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  • The Air Force and The Espionage Act The Air Force Oversteps Its Bounds – published 9 Feb 2011 Recently, the Air Force announced possible prosecution under the Espionage Act to civilian family members who read Wikileaks on private computers The idea that a USAF wife, child or relative would be prosecuted for reading a public message by private means is both ludicrous and ...
  • Is This How Liberty Dies? On Thursday, December 15 – the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights – Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which can be used by the President to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial; an utter eradication of the Fifth Amendment, without apology. Our Congress decided the President needs more power at ...
  • So Which Way Is It Sheriff? It’s becoming clear that Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley is becoming a master of doublespeak. After I attended the county commission meeting on July 19, there are more questions than answers about why the Sheriff’s Office costs so much. When questioned by the commission he seemed very defensive and deflecting rather than answering clearly and directly. In one ...
  • Okaloosa’s Complacent County Commission Pete Blome addressed the Board of County Commissioners for Okaloosa County 17 May 2011 at the meeting where the budget for the Mid Bay Bridge Authority, a Florida Special District, gets reviewed and approved by the Commissioners IAW Law 2000-411. The County Commissioners in the past have routinely approved the bridge budget without public discussion, ...
  • Pete Blome and Lee Jackson elected to the Exec Committee of the LPF Sweeping Changes at the Libertarian Party of Florida Convention! From April 29 through May 1st, the Libertarian Party of Florida held its annual Convention, part of which is to elect new officers. Pete Blome was elected to the Executive Committee of the LPF as an At-Large Director. Although Blome originally opposed John Smith for the position, Mr. Smith ...
  • The Biggest Unseen Problem In The County For years now, the Libertarians in Okaloosa County have been alone pointing out the fiscal mess that is the Mid Bay Bridge Authority. It is a monstrous case of our County Commissioners shirking their supervisory duty according to the law, of a bridge authority thinking trees will grow forever to the sky, and then the state ...
  • Pete Blome Announces Candidacy for LPF At-Large (1) Dear Fellow Libertarian, My name is Pete Blome, and I hereby announce my intention to run for the position of at-large representative for the Libertarian Party of Florida. I am a retired military officer, and I am currently the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County, which is located in the Pandhandle of Florida. I am ...
  • Okaloosa Schools: Hypocrisy On Display By Karl Denninger March 01, 2011 2:52 PM Why aren’t Ruckel Middle School students allowed to sit with who they wish at lunch? What values are Okaloosa District schools actually teaching our kids? I had to ask myself those questions after my daughter was given detention by Ruckel Middle School for merely crossing the lunch room floor and ...
  • USAF Steps Back – published 11 Feb 2011 A few days ago I wrote about how the Air Force had overstepped its bounds by officially threatening to prosecute civilian military family members under the Espionage Act if they read Wikileaks on a privately owned computer at home . The ...
  • The LPF Is In Desperate Need of Reform (originally sent to all Libertarian County Chairs with email addresses 30 Jan 2011) Dear Fellow Libertarian County Chair, My name is Pete Blome, and I Chair the Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County. I became a County Chair because I believe in Libertarian principles, and I think if more of our leaders applied them that our lives would ...