Libertarian millennials and the death penalty

29 Jul
I wanted to let you know that Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty will be attending the YAL national convention in DC this week. 
A news release is pasted below.
I thank you.
Jon Crane
Critical PR
DEATH PENALTY CONCERNS KEEP GROWING
FROM RON PAUL TO YOUNG LIBERTARIAN LEADERS
NATIONAL CONFAB TO HIGHLIGHT THE ISSUE
July 23, 2014 – Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a national network of conservatives and libertarians questioning the alignment of capital punishment with their principles, will once again be a sponsor of the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) national convention (Arlington, VA. July 30th – August 3rd).
“We come into this year’s national convention with incredible momentum among young conservatives and libertarians,” said Marc Hyden, National Coordinator of CCATDP, who will be making a brief presentation to the convention. “Having Dr. Ron Paul publicly support our efforts immediately following last year’s convention, and then becoming a YALStrategic Partner, has accelerated our efforts to change the national narrative regarding the death penalty.”
In recent months CCATDP has presented and exhibited at YAL state conventions in Kentucky, Texas, and California, and has participated in a number of smaller YAL events.
“Conservative and libertarian student activists are increasingly getting involved once they learn more about the death penalty system’s many pitfalls; like the real risk of executing innocent people and the fact it costs far more than life without parole,” Hyden said.
In addition to former Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty has a growing list of national conservative and libertarian supporters that includes YAL founder Jeff Frazee, Foundation for Economic Education president Lawrence ReedLiberty.me CEO Jeffrey Tucker, award-winningvlogger Julie Borowski, and Libertarian Republic founder and editor Austin Peterson to name a few.
The 6th Annual YAL National Convention will take place at George Mason University’s Arlington Law Campus (3301 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA.) July 30th – August 3rd.
For more information contact Jon Crane at 203-982-4575 or email joncrane@criticalpr.com.
About Us
Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a nationwide group of conservatives questioning whether capital punishment is consistent with conservative principles and values due to the system’s inefficiency, inequity, and inaccuracy. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a project of Equal Justice USA, a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization working to build a criminal justice system that works. For everyone. To learn more go to www.conservativesconcerned.org.

The Empire Lovers Strike Back

29 Jul

Originally posted on Peoples Geography --- Reclaiming space:

ftvThis short essay is pure Vidal, and the vintage is only 1986. It first appeared in The Nation and coruscates with his sharp apprehension and defiance. “Of course I like my country. After all, I’m its current biographer. But now that we’re really leveling with each other [in reference to an exchange with the Podhoretz's], I’ve got to tell you I don’t much like your country, which is Israel.  Although there is nothing wrong with being a lobbyist for a foreign power, one is supposed to register with the Justice Department.”  Quite. To my knowledge it is not available online, though google books displays a snippet as it appears in one of Vidal’s compilatory books, likely  Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia.

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Buzzfeed editor: We stand by fired staffer’s reporting on Edward Snowden

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Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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Earlier this week, Buzzfeed fired writer Benny Johnson for plagiarizing 41 of his pieces from other online sources.

As I wrote yesterday, Johnson made news back in January when he cited anonymous Pentagon sources saying they wanted to kill NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. With Johnson now fired for dishonesty, we can no longer assume that Buzzfeed had in place sufficient editorial checks to ensure that Johnson’s anonymous sources were legitimate. That doesn’t just put Johnson’s reporting in doubt, but also casts doubt on every serious news story broken on Buzzfeed.

A few minutes ago, Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith responded to my concerns, confirming that there had been an “internal review” over the reporting in Johnson’s stories. “Our internal review didn’t find any evidence of fabrication in this piece,” he wrote.

Earlier today, in response to a Tweet from Federalist writer David Marcus, Smith said Johnson’s firing and the resulting concern over his…

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Stifling discourse, on your Left

28 Jul

Originally posted on Scientia Salon:

PSM_V03_D380_John_Stuart_Millby Massimo Pigliucci

I may be in danger of becoming a libertarian. No, not the Rand Paul or even Pen Jillette type (or, worse, a Randian objectivist!). I’m talking of a version of libertarianism closer to the one famously espoused by John Stuart Mill. Mill put forth the idea that there should be little or no restriction on public discourse, on the grounds that bad notions will eventually wither away, defeated in the open marketplace of ideas.

Here is how he puts it in On Liberty [1]:

“There is the greatest difference between presuming an opinion to be true, because, with every opportunity for contesting it, it has not been refuted, and assuming its truth for the purpose of not permitting its refutation. Complete liberty of contradicting and disproving our opinion, is the very condition which justifies us in assuming its truth for purposes of action; and on no other…

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Sean Haugh Libertarian for US Senate – Good at Math

27 Jul

Petition to Impeach Eric Holder

27 Jul
Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder is a serious threat to our liberty and our Constitution.
He’s the worst Attorney General in American history. No question. He’s so bad, Ted Cruz called for his impeachment.  I totally agree. For the sake of our country, Eric Holder needs to go.
But here’s the problem: we can’t impeach Holder unless we win the Senate this year. Harry Reid and the Democrats refuse to hold Holder accountable. They support his lawlessness.
Bruce, if we take the Senate this year, we can impeach Holder. We only need to win six seats. We can do it, but activists in key battleground states need your help.
In Liberty,
Matt Kibbe Signature
Matt Kibbe

A new Ron Paul?

26 Jul

It’s rare to find a strict constitutionalist with a real chance to win an election. Clint Didier, running for Congress in Washington’s 4th district, is just such a candidate.

Clint Didier (WA-04)After an in-depth interview with Clint, I was very impressed by his full knowledge and firm commitment to our philosophy. I’m very confident his voting record will align with Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Thomas Massie, and retired congressman Ron Paul. Clint will NOT sell out.

In fact, Clint’s campaign is endorsed by Dr. Ron Paul as well.

So today, YAL‘s LibertyAction.com PAC announces its proud endorsement of Clint Didier and strongly encourages you to direct your contributions to his campaign. His primary is August 5 — less than two weeks away — so please support him right now!

Click here to read about Clint, and then donate $100, $50, or $25 to help him win.

100% of your donation through LibertyAction.com will go to the “Clint Didier for Congress” campaign.

Simply put, if it’s not strictly authorized by the Constitution, Clint won’t vote for it. Here’s an overview of his positions:

  • Supports a full audit of the Federal Reserve
  • Supports a balanced budget amendment
  • Opposes all efforts to increase taxes
  • Opposes nation-building
  • Supports ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Opposes unconstitutional government spying, the PATRIOT Act, and indefinite detention authorized by the NDAA
  • Opposes restrictions on internet freedom
  • Supports the repeal of Obamacare
  • Supports the 2nd Amendment
Some potential candidates who were considered to be Clint’s toughest competition decided not to run against him. And polls show he has high name recognition in this Republican-leaning district with high favorable ratings.

Now, he just needs the momentum to push him across the finish line in theAugust 5 primary against the establishment Republicans who want nothing to do with true constitutional principles.

Believe it or not, Clint had a successful career as a professional football player, playing for the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers and winning two Super Bowls — but don’t let that turn you off if you’re a Cowboys or Vikings fan!

Following his football career, he moved back home to Washington with his wife and four kids to farm and run his small business. He wasn’t interested in starting another career, and certainly not one in politics. But the 2008 election convinced Clint it was time to get involved and fight back against the big-spending Democrats AND Republicans.

Since 2008, Clint has been actively involved, running for U.S. Senate in 2010. He also carried every county in central Washington, with 60 percent-plus margins in the major counties, in another run for public office in Washington’s 4th district.

Clint is truly a remarkable person. Combining principle with viability is the exact type of candidate you and I must rally behind.

I hope you will join me in sending Clint Didier and the next class of Ron Pauls to Washington — please view and donate to all of our endorsed candidates here:

https://www.libertyaction.com

For liberty,

Jeff Frazee
Executive Director
Young Americans for Liberty

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