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UPDATE: Troubling Irregularities and Some Uplifting Moments: About Voting Today in Massachusetts

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UPDATE: Troubling Irregularities and Some Uplifting Moments: About Voting Today in Massachusetts — by NormanB (“Deviations form the Norm”)

 

Lots of people voted early, via absentee ballot. That makes their vote twice as likely to get tampered with, according to C-Span last week.

 

 

In case you didn’t hear, Vegas has been paying off on the Presidential race for two days already. In case you didn’t know, they don’t pay when they lose. In case you’re not aware, I won’t tell you who won – I don’t want to spoil your surprise.

Here in Western Massachusetts – the most “Liberal” or Leftmost part of the state – Republicans often don’t contest political races. Sometimes Socialists do. And Independents. And Greens and Libertarians. Democrats always win.

We had good things and bad things happening at the polls today. My partner and I were planning how we would negotiate the buses to go to vote, and what else we would do during the hours we would need to be out in the world: It looked like it would take hours, to fit in with the bus schedule. Then a friend called. He had just moved to the neighborhood. He had given himself a mission today to carpool-shuttle automobileless voters to their respective polling places. We were in luck. We took the ride. We voted. I heard him offer rides to others.

Then our friend went to vote himself. Nothin’ doin’. He was disallowed from voting, he thought at first it was perhaps because he’d moved within the town in the past year. It was actually because he had been purged from the voter rolls. Amherst removes voters from the rolls who don’t fill out the town census, obviously hoping to skew the voter pool into a much more Conservative body: Twenty thousand or more students can be purged like that. That’ll teach’em democracy!

When I was similarly purged before, and my partner too, we both merely had to say “No” and were then allowed to go ahead and vote. I found it very troubling that that procedure was no longer being followed.

UPDATE: My friend, the Good Samaritan, told another friend about what happened to him, being disallowed. She went to vote at the same polling place. She complained about the way our friend had been cheated [Election-rigged]. The Election official there said that he could vote via Provisional Ballot. She called him. He came in and voted. Happy ending!

I’ve been wondering about these crowded polling places I’ve heard about, and how that restricts voting in Florida. It was never a problem to vote in Florida when I lived there up to 1995. And it has never been a problem for me voting here in Mass. We walked in, and only two or three were in line in front of us. Right away, though, twenty more people queued up behind us. Why doesn’t everybody across the country have enough poll workers to get it done? Is it because in Florida there isn’t enough money appropriated to pay poll workers?

There was a policeman in the polling place. That’s never happened before. There’s usually a friendly, smiling retired cop greeting people out in the hall. This guy was young, maybe his first time at it. If he sticks with it, maybe he’ll be the smiling friendly guy one day.

One thing that troubled me quite a bit was: What happened to the Greens? (The ones I just voted for in the 2012 Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party Primary this fall!) Here’s the problem: I voted in the Primary. I voted for every office. I voted for a Green for each office. Independents may have voted in the Green Primary. That would allow people who are actually not Greens to choose our nominee, which would not be fair, and might be considered Election-rigging. A local attorney who’s a Green was quoted in the paper saying this threatened our ability to name our own nominee.

Be that as it may, we voted a month or two ago, and none of those Green Rainbow nominees appeared on the ballot. This was clearly Election-rigging. Even if the local lawyer filed suit to remove the non-Greens from the Green Rainbow slots on the ballot, that should have still left Greens in all the races on the ballot. Instead, the only Greens appearing on the ballot were the Presidential ticket, Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala (for whom I voted).

Ellen Story, Stan Rosenberg, and Jim McGovern ran unopposed for State Rep, State Senate, and the US House of Representatives, respectively. In the Primary I voted for a qualified Green to oppose each of them today, but, as I said, they [apparently illegally] ran unopposed. They’re all on the side of Marijuana, but we local activists had to pressure Ellen and Stan into their current positions.

We had one of the Leftmost Congressmen in the country, John Olver. If you’re out there reading this, Representative Olver, thank you for your many years of dedicated selfless service in the US House, and thank you for your charitable gift to the local soup kitchen. (I know you were trying to be anonymous and modest; but I saw you!) John Olver has been a supporter of Marijuana, Civil Rights, economic reform, peace, the environment, equal marriage, and many other things good. Thank You God for giving us John Olver. They don’t make ‘em him like that any more.

The Democrat-controlled Massachusetts legislature gerrymandered John Olver the hell out of here. Yes, in the state legislature, they’re Democrats, but not necessarily “democrats,” if you get the difference. John Olver and Barney Frank had served the Commonwealth for decades, good Liberals, good Democrats and good democrats, longtime Marijuana Legalization supporters: Olver and Frank had already announced their intentions to run in today’s Election, but then came the closed-door meeting in the smoke-filled room: The state “Democrats” redrew the districts of Olver and Frank. Both Olver and Frank then announced their retirements. Here they gave us McGovern, who’s from nowhere near here: We’ve had a local Rep forever, but no more.

James McGovern is pretty good. He’s damn good: He’s spoken out on the US-sponsored War Crimes in Bahrain, perhaps the only elected official in the entire nation with the guts to do that. War Crimes are not cool. I’ll support McGovern in trying to stop them.

I don’t approve of McGovern and Olver going along with the other Democrats on the Congressional investigation into Attorney General Eric Holder’s apparent Felonies and War Crimes in the Fast and Furious case, calling the procedure against Holder a “Witch Hunt.” It looks like there’s sufficient evidence that he is actually a witch, and that a special prosecutor needs to be brought in immediately to prepare the case against Holder.

Besides offices big and small, we also got to vote on five questions or initiatives. Question 1 would Legalize assisted suicide. Question 2 would allow auto repair shops not associated with auto dealers equal access to repair parts and information. Question 3 Legalizes Medical Marijuana. In the state’s published voter guide, the opponents of Question 3 claimed that if it passes, practically anyone in the state can Legally grow Marijuana in the back yard. (And that’s supposed to get us to vote against it?!) I don’t think that back-yard scenario is exactly correct, but I voted for the new law anyway.

Massachusetts is one of eighteen states where people are voting today on Marijuana and Hemp measures, North Dakota would have made it nineteen, but the scheduled Election was [I think improperly] removed from the ballot.  http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/11/04/debates-today-tomorrow-plus-2012-marijuana-voters-and-investors-guide-plus-a-right-to-left-look-at-presidential-candidates-parties-factions/

We’ve seen a horribly disturbing case of attempted Election-rigging here at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst: For decades, the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition (CRC) [to which I belong] has had an office on the ground floor of the Student Union building, the most traveled area in the center of the University. A particular student with an apparent Nazi bent got control just weeks ago the University’s Student Government Association. New though he was, somehow the University embued him with extraordinary power: He evicted the CRC from its office of decades of tradition:

This greatly restricted the availability of information and the electorate’s ability to organize on behalf the ballot issue there, the office where more organizing had happened on this issue than anywhere else in the state. But then came the Nazi tactic: The Election-rigging student claimed that someone unknown had painted a Marijuana leaf on the door of the CRC office (where one had years earlier been painted). Then came the Nazi tactic: Collective Punishment: No one knows who did the ‘defacing,’ but everyone in the CRC [and everyone depending on us to keep up the struggle for their Rights] is now being punished through the University’s allowing the use of this Nazi tactic:

The club may lose its official accreditation, through these Election-rigging efforts. It seems lawsuits could be in order, perhaps from voters interested in the issue, and from the general student body, and from the CRC members, and from the town citizens, whose longstanding annual Marijuana celebration, Extravaganja, is sponsored and carried out by the CRC. Saturday night, somebody knocked over my “Vote YES On Question 3″ sign and the garbage bin too, which probably weighs over 100 pounds: It took some work to knock it over.

Question 4 on our ballot today was a non-binding but very important instruction to our incoming US Senator: Introduce legislation and/or an Amendment to the US Constitution ruling that (1) Corporations are not People; and (2) Money is not Speech: That is, that spending on Election can be limited Legally.

Question 5 is another important non-binding question, instructing our incoming Senator and all of our elected officials to immediately institute the Green New Deal, which is part of Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein’s platform. The text of Question 5 does not use the words “Green New Deal,” but it does call for hiring millions for environment and health and safety and manufacturing, and to divert money from the Military, etc.

I was born in Virgina, and lived in Florida most of my life. I lived in Ohio too. I’ve lived in the “battleground states,” where they get Presidential ads, and where their votes really count a lot more toward electing the President than ours do here in Massachusetts. But you know what? In Massachusetts, I can wear my beard as long and scraggly as I want – not that it’s anybody’s business, but sometimes I get acting gigs when my beard impresses people. In New England, I can walk around dressed any way I want. I feel more relaxed being around like-minded people who aren’t likely to discriminate against me.

The state always goes Democratic in the Presidential race. Sometimes it goes Republican in the statewide races, Governor and Senator. Though Scott Brown was the first Republican Senator elected in a long time, we’ve had three Republican Governors since I moved here in 1995. I think Scott Brown got in, not on his own merits, but largely in reaction against President Obama’s improper imposition of an interim Election to replace Ted Kennedy. Voters reacted against this manipulation as they did in Wisconsin during the attempt to recall of Governor Scott Walker: People don’t want their local Election cycles disrupted for the purposes of the national Parties.

The Special Election was staged for his [Obama's] convenience and prestige, in clear violation of both the Massachusetts Commonwealth Constitution and the United States Constitution: Our law and state Constitution had a clearly defined procedure for replacing any Senator who might die in office. But President Obama demanded that we change for him, which the state did, in clear violation of the US Constitution’s ban on ex post facto laws in Article I (written more than a decade before the Bill of Rights). It is unconstitutional to change the rules relating to an Election after the fact, i.e., after the Senator to be replaced upon death has already died.

We’ve held Elections wherein the electorate overwhelmingly voted to instruct our elected officials to Legalize Marijuana. Democratic US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown’s opponent, has said that if elected she will defy the will of the voters on this important issue, and instead will not seek to Legalize. She did say that she would probably vote For the Medical Marijuana Legalization measure on today’s ballot, but that’s a largely empty gesture on her part, when coupled with her pledge not to try to Legalize it.

No Green was listed on the ballot today for US Senator. I voted for a Green anyway.

by normanb

*DANGER* UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy Turns Back Toward US as Greedy Disaster Capitalists and Dishonest Politicians Try to Save Their Investments

3:30 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

Hurricane Sandy Turns Away From US as Greedy Disaster Capitalists and Dishonest Politicians Try to Save Their Investments — by NormanB (“Deviations form the Norm”)

New title at 822 AM EDT Monday, October 29, 2012: UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy Turns Back Toward US as Greedy Disaster Capitalists and Dishonest Politicians Try to Save Their Investments

*DANGER* UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy has strengthened overnight and turned back toward the United States as expected. It is headed directly at New York City. *DANGER*

 

 

The story below and updates were in real time, while the hurricane was headed away and weakening. The real time UPDATE reports continue. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Hurricanes usually turn right, as this one is doing now. Global-Warming Hurricane Sandy is turning away from the United States, and to this experienced hurricane watcher, it looks like “she” could miss us. But some companies have invested in this “disaster,” and want you to spend money on it.

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/hedging-a-hurricane-making-mother-nature-pay-22UNIxtOQRmpvAfMQSZCSw.html

Be afraid. Be very afraid. President Obama warned of the danger too. That’s when I breathed a major sigh of relief, because, as far as I know, President Obama has never told the truth about Climate Science in his life. Please notice weather-anomaly that he doesn’t mention the fact that a Global-Warming hurricane at this time of the Climate-Change year is related to this country’s superstitious practice of burning Oil and Coal for the profit of those who pay for our political campaigns. It’s called “The Bribery Paradigm.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/28/obama-hurricane-sandy_n_2035216.html

I’ve been keeping close track of the storm’s progress. After the raw data, I note some possibly significant changes. I’ve been watching hurricanes for a long time. I was born in Virginia, and lived in Florida most of my life. Both are likely targets for hurricanes and flooding. Here’s some backlogged live-blogging so you can see what’s been happening.

21 GMT 10/25/12  24.5N 75.6W

8:00 PM EDT Thu Oct 25
Location: 24.8°N 75.8°W
Moving: NNW at 17 mph: Storm motion: 315 degrees
Min pressure: 965 mb
Max sustained: 100 mph

Highest sustained winds have dropped from 110 early last night to 100 at 8pm to 80 now: Just barely a hurricane by that reckoning. It is traveling toward the US at 13 mph on a “315-degree” trajectory: 315 degrees is exactly Northwest; 360 is exactly North; 337.5 is exactly North-by-Northwest: These are numbers that indicate it will hit Cape Hatteras, the North Carolina coast, assuming it will turn right as hurricanes usually do.

If it continues in a Northwesterly direction it will make landfall before [South of] Cape Hatteras. A direct his on Hatteras could mean flooding in the Tidewater area of Southeastern Virginia, including most of the state’s largest cities, including Portsmouth where I was born and still have lots of relatives.

For a direct hit on New Jersey or New England, that digital compass direction will need to advance Eastward, toward 360 degrees then beyond zero:

If it very soon curves sharp right and goes beyond zero, then, here it comes! But there’s still some chance that it will head out to sea.

5:00 AM EDT Fri Oct 26
Location: 26.3°N 76.9°W
Moving: NW at 13 mph
Min pressure: 968 mb
Max sustained: 80 mph

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA (as in Noah’s Flood?) updates its info every 3 hours: At 8, 11, 2, and 5: -am and -pm.

For those wishing to keep checking for themselves, here is its link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

8:00 AM EDT Fri Oct 26
Location: 26.4°N 76.9°W
Moving: NW at 10 mph: Storm Motion: 325 degrees
Min pressure: 970 mb
Max sustained: 80 mph

The 8 am report shows that its position has barely changed in 3 hours, which is usually a sign of the hurricane building energy. Storm motion has further slowed to 10mph, and its direction has altered, yes, to the right, toward the North, and a little less West. Still 80 mph. The air pressure measured in the hurricane has raised/weakened, but just by 2 millibars, which is no doubt within the margin of error.

Trajectory at 7 am was 325 degrees: That’s exactly North-by-Northwest.

The 11 am report looks very bad for those of us here in the Northeast.

11:00 AM EDT Fri Oct 26
Location: 26.7°N 76.9°W
Moving: N at 6 mph
Min pressure: 970 mb
Max sustained: 80 mph

Pressure and wind speed remained about the same, but movement slowed and turned more Easterly, now aimed at the direct North:

If it continues to turn right, it’s headed here. (Probably.)

11:00 PM EDT Fri Oct 26
Location: 27.7°N 77.1°W
Moving: N at 7 mph: Storm motion: 350 degrees
Min pressure: 969 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

Hurricane Sandy’s direction is 350 degrees: A little to West of due North (which is 360 degrees – or zero degrees): If it continues in a straight line, it hits the Southern North Carolina coast. Since I posted 12 hours ago, it has traveled one degree North: 70 miles. Since 12 hours ago, it has veered to the West by two tenths of a degree: That’s a little better for our chances here in the Northeast of avoiding landfall in New Jersey or Long Island.

Wind speed has dropped by 5mph since 12 hrs ago: If it drops one more degree, it will cease to be a hurricane. The measured air pressure has dropped since then, but only by an insignificant one millibar.

2:00 AM EDT Sat Oct 27
Location: 28.1°N 76.9°W
Moving: NNE at 7 mph: Storm motion: 015 degrees
Min pressure: 969 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

Direction is now 015: The storm has turned sharp right: 25 degrees to the right since 3 hours ago. This could be following the expert-predicted pattern, and would not be good for us here in the Northeast. However, I have to hope that such a sharp right turn means that it is turning right as most hurricanes do, and that it will head on out to sea.

It is now headed directly at Cape Hatteras: The storm motion direction reading of 015 is slightly to the East of due North, but way to the West of exact North-by-Northeast, which is 045 degrees.

5:00 AM EDT Sun Oct 28
Location: 31.9°N 73.3°W
Moving: NE at 13 mph: Storm motion: 040 degrees
Min pressure: 960 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

At this point, the storm is aimed at Nova Scotia, and at no part of the United States.

8:00 AM EDT Sun Oct 28
Location: 32.1°N 73.1°W
Moving: NE at 10 mph
Min pressure: 951 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

11:00 AM EDT Sun Oct 28
Location: 32.5°N 72.6°W
Moving: NE at 14 mph
Min pressure: 951 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

2:00 PM EDT Sun Oct 28
Location: 32.8°N 71.9°W
Moving: NE at 14 mph: Storm motion: 050 degrees
Min pressure: 951 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

5:00 PM EDT Sun Oct 28
Location: 33.4°N 71.3°W
Moving: NE at 15 mph: Storm motion: 050 degrees
Min pressure: 952 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

As I reported 38 hours ago, the storm if moving out to sea, and is aimed at no part of the United States, and now it’s not aimed at North America at all, just out to sea. The fear is that it will react with the cold front sweeping Southward through our country to cause a super storm. And saying such things sells a lot of soap. And even more Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas.

The Storm motion is the compass direction. 000 or 360 is North. 180 is South. 90 is East. 270 is West. The digital indication tells more precisely what direction the storm is headed. It is headed out to sea and currently turning right, to the East, away from the United States. It is still possible that this hurricane will turn back to the left/West. If the storm does start to turn back toward this country, I will let you know in real time in the Comments section below.

But notice that since 11 pm two days ago, wind speed has remained a steady 75 mph (the minimum wind speed to maintain a “hurricane” classification): If it dropped by one mile per hour, it would no longer be a hurricane. If the weather service were to have already admitted that it’s no longer a hurricane, or that it’s no longer likely to hit the US, well all that money spending on preparedness will stop. Cristy and Obama will have to stop posturing trying to look Presidential.

The storm is now turning right as they usually do, and this last digital direction reading shows it going even further right. Right is away from us. If it comes back left, it could hurt us. I will let you know if it turns back left: That’s the only way it can hurt us.

Lower barometric pressure makes for bigger storms: Cyclones, such as hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes, are low-pressure storms, and they spin counter-clockwise if North of the Equator. Higher air pressure lessens the intensity of such storms. The pressure was going up early Friday morning, then it held steady from 8 am Friday to 2 am Saturday. Then it started dropping, a little. By 8 am Sunday, it had dropped to it’s lowest point. At last report, it had gone up by a statistically insignificant one millibar. I’ll patch in the 8 pm report here as soon as it comes in.

UPDATE:

8:00 PM EDT Sun Oct 28
Location: 34.0°N 70.9°W
Moving: NE at 15 mph: Storm motion: 050 degrees
Min pressure: 950 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

The air pressure has dropped by two millibars: That’s almost holding steady. The wind speed is still minimum for a hurricane. Tropical Storm Sandy is still headed out to sea. That 050-degree Storm direction is just to the East of due Northeast, which is 045 degrees. To threaten us in the US, it would have to turn left: It would have to rejust that compass direction back to the West of North: If Sandy now went straight Northward, it would be a direct strike on Boston. But it’s not doing that, it’s headed out to sea: It’s now not aimed at any part of the US or Canada. I’ll let you know in real time in the Comments section if it comes back our way. For now, it looks like we’re safe. Woo-hooo!

It’s quite possible that Tropical Storm Sandy is going away and can’t hurt us. Meanwhile, there’s a rigged Presidential Election right now in the United States. Get back to work on politics, my fellow journalists.

11:00 PM EDT Sun Oct 28
Location: 34.5°N 70.5°W
Moving: NE at 14 mph: Storm motion: 045 degrees
Min pressure: 950 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

For a full 48 hours now the wind speed has not wavered from 75 mph – the minimum hurricane-speed wind. The pressure has remained 950 millibars since the last report, the lowest it’s been since leaving the Bahamas. Barometric pressure has not dropped significantly since 8 am this morning. The Storm motion is now due Northeast: 045 degrees: That means it has veered leftward by 5 degrees since three hours ago. It will have to shift another 90 degrees leftward to follow the path projected by the learn’d astronomer meteorologists.

If the storm proceeds in its current direction, it will not strike the mainland of North America, but it will hit Newfoundland. If it were to go straight North, the eye would cut across Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and then make land at the Maine-New Hampshire border. If, on the other hand, it makes the predicted 90 degree leftward turn, and if this 5 degree variance in the last three hours is the beginning of a turn that will continue for a full 90 degrees, then I’m in for a world of pain, because it will be heading right for the Eastern end of Long Island and Long Island Sound: That could cause flooding, even here on a little brook flowing into a tiny river that’s a tributary of the mighty Connecticut. A flood on this brook washed away a bridge and killed people a hundred years ago.

Don’t mistake this for sound medical advice. As cmaukonen pointed out in the Comments section below, I’m a blogger with an agenda, not a meteorologist. I am just reporting the facts as the National Weather Service gives them, and making a few points here and there. I don’t have training to calculate on anything other than those physical facts. So, I am only reporting those raw physical data. So, don’t accept this as good news – it’s not. There is opportunity to be hopeful. If at 8 am tomorrow the storm is still headed to the Northeast, that is further reason to be hopeful. If however the 11 am update tomorrow morning shows that the storm has missed its turn, and is still traveling Northeasterly, the learn’d ones may have wisely erred on the side of caution, and it might not come here.

Don’t start partying yet. Unless partying is your lifestyle. I don’t recommend hurricane parties, but no-hurricane parties are OK with me. For now, I’m hunkered down and harboring cautious evacuees, but if the storm makes that 90-degree turn, we may all have to evacuate to someplace not on the water.

*DANGER* UPDATE:

5:00 AM EDT Mon Oct 29
Location: 35.9°N 70.5°W
Moving: N at 15 mph
Min pressure: 946 mb
Max sustained: 85 mph

8:00 AM EDT Mon Oct 29
Location: 36.8°N 71.1°W
Moving: NNW at 20 mph: Storm motion: 330 degrees
Min pressure: 946 mb
Max sustained: 85 mph

Overnight, Hurricane Sandy turned left, more Westerly: Back toward the East coast of the United States, much like meteorologists had forecast. The storm has turned left by a reported 75 degrees: Thats 75 degrees of the forecast 90 degree turn already accomplished, by the predicted time, 8 am. Winds remained at 85 mph all night: Now Sandy is solidly a hurricane, by definition (Category 1).

Pressure dropped by 4 millibars in the 3 hours leading up to the 5 am update from NOAA, but did not drop further between 5 and 8. The storm is headed directly at Staten Island: If this keeps up, things could be terrible in New York City, Long Island, the Jersey Shore, Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, Vermont, and the next country up. I’m in Western Massachusetts. I’m watching closely. You should too.


*DANGER* UPDATE:

11:00 AM EDT Mon Oct 29
Location: 37.5°N 71.5°W
Moving: NNW at 18 mph: Storm motion: 330 degrees
Min pressure: 943 mb
Max sustained: 90 mph

Winds have increased to 90 mph. Barometric pressure has dropped another 3 millibars in the past 3 hours. It is still headed directly at Staten Island, now at 18 mph – 3 hours ago it was coming at 20 mph. It’s still a Category 1 hurricane. At this point, the only thing that could save our country from a direct hit is … well … nothing. Batten down the hatches!

*DANGER* UPDATE:

11:00 AM EDT Mon Oct 29
Location: 37.5°N 71.5°W
Moving: NNW at 18 mph: Storm motion: 330 degrees
Min pressure: 943 mb
Max sustained: 90 mph

Winds have increased to 90 mph. Barometric pressure has dropped another 3 millibars in the past 3 hours. It is still headed directly at Staten Island, now at 18 mph – 3 hours ago it was coming at 20 mph. It’s still a Category 1 hurricane.At this point, the only thing that could save our country from a direct hit is … well … nothing. Batten down the hatches! The eye of the storm is about 250 miles due South of central Long Island.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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My aunt lived in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island on the Jersey shore, the third house from the Atlantic Ocean. One day a big storm came by surprise, not a hurricane, a Nor’easter. I guess it was out of season, and the two houses between her and the Ocean were unoccupied at the time. The storm washed those two houses away as my aunt watched from her house.

For years, in fact, for decades those two lots sat vacant with their mostly-flattened fences lying in the beach sand as a reminder to any prospective buyer that houses built here are destined to wash away. Eventually, of course, greed got the better of some builder/speculator, who built and sold houses there to unsuspecting pigeons whose houses will wash away someday (probably much sooner than other houses). Elliott read that little blurb in a comment, and right away reminded me that this storm was so big that it had a name: The Long Island Express, in 1938.

(Yes, my aunt weathered a storm as an adult, way back in 1938. And my uncle, her husband, fought in World War I. That’s right. I’m old. But I wasn’t born [not for 18 years yet] when that 1938 storm blew in.)

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Troubled by what I said about President Obama never telling the truth about Climate Science? I’ll tell you what I’m gonna do: I’m a poor man, but I’ll put money on it: A guarantee: $100 to the first person who can prove to me that President Obama has ever told the truth about Climate Science. Here’s all you have to do to collect: Make a copy of the speech where he tells the truth: Include the date and location, and the chemical formula of the Greenhouse Gas about which he told the truth. (CO2, CH4, NO2, O3, H2O, SF6, NF3, Freon, or Ether.)

Include why you believe what he said is true, and please, include a copy of the entire speech: This step is crucial: You see, the President could just list a bunch of troubling facts. But if he doesn’t initiate policies that deal with those troubling facts, and if he was just listing them to trick people into voting for him, that’s what I consider a lie, not the truth. If anywhere in the speech, the President mentions Clean Coal or Clean Nukes or the need to Drill and Mine and Frack and Nuke more (as he always does), then the speech is a lie. This hundred dollars is burning a Global Warming hole in my pocket! Somebody please prove me wrong.

by normanb

Obama’s Torture Chief Omar Suleiman (who Caused the Egyptian Revolution with Mubarak) Suddenly Gets Dead

5:43 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Obama’s Torture Chief Omar Suleiman (who Caused the Egyptian Revolution with Mubarak) Suddenly Gets Dead — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Omar Suleiman, who Tortured victims for Barack Obama and George W. Bush, mysteriously got dead in a US hospital today, where he was supposedly being tested for something undisclosed. Clearly, the person who benefits from this killing the most is President Obama. Interestingly, Barack Obama claims that he is allowed to order Murders against Arabs anywhere in the world. Omar Suleiman is an Arab.

In fact, according to Medea Benjamin’s LinkTV lecture, President Obama’s policy regarding beards is: If a man or boy has a beard and is killed by a drone, that man was a “militant.” The implication is that killing a man or boy with a beard is always OK to do. Omar Suleiman has a beard. Had. http://www.linktv.org/programs/medea-benjamin-drone-warfare

President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and then-CIA-director-now-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, incompetents all, were all into sending their Torture victims to Omar Suleiman in Fascist Egypt. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Obama-s-gambit-Holding-Eg-by-Wayne-Madsen-110204-704.html

Suleiman was also into rigging the election in Gaza. We wouldn’t want any testifying about that, would we? http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/02/07/why-we-were-unprepared-for-hamas-2006-victory-in-gaza/

Under insistence from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama, Suleiman was christened Vice President of Egypt, late in President Hosni Mubarak’s Fascist 30-year reign of terror. Suleiman’s death prevents him from testifying about his Torture for the US Presidents, after Obama and Bush had their victims illegally “renditioned.” He was being sued for Torture by Australian victim Mahmoud Habib. http://my.firedoglake.com/valtin/2011/04/26/rendition-victim-mamdouh-habib-sues-omar-suleiman-for-torture/

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3192562.htm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/aug/06/guantanamo.australia

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/02/07/hillary-cant-decide-whether-to-impose-democracy-or-not/

http://www.tenterfieldstar.com.au/news/national/national/general/habib-overwhelmed-by-egypt-welcome/2250419.aspx

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/02/06/claiming-consensus-omar-suleiman-promises-to-hold-protesters-accountable/

President Obama’s policies toward Arabs, Muslims, people with beards, and his other Torture and Murder/Assassination victims, these policies are Hate Crimes. America, you should be ashamed of yourself.

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/02/04/as-obamas-egyptian-torture-team-shoots-doctors-his-yemeni-programs-to-assassinate-muslims-and-bomb-citizens-spark-revolution/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/02/17/tiananmen-update-obama-thugs-torture-journalists-activists-and-murder-pro-democracy-protesters-in-yemen-bahrain/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/02/03/right-now-obama-suleiman-torture-brigade-egyptian-army-attack-round-up-journalists-activists/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/02/02/right-now-anderson-cooper-attacked-by-obamas-torture-regime-suleimans-thugs/

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/tag/omar-suleiman/

 

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Kony 2012: 50 Million Join Murderous Lynch Mob Propaganda to Shout ‘Death Squads Do Your Duty!’

1:26 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

Kony 2012: 50 Million Join Murderous Lynch Mob Propaganda to Shout ‘Death Squads Do Your Duty!’ — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

Lynching is named after “Judge” Lynch of Lynchburg, Virginia. Nearly 5,000 people have been lynched in the United States. 73% of them were Black. I was born in Virginia.

President Barack Obama just officially endorsed the world’s largest Lynch Mob. More than 50 million people have watched the video Kony 2012 in the last few days, as it soared viral. It swept the nation like a storm – through the internet. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/kony-2012-campaign-gets-support-of-obama-others/2012/03/08/gIQArnHkzR_blog.html

It is a propaganda campaign, a ruse, an attempt to Cover Up, rationalize, legitimize, and ‘justify’ the Intrigues and Murders by the Obama Death Squads (ODS) in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Central and South America, and island nations.

With aid from Intelligence, this video about a minor African warlord suddenly went viral, just in time. So far, the Cover-Up is working.

Millions of mentally ill individuals are now promoting the pro-Assassination video, and sending zillions of dollars to invisible children! How do we know that they are mentally ill? Only the mentally ill join lynch mobs:

Even if they were sane before they signed on to the Murder Conspiracy, once they threw their support behind it, each of them consciously decided to Murder Mr. Kony, who is Black … believe me, while they are participating in the lynch mob, each of them is certifiably violently insane.

http://i.imgur.com/K3mgn.jpg

I’ve been sad to see some here at FireDogLake passing along lynch mob info without forcefully opposing it. Try to remember, killing people is wrong. Jesus even said so. Here’s an exposé of Kony 2012. [This is soundtrack only, so (if you're a multi-tasker) you can play the sound on another tab as you read on.] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE4Z_iUTuw8

Get with the program! Get with the group! Get with the mob!

Kony 2012 swamped the news, it was all over! You know what else was in the news? A stupid, relatively meaningless Republican race that nobody cares about. The Republicans aren’t even trying to win, because they know they could never elect somebody as far-Right as Obama: Oh, they keep pretending they don’t like him, and keep running against him, but the far-Right Republicans have never had it so good!

Rick Santorum is just jumping up and down waving his arms around screaming ‘I’m the Stupid candidate! I’m the anti-environment candidate! I’m the dangerous candidate! If you don’t vote for Obama, then you’re Stupid!‘ Obama is truly the most effective Republican President since Grant.

What is Covered Up: Meanwhile Vice President Joe Biden was down in Central America palling around with the world’s most Murderous monster, Honduran Dictator “Pinochet” Lobo, boss of the most active and notorious Obama Death Squad.

Pinochet Lobo’s ODS Murdered at least 20 journalists and 75 lawyers in Honduras during the run-up to Biden’s visit. Reporters were slaughtered throughout the region, in what can only be described as a bloodbath. (That article’s coming, and I’ll link at the end of this one.)

Obama Death Squads also Murdered at least 20 more journalists in Mexico and throughout the region. I don’t yet have stats on lawyer Murders in Mexico and the rest of Central America.

All authorities see Agosto Pinochet as a horrible bloody monster. And it is Pinochet’s career that Lobo’s Obama Death Squad seeks to emulate and duplicate in triplicate. Obama and Biden and Clinton must stop supporting these Assassinations by Pinochet Lobo’s ODS.

Here’s Foreign Affairs‘ take on the Kony propaganda from a few months ago, and The Atlantic‘s from a few days ago. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136673/mareike-schomerus-tim-allen-and-koen-vlassenroot/obama-takes-on-the-lra

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-soft-bigotry-of-kony-2012/254194/

The Ugandan Government is even trying to slow down the Murderous mob by casting doubt on the propaganda campaign! http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Watch+facts+viral+Kony+campaign+Uganda+warns/6280830/story.html

Obama used the Kony old news to ‘legitimize’ his invasion of Uganda, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and recently “independent” South Sudan, five months ago in October 2011.

US Intelligence is also using this Kony propaganda campaign to to trick mentally ill Americans into supporting ODS activity around the globe. Our Government is making millions more Americans mentally ill by committing these Crimes Against Humanity in our names. MyFDL’s bradk called Obama out on the invasion when it happened. http://my.firedoglake.com/bradk/2011/10/14/wtf-obama-orders-us-troops-to-invade-four-african-countries/ <See the first Comment (below) for the working version of this link.>

How many countries has Obama invaded? http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/poll-how-many-nations-has-america-invaded-answer-ten/

And, here’s some disgusting pro-Murder propaganda. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/kony-2012-president-obama-throws-support-behind-viral-video-filmmaker-deflects-critics-article-1.1036121

And, here’s some disgusting pro-Murder propaganda directly from the US Government, President Obama’s Propaganda Minister Jay Carney expressing the Obama Administration’s support for the propaganda effort.

Nearly five thousand people have been reported lynched in the US. 73% of them have been Black. So far.

There are of course the obvious parallels in the Kony lynch mob to our collective insanity when we the American people joined in bloodthirsty lynch mobs against dark-skinned Muslims like Dictator Saddam Hussein and that terrible TV star Osama bin Laden.

Oh, yeah, and the lynch mob that killed that poor Black Somali child trying to protect African resources – you know, the kid that President Obama called a “pirate” and ordered him shot. He might have been a Muslim too.

But I am struck by two other parallels.

I made a pilgrimage to Rosewood, Florida, with my partner and chicks in tow, a decade-and-a-half ago. But there is no Rosewood, Florida. You can go there, but there’s no there there. Not anymore.

We looked at what isn’t left of Rosewood, then we got the hell out of there; because, well, I had my family with me, and to this day not only are Black people still not welcome in that part of Florida, but pilgrims and sympathetic gawkers at the site of the Atrocity are definitely not allowed either.

The world’s first viral video, Birth of a Nation with its heroes the Ku Klux Klan, swept the nation like a storm in 1915. Democratic President Woodrow Wilson of Virginia watched it, and said it was “So true!”

What was true [according to the film] was President Ulysses S. Grant had unjustly occupied the South to enforce Voting Rights, Civil Rights, and Human Rights during Reconstruction after the Civil War. The film said that after the evil Grant was out of office, the KKK came in and freed the South from the carpetbaggers.

The film said the problem with universal Civil Rights is that Black people are unequal savages! Black men were raping White women, the viral video said. Immediately after the film’s debut, the KKK re-formed at Stone Mountain Georgia and lynched a Jew.

Thousands of Blacks were lynched throughout the country over the next decade-and-a-half. Somebody in Rosewood saw the movie, or heard about it, or knew about the fad.

Out of many Racist incidents in Florida in the early 1920s, Wikipedia sites this particular race riot as a precursor to the Rosewood Atrocity:

“In December 1922, a white mob burned a black man to death for the murder of a white school teacher in Perry, 75 miles (121 km) from Rosewood, and then burned down the black Masonic Lodge and other black institutions, including a school and a church. The Perry lynching was covered on the front page of The Gainesville Daily Sun for a week in December 1922, heightening tensions in the region.”

The next month at the all-White Masonic Lodge in Sumner, near Rosewood, instigators insisted that a Black Rosewood resident had raped a White woman. No proof. Were these people the KKK? That’s ambiguous. We don’t know if they wore hoods and robes after they left the Masonic Lodge. We do know a Black janitor was working there. He was also a Freemason.

We do know that rules of Masonic etiquette required that the Black Mason not betray the confidence of his White superiors. But some historians surmise that he did go warn Black residents. The White lynch mob killed people and burned the place to the ground. We’ll never know how many Blacks were Murdered that night in Rosewood.

In the early 1980s, the St. Petersburg Times exposed the Rosewood Massacre. To deflect criticism generated by that article, in 1993 the Florida Legislature began investigating the Massacre. In 1997, a film about the Massacre came out, but it didn’t get the kind of viral promotion that Kony 2012 did.

In 2004, to deflect criticism generated by film, “the State of Florida declared Rosewood a Florida Heritage Landmark and erected a historical marker on State Road 24 that names the victims and describes the community’s destruction,” according to Wiki.

What Wiki can’t tell you is this: If you go to that marker, if you see that awful site, you will not be welcomed there. You will be even more of a sitting duck than my family and I were when we went there. You’ll be a worse sitting duck than the people of Rosewood themselves:

Do NOT get out of the car! First, turn the car around. If you have good enough telescopy, you can read the sign or photograph it. Hit the gas and get the hell out. Please. These people are nobody to fuck with.

And remember: To get back to civilization from the Rosewood killing fields, it’s eleven-and-a-half miles of thin road through flat desolate swampland where anybody can see you, and nobody would grieve if something happened to you. If you went to look at that marker, you are either a nigger or a nigger-lover. Get out of there quick; but, whatever you do, don’t get pulled over!

Three years before the Rosewood Massacre, Sir James Frazer published his monumental 12-volume study The Golden Bough, which through interpolative Cultural Anthropology tells the story of the disgusting violent prehistorical slime pit out of which our current humanity has finally emerged. Or have we emerged?!

Royal families marry within royal families. This has gone on for thousands of years [that we know of]. It may have gone on thousands of years before history was recorded in written language. Yet everyone in the slime pit could see that the sperm and blood of the King and a Virgin would cause the fields to be fertile. And it was damn important for the fields to be fertile.

But if they killed the Kings every year, those Kings wouldn’t be to able breed a super race of ruler-class demi-gods, with vestigial tails from all the inbreeding. (No, they’re not lizards from Mars. Don’t be fooled by those scaly tails. They’re just inbred.) Kings determined that Kings were needed alive. They got a substitute for the King. They got him a Tanist.

Now, instead of ritually killing the King every year, the people could rejoice in treating a Tanist as King for a day, or for a year, and then killing him instead of the King. It’s such a simple way to treat simple-minded people already mind-numbed by the prevalent propaganda. Just get them chanting like the people in the Kony 2012 viral video.

The Tanist must die!

We’re gonna make him fry!

The Tanist must die!

Like a flag he’s gonna fly!

The Tanist must die!

His Family will cry!

The Tanist must die!

Tanist must die!

Tanist must die!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

How does all of this relate to Honduras? I’ll tell you more about its relationship to Honduras, and how it relates to President Obama’s illegal coup in the Maldives February 6, 2012, in these links.

<Link to new Maldives article coming to this spot tonight.> <Link to new Honduras article coming to this spot tonight.>

 

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Gay Rights/Marijuana/Peace Proponent ex-Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) in Tonight’s Debate

4:39 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

Gay Rights/Marijuana/Peace Proponent ex-Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) in Tonight’s Debate — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

Candidates who favor Gay Rights, Legalizing Marijuana, or ending the wars often don’t get in televised Presidential debates. But one will be included tonight, at 9 pm on Fox News. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson should have been included all along.

Johnson, Fred Karger, and Jimmy McMillan are three Republican Presidential candidates who espouse those taboo opinions. One of them is in tonight.

Fred Karger is unique as the only openly Gay candidate in the race. He filed a complaint against Fox News for blocking his participation in a previous debate. Poverty Rights activist and performance artist Jimmy McMillan was a Democrat when he soundly defeated current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and all others in the 2010 Gubernatorial Debate, by harping on the theme of his own The Rent Is Too Damn High Party.

Ron Paul, who’s now third in the Republican Presidential polling (behind Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Mitt Romney), agrees strongly with them on two of the three above issues. He’s adamant about Rights in most cases. Paul, Johnson, Karger, and McMillan may be competing for that segment of the Republican electorate who are considering moving over to the Libertarian Party, or who already have.

Gary Johnson and Ron Paul are popular among Marijuana advocates, who are by now after all grasping at straws. Getting exposure for his views, and facing Ron Paul in the debate could be the push Johnson needs to start polling above zero.

The League of Women Voters was years ago elbowed out of debate facilitation by corporate debate panels which suppress certain candidates with certain political opinions. And so we’ve reached our current sitch, wherein MSNBC nervously warns us each night that we need Obama’s corporatist anti-Human-Rights, anti-science brand of Save-the-War-Not-the-Poor neo-Fascism to protect us from stupid violent crazy Tea Partiers.

To ensure that we’d face this Crazy-or-Fascist dilemma, the 2008 debate dictators used anti-democratic moves to winnow the field of candidates: The first 2008 Democratic Presidential debate in Iowa didn’t allow Dennis Kucinich or Mike Gravel, and threatened not to allow Barack Obama, until he announced that he did not favor single-payer health care. So, on television, the moderator merely asked: “I don’t think anyone here favors single-payer health care – if anyone here favors single-payer, raise your hand.” No one did. That was the extent of discussion on health care in that debate.

Kucinich and Gravel both favor Gay Rights, Marijuana Legalization, and peace. When Kucinich finally was allowed in a debate, he only got one question, and it was specifically designed for character assassination. The questioner was Tucker the Dumb Guy, Tucker Carlson who had an MSNBC morning show in those days. Laughing his ass off, Carlson asked Kucinich his only question: “You saw a UFO?!” Weeks later, Carlson revealed his position high up in the John McCain for President campaign.

And while you’re watching tonight, remember that it is Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s empire admitted this summer that it Bribed police and public officials in the United Kingdom. President Obama is empowered by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to withdraw all of the Fox networks’ broadcast licenses. And leaked info says he won’t do that, at least not before the election. Why wouldn’t he? Is he trying to help Fox rig the election? On the other hand, if he had pulled Fox’s licenses, they might not now be hosting tonight’s debate. But perhaps someone else would.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/09/fox_news_will_let_gary_johnson.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-gary-johnson-ron-paul,0,5388217.story

http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/01/fec-will-investigate-karger-complaint-against-fox-news/

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Green MassGov Candidate Jill Stein Speaks at Marijuana Rally in Boston Today, In The Face Of The Machine

5:26 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Green MassGov Candidate Jill Stein Speaks at Marijuana Rally in Boston Today, In The Face Of The Machine — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

Massachusetts Green Rainbow Gubernatorial Candidate Jill Stein will speak today at Boston’s annual pro-Marijuana Freedom Rally HempFest on the Boston Common, in the face of the "Democratic" Party machine, Boston University, and local corporate media, all working to suppress her candidacy and silence her voice by blocking her from the Debates.

The Boston Media Consortium (BMC) rigged last Tuesday’s Gubernatorial Election Debate by excluding Jill Stein, the only woman candidate. The members of the Boston Media Conspiracy/Consortium are Boston University’s NPR station WBUR, and Boston’s PBS Channel 2 WGBH, NBC Channel 7 WHDH, ABC Channel 5 WCBV, the Boston Globe, and New England Cable News.

The 3 Casino-backed candidates in the race, incumbent Democratic Governor Deval Patrick, Republican Charles Baker, and independent candidate Timothy Cahill (often called Tweedledum, Tweedledee, and Tweedledummer), agree with each other on many issues. If legalized, their Casino sponsors would benefit the Commonwealth’s economy in many important ways:

~They fatten the coffers of corporate-funded candidates, so they can buy newspaper ads and TV commercials;
~They encourage drunk driving offenses, and drunken drivers who live through it can then be forced to pay fines;
~They divert education funding toward high-paid Government officials who’ll oversee the gambling operations;
~They provide important low-paying low-skill jobs that Boston U. students will need as the education funding dries up, jobs like bar tenders, bouncers, bookies, prostitutes, pimps, nude models, exotic dancers, massage therapists, escorts, chamber maids, gun dealers, enforcers, collectors, kneecap breakers, hubcap stealers … a real jobs program;
~Hard drugs could flood the area, providing jobs for dealers, wholesalers, smugglers, hitmen and others; which in turn provides jobs and funding for police, prosecutors, lawyers, judges, bondsmen, and corporate jailing facilities (the prison-industrial complex), ready to be filled by those restless former college students, who lost their financial aid after getting caught with drugs when they were innocently driving home drunk from a gambling establishment;
~Giving Organized Crime a bigger foothold in the state could boost a growth industry; we already have some of the best Heroin in the country, as you can tell by our death rate from it; besides, Organized Crime has been very good for Massachusetts: Who do you think picks up your garbage?

But the Massachusetts electorate is not too keen on legalizing Casinos, not like the monied candidates want you to think. What the people of Massachusetts do want to legalize is Marijuana. 65% of voters want it; and 12.5% of the state’s voters will be voting on it on November 2, though in non-binding Public Policy Questions, which nonetheless instruct their public officials and elected representatives to support legalizing Marijuana and liberalizing laws and enforcement concerning it.

As the only candidate brave enough to stand up to the Casinos, Stein is the de facto leader of the anti-Casino movement, which is winning so far. Now, she can also become the de facto leader of the strong-and-growing-stronger Marijuana movement. And as an MD, Jill Stein is an ideal spokesperson for medical Marijuana.

Liberal areas of the state will vote on whether to legalize, tax, and regulate Marijuana, like the California bill. Conservative districts in Massachusetts can vote on legalizing Medical Marijuana. Scott Brown’s old State Senate voters will get to file an opinion. All these Marijuana Public Policy Questions are expected to pass resoundingly. One can hope the Marijuana voter turnout will benefit Jill Stein, and vice versa.

With four candidates in the race, and two-thirds of the state agreeing with Stein on these two important issues, a perfect storm could be brewing. If elected, Stein will push for legalization and get it, with so much of the Commonwealth feeling that way. She will also bring home our state’s National Guard troops deployed to war zones.

Sunday in Amherst, Stein told a small group of dedicated supporters that the BMC’s ostensible reasons given for excluding her from the Debates shift. Sometimes low poling is cited, but as her poling rises, it’s the fact that she hasn’t raised $100,000 in donations yet. Sunday when she said that, she had only raised $70,000. Now she has over $82,000. She doesn’t have much time left to reach that $100,000 goal, which, if missed, gives the BMC an opportunity to manipulate the Election results by blocking participation of the only candidate that would make it a real Debate.

Stein pointed out that the BMC excluding her for not raising $100,000 shows a Bizarro sense of ethics: "Accepting corporate money, Casino money should disqualify them …" from office, rather than promoting their candidacies over hers.

This again shows how we need public financing. Here we see the only honest candidate – the only one not accepting money from special interests – is penalized for her honesty. Shame on the establishment!

And one has to wonder, shouldn’t the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Election Commission, and who ever accredits Boston University be investigating BU, NPR, PBS, NECN, the Globe, and everybody else who is improperly tampering with Elections? Oh, yeah … Who do you think picks up your garbage?

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News of Yesteryear 2008! BNNTheBadNewsNetwork Eposes Sarah Palin’s BP Connections. Nobody Listens.

6:43 am in Uncategorized by normanb

News of Yesteryear 2008! BNNTheBadNewsNetwork Eposes Sarah Palin’s BP Connections. Nobody Listens. — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

Washington, DC’s Congressperson cannot vote.

New Orleans was having trouble back in September 2008, as that fateful election approached …

If the first video disturbs you, don’t even try the second one. If you remember the hope that the election results brought, watch the third one.

PALIN’S LACK of ETHICS-SPECIAL REPORT
BNN The Bad News Network
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Norman Bie reporting.

Oil.

(p)(c)2008 Norman Bie, medicinesocks. All rights reserved. Directed by medicinesocks. MUSIC: "J School" (about my the University of South Florida College of Journalism) by Norman Schulerud Bie, Jr.

STILL A PIG-Norman B-BNNTheBadNewsNetwork

Lyin’! Lyin’! Lyin’
‘Bout the Bridge to Nowhere.
Lyin’ an’ the Lie’s gettin’ Big!
But if ya smear lyin’ lipstick
All over a pig,
Then, by golly, it’s still a pig!

Big Lie says
"She went after Big Oil,
And, she likes fishin’!"
But Palin and her husband
Both work for BP,
An’ go after their competition!

O, Adolph Hitler fired a librarian for not banning books.
O, Sarah Palin fired a librarian for not banning books.

All mass murderers
Began in Animal Cruelty.
Sarah likes shootin’ wolves from a plane!
But to legitimate sportsmen,
Shootin’ from the air’s
Cruel, cowardly and insane!

"God wants a pipeline!"
"God wants a gas line!"
God shoots beasts from a plane?!
Animal Cruelty Vote,
The Big Oil Bribery Vote,
An’ the Stupid Vote go to McCain!

O, Adolph Hitler fired a librarian for not banning books.
O, Sarah Palin fired a librarian for not banning books.

(S)He’ll increase ROT-C! Note
His Shevardnadsze quote!
They’ll fer sher git the neo-Nazi Vote!
They’ll git the vote of Big Oil Bigot Man!

They’ll git ev’ry vote from the Ku Klux Klan!
An’ Skinheads with Christian Identity!
They’ll kill the last polar bear, the last caribou,
Wolves an’ whales an’ the last manatee!

O, Adolph Hitler fired a librarian for not banning books.
O, Sarah Palin fired a librarian for not banning books.

McCAIN’s SHEVARDNADZE QUOTES:
When Eduard Shevardnadze said he would destroy the republic of Georgia’s ecology to build the BP-Cheney pipeline, John McCain called Shevardnadze ""one the great men in the history of the world."
But later, when Shevardnadze said he would NOT build the BP-Cheney pipeline in Georgia, McCain said "They had a corrupt government headed by a guy named Shevardnadze"
Through these quotes, McCain shows NO HONESTY. He lies for Big Oil.

(p)(c)2008 Norman Schulerud Bie, Jr., medicinesocks. All rights reserved.

LET IT RIDE-Yusuf O’Jay Obama/Democracy: Basic Training

when i woke up this morning norm was already working on this video idea he had. he said,(to be nice, i think, he could’ve done it all himself, that he needed my help capturing some clips he’d chosen, in order to represent a train traveling, in musical flashes, from the distant and not so distant past, a train of thought and dreams, moving and shaking and rattling us into awareness once again, rolling along those polished old lines of peace, of love, of soul, of hope, those old refrains, rattling down those flashing tracks again. through the recent months and days of campaign rhetoric and the ever so stirring stirring public awareness, the sleepy slothful youthful giant of a new american generation bestirring itself and beginning to realize its own strength, its own pure energy and powerful potential… our long languishing designer gened drug dependant adhd motorhead anaesthetized and troubled country’s slow awakening from this, our past 8 years of war and lies, the collective air conditioned fuel injected nightmare, this rustbucket dirty old oil rag corrupted dream, into the heart of our new morning, our green man, our youth and our nodding sages, our grass roots present day, our 44th president’s inauguration day.

– Rachel (of YouTube’s medicinesocks channel)

by normanb

Rep. Sestak Reveals Reluctantly that Pres. Obama offered him a Bribe

7:47 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Rep. Sestak Reveals Reluctantly that Pres. Obama offered him a Bribe — by NormanB ("Deviations form the Norm")

US Congressman Joe Sestak, who won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Senator Tuesday, reluctantly revealed Sunday that President Obama attempted to Bribe him, intent on rigging the election Sestak just won, in favor of his opponent, former Republican turncoat Arlen Specter.

Meet the Press host David Gregory asked Sestak the question repeatedly. The Congressman talked all around it, but the Journalist was relentless. Gregory knew Barack Obama had proffered the offer, but Sestak didn’t want to embarrass the President.

According to Webster’s Dictionary and United States Law, the crime Bribery consists of offering a candidate or public official something of value in exchange for a favor. The favor President Obama sought was Sestak not contending with Specter for the seat he just won. The gift, or Bribe, was a job within the Administration. Gregory thought that job was Secretary of the Navy, which pays over $100,000 per year. Sestak refused the gift, and refused to carry out the favor. Though Sestak refused, the offer itself constituted a crime. The President cannot be tried for that crime while in office. The Constitution requires Impeachment of the President and removal from office for any crime he commits, even a Misdemeanor.

But if President Obama risked his political neck Bribing Admiral Sestak, and then only offered him the Navy Secretary job, that’s about the whiniest Bribe offer ever. The Secretary of the Navy is paid far less than Sestak’s current salary, though the job’s probably a good fit for a former Admiral.

If the offer had been Secretary of Defense (the Navy Secretary’s boss), it would mean more money and more power, power to make money like our current Defense Secretary has. Robert Gates makes millions off his job. He invested in Oil. He can’t touch it, of course; it’s in a blind trust. But he can greatly increase its value, and he has, by starting wars. Because the US Military is the world’s biggest buyer of Oil, every time Gates starts a war or bombs a school, his stock portfolio inflates. Every time someone bombs a pipeline, and every time an Oil rig explodes, Gates makes money. So do many other high officials in the Obama Administration. (So do the bin Ladens, the Bushes, the Cheneys, and the Governments of Iran and Russia.)

And, profit-wise, it doesn’t even matter to Gates whether or not we win those wars. (Of course, there’s not much chance of winning at this point.)

Senator Sestak will draw the same salary as Representative Sestak. But because there are only 100 Senators (compared to 435 Congresspersons) he’ll have much more opportunity to troll for Bribes. Look at Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s disgraceful Climate Destruction Bill of last week: Ostensibly written to mitigate climate change and move us toward energy independence, the Bill moves the opposite direction on both counts: It funds all the energy sources that cause Global Warming, and none of those that don’t; it increases our Oil use every year through 2030; it gives billions of dollars in subsidies to "Clean Coal," which doesn’t even exist; it gives billions of dollars to licensees of nuclear plants which may not even get built (hopefully). The Bill contains hundreds of billions of dollars of pork, which can then theoretically recycle right into the pocket of the Senator. Of course, Senator Kerry is already a billionaire. But I guess an extra hundred billion dollars or so could come in handy. What a crook. What a sell-out.

Well, back to Sestak. Here’s the transcript of that televised conversation:

MR. GREGORY: What, what job were you offered to stay out of a primary race by the administration?

REP. SESTAK: It’s interesting. I was asked a question about something that happened months earlier, and I felt I should answer it honestly. And that’s all I had to say about it because anything beyond that gets away from what we just spoke about.
(They "just spoke about" strengthening democratic principles in Government, supporting the President, and helping Pennsylvania families.)

MR. GREGORY: Right.

REP. SESTAK: What are the policies that are really going to help people who’ve been slammed by economy…

MR. GREGORY: All right, but you’ve campaigned on transparency. It’s part of the politics. You talked about standing up to the White House when they’d fielded a candidate–made a deal with Arlen Specter. So isn’t it in the–in the spirit of transparency, were you offered a job by the administration? And what was it?

REP. SESTAK: I learned, as I mentioned, about that personal accountability in the Navy.

MR. GREGORY: Yeah.

REP. SESTAK: I felt I needed to answer that question honestly because I was personally accountable for my role in the matter.

MR. GREGORY: What’s the answer? What’s the job you were offered?

REP. SESTAK: And–but anybody else has to decide for themselves what to say upon their role, and that’s their responsibility.

MR. GREGORY: Yes or no, straightforward question. Were you, were you offered a job, and what was the job?

REP. SESTAK: I was offered a job, and I answered that.

MR. GREGORY: You said no, you wouldn’t take the job. Was it the secretary of the Navy?

REP. SESTAK: Right. And I also said, "Look, I’m getting into this…

MR. GREGORY: Was it the secretary of the Navy job?

REP. SESTAK: Anything that go–goes beyond that is others–for others to talk about.