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Lew Rockwell published a good article by Jacob G. Hornberger about the hypocrisy involved when members of the Bush Regime compare others to Hitler.

Homeland Stupity reports that the DHS might be watching you if you decide to pay off your credit card(s). There is an interesting post on Liberty Forum about this as well.

More Liberty refers us to a Reason article explaining why the line-item veto isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Lew Rockwell has a post on his blog regarding Dubya’s war on those that criticise his regime.

Finally FMNN republished two very good articles by Harry Brown: WHY YOU ARE A LIBERTARIAN and IN PRAISE OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY.

Update: Don’t forget to check out Stephen VanDyke’s post about the credit card issue here.

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Libertarian Search; Kosmix Style

Innovative search engine Kosmix is simplifying the sometimes daunting task of finding what you need on the web by organizing search results into categories. There are currently three main engines with more on the way: Health, Travel and recently added Politics. The cool thing about the Politics engine is that Libertarian is one of three categories it will organize your results. As Wired News reports:

Search engine newcomer Kosmix, which lets users look in specific topic areas, recently introduced its politics engine. For any search term, Kosmix organizes results into conservative, liberal or libertarian categories, allowing seekers to explore results associated with a certain political persuasion.

They are still in the “Alpha” stage of development so the categorization isn’t perfect, but any search engine that acknowledges libertarianism as a mainstream political philosophy deserves a second look.

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Marc Emery on 60 Minutes

As a follow-up to this post:

UPDATE: YouTube.com has removed the video, but you can still view it at the following locations:

The Pirate Bay
Archive.org

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Bill O’Reilly: Worst Person in the World

oreilly Keith Olbermann appears to have Bill O’Reilly so upset that O’Reilly has started a petition to get Olbermann fired. This type of behavior is to be expected from the likes of O’Reilly, but the fun really begins when O’Reilly starts threatening to send Fox Security after those that mention Olbermann’s name:

O’Reilly promptly cut him off and proceeded to tell him that “we have your phone number by the way” and that he should expect a visit to his door from the local authorities so that “you will be held accountable. Believe it.”

Listen to the rant here.

If you get bored, the Bill O’Reilly Radio Show can be reached by calling 1-877-966-7746 every day from Noon to 2 PM ET (via oreilly-sucks.com). Be sure to tell him the Hammer of Truth sent ya.

UPDATE: Video of Olbermann poking fun at O’Reilly’s threats here. Via CanoFun.

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Teacher Suspended for Insulting Hitler

BushHitlerAfter Overland High School student Sean Allen conveniently taped teacher Jay Bennish bashing Hitler, he has finally gone public. And rightfully so. The blatant vilification of Hitler came after President Bush’s State of the Union address, where the anti-Nazi teacher had the audacity to compare Hitler to Bush:

“It’s our job to conquer the world and make sure they live just like we want them to,” Bennish can apparently be heard saying on the tape. “Now I’m not saying that Bush and Hitler are exactly the same, obviously they’re not, OK. But (there are) eerie similarities to the tones that they use.”

The nerve! It is obvious that the two are not similar. As the People’s Blog points out:

1. Hitler was elected.

2. Hitler rebuilt the German economy.

3. Hitler was an artist. (Bush doesn’t even write his own bad poems.)

4. Hitler was not an alcoholic.

5. Hitler was a gifted speaker.

Thankfully we have the Patriot Act(s) to ensure our protection against anti-Nazi terrorists like Jay Bennish. He and the rest of the evil politicians, judges and dictators can go straight to hell with their allusions!

Gott Mit Uns

UPDATE: Listen to the audio here.

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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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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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Police Officer Receives Medal of Valor for Murdering Citizen

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First of all, there are going to be a bunch of Police-murder apologists arguing that Police do not actually “murder” people because their twisted minds have managed to conjure up some sort of demented definition of murder. So let’s just go with the FBI’s definition for the sake of this post:

The willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.

Now that we have that out of the way, the Minneapolis Police Department have awarded one of it’s criminals police officers, Dan May, a Medal of Valor for murdering Tycel Nelson in 1990. The official police fabrication of the event goes something like this:

May was the first officer on the scene. He pulled out a shotgun and chased a man whom he believed was an armed suspect, who he later identified as Nelson. May has said he lost sight of the suspect momentarily, then spotted Nelson raising a gun at him. He said he fired only after Nelson ignored his order to drop the weapon.

I can already see the apologists blowing their wad by dismissing this as self defense. But there is more to the story (Skinner is Tycel’s mother):

No one else saw the shooting. Skinner later sued, alleging that May shot an unarmed youth who was harmlessly running away from him. Her attorneys were poised to make the most of three undisputed facts: Nelson was shot in the back; the .22-caliber revolver found at the scene bore no traceable fingerprints linking it to him; and May initially described the suspect he was chasing as wearing a brown leather coat, although Nelson was wearing a black-and-white-striped shirt.

And if that doesn’t raise your eyebrows:

A grand jury cleared May of any wrongdoing, but the city paid $250,000 to Nelson’s family to drop the lawsuit.

This should come as no surprise to anyone that pays a dime’s worth of attention to police crimes.

In related news, police attempt to murder an unarmed, respected businessman and doctor for alleged gambling. I wonder how many medals those officers will receive?

Finally, there may be a little justice in the world. Police seem to be so trigger-happy these days that they attmepted to murder one of their own by mistake:

In a case of mistaken identity, police shot and critically wounded an off-duty officer outside a fast-food restaurant early Saturday, authorities said.

Eric Hernandez, 24, was hit three times and was in extremely critical condition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Too funny.

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Police murder 15-year-old boy

Another school shooting occured Friday, only this time it was the friendly police doing the killing. After being warned at least two times that the gun was not real, police proceeded to gun the kid down:

Ralph Penley said when he arrived at the Milwee Middle school in suburban Orlando on Friday morning, he told Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies his son Christopher only had a replica pistol, CNN said. The boy’s younger brother says he told school officials the same thing.

I betcha not one of those officers gets so much as a slap on the wrist.

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Libertarian Candidate running on GOP Platform

Perez bad photoshoppingLibertarian Youth’s recent post about Ruben Perez, Libertarian candidate for Texas Congressional District 23 (or 32), makes me wonder if the Libertarian Party should start screening these guys out. This wacko has taken the de facto Republican Party campaign stance on every issue and has somehow decided that makes him a Libertarian. He either has no clue what the word libertarian means or he is whoring for votes. Take your pick.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: If you actually go to voteperez.com, you’ll be greeted by the theme song to Bonanza, loads of broken images, and some one-liners on religion that make me believe the guy is more in line with the Constitution Party platform. Yet his economic views seem more in line with socialism (“Ruben Perez proposes to work with other lawmakers in order to help control the oil and gasoline prices for truck drivers, farmers and all consumers”).

Frankly it seems that someone in the TX LP needs to wake up and smell the coffee on this guy tomorrow and send him packing.

Another Update by Stephen VanDyke:: An eagle-eyed reader emailed and pointed out that Perez has filed for District 23 before, apparently after he didn’t catch anyone’s attention from his 2004 presidential bid (and I thought Mike Badnarik was a dark horse). Also, some tasty reponses to the project vote smart survey paints this guy to be a big government spender and otherwise being clueless about libertarianism (he even fills out the optional “other” fields, which makes it a joy to read). But my favorite item:

I am against read mail of americans citizens , plus e.mail, tap phones, conduct random searches, because we have a United States constitutions for protection against enemys.

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News From Texas

Texas Flag The good news is:

Over 180 Libertarians have filed for state and district offices for the 2006 election.

The bad news is:

Although Ballot Access News reported that no Democrat filed for the Texas Railroad Commission, setting the stage for a 2-way race between Republican and Libertarian – thus a much greater chance the TXLP will retain ballot access in 2008, it appears that a Democrat filed at the last minute.

Update: I just received news indicating that there could be as many as six 2-way statewide judicial races involving Libertarians. That is, if independents and other parties are unable to successfully petition for ballot access. TXLP ballot access for 2008 is now looking a little easier…

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Donald Trump for President

Donald TrumpA recent post by Jake Porter got me thinking. Ross Perot might be out, but Donald Trump seems like a suitable replacement.

Trump on Iraq and Osama:

“What was the purpose of the whole thing?” Donald Trump asks in an Esquire interview. “Hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and no legs?”

“Tell me, how is it possible that we can’t find a guy who’s 6-foot-6 and supposedly needs a dialysis machine?” Trump said. “Can you explain that one to me? We have all our energies focused on one place – where they shouldn’t be focused.”

That same article suggests Trump is a Republican, but his donations to Democrats trumps those to Republicans by a small margin. Personally, I think he would make an excellent Libertarian candidate.

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$500 Million Tax Dollars to “Secure” Sahara Desert

A mere $500 million will be spent to make us all safe from the Sahara Desert:

The U.S. government will spend $500 million over five years on an expanded program to secure a vast new front in its global war on terrorism: the Sahara Desert.

Critics say the region is not a terrorist zone as some senior U.S. military officers assert. They add that heavy-handed military and financial support that reinforces authoritarian regimes in North and West Africa could fuel radicalism where it scarcely exists.

I wonder which of Bush’s cronies will be the recipients of this huge waste of money.

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Bingo-playing Terrorists

Evidently the Department of Homeland Stupidity Security thinks that “terrorists” are going to infiltrate your local Bingo hall. Kentucky has been awarded a grant to protect it’s vulnerable citizens from this imminent threat.

But to some, the idea of protecting bingo halls from terrorists is nonsensical.

“It’s almost ludicrous,” said Rick Bentley, a Henry Clay High School sports booster as he volunteered last Thursday at a noisy, smoke-filled Lexington bingo parlor. “The thought would never even enter my mind.”

As a side note, the article presents an interesting factoid about Bingo:

With more than 1,300 organizations licensed to raise money through gambling, charitable gaming raised $51 million in 2003.

This could be a good way for your local Libertarian organization to raise some money. Given that being a Libertarian probably makes you an enemy of the state by default, you might as well give the DHS something to do with their free time.

Kudos to TheAgitator.com

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Goodbye ICANN, hello UN

UN ScrewThe United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union is hosting a world summit for the purpose of gaining control over the Internet:

The outcome could determine who eventually controls the technical and administrative infrastructure at the root of the Internet, which allows the computer network to function seamlessly worldwide.

Some officials fear the dispute could degenerate and eventually lead to the balkanisation of the Internet, breaking it up into a series of unconnected rival networks.

“The idea that the Internet is an unregulated haven, these days are finished,” a source close to the talks said.

Thank goodness. I was wondering when someone was going to come along and censor regulate the Internet.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Late-breaking news that we can let out a sigh of relief (for now) [via BuzzMachine]:

A U.N. technology summit opened Wednesday after an 11th-hour agreement that leaves the United States with ultimate oversight of the main computers that direct the Internet’s flow of information, commerce and dissent.

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Neither Republican nor Democrat

A recent Rosner Interactive Services poll shows that a large percentage of people are either becoming apolitical or they have recently discovered third parties:

In general, do you find yourself leaning more to the Democratic or Republican party these days?

38% – Democratic
32% – Republican
27% – Neither party
3% – I’m not sure

Let’s hope they discovered libertarianism.

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Costa Rica Libertarian Movement Party

The Libertarian Movement Party in Costa Rica seems to be having some success:

The growing Costa Rican Libertarian movement, which controls some 10% of the country’s Congress, has announced it is the main party in 13 of the country’s 81 counties.

Quite impressive considering the party was founded in 1994.

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City to be managed by private company

A new city in Georgia is going to be managed by a private company when it “opens” December 1.

Organizers of the new city of Sandy Springs are gambling that a Denver-based company can help pull off an audacious experiment in privatizing almost an entire municipality.

Sandy Springs officials plan to have CH2M Hill-OMI fill virtually all the positions at City Hall at an annual cost of $29.7 million. In other words, CH2M Hill-OMI will be the government except for a handful of city employees, and the mayor and City Council. The 100 or so employees will be paid by and will answer to CH2M Hill-OMI. The major exception is that police, fire and E911 employees will work directly for the city.

I don’t see any reason why the “services” provided by this company couldn’t be purchased by individuals (instead of the city) in a free market. But hey, it’s a start.

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Hate Mongering

I stumbled across the Westboro Baptist Church’s website tonight and I am glad I did. It does wonders for exposing bible thumping extremists for what they really are.

From their FAQ:

Why do you preach hate?

Because the Bible preaches hate.

Good enough, but what about the military?

Here are some axiomatic matters of fact:

These turkeys are not heroes. They are lazy, incompetent idiots looking for jobs because they’re not qualified for honest work.

They were raised on a steady diet of fag propaganda in the home, on TV, in church, in school, in mass media – everywhere – the two-pronged lie: 1) It’s OK to be gay; and, 2) Anyone saying otherwise, like WBC, is a hatemonger who must be vilified, demonized, marginalized into silence.

Therefore, with full knowledge of what they were doing, they voluntarily joined a fag-infested army to fight for a fag-run country now utterly and finally forsaken by God who Himself is fighting against that country.

They turned America
Over to fags;
They’re coming home
In body bags.

America used an IED to bomb Westboro Baptist Church on August 20,1995 – an act of terror aimed at terrorizing us into discontinuing our nationwide Gospel preaching against the homosexual menace.

When America thus became WBC’s terrorist, God became America’s Terrorist.

Therefore the IED is God’s weapon of choice in avenging Westboro Baptist Church by blowing America’s kids to smithereens in Iraq. And the carnage has barely begun.

Thus, their funerals are the forum of choice for delivering WBC’s message of choice.

Bizarre.

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Explosives Caused WTC Collapse

That is what Brigham Young University physics professor Steven E. Jones is claiming in a paper posted Tuesday, according to The Deseret Morning News:

The physics of 9/11 – including how fast and symmetrically one of the World Trade Center buildings fell – prove that official explanations of the collapses are wrong, says a Brigham Young University physics professor.

In fact, it’s likely that there were “pre-positioned explosives” in all three buildings at ground zero, says Steven E. Jones.

Perhaps lingering questions are about to be answered?

Update: Apparently professor Jones has a lot of company.

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Nervous Republicans

Not that they don’t have reason to be, but Republicans appear to be a little nervous these days. Pulling every string at their disposal to keep a tight lid on their criminal activities, today they blindsided Democrats by forcing a vote on a bill that would have required the President to provide documents relating to the White House Iraq Group (WHIG):

Hyde had barely finished telling the ranking minority member, Rep. Lantos, that he was probably going to allow some more discussion, then take a recess so that members could vote, and reconvene later after enough time for them to eat. Barely had 3 or 4 Democrats wandered out of the room (a common occurrence on both sides, since members are constantly wandering out in the back hallway to go make phone calls or meet visitors or talk to staffers), when the GOP committee staff started overtly counting heads. Seconds later, Rep. Rohrabacher called the question, forcing a vote.

As usual, Ron Paul was left being one of the only honest Republicans in Congress:

Only 2 Republicans stood up for finding out the truth–Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Paul, who seems to be an extremely rare species, an honest conservative who is angry about the lies that took us to war, even had the decency to publicly compliment Kucinich for being consistent by not just investigating the war now but also opposing it beforehand.

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– It took Rep. Paul, a libertarian Republican from TX, to point out a couple obvious things: Americans deserve to know how we were taken to war; the Congress let the President go to war, instead of asserting its Constitutional right to declare war (the basis of the lawsuit that fellow AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder and possible MA Secretary of State candidate John Bonifaz brought in early 2003 in an attempt to stop the war from starting); and we need to change our foreign policy. He also noted that between 2000 and 2004, he had voted alone 126 times, by far the most of anyone in Congress–the man does have principles.

Update: I smell a terrorist attack coming. Or at least some more fear mongering by the bird flu crowd.

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Third Party Watch interviews Shane Cory

The fine folks over at Third Party Watch recently interviewed acting Libertarian Party Chief of Staff, Shane Cory. Although disappointed that he did not mention the Florida Libertarian Party’s recent progress when asked about the LP’s accomplishments over the past year, I finished reading the interview with a huge smile on my face. One of my biggest pet peeves with the National LP is their seemingly blatant disregard for the power of the internet. Much to my delight, Mr. Cory addressed that very issue in his interview:

TPW: Are there any plans in the works to upgrade the LP’s website before the 2006 elections?

Shane Cory: Yes. We have already begun working on a redesign and the refocusing of LP.org. For 2006 we plan to dedicate a majority of the content to campaigns and candidates. I’ll be providing a glimpse of the new site at the upcoming LNC meeting in Baltimore.

Combine that whiff of fresh air with Zero Dues and you have one happy Libertarian here.

Read the entire interview here.

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It’s a Mystery

Why does the rest of the world hate us? Ron Paul provides some clues when descibing a recent spending bill:

  • $638 million for the unelected Musharraf government in Pakistan;
  • $735 million to continue dangerous drug meddling in South America;
  • $150 million for development in Gaza, in addition to the billions we already give the Palestinians every year;
  • $95 million in new money for the United Nations Democracy Fund, which meddles with foreign governments but never seems to change them;

I would venture to say the hatred is due to our foreign policy, but I wouldn’t want to be labeled “un-American”.

Dubya:

I’m a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind. – On NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Feb. 8, 2004

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