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A Very Disappointing “Peace” & “Justice” “Coalition” “Attempt”

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A Very Disappointing “Peace” & “Justice” “Coalition” “Attempt” — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

I just came from a meeting. At the Friends Meeting House. A political meeting. Of radicals, so to speak. The local Left, showing up in Northampton, Mass. Peace and justice issues. Thirty-five or so activists. Real dedicated people.

You know, it’s impressive and inspiring to see and hear dedicated activists who’ve worked hard through many decades, and even through the Obama years, unflinching. (Let’s see, just a minute, let me do the math…) Okay: I’m 57; and I was one of the youngest people in the room. Someone quoted the completely non-commercial songwriter Charlie King (who wrote the legendary Vaguely Reminiscent of the Sixties), and nobody even asked “Charlie who?” But, something was missing. Why were so few young people there?

There was an Election Tuesday. President Obama was reelected. Here in Massachusetts, voters replaced pliable incumbent Republican Scott Brown with hawkish Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Massachusetts also saw one of the nation’s biggest landslides Tuesday:

In a binding Referendum, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly Legalized Medical Marijuana, voting 63%-37% in favor of the new law, which takes effect in early 2013. In a previous Election, the state voted by a similar margin to instruct all of its elected representatives to work to Legalize Marijuana. Massachusetts US Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren said (in her Debate against Brown) that on this issue she will defy the will of the people who elected her, and will refuse to strive for Marijuana Legalization.

Because of that, I couldn’t vote for her, I mean, if she’s going to snub our democratic process and not protect our Rights, well, as George Wither wrote 400 years ago in Shall I Wasting in Despair, “…But if she be not so for me, What care I how fair she be?”

Back to the meeting: There were several cool people there, and some important Progressive organizations were represented. Jill Stein’s 2010 Gubernatorial running mate Rick Purcell was one of the speakers. Former Political Prisoner Paki Wieland was there, fresh from her courageous trip to Pakistan to witness Obama’s Coward Drone Murder regime for herself. (At least it wasn’t like in Bahrain, where Obama’s thugs detained her immediately before one of Bahrain’s infamous ‘Torture-the-protesters’ crackdowns in March.)

The Murderous Obama-backed Fascist Khalifa regime was then running, and now continues to run Genocide programs (Pogroms) against Bahrain’s Shi’a Muslim majority, and against its South Asian Slaves (which far outnumber the citizens). The Obama Government’s Genocidal Murders in Bahrain are often carried out with Poison Gas paid for by US taxpayers. Hurry, hurry, don’t look, walk fast, nothing to see here.

It’s the deplorable, anti-Semitic Genocide in Bahrain that gets more noticed in the limited news coverage; but most reporters don’t use the words Genocide or Pogrom – though the more honest ones do. (Google it if you care to.) Yes, it’s the horrific anti-Semitic Genocide that gets the more notice, because the Semitic Arabs are citizens and they’re protesting; however, I think the anti-Slave Genocide is just as bad. But, maybe that’s just me.

In fact, I don’t even think they should have Slaves. I think it was Archie Bunker who said of Slavery “I was never for that!” Me too neither, but you know, I’d like to take it a step further even than Archie was willing to go: I just don’t think that the US should arm Genocidal Slave states at all. Maybe that’s just me. And that’s even if they give the President lots of money, I still say No Pogroms. No Poison Gas to killers. Just Say No!

So, back to the meeting. We were all pretty happy about the ‘Budget-For-All’ non-binding Referendum that passed overwhelmingly – 87% in Northampton, and 86% in neighboring Amherst. Such bills passed in many towns in Western Mass, and in Vermont. It’s basically Green Presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Green New Deal (but without Dr. Stein’s understanding of Hemp’s place in our economy and environment): The Referendum advises that money now going to the Military and giant capitalists should instead be spent locally, hiring the jobless, manufacturing the things we need, addressing the environment; and, taking the money out of politics – thus getting rid of Citizens United.

We’re against Nuclear weapons, against war in Iran and Afghanistan. Hopefully against the war in Syria, too, but no one said that. (I hope that people aren’t now considering Syria ‘the good war,’ like Afghanistan before it.)

We’re against Drones, very much. We’re seeing that Obama is already putting Medicare and Social Security on the Fiscal Cliff for his Grand Bargain with his Republican cronies (even though, in the Vice Presidential Debate, Joe Biden revealed that Obama is lying about one reported part of that Grand Bargain, and that Military cuts are not really on the table as Obama has repeatedly claimed): In the Debate, Paul Ryan challenged Biden on the issue, asserting that cutting the Military arbitrarily is completely irresponsible. Biden hushed him up immediately saying “We’re not gonna do that” [cut Military spending].

A speaker at our meeting pointed out that Obama has already offered to cut twice as much from the social safety net as is cut from the Military. On how we might attain Jill Stein’s goal of Medicare For All, and the Budget-For-All, Richard Purcell quoted Jill Stein: “It doesn’t take an army [to organize for political change], if you start a street at a time.”

Many people at the meeting said that they wanted to form a broader coalition. Amid all the praise for the success on non-binding Referendums, there were calls of “Let’s do some binding Referendums!” (Or is it Referenda?)

The highlight of the event, as far as I’m concerned, was when 93-year-old peace and anti-Nuclear activist Frances Crowe called for a national General Strike. Nobody said nothin’! So she explained a scenario wherein lots people would simultaneously not work or drive on a Sunday afternoon. The audience looked very confused. Then she came to her point. She lamented that in Italy people just stayed out on strike nationwide for five raging days, but here, we couldn’t even get a few people to strike for just part of a Sunday afternoon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Crowe

Frances, and several others there, noted that Obama had quoted Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s words on getting Progressive change accomplished: “‘Now, make me do it.’” We intend to make him. Please help.

Frances, Paki, and Rick were brilliant, and the other speakers were good too. Even the guy from Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). He said that social issues showed a Progressive victory in this Election. He mentioned Gay Rights. He did not mention Marijuana. He bragged that his organization had not endorsed Obama in 2008 or in 2012. He glowed over the electoral victories Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren, and the ever-popular Alan Grayson. He said he did not like Warren’s pin-headed jingoistic Militarism, but that they had worked something out. Then he went on to name some prominent members of Congress’s Progressive Caucus.

(Elizabeth Warren is a rabid war monger on Iran, inferring [when she endorsed throwing "all Military options" on the table] that the United States should consider such a Genocidal move as Nuclear Bombing Iran’s Nuclear facilities, even though that would set much of the country on fire, and would kill many US servicemen in Bahrain and Afghanistan – the latter because it is downwind from Iran, via the jet stream upper air current. I hope that Warren and Obama don’t Dirty-Bomb our own troops. Jet stream phenomena, by the way, also show that Warren and Obama are lying in their claim that Iran would shoot Nukes at Israel if it ever had them: Iran is downwind from Israel: They’d be Dirty-Bombing themselves!)

And there were other names dropped at the meeting too. I had to take exception eventually, when I finally got my chance to say a few words. Someone mentioned our state’s senior Senator John Kerry, who was directly involved in the most viewed public Torture video in history [up to that time]. Yes, John “Taser Torture” Kerry is our US Senator, as disturbing as that is. I was once Tortured until my back was broken. I don’t like Torturers. If you don’t remember the incident, let me refresh your memory:

John “T.T.” Kerry was speaking at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was taking questions. A student asked Kerry embarrassing questions, including one about his lodge-brotherhood with his Presidential Election opponent George W. Bush: Kerry and the Bushes belong to Yale University’s ghoulish homoerotic Skull & Bones secret society (believed by many people in Florida to be a devil-worshipping cult). Apparent Democratic Party shills started to shout the young man down. Cops started brutalizing him and arresting him. A cowardly policeman stepped forward and aimed a Torture device at the student.

“Don’t Tase me, bro!” the Torture victim pleaded. Incredibly, even though the incident was before large group of witnesses, and on widely circulated video, the Torturer was not arrested. Incredibly, though he was once said to have courage, Senator Kerry did not speak up for the Torture victim. Incredibly, the University blackmailed the student, threatening him with the loss of his college education – everything but the loans – the University in violation the law forced the Torture victim to apologize to his Torturer, and to the cowardly crooked politician too. UF has done a lot of good in history, but it should lose its certification over its criminal Conspiratorial participation in Torture. University officials should be turned over to the Hague in Holland, for War Crimes prosecution. (But I didn’t tell the Quakers all that.)

 

 

None of those Torturers has been arrested. So much for Bushbama’s lie “We don’t Torture.” Incredibly, the cowardly Senator Kerry has not yet apologized for his role in the Torture of Andrew Meyer, and for Meyer’s ordeal as a Political Prisoner. What an incredible disgrace to our Commonwealth and country, what a disgrace to the human race is John Taser Torture Kerry! Why are there not loud protests everywhere he goes?!

Yeah, so I mentioned Kerry’s part in the Torture at the meeting, to dead silence. The PDA guy had already mentioned Kerry voting for war twice. Said that they had found some common ground, though. And don’t get me started on Kerry’s fake climate protection bill. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/05/14/massachusetts-is-embarrassed-humiliated-by-senator-kerrys-disgraceful-climate-fraud-bill/

And I pointed out that most of those “Progressive” Democrats now in the Caucus in Congress that he’d just named had recently Covered Up for our criminal Attorney General Eric Holder’s Operation Fast and Furious, which smuggled assault weapons to the notorious Zetas Cartel in Mexico. Some of the assault weapons Holder’s F&F smuggled to Mexico got smuggled back to the US, and used to Murder Law Enforcement.

And Holder and Obama have Conspired in Hate Crimes against Skin Cancer patients, thousands of whom will die this year. But active ingredients in Marijuana kill Cancer cells, and with a stroke of his pen, Obama could give Skin Cancer patients access to Rick Simpson Oil, simply by removing MJ from Schedule 1, which he can do at any time as an Executive Order. If you’ve never seen the photographic evidence that it works, I recommend seeing it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nBSc6TOb-Y and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy66MUZP538&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnFJYxCx7zk&feature=related

So there was no reaction to Frances Crowe’s call for a General Strike, no reaction to Kerry Torture, no reaction to so-called “Progressive” Democrats sold us out on Eric Holder, lying that the Congressional investigation was a “Witch Hunt.” A Congressional Committee subpoenaed Holder but he [and Obama] refused to honor the subpoena, just like the Bush Administration. That’s crooked, and it’s Fascism. In the last couple of months, Ron Paul, Rocky Anderson, and Cornel West have all publicly called President Barack Obama “Fascist.”

And there was no reaction to the information about our President and Attorney General – the nation’s two highest ranking Law Enforcement officials – and their Fascist refusal to answer a subpoena, and their Hate Crimes against medical patients. Hate Crime against Skin Cancer patients. That seems pretty bad to me. (One would think that someone would rationalize some conscience-easing by saying ‘Hey, that’s not Hate Crime,’ or something.)(I’d like to see Human Rights extended even to the people who will die if they don’t get Rick Simpson Oil for their Skin Cancer, even though they’d technically be using a Marijuana product – albeit one that doesn’t get people high.) Seems pretty bad to me, but maybe that’s just me: Obama-Holder Hate Crimes against Skin Cancer patients.

Still no reaction. But my main message was about the landslide. These people and groups at the meeting were (I thought) trying to build a broader coalition. Some had suggested that they go for binding Referendums in the future. (Or is it Referenda?) So, here, in the Marijuana movement, we just put together a coalition that includes 63% of the voters in the state. We are less than a dozen small-s socialists and Rainbow hippies who did the leg work for years, proving with hundreds of Public Policy Questions put before Massachusetts voters town-by-town that we could carry just about exactly 63% of the vote.

Looking for a broader coalition? Broader than 63% may not be possible anywhere. We carried every ethnic group by a landslide. We carried Gays and Straits. We carried Freaks and Straits. We carried Democrats and Republicans and Independents and Blacks and Whites and Hispanics and college students, lots of college students. Our percentage was even higher among young voters. Looking for an economically revolutionary binding Resolution? We just passed one by a Super Majority. The group took no interest.

Man, was that frustrating! One person came up to me afterward and noted that my sound advice on coalition building unfortunately fell on deaf ears. Frances Crowe may have been the only person there who actually had deaf ears, but the others were faking it pretty good.

It is unfortunate: The Republicans are going after the Marijuana demographic, and they might get it. Republicans have now taken over what much of what the the public perceives and the pro-Marijuana Party, the Libertarians, it seems: In 2008, Right-wing Republican Bob Barr supposedly turned over a new leaf and campaigned for the Libertarian nomination. He got it, but here in Massachusetts, the state Libertarian Party refused to recognize Republican Barr. The Mass Lib Party ran George Phillies instead.

But this year, Gary Johnson, the former Republican Governor of New Mexico, got the full Libertarian Presidential nomination, even here. The Republicans have taken over the Libertarian Party, and Libertarian nominee Johnson got three times as many votes as Green Party candidate Jill Stein. So, lots of Marijuana smokers don’t vote, perceiving that the Democrats and the Republicans are all against their Civil Rights, and that Progressive organizations are indifferent to our Rights. And caring about Rights but not our Rights makes the organizations seem much less sincere, and even a little hypocritical.

To counter that argument, one of the speakers said to me privately that probably everyone in the room had voted for the bill. But that’s not the same thing as working for it. That’s not the same as joining the coalition. Not quite the same as really caring fully. Someone there mentioned the Occupy movement, which of course had some old people, but mainly young. And we here in the room were mainly old. And Marijuana voters are mainly young. In Massachusetts, without Marijuana voters, what can this movement’s chant be? I’ve got one: “We Are The Thirty-Seven Per Cent!”

And as if that weren’t frustrating enough, as I walked away from the Friends Meeting House on this warm and sunny, touristy afternoon in downtown Northampton, I ran into a friend, an award-winning investigative documentary filmmaker. Everybody here at FireDogLake.com is familiar with dirt on Bush that this man has uncovered, and the memes he generated therefrom. A brilliant writer. Tremendous activist. I told him about my frustration, trying to Left-orient people who’d thought they were already Left enough, but (to my mind) may have overlooked some important facts.

I told him my disdain for Obama ordering Murders and then pardoning himself for it, noting that self-pardons are illegitimate everywhere. He said that people take it too easy on Obama, and that he is one of them. He even used the term Liberal, referring to the President. I had to correct him. He feebly tried to argue back, but facts are facts. If the President or the King or the Dictator orders someone killed, then, by definition we’re living in a Fascist country.

And the President ordering Murders and then self-pardoning is not Liberal. And I had to correct him again. No Liberals condone Presidents ordering Murder. Fascism is not Liberalism.

That exchange was troubling, too. Even a little stressful. We smiled and cordially parted company. Luckily, 4:20 pm was approaching, time for meds. I ducked away to an undisclosed location and began to toke up. Right away something happened to restore my faith in humanity. A couple of young voters came walking along with a guitar. When they saw me, one of them said “We won!” I didn’t know if they smelled the pot, or recognized my face, or what. As they walked up to me, one of them asked “Aren’t you Norm?” (It’s a small town.)

We introduced ourselves and toked up together and talked about the Election. “There’s gonna be 35 Dispensaries.” “At least 14, one in each county” I told them, having read the text of the new law. As we walked away from the scene of the crime, we continued to discuss the election. “Can’t wait till March!” “Obama sucks, though.” “Yeah, Obama sucks.”

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You see, the point is: We’ve already got 63% of the voters on our side: That means, in two years, if we hang together and put up a Full Legalization binding Referendum, then in 2014 we Marijuana voters can pick both our new Governor, and a new US Senator to replace our current Taser Torture Senator.

by normanb

Final Presidential Debate: Jill Stein is Debating Gary Johnson Right Now Live

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Final Presidential Debate: Jill Stein is Debating Gary Johnson Right Now Live by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/

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ObamaDems Unveil Insane & Stupid Climate-Science-Denial Mass Suicide Plan that Fracks All the Children to Death & Spawns Giant Hurricanes

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ObamaDems Unveil Insane & Stupid Climate-Science-Denial Mass Suicide Plan that Fracks All the Children to Death & Spawns Giant Hurricanes – by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

What is the most important issue in this 2012 US Presidential Election? Does either of these guys even have a philosophy?

“There is only one really serious philosophical question, and that is suicide,” Albert Camus taught us in his absurdist essay The Myth of Sisyphus. Should I, or should we commit suicide? That is the most important question before us this Presidential Election, just as it is the most important political question we face every day of our lives; because, if the answer is “Yes, we should commit suicide,” then all the other issues pale in comparison. And if we go ahead and commit suicide, the rest of the questions will no longer matter. In a way.

In order to get energy for our nation, President Obama and his pretend opponent Mitt Romney are advocating burning Coal and Oil. They’re both advocating Onshore Drilling and Offshore Drilling and Fracking and Coal Mining Shale Mining and Nuclear Energy. During the most recent Debate President Obama (nominally the more Left of the two because he’s a Democrat) again attacked Romney from the Right, saying that Romney had once, as Governor of Massachusetts, said that a Coal Plant “‘kills people.’” The President’s meaning was already clear, but he went on to emphatically state that he would never stand in the way of Coal, because he believes in “Clean Coal”: There is actually no such thing as Clean Coal, yet the President keeps lying about this non-existent product.

Yes, Romney said Coal kills. And Obama’s EPA defined CO2 as a “Dangerous Pollutant.” This is what they both want to do to the children of America and the children of the world. Here’s proof that they both know that what they’re proposing is Murderous: http://www.politicususa.com/romnesia-spreads-paul-ryan-forgets-romneys-coal-kills-record.html and http://blog.heritage.org/2009/12/07/epa-formally-declares-co2-a-dangerous-pollutant/

I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not both laughing it up together at the electorate’s cluelessness: “We’ll trick the people in North Dakota into Frack-poisoning their own water!” “We’ll trick and intimidate the Coal Miners into killing their own children!” “We’ll trick the country into getting rid of its trees!”

So, the Obromneys have decided that mass suicide is alright. Let’s just ignore science and burn even more Fossil Fuels. Let’s burn Nuclear fires too, and tell them that it helps the climate. Yes, it’s true, killing off the children is how a society commits mass suicide. But I just don’t believe that it’s right, so I can’t go along with the President on this one.

Lund University in Sweden proved my friend Jack Herer’s hypothesis that growing Hemp for clean fuel on 6% of US arable land would produce more than enough energy to power our entire country, with no net emissions of CO2 or other Greenhouse Gases. Science tells us there is a way to get our energy without committing suicide. But President Obama says we should commit suicide by superstitiously burning more of these Fossil Fuels that are destroying the delicate climate balance that has kept humans as the dominant animal species on the planet, for the last hundred centuries.

Before that, our planet was going through an Ice Age, and there were giant cats and giant elephant-like creatures and giant bears and giant wolves. The climate was perfect for them. Then, that Ice Age ended in a period of intense Global Warming. Right then, most of the animals larger than us died off. The climate became perfect for humans. In this new Global Warming period, if it’s allowed to proceed, humans and other animals for whom this climate is now perfect will die off. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/ and  http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html and http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/ and http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V24-51C4RRC-4&_user=10&_coverDate=10%2F31%2F2010&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1537022627&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=2c65f9591666c0e3039de2fae1c04549&searchtype=a

Welcome to Jonestown, USA! Obama and Romney both say “Drink the Kool Aid!” What other choice do we have? Science tells us that with Hemp we can avoid killing all the world’s children with dangerous and deadly Carbon Dioxide. But our President advises us to go ahead and kill them anyway.

If other candidates do recognize the truth, they may be afraid to state it. Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein is the only Presidential candidate stressing the fact that we can stop Global Warming, quickly, and it would energize and enrich our nation. And it would avoid mass suicide – it would avoid killing the children. Won’t somebody think of the children?! Listen to Jill Stein’s speeches: She says over and over again: “We can stop [Global Warming].” We can.

November 5, 2012, the day before the rigged Election, the day before millions of Americans will drink the Kool Aid, Jill Stein will Debate Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico. You’ve already heard the non-Debates. Don’t drink the Kool Aid. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/26/gary-johnson-and-jill-stein-will-debate-one-on-one/ and http://www.examiner.com/article/update-reminder-third-party-debates-moved-to-monday-nov-5

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Jill Stein/Gary Johnson/Virgil Goode on C-SPAN 7am to 10am Eastern Time This Morning

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Jill Stein/Gary Johnson/Virgil Goode on C-SPAN 7am to 10am Eastern Time This Morning — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

This ‘Debate’ starts in half an hour. After it has aired, hopefully, I’ll get the video up either here in the body of the article, or in one of the comments. This is C-SPAN’s daily Washington Journal program.

And speaking of those comments, those of us watching live or watching later can make running commentary in this, an Alternative Debate.

I want to thank Anthony Noel for pushing for this. Here’s an example. http://my.firedoglake.com/themalcontent/2012/09/21/ask-democracy-now-and-c-span-to-let-jill-rocky-and-stewart-into-the-debates/

Yesterday morning on C-SPAN, guest Amy Goodman announced that she will host Alternative candidates on Democracy Now!.

Later you can tune in to Jill Stein’s Digital Town Hall with environmentalist Bill McKibben

http://www.jillstein.org/digital_town_hall_climate_change_q_a_with_dr_jill_stein

And, here she is at a Hempfest days ago, along with a few other short videos of the candidate from the past few days.

http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2012/09/21/jill-stein-at-hempfest-video/

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Legalize Ganja and Overthrow the Fracking Obromney Crooks: Jill Stein for President – Last Chance

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Legalize Ganja and Overthrow the Fracking Obromney Crooks: Jill Stein for President – Last Chance — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Medical Marijuana versus Fracking: The Corporate Parties – Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians – all support Fracking; which kills all the children in the world with Global Warming, poisons the drinking water, and launches an enemy Military attack against our country’s actual structural integrity. Fracking is a thoroughly insane risk to take, even if somebody gives the President a million dollars.

The corporate crooks support Fracking; and it supports them. Fracking gives money to Barack Obromney (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cid=N00009638 [#2 on his list is Romney donor Goldman Sachs, e.g.]), Mitt Obromney (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?id=N00000286 [#1 on his list is Obama donor Goldman Sachs, e.g.]), and Gary Johnson (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?id=N00033226 [#1 on his list is Tower Energy, e.g.]).

All three Corporate candidates say burning Fossil Fuels can bring us Energy Independence. They are lying, and leading us like lemmings to suicide. Everyone who supports Fracking is in full Climate-Science Denial. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-zeller-jr/mitt-romney-energy-plan_b_1828378.html

and http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/aug/31/natural-gas-150-the-bipartisan-fuel/ and http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=210796

 

 

It’s time to Legalize Marijuana. It’s time to halt Global Warming. It’s time to end Oil wars. Those are all the same issue, because Marijuana has the highest biomass of any plant. That means that with Marijuana we can grow enough fuel to make our nation completely Energy Independent in a few months. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

and http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/chapter-nine/ and http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

and the study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V24-51C4RRC-4&_user=10&_coverDate=10%2F31%2F2010&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1537022627&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=2c65f9591666c0e3039de2fae1c04549&searchtype=a

In doing that – achieving Energy Independence through Hempen Energy farming – we will cause NO Global Warming, and will never need Oil Drilling, Coal Mining, Fracking, Shale Oil, Pipelines, “Natural” Gas, Mountaintop Removal, Nuclear Energy, or Oil wars. As it is, we have the President lying to fool us into attacking countries that have Oil.

Obama, Romney, and Johnson are willing to nudge Iran and Israel into a war that could include dirty bombs, Syria and Iraq, or even a Nuclear strike from Russia. Johnson said let them fight it out, and the Obromney twins are a lot more militant about it. (They will do anything to raise the price of Oil and so-called “Natural Gas.” [It used to called "Petroleum Gas," before somebody came up with the new Propaganda term "Natural ..."].)

Under the Cheney-Obama Administration we’ve already tried Right-wing idiocy, for years now. How’s that workin’ for ya? But wait: The Green Party Presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, MD, is on the Left, not the Right. The Right-wing Obromney team is driving fast, driving us off the road, and off the financial cliff. Somebody’d better steer Left fast.

The good is better than the bad and the ugly.

If we donate to Jill Stein now, we can try to air the above commercial. We can try to get her in the debates. We can try. The Corporate Parties are trying to Frack all the children in the world to death. Give to Jill Stein immediately. Please! She can only get Matching Funds for a few more days. Give like your life depends on it.

It does. And President Obromney has already bet your children’s lives on it, too. https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/donate

 

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End Prohibition Now: Jill Stein & Willie Nelson want a Peaceful Solution

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End Prohibition Now: Jill Stein & Willie Nelson want a Peaceful Solution — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFED0DE89EE6F1CEC&feature=plpp_play_all

 

(You can click on the above link to play all consecutively.)

Willie Nelson’s daughter had a dream. In that dream was a song, A Peaceful Solution. Willie Nelson added to the song and published it, for the world to use and enjoy, and for anyone to record. My partner Rachel of YouTube channel medicinesocks wrote lyrics and performed it. Willie Nelson’s YouTube channel hosted Rachel’s version of the song on their page. Our friend Concha in Spain made a video of it. If you click on the link above, the automated playlist proceeds like this: (1) Rachel plays the intro on Guitar; (2) Concha’s video of the full song displays the words in English and Spanish below the picture; (3) Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks out on Legalizing Marijuana at the Boston Freedom Rally, during her 2010 run for Massachusetts Governor; (4) Rachel plays the song live: All of that lasts eight-and-a-half minutes; then (5) Amy Goodman on Friday’s Democracy Now! interviews Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, MD, and (6) her just-named running mate Cheri Honkala; and (7) the psychedelic aud-vid mash-up version from our friend Stephen Adamo on his YouTube channel DEATHINKING.

This link from Jill Stein for President states her position on Marijuana.  http://www.jillstein.org/stein_calls_for_legalization_at_420_rally

Beside Democracy Now!, and before it, Jill was also interviewed by CBS News and the New York Times, links included. She’s at the Green Convention in Baltimore right now, where she has named homelessness/foreclosure activist Cheri Honkala her Vice Presidential choice. All of those out here at FireDogLake.com and on Facebook who helped Jill Stein get matching funds in the past few weeks deserve thanks, and congratulations: Jill Stein just became the first Green Presidential candidate ever to earn matching funds (paid by the Fair Elections Fund when we check on our Income Tax forms that we want publicly financed Presidential Elections, but that it won’t increase our tax amount).  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/us/politics/jill-stein-green-party-candidate-and-the-chances-of-making-a-difference.html?pagewanted=all & http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57469720-503544/running-mate-revealed-green-party-running-mate-that-is/

To do that, she had to gather more than $5,000 in donations from at least 20 states. She did so in 22 states, with lots of exposure here at FireDogLake, and an enormous amount of help and Green Energy from the Medical Marijuana advocates and activists in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Maine, and elsewhere, and from Marijuana Legalization activists in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.

More than a year ago, Willie Nelson started the Tea Pot Party and Roseanne Barr started the Green Tea Party. Around the same time, Ralph Nader started the Coffee Party and I started the Sticky Greens. Roseanne Barr then ran for the Green Party nomination for President. Willie said about the Tea Pot Party “We lean a little to the Left.” Willie Nelson said he endorsed Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, former Republican Governor of New Mexico, who also favors Legalization. Willie Nelson recently said that he would be Roseanne Barr’s running mate, if she gets the nomination. Roseanne is at the convention now. Tea Pot Parties are very active nationwide at trying to Legalize.

Please share this FDL story widely. You can watch the individual videos in this stream separately. Here they are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MueHHEYRc9w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pr5pvmdFm4&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V9sgE0bxgo

by normanb

Saturday Night Live Endorses Jill Stein!

6:15 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Saturday Night Live Endorses Jill Stein! — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

normanb May 13th, 2012 at 7:23 am

 

Here is the video

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Last night NBC’s Saturday Night Live endorsed Green candidate Jill Stein for President [but not in those words], while decrying what looks like a disgraceful sham of an election: The skit “Funkytown Debate” depicted two male candidates, a Black incumbent and a White challenger, who are extremely dishonest, spewing nothing but lies and propaganda in their speeches and ads. They are hokey hucksters, charlatans, crooks through and through, lapdogs constantly flip-flopping for their corporate overlords

First the Obama character came out laughing and lying his head off about cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. So he went way way way over budget, who cares?! What a party! Then, over to the far-too-rich know-nothing corporate slickshit campaign: Musical guest Usher, as Romney’s valet, accused the Obama character of “chang[ing] his answers” from what he had promised four years earlier.

But what I am most impressed about is the quality of Saturday Night Live itself, especially the contrast from four years ago: That election, SNL was part of the rigging! Let me take you back, if I can.

By November 2007, the American electorate had rejected the mainstream media completely, and was getting most of its “news” from comedic fake news shows like SNL, Maher, Stewart, and Colbert. Then the Networks did something unreasonable causing all the comedy writers to go out on strike, in December, with the Primaries just weeks away – expected in February, or maybe even in January. And Facebook hadn’t yet surfaced as a way to spread news, or overthrow the Government, so people had no news whatsoever, and just when they needed it most, to make their most monumental decision in years!

During the news black-out, on Christmas Eve 2007, someone shot and killed Dennis Kucinich’s brother. Barack Obama called Kucinich right away. Also right away, police ruled that it was Suicide. Dennis Kucinich was one of the only peace-pot-&-personal-freedom candidates in the race, and the killing really set him back. Mike Gravel was another peace-and-pot candidate. Saturday Night Live‘s take on them then was this: Kucinich and Gravel are crazy and ridiculous. Gravel was portrayed as dangerously insane.

This time, both Obama and Romney were shown as dangerously incompetent, virulent liars, and without a trace of concern for the people, and not very smart. Both Obromneys are childish and keep trying to distract from what’s real. They want to change the subject and fool people. The Jill Stein character comes across as the only mature adult in the group. She talks economic specifics, tax code and such. Corporate TV and corporate candidates will have none of it. They Cover her Up and block her out! That explains why Greens and Libertarians are not invited to the Debate Commission’s faux Debates:

Jill Stein would make these clowns look stupid. Gary Johnson would spotlight their inability to tell the truth. Rosanne Barr would have them looking sheepish and talking backward. A poll in January said two-thirds of likely voters would vote for a non-Republicrat. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71718.html Another poll I heard quoted on TV news last week said 51% think Obama frequently misleads the public, while 63% think the same of Romney. Can anybody still believe the Obromney monoparty, now that they’ve been crying “Wolf!” so much and for so long?

But let’s also look back, to see what did happen around the real Debate that year. That first 2008 Debate was sponsored by AARP – which gets money in kickbacks from Insurance companies and Big Pharma. AARP can never allow single-payer candidates, it would cost them money. They announced that Kucinich, Gravel, and Obama were not invited to this Debate. The next day, Obama announced that he was against single-payer, after his Primary opponent Hillary Clinton had ridiculed the single-payer idea in an interview. Obama quickly got an invitation.

When the several candidates got out on stage – without Gravel or Kucinich – there was no need to ask about peace or pot, everybody was against it! And instead of Debating single-payer, the moderator merely stated: “I don’t think that anybody here is for single-payer. If you are, raise your hand.” No one did.

That made me remember back to 1993, when I was proud of Hillary Clinton’s White House Health Care Task Force. For the first month, she didn’t even say that her program would allow the existence of Insurance or Drug companies. But then, she was universally attacked by nearly every newspaper in America. (Remember newspapers?!) So, she let the corps play. Oh, well.

Now, flash forward to 2009: Obama says he’s trying to fix health care, but instead teams up with AARP and Senator Max “Bogus” Baucus to crush single-payer. What a crook!

Jill Stein doesn’t have a loud voice, but she speaks the truth.

by normanb

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/