Readers’ News Open Thread for 1/15/11

By reader request, I’m putting up a new open thread for readers to post news tips (you can also send them to and CC iprtwo at

I’ll just copy and past the text from the previous thread explaining what this is about:

The moderators here at IPR have noticed an influx of links within the comments which, while relating to the political world, do not necessarily contribute to topical discussion within their respective threads. We understand that the contact account can sometimes receive too much news to get everything up here, or if it does makes its way to the front page it does so with a significant delay.

We will make this thread an open place to share links to any stories you find particularly interesting or newsworthy. Please only post links in other articles which contribute actively to the discussion in that respective thread.

In personal news from Paulie, I’m back from my latest road trip (more about that soon) and will be posting a lot of articles at IPR again….but I’m not sure for how long, as I hope to get more petition work again in the near future.

And speaking of political news, Australia’s Rap News continues to address topics which have been addressed by alternative political parties in the US and other nations. Here’s their latest:

40 thoughts on “Readers’ News Open Thread for 1/15/11

  1. paulie Post author

    On the post/repost list. Someone can get to them before me if so inclined, or let me know if we posted them and I missed it.

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    Blame Arizona shooting on the shooter
    January 13, 2011
    By Brian Irving

    BURNET, Texas (Jan. 13) – It will be all too easy and popular to claim that the shooting in Arizona that killed six people was caused by the vitriol prevalent in American political discourse, but as usual the easy and popular explanation of this tragedy will avoid the truth, R. Lee Wrights, libertarian writer, activist and potential 2012 presidential candidate said in a statement today.

    “As a father of two daughters myself, I am especially saddened by the murder of a 6-year-old girl, and I mourn the death of all those killed,” Wrights said. “I pray for the recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and all those injured.”

    “I understand that in our grief it’s naturally for us to want to know why such a terrible thing happened,” Wrights continued. “So it will be easy and popular for people to attempt to explain this awful event by laying the blame on everything from so-called hate speech, to the rhetoric of the Tea Party movement and political talk show hosts.”

    “Sadly, that won’t give us the true answer. Everyone will conveniently overlook the fact that this was the horrible act of one, very troubled individual,” Wrights observed. “No matter what other factors were present, no matter what pressures, ideas or words he was exposed to, one individual made the decision to commit this horrible crime.”

    “We shouldn’t let grief, or political agendas, obscure the fundamental truth that the real culprit in this tragedy is the individual who pulled the trigger,” Wrights said. “Blaming this crime on anyone or anything else would be an unconscionable justification of his failure or inability to take responsibility for his own actions.”

    “Unfortunately, it’s all too common in America today to justify bad behavior by blaming in on nebulous causes like upbringing, environment or society in general. No one is willing to take responsibility for their actions,” Wrights said.

    “If the person who committed this heinous act has mental or emotional problems, that could mitigate his guilt, but should not excuse or justify his action,” Wrights said.

    “I began this new year by resolving to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness, and focus on using the tools of peace, love, mercy and forgiveness against the weapons of war, hate, vengeance, and cruelty,” Wrights resolved. “I also resolved to remain civil in my political discourse and treat all people I encounter with the dignity and respect that is their due as human beings.”

    “This terrible act only increases my determination to keep those commitments. If we are going to put an end to violence in our nation, if we are going to stop all war, then we must begin by stopping the use of war-like words in our political debates,” Wrights reflected.

    “Words did not cause this tragedy anymore than words will bring back the dead or heal the wounded. So, we must be ever careful to not allow the words of talking heads and political pundits to push America into another unnecessary war,” Wrights concludes. “Let’s not be drawn into a war against one of the most precious freedoms we Americans still enjoy… the freedom of speech.”

    Wrights, a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 should be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. He has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states.

    The 52-year old writer and political activist was born in Winston Salem, N.C. and now lives in Texas. He is the co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All.

    Wrights 2012 press release

  4. paulie Post author

    Didn’t post this one due to spacing issues.

    Anyone feel like cleaning it up?


    Dear Paul,

    I offer the following 478 words from my friend

    Rick White and me:

    Rick: Jim, you are not rich, famous, beautiful,

    nor do you have business leadership experience

    or have you held any elected government office,

    you do not even have a college diploma and you

    were put in jail for failure to file income tax returns,

    what makes you think that you are qualified to be

    President of the United States?

    Jim: Article 2, Section 1, Paragraph 5 of the United

    States Constitution offers only three requirements to be

    President: One, that a person be a natural born citizen; I

    was born in Long Beach, California and my mother was

    born in California and my father was born in Oklahoma.

    Two, that a person must have attained thirty five years of

    age; my birthday is February 1, 1946 (as a side note, I have

    been a member of the LP more than 35 years). And three,

    that a person be a resident of the United States for at least

    fourteen years; I have not lived outside the United States.

    Therefore, according to the United States Constitution,

    I am qualified to be President.

    Rick: Most people believe that the President is the leader

    of the free world, what make you think that you are qualified

    to be the leader of the free world?

    Jim: I am not qualified to be the leader of the free world. The

    problem is that no one is qualified to be the leader of the free

    world. The difference is that I know it and the Democrat and

    the Republican politicians do not have that knowledge. We

    do not elect a dictator, a king, nor a God. The President is

    the chief administrator of the government of the United States

    (Article 2, Section 1), an important job for now, but still just a

    person who has taken an oath to uphold the constitution. The

    President is an employee of the United States Government.

    The United States Government drives its just power from the

    consent of the people. The President is not “the leader of the

    free world,” rather the President should be a person who attempts

    to the best of their ability to protect our rights to life, liberty, and

    the pursuit of happiness.

    Rick: Why are you seeking the Libertarian Party nomination

    for President?

    Jim: If you seek the improvement of the human condition,

    if you want peace, prosperity, and progress, then the

    implementation of libertarianism should be your paramount

    objective. I believe that a reason that libertarianism has not

    been implemented is that we do not know how to do it: yet.

    We need to do, what we do, differently and better. I am seeking

    the Libertarian Party nomination because I believe that I can

    advocate for libertarian ideas in a convincing manner, and I have

    ideas on how to make the Libertarian Party more successful: a

    different way, to do, what we do.

    Jim Burns

    PO Box 1139

    Beatty, NV 89003



    PS: My friend Rick and I agree on many things but not everything. I recommend that you check him out, it is worth the trip. See some of Ricks’ stuff:

  5. paulie Post author

    Pirate Solidarity

    Friday 07 January 2011 – 20:10:08 – Posted by Bradley Hall in National
    As some of you may know, there have been demonstrations and protests in Tunisia regarding dismay over unemployment and less than stellar living conditions, among other things. These protests began in December 2010. So far five have died, maybe more.

    From the official Tunisia Pirate Party press release (the English version of the press release on their Facebook page isn’t the most elegant, I have cleaned it up as best as I could, the link to their original post is at the end of this newsletter):

    “Three members of the party, were arrested by the Tunisian political police. No warrant was used. No one, including their families, is aware of where they are being detained as of now. Their computers have also been confiscated by the police.”

    This went down on January 6th. The names of the arrested Pirates are Azyz Ammami, Slim Amamou and Slah Eddine Kchouk.

    These pirates, and others were arrested, not because of their affiliation with their Pirate Party (though that may have been a factor), but because they rose up with their fellow Tunisians and publicly complained.

    We support our fellow pirates in their plight. (Link to PPT’s press release)
    [Submitted by Bradley Hall]

  6. paulie Post author

    Jan. 16th: Socialist Party of Boston General Membership Meeting- 5:30 pm @ the Lucy Parsons Center 549 Columbus Ave. in the South End, Boston. Members, supporters, and the curious are all invited to attend. Info: spboston (at) spboston (dot) org

    January 15-16th: Socialist Party USA National Committee Meeting 339 Lafayette St (Buzzer #11) New York City, NY.

    Jan 21st: Walk and Vigil Against Torture and to Close Guantanamo- Join members of the Socialist Party of New Jersey and other civil rights organizations in a walk and vigil against torture and to shut down Guan- tanamo. 3:00pm starting at Montclair Public Library 50 So. Fulerton Ave. Montclair, NJ Info: 201-803-7574 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 201-803-7574

  7. paulie Post author

    WikiLeaks and the Prosecution of the Whistle-blowers

    Resolution adopted by the State Executive Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party on January 9, 2011.

    There are many alarming disclosures within the WikiLeaks documents which deserve scrutiny and further investigation. It is therefore all the more outrageous that instead of investigating what has been uncovered, the U.S. Government has, instead, focused its vast resources on an attempt to silence the alleged “whistle-blowers”.

    The Peace and Freedom Party stands in support of Julian Assange, who is now under House Arrest in England, and Bradley Manning – currently being held – on the basis of hearsay evidence – in solitary confinement in a military prison in Quantico, Virginia. We support all calls for their freedom. We condemn the attacks and threats against Assange and Manning and renew our defense of the right to free speech and a free press.

  8. paulie Post author

    Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    First Ever Wedding Between A Corporation And A Person
    527 N. Dixie
    Lake Worth, FL [Get Map]
    Contact: ,


    On January 21st, 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States re-affirmed that Corporations have the same Constitutional rights as people (Citizens United v FEC). In commemoration of that decision there will commence a national search for the ideal corporate groom for a mere mortal, Ms. Sarah “echo” Steiner, who has made it clear that she intends to take the Supreme Court at its word and honor her marriage when she finds a suitable candidate.

    The search is on. A press conference will kick off the event on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Little Owl in Lake Worth, Florida located at 527 N. Dixie Highway. At this time, Ms. Steiner is expected to announce her decision to search for a suitable corporation to marry. There have been rumors circulating that a number of potential corporate grooms are already in the running (including green colored corporate persons).

    So mark you calendars, tell your friends, and spread the word: if corporations are persons, then let us celebrate the end of discrimination against them by permitting them to get married just like everyone else… well, almost everyone else. See you there!!!

    This event is sponsored by Florida Move to Amend, Palm Beach County Green Party, and Progressive Democrats of America, Florida. For more information on Move to Amend, go to

    Contact: Ms. Suki DeJong 561-352-1108 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 561-352-1108 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Ms. Bonnie Redding 561-762-8191 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 561-762-8191 end_of_the_skype_highlighting,

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    Front page of Constitution Party website:

    Helen Keller and Politics

    What do the world’s most popular deaf and blind woman and the topic of politics have to do with each other? Plenty and I’m not refering to Helen Keller’s decision to join and follow the Socialist Party of the United States.

    I’m actually refering to Helen’s teacher, Miss Annie Sullivan. This afternoon I watched the black and white movie starring Patty Duke as Helen and Anne Bancroft as Miss Sullivan. Annie came to the Keller residence with no formal training. Simply a desire to reach into the mind of that child and teach her (words). It took a tremendous amount of committment, time, physical strength and stamina and the patience of Job. I got exhausted just watching her teach Helen table manners. Miss Annie’s committment finally paid off when Helen began understanding that words actually meant something.

    So what does this have to do with politics? Like Helen I was once blind and deaf to the truths of the Republican Party. I knew most Democrats were liberal but the Republican Party, weren’t they the conservative party? Weren’t they the ones claiming to be pro-life? Shrinking the size and scope of big government? That they were the party of the people? Sure there might be one or two who consistently stand for those principals but the party as a whole? My blindness was being removed to the truth that they were none of those things. Sure they talk a big talk but their actions/votes do not line up with their promises. I believe that’s called “rhetoric”.

    After the movie was finished, my husband reminded me that I am an Annie Sullivan. I have blind people in front of me who are walking in the blind truth that the Republican Party truly cares about Constitutional government. What will it take for me to help them see the truth as I did? Time (praying we have enough time), committment (even when they choose not to hear it) and a lot of patience. Just like Miss Sullivan had Annie’s best interests at heart, so I also do what I do because of the interest of both the people and the future of our country.

    I’m not saying this to brag or that I know it all. Like Miss Sullivan, I’m learning as I go. All I know is that “once I was blind and now I see”. I want to help others to see (with their minds) as well.

    Audrey Queckboerner
    Constitution Party of Indiana

  10. paulie Post author

    Thread for Presidential & Vice Presidential Nominations
    By: southernpatriot

    The Presidential & Vice Presidential nominees will be held beginning December 22, 2011 and lasting as many days as needed to chose the nominees.


    22 December 2010 The National Committee voted to hold the 2012 National Convention from May 1-7, 2012. With a separate convention to select the Presidential & Vice Presidential nominees to begin on December 22, 2011 and lasting as many days as needed to chose the nominees.
    To make Presidential & Vice-Presidential nominations, please leave a comment on

    There are currently 2,078 (non-blocked) members of the Boston Tea Party. The largest Facebook group has 1,484 members.

  11. paulie Post author

    LP blog: (Mark Hinkle) (Wes Benedict) (Mark Hinkle) (Staff) (Michelle) (Staff) The Leader Times (Pittsburgh area) reports on Rev. Randall Forester’s efforts to organize Armstrong County Libertarians (Staff)

  12. paulie Post author

    Emailed to IPR:

    Tea Party chairman says “Republicans have to deliver” — but probably won’t.
    January 13th, 2011 by Michael Freeman

    ORLANDO – Looking at the huge victories won by the Republican Party last November, when the GOP picked up 63 seats in Congress, the chairman of the Florida Tea Party expects her movement to experience something this year: a golden opportunity.

    Peg Dunmire, who is building up the Florida Tea Party to become a legitimate alternative to the Democrats and Republicans, says the GOP victories last November represented a clear repudiation of the performance of President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress in managing the economy, reducing our national debt, and controlling spending.

    But it doesn’t, she added, represent a clear endorsement of the Republicans, and Dunmire is convinced that the GOP may set expectations too high on what they can accomplish – and ultimate fail.

    “I think that the public is very skeptical about whether the Republicans will deliver – and what they will deliver,” Dunmire said.

    Polls so far haven’t been encouraging to the GOP, she noted. A Wall Street Journal poll showed that 24 percent of Americans view the Republican Party positively, compared to a 33 percent who give a positive rating to the Democrats. Even after Democrats got crushed in the midterm elections, Dunmire said, voters remain skeptical about what the GOP will accomplish.

    That skepticism is likely to grow, Dunmire said, since in December’s “lame duck” session, Congress approved a massive spending bill called the Omnibus Appropriations Act.

    “They added a trillion dollars to our debt,” Dunmire said, while noting that the Florida Tea Party stands for the exact opposite: no deficit spending and a reduction in the responsibilities of the federal government, with more and more programs turned over to the states.

    The 112th Congress recently convened, with U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, taking over as Speaker of the House from liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who now becomes minority leader. But the U.S. Senate is still controlled by Democrats, and with President Obama in the White House, there’s speculation that Republicans may have to compromise on a lot of their goals, including repealing the health care law and pushing for new spending cuts.

    Dunmire said that after such a sweeping victory, the GOP needs to deliver on their pledge to reduce the budget deficit and seriously cut federal spending – or risk alienating the voters who elected them.

    “They have to stand for something,” she said. “It remains to be seen what their attitude will be. The jury is totally, totally out on them.”

    The first big test, she said, will be the vote in the House to kill the national health care reform law passed by Congress in early 2010. The controversial measure, which many political analysts say contributed heavily to the Democrats’ sweeping defeat, nevertheless continues to have strong support from the president, who had pledged to veto any repeal effort.

    Dunmire noted that some conservative commentators, like Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly of The O’Reilly Factor, “are saying this is a waste of time because the Democrats control the Senate. I disagree. The Republican strategy in the House is to kill Obamacare, and I think it’s very good that the Republicans want to do this. They need to. The Republicans have to deliver on this in the House.”

    Dunmire ran for Congress last year in Florida’s 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Orlando and Orange, Lake, Osceola and Marion counties. She and the Democratic incumbent, Alan Grayson, lost to the Republican candidate, former state Sen. Dan Webster.

    Dunmire noted that during the election, Republican candidates picked up a lot of support from voters affiliated with the Tea Party movement, which called for a return to a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and limits on the powers of the federal government.

    If the GOP can’t control spending and end up returning to the big spending days when they controlled Congress under much of President George W. Bush’s first term, Dunmire said, they could turn off Tea Party voters altogether.

    “Are they going to play politics as usual?” she asked. “This is why we’re not going away.

    Peg Dunmire says the Florida Tea Party is here to stay because Republicans may not follow through on their promises to cut spending and repeal Obamacare.

    The Florida Tea Party is here to stay, because we don’t know if the Republicans will deliver.”

    Contact us at
    Written by: Michael Freeman for Freeline Media on January 13, 2011.
    Posted in Politics

    Tea Party
    121 South Orange Avenue
    Suite 1500
    Orlando, FL 32801
    (407) 377-6642 – phone
    (407) 377-6806 – fax

  13. paulie Post author


    That’s a lot of stuff to post, and that’s just scratching the surface.

    I could use some help with as much of this as possible….

  14. FYI! [Lake]

    Oh, Lordie, Ms Audrey Queckboerner, [on Indiana] you sure do not know it all.

    Where in the world did you get the idea that Ms Sullivan was uneducated / under prepared?

    “and graduating as class valedictorian in 1886 from the Perkins Institute for the Blind, she began teaching Helen Keller ………”

    And she was recruited by Mister Keller upon visiting the Boston area for the specific purpose of enhancing his daughter’s education.

    *personal experience* even B4 I got acquainted with Quirk and Grundmann, CP types were widely known to ‘make it up as we go along’ ……..

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  16. paulie Post author

    Anyone here on IPR know this guy from the petitioner community?

    He looks vaguely familiar but I can’t say for sure I recognize him or not.

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    Automated spam filter. You have to let us know when that happens, then we can take a look and fish them out for you.

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