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About paulie

Paulie Cannoli: Paulie was born in Siberia, part of the former USSR in 1972 and the USA is reminding him more of the country his parents took him out of every day. Growing up in the epicenter of the 1980s crack cocaine explosion in NYC, Paulie got caught up in the available business ventures and saw some of his friends die, and then became an activist against the drug war. Through his involvement in the drug peace movement, and college studies in free market environmentalism, he became interested in libertarianism, and abandoned the Democrats after they picked the military-industrial-corporate-statist DLCer and drug warrior hypocrite Bill Clinton as their nominee in 1992, thus finally disproving the idea that 60s radicals were merely infiltrating the establishment in order to change it. Paulie became an LP member in 1995 and a life member in 2000, and has occasionally been on the executive committee of the Alabama LP. Since 1998, he has traveled the country as a professional activist. Between that and his earlier travels in the import-export business as a teenager, he has been to 49 US states and about 20 countries, and lived in a number of them. As a life long entrepreneur, he has also started hundreds of businesses in a wide variety of fields. Paulie recently worked on the Steve Kubby for President campaign, has been an active member of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus, is an advisory board member of Liberty Consulting, and hopes to start a new national College Libertarian Organizing Committee. He is an Anti-war, true leftist, anarchist, left libertarian, agorist, (r)evolutionary. More info here.

IPR: Resources for Contacting the Commission on Presidential Debates, Sponsors, etc.

Recently, I wrote about the third of what were originally ten sponsors pulling out of the CPD presidential debates which have invited only Obama and Romney. If the CPD removed the non-objective polling criterion for debate inclusion, leaving in place the criterion of being on enough state ballots to have a mathematical possibility of winning the election, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein would be the only additional candidates to be included. Many people have asked how to contact the remaining sponsors, and here’s a reply I found that has all that and then some:

See the list at Independent Political Report

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Third sponsor pulls out of presidential debates

Forwarded via facebook:

This is getting serious.

It was only a week ago that the Commission on Presidential Debates had ten sponsors for the 2012 debates.  

Today, they're down to seven.  Phillips Electronics has, as of this morning, pulled their sponsorship. 

What does this mean for us?

We're that much closer to seeing and hearing Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray on the debate stage this autumn!

I know what you're thinking.  "It's entirely too late for the Commission on Presidential Debates to invite Governor Johnson to debate."  Fortunately, it takes very little effort to add a podium to a stage. It takes a whole lot of effort, however, to convince a multi-billion dollar corporation that you wield the power to hit them where it hurts worst — their pocketbooks.

Power.  That's the key word in this previous sentence.  YOU HAVE ALL THE POWER NOW.

Phillips Electronics
BBH New York
YWCA

That's three down, seven to go.

Get to writing those letters, guys!  This election cycle, you will CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY.   Change it for the better.

Power to the people!!

LIVE FREE,

Crystal Gross
State Director
Georgia for Gary Johnson 2012

Note from Paulie: Under the Commission’s guidelines for debate inclusion, other than the non-objective polling criterion, two additional candidates would qualify: Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green), the only candidates not invited to the CPD debates who are on enough ballots to win the Presidency and are Constitutionally qualified for the office.

Some unverified contact info for debate sponsors in the comments here.

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Does the TSA discriminate against gay people?

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New TEA Party: Terrorized Enough Already?

A lot of people may have forgotten but the TEA parties (before becoming cheer squads for the usual conservative mixing of church and state and the military/industrial/domestic espionage complex) stood for Taxed Enough Already. We need a new TEA party: Terrorized Enough Already. Enough already with the terrorizing us with terror of terrible terrorists. Enough already with terrorizing us with the terroristic TSA. http://wewontfly.com and http://flywithdignity.org can be the start of a new TEA party which will say “enough already” to the terrorizing, terror-obsessed Homeland Security State, much as the TEA parties were meant to say Enough Already to overtaxation. Can we get the Terrorized Enough meme out there, and if we do, can we keep it from, being co-opted by big government “butter vs. guns” false choices? (Yes to both, and no to either one being provided by the government, btw, kthx).

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Libertarianism and the Left

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We’ve got a gun to your head. Vote or die…

Video emailed to me by Kimberly…

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TSA = Totally Screwed Again

H/T Kimberly Wilder. FYI: Most guys don’t like this crap either.

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Obama-Biden Gang declares “mission accomplished” for economic recovery

Much as they did with the war in Iraq, Obama and his brilliant team have come up with a totally awesome solution for the recession (or depression, as many would say): declare victory without leaving.

In Iraq, that meant that 50,000 US combat troops (reclassified as non-combat, but still engaged in combat) remained on the ground, along with a large number of independent military contractors. On the home front, it means we still have about 10% official unemployment, but more like 20% when those who are no longer counted as officially unemployed because they have been out of work too long are factored in, along with those who are employed part time and would like to be working full time. But, according to the “Mission Accomplished” team in power, the recession ended in June 2009. Not that anyone noticed, or anything.

The power of wishful thinking has long been known to work miracles, after all, and if we all close our eyes and pretend, we can just spend a bunch of money we don’t have, right? Click your heels three times and repeat after me: Happy times are here again, and Eastasia has always been at war with Oceania.

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Stealing Votes?

Alternative parties and independent candidates don’t steal votes.

Libertarians don’t steal votes. Neither do Greens. Democrats and Republicans do, though…by keeping candidates off the ballot, vote fraud (electronic and otherwise), closed debates, and more surreptitiously by making some people think they are the only choices.

Yet what choice is it when they are all too often the same in all important respects? Here’s an illustration of that from 1998:

http://www.kubby.com/commercial/stills.html.

This is why I have dubbed them D/R-oids. .

Some have said, don’t hate the players, hate the game. When it comes to politician D/R-oids, I hate both the players and the game.

Sure, there are a few exceptions, but they only prove the rule.

And that’s why I hereby nominate myself for D/R-oid player hater of the year. . Why? Because none of you bitches would do it for me, that’s why.

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Needed: permanent vacation for politicians and bureaucrats

Wayne Root writes:

Critics are complaining that Obama spends too much time playing golf and taking vacations. But I see a solution to our economic crisis. Please, Mr. President, stay on vacation and away from the economy. Perhaps you could explore the far reaches of Siberia or Antarctica? How about a safari in South Africa? Or better yet, tee it up night and day Mr. President. Don’t be guilty. We desperately need you to develop your inner game of golf. Name Tiger Woods your Golf Czar. Work on your putting stroke. Get that handicap down to zero. Practice makes perfect. Play 36 holes every day- minimum. The more time you spend on the links, the less time you have to think about Karl Marx. As your golf score goes down, the U.S. economy can only go up.

Capozzi replies:

I like Root’s sentiment here, but we’d need the entire West Wing to go on permanent vacation to stop their coercive initiatives.

Even then, though, Obama has been leaving a lot of the details of his agenda to Congress, and they’ve come out even worse. Stimulus and ObamaCare come to mind.

So, we’d need Congress to also go on a very extended vacation.

But, then, of course, see more…

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Libertarian wrestler Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs on not sending fascist thug Sheriff Arpaio a donation

Via LRC blog writes Glenn Jacobs:

I received a solicitation for a donation to Joe Arpaio’s campaign today. The letter chronicled Arpaio’s battles with illegal immigrants, Mexican drug cartels, and “open-border” leftists. I find it alarming that a local politician is utilizing illegal immigration as a national fund-raising platform (especially a fascist thug like Arpaio). Meanwhile, we have the mosque controversy in New York, and a mosque under construction vandalized and burned in middle Tennessee.

Lew, it seems as if all that is needed is the right spark and the collectivist inclinations of so many Americans will explode into the police state that we all fear. The politicians and media have worked very hard to create the scapegoats with which to divert the public’s attention away from the failed policies of the State.

I wasn’t around in the ’60s and don’t remember the ’70s so I don’t have much with which to compare the current environment except history books, but things are starting to get really ugly, aren’t they?

And at Reason Hit & Run, Matt Welch quotes an interview with Jacobs from the Baltimore Sun: see more…

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The Invisible Hand of the Market vs. the Middle Finger of the State

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Your tax dollars at work

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Associated Press: Happy Labor Day, War Ain’t Over

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Worcester Telegram: ‘Tea partiers working for Libertarians’. Ahem….

Clive McFarlane writes in the Worcester Telegram:

Now, I am no fan of Glenn Beck and the tea party movement, but it would be a lot less stressful if they tell us straight up who they really are: staunch Libertarians.

Instead of claiming that they want to restore traditional American values, they should just tell us that they want to [..] legalize prostitution, recreational drugs and suicide.

They should just say that they would like to abolish federal drug and seizure laws[..]

Instead of paying lip service to national security, why don’t they just tell us that they would like to abolish compulsory military service and dramatically reduce defense spending; end the U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid; and dramatically reduce defense spending?

Instead of trying to win an election based on the backs of illegal immigrants in Arizona and elsewhere, they should just come clean and acknowledge that immigration, like corporations and other businesses, should operate free of any government restraint.

They should tell us that political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries; and that economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I would love it if Beck, Palin and the Tea Partiers stood for these policies. But we all know they do not. So how does McFarlane come to this conclusion, so stunningly at variance with observed facts?

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Since you’ve been gone…I ain’t missing you at all, George W

As much as Obama has been sucking, some people have been driven to ask whether we miss George W. Bush. Here’s Keith Olbermann reminding us why he should not be missed: see more…

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Electronic tracking system for preschoolers in Calif. school system

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Tommy Chong, Judge James Gray, libertarian candidate/musician Adrian Galysh support marijuana legalization initiative

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Guitar God Libertarian Runs for State House

From The Liberator Online published by the Advocates for Self-Government: Adrian Galysh, says classicrockrevisited.com, “is a West Coast guitar player who is making a name for himself in ‘guitar god’ circles…”

The 35-year-old Galysh (pronounced GAWL-ish) unquestionably is earning a reputation as a stellar guitarist. see more…

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Man Arrested For Holding “Impeach Obama” Sign

Welcome to 21st century America.

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Taxes of Evil


Design by Susan Hogarth, January 2007. More at Next Free Voice, (2).

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Immigration conversation

Some commentary on Are You Supporting Illegals?:

Paulie: No human being is illegal.

Amnesty might be a good start, but truly open borders would be far better.

LibertarianBlue: How so Paulie? They came here illegally

Paulie: Bad laws deserve to be broken.

LibertarianBlue: amnesty is a slap in the face to legal immigrants who went through the process the right way.

Paulie: I’m a “legal” immigrant, and it’s not a slap in my face. It was simply a matter of luck that due to cold war propaganda reasons we were considered “refugees” over people far more deserving of the term. Otherwise I would have grown up in Israel after leaving Russia. I’m glad I didn’t.

LibertarianBlue: I dont disagree that our immigration policy is fucked up with massive amounts of red tape but rewarding those who break the law isnt the way to go.

Paulie: So, change the law and let everyone in.

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Fox News funds ‘Terror Mosque’

Jon Stewart continues to investigate the Saudi Money trail behind the “ground zero mosque” and finds a sinister Fox News connection, leading to a debate over whether Fox News is evil or stupid: see more…

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