Wednesday, January 30, 2008
In honor of all the blood, sweat and tears (or at least really hard work) put in by Ernest Hancock and Powell Gammill, I have added FreedomsPhoenix.com to the sidebar. I hope that if you haven't visited Freedom's Phoenix lately that you do so. It has great news with a sprinkle of critique added.
If there is one thing that the Libertarian Party is known for it is their desire to reduce government spending. The Arizona Libertarian Party is walking the walk as well as talking the talk unlike some other political parties of late.
ARIZONA LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESS RELEASE
1/27/2008 Phoenix Arizona
## For Redistribution ##
Arizona Libertarians Save State Tax Payers $1,000,000.00
The Arizona Libertarian Presidential Preference Primary Election will take place from January 30th through February 5th, 2008. It will be conducted online using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) with candidate information links. RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, better reflecting voter intent. The winning nominee must receive a majority of the vote not a plurality. All registered Libertarians are encouraged to study the candidate’s positions and participate. Voting instructions will be posted online prior to the election at http://www.lpelection.com
The Arizona Libertarian Party (AZLP) has statewide ballot status as a major political party. By statute, the AZLP was invited by the state to participate in the Presidential Preference Primary Election in which party members cast votes which are non enforceable upon the convention delegates. The AZLP decided to save Arizona taxpayers from this expense and hold the election as an internal party function. Independents who can't vote in a partisan primary should not be forced to subsidize an internal beauty contest.
For more information on this primary or Ranked Choice Voting visit http://www.lpelection.com or contact the Arizona Libertarian Party at 1-800-875-7369 or in Maricopa County at 602-595-5451.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Would you buy a used car from this marketplace? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) can tell you a lot about how the US economy is doing. From this graph I would have to say that the US isn't doing too well. Is this because the US government is overspending? Is this because the US government is overtaxing? Is this because the "leadership" of the Republican Party and Democratic Party have absolutely no clue what to do to avert a partial collapse of the domestic mortgage lending industry? Is there anybody who knows that the solution is to unleash the creative energies of the people and businesses of the USA? There is. His name is Ron Paul and he is running for president. I hope enough people out there will learn about his position on overspending and overtaxing.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday night I went to Scottsdale Road and Cactus to wave my Ron Paul for President sign. Little did I know that the Ron Paul limo was coming to Scottsdale. I had a fun time talking with the driver while the limo was in Scottsdale (about 90 minutes or so) before it had to go back to the Phoenix Ron Paul Grassroots Headquarters. There are apparently a few videos of the limo on youtube.com with one of them showing Ron Paul signing the limo while it was in Texas.
The photo you see wasn't from its Scottsdale visit but I am sure you get the idea.
Photo credit: Pong God
Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME (Millenium Edition), Windows 98, Windows 95. All these operating systems, produced by the Microsoft Corporation, are good tools. All of them can be brought low by opening one piece of software or going to the wrong website.
It is not a given that buying Windows Vista is any complete solution to the problem of computer crackers.
I would say the easiest solution would be to sell that Windows computer and buy your self a Macintosh (or if you can break out of the box, an computer that runs an Open Source operating system..
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
It has been quite some time since the US has been a shining example for the rest of the world. One tarnish on what should be our shining example is Guantanamo prison camp. Recently 80 people chose to get themselves arrested at the US Supreme Court building to let the powers that be know that "We the people" are unhappy with the governments soggy toast support for The Bill of Rights.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I have met a number of people with passion, with competence and with the driving interest to educate and entertain the public. One of those people is Victor Aronow (this is him on the far left) who industriously works to advance the cause of Arizona Community Media Foundation so that Arizona can have a bit more choice when it comes to broadcast FM radio stations.
His group will have a benefit concert on Friday, February 1st in Scottsdale. For details, visit the AZCMF web site: www.azcmf.org Do it now.
Friday, January 11, 2008
We are supposed to believe that Ron Paul came in 5th in New Hampshire. We are supposed to believe that John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani all garnered more votes than Ron Paul in New Hampshire, reportedly the freest state in the US.
Mention Benjamin Franklin and most people would think of two things, his kite and the fact that he was one of the founding fathers. Recently I received a missive from the National Center for Constitutional Studies (which has one of the better pocket US Constitutions) offering suggestions on how to better ourselves and our families. They offered several suggestions from the mouth of Benjamin Franklin. As they publish a book titled "The Real Benjamin Franklin" I can't think of a better group to offer suggestions.
Photo credit: jepsculpture
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I went to the Republican party legislative district 17 meeting at the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center. The meeting started on time, proceeded apace and was a pleasure to attend. Mayor Hugh Hallman (electhugh.org) was present and even though he has no opposition on the ballot, asked for our vote of support. He also recounted his efforts the educate the members of the Tempe City Council on the need to hold the line on increasing our property tax. He reports, as has been in the news for a great many months, that the Maricopa County real estate valuations have been soaring and that unless the rate at which property taxes are reduced that property owners in Tempe will be dunned for 30% more via their property tax bills unless the property tax rate is reduced.
He reports that Council members Mark Mitchell and Shana Ellis have a particular challenge in understanding the priciple that when A (the valuations go up) and B (the tax rates are left unchanged) then C (the tax bill is going to go up).
He reports that Tempe City Council candidate Julie Jakubek understands this basic concept of multiplication. I hope to contact her campaign tomorrow and find out how I can assist in the effort to elect government officials who understand multiplication.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Do most people research and decide for themselves who to vote for? I rather lean towards no on that question. Most people allow the media formerly known as mainstream and a few ads on the day before the election to decide for them. I would rather people use a useful tool or consult with some educational material (the internet preferably) than rely on "the TV".
I took a test using GotoQuiz.com for the 2008 Presidential election. These are the candidates and how much they think I agree with.
86% Ron Paul
71% Fred Thompson
68% Mitt Romney
66% Tom Tancredo
65% Mike Huckabee
59% John McCain
42% Bill Richardson
40% Rudy Giuliani
31% Mike Gravel
31% Chris Dodd
28% Barack Obama
26% Dennis Kucinich
25% John Edwards
24% Hillary Clinton
20% Joe Biden
What? No Libertarians ?!?
2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
Of those candidates in their system, I would personally rate my preferences as:
as the rest of them think that the US government needs to continue its occupation of Iraq (and in McCain's case for 100 years).
as the system doesn't include Christine Smith, Steve Kubby, Jim Burns or George Phillies.
The Goldwater Institute has produced 100 ideas for the new year and I just love idea #2. "Allow private companies to assume the full responsibility of promoting Arizona as a tourist destination by eliminating public funds for the Tourism Authority." The government of the State of Arizona is facing a $1 billion budget deficit.
I think zeroing out government funded advertising for tourism is a great idea (let private business advertise, they know best where the best return on investment is - government doesn't). I hope my state representatives David Shapira and Ed Ableser give this some serious consideration.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Time passes by and with it the attention of the media. Luckily there are some group whose attention is more focused than most. One of them being the Citizens Commision on Human Rights. A friend recently offered me the opportunity to watch one their video "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" at his home. It tells us of the now historical actions of the pharmaceutical drug industry to insinuate themselves into American society. I certainly want to take advantage of modern drugs, when truly necessary. However, I am plenty cautious of their serious and sometimes deadly side-effects. Caveat emptor.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I'll admit that I had my doubts when Ernest Hancock started throwing out the term "the media formerly known as mainstream". Ron Paul's campaign has made me a believer. What TV station news from Des Moines, Iowa would I have access to given that I can't afford [or choose not to pay for] cable or satellite television? I do choose to purchase a high speed internet connection through Cox Communications and I look forward to Ron Paul's Veterans for Paul event. Streaming internet television - what an achievement.
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Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Looks like three people chose to be arrested rather than quietly allowing Mike Huckabee's war mongering to continue without protest.
The best part, in my opinion, is where Mike Huckabee's campaign bus drove away rather than even attempt to respond to the protestors questions. I am told that Mike Huckabee was in the bus. I guess the questions scared him away.
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