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Another outreach piece from Susan Hogarth of
LP Radicals.

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By Clay Bennett

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An exchange provoked by the Libertarian Response to Bush’s State of the Union Speech

Andrew L Sullivan writes…

You have a choice of drilling for oil in your own damn country or fighting for it in the Persian Gulf. PICK AND CHOOSE!

http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/

Well, yeah, those are a couple of choices. But there are others such as biodiesel from hemp, biodiesel from other sources, hydrogen, elctric based on wind, wave, geothermal, solar, fusion etc.

Currently the market incentives for developing alternative energy are pretty badly distorted: one way of looking at half a trillion for Iraq, among other military expenditures, is as a subsidy for petroleum. There are also non-military subsidies like highway spending (actually, in a sense military spending as well, they are technically Defense Highways).

Then there is the prohibition related ban on industrial hemp, even though it can’t possibly get anybody high.

Also, corporate personhood and limited liability absolves corporations of the true costs and risks of petroleum drilling, refining and burning, thus throwing off the cost/benefit/risk of petrol against other types of energy.

Taxes and regulations fossilize the market, destroying the natural turbulence that keep new companies from forming and rising and artificially keeping the big players securely on top.

That, and the SS system, keeps potential venture capital locked up.

The linkage of health care to employment is another system that keeps people, on the margin, as corporate employees rather than starting up entrepreneurial ventures, and the government school system teaches regimentation and unthinking leader-following for the purpose of
docile corporate and government employment.

Those are just a few of the factors.

Steve Kubby’s Energy Policy:

http://www.kubby2008.com/node/9


Originally posted at pauliecannoli wordpress

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Saturday, January 27, 2007
Five by five for Kubby
posted at
http://knappster.blogspot.com/



Disclosure: I work for Steve Kubby's presidential campaign as a volunteer in the position of communications director. This post is not a paid ad, nor am I receiving financial compensation/restitution for contributions to the campaign which may result from it. To the extent that it may be regarded as an "in-kind" contribution to the campaign on my part, I value it, in line with recent "pay per post" blogging I've done, at $10.


Steve Kubby's response to the State of the Union address went up on his campaign web site before George W. Bush had left the Capitol building, and while US Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) was still delivering the Democratic response.


The "response to the response" brought our web server down as thousands of Digg readers hit the site at the same time to hear what Steve had to say. We logged more than 5,000 unique visitors in the timeframe immediately around the crash -- we don't know how many got turned away during the outage.


We'd planned on launching our first "public" fundraiser shortly, but events have pushed it up. Here's the real thing, to which I hope you'll respond, but I'll cover the high points right here, and stick in the clickables, too.


Bottom line: Steve Kubby's proving, every day, that he's a "serious candidate." Now we get to find out how serious you are. The people who follow these things estimate that the "major party" candidates will each spend about $500 million or more on the 2008 election. Call it a million dollars a day between now and November, 2008.


We're not asking for a million dollars a day for 500 days. We're asking for for five thousand dollars in five days. That's not a drop in the bucket to Republicans or Democrats, but it's enough to ratchet the Kubby campaign up to the next level of activity.


I've already told you about the tremendous response to the State of the Union piece. We need a better web server, because that's going to keep happening.


The campaign's first two radio commercials have been recorded and are in post-production. Some time in the next few days, we'll be making them available to Libertarian candidates to use in their own campaigns ... and we want to air them ourselves, too.


Steve announced his candidacy in front of a crowd of 50,000 in Seattle, and campaigned in Washington for LP Senate candidate Bruce Guthrie. He spent several days in Colorado in November, campaigning for Amendment 44. He's been attending Libertarian Party and non-LP public events all over California. He's already confirmed that he'll be attending LP conventions in Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico and California in February, March and April. That's just the beginning. We have plans to send him all over the country ... but plane tickets don't buy themselves.


Steve's made three radio appearances in the past week. More requests are already coming in and we're proactively seeking more such opportunities. By this time next month, we'd like to have him giving three radio, television or newspaper interviews a day, and then up from there. While these affairs don't have built-in costs, they do have overhead. Specifically, the travel described above. It's a lot easier to get Steve on the air in Boise or Baltimore if we can tell the media that he's going to be in Boise or Baltimore.


Over the years, I've heard lots of Libertarians say (sometimes in the comments of this very blog) that we need a $10 million presidential campaign. I agree. That's a bare minimum to be really effective.


So, how do we get to $10 million?


We get there $10 and $50 and $100 and $2,100 at a time.


And where do those $10, $50, $100 and $2,100 contributions come from?


Well, from you, of course. What, did you think there was a campaign fairy?


This next $5,000 will let us do the things we need to do to raise the $10,000 after that. That $10,000 will let us do the things we need to do to raise the next $50,000. And so on, and so forth. But it starts here, and it starts with you ... if it starts at all.


Here's the skinny:


Contributions or gifts to Kubby for President (FEC #C00428698) are not tax deductible. Business, corporate or individual contributions are welcome. Contributions are limited to $2,100 per person, or $4,200 per couple, for the primary election, and again for the general election. A husband and wife may make a contribution from a joint checking account in an amount of up to $4,200 if both spouses sign the check Credit card contributions are permitted up to $2,100 from the credit card holder.


Contributing Online


Via PayPal


stevenkubby@yahoo.com


or Credit Card

Contributing By Mail


Make checks out to “Kubby for President.” Per FEC regulations, we ask that you note your employer/occupation on the memo line or let us know about it in a separate note. Here’s the mailing address:


Kubby for President
17415 Ocean Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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From LP blog

2004 Libertarian Recount Conclusion

There have been several recent media reports about the somewhat exciting conclusion of recount operations in Ohio.
Richard Winger of Ballot Access News wrapped it all up quite well
:

After the November 2004 election, the presidential nominees of the Green Party and the Libertarian Party jointly requested a recount of the presidential vote in New Mexico and in Ohio.

Both states had relatively nominal fees for requesting a recount. But elections officials in both states were determined to thwart the requests. In New Mexico, the state retroactively increased the fee ten-fold and a lower court said that was OK. The two candidates couldn’t afford the $1,400,000 new fee for the recount, so they dropped their request, and the voting-counting machines were then reprogrammed so that any recount would be impossible. Later, on May 16, 2006, the New Mexico Supreme Court said the two candidates should have received the recount they had requested after all, but, of course, by then it was too late.

In Ohio, the recount supposedly went ahead. Under the law, a few precincts were supposedly to be randomly chosen. A hand count of these randomly-chosen precincts was then to be compared with the machine total. If they matched, no further recount in that county was needed. On January 24, a jury convicted two Ohio elections officials of rigging the recount. Instead of randomly choosing precincts, they first identified a few precincts in which the hand-count and the machine-count matched. Then they claimed that those precincts had been the randomly-chosen ones; and since totals matched, no further recount of other precincts was needed. As in New Mexico, it is too late to do anything about it.

Posted by Stephen Gordon at January 26, 2007 10:06 AM

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The following reaction to the King George’s latest State of the Union speech at
http://kubby2008.com/ got so many hits that it overwhelmed our server yesterday and caused the website to go down for most of the afternoon. We’ve got the site back up now, and Tom Knapp says we will be getting a server upgrade soon.

My fellow Americans,

Earlier this evening, America listened as President George W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress, fulfilling his Constitutional duty to report annually to Congress on “the state of the union.” Shortly thereafter, Virginia Senator Jim Webb delivered the Democratic Party’s response to his report.

I am not privileged to address you tonight over broadcast televison or radio; my party’s opinions are considered unworthy of coverage by the “mainstream media.” A response, however, is required, and I accept the responsibility for making it as an American, a presidential candidate, and hopefully a worthy, although not official, representative of my party.

The union, President Bush tells us, is strong. And he may be right. What he does not admit is that the union is weaker now than when he took office.

As evidence for his claim of national strength, he cites an economy which thrives in spite of, not because of, the ministrations of his government … and proposes additional “help” of the type that weakens rather than strengthens it.

As proof of the bright future before us and the care which we take to leave our children a better world, he points to his “No Child Left Behind Act” — an act which props up a disintegrating public education system with more of the federal interference that, until only a few short years ago, his party had pledged to eliminate at the first opportunity.

Addressing himself to the question of national defense, he defends to the very last his failed experiments in foreign military adventurism which have stretched America’s armed forces to the breaking point, alienated our friends, empowered our enemies, and left us less, not more, secure against attack or invasion.

Turning to issues of energy independence and environmental sanity, he recommends more subsidies and more regulation, rather than smaller government and more innovation.

Like President Bush, I believe that the union is strong. Unlike President Bush, I and my fellow Libertarians understand what makes America strong.

We understand that every dollar in taxes taken out of your paycheck makes America weaker, and that every dollar left in your pocket makes America stronger.

We understand that Washington’s one-size-fits-all programs for public education make America weaker, and that parental control and individual choice in education make America stronger.

We understand that “bring’em on” and “mission accomplished” and “surge” make America weaker, and that a foreign policy based on “friendship and commerce with all nations, entangling alliances with none” makes America stronger.

We understand that government subsidies to Big Oil and Big Agriculture make America weaker, that unsubsidized competition makes America stronger — and that only the innovation fostered by a truly free market will allow us to meet the challenges of pollution, climate change and future fossil fuel scarcity.

The union is strong — not because of the efforts George W. Bush and his fellow politicians, but in spite of them. And in their clutches, America can only continue to become weaker … because the strength of our union, my fellow Americans, is freedom.

The notion that government exists only for the purpose of securing our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, bequeathed us by our nation’s founders, is the foundation upon which every worthwhile American accomplishment rests. The Bush adminstration, the Congress, and their predecessors in the White House and on Capitol Hill, have gone at that foundation with a sledgehammer.

The cracks they’ve produced in that foundation are visible all around us. The Patriot Act. The Military Commissions Act. Warrantless searches and wiretaps. No-knock raids. Detention without charge, counsel or trial. As a nation, we now imprison more of our own than any other. One in thirty of us are trapped in a “justice” system that has long since ceased to represent justice. The rest of us are subject to reams of arbitrary and capricious edicts concerning what we may say, how we may worship, which political candidates we may support (and how much we do so financially), what arms we may carry in our own defense, what medicines we may use, even whether or not we can play cards on the Internet.

America as we know it — everything in it worthy of our devotion and allegiance — stands at the edge of cliff, below which the darkness of totalitarianism awaits. Whether or not our union is strong enough to step backward from the precipice is a question only time will answer.

Over the next two years, I’ll watch with you as the new Democratic Congress wrestles with the problem of restoring freedoms that a corrupt and lawless administration has robbed us of. If history is any guide, the Democrats will choose instead to go to work with their own sledgehammers.

In the meantime, I urge you to join with me in support of America’s last, best hope for a better tomorrow: The Libertarian Party. Even as we speak, hundreds of Libertarians toil in elected and appointed office or as volunteer party activists, working to protect your reedom. With your help, we can elect thousands of new local officials, hundreds of state legislators, dozens of US
Representatives and Senators and, yes, a President, who understand what makes America strong and are prepared to act on that understanding.

Let freedom grow!
Steve Kubby
Libertarian for President

George Phillies and Bill Redpath have also written responses to the
Shrub speech. My favorite review of Dubai-ya’s oratory, however, was written by Jason Gatties.

UPDATE 1/26: Libertarian Presidential Candidate Kent McManigal has also written a response to the State of the Union blatherings.

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Metabox

by way of Mike Blessing.

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The government uses fear to take away liberties, puts on a big show to make the average guy think he is safe and this happens????

LAS VEGAS – An intoxicated 28-year-old man apparently broke into a secure area near McCarran International Airport and stole a luggage cart tug car before being arrested early Tuesday.

I don’t know about most people, but when I am drunk in Vegas I have trouble getting into my room. This guy gets through two “secure” fences, steals a tug car, damages a G-4, damages a fence and falls into a ditch before he is found out?

Thankfully the threats to our safety are hyped up because there is no way this would pass for security.

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By way of Ear Sucker

Lyrics to Kelis “Blindfold Me”

I like to take chances

blindfold me

(chorus)
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him

Told him what I like when I heat it up one night
Made him stand behind my door and watch me
And I couldn’t believe the type
He was sayin’ all the right whispers, gettin’ mommy right – I was
So I had to get the ice
Homie wanna fly the kite – had to show him what a pro I was
I was headed for the light, he refused to take a bite
’til I put my blindfolders on
I’m sayin’ something like

(bridge)
You just takin’ it all
Work for me
Beg for me
I told you get it, but you’re takin it all from me

(chorus)
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him

Hold up, let me take this off
Just to see – wait, I can’t catch my breath at all
Hold up, he got a pretty strong team
Got somethin’ on the bench that Kelis ain’t seen
Hold up, why you treat me like that?
For the 3rd or 4th time you ain’t have to do that
Hold up, won’t you let me G it once
and I promise you won’t ever make me keep this on

(bridge)
You just takin’ it all
Work for me
Beg for me
I told you get it, but you’re takin it all from me

(chorus)
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him
When he want it he blindfolds me
then I get sexy on him, get sexy on him

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http://kubby2008.com/

My fellow Americans,

Earlier this evening, America listened as President George W. Bush
addressed a joint session of Congress, fulfilling his Constitutional
duty to report annually to Congress on “the state of the union.”
Shortly thereafter, Virginia Senator Jim Webb delivered the
Democratic Party’s response to his report.

I am not privileged to address you tonight over broadcast televison
or radio; my party’s opinions are considered unworthy of coverage by
the “mainstream media.” A response, however, is required, and I
accept the responsibility for making it as an American, a
presidential candidate, and hopefully a worthy, although not
official, representative of my party.

The union, President Bush tells us, is strong. And he may be right.
What he does not admit is that the union is weaker now than when he
took office.

As evidence for his claim of national strength, he cites an economy
which thrives in spite of, not because of, the ministrations of his
government … and proposes additional “help” of the type that
weakens rather than strengthens it.

As proof of the bright future before us and the care which we take to
leave our children a better world, he points to his “No Child Left
Behind Act” — an act which props up a disintegrating public
education system with more of the federal interference that, until
only a few short years ago, his party had pledged to eliminate at the
first opportunity.

Addressing himself to the question of national defense, he defends to
the very last his failed experiments in foreign military adventurism
which have stretched America’s armed forces to the breaking point,
alienated our friends, empowered our enemies, and left us less, not
more, secure against attack or invasion.

Turning to issues of energy independence and environmental sanity, he
recommends more subsidies and more regulation, rather than smaller
government and more innovation.

Like President Bush, I believe that the union is strong. Unlike
President Bush, I and my fellow Libertarians understand what makes
America strong.

We understand that every dollar in taxes taken out of your paycheck
makes America weaker, and that every dollar left in your pocket makes
America stronger.

We understand that Washington’s one-size-fits-all programs for public
education make America weaker, and that parental control and
individual choice in education make America stronger.

We understand that “bring’em on” and “mission accomplished” and
“surge” make America weaker, and that a foreign policy based on
“friendship and commerce with all nations, entangling alliances with
none” makes America stronger.

We understand that government subsidies to Big Oil and Big
Agriculture make America weaker, that unsubsidized competition makes
America stronger — and that only the innovation fostered by a truly
free market will allow us to meet the challenges of pollution,
climate change and future fossil fuel scarcity.

The union is strong — not because of the efforts George W. Bush and
his fellow politicians, but in spite of them. And in their clutches,
America can only continue to become weaker … because the strength
of our union, my fellow Americans, is freedom.

The notion that government exists only for the purpose of securing
our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, bequeathed
us by our nation’s founders, is the foundation upon which every
worthwhile American accomplishment rests. The Bush adminstration, the
Congress, and their predecessors in the White House and on Capitol
Hill, have gone at that foundation with a sledgehammer.

The cracks they’ve produced in that foundation are visible all around
us. The Patriot Act. The Military Commissions Act. Warrantless
searches and wiretaps. No-knock raids. Detention without charge,
counsel or trial. As a nation, we now imprison more of our own than
any other. One in thirty of us are trapped in a “justice” system that
has long since ceased to represent justice. The rest of us are
subject to reams of arbitrary and capricious edicts concerning what
we may say, how we may worship, which political candidates we may
support (and how much we do so financially), what arms we may carry
in our own defense, what medicines we may use, even whether or not we
can play cards on the Internet.

America as we know it — everything in it worthy of our devotion and
allegiance — stands at the edge of cliff, below which the darkness
of totalitarianism awaits. Whether or not our union is strong enough
to step backward from the precipice is a question only time will answer.

Over the next two years, I’ll watch with you as the new Democratic
Congress wrestles with the problem of restoring freedoms that a
corrupt and lawless administration has robbed us of. If history is
any guide, the Democrats will choose instead to go to work with their
own sledgehammers.

In the meantime, I urge you to join with me in support of America’s
last, best hope for a better tomorrow: The Libertarian Party. Even as
we speak, hundreds of Libertarians toil in elected and appointed
office or as volunteer party activists, working to protect your
freedom. With your help, we can elect thousands of new local
officials, hundreds of state legislators, dozens of US
Representatives and Senators and, yes, a President, who understand
what makes America strong and are prepared to act on that understanding.

Let freedom grow!
Steve Kubby
Libertarian for President

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By way of Radley Balko, the Agitator

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Earlier we had a discussion of the Taxes of Evil outreach piece:


Taxes of Evil 1

We now have a new update.

Final draft of Version1:

taxesofevil4×6_frontv31-page1.jpeg

taxesofevil4×6_backv31-page1.jpeg

Susan writes,

Send your contributions to help print this to my Paypal account!!! Please!

Copies will be sent to all local LPs who request it – courtesy of the
LP Radicals.

Anyone wanting to help with printing (and help is needed! sooner better than later!) can just go to www.paypal.com and use Susan’s email address to send money to: hogarth@gmail.com

Regarding printing and distributing these, Susan says:

By the way, I have no problems with anyone using any of these in any form, modifying them, whatever. No credit neccessary. But PLEASE ask me for the source files. I did the layout in an excellent open source program called Scribus, but can provide the idles as EPS and other formats.

I suggest those looking into working on layout and design look into Scribus.

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Over at
Stress
I wrote….

The best solution to Republitarians and warmongers in the LP is to out-recruit them. Rather than dropping out of the party, what we should do is engage in tons of activism, outreach and party growth and sign up new members, activists and supporters.

Here are two things that will help

1) Nominate a LP presidential candidate who is not a Republitarian and who appeals to the left-libertarian border. We’ve never done this, yet we can in 2008 – Steve Kubby is running for President. The campaign is in its very early stages, yet he has already spoken to a crowd of 50,000 at a time (how many libertarian candidates have ever done that) and been featured alongside non-libertarian candidates in a “viral video” which has been viewed by tens of thousands, mostly outside the party and movement.

I’m the assistant national volunteer coordinator and we are seeking volunteers in every state.

Even moderate “reform” libertarians*, like Chuck Moulton, who I talked to yesterday acknowledge that Kubby is the leading candidate for the LP nomination of those who have so far announced their intent to seek it. Kubby will be on Angela’s show on the 25th.

2) We need to hand out massive amounts of info at antiwar rallies about how taxes fund the war machine. This should also be a part of our tax day protests at the post office. Non-LP libertarians can adopt these ideas to whatever organizations they want to promote, or to leaderless resistance.

We have an open discussion on the design of these materials, along with one graphic proposal:

http://lastfreevoice.wordpress.com/2007/01/17/taxes-of-evil/

*UPDATE: Angela Keaton says Chuck is an anarchist, and does not like being called a moderate, despite his membership in the Reform Caucus.

Stuart thought this was brilliant…add your comments to an ongoing discussion here.

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http://kubby2008.com

National Live Radio Interview Saturday January 20 7:30 PM PT

Steve Kubby was interviewed this Saturday night on a national broadcast of “We The People” with David Sears on the CRN DIGITAL TALK RADIO NETWORK. The live program is heard nationwide on CRN TALK via Cable systems nationwide and several radio stations. The
broadcast reaches an audience of 11 million and is heard round the world via Internet streaming. Please check the affiliate listing at http://www.crni.net for the cable system or radio station nearest you.

Next Prez Blog: Kubby still leading Libertarian candidates

“Steve Kubby (steady) — appears best positioned among the leading LP candidates to continue building momentum for his campaign if Ron Paul draws donations and volunteers away from the party for his Republican primary bid. …”

The Next Prez –

http://thenextprez.blogspot.com/index.html

And this item seems kinda counter-intuitive….

Kubby Wins Conservative Poll

31 Dec 2006 by United States Conservative

“Libertarian Steve Kubby won the December match up poll from The Conservative President 2008.

December Poll Results:

Chuck Baldwin(CON) 28.68%
Joe Biden (D) 2.94%
Lou Dobbs (I) 14.71%
Rudy Giuliani(R) 21.32%
Steve Kubby (LIB) 30.88%

Rich Whitney (GRN) 1.47%

Conservative President 2008 -

http://conservativepresident2008.blogspot.com/index.html

Steve Kubby appears on Blog Talk Radio’s “Liberated Space” with host Angela Keaton. This is a half-hour interview, commencing at 4:30pm Pacific Time, Thursday, January 25th.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/liberatedspace

Kubby will be at the following state LP conventions…we’re working on adding more

Nevada LP 2007 Convention
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Italian American Club
2333 E. Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104-4110
near the NE corner of
Sahara & Eastern.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. — Presidential Debate
The Presidential debate will feature several candidates for President in a modified town hall format. Those who have committed to attend are (in alphabetical order) Gene Chapman, Dave Hollist, Steve Kubby, and George Phillies. The debate is free to attend. Bring a friend.

Oregon LP 2007 Convention
Friday, March 9, 2007 – Sunday, March 11, 2007
Sunriver Resort
PO Box 3609
Sunriver, Oregon 97707

New Mexico LP 2007 Convention
Friday, April 13, 2007
K.B. Dillon’s
101 W. Broadway
Farmington, New Mexico 87401
7-9:30pm — Presidential candidate forum featuring Steve Kubby, George
Phillies, Christine Smith

California LP 2007 Convention

Friday, April 20, 2007 – Sunday, April 22, 2007

San Ramon Valley Conference Center
3301 Crow Canyon Rd.
San Ramon, California 94583

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Here’s something I’ve ben pointing out for quite a while now:


Pro-war Clinton candidacy success would mean same mob bosses have ruled U.S. since 1980

"Hillary Heralds 30 Year Plus Control Of America By Interlocking Crime Family"

Another Clinton in office would mean America being under the thiefdom of either a Bush or a Clinton for a total of at least 32 years, 36 if Hillary is re-elected (many now acknowledge that H.W. Bush pulled the strings as VP during the Reagan era)

Clinton voted for the Patriot Act and she voted for the war in Iraq, but so many Democrats are blinded by the cult of personality that they will overwhelmingly vote to put this crime family back in office.

Then again, we might just get an indefinite extention of Bush through martial law, precipitated by a war with Iran, Unless The Bush Crime family is impeached now, says Paul Craig Roberts.

Robert Higgs has an in-depth analysis of the
Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism
and corruption through the military-industrial
complex.

And even LP national is talking about The State of the Monarchy.

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A few days ago, we reported about how state representative Burridge in NH responded to a constituent's polite email in favor of decriminalizing marijuana by calling him a dumb pothead who should become a snitch and CC'ed the local cops.

Now,
Homeland Stupidity
reports that all the calls and emails that Burridge has received as a result of the coverage of this issue on blogs such as this one has caused him to change not just his tone, but possibly his mind as well.

The Keene Sentinel reports

“This is a learning process for me,” said Burridge, who has received dozens of calls from as far as Florida, Missouri and California. “I’m certainly learning the power of blogs. … It’s fascinating.”

When the Internet storm dies down, Burridge would like to meet with Iselin to discuss the issue further, he said. “He’s certainly a very energized and passionate young man.”

Iselin said he would be open to a meeting, as well. He is even hoping that Burridge might appear on his television show.

“I was just trying to get in touch with him in the first place,” Iselin said. “That’s what this whole thing was about.”

This blog was one of many,
like this one
which experienced the most traffic we ever had due to reporting this story,
and (just like us) suggesting ways people both in and out of NH can take action. This blog, like ours, has many good ideas and templates for letters you can use in the comment section.

Going beyond what is reported in the Sentinel, the MassCann blog reports:

State of NH had a decrim meeting today. LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) spoke. Delmar (Burridge) was at the meeting. He has listened and talked to many of his constituents over the last few days and he is now publicly pledging to support marijuana decrim and will vote for it.

Sweet!

Let's keep in touch with Burridge, make sure that this is true and if so, that he keeps his word.

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More to it than that. Forwarding the letter to the cops for the “crime” of advocating decriminalzation and merely knowing people who smoke may have had something to do with it.

If you have other examples of similar letters or email from politicians, by all means please publish them.

By the way, it IS news.

And it’s already having an effect.

Here’s the latest update from Homeland Stupidity:

“A New Hampshire state representative who last week said he would vote against a marijuana decriminalization bill and suggested in an e-mail that a constituent should “snitch” on his friends for smoking marijuana now says he’s open to discussing the issue, after the e-mail received nationwide attention.

Keene Sentinel reports:

After receiving Burridge’s response, Iselin forwarded it to several area officials, including Anna Z. Tilton, Cheshire County’s register of probate, and Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli. He also posted it on his blog, freekeene.com.

And it just took off from there, he said – drawing the interest of hundreds of bloggers falling on either side of the debate.

Burridge “has absolutely no business being a state representative,” one blogger, MichaelHampton, wrote on freekeene.com. “He’s clearly unable to carry out the responsibilities of the position. “

Other bloggers offered a different take.

“I thought that was a great letter from a very conscientious state representative,” one blogger wrote on homelandstupidity.us, using the name BelchSpeak. “Writing a letter to a government official admitting to smoking illegal substances is something only stoners are dumb enough to do.”

Both Burridge and Iselin say they have learned from the experience.

“This is a learning process for me,” said Burridge, who has received dozens of calls from as far as Florida, Missouri and California. “I’m certainly learning the power of blogs. … It’s fascinating.”

When the Internet storm dies down, Burridge would like to meet with Iselin to discuss the issue further, he said. “He’s certainly a very energized and passionate young man.”

Iselin said he would be open to a meeting, as well. He is even hoping that Burridge might appear on his television show.

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Alex Jones reports that Congress has passed anti-freedom legislation which would make blogs like this one register as “lobbyists” with the government. That, and Manchurian Candidate John McCain wants to fine us $300,000 for anything the regime finds offensive. After that, see

http://lastfreevoice.wordpress.com/2007/01/09/texas-prison-camp-future-american-gulag/.

Justin Raimondo at Antiwar.com
is rallying support for US House Joint Resolution 14, a binding resolution that forbids the President from ordering an attack on Iran absent military action against U.S. forces, or a demonstrably imminent threat of attack.

At Rad Geek People’s Daily, Charles
Johnson talks about how US opium eradication in Afghanistan is causing a rise in young girls being sold into slavery by their families.

In a case of absurd over-reaction, besides tasering and arresting a smoker who wouldn’t put out his cigarette at a bus stop the cops “also contacted the Armenian Consulate in Washington, D.C., and notified the Joint Terrorism Task Force” . (via Lew Rockwell Blog).

Oh yeah, and as if that wasn’t enough, there’s video of US troops taunting a crippled dog in Iraq. Aren’t you looking forward to these guys being our militarized police and prison (camp) guards back home? I know I am.

UPDATE: Brad at Wendy McElroy’s blog says the provision that makes bloggers lobbyists was stripped out of the bill that passed…that probably means they will be re-introducing it in other bills, so let’s keep an eye on it.

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http://kubby2008.com

National Live Radio Interview Saturday January 20 7:30 PM PT

Steve Kubby will be interviewed this Saturday night on a national broadcast of “We The People” with David Sears on the CRN DIGITAL TALK RADIO NETWORK. The live program is heard nationwide on CRN TALK via Cable systems nationwide and several radio stations. The
broadcast reaches an audience of 11 million and is heard round the world via Internet streaming. Please check the affiliate listing at http://www.crni.net for the cable system or radio station nearest you.

Next Prez Blog: Kubby still leading Libertarian candidates

“Steve Kubby (steady) — appears best positioned among the leading LP candidates to continue building momentum for his campaign if Ron Paul draws donations and volunteers away from the party for his Republican primary bid. …”

The Next Prez –

http://thenextprez.blogspot.com/index.html

And this item seems kinda counter-intuitive….

Kubby Wins Conservative Poll

31 Dec 2006 by United States Conservative

“Libertarian Steve Kubby won the December match up poll from The Conservative President 2008.

December Poll Results:

Chuck Baldwin(CON) 28.68%
Joe Biden (D) 2.94%
Lou Dobbs (I) 14.71%
Rudy Giuliani(R) 21.32%
Steve Kubby (LIB) 30.88%

Rich Whitney (GRN) 1.47%

Conservative President 2008 -

http://conservativepresident2008.blogspot.com/index.html

Steve Kubby appears on Blog Talk Radio’s “Liberated Space” with host Angela Keaton. This is a half-hour interview, commencing at 4:30pm Pacific Time, Thursday, January 25th.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/liberatedspace

(more…)

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OK, Free Staters…time to show what y’all are made of and make some serious stink about this out of control politician. This deserves to be in all your letters to the editor, public pickets, call every radio and TV station in the state, hell, make it national news. This psychotic individual is clearly legislating while impaired. Book ‘im Danno!


Constituent Representation in Keene
by way of Homeland Stupidity

Earlier today I decided to write my representative, Delmar Burridge, an e-mail to voice my support for HB92, decriminalizing marijuana. Unfortunately I was very disheartened by the response I got to my letter. I expect much more from my representatives. Below is both my original letter and his response:

Dear Representative Delmar Burridge

I hope you are in good health. I understand that you are on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee which is going to hear testimony this Wednesday on HB92, decriminalizing marijuana. I know you are opposed to this bill, but I trust you can understand how important of an issue this is to many people both in Keene and the rest of New Hampshire. I hope you will consider passing it through committee so that all sides will have their chance to speak on it. NH has some of the most draconian legislation on marijuana, and hundreds of our friends and family members are being arrested for choosing to smoke instead of drink. Please think about passing this through committee so everyone can listen to the opposition and have their chance to speak.Thank you very much,

Toby Iselin
Keene NH

And his response:

Dear Toby:

My youngest brother Albert who I was very close to died from head injuries sustained when he wrecked his car in West Virginia. His wife walked away. He was a triple major in college; biology, philosophy, and psychology and was smoking a joint before the crash. It is all very vivid including the anguish my parents went through. This occurred in the 1970s and I still miss him. I began work as a juvenile probation officer in the poorest section in Philadelphia in 1969 and the above described experience pales to my on the job, eyeball to eyeball observation of family devastation I saw daily…..and these males were reefer users just like you….saying the same dumb stuff just like you and they were not smart college smart. I saw lots of blood and death. Trust me, these campers were not soon going to be setting the world on fire. Some did suffer severe burns.

Last night one of your buddies called me twice even asking me to be on his TV show. He was yelling and screaming and I hung up on him. You have to chill this guy out. I will say to you what I said to three different callers; I will vote no on this Bill and have lots of very chilling stories to relate to the other committee members so it goes my way.

Suggest you change all your friends, be the designated driver when you are old enough to drink since you don’t drink. I will sign the Bill that keeps tobacco out of the bars when it come up in the house so you don’t get second hand smoke.

I am copying two members of the Keene Police Department in case you want to change your ways and act legal and save your friends.

You are very passionate in your beliefs and would make a great snitch. It is thrilling to dime on your so called friends.

Be healthy and be well.

Delmar D. Burridge
DBurridge@ne.rr.com

(603) 352-5363 or
(603) 542-7744

I would just like to add that I never said that I don’t drink, and nowhere in the e-mail did I mention that I smoke marijuana. It seems that Representative Delmar Burridge is making assumptions without looking at any of the arguments or evidence.

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OK, Free Staters…time to show what y’all are made of and make some serious stink about this out of control politician. This deserves to be in all your letters to the editor, public pickets, call every radio and TV station in the state, hell, make it national news. This psychotic individual is clearly legislating while impaired. Book ‘im Danno!


Constituent Representation in Keene
by way of Homeland Stupidity

Earlier today I decided to write my representative, Delmar Burridge, an e-mail to voice my support for HB92, decriminalizing marijuana. Unfortunately I was very disheartened by the response I got to my letter. I expect much more from my representatives. Below is both my original letter and his response:

Dear Representative Delmar Burridge

I hope you are in good health. I understand that you are on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee which is going to hear testimony this Wednesday on HB92, decriminalizing marijuana. I know you are opposed to this bill, but I trust you can understand how important of an issue this is to many people both in Keene and the rest of New Hampshire. I hope you will consider passing it through committee so that all sides will have their chance to speak on it. NH has some of the most draconian legislation on marijuana, and hundreds of our friends and family members are being arrested for choosing to smoke instead of drink. Please think about passing this through committee so everyone can listen to the opposition and have their chance to speak.Thank you very much,

Toby Iselin
Keene NH

And his response:

Dear Toby:

My youngest brother Albert who I was very close to died from head injuries sustained when he wrecked his car in West Virginia. His wife walked away. He was a triple major in college; biology, philosophy, and psychology and was smoking a joint before the crash. It is all very vivid including the anguish my parents went through. This occurred in the 1970s and I still miss him. I began work as a juvenile probation officer in the poorest section in Philadelphia in 1969 and the above described experience pales to my on the job, eyeball to eyeball observation of family devastation I saw daily…..and these males were reefer users just like you….saying the same dumb stuff just like you and they were not smart college smart. I saw lots of blood and death. Trust me, these campers were not soon going to be setting the world on fire. Some did suffer severe burns.

Last night one of your buddies called me twice even asking me to be on his TV show. He was yelling and screaming and I hung up on him. You have to chill this guy out. I will say to you what I said to three different callers; I will vote no on this Bill and have lots of very chilling stories to relate to the other committee members so it goes my way.

Suggest you change all your friends, be the designated driver when you are old enough to drink since you don’t drink. I will sign the Bill that keeps tobacco out of the bars when it come up in the house so you don’t get second hand smoke.

I am copying two members of the Keene Police Department in case you want to change your ways and act legal and save your friends.

You are very passionate in your beliefs and would make a great snitch. It is thrilling to dime on your so called friends.

Be healthy and be well.

Delmar D. Burridge
DBurridge@ne.rr.com

(603) 352-5363 or
(603) 542-7744

I would just like to add that I never said that I don’t drink, and nowhere in the e-mail did I mention that I smoke marijuana. It seems that Representative Delmar Burridge is making assumptions without looking at any of the arguments or evidence.

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/17/vote-this-ass-clown-out/

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Over at Ground Up Libs Andy mentioned and idea he had which we have been kicking around for years to make a flier to distribute at antiwar rallies and April 15th demonstrations about how taxes fund the war machine.

This time, Susan Hogarth of LP Radicals picked up on the idea and come up with a cool flyer that we are hoping to actually print and distribute. This is her second edit and there might be more changes coming.

Your ideas, as always, are welcome on any changes that could improve the flyer.

Front:

taxesofevil4×6_front-page1.jpg

Back:

taxesofevil4×6_back-page1.jpg

You can use this file with added contact information for your LP local group or campaign, but Susan asks that you contact her for the source files to alter the file, rather than editing the .jpg, and she will be making it available in a variety of formats.

She is also trying to raise a couple of hundred dollars for a print run.

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/17/taxes-of-evil/

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In the past this blog has covered LP Presidential candidates George Phillies and Steve Kubby.

For those as yet unaware of the other candidates for the Libertarian Party 2008 presidential nomination, truck driving tax protestor and self-proclaimed spiritual heir of Mahatma Ghandi
Gene Chapman is also running for President.

Chapman is also seeking “Constitution, Southern, Goldwater-Reagan Conservative, Independent, Reform and Boston Tea Party nominations”. Among other things, Chapman is
a musical genius
.

In the past, Chapman has gone on several death fasts to fight for freedom, and even attempted to set himself on fire at the IRS building. He was prevented from doing so because he was driving an RV with a leaky propane tank, and locked up in a mental hospital for Dysthymia.

Chapman is a technological pioneer in the field of in the use of audio and video blogs and comments, and along with his trusty sidekick Doug Kenline works diligently at keeping his opponents honest by urging them strenuously to include free site meters on their websites and inviting them on his audio blog radio show. They are fond of calling anyone who disagrees
with them “Satanist Communists” and “fancy fuck sock puppet boys”.

Chapman is, naturally, gathering attention from major national media outlets,

recently being invited on Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, Late Night with Conan O’Brien
as well as being offered deals by
Dream Works Studio and Bad Boy Records
.

He is also the subject of government conferences; the study of his ideas and work has drawn together multiagency taskforces including the IRS, FBI and possibly BATFE.

Recently,
Chapman staffer Kenline issued specific, graphic death threats
against 18 year old Phillies staffer Jake Porter.

While we are as yet unaware of any specifically anti-Phillies or anti-Kubby websites, Chapman opponents have gone negative early with several attack sites put out by Elfino’s Mom, Frank Buckner, and some anonymous challenger.

But, what really brings Chapman to our attention at this time is his founding of
American Libertarian University. According to Chapman’s blog, “Libertarian legend Allen Hacker is looking over our offer to join the teaching staff of the American Libertarian University.” At this time, we are seeking independent confirmation of this report.

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/17/allen-hacker-to-be-professor-at-gene-chapman-university/

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This is an MLK day Message from Steve Kubby, Libertarian for President with markup links by me, paulie cannoli.

FREE AT LAST?

I wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr., would think of the America we live in — how he’d feel had he and his assassin not met on that fateful April morning and if instead he had awakened this morning to his 78th birthday.

I wonder what he’d have to say about a country that treats one in thirty of its own citizens as criminals.

I wonder how he’d characterize a country that imprisons more of its own people than any other nation on earth.

I wander what he’d call a country that incarcerates one in four of
its young black males
.

I wonder if he could tolerate a country that differentiates between
“white people’s cocaine” and “black people’s cocaine” in its sentencing laws.

I wonder if Dr. King would have the moral strength to stick to his philosophy of non-violence in this era of militarized police, “no-
knock” raids, death sentences for self-defense, and the cold-blooded murder of elderly black women by their alleged protectors.

I wonder if Dr. King would even recognize the America we live in today.

I don’t think he would. I think he’d still be leading marches and working for justice — demanding that America make good on what he called the “architects of our republic['s] … promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. … a promise that all men
would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Dr. King is not often described as a “libertarian” when his work for racial equality is remembered — and maybe there are other, better words to describe his ideas. Certainly the movemement he led for so many years has sometimes struck out in directions he’d likely not
have supported. But, just as clearly, he understood the importance of freedom. On this, his birthday, I like to take a few minutes to remember the closing words of his famous 1963 speech in Washington:

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to
join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'”

I hope that you’ll spend a few moments pondering those words with me — and the coming years working with me to renew them and to make them real.

Let freedom grow!
Steve Kubby
Libertarian for President

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/steve-kubbys-mlk-day-message/

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via Scott Horton’s Stress

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Can we all say Impeachment together yet?

At

http://www.infowars.com/articles/iraq/bush_vows_no_matter_what_surge_is_on.htm

Bush vows to 60 Minutes that ‘no matter what Congress wants’ surge is on

Raw Story | January 13, 2007

In an interview set to air on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes, President George W. Bush vows to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq “no matter what” the Democratic-controlled Congress tries to do.

“Do you believe as Commander in Chief you have the authority to put the troops in there no matter what the Congress wants to do,” 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley asks Bush in the short clip uploaded to the CBS News web site Friday night.

“I think I’ve got, in this situation, I do, yeah,” Bush said.

“Now I fully understand they will,” Bush continued, “they could try to stop me from doing it, but, uh, I’ve made my decision and we’re going forward.”

Now, I’m no great Constitutionalist; in fact, I’m rather a fan of Lysander Spooner on the issue.

But, a limited government with divided powers is at least preferable to an unlimited one ruled by an autocratic dictator. The Constitution Bush has sworn to uphold clearly says that all appropriations – including for the military – originate in Congress, and that only Congress can declare war. If the President can simply wage undeclared wars and appropriate spending without consent of Congress, is he not a dictator and a traitor to the Constitution?

Bush clearly believes that he can rule by decree, and spend money whether the Congress likes it or not. The new Democrat “opposition” in Congress has ruled out impeachment and the last convention of the Libertarian Party (?) voted it down as well, despite having been proud to be the first party to have officially called for the impeachment of Clinton. Why the double standard?

It’s time for all of us, as individuals and organizations, to stand up together and separately and demand impeachment hearings in Congress. If the Democrats and the LP can’t find the guts to do it, what about Representative
Ron Paul
who is now
a candidate for President
?

Angel Of Death – Slayer: BSG & CD Remix

via Scott Horton’s Stress

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Can liberals and libertarians find common ground on health care solutions?

At http://mutualist.livejournal.com/

01:30 pm – What is worse: socialized medicine or fascist medicine?
With the democrats retaking congress socialized medicine (er, “universal healthcare”) will once again take the center stage. While I certainly expect the far left to spew more rhetoric, I do not expect them to come anywhere close to passing a major health reform bill.

This year, I’m much more worried about the healthcare proposal coming from right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation and Newt Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation. The proposal is to legislatively mandate that everyone must buy health insurance and adds subsidies for families under the three times the federal poverty level ($60,000 per year for a family of four). This proposal is already law in Massachusetts, and California is considering adapting it as well.

The rub of the matter:

I think we all want a health care system that is broadly accessible. Rather than focusing on how to generate an accessible system, let’s change the focus on eliminating barriers to access. Of all the barriers to access I could name, the biggest barrier is employer provided health insurance.

After all, isn’t the root of the problem the fact that health insurance is tied to employment? This places all of the power in the hands of corporate managers, who decide whom will receive what benefits, if any at all. Health benefits are lost when people change jobs, reducing mobility, and the self-employed and chronically unemployed are often unable to obtain insurance. Health benefits are subject the budgeting whims of managers, who are increasing using cost sharing and reducing benefits to meet budgets.

The post details how WWII wage controls led to adoption of benefits as a proxy for raises, which in turn were made tax-exempt by Congress after the war. Later, this led to a price spiral in health care costs, eventually leading to the mess we have today.

To see how government started to created this problem even earlier, see

http://ruwart.com/Healing/chap5.html

Which details how the AMA-created monopoly on occupational licensing served to destroy alternative medicine and innovation, and to close the ranks of the medical profession to women, non-whites, and the poor for decades while limiting supply of services and raising prices.

Also, see
Health Care Issues: A Compendium of Posts
by Kevin Carson.

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/health-care-alternatives-to-socialism-and-fascism/

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PLEASE FORWARD TO MEMBERS OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY

[THOSE WHO AGREE: Please add your name to the list at the bottom and
forward to LNC Chair Bill Redpath at chair AT lp.org... with CC to
hogarth AT gmail.com...]

Bill,

It is now several days since President Bush announced an escalation in Iraq, and several days since word of the escalation has
been widely available. Many members of the Libertarian Party
are concerned at the apparent lack of response from the Libertarian Party to this dangerous and manifestly anti-freedom action on the part of the US government.

We believe that the war in Iraq and the growing American imperialism is one of the most significant issues – if not the most significant – of our time. We believe the Libertarian response to this war, and especially escalation, should be clear and unambiguous. We want to see the Libertarian Party at the forefront of this fateful issue – not lagging behind with weak and ineffective statements, but rather
pressing forward with bold and freedom-oriented proposals. The Libertarian Party should be an antiwar leader, not a follower. The Party should rally its members to protest the war and American
interventionism vigorously.

Therefore we beg you to consider issuing a position paper which takes the following strong antiwar positions:

- The US government should remove all American troops from Iraq immediately.

- The US government should have no role in determining how Iraqi oil revenues are distributed.

- The US government should cease escalation of rhetoric and action against Iran.

- The US government should immediately cease all embargoes everywhere.

The following members of the Libertarian Party are in agreement on the statement above and add their urgings for speedy and decisive action on your part.

Susan Hogarth, Chair, Libertarian Party of Wake County, NC
Paul Elledge, LP member from North Carolina
Sidney Phillip Rhodes, LP member from North Carolina
Seth Anthony, Chair, Libertarian Party at Colorado State University
Paul Frankel, LP member from Alabama

THis post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/open-letter-to-the-lp-leadership/

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From http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog.html

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN YESTERDAY’S ABC 20/20 REPORT or read the related news story about Matt Bandy, the 16-year-old Arizona boy so hideously railroaded on child-porn charges.

He faced up to ninety years in prison for viewing (and possibly uploading) some porn pix — despite the fact that the images found on the family computer were almost certainly the result of one of the 200+ “infections” plaguing the machine. The family’s computer had been turned into a “zombie” by crackers. (Even if he had viewed or transmitted the images, of course, life in prison would be an appallingly absurd outcome.)

My friend Oliver Del Signore is the webmaster of the Justice4Matt website, which has more information about the family and the horrors inflicted on them. The site isn’t actually seeking justice for Matt; he made a plea bargain to save himself and in the end was even mercifully spared the ghastly necessity of registering as a sex offender everywhere he went for the rest of his life. But it does seek to alert others to the danger of being ensnared between malicious hackers and prosecutors interested only in PR and conviction stats. (And need I mention, Windows software.)

What’s so frightening is that something like this could happen to anybody. Matt Bandy was (and seemingly still is) an exemplary kid from a loving family. His father is a physician. The family is respectable and middle class. Nobody in the family had done anything to make themselves a target for a vengeful government. This witch-hunting madness simply swept down on them from the dark of one December morning with guns drawn. And as so often happens now, nobody from the government was interested in hearing anything that might disprove their fanatical beliefs or dispell their craving for power.

Matt and his family show a lot of courage in being willing to share their story as a warning to others. Consider the Justice4Matt site a worthy weekend read. I only regret that, while the Bandy family has been driven to make its agony public, the writer of the main article on the site disguises the names of the villains from the state who perpetrated this modern Inquisition. Such villains should be exposed and held 100 percent accountable for their actions.

Posted by Claire

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/this-could-happen-to-any-of-us/

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http://kubby2008.com/node/14

To the returning and incoming members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate:

On January 3rd, our nation’s 110th Congress opened its first session, following an election in which America’s voters gave control of both bodies composing that institution to the Democratic Party for the first time in 12 years. Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the “first 100 hours” of Congressional work time will be spent righting wrongs and pointing American government in a new direction. Change is in the air — but what kind of change?

I’d like to think that America’s voice has reached the ear of Republican and Democrat alike.

I’d like to believe that all of you will take America’s clear and pointed rejection of the last six years of federal governance — the gross abuse of executive power, the indefensible suppressions of our rightful liberties, the failed policy of bloody and ineffectual foreign military adventurism, the gross fiscal incompetence and imposition of massive debt on future generations, the rampant corruption — to heart, and that you’ll act decisively to turn our government around and point it toward the future.

I’d like to trust you to do those things … but to do so would be to allow hope to triumph over experience. Even as the vortex of political power that is Washington, DC begins to spin up for another cycle, pulling the country’s attention back toward it yet again, what I hear from the center of power is, to say the least, disturbing.

Instead of “repeal rights-violating legislation and investigate executive abuse of power,” I hear “compromise, and wait for the courts to sort things out.”

Instead of “withdrawal,” I hear “surge.”

Instead of “balanced budget,” I hear “reduce the growth of the debt.”

Instead of “punish the corrupt,” I hear “make new rules which the corrupt can ignore with impunity.”

You’re barely in session … and already you’re backtracking, hemming and hawing, looking for loopholes and escape clauses which will let you avoid doing what you were sent to Washington to do. And that, ladies and gentlemen, just isn’t going to work. It’s going to cost you in 2008 — and until then, it’s going to cost your countrymen, and cost them dearly.

I’m not writing this message to you because I want to live in the White House. I’m writing this message to you because nothing would thrill me more than for you to spend the next two years making my presidential candidacy, and my party, unnecessary.

Nothing would thrill me, or America, more than for this Congress to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the Military Commissions Act, and bring to justice those in the executive branch who have gone beyond the pale of even those unconstitutional, anti-American and evil pieces of legislation.

Nothing would stand you in better stead than to announce that one way or another — by order of the Commander in Chief or through Congress’s power to deny him the purse — America’s men and women in uniform are coming home from the Middle East and Central Asia, and that they’re doing so NOW.

Nothing would do more for America’s economy than for your next budget, and the one after that, to come in not just in balance, but below projected revenues, with the balance to be split between debt service and a real tax cut.

These three things would not bring back into existence the libertarian America that our nation’s founders bequeathed us and that we’ve spent more than two centuries dismantling, but they would be a good start … and they’d create the momentum for further movement in the right direction.

I’ve often noticed that when politicians talk about starting a war, creating a new entitlement program, or undertaking any other activity that’s bound to get Americans killed, empty their wallets or reduce their freedom, the desire to do so is expressed in terms of “political will,” as if these things were matters of courage and moral rectitude rather than of power-seeking and tawdry dealmaking. Conversely, when politicians cringe from peace, when they cower before the prospect of letting go of other people’s money, when they flee from freedom, they characterize their approach as “moderation” or “bipartisanship” or “statesmanship.”

These characterizations are 180 degrees out of phase with reality. The real sign of courage is resistance to the special interests and special pleadings that take a country to unnecessary war or plunder the treasury. Real moral rectitude subsists in securing, not violating, the rights of your constituents.

It is not more “political will” that this Congress requires. Rather, what is needed is more “political won’t.”

We need a Congress that won’t continue to fund a failed war of aggression.

We need a Congress that won’t let a power-crazed executive off his leash to spy, imprison and even kill at his defective discretion, or ratify those activities with supporting legislation, or allow him to change the meaning of legislation with “signing statements” that indicate he’ll do what he pleases, the will of Congress — and of the people — be damned.

We need a Congress that won’t spend more money than it takes in — or take in as much money as it’s been taking.

We’ll get that Congress, sooner or later. The only real question is whether or not you will be that Congress, or whether you as individuals will even be in it.

Go ahead. Make my day. Prove to America that you can do the right thing. Because, frankly, I can think of things I’d much rather do than move to Washington and clean up your mess.

Let freedom grow!
Steve Kubby
Libertarian for President

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MLL poster: Stop the Draft!

Bush wants a larger military. The Selective Service System is busy testing its draft machinery.

Don’t wait for an official re-launch of the draft. Begin fighting it now. And if you find it useful, feel free to use this poster I’ve created for the Movement of the Libertarian Left. You’ll find a fullsize, downloadable PDF of the poster right here.

posted by Wally Conger @ http://wconger.blogspot.com  

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/11/stop-the-draft-before-it-starts/

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By way of Loretta Nall

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Tuesday, January 9th in News by James Bovard on Antiwar Blog

The real issue in Bush’s speech Wednesday night is not the additional troops he intends to send to Iraq. The real issue is his nearly open proclamation of dictatorial powers.

Apparently, once a president lies a nation into war, he is entitled to absolute power for as long as he chooses. Regardless of how many Americans die or how many hundreds of thousands of foreigners are killed, the president’s prerogatives are sacred, at least as long as he recites the proper phrases regarding the spread of freedom and democracy. American voters made their will on Iraq clear at the polling booth last November. But they, like the Constitution and the federal statute book, don’t matter.

We have already heard from Bush or his lackeys about how the president is entitled to violate laws regarding wiretaps, renditions, torture, mail privacy, etc. The latest “surge” is just another example of how Bush rules by decree.

Will Bush, like other aspiring dictators, be able to cow opposition long enough to consolidate the powers he has seized?

And if the term dictator is offensive – then what is a better term for a politician who claims to be bound by no law or Constitution?

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Tuesday, January 9th in News by James Bovard on Antiwar Blog

The real issue in Bush’s speech Wednesday night is not the additional troops he intends to send to Iraq. The real issue is his nearly open proclamation of dictatorial powers.

Apparently, once a president lies a nation into war, he is entitled to absolute power for as long as he chooses. Regardless of how many Americans die or how many hundreds of thousands of foreigners are killed, the president’s prerogatives are sacred, at least as long as he recites the proper phrases regarding the spread of freedom and democracy. American voters made their will on Iraq clear at the polling booth last November. But they, like the Constitution and the federal statute book, don’t matter.

We have already heard from Bush or his lackeys about how the president is entitled to violate laws regarding wiretaps, renditions, torture, mail privacy, etc. The latest “surge” is just another example of how Bush rules by decree.

Will Bush, like other aspiring dictators, be able to cow opposition long enough to consolidate the powers he has seized?

And if the term dictator is offensive – then what is a better term for a politician who claims to be bound by no law or Constitution?

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/11/surge-dictatorship/

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The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
NEW (9 January, 2007):

The LP Radical Caucus offers a press release sketching a Libertarian response to the Bush adminstration’s war escalation.

The press release is for the use of any Libertarian Party affiliate or organization wanting a rapid and forceful response to Bush’s call for escalation in Iraq. Please feel free to place your group’s name and contact information on it and release it to your local media. If you would like to make changes, feel free to do so. No credit need (or should) be given – release this under your own group’s name. The LP should be providing affiliates with platform-compliant, forceful statements on current news events. The LP should be taking a strong antiwar stand. The activists of the LP Radical Caucus offer this release to help LP affiliates make a strong Libertarian statement on current events.

9 January, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[contact info here]

Libertarians:
The people must lead, and the leaders must follow.

In November, the American people clearly demanded an end to war and occupation in Iraq.

George Bush’s response is now clear: he plans to repeat the mistakes of Vietnam and escalate a war that most Americans and most Iraqis do not support; a military occupation and puppet rule that has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and killed or maimed tens of thousands of American soldiers.

The Democratic Party has also turned a deaf ear to those who voted in the vain hope that Democrats would end the occupation. Democratic Party leaders in Congress have opted for ‘partnership’ in the crimes of the Bush administration, rather than leadership in ending the unlawful military action.

The Libertarian Party stands absolutely opposed to the war in Iraq and to foreign military intervention anywhere. The politicians have demonstrated that they will not lead, so they must be made to follow. If those opposed to the war – from left, right, and center – gather together with a passionate focus solely on ending American imperialism, the rulers will follow the people – as they should. If we let ourselves be divided at this critical moment in history by our domestic differences, the wars started in the last century will linger on and end in disaster. We must stand united against the coming draft, against the expansion of imperial rule, and against all aggression both at home and abroad.

Libertarians call on Congress to end taxation and spending in support of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, to end preparations in place for a new draft (including selective service registration), and to end punishing embargoes everywhere which encourage war and discourage the expansion of peace through trade and communication.

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/lp-radicals-antiwar-press-release/

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The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
NEW (9 January, 2007):

The LP Radical Caucus offers a press release sketching a Libertarian response to the Bush adminstration’s war escalation.

The press release is for the use of any Libertarian Party affiliate or organization wanting a rapid and forceful response to Bush’s call for escalation in Iraq. Please feel free to place your group’s name and contact information on it and release it to your local media. If you would like to make changes, feel free to do so. No credit need (or should) be given – release this under your own group’s name. The LP should be providing affiliates with platform-compliant, forceful statements on current news events. The LP should be taking a strong antiwar stand. The activists of the LP Radical Caucus offer this release to help LP affiliates make a strong Libertarian statement on current events.


9 January, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[contact info here]

Libertarians:
The people must lead, and the leaders must follow.

In November, the American people clearly demanded an end to war and occupation in Iraq.

George Bush’s response is now clear: he plans to repeat the mistakes of Vietnam and escalate a war that most Americans and most Iraqis do not support; a military occupation and puppet rule that has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and killed or maimed tens of thousands of American soldiers.

The Democratic Party has also turned a deaf ear to those who voted in the vain hope that Democrats would end the occupation. Democratic Party leaders in Congress have opted for ‘partnership’ in the crimes of the Bush administration, rather than leadership in ending the unlawful military action.

The Libertarian Party stands absolutely opposed to the war in Iraq and to foreign military intervention anywhere. The politicians have demonstrated that they will not lead, so they must be made to follow. If those opposed to the war – from left, right, and center – gather together with a passionate focus solely on ending American imperialism, the rulers will follow the people – as they should. If we let ourselves be divided at this critical moment in history by our domestic differences, the wars started in the last century will linger on and end in disaster. We must stand united against the coming draft, against the expansion of imperial rule, and against all aggression both at home and abroad.

Libertarians call on Congress to end taxation and spending in support of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, to end preparations in place for a new draft (including selective service registration), and to end punishing embargoes everywhere which encourage war and discourage the expansion of peace through trade and communication.

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

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The new Kubby 2008 website is up, thanks to Knappster.

http://www.kubby2008.com

The previous Kubby.com was not specifically about the campaign, rather, it was a combination of everything Steve Kubby has done in the last decade or so of his life.

This one is more focused, and more modern looking, but does not have a whole ton of content yet – that’s coming soon, though.

As you can see in the staff directory, the Cannoli is now Assistant National Volunteer Coordinator of Kubby for President 2008.

At the moment, that means I’m helping set up
google groups for Kubby supporters in every state
. We have most of them done, but it will probably take a day or two more to finish. If anyone wants to help, go to the staff directory link and give Knappster, Ben Todd and myself a holler.

Knapp tells me he is working on producing radio commercials with the Sloan Ranger, a radio personality in the STL.
We’ll also probably be making TV commercial with my friend Doug Scribner, who made the pollie award winning Kubby for Governor TV commercials in 1998.

We’ll be needing some help with the print materials. This is a very rough beta which we already discussed earlier on this site.


Brochure


Business/Playing Cards

There’s also the Kubby Blog and
myspace page.

As of yesterday, the Beyonce Viral Video
which includes Kubby was at 32,000 views.

Oh yeah, and the discussion at my last Kubby in the News update I posted is still going strong, with the most comments of any topic post on Last Free Voice so far.

This post also appears at

http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/09/kubby-2008-update/

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Posted by Claire Wolfe at

http://clairewolfe.com/blog.html

THIS WEEK’S BUST of that dangerous threat to civic order, a scholarly historian.

Can you count the number of cops in the picture, boys and girls? Seven? Well, maybe. But it looks as if the champion donut-gobbler in the center may also be one of those kindly and helpful protectors of our peace and liberty. No uniform, but that does appear to be a badge on his jacket. And look — yellow police tape, too!

But of course, the crime totally justifies this show of governmental force. We must have an all-out war to end forever the deadly menace of jaywalkers!

Okay, sarcasm mode off.

The world heads for a collision course. On the one hand, the standard “hooray for the brutal cops” TV shows are to be joined this week by Armed and Famous, which puts tacky celebrities into uniform and sends them out to bust us lesser folk. (Although this may be the first time anyone’s made a TV series out of it, it’s not a new game. Shaquille O’Neal was recently caught lending entirely new meaning to the term “Shaq Attack”.) But on the other, at least a few commentators in the mainstream media are finally starting to notice and object to all the overblown brutality.

Unfortunately, you and I know that the paramilitary power ascendency is terrifyingly well entrenched and perfectly serves the purposes of its real masters. (Who, I’m sure you good blog readers hardly need the hint, aren’t you and me.) Anybody who thinks this military-style overkill began with 9-11 (as the above SF Chronicle commentator wishes to believe) hasn’t been watching. It’s had a long, long time to send down its roots. Anybody who thinks mere public indignation will end the overkill and the peacock-like displays of savagery doesn’t know the real purpose of paramilitary policing.

Besides, the people like it. And why not? It makes waaay more interesting TV than the two polite cops of Dragnet ever did. And always remember, it’s only being done to those other people. You know, the ones that are a different color or class or national origin from us and who therefore don’t count.

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….for failing to file taxes properly on vodka and cigarettes that I used to steal back in Siberia when I was six and seven years old.

Not Really, but she’s a real (ex) IRS-equivalent enforcement agent.

New Year’s eve….

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I said I don’t like like having my picture taken.

She said why?

And I said I’m on the run.

She told me she was Russian IRS and now I’m in trouble.

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