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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Libertarian calendar for May 2016

May 3
Fairfax, VA

Ballot Access Petitioning
9 am to 7 pm

Contact LpNoVa chair Andy Bakker

May 4
Austin, TX

Mises Book Club
8 pm

Mozart's Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703

May 4
Clearwater, FL

Libertarian Party national chair debate
9 pm


May 4
Washington, DC

Deirdre McCloskey
Bougeois Equality
American Enterprise Institute

In “Bourgeois Equality” (University of Chicago Press, 2016), the third volume of her trilogy extolling the virtues of the bourgeoisie, well-known economic historian Deirdre McCloskey explains, “Our riches were made not by piling brick on brick, bank balance on bank balance, but by piling idea on idea.” This book argues that ideas, rather than capital or institutions, have driven prosperity. Specifically, she points to equal liberty and dignity for ordinary people — ideas that upended ancient hierarchies and empowered commoners.
Join AEI for a conversation with Dr. McCloskey and The Washington Post’s George Will about the ideas that have fueled human well-being in the modern era. Light refreshments will precede the discussion, and a wine and cheese reception will follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Join the conversation on social media with #BourgeoisEquality.

Michael R. Strain, AEI
6:05 PM
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
6:20 PM:
Book discussion:
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
George Will, The Washington Post

For more information, please contact Kaavya Ramesh at, 202.862.7193.

May 14
London, UK

Benevolent Laissez Faire

  •  to 
  • 36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY, London (map)
  • Enter down the stairs from Lincoln's Inn Fields
  • Price: GBP12.00 /per person

  • A large and pro-active state that provides safety and certainty is attractive to many, who believe the problems can be managed by electing a better leader next time. For others, this idea is simply mistaken. 
    Our country is better than 90% of countries surveyed, in one study. That makes it the 15th nicest place to live. 
    Our education system raises all our children properly. Our doctors keep an eye on our lifestyles. Our regulators decide how the economy and our businesses are to be made fair and decent. Our benefits offices give the unfortunate comfortable independence. Our armies insist our values are followed in every part of the world. Our taxes will pay for everything – if only the rich can be squeezed hard enough.
    But what if you want to teach your children differently? Live a riskier more enjoyable lifestyle? Use a truly innovative banking or financial product? Enjoy a stable currency? Put your own family first? Stay out of conflicts? Do you have the space to live differently? Are you able to pick something better than the 15th best?
    How might those that crave comfort and certainty, for themselves and perhaps for others, accept that it is OK to leave people alone to enjoy (or be at the mercy) of a laissez-faire political and economic system? This conference will present the ethical reasons to accept such a settlement and the institutional and technological alternatives to a tax and spend society. 
    This afternoon event consists of four sessions:
    • DIY Governance - Janina Lowisz, BitNation and Julio Alejandro, Humanitarian Blockchain 

    • Historical Precedents for Laissez Faire Welfare - Dr Anton Howes, KCL

    • Benevolent Capitalism and Inequality [Keynote] - Yaron Brook, President and Executive Director, Ayn Rand Institute 

    • Panel Discussion: Principled Incremental Transition - How do we get there from here?

    Tickets are required for this event. Tea, coffee, drinks and snacks will be catered within the ticket price. Early birds can get tickets for £12 if they buy today.
    To reserve a table at Rocket Holborn for lunch or dinner please email

May 7-30
Libertarian Party conventions

May 15
Alexandria, VA

Libertarian Party Lunch
1:00 pm

Reynolds St Bar and Grill
34 S Reynolds St, Alexandria, Virginia 22304


May 27-30th
Orlando, FL

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thanks, Obama!

Another favorite American institution destroyed by Obama's war on fossil fuels:

Iconic snack brand Cracker Jack has done away with the prize hidden inside every box and replaced it with a code for a digital game, following an Obama Administration Executive Order prohibiting plastic toys and other promotional items made from fossil fuels from being given away in marketing campaigns.
Cracker Jack's parent company, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay, announced last week "a whole new approach to the prize inside fun with baseball-inspired mobile digital experiences directly from the sticker inside."
The nearly 125-year-old brand also revamped its logo and packaging.
"The Cracker Jack Prize Inside has been as much a part of the nostalgia and love for the brand as the unforgettable combination of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts," Haston Lewis, senior director of marketing, Frito-Lay said in a press release. "The new Prize Inside allows families to enjoy their favorite baseball moments through a new one-of-a-kind mobile experience, leveraging digital technology to bring the iconic Prize Inside to life."
To play the game, you must download the Blippar app on your smart phone and scan the prize sticker. Four baseball-themed games are available: Dot Dash, Dance Cam, Get Carded and Baseball Star.
According to Frito-Lay, the games "allow users to show off your dance moves on a simulated baseball field jumbo screen on your phone, control the outcome of the legendary Dot Race or make yourself a baseball star in baseball cards and autographed photos that can be traded and shared with your family and friends."
When questioned about the executive order banning the toys, a testy President Obama replied "I'm so tired of cracker-assed crackers!"

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pensions and penises

The Navy found they had too many officers and decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised any officer who volunteered for Retirement a bonus of $1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any Two points in his body.. The officer got to choose what those two points would be.
The first officer who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of $72,000.

The second officer who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hand to his toes. He walked out with $96,000.
The third one was a non-commissioned officer,a grizzly old Chief who, when asked where he would like to be measured replied, 'From the tip of my willie to my testicles.'
It was suggested by the pension man that he might want to reconsider, explaining about the nice big checks the previous two Officers had received. But the old Chief insisted and they decided to go along with him providing the measurement was taken by a Medical Officer.

The Medical Officer arrived and instructed the Chief to 'drop 'em,' which he did. The medical officer placed the tape measure on the tip of the Chief's weenie and began to work back. "Dear Lord!", he suddenly exclaimed, ''Where are your testicles?'' 

The old Chief calmly replied, ''Vietnam"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Institute for Justice wins asset forfeiture case

Yesterday, IJ won our fastest victory ever.  Just hours after we launched our latest civil forfeiture case with an exclusive feature in The Washington Post, the government agreed to drop all charges against our clients and returned every cent that it had wrongfully seized.   
This case involves one of the most outrageous forfeiture actions we’ve seen yet.  During a routine traffic stop for a broken tail light, the Muskogee, Oklahoma, sheriff’s department seized more than $53,000 from our clients—a church and a Burmese Christian band on tour in the U.S. trying to raise funds for charity.  The full Washington Post story is here, and you can find more information about the case, including IJ’s video, on our website.
Law enforcement nationwide continues to use civil forfeiture to steal property and hard-earned cash from innocent owners.  But with your support, we were able to act quickly and marshal resources across time zones—and, in this case, continents—to come to their defense.  Despite its short duration, this case involved a great deal of work and hustle by IJ attorneys.  Indeed, I suspect this is the first time anyone has had to chase down notaries in Burma, rural Thailand, Omaha, and Dallas all on the same day.  This victory brings us one step closer to our goal of abolishing forfeiture, and we are grateful to you for making it possible.   

Scott Bullock | | Institute for Justice | 901 North Glebe Road, Suite 900 | Arlington, Virginia 22203

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Libertarian calendar for April 2016

April 29-May 1
Salinas, Kansas

Kansas Libertarian Party convention


The Libertarian Party of Kansas nominates our candidates for public office for the 2016 elections (as a minor party we still use the convention rather than the primary process) we will have some other party business as well, including electing some officers in the new rotation.  The 3 officer positions to be elected will be the State Chair, 1st District Coordinator & the 3rd District Coordinator.
The convention is open to all, however, only those registered to vote as a Libertarian in the state of Kansas may vote at the convention.

April 29
New York, NY

Gary Johnson fundraiser
6 pm- 8 pm

A Grand Meet ‘n Greet With Himself- Hizzoner Gary Johnson
Date- Friday April 29, 2016
Location- Connollys Irish Pub and Restaurant- 
43 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 (Between 5th and 6th)
Time- 6:00P- 8:00 PM
Donation- $50.00 PP/$80.00 per couple in advance. $70.00 pp at the door. 

Donation includes- Admission, Complimentary Hors D’Ouevres, Cash Bar, and Complimentary Gary Johnson 2016 Presidential Campaign Bumper Stickers.
Also includes an entry into drawings to be held for 2016 Campaign Tee Shirts.
ADDED BONUS! – Drawing will be held that evening that will award an attendee with a Private Breakfast for Two with Gary Johnson on Saturday April 30th at a secret location in Midtown Manhattan from 9:00AM-10:30AM



April 30
New York, NY

The 2016 LPNY Convention
Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
10 am

140 Second Avenue near 9th Street

Tentative speakers:
John McAfee
Governor Gary Johnson
other LP Presidential candidates

April 1
Keller, TX

The Tarrant County Libertarian Meetup
7:30 PM
Keller Tavern
128 South Main Street
Keller, TX 76248

April 1
Leawood, Kansas

Libertarian debate watching party
7 pm

  • Johnny's Tavern in Overland Park
    6765 W 119th St, Leawood, Kansas 66209
    Join us in watching the first Libertarian Party Presidential Debate on a major news network! Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, and John McAfee will be going at it on Stossel on Fox Business!

    We have reserved a private room in the back corner of Johnny's Tavern at 6765 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66209 right next to The Cheesecake Factory.

    The debate starts at 8:00 pm, however the room is available to us at 5:00 pm. Join us for food and drinks!

    April 1
    Newport News, VA

    Libertarian debate party
    7 pm

    126 Archer Road, Newport News, VA 23606

    April 1
    Austin, TX

    Libertarian debate party
    7 pm

    Opal Divine's Penn Field
    3601 S Congress Ave, Ste K100, Austin, Texas 78704

    April 1
    Madison, WI

    Libertarian debate watch party
    7 pm

    April 1
    Indianapolis, IN

    Libertarian debate party
    7 pm

    814 E. 15th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

    April 1
    Chicago, IL

    The Libertarian Party of Chicago Meetup Group
    8:00 PM
    Red Ivy
    3525 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL
    Are you going?

    April 1
    Arlington, VA

    Libertarian Presidential Debate
    7 pm
    Screening Party
    Hard Times Cafe
    Clarendon Metro


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Update on the Transgender Libertarian who shut down D.C.

Last fall, I wrote about a transgender libertarian, Sophia (Adam) Dalke, who shutdown the K Street  lobbyist area of DC for a day with a suicide attempt.  The mainstream media were prissy about reporting that the Dalke was transgender, and the government and police offered few details.

I then discovered that Dalke was actually waiting among the pending members for the local LGBT libertarian meetup group.

Though she could have been incarcerated for several years under DC's draconian gun prohibition laws, Dalke is now out on two years probation, and posting on social media.

Falling asleep in front of the TV