The situation over at The Other Place is so bad now that they are posting screenshots of IPR-X articles from over a year ago. We can’t blame them, IPR-X articles are really really great.
History repeats itself once more. Just as in the waning days of Third Party Watch when the re-posting of old articles from the main competition became the norm, IPR rattles on its deathbed doing the same (although at least IPR gives credit where it’s due!). No need to worry. Once IPR 404’s, IPR-X will still be here, reporting third party and independent news.
I’ll stick with you baby for a thousand years
The slow death of IPR is somewhat sad given my role there in its golden years. But it’s only karma for it to fail due to its failure to fulfill its stated purpose.
In other news, check out the firestorm that erupted after prominent Libertarian Party leader Ryan Ramsey, a friend to IPR-X, linked to us on Facebook in celebration of the great Walter Block’s endorsement of Joshua Smith for LNC chairman (in opposition to the incompetent current chair Nicholas Sarwark). A group calling itself the Libertarian Anti-Fascist Committee (Antifa?) continued the discussion on its page, which evolved into a trashing of the committee, which has a very low Facebook rating of a little over 1 star. In contrast, the Nathan Norman for President page has the maximum 5 star rating.
For the past nine episodes of Thomas L. Knapp’s Knapp Stir Podcast, I have served a pivotal role. In many ways, I should be credited as a producer of the show. A large majority of the content from these past episodes either comes from me directly or my surrogates on topics I want Knapp to discuss. This is done through Knapp’s “Thanks for Asking” threads for which he devotes most of the podcast. Topics I had Knapp discuss included the Thin White Duke David Bowie, 2016 FPP Peace Prize winner and Libertarians for Trump founder Walter Block, conspiracy theorist and possible government agent Andy Jacobs, Cyberpig Paulie Frankel and his failing health, Knapp’s excessive profanity, PLAS Place founder Robert Milnes, and PizzaGate. Although I started off disliking Knapp, he is starting to grow on me. Even though I usually disagree with everything he says, I have begun to enjoy his podcasts. For that reason, I’m proud to be a major contributor.
To better understand this situation, let me go deeper into the backstory.
I first commented on the knappster blog on the October 5 “Thanks for Asking” thread. I asked a question, it was deleted, and I was banned from the site. IPR (from which I and many others are banned) has people like Knapp, who think of me as a terrible person since I dared to be different and challenged libertarian orthodoxy. These people have a hare trigger to ban me where ever I may comment. On October 9, Knapp discussed me (for the first time I believe) on Episode 99 of the Knapp Stir Podcast, and he was particularly nasty. As a result, I wrote an article for the Grand Inquirer called “The Corruption of Thomas L. Knapp,” discussing Knapp’s big ego, failures in politics, and questionable activities as an IPR moderator. Afterwards, Robert Milnes questioned on the October 13 “Thanks for Asking” thread why my October 5 question was censored and left unanswered. Knapp answered Milnes insufficiently and inaccurately. During Episode 100 of the Knapp Stir Podcast, Knapp read Milnes’ question, repeated the answer, and then announced that Milnes had been banned from the site. The next week, as documented at IPR-X, Harry Areola asked a series of questions. In his answer and on Episode 101, Knapp decreed that anyone who discussed me or Robert Milnes would be banned. I continued listening to the podcasts and instructed my surrogates to ask certain questions. I was hoping to find out more about Knapp for new Grand Inquirer story ideas. The only story I formulated in this time period was “Thomas L. Knapp Goes ‘Full-Retard’,” discussing Knapp’s vote for Gary Johnson and subsequent decision to take a photo of his ballot, in effect making a permanent record of his idiocy. Nevertheless, as the episodes went on I realized I was actually enjoying the shows. I began looking forward to Sunday, when the shows came out. I now know that that is because I have had effective control over the content and for that I thank Knapp. I thank Knapp for allowing me to make his show entertaining. For that reason, the knappster blog will now be added to my blogroll.
Enjoy these podcasts for which I should be credited as Producer:
Walter Block, founder of Libertarians for Trump won the prestigious FPP Peace Prize today. The award, given out by Darryl W. Perry’s Free Press Publications, seeks to recognize the one person who “worked to make the world a more peaceful place.” Block did this by creating Libertarians for Trump which successfully lobbied the American people to Make America Great Again by electing Donald Trump as President of the United States. The American people, particularly those in the much-maligned White community, can now prosper in peace.
The winner of the award is decided by a weeks-long poll on the FPP site. Block led the poll in a landslide when the polling closed last month. The official results were not revealed, however, a pie chart was released, which is difficult to gauge, but shows Block as the clear winner.
For some reason, somebody named Rodger Paxton was also given the award even though he did not receive as many votes as Block. It is unclear why Paxton was also given the award.
IPR-X would like to congratulate Walter Block and Libertarians for Trump for the great victory, one of many to come in Trump’s America.