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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

So.  Lincoln Chafee out in the hustlings in New Hampshire

Chafee told the group he wants to bring National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden home, dropping all charges against him. Paula Trombi of Meredith said she liked some of what he said but was taken aback and disappointed by his position on Snowden. She also can’t understand why he keeps talking about the metric system, of all things.

Because he’s UNAFRAID!

This next one is … telling.

Dave Pollak, chairman of Belknap County Democrats, said he agreed with Chafee that Snowden is a whistleblower and should not be prosecuted. With Chafee’s background in different parties, Pollak sees him as someone who could bridge the ideological divide between Democrats and Republicans. He even likes the metric system idea.
But Pollak finds other aspects of Chafee’s campaign peculiar.

“Clinton’s campaign is in contact with the group every week inviting its members to events, has multiple campaign offices open and created specialty groups for supporters such as “High Schoolers for Hillary.” The Sanders campaign sends regular “rousing” emails on issues, Pollak said. The campaign for another rival, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, also has staff in the state.
Chafee, on the other hand, has no campaign staff in New Hampshire yet and appears to be running on a shoestring. Although Chafee has a vacation home further north in Franconia, he said he hasn’t been staying there during the campaign. Instead, he drives to his New Hampshire events from Rhode Island, a five-hour round trip this evening. He was back in Somersworth, New Hampshire, the following day.
It makes Pollak wonder how serious he is.

Theater Review.  And “I need my neighbor with me”.  Then again.  Given that the act of being president is… an act… maybe such is a good measurement of this.  As opposed to where they stand on the metric system.

“What’s the organization?” he asks. “What gives you confidence that he can get the voters out?”
Chafee gets testy when asked about matters like that. He says it’s an “evolutionary process.”
“You guys never ask anything about the substance,” he told a reporter. “It’s always about how many people, how much money have you raised. Ugh.”


As he spoke, Chafee aide Jonathan Stevens handed out stickers saying “Trust Chafee.” The design and motto are identical to the one from his 2010 campaign for governor. Asked if they’re 2010 leftovers, Stevens replied, “We recycle everything.”
Stickers bearing this year’s motto, “Fresh Ideas for America,” were nowhere in sight.

Hey!  It’s the Kucinich campaign for congress, after he left the presidential bid because he had a tough primary.

utopian dreams of warmed over marx

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

From Rebel America, The Story of Social Revolt in the United States, Lillian Symes and Travers Clement. page 206-207, 1934

The Road not traveled?

Meanwhile, from all the confused activities of socialistically inclined individuals outside the Socialist Labor Party Left- Wing Populists and Nationalists, Fabians, Christian Social- ists, even many pure Utopians with out-and-out colonizing schemes, a new socialistic movement was springing up. Its moving spirits at the outset were J. A. Way land, editor of the Coming Nation, and Colonel R. J. Hinton, who had a pet scheme to inaugurate socialism by capturing a western state through colonizing the nation’s socialists within its borders.  They brought into existence the Brotherhood of the Cooperative Commonwealth which attracted the attention of Debs.

Debs, while in Woodstock Prison as an outcome of his activities during the Pullman strike, had received a visit from the Milwaukee socialist leader, Victor Berger. Deeply impressed by Berger, he read the socialist literature which Berger sent him back from Milwaukee. While he did not become an enthusiastic convert overnight he supported Bryan in 1896 the more humanitarian aspects of the socialist philosophy made a strong appeal to his warm-hearted, emotional nature. The Pullman strike had practically smashed his American Railway Union, but now he decided to pull the  remnants of it together into some sort of political organization. Once out of jail, he welcomed the opportunity to join hands with the Brotherhood of the Cooperative Commonwealth. At Chicago, in June, 1897, the two organizations were welded together into a new party, the Social Democracy of America.

Colonizers, anarchists, trade unionists, a few clear-cut socialists, radicals of every description were represented at the Chicago convention. The colonizers were perhaps the dominant group and a committee was appointed which later endorsed a scheme to acquire 560 acres of land in the Cripple Creek region of Colorado. This was to be the site of a model cooperative commonwealth. But by the time the 1898 convention rolled around the more clear-headed socialists had gained in influence and numbers. They descended upon this second convention determined to capture it and to rule out all colonizing schemes. After a vigorous fight, in which they were
defeated, they bolted and established still another new party the Social Democratic Party of America. Its national executive board included Debs and Victor Berger.

I think all good socialists in this country (whatever that may be) who … I don’t know… see through the facade of politicos like Bernie Sanders? … ought brush up this colonizing a state idea, and try their hand at… New Hampshire.

For no other reason than to see if we can have a Socialist Versus Libertarian brush-fight with the libertarians of the  “Free Staters“.


Sunday, July 5th, 2015

A question for the query, search question, that gets to this page…

is bernie sanders skull and bones

The answer is no.  If you have some other method of attaching bernie sanders to the illuminati, and thus being propped up at the bilderberg meetings feel free, but he is not so out of skull of bones.

Confederate games

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

I thought about Jim Webb a week back, as Republican after Republican presidential candidate were forced to contend with the issue of the Confederate flag in the wake of the black church shooting…

… my sympathies to the candidates whose answer is “it won’t be an issue a president is grappling with”… even as at the strictest narrowest level the answer is… er… the state of South Carolina ought remove it as an official emblem hanging over the capitol…

In sum of his latest presidential hustlings from Reason magazine’s blog… that ends with the answer to the question

Oh, he didn’t vanish entirely. Last month BuzzFeed spotted him at the annual Scottish Games in South Carolina, where he gave the haggis-and-kilt crowd what was “arguably the briefest stump speech in presidential history—a six-minute-and-five-seconds contemplation of the role of the Scotch-Irish in American history.” Last week he published a piece of fiction in Politico called “To Kill a Man,” which may be a first in presidential politics. And after the other Democratic candidates reacted to the Charleston church massacre with full-throated condemnations of the Confederate battle flag, Webb released a more subdued statement asking us to “remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War.”

He’s a few days from offering up a running or not.

And what’s interesting here is that Jim Webb, should he throw his hat in the ring (a ring that, quite bluntly, is going to end up going to Hillary Clinton with nary much problem) …

… would be the contradictory opinion to an iron-clad view against the Confederate flag.  Whether this dissent from a Democratic candidate is anything any Republican candidate would want to proffer in their defense of an issue they’d just as soon have go away (and I suppose will more or less), well…

six to three

Friday, June 26th, 2015

“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare” — says Antonin Scalia.

Burn, I’d think.  But… if he wants to personalize it in the way that the reference to “Obamacare” personalizes the law… shouldn’t he call it… Robertscare?

The 2016 Presidential field

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The National Review offers a take-down on Donald Trump.  Whose political campaign will appeal to… the entertainable masses, I suppose.

“But he speaks his mind!” shout the Trumpkins. Indeed, he does, in a practically stream-of-consciousness fashion: His announcement speech was like Finnegans Wake as reimagined by an unlettered person with a short attention span. The value of speaking one’s mind depends heavily on the mind in question, and Trump’s is second-rate.
That is more interesting than just about everyone’s announcment speech this side of Lincoln Chafee.  It is worth noting that while some compare his speech to James Joyce, others compare it (or at least a couple lines in it) to… Adolf Hitler.
Ben Carson apparently leads in the polls  (or at least one poll).  This may be credited to two things: one — fallout from South Carolina, and two — there’s more than a dozen candidates and he’s at 11 percent.
In more relevant policy news… he dips and darts at the Deptartment [sic] of Education and offers this conservative position
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says that part of his plan for education would be to have the Department of Education monitor colleges and universities for “political bias” and withhold funding from them if it exists.
“I think the Department of Education should monitor institutions of higher education for political bias and withhold federal funding if it exists,” Carson told Las Vegas radio host Heidi Harris on Thursday.
Never go wrong charging against Marxist Professors.
News from the Carly Fiorina campaign.
In response to a reprimand from the Federal Election Commission, “Carly for America,” a super PAC launched in February to support the presidential candidacy of Carly Fiorina, has changed its name to “CARLY for America.” The organization had fallen on the wrong side of a federal regulation prohibiting super PACs from using a candidate’s name and opted to, uh, fix the problem by replacing Fiorina’s first name with an acronym that also happens to be Fiorina’s first name.
It’s the nature of these things.
I’m a tad puzzled by Lindsey Graham’s framing for his speech.
There can be no doubt that the shooting on Wednesday night was racially motivated and signals to all of us that the scars of our history are still with us today,” Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement Saturday. “Throughout our country, we still have much to do in the name of equality. I want to talk about those issues on the campaign trail.

Anyone doubting that, short of “the Internets“.

“Go back and look at the covers of Time and Newsweek from the early ’70s. And we were told that if we didn’t do something by 1980, we’d be popsicles. Now we’re told that we’re all burning up. Science is not as settled on that as it is on some things.”

Rick Santorum uses the word “Terrorism“, and dodges the Confederate flag issue (in terms of his personal opinion) as everyone shoves it on over to “State’s Rights”…  — say, Bobby Jindal.
Aw”? for George Pataki or… “huh?”
Scott Walker tries to score points off of British Prime Minister Cameron, who it should be noted just won with the help of one Obama campaign operator.
Jeb Bush versus Marco Rubio
Lincoln Chafee thinks that Rachel Carson ought be on the 10 dollar bill.
Neil Young granted Bernie Sanders permission to use the song he disavowed when Donald Trump used.

race hating nightmare

Friday, June 19th, 2015

We started this week with what’s in effect a joke of a story: the White head of the NAACP in Spokane.  For some reason I’m thinking of the “White Rastafarians” in the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”… (a silly but entertaining movie) — though, there’s any number of things you can jump to to fill in the joke…

Mid-way through the week we have a tragedy in South Carolina.  A 21 year old White Supremacist (why not call it terrorism?) — or some dolt kid susceptible to some messages of hate — killed a slew of people in a black church.

The one random thought I have is… the guy really really really would hate the NAACP head in Spokane.

The Bilderberg Query

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

It appears the liberal media has been tapping up Rand Paul’s old time associations with Alex Jones and that ilk.

Alex Jones, worth noting, is so mainstream that

Jones was invited by ABC News to appear on This Week this past Sunday to discuss Jade Helm; he never showed. He accused the new organization of dirty tricks, like slow car service, that torpedoed his appearance, a claim the ABC News said is patently false. In fact, Mediate  reported that the car for Jones was outside his apartment an hour ahead of schedule–Jones did not answer their phone calls or knock on his door by building security.

One cause they never fail to mention — the Media Matters, the Rachel Maddows, and the so forths, on this part of Rand Paul’s career is the fight against the Bilderbergers.  Put in his mouth here…

In the 2010 taped interview, Paul goes on to describe how the Bilderberg Group “is made up of wealthy people, I think, who manipulate and use government to their own personal advantage. They want to make it out like world government will be good for humanity. But guess what? World government is good for their pocketbook.”

So it comes as a bit of amusement that we see …

A bit less surprising, considering the source… Webster Tarpley…

Will libertine #PeterThiel convince #Bilderberger group mtg to back #RandPaul for US presidency as best available means for wrecking the US?

We await to see if this line of questioning sways the John Birch Society, or if maybe it’s not necessarily hypocritical to attack those that attack Rand Paul on the Bilderberg matter while fingering the Bilderbergs as enshrining Rand Paul as something of a double agent.

oligarchs’ commentary

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

I don’t understand this Thanksgiving comment.

Yes, voters are dumb, corruptible, gullible and selfish, and many candidates are immoral and opportunistic. It is possible to fool most of the people for much of the time. And it is true that the world’s most pressing problems cannot be solved by unaided democracy, because turkeys do not vote for Thanksgiving.

I understand it as the concept that… oh, people will vote for ice cream and won’t vote for broccoli.  … they’ll vote for what they want; not what they need… fair enough and true enough.

But this seems to have the air of the Oligarchy telling turkeys that they need Thanksgiving, which… they don’t.  Maybe the Oligarchs need Thanksgiving, and need turkeys to vote for it, but the turkeys should be voting against it.

Well.  That’s the Wall Street Journal for you… even when taking the sensible editorial policy that China’s government is not one to emulate they botch it and highlight the problem with our governance, or the governance they advocate.