Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dallas Legan Hospitalized

Jay Jones sends the below message:

Dallas Legan is in County USC Hospital undergoing treatment for a tumor. He will be there for about two months. He would like to get visitors, phone calls, and emails. (He is in contact with his home computer via a tablet.)

He is in Room 6A C146. His phone number there is 323-409-5500 X29261. His email is

The best time to phone him, and I suppose to visit, seems to be in the evening. The worst time is in the morning, probably because he may be getting his treatments then.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I Knew Karl Hess

Doug Korty wishes me to post his below message, and welcomes responses from people who remember Karl Hess:

I knew Karl in 1973. I went to meetings with him and other people when they were setting up the trout tanks and talking about other urban survivalist things and other environmental projects.

I had a very demanding job for Congress so I lost touch with the group but I was very impressed with Karl and very fond of him. He was brilliant and very kind and generous. However, I thought their ideas would not go very far.

They had one project that involved an insulating foam of some kind that could be used to build houses that would need very little AC. I don't know what happened to that. There was another young man in the group who went on to found a New Age environmental group in Minnesota, I think. Do you know who that was, first name David, I think?

I am retired now. I create educational websites.

Doug Korty


Website: Midwest Independent Research Improvements


Friday, October 09, 2015

KFI's John and Ken Show Mock Libertarian Party's Augustus Sol Invictus

Most Los Angeles libertarians are likely familiar with KFI-AM's John and Ken Show, featuring John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou. It's not only the most popular radio show in L.A., it's the most popular local radio show anywhere in the U.S., attracting 1.2 million listeners during its afternoon drive-time slot.

Which might not be so great for the LP's reputation. Augustus Sol Invictus, the Florida LP's candidate for U.S. Senate, is getting much attention for his bizarre statements and behavior. Invictus admitted to drinking goat's blood during a pagan ritual sacrifice, predicted a coming race war, and has expressed pride in his association with skinheads. (Invictus is a criminal defense attorney.)

Last Monday, October 8th, John and Shannon Farren (who was filling in for the vacationing Ken), discussed Invictus. John said (and Shannon agreed) that while the LP largely reflects his political views, he could never support the party because they seem to nominate candidates who've fallen out of the Crazy Tree.

You can hear the portion of their show where they discussed Invictus by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nancy Shiffrin Reads Her Poetry

Longtime KHC attendee Nancy Shiffrin sends the following announcement:

Nancy Shiffrin, RD Armstrong, and Don Campbell will read their poetry and discuss literary community at the Los Angeles Public Library, Palms Rancho Park Branch, on Saturday, May 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Shiffrin's poems can be found in The Vast Unknowing and Game With Variations.

"In her poem, 'At the Writers' Retreat,' Shiffrin quotes Anais Nin, 'There are no writer's blocks, only secrets we are afraid of telling.' Nancy Shiffrin isn't afraid. And no one will remain indifferent to the virtuoso power with which she reveals her secrets"
          -- Ricky Rapoport Friesem, Poetica Magazine

"Nancy Shiffrin's writing is lean, sensitive, erotic. She celebrates the female body with a rare vigor."
          -- Robert Peters


Friday, March 20, 2015

Ted Brown to Run for Chair of California Libertarian Party

Pasadena libertarian activist Ted Brown has announced his intentions to run for chair of the Libertarian Party of California at the upcoming state convention in May.

Kevin Takenaga has been chair since May of 2007, and will likely run for yet another term. But after eight years, he's been there too long. From what I can see, the LPC is mired in apathy and inertia. The party is invisible to the public. While Top Two is partially to blame for that, it's also true that state conventions have attracted ever fewer delegates. It seems California libertarians don't think that participating in the LPC is worth the bother.

I believe a Ted Brown-led LPC will reinvigorate the party. Here are Brown's own words, announcing his candidacy:

Dear Fellow Libertarians,

I have decided to run for Chair of the Libertarian Party of California. The state convention will be held on Sunday, May 31, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I urge you to attend and to support my candidacy.

The California LP has fallen on hard times over the last few years. Membership hovers around 800, where it once stood at 7,000 or more. Fundraising and new member recruitment at the state party level have slowed to a tiny trickle. There has been no newsletter for quite some time, and very little communication with members, so it's difficult to find out what's going on in the state party.

Or, perhaps we hear nothing because nothing is happening, which is even less acceptable. Transparency is #1 with me.

It's time for a few changes. Libertarians need to regroup and show that we are still on duty -- fighting for personal freedom, economic freedom, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. If we won’t do it, who will?

I have been an LP member for 36 years, and have held almost every job in the party during that time. I was chair from 1988 to 1989, served on the Executive Committee for 20 years, served as Los Angeles County chair, and newsletter editor. I handled candidate recruitment for over 20 years, personally signing up hundreds of LP candidates. I have also run as a Libertarian candidate myself 15 times.

I took a break from activism about 7 years ago to build my business, though I have attended most conventions and currently serve as chair of the Judicial Committee and as secretary of my local group in Pasadena. It's time for me to come back and work to revitalize the California LP.

This will be a tough job and I need your help to do it. I'm looking for Libertarians who are interested in the following areas (not a complete list):

* Membership Recruitment

* Fundraising

* Newsletter

* Candidate Recruitment

* Being a candidate (partisan or non-partisan)

* Speaker's Bureau

* Website design

* Press releases & media relations

* Initiatives (like repealing Top Two)

* Testifying at the state capitol

* Student group organization

* County LP organizations (where we don't have any now)

* Liaison and outreach to other libertarian-oriented groups

* Convention 2016

Please e-mail me at with your support, ideas, and areas for which you wish to volunteer. You have strengths which you can share and the party can use. Help the cause of liberty forge ahead, not fizzle away. Thanks in advance for your help, and see you in Las Vegas!

For liberty,

Ted Brown

PS: If you want things to turn around for the Libertarian Party of California, you need to make your voice heard and your vote count! The state convention on May 31 is your chance to do just that. (Go to for details.)