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Maldonado Out of CA Gov Race, Donnelly Video Gets Attention

Tim Donnelly

California’s gubernatorial race got a little less crowded last week when former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado dropped out of the race, stating, “I’ve concluded that the best way I can help to advance those solutions this year is by helping other Republican candidates, especially those for down ticket offices running in districts full of Californians who are Republicans, but as Ronald Reagan said, just don’t know it yet.”

The hand-picked favorite of the party establishment, Maldonado is widely disliked by a large swath of the state’s conservatives, who dislike his involvement in the creation of the top-two primary system and viewed him as too willing to kowtow to Democrats.

Meanwhile, State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s campaign is picking up steam. A December PPIC poll showed him leading the field of potential GOP candidates and he has gained the endorsement of a handful of celebrities, including Rob Schneider and Maria Conchita Alsonso. Donnelly’s refreshing, unorthodox approach to campaign videos that is getting social media love. In this week’s video with Alonso, he talks about making California sexy for business again and Alonso saying in Spanish, “He has big ones. And he’s angry.” This approach should make a wide audience stand up and take notice.

Because of her support for Donnelly, the actress was forced to resign from an upcoming San Francisco production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Biggest Stories of 2013: The Great Obamacare Meltdown of 2013

Throughout New Year’s Eve, we’ll be going through the 10 biggest political stories of 2013 as selected by United Liberty’s contributors. Don’t forget to chime in on the biggest stories of the year on our Facebook page.


In late September many pundits, including a good number of conservatives, criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon anti-Obamacare speech, saying it showed that Republicans were out of touch with the masses and were extreme.

Little did they know that within weeks Cruz’s speech would be all but forgotten, overshadowed by a rollout failure of epic proportions.

As soon as the website launched October 1, massive problems were evident.

A few of the problems with Affordable Care Act implementation:

  • The website was almost completely inaccessible for most of October.
  • Website security left enrollees’ personal information vulnerable to hackers.
  • Premium payments were double-drafted for some Washington state enrollees.
  • Over 6 million individual policies have been cancelled to date, nationwide.
  • Even Bronze-level plans have been deemed unaffordable by the government in some locales.
  • As many as 1/3 of people who signed up may not have had their enrollment information sent to insurers.

Organizing For America’s Obamacare publicity campaign, #GetCovered, has been the laughingstock of social media, with each round of propaganda more outrageous than the last.

Rick Santorum: Unlikely Messenger in Culture War

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum quoted Aristotle in his address to CPAC-St. Louis on Saturday: “Give me the storytellers, and I will control the country in a generation.” Santorum, now the CEO of EchoLight Films, was there to talk the culture war and plug his company’s new film, “The Christmas Candle.”

A common complaint on the right is that liberals control the entertainment industry and have unchecked power to influence the culture. Conservatives in the entertainment industry have been afraid of losing their jobs for so long that defeatism has taken hold; they find comfort in being a small minority unable to break through the iron grip the left has on every aspect of the business.

Second Amendment Documentary “Assaulted” to Air in California Capitol


With more than 15 gun control bills pending in California and a Democratic supermajority, California’s gun rights organizations have had to find new ways to educate lawmakers about the civil rights aspect of gun control and to inform the public of the looming legislation.

Some of the changes Californians will be subjected to should these bills pass and be signed by Governor Jerry Brown are:

  • Existing “Assault Weapon” laws will be broadened by redefining the word “Shotgun”
  • Expanded list of “prohibited persons”
  • Ban/forced registration of nearly semi-automatic rifle
  • Background check and pre-approval to purchase ammunition
  • All ammunition must be purchased at a limited list of state-approved ammunition vendors
  • Required reporting of ammunition purchases (over 3,000 rounds in a 5-day period) to local law enforcement
  • Creation of a new CA-DOJ database to track gun owner and caliber information

CAL-FFL has joined with California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (District 33 - Hesperia) to screen the Second Amendment documentary Assaulted inside the Capitol Wednesday for legislators and staffers. The film, recently released by Dead Patriot Films, is narrated by rapper Ice-T and offers a historical and legal perspective on the Second Amendment’s significance over the years since America’s founding, and takes a critical and objective look at current gun laws and their effect on civil rights and liberty.

Frack Nation: A Systematic Takedown of Gasland

Frack Nation

I was one of the millions of people who had seen the footage of the “flaming water” supposedly caused by fracking in Pennsylvania, but had never seen Gasland or really studied the issue in depth. When the opportunity to attend the Los Angeles premiere of Frack Nation arose, I decided to see what the fuss was about. Cinematically and content-wise, Frack Nation did not disappoint.

Frack Nation starts with the same flaming water shot from Gasland that has alarmed environmentalists and the masses and describes the anti-fracking movement’s complaints. What was helpful for a newbie like me was to have the fracking process described in detail.

McAleer interviewed many of the farmers of Dimock, Pennsylvania, the “ground zero”  of this issue. The farmers almost unanimously want the ability to lease their mineral rights to the gas companies for fracking. Many of them are dairy farmers whose land has been in the family for generations. They passionately tell McAleer that they need this money to be able to survive, as farming is a money-losing proposition these days. It is what they love to do, and leasing mineral rights will allow them to do that instead of joining the ranks of the unemployed.

Just as passionately, they state they would never allow anything on their land that harms the environment. Their homes are on this land. Their dairy cows graze on this land. They’ve tilled this land for a lifetime. They are believable – they would not allow any process that harms their asset, the land, just for money.

A Quick Squeeze For America


Ladies, have you been performing your breast self-examinations? Turns out there is a secondary benefit to your monthly squeeze.

As reported by MSN, recent study results presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco suggest that compression applied during the initial stages of malignant cell growth can reprogram the cells to grow in a normal growth pattern.

From the original article:

“People have known for centuries that physical force can influence our bodies,” said Gautham Venugopalan, a leading member of the research team at the University of California at Berkeley.

“When we lift weights our muscles get bigger. The force of gravity is essential to keeping our bones strong. Here we show that physical force can play a role in the growth - and reversion - of cancer cells.”

The study involved growing malignant breast epithelial cells within a gel injected into flexible silicone chambers. This allowed the scientists to apply compression during the first stages of cell growth, effectively squashing the cells.

Over time, the squeezed malignant cells began to grow in a more normal and organized way.

Clearly, it is time to take responsibility for breast cancer prevention into our own hands.

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Prime Time for Liberty Movement

Liberty Bell

How many of these post-mortem soundbites have you heard?

  • Where was the Tea Party this time?
  • All that campaigning from AFP and FreedomWorks wasn’t very effective.
  • Romney lost because people want free stuff.
  • Romney lost because people are uneducated.
  • Romney lost because of voter fraud.

I don’t know why Romney lost. I will leave that to smarter people than me to figure out. I will say, though, that there’s some truth in a couple of those sound bites and none in others.

The analyst in me says those things only matter to the extent we use that knowledge to win hearts and minds (and elections) in the next four years.

We have a golden opportunity right now in the conservative and libertarian movements. Don’t get me wrong, I am afraid for my financial future and the future of civil liberties (1st, 2nd, 4th Amendments for starters) after last night. But it’s the perfect time to regroup and define what I’m going to term the Liberty movement.

Liberty is a winning philosophy. It’s what America is built on. The current GOP loses because they’ve embraced judgmental social policies and haven’t differentiated themselves enough from the Dems on financial and big government-principles. A younger generation, the Paul Ryan generation of conservatives, holds a much more Liberty minded philosophy. It’s time for them to take over leadership positions on the right and start a massive education and outreach movement aimed at the 15 to 45-year-old demographic (and start a preschool and elementary school program too).

Update: Occupy’s “Autonomous Individuals” Share Cohesive Message

OWS goons

This morning Citizen Journalist blogged (with video) about a Bay-Area meeting of Occupy types billed as “Hoodies and Hijabs.”  Although commenters at this site and others attempt to distance themselves from any calls for destroying capitalism that come from these gatherings - stating that no one is a “leader” of Occupy and it’s a gathering of autonomous individuals - the message coming from these rallies, gatherings, protests (whatever you want to call them) - is remarkably cohesive.

  • “Joyful violence against the state is the sanity to the everyday misery.” (Occupy Oakland)
  • “An organization has to be built which can bring down capitalism.” (Occupy DC)
  • “We need a revolution to overthrow capitalism and take society into a socialist direction.” (March on the RNC)
  • “Fight Genocide, Destroy what is civilized.” (Occupy Oakland)

It is becoming ever more clear that the Occupy movement is cohesive and with a single goal of overthrowing capitalilsm.

CA Prop 30 - Using Students as Bait

Liberals are masters at messaging and manipulating the legislative process - and a great example of this is the campaign for Prop 30 in California - a “temporary” 1/4 cent increase in the state sales tax and 1% increase in personal income tax for those earning over $250,000/yr - those who can “most afford it,” a direct quote from the proposition.

First, we have the title: “The Schools and Local Public Safety Act of 2012.”  Instead of “Personal and Sales Tax Increase Act of 2012.”

Then the graphics and ads:

yes on prop 30

The hokey music, the wholesome looking school teachers, the all-American apple graphic - it’s all so feel-good! How can you possibly want to DENY these children the teachers that have been laid off over the past few years, the arts and music education?  If you do, you must be a vile human being.

What they’re not telling you:

Legislators have had ample opportunity to cut true wasteful spending, yet they cut things that would gain attention and empathy from the voters: schools and public safety. That way when they come, hat in hand, to ask for a sales tax increase, the understanding electorate will say, “But of course!”

Guess what? It’s still NEW funding.  Adding to what is there before.  If they cut Assembly member benefits or office staff or stopped spending so much on welfare or attempting to build bullet trains, no one would care. But they purposely axed teachers so they would have this excuse to prey on the emotions of low information voters and get what they really want - more money to fund their progressive agenda.

A Libertarian Case for Romney

House Fire

When firefighters are putting out a home blaze, do they carefully cover up all the furniture and belongings so they aren’t harmed by water damage? After a horrific car crash, do the EMT’s carefully disrobe a critically injured patient so as to protect their clothing? No. There is a crisis, a risk to life and property. After the crisis is dealt with - the fire’s put out, a pulse is restored - there is an opportunity to assess the damage and rebuild in a thoughtful, methodical way.

Our country faces crises in the financial and civil liberties sectors. I don’t need to outline the scope here, especially for libertarians.  Though we are antsy to achieve the government and society that will ensure and promote civil liberties and free market economic policies, first, in 2012, we need to restore the pulse of the economy before rebuilding the society that’s been systematically taken apart since the New Deal days.

Obama’s plan for the economy involves over-regulation, effectively banning new domestic gas or oil production, and tax increases of unparalleled scope beginning January 1, 2013. Beyond that, there’s not much of a plan - Harry Reid has failed to get a budget passed in well over 1,000 days.

The Romney/Ryan plan leaves much to be desired both in its scope and timing, but it is a beginning.  Negotiations can go from there. Even if passed in its current form, it puts water on the fire.

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