Legal murmurs and threats against President Obama grew louder and then quickly fell silent over the weekend after Republicans fell into the incumbency fundraising trap known as impeachment.
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Many people don’t know that my very first article ever written was on politics. Today marks the twenty year anniversary since my first mass monologue was published and discussed (or derided, at least at the high school I attended). To be sure, it’s full of embarrassment and bad grammar, and has more twists than M. Night Shyamalan running a churro stand.
Without further ado, here’s the full article reproduced in digital form: see more…
I’ll admit it, stuff gets done a lot faster working with the pool of 1.2 million Coloradoans who vote Republican versus the paltry 26 thousand registered Libertarians.
But hey, I’ll say “you’re welcome” to this:
When I left the LP after 2012, Sarwark chided me in the most Hammer of Truth way, asking what it was like to be a “corpse fucker” (because the GOP was dead, haw). see more…
There were two large and related news stories from the Supreme Court today.
Attempting to expand religious expression protections to small business owners without significantly disrupting the rules that govern for-profit corporations, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration must exempt closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby from a rule requiring large companies to help pay for their employees’ birth control.
In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The RFRA dictates that an individual’s religious expression shouldn’t be “substantially burdened” by a law unless there is a “compelling government interest.” see more…
The Washington Times picked up on our “stunning” announcement of the new LNC chair:
Republicans and Democrats, who pine to woo the all-important young, restless and disengaged demographic, have some serious competition for this sizable voting bloc, which now numbers about 45 million.
In what onlookers described as a “stunning” upset during their recent national convention, the Libertarian Party elected Nicholas Sarwark as their chairman. He is 34, hails from Denver, serves as a deputy public defender, is a prolific blogger and is intent on positioning the Libertarian Party as “the only choice for pro-freedom young people.”
The party itself is getting feisty. The 43-year-old organization also intends to be recognized as the official “real deal” libertarians, which may not sit well with a spate of assorted Republicans, tea partyers and independents who also claim influence with the growing “less government, lower taxes, more freedom” crowd. The articulate Mr. Sarwark himself may be a serious draw for undecided or disengaged folk out there.
Libertarians and Democrats have seemingly been the only parties able to escape their middle-aged comfort zones — to attract and register younger voters.
If that fervor for unblemished voters emerges as a core theme of Sarwark’s leadership, it could prove to be a problematic second front for Republicans who are already struggling in this key demographic.
Columbus, Ohio was the scene of a stunning upset this evening as the delegation to the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention voted the leadership position of Libertarian National Committee Chair over to 34-year old Coloradan Nicholas Sarwark.
Sarwark — who was most recently the Vice Chair of the Colorado Libertarian Party — was pitted against incumbent Chair Geoffrey Neale, Clark County Nevada LP Chair Brett Pojunis, Sharchild, and of course anarchist favorite “none of the above”.
Neale trailed the first round by seven percent, only to have the gap widen to thirteen percentage points in a second-round runoff against the young contender.
|ROUND 1||41%||34%||17%||< 1%||8%||Sarwark +7|
Well, did you also know that this free market wunderkind is now cheaper than traditional black car services, faster and more environmentally friendly to boot?
Next Big Future crunched the numbers:
The math here is simple:
Uber’s demographic probably tends toward the higher end of the $5,000-$15,000 per year range (depreciation on a highend car, parking, gas, maintenance etc..).
At the high end about 882 uber rides and 292 at the low end.
Uber costs twice as much as a cab ride. But the median Uber ride only costs $24. That means you’re paying $12 more than you would for a cab.
UberX, is usually 30 percent less expensive than taxis.
Uber tends to save 54 minutes versus a cab. They arrive sooner. see more…
Spring is here, so it’s time again to try and find out why libertarian parties are predominantly produced of phalluses instead of pretty purses.
This year is comedian Christopher Cantwell’s turn. He was smart to quickly wuss out of answering and instead asked Andrea Pisani, Toni Bones, and Tiffany Aliano — a bunch of libertarian women that apparently do exist — to do it for him.
And really, would anyone trust a man to say why women do anything? see more…