Here’s The Story Of An Internet Bully Getting His Ass Handed To Him [PODCAST]

December 30, 2014

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers...

brandonEditor of The Libertarian Republic Austin Petersen generated enormous controversy (AKA butthurt) over the Christmas holidays when he posted a series of memes attacking blind statism. Conservatives and liberals exploded with rage, and threatened to publish Petersen's personal information, as well as made actual physical threats. But, when this aggression met with an immediate response from the libertarian community, these bully's threats turned to whimpers and cries of "I'll call my lawyers!"

Not so tough now are you tough guys?

The pictures in question were meant to debunk the idea that you should "always follow the law," even if that law is unjust. They were inspired by those who said that if Eric Garner didn't want to be choked to death then he should have "just followed the law." But wouldn't that also apply to Cliven Bundy in his standoff with the feds at his ranch? Should he have "just followed the law"? Should the 3%'ers who pointed guns at federal agents have "just followed the law"?

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No. Martin Luther King Jr said that it is our moral duty to disobey an unjust law. And guess what? Police officers actually do NOT get a free pass for enforcing bad laws. Do you think the officers enforcing segregation should have just followed the law? Do you think that people enforcing the fugitive slave act should just follow the law? Do you think everyone forced to buy insurance due to Obamacare should just follow the law?

No. There is often a distinction between law and morality. Frederic Bastiat, a classical liberal economist once said "When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law."

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“Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” — attributed to Mark Twain

This famous quote by Mark Twain has been said by many other famous people in different ways. The idea behind it is that you shouldn't get into an argument with a journalist, writer, or anyone who has a platform to speak to a large audience. How many politicians have been sunk because they just couldn't resist flapping their gums at a reporter, who then had plenty of rope to use to hang them with?

The Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia teaches classes for political leaders on how to manage damage control. The number one rule for how to deal with negative press? Ignore it. This bully apparently never took that class.

But he's about to get a real-life lesson.

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 2.02.00 PMOur story today focuses on the tale of one Joshua "Samuel" Flashman, a retired US Marine and Internet tough guy who claims to have a penis the size of a Ken doll. But... don't Ken Dolls have NO penis?

Flashman came to our attention after contributing to comments at our Facebook page, where he wanted to fight our editor Petersen because he believed that we were disrespecting the military. The self-reportedly dickless former Marine was upset at the following exchange:

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That didn't sit will with Lance Corporal Dickless, who flew into a rage, and started taunting Petersen, inviting an altercation.

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And here:

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Luckily, as it turns out, there are quite a few active duty and retired members of the US military who are libertarians. And apparently they don't take too kindly to someone making them look bad. The Libertarian Republic began receiving a flood of information about Joshua, namely that his name isn't Samuel. His name was really Joshua Flashman. He's from Newtown, Connecticut, and he reportedly retired from the Marines on a PTSD disability claim, although that is as of yet uncorroborated.

Dickless here is threatening a journalist because he doesn't care for much for the freedoms that he was charged with upholding. But it's funny that he'd be so upset... considering that he criticized someone else for doing THE EXACT SAME THING.

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Flashman, who swore an oath to defend the constitution, proposed that everyone who wants to buy a gun submit to a physical and mental test, as well as mandatory combat training every two years.

You heard that right. He's a "limited government conservative" who wants Uncle Sam to stick his finger up your anus before you can buy a gun. Sorry tough guy. We'll leave the ass play to you and your boyfriend.

From his piece:

Here's what I propose, after nearly 2 decades of research. The Militia Act of 2012. This act abolishes all federal gun control laws, and mandates that every state hold at least semi-annual Militia screening and training of all citizens that voluntarily show up for service with their state defense forces. This screening will include physical and mental health exams, as well as criminal background checks. After you've been screened, you go through various levels of combat training that is age and physical disability appropriate for each volunteer.

He goes on...

Once you graduate from this training provided for by the state, you are issued a State Militia ID card, much like the Military ID card in my wallet right now. After the passage of this act, the point-of-purchase requirement, rather than a background check, and regardless of the location of the transaction (i.e. gun store, gun show, Wal Mart, or Uncle Ned's kitchen table) will be the presentation of a valid Militia ID, Military ID or law enforcement credentials from the firearms purchaser. (Many states already do this with their carry permits.) In other words, using either a Military ID of any kind (including Active, Reserve, National Guard, and Retired), a State Militia ID card, or a police badge, you can purchase AND CARRY any weapon you desire, so long as it is a protected arm under the second amendment (as defined by the U.S. vs. Miller and DC vs. Heller decisions.) This means that the weapon must be part of ordinary military equipment (i.e. machine guns and handheld explosive ordinance), in common use (i.e. assault rifles, pistols, hunting rifles, and shotguns), and capable of providing for the common defense (all of the above categories.) Thus, all currently legal, battlefield-appropriate weapons will remain legal for Militiamen to purchase, and those that have been restricted or banned will have their restrictions lifted for militiamen.

And there you have it. The true authoritarian mindset revealed. And that, dear reader is why we have chosen to make an example of this guy. Not just because he's a bully, but because he is very truly a fascist. Because, as Thomas Jefferson said, "Timid men prefer the calm of despotism, to the tempestuous sea of liberty." 

But do you know what's funny about bullies? Once you stand up to them, they usually learn their lesson. They talk tough, but they can't back it up. Flashman may be too stupid to learn anything, but he knows the consequences of being publicly outed as a major dick. Perhaps that's why he sent this message:

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And finally... the begging:

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No Dickless, I will not take it down. Nothing we said was off the record. Everything you said was public, or through a public network such as Facebook. Now you done fucked up. And now you're going to pay.

Sic. Semper. Tyrannus.

If you think that's all we've got on this guy, you're wrong. Listen to our podcast for even more, and don't forget to subscribe to the Freedom Report on iTunes! 

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Has North Korea Proven That America Is a Pussy Nation? [PODCAST]

December 18, 2014

The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the news that Sony Pictures and major theatre chains have caved to demands made by hackers and decided not to show the Seth Rogen and James Rogen film The Interview. Despite the news that the film would not appear in theatres, footage of the scene which depicts the death of Kim Jong Un appeared online, and sparked a firestorm debate over free speech, liberty and security. It also got us to wondering: when will someone actually kill Kim Jong Un?

Celebrities took to Twitter to complain over the film's cancellation. Today's show will read some of these outraged tweets from stars such as Rob Lowe, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow and Michael Moore. Bill Maher gets credit for the title of this piece, calling America a #PussyNation. Is that the case? Or do theatre owners have to look after their own economic self interest?

Finally, if you have been enjoying the Freedom Report podcast this year, please do us a favor and tip us some Bitcoin on the right side of this site. Or, if you prefer to give Federal Reserve notes, you can donate them here at this link. http://thelibertarianrepublic.podbean.com/

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Would You Rather Be Poor In Europe, Or Poor In The USA? [VIDEO, PODCAST]

December 9, 2014
America is the world's 2nd largest welfare state! Did people really not know that? Or is everyone as stupid as Jonathan Gruber said we are? Today's episode of the Freedom Report podcast features Austrian economist and professor Steve Horwitz to break down the numbers.
 
Today's show takes a look at this article titled: "Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world? Surely not the US of 'F*ck the Poor' A? Actually, yes." So, is it true? 
Professor Horwitz goes into detail about people in the United States who are below the poverty line. Did you know that the poor in America have cell phones, cars and TVs? Not bad right? Well that is only not bad if you consider owning property as a good thing, which I suspect a lot of people might. But, what if someone has more stuff than you? What if someone has A LOT more stuff than you? If you're poorer than the next guy, then maybe you have a reason to be angry? Horwitz gets his econ-on to explain why this is a bit fallacious. 
Also, are we better off than we've been in years past? Everyone keeps talking about this Great Stagnation of the last 30 years. So are we better off than we were, or worse? Tell us professor! We stupid voters can only understand so much about our own lives and happiness! We don't want to be the slaves of some defunct economist! 
Plus, haven't Austrian economists been on gloom and doom rants about the economy and inflation for a while now? So, if everything is going to go to crap because of the Federal Reserve's money printing, and the dollar will crash, then why hasn't it happened yet? I hold Steve's feet to the fire to ask him why the predictions of so many Austrians haven't come to fruition. 
And finally, what about the minimum wage? If poor people keep advocating for a higher minimum wage, does that mean that low skilled workers are going to have less employment? 
Find out if Americans really are as stupid as Jonathan Gruber says we are in this very special episode of the Freedom Report podcast! 
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Is Obama a racist? [PODCAST]

December 8, 2014

“This is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history,” said President Obama in an interview with BET. “When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias … you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time, and you just have to be steady so you don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there.”

The Freedom Report podcast today looks at the state of race relations in the United States. A recent poll from Bloomberg politics shows that racial tensions have only been exacerbated since the election of Americas first black president (second if you count Bill Clinton). 53 percent of respondents to the poll said that interactions between black and white communities have deteriorated since he took office. 

On today's show, editor Austin Petersen examines the history of racism in the United States, examining the President and his supporter's behavior when it comes to hustling of the race issue. Is the president a racist in the conventional sense? What about pushing for policies such as affirmative action? Would that be considered racist? The Democratic Party has had no qualms using the race issue to stir up their electorate and gain political power. So what does that mean in context of the current events? [RELATED: A Brief History of Racist Democrats]

Also, can white people really solve the problems in the black community? Steve Chapman at Reason writes that white people are blaming the problems in the black community on problems they themselves have created. But is that truly the case? Chapman cites statistics that black crime is at a historic low, while arguing that blacks deaths caused by police are at an all time high. The problem with that logic is that some people might correlate that police killing black men directly correlates to the drop in crime. Probably not a wise comparison to make. [RELATED: Are Democrats Hypocrites About The Racists In Their Own Ranks?] 

All that, as well as a little history about the history of racism in the Democratic Party on this special episode of the Freedom Report podcast. 

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The Choking Death of Eric Garner By NYPD Was Illegal [PODCAST]

December 4, 2014

The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the case of the killing of Eric Garner who was killed by NYPD after they put him in an illegal chokehold. Officer Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted by a grand jury, although he still faces a federal civil rights suit by the DOJ, an internal NYPD investigation and a civil suit of $75 million from Garner's family. Today's show takes a look at potential outcomes of all of these cases, as well as the problem of police brutality and race in America. 

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Why Do So Many Americans Believe In Conspiracy Theories? [PODCAST]

December 2, 2014

The Freedom Report podcast today asks: Why do so many Americans believe in conspiracy theories? Special guest today is author Joseph Usckinski, whose new book "American Conspiracy Theories" takes a look at the psychology of the issue, tackling questions like: Are conspiracy theorists potentially dangerous? 


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