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      by Published on 04-17-2014 06:17 AM

      The Welch reign of error in the hosting chair ends on tonight's The Independents (9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, on Fox Business Network, with repeats three hours later). But that's not why you want to watch this program. You want to watch this program because it's Red Meat Wednesday, and that means hulking slabs of libertariany goodness, quivering and bleeding right there on the plate.

      Like...Ron Paul! The gentleman obstetrician from Texas gives us his take on the Bundy conflict in Nevada, talks about his threat to defy the Internal Revenue Service's orders that his 501(c)4 Campaign For Liberty disclose the names of all its donors, and defends publishing at the Ron Paul Institute website a Paul Craig Roberts essay with this sentence:

      The conclusion is increasingly difficult to avoid that elements of the US government blew up three New York skyscrapers in order to destroy Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah and to launch the US on the neoconservatives agenda of US world hegemony.

      by Published on 04-16-2014 07:35 PM

      GOP Hawks Gear Up for War on Rand Paul

      W. James Antle III
      April 17, 2014

      The long knives are out for Rand Paul. The period in which the most hawkish Republicans eyed the junior senator from Kentucky warily is over.

      As one GOP bundler told Time, “we’ll be ready to take Paul down.” The money men may not have started yet, but their print-and-pixels auxiliary has already mobilized against him.

      The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin warns of an interview that will “haunt” Paul, whom she decried as “far, far out of the mainstream.” Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal decried the senator’s “bark-at-the-moon lunacy about Halliburton” and suggested his nomination would deliver Republicans “another humbling landslide defeat.”

      Paul’s critics definitely smell blood in the water with his 2009 comments about Dick Cheney and Halliburton. They’ve already been used not just to link him to his father, but to 9/11 truthers.

      There has also been a concerted effort to isolate and marginalize Paul within the party on Iran.

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      by Published on 04-15-2014 12:37 PM

      U.S. House candidate Rosendale releases anti-surveillance ad

      HELENA – Republican U.S. House candidate Matt Rosendale’s campaign launched an ad on statewide television Monday that depicts him shooting a drone as a protest against the government spying on citizens.

      Rosendale, a state senator from Glendive, is one of five Republican House candidates in the race.

      The ad, called “Rifle Shot,” shows what Rosendale says is an image of what he would look like from a government drone. He is on a farm or a ranch, standing next to a four-wheeler, in the snow as the unseen drone hovers over the Earth.

      He grabs his rifle and aims it at the drone, shattering part of it, as the words “signal lost” appear on the screen.
      by Published on 04-14-2014 12:08 PM

      A mother-of-five woke up to find her home had almost tripled in value overnight - after artist Banksy apparently sprayed a £500,000 mural on her wall.

      Karen Smith, 48, heard voices outside in the early hours but thought nothing of it until she spotted men loading huge screens into a van in the morning.

      She watched them drive off before finding a painting on the side of her £300,000 three-bed semi-detached house in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

      The three 1950s-style spies in the picture are carrying listening devices and crowded around a real telephone box outside her home.

      Experts say it is a genuine Banksy and is thought to be a nod to the town’s role as the home for Government spy centre GCHQ.
      by Published on 04-14-2014 11:54 AM

      MANCHESTER, N.H. — There’s an obnoxious game that politicians play around the halfway point between presidential elections. They dangle the possibility of making their own White House run with a wink and a nudge — not to mention a steady diet of airplane pretzels — as they zip between early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Then they brush aside political reporters who ask them if they’re considering a presidential bid, quizzing them as to why they’re always so obsessed with politics.

      “What I’m doing is very simply thanking and encouraging grassroots activists,” Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said innocently in Manchester Saturday when asked if he was testing the presidential waters during a weekend swing through New Hampshire. While there, he met with state party officials and spoke at a conference of conservative activists.

      Cruz may very well choose not run for president in 2016, but let’s get real. The guy’s not test-driving New Hampshire for a joy ride. Those Live Free or Die tires are feeling the swift kick of a pair of black Texas-made ostrich-skin boots.

      Not to pick on Cruz. His finely tuned answer is the descendent of a long line of genially vague quotes from aspiring presidents who’ve said the same sort of thing over the years. But Cruz's answer contrasts sharply with the way Rand Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky and son of failed three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, is approaching his own possible run. “I’m seriously considering it,” Paul regularly tells anyone who asks. Aides who work for him are equally up front about his goal in private. His travel schedule, which regularly includes stops in Des Moines and Manchester, suggest that he’s working toward a White House run.

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      by Published on 04-13-2014 08:12 PM

      "Saturday Night Live" depicted him as a DJ at Coachella and the Kentucky senator decided to embrace the joke

      SUNDAY, APR 13, 2014

      Clearly amused by a recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he is portrayed as a wannabe DJ at Coachella, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul flashed some more of the social media cleverness that’s helped make him one of the most talked-about politicians in the country on Sunday, starting a #DJRandPaul hashtag and sharing some of the songs he’d include if he were really manning the soundboards at a party.

      First man who previously won praises for his use of Twitter by celebrating the “Seinfeld” faux-holiday of Festivus asked his followers to tweet him some recommendations using the #DJRandPaul hashtag:

      Having launched the hashtag, Paul then began to share his playlist, which leaned pretty heavily on music from the 80s and 90s and which, for the most part, was obviously chosen with some of Paul’s political hobbyhorses — like surveillance, religion, and civil society — in mind.

      So without further ado, crank up your laptop speakers, dim the lights, bust out some glow-stucks and make sure you’ve got plenty of bottled water — here’s what it’s like party with DJ Rand Paul:

      by Published on 04-13-2014 12:53 AM

      APR. 12, 2014, 9:11 AM

      DOVER, N.H. — On Friday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul addressed comments he made in 2009 about former Vice President Dick Cheney that made headlines this week after Mother Jones posted video of the controversial remarks Monday.

      In the clip, Paul seemed to suggest Cheney wanted to invade Iraq to benefit his former employer, Halliburton. The comments drew increased attention to Paul's unorthodox libertarian foreign policy views.

      After making a speech at a New Hampshire Republican Party rally in Dover, N.H. Friday, Paul told Business Insider his comments have been mischaracterized. He backtracked a bit, saying he wasn't trying to question Cheney's motives. However, he said the general appearance of a "conflict of interest" lingers when people like Cheney go back and forth between the private sector and government.


      "I do think it's a problem with people going from government to Wall Street back to government — from government to contracting back to government," Paul said. "Because I think there's at least the appearance and the chance of a conflict of interest. And in his case, there was a policy of thinking it was a bad idea to invade Baghdad — then going to work in private for a contractor, coming back and now saying it was good. I don't know what his thought process is, and I'm not trying to say. I'm just saying there's an appearance that there could be a conflict of interest."

      by Published on 04-13-2014 12:01 AM

      at the very end, pretty short appearance but Rand gets some acknowledgment for his speaking out against the NSA

      Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan Take the Stage at SNL’s Coachella

      by Andrew Kirell | 12:01 am, April 13th, 2014

      This week’s Saturday Night Live cold open imagined if the Republican Party had hijacked the Coachella main stage to introduce Outkast while giving their conservative sales pitch to an unenthused crowd of festival-goers.

      Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush tried to convince the hipster crowd on reduced corporate taxes and federal budget constraint. Only when they mentioned gay marriage did the crowd care. Of course, their reason for bringing it up was that the GOP plans to talk about it a little less.

      Rand Paul showed up on the turntables, and Bobby Jindal took something called “Molly” from a friend backstage.

      And then they introduced the Outkasts.

      Watch below, via NBC:

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