You call this a Bat Cave? Cliff Asness has a Bat Cave, this is a little boy’s playroom

16 Sep

Originally posted on For What It's Worth:

I'll just finish my mug of cocoa, Robin, then we'll go upstairs and sign up for healthcare

I’ll just finish my mug of cocoa, Robin, then we’ll go upstairs and sign up for healthcare

Hollywood type tries selling his house for a piddling $25 million and boasts of a Bat Cave. 

If you’ve ever fantasized about having your very own Batcave, this Malibu home could make your superhero dreams come true. Sure, it doesn’t have the Batmobile or Michael Caine’s charming cockney accent, but it is located underground and even has a secret entranceway, according to The Wall Street Journal. And the Batcave, along with the mansion above it, can be yours for $24.95 million. Dan Romanelli, the founder of the consumer-products division at Warner Bros., built the superhero-inspired space in 2006. “Batman was something that really helped build my division,” Romanelli, who worked on toys linked to the series, told The WSJ. The nearly 6-acre, 10,270-square-foot property has five bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an elevator, gym, and pool.

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Libertarian calendar for September

11 Sep
September 12
Seoul, South Korea

Friday, September 12, 2014
8:00 PM
Club House, Bldg. 101, Yongsan Park Tower
24 Yongsan-dong 5ga, Yongsan-gu
Seoul

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September 12
Champaign-Urbana, IL

The Sharing Economy
8:00 pm

Young Americans for Liberty at University of Illinois


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    1065 Lincoln Hall
This week we’ll be discussing the Sharing Economy which includes companies like Uber and AirBnB. Tyler will help us lead this forum.

Next week is Constitution week and we’ll be doing some tabling on the Quad with a Free Speech Wall, so we will be planning that and asking for volunteers.

After the meeting, we’ll head to Brothers for a social. Hope to see you all there!

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September 12
Exeter, NH

Exeter Liberty Outreach Meetup

    • 7:00 PM
    • <li class="event-stack event-where complete" data-address="137 Epping Road, Exeter, Ne” data-id=”8981562″ data-name=”Front Row Pizzeria” id=”event-where” style=”background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; border-top-color: rgb(238, 238, 238); border-top-style: dotted; border-top-width: 1px; color: #272727; margin: 0px; padding: 18px 0px 0px;”>

      Front Row Pizzeria

      137 Epping Road, Exeter, (map)
    • Look for the Seacoast Liberty table decorations.
    • This is one of our weekly outreach meetups that occur on the Seacoast every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM. We rotate towns every week, so be sure to join this Meetup group to get reminders about where you can find us.
      The goal of these meetups is to provide a place for those interested in, or just learning about, the philosophy of liberty to be able to talk with, get to know, and coordinate projects with like-minded people. 
      It’s all about good ideas, good people, and good food & drink. So come on down!


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    • September 12
    • Arlington, Virginia: Regal Cinemas Ballston
    • Washington DC: Regal Cinemas/Chinatown – 7th Street NW at I Street NW
    • Dallas TX:  AMC NorthPark 15 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX (map)
    • Atlas Shrugged III premieres
    • Who is John Galt?
      Atlas Shrugged The Movie Part III is almost in theaters!
      The last part of Ayn Rand’s epic novel will hit the big screen on September 12, 2014.
      To celebrate, FreedomWorks is hosting a special, FREE livestream of the first two movies on September 8th and 9th.  This livestream is free of charge, and you can chat with your fellow patriots during the movie!
      RSVP_Atlas_Shrugged_Email01.jpg
      Also, make sure to watch an exclusive teaser video for Atlas Shrugged Part III featuring FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe. Matt explains whyAtlas Shrugged represents our values: hard work, patriotism, and limited government.
      Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who is John Galt? | FreedomWorks
      Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is one of the most pivotal and influential books of the 20th century. Her economic warnings 50 years ago still ring true today.
      Preview by Yahoo
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    • September 14
    • Dallas TX
    • Libertarian Trivia
    • <li class="event-stack event-where complete" data-address="5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX” data-id=”706242″ data-name=”Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant” id=”event-where” style=”background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; border-top-color: rgb(238, 238, 238); border-top-style: dotted; border-top-width: 1px; color: #272727; margin: 0px; padding: 18px 0px 0px;”>

      Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant

      5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX (map)
    • 214 477 9265  If it’s Sunday, it’s trivia night! 
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    • September 16
    • Washington DC
    • The Constitution and Foreign Policy
    • A Debate Between

      John Yoo & Bruce Fein

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      The Constitution and 
      Foreign Policy
      _________________________
      Rand Paul
      vs
      Barack Obama & George Bush
      ____________________
      6:30 p.m.
      National Press Club 
      Main Ballroom
      ___________________________
      RSVP at:
      ___________________________

      Bruce Fein, senior policy advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, and John Yoo, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush Administration, will square off to debate the Constitution and Foreign Policy on September 16, 2014 at the National Press Club. 
      Fein will defend Rand Paul’s foreign policy disfavoring war except in self-defense, unilateral presidential action in national security matters without congressional authorization, and executive agreements in lieu of treaties as faithful to the Constitution’s original meaning and purposes. Fein will further maintain that the President today exercises more unchecked power than did King George III at the time of the American Revolution.
      Yoo will defend the Bush and Obama administration’s claim to executive primacy in foreign affairs, including the right to use preemptive military force to defeat current or future threats to the United States or its allies.  He will also defend the legality of current counter-terrorism policy, including the use of predator drones to kill al Qaeda leaders abroad and the bulk collection and analysis of electronic communications.
                             ___________________________              
      The Committee for the Republic is a citizen-based, non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2003. The Committee sponsors speakers monthly on challenges to the American Republic, including the military-industrial complex, too-big-to-fail banks, campaign finance, and U.S. competitiveness. For questions or requests email James@Committeefortherepublic.org


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    • September 17
    • Dallas TX
    • Give Me Liberty!

      • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      • <li class="event-stack event-where complete" data-address="12835 Preston Road
        (at LBJ Freeway)
        Dallas, TX” data-id=”1141836″ data-name=”Spring Creek Barbecue” id=”event-where” style=”background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; border-top-color: rgb(238, 238, 238); border-top-style: dotted; border-top-width: 1px; color: #272727; margin: 0px; padding: 18px 0px 0px;”>

        Spring Creek Barbecue

        12835 Preston Road
        (at LBJ Freeway)
        Dallas, TX (map)
      • We’ll be in the back room.
      • Join us September 17 for ‘Give Me Liberty!’, a forum for libertarians who want to practice public speaking.
        If we want others to embrace our philosophy, we must learn to communicate our ideas effectively, and it begins here.
        We’ll be in the meeting room in the back. We usually try to limit speeches to no more than 10 minutes so everyone has a chance to speak.
        So if you have something to say (even if it’s just Ezekiel 25:17), or if you just want to hear some great speeches about liberty, join us Wednesday, September 17 at Spring Creek BBQ!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJCa6Bp6vOo

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      • September 30
        Stevenage, United Kingdom
        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”.

    Campaign Gatekeeping 101 in the DC mayoral race – Update

    11 Sep
    I did a little more investigation of the people behind one of the two larger debates I am being excluded from (I am invited to almost all of the smaller and medium sized ones).

    Yesterday I had an odd exchange with one Debra Linick, the outgoing PR person for the debate sponsor, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the DC metro area.  Ms. Linick told me they only invited candidates who had raised at least 10% of the amount raised by the frontrunner, Muriel Bowser.  Boswer, like most Democrats in DC, has raised hundreds of thousands in corporate and union PAC donations.  (For example, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who sits on Congressional Committees that sell and lease federally owned buildings and parcels in DC, routinely collects $400,000 every election cycle from real estate developers and building trades unions as well as government employee unions, even though she is often running unopposed.  No DC journalists ever investigate this, just as they never noticed any DC corruption until independent citizens like Tim Day brought it to light.)

    The problem for Ms. Linick, who tells me she is going to “relook” her math, is that they are inviting (my friend) Carol Schwartz (an independent candidate who is a former Republican city council member).  Ms. Schwartz has raised around $70,000, around 3% of the $2.1 million Bowser has raised.  In looking into who Ms. Linick and various other people running the JCRC were yesterday. I see that she and I were both students at Georgetown University’s MBA program, overlapping, in the early 90s.  GU’s program is very light on math – and very heavy on ethics! – but even the students there know that $65,000 is not 10% of $2.1 million.  I will be curious to see if Ms. Linick is as good as her word, despite her computational deficiencies.

    Then I began looking at the board of the JCRC.  Of the few I have looked at so far are seasoned citizens (see below) and often don’t seem to be still gainfully employed or to have much of an internet footprint.  They also seem to be fairly partisan, mainly Democrats (though one has some John Boehner connection).  They seem like a group that would be naturally inclined to protect the Democrat’s one party rule in DC, and certainly a group that would protect the two party monopoly.  (A Jewish libertarian friend, who alerted me to their forum in the first place, says that when he moved here he went to some of their events, and also came away with the impression that they were mainly Democratic party partisans, with few independents or others, and mainly older than people in similar organizations.)  It’s sad that there are virtually no independent organizations in DC (as well as none that represent tax payers, people victimized by the drug war, students unserved by DC’s failed schools, etc.)

    Joseph Sandler, of Sandler and Reiff, getting his partisanship on

    One of the people I looked at was the chair of the JCRC, Joseph Sandler.  Who is he?  A long term lawyer for the Democratic National Committee. (From his Wiki:  “Joseph Sandler is a Washington, D.C. attorney who served as in-house general counsel for the Democratic National Committee from 1993 to 1998 and continued in this role at his firm Sandler, Reiff & Young through 2009. He now serves as an adviser to prominent Democrats, state parties, and progressive organizations, such as Moveon.org.”)

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Linick, Debra
    Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Subject: Mayoral forum
    To: Bruce Majors

    Bruce, thanks for your response. I will need to relook my math on the below. As regards the literature, it can be brought to Sixth & I the day of the event. If someone wishes to drop it off earlier, please let me know so I can provide a heads up to my colleague there, Lisa Yochelson, who would be able to hold onto it until we can display it.

    From: Bruce Majors [mailto:majors.bruce@gmail.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:11 PM
    To: Linick, Debra
    Subject: Re: Mayoral forum

    I do have two questions though:

    1) Where should I bring the literature and when?

    2) According to the August 12 campaign reports I see online with the Office of Campaign Finance, my friend Carol Schwartz has raised a total of $65,000 which is over 1% but much less than 10% of the over $2 million dollars raised by front runner Muriel Bowser. (Ten percent of $2.1 million would be $210,000.)

    So to be able to formulate a rationale by which you exclude me and continue to invite Ms. Schwartz, you will need to tell everyone that your rule is that all candidates must have raised 1% or 2% of the amount raised by the front runner. Is that what you meant to write?

    On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Linick, Debra wrote:

    Mr. Majors, thank you for getting in touch with the JCRC about our upcoming forum. The JCRC invites all candidates who have secured at least 10% of the funding of the front runner candidate in a given race in financial reports current at the time of our invitations. Although this does exclude some individuals from speaking roles, we do welcome all candidates to provide written material that we encourage audience members to review and take before or after the program. We allow two separate items per campaign to be displayed. We do not allow soliciting on the premises at Sixth and I, however campaigns have often had a presence on the public sidewalks outside of Sixth and I were our line of attendees forms. I hope that these opportunities might be of interest to you and thank you once again for reaching out to JCRC.

    Debra Gold Linick
    Director for DC & Northern Virginia
    703-893-4007 / 202-552-5355
    dlinick@jcouncil.org

    About the Jewish Community Relations Council
    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) is the public affairs and community relations arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington representing over 100 Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The JCRC focuses on government relations, Israel advocacy, inter-group relations, and social justice.

    6101 Montrose Road, Suite 205│Rockville, MD 20852│Tel. 301-770-0881│Fax. 301-770-7553│www.jcouncil.org
    Virginia Office: c/o JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA22031-3123│Tel. 703-893-4007│ Fax 703-323-1993
    DC Office: 1720 Eye Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006│Tel. 202-552-5355

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    From: Bruce Majors [mailto:majors.bruce@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2014 9:58 AM
    To: Linick, Debra
    Subject: Mayoral forum

    I am available should you decide to be ńonpartisan in your debate format.

    I spoke last night at the Capitol Hill Arts Center mayoral forum, as I had earlier before the National Capitol Area ACLU and other forums, and I think it was viewed as a positive addition.

    Bruce Majors

    202 704 6401


    JCRC:

    header_leadership

     Executive Committee

    President
    Joseph Sandler
    Vice PresidentCookie Hymer Blitz
    Vice PresidentMichael Friedman
     Vice President
    Erwin Groner
    TreasurerBarbara Zakheim
    Financial SecretarySam Kaplan
    Recording Secretary
    Miriam Galston
    Executive Director
    Ronald Halber


    Board of Directors

    Ira Bartfield
    Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein
    Bob Budoff
    Jerome Chapman
    Andrew Cooper
    Behnam Dayanim
    Alyssa Dortort
    Jack Edlow
    Anita Epstein
    Robert Epstein
    Debra Feuer
    Judith Flippen-Anderson
    Mennachem Gottlieb
    Ralph Grunewald
    Peter Haas
    Sheldon Klein
    Edward Kopf
    Julie Krachman
    Rebecca Krasnegor
    Alyza Lewin
    Lucky Malamut
    Gerson Panitch
    Orlee Panitch
    Ronald Paul, M.D.
    Rabbi Mindy Portnoy
    Thorn Pozen
    Daniel Prywes
    Edward Rehfeld
    Joan Sacarob
    Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
    Frederick Shapiro
    Irving Shapiro
    Michael Eric Siegel
    Gerald Sommer
    Steven David Stone
    Stuart Tauber
    Susan Turnbull
    Irving Varkonyi
    Eugene Youngentob 


    Past Presidents

    Douglas Bloomfield
    Stephen N. Gell
    Ronald Glancz
    Norman Goldstein
    Sophie R. Hoffman
    Helen Karpa
    Hon. Peter B. Krauser
    Nathan Lewin
    Rabbi Jack Luxemburg
    Harvey Reiter
    Elaine Senter
    Jack A. Serber
    Bert A. Silver
    Andy Stern
    Marcia Weinberg
    Susan Weinberg



    Campaign Gatekeeping 101

    10 Sep

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Linick, Debra 
    Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Subject: Mayoral forum
    To: Bruce Majors

    Bruce, thanks for your response.  I will need to relook my math on the below.  As regards the literature, it can be brought to Sixth & I the day of the event.  If someone wishes to drop it off earlier, please let me know so I can provide a heads up to my colleague there, Lisa Yochelson, who would be able to hold onto it until we can display it. 
    From: Bruce Majors [mailto:majors.bruce@gmail.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:11 PM
    To: Linick, Debra
    Subject: Re: Mayoral forum
    I do have two questions though:
    1) Where should I bring the literature and when?
    2) According to the August 12 campaign reports I see online with the Office of Campaign Finance, my friend Carol Schwartz has raised a total of $65,000 which is over 1% but much less than 10% of the over $2 million dollars raised by front runner Muriel Bowser. (Ten percent of $2.1 million would be $210,000.)
    So to be able to formulate a rationale by which you exclude me and continue to invite Ms. Schwartz, you will need to tell everyone that your rule is that all candidates must have raised 1% or 2% of the amount raised by the front runner.  Is that what you meant to write?

    On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Linick, Debra <dlinick@jcouncil.org> wrote:

    JCRC_Logo_2013_edited2
    Mr. Majors, thank you for getting in touch with the JCRC about our upcoming forum.  The JCRC invites all candidates who have secured at least 10% of the funding of the front runner candidate in a given race in financial reports current at the time of our invitations.  Although this does exclude some individuals from speaking roles, we do welcome all candidates to provide written material that we encourage audience members to review and take before or after the program.  We allow two separate items per campaign to be displayed.  We do not allow soliciting on the premises at Sixth and I, however campaigns have often had a presence on the public sidewalks outside of Sixth and I were our line of attendees forms.  I hope that these opportunities might be of interest to you and thank you once again for reaching out to JCRC.
    Debra Gold Linick
    Director for DC & Northern Virginia
    703-893-4007 / 202-552-5355
    dlinick@jcouncil.org
    About the Jewish Community Relations Council
    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) is the public affairs and community relations arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington representing over 100 Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  The JCRC focuses on government relations, Israel advocacy, inter-group relations, and social justice.

    6101 Montrose Road, Suite 205│Rockville, MD 20852│Tel. 301-770-0881│Fax. 301-770-7553│www.jcouncil.org
    Virginia Office: c/o JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA22031-3123│Tel. 703-893-4007│ Fax 703-323-1993
    DC Office: 1720 Eye Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006│Tel. 202-552-5355 

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    From: Bruce Majors [mailto:majors.bruce@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2014 9:58 AM
    To: Linick, Debra
    Subject: Mayoral forum
    I am available should you decide to be ńonpartisan in your debate format.
    I spoke last night at the Capitol Hill Arts Center mayoral forum, as I had earlier before the National Capitol Area ACLU and other forums, and I think it was viewed as a positive addition.
    Bruce Majors
    202 704 6401
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