Why are men with badges enforcing smart meter installations?

This is an open letter to Pueblo County, Colorado Undersheriff Justin Hall, Sheriff Kirk Taylor, the San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA) and anyone else involved in the forced installation of smart meters. see more…


SCOTUS overturns (some) campaign donation limits

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in the case of McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission.

The ruling struck down a federal law that restricts how much money a donor may contribute in total to all candidates or committees.

There is much misreporting of this decision. see more…

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WAR ZONE USA: EPA/Forest Service/NOAA among new armed police forces…

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Supreme Court strikes down aggregate contribution limits…
“An aggregate limit on how many candidates and committees an individual may support through contributions is not a modest restraint at all. The government may no more restrict how many candidates or causes a donor may support than it may tell a newspaper how many candidates it may endorse.”

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ATF uses rogue tactics in storefront stings across nation…
“befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business” … “There is enough crime out there, why do you have to manufacture it?”

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City for Potholes (but not pot taxes)

NOTE: This article is part of a series on the Colorado GOP process from the caucuses onward.

Colorado Springs is a sprawling city with more square footage than Minneapolis, Miami, San Francisco, and Denver combined giving the city massive room for development. City ordinances restrict buildings from becoming massive skyscrapers like in Denver and most residential homes blend into the hillsides. At times you wouldn’t even be able to tell how big the city is it blends in so well, and the people of this city like the way it is.

Though, because Colorado Spring has very wild weather patterns the roads take a beating and upkeep IS supposed to be the city’s number one job… unless of course they have to create a public works project… then apparently roads aren’t part of “public works”.

That is the case with the new urban renewal program the city’s first strong mayor is pushing. Already facing allegations of being in bed with big developers, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is pushing the City for Champions (C4C) initiative. see more…


POV: Why the Caucus is Ca-Ca

NOTE: This article is part of a series on the Colorado GOP process from the caucuses onward.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — I recently participated in my first caucus. I thought, “What the hell? I’d like to see David Kelly, candidate for El Paso County Treasurer in Colorado, get the nomination.” The only way to get that to happen is for him to get enough delegates. So I went on down to my local caucus thinking I’ll put my name in, speak my piece, and at a minimum I can make people aware of a County Treasurer sure to expose where every single tax dollar goes.

To this, I have to say mission accomplished. People were favorable to the idea of a completely audited funds dispersal process, and though I did not get a delegation seat, I got information on an often unimportant seat as well as the opportunity to get these members to think.

When I walked in I knew I had little hope of winning. see more…

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Bitcoin has conflicting status among federal agencies

On March 25, the IRS released guidelines (Notice 2014-21) regarding cryptocurrencies for tax purposes. The IRS wrote, “[The IRS] is aware that ‘virtual currency’ may be used to pay for goods or services, or held for investment. Virtual currency is a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and/or a store of value. In some environments, it operates like ‘real’ currency … but it does not have legal tender status in any jurisdiction.” The notice included an FAQ that says, “For federal tax purposes, virtual currency is treated as property. General tax principles applicable to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency.” see more…

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Is the last wave of US immigration really unprecedented?

Kind of. It is impossible to really understand immigration to the United States without looking at the history. This video lays out the truth about those who have come to start new lives in the United States.

More on the project can be found here

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Turkey tries to take down Twitter

Reporters Without Borders recently published a report titled “Enemies of the Internet.” While Turkey was not on that list, the country was ranked 154 in the World Press Freedom Index mainly because dozens of journalists have been arrested as “threats to national security.” In a move that should add Turkey to the list of “Enemies of the Internet” a Turkish court attempted to ban the use of Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant vow to “wipe out” the social media service.

The official Twitter feed posted a tweet reading “We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform. We hope to have full access returned soon.” see more…


Is Rand Paul shedding his libertarian clothes?

BUSHLast Sunday, Rand Paul wrote in an op-ed in Time, “Putin must be punished for violating the Budapest Memorandum, and Russia must learn that the U.S. will isolate it if it insists on acting like a rogue nation.

This does not and should not require military action. No one in the U.S. is calling for this. But it will require other actions and leadership, both of which President Obama unfortunately lacks.” see more…

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RANDSLIDE: Rand Paul smashes CPAC straw poll…
Second year in a row, lead increases…
SPEECHES: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, Rick Perry

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Lawsuit challenges the legality of taxpayer funded primaries

Seven voters in New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the state government in federal court over the fact that independent voters are excluded from taxpayer funded primaries. The lawsuit, Balsam v Guadagno, states that because a voter must be a registered member of a major party to participate in the primary election, the state has disenfranchised nearly 48% of New Jersey voters. see more…

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The inside story of Mt. Gox, Bitcoin’s $460 million disaster…

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LIBERTARIAN, EH? Canadian candidate jokes, “I want gay people to be able to protect their marijuana plants with guns”…

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What is the More Freedom Foundation?

This video describes a new kind of think tank. The internet has always had the potential to help truly independent voices to be heard. In some cases it certainly has. Too often though it seems to give the established institutions and viewpoints a larger megaphone.

Our theory is that there is an appetite for views that haven’t been approved by those institutions. Subscribe to see if that’s the case.

More on the project can be found here


Reflections on the Growth and Virtues of the National IAP

by Cody Quirk

As of a few weeks ago, the Utah affiliate of the National Independent American Party has finally got on the ballot — joining the other state affiliates in New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon, on their respective state ballots, and are now looking forward to fielding sincere and principled candidates for the 2014 elections this year.

Even as the National IAP keeps expanding and continues to bring in more patriots and concerned citizens that are not only tired of the political corruption and decay brought on by the vile Two-Party system, but also yearn for a party that will put principle above politics, will seek to restore limited constitutional government, will fight to preserve traditional moral values in a eroding society, and especially will put the interests of the average American above those of the Ivory-Tower elite, whom have brought our country towards the verge of ruin by such leadership and policies implemented upon the federal, state, and local levels- therefore diminishing and bringing our U.S. Constitution to presently cling to those last breaking strands of freedom. see more…

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MUSIC: Ultravox – Fear in the Western World

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The real Ukrainian and Venezuelan revolutions

We see a great happening in the Ukraine and Venezuela right now. Revolts to leadership the people believe to be endangering their way of life are massive right now. And in the wake of this event the world is talking of these people and their push for freedom and liberty.

But are they revolts for liberty, against oppressive government, or really just against useless government? see more…

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Bitcoin is dead? Viva la Bitcoin!

Bitoin is not dead, banks are still committing suicide though.For better or worse, Bitcoin has been in the news quite a bit recently.

A couple of weeks ago, Mt. Gox suspended all withdrawals.

Last week, the TSA detained someone because they “saw” Bitcoin in his bag.

And now that Mt. Gox has filed bankruptcy, some are questioning the viability of Bitcoin.

Such as Senator Joe Manchin, who is calling for more regulation of the decentralized currency.

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Dick Cheney isn’t the problem, we are

The New York Review of Books is currently running a series of articles on the authors of post- 9-11 US foreign policy.

It paints compelling portraits of the careers and the hubris of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. The articles are well written, but they are missing something important.

It is comforting to believe that the excesses of the war on terror are the work of just a few greedy and power-mad men. see more…

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Internment camps possible, or simply military protocol?

This site is claiming a manual is in full use with the protocols for interment and resettlement of American citizens. see more…

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“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…