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What would we do without the government?

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2007 at 8:32 pm

Great song by Matt Ames with lyrics expressing clearly anarchist/libertarian sympathies.

Hat tip: Brad Spangler, post 666

Can LP Affiliates Endorse Ron Paul?

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics, Republican on May 30, 2007 at 8:16 am

Given the number of Libertarians who support Ron Paul, I have wondered whether it would be in violation of LP rules for state LPs to endorse a candidate from another party. I still haven’t looked into it, but Jake Porter has. Excerpted from his blog:

Another myth is that the Libertarian Party can support Ron Paul for the Republican nomination. Now, we will take a look at what the Libertarian Party bylaws say about this issue.

Article 6, 4: No affiliate party shall endorse any candidate who is a member of another party for public office in any partisan election. No affiliate party shall take any action inconsistent with the Statement of Principles or these Bylaws.

Libertarians often become very angry when Congress violates the United States Constitution. The Libertarian Party bylaws should be treated no differently. Additionally, I am told that many states have laws, not state party bylaws, but actual legislative law prohibiting one party endorsing a candidate of another party, or a candidate to be nominated by more than one party. I would need to look more into this to find out if it is true, but I have been told it is so. The Libertarian Party cannot, without violating our own bylaws, support a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Read more here.

I haven’t really thought this through, beyond that it might be a good topic for discussion, but …… perhaps the Libertarian Party should court Ron Paul for the LP presidential nomination, if and when he is denied the Republican nomination.

When “Mothers Against Illegal Aliens” Go Wild …..

In Children, Humor, Local Politics, Politics on May 29, 2007 at 1:59 pm

I’m on sabbatical from posting to LFV for medical reasons, but I couldn’t resist cutting and pasting this with my one good arm from Third Party Watch, since I am always endlessly annoyed by any hate group which pretends to represent my interests ….

When television stunts backfire . . . With the aforementioned immigration deal stirring the political pot, the nation’s eyes – and cable news channels – turned to Arizona last week.State GOP Chairman Randy Pullen did Hardball on MSNBC with Chris Matthews and the Fox News Channel with Brit Hume.

Not to be outdone was Michelle Dallacroce, the founder of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens who appeared via satellite with Fox News personality Neil Cavuto. Saying that Kyl “flip-flopped” and “lied to us” with his support of the immigration agreement, Dallacroce took her opposition a step further by cutting up what she called her Republican voter card.

Just one problem: Dallacroce wasn’t a Republican. It turns out, according to the Maricopa County voter rolls, that Dallacroce has been an independent since August 2004.

Dallacroce was insistent when asked about the registration discrepancy by The Insider, even suggesting the error was the county’s, not hers.

“If they make a mistake on their computer,” she fumed, “that’s their problem.”

Just one thing: While Dallacroce argued (via phone) with The Insider about her party registration, she cited the scraps of the dismantled voter card as proof.

“It says right here,” Dallacroce said, reading three letters from what remained of the card. ” ‘P’ . . . ‘N’ . . . ‘D.’ ”

“PND” is elections-office code for “Party Not Designated.” It means you’re an independent. Oops.

Dallacroce said that as of Friday, she’s registered with the Constitution Party.

As if that’s not amusing enough, Dallacroce started posting like a maniac in their comments section ….. Read the rest of this entry »

Let Freedom Grow! for 05/20/07

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on May 26, 2007 at 8:28 am

In this week’s “radio address” Steve Kubby discusses how citizen action can make freedom, not fear, the dominant factor in our political system:

Thomas Jefferson, our third president, told us that “when the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” It’s a basic litmus test for freedom. And American society today fails it miserably.

My friends … it’s supposed to be the American DREAM, not the American nightmare! And for that matter, it’s not just supposed to be a dream. It’s supposed to be our own vision that we realize in our own lives, each and every day.

We deserve an America in which our privacy is held sacrosanct unless there’s true probable cause to believe we’ve committed a crime.

We deserve an America in which “crime” is very narrowly defined to include only those actions which harm unconsenting others.

That’s what America was supposed to be. And that’s what America CAN be if we’re willing to seize the day and assume the rightful authority over our own lives which our government has, piece by piece, stolen from us over the years.

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Shittiest political protest EVER.

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2007 at 9:39 pm

I shit you not.

A former Democratic Party activist who left dog feces on the doorstep of U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s Greeley office during last year’s 4th Congressional District campaign was found not guilty Wednesday of criminal use of a noxious substance.

Ensz’s lawyers never denied that their client left a Musgrave campaign brochure full of feces at the front door of the congresswoman’s office. But they argued that Ensz was making a statement protected by free speech – the poop was a symbol of what she thought of Musgrave’s politics.

“Her only intention of going over there was to make a political statement that Marilyn Musgrave’s politics stink,” attorney Shannon D. Lyons said after the verdict.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of that, so I guess it’s good that the judge came down on the side of free speech. But yeah. A little odd, and a little childish coming from a real campaign… and this is coming from LFfuckingV. If WE’RE calling you childish, well, fuck.

Motherfucking snakes on a motherfucking plane part II

In Middle East, Terrorism on May 24, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Yup.

Customs officers at Cairo’s airport on Thursday detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said.
The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, after being asked to open his carry-on bag, told them it contained live snakes.
Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who held a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras.

If you rip off a cheesy American flick’s plot device as your terror instrument… it means the Americans have won.

Props.

Another update from Hammer of Truth.

In Libertarian on May 24, 2007 at 8:48 pm

http://hammeroftruth.com

A developmental blog is supposed to launch tomorrow.

*waits to see what happens*

Michelle Malkin used to be a truther

In Humor on May 23, 2007 at 7:00 am

Thanks to random commentors on Digg and MichelleMalkinIsAnIdiot.com for this. On March 8, 2002, Michelle Malkin, who is currently all over the place trying to convince people Ron Paul thinks 9/11 was perpetrated by the US government (which considering his earlier statements is patently absurd), wrote the following in Jewish World Review:

THE six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is upon us. Here are a half-dozen unsolved mysteries still on my mind:

Ooooh. Let’s go on.

What really happened on United Airlines Flight 93? As the Philadelphia Daily News reported back in November, many folks in Shanksville, Pa., where the hijacked Boeing 757 crashed, believe the plane was shot down. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a small, unmarked jet flying overhead immediately after impact; others are convinced they heard the piercing sound of a missile. A federal flight controller told The Telegraph of Nashua, N.H., that an F-16 had indeed been in “hot pursuit” of Flight 93 until it hit the ground. One of the 911calls from a passenger on the flight indicated that there was an explosion aboard the plane. The FBI immediately confiscated the tape.

Are you questioning our leaders, you unpatriotic kook? Surely the explanation lies later on in the article!

What really happened on American Airlines Flight 11? Did one of the hijackers have a gun on board? Was it planted before the flight took off, or was it smuggled on? Either way, shouldn’t someone be held accountable if such an egregious security breach did in fact take place? Investigative reporter Paul Sperry, formerly of Investor’s Business Daily and now with Worldnetdaily.com, scooped the mainstream press by exposing a high-level, internal report from the Federal Aviation Administration. It detailed the alleged shooting of Flight 11 passenger Daniel Lewin by hijacker Satam Al Suqami.

According to the document, which was later obtained by the Washington Post, USA Today, and others, an onboard flight attendant reported in a phone call that “one bullet was reported to have been fired” during the flight, killing Lewin before the plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. FAA officials dismissed the leaked memo as a draft and claimed that the very specific report of gunfire – including the names of the victim, shooter, and their precise seat numbers — was an editing error.

Just a typo, huh?

Now she’s sarcastically questioning our leaders! Something is clearly amiss!

Who murdered Katherine Smith, and why? Smith was the Tennessee state license examiner who had been implicated last month in a phony ID scam involving a group of shady Middle Eastern men from New York City. Investigators say there are “connections” between the ring and the Sept. 11 terrorists; one of them had a repair pass in his possession that gave him access to the lower levels of the World Trade Center basement. It was dated Sept. 5.

A day before Smith was to appear in court over the matter, she died in a bizarre and fiery crash inside a car registered to one of her Middle Eastern co-defendants. Smith was burned beyond recognition; her arms and legs disintegrated in the flames. Yet, her car was traveling barely over 20 mph when it hit a utility pole and damage to the vehicle was minimal. This week, the Tennessee Highway Patrol concluded definitively that her “death was not the result of the crash itself. Her death was by other means.” Is this the vengeful work of al Qaeda killers still on the loose?

Well, that’s actually kind of interesting, but still, why are you questioning our leaders, Michelle? And finally:

So where the he-l is Osama bin Laden, anyway?

But this no longer matters, because we’re in Iraq.

OK, so when did Malkin switch from truther to administration apologist? Secret sources tell me it happened when she met with Bill O’Reilly in a Cairo tavern. This is what she wants you to believe happened, with her in disguise as her alter ego, “Gary”:But the transcript I have from sources inside the bar is much different:

[Malkin approaches the tavern door. The two guards look at her with suspicion and accost her as she approaches the door.]
GUARD 1: Derka Allah! George Bush jihad!
[Malkin does nothing. Guards ready their weapons to fire.]
GUARD 1: Ba’akalah! George Bush jihad! Ba’akalah George Bush jihad a’ala derka derka George Bush jihad! George Bush jihad!
MALKIN: Uh…Ba’ak…derka derka Allah. Derka derka George Bush jihad! Ha’aka sherpa sherpa. Ba’akalah!
GUARD 1: Oh, derka derka derka.
[Malkin is escorted into a back room where O’Reilly waits.]

Since nobody was in the room besides O’Reilly and Malkin, it is hard to know what exactly transpired, especially as the noises of the tavern obscured many lines. Here is what we know:

[Giggling]
O’REILLY: I like you. You have balls. I like balls.
[Strange noises for several minutes]
MALKIN, loudly: OH, derka derka derka!

Whatever happened in that room, Malkin had been reborn as a neocon, the Michelle Malkin we know and despise today.

This is satire, obviously. Lawsuits will result in you paying court and lawyer costs.

Another police brutality video

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Law Enforcement, Police Brutality, Police State on May 22, 2007 at 10:51 pm

It appears his hypocrisy knows no bounds

In Health, Libertarian, Taxation on May 22, 2007 at 9:10 pm

John Edwards said that there are two Americas and he is right.

There are Americans who have access to ob/gyns in their towns and there are those who don’t. From a November news release from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

Increasing medical liability insurance premiums and the fear of lawsuits continue to force ob-gyns to change how they practice medicine, according to the latest medical liability survey conducted by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). As a result, many women across the country are going without basic health care and treatment of serious health conditions, as more ob-gyns are providing fewer services, retiring from practice completely, or relocating to areas where there are less liability concerns.

According to the ACOG survey, 70% of ob-gyns have made changes to their practice because of the lack of available or affordable medical liability insurance, and 65% have made changes because of the risk or fear of liability claims or litigation. Between 7-8% have stopped practicing obstetrics altogether because of either insurance affordability or availability issues or the risk or fear of being sued.

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Bob Barr sets off fire alarm in DC

In Libertarian Politics on May 22, 2007 at 7:12 pm

Not only that, but apparently Stephen Gordon was there too.

After the alarm continued for more than a minute, I decided to go investigate the cause. Finding no sign of fire or smoke, I proceeded out the F Street exit, where I encountered Libertarian Party political director Stephen Gordon and the LP national chairman, Bill Redpath. I took advantage of this opportunity to inquire of Mr. Gordon about LP affairs, and asked whether the party’s Region 4 representative, Bob Barr, was in attendance. Mr. Gordon told me that Mr. Barr was indeed present for the gala, and was seated at the National Rifle Association’s table.

That’s when Mr. Gordon told me he believed that Mr. Barr had activated a smoke alarm by smoking a cigar on the premises.

Was Mr. Gordon joking? Well, Mr. Barr is indeed a cigar smoker and he has a reputation for mischief. And you know what they say about libertarians ….

After all the complaints about things that weren’t his fault, this is why we need Stephen Gordon at the job he’s at now. He gets shit done for the Party. Where doors might have been closed to us, they’re open. He was invited to John McCain’s son’s anniversary, for Christ’s sakes-hardly a political event but one that helps build clout. He has the ear of our friends and enemies in Washington and these calls to fire him will only shoot us in the foot.

Not to be callous over the whole LibertyMix thing, but caveat emptor. And Gordon was just as hoodwinked as the rest of us. Let the man do his job advancing liberty, or let out your grief on an innocent man and watch us all live in a more statist world because of it.

John Edwards wants to bring back the draft.

In Iraq War on May 22, 2007 at 7:03 pm

Captain “Opportunity To Serve America” loses mind, commits political suicide.

And Edwards called for plans to spread the burden of serving the country by mandating national service.

“One of the things we ought to be thinking about is some level of mandatory service to our country, so that everybody in America — not just the poor kids who get sent to war — are serving this country,” Edwards said.

After the event, Edwards said he had not meant to imply that only the poor go to war, only that everyone should serve in some way.

“We have people from all walks of life in America who are serving, including Reservists and National Guard,” Edwards said. “What we want to do is to have all Americans to have a chance to serve their country.”

Hey! Last time I recalled I serve my country with every tax dollar you withhold from me. And a “chance” to serve my country? I have that already; in fact the military is making damn sure I know about my “chance” every other time I go to the Student Center here on campus. (Asthma is useful for one thing on this planet; keeping pushy war marketers at bay.)

Presidential hopeful John Edwards said Monday that Americans should speak out against the war in Iraq this Memorial Day weekend, renewing an anti-war call that has been criticized by the leader of the American Legion.

Edwards also said all young people should serve their country, “not just poor kids who get sent to war.”

I see what you did there, Edwards… you and the rest of the statist left. If you and the elite fucks you serve are going to end the war for us, you’ll only do it at the cost of reenacting one of the most oppressive institutions in modern American history: the draft. You want to advance statism with every action and it’s just not going to happen. The same 70% of America that opposes the war also opposes a draft, or “national service,” or whatever else you want to call it in order to market this evil to us. You’re not going to get anywhere, and thank God.

The craziest 9/11 conspiracy theory of all.

In Humor, Media, Terrorism on May 22, 2007 at 6:50 pm

19 Middle Eastern hijackers? That’s preposterous.

Ron Paul on Eric Dondero

In Libertarian, Republican, Terrorism on May 22, 2007 at 11:18 am

Just the other day Nigel told us about Dondero’s plan to run against Paul in TX District 14. We all think it’s a laugh, and apparently, so does Ron Paul. reason hit & run has a short interview with Ron Paul about his thoughts on Eric Dondero.

Reason: Your former staffer Eric Dondero is challenging you for your House seat in 2008.

Paul: He’s a disgruntled former employee who was fired.

Reason: But he says he’s running because of your debate performance. So is this presidential campaign weakening your standing in your district?

Paul: Well, if it affects my standing in my district then I wouldn’t be a very good candidate for the presidency. If these views are popular, and I think they’re popular enough, then they should be popular in my home district. They’ve been hearing me saying this for a lot of years and I keep getting re-elected rather easily. I think politicians are always concerned about how they’re doing in their district, but right now, if Eric Dondero is the only thing I have to worry about, then I don’t have a lot to worry about.

The interview also gets into Congressman Paul’s thoughts on the 9/11 truth movement and the comments there, well let’s just go ahead and say that hit & run always has the funniest comments.

Nice job, warmongers.

In Civil Liberties, Terrorism on May 22, 2007 at 8:18 am

From the Dallas Morning News:

One in four younger U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances… That sentiment is strongest among those younger than 30. Two percent of them say it can often be justified, 13 percent say sometimes and 11 percent say rarely.

Compare this to the sentiment after 9/11 that the patriotism of the American Muslim community was largely responsible for the US not getting attacked very often. It’s easy to see what’s happened: neocons like Michelle Malkin have raged against the horrors of the Muslim religion, trying to claim that they’re all trying to kill us. That creates an “us vs. them” attitude – after all, if the Muslims already feel hated, why shouldn’t they hate back?

“It is a hair-raising number,” said Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Washington-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, which promotes the compatibility of Islam with democracy.

He said most supporters of the attacks likely assumed the context was a fight against occupation — a term Muslims often use to describe the conflict with Israel.

Or, you know, Iraq. Sort of like Ron Paul was saying.

…only one in four consider the U.S. war on terrorism a sincere attempt to curtail international terror. Only 40 percent said they believe Arab men carried out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Does it come as a huge surprise that they’re suspicious of events that have been used to vilify them?

Just over half said it has been harder being a U.S. Muslim since the 9/11 attacks, especially the better educated, higher income, more religious and young. Nearly a third of those who flew in the past year say they underwent extra screening because they are Muslim.

This is the part of racial profiling people like to avoid: blowback. Sure, it’s easy to say “racism is a small problem compared to getting killed”, but this shows that we’re far more likely to get killed if we are perceived to discriminate against Muslims.

Bush Administration Declares Anti-War Nobel Peace Prize Winner “Irrelevant”

In Big Brother, Censorship, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Crazy Claims, Democrats, George Bush, Guantanamo, History, Iraq War, Middle East, Military, Police State, Politics, Republican, Terrorism, War on May 22, 2007 at 7:43 am

Jimmy CarterCRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday fired back at former President Jimmy Carter, calling him “increasingly irrelevant” a day after Carter described George W. Bush’s presidency as the worst in history in international relations.Carter, a Democrat, said on Saturday in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that “as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.”White House spokesman Tony Fratto had declined to react on Saturday but on Sunday fired back.“I think it’s sad that President Carter’s reckless personal criticism is out there,” Fratto told reporters. “I think it’s unfortunate. And I think he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments.”Carter has been an outspoken critic of Bush, but the White House has largely refrained from attacking him in return. Sunday’s sharp response marks a departure from the deference that sitting presidents traditionally have shown their predecessors.In the newspaper interview, Carter said Bush had taken a “radical departure from all previous administration policies” with the Iraq war.“We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered,” Carter said.In a separate BBC interview, Carter also denounced the close relationship between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.“Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient,” Carter said when asked how he would characterize Blair’s relationship with Bush.”I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world,” Carter said.Carter, who was president from 1977-1981 and won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his charitable work, was an outspoken opponent of the invasion of Iraq before it was launched in 2003. [Source: Reuters.com]

Across the blogosphere, conservatives are now making the rather shocking claim that 9/11 occurred as a result of Jimmy Carter’s policies. In a way, it’s amusing, since most of those bloggers are too young to even remember the Carter presidency. As a middle-aged left Libertarian, I remember it well. Jimmy Carter was the first president I ever voted for, although he lost that time around to Ronald Reagan. I voted for Carter because he is a humanist who believes in a strict policy of non-military intervention in international affairs, opting instead for diplomacy, except if our national security is directly threatened. After all, I was alive during Vietnam, and during the height of the Cold War, so that was (and will always be) an extremely important issue for me.

At the same time, it’s typical that conservatives would find a way to blame the actions of George W Bush – decades after Jimmy Carter left office – on a liberal. After all, they can’t blame themselves for re-electing a known warmonger who openly advocates torture and the erosion of our civil rights …. can they?

Let’s compare the two presidents.

Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize. George W. Bush couldn’t even win second prize in a beauty contest on Monopoly.

Jimmy Carter is known as a peace-advocating diplomat, and a humanitarian. George W Bush is known as a lying, draft-dodging, bloodthirsty warmongerer.

Don’t blame a man, who advocated peace, for a war that started decades after he left office. And don’t just dismiss him because he dared to say what many, if not most, politically active Americans are already thinking.

Put the blame where the blame is due. This is a war based on lies and deceptions, all of which are directly traceable and attributable to the Bush administration. There were no WMDs, folks, and Bush knew there were no WMDs; but he attacked Iraq anyway because they might one day get WMDs. Huh? I’m still scratching my head about that one. Now, Bush wants to attack even more countries, and the Democrats have already backed off the promises they made when they were elected, to end the war in Iraq. Is it therefore any wonder that third parties are more attractive than ever to voters during the 2008 presidential election cycle? Read the rest of this entry »

THE TRUTH BEHIND 9/11.

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2007 at 7:04 pm

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The Bush Administration has tried to cover this up for too long, with their doctored photos taking the Hulkster out of the picture. It’s just a cynical ploy of theirs to give them an excuse for war. They thought their secret was foolproof…

…what they weren’t counting on was some dude with a website.

Neocons are really, really bad at smear tactics

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2007 at 12:25 pm

The neocons are launching a two-pronged attack on Ron Paul: First, they are accusing him of saying it was America’s fault angry Muslims perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. Second, they’re trying to connect him with 9/11 truthers who say the US government did it.

…That’s all I have to say, because unless you are drowning in doublethink, the contradiction should be obvious.

Another thing happens that has nothing to do with Ron Paul

In Economics, Social Security Administration, Socialism on May 20, 2007 at 2:32 am

We’ve got ten years left until Social Security implodes on itself.

Yep, we’re fucked. The Dems had best start finding their Jeffersonian spirit in a jiffy, because we can’t take any more socialism.

UN clusterfucks itself in the ass

In Economics, Environment, Police State, Politics on May 20, 2007 at 2:27 am

So Zimbabwe’s now the chair of the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development.

Brilliant!

Next, let’s make North Korea the chair of the United Nations Commission of Not Being Completely Batshit Insane! Or maybe let’s make America the chair of the United Nations Commission of Pronouncing “Nuclear” Correctly. (That’s “noo-KLEAR,” not “new-kyu-LUR,” Mr. Bush.)

Boy howdy, this United Nations is made of fail. EPIC fail. Should this Republic last a thousand years, our descendants will tell stories of this legendary failure to their children to scare them into not punching their kid sisters anymore. (They’ll probably also use the letter “W” as a swear word, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Anyway, yeah. Why the hell are we still letting these complete and total pieces drive up land prices in Manhattan?