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As a select few of you are aware, my anti-Chapman blog got hit with a rather unusual anonymous comment yesterday. I’m not going to repeat it because I have no way of substantiating some of what was in it, but it was posted by someone who claimed to know Gene’s ex-wife, and it made some very specific accusations about Gene’s background which, if true, would not only destroy his political aspirations, but would render him a pariah forever.

Those comments were posted on other blogs as well. I deleted them from my blog (with explanation), simply because they cannot be substantiated and were highly inflammatory to the point that, if untrue, they could be actionable. At the same time, it was a hard decision because there was one item in there that someone probably wouldn’t know unless they actually knew Gene. That information is not available on the internet except in a lone audioblog from years ago, and even there it didn’t go into detail.

In my explanation regarding why I deleted the post, I suggested the anonymous poster put that information on Gene’s blog, if in fact the accusations were true and could be substantiated. I don’t know if they did that, but it’s possible.

Did Gene suddenly drop out of the presidential race due to these accusations? It’s an awfully big coincidence that he was just talking about how he was to participate in an LP conference call for presidential candidates today, and yesterday he dropped out of the race and deleted all of his blogs, with no warning whatsoever.

It’s possible those two things are related and, if so, I just feel bad that Gene didn’t listen to me back when he first started his campaign, even before I started my blog, when I warned him in no uncertain terms that anything he had ever done will come back to bite him in a presidential campaign. I don’t know if this is some of the stuff that he thought would never come to light, but I do find his sudden disapparance – in less than 24 hours after those comments were posted in multiple blogs – to be a very, very strange coincidence.

Also posted at Gene Chapman For President of the United States of America, Incorporated?

I also posted a final farewell to Gene …… the perfect campaign song for him, in video form.

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From Gene’s old website at http://www.genechapman.blogspot.com:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Posted 3/29/2007 08:34:00 PM by Gene
Greetings,

I’ve carried the ball as far down field as I can. With 4 jobs and school starting in June, along with not having a truck to carry me to presidential debates, I see no way to continue the campaign.

I’ve withdrawn from the race and have my sights on the Class Action Materials and operating under the redar toward the Tribulation Period. I’ve deleted all the websites relating to the campaign.

If there were a following for our ideas, it would have already show itself in the form of a donation.

God Bless you,

Gene Chapman
genechapman@hotmail.com

So apparently he didn’t get even one donation.

Gene’s campaign website is indeed gone, and has been replaced by a filler page advertising “Plaintfield Role Slave” (whatever the heck that is). In fact, as he said, all the campaign pages are gone.

That includes a blog maintained solely by his 15-year-old “Intelligent Design Advisor”, which had absolutely nothing to do with Gene’s campaign. It was basically a religious blog. I didn’t agree with anything that kid said, and truthfully read it for laughs, but at the same time that kid put a LOT of work into that blog. It was a lot better blog than Gene’s would ever have been.

Gene shouldn’t have deleted the kid’s blog. That wasn’t right. Gene didn’t write that blog, he didn’t maintain that blog, and precious little on that blog had anything to do with Gene.

Yet to be seen is if he will try to make a comeback into the presidential race, or if he will instead bill himself forever as “Former US Presidential Candidate Gene Chapman”.

Also posted at Gene Chapman For President of the United States of America, Incorporated?

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Thought I’d move this up here from the comment section. Spur of the moment type of thing.

Lew Rockwell Blog comments:

 

“Manufacturing more Bush supporters,” writes Tom DiLorenzo. “What will the neocons think of next?”

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While meandering around google just a few minutes ago, I found what appears to be a brand-new blog for the 2008 presidential election. It’s surprisingly well thought out, and seems to be trying to maintain a neutral viewpoint. There’s not even a hint of what party affiliation or political persuasion this blogger may have, which is what peaked my interest.

Here’s their blog description:

The purpose of this blog is to provide voters with a comprehensive list of candidates and their positions, and also to provide voters and candidates alike with a forum in which to share their views. Commentary is not only welcome, but highly encouraged.

Unlike some other presidential election blogs, this one is extremely comprehensive so far, with a listing of (and links for) about 75 presidential candidates of every imaginable description. They even listed the candidate for the “Vampires, Witches and Pagans Party”, LOL.

They’ve definitely put some work into it, and given it a lot of thought. The candidate and party links list alone is impressive compared to most blogs of that nature.

Apparently they’re looking for input to make sure they’ve included all the candidates and parties which should be listed, and are also looking for input so they can compile biographical info on all the candidates. They are also looking for additional links to add. So far their link categories seem to be candidates (separated by party), political parties, discussion resources, and general resources.

If anybody’s interested in checking it out or saying howdy, the blog address is www.08presidentialelection.blogspot.com

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From
Classically Liberal

…sit down with the kids. Warn them. Tell that there will be people who pretend to be their friends. They hang out outsides the schools, at the malls, anywhere where kids hang out. They lurk around the internet. They will even call at home if they know the parents aren’t around. Not only will they pretend to be a friend but they will promise rewards, opportunity, even cash if the kids just do what they want. And they really, really don’t want the parents to know about this. Remember if you don’t tell you kids about these people they will get your children.

And if you think the comparison between recruiters and molesters is strained then watch the following CNN report. Over 80 recruiters, in 2005, were caught for sexual misconduct with the young people they are trying to recruit. Over 100 victims have come forward. These people are given, without the knowledge of parents, full access to kids anytime they want at any school in the US under Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” legislation. They are given private information on all children including unlisted phone numbers and you are not able to block their calls, they can bypass blocks on any phone. Since 1996 almost 800 military recruiters have faced these charges.

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Illegal Immigration Quiz
by Joseph Knight


The Libertarian Enterprise

(1) Who will remove you from your home, job, family, and community to lock you in a cage like an animal for no reason other than what you smoke in your pipe or grow in your garden?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(2) Who demands that you surrender a portion of each paycheck to be used for purposes that they decide on rather than you?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(3) Who demands that you render tribute annually or be evicted from your property?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(4) Who demands that you take no medicine or medical treatment without their permission?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(5) Who tells you whom you may or may not hire?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(6) Who demands that you turn your children over to them daily for indoctrination?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(7) Who tells you with whom and under what conditions you may have sex?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(8) Who claims the right to enslave you or your children to fight their wars?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(9) Who can seize your property for any purpose they desire?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(10) Who tells you what you may or may not read, look at, and listen to?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(11) Who can kick in your door and go through your stuff with impunity?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(12) Who is most likely to disarm you?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(13) Which group claims to work for you, gets exorbitant salaries, but can’t be fired unless you act in concert with large numbers of like-minded individuals?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(14) Who created and perpetuates the welfare state?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

(15) Which of these terms is the antithesis of “freedom”?

A. Government
B. Illegal immigrants

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From Wally Conger by way of LeftLibertarian.org

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The Alex Jones Infowars website
reports (links added by me):

The city council in Brooksville, Florida voted this week to advance a proposal granting city officials the authority to place liens and foreclose on the homes of motorists accused of failing to pay a single $5 parking ticket. Non-homeowners face having their vehicles seized if accused of not paying three parking offenses.

According to the proposed ordinance, a vehicle owner must pay a parking fine within 72 hours if a meter maid claims his automobile was improperly parked, incurring tickets worth between $5 and $250. Failure to pay this amount results in the assessment of a fifty-percent “late fee.” After seven days, the city will place a lien on the car owner’s home for the amount of the ticket plus late fees, attorney fees and an extra $15 fine. The fees quickly turn a $5 ticket into a debt worth several hundred dollars, growing at a one-percent per month interest rate. The ordinance does not require the city to provide notice to the homeowner at any point so that after ninety days elapse, the city will foreclose. If the motorist does not own a home, it will seize his vehicle after the failure to pay three parking tickets.

Any motorist who believes a parking ticket may have been improperly issued must first pay a $250 “appeal fee” within seven days to have the case heard by a contract employee of the city. This employee will determine whether the city should keep the appeal fee, plus the cost of the ticket and late fees, or find the motorist not guilty. Council members postponed a decision on whether to reduce this appeal fee until final adoption of the measure which is expected in the first week of April.

Ordinance No. 743 (Brooksville, Florida City Council, 3/19/2007)

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Music Roundup

“I Can Tell U Wanna Fuck” (504 BOYZ)
Video featuring Britney Spears

Afroman – Because I Got High (Uncensored)

afro man- crazy rap/colt 45

Blake Shelton – Some Beach

Blake Shelton – Ol’ Red

Bloods and Crips – Steady Dippin’

Bloods and Crips – G’Z And Locs

Bloods & Crips – Bangin’ on Wax

Dead Prez – What U Bangin 4 ?

Social Distortion-Ring Of Fire

Social Distortion-Story of My Life

Motorhead – Killed By Death

Otep – Warhead

Eminem – Mosh

Metallica- One

Ace Of Spades – Hayseed Dixie

Motörhead – Whorehouse Blues

Motörhead – Jailbait; America

Body Count – Cop Killer Live

Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized

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Text by Steve Kubby http://kubby2008.com/node/36; embedded links by me, “the paulienator”

[Note: This blog entry was submitted to several California newspapers for publication last week. While it addresses a "state issue," I believe that the sentiments expressed herein are also applicable to the presidential campaign]

Since his election to office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has carefully cultivated his image as a “moderate,” plopping himself down in the muddled middle of every issue — often to the detriment of the very Californians he’s sworn to serve. In no case is that more true than with respect to issues of family and marriage.

In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill which would have recognized same-sex marriages in California, citing an inapplicable referendum result (Proposition 22, which applied to marriages solemnized outside California and which is void due to its conflict with the US Constitution’s “Full Faith and Credit” clause). He matched that veto with a pledge to uphold the state’s current “domestic partnerships” scheme. Now he’s making the same promise again versus AB 43.

This is the “middle” that Governor Schwarzenegger stands astride: Not slavery, just segregation. Not extermination, just “second class citizenship.”

There are two sides to marriage, and neither of them are the government’s business.
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By way of Classically Liberal

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The video pretty much speaks for itself. It goes without saying that this jerk should never have been given authority over other people. What’s really sad is that, if not for the surveillance camera in the bar, chances are the cops would never have believed it happened.

(Sorry, I tried to embed it, but the wordpress program keeps changing the code for some strange reason – anybody know how to fix this?)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jvi4L21-kHo

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Several LNC members, including Chuck Moulton,
who gave me a ride down to Orlando, are involved with starting Rock The Debates:
http://rockthedebates.org/about

You can play a key role in this unprecedented, historical endeavor.

The idea is to get the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates to commit to debate third party candidates.

How? We’ll ask them to debate, get the clip on video, and place it on You-Tube. Folks in places like New Hampshire can play a key, historic, pivotal role in making this happen.


o When the candidate comes to town, hook up with another as a tag team. One person asks the question, the other videotapes.
o Here’s the question:

Mr. / Ms. Candy Date, at this point in America’s history with such vital issues that we face, do you agree to debate any presidential candidate who is on the ballot in enough states to have a mathematical chance, and if not, how do you reconcile this position with the principles of freedom and opportunity upon which America is based?

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While the world watches and waits, and demands to know what killed Anna Nicole Smith (and where her son Daniel got the Methadone which killed him just five months prior – duh), a far more disturbing prescription drug-related death has occurred.

Four-year-old Rebecca Riley died of an overdose of Clonidine, a drug prescribed for bipolar disorder. This would normally be a tragic morality tale about the importance of keeping prescription drugs away from children, except for one undisputed fact.

A doctor had prescribed that drug, along with others, for the little girl starting when she was only two years old; and the little girl was intentionally given the overdose over a period of months in order to control her, prosecutors say.

Apparently what used to be known as the “terrible twos” is now being diagnosed as ADHD and bipolar disorder.

After Rebecca’s death, police found only seven Clonidine tablets in the family’s medicine tray; the pharmacist said there should have been 75.

All together, prosecutors say, Carolyn Riley got 200 more pills in one year than she should have.

The Rileys’ lawyers call them unsophisticated people who did not question their children’s doctors.

Both were unemployed; they collected welfare and disabilty benefits and lived in subsidized housing. Michael Riley, who is also awaiting trial on charges of molesting a stepdaughter in 2005, claimed to suffer from bipolar disorder and a rage disorder; his wife told police she suffered from depression and anxiety.

“They are not the sort of people who go on the Internet and look on WebMD. These are the sort of people who, when they go to a doctor, the doctor is God and they do what the doctor says,” said John Darrell, Michael’s lawyer.

Carolyn’s lawyer, Michael Bourbeau, said that because the Rileys’ three children were all taking Clonidine, Rebecca’s prescription may have come up short at times when her siblings were given some of her pills. And some of the pills may have been lost when they were split in half, he said. (more…)

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The American Freedom Agenda
has come forward with a
Freedom Pledge
which has been endorsed by some Libertarian candidates, including Steve Kubby and George Phillies (in the comment section at LP blog). We hope all the other candidates sign it too.

LP Presidential nomination Candidates, supporters and staff, please let us know any other candidates you know who have signed it!

Freedom Pledge after the jump:

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In this week’s “radio address,” Steve Kubby discusses the war on Iraq:

Over the last four years, a majority of Americans have come to agree with what libertarians have been saying all along:

That this war was a mistake and that it is a continuing atrocity.

That this war makes us less, not more, secure from military or terrorist attack.

That this war positions our nation as an international enemy of peace and freedom.

And that this war carries far too high a price in American blood and treasure for whatever goals its supporters may claim they want to achieve.

Unfortunately, our so-called leaders in Washington either disagree, or just don’t care. Republican and Democrat alike continue to resist the American majority’s call for withdrawal from Iraq.

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This past weekend I went to the LNC meeting, State Chairs Conference and Florida LP Convention in Orlando and handed out some Kubby brochures, and then went to an Alabama Ballot Access Case hearing at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. More details in a later post.

Several candidates for the LP Presidential nomination were in Orlando: George Phillies, Mike Jingozian, Wayne Allyn “WAR” Root, Daniel Imperato, and Alden Link were in a debate.

Kubby campaign manager Tom Knapp explains why Kubby had better things to do this past weekend:

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Renowned magician Harry Houdini is rising from the grave, 81 years after his untimely death at age 52.

He’s not doing so voluntarily, though, despite his promise to contact his loved ones from The Great Beyoooooond.

It seems that members of his family now believe he died, not as the result of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix as previously believed, but rather as the result of murder most foul carried out by Spiritualists who were angry that he had exposed their fraud.

A book about Houdini’s life published last year, which included a somewhat threatening letter written by Spiritualist proponent and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, suggests that the magician was possibly poisoned with arsenic. No autopsy was ever performed but, if true, it is possible that arsenic may be detectable even now.

Read more here.

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Text by Steve Kubby http://kubby2008.com/node/36; embedded links by me, “the paulienator”

[Note: This blog entry was submitted to several California newspapers for publication last week. While it addresses a "state issue," I believe that the sentiments expressed herein are also applicable to the presidential campaign]

Since his election to office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has carefully cultivated his image as a “moderate,” plopping himself down in the muddled middle of every issue — often to the detriment of the very Californians he’s sworn to serve. In no case is that more true than with respect to issues of family and marriage.

In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill which would have recognized same-sex marriages in California, citing an inapplicable referendum result (Proposition 22, which applied to marriages solemnized outside California and which is void due to its conflict with the US Constitution’s “Full Faith and Credit” clause). He matched that veto with a pledge to uphold the state’s current “domestic partnerships” scheme. Now he’s making the same promise again versus AB 43.

This is the “middle” that Governor Schwarzenegger stands astride: Not slavery, just segregation. Not extermination, just “second class citizenship.”

There are two sides to marriage, and neither of them are the government’s business.
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The
LP annual report
we wrote about earlier is now available online.

Via LP Blog

AdventuresCover.jpgCaptain America may be dead for “defying a superhero registration law,” but the Libertarian Party now has a suitable replacement.

For the last few days, the buzz around the national office has been about the responses to the 2006 Libertarian National Committee Annual Report, 2006 Adventures in Liberty. Most of our members have now received the report. As the mail has been a bit inconsistent lately, some of you might be receiving your copy sometime over the next few days.

We’ve now placed our annual report online for those of you who aren’t yet LP members.

The report covers our many accomplishments of 2006 and outlines our goals for 2007. Enjoy!

Posted by Stephen Gordon

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Oldie But Goodie

By Dick Clark, a write-up of a gubernatorial campaign we worked on together in 2002. I’m hoping some of our campaigns and candidates can use this to their advantage. The text is Dick’s from 2002, the embedded links are mine from right now. -paul

this graphic, by a supporter of the Kubby campaign, was not attached to the original article, I’m just throwing it in here because I like it. -paul

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….I opened that email from Scott Kjar. The email declared Scott was the campaign manager for an Auburn economist named John Sophocleus who would be running for governor. Furthermore, his campaign desperately needed the services of that class of laborers lovingly known as “interns”. My problems had been solved. I replied to Scott’s email, volunteering my services for the spring semester. Upon my return to Auburn after winter break, I made the necessary arrangements to receive credit for my internship.

While I had worked a few outreach events in my leadership role with the AU Libertarians, I really had no idea what to expect when I went to work for John Sophocleus. I soon discovered that I would be doing many of the outreach events that I had done before. In addition to those activities, I would be responsible for doing certain research, and coordinating various campaign outings all over the state.

On Tuesday, 22 January, and Wednesday, 23 January, Paul (campaign research director) and I talked to three hundred eighty-seven Auburn students and faculty. This particular event was sponsored by the campus club, and was intended to show each person his or her place on the political spectrum. The hope was that those that scored in the libertarian area (eighty-five people over the two day span) would be interested enough to participate in future libertarian events. That week, twenty students attended an “Introduction to Libertarianism” speech given by Dr. Roderick Long of the philosophy department.

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New Kubby Brochure

I like. You like?

brochurecoversmall.png

Open the .pdf to get a better view. If you like, please download and distribute; if you don’t like, please make suggestions for improvements in the comments!

brochure0307-1.pdf

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I’ll just post this one “as is” and note only, with great relief, that Tom is once again acting de facto campaign manager, aka HMFIC, which totally gets me off the hook. Whew!

by Tom Knapp

via Kn@ppster

The good news: Steve Kubby’s presidential campaign is “in the black.” It has money in the bank.

The bad news: Almost all of that money was raised for, and donated by people expecting it to be used for, a specific purpose — producing the campaign’s first television commercial — and we’re not touching it for any other purpose.

The worse news: The Oregon Libertarian Party’s state convention at Sunriver Resort (near Bend) is this weekend.

That last bit may not sound like bad news, and in the normal course of things it wouldn’t be. But here’s how it is:

Steve Kubby’s car is an older vehicle that we’d really rather not see him driving over mountain passes in March. As a matter of fact, we’d really rather not see him driving over mountain passes at all in March.

Right now, that looks like it’s the only way he’s going to get to Oregon … and he is going to get to Oregon if I have to throw him over my shoulders and carry him. That’s something you don’t want to see.

We’d prefer to rent a more suitable vehicle — or, better yet, put him on a plane.

I’m going to explain why you should help us do that in a minute, but first I’m going to issue my little “matching challenge.”

I just contributed $10 to the Kubby campaign. That may not sound like much to you. If it doesn’t, good — go ahead and get out your credit card, because I’m asking you to kick in a picture of Al Hamilton, too.

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I’m posting this on behalf of Doug Craig at his request.

Stuart – can we get Doug added as a blogger here so he can post for himself? ENM has also asked for a password to the new site. Just let me know if it’s OK to add them if you’re too busy.

This was originally posted at Crazy For Liberty

We are running a candidate for the US House district 10, but why?

Georgia Libertarians has been put into a historical event. Due to the untimely death of Charlie Norwood Georgia will be having a special election to replace him.Here in Georgia we have found a candidate actually a great candidate, Dr. Jim Sendelbach. Because of Georgia ballot access laws we have not been able to run for a US House seat prior to this.This being a special election all rules are out the window.It is non-partisan but the candidate will have his party label next to his name.

The question I have is why should we run in this race.The cost for the filling fee is $4800.00 non-refundable ( in Georgia you get back 75% after the election, normally).We will not win this race ( o.k. money could fly out of my backside).So why should we run.

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Over at the LP Blog the last ten posts, and counting, are about the party’s participation in the Conservative Political Action Conference. Granted, the coverage is pretty darn good, and we are at least doing some outreach somewhere, in contrast to much of what has taken place the last few years. But when is the last time we did anything like this at a liberal conference? When will there be one, and does the LP have any plans of attending?

My exchange with Steve Gordon (LP national communication director) in the comments at:

http://www.lp.org/yourturn/archives/000562.shtml

p) Steve and Joe,

Great coverage!

Keep up the good work.

I sincerely hope the LP also does this same type of outreach and coverage at some similar upcoming event for liberals, to provide much-needed balance in our outreach.

Do you know of any such upcoming events, and do you have plans to attend and cover them?

Posted by: paul at March 4, 2007 04:16 PM

Paul,

Suggest an event where 1) we’d even be allowed in the door, 2) where we’d have some reasonable outreach opportunities, 3) that it would be logistically reasonable (it is easier and cheaper for a DC-based organization to attend an event in DC than one in San Francisco) and we’d very clearly consider it.
Posted by: Stephen Gordon at March 4, 2007 04:28 PM

Steve,

That is certainly a reasonable answer.

Unfortunately, I don’t know about where and when the big liberal conferences in the DC area take place, just as I would not have known about CPAC but for the LP’s participation, but I’ll research it. I’m going to put this out on a variety of yahoo groups and see if anyone knows.

-paul
http://kubby2008.com
Posted by: paul at March 4, 2007 04:42 PM

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In this week’s “radio address,” Steve Kubby discusses family and marriage
issues. Excerpt:

It’s the fashion these days for politicians to describe
themselves as “pro-family.” I can do that. As a matter of fact, I’d
describe myself as the most “pro-family” candidate for President in
2008.

How “pro-family” am I?

I’m so “pro-family” that I don’t believe we should amend our
Constitution to exclude some Americans from participation in loving
families, or relegate those families to second-class status as “civil
unions,” or try to explain away Article IV, Section One of the
Constitution so that state governments can deny those families the
legal recognition they deserve.

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Home of the Free

Followup to a
story we covered earlier
.

Children locked up -- at a profit

By AMY GOODMAN
GUEST COLUMNIST

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/305511_amy01.html

"I want to be free. I want to go outside, and I want to go to school," pleaded a 9-year-old boy, on the phone from prison. This prison wasn't in some far-off country, some dictatorship where one would expect children to be locked up. He is imprisoned in the United States.

The boy, Kevin, is imprisoned in Taylor, Texas, at the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility. His parents are also locked up there. The tale of how this family became imprisoned is just one example of how broken our immigration policies are in this country. It is a tale of children left
behind, of family values locked up, of your tax dollars at work.
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