The question that Alex Trebek asked during one segment of the game show Jeopardy! was: "This physician ran for presidnet as a Libertarian in 1988 & as a Republican in 2008." Then, one contestant identified as "Tom" answered "Bruce Paul," but Trebek, whom I doubt heard what the guy incorrectly said, affirmatively answered, "Ron Paul. Correct."
Either way, it's quite exciting, to say the least.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 8:53 PM
Tax protesters in the State of Minnesota bring their "there's-no-law-that-forces-me-to-pay-an-income-tax" case before the state's own court.
Here's an excerpt of the Star Tribune piece that covers tax protester Robert Beale's tax evasion trial:
But the conviction of [Robert] Beale this past week for evading $1.6 million in taxes, conspiracy and fleeing authorities marked what some see as a new chapter in such prosecutions. Like actor Wesley Snipes, who also was recently convicted, but unlike most tax protesters, Beale was wealthy.
'Snipes and Beale probably were worth more money than all the tax protesters in the country combined,' said author J.J. MacNab, who covered the case against Snipes.
MacNab is finishing a book on so-called tax deniers called 'Bombs, Taxes and Red Crayons' (many of them believe the government has no jurisdiction over something signed in red crayon).
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 8:42 PM
This "ad"'s Liberty City is based on New York. (Hat tip to Lew Rockwell for his report on this.)
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 8:26 PM
At least, that's what the building supervisor of the condo in Central Florida believes, considering it's where Deborah Jane Palfrey's body was found.
Read an excerpt of the story that's abuzz on the Net:
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The building manager of a Central Florida condo said he spent time talking to Deborah Jean Palfrey on Monday as she packed to go to her mother's house and she did not seem suicidal.
Deborah Jean Palfrey has many ties to Central Florida. For the past 12 years she's owned a condo at Park Lake Towers in Orlando.
The building manager, who did not want to show his face, talked with Palfrey Monday before she left for her mother's in Tarpon Springs. He strongly believes Palfrey's death was not a suicide.
'Jean Palfrey was a class act. She wore very good clothes. She was well educated. Her way out of this world certainly would not have been in an aluminum shed attached to a mobile home in Tarpon Springs, Florida,' he said.
Apparently, I now believe that I erred in thinking that she actually took her own life, considering the news reports were harping on the "fact" that she had taken herself out. After all, her clientele seemed to be a large number of political bigwigs in the Beltway, which have been documented in her much-publicized phone records, which have been available in a .tiff format. Even Senator Vitter (R-LA) was outted as a customer of hers during the course of Palfrey's federal investigation. After all, on July 9, 2007, the senator admitted to being a client of hers.
While it hasn't been officially proven that her death is more like murder than a "suicide by hanging," the circumstances surrounding her "suicide" are very fishy and disturbing by all accounts.
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 8:02 PM
Third Party Watch publisher and blogger (not to mention former Political Director of the national Libertarian Party) Stephen P. Gordon is exasperated with conservative Republican blogger and American Spectator news columnist/journalist Robert Stacy McCain's coverage of the LP with respect to LP Executive Director Shane Corey's immediate yet praiseworthy resignation that transpired yesterday and the escalating internal war brewing within the confines of the Party.
Gordon took various snippets of comments from posters from the comments section of the TPW blog and unveiled the following commentary with regards to the internal conflict:
I don’t know that mutiny is the correct word to use, as both sides in this debate have been hurling the 'p' word at each other: Purge.
LP co-founder David Nolan: '...Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Shane!'
'Guy Fawkes': 'Prepare for the purging of the anarchists. Three more weeks. Then…. goodbye… and good riddance.'
Todd Andrew Barnett: 'At least ['Guy Fawkes'] admits he’s a poser in the Party, just like his other colleagues.'
'The Democratic Republican': 'The fact that you can’t separate anarchy from libertarianism reveals your ignorance of the wider world around you.'
'Todd Andrew Barnett': 'I do NOT associate with despicable, thuggish pricks such as you, nor do I want to be associated with the likes of you.'
David Nolan: 'Bruce Cohen, you are an ass. You have always been an ass, and you always will be. You routinely misrepresent everyone and everything at every opportunity. Please go join the Republican Party, where your neocon, pro-war views will fit in nicely.'
Timothy West: 'The LP is a hopeless contradiction that cant succeed at anything until one faction or the other totally wipes out the opposition, and it really does not matter which one.'
There was one voice of sanity in the thread. My friend 'paulie' noted: 'Before everyone starts celebrating (or weeping and gnashing their teeth), kindly consider that you may change your opinion once you learn who’ll get the job next (and then see their performance in office).'
I already feel sorry for the next Executive Director, as I know what he or she will be forced to endure.
As Stephan may or may not be aware, I did make the statements that he quoted from me (as they are indicated above), and I stand by them 100 percent. The statements were made against a certain group of collectivists and statists who want to destroy the Libertarian Party (and are doing a very good job at it) and are hell-bent on destroying the entire libertarian movement as well.
However, Gordon is only cherry picking which statements were made and which weren't. There were more statements made in the comment section that highlight the psychotic and disgusting paradigms of the collectivists and the statists infesting the LP, including statements made by individuals such as the Committee for Clarity, Bruce Cohen, Eric Dondero, the Democrat Republican, and Geofrey the Liberator (to name a few). The psychopathic nature of these individuals is undetermined; however, the character assassinations and the ad hominems made by these people underscore one crucial point: these people are not libertarians, even though they are capital 'L' libertarians in the Libertarian Party. They are merely posers and losers who engage in thoughtless juvenile and anti-intellectual statements with nothing to back up anything they say in the long run.
By painting all purists in the Party with a very broad brush (such as saying that all of us are pedophile-supporting, child porn-loving Anarchists), they lose every ounce of their credibility. It's that simple.
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 12:42 PM