Vaccine Scandal

“The story of how government health agencies colluded with Big Pharma to hide the risks of thimerosal from the public is a chilling case study of institutional arrogance, power and greed.”

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Only 42% like Bush

I know I always ask myself: “hey, I wonder how well Bush is running the U.S. government.” And apparently he is doing a very poor job of it, seeing as he doesn’t speak english very well

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Only 35% like French

I know I always ask myself: “hey, I wonder how well the French are running the U.S. government.” And apparently they are doing a very poor job of it, seeing as they don’t speak english very well.

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Unhinged Views of Libertarianism

Reason: Hit & Run linked to a funny clip by Penn and Teller on the Patriot Act, but the real story here is how liberals (wild guess here, but valid) seem to perceive libertarians. Just check out these choice quotes from the comments:

“Penn & Teller made a few horrible episodes vilifying Chomsky and glorifying David Horowitz (college episode).”

“Have you seen conspiracy episode? They looked like Jeff Gannon and Armstrong Williams.”

[In response to: "These guys are libertarians"] “Which means, they were in tune with Repugn’ntOnes’ values until they [Republicans] went cultist theocratic, yet they still supported judge Janice Rogers Clown.”

“It’s fine and dandy that he’s against the Patriot Act, but Penn is generally a wingnut enabler.”

“This video clip is disinfo. Many of those who have already commented, noted that these potty mouthed guys have an agenda of their own. A clip like this does more damage to the cause of peace and honest governance than three years of nonstop Bill O’Reilly and Sean “Chubby” Hannity combined. It was not funny and had many untruths in it. In other words, it stunk.”

“Libertarians are basically insane. They have decided to live in a fantasy world with no government because they don’t like government or paying taxes. Well, I don’t like either, but grow up damn it. We all live on a planet with other people and we have to deal with them. Government is necessary. The trick is to make government accountable to the people and the least intrusive institution that it can be while being an ADVOCATE for the common good against private (read: CORPORATE) interests. Keeping the government in check is why it is imperative to have a free flow of information and a dogged, responsible news media.
As much as I like and appreciate P&T for their skepticism and deflating of sacred cows (which is healthy), I can’t stand libertarians. They are basically anarchists in all but name. They need to grow up and get a life.”

You better believe we have a major fucking publicity problem when people don’t even know what the hell we stand for.

Friday Fun Link [Hit & Run]
Penn & Teller: The Patriot Act is Bullshit [Crooks & Liars]
HaloScan Comments

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2006 Elections will be about Tax Reform

An interesting story over at the Washington Post caught my eye today, because it appears Bush is pushing a tax code reform panel’s deadline back from July 31st to September 30th:

Although the panel could have wrapped up its work on time, the administration felt that with a series of other initiatives under debate in Congress and the August recess approaching, “there is little capacity for public focus” on the tax issue right now, Treasury spokesman Taylor Griffin said.

“The administration and Congress are focused on a broad range of key presidential and congressional priorities over the remaining five weeks of the summer legislative session,” Griffin said.

[...]When Bush kicked off the Social Security push, some Republicans suggested he switch gears and pursue tax-reform first.

The Republicans are well aware that tax reform and tax cuts have been a driving issue with getting them votes, and I have no doubt they are going back to their rhetoric of tax cuts in order to milk this for all its worth in the 2006 races.

Here’s how libertarians can cut Republicans off at the pass and backhand the Democrats in the process: start focusing on spending spending spending and make it clear that no amount of tax reform or tax cuts rhetoric is going to do squat to strengthen our economy until that $7 trillion deficit is addressed honestly. I know, it’s politics, and it’s time we start acting like we know what the solution is instead of just the problem.

Bring up every single pork issue passed in the past two years that can haunt these congresscritters, take a camera to D.C. and ask them point blank why they are focusing on tax code instead of pork spending. Make them accountable, and stick the Libertarian Party’s fiscally conservative policies in their face until they puke.

Raise money and profile this way too, ask for donations to oust the biggest spendthrifts in Congress, and we might have a decent chance of putting them on the defensive and our own people in office.

Bush delays deadline for tax panel’s report [WaPo]

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MSN/China Censors

“I love freedom” is banned; Question: is this MS or China doing the censoring? [via]

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Poll: Bush Mislead?

MSNBC regarding Iraq, currently at 94% yes. oh snap, yo!

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BofA Buys Chinese

buying a large stake in China Construction Bank, they could easily turn the tide of the trade deficit, one overdraft fee at a time

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Zarqawi #1 Caught

third time in as many months? hmm… [via]

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Saint G-Dubs the Puerile

St. G-Dubs the Puerile

Ok Reuters and AP photogs, it was cute the first few of times, but now these “accidental” holy simulacrums are officially freaking me out… just a smidge. Then again, Bush could be “el salvador de los vatos” and we’d all be doomed for making fun of him, because he’d like… get all his homies to come mess us up, mang.

Google Search for “holy bush”
President Bush Makes Remarks at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast [AP] [via]

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China Protest Video

Rare video of a rural protest showing hired thugs beating up and killing protesting villagers who disobey the gov’t

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TX, NC Reps: Time to Leave Iraq

Uh oh, all is not well with red stater’s support for the war

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Schaivo was indeed a Veggie

Maybe it’s the SouthPark episode on the issue seeping into people’s collective reasoning, but it’s an odd day when I agree with Niel Boortz as he so succinctly kicks the Terry Schiavo pro-feeding-tubers to the curb:

It’s tough to admit that you were wrong. Been there many times. You believe something so strongly, only to find out that you were profoundly mistaken. You find out that Terri Schiavo’s brain was reduced to half its normal size. She had no cognitive abilities. She was not aware of her own existence. She didn’t even know she was alive, and therefore couldn’t know that death was a possibility. She wasn’t there. All that was left was the remains of the body that once had been Terri Schiavo .. clinging to the last threads of life.

I have an idea, how about instead of getting Congress to legislate bills for a single person in a case that’s blown out of proportion because the religious fundamantalists want to get their 15 minutes on TV, we remove the religious right-wing propaganda feeding tube from their small, uncognitive and blindered little brains.

UPDATE: Don’t forget about Doctor and Congressman Bill “I can diagnose your illness after watching some tapes on TV” Frist.

» South Park takes on Schiavo Case [DailyKos]
» The Schiavo Matter [boortz.com]
» Christian Groups Rally Support for Terri Schindler Schiavo [CNSNews]
» Frist Responsive to Factual Stimuli [Wonkette]

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LP.org Official Slogan Contest

Well, there seems to be a good shot at a drive to increase membership in the LP by 5,000 members by July 31st (complete with front page image of an adorable burning fuse ending at a bomb set to blow up a donkey and elephant, awww). Shane Cory isn’t shy about soliciting help from the libertarian community in coming up with slogan ideas (these are the initial, somewhat blase, offerings):

A. “It’s time to thin the herd”
B. “Help us break the two party system”
C. “Help us make the animals dance”
D. “Make the Libertarian Party your new home”

Of course, I was a bit preemptive on the draw earlier this week when I announced I would be working to replace the LNC chair by posting my own suggestion: “the after-party you’ve been searching for.” So if you see that over at the poll, give some support and vote for it (unless there’s another, more compelling one that tickles your fancy).

Either way, it’s good to see some movement in reaching out and asking for suggestions, hopefully the strategy at the LNC is beginning to gravitate towards creating a more open and inclusive party.

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Revolution? …Yes!

this has been coming in at the edges for a while now, just a matter of time until the Common Sense of our day is written.

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President for Life

Forget the Patriot Act, these bastards are actually trying to repeal the 22nd amendment

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Fired for Frowning

woman with partial facial paralysis fired after working for 19 years at the same store for not smiling enough [via]

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Limbaugh, O’Reilly Trump Woodward as “Journalists”

The girl who combs O’Reilly’s hair… also a journalist. The announcer for the WWE… you guessed it: journalist.

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Ohio Hates its Governor

mired in controversy and mismanagement, 19% approval is still somewhat high

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Russia Cracks Down on Mail-Order Brides

both are silly IMHO, then again I live in Slavic Village, Cleveland and enjoy going out with Russian girlies

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Mad Max is Jealous

the armored VIP buses used in Iraq are pretty amazing [via]

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OS X on Intel

People are already installing the developer builds on $200 DIY boxes, but the OS isn’t upgradeable

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Buying a New Party

As of last night, I’m on board a campaign to revive the LNC with new leadership at the 2006 convention in Portland, Oregon. I can’t give out many details of the campaign (names, urls, etc), but suffice to say it’s a lot of people who “get it” when it comes to politics and transforming the Libertarian Party into a political player. I have been tapped to be the Technical Director for this; and if things go well, I may possibly become part of of the national LP in a more direct role (based on my technical/grassroots skills).

Slogan of the moment:
“Libertarians – the after-party you’ve been searching for.”

Libertarians need to be poised to create the biggest political upset against entrenched beaurocrats, sparking a new era of transparent government and rational foreign policy and security without hypocrisy.

This is going to take money though, and I’m going to bust my ass to raise as much as we need to ensure this happens. And if we raise more than we need to win, you can bet we’re going to turn around and put that money into the revived libertarian awareness movement and campaigns. Because dammit, it’s time we started making people look at us as a de facto option when voting.

I know enough people who are fed up with the direction the LP has been taking in recent years, and I’m happy to see signs of change coming in at the edges (Shane Cory as new Communications Director is a good example). Our party has a strong future, we just have to stand up now and build the foundation for a strong movement into 2006 and 2008 and however long down the road it takes for us to effect libertarian change in our government.

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