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Saturday, March 8, 2008

McCain Won't Release His Medical Records

Apparently McLame's -- err, I mean McCain's -- medical records won't be available for public viewing anytime soon. According to The New York Slimes (err, Times), McCain adamantly refuses to relinquish his medical files to the public.

An already-anointed presidential candidate who refuses to be candid about his health to his propsective constituents is unworthy of the Office of the Presidency.

California Homeschooling Ban Exaggerated...Sort Of

It turns out that the L.A. Times' recent reporting of the Supreme Court's ruling on homeschooling was blown out of proportion. Well, sort of.

Apparently the paper neglected to mention that parents are still allowed to educate their children at home without state-approved teaching certificates under the state's education code, which makes room for various exemptions to required government school enrollment regulations. As a blog going by the name of Ace of Spaces HQ recently asserted, the parents did, in fact, lose due to the fact that they couldn't support their contention that their kids were enrolled in charter schools and the kids were free to skip classes so that they would be taught at home with little supervision.

Of course, Aces of Spade sided with the court (not to mention the government-propped teacher unions), claiming that, if the parents had done everything in their power to homeschool their children by complying with the state's mandatory regulations, they would have had a case. In other words, in the eyes of The L.A. Times and The Washington Post, the California Supreme Court, the government school unions, and their collectivistic cronies, if the parents in question had played by the state's rules by being more proactive with their kids' education, everything would have been fine and dandy.

Balderdash! Even if the parents had played by the government thugs' rules, the thugs could have -- and most likely would have -- done an about-face on the parents and lobbied to ban homeschooling, all the while pushed for their children's return to the propaganda learning centers that the statist thugs wanted them to have done to begin with. Morever, the state could have easily turned on the parents and imposed a series of mandates on the homeschooling industry or even pursue an outright ban on the schools, regardless of whether the parents complied with the state's rules.

Whatever may have been the case, the point is that the state would have cracked down on the homeschooling industry, just to set an example on the homeschooling families, no matter what its excuse would have been and what the parents would have done.

Iraq Veteran Says No to McCain's War Policy

An Iraq veteran speaks out against Arizona Republican Senator John McCain's war policy, saying that the United States and its military forces "cannot afford another leader like President Bush who would keep our overstretched military in Iraq for 100 years while ignoring the other threats our country faces both at home and around the world."

According to the March 8th edition of the Washington Post:

WASHINGTON -- Speaking on behalf of the Democratic Party, an Iraq combat veteran said Saturday that apparent GOP nominee John McCain should not win the presidential election because he would continue the war in Iraq.

Roger Martinez, who served as an Army ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, noted in the Democrats' weekly radio address that President Bush endorsed McCain this week. Bush said McCain 'won't flinch in the face of danger' and McCain strongly supports the U.S. efforts in Iraq. Electing a leader who would continue Bush's policies in Iraq would be a mistake, Martinez said.

'Our country and our armed services cannot afford another leader like President Bush who would keep our overstretched military in Iraq for 100 years while ignoring the other threats our country faces both at home and around the world.' McCain has said that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for many years if those troops were no longer being injured or killed.

'I honor and thank John McCain for his years of military service to our country,' said Martinez, who is studying at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 'But I don't think he offers the right leadership on Iraq or understands how to reinvigorate our economy here at home.'

My Announcement to Run for U.S. Congress, Michigan's 10th District

Over a week ago, I announced on my show Liberty Cap Talk Live with Todd Andrew Barnett: The Special Edition Show that I would be running for Congress this year and in 2010, contesting Congresswoman Candice Miller's seat in my distict. (Miller is a conservative, warmongering dye-in-the-wool Republican who supports the War on Terror, the War on Immigration, the War in Iraq, and a foreign policy of interventionism.)

I also announced that I am running on the Libertarian Party ticket, so I expect to provide a unique campaign unlike past Libertarian candidacies. I also intend to be quite different from the collectivistic, statist Republican and Democratic congressional candidates at large as well.

While I don't have an official congressional website up and running yet, I am working on it. It should be up and running in a few days.

I have already outlined my five (originally four) main platform points, which include the following:

  • End the War in Iraq and our Foreign Policy of Interventionism

  • Restore Our Free Market Economy

  • Ending the War on Terror and Restoring Civil Liberties

  • Restoring Free Immigration and Free Trade

  • Restoring Sound Money and Fiscal Responsibility

If anyone has any questions for me, please email me at your leisure.

Bush Vetoes Waterboard Ban Bill

El Leader vetoes a bill that, if passed, would have outlawed waterboarding as a tool for interrogating apprehended suspects in the name of the War on Terror.

According to the Washington Post:

President Bush vetoed Saturday legislation meant to ban the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, saying it 'would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror.'

'This is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe,' Bush said in his weekly radio address.

Congress approved an intelligence authorization bill that contains the waterboarding provision on slim majorities, far short of the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto.

Bush's long-expected veto reignites the Washington debate over the proper limits of U.S. interrogation policies and whether the CIA has engaged in torture by subjecting prisoners to severe tactics, including waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning.

The issue also has potential ramifications for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and a longtime critic of coercive interrogation tactics who nonetheless backed the Bush administration in opposing the CIA waterboarding ban. The Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.), both support the ban, though neither was present for last month's Senate vote for the bill that Bush is to veto.

'It is shameful that George Bush and John McCain lack the courage to ban torture,' said Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.

McCain has said that, while he opposes waterboarding, he agrees with the Bush administration that the CIA needs to be able to use tactics banned by the military but which fall short of torture or cruel treatment.

California Supreme Court Declares Homeschooling 'Illegal'

The California Supreme Court has formally ruled that homeschooling in the state is illegal, according to both The L.A. Times and The Washington Post.

Considering that's the case, imagine what will happen in a short matter of time: a black-market homeschooling industry in which unsavory educators charge exorbitant prices to their customers and violence in the homeschooling environment brought into existence, thereby causing harm to the children whose natural desire for learning will be destroyed. Perhaps some parents will be forced to send their kids to a government-coddled, government-regulated "private school," or to what the state calls an alternative public "government" school (a tax-funded propaganda learning center for troubled kids and teens). The worst case scenario: the kids being forced back into the government schools, where they will be indoctrinated and subject to more socialist crap (i.e. kooky global warming propaganda, ludicrous abstinence pledges, etc.).