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Via ElfNinosMom today comes
the sad news that one of our
favorite Presidential candidates
may have to drop out of the race due to government persecution.

Gene Dropping Out of Presidential Race?

Gene posted the following on his blog today:

IRS Finds Chapman

Well, the IRS has sent a letter to my employer to take my checks, down to $168 per week, so I’m off to new adventures. I’m praying about a walk in the desert to visit with God on the matter. Being a homeless man is attractive to me in the world we live in. Lots of homeless people come from IRS issues, I’ve found.

I’ll attend LP and CP events, as I can, but God has clearly opened up a new direction for me, and His priorities are gonna be #1.

Gene Chapman
Libertarian Man
ChapmanForPresident08.com

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For those of you who have been following this food fight,


There's a wanker who does not like our blog because we act rowdy and curse
. I think the
problem stems from him getting fired from the Badnarik 2004 campaign as webmaster, and he
has had it in for Steve Van Dyke and Steve Gordon ever since. He's come after others, such as Loretta Nall, as proxies since then.

R. Noval, the Bike Messenger, who also blogs at said wanker's blog, commented....

You all are, of course, welcome to post your views at smallgov, as we are loathe to block commentary, as Mr. dondero, I’m sure, will attest.

Apparently not, as some of us did in fact comment, and our comments were...well, erased.


Scroll down and read the comments that were erased for yourself, reproduced in our comments
and see if that action was merited.

Your move, Dirasian :-) (more…)

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We’re sending out an “open call” to drug law reform folks to support the LP and the Kubby campaign. We would like to make future appeals like this to the peace community, environmentalists, immigrants rights activists, and many others, but we have to start with a base. For anyone who is involved in drug policy reform groups and discussions, please help us distribute this widely, and whether you are or not, please send us some money (see the “read more” link) and some ideas so we can reach more folks with this message! Steve Kubby writes…

To my friends and comrades in the drug policy reform movement:

The last 10 years have been a decade of incredible progress toward ending the war on drugs. Twelve states have adopted medical marijuana legislation. Numerous communities have reduced marijuana to “lowest law enforcement priority.” More and more studies reveal both the medical efficacy of marijuana and the inefficacy and brutality of the war on drugs.

This progress is the result of your years of hard work: Your rallies. Your marches. Your petition drives. The letters to the editor. Your willingness to stand up and be counted. Your refusal to accept anything less than victory.

But it’s time to take the next step: We need to support a political party that recognizes these facts and acts on them instead of ignoring them and trying to wish them away. We need to support a party that stands up for our rights instead of using us as pawns on the chessboard of politics. We need to support the Libertarian Party.

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Also posted at
http://knappster.blogspot.com/

No, it’s not the technological state of the art — that’s not the point. The point is for a Libertarian presidential candidate to take up the tradition of the “weekly radio address” that’s been a staple of American politics since FDR’s “fireside chat” days, and to do so in a very accessible way.

So, no bumper music or cheap sound effects — just Steve Kubby, calling in from wherever he happens to be to chat with America.

It’s also not long — 3-5 minutes is what we’re shooting for. We want dialup users to be able to listen in conveniently.

You can listen to it right here, or at the campaign web site, or at the Gcast site. You can subscribe to it via iTunes, Yahoo!, Google, MSN, newsgator or your preferred RSS client. Oh, yeah — feel free to embed it on your blog too if you like. Gcast offers a variety of styles and sizes, and it’s maintenance-free. Once you’ve put the code in, updates for new episodes take care of themselves.

Enjoy.

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Sorry folks, I’m having concentration problems and can’t put together a decent article to save my life. A friend who wants to remain anonymous asked me to post this.

A new group has started that is trying to get an initiative on the ballot in New York City that would create a real, independent investigation into 9/11. Although the state of New York is not a citizen’s initiative & referendum state like California and 23 other states are, they do have citizens initiative & referendum at the local level in New York City. In order to make it on the ballot, they would have to collect 50,000 valid signatures on a petition from registered voters in New York City. The time frame to do this is 120 days and the latest that the signatures could be turned in is 60 days before the election. In order to ensure that they make it on the ballot they would have to collect extra signatures in order to survive a validity challenge, so they will probably need around 100,000 raw signatures.

I think that this is an excellent idea and I in fact had the same idea myself a few years ago. Just imagine the impact of having a 9/11 Truth ballot initiative on the ballot in New York City. It would be listed in the voter booklets sent out to millions of voters and people would be forced to confront the issue. The media would have a hard time ignoring it. It is obvious that there aren’t enough people in government with the guts to face this issue, so it is up to We The People to push for a real investigation. Even if the initiative fails just going through the process of trying to get it on the ballot is sure to generate publicity and bring more people into the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Right now, the initiative is in the planning stages. They need to find a lawyer or lawyers to consult with to make sure that the initiative is properly worded from a legal standpoint. They need to actually file the initiative with the election office in New York City. They are also going to need to raise money to ensure that they make it on the ballot and to run advertising to increase the chance that the intiaitve passes.

I urge everyone here to visit www.911initiative.org and do whatever you can to help get this project off the ground. There is still time to get this on the ballot for 2007 but if we don’t make it for 2007 we can always go for 2008. I think that it is very important to have this initiative on the ballot by the time of the 2008 Presidential election. Getting this initiative on the ballot could be the big breakthrough that the 9/11 Truth Movement needs.

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By Brian Doherty and Angela Keaton

This was a key document in a rejected version of U.S. plans for Iraq. It was found, damp, crumbled in a State Department trash can.

  • Dear Iraq:

    When I decided that we belonged together, I had the best intentions. Our relationship was never about control for me. I truly believe that if you love something, you ought to set it free.

    I could see that Saddam was bad for you. You weren’t happy with him. He was abusive, he was controlling, and there’s no way you were better off with him than with me—though I slowly started to notice, you certainly seemed calmer with him than you have with me.

    This is hard for me to admit. I’ve invested so much in this relationship—time, money, my highest ideals. But I’ve come to realize there’s a lot wrong with our relationship. Face it: we’ve become a seriously high-conflict couple. I never wanted to admit how violent our relationship had become. I thought it was just a phase, and that things would change if I just showed you how much I cared, how much I was willing to bleed to make this work.

    But I’ve had some good advice lately from friends, and I even consulted some professionals who gave me a more objective outlook on what’s been going on between us.

    They helped me see something I was afraid to face. I thought it was my duty to put up with how crazy things had gotten. I thought it was my fault, that I had to stick with you no matter how awful the relationship was for us both. Some serious co-dependency is at play here, Iraq. Despite my best intentions, we continue to bring out the worst in each other. (more…)

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By way of Brad Spangler

Shopping for Subsidies: How Wal-Mart Uses Taxpayer Money to Finance Its Never-Ending Growth

by Philip Mattera and Anna Purinton

  • “The $1 billion figure we cite for total public assistance to Wal-Mart may very well be the tip of the iceberg.”

Link above is to the full study. Handy summary available here.

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