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
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.
By GEOFF MULVIHILL (AP)
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.
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.
Get yer Baileys out! Longtime Reason science correspondent Ronald Bailey will be making two speaking appearances in the greater New York City area next week, at Princeton Univ. and at The New York Salon.
Info on the Princeton gig:
Richard A. Lee, Director of Communications for the Hall Institute of Public Policy – New Jersey, has 30 years of professional experience in journalism and public relations. At the Hall Institute, he is responsible for media relations and all promotional and marketing activities. He also conducts research and writes papers for the institute, focusing on media, government and politics.
Having been in the room eight years ago when the State House Press Corps staged a mini-revolt in reaction to the McGreevey Administration’s attempt to set a new set of ground rules for a press briefing on the state’s fiscal condition, I must admit I was mildly amused to learn that history seems to have repeated itself in the early days of the Christie Administration.
Back in 2002, reporters walked out of a budget briefing when they were told they could not tape record the session nor could they quote by name the officials who would be outlining the issue and answering questions.
Fast forward to 2010 and the special address on the state’s budget crisis that Governor Christie delivered to the Legislature last week. According to Sunday’s Star-Ledger, the Governor’s staffers insisted that reporters refrain from using tape recorders and from quoting those conducting the briefing by name. The ground rules didn’t sit any better with the press corps this time around, but apparently a compromise of sorts was reached. Reporters were allowed to record the session, but still could not identify the officials giving the briefing.
What makes this case of déjà vu all the more intriguing is that Christie and McGreevey are on opposite ends of the political world – and that this is not an isolated similarity.
Shortly after he was elected in November, Christie tapped David Samson to head his transition committee — the same David Samson whom McGreevey chose as his Attorney General eight years earlier.
The big government tendencies of the Republican party has caused many conservatives to question what they really believe in. Many are finding the Libertarian Party as a viable alternative to their beliefs. Some are right, some are wrong. While some may be discovering the true values of liberty, others are bringing their big government social agendas and belief in a pro-interventionist foreign policy with them.
TakeBackTheLP.info is an attempt to bring the LP back to its original belief system.
Greetings, libertarian! We need your your help with a special project -- restoring the party of principle.
America needs a Libertarian Party worthy of pride and respect -- a party it can look to for the right answers to the big questions.
America needs a presidential candidate who talks about the non-aggression principle.
America needs a platform and national candidate to advocate no-compromise abolition; to explain that there are ways to fulfill the world’s social needs without the violence of a coercive state.
After a contentious battle the Stillwater Township Committee has voted to disband their police force. The decision was based mostly on financial reasons. There were allegations of police harassment of those who supported disbanding the police on Free Talk Live this past week.
Read the full story...
By ELISA D. KELLER
STILLWATER — There were tears and quiet complaints from a defeated crowd of police supporters Thursday night, as a special meeting of the Stillwater Township Committee ended with a unanimous vote to disband the municipality’s local police force in favor of coverage by the New Jersey State Police.
“I want to thank all of you for coming out,” Stillwater Township Police Chief Anthony Kozlowski said to the crowd of around 100 people before the committee’s vote.
During the nearly four-hour meeting, many of the people in attendance spoke out in favor of a continued police presence in Stillwater, offering up personal stories of Stillwater police officers delivering babies, saving children’s lives, and responding to the scene of an accident in record time.
This morning NJ 101.5 reported on the story of a Hoboken cop who is in the news again for causing a ruckus at the Tampa Airport. The most disturbing part of this story is that he has been suspended with pay for two years at a salary of around $140,000!
Report: Suspended 'Hooters' Cop Flashed Shield at Airport
Ex-SWAT Lt. Was in 'Hooters Girls' Photos
Lt. Angelo Andriani is the former head of the Hoboken, N.J., SWAT team, an elite police unit that was disbanded in disgrace more than two years ago.
The cops got in trouble after Fox 5 New broadcast pictures of Andriani and his SWAT team posing in with their guns and with Hooters girls in Alabama, while on a trip to provide relief for Hurricane Katrina victims. There were also a few interesting pictures of some shenanigans in New Orleans.
Facing misconduct charges, Andriani has been suspended for two years so far with pay. His gun, badge and police ID were supposedly taken away from him.
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Libertarians respond to State of the Union address
WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party (LP) Chairman William Redpath issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
"Tonight's speech was a reminder that, for decades, the policies of Republicans and Democrats alike have failed. Libertarians are asking people to take matters into their own hands. Instead of just complaining, we're encouraging ordinary Americans to step up and run for Congress on the Libertarian Party ballot line.