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No longer Doubling the Square, now Halving the Square

Friday, December 14th, 2018

ITEM NUMBER ONE:  Ron Paul versus Lyndon Larouche, proxy election results

It is, I suppose, apples and oranges — though apples and oranges are similar enough to compare.  All of Ron Paul’s endorsed candidates were statewide and not necessarily running on a program — frankly, it’s a little difficult to determine Ron Paul’s modus operation.  The Nevada Independent gubernatorial candidate had a right win cause de jour behind him, New Jersey’s Senate candidate was a long time friend and associate (he ever write in one of Paul’s newsletters?), and I don’t know why he thought to endorse the Mississippi Republican Senate candidate and what separate Chris McDaniel from some other insurgent candidates.

The three Ron Paul selections
Ryan Bundy  1.4 percent  13,803
Chis McDaniel  16.4 percent  145,329
Murray Sabrin 0.7 percent  19,077

The three Lyndon Larouche candidates.  I will note, that numbers aren’t from the official source — I see a couple different tabulations out there for slightest of slight shifts.

Al Green   DEM  89.1%   135,427
Phil Kurtz  LIB   3.9%  5,898
Benjamin Hernandez  IND   3.8%  5,740
Kesha Rogers  IND  3.3%  5,005

Dusty Johnson  REP   60.3%  202,673
Tim Bjorkman  DEM   36%  121,002
 Ron Wieczorek  IND    2.2%  7,322
George Hendrickson  LIB   1.5% 4,912>

Debbie Dingell  DEM  68.1%  198,582
Jeff Jones  REP    28.9%  84,318
Gary Walkowicz  WCP   2.3%  6,684
Niles Niemuth  NPA   0.8%  2,198

Here there are apples and oranges yet again.  Not surprisingly, the candidate that did the best — Jeff Jones — isn’t affiliated with the Larouchies, is of a political party in a nation where affiliation with one or the other party almost guarantees you come in first or second, but — for whatever reason — signed on with a statement of principles to get an “in” with a speaking arrangement before the group in Michigan.

The candidate who was the “national” focus for the org, Kesha Rogers, I can only suggest — what a slide it is for her.  Once upon a time, her candidacies were nuisances to the Texas Democratic Party — two congressional nominations and a Senate run-off.  Now, she’s totally irrelevant, though perhaps by design.

There is at least one more candidate floating out there — Jessica White of New York.  For the Reform Party.  968 votes, or .5 percent.  Of course, if we’re still comparing how the “Ron Paul Revolution” did compared with LarouchePac, Paul surely has inspired candidates throughout the nation who passed that .5 percent threshold.

ITEM NUMBER TWO
The logistical problem when a history of fingering a figure of the “Get Larouche Task Force”, who “put Larouche in prison”, runs right up against the political reality of a Republican administration they’re backing refurbishes him for a new era.
William Barr as Attorney General? Either a Guy To Take Down Mueller, or a Bush Plant? Time Will Tell.
It flutters online, and then… is removed… as the Larouchies move on to space wars to figure out what, really, is their line here.

ITEM NUMBER THREE
So goes Russian tv.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the founder of the Schiller Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC, told Sputnik that British intelligence agencies сould have been behind the alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections. According to her, the team of then President Barack Obama and the UK’s MI6 could have worked together.

Naturally?
Evidence that seems to point to Russia conveniently fabricated, as is the way of the British
November 23, the hacktivist group released documents related to this project and said that the program had been launched in 2015 and was funded by the UK government. The Integrity Initiative’s list of participants includes Bill Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, and Vladimir Ashurkov, an associate of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, according to Anonymous.
According to Zepp-LaRouche, some stolen documents may be not authentic, however, in general, the description is consistent with the nature of UK intelligence’s methods.
“It could be that some elements may be not authentic. However, the overall story is entirely consistent with the modus operandi of British intelligence operations, and it very well may turn out, that it is this network, which is deeply involved with ‘Russiagate’ and the entire coup against [US] President [Donald] Trump,” the politician said.

Noted, a shifting of authorities for Russia’s propaganda purposes: this is not the Lyndon Larouche Movement; it’s the Helga Zepp Larouche Movement.
Meantime, Kesha Rogers is a what now?

In the early morning hours of Dec. 8, China sent a spacecraft into Earth orbit that will make history early next year when it lands on the far side of the Moon. As spaceweather.com aptly acknowledged, “if the mission succeeds, it will catapult China into the forefront of lunar exploration with a landing that no other nation has even dared to attempt.” If there were ever a reason for the U.S. to change course and re-commit to the exploration of space, this is it.

This must be the “New Sputnik-Chang’e-4 Shock,” for the United States, said LaRouchePAC National Policy Committee leader Kesha Rogers, from Houston where she is an international spokeswoman for advancing space R&D. Rogers called today’s launch, “A wake-up call for the future … it is a unifying mission for the nation.”

And So says Harley Schlanger to Russia tv. Lauding the Chinese Model… see too here.  And… say this?
The Schiller Institute is a political and economic think tank founded in 1984 via the philosophies of political activist Lyndon LaRouche and German poet Friedrich Schiller.

Was Friedrich Schiller a devotee of the style of cut-up poetry later employed by William Burroughs?

All to be able to put this phrasing… Numerous Russian media published lengthy reports on Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s explosive comments to the press in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation last week, in which she emphasized that it was the British that had interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and are engaged in “a planned coup” against President Donald Trump; that Trump wants to improve relations with Russia, and that the upcoming summit between Putin and Trump could “bring some amazing results”; and that cooperation among the leaders of Russia, the U.S., China and India could solve the systemic crisis and open a new era of technological advance for humanity.

And EIR pleas with Trump:
President Trump has got to understand the folly of placing any credit in the foolish arguments of the “China-bashers” in his administration and face the reality that China, with its capabilities and experience in the field of infrastructure, can become an asset rather than a liability for US economic revival. But then President Trump has to extend the hand of friendship and not the “cold shoulder” of new tariffs when he meets the Chinese leader next month.
“Tarriff Man”.  (Odd, as they sure love China’s Dear Leader.  Or are willing to schill for him.)

William Jones, Washington bureau chief of the Executive Intelligence Review news magazine, said ending poverty had long been regarded a major task for humanity but until recently, was seen as a Utopian dream.
“With China, that dream is now becoming a reality,” he said.

ITEM NUMBER FOUR
The legacy is that their causes bob and weave, cited decades later in the oddball “rare species of exotic floral” studies.  Improbable Research, as it fills a quota of daily material, skips back to the great c256 cause.
See too Illinois elections 1986… and ongoing comparisons

You probably also know that in the “LaRouchie” election droves of people of all races voted for a name they liked more than the other names without knowing a thing about the candidates.–
Huh. Wonder why that guy with the nice name “Drury” didn’t do better.
Maybe voters weren’t “hazy’ as to who he was.

ITEM NUMBER FIVE

Beethoven Choral Fantasy & Mass in C Major – St. Bartholomew’s Church.

ITEM NUMBER SIX:

Bill Nye, popular kids science show host of the 90s, weighs in:
“This whole idea of terraforming Mars, as respectful as I can be, are you guys high?” the science educator asked in an interview with USA TODAY. “We can’t even take care of this planet where we live, and we’re perfectly suited for it, let alone another planet.”
Will the Larouchies declare Bill Nye a British Agent?  What say the International Spokeswomen for advancing space R & D Kesha Rogers?  Is Bill Nye wrong?
ITEM NUMBER SEVEN
Craig Unger, author of the “House of Bush House of Saud” moves on to a new book “House of Trump House of Putin” — interestingly enough, he probably coulda stayed with the original Bush thesis (and see the larouchies move from “But Obama” to an odd “was Khassogi really a WAPO reporter?”)  but whatever…
And… Good lord these cast of characters of “EIR”, and Roger Stone are just dancing all over the place.

Upon his return from Russia, the cast of Trump characters expanded to include Roger Stone and Paul Manafort: “On July 24, 1987 … an article appeared in a highly unlikely venue, the ‘Executive Intelligence Review,’ that strongly suggested something mysterious was going on between him and the Kremlin. ‘The Soviets are reportedly looking a lot more kindly on a possible presidential bid by Donald Trump, the New York builder who has amassed a fortune through real-estate speculation and owns a controlling interest in the notorious, organized-crime linked Resorts International,’ the article said. ‘Trump took an all-expenses-paid jaunt to the Soviet Union in July to discuss building the Russians some luxury hotels.’

ITEM NUMBER EIGHT
Belated review of Operation Chaos… and, hmMy show went fine, but in July the LaRouchies escalated the attack by publishing a whole dossier on me. “In the early 1950s,” it claimed, “Paul Krassner was recruited to the stable of pornographers and ‘social satirists’ created and directed by the British Intelligence’s chief brainwashing facility, the Tavistock Institute, to deride and destroy laws and institutions of morality and human decency.” (For the record, I was never in England.)

Although LaRouche and I both taught at the Free University of New York in 1966, we didn’t cross paths. Even then, he had his devoted fans: One student there told me that “LaRouche presented the most credible, most articulate, and best-argued version of Marxist economics that I ever heard.” My own class was titled “Journalism and Satire and How to Tell the Difference.”
With all due respect to Paul Krassner… Who hasn’t been fingered into the vast “Get Larouche” conspiracy web?
I thought I remembered him passing away a few years ago. Can we work the “Mandela Effect” into his conspiracy theories somehow?
The Mandela Effect for Lyndon Larouche?  Just as with Mandela and a false memory of his passing and the hooplah surrounding his death in the early 90s… for Larouche that would be — what?  We falsely remember seeing in a NYT obituary that him dying sometime in the mid-90s, make a crack about the Queen of England, then … no hooplah whatsoever.
After decades of thinking about it, I realized LaRouche was mostly right about the British.
I went to college in the early 80’s – a long long way from home. Spent way too much time at O’Hare Airport remembering the LaRouchies (“More nukes less kooks”), the Moonies (“love bombing”), and the Hare Krishna all competing to see who could make life more unpleasant for those stuck at the airport waiting for flights out. Airplane! is still the best documentary of that era.
For a while there it wasn’t safe to walk through an airport. LaRouche fascisti and Hare Krishnas were everywhere hawking magazines and incense. Now that we have the Transport Sozialist Arbeiterpartei gropers instead, there’s room for a little nostalgia.

Fucking Boomers. I would rather have the CIA of the 1960s and 1970s than the Deep State that your generation created.

Most of you were never fighting for Liberty or freedom, just your brand of authoritarianism.

Just stop with the propaganda.

ITEM NUMBER NINE
Tell me all your thoughts on George Soros, recipient of unwanted terrorist threats

NYT:  As his activities grew more prominent in Europe, and he began funding drug reform efforts in the United States, he started being cast in the 1990s as a central figure in a shadowy Jewish cabal by extremist figures such as the fascist presidential candidate Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. and allies of repressive Eastern European leaders who were targeted by groups funded by Mr. Soros.
The theories were initially confined to the anti-Semitic fringe, though Mr. Soros is not closely associated with Jewish or Israeli causes, and in fact has been accused of being anti-Israel and was criticized by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

THE CBC
For what it’s worth, Soros is funding political causes worldwide.  Controlling what — less than the Koch Bros, I suppose.
The strange thing about the origins of “cultural marxism” is… I’ve read enough to see the basic idea from that there right of the design of degenerating the culture as a Marxist plot precedes the “Frankfruit School” and the Larouchian denunciation of said.
So say Larouche:  The CBC is a Crown Corporation owned by “the Sovereign” of Canada, who is Queen Elizabeth, herself.
The cause of the focus on the story of “The Right’s attack on Soros” — not the threats against the man, mind you, but the Russian media appearances of Hegla Zepp alerting the news that it’s the British that Did It All, not the Russians.
ITEM NUMBER ELEVEN
Oddly the most viewed video out of the last dozen or so? A Jacques Cheminade video they put out a few days ago about a Mass Strike in France. In fact it’s been their most viewed video in a month or more.
Yellow Vest Protests.  ‘Tis topical.  Burrow into any civil unrest that’s out there… Still, this isn’t so much the Lyndon Larouche Movement as it is the Jacques Cheminade Movement.
Maybe in the US they’ll get far with this old new line…
 when contemplating the new “politico-duo” of Sen. Bernie Sanders and his sidekick, no-longer resident Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. As they play out their media-promoted “plot” to create the “Progressive International” (PI), one quickly finds out that the real intent behind their play-acting routine is, in fact, not to help the poor and disadvantaged worldwide, as they claim, but rather to revive the pro-Nazi designs of Britain’s pre-eminent economic wizard, Lord John Maynard Keynes. Studying the interactions between the two, one cannot help but wonder: have Abbott and Costello, or perhaps a new version of the Marx Brothers, suddenly reincarnated themselves, this time with the evil intention of using the cloak of the “entirely absurd” to finally drive you, me and the rest of humanity, quickly, into a terrible New Dark Age?
Keynes.  What was his role with the original Bretton Woods?

The 5 big winners and 5 big losers of Election 2018

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

5 Winners

(1)  The Prohibition Party.  The nation’s oldest third party has opened up a state party in New York, and is gearing up to tear away at the Cuomo beer guzzling machine.  And with the warring Old Guard passed on, it’s gearing up to a rock em sock em three way presidential nomination contest for 2020.  Fun times ahead.

(2)  Zombie Dennis Hof.  One way to beat back scandal.  Die.  Then no one can speak ill of you, and you can cruise to election.  We’ll see if this strategy in crisis management takes off.

(3)  The Beto O’Rourke vice Presidential caravan.  I can’t tell if comments by various pols saying that O’Rourke’s senate bid loss benefits a possible presidential bid by not tying him to the Senate and Senate duties is a facetious commentary on modern politics or not.  As it were, I see comments that Beto’s loss is good for the Dems, because it removes a sure-fire loser from contention.  Funny that.  So.  Does this leave him veep timber?  Noted: Texas swung closer for the Dms than Ohio in 2016.

(4)  Rocky De La Fuente.  Ran in nine Senate races.  Winning anywhere between .3 percent of the vote and 12.3 percent of the vote.  If you’re committed to political office seeking as a hobby, might as well do it on this scale.

(5)  Communism.  Fascist forces are slinging it out with antifa on the streets of Portland, as bourgioise liberals are alayed in the cross winds.  The fascists swing their praises for old time authoritarian regimes — Pinochet and Franco.  The antifas have an honest to gosh Hammer and Sickle flag, showing that… yes… Communism is on the March!

5 Losers

(1)  The Natural Law Party.  Ceased operation nationally in 2004, but Party Boss Doug Dern hands out a ballot line in Michigan for the asking.  What do they stand for?  Is anyone advocating the square root of one percent of a population for a troubled area mediating for peace approach anymore?  Nay.  The party strays from its roots, and has only three candidates to show for itself.

(2)  The Modern Whig Party.  David Brooks, beleaguered Never Trumper Man without a Party, pines for the days of Zachary Taylor and Henry Clay and so spotted the “Modern Whig Party” a nod of approval in an August column.  The party failed to capitalize, running as many candidates for office as their nineteenth century historical inspiration did: zero.  We see what happens in a year and two years.

(3)  The Lyndon Larouche Movement.  They ran two candidates, the flagship being the most successful candidate of the Obama eara — Kesha Rogers — who acted the irritant to the Texas Democratic Party by winning two congressional nominations and forcing a run off for Senate nomination.  In 2018, the party got to ignore her completely.  Oddly, the lesser candidate, from the org’s perspective, did better in his rural climes — and against more overlapping competition that could dip into pro-Trump support.

(4)  Taylor Swift.  Her political neutrality makes for good business sense.  Want everyone to buy her music, right?  But the odd thing about endorsing Phil Bredesen — the Democratic candidate his Republican supporters had slyly called “The Best Republican Governor Tennessee ever had” — on progressive grounds is… it does clash against Bredesen’s political posiitioning.  On the plus side, she lost her weird “White Nationalist” supporters who had embraced her, deciding to read white pride into her lyrics off of her political non stances and a couple over sensitive politically correct criticisms… maybe they’re now having to go over to Kanye West?

(5)  Ann Coulter’s love affair with Kansas.  After Kansas elected a Democrat for governor, she tweeted “Kansas — you are dead to me.”  Poses some odd questions — Was Kansas ever really alive for Ann Coulter, and if so — why?

time for a redo

Monday, November 26th, 2018

You know… Chuck Klosterman’s book I Wear the Black Hat

Doesn’t really stand up to the test of time.  Or at least some of his villains and some of his “escaped villainry”…

There are three things that stick out here…

#1:  Bill Clinton.  In this book, Clinton sails away.  Now, ignoring that he’ll be ignoring the whole swarm of anti-Clintonites who stick to the “Er… porked an intern and then lied about it?”…Power Imbalance, anyone? …  it does appear that, finally, at long last, that group who’d be considered hypocrites — now that it is no longer Clinton that’s standing before any erosion of Roe V Wade against those damned Republicans — and now that everyone’s in a not as to “what happened with Hillary” — and in the wake of MeToo… the opinion of his culture definers has shifted…

… just as it might with Grover Cleveland if anyone were bothering to reopen the Grover Cleveland files.

#2:  Political Correctness.  He calls it a dead issue, only fit for a Charles Krauthammer (rip) editorial.  The “progressive” trajectory of all things lay all things aside into a waste repository.
If you say so.  Beyond polls showing everyone everywhere gnassing their teeth on this, who the hell did we just elect and why, and why is nobody anywhere happy with lines of illiberalism forming about college campuses?

#3:  Tied in with the pc comments, Andrew Dice Clay.  The book pooh poohs the career he had, appearances on Entourage, as though it were nothing.  Except it isn’t nothing — it’s… a career… in the shadow of his time in the spotlight.  As fodder for the sitcom “The Goldbergs” — the abrasive offensive character comedian that befuddles the grampa, he moves on to an interesting sounding new show.  His career looks like its ending up shining more brightly than Louis CK, who… you know, we know his act wasn’t precisely an act… though, the career trajectory seems to have split — we’ll see when Louis CK ends up doing something on film instead of random club appearances…

mississippi

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

That last senate race of 2018, the Mississippi Special run off election, shifts slightly in he Dem’s favor, chances moving from none to slight — making a whole trajectory of slight to none to slight again.

And the reason for the race tightening.

Yet the trajectory of the election was thrown into doubt last week when a video was circulated showing Ms. Hyde-Smith, 59, praising a supporter by telling him that if he invited her “to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”

How one reads this — in a world where expressions sometimes have ugly roots — and I guess hopefully she never said “eenie meenie minie moe” lest everyone ponder what exactly a “tigger” is — determines parts of the election.  I suppose, in theory,she shoulda transferred her hyperbole of public execution to the guillitone — removing the historicality from what was fashionable in the immediate vicintity over to Revoultionary France.

What strikes me is the strategy of… hide.

Facing an uproar in a state divided by race and deeply scarred by a history of lynchings carried out against African-Americans, Ms. Hyde-Smith has since retreated from the campaign trail, ducking reporters’ questions and declining to apologize. A former state agriculture commissioner, Ms. Hyde-Smith has instead pursued a strategy aimed at shoring up her support with conservative whites, and she enlisted President Trump to campaign for her on the eve of a Nov. 27 runoff vote.

Likewise, Mike Espy’s best bet is… rougly the same, with some shifting fissures.  He has the Dou Jones trick where — seeing a race where they have a clear impact the black vote would come out en masse, and probably hasta hope Donald Trump says some things in his free floating solliquay that offends Suburban white female voters.  The bifrocated strategy, alerting neither wing to the other wing.

Two candidates move to the rope-a-dope strategy.

Well, I suppose there are some thematic parallels of self afflicting wounds with Cindy Hyde-Smith and … Martha Coakley, 2010.  We’ll… see.

those last three senate elections

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

All the votes weren’t counted in Airzona, and Krysten Sinema moved from being behind to being ahead.  It happens.  Not really anything to see here, other than a strange desire to declare victories on election night.  What would have been ironic had Sinema lost is that she’d have lost with the aid of the Green Party candidate — the Green Party being Sinema’s one time political home… the one time spoiler becomes the spoiled.

Bill Nelson’s lawyers insist that he’ll win in the end — a stance I’d like more if he can lay the statistical numbers out to exacting detail.  (The Al Franken team did so in 2008).  Lawyers for Rick Scott and Desantis as well they themselves blow up smoke about voting fraud and … we’re down to this…
“The human eye can make judgments on voter intent that machines can’t,” Elias said.
Possibly.  But we can formulate an angry mob at the doors of someone peering at the ballots and create wonderful agitprop ala 2000.
What Bill Nelson is down to in Florida is… hoping that the bad ballot design didn’t steer voters in Broward County away from the Senate race and hope that an under-vote has something to do with machine malfunction.
Rick Scott is the governor of Florida.  The election’s going his way.

But if Bill Nelson’s lawyer is correct, (and I guess we’ll see sooner than later, at least with his formulation)… something a little amusing happens with the Senate elections.  The Republicans just picked up one seat in this supposed bifurcated election… which, if Mike Espy wins in the Mississippi run -off… unlikely, don’t hold your breath… would be down to zero.

everything and nothing changed after Election 2018

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

I think when Nate Silver and 538 conjure up a narrow loss by Beto O’Rourke as a good thing for his 2020’s presidential ambitions because it leaves him unencumbered, that he is joking.

I … think.

But now I get this “take away” from David Frum positing something of the opposite.

If Beto O’Rourke had eked it out in Texas, Democrats might well have nominated him for president in 2020, almost guaranteeing a debacle. 

Har de Har har.

Looking around, and as always elections bring with them weird maps to ponder, unlike previous midterms the two political parties were energized to vote.  So there isn’t any giant whalloping that’s coming here.  Just… the post Trump realignment of a bunch of Romney — Clinton districts that didn’t take place two years ago (because the message Paul Ryan had in touting Republican congress candidates was a “Vote for –! Vote for Pence!  And, Trump, I guess…”)  and the fact that the possible Obama — Trump senate seat pick up possibilities were hold over from Democratic victories six years ago.  Meantime, the relative closeness of the lackadasical Senate election in Michigan (Stabenow beat a “John James” by 6 percentage points) and for that matter Ohio and Minnesota’s special, as too some gubernatorial races … doesn’t really argure well for Dem’s chances in 2020.  Florida is bizarrely fixed at precisely the political partisan alignment of two years ago, which … extrapulate that across the Southerner tinged bases of the rust belt map…

… Maybe Beto O’Rourke is vice presidential timber to try to pull down Texas?

I suppose purely optics based, the visual of Nancy Pelosi sitting behind Trump at the State of the Union for the next two years has… something of appeal.  At least thee’ll be the spectacle of Pence jumping up as Pelosi tries her hand at the Ryan stone slight frown face.  And Trump does as every conventional president does after the election — fire Jeff Sessions.  Replace him with someone obsessed who thinks the real story is Clinton’s email trail.

And I just want to know where the whole mass of ballots in Arizona are from