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The Soprano State Illustrated:

Assemblyman David P. Rible retired as a Wall Township police officer at age 31 with a bad back and a fat pension.  He's collected $570,000 in disability payments since a state board decided he was "totally and permanently disabled."

Yet Rible competes in five-mile and five-kilometer runs along the Jersey Shore.  He exercises at a gym, dances as a celebrity and hauls trash to the curb at his Monmouth County home.  He commutes to Trenton to represent the 11th District in the State Assembly, where he holds a leadership position as Republican Whip and seeks publicity as a tax-fighter.


It's been 75 years since the federal government, on the spurious grounds of fighting the Great Depression, ordered the confiscation of all monetary gold from Americans, permitting trivial amounts for ornamental or industrial use. This happens to be one of the episodes Kevin Gutzman and I describe in detail in our new book, Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush. From the point of view of the typical American classroom, on the other hand, the incident may as well not have occurred.

From Thomas E. Wood's article "The Great Gold Robbery of 1933" in 2008. On June 5, 1933, congress, at the urging of Roosevelt, passed a resolution making it illegal to trade in gold.

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The 2010 Libertarian National Convention was held this weekend. I'm finally finding time to write about the convention.

The convention was very well attended. There were about 100 more delegates than the last non-Presidential convention. (I believe there were somewhere over 530 delegates attending) Unfortunately the New Jersey delegation was much smaller than what we were allocated. We had four delegates, myself, Kevin Ferrizzi, Dan Karlan, and Tim O'Brien. I strongly recommend that our members attend our National Conventions and regret that we had not started earlier in promoting the convention and finding delegates who would want to go.

Julian Heicklen has been arrested for handing out Fully Informed Jury Brochures on Tuesday. Julian was arrested by Officer Clifford Barnes of the Federal Protective Service. He is currently being held at Riker's Island Anna M. Kross detention center. A court date is not scheduled until June 8th. He has been denied bail!

More information can be found on Bile's site, The Blog of Bile.

By Carlos Miller

George Donnelly, the Pennsylvania videographer who was arrested last week for videotaping federal officers in front of an Allentown courthouse, is facing eight years in prison for his deed.

He is specifically being accused of striking one of the officers.

Anybody who has seen the two previous videos where Donnelly was confronted by federal officers in front of a courthouse will find these charges hard to believe.

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On Tuesday, libertarian activists Julian Heicklen, James Babb, and George Donnelly conducted a Fully Informed Jury Association outreach event at the federal district courthouse in Allentown, PA.

Shortly after the protest started they were approached by federal marshals. When George Donnelly attempted to videotape the confrontation he was violently restrained and arrested. He is now under "house arrest."

More information can be found on the Libertarian News Examiner.


New Jersey Residents:

Do Something Important!

The 2010 New Jersey Education Reform Rally will be tomorrow, Thursday, April 29, 6pm in Trenton, NJ.  (A screening of The Cartel will occur immediately afterward at 7:30pm.)

The other side has their paid cronies... now it's our turn.  Tell them: Enough is Enough.

During the Libertarian National Convention at the end of May, delegates will be voting on the next National Chair. A poll has been created where NJLP members can vote on which candidate they support. In order to vote in the poll two conditions must be met:

Google is now showing how much governments across the world are requesting censorship of them, and requesting personal information. Check out the interactive map.

Like other technology and communications companies, we regularly receive requests from government agencies around the world to remove content from our services, or provide information about users of our services and products. The map shows the number of requests that we received between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009

For most of NJ, voters will be going to the polls tomorrow to approve or reject school budgets. Many schools are proposing large increases in their tax levy. Most towns are at or slightly below the state mandated tax levy cap of 4%. Some towns however have received approval from their county superintendent to exceed this cap. For example my town, Upper Freehold, has received approval to seek a 9.88% tax increase. Six towns have an additional ballot question to raise additional funds for special projects.

Before you go to vote you need to ask yourself two questions:

NJLP member, Julian Heicklen, along with several other activists held a juror education event at the U.S. District Courthouse on Saturday. While handing out Fully Informed Jury Association fliers they were pestered by law enforcement. The best accounts of the day are found on the Libertarian Examiner and the video below. The police are as funny as the keystone cops.

Locals say Camden cops under federal investigation terrorized community

By The Associated Press

CAMDEN - Josephine Skinner's grandson Dequan was 11 or 12 years old a few summers ago when she says he had a run-in with a Camden police officer who neighbors claim terrorized them for years.

As the youth crossed the street to buy a soda at a store, she said Officer Jason Stetser - known on the streets as "Fat Face" - sprang from his cruiser.

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CAMDEN, N.J. - Prosecutors say some police officers in one southern New Jersey city have bullied residents for years, making cases by planting drugs on suspects, falsifying police reports, and conducting searches without warrants.

Now four Camden officers are being investigated by a federal grand jury and have been suspended; one officer has already pleaded guilty.

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Bob Bowdon, director of The Cartel spoke to our convention attendees during our 2010 convention. He showed the trailer and then discussed various problems with the education system in New Jersey.

As someone who has watched The Cartel, I strongly recommend this movie to every New Jersey resident. I plan on seeing it again when I get a chance. A review of The Cartel was previously published on this website.

The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society. - Mark Skousen, Persuasion versus Force

Today at work we were discussing the recent news that AT&T will take a $1 Billion dollar non-cash accounting charge as a result of the recent Health Care Act. Surprisingly not many of my coworkers were even aware of this news. We discussed what effect this may have on our pay and benefits. Most of the group expressed their disdain over the Act. However two coworkers wouldn't accept the fact that this Health Care Act is bad for our country.

The first, lets call him Boris, made the argument that this bill will cost AT&T money, but it won't affect our pay or benefits. He is normally an intelligent guy, but when it comes to economics he just doesn't get it. He believes that if AT&T shows a profit then that profit is coming out of our pay. We tried our best to explain to him that when AT&T loses money, they are going to pay their employees less, not more. The same is true of the insurance companies. When insurance mandates increase costs, companies will pass the expenses down to their customers and employees.

John Locke made the argument that if one person did not have a right to coerce or control another person, that he could not transfer this right, that he did not possess, to a third party. Thus, Locke not only questioned the divine rights of kings and popes, but also the "rights" of democracies. Later, he changed his mind and accepted a version of Thomas Hobbes' "social contract", which was later popularized by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The social contract effectively said that all people are obliged to obey the dictates of whatever political power is in control of a given area, and to "render Caesar's unto Caesar".

Later, Josiah Warren and Lysander Spooner, political activists in the US, argued for Locke's original case, saying that no person could logically delegate a right they did not possess to a third party, and that no group calling itself a government could legitimately claim to have power a person without his or her consent, thus leaving all people as sovereign individuals.

It is not often that I link to the American Conservative Magazine but I found this article very interesting. Real libertarians do not demand labor protectionism, bigger government bureaucracies and a police state on the border.

Mr. Unz was interviewed on Free Talk Live on Saturday.

Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.

By Ron Unz

According to Lou Dobbs, "a third of the prison population in this country is estimated to be illegal aliens," and Glenn Beck regularly warns of "an illegal alien crime wave." Congressman Tom Tancredo insists, "The face of illegal immigration on our borders is one of murder, one of drug smuggling, one of vandalism for all the communities along the border, and one of infiltration of people coming into this country for purposes to do us great harm." Michelle Malkin adds an even more terrifying note, calling our borders "open channels not only for illegal aliens and drug smugglers, but terrorists, too." Even as far back as 2000, the highly regarded General Social Survey found that 73 percent of Americans believed that immigration caused higher crime rates, a level of concern considerably greater than fears about job losses or social unity.

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