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Pornhub Users Downvote Vice Presidential Candidate

I found this image on an IPR article.  It shows what the users of Pornhub think about an image titled “Cheating blond fucks everyone at party,” which normally would be very popular.

As you can see it’s been downvoted 9001 times and upvoted none.

Hillary Clinton supporter Bill Weld, a dumb blonde, fucked everyone in the Libertarian Party and is now intensely disliked.

This image surfaced as a million person poll on the porn site Redtube showed Trump winning the election with 52.1% to 46.3% for Hillary Clinton.

#MakeAmericaFapAgain

The Mcafee Pump and Dump Virus (MGT)

 

(Two former campaign staffers, now at Grand Inquirer, explaining the unethical and corrupt practices of MGT CEO and former LP Presidential candidate, John Mcafee)

 

Quick, New Interview with Reform Party Secretary Nicholas Hensley

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Nicholas Hensley

Independent Political Report/ ATPR Exclusive: Quick Interview with Reform Party Secretary Nicholas Hensley

Below is brand-new, exclusive interview with Nicholas Hensley, the Reform Party’s national secretary:

Tell me about who you are, and what you do for the Reform Party?

My name is Nicholas Hensley. I am the current Secretary of the Reform Party of the United States, and current Chairman of the Reform Party of North Carolina. My role for the national Reform Party organization is to handle all of the record keeping, correspondence, internal communications and public relations. The secretary position of any party is usually the most work intensive, but I don’t mind the challenge.

Professionally I own a marketing and public relations firm called Lason Media LLC. It specializes in Spanish language marketing, but it is a full service firm that offers a wide array of services to different organizations.

What is the Reform Party?

The Reform Party is a moderate, centrist and populist party that seeks honest leadership, and real solutions. As the largest moderate branded party in the United States, it stands as a referee between the Democrats on the left and the Republican on the right. It seeks to represent the sixty percent of voters that sit in the middle of the political spectrum, and don’t fall into the tents of the establishment parties.

What is the Reform Party’s platform?

The Reform Party wishes to open the ballot for all political parties and independence, and end the winner take all system the establishment uses to rig elections for incumbent officeholders. To do so, we wish to elect the president through popular vote, and end the practice of gerrymandering districts.

We wish to return the governance of the United States to The People. To do so, the Reform Party wishes to restrict the influence of special interest groups, including political action committees and lobbyists. In this way, we wish to restrict outside influences on lawmakers and make the beholden to the American people.

Economically, we want to end America’s reliance on free trade. Since the beginning of free trade, with NAFTA we have seen the American trade deficit grow exponentially. In 1992, the United States had a trade deficit of 39.2 Billion dollars, and by 2011 that trade deficit had exploded to 559.8 billion. When the United States signed the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the United States had a trade surplus with every other signatory, but today the only signatory the United States has a trade surplus with is Panama.

On foreign policy, the Reform Party acknowledges that the United States cannot be the policeman of the world. We have sacrificed American prosperity to create problems that were worse than the ones we tried to fix. America should support its allies, but limit its role in situations that don’t involve American sovereignty.

The Reform Party recently nominated Roque de la Fuente as for President. What can you us about him? Why should people vote for him?

The reason that I am doing this interview is to campaign for my friend Rocky. Roque de la Fuente was born at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. He was educated in both Mexico and the United States, and has Bachelor of Science degrees in both physics and mathematics.

He is a career entrepreneur. He was able to acquire twenty eight car dealerships in the United States and Mexico. He also worked in banking, and owns commercial properties across the United States and Latin America.

Roque de la Fuente is one of the few candidates that has not accepted massive amounts of money from political action committees and large donors. Most politicians rely on special interests to fund their campaigns, and once a politician gets elected it has to keep those interests happy, or they will find their financing dry up. Roque de la Fuente has never fallen into this trap, and is free to make his own decisions without political consequence.  This means he can stand up to the special interests, and change the system.

Rocky understand the market and the economy. Due to his experience as an entrepreneur, he understands the market and how things effect it. He also understands the barriers that hinder economic growth, and needlessly reduce productivity. As someone that has done business internationally, he understand how trade deals and other regulation have hindered the American economy, and shipped jobs overseas.

As a third party candidate, Roque has seen firsthand how the establishment curbs competition. He has seen the pitfalls of the electoral system, and how the establishment keeps power by restricting competition. In office, Roque will work to open the ballots and return elections to the people.

What does the Reform Party hope to accomplish in this election?

Every presidential election is primarily about winning the Whitehouse. Realistically however, if we cannot win, then we must use the campaign as a vehicle to spread the Reform Party’s message. We need to bring more people into the organization by interacting with voters, spreading content, and shaking as many hands as we can. At the same time, we need to sure up the organization by gaining as many ballot lines as we can. Many minor parties, like the Reform Party, can measure success by the long term impact of a campaign on the organization. A positive outcome for us, is to see the party grow.

Thomas L. Knapp: “Clinton Presidency vs. Trump Presidency: How I See It “

Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp is an IPR contributor, libertarian activist and writer currently seeking the Reform Party’s vice-presidential nomination. He published the following commentary on his blog, Knappster, earlier today:

Disclaimer: I do not support Hillary Clinton. I do not support Donald Trump. I’m not going to vote for either one of them, especially not just to stop the other one from winning, nor am I going to encourage anyone else to do so. That said, I do think that their presidencies would be bad in different ways.

For purposes of metaphor, let’s pretend that “the country” is an individual man or woman and that “the presidency” is that person’s daily activities.

Here’s what Mr. or Ms. America looks like as a Clinton presidency (in my opinion):

Every day, seven days a week, he or she sits down at a table, puts his or her right hand on the table, palm down, fingers spread, and then with his or her left hand uses a ball peen hammer to hit the right hand, sharply and with vigor, for eight straight hours. Presumably after four or eight years of that, every bone in the right hand will be not just broken but irreparably pulverized.

So to put it a different way: A Clinton presidency will be routinely ugly and painful and damaging and permanently disfiguring, but only suicidal on a freak accident basis (e.g. he or she accidentally hits herself hard right between the eyes on the backswing).

Here’s what Mr. or Mrs. America looks like as a Trump presidency (in my opinion):

He or she has an apartment, and an office, on the 100th floors of adjacent buildings with a very narrow alley (3 or 4 feet wide) between them. Instead of taking an elevator down 100 floors down, then 100 floors up, every morning and every night, he or she decides it makes more sense to just jump across that alley twice a day. The office and the apartment both have balconies, and to make it more exciting, every morning and evening he or she dips his or her hands and feet in grease before climbing up on the balcony railing for the jump.

So to put it a different way: A Trump presidency won’t be nearly as routinely ugly and painful as a Clinton presidency. It will be exciting and exhilarating … until, one morning or evening, the jump becomes a 100-story fall followed by a terminal velocity encounter with hard asphalt.

I don’t really care much for either prospect.

Matt Welch: Did the Libertarian Radicals Lose Their Inter-Party Fight? Not So Fast, Says One

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IPR writer Caryn Ann Harlos (Photo: Matt Welch)

By Matt Welch, Reason.com, July 10th, 2016(featuring IPR contributor Caryn Ann Harlos):

This morning we posted my column about the Libertarian Party convention from the August/September issue of the print magazine, cheekily titled “The Libertarian Party Moment: Taking the naked leap from the margins to the mainstream.” In it, I make the claim that, striptease performances notwithstanding, “The radicals and free spirits lost. Ten minutes after James Weeks II’s man boobs and freedom jockstrap beamed into America’s living rooms, the delegates nominated [William] Weld” for vice president, despite very deep misgivings about his Libertarian bonafides.

NOT SO FAST, shot back L.P. Radical Caucus member and beloved party activist Caryn Ann Harlos, via email. Speaking in her personal capacity, though certainly channeling some Rad-Caucus views, Harlos made some good points worth sharing here. An excerpt from our correspondence:

The radicals had a huge effect this convention, and while we did indeed “lose” (I am not sure that is the word I would use since this is a party effort, and the delegates chose and we are getting behind our candidates, one of our board members is a state coordinator for the GJ campaign) on the Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, we gained in multiple critical areas that will have long term internal effects.  We defeated every single anti-radical bylaws and platform issue that came up, and others never got heard. We motivated floor work in a way not seen in long time, and our membership has grown more and more active.  Additionally, out and open radicals gained seats on the Libertarian National Committee.  This will last far beyond November. […]

[T]he growing influence of the radicals cannot be underestimated… we are on the ascendency at this point despite the more moderate ticket.

Read the rest of the article here. 

IPR: Libertarian Party Ballot Access: Libertarian Party of Illinois Turns in 53,000 Signatures

Posted to IPR by Caryn Ann Harlos today:

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Today, as reported on their Facebook page, the Libertarian Party of Illinois turned in 53,000 signatures to satisfy, with a more than healthy margin for validity rate, the ballot access requirement of 25,000 signatures.

So far, 15 comments have been posted on the article:

  1. AndyJune 27, 2016 at 14:18
    The LP ended up spending a lot more money on the ballot access drive in Illinois than was originally budgeted, just as I predicted would happen right here on IPR.

    They also ended up turning in more than double the signature requirement, which is 25,000. Note that in 2014, the LP of IL turned in about 43,000 signatures to meet the 25,000 requirement, and this was enough to survive the challenge.

  2. AndyJune 27, 2016 at 14:21
    I am wondering if they turned in 10,000 more signatures this time than last time because their validity rate was lower this time. Regardless of the reason, it looks like the odds are very high that the LP has qualified for the Illinois ballot.

  3. Be RationalJune 27, 2016 at 15:03
    They probably turned in more because the stakes are higher this year, so there is a greater incentive to keep the LP off the ballot. With so many signatures it’s unlikely any challenge would succeed, so they’re less likely to try.

  4. AndyJune 27, 2016 at 15:05
    How is pointing out that I was right about the amount of money budgeted for the drive, and inquiring about the validity rate, just finding a reason to complain?

  5. AndyJune 27, 2016 at 15:13
    The stakes were high in 2012 and the LP of IL did not turn in more than double the signature requirement that year. I recall around 43,000 being turned in then as well.

    There have been times in the past where the LP of IL turned in double or more than the signature requirement, and they did that because the validity was low. I know that when this drive in in Illinois was started the original plan did not include turning in more than double the signature requirement, so I am wondering if the plan was altered because they started hiring jabronies and droolies off the street and off of Craigslist who brought the validity rate down, so they had to pay for more signatures than originally planned for to make up for it.

  6. steve mJune 27, 2016 at 15:14
    It isn’t Andy. It should be an automatic part of a post project analysis. What was done, who did it, where could it have been done better.

  7. Be RationalJune 27, 2016 at 15:19
    Sometimes, Andy, such on-line speculation can be counterproductive – encouraging outcomes that would be undesireable.

    But this time, it looks like caution based on advice from wiser heads. The Greens are also reported to be filing double the requirement. Either the Ds or the Rs might see the risk from 3rd parties as higher this year, so it’s good both to prepare for and to deter a challenge by filing more sigs. Even with high validity the situation in IL requires extra precaution.

  8. Jill PyeattJune 27, 2016 at 15:50
    I admit to not coming around IPR as much lately because of all the negativity. If a comment serves no purpose other than to complain, it would be nice to think twice about posting it–as I have about this comment. I’ve thought about saying this for a while, but then this would me a complainer, too. But, seriously, there is plenty to complain about, but also some great stuff going on. We had a great presence at Politicon in Pasadena this past weekend–an event that was expected to have 45,000 in attendance! There have been several articles in mainstream media with my vice-chair, Joshua Glawson, dressed up as George Washington holding Gary Johnson signs! Plus, yours truly was interviewed, and my group and I were mentioned favorably in a public radio write-up with an audio clip. I hope to put this all together tonight in an article.

    And yes, Andy, I know the LP of CA used to have many more people and used to be more relevant. But, hey, we seem to be getting better!

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  9. Matt CholkoJune 27, 2016 at 20:37
    That’s actually 19 inches of statism. Just sayin’.

    Seriously though, good job by the LP, meeting that absurd signature requirement.

Willaim Saturn: Peace and Freedom Party 2012 Presidential Nominee Roseanne Barr Praises Donald Trump in Recent Interview

By William Saturn, IPR, June 11th, 2016:

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Comedienne Roseanne Barr, who unsuccessfully sought the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination before winning the Peace and Freedom Party nomination that year, took part in an interview this week with the Hollywood Reporter to promote her new documentary Roseanne For President!, a chronicle of her 2012 campaign.  During the interview, the leftist Barr offered high praise for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“I like Trump because he financed his own [campaign],” says Barr, “That’s the only way he could’ve gotten that nomination. Because nobody wants a president who isn’t from Yale and Harvard and in the club. Cause it’s all about distribution. When you’re in the club, you’ve got people that you sell to. That’s how money changes hands, that’s how business works. If you’ve got friends there, they scratch your back and blah, blah …”

She argues, “I think we [Americans] would be so lucky if Trump won. Because then it wouldn’t be Hillary.”

Concerning her dislike for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Barr explains:

Well, she hangs out with [President] Bush. … She’s friends with everybody that gives her any goddamned money. The fact is, you don’t get to be the nominee without taking a lot of dirty money. You might be the best fuckin’ person on earth, but if you’re hanging out with criminals who do bad things, that matters a lot. That’s why I ran, because no, I don’t hang out with criminals and I don’t take their money and I’m not paid to help sell nuclear weapons.

Barr claims both Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are using the talking points she used in 2012 in their respective campaigns.  However, she seems to be moving in Trump’s direction on the immigration issue:

Trump is saying people will have to be vetted, we’ll have to have legal immigration. It’s all a scam. I mean, illegal immigration. When people come here and they get a lot of benefits that our own veterans don’t get. What’s up with that?

In the full interview, Barr discusses her life, feminism, and her new film.  Roseanne For President! is to be released on July 1.

Andy Craig for Congress: Libertarians Aim to Contest Milwaukee’s U.S. House Seat

From IPR, June 9th, 2016:

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Press Release from Andy Craig for Congress:

Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District will feature a two-party race, but unlike most of the state, the two parties involved will be the incumbent Democrats and the state’s Libertarians.

Andy Craig has secured a place on the ballot, in an election the Republicans left uncontested. He hopes that a breakout year for the Libertarian Party can help boost the first of its candidates into the House of Representatives.

“Gwen Moore has had over a decade in Washington…. that’s long enough. In this district, a fiscally conservative, socially liberal coalition has a path to victory where the traditional GOP does not,” says Craig, who recently returned from the party’s national convention in Florida. There, he worked with the team that helped secure the nomination of Gov. Gary Johnson (NM) for President and Gov. Bill Weld (MA) for Vice President.

The Johnson-Weld ticket is already polling as high as 16% in some states, and 12% in neighboring Michigan. Craig thinks those numbers will grow, and with them the fortunes of the party’s down-ticket candidates, particularly in elections without a Republican or Democrat running.“The last time two Governors ran together on a national ticket, was in 1948,” he notes. “That also happens to be the last year a third-party candidate was elected to the House.”

“For the first time, we’re looking at the possibility that Libertarians will be represented on the national debate stage, as the ‘honorable alternative’ to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. For all the principled progressives who’ve been rolled over by a corrupt party machine, and all the sane conservatives horrified at the hostile takeover of their party by a screaming bigot, the Libertarians offer the way out.”

At his campaign website, Craig says the fiscal conservatism of #NeverTrump and the anti-establishment, civil libertarian ethos of Bernie Sanders supporters– both of which won the primary in Wisconsin– have the potential to unite behind a pragmatic, reform-focused Libertarian message. “Almost 6 in 10 voters identify as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, but Congress is entirely controlled by two parties that don’t offer that perspective. That’s why we need third-party representation, and Milwaukee can lead the way.”

“In 2014, I ran for Secretary of State on the goal of meeting the vote test to re-establish ballot access for the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin. We more than doubled that goal with almost 60,000 votes on a shoestring budget. This year, our goal is to reach the 130,000 votes it takes to win outright.”

Other Libertarian candidates who have secured a place on the ballot in Wisconsin include Phil Anderson for U.S. Senate, John Arndt (5th) and Jason Lebeck (1st) for U.S. House, and Matthew Bughman, Jordan Hansen, and George Meyers for State Assembly. 

Results of California’s Green, American Independent and Peace and Freedom Party presidential primaries

Yesterday, in addition to the Libertarian Party’s presidential primary in California, the state’s Green Party, American Independent Party and Peace and Freedom Party held presidential primaries. The semi-official results, with 100% of precincts reporting in each contest, from theCalifornia SOS Elections website:

Green Party:

CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
Darryl Cherney
(Party Preference: GRN)
1,034
10.4%
William Kreml
(Party Preference: GRN)
443
4.5%
Kent Mesplay
(Party Preference: GRN)
417
4.2%
Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry
(Party Preference: GRN)
587
5.9%
Jill Stein
(Party Preference: GRN)
7,444
75.0%

American Independent Party:

CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
Wiley Drake
(Party Preference: AI)
3,814
12.8%
Arthur Harris
(Party Preference: AI)
5,186
17.4%
James Hedges
(Party Preference: AI)
3,223
10.8%
Thomas Hoefling
(Party Preference: AI)
2,927
9.8%
J.R. Myers
(Party Preference: AI)
3,871
13.0%
Robert Ornelas
(Party Preference: AI)
4,948
16.6%
Alan Spears
(Party Preference: AI)
5,853
19.6%

Peace and Freedom Party:

CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
Lynn S. Kahn
(Party Preference: P&F)
741
20.7%
Gloria Estela La Riva
(Party Preference: P&F)
1,761
49.1%
Monica Moorehead
(Party Preference: P&F)
1,081
30.2%

Gary Johnson wins California Libertarian primary

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Updated: Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson has decisively won today’s Libertarian Party presidential primary in California, which was purely a non-binding beauty contest. The Peace and Freedom Party, American Independent Party and Green Party also held presidential primaries (those results in an upcoming IPR article). From the California SOS Elections website, with 15.7% of the precincts reporting:

Marc Feldman
(Party Preference: LIB)
227
2.6%
John Hale
(Party Preference: LIB)
195
2.3%
Cecil Ince
(Party Preference: LIB)
114
1.3%
Gary Johnson
(Party Preference: LIB)
5,174
59.9%
Steve Kerbel
(Party Preference: LIB)
133
1.5%
John McAfee
(Party Preference: LIB)
932
10.8%
Darryl W. Perry
(Party Preference: LIB)
127
1.5%
Austin Petersen
(Party Preference: LIB)
571
6.6%
Derrick M. Reid
(Party Preference: LIB)
124
1.4%
Jack Robinson, Jr.
(Party Preference: LIB)
209
2.4%
Rhett White Feather Smith
(Party Preference: LIB)
546
6.3%
Joy Waymire
(Party Preference: LIB)
285
3.3%