| ——Michigan Libertarian——
June 2012, Volume 41: No. 06
LPM Convention 2012
Contested Senate Nomination
Senate Candidates to Debate Issues
Bring a Friend to the Party
LPM News and Announcements
Libertarian State Leadership Alliance
Image of the Month
Quote of the Month
Book and Movie Reviews
Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the online newsletter of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, the Michigan Libertarian. The newsletter is our main vehicle for sharing what's happening for Libertarians in Michigan. You may manage your subscription by going here or visiting our Web site www.mi.lp.org (same as www.michiganlp.org).
|8Liberty Making a Difference
LPM Convention at Embassy Suites, Livonia
Main Business of Convention
We will be nominating the Libertarian Party of Michigan slate of candidates for the 2012 general election in Michigan. Be sure to inform the LPM political director Bill Gelineau (firstname.lastname@example.org) of your intentions to run for office in this important year.
Banquet Speaker — Adam Kokesh
Mr. Kokesh is an American activist and has a radio talkshow, Adam vs. the Man in Albuquerque, NM. Kokesh was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is a veteran of the Iraq War. He is an outspoken opponent of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq and has received media attention related to anti-war protest activities. He is a leading organizer of a veterans' march on the Republican National Convention in Tampa, late August.
Online Information and Registration Form
[You may register and pay for the event through this page, as well as make a donation or pledge to the LPM. Note: for donations (not including payment for Libertyfest) over $100, please contact our treasurer for supplying other information required by the elections law.]
|8Hotly Contested Senate Nomination!
Two strong candidates have announced for the LPM Senate nomination
The following posts a general statement from each of the gentlemen on why they seek the nomination.
Ph: 616 942 7674
Military affairs: Vietnam for a year as Flight Surgeon, rank, Major; Fort Bliss army hospital previous five years. Travel to Europe, Asia, Mideast.
Medical care issues: in practice for 40 years, extensive writings on how a free market in medical care would work. Medical advisory board, Hospice
Economics and finance: MBA, taught marketing at Grand Valley State University, held licenses to sell real estate and stocks. On the board of the Grand Valley Coop Credit Union for eight years.
Published in Liberty, Lew Rockwell, Medical Economics, Michigan Medicine. Lives in Grand Rapids.
Consistent Michigan Libertarian since 1992:
- 3rd Congressional 2008, 3.5% of vote
- Lieutenant Governor 2010
- Michigan LEC, delegate to national conventions 2008 and 2012
- Secretary and treasurer of LP of West Michigan over the years
- Semi retired, plenty of time to write and campaign
- Produces, edits and directs THE OPEN MIKE program on Channel 24 in Grand Rapids.
- Writer, published in Liberty Magazine, LewRockwell.com, Medical Economics, Michigan Medicine; also a dozen scientific articles on medicine
- Economist/blogs commentator
- Mlive comments spurred on a front page article in Grand Rapids Press
- Evolving a transition using Gary Johnson’s Fair Tax to free market Medicine
"I regularly comment as a libertarian in major national literary and blog outlets. I have a huge inventory of material the Michigan media will pick up. I've practiced medicine here for 40 years giving me credibility in the big issues of 2012: foreign wars, the economy, medical care."
Educator for 19 years. Currently, he works as a Physics instructor at Wayne County Community College and as an Astronomy instructor at Macomb Community College. Scotty also substitute teaches in a few local school districts.
Received his B.S. from Western Michigan University in 1985, with a double major in Physics and Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics. He earned an M.A. in Physics from Western two years later, and an additional graduate degree from Wayne State University in 1999.
Scotty was born in Detroit where he continues to live today.
Libertarian candidate in every statewide partisan election since 1994:
- 1997, candidacy for Detroit City Council endorsed by the Detroit News.
- 1988, met and voted for Ron Paul, when Dr. Paul was the LP's presidential nominee.
- 2010, Secretary of State candidacy gave Libertarians 3rd place on the ballot.
- 2008, Grassroots leader of Michigan's Ron Paul for President campaign.
- Organized one of the largest Ron Paul Meetup groups in the state, very active in Detroit area.
- 2011 (unsuccessful bid for Republican Senate nomination)
- Considerable coverage on radio, TV.
- Campaign featured in dozens of news articles.
- Numerous speaking engagements to Tea Party groups, participation in their forums.
- Endorsed by “Liberty Candidates.”
- Overwhelmingly, won the 2011 Campaign for Liberty Senatorial straw poll.
- Has polled at over 6% state-wide.
"For the first time in eighteen years Michigan Libertarians will have the opportunity to nominate a United States Senate candidate with an on-going high profile campaign."
|Senate Candidates to Square Off on the Issues
before LPM Nominating Convention
- Where? Embassy Suites, Livonia, Michigan
19525 Victor Parkway, Livonia, MI 48152
- When? Friday Night, June 1, 2012,
- Format: Questions written on cards, or questions will be taken from the floor. Two- minute per question time limit with five-minute opening and closing statements. To spice things up, each candidate may be rationed five opportunities for two extra minutes or rebuttals, to use as they see fit.
Each candidate will get the same amount of time on each question.
Consult LP of Michigan Website--or use either candidate's contact info--for exact location in the building or nearby. Scotty will have a hospitality suite at the hotel, which will serve as the setting if another room has not been obtained.
DDon't Miss the Action, Be Part of the Decision!
|Bring a Friend to the Party!
Contact: Renee Lewis (email@example.com)
Online registration for the Libertarian Party of Michigan's 2012 Convention will close this Thursday, May 31st. So don't delay! Register today at http://michiganlp.org/Webpages_Aux/2012/2012_LPM_Convention.html!!
After May 31st you will need to register at the
convention site. Note: Only a limited number of full convention and convention + meal packages will be available on site. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Convention begins at 9 a.m.
Don't miss this opportunity to become a candidate, get involved with the state party and your local affiliate and learn how the Libertarian Party can make an impact on national, state and local politics.
Sign up NOW at http://michiganlp.org/Webpages_Aux/2012/2012_LPM_Convention.html.
See you all on this Saturday, June 2nd!
Contact: Denee Rockman-Moon
Dear Fellow Members,
We are sending out this letter to inform you that either your membership dues for the State and or National Party will be due once again on or before July 31, 2012 (If you have already renewed, thank you). At a time when the attack on liberty is rising, we cannot afford to let our message go unheard—your Membership/Contribution/Donation will help our candidates and help our message of Freedom and Liberty ring loudly.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
Would you, your friends, or family also consider donating their time and talents to support or lead projects for the LPM, our candidates, and lay plans to protect our freedoms and liberties?
Here are some areas where we need YOUR support:
1) Help lead, create, or plan future political strategy sessions and events.
2) Organize our fabulous volunteers (the list is growing every day!)
3) Build communication between members supporting our Affiliates Director
4) Be the eyes and ears in your community.
Forward news and successes to us via the Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org for our newsletter and to keep the Website updated. Any general questions please send to email@example.com.
You may also renew/join here: http://mi.lp.org/Shared%20Documents/Join%20Us.aspx
|8Other LPM News and Announcements
Libertarian State Leadership Alliance
The Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (LSLA) has been in touch with a pitch for helping them to grow more effective practices for affiliate organizations. The LSLA is continuing to grow to help our LP Affiliates! We are recruiting qualified and talented members to join the LSLA Support Committee.
The short term goal of the LSLA Support Committee is to put together a guidebook (play book, manual, hand book, etc.) of best practices which will be distributed to all State Chairs. The Committee will reach out to all states to gather and aggregate anything and everything we can which will help build our Affiliates. Please check the LSLA out at http://lsla.org/.
TSA: Never having to say you're sorry. [Actual TSA Motto (from the air marshal training center): Dominate, Intimidate, Control.] Courtesy, email message from Pam Sanderson.
I freed a thousand slaves.
I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
— Harriet Tubman (courtesy Lou Gignac)
|Michigan Libertarian Blast from the Past
Take a stroll down memory lane with this excerpt from one of the longest-running state Libertarian newsletters. Today, check out the May/June issue 2001. Click on this link for the full PDF version of this newsletter.
Former editor and LPM archivist Greg Stempfle has compiled the entire body of available Michigan Libertarian newsletters up on this page of the LPM Website.
|Feedback, Letters, Ads, Humor
Flying on Obama's private plane.
Obama looked at Oprah, chuckled and said, "You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out of the window right now and make somebody very happy."
Oprah shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make 10
people very happy."
Michelle added, "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out of the window and make 100
people very happy."
Hearing their exchange, the pilot rolled his eyes and said to his co-pilot, "Such big-shots back there.
I could throw all 3 of them out of the window and make 313 million people very happy."
Submitted by Pam Sanderson
|Movie and Book Review Feature
The following review excerpts are courtesy LPM Webmaster Brian Wright's commentary and review site, The Coffee Coaster. [Reader submissions of reviews are also solicited for this Michigan Libertarian Movie and Book Review feature. -- ed.]
The red pill (harsh reality) version __ 7.5/10
... They don’t give up, and they don’t walk away. Eventually, things work out. That is essentially the theme of the film… along with parenthood and family being a roller coaster worth taking the trouble for. When you apply the reality test to Parenthood, well, nobody’s family contains this much drama. So as much as writer Lowell Ganz and director Ron Howard want to give us more than our money’s worth on the serious side they balance it with a reasonable amount of comedy, too. Of course, Steve Martin is one of a kind in that department, and doesn’t disappoint—you’ll get a snick or two out of the vidclip on the right, and of the full segment in the film where Gil tries to entertain Kevin and his friends on Kevin’s birthday. [Full Review]
63 Documents (2009)
The government doesn’t want you to read...
by Jesse Ventura
"If you believe in things like making a pact with the devil, you might say that our own intelligence agencies did just that at the end of World War 2.That’s when we started giving many of Hitler’s top henchmen not only sanctuary in our country, but putting these same Nazis to work for us. The Cold War with the Soviet Union was beginning—and the excuse was that we needed every bit of expertise, scientific and otherwise, that we could get.
"It almost seems to me that the Cold War was staged so the weapons manufacturers and others could make money off it. Otherwise, how could we go from being allies with the Russians all through the war to their becoming our bitter enemies almost overnight? As Colonel Fletcher Prouty once said, “Nothing just happens, everything is planned.”— Page 60
|Libertarian Party of Michigan Contacts
State Chair – James Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair –Tim Keirnan - email@example.com
Secretary – Mary Buzuma, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Denee Rockman-Moon,
Webmaster – Brian Wright - email@example.com
Political Director – Bill Gelineau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Libertarian Executive Committee At-large Directors:
Andrew Hall - email@example.com
Jim Fulner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Johnson - email@example.com
Erwin Haas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Sharer - El_veetavay@hotmail.com
Temporarily Vacant -
Daniel Grow- email@example.com
Bill Gelineau - firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Tyler White – email@example.com
Affiliate Contacts (counties served)
Calhoun County LP (Calhoun)
Jack Worsham, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.orgsites.com/mi/lp
Capital Area LP (Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Shiawassee)
Bob Broda, Chair, email@example.com (contact Will White: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Buzuma, email@example.com
Affiliate Contacts (counties served, continued)
LP of Livingston County (Livingston)
Pam Sanderson, Chair, Chair.LivingstonLP@gmail.com Website: http://www.livingstonlibertarians.us
Libertarians of Macomb County (Macomb)
Dan Flamand, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, contact Jim Allison email@example.com
LP of Oakland County (Oakland)
Jim Young, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
LP of SW Michigan Berrien (Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Branch, St. Joseph)
Daniel Grow, Acting Chair, email@example.com Website: www.lpswmich.org
Straits Libertarian Party (SLaP)
James Johnson, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
LP of Washtenaw County (Washtenaw)
Larry Johnson email@example.com
Also contact Paul Giuliano, firstname.lastname@example.org
LP of Wayne County (Wayne, Monroe)
Ray Warner, Chair, email@example.com
LP of West Michigan (Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa)
Larry Warner, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lpwm.org
June 2, 2012 - Libertarian Party of Michigan State Convention. Embassy Suites Hotel, Livonia. Candidate nominations, officer elections, guest speakers and more! See info above in this newsletter. Contact Renee Lewis email@example.com
June 6 - LP of Washtenaw County Monthly Meeting -7 to 9 pm at Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor (In the Parkland Plaza west of Ann Arbor). The LP of Washtenaw County meets on the first Wednesday of every month. You can see more announcements and information regarding the LPWC at its new website, http://lpwc.wordpress.com. Contact LPWC Chair, Larry Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 7 – Wayne County LP Monthly Meeting – 7 p.m. - Kiernans Steak House, 21931 Michigan Ave, Dearborn (at Monroe). Contact Ray Warner, 313-598-3666
June 7 – Livingston County LP Monthly Meeting - 7-8:30 pm. The Livingston County LP meets the first Thursday of each month at Cleary's Irish Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell 48843. Join them to discuss local and national news from a Libertarian perspective. Contact Pam Sanderson, email@example.com, for details
June 11 – Capital Area LP Monthly Meeting – 7 pm at former LPM office, 2722 E Michigan Ave, Ste 22, Lansing (park and enter in back). Contact Will Tyler White, 517-349-3806, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 12 – LP of West Michigan Monthly Meeting – 6:30 pm. Join the LPWM on the second Tuesday of the month at Branns Restaurant on Leonard St. at US 131 in downtown Grand Rapids. Contact Nick Sundquist, Nicholas.email@example.com, 231-750-5468
June 14 – LP of South West Michigan Meeting – The Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan holds a meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Contact Bill Bradley, (269-637-4525 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for the location.
June 20 – LP of Oakland County Meeting – 6:30 pm dinner, 7:30 meeting -The LP of Oakland County meets the third Wednesday of the month at Sila's Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile (2 blocks east of Greenfield), Berkley. Contact Jim Fulner, email@example.com
June 20 - Libertarians of Macomb County Monthly Meeting - 6:30 for dinner, 7:30 business meeting, at Loon River Café, 34911 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights. All members of the Libertarian Party, their friends and family, and anyone interested in learning more about the LP are invited for good food and conversation on the third Wednesday of every month. Contact Dan Flamand, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 26 – LP of Calhoun County Monthly Meeting - Executive Committee, 7 p.m. Please contact Jack Worsham for location. (269) 963-2679, WORSHAM74@aol.com
July 5 – Wayne County LP Monthly Meeting – 7 p.m. - Kiernans Steak House, 21931 Michigan Ave, Dearborn (at Monroe). Contact Ray Warner, 313-598-3666
July 5 – Livingston County LP Monthly Meeting - 7-8:30 pm. The Livingston County LP meets the first Thursday of each month at Cleary's Irish Pub, 117 E Grand River Ave, Howell 48843. Join them to discuss local and national news from a Libertarian perspective. Contact Pam Sanderson, email@example.com, for details.
July 9 – Capital Area LP Monthly Meeting – 7 pm at former LPM office, 2722 E Michigan Ave, Ste 22, Lansing (park and enter in back). Contact Will Tyler White, 517-349-3806, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 10 – LP of West Michigan Monthly Meeting – 6:30 pm. Join the LPWM on the second Tuesday of the month at Branns Restaurant on Leonard St. at US 131 in downtown Grand Rapids. Contact Nick Sundquist, Nicholas.email@example.com, 231-750-5468
July 11 – LP of Washtenaw County – (DATE CHANGE due to 4th of July) - 7 to 9 pm at Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor (In the Parkland Plaza west of Ann Arbor). You can see more announcements and information regarding the LPWC at its new website, http://lpwc.wordpress.com or its Facebook page. Like us at Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County! Contact LPWC Chair, Larry Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12 - LP of South West Michigan –The Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan holds a meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Contact Bill Bradley, (269-637-4525 or email@example.com) for the location.
July 18 – LP of Oakland County Meeting – 6:30 pm dinner, 7:30 meeting -The LP of Oakland County meets the third Wednesday of the month at Sila's Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile (2 blocks east of Greenfield), Berkley. Contact Jim Fulner, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 18 - Libertarians of Macomb County Monthly Meeting - 6:30 for dinner, 7:30 business meeting, at Loon River Café, 34911 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights. All members of the Libertarian Party, their friends and family, and anyone interested in learning more about the LP are invited for good food and conversation on the third Wednesday of every month. Contact Dan Flamand, email@example.com.
July 24 – LP of Calhoun County Monthly Meeting - Executive Committee, 7 p.m. Please contact Jack Worsham for location. (269) 963-2679, WORSHAM74@aol.com
More... For all events, see the full online calendar on the Website:
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