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Old 03-23-2019, 07:44 AM   #316
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I think she is an honest and decent woman with her heart in the right place. Very personable. I do like her foreign policy which seems to be her biggest issue but I do not care for her beliefs in all the social programs she furthering.

But she certainly does seem to be a genuinely good person.
Good to know, thanks.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:50 AM   #317
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I disagree and I am certainly not a Libertarian, Conservative nor a Liberal.
I misunderstood your politics, then, based on your username. My apologies.
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I misunderstood your politics, then, based on your username. My apologies.
No worries, man. I do share a bunch political ideas with Libertarians but not all. And my issue with party is philosophical or more honestly they're lacking deeper ideas upon which to base their ideology to be more precise, not so much the politics.

That said, I am active in some Libertarian organizations here in NH like the Free State Project.
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No worries, man. I do share a bunch political ideas with Libertarians but not all. And my issue with party is philosophical or more honestly they're lacking deeper ideas upon which to base their ideology to be more precise, not so much the politics.

That said, I am active in some Libertarian organizations here in NH like the Free State Project.
I'll state this and not hijack the thread any further;

My flavor of libertarianism, and most libertarians (the real ones that have actual logic and philosophical architecture...not the hippies or so called "left libertarians") are based primarily on John Locke's theory of self ownership, and property rights grounded in first use by mixing labor with land. (Nobody owns it until somebody does something with it, like transforming forest into farmland).

Modern libertarianism differs a bit from some of Locke's notions, since Locke was a Cromwellian Puritan, but the philosophy is derived almost entirely from Locke's notions of self ownership, first use property rights, and natural law.

Thus, when I read "johnlocke", I automatically assume "libertarian".....though I know that both socialists and conservatives sort of try to incorporate Locke's theories into them, but both socialists and conservatives reject Locke's fundamental principles, they just sort of cherry pick and adopt random principles of Locke while rejecting the philosophy that Locke derived those principles from.
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I'll state this and not hijack the thread any further;

My flavor of libertarianism, and most libertarians (the real ones that have actual logic and philosophical architecture...not the hippies or so called "left libertarians") are based primarily on John Locke's theory of self ownership, and property rights grounded in first use by mixing labor with land. (Nobody owns it until somebody does something with it, like transforming forest into farmland).

Modern libertarianism differs a bit from some of Locke's notions, since Locke was a Cromwellian Puritan, but the philosophy is derived almost entirely from Locke's notions of self ownership, first use property rights, and natural law.

Thus, when I read "johnlocke", I automatically assume "libertarian".....though I know that both socialists and conservatives sort of try to incorporate Locke's theories into them, but both socialists and conservatives reject Locke's fundamental principles, they just sort of cherry pick and adopt random principles of Locke while rejecting the philosophy that Locke derived those principles from.
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Seems Avenatti's 15 minutes of fame clock has been extended or reset. So in the past 8 months, he has gone from potential 2020 Democrat Presidential hopeful and #metoo crusader to a guy charged with domestic violence and being charged/investigated with/for the following:

Hiding millions in assets from a bankruptcy trustee while filing bankruptcy on his firm twice in two years.

Stealing money from a client to keep a failed business venture afloat.

Lying on a bank application(s) for millions of dollars in loans and providing false/doctored tax returns.

Attempting to extort 20 million dollars from a publicly traded company.

Adding all that to being unceremoniously fired by his only meal ticket client whose only claim to fame was making porno flicks and being banged by Trump.

That's a precipitous fall, and in a very short period of time. I honestly doubt this guy could get a job as an Uber/Lyft driver @ this point.

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Los Angeles attorney Michael Avenatti has been arrested and charged with financial crimes by federal law enforcement officials in separate cases in Los Angeles and New York, authorities said Monday.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles released a statement announcing an 11 a.m. news conference to discuss charges of bank and wire fraud against the 48-year-old attorney and foe of President Trump.

In Southern California, federal prosecutors accused Avenatti of misusing $1.6 million in funds earmarked for a cilent’s settlement to cover “expenses for his coffee business, Global Baristas US LLC, which operated Tully’s Coffee stores in California and Washington state, as well as for his own expenses,” the statement read.

Avenatti is separately accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $4 million in loans from a Mississippi bank in 2014 by submitting false tax returns that showed he had raked in millions in profits from 2011 to 2013, according to a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles. In reality, Avenatti had not submitted a personal tax return with the Internal Revenue Service in any of those years, according to the filing.

Prosecutors in Manhattan also accused the attorney of “attempting to extract more than $20 million in payments from a publicly traded company by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met,” according a statement from the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Avenatti became a foe of Trump while representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her public war with the president.

Earlier this month, his firm, Eagan Avenatti, filed for federal bankruptcy protection. It is the second time in two years the firm has sought court protection from its creditors.

The move comes three weeks after Jason Frank, a former lawyer at the firm, filed court papers accusing Avenatti of hiding millions of dollars from the court that oversaw its previous bankruptcy.

Avenatti has denied any wrongdoing.

Monday’s news marks Avenatti’s latest run-in with law enforcement, coming just months after his ex-girlfriend lobbed domestic violence allegations at him in Los Angeles. Prosecutors ultimately declined to charge him with a felony in late 2018, and the city attorney’s office decided to settle the matter through an informal hearing.

The arrest announced Monday marked a precipitous fall, even by today’s whirlwind standards. Eight months ago, Avenatti was exploring a run for the 2020 presidential nomination, drawing large crowds and favorable reviews from Trump-loathing partisans.

”I believe we cannot be the party of turning the other cheek,” Avenatti told audiences from California to New Hampshire, differing with those — including, most prominently, former First Lady Michelle Obama — who counseled grace in the face of enmity. “I say when they go low, we hit harder.”

By December, however, Avenatti's presidential exertions had run their course, as some of the novelty wore off and other, more credible candidates began ramping up their efforts. He issued a statement taking himself out of the running and citing family obligations as the reason.
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The DCCC Is Trying to Put Me Out of Business — and I’m a Democrat.

Six hours after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it was blacklisting firms that work with primary challengers, I met with a potential client who was considering a Democratic primary. The client told me that two consultants dropped out that morning — and now the candidate may not run at all.*

The timing of the DCCC’s blacklist is not remotely coincidental. In the first quarter of an off-year, many potential candidates decide whether to jump into a race. If campaign staff dries up before day one, a once-daunting campaign can feel impossible.

This is precisely what the DCCC wants. The committee is hoping that these young women will stop contemplating challenges against Democratic incumbents. We can’t allow the DCCC to succeed and block these brave challengers.

Like many women in their 20s across America, I feel inexplicably hopeful and manifestly seen when I watch Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez take on the stale and insular political dynamics of Washington. We feel spoken for and welcome to speak when we see one of our own — a young, fearless woman in fire engine-red lipstick — transfigure politics from a bureaucratic, impervious institution for old white men into her own bully pulpit for affordable health care, green jobs, and living wages. We cannot imagine a Washington without her.

Ocasio-Cortez’s unapologetic energy in Washington cannot be separated from her decision to run against Joe Crowley in Queens, New York. Every action Ocasio-Cortez takes carries the same fearlessness that prompted her not to wait her turn. Our party desperately needs countless more Ocasio-Cortezes who won’t wait until their representative is done serving — especially when these elected officials have stopped “serving” anyone but themselves and their donors. And we need a national party that encourages and supports firms that work with new progressive challengers.

Yet instead of embracing Ocasio-Cortez and the fresh path she has opened, the DCCC and other national “Democratic” organizations are wrapping their arms more tightly around the heavily white, male incumbent Democrats in Washington.

As astounding as Ocasio-Cortez’s meteoric rise was, part of the now-infamous story is how she did it with just grassroots volunteers and minimal campaign infrastructure. Imagine how many Ocasio-Cortezes we could have if the Democratic Party was supporting firms that work with progressive challengers — instead of threatening us with extinction. There’s a reason why Ocasio-Cortez’s rise seems like a political fairytale to many of us. As consultants, we frequently see talented candidates struggle to gain momentum because of inadequate support. Yes, it’s possible to run a campaign with little paid staff and a team of tireless volunteers. But when your opponent has top-tier fundraisers, pollsters, and digital and communications support, you’re inevitably at a forbidding disadvantage.

For those of us who work in politics, launching a campaign can feel like second nature. But for potential candidates who are new to the political arena, experienced staff can provide a key guiding hand — especially during those critical early months. Outsider candidates without political experience — say, a former bartender or a public school teacher — are precisely the types of leaders we need more of in Washington, and exactly the types of candidates who benefit the most from early campaign guidance.

In the past year alone, I’ve had clients return from meetings with national Democratic organizations dissuaded because they were told that they have no chance of winning and shouldn’t try. I’ve had clients threatened by New York’s Democratic establishment, their donors scared off and their campaign funding dried up. I’ve watched clients struggle to find talented staffers who are willing to work with a primary challenger — and then mocked for making simple campaign missteps. Time after time, the leaders of the Democratic Party who purport to pursue a strong Democratic majority are throwing up roadblocks that make running a viable campaign near-impossible. Yes, there are the shining stars like Ocasio-Cortez who manage to break through. But imagine how many more potential candidates now won’t even try.

As campaign consultants, we must keep working with primary challengers — lifting them up, connecting them to critical early resources, and providing the guidance and support they need to run a successful campaign. But the DCCC needs to do its part. Stop threatening firms with financial ruin if they work with Democratic incumbents and challengers alike. Instead of protecting ineffective Democrats, offer primary challengers access to the resources they need.

At a time when Democrats have largely failed to stir national political excitement, we should encourage reflection and promote debate within our own party. We should recruit and support primary challengers like Ocasio-Cortez across the nation. Yet the DCCC’s efforts to suppress primaries and punish firms for working with challengers accomplish the opposite.

Representatives who are effectively serving their communities should have nothing to fear from a primary challenge. On the other hand, throwing up ridiculous roadblocks and consulting bans is more telling than ever. The old guard of the Democratic Party is petrified — because their record is flimsy, their vision outdated, and their bank accounts filled with corporate donations. This fear is the clearest signal we have that it’s time for a new generation of Democratic leaders. Bring on the primaries.

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