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A funny thing happened on the way to the Audit the IRS rally

19 Jun

A very multipartisan Washington day – I went to Grover Norquist’s center-right meeting I can say nothing about under penalty of defenestration, then stopped for lunch at Johnny’s on the Half Shell take out on the way to the Audit the IRS rally at the Capitol.

Johnny’s is under the building CNN, FOX and FreedomWorks are in, so while there I saw a still not arrested James Rosen and the internet’s Token Libertarian Girl Julie Borowski as they left for lunch, rallies, etc

Then I was in a food line with my FaceBook friend and former Howard Dean campaign chair Joe Trippi (who I’d never met) and ended joining him for lunch and getting to ask him about politics for the next two election cycles (something he does professionally as a liberal pundit for FOX). He’s very likeable for a Democrat on and off screen. 

At the Audit rally I heard Glen Beck, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, and ran into Austin Petersen and DC Libertarian Party chair Ryan Sabot.

At some point earlier, but I’m not allowed to say where, I talked to Dick Heller of Heller decision fame, and a former Libertarian candidate himself.

Tonight I’m going to something at reason magazine.  Don’t hate me because I’m a Beltway libertarian.  Buy a damn house from me so I won’t have time for this stuff.

Guns, Congress and the Press

30 May

Guns, Congress and the Press

June 5, 2013 10:00 AM
Speakers NPC 
Guns, Congress and the Press
Dick Heller,  the litigant in District of Columbia v. Heller – which resulted in the landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision affirming the individual’s right to own firearms – will appear at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on  Wednesday,  June 5,  to make his case that many in the media and Congress have purposely confused the public with proposed and implemented gun legislation. He will also speak about potential new litigation to preserve gun ownership right.
Gun ownership rights activist Heller asserts that press bias and congressional actions are aimed at confiscating guns and that more balance is needed in presenting gun control and ownership issues to the public.
District of Columbia v. Heller was an historic case in which the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense, within the home and within federal enclaves. As a result, over 200 lawsuits have been filed nationwide challenging Second Amendment Rights infringements. Long-standing gun control regulations have been amended in many states in order to comply with this landmark decision.
This National Press Club Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for 
10:00AM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in the 
Club’s Lisagor Room on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 
529 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20045.
Contact:     Anthony E. Gallo, Newsmaker Event Host
                    202 -544-6973,