Regardless of who you’re voting for, or what party you belong to, this is a video you need to see.
This is outrageous.
Regardless of who you’re voting for, or what party you belong to, this is a video you need to see.
This is outrageous.
This is just absolutely outrageous. The media and the GOP are joined together to stop America’s greatest (and possibly last) chance to save America from losing all her freedoms.
I’m talking, of course, about Ron Paul. And if your knee-jerk reaction to hearing that name is “he’s crazy” or “he’s dangerous” or “he’s unelectable”, then you need to stop letting the media indoctrinate you and start thinking for yourself. Start with this link, if you think he’s ‘dangerous’.
If you think he’s unelectable, consider this: There is no ‘front-runner’ in the presidential primary so far. The top four are fighting for position, and while the media doesn’t want you to know this, Paul is the ONLY candidate who is consistently gaining ground…every one else is slipping in the polls.
Maine just held their caucus, and it’s a perfect example of how the media and the GOP are working together to promote a wrong image of Paul. The last thing they want is real change for this county. The media is saying that Romney has won Maine…no he hasn’t. Paul is less than TWO HUNDRED votes behind, and Washington Co (which is Paul’s stronghold in Maine) hasn’t been allowed to hold their caucus. It has been postponed because of a projected snowfall of 1 – 3″ of snow. This is MAINE. It snows in Maine all the time. The girl scouts were out holding their events during this time, completely unfazed by this projected snowfall (which didn’t happen, btw.) But here’s the kicker: not only did the Maine GOP postpone the caucus among Paul’s biggest Maine supporters, but they had this to say:
“Maine GOP Executive Director Michael Quatrano announced that the OFFICIAL RESULTS ARE PERMANENT AND WILL NOT BE CHANGED WHEN THE NEW RESULTS COME IN.
“Washington County GOP Chairman Chris Gardner objected, saying he had known his county’s tally wouldn’t be included in Saturday’s announcement but didn’t realize it wouldn’t be counted at all. He said he had called state party leaders and “expressed my complete and utter dismay.”
Excuse me? Maine isn’t even going to announce the real winner of the Maine caucus? They are going to continue to let Romney say he won, even when he’s officially de-throned?
This is wrong, people. And more than wrong, this is a flagrant and obscene attempt to sway voters.
Even if I hadn’t studied out Paul’s stance on the issues, I’d be inclined to vote for him after this. Anyone the establishment is trying so desperately hard to throw out of the race must have real change in mind.
Ron Paul will:
Cut 1 trillion in spending his first year in office.
Take a presidential salary of only $39,336 – the median salary of any worker.
Throw out the IRS and their unfair taxation.
Cut five departments of the government.
Bring all our soldiers home and stop policing the world. (Remember when Obama said he was going to do this? Suddenly he’s about to start another war. And Guantanamo Bay? Not only did Obama break his promise to close it, but he’s adding on to it.)
Support Israel the way Israel wants and needs to be supported, by stopping aid to her enemies, allowing her to defend herself, and set her own policies and rules without us forcing her to give concessions to those who want to wipe her off the map. Paul is NOT anti-Israel. Here’s Israel’s Prime Minister endorsing Paul’s ideas:
Ron Paul is not like any candidate you have ever voted for. His voting record is %100 consistent. He does not flip-flop, and he understands how our constitution is supposed to work, and why America is currently slipping into another Great Depression. Most of the great-sounding things you’ve heard the other candidates saying? They are parroting what Paul has always said, and what they themselves snickered at in the previous election. The difference is, while they are merely mouthing what they know America wants to hear, Paul has been saying it all his life…and voting for it.
I’m voting for Paul, in the primary, and beyond. I will not write any other person’s name down on my ballot to become my president. There is no one else who can do the job.
Tagged Politics, presidential primary, romney, Ron Paul
This is a copy and paste from author Patrick Rothfuss’ blog:
Today, a lot of people will be encouraging you to vote.
I’m encouraging you to do some research into the actual facts about the candidates up for election. I’m talking about real facts here. Not what you heard on a TV ad. Not some bullshit printed on a flier and mailed to you. Facts. Not spin. Not propaganda. Not some party line. Not some thing your friend heard about this guy this one time. Not fearmongering lies poured into your ear like some goddamn poison. Facts, you fuckers. Facts!
Then and only then should you go out and vote.
If you vote without knowing the facts, you are barely a human being in my opinion.
This has been a Public Service Announcement brought to you by a joint effort of the Committee for You People Getting Your Heads Out Of Your Asses and Americans Tired Of Our Government Being Fucked Up Because So Many People Are Content To Remain Ignorant, Easily Manipulated Sheep.
I’m SO HAPPY that Rothfuss has posted this. The tv ads don’t bother me. The phone calls don’t bother me. The attacks, the name-calling – I ignore all of that rubbish. What bothers me is all the people and groups calling for everyone to get out and vote as if that were The Most Important Thing.
No. The most important thing is to do a little personal research and know who and what you’re really voting for. If you’re the sort of idiot who is going to vote because of what you saw in an ad, or what your friend told you, or because you recognize a name you saw on a yard sign, then I don’t want you to vote. Period.
Posted in Politics
Tagged don't vote, election day, politcs, voting
Tagged 2nd amendment, self defense, shootings
Here’s a reprint of a speech recently given by Congressman Ron Paul:
This past week there has been a lot of discussion and debate on the continuing war in Afghanistan. Lasting twice as long as World War II and with no end in sight, the war in Afghanistan has been one of the longest conflicts in which our country has ever been involved. The situation has only gotten worse with recent escalations.
The current debate is focused entirely on the question of troop levels. How many more troops should be sent over in order to pursue the war? The administration has already approved an additional 21,000 American service men and women to be deployed by November, which will increase our troop levels to 68,000. Will another 40,000 do the job? Or should we eventually build up the levels to 100,000 in addition to that? Why not 500,000 – just to be “safe”? And how will public support be brought back around to supporting this war again when 58 percent are now against it?
I get quite annoyed at this very narrow line of questioning. I have other questions. We overthrew the Taliban government in 2001 with less than 10,000 American troops. Why does it now seem that the more troops we send, the worse things get? If the Soviets bankrupted themselves in Afghanistan with troop levels of 100,000 and were eventually forced to leave in humiliating defeat, why are we determined to follow their example? Most importantly, what is there to be gained from all this? We’ve invested billions of dollars and thousands of precious lives – for what?
The truth is it is no coincidence that the more troops we send the worse things get. Things are getting worse precisely because we are sending more troops and escalating the violence. We are hoping that good leadership wins out in Afghanistan, but the pool of potential honest leaders from which to draw have been fleeing the violence, leaving a tremendous power vacuum behind. War does not quell bad leaders. It creates them. And the more war we visit on this country, the more bad leaders we will inadvertently create.
Another thing that war does is create anger with its indiscriminate violence and injustice. How many innocent civilians have been harmed from clumsy bombings and mistakes that end up costing lives? People die from simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a war zone, but the killers never face consequences. Imagine the resentment and anger survivors must feel when a family member is killed and nothing is done about it. When there are no other jobs available because all the businesses have fled, what else is there to do, but join ranks with the resistance where there is a paycheck and also an opportunity for revenge? This is no justification for our enemies over there, but we have to accept that when we push people, they will push back.
The real question is why are we there at all? What do our efforts now have to do with the original authorization of the use of force? We are no longer dealing with anything or anyone involved in the attacks of 9/11. At this point we are only strengthening the resolve and the ranks of our enemies. We have nothing left to win. We are only there to save face, and in the end we will not even be able to do that.
Posted in Politics
Tagged afghanistan, Ron Paul, war
Now first of all, this is hilarious:
I work in the building right next to where this shocking “protest” was happening, and I can vouch that there was only at most six people there during the busiest moment. The previous day, they’d gotten a few more to join in, but not more than twenty.
People kept saying though, (in as many words) that: “On the day Glenn Beck comes to town, THAT’S when all our fellow protesters will come out. There will be hundreds of us, and we will force our will upon the rest of you, because we will be the majority! We will stop the hate! We’ll overwhelm all the rest of you idiots who might like to hear what Beck has to say!”
Uh huh. Is that what happened? First of all, the tickets to the event sold out in the first two hours after they went on sale. So that, right there, is 500 Glenn Beck supporters who weren’t able to counter-protest. Then there’s all the people like me, who would have liked to get tickets, but were too slow to do so – but also aren’t the sort to stand about with signs. And then there’s the ones who support Beck and do like holding signs:
In case you can’t read the signs, all you have to do is count the American flags and the yellow flags going past. The yellow ones are the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, and they belong to quite a number of Beck supporters. Interesting point of fact: KING 5 news got their coverage right; they correctly reported that Beck supporters and protesters are mingled together BOTH sides of the street. Almost everyone else (including the local paper) have it wrong. You see, in most protest situations, the pro side stands on one side of the street, and the anti side on the other. That did not happen here. The side of the street being referred to as the “pro-Beck side” is across the street from the theater – and it’s true that side was almost all Beck supporters. But I guess the newspaper didn’t bother to read the signs on the theater side of the street, the supposedly “anti-Beck side”. That side is the one shown in the video above, and as you can clearly see, it’s more pro-Beck than not. I drove down both sides of the street personally (very slowly), and counted. The Beck supporters outnumbered the anti-Beck protesters by quite a margin, regardless of what you may hear elsewhere. And did you hear what happened earlier in Seattle? Seven thousand people bought tickets to listen to Beck at prices ranging as high as $500 each. While there were all of thirty anti-Beck protesters outside! Moments like this help restore my faith in Americans.
My pastor was the childhood friend of Glenn Beck, and he was involved with the event itself. He told me today that they raised $10,000 dollars as a fundraiser for our historic theater, and that Glenn Beck is matching that amount from his own pocket. That is beyond cool, people, $20,000 for the Lincoln!
And perhaps even more cool (on a more personal level), is that Glenn Beck stopped by our local ice cream parlor before the event and his credit card was declined. The credit people could not believe anyone would spent $500 for ice cream. So Beck drove to an ATM, withdrew the $500 and came back to make his purchase. During the event, he told everyone in the theater that if they took their ticket to the ice cream parlor after the show, they would have free ice cream waiting for them!
Seriously, though, whatever you THINK you know about Glenn Beck, whatever pithy little sound-bites or scandals about boiled frogs (and it was a plastic frog, as Beck clearly stated on the show!) you’ve heard, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Glenn Beck’s Common Sense.
Posted in Politics
Tagged free ice cream, glenn beck, mcintyre theater, mount vernon, protesters
I don’t want this to devolve into “But he said this and that justifies everything!” so I’m going to leave names out of it, and tell you a story instead.
There once was a small city. The mayor of that city decided to use private funds to bring a certain political talk show host to the city. The host had been born in the city, you see, and was a semi-minor celebrity. But because a good number of the citizens of this city had different political views than the host, these citizens decided to attempt to flout free speech and force the mayor to rescind his invitation.
So far, thank God, the mayor has held firm.
I’ve read the letters in the local paper, and yesterday and today had the disquiet of watching a (thankfully small) group of people protesting outside City Hall. And honestly? I’m furious.
If someone is invited to your city to practice his right of free speech and you don’t approve of his politics, you have the right to stand up and say: “I don’t agree with you.” You can even give your reasons why. But you don’t have the right to attempt to shut down his freedom of speech, which is exactly what I see happening in my city, right now. I read the signs those protesters were waving; they weren’t “I don’t agree with you” signs, they were “We don’t like you, and we’re going to force you to not speak” signs.
Those who wave banners in the name of free speech while completely failing to understand what free speech is, infuriate me. They don’t comprehend what it will cost us, if people like those protesters get their way. They don’t understand their own history.
And what a truly stupid thing to waste time protesting, anyway. The best way to make someone like a talk show host go away, is to stop feeding him publicity. And there are so many other things going on that should be protested. For instance, the use of public money to fund useless purely ornamental projects while people are losing their jobs and homes.
If you don’t like a speaker’s politics, don’t attend his lecture (and hope, if you want, that everyone else shares your opinion and the hall is empty). Forcing a person to not speak is no different, and every bit as despicable as a public book-burning.
Apparently the theater where this event is going to happen, local businesses, and the local spring festival organizers are all being harassed by those opposed to the speaker. That’s hilarious. For one thing, this event is put on solely at the Mayor’s choice, and with private money. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with local businesses or the festival. They have no power whatsoever to change anything…so those callers are really wasting their time. And in the case of the theater itself, the owners are legally bound not to discriminate. They can’t refuse to book an event like this because they don’t believe in the speaker’s politics.
But here’s the kicker: the calls have been logged (as to where they are coming from). The vast majority are coming from people who aren’t only NOT in the city, but not even in the same state! As if someone in a different state should have any say whatsoever in what happens here!
But in good news, the same day the event tickets went on sale, they were completely sold out by noon. So I guess there’s still plenty of people IN the city who actually believe in free speech…and common sense.
Tagged free speech, Politics
I have just finished watching all eight hours of the PBS “reality” series Colonial House. The basic premise is that a small group of modern people are selected to live for the summer as if they were really Mayflower colonialists. They live in authentic houses, eat authentic food, and live and work as if their survival over the winter truly depends upon a good harvest.
I always watch these historial reality shows, hoping that someday I’ll see one done right, with participants who actually want to experience history as a tangible thing. But I’m always somewhat disappointed, because the producers seem to to be intent on filming a soap opera in funny clothes. Colonial House is a perfect example of the worse kind.
If you want your living history show to fail as a recreation, all you have to do is select participants who are guaranteed not to get along. People who have more interest in promoting various political, religious, and racial ideals than in experiencing history-as-it-really-was, wrinkles and all. People like women who won’t wear a simple head cloth because it’s “demeaning”. Families who are so anti-religion that they can’t bear to sit through a social sabbath, even though that’s clearly required according to the historical rules (no one was demanding they pray or participate, just be there – as observers).
There was a lot of moaning by the women about sexual inequality, because cooking every day was so ‘tedious’. What did they think they’d be doing? In colonial times, the women cooked – if you can’t stand the idea, why did you sign up? And I never did figure out why they thought the men had it so much easier. The men were spending a full month, ten hours a day, felling, splitting, sawing, and planing logs to build a house with primitive hand tools. Just watching them on a tv screen was exhausting. The women’s response? They had a mini revolt and drew up a plan whereby the men (in addition to their normal and less ‘tedious’ work) were required to cook for the women several times a week to let the women relax. Relax? If they wanted sexual equality, why weren’t they out there splitting logs while the men cooked?
Then there was the “lay preacher” who decided to pull several of the indentured servants off the work schedule so he could teach them Greek. He said he “couldn’t imagine” a society existing without learning and culture. In the first year of a new colony? In a world where the lion’s share of new colonies failed and often starved to death over the winter? Um, yeah. I’m positive Greek lessons were way up at the top of the real colonialist’s to-do list!
Finally there was the guy who left the colony early because he refused to be part of the recreation of a society that had “led to the institution of slavery”. Here is another thing I object strongly to. There was a limited narrative voice-over, but most of the so-called “history” was from the mouths of the participants themselves…most of whom held a very weak knowledge of the time period. Most of what they said was wrong, partly wrong, completely wrong, or biased. Such as: the slavery issue, or the episodes with the American Indians. I refuse to be made to feel guilty for something that was absolutely not my fault, and no one else in America should feel guilty either, despite the best efforts of this program. Absolutely, slavery is and was horrible, and so was what happened to the Native Americans, but no one alive today was involved. Every single country on Earth has been invaded and colonized by people who weren’t born there. I’ve lost track of how often it happened to England alone. This doesn’t make the suffering any less, but it puts it in a historical context. It’s not the evil invading white colonialists, folks, it’s evil human nature, and it crosses all racial lines. It’s the pattern of centuries, and at some point, you have to agree to let it go. It happened, but none of us alive caused it, and none of us are to blame for it, and it needs to be released into history.
And slavery. I’m so sick of hearing “slavery” and “America” be synonymous. Slavery is and was horrendous, but it was occurring in nearly all cultures and countries for thousands of years before the Mayflower landed on American soil. It was practiced in Africa 3,500 years ago, it was in England before being imported to America, and nothing the colonialists themselves did “caused” slavery. Yes, black people owned other black people. Yes, black former slaves in America even owned slaves. Yes, white people have also owned other white people. Black people have even owned white people. Historically, it’s not so much a racial issue as a economic one. You would think, that having been a slave yourself, you wouldn’t be interested in enslaving another human, but that’s not how it works. Greed wins a lot of moral arguments, and biased, agenda-promoting “reality history” shows like Colonial House do nothing to show either true reality or history.
The stated intent was to recreate the authentic life of an Mayflower colonialist, as it actually was, and in this, the program completely failed. You can’t have a true depiction of history where every participant is completely unwilling to set aside their modern ideals, prejudices, and individual ways of thinking. If you try, all you end up with is a confused mess.
And that’s what Colonial House was. A mess.
Posted in Politics, Television
Tagged colonial house, history, Mayflower, pbs, reality show, slavery, tv
It comes as little surprise to me that, precisely as I predicted, Obama’s reaction to our crashing economy is to add another trillion+ in national debt by giving us another “stimulus package”. In fact, so eager is he to further sink our economy that he can’t even wait until he’s sworn in. How any sane person can believe these packages are a good idea is beyond me. It’s like giving a drowning person a brick – it gives him something to hold onto, but it sends him to the bottom that much faster. Click on the link below for real, genuine ideas to save the economy:
But until we get a president with a clue, I’ll take my check, and I’ll let Obama buy me a chicken coop. We’re designing it right now, and planning the breeds of chickens to buy through www.mypetchicken.com Besides the standard-sized egglayers, we’re getting a few Silkie Bantams. These chickens are an amazingly bizarre breed with a history – they were brought over from China by Marco Polo.
And they are so cute. I think they look like miniature gryphons.
Real eggs, as opposed to those sickly and tasteless store-bought imitations, bug and slug control, free manure for my garden, and affectionate new pets that love to lap-sit and snuggle – you can’t deny that chickens are awesome.
So good luck to you, Mr. Obama. Thanks for the hen house, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens once everyone realizes you’re already begun breaking your campaign promises, before you’re even in office. That has to be some kind of record.
Change. Remember that word, Mr. Obama? Change means doing something different, not just to just keeping repeating the previous administration’s mistakes. At least in my back yard, though, the results of your “stimulus” will be crap that’s actually beneficial to my garden.
Posted in Life, Pets, Politics
Tagged campaign promises, chickens, economy, garden, Obama, Ron Paul, silkies, stimulus package
It won’t be long before I’ll be able to say “Don’t blame me, I voted for Baldwin”. Between McCain and Obama, I was hoping Obama would get it, simply so that people might finally come to understand that it wasn’t only Bush and the Republicans that have caused our country to get into such a mess. The difference between McCain and Obama is literally skin deep – there’s no discernible difference when it comes to their foreign policy, morals, or their financial plans for America. And once everyone sees for themselves that Obama’s “change” is only about power for himself, not power for the people, we’ll hopefully be able to get some real change started.
Let’s start with bringing all of our troops home from everywhere, closing our borders to everyone but legal immigrants, and denying all welfare and benefits to those still here illegally. Let’s restore the value of our money and stop allowing the federal government to tamper with aspects of our lives that they have no right to mess with. Let’s return to the Constitution as written, rather than being forced to live by the ‘interpretation’ of a handful of judges.
Let’s start with getting rid of illegal income taxes by dissolving the IRS, and let’s go back to being a prosperous nation! Did you know that none of the below taxes existed 100 years ago?
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Dog License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (more tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (truckers)
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State, and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Not ONE of these taxes existed 100 years ago…and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, we had the largest middle class in the world. So what went wrong?
We continued to elect men like Obama and McCain, that’s why. We elected men whose only solution to debt was to borrow more and give out ‘stimulus packages’. We elected men whose reaction to families living from paycheck to paycheck was to raise taxes and create ever more types of taxes. We elected men whose idea of foreign policy was to completely ignore the command of the Founding Fathers and continue to interfere with and police the governments of other countries. We elected men whose idea of solving the illegal immigration crisis was to issue amnesties and to send our border patrol to Iraq.
According to a recent poll 47% of Americans “was considering” voting third party, and just in my own hometown it seemed like around 47% of people I spoke to said that they wanted to vote third party, but they “didn’t want to waste their vote”, because “there’s no chance” that a third party candidate would win. How cowardly is that? History is packed with instances of events occurring that had “absolutely no chance” of succeeding…but they succeeded in spite of the odds, because men were brave (and desperate) enough to do what they believed right and necessary despite what anyone else said.
How desperate will America have to become before Americans will regain their courage and do what they believe to be right? I think, in the coming months, we’ll have a chance to find out.
HISTORY SAYS “YES” – The Republican Party was itself a “third party” in 1854 when it was founded. in 1856 it was defeated with John C. Fremont as its first presidential candidate. Just four years later, however,the Republicans defeated the incumbent party, the Whigs, running a man named Abraham Lincoln. In a four-way race, Lincoln won the electoral college vote and the presidency despite not being on the ballot in nine states and receiving only 38% of the popular vote (by comparison, Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 with 43% of the popular vote).
VOTERS SAY “YES” – Surveys show a steady increase in the public’s desire for a third party. A May 8, 2007 Rasmussen survey found that fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans say it would be good for the U.S. to have a truly competitive third political party. An April 27,2006 Rasmussen research poll indicates that a third party presidential candidate emphasizing border security would tie a democrat candidate and defeat a republican. In a race with more than three candidates, one third of the vote can mean victory. Constitution Party candidates were elected to partisan offices for the first time in 2006, including Montana State Representative Rick Jore.
Tagged chuck baldwin, Constitution, Constitution Party, election, freedom, illegal immigrants, Life, McCain, Obama, Ron Paul, taxes, third party, voting