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Ft. Worth retirement fund broke? Privatize the city

Dallas-Ft. Worth's WFAA-TV ran a report bemoaning the fact that the Fort Worth Employee's Retirement Fund is running dry.

And well it should. It's a sweetheart deal, created by Ft. Worth employees for themselves, in which they can retire at 60 and get "benefits that are close to their salaries that last as long as they live."

What this crisis means is, "each year the city will have to use more and more taxpayer money to write millions in promised benefit checks."

Libertarians have another option:

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Article Particles: nullification by states and by juries

From time to time Justin Oliver leads his hardy band of jury rights advocates into downtown Ft. Worth to distribute jury nullification literature to prospective jury members arriving at the Tarrant County Justice Center.

An excellent feature article on the crucial importance, philosophy and background of jury nullification appears in the current issue of the weekly alternative newspaper, River Cities Reader, written by its editor Jeff Ignatius. (Full disclosure: your Dallas Libertarian Examiner wrote a weekly syndicated column on libertarian issues for The Reader before becoming the Dallas Libertarian Examiner.)

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Article Particle: Cuban wants your Facebook photo

Sunday Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban bragged on his blog maverick "I just invested in a company that takes video of an area and can tell you exactly how many people are in the capture area at any given time."

Fine. But then he elaborates: "The next extension is to install it in places where we can add facial recognition software."

Install it in which places? Every place in America, like the Brits have installed their spycams everywhere in the formerly "Great" Britain?

"Even more interesting," The Mavs maven points out, "is the fact that Facebook provides a database of 500mm people and their names from around world."

Facebook, in other words, "could be the first to provide a database of names and faces to the commercial world of facial recognition."

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Rockwall's anti-Libertarian Tea Party

While it's true that libertarians come in all forms and flavors– pro Libertarian Party vs. no party, small government vs. no government, right-leaning conservative libertarians vice left radical anarcho-libertarians, libertarian voters and anti-voting libertarians – much the same can be said of Tea Parties.

Some are nonpartisan and apolitical. Some are conservative traditionalist. Some are wedged deep into the hip pocket of the Republican Party. Some are anti-Obama administration but pro-rightwing GOP.

If Jim Prindle of Allen, the LP nominee for Texas Congressional District 4, didn't know this before he knows it now: some "nonpartisan" Tea Parties are staunchly anti-Libertarian Tea Parties.

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New Feature: Article Particles for DFW libertarians

This is the initial posting of a new public service for libertarians, Libertarian Party partisans and liberty-loving life forms of every species and ism in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

The plan is to publish this on an every-other-once-in-awhile basis, meaning whenever enough libertarian related stuff is going on in the area that warrants a quick post-up of doings and dates or remarks and reports.

Some may find this quick-look list of links and announcements to be helpful, informative, and interesting.

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Wanna eat for free? TANSTAAFL!

(Editorial aside: isn't it a redundancy to say "corrupt government?")

The letters stand for "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch," meaning that, contrary to government-run collectivist socialist welfarist philosophy, neither people nor societies can get "something for nothing."

But if you can find a Panera nonprofit restaurant in your area you can eat for free, or for as much money as your conscience dictates.

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Dallas Libertarians speak at America Speaks

America Speaks, billing itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, held Town Hall Meetings Saturday in which "thousands of Americans in dozens of cities across the US came together to find common ground on tough choices about our federal budget."

The idea is to give discussion guides and budgets to people of diverse backgrounds, pack them into a big room like the Dallas County Convention Center, divvy them up 10 to 12 per "discussion table" and see if they can come up with a consensus that can be shown on the big screen in the room.

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LP Board of Ed candidate no "paper tiger"

Amie Parsons, a Lake Highlands area mom, former high school teacher, and North Texas Regional Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas, is running an active campaign for the State Board of Education (SBOE) from District 12, which includes Dallas and Rockwall Counties.

The key word there is "active." Parsons is no mere "paper candidate," as she proved on May 19 in Austin when a state trooper manhandled her while she and her supporters were protesting the SBOE meeting.

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Final hindsights on the Texas LP Convention

Reports from the 2010 Libertarian Party of Texas Convention in Austin, as they arrived at the old Dell Dimension 2400 desktop computer of the Dallas Libertarian Examiner:

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One by one; the real libertarian revolution

"I read the article on victims and how media and police never encourage the obvious course of action concerning self-defense (guns). I am a Police officer and when I go to domestic violence calls where the female victim is truly frightened, I always tell them that their self-defense rests solely with them, not the police. I get some strange looks from my police colleagues when they hear me encourage them to obtain a firearm. It's obviously politically incorrect for most chiefs and sheriffs to say such things but I bet you'd be surprised at how many other rank and file cops think as I do and go as far as to actually suggest the purchase of a firearm for protection. – email from a police officer commenting on the Dallas Libertarian Examiner article, "Why won't media, cops say get a gun?"

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A Libertarian Party party in Dallas

In case you missed the backyard party in Dallas last weekend, or just want to relive the experience if you were there, here are the videos from the event.

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Prindle calls for new generation of leadership

Jim Prindle, Libertarian Party nominee for Texas Congressional District 4, applauded the fashion statement made by Rand Paul after Paul's easy GOP primary win in Kentucky while cheerfully casting aside the old ragged garments of ousted and frayed status quo candidates from the two Big Government statist parties.

"Last night, the American populace spoke the message of liberty once again," Prindle announced in a news release following the results of Tuesday's elections.

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The enemy of my enemy is my enemy

"Libertarians viewed more favorably by Democrats than Republicans." – Daily Kos

A brief Daily Kos rant found it unsurprising that a recent Pew Research survey discovered that more Democrats (39%) had a positive response to the word "libertarian" than Republicans did (31%).

"The notion that Republicans are libertarian is ludicrous," claims Kos.
Agreed. But the notion that Democrats are even remotely libertarian is equally ludicrous.

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Texas LP Celebrates tax freedom in Grapevine

The room at the Saltgrass Steakhouse in Grapevine really wasn't big enough for the sixty-plus participants who showed up to celebrate the "2nd Annual Tax Freedom Day Dinner" Saturday night.

The event for Dallas/Ft. Worth libertarians was the fourth in four days that included Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, all sponsored by the Libertarian Party of Texas.

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Local Libertarians lambaste Liberalcare

Libertarian reaction to Sunday's passage of Obamacare was still reverberating days later in North Texas.

One of the first responses came from Tim Lebsack, Precinct 3211 Chair, LP Dallas County, who titled his Dallas Libertarians Meetup Group message "End Socialist Health Care."