Archive for September, 2016

third party temptations

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Jill Stein works to shed her “anti-vacciner” problem. No, she isn’t so homeopathic.  She just wants the homeopathic vote.

And, I suppose she would not have been assassinating Osama Bin Laden.  The latter would be a defensible position  — ideologically situated on “you can’t bomb away an ideology”, if not for the specific alternative she has here — “into custody”.   The repercussions of raiding Osama Bin Laden’s hidey hole and then putting him on trial.

Gary Johnson’s blanking on Allepo reveals the problem of Libertarianism, and the isolationist stance around the world.  In his defense, no one in Allepo ever heard of Gary Johnson either, and I suppose there’s a decent chance most Americans are stumped, and only have the vaguest idea beyond “Syria.  Troubles”.  And maybe they shouldn’t have anything beyond that… because beyond accepting refugees —
So says Bill Mahrer, on the troubles of voting for Johnson…

But, let’s be honest.  When casting your lot in with the third parties, some details will be left… not important.

I see the New York Times has an editorial published, back with the old “Vote Swap”game  — you Nader supporter in a swing state?  Get someone in a non-swing state to vote your guy so you can vote for their guy, Gore .  Eh.  A game suggested back in 2000 with Nader / Gore, except back then the Nader voters had a definite goal: to 5 percent, and a thing in common with the Gore voters:  Gore is still preferable to Bush.  This time around, the Trump problem is certain for both Johnson and Stein, but there may not be enough Jill Stein supporters and the Johnson supporters are less compatible to seeing Hillary as a lesser evil.
Unless they do, in which case they’d be voting Hillary anyways.

Gamely selling Johnson as someone who you should not vote for if you trend to Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.  The current embarggalo with Clinton’s polling down-turn has a group of millennials entertaining third parties (Don’t remember the repercussions of Nader with Gore versus Bush, after all; and are passionate to shake the system) — and a group of Suburban Women shirking back to the Republican Party because Trump’s new advisors (probably Kellyway Conway as opposed to Steve Bannon) have finally gotten him to quit acting like a buffoon, and somehow the past can be washed away sometimes.

The third party candidate that’s likely going to come in third in the third party race — Evan McMullin (for anti-Trump Republicans who care about the repercussions of Johnson’s Allepo flub) — is not on the ballot in Florida, meaning — I suppose Clintonistas can’t swap their vote for McMullin’s — though… they can swap their vote for the Prohibition Party candidate for all this is getting us.  Rick Scott and the two party duopoly putting a stop to such madness where they can…

 

the election from hell

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Yeah, It’s kind of the only way you can write up this story…  this first sentence, the second half of it.

Donald Trump said Friday that Hillary Clinton could “shoot somebody” in public and avoid prosecution — echoing a phrase he once used to describe his electoral invulnerability.

And didn’t we already hear this one?  Sure, Matt Bevin loves them violent Thomas Jefferson metaphors.

Oh, this election is exasperating.  It’s maybe a case of understanding the fault-lines in the electorate as being bombarded just a few more years from where we were in 2012, and of Trump being just that much more egregious than what I found with Romney, (and for that matter, Hillary Clinton as compared to Barack Obama) but…

… even as I sat through the 2012 campaign’s ups and downs and understood the dynamics as ultimately landing on Obama beating Romney by… oh, 3 percentage points…

and even as I sit here and understand Hillary Clinton as ultimately beating Donald Trump viewing much the same rubrics —

this is all more apprehensive.  Like — Hillary Clinton is on the path to winning, and is surely as on the path to winning as her Democratic Presidential predecessors, but … but… but…

Like, I don’t understand the logic of this here “anyone who would vote on this health issue with Hillary Clinton getting pneumonia is already with Trump” editorial.  In national elections, we’re always dealing with margins — some small splinter breaking off in one way or the other, or a depressed turn-out one way or the other, in one part of the country or other.  Most Hillary Clinton supporters/voters, if presented with irrefutable proof that a fact that the Absolute Worst is True — that Hillary Clinton will die in two years and everyone in the inner sanctum knows it and we can look forward to the forty-sixth presidency name of Tim Kaine — will vote for that… and, if this was shown to be the case throughout the electorate, it will probably cost Clinton / Kaine the election.
And we’re dealing with “narratives” — the health issue lands as a proxy for some other thing (secrecy, age), or … or…

On The “Basket Full of Deplorables“, my issue with Hillary Clinton is that she placed a percentage on it.  50 percent?  The narrative she has explored with the alt right surrounds a variety of figures, most prominent and importantly a now advisor to Donald Trump and moving on down there to your David Duke and your 9/11 Truth conspiracy theorists… who, whatever the deplorables are, and whoever the 50 percent of the Trump electorate is… aren’t they.  Whether or not this is “speaking the truth”, as some are saying — political correctness be damned (ha!) — this is an election where people are casting votes they feel most comfortable doing…

But then maybe there’s a narrative Hillary Clinton is working on that one.

 

Parker and Hart haven’t forgotten. Have you?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Yeah.  Wizard of Id and a heartfelt tribute to 9/11…

wizardofid911  … Really brings a tear to the eye to see this…

medieval European Tyrant King…

whose subjects are all instead of genuflecting in front of him…

Are genuflecting in front of … 21st century American symbolism?  (Somewhat nonsensical at that.)

Nice torture joke in the opening panel, incidentally.

“Let The Crops Rot”

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Red and black flags wave, signifying that alliance between Communists and Anarchists.  Street theater takes place in the form of makeshift bars with supposed prisoners chained in the midst.

I spot a politically reformatted Kaepernick jersey — black, either in solidarity with his political cause or signifying something more.  Interesting to note Kaepernick — after his stellar first half a season, and regression from there (to be fair, with his team decomposing around him), he was benched last season — and whether or not he starts this season, at least he’s a political cause celebre.  (Bigger than the game, and all that…)

They chant.  Convoluted.  “Free Political Prisoners!  All Prisoners are Political!”  A man in a mullet runs around, shouting “You don’t know what you’re protesting!”  Some spot communication occurs between an obviously pro protester and a leader tasked with dealing with disruptions off to the side.  This is a single minded protest, shocking the public in disrupting traffic flows requires a certain Rigidness of thought.

I spot a sign.  “Let the Crops Rot!”  This I want to get to the bottom of.  Fortunately, we get to a series of chants which would be interesting to untangle the proported intersectionality for this one.
“Black Lives Matter!” is paired next to something about water and thirst.

I suppose the Black and Red radicals have it in for Northern California, and don’t care about the drought conditions for such parochial concerns on the economics of agriculture, and view this as a resource war that trickles over the Prison Industrial Complex and…

Trump versus Daily Mail (and, oh yeah, also Tarpley)

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

On the hustlings of familiarity, the 2004 speculation on a Bush debate hump (sure) winds its way over to Hillary Clinton and an earpiece in 2016.  Throw out “false equivalency” charges against me for bringing the two together if you wish.

Chief amongst the conspiracy mongerers Right about now, Alex Jones, has been trumpeting up his associations with Donald Trump — familiar as it is to his big interview with Charlie Sheen where he insisted over and over that “we work out all the time”.  It is just enough for Hillary Clinton to mention his name in a speech.*

Webster Tarpley has, it appears, severed ties with Alex Jones fully right about here, and from my eyes his organization looks ever increasingly like the proto-Larouche org he once was a part of.  To be fair, he publishes his daily Memo (Briefing) (habitual as it may be with innuendo and fraudulent charges against on Ms. Trump).  His weekly “World Crisis Radio” is now joined by a daily show “American System Network” — with stated ties as the ideological post-script to Henry Clay.  He’s taken to campaigning for Hillary Clinton and calling Donald Trump a nazi, jumping to a role as a left-wing gate-keeper against the Green Party and coming full circle on an obvious “bi-partisan” / Bilderberg Group / two party duopoly, seemingly now jettisoning his long held opposition to President Barack Obama.
His political party — the Tax Wall Street Party, fielding a handful of candidates — has remained outside the Democratic Party… so far.  And I suppose Tarpley hasn’t jumped to the idea of becoming President just as yet, so even if some transition is made from Larouche’s 1976 Labor Party to a fielding nominees in Democratic primaries, we’re a ways off.

As for this

Melania Trump’s lawsuit describes both publishers’ conduct as “despicable, abhorrent, intentional, malicious, and oppressive.” But the legal battle will hinge on a specific descriptor her lawsuit used to describe Tarpley and the Daily Mail’s actions: “actual malice,” which basically means that the publishers knew, or should have known, that something they published was false.

It’s an annoying case, not much liking either side.  (Though, frankly, what do I care about the possible First Wife?)  And I’m focusing on the lesser party here, the party to the case that is, reportedly, thrown in just so that the Trumps can have the case in a more favorable court setting.

Steve Klepper, an appellate lawyer for the Baltimore law firm Kramon & Graham, said the inclusion of a blogger in the suit indicated legal maneuvering.
He told the Guardian: “Anytime you have a filing that adds a minor in-state defendant, it’s a flag that they were joined to prevent removal to federal court. And as we know, Donald Trump has not been having been the best luck in federal court recently.”

And item number one in Trump’s very self – interested pledging to pass stricter libel laws if elected, I understand this basic idea.

Trump’s biographer said the suit seemed to be ‘more a threat to other reporters, publishers, news organizations’ to shy away from reporting on nominee’s wife.

So …

Klepper pointed to a Maryland defamation statute that might provide a basis for Melania Trump’s suit. It reads: “A single or married woman whose character or reputation for chastity is defamed by any person may maintain an action against that person.”

The retraction in Tarpley’s “Daily Briefing” is pretty funny.

The Morning Briefing published on tarpley.net on August 2, 2016 referenced unfounded rumors and innuendo regarding Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, and her life prior to her marriage. The August 2, 2016 morning briefing asserted that it was widely known that Melania Trump previously worked as an escort and that Mrs. Trump was in fear of revelations that she used to work as an escort. The briefing also stated that multiple unnamed sources stated that Mrs. Trump was in a state of apoplectic tantrum, was suffering from a full-blown nervous breakdown, that both Melania Trump and Donald J. Trump feared the revelations coming to light, and that Mrs. Trump’s condition was negatively affecting the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.
While the tarpley.net editors, writers and contributors did not generate said rumors, the briefing in question was not diligent in fact-checking or maintaining a healthy distance between innuendo and fact.
As such, Webster G. Tarpley, as editor of the content that appears on tarpley.net, hereby officially retracts the August 2, 2016 morning briefing in full and apologizes to Mrs. Trump for any duress and harm she may have endured as a result of the contents of the August 2, 2016 morning briefing.

He’s the author of a book on George H W Bush.  One on Barack Obama.  And one Mitt Romney (though, having never seen the Mitt Romney book, I don’t even know if it’s about Romney so much as it is about the Big Mormon Threat).

This, I’d say, could be expanded out to everything Like most Larouche texts, the Bush “biography” is a mélange of fact and distortion, written in a highly suppositional style that makes numerous leaps of logic and asserts connections where there is no real evidence to support it, at other times omitting exculpatory or contrary information that reveals a more complete picture.

Sure, I just deleted the “positive” aspect in that final quote, but you find that giant leap of logic with Melanie Trump, crudely speaking “escort” — model = escort.
I suppose the one good thing about this lawsuit (which, with reluctance and annoyance I’d slide to siding with goddamned Tarpley) is it forces him (as well the bigger newspaper tabloid) to rectify one obnoxious crude and personal “leap of logic”.

On the matter of Tarpley jettisoning his role as “historian” (philosopher of history?  journalist? political activist?) in favor of “blogger” (David versus Goliath, I suppose)… it is interesting — given in court proceedings, parties tend to try to amp up their credentials and down-play their opponents in court briefings.  Can’t call himself a “conspiracy theory” (was he there for Princess Di?)

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* There are plenty of fringe ideologies, but the presidential frontrunner doesn’t usually dedicate a speech to dealing with them. In case you missed it, the John Birch Society, the Lyndon LaRouche movement or even the Westboro Baptist Church don’t drive our political discourse. They’re bizarre ideologies that most of us don’t want to be associated with, let alone support.
So why would Clinton give the Alt-Right airtime if it’s so obviously objectionable? It’s a political play, plain and simple.

A vaguely defined grouping, this “alt right”, an advisor plucked out of one website here, a paranoid 9/11 Truther turning his media empire into a Trump Fan Plaza there.  Political play, you say?  Surely you jest?

The Remnants of the Reform Party and Alabama considers ballot history.

Considerations of Larouche encounters.

only ran into them once (they’re less active in Germany, where they call themselves BüSo), they talked to me about nuclear power because I had studied one of their posters showing a nuclear power plant (as a physicist I have some interest in this topic). The LaRouchies quickly asserted that solar power was a terrible idea, nuclear was top. I tried to argue that solar has some merits and some drawbacks, just like nuclear has advantages and disadvantages, but they wouldn’t have any of it, in their opinion it was nuclear and nothing else.

When I lived in another city they used to scream wide-eyed at me outside of the subway stations and ask if I supported National Socialism in US government. And they had posters of Bush and Cheney with Hitler ‘staches. Now I live in DC and they hang around subway stations here too, but have updated the posters to Obama with a Hitler ‘stache. They need a fresh approach IMO.

I was visiting a friend in Canada a few years ago, and he told me to talk to LaRouche pamphleteers on the street if I encountered any. He promised it would be funny. So I found some (since these people are always in Montreal, especially when the weather gets nice), and the guy I spoke with started telling me all this shit about a secret oil pipeline from Russia or something. Whatever it was, be sure it was serious business! For every claim he made, I responded with phoney concern and an innocent request for proof. I kept saying, “How did you find out about this? Declassified documents?” and he kept trying to work around that and continue his screed.
They also used to put up signs that said “Hitler to Obama: ‘I just love your new healthcare plan!'” Oof.

 Oh God, when I was in college, there was some mysterious person who would leave copies of EIR (Economic Intelligence Report) and a copy of this newspaper that had a headlines like “NEW BRETTON WOODS IN WORKS, AS LAROUCHE PREDICTED.” I cherish them, it’s real hoot stuff. Frankly, a lot of it is just Roosevelt-style government works programs, like he wants to build a high speed train that goes around the world, like building a connection at the Bering Strait.
He’s got some really batshit ideas. Like he has something against modern music, he says it’s not in the right key and he’s petitioned musician organizations to get musicians to perform in a lower key. He also is paranoid about the British, he thinks they’re trying to take over the world, like he thinks the Beatles were a British psych-op operation. I remember reading in EIR about how Condelezza Rice was do a state visit to the UK and how “LaRouche was one of the topics of discussion.”
Last year, I had the misfortune of having one of these nutjobs preach to me on a Philadelphia street corner about the British monarchy and the Jews’ plot to destroy our very way of life. I kept his flyer full of crazy as a souvenir, but I lost it soon after… wish I could’ve scanned it for you guys. It almost read like timecube.
What the fuck is up with these guys, and where do they come from? Does LaRouche himself pay his personal army to do this in every major city?

Natural Law Party picks its candidate

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The state of Michigan, which has an active “Natural Law Party”,

… the national party folded in 2004, to tend to setting up shadow governments of transcendental meditating square root of one percent affecting society at large… but in doing so, declared that the state parties could do what they wanted…

And the Natural Law Party of Michigan… won some smattering of votes in some down-ticket elections the last several times out

And now in 2016, they have a presidential candidate.  Or, are glomming onto some other party’s candidate.  They’re from the Socialist Party, and they have no history of transcendetally meditating, so far as I know.  (As to the state of their Socialist Party, and how it’s faring on the ballot… they’re getting on Colorado under their name, couldn’t do Illinois.)

In June, the campaign filed for ballot access in the state of Illinois. Under Illinois law, 25,000 valid signatures are required to secure ballot access for independent and non-qualified alternative parties. However, this requirement is only enforced if a petition’s validity is challenged by an Illinois voter. The Soltysik-Walker campaign, which submitted one signature, was challenged by “dissident” Green Party member Rob Sherman, who had also challenged the Socialist Party, Constitution Party and Justice Party petitions in 2012. Because the Soltysik campaign was found to have an insufficient number of signatures, it was removed from the Illinois ballot.

And Let the debate from frustrated NLP sympathizers commence.

I am disappointed in this selection. I consider it a waste of the ballot line. They should have at least waited to see who the “Better for America” candidate is (if there is one) and the Reform Party candidate. The NLP-Michigan gives ballot lines to candidates with no regard to the ideology of the candidate. They openly court people who would run as independents by basically giving them a ballot line with no need to petition.
I would have actually preferred if they had put Jim Hedges on the ticket. Normally I would think of the Prohibition Party candidate as being fringe, but Hedges progressive positions on health care and the environment actually makes him something of a centrist. It would have been a better fit.

I’m disappointed because I personally had been promoting a Vermin Supreme/Jimmy McMillian ticket for the NLP-MI.

I doubt they’ll finish in the top 10…