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In this essay, LP radical and LPNY state chair Eric Sundwall advocates that radical libertarians avoid the BTP and stay in the LP. It is entitled Party Like It’s 1973, an apparent ironic reference to Party like it’s 1773 by BTP interim chair Jim Davidson.

I was somewhat intrigued when popular Libertarian blogger Tom Knapp started the Boston Tea Party soon after the 2006 Portland massacre. An online political party that hearkened to the radical sensibility with a savvy for the political seemed an interesting notion without any real threat to LP work and activities. A place where members could vent and fume within their own diaries and entries and perhaps still effect meaningful activism within the libertarian community in general. Fine. Sometimes a great notion . . .

The current self-flagellation from its members and current standard bearers for office is a greater reflection of petty narcissistic traits and ambitions that one finds within splinters of a small movement, than any real grassroots or political effort. To be sure, most of the current brouhaha is based on the success of reform elements within the LP and the eventual nomination of Bob Barr. But there has also been a disproportionate coverage of their activities within the small third party blogosphere and even some mention in the higher echelons of typical political coverage. I’m beginning to think about getting sixteen of my buddies together to form the American Anarchist Party so as not to be left out. At least there would be no compromise on real principles.

In my estimation the BTP became untenable, less credible and utterly ridiculous when the New York affiliate formed without my knowledge or possible input. I expressed my discontent about this to founder Tom Knapp and got a reply that membership wasn’t tracked on geographical basis and thus any notification about formation of an affiliate wouldn’t be forthcoming to members unless they kept abreast of the website and those postings. At the time I thought I had kept a current feed from BTP in my aggregator (Bloglines) and it was only another entry at the time that serendipitously showed up that brought me back to the site for a quick re-reference. It was at that time that I became knowledgeable of the NY affiliate startup.

Of course the elements forming that start up were no more radical in spirit than in truth ambitious for titles and accolades. In fact some of the players were in dispute with the LPNY about one of their affiliates and a factional shoot off from it in another arena wasn’t all that surprising. Having also expressed some insider concern to Knapp about this, he just shrugged it off and said something about long ropes and the like.

In the course of 2007 one saw a gradual decline of the website and eventually spam took it over and the case for neglect made itself very obvious if one visited the site. Again Knapp was shrugging it off as not his baby anymore since the formation of a national committee and control being handed over to the new principles. Any other misgivings about Knapp and his organizational abilities were already being sent to me through my association of other notable activists and to some extent LNC connections. After he was almost completely rejected for the Platform Committee in Pittsburgh that summer I figured any possible radical ally in this figure was improbable. At the time he was flailing for Kubby as the official or non-official this or that and it was obvious where his pre-occupation was at. Once he started running Ron Paul up the racist flagpole based on a Suicide Girls post, I was done. After the Sean Haugh attack after Vegas, I was disgusted, despite reassurances from Angela Keaton and Paulie that he wasn’t the drama queen I might have marked him as.

Enter the Independent Political Report. They started covering the mini-convention of the BTP in Denver and it seems like new life was born from it. Apparently that long rope came back to bite BTP and Knapp put the kibosh on any usurpation of his baby. Utilizing an administrative override on the former national vice-chair and asserting a violation of by-laws and original intent, he summarily dismissed the usurpers and rallied his original cabal and pressed ahead with their own convention online. I’m sure if I’m wrong about this and on any radar as such, I’ll be corrected on a dozen counts by TK or the like.

But my general point is this. The BTP is an operational and philosophical mess. Great, a one line platform states that they want to reduce government on all counts. So what?! While it’s not the contorted twistings of the Reformista’s tired ruminations and redefinitions, its just annoying at this point. When some kiddie script hacker represents some percentage of the actual vote of their convention and all former users are told to sign up again because their database got trashed, you don’t have to wonder. You just don’t take it seriously. Radicals ought to stay in the LP and exert what influence they can in a franchise which has stood the test of time for at least thirty years. Getting all huffy over one candidate in an impossible race to win is not the solution. There is plenty of room for spirited protest candidacies and meaningful activism.

So don’t get your panties in a wad because Brian Holtz won the platform or that Bob Barr said something about Fannie Mae on TV. Easy ballot access in Colorado and Louisiana may get you on the ballot there and might put you on a temporary pedestal amongst chortling colleagues, but seriously, get a life (or a sound card). Do what you can, where you can. Stop fantasizing about a greater liberty movement or party. Stay real. Stay radical. Stay LP.

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I am in the process of interviewing Juliet Annerino, who put together the Hotties 4 Ron Paul calendar. Juliet is also Ms. July.

DIGG

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Several_pages_from_the_Hotties_for_Ron_Paul_Calendar

REDDIT

http://reddit.com/info/64hxb/comments/

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I previously wrote about the calendar
here
and here.

If anyone has any questions you think should be asked please ask in the comments, and I will be
updating the entry. Some questions have already been answered at the H4RP site.

UPDATE Jan. 5 We now have some Q & A but you can still add questions in the comments. I’ll see if I can get Juliet and/or some of the other calendar participants to stop by and answer if I get some questions.

Are you affiliated with the Ron Paul campaign?
No, Hotties4RonPaul is not directly involved with the campaign. H4RP was created by concerned freedom loving citizens, just like you.

I want a Hotties4RonPaul Calendar! How do I order?
Ne simplified ordering instructions are in the purchase section above.


Do I still have to donate directly to the Ron Paul Campaign like before?

No, we are donating 40% of our proceeds to the campaign ourselves now. That is entirely included in the purchase price at this time!

I’ve already max’d out my donations to the Ron Paul Campaign? Can I still get a calendar?
Yes! You may simply buy a calendar by going to our Purchase page.

If you like, you may also contribute “Hotties4RonPaul” 2008 calendars to our vets of the “Paralyzed Veterans of America” and “Homes for Our Troops” oganisations, by simply clicking on the “Chip-in” button on our Purchase page and donating an amount of $8 or more to the cause.

Can I buy a calendar if I’m not a US citizen and live overseas?
Yes, you can! Just send us an e-mail with your full address to Hotties4RonPaul@Hotmail.com and we will let you know our cost for shipping and then bill you accordingly, before sending out your calendar(s).


What happens to the money collected on the Chip-in?

Two charities will be first; the “Paralyzed Veterans of America” (http://www.pva.org) and “Homes for Our Troops” (http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage ) Our goal is to send 300 calendars to these veterans by raising $4,200. (If this amount is not reached we will simply donate as many calendars as we have donations for.) Thank you for your generous contribution to this worthy cause!

Can I order more than one calendar? Yes! Just drop us a quick message at Hotties4RonPaul@Hotmail.com and let us know how many you would like. WE’ll take it from there to get your shipping costs right etc.



Note: Discounts are available for orders of 10 or more!

PC) How is this project different from other Ron Paul items like T-shirts, Slim Jims, bumper stickers, etc?

JA) This project has the unique potential to reach people at the office, garage, shop or other work place or home, who might never have heard of Ron Paul, without the aid of some one even talking about him, or even actually indicating that they are a Ron Paul supporter. In this way. it’s kind of an “innocent” way to promote Dr. Paul and his message of Freedom!

It works on it’s own merit, first as a conversation piece or simply a pretty thing to look at. Then it inspires curiosity and further investigation of Ron Paul and the movement by virtue of the Ron Paul quotes on each page with the matching quotes from great statesmen, authors and other great thinkers all echoing Dr. Paul’s philosophy. This makes the calendar a uniquely accessible, even “friendly” way to effectively reach many people who would otherwise not want to learn more about Dr. Paul!

These quotes, by the way, were chosen by me not just because they work well together, complimenting the words of Ron Paul with the words of visionaries like Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. , but because they also (for the most part), match the sentiment of the personal messages of the girls on each page, either in life experiences or personal philosophies.

As an artist, myself (composer, singer, writer, director) I see how powerful the arts – here demonstrated in the beauty of the photos and the poetry of the text – are, and always have been in shaping the way people, even whole civilizations, feel, respond, reason and form belief systems. Historically speaking, art creates change.

Behind every great socio-political movement has been a corresponding movement in art, literature, theatre (now, including television, movies and video) and of course music. The popularity of Dr. Paul on YouTube, arguably another art forum (as every video is a personal creation) in its own right, marks a profound zeitgeist or “spirit of the times”! At the vanguard of every socio-political movement have been and always will be the artists, because it is always the artist who feels the common human sentiment, the unspoken truths, the wave of change, most sensitively and most strongly. And it is always the artist who feels this sentiment, this truth, this wave of change to be absolutely unbearable unless expressed in a poetic form to as many other souls as humanly possible. It is this drive to feel and to then share that defines a person as an artist. And therefore the artist has and always will be an integral element of any profound socio-political movement.

PC) How did you come up with this idea?

JA) OK, I’ll lighten it up a bit here – hah! I was on one of my MeetUp pages and I was corresponding with some of my new friends there, seeing who was new, etc. I thought to myself, “Wow, we sure have some great looking people here supporting Ron Paul!” Then I thought that it would be cool for other people to see what a great group we had of not just beauty but brains…that maybe they might see that there are some really terrific Ron Paul supporters, beauties inside and out. I figured first off, that this might make them want to check out who these beauties were and just why were they supporting this 72 yr. old Doctor running for the presidency! Everyone likes to be in “good company”, after all…

PC) Have you been politically active long, and how did you get involved with the Ron Paul campaign?

JA) I was always a Libertarian at heart, since reading the Fountainhead in High school, but I was never political to the degree of supporting a political candidate or even voting for that matter. I just never thought my high ideals would ever find a place in the corrupt system I saw. Seeing Dr. Paul changed that for me.

I first heard of Ron Paul on Bill Maher’s show. Here was a true cynic, a sarcastic comic, respectfully calling some man I’d never heard of, his “new hero”. After hearing the reasons why Bill Maher liked Dr. Paul so much, that Dr. Paul wanted us to examine what our “enemies” were saying as reasons they attacked us, the scales fell from my eyes. Here was a man who was telling it like it is, who wasn’t afraid to state simple truths.

From that moment on, I began to watch 6 -12 Ron Paul videos a day on YouTube to learn more about him. I felt charged up and moved by his message. (Sometimes they made me weep!)

I was in the studio working on some new songs at the time and I decided to write some material addressing issues of freedom, including Ron Paul quotes, anti-war sentiments, etc. I would stay up all night reading more interviews with Dr. Paul, going through MySpace to find other supporters, leaving comments on the Ron Paul forums, everything! I was truly inspired. I joined 5 MeetUp Groups in 2 days. I bought a Ron Paul T-shirt to wear for every day of the week. I made iron-on shirts with Ron Paul slogans for everyone in my family! I made signs, I went to rallies, on marches, spoke to newspaper reporters and TV reporters. (I made the front page of the LA times and FOX News!) I hung posters over freeways late at night with my new guerrilla friends, canvassed and attended demonstrations. What a blast!

PC) How did you find the models for the calendar, and can you tell us more about any of them?

JA) Some of the models were girls I’d heard about , like Mona “Liv” Gillen, the Ron Paul Girl, and Michelle Shinghal, who I’d seen on the Tucker Carlson show. Other girls were suggested to me from guys on the forums who directed me to their MySpace pages. I found “Constance Strickland” through an ad I posted on Craigslist. She wrote to me the day after I posted and she was the only reply I got through that! Some of the girls, like “Gina Dumania” and “Courtney Carlisle” I found in my own MeetUp groups. I missed some obvious girls like Erin of Ron Paul Revolution Radio, and Christie “Psycho Bitch”, just because I didn’t know about them yet! Katharine is also working for Trevor Lyman and the Blimp, which is interesting. Krista, our February girl, is the one girl I actually never even spoke with, which was strange considering how close I became with some of the girls, Like Gina and Michelle. Krista’s boyfriend suggested her, sent in her info, pics and it just worked out great! Lisa Kelly is the founder of Redheads4RonPaul.com. All the girls are really activists, which I love!

PC) What do you think of how it turned out?

JA) I’m really happy with how it turned out, though it is not without a couple typos! I was not sleeping more than 4 hours a night for weeks working on it, contacting girls, writing, editing, art directing, photo-shopping (7 of the photos were done right here in my apartment, with my friend, and photographer, Fred Braham).

PC) How many calendars do you have, how many have you sold and how many do you have left?

JA) I had 500 printed. I just took a chance that this was a boss idea and put it all on a charge card! I sold about 50 in person at the Tea Party here in LA and about 300 on line. I’m bringing some to our next event, “Rock 4 Ron Paul” because we have girls coming in from other states for that event. If you want to know more about that, you can go to Safari-sams.com and/or H4RP

PC) Besides the Ron Paul campaign, the calendar is raising money for a couple of veterans charities. Can you tell us more about these?

JA) “Homes for Our Troops” is a great charity with an excellent reputation, suggested to me by Michelle Shinghal. They help to build special accommodations for our men and women who have served who are handicapped and need special facilities to function comfortably in their living arrangements. The Paralyzed Veterans of America is one of my personal favorites. I have been donating to them for many years now. They help our paralyzed vets and are always so grateful for any donations. They always have my heart.

PC) Some people have asked about a less G-rated version. Are there any plans you know of to put anything like that together?

JA) No! Sorry about that…I personally have no issues with nudity or sexiness, but I wanted to present this in a way that would maximize public exposure (no pun intended!) in order to reach as many people as possible.

PC) Who did the photoshoots, editing, etc.?

JA) We already talked about that pertaining to the girls here in LA, but the other 6 photos were taken by photographers/friends (of the girls in the other states)… boyfriends, girlfriends and other pros. Some really amazingly great shots!

PC) What have you learned from working on this project, and do you have other new campaign project you will be working on?

JA) I learned that there really are some great people who will do amazing things if motivated by a powerful cause! My next project is “Rock 4 Ron Paul” a multi-media event on Wednseday, Jan 16th in Hollywood at Safari Sam’s, 5214 W. Sunset Blvd. There will be live music, Dj’s, video shorts, comedy, full bar, full food menu, surprise special guests, calendars for sale…and cover charge is $10 with ALL of the proceeds going to the Call 4 Paul” Project.

PC) What other projects besides the campaign are you involved in which you would like to tell us about?

JA) Keep in mind, Paulie, I don’t work directly with the Ron Paul campaign, but am a volunteer. This means that I am not paid or endorsed by the official Ron Paul Campaign!

Apart from my political activities, I’m recording my next music album to be called “Lit!” independently. I’m also planning to do some touring to support the new record. I was playing some shows in Amsterdam and Paris this past June/July, so I will probably go back there, and might tour the Middle East and even India. A label in Goa, India has expressed interest.

PC) Besides hotties4ronpaul.com and the myspace page, are there any other resources you recommend for people who want to know more?

JA) I love Ron Paul Radio and Ron Paul Revolution Radio! And of course I still love YouTube!


Walt Thiessen also wrote a great review. It includes the pages for:

Melanie Ranza, Ms. November

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Lisa Kelly, Ms. January

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Another article about it is at
Just a Girl in short shorts talking about whatever
, as well as
this one
at Steve Gordon Unleashed and even this coverage in The LA Times. Girl in Short Shorts has the following:

Ms. August, Gina Dumania

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Ms. December, Constance Strickland

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Our own Michelle is featured in the calendar; here is a small version:

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The calendar also has a myspace page.

Some of the women in the calendar can also be seen at Chicks and Politics which also has a
myspace page
as well. Another page of interest is
Musicians and Hotties for Ron Paul
.

Besides Michelle, the most famous woman in the calendar is Mona Gillen of Liv Films, known as the “Ron Paul Girl” for videos such as this one which promoted the Nov. 5 money bomb:

Great Moments in US History

Liv’s page from the calendar:

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Front Cover:

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Back Cover:

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Another project Juliet is working on:

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The Libertarian National Party has a new program, Liberty Decides ’08 designed “to promote our pre-nomination presidential candidates as they engage in a competitive process. To participate in the program, candidates must cross three thresholds: meet the LP bylaws requirements; file with the FEC; and raise at least $5,000 for the LP or LP state parties for ballot access.

Once qualified, candidates will be ranked by the funds they have raised for the program and promoted through the Internet, mail and LP publications.”

40% of all donations to this program will be set aside in a special fund to be used for expenditures coordinated with the candidate who does eventually win the LP nomination in convention. The remainder of the funds will be used to help the LP move forward with core issues such as media, ballot access and member recruitment.

One candidate has declined to participate, noting that the money does not go to help the candidates now, when they need help the most, and only 40% will go to the eventual nominee – whoever that may be – not necessarily the candidate that the donors click on to contribute in the name of.

Further controversy ensued when, in an early version of Liberty Decides, this candidate was included without his consent, and a silhouette of Ron Paul was used as a “Future/Unannounced Candidate.” The silhouette was removed, as was the objecting candidate, but in a controversial and widely talked about move, the LNC voted unanimously to invite Ron Paul to seek the LP nomination for President if he does not get the Republican nomination.

Some candidates are more positive about Liberty Decides.

Some other Libertarian activists have criticized Liberty Decides, notably Susan Hogarth, who wrote:

It would be a much more useful tool for Libertarian activists and likely convention delegates (you know, the folks who actually select the LP nominee) with two simple additions, which I mentioned yesterday:

1) some indication of how many individual donors each candidate has (and, ideally, how many of them are Party members).

2) some indication (other than a link to their websites) of positions.

Susan shares her thoughts about Liberty Decides here, here,
here, and
here.

Despite the criticism, the LNC expressed support for Executive Director Shane Cory and Liberty Decides at its recent meeting in Charleston.

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A couple of days ago
I posted
about the Hotties for Ron Paul
calendar which was not yet out. Since then the website has become available and the calendar can now be ordered.

According to the website

The much anticipated, “Hotties 4 Ron Paul” calendars are now available for pre-sale at a special pre-order discounted rate, but only until our official release date of December 16th, 2007, at the Los Angeles Tea Party ’07 Celebration!
Ordering instructions are on the Purchase page.

They also have some details about the Tea Party. And a few previews.

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The calendar has caused a stir in such places as disinter,
Gordon Unleashed
, Ron Paul Forums,

Crazy for Liberty
, and those are just the ones I know of!

Of course, it’s gotten some of the stereotypical comments that such things always get, like this one at redd.it.

fromagewiz says

I think I want the job of removing that bumper sticker, at least.

I liked Michelle’s reply

Because the philosophy of individual freedom empowers people, I was able to remove it all by myself!

While I do appreciate your offer of service, I’ve found that no expert is needed to handle a quality, free market product. Now, if I ever mistakenly don bumper stickers of a candidate other than Ron Paul or of the Libertarian Party, I will look you up right away.

Red tape can be a bitch to fight through and when I find it necessary to hire assistance, I like to look within my community.

At digg
Juliet Annerino, the creator of the calendar writes

1,200 hits worldwide in our first 24 hours!

But the thing I really want to know is…is this outtake

from the same photoshoot? (OK, I admit. I was just looking for an excuse, however flimsy,
to keep it on the front page).

Orange to red on the sedition.com scale

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