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  1. Darryl W. Perry Darryl W. Perry May 17, 2011

    I wonder if this will “appease” Robert Milnes:

    “I will not discourage anyone from campaigning for Ron Paul or any other candidate seeking any party’s nomination. That being said, instead I will focus my energy on building the Boston Tea Party, ensuring the party nominates the best candidate possible and obtaining ballot access in as many states as possible.”

  2. ipr party over, turn out the lites ipr party over, turn out the lites May 17, 2011

    3 years is probably the maximum useful lifespan of a site like this.


    TPW May 2005-May 2008
    IPR May 2008-May 2011
    ? May 2011 – ….

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  4. Written By: ednoonan7 – May• 13•11

    Lt Col Terry Lakin finally Free!

    I may be the only freelance writer in America that is commenting today on the FREEDOM of LTC Terry Lakin.

    He has been released from Leavenworth Prison because he politely requested proof from the military that King Soetoro was a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN, and that King Soetoro was eligible to be his Commander in Chief.

    Colonel Lakin has spent the last six months in Leavenworth for questioning Soetoro’s qualifications to be his Commander-in-Chief.

    The Army Colonel that was the judge during Lakin’s court martial stated that she would not allow Lakin any Constitutional protections because the matter might “embarrass” the bogus POTUS and bogus Commander in Chief (aka BHO).

    No discovery, no witnesses, no defense of any kind was allowed during the military kangaroo court against Lakin.

    Terrorist from Iraq who were detained in military confinement in Guantanamo got more constitutional rights than did Lakin.

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    Now Let Us Praise a Famous Man: Rich McKee, 1949-2011

    Richard P. McKee, who died this week at age 62, was indefatigable in his advocacy of open government and participatory democracy in California.

    Former First Amendment Coalition Board president and co-founder of CalAware, Rich cast a big shadow in the world of people committed to shining light on government decision-making in California.

    But he cast an even bigger shadow among city councils, school districts and boards of supervisors that had made the mistake of disregarding Rich’s demands that they abide by the letter and spirit of state open meeting laws.

    Through his relentless campaign of challenges, demands and (when necessary) litigation, Rich forced a generation of recalcitrant government officials, especially in southern California, to do more of their deliberating in public.

    And in the process he gave many, many citizens a real voice in their local government. It is a fine legacy. (READ MORE)

    Real agenda cloaked in government buzzwords and bafflegab

    Agenda’ descriptions filled with buzzwordsBY DICK ROGERS—When it came time last December to vote on a labor contract for hundreds of city workers, San Leandro leaders didn’t scurry into a back room to make the politically hot decision in secret.

    That’s the good news. The bad news is that San Leandro, like other local governments, obscured its intent and minimized public participation in another way. Call it hiding in plain sight. (READ MORE)

    NYT’s Keller v. Wikileaks’ Assange: Gray Lady gladly accepts secrets; scorns source

    Julian Assange profile by NYT’s Editor Bill Keller, BY EDWARD WASSERMAN—It’s the climax of the 1975 hit Three Days of the Condor.

    On a Manhattan sidewalk fugitive CIA analyst Robert Redford, having outgunned his assassins, confronts his double-dealing boss, who demands he join the sinister plot to control the world’s oil.

    No way, Redford says, he’s already blown the whistle. And the camera pans across the street where a truckload of newsprint is being delivered—to The New York Times. Game over.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh, Hollywood. But what really happens when you’re a major league whistle blower? (READ MORE)

  6. Why has Don Lake, with Ultra Conservative Southern Baptist / Boy Scout up bringing and multiple visits to Israel, gone from anti Palestine / Pro Judea to demanding that Jerusalem be accountable in a reasonable, rational manner.

    Fairness may be?

    “……. The Hillary Clinton expression is the one that holds the [Pakistani raid] photograph fully,” Time’s photo director told the magazine.

    “You can see 10 years of tension and heartache and anger in Hillary’s face,” Conde Nast’s Scott Dadich agreed.

    …….. the image still proved a bit too racy for at least one of the many newspapers that printed it.

    That would be the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic broadsheet Der Tzitung, published in Brooklyn.

    The paper photo shopped Clinton, as well at the only other woman who could be seen in the room —— Audrey Tomason, the national director of counter terrorism–out of the frame.

    “Apparently the presence of a woman, any woman, being all womanly and sexy all over the United States’ counter terrorism efforts was too much for the editors of Der Tzitung to handle,” noted the prominent women’s blog Jezebel’

    ………. “The Hasidic newspaper will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive,” Rabbi Jason Miller explains in The Jewish Week

    [Lake: like females in the missile field, head to toe, over alls and jump suits. Hubba, hubba …….]

  7. [ReformNewsList] Re: Regarding the essay contest via Bruce Westcott:
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    Well I do see that the [Jewish Cabal, American Zionist] Nazis have purposely posted my complaint regarding their censorship selection process. How convenient. How blatantly disingenuous.

    If the [John] Blare [and the Isreal First (so called) American Zionists] people (there must be at least 5 or 6 straggling followers left, aren’t there?) can pick and choose what and who they will “allow” to be posted to the NatCom and other reflectors, then why have I been lied to regarding my request that any and all references to me be deleted. The references are a little late aren’t they? (I resigned in May, 2010. )

    Every one of their Agenda items that refer to me and that they have attempting to pass since April, 2010 are simply outrageously stupid and have absolutely no current relevance.

    That is why the items are stubbornly and stupidly lingering. Do you want this “leadership” to remain in power in representing your national political party?

    Bruce Westcott
    Do YOU Want The Truth?

    In a message dated 4/27/2011 10:08:00 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

    Mr.Westcott: Anyone who sends an opinion in will have it reviewed by an unbias judge not related to the R.I. Reform Party.

    Thank You, David Greenwood – R.I. Reform Party


    I’m a 4th District, Kansas City [Missouri] resident who is, and long has been, interested in what happens on the Country Club Plaza, the distinctive and true jewel of the city.

    ………. if The Cowardly and Lame Duck City Council does what a lot of people expect it to do tomorrow, we could be seeing several more new office buildings between Broadway and J.C. Nichols Parkway in the coming years.

    The issue tomorrow will be rezoning a site behind the Balcony Building, where the Neptune Apartments now sit, on the northeast corner of 47th Street and Broadway.

    Highwoods Properties, which owns the Plaza is seeking the rezoning to allow for construction of a high-rise office building, to be used by the Polsinelli Shughart law firm or perhaps another tenant

  9. LNC REgional Representative Rachel Hawkridge, who has been catastrophically ill for some months, has resigned from the Libertarian Party. Her letter of resignation blasts LNC Chair Mark Hinkle and others. The letter is not the top story on

  10. Darryl W. Perry Darryl W. Perry April 21, 2011

    Then shouldn’t they have said the “ironically named law”?

  11. JT JT April 21, 2011

    Because of the name of the law. Duh.

  12. Darryl W. Perry Darryl W. Perry April 21, 2011

    From Jeopardy! April 19, 2011

    Mad Tea Party $2000
    “Ironically, the Boston Tea Party (“time to party like it’s 1773!”) opposes this Oct. 2001 anti-terrorist law”
    “The PATRIOT Act”

    … I’m wondering why they say “ironically” in the clue?

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  14. whatever whatever April 4, 2011

    4/4/11 | AP

    Former pro-wrestler and Minnesota governor, Jesse Ventura, says he would consider getting back into politics if Texas Congressman Ron Paul would run for president as an Independent.

    Ventura told George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” that he would “give great consideration to being his running mate.” But Ventura says he wouldn’t run on Paul’s ticket as a Republican.

  15. whatever whatever April 2, 2011

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    PASADENA, Calif. (ABP) — Nearly two-and-a-half years into his term, a federal appeals court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a case alleging that Barack Obama is not eligible to serve as president of the United States.

    “Praise the Lord Jesus,” plaintiff Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., commented on word that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had scheduled a hearing on his case May 2.

    Drake, who served as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2006-2007, was a third-party candidate for vice president of the U.S. in the 2008 election. He appeared on the California ballot alongside American Independent Party nominee Alan Keyes.

  16. The LPMass political conference (more details at to be held June 19 in Manchester NH has announced an extended speaker list. The guests of honor and their topics will be

    Judge John Buttrick, Arizona
    The Future of the Libertarian Political Movement

    Angela Keaton,
    Future Outreach to the AntiWar movement

    Joe Kennedy
    Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate

    Mary Ruwart
    The Future of the Libertarian Political Movement

    There will also be a Presidential candidate debate. The current candidates expected to have filed with the FEC by then are Lee Wrights and Roger Gary, but we will search the FEC filings for others.
    Moderator: George Phillies

  17. Donald ,

    Today, President Obama delivered a speech at Georgetown University where he outlined his plan for America’s energy security.

    It turns out he is still touting nuclear power and still proposing that taxpayer-backed loan guarantees should finance a new generation of atomic reactors.

    It also turns out the government is not the only one handing out loans.

    Just days before the Japanese earthquake, nuclear power company Duke Energy extended a $10 million loan to Obama’s re-election convention committee.

    Tell President Obama to reject the $10 million loan from Duke Energy.

    Then forward this message to your friends and family so that President Obama hears us loud and clear.

    Public Citizen is firmly opposed to politicians accepting huge sums of money from corporations.

  18. and yet COFOE does not detail nearly enuf or tell all,

    such as the ‘legal’ blockage of enfranchisement of citizens. Screw petitioning or ballot access, folks in American Samoa, Guam, The Phillipine Islands (1900 – 1945), colonial Hawaii, The Mariannias and other Pacific Islands, Territorial Alaska, Virgin Islands, PR, Cuba (1900 -1918) are not able to vote any one for American President.

    Their is no petitioning, no ballots. Hey, we are not a Constitution, a republic, an associate, a federation. We, like Persia, Egypt, Greece, Roma, France, Russia, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, Britain, are multi national imperial global empire.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I’m aguessing that we are not all that special. Any thots on whether the USA will be even recognized after say 2050!

  19. Coalition For Free and Open Elections
    Full and fair access to the electoral process is a right central to democracy

    Do we really have free elections?
    Our laws say that any citizen 18 years or more can vote, but shockingly large numbers of people do not register to vote, and of those who are registered, a large percentage do not bother to vote. In fact, the United States ranks 114th in voter turnout in all elections from 1945-1998, compared with other democracies.

    Why don’t people vote?
    One major reason is that many voters feel that they don’t have a real choice. They feel that between the two major political parties and their candidates there generally is not too much difference.

    Many Americans want an alternative. But — and here is the hitch — independents and alternative parties find the cards stacked against them. A maze of laws and regulations, varying from state to state, is like a barbed-wire fence around the polls.

    Most Americans don’t know these facts about the electoral process:

    •It takes 675,000 petition signatures for an independent or minor party presidential candidate to get on the ballot in all 50 states — that is 26 times the number needed by a Democratic presidential candidate.

    •Requirements for a minor party candidate to get on the ballot increased tenfold from 1930 to 1980 — while the U.S. population increased only two times.

    •Discriminatory filing fees hit only independent or minor party candidates.

    •Sky-high signature requirements exist in many states. Examples: California — 140,149 (in 15 weeks); Oklahoma — 58,552; Maryland — 69,500; North Carolina — 43,601.

    Besides these huge signature requirements, there are many obstacles to voter registration, particularly evident against Blacks and Hispanics. All of these are barriers to ballot access. They consume the limited resources of alternative parties and independents and leave them with little with which to carry on effective communication with the voting public.

    When independents and minor parties do manage to get on the ballot, the major media studiously ignores them. There are no “Meet the Press” or “Face the Nation” network shows for these candidates.

    Few alternative parties have access to the massive funds, private or public, to enable them to buy time in the electronic media or space in print publications to state their case to the voters. Thus, they may get on the ballot in some states, but they can’t get a broad hearing to advance their views.

    An egregious example
    Georgia has had fewer presidential candidates on the ballot in the last 30 years than any other state. Georgia’s state definition of “political party” is a group that receives 20% of the vote for president in the entire USA, or 20% for Governor of Georgia. No party other than the Democrats and Republicans has met that definition in Georgia since 1912 (when the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party got 27% for president in the entire USA). Even when the American Party carried Georgia in the electoral college in 1968, that still didn’t qualify the American Party, since even though it got over 50% in Georgia, it “only” got 13% in the entire USA. And no third party candidate for Governor of Georgia has polled 20% since 1898.

    How does it all add up?
    In short, it means that you and you and you don’t have a real voice in electing the people who govern us.

    It means that the two major parties, heavily financed by the powers that be, dominate our government.

    It means that they can decide on war or peace, taxes, labor-management relations, race relations, abortion — and a host of other issues which affect our lives. Except on the extraordinary occasion when there is an irresistible public movement, they can — and do — decide these questions in favor of the powers that be.

    About COFOE
    The Statement of Principles adopted by COFOE puts the issue plainly:

    “Full and fair access to the electoral process is a right central to democracy.”

    It was to champion this principle that a group of independents and representatives of alternative parties from across the political spectrum came together in the early ’80’s to form the Coalition for Free and Open Elections (COFOE).

    COFOE supports Congressional legislation to strike down barriers to ballot access.

    We’ve petitioned in the past throughout the nation for passage of Representative John Conyers’ bill, H.R. 1582, which called for a uniform Federal election law lowering signature requirements and eliminating discriminatory restrictions.

    We endorsed the Universal Registration Act sponsored by Sen. Alan Cranston and Rep. Conyers to liberalize existing voter registration laws.

    We support actions in the courts and various state legislatures to remove ballot restrictions.

    Our field representative, noted election law authority Richard Winger, publishes Ballot Access News monthly, providing up-to-date information on developments relating to the electoral process.

    We ask the support of all Americans, irrespective of political views, to join this fight for really free and democratic elections.

    Coalition for Free and Open Elections Statement of Principles

    Full and fair access to the electoral process is a right central to democracy.

    This right is protected by the U.S. Constitution in the First Amendment which guarantees, among other rights, the freedom to express political views through the electoral process.

    This right includes the freedom to register and vote, to form political parties, to run for political office at all levels, to have unhindered access to the ballot and to the means of reaching the public, and to share equally in the benefits given by the state and federal governments to the two major parties and their candidates.

    This right is not enjoyed today by voters who seek alternative political choices, nor by independent candidates and alternative political parties. Monopoly of the political process by the two major parties has, in fact, denied the voters an effective range of political choice. A maze of highly technical and restrictive laws has been enacted to bar the full exercise of the constitutional right to participate in the political process.

    We join with all democratic-minded citizens and groups in the struggle to assert the freedom to participate in the electoral process and to overcome, at every level, the barriers to complete ballot freedom.

    Contact COFOE
    PO Box 19082
    Washington, DC 20036-9082

    Send email to:

  20. George Phillies George Phillies March 26, 2011

    In Wisconsin, Republicans may have voted (or perhaps they broke the law) to make huge changes in state labor law, without having had the honesty to campaign on them first. Of course, they’re Republicans, so what did you expect?

    In any event, there is a massive effort to recall the Republican state senators who forgot to mention what they are actually doing.

    And a petitioner sent to the door of the mid-40s State Senator and his wife, to see if he would sign.

    His soon-to-be ex-wife came to the door. “He doesn’t live here any more” “He’s living in Madison with his 25-year-old mistress” who at the time was a lobbyist for “Persuasion Partners”. As a minority of one, I do not think that the fellows who thought up the name realized where that might lead, to their in my opinion great dismay.

    Having said this, it is very likely there will be special elections, so if you are in the district and want to run in the special election, there is a great opportunity to go door to door, collect signatures to make it happen, and incidentally get your trifold in the hands of the voters.

  21. JT JT March 17, 2011

    I don’t think it’s stupid at all to appeal to private-sector workers who don’t get lavish tax-funded pensions and benefits and have to be competent and productive to keep their jobs.

  22. JT JT March 17, 2011

    George: “Union bashing is a traditional Republican position, of Republicans of whom President Eisenhower said “they are stupid”.”

    Why is bashing unions that rely on government compulsion and oppose a more competitive labor market “stupid”?

  23. “The Independent Review Is Celebrating
    Fifteen Years of Excellence!”

    We are pleased to announce the publication of the Spring 2011 issue of The Independent Review, edited by the noted economist and historian Robert Higgs.

    Topics in this issue include the Federal Reserve’s emergence as the U.S. economy’s central planner; the failures of government disaster relief; the moral status of immigration barriers; the tragedy of the euro; politics and the auto industry bailouts; a remembrance of historian William F. Marina; social order and the state; the financial meltdown; post-disaster recovery; the right to earn a living; and Ayn Rand and the American Right.

    Below you will find a summary of the contents and links to selected articles, book reviews, subscription information,

  24. IN A SIMILAR LIGHT, With a step by step protocol on filing a Freedom of Information Act Request (Demand ???????) :

    Kansas City earnings tax election has shaped up to be a fight between some very prominent and open Kansas City backers * and some very secret opponents.

    The Save Kansas City Committee not only rightly and properly files the source of its donations with the Missouri Ethics Commission, but it sends its donor lists to media outlets to make sure people are paying attention to who backs their side.

    Meanwhile, earnings tax opponents use a legal loophole to hide from public scrutiny the source of most of the $275,000 they have received so far.

    Missouri law requires groups to list their contributors if they raise money for the sole purpose of influencing an election.

    The group seeking to kill the earnings tax, Freedom PAC, has complied, sort of. Unfortunately, its major source is a nonprofit group called the American Democracy Alliance.

    And because that group purports to exist for multiple purposes, it doesn’t have to disclose its finances.

    Read more:

    * Lake: oh we Heart Landers loves dem ganstas and high profile swells. Why think when we’s has folks like Frank Nitti, Alfonso Campone and Thomas Pendergast to tell us what do to ……….

    and the true way will have the letters D and or R connected to them. The local history of back room deals, dead elections officials, and rotten mayors re-elected and re-elected! Shame, shame, shame!

  25. Maybe Nut Maybe Nut March 16, 2011

    James O’Keefe on CNN:

    “There’s fraud, particularly financially, in this country, with the crony capitalism. I personally — you know, my political philosophy is essentially that big business and big government are scheming together to hurt Americans.

    So, yes, we’re going to get there, for sure. We just got started, and I feel my priority is to go after subjects right now that the media is refusing to touch.”

  26. Sunshine Week 2011 is here and this year FAC has partnered with the NFOIC (National Freedom of Information Coalition) to provide a mobile version of their comprehensive Sunshine Week listings.

    Sunshine Week Coast to Coast, featured on FAC’s iPhone App, iOpen Gov, is a guide to the events, videos, editorials, news and special features happening nationwide.

    Check out what Sunshine Week Coast to Coast looks like on iOpenGov at

    Download iOpenGov at

    Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. Sunshine Week as a national effort is spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors. The key funder has been the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with significant support from ASNE Foundation.

  27. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson March 14, 2011

    re 31 from what I hear it is one or two Libertarians who belong to more than one state party who are causing the problems, or at least contributing.

    Just why is it acceptable to belong to more than one state party? It seems reasonable to me that people should be members in the state they vote in and not in others. Is that asking too much?

  28. @ 30 Michael H. Wilson

    “From what I am hearing the LPO is in the sam3e shape it was last year. Outsider influence is controlling the party”

    me- A CONSPIRACY !?! Now that’s something I can get into!!!.

    @ 27 Outstanding p., The TRUTH in the nix of time to save six and one half billion beutiful people who deserve to LIVE and love and laugh and…!!!

  29. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson March 14, 2011

    From what I am hearing the LPO is in the sam3e shape it was last year. Outsider influence is controlling the party.

  30. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson March 14, 2011

    I can’t run much of the video, but did anything change from last year. Did they still not have a quorum?

  31. ‘told ya so, told ya so’

    NY party in costly spot
    Associated Press
    More News

    New York state’s Independence Party bills itself as blasting a straightforward new path through two-party politics, a route for free thinkers more interested in problem-solving than political intrigue.

    But now the state’s third-largest party is increasingly embroiled in high-stakes intrigue of its own.

    Prosecutors have accused the party in a lawsuit of helping a political consultant obscure his alleged theft of $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg – money the billionaire mayor and marquee Independence Party candidate gave the party for poll-watching.

    The Independence Party hasn’t been criminally charged; it says it did nothing wrong and didn’t know anything about any scheme to divert the money.

    But a judge has frozen its bank accounts and said this week that its conduct “doesn’t smell right.”

  32. Bloody Bloody hands as March 11, 11 draws to a close !


    Iraqi Deaths Due to US Invasion: 1,421,933

    US Deaths in Afghanistan: Bush 575, Obama 837

  33. As seen @
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    Produced by the staff of Rational Review News Digest

    NY: Five year sentence for “linking” to online videos
    The Raw Story

    “You may want to think twice the next time you share a link to your favorite video. In a case against a New York website owner, the
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime. DHS, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seized Brian McCarthy’s domain,, in late January. The site has now been replaced with a government warning: ‘This domain has been seized by ICE —

    Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent in Charge, New York Office.'” “It is unlawful to reproduce copyrighted material, such as movies, music, software or games, without authorization… First-time offenders convicted of a criminal felony copyright law will face up to five years in federal prison, restitution, forfeiture and fine.” The advocacy group Demand Progress has claimed that McCarthy never reproduced copyrighted material, and that his website simply linked to other sites.

    A criminal complaint obtained by the group seems to acknowledge that agents knew that McCarthy was running a “linking website.” “Based on my participation in the investigation leading to the February 2011 Seizure, I know that was a ‘linking’ website,” special agent Daniel Brazier wrote in the complaint. “Based on my training and experience, I know that ‘linking’ websites generally collect and catalog links to files on third party websites that contain illegal copies of copyrighted content, including sporting events and Pay-Per-View events,” he added.

    The special agent detailed 17 copyrighted sports programs he was able to watch when he “clicked on links” at While the criminal complaint alleges that McCarthy did engage in the “reproduction and distribution” of copyrighted material, it is never clear that he actually reproduced any of the specified broadcasts.

    “Under that sort of thinking, everyone who’s sent around a link to a copyrighted YouTube video is a criminal,” Demand Progress warned, calling the prosecution a “radical shift” in the way the government polices the Internet. The Phoenix Independent Examiner’s Chris Greenwood expressed concern about what the case meant for freedom of expression on the Internet.

    “You see, when you shut down the last truly free medium that absolutely anyone can use to call for justice, freedom, or democracy where they don’t exist, you leave the communication to the wealthy, who can afford the ad space in print media and air time on television and radio,” he wrote.

    “Bryan McCarthy is being used as an example,” Greenwood added. “Someone who possesses no copyright material, broadcasts no copyrighted material and duplicates no copyrighted material is being held by authorities because he has a site that indicates to people that there are people who are possessing, duplicating and reproducing potentially copyrighted material for others to watch.”

  34. George Phillies George Phillies March 11, 2011

    @14 Bringing up Jesse Jackson is of course traditional Republican Race-baiting. A list of the Democrats who did not show up or speak in support of collective bargaining would likely be shorter than the list of those who did.

    The notion that the Republican Party of torture, extraordinary rendition, NSA wiretaps, etc supports ‘smaller government’ is in my opinion deranged.

  35. George Phillies George Phillies March 11, 2011

    @14 That’s a really bizarre letter.

    Evidence that the life of the Governor of Wisconsin is in danger seems thin on the ground. Evidence that his future political life is in danger is also thin on the ground, because it appears likely that he does not have any.

    Union bashing is a traditional Republican position, of Republicans of whom President Eisenhower said “they are stupid”.

  36. paulie paulie March 11, 2011

    Not sure why you are highlighting those fascist policies, but nothing will stop the demand for drugs and workers from being met. Drugs can be manufactured in the US, and if any can’t be, smugglers will find a way. After all, drugs find their way into maximum security prisons, and I seriously doubt the regime can afford to make the whole country more secure than a maximum security prison.

    And while stopping migration will in fact wreck the economy, I don’t think it can be stopped. People will continue to be smuggled in as long as the economy here is significantly better than in parts of the planet controlled by other regimes. The really interesting thing is what will happen if and when the economy here is worse than in other parts of the world…will the US regime take steps to keep Americans from leaving?

    Will Mexico take steps to prevent Americans from entering? See

    Border Patrol Catches Americans Trying to Get to Mexican Clinic


    There is no libertarian case for restricted immigration

    One bloody way of limiting border crossings, I guess mates BLOW their arses OFF !

    It didn’t work for East Germany or China, and it won’t work for America, but if you do build that wall don’t be surprised if you see the guns turned around and pointed at North Americans trying to head south soon.

  37. Andrew “Land Mines” Hastings
    is running for Prez.

    Volunteers Needed NOW !

    “Securing the Southern Border & Immigration

    Two words “Land Mines”. Place a 50 foot area of land mines, sandwiched by razor wire, all along the southern border. That will halt the flow of illegal narcotics into this country. Revise the immigration policy to allow for an unlimited amount of guest workers, they would be allowed to stay in the United States for a limited time and then return to their country of origin for at least 24 hours. If the guest worker returns to their country every night, the time spent out of country would be compiled and be applied toward the 24 hour “at home” time. Seasonal permits would allow for an extended period of work, but only for one season, followed by a mandatory “return to their country of origin” term. They would not be allowed to bring their families.

    To get a guest worker permit, the person would need to be finger printed, a DNA sample would be required and they would need to be checked for warrants, this information along with the name of their employer would be saved in a smartcard.”

    –>One bloody way of limiting border crossings, I guess mates BLOW their arses OFF !!! GOP Presidential Straw Poll :

  38. Exhibit "A" Exhibit "A" March 10, 2011

    Here is the letter our “greatest Libertarian thinker” sent to Wes Benedict about the proposed “Republican Wall of Shame
    ‘ ad. He makes it very clear where his loyalties are.

    The biggest news in America BY FAR…
    Is Democratic teachers unions turning Madison,
    Wisconsin into Cairo, Egypt…and Obama supporting
    them while they rape the taxpayers…and Jesse Jackson
    giving speeches to rile them up…and Wisconsin’s GOP
    Governor fighting on behalf of taxpayers and business
    owners like me…and showing incredible bravery while
    his LIFE is in danger…
    And Wisconsin Democratic State Senators going
    into HIDING to avoid a vote that might cost teachers
    unions 5 cents on the dollar…while our country is in
    fiscal ruin.
    And you don’t see any of that?
    You want expensive ad campaign…at this very
    moment all that is going on…attacking the
    GOP…while Democrats and their union goons
    threaten, intimidate and plunder the nation.
    Wow thats some timing Wes!
    This is not how to run a business.
    You have Democrats bankrupting the nation at a
    pace never seen in U.S. history…and supporting government
    employees and teachers unions that are destroying
    our children’s future…and putting White
    House into PARTNERSHIP with American Bar Association
    to sue every business in America…
    And Obama trying to double and triple every tax
    I pay…and take away my home deduction and charitable
    And you have Republican Governor in Wisconsin
    and Republican Gov in New Jersey standing up to
    the govt employee union goons…risking their
    LIVES…and political careers…
    And Republican Gov of Florida turning down
    billions in high speed rail money while Democratic
    Governors beg for it…
    And Republican Governor of Virginia, as well as
    GOP Governors across USA, fighting in court to have
    Obamacare declared unconstitutional…
    While Democrats ask for MORE- in the form of
    single payer healthcare run 100% by Big Brother.
    And you want to waste tens of thousands of dollars
    attacking REPUBLICANS???
    This is insanity.
    Wes, your priorities are all wrong.
    Your gut instincts are all wrong.
    You sound like Obama…who wants to punish the
    taxpayers and job-creators and reward the people who
    produce nothing.
    Here the LP has an obsession with attacking the
    GOP & Tea Parties…who have so much in common
    with us fiscally…who are not our best friends…but are
    certainly our “kissing cousins” who fight alongside us
    on fiscal issues…
    and your goal is to punish and denigrate want to
    punish those who support smaller government… because
    what they ask for is not “small enough”…or because
    they drive us towards the cliff at 90 MPH… and
    you blame them for driving too fast…
    But you give a free pass to those who are literally
    destroying America at 180 MPH?
    But worse…you miss the whole point of how to
    get attention of media and voters.
    Obama is in power…he is the one to attack.
    When Bush was in office…did the LP spend all
    day attacking Democrats? Of course not. Why would
    you? What a waste. You are wasting money and causing every conservative
    and Tea Partier in country that should like us
    at least for our fiscal views…
    To HATE us and resent us.
    This is truly insanity. You are off course.

  39. Jerry S. Jerry S. March 7, 2011

    2012 Criteria for including Third Parties on
    The Green Papers website as Major Third Parties
    The Green Papers:
    Those Third Parties (Parties which- unlike the Democrats and Republicans did not receive Electoral Votes through winning a plurality of a State’s [or the District of Columbia’s] Popular Vote) receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide Popular Vote in any Presidential Election between 1980 and 2008 and which fielded candidates in the previous presidential election (2008) are hereby defined as “Major Third Parties” for the purposes of ‘The Green Papers’, subject to an additional criterion (which will be described below).

    (NOTE: Excluded from this definition re: Major Third Parties are the following non-Party so-called “Independent” bids for President which also received at least 0.15% of the nationwide popular vote between 1980 and 2008:

    John Anderson in 1980
    Ross Perot in 1992
    Ralph Nader in 2004 & 2008
    [NOTE: while it is true that John Anderson called his organization the “National Unity Campaign” and Ross Perot’s first bid was under the guise of “United We Stand”, neither of these campaign organizations were, in any way, true political Parties. In addition, although Ralph Nader did gain ballot access in several States for both 2004 and 2008 via having been nominated in those States by a number of Third Parties (Populist, Reform, Peace and Justice, etc.) acting locally, his nationwide campaign was that of an Independent candidacy.])

    The Third Parties whose candidate for President of the United States did receive a minimum of 0.15% of the nationwide Popular Vote in at least one Presidential Election between 1980 and 2008 were as follows:

    GREEN PARTY 1996 & 2000
    LIBERTARIAN PARTY 1980 thru 2008
    REFORM PARTY 1996 & 2000
    However, the CITIZENS PARTY has not been active in national presidential politics since the 1984 election; the NEW ALLIANCE PARTY has not fielded a national presidential ticket since 1992; and the REFORM PARTY was dropped as a Major Third Party on this website after the 2004 Presidential Election for having failed to get on the ballot in that election per the “additional criterion” outlined in the following paragraph.

    Yes, indeed: we apply an additional criterion before finally accepting, for purposes of this website, a given Third Party as a Major Third Party and that is this:

    In order to be considered a Major Third Party by ‘The Green Papers’, a Third Party [again, not Democrat or Republican] which has received at least 0.15% of the nationwide Popular Vote in at least one Presidential Election between 1980 and 2008 must have also been on the ballot (voters merely having the ability to cast a “write-in” for the Party’s candidates do not count), in enough jurisdictions, back in 2008, so as to allow that Third Party to have been able to, however theoretically, actually win the Presidency in the most recent Presidential Election. Put another way: a Third Party- even if it has received at least 15/100ths of 1 percent of the vote between 1980 and 2008- cannot be at all considered “Major” unless it had also gained the ability to win at least 270 (a majority) of the 538 Electoral Votes via actually having been on the ballot in enough jurisdictions (these being the 50 States plus D.C.) containing at least said 270 Electoral Votes in the most recent Presidential Election.

    The CONSTITUTION PARTY (on the ballot in 37 jurisdictions having a total of 318 Electoral Votes in 2008);

    the GREEN PARTY (on the ballot in 32 jurisdictions with 368 Electoral Votes in 2008) ;

    and the LIBERTARIAN PARTY (on the ballot in 45 jurisdictions with 503 Electoral Votes in 2008)

    do so qualify under the above criterion and, therefore, are thereby defined as
    “Major Third Parties” for purposes of this website.

    Thus, this leaves, as the Major Third Parties under our above “0.15% of the popular vote in any election 1980-2008, having run a national ticket in jurisdictions totalling at least 270 Electoral Votes in 2008”-based definition:
    the GREEN
    and the LIBERTARIAN Parties.
    Their being so defined as such by ‘The Green Papers’ will hold true through the Presidential Election of 2012.

  40. paulie paulie March 6, 2011

    “Only through a collaborative effort and purpose can the greatest global challenges be addressed and tackled.”

    Jerry – sounded ok until he said that . It could have come from one of the mass murder trio of Mao,Lenin or Stalin JMO…

    Paul – Collaborative efforts can be voluntary. Collaboration in no way implies coercion; libertarianism is not atomism.

    “Separation of Earth and state!” — Bill St. Clair

    Awesome quote!

    The others are good too.

  41. Jerry S. Jerry S. March 6, 2011

    @10 “Only through a collaborative effort and purpose can the greatest global challenges be addressed and tackled.”

    me – sounded ok until he said that . It could have come from one of the mass murder trio of Mao,Lenin or Stalin JMO…

    “Separation of Earth and state!” — Bill St. Clair

    “It is the conservative laissez- fairist, the man who puts all the guns and all the decision-making power into the hands of the central government and then says, ‘Limit yourself’; it is he who is truly the impractical utopian.” — Murray Rothbard

    “The state can only survive as long as a majority is programmed to believe that theft isn’t wrong if it’s called taxation or asset forfeiture or eminent domain, that assault and kidnapping isn’t wrong if it’s called arrest, that mass murder isn’t wrong if it’s called war.” — Bill St. Clair

  42. John Beddington is the UK government’s chief scientific adviser and head of the Government Office for Science

    Science is progress, but not progress unchallenged. In our era of “instant solutions” and immediate response, it is easy, and perhaps tempting, to forget that true advancement is attained through criticism, scepticism and debate. Great scientists have often challenged the status quo, but armed with the facts and evidence required to justify their view. Those who challenge the collective view should be scrutinised, and if this scrutiny results in truth, should be rightly celebrated.

    Yet if we become fixated on divergence, we lose sight of the importance of consensus; significantly a consensus built upon rigorous enquiry. Only through a collaborative effort and purpose can the greatest global challenges be addressed and tackled.

  43. paulie paulie March 6, 2011

    This one’s long too, but worth a read….”liberation”…yeah

    Written by Stephen Lendman
    Date: March 7, 2011
    Subject: Imperialism

    Out-of-Control Human Rights Abuses in Iraq – by Stephen Lendman

    On February 21, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) press release headlined, “Iraq: Vulnerable Citizens at Risk,” announcing its new report titled, “At a Crossroads: Human Rights in Iraq Eight Years After the US-Led Invasion.” Besides many others, two previous articles discuss more, accessed through the following links:

    The top link explains that over the past two decades, America devastated Iraq by genocide, vast destruction, terror, occupation, and contamination – a monstrous combination of unspeakable ongoing crimes.

    At issue is:

    — controlling the region’s oil, gas and other strategic resources;

    — remaining permanently in the Middle East and Central Asia, besides all other parts of the world; and

    — achieving unchallengeable full spectrum global dominance over all land, sea, subsurface, space and information.

    As a result, in the last decade alone, millions died from Washington’s imperial wars, other violence, disease, depravation, torture, unimaginable human misery, and starvation. Hundreds more daily increase the numbers. Yet no one has been held accountable, despite outrageous crimes of war and against humanity – clear violations under international and US law. The regional people await justice so far not forthcoming.

    Today, HRW said women, journalists, detainees, and marginalized groups are especially at risk in Iraq. During 2010, it conducted research in seven cities, interviewing activists, lawyers, journalists, religious leaders, former and current detainees, security officers, victims of violence, and others.

    According to its Middle East director, Joe Stork:

    “Today, Iraq is at a crossroads – either it embraces due process and human rights or it risks reverting to a police state.”

    Of course, it’s been that throughout America’s occupation, the puppet Iraqi government and local security forces taking orders from Washington.

    As a result, “(b)eyond the continuing violence and crimes associated with it (for eight years), human rights abuses are commonplace,” ones Iraqi satraps commit and/or ignore.

    HRW says after years of US occupation, “the country’s transition to a functioning and sustainable democracy built on the rule of law is far from accomplished.” In fact, America tolerates democracy nowhere, including at home.

    Nonetheless, HRW says Iraq’s future as a human rights respecting society depends on its government defending them “and establish(ing) a credible national criminal justice system embodying international standards with respect to torture, free expression, and violence against women and other vulnerable sectors of society.”

    In fact, Washington won’t tolerate all or most of these standards. Iraqi satraps get orders they must obey or be replaced. HRW also claims that “tens of thousands of Iraqi lives” have been lost in the past eight years when, in fact, it’s been millions from war, violence, disease, starvation and other factors.

    Gideon Polya’s February 25 article titled, “Western Media Ignore Iraqi Freedom” can be accessed through the following link:

    According to UN data, medical literature, and other authoritative sources, he cites the following “Iraqi Holocaust” data from 1990 – 2009:

    — “1.6 million violent deaths;

    — 2.8 million non-violent excess deaths;”

    — among them, “1.8 million avoidable under-5 year old infant deaths;” and

    — “five to six million” internally and externally displaced persons.

    Overall, it’s an “Iraqi Holocaust,” according to the UN Genocide Convention definition.

    In addition, a climate of pervasive fear exists, as well as mass impoverishment and few basic services, including enough food, clean water, sanitation, electricity, health care and education. In fact, pre-Gulf War Iraq no longer exists. America effectively destroyed it.

    Though Washington and Iraq are parties to relevant international human rights treaties, including the Convention Against Torture and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, their principles have been ignored.

    Focusing heavily on the rights of women and girls, HRW cites how lack of security adversely effects them, “both inside and outside” their homes. “For Iraq women, who enjoyed some of the highest levels of rights protections and social participation in the region before 1991,” it’s a heavy blow.

    For example, misogyny promoting militias target women and girls for assassination, and intimidate them to stay out of public life. They’re also victimized by family members, including fathers, brothers and husbands “for a wide variety of perceived transgressions that allegedly shame the family or tribe.”

    Outside homes, they’re harassed and abused by the virtually all-male police and security forces. Moreover, Iraq’s penal code protects perpetrators of violence against women for “honorable motives,” including murder. Husbands are also empowered legally to discipline wives.

    Other abuses include sexual trafficking of women and girls in and out of the country. Yet, “no reported convictions” are known, “and a long-awaited anti-trafficking bill is on hold in the parliament, awaiting revisions.” Except for Kurdistan, no government-run shelters exist, and virtually no other aid is available.

    Moreover, “victims of sexual (and other) violence and trafficking have well-grounded fears of reprisals, social ostracism, rejection or physical violence from their families, and (no) confidence that authorities have the will or capacity to provide the support or protection required.” As a result, most abuses aren’t reported and those that are meet stiff resistance.

    In addition, many religious minorities and other “marginalized communities” have been forced from homes and communities for lack of security and religious extremism. An ongoing unaddressed eight-year long humanitarian crisis exists, exacting an unspeakable toll, including on men and boys.

    Free expression and media freedom are also absent because of legislative measures, other restrictive barriers, and a climate making Iraq one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. Assailants bomb their bureaus and kill them. Media workers also have to contend with “emboldened Iraqi and Kurdish security forces and their respective image-conscious central and regional political leaders.”

    As a result, they’re harassed, intimidated, threatened, arrested, physically assaulted and killed by security forces attached to government institutions and political parties. Moreover, senior politicians often sue journalists and their publications for unflattering articles or whatever else they dislike.

    Widespread use of torture also rages out-of-control, first by America, now mostly transferred to Iraqi authorities, controlling thousands of detainees. Interrogations routinely include torture and abuse to coerce confessions. Dozens of detainees confirm sodomizing, whippings, cigarette burns, as well as fingernails and teeth pulled out and other abusive practices.

    Investigations, however, aren’t conducted. Confronted with HRW evidence, prime minister Nouri al-Maliki called it fictitious, suspended prison inspections, and US authorities haven’t intervened to stop abusive torture and other abuse even after Washington-based advocacy groups, including Refugees International, called on the Obama administration to pressure local officials to “meet (their) responsibilities to (their) own people.”

    Abuse of marginalized communities is also severe, despite laws in place to protect them. As a result, Iraq’s most vulnerable are especially at risk, including minorities, disabled persons, and millions internally displaced, living in squatter slums, under bridges, alongside railroad tracks, and near garbage dumps with no access to essential services.

    In addition, armed groups assault minority communities, “decimating Iraq’s indigenous populations, and forcing thousands to flee abroad with no plans to return.” Local authorities and Washington have done nothing to intervene, and a climate of impunity prevails.

    Further, many thousands of disabled persons have been stigmatized. As a result, they’ve been relegated to the margins of society, can’t find work or receive healthcare, rehabilitation, prostheses, wheelchairs, or other needed help.

    A Final Comment

    In 1990, Iraq ranked 50th on the UN Development Program’s Human Development Index. In 2003, it was 126th. Currently it’s unrated because accurate data is unavailable on four of the nine Index components.

    Ranked or not, eight years under US occupation made the once cradle of civilization a dystopian nightmare. An April 2010 Amnesty International report titled, “Iraq: Human Rights Briefing” revealed many outrageous human rights abuses, including:

    — thousands detained without charge or trial, some for years in overcrowded conditions, gravely affecting their health and safety;

    — torture, ill-treatment and other abuses against men, women and children, including beatings with cables and hosepipes, prolonged suspension by their limbs, electric shocks to sensitive parts of their bodies, breaking of limbs, removal of toenails with pliers, and rapes, among others;

    — unfair trials, with low quality court appointed lawyers, using torture extracted confessions to convict;

    — the death penalty, increasingly imposed in the last five years; currently, at least 1,100 detainees have been sentenced to death; over 900, including 17 women, have exhausted all means of appeal or clemency; government supplied information on executions is suppressed; many are carried out secretly;

    — killings and other human rights abuses by armed groups include kidnappings, torture, bombings, and other attacks;

    — impunity for prison guards, US and Iraqi security forces, and security contractors because no investigations of their crimes occur;

    — violence against women (domestically and on streets), given little or no protection by authorities as explained above;

    — refugees and internally displaced people endure severe hardships as also explained; and

    — similar human rights abuses occur in Kurdistan as in other parts of the country.

    Moreover, democracy is non-existant. Rampant corruption is out-of-control. Paul Bremer’s 100 orders turned the country into a cutthroat capitalist laboratory. GMO crops infest the country, and the combination of war, pollution and drought wrecked Iraq’s ecosystem, drying up fertile farmland and marshes, turning arable land into desert, killing trees and plants, and making a Garden of Eden a wasteland, much perhaps never to be reclaimed.

    Last August 31, however, Obama declared an “end to the combat mission in Iraq,” outrageously adding: “Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility.” In so doing, he exposed his culpability as a war criminal, matching the worst of George Bush and others preceding him.

    Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

  44. paulie paulie March 4, 2011

    That would be nice.

  45. Porn Again Christian Porn Again Christian March 4, 2011

    Dang Jerry. Try to make your comments suited for a normal person’s attention span, will ya?

  46. Jerry S. Jerry S. March 4, 2011

    I understand I’m on the wrong site on the web to share my beliefs with you intellectuals and some would be intellectuals, but I must in hopes that the “truth” will win out in the end. It would probably be esier attempting to persuade the general masses at their third grade level attention span, however let’s see.

    On another thread the LP is in a fundraising drive (which is good, fundraising that is) to publish their Republican Wall of Shame in the Washington Post. I didn’t want to hyjack that thread with my “enlighten” thoughts-lol, so I came over here. Some have stated it would (or could) get extra “free” coverage by placing it there. When is the last time the LP received “good positive” free coverage from the Washington Post or any mega large newspaper?

    I submit the mainstream media is owned and controlled by persons (with their paid lackeys as mouthpieces) who are EXtremely opposed to what the LP envisions for america and the world. The evidence is in plain view, in their own words, if you will look. I submit that this is who our true opponents are and not the Ds and Rs.

    “One party has totally dominated American politics for at least a century: the Socialist War Party. No matter who wins the elections, America gets endless socialism and endless war.” – Doug Newman. Doug certainly has it right, doesn’t he?

    Mainstream Media LIES LIES LIES:

    Some have said that they may place the ad on the net, which means it could reach more people in all 50 states I guess. I don’t know exactly the best way to spend the money, I just hope it will be SUCCESSFUL whichever way they use it! I do hate the thought that it will be given to an “enemy” of liberty.

    “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that.” – John Lennon

    In their own words now, not my words but their words…

    “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press….They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.” – Congressman Oscar Callaway as recorded in the U.S. Congressional Record…

    Watch this please:

    “The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen. It seizes in its long and powerful tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers, and every agency created for the public protection. At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties, write political platforms, make catspaws of party leaders, use the leading men of private organizations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business. These international bankers and Rockefeller Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country.” – John F. Hylan, New York City Mayor 1922

    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” – David Rockefeller

    “For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” – David Rockefeller in his memoirs…

    “The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses.” – Albert Einstein

    “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar weekly salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” – John Swinton, former New York Times Chief of Staff

    Who controls the mainstream media:

    “These international bankers and Rockefeller Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of public office officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.” – Theodore Roosevelt

    “Perhaps the most obvious political effect of controlled news is the advantage it gives powerful people in getting their issues on the political agenda and defining those issues in ways likely to influence their resolution.” – W. Lance Bennett

    “A newspaper has three things to do. One is to amuse, another is to entertain and the rest is to mislead.” – Ernest Bevin – British Foreign Minister

    The LP can buy the ad, just don’t expect “positive” free coverage in the future for a LP policy that is anyway harmful to the powers that be and their plans. It ain’t gonna happen…

    I apologize paulie, I’m trying to cut down on my quotes, but geeze it came from their mouths not mine!

    As for the majority of you, you are saying just another CT nut. In reply I say if you believe that the Super Rich (not just rich but), the Super Rich Elite doesn’t discuss and plan (conspire together) how they can guide and control the world’s future for their advantage, you are the NUT! You are living as the masses do, being mushrooms. In the dark being fed bull&%^# on a daily basis.

    When you can realize this truth, it should end some frustrations in your minds as you will understand why your politican beliefs aren’t embraced by the masses. You know they are the “best” ideas why aren’t they accepted? (example: some polls say 44% of Americans have libertarian beliefs, not .44% but 44 percent) The masses seldom if ever hear your beliefs. These Elite own and control AP and Reuters, the very “root” of most all the news distributed in the world. They block almost all “free” news that can harm their agenda. (see the guy Swinton from the NY Times quote above again) If you pay to get your message out they will have one or more of their overpaid lackey pundits to come out and discredit what you just paid for in their controlled medium.

    You don’t believe me I know. Pay more attention to it in the future. I’ve been watching it for decades now and I have no doubts of what I speak. Research, research, research!

    How can they be defeated? You need very good candidates. You must have the funds to end run around them and take your message directly to the people (no media filters). They and their lackeys must be exposed because you would still have negative propaganda coming at you from both the left and right controlled MSM pundits.(example: when Ron Paul’s money bombs showed he could raise money the attacks intensified from all sides! You don’t believe me, RESEARCH it!) Money and a lot of it is how to get your message out, with a strong grassroots effort backing it up (nothing beats bodies working in the precincts). example: Ron Paul’s highest vote totals in the FL primary was in a precinct that a guy went door to door with flyers and personally ask the people to vote for RP. The vote totals were much better there than anywhere else in that city or the state!If my memory is correct he won the precinct handily.

    The Left-Right Paradigm or How The Elite Control Politics:

    Check out some ALTERNATIVE media sometimes !

    Weaker than a locomotive
    Slower than a speeding bullet
    UNable to leap tall buildings

    But he does seek TRUTH, JUSTICE and the (HONEST) american way…

    The T-REX of political talk
    LISTEN 24/7 ANYTIME-3 million listeners and growing ! LISTEN while you check facebook, your email or while you surf. The message NEEDS to be HEARD !!!

    I’m not promoting Jones the man, he has many flaws, but his message is interesting and mostly true and he tries to back it up with evidence as provided and seen on prison planet and infowars. He is also a self proclaimed libertarian. Which I feel is true from what I’ve heard he would land in that quad of the Nolan Chart. His story isn’t a bad story either. A college dropout, he built his broadcasting career and company operations from nothing. Because he saw the enemy and chose to fight them.

    Now Dr. Stan is a LOVABLE old gentleman—>>>

    “Bringing you the Story behind the Story, the News behind the News. Hoping to convince you that reality is usually scoffed at and illusion is usually king, but in the battle for the survival of Western civilization it will be reality and not illusion or delusion that will determine what the future will bring.”

    Listen on the web at:
    Radio Liberty
    it is hosted by Dr. Stanley Monteith.

    Before you perish,
    Everyone MUST learn who are the…
    “Brotherhood of Darkness”
    by Dr. Stanley Monteith

    Stop ALL war now please !!!

  47. Jerry S. Jerry S. March 4, 2011

    What you mean Lake “sorry to say”? I must admit I’m pleased. I’ve received an agreement from Lake -WHOO EEE !!! Made my day.

    I must work on MUCH more controversible (?sic) stuff in the near future…

  48. paulie paulie March 3, 2011

    I agree with Jerry, but I don’t think it’s Springer.

  49. Jerry S. Jerry S. March 3, 2011

    The Truth is 73% of Americans Agree To END ALL FOREIGN AID:

    This is one poll result I’m happy to endorse!

    Each and every third party candidate that agrees with ending (Taxpayer FORCED) foreign aid should incorporate that issue into ALL future campaigns. When you do you will know (roughly) 3 out of 4 people you come into contact with while campaigning AGREES with you on this issue.

    Oh yes when are the SC people going to remove Graham from his Senate seat? Talk about BOUGHT and paid for…

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