Friedman’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

Kinky Friedman Loves TexasPenn Jillette had Kinky Friedman on his show last week. The interview got heated at times, especially when Kinky “non-denominational prayer in the public schools” Friedman was challenged by Penn “there is no God but Allah” Jillette.

Prompted by the show, I checked out the campaign site and saw the awesome new “Kinkytoon” featuring church and state getting gay married, and monkey legislators trying to reform the schools (“Don’t eat law!”). It’s hilarious and effective. Libertarian campaigns should learn a lesson here.

Kinky’s campaign is heating up, with poll numbers at around 20% before he’s even on the ballot. With fundraising help from supporters like Willie Nelson (when he’s not busy writing gay cowboy songs), he’s raising money faster than either of the Democrat candidates.

There’s going to come a time in American politics when we’re tired of ex-wrestlers, action heros, and writer/author/country singers and want staid guys in suits to lead us. Until then, and as long as the establishment politicians are fun-hating windbags who only stop legislating morality long enough to take a bribe or shoot their friends, Go Kinky!

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Exporting Democracy, One Bloodcurdling Scream at a Time

Some more Abu Ghraib torture photos (and some videos) have now surfaced. They are viewable here, and this source informs us there some even more disturbing ones which haven’t yet been released.

On days like today, AmeriKa should feel especially proud they re-elected Bush. Let’s go buy some more yellow ribbon car magnets and American flags so we can continue to feel good about ourselves.

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Willie Nelson on Gay Cowboys

If “Brokeback Mountain” wasn’t enough, this should get a few more ‘phobes scurrying out from under the baseboards. From the AP:

“Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)” may be the first gay cowboy song by a major recording artist. But it was written long before this year’s Oscar-nominated “Brokeback Mountain” made gay cowboys a hot topic.

Available exclusively through iTunes, the song features choppy Tex-Mex style guitar runs and Nelson’s deadpan delivery of lines like, “What did you think all them saddles and boots was about?” and “Inside every cowboy there’s a lady who’d love to slip out.”

The song, which debuted Tuesday on Howard Stern’s satellite radio show, was written by Texas-born singer-songwriter Ned Sublette in 1981. Sublette said he wrote it during the “Urban Cowboy” craze and always imagined Nelson singing it.

Come to think of it, I seem to recall having seen both Bush and Cheney wearing cockroach killers.

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Supreme Hypocrisy

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia did his best yesterday to sound like the constructionist the mass media insists that he is. The AP reports that Scalia, referring to himself in third person during a speech sponsored by the Federalist Society, explained:

“Scalia does have a philosophy, it’s called originalism,” he said. “That’s what prevents him from doing the things he would like to do,”

It appears that he was telling this for the truth, not as a joke as it would appear. The reality is that Scalia agrees with the Constitution only when the agreement aligns with his own personal and religious opinions. He is a barrel of contradictions: deferring to state authority when to do otherwise would advance personal freedom, and reaching far outside the limitations of the Constitution to federalize things like self-medication.

Long vilified as “a strict constructionist,” Scalia’s frequent fondness for evermore government power goes completely ignored. Although the justice’s schizophrenic rulings occasionally favor David over Goliath, his strict interpretation apparently stops well short of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution Scalia purportedly believes

is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things.

One thing the Constitution doesn’t say is that its commerce clause trumps every other law on the planet and that an appeal to said clause grants Washington autocrats unlimited power over their subjects.

Liberty would have a true friend indeed were Scalia the constructionist he is perceived to be. Instead, we get only lip service to “state’s rights” and limited government. Parading himself as a champion of freedom and referring to non-constructionists (like himself) as idiots, Scalia’s speech was pure hypocrisy.

With many of the Washington power-whores, you know what you’re getting — they don’t bother to claim any understanding of or respect for the Constitution. But with dissembling antinomians like Bush and Scalia, the insistence that they are what they are not damages the image of true constructionists, what few exist.

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Homeland Security considers bloggers a threat

Big Brother is watching you.

No, really.

Our own government just ran an exercise where it tried to counter some dangerous national threat from the likes of “anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers.” Called “Cyber Storm,” the exercises were also attended by the likes of Microsoft, Cisco, Verisign and other various Fed-bedding techno-glitterati.

That’s right guys, we’re a threat to the national government. That pesky free press guaranteed by the First Amendment is just not cool anymore! I, as a blogger and a national menace, want to fuck this country up, because the government simply isn’t doing it fast enough. Maybe, if I try hard enough at the whole “revolution” thing, I might get my face emblazoned on some yuppie’s shirt in the process.

You know us bloggers are a pretty nasty lot, but man… we’re nothing compared to those anti-globalization activists! All those protectionist corn farmers in Nebraska with their confused politics are clearly a threat to national security. Just look at who they vote for, after all. Granted, maybe they’re referring to the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle where police broke up a largely nonviolent protest. The horror of those anti-globalization folks!

In closing, I’d just like to offer a cookie to the spook(s) that are probably reading this on my tax dime. Thank you, thank you for protecting innocent Americans from my “political rantings and musings about current events.”

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Easy Way to Run for Office: Just Disqualify the Competition

Jesse calls it the strangest story about local politics that he’s read in a long time, but there are many parallels to the rest of the electoral system. Here’s a glimpse:

In most cities, elections happen at least every four years. In Vernon, officeholders haven’t faced opposition in a generation.

Twenty-five years after its elected officials last had a contested ballot, eight strangers took up residence in the tiny city four miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Last month, after just a few days in town, three of the newcomers filed petitions to run for City Council in the April 11 election.

Within days, city utility trucks had turned off their power. The building they shared was slapped with red tags by inspectors who said the property was “unsafe and dangerous” as a residence. Strobe lights flashed through their windows. They and some of their relatives were placed under surveillance. Shortly, city police and other officials drilled holes in the locks and evicted the would-be office-seekers.

Having deprived the interlopers of city residence, Vernon officials on Jan. 27 disqualified them from the ballot.

Read the whole story here.

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Bono’s Misguided Ways

Bono the frontman for the supergroup U2 urged President Bush to “tithe” an additional one percent of the federal budget to the poor. One percent is another 27 BILLION dollars to our already overbloated government. Of course this sounds great coming from someone who is not an American citizen but likes to butt into our problems. Bono and U2 earned a sizzling 255 MILLION dollars last year. Does Bono realize that this administration will have doubled the size of our National debt by 2011! Instead of asking the President to increase spending to aid the poor, what he should have done was write a check to the tune of one percent of what U2 made last year and make a contribution to the Hurricane Katrina relief or to UNICEF to feed starving children in Mali.

Until we as Americans get our act together and start electing people who will take care of America first, just butt out of our business, Bono and do what you do best- play the lousy music people come to hear you play. Throwing more money into a program and forcing taxpayers to flit the bill is not the solution. Bono and his leftist critics fail to realize that more government intrusion means more problems and less accountability.

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Hookers aren’t the only ones getting screwed…

From WaPo via the Chron:

They enter the massage parlors as undercover detectives. They leave as satisfied customers.

In Spotsylvania County, Va., as part of a campaign by the sheriff’s office to root out prostitution in the massage parlor business, detectives have been receiving sexual services from “masseuses.” During several visits to an establishment called Moon Spa last month, detectives allowed women to perform sexual acts on them on four occasions and once left a $350 tip, according to court papers.

What’s next? Cops smoking the weed purchased while working undercover? Naw, that would never happen in AmeriKa.

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Lawyer shot by a Dick

Image credit via TruthDig.com.

What makes this more amusing to me is that these guys weren’t REALLY hunting:

500 farm-raised pheasants were released yesterday morning at the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township for the benefit of Cheney’s 10-person hunting party. The group killed at least 417 of the birds, illustrating the unsporting nature of canned hunts. The party also shot an unknown number of captive mallards in the afternoon. (WTAE)

Apparently Bush started the “Oops I didn’t mean to shoot that” tradition back when he was running for Governor of Texas against Ann Richards. Richards, a life-long hunter, was being portrayed in the media as being more macho than Bush. Rove set up a dove hunting trip for Bush where he mistook a Killdeer for a dove and shot it. Killdeers are on the threatened species list so Bush was fined for killing it.

So, anyone have a good Cheney joke for this event?

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Don’t miss the ten ways Dick Cheney can kill you.

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Congress Attempting to Outlaw Independent and Third Party Competition

If Congress was to pass a law designed to place racial minorities into concentration camps in order to eventually exterminate them, the bill might be titled “The Great American Anti-Genocide Act”. It would define majority and minorty races, and provide some some sound-byte-worthy one-liner which reads: “The act of genocide is expressly prohibited with exception of special cases as outlined in section 504.”

The devil is always in the details. Congress might stipulate that in order for a minority race to become exempt from genocide, a given racial minority would have to collect the signatures of 20% of their race. This might be considered somewhat reasonable by most Americans — except for the pesky little line prohibiting signature collection hidden in another section of the bill.

Congress may not be attempting to kill racial minorities at the moment, but they are trying to kill political minorities using the tactics described above. From the Libertarian Party:

On February 1, congressional Democrats, led by Rep. Obey of Wisconsin, introduced a bill, H.R. 4694, that would end viable, third-party competition in races for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill, ironically named the “Let the People Decide Clean Campaign Act,” would mandate public funds (taken from the U.S. Treasury) to candidates for the House of Representatives and forbid candidates from taking private funds such as contributions from individual donors.

The ambiguously-written bill provides funds for candidates of the “two major parties” but essentially scuttles any campaign efforts of third-party or independent candidates.

For third-party candidates to be eligible for the same funds that Republicans and Democrats would receive, they would have to obtain enough signatures to exceed 20% of votes cast in the last election within their district.

The catch under the proposed legislation is that third-party or independent candidates cannot pay petitioners to collect any signatures, making it impossible to fund their campaigns.

H.R. 4694 is yet another attempt by our politicians in office to shut down Libertarian Party candidates and other competitive third-party and independent campaigns.

When it becomes technically illegal for oppositional political parties to run candidates for Congress, there can no longer be any claim of legitimate representation. When sizeable groups of people are no longer allowed to be represented on ballots, they will begin to represent themselves with bullets.

Additional resources: Green Party, Libertarian Party, Progress Report, BlogCritics.

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Another Misuse of the Word “Libertarian”

According to WaPo, Paul Weyrich says that newly elected House majority leader John Boehner is a libertarian:

“He is a libertarian, much more so than anybody we’ve ever had in the leadership,” said Weyrich, who favors government activism in some instances, especially on social issues.

Logan Ferree‘s numbers indicate that Weyrich is full of shit. With a libertarian economic index of less than 50% and a social index of 6.67%, Boehner could hardly be qualified as freedom-friendly.

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Congress Scared of Third Parties; Seeks to Ban Them

3rd According to Ron Paul:

The United States Constitution gives Congress the authority to regulate the time, place, and manner of federal elections. Thus, ballot access is one of the few areas where Congress has explicit constitutional authority to establish national standards.

That authority is something they don’t mind using, especially when it comes to monopolizing the political system by creating obstacles for third parties. I guess the current obstacles weren’t stringent enough, so they plan on eliminating the competition altogether:

On February 1, congressional Democrats, led by Rep. Obey of Wisconsin, introduced a bill, H.R. 4694, that would end viable, third-party competition in races for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Perhaps they feel threatened?

“The Republican and Democratic parties exist to maintain power for their own benefit. The Libertarian Party exists to grasp power for the benefit of the nation,” stated Shane Cory, chief of staff for the Libertarian Party. “American voters are waking up to this reality, and as they do, the two parties are trying everything within their power to shut us down.”

More info here.

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A Shining Example Of Local Government In Action

There is a house in New Orleans Valparaiso, Indiana that’s worth approximately $121,900. In the latest example of government brilliance, property tax collectors valued the house’s value at $400 million.

Apparently it was a glitch, some former program in one of the government computers messed things up. A local official described the defective program this way:

“It didn’t get fixed all the way,” Murphy said.

Well, good to see that their local Department of Stating The Obvious is on the ball.

At any rate, $8 million was supposedly owed on this house, when the normal tax bill is about $1500. This is basically a funny story, but there is an insidious side to it… what about all the minor glitches that only add a hundred or two? Those hardly would have made CNN, but they’re likely far more frequent, and citizens are far less capable of fighting them.

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Antiwar.com Added to KIA List???

One of the most successful libertarian ventures of the last few decades is fixing to shut its doors unless you do something about it. Antiwar.com is shutting down unless they can raise $60,000 right now. From their front page:

Unless we get a flood of contributions in the next couple of days, Antiwar.com is closing its doors permanently: finis, good-bye, that’s all, folks.

We’ve been at this all week, trying to bring home the point that Antiwar.com is essential, that its demise is possible — and that failure to make our fundraising goal of $60,000 would be a disaster.

I’m popping them a few bucks right now, and requesting that the rest of you do the same.

Update: When you’ve completed your donation, make sure you hop over to Kn@ppster for a special treat.

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Badnarik’s Big Brass Balls

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Sometimes I hate going out to eat with a group of libertarians. It can take hours to get ten individualists to agree upon one particular restaurant — unless someone takes charge of the situation. Similarly, whenever a Libertarian politician makes any major decision, the fiercest resistance generally comes from within libertarian ranks and not from the opposition.

One such example was the recount effort in Ohio after the 2004 presidential election. Once the decision was made to take the election results to court, both Michael and I have taken complaint after complaint about it. We’ve been accused of wasting Libertarian Party money, being in league with the Democrats, damaging the party image, and of not initially communicating well enough with the Ohio Libertarian Party. Only the last example is true; we screwed up there.

A federal judge just dismissed the recount case. Badnarik, Cobb and their attorney have not yet decided if they plan to appeal. In the meantime, Badnarik just explained that the allegations circulating within the party are incorrect.

Sometimes, it takes more courage to stand up to one’s friends than to face the enemy. Michael did so with, “I will make my decision based on what I think will be best for Liberty, and not by what some Libertarians will complain about next.”

I strongly applaud my good friend for taking charge of the situation. I’ll ask the rest of you to either support him or not stand in his way. At least he is doing something, as opposed to wasting perfectly good oxygen — like a vocal minority in the libertarian community does with their incessant bitching combined with a lack of meaningful action.

UPDATE: Badnarik just called to thank me for the support. He commented that he loved the STFU button and hopes to have a batch of them made soon.

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Patriot Act Renewal Scare Tactics Begin

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In a blatant disregard for US citizen intelligence, the Bush regime released a major scare tactic in the run-up to the Patriot Act renewal and NSA hearings:

President Bush said the U.S.-led global war on terror has “weakened and fractured” al-Qaida and allied groups, outlining as proof new details about the multinational cooperation that foiled purported terrorist plans to fly a commercial airplane into the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast.

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Bush has referred to the 2002 plot before. In an address last October, he said the United States and its allies had foiled at least 10 serious plots by the al-Qaida terror network in the last four years, including plans for Sept. 11-like attacks on both U.S. coasts. The White House initially would not give details of the plots but later released a fact sheet with a brief, and vague, description of each.

That was 4 years ago! How convenient is that?

In today’s speech Bush added some details, including that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, had recruited men from southeast Asia to hijack a plane using shoebombs to breach the cockpit door — and that the plot was thwarted with international cooperation.

Bush referred to the plot as targeting the Liberty Tower, even though he meant Library Tower.

I know Bush has speech problems, but to replace the word “Library” with “Liberty”? Come on…

To top it all off, it appears they didn’t bother to inform the city that might be impacted:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush’s announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as “nonexistent.”

“I’m amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels,” the mayor said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I don’t expect a call from the president — but somebody.”

The mayor also suggested that some funding from the Iraq war could be redirected to homeland security, which could be used for the protection of high-risk targets in Los Angeles. He did not advocate an immediate withdrawal of troops.

BOOGA BOOGA!!

Update: Interesting interview on Countdown via Brad Blog.

Update 2: “Intel pros say Bush is lying about foiling 2002 terror attack” via Capitol Hill Blue.

Update 3: “AN OBSCENE ABUSE OF POWER : BUSH’S BOGUS “TERROR” ALERTS” via Bella Ciao.

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A Doh on Both Houses

The budget bill Bush just signed is just about as valuable (and about the same size) as last Sunday’s newspaper. As everyone outside the beltway knows, the House and the Senate have to pass the same version of the bill. Here is how Yahoo reports what the knuckleheads inside the beltway did:

A Senate aide said that a clerical error written into the bill as it bounced between the House and Senate resulted in the two chambers passing slightly different versions.

Perhaps this will wake our elected morons up about another potential application of the line-item veto. Props (once again) to Fark.

On a related note, Stephen Van Dyke just IMed me and asked: “Did they finally realize they can’t spend money that isn’t borrowed yet?”

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The Wrong Screwers Arrested???

Two people got screwed for screwing by the person who likely screws more people than anyone else involved. Confused?

From Ananova:

An Argentinian couple have been arrested for having sex opposite a mayor’s office in broad daylight.

And when police officers arrived to arrest them, they demanded to be allowed to finish what they were doing.

A crowd gathered and cheered the couple on – but the Mayor of Bariloche said he was shocked by the spectacle.

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The woman told police she had always fantasised about having sex outside the mayor’s office while politicians were working inside.

A police spokesperson said: “They are otherwise two very respectable citizens but they told us they had this urge to have sex in public and that it was very strong and they couldn’t control it.”

I don’t know anything about the mayor in question. If he’s like most politicians I’ve met, the metaphor is perfect.

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Bush/Clinton Fams Close; Do They Hold Hands?

Bush/Clinton DynastiesAccording to several reports — and from Junior Bush’s mouth during his State of the Union Address — the Bush/Clinton dynasties are closer than ever, lending credibility to the long-held notion that Republican and Democratic parties are doing little more than tag-team ass-fucking of voters:

[A]s President Bush put it in an interview with CBS News last month, “Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton.” Mr. Bush made the remark in a telling exchange with Bob Schieffer, who said, “Well, you know, if Senator Clinton becomes president.”

“There we go,” Mr. Bush said.

“Maybe we’ll see a day,” Mr. Schieffer continued.

“Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton,” Mr. Bush responded.

And from the 2006 SOTU:

We must also confront the larger challenge of mandatory spending, or entitlements. This year, the first of about 78 million baby boomers turn 60, including two of my Dad’s favorite people — me and President Clinton. (Laughter.) This milestone is more than a personal crisis — (laughter) — it is a national challenge.

While it may be all fun and humor to some, as a libertarian I have to call it like I see it, and this smacks of plutocracy (sorry, wrong word… oligarchy is more apt). We are not a nation of ruling families and frankly this is just disgusting.

Flashback: Point/Counterpoint: Touchy Feely Elections

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Libertarian Party Leftovers

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Remember to vote online for your Libertarian Party presidential preferences here.

Dick Clark, of Alabama, has just launched a new campaign website. Crisp and clean, too. State law prohibits his fundraising at this time, but I’m sure he will add the necessary donate buttons as soon as he can. I’d also expect issues and other information to start appearing on his site before long. I like watching sites grow, and this one looks promising.

Tim West reminds us that the battle between the pragmatists and the purists happens even in Costa Rica, where they are winning at a faster rate than we are in the US.

You can register for the LP National Convention here.

Austin Cassidy informs us that Libertarian Richard Ford had a double digit showing in a recent Missouri state house race.

Michael Badnarik’s listening tour continues, and he had some really nice words to say about Hillsdale College.

David Henderson addressed the CA LP convention; his speech is posted at antiwar.com. It’s pretty good.

I saw the first public review of Aaron Russo’s new film at IMDb. Since registration is required, I’ll cut and paste after the jump. see more…

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Soldiers, Heroes and Pawns

The political powers that be seem much more concerned with appearances, a few votes or breaking ranks with the devil than performing their duty and saving lives. In contrast, some of us actually consider that those shedding their blood in a far-away desert for mysterious objectives are real people with real families who will be sorely missed. The American dead in this senseless war is much more than an emotionless number — each represents an unimaginable loss and a hole of empty nothing can ever fill.

I can’t, and won’t pretend to have any idea what that loss feels like. But I can hazard a guess that it stings more than had the death been from a car accident or heart attack. It would for me, and I think it does for most. The questions of who lied and why and what the hell we’re really doing over there would drive me mad. And so it is easier to accept the dogma evangelized by the Administration: your loved one died in the service of his country. He died protecting our freedom. Take the flag that draped the casket of a hero and remember him as such.

That tenet accomplishes two things. It rounds the edges of the jagged pill of death, and it reinforces the odious lie that there is some legitimate reason that we are engaged in this war.

The idea that someone close to you has died so you can enjoy the few liberties the government has left you must be more comforting than the awful reality that those he was fighting aren’t the slightest threat to anyone who isn’t there. The “hero’s death” concept is a psychological narcotic. It is a normal defense mechanism to cling to whatever analgesic one can. But in such situations, truth, regardless of how bitter it tastes, should be the only end. Lies, however comforting, hobble justice and only cause more death.

There are likely plenty of heroes among the many military personnel in Iraq. There have been those who put the lives of others ahead of their own and died valiantly. But death alone doesn’t elevate one to the status of paragon. The attitude that it does perpetuates the nakedness of the emperor as it falsely inserts pride and acceptance in the rightful place of anger and inquisition.

The blind devotion both to bad policy and substitutive emotion has so skewed our collective psyche that questioning the war has somehow been equated to treason, political pawns declared heroes, and accountability been deemed a luxury we can’t afford in a time of war. The adage, “my country, right or wrong” has been further muddled to “my government, right or wrong.”

Instead of anger and demands to bring our people home, manufactured pride has given way to the attitude that everything else is cowardice. Our departure from a situation our mere presence is worsening is likened to a frightened plan to “cut and run.” And the parrots squawk in agreement.

Opposition to a confusing and open-ended war, we are told, is akin to opposing those on the ground. But who is less supportive of our troops, those who would have them remain in a cesspool of insurgency, the fires of which we fuel daily, or those who want every last one of them to immediately come home?

I for one, truly support our military. I want them all to come home prepared for their actual duty of national defense. To wish them to stay away, in a dangerous occupation of a place growing ever more hostile to them and without the slightest justification for their presence may masquerade as support. But it is nothing more than a contemptible betrayal. It sacrifices the living for an imagined memory of the dead.

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Two Free Staters Arrested!

Yesterday morning, a few Free Staters were protesting eminent domain on “public property” outside a hotel in Manchester, NH. Turns out King George was coming to this hotel that same morning.

Two of the protestors, Russell Kanning and Kat Dillon, were standing with signs nearby a bus stop where people were waiting around. It wasn’t long before a Secret Service agent came along and asked them to move across the street to the “agreed upon” protest area. They asked the SS agent if he was a fascist, told him they had not “agreed” to anything like that, and stayed right where they were.

Shortly thereafter, Manchester police arrived and arrested two of the protestors, charging them with disorderly conduct. When asked, the police mentioned they were “just following orders”. Stop for a moment, and remember where they were at the time of the arrest. They were near a public bus stop. Were the people waiting for the bus ordered across the street? No. Were they arrested for being disorderly? No. Only the two people with signs (One said “Bush, Feds=Fascists”) were arrested. This is all about control.

My favorite part of the story comes from when they were at the police station:

Officer Murby was talking to Russell. He told Russell he would buy him a plane ticket to Iran or Iraq if Russell wanted to renounce his citizenship…Another officer told us if we didn’t like America, we could leave.

Fascist Feds backed up by automaton cops.

The protestors, Kat Dillon and Russell Kanning are two of the best Liberty activists we’ve seen in recent times. (Last year, Russell was arrested after refusing to show ID at Manchester airport. Plus, they are the only Free Staters who have had the courage to refuse to pay property tax.) We need more people like them in the Free State, ASAP. That’s why I’ve become one of the Free State Project’s First 1000.

You can read Kat and Russell’s full account of the arrest in the Keene Free Press. You can listen to Free Talk Live interview Russell in the middle of last night’s show. Don’t forget to visit the NHFree.com forums to keep up with what’s going on in the Free State, it’s exciting!

The Second American Revolution is upon us. Refuse to pay taxes. Resist tyranny. Dissent openly. We must make a stand sooner rather than later, my Liberty loving friends. The longer we wait, the more difficult the fight.

-FTL_Ian

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Libertarian, Left and Right Solution to an Open Internet

Most of my non-libertarian Internet friends reside on the left side of the political spectrum. For the most part, they are absolutely admirable with respect to ensuring that the Internet remains as unregulated as possible. We tend to agree that freedom is what makes the Internet work.

Since I left the Republican Party in the previous decade, one has to search hard to find areas where I agree with any sizeable amount of yellow ribbon sporting pachyderms. I love nothing more than stamping out expansive GOP tax rapes and even took Bush to bat in my latest mini-rant. It is just as easy to beat up on Repubs for being the bedroom police as it is for being the party of limited big government.

Russell Shaw titled his recent ZD-Net blog entry this way: “Are you a pro- ‘Open Internet?’ Libertarian or Republican? Better read this”

I read it and had to chew on it a bit. My knee-jerk reaction was to cuss him out for placing “Libertarian” and “Republican” on the same line. He wrote:

Reading my colleague Anne Broache’s excellent coverage of Tuesday’s net neutrality hearings before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, it is plain to see that those Committee Members who would prohibit broadband Internet service providers from imposing fees on bandwidth intensive services like, say, Google or Vonage are likely to be Democrats.

And those Committee Members who defend the practice or see no need for laws to prohibit it tend to be Republicans.

I read the referenced article and remembered conversations with one of the people quoted therein. Many moons ago, I was working a higher level position on a major GOP campaign in Virginia and someone called and asked if I’d take a paper position on the Kyle McSlarrow for Congress campaign. I don’t even remember the position offered, but it came with the typical invitations to fundraisers and similar events. At one of those events, I talked with McSlarrow about quite a few small government issues. At that time (he might have sold out since then — most Repubs did and I’ve not followed McSlarrow) he seemed pretty sincere. Broache provided the quote which got me thinking: see more…

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