Great song by Matt Ames with lyrics expressing clearly anarchist/libertarian sympathies.
Hat tip: Brad Spangler, post 666
Given the number of Libertarians who support Ron Paul, I have wondered whether it would be in violation of LP rules for state LPs to endorse a candidate from another party. I still haven’t looked into it, but Jake Porter has. Excerpted from his blog:
Another myth is that the Libertarian Party can support Ron Paul for the Republican nomination. Now, we will take a look at what the Libertarian Party bylaws say about this issue.
Article 6, 4: No affiliate party shall endorse any candidate who is a member of another party for public office in any partisan election. No affiliate party shall take any action inconsistent with the Statement of Principles or these Bylaws.
Libertarians often become very angry when Congress violates the United States Constitution. The Libertarian Party bylaws should be treated no differently. Additionally, I am told that many states have laws, not state party bylaws, but actual legislative law prohibiting one party endorsing a candidate of another party, or a candidate to be nominated by more than one party. I would need to look more into this to find out if it is true, but I have been told it is so. The Libertarian Party cannot, without violating our own bylaws, support a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination.
I haven’t really thought this through, beyond that it might be a good topic for discussion, but …… perhaps the Libertarian Party should court Ron Paul for the LP presidential nomination, if and when he is denied the Republican nomination.
Posted in children, complete fucking stupidity, general silliness, humor, insanetertainment, local politics, megabitchery, politics, STFU, unusual behaviors, wanker food fight, weird shit, women on 2007.05.29 | 3 Comments »
I’m on sabbatical from posting to LFV for medical reasons, but I couldn’t resist cutting and pasting this with my one good arm from Third Party Watch, since I am always endlessly annoyed by any hate group which pretends to represent my interests ….
When television stunts backfire . . . With the aforementioned immigration deal stirring the political pot, the nation’s eyes – and cable news channels – turned to Arizona last week.State GOP Chairman Randy Pullen did Hardball on MSNBC with Chris Matthews and the Fox News Channel with Brit Hume.
Not to be outdone was Michelle Dallacroce, the founder of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens who appeared via satellite with Fox News personality Neil Cavuto. Saying that Kyl “flip-flopped” and “lied to us” with his support of the immigration agreement, Dallacroce took her opposition a step further by cutting up what she called her Republican voter card.
Just one problem: Dallacroce wasn’t a Republican. It turns out, according to the Maricopa County voter rolls, that Dallacroce has been an independent since August 2004.
Dallacroce was insistent when asked about the registration discrepancy by The Insider, even suggesting the error was the county’s, not hers.
“If they make a mistake on their computer,” she fumed, “that’s their problem.”
Just one thing: While Dallacroce argued (via phone) with The Insider about her party registration, she cited the scraps of the dismantled voter card as proof.
“It says right here,” Dallacroce said, reading three letters from what remained of the card. ” ‘P’ . . . ‘N’ . . . ‘D.’ ”
“PND” is elections-office code for “Party Not Designated.” It means you’re an independent. Oops.
Dallacroce said that as of Friday, she’s registered with the Constitution Party.
As if that’s not amusing enough, Dallacroce started posting like a maniac in their comments section ….. (more…)
In this week’s “radio address” Steve Kubby discusses how citizen action can make freedom, not fear, the dominant factor in our political system:
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, told us that “when the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” It’s a basic litmus test for freedom. And American society today fails it miserably.
My friends … it’s supposed to be the American DREAM, not the American nightmare! And for that matter, it’s not just supposed to be a dream. It’s supposed to be our own vision that we realize in our own lives, each and every day.
We deserve an America in which our privacy is held sacrosanct unless there’s true probable cause to believe we’ve committed a crime.
We deserve an America in which “crime” is very narrowly defined to include only those actions which harm unconsenting others.
That’s what America was supposed to be. And that’s what America CAN be if we’re willing to seize the day and assume the rightful authority over our own lives which our government has, piece by piece, stolen from us over the years.
Tune in for more:
Posted in 2008 Elections, 9/11, Big Brother, blogging, censorship, civil liberties, complete fucking stupidity, Constitution, constitutional rights, corruption, crazy claims, Democrats, free your mind, George Bush, Guantanamo, history, Humanity, Iraq, Jimmy Carter, Middle East, military, Nobel Peace Prize, police state, politics, Republican, Republican Hacks, STFU, terrorism, war on 2007.05.22 | 1 Comment »
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday fired back at former President Jimmy Carter, calling him “increasingly irrelevant” a day after Carter described George W. Bush’s presidency as the worst in history in international relations.Carter, a Democrat, said on Saturday in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that “as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.”White House spokesman Tony Fratto had declined to react on Saturday but on Sunday fired back.“I think it’s sad that President Carter’s reckless personal criticism is out there,” Fratto told reporters. “I think it’s unfortunate. And I think he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments.”Carter has been an outspoken critic of Bush, but the White House has largely refrained from attacking him in return. Sunday’s sharp response marks a departure from the deference that sitting presidents traditionally have shown their predecessors.In the newspaper interview, Carter said Bush had taken a “radical departure from all previous administration policies” with the Iraq war.“We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered,” Carter said.In a separate BBC interview, Carter also denounced the close relationship between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.“Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient,” Carter said when asked how he would characterize Blair’s relationship with Bush.”I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world,” Carter said.Carter, who was president from 1977-1981 and won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his charitable work, was an outspoken opponent of the invasion of Iraq before it was launched in 2003. [Source: Reuters.com]
Across the blogosphere, conservatives are now making the rather shocking claim that 9/11 occurred as a result of Jimmy Carter’s policies. In a way, it’s amusing, since most of those bloggers are too young to even remember the Carter presidency. As a middle-aged left Libertarian, I remember it well. Jimmy Carter was the first president I ever voted for, although he lost that time around to Ronald Reagan. I voted for Carter because he is a humanist who believes in a strict policy of non-military intervention in international affairs, opting instead for diplomacy, except if our national security is directly threatened. After all, I was alive during Vietnam, and during the height of the Cold War, so that was (and will always be) an extremely important issue for me.
At the same time, it’s typical that conservatives would find a way to blame the actions of George W Bush – decades after Jimmy Carter left office – on a liberal. After all, they can’t blame themselves for re-electing a known warmonger who openly advocates torture and the erosion of our civil rights …. can they?
Let’s compare the two presidents.
Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize. George W. Bush couldn’t even win second prize in a beauty contest on Monopoly.
Jimmy Carter is known as a peace-advocating diplomat, and a humanitarian. George W Bush is known as a lying, draft-dodging, bloodthirsty warmongerer.
Don’t blame a man, who advocated peace, for a war that started decades after he left office. And don’t just dismiss him because he dared to say what many, if not most, politically active Americans are already thinking.
Put the blame where the blame is due. This is a war based on lies and deceptions, all of which are directly traceable and attributable to the Bush administration. There were no WMDs, folks, and Bush knew there were no WMDs; but he attacked Iraq anyway because they might one day get WMDs. Huh? I’m still scratching my head about that one. Now, Bush wants to attack even more countries, and the Democrats have already backed off the promises they made when they were elected, to end the war in Iraq. Is it therefore any wonder that third parties are more attractive than ever to voters during the 2008 presidential election cycle? (more…)
Posted in 2008 Elections, Adolf Giuliani, Alabama, censorship, civil liberties, coercion, communism, constitutional rights, corporate welfare, corruption, draconian legislation, fraud, Gun Confiscation, guns, history, Iran, Iraq, manchurian candidate, Martial Law, Middle East, military, monopolies, nanny state, personal responsibility, police state, political corruption, politics, Republican Hacks, Ron Paul, terrorism, The Second Amendment, war, weird shit on 2007.05.18 | 3 Comments »
With all the attention we have been paying to Republican Presidential candidates Adolf Giuliani and Ron Paul lately, I thought it would be only fair to say a word or two about creepy warmonger
Here he is singing “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” and laughing about it.
Somewhat less well known is that he also co-sponsored the McCain/Lieberman gun show bill, which would have given the federal government the administrative power to prohibit all gun shows, and to register everyone who attends a gun show. According to wikipedia, “Since 2004, McCain has gained the unique distinction of receiving an F- rating from Gun Owners of America; and further unlike any other 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate has a dedicated section/compendium within the GOA web site, which contains numerous pages relating to John McCain’s very own anti-Second Amendment initiatives while in the Senate”.
Wikipedia also points out that he hired a board member of the Project for the New American Century, Randy Scheunemann, as his foreign-policy aide and is considering Billion Dollar Bob Riley for veep.
Oh, and his anti-torture provision? Not all it’s cracked up to be.
To sum it all up, I have to give McCain the maximum number of flushes.
Posted in civil liberties, coercion, communism, Constitution, constitutional rights, Department of Homeland Security, draconian legislation, FEMA, George Bush, history, immigration, Martial Law, nanny state, police state, Real ID Act, terrorism, transportation on 2007.05.17 | 6 Comments »
“And he causes all, both great and small, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark” (Rev.13:16-17)
Earlier we reported that the illegal immigration hysteria is being used to justify the construction of an American gulag, which has been the subject of plans for rounding up large numbers of Americans, not just immigrants.
In addition to SS numbers, as well as walls such as the one Bushling wants on the border with Mexico, and concentration camps, police states are well known for requiring their subjects to carry their papers and produce them on demand.
Immigration is being used as an excuse to implement this same system in America.
Homeland Stupidity reports:
Posted in 2008 Elections, candidate interviews, children, civil liberties, coercion, Constitution, constitutional rights, gay rights, Gun Confiscation, guns, health, immigration, Kubby, Libertarian, Libertarian Party, military, politics, taxes on 2007.05.17 | 2 Comments »
Unlike the problem with immigration that Stuart mentioned in George’s answers, Steve’s were traditionally libertarian down the line.
Read the interview after the jump.
Posted in 2008 Elections, 9/11, Adolf Giuliani, communism, complete fucking stupidity, insanetertainment, Libertarian Posers, local politics, megabitchery, Middle East, military, politics, Reason Magazine, Republican, Republican Hacks, Ron Paul, Rudolf Mussolini, STFU, terrorism, texas, unusual behaviors, wanker food fight, war, weird shit on 2007.05.16 | 39 Comments »
H/T Reason Hit & Run
I am this morning, declaring my candidacy for Congress in the GOP primaries against Ron Paul. If he does not resign his seat, and if another Republican candidate does not declare against him, I will run a balls-to-the-wall campaign for Congress in Texas CD 14. I am the guy that got Ron Paul elected to Congress in 1996. I can and will defeat him in 2008.
Eric Dondero, Fmr. Senior Aide
US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
Dondero says he’ll defer if another pro-war conservative, like former Rep. Steve Stockman, makes the run. Paul’s 1996 win was sort of miraculous, given how the national GOP marshalled its strength against him and even backed a Democratic opponent to keep him out of Congress. I’d guess the party will have too much to worry about in 2008 to back a Paul primary challenge (it’ll spend at least $3 million getting back Tom DeLay’s seat, for example), but this is the kind of thing that could attract a nice fat stream of web donations.
If Eric loses the primary, he has made plans to challenge RP in the general election as the candidate of the
Lieberman Lebensraum for Amerika Party (not officially, at least not yet).
While I still endorse Steve Kubby for President, I’m happy to offer my endorsement to Ron Paul for reelection to Congress.
In this week’s “radio address” Steve discusses his vision for addressing environmental issues through the market and grassroots citizen action:
When I talk with young Americans about the Libertarian Party and the future of our environment, I hear two things from them: That they’re unhappy with the choices being offered them by the “major parties” … and that what they’re looking for is a future of hope and opportunity, not a life of fighting relentlessly just to hold the line and perhaps do as well as their parents did. And when I tell them about the future that we have to offer, their eyes light up.
The challenges and problems that we face as a nation are very real, but there’s a flip side to the coin. Nowhere is this more true than in the area of the environment.
Yes, we are addicted to foreign oil. Yes, our energy industry is addicted to subsidies. And worst of all, the environment is being trashed by irresponsible corporations, right before our eyes. But on the other side of the mountain, there’s a future where we supply our needs with domestically produced, renewable, environmentally friendly energy provided by a competitive, unsubsidized free market for hemp and biodiesel.
Tune in for more:
I give up. Can’t find the background info to put this in context on google. Maybe it will come out in the comments. If so I’ll update it up here. If the video at least works (didn’t yesterday, dunno why), I’ll leave it up, and let the story write itself interactively. And now, your moment of Zen:
Posted in alternative medicine, free your mind, Libertarian, Libertarian National Committee, Libertarian Party, media, personal responsibility, platform, politics, recruitment, Uncategorized, wanker food fight on 2007.05.12 | 9 Comments »
A few of us from the LP Radical Caucus were on Angela Keaton’s show. It’s been a while since I’ve heard it, but I remember that I said “um” way, way, way too much. It was me, Susan Hogarth, Morey Straus and Marc Montoni. Did I forget any other guests?
Unfortunately, after the show was supposed to be over, Susan and I kept talking and did not realize we were still being recorded for the show (oops!). One of the things we discussed was North Carolina LP Ballot Access. When we realized we were inadvertantly part of the show, I did not care, but Susan objected and we had the show removed.
A big brouhaha ensued, and I have been told the unedited show is a hot item being passed around on the libertarian underground by some people who must be incredibly bored. In any case,
after much fumbling, we were able to finally get the show edited and posted back up.
Listen to the edited show here:
I guess someone objected to the
reference, since the show is now retitled “Reform Caucus Responds.”
Posted in 2008 Elections, 9/11, Adolf Giuliani, Big Brother, censorship, civil liberties, coercion, complete fucking stupidity, constitutional rights, corporate welfare, corruption, crazy claims, Department of Homeland Security, draconian legislation, drug war, economics, fraud, free your mind, Gun Confiscation, history, law enforcement, Libertarian Posers, Martial Law, megabitchery, personal responsibility, police state, political corruption, politics, prostitution, Republican Hacks, Rudolf Mussolini, STFU, taxes, terrorism, The Second Amendment, war, weird shit on 2007.05.11 | 12 Comments »
Despite what a certain milk shake would like you to believe, Rudolf
Giuliani Mussolini is As Far From Libertarian As Possible (click on the link to read about his early history as a psychotically deranged persecutor of victimless white collar “criminals”).
Even some of Giuliani’s admirers admit he has fascist tendencies. The amazing record of corruption and perfidy simply boggles the mind. Giuliani even had the incredible temerity to
try to stay on as mayor after his term was over.
Check out the comments at Serf City. Giuliani abused his mayoral office to go after cabbies, artists, street vendors, porn,
sex-related businesses, and anyone who did business without a license. His phony tax cuts were merely deficit spending – putting the tax bill on future victims, plus interest, while ducking the responsibility for his out of control spending, a favorite ploy of scumbag Rapepublicneoconartists.
Ron Moore reports,
Let’s take the pot smokers. One study points out that under Rudy’s Broken Windows policy, public-toking arrests rose 2000% from about 2000 in 1994 to over 50,000 by 2000 ( Harcourt & Ludwig, Reefer Madness: Broken Windows Policing and Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests in New York City, 1989-2000 http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=948753). The study also finds that this had no measurable effect on violent crime.”
Unfortunately, Rudy’s broken windows policy didn’t apply to Rudy’s buddies in the New York Police Department. An April 1999 article in Crime and Delinquency (Zero Tolerance: A Case Study in Police Policies and Practices in New York City, Judith Greene) points to a 75% increase in new civil rights claims against the police for abusive conduct. The article also points to a sharp increase in the number of complaints which resulted in no arrest and no summons and where there was no suspicion of criminal activity. Um – just why were people being stopped? What was Mayor Rudy’s response to growing concern about police misconduct? According to the article the new Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) funding was cut 17% compared to the agency it replaced.
Victim disarmament? According to Mike Blessing, Giuliani said on one of the
morning empty-talk shows that “We shouldn’t just try one of these [”gun control”] plans, we should try them all.”
King George Dubai-ya Dubai-ya III Bush has gone a long way towards creating a fascist Amerikkka. Rudolf the coke nosed Fascist would go all the way. No libertarians should even remotely consider being fellow travellers in helping Ayatollah Giuliani set up his gulag regime.
We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.
Posted in civil liberties, coercion, complete fucking stupidity, constitutional rights, crazy claims, Department of Homeland Security, draconian legislation, George Bush, history, Libertarian, Martial Law, Middle East, military, personal responsibility, police state, political corruption, politics, prostitution, Republican, Republican Hacks, STFU, terrorism, war, weird shit on 2007.05.09 | 7 Comments »
Via Brad Spangler
Dana Rohrabacher wants me dead. Well, not just me. Dana Rohrabacher wants a whole bunch of Americans dead.
“I hope it’s your family members that [sic] die,” said US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to American citizens who questioned the Bush administration’s unlawful extraordinary rendition policies.
Rohrabacher, bring it you fucking traitor.
“But in 1969-71, Dana Rohrabacher was the most successful and most beloved libertarian activist… he was a close friend of mine until he crossed the line with his campaign for Congress.“ — Samuel Edward Konkin III
This reminds me. I’ve been trying to get confirmation as to whether Rohrabacher was a warmonger during the Vietnam War. As a former anarchist and follower of an actual pacifist, Robert LeFevre, it would have been illogical, but I would like independent reports from those who actually knew Rohrabacher back then.
I thought this was just entirely too cool. Jason Gatties, a Libertarian activist in Michigan who comments regularly on LFV, has decided to run for the Pokagon Tribal Council. For those who might be unaware, Native American tribes are sovereign nations, with their own laws and their own government, which makes this even more interesting than the average Libertarian campaign. What follows is the announcement from his blog.
Those who are close to me understood that I had plans on running for public office in 2008, but for now atleast, those plans are on the back burner. This past weekend I realized that Tribal elections were coming up in July. After speaking with my wife and others who are close to me, I was encouraged to run for a seat on the Pokagon Tribal Council.
I am a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which is located in Southwest Michigan/Northern Indiana. We have over 3,000 members and this summer, we are opening the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mi. I feel that I can bring my libertarian values to our tribal government. If you really think about it, most Native Americans are probably “libertarians” even if they don’t realize it. I plan to educate our tribe and prove to everyone that libertarianism can work in any form of government.
In the next day or so, you should be able to access VoteGatties.org and get more info on how you can help. I will NOT seek any donations, but you can certainly help me out in other ways. The website that was being worked on for the 2008 campaign is, much like the campaign itself, on the back burner for now. The tribal campaign site is very basic. Given the fact that the election is on July 14th, I didn’t have a lot of time to design a proper campaign site, but I feel it will still accomplish my goals. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person running for Tribal Council who will even have a web presence, so that alone I feel will give me an edge.
I wouldn’t run for office if I didn’t have my concerns. They include:
1.Term Limits- Currently there are no term limits for the Tribal Council or any elected tribal board or commission. I feel term limits are important and if elected, I will propose a constitutional amendment requiring some form of term limits for Tribal Government.
2. 26% of our tribe are unemployed and 40% of our tribe members live below the poverty line. One would think that would change with the opening of our casino in August. However, even though the casino has a “indian preference” when hiring for a position at the casino, the majority of the high paying jobs being offered are for those who have a college education, something which the majority of the tribe members do not have. I’m not in favor of any “hiring preference” when it comes to casino jobs, however, I believe that work experience should account for something and more jobs should be available to anyone, regardless if you have a college degree. I mean, do you really need a college degree to open a door or unclog a toliet?
3. Privitization- I believe the tribal council overpays for certain jobs that could be outsourced outside the tribe, saving tribal funds and allowing more tribal profits to be shared amongst it’s members.
4.No More State Funding- Currently the bulk of funds given to our tribe is in the form of state and federal grants. Thats fine, except for the fact that these funds come from the pockets of taxpayers who are not members of the tribe. How can we truly become a “sovereign nation” when we depend on tax dollars from non-tribal members? We are opening a casino (which is privately funded) which will generate MILLIONS for the tribe, not to mention the various stores which will open up on tribal land. If managed correctly, the tribe should become pretty self-sufficient in a short amount of time. I want to make it my JOB to make sure our tribe truly becomes a sovereign nation.
5.Stick to the constitution!!! Right now our tribal constitution reads like a “libertarian dream” and it should remain that way. As our tribe grows stronger, the temptation will be to turn our tribal government into a minature version of the U.S. Government. We can not allow this to happen. Through time, we as American Citizens have had many of our freedoms stomped upon by the government at all levels. As a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, I feel it is critical to stick to the constitution that was drawn back in the mid 90′s. We can not allow our tribal leaders to infringe on the freedoms promised in our constitution. As a council member, I will make sure this does not happen.
These are just a few of the many issues I plan to campaign on. I could go on and on, but if I did that, I would have nothing to blog about tomorrow!
Be sure to bookmark this blog for all the latest campaign information and be sure to bookmark VoteGatties.org, as that site will be live by the end of the week. If elected, I will NOT run for office in 2008 as I plan to give my full attention to the Tribal Council for the next 3 years. Given the fact that I have many family & friends who are tribe members, this is a great opportunity for me to not only get elected, but make a real difference.
In this week’s “radio address” Steve Kubby discusses the essential difference between himself and some of those other presidential candidates:
If you’ve been following the Democratic and Republican debates, you’ve probably noticed by now that the candidates are possessed of an astonishing variety of ideas for running your life. Whether it’s “national ID,” “universal health care,” “protecting children from violence on television” or what have you, these candidates have made it clear that they believe the proper function of government is to care for you from cradle to grave — and police your every action from the time you get out of bed in the morning to the time you crawl back into bed at night … not to mention who you crawl into bed with or what you do there with them.
As a Libertarian, I have a very different view of government’s role. Government’s proper function is to protect your rights, not to run your life. And as a candidate for president, my prospective job would not be to police you — it would be to police your government
Tune in for more:
Kent McManigal made the following announcement today:
The End of the Trail
After a lot of thought I have decided to end my campaign. Last night while trying to delete spam comments, I accidentally deleted most of the content on the Boston Tea Party’s website. That was the last straw for me. I appreciate all the encouragement and support I have received in the past two and a half years. I apologize to anyone who is disappointed that I have withdrawn. I will probably keep blogging, and plan to change KentForLiberty into something other than a campaign site. I have come to realize that we will never get government back in line with the Constitution or with what is right by using methods approved and “allowed” by that same rogue government.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I think a part of the LP community is surprised and disappointed by Kent’s departure. When I opened my computer for the day, there were several messages on the subject.
I am not shocked by it, but I wish he had stayed. Kent made the LP race more interesting, as I think many will agree. To my mind, Kent was that dark horse who could have walked away with the nomination, had Phillies and Kubby delegates clashed, not unlike what happened at the last LP presidential convention.
Kent was the one LP candidate who defied categorization. At first, to be honest, I really wanted to put him into the nutcase category. After all, he obviously doesn’t fit into the mainstream category. Yet, the more I read, and the more I talked to him, the more I realized that Kent is an original who defies categorization.
I first discovered Kent’s candidacy through, of all people, Gene Chapman. I looked at his website, and made a smartass comment on a forum about how Kent looks like he’d kick Gene Chapman’s ass for calling him a Communist. I stand by that statement, incidentally. Kent misunderstood and thought I was making fun of the way he dresses, and we began a correspondence which has continued to this day. I’m proud to call Kent McManigal my friend. I can’t categorize him any other way.
Needless to say, I support him no matter what he decides for his own life, because that’s what friends do. I hope I am not betraying a confidence when I say that this is a question over which Kent has struggled for a while now. He has hinted at it on his blog, after all. And now ….. well, the LP world is just a little less interesting for me today. I hope you understand.
I found this over on Stupid Evil Bastard, and was pretty amazed by it.
When Rubik’s Cube first came out, I was a teenager (yeah, I know, I’m showing my age with this story, LOL). I bought one with my own money, which I had worked like a dog to earn (back then, I think I was making about $1.75 an hour, again showing my age) and took it home. Basically, I intended to mess with it a bit, to get the feel for it, before I actually mixed it all up to be solved.
My older brother “solved” that problem for me, by asking “hey, can I see that?” then immediately mixing it all up while cackling gleefully.
Guess I’ve never forgiven him for that. I basically never touched the damn thing again.
But this kid is pretty doggone amazing, I have to say, and the way he studies it before attempting to solve it suggests maybe I had planned to go about it the right way after all. Apparently this is the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube: 17.9 seconds!
Jury nullification is a process by which a criminal jury determines that a law is unconscienable, either morally or as it applies to a specific case, and therefore is to be ignored despite the guilt of the defendant. The US Supreme Court has determined that juries do have the power to nullify, but they also determined that juries need not be informed of this power. As a result, very few jurors have any idea that they can ignore the law, if they feel the case before them warrants that action.
Historical examples of jury nullification are abundant. Early in our nation’s history, jurors were regularly informed of this power. Positive examples of jury nullification include cases involving the Fugitive Slave laws, and of course, Prohibition. Negative examples include the refusal of some juries in the south to find white supremacists guilty of murdering African-Americans or civil rights workers, despite substantial evidence of guilt.
Judges worry that informing juries of this power will result in juror anarchy, with jurors deciding cases based on their sympathies rather than on the facts of the case; some argue that this is what happened in the OJ Simpson trial of the early 90s. Another judicial concern is that jury nullification will result in an increase in the number of hung juries, or that jurors will be overwhelmed if they are expected to interpret not only the facts, but the fairness of the law as well. An ongoing concern is that, once found not guilty by a jury, a defendant is protected from ever being tried again on that charge under the Double Jeopardy Clause; so if jurors nullify, guilty defendants will go free. The current conventional wisdom is therefore to not only not inform jurors of their nullification powers, but to specifically instruct jurors that they are to determine the facts, not the law, and that they must follow the law exactly as it is presented to them by the court. (more…)