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October 2016

News/Politics

BREAKING: White House Sides With Comey, FBI Over Clinton Emails

During the morning briefing at the White House on October 31, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that the Obama administration would back FBI Director James Comey in his handling of the Clinton email investigation. Earnest stated that the White House would not “defend nor criticize” Comey and his handling of the newest development in Clinton’s email scandal. With regard to Comey’s intentions, Earnest stated that the White House “doesn’t believe that Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of an election,” and that he is taking the proper steps to seek justice. There has been much talk about the divisions between different sects of Obama’s executive branch. According to reports, the Department of Justice and FBI were at odds with each other about how the investigation of the Clinton Foundation was proceed, with Loretta Lynch’s DOJ pushing for the investigation to slowed or halted. Keep Reading

Politics

Gary Johnson Has Failed His One Job

It looks like the Libertarian Party will end the 2016 election cycle will end the way it has ended nearly every other presidential cycle: embarrassed, having failed to get any significant share of the vote, and on its way back to the drawing board. That prediction was back in July, in my first piece for The Liberty Conservative. As it turns out, this prediction is coming true. In a campaign that has become known less for spreading the message of small government and more for Nazi cakes, humiliating ignorance on foreign policy, and mentally unhinged rants at reporters, Gary Johnson is about to fail at the only goal even his biggest skeptics expected him to reach: getting 5% of the vote nationally. According to the latest RealClearPolitics polling average, the Aleppo-challenged governor is polling at only 4.7% in national four-way polls. This is devastating for Johnson, who was flirting with 9.2% support as late as mid-September. As the trail of tears of negative polling continues for Johnson, it is… Keep Reading

News

Top Clinton Aide Used Personal Email To Discuss Bringing Down Gaddafi

According to documents released by WikiLeaks, top Clinton State Department aide Jake Sullivan used a private email to discuss bringing down the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with the Secretary. In an email chain to Sullivan, John Podesta, Huma Abden and others, Clinton staffer Nick Merrill quotes what appears to be correspondence between himself and a New York Times reporter in which is he writes the following: many emails jake sent or received from the secretary were from his state.gov account. but he did send mrs. clinton an email in april 2012 from his personal account that outlined her leadership in bringing down the qaddafi regime. This appears to be yet another example of a potentially classified conversation being had over unsecured personal email. At the very least this is more evidence that the Clinton State Department had little regard for the rules regarding email use. The email was released during WikiLeaks’ “The Podesta Leaks” campaign. This is the 22nd installment of that campaign. More is expected to be… Keep Reading

News/Politics

BREAKING: FBI Reviewing 650,000 Weiner Emails

On Sunday afternoon it was reported that the FBI has begun reviewing approximately 650,000 emails stored on a laptop computer owned by Anthony Weiner, husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. According to the Wall Street Journal’s report, “metadata on the device suggests there may be thousands sent to or from the private server that the Democratic nominee used while she was secretary of state,” an estimate much higher than the “three emails” that were originally reported by some outlets on Friday. This new inquiry, which began 11 days before the presidential election, “will take weeks at a minimum,” per the Journal. The FBI will be tasked with determining how many of the emails concerned Clinton’s campaign and foundation, how many were about State Department work, how many have already been turned over to the FBI on other devices, and finally, whether or not they contain “either classified information or important new evidence in the Clinton email probe.” Abedin has claimed that she does not know how her… Keep Reading

News

Leaked Emails Show That Clinton Technology Was “compromised” In China

According to an email released this morning by Wikileaks, Clinton technology was compromised during a trip to China. This new information is courtesy of an email that Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym Anna James, sent to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in November of 2011. In the email, Podesta states that his delayed reply was due to being “in China and not accessing this account for security reasons.” Chelsea Clinton (Anna James) replies by saying “[t]hat makes good sense to me. Our technology was all compromised while there.” It is unclear if Hillary Clinton was on the trip or when the hack occurred. However, the server Hillary used for her emails was shared by others in the family and her closest advisers. It could’ve been hacked without her devices being directly compromised. This new evidence adds to the already mounting speculation that Hillary’s use of a unsecured private server to send and receive classified emails has compromised national secrets and potentially harmed national security. The email was released… Keep Reading

News

WIKILEAKS: Clinton Campaign Manager Has Ties To DNC Instigator

The latest round of emails released from Wikileaks has revealed an email from Mike Lux,  co-founder and president of Progressive Strategies, L.L.C and a former member of the Bill Clinton administration, stating affirmatively that Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook has close ties to Robert Creamer. Creamer is the former DNC member who resigned after it was revealed that he was involved in the inciting of violence at Donald Trump rallies. To review, Project Veritas has been releasing a series of videos where the narrator is having extensive conversations with Creamer, with Creamer revealing many of the dirty tricks that have been used by the DNC during this campaign. The most prominent example is their “bird dogging” tactic, which the campaign has used to instigate confrontations between their activists and Trump supporters. Bird dogging is not always used for violent measures, in fact it is typically a legitimate way for activists to publicly question their representatives. It typically involves activists showing up to an event hours before it takes place so they can… Keep Reading

Politics

The Libertarian Republic Covers For Hillary Clinton, Downplays FBI Probe

As news that the FBI is re-investigating Hillary Clinton broke yesterday, most conservatives and liberty-minded folks were jubilated by the news. However, one entity in the liberty blogosphere did not share that same reaction. The Libertarian Republic, a liberty-oriented news and opinion website, responded to the breaking news in a peculiar and contradictory manner. After initially reporting the story as it was, a very specious clarification article was produced that seemingly took the onus off of Hillary and her e-mails, painting the picture that Comey’s letter was much ado about nothing. The original article was written with the title of “BREAKING: FBI is Now Reopening Clinton Email Case” and gave a straight forward re-telling of the facts that were laid out during the day. “In a shocking turn of events, the FBI has announced they are reopening the Hillary Clinton private email server case,” the article stated. “According to a letter sent by FBI Director James Comey to congressional committee chairs, the re-discovery of ‘new emails…pertinent to the investigation’… Keep Reading

News/Politics

Hillary Clinton Demands Transparency; Implies FBI Director Is Trying To Hurt Her Campaign

Yesterday the political world was shaken as FBI Director Jim Comey wrote a letter to Congress declaring that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was not over. In his words, “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of emails that appear to be pertinent to the [Clinton] investigation.” We later learned that that unrelated case was none other than the investigation into disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Wiener’s alleged sexting of a 15 year old girl. While the revelation is certain to shakeup the election, it highlights yet another instance of hypocrisy in this dreadful election. Hillary Clinton is now demanding that Director Comey release the “full and complete facts” regarding the investigation. Thats right, the BleachBitter-in-Chief now wants to make sure the American people know the whole story. It is not enough that she lied to Congress and destroyed thousands of emails to prevent them from going public, Hillary is now attacking the FBI. The same woman who stored classified… Keep Reading

History/World

Today In History: Constantine And Christianity

October 29, 312 – To the victor goes the spoils, but even the victor lives and dies by the ideas he brings with him. Roman General Constantine, then claimant to the imperial throne of Rome and all her glory, paraded into the eternal city at the head of his victorious legions. Constantine, who is known more affectionately to history as St. Constantine the Great, had navigated the dangerous path to imperial supremacy through the favor of the Senate and ultimately civil war. Many attributed his success to political and military genius. He preferred to attribute it to the favor of no less than God Himself, itself a mark of political genius. According to legend, it was on the eve of his fateful Battle of the Milvian Bridge when Constantine came out of his tent and saw a vision of the Cross of Christ. Heaven opened to show him a blindingly bright cross of light and a voice thundered from the Throne of the Almighty: “By this sign, thou shalt… Keep Reading

Culture/News

THUGS: Homeless, Elderly, Black Trump Supporter Assaulted By Mob

On Friday, a homeless woman who had been guarding Donald Trump’s vandalized star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was assaulted by a group of anti-Trump thugs. The video, posted by Facebook page Daily Reminder, is disturbing, and can be viewed here. In the video, a large Hispanic man can be seen pulling signs from the homeless African American woman’s hand, and proceeding to rip them up. “Get your ass outta here, bitch,” someone yells at the elderly woman. As the woman packs up her things to leave, the same Hispanic man begins pulling out the contents of her cart and throwing them to the ground. Jeers of “bitch” and “get your ass outta here, bitch” can be heard from the racially diverse group of people watching. “Didn’t I tell you, didn’t I tell you?”, a black man repeats. At approximately the 1:06 mark in the video, an African American hand can be seen coming in the top right side of the frame and grabbing the woman by the… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

The Rule Of Law: Force When It Suits Me

First, I had to pick myself up from the floor from laughing. Second, I started seeing the flood of gloating comments and “I told you so’s.” It turns out Hillary Clinton’s emails did have some evidence that would sink her ambitions and, this just in: the only way for the FBI to find it amid all the wiped servers was on the phone they confiscated from Anthony Weiner. Swarms of the same people who said the rule of law is dead when the first FBI investigation didn’t recommend pressing charges are now back to say that justice will be served at last. And maybe it will. Maybe Hillary will go to prison, and Vice President-Elect Tim Kaine will have to step up between then and January 20, as per Amendment XX, Section 3 of the Constitution. But personally, I doubt it. I doubt it for the same reason I doubt Donald Trump will face any serious repercussions for what he may or may not have done to so many… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Free Speech Means Shutting Down Other Views

Yes, you read that correctly. If there’s one thing our politically correct culture has told us, it’s that we have the right to speak our minds unless, of course, someone gets offended. But there’s so much misinformation and confusion about what free speech means, honestly to the point that liberals and conservatives routinely hold themselves and each other to different standards depending on who is offended by whom at what particular moment. In an interesting twist this week, Christian author and TV personality Jen Hatmaker is facing the full fury of the conservative Christian fundamentalist right. Not for anything recent or overtly political, mind you, but for comments about homosexuality in itself. She said that Christians and the church should embrace homosexual people, support them in their relationships and marriages, and that neither gay nor straight nor anyone was any less evil by themselves or more loved by God than anyone else. Apparently, in our day and age, there isn’t a lot of room for neutrality on this issue.… Keep Reading

History/Politics

Remember When The Media Sold Us The Iraq WMD Lies? It’s Happening Again

Months before President George W. Bush’s speech on September 11, 2002, the New York Times reported at the time, White House officials confirmed the Bush administration had already been “[planning its Iraq strategy] long before President Bush’s vacation in Texas” in August of that same year. The strategy was to persuade the public and Congress that the United States and its allies should confront the “threat from Saddam Hussein.” The now infamous 9/11 anniversary speech — and the speech before the United Nations following the anniversary remarks — both stressed the importance of “[ridding] the world of terror.” But before speaking to the United Nations, Bush made the clearest case for war. Claiming “our principles and our security are challenged today by outlaw groups and regimes that accept no law of morality and have no limit to their violent ambitions,” Bush presented his case against Iraq, claiming Hussein had only “contempt for the United Nations … [claiming] it had no biological weapons. ” Making the case that Iraq had… Keep Reading

News

Clinton Campaign Manager Deletes Tweets After FBI Announces New Probe

Moments after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced it would reopen the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while serving as the secretary of state under President Barack Obama, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook deleted all of his tweets. An action that wasn’t ignored by WikiLeaks. The FBI’s decision to reopen the probe appears to follow the federal investigation into the electronic devices belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former member of the United States House of Representatives and his wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton. According to officials, a batch of emails that “appear to be pertinent” to the previous investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server has been reviewed, leading to the relaunch of the probe. “In connection with an unrelated case,” FBI director James Comey wrote in a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.” “I agreed that the FBI… Keep Reading

Politics

The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend: What Ted Cruz Knows And Conservatives Don’t Understand

Yesterday, I received an email from Kelli Ward saying that she would be running against Republican Senator Jeff Flake. For those of you who don’t remember, Kelli Ward ran against Senator John McCain in the Republican Primary this year. In the last several days, I have heard reports that conservatives are planning on challenging Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House. Hardly a day goes by that I do not hear some story about some Republican fighting against another Republican. It does not matter if you are a conservative, a moderate, or an establishment republican, your enemy right now is the same — the socialistic platform that is being pushed by the Democratic party. As a liberty minded conservative, I love to fight for the principles of limited government. While establishment republicans run on a platform of limited government, I do not expect that they will ever vote for limited government as long as they are in leadership. That being said, attacking establishment republicans weeks before the general election… Keep Reading

News/Politics

BREAKING: FBI Reopens Investigation Of Hillary’s Email Server

According to a multitude of reports early Friday afternoon, the FBI has announced that it will be reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s potentially illegal private email server. In a statement to the Senate judiciary committee, FBI director James Comey wrote the following: “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” The announcement comes at the first week of early voting in many states. If the investigation is not concluded by November 8, Clinton will be the first presidential candidate in history to finish an election under an FBI investigation. There was significant movement in the prediction markets on the news of the FBI’s decision: the odds of Donald Trump winning the presidency had shot up from 23% to… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

#DraftOurDaughters: Hillary’s Wars Need Women, Too!

Hillary Clinton is, in her words, a “progressive.” In fact, she is so progressive that she has drawn in millions in contributions from Wall Street bankers, takes a “public and private” stance on every issue, and wants to pursue a policy of aggression towards nuclear-armed Russia that makes Donald Rumsfeld look like Ron Paul in comparison. Much has been made this election cycle about Hillary’s cracking of the “glass ceiling” and becoming the first major party presidential nominee. And now, Hillary wants to extend the opportunity to crack the glass ceiling to every woman in America by forcing them to register to be drafted into combat. In June 2016, Hillary Clinton, along with fellow neoconservatives Lindsay Graham and Claire McCaskill, expressed support for requiring our nation’s young women to register for Selective Service. At the time, Hillary’s support for women registering for the draft seemed like a benign overture to the feminist left- a legislative virtue signal in lockstep with the radical egalitarian idea that “anything men can do, women can… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Millennials, Hispanics, And Muslims

What do millennials, Hispanics, and Muslims have in common? They’re three of the fastest-growing demographics in this country, and they should be exactly where both political parties focus on winning the electoral future. Let me preface this whole discussion by saying I have no particular allegiance to any political party beyond its effectiveness for policy change. I’m a pragmatic libertarian, which means I find myself agreeing with Democrats on some issues but working within the Republican Party in most elections and legislative battles. This is why I find myself so frustrated this election cycle as a person who values rational discussion generally, but specifically as a registered Republican. I support fiscal sanity and sound monetary policy, but I’m also a tad cynical about military intervention overseas. I’m pro-life, but I also don’t want government dictating marriage or sexuality issues. I’m all for laissez faire local administration, but I favor some serious criminal justice reform, pot legalization, and restoring the civil rights of nonviolent felons after an amount of time… Keep Reading

News

NOT GUILTY: Oregon Wildlife Refuge Patriots Cleared Of All Charges

In a stunning victory for liberty the seven people who were charged with conspiracy to impede federal workers from doing their jobs, having weapons on federal property and several other crimes were found not guilty on all counts leveled against them. To review for those who do not remember, the Bundy family along with several other patriots occupied an empty building in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in solidarity with a family (the Hammonds) who were facing prison time over their failure to control a fire that ended up on federal lands (minimal damage was done). The occupiers were persistent in their calls that they had no intentions of inflicting violence towards anybody, and would only defend themselves if the government acted violently towards them. The occupation lasted several weeks, until members of the FBI ambushed the occupiers as several were leaving the ranch to attend a public meeting in another town. During this ambush they shot and killed LaVoy Finicum as his hands were up. Since then it has been revealed that there… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

Government Won’t Let Disabled Child Bring Service Dog To School

Thank you, government, for giving us all things so good and beautiful. Without you, there would be riots and chaos in the street, or possibly even disabled middle school girls bringing their service dogs to school with them. This just in from Napoleon, Michigan. Brent and Stacy Fry are suing their local school district because their daughter, known as F.E. in litigation documents to protect her identity, just isn’t getting anywhere by asking politely. She was born with cerebral palsy and relies heavily on her service dog, Wonder, to get around her home and school. Unfortunately for the Frys, the local school district doesn’t allow dogs. Not even a loyal service companion like Wonder, on whom F.E. has relied since the age of five for everything from help opening doors to getting around the hallways. After an initial denial of F.E.’s request and a protracted back-and-forth, the school district allowed Wonder to accompany F.E. to school on a “trial basis” with certain restrictions. For example, Wonder could come to… Keep Reading

News/Politics

New Leader For The House Freedom Caucus?

Welcome to American politics, where election season never really ends. By the time one election is close, the next year’s campaign is well underway. The battle for the soul of the House GOP is no exception. Republicans in the House of Representatives have been having it out internally since the day they took the speakership in 2011 after the 2010 Republican midterm gains. What makes this fight particularly interesting is that, unlike presidential nominations or the RNC, it gives us an insight into the Republican Party’s ability to govern. The speakership of the House of Representatives is the third highest office in the nation, and wields tremendous influence over national policy and spending, regardless of who is in the White House. It’s not just about what the GOP wants to do in theory, it tells us how they do govern in practice. That said, North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows’ recent announcement that he is seeking the most influential conservative position in the House is not too surprising. As a… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

Why Short-Sighted Social Conservatism Is Costing Us North Carolina

The electoral map is looking pretty blue this year, but one case study looks even more interesting than the others. Like most southern states, North Carolina has a long history with blue dog Democrats at the state and local level and reliable Republican voting patterns at the federal level. Nothing too radical there, just a case in point of an older, conservative Democratic Party whose fading echoes can still be heard from the other side of the sixties. I’m referring to something far more unique this year. This year, North Carolina may be the only state in which Republicans at the state level fare better than Donald Trump at the national level. As of this writing, Clinton has pulled ahead of Trump in the Tar Heel State but remains within the margin of error at 2.6 percent ahead. Pat McCrory has trailed in the polls throughout the general election cycle, generally behind Donald Trump, though both races are too close to call at the moment. Is there really a… Keep Reading

History/Philosophy

Strange Women Lying In Ponds Distributing Swords Is The Only Basis For a Form Of Government

Kingdom of Kent, Saxon England, 932 – Newly anointed King Arthur tours his realm seeking knights for the round table at Camelot. He bore with him the decree of none other than God Himself, ordained by Heaven to rule the Angles and Saxons. Alas, for yon head-choppy days of yore were dark times for God’s anointed to the Throne of England. For there were those who questioned the legitimacy of his claim to the Crown. Stopping to confer with two lowly peasants in a marsh in the wilderness west of Canterbury, he demanded fealty. The peasant demanded by what right he claimed to be their king, since they didn’t vote for him. King Arthur replied that the Lady of the Lake had bestowed upon him the great Sword Excalibur. “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords? That’s no basis for a form of government!” And after explaining that they would not recognize a government that did not rule by the people for the good of the community, they went… Keep Reading

History/World

Today In History: United Nations

October 24, 1945 – The United Nations is founded in San Francisco as a very well-intentioned check against the excesses of failed states and colonial imperialism. The Weimar Republic, left to its own devices, had swept Hitler’s Nazi Party into power with a mere quarter of the popular vote. The fanatical regime of Premier Tojo bowled over the moderates in Japan, bringing the military to power with its intent to enslave the surrounding region in the name of the Empire. This recipe left the world ripe for the inevitable collapse into total war. The United Nations, we are told, must exist as a counterbalance against radicalism if we are to avoid repeating the horrors of the world wars or the threat of nuclear annihilation. Fast forward several decades to a time when world war seems unthinkable and the threat of nuclear exchange has become a relic of the Cold War. Right-wing and libertarian parties around the world are still reeling from the United Nations’ latest, if unsurprising, development. While… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy/Politics

Don’t Call Me Disabled Just Because I Am Single

I am a healthy 42-year-old caucasian male. However, if the World Health Organization’s proposed rules are passed, I will be “disabled”. Forget that less than a year ago, I completed an Ironman. Even though I am able to swim 2.4 miles, ride my bike 112 miles, and run a marathon, I am soon going to be “disabled”. The World Health Organization (WHO) wants to classify me as disabled because I have chosen, at this time, to not have a sexual partner. The WHO is proposing a new definition of disability to include those who have an inability to find a suitable sexual partner or the lack of sexual relationships which could achieve conception. The World Health Organization Definition of Infertility The WHO’s current definition of infertility is “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse”. The WHO is an agency of the United Nations. It was established in 1948. The WHO is… Keep Reading

Politics

Vindicated At Last: Conspiracy Theorists Ride High In The Age Of WikiLeaks

The smell of sweet vindication is in the air these days, at least if you are a conspiracy theorist. Wikileaks has made it so that the truth can no longer be denied that half of the entire political system is quite literally a criminal operation from top-to-bottom. Of course, as little Marco Rubio knows, more devastating disclosures are on the way. The Republican Party, as a whole, is at least as criminal as the Democrats. Any liberty Republican who has been in the fight knows that to be the case. Because the great Julian Assange is an equal-opportunity brutalizer of government and corporate crooks, he will likely be releasing the goods on pretty much everyone in due time. This global unveiling that is taking place should be considered fantastic news for libertarians. With government and corporate secrets being brought out into the light, propaganda efforts will become considerably more difficult. Although most of the public is still unaware, it is becoming more difficult for them to be oblivious. With… Keep Reading

History/Politics

Donald Trump Is Not Barry Goldwater.

It’s a cliche in our day and age. Whenever a grassroots movement or talking head in the Grand Old Party talks about nominating a presidential candidate to the right of the center, the same thing happens. The high-dollar consultants, State Central Committee chairs, and Capitol Hill staffers pull the ancient reference from their file cabinets, blow off the dust, and say: “Well, remember Barry Goldwater in 1964. He ran as a conservative and lost big in 1964.” It makes sense on the surface, after all. The Party wanted to nominate New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, go to the middle on public policy, and win the rational minds of the moderate voters by contrasting with Lyndon B. Johnson’s crass persona and corrupt insider politics. After all, Barry Goldwater’s off-the-cuff comments had a way of finding themselves in the paper. It’s hard to be a campaign strategist and spin the media when your candidate gets caught saying he wishes someone would saw the entire eastern seaboard off and let it float… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

Does The Pro-Life Movement Have a Future?

From the moment Roe v. Wade came down from the gavel of the nine gods to the lives of our unworthy peasantry, social conservatives and the religious right have been debating tactics to achieve the impossible: Overturning a 7 to 2 Supreme Court decision. It’s a task not many activist movements have been able to pull off. First, the mantra was appointing new justices to overturn it. Lawyers and strategists tried to find a way for Congress and the President to go around it. Amending the Constitution was placed on the table. How was the pro-life movement going to push back against the progressive achievements of the Warren-Burger Court in a world where federal judges serve for life? The pro-life movement, since 1973, has essentially taken a strategy of a little of everything. Ronald Reagan and both Bushes were propelled to the Republican nomination with the full weight of the evangelical political machine. Evangelist superstars like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell called down fire and brimstone on the left… Keep Reading

News/Politics

RIGGED: Leaked Emails Reveal How Media Is Rigging Polls For Hillary

Included in a new batch of John Podesta emails released by Wikileaks on October 23 is a 2008 correspondence between Tom Matzzie, a Democratic campaign operative, and analysts from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a political research agency. The email, sent by Matzzie, has a document attached that outlines the state-by-state strategy developed in 2008 and currently being employed by polling agencies to oversample Democrats, undersample Republicans, and skew the polls in favor of Hillary Clinton ahead of the November 8 election. “Hey Guys, See attached from Atlas,” the first email reads. The Atlas Project, which Matzzie is referring to, “provides an interactive platform for political research and data that helps the progressive community make smart, effective, and cost-efficient decisions on electoral and issue advocacy campaigns,” with the mission of “[arming] campaigns and progressive organizations with the insight, analysis and tools to help avoid costly missteps and make better strategic decisions.” The attachment being referred to is the “Selected Polling & Media Recommendations” report, which describes in intimate detail the… Keep Reading

History/Politics

Today In History: Republic Of Texas

October 22, 1836 – Freedom isn’t free, but sometimes it is more costly to live for than to die for. Deep in the hill country of south Texas, Col. William Barret Travis and 181 of his fellow patriots hunkered down in a crumbling adobe church and fended off over a thousand professional soldiers under the command of Antonio Lopez Santa Anna for thirteen days of heroic sacrifice. Thirteen days that the Texian reinforcements under General Sam Houston desperately needed. Now we all know they won their freedom, but I’m interested in what came afterward. October 22, 1836, marks the anniversary of the swearing in of the first President of the Republic of Texas, and a whole new adventure in the perils of liberty. What happened after those fateful battles at the Alamo, Goliad, and San Jacinto was not a new enterprise in human history, but one for which Texas could look for inspiration from the founding of America. They had to craft a constitution and form of government that… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

Should a Free Person Accept The Election Results

The latest link in a long chain of electoral drama, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump sparred mercilessly in Wednesday’s debate and following press conferences over whether the losing side would “accept the outcome” of the national election. What exactly does that mean? Usually, accepting the outcome of the election means you concede the election graciously when it’s clear that you lost. When moderator Chris Wallace asked Mr. Trump during the final presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle, Trump said he would think about it when the time came. I will venture a likely unpopular view that Trump and Wallace may not have meant the same thing by that question. What Chris Wallace probably meant was somewhere between “Will you graciously admit defeat and congratulate then President-Elect Hillary Clinton” and “Will you acknowledge the lawful authority of the new Administration and submit to the government.” In all probability, given the recent controversy surrounding allegations of election fraud, Trump probably meant something more like “Will I acknowledge she won… Keep Reading

History/World

Today In History: Trafalgar

October 21, 1805 – The social order of the western world hung in the balance. Britannia’s mighty empire hailed its heritage of Magna Carta, Parliamentary rule, and “God and my right” in the face of a revolutionary invader. The war coffers of her far-flung realms were strained to the breaking point by the horrors of war on the continent of Europe. But now, the enemy was crossing the narrow channel that had been her natural defense since the invasion of William the Conqueror seven centuries before. Napoleon was coming. The War of the Third Coalition was a final, many at the time said desperate, attempt to stop the spread of revolution and chaos that was sweeping Europe one kingdom at a time. What hung in the balance was no mere geopolitical chess game. It was the survival of civilization as they knew it. The French Revolution had begun decades earlier when Charlemagne’s ancient kingdom of France came face to face with the inevitable consequence of its centuries-long course. The… Keep Reading

Politics

A Beginner’s Guide To The Wonderful World Of Third Parties, Part 3

This article is Part 3 of a 3 part series. See Parts 1 and 2. Suppose hypothetically that the Electoral College vote is close this year. Suppose also that someone other than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins more electoral votes than the difference between them. This could be another candidate carrying a state, say McMullin winning Utah. Or, it could be a number of electors breaking faith. Say Republican electors voting for McMullin in Utah. This is where the Constitution sends the election to the House of Representatives. Why? I don’t know, it was 1787. There was no such thing as a national runoff election back then. The election goes to the House of Representatives, and said body chooses the next President. Contrary to popular error, they can’t just choose anyone they want. According to the Twelfth Amendment, they choose the President from among the top three candidates in the Electoral College. Contrary to another popular error, they don’t just choose the President with a normal vote. They… Keep Reading

Politics

A Beginner’s Guide To The Wonderful World Of Third Parties, Part 2

This article is Part 2 of a three part series. Part 1 is available here. So say you run a third party campaign so successful that its vote causes the nearest major party to lose to the other major party. Now, candidates in both major parties see an organized group of very angry voters who need to be won back. This trend has been seen time and again when third party movements grow large enough to force one or both major parties to absorb them by running future campaigns that align more with the views of the voters most likely to leave if their grievances are not addressed. For American history, I’m going back to the Populist Party for that one. Millions of Populist voters elected state and local officers across the country, before seeing William Jennings Bryan swoop in to steal the Democratic Party and launch the progressive movement to the national spotlight in 1896. For modern politics, I can’t help but think of David Cameron’s Conservative Party… Keep Reading

Politics

A Beginner’s Guide To The Wonderful World Of Third Parties, Part 1

With the general election cycle in full swing and the two most hated major party nominees in living memory, Google is hopping with search queries about alternate options. Gary Johnson polls at an undisputed third place in the national polls, but envies the serious prospects of Evan McMullin for winning a state of his own. Darrell Castle is a little depressed that a party he helped to found and run since 1992 is being blown out of the water by an independent who came out of nowhere. And Jill Stein… Jill Stein. She would have something to say to the disaffected Bernie people, but the WiFi gave her cancer. With all this action and the chronic disappointments that are the two major party nominees, talk is more rampant than ever of a serious dynamic shift in our two-party way of life. Will we see a third party rise out of obscurity to national prominence? Will an Electoral College gridlock trigger a never-before-tested constitutional mechanism for choosing the next President?… Keep Reading

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News/Politics

Marco Rubio Warns Republicans About WikiLeaks: ‘Tomorrow, It Could Be Us’

When Australian computer programmer, publisher, and journalist Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, he wrote a piece titled “Conspiracy as Governance” in which he outlined his plan to target and destroy what he calls a true conspiracy: the political party. “Consider what would happen if one of these parties gave up their mobile phones, fax and email correspondence—let alone the computer systems which manage their [subscribers], donors, budgets, polling, call centres and direct mail campaigns,” Assange wrote in 2006. “They would immediately fall into an organisational stupor and lose to the other.” By fomenting the fear that communication tools are easy prey to hackers, he contended, politicians and their proxies would, over time, fear their correspondence could be leaked, “[inducing] fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie.” At this stage, Assange explained, these same power players would have to face a “secrecy tax,” meaning the system’s efficiency would decline and powerful players would thus lose their “ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaptation.” It… Keep Reading

Politics

Term Limits: a Policy Proposal When The Barrel Is Empty, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series on term limits. See Part 1 here. 2. The people will naturally tend to vote for smarter choices for their representatives if given open elections free of incumbents. This is, again, just not true. The same people who send back an incumbent you don’t like will probably send in a freshman you don’t like. The reason for this: they like people you don’t like. Sorry, it’s a fact of politics. If you don’t like that, perhaps I suggest you try getting involved in campaigns to try to influence the choices you have rather than waiting for it to happen to you. Just a thought. The average open congressional seat sees about seven candidates jump in for the nomination contest of the predominant party in the district. In the jungle that is a seven-way primary or caucus election, you’ll realize that the same factors that favor the incumbents you didn’t like (money, media bias, the favor of the party establishment and political insiders)… Keep Reading

Politics

Term Limits: a Policy Proposal When The Barrel Is Empty, Part 1

All but dead since the fizzling of the Tea Party between 2010 and 2012, the Republican populists have exhumed yet again the perennial token policy proposal that comes out whenever you need to get the attention of that niche of voters who care passionately about it, while not offending the rest of people who largely don’t care. None other than the self-explanatory political reform that never seems to go away: Term limits. The 2016 election cycle has brought them the most attention they’ve received in awhile, both in Donald J. Trump’s Colorado, Springs, CO statement Tuesday that he would push for a constitutional amendment to that effect, and, perhaps even more importantly, in the growing support for an Article V Convention of States to amend the Constitution. For our purposes, I will leave out both the fact that very few presidents have successfully pushed for constitutional amendments (seriously, Congressional movements have been behind almost all 27 of them), and the whole quagmire of debate about the merits of calling… Keep Reading

Politics

Election Debates? Why Bother.

Another presidential debate? Honestly, at this point, why bother? Don’t get me wrong, I’m as political as they come. I eat it up as much as the next politico, hang on every word, read between the lines, and debate the finer points with my fellow nerds for weeks. I have no lack of interest in watching two mediocre communicators interrupt each other and try to make each other appear more ridiculous than themselves. What I’m saying is, why bother calling it a debate? Remember the days when presidential debates were about substantive public policy issues? Maybe… Remember when the presidential debates followed something resembling the rules of debate? If you do, I want to meet your dietician, because you’ve been around awhile. When Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers to advocate for the adoption of the Constitution, it was considered to be material for the common reader. That is, any literate person over the age of ten or so was expected to be able… Keep Reading

Politics

Don’t Believe The Polls Anymore?

If you’ve seen the news, opened social media, or generally lived anywhere other than a desert island for the past few months, you’ve inevitably seen a plethora of presidential polls that all say the same thing: Donald Trump is losing to Hillary in every swing state and a good number of red states. Badly. Like, we are talking Barry Goldwater 1964, in your guts you know he’s nuts, badly. Republican strategists from across the ideological spectrum range from cautious optimism that it’s not all over to circling the wagons around down-ticket campaigns. With the cascade of public opinion falling down around him, what is the Republican nominee doing? Why, writing it off, of course. According to The Hill, Mr. Trump told an audience Tuesday in battleground Colorado, “I don’t believe the polls anymore.” Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a candidate’s job to be optimistic, even in the face of a lost cause. It’s the candidate’s job to keep believing that the party will bounce back from every setback.… Keep Reading

Economics/History/Politics

Making Protectionism Great Again

The 1760’s called, they want their economic policy back. Am I the only one who’s a little tired of both major party platforms scraping the bottom of the barrel for economic theories that’ve been disproven since before we were born? I’m a libertarian. A deep, cynical, state-is-obsolete libertarian who finds his views overlapping heavily with conservative thought and Republican politics. That’s why it irks me that this election cycle has made abundantly clear that there is no home for hands-off economics in the major party system. From the days of Saint Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party has been billing itself as the bastion of laissez faire fiscal restraint. If you let the market correct itself, the employers create jobs and everyone prospers. Fair. But what is this year’s Republican standard bearer saying about the economy? Why, he’s promising to restrict international trade, of course. Donald J. Trump’s entire economic appeal from the early pre-primary days has been nothing but recycled Mercantilism. Mercantilism is an economic theory fresh from the… Keep Reading

Politics

What Donald Trump Should Have Said To America

It’s become increasingly likely that the election is already over, and Donald Trump will lose to Hillary Clinton. However, there does remain a few glimmers of hope – one being the insurgent candidacy of Evan McMullin, and his “deny 270” strategy, the other being Trump’s withdrawal from the race. During the final debate with Hillary Clinton, when the candidates were given time to make a closing statement, in the interest of preserving the United States of America, and preventing the catastrophic damage a Clinton Presidency would unleash, Donald Trump should have used all his time (and take all the time he needed) to say the following: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m not going to mince words or waste your time. First of all, I want to say thank you to the millions of Americans across this great country who voted for me in the primaries. 17 Republican candidates began this race, and at the end, I was the last one standing. My message of building a wall along our Southern border, bringing back jobs… Keep Reading

Politics

Donald Trump Proves Once Again He Can Outsmart The Main Stream Media

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a huge Donald Trump fan. In fact, in the Republican primary, not only was he not my first, second, or third choice, he wasn’t even in my top ten. My main reason for not being a Trump fan comes from the simple fact that I do not believe he understands the principles of a Constitutional Republic. If you do not even understand the foundations of which this government is founded upon, how can you be expected to select proper judges, reduce the regulatory minefield, or return this nation to its roots of a self-governing people. That being said, as a political junkie, I have watched Donald Trump very carefully and I must give credit where credit is due. He has handled the media unlike any other candidate I have ever seen. Ronald Reagan was a master at handling the media, but Donald Trump uses his experience as a reality TV star and takes it to a whole new level. The… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Seven Rules For Christian Battle

My people are generally conservatives, church-goers, traditionalists and home-schoolers, the sort of people who fear God and fold their underwear neatly — which means they are usually idiots on the political battle field. There are different standards, my gentle Christian friends, for warfare, courtrooms, and political elections.  You had better learn them.  Your enemies — as WikiLeaks and James O’Keefe have made clear — are willing to lie about you, question your motives, and bring the full weight of the law down against you, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.  Anyone who has watched Debbie Wasserman Schultz speak, for even five minutes, knows she is quite willing not only to spin, but to lie through her teeth, yet some of you nice folk think your enemies will respond to kindness and reason.  How many ambassadors have to be killed, how many bribes have to be taken, how many “tough” oversight hearings must that nice Jason Chaffetz youngster conduct, without any real penalties being imposed, before you realize that you… Keep Reading

Politics

Career Politicians – President Trump Says “You’re Fired!”

Congressional term limits have been a topic of conversation for decades in political circles.  Should members of Congress only be allowed to serve a certain number of terms?  Are career politicians a bad thing or is consistency good?  Well, the subject was once again thrust into the limelight when Presidential Candidate Donald Trump announced on Tuesday at a campaign rally in Colorado his plans to push for a Constitutional amendment imposing Congressional term limits.  Just as he would do in his ever so popular television series The Apprentice, Trump would like to look across the boardroom table at Congress, stick out his hand in that ever so recognizable gesture, and say, “You’re fired!” Maybe that is not such a bad idea, because after all, what has Congress really accomplished in recent history?  Lately, Congress has been nothing more than a place with lots of hot air and big egos, with neither Democrats or Republicans making attempts to try to work together to get things accomplished.  Why should we let people… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Barbarians And Pitchforks And Blood, Oh My!

Should Hillary win, the Ryan Republicans are not going to pursue any frontal assault on a Democrat President. They are going to hold their ammo, presumably for some future nirvana event after which it will be politically feasible to fight back in a meaningful away. If that is the case, then we may have a Democrat in the White House and a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress, but we shall not have any real semblance of “divided government.” If the GOP is capitulating without firing a shot, then they are not getting a half a loaf, not even a tenth of a loaf. Moreover, the Democrat President will get whatever she wants in terms of policy largely by executive orders or administrative regulations that are then funded by continuing resolutions. She will not need Congressional legislation for most of what she will want to accomplish, so your phony “divided government” in fact will not hold her in check at all. The good news is that Ryan’s self-serving… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Eating And Drinking The White House

Hey, isn’t it great that Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is getting so much time on MSNBC these days?  I imagine he’s really winning some hearts for Christ there among the Rachel Maddow fans and the people who miss Melissa Harris-Perry’s pro-abortion tampon earrings. Of course, any platform, even a tavern, can be used for Christ, but my question for Al would be: when are you going to start?  (As in, using it for something useful, that is.) Let’s be real, shall we?  Al Mohler won’t be getting as many TV appearances on MSNBC after the election, will he? Of course not. Al’s a brilliant man, but from their perspective, he’s presently fulfilling the role of useful evangelical idiot — the one who can be counted on to dutifully castigate both Hillary and Trump in a way that will only help Hillary. Of course, giving Al some credit, he thinks he’s preserving evangelical “credibility,” by attempting to sway the body of Christ away from both Hillary and Trump,… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

Govern Yourself Or The Government Will Do It For You

You have the right to wave your hand in the air, but you don’t have the right to hit me in the nose. America was established upon the foundation of a self-governing people. This means that each individual is entitled to the rights of life, liberty, and property. With each right, there is also a responsibility. As a citizen of a self-governing nation, we have a responsibility to govern ourselves in such a way that we do not restrict other’s rights. Parents have a responsibility to raise up their children to be good citizens. In order to do this, they have to teach their children that it is not proper to run around the grocery store yelling at the top of their lungs. While technically, the child has every “right” to run around screaming and yelling, the child’s behavior diminishes other’s ability to enjoy what they are doing at that very moment. There are many methods that parents use to guide their children in the proper way to act… Keep Reading

News/Politics

College Republicans Host “Hillary For Prison” Event

On Monday, October 18, the College Republicans at the University of Washington hosted a “Hillary for Prison” event in the campus’ Red Square commons area. The event included a cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton placed in a jail cell made of PVC pipe, and Chevy Swanson, the chapter’s Presidential Election Coordinator, dressed up as Donald Trump. According to Jessie Gamble, president of the UW College Republicans, the goal of the event was to get students “engaged in discussion…about the latest Wikileaks or the Benghazi scandal.” The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive: “People from [across the] political spectrum actually showed up and took selfies with the event, one of which was actually a Gary Johnson supporter but agrees with us and the cause that Hillary is not above the law.” College Repubublicans at the University of Washington have been involved in several controversial demonstrations over the course of this election cycle, the most prominent of which was the construction of the “Trump Wall” in the middle of campus… Keep Reading

Politics

EXCLUSIVE: Is Austin Petersen Running a “Nonprofit” Slush Fund?

One of the strengths of the liberty movement has always been the web of libertarian think tanks, institutes, and foundations that work to create content and spread the message of small government. From the Mises Institute to the Foundation for Economic Education to the Cato Institute, there are plenty of libertarian organizations that have done good, honest work. And then there is the Stonegait Institute. The project of The Libertarian Republic founder and former Libertarian Presidential candidate Austin Petersen, the Stonegait Institute presents itself as a “nonprofit” organization that aims to “empower activists and advocates to challenge abuses of authority through reporting, training, and advocacy.” The institute apparently operates with a small staff – only six employees are listed on their website, including Petersen himself. On every page on the site, there is a large “donate” prompt, so it is clear that the organization is looking for funding. Should liberty-minded donors open up their pocketbooks for Austin’s new project? What does Stonegait do, exactly? That is a good question.… Keep Reading

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