Hurricane Katrina Spares Sensationalist Media

live report in the hurricaneNews reports are just now coming in that confirm that no sensationalism-chasing crews for FOX News, CNN, MSNBC or other large networks who covered the storm live were injured by flying debris. All crews are reported as being accounted for and uninjured. Save for a totalled CNN coverage vehicle, damage to the Hurricane Coverage News Teams was minimal and the reporters should be ready for the next on-location crisis in no time.

After whipping across Florida only to pick up steam and slam into the Gulf states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Hurricane Katrina Coverage News Teams are blowing their last puffs of hot air and will soon be heading north to their headquarters in Atlanta, D.C. and New York to report on missing white girls in Aruba. Flood Coverage News Teams are now on the scene across the Gulf coasts, saturating the airwaves with scenes of people driving through water and wading to the market. Many of the Flood Coverage Teams are also informing us that we should not walk in the water because of the amount of bacteria, while standing in that same water. Many people do not realize that Flood Coverage Teams are above the laws of immunization.

Our award for most likely to be impaled by a ball-point pen hurling at 120MPH belongs to Steve Harrigan of FOX News, letting us have rain-specked views of danger with his leaning-into-the-wind reports. Harrigan gave us such insightful news about the hurricane’s effect on the human body, with reporting such as:

“The water is already knee-deep, and it’s already higher than when we got just here.”

“So far I can still stand up!”

“I’m getting out of here, the roof of a building just blew right at my feet!”

“The winds are very strong…”

“It’s gotten to the scary level here…”

“You can see the debris flying now. Okay I’m getting out of here…”

“Whoooah! There’s broken glass. It sounded like a window in the hotel just went.” (Harrigan then covered his eye, but since Hurricane Coverage News Teams are beyond the reach of the laws of physics, we know this was just for show)

Truly, we should be in awe of such in-depth reporting on such a catastrophic event. But FOX News also picks up the award for best coverage of locals, when they ask a resident why he hasn’t evacuated, and he answers them: “None of your fucking business.”

Wrong sir, our heroic Hurricane Coverage News Teams make it their business to cover all the significant news so they can report and we can decide, and your evacuation choices up to this exact moment is critical to that reporting… don’t you see?

Update: More coverage of the coverage over at Buzzmachine. This exchange between Geraldo and some blonde weatherbabe (I’m guessing) is classic:

FOX NEWS WEATHER BABE: The situation in New Orleans has the potential to be horrific.
GERALDO RIVERA: Would you say it could be hell?
FNWB: Uh, yes, I guess so.
GR: So we have hell and high water.
FNWB: Oh, yes — ha ha.

Another Update: (Usually) animated Internet celebrity, Foamy the Squirrel, weighs in on the hurricane disaster reports (thanks Nick!).

Amazing Redemption Update: Wow, this clip of FOX News’ Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera freaking out at the convention center on day 6 is just gripping. You know when even FOX is boiling mad, the government fucked up.

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The FDA is Not Your Friend

Dr Graham, FDA insider, offers some interesting insights regarding how the FDA is failing to protect Americans from the health dangerous associated with prescription drugs. The article starts off with this gem

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), “Adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Reactions to prescription and over-the-counter medications kill far more people annually than all illegal drug use combined.”

You don’t say? The same agency that approved vioxx and mercury derivatives in vaccines is receiving pressure from the pharmaceutical to approve more drugs? Shocker.

In today’s go-go world, every adult is looking for the quick fix pill to fix their problems. Pharmaceutical companies are quick to offer you a pill to feel good, to sleep, to feel happy, and to get a hard-on. Whatever happened to just eating your vegetables and letting your body work on it’s own?

You want to feel better and not get sick as much? Here’s a simple trick. Stop drinking soda and liquid candy drinks like gatorade. There is this new product on the market that’s far better. It’s called water. There, that alone will at least slow the obesity problem. Yes yes, I realize some people are just big boned, but looking at these trends doesn’t make me confident that pills are the solution.

And apologies for the lack of pictures with my posts. I’m still figuring WordPress’s options/features.

Update: Part 2 on the series (though it’s labeled part 3 for some reason). Another choice quote:

For example, ask the FDA why on earth they didn’t ban high dose Vioxx after the VIGOR Study showed in early 2000 that it increased the risk of heart attack by 500 percent? High-dose Vioxx was approved for the short-term treatment of acute pain. What earthly benefit was there that exceeds a 500 percent increase in heart attack risk? Ask the FDA to produce its benefit analysis that shows that the benefits exceed the risks. It doesn’t exist.

Well that certainly gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. What say you?

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Attack the Hive, Not the Bees

It seems that every debate among libertarians eventually breaks down to the “purist” versus “pragmatic” approach. The purist approach is a tough line to sell to most people, simply because Americans have been duped into the Republicrat – Demolican political spectrum farce. If you want your constitutionally protected (note I didn’t say granted) rights to be respected by any law enforcement, you’ll get the ‘extremist’ label faster than Bush can say, “What Abu Ghraib torture?”

I tend to be a purist at heart. I don’t swat bees while sitting at the picnic table. I get a can of Raid and take those little suckers out John-Woo-style (can in each hand, diving to the right, and in slow motion). You can swat bees endlessly. But if you are merely kill one here and one there, you’ll give up like most disheartened libertarians have.

Of course, and example is in order. Let’s take a topic that pisses off ever libertarian – excessively high TAXES. Now, we know that the average American is getting hosed approximately 30+ percent on the income tax alone. We know for a fact that getting a long term tax cut from our beloved congress is not going to happen when their own numbers show a 7 trillion dollar debt and 45.9 trillion (see pg 16 of the pdf) dollars in outstanding liabilities! This 45.9 trillion dollars that is already earmarked to be paid out with funds they don’t have. What on earth makes you believe taxes will go down?

Trying to swat away the inevitable tax increases seems like an endless endeavor on our already limited libertarian base. So, what is the “hive” in this case? Is there a silver bullet? A can of Raid?

But of course, my dear libertarians! It’s called (drum roll please) the LAW. If you’ve actually read the constitution, relevant sections of the internal revenue code, and have a basic grasp of jurisdiction, you’ll find that there is no law making ordinary people, like you, liable for such a tax. In fact, you make yourself liable by claim only (thanks to your signature on w4).

Now comes the sad news. The powers that be don’t want to hear it. They obviously benefit by duping and forcing people to abide by these nonexistent liabilities. And before I get super-sized from “extremist” the category to “anarchist”, let me quickly point out that most of the infrastructure of our government is supported by imposts, duties, and excises. The income tax only pays off debt to the federal reserve (more on that on another post). They will try to get the money from you anyway, and even the most knowledgeable Citizens will have trouble fending them off (but that is changing).

Obviously, you probably have questions, contentions, and rebuttals galore regarding this issue. There are books ranging from 20 pages to 1800 pages documenting the history and legal issues. My favorite, due to accuracy and brevity, is the federal zone by Paul Mitchell. Give the first few chapters a read before making bold claims.

I hope this example serves as an eye opener to the libertarians that read this site. Many problems that face libertarians today have an Achilles heel, yet few are even aware they exist. Now are you just gonna swat bees for years and years, or are you gonna RAID on their ass?

Hope you enjoyed my first post here on the “Hammer of Truth”. I look forward to getting the awakening the masses. Forward this along to friends and help spread the word.

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Signs of the Oncoming Tyranny

I’m simply amazed at how much police brutality has become the norm in America in just the past 15 years. Here’s a smorgasbord of videos that I ran across… this week alone:

Cop tasers protestor who is already restrained (note the chant changes, huzzah). [iFilm]

Cop pepper-sprays Wendy’s employee when he doesn’t believe she gave him back correct change. [The Agitator]

Cops in para-military garb raid a rave party. Those dancing kids are a menace I tell ya. [Hit & Run]

Try not to piss off the cops folks, they might just protect and serve your ass into the pavement. Like this Stormtrooper-clad attendee of the JVL-CON science fiction convention who nearly got the knee to the back of the head treatment when cops were alerted of an “armed robber.” The weapon? A plastic laser-gun replica that even the stupidest retard wouldn’t fear.

Frankly, I say it’s time to start up the resistance to the encroaching police-state.

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Random Thought of the Day: Libertarian Music

I was wondering why libertarians aren’t better represented in music (with notable exception, Frank Zappa, now gone). I for one would love to hear a libertarian group rock out in a cross-genre sound that blended the gritty guitar riffs of Rage Against the Machine and the urban lyrical mastery of N.W.A.

Bonus points if they aren’t on The Advocates celebrity music list [Dr. Demento, Robbie Fulks, Paul Marshall (Strawberry Alarm Clock), Melanie, Mojo Nixon, Neil Peart (Rush), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Walker (Soledad Bros.), Dwight Yoakam, Joe Young (ANTiSEEN)]

If you know of any pro-libertarian bands or specific songs, post them in the comments.

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Crawford Seige Day 13: Sheehan Pulling Out

Sheehan hugs her mother, awwwNearly two weeks into the Crawford Ranch stand-off, Cindy Sheehan has abruptly taken leave of the protest in order to visit with her sick 74-year-old mother who had a stroke in Los Angeles. In what can only be described as an ironic pull-out by the protest mom, Sheehan left Camp Casey late Wednesday evening and pitched a new campaign against the doctor who treated her mother, vowing to camp outside the hospital until the doctor will speak to her, or until a more pressing tragedy presents itself.

In a related story, Sheehan fired a shot back at the Drudge Report and other detractors in a message on the Huffington Post, where she writes: “But no matter what they say or how many shotguns they fire or how many crosses they destroy, they’re not going to stop me from speaking out about a war that needlessly killed my son.”

It also won’t stop her from talking about whatever tickles her fancy, be it the Iraq conflict, PNAC, neo-cons behind 9/11, the Palestine/Israel situation or any conspiracy theory that wraps all of those together.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m strongly opposed to the Iraq war debacle and think we’ve been hoodwinked when it comes to the real threat to the U.S. (which is… duh, Al Qaida radicals still chillin’ in Afghanistan and Pakistan), but is Sheehan really the voice we want to have explaining our position?

I don’t fucking think so.

Previously: Crawford Seige: Day 11, Cindy “Protest Mom” Sheehan Draws Sympathy, Hippies

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Kinky Friedman for Texas Governor 2006

Kinky Friedman for Texas Governor 2006

This week’s issue of The New Yorker has a great writeup on Kinky Friedman, the unorthodox comedian running for governor as an independent:

In front of a liberal crowd, Kinky throws in as many racist and sexist epithets as he can think of. If it’s a country crowd, he uses bigger words and makes fun of rednecks. Naturally, this is part of his political appeal: politicians are always careful to say nothing offensive, whereas Kinky is careful to always say something offensive; he provokes not to stop conversation but to start it. It’s a delicate balance, however. As Evan Smith, the editor of Texas Monthly, for which Kinky wrote a column for four years, put it, “If he’s too much like the Kinky we all know and love, he risks not being taken seriously; but if he’s too serious he risks just being another guy. People will say, ‘If I wanted an unfunny guy, I’d vote for one of the actual candidates.'”

Kinky has become the everyman’s candidate of choice, striking a chord of common agitation with the political establishment of Democrats and Republicans. As one supporter asked, “How’d it be if someone went up to the capitol and did what they said they would?” The candidate coolly replied, “It’d be a first.”

Not surprisingly, support is growing quickly among independent and disenfranchised voters, and his stable of endorsements continues to grow, with Penn Jillette and Willie Nelson apparently backing the candidate.

He’s even hired Dean Barkley, the campaign director who worked Jesse Ventura’s campaign for governor of Minnesota, and Bill Hillsman, an adman who also worked on Ventura’s campaign in 1998. Hillsman outlined the current strategy:

“We’re in the business of fomenting discontent. Even if we’ve got the greatest answers in the world, now’s the wrong time to be putting them out there, because no one’s really listening.”

That’s exactly the way to play politics as the unknown underdog and I salute their campaign for having gusto. I would hope the Texas Libertarian Party is smart enough to back Kinky and try and get him to run as a libertarian, but that may be wishful thinking on my part. Either way, Kinky appears to have the momentum needed to win next year, and I wish his campaign lots of luck.

And hey, why not donate a few bucks to the campaign?

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Crawford Seige: Day 11

Led by Cindy Sheehan, officially dubbed “protest mom” by the media, the circus outside of Bush’s Crawford ranch, Camp Casey, continues to escalate as tensions rise and tempers start to flare.

Day 7, Bush drove by in his motorcade on his way to explain the Iraq war mess fundraise. He did not wave.

Day 8, an irate neighbor fired the first warning shot over the heads of the gathering anti-war protesters. Secret Service went to his house to make sure he had not injured his shoulder and to deliver a freedom medal from the president.

Day 9’s daybreak witnessed a motorcade of Secret Service vehicles speeding past Camp Casey honking horns and letting the revelers know that morning had come. Protesters responded to the taunt by singing Kumbaya.

Day 10 brought Larry Northern, 46, of nearby Waco, Texas with his pickup truck dragging a pipe and chains. Northern drove all over the faux grave markers set out on the side of the road by the protestors. He was arrested, but not before a gripping rendition of “We Shall Overcome” wafted from Camp Casey.

Day 11 brings more stupidity on both sides, though the 30 mile trek to the infamous Branch Davidian massacre site is making us giddy that maybe Janet Reno will come by and bring some matches.

UPDATE: The left/right circus starts coming into focus: “At the beginning of the summer, the Right had Terry Schiavo. Now, we here on the Left have Cindy Sheehan.”

In response to the comments and who are lambasting me for making fun of hippies: Did you not notice that I called this whole damn thing a freak circus in the previous post? This is what happens when the extreme left or right sinks its teeth into anything, it turns into a complete turd issue that everyone hates.

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Cindy “Protest Mom” Sheehan Draws Sympathy, Hippies

You know, I kinda feel sad for Cindy Sheehan. Here’s a mother who lost her son in Iraq last year and went to Crawford, Texas to camp outside of Bush’s house while the president takes a 5-week sabbatical. Hey, all she wanted to do was talk to the president. I feel bad for her because she’s simply expressing her greivances against the president and the Iraq war as best she knows, and it’s a genuine and simple message. Leave it to the far left to hijack that message.

Along to Crawford comes the aging anti-war hippies, praying for another Vietnam to revitalize them like some kind of political viagra. Banging on their drums and pretending like its 1967, trying to getting their Woodstock on in Bush’s backyard. One thing that’s become painfully clear in being a political observer is that when the extreme left and right get in on any political action, be it the Terry Schiavo case, pro-lifers versus pro-choicers, or whatever, odds are the shit is gonna turn into a political circus once they hit the scene.

And hoo boy is this one going to be good. Hell, the token burnt out hippie has already shown up and is probably setting up a hemp necklace stand next to his VW microbus.

I mean seriously… there is literally a geriatric hippie, tie-died, long-haired, and wearing a bandana and sandals. Here’s the photographic proof:

Analysis of Crawford hippie

I wish I were making this shit up.

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Dems Smear Roberts in False Ad; Repubs: “Stop Copying Us!”

NARAL/Roberts abortion adYou knew this was going to happen sooner or later. The scrubby finger of the dirty marketing arm (NARAL) of the Democratic Party has reared up its ugly head and decided to in essence just make shit up about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts:

An abortion-rights group is running an attack ad accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers “supporting … a convicted clinic bomber” and of having an ideology that “leads him to excuse violence against other Americans” It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham , Alabama .

The ad is false.

And the ad misleads when it says Roberts supported a clinic bomber. It is true that Roberts sided with the bomber and many other defendants in a civil case, but the case didn’t deal with bombing at all.

Of course, CNN has agreed to air the ads, because they are completely broke and ashamed of blowing Al Franken’s dog in order to get advertising table scraps from the nearly defunct Air America, so they will pretty much run any whack-ass bullshit ad that pays six figures and doesn’t include the words “girls”, “gone” or “wild” in the same sentence.

Not surprisingly, Republicans immediately fired back, with the RNC issuing a statement on the ad saying “NARAL’s ad is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts that has no purpose but to mislead the American people.” The RNC then claimed intellectual property rights to the factually devoid, tasteless smear campaign, citing their election 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

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Wal-Mart: Always Dead Shoplifters… Always

Creepy Wal-Mart Rollback SmileyVia cryptogon comes this story of overzealous enforcement by the Wal-Mart Rent-a-Cops:

“They chased him right past me,” said Portz, who followed the chase, then saw four or five employees hold Driver on the ground. Driver was pleading with them to let him up, Portz said. “The blacktop was just blistering,” he said.

The high temperature at Bush Intercontinental Airport Sunday was 96 degrees.

Portz said one of the Wal-Mart employees had Driver in a choke hold as other employees pinned his body to the ground.

“He was begging, ‘Please, I’m burning, let me up,’ ” Portz said of Driver. “He’d push himself up off the blacktop, like he was doing a push-up.

[…]After Driver was handcuffed, Portz said one employee had his knee on the man’s neck and others were putting pressure on his back.

“Finally the guy stopped moving” and the employees got off him, Portz said. “They wouldn’t call an ambulance.”

I think Wal-Mart should play up this kind of publicity, actually. You know, shoot a commercial showing that little smiley face knocking down some prices on toilet paper and sodas and the next thing you know the head swivels around and there’s an angry face on the other side. He takes off across the store in hot pursuit of a shoplifter. Cut to the store entrance where he’s pounding his round yellow face into the back of a shopper clutching a bag of Doritos, running in terror out the door past the elderly door greeter. Pan the camera over to greeter who is smiling and waving innocently as blood suddenly spatters across her face. Quickly fade to black.

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World’s Skewedest Political Quiz

Liberteaser made me chuckle with this abridged version of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz:

I’ve decided that the World’s Smallest Political Quiz isn’t small enough so I’ve composed a new one of my own. Much like the original, the questions are skewed so that a disproportionate number of the respondees will turn out to be libertarians.

Question 1: Are you a ______?

  • Libertarian
  • Idiotic Liberal
  • Retarded Conservative

A handy commenter notes that he left out Jack-Booted Authoritarian Thug. Because when you can’t decide whether to exploit the minority at the whim of the majority, or vice versa. You know… like uh, just exploit everyone equally.

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More Proof The Drug War is Lost

Big PharmaI read about the recent arrest and extradition of a Canadian citizen to the U.S. recently, and also ran across another related story about new provisions being added to the PATRIOT Act renewal to send marijuana users caught with too many grams to jail for up to 20 years because of narcoterrorism.

Which really got me thinking about the whole war on drugs in general and why it continues to slog on despite the growing outrage by the public. And I came to the only logical solution: the people backing the drug war are the biggest pushers on the planet, only they don’t want to give up their corner in the market.

Those people are the big pharmaceuticals.

The other day, I heard of a vision of a new Boston Tea Party, except instead of colonialists dressed as indians throwing crates of tea off a ship, it was Gen X-ers smashing into cargo containers bearing the Merck and Pfizer logos, shoving them off trains and setting them ablaze. Alas, such talk these days puts a circular bull on the square of my ass.

Because, if anyone really wanted to end the drug war, they would simply stop buying the state-approved recreational drugs, plain and simple. Pain relievers like OxyContin or Vicodin; central nervous system depressants such as Valium or Xanax; stimulants including Ritalin or Adderall and anabolic-androgenic steroids like Anadrol or Equipoise; Sexual enhancers such as Viagra and Cialis.

These are drugs that are abused on par with their illegal compatriots: marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, etc, etc. et-fucking-cetera…

One difference… the people misusing prescription drugs for recreation tend to be white-collar suburbanites who merely get a slap on the wrist when caught. I can think of one in particular, whose name starts with an L and ends with an imbaugh. Don’t tell me if he had been caught buying and snorting coke he wouldn’t be in the slam right now as the poster-boy of the drug war.

Take morphine for example, a cousin of heroin is perfectly legal when prescribed and filled by a large pharmaceutical, but that same patient could score it on the street for a tenth of the price, in higher potency and go to jail for 20 years. Think about who is behind the drug war: Big Pharma. Hypocrisy at its finest.

What we lack is blind justice in an immoral war on self-determination, and in return we get a war on poor, fucked up people just trying to find happiness in a snort or joint and detox hideaways for those that can afford to get off with a slap on the wrist. The reality is, we have a hypocritical war on drugs fueled by an industry that has wrapped its tentacles around our legislative process.

The train is pulling out of the station… see you there.

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No Longer Suspended

Apparently something just went wonky here for a couple days and my account got auto-suspended. Phone calls were going straight to voice mail, and I honestly began to wonder if I was about to get a take-down notice for something I had written. I even began to wonder if Seth was on a military transport to Gitmo for hosting this site and its sometimes flagrantly seditious content.

I even bagan waiting for my own knock at the door.

Well, chalk that up to an overactive imagination, because it turned out to be a glitch, not a snitch.

Everything is back to normal now and I am no longer freaking out because I can’t get my email or post on this site, or whatever.

Yes, back to normal… but, should the above scenario actually play itself out one day (and not be a false alarm), rest assured there is now a chain of events that will unfold to spread the word. I implore all bloggers to assess their own plans should they be arrested or shut down because of something they posted.

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New Blog: godstool

Sometimes I like to start little projects to provoke certain people. Who wants to see God get arrested for threatening to kill off judges and random politicians by comically answering people’s prayers?

Say hello to godstool: god poops on you, read all about it.

Anyone wondering how a little satirical intimidation from God would fly in this case?

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This Land is Your Land, But Now it’s My Land

Note: this article contains dead links, the url is still in the hover/alt text. Keep the web working, curate content well!

 i-want-some-hot-Eminent-Domain-on-Domain-action-HELLS-Yes.COMWith everyday people starting to finally reel from the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision, some enterprising Libertarians in New Hampshire have another novel idea (aside from Hotel Lost Liberty): Use Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s 167-acre Plainfield property to create a “Constitution Park,” with stone monuments to commemorate the U.S and New Hampshire constitutions.

“The point is: What goes around comes around,” Lorrey said. “This is a way of saying, ‘You’re going to be held to your own standard.'”

Lorrey said the Libertarian petition would place the land-taking request before a town meeting next spring. But Plainfield Town Administrator Steve Halleran said Friday that he didn’t expect voters to support the effort.

The Libertarian Party objects to the high court’s June ruling that let a Connecticut city take land by eminent domain and turn it over to a private developer.

A lot of people are going to heap criticism on libertarians for endorsing this kind of retributive land-grabbing, and to them I say: the only way to fix this mess is to proverbially (or literally) tar and feather the enablers.

What better way to get your point across that the ruling is unconstitutional and an affront to our property rights than to shove the fruits of that verdict down the throats of the Justices who voted in favor of it?

I commend the libertarians making waves with this (and for getting critical coverage in the AP), and hope to see more bureaucrats kicked out of their homes as acts of retribution if they support this type of land-theft.

Libertarians Urge Seizure of Justice Breyer’s Property to Protest High Court Ruling [AP] (via Catallarchy)

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LP Financially Insolvent?

Stephen Gordon has dug up the numbers on the National Libertarian Party budget to date and found a worrisome trend:

For the first half year, the total expenses were $804,000, under the budgeted $926,000, but the cash outflow for the first half-year was still more than $50,000, and at this point the cupboard is bare.

Gordon isn’t making any predictions on solvency, and appears to have all his facts in order to post such an exhaustive analysis of the FY2005 to date for the LNC. However, the recent membership drive doesn’t seem to be factored in, nor does the recent activity on the web strategy, which may very well tip them back into the black.

Now, I’m not one to sound the alarms over budgeting or income shortfalls before they’ve been fully exposed and dissected, however it does seem mysterious that Executive Director Joe Seehusen has bailed out just as his contract had been renewed.

Could this be a hint that the recent fundraising strategy didn’t quite meet expectations? Who knows. But from the looks of things, this is going to be interesting to watch unfold.

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Homeland Boyz in Da ‘Hood

Osama bin Doggy DoggVia Cryptogon comes word that Homeland Security is doing a wonderful job of protecting us from gangstas (Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13; Sure Inos; the 18th Street Gang; Latin Kings; the Mexican Mafia; Border Brothers; Brown Pride and numerous others) who planned to crash their pimped out rides into prized national landmarks such as Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles:

Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members over a two-week period, officials said Monday, targeting an estimated 80 violent groups they say have spawned street crimes across the country.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called the gangs “a threat to our homeland security and … a very urgent law enforcement priority.”

Which all goes to prove that while Al Qaida may try to act all hard and shit by crashing their ghetto asses into some towers, they ain’t got nothin’ on the real homies unless they be hookin’ themselves up with some tats and gang signs and dope sound systems in their whips.

Word up, my Homelandies.

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Ohio Blogger Arrested; Told to Stop Blogging

Newer: Elsebeth Baumgartner Arrested

How many tyrannnical sparks does it take to ignite a revolution? Do we cower as the government suspends our rights, forcefully stripping us of our heritage one by one and turning us into children to be protected by the all-powerful state? How long does it take until people will stand up against a system turning sour?

James in Atlanta tipped me off to the story of ErieVoices.com blogger Bryan DuBois being arrested last week and I wish I had blogged it then, but I’ll do it now because this is truly the scariest shit I’ve ever blogged about (and that’s saying a lot considering how much I like to dance on the fine line of free speech). You see, I’m in close enough proximity of this case to possibly jeopardize my own liberty by even blogging about it, and I very well may end up joining this blogger for what I support.

So be it, these fuckers don’t scare me.

I’m still trying to fully digest all the twists and turns of this amazingly huge scandal taking place right here in my corner of the U.S., but suffice to say, this is a spark, and with enough sparks thrown at a combustive vapor of government tyranny, we’ll have revolution. Everyone I’ve spoken to has that same gut feeling: maybe not today, maybe not next week or next year, but eventually… we’re going to have to fix our government the hard way.

Here’s the backstory from an Empire Journal writeup to better inform yourself (you could also see the indictment, if the thing wasn’t so top secret):

Former Ohio attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner, 50, and the editor of a news blog, Bryan DuBois, 28, of Sandusky, Ohio, have been charged with intimidation and retaliation because a judge filed a complaint against them, claiming that he was intimidated by them and their charges of judicial corruption.

[…]Baumgartner faces 10 counts of intimidation and three counts of retaliation, third-degree felonies, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. She is being held in the Cuyahoga County Detention Facility on a $360,000 bond. DuBois faces one count of extortion, two counts of intimidation, one count of retaliation, all third-degree felonies, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. The tool? A computer.

DuBois, a former Marine who has no previous convictions, is being held on bonds totaling $190,000 His charges purportedly relate to a note he allegedly handed former School Superintendent Charles Burns after Burns testified against Baumgartner during a libel trial last year in which Burns had sued Baumgartner. DuBois maintains he can prove that Burns allegedly committed perjury.

It is alleged that the pair used emails to intimidate and threaten visiting judge Richard Markus, a judge who had presided in cases involving Baumgartner. In fact, it is alleged that one “threatening email” to Markus was sent in November, 2004, prior to him presiding over that same libel trial. Kasaris said that some of the charges against DuBois stemmed from an email that he allegedly sent to Markus before the libel trial began against Baumgartner. Kasaris labeled the email threatening and said that while it didn’t threaten bodily harm, it threatened the judge’s reputation and on the basis of that, he lodged a charge of extortion against DuBois.

[…]At the hearing for DuBois earlier this week, Kasaris reportedly said that he would be willing to drop the charges against the editor to misdemeanor level if DuBois would agree to three things:

1) Stop writing on www.Erievoices.com, because it “has obviously been taken over by Elsebeth Baumgartner”

2) Not associate with Elsebeth Baumgartner for the duration of his probation, which could be up to five years.

3) Make a statement regarding Elsebeth Baumgartner’s influence in his writing of the email to Judge Markus on 11/29/2004.

Kasaris needs to go to the public library and read the Bill of Rights—freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of expression, freedom of association.

Essentially, what should have at most been a libel case in a civil court, has been transmogrified into a scene right out of the Sedition Act and landed critics of the government in jail for using their inalienable right to call attention to government corruption, scandal and abuse. And to top things off, they want to strong-arm him into abridging his own rights, or face serious felony charges.

This isn’t my America, this isn’t even their America: this is bullshit.

These judges and prosecutors in this case are the vilest abomination our country has ever seen since we used to tar and feather the corrupt fuckers operating under the authority of King George. If we have no recourse to peacefully petition our government officials for accountability, then we eventually have no choice but to take to the street.

This may not be the ignition of the revolution, but anyone with eyes can see it’s a spark.


Other bloggers that should be arrested for criticizing the government:

If we turn on the light… [Knappster]
U.S. Blogger Arrested [OpenTorrent.org]
A Few Things You Should Know [GuvWorld]
Sunday, July 31, 2005 [Liberty Activist Blog]
Does The 1st Amendment Not Apply In Ohio? [Common Sense Junction]
If the Press is the 4th estate, does that make bloggers and online publishers the 5th Estate? [Freedom’s Gate]
Ohio Blogger Indicted & Jailed over Postings [Judgement Proof]

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LP Billboard: Back Problems?

Rob D over at That’s Ridonkulous has given us a second submission:

Rob says: I’m just throwing this out there for all to get a peak [sic] at what I was trying to accomplish. It needs work I know.

I think it’s a great submission, and with some minor editing is a major contender. Which reminds me… today is July 29th.

Yes, that’s right, today is the last day of the contest, but in order to get the late stragglers who still want to throw their creative hat in the ring, I’m allowing submissions through the weekend and starting voting on Tuesday. Send them in by posting in the comments or emailing us.

Previous entries: Domestic Terrorists, Not For Sale, Starve the Beast, Heads or Tails, All for the Public Good?, Original Patriot Act, Fire the Government, again, Definition of insanity.

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Big Brother’s Kickass Ford F250

DHS surveillance truckThe normally tight-lipped Department of Homeland Security recently had these photos of a tricked out surveillance truck leak onto the Internet (via Boing Boing). I give it a week before the slapdown comes in the form of a national security knock at the ISP’s door.

I’m all for using these kinds of techniques to catch the “bad guy” so to speak, but when it comes to enforcing the PATRIOT Act, they’ve created a loose interpretation of who fits the mould and are using it to go after drug dealers when they need to be focusing on what they were created to combat: the terrorist organization operating in the U.S. named Al Qaida.

But in all honesty, the truck is actually pretty damn cool looking, from a technological standpoint. And when did they stop using the standard white van with the non-existent plumbing company applique on the side? This actually looks like something straight out of Pimp My Ride, minus the 20-inch dub spinners and neon lights. Though I would bet there’s an X-Box tucked away somewhere in there for when the snoops get bored late night on a stake-out.

Of course if you see this truck in your neighborhood (Florida plates A38 BEG), then you might want to hold off on smoking that doob for a while… mkay?

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Tunes for the [Upcoming] Weekend

Tunes for the Upcoming Weekend

Yes, I realize Friday is still three whole days away. But I wanted to let everyone know they MUST download the two latest awesome SIXX MIXX’s from Party Ben (these actually play every Friday on Live105 in SFO and can usually be downloaded the following Monday).

I realize I haven’t done a Tunes for the Weekend (T4dW) post in… ages. It’s hard being the judge of music that other people will like; DJing, even virtually, isn’t easy. Regardless, here’s two that should definitely make up for that drought (I’ve kept downloading myself, just not sharing… suckers):

SIXX MIXX 95 – 07/22/05
REBELLIOUS EDITION (LIES)
128kbps 28MB mp3

1. Eagles vs. Daft Punk — Victim of Da Funk (DJ John mashup)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers — Suck My Kiss
3. Tears for Fears — Shout (a capella)
4. The Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent — Shake That Ass (Lovemakers mashup)
5. Stevie Wonder — Superstition
6. Stevie Wonder vs. Franz Ferdinand vs SOS Band — Franzie Wonder (DJ Nite mashup)
7. Black Eyed Peas vs. Beatles vs. Ludacris vs. TheClipse — Black Beatles (Loo & Placido mashup)
8. Gorillaz — Dirty Harry
9. MIA / Diplo vs. The Bangles — Fire Fire (off Piracy Funds Terrorism)
10. Beck — Black Tamborine (South Rakkas Crew remix)
11. Front 242 vs. Gwen Stefani — Hollaback Headhunter (A+D mashup)
12. Yes vs. Sir Mix-A-Lot — Owner of a Lovely Butt (Lionel Vinyl mashup)
13. Arcade Fire vs. Max Graham vs. Yes — Lonely Rebellion (Party Ben mashup)
14. Mint Royale vs. U2 — Waiting for New Year’s Day (Phil & Dog mashup)
15. U2 vs. Whitney Houston — Dance with Bono (Go Home Productions mashup)
17. Corey Hart vs. Killers — Somebody’s Sunglasses (Team9 mashup)
18. Nine Inch Queens — Insane, Medicated Hand (Party Ben mashup)

SIXX MIXX 94 – 07/15/05
EVERYBODY KNOWS I’M INSANE EDITION
128kbps 28MB mp3 (10/10/05 MIRROR)

1. QOTSA vs. NIN – Insane, Medicated Hand (Party Ben mashup)
2. OutKast – Bombs over Baghdad
3. Cyndi Lauper – She-Bop
4. Beck – Girl
5. The Go-Gos – We Got the Beat
6. Soulwax – Any Minute Now (Whitey remix)
7. The White Stripes vs. Tony Basil vs. Gwen Stefani – Mickey’s Orchid (Fidelski mashup)
8. The Kinks – You Really Got Me (DJ Zebra remix)
9. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun (a capella)
10. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc (a capella)
11. Gorilla Cake – Never Feel Good (Party Ben mashup)
12. Stevie Wonder vs. Rolling Stones vs. Killers – Uptight Killer (Go Home Productions mashup)
13. The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
14. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Crystal Method remix)
15. The Lovemakers – Prepare for the Fight (Josh Harris remix)
16. The Eagles vs. Green Day vs Depeche Mode vs. The Beatles – Greenday Massacre (Team9 mashup)

If you aren’t aware of my auditory fetish for bootleg mashups (one or more acapellas mixed with one or more instrumentals, usually pop, but tend to be eclectic), you can check out major sites dedicated to it, like the GYBO forums, Boomselection and Culture Deluxe. I always get people dancing and shaking at parties, and this is my secret weapon.

Now, on a more philosophical and political note, I have a question: Are bootleg mashups a distinctly libertine musical ideal: the remixing of mutiple or single songs to create new compositions that please the listener… or are they truly a threat to the music industry: an underground, unlicensed theft of intellectual property?

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War on Terror as a series of Unix shell interactions

Great post via Boing Boing:


$ cd /middle_east
$ ls
Afghanistan Iraq Libya Saudi_Arabia UAE
Algeria Israel Morrocco Sudan Yemen
Bahrain Jordan Oman Syria
Egypt Kuwait Palestine Tunisia
Iran Lebanon Qatar Turkey

$ cd Afghanistan
$ ls
bin Taliban
$ rm Taliban
rm: Taliban is a directory
$ cd Taliban
$ ls
soldiers
$ rm soldiers
$ cd ..
$ rmdir Taliban
rmdir: directory "Taliban": Directory not empty
$ cd Taliban
$ ls -a
. .. .insurgents
$ chown -R USA .*
chown: .insurgents: Not owner
$ cd ..
$ su
Password: *******
# mv Taliban /tmp
# exit

Full Link (via Making Light)

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