Archive | December, 2013

2013: The Year Defiance of the State Became Cool

31 Dec

2013: The Year Defiance of the State Became Cool

6th DC Libertarian candidate files for Shadow Senator

31 Dec
John Daniel, a Logan Circle tech entrepreneur, is the DC Libertarian Party’s 6th announced candidate, filing petitions New Year’s Eve to run in the U.S. Shadow Senate race.  The position is one created by the DC government to protest DC’s lack of statehood and representation in the U.S. Senate.  Created in 1982, the first Shadow Senator was elected in 1990.



Daniel joins a group of 5 DC Libertarians already running for office:  Frederick Steiner, City Council At Large; Sara Jane Panfil, Delegate to Congress; Bruce Majors, Mayor;  Ryan Sabot, Ward 3 city council representative; and Pranav Badhwar, Ward 6 city council representative.

The DC LP hopes to recruit a candidate before the January 2 deadline for city council chair or for shadow representative.

More candidates are being recruited, for an unprecedented nearly full slate never before put on the ballot by any DC party other than the Democrats. The newly created elected Attorney General position is open to any member of the DC Bar. Wards 1 (Petworth/Columbia Heights), 5 (Brookland) have races, as well as City Council Chair, school board, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission.  If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about running for office, please contact:  Bruce Majors at (202) 704-6401

NSA’s Personal Propagandist For CBS Officially Takes Counterterrorism Job Everyone Knew He Was Getting

31 Dec

NSA’s Personal Propagandist For CBS Officially Takes Counterterrorism Job Everyone Knew He Was Getting

Slate Wonders Why Libertarian Party Insists on Being Libertarian on Gay Rights Issues, Reveals Utter Ignorance of Party’s History

31 Dec

<em>Slate</em> Wonders Why Libertarian Party Insists on Being Libertarian on Gay Rights Issues, Reveals Utter Ignorance of Party’s History

Faces of 2013: Robert Sarvis

30 Dec

Faces of 2013: Robert Sarvis – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Richmond News, Crime & Politics

Faces of 2013: Robert Sarvis

30 Dec

Faces of 2013: Robert Sarvis – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Richmond News, Crime & Politics

Gary Chartier On Stossel

30 Dec

If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It: The Rap (w/ Remy)

30 Dec

Southside Libertarians New Year’s Eve Eve Party

30 Dec
1830 Kempsville Rd. Ste 101Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
6:30 pm

Gadsden license plate popular in Virginia

29 Dec

Populist “Don’t Tread on Me” plate proves popular

Posted toNews Politics Virginia 

Keith Freeman didn’t mention politics when he recently asked an employee at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Norfolk about the “Don’t Tread on Me” license plates he could see on the other side of the counter.
When he was told they were stocked because of their popularity, that reinforced what the Hampton Roads Tea Party chairman already was thinking.
“I’m seeing them everywhere now,” said Freeman, who lives in Virginia Beach and has the license plates on his pickup.
Demand for the specialty plate canonizing the limited-government group’s rallying cry has made the tag one of the most coveted in the state, despite being available for just 20 months.
As of Nov. 30, nearly 21,800 Virginia-registered automobiles sported the plates, which resemble the rattlesnake-emblazoned historic Gadsden Flag, ranking it ninth in overall popularity among more than 200 state-sanctioned specialty plates, according to state figures.
And the numbers look even better when compared with other, newer license plate styles.
Among specialty tags approved in the past five years, “Don’t Tread on Me” lags behind only the “In God We Trust” national motto plate, visible on roughly 23,500 cars.
Both were legislatively approved in 2011 and went into circulation last year.
Virginia is one of at least six states that have sanctioned “Don’t Tread On Me” plates. Others include Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.
Several other Virginia specialty plates with political themes are less popular than the plate whose design comes from a Revolutionary-era flag. The abortion-rights “Trust Women/Respect Choice” plate, for instance, is on about 1,600 vehicles. And roughly 5,400 cars display the anti-abortion counterpart message, “Choose Life.”
Folks like Freeman concede that more Tea Party plates are in circulation than there are active members of the various local affiliate groups. Even so, their appeal is heartening to those in the movement confronting tough questions about the movement’s muscle after November election losses by supported candidates Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson.
“My theory on this is, people want to feel like they’re doing something, that they’re not happy with the status quo,” said Norfolk’s David Donis, a past Hampton Roads Tea Party chairman.
Choosing a symbolic license plate, he said, “is an easy way for them to express their sentiments.”
The message they bear resonates beyond the Tea Party core, added David Dwyer, a past chairman of the Hampton Roads Tea Party’s Norfolk chapter:
“It is a symbol of frustration … a symbol of disgust with the government,” said Dwyer, who has the plates on two personal vehicles.
For some, it’s more than that. Warrenton’s Rick Buchanan uses his “Don’t Tread on Me” plate as advertising: his SEE FFC tags direct people to the conservative-minded “Fauquier Free Citizen” online publication, and the plate is sandwiched between bumper stickers on his truck promoting the website.
The message on his wife’s license plate – DDM BRO – tells Big Brother to back off; Buchanan says its translation is “Don’t drone me, Bro.”
Buchanan, the outgoing first vice chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation, thinks the plates attract the traditional “taxed enough already” set and others exasperated by what he considers Obama administration scandals that qualify as tyranny.
Despite their proliferation, not everyone who’s fed up with the system has affixed the plates to their cars.
Freeman said his wife shares his feelings but has declined to display the “gaudy” yellow plates because they would clash with her wine-colored vehicle.
The fee for specialty plates is $10 – some revenue-sharing tags cost more – on top of the regular registration fee. For a personalized message, tack on another $10. In either case, it’s payable to the state.
Pilot news researcher Jakon Hays contributed to this report.
Julian Walker, 804-697-1564, julian.walker@pilotonline.com