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Camille Paglia endorses Jill Stein

6:54 pm in Uncategorized by jest

Along with Matt Stoller, former staffer for Alan Grayson (D-FL), another prominent Democrat refuses to support the uniparty this election.

In a recent interview, Camille Paglia got downright Firebaggery.

From Salon:

You’re getting an exclusive, because I haven’t said a word about this publicly. Journalists have tried to get me to comment, and I’ve refused, because I’ve been saving it for Salon!

OK: Who are you going to vote for?

I am voting for the Green Party.

Oh, you are? I don’t even know who the Green candidate is. Who is it?

Jill Stein — a doctor from Massachusetts. Now, I wouldn’t be voting Green if Roseanne Barr had won the nomination, but Stein is a solid and sensible candidate. I don’t agree with everything the Green Party says, but I’m in tune with many of its basic positions. I’m remaining a registered Democrat because I still hope for the reform of my party.

Hence I want to use my vote to make a statement about my unhappiness with the Democratic Party and the direction it has taken. The biggest issue for me is the Obama administration’s continuation of endless war, war, war.

I have been revolted by the silence of the liberal mainstream media about Obama’s expansion of war.

Sound familiar? She’s got a lot of company with people who share the same sentiment.

Please read the whole interview. She’s got some great thoughts on how conservatives have replaced liberals as the group who champions freedom, the liberal establishment, and of course the art world.

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NPR Debate between Gary Johnson and Jill Stein moderated by Guy Raz of All Things Considered on the economy, health care & the role of gov’t

6:16 pm in Uncategorized by jest

It looks like NPR is following Democracy Now and is giving the public what they are clamoring for. Alternative options to kabuki theater and managed democracy.

This is short, but far more insightful on the real issues of the day, as opposed to the other debate fiasco, which was nothing but mendacity. Consider this a preview of their actual debate later this month. It’s an audio link with a transcript so please visit the link below, as I cannot embed this.

http://www.npr.org/2012/10/06/162438686/the-npr-third-party-candidate-debate

 

However, I can embed the speech VP candidate Honkala gave after her march with Occupy Denver protesting the debate. It’s hard to argue with a strong woman…

 

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VIDEO: Jill Stein Interview with Thom Hartmann

7:36 pm in Uncategorized by jest

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President joins Thom Hartmann to discuss the undemocratic nature of U.S. elections…

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VIDEO: Jerry White (Socialist Equality Candidate for President) on RT: US has best govt money can buy

4:12 pm in Uncategorized by jest

Another frank, rational discussion with another socialist presidential candidate.

Key tidbits:

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VIDEO: Stewart Alexander (Socialist Party of USA Candidate for President) on The Stossel Show

12:49 pm in Uncategorized by jest

Obviously, they brought him on as a set up.

They lined him up with four right winger Presidential candidates (Obama & Romney impersonators, Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode) with a rabid right winger (John Stossel) hosting. (The snarky “Welcome Comrade” intro was cute! Stay classy guys!)

Needless to say, my man didn’t fall for the okey doke.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/stossel/index.html#/v/1839943464001/could-america-accept-a-socialist-president/?playlist_id=87530

(Sorry, can’t embed the video)

Here’s a summation of his views:

  • Supports worker owned co-operatives, not government takeovers
  • People & communities should determine their own destinies, how schools are run, etc.
  • End the wars
  • Tax the rich
  • Free higher education for all
  • Indefinite unemployment benefits
  • Repeal the ACA and replace with Single Payer
  • Institute a living wage, north of $15/hr
  • Workers of the world should unite

He did a great job.

Isn’t it funny how Fox will interview a real socialist before our beloved so-called “liberal” MSNBC will not?

http://stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org/donate/

I like this guy.

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Debunking Pathological Myths of the 2000 Election: Part 3 – Polling data proves that Nader voters did not “switch sides” during the campaign

3:12 am in Uncategorized by jest

Kevin Zeese pointed out long ago that 62% of Nader’s voters were Republicans, independents, third-party voters and nonvoters.

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader (Stephen C Webster / Flickr)

In other words, these were not Democrat voters who switched sides. This is completely corroborated by the exit poll data from CNN.

Progressive Review did a review of national and Florida polls to quantify exactly how many votes Nader took from Gore.

The premise was to look at polls leading up to the election; what should have happened was that Gore and Nader’s poll changes would be inversely correlated. That is, as Nader’s poll numbers rose, Gore’s should have fallen by a proportional amount, and vice versa.

Needless to say, that’s not what the study showed.

In fact, it showed exactly what you’d expect from a candidate who had little exposure or money to make a blitz of attack ads: Nader’s poll numbers were pretty much unchanged for the duration of the election cycle. This means his effect on Gore’s total is statistically insignificant.

For example between August and September 2000 Gore’s average poll results rose 7.5 points but Nader’s went down only 1 point. Between September and October, Gore’s average went down 5.7 points and Nader’s went up .8 points. At least 85% of Gore’s changes were due to something other than Nader.

What the study did show was that Gore took votes from Bush.

Nader’s support was fixed, but Bush and Gore took votes away from each other the whole time. In fact, Gore was behind for quite some time, but caught up towards September by taking Bush’s votes, and faded away in October.

And in the last months, it was clear many Nader voters began to come into Gore’s camp at the last minute:

During almost all of 2000, Bush led Gore with the major acception of a month-long period following the Democratic convention. During this high point for Gore, Nader was pulling a running average of 2-4% in the polls. While it is true that during October, Nader began pulling a running average of 6% at a time when Gore was fading, Gore continued to lose ground even as Nader’s support dropped to its final 3%. In other words, despite the help of defectors from Nader, Gore did worse.

CNN’s exit poll showed Bush at 49 percent and Gore at 47 percent, with 2 percent not voting in a hypothetical Nader-less Florida race.
I ask again to the myth supporters, do you have any polling data or studies that refute the points made here? Not the opinion of a pundit, but actual verifiable data?

Sources:
Progressive Review study:
http://prorev.com/green2000.htm
FL exit poll data:
http://www.vrdc.cornell.edu/info4470/projects/~bap63/pdf/florida2000.pdf

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Debunking Pathological Myths of the 2000 Election: Part 2 – Democrat defections to Bush (Blue Dogs & Bush Democrats) caused Gore to lose FL

9:22 pm in Uncategorized by jest

 

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Blue dog: Did I cost Gore the election? (Photo: Patti Haskins / Flickr)

A continuation of Part 1, a series that disproves the myth that alternative parties caused the world to come to an end a dozen years ago. It is simply another tribalist ‘veal pen’ authored fairy tale with little to no evidence to back it up, other than “I saw it on TV.”

As Aldous Huxley quipped in Brave New World:

“Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects … totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.”

In this case, the silent inconvenient truth is that hundreds of thousands of Democrats voted for Bush, and against Gore. The Bush Democrats outnumbered all of Nader’s supporters by a 2:1 margin in Florida, and outnumbered the Nader Democrats by a 16:1 margin.

If only 0.3% of these good for nothing Blue Dogs stayed home or, (gasp) even voted for their own party, Gore wins the election.

 

“Twelve percent of Florida Democrats (over 200,000) voted for Republican George Bush”
-San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2000

Even more embarrassing is that 34% of union members voted for Bush, but only 3% for Nader, per the exit polls.

Again, this is straight from the official Florida exit polls taken in 2000. 16% of those who supported Clinton in 1996 supported Bush. Only 1% of those who supported Clinton in 1996 supported Nader in 2000.

Here’s the chart, again. The first column is the total vote count, and the rest is read left to right:

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Debunking Pathological Myths of the 2000 Election: Part 1 – CNN exit polls prove that Nader did not cost Gore FL

4:13 pm in Uncategorized by jest

The truthiness of this has been blown way out of proportion for far too long. It’s so bad even 3rd party supporters even believe it. I’d like to just dispense with this nonsense once and for all, and be done with it.

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader (Stephen C Webster / Flickr)

As the Obama vultures come out from hiding as November approaches, two of the few reasons they have for supporting Mr. Obama are the Supreme Court (which is BS too, but I digress), and that an alternative candidate will supposedly cause the Republican to win, as evidenced by 2000. We need to do away with the falsehoods that allow the latter argument to still be said without shame or embarrasment.

This is the first of a series that will disprove this myth; a myth that can be debunked in a myriad of ways. I hope this info helps Firedogs in their efforts to keep other progressives from voting for their own oppressors, and will let people vote their conscience guilt free this fall.
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The Avocado Declaration

8:34 pm in Uncategorized by jest

(cross-posted to oldelmtree.com)

What is the point of being a liberal if we silence ourselves when our voices are needed most?

Why be a liberal when we fail to act exactly when our voices are needed most in the voting booth?

The best fauxgressives can do is offer a hollow, vain, narcissitic answer: they are afraid they will lose.

Even though it is painfully obvious that progressives have already lost long ago.

These questions were running through my head when I discovered The Avocado Declaration, initiated by Peter Camejo, a presidential candidate for the Socialist Workers Party in the 70′s.

Long weary of milquetoast excuses from sore losers, I was gripped by the strength and seriousness of the document. (Strength & seriousness is what I love about socialists)
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Stein & Honkala arrested at a Fannie Mae sit-in over foreclosures

8:15 pm in Uncategorized by jest

August 1, 2012: Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala hugs her son as she’s taken away by police after being arrested at a sit-in Wednesday in downtown Philadelphia. Matt Moore, © AP

The criminalization of protest continues.

Cheri Honkala (Photo: jakeratner / Flickr Creative Commons)

On the same day that their campaign overcame insurmountable odds and qualified for the Pennsylvania ballot, Stein & Honkala were out in direct action in protest over the foreclosure crisis.

The protest was originally called for by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign to demand that the giant mortgage company halt foreclosure proceedings against two Philadelphia residents in danger of losing their homes.

Stein joined the protest after Cheri Honkala joined her as Stein’s vice presidential running mate. Honkala, a former homeless single mother, has been confronting banks and mortgage companies for decades demanding that they adopt policies that will, “keep families in their homes.”

At 1pm today about 50 protestors gathered outside of Fannie Mae’s Philadelphia headquarters. They heard from Miss Fran and Rhonda Lancaster, the heads of two families evicted by Fannie Mae in its refusal to negotiate an alternative to foreclosure.

Fannie Mae executive Zach Oppenheimer had previously promised in writing to meet with the two women in order to discuss other options. Yet no followup meeting ever took place, and so protestors today entered the Fannie Mae building and vowed to stay until Mr. Oppenheimer’s word was honored.

At about 2:30pm, an hour after entering the building and beginning a sitdown protest, lower level Fannie Mae officials agreed to meet with Miss Fran and Ms. Lancaster.

These meetings proved inconclusive, ending only with promises of more meetings. With Philadelphia police on hand with six paddy wagons and plainclothesman, a smaller subset of protestors stayed inside the building and risked arrest. Five were arrested, including Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala.

Noting that the Obama administration has only released 10% of the aid that Congress had promised to homeowners, Stein asserted that “There is much more interest in Washington in protecting the profits of banks than in getting this aid out to the families whose lives are falling apart.

President Obama held a big press conference to announce a program that would supposedly help 1.5 million homeowners and so far it has actually helped only 1 per cent of that number. Real help goes to the CEOs who play golf with the President and the people get lip service. This will change only if the people stand up and say we’re not going to put up with it anymore.

One woman, Miss Fran, who has been sleeping in her car since being evicted, had this to say about her situation:

I have lived in Philadelphia all my life, and in this house since 1988. Once when I was forced to file for bankruptcy, my mortgage holder, Chase Bank, suddenly came to court and objected to my bankruptcy plan. Although the law requires them to notify me in advance, I had no warning of their action, so I had no lawyer and no time to prepare my evidence. The judge dismissed my file for bankruptcy and Chase began foreclosure proceedings.

I participated in Philadelphia’s Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, so I was able to keep my home off the sheriff sale list. Then they claimed I missed a Conciliation Conference even though they had never notified me about it. When I complained, the court rescheduled the sheriff sale of my home from July 1, 2008, to September. I attended that sale on July 1 and was shocked to hear them put my house up for sale anyway. I was in the back of the auditorium and ran to the front making so much noise the sheriff’s lawyer had to stop the sale. Finally they brought in a letter from the sheriff saying they had obtained a court order that same day to sell the house. They had gone to court without even notifying me. The same judge who postponed the sale in the first place had turned around and vacated his own order, all without telling me.

The sale of my home went through on July 1, but my battle was just beginning. Although Chase Bank foreclosed on my home, I found out the sheriff changed the name on the documents to Fannie Mae. There is no bill of sale from Chase to Fannie Mae and no record of any transfer. Fannie Mae has no legal standing to evict me. But that didn’t stop them from trying. They sued to evict me in April 2011. I filed an objection, it was overruled, I answered them, and we were supposed to go to trial in February 2012. Then they filed for a summary judgment against me, which is only supposed to be granted when there is no dispute in the matter. I told them we most definitely do have a dispute: a district court order was ignored and Fannie Mae has no standing. But the judge granted the summary judgment anyway. They obtained a writ of eviction and scheduled my eviction for June 12.

The other homeowner, Rhonda Lancaster was talked into a reverse mortgage to pay for her sick mother’s health care bills. After her mother died, the bank refused to accept her as the executor of her estate, although the proper papers had been filed at City Hall. From that point on it was a complete nightmare.

And in completely unrelated news from today