Archive for October, 2010

Jon Stewart for the win.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Basically the joke was on everyone who wanted to make  vast analysis of the Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity” / “March to Keep Fear Alive” event.  In the end, the highlight of the event was the dualing Cat Stevens “Peace Train” versus Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train“.  But I understand some people are partial to R2D2 teaching Stephen Colbert a lesson in tolerance.

The contradictions of Stewart’s persona remain.  Detached Irony is beating up on headfast Earnestness.  The foray into, for instance, debunking Jim Cramer is followed by the self-aware call-back to make fun of his own slide into manipulative Populism.  The virtues of “Civility” are over-emphacized and fall into a status quo accpetance that Moderation implies. 

And Ozzy Osbourne is sharing the stage with Cat Stevens.

In the lead up to this, I read and heard a quote from Ana Marie Cox deriding this.  My thought was “Ana Marie Cox is the LAST person to comment on the trivilization of politics into ironic detached pop culture.”  But the article it was quoted from was acceptable in its wider ambivalence. 
If our politicians are cynical creatures, you have to drive in with a certain cynicism.

The Democratic Party was floating about, trying to grab this part of the Democratic Base into phone banking for various mid-term candidates.  I guess this ends up as a counter-balance for any liberal uneasy about their ironic detachment — have your fun, now plunge into your earnest foray into electoral political activism.

Regarding the Obama appearance on Jon Stewart earlier this week, what floated out of into wider sound-byte circulation was Obama’s use of the word “Heckuva Job” to describe the Treasury Secretary, Obama’s clarification to “Yes We Can, But” — the “but” evoking laughter, and Stewart addressing Obama as “Dude”.  The Press Secretary was asked about that last one, with the approrpiate response “He’s been called worse”.
In the end, We Are the Change We Have Been Waiting For.  News came out this last week that Everyone’s going to have Diabetes in 50 years due to our consumption of Soda.  We can change this by drinking less soda and more milk, and feeding less soda to your kids.  You are the Change you have been Waiting For.

What do you want from me?  I don’t have much problem with “Yes We Can, but” because I never understood a part of Obama’s appeal, outside of clever marketing.  The campaign runs into the standard “filtered through various interests” into a lowest common denominator (you try to appeal to 50 plus 1 percent of the public) that runs into a Presidency managing the Contradictions.  The result is that in the mid-terms, everyone who voted against you is voting, and not everyone who voted for you is.  And so…

Hm.  I expect some Feminist Blogs to point out that the women are standing in the back here.  Which may just as well be, because the only two winners are Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.   Meg Whitman and Sharron Angle are sure fire losers this Tuesday — and as near as I can tell, Meg Whitman Crashed No Party.

So the Time Magazine cover becomes a weird bit of Fiction.

I guess we await to see the 2010 version of one of these covers — one is the 1994 cover, the other the 2006 cover after the mid-term party take-overs.


The perils of Stewart’s message, and the uneasiness of part of the voicing.  Then again, I have no real interest framing… as we await the coming Heath Shuler versus Nancy Pelosi Party leader fight, with a Shuler promising to move into the Mainstream of being stomped to death by an Elephant.

I heard a promo clip for Mark Levin — mostly summed up as “Rarw Rarw Rawr” — where he shouted off about the Anti-Americans and Communists — more so than anyone else in the History of the Republic — surrounding Obama.  The 2010 Election results will be like the 1946 election results, I guess.

2010: You’re not for Sharia Law, are you?

Saturday, October 30th, 2010


Paranoics Question of the Day:
How does the threat of Terror help Obama in terms of the Election, seeing as it lights up the lizard brain against “Hussein” — the “Weak on Terror” angle at play?  Is this the two-party duopoly at work, Obama working for the hidden cause of electing his supposed partisan opponents in order to affect a false dichotemy setting up the Police State.:
As we predicted on four separate occasions would happen, the Obama White House has deliberately contrived a fake terror scare on the eve of the mid-term elections in an effort to subdue the rampaging political appetite for anti-big government candidates that threatens to sweep aside establishment incumbents next week.
The Big Government “War on Terror” Replacements taking the place of the Big Government Incumbents?
Where do they stand on the Oklahoma measure…

OKLAHOMA.  When you go into the ballot box to mark your vote for the Democratic candidate, Jim Rogers
Rogers has no campaign website, doesn’t do fund-raising — he has spent less than $700 on his 2010 race — and mostly walks the streets with a handmade sign in the working-class Oklahoma City suburb where he lives. He told the Associated Press that his top priority is to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas and rein in the national debt but is otherwise a blank slate.
Efforts to reach Rogers through his
Facebook page elicited a response six hours later from someone writing, “I know it’s a pain, but Mr. Rogers mainly conducts interviews through the mail,” and listed an address in Midwest City, Okla. The person added that, “He would likely consent to a phone interview as well, but I don’t have that information available as this page is mostly an informational page from articles.”
Hm.  Jim Rogers is taking a stand.
Rogers has refused comment on any aspect of his personal life.
Yeah, I too am tired of people making issue with, for instance, whether the Delaware candidate was naked and making out with someone years and years ago.
One take-away from this piece:
A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Megan Dubray, says the match-up is “not a serious race” and says the focus is on the much more competitive governor’s race.
Where the Democrat trails in the polls by 20 plus points.

Anyway, when you do that, be sure to go to the big issue on the ballot for Oklahoma voters to decide – whether or not to amend the state Constitution to Ban Sharia Law.

Supporters of the initiative to ban Sharia, the Times reports, concede that they do not know of a single case of Sharia being used in the Sooner State, which has about 15,000 Muslims.
“Oklahoma does not have that problem yet,” said Republican state Rep. Rex Duncan, who authored the ballot measure “But why wait until it’s in the courts?”

I’m pretty sure there’s a logical fallacy in there somewhere, but I can’t put my finger on it.
The polling data is from July, and seems to suggest a majority but possibly not a super-majority (I’m assuming what it takes for Constitutional Amendment.)

MINNESOTA.  The Tea Party all about Fiscal matters, part 4,978.
But when asked if he would vote for a Muslim candidate who was a conservative, Phillips replied, “I don’t know.”

It is worth mentioning that in the last minute “Restricted Map” loop that Obama is taking for politicking to spur voter turn-out, Russ Feingold and Wisconsin have fallen off the map, and the Democratic “Salvage” operation goes on down.  Senator Ron Johnson, it is presumed. 
Devoid of Obama stumping, we get an endorsement from Bob Barr.
Maybe this shouldn’t freeze the minds of these Democratic Underground posters as much as it does.  Go back to the 1998 Impeachment fight, where Bob Barr was the floor leader in the House.  And, back to a blog post from 2005 off of a New Republic essay

Maybe the ultimate Feingold heresy came during the 1998-1999 Clinton impeachment fight. When Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia offered a resolution to dismiss the charges against the president, every Democrat voted for the resolution but one: Feingold . Again, the issue was process. Feingold argued that Republicans deserved a chance to make their case and put it to a vote and that the Byrd resolution would “in appearance, and in fact, improperly short-circuit this trial” and “call the fairness of the process into question.” The vote was a disaster among his Democratic constituents, according to the Wisconsin Democratic Party chairwoman, who told The Washington Post: “We’re getting a lot of very upset people calling. … Elderly people crying, other people yelling. … They’re just mad as hell.” Feingold ultimately voted against impeachment. 

I point to a part of the Christopher Hitchens  anti-Clinton book No One Left to Lie To, where a single Democratic Senator is having a trouble of conscience about how to vote on the Vote to Impeach Clinton, and is confiding in Chritopher Hitchens. He ultimately votes “no”, but I had wondered who the hell this could possibly be. I thought the only two Senators that would be travelling in Chritopher Hitchens’s circle would be Russ  Feingold and Paul Wellstone (today, his cheerleading for the Iraq War has him the other camp)… does this signify anything? I don’t know.
(Point of reference: in the pages offered online, we see Feingold referenced as “the only member of the Senate who is entitled to call himself and ‘Independent“.)

LOUISIANA .  Awkward.

IDAHO.  This might be the weirdest of Nate Silver’s maps.  You have two candidates, the incumbent “Democrat” Walt Minnick and the Republican challenger Labrador tied at 48.6 percent in the projections, with each at an even 50 percent chance of winning.
And you have the list of polls.  All of them with Minnick leading.
The number skew is obviously political climate and Idaho electorate.
Where he enjoys the support of, um, this group.

ALASKA .  So it goes.

In a movement one pro-Sarah Palin website is calling “Operation Alaska Chaos,” at least 100 people filed paperwork Thursday to register as write-in candidates in the U.S. Senate election, according to the Division of Elections.

A stream of would-be senators filtered through the elections office in Midtown Anchorage late in the day, many saying the effort is meant to protest an order by the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday allowing a list of write-in candidates to be shown to voters who ask for assistance.

The court action is expected to aid Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid and amounts to electioneering by the state, say supporters of Republican nominee Joe Miller. The idea of a mass registration is to create a long list of potential write-in choices and make it harder for voters to find Murkowski’s name.

Election 2010: For What it’s worth.

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Put away polling as a lot of noise in a life which is too damned short, until…
… It is that time in the Election Season when Polling is everything, or at least Everything you’ve got.  Maybe there are other tea leaves to read than these numbers… What is this DSCC press release and Republican Response?

OHIO  The DCCC’s Ryan Rudominer says, “Not only has John Boehner recruited, embraced, and financed a disgraced Nazi enthusiast running for Congress, but now Boehner is pouring gasoline on the fire by holding a campaign rally with him. Unbelievably, this comes on the heels of John Boehner also embracing an Ohio congressional candidate being sued for attempted rape and sexual assault, and another who has ties to an organized crime syndicate that brands women like cattle.Thumbing his nose at our nation’s veterans, women, and people of the Jewish faith, all the while refusing to stand up for basic American values in order to try and win an election, apparently this is what Boehner meant when he said, “We’re not going to be any different than what we’ve been.”

In a statement to The Atlantic, Don Seymour from Boehner’s staff says it’s about the volunteers: “Leader Boehner will be rallying Republican volunteers at the Lucas County Victory Center to support the local Republican Party’s get-out-the-vote efforts.  Boehner has been on the road headlining rallies for Republican candidates in Ohio and across the country, and he’ll continue his busy campaign schedule into the final weekend before Tuesday’s referendum on Democrats’ jobs-killing policies.”
Throw it in the harp.
Meantime, there’s:
McDonalds’s in Ohio has sent employees a letter – included in paychecks […] If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not.”
This is a trick that goes back to McKinley versus Bryan.  And every election season, I see a surprising number of defenders of it.

Nevada  The ideal outcome of the Senate race would see Harry Reid narrowly win, with a win whose results are pinned to an upswing of Hispanic voters ticked off by Sharron Angle’s EPIC race baiting.  (And here I thought the Tea Party was all about Fiscal issues — Take 1879.)   Once in office, the Democratic Party will take stock, and decide to choose between Schumer and Durbin to decide who commences forward — a party leadership fight with more sense to it than Pelosi — Shuler.)

This CNN polling makes no sense.
 773 LV   Reid:  45  Angle:  49
 1,286 RV   Reid:  43 Angle:  39
The point differential between “likely voter” and “registered voter” is EIGHT? 
For what it’s worth, the Republicans appear to edge in the game of “early vote” watch, though that — in our current 24 minute news watch — has shifted.  For what it’s worth, Democratic Partisans are pointing to the high discreprency in Nevada in the 2008 election between final poll and results.  For what it’s worth, Angle is already trumpeting “Voter Fraud”, something more of that race baiting, and with an interesting twist in the sense that the “touch screen switch” has been a concern of Democrats dismissed by Republicans as conspiracy theory for all of the 2000s.  For what it’s worth, Reid is claiming great internals.
For what it’s worth, some of Sharron Angle’s best friends are Mexican.
AND if you don’t vote for her, you will die.

FLORIDA.  The news item of cynical electoral games of the day involving Political Shifter Charlie Crist.  For instance, Clinton reportedly asked Meek to quit the race on the same day he gave effusive praise for him at a campaign rally.  Meantime, Obama cut a radio commercial a few weeks ago for Meek, transparently trying to keep the Governor’s race going — we want Alex Sink to win instead of the Medicare Defrauding Republican candidate.
The polls here are interesting.  The margin Crist trails Rubio by in the polls has been cut in half from about 14 to about 7.  If 7 is a large number to make up in a weekend, you at least know where the votes would come from.  So here is that curious sputtering of an upset sleeper special, whose possibility has always come down to a Collapsing of Campaign.  Do you believe in miracles, and if you do do you particularly want to rest one on behalf of Charlie Crist?
For what it’s worth, the grand take away from the last debate was Rubio and Crist agreeing with Bush’s plunge into Iraq.  So, you know, a Democrat would vote in Florida for Sink, and then take that deep breath on the Senate line, before feeling a tad oily in punching for Crist.

ALASKA  A somewhat spurious poll made the rounds, showing McAdams pulling right on past the flailing Joe Miller.  It at least makes intuitive sense, Alaska is the Wild Card of Election 2010’s Senate races.  I note that Larry Sabato, in his “Democrats get killed in the House, Hold onto Senate” predictions skips over this race as a win for either Murkowski or Miller, and so the conventional wisdom is set.
Joe Miller is not mentioning Lisa Murkowski, lest the voter get word of how to spell her name.
It is interesting to note that in the Great Fury to spot Voter Fraud, Joe Miller HAS A RECORD OF VOTER FRAUD of a rather curious sort.

The ideal result here is for McAdams and Murkowski to beat Miller.  Aesthetically, it’d be amusing to see McAdams win with something like 32 percent of the vote (the third party vote going to those Libertarian and American Independence Party candidates.) 

Connecticut Good news to WWE fans voting for Linda McMahon.  You can dress up like this at the polls.  A counter-offensive might be to dress up in WWF garb, but that would be too obscure a joke to work.

Louisiana.  Yes, I like Charlie Melancon’s new ad, despite its focus on “Sin”.  It gets nowhere, though.  The very definition of a spurious easily dismissed poll surfaced this week showing Melancon down by 3.  What was surprising was its trumpeting by partisan hacks, at dailykos, who should know better than to posit this as an “interesting race to watch”.  It isn’t, though we do have a demonstration here of why Eliot Spitzer ought not have resigned, and we do have the question… just two years away from John Ensingn’s election.

West Virginia.  Hm.
Raese was no one’s obvious bet to mount a serious challenge. Three times before he had run for statewide office and lost. He’s a plutocrat who looks the part, with snowy white sideburns, banker’s pinstripes, and a sonorous voice from his early days as a radio presenter, before he acquired a media empire and a limestone and steel company. He is amiable, but also a bit odd. Much of his speech at the Republican Victory Gala dinner on Friday night was devoted to venerating Ronald Reagan, which is standard Republican fare and always good politics. But his praise centered on Reagan’s decision to invade Grenada.
Hey.  Don’t knock it.  It’s become the great Treat for Kids at the Reagan Library.

Locked in a war room with military officials shouting at each other about the impending invasion of Grenada, Gen. John Vessey, President Ronald Reagan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, rose from his chair.
“People! People!” he shouted. “Gen. Vessey has a request: I am super thirsty.”
His military commanders rolled their eyes and resumed the debate. Gen. Vessey—who outside this room was 13-year-old Christian Graves—slumped in his swivel chair, sighing deeply. He then ordered Army Rangers into Grenada. […]
On multimillion dollar sets replicating the Reagan White House, children play the parts of key officials and reporters to reenact the invasion of Grenada. The U.S. invaded the Caribbean island nation in 1983, fearing a communist takeover after a coup.
Making a 27-year-old invasion relevant for today’s children isn’t always easy. Kids have to be told what communists are, and why Grenada becoming a communist country would have been a big deal.
The reenactments are part history lesson, part interactive game. The kids decide whether or not to invade, how to carry out an invasion, even how to deal with media leaks.

KENTUCKY.  Naturally.  I’ve been getting non-ironic-seeming emails from readers claiming that the whole stomping thing was staged, was in fact the nefarious doing of (as best I can piece together) the liberal Canadian police state. That’s right: there are Stomping Deniers!Staged.
search Canadian Police Agents Provocateurs
This stuff happens world wide to silence decent.

Here’s one of the emails:

No fucking clue what that last bit means, but I googled “Canadian Police Agents Provocateurs” and came up with this item from Boing Boing. Apparently it’s all a consipiracy:

Meanwhile, the first story in the prisonplanet image docket is “Rand Paul Surges Ahead of Conway Despite Stomp Smears”.  Smear.  Sure.  I note “Newsbusters” is running with “Liberal Media Fails to Lift up Democrats” storyline.  Then there’s:
Alex takes a call from Al who talks about the media spin and smear campaign against Rand Paul of Kentucky, and how they may go one step further. Maybe even try to take him out!
Yessirre Bob.
Other news story linked to here — Good luck boycotting the NFL.
… considering that America is being Destroyed, no doubt about it.

WISCONSIN.  Odd bed-fellows for Politicians in Peril.  Bob Barr endorses Russ Feingold.  Pisses off a lot of conservatives who now call Bob Barr a Liberal.  (Seriously)

the midterm election wind up

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Remember everyone.  Washington is broken.

Freaks on Parade.
And when asked if he would apologize to Valle. “I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you,” Profitt said.
Reminds me of something I once saw on The Simpsons:

Nelson: Stop hitting yourself.
Milhouse: Ooow!
Nelson: Stop hitting yourself.
Milhouse: Ooow!
Nelson: Stop hitting yourself.
Milhouse: Ooow

Authoratarian nitwittery.
Where the fun really comes in, And I’m just guessing, I haven’t checked this out yet.  If you’ve been reading this blog, you know my interest in the Rand Paul / Jack Conway race has been centered on the Alex Jones partisan blinders in his “New World Order” garb.
Check out this purple prose.

After months of endless contrived smears against Rand Paul that failed miserably, leftist Obamanoids were probably licking their lips when the “stomping” story emerged this morning. But now it has emerged that a Rand Paul supporter was the victim of an identical stomping, the scandal has blown up in their face.
Lefitist publications like the Huffington Post, Media Matters and Think Progress have once again been exposed in their pathetic attempts to manufacture fake controversies to score political propaganda points, just as liberals were left red-faced after a Conway supporter attempted to pose as a racist Rand Paul fan in an underhanded and pathetic ploy to discredit the Kentucky Senatorial candidate.
The Conway incident was by no means the only example of Obamanoid thugs attacking Tea Party activists for daring to go against the Democrat borg.
The “contrived smears” against Rand Paul includes pointing out the facility of his line about his opponents propping up a strawman in going back to his written and oral record, and repeating what he said… in their context.

What’s most important in this is that the Rand Paul / Jack Conway race is the only race Jones and Prisonplanet is emotionally invested in, by a long mile over what is only starting to drip in as #2 — Angle / Reid.  Go down the list of “Featured Stories” for today, and this is really something.
Conway Cover-Up: Media Ignores Admitted Obstruction Of Justice
EXCLUSIVE: Uncovered 9/11 Footage Shows FBI Director Asking Firefighters About “Secondary Hits” On WTC
Jack Conway Promoted Neo-Con Iraq War in 2002
Conway Fails To Condemn Brutal Attack On Rand Paul Activist
Police Officers FIRED for being TEA Party Members
Potentially “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Mail Voters Disenfranchised

Think about this.  A negative Jack Conway story somehow manages to beat a “9/11 Truther” story.  And then the 9/11 Truther story is sandwiched and lost again by two following Conway items.

If the shoe were on the other foot, how do you suppose the youtube user flagging of these videos would be reported?
Actually, the Prison Planet stories tell the story: they’re from the land of George Soros.

A month or so ago, Meg Whitman unvelied an ad that was composed entirely of Bill Clinton lombasting Jerry Brown’s record in a 1992 presidential debate.  Jerry Brown just unleashed an ad that pivots off of Meg Whitman’s words about California falling apart, and how things were so much better thirty years ago — naturally, back when Jerry Brown was Governor.
Now Meg Whitman needs to come in with the ultimate retort, and I’m of course referring to this line of vintage criticism.

Rhode Island.  I think we can read the tea-leaves and say Obama has essentially given the go-ahead with what amounts to an endorsement for Lincoln Chaffe.  Sprio Agnew will be slinginv invectives against the New York Republican Senator in favor of Senate Candidate Buckley, with Richard Nixon making bland statements of supporting the Party, now.

Freaks on Parade.
As the event was coming to a close, a campaign staffer in a car near the assembled press reportedly spoke loudly into his cell phone, saying: “She’s Ready? She’s coming out now?”
Two women then got into his car, while Angle apparently went out a side door, avoiding TV cameras altogether.

Sort of Nixonian, actually.
So… do you believe her?

There is, of course, something a bit troubling about a Senate candidate insisting he or she will only deal with the press after they’ve been elected.

There is something a bit more troubling about a Senate candidate insisting he or she will only deal with the press after they’ve been elected… who is then elected.

Freaks on Parade.

An all star cast!
Palin, Huckabee, Bachmann, DeMint!
Lions and Tigers and Bears, and… um… (drat, Need to add something… um) and DeMint!!!

ew ew that smell

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The frustrating thing about electoral politics is the sheer “Selling Soap” to us aspect of it, where the market it tapped.  One difference is that if one brand of soap surges past the other in sales, and the other falters — you still get to use your preferred soap brand.
I smirk a bit to some critics who claim Obama was elected off pure branding.  It’s not that it’s entirely baseless — the red and blue “Hope” image flag, but the case was that he spelled out his legislative program and approach to a pretty indepth degree that nobody should be surprised about his presidency.  The weird thing about the notion Manufactured Political candidacy, that Image is getting more and more manufactured, is that the Worst Presidential Election by this definition was William Henry Harrison in 1840.

Daniel Larrison, perhaps biased toward a sour view of Modern Conservatism, perhaps just in need of what is at this point in time Contrarianism, comes out with a “Republican Party falls short” prediction.
Interesting.  I think he misses the power of the new visceral affect.  We’ve seen all the negative ads on television that use dire bleak images to paint an unfavorable image of the Incumbent politician.  It is a wonder anyone in the “Tumble-weed” Belt ever gets re-elected!  If these campaigns fall short, it’s because they haven’t gone to the next step in Political Campaign Evolution.  The problem is that these ads rely on sight and sound to create viscarel reactions, when Scent is the most immediate and powerful sense.

Tran is sending out a scratch-and-sniff direct mail piece attacking Sanchez that features a hideous odor emanating from it.
Much like magazine perfume advertisements, the mailer says, “Open for a fragrance sample of “Loretta, The Scent Of Washington.”
On the inside of mailer, the piece says, “Something smells rotten about Loretta. It’s the stench of Washington.” Below that is the scratch and sniff panel.
A GOP source who experienced the Eau de Sanchez put it this way: “It is a horrible odor, like the combination of the five or six worst possible scents you can imagine.”

With that in the arsenal, to make the public associate the six worst smells in the world to the Democratic Party, how can the Republican Party possibly lose?

Hm.   Speaking of the power of the Lizard Brain in politics…
I think it’s ludicrous to hold Rand Paul responsible for this, but nonetheless, he needs to be outspoken in his denunciation of what happened. Political violence against people carrying signs is not okay.  Yes, conservatives, I understand that there is a lot of hypocrisy coming from folks who were making excuses for Martha Coakley when one of her employees attacked a journalist, but see this as the second coming of the Hitler Youth.  Two wrongs, however, do not make a right, and in this case, by normalizing physical aggression when it comes from the “right side”, they make an even greater wrong.
One random thought about Martha Coakley, assuming the worst (I don’t know the story) — she was losing, Rand Paul is winning.  Rand Paul’s supporters are frustrated by the existence of the moveon-ers.  Curiouser and Curiouser.
The stomper has been identified as Rand Paul’s Bourbon County coordinator, Tim Profitt. More details upcoming.

I’m expecting the Paul-heads to point to the random story of the Conway supporter caught holding up inflamatory signs for Paul.
Then again, the Paul contingency — the online contingency at least — would be divided about the campaign, Michael Savage’s Cause Celebre, of this fellow.  (For what it’s worth, Nate Silver of 538 has him losing barely.)

Y’know… as a debate starts swirling about whether Obama might be “better off” for having a foil to point to
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” — Almost Certain Senate Minority Leader.  (Are the Republicans going to win the Senate seat of Washington or California?)
… as against having a razor thin House Majority with this contingency of Congress-critters wagging the dog…
… Can I point out that the nature of Presidential Campaigns will produce an actual foil — a Republican Presidential candidate — President Obama will literally be campaigning against?

to impeach the president, drive over and make Kesha Rogers’ .1 percent chance of victory happen

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Everything I ever really needed to know about Technocracy I learned a few years ago reading two, maybe three general interest magazines from the 1930s.  Something along the lines of an opening of “A few years ago, they were considered kooks, but today…” 
I’ve learned a few new things since then.  Like last week, when Technocracy, Inc ran an ad spot in the morning on Portland’s liberal radio station.  I doubt they were on at any other time of the day, but I don’t really know.   Out of curiosity, I looked over and see they’ve a location in Ferndale, sure, but also San Francisco and Portland.
Go figure.

What has kept them going for eight decades, you’d have to ask them.  The ad spot claims “No ideology”, which is a classic ruse, all the more absurd for coming from an ideology outside the mainstream of society.  I don’t know what a history of Technocracy, Inc will give you.  At least a history of the Larouche Organization comes down to a history of 40 years of Political Vertigo, from any point in the left/right political continuum, at its most pronounced.

The lemonade stand did not work out, so they picked on the impeachment subject to get donations and attention.  OR:  They wanted cash on the spot

Take the latest attempt at coordinating the movement.  Here are the marching orders for the next week leading up to the election, and the line against what they hear on the streets about their anti-Obama crusade.

lardadtnow … at anti-DADT rallies?

Or, Undisclosed Protesters in Topnanga, California. 
lartopanga  In his Oct. 20 appearance on LPAC-TV Weekly Report, Lyndon LaRouche issued a sharp warning to those who are dilly-dallying on the question of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Barack Obama from office. Waiting until after the election to act could be suicidal, he said, because then you will face the threat of dictatorship. You have to act now.
“And what you’re looking at with Obama, right now, is, you’re looking at a threat of a dictatorship, a post-election period dictatorship, in the United States, of Nazi policy! Because, take Obama’s policy: What’s important about this, is not what Obama thinks. Because Obama does not think. He has an appearance, he maintains an appearance, like the Emperor Nero.
“So, who is controlling him? Well, he’s being controlled from London, it’s obvious: He’s being controlled by the crowd around Lord Jacob Rothschild’s Inter-Alpha Group, which is the international financial interest which is running this operation, against us. And what we need, is an American President who is a patriot. And we haven’t had one, recently, in this decade, who’s a real patriot. We have scoundrels, who are opportunists, who are not thinking about what the interests of the American people, the nation, or the world is. They’re thinking about ‘their game.’
“And so, we’ve had that. Like 9/11: Nobody had the guts to come forward, openly, with what they knew about 9/11. We know that. So this is another factor. We had many things in the Bush Administration of that type, the last one; we have things in the Obama Administration like that. And what happens, people who should speak out, did not. Or, they were silenced before they could get a loud voice going.
“So, now we sit, with negligence, like Germany with the Hitler nomination at the end of January of ’33. Before, just a short term before Roosevelt’s inauguration. So, we have this kind of situation, with no Roosevelt in sight!”
The point is, LaRouche later emphasized, “after the election, it’s going to be more difficult than ever to do it.” The action to remove Obama—including by the Vice President, who is showing enormous reluctance to act—has to occur now.
Wait.  Biden is showing reluctance to “act”?  What gave the reluctance away?
An increasing number of Americans have concluded that Lyndon LaRouche is right, that Obama is a failed personality, a narcissistic Emperor Nero type, who seeks adulation from dwindling numbers of sycophants, while pushing policies which punish the vast majority.

Edward Spannaus does the Iranian tv appearance to that effect.  I’m sure it’s always comforting to know who ends up on foreign news sources to represent strains of American political analysis.  It is loopy analysis.  “Worst Economic Collapse in history”, eh?  As always, I WANT MY DARK AGES INTERVAL, along the lines of fifth century Europe.    But I do like how the anti-NWOer interrupts when Steinberg talks up Clinton, to clarify a point of disagreement.

He doesn’t quite live up to the script, though.  Turn to Aussies to get the name in:

Wake up America. Glass-Steagall is the only solution. You allready have small Government it’s called Wall St an appendage of the British. There is one competant person in the U.S. that can handle the collapse. Lyndon LaRouche an F.D.R. Democrat. You have been infiltrated financialy and politicaly by your enemy since the war of Independence The British Empire. Your economy has been deliberately collapsed.

The news is getting passed on and is spreading.  See, October 20 here.

Anyway, one election worth watching…   Nate Silver at 538 has crunched the numbers and shows that Kesha Rogers at .1 percent chance of snatching the victory!  I wish I knew what numbers are being crunched with that one, it’s not at all clear.  Must be a down-ticket  repercussion from Rick Perry leading Bill White for governor by 10 points instead of 15.  But the people are speaking:  She’s nuttier and more extreme than last week’s “hey gawk at this candidate” of the week.

I’d say both nuttier & more extreme. Anyone connected with LaRouche should be sectioned. Proof that there is a point where the craxy ends of the political spectrum meet up around back. ‘Tis the season to be nutty in Texas.
So the solution is to put Stephen Broden and Kesha Rogers in the same room, let ’em talk for 5 minutes then lock both of them up for twenty years. Marvelous.

Candidate debates.  I don’t know why this is posted to the “Ron Paul Forums”, particularly since “C” didn’t mention the Libertarian Candidate debating.  BUT…  here’s your Rogers round – up:

 11 minutes “I did not see any real opposition… I saw Capitulation… Refused to Remove Obama… Did not stand up to his defunding of the Constellation… Personality Failure.”  14:30:
Where’s the money coming from?  24 — Well, it’s Czar-dom  25:26 Glass Steagal!

First question and answer in the After Show:  “Learn anything?” “No.”

Hm.  She kept out of this:  How is the impeachment of Obama to be accomplished, though? A recent rally set up by Rogers teaches people how to get it done: Pull over to the side of the road, and join the Kesha Rogers campaign, and then… voila! Obama is impeached, and the LaRouche “extraterrestrial imperative” can move forward.

You know…  Ah, the La Rouche people. They have all the charm of Fred Phelps followers.
really?..the two are comparable?..  [Hitler / Obama]
well alrighty then..good luck with that one..

You have to give this to the people spreading Windsorite conspiracy theories- at least they’ve latched onto an actually existant group with an actual legacy of abused power. (Offer void for “The Queen is a Reptite” proponents and the dude in this nsfw comic.)

As we can see from this, the masses are idiots who can not comprehend:   I bought their journal once and couldn’t make sense of it, even to describe it to other people.

I once had a “conversation” with a LaRouchian on a street corner in Seattle. It started out fine, but took a sharp turn for crazy when this guy sincerely said that science education in America is all wrong, and they should stop teaching science with math. *gape* “How should science be taught then? Since math is a universal constant.” “Poetry!”

Other candidates — California Treasurer candidate Robert Lauten has his voters pamphlet statement here. 

In wikipedia land, we see the anonymous iteration of HK LS pop in with a familiar line:

Woohoo! I just noticed that each book given as “Reference” in this article is hostile to Larouche. Now i know im being cheated. uurgh! Never trust a Wiki! (talk) 00:59, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

No, I don’t know what the “Woohoo” is supposed to be woo-hooing.  A victory for the gods, I suppose.  Also note that I’m not putting up any “pro-Larouche” comment.

But if he insists on sources and comments of the Pro nature.
She does. I have known some of those people for years. Not her. Some of the older ones.They are “physical” economists (huge fans of Alexander Hamilton).
But isn’t that more pro-boomer with a slice of anti-LYM?

Then there’s:  I raised Lyndon LaRouche’s Homeowners and Bank Protection Act back in 2007-2008. For whatever reasons, you chose not to expose your readers to the importance of this federal legislation.
Lyndon LaRouche has been slandered as an extremist as well as his co-thinkers. In reality, those slandering him are the extremists, and LaRouche and his co-thinkers are grounded in the spirit of 1776. They understand the policies to which we need to return in order to save the nation from recolonization by the looting monetary Empire.

They really don’t want everyone to know that Larouche hates the Beatles.  Or that this is a larger part of his legacy than “Triple Curve”!

We’ll wait to see if wikipedia uncovers this:  I wonder if Lyndon Larouche ever wrote any material on farts and how they fit into the international political scene. perhaps I should do a google search.

The answer is “No”.  Not enough Hitler, needs more cowbell.

Hm, how would i word the search   ”Lyndon Larouche accsues Henry Kissinger of farting in public?”  do you think that would turn anything up?    how about this one   ”British Bankers conspire to fill the world with hot air by serving beans in the hospitals?” maybe.     how about this google search  “Lyndon Larouche accuses Obama of trying to stink up Congress with loud and smelly black farts”  perhaps that would show up in the search engine.  Well thank you for your kind attention  about this most controversial and necessary subject.  Flick the old blind bard who farts for fun and fantasy  and freedom.


There is a pretty weird trend with these guys — gots a blog to cite?

On Sept. 27, blogger “Ulsterman” returned to his anonymous source, and reported from a still-active White House official that the President was being medically treated for severe depression. The source elaborated: “The infighting among the staff is off the charts. More recently, the president has increasingly withdrawn emotionally from the day to day demands of his job—he has become what was described to me as ’empty’…. His natural detachment has become almost chronic to the point of being disconcerting to staff around him. It appears President Obama is suffering from severe depression.”

Who is Ulsterman?  Does he post here?  Is he sending information to both Wayne Madesn AND the Larouche org?   Whatever, it does give people some word to fill in their details  — back to PUMA land.

So… Elizabeth Sopkovich, the other LaRouche member at Monday’s demonstration, said the group wouldn’t go on record saying anything more than than it would like to impeach Obama.

Finally, Here’s your Webster Tarpley finding his Hitler groove.  And if you’re hankering for some Venetian Conspiracy!

What’s the matter with Wisconsin?, and the deal with anyone else?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

There is a story of a man who was elected Senator from Wisconsin in 1946 after beating a name synonomous with the term “Progressivism” — the third generation Bob Follette.  Follette was beaten, in a Republican Year that brought into the Congress a whole slew of right wing Republicans – one of whom would survive for a quarter century by re-creating his identity several times (Nixon) and others be washed out by at the latest the Democratic landslide of 1958.  Follette picked his fight in the Republican Party, despite Democratic entreaties.   The Conservative “Stalwart” wing of the Republican party kept alive through the long duration of Follette, and were chomping at the bit to finally defeat the Follettes once and for all, and found their candidate in a man who had eyed combat duty in the War as a pre-requisite for a political future, and whose Combat Duty became more and more impressive every time he spoke of it.  (Shades of Mark Kirk in Illinois, shades of Hillary Clinton’s Bosnian Snipers, to a lesser extent shades of Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut.)
Joseph McCarthy entered the Senate considered something of a moderate, based off of the company of the Republican Class whom with he entered.  Not in his character, and besides, the financial interests that backed him was a whos who of wealthy reactionaries — Robert Welch , for instance.

You know it’s true:

BP and several other big European companies are funding the midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites who deny the existence of global warming or oppose Barack Obama’s energy agenda, the Guardian has learned.

An analysis of campaign finance by Climate Action Network Europe (Cane) found nearly 80% of campaign donations from a number of major European firms were directed towards senators who blocked action on climate change. These included incumbents who have been embraced by the Tea Party such as Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, and the notorious climate change denier James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma.

The report, released tomorrow, used information on the Open database to track what it called a co-ordinated attempt by some of Europe’s biggest polluters to influence the US midterms. It said: “The European companies are funding almost exclusively Senate candidates who have been outspoken in their opposition to comprehensive climate policy in the US and candidates who actively deny the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is caused by people.”

Ron Johnson is, theoretically, self-financed.  But with the roving this:
The anonymously financed conservative groups that have played such a crucial role this campaign year are starting a carefully coordinated final push to deliver control of Congress to Republicans, shifting money among some 80 House races they are monitoring day by day.

To guage some conservative talk radio hosts, the great shot against Feingold is McCain Feingold, which by now has been shot to Hell.
DeMint is an interesting figure here.  He once said that he’d rather be in a sub-40 minority with solid Conservatives than a majority with moderates.  The strategy he espouses, as much as anything else, is putting Feingold on the defensive, as it has floated the required vote total up to the 60 mark.  Consider his proper misgivings about voting on the Health Care Reform measure, which came to the wire of “Either this or nothing”, and bound him to Obama and the Democratic Party.

One more thought on the paranoid Alex Jones “all hands on deck against the NWO” view on behalf of Rand Paul’s “Aqua Buddha”:

Imagine if such an incident came out about, say for instance, Bush or Kerry involving Skull and Bones (or Bohemian Grove for that matter).  One college secret society and its antics show the degneracy of the Establishment, the other not so much — its “victims”‘s words suspect, and its mission one of tweaking at the Establishment.

Alaska:  Joe Miller went and did it.  He pulled a Christine O’Donnell. 
The reason Alaskans will pass over some prior past misdeeds is because they’ll “get to understand that, hey, they’re electing somebody like them”.
Also, Ben Stein endorses Lisa Murkowski and blasts Joe Miller.
You know, Scott McAdams is actually on the ballot and more likely to get his name counted.
But I guess anti-Miller Republicans in the heavily Republican state need somewhere to go.  Better write her name in — gives a second chance to defeat a crank.

Oregon.  The Weekly Standard talks up Doug Huffman.
No word on the “What’s the Matter with Maryland” question.  Why aren’t all of the Democratic races everywhere up for grabs?
About the governor’s race… and the ads back and forth are characteristically hilarious in their dual schizophrenia… I think Kitzhaber is coming up to a victory based off a simple premise — Oregonian voters have taken stock of Chris Dudley, and can’t find an answer to the simple, basic question of “Huh?”

Arizona.  Look at the Nate Silver 538 chart for the Governor’s race.  See if you can spot where Jan Brewer amped up her campaigning on Illegal Immigration.

Colorado.  That’s swell of Ken Buck.  I’m sure the mother of the gay teen welcomes this clarificaction.
Nevada.  Thanks for the clarification, Sharron Angle.
“I think that you’re misinterpreting those commercials,” she said. “I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence, and there are people coming across that fence.” Her point was that the men could in fact be Asian, because dark is dark. No word yet on how the Asian voters of Nevada feel about being depicted as coyotes, but we’re staying tuned.