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Monday, January 25, 2016

January 2016 Tea Party Calendar

January 26
Alexandria VA
Arlington VA
Louseville KY
Huntsville, TX
(check local listings)

Liberty Karyaoke

Join the Rand Paul campaign on January 26 for #StandWithRand Liberty Karaoke!

This event brings supporters from every major United States city together to flex our grassroots muscle. At the event we will ask all supporters to chip in $5 and sign up to volunteer for the campaign.

Post photos from our event on the event wall and chip in to donate

To host an event in your town, find a local bar with karaoke this Tuesday and submit the information here:

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    January 26
    New York, NY

    Liberty Happy Hour

    Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel
    7:00 pm

687 Lexington Ave, New YorkNY (map)
January 27
Google Hangouts

Gary Johnson Hangs Out
7:00 pm

January 28
Concord, New Hampshire

Americans for Prosperity Lobbying Day
9:00 am

Join AFP-NH at the State House (Rep's Hall) next Thursday for a hearing on continuing the failed experiment of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in NH! House bill 1696-FN would continue a failed program taking resources from the people medicaid was designed for and giving it to abled-body childless adults creating an unsustainable future of government spending in Concord.

We will be giving t-shirts to all AFP activists who attend.

January 28
Dulles, VA

Loudon Libertarians
7:00 PM

Ocelot Brewing Company
23600 Overland Dr Ste 180
Dulles, VA


January 29 - 31
FEE Annual Retreat

5001 Coconut Road 
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134


Sunday, January 17, 2016

NTU message

Happy New Year!
The House is preparing to kick off 2016 with a vote on the Senate-passed reconciliation package, which would repeal huge swaths of Obamacare, including more than $800 billion in tax hikes and the individual and employer mandates!
This is great news for taxpayers and another important step in the long fight against the disastrous policies of Obamacare. Please support this effort and urge your Representative to vote “Yes” on H.R. 3762, the “Restoring America’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.”
Taxpayers should support this bold attempt to dismantle Obamacare. We know it’s likely that the President will veto this bill, but it’s still essential for legislators to leave no stone unturned in the defense of taxpayers.
Let’s start 2016 off on the right foot with a major win for taxpayers. Please join me today in urging your Representative to support Obamacare repeal – and share with your friends!
Thanks for your help,

Nan Swift

Federal Affairs Manager

P.S. This won’t be the end of the fight for more consumer choice and affordable health care options, but this is an important battle and we need your help to win. Take acti

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Presidential petitions


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Right now, we have at least three petitions garnering support for Republican presidential candidates.
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An interesting analogy

You've been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately so you hire a guy. A pro. 

You don't care if the guy smells of BO, you need those raccoons gone pronto and he's the guy to do it! You don't care if the guy swears, you don't care if he's an alcoholic, you don't care how many times he's been married, you don't care if he voted for Obama, you don't care if he has a visible plumber's simply want those raccoons gone!  You want your problem fixed!  He's the guy. He's the best. Period.

That's why Trump has captured the attention of America. Yes, he's a bit of an ass, yes, he shows a tendency to be an egomaniac, but you don't care. 

The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, illegals are everywhere. You want it all fixed! 

You don't care that Trump is crude, you don't care that he insults people, you don't care that he had been friendly with Hillary, you don't care that he has changed positions often, you don't care that he's been married 3 times, you don't care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell, you don't care that he doesn't know the name of some Muslin terrorist...our country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hamid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED!!” 

Mr. Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.  

You're sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, Republican Party, and sick of illegals. You just want this thing fixed. 

Trump may not be a saint, but doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him hostage, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he's also not a politician,  he's not a cowardly politician. And he says he'll fix it.

You don't care if the guy has really bad hair. 

You just want those raccoons gone. 

Out of your house.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Daily Wrap

Criminal Justice and Policing Reform
Jacob Sullum. “Miami Cops Kept Businessman’s Cash Long After They Knew It Was Legitimate.” Reason.

This article highlights the case of a businessman, Luis Felipe Ospina Garrido, buying cellphones in Miami to sell in Columbia. This operation involved travelling with large amounts of cash, and Garrido had 100,000 euros seized by Miami customs agents in 2012 under suspicion that it was related to the drug trade. After the prosecutor declined to file charges and it became obvious the money was legitimate, the Miami-Dade Police Department decided to keep the funds anyway under asset forfeiture laws. It took Garrido nine months to contest the seizure and get his money back “during which time his business went under and he was forced to lay off his employees.” Florida’s forfeiture laws have received a D+ in a report from the Institute for Justice, leading to a push for legislation that would require a conviction before the police could keep seized property. This would prevent people who are merely under suspicion of committing a crime from having their property taken unjustly, as happened to Garrido.
Cronyism and Corporate Welfare
Lance Turner. "Southworth Products to Expand Manila Plant, Add 35 Jobs." Arkansas Business.

Turner reports on the expansion of Southwork Products Corporation in Arkansas, which makes ergonomic material handling equipment and is headquartered in Maine. After shifting some production to Arkansas back in 1979, Southwork now conducts all of its manufacturing at its Arkansas facility and will be spending $935,000 to add two new assembly lines and 35 jobs. Despite the company’s success and ability to expand without assistance, Turner notes that Southwork’s efforts have qualified it for a series of economic incentives including “an income tax credit based on payroll of new jobs; sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment associated with the expansion; and a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for expansion of the existing manufacturing facility, which is owned by the City of Manila.” Additionally, the Mississippi County Economic Development Area is “putting another $350,000 Community Development Block Grant toward the facility's expansion.” Instead of skewing the playing field in favor of a particular company, governments should end corporate welfare and provide equal opportunity for all businesses.
U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
Patrick Buchanan. “Saudi Recklessness Exposes Our Own.” The American Conservative.

This article highlights how U.S. interests are being compromised by key Middle Eastern allies. Buchanan argues that Saudi Arabia deliberately provoked Iran in the hope of creating a rift between Iran and the U.S. and ultimately undermining the nuclear deal. Similarly, the Saudi intervention in Yemen, for which the Saudis conscripted American support, drove back the Houthis who were fighting Al Qaeda, thus allowing terrorists to establish themselves in the south of the country. Buchanan also notes how Turkey, another U.S. ally, nearly provoked a military conflict with Russia by shooting down a Russian jet. As a NATO member, the U.S. could have easily been drawn into that war once it started. Although they possess a powerful military, Turkey has not sealed the Syrian border which would keep ISIS contained, though he argues its army has the capabilities. Instead, they have chosen to target the Kurds, one of the few forces successfully battling against ISIS. Buchanan notes that all these allies serve their own interests first and foremost. As a result, he argues, it is important to examine whether U.S. interests are best served by continuing to maintain security commitments to these nations.
Technology and Innovation
Glyn Moody. “Dutch Government: Encryption Good, Backdoors Bad.”Ars Technica.

On January 4th, the Dutch government released a statement detailing its official policy position regarding encryption. As the title indicates, the Dutch government does not intend to restrict encryption and does not favor mandatory backdoors from private companies. Moody highlights the clear articulation by the Dutch government of the competing considerations in favor of and against secure encryption. The policy statement emphasizes such economic and security benefits as “confidentiality and integrity of information” and defense against espionage and cybercrime.  Moreover, the statement notes the importance of privacy and integrity of information to “fundamental rights and freedoms.” On the other hand, the Dutch government acknowledges the countervailing consideration that these same benefits can serve to help criminals avoid detection and undermine national security. Nonetheless, the Dutch government comes down against mandatory backdoors, highlighting how there is currently no way to construct backdoors without compromising the security of the encrypted information more generally.  Importantly, Moody notes that the Dutch government maintains that it could change its policy in the future, but for now it is proceeding forward with its public support of secure encryption. The competing issues surrounding the use of secure encryption versus the ability of government access to sensitive information are each significant. Nonetheless, the Dutch Government has taken a measured approach to ensure the economic and security benefits that flow from encryption continue to do so.
Editorial Board. “Of Slavery and Swastikas.” The Economist.
This piece examines the recent events and protests at the University of Missouri. A number of incidents on or near campus sparked protests including a hunger-strike by one student and a boycott by the university’s football team who deemed the incidents as evidence of institutional racism. Following these protests, the president of the university was replaced along with a majority of the school’s administrators. The protests also created a backlash as some state legislators attempted to advance legislation that could strip scholarships from protesting athletes and counter-protestors accused the protestors of being intolerant of free speech. Chuck Henson, the university’s interim vice-president for inclusion, diversity and equity stated, “…the First Amendment does not give people a free pass to go round saying hateful things” – a point of view the author(s) of this article appear to sympathize with. While college administrators may desire that their campuses are civil and that students are harmonious with one another, it is troubling that a campus administrator would hold such restrictive views on free speech.

Michael Barone. “No, Economist, the First Amendment does give people 'a free pass to go round saying hateful things.' Washington Examiner.
Michael Barone sharply criticizes the Economist piece above, noting that in fact “the First Amendment does give people a free pass to go round saying things that other people may consider hateful.” In response to the Economist article favorably highlighting the viewpoint that speech considered hateful is not protected by the First Amendment, Barone calls into question the author(s)’ understanding of the First Amendment altogether: “The Economist's writers and editors are mostly citizens of the United Kingdom, which doesn't have a First Amendment, but as members of the press — and employees of a publication which has more readers in the United States than in Britain — they ought to be aware of American First Amendment law.” Innocuous, non-controversial speech rarely faces calls for censorship, meaning that it is precisely speech that some view as controversial, uncomfortable, and sometimes hateful that needs protection. The students engaged in protest are as equally covered by the First Amendment as their detractors; it is this equal protection that ensures an open debate and the opportunity for intellectual growth.
Contributors: Austen Bannan, Enea Gjoza, Eric Alston, Rick Barton
Editor: Alison Acosta Fraser and Austen Bannan

Friday, January 8, 2016

FULL EVENT: Donald Trump Holds MASSIVE Rally in Biloxi, MS (1-2-16)

The Daily Wrap

Criminal Justice and Policing Reform
Gordon Evans. “WSW: Is Criminal Justice Reform Smart Politics?WMUK.

While not always the case in the past, Evans highlights perspectives from U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris, who observes that there is now broad public support for criminal justice reform and “recognition that the ‘system is broken.’” Citing recent bi-partisan reforms in Michigan that address civil asset forfeiture and progress on other reforms, Harris’ assertion is already being validated at the state level. However, believing many more changes are required, Harris is optimistic that “criminal justice reform is the one area which will see progress this year at the federal level.”
Cronyism and Corporate Welfare
Jim Brunner. “Boeing Must Disclose Tax-Break Savings, State Department of Revenue Rules.” The Seattle Times.

The article reveals that the state of Washington’s Department of Revenue has reversed its interpretation of a 2013 tax-break transparency law. Brunner explains that the 2013 law requires “tax savings claimed by individual businesses to be made public within two years for any new or expanded tax break passed by lawmakers.” In the case of Boeing, aerospace tax incentives approved in 2003 and set to expire in 2024 were extended in 2013 to last until 2040. Since the expansion of the deal would have technically started in 2025, Boeing and other aerospace recipients were receiving an exemption from the reporting requirement. The Seattle Times appealed the interpretation, leading the state agency to reconsider it. According to Brunner, Boeing’s “tax incentive package has been estimated as the largest ever granted by a state, worth $8.7 billion over 16 years.” The 2013 law gives Washington taxpayers better transparency on the amount of savings some businesses enjoy from preferential tax treatments, with the Department of Revenue's reversal on the aerospace credits ensuring that the largest recipients of state incentives must comply as well.
U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
Patrick Tucker. "How to Tell the Difference Between a Nuclear Bomb Test and an Earthquake." Defense One.

North Korea recently tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, a weapon “potentially hundreds of times” more powerful than the nuclear weapons it has already tested. To determine whether this was in fact a successful weapons test or "North Korea was just trying to claim credit for an earthquake," the United States Geological Survey investigated the available data. According to their preliminary findings, the seismological impact of the event was similar to a previous test of a 10 kiloton weapon, which is no more than a third of the strength of the smallest hydrogen bomb. Although there are a number of factors that could impact the accuracy of that assessment, including the depth of the blast and fact that the data was gathered from seismometers outside of North Korea itself, Tucker notes “the White House has said that the test likely was not of a hydrogen bomb.” If U.S. governmental observations are accurate, this suggests North Korea is unlikely to have made the major strides in its nuclear capabilities that would arise from the development of a hydrogen bomb.
Technology and Innovation
Kathryn Nave. “Space Mining Will Take a Giant Leap in 2016.” Wired.

Nave makes the prediction that nascent space tech industries will see significant growth and development in the coming year, beginning by describing Moon Express, a private space mining company. Moon Express’ co-founder and chairman sees significant opportunity beneath the moon’s relatively untrodden surface. Both rare-earth minerals and a fission fuel predicted to become an important energy resource exist on the moon in abundance, and Moon Express hopes to capitalize on the opportunity they present. The article continues by noting several other companies whose express purpose is prospecting for resources in space. The funding and incentive prizes for this type of frontier exploration are quite significant, and are provided by executives from such well-known companies as Google and Virgin. Oddly enough, some of the resource exploration is focused on something that is not rare, at least on our planet: water. It costs well over $100 million just to get a ton of water into space yet will be a critical resource both for future astronauts as well as planetary mining equipment itself. Nave notes how this type of exploration has only recently become possible through technological advancements that have come from the private sector. Will Moon Express hit its projected target of the early 2020s for asteroid mineral extraction? Only time will tell. What is certain is that private sector space initiatives are increasingly driving major innovation in the space sector, bringing the final frontier one step closer to our reach.
Lionel. “Cyberbullying Laws: Free Speech Kryptonite.” RT.

Lionel discusses the rise in governmental actions to address cyberbullying. As a prosecutor who has dealt with related issues, he believes that “threatening” speech has limits but “bullying is speech that should be protected.” To him, while behaviors like cyberbullying “can certainly wreak havoc on the developing and sensitive sensibilities of youth in particular, lead to deep-seated psychological and devastating emotional disrepair (up to and including suicide in some advanced cases) and are to be discouraged at all cost, the potential for violations of free speech protections in particular, are as grave and certain.” Lionel further notes, “Absent threats of immediate bodily harm, words that offend or“intimidate” involve the potential for misapplication.” By focusing so much attention on the “subjective reaction of the recipient and not on the right of the declarant and certainly not his intent,” Lionel warns readers that governmental efforts to ramp up censorship on cyberbullying threaten to stifle open dialogue and free speech broadly.
Contributors: Andrew Baxter, Carine Martinez-Gouhier, Enea Gjoza, Eric Alston, Austen Bannan
Editors: Alison Acosta Fraser and Austen Bannan

American Sniper Chris Kyle's Wife Taya Challenges President Obama at CNN...

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Rand Paul on security

I have a few thoughts on what true national security is, how we achieve it, and the abysmal record of one of my opponents in this area.

The first job of the President should be to secure our borders and fix broken refugee and visa systems to stop terrorists.

This President has utterly failed at the job.

I have led, and proposed measures to fix the problems.

But as I led, Marco Rubio has gone the other way, preferring open borders, broken systems and siding with Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.
If you want policies that keep us safe and keep us free, please make a contribution to my campaign today.

Yesterday I introduced my SECURE bill as an amendment in the Senate, to protect our borders and resources.

Marco Rubio voted no.

During his Gang of 8 bill, I proposed the toughest border security/refugee-visa reform measures in my Trust but Verify Amendment.

Marco Rubio voted against my border security and refugee/visa reform measures then too, leaving us less safe.

And as far back as the FL legislature, Marco Rubio opposed toughening reporting requirements at Florida colleges for those on student visas.

This is nothing new, it is a pattern through his entire career.

I want to secure our borders, fix our broken systems. Marco Rubio opposes.
National security requires it. And it should be a test for the next President.

Support real border security and halt to refugee/visas.

For years on this important national security test, I have led, and Marco Rubio has failed.
Stand with me today.
In Liberty,

Rand Paul

Friday, November 27, 2015

Another Thanksgiving message

As the federal government gobbles down more budgets than turkey this Thanksgiving, it can be difficult for taxpayers to find solace in the face of large government spending.
That is why we would like to thank our members who have done all they can to keep the federal feast a modest one. Through your donations, actions, e-mails, phone calls, and support, we have been able to shine a light on proposal costs, stymie the advance of internet taxes, and reduce the enormous salaries of those working at Fannie and Freddie.
This Thanksgiving, we would like to extend our gratitude to you, the taxpayer advocate, who gives us the cause to fight for and the support to be an effective organization. As you meet with family and friends throughout the season, we ask that you continue to educate others on the perils we face and encourage them to take action on the issues that are important to us all.
Though we face an uphill climb to tackle government spending, we are encouraged  we have such great support from our membership. Thank you for your support.
Happy Thanksgiving!
National Taxpayers Union Staff
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Being Thankful for the Left

Sultan Knish: Being Thankful for the Left

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Another Thanksgiving message...

I just wanted to say thank you. I know that this organization and this movement would not be possible without you. From the bottom of all our hearts, thank you so much! And here's a special Thanksgiving message from our FreedomWorks family to yours.

This Thanksgiving, we've got so much to be thankful for. With your help we've removed John Boehner from the Speaker's chair and from Congress. We've made New Mexico's governor stand up for its citizens' property rights. We've helped end Obama's crony Ex-Im Bank. And we've helped promote and defend the House Freedom Caucus from the DC insiders.


These are not small accomplishments. Your sacrifices made everything we did this year possible. And on this Thanksgiving, we're taking time to make sure each and every one of our 6.9 million activists knows how much we appreciate them. It's because of you that we're able to makefreedom work each and every day.

Bruce, thanks again. Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend!

Adam Brandon
President & CEO, FreedomWorks

A Thanksgiving message....

afp wide

Thanksgiving is upon us, coming with it a flood of articles from the Left about how to combat your crazy uncle's political talking points.

But at AFP, we believe family and community are sacred. We don't suggest starting a squabble over the green bean casserole...but, we DID put together a handy guide you can use over the rest of the year!
Sure, the typical big-government talking points may make your face scrunch up...but here's how to make them eat their words, long after the turkey and stuffing are gone!

We need to invest in alternative energy sources to shape the energy marketplace. 


If we want abundant, affordable energy, the government shouldn't use our tax dollars to give handouts to politically-connected corporations. In fact, we shouldn't be subsidizing any forms of energy.

ObamaCare will succeed if conservatives just let it.


Since being passed in 2009, ObamaCare has only gotten less popular, and for good reason: it has broken nearly every promise made, and led to rising costs, worse care and more bureaucracy.

States need to stop holding out on Medicaid expansion so people can get the care they need.


ObamaCare was supposed to make healthcare better and more affordable, but has only made things worse. Medicaid is a broken system that forces our poorest to the back of the line; why would we force more people onto that? Another failing government program isn't the answer.

Right-to-work supporters want to break unions because they support rich corporations over the average worker.


Right-to-work is about one thing only: more choice. The truth is, workers deserve the freedom to choose whether they want to join a union or not, and nobody should lose their job because they decide the union isn't serving their needs or representing them well.

We're out of money for roads and bridges. We need to raise taxes, but Americans for Prosperity won't let us!

Before politicians reach for our wallets, we need to make sure they're using our tax dollars wisely. We know politicians love funding goofy pet projects and handing over billions to political allies. Your gas tax doesn't just go to fixing roads...have you ever heard of squirrel sanctuaries? Turtle tunnels? Time to cut the waste.
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We hope this guide helps you win over your friends and neighbors any time of year...just don't let it ruin a wonderful holiday!