25 votes

Someone who KNEW Nancy and Adam speaks

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/17/adam_lanza_was_a_vegan/

"It was a shared love of live music that sparked a close friendship between Russ Hanoman and Nancy Lanza more than five years ago. Now, in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook and recent reports suggesting she was a paranoid survivalist, Hanoman is speaking publicly about the woman he knew. As he told PIX 11, “She was a wonderful, beautiful, elegant woman who loved life, and most importantly she loved her son, Adam.”

Another small detail emerged in the course of the interview, this time about Adam Lanza.

Lanza was vegan, according to Hanoman, because he “didn’t want to hurt animals.”

You can watch the full interview below."

32 votes

What kind of Libertarian are you?

Came across this little ditty on the Tube. The narrator in this video disects the different strands of libertarianism and how Ron Paul brings them together.

Personally, it helped me understand the mindset of some of you and how we compare and contrast. Everyone on here should watch this. Then maybe we can be one big, happy, crazy, freedom family!

http://youtu.be/fwxBj5OfeGM

Assignment:
1) Identify your category of libertarian. (In the spirit of avoiding collectivism don't post it here.)

2) Comment with your favorite aspect of liberty.

I'll start:
I love freedom of speech and using it to preserve all other liberties!

32 votes

"Like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold:" Boehner Drops Below a Despised Pelosi in Polls

By Justin Sink | The Hill

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) now ranks as the least-liked congressional leader, with just 31 percent of voters holding a positive opinion of the Republican leader and more than half — 51 percent — saying they view the Ohio congressman unfavorably.

That's the first time in several years that Boehner has slipped below House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the Rasmussen survey. The Democratic leader held a 37 percent favorability rating in the poll.

167 votes

Ron Paul Statement on NDAA Conference Report

by Ron Paul | December 21, 2012

Mr. Speaker I rise to oppose what will be the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) I will face as a Member of the US House of Representatives. As many of my colleagues are aware, I have always voted against the NDAA regardless of what party controls the House. Far from simply providing an authorization for the money needed to defend this country, which I of course support, this authorization and its many predecessors have long been used to fuel militarization, enrich the military industrial complex, expand our empire overseas, and purchase military and other enormously expensive equipment that we do not need and in large part does not work anyway. They wrap all of this mess up in false patriotism, implying that Members who do not vote for these boondoggles do not love their country.

The military industrial complex is a jigsaw puzzle of seemingly competing private companies; but they are in reality state-sponsored enterprises where well-connected lobbyists, usually after long and prosperous careers in the military or government, pressure Congress to fund pet projects regardless of whether we can afford them or whether they are needed to defend our country. This convenient arrangement is the welfare of the warfare state.

13 votes

American Dream Fades for Generation Y

Snip from Bloomberg: Generation Y professionals entering the workforce are finding careers that once were gateways to high pay and upwardly mobile lives turning into detours and dead ends. Average incomes for individuals ages 25 to 34 have fallen 8 percent, double the adult population’s total drop, since the recession began in December 2007. Their unemployment rate remains stuck one-half to 1 percentage point above the national figure.

Three and a half years after the worst recession since the Great Depression, the earnings and employment gap between those in the under-35 population and their parents and grandparents threatens to unravel the American dream of each generation doing better than the last. The nation’s younger workers have benefited least from an economic recovery that has been the most uneven in recent history.

‘Permanently Depressed’

“This generation will be permanently depressed and will be on a lower path of income for probably all of their life -- and at least the next 10 years,” says Rutgers professor Cliff Zukin, a senior research fellow at the university’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

27 votes

Naomi Wolf: The coming drone attack on America

"Drones on domestic surveillance duties are already deployed by police and corporations. In time, they will likely be weaponised"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/21/coming-d...

71 votes

I quit murdering people on November 17, 2012.

I lost my job (outsourced) on November 16th.

Since I no longer pay taxes (since I'm unemployed - and no I'm not collecting unemployment), my tax dollars are no longer going to a government intent on killing people who look (or think) a little different than us.

That is the one thing I take comfort in since losing my job of 27 years.

I'm no longer drone bombing wedding parties in Pakistan.

I'm no longer killing the Afghani people.

I quit pointing guns at Iran.

I no longer give out $55 billion in foreign aid which goes to rogue governments who torture, imprison and murder their people.

43 votes

Chrome Love Revolution Car Emblems Have Finally Arrived! Get One While Supplies Last!

UPDATE 12/22/12: I sold out of Revolution Car Badges in less than a week thanks to Tom Woods! You can still backorder one here! It will arrive around Feb 2013! Please be patient with me as I try to scale my inventory with cash flow.

Thanks for everyone that helped make this idea become a reality! The Love Revolution chrome car badges have finally arrived! Buy one while supplies last! I'll start shipping product tomorrow morning!

You can see them here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.504703076230478.11...

You can buy one here for $15 plus shipping: www.RevolutionCarBadges.com

Here's my Facebook Page, please let all your friends know: www.facebook.com/RevolutionCarBadges.com

Here's the backstory on this project:

24 votes

George Orwell on the Purpose of War: A prescient understanding of America today

The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.

Ever since the end of the nineteenth century, the problem of what to do with the surplus of consumption goods has been latent in industrial society. From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations. And in fact, without being used for any such purpose, but by a sort of automatic process — by producing wealth which it was sometimes impossible not to distribute — the machine did raise the living standards of the average humand being very greatly over a period of about fifty years at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction — indeed, in some sense was the destruction — of a hierarchical society. In a world in which everyone worked short hours, had enough to eat, lived in a house with a bathroom and a refrigerator, and possessed a motor-car or even an aeroplane, the most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already have disappeared.

64 votes

Dec. 22nd, 2012!

36 votes

New Video - What did you forget?

My latest video, taken from amazing lecture by the late Alan Watts. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/K5ultqz1Pdk

71 votes

House Republicans Circulate Plan To Oust Boehner From Speakership

Breitbart: Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality.

The Republicans, both conservatives and more establishment members alike, are emboldened after the failure of Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B” on Thursday evening. Dissatisfaction with Boehner is growing in the House Republican conference, but until now there hasn’t been a clear path forward.

Those members and staffers requested anonymity from Breitbart News at this time to prevent retaliation from Boehner similar to what happened to those four members who were purged from their powerful committee assignments a few weeks ago. Their expressed concern is that if Boehner knew who they were, his adverse reaction toward them would be much more brutal than losing committee assignments, such as a primary challenge in 2014 by a leadership-sponsored candidate.

27 votes

You nor I can solve the world's problems

Most of the people on here are very intelligent individuals with brains capable of much more than mine. You guys know so much information, and are so informed that you have a solution for everything that comes up. However, I disagree.

You cannot solve the problem because saying that you know what is best for other people is not freedom. It is wrong for the Government to govern areas where they are not given consent, and it would be wrong for you guys to command your ideas also. Dr. Paul has many great ideas for solutions that he has never pursued because he does not believe in forcing others to our position.

"I want to use all my strength, to resist the notion that I can run your lives, or run the economy, or run the world. I want to use that strength to repeal and reject that notion, and stand up and defend the principles of liberty."

Remember the good doctor's words before you go trying to impose your will on others.

Good day friends.

26 votes

In Defense of Liberty

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. - 2nd paragraph, Declaration of Independence

All legislative Powers herein vested shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, - Article 1, Section 1, Constitution of the United States (and similar language with Article 2, Section 1 on the Executive and Article 3, Section 1 on the Judicial powers)

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain Rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Amendment IX, Bill of Rights

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited it by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people. Amendment X, Bill of Rights

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