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The Word Freedom Gets Cancelled by a University

A university has joined the “cancel culture” movement, by removing the word “freedom” from its staff and student ID cards. Some students had complained the word was racially problematic:

…Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania will change its student, faculty, and staff ID cards from “Freedom Cards” to “RMU ID Cards,” Campus Reform has learned.

“Gifting us with IDs that grant us our ‘freedom’ is of extremely poor taste.”
The decision follows the circulation of an online petition initiated by student Melanie Hall, who asked the university to rename its ID cards, arguing that the choice of “Freedom Cards” for minority students (who make up 24 percent of students at RMU, according to the petition) was a “poorly named form of identification.”

It “has made minority students (black students in particular) feel like we are being dehumanized. Gifting us with IDs that grant us our ‘freedom’ is of extremely poor taste. Especially coming from a University that is named after a slave owner,” Hall wrote…More

Pandemics & Protests: Dr. Phil Discusses President Donald Trump on Leadership

QL will host Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, retired college professor of American government, at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, on Saturday, July 11 at 11:30 am. He will speak 45 minutes followed by discussion.

Dr. Schoenberg will speak on “President Donald Trump on Leadership.” The attendees should be prepared to spend at least $10 for food and to practice social distancing as per the arrangements advised by the facility. For further information, you can contact drphil@nycwalks.com Dr. Schoenberg (718) 704-3105.

Queens Libertarians Return to Takara Restaurant in Whitestone on June 13

Queens Libertarians will resume holding its monthly meetings in Whitestone at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150th and 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York on Saturday, June 13 at 11:30 am. Scheduled speaker will be LP congressional candidate Jay Sanchez, as previously announced. The venue staff confirmed it will be open as of the week of June 8. The previous location (the Irish Cottage in Forest Hills) has closed as a business due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Attendees should to be prepared to expend at least $10 for food, and to practice social distancing as per the arrangements advised by the facility. Queens Libertarians will continue to meet on the second Saturday of each month, for now at Takara, and welcomes new suggestions for centrally located meeting venues in Queens.

LP Picks 2020 Presidential Ticket Memorial Day Weekend

The Libertarian Party has met by various virtual means (Zoom, YouTube, Facebook etc) to hold its 2020 national convention online May 22-24. The party has chosen Jo Jorgenesen as its 2020 nominee for President. Anarchist and parodist Spike Cohen was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate. The body will hold a physical convention July 9-12 in Orlando, to vote for the next LNC Chair and national committee. Below is the Presidential debate moderated by the LP of Texas, featuring seven candidates including Jorgensen, Adam Kokesh, Jacob Hornberger, Vermin Supreme and others:

Dr. Phil Rates Trump and Other Presidents On Dealing with Pandemics

Our Dr. Schoenberg strikes again, with a review of how past and recent Presidents have dealt with pandemic threats. His article summary can be found right here, and is the shorter version of a treatise he expects to publish in 2020. He also will be presenting a talk on this issue at a Queens Libertarians meeting this summer. He points out Trump’s over-reliance on advice from hawkish interventionists and knee-jerk confrontational foreign policy experts may have contributed to a flawed COVID-19 response:

“…President Donald Trump has hindered the fight against the Coronavirus in 2020 by choosing to follow the bad advice of John Bolton, the head of National Security Council (NSC), in 2018, when he disbanded  the Obama protocols, a pandemic watchdog team inside the NSC and recalling the observer in China were eliminated. Trump’s own Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Republican Congress refused to replenish PPE stockpile.  As a result, Trump was unprepared  when he was blinded by China’s lies, censorship, and coverup of how bad the coronavirus outbreak was.” See more.

Dr. Phil has also just written on Earth Day, see here: Earth Day in the Balance and also this follow-up article.

QL Teleconference May 9, Jay Sanchez at June 13 Meeting

As the pandemic world turns, Queens Libertarians have adapted. The group met by teleconference in April for a brief Executive Committee meeting, and will hold another in May, after which time the stay-at-home restrictions may be finally lifted in New York. Details:

May 9
QL General Meeting via Teleconference

Note: This will be a phone meeting, planned for 30-45 minutes, to touch base on general matters relating to the Queens Libertarians. We plan to resume our physical meetings in Forest Hills on June 13.

Dial-in using your phone to:
United States: +1 712-832-8330
Access code: 994 3970

Join in on May 9 at 11:30 am by phone to hear a quick summary of our post stay-at-home plans, meeting ideas, primary issues, and more. Tell us how you’re coping with the great American Lockdown of 2020!

June 13:
Jay Sanchez on Corruption, Cronyism and Political Duopoly in Queens

Join us at our June 13 Meeting: Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Irish Cottage Pub in Forest Hills, 72nd Ave (corner of Austin St, 2-3 blocks from the Continental Ave E/F train station, LIRR, and Q60 bus) to hear Jay Sanchez, legal reform advocate and Libertarian candidate for Congress (CD5) discuss current massive corruption issues in our borough that motivated him to run for Rep. Meeks’ seat. His profile can be found at https://ballotpedia.org/Jay_Sanchez#Campaign_themes.

As Sanchez has put it, “The increasing power of monopolies (or duopolies and oligopolies) is killing competition in this country. The immense market power of huge companies allows them to eliminate potential competitors and to squeeze their workers, customers, and suppliers (smaller companies). It enables them to pay for the influence in government that allows them to, again, increase their market power so that they can even more easily eliminate potential competitors and squeeze their workers, customers, and suppliers. It is a vicious cycle that, if not stopped, will turn us all into something like the Serfs of medieval times.”

Dr. Ron Paul Calls for Firing of Dr. Fauci Over Inflated Virus Spread Projections

Finally, a second opinion: The former LP and GOP Presidential candidate cuts loose on the “worst case” claims continually being made by White House spokesman Dr. Anthony Fauci on the COVID-19 outbreak. As noted by the Gateway Pundit, “Paul has been extremely outspoken about his belief that the coronavirus is “a big hoax” being used to strip Americans of their constitutional rights.” He recently expressed these concerns on his podcast:

Cuomo Sneaking Ballot Access Hurdles into State Budget

The Dictator Strikes Again—Special Message from LPNY
Dear Friends and Fellow Libertarians,

Your Right To Vote Libertarian Is ONCE AGAIN Under Attack!
LATEST DEVELOPMENT: A source tells us Andrew Cuomo has SUCCEEDED in inserting the same recommendations into the 2020 New York State Budget to that were created by the unconstitutional “Public Finance Commission” and struck down by Justice Ralph Boniello on March 12, 2020. He rightly tossed out the law that established a “Public Finance Commission” with the purported intent of creating a system of publicly financed campaigns. Its other goal: to destroy the Libertarian Party and other minor parties in New York by changing the state’s ballot access requirements to be among the most restrictive in the nation. Now, Governor Cuomo and the legislature’s leadership are trying to bring the commission’s recommendations BACK TO LIFE by using the current COVID-19 crisis and budget legislation as cover.

Call your representatives in the state Assembly and Senate today and tell them that the legislature must reject the budget legislation based on the Commission’s December 1, 2019 report that undermines a New York voter’s choice of political party. It is essential that this is shot down now, or there may be no more Libertarian Party after November, 2020.

We need you to do the following, now:

1. Look Up The Contact Information For Your Representatives In The NY State Assembly and Senate.
Click here to look up your elected representatives. Enter your full address and then click “submit.” When the window reloads, select the results tab labeled “State” and then scroll down to see your representatives in the Assembly and Senate, along with their contact information. (Note that you may need to close an email signup form in order to see the address lookup box.)

2. Call Your Representatives.
Tell Them: “My name is ________ and I am a constituent of Assembly Member/Senator ___________. I want more political choice in New York State, not less. I am counting on you to demand that the legislature reject the proposal to insert into the budget the Public Campaign Financing Commission’s recommendations making New York’s ballot access laws for grassroots parties like the Libertarian Party among the worst in the nation. NY voters want and deserve diverse political parties that reflect their perspectives.”

3. Email Governor Cuomo, Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Heastie
Click here to email Gov. Cuomo and tell him no!
Email the Leaders of the Legislature:
Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie: Speaker@nyassembly.govSenate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins: scousins@nysenate.gov

“Dear Gov. Cuomo/Speaker Heastie/Leader Stewart-Cousins,

My name is ________ and I am writing to tell you I just got done calling my representatives in the state legislature to tell them I want more political choice in New York State, not less. As a legislative leader, it’s time for you to reject Gov. Cuomo’s attempt to insert the Public Campaign Finance Commission’s recommendations into the state budget legislation. Those recommendations will make New York’s ballot access for minor parties like the Libertarian Party among the most restrictive in the nation, and create a public financing plan that spends taxpayer dollars needlessly and frivolously at a time when the state cannot afford it. NY voters want and deserve real campaign finance reform and diverse political parties that reflect their perspectives.”

4. Tell Us All About It!
Reply to this email, tell us who you contacted and how it went.

5. Spread the word.
Forward this email or share this page online! Tell them why this must be stopped.
The Libertarian Party of New York is counting on you!

In Liberty,
Jim Rosenbeck
Chair, Interim State Committee
Libertarian Party of New York

Dr. Phil Revisits the Kavanaugh Case

Our own Dr. Philip Schoenberg has written a large blog entry reconsidering aspects of the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation episode of 2018. Below is the introductory section to the essay, the rest of which can be downloaded here.

In my education career, I have been the victim of kangaroo courts and selective interpretation of eyewitness evidence.  Therefore, I know from personal experience that eyewitness testimony is not necessarily the most reliable and justice often serves the needs of the administration rather than the truth.

I would like to think that I am impartial in regard for this.  I was a supporter of Bill Clinton when the bimbo eruption occurred in 1998 but one bimbo one too many proved too much for me to believe him not guilty of what was alleged against him, especially when he had to admit he did have sex with that woman.

I have finished taking notes on PBS Frontline Program of “The Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” (2020),The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, two Washington Post reportersof the liberal-leaning Washington Post (2019), and Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court (Washington, DC, 2019) by Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, a conservative blog, and Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the judicial Crisis Network, a conservative lobbying group. I have listened to some of the eight hours of testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. I also listened to the speech of Senator Susan Collins. I also read Jodi Kanto and Megan Twohey, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement (New York: Penguin Press, 2019) in which many of those that gave the book five star reviews felt that the section devoted to the accusations against Kavanaugh was not as well done or developed as the rest of the book and should been left out.  I am now ready to give my judgment on the Kavanaugh case.

Prologue

I remember seeing Advise & Consent, a 1962 American political drama film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Advise and Consent by Allen Drury, published in 1959. The film was adapted for the screen by Wendell Mayes and was directed by Otto Preminger. Allen Drury was prescient in observing how politicians justify the means they use by the noble ends they intend to achieve.  Henry Fonda is nominated as Secretary of State by a dying president to bind the foreign policy of his successor.  He is too liberal for a senator played by Charles Laughton.  He digs up Burgess Meredith who alleges that Fonda belonged to a commie cell.  His testimony is disproved but things go downhill when a US Senator commits suicide because he will be outed as gay unless he votes a certain way.   In the end, the vote is a tie in which the vice president votes no because he has learned that the president has died, and he wants to appoint his own Secretary of State.

Today, when a Supreme Court justice is nominated, he or she can expect the most outrageous things will be said about him or her while his family, his supporters, and senators who will vote for or against him will be harassed far beyond the bounds of decency. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

I also remember reading Up Country by Nelson DeMille.  A highly decorated officer is asked to assume an important executive position within the president’s administration.  Rumors swirl about that he may have committed war crimes while serving in Vietnam. Although he has regretted his action and made contrition, he still found out and is punished for his crimes.

Thus, we have a real-life version of these novels in the case of Brett Kavanaugh, did he or did he not engage in a series of inappropriate sexual actions and assaults? …More

Brianna Coyle Discusses Youth Activism and Launching Libertarian Clubs in NYC

Join us at our March 14 Meeting: Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Irish Cottage Pub in Forest Hills, 72nd Ave (corner of Austin St, 2-3 blocks from the Continental Ave E/F train station, LIRR, and Q60 bus) to hear Brianna Coyle, Irish Libertarian, and webmaster for the LP of Queens discuss the need for more outreach to attract young activists, and her efforts to launch a new Libertarian Club in Queens (https://golden-quills.com/). Queens Libertarians is assisting her in setting up a meetup.com group for the club.

In Coyle’s words, “I am a 19 year old member of the Libertarian Party, well educated politically, and I have tons of energy that isn’t being put to use otherwise. I am a website editor on the Queens Libertarian Party website (http://queenslp.org/), Larry Sharpe’s website, as well as other out of state candidates. I am the NYC Coordinator for Vermin Supreme’s 2020 Campaign, an active member of Young Americans for Liberty, and I have recently joined the team for the National Youth Rights Association. I run a blog https://the-liberal-libertarian.com/ which is slowly growing on Facebook, just hit 500 likes today. I am a resident of the Howard Beach & Ozone Park area. My personal mission is to bring more libertarians from the left, balance the party, and allow for a more tolerant space. Although I am a radical libertarian, I want to bridge alliances with democrats and republicans where due, as well as grow the party.”

 

Midwife Charged With 95 Felonies in NY State for Delivering Babies

Note: This disturbing story excerpted from Liberty Conservative News shows the nanny state wants no competition. So much for wanting women to “make their own  health decisions”—that appears to apply only if they are killing babies in abortion. The lady in question has a GoFundMe account for those who would like to help her meet her legal expenses.

A midwife is facing life in prison and being charged with an astounding 95 felonies for delivering babies against government regulations in the state of New York.

The case has serious ramifications for religious freedom as well, since midwife Elizabeth Catlin is a Mennonite and provides birthing services for people who share her religious beliefs.

“These women need resources, they need help,” Melissa Carman said to Yahoo News. Carman is the President of NY CPM, a non-profit that works to change New York laws to more readily allow the certification of midwives in the state.

Carman believes that Caitlin’s case is an indicator that “the heart of midwifery — the compassionate care that was given, the relationships built and the trust in a provider — is gone.”

Caitlin is even being charged with criminally negligent homicide, an allegation that she finds to be “the most devastating.”

“What they’re trying to do, I guess, is make some kind of crazy example of this person — for what, I’m not exactly sure,” said Vicki Hedley, president of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).

“The fact that she is being indicted for negligent homicide is way over the top, since the baby died six hours after being in her care,” she added.

“Criminalizing women for helping other women have babies tells us all that women still are not free to make our own health care decisions — even about something so extremely personal,” said Cristen Pascucci, founder of the organization Birth Monopoly….

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