Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vermont Secession Candidates Announce

Well, it was a couple weeks ago, but better late than never. In early January 2010 nine Vermonters announced they were planning to run for governor, lieutenant governor and seven seats in the state Senate on a Vermont secession platform. The story was carried by Associated Press and even made it to the New York Times! The candidates are running under the “Vermont Independence Day Party” label. More details here. Videos of two top candidates from YouTube/VermontCommons below.

UPDATE: Time Magazine prints Christopher Ketcham article The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont.

Monday, January 25, 2010

P.S.: Free Gaza - and Palestine

I didn't make it to Egypt or Gaza - or even the local solidarity protest. And I'm only putting up a quick blog entry now about the recent Free Gaza protests after finding some good photos going through old emails. Free Gaza, if I haven't mentioned it lately... And the Palestinian slaves. Take that, Ben Stein!

Thinking libertarians agree. As noted in wikipedia:
Some libertarians have argued for the Palestinian right of return largely from a private property rights perspective. In "Property Rights and the 'Right of Return" professor Richard Ebeling writes: "If a settlement is reached between the Israelis and the Palestinians, justice would suggest that all legitimate property should be returned to its rightful owners and that residence by those owners on their property should be once again permitted." Attorney Stephen P. Halbrook (who convinced the Supreme Court to take 25 years off the Branch Davidian sentences) in "The Alienation of a Homeland: How Palestine Became Israel" writes: “Palestinian Arabs have the rights to return to their homes and estates taken over by Israelis, to receive just compensation for loss of life and property, and to exercise national self-determination.” In "War Guilt in the Middle East" "Mr. Libertarian" Murray Rothbard details Israel's "aggression against Middle East Arabs," confiscatory policies and its "refusal to let these refugees return and reclaim the property taken from them."

Free market that, Ben Stein...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ben Stein - Apologize to Ron Paul

Catching up on news items, see that Ben Stein called Ron Paul an antisemite on the December 29, 2009 Larry King show because Paul said the United States is an occupier of Iraq. Gee, Ben, Paul never even mentioned Israel. As I wrote as a comment to the video: No one mentioned Israel, Ben. Or do you feel guilty because U.S. REALLY invaded Iraq to stop Saddam from sending $25,000 to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel. That was the real WMD. At least be honest about it so Americans can freely decide if they want to spend a trillion dollars to defend Israel against a few dozen suicide bombers.

See the full version here. And's comment which notes which notorious antisemite Ben Stein used to work for.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

"Carol Moore" Verboten on

With China in the news lately - (China surpasses Germany as world's top exporter), (China's Baidu Cyber attacked), (China vs. Google) - I decided to go to the Chinese government-controlled search engine BAIDU.COM and see if "Carol Moore" and her awful politics was censored out of it. Indeed I was, except for some innocuous mention. Also searched, which was mentioned in a couple links, and the term secession, which had a number of returns.

Then today I went back to search again - and low and behold the site itself would not come up on either Firefox or Internet Explorer. Was my IP blocked? Searched around for others with the same problem and found a
discussion on verifying my suspicion. As one person replied to another complaining his IP had been blocked: "Should have thought about doing those BLASPHEMOUS searches before you wanted to see Reddit show up on a censored Chinese search engine, shouldn't you?"

It's just a matter of time before the Chinese people get fed up with this nonsense. Wait til Baidu sets up its planned video sites and they start censoring all those subversive videos. Then the Chinese people will REALLY get ticked off! Ha ha ha.