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Reminder: LFV Live show tonight

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm

LFV Live airs tonight from 7:30 to 8:30 EDT.

Our guest will be Michael from Vortex of Freedom, and we will be taking questions from listeners.

The call-in number is (646) 478-4638

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Man sues Home Depot after getting glued to toilet seat

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 9:00 pm

From The Smoking Gun:

JUNE 13–A St. Louis man claims that he was injured last year after being glued to a toilet seat in a Home Depot and is suing the retail giant for negligence. Haywood Rosales, 31, charges that during an August 2007 visit to a Home Depot in Florissant, Missouri he used a store bathroom and came into contact with a toilet seat “covered with adhesive,” according to his Circuit Court lawsuit. Rosales’s lawyers told TSG that their client did not notice the adhesive before sitting down and that he used his cell phone to alert his wife, with whom he was shopping, after realizing “he was glued to the toilet seat.” A copy of Rosales’s June 11 lawsuit, first reported by Courthouse News, can be found below. When Rosales stood up, the complaint asserts, he “received cuts, bruises, and tearing on his buttocks and thighs,” and subsequently “endured the embarrassment, pain, and suffering of the initial injury and its concomitant treatment.” Rosales, who claims he was “rendered unable to work” by his injuries, is seeking in excess of $25,000 in damages. Rosales’s lawyers said their client sued Home Depot after the retailer’s insurer “summarily rejected” a claim. In November 2005, a Colorado man filed a similar lawsuit against Home Depot, alleging that he was so fused to a toilet seat that paramedics had to remove the seat from the toilet to get him out of the store bathroom. After almost two years of litigation, the Colorado case was dismissed after a federal judge ruled that Home Depot did not have prior “actual or constructive knowledge” of the dangerous toilet, nor was the glue prank foreseeable. Rosales’s lawsuit refers to the earlier incident, charging that Home Depot should have recognized that “there would be a strong possibility that instances of copycat behavior would occur.” (4 pages)

You can read the very sticky lawsuit on The Smoking Gun.

Originally posted on Adventures in Frickintardistan.

LP overspending may affect payroll, normal operating expenses

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm

From LNC member Angela Keaton’s blog.
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(Editor’s note: Last term I voted to keep the contents of the LNC Discuss list private. The motion which was seconded by me was rejected during an LNC meeting. At Anarchist Bitch, we respect the ownership of one’s words. As such, Hardy Macia and Michael Colley often mark their correspondence as private. It will remain such as will the work of acting executive director Robert Kraus and our attorney Bill Hall.–AK)

LNC Treasurer Concerned with Major Shortfall: Can the Barroot ticket make up the difference?

Aaron Starr reported this morning that:
As you may recall, at the June 5 meeting we had funds after paying payables of $122K. The amount remaining after unspent encumbrances amounted to $85K. We authorized additional encumbrances of $55K at that time, bringing our funds available figure down to only $30K.

Looking at the spreadsheet, it appears that during the next week, we spent $28K more than we took in, but we can only attribute $5K of this to spending on ballot access. This meant that we only had $6K available once we exhaust the remaining encumbrances.

With the approval at the June 11 meeting of $33K of new encumbrances, we now have a deficit in funds after encumbrances of $27K. This means that if we were to spend all of our encumbrances today, we would have issued $27K more in checks than we have cash in bank.

This concerns me obviously. If we incur these expenses, they do not create the sort of payables where payment can be easily delayed. Petitioners expect to be paid promptly or they will simply walk away.

If we spend this money and do not increase our incoming revenues quickly, we run the risk of not being able to meet our obligations for payroll and other expenses required for normal operations.
Starr is currently in China and cannot be reached for comment.

Angela Keaton: “Darth Accountant”

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 8:21 pm

The following is reproduced from Angela Keaton’s blog, with permission of the author.  Angela Keaton is a multi-term member of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC).

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Dr. Ruwart is too much of a gentlewoman to address Starr’s disrespectful non-response.

I’m not.

Dr. Ruwart is the best known of all our committee members.  Secure and accomplished, she needs nothing by her name.

As for transparency,  Mr. Starr would do well to note that while he may be the controller of a billion dollar corporation according to his lp.org bio, his employer is serving a two year prison sentence for tax fraud, intimidating witnesses, and intimidating a federal agent. Granted that makes Haas a hero in my book, to the ”respectable” people with whom some of you are so enamored, this is a taint.

Dr. Ruwart already had her movement ticket punched.  As for me, it’s not my lot in life to cater to the petit bourgeois sensibilities of the treasurer and his cadre.

There is nothing stopping the Starr Chamber* from raising money or winning elections. Endless yapping about how our educational mission or “povertarians” keep you from doing anything is not a reason; it’s an excuse.

Keaton

*Thanks, Team Seebeck.

Angela Keaton: “Membership in LP”

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 8:15 pm

The following is reproduced from Angela Keaton’s blog, with permission of the author. Angela Keaton is a multi-term member of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC).

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From: Keaton (angelaATangelakeaton.com)
Sent: Fri 6/13/08 9:39 AM
To: Jim Casarjian-Perry (jimATcasarjianperry.com); wredpathAThis.com; michaelATangelvisiontech.com; rwsullyATcharter.net; starrcpaATpacbell.net; chairATlptexas.org; nxxxx3@ATxx.com; rleewrightsATgmail.com; maryATruwart.com

Jim,

Yes, the LP has become an objectivist dystopia where whatever is good, decent and select is verboten and whatever is mediocre, common and repulsive is glorified.

I understand that you can’t place much confidence in officers who imagine that the deeply troubled and usually unemployed M Carling should be given a position of authority while the editor of the highly regarded Rational Review is deemed unfit to sit on our Platform Committee.

Take the long view. Radicals for Capitalism just came out in paperback. Read, digest and remember that if the party can survive Andre Marrou, it can survive a possible Root indictment, our leadership’s male menopause and that thick legged hillbilly girl they tried to put on the LNC, Mattson, her name was or something. I don’t know. All those Christian types married to their uncle cousins look the same to me.

Peace,

Keaton

UPDATE from same source:

Wayne Root just called me.  He doesn’t feel he has been mistreated by the Barr campaign.  He says he has been doing many local interviews each day.  He also believes that there is no investigation pending with regard to the sale of his company.

He expects to be on the Barr ‘08 site any day now.

R. Kelly found not guilty on all counts

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Not at all surprisingly, R&B singer R. Kelly has been found not guilty of all 14 charges involving sex with a 13-year-old girl, and child pornography.

Though the prosecution had over a dozen witnesses who said Kelly was the man in the videotape and that the girl was only 13 at the time, both Kelly and the alleged victim denied it was them on the tape, and the man on the tape did not have the same large mole which Kelly has on his back.  The alleged victim, now an adult, was not called as a witness.

After six years of preparation, a month-long trial and spending millions of taxpayer dollars, the prosecution simply failed to prove its case, and as a result the jury came to a verdict in only a few hours of deliberations.  Kelly had faced a potential 15 years in prison if convicted.

The high-profile charges caused serious damage to Kelly’s career, as many assumed him to be guilty.  It is unknown whether Kelly will pursue a malicious prosecution case against the state of New York.

Tim Russert dead at 58

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm

NBC just interrupted programming with breaking news that “Meet The Press” moderator Tim Russert died today, from an apparent heart attack.  He was only 58 years old.

Soldier who threw puppy off cliff discharged

In Libertarian on June 13, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Infamous SOB (and no, I do not mean “son of a butcher” a’la WAR) David Motari has finally been discharged (assumably dishonorably) from the Marines. For those of you unfamiliar with this situation, here is the video which got him in trouble.

Warning: if you are easily upset by animal cruelty, DO NOT watch this video.

My question is, what the hell is going on in that man’s head, that he thinks torturing and killing a puppy is okay?

Here is his explanation:

And this is the shit if I have to put up with everywhere I’ve gone today. Believe me, I’ve heard it all. The thing that you guys don’t understand is that you’re not out there.

What, you expect me to carry a stray sick dog from patrol 10+ miles back to camp with me. Did you know that we’re not supposed to have dogs? Did you know that there isn’t medicine available for animals out there? So what the fuck do you want me to do with it. It was going to die a slow and horrible death.

Sorry you guys saw that, but it wasn’t supposed to ever been shown. Usually what happens is we shoot them. I was being “creative” that day and decided to throw the dog instead. If i could take it back, I would. Either way, I did the dog a favor. Sorry if you can’t understand that.

Actually, we understand completely why you threw a puppy off a cliff and laughed about it. You are a psychopath. See? That wasn’t at all hard to understand. As for “what the fuck do you want me to do with it”, let’s try a simple “not throw it off a cliff, Shit For Brains.”

The only thing left to ponder is whether Motari intentionally killed innocent human beings in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can’t help but assume he did, since those who get their jollies by torturing animals also tend to torture people. Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Barr on the Fed: Not encouraging

In Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics on June 13, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Here’s what Bob Barr said on the Glenn Beck radio show in response to a question about the Fed:

If I could wave a magic wand and the Federal Reserve Bank would disappear tomorrow, I would do so. It’s a group of unelected governors that are not answerable to or accountable to the people of this country and yet they wield considerable influence over the economy by basically setting rates at which banks and other financial institutions can loan money. And they have built up, you know, huge reserves themselves that they can then dole out as they’re doing — as they did recently with Bear Stearns to prop up as failing, what they see as failing investment houses, for example.

What we’re on the verge of right now, Glenn, through this federal government monkeying around with the mortgage business, both directly and indirectly, is to have the federal government now set a “One size fits all” mortgage criteria for the country. That would be disastrous. It would stifle risk-taking, it would stifle the independence of small mortgage houses and mortgage banks and would simply create further problems down the road. What we need to be doing is tackling government spending. That is the root of all evil, so to speak. We need to get a handle on federal spending, we need to start reducing the economic footprint and, you know, all the other footprints of the federal government if we want to talk about them, and get the federal government out of running our economy. It was never intended to be the job of the federal government to run the economy.

Let’s take a look at the statement:

“If I could wave a magic wand and the Federal Reserve Bank would disappear tomorrow, I would do so.”

You don’t need a “magic wand.” You just need Congress to pass a law repealing the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, and then you, as president, need to sign it. What’s with the “magic wand” talk? You’re much more likely to need a “magic wand” to repeal the 16th amendment, which would not take away Congress’s ability to assess an income tax, contrary to Barr’s understanding. In fact, only a “magic wand” could do that.

This one sentence basically tells me all I need to know about Barr, RE: the Fed, but I’ll continue.

“It’s a group of unelected governors that are not answerable to or accountable to the people of this country and yet they wield considerable influence over the economy by basically setting rates at which banks and other financial institutions can loan money.”

This “unelected governors” talk — as if it would be okay to have a fiat-money issuing central bank cartel if only its governors were elected by the people — is B.S. In fact, the central bank’s “independence” is actually better than the alternative. What is Barr saying here, that he thinks the government, instead of its proxies at the Fed, should have even more control over the money supply?

And what does he mean that they “basically” set the rates at which banks and other financial institutions can loan money? The Fed sets the discount rate and if they really want to set the federal funds rate, they can do that too. There’s really no “basically” about it.

“And they have built up, you know, huge reserves themselves that they can then dole out as they’re doing — as they did recently with Bear Stearns to prop up as failing, what they see as failing investment houses, for example.”

The Fed doesn’t need to have “reserves” — it has the legal authority to create money out of thin air! To the extent that they have “build up reserves,” I guess that’s good, since at least they’re not inflating by creating more money.

“What we’re on the verge of right now, Glenn, through this federal government monkeying around with the mortgage business, both directly and indirectly, is to have the federal government now set a ‘One size fits all’ mortgage criteria for the country. It would stifle risk-taking, it would stifle the independence of small mortgage houses and mortgage banks and would simply create further problems down the road.

This reminds me of the embarrassing LP press release saying that “for the first time” the government was enacting price controls on food. The government has been “monkeying around” with the mortgage business towards “one size fits all” since the creation of the FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc. This is nothing new.

“What we need to be doing is tackling government spending…”

Yes, change the subject. Mr. Beck’s question was about the one institution that makes all of that government spending possible. If you want to curb government spending, then look to the Fed! Don’t divert the question about monetary policy to an answer involving fiscal policy — that’s like saying “we need to do something about this heat!” when asked about fixing the air conditioner.