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In this issue:

1.  Litigious Americans Eyeball Toyota Loot
2.  Gov. McDonnell’s office lays out plan to sell liquor stores
3.  Is There a Problem, Officer?
4.  BOOKS: Teach Yourself Free-Market Economics in Two Hours
5.  Yeah, But They Have "Free" Healthcare
6.  The Power of One Libertarian
7.  EXPLORING LIBERTY: The LP's "3.7 Self-Determination" Plank
8.  NATIONAL NEWS: LP Issue Bumper Stickers
9.  VIRGINIA EVENTS
10.  Libertarian Radio in Virginia


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1.  Litigious Americans Eyeball Toyota Loot
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You know, there is only one endemic flaw to modern automotive brakes: you have 
to push the brake pedal down for them to work. But I digress.

Have you noticed that the reports of out-of-control Toyotas have mostly 
stopped? Perhaps the main reason is that the highest profile cases are all 
well-known now as simply pure unmitigated lies. The public has now become 
inured to the fact that most of these "Sudden Unintended Acceleration" stories 
are blown fabrications bloviated into existence by the lamestream media, rich 
lawyers, greedy would-be plaintiffs, "victims" who want to be absolved of their 
responsibility for pushing on the wrong pedal, and government bureaucrats 
aiming to increase their regulatory penetration of the automotive industry and 
to make the waters more hospitable for Government Motors (GM).

Cases in point:

- Lawsuit-lotto hopeful James Sikes in California, who went on the televised 
25-mile joy ride
http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/12/toyota-autos-hoax-media-opinions-contributors-michael-fumento.html

- Gloria Rosel, the house keeper who drove the Prius into a wall in New York 
http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/03/23/2010-03-23_runaway_prius_driver_didnt_use_brakes__westchester_cops.html

- Myrna Marseille swore she was standing on the brake pedal of her 2009 Toyota 
Camry when it crashed into the Sheboygan Falls YMCA on March 29.
http://tirekicker.blogspot.com/2010/04/wisconsin-camry-crash-driver-error.html

All of the above were found to be 'driver error' (although Sikes' was in 
reality just a hoax).

Since then, reports have tailed off and almost stopped. Was it magic that 
stopped the daily out-of-control Toyotas, or was it the fact that government 
police have -- mostly -- finally admitted the real cause (driver error) of 
these crashes?  Did it have anything to do with the corrollary that, as a 
result, potential 'victims' hoping to get off scot free with a chance at a 
lawsuit lotto win began to understand the party was over?  My guess is it 
wasn't magic.

Hmmmm...  it is annoying to see it took government cops almost a year longer 
than it took skeptics to figure out the truth.  

A stuck pedal does not drive you into the wall while the "victim" was 'pushing 
the brake pedal to the floor'. Neither does a stuck floor mat.  A foot stuck on 
the long skinny pedal does though.

I have owned many powerful and fast cars in my lifetime, but not a single one 
of them can accelerate when the brakes are firmly applied. Owners of older 
muscle cars can attest to this: pressing on the brakes to lock up the front 
wheels while flooring the accelerator is a 'powerbrake'. It's how we hot 
rodders raise clouds of rubber-and-asphalt smoke when showing off (doing 
"burnouts").

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8997678374575540869

The brakes on a Prius are *better* than those on those old muscle cars, and 
their little motors are lucky to put out about a third of the power.

Brakes against the motor? Don't make me laugh. The brakes will win every time.

And yes, it works when the cars is already at speed, also. If your accelerator 
really is stuck, you are in danger only until you realize it is -- a 
realization that should set in within three or so seconds with a *good* driver. 
It is a truly rare event that a stuck pedal -- like a really stuck pedal, not 
someone mashing the wrong pedal -- causes a crash that otherwise would not have 
happened. These crashes usually happen within 3 seconds of the pedal getting 
stuck, before a driver recognizes the problem.

The brakes will haul down that same muscle car from 80 with the gas pedal 
floored with little trouble.

Sudden Unintended Acceleration is a hoax now as much as it was with the Audi 
twenty years ago.  The government agencies that are "investigating" these 
accidents aren't helping anyone and in fact are impeding the market's ability 
to "cure" itself.  Abolish the NHTSA, abolish all the other federal regulatory 
bodies that meddle in the automotive business, move liability torts into 
private arbitration and mediation services, and let the market work as it 
should.

Sudden, Unintended Acceleration: Remember, if you heard it from the lamestream 
media, it's probably false. 

Read it online: 
http://FreeVirginia.blogspot.com/2010/07/litigious-americans-eyeball-toyota-loot.html


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2.  Gov. McDonnell’s office lays out plan to sell liquor stores
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Finally: The state is [kinda] getting out of the drug dealing business:

http://virginia.statehousenewsonline.com/390/gov-mcdonnells-office-lays-out-plan-to-sell-liquor-stores/


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3.  Is There a Problem, Officer?
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From: http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com/?page_id=2

Did you know that the last time the US government bothered to gather any 
information about the problem of police misconduct in the United States was in 
2002?

Even then, the study they did only covered 5% of the police departments in the 
US and, on top of that, participation was only voluntary and relied on what 
police departments were willing to report about misconduct within their own 
ranks.

One of the biggest obstacles in the way towards solving the problem of police 
brutality and misconduct is a fundamental lack of information about police 
misconduct.

The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP), 
established in April of 2009, is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental 
project devoted to help resolve that problem. The NPMSRP gathers data on police 
misconduct through reports of misconduct made available through the media and 
generates statistical and trending information based on those reports.

Just remember, no matter what happens, you'll hear "there were no 'policy 
violations', and no rules or procedures or laws were broken".


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4.  BOOKS: Teach Yourself Free-Market Economics in Two Hours
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"If you want to understand what’s happening to the world economy, read Peter 
Schiff’s new book (co-written with his brother Andrew): How an Economy Grows 
and Why it Crashes. You don’t need any background in economics to understand 
it; an intelligent child could follow its arguments."

See more:  http://www.lewrockwell.com/schiff/schiff100.html


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5.  Yeah, But They Have "Free" Healthcare
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>From Bill Anderson:

Supporters of communist states like North Korea, Cuba, or the old Soviet Union 
(and China before it turned away from much of its communism) always would point 
out two things: (1) "there is no unemployment," and (2) "they have free 
healthcare."  This was supposed to be the Final Word.

We read today of the wonderful state-run healthcare system of North Korea:

"North Korea's health care system is in shambles with doctors sometimes 
performing amputations without anesthesia and working by candlelight in 
hospitals lacking essential medicine, heat and power, a human rights watchdog 
said Thursday....  North Korea's state health care system has been 
deteriorating for years amid the country's economic difficulties.  Many of its 
24 million people reportedly face health problems related to chronic 
malnutrition, such as tuberculosis and anemia, Amnesty International said in a 
report on the state of the health care system."

Unfortunately, most supporters of Obamacare will claim that the USA won’t fall 
to those levels.  What they don’t understand is that what we see in North Korea 
is the natural direction of socialism, and it will be the natural direction of 
government-run medical care in this country, too.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/61628.html


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6.  The Power of One Libertarian
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DID YOU KNOW...

Roy Scherer is only one man, but he accomplished some rather incredible things 
since he began showing up at the General Assembly in the seventies.

Medical marijuana -- Virginia was the first state with it -- long before the 
California initiative that addressed the issue there in the nineties.  
Virginia's MedMar law was enacted in the late seventies, mostly due to Roy's 
quiet persuasion.  Unfortunately, it wasn't a self-executing law, and remained 
mostly unused.

However...

A little-known secret is that the only doctors in Virginia who could legally 
suggest it without the DEA raiding their house, shooting their kids and dog, 
and revoking their medical license, were those at the V.A. hospitals.  If I 
recall, most of the couple of dozen legal federal users of the late seventies 
and eighties were residents of Virginia, and, several of them were VA patients.

Some cracks in the wall are finally appearing in the rest of the country: The 
federal government now says patients treated at Veterans Affairs hospitals and 
clinics will be able to use medical marijuana in the 14 states where it's 
legal.  Read the rest:

        http://www.wric.com/global/story.asp?s=12864114

Another example of Roy's handiwork is the historically-lenient Virginia 
possession law (under, again going from memory, 1/4 ounce is (or was) a ratehr 
cheap misdemeanor fine, rather than a jailable offense).

And Roy has been exceptionally successful in stopping bad legislation in 
committees by pointing out flaws even the sponsors had to agree with.

Yes, more would get done with numbers, but no one should be quick to dismiss 
the incredible success Roy has had as a single lobbyist.  So many times it can 
be just a matter of remembering that lawmakers are human (or at least resemble 
them), and having an interested citizen around to do a "second reading" from a 
hands-off starting point often shows legislators where their ideas smash up 
against reality.

It often takes only takes one or two Libertarians in the right place at the 
right time to get what can be huge reforms enacted.  For instance, the only 
time in U.S. history that a state income tax was *abolished* happened to 
coincide with the terms of just **two** Libertarian legislators -- Dick 
Randolph and Ken Fanning in the Alaska state legislature.  It was the 
Libertarians who introduced the repeal bill, and persuaded their 18th century 
political opponents to support it.


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7.  EXPLORING LIBERTY: The LP's "3.7 Self-Determination" Plank
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This issue, we bring you the Libertarian Party's platform position #3.7, 
"Self-Determination", which reads: 

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Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it 
is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to agree to such new 
governance as to them shall seem most likely to protect their liberty.
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8.  NATIONAL NEWS: LP Issue Bumper Stickers
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9.  VIRGINIA EVENTS
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To stay current on upcoming activities of Libertarians across the state, check 
out the Calendar:

http://lpva.com/Calendar/events08.asp


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10.  Libertarian Radio in Virginia
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