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Brad Spangler sent a message to the members of Center For a Stateless Society: Supporters.

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Subject: C4SS Fundraising Drive Success and More Good News

Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society,

THANK YOU! You’ve stepped up to the challenge and made us reach our fundraising goal! There’s also more good news!

CARSON IS BACK!

Your financial support has allowed Kevin Carson to return to writing weekly commentaries for C4SS. We’ve met our fundraising gopal for the coming quarter, so Carson’s commentaries (as well as his quarterly research study) is funded through the end of June 2009. Check out the following:

Seeds Sprouting in the Rubble
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://c4ss.org%2Fcontent%2F184

Enemies of What State?
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://c4ss.org%2Fcontent%2F211

WELCOME C4SS NEWS ANALYST THOMAS KNAPP!

Thomas L. Knapp has accepted the position of News Analyst at the Center. This part-time job makes him our second paid staff member, after Research Associate Kevin Carson. In this role, Tom will be focusing on creating more hard-hitting market anarchist news commentary for C4SS to publish and promote. Your support has made this possible.

SMASHING THE STATE IN 90 SECONDS OR LESS…

We have a new podcast audio feed, available in the sidebar on our web site. I aim to publish a short “Clip of the Day” audio news commentary from an undeniably anarchist perspective most weekdays — under 90 seconds in length and licensed for free use by podcasters and radio producers. The first few have been published this past week. Find them here:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://c4ss.org%2Fcontent%2Fcategory%2Faudio-commentary

YOUR SUPPORT IS THE KEY TO EVERYTHING

I set a second quarter fundraising goal of $1300 for the Center and listed exactly what the money would be spent on in my appeal to you. You responded! We reached (and exceeded!) that goal several days before the scheduled end of the Spring 2009 Fundraising Drive. It’s now our turn to show you that money being spent well. We will not let you down.

As we step up our operations, we will continue to produce hard-hitting, explicitly anarchist news commentary. We aim to build further trust and support by giving you what you pay for. I’m going to ease up on fundraising appeals between now and the start of our Summer 2009 Fundraising Drive. However, I can tell you now that when it comes time for the Summer 2009 Fundraising Drive, I will come to you with a larger, more ambitious goal that I believe you will be able to help us reach.

Your continuing overall support, not just financial support, is what will allow us to grow.

* Send our stuff to your friends and e-mail groups.

* Post it on Facebook, MySpace or your blog.

* Or any of several social news sites like Digg.

* Ask your local newspapers, particularly alternative news weeklies, to republish our content. They have permission!

* Consider hosting a house party for our Summer 2009 Fundraising Drive.

In closing, thank you. We’re starting small and growing in what may seem like baby-steps right now. Perseverance and hard work will change that, though. We aim to accomplish great things for freedom, with your help.

Warm Regards,

Brad Spangler,
Director, Center for a Stateless Society



MIAC:

The text of Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin’s letter to Governor Jay NixonThe text of Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin’s letter to Governor Jay Nixon

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On March 3, 2009 the Libertarian Party website issued a press release and published a blog clearly stating that earmarks in the 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill were pork, and the politicians responsible for them were not fiscal conservatives, nor libertarians.

LP Press Release – Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Libertarians urge Obama to veto pork-ridden spending bill
Libertarians stand with taxpayers against earmark abuse

LP Blog – March 03, 2009, by Donny Ferguson
Six of the top ten Senate ‘porkers’ are Republican
Taxpayers for Common Sense released a database Monday of the 8,570 earmarks, totaling $7.7 billion, in the FY09 omnibus spending bill.

Ferguson’s March 3 blog post cited the H.R.1105: Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, earmarks data codified by The Taxpayers for Common Sense. The Taxpayers for Common Sense’s latest release of this data is the March 13, 2009 Update, Version 5 (xls file). Here is the listing of the top 10 earmarkers by total dollars in both The Senate and The House from that update:

Senate

  • 1. Thad Cochran(R-MS) – $473,707,775
  • 2. Roger Wicker (R-MS) – $396,012,300
  • 3. Mary Landrieu(D-LA) – $332,099,063
  • 4. Tom Harkin(D-IA) – $292,360,036
  • 5. David Vitter(R-LA) – $249,182,063
  • 6. Kit Bond(R-MO) – $248,160,991
  • 7. Dianne Feinstein(D-CA) – $235,027,932
  • 8. Daniel Inouye(D-HI) – $225,077,157
  • 9. Richard Shelby(R-AL) – $219,398,750
  • 10. Chuck Grassley(R-IA) – $199,144,486

House

  • 1. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI 2nd) – $139,720,002
  • 2. Rodney Alexander (R-LA 5th) – $128,628,563
  • 3. Chet Edwards (D-TX 17th) – $117,926,271
  • 4. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI 1st) – $111,434,800
  • 5. David R. Obey (D-WI 7th) – $98,802,000
  • 6. Marion Berry (D-AR 1st) – $90,001,643
  • 7. Mike Honda (D-CA 15th) – $87,703,143
  • 8. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) – $80,955,928
  • 9. Ron Paul (R-TX 14th) – $75,175,750
  • 10. James Moran (D-VA 8th) – $74,754,928

Six of the ten biggest Senate earmarkers, and eleven of the twenty listed are from the South. Even more remarkable: Ron Paul is the ninth largest earmarker in the House of Representatives. Is this why the LP has stopped firing away at Congressional earmarks?

Here’s Ron Paul’s rationalization for his rampant earmarking: Earmarks Don’t Add Up, although he doesn’t mention why he publicly grandstands his opposition to funding bills he knows damn well are a shoe-in to pass, while he works like a busy beaver behind the scenes assuring his district gets more than their fair share of his earmarking largesse.

Wake-up Paul Sheeple and smell the abattoir’s entrance straight up ahead…ROTFLMAO

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