robert Foster music video all in one place here at The Humble Libertarian, courtesy of The Juice Media! Excited yet?

These videos are incredibly creative; Foster's writing, rapping, and acting are impressive; and the point of view is one generally critical of tyranny and supportive of libertarian ideas like freedom, transparency, and rule of law.

(If you're at work or around kids, I should warn you that I believe there are a few expletives scattered throughout the over ten videos below, but not every other word or anything like that.)

Make yourself a cup of tea and watch:

RAP NEWS 1 with Robert Foster: Moon Bass




RAP NEWS 2 with Robert Foster: OBAMA wins Nobel "War is Peace" Prize




RAP NEWS 3 with Robert Foster: Lord Monckton rap-battles Al Gore on Climate Change




RAP NEWS 4 with Robert Foster: Wikileaks vs The Pentagon




RAP NEWS 5 with Robert Foster: News World Order




Rap News 6 with Robert Foster: Wikileaks' Cablegate the truth is out there




RAP NEWS 7 with Robert Foster: Revolution spreads to America




RAP NEWS 8 with Robert Foster: Osamacide




RAP NEWS 9 with Robert Foster: The Economy w. Ron Paul & Zeitgeist (Peter Joseph)




RAP NEWS X (10) with Robert Foster: Occupy2012 (feat. Noam Chomsky & Anonymous)




RAP NEWS 11 with Robert Foster: Australia Day (PG - family friendly version)







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Saturday, January 28, 2012

I wish Grover Norquist would...

I wish Grover Norquist would spend all this energy focused on anti-spending increases and anti-spending pledges. He'd be unstoppable. We've got to move the conversation away from taxes and focus it on government spending. Spending is the problem. Taxes are just one symptom of that problem.

Hat tip: Memeorandum




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Photo: Baby Republican Primary

Someone posted this on Facebook with sports logos on the babies' shirts, so I thought I'd add political ones to illustrate the two camps' reaction when Ron Paul beats Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination thanks to all our hard work!




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Friday, January 27, 2012

Ron Paul's Ronald Reagan Moment at the Debate When Answering a Question About His Age

When badgered with the age question at a CNN presidential debate, Congressman Ron Paul gave a Ronald Reagan quality answer and the audience loved it:






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Fed News Friday: We Are WINNING

The best news all week could easily be this:

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, the last member of the Obama administration’s original economic team, said he doesn’t expect to remain in office if the president is re-elected.

“He’s not going to ask me to stay on, I’m pretty confident,” Geithner said in an interview with Bloomberg Television yesterday in Charlotte, North Carolina. “I’m confident he’ll be president. But I’m also confident he’s going to have the privilege of having another secretary of the Treasury.”

Awesome. The Fed’s people are becoming a big liability to politicians, especially ones like Tim Geithner who was heavily involved in orchestrating the financial bailouts, and has had some issues with paying his taxes as well, exemplifying the culture of privilege and corruption in finance, as well as the “revolving door” between big finance and big government, Wall Street and Washington. The Federal Reserve and its puppet masters are finally the target of public outrage. Even the fact that they’re the target of public awareness is a sea change for monetary policy in America.

Now back to the good news:

Read the rest of my article at The Silver Underground.


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Ron Paul's Best GOP Debate Performance Yet??? Ron Paul Highlights From The 1/26/2012 GOP Debate Hosted by CNN in Jacksonville

Ron Paul Highlights From The 1/26/2012 Republican Presidential Primary Debate Hosted by CNN in Jacksonville:

(my commentary follows)



Ron Paul's best debate performance yet???

Even Ron Paul's critics were impressed by his performance at last night's debate. As a Daily Paul blogger notes, Red State's Erick Erickson had some surprisingly kind words for the good doctor:

"Then there was Ron Paul. Many of us quickly dismiss Ron Paul, but his performance was stellar. He offered extremely sound responses on healthcare, education, border security, and more. Very few of the questions were on foreign policy, which is where he tends to go off the reservation. Last night he came off as warm, funny, and right on the mark. It was his best debate performance. Santorum and Paul benefited from Romney and Gingrich’s constant bickering."

Who's the isolationist?

Watch from 2:00 - 7:00 where Ron Paul and Rick Santorum skirmish over foreign policy and tell me which one sounds like the isolationist to you.


The Age Issue and Ron Paul's perfect answer

At 9:35 the moderator says Ron Paul would be the oldest U.S. president and asks if he'd be willing to release his medical records so voters would know what his heath is. The audience actually lightly groans and boos the question, then laughs when Ron Paul says "Obviously because it's about one page if even that long," without blinking.

Then the audience roars their approval when Ron Paul challenges any of the other candidates on stage to a 25 mile bike ride in the Texas heat. But Paul wasn't finished. The audience roared even louder when Ron Paul jokingly quipped that there are laws against age discrimination so CNN had better be careful about pushing the question of his age too much. Who's idea was it to badger Paul about being too old at a debate in Florida of all states? Someone fire that guy.

Ron Paul pulled a total Ronald Reagan at the debate in Florida. Here's a flashback to Reagan's magically witty response when asked about his own age during a presidential debate:




Ron Paul on the space program

At 10:30 the moderator asks about the space program, and Ron Paul answers: "Well I don't think we should go to the moon. I think we maybe should send some politicians up there." Cue applause.


Ron Paul calls Newt Gingrich out on the budget

At 12:00 Ron Paul calls Newt out on being misleading when he says that he helped balance the budget in Congress. The audience applauded Paul, then booed and groaned at Newt's response.

I'm loving it. Then at 14:40 Ron Paul really lays the smack down on all of them for not seriously opposing the unrestrained and growing size, role, and influence of the federal government in Washington and it's insane budgets. Paul concludes his remarks here with: "How many of the other candidates are willing to cut anything? I'm willing to cut $1 trillion in the first year." *applause*



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You can read Carl Wicklander's take on the debate at The RevoluTimes.


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LOL: Ron Paul trolling Newt Gingrich

This one's for all the social conservatives out there in Republican land. Ron Paul trolling Newt Gingrich at last night's debate. The dialogue is actually accurate, but the frames were edited together in a silly way to be funny:

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Click here for some more serious commentary on the debate including a full video of all of Ron Paul's answers and exchanges.




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