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An Inconvenient Libertarian Video Clip William Weld Doesn’t Want You to Watch

As you will see in this video, Bill Weld stated with no hesitation or doubt that he’d run for Governor of New York even if he didn’t get the Republican nomination.

Q: I want to make sure that you are going to stick through to this to the end, no matter what threats you get from the Republican Party. And by the way, will you run even if you don’t get the Republican Party nomination?

Weld: Yes and yes.

As we reported earlier today, Weld dropped the race. Here’s how ABC News covered it:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld dropped out of the race for governor of New York on Tuesday, averting a potentially bruising and expensive primary for the Republican nomination.

“I do think there’s a time to look beyond your aspirations for the bigger picture,” Weld said. “This is not a time for a contested primary.”

The move came days after the state GOP establishment threw its support to Weld’s rival, former state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso. If Weld had stayed in the race, he would have faced Faso in a primary in September.

Please pardon the Clintonism, but it depends on what the meaning of the word ‘yes’ is. Props.

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The US Leads the World Again

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Props.

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George Bush Accused of Bisexuality

bushpirssy.gifI have no clue as to whether the information provided is accurate or not, but I’ve gotten so many tips and e-mails about it today that I’m sure the issue isn’t going to just disappear. Here’s the news release in question:

This Monday, George W. Bush will address the nation, calling for a constitional amendment to ban gay marriage. If he does not admit that he’s a gay American (or perhaps bisexual), this speech will be as false as all his other public statements.

Too bad I won’t be doing the rebuttal. In 1984 I watched George W. Bush enthusiastically and expertly perform a homosexual act on another man, one Victor Ashe.

Ashe is the current U.S. ambassador to Poland; and he too should come out, like former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevy, and admit to being a gay American.

Other homo-erotic acts were also performed by then-private citizen George W. Bush. I know this because I performed one of them on him myself.

My full account of this activity is on-line at bushssecretlifein84.tripod.com, which has been up for nearly two years now. Bush’s sex life should, of course, be no one’s business but his own; however, his craven effort to reverse his slide in the opinion polls by using the “Defense of Marriage Act” to divide Americans must be exposed as the act of a desperate closet case.

Before impugning the humanity of gays who seek to marry”“just as he was free to marry”“Bush should come clean with the American people and admit his own past sexual behavior. He should admit that he violated his own marriage vows by having a furtive homosexual affair with a longtime family friend.

I had planned to run for governor of Nevada without going into any of this, but the president’s hypocrisy compels me to go public with the story now, before he tries to do more harm to millions of his fellow-citizens.

It was signed in this manner:

Leola McConnell
Liberal Democratic Candidate for Governor of Nevada

More information on the allegations is available here and here.

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Weld Dropping NY Race?

It looks like Bill Weld is going to drop his gubernatorial race in New York. From Fox23:

With support for a run eroding, Republican Bill Weld will drop out of the race for New York governor, according to two sources informed of the decision.

The former Massachusetts governor ended his effort to be the first man since Sam Houston to be the governor of two states after he was defeated last week in a quest for the party designation against John Faso, the former Assembly minority leader.

Weld decided Tuesday morning to drop out, said the two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Weld wanted to make the announcement publicly himself.

Weld scheduled an 11:30 a.m. press conference at his Manhattan headquarters.

UPDATE: I’ve been told by multiple sources that Weld agreed to run with or without Republican support. I’m not sure whether this was at the NY LP Convention or in some meeting shortly before the meeting. If anyone knows of exactly what was said and agreed upon, please let me know.

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Sue Jeffers to Challenge Pawlenty in Primary

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This is the release from the Jeffers Campaign:

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Just two days before the start of the Minnesota Republican State Convention, Party officials had finally relented and scheduled an appointment for Sue Jeffers with the convention’s Nominating Committee. Wasting no time with formalities, the committee’s first question was about ties with the Libertarian Party. Jeffers explained that her first contacts were with the Republican Party and she had continued to be in contact with party officials up until a month ago. The Committee’s questioning of Sue Jeffers also focused on where she had obtained access to the Republican delegates’ list. “You mean the four copies I’ve received?” Jeffers asked the stunned committee. Jeffers refused to name names.

In the end, the committee decided (not unexpectedly) not to find Jeffers, “qualified.” Qualified is a new language twist in the convention endorsement rules this year.

Jeffers still maintains she is a qualified candidate, first and foremost by being a citizen of Minnesota. “Our Founding Fathers had a vision of a citizen-legislature – ordinary folks doing our civic duty and then stepping aside. Public service is not something only for the rich, well connected or an incumbent who has strayed from conservative principles,” Jeffers said.

While Jeffers was appearing before the committee, the convention was already getting underway. A motion to seat alternates was made unexpectedly, ahead of the scheduled itinerary. Chaos had ensued, as Party Officials had removed the registration rolls from the Congressional District tables, and alternates were unable to determine if they were seated or not. Senate District Chairs worked feverishly to seat their alternates, while voting of the proposed rules of the convention carried on. Half of the convention’s voting strength was in the hall, unable to vote or offer discussion.

A group of delegates, sympathetic to Jeffers’ right to speak at the convention were determined to strike certain new language from the convention rules, which forbids nominations from the floor. A dozen of them were prepared to make motions and offer discussion on the rules, but never had the opportunity to address the chair on the issue. Procedural tricks were used to prevent the issue being raised.

Many delegates expressed confusion, and then anger at the process. “They really rammed that though,” said Dave Shegstad, a delegate who ran for Minneapolis City Council last year. “This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. Why are they so afraid to hear another voice?” he mused.

Endorsement proceedings for the gubernatorial candidate were unexpectedly moved from the scheduled time on Saturday to Friday afternoon. This schedule change disrupted plans by a delegate caucus opposed to the new Twins ballpark that had planned to voice their concerns.

After Pawlenty’s gubernatorial candidate speech, without a motion to endorse for governor being made, seconded, discussed or voted on, a co-chair approached the podium to call for a vote. While Pawlenty’s speech was being applauded, the co-chair said, “Seeing that there is only one candidate, all in favor of endorsing Tim Pawlenty say aye.” Applause continued, but many delegates remained seated and silent. The gavel was banged, and Tim Pawlenty gave an immediate acceptance speech followed by a balloon drop and a music and light show.

Attendance was very low for the convention. Some out-state delegates said the cost was prohibitive. Others cited a lackluster agenda and no competition without Jeffers speaking. At one point it was questioned whether a quorum was present and on Friday, there was doubt enough delegates were present to achieve the 60% threshold required for an endorsement.

“This entire convention was just a show,” said delegate Dave Rasmus, “they work on the platform as a pacifier, so delegates think they have a say, but the candidates the leadership pushes through don’t even follow half of the platform. It’s just a big show.”

For her part, Sue Jeffers wasn’t discouraged. “It went pretty much how I expected,” she said. She plans to continue the race, mounting a primary challenge for the Republican spot on the ballot. “I’m taking my case straight to the people, and the powers that be in the party can’t shut me up anymore.”

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Nall’s Not Dropping Out

According to the AP, Loretta Nall didn’t obtain enough signatures to get on the ballot in Alabama. The deadline is 5PM tonight.

The colorful Libertarian Party nominee for governor, Loretta Nall, said Monday she will run as a write-in candidate after failing to get enough signatures to get her name on the general election ballot.

“I’m not dropping out,” Nall said.

Tuesday is the deadline for third-party candidates to turn in voters’ signatures to the secretary of state to get ballot access for Nov. 7. Nall needed 41,300 signatures to get on the general election ballot. She said she and her supporters collected between 10,000 and 15,000 signatures, which she plans to turn in Tuesday to make a point about Alabama having one of the nation’s toughest ballot access laws for third parties.

“In almost any other state, that would have been enough to get ballot access,” she said.

Nall, who founded the U.S. Marijuana Party after her misdemeanor arrest for marijuana in 2002, has already proven to be a colorful addition to the gubernatorial contest even without ballot access. Her Web site discussions about why she doesn’t wear panties and her animated fundraising gimmick, “Stripping for Cash,” have attracted about as much attention on the Internet as the mainstream candidates.

Nall said she plans to keep attracting attention by developing campaign ads that are a parody of the MTV show “Celebrity Death Match.” Candidates will try to knock off each other with over-the-top campaign promises, like trying to prove who hates homosexuals the most, she said.

“I have the best time with these idiots,” she said.

However, she intends to turn in around 70,000 signatures by deadline. How does that make sense? You’ll have to read the tomorrow’s report to find out.

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Bush Pandering for 2006 GOP Votes

George Bush on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, via Washington Blade:

“Changing the definition of marriage would undermine the structure of the family,” said Bush, who raised the issue’s profile with an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Bush criticized judges who have overturned state laws similar in intent to the proposed legislation. “Marriage is the most fundamental institution of civilization, and it should not be redefined by activist judges,” he said.

Traditional marriage, Bush said, is the cornerstone of a healthy society and the issue should be put “back where it belongs: in the hands of the American people.”

Bush is engaged in election year pandering to conservatives, many of whom currently hate his guts — by trying to divert attention from his failed domestic, foreign and economic policies.

The obvious ultimate solution is not a constitutional amendment which moves the separation of church and state line even closer to Big Brother’s house, but to get the government out of the picture. Even Christian groups are stating that marriage should not be licensed by the government.

What began in the United States as local methods of keeping blacks and whites from marrying each other are now turning into a national constitutional issue. The last time I checked, marriage was a covenent between two people and God or a contract between two or more people of various sexualities. It’s time to get the Feds out of our religious and private lives.

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Information Just Wants to be Free

Pirate Bay vs. HollywoodWhen discussing copyrights for music and videos with one of my hacker friends, he always maintains that such protections will never ultimately work. His reason is that information has a natural tendency to eventually become part of the public domain, no matter what is done to protect it.

They just shut down Pirate Bay servers in Sweden, but they’ll be back up again soon. From the AP:

Hundreds of people waving signs and skull-and-crossbones pirate flags demonstrated in Stockholm on Saturday against a police crackdown on a popular file-sharing Web site with millions of users worldwide.

Dozens of police officers conducted raids in 10 locations Wednesday, seizing servers and other computer equipment in their crackdown on The Pirate Bay site.

But the site was back up Saturday, and spokesman Tobias Andersson said it would be “bigger and better than ever.”

No matter how one feels about intellectual property rights, a simple fact is that there is no way to stop the pirating of audio and video on the Internet. So long as there is one country in the world which doesn’t respect contemporary intellectual property laws, there will be servers there — unless it becomes cheaper to simply run the servers somewhere offshore.

There is no technology which can prevent someone from copying audio. No matter how encrypted and electronically safeguarded, it is a simple matter to patch the analog audio output to some sort of recording device and then distribute the results. While more complicated, the same holds true for video. They can keep shutting down the Napsters and Pirate Bays, but they will continue to sprout like weeds anyway.

Perhaps the Motion Picture Association of America and the music recording industry need to start rethinking their marketing and distribution mechanisms. People still pay to see live music and to attend the theater.

While the recording industry has held consumers captive for decades, the millions and millions of torrents and downloads clearly indicate that no Stockholm Syndrome has taken effect. To be sure, it may be Stockholm that takes the recording industry down by freeing the music and video that people so desperately wish to obtain at no financial expense.

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Portland Hilton to be a Free Speech Zone again

In 2002, police aggressively confronted environmental, anti-war and other protestors in downtown Portland, Oregon — where President Bush was speaking at a fundraiser for the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower.

In the late afternoon, police declared a state of emergency, and threatened to arrest anyone who did not disperse. Very few people heard these announcements and police did not give the crowd time to comply. The police then turned violent, shooting people with rubber bullets and pepper-spraying many others. Children were among the victims of chemical attacks, including a 10 month old baby.

In 2006, the Libertarian Party will hold its national convention at the same hotel. Unlike the barbed wire and riot police surrounded “Free Speech Zones” which encompass the president, no tear gas or rubber bullets will be required this time. Unlike New York, protest permits won’t even be an issue.

Perhaps Republicans could learn something from this contrast. The Libertarian Party opposes the preemptive war in Iraq and supports free speech rights. The Republican Party supports preemptive war and denies freedom of speech and assembly. Millions of people have taken to the streets to protest Republican policies over the last few years. There has never been a riot precipitated by Libertarian storm troopers.

In addition to their official policy, typical grassroots Republican sentiment is displayed here:

al you fucks are faggots. how the hell can this bull-shit be compared to the holocaust. those protesters didn’t know shit. you don’t like the government, then get the fuck out of this country.

Below is new footage of the 2002 Portland atrocities. Most of the footage was taken from police video, so you’ll get to see it from their visual perspective. This video is something every true patriot should watch. H/T to Carl H.

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Badnarik/Cobb Arrest Now Archived

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badnarik_arrest_front.jpgOne of the things that concerned me when Blognarik was down was that the permanent record of Michael Badnarik’s and David Cobb’s arrest would be forever lost and not even become a historical footnote. Since they’ve recovered that portion of the site, I’ve archived that page at the Libertarian Party of Alabama website. I also added primary and secondary links to the event at Badnarik’s Wikipedia entry.

For those of you unfamiliar with what happened because the mainstream media decided this event wasn’t important enough to cover, here are the first few entries from the log Stephen VanDyke and I worked very hard on that night:

8:38PM CT

The first report from St. Louis is in – and presidential candidates Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) and David Cobb (Green Party) were just arrested. Badnarik was carrying an Order to Show Cause, which he intended to serve the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Earlier today, Libertarians attempted to serve these same papers at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the CPD – but were stopped from approaching the CPD office by security guards.

Fred Collins reported to me from the ground that Badnarik and Cobb are in great physical condition and great spirit.

As soon as more details are available, they will be posted here immediately.

8:51PM CT

I just spoke with Jon Airheart on his cellular telephone. He reports that while he could see no handcuffs, both Badnarik and Cobb had their hands behind their backs, as if they were handcuffed. Airheart also confirms that Badnarik did have the papers to serve the CPD in his jacket pocket.

9:09PM CT

The first AP report just hit Google News:

Just as the debate began, two third-party presidential candidates purposely crossed a police barricade and were arrested. Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik were protesting their exclusion from the debate

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10:09PM CT

My cell phone is ringing off the hook. There is no way to catch up with all of the messages left – and I am sure the memory is full by now. Things are going too fast to keep up with them.

Jon Airheart just reported that he and Fred Collins are catching a taxi to the jail where Mike is currently located. The address is 200 South Tucker Street, St. Louis, MO. Jon stated that there were over one hundred police officers with helmets and shields in the particular line they crossed.

Thomas Knapp just reported that prior to their arrests, Badnarik and Cobb explained to the crowd why they chose civil disobedience to express their message. He stated that Badnarik had to “bodily” push his way through the police line. Once through, he peacefully surrendered, was handcuffed, and taken out of direct sight.

While the mainstream media may continue to pander to the power players in DC, netizens will always have this historical reference of their complete lack of journalistic ethics.

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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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