Monday, June 19, 2017

Everyone is invited to:

The Libertarian Party of Allen County Outreach meeting 


June 28, at 7pm,
 in the back room of 
the Liberty Diner, 
2929 Goshen Rd., Fort Wayne. 

“Free Minds and Free Markets” will be presented by Brett Bittner, Marion County Chair and former Georgia school board member, 
followed by an amusing “Ask Aunt Libby” parody. 

FREE -- just pay for your meal.

Our meetings are usually the 4th Wednesday at 7pm
alternating:
- Even numbered months: Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Rd.
- Odd numbered months: Jeannette Jaquish's house at 1423 Louisedale Dr., Fort Wayne 46808 (north of the Zoo, off Sherman or Wells)
 
For more information call Jeannette at 260 750-9013 or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/AllenCountyLibertarians

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

On political violence

Murder is wrong. You should already know that by the time you are old enough to read this. I shouldn't have to say that every time there is a highly publicized killing. There are killings everyday, all the time around the world. Nobody has time to compose a statement on each one. If you have to ask "Why didn't (name of politician you hate) denounce (recent horrifying atrocity)?", the most likely answer is that he or she just doesn't have the time and energy to say something about each and every act of violence.

Most murders involve criminals killing other criminals. The impulse for violence exists in almost every animal, including humans. Many murderers simply lack poor impulse control. This doesn't justify what they did. But if you know you have poor impulse control, then you should know to separate yourself from having the means and opportunity to do something that you will regret for the rest of your life.

Many of us try to pretend that they don't have this impulse, that they have evolved so much that base animal instinct is no longer a factor. But the urge for violence is still there, so they will try to rationalize acts of terror as having a higher purpose.

James T. Hodgskinson did not shoot at a bunch of Congressmen because he wanted to make a difference. It's likely that he wanted people to think that he sacrificed himself for a higher cause. But the truth is that he gave up on his own life, and he allowed the worst part of himself to take control.

As I write this, thousands of people on the right are blaming whatever belief's Hodgskinson purported to have. A similar phenomenon happened after Gabby Giffords was shot six years ago. While violence by one nutjob doesn't automatically discredit the cause he claims to support, it certainly doesn't help it either.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

It's the coverup that gets you in the end.

Trump has not been conspiring with Russia. How do I know this? Because Russia has high standards regarding who they conspire with. Trump cannot hold a security clearance, which means he cannot be trusted to keep a secret. He is not a guy that you want involved in your clandestine operation.

Richard Nixon did not order the break-in at the Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate office building. Nixon was a savvy, experienced politician who knew these kinds of shenanigans would blow up in his face.

People working for Nixon carried out the Watergate break-in. People working for Donald Trump have been communicating with the Russian government.

Talking to Russians is not illegal. It's just that when you hold a security clearance, you have to disclose this to the government. If you don't disclose this information, you are breaking the law.

What got Nixon in trouble is that he tried to cover-up the crimes of his own men. If members of the Trump Administration have been breaking the law, and if Trump has tried to cover this up, then Trump should follow Nixon's example and resign.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

JOIN the Allen County Libertarians parading in costume as the BloatBusters (Ghostbusters) and the blobby monsters of government corruption and waste. 


We need volunteers to wear the costumes and shoot the bubble guns or act menacing as the monsters or carry the banner or a sign.  
This is an easy, fun and effective outreach event. 

All ages please volunteer by calling or emailing ASAP so we have time to get your props and costume! We need to know your height, waist and chest measurements to buy your costume. 

DATE:  Saturday, June 10
TIME:  Line up between 9:30 and 10:30am.  The parade starts at 11am and we are near the end.  We assume it will end around noon.  Then you can go ride the rides and enjoy festival events.
MEET:  The parking lot of the United Methodist Church parking lot, at 630 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, IN 46774.

We will give you more details when we get them. 

TO VOLUNTEER:  Call Jeannette at 260 484-5946 at home, or 260 750-9013 cell or email jeannettejaquish@yahoo.com.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Libertarian Party of Allen County Meeting
7pm, Wednesday. May 24, 2017
Jeannette's House: 1423 Louisedale Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46808  260 484-5946
(North of Franke Park Zoo, west off Sherman or Wells)
Potluck, bring anything. 
A bit of business, report of the Indiana LP Convention May 5-7, issues and conversation.
Kids welcome, house has 2 small dogs.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Trump bans Arabic numerals

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order outlawing the use of Arabic numerals in government budgeting and operations.
"This has nothing to do with Islamophobia. This is about preserving our culture from corrupt, foreign influences. For far too long, our defense spending has been limited by basic math."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The US has invaded Syria.

There are US troops in Syria. If you are just now learning this, then stop making "What's a Leppo?" jokes. Officially, they are there to help rebel groups fight ISIS.

The government of Syria does not want US troops in their country. Assad's troops may or may not try to fight them. 

I could say that this invasion is wrong, but moral arguments have had zero effect on US foreign policy during this century. I do believe that this invasion unnecessarily  puts troops in harm's way, and I want them all to come home safely. 

 I hope our troops are not attacked by Assad's forces because that will likely mean that our military will be forced to overthrow Assad. If Assad is smart and doesn't attack US troops, he is a lot more patient than most men you will ever meet. 

To be sure, President Bashar Assad is a terrible human being. The ISIS thugs that oppose him are terrible people. Many of the non-ISIS rebels are horrible in completely different ways. But to forcibly remove Assad from power will likely mean that a different tyrant will be in charge, or nobody at all will be in charge. We can hope that Assad will eventually retire or die of natural causes, and power is peacefully transferred to sane, rational beings.

In the mean time, the most realpolitik thing to do is to let all these fanatics kill each other without our help. The most humanitarian thing to do is allow refugees to settle here. Many people seem to think that the latter option is too risky. While I might disagree with that, I would hope that they would agree that the first option is safer than what's actually happening.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Beer Today. Parade, Meeting, Convention to follow.

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TODAY! Wed. 7pm, March 8
Beer & Libertarians
Deer Park Pub, 1530 Leesburg Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808

Monday, March 13,  7- 10 pm
We Are Libertarians Live - Celebrating 5 years and 200 Episodes
Public
· Hosted by We Are Libertarians
Morty's Comedy Joint
3824 E 82nd St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Friday, March 17, 4:30pm
Libertarians march in St. Patrick's Day parade
(shortest in the US)
at Deer Park Pub, off Spring St. at 1530 Leesburg Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
4:30pm meet, park at St. Francis across the street, meet at grassy space opposite Pub
5:30pm parade starts. We will be at the end.
Wed. March 29
Libertarian Monthly Meeting at Kroger's at Coventry
5725 Coventry Lane in Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
Friday, April 21 at 6 PM - 9 PM
Libertarian Party of Allen County Convention
Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
6pm arrive & check in, order food
          Meet and talk with Tim Maguire, candidate for Indiana LP Chair
6:30 Guest Speaker Greg Linz of We Are Libertarians - wearelibertarians.com
7:00 Convention begins
You must be a member of the state or national Libertarian Party to vote or be elected officer or delegate.  Do that by going to either www.LPIN.org   or www.LP.org.
We will be voting on bylaw amendments, electing county officers, electing delegates to the Indiana State Convention, May 5-7 (May 6 is business events).,
in Evansville, Indiana

See Allen County Convention details at our new website (which is still under construction, and looks a mess) at www.allencountyLP.org .  Click link at top of page.


260 484-5946 ~ Jeannette Jaquish, Vice Chair
​Robert Enders - Chair
Kristi Avery - Treasurer
Alec Smith - Secretary

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Come to the Libertarian Party of Allen County Convention!




 2017 Libertarian Party of Allen County Convention
Friday, April  21, 2017, 6pm dinner & entertainment, 7pm convention
Liberty Diner, private room, 2929 Goshen Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Cost: Pay for your own meal.  
 To vote or be elected, *join LPIN for $25, prior, or join LPUSA at www.LP.org.

Meet Tim Maquire, candidate for LPIN Chair

Plus: An Irreverent Spiel from
Guest Speaker Greg Lenz of “WE ARE LIBERTARIANS” 
“The Future of the Libertarian Party:  Fulfilling Our Promise

to the New Onlookers We Gained from the Election.”

http://wearelibertarians.com

Full Agenda, Bylaws and Platform will be on our new website www.allencountyLP.org  by this Friday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Three of the Libertarians speaking to a Concordia Lutheran High School class will practice their presentations on the
Allen County Libertarians (who get to ask gnarly high schoolish questions) at the
Monthly Meeting, Feb. 22 at 7pm.
Also at the meeting:
-- Kristy Avery will report what was discussed at the Indiana 3rd Dist.meeting she attended last week, for which she is our representative.
-- We will display the long thought lost, near antiquity, probably apocryphal,
LPAC Bylaws and Platform,
recently recovered during an archaeological dig --  only a mild exaggeration.
-- An update on the LPAC website's pending rebirth.
-- We will plan our entry to the Deer Park Pub's St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 17.
-- Ask volunteers to man LP tables at upcoming Gun/Outdoor/Farm/etc. shows and festivals.
-- Jeannette Jaquish will present her plans for a libertarian values, hands-on academics charter school.  See www.ecstatic-theatrics.com/charter/home.html and /www.facebook.com/StimulateEducate for a preview. She is looking for advisers.
-- And we will try to get other projects off the ground.
Incidentally,  VC Jeannette Jaquish has a live stream subscription until April 9 and is looking for worthwhile events to do multi-camera video live streams of.
All are welcome to attend. Bring family & friends!
LPAC 4th Wednesday Monthly Meeting
Feb. 22, 2017, 7pm, (George Washington's birthday)
at 1423 Louisedale Dr., Fort Wayne, IN  46808
-the home of  LPAC Vice Chair Jeannette Jaquish. 
Kids welcome. Food provided - semi-potluck. Small dogs in home. 


WATCH THE LIVE STREAM AT https://www.facebook.com/AllenCountyLibertarians

Friday, February 10, 2017

Anti-charter school teacher smacked with evidence

The Vice Chair of the Allen County LP got her guest editorial printed in the News-Sentinel - http://news-sentinel.com/opinion/your-voice/Parents-and-students-win-with-school-choice .  Jeannette Jaquish filled the page with regulation citations on charter and voucher schools, in response to retired English Teacher Phyliss Bush's editorial of Feb. 2, claiming their operators are not held accountable and hypnotize parents with hype.  Check it out -- especially the comments below.  One lists the fancy private schools attended by many of the political critics of Betsy DeVos, Trump's pro-charter appointment to the Department of Education.  Libertarians can make a significant impact for no expense by writing letters to the editor or calling in to talk shows, the old school opinion cafes.
The Feb. 8,  2nd Wednesday Beer and Libertarians Get Together at Deer Park Pub discussed many topics: 
The poor roads in Indiana, bad asphalt mixes since 1920's, hemp fibers in asphalt (this is a real thing!), leading into discussion of when and why marijuana went illegal, no fault insurance in Michigan and the price difference, also no upper cap on Medicare -- in Michigan? I'm not sure.  
Muncie tried and failed to privatize its fire department. Someone asserted that health care costs began to rise under Nixon, someone else pointed out that doctors pay half their income to malpractice insurance. Soon we are discussing US blundering in the Middle East, that ISIS is Sadaam Hussein's old Bath Party. "We need to be spreading the message of liberty," said one fellow, and that about summed it up.
It wasn't this random, other discussion was in between. 
We talked about how to get more members so we'd have enough to host a speaker which would justify the media publishing our meeting event, to get more members. 
The group was agreeable to joining the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Deer Park, Friday, March 17.  We have Irish themed Libertarian signs and our banner, and a giant walking puppet girl wearing a green dress. 
This town has no real debates; we could host them and then Libertarians would be included.  Whether to join with a college liberty club or not was discussed.
We may seem like a lot of talk and no action, and so far we are.  But you do need to figure things out, and get enthusiasm going, before you will get sustained manpower to actually do anything.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

All are welcome at upcoming Libertarian events:

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7pm, Libertarians & Beer at Deer Park Irish Pub,
1530 Leesburg Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
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Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7pm, Libertarian Party of Allen County meeting at 1423 Louisedale Dr., Ft. Wayne, 46808. Some of us who are speaking at Concordia High School will practice our presentations on the group. Come and get to act like a high schooler. Dinner provided; feel free to bring food or drink. Kids welcome. House has 2 small dogs.

 Questions?  Call Jeannette Jaquish at 260 484-5946.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Report on the Jan 25, 2017 Libertarian meeting of Allen County

1-25-2017 - Robert Enders, chair, Jeannette Jaquish-Vice Chair, Alec Smith- Secretary and Kristi Avery-Treasurer, Mike Tront, a new guy - Stuart, and Brian Stoner attended.  The promised live stream had technical problems and would not go up.
No votes were taken or money expended but many events were launched.
The group agreed with Alec's idea to organize a trash pickup on the southeast side of Fort Wayne. Alec has a friend their whose home is a gathering place. We talked about serving food after the pick up and playing music and getting to know the neighborhood and set a good example.
We talked about doing booths and 4 people volunteered. Kristi ordered a poster sized grid for people to score their World's Smallest Political Quiz from the Politically Homeless kit from the Advocates for Self Government. This will be good to use at booths at fairs and gun shows and farm shows and similar events.
Mike said maybe he could speak at the morning shift when Robert, Jeannette and Alec speak at a social studies/political science class at Concordia Lutheran High School, March 10.
Alec postulated we could get Democrats and Republicans to send a representative to do live or videotaped debate/conversations. We proposed various locations such as Wunderkammer or Calhoun Soups and Subs.
Someone mention the live streamer/blogger Tom Woods who will mention libertarian websites on his blog, which, it is reported, result in many hits.
As for website, Jeannette said she would call the person in charge of our website and get it going again.  Also find our old copy of our bylaws and platform, though we could revert to the state LP's version.  Our local LP was inactive for a few years, and our records suffered.
Robert will try to track down some other old records from a relative of an LPAC officer who died.
The group enjoyed pizza and Chinese food and snacks and discussed terrorism and news items.  Our newest member, Stuart had conversations with everyone.  Later, those left played "What do you Meme?"

Politics in the Current Year

1. Everybody lies. Sometimes it's okay, like a gay man lying to his homophobic parents. Sometimes it's unethical but still routine, like politicians who make campaign promises that they know they can't keep. Politicians who don't lie, don't get elected. A typical successful Republican will promise one group of voters that he'll cut taxes, a second group that he'll boost military spending, and a third group that he'll fight for a balanced budget. A typical successful Democrat will promise to cut CO2 emissions and save the auto industry. Throw some promises to protect Social Security into the mix, and it's impossible to keep all of these promises. As it stands now, voters will not support an honest man. This country needs to learn how to accept hard truths before any of that can happen.

A shrewd politician tells the truth on a regular basis to make his lies more credible. The Obama Administration was good at this. The Trump Administration is bad at this. Sean Spicer has claimed that record crowds have attended the 2017 inarguration, and Kellyanne Conway has defended his statement as "alternative facts". It is easier for me to believe that William Shatner knows how to run a starship when I watch Star Trek reruns than it is for me to believe that Donald Trump can run a country when I watch the news. Trump could learn some lessons from Hollywood writers in keeping the narrative consistent and maintaining continuity.

2. Neo-Nazis have been around since the real Nazis surrendered in 1945. They aren't organized enough to replicate the horrors of the past. Some of them commit acts of violence and belong in jail. Most of them are just trying to make their parents upset and aren't really serious about this. If they are sincere about their beliefs but haven't hurt anyone yet, they need mental health care more than they need jail time. Letting them express their delusional beliefs is our country's way of letting people identify themselves as crazy to everyone else.

But then we have the Antifa movement. The Antifa are a bunch of pinkos who are mad that they lost the Cold War, so they want to go back and refight World War 2 all over again. So Antifa have been attacking Neo-Nazis in the streets.

I would like to remind these two groups of poseurs that the Eastern Front was the grimest, harshest theater of the Second World War. It's something to learn from, not to be nostalgic for. Stop fighting in the streets and go read a history book. Or play old school Call of Duty. Go do something remotely educational, or at least less dangerous than what you're doing.

Friday, January 20, 2017

First 2017 Libertarian Party of Allen County meeting, 1/25

Everyone is welcome to join the Allen County Libertarians at their first meeting of the New Year, to analyze and discard the ghosts of 2016 and plan a successful new year.
Dinner provided but feel free to bring food or drink to share. 
The home has two small dogs. Children are welcome.
7pm, Jan. 25, 2017
1423 Louisedale Dr., Ft. Wayne, IN 46808 -- home of Jeannette Jaquish, LPAC Vice Chair
260 750-9013
- By the way, our latest regular 2nd Wednesday, 7pm get-together at Deer Park Pub had its largest crowd - 6 people.  Join us next month!