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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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Cookinham on Monopoly and Free Enterprise on February 8

Note: New Decade, More Liberty! QL moves to its new meeting location in February. Details:

Join us at our February 8 Meeting: Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Irish Cottage Pub in Forest Hills, 108-07 72nd Ave (corner of Austin St, 2-3 blocks from the E/F train station, LIRR, and Q60 bus)

Frederick Cookinham, author of THE AGE OF RAND: IMAGINING AN OBJECTIVIST FUTURE WORLD, and MAN IN THE PLACE OF THE GODS: WHAT CITIES MEAN, will speak to the Queens Libertarians on February 8 on “Monopoly and Free Enterprise in Early New York.”

According to Cookinham, “The Dutch government and the Dutch West India Company tried both monopoly and monopsony before they allowed settlers to practice free enterprise. I will show what worked and didn’t work, and show how New York City and State began and how New York City became the greatest boomtown in the world. I will include the economics of the Revolution and the building of the Erie Canal, and show how this history has been twisted into socialist propaganda.”

For our meetings, while we will pass the hat, there is no mandatory donation. However, all attendees should purchase $10.00 in food and drink over the two hour period. There is some parking available, and nearby subway and bus transportation along Queens Blvd at this more central location. Join us on our continuing journey towards liberty in the new decade!

 

Libertarian Views On “Which 2020 Candidate Is Truly Anti-War?”

Join us on our January 11 Meeting:  Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm,  at the Takara Sushi located at 150th and 14th Avenue, Whitestone (Q15a, Q76 to 150th St and 14th Ave)  Note: this is to be our last meeting at Takara. Please spend $10 in food or drink to support the venue.

John Clifton, Chair of Queens Libertarians and past LPNY Chair, leads a ‘Junto“ style open discussion about the 2020 Presidential primary race, and candidates for President, especially regarding to foreign policy issues, entitled, “Which 2020 Candidate is Truly Anti-War?” The situation with Iran, Iraq and Syria are among the items to be explored.

PS: In addition, a lucrative petitioning opportunity is available for those inclined to help a certain Presidential candidate, who has been critical of US interventionism, get on the ballot in the upcoming NY Democratic primary. Those interested in participating are encouraged to attend, or contact Mr. Clifton at mrjclifton@yahoo.com.

 

QL Annual Holiday Party Saturday, December 21

Join us for a Holiday Party this Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Century Super Buffet located at 220-18 Hillside Avenue, Queens Village, New York 11427 (at the corner of Hillside Avenue & Braddock Avenue, near Springfield Blvd). If you are coming by car, there is a free parking lot. By public transit, take the F subway to Jamaica at 179th St, and then a bus going east on Hillside Avenue to Braddock (Q1, Q43, or Q27 to Hillside Ave. and Springfield Blvd).
This is a Chinese Buffet with many food options to accommodate all dietary needs. $20.00 cash should cover your portion of the meal. Members from America First – NYC/Long Island, Queens Libertarians, Stonewall Libertarians, and Beaux Arts Society are invited.
You do not need to RSVP but you must arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Otherwise, you may be sitting alone. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Clifton on meetup.com.

Queens Libertarians Donate Over 140 Toys to Autistic Children

Michelle with NYFAC staff Jim, Bill, Maria and Frank

QL Toy Drive Coordinator Michelle Yaskel and QL Chair John Clifton donated over 140 toys to New York Families of Autistic Children at their annual Christmas event in Howard Beach on December 15. These toys were collected over the course of the fall season by the Queens Libertarians, who have conducted the annual drive since 2001. Yaskel distributed many of the dolls, puzzles, action figures and other items to kids attending the affair, with the remainder to go to more children over the holiday period.

Toys will also go to some programs affiliated with NYFAC such as the Wounded Warrior Project. Yaskel is very appreciative of foundation Chair Frank Scafo, who readily agreed for the group to be a recipient. Yaskel advises she may not be able to continue to lead the drive due to several logistical complications, so other Queens members are invited to offer to participate as a coordinator in 2020 and onward. Step up and exercise individual responsibility via promoting charity by example, and Merry Christmas, everyone!

Cuomo Moves the Goalposts, Increases Ballot Access Requirements for Third Parties

Note: In a blatant attempt to nullify the ballot access achievement of the LPNY and other third parties in the state, Governor Cuomo (through his flunky Jay Jacobs) has had a Campaign Finance Reform Committee approve rule changes that will make it over 300% harder for a third party to obtain or retain “permanent ballot status” in New York. The changes raise the required statewide vote threshold from from 50,000 to 130,000 votes, and would require parties to qualify every two years. The rules become law if the Legislature does not object by Christmas, as summarized by the NY Daily News:

the Public Finance Commission released a report laying out an unprecedented overhaul of the state’s campaign and election laws and creating a $100 million taxpayer-backed matching funds program for state races. 

Among the changes is a measure that raises the vote threshold third parties need to maintain a spot on the ballot.

The new rule requires political parties to garner a minimum of 130,000 votes every two years to remain on the ballot — a significant jump from the current threshold of 50,000 every four years.

The move, championed by Democratic party chairman Jay Jacobs, Cuomo’s appointee to the panel, will essentially spell the end for minor parties such as the Green and Libertarian parties. Last year, only the state Conservative Party, which garnered 253,624 votes, would have met the new threshold.

Both Cuomo and Jacobs defended the requirement, suggesting it is needed to keeps costs down and to ensure only credible candidates receive public matching funds.

“Achieving a higher threshold will require minor parties seeking “permanent party status” to actually campaign and ask voters to vote for their party’s nominee on their minor party line,” Jacobs wrote in the final report released Sunday…

More here.   And use this form on the LP Queens site to complain to the state Legislature while there’s still time. Protect our ballot access!

Nic Leobold Discusses His 2020 Run for President on December 14

Note: Meeting announcement for December will be done through the website notice and by direct email, as QL re-organizes its meetup.com and social media accounts.  Join us on December 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located at 150th and 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to hear Nic Leobold discuss his write-in candidacy for President (see bio and video announcement below). In addition, John Clifton will provide further update on the plans for QL starting in 2020, and Michelle Yaskel will be collecting toys for the annual Christmas toy drive—please attend, and bring yours!

While we will pass the hat, there is no mandatory donation. However, all attendees must purchase $10.00 in food and drink over the two hour period. There is street parking and a reasonably priced parking lot across the street. You can travel there by taking the Q15A bus out of Main Street, Flushing (7 Subway Line) (which will let you off on the corner of 150th Street & 14th Avenue) or by taking the Q76 bus from either the 165th Street Bus Terminal or from the subway station at Jamaica Avenue & 179th Street (you should get off at the corner of Cross Island Parkway & 150th Street & walk to 14th Avenue).

Background note and Biographical excerpt: Nicolas ‘Nic’ Leobold is a Businessman/Artist/Athlete/Consultant/Coach and longtime libertarian Voluntaryist Anarcap Activist. Nic studied at numerous prestigious institutions including The Toyota Language Center of The Japan Society, The City College-CUNY, Harvard University and PersonalMBA.com. A native of East Village, Manhattan, New York, Nic has also lived overseas including in Japan and Thailand, Italy, New Zealand, Belgium, and his father’s country, France.

A prolific columnist, and outspoken advocate for Liberty, Individual Rights, Self-Defense Gun Rights as well as the Film and Performing Arts world and Sports world, Leobold has made important contributions in a wide and deep assortment of industries and disciplines. His innovations include the original concept for Verizon Fios to Verizon’s Ivan Seidenberg, creating The Ron Paul Dollar for NORFED Liberty Dollar, the originator of the NFL’s new Extra-Point and Field Goal Defensive Returns For Scores Opportunity rules, and many other leading edge contributions.

His campaign website is NL4PREZ.COM and his personal Contacts Web Portal is www.nleobold.com. Contributions of Cash/Charge/Gift Cert’s/Checks/Money Orders/Goods in any amount can be made by phone, email, in person, or mailed: +1-917-698-3507, Nicolas Leobold 210 East 9th St #2 New York NY 10003-7531.

 

Cynthia McKinney Endorses Adam Kokesh for 2020 LP Candidate for President

Originally published by the Ron Paul Institute:

After completing six terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat from Georgia, Cynthia McKinney was the 2008 Green Party nominee for president of the United States. In a Friday letter, McKinney announced her endorsement of Adam Kokesh for the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nomination.

McKinney concludes her letter with a call to action for people who do not consider themselves Libertarian Party supporters. McKinney writes: “Therefore, I endorse Adam’s quest to become the 2020 Libertarian Party Presidential nominee and encourage supporters of other parties to take a good look at Adam Kokesh for President!!”

Read McKinney’s endorsement letter here.

Queens Libertarians Honor the Passing of Tom Stevens, and 25th Anniversary of LPQC in 2019

Flushing, New York, October 31— Queens Libertarians are saddened by the loss of Dr. Tom Stevens, who has led the organization from its days as the original LPQC, until his passing last week after 13 years of Libertarian activism in Queens County and beyond. His passing occurred at the end of a month where members of the Queens Libertarians (or QL) have celebrated their 25th anniversary of activism. Services for Stevens are scheduled at the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage on November 1.

In honor of Stevens’ service and contributions, the organization will also hold “A Remembrance of Tom Stevens” open discussion and tribute at its November 9 monthly meeting at the Takara Sushi restaurant in Whitestone from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  The sister of Dr. Stevens, Joanne Bair, has stated “Tom loved life and people and knowledge. He was so smart. He lived a spirited and enthusiastic life and he truly cared about people. Tom had a great sense of humor and touched so very many lives in such a positive way.”

Dr. Stevens served as truly the ‘Ironman’ of the organization over the years in turns as its Chair, Membership Secretary, state rep, and main program scheduler, as part of the successful Libertarian education speaking program QL has run through its 25 year straight history of monthly meetings. Stevens also served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party, as a local GOP party leader, and as a Presidential candidate of the Objectivist Party. Stevens previously was also active in the “United We Stand” movement of Ross Perot.

After joining the LP in 2003, Stevens served two terms on the LPUS Judiciary Committee, having been elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008. He has since served as the elected Chair of the LPQC (then President of the Queens Libertarians).  Stevens was crucial in fighting off a monumental effort by the Republican Party to keep the PA LP off the ballot in 2012, for which he was commended by Third Party Watch, and 2012 LP Presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

In addition to maintaining an active email and member list in the hundreds, he organized conventions, holiday dinners, and a speaker program featuring guests over the last year including Robert Schulz, Bill Schmidt, Gary Popkin, Ron Litchman and others. QL meets (as since 1994) on the second Saturday of each month.  After their November 9 Stevens meeting, the Queens Libertarians will also hold its annual toy drive for charity, and invites Libertarians in the NYC area to attend to donate new or gently used toys. Drive Coordinator Michelle Yaskel estimates they will deliver over 170 toys, as was done last year, to several church-based children’s charities. The Queens Libertarians annual Holiday Toy Drive will be held at its meeting in Whitestone on December 14.

As for the controversies related to (or inflicted upon) Stevens and the original LPQC, QL acting head John Clifton has prepared a full background history summarizing those issues from the group’s perspective, available here:

http://www.queenslibertarians.org/past-controversies/.  In addition, in July 2019, QL members agreed upon a “solidarity statement” motion passed by the currently chartered Queens LP, that re-affirms LPQC’s complaint to the LPNY state committee from 2011 was never properly resolved. The statement in part reads, “As per a 2017 petition that dozens of LPQC members signed, the LP of Queens recommends the state committee seek to resolve the complaint or dispute with Queens Libertarians with positive and constructive actions, and to respect chapter autonomy. We note that Libertarians in Queens, old and new, will continue to raise these matters until they are resolved.”

The complete solidarity statement of the Queens LP and the Queens Libertarians may be found here:

http://www.queenslibertarians.org/lp-of-queens-passes-solidarity-motion-concerning-the-queens-libertarians/

 

The Queens Libertarians (formerly the original Libertarian Party of Queens County), is the authentic voice of libertarian views, activism, education and advocacy in Queens since 1994. It is not currently chartered with the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) due to a bylaws dispute, and over its documenting wrongful expulsions, and ongoing defamations of several Queens activists led by certain factions within the state party. QL expects its positive achievements and fully active organization is resulting in a re-merging or restoration of its status and/or members with LPNY, through a future state convention or committee. The Queens Libertarians plan to complete its conversion into a Political Action Committee in 2020.

 

Joanne Bair On the Passing of Tom Stevens

Dr. Stevens, President of the Queens Libertarians, suddenly passed away last week. Below is the statement of his sister, Joanne Bair:

Dear Family and Friends:

As you may know, Thomas Robert Stevens, beloved Brother, Uncle and Friend to many, passed away on the early noon of October 24, 2019. My dear brother and I were together the night before in the hospital and he looked very well and was happy He was talkative and optimistic. I have a beautiful snapshot in my mind of his smile as I waved goodbye unbeknownst that this would be the last time we would say we love each other on this Earth. Tom loved life and people and knowledge. He was so smart. He lived a spirited and enthusiastic life and he truly cared about people. Tom had a great sense of humor and touched so very many lives in such a positive way. I feel desperately lost without him but I know Tom has returned home to God the Father where we pray he enjoys true peace and joy and eternal life with my beautiful parents who I am sure welcomed him and embraced him with open arms. Tom had a big heart and a personable nature and he will never be forgotten. Tom ‘s beautiful memory lives on in all who knew him and all whose lives he touched.

Tom’s service will be held on Friday, November 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Chapey & Sons Funeral Home located at 20 Hicksville Road, Bethpage, NY 11714 (516-731-5600) followed immediately by a Funeral Procession and placement of his coffin at Pinelawn Memorial Park & Garden Mausoleums in Pinelawn, New York. For those who have the time, the family would like to treat you to lunch at Chen’s located at 3056 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, New York 11756 (516-520-0888) immediately following the burial.

At the Chapey & Sons website, there is a tribute page to Thomas which contains directions as well as the opportunity to Light A Candle, Add a Photo with a description, Add a Condolence…if you are so inclined.

The Chapey Tribute Page with directions is here:

https://chapeyfamily.com/tribute/details/2548/Thomas-Stevens/service-information.html

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Your kindness and support is greatly appreciated and is all that is necessary. It means more to us than you know.

The Bair Family