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More on Russo and Freedom to Fascism

Here’s the best review of Aaron Russo’s new movie I’ve seen so far:

AMERICA: FROM FREEDOM TO FASCISM

“FOUR STARS (Highest Rating). The scariest goddamn film you’ll see this year. It will leave you staggering out of the theatre, slack-jawed and trembling. Makes ‘Fahrenheit 9/11′ look like ‘Bambi.’ After watching this movie, your comfy, secure notions about America — and about what it means to be an American — will be forever shattered. Producer/director Aaron Russo and the folks at Cinema Libre Studio deserve to be heralded as heroes of a post-modern New American Revolution. This is shocking stuff. You’ll be angry, you’ll be disgusted, but you may actually break out in a cold sweat and feel a sickness deep in your gut; I would advise movie theatre managers to hand out vomit bags. You may end up needing one.”

— Todd David Schwartz, CBS

Also, Russo is hospitalized again. I called his cell number and left a message, but have not received a response yet. I hope they are successful in removing the cancer this time. Best wishes, old friend.

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New Bill O’Reilly program name: “The Fear Factor” or “The Fraud Factor”?

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Keith Olbermann didn’t just verbally smackdown Bill O’Reilly; O’Reilly’s posterior end landed on the proverbial silver platter this time.

As you’ll learn when you watch the video, O’Reilly showed why he supports the current War in Iraq with his defense of Nazi attrocities against American soldiers during World War II. The more offensive and Nazi-like the action, the more the Fox News meister-bloviater seems to support it. O’Reilly’s sense of patriotism now seems to move beyond national boundaries; it’s apparently motivated by fascist political causes. When compared head-to-head, Bill O’Reilly now appears to marginally favor Adolf Hitler over George W. Bush.

BTW, don’t blame Olbermann (or me, even) for invoking Godwin’s Law. O’Reilly clearly started it.

Considering the way that O’Reilly has made false claims and then backed out of them when challenged by Aaron Russo, Michael Badnarik and me, I’m not surprised by the lastest from The Fraud Factor.

Despite O’Reilly’s very long and consistent track record of chickening out of debate with my clients (reference material: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), I’m still up for offering him yet another shot at verbal duel. My new position should offer him many controversial topics to help with his program ratings.

Bill, pick your weapon, but be careful in your selection. As your brain obviously can’t be considered deadly, I don’t really want the reputation of picking on the unarmed — despite the evidence presented on the video below that you don’t understand this subtle distinction.

Props to Vox Day for his suggestion about a new program title for O’Reilly.

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Those who live in glass houses…

Capitol Hill Blue noted the following:

We’re not surprised that Republicans plan to return to their extreme right-wing base to try and save their asses in the November mid-term elections. When it comes to support, all the GOP has left are the homophobes, bigots, racists and religious wing-nuts.

It’s my thought that CHB missed one vital category in the Republican Party: Neo-cons. This said, the Democrats are far from able to cast the first stone.

Darby [Democrat running for Attorney General in Alabama] is running on a nine-point platform to restore state sovereignty. Under his plan, the state would gradually divest itself of the federal government, beginning with the National Guard, and strengthen the state militia.

He advocates declaring marshal law, then “ferreting out” illegal immigrants and treating them as prisoners of war. Darby would elevate county sheriffs to what he believes to be their full constitutional power, deputizing an armed civilian police force to balance the state’s power, he said.

He also would prosecute the Montgomery-based civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center for treason for advocating open borders.

Perhaps this is why highly respected people like Joe Trippi and Peggy Noonan continue to question their own parties while speaking out more about independent and third parties.

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GOP Death Rattles?

Boot On Your Neck Party

Repudiation of the two-party system is starting to become a daily theme in the MSM. Peggy Noonan wrote the following for The Wall Street Journal:

Something’s happening. I have a feeling we’re at some new beginning, that a big breakup’s coming, and that though it isn’t and will not be immediately apparent, we’ll someday look back on this era as the time when a shift began.

All my adult life, people have been saying that the two-party system is ending, that the Democrats’ and Republicans’ control of political power in America is winding down. According to the traditional critique, the two parties no longer offer the people the choice they want and deserve. Sometimes it’s said they are too much alike–Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Sometimes it’s said they’re too polarizing–too red and too blue for a nation in which many see things through purple glasses.

Vox Day wrote something similar at World Net Daily:

You are either with the concept of American liberty or against it. The Democratic-Republicans have proven themselves to be firmly against it. Either an American Alliance will restore America to herself, or her people will be swallowed up by the bureaucratic Brussels on the Potomac that is now aborning.

Even Cal Thomas is calling the GOP impotent. If I was the GOP puppet master, I’d likely be picking up the phone and demanding that the Republican Party support candidates like Sue Jeffers and William Weld in order to not suffer too badly in the 2006 elections. However, the GOP seems focused on continuing its act of political hari kari. I expect serious Republican losses in 2006 if they continue to place power-player politics and petty party partisanship ahead of a principled political presence.

Graphic courtesy of Scott Bieser.

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New Katherine Harris Campaign Ad

HarrisPicture-1.jpgOK, it’s a spoof from The Huffington Post, but it’s funny as hell. H/T to Rolf.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Sometimes fiction can’t beat reality, as this Daily Show segment featuring many very real clips of Harris shows her greatest campaign “assets” so far:

Jason Jones: With a paltry legislative record and receiving campaign contributions from a contractor embroiled in the Duke Cunningham scandal, Harris is clearly banking her Senate campaign on two things … [overlay several onscreen images of Harris in tight shirts] … her spectacular breasts.

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Minnesota GOP Blocks Jeffers from Convention

kingpawlenty.jpgAccording to this report, the Minnesota GOP nominating committee unanimously rejected Sue Jeffers‘ nomination attempt at the Minnesota Republican Convention this weekend.

The party’s nominating committee on Friday night rejected a request by Sue Jeffers, a political newcomer who has already won the Libertarian Party’s backing, to have her name placed in nomination for governor. The move would have allowed her to address the Republican state convention in Minneapolis and let the 2,000 delegates choose between Pawlenty and her.

“I think I can get up on that stage and give Tim Pawlenty a run for his money,” Jeffers said before the committee rejected her. She accused the governor of not being sufficiently conservative, citing his support for higher tobacco taxes, ethanol subsidies, light-rail transit and the Twins ballpark.

Jeffers said she was a lifelong Republican, but Margaret Cavanaugh, chairwoman of the convention’s nominating committee, said the panel unanimously rejected Jeffers’ bid because she lacked “credible Republican credentials.”

If being a lifelong Republican, working for Pawlenty’s campaign in the past, and receiving endorsements from Republican groups (including the national Republican Liberty Caucus) doesn’t provide credible Republican credentials, I’m at a loss to know what would.

According to at least one campaign insider I spoke with this morning, the vote may not have been unanimous and common rules such as seconding motions were ignored. I’ve not had time to independently verify these rumors yet, so I’ll not continue on this track right now.

The article mentioned that Jeffers is “75 percent certain she will run for governor either in the Sept. 12 Republican primary or as a Libertarian in the Nov. 7 general election.” She used a 90 percent figure on the telephone with me this morning.

Jeffers is planning to go live on the air on or about the time that Governor Pawlenty gives his coronation speech. She’s already working on the arrangements with this station. It should prove for interesting radio, and you can listen live on the Internet.

The political machine in Minnesota is doing everything possible to suppress the will of the voters. They’re even taking away the right of Republicans to vote against Jeffers. Whether Jeffers ends up running as a Libertarian or Republican, I’d suggest that the voters of Minnesota band together and support Sue Jeffers (if for no other reason) merely to stick it to the system.

BTW, here’s the radio commerial she’s targeted at GOP convention delegates.

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FreedomSLUT

thumb.jpgIt looks like Thomas Knapp has a new online project: FreedomSLUT. Here’s his description of the project:

What is freedomSLUT? Sites, Links, URLs and Tags — “social bookmarking,” a la del.icio.us, reddit, etc., only specifically for libertarian stuff.

Feel free to post links to your own pro-freedom bloggage, or stuff that you find while surfing. To make it easy, there’s a bookmarklet you can drag to your browser toolbar. If you’d like to set up your Blogger blog so that each post has a “post to freedomSLUT” link at the bottom of it, just pop the following code into the post footer section of your template:

[actual tag omitted]

What, you wanted porn? No dice. But here’s the graphic I’m using in ads for the site. No, I don’t know her — it was made from a stock photo.

My question to Tom, Brad and the crew is whether there is some easy way to automatically tag entries from other sites (such as this one), too.

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O’Reilly Shocker: “Just Say No doesn’t always work”

He also didn’t dis medical marijuana when he got the chance. Other than that, it’s just typical O’Reilly bloviation, but worth the watch. His main line of attack was the George Soros connection, described by Jacob Sullum this way:

Since the book’s anti-prohibition message is not exactly subtle, it’s odd that O’Reilly latches on to Cortes’ expression of thanks to George Soros, a major patron of the drug policy reform movement, as evidence of the author’s support for marijuana legalization. Cortes, for his part, is weirdly evasive about why he thanked Soros (the book was supported by two Soros-funded groups, the Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance) and what he thinks about the drug laws, although he eventually says he has a legalization plan that may or may not be similar to the one Soros supports.

Be sure to listen for the Clinton-like I didn’t swallow line.

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Batwoman Comes Out of the Closet

batwomanwithfriend1.jpgIt looks like the Batcave will soon be put to different uses while the new Batwomyn (sp?) may be purchasing a lot more lipstick. From the AP:

Years after she first emerged from the Batcave, Batwoman is coming out of the closet. DC Comics is resurrecting the classic comic book character as a lesbian, unveiling the new Batwoman in July as part of an ongoing weekly series that began this year.

The 5-foot-10 superhero comes with flowing red hair, knee-high red boots with spiked heels, and a form-fitting black outfit.

“We decided to give her a different point of view,” explained Dan DiDio, vice president and executive editor at DC. “We wanted to make her a more unique personality than others in the Bat-family. That’s one of the reasons we went in this direction.”

The original Batwoman was started in 1956, and killed off in 1979. The new character will share the same name as her original alter ego, Kathy Kane. And the new Batwoman arrives with ties to others in the Gotham City world.

“She’s a socialite from Gotham high society,” DiDio said. “She has some past connection with Bruce Wayne. And she’s also had a past love affair with one of our lead characters, Renee Montoya.”

James Joyner isn’t so happy about the redesign:

Conversely, I hate radical redesigns of established characters. For example, I almost invariably dislike movie adaptations of television series because they tend to tarnish the originals. While it was a good action flick, “Mission Impossible’s” turning Jim Phelps into a villain for shock effect was an insult to fans of the series. They even do it with comedies. The “Beverly Hillbillies” and “Dukes of Hazzard” movies turned the Clampetts and Dukes into caricatures.

I’m just waiting for the next Gotham superhero action movie to come out.

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What he said…

Thomas Knapp on his personal run in with Fred Phelps and his merry band of God Hates Fags ‘phobes:

At the 2000 “major party” presidential debates (sic) in St. Louis, the Westboro Baptist Church Crew (the gen-ewww-whine “God Hates Fags” mob) held court in a fenced-off section of the official “free speech zone” with their “Mel’s in Hell” signs (Missouri governor and Democratic US Senate candidate Mel Carnahan had been killed in a plane crash the day before). A bunch of us talked — which amounted to playing the dozens — with them for a bit, until one of them tried to start a fight and then cowered behind an intervening police officer when I let him know that yeah, sure, I was up to it (perhaps because I told him that once I was done whipping him, I might just sodomize him in front of his friends).

Knapp on Bush’s response to Phelps and his bunch of rabble rousing twits:

In signing the “Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act,” George W. Bush has once again officially repudiated the First Amendment — and, by associating that repudiation with the armed forces of the United States, he has disgraced the men and women in uniform once again.

Bush’s disrespect for freedom — and for military personnel who haven’t deserted their posts as he did — seems to be limitless.

As an American and as a libertarian, I find his disobedience to the bare minimum constitutional restraints on government power intolerable; as a former Marine, I find his disdain for the men and women he postures as the Commander in Chief of just downright disgusting — “God Hates Fags” cubed disgusting.

In closing:

So, Mr. Bush: Take your “Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act” and cram it right up your chickenhawk cloaca. To paraphrase the man who should be doing the job you’ve so miserably failed at, anywhere I’m standing — even, and especially, if that place happens to be within 300 feet of a national cemetery or 150 feet of a road leading into a national cemetery, during the period between an hour before and an hour after a military funeral — is a free speech zone.

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Alabama Dem Candidate Continues to Spew Hatred

crossburn.jpgLarry Darby, the white supremacist Alabama Democrat who keeps trying to associate himself with the Libertarian Party, has really gone off the deep end. From The Birmingham News:

Darby is running on a nine-point platform to restore state sovereignty. Under his plan, the state would gradually divest itself of the federal government, beginning with the National Guard, and strengthen the state militia.

He advocates declaring marshal law, then “ferreting out” illegal immigrants and treating them as prisoners of war. Darby would elevate county sheriffs to what he believes to be their full constitutional power, deputizing an armed civilian police force to balance the state’s power, he said.

He also would prosecute the Montgomery-based civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center for treason for advocating open borders.

“We are being invaded by a foreign nation,” he said. “Our social fabric is based on Western European values. It was a European Enlightenment that led to the Constitution, and we need to hold onto those great ideals.”

That same message, delivered earlier this month at a Newark, N.J., meeting of the National Vanguard, a pro-white group, brought condemnation from state and national party leaders. The state Democratic party challenged Darby’s candidacy for expressing doubt during a television interview that the Holocaust occurred and for voicing racial and social supremacist views.

This guy is getting pretty scary. Perhaps Democrats will learn to use a convention process as opposed to a taxpayer-funded primary election from this experience. In the meantime, consider this a big-ass “I told you so” from the Libertarian Party. Props to Politics In Alabama.

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Dirty GOP Tricks in Minnesota

sue_podium.jpgAs indicated earlier today, I called the Sue Jeffers campaign to obtain an update about her status with respect to the Minnesota GOP convention. In typical fashion, she (as opposed to a campaign staffer) promptly returned my call. I’ll note at this time that I called Governor Pawlenty’s campaign a few weeks ago for their perspective on this ongoing issue, but they’ve still not returned the call.

At issue is whether the Minnesota Libertarian Party nominated gubernatorial candidate will be allowed to appear at and be nominated by the the Minnesota GOP State Convention. While various Republican groups want Jeffers in the race, the power players in the state seem to be pulling out all the stops to ensure Jeffers won’t be the GOP candidate. They seem pretty scared of her small gub’mint thang.

To begin, let’s talk about table space. According to Jeffers, her campaign has been trying to purchase table space (around $300) for a few weeks. They were finally able get through to someone and he said that while the deadline (of last Saturday) had passed (it hadn’t when they first started the contact procedure), he could slip then in through the cracks. That is until he found out it was the Jeffer’s campaign, at which point the the buck was passed to a higher-up in the GOP pecking order. The higher-up reportedly told the Jeffers campaign that they were too late and could not get a table for the convention.

The standard procedure in Minnesota is for potential candidates to be screened by the GOP candidate nominating committee. I believe they meet tomorrow evening. With the approval of the nominating committee, Jeffers gets thirty minutes of floor time to present her case to the convention. If she doesn’t get it, I’m sure a lot of people will be looking any money, jobs, influence, etc. passing between the committee members and Minnesota GOP power players.

If she doesn’t get the nod from the committee, the historical next step would have been for someone to nominate her from the floor. However, they’ve been playing with the rules in Minnesota to prevent this; they recently passed a rule barring floor nominations for the express purpose of locking Jeffers out of the race.

This sort of reminds me of Republican politics in my home state. The state GOP is controlled by the people who promoted the largest proposed tax increase in Alabama history. If polling numbers are accurate, tax-loving incumbent Republican governor Bob Riley will win the state GOP primary on June 6. With Judge Roy Moore as Riley’s Republican competition and ballot access restrictions (as well as Myron Thompson’s recent decision) making it virtually impossible for a Libertarian to get on the ballot, the Republicans are forcing Alabamians to vote for a big government Republican or a big government Democrat this year.

While it may take a U.S. Supreme Court case to get a small government candidate on the ticket in Alabama, Minnesotans may still have another option. It’s not likely that each primary delegate will show at the Minnesota GOP convention — especially from the outlying parts of the state from which Jeffers enjoys the greatest level of support. If you’re an alternate delegate, please show at the convention. If your not a delegate or alternate, please contact the Jeffers campaign to see what you can do to help. The convention is this weekend.

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Rock Howard on Texas Ballot Access

RockHoward001.jpgTexas Senate District 14 Libertarian Party candidate Rock Howard has now added a blog to his campaign website. His latest entry had some interesting insight on ballot access issues in Texas:

Sadly the Green Party fell short in their efforts to get on the ballot in 2006. As a long time advocate and activist working for improved ballot access in Texas, it pains me whenever anyone makes a serious effort to get on the ballot but then falls short. Here is an interesting story behind the story.

In the last general session the Republican Party killed the bill I had drafted to improve ballot access in Texas by ending the practice of “Primary Screenout” (which is the archaic rule that says that primary voters can’t sign petitions for independents or other political parties trying to get on the ballot.) A few months after the bill (HB 1721) was killed in committee I heard the scuttlebutt that a Republican strategist had decided that the bill would help Kinky Friedman too much. (Strayhorn was not yet running as an independent at that time.)

Killing the bill did not prevent Kinky or Carol from picking up their required signatures, but it significantly impacted the Green Party efforts to get on the ballot. It should not have mattered since petition signers are allowed to sign for both an independent candidate and a political party, but apparently many of the Friedman and Strayhorn petition gathers told their signers to play it safe and not sign any other petitions for fear of possible invalidation.

So Kinky dodged the bullet sent their way by the Republicans, but then the bullet hit the Green Party 2006 ballot drive. That means there will be no Green candidates slicing up Democrat vote totals in November. It also means no love for Republicans from Libertarians since HB 1721 was the Texas LPs’ top proposal for legislative reform in 2004.

Hopefully this one will end up biting the GOP in the butt in the 2006 elections. They could have done the right thing, but chose politics as normal instead.

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Watching David Schlosser in Arizona CD1

Anne_David.jpgOne of the Libertarian Party campaigns I’ve been noticing lately is David Schlosser‘s race for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. Like Dick Clark, he just received the Third Party Watch candidate of the day citation.

I was also impressed with this piece (RealPlayer required) he did (which was passed to me by a non-libertarian friend from Austin) about big box stores. Here’s Schlosser’s credible bio: see more…

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The LP’s Oldest Teenager

dickclarkstump.jpgThis Dick Clark is billed as “America’s oldest teenager,” but this Dick Clark has a pretty youthful appearance, too. The latter Clark is running for Alabama State House District 79 on the Libertarian ticket. He’s already secured enough ballot petitions in his district to run for office, no matter the outcome of the Alabama statewide ballot access challenges. He’s also a personal friend.

Dick’s campaign was awarded the Candidate of the Day award by Third Party Watch yesterday. Here’s the citation:

Dick Clark is running for Alabama State Representative in the 79th District. He is the Libertarian Party nominee and will face the State House minority leader in the Fall.

Clark is a recent graduate of Auburn University with a B.A. in English (concentration in Technical and Professional Communication) and a minor in Philosophy. He’s currently employed as a librarian, archivist, and copyeditor by a private educational institute in Auburn.

Clark has been politically active as a libertarian, serving on the Libertarian Party of Alabama’s Executive Committee as Auburn District Chairman (2002″“2004; 2005″“2006), At-Large Representative (2004″“2005), and Chairman (2006″“Present).

In 2002, he ran for Alabama Public Service Commission, Place 1, garnering 36,639 votes (3%) in a three-way race.

Congratulations, Dick!

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Jeffers Continues to Rock

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The radio host warned gubernatorial candidate Sue Jeffers that it was a question every politician had trouble with. Ready?

“Are you a dog or a cat person?”

“A dog person,” Jeffers replied. Immediately bells and whistles started going off.

“Did I get it wrong?” she asked.

The host laughed. “No,” he said. “You’re just the first candidate that’s given a straight answer.”

Interviews like this and articles like this one are why Sue Jeffer‘s Libertarian/Republican campaign for governor in Minnesota continues to cause the state GOP leadership to quake with fear.

The GOP convention begins tomorrow and the endorsement of the gubernatoral candidate is scheduled for Sunday. I just called and left a message with the Jeffers campaign to learn the latest update about her status for the convention.

Jeffers recently received the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus in a unanimous vote.

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Recent Zeese Interview

Here’s a recent interview of Kevin Zeese worth taking the time to watch. Zeese is the Libertarian, Green and Populist candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland. Here’s the interview description from Zeese’s website:

Kevin Zeese spent a day in Salisbury, MD last week. Among the events he participated in was appearing on a local television show, Backtalk. The host, Joel Roache, is a Democratic Precinct Captain and an activist with TrueVoteMD.org. The half hour interview covered a wide range of topics ““ the Iraq War, the economy, the environment, health care and the straight jacket of the two party system.

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Wisconsin: Youngest Elections Board Member Vows to Fight Hard-line Partisans

Here’s a cool release from the Wisconsin LP:

21-year-old Libertarian Jacob Burns became the youngest member of the Wisconsin State Elections Board on May 17, 2006.

In his very first meeting, Burns fought for all Wisconsin citizens. Some actions performed included:

* voted in favor of the rule allowing the interchangeability of identification for voters registering on election day, which passed 6-3, preventing disenfranchisement of any eligible Wisconsin voter.

* explained to senior board members who were unaware how Wisconsin already has protections against voter fraud, with the voter challenge ability.

* questioned and simulated discussion in regards to why the Voting Technologies International VOTWARE DRE Voting System
presented, was not currently acceptable for Wisconsin; in response to this discussion, Voting Technologies International withdrew their proposal.

When asked whom he represents, Jacob Burns replied; “I am a voice for the independent voters, the third party voters, and even the discouraged voters young and old alike. I am a representative for all independent, and third party candidates for public office. I aim to make the political process easier for those whom the public desperately needs; honest statesmen, not career politicians.”

“Throughout the past several years, Libertarians have proved to Wisconsin why the State Elections Board needs alternative voices besides the usual one-way thinking of Republican and Democratic partisan board members; this is why Wisconsin needs the 10% Rule for a S.E.B. seat rule corrected. It cannot be feasible for Wisconsin elections to be clean, omitting alternative parties whom even have ballot access, from this significant board.”

Jacob Burns is a 21-year-old student at UW-Oshkosh, set to graduate next spring with a B.S. in Economics.

In 2004, Burns made waves defending the right of free speech. Burns held a sign over highway 41 near Oshkosh which stated; “No Bush, No Kerry, Vote Badnarik”. For Burns efforts, he was issued a bogus citation. But with assistance from the ACLU, the bogus citation was dismissed.

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Unity 08 Update

I was invited to this afternoon’s Unity08 teleconference, but have had no time to write about it. Fortunately, others have provided their perspectives on the tele-meeting. Therefore, my report pretty much boils down to:

What he said.

What he said squared.

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Alabama Loses Ballot Access Case

Like a “mythical Greek Hydra”, wrote U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson, “Just as the court resolves one claim, another appears in its place.”

Thompson’s decision may have just cut off another claim, but he hasn’t cut the head off quite yet. Instead of offering my opinion on his opinion, I’d like to ask you all to read the decision and provide whatever thoughts you may have for an appeal. The current Alabama petition deadline is 5PM on June 6.

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Shameless Self Promotion

Erik Ellison of Truth in Tech just posted his interview of me. It covers issues ranging from my new position with the Libertarian Party to electronic privacy to Net Neutrality to LibertyMix. To be quite frank, I enjoyed question nine the most, but it has the least to do with politics or current events.

On a related note, I’m sort of in a gray area with respect to the new position and am going to self-impose some limitations on what I write at Hammer of Truth. One key thing I’ve been hired to do is to promote the Libertarian Party, Libertarian National Committee and Libertarian candidates for public office.

I’ll obviously still be covering political issues and current events when wearing my HoT hat (perhaps we need to market some with the HoT logo on them), but feel it would be unethical for me to cover certain issues. The obvious case would be if there are two Libertarian candidates for public office and I cover one but don’t provide equal time to the other. After the internal party debate is over and the final convention ballot is cast, I’d obviously not have any problem writing about the winner, though. The same holds true for people running for positions on the LNC or state party office. While it’s reasonable for me to promote people actually holding such office, any unbalanced coverage of people running for any party offfice would not be fair.

HoT and the LP are seperate and distinct entities and I’d expect other HoT writers and editors to continue to take a critical look at Libertarian Party issues and campaigns. However, I’m bound by my personal code of ethics to step out of this particular fray. However, there are plenty of other writers at HoT who are willing to cover such LP related matters. In fact, we have a new writer coming on board soon who plans to specialize in such issues.

If you’re a candidate (or staffer) for public or party office, please feel free to continue to send your news, releases, events or other items of interest to our tips line. If it’s newsworthy, someone here will likely cover it.

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A United 2008 Presidential Ticket?

Because of my work on previous presidential campaigns, it’s a rare day that some person or group doesn’t call or e-mail me with regard to forming some coalition-type presidential campaign for 2008. I was involved in three such concepts (totally different groups) yesterday, and two already today. Some of these activities are top secret, others quasi secret, and some are out in the open.

Vox Day (who supported Badnarik in 2004) has now provided his take on how third parties and independent movements could work together to produce a super candidate to defeat the Republican and Democratic machines:

There are certainly ideological differences between ”third” parties such as the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party and the current American Party, but these pale in comparison with each parties differences with the bi-factional ruling party of Democratic-Republicans. It is time to set differences aside and form an American Alliance that subscribes to the following three arch-principles:

1. The sovereign rights of the individual Man.
2. Constitutional literalism and originalism.
3. Absolute national sovereignty.

Could not even a conscientious Green sign on to that? Everything else is secondary, because without those three principles, all else can be modified at the momentary whim of those who hold the levers of power. Yes, the birth of a competitive new party will take time; yes, it would mean a Rodham presidency in 2008 (although since the Lizard Queen’s victory is already in the cards, that’s a feeble objection), but the reality is this:

You are either with the concept of American liberty or against it. The Democratic-Republicans have proven themselves to be firmly against it. Either an American Alliance will restore America to herself, or her people will be swallowed up by the bureaucratic Brussels on the Potomac that is now aborning.

If such a concept is to work, some of the groups involved are going to have to get in contact with each other. This means some of the veil of secrecy will have to be lifted, for good or bad. My suggestion is to hold a locked door national conference (no media except for a press conference or two) of third-party/independents (and even some primary party folks) if such an alliance is to be created. If your organization, potential or former candidate, ad hoc alliance, or other group would be interested in such a meeting, I’d be happy to help organize the contact list — or even facilitate such a meeting. Just pop me an e-mail if interested in such a concept.

BTW, if anyone is curious about the liberty-oriented presidential dream team I’m thinking could actually win in 2008, think about this potential ticket: Russ Feingold/Ron Paul 2008.

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NYC: Stupid Government Tricks

bodiesNYC.jpgJust when you thought it was safe to get back in the water…

Officials in New York are considering dumping a bunch of sand over the top of years of pollution and industrial waste to create a beach on Manhattan’s West Side. From the AP:

“Haven’t they found bodies out here?” asked Sephora Rosario, 32, staring out at the choppy water not too far from where she grew up. “Who would jump in there?”

Of course, some people actually do swim in the Hudson River:

Often, those quickest to dive in are the environmental advocates who say the Hudson River is far cleaner than it has been for most of the last few hundred years.

“I’ll swim in the Hudson now,” said Carter Craft, director of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, which works to increase funding for city water access and ecological protection. “It’s safe if you know what you’re doing.”

One merely has to be careful of when they swim, according to the experts:

Advocates warn that swimmers must stay out of the river for several days after rainfall “” when the city’s drainage system dumps raw sewage directly into the Hudson. Within a three-minute walk from the proposed Hudson River Park beach site, muddy discharge is visible around one of the pipes.

Craft and other advocates say the sewage isn’t usually a problem and any future beach could simply be closed after storms. But city regulations are more stringent, requiring that beaches be at least 500 feet from overflow pipes.

I’m simply wondering how many tax dollars will be wasted on what is certain to be the world’s most popular beach location.

The photo isn’t really from NYC, but you get the point.

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