Unless the Courts have become too corrupted.
For some time, Donald Trump has been making allegations that the election is rigged. However, when he hesitated to say that he would accept the results, he escalated the complaints to another level. This is virtually unprecedented. The orderly transition of political power is a hallmark of American politics. And really it is only a matter of a centrist handing over power to another centrist. The political outliers, the leftist/progressives and the rightist/nationalists and the libertarians are just that, outliers in American politics.
Never having had political power in America, and not commanding much of a following due to polarization via Duvergers Law, they are in no position to do much about it. Every four years they gather their few devoted activists and followers with paltry contributions and frontal assault the fortified castle of the established parties with protective moat of ballot access…
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Trump supporter Mike Tyson provides a model for answering biased media questions:
A couple days ago an interesting discussion happened in comments for the IPR article LP.org blog: Libertarian for WA state rep Michelle Diarnell dominates opponent in two candidate forums :
Trent Hill October 17, 2016 at 11:03
I hardly ever comment here, honestly. I was a co-founder of the site and then the senior editor and co-owner, before selling the site later. I really only comment when I see someone posting an article that is unfair or not up to the standard that readers have indicated they want at IPR.By all means, if you don’t like my coments, you skip right over them and ignore them. No skin off my back. Any of the contributors here are welcome to do the same. I’m not an editor or an owner here anymore, just someone who wants to see the site expand.
The site seems to expand when more articles get posted. Yet few people want to post them, myself included. And the few people that do want to post articles don’t seem to have a lot of time for it.
Trent Hill October 17, 2016 at 11:24
The site did best when it was indexed in Google News. But yes, that did coincide with a time when more articles were posted, mostly by myself and Paulie. Running IPR is not easy–the main thing is finding a reliable editor and responsible/enthusiastic writers….who aren’t going to be paid. Certain publishers have implemented profit sharing mechanisms, which I think probably helped.
I am busier than usual in my private life, but I admit that I’m burned out. We all worked so hard up until the LP convention, and since then there hasn’t been tons of good news to post. It seemed like the only thing being talked about was how bad Johnson is. I tried to ignore all of that and support him, but even I have given up on him. I can’t handle Weld and his CFR ties and his comment that “he;s running as himself”. What it boils down to is that, even if Gary was doing a good job, he chooses the people around him badly. I don’t need to point out Ron Nielson’s shortcomings or Weld’s, but he’s also got a brute of a handler, Tom Mahan, who viciously attacks people who question anything going on. Even I’m out. I’ll be voting for Jill Stein due to her foreign policy stance, plus she is also sympathetic to a couple of other issues that are important to me.I’ll help any new writer that wants to get involved, and I keep a good eye on the inner workings here, such as the Open Thread and releasing pended comments. I still love this site and the people here. I’m just sooooo discouraged. Hopefully it’s only temporary.
According to Alexa, IPR has declined to a rank of 403,070, dropping 23,096 spots in the past three months.
The news comes as IPR fails to sign new writers, bans users for expressing certain opinions, employs moderators who edit user comments in a profane manner, and receives stiff competition from competing sites.
Interview took place today on knappster blogspot article Thanks For Asking! — 10/17/16
Harry Areola: Are you running the knappster wordpress blog? https://knappsterblog.wordpres…
Thomas L. Knapp: Thanks for asking!
No, that blog is a troll project by the group that’s also been trolling my Thanks For Asking! threads — a group of which I’m going to tentatively assume you are a member.
Harry Areola: No. No. I am not a member. My brother Marlon is though.
In other news, who would you nominate for the Supreme Court?
Thomas L. Knapp: SCOTUS? If I got to nominate the entire court, I would probably pick nine figures from Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum — Colbert and nine random picks, preferably all female pop stars.
Harry Areola: Who did you vote for/support in every general/primary election since you were born?
Harry Areola: For president that is.
Thomas L. Knapp: I had mild opinions prior to being able to vote (when I was ten I didn’t like Ford because he was bald and so I preferred Carter).
The presidential elections I have voted in:
- 1988: No primary vote, Dukakis in the general election.
- 1992: No primary vote, carried petitions as a volunteer for Perot, voted for Perot in November.
- 1996: Supported Tompkins for the Libertarian nomination, voted for Browne in the general election.
- 2000: Supported Gorman for the Libertarian nomination, voted for Browne in the general election.
- 2004: Supported Russo for the Libertarian nomination, voted for Badnarik in the general election.
- 2008: Supported Steve Kubby (and after he was eliminated Mary Ruwart) for the Libertarian nomination, voted for McKinney in the general election.
- 2012: Supported no candidates, cast no votes.
- 2016: Supported Darryl W. Perry for the Libertarian nomination, undecided as to who I’ll vote for next month if I vote in the presidential election (likely choices include a write-in for Perry, abstaining, or possibly Johnson or Stein).
Harry Areola: Okay. My last question for now. Do you think the William Stinglen death scene was fake?
Thomas L. Knapp: Thanks for asking!
- I’ve never heard of William Stinglen;
- I don’t read Robert Milnes’s web site;
- People who make a habit of linking to Robert Milnes’s web site or otherwise referring to him, to Nathan Norman, et al., won’t remain welcome here.
Yes, I saw the death scene. He was sitting in his Lazy Boy with his headphones on in front of his big screen which was on. All looked in order.
Yet, something is wrong. ANOTHER coincidence? Another death in my circle of family, friends, supporters? A clear case of disproving my wild claims that there has been poisonings, kidnappings, fake deaths, fake funerals etc. Here was a case where everything was in order….
No. What if this was a covert operation specifically directed at ME. For me to be bamboozled into realizing how wrong I have been. To have to say so which I did in so many words in previous post.
Readers: Hey Bob, you saw with your own eyes your own Uncle lying there dead. You said so on your blog which you tell everyone you write about your thoughts, ideas and observations. Therefore you must be wrong…
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ME: Important questions must be asked especially to Mr. Sarwark. I found these at https://rwm4prez2012.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/libertarians-a-call-for-purge-boycott/
“1. Are you jewish?
2. Are you not jewish but support Israel?
3. Are you a dhs/fbi or Mossad agent or operative?”
ANDY: I believe that is the site of Robert Milnes, a person with whom I do not want to associate.
Interestingly enough, I recall hearing that somebody researched Milnes site and found out that it was put up by some Republican campaign operative. I suspect that it is some how connected with the trolling that has gone on here at IPR. Milnes may be some nutty person that was recruited and is being led by handlers to try to make Libertarians look bad.
JAY: “a person with whom I do not want to associate.”
Pity, it seems you would have a lot in common.
ANDY: Well I will tell you what Jay…
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