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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.



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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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 “

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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:


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!


  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.