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Presidential straw poll fail – Students for Liberty 2016

28 Feb
Students for Liberty held a straw poll where anyone could vote on the internet for a favored presidential candidate.

Taking a page from libertarian clicktivists themselves, Trump supporters, among others, started voting before the 9th annual international Students for Liberty conference began, with a result that Trump was in the lead.

ISFLC2016 organizers then deleted all the votes and reset the poll to begin when the conference began this Friday evening (in Washington, D.C.) and end today at noon as the conference ended.

Outsiders continued to vote and the results were:  Governor Gary Johnson 3rd, former FOX Business assistant producer Austin Petersen 2nd, and Senator Ted Cruz winning first place.

At other points in the convention at happy hours and informal events, the minority of older (40+) libertarians in attendance had post mortems of the Rand Paul campaign, concluding that Rand’s campaign was done in primarily by a lack of funding, in part because the Koch brothers, insulated by a bubble of long term senescent toadies, refused to donate significantly to the pro-Paul PACs or urge their donor network to do so, and in part, as one non-student libertarian opined, because Rand Paul can sometimes be a “thin skinned little bitch.”

Big money in politics – the Empire Strikes Back

14 Nov
This was published at Breitbart earlier this week.

Charles and David Koch have announced that they have no plans to endorse or fund any of the GOP candidates before the primaries – even as they have finally upped their charm offensive, appearing on FOX and MSNBC shows so voters can see who they are, in contrast to a decade of smears by the “liberal” media and leftover blogosphere.  Meanwhile, their counterpart in the Democratic Party, George Soros, is not holding back.

Besides funding #BlackLivesMatters and other protest groups through as much as $33 million in grants from his Open Society Foundation, Soros is also donating to a variety of political action committees involved in the 2016 campaign.  (No one seems to have investigated whether this funding is involved in the current “Mizzou” agitation or that on other campuses.)

Soros came out for Hillary Clinton for President back in 2013.  Having made his fortune betting on currency devaluations and financial crises, Mr. Soros recognizes Hillary – publicly a critic of Wall Street while privately funded by Wall Street – as exactly the kind of President he can prosper under.

A week ago a campaign finance and internet sleuth, bylined “Anonymous” at the online magazine Medium, wrote a piece claiming that Luke Sissyfag Montgomery, the author of the allegedly independent political action committee DeportRacism video’s attacking Donald Trump, were illegally funded by the Clinton campaign.  (Virtually no media, other than Breitbart, covered that story.)

“Anonymous” purports to be a complete independent:  “I have no hat in the ring at all, and the reason I went digging was because I saw an interesting investigation. I do not have it in for any candidate. I believe that it’s my job, as someone who’s taken it upon themselves to investigate this issue, to bring things to light. I assure you, if it is revealed that Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or any other candidate has done something fishy, I will certainly investigate that as well. I like to think that my loyalty is to the truth, not to any party.”

Today “Anonymous,” returns with another part of his series showing that George Soros makes hefty (multi-million dollar, in chunks varying from $250,000 to $1,000,000) contributions, filtered through a variety of PACS like the House Majority PAC and the American Bridge 21st Century PAC, that go to fund both establishment Democrats AND Republicans who are attempting to defeat both Senator Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and candidates affiliated with the tea party.  Some of this has been, as he notes, brought up by the tea party blogosphere already.  But “Anonymous” provides more tabulation and sourcing of how the money flows from Soros through union and other PACS to establishment Republican and Democratic PACS and candidates.  He writes:

 let’s look at what we know so far:
  • Soros is funding alleged labor-unions which transfer money to Republicans.
  • Soros is raising money from Democratic circles and this money is legally laundered through D.R.I.V.E. [Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education PAC] over to Republicans.
  • Establishment Republicans and Democrats are using money straight from Soros to take down more radical elements of the GOP.
  • Large corporations, either wittingly or not, feed into this as well.
Connecting these to the fact that Soros supports Hillary brings us back to the fact that it’s in Soros’s best interests to see both Hillary and establishment Republicans win the primaries for 2016.
The Koch Brothers have responded with their own Super PAC, but aside from one or two donors appearing as recent converts, I could find no real links from the Kochs to the establishment Republicans cooperating with Soros.
There are a lot of links in the articles included here for you to continue digging with (looking at you, lurking journalists!)
Some of Anonymous’s research is something anyone with enough time could do on the OpenSecrets website (which makes Federal Election Commission reports public), at least if they knew where to look.  But as he chides, no “mainstream” journalists report on this.  Just as none of them ever ask Mrs. Clinton or other Democrats decrying “dark money” in campaigns why they accept George Soros’s contributions.  Anonymous promises to return with some follow up later on the Clinton campaign and more on Luke Sissyfag Montgomery and who’s paying whom.

Libertarian women’s history month: Leslie Graves

31 Mar

Leslie Graves (195? – )  started in Libertarian Party and anti-draft activism and gradually moved to behind the scenes activism in tax and term limitation initiatives and then freedom of information issues.  Many libertarians are not familiar with Ms. Graves, who has never been well profiled on the Internet or in any libertarian publication.
Originally from Spring Green, Wisconsin, her father served in the Korean War.

Leslie matriculated at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland in 1972.  A “Great Books” school, St. John’s requires that students read original sources and texts, even in maths and sciences, from Plato to Freud, Leslie’s college years overlapped with another well known (and now long term) libertarian activist studying at St. John’s College, Tom Palmer, with whom she would later work on the 1980 Ed Clark for President campaign, though apparently they never met as undergraduates.   Years later, after raising children and working in the Libertarian Party,  Graves did graduate work in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She co-authored “Is indeterminism the source of the statistical character of evolutionary theory?” in the Philosophy of Science and wrote “Transgressive traditions and art definitions” for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.   

But in college, Leslie married another “Johnnie,” as St. John’s students are called, Steve Key, and had a daughter, Sara Key.  The marriage dissolved amicably while Sara was an infant, and Leslie moved for a year to Washington, D.C., where she worked with the Ed Crane wing of the libertarian movement that was running Ed Clark’s 1980 Presidential campaign (for which David Koch served as an angel donor and the Vice Presidential candidate).  In 1980, Leslie and Sara became roommates with a libertarian gay couple working for the Clark campaign and the Libertarian Party in the Glover Park neighborhood near the Libertarian Party national headquarters (at that time on Wisconsin Avenue just above Georgetown, over what is now, of course, a Starbucks.)  Leslie was tasked with working as a representative to the Coalition Against Registration and the Draft‘s national board, popularly referred to as the CARD Board.  The anti-draft movement of the time was contentious, as for the first time marxists and socialist front groups, along with honestly socialist parties, had to contend with multiple libertarian groups, including the Libertarian Party, the Young Libertarian Alliance, the Association of Libertarian Feminists, and the Society for Individual Liberty, all finding a Washington, D.C. member and appointing them to represent them and vote for them on the CARD Board.  Leslie was also the state chair for a time of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party,

While in D.C., Leslie met another mid-Westerner, Eric O’Keefe, a handsome Detroit factory worker who had saved money and invested shrewdly in the stock market, and then quit his auto industry job to take the position of Executive Director of the Libertarian Party.  Eric O’Keefe  has since gone on to work for a number of tax and term limitation groups, is on the board of directors of the Cato Institute, and has worked in support of the campaigns of governor Scott Walker.  They married and remain married today, and have had several children who are now adults working in the liberty movement.  In March of 2015 the O’Keefes attended the 35th anniversary of the Ed Clark for President campaign in New Orleans (Eric O’Keefe, pictured right foreground, with David Boaz, Howie Rich, and Andrea Millen Rich; photo credit: F.M. Strandfeldt).  Leslie and Eric were both part of the group of libertarians who ran the Clark campaign and who sought, unsuccessfully, to have Georgetown University international relations professor Earl Ravenal nominated as the 1984 Libertarian Party presidential candidate.  Leslie was dubbed the “Madame LaFarge” of the libertarian movement by Murray Rothbard, then somewhat cranky in his dotage. Amusingly, Rothbard was at best 5’8″ while Graves was, as she liked to minimize, “5’11 and a half.” (One of Graves’s sisters is an Olympic rower, and in the late 90s the four Graves’s sisters competed in a Nike sponsored rowing event.) Unhappy that his advice about campaigns and elections was often not heeded, Murray exiled Leslie to the Rothbard list of people to be banned from the libertarian movement, for being nefariously associated with the Koch brothers and/or Ed Crane (leftovers are truly second handers – even Koch derangement syndrome was started by a libertarian!)  Like most of the others in this group, Leslie left Libertarian Party activism for good for other political activities, and the Libertarian Party shrank, not matching the Ed Clark/David Koch vote total until the 2012 race of Governor Gary Johnson.

Today, Leslie is the publisher of Balletopedia, which covers elections and campaigns as a specialized wikipedia, as a project of the Lucy Burns Institute, which says its mission is “to connect people and politics,” which she founded in 2006 and until recently served as president.  The Institute also has three other projects, a WikiFOIA, Policypedia, and Judgepedia, which attempt to provide more transparency in government machinations.  In 2012, Graves authored a guidebook titled Local Ballot Initiatives: How citizens change laws with clipboards, conversations, and campaigns.

Graves’ political analysis has been included in the Wall Street JournalReutersBloomberg NewsCampaigns and Elections, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

David Koch interviewed as one of Barbara Walter’s Ten Most Fascinating

15 Dec

Daniel Schulman On the Koch brothers

10 Jun Today on The Robert Wenzel Show: Daniel Schulman T…: Today’s Guest: Daniel Schulman Discussing His Book:   Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’…

Catholic University Koch brothers gift draws protests

17 Dec
Catholic University Koch brothers gift draws protests |

Gratitude isn’t a Catholic virtue.

I used to date, briefly and casually, a “liberation theology” Jesuit who had some Georgetown University connection. He told me he was a Marxist and an atheist who was only in the Church to spread socialism. (He was tall and beautiful, in a vacant eyed Kennedy family way.). I think so many critics of the Kochs are fat ‘crats living off the tax serfs, and these 50 “academics” are the same type of dishonest hucksters for the ruling political class. They are happy to steal from tax serfs to fund junk science that flaks for expanded state power, overpaid worm tongued “professors” like Jonathan Gruber or Ezekial Ehmanual, the laughingstocks trying to tell people that Obamacare is not failing, even as Aids and cancer drug prices rise, premiums and deductibles rise, and policies are cancelled, just so a few new people can get a government Monopoly money Medicare card, which “covers” them – except that there are no doctors available. 

But these academics are trained to squawk and smear if anyone funds something independent. Almost no one outside of DC takes these street walkers seriously anymore. People are openly laughing at Obama, Jay Carney, etc.

Nefarious Koch brothers feed Poor

14 Oct
October 15

810 7th Street NW
Washington DC
6:00 – 8:00 pm

The Charles Koch Institute and Liberty on the Rocks DC are working with the Salvation Army to collect canned goods for the local DC offices this Halloween season. Join two of your favorite organizations for a great cause and have a good time with friends in the back room at RFD in Washington, DC! Anyone who brings at least one canned good will receive a free drink ticket!*

The liberty-lover who brings the most canned goods will receive an extra drink ticket and a Halloween surprise!

The drink ticket will be good for:
-$3 Miller Light Draft
-$4 Rail
-$5 House Wine

*Please note, you are more than welcome to bring multiple canned goods, but you can only receive one drink ticket for the evening.