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Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/29/2007 11:24:04

Good Morning!

Well, if it's a Saturday blog before 8:30, you know where I'm off to this morning. It's my last platelet donation of the year. Remember folks...if you already donate blood, it's the next logical step. I find it to be more valuable and a much more meaningful donation than time or money...it's literally my own flesh and blood.



So....on to some news and tibdits from around some of my favorite Libertarian websites. Sort of a 'cleaning out the drawer of the political mind' (with apologies to Bob Ryan).



How are your light bulbs? You've probably got some CFLs kicking around your house, like any good liberal should. There was some minor interest a few weeks back when the Feds passed the energy bill, but did you pick up what they really did? Incandescent light bulbs have been banned; there aren't supposed to be any more after 2014.
Washington, D.C. - Among the regulations packed into the newest energy bill that just passed Congress this week, a ban on the incandescent light bulb will officially end what Edison started 130 years ago. "If you outlaw light bulbs, then only outlaws will have light bulbs," says Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory.

"The ban on incandescent light bulbs may seem almost comical," says Cory, "but it raises several red flags on the level of government intrusion in people's lives. From the toilets in your bathroom to the lights in your ceiling, there are very few consumer products free from some form of government regulation. I seriously doubt regulating light bulbs was intended to be a necessary-and-proper role of the federal government."

Incandescent light bulbs will begin to be phased out in 2012, with a complete ban finalized in 2014. Manufacturers will be forced to switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, which can cost more than six times as much as the common incandescent bulb. While CFL bulbs are much more energy efficient, to maintain the bulb's longevity and achieve maximum efficiency, consumers must adhere to proper operating suggestions made by Congress, such as leaving the bulb turned on for at least 15 minutes.

"Not only do consumers have to alter how they use light in their houses, they must also take a number of precautions with CFL bulbs that were unnecessary when using incandescent bulbs," says Libertarian Party Media Coordinator Andrew Davis. "Because of the toxic levels of mercury in CFL bulbs, consumers will need to check with their waste management providers for proper disposal methods, and consumers will also have to research how to clean up broken bulbs. These bulbs may save energy in the long run, but at a great inconvenience to the consumer."

The Libertarian Party believes in free market solutions to environmental problems, and vehemently opposes government regulation that interferes with private business and personal liberty. The Libertarian Party also maintains that solutions cannot come from America's biggest polluter: the federal government.

"How many Americans does it take to change a light bulb?" Davis asks jokingly. "I guess we'll have to wait for next year's energy bill to find out."



And now I've just found a two-fer from
"Strike The Root", and it's rather alarming as we head into this primary season. First, from Kansas...the state GOP chair is boasting about voter caging...so nothing much has changed since 2004.
Kris Kobach, a former counsel to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft who is currently the chairman of the Kansas GOP, sent out an email on Thur entitled “Kansas Republican Party Year in Review” in which he brags of voter caging. Blue Tide Rising has the goods:

… Kris Kobach, chairman of the Kansas GOP, sent out a self-congratulatory litany of accomplishments. Among them was one particularly eye-catching item:

“To date, the Kansas GOP has identified and caged more voters in the last 11 months than the previous two years!” […]

Slate.com has the best comprehensive write-up on how the Republican Party employs caging techniques to suppress the votes of the poor, the deployed, and college students. (You know, likely Democratic voters.)

Did we mention it’s illegal? And that Kris Kobach is proud to be doing it?

Since Kris Kobach can’t expand his own party or force his own Party’s members to support his candidates he’s shamelessly trying to keep Democrats from voting instead. This is the stratagem of a desperate and shrinking party.

Someone needs to ask Kris Kobach which voters he’s caging and how he’s doing it. Someone like a newspaper editor or perhaps a Grand Jury. … (more)

More on Kris Kobach here and here (He apparently suffers from an advanced case of Lou Dobbs disease). Depending on what methods are being used in Kobach’s admitted voter caging scheme, it may very well be illegal, but hardly surprising. Voter suppression through caging lists has become a standard part of the Republican playbook to steal elections for some time now. In Sept McClatchy detailed current Republican voter caging efforts underway in Florida and Ohio to “impede Democratic-leaning minorities from voting in 2008,” and back in July PBS NOW took a look at the Republican Party’s voter caging plan “designed to keep Democrats from voting, allegedly by targeting people based on their race and ethnicity.” Watch that video here.
And do go to the source at Crooks and Liars...lots of embedded links that didn't copy over.



As if scandal isn't bad enough, I've seen more than one source questioning in recent months if voting even matters at all. You probably know what we at Four Freedoms think...but you can read about it for yourself and decide.


The powers that be that run and benefit from this hypocritical and corrupt government can be seen as the shepherds, and the masses of people can be seen as the sheep. And as the French writer Marie-Henri Beyle wrote, “The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interest and his own are the same.” Of course, the shepherd really only wants to take the fleece off their backs and eventually kill them.

One scam the government and its benefactors use to shepherd the sheeple to destruction is to get them to believe that voting matters. Of course, thinking people know it does not matter, but unfortunately the vast majority of people have been programmed by government and religion not to think independently and in most cases not to think at all. This creates the perfect voter!

To my memory, this is the first time we’ve been in continuous non-stop election mode for two straight years. From the time campaigns of the last congressional elections ran into the current disgusting and revolting presidential campaigns we’re currently being inundated with, there has been absolutely no let up in the media brain polluting campaign to let us all know how American and important this elephant and donkey show is!

It’s unfortunate, but many sincere people seem to believe that there is a chance for positive change through these election shows. Nothing could be further from the truth! A key reason why real change is absolutely impossible through elections and voting is because the powers that be have this game all sown up. They’re not about to take a chance of losing their power and control over the sheeple by being voted out! (continued...)



So there you have it, the last Libertarian Saturday of 2007. I've fired up the steam table and the cooktop; we've got a full hot breakfast in the back today, and of course plenty of donuts and bagels, too!


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Comment by BobR on 12/29/2007 14:25:55
Morning.... :coffee:



I'll take a couple eggs, a donut, and a side of light bulbs...

Comment by livingonli on 12/29/2007 15:34:35
Light bulbs stay crunchy in milk.

Comment by livingonli on 12/29/2007 15:50:42
I'm surprised Tri didn't throw in a mention of the big game tonight. NFL Network is even doing a 6-hour pre-game for it.



If you don't get the NFL Network, they throw a bone by putting the game on CBS and NBC as well (the first time two networks showed the same game since the first Super Bowl) and the OTA outlets that were originally scheduled to simulcast in the home team markets will have the game as well, so New Yorkers will also get the game on WWOR-9 while Boston will have the game on WCVB-5 and WMUR-9 in Manchester. And I know that channels 4, 5, and 7 in Boston as well as 9 in New York will all have one-hour pre-game shows.

Comment by Mondobubba on 12/29/2007 15:53:22
Mmmmm light bulbs, the cornerstone of a balanced breakfast.

Comment by TriSec on 12/29/2007 16:35:49
Quote by livingonli: I'm surprised Tri didn't throw in a mention of the big game tonight. NFL Network is even doing a 6-hour pre-game for it.





Well, despite all the kerfuffle in recent seasons, I still only consider myself a casual fan. The second they start sucking again (you know it's coming eventually) I'll go back to ignoring them.



Local preferences, in order:



Red Sox and baseball in general, far and away.

Celtics

BC Eagles (in all their manifestations, but mostly hockey and the Beanpot)

Da Broons

then that crazy football team to our south.



Alas, no love for the Revs in this household, but I at least acknowledge they exist.





My brother, on the other hand, was a season ticket holder in Foxboro until he was priced out of "The Razor", his heart still pumps black and gold blood, and he thinks the Red Sox suck.







Comment by livingonli on 12/29/2007 16:41:42
Tri, do you get channel 9 from New Hampshire or just 5 for ABC?

Comment by Mondobubba on 12/29/2007 17:16:15
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by livingonli: I'm surprised Tri didn't throw in a mention of the big game tonight. NFL Network is even doing a 6-hour pre-game for it.





Well, despite all the kerfuffle in recent seasons, I still only consider myself a casual fan. The second they start sucking again (you know it's coming eventually) I'll go back to ignoring them.



Local preferences, in order:



Red Sox and baseball in general, far and away.

Celtics

BC Eagles (in all their manifestations, but mostly hockey and the Beanpot)

Da Broons

then that crazy football team to our south.



Alas, no love for the Revs in this household, but I at least acknowledge they exist.





My brother, on the other hand, was a season ticket holder in Foxboro until he was priced out of "The Razor", his heart still pumps black and gold blood, and he thinks the Red Sox suck.









So, did BC win or did Michigan State in the whatever the hell the corporate sponser bowl they were in is called.

Comment by TriSec on 12/29/2007 19:40:54
BC won in the 'who cares' Bowl, I think it was 24-21.



They do keep their streak alive, they have now won 8 straight bowl games, the longest active streak in the nation.





Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 00:20:10
Go giants! Don't get your asses kicked too bad! :rock:

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 00:23:48
Raine, so I guess you're watching the game tonight?



Right now I am flipping through hockey games while waiting. Devils-Islanders is in HD tonight.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 00:28:00
Time out as they remove some broken glass at the Coliseum.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 00:41:56
HDNet has Bruins-Thrashers in HD.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 01:08:49
Bryant Gumbel looks creepy in HD.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 01:28:43
Checking other games, Rangers are kicking Maple Leaf butt 5-0.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 01:48:15
/they better call that a sack... :grumble:

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 01:48:53
that is a bullshit call.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 01:49:41
Quote by livingonli: Bryant Gumbel looks creepy in HD.


he looked creepy to begin with!

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 01:52:39
I have a feeling tha tIs hould not be watching. I turn the game on, the giants are winning, and I am seeing some sad defense. That sack call was BULLSHITE. Brady was sacked.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 01:54:20
let's hope the giants can prevent the TD.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 02:00:39
:banana: Oh yeah!!!!! :banana:

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 02:01:58
giants backup baby... :::raine tosses nerfball down on living Floor::: does happy dance on bob.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 02:05:17
Quote by Raine: giants backup baby... :::raine tosses nerfball down on living Floor::: does happy dance on bob.


Now there's something that would have been fun to see. Some things demand pictures. :D



:rofl: for the Bryant Gumbel comment.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 02:13:14
Oh, BTW, in the Hockey game, Atlanta is beating Boston 5-0. Rangers lead Toronto 6-0.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 02:36:52
The Pats should get a penalty for the poke, damnit.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 02:59:38
:grumble: I think he hit the turf....

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 03:07:56
oh yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



28-16 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Woohoo :party:

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 03:18:17


Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 03:18:47
:D

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 03:29:52
Quote by Raine:


That's for sure. C'mon, we need an upset here. :pray:

Comment by Mondobubba on 12/30/2007 03:30:31
Just got back from "Charlie Wilson's War" Good flick. La Roberts isn't in that much of it



Ohh and the Pats are loosing! GO GIANTS!

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 03:35:15
pats, 3rd and 10...:xfingers:

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 03:37:39
Quote by Mondobubba: Just got back from "Charlie Wilson's War" Good flick. La Roberts isn't in that much of it



Ohh and the Pats are loosing! GO GIANTS!


Wel that is good! I have beenhearing good buzz abotu the film.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 03:38:30
Sorry, Randy boy... :D

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 03:42:13
Bill Kristol is apparently going to the NY Times. Can the right stop spreading the bullshit that the Times is a "liberal" paper. Aside from a few columnists (Krugman and Rich), the paper has caved into the Bush administration more times than I could count.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 03:47:19
Son of a bitch.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 03:58:50
The Giants better get their act together and not collapse.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:12:53
:(

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:14:22


Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:15:42
Quote by livingonli: Bill Kristol is apparently going to the NY Times. Can the right stop spreading the bullshit that the Times is a "liberal" paper. Aside from a few columnists (Krugman and Rich), the paper has caved into the Bush administration more times than I could count.
NO way!!!! you know, I get tired actually of the extrewme RW columnists that the paper hires!



Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:16:47
*sigh*

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:18:49
omg.... this is killing me. Onside kick coming up?

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:19:25
What is with these new rules?

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:19:46
:xfingers:

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:20:02
F*ck

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:20:25
:cry:

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:21:32
Looks like the Cheatriots will win.

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:22:18
Randy Moss.... this one is for you... :spliff:

Comment by Raine on 12/30/2007 04:23:59
I'll clean my muse up later. :kickcan:

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 04:27:45
Quote by Raine: :cry:


:hug: At least they made them work for it. But it would have been nice if they had taken them to school.

Comment by livingonli on 12/30/2007 05:17:41
OK, I had the post-game on too long. You should have seen Randy Moss's suit though for the press conference. :spliff:



Back to Hockey Night in Canada, at least I get the Anaheim-Calgary game.