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9-11 After Twenty Years: Cultural and Political Issues

Join Queens Libertarians on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to discuss “9-11: Twenty Years of Cover-up.” QL Organizer John Clifton (and Lawyer’s Committee for 9/11 Inquiry member Dave Meiswinkle, tentative) hosts a free-wheeling overview of the two decades of controversy, covert ops, and political issues pertaining to the events of September 11, 2001. Some of the most recent research and evidence related to it will be included in this presentation.

Since circa 2005, as now, Clifton concluded and believes 9-11 was a false flag or “inside job,” conducted by criminal elements of the deep state establishment to steer the US into decades of increased military intervention abroad, and increased surveillance at home. Accordingly, the historical and geo-political legacy of the disaster will be explored, as well as its parallels with how subsequent events, or current domestic policy narratives have been impacted. “Those with libertarian beliefs, who are opposed to the initiation of force and fraud on principle, should be concerned about its use to commit, exploit and cover this up,” Clifton says. Details and Directions.

In related news on the quest of families of the victims to obtain truth and justice for what happened, StationGossip has reported that “family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks released a statement last week, calling on Biden to declassify certain documents. The families have specifically pushed for documents to be released that pertain to the alleged involvement of Saudi Arabia in the attacks. Family members of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks said that Biden should not attend memorial events this year unless he releases classified information.

“The group says that as a candidate Biden pledged to be more transparent and release as much information as possible but that his administration has since then ignored their letters and requests,” NBC News reported.

“We cannot in good faith, and with veneration to those lost, sick, and injured, welcome the president to our hallowed grounds until he fulfills his commitment,” they wrote in a statement obtained by the outlet.

“Since the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission in 2004 much investigative evidence has been uncovered implicating Saudi government officials in supporting the attacks,” the statement said. “Through multiple administrations, the Department of Justice and the FBI have actively sought to keep this information secret and prevent the American people from learning the full truth about the 9/11 attacks.”

“Twenty years later, there is simply no reason — unmerited claims of ‘national security’ or otherwise — to keep this information secret,” the group wrote. “But if President Biden reneges on his commitment and sides with the Saudi government, we would be compelled to publicly stand in objection to any participation by his administration in any memorial ceremony of 9/11.”

 

LPNY Calls on Cuomo to Resign NOW

From a Libertarian Party of New York press release:

The results of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against Governor Andrew Cuomo were released in a report this morning. Detailed in that report were specific and detailed accounts of the toxic work environment created by the Governor that allowed such harassment to occur on a repeated and ongoing basis.

In an accompanying press release from Attorney General Letitia James’s office, it was announced that independent investigators appointed by her “concluded that Governor Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women — including former and current state employees — by engaging in unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging, and making inappropriate comments. Further, the governor and his senior staff took actions to retaliate against at least one former employee for coming forward with her story.”

The Libertarian Party of New York has joined with several others, including prominent Democrats, in calling for the immediate resignation of Andrew Cuomo, questioning his fitness to lead the state.

“If he has created such a toxic environment that is clearly unsafe for women in his own office, it is unconscionable to consider him a fit leader,” Cody Anderson, chair of the LPNY, explained. “He has used the power of his office to coerce those who report to him to tolerate his abusive, narcissistic behavior. His testimony to the independent investigators, which was little more than blanket denials and convenient lapses in memory, did nothing to improve that image. His statement on these allegations on Tuesday afternoon shows that he does not care about New York, and that he takes no personal responsibility for the burden his actions have placed on his victims and the taxpayers of New York State.

“It is simple: Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed women on multiple occasions, and by doing so, he broke the law. When similar allegations against former Governor Spitzer were brought forward, he resigned swiftly to allow the state to heal. Rather than forcing a costly and distracting impeachment process, requiring a special session of the legislature that would put New York in more jeopardy of passing more oppressive laws, Governor Cuomo must resign immediately.”

Update: Governor Cuomo announced his resignation on August 10.

Ben Swann on COVID Vaccine Failure

More and more recent reports bolster libertarian beliefs challenging the authoritarian “COVID narrative” that people must stay masked and be forcibly drugged, aka vaccinated (this time due to the emergence of the “Delta variant”). Does this mean everybody will have to be masked and drugged when we get to the “Echo” or “Foxtrot” variant, and the rest of the alphabet? At least seven studies now indicate that masks are not effective in blocking COVID. According to statistics at the CDC’s own VAERS website, in one week last month more people died in the US from adverse reactions to the COVID vaccine than from COVID. Even Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA experimental vaccine, advises the COVID-19 vaccines may be in fact incubating the “viral load” or variants, thus making the virus more dangerous. Now comes journalist Ben Swann with a truth report about the vaccines failing to work in several countries. Watch it before YouTube censors it!  UPDATE: Yup, they censored it.  View it here on Bitchute:  

 

Huge NY Gun Case Headed to the Supreme Court

The Hill reports on the import of  a “may issue” gun permit case to all who hold libertarian beliefs: 

Today, only eight states including New York are “may issue” for gun carry permits — meaning government officials “may issue” permits to applicants but are not required to (and hardly ever) do so. Litigation over what the Second Amendment means and requires is mostly limited to those states who are ruled by mega-cities. A law-abiding citizen who passes a background check in those states is still subject to a discretionary and random government decision about whether that person has “proper cause” to carry a firearm for self-defense.

That means New Yorkers must distinguish themselves from their fellow citizens and be rationed a constitutional right by bureaucrats. In New York, gun licenses are restricted, expensive and the process is riddled with politics and bribery, making licenses inaccessible to most. This led to the judicial saga now before the U.S. Supreme Court of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) v. Corlett and a fundamental question for the Court to answer — is the Second Amendment a right of the people, or a privilege of the elite?

When the Court announced it would hear NYSRPA v. Corlett, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “The streets of New York are not the O.K. Corral and the NRA’s dream of a society where everyone is terrified of each other and armed to the teeth is abhorrent to our values.”

Actually, the murder rate in today’s New York City far exceeds that of any cattle town in the Wild West. In 2021, shootings are up almost 70 percent over 2020. Compared to 2019, murders are up nearly 50 percent. People are concerned for their safety. New York is not alone, violent crime in urban areas is surging nationwide. Record gun sales demonstrate that Americans are taking advantage of their Second Amendment rights for self-protection, many for the first time…

Read the rest.

 

Tolkien, Individualism, and Critical Race Theory

Is Lord of the Rings racist?  Can we nowadays at least read or watch a revered fantasy story without getting mired in libertarian vs. liberal cultural debates? FEE analyzes the rise of “wokism,” critical race theory (CRT) and the politically convenient assignment of bigotry and power to entire groups. Whatever happened to judging people by the content of their character, or literary characters based on their actions and motivations, instead of their ancestry? Note: Dr. Philip Schoenberg will be discussing CRT and the 1619 project at the QL meeting on September 11:

 

Meet and Greet LP Candidates in 2021 City Elections July 10

Join QL on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi restaurant located in Whitestone, New York to “Meet and Greet LP Candidates in 2021 City Elections” this year. Stacey Prussman, LP candidate for Mayor, returns to update us on her campaign. Matthew Morgan, one of the LP candidates for City Council (District 39), is also among those expected, and several others. Suraj Jaswal, LP Candidate for New York City Council (District 25), has also indicated he will attend. The guests will speak up to 45 to 60 minutes, followed by discussion.  

Details and Directions

Homeschooling Surges 700% as Parents Separate School from State

Populist activist, scholar and entrepreneur Steve Turley comments on how the statist establishment’s COVID Lockdown has deeply backfired, as more and more parents have gotten used to having their children educated outside of the government schools, and apparently are not coming back. Reason likewise has separately estimated that homeschooling has roughly tripled during the pandemic:

 

Libertarian Discussion of China and US Foreign Policy

On Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York QL will hear retired NYU Professor (and new member) Robert Luster speak on the topic of “China and US Foreign Policy.” Is the US increasingly falling under the influence of China, or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? Should either nation have or maintain hegemony or controlling geopolitical dominance? Are many US officials de-facto CCP allies or operatives? How do recent elections, and the economic circumstances of both countries factor into their current relations? Is the US answer to these issues more, or less foreign intervention? Luster will speak 45 minutes, followed by discussion.

Details and Directions

 

LPNY Appealing Court Defeat On Ballot Law Changes

The LP is appealing the denial of its motion in the battle to repeal the 2020 “Cuomo rules,” that reverse the permanent ballot status the party earned in New York in the 2018 election. Interestingly, the party’s attorney ran into the same kind of biased judge behavior as claimed by Trump in the November 3 election integrity cases, where the court threw out the motion before even hearing the evidence. Maybe BLM was right that “the system is against us,” only the “us” turns out to be, well, us:

In March 2020, the New York State Legislature passed a state budget, under the cover of the COVID pandemic, that included provisions to increase ballot access petitioning and vote thresholds meant to remove the Libertarian Party of New York and other minor parties from the ballot.

In July 2020, in conjunction with the Green Party of New York, the LPNY filed a Federal lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the New York State Board of Elections to declare the new thresholds unconstitutional.

In December 2020, we filed a motion for preliminary injunction to enjoin the NYSBOE from implementing these Draconian thresholds, and to restore our automatic ballot access and petitioning thresholds through the 2022 election cycle.

We asked for your help then, and you came through for us. Through your generous donations, we were able to retain Oliver Hall, one of the nation’s top ballot access litigators. On April 28, 2021, Mr. Hall presented the oral argument in favor of our motion for preliminary injunction before Judge John Koeltl, a partisan Clinton appointee with a long history of conflicts of interest.

Despite being a nationally-known ballot access expert with a firm grasp of related case law, the full extent of Mr. Hall’s case was never heard. Incomprehensibly, he was interrupted by Judge Koeltl at least thirty-six times while Oliver tried to present the LPNY’s argument.

Thirty-six times.

The BOE lawyers, on the other hand, were allowed to defend their flawed argument with nearly no interruptions. They piled one adulation after another upon the judge for his questionable jurisprudence in the related SAM Party and WFP v. BOE ballot access case.

It quickly became evident that Judge Koeltl had made his decision before the hearing. If he hadn’t, we think he would have spent his time listening to the merits of both sides of the case and ruled in our favor. Instead, he went out of his way, to be combative with Mr. Hall while giving preferential treatment to the defendant’s attorneys and, ultimately, denying our motion for preliminary injunction.

If we had a dollar for each time Oliver was interrupted, we would be thirty-six dollars richer.

BUT – if each of you gave a dollar for each time Oliver was interrupted, we would be able to get this case heard on its merits.

Please support our effort to get the facts of our case appealed before an impartial panel of judges. Give $36 today in support of the ongoing lawsuit. If you’re able, donate another multiple of 36 – $72, $108, $144, or $360 – or whatever you’re able to protest the lack of respect and integrity shown to our attorney. Your anger, and your donation, will help us fuel the fight against these unjust political attacks and restore voter choice to New Yorkers.

Thank you in advance for whatever you are able to give.

In Liberty,
W. Cody Anderson
Chair, Libertarian Party of New York

Police, Businesses Adjust to Pot Decriminalization

The Queens Chronicle reported this month on the local changes resulting from the legalization of marijuana in NY:

Weed is legal in New York and the NYPD is adjusting.

A memo to officers says people 21 and older can legally smoke weed “almost anywhere that cigarette smoking is allowed including on sidewalks, on front stoops and other public places.”

People are allowed to have up to three ounces of cannabis under the law.

When it comes to cars, the smell of “burnt and unburnt” weed “alone no longer establishes probable cause of a crime to search a vehicle,” according to the memo, which was posted online by the New York Post.

If a driver admits to smoking recently, officers can search the vehicle’s passenger compartment, but “the trunk may not be searched unless the officer develops separate probable cause to believe the trunk contains evidence of a crime (e.g., gun recovered from under driver seat).”

Read the rest.

 

Independent Petitioning Begins for Queens Candidates

The (official) Libertarian Party of Queens has announced the petitioning period has started in New York, and has provided instructions for those who will be active in the effort. “Due to the circumstances of the ongoing lawsuit between LPNY & NYS Board of Elections, we have not gotten results back in regards to our official ballot status, and as a result our candidates need to gather independent petition signatures. The petitioning period begins 4/12 and ends 5/25. Signing is very appreciated, as well as those who can commit to be dedicated volunteers for the 2021 petitioning cycle. We need all hands on deck for our candidates!” The complete petitioning instructions, and template petition form can be found here.  

Dr. Phil on Replacing the Progressive Income Tax, The Essay

For those who missed his presentation at the QL April meeting, Phil Schoenberg has submitted his remarks in essay form, excerpted below. Link to the full article is provided:

I am here to tell you why the progressive income tax does not work as advertised.  There is no way to make it work because it is a regressive tax riddled with tax loopholes that punishes everyone’s  success. I would like you to stand on one foot, and say after me, “You pay for my benefits.” This is what I had my college students repeat after me as the essence of American government.

Frédéric Bastiat, the French economist, called the idea of progressive taxation “a fatal illusion” in the early nineteenth century. The people in the middle who think they are getting unearned benefits from those above forget the people below are getting unearned benefits from them.  No matter how the progressive income tax is reformed, the people in the upper income brackets find or create loopholes so they will never pay their “fair share.”  They routinely lobby for new loopholes all the time and Congressmen write loopholes to please their campaign contributors. The more things change, the more things remain the same as the French say…

See full Article

 

LPNY Rejects “Voluntary” COVID Vaccine Passport

It appears tyrant Cuomo is going ahead with a proto-Mark of the Beast “passport” scheme to impose document requirements on people to prove they took a COVID vaccine shot, in order to participate in normal life in New York. A federal version of this also being announced by the Biden regime. IBM is going to administer handling the data collected by the program, because having a serial number permanently inked on your forearm is just so 1940’s. Cody Anderson of LPNY objects:

 

Libertarian Party of New York Vehemently Opposes “Voluntary” Vaccine Passport Imposed By New York Governor’s Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a “vaccine passport” that New Yorkers can use to prove vaccination or history of a negative COVID-19 test. The program, called the “Excelsior Pass,” is an app that is being called “not mandatory” but is being forced upon venues who wish to fully reopen. The Biden Administration is said to be considering a similar program for the entire nation.

Privacy experts have decried this move. IBM, who developed the Excelsior smartphone app used to do the tracing, insists user data will be kept confidential, as it will use blockchain technology to record and transmit data. However, the terms of service accompanying the app do not explicitly state how the data is tracked or safeguarded, even less so than standard smartphone applications. That isn’t the only issue, according to Cody Anderson, chair of the Libertarian Party of New York.

“The Excelsior Pass is not benign,” Anderson stated. “Not only does the Excelsior app entrust the government with HIPAA-privileged health information, it creates a surveillance state by recording protected health information, tracking individual locations and correlating gatherings in real-time. It requires businesses like concert and sports venues to either join the surveillance regime, or remain closed. That’s not optional participation – that’s force – and will only worsen the economic and psychological damage already inflicted upon New York State by Governor Cuomo.

“Furthermore, requiring use of the Excelsior app sends the signal that compliant behavior will be rewarded with a restaurant meal, concert or sporting event. It creates a class structure where vaccinated individuals carrying smartphones are more deserving and of a higher caste than those who have legitimately chosen not to vaccinate or carry a mobile device. We stand opposed to this state-sanctioned sorting ceremony.

“The consequences for our natural and constitutional rights to privacy, due process, and peaceful assembly are dire. Do not install this app.”

A protest against the Excelsior Pass is planned for Wednesday, March 31st at 12 noon, at the state Capitol in Albany. You can find details about that event at fb.me/e/NQroS51h.

For more information about the Libertarian Party of New York, please visit lpny.org. You may also visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/LPNYOfficial, Twitter @LPNYOfficial, or Instagram @LPNYOfficial.

Schoenberg On Replacing the Progressive Income Tax

Queens Libertarians will host Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, retired college professor of American government, at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York on Saturday, April 10 at 11:30 am. He has taught at various colleges in the New York area for the past twenty years, and has been a consultant to PBS on its presidential website. He will speak 45 minutes followed by discussion. Dr. Schoenberg will speak on why “The Progressive Income Tax Should be Replaced by the Flat Income Tax.” Just in time for income tax day, learn why the progressive income tax should be abolished.  Details and directions.