Archive for May, 2014

selling crap to you

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I note John Edward, psychic soothsayer, has an ad in the Portland Mercury… both last week and this week.  He sees dead people.  Tells you what the dead people want to say to you.  I don’t know if the audience matches up well on this one, but there you go.

Also advertising (though this may just be in the Willamette Week)… a big UFO Convention.  The George Noory (Art Bell’s replacement) lecture is sold out, but not a panel discussion which features George Noory and a couple of others.  This is a better match for the audience.

Beware Wallace Miliband’s Real Agenda

Monday, May 12th, 2014

An interesting push poll that the British Conservatives… or maybe the Labour Party depending on how this is supposed to effect the British electorate…

spectatoroldlabournewdanger  Which I have to ask when looking at this new (ish) issue of the Spectator, warning about the “real agenda” of Labour Party head Ed Miliband … possibly Britain’s next Prime Minister…

And already seen this particular caricature of the politician

Does Ed Miliband’s likeness to Wallace make you more or less likely to approve of his bid for Prime Minister…

… And…

Just what is His “Real Agenda” anyway?  Attempting to rebound the British economy through public subsidizing of the Mechanical Pants Industry, or even… socializing that sector?

what about bob?

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The real reason to draft Michael Sam is not because he’s a good player, or to strike a blow for equality, but because he’ll sell a boatload of jerseys.  (Kind of the reason the Jets had for picking up Tim Tebow — he wasn’t a particularly good player for the Broncos and was still the number one jersey seller).

But the name… Sam.  I remember a “Bob” mock jersey item that was a popular item some time back.  Player aside, when you have a chance to sell “Sam” (or names like that), you may just go for it for that reason.

“The Oregonian degrades” report

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The front page on the Oregonian yesterday had a picture of Blazers star Damian Lillard, and a short article / blurb directing the reader to the Sports page.

The article  started with the interjection “Well”.  Something to the effect of “Well, the Blazers are down 1 game to 0 against the Spurs“.

This is the “above the fold” news item in the Oregonian.  It begins with the word “Well”.

I watch an woman, older woman, is buying a copy of the Oregonian.  She shakes her head.  “They just keep shrinking this thing”.

So it goes.

North Korea says “I Know You are but what am I?”

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

According to a Human Rights report on the United States released by the government of North Korea.

The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated.”

Also

“All sorts of crimes rampant in the U.S. pose a serious threat to the people’s rights to existence and their inviolable rights.”

And

Its chief executive, Obama, indulges himself in luxury almost every day, squandering hundred millions of dollars on his foreign trip in disregard of his people’s wretched life.”

AND

The U.S. is the world’s worst human right abuser and tundra of a human being’s rights to existence.

Well… you can’t win them all.

notable virginia radio station goes kaplunk

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

I.  Kesha Rogers picks up an endorsement.

This week began on a high note for Kesha Rogers, who is in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, as Lyndon LaRouche, the leader of the resilient fringe movement to which she has belonged for a decade, offered a most dire endorsement of her candidacy.
“The United States will be destroyed unless Kesha is elected in her campaign,” said the 91-year-old LaRouche, who ran for president eight times, including one campaign conducted from a prison cell. “Anyone who is opposed to her is an enemy of the United States. It’s true.”

It’s an endorsement that always seems to sink candidates.  See, for instance, John Kerry in 2004 — never quite recovered from that one.

Let the Debates commence.

POINT:  As the economy tanks, there is always the danger that impoverished voters could rally behind an FDR Democrat like Kesha Rogers or Elizabeth Warren, which would spell trouble for the 1%. Therefore, Mr. Alameel has been selected to squander a few million of his dollars (he can afford to do that) in order to stop Ms. Rogers and re-elect Cornyn.

Counterpoint:  Lyndon LaRouche and his cult followers such as Kesha Rogers might try to claim the mantle of FDR now that they think it is expedient, but LaRouche earlier attacked FDR as “fascist” and likened the economic policies of the New Deal to those of Nazi Finance minister Hjalmar Schacht. Kesha Rogers is not a Democrat and should not be running in the Democratic primary.
http://laroucheplanet.info/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Cult.LaroucheFDR

The campaign news comes tumbling about uninterestingly.  (And sometimes interesting… is this one of the worst campaign ads ever?  And this is an interesting comment:  Rogers identifies as a “LaRouche Democrat,” but she’s managed to break further into the mainstream than her movement’s leader.)

The request for polling, and time has probably run out.

Please do the Democratic runoff between David Alameel and Kesha Rogers and ask about the LaRouche movement.

With Democrats coming out in full force against Kesha Rogers, and this being set as a marker with which to judge something:

As has been stated many times on this site: Kesha Rogers is not a Democrat.  She will face the independently wealthy David Alameel in the May runoff. Alameel has plenty of money to run a campaign and has put together a professional team to get him elected while Ms. Rogers is essentially broke and running an amateurish operation. So, the question of who is likely to win this runoff is not in question, rather it is the margin and the strength of the Texas Democratic Party. A strong performance by Alameel would be a strong statement by Texas Democrats that they are organized, informed and ready to vote in November. If Mr. Rogers has a strong showing, it could be a sign that Texas Democrats are not yet ready to compete on the big stage in November.

Maybe?  And

With few runoffs in local races, this should be a low turnout affair – I’ll set the under/over at 200,000 votes, about what there was in the 2006 Democratic Senate primary runoff. Which is fine, since these should be the most plugged-in voters, thus the most likely to know not to vote for Kesha.

Maybe?

What is the Kesha Rogers plan to get to 50 percent plus one?  (I basically agree here that in the crapshoot of the Democratic Senate Primary contest Almeel did reasonably well getting close to 50 percent)…   Is there an opening in the way of Republicans who didn’t vote in the initial primary?  Er… no.  That would entail voters not energized in the intial primary somehow now being surprisingly energized by voting for Kesha Rogers, but here’s your … pitch from out in the ether.

The $64,000,000 question: Why would a conservative or a Republican who hadn’t been smoking too much reefer WANT to vote in a demoKKKrat primary??

The other reason is that, in real life, you want to maximally avoid choices between good and evil. Any time you have a choice between good and evil, evil can win. You want all of your choices in life to be between good and good, sort of good and really good, or really good and super good. In 1961 the US had two political parties which while markedly different in their approaches, were both reasonably patriotic. We would all be better off if that situation could be restored. If Kesha gets past the runoff, then a first step towards that objective would have been taken and you’d still have five months to make up your mind for the election in November.

And now time to play a game of “Scalia versus Rogers“… with this item.

Yet — and you must for the moment overlook the fact that she would have to get elected in order to help bring an Obama impeachment trial to reality — if she were on the November ballot, the Tea Party faction that opposed John Cornyn so strongly (well over a third of GOP primary voters just two months ago)  would have a rather humorous dilemma:
— vote for Cornyn the RINO?
— or vote for the black Democrat who wants to impeach Obama?

Hm.

DISPLAYING A picture at political rallies of President Obama with a Hitler-like moustache does seem a little over the top even in Texas. When you consider the candidate with the anti-Obama slant is a Democrat you really have to wonder.

Everything’s Bigger In Texas. ™

She has one supporter with… democratic bonafides.

Elizabeth Jennings, the secretary of the Sharpstown Democrats Club in Houston, said that Rogers’ stance on banking reform and support of NASA won her support. She added that the party shouldn’t be blindly supporting the president, who she believes has overstepped his bounds.

That’s your “Point”.  Here’s your “Counterpoint“.

She is truly insane. Please do NOT vote a straight dem ticket in TX!!
She’s ready 4 a one-way trip 2 the LOONIEFARM, or mental institution if U like.

And on no support with politicians downticket

Watkins can also rely on Democratic support groups like Battleground Texas to be in Dallas County with their voter turnout strategies. And if businessman David Alameel can get by Kesha Rogers in the May 27 U.S. Senate runoff, Watkins will benefit from his campaign. Alameel has pledged to spend whatever it takes on his underdog effort.

Just curious… what’s an “Emergency Town Hall Meeting“?  One where the politician on the stage is the “dining room table”?
Good to see David Alameel is out on the hustlings.  Finally.  Kesha Rogers is making her into this church, and … don’t make me laugh.
For someone willing to make the argumentum ad Hitlerum you’d think she’d have a better answer when Buzz asks her to define Nazism.

Into the Llano Tea Party.

ITEM NUMBER TWO

Hm.  Why is the conservative Human Events making a reference to this here?

Paul Gallagher, on the economic staff of Executive Intelligence Review, told Watchdog.org that Dodd-Frank is “riddled with loopholes” that pose a grave, but little-known, threat to U.S. consumers.

A little embarrassing, and we see a bit more from the mouth of Washington Times Kendric Ward — noted in the past — as it counters the point made by the Conservative Commentary Magazine.

Tom Gross, probably Europe’s leading observer of the Middle East to whose work I have linked before, points out on his website that the U.S. State Department has become a “cultural partner” with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which this year has run from April 30 until May 5. […]
He notes, rightly, that there are many books on display that have absolutely nothing to do with Israel, Jews, or conspiracy theories. Still, no other U.S. government agency would even consider sponsoring a conference that promoted the works, for example, of racists David Duke and Louis Farrakhan, or conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, even if it also sold books by J.K Rowling or Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys.

Also note this tiff between the conservative media org “News Busters” and some blogging at the daily kos.

It’s in regards to making Cliven Bundy a cause celebre.  And so from daily kos:

There is no similar phenomenon on the Left, not even close. We didn’t rush to embrace Lyndon LaRouche because he said mean things about George W. Bush because we’re apparently much better at sniffing out the crazies. There is no one in liberal punditry as consistently wrong as Bill Kristol, Dick Morris or Jennifer Rubin, because we don’t need to bend reality to sleep at night. And when genuine liberals go down, like Anthony Weiner, Elliot Spitzer and John Edwards, we don’t feel compelled to rally around them and invent conspiracy theories. If someone is a scumbag, party ID doesn’t rescue them from our scorn.

The text in bold is interesting, because I don’t know what the entirety of the message comes from boldening this text.  Comments in the “bottom half of the Internet” are predictable, as we move about finding points of equivalence — ranging from relatively understandable to nuts — I will point out, for example, Mumia Abu Jamal supporters are roundly dismissed by Michael Moore.

Then there’s this standard attempt at causalities… presenting.

I believe there is a connection between MORON Paul and Lydon LaRouche cult. Lanna. Yes, they have never learned their history have they! truebearing.
Careful.  You may just have Rand Paul as the Republican Presidential nominee in a couple years, and have to choose him or Hillary Clinton.
And Deseret News out there in Utah… cites an EIR Article from 2000 for some Jewish religious fanatics in Isreael.  (Shrug).

ITEM NUMBER THREE:  Yet another in a long line of deluded stunts from out in the political fringe…. another of those “Pretend we’re ousting Obama by protesting and demanding he leave the White House”… also, all the Democratic leaders in Congress, but surprisingly (or maybe not) none of the Republican leaders.

And it’s endorsed by.,..

An Open Letter to Operation American Spring
As you undoubtedly know, Lyndon LaRouche and his political movement have been in the forefront of the drive to impeach Barack Obama as was earlier the case in respect to George W. Bush and his acting President Dick Cheney, in both cases for systemic violations of the U.S. Constitution. We therefore support the effort you are sponsoring along with Operation Overpass to impeach Barack Obama.

And I guess they’ll be stomping the grounds with this message

American statesman Lyndon LaRouche today called on Congress to launch immediate impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama before he starts a thermonuclear world war conflict with Russia and China.

A message relayed by none other than the blog of Direct Descendant of, Roman General, and Consul of Rome, BRITTIUS, of the Imperial Roman Army.  Impressive credentials!

On the matter of this:

Speaking to a Tea Party group late last year, retired Army general and Fox News pundit Paul Vallely insisted that he doesn’t want to see a revolution take place…but if a revolution does happen then he will be happy to lead it.
Vallely reminisced about how he once discussed plans to “surround the White House and surround the Capitol building” with 250,000 marines, adding that “it’s going to take physical presence” to make elected officials heed their demands.
“I’m not inciting a revolution but we’ve got to get more physical and stand up and protest,” Vallely insisted. “I don’t want to be criticized for starting a revolution, but I’d certainly head it if we had to. We all love a good fight if it’s worth it, right?”

Then there’s
Tea Party Tribune Calls on Readers to Support Glass-Steagall
I have a “user collection” notion of what “The Tea Party Tribune” is.

And the debate over foreign policy runs as to FAIR picking apart this line from out of right field …and  we get this headache
From Lyndon LaRouche’s Executive Intelligence Review through Ron Paul’s newsletter through The Nation and The Guardian, the story was essentially the same: little of the factual history of the protests, but instead a play on the idea of a nationalist, fascist or even Nazi coup d’état.
In other words, not only Russian and ex-Ukrainian officials, but also various Western media outlets–with the most oddball and marginal listed first–are putting forth the “propaganda” claim that Yanukovych was overthrown by the far right.

A radio station that broadcast a variety of programs over the years, in English, Spanish and Korean, fell silent recently and is now in receivership.
The Federal Communications Commission transferred control of WTRI AM radio on May 2 to Roger Rafson, president of CMS Station Brokerage, which specializes in selling small to mid-size radio stations, according to its website. […]
The tiny station, at 214 13th Ave., Brunswick, began broadcasting in 1966. A daytime-only station, it went from country music to a political outlet for Lyndon LaRouche from 1986 to 1991.
The station returned to music and in 2005 was renamed “Vegas Radio.” That format included Frank Sinatra and similar singers. In 2007, the station switched to Spanish-language programming.
By 2009, the station was Radio Earl, with classic country music. From January 2010 to September 2010, the station leased it signal to WTHU, a Christian-based talk radio AM station in Thurmont.
Spanish was once again the language of the station at the beginning of 2011, but by May 2011, the format was “eclectic pop music.” The last broadcast period, from May 2012 to March 2013, was “Radio Asia,” via a Korean program based in New Jersey.

Interesting too.
In one of LaRouche’s latest genius essays, “Build the Real American Party,” he mentions something odd in a footnote: “See H. Graham Lowry, How The Nation Was Won, Vol I 1630-1754, Executive Intelligence Review 1988. Graham had been among the very most accomplished historians for the account of the birth and roots of American Revolution, as far as he had been permitted in presenting the full account. Unfortunately, some scoundrels had intervened, behind my back, to prevent Graham’s second volume from being produced: not a mere chronicle, but uniquely insightful living history throughout.”
Who were these “scoundrels” and how (and why) did they “intervene”?

A few weeks ago someone posted on the LaRouche Facebook page that they were hearing impaired and wished the webcast was subtitled, well now it is! It’s funny and somewhat easier because you can read LaRouche’s entire sentences instead of listening to him fumbling around trying to fit the question into the party line.
Yes.  Now the hearing impaired get to get their Larouche on.  Whoop!

ITEM NUMBER FIVE
Dateline New Jersey

Members of the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee were at the Marcy Plaza on Route 49 today as part of a tour of upstate New York
John Schialdone says their message is clear — impeach President Obama.
The LaRouche PAC also made stops in Albany and Syracuse.
The Tri-State area will never be the Same.

ITEM NUMBER SIX
And another great congressional campaign.

Trott and Bentivolio will square off in the Aug. 5 primary election. For Democrats, several candidates are vying for the nomination: Bloomfield Township urologist Anil Kumar, former U.S. State Department counter-terrorism specialist Bobby McKenzie, Lyndon LaRouche activist Bill Roberts and Birmingham resident and former syndicated radio host and TV commentator Nancy Skinner.

Two years ago, Roberts got a percentage of the vote that would get him the nomination this time out.  He is the one most likely to do so this time out.

Bill Roberts the LaRouche-bag.
Interesting to note, Nancy Skinner — a radio host who lost in the 2004 Democratic Senate nomination that was won by Obama.  Single digits in a large field.  This race appears to have two “names” contending… we’ll just have to wait and see.

Back in New Jersey, Diane Sare has a zero rating from NARAL.

ITEM NUMBER SEVEN
Jeff Rense.  The second commenter has his doubts about this message.

Dan Schmitt, Marshalltown … letter to the editor…

Webster Tarpley competing with EIR staff for interviews on Iran’s Press TV.
NATO officers in Kiev under OSCE cover: Analyst  WEBSTER TARPLEY.
OSCE team in Ukraine NATO spies: Analyst (HISTORIAN, Mind you) WEBSTER TARPLEY.

Ukraine so to speak asking for it: Webster Tarpley.
‘Libya victim of West criminal policy’.

US playing dangerous games in Mideast: Analyst Lawrence Freeman.

Obama isolated over Russia sanctions: Analyst Mike BillingtonAnd again.
US policy in Ukraine ‘very dangerous': Expert William Jones.
US military buildup in Black Sea can lead to ‘war between nuclear William Jones.
Obama voters wanted the 2nd FDR, but got the 2nd Carter: William Jones.  (Interestingly, Carter is beloved in the Arab World.   The peace accord with Egypt and Isreal and all that.  I don’t know about the Persian World.)

Russia-US trade war can lead to military tensions: Analyst Bill Jones.

‘US hawkish policies may lead to WWIII’ … Michael Billington, and yes he references “work with Lyndon LaRouche and with my organization and the majority of the American people, 70 percent of whom despises this president, to impeach him”… where this number comes from, I don’t know.
‘Moscow, Washington in prewar situation’ … William Jones.
US-led NATO pushes Russia towards nuclear war: commentator William Jones.

US-led NATO poking Russia into nuclear war: Analyst William Jones.
Election in Ukraine would be real farce: Commentator William Jones.
Yeah, well… There’s an audience…  and an outlet for this… The British Empire’s demented drive for global thermonuclear war, most recently using the Ukraine theater as a fulcrum, has been stymied over the last 48 hours, Lyndon LaRouche commented in discussions with associates Saturday morning.
ITEM NUMBER EIGHT

Kentucky (Medical): In January, Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark (D-Louisville) proposed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. According to Kentucky.com, 52% of Kentucky’s citizens are in favor of legalization. The bill is under review, and no vote date is set. 

Perry Clark, a man I once offered as the figure the Larouche org should stick up as their presidential candidate.

time marches on video games

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I’m listening to a conference of sorts amongst some sort of clever video game producers and marketers — some kind of retro 90s flair where their online advertising is going to play off of old 90s video game computers where there’s a kid in a room and “sensory overload” — things jumping out of the tv screen.

“So what we’ll have here is an extreme 90s kid”.

That’s an interesting phrase, and one I can’t quite parse.  Has our adrenaline allotment for youth gone down in two decades?

sprintime for — urm — this guy?

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

One question about “Operation American Spring”… the latest attempt to stand before the White House until Obama walks out and quits, so they or someone like them can walk in …

Why would the organizer talk to something called “Hatewatch“?

Vaguely familiar to the attempts to levitate the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, in terms of sense of reality.

And hitched onto by one or more “Tea Party” groups.

Operation American Spring already has delivered its “declaration of revision” demand packets to all 535 members of Congress, Riley said.  The packets call for the impeachment or resignations of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House minority leader, and Attorney General Eric Holder.

That all?

Those resignation or impeachment demands, Riley said, will be backed by the forthcoming demonstration – “the only simple way to express the collective voice of ‘We the People.’”

The only way?

In fact, Riley said he hopes members of Congress will “come to their senses,” leave their offices and join in the demonstration set to begin in two weeks.

Shouldn’t they be listed in the list of people they’re demanding to leave office?

May Day fashion nonsense

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

It’s the hottest day of the year thus far.  We’ve gone from a rainy spell to a sunny spell.

It’s also May Day.  A political day of note.  So explosive a day is it that President Dwight Eisenhower invented his own holiday to supersede it.

A guy is wearing a Guy Fawkes Mask.  It really clashes with his summer wear — think Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda Shirt.

Maybe there’s a political statement in there of some sort.