Archive for February, 2008

Libertarian Party Updates

Friday, February 29th, 2008

—Considering the improvement in his speaking material and ability, it’s almost like Libertarian Party presidential hopeful George Phillies has retained Peggy Noonan to assist with his campaign. Now, he’s sent me the photograph on the right, entitled “Respecting the Dignity of the Office.” Is he taking lessons from the Gipper, too?

—According to this [...]

The Barr Code

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Considering that I’ve started several blogs (in various formats with various levels of success) in the past, it’s fun for me to watch a new blog take off. For the last few weeks, Bob Barr has been blogging over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution site and it’s been interesting watching that traffic grow.

So far, he’s [...]

Nader: Pros and cons

Friday, February 29th, 2008

As one might expect, the Internet is somewhat abuzz over Ralph Nader’s recent presidential announcements. The latest two articles to hit my inbox capture a bit of the debate.


Although it’s not always clear why candidates such as John Anderson, Ross Perot or, this year, Ralph Nader run for president with no chance of [...]

Online survey about Clinton and McCain

Friday, February 29th, 2008

If you are interested in participating in a online survey which primarily deals with your feelings about John McCain and Hillary Clinton, here’s your chance. From the Poli Sci Dept. at Stony Brook:

The purpose of this survey is to examine how people think and feel about the political issues, parties, and candidates in the [...]

Maybe there is a scenario for George Phillies for President?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

by Eric Dondero

Within the last two weeks there’s been a growing groundswell for McCain to pick Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his VP. Stories on Palin have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, American Spectator, Human Events, AP, and an interview with the Washington Post. (See links and video now up at

If [...]

Wired publishes new Abu Ghraib photos

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Wired is using the title: Disturbing New Photos From Abu Ghraib. There are several pictures in this series I hadn’t seen before. Here’s their advisory:

NSFW: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. As an expert witness in the defense of an Abu Ghraib guard who was court-martialed, psychologist Philip Zimbardo had access to many of the images [...]

AP: Nader not running as a Green

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

From the Associated Press:

On Thursday, [Ralph Nader] said he would not be seeking the Green Party nomination, noting that the party has four announced candidates.

“We think that there is plenty of room in this country for parallel progressive candidates,” he said.

RussiaToday report on Nader’s run

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Paul and Kucinich safe in their congressional districts

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I’d been hearing plenty of consistent rumors that Ron Paul was polling poorly in his congressional district, but didn’t publish any of them because there was no way to verify the sources—and some of the reports I had heard seemed a bit suspect. Ballot Access News has just linked to data which suggests that [...]

Nader’s running mate?

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Here’s the scoop from BeyondChron:

At 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time today, presidential candidate Ralph Nader will announce his running mate at a Washington DC press conference. BeyondChron has learned that it will be former San Francisco Supervisor and Board President Matt Gonzalez. We were unaware of Gonzalez’s plans when he wrote a guest editorial for [...]

Bloomberg says he won’t run

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I’m not sure if Michael Bloomberg or a copy editor selected the title of this NY Times column: I’m Not Running for President, but …

No matter who wrote the title, it’s fitting. Here’s the pertinent quote from the op-ed (emphasis added):

I believe that an independent approach to these issues is essential to governing our [...]

Root responds to Knapp’s attack

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Yesterday, we published portions of an article written by Thomas Knapp attacking potential Libertarian Party presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root. Here is Root’s response:

by Wayne Allyn Root

I’m surprised you’d print such dirty, filthy remarks without checking on their truth with me. This is gutter politics at its worst. Mr. Knapp is obviously DESPERATE to [...]

Rick Jore’s Initiative

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Rick Jore, the Constitution Party’s only elected state legislator, from Montana is currently at the forefront of a pro-life intiative to amend the Montana Constitution to define personhood from conception. Entitled CI-100, the initiative’s backers have to collect 44,615 signatures. There has been a veritable storm of letters to the editors, both in support and [...]

Who is running for LNC?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

After several requests in Las Vegas and one on the telephone today, I decided to repost this listing of possible LNC candidates in order to see if there have been any changes since it was last published. One new name surfaced in Las Vegas as a rumored candidate for treasurer: George Phillies campaign Treasurer Carol [...]

The target on top of LP hill

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

While Tom Knapp writes at TPW, he has also told me that he tries “not to use TPW too much for campaign propaganda.” However, he’s written what I predicted yesterday would soon start: An attack on Wayne Allyn Root because he has now surfaced as perhaps the leading Libertarian Party presidential contender. To [...]

Confronting both the Second and Fourth Amendments

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Libertarian National Committee Representative Bob Barr just wrote about “illegal” firearms in Massachusetts. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog posting pertains more to the Fourth Amendment than the Second Amendment, though.

The police department in that Massachusetts city has just launched an initiative that exhibits a cynical disregard for the rights of the citizenry, even as it [...]

Recreate ‘68

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are currently making noises about their opposition to the Iraq War, the Democrats who consistently oppose foreign adventurism are no longer contenders for the Democratic nomination. Politico tells us about protests being planned for the Democratic National Convention in Denver:

A coalition of anti-war groups is vowing to protest [...]

The libertarian vote: Obama or the LP?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

That’s the internal debate over at the Orange County Register, anyway. Here is Frank Mickadeit’s account of the debate:

“Freedom Presidential Debate,” the invite said. Our CEO, Scott Flanders, vs. our libertarian advisor, Tibor Machan. A luncheon at corporate headquarters.

First, in 21 years, I’d never been invited to corporate headquarters, which is in an Irvine [...]

Ralph Nader and the left

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

From reading comments over at DailyKos, one might think that Ralph Nader is the Antichrist of progressive politics. Here’s a sample:

Gore tried to WIN, Nader tried to LOSE.

It’s as simple as that. You can second-guess any number of things Gore did during the campaign, but Nader knowingly and deliberately did everything he could to [...]

William F. Buckley dead at 82

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

William F. Buckley, Jr., who, according to the NY Times, “marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.”

More from the Washington Times here, NRO here, and USA Today here.

WaPo’s bad advice

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

I know this will come as shocking news to many of you, but the Washington Post just provided some abysmal advice to someone seeking a new political home. In a blog column by Andrés Martinez which is supposed to “answer your questions and resolves your dilemmas about the candidates, the campaigns and politics,” they [...]

Ballot Access in North Carolina

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

According to the local media, it looks like Ralph Nader may have a lot of difficulty getting on the ballot in North Carolina, but the Libertarian Party will probably make it.

Ralph Nader is running for president again but it’s unlikely his name will end up on the ballot in North Carolina.

Third party candidates must jump [...]

Hooters and LP Presidential Campaigns

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Eric Dondero just highlighted this photograph of Libertarian Party presidential contender Wayne Allyn Root posing with some Hooters girls.

He’s not the first LP presidential contender to be pictured with a nice healthy crop of Hooters girls. We made several Hooters stops during the 2004 campaign. One I remember was [...]

Constitution Party Presidential Survey

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

The Constitution Party’s website is now hosting a Presidential preference survey. Listed on the survey are:

U.S. Senator Bob Smith
Chief Justice Roy Moore
Ambassador Alan Keyes
Pastor Chuck Baldwin
Dr. Jerome Corsi

Don Grundmann is also available as a 2nd or 3rd choice. With only 85 people polled, Moore is in first, Smith in second, and Baldwin in third.

Ron Paul still in it

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

From his latest campaign e-mail:

Coming up soon are the Texas and Ohio primaries, with others like Pennsylvania not long afterwards. We are contesting every one, and we will be heard at the Republican national convention in Minneapolis and beyond. A substantial minority of Americans in all parties, not to speak of Independents, agree [...]