It was late December 2011. I sat at my computer, watching the live stream of the lesser-known Republican and Democratic presidential candidates forum. My only interest was as a citizen journalist for Wikinews, covering the candidates the mainstream media chose to ignore. I did not expect anything out of the ordinary.
As the Democratic Party forum commenced, I noticed a bearded man dressed in green with a rubber boot on his head take the stage. I couldn’t help but laugh. I recognized this man, having attempted earlier in the year to remove his Wikipedia entry as a frivolous candidate. His name was Vermin Supreme, the “friendly fascist,” Continue Reading
Free speech advocate Fred Phelps, the once leader and founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church has died at the age of 84. Phelps, whom the Church allegedly excommunicated last summer, is best remembered for his efforts in spreading his Church’s message that blames homosexuality for the ills of the nation. Notably, his Church is known to picket the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in action, with signs reading “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” Though his activities have been universally condemned, Phelps pushed the limits of free speech to express himself, revealing disdain many Americans share for certain speech activity.
As IPR reports, last Saturday, the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania unanimously nominated entrepreneur Ken Krawchuk for governor in 2014. The 60 year old Krawchuk who resides in Abington Township in Montgomery County, was the party’s 1998 and 2002 nominee for governor, receiving 33,591 (1.11 percent) and 40,923 (1.14 percent) votes respectively in each general election.
The focus of Krawchuk’s campaign includes reducing both the state income tax and government spending. Upon nomination, he attacked the Democrats and Republicans of Harrisburg alike for “continu[ing] to expand a government that’s already too large, too expensive, and too intrusive.” He added, “Libertarians are the only ones you can trust to defend the interests of the taxpayer.”
As reported on IPR, 2016 presidential candidate Jim “Libertarian” Burns died last month, according to Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict. Burns, who had suffered from an illness, was 67.
Burns founded the Nevada Libertarian Party in the 1970s. He was elected chairman twice, and coordinated several successful ballot access efforts. In addition, Burns ran for multiple offices including Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada Assembly, United States Congress, and President of the United States. In 2012, Burns won election to the Beatty, Nevada Water and Sanitation District, a position he held until his death. Continue Reading
In this early part of 2014, a frontrunner has already emerged for the Nobel Peace Prize. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has put together an all-star team of American NBA talent from the 1990s to compete against the national team of North Korea. The game, set to take place in Pyongyang on January 8, the 31st birthday of Dear Leader Kim Jong-un, will mark a significant diplomatic achievement between the two nations, at odds since the conclusion of the Korean War.
This past week, the political news website Independent Political Report (IPR) updated its header image with a design created by yours truly, William Saturn of Saturn’s Repository.
Last month, the centrist Modern Whig Party won its first political race when Robert “Heshy” Bucholz was elected Judge of Elections for the Fifth Division of the 56th Ward in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In a partisan election in a Democratic Party stronghold, Bucholz defeated the Democratic Party nominee by a margin of 36 to 24 votes.
After reading about his victory, I contacted Bucholz and asked a few questions to obtain more information about his personal background, the duties of his office, his political future, and what third party candidates can learn from his election. Continue Reading
While today marks the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it also marks the 50 year anniversary of a watershed moment for citizen journalism in America.
In an act considered an early form of citizen journalism, Abraham Zapruder, a 58 year old woman’s clothing maker equipped with a home-movie camera, captured the clearest and most widely-disseminated footage of the JFK assassination.
The video, immortalized as the Zapruder film, depicts the final seconds of President Kennedy’s life as bullets forever changed the course of history. Continue Reading