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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Libertarian calendar for July

****Registration is NOW OPEN****
http://studentsforliberty.org/anz/conference/
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The 2nd Annual Australia and New Zealand Students For LibertyConference is back and better than ever. The 2015 conference will take place from the 3rd-5th of July at RMIT in Melbourne.

WHERE: Room 080.01.002, Swanston Academic Building, RMIT - 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne

WHEN: 10am - 6pm from 4-5th of July, plus social events on Friday and Saturday evenings.

COST: $10

SOCIAL EVENTS:
Whilst the conference officially starts on Saturday, on Friday night, together with Liberty on the Rocks Melbourne, we will be hosting welcome drinks at Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square. See Students for Liberty on the Rocks for more info.

On Saturday evening we will be holding an official social event, kindly hosted by the Civic Group. This event is free for conference attendees, and will be held at Bennelong House, 9 Queen St, Melbourne from 6.30pm.

Stay tuned for speaker announcements and more info!

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July 7
Washington, D.C.


Monthly dinner gathering (1st Tueaday of each month)
7:00 p.m.

Trio Restaurant, 1537 17th St NW (17th & Q St. NW)

http://www.triodc.com . The restaurant's # is 202-232-6305.
Alternate location in case something goes wrong with the first location: Java House across the street.


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July 13
North Dakota



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July 18-19
Alexandria, VA

Jul 18 2015 - 9:00am
EDT
Marriott Residence Inn
1456 Duke Street


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July 18
Alexandria, VA


Jul 18 2015 - 7:00pm
EDT
LP David F. Nolan Memorial HQ Building
1444 Duke Street
AlexandriaVA 22314

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July 23
Washington, DC









Debate: Libertarianism vs. Conservatism


Student Forum 

July 23, 2015 6:30PM
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Hayek Auditorium 
Featuring Cato Institute Interns; and Heritage Foundation Interns; with an introduction by Mark Houser, Student Programs Coordinator, Cato Institute; moderated by Christopher Bedford, Senior Editor, Daily Caller
Libertarians and conservatives both claim to be advocates of individual liberty, limited government, and free markets. Sometimes these shared values lead libertarians and conservatives to similar conclusions about public policy. As a result, American political discourse often conflates libertarianism with conservatism, and proponents of “fusionism” see libertarians and conservatives as natural political allies.
However, the differences between the two political philosophies are at least as significant as the similarities. On matters such as national security and foreign policy, immigration, drugs, marriage, and the role of religion and morality in public policy, libertarians and conservatives clash with one another.
With the recent ascendance of many longstanding libertarian concerns—such as the surveillance state and militarized policing—into mainstream political discourse, we invite you to a timely debate about the two philosophies and their associated policy implications. Interns from the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute will go head-to-head to answer the question: Is libertarianism or conservatism the superior political philosophy?
Follow the conversation on Twitter using #LvCdebate.
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at www.cato.org/live and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.
Attend in Person
To register to attend this event, click the button below and then submit the form on the page that opens, or email events@cato.org, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by 6:30PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
Reception to Follow



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July 26-31
Washington, D.C..

Cato University


Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) will be a featured speaker at this year’s Cato University. Yet another outstanding reason why we hope you’ll consider joining us this summer! Cato University – our Summer Seminar on Political Economy – is the Cato Institute’s premier, one-of-a-kind educational event. This annual program – held this year at Cato in Washington, DC from July 26-31 – brings together outstanding faculty and participants from across the country and, often, from around the globe – all sharing a commitment to liberty and learning.


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July 31 - Saturday, August 1
Illinois Libertarian Party convention 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Beef on the Barbecue - July 4th weekend movies including "Magic Mike XXL"

spoiler alerts

What if Odysseus had been retarded?

Everyone and their mother is in Magic Mike XXL (directed by Steven Soderbergh).  Especially if their mother is a little overweight or a recent divorcee.

Elizabeth Banks is in it, and she is also in every other movie out right now, including Love and Mercy (which is a lot better than Magic Mike) and Pitch Perfect 2 (which is a teeny bit better).

If you want to get a heterosexual guy to go to Magic Mike XXL, you can truthfully tell him that for about a minute and a half, Elizabeth Banks and Jada Pinkett Smith make out, their characters having apparently been lovers years before the events in this movie (or those of the first Magic Mike).

Banks play a slightly trashier and much more countrified version of the contest maven she plays in the Pitch Perfect movies, it's just that now she is organizing male exotic dancers instead of college acapella groups.  And MMXXL is about a third back story, filling in what went on in dancer Mike's (Channing Tatum's) life, before the first movie, including an affair he too had with the omnivorous Ms. Pinkett Smith.

One of the innovations of MMXXL over the original is just this multiculturalism:  there are now black people and gays.  Given the addition of black male dancers (ironically - or perhaps this is a marketing ploy to pull in TV viewers who otherwise would not see a dirty movie - daytime's  Michael Strahan from the Kelly and Michael show aka Regis, and "Twitch" from Ellen) it is somewhat jarring that the odyssey Mike and friends take on their journey from Tampa to Myrtle Beach takes them through Charleston, South Carolina.

And it is almost literally an Odyssey, with many parrallels.  The guys travel not from Mediterranean island to Mediterranean island, but from coastal beach town to coastal beach town.  Their ship, a frozen yogurt food truck, crashes.  They are rescued by an Athena-like Jada Pinkette Smith, who is a goddess of conniving, if not of wisdom (in one act the boys throw glitter on a poster, which sticks to invisible glue and then reads "The Goddess").  At one point the boys end up in a drag bar and dance in a style to make themselves appear gay - Circe becomes a drag queen and they become not pigs but femmie faggots.  In another stop they visit a stripper club/brothel for a (mainly black) female clientele, where the owner, a beclawed Pinkette Smith, playing a slightly less homicidal version of her "Fish" character in TV's Gotham, is like a Cyclops, ready to eat them - she makes Mike dance before the assembled clients to decide whether she will be his Cyclops or his Athena.  In a third stop they go to the home of a girl they met who gave Adam Rodriguez's character her number, and her mother, played by Andie McDowall, is a wealthy divorcee, social queen in a McMansion with a court of wealthy girlfriends, all drinking wine to forget their sorrows; on one stop Odysseus visits Helen (of Troy) and her husband, who serve nepenthe, a psychopharmacological drink, to help them forget the Trojan War.

But these boys aren't smart like Odysseus; they barely know any words that aren't four letter words.  Their most elevated comments are when pretty Matt Bomer's character launches into New Age flatulence about sexual and emotional healing.  So the first third of the movie is kind of awful.  Dirty looking boys with nice abs who aren't that attractive, except for returning Joe Manganiello, who looks really good scruffy, and also turns out to be a better actor than the rest of them. (Manganiello, who starred in the HBO vampire show TrueBlood, at one point gets to make a joke about a rival group of contestants who have a stripper act where they are dressed as sexy vampires.)

But then the movie becomes a remake of Bring It On, with Tatum and Manganiello playing the Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku characters, with the missing Matthew McConaughey being  the cheerleader flick's "Big Red."  They have to invent new choreography and win!  When these characters follow Laura Ingraham's advice and shut up and sing (and dance) the movie improves.  Except it is still a sad world of stupid men who make unloved women, some morbidly obese and some distraught divorcees, happy with their gifts, which are almost exclusively physical.

There are other fun bits. Matt Bomer sings nicely, making you think, because he's prettier, if he learned to tell a joke he might threaten Neil Patrick Harris for top Hollywood gay guy. Amber Heard is good in a small role, playing a blond version of a Winona Ryder type character.




Come back later this week for a review of healthier beef, Guy Pearce in Results.

Banned from RedState! - We Don't Want to Hear Any Pro-Gay Marriage Crap from you Fudge Packers Here!

What was that riff last month about how PC liberals were making comedy extinct?

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I've been publishing for a few months as a diarist at the blog RedState, several of whose writers I really enjoy, and which had some kind words to say about me in the past when I was in an argument with some establishment Democratic Party gays.

I mainly post things there that I had also posted, in a different form, here at Insomniac Libertarian.

I took one such post, on Libertarian rants (and jokes) about the SCOTUS decision on marriage equality, and added a preface just for the RedState audience, on advice for the RedState readers.

Apparently, RedState prefers a monochromatic editorial policy, allowing in only pieces opposing gay marriage.

(Also notice that Bill S. - apparently an illegal immigrant who manages RedState at night for cash under the table, who is afraid to use his real name - says in one comment that it violates RS rules to cross post, and says in the other comment that I am welcome and even required to cross post an article instead of posting a fragment and a link to the whole article.  English may not be his first language but someone needs to slap this bitch upside the head with Atlas Shrugged until he learns the law of non-contradiction.)

I've now been banned from RedState.  I can't post any new diaries.  The two most recent diaries I wrote have been erased from my list of diary entries.  If you search for me on their site you will get a null result.  (If you look up one of my diaries there on an outside search engine you may find it.)  Here is the bravely non-anonymous midnight communication from Bill S. (perhaps I can get the Justice Department to subpoena his identity for me?):












































































"Bill" was also upset that I had posted half an article I had been able to get published at Breitbart at RedState, with a link to Breitbart if you wanted to read the rest, which I did, as I said in the post, so I could publish a photo that Breitbart had left out (Bill S. had ordered me to post the entire piece, which I did this morning, and then he banned me):





How Liquor Licenses Sparked the Stonewall Riots

How Liquor Licenses Sparked the Stonewall Riots

Come. Justin Amash on freedom to marry

Throughout history, different cultures have defined marriage according to their own customs and practices. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, agnostics, and atheists do not share identical views on marriage. In fact, significant differences regarding marriage exist even within Christianity.
What makes marriage traditional is not its adherence to a universal definition but rather that it is defined by personal faith, not by government. For thousands of years, marriage flourished without a universal definition and without government intervention. Then came licensing of marriage. In recent decades, we've seen state legislatures and ballot initiatives define marriage, putting government improperly at the helm of this sacred institution.
Those who care about liberty should not be satisfied with the current situation. Government intervention in marriage presents new threats to religious freedom and provides no advantages, for gay or straight couples, over unlicensed (i.e., traditional) marriage. But we shouldn't blame the Supreme Court for where things stand.
To the extent that Americans across the political spectrum view government marriage as authoritative and unlicensed marriage as quaint, our laws must treat marriage—and the corresponding legal benefits that attach—as they would any other government institution. So, while today's Supreme Court opinion rests upon the false premise that government licensure is necessary to validate the intimate relationships of consenting adults, I applaud the important principle enshrined in this opinion: that government may not violate the equal rights of individuals in any area in which it asserts authority.

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