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I've voted for the Libertarians the last 10 elections for President. I do not believe in the Republinuts or the Democraps, or, the big media that supports them.

Because of the above - my views, IMO, are the real independent; THE `Eagle' views, and not the `centrist' `independent' views of those that alternate between the Jackass and the Elephant.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Real Heavy Politics - Aug. 29th Links

Physicists Untangle Complicated Webs to Reveal that the World's Finances are Controlled by "Just a Few Mutual Funds, Banks, and Corporations" - http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/08/physicists-untangle-complicated-webs-to.html The headline says it all.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/08/roubini-when-governments-reach-point.html Roubini: “When Governments Reach the Point Where They Are Borrowing to Pay the Interest on Their Borrowing They Are ... Running a Ponzi Scheme Our bloated government - unbelievable.

http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/142271/smoking_marijuana_does_not_cause_lung_cancer/?page=entire From the article "Smoking pot doesn't cause lung cancer. In fact, the study found that cigarette smokers who also smoked marijuana were at a lower risk of contracting lung cancer than tobacco-only smokers."

http://fee.org/articles/cash-clunkers-loser/ Article critical of the cash for clunkers program - it is of interest that it will take about 5 years for America to save 1 days worth of US oil consumption.

6 Cities That Were Caught Shortening Yellow Light Times For Profit - http://www.motorists.org/blog/6-cities-that-were-caught-shortening-yellow-light-times-for-profit/ As you know, all red light cameras are for nothing but money for politicians to spend.

Mad magazine’s better than Newsweek - http://devoid.blogs.heraldtribune.com/10257/mad-magazines-better-than-newsweek/ A scathing look at the new Newsweek Magazine.

Federal Reserve Seeks Delay in Disclosure of Emergency Lending - http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a5bjqcBdkB48 - From the article - "The Fed and U.S. banks would suffer irreparable harm if details of the loan programs were made public, according to the central bank’s senior counsel, Yvonne Mizusawa." --------- Irreparable Harm?

http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/715479 Twitter used to help California raise money - twits suggest taxing pot.

Subject: How can legal tender be illegal? - http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/the-mint-vs-the-fed When you have a federal government that doesn't want to compete with a currency that has actual value?

The Bushie Obama Can't Fire - http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-25/the-bushie-obama-cant-fire/ At least, not yet. And, guess where he is - yep - the drug office.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Real Heavy Politics - Aug. 25th Links

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/archive/Marijuana-Will-Lift-Us-Out-Of-Recession.html Marijuana Will Lift Us Out Of Recession --- I'm afraid that our bloated government is beyond the help of correcting one issue.

Sage advice?: NC to join 13 states in outlawing Salvia divinorum - http://scienceblogs.com/terrasig/2009/06/sage_advice_nc_to_join_13_stat.php Which means that 37 still respect the right to altered states.

EDITORIAL: Toss your ticket - http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/01/toss-your-ticket/ I think you know how I feel about red light cameras around here.

http://logisticsmonster.com/ I've made the blogroll of this site under `Patriots'.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

A Critique Of Bob Barr's 2008 Presidential Run - By An Eight Time Libertarian Presidental Supporter

My last 8 votes for President have been 1980 - Clark; 1984 - Bergland; 1988 - Paul; 1992 - Marrou; 1996 - Browne; 2000 - Browne; 2004 - Badnarik and 2008 - Bob Barr. That's correct, not ONCE did I waste my vote on `the two party system'. Not once, and, I am proud of that. (Of course, I had to stand the stares of friends who felt that it was I who was wasting a vote.)

That said, it's strange to live in a country and to go thru one Presidential campaign, after another, after another, hoping that your candidate will get `covered' by the mainstream media. That the `ideas' presented by a party -- even if a party with only 5-10% potential support - receive a `percentage' of the coverage that is remotely `fair'. Meaning, that 5-10% of the coverage is on that third party. (I'm reminded of that Beatles song `Taxman' with the lyric -- that's 19 for me and one for you -- be happy we don't take it all.)

Yes, I'd be happy, no, elated, if the Democraps and Republinuts got 19 stories reflecting their points of view on Government -- and then -- ONE Libertarian story. Is that asking too much? Is the media THAT scared of presenting `other viewpoints' - or - is the media that much in the pockets of the two parties? (The obvious answer.)

But, as a keen observer of the media relentlessly regurgitating first one and then the other of the two parties viewpoints, for a few moments in 2008 -- I thought the media might have a reason to `balance it up'. After all, for really the first time in memory we didn't have a sitting President or Vice President of one of the major parties as nominee - and, for once - one of the `third' parties had a known name of a former congressman - Bob Barr.

Indeed, I felt very connected to this campaign - as I had met Mr. Barr at a Rib Ranch Meeting (a room in a BBQ restaurant on Canton Road in Marietta Georgia) prior to his announcing he would run for the Libertarian nomination. When I met him, and spoke with him privately for a minute, I urged him to use his awareness level - within the realm of politicians - to raise the profile of the Libertarians in the 2008 election. (I was even told by the head of the Libertarian party of Georgia (at least at that time) that Barr was going to run for sure if Hillary seemed to be the front runner for the Dems.)

Indeed, I even watched most of the Libertarian convention - at least the portion carried by C-Span. And, frankly, it was not a thing of beauty - nor was Mr. Barr's victory. Indeed, my memory is that it was widely held by the Libertarians that were voting (who seemed to be whoever would show up for a state) that while Barr WOULD give the party a candidate with `awareness' -- that now (2008) was NOT the time to pick for a nominee someone who was a leader in the Drug War effort at one time.

But, others countered, Mr. Barr seemed to apologize for that period of his life and was certainly a strong advocate - almost the only one - against the civil liberty aspects of the Patriot Act. And, in what appeared on TV to be little more than a quid quo pro -- Barr took the support of Wayne Root's followers to victory -- then gave the VP position to Mr. Root - for now. Personally, I really liked Root and think he would have made a much better candidate (and I hope he runs in 2012).

So, at the moment the convention ended, the Libertarians had - finally - someone with actual name recognition who was very well versed about the in's and out's of the whole game of Politics. And, as usual, the media -- BEFORE the two `main party' conventions - was willing to give Barr moments of exposer - which he seemed to handle fairly well. And, by this time, he had chosen Russ Verney to head the campaign - you probably remember that Verney was in the same position for the WELL FUNDED Ross Perot campaign years before.

I honestly think that they both thought that money would come flowing into the campaign as the party had someone with name recognition AND a known political consultant running the campaign. Not to mention the disgust the population had with both parties. Perhaps they thought the media would view them as having a new positioning for the Libertarians. Perhaps they thought they would really be having a whole country national campaign.

I say that because I was on the mailing list -- and the overwhelming concern EARLY on was to be on ALL 50 states ballots - to somehow show legitimacy. Indeed, one e-mail after another asked for donations so that they could send people into markets to get signatures or to find lawyers to fight one hardship after another. They never seemed to be asking for money to `bring ideas to America' - at least to me.

And, remember, I live in the Atlanta area - I know the coverage in the 90's that Barr got and the level of awareness of him. Indeed, he just barely lost a Republican primary in a run for the Senate. So, in Georgia and really in the core of the conservatives in America - the south - Barr was a known commodity. And, perhaps outrageously, I began an e-mail campaign with the Barr staff to have him use a strategy saying "I am going to win Georgia". (Since the media always love to ask - where are you going to win.)

Yes, I know, it sounds outrageous -- a Libertarian WINNING somewhere? But, in Georgia, with his limited funds - he would be able to raise awareness hugely about the Libertarian positions. And, once he started to `move' in the polls, in Georgia -- very likely -- other `southern states' would likely start to take interest. Other Southern States would likely also start to see some `movement' and improvement in the polling numbers as Georgia's numbers `took off'.

At WORST, at that point - the Libertarians would have had the media interest in the `regional' candidate - a new Wallace - (as you know, the media hates the south anyway). You would have had the media projecting `what if's' about winning southern electoral votes and throwing the whole affair into the House of Representatives. In a nutshell, you would actually shake the political system up and truly get the Libertarian point of view on the screen to all viewers nationwide. (I truly feel that `numbers' would, at that point, even move in other non-southern states.)

But, as you know, that did not happen - and ultimately Barr will get LESS than 1/2 of 1% of the total vote.

So, what went wrong from the viewpoint of an EIGHT time Libertarian voter? A better question would be what DIDN'T go wrong?

Obviously, VERNEY is not and was not a Libertarian - nor did he think like one - nor could he talk like one. Big mistake number one. Next, Barr wouldn't even back the legalization of marijuana - big mistake number two. Next, Barr also ignored the idea of a focused regional campaign, that would allow the campaign to grow from a base - big mistake number three. And then, finally, we had the spectacle of a nominated Presidential candidate willing to dump his Vice President candidate - big big mistake number four. (This, of course, was when Barr supposedly offered Ron Paul that position.)

That is not to say that IF Barr had gotten `traction' in the campaign that he would have done `well' - as the media would have been all over his prior hypocrisies such as cheating on his wife yet prosecuting Clinton for the same. Or, the obvious hypocrisy of `being a Libertarian' when he was so much behind the Drug War against Americans - and the adult right to self-medicate.

Ultimately, Barr inspired NOBODY - and got the results that showed an inept strategy from what should be one of America's main Liberty and Smaller Government parties. Perhaps, next time, in 2012 - the Libertarians WILL stand for Liberty once again - AND - truly smaller government - with a candidate that doesn't have to apologize for previous actions against Liberty.

Here's more links for today:

Judge Throws Out Red Light Camera Tickets As Program Declared Illegal And Void - http://techdirt.com/articles/20090811/1701585847.shtml To me, one of the absurdest ideas has been the Red Light Cameras - PROVEN to be a threat to public safety.

About half of U.S. mortgages seen underwater by 2011 - http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5745JP20090805 The media has largely buried this aspect of our `recovery'.

Why You Can't Trust Those Jobs Figures - http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/08/jobs-unemployment-layoffs-business-washington-figures.html Trusting the media spin on ANYTHING is not in ones best interest.

California Town Shuts Down Child’s Lemonade Stand - http://belowthebeltway.com/2009/08/07/california-town-shuts-down-childs-lemonade-stand/ Quoting from the article "There’s no business that’s too small for government to torture"

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