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Oh this is terribly rich -- and funny.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood.

Now that he's a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him.

The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus' candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor last year, says Invictus wants to lead a civil war, is trying to recruit neo-Nazis to the party and brutally and sadistically dismembered a goat.

It's an awkward situation for the small party that's trying to gain clout.

Hahahaha.... oh that's why Adrian resigned eh?  C'mon Adrian, cut the crap.

This is the well-justified comeuppance for a party that lost its view of what it really stood for quite some time ago.  I ought to know -- I was part of it for a while and resigned in disgust after the state party endorsed Gary Johnson for President, a man who wasn't very Libertarian and who famously stated nobody committed any crimes when it came to the financial crisis.

Oh really, nobody committed any crimes eh?  At the time I put forward a scrolling list of crimes.

Of course the so-called Libertarian Johnson did more than just that.  He also refused to engage on the medical monopoly issue, despite the fact that there are even more crimes found there!

It may be true that the Republicans and Democrats have no principles that matter; they simply run whatever puppet is convenient.  But the Libertarians try to claim they're different; sadly, they're not.

What Sol Invictus has done is thrown this in the party's face in such an outrageous and blatant fashion that it exceeded any thinking individual's tolerance.  But the seed of this disease in the Florida Libertarian Party goes back a hell of a long time, far longer in point of fact, it appears, than the 2012 campaign.

I left the party after attempting to put a stop to this crap by insisting that the party live to its principles and failing to carry the day in that regard.  Adrian himself got involved in his own little game of not really Libertarian, in my opinion, with his driver license screed in which he "refused" to renew his license over Real IDinstead of arguing that he had a right to travel and one cannot force licensing of a right.  There's actually case law precedent on this point, albeit very old case law, but to my knowledge it has never been cited and then overturned.

Instead Adrian did the politician thing and argued that it is "unjust" (e.g. unconstitutional) to be forced to positively identify oneself to obtain said "license."  As I pointed out to Adrian at the time this was a stupid line of attack because if one accepts that the government may license travel by the means common in the present day for non-commercial personal conveyance of one's person and effects, in other words that is not a right but a privilege that the government may grant (because it owns that right and thus may delegate it as it sees fit), then you lose instantly because there is a compelling state interest in being able to prove that only persons eligible to exercise said privilege are granted said license!

In short as I've argued many times a right cannot be subject to license or permit; the two are polar opposites.  You are granted a license or permit to do a thing otherwise prohibited.

The Libertarians have utterly failed in this regard in that their statement of principles and alleged party platform are clear yet they use mealy-mouth words such as "should" instead of "must" and "shall."  This in turn gives rise to the sort of twisted argument-by-expedience, and thus a refusal to demand that candidates adhere to the party principles or be disavowed.

It is a fact of law that one has only one means by which you can prevent someone from running on a given party ballot in this state, and that is to primary said person and beat them.  If you cannot manage to muster enough people, enough money and enough support to do that then anyone can show up on your ballot whether you like it or not, and that's exactly what happened.

The party got what it had coming to it in the form of Sol Invictus; sometimes it takes a while for the cosmic wheel of karma to come around, but it nearly always, given enough time, does.

Goodnight Gracie.

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I just got a spam email from his campaign begging for money.... on the last day of the quarter.

Watch this one carefully folks.

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2015-09-29 17:00 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 379 references

Is it credible?

Too few Americans are working, too many jobs have been shipped overseas, and too many middle class families cannot make ends meet. This tax plan directly meets these challenges with four simple goals:

Tax relief for middle class Americans: In order to achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages.

Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.

Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs, and making America globally competitive again.

Doesn’t add to our debt and deficit, which are already too large.

The plan sounds good.  But I am skeptical that the claimed revenue is there to evade a large growth in the deficit.

How would that change?  

If Trump was to do all of the following then his tax plan can and would work:

1. Dismantle the medical monopolies.  That would immediately remove more than $500 billion from the federal budget immediately and permanently on a yearly basis.  I've already gone over the math on this repeatedly.

2. Stop the offshoring.  That, and the corporate tax rate changes in this proposal, would result in the United States being a manufacturing and corporate haven.  The resulting increase in tax revenues would be substantial. 

3. Stop all giveaways to illegal immigrants, and prosecute everyone who employs them.  At the federal level the impact on this would be reasonably modest (tens of billions) but at the state and local level it would be huge, particularly in the funding of schools which would see huge decreases as the ESL and similar programs, along with many of the "freebie lunch" and similar giveaways, would disappear.  This in turn would greatly encourage more businesses to open as total tax burdens would fall dramatically.  If you own a home or business you know how this works -- the largest line item on your property tax bill is for schools.

Note that Trump has already said he is going to do #3 and put forward a detailed plan to do it.  He has said he'll do #2, but hasn't offered details as of yet.  #1 remains unaddressed and yet it is the largest component of the problem.

So for now I say the jury remains out, and yet until we know whether Trump is intending to, and will, dismantle the medical monopoly games (not just "allow a cross-border insurance marketplace) I cannot fairly evaluate whether his plan pencils out or not.

If that first point appears, however, then not only is this plan a big win for Americans on a tax basis it resolves our medical system and forward obligations in the form of medical entitlements at the same time.

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2015-09-29 15:24 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 198 references

Whispers in the grapevine are that Cruz is well short of his fundraising goals for the quarter, and tomorrow's the last day before the quarter closes (and the figures "are what they are") when it comes to FEC reports.

Buh-bye Teddy?

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I'm beginning to think this is exactly what she is -- a sacrificial candidate.

Either that or she's just too damn stupid to be on the stage.  Either is certainly possible, given her record in the business world with both Lucent and HP.

Slate, not normally a site I read, pretty-much nails her to a tree with this piece:

For reasons I can’t even explain to myself, Carly Fiorina’s big fib at the GOP debate last week truly surprised me. Fiorina claimed a video of a Planned Parenthood clinic showed this: “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ ”

The problem of course is that the videos didn't show that.  A Super-PAC that advocates for her put out a video shortly thereafter but it was hacked together from multiple sources and was not the CMP source tape that many people might have assumed.  That was obvious on first inspection and a few people pointed that out.

It got no traction and the mainstream "we lie by omission" media did not seize on and run with it.

Now I don't happen to subscribe to the doomsday nonsense that the left puts out on Planned Parenthood.  Among other things I have a daughter (now a legal adult) who has had exactly zero trouble getting any sort of birth control she wants from the local county health department.  There's clearly no issue with availability of birth control that I can see.  What you can't get at the county health department, however, is one particular "birth control" method: an abortion.

Hmmmm.... is it really that simple -- that cross-subsidy games are what's at issue and without them this entire edifice collapses down around the left's heads?


Can I prove it?  No, but I don't need to.  I simply need to observe that I see no reason on God's Green Earth for people to have a hissy fit about being unable to get routine pregnancy preventing drugs and devices (e.g. birth control pills, Depo shots and other prescription-related things of this sort) at very low or zero cost without Planned Parenthood being around.

Might this not have been true 5, 10, 20, 30 years ago?  Maybe.  I certainly didn't give a damn personally about whether you could get female birth control for "free" 10 years ago; I happen to be of the wrong gender and I wasn't poor, so there's two reasons it didn't matter to me, and as a guy I always bought my own birth control in the drugstore -- it's called a condom and men have always been expected to fork up a buck or so per busted nut.  But I can tell you that there's utterly no problem obtaining these services today for any woman in this state (Florida), and we're often seen as one of those redneck hillbilly places.

And incidentally, lest you think we're an anomaly in Florida, you'll be pleased (or perhaps infuriated that I already shot your straw man to pieces and then burned the remains) to know that we're not. Both Alabama, which is widely regarded as one of the biggest bible-banging states there is and Mississippi, another widely-regarded hard-right, bible-banging state, offer the same sort of services at their county health departments.

Oh, and by the way I found that with a quick web search; why do I think it's true basically everywhere in the US?

Never mind Obamacare, which is now the law, right?  If everyone has health "insurance" that must cover contraception (one of the "selling points" of the law) or is on Medicaid, which also offers such services, what's the problem even in the absence of county health departments that all seem to be providing these services too!

Did Carly rip off a whopper in the debate?  It looks like it.

Will it sink her? It should, if it was a knowing lie.

But let's leave that aside for a minute and ask exactly what so-called "essential services" Planned Parenthood provides to any woman these days that cannot be obtained at a County Health department at low or, if you're low-income, zero cost.

If you boil it all down and have an honest debate on this matter there's only one such service, isn't there.

And yeah, you know which service that is....

Cut the crap Slate -- along with the rest of the screaming, loony, forceps-wielding and wallet-robbing left.

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