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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Internet Censorship

808,363 of us told the FCC to Stop Internet Regulation - Thank You!n


808,363 of us told the FCC to Stop Internet Regulation - Thank You!You have been a huge part of our StopInternetRegulation campaign. THANK YOU. Together we beat the liberals at their own game with an unprecedented 808,363 comments!

I hope this will be the start of something even bigger, and that you'll be a part of it as our organization grows.

I'm Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment and a longtime free-market activist. Before starting American Commitment I worked at the Cato Institute, the Club for Growth, and Americans for Prosperity.

Think tanks like Cato do a fabulous job doing in-depth policy research and analysis, and grassroots groups like AFP and the tea parties have injected enormous energy at the local level all over the country. But most local activists just don't have the time to read lengthy think tank papers..

I started American Commitment to fill that gap.

We focus on timely, hard-hitting policy research and analysis in short form action alerts, columns, and explanatory videos. We work on taxes and spending, health care, energy, regulatory policy, and – of course – technology policy, like our current effort to stop the FCC from regulating the Internet like an old-fashioned phone company.

When you joined this effort you also signed up for our email list, and I hope you'll stay for the latest information on all of the critical issues we're working on. We promise to only send you email when it's truly important, to give you a solid explanation of the issues involved, and make it easy for you to take action.

If you use Facebook, we'd love for you to join us there too by clicking here.

Thanks again, and welcome.

Sincerely,


Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Libertarian calendar for September



  • September 20
  • 1:00pm 
    Florida’s Angels of Mercy will be hosting an event for the survivors of the Drug War & Whole Plant Awareness! Cannabis/Marijuana/Hemp.
    Advocates, Patients, & other guests, including ADRIAN WYLLIE, will talk of past, present and the future of Cannabis/Marijuana/Hemp.
    There will be music by Jimmy Sparks Band, Local Traffic, Wicked Habit and Shane Wooten Band.
    Learn why we will vote YES on 2 on November 4, 2014!
    Cathy Jordan, President of FLCan.org, Robert Jordan adviser of Veterans Affairs, The Donnie Clark, The Legend of Manatee County, Haydon Fouke and more will be announce.
    If you are interested in participating in this event please contact us at floridasangelsofmercy@yahoo.com.
    Please check out and LIKE their Facebook page!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/864141783600644/890320044316151/
  • 275 South Rock Crusher Road, Crystal River, FL 34429
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    • September 18-20
    • Alexandria VA
    • Liberty Political Action Conference
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    • September 20
    • Washington DC
    • DC State Fair
    • Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor speaks at 2 pm
    • 925 Rhode Island Avenue NW
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    • September 20
    • LPHQ Grand Opening Reception

      When:

      Start date: 
      Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
      End date: 
      Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:00pm
      Time Zone: 
      US/Eastern

      Where:

      Libertarian Party Headquarters
      1444 Duke St.
      AlexandriaVA 22314

      Description:

      LPHQ Grand Opening Reception 7-10 pm. Help celebrate our new office and meet LNC Board, staff and local candidates! Beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please support our new office by donating to the David F. Nolan Memorial Fund: 
      Please also join us for the quarterly LNC Meeting - details along with parking and hotel information here: http://www.lp.org/event/lnc-meeting-3

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    • September 20
    • Sarvis for Senate
    • Sandbridge, VA

      • Sandbridge Civic League Political Forum

        Robert Sarvis will take part in a forum of political candidates in the beautiful community of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach. The forum will be at Sandbridge Community Chapel from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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      September 30

      Libertarian Alliance

      We meet on the third Tuesday of the month 
      at 7pm at the Shephall Community Centre,
       Shephall Green, off Hydean Way, 
      off Valley Way, Stevenage, SG2 9XR.
      On Tuesday, 30 September, David McDonagh will talk on  “The life of Gladstone; featuring the part he played in rise and the fall of classical or pristine liberalism”.
    • Stevenage, United Kingdom

DC's mayoral campaign food fight

American University sponsored a kind of Potemkin village debate among only three mayoral candidates.  The audience were only political hacks and campaign staff, mainly Bowser's, who were bused in before tickets were given out and got all the tickets for the main hall (the event was cosponsored by Palisades and Ward 3 groups, but neighborhood people who showed up were shunted across the building to an overflow room),  the three candidates squabbled among themselves in a slightly childish fashion, and their supporters shouted and were rude.  Both the candidates and their cheerleaders were admonished to behave a number of times by moderator Tom Sherwood.

We also learned that all three candidates favor disarming DC citizens and all three favor increased spending on a variety of programs.  We also learned that all of them think the other two were incompetent and unproductive in the past while on the city council, and that they are less than truthful about their records.  Perhaps we should trust their assessments of their opponents?

Needless to say none of the candidates identified ANY metrics showing that their past legislation has had any positive effects, in a city they all admit has double digit unemployment in Wards 7 and 8, and among the highest dropout and truancy rates in the country (calling Dr. Freud: Carol Schwartz said the book she would require DC students to read would be "A Tale of Two Cities"). And Catania did not tell us what his many many proposed programs would cost, nor where he would extract the loot for them from the taxpayer. 
 
I am a little surprised AU didn't invite David Pitts and Richard Berendzen to officiate.

  1. For Catania, Schwartz and Bowser:  $29,000 is budgeted per pupil for students attending traditional public schools, but only $17,000 for charter students and even less ($12,000) for students using a DC Opportunity Voucher to attend an independent school.  Will you end this discriminatory and unequal funding, and allow all students the same resources, no matter where they choose to learn?

  1.  For Catania: You propose to spend more on programs for failing schools, trees, immigrant healthcare, the homeless, college scholarships, daycare, paid family leave, affordable housing, and many other programs, and have suggested raising taxes to pay for this.  You also say you want to bring more and diverse businesses and jobs to DC.  How will you get business to move to DC when you raise their taxes for your new programs?  Follow up:  How much is the total budget for your new programs?

  1. For Catania, Schwartz and Bowser:  In 1996 the DC voters voted for a term limit referendum by a 2/3rds majority; it passed by a majority in every Ward.  The City Council then overturned it.  How is the DC government legitimate if it nullified a basic constituitive principle passed by the voters?  How would you vote today?  For Schwartz:  How did you vote?

  1. For Bowser, Catania and Schwartz:  It is widely discussed by the public that officials in the Metropolitan police department may have covered up domestic abuse in the past by DC politicians.  Would you investigate these stories?

  1. For Schwartz:  You have said charter schools should be more closely regulated because some have misused funds.  But the traditional public schools spend $29,000 per pupil to produce at best equal results to those of charters, which receive only $17,000 per pupil.  How would you investigate the misuse of funds by the DC public schools?  Where is the money going?

  1. For Catania:  You have called for subsidies for day care.  But independent providers of K-6 education and after school care in DC are regulated by different agencies from those that regulate public and charter schools, and are required to have more staff, more bathroom facilities, etc. per the same number of students, as well as other more costly amenities (e.g., cots off the floor instead of mats).  What have you done in the past to address this?

  1. For Catania, Schwartz, and Bowser:  Mr. Catania’s 126 page booklet details how he has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to programs he favored, Ms. Schwartz’s 15 page paper details her history working on education issues, and Ms. Bowser has served on the city council for several years.  Yet as Mr. Catania’s booklet shows in various graphs, Wards 7 and 8 have double digit unemployment, and DC schools have higher truancy and drop out rates than anywhere in the United States, while spending more per pupil.  What metrics show that your past activities and expenditures have produced results?

  1. For Catania:  You propose to expand facilities for the homeless in DC.  How will you ensure that DC does not end up absorbing the homeless from the entire region from Baltimore to Richmond, at taxpayer expense?

  1. For Schwartz, Catania, and Bowser:  DC residents convicted of federal crimes are dispersed through prisons around the country, so that their relatives cannot easily visit them, which may frustrate their reintegration into society.  What plans do you have to address this and have them housed closer to DC?

  1. For Catania, Schwartz, and Bowser:  DC has reduced its homicide rate, but has regular car and home theft and vandalism, as well as muggings, gay bashings etc.  Yet police resources are used on ticket traps and victimless crimes.  What have you done in the past to address the misallocation of police resources?

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Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor, 1200 23rd Street NW, Washington DC 20037

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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America's prettiest Army Vet turned Congressional candidate is crowned!

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Hi folks! Happy  birthday to me! That's right, I turned 32 Friday. And do you know what I'm going to be doing tonight? Handing out lit at the Ballston metro station!

Oh what fun :)

On a more serious note, I wanted to pass along to you a press release I wrote a few days ago in response to the President's address regarding further military intervention in the Middle East and our [new] strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS".
Americans Can Handle the Truth Regarding Our Failed Interventionist Foreign Policy
Jeffrey Carson, Libertarian Candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, takes firm stance against any unilateral action against ISIS by the President. Action without Congressional authorization would be a blatant and illegal violation of our Constitution.
President Obama, himself a candidate in 2008, had this to say:
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
The President’s duplicity on this particular issue is yet another perfect example of what’s wrong with our current political system and the two major parties at the helm.
The situation with ISIS is clearly a regional problem that should be dealt with by those within the region itself. American intervention will only further undermine our strategic long-term goals of peace and prosperity in the region, serve to escalate the violence and the killings, and act as a primary recruiting tool for the types of organizations we wish to eradicate--in other words, it will be a repeat of 2003 Iraq. It will also put us square in the middle of a sectarian conflict that has been ongoing for 1000 years, and we will be seen as taking sides with one (Shia) against the other (Sunni).
At this point, it should be clear that our meddlesome, haphazard, and dangerous interventionist escapades over the past 13 years of our “War on Terror” have not served to bring peace to the region or safety to Americans here at home or abroad. In fact, our policies have inspired the opposite reaction. Iraq is far worse off today than it was under Saddam. The same is true of Libya and Gaddafi, as well as Syria and Bashar al-Assad (although he is still technically in power). Terrorism is not on the decline; it’s on the rise. And because of blowback, Americans are more a target today than ever before. The President’s rhetoric aside, things are not going well.
At what point do we learn our lesson? How many more U.S. service members have to lose their lives? How many more innocent civilians? How many more countries do we have to turn into failed states and “Jihadist Wonderlands” before we realize that our intervention is part of the problem? Enough already. We need to restore sanity to our foreign policy, and I’m the only candidate in the race that’s intent on doing so.
Former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, may have said it best a few years back in regards to further involvement in Syria and (prior) involvement in Libya:
“We overestimate our ability to determine outcomes.”
The U.S. will always be a friend to those who value freedom, but this is not our fight and not our war. It's time for Americans to be told the truth: our recent hyper-interventionist foreign policy has been an utter failure and has led to worse outcomes across the region and the globe. It's time for politicians to own up to their mistakes and make the moral and practical decision to forgo intervening in the ISIS conflict.
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If you’re interested in getting involved with the campaign, please email our volunteer coordinator, Matthew, at volunteer@jeffreycarson.com. I could really use your help, folks. Come join the team!
If you can’t invest your time, I would certainly appreciate it if you would consider investing in the campaign with a contribution. For the record, every dime of net worth I have is in this race. Is $5, $10, $50, $100, $500, $1000, $2600 (the max) really too much to ask of you?

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has already invested precious time and hard-earned dollars.

Respectfully,
Jeffrey Carson

P.S.
We received fantastic coverage on the debate this past week from ARLnow. Kudos to them for their objective reporting. Also, if you haven't seen me in action yet, click here - the link cuts directly to my opening statement.

Finally, my good friend Robert Sarvis, U.S. Senate candidate for Virginia, is celebrating his 38th Birthday this Monday, 15 September. Click here for details if you're interested in joining him!
Nothing like spending a Friday morning with good people and good friends at Central United Methodist Church.

Even if they make you dress up like a disney princess on your b-day.
Did I mention the good people?
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Is it a conspiracy? Why are conspiracy theorists so lazy and incompetent?

I am surprised how often a perfectly good conspiracy theory could be formulated yet no one in the biz does it. Here are two:

1) The Obama regime is aiding in introducing Ebola to Americans, so there will be more sob stories to use to demand government control of medicine (sort of Fast and Furious part 2) and another wag-the-dog distraction from the other problems the regime is causing.

2) The Obama regime and the powers that be have known about the growth of ISIS and American foreign policy failures for a couple of years. They are flaking these as news stories and policy imperatives now, as we approach an election, to promulgate the meme and paradigm that we need big activist government - and surveillance and limits on the Bill of Rights - to save us in general.


(There are obvious realities that make both of these, especially #2, more complicated.  Feel free to reply or elaborate.  I am just surprised, as I am monthly, that I haven't heard these circulated yet.  If it paid well I could totally be a conspiracy maven.)

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