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Former IRS attorney Mark Barnes

Jessica Wise

founder – The Litas

Devin Townsend

recording artist

Pat Bagley

Pulitzer finalist political cartoonist

Sean Whalen

men’s coach

Robert Clark

National Geographic photographer

Kurt Bestor

Composer, pianist, trumpet player Kurt Bestor

composer

Richard Dutcher

black and white portrait of filmmaker Richard Dutcher

filmmaker

Marianne Willamson

author & spiritual teacher

Steven Wilson

Grammy nominated musician & producer

Peter Breinholt

Singer / songwriter Peter Breinholt photographed by Paul Duane

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How do you write off gambling losses as a tax write-off? What’s the worst job in the world? Is taxation theft? Former IRS attorney Mark Barnes dishes out on what it’s like on the inside.

“The worst job on earth is to be the guy that’s collecting a [horse] semen sample.”

On the the legalities of writing off one’s gambling losses as a legit business expense:

“His religion, Feng Shui, was the offset to probability theory.” 

“If a judge feels bad for somebody, it’s a very difficult thing to win that case, no matter how right you are on the law.”

“When a judge feels bad for somebody, they can find a way tot get there, most of the time.” 

Q: Should you shed tears in the court room?

A: It depends on how realistic you can appear

 

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Sacred Clown: Willy Marshall

Jessica Wise

founder – The Litas

Devin Townsend

recording artist

Pat Bagley

Pulitzer finalist political cartoonist

Sean Whalen

men’s coach

Robert Clark

National Geographic photographer

Kurt Bestor

Composer, pianist, trumpet player Kurt Bestor

composer

Richard Dutcher

black and white portrait of filmmaker Richard Dutcher

filmmaker

Marianne Willamson

author & spiritual teacher

Steven Wilson

Grammy nominated musician & producer

Peter Breinholt

Singer / songwriter Peter Breinholt photographed by Paul Duane

singer / songwriter

Genpo Roshi

black and white portrait of Zen Master Genpo Roshi

Zen Master Genpo Roshi

 

Here are the things referenced during today’s episode with Willy Marshall:

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A partial autopsy of the Gary Johnson Campaign with Charlynn Patterson

Jessica Wise

founder – The Litas

Devin Townsend

recording artist

Pat Bagley

Pulitzer finalist political cartoonist

Sean Whalen

men’s coach

Robert Clark

National Geographic photographer

Kurt Bestor

Composer, pianist, trumpet player Kurt Bestor

composer

Richard Dutcher

black and white portrait of filmmaker Richard Dutcher

filmmaker

Marianne Willamson

author & spiritual teacher

Steven Wilson

Grammy nominated musician & producer

Peter Breinholt

Singer / songwriter Peter Breinholt photographed by Paul Duane

singer / songwriter

Genpo Roshi

black and white portrait of Zen Master Genpo Roshi

Zen Master Genpo Roshi

 

What do BETA VCRs and Libertarians have in common?
Why did Bill Weld seemingly break rank and start endorsing Hillary?
Aleppo aside, was Gary really well suited for the White House?

On today’s show, we dig in and find out from a source that comes deep from the inside. I’ve had the good fortune of being pretty closely connected to the inner workings of the Gary Johnson campaign.  This afforded me a more nuanced view on the campaign than I often let on during public conversations leading up to the election. I get into this in some detail during the opening monologue of the show.  Charlynn Patterson served as a Regional Director in the campaign of Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Gary Johnson.  We have a frank conversation about some of the internal failures from a culture, hiring, and management perspective that undermined the success of the Libertarian Nominee’s bid for President.

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Rainbow and Rebel flags for Willy Marshall

Jessica Wise

founder – The Litas

Devin Townsend

recording artist

Pat Bagley

Pulitzer finalist political cartoonist

Sean Whalen

men’s coach

Robert Clark

National Geographic photographer

Kurt Bestor

Composer, pianist, trumpet player Kurt Bestor

composer

Richard Dutcher

black and white portrait of filmmaker Richard Dutcher

filmmaker

Marianne Willamson

author & spiritual teacher

Steven Wilson

Grammy nominated musician & producer

Peter Breinholt

Singer / songwriter Peter Breinholt photographed by Paul Duane

singer / songwriter

Genpo Roshi

black and white portrait of Zen Master Genpo Roshi

Zen Master Genpo Roshi

In a zeitgeist of being politically correct, Willy Marshall is a rebel that’s hard to argue with.

Utah’s first openly gay mayor defends the rights of business owners to hire and fire HIM beause he’s gay. Freedom is that important to him.   I’ve interviewed plenty of people who say they love freedom, but this guy takes the cake.

Aside from that, Willy is just a hilarious, classic Corvette driving dude.  A brilliant embodiment of the “sacred clown” (what is that? read more about it here).

In keeping with Willy’s promise – if you are serious about running a campaign and want coaching on how to run for office, you can contact Willy Marshal here:  https://www.facebook.com/willy.marshall.7

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Johnson / Weld Libertarian Rally

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It’s that time of year when we (and I’m assuming that if you read my stuff, this applies to you) all lose a few friends due to political conversations.  Choosing between the lesser of two evils is dicey stuff. Only the most loving or ambivalent of friendships withstand the test.

Good thing we have Gary Johnson & Bill Weld to save the day!

Worst case scenario, your friends will think you are overly optimistic for supporting the Libertarian candidates.  That’s an indictment I will happily live with.

Governors Johnson and Weld came to Salt Lake City on 6 Aug for a rally at the University of Utah. We had an awesome turnout, a roaring crowd of 1500 people along with coverage from every news outlet in town.  I had the privilege of photographing the event and participating in the press conference beforehand. The podcast episode attached to this post contains the audio from the press conference. Senator Mark Madsen (newly minted Libertarian, having recently left the Republican Party), joined Johnson & Weld for the media Q&A.

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are well known for their ability to “reach across the isle”.  Their political careers provide the evidence; I’m now beginning to see the mechanism behind it. They don’t spend time talking negatively about thier opponents. They understand that words have power, and choose to focus that power on THEIR ideas, principles, and plans.  Not only that, they come to every conversation with an understanding that most of us have more in common than we realize.  When you begin a political conversation by recognizing and discussing the points you have in common, it sets the stage for a truly open minded exchange where differing points of view may be considered.  “Debate” is nearly useless as a tool for convincing people. How many times has your mind been changed because someone proved to you how wrong you are?  That’s what I thought.  😉  A couple of thoughts from the unofficial Gary Johnson / Bill Weld playbook of sharing Libertarianism:

  • Don’t waste time talking negatively about Trump or Clinton. It’s all been said. They do it to each other and themselves better than you or I could ever dream of doing.
  • Realize that most of us have A LOT in common. Begin your conversations by talking about the things you have in common. (For instance, Bernie supporters and Libertarians are both very concerned about crony capitalism and VALUE ethics in business).
  • Rather than attack other points of view, spend time sharing the positives of your own position and how it’s made a difference in your life / how you expect it to make a difference.
  • Accept that not everyone is going to agree with your conclusions. Make sure you remain friends. Friendship is more important than being “right”.

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Senator Mark Madsen leaves GOP for Libertarian Party

It’s a good day in the Freedom movement, my friends. Utah Senator Mark Madsen held a press conference to announce that he’s leaving the Republican Party and officially changing his affiliation to the Libertarian Party.  I had the good fortune of being able to photograph the press conference.

The following day, 26 July, Senator Madsen and his wife Erin joined me in the studio at KTalk 630 to talk about his switch.  We had a severe technical problem with our audio feed; part of the interview was rendered unusable. We were able to preserve a large part of the interview; though the audio quality is not optimal, you still can hear it.

At any rate, these are exciting times in the Liberty movement! Gary Johnson and Bill Weld continue to pick up steam. Remember – in your conversations with people about the presidential candidates, focus your energy on sharing the positives of why you believe Gary Johnson is the best man for the job. Don’t spend time nitpicking Trump and Hillary. That’s old news. Let’s invest our time educating people about the principles of freedom. Focus on the positive (even though it’s really, super duper, uber hard to refrain from picking on the negatives right now. I know. I feel your pain.  🙂