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31 comments6 Dec 2007 @ 19:16 by vaxen : Right person?
"The question," for many people, "isn't whether Dennis is the right person," Elizabeth says. "Everyone knows that Dennis is the right person. The question is whether they have the courage to vote for what it is they want."
Wrong! Not everyone "Knows (Big assumption on her part)" that Dennis the menace is the 'right' person (Hidden [from you] office of State). In fact I think he's Redder than Red. But there is an old saying one hears round about this time every year: "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight!"
Koos in itch mode. (I shan't bother translating the Hebrew word Koos (Arabs use it too), for you, as it may get me booted upstairs - if I do. Use your imagination. Neither one of them have 'the look.' Besides, a Goth for first lady? Pshaw! ;) ROTFL
Rep. Dennis Kucinich Acknowledges UFO Sighting
October 31, 2007, FOX News
At the "Outback" tonight...
For a concise summary of UFO evidence from highly-respected former US government and military officials...
Klik Har: [link]
PS: Looks like the 'photo-op' was taken in Chi town?
6 Dec 2007 @ 19:28 by vaxen : Couldn't resist...
Wonkette on the Koos in itch (Elizabeth Jane Harper)
Kucinich Loves His Hot Wife
"Yes, yes, the Washington Post has a fawning profile of the Kucinich marriage in its Style section written by Libby Copeland. Snark, snark, snark. We apologize profusely, but the Wonketteer officially covering all short, dark politicians was apparently a little hormonal this morning and totally had something in her eye that she had to get out, okay?"
TMI: Elizabeth and Dennis Kucinich
"Dennis Kucinich, who’s on a weird streak even by his standards, appeared on CBS’ Early Show this morning with UFO mail-order bride Elizabeth to discuss politics or scenic Lake Erie or something. CBS Interviewer Hannah Storm had different talking points prepared, however, mostly involving Elizabeth’s tongue stud, clothes, jewelry, maybe how fucking hot she is, et cetera and so forth."
And this is, sort of, priceless. It's one of the comments at the last link and refs the 'tongue stud.':
"Yes, well; but.
"It's all well and good for us here at Wonkette to ogle the Amazonian Elizabeth and snicker about her tongue stud; after all, immature and proudly so. But one would think that Hannah Storm should be serving CBS News and not Wonkette readers. Dennis should've bitch-slapped her with a "Hannah, we have troops in a war that 70% of America disapproves of and you want to discuss tongue studs?" That would've looked Presidential.
"Oh, wait: It's Dennis Kucinich, who's genetically incapable of looking Presidential. Never mind."
And this one is really funny:
"I'd be guessing she has more pierced than just her tongue. Perhaps there is lead in the thing and it caused her to desire short, greasy dudes that grin a lot."
Félicitations, le Napoleon de mon coeur!
6 Dec 2007 @ 21:17 by jerryvest : My wife and I are both going
to vote for Kucinich, not because of his wife, though she is beautiful and bright, but because we share his values about America. He has long fought against corporate America and is standing up for us and our country. He is the only one who has consistently opposed this war and voted against it. He want to see Bush & Cheney impeached and made a great presentation in Congress offering the Impeachment resolution. As short as he is physically, he is the tallest when it relates to ethics, values and progressive ideas.
Thanks for introducing his partner, Jazzo.
6 Dec 2007 @ 23:03 by vaxen : Actually...
you might be interested in the Ron Paul platform. But...I know the term 'Republican' probably frightens you. Kuci won't get it but...all's fair in love and war, eh? Thanks for the laughs, anyway, jazzo...you might be interested in what 'BlackBox Voting' has to say about 'elections' in Amerika. Rather nonexistent. Are you going to run for precinct captain this year?
7 Dec 2007 @ 05:59 by vaxen : A Toddy:
An Open Letter to American Muslims on Behalf of Ron Paul
by Hussein Ali
I write this open letter today, in behalf of Congressman and Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul, to the American Muslim community. The spirit is similar to letters (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here; also see here) written to other religious and nonreligious communities in behalf of Dr. Paul. In fact, the spirit is identical to all the other ones; they all were about freedom. Freedom is the source of all of Dr. Paul’s positions on the issues that matter to Americans in general and American Muslims in particular.
Dr. Paul has voted "no" on the Patriot Act and wiretapping of Americans. Dr. Paul wants government out of our businesses, out of our homes, out of our wallets, out of our bedrooms and out of our places of worship. Other than Dr. Paul and Congressman Dennis Kucinich, no other candidate has voted or even come out against the Patriot Act. He describes himself as the defender of our birthright liberties and freedoms as reaffirmed in the US Constitution.
Dr. Paul has voted "no" on the authorization to go to war with Iraq. Dr. Paul would also eliminate federal income taxes, which disallows us from spending our hard-earned money on humanitarian causes that are just and worthwhile. Dr. Paul promises an immediate end to the IRS.
Madeline Albright, when asked by a reporter if the sanctions that killed half a million Iraqi children were worth it, answered in the affirmative.
In very sharp contrast, Dr. Paul consistently voted against sanctions on pre-war Iraq.
Dr. Paul has consistently voted in favor of non-interventionism in the Middle East issue.
Here are some of the other issues that matter to American Muslims, and Dr. Paul’s position on these issues:
Abortion: As Muslims we believe that the unborn have a right to freedom and a right to life as an individual. As an OB/GYN doctor, Dr. Paul has delivered over 4,000 babies. In 40 years of medical practice, he has never considered performing an abortion, nor did he ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. His professional and legislative record demonstrates his strong commitment to this pro-life principle.
Health Freedom: Muslims are generally concerned over the government’s escalating rejection of the freedom to choose how citizens take care of their health. Many Muslims have concerns over obligatory health insurance plans that are based on an enforced universal health care system. Dr. Paul stands strongly against government intervention in health care choices.
Racism and Islamophobia: We are all aware of the recent tide of increased (mostly verbal, with frequent physical) attacks on Muslims based on ignorance: Islamophobia. This has recently been heightened as a direct result of the use of such terms as "Islamofascism" and "Islamic Terrorism." Dr. Paul's position on racism and bigotry is very clear. Dr. Paul says (from his campaign website):
"A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.
"The collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.
"Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations."
I know that many of you would bring up the fact (and very strange coincidence) that Dr. Paul is a Republican from Texas. Last time American Muslims overwhelmingly voted for a Republican from Texas has turned out to be, to say the least, not quite the right choice. Well, to this concern I have two straightforward answers:
Dr. Paul's record is consistent and solid. This can be verified by checking his voting record over the last 30 years as a Congressman. I also recommend his books Freedom under Siege and A Foreign Policy of Freedom.
The second reason to choose Dr. Paul is inspired by a lesson we read frequently in the Qur’an: "The noblest among you in God's sight is the one who best performs his duty." And I believe that, among all the candidates, Dr. Paul is the one with the best and most consistent record to assume the very crucial duty of the US presidency.
Hussein Ali [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] teaches science.
7 Dec 2007 @ 10:36 by jazzolog : Kucinich And Paul
I had occasion to hear both candidates coincidentally yesterday---as we sat home another day from work, the bus drivers who actually run the American education system (along with the secretaries) being cowed by an inch of snow and ice. Ron Paul was a call-in on Stephanie Miller's show [link] and we mentioned above Dennis Kucinich would be talking with Ed Schultz again. I like both men but just can't go down the Libertarian road...to say nothing of Dr. Paul's views on the legal rights of fetuses, which Stephanie asked him about. I'm immediately sympathetic to anyone in America who gets called a Red...ever since my first boss, a shriveled up piece of penis in the Bronx (1963), called me a "Kennedy pinko." Before that actually, back to Pete Seeger. Anyway the Wonkette is always hilarious and of course I realize Cloud 9 will have to meet the test of the first huge fight, and ensuing negotiation. However, I think Elizabeth's the one with mind control gifts, not Dennis. (I once lived with a redhead for 3 years. At the beginning she asked me had I ever been with a redhead before. After I said no, she replied, "You're never going to forget this." I never even tried.) By the way, Stephanie Miller is running for Vice President on a ticket with Barry Goldwater's granddaughter, CC. Seems her father was Goldwater's vice-presidential candidate in '64. Major plank in their platform: twice the cleavage of Hillary.
You may peruse the whole thing here~~~
7 Dec 2007 @ 16:14 by jazzolog : Ohio's Peculiar Elections
One of the distinct benefits in Ohio is the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State in Columbus. I began haunting its site and in particular the blog of one of its star professors, Dan Tokaji, after the 2000 presidential election. He smelled a rat but couldn't prove it, and remained undaunted no matter how many of us tried to push and shove him to cry, "FOUL." I mean, he's had Bob Fitrakis up there banging on his door too.
On Tuesday, the Columbus Dispatch said Moritz had issued a report on Ohio's election system and those of 4 other Midwestern states. It says Ohio's system is structurally problematic. [link] At the same time Fitrakis published 50 recommendations about reforming Ohio's system at his site. [link] By Wednesday the Associated Press had picked up the story, and the other newspapers of Ohio were printing that, under headlines like Elections Flawed. Tokaji was quoted in it. [link]
I combed the Moritz site looking for even a mention of this report. If it wasn't online anywhere, where could I find a copy. At last it's posted, and it involves a ton of reading. The college has done an exhaustive study of these election systems, "from registration to recounts." If you're snowed in, here ya go~~~
That link is not a hefty download, but instead just the table of contents. Each chapter has its own PDF.
This morning, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Ohio Secretary of State, who you remember runs our election system---for better or ill---wants a new system, at least for Cuyahoga pronto. I doubt this is a direct reaction to the report, but it starts the ball rolling!
"Ohio's elections chief has no confidence in Cuyahoga County's current voting system and has suggested dumping the more than $20 million touch-screen voting system before the March 4 presidential primary.
"Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is pushing the Board of Elections for a quick decision because of the time needed to roll out a new system."
7 Dec 2007 @ 16:45 by a-d : and what's wrong with
being a "Hot Chick"???? Anybody???..... She really IS! which means she has SELF CONFIDENCE; she TRUSTS herself -and why not???? Do you think Kissinger, W, Giuliani & "the rest" TRUST/S him/self/themselves ???? hell no! They ONLY trust the Organization(/s TRADITIONAL "Party Line" = covered up CRUELTY) to keep all (of us ) in line!...
Thumbs up for a good looking Gal with good confidence in herself (THAT, btw, is why she is Good Looking!... ( for those of you who never saw the connection between those two aspects : ) ))
7 Dec 2007 @ 21:18 by jazzolog : A-D You Are
absolutely spot on, as they say these days. All that I have learned in my interactions these creative years lead me to the same conclusions as you express so brilliantly. Thank you.
9 Dec 2007 @ 02:59 by vaxen : Yes!
In line! On black fridays...and, in deed, all year long. You will serve! And you WILL like it! And...there is absolutely nothing that you can do about it. Doesn't that make you feel all so warm and fuzzy inside at 'Xrist-Mass.' Mass? The point? Hadit.
EFF? Electronic Freedom Foundation (Not so free after all). Phrack? My favorite hackers magazine. And...
Some free MP3's that I hope you'll download and enjoy...
Merry 'X' mass. X, of course, is the ancient Rune Gyfu meaning Gift, gifter, gifted and the 'act' of giving all in one neat, and tidy, little Runa (Mystery/Mysterion).
It (X) is also the ancient way of writing Tav the Hebrew 'T' last letter in the Phoenician Alef Beit and the Proto Sinaitic script as well. ;) Viva Sapato!
The point? Hadit.
PS: Pink, jazzo? Was it the wrist or the lithp?
9 Dec 2007 @ 16:12 by jerryvest : Hey, Vax....thanks for passing on
the MP3's. They are really fine and send some good thoughts with beautiful music. I posted them for my participants on my Forum - [link]
9 Dec 2007 @ 18:47 by vaxen : Yes sir!
And thankyou, jerry, for the link to your forum and the honorable mention. Wow, you mean there is hope? Hope is from the word hoop which means, of course, hoop. A circle whose circumferance is nowhere whose center is everywhere!
Very inspiring work you, and your hoop, are doing.
"The public debt is $9.1 trillion, and interest increases that debt by $1.4 billion per day. That alone will do us in if we fail to confront it. As for war, we can't even afford the two we are in." - Craig
Yes, but as Cheney knows, the whole system is based on...trust. Thus, deficits don't reallymatter. And by trust I do not mean trust. Your votes don't count in the world of Commerce which is the world 'governing' you. Let's make the best of it. Though Commerce is very strict (Equity law as an example) it is also fair...once you know the law, the 'rules' of the game.
Have a very Merry X Mass and please, by all means, reach out and 'touch' someone lovingly, gently, caringly...
Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, over the fields we go, laughing all the way...
10 Dec 2007 @ 13:32 by jerryvest : Have a very Merry X Mass and please, by
by all means, reach out and 'touch'someone lovingly, gently, caringly..." Right on target, Vax. 'You are the man" for advancing the use of nourishing touch with your Christmas message. And, thanks for your kind and thoughtful comments about our "StressOut Forum." This room that you suggest in the EDGE, could well be a great meditation by inviting all of these great beings to join us in our Mind and begin interacting with them about improving our relations with our planet and nature, don't you think?
10 Dec 2007 @ 17:08 by vaxen : Heh, heh!
Yes I think so. Abolutely! Maybe a little touch from them, one unto another, and who knows might might result! Minds need touching too and, of course, intertouch revelations. See ya jerry san...
To arrive at the edge of the worlds knowledge,
seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds,
put them in a room together, and have them
touch one another in kindness.
You bet! The next revolution!
11 Dec 2007 @ 20:37 by vaxen : Washoi!
And when she moved into his place in Cleveland, the two-story frame house he'd bought in 1971 for $22,500, Dennis was cleaning out the closets and discovered a cardboard tube he'd never opened before. What he saw inside stunned them both. It was a handmade banner that supporters had given him during his 2004 run for the presidency, with all sorts of figures painted on it, and in the middle was a redheaded woman --
"Long, straight red hair, standing in the middle, head and shoulders above everybody else, under the word 'imagine,' " Elizabeth says.
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12 Dec 2007 @ 21:28 by vaxen : Imagine...
Yes, Antiwar Movement, There Is a Santa Claus
by Donna Volatile
You may not like the gift wrapping but the contents are what you wrote on your wish list: End the War, Bring the Troops Home Now, No War For Oil, or for Israel, Do Not Attack Iran, Restore The Constitution and The Rule of Law, No to The Patriot, Homeland Security, Military Commissions Acts and No to The Homegrown Terrorism Act, No To Torture, Rendition and Illegal Military Prisons and there's even some extras that most of us wouldn't mind seeing like putting an end to the Illegal Federal Reserve and doing away with the illegal personal income tax on wages.
That all of these goodies happen to be the essence of Congressman Ron Paul's, Republican Presidential candidate from Texas, campaign platform is surely a shock to any leftist's/progressive's system.
Ah be careful what you wish for, you just might get it...
The only question is will you accept this gift?
Perhaps the wrapping paper isn't right, perhaps there are some extra things in the box that don't fit your political criteria but hey, it's the thought that counts, isn't it?
Even Dennis Kucinich seems to think so, there is so much buzz in cyberspace about the possibility of a Dennis Kucinich/Ron Paul ticket, it is stunning. Dennis has even raised the prospect himself as has his wife Elisabeth. Who ever thought we'd see the day?!
There is a larger point to be made here and perhaps the most important one and that is there isn't a whole lot of difference between the wants, needs and desires of the anti-war traditional conservatives and the anti-war leftists and progressives. We just all need to get over ourselves. If Dennis Kucinich would consider Ron Paul as a running mate isn't it time for the anti-war movement to dig a little deeper to see what is going on here?...
15 Dec 2007 @ 10:38 by jazzolog : The Integrity Of Elections
I've felt like a voice in the wilderness for the past 7 years shouting about the mucking around with US elections. From hanging chads to the Supreme Court shrug-off to touchscreen fraud to Blackwell assurances Ohio elections are 100% pure, I've feared Americans just would give up their real freedom out of cynicism and despair. They'd allow themselves to be herded into the nearest box mall and Let Consumerism Reign! This morning I see a flicker of hope as The New York Times is picking up on last week's story from Ohio~~~
The Times neglects to mention Ohio's Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner announced the results of her investigation at a news conference yesterday. All the Ohio papers are carrying the story, many of them in the Associated Press version, which hopefully will get the word out far and wide~~~
Report: Ohio Needs New Voting Machines
By JULIE CARR SMYTH – 7 hours ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's top elections official recommended Friday that Ohio counties replace their touch-screen voting machines because the devices — in use for roughly two years — are vulnerable to manipulation.
A report released by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner found a host of ways in which the machines could be manipulated: When empty, a portal in the electronic machines can be manipulated with a magnet or personal digital assistant; ballot-creation programs are either not password-protected or use a universal password; and invasive computer messages could be introduced by a voter and spread easily.
Touch-screen machines have been purchased across the nation to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act. Nationally, $3 billion was spent to replace the punch-card voting system that faltered in the 2000 election.
In the 2004 race between President Bush and Democrat John Kerry, Ohio bore the brunt of claims of voting problems. Complaints included limited access to voting machines, difficulties finding proper voting precincts and the accuracy of vote totals in precincts using electronic machines.
Kerry conceded the election after narrowly losing Ohio and its 20 electoral votes.
The state's review involved touch-screen machines built by Election Systems & Software, Hart Intercivic and Diebold Inc.'s Premier Election Solutions. Some Ohio counties started using them in November 2005, and the rest in May 2006.
Hart InterCivic said its voting systems are already being updated to be more secure and they would be improved more based on the Ohio review. Premier and ES&S also both issued statements defending their technology and committing to safe, secure elections. Premier noted that there has never been a documented case of the sort of tampering the Ohio study portends.
Brunner said she will not force Cuyahoga County — the state's most populous and one plagued with electronic voting problems — to replace its machines for the primary election in March, but she said she would be disappointed if they don't.
The Cuyahoga County elections board meets Monday to discuss its options. If the county switches to an optical-scan system, it would be the third voting system the county has used in three years.
Brunner, a Democrat, initiated the review when she took office, and state House Speaker Jon Husted, a Republican, joined her at the report's release to signal that its findings were not partisan.
Forbes also is carrying the story, but probably the best coverage of all is at BradBlog. The last few years Brad Friedman has worked tirelessly to expose the rampant corruption of American elections...and was the first reporter of any kind to warn how easily a computer programmer can shift the results. Here's his entry about Ohio~~~
15 Dec 2007 @ 13:58 by vaxen : Oh Christ!
You need NO VOTING MACHINES at all! Hand count the ballots and that isn't a guarantee that the same old political chicanery won't win the next "election" for the bandits in chief! Or at the very least... Oh, to hell with it. Was going to say voting machines with paper trails but screw this whole trip. It's corrupt and always will be. The people are idiots and that just won't change. See ya...
"If you can't protect the integrity of the system,
there is no system."
D.) The Ritalin Generation -- The extensive use of Ritalin and related drugs has caused great damage to the current generation. Why are so many children now diagnosed as ADD, ADHD, oppositional, or attachment disordered? These amphetamine-based drugs also came from the MK Ultra program. Approximately only 25% of the military age population even meets standards for induction in the Armed Forces. Congress has failed to take action.
Activists have been intimidated into leaving the country. Another solution that may have offered a convenient way to treat hyperactivity, etc. has backfired in a massive way.
E.) L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology has become a fashionable method of coping with life throughout the world but especially in Hollywood. Many famous stars are important advocates including Tom Cruise. The origins and implications of Dianetics are discussed in relation to its mind control origins.
L. Ron Hubbard was a Naval Intelligence Officer based in Silver Spring, MD. Similarly Carl Schleicher was a former Naval Intelligence Officer based in the
same city a decade later. An interesting coincidence, if nothing more! But then many intel agencies are based in the area.
F.) Where mind control technology is headed is not well known, but it has gone wireless. Implants are no longer necessary. Perhaps many of those UFO abductees are actually MK victims. The near future will include Direct Brain/Computer Interface (BCI).
We can only assume the real programs are held very tightly by the US Government. The hideous effects, which many of the programs have caused, cannot be over-emphasized. Reportedly, both MIT and The University of Michigan are strongholds for Tavistock influence in the USA.
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17 Dec 2007 @ 10:34 by jazzolog : Ohio's Elections Part 2
I tried to post this here yesterday, but couldn't access the site over the hours I had for computing~~~
I'm somewhat surprised this morning that Google News hasn't found any Sunday editorial writers tackling Ohio Secretary of State Brunner's announcement Friday of a report condemning our election practices---in my opinion covered most thoroughly by BradBlog [link] . Brad Friedman went on yesterday to post Diebold's response. A major contributor to and vocal supporter of George Bush Inc, Diebold makes machines the country uses to vote as mandated by Congressional legislation. (I'm still surprised it wasn't a no-bid contract.) Brad's entry reveals Diebold has changed its corporate name to Premier (as in Premier Khrushchev?) which I didn't know. Gee, I wonder why they would do that. [link]
There are 2 comments at the original BradBlog article by Bev Harris which are worth reading. You know her as founder of Black Box Voting, and among the first to raise questions about the easy corruptibility of the compulsory system. As yet her site doesn't have a column on these Ohio findings though. [link]
Dan Tokaji's does though. If you're in Ohio, your newspaper article may have been the Associated Press version that quoted him and his concerns. Professor Tokaji teaches election law in the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State. He expanded yesterday morning on how he would amend Secretary Brunner's proposals for change. [link]
Raw Story also picked up the report but adds little. However the comments are volatile. [link]
Hopefully there will be more response through the day. Vaxen responded above with ridicule and disdain. Like most eligible Americans, he doesn't vote anymore...out of hopelessness. Isn't that state of mind a sign of defeat?
17 Dec 2007 @ 11:02 by jazzolog : Day 3 In Election Reform
Very little editorial or blogger comment out there today about Ohio's SOS and her concerns regarding our flawed (or flaw-able) election system. A couple newspaper editors tell us they'll wait and see what happens. Thanks a lot, courageous journalists.
Something known as the ohiogop.blogs.com/state_of_the_union/ did post on the topic. It tells us "Election officials call Brunner's report biased," and leads off with this statement: "Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner found some (left-wing activists) academics to issue an expensive taxpayer-funded 'study' criticizing Ohio's election system." Oooh, hello! Some exciting Fox language here. The entry concludes, "Obviously, Jennifer Brunner cooked up this report to appease the fringe conspiracy groups who still think - despite dozens of investigations - that Ohio's 2004 presidential election was stolen.
"The only thing stolen was $1.6 million of our tax dollars used to fund this colossal waste of paper."
BradBlog decided to take it on, and Bev Harris commented with some research as to who runs that blog. [link]
Susan Gwinn, Chair of the Athens County Democratic Party, replied to yesterday's post with a polite reminder that our particular area is using "optical scan and also the automark which Brunner is recommending over using DRE’s for the handicapped." It's good to know some areas have had the best that's been available.
Speaking of courageous journalists, the transcript and video of Bill Moyers' interview with Keith Olbermann is online now. It's interesting to me that it's sports people, like Olbermann and Ed Schultz, who seem to be leading the way in exposing the chicanery that has been the Bush Administration. Moyers asks Olbermann why that is...and Keith's answer is worth looking at~~~
17 Dec 2007 @ 19:58 by vaxen : Olberman...
KEITH OLBERMANN: "I accuse you, Mr. Bush, of lying this country into war. I accuse you of fabricating in the minds of your own people a false implied link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11... BILL MOYERS Rolling Stone calls Keith Olberman "the most honest man in news." Critics accuse him of extended polemics, and national review calls him, "shameless". Olberman shrugs it off. After years of knocking around broadcasting mainly as a sportscaster. He's found his place and his voice. His nightly countdown on MSNBC is the fastest-growing news show on cable television. To find out more about what's on Keith Olbermann's mind read his new book, Truth and Consequences. Keith Olbermann, welcome to the Journal.
KEITH OLBERMANN: My pleasure, sir. Good to be here.
Oi, and in the meanwhile nothing happens. All the accepted as authoritative ('Authored' a few 'books.) "Talking heads," Olberman included, go on and on and on...much ado about nothing!
Maybe these pundits should take a look at what happened during Alexander Hamiltons time? Central Banking? Boy do I have a time line for you! Includes the machinations of the Warbergs and the Rothchilds and the Perez Diaspora...
I'll save that for a select few, though, for the times ahead when these polemecists get knocked off their hoary pedestals one by one...
You really could benefit from reading Bev's 'Moonshine Voting' article...if you haven't already done so.
The rumormill is cranking out a Hillary and Obama ticket. Fidel says: "Unbeatable!" The plutocrats laugh and the 'dish' runs away with the spoon.
Vissarionavich Dzughashvili changes his name so no one will know he's a Jew. Holosonic Research Labs wins the day. Lev Davidovich Bronstein returns from his exile in Siberia and immigrates to Neo Yisrael by way of Trotskyite China all the while dancing an Irish jig, laughing all the way...
In a one horse open sleigh he stole from the Brits. Filled to the brim with Gold he capped from the Russian people. Degel Ha Adom. Sela Ha Adom!
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17 Dec 2007 @ 22:53 by vaxen : Getting out of trouble...
“Pulling Out the Bottom Card”
SAIC is a pillar of the Military Industrial Complex and is deeply intertwined in the intelligence community. SAIC is known as “The shadow ruling-class within the Pentagon.” Over 5,000 of their employees have security clearances. Some having the highest top-secret clearances possible. SAIC’s board is virtually a Who’s Who of the Military Industrial Complex old guard. Other than Gates and Owens; another ex-CIA director Bobby Ray Inman, who was director of the National Security Agency, and vice director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; and Retired Army Gen. Wayne Downing, who served as chief counter-terrorism expert on the National Security Council. SAIC also has joint ventures with Bechtel.
As Keith Nightingale, one of Gates and Owens’ operatives said, “We are a stealth company. We’re everywhere, but almost never seen.”
Almost never seen… For a publicly known example of how SAIC operates, check Diebold lobbyist Gilbert J. Glenn. He was trying to get Maryland to buy new Diebold voting machines. The Maryland legislatures were hesitatant to purchase the machines fearing security issues. So the state decided, after Gilbert J. Glenn suggested it, to hire SAIC to test the security of the systems. Essentially, they had the people who possibly provided the security to the machines to begin with coming in to audit and verify the security of the machines. And the icing on the cake, it later turned out that Gilbert J. Glenn was not only a lobbyist for Diebold, he was also a lobbyist for SAIC. So now we have SAIC people working for VoteHere and Diebold. I would be very interested to uncover other employees that interconnect with voting machine companies and SAIC.
VoteHere has erased any mention of Gates and Owens from their website and filled the board of the company with more legit looking executives with programming backgrounds. As I previously mentioned, they even recently changed their name, which is standard operating procedure for intelligence front companies and all the major electronic voting machine companies. It is a simplistic and outdated move, but it does provide minor difficulties in trying to research them. My source believes that VoteHere is essentially a SAIC shell company and they together secretly control the “security” of the entire US election system.
It is phenomenal (although not surprising) that Congress let Gates’ Secretary of Defense confirmation pass in congress without ever mentioning or questioning his ties to SAIC, VoteHere, HAVA and the electronic voting machine industry.
Having privately controlled companies running our elections is bad enough, but having the most secretive elements of the military industrial complex controlling them makes President Eisenhower’s warning of “unwarranted influence sought by the military industrial complex” look naïve in comparison. They’ve come a long way since then.
I’m sure many will try to dismiss these facts as conspiracy theory, but as someone who has spent significant time researching intelligence activities and covert operations, you learn that as crazy as all this sounds, based on what we do know for fact, you would have to be stunningly naïve to think that our elections have produced legitimate results.
As military budgets continue to grow and as trillions of dollars vanish without a trace, we are left, as citizens of this country, with the heavy burden of getting to the bottom of this.
If we don’t, who will?
“The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery.”
- Thomas Paine, Dissertation on the First Principles of Government
** By David Vincent, [link] . This article is an adapted excerpt from the upcoming edition of the book The Art of Mental Warfare. **
Ok, so now that we are beginning to see how power really works in this country, let’s stop playing the political checkers that the mainstream media feeds us. Let’s begin to have a real discussion of power politics. It’s time for us as citizens to start acting like citizens in the world’s most powerful superpower. I phrase it this way because most US “citizens” have been conditioned by the mainstream media to be horribly naïve to the fact that if you can manipulate the US political process, you will truly be the most powerful people to have ever walked the face of this earth. It may sound grandiose, but, hey, it is very fucking grandiose! Let me repeat myself, to make myself clear, and for dramatic effect… If you can manipulate the US political process, you will truly be the most powerful people to have ever walked the face of this earth! And we, as citizens of this supposed democracy, need to start playing political chess. So, in closing, I am adding some speculative thoughts.
My first thought is:
Why did Democrats win the House and Senate in the ‘06 mid-term elections?
There is an old Chinese Proverb that says: "Of all 36 ways to get out of trouble, the best way is - leave."
19 Jan 2008 @ 12:23 by jazzolog : For Athens, Ohio---and hopefully others
Photo by Damon Winter/The New York Times
Jeffrey Evans, 49, who moved in with his mother, Shirley Sheline, 73, after losing his job in an automotive factory, said, “I lost everything I worked for all my life.”
Mr. Evans lives in Jackson, just a bit of a scenic drive west of Athens. The economic conditions described in Wednesday's New York Times of course apply here too, although we "have" the University---or the University has us....for housekeeping, grounds, and maintenance. Undoubtedly the story is typical of all Appalachia and maybe much of the rest of America too, as we teeter on the brink of another "Bush Recession." (In 1992, Bill Clinton campaigned for economic renewal using that term in reference to Bush, the father. Remember "It's the economy, stupid?") Thanks for the heads-up to online friend Mike Maloney, over in Cincinnati, Appalachian historian and advocate particularly for country folks forced off the land and into the big cities. The Times story starts out like this~~~
January 16, 2008
Blue-Collar Jobs Disappear, Taking Families’ Way of Life Along
By ERIK ECKHOLM
JACKSON, Ohio — After 30 years at a factory making truck parts, Jeffrey Evans was earning $14.55 an hour in what he called “one of the better-paying jobs in the area.”
Wearing a Harley-Davidson cap, a bittersweet reminder of crushed dreams, he recently described how astonished and betrayed he felt when the plant was shut down in August after a labor dispute. Despite sporadic construction work, Mr. Evans has seen his income reduced by half.
So he was astonished yet again to find himself, at age 49, selling off his cherished Harley and most of his apartment furniture and moving in with his mother.
Middle-aged men moving in with parents, wives taking two jobs, veteran workers taking overnight shifts at half their former pay, families moving West — these are signs of the turmoil and stresses emerging in the little towns and backwoods mobile homes of southeast Ohio, where dozens of factories and several coal mines have closed over the last decade, and small businesses are giving way to big-box retailers and fast-food outlets.
Then there is the matter of native son Dennis Kucinich and General Electric this week. GE owns NBC and MSNBC which hosted the Democratic candidate debate Tuesday. This is how I understand it: MSNBC invited the "top four" candidates to answer questions posed by Brian Williams and Tim Russert, the 4 being winners of primaries and such and maybe outstanding in polls. That would have been Clinton, Obama, Edwards and Bill Richardson...but a few days before the debate Richardson withdrew his candidacy. That put Kucinich as the 4th participant...and NBC formally invited him. The Ohio representative rearranged his schedule (he's also trying to run for re-election here) to get him to Vegas, but suddenly GE/NBC uninvited him. Kucinich smelled a rat and sued...and lost. So what was the rat, and why the fuss?
In the days that have followed, the answer emerges. On Wednesday, the increasingly popular Democracy Now! invited Dennis Kucinich onto the program to view parts of the debate, with host Amy Goodman, and offer rebuttal to what the other candidates had to say. The transcript of the show makes interesting reading...and of course you also can stream audio and video. [link] Of particular interest to the issue at hand is a peculiar question asked by Russert~~~
TIM RUSSERT: The volunteer army, many believe, disproportionate in terms of poor and minority who participate in our armed forces. There’s a federal statute on the books, which says that if a college or university does not provide space for military recruiters or provide a ROTC program for its students, it can lose its federal funding. Will you vigorously enforce that statute?
After Clinton, Obama, and Edwards all affirm they think military recruiters should be provided office space and access to university students, Goodman asks Kucinich if he would do that~~~
AMY GOODMAN: Congressmember Kucinich, would you?
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Absolutely not. Our society is being militarized. And part of the problem is NBC, which is a partner defense contractor through the ownership of General Electric of both NBC and Raytheon. So NBC is really promoting war here.
The truth of the matter is that we need to make it possible for our young people, if they desire to go in the military, they can go to a recruiter’s office, instead of telling campuses that if you don’t let recruiters on campus, you’re going to lose your money. That, to me, is antithetical to a democratic society.
At BestSyndication.com we learn "MSNBC’s parent company, General Electric (GE), and other corporate interests have been accused of trying to squelch Kucinich’s voice in the primary. Kucinich is the only remaining Democratic Presidential candidate who voted against the original Iraq War. He consistently votes against funding for the war as well.
"The Center for Public Integrity reports 'that GE has or had post-war business dealings in Iraq.' The company supplies temporary electrical generators to the U.S. military in Iraq. 'The company (GE) refused to divulge the value of the contract,' the watch dog group reported." [link]
Amy Goodman's column yesterday also reviewed the situation. [link] There are a few aggressive comments following the Hattiesburg version of the column, and I must say it's good to see discussion like this in Mississippi...or anywhere.
So if it's true, how could GE get away with something like this? Could be its double digit profit figures this last quarter have something to do with it. Here's a transcript of the company's conference call to investors yesterday morning: [link]
Ah yes, how well I remember the host and occasional star of General Electric Theater, back in 1954, smiling and assuring us in his warm voice, "At GE Progress Is Our Most Important Product." [link] And then somehow that host became a governor and eventually President Reagan.
Speaking of Free Election, the third story has to do with the continuing effort by Ohio Governor Strickland's administration to remove dubious elements from our election system. Despite all kinds of protest, mocking and roadblocks, new Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is sticking to her guns on this. According to the Associated Press this morning, she is compromising on her idea to have votes counted as central locations, a suggestion that drew fire from all sides. [link] Things are getting interesting folks, and hopefully we're rolling up our sleeves for the hard work ahead!
25 Jan 2008 @ 10:35 by jazzolog : Any Questions?
So Dennis is gone...even though everybody seemed to think he was right about most stuff. But maybe some kind of attitude problem? And he must have been a Communist, things like that. Not the kind of guy like Bush was, somebody to sit around and have beers with.
Why? Could it be that new study?
Jan 23, 6:43 AM EST
Study: False statements preceded war
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of the study Tuesday night but reiterated the administration's position that the world community viewed Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, as a threat.
"The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of intelligence agencies around the world," Stanzel said.
The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.
"It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida," according to Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism staff members, writing an overview of the study. "In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the administration during the period studied: Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan.
Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study found. That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida.
The center said the study was based on a database created with public statements over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews.
"The cumulative effect of these false statements - amplified by thousands of news stories and broadcasts - was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost impenetrable din for several critical months in the run-up to war," the study concluded.
"Some journalists - indeed, even some entire news organizations - have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, 'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false statements about Iraq," it said.
On the Net:
Center For Public Integrity: [link]
Fund For Independence in Journalism: [link]
© 2008 The Associated Press.
6 Mar 2008 @ 10:02 by jazzolog @22.214.171.124 : Kucinich Update
Somehow the Common Dreams reprint of the Plain Dealer article is more friendly. Lots of comments too~~~
Published on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 by The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dennis Kucinich Appears Headed to General Election in 10th District Congressional Race
by Molly Kavanaugh
Despite a well-financed, aggressive opposition campaign and the distractions of a failed presidential bid, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich appears to have survived a strong primary challenge.
The 10th District Democratic congressman was facing his first threat of losing the seat he has held for 12 years. Kucinich spent thousands of dollars on television ads and agreed to debate his opponents - chief rival Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman and three other candidates.
The 61-year-old former Cleveland mayor said he was encouraged by the results. “I am also encouraged because I know of all the hard work you have all put in,” he told supporters at the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor union hall.
Cimperman hammered away at Kucinich’s second long-shot presidential bid, constantly citing votes he missed in Congress while running for the White House and the financial support he received from Hollywood stars like Sean Penn.
Cimperman, 37, spent at least $500,000 trying to win the seat and gained the endorsement of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
“We took someone who ignored the district for 12 years and made him pay attention,” said Cimperman, speaking from Around the Corner in Lakewood.
Cimperman, who lives outside the district, said it was too early to say whether he would consider another run for the 10th District seat. The district encompasses Cleveland’s West Side and Cuyahoga County’s western suburbs.
While Cimperman said he always considered the campaign a two-way race, the crowded field did not help his chances.
Rosemary Palmer, campaigning in the HopeMobile bus, entered the race after her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Edward “Augie” Schroeder, was killed in Iraq.
Barbara Ferris, president and founder of the International Women’s Democracy Center, was trying for a third time to unseat Kucinich.
During the campaign, North Olmsted Mayor Thomas O’Grady cited his military career and blasted Cimperman.
Kucinich probably will face Republican Jim Trakas, a former state representative from Independence who had to give up his seat because of term limits.
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