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About Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

Indiana LP About to Take NSA to Court?

Here’s an interesting teaser:

The Libertarian Party of Indiana is one of the named parties in a class action lawsuit filed today in State and Federal Court about an hour ago (4 pm EST). The press release on this has been delayed and won’t be issued until tomorrow morning. However, here’s a hint – the Libertarian Party of Indiana is making it clear that it believes that the NSA has no business snooping around the telephone records of a political organization without a warrant.

I’ll be watching this one with interest.

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HoT Hero of the Day

A teen-age boy just used two firearms to protect his mother and family from an intruder in Hollywood, FL. Here’s the story from The Miami Herald:

Chandler’s screaming and crying roused her 15-year-old son, Javaris Granger, who came to see what was wrong.

Javaris went to his mother’s bedroom and loaded the two handguns his father keeps for protection in the home in the 700 block of South 61st Avenue. The family also called 911.

The man — later identified by police as Keil Jumper — kicked the door off its hinges and barged into the home about 3:30 a.m. Jumper, 22, lives on the Seminoles’ reservation near Hollywood.

Javaris, who is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 125 pounds, took cover behind a wall, armed with a gun in each hand. One of the guns was a .38 caliber, but family members said Tuesday night they were unsure about the other gun.

”He was going crazy,” Javaris said. “I shot one time to let him know he had to leave. The dude didn’t leave. He was looking at my eyes, trying to get closer.”

The gun in Javaris’ right hand jammed, and he fired with the gun in his left, sending Jumper running from the single-story home. Javaris thought his shots missed the man, simply scaring him off.

”I was real scared. . . . When I was shooting, my main focus was protecting my mom and family,” Javaris said.

Police found Jumper lying on the ground a few houses away, shot multiple times and bleeding from his wounds, said Hollywood police Capt. Tony Rode.

Javaris = Hero.

Sarah Brady = Gun prohibitionist who would prohibit the right of self-protection.

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Sperm Donors Responsible for Child Support?

Here’s an interesting one. If someone donates sperm (through any means) for the purpose of impregnation, should the donor be liable for child support? From UPI:

An Illinois woman said in court the father of her twins should pay child support even though the man who donated sperm claims he didn’t plan to become a dad.

Cook County Judge Thomas Kelley heard testimony from Christin Harris who said her ex-boyfriend was living with her and had proposed marriage.

Michael Wilford only admits to dating Harris and agreeing to be the in-vitro father, but claims he was just doing it to help a friend with a goal of being a mother, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Wilford said he was out of town on business most of the time Harris claims he was living with her, including the day he allegedly proposed.

He also said Harris tricked him into signing papers establishing paternity and responsibility of fatherhood — like child support.

When the trial resumes in August Wilford will testify why he donated the sperm but didn’t think he would be responsible for the twins.

Based on what has been reported here, it’s obviously a case of he said-she said. However, the underlying question becomes significant: If a man sells or donates sperm through a traditional sperm bank, might he be held legally responsible for child support at a later date?

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Gun Sale for Freedom Cause

Here’s the release:

KeepAndBearArms.com Founder Selling Personal Firearm Collection to Pay Gun- charge Related Legal Expenses
Own One of Angel Shamaya’s Guns, Help Out a Worthy Cause

May 25, 2006

KeepAndBearArms.com founder Angel Shamaya is selling most of his personal firearm collection to help defray legal expenses that resulted from gun- related charges in Michigan. Although the court ordered the police to return Shamaya’s firearms, the legal expenses are steep — so he’s now selling those same guns. Shamaya says, “I had intended to leave these firearms to my son as his inheritance one day, but I have legal expenses to pay right now. My ultimate goal is to put this mess behind me and raise my son — a far higher priority than owning extra guns.”

The guns for sale include rifles, pistols and shotguns. Shamaya has made arrangements with a local licensed gun dealer to complete the transactions under federal and state law and ship the firearms to the new owners. Anyone interested in any of these firearms can go to the [this website] for details, descriptions, pictures and direction on how to make a purchase[.]

“There are some really nice guns in this collection,” says Shamaya. “I appreciate the support I have received from kind-hearted people in dealing with this nonsense. If you’d like to cherry pick one of my firearms, be my guest.”

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A Remarkable Documentary

Ed must be my favorite name of the day. After covering Ed Packard endorsements in Alabama, I’m moving on to Wisconsin to give you an update on my friend Ed Thompson. For those of you who haven’t had the distinct honor of meeting this Ed, he’s a former veteran, boxer, professional gambler, prison guard and mayor who is currently a tavern owner and sits on the city council in Tomah, Wisconsin. Here’s his Wiki bio:

Ed Thompson (born December 25, 1944 in Elroy, Wisconsin) was the United States Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 2002. He won 11% of the vote. He was elected mayor of Tomah, Wisconsin in April, 2000 with 58% of the vote. His older brother, Tommy Thompson, was previously Governor of Wisconsin and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. see more…

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More Police Harassment in Birmingham

It appears that we’ve had another incident of police harassment while collecting ballot access signatures in Alabama. One of the paid petitioners on Loretta Nall’s campaign called the Birmingham field office complaining that the police asked him to leave the local convention center. It was prime petition collecting time at the BJCC, as there was a crowd on hand for the local viewing of Taylor Hicks/American Idol viewing party.

The last time I checked, the First Amendment still read:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

As a matter of fact, this particular petition is required by state laws which were passed by Republicans and Democrats specifically to keep Libertarians off the ballot. That they require the petition but won’t let people gather the neccessary signatures shows just how tyrannical the system is in Alabama. I’m sure the Alabama media will pay far more attention to American Idol than to the fact that our most basic of rights are being stripped away from us.

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Ed’s da Man!

Ron Paul notwithstanding, it’s pretty rare that Libertarians endorse a Democrat or Republican for anything. That quite a few of them are endorsing one of the Secretary of State candidates in Alabama is indeed newsworthy. That I’ve endorsed such a candidate on a libertarian website is a first. That Green Party members are endorsing a Democrat is pretty rare. That Richard Winger, the editor of Ballot Access News, endorsed Ed Packard for Secretary of State in Alabama is indeed significant. Independent Alabama, Alabama’s only organization dedicated to election reform, endorsed Packard, too.

Packard, a member of the non-partisan organization Independent Alabama (IA), is already attracting the attention of voters across the political spectrum.

If his name appears on the state ticket in November, the non-partisan support Packard is sure to garner is represented by many respected figures, including Mark Bodenhausen, former Secretary of State candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket, who endorsed Packard’s candidacy with the following statement: “He [Packard] is well qualified for the position and has demonstrated non-partisanship, competency, and a fundamental fairness that his rivals lack.”

Bob Friedman, long time political activist and Chair of the Alabama Independent Movement, calls Ed “a true independent because, unlike his opponent, he’s more concerned about fair elections and an even playing field than about ideology.”

Matthew Hellinger, state organizer for the Green Party, declared that “Packard stands for real democracy, a quality that is exceedingly rare in politicians.”

In a rare endorsement, Richard Winger, the leading expert on ballot access in the US said, “Ed Packard has been unfailingly helpful. He’s just a gem. He’s always there to help people.”

On top of that, Packard was nice enough to drop by HoT to leave a comment:

Stephen, I appreciate your support and the support of Independent Alabama.

I am also writing to let you know that I’ve added a blog to my site so that I can speak more directly to some of the issues I think are important. I will be writing on ballot access within the next few days.

Again, thanks.

Ed, we’ll be watching your new blog for the article. And thank you!

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Ballots or Bullets?

Michael Hampton just asked a very important question:

How much does it cost to rig elections so that the candidates don’t have to? How much does it cost to permanently lock third parties out of the political process? How much does it cost to ensure that only the truly corrupt get into public office? How much does it cost to lose what little remains of your freedom?

Just six dollars.

Essentially, he’s describing a federal plan to take six dollars from you in taxes in order to ensure that you have less of a choice on Election Day. He’s describing a plan which will effectively eliminate all third-party and independent campaigns. He quoted me in his final assessment of the situation. To be quite clear, I still stand strongly by that quote:

When it becomes technically illegal for oppositional political parties to run candidates for Congress, there can no longer be any claim of legitimate representation. When sizeable groups of people are no longer allowed to be represented on ballots, they will begin to represent themselves with bullets.

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Democrats Trying to Regain Lead in Corruption Contest with GOP

Congressman William JeffersonOMG! A politican being investigated for bribery and influence peddling. That could never happen in America.

Jefferson’s Capitol Hill office was raided over the weekend, the first for a sitting member of Congress. A redacted copy of the warrant was released Sunday by the FBI.

The indictment accuses the eight-term congressman of accepting bribes and using his office and influence to illegally participate in high-tech business ventures in Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana.

According to the 83-page affidavit, the FBI had been tracking Jefferson since last March. The FBI was tipped off by a woman the Washington Post named as Lori Mody, a wealthy northern Virginia businesswoman who, persuaded by Jefferson, invested millions of dollars into iGate Inc., a Louisville-based telecommunications company.

The document describes iGate as a company that produces high-speed Internet and cable television services that is transmitted through copper wires.

At a Capitol Hill news conference Monday, Jefferson said, ”There are two sides to every story; there are certainly two sides to this story. There will be an appropriate time and forum when that can be explained.”

Proof once again that there ain’t a dimes worth of difference…

Update by Stephen VanDyke: For those of you with eagle eyes… yes this was already posted yesterday. Don’t sweat it though, there’s another post coming that deals with all of Congress suddenly becoming all constitutional-limitations friendly now that the FBI is stomping through their backyard.

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Which Political Party Wears the Tin Foil Hats?

Joe Copeland - free vasectomyEven in libertarian circles, a lot of people view the Libertarian Party as being filled with candidates who don tin foil hats. Take a look at this WSFA Channel 12 Montgomery interview (currently the top link – 20 min) of Alabama Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate Loretta Nall and Democratic hopeful Joe Copeland.

Copeland (D) on education:

I would, uh, I would try’in stop the uh… the… …the (long pauses, not a stutter) efforts to consolidate schools and close small community schools and consolidate ‘em into big wirehouses, educational wirehouses, because I believe you lose parental and teacher involvement when you do that.

More Copeland on education:

I think we need a comprehensive reproductive, reproductive, uh, uh program course in ars in our schools where each student that comes out of that school has a knowledge of how their plumbin’ works and how to control their fertility.

Copeland on racial issues health care reform:

Now we do a good job of providing contraception for those uh who receive Medicaid, they they receive everythang from vigh-sectomies, tubal ligation and ah birth control pills free. Morning after pills. We just need to extend that to the entire state to where everyone can control their fertility.

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LNC Steps on it (Again)

In January, I reported that Penn Jillette was going to make some Libertarian Party commercials. In typical LP fashion, another project has been fouled up. I’ll provide the pertinent e-mail chain:

George Squyres:

David Owens has asked me to post this letter to Mike Dixon to the LNC Discussion list to respond to your question about what has happened to the Penn & Teller project. I can confirm most of what David says, except for those phone calls I was not a party to.

The main letter is somewhat lengthy, but contains a lot of necessary detail. see more…

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Utah Settles in First Amendment Case

Speaking of police intimidation of people exercising their First Amendment rights, several readers have reminded me of this recent outcome of a similar case:

The state has settled with two local animal rights activists who filed a federal suit claiming a Utah Highway Patrol trooper prevented them from handing out political leaflets during this year’s Utah Legislature.

In its settlement filed Monday, the state has agreed to pay Eric Waters and David Berg, both of the Utah Animal Rights Coalition, $1,000 each and their attorney Brian Barnard $10,000 in legal fees. The state has also agreed to pay UARC $500.

Waters and Berg claimed their First Amendment rights were violated when UHP trooper Preston Raban approached them near the House of Representatives building and told them to stop handing out leaflets.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office acknowledged Waters and Berg “have the legal right to engage in the free expression activity of tendering political leaflets, fliers, buttons or similar materials on the grounds and in public areas of the Utah State Capitol and related buildings.”

No matter what I think of most (not all) people in the animal rights movement, any common sense view of the Constitution covers such activities.

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On the Air: Alabama Police Intimidation Issue

I just got off the air on Alabama’s major talk radio program about our ballot access petitioners being intimidated by the police last week while trying to collect signatures for Loretta Nall’s campaign in Alabama. Hosts Russ and Dee Fine were absolutely livid that University of Alabama-Birmingham police interfered with our obvious First Amendment rights. I had a power outage this morning, so I missed some of the program before I went on the air, but all but one of the callers I heard were equally upset. As an example, the caller right before I went on the air was calling “them” Nazis.

I’ve known Russ and Dee for some time. While we certainly don’t agree on all of their political issues, we’ve worked together on quite a few common causes over the years. Russ’s office is right down the street from where the incident occurred, and he could easily visualize exactly which spot in the street the police told our petitioners to collect signatures at.

It’s virtually impossible to collect all the signatures required to get on the ballot in Alabama. As my wife describes it, it’s like having to run 26 miles just to get to the marathon. With this new harassment restriction hanging over our heads, it’s like having to make that run wearing leg irons.

If you are from Alabama and don’t support Nall’s campaign, your rights are still being violated by these egregious ballot access laws and police intimidation tactics. In this case, they are taking away your right to vote against the Libertarian candidate. No matter how you feel about Nall, please download the ballot access petition form, fill it out (and get five of your friends to do so, as well), and mail it to 2330 Highland Ave., B’ham, AL, 35205.

If you have a blog with Alabama readers, please give us a link.

If you don’t live in Alabama but believe that all candidates should have the same requirements to get on the ballot, you can still help. We need to raise an awful lot of money between now and June 6, and you can help so much just by clicking here.

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Sue Jeffers Slugging Away at the GOP Machine

Note: this article contains dead links, the url is still in the hover/alt text. Keep the web working, curate content well!

For those of you watching Sue Jeffers’ Libertarian/Republican campaign story unfold, this one really rocks:

Sue Jeffers’ Address to the 2nd District Republican Convention
Bucking Party Leaders, 2nd Congressional District Welcomed Jeffers to Speak

Prior Lake, Minnesota – Bucking orders from state Republican Party higher-ups, 2nd District Republicans welcomed Sue Jeffers to address their convention on Saturday. State Party chairman, Ron Carey, as well as Tony Sutton (Minnesota GOP Secretary/Treasurer) and their considerable entourage, who registered as convention guests were in attendance.

Many delegates approached Jeffers, and expressed excitement that they would finally hear the message that some party officials wanted to squelch.

Sue was introduced without incident or challenge, was met with applause from the delegates and delivered her speech. She was interrupted at one point with spontaneous applause, when she said, “My goal is to open the debate about the candidates we support. We must put candidates on the ballot that believe in the party platform and will work to further our principles. You, the delegates have the power to take our party in a better direction. Recognize that power and use it.” see more…

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Pooches for Peace, Do Dah Day and Ballot Access

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We had a lot of fun in Birmingham yesterday at the annual Do Dah Day celebration. The day long dog-themed festival is a really cool event – complete with a parade, vendors, live music and food. The neatest thing about the Do Dah Day Festival is that it’s held in two neighboring parks and everyone brings their pooches.

The headquarters of the Libertarian Party of Alabama is on the edge of one of the two parks and so many people bring their canines to this pedestrian friendly area it provides a really ideal location for voter outreach. Our trick is to align a long series of water dishes in the lawn by the sidewalk. We place an OPH table or (in this case) a candidate/ballot access table in the shade. When the dogs naturally stop to get a drink of water, we get to speak to the passersby.

Doo Dah Day 4.jpgAs we’re in the middle of a ballot access drive, we obviously used this collect signatures, but we were able to do some outreach, as well. That Libertarians require 43,000 signatures to get on the ballot while the Republicans and Democrats don’t is totally unjust. The Nall campaign is not disclosing the amount of signatures collected at this event.

The parade was even cooler and we rocked! There are two primary Republican candidates for governor in Alabama. Other than a very few signs, there was little GOP campaign presence. I saw what may have been one mutilated Roy Moore sign. It looked like it had the word “Roy” on it, at least. The only signs I saw supporting Governor Riley were carried by a couple of parade spectators. Of course, this was a cool event with cool people (and doggies), so the Republicans probably didn’t feel very welcome.

On the Democratic side of the governor’s race, Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley had a fair campaign sign presence, but we were able to match (and at Caldwell Park better) her performance — which is not too bad for any LP campaign. Someone entered a truck in the parade which had some of her signs on it, but it didn’t look all that impressive. I didn’t see any Don Seigelman vehicles or signs.

Our car (the ‘stang) carried us through its second Birmingham parade. This time, Loretta Nall was the passenger of honor. Mark Bodenhausen drove, most of the time with his dog Piddles in his lap. Deb (my wonderful wife) had the passenger seat, while I sat in the back with the cool rays holding a sign and passing out campaign literature.

We did see Siegelman standing on the side of the road with the other parade spectators. The state news has been filled with his local campaign fundraising problems, but to see him without the usual throng of supporters, no signs, and no vehicle entered into the race was pretty funny. Siegelman yelled something like “Keep working hard, Loretta,” to which she responded, “Don’t worry Don, I will.”

Bodenhausen suggested a few seconds too late that we should have asked Don if he needed a lift. Poor guy looked like he needed one. Perhaps because of the enormous ballot access barrier for third parties in Alabama, it was an interesting turn of events to be the coolest campaign at a fairly large event.

Lauren Havens took the pictures, more of which are available here.

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New LP Website

LP.org redesign final

It’s up! What do you think?

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Is the MSM Stealing Material from Bloggers?

Muckraked has an article about about the main stream media stealing articles from bloggers.

We’ve all got our stories of being burned – I’m still pissed at the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz for blithely claiming our firedavidgregory.com scoop as his own (granted, it doesn’t even qualify as a closet in the Watergate hotel of investigative journalism but, dammit, a scoop is a scoop) – and we’ve all told these tales to melodramatic effect.

So, we decided to survey the major newspapers and news networks to find out their policies on crediting bloggers and we gathered some accounts from bloggers who’ve broken stories that were later picked up by the MSM.

It’s worth reading, but the coolest part is that they quoted Michael Hampton and me.

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Something’s up at LP.org

Libertarian Party website redesign - in progress

Whassup at LP.org?

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Here’s a peek, thanks to some old URLs still working with the new design.

Another Update by VanDyke: LP head geek Shane Cory saw that we were poking around on the new site already, so he gave Hammer of Truth a link to an exclusive new LP web ad — Politician Removal Service. Thanks Shane!

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Libertarians Won, Government Zero

…at least for the moment.

I don’t have the correct type of USB cable with me (not at home right now and it is a funky connection — we’ve got video, too) to upload to pictures, but I’ll get them uploaded when I can. The bottom line is that we just stood down the police. After the cops harassed one of our petitioners for collecting signatures (“trespassing”) on public sidewalks, we took the whole Birmingham team to the same corner to see what the hell was going on.

We called the watch officer of the UAB police and after being placed on hold for a long period of time, we told them we were on the corner and going to continue collecting signatures until they showed us some law which said we couldn’t. Sure enough, three officers showed up a half hour later and told us we’d have to leave. I got the name of two of the officers; the third stayed in the back seat of the patrol car. When I tried to walk close enough to the car to read his name tag, I was ordered to stand back.

CPL T. Coley told us we’d have to leave. When I asked what law we were violating, he seemed very perplexed. Then he said we were trespassing. We asked how we could be trespassing if we were on a public sidewalk on an open campus in the middle of downtown Birmingham. I asked again for them to cite what law we supposedly were violating so we could work together to find a reasonable solution to the problem. He simply restated his claim that we were trespassing on state property. I remember asking again how we could be trespassing on a public sidewalk on an open campus in the middle of downtown Birmingham. His eyes indicated that he didn’t even follow the logic of my question.

Around this time, Officer K. Woods [?] stepped out of the car and joined in the conversation. After explaining what we were doing, he initally told us that we can’t collect signatures because it is harrassing passersby (he didn’t use the word “passersby”; he did say something that sounded like “passerbys”, though) on private property. At this point John Slevin, the ballot access team leader, asked the officer where we can collect signatures. He was told to collect them in the middle of the relatively high traffic street. At this point Slevin brazenly walked over to the closest pedestrian and obtained her signature.

He continued to collect signatures while I spoke with the officers. One of them finally told me that we could collect them on a sidewalk across the street. I said there were no people over there; it would defeat the purpose. I asked what the difference between the two sidewalks was. He said the one we were at was state property. I pointed out to him that the other one was state property, too. At this point, he looked at Slevin (who was collecting another sig) and said he can’t do that. I said that we intend to continue to collect signatures until the police show us some law that we are violating.

I finally asked one more time what the difference between the respective sidewalks was. He never answered. I gave him a defiant look and just walked off. They hopped in their car and drove off. We collected signatures for another half hour or so on that corner, and at least two cops passed by, but didn’t harass us any more.

We stood our ground (and were all willing to risk arrest for this one), but I figure the incident cost us a thousand or so dollars in manpower.

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Breaking News: LP Ballot Access Petitioners Harassed by the Cops

Sorry for not blogging anything today, but we’ve got a serious problem going on in Birmingham with the Loretta Nall ballot access drive in Alabama. The police are now demanding IDs and telling our petitioners they can’t collect signatures on public property (in this case, a sidewalk on a state university campus). We are going to talk to the police right now and see if we can sort this out.

If we can’t use public property to collect the 43,000 signatures required by state law, there is no way the signatures can be collected. Alabama already has one of the worst ballot access restrictions in the country — which is the relative equivalent of a poll tax. Now that we are beginning to raise enough money to pay the poll tax, they are blocking our access to a political race with guns. It looks like we are going to need some more financial assistance to get Nall on the ballot.

This story is still developing. I’ll update as soon as I can, unless I’m arrested…

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Sex-for-Water-Gate in Arkansas

Government figures aside, people out here in the real world are feeling the pinch of the declining value of the dollar. What happens if water (as opposed to precious metals) becomes the standard for financial transactions? This seems to be the case in Arkansas — but the story actually seems to indicate more of an abuse of power than actually trading sex for water.

Waldron’s mayor was released on a signature bond Wednesday after being accused of soliciting two women for sex after they fell behind on their water bills.

Troy Anderson, 72, is accused of abusing the public trust and patronizing a prostitute. After hearing complaints about delinquent water bills, Anderson solicited sex from the women, authorities said.

And there’s more…

The woman wore a recording device when she met Anderson at the apartment, and Anderson offered her $100 for sex, the affidavit said. She said the mayor grabbed her and exposed himself.

Another woman told investigators that she’d been having sex with Anderson for money for the past eight to 10 years. She said Anderson paid her $25 per encounter and that he allowed her to change the name on her overdue water bill, which kept her water turned on, the affidavit said.

The mayor also gave the woman $60 to pay a late water deposit in exchange for sex, the affidavit said. The woman’s bill was $617 overdue, the affidavit said.

In February, the second woman wore a recording device when Anderson picked her up for a sexual encounter that netted her $20, authorities said.

Sounds almost like our Congress and President, except they screw us and send us and our children the bill.

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Phillies Launches New Website

George Phillies has launched a new website for his Libertarian presidential campaign. Seth Cohn set up the site (full disclosure: I helped set up that deal) and it looks a whole lot better than the flat .html version Phillies started with. The site’s easy to navigate and looks clean. I’m sure there will be a lot more on the site before November 2008. Good job, Seth and George!

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Baltimore’s Finest

If anyone ever has any doubt about why so many people have contempt for police officers, read this article about recent victims of Baltimore’s finest. Here’s the meat and potatoes:

Baltimore City police arrested a Virginia couple over the weekend after they asked an officer for directions. [...]

“In jail for eight hours — sleeping on a concrete floor next to a toilet,” Kelly said. [...]

Hopelessly lost, relief melted away concerns after they spotted a police vehicle.

“I said, ‘Thank goodness, could you please get us to 95?” Kelly said. [...]

“What she said was ‘You found your own way in here, you can find your own way out.'” Kelly said.

Collins said the couple spotted another police vehicle and flagged that officer down for directions. But Officer Natalie Preston, a six-year veteran of the force, intervened.

“That really threw us for a loop when she stepped in between our cars,” Kelly said. “(She) said my partner is not going to step in front of me and tell you directions if I’m not.” [...]

Kelly said. “I obeyed everything — stepped out of the car, put my hands behind my back, and the next thing I know, I was getting arrested for trespassing.”

“By this time, I was completely in tears,” Brook said. “I said, ‘Ma’am, you know, we just need your help. We are not trying to cause you any trouble. I’m not leaving him here.’ What she did was walk over to my side of the car and said, ‘Ok, we are taking you downtown, too.'”

Collins said the couple was released from jail without being charged with anything. Brook is now concerned the arrest may complicate a criminal background check she’s going through in her job as a child care worker.

Collins said police left Kelly’s car unlocked and the windows down at the impound lot. He reported a cell phone charger, pair of sunglasses and 20 CDs were stolen.

The role of the police used to be to protect and to serve. Now it’s more like intimidate, assault, torture, kidnap and murder.

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