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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. fielded a potpourri of questions from President Barack Obama’s former top political aide, David Axelrod, on Tuesday.
Here’s his 4 most illuminating answers to questions at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics:
1. On whether he’d eliminate the Department of Education as president:
“I don’t think you’d notice if the whole department were gone tomorrow.” Continue Reading →Leave a comment
I hate to jump the gun here, but I think Rand Paul just destroyed the neocons in a guest post at National Review. He took their Wilsonian noses and rubbed them up against quotes from their own hero, William F. Buckley, founder of National Review. UPDATE: NRO has added a poll.
You’ll want to read the whole thing but here are some choice parts:
The knives are out for conservatives who dare question unlimited involvement in foreign wars.
Foreign policy, the interventionist critics claim, has no place for nuance or realism. You are either for us or against us. No middle ground is acceptable. The Wilsonian ideologues must have democracy worldwide now and damn all obstacles to that utopia. I say sharpen your knives, because the battle once begun will not end easily.
Conservatives who want to read libertarian conservatives out of the movement should reread some old copies of National Review first…
In an interview with George Will on This Week in October 2005, Buckley was asked the following question: “Today we have a different kind of foreign policy. It’s called Wilsonian. And the premise of the Bush doctrine is that America must spread democracy because our national security depends on it. And America can spread democracy. It knows how. It can engage in nation building. This is conservative or not?”
Buckley responded: “It’s not at all conservative. It’s anything but conservative. It’s not conservative at all, inasmuch as conservatism doesn’t invite unnecessary challenges. It insists on coming to terms with the world as it is, and the notion that merely by affirming these high ideals we can affect highly entrenched systems.”
In his 2005 interview of Buckley, George Will put in his two cents about some conservatives’ belief that the Middle East could be remade in America’s image. “Conservatism seems to be saying government can’t run Amtrak, but it can run the Middle East,” he argued…
So is Buckley a member of the Hate America First Club? Pardon me, while I dab some Grey Poupon on my ears whilst listening to the ol’ Firing Line theme song by Johann Sebastian Bach:
Just days after Michael Egan, now 31, filed a civil lawsuit against famed “X-Men” director Bryan Singer with allegations of drugging and sexual abuse when he was a teenager, the former child actor has filed three more suits – highly graphic and detailed – against major Hollywood power players Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman.
Egan’s attorney, Jeff Herman, told reporters during a press conference Monday that like Singer, the three additional men allegedly abused Egan at the home of convicted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector, as well as in Hawaii where the suits were filed. According to the documents, all three entertainment industry honchos forcibly intoxicated Egan with drugs and alcohol and pressured him into sex and sodomy between the ages of 15 and 17. Herman insisted that there is a “sex ring” at play in Hollywood, where minors are promised roles but in turn are exploited…1 Comment
The Sheriff’s in town. Brad Rogers, Sheriff of Elkhart County, Indiana traveled to Bunkerville, Nevada to stand with others at the Bundy ranch. He is just one of the thousands of oath keepers and elected officials from around the country who have shown their support for rancher Cliven Bundy and family. According to Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers, Sheriff Rogers was the first Sheriff to spend nights on the property and he won’t be the last. Sheriff Denny Peyman of Kentucky and Sheriff Jeff Christopher of Delaware are heading out to Nevada as well. Continue Reading →Leave a comment
Hear the full radio segment here:
Edward Snowden revealed in testimony today that the GCHQ (likely in collaboration with the NSA) specifically targeted religious conservatives in Germany–obtaining sexual imagery on a mass scale from webcams without warrants.
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US whistleblower Edward Snowden will testify at a parliamentary hearing on ‘mass surveillance’ at the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg on Tuesday April 8 at 2pm CET.
Two minute timeline of Edward Snowden’s revelations:
Being an independent insurance agent who has been selling Obamacare through Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield since I began working for a new agency in February, I’d thought it would be of some value to share my own thoughts and statistics regarding my recent experience with selling ACA insurance.
Of the 30 individuals I sold qualified health plan coverage to, only 2 were under the age of 40 (or about 7%). The average age of the people I signed up was 51 while the average premium per person was only $61.79. I signed up a big fat zero people off of the exchange onto a qualified health plan because their premiums would have surpassed the heavens. As can be plainly deduced from these numbers, young people are still shying away from health insurance whether it is subsidized or not and those purchasing it are at least being substantially subsidized, if not completely in some cases.
As an aside, the age composition of insureds is greatly hindered by the ACA’s own rules about who gets subsidy – those under 258% of the poverty level can’t even get health coverage with a qualified health plan for people under the age 20! Instead, they’re pushed onto state-subsidized plans and state medicaid programs.
The commission I will be receiving as a result of my sales is $19 per month per person, the standard commission for ACA plans throughout the nation. However, I won’t be seeing a penny of it from Anthem until 45 days following the effective date of the policy, whereas our alternative health insurance carrier (a non-ACA company) pays 15% commission and within a month of the sale – a big difference in incentives for agents to push one company over another.
Adverse selection is definitely present and I’m sure it will be back again with a vengeance come November…Leave a comment
Philip Klein from the Washington Examiner can’t abide the idea that a movie based on a comic book would dare to question the edicts of the ruling class. You know you’re a neocon if…
Didn’t realize Glenn Greenwald & Alex Jones co-wrote movies until I saw “Captain America 2.”
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) April 5, 2014
A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.
CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va.
We can confirm that there was an individual fatally injured at a facility where agency work is done…He was rushed to a local area hospital where he subsequently died. Due to privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are not releasing additional information at this time.
FLASHBACK: Ron Paul calls out the CIA circa 1988
Ron Paul standing by the ‘accusation’ that he would abolish the CIA during a FOX debate circa 2007. FIREWORKS:
What do you say?