“Six Californias” opens new U.S. secession debate

Voters in California may be asked to vote on a proposal to split the state into six Californias.

The plan, called “Six Californias” by Tom Draper, the venture capitalist behind the idea, must first obtain signatures from over 800,000 registered voters before it will be placed on the ballot.

Opponents argue that the proposal would give some of the new states an unfair advantage in regards to tax revenue, claiming “the ‘Six Californias’ campaign is nothing more than a scheme for making sure that the taxes of wealthy individuals like Draper gets ‘redistributed’ inside their own affluent neighborhoods.” see more…

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Ron Paul: still the biggest pain in the establishment's ass
Young libertarians aim to be players in 2014 elections…
YAL: “Our hope is to raise between $10,000 and $50,000 per candidate.”

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HATE SITE: Whitehouse.gov petition to deport Justin Bieber second-highest ever…

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CNN’s Piers Morgan shooting himself in the foot?
FLASHBACK: Jeremy Clarkson winning the ratings and twitter fued…

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BUSINESS SAVVY: Girl scout sells more cookies than normal outside cannabis dispensary…
TAX HIGH: Colorado recreational pot tax revenue exceeding hopes…

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UPDATED: Nobody expected this FCC Inquisition

UPDATE: The FCC announced a hold to the program:

Chairman [Tom] Wheeler agreed that survey questions in the study directed toward media outlet managers, news directors, and reporters overstepped the bounds of what is required. Last week, Chairman Wheeler informed lawmakers that that Commission has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters and would be modifying the draft study. Yesterday, the Chairman directed that those questions be removed entirely.

Gotta love a win, even if it might be temporary. /UPDATE

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — I have a rather unique position in media. I am 33 and have 30 years’ experience in radio broadcast.

I grew up around radio and its personalities. I can tell you the great things the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine did, and the damage that the ensuing corporateers caused to the field.

Now there is impending implementation of the massive survey called “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN)” for the FCC. The commissioner is Mignon Clyburn — daughter of House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn and headed by the Social Solutions International Inc. (SSI).

The task will place government “researchers” (or agents) in media outlets nationally to ask questions about newsroom philosophy and demographics.

The media mouths are freaking out, and rightly so. see more…

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STUDY: Uninsured patients get better care than insured…

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$1.2 trillion student loan bubble “ready to pop” as delinquency rates spiral…

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ARMED AND READY: Cabela’s gun sales drop 10% in Q4…
2013 highest year for background checks, ever…
Connecticut gun owners ignore registration deadline…
“I honestly thought from my own standpoint that the vast majority would register. If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don’t follow them, then you have a real problem.”

Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime…
LOW TECH POLS: Colorado GOP Gov. candidate gives away AR-15…

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SHOCK: 71% regret voting for Obama re-election, Romney still fails to inspire…
“Sub Par Obama” street art blankets Santa Monica…

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America unravels at an increasingly dizzying pace…
“While appalled Republicans sat on their hands, Democrats stood up and shouted like equatorial, rubber-stamp parliamentarians: ‘Hooray! We are irrelevant!'”

FLASHBACK: Obama mocks tea partiers: “you should be thanking me” for cutting taxes…

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The “how” and “why” of the debt ceiling

Over the past several years, it has become a something of a tradition for the Congress and President to claim that the federal government will not be able to pay its bills unless the debt ceiling is raised. In fact, the debt ceiling has been increased, or suspended, a total of seventy-nine times since 1940.

However, the United States government, which has had a national debt since it was created (with the exception of 1835) did not always have a debt ceiling, which should actually be called a money pit.

Prior to 1917, any debt accrued by the federal government would need to be specifically approved by the Congress. The initial debt ceiling, passed in the Second Liberty Bond Act, was set at $9.5 billion in Treasury bonds and $4 billion in one-year certificates. This removed some of the Congressional oversight from the Secretary of the Treasury.

Until 1939, when Congress created an overall aggregate limit on the national debt, increases in the national debt were simply amendments to the Second Liberty Bond Act.

The national debt now stands at approximately $17 trillion, with the debt ceiling being completely eliminated until March 2015.

So, why is the federal government so far in debt? see more…

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Colorado Health-Exchange Director Indicted for Fraud, Theft…

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Free Press Publications launces FPPRadioNews

Free Press Publications is pleased to announce that Darryl W. Perry began producing FPPRadioNews on Monday February 3, 2014. FPPRadioNews is a daily 5 minute radio newscast, being produced seven days per week, and is currently heard on several online radio networks and low power radio stations across the country. The broadcast quality newscast is available for download via RSS at http://news.FPPRadio.com

About FPP.cc: Free Press Publications is an independent alternative media and publishig company, founded in June 2009, with the mission of “ensuring a FREE PRESS for the FREEDOM MOVEMENT” and is committed to spreading the message of peace, freedom, love and liberty.

About FPPRadio: Since August 2011, Darryl has produced the FPP Freedom Minute, a weekly 5 minute news and commentary podcast; and since December 2012, has produced Peace, Love, Liberty Radio, a 2-hour weekly radio show originating on the Liberty Radio Network, in which Darryl and a guest share news, views and opinions while promoting the ideas of peaceful interaction.

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Lady Liberty is Livid!

Livid Liberty... show us your secrets

[editor’s note: Chad Ginsburg forwarded this original piece of digital art he made. It’s fantastic and easily worth a thousand words, so we wanted to ask our readers: What is she so pissed about? Fire up your photoshoppies and post your answer in the comments or suggest something clever and I may just do it for you. – SV]

SOURCE FILE: lady-liberty-is-livid-chad-ginsburg.png (PNG / 1.9MB)

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Pentagon declares ‘professional’ war on independent military newspapers…
Canadian rock band Skinny Puppy bills Pentagon for Guantanamo royalties…

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L.A. IRONY: Dumb people line up for “Dumb Starbucks” coffee…
REVIEW: ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ shines in third season…

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Off the Grid: Jesse Ventura announces new show where he hides (poorly) from American drones…
VIDEO…

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Obama’s massive $955B “Swiss Army Knife” farm bill

On Friday February 7th, President Obama signed a farm bill that has an estimated cost of $954.6 billion.

The President and other supporters claim the bill will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next ten years, though the National Taxpayers Union points out, “it is highly unlikely that taxpayers will reap any so-called ‘savings’ from the almost $1 trillion spending bill.” see more…

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PROHIBITION WHIMPER: 20 states pushing for cannabis legalization in 2014…
Lawmakers push for eased banking regulations…

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Phones, Browsers, and Search Engines Get a Privacy Overhaul…

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NBC refers to decades of Soviet communism as ‘pivotal experiment’…
INFALLIBILITY COMPLEX: Broken Olympic opening rings were dubbed over by producers in “open secret” change to reality…
American snowboarder takes first gold medal…

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January 2014 Hammer of Truth sticker numbers

** Okay, so the period of unashamed sticker pimping is over. But not before the stats. **

In January we gave away a grand total of… 74 stickers.

Yes, yes, I know it’s starting to push it with the sticker posts here at Hammer of Truth, but after this I assure you it will be the last one (from me) for a while.

Thanks in order:

  • Thanks to all the local folks who are rocking them on their dogs and cars and skis and computers and office cubicles and stuff.
  • Thanks to the Robin Hood of Colorado Springs. We’ve already heard one political rapper on the scene and it was thrilling to hear libertarian lyrics live while being able to point to a HoT sticker.
  • Thanks to Geovanni Machado of Machado Customs in Colorado Springs for giving us a deal so fantastic we could swing a whole bunch of free ones for any and all who ask.
  • Thanks to Ginsburg for single-handedly stickering 28 people in one night.
  • There’s probably more, but this isn’t a fucking awards show…

For my part, in addition to boasting our over 12 years of quality libertarian prose and doing programming on the back-end, I’m still the primary provider of what interesting news I can find from the confines of a 9 to 5er (well, a 10 to 6er, it’s a flexible gig as a pollster programmer). I have already noticed an uptick in 2014 as the elections begin to really wind up and fire up new libertarians fill our ranks here and everywhere else online.

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