Freedom Updates: October 11, 2002
All Freedom Updates by Ari Armstrong unless otherwise noted.
New Cure for Droughts
Obviously, then, marijuana would be an excellent substitute for other crops during years of drought. Marijuana can be cultivated for hemp, which makes excellent cloth, paper, and other products. (Industrial hemp, which is also illegal, does not even contain THC.) The "buds" of the plant could also be big money maker.
At one point, I heard marijuana was Colorado's #1 cash crop. I do not know if that statistic was true or if it remains true. Regardless, it's obvious Colorado farmers could profit from growing marijuana legally. Marijuana is easy on the soil, and it could help alleviate water shortages when snowpack is light.
Libertarians Invite Muslims
In the aftermath of September 11, an intolerant arsonist threatened to torch the lone mosque in Colorado Springs, home of the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs. Members of the Libertarian Party of El Paso County, the Pikes Peak Interfaith Council, Earth Spirit Pagans, and Team Rainbow united to provide security for local Muslims during their prayer service after the Colorado Springs Police Department was reluctant to investigate the threat. The prayer service went on without any problems.
A year has passed. As promised then, the Islamic Society will be speaking at the October monthly meeting of the Libertarian Party of El Paso County, to discuss the local Islamic community and the year they have had since 9-11. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, October 23, at the East Library on North Union Boulevard in Colorado Springs. The public is invited to attend what should be a very interesting and informative meeting.
The Libertarian Party of El Paso County is dedicated to the proposition of religious freedom as put forth in the First Amendment, no matter the beliefs, and continually strives for religious respect among the varied religions within El Paso County and Colorado.
Three Terms, Baker Promises
Philps Wins Suit Against Police
Tom Mauser [was] in fact one of [the] leading representatives of S.A.F.E. Colorado and the Million Mom March....
Founder of FAMM honored with a Ford Foundation 2002 Leadership Award
Brennan Covers Stanley
Brennan reports, "Strickland... does support closing the [mis-named] gun show loophole to the Brady Bill background [registration] check requirements at the federal level. Allard does, as well, but only if the measure closely mirrors Colorado's Amendment 22..." So again we are reminded that Allard has sold out gun owners.
But the interesting thing is that Brennan also quoted Rick Stanley, the controversial Libertarian in the race. Brennan refers to Stanley as the "most staunch opponent of gun regulations in the Senate race..." Stanley told Brennan, "The reason I've been doing acts of civil disobedience and getting arrested, once in Denver and once in Thornton, is that the government is trying to disarm America."
Brennan also quoted Stanley about guns for an October 10 story. "If you've got 100 armed, law-abiding Americans [on an airplane], and they draw down on that terrorist, that terrorist doesn't stand a chance." Libertarians argue airports and airlines should be completely freed from government intervention and allowed to set their own security measures. Thus, some airlines could well allow armed passengers, while others might prohibit them.
On October 9, Brennan wrote a story about the prescription-drug debate. Stanley said politicians "have protected high profits for the pharmaceutical companies, at the expense of Americans, by passing legislation that is favorable to the pharmaceutical companies." Unfortunately, this point was not discussed in detail. Most libertarians argue federal legislation has harmed drug companies by creating undue obstacles to the release of new drugs.
On October 8, Brennan covered "Social Security." Stanley told him, "How can we save Social Security? Privatizing it, 100 percent... It's a very simple thing. Anybody who is retired gets all their benefits until their death. For anyone who is not retired, I want the government to repay them every dime."
The plan I've proposed also guarantees current recipients their benefits. No new workers are put on the system. They pay no tax, and get no benefits. All current workers get to choose whether to opt out of the system -- pay no more taxes but get no benefits -- or stay in it. Their benefits would be paid by cutting other government programs and selling off government assets.
Paper Rips Wyoming Libertarian
I do not know Dave Dawson, nor do I know anything about him. But I seriously doubt he wants anything other than to repeal the income tax for all American citizens. Hopefully, Dawson wants to return America to a 100% gold standard, not issue his own currency.
If the income tax is the "foundation of our government and society," then how did America survive until 1913, when the Sixteenth Amendment took effect? No, the income tax has destabilized both our government and our society.
Rocky Publishes Bigoted Hate Speech-- The Rocky Mountain News published a bigoted, hateful "cartoon" October 11 by Ed Stein. Stein compares peaceable American gun owners to the D.C.-area murderer. Stein's cartoon is reprehensible, and so is the News' decision to publish it.
Gurley earns respect-- Libertarian candidate for Mesa County Sheriff John Gurley has earned respect in his community. An October 6 editorial by the Daily Sentinel endorses Republican Stan Hilkey but also praises Gurley. The Grand Junction paper argued Hilkey has more experience. "That said, Gurley is no third-party flake. He is a bright man who has obviously put considerable thought into issues related to the sheriff's department. One of his ideas is particularly compelling. Although Libertarians favor elimination of most drug laws, Gurley made clear he would enforce those laws on the books if he is elected. But, he said, it makes little sense for local drug authorities to stake out the bus station to catch people traveling through the area with narcotics. That only takes people away from other duties while doing nothing to reduce drugs in this valley." The Sentinel was less thrilled with Gurley's proposals to privatize prisoner transport and start night courts.
Owens' Treasurer Booted for 'Inappropriate' E-mail-- Lynn Bartels reported for the October 9 Rocky Mountain News Bill Owens' treasurer resigned after forwarding an offensive e-mail about Mexican immigrants. Owens' campaign manager said of the e-mail, "It was insensitive and inappropriate and showed a total lack of judgment." Nita Gonzales said the e-mail is "racist" and "discriminatory... It's stereotyping." Bartels reported that Libertarian Rick Stanley forwarded a similar e-mail earlier this year, though he "said he forwarded the poem solely for discussion purposes."
Denver Post Endorses Two Libertarians-- The Denver Post endorsed two Libertarian candidates October 6 for state house. The Post endorsed John Berntson over Republican Dave Schultheis, oddly because the Post doesn't like the Republican's relatively pro-freedom concealed-carry proposals. But Berntson endorses a Vermont-style carry law! The Post also endorsed Steve D'Ippolito, "whose campaign has spotlighted abuses of personal liberties under the guise of the war on drugs."
Airport Insecurity-- According to the October 10 Rocky Mountain News, a United Airlines baggage handler was charged with trying to get through security hiding a plastic knife. He "told the FBI that he bought the knife in March and was carrying it for self-protection..." He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Ironically, the baggage handler probably did more to enhance airport security by carrying his plastic knife than all the "security" guards combined.
Gateways-- Arizona voters face a ballot initiative on medical marijuana. The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor there joined forces to condemn it. Matt Salmon, the Republican, said, "We know that marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to other drugs like cocaine" (Arizona Republic, October 10). That's ridiculous. Most marijuana users never take cocaine. Have many cocaine users smoked marijuana? Probably. And 100% of them have ingested water. But this is all irrelevant to medical marijuana. Sick people do not face the choice of taking marijuana or taking cocaine: some of them face the choice of taking marijuana or dying. We know that the politics of prohibition is a gateway that leads to needless death and agony.
Stanley on 7News-- Rand Fanshier reports: "Channel 7 KMGH 'The Denver Channel' aired a short piece regarding the Rick Stanley for U.S. Senate campaign 10pm Sunday Sept 29th. It included camera footage of Stanley speaking in a public park behind a black podium, in front of a low brick retaining wall. The emphasis of the piece was his two arrests for carrying firearms in protest of local ordinances."
Stanley Polls at 4%-- A poll conducted by News4 and the Rocky Mountain News shows Wayne Allard at 39%, Tom Strickland at 35%, and Rick Stanley at 4%. The poll was summarized in the October 11 News.
Shnelvar with Rivers-- Ralph Shnelvar appeared on KBDI Channel 12 Wednesday, October 2 with Reggie Rivers. Paul Tiger said on the "lpco-chat" list, "Reggie... put in his own thirty-second booster for Ralph in decrying the drug war as a complete failure." Shnelvar added, "I thought I was very forceful in making differences with all the other candidates [on] campaign finance reform, health care [and] tax policy... Yes, there was a great deal of agreement on the War in Iraq [and] the Drug War, but it was I who said "I will pardon all non-violent victims of the drug war..."
Rights Up In Smoke-- The October 10 Denver Post reports a Denver group wants harsh smoking bans like the ones implemented in Louisville. But why can't meddlers let property owners set their own smoking policies? If some establishments can make more money going smoke-free, they will do so. And people who don't like being around smoke have every right to avoid establishments that allow it. A centralized policy enacted by force is unnecessary and unjust.
GMF-- Ron Bain researched "genetically modified foods" for the September 26 edition of the Boulder Weekly. He quoted Ron Bailey of Reason Magazine: "There hasn't been so much as a sniffle from eating genetically modified foods, anywhere in the world, period. Biotech is something we don't want to not have."