Archive | October, 2016


31 Oct

Seah & Erik campaign for their Dad, Governor Gary Johnson for President

31 Oct

Gary Heaven and His Haitian Relief Efforts

30 Oct

Rogue Democrats

29 Oct

This was published today in the Daily Caller.

Just eleven days before the election, polls have tightened in the presidential race.  Trump and Clinton are tied in today’s Los Angles Times poll.  A week ago chances of Donald Trump being elected seemed remote, and the Republican candidate and his surrogates were spending much of their time defending him against charges of being a sexual predator.

During a few days in which Wikileaks, undercover videographer James O’Keefe, and the National Enquirer have exposed the pecodilloes and possible legal violations of Hillary and Bill Clinton, their Foundation and campaign staffers, and contractors and staff of the Democratic National Committee.  New DNC chair Donna Brazille had a meltdown on The Kelly File ( a few days before Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich had his own awkward interview there).

Some of the voters leaving Hillary are high profile Democrats.

“Hillary says she has a plan for this and a plan for that, but she won’t get any program through Congress, since she’ll spend the first year in office in impeachment hearings,” former Democratic Senator Mike Gravel, who represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate for two terms.  “Hillary and Bill are into aggrandizing themselves.  They’ve become millionaires and they’d like to be billionaires.  It’s a sick situation.  And the media is totally biased.”

Gravel is one of several former Democrats turned off by the Democratic Party or the Clinton campaign, some even before the emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were published by Wikileaks or the undercover videos from James O’Keefe which seem to show subcontractors to the Clinton campaign promoting voter fraud.

Gravel, a life-long Democrat until 2008, the year he entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination along with fellow Senators Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and John Edwards, agrees with Donald Trump that the electoral system “is rigged, but what else is new?  That’s why voters are so disillusioned.”  Gravel says his 2008 candidacy was torpedoed by the Democratic establishment much as Bernie Sanders’ campaign was, when General Electric chairman Jeff Immelt excluded him from NBC’s presidential primary debates (NBC was owned by GE), because of his opposition to nuclear power.  (Gravel now promotes a Constitutional amendment to create direct democracy, and is soured on the possibilities of elections.  He quotes a saying attributed to Mark Twain: “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”)

“I learned nothing new from the emails that I didn’t already know about the Clintons,” Terry Michael, a Capitol Hill Democratic press spokesman for 17 years..  “Together, they comprise an unbridled bundle of naked ambition.”  Michael was a Democratic press person for most of his career, working for the lIlinois House Democrats from 1973-74; for the late Sen. Paul Simon, during Simon’s first five years in the U.S. House; for the late Cong. Bob Matsui, from 1981-83; and for the Democratic National Committee, where he worked from 1983-87, before serving as communications director for Simon’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and founding the Association of House Democratic Press Assistants.

Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, a Bernie Sanders supporter and member of his Our Revolution group, has also openly criticized the Democratic establishment, telling MSNBC: ““I believe that the Democratic party, when all of this is said and done, will have to deal in a very deep way with the healing process, because the fact of the matter is that the hackers didn’t write the emails,” Turner explained. “We’re dealing with people who talked about needy Latinos. We’re dealing with people who said things about African-Americans and others. Heck, I’m even in the emails, as well. I can tell from you reading the ones that I’ve seen so far with my name in them, the Russians didn’t write those emails. They were by the people within the Clinton camp.”

Turner was originally scheduled to have a prime time speaking slot at the Democratic Party convention, to endorse Bernie Sanders – but the DNC, then headed by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, removed her at the last minute from the schedule.  Even before the Wikileaks on DNC “rigging” of elections, Turner summarized her exclusion from the nominating convention for  Salon:  “picture this: Within that same space they’re giving a salute to black women, and they bring out all these mothers of the movement. At that same time they’re trying to put another black woman in her place, put me in my place.  ‘Cause make no mistake about it; that symbolically was putting me in my place.  The black woman vote is the vote that they need. It was really the black woman vote in the South that gave her the huge advantages over Sen. Sanders in the South. So just the irony. To have all these speakers come up like Cecile Richards talking about how Secretary Clinton is going to give women voice. And then you take another woman, who is a Democrat in good standing, who supported another Democrat, and you gonna put her in her place — the black woman, I want to emphasize, black woman, in her place.”

Brunell Donald-Kyei, a former Democrat and Obama voter who is a diversity outreach staffer for the Trump campaign, echoes Turner’s idea of a need for healing and Gravel’s prediction that a Clinton administration will be bogged down in hearings.  Kyei told FOX News’ Bret Baier yesterday: “The most important issue to me is economics because the last eight years the economy, the poor people of this nation have suffered. The middle class have suffered and let me tell you something, the American people don’t want to be dealing with a presidential person going into office with all the baggage, with all the investigations that are going to be on top of Hillary Clinton.”

“Our nation needs to heal. We want to heal. We want peace between the races. We want to make sure that our youth, whether they’re white, back, Hispanic, have jobs. We want to make sure that the Supreme Court, you know, that the constitution is protected. Those are American issues. That has absolutely nothing to do with your race. That’s to protect this nation.”

Besides Kyei working for Trump, Senator Gravel has endorsed Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and Terry Michael is woking with the media team for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.  Turner has joined Bernie Sanders Democratic Party reform organization Our Revolution, but has not been campaigning for any candidate.

Polls show Hillary Clinton being abandoned mainly by independents and millennials, who left her in the past week both for Trump, and for Governor Johnson, who in several polls is back up to 7 or 8% nationally.

Gary Johnson loses his cool when pressed on his disputed tax policy | US…

28 Oct

AJC poll: Libertarian Buckley at 11% in Senate race

28 Oct

Source: AJC poll: Isakson has big lead in Ga. Senate race, but runoff possible


28 Oct

Wolves, Otters, and Bears – Oh My!

Chris Freeman

Chris, a PorcFest attendee, manages a farm in the FreeState of New Hampshire.

Andrew Outlaw

Mr. Outlaw is an  anarcho-pipefitter in Cincinnati. (That’s not a metaphor.)


Luigi Zingales

Dr. Zingales is the director of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago and the author of three books on crony capitalism and many articles on political economy.

Alexander Skouras

Mr. Skoras is Associate Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Network

Colby Keddington

Maryland voluntaryist Colby Keddington likes to dance, and did so at Porcfest2015


Rigging the Election – Video IV: $20K Wire Transfer From Belize Returned

26 Oct

Finalists chosen for Great Communicators Tournament

26 Oct

This was published earlier today at Breitbart.

Three finalists were chosen yesterday out of twelve semi-finalists in the Great Communicator Tournament, a contest that offers three cash prizes annually – $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 – to millennials who can craft the most inspiring elevator pitches for libertarian oriented political messaging.

The only question now is which of the three finalists – Charles Blatz, Jim Pagels, or Ben Klutzy – will win which prize.

Blatz, a video producer who was a theater major, co-wrote and starred in Hungry People, The Musical, an off Broadway performance that explored homelessness in New York City.  Pagels, is an economics researcher and journalist who likes to do visual presentation of data, like sports scores.  Klutsey is a research in international finance regulation at George Mason University.

The three finalists face off tonight at the D.C. Improv, a venue in downtown Washington, in the heart of the K Street corridor.  The contestants will mainly be delivering messages – that are supposed to be inspirational, aspirational, and humorous – that would lead to a lot of pink slips for the lobbyists there.  The judges are Fox News contributor Guy Benson, Federalist writer Molly Hemingway, and PR maven Beverly Hallberg,

Though semi-finalists are picked from 100 entrants from around the country who submit videos, and the finalists are picked in a round of extemporaneous speaking trials. “There are three rounds with different topics and four competitors in each. One finalist is chosen from each round, for a total of three finalists,” McKenzie Snow, one the semifinalists cut in the last round of competition, explained. “ Ms. Snow, an education policy wonk, runs a local Toastmasters group in D.C.

Blatz feels good about is chances because of his background: “It’s always a toss up when you go live. That’s why I love theatre because it trains you to be ready for anything in the moment. you have to be ready for any unexpected thought, stutter, or slip up. When you’re going live, there are no retakes.” This year’s finalists were from Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, and D.C.

The finalists were announced Tuesday night at a happy hour at the libertarian Cato Institute.

Three years old, the tournament in previous years held its finals in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Denver, Colorado.  But tomorrow night if you’re in D.C.and needs some inspiration in this election season, you can get a free ticket from the sponsoring non-profit, ThinkFreelyMedia.

2016 Great Communicators Tournament tonight

26 Oct

The liberty movement lacks great communicators – people that penetrate and
persuade effectively. For liberty to prevail on a sustained basis, we have to solve
this problem or we’ll continue to win the battle of ideas, but lose the policy and 
political debates that decide electoral outcomes. Think Freely Media addresses 
this challenge by sponsoring the Great Communicators Tournament. An annual 
event, our goal is to identify, from within the liberty movement or beyond, and 
promote individuals who can effectively and persuasively discuss and defend 
the free market and the benefits of individual freedom.
The tournament kicks off with an online contest, where contestants submit 
short videos that make arguments that meet our requirements. The videos 
are posted to our website, our staff and judges deliberate and a group of 
semi-finalists are identified. These semi-finalists are brought together for 
several rounds of in-person competition and the winners of these semi-final 
rounds advance to the final round of competition. In the final round, the
contestants are judged by an all-star panel as they give prepared speeches
and answer questions on the fly. The judging panel deliberates and identifies
a winner, using our guiding criteria and our Great Communicator is awarded
a cash prize of $10,000.
Contestants are asked to make an emotionally compelling moral argument that takes the free market or pro-liberty position on a current public policy issue. As the contestants formulate their arguments, we ask that they:
  • take the moral high ground
  • be hopeful and aspirational
  • address the issue of fairness or inequality
  • put the other side on the defense
  • communicate the value of freedom and increase the audience’s demand for it
  • use storytelling to make their case


$10,000 First Place
$5,000 Second Place
$2,500 Third Place