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The Nation’s Most Courageous Republican [26 Jul 2012|12:03pm]

Exclusive: Larry Klayman praises House candidate who went toe-to-toe with Islamists

I have been a lawyer and public-interest advocate in Washington, D.C., for 35 years and can tell you that there is not one congressman or senator currently serving in Congress who has the patriotic guts of Joe Kaufman. Joe is running for the U.S. House seat of the ultra-leftist and sleazy Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in South Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.

When I first met Joe, in 2003 while I was running for the U.S. Senate in Florida, he volunteered to help my campaign. After it ended, Joe worked for me as an expert on lawsuits such as the one that challenged the building of a radical Islamic mosque in the Ft. Lauderdale area. From personal experience, I can attest to Joe’s courage.
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Free Sticker Day! [02 Nov 2010|09:23am]

Free Sticker Day!

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Earlier Candidate Analysis [02 May 2008|02:26pm]

[ mood | amused ]

I just remembered that I never got around to telling everyone that the candidate analyses I did awhile back were all satires. Here's the key:

Obama-Karl Marx
Mitt Romney-John Kerry
Huckabee-William Jennings Bryant
Ron Paul- an anti-Federalist

If you were fooled, I strongly recommend not voting.

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Happy Loyalty Day! [01 May 2008|08:23pm]

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Americans believe that every man, woman, and child has unalienable rights, dignity, and matchless value. Advancing these ideals was the honorable vision of our Founders and the mission that helped shape this great country. On Loyalty Day, we celebrate the legacy of freedom and the shared ideals that bind us together.

Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen demonstrate their love of country by stepping forward when America needs them most. By putting our country's security before their own, the men and women of the Armed Forces have strengthened our Nation and brought hope to millions around the world. All Americans are grateful to the members of the military and their families for their service, sacrifice, and dedication, and we are proud of their accomplishments.

Through their good works, our Nation's volunteers bear witness to their steadfast love for America, as exemplified in their commitment to service and good citizenship. Loyalty to this country brings with it a commitment to aid our family, friends, and fellow citizens all across this broad and welcoming land. These volunteers demonstrate their gratitude for the blessings of freedom by helping build a more hopeful future for our children and grandchildren. All Americans can put their loyalty into practice by learning more about the history of our country, flying the American flag, and contributing to our communities.

Two hundred and thirty-two years after the founding of our country, we remain committed to advancing freedom and renewing the values that sustain our liberty. Through the spirit and determination of our people, our Nation will prosper and our liberty will be secure.

The Congress, by Public Law 85-529, as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day." This Loyalty Day, and throughout the year, I ask all Americans to join me in reaffirming our allegiance to our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2008, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all people of the United States to join in support of this national observance and to display the flag of the United States on Loyalty Day as a symbol of pride in our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.

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New Member [29 Mar 2008|01:06am]

New member survey.

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Something fishy in the state of Washington [10 Feb 2008|09:43pm]

Has anyone else noticed that CNN.com's Republican vote count in Washington just stopped with 87% reporting?
Apparently, this isn't just some mistake by CNN; the Washington Republican Chairman STOPPED THE COUNTING and DECLARED MCCAIN THE WINNER! Huckabee and McCain are 242 votes apart, and the Huckabee campaign believes that there are still 1500 votes to be counted. Here's their statement:
Doesn't this all seem pretty fishy?
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Candidate Analysis: Barack Obama [02 Feb 2008|01:03pm]

Seductive philosophy
Has millions of young idealistic followers
Excites revolutionary enthusiasm
Champions the working man
Would have good relations with China, Russia, Venezuela, and Cuba
Speaks German
Believes that the need for government will eventually wither away

Miserable historian
Proposes a disastrous economic policy
Has a Cuban style health plan
Supports revolution everywhere
Supports the collectivization of private property
His message is often co-opted by others for their gain

[This portion removed under the Espionage Act]

Odds: 5:1
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Candidate Analysis: Hillary Clinton [02 Feb 2008|08:46am]

Experienced leader
Has good relations with many foreign rulers
Has millions of followers
Holds the media, business, and Hollywood in her pocket
Well known in religious circles

Has a dedicated opposition
Consistently on the wrong side
Lord of Lies

Hillary Clinton would certainly be a formidable opponent for any Republican, but are Democrats willing to make a deal with the devil for the presidency?

Chances: 1:616
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Candidate Analysis: John McCain [01 Feb 2008|05:44pm]

Legend of the West
Good bluffer
Very funny
Snazzy dresser
Good fast-talker
Good brawler
Great with the ladies

Doesn’t always know when to fold ‘em
Con man
Bad at magic
Slow draw
Degenerate gambler

He’s witty, charismatic, cunning, funny, and looks great in black. He’s also a degenerate that relies too much on luck to get through. Right now he’s relying on a Royal Flush draw in an all or nothing play, but we’re pretty sure that card lying face down is the Ace of Spades. Even if the trick hasn’t ever worked before.

Odds: Even money
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Candidate Analysis: Mitt Romney [01 Feb 2008|01:00pm]

Favors No Child Left Behind Act
Favors NAFTA
Wants to index minimum wage to inflation
Favors “College Opportunity Tax Credit”
Law & Order candidate
Anti-affirmative Action
Pro Iraq War
Has Three Purple Hearts

From Massachusetts
Belongs to a religious sect distrusted by many Americans
Expensive healthcare plan
Anti Iraq war
Anti-No Child Left Behind Act
Pro Affirmative Action
Pro abortion
Flip flopper
Favors Amnesty
Favors civil unions
Favors multilateralism
Opposes privatizing social security

Romney does have the hair and height for the job, but he comes off as an empty suit. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that the electorate is even less likely to support a limp wrist flip-flopper now than in 2004.

Odds: 3:1
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Candidate Analysis: Mike Huckabee [01 Feb 2008|09:12am]

Fundamentalist Christian
Defender of the Common Man
Boy Orator
Great Negotiator
Impressive Stamina
Pro-working man
Opposes what he sees as the courts overstepping their bounds
Favors improving the nation’s infrastructure
Would streamline government
Would help the common man defend their homesteads against predatory lending
Opposes Gambling
Supports the war with Spain
Will not be crucified on a cross of gold
Favors Peace with Justice

More suited to the lecture circuit than the oval office
Pro taxing the rich
Opposes government bonds
Would further devalue currency
Pro Temperance

He is easily the most charismatic man in the race. His devout Christianity and his down home Populism touch the hearts of Middle America. But can he bring his message home without the money of the Eastern Banking Interests?

Odds: 3-in-1
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Candidate Analysis: Ron Paul [31 Jan 2008|08:50pm]

Staunch defender of individual and state liberty
Opposes income taxes
Would massively curtail foreign expenditures
Would balance the budget and reduce our national debt
Would appoint Anti-Federalist judges
Distrusts the power of the judiciary
Opposes the unfair tax on distilled spirits
Strongly supports the right to bear arms as a necessity in defending a free state

Opposes foreign entanglements
Opposes the assumption of state debts
Opposes a standing army
Rejects the supremacy clause
Opposes the First National Bank

Analysis: Ron Paul has stirred the hearts of disenchanted patriots across the nation, and endorsements by Mason and Henry certainly help. But none of that can counter the fact that Paul’s candidacy comes 200 years too late.

Odds of winning: 1787:1
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thoughts on the Iowa Caucus [04 Jan 2008|11:02am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

The headlines this morning are all about Obama and Huckabee snatching victories in the Iowa caucuses. But this race is far from over and now the chess game really begins. Here are my thoughts on the chances of the remaining Democratic candidates.

Edwards and Clinton both need New Hampshire. If Edwards places a distant 2nd or 3rd, his campaign is basically over. If the votes are close and he wins or comes in a close 2nd, he can move on to South Carolina where it will come down to a fight between him and Obama. If Hillary loses in New Hampshire, her big selling point of electability/inevitabilty will be revealed for the house of cards it really is, leaving her incredibly vulnerable in Nevada (where Edwards' connections to labor unions keeps him relatively strong) and South Carolina (where the Dems are 50% black and will likely vote heavily for Obama or Edwards who is from SC).

Right now, Clinton leads in NH, but Obama is likely to bounce up a few points in the next few days and he could quite possibly take the top spot there, as well. Edwards is weak in NH, but he beat Clinton in Iowa and he could make it a very tight race among the top three. With Dodd and Biden withdrawing from the race, Richardson could gain some traction. The Iowa caucuses only give votes to viable candidates (those with 15% or better in each precinct) and the voters who support candidates with less than 15% have to pick a second choice among the top tier. This means that it is not only possible, but probable that Richardson's numbers are not nearly as low as they appear. He will pick up a few points against Obama and he'll get a lot of the Biden and Dodd crowd.

I'm guessing that Obama will scrape by with a win in New Hampshire, probably with 30% of the vote. Clinton will place second with 27%, Edwards will get about 20% and Richardson might hit 11-12%. If that happens, Obama wins South Carolina with 40% (possibly better), Hillary snags 30% or so, and Edwards and Richardson will get about 15% each, effectively knocking Edwards out of the race and giving Richardson a big boost in media coverage and support. As they head into Nevada, that bounce could really help Richardson who is an incredibly popular governor in the neighboring state of New Mexico. With Edwards out and Clinton looking weaker by the day, he could finish in a strong third place with 25% or more of the vote while Hillary gets into the high twenties and Obama finishes in the high thirties. And that would change everything on Super Tuesday. It's a longshot and it depends on the further implosion of the Clinton campaign and a steady weakening of the Edwards campaign, but this is how it could become a Richardson v. Obama race for the nomination. Stranger things have happened.

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Choose Your Candidate [18 Dec 2007|11:26am]

Choose Your Candidate
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Lott/Scruggs Update [28 Nov 2007|05:58pm]

The Good News: Senator Trent Lott is unlikely to be involved in Scruggs' legal trouble.
The Better News: Dickie is probably going to jail.
Dickie Scruggs was indicted in federal court today for trying to bribe Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey in an insurance case:
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a simple solution [28 Nov 2007|01:19pm]

[ mood | productive ]

I did my usual round of news blogs and websites this morning and noticed an awful lot of articles and posts about dangerous toys from China. Yes, I am aware that it's been on the news quite a bit lately. The existence (and persistance) of the stories is not my point. You see, this is yet another example of how people are stupid. Toys from China cost a lot less than toys made in America. Why? Because China has no minimum/fair wage laws. China has no workers' protection laws. China doesn't have safety laws regarding exportable goods. We all know this and yet we continue to buy junk from China because it's cheaper. And then we're all surpised and outraged when the poorly made toys fall apart or when the cheap components turn out to be hazardous. Well duh.

But I have a simple solution for the conundrum this situation seems to have created. Don't buy crap from China. Buy books this Holiday Season. They make excellent gifts for people of all ages, races, orientations, religions, and any other demographic I missed. You know why? Because there are millions of books in dozens of categories. There are books on cooking and books about famous people. Some books tell amazing fantasy stories in 8 volumes and some are 100 page novellas. They make books for children and some for adults. And books are amazing because they actually make you smarter. Studies have shown on numerous occasions that people who read for fun are more successful, better at communicating verbally and in writing, and have longer attention spans than those who don't read. The difference depends in small part on the content of your reading material - readers of US Weekly are only marginally ahead of non-readers, while those who zip through long novels tend to be even farther ahead.

Anyway, the point is simple. Don't buy junk that makes you dumber or puts your kids in danger. Buy books. They rock. And paperbacks are only $7-$10 which is a lot less than your average Dora the Explorer playset. So yeah, save money and don't poison your kids and help the American economy and make you and your family and your friends smarter. There's no downside!

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Why did Lott Resign? [27 Nov 2007|06:46pm]

Trent Lott resigned from the Senate a couple of days ago. But why?
Well, no one knows for sure, but the answer may lie in the FBI raiding Dicky Scruggs' Law Office today:
Scruggs is Lott's brother-in-law. More news as it develops.
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Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation [22 Nov 2007|10:13am]

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
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[16 Nov 2007|10:42am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

You know, I actually paid attention when I watched the debate last night which is more than I can say for the reporters who are paid to cover it. Every headline this morning mentions Hillary Clinton striking back or Obama and Edwards taking on the Clinton inevitability machine. That is utter bullshit. Every candidate on that stage had some good and some not so good moments during the debate. And it is incredibly important that we remember there are SEVEN people running for the Democratic nomination, not three. So while the mass media seems to have annointed Clinton as the new Queen of the Democrats, the rest of us are left with the cherry-picked morsels that the media corporations think will generate the most ad buys. Can you call shennanigans on an entire industry?

Anyway, like I said, I watched and I intend to re-watch the debate online before making any in-depth comments, but here's my general impression of the candidates.

1. Biden, and to a somewhat lesser extent Richardson, stole the show from the frontrunners when it came to foreign policy issues. It helps that they actually know their shit and aren't trying to sell what they think voters want to hear. Whichever one of these two knocks Edwards out of 3rd place in Iowa or New Hampshire will probably get the VP nod. If it's Biden, Richardson will probably jump into New Mexico's Senate race or get himself another Cabinet position (he was Energy Secretary under Bill Clinton).

2. Edwards smiles when he's being mean. It's disconcerting. He also qualified every attack on Hillary with a quick "this isn't personal" which really served to make the attacks seem more personal. He should have stuck to the bare facts about her record because they speak for themselves. And every response he made that wasn't directed at Hillary went right back to his Two Americas class warfare theme. Which isn't to say he's wrong on the economic impact of a lot of these issues on the Middle Class, but it does get old after a while.

3. Kucinich got shafted during a couple questions. Blitzer (the moderator) skipped him, ignored him, and cut him off more than any other candidate on the stage. I don't support Kucinich, but he has a lot of good things to say on important topics like immigration. His best line of the night was "There are no illegal immigrants because there are no illegal people. Let's get this right. They are undocumented." Brilliant! Too many politicians (and everyone else, too) forget that the illegal immigrants are people. Kucinich gets the humanity of the situation without ignoring the problems it presents.

4. Obama was tough and very direct without being mean when he disagreed with the other candidates. He did a good job of setting himself up as the best possible non-Clinton Democrat which is ok, but if he wants to win he needs to explain why he's the best Democrat, period. I like that he's smart and compassionate and willing to work with anyone on a good solution to any problem. He needs to accept his flaws, though, and own them so that the others can't attack him for being imperfect.

5. Chris Dodd was very much himself - impassioned, clear, and completely unelectable because he's too awesome to be President. He'll be the Senator from Connecticut until the day he dies and the country will be better for it. Here's a guy who's actually a little older than the Boomers on the stage, but with an open mind and a liberal heart. He's Gravel without the anger and sarcasm. I do miss Gravel, though. He always added a good punch to the debates.

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Candidate dissection - Bill Richardson [15 Nov 2007|03:47pm]

[ mood | content ]

In honor of yet another Presidential debate that nobody will watch, I thought I'd put out a suggestion for the community. We could each explain why we're supporting a particular candidate and then mock each other incessantly for having poor judgment. I'll go first!

I'm supporting Bill Richardson for the Democratic nomination. He strikes me as a non-insider in the DC circus, yet he has a very impressive political resume. A lot of people are talking about the merits of experience and the impetus for change, and I think Richardson would provide a healthy balance of both at a time when America could use a capable leader who will make tough decisions.

Richardson is currently a very popular Democratic governor in the traditionally Republican state of New Mexico. He can use this credibility to help unify the fractured electorate and his record as governor shows he can work with members from both major parties to find practical solutions to big problems.

He recently received his fifth nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards negotiating a cease-fire in Darfur and for working with North Korea to reclaim the remains of American soldiers who died in the Korean War. His Diplomatic efforts in the last few decades have included talks with Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro. Richardson is not afraid to meet with world leaders face-to-face to discuss problems and push for positive results. He is also well-respected abroad for his willingness to engage our enemies in constructive discussions.

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