Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Support World War III Because ... Obama

 It's nice to see Second City producing a sketch critical -- I mean, really critical -- of warmonger Barak Obama:


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gary Johnson's Latest Gaffe: "Nobody Got Hurt" in NYC Bombing

CNN has reported that the pressure cooker "bomb" in New York City resulted in 29 people being injured. Count 'em -- twenty-nine!

Yet later, on a CNN interview, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he's "just grateful that nobody got hurt."


Saturday, August 20, 2016

LPC's November 2016 Ballot Proposition Recommendations

<On August 6, the Libertarian Party of California's Executive Committee issued the following California ballot proposition recommendations for the upcoming November elections:

Proposition 51 – NO – School bonds

Proposition 52 – NO – State fees on hospitals

Proposition 53 – YES – Voting on revenue bonds

Proposition 54 – YES – Legislative transparency

Proposition 55 – NO – Income tax hike extension

Proposition 56 – NO – Cigarette tax increase

Proposition 57 – YES – Parole for non-violent felons

Proposition 58 – NO – Changes in bilingual education methods

Proposition 59 – No Position – Advisory vote on Citizens United repeal

Proposition 60 – NO – Condoms required for adult film actors

Proposition 61 – NO – State prescription drug purchases

Proposition 62 – YES – End the Death Penalty in California

Proposition 63 – NO – Extensive new gun control measures

Proposition 64 – NO – Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)

Explanation on Prop 64: While the LP has been a strong supporter of ending marijuana prohibition for over 40 years, this proposition does more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.

Proposition 65 – NO – Directs grocery bag money to wildlife fund

Proposition 66 – NO – Makes death penalty easier

Proposition 67 – NO – Grocery stores can’t provide plastic bags


Friday, August 05, 2016

CIA Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Actually, it's former CIA "acting director" Michael J. Morell who's endorsing Clinton for President.

In an op-ed for The New York Times [August 5, 2016], Morell writes:

During a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, I served presidents of both parties — three Republicans and three Democrats. I was at President George W. Bush’s side when we were attacked on Sept. 11; as deputy director of the agency, I was with President Obama when we killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

I am neither a registered Democrat nor a registered Republican. In my 40 years of voting, I have pulled the lever for candidates of both parties. As a government official, I have always been silent about my preference for president.

No longer. On Nov. 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Between now and then, I will do everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president.

Two strongly held beliefs have brought me to this decision. First, Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe. Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security....

Read the rest of Morrell's endorsement here.

Trump is no libertarian, but it's noteworthy that the Establishment is so anti-Trump.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gary Johnson Endorses George W. Bush

I found an old clip from C-SPAN. I don't know if it's widely known, but it's new to me. It's from the 2000 presidential race. Then Republican Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, endorses -- even praises -- George W. Bush for president.

Johnson is currently running for president under the Libertarian Party banner, as he had previously in 2012. I agree with critics who complain that the LP's 2016 Johnson/Weld ticket is too pro-Establishment, too pro-mainstream GOP, too pro-Clinton.

As for the above clip, take it for what it's worth.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

KFI's Gary and Shannon Think the Defense Budget was Slashed by 87.5%

People display astonishing ignorance when trying to comprehend our bloated military budget -- or anything having to do with numbers at all, really.

A recent example of innumeracy was displayed by KFI-AM's Gary Hoffman and Shannon Farren, who think the Department of Defense's budget was slashed by 87.5% after eight years of Obama.

Even if there were any military cutbacks under Obama (there weren't), the idea of an 87.5% reduction is absurd on its face. Such massive cuts would have effectively shut down the military. Yet the two Los Angeles talk radio jockeys bought into that whooper of a lie during an interview with Chuck Mcdougald, held on July 18, 2016, at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Mcdougald is the Western Region Director for Concerned Veterans for America. In short, he's an activist. It's his job to lie. And it's Gary and Shannon's job to catch lies -- especially when they're so obviously a lie.

Specifically, Mcdougald told Gary and Shannon that Obama had "halved" the military's budget (a 50% cut), "then halved it again" (to 25%), "then halved it again" (leaving 12.5% of the original budget).

In this brief clip, you can hear Mcdougald pass off his lie, which Gary and Shannon swallow whole.

And apparently, nobody at KFI (AM 640 in Los Angeles) had their brains turned on that day, because nobody rushed in to correct Gary or Shannon. During the following hour, Shannon repeated Mcdougald's whopper to KFI "political analyst" John Thomas.

Thomas, likewise, let Shannon's silly statement go unchallenged (hear the clip), indicating that Thomas too accepts Mcdougald's absurd claim.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Libertarian Party of California June 2016 Primary Election Results

Libertarian Party of California Chair, Ted Brown, emailed this report to LPC members:

The Secretary of State has posted the final statement of vote for the June primary.

Libertarian voter registration is 115,189, or 0.64%, down slightly from our high point.

For the presidential primary, 9,972 non-partisan voters chose to take the Libertarian presidential primary ballot; this is the first time we have allowed non-Libertarians to vote in our presidential primary

For U.S. Senator, Gail Lightfoot received 99,761 votes and Mark Herd received 41,344 votes, for a total of 141,105.

For our candidates who were printed on the ballot, the vote percentages were:


CD 9 - Alex Appleby - 3.9%

CD 17 - Kennita Watson - 2.3%

SD 13 - John Webster - 5.7%

AD 8 - Janice Bonser - 7.2%

AD 24 - John Inks - 4.2%

AD 35 - Dominic Rubini - 3.4%

AD 42 - Jeff Hewitt - 7.8%

Unfortunately, none of them was in Top Two.

For write-in candidates:


SD 33 - Honor Mimi Robson - 47 votes - on to November

AD 1 - Donn Coenen - 446 votes - on to November

AD 2 - Ken Anton - 56 votes - on to November

AD 7 - Janine Kloss - 51 votes - beaten by another write-in candidate

AD 49 - Boomer Shannon - 25 votes - beaten by another write-in candidate

AD 51 - Mike Everling - 7 votes - on to November

AD 62 - Baron Bruno - 32 votes - tied with another write-in candidate; under the law, both will advance to November for a unique "Top Three."

Ultimately, there are only two unopposed legislators for November: Democrat Eduardo Garcia in AD 56 and Democrat Reggie Jones-Sawyer in AD 59. I am disappointed because I almost had someone in AD 56, but it didn't pan out. In any event, we will have five state legislative candidates in November.

For liberty,

Ted Brown