Libertarian Party sues State of North Carolina

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina filed suit today in Superior Court to have the state’s unfair election laws declared unconstitutional. You can read the complaint as filed here. There is also a Motion For Temporary Restraining Order And Preliminary Injunction to get our candidates back on the ballot for the 2003 elections.

I have calculated that almost 130,000 North Carolina voters voted for at least one Libertarian in 2004, probably more. I say, their vote should count. If the Democrats and Republicans can’t stand the heat, I, for one, would be glad to let them step aside.

Republicans say the darndest things…

According to an article in the Washington Times, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay declared an "ongoing victory" in cutting spending "and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget."

Wha??? He can’t be this deluded. Not when Citizens Against Government Waste determined that wasteful spending programs in 2005 were up 19% from the previous year, making it the fattest year for pork.

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Disaster brings out the best and worst in people

I think I’m getting my 15 minutes of fame 20 seconds at a time. I was interviewed again by Ken Lemon of WSOC-TV‘s Eyewitness News about the trojans going around in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Some websites which are posing as charities to help Katrina victims are preying on the good and generous nature of Americans–instead of taking you someplace where you can help hurricane victims, it instead puts a trojan (a malicious piece of software) on your machine to try and steal your passwords.

As always, be diligent. It’s okay to be paranoid if they really are out to get you! Never trust anything you read in an e-mail, even if it appears to be from someone you know. Always check things out for yourself before going to a new website, and fer-gosh-sakes run Windows Update often! Better still, configure it to automatically notify you when updates are available.

And if you really want to contribute to the relief efforts (good for you!), contact directly a charity you trust, or a charity directly recommended (not in a standalone e-mail) from someone you trust. Me, I recommend Oxfam America.

Be generous, but be safe, too!