September 2013 Open Thread

Every month, IPR has an open thread. Here, you can post any news, commentary, articles or events relating to third parties and third party figures. In fact, feel free to post about any topic at all – even if it doesn’t relate to third parties in any way. In short, this thread is for our readers – who help make IPR the great site that it is!

82 thoughts on “September 2013 Open Thread

  1. NewFederalist

    Has anyone heard from Don Lake? He used to post frequently but has not made an appearance in many months. I often did not agree with him but I hope his health is okay.

  2. Reality Watch

    Ugh, the slugline on this open thread STILL refers only to “third parties” and NOT nonpartisan independents!

  3. David

    September the 5th is Jury Rights Day. September the 5th marks the anniversary of the William Penn trial in England. Juries have the right to judge both law and fact. juries don’t have to follow the judge’s instructions, nor can juries be punished for their verdict. Our founders saw juries as another check on government. Just as we elect people to pass laws, juries can make a statement on those laws.
    http://fija.org/jury-rights-day/

  4. George Phillies, on SOD

    SOD Brings You
    Trials by LynchmasterTM

    Most Americans were shocked to learn that the NSA was tapping all our phone calls and recording all our emails and web visits. The NSA this under the guise of unconstitutional general search warrants, warrants justly condemned by the founding fathers as instruments of tyranny.

    Now we learn from Reuters that the rot has spread beyond the spy agencies.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has given us the general Special Operations Directorate (SOD). SOD is based in the DEA, but it includes agents from the IRS, FBI, DEA, closing on two dozen spy agencies. SOD is a secret scheme that uses telephone wiretaps to send tips to police agencies across America. The tips indicate who to stop, when to search, and where to go.

    Most of these wiretaps were apparently illegal. The entire operation was a deep secret until American Patriot Edward Snowden blew the whistle on Federal Constitutional corruption.

    How was the operation kept secret? How did investigators explain the basis for their searches?

    In short, they lied. Prosecutors and investigators created an unconstitutional process “parallel construction”. They created fakes trail of mythical evidence that pretended to have led investigators to the person they arrested. They then deceived judges and prosecutors, leading them to believe that the fake evidence was real evidence. Because the evidence was faked, it always contained precisely what was needed to do what was needed. Indications that the real evidence had been misinterpreted, tended to prove innocence, or was simply inadmissible was swept out of sight.

    We now learn that the SOD program was supplemented by a private-enterprise program “Hemisphere”. Under Hemisphere, the Federal government had access to AT&T corporate records of all phone calls that had passed through their switching system as early as 1986. The New York Times for September 2 reports that federal agencies paid for AT&T employees to be placed in Federal groups and supply the telephone records.

    What sort of trial is based on fake evidence? It’s no trial at all. It’s a lynching. The process may pretend to be a trial, but when a judicial proceeding is based on manufactured evidence the outcome is certain, no different than a Stalinist show trial.

    The computer process that gives you these trials needs a name.

    Readers, I give you Lynchmaster, a device that generates inadmissible evidence at computer speeds.

    And what about the victims? What about the people convicted on parallel-constructed false evidence? We can infer that the victims are mostly male, and mostly African-American. After all, if the prosecutor is stuck with a trial, he wants for his record a series of convictions. Pandering to American prejudice is a way to go. And the convicted ones?

    As too few Americans realize, the life of an African-American man in a male prison is all too often a life of being sodomized and killed by his fellow prisoners. When a man is sent off after a phony trial, phony because it was based on phony evidence, there was no law and order. There was a committee of vigilantes who decided who as guilty, staged their phony trial, and sent their victim off to his doom. The African-Americans who died after phony trials were murdered. They were murdered by SOD, murdered just as surely as if the Virginia boys at SOD had donned their white sheets, burned their cross, and tossed a rope over the old apple tree.

  5. George Phillies

    In further news of the absurd, Obama’s European ally France has just discovered that we were reading their diplomatic emails. Third parties have a chance to denounce bipartisan lunacy and promise to bring sanity to DC.

    And to repeat my comment above still awaiting moderation:

    SOD Brings You
    Trials by LynchmasterTM

    Most Americans were shocked to learn that the NSA was tapping all our phone calls and recording all our emails and web visits. The NSA this under the guise of unconstitutional general search warrants, warrants justly condemned by the founding fathers as instruments of tyranny.

    Now we learn from Reuters that the rot has spread beyond the spy agencies.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has given us the general Special Operations Directorate (SOD). SOD is based in the DEA, but it includes agents from the IRS, FBI, DEA, closing on two dozen spy agencies. SOD is a secret scheme that uses telephone wiretaps to send tips to police agencies across America. The tips indicate who to stop, when to search, and where to go.

    Most of these wiretaps were apparently illegal. The entire operation was a deep secret until American Patriot Edward Snowden blew the whistle on Federal Constitutional corruption.

    How was the operation kept secret? How did investigators explain the basis for their searches?

    In short, they lied. Prosecutors and investigators created an unconstitutional process “parallel construction”. They created fakes trail of mythical evidence that pretended to have led investigators to the person they arrested. They then deceived judges and prosecutors, leading them to believe that the fake evidence was real evidence. Because the evidence was faked, it always contained precisely what was needed to do what was needed. Indications that the real evidence had been misinterpreted, tended to prove innocence, or was simply inadmissible was swept out of sight.

    We now learn that the SOD program was supplemented by a private-enterprise program “Hemisphere”. Under Hemisphere, the Federal government had access to AT&T corporate records of all phone calls that had passed through their switching system as early as 1986. The New York Times for September 2 reports that federal agencies paid for AT&T employees to be placed in Federal groups and supply the telephone records.

    What sort of trial is based on fake evidence? It’s no trial at all. It’s a lynching. The process may pretend to be a trial, but when a judicial proceeding is based on manufactured evidence the outcome is certain, no different than a Stalinist show trial.

    The computer process that gives you these trials needs a name.

    Readers, I give you Lynchmaster, a device that generates inadmissible evidence at computer speeds.

    And what about the victims? What about the people convicted on parallel-constructed false evidence? We can infer that the victims are mostly male, and mostly African-American. After all, if the prosecutor is stuck with a trial, he wants for his record a series of convictions. Pandering to American prejudice is a way to go. And the convicted ones?

    As too few Americans realize, the life of an African-American man in a male prison is all too often a life of being sodomized and killed by his fellow prisoners. When a man is sent off after a phony trial, phony because it was based on phony evidence, there was no law and order. There was a committee of vigilantes who decided who as guilty, staged their phony trial, and sent their victim off to his doom. The African-Americans who died after phony trials were murdered. They were murdered by SOD, murdered just as surely as if the Virginia boys at SOD had donned their white sheets, burned their cross, and tossed a rope over the old apple tree.

  6. DSZ

    Don’t look now but Robert Sarvis is polling at 9 and 10% for Virginia governor (PPP and Emerson), and former governor L. Douglas Wilder has tweeted positively on him. Could we see an unlikely endorsement?

    I’m surprised there hasn’t been more buzz about this on IPR.

  7. NewFederalist

    “I’m surprised there hasn’t been more buzz about this on IPR.”

    Let’s hope his campaign has more folks interested in doing things rather than just talking about doing things like many of the posters do here.

  8. George Whitfield

    George Phillies at #5, is the SOD headquartered in Virginia? I agree with your basic position on the unconstitutional use of tapping phones but was puzzled about the reference to Virginia in your last sentence.

  9. DSZ

    @7 – yes, totally with you there and that’s why I’ve made a small contribution and plan on volunteering a few days for the campaign.

  10. George Whitfield

    I just read that Matt Drudge on Twitter tweeted “It’s now Authoritarian vs Libertarian Since Democrats vs. Republicans has been obliterated, no real difference between parties…”

  11. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    @6

    There won’t be an endorsement. It’s also unlikely that Sarvis will break 3% either IMO. McAuliffe is likely going to squeak by, and the Wasted Vote Syndrome will take hold at the ballot box.

    I never got around to his 10% showing in a new poll for an article, maybe I’ll do that later.

    Sarvis had a goal of raising $100k in two days, and he ended up with $5k. Third parties are not the place for fundraising. That number isn’t going to buy him more than a couple signs and sandwiches, and I exaggerate only slightly.

  12. DSZ

    I don’t know, in two U.S. senate races this past cycle (Missouri and Indiana), the LP candidate got 7% because of major concerns about the GOP candidate being completely insane on social issues. I can see something like that, and in this case the Sarvis numbers are bolstered by the fact that BOTH major party candidates are the subject of scandals and investigations at the moment. A wasted vote is a vote for someone who may be removed from office a few months later, and that realization will keep turnout low.

  13. NewFederalist

    Since nobody seemed to know anything about Don Lake, how about paulie? He has been absent from this site for quite a while. I assume he is working (petitioning?) but I don’t know that. Is he okay?

  14. Jill Pyeatt

    For those of you interested, J. Neil Schulman behaved very badly at Libertopia over the Labor Day weekend, and is choosing to deny that he said what he did (well, actually, he SHOUTED instead of “said”). There’s a write-up on my Facebook page, as well as Sharon Presley’s. I may or may not write something up for IPR about it, but probably not until after the video is released.

  15. Jill Pyeatt

    NF, I talked to Paulie last night. I think it would be a good idea for people to call him. His phone number is on the “About IPR” section.

  16. Steve LaBianca

    I invite anyone to pressure the Libertarian Party of Florida leadership, especially the LPF Treasurer, Danielle Alexandre, to OPEN the financial records to the Executive Committee, and for her to STOP parroting the line “all the financial information is on the FEC website”. Sorry, that’s like saying that all a business firm’s financial information is on their 1120 (or 1120S or 1065) federal tax return!

  17. Steven Wilson

    Checking emails during lunch and I have found two emails from the LP asking for donations for the LP general fund.

    Perhaps if the building fund had not been managed like a bathroom stall then people would still believe in the LNC.

    Right now, it is my hope that the donors dry up and defund the national. That is justice. That is right. Leadership that cannot be trusted deserves nothing. Peace o cheese on rye.

    Have a happy lunch!!

  18. Steve LaBianca

    So . . . with much fanfare on IPR (WAY more that I think is warranted), my decision to NOT run for Governor of Florida under the Libertarian Party of Florida banner met with strong criticisms of me and my positions re libertarianism and promoting it through the political process.

    It is VERY clear to me now, that the process of transitioning the Libertarian Party, especially here in Florida is almost complete. The transition, from an ideological, principles based party (a stature almost exclusive to “third” parties) to a consensus, compromising vote getting party is just about complete, thanks to the political junkies like Adrian Wyllie, Danielle Alexandre, Alex Snitker, Dana Moxley Cummings, Jared Grifoni and his sidekick girlfriend, Elsa Martinez, as well as a few others.

    The saddest part is that these people actually THINK they can replace one of the major parties and WIN MAJOR POLITICAL OFFICES . . . like the office of Governor of a major, highly populated state like Florida!

    Of course, the “radical” positions of this new consensus building LP, like medical marijuana, and industrial hemp are the cutting edge issues now. The idea of ending drug prohibition is gone . . . the idea of complete separation of education and state is gone . . . so now the LP is filling the void where the major parties have vacated (to become MORE statist themselves).

    Ahhh . . . I never liked politics anyway; I only love the philosophy of liberty. I’ll leave it to these pigs (Mike Kane likes to call them “clowns”) to “do politics” and promote the kinder, gentler statism of the “new LP”!

  19. LPF_Useless_Troll

    Steve,

    Thank the Lord for people like you.

    “The saddest part is that these people actually THINK they can replace one of the major parties and WIN MAJOR POLITICAL OFFICES”

    I am so glad that there are other lazy book clubbers out there that feel this way. I mean, what the heck would possess someone into joining a political party with the idea that they could actually make political/electoral changes?

    We really need to go back to the good old days, days where people joined the LPF to sit around and chew food with their mouths open at the local Perkins while complaining about things and feeling intellectually superior to others.

    All this ACTUAL work, political canvasing, appealing to voters, lobbying for legislation… I can’t be bothered with it!

    The LPF book club is my monthly one hour excursion into the real world where I can interact with other trolls who do nothing. I hate feeling guilty when I see people like Wyllie, Snitker, Cummings, Grifoni, and Martinez (and others) actually accomplishing things and reaching important new milestones as they grow the LPF.

    I agree fully with you, lets leave it to them to do all the work while we can sit around and pat each other one the back while we talk about anarchism.

    One thing I really like about you, Steve, was the fact that you actually considered running for Governor at the SAME time as saying that you can’t win and that third parties aren’t designed for actual, achievable, political goals. You really have guts, man!

    I think you and Mike Kane should run on a joint ticket so you can continue to help my personal self-esteem that has been damaged by other activists being, well… active.

    Cheers!

  20. Concerned Libertarian Citizen

    Hobo Phillips, why do you keep doing all these polls? They’re laughable. You obviously manipulate them by removing all the functional candidates and pack it with hobos like wrights and badnarik. Why did you remove all the functional and semi-functional candidates?

  21. Jill Pyeatt

    GP @ 22: Are you sure this is a new one? It doesn’t explain which number is the top choice versus what number is the least likley choice.

  22. Jill Pyeatt

    CLC @ 23: Perhaps you’re trying to be humorous, but this whole “hobo” word doesn’t describe, at least to me, what you don’t like about those candidates. Perhaps you can explain yourself a little more clearly? I don’t consider a “hobo” bad or good. I consider it a quaint old word that no one really uses anymore.

  23. Steve LaBianca

    One of the saddest things for me is, not that I am tired of politics (I am), not that I don’t think there is potential to improve the environment of liberty in the world (there is), but that to get the true libertarian word out in the LP world of politics, that one must fight the LIBERTARIAN PARTY to do it! Maybe its different in other states, but the LP of Florida is a disgrace of an organization calling itself “libertarian”. To put it bluntly, I have ZERO respect for the leadership of the LPF – Alex Snitker, Danelle Alexandre, Dana Moxley Cummings, Lynn House, and several others in the EC (Pete Blome, Jared Grifoni, Elsa Martinez) as these people , as I see it, have ZERO interest in furthering liberty. They say they are growing the LPF, but at what cost . . . abandoning libertarianism IS the cost. It is in fact, no more a “libertarian” Party. My opinion is, these opportunists are simply interested in using the established position gained by hard work from past LP activists, to attain some stature, for their OWN personal gain. All the while telling the “old guard” (that is, those responsible for the stature and position of the LP in the first place) to get out of the way.

    These are truly disgusting, and despicable people. But . . . who ever said politics isn’t “dirty”? And make no mistake . . . these people I’ve named are the dirtiest I’ve come across.

  24. George Phillies

    @24 This is his second poll, not his first, so far as I can tell. SurveyMonkey recycles the numbers.

    I believe @23, in addition to being unable to spell names, is pushing some of the comic relief ideas for running candidates. Badnarik’s claim on the list, like Johnson’s, is that he is a former Presidential candidate who is still alive.

    Perhaps at some point someone else will runa different poll. I would suggest
    (a) Party stalwarts
    (b) stalwarts+former candidates
    (c) stalwarts+former candidates+nonsense candidates

  25. Antirevolutionary

    There is actually an IPR connection to this song, since Linda Ronstadt (lead singer) was the partner of Jerry Brown, who was long ago discussed by some leftists as a possible independent candidate for President. She (Linda) was also sadly diagnosed recently with Parkinson’s Disease.

  26. George Whitfield

    As to the Presidential Poll mentioned in #22, Joe Wendt could you please explain how it works. Does #1 mean my first choice or does #16 mean my first choice, etc?

  27. George Phillies - Sept LfA Out

    The September Liberty for America has been published to email subscribers. Contents:

    Editorials: The Platinum Opportunity; SOD brings you: Trials by Lynchmaster; Impeach the FISC 12; Reject War with Syria

    National Party News: IPR Presidential Poll; Where your money went: Gary Johnson; Finances; Presidential Polls; Benedict Returns to D.C.

    State and Local News: North Carolina Plans for 2014; Northern California Freedom Summit; Virginia; New York Libertarians Nominate Multiple Candidates; Pennsylvania Enthusiasm; Tennessee; Louisiana; Texas; Massachusetts; Missouri;.

    Science Fact: Yes, Virginia, There is Global Warming

    LNC In Action….It’s still only 2% of a building.

  28. Matt Cholko

    George, I assumed that it was 1 for first choice. I hope I was right 😉 On the other hand, it would make for some interesting results if many people accidentally answer in the wrong order 🙂

  29. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    Mr. Phillies – In regard to your hallucination of #31 above –

    A) A report has come out in the last few days concerning the increase of the Arctic Ice Pack by 60% in one year. The report mentioned that the DOOM! DOOM! DOOM! Social Engineers/Pavlovs trainers behind the lie of Global Warming/Climate Change had originally predicted that the Arctic Ice Sheets would be totally gone by 2012.

    B) I have seen at least 2 recent reports that refer to the 2012 hurricane season as a ” dud;” i.e.; the greatest wish of the GW/CC religion DOOM! DOOM! DOOM! priests and disciples ( not to mention Pope Gore ) has been dashed by the lack of ” killer storms ” so predicted and desired ( so that the mice would be even more paniced ) by the doctrine of the GW/CC religion.

    Bottom Line – Yet more evidence, to be added to the already existing Mount Everest of the same, that GW/CC is a total fraud and lie.

    But ( here exercising both my ability to predict the future and my knowledge of the enemies of humanity ) such evidence will not matter for one second as it will be totally ignored as all the rest of the evidence against GW/CC is.

    We can have icebergs swallow up New York City and you, along with all of the other anti-Christians behind the lie/fraud, will continue to insist that we are DOOMED! DOOMED DOOMED! with only the slight difference that the icebergs will be also be blamed on ” greenhouse gases ” accumulating; i.e.; we must shut down industry ( and impoverish and enslave the populace ) to ” save the world.”

    Reality – No, Virginia. ” Global Warming,” ” Climate Change,” or whatever the Marketing Department of the Plantation Masters calls it next DOES NOT EXIST.

    It is a lie designed to Socially Engineer you so that you will be enslaved both economically and literally and by both yourself and those who proclaim to be fighting to ” save the earth.”

    Virginia, it is ALL about enslaving you and your children for generations to come. It is about crushing the advance of humanity so that they may never grow strong enough to challenge their Rulers who hide in the shadows and dispatch their lackeys, like Pope Gore and Mr. Phillies, to tell you The Lie Of The Day that you are supposed to believe in order to be accepted by all of the other trained drones.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. fighting against the Social Engineering which the Plantation Masters use to spread the lie of ” Global Warming “/” Climate Change “

  30. Antirevolutionary

    Yes, of course the 2013 hurricane season is far from over, and remember that the worst hurricane last year was in October; still, it’s pretty noteworthy that this was predicted to be a major hurricane season, yet there are so far no hurricanes. I think it’s logical to assume that certain chemicals common in industry will do some damage to the environment and we need to watch out for that, but it’s becoming clear that the skeptics of so-called climate change have some good points, and it’s clear why the government has some interest in there being climate change, since it will lead to more government control. The Left is not able to devote its full energy to the politics of climate change because labor unions and immigration advocates know the truth and really don’t like environmentalists very much themselves. The pro-abortion lobby, however, does support the climate change lobby, because they continue causing panic about overpopulation. I used to be a member of my college’s Green club and I also used to be pro-choice, but I have changed my position on both issues.

  31. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    AR – The scam/lie/fraud of ” Global Warming “/” Climate Change ” is indeed part of the multi faceted plan to reduce population, here involving Social Engineering; i.e.; panicing the populace that GW/CC will cause MORE WARS!, BIGGER BUGS!!!, FAMINE!!!!, RISING SEAS!!!, DROWNING CITIES!!!, MORE FIRES!!, PLAGUE!!, PESTILANCE!!, MORE UNEMPLOYMENT!!!, ANGRIER PEOPLE!!!!!!, DOOM!!, DOOM!!, DOOM!! AND ON AND ON AND ON!!!

    The same people/forces behind Eugenics, Planned Parenthood, the bioweapon of AIDS, and any and all other anti-humanity attacks are behind the lie of CC/GW. The whole aim is to cripple humanity via destroying the Christian philosophical basis upon which civilization has been built. Hence where you find the Church of CC/GW you will find Satanism, atheism, and anti-Christianity as a whole.

    If you read ” Report from Iron Mountain ” you will find the genesis and real reason for the scam.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. promoting REAL science and fighting the fake science behind scams/lies like CC/GW and the Church of Evolution

  32. DSZ

    Sure, warming alarmists are absurd with their predictions, but…

    What is the skeptic response to ocean acidification? Will angelic Billie Mays the White solve the problem by dumping tons of basic OxyClean into our seas?

    “the bioweapon of AIDS”
    These sound like the words of a completely sane and rational person, where can I sign up for the Kool-Aid??? Guyana?

  33. Jill Pyeatt

    I probably won’t write a review, Darryl, but I’ll happily post any others that I find. Mr. Schulman doesn’t take criticsm very well, I’bve noticed.

  34. Jill Pyeatt

    Many people have heard by now that I had a very public feud with J. Neil Schulman and his sister at Libertopia during Labor Day weekend. It was abouy the phenomenally rude and inappropriate comments about Bradley/Chelsea Manning’s gender issues that Neil felt compelled to share with us. My friend Bretigne Shaffer wasn’t there, but her dad Butler Shaffer was sitting right in front of me and behind Schulman–ground zero for the shouting, so to speak. This happened at the end of Angela Keaton’s talk, which included the topic of war, masculinity, & mysogony, among other things. Anyway, Bretigne wrote this piece which sums up my feelings well.

    http://comehomeamerica.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/i-am-chelsea-manning/

  35. George Phillies - Sept LfA Out

    LfA Editorial

    The Platinum Opportunity

    Our Libertarian Party is now being presented with the ultimate in political opportunities.

    Thanks to a claque of Washington warmongers, the Democratic and Republican party leaderships are lining up in favor of war with Syria. All Americans (minus about 9% of us) disagree with their establishment.

    Thanks to the risks taken by the greatest living patriot, Edward Snowden, and the patriotic heroes who went before him to expose the Federal surveillance state’s hideous crimes against our Republic, the great majority of the American people realize that the security state is a threat to them, personally, a threat that must be stopped.

    Now, above all, Libertarian parties across America should be rising to the opportunity with our clear Libertarian message: Peace! Freedom! Prosperity! We are the one significant political party that calls for peace and rejects war and foreign adventurism. We are the one political party that insists that the Federal surveillance state must be put down via peaceful legal means like the mad dog that it is.

    That’s the message we need. Libertarians need to hear it much more loudly from our national and state parties.

  36. George Phillies

    @33 60%? That was the increase from bottom of the melting curve to the top. This effect is related to the fact that it gets cold there in winter, a weather property that you Californians avoid. The large percentage is related to the near-total melt of the polar cap last summer, so that a fairly standard increase looks large in percentage terms.

    Unsurprisingly, there is year to year variation. Just as last year was a variation down from the trend this year appears to be tracking 2010 very closely so it is a variation up.

  37. DSZ

    @53 is there a more reliable source for that story than one that believes in chemtrails, scientology, and a vaccine origin of autism? Because if there is I’d be very interested in it!

  38. Jed Ziggler

    @55 Yeah that’s one that I don’t see any real evidence to support, and yet I find it believable nonetheless.

  39. Jill Pyeatt

    Robert Milnes’s email has been hacked again. I just got another one that was clearly not from him.

  40. Richard Winger

    #59, no.

    There is a glut of parties that choose to use “American” in their name. Americans Elect, American Independent, Independent American, American Freedom, American, America’s Independent Party, and now apparently American Patriot.

  41. Darryl W. Perry

    Darryl W. Perry Responds to the Keene Sentinel’s Questionnaire
    Full Name: Darryl W. Perry
    Age: 35
    Education: AAS in Mass Communications
    Occupation: Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications, Author, Radio Personality
    Organizations to which you belong / have belonged: LAVA (Founder & Life Member), Ballot Access Fairness Coalition (Founder), Deny Consent (Co-Founder), NH Liberty Party (Co-Founder & Co-Chair), Zero Aggression Project (Associate Founder), Second Amendment Foundation (Life member), Libertarian Party (Life member), Cheshire TV, Downsize DC, Firearms Owners Against Crime, Free State Project
    Public/government Service: At-Large Rep to the National Committee of the Boston Tea Party 2008-2010
    Chairman of the National Committee of the Boston Tea Party 2010-2012
    Co-Chair NH Liberty Party 2012-Present
    Board Member, Cheshire TV 2012-Present

    1. Why are you running for mayor?
    In a State that prides itself on political involvement, it is somewhat ironic that there are so few candidates for local office. I am running to give the voters a choice. On November 5, voters will have two choices for mayor, had I not filed, they would not have had a choice at all.

    2. What are the three biggest issues facing city government and what can – and should – the mayor do about them?
    1) Taxes: According to the 2013-2014 proposed budget, Keene taxpayers sent $22,545,272 to the city government in the form of property tax in FY 2013, and the city increases the property tax rate every year. This breaks down to $2,490 per household per year in taxes just to the City of Keene. The tax rate has increased 12.61%, and tax revenues have increased 12.97% since 2008. That corresponds to an average tax increase of $285.95 per household over the last 5 years. If tax revenue continues to increase by 12.97% every 5 years, by 2041 property tax revenues will have more than doubled to be an average of $5,101.83 per household per year just to the City of Keene. This pattern of increases in not sustainable!
    My proposal to remedy this situation is to have the city government auction off all city owned property, excepting the City Hall, Police Department & Municipal Services Facility on Marlboro St) in order to offset the current tax burden. That amounts to auctioning off +/-2,460.4510 acres with an estimated value of $48.4 million. This would allow the City to operate for almost 18 months without the need to raise any additional revenue. This 18 month period could be extended if non-essential functions were privatized, and would allow the Council time to implement a system of voluntarily funding what remains of the City government.
    2) Municipal regulation: Aside form the nearly $3 million raised per year by the city in licenses, permits & fees, inhabitants and business-owners spent untold amounts of money complying with various zoning regulations and other ordinances that dictate how one is to live or work. These regulations hurt business and contribute to the stagnant economy within the City of Keene.
    My proposal to remedy this situation is to abolish the Code Enforcement Department and repeal all zoning regulations.
    3) Victimless “crimes”: The Keene Police Department has an annual budget of roughly $6 million, with a large percentage of the time and resources being used to arrest, detain, investigate and fine people who have created no victim. There have been 221 arrests for drug or alcohol related offenses in the past year, this does not include the people who have been given a summons for such offense, only those who have been arrested. There have been an additional 67 arrests for victimless driving offenses and an additional 88 arrests for other offenses without victims.
    My proposal to remedy this situation would be to instruct Chief Meola and the officers of the Keene Police Department to focus their time and resources to only investigating, detaining and arresting individuals for those offenses that actually create a victim.

    3. What is your vision for the city in 10 years?
    In 10 years, I would like to see Keene as a prosperous city. I want Keene to be a city in which all of the businesses are allowed to conduct business without interference from the city government. I want Keene to be a city where people are allowed to live without a huge tax burden placed on their homes. I want Keene to be a city where the local government doesn’t own 10.5% of the land and operates on voluntary means, providing only essential services of protecting life, liberty & property.

    4. What do you think is the best course of action for the city in dealing with those associated with the Free Keene movement?
    This question presumes a couple of things that are inaccurate. First, it presumes that Free Keene is something other than a website on the internet. Secondly, it presumes that something should be done about the people who blog on that website.
    No individual has more rights than any other individual, and no group has more rights than another group. All rights belong to the individual!
    Part 1 Article 10 of the NH Constitution (the document that supposedly governs the governments in NH) states, Governments are “instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men.” In other words, no one is to have any more or any fewer rights than anyone else. So, to answer the question: what should the city do about the people who blog at Free Keene? Treat them like every other individual!

    5. Should the city continue to give money toward the annual Pumpkin Festival? Why or why not?
    No. While the Pumpkin Festival does bring a lot of tourists into Keene for the weekend, it should not be a duty of any government to subsidize events that may benefit some people. If the Pumpkin Festival is of such importance to businesses and the community at-large, then the festival should have no problem raising the funds through voluntary means. On the other hand, if the festival is only able to sustain itself through a tax-payer subsidy, then maybe the festival isn’t as important as some would like to believe.

    6. What role should the city take in dealing with its population of homeless people?
    Mary Ruwart explains how the government of New York City prevented the homeless from being helped by the Missionaries of Charity. “In 1988, Mother Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity, bought two abandoned buildings from New York City at $1 apiece and raised $500,000 for repairs. The city approved their plans for a homeless shelter, but after construction had begun, inspectors demanded installation of a $100,000 elevator. The nuns didn’t want to spend 20% of their funds on something that wouldn’t really help the poor, but the city wouldn’t budge. In frustration, the good Sisters abandoned the project. The street people of New York City, who would have been thrilled to live in these buildings even without an elevator, remained homeless.”
    The City of Keene should reduce the costly tax burden (as I outline above), and eliminate zoning ordinances that prohibit more individuals from providing help to those who need it.

  42. Reality Watch

    Wow, Keene must be so honored to have a big-time “Presidential candidate” contesting their lowly mayoralty.

  43. Jill Pyeatt

    CLC @ 65: I suspect that you are a hobo–otherwise, you wouldn’t be so obsessed with them. Kind of like Grundmann and gays.

  44. Mark Axinn

    The Working Families Party is alive and very strong in socialist New York.

    It is about to elect the next Mayor and Public Advocate in NYC.

  45. Mark Axinn

    Jill–

    It’s of no significance.

    I am surprised to read that Kristin considers Queens LP to be her home as she lives in Manhattan and has been a member of the Manhattan LP for three years.

  46. Darryl W. Perry

    Ian Freeman’s Answers to Sentinel Candidate Questionnaire

    Full Name: Ian Freeman
    Age: 33
    Education: AA in Radio/TV
    Occupation: Host of nationally syndicated talk radio show, “Free Talk Live”; Program Director of LRN.FM; Minister at the Shire Free Church
    Organizations to which you belong / have belonged: NH Liberty Party; NHJury.com; Libertarian Party; Free State Project; Cheshire TV
    Public/government Service: Co-Chair, NH Liberty Party 2012-Present; Board Member, Cheshire TV 2006-2011;
    How long have you lived in Keene? Since 2006.
    1. Why are you running for city council?
    There is no principled voice for liberty on the Keene city council. Year after year, the “city” gets bigger, more expensive, and more intrusive. I can’t turn that around alone, but one voice and vote for freedom is what I can provide.
    2. What are the three biggest issues facing city government and what can – and should – the city council do about them?
    Issue 1: Taxes.
    The people of Keene are the most taxed of nearly all New Hampshire. The shocking property taxes here drive away families and hard-working people who just can’t afford the taxes required to live within city limits. Over time the economy suffers due to people taking their skills elsewhere. Taxes should be consensual, not coercive, as they currently are. Everyone knows if you don’t pay the arbitrary amounts demanded that men with guns will come and take your home away. That is wrong. Our neighbors should not be paying for city services out of fear.
    I fully support mayoral candidate Darryl W. Perry’s plan to remedy this situation. All city owned property should be auctioned off (excepting the City Hall and a few department buildings) in order to offset the current tax burden. That amounts to auctioning off +/-2,460 acres with an estimated value of $48.4 million. This would allow the city to operate for almost 18 months without the need to raise any additional revenue. This 18-month period could be extended if non-essential functions were marketized, and would allow the council time to implement a system of consensually funding what remains of the city government.
    Issue 2: Parking.
    The parking department should be abolished. Allow downtown property owners to own the spaces adjacent to their property and let downtown merchants and owners figure out the best policy for their own spots. Auction off city parking garages and lots.
    Issue 3: Victimless Crimes.
    The Cheshire jail is regularly loaded up with people who have not harmed anyone. The city police should be focusing their resources on crimes with actual victims. We should have peace officers in Keene, not law enforcement officers. We also don’t need a BEARCAT. I’d like to see it driven back to LENCO, the manufacturer, and left there.
    Other “crimes” with no victim include code enforcement constantly harassing homeowners and businesses – this entire department should be shut down and all zoning should be repealed, including the “historic district”. Insurance companies and real estate buyers already have incentive enough to make sure their structures are safe. The city’s services are unnecessary and could be replicated consensually in the marketplace.
    3. What do you think is the best course of action for the city in dealing with those associated with the Free Keene movement?
    I’ve observed how they’ve been “dealing” with liberty-loving activists for years. They use threats and coercion in an attempt to intimidate and imprison people who speak out against their control. Inevitably their use of force backfires and only makes them look foolish and oppressive, like with the recent, ridiculous, expensive suit they filed against Robin Hooders. I don’t know how much the city is paying those private attorneys they hired, but it can’t be cheap. You can follow the latest on the absurd case at FreeKeene.com.
    The best choice for the city people is to ignore the activists, but they can’t bring themselves to do that, because it would reveal their arbitrary enforcement of their own rules. If instead they crack down, then it reveals the violence inherent in their system.
    4. Should the city continue to give money toward the annual Pumpkin Festival? Why or why not?
    The council, by picking sides, will inevitably upset some people and please others. If taxes were consensual, then taxpayers like you could support the things they like and not support those they do not. The city council should not do anything to prevent OR assist Pumpkinfest. Leave it to the organizers, downtown businesses, and supporters to make it happen.
    5. What role should the city take in dealing with its population of homeless people?
    As a regular financial supporter of Hundred Nights, I’m familiar with how their shelter actually encourages the homeless to make their lives better, while the city’s shelters just provide a way for homeless people to take advantage of the system. The city should get out of the business of trying to help people and leave that to community members who actually have the correct incentives to care.
    6. Are there areas in the city budget where you believe additional cuts should be made? If so, where, and why?
    Ideally, the taxes should be made consensual and each department should have a suggested donation amount listed on each property tax bill. If a taxpayer appreciates that department’s work, they could give them more than they are asking. If not, they could give less, or zero. If each department knew they were not guaranteed the same budget or larger each year and knew their budget actually depended on what people thought of their service, they’d whip their budgets into shape, or the taxpayers would do it for them.

  47. Andy

    I just stumbled upon this interesting video from 1988 of then Libertarian Party candidate for President, Ron Paul, talking about the CIA dealing drugs. He says that he suspects that George Bush is “deep into it” and he also makes the interesting comment of, “once a CIA agent, always a CIA agent.” Perhaps this is one of the reasons why he refused to endorse Bob Barr.

  48. William Saturn

    Does anybody have an image of Robert Sarvis that they personally took? I’d like to find an image to use on Wikipedia.

  49. George Phillies

    The Republican House people seem to be giving us an opportunity; each time they pass a continuing resolution it has some completely different pieces than last time, with no sign of interaction with the Senate response. We might try to come across as better because we are at least marginally rational.

  50. paulie

    Just read the September thread. Funny how people were speculating where I was when it was so easy to just call or text me instead.

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