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Gene Chapman: Is The End Near?

In Communism, Economics, Law Enforcement, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Obituaries, Personal Responsibility, Police State, Politics, Taxation on February 28, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Via ElfNinosMom today comes
the sad news that one of our
favorite Presidential candidates
may have to drop out of the race due to government persecution.

Gene Dropping Out of Presidential Race?

Gene posted the following on his blog today:

IRS Finds Chapman

Well, the IRS has sent a letter to my employer to take my checks, down to $168 per week, so I’m off to new adventures. I’m praying about a walk in the desert to visit with God on the matter. Being a homeless man is attractive to me in the world we live in. Lots of homeless people come from IRS issues, I’ve found.

I’ll attend LP and CP events, as I can, but God has clearly opened up a new direction for me, and His priorities are gonna be #1.

Gene Chapman
Libertarian Man

Read the rest of this entry »


Why the minimum wage sucks.

In Democrats, Economics on February 28, 2007 at 8:21 pm

The Democrats passed it a while back, and Dubya rolled over like a little bitch. Everyone was like “OMG YAY NOW TEH POOR WILL FINALLY BE OKAY.” Hell, even Walmart, Soul-Sucking Corporate Enemy Of The People, was cheering for it. It was the feel-good political blockbuster of winter.

But it was a fucking stupid idea, and even though it hasn’t taken effect yet, it’s already started screwing over the poor.

Remember how I mentioned Walmart? Yeah, those bastardfucks were cheering this on because they realized that nobody with money would bother shopping at their store. However, raise the minimum wage and their core consumer base suddenly has a little more spending money… money they’d spend at Walmart. Not only that, but Walmart was already paying $7 and change an hour on average, so raising the minimum wage would only hurt their competition.

That’s not all though!

I went shopping with the $16.50 that the State of Nebraska thinks I earned over the last two weeks (yay severe underreporting of hours! I need a new job) the other day and went to buy soda. Knowing that I couldn’t afford the decent Cherry Coke that I usually buy for $.98, I was prepared to buy the fuck nasty Sam’s Cola because it was $.50. Lo and behold, when I got there, the Cherry Coke was $1.24 and the Sam’s Cola was $.62. Yes, that’s right. The minimum wage hasn’t even HIT yet and they’re already raising prices.

So let’s sum up. Minimum wage rises, throws about 7% of the poor out of a job. On top of that, before the wage even hits, prices for basic consumer goods go up to the point that it’ll negate any wage hike in the first place.

At least I can rest assured that the price of habañero lube that Big Government/Corporate America is using to fuck me up the ass hasn’t gone up. Either that, or they’re just sucking up the cost out of the goodness of their hearts. They rape because they care.

Wanker Update

In Censorship, Communism, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Personal Responsibility, Police State, Politics, War on February 28, 2007 at 7:33 pm

For those of you who have been following this food fight,

There's a wanker who does not like our blog because we act rowdy and curse
. I think the
problem stems from him getting fired from the Badnarik 2004 campaign as webmaster, and he
has had it in for Steve Van Dyke and Steve Gordon ever since. He's come after others, such as Loretta Nall, as proxies since then.

R. Noval, the Bike Messenger, who also blogs at said wanker's blog, commented....

You all are, of course, welcome to post your views at smallgov, as we are loathe to block commentary, as Mr. dondero, I’m sure, will attest.

Apparently not, as some of us did in fact comment, and our comments were...well, erased.

Scroll down and read the comments that were erased for yourself, reproduced in our comments
and see if that action was merited.

Your move, Dirasian 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

This is the best blog ever.

In Communism, Police State on February 28, 2007 at 6:56 pm

While the criminal Bush, giving himself a salary of one million dollars, takes many vacations on his illegal ranch in “Crawford” to oversee the child slave labourers in his salt mine, pistol whipping them with a discarded rusty water can, Dear Leader is visiting the factories of the west, the iron works in the north, giving the instructions to bring about the great upsurge in economic building of the nation under the banner of his “Speed of the Eighties” revolutionary campaign.

Dear Leader Comrade Generalissimo Kim Jong Il IS the shining sun and the hope of all humankind.

A bottle of Maker’s Mark says it’s a joke. Any takers?

The Choice Is Yours!

In Libertarian on February 27, 2007 at 11:46 pm

There has been a lot of discussion on the blogs about supporting Ron Paul. Ron Paul is a libertarian running in the Republican Presidential primaries and needs support. Most Republicans will not support Ron Paul. I admire Dr. Paul immensely and finally got to meet him in Atlanta. I think libertarians should divide their support between Ron Paul and the declared LP candidates. Ron Paul is essentially like us and needs our support to get his message of liberty into the minds and hearts of millions of Americans.

His accessibility to bigger media markets is greater because he is a sitting Congressman. Are George Phillies, Steve Kubby or Barry Hess better libertarians than Ron Paul? All four candidates are well qualified to carry the torch of liberty and spread the libertarian message…it’s just one of these fine people is not running for the LP nomination. As for me, I have my preference for the LP nod BUT I won’t ridicule fellow libertarians for supporting Ron Paul as long as they support the LP candidate after Ron’s bid fails.

Here’s the solution: Since we are faced with this conflict, I propose that we split our support between the two camps. Instead of giving 50 dollars to one candidate, give 25 dollars to Ron Paul and 25 dollars to your preferred declared LP presidential candidate. I can already hear the nay-sayers out there wanting to hang me for concocting such heresy but for the love of liberty it makes sense to me.

Lou Dobbs redeems himself

In Libertarian, Media, Republican on February 27, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Apparently Lou Dobbs has managed to stop sucking his own dick long enough to interview the only decent major-party candidate.

Reading Other People’s Mail

In George Phillies, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics 2008, Politics on February 27, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Looks like National’s Fearless Leader is getting a tad fed up with our choices for President.

From… well, from us (damn, it feels good to break a story):

> From:
> To:
> Subject: [Lnc-discuss] Presidential Candidates
> Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 11:32:43 -0500 (EST)
> Dear LNC Members,
> If you have not already seen this, it is a recount of the first
> Libertarian presidential debate held in Nevada this past weekend.
> After reading it, I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry.
> The lady who wrote the piece summarizes her thoughts with this:
> In conclusion, here’s how I’d personally rank those candidates for the
> Libertarian presidential nomination:
> 1. Someone better, please!
> 2. George Phillies
> 3. Steve Kubby
> 4. None of the above (don’t run a presidential candidate at all)
> 5. Dave Hollist
> 6. Gene Chapman
> Sigh.
> As far as the debate performance, she rated and described our current
> batch of candidates as “whackjob”, “incoherent whackjob”, “charisma of a
> wet towel”, and the third one she could not really rate as he debated
> over the phone as he was not allowed to leave his state per the terms of
> his parole.
> I’m speechless. . . Read the rest of this entry »

The 4:20 Factor: Show them the money

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Crime, Drug War, Economics, Libertarian, Media, Personal Responsibility, Police State, Politics on February 27, 2007 at 1:03 pm


We’re sending out an “open call” to drug law reform folks to support the LP and the Kubby campaign. We would like to make future appeals like this to the peace community, environmentalists, immigrants rights activists, and many others, but we have to start with a base. For anyone who is involved in drug policy reform groups and discussions, please help us distribute this widely, and whether you are or not, please send us some money (see the “read more” link) and some ideas so we can reach more folks with this message! Steve Kubby writes…

To my friends and comrades in the drug policy reform movement:

The last 10 years have been a decade of incredible progress toward ending the war on drugs. Twelve states have adopted medical marijuana legislation. Numerous communities have reduced marijuana to “lowest law enforcement priority.” More and more studies reveal both the medical efficacy of marijuana and the inefficacy and brutality of the war on drugs.

This progress is the result of your years of hard work: Your rallies. Your marches. Your petition drives. The letters to the editor. Your willingness to stand up and be counted. Your refusal to accept anything less than victory.

But it’s time to take the next step: We need to support a political party that recognizes these facts and acts on them instead of ignoring them and trying to wish them away. We need to support a party that stands up for our rights instead of using us as pawns on the chessboard of politics. We need to support the Libertarian Party.

Read more…


The LP’s Annual Report (You Know, The One That Looks Like A Comic Book).

In Libertarian, Politics on February 27, 2007 at 3:08 am

Yeah, I just got it in the mail today.

Reading it over, I saw what was basically a recap of everything we’d been covering over on Hammer of Truth for the past year, but with the obligatory sheen that only National can put on stuff.

“Smither tanked” became “Smither diverted enough resources to the race to cost the Republicans two House seats.” Which is a fair enough point-and a brilliant side effect of helping out his campaign. “Guthrie tanked” became “Guthrie got some good mentions in the media.” They mentioned the shit outta Bob Barr, natch… but no mention of Michael Badnarik, interestingly enough. It’s gonna take years for National’s fundraising efforts to get over that curse. And, of course, there was the pitch for money-with the interesting take that to stay solvent, they need everyone who reads it to donate at least $54.

I think, on a whole, the report was encouraging. It did take the year’s successes and failures and craft them into a larger whole, minus ignoring the fact that Michael Badnarik ever existed. I would have to concur that saving the nation from two more years of unchecked Republican rule is worthy of every penny spent on the Libertarian Party, though. That’s not just grandstanding from a party desperate for everything you can spare. That’s the greatest, noblest task this party has ever undertaken and accomplished. I wish I had the cash to chuck at National myself.

I did notice their emphasis on 45-state ballot access, though. They’re writing off the most problematic ones, and it seems like there is some serious effort by National to get the more lethargic state parties back on their feet. (Hopefully this means Nebraska will be organized again!) But yeah. We should really stop squandering our cash on those same couple states that always give us trouble. Get on the ballot in every state where the cost-benefit ratio works out, which is thankfully most of them. But give up on goddamn Oklahoma.

And get National back in the black… which after Captain Spacepants rocked his shit will be harder than ever, but not unreasonable.

All in all, I think National’s doing the best they can do in the situation, and really the best they’ve ever done. I’m proud of the guys up top right now.

Kubby kicks off weekly “radio address” series

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Also posted at

No, it’s not the technological state of the art — that’s not the point. The point is for a Libertarian presidential candidate to take up the tradition of the “weekly radio address” that’s been a staple of American politics since FDR’s “fireside chat” days, and to do so in a very accessible way.

So, no bumper music or cheap sound effects — just Steve Kubby, calling in from wherever he happens to be to chat with America.

It’s also not long — 3-5 minutes is what we’re shooting for. We want dialup users to be able to listen in conveniently.

You can listen to it right here, or at the campaign web site, or at the Gcast site. You can subscribe to it via iTunes, Yahoo!, Google, MSN, newsgator or your preferred RSS client. Oh, yeah — feel free to embed it on your blog too if you like. Gcast offers a variety of styles and sizes, and it’s maintenance-free. Once you’ve put the code in, updates for new episodes take care of themselves.


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NYC 9/11 Investigation Initiative

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Sorry folks, I’m having concentration problems and can’t put together a decent article to save my life. A friend who wants to remain anonymous asked me to post this.

A new group has started that is trying to get an initiative on the ballot in New York City that would create a real, independent investigation into 9/11. Although the state of New York is not a citizen’s initiative & referendum state like California and 23 other states are, they do have citizens initiative & referendum at the local level in New York City. In order to make it on the ballot, they would have to collect 50,000 valid signatures on a petition from registered voters in New York City. The time frame to do this is 120 days and the latest that the signatures could be turned in is 60 days before the election. In order to ensure that they make it on the ballot they would have to collect extra signatures in order to survive a validity challenge, so they will probably need around 100,000 raw signatures.

I think that this is an excellent idea and I in fact had the same idea myself a few years ago. Just imagine the impact of having a 9/11 Truth ballot initiative on the ballot in New York City. It would be listed in the voter booklets sent out to millions of voters and people would be forced to confront the issue. The media would have a hard time ignoring it. It is obvious that there aren’t enough people in government with the guts to face this issue, so it is up to We The People to push for a real investigation. Even if the initiative fails just going through the process of trying to get it on the ballot is sure to generate publicity and bring more people into the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Right now, the initiative is in the planning stages. They need to find a lawyer or lawyers to consult with to make sure that the initiative is properly worded from a legal standpoint. They need to actually file the initiative with the election office in New York City. They are also going to need to raise money to ensure that they make it on the ballot and to run advertising to increase the chance that the intiaitve passes.

I urge everyone here to visit and do whatever you can to help get this project off the ground. There is still time to get this on the ballot for 2007 but if we don’t make it for 2007 we can always go for 2008. I think that it is very important to have this initiative on the ballot by the time of the 2008 Presidential election. Getting this initiative on the ballot could be the big breakthrough that the 9/11 Truth Movement needs.

McManigal Vying for BTP Nomination

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2007 at 7:14 pm

btp logo

While surfing the web I somehow came back to the Boston Tea Party Site. I discovered  a thread regarding 2008 BTP Presidential Prospects, Kent McManigal threw his hat into the ring and I had never heard of him before. I proceeded to his blog and website. I eventually was able to email him and ask him some questions about himself and why he wants to run for President. He is FAR from a politician, more like a statesman or better yet an intelligent John Q. Taxpayer – my kind of guy! This brought to mind a lot of questions about the BTP. What are they doing with regard to restrictive ballot access laws? Do they still intend to have a presidential candidate in 2008? I believe that Kent has the right ideas on gun control, REAL ID, and governments place in the lives of it’s citizens. Please check out his blog and website for his platform and additional information. Also check out the Q & A Session below. Read the rest of this entry »

The Govern-ator Simply Has No Common Sense

In Celebrities, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Drug War, Law Enforcement, Libertarian, Nanny State, Politics on February 24, 2007 at 11:16 pm

You know the saying, “the best nuts come from California”, right? The Terminator aka Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks he can ship his state’s criminals to another state to relieve the overcrowding in California’s prisons. Well, Mr. Terminator didn’t get his way because a judge stopped him from doing so. California should NOT be shipping its problems on to other states; they have problems of their own to solve!

The problem is not the criminal; it’s how the state determines who is a criminal and who isn’t and the ridiculous sentences they serve for these crimes. There is a proposal to release non-violent early to relieve the problem.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday he would consider releasing some inmates before they complete their sentences to alleviate prison overcrowding, marking a significant shift in position by the governor as he faces mounting pressure from federal judges to address the state’s jam-packed prisons. Schwarzenegger said at a news conference that he was open to discussing early release for some inmates without violent histories as a way to create space in prisons and to head off potential federal court intervention.

Release non-violent criminals early? Now there’s a concept. Why doesn’t Arnold pardon all the non-violent drug offenders first!

The state houses more than 86,000 inmates for nonviolent crimes, including more than 36,000 for drug crimes, although it is unclear how many of those inmates have past violent crimes on their records.

By doing this alone it would free up about a third of the prison space. The first pardon should go to Steve Kubby

Here’s another concept-stop punishing people who participate in victimless crimes like drug use and prostitution.

Rick Perry Still Sucks at Lying

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2007 at 12:17 pm

We’ve known for a while that Texas Governor Rick Perry is less than clever, and we’ve known that he’s corrupt for a few weeks. Now it appears he’s converted the Governor’s Mansion into the best little whorehouse in Texas – for Big Pharma executives, at least.

A few weeks ago, Perry signed an executive order requiring that all girls entering sixth grade be given Gardasil, Merck’s new vaccine against HPV, the virus that causes most cervical cancers. Gardasil is specifically required, even though rival GlaxoSmithKline is bringing a similar vaccine to market soon.

As many of you probably remember, the 2006 Texas governor’s race was interesting, to say the least. Perry was re-elected with 40% of the vote, the rest going to four other contenders. It now appears that Merck made a contribution to Perry’s campaign through their PAC.

Naturally, Perry is denying that this had any effect on his decision:

“When a company comes to me and says we have a cure for cancer, for me not to say, ‘Please come into my office and let’s hear your story for the people of the state of Texas, for young ladies who are dying of cancer,’ would be the height of irresponsibility,” Perry said, adding, “Whether or not they contributed to my campaign, I would suggest to you, are some of those weeds that we are trying to cut our way through.” When asked the date he decided to issue the executive order, Perry said, “I wish you all would quit splitting hairs, frankly, and get focused on, ‘Are we going to be working together to find the cure for cancers?’ No, I can’t tell you when.”

Now, first of all, cervical cancer usually doesn’t affect “young ladies”. More to the point, we Texans don’t need an idiot like Perry deciding what’s good for us. Many Texans have social objections to vaccinating their daughters against cervical cancer, believing that it will encourage promiscuity. Now, I think they’re idiots, but it is their right to be stupid, and Rick Perry and Merck should not force the vaccine upon them.

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The Nevada debates!

In Libertarian, Politics on February 23, 2007 at 3:51 am

All right, Paulie’s been on my ass to post my opinion on the Nevada debates, specifically between Phillies and Kubby. So, lemme get on that now that I’ve got the time. (College would be awesome if there weren’t any classes or homework, but yeah.)

I’ll start off with some of the obvious issues. Gene Chapman was the first to go. He came off sounding like a nut, but not as much of one as I would have figured. I’m figuring that it’s just some trick of the human voice that de-escalates him to simply some John Bircher in supposedly Libertarian clothing, but yes. He’s not winning any votes, I’m honestly a bit surprised he was even invited. But he reminds me of my ex-wife’s pastor father… kind of a likable-but-confused bum who speaks a good bullshit game when it comes to theology but doesn’t know shit about politics when you get down to it. Interesting guy to bullshit with but you wouldn’t elect him for dog catcher, let alone President.

The questions that were asked to Chapman were asked with what seemed like an obvious air of “What the fuck are you even talking about, dude?” “Slave Freedom Alliance” my ass. Like getting the Constitution, Southern, and whateverthefuck other parties he mentioned to endorse him would do anything. Yay, now like five more people in Georgia would vote for us! I think I’ll just go ahead and stamp upon that cursed alliance. That and he supports farm subsidies? WTF?

Christine Smith is the great disappointment of this whole endeavor. She’s a no-show at the entire campaign so far. Not just this event, either. Given that she’s usually considered as third place, I tried to cover her. I’m not going to pretend that this is some fuck-huge blog (at least not yet) but I figured that with two of the editors here being representatives from the Phillies and Kubby camps, respectively, that I ought to try to give her some equal time. So I shot off an email and no reply. Either her campaign thinks that free publicity will hurt her campaign, or they think we’re such small potatoes as to not be worth it. Yeah, no. Next please. Read the rest of this entry »

Posse Comitatus ftw!

In Civil Liberties, Democracy, Democrats, Police State, Politics on February 23, 2007 at 12:55 am

The New York Times had an interesting piece about a recent attempt to undo the worst excesses of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night. So it was with a provision quietly tucked into the enormous defense budget bill at the Bush administration’s behest that makes it easier for a president to override local control of law enforcement and declare martial law.

The provision, signed into law in October, weakens two obscure but important bulwarks of liberty. One is the doctrine that bars military forces, including a federalized National Guard, from engaging in law enforcement. Called posse comitatus, it was enshrined in law after the Civil War to preserve the line between civil government and the military. The other is the Insurrection Act of 1807, which provides the major exemptions to posse comitatus. It essentially limits a president’s use of the military in law enforcement to putting down lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion, where a state is violating federal law or depriving people of constitutional rights.

There is a bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, and Christopher Bond, Republican of Missouri, and backed unanimously by the nation’s governors, that would repeal the stealthy revisions. Congress should pass it. If changes of this kind are proposed in the future, they must get a full and open debate.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a start. Keep bringing us back our civil liberties, Democrats, and we might just let you keep your jobs.

Political correctness claims another victim

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2007 at 11:29 pm

University of Illinois mascot, Chief Illiniwek is about to be relegated to the dustbin of history.

The NCAA had deemed Illiniwek — portrayed since 1926 by students who cavorted at home football and basketball games in buckskin regalia — an offensive use of American Indian imagery.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t get these claims that having American Indian mascots is somehow demeaning. I’ve seen many sports teams with Indian mascots and they’re always portrayed as brave warriors with fighting spirit, the kind of characteristics that a team wants to be viewed as possessing. Do teams ever choose mascots that would reflect poorly on themselves? (OK, Banana Slugs may be a rare exception.) Why else would lions, tigers, and bears be so often the mascot of choice in favor of sheep, doves, and butterflies?

I seriously wonder whether the primary impetus of these initiatives is really coming from the American Indian organizations or other groups who benefit from playing the identity politics game. I expect more schools to be coming under attack very soon.

Steve Jobs “Gets it”

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2007 at 5:13 pm

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At last, someone in the limelight has spoken out and provided great insight regarding education reform. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc. thinks that principals should act more like CEO’s and review teachers based upon their performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if the NEA launches a boycott of Apple’s ingenious product line. His concept is something that has been discussed within libertarian circles since the inception of the party back in 1971. It’s too bad that folks like Steve Jobs and John Mackey are a rare respite from the mundane in today’s corporate world. Mr. Jobs, you make me proud to own an iMac!

AUSTIN — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions today, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.

Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.

“What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good?” he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.

“Not really great ones because if you’re really smart you go, ‘I can’t win.’”

I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way,” Jobs said.

“This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.”

Hat tip: Associated Press

Ron Paul has more friends than the other GOP stiffs

In Republican on February 21, 2007 at 1:15 pm

… in the all-important MySpace world, that is. I find it particularly interesting that the oldest of the Republican presidential hopefuls is kicking the others’ asses so badly in this predominately youth-oriented arena.

Let this serve as a reminder that the Internet has the potential to really shake things up within the established political order, as evidenced by outsider Howard Dean’s strong run in 2004. But, the downside for Ron Paul in this instance may be that the MySpace crowd is largely made up of people who won’t be voting in the Republican primaries.

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming debates where we’ll finally get to see some issues on the table that his statist opponents would prefer not be discussed.


Wow, we’re really screwed

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2007 at 8:58 am

Apparently an asteroid called Apophis has a 1 in 45,000 chance of running into Earth on April 13, 2036. This would suck. It also probably won’t happen.

What’s scary to me is not that there’s a minuscule possibility that a collision equivalent in damage to “six or seven or eight Katrinas” will happen in 29 years. What’s scary is that people are expecting the UN to solve the problem. From the article:

Delegates at an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Francisco this weekend learned an asteroid strike is an absolute certainty unless the international community rallies to prevent it.

Now, let’s take a look at what the “international community” has accomplished over the past few decades:

  • October 1935: Italy, a League of Nations member, invades Ethiopia, another member. Ineffective economic sanctions are imposed, and Ethiopia is subjugated.
  • World War II. Yeah.
  • July 27, 1953: The Korean War, pitting UN troops (essentially US troops) against North Korean and Chinese Communist troops, ends in a stalemate. Korea remains divided to this day.
  • HIV.
  • Somalia crisis. Food shipments are taken by warlords, eventually leading to the disastrous 1993 Battle of Mogadishu.
  • 1994: Genocide in Rwanda. The United Nations does nothing; France assists those perpetrating the genocide.
  • July 1995: 400 Dutch peacekeepers stationed in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, fail to prevent the massacre of 8373 Bosniaks by Serbian troops. Srebrenica had been declared a “safe zone” by the United Nations.
  • 1998: Second Congo War. Civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, continuing to the present.
  • Summer 2006: UN troops stationed in Southern Lebanon fail to do anything about fighting between Israeli troops and Hezbollah.
  • Reports of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers and other staff also abound.

Source: Wikipedia article on United Nations

So, let’s review: the UN “peacekeepers” cannot keep the peace and have an annoying tendency to rape people, the UN frequently fails to do anything when its charter requires it to, and it occasionally helps out the bad guys. And now people expect it to stop an asteroid from hitting the Earth, something that there’s not even a good idea of how to do?