Archive for December, 2007

With all the carnage going on in, in our name, in the middle east, the hundreds of millions of dollars taken from us under the threat of force that are being wasted there for the benefit of military contractors, petroleum corporations, government power-trippers, and the rest of the cabal; the thousands of bodybags and tens of thousands coming back crippled; the torture, surveillance, secret prisons, and all the current and planned destruction of our privacy and civil liberty in its name, sometimes we forget the other war at home.

From one of my myspace bulletins.

The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. … Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs.

As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is larger than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska. Try to imagine the Drug Enforcement Administration erecting razor wire barricades around two states to control crime and you’ll get the picture.

According to the U.S. Dept of Justice, the number of offenders under age 18 imprisoned for drug offenses increased twelvefold from 1985 to 1997. The group most affected by this propensity for incarceration is African-Americans. From 1985 to 1997, the percentage of African-American young people put in prison increased from 53 to 62 percent.

Today, 89 percent of police departments have paramilitary units, and 46 percent have been trained by active duty armed forces. The most common use of paramilitary units is serving drug-related …

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The Libertarian Party has started a new fundraising campaign called “Liberty Decides ‘08“. Basically, all Libertarian presidential candidates who have met certain guidelines (age-qualified, member of the LP, filed with the FEC, and raise at least $5000 for ballot access) are listed for competition (with one exception, since Dr. George Phillies chose to decline participation). People then “vote” for those candidates by making a donation in that candidate’s name. Each vote equals $1, so the more you contribute, the more votes you get to cast.There is no requirement that the donations/votes come from a registered member of the LP, or even that the voters claim to be a libertarian (many libertarians are not registered with the Libertarian Party, since that would remove their right to vote in many state primaries). The Libertarian Party will keep 60% of the money collected, while the eventual presidential nominee will get the remaining 40%, to be used in promoting the Libertarian Party.

There are a number of glaringly obvious problems with this competition.

Right off the bat, I can tell you that there are candidates listed there who have not raised $5000, period. However, if they left out candidates who hadn’t accomplished that yet, there would only be three candidates listed. I’ll get to those candidates in a moment.

There is no indication how many individual contributions each candidate received, and the competition is not set up to gauge support in that manner. This is important for several reasons, not the least of which is that there is no way to tell if the candidates received contributions from others, or if all their funds came from them. While at first glance it would seem unethical for the candidates to contribute to themselves in a competition, since that normally would be viewed as rigging the results, there is in fact nothing stopping the candidates from using their own funds. The rules quite specifically state, “Donations from the candidates will be counted towards funds raised”.

Given that three of the candidates have a great deal of money (specifically the ones sitting in the top three right now) there is absolutely no way for anyone to tell if those candidates simply contributed to themselves, though it definitely appears that they have done exactly that. Furthermore, allowing candidates to contribute to themselves places the wealthy candidates at an unfair advantage, and explains the current results.

The current frontrunners are Wayne Allyn Root, Mike Jingozian, and Daniel Imperato. However, I have seen no indication whatsoever that those three have any significant following. Quite the contrary, since all three have been subjected to a great deal of negative opinion from libertarians.

Imperato in particular is a candidate who has no discernible support, and his “press releases” are met with a great deal of laughter and derision, including from Yours Truly. Many others across the blogosphere have voiced their concern that Imperato may not be completely sane, though he does have enough money to rig the competition with ease. He is now in third place, undoubtedly due to contributing to himself.

Root is new to the LP, and even still has a website called “Millionaire Republican”; as a result he is viewed with suspicion, and is considered to be a Republican by most. Furthermore, Root is running on what is primarily a pro-gambling platform, since he is a Vegas oddsmaker. While libertarians believe gambling should not be illegal, one cannot run a presidential campaign on that stance alone, and some of his other ideas are hardly libertarian. For example, he is pro-war (and as a matter of fact, regularly uses his initials, which spell “WAR”, in place of his name), whereas libertarians adopt a strict non-interventionist policy. Root is currently in first place, also undoubtedly due to contributing to himself.

Jingozian is simply not very well known. I recall reading his site back when his candidacy first came to my attention, and I got the distinct impression that his views are a cross between the Greens and the Libertarians. Few libertarians will support a fusion candidate. By necessity Green goals require governmental intrusion upon our property rights, whereas libertarians believe the government’s only proper activity is to protect our rights. A successful businessman, Jingozian is in second place, also undoubtedly because he contributed to himself.

That the three wealthiest candidates – who have no chance of actually gaining widespread support among LP members – would appear to be winning was a completely foreseeable situation, given how the competition is designed; and it is inevitable that those candidates will contribute to themselves, then use that poll to falsely state they are a “frontrunner” in the race for the LP nomination. It is equally strange that, based on my own estimate of those candidates’ personal wealth, they are in exactly the order I would expect.

That’s a very serious problem, not only because misrepresentations about their own support among LP members might mislead people who are not already familiar with the candidates, but also because as discussed, those candidates who are winning have some decidedly un-libertarian ideas which will undoubtedly reflect very poorly on the LP as a whole.

This poll may also have a very strange effect on the Libertarian Convention. If delegates vote pursuant to what their constituents want, they cannot in good conscience ignore an official LP poll, especially since they may not realize that the wealthy candidates are contributing to themselves, as that information is not available on the same page as the competition. The actual rules are contained in a PDF file.

As much as I disapprove of the LP keeping the majority of the contributions for itself, and stipulating that the other 40% must be used to the LP’s advantage, that does explain why they are allowing candidates to contribute to themselves since there are three wealthy candidates who would get little if any support otherwise.

Another matter of concern is that, according to the rules, the poll counts funds raised since each candidate announced their campaign, including any funds raised by an exploratory committee. That gives an advantage to candidates who announced early, though as it is that early advantage is canceled out by the wealthier candidates who contribute to themselves. Again, it is impossible to ascertain the amount of actual support each candidate has during the course of the competition, which negates any possible usefulness the competition might otherwise have.

Last but not least, even in a poll where actual money is involved, “None Of The Above” rated fourth (for those of you not familiar with the Libertarian Party, delegates can actually vote for NOTA rather than to nominate a candidate). Quite honestly, I think it’s a very popular choice in this presidential election, and if not for the three wealthy candidates contributing to themselves, it would be ranked firmly in first place. NOTA is almost $2000 ahead of the next most popular candidate, which is “Future candidate”; in other words, those contributing to this competition (not counting the first three who are obviously contributing to themselves) by far prefer none of the candidates. NOTA and FC, if placed into one category as it should be, would be roughly equivalent to the current third-place competitor who contributed to himself, and firmly in first place if the three wealthy candidates were discounted due to contributing to themselves.

That says a lot.

Can the serious LP candidates overcome this negativity, based in a lack of excitement about the announced candidates, and a great deal of excitement about Ron Paul, who is running as a Republican? I honestly don’t know, but I somehow doubt it. The LP may end up not nominating a presidential candidate for 2008.


Last Free Voice
Libertarian Party
Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan

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StripperStrip clubs in Texas are all riled up over a $5 per head “pole tax” on entrance into their establishments. Most of the proceeds will go to help rape victims; it is unknown where the rest will go. It is estimated that the new tax will raise about $40 million per year.

While helping rape victims is certainly a noble cause, it is offensive not only to strip clubs, but also to rape victims, to suggest that strip clubs are somehow related to rape. Rape is an act of violence, not an act of pleasure, while strip clubs exist solely for pleasure. It is therefore unfair and inaccurate to make that association. The thought process is most likely that in both, women are sexually exploited by men. However, that is not necessarily the case with strip clubs, since most strippers intentionally choose that profession, and are treated well by their employers.

Not at all surprisingly, the tax was spearheaded by a female, state Rep. Ellen Cohen, a Houston Democrat. It appears that Rep. Cohen has never even been inside a strip club, since she relied on what she had been told by others about entrance fees. Perhaps if she actually went to a strip club, she would understand better what is really happening there.

Undoubtedly Rep. Cohen views herself as a feminist, freeing young women from the bonds of sexual exploitation; but in truth she is anything but that, since many young females use stripping as a way to pursue their dreams without depending upon the government to help them. When the tax goes into effect January 1st, it is inevitable that some young women will lose their jobs, and become dependent upon minimum wages and government assistance.

While the conventional wisdom is that strip clubs are run by organized crime, and that strippers are unintelligent and being sexually exploited, as usual the conventional wisdom is wrong. Certainly there are many strip clubs run by organized crime, but most are a business just like any other business. Many intelligent young women work their way through college as a stripper. Many intelligent young mothers can’t support their children on a minimum wage job without relying upon government assistance, so they choose to strip so they can be independent. The more enterprising strippers both raise their children and attend college on the money they make in that occasionally-lucrative profession.

However, despite those facts, there is still a great moral stigma attached to strippers and strip clubs. As usual the government has found a way to tax morality, just as they have done in the past with cigarettes, alcohol, and other so-called vices.


Source: Lawrence Journal: “Texas Strip Club Owners Trying To Block $40M Pole Tax” by David Koenig

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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

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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Announcement by Richard Cowan



Steve Kubby has asked me to become his campaign manager for his bid for the Libertarian Party Presidential nomination, and for the Presidency. I have accepted because I am determined to put marijuana prohibition and the drug war at the top of the public agenda and for libertarians in particular. 


On the 10th I wrote about why I had started hosting the Steve Kubby Show on BlogTalkRadio.com 


Why the Libertarian Party and Movement Are Especially Important to the Marijuana Reform Movement This Year. Ron Paul and Beyond with Steve Kubby.
and links  

Of course, becoming �Campaign Manager� is a much more serious commitment, especially since I am determined to keep posting on MarijuanaNews.com on a regular basis.  


However, Steve has gone to jail, lost his family, and put his life on the line, and I have seen him get up after being knocked down again and again, when he had every reason to retire from the field.  


Consequently, it is very difficult to decline his invitation simply because it might add to my work load.  


Also, as I have said many times, the libertarians and the cannabis community need one another, and Steve is the bridge between these two worlds.  


In the last two Presidential elections the Libertarian Presidential candidates got around 400,000 votes, less than half the 829,625 Americans who were arrested on marijuana charges last year. Do the math! 


To put it bluntly, the libertarians need the bodies and the cannabis movement needs to be taken seriously.  


But what about Ron Paul?  


Well, it seems possible that we may not even know who will win the Republican nomination until their convention next September! If Dr. Paul does win the nomination, then Steve (and I) will back him, but we cannot simply wait until then and hope that someone mentions marijuana prohibition. Steve will not wait, and neither should we. 


Let me tell you a typical Steve Kubby story. 


When Steve moved to Mendocino County last year, he found that even though an initiative called Measure G, allowing patients to have 25 plants, had been passed by the voters in 2000 by a margin of 58%-42% , it sat collecting dust for six years and was being treated as being merely “advisory” ( i.e. ignored) by everyone, including some local “activists”! They were satisfied with the status quo. 


But Steve was not. 


It was Steve who looked up the County’s summary to the voters about the initiative.    It was Steve who went before the County Board of Supervisors and told them it would be fraud if they didn’t uphold Measure G as a law, since that is what they told the voters.  Within thirty days, Measure G was codified into law. 


Now that is leading from the front! 


Steve knows that a loophole isn’t liberty, but he also knows from painful personal experiences, the dangers of “law enFORCEment ” that will not obey the law.  


2008 is certain to be a pivotal year in American politics, and the Internet has clearly come into its own as a campaign tool, especially for the heretofore disenfranchised � meaning us. Steve and I are going to be developing creative uses of the net to help spread the message, and that will be fun.


My crystal ball is badly in need of Windex, so I have no idea what is going to happen, but I can promise you a ringside seat at a real fight for real freedom for real people. 


Join us and, if you think, as I do, that the issues and record of personal commitment that Steve brings to the campaign are important, then donate to the campaign.

Donation links are prominently displayed at: http://www.kubby2008.com, or if you are averse to electoral politics you can always click on my humble Paypal button. You will be proud to have been a part of this battle.   

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I’d like to congratulate Jake Porter, who comments here regularly, on his new position. I’m sure he will do a fantastic job.

Phillies logo

George Phillies for President 2008


December 18, 2007

Phillies Campaign Expands Lead Staff

The Phillies 2008 Campaign announced the appointment of Charles Wilhoit as Campaign Chairman, Jake Porter as Chief of Staff, Jeff Wartman as National Mobilization Facilitator for Volunteer Operations and Carolyn Marbry as National Mobilization Facilitator for Electronic Operations.

“For more than a year and a half,” said George Phillies, “I have been doing the extensive early development that is crucial to building a strong campaign, and that hard work is paying off. What started in April 2006 with two has expanded to an army of volunteers and a few part-time paid staff, working every day to build the campaign and bring my message of peace, liberty and prosperity to all Americans.”

From its beginning with no more than the candidate himself and a treasurer, the campaign now has a large core staff, state coordinators and close to a hundred volunteers. “There’s plenty of work still to be done. We can always use more volunteers,” said Carolyn Marbry. “But at this point, we are well ahead of any of the 2004 campaigns.”

Jake Porter agreed, “The campaign staff and volunteers continue to prove that we are running a well organized and credible campaign not only for the Libertarian Party nomination, but for the general election.”

“The two large parties may have more campaign volunteers,” added Dr.Phillies, “but my volunteers are Libertarians. They do more than volunteers in other parties. What’s more, they are competent. Just as Libertarians, if elected to office, will be competent.”


Contact Information:

Carolyn Marbry, Press Director


(510) 276-3216


Source:  Phillies MySpace blog 

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Terry Liberty Parker Passes Away
Posted by Stephen Gordon — December 17th, 2007

Libertarian Party old timers and anyone involved in politics or the libertarian movement in the Austin, Texas area will know this name: Terry Liberty Parker. Angela Keaton just passed this e-mail on to me:

To all who loved Terry. Terry passed away at 4:35 Am this morning, December 17, 2007. His passing was very peaceful and quiet. Plans for his memorial will be announced as soon as they are made. Terry would want to tell all of you that he appreciated your presence in his life and the constant flow of love and support during his illness. They were a great source of comfort to him. We will all miss him deeply. Love Rita

I had heard that Terry was in poor health, but apparently his situation was worse than I realized. I last physically saw Parker in 2004 in Austin, where we had a few drinks at a local pub and mostly talked about opposition to the Iraq War. Parker was a colorful character in the movement and will truly be missed by many people who were touched by his life.

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” To the very end, Terry was young by Thoreau’s standards.

One Response to “Terry Liberty Parker Passes Away”

1. RockHoward Says:
December 17th, 2007 at 8:07 pm

The freedom movement is particularly large and vibrant in Austin. Probably most of the younger participants don’t know anything about Terry “Liberty” Parker, but nonetheless it was Terry who, almost singlehandedly, educated the city about the nonagression pact and its’ implications for philosophy, politics and day to day living.

Terry was not really a “political party” kind of guy and so that is not the real measure of his contribution. That is not to say that he didn’t occasionally jump in and collect signatures or serve as County Chair or such, because he did. It was just that he was so interested in exploring the ramifications of his chosen philosophy and arguing the ins and outs with whoever had the time, that other activities rarely held his attention.

Some argue that Terry turned off as many people as he turned on. That is probably true but the same can be said for most of the other leading voices for freedom who have followed in his wake here in Austin. But helping individuals really understand how to “think and love freedom” was Terry’s aim and in that he succeeded. If the current groundswell of freedom lovers hangs onto that same dream for their entire lives, as Terry certainly did, then a bright future for our country is still possible.

Meanwhile, if there is a God, he or she will be preoccupied with wide ranging debate for many years now that Terry has arrived on the scene. If I had to bet on that contest, my money would be backing Terry!

Until the day that I discover for myself if that debate is really raging, I will simply say that I will miss Terry and am glad to have had the pleasure of his company for the last two decades.

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Group URL:


Libertarians for Art, Music and Culture
Libertarians for Art, Music and Culture (1776 Members)

Artists, musicians and other creative talent within the Libertarian Party seek to replenish our ranks with an appeal to those in both the humanities and the performing arts.

Group Info

Related to such outreach are these fine organizations:



College Libertarian Organizing Committee


Common InterestPolitics


Steering committee for a proposed new effort to create professional libertarian college field outreach. Once the group is created, we will raise funds and hire field organizers to travel, create and expand campus networks.


College Libertarians


Student GroupsPolitical Groups


This is the official global Facebook group for College Libertarians — representing over 85 unique student libertarian groups and over 4,000 members!!

We have created this group to network with all Libertarians across the country. This will be a valuable resource for organization and communication. Invite all the Libertarians you know to join this group.

There is a list of College Libertarian groups at http://chelm.freeyellow.com/collegelibsusa1.html . Message Aaron Biterman if your school needs to be updated.

In addition, the Libertarian Party maintains a list of campus organizations at http://www.lp.org/organization/community.shtml. Organizations seeking inclusion on this list should message Prof. James W. Lark, III or contact him at jwlark (email address deleted thanks to porn spammers, let the Lib Space forward these to Dr. Jim.)



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Just got this from Angela Keaton

Friends of Freedom:

Norma Jean Almodovar, the Libertarian Party of California’s 1986 candidate for Lt. Governor and author of Cop to Call Girl, is facing some serious challenges. Since she has gotten out of prison where she was incarcerated for a victimless “crime,” Norma Jean has difficulty finding work given both her record and courageous activism. In addition, Norma Jean’s husband is in frail and failing health. A proud libertarian activist, she is struggling to ask for much needed help.

Given the family’s strong objectivist leanings, a traditional fund raising appeal would be inappropriate. However, you can do the following:

*Norma Jean has significant knowledge of Quark and Adobe software. You have an affiliate newsletter. Hire a layout editor who shares your values.

*Add a link to International Sex Worker Foundation for Art, Culture and Education. Contributions are tax deductable and help educate the public on the realities sex workers face under our current laws.

*Interview Norma Jean on your blog, webcast, podcast, cable access or microbroadcast. Her story is one woman’s struggle against corruption and injustice.

*Norma Jean is a talented artist. With the holiday season upon us, please support your libertarian artist. They are your values embodied in song, storyline and style.

If you would like to contact Norma Jean, please write her at normaja@webuniverse.net. She has led a one woman battle against the LAPD. For that alone, we give thanks.

In liberty,


From Veronica Monet’s News Letter:
Resources and Announcements


Are you a Halloween Freak? Do you decorate your home for the annual celebration of the macabre? With a doll character or doll character wreath created by artist and author Norma Jean Almodovar, you can really spice up the party and give your guests something to talk about! The doll characters are bendable and pose able and everything she makes is one of a kind-and each is signed by the artist. So, if you are really into Halloween, you owe it to yourself to get a Norma Jean’s Lil’ Peeps© Ghastly Creatures© collectible! Norma Jean also creates dolls for EVERY other holiday and occasions! Need a special gift for a very special person? She can create a custom doll character or wreath for you!”

Visit www.normajeansgifts.com//horror.html to find the perfect Halloween decoration (or email Norma Jean at normaja@webuniverse.net)!

Angela Keaton
At Large Representative
Libertarian National Committee

A big beautiful tent full of libertarians. Join Libertarians for Arts, Entertainment and Culture.

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Times noted are Central. Noon Eastern, 9 AM Pacific.

Bill Redpath, Libertarian Party National Chairman

Steve Kubby*

Date / Time: 12/17/2007 11:00 AM

Category: Politics

Call-in Number:
(646) 378-1107

Bill Redpath was elected chair in July of 2006 at the party’s national convention in Portland, Oregon. Bill is the Vice President of a financial consulting firm and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Bill and his wife Melinda live in Leesburg, Virginia.


12/18/2007 11:00 AM

Ed Rosenthal

12/19/2007 11:00 AM

Jack Herer

Marc Emery talks about Liberty and Ron Paul

Marc Emery discusses his personal battles for Liberty, the Ron Paul campaign and what he and others are doing to help. Marc currently faces extradition to the United States where he faces a possible life sentence on charges of selling marijuana seeds and using the profits to fund pro-cannabis legalization activities. His outspoken advocacy in favor of legalizing cannabis led the media, beginning with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (later picked up by Bernard Shaw of CNN), to dub him “The Prince of Pot,” a nickname he embraces heartily.

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David Nolan on the Libertarian Party, Ron Paul, and the Future of Politics

David Nolan offered a fascinating perspective on the Ron Paul phenomenon and how it will change America. David Nolan founded the Libertarian Party in 1971. He subsequently served the party in a number of roles including National Chair, editor of the party newsletter, chairman of the By-laws Committee, chairman of the Judicial Committee, and Chairman of the Platform Committee. Nolan is also known as the inventor of the Nolan Chart.

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George Phillies and Keith Stroup

Some tech problems at first. You can fast forward for about 9 minutes, but Steve wings it with two great interviews. At 9:09 is George Phillies, who is also seeking the LP Presidential nomination,– then at 9:30 Keith Stroup, the founder of NORML.

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Shane Cory, Cliff Schaffer

(Fast forward for about 5 minutes to get past the tech confusion.) Shane Cory, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, discussing the LP’s controversial invitation to Ron Paul to seek the LP Presidential nomination, and Cliff Schaffer of MarijuanaBusinessNews.com, with some really provocative views.

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Leading from the Front Lines

On this show we discussed the Libertarian Party National Committee’s controversial invitation to Ron Paul to seek the LP presidential nomination. Steve Kubby wants the Libertarian Party and movement to lead the country from the front lines in the battle for individual freedom, especially in the drug war which criminalizes millions of Americans. Kubby has survived the attempts by two countries to kill him. He knows that freedom is not an abstract concept.

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The First Steve Kubby Show

PLEASE NOTE: There is a 3 minute delay because of technical problems.
Richard Cowan of MarijuanaNews.com hosts the Steve Kubby Show. Steve is seeking the Libertarian Party Presidential nomination. Steve is a medical marijuana patient/activist who ran as the Libertarian candidate for Governor in Calif. in 1998. He spent several years as a medical marijuana refugee in Canada. He knows first hand the importance of freedom.

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The FKN Newz

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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.



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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As I mentioned a few days ago, Steve Kubby is now doing a radio show five days a week, Monday through Friday

9AM Pacific, 12PM Eastern. Call in


or just listen by logging on at


Richard Cowan of MarijuanaNews.com hosts the show.

Despite some technical difficulties, during the first week of broadcasting the guests have included:

You can listen to all the archives at the show site. Tune in tomorrow (Thursday) with David Nolan,
founder of the Libertarian Party.

In addition to co-hosting his own show, Steve Kubby is also doing some candidate debates. In the past week, there have been a debate with Brian Moore of the Socialist Party USA and another one with fellow LPer George Phillies on Angela Keaton’s Liberated Space.

Also tomorrow, Steve will be on Miller Politics.

Three candidates for the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nomination are set to take part in the second This Is Politics Libertarian Party presidential debate December 13 starting at 5:30 PM (ET). Candidates attending are: Steve Kubby, Mike Jingozian and John Finan. Tune in at: www.blogtalkradio.com/tip.



Don’t miss these two great shows on my new Blog Talk Radio Show.
Join me and my co-host, Richard Cowan, on the front lines and hang
out with the folks who are making the news.


–Steve Kubby

Recorder earlier today and now available on demand:

The Ron Paul Phenomenon, analysis by David Nolan

Our guest today was David Nolan, who offered a fascinating
perspective on the Ron Paul phenomenon and how it will change
America. David Nolan founded the Libertarian Party in 1971. He
subsequently served the party in a number of roles including National
Chair, editor of the party newsletter, chairman of the By-laws
Committee, chairman of the Judicial Committee, and Chairman of the
Platform Committee. Nolan is also known as the inventor of the Nolan

Scheduled for this Friday:

The Prince of Pot LIVE
Friday, Dec. 14th, 9:10 AM PST

Marc Emery, magazine publisher and leader of the BC Marijuana Party,
will be joining us live, this Friday, at 9:10 AM, or just after noon
Eastern time. Marc currently faces extradition to the United States
where he faces a possible life sentence on charges of selling
marijuana seeds and using the profits to fund pro-cannabis
legalization activities. His outspoken advocacy in favor of
legalizing cannabis led the media, beginning with the Seattle Post-
Intelligencer (later picked up by Bernard Shaw of CNN), to dub him
“The Prince of Pot”, a nickname he embraces heartily.

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First one is tonight

Don’t miss the first Web chat with an LP presidential hopeful!

Date: TODAY, December 11, 2008
Time: 8:00 p.m. eastern
Location: www.lp.org/chat

Today, December 11th, at 8 p.m. eastern we’ll be chatting with Wayne Allyn Root, who is one of the many candidates vying for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.

Wayne is currently ranked in first place in the LP’s new program, Liberty Decides ’08, and is also fresh off an interview on Fox Business this morning.

To join our chat, go to http://www.lp.org/chat , login as a guest or you can choose to register, and then simply join the room “Chat with Wayne Allyn Root.”

This first Web chat will be open to the first 100 people who log in.

Next week, we’ll be chatting with another presidential hopeful, Mike Jingozian on December 18th. Also, on January 8th, we’ll feature candidate Daniel Imperato.

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Bush pinocchioAt this point, there should be no doubt in the mind of any intelligent person that George W. Bush has repeatedly lied and altered the truth to fit his own agenda. His “war on terror”, based on lies and prevarications, has resulted in the deaths of untold numbers of people – both Americans and Iraqis – and the deaths are unlikely to end in the foreseeable future as he continues and expands his warmongering.

However, just exactly how dishonest is this guy? Are his lies restricted to his “war on terror”, or do his lies go much, much further?

Finally, we have the answer. It appears that he regularly lies and twists the truth with the specific intent of misleading Congress and the American public on other important issues as well. As if that’s not bad enough, he also edits official reports to leave out information he doesn’t want us to know. Worst of all, he seems to be doing this in order to further his own financial interests, and that of his friends in the oil industry.

Here is the House Oversight Committee’s Executive Summary of their investigation into allegations that the Bush administration has improperly manipulated the findings of scientists with regard to global warming.

For the past 16 months, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating allegations of political interference with government climate change science under the Bush Administration. During the course of this investigation, the Committee obtained over 27,000 pages of documents from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Commerce Department, held two investigative hearings, and deposed or interviewed key officials. Much of the information made available to the Committee has never been publicly disclosed.

This report presents the findings of the Committee’s investigation. The evidence before the Committee leads to one inescapable conclusion: the Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming.

In 1998, the American Petroleum Institute developed an internal “Communications Action Plan” that stated: “Victory will be achieved when … average citizens understand’ uncertainties in climate science … [and] recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’” The Bush Administration has acted as if the oil industry’s communications plan were its mission statement. White House officials and political appointees in the agencies censored congressional testimony on the causes and impacts of global warming, controlled media access to government climate scientists, and edited federal scientific reports to inject unwarranted uncertainty into discussions of climate change and to minimize the threat to the environment and the economy.

Here is a listing of their findings:

The White House Censored Climate Scientists

The White House Controlled which Climate Scientists Could Speak with the Media

The White House Extensively Edited Congressional Testimony Regarding Climate Science

The Administration’s Censorship of Climate Scientists was Widespread

The White House Extensively Edited Climate Change Reports

The White House Edited the Strategic Plan of the Climate Change Science Program

The White House Edited EPA’s Report on the Environment

The White House Edited Our Changing Planet

The White House Eliminated the Climate Change Section of EPA’s Air Trends Report

The White House was Involved in Editing EPA’s Legal Opinions

The White House Edited the EPA Administrator’s Op-ed n Climate Change

And here is their conclusion:

The Committee’s 16-month investigation reveals a systematic White House effort to censor climate scientists by controlling their access to the press and editing testimony to Congress. The White House was particularly active in stifling discussions of the link between increased hurricane intensity and global warming. The White House also sought to minimize the significance and certainty of climate change by extensively editing government climate change reports. Other actions taken by the White House involved editing EPA legal opinions and op-eds on climate change.

I very strongly suggest you read the actual documents, linked under sources below, because it gives an interesting insight into just how dishonest George W. Bush really is, and how far he will go to hide the truth from Congress and the American people when it fits his various agendas to do so.

What I don’t understand, and will never understand, is why Congress hasn’t impeached this pathological liar.



House Oversight Committee Synopsis of Findings

House Oversight Committee Report: Political Interference with Climate Change Science Under the Bush Administration


Originally written and posted by ElfNinosMom on Adventures in Frickintardistan

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Via disinter

Some grassroots supporters are creating a “Hotties for Ron Paul” calendar. The website is still being worked on, but sources say it should be up within a couple days.

My friend Michelle was selected to be on the calendar. Here’s one of the for-fun pictures that was taken during the photo shoot:


Michelle writes about it

I received an interesting Facebook message a couple weeks ago. Juliet Annerino contacted me and asked for my participation in a Ron Paul for President calendar effort. I wrote back to her that I was too old to participate in something like that. There are many very beautiful, very young women supporting Ron Paul for the Republican Party nomination and I thought she could do much better than a libertarian grandma from Texas. But, Juliet had seen my Tucker appearance, read my blog and thought that I might have something to offer. Since I’ve maxed out on campaign donations, I agreed.

And, let me tell you that models have a harder job than we all think.

I met with a photographer last week and took several shots. (Thank FSM for digital cameras- we would have wasted a lot of film trying to get a decent shot of me without one.) The pics we kept are totally cute and with the exception of a couple of bumper sticker photos taken as a gag, totally G rated. All in all, it was a good time and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I just hope they don’t arrange my picture too closely to Liv’s (Ron Paul Girl); no woman could feel pretty next to her perfect body.

You can email Juliet at Hotties4RonPaul@hotmail.com.

UPDATE: The website is up @ www.hotties4RonPaul.com and it is officially a go!

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!
Please read carefully for ordering instructions below:
For immediate Pre-order, calendars are $8 each (to cover cost alone) sent to my paypal account + an e-mailed receipt from headquarters (www.RonPaul2008.com) showing a donation from you made to the Ron Paul Campaign (www.RonPaul2008.com) of $10 per each calendar, using the code word “Juliet” in the specially-allotted code section after the forward slash (/). This e-mail receipt must be forwarded to: Hotties4RonPaul@Hotmail.com. Thank you!

Please note: Your order cannot be processed until we have received a forwarded e-mail of your donation to the campaign.
This then comes to a total price for pre-ordered calendars of $18 (plus $6.00 each, for shipping and handling on domestic orders).

Note: Overseas orders can be shipped for an additional shipping charge of $8.
As soon as I receive this and have the calendars printed (December 16th!) I will send them out! The cost price of the calendars will go up to $15 for orders received after midnight on December 15th (plus shipping $6.00 and of course the $10 minimum contribution to the Ron Paul Campaign), so order early as we are expected to sell out quickly!

UPDATE 2 Not sure, was this from the same photo shoot?

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Call in today: and let us know how YOU feel about the LNC’s actions.

The Steve Kubby Show
MONDAY at 9AM Pacific, 12PM Eastern.

or just listen by logging on at


UPDATE: The show is five days a week, and LP Executive Director Shane Cory is on tomorrow (Tuesday).

UPDATE 2: George Phillies, who has been critical of LPHQ and LNC will be on the air too. Tune in for the fireworks

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Update from Christine Smith, December 9th, 2007

Since a number of you have asked what is disturbing me: fundraising is only part of it (though significant), it is also my general feeling about the LP itself, the LNC, and the LP’s Executive Director Shayne Cory (for whom I have no respect based on my personal experiences). As a 3rd party candidate, I am willing to fight the system, but I shouldn’t have to constantly fight my own party which I’ve had to do since my campaign began.

A quick update from Christine Smith, December 8th, 2007

I have received over 100 replies to my December 6, 2007 message.

Approximately 95% of those are from individuals who have left the LP (most of them current Ron Paul supporters) or are current members who are experiencing similar disillusionment with the LP as I have; with many sharing personal stories of the reasons they left or are thinking of leaving. The other 5% of messages have come from LP members asking me to stay in the race and be a leader in the LP, but few of them cared to contribute to help me be the leader they say they want in the LP.

My goal is advancing liberty and joining only with others who share that commitment. I thank each of you for taking the time to write and share so much with me; my suspicion about the LP is being confirmed.

I have quite a bit to ponder as Dec. 31 approaches (it is the date I will decide to withdraw or not from the LP presidential race).

A message from Christine Smith, December 6th, 2007

Why did Ron Paul leave the LP as a means to advance liberty as a candidate? I’m asking this of myself over and over. Is the reason because he saw the LP as a futile path? A waste of his time and energy? No place for an individual who really wants to be part of achieving liberty in America now? For myself, as someone who is devoted to advancing liberty and sharing libertarianism, I am having serious doubts as to whether the LP deserves individuals willing to give of themselves so selflessly. Perhaps Ron Paul’s experiences brought him to such a point and decision. I know my experiences with the LP are pointing that way.

Every several days, it seems I learn of yet another individual I respect who has left the LP, and always for reasons I now more completely understand than ever before.

They are individuals who achieve progress in advocating liberty. They are the truest libertarians I have ever met. And they left the LP.

These are all individuals who tried to make a difference within the LP and finally made the decision that the LP was unworthy of their continued support and participation, that the LP did not deserve what they offered to give, that they could accomplish much more good work for liberty outside the LP rather than within it (and they’ve done it!).

I am at a point where I am seriously questioning whether the LP is a political party to take seriously at all or is it primarily a place for those who merely sit around and talk and argue but never actually do anything of substance? Is it a place where winners (those who actually work hard to achieve progress and success in advancing liberty in our nation) find themselves surrounded by losers (those whose priority is not liberty but who use the cause of liberty for other agendas)?

I have been reluctant to follow that line of thinking until now.

Because now, the more experiences I have, the more I wonder if all those who left the party are right.

I know it was the right choice for themselves because I see them joyfully doing good work which makes a difference, and now I also am thinking that maybe they are right about the utter failure of the LP as a means to make meaningful progress toward liberty…maybe it is a waste of one’s time.

Since writing ‘I Will Not Compromise – An Open Letter to libertarians,’ I have obviously become even more discouraged, and even more disillusioned about the LP.

I am yet undecided, and though I yet am making a conscious choice to believe there is yet hope and yet a possibility that the LP may be a viable vehicle to advance liberty, I am uncertain. I am discouraged. I am wondering…and I am watching.

Meanwhile, my appreciation goes to Ron Paul (and his supporters) for doing more to advance liberty in this nation than anyone has ever done in the political arena before.

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Does this actually surprise anyone?

The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about the C.I.A’s secret detention program, according to current and former government officials.

The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terror suspects — including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in C.I.A. custody — to severe interrogation techniques. They were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that tapes documenting controversial interrogation methods could expose agency officials to greater risk of legal jeopardy, several officials said.

The C.I.A. said today that the decision to destroy the tapes had been made “within the C.I.A. itself,” and they were destroyed to protect the safety of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value. The agency was headed at the time by Porter J. Goss. Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Goss declined this afternoon to comment on the destruction of the tapes.

So they destroyed evidence to save their own asses.  I’d be far more surprised if they didn’t do it, to be quite honest.  The CIA believes that it is a law unto itself, and always has.

I doubt it was really done to protect the safety of undercover officers, though.  It was undoubtedly done to cover up evidence of war crimes.

Source:  New York Times

Originally posted on Adventures in Frickintardistan

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Bush lies. Again.

Bush devilBush devilBush continues to ignore the latest report about Iran’s nuclear program, claiming Iran is a serious nuclear threat, while simultaneously taking credit for the end of Iran’s nuclear program.


Is it just me, or does that not make any sense at all?

The Bush administration has spent years warning that Iran’s development of nuclear power plants and enriched uranium masked an effort to produce an atomic bomb. But in a reversal of a 2005 report, the National Intelligence Estimate released Monday concluded that Iran suspended nuclear weapons work in late 2003 and was unlikely to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a bomb until at least 2010.

Instead of focusing on that reversal, Bush has continued to stress that the report confirms long-standing suspicions that Iran had a nuclear weapons program in the first place. He said Wednesday that Tehran “has more to explain about its nuclear intentions and past actions,” including a weapons program “which the Iranian regime has yet to acknowledge.”

But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the report was “a declaration of victory” for Iran in the face of international pressure to suspend his country’s production of nuclear fuel.

“Iran is a peaceful nuclear country now, and they have all accepted Iran as a nuclear country and have announced they will stand a nuclear Iran,” Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.

But Bush said Tuesday the report “doesn’t do anything to change my opinion about the danger Iran poses to the world.” And Perino called Ahmadinejad a “liar” Wednesday, because the new NIE shows that Tehran did have a clandestine nuclear weapons program at one time.

“If anyone wants to call the president a liar, they are misreading the situation for their own political purposes,” Perino said. “The liar is Ahmadinejad, and he has a lot of explaining to do.”

In the August meeting, the White House said, McConnell told Bush “that the intelligence community would not be able to meet a congressionally imposed deadline requiring a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran because new information had been obtained.”

Perino said this information showed the White House was correct in believing that Iran had a nuclear weapons program, which it halted only because of Bush’s policies.

“The international pressure — and the president’s approach — has worked,” she said.

So anyone who dares to question the warmongering Bush is “misreading the situation for their own political purposes”, but Bush never misreads anything even though he continues to claim Iran is an imminent nuclear threat despite reports that they do not presently have a nuclear program, and haven’t had one since 2003.

Yeah, that makes sense. Not.

On the bright side, we have less than a year before Dear Leader Bush has no choice but to leave the White House.

Source: CNN

Originally posted on Adventures in Frickintardistan

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Bush devilBush devil I thought I’d post this before it goes down the memory hole …..


WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.

The conclusions of the new assessment are likely to be explosive in the middle of tense international negotiations aimed at getting Iran to halt its nuclear energy program, and in the middle of a presidential campaign during which a possible military strike against Iran’s nuclear program has been discussed.

The assessment, a National Intelligence Estimate that represents the consensus view of all 16 American spy agencies, states that Tehran’s ultimate intentions about gaining a nuclear weapon remain unclear, but that Iran’s “decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs.”

Of course, a delusional sociopathic warmonger like Bush would never let little things like facts get in the way of his quest for world domination.

UPDATE: Not at all surprisingly, the Bush administration wasted no time twisting the above to fit their warmongering agenda. I received the following in a Google Breaking News update:

WASHINGTON (AP) Iran halted its nuclear weapons development program in the fall of 2003 under international pressure but is continuing to enrich uranium and could develop a weapon as early as 2010, senior intelligence officials said Monday.

Originally posted on Adventures in Frickintardistan

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Award Speech

Thank you. Thank you. You’re too kind. No, really, that’s enough.

As the receiver of this year’s Icon of Smart Assery from Angela Keaton’s Liberated Space I must say…

Loretta deserved the award for the whole Sex Toys for Troy thing, or maybe Liv for the Red Sox cap at the end of this video.

But, since I am the wiener of this award, deserved or not, I’d like to thank some of the people who made it possible. If I left you out, blame it on the ‘caine. Like most other self-absorbed gliterati, as Necro says….I need drugs!

First of all I would like to thank my homies at last free voice.

My road dogs (woof! woof!) on the campaign trail. You know who you are.

The campaigns I worked on this year, bad, good and ugly, including LPNC, LPO, all the third parties in Arkansas, Mass. End the Income Tax
and Mass. Sensible Marijuana Policy.

Thank you for the opportunity, the great times, and for all the money I earned to spend on pet rocks, sex workers, porn, seedy motels, and stuffing my fat face.

I’d like to thank the LNC and the State Parties of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, NC, Massachusetts and New Hampshire for allowing me to attend their conventions to distribute Kubby and Radical Caucus literaganda.

Also, Doug Stanhope, Michelle Shinghal, Mike Nelson and Titanium/Speakeasygirl (websites deleted) for partying with me in Dallas.

There’s a lot of other people to thank – but my food is getting cold and my drink is getting warm.

See you next year, and thanks for all the fish!

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Long shot candidate for the LP and Green nominations, Robert Milnes, advocates a strategy
of a left-libertarian alliance. All good as far as that goes.

But then he gets into the weird stuff, like claiming that Teddy Roosevelt was a left libertarian (!)
and promoting something he calls “positive eugenics”.

Mighty Casey is not down with positive eugenics

And neither is Mick Jagger

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Response to an article at LP Delaware yahoo group

> If libertarians are socially liberal and fiscally conservative,
> what does this analysis of Rudy resemble?

> When measuring the metaphorical glass in degrees of fullness,
> aren’t the positives outweighing the negatives for elect ability?

No, and that’s what the big problem with the “socially tolerant,
fiscally conservative” tag is (nevermind that Giuliani is very
intolerant on many other social issues, ranging from privacy to
medical marijuana, and only “fiscally conservative” when not
considering deficit spending).

The real bottom line: war is the health of the state. Civil liberties
shrink, and government spending and regulation of the economy expands,
most rapidly in wartime. Often, these changes remain permanent after
the war is over.

For reich wingers, their pro-war position trumps everything else, and
in the real world this leads to maximum government growth on all fronts.

So, too, should libertarians make war the #1 issue. Those who are
against war should be seen as partial allies, even if we don’t agree
on other issues. Those who are for warmongering should forever be our
eternal opponents, even if they are slightly, out-of-focus,
libertarian-ish lite on some other issues.

This is also a real weakness of the Nolan Chart, which does not deal
with foreign policy (other than foreign aid as an economic issue).

Libertarianism is adherence to the non-initiation of force principle.
Being socially tolerant and fiscally conservative is an outgrowth of
applying that principle, but it does not constitute being libertarian
all by itself, especially when combined with warmongering, which
stands libertarianism on its head.

As Thomas Sipos wrote at TPW

“war is the health of the state,” which means that war not only kills
human lives (without which, all other liberties are impossible), but
that war also massively increases spending, and severely curtails
civil liberties.

Thus, being right on the war is the primary issue. [..]

Likewise, while I’m sure I’d disagree with Kucinich on most of his
positions (if I paid much attention to him), because of his antiwar
stance, I’d support him over all the other Demopublicans (Paul excepted).

In fact, Kucinich has said he would want Ron Paul to be his VP if
he won the Dem nomination…that reinforces what I have been saying
about an untapped market on the left for libertarian outreach.

See also


Congressional Scorecard


The Reality
of Red State Fascism

On Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich

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Site Updates

Finally got around to updating this thing.

I’ll try to keep up with it more now.

I was on the road a lot and did not have regular internet access, and when I did I posted at Last Free Voice. I’m taking a quick break from the road to get over a cold. Got that over with so now I’m working out the logistics of the next campaign.

I’ve put a lot of those LFV posts up here now, and I’m also blogging at Michelle’s place now.

I started this place hoping it would be a group blog, but so far no one has really been interested. Well, I take that back – Michelle did post here a couple of times, but not a whole lot.

The offer remains open – if anyone is interested please let me know in the comments.

Up next, I want to tackle the blog roll again..

So far I have added Liv Films.

If you have a link you’d like to add let me know in the comments, and if I have linked you here or at LastFreeVoice or both, please link back!

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…kinda funny.

Sorta like Hucksterbee himself. No offense intended to the developmentally disabled.

H/T Steve Gordon

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BLL Update

Well, I figured out how to put it in the sidebar – but not how to put my site code. Help on that would be appreciated.

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Basically what happened was that Ron Paul raised about $4 million [on Nov. 5] alone, more than any Republican in the race, and not too far behind the leading Democrats, according to Third Party Watch.

This was due to an organized effort, started by internet supporters, which Ron Paul eventually picked up on, in honor of V for Vendetta – Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Here is Liv explaining what it was all about.

Great Moments In U.S. History – video powered by Metacafe

I recommend checking out the rest of her site, too.

Sources tell me the next such “moneybomb” might be scheduled for December 15 (Bill of Rights Day) and 16 (Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party), and that there might be a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party involved.

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