Libertarian activist Theresa "Darklady" Reed drew ire recently after unwittingly stumbling upon the number one misstep that a politically-minded woman can make in America. (Well, the number two misstep, maybe. Number one is not looking like a model in a Sears catalogue.)
When it came time to drap herself in the U.S. flag, she did it literally instead of figuratively…
The photo, originally taken for a calendar of female libertarian politicians but never used, employs a 52-foot-long nylon American flag that Reed took from the Oregon Libertarian Party headquarters…
Reed says she has received some messages of support for the image, which appears on a number of social networks. But veterans have also expressed anger, telling her she is dishonoring a flag that people have fought and died for.
A woman wrapping her unclothed somewhat-overweight body in an American flag?! Gah! According to the unenforceable U.S.Flag Code, the U.S. flag "should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery," so that is a clear violation, and as such this woman deserves every bit of disdain she receives from patriotic Americans.
That said, I don't even want to think about the vitriol that is hurled at these women here. Their lives must be a living hell of constant bombardment with righteous anger and indignity. It makes me cry just thinking of what these poor women must go through on a daily basis at the hands of testosterone-filled America-lovers.
And let's not even think of how much this woman is hated by veterans for her blatant disrespect of Old Glory.
Tags: Flags, Libertarian, Men and Women, Sex, Veterans
The fringes of the Republican Party welcome those who think the income tax and FDA regulation of chemotherapy drugs are the equivalents of a boot stomping on a human face, forever. And there are socially tolerant segments of the Democratic Party that support the legalization of presently illicit drugs and the reduction of the prison-industrial complex. But where's the political home for those who think marijuana prohibition, gun control and government-placed traffic signals are all emanations of a fascist state?
That political home, of course, is in government-free Somalia, but for those who prefer a less famine-y clime, it can also be located on floating cities that will give volunteers the chance to experience true political freedom and the prospect of facing pirates without U.S. Navy assistance. This weekend in San Francisco, libertarians overcame their natural distrust of sharing to exchange ideas about how such societies might form…
"We want people to have freedom to experiment with new ideas and this is the last territory in which they can do that," said Seasteading Institute Senior Director Randolph Hencken in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Though the organization is still in its infancy, Hencken envisions ships and platforms of independent "islands" where scientists could conduct research without FDA regulation, communities could practice new forms of government and international entrepreneurs could set up shop off the coast of Silicon Valley without worrying about U.S. visas.
Though the Seasteading Institute has been widely talked about since at least 2009, seemingly little progress has been made, which is surprising considering how much of the design work has already been accomplished. Doesn't anyone have the blueprints for their parents' basement that can be used for building the staterooms?
Admittedly, the structural engineering of these autonomous floating republics is going to take some work. North Carolina conservatives may think they can pass a law against rising water, but libertarians are scientific-minded people, who are rightfully wary of high waves. Maybe they can be convinced to take the plunge if the Seasteading Institute told them that this rush of ocean isn't a tsunami, it's just the invisible hand taking a bath.
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Tags: California, Libertarian, Science & Technology, Somalia
Young comedy fans may know him better as a punchline than as a stand-up comic, but, back in the day, Gallagher commanded a pretty massive audience. He made 13 one-hour specials for Showtime and toured the country selling hundreds of thousands of tickets.
The prop comic has fallen somewhat off the map recently, but he leaves behind a rather large collection of older, cranky, anti-authoritarian fan base with an affinity for impractical but mesmerizing solutions to everyday problems. If there were only some way to harness those disaffected Gallagher fans.
Enter Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president…
It's just that simple.
Tags: Food, Gary Johnson, Libertarian
Say what you will about Ron Paul, but at least he's consistent. From Medicare and Social Security to disaster relief, Paul staunchly opposes all handouts from the federal government.
Even when they go to presidential candidates like himself…
Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn't want any Secret Service protection because it's "a form a welfare."
"It's a form of welfare," the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday. "You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody and I'm an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection and it costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals. It's a lot of money."
But… that doesn't mean Paul doesn't have a Secret Service code name picked out for himself. "Bulldog," the Texas congressman promptly answered when Leno asked what top-secret moniker he would want.
Unlike those dandies Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul fights off potential assassins the same way he delivers babies — with his bare hands.
America really has gone soft. Back in Paul's day, no politician relied on handouts from Uncle Sam to ensure his own personal safety. They just did what any responsible small-government Republican would do and let the invisible hand of the free market put their enemies in a chokehold.
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Tags: Libertarian, Police, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul, Secret Service, Welfare