The French Parliament has begun debate on a bill to institute penalties for individuals who seek to purchase sexual services. Under current French law prostitution is legal, however soliciting and procuring are illegal, including working in or operating a brothel.
Maud Olivier – one of the Members of Parliament (MP) who introduced the legislation – wrote in a report to parliament.
“There would be no prostitution without clients – that goes without saying. But we also know there will always be clients for prostitution. Our ambition should be to try to reduce the number.” see more…
HONOLULU, HAWAII — If one wishes to help the homeless, smashing what few possessions they do have is among the worst ways to do so.
Such action is sure to ruin one’s reputation, especially if the person in question is a State Legislator.
The possibility of a ruined reputation didn’t stop Tom Brower, a Hawai’i State Senator, from taking a sledghammer to shopping carts that were allegedly being used by some homeless people near Waikiki.
Brower told KITV-4, “I chose a sledgehammer only because the carts need to be destroyed to get them off the street,” adding, “I got tired of telling people, ‘I’m trying to pass laws.’ I wanted to do something practical, that will really clean up the streets.” see more…
Not a bad growth rate for a minor party. Who are the people joining the Libertarian Party?
Happy Thanksgiving, Libertarians!
Here’s something to be thankful for: we’ve broken 26,000 registered Libertarians in Colorado! That’s an increase of 24% since January 1st, an incredible accomplishment for an off-year for legislative and gubernatorial elections. And how exactly did we do on the propositions in this year’s election?
Modo vincis, modo vinceris :-/
Amendment 66 failed by 2 to 1, and that’s a very, very good thing. It’s kinda hard not to notice a billion-dollar juggernaut rumbling down towards you, so it’s hard to miss when it crumbles to dust just short of impact. $10 Million was spent by special interests out-of-state on this tax hike. That’s $33.00 per vote. This is money that could have been donated to the very schools they claim to be helping.
[Read the full press release here.]
If the Republican establishment is successful in their effort to banish grassroots from power then the Libertarian Party should experience a surge in membership.
I, for one, will leave the Republican Party after 50 years and become a member of the LP if Ryan Call, elitist Chairman of the Colorado State Republican Party, has his way and is not stopped.
The supposed leaders of the United States have claimed to seek “energy independence” for the past 40 years, yet the nation is no closer to energy independence now that it was in the 1970’s.
In recent years many supporters of energy independence, and corporate welfare, have championed ethanol as the product that will lower energy costs and finally give the nation energy independence. see more…
On January 2, David W. Eckert was stopped by police in Deming, NM for running a stop sign.
What happened next is extremely difficult to comprehend.
Deming Police Officer Robert Chavez had Eckert exit his vehicle, and patted him down. A lawsuit filed by Eckert says this was “without reasonable suspicion.” According to court documents, the officers who stopped Eckert thought he was “clenching his buttocks.”
They brought in a dog to sniff for drugs, and the dog “alerted” to the driver’s seat. see more…
If the Republican sellouts who are “the establishment” wanted to eliminate their nemeses the grassroots Constitutional Libertarian tea party — what better way than to allow the Democrat socialists/Marxists now in power to do the work for them?
If the Democrats think they can be successful in silencing us — will the Republican sellouts who have all the assets and resources (think Wall Street and big business money) stand by and be silent as we are silenced, harassed and ridiculed. Even placed on government enemies lists (some of us are already there) to destroy us?
Will the government, now inseparable from the Democratic Party, stop at silencing us or will they destroy us using their tools of tyranny such as DOJ, IRS, DHS, NSA and a host of other government agencies to even have us arrested, tried and convicted in Kangaroo Courts?
There is precedent and it is accelerating.
I believe the Republican establishment is much more dangerous to individual liberty, free market economy (not today’s capitalism), limited government and strong national self-defense (not nation building) than the socialist/Marxist Democratic political machine. see more…
Vladimir Putin: Not just a bear-riding dictator
Back before Edward Snowden kept us from invading Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin famously wrote an op-ed in the New York Times
lecturing us on our foreign policy.
It was an amusing piece of propaganda, but it left the most important part of Russian practice out.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian foreign policy has had one overarching theme, and that is respect for sovereignty.
If it’s not a country in Russia’s “near abroad” like Georgia, Russians are generally opposed to intervention. see more…
There is an age-old, unanswerable question that asks: “if a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise?” Now, there is a new question: “can your privacy be violated if you don’t know it happens?” That is a paraphrase of a statement turned question uttered by Rep. Mike Rogers during a House Intelligence Committee hearing concerning NSA surveillance in late October.
Let’s rewind for a minute to March 12, 2013. On that date the US Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in the case of Clapper v. Amnesty International USA that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing. Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion, the plaintiffs’ argument that they have the standing to challenge the program was based on a “highly speculative fear.” He also wrote they “have no actual knowledge of the Government’s … targeting practices,” and “can only speculate as to how the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence will exercise their discretion in determining which communications to target.” see more…
On October 26, 2001 George W. Bush signed into law the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, also called the Patriot Act. The legislation (H.R. 3162) was introduced by Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner on Oct. 23, passed the House the next day, and passed the Senate on Oct. 25. There is no way any member of Congress could have read and understood the 132 page bill in the amount of time they were given from introduction to passage, but I digress. see more…
[Editor’s note: this was originally forwarded to us by Tracker in an email, we’ve reproduced it here to give it more visibility to our Colorado readers.]
This article by Daniel Greenfield does a good job defining who you are. In 2014 when you dip sticks who are in the way of victory claim defeat you can only blame yourselves. It very well may be too late. Read history. see more…
The population of the United States is only 4.4% of the world total.
We’ve been hearing a lot about inequality lately. From Robert Reich to Russel Brand, our media streams are full of people denouncing its presence in the western world. This video has been particularly effective. The story that all these media are telling is real. There is real pain out there, and it should be documented. We should be grateful for their efforts. The answers these folks are proposing, however, are inadequate. The story seems to be that the one percent, and their foul corporations have banded together to use capitalism and ideology to crush the little guy. Capitalism has stopped working. If we could only go back to the mid 20th century with its vigorous labor movement, and more re-distributive government, we could make things good again. This story is incomplete, however, and therefore the solutions it presents are likely to fail.
Capitalism has not stopped working. Over the past ten years it may not have been working well for the majority of the people in the United States and Western Europe. What Capitalism has done for the rest of the world over the past decade, however, is a miracle. see more…
On Wednesday October 16, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kaley v. United States. This case will undoubtedly be a landmark decision on the legality of civil asset forfeiture, a “government seizure of property and cash, even when the owner isn’t charged [with] a crime.” see more…
Can you own an idea? This may seem to be a simple question, however the question requires a complex answer. And unlike most issues, not all people who fall into the libertarian quadrant of the Nolan Chart agree on the answer.
While many people believe “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” some libertarians believe that an idea belongs to the creator even after the idea is shared and that imitation is theft. Recently, a three-year old dispute between Davi Barker and L. Neil Smith was reignited when Smith sent an email to one of Barker’s employers. see more…