Thursday, September 08, 2016

The Aleppo Challenge

I'll be blunt. Syrians were a lot better off before Americans knew where Aleppo was. They were a lot better off before our President decided that their President must go. They were a lot better off before our government started providing weapons and funding to groups that behead Syrians.

Our country's recent history has involved Presidents surrounding themselves with Very Smart People like Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and She Who Shall Not Be Named who study the facts and come to the conclusion that launching missiles, dropping bombs, and sending troops to troubled regions will somehow make America safer and improve the lives of people living in the region that is being bombed. One of the reasons why I'm voting for Gary Johnson this year is because I'm hoping that Very Smart People won't start another Very Stupid War.

So I propose the Aleppo Challenge. Most of us have Very Smart Friends who post on Facebook and Twitter that Gary Johnson is not qualified to be President because he asked the wrong question during an interview. Make a screen shot of these posts, and save them in a folder. When your Very Smart Friend's favorite candidate goes on to start another Very Stupid War, post that old screenshot in their timeline and congratulate them for being too smart for peace.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

TV Party - Gary Johnson & Bill Weld on CNN Wed., Aug. 3.

Join the Libertarians to watch Presdential and Vice Pres. candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN.  
Wed., Aug. 3
1423 Louisedale Dr., Ft. Wayne, IN 46808 - home of Tom and Jeannette Jaquish.260 484-5946.
8pm -  Pizza and fruit salad, coffee, juice, soda.
9pm -  CNN Town Hall with Johnson & Weld. Feel free to bring TV snacks and BYOB. 

You may confirm if you like at /www.facebook.com/AllenCountyLibertarians
 
 http://reason.com/blog/2016/08/01/cnn-to-host-second-town-hall-with-gary-j

Thursday, July 28, 2016

4th Wednesday LP meetings


Monthly Libertarian meetings are the 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7pm,
until further notice.  Locations may change.
Next LP meeting is Aug. 24, 7pm at the home of Vice Chair Jeannette Jaquish, 1423 Louisedale Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46808, 260 484-5946 or 750-9013.
Join us to PRACTICE the 2nd Amendment Squirt Gun G'Zombie Challenge, this Sunday, July 31, 3-5pm at the Big Tent pavillion on the far west side of Franke Park.  (Another practice same time August 20)  We will test different trekkers vs g'zombie strategies and make the game as suspenseful and fun as possible. Afterwards we test the grill, cooking burgers, vegi-burgers, hot dogs, and eat potato chips, fruit salad and cold sodas.  Wear outdoor clothing.  We need more volunteers for the Sept. 3 actual event.  Show up, or call Jeannette at 260 750-9013.

Friday, July 15, 2016

You are invited to the 2nd Amendment Squirt Gun G-Zombie Challenge!

"Stop playing!  It's time for your Standardized Test!!!"



Travel the winding trails squirting dead brained Govt-Zombies spouting atrophied-brain nonsense!
Then compete in or watch:

The LOUD FOR LIBERTY Historical Speech Contest!

Any age may deliver a Liberty themed speech, song, quote, line from a movie, poem, or interpretive dance mime, or tell a story, from 1 sentence to 5 minutes.
Sponsors provide money and merchandise awards.

 Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 
Franke Park, 1140 Sherman Dr., Ft. Wayne, IN 46808
at the west side Teepee Pavillion, north of the Day Camp buildings.

 SCHEDULE for these FREE EVENTS
3 to 5pm - G-Zombie Challenge
5:00 - BBQ Picnic & Games - Meet the Libertarians and their Candidates
5:30 - Check in for:
6:00 - Loud for Liberty Historical Speech Contest

Volunteers needed, especially G-Zombies!
Sponsor an Award of money or merchandise.
Contact Jeannette Jaquish, LPIN Vice Chair
260 484-5946 or 260 750-9013 or jeannettejaquish@yahoo.com

More info at:  http://www.ecstatic-theatrics.com/LPIN/GZombie.html


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Business Meeting - Wednesday, July 27, 7pm

Libertarian Party of Allen County Business Meeting
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 7pm
at the home of Robert Enders, LPAC Chairman
582 Courtney Dr., New Haven, IN 46774
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This is a business and planning meeting.
- We need a new Secretary now, and a Treasurer by mid-August
- We are planning events
- We are working with candidates to help their campaigns
- Everyone is welcome
- There will be refreshments. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to share.

Please call Jeannette Jaquish at 260 484-5946 if you have questions.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/AllenCountyLibertarians/
and
Info about the Sept. 3 "2nd Amendment Squirt Gun G-Zombie Challenge" at
www.facebook.com/livefreeplayfree

Robert's House on MapQuest:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/582+Courtney+Dr,+New+Haven,+IN+46774/@41.064503,-85.0397927,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8815fbc592d7a9c5:0x70754663ae8c02d4!8m2!3d41.064499!4d-85.037604

Friday, July 08, 2016

Dallas

The murder of five police officers in Dallas was an act of terrorism. It was an act of violence intended to send a political message. As far as I can tell as of this writing, Dallas police responded properly to this act of terrorism.

The murder of innocent black people by police officers are acts of tyranny. These are acts of violence where the perpetrators use their positions of authority to escape repercussions. I propose that shooting by local police departments be investigated on the state level.

Terrorism and tyranny are two sides of the same coin. One often leads to the other, creating a vicious cycle that can spin out of control for years. Terrorism and tyranny are both equally wrong and must be universally condemned.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TV Party Tonight! (June 22) See Gary Johnson on CNN!

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the Libertarian President and Vice President candidates are featured on CNN's Libertarian Town Hall tonight, Wednesday, July 22, at 9pm ET.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/15/politics/gary-johnson-bill-weld-cnn-town-hall-libertarian/index.html
All are invited to join us in a TV party at 8pm for free dinner, then watch the show at 9pm.
Location: Jeannette Jaquish's house, 1423 Louisedale Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46808.  260 484-5946.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

If you are alive to read this, Memorial Day isn't meant to honor you in particular. This is the day meant to honor those who died while serving the military. These men and women never got their discharge papers. They will never collect VA benefits. They will never see the movie that Kathryn Bigelow, Oliver Stone, or Steven Spielberg made about their war. And they won't read this blog post.

Each year, Memorial Day honors more and more people. Let's hope for a time when the number of people honored on the last Monday in May no longer rises.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Public bathrooms

Expelling bodily wastes shouldn't have to be a cultural or political act. I feel like I shouldn't have to talk about this subject on this blog, but here goes some of my thoughts on the matter.
1) Using the proper bathroom shouldn't be a matter of law, but a matter of common courtesy. Most of us are uncomfortable using the bathroom in front of strangers of the opposite sex. We use the bathroom that is most comfortable to us, and we try to avoid making other people uncomfortable. Bathroom have stalls so we don't have to see each other's genitals. If a person who looks like a man but has a vagina uses the men's room, I shouldn't feel uncomfortable because I shouldn't be aware at all of his vagina. He wouldn't share this info with me unless we were good friends.

I understand that there are safety concerns. People seem to be worried that sexual predators would proclaim their gender to that of their preferred victim, march right into the public bathroom, and assault somebody. But a man who claims to be a woman would stand out like a sore thumb. What makes predators so dangerous is that they do their best to blend in. Few people had any idea that Bill Cosby, Jared Fogle, or Dennis Hastert were monsters until we heard about it on the news.

We don't need state laws that tell us what bathroom to use. Will these laws be enforced by bouncers carding everyone who has to pee? Or can we just agree that if someone reasonably looks male or female, then we don't need them to prove it?

Ultimately, who pees where should be decided by building management and not the state or the federal government. Sometimes one bathroom is packed full or out of order, so people end up using the bathroom that they normally wouldn't use. Management should have the discretion to allow this. On the other hand, if a man decides to make an ass of himself by proclaiming his "femininity" and following women into the bathroom, management should have the option of having him removed.

Even with schools, it's best to leave restroom policy to the school boards. Schools have a vested interest in keeping adolescents with penises from impregnating adolescents with vaginas on school property, so boys and girls have been historically kept separate. If a school decides that a transgirl does not post a threat to the other girls, and the other girls are comfortable with this, then I'm not going to lose sleep over the matter.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Trump will be the GOP nominee. Now what?

I actually feel bad for the Republican Party right now. I wish that every political party would nominate their very best candidate for President. The race should be competitive so that whoever wins works hard to keep the job.

Trump doesn't seem to care if he wins. He wants to run his mouth. He says things that sound great to the GOP base but make everybody else mad. Name recognition and wealth were enough to carry him through the primaries. But it's way more fun to run for President than actually be President. Do you know all the pressure you feel in a job interview? Trump feels none of that, because this is a game to him. No matter what happens, this will all work out for him. A billionaire who wants to be President is absurd as a millionaire who wants to work at Wal-Mart.

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have high unfavorability ratings. In past years people have talked about "wasted votes" and what not. But this year, the only reason NOT to vote Libertarian is if you actually DON'T want a Libertarian in the White House and you actually would prefer Hillary or Donald to Gary Johnson.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Arena proponents should be honest about why they want an arena.

You want a new arena. It's okay, just say it. It's okay to want things. It's okay to want a bigger house or a nicer car. It's okay to want a newer computer or a bigger TV. It's okay to want a boat even though you don't live near the water or a flood plain.

Or maybe you expect to benefit directly financially. It's fine to admit that or even brag about it.

But can you really credibly say with a straight face that the entertainment industry is the best use of your tax dollars? There are so many things that are more important but are less exciting: roads, sewers, fire departments, etc. If you want an arena so badly that it influences the way that you vote, fine. But to insist that you support a project because of its economic impact is disingenuous. All civic projects have both economic benefits and consequences. People are hired to build the project and people are taxed to pay for it. Traffic patterns change, Commute times are increased for some and reduced for others. Retailers can gain or lose business because of these traffic patterns.

I'm especially suspicious of businesses that support new downtown construction projects after moving all their operations to the outskirts. It's like slapping a Greenpeace bumper sticker on your own Hummer.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Annual Convention Details Finalized

It is that time once again when the Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana will be hosting its Annual Convention at Richards Restaurants, on Washington Center Road at Interstate 69, between Lima Road (Exit 311) and Coldwater Roads (Exit 312) on April Fools Day 2016 from 6-9 pm.

Prices for Dinner average $10 per person maximum

There will be a brief Business Meeting which will then transition into our Nominating Convention where we will begin to discern candidates to run for office on the November General Election Ballot. Our goal is to provide VOTERS with a better option, a more sound choice. This year in Allen County there are 17 Positions available for Voters to change the way Government operates in Cities and Towns across the Hoosier State:

COUNTY OFFICES:

County Treasurer, County Coroner, County Surveyor
County Commissioner - District 1, County Council at Large

STATE OFFICES
State Senate: Districts 14, 15, 16
State Representative: Districts 50, 52, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85

Nominations will be accepted at this time during the Convention.

Are you tired of the way County Government spends your tax dollars? Are you frustrated with the General Assembly passing political pork instead of passing on a positive future for all of Indiana This is the year that you can make that difference by running under the Libertarian banner and finally offering Voters something better than the lesser of two evils. Send a PM to LPAC Chair Robert Enders for more details and to throw your hat into our ring come November's General Election.

Please RSVP via LPAC's FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE Thank you.

You must become a member of the local Party (which is free) at a minimum to vote and may do so during the Convention. You are encouraged to join the State or National Party for $25 annually and forms will also be available for your convenience. Per the most recent revision in our ByLaws there will be no Officers elected at this meeting slated unless an immeadate circumstance arises.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Apple of My Eye

First of all, let's concede that the FBI has every right to look into Syad Farook's iPhone. Farook is a notorious dead terrorist and he may have spoken to terrorists who are still alive and unknown. The iPhone in question is the property of San Bernardino County, who has eagerly consented to the search of the phone. Not even innocent people have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using a phone issued by their employer.

Apple has their own reasons for refusing the FBI's request. If this iPhone can be cracked into, then all iPhones can be cracked. This makes the iPhone a less desirable product.

But are lives really at stake here? Farook intentionally destroyed his own personal cell phone. A competent terrorist would have NOT used his government-issue phone to contact other terrorists. This is probably why he didn't bother to destroy the iPhone.

It would seem that governments on all levels have a new dilemma when it comes to encryption. On the one hand, they need the ability to monitor their own employees. On the other hand, they need to keep sensitive information out of the wrong hands. But most people already know better than to use hardware that the IT department can monitor when they are up to no good. So we should be grateful that this iPhone is difficult to spy on, for now.