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November 7, 2012

Violent Centrist Faction Takes Power

Filed under: Soapbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 3:17 am

Numbers are still coming in, but no one doubts that a violent centrist faction has seized control of the United States on this, its latest election night.
Either Republicans or Democrats won, guaranteeing an imperialistic foreign policy and the suppression of domestic civil liberties in the coming years. Drone wars, federal prison populations, beehive collapse and government debt are expected to increase. Republicans and Democrats were ecstatic or despondent.
One thing is for certain: the new President and Congress will do anything to pay off the creditors who enable the American government to fight several wars at a time while providing bread and circuses for the American people. The ritual casting of voter-tally-sticks, while a quaint and interesting local custom, had no reasonable chance of dissuading America’s political class from its essential loyalty to its own financiers and loyal military establishment.
Truly, the peaceful hand-off of power from one violent centrist faction to another is a blessing of this modern world, for those to whom the empire’s spoils are distributed (primarily the “1%”). And so we enter a new age in American politics, marked by a liberal or conservative sea change, sure to result in greater wealth disparities, a chilling of freedom of speech, a worldwide spate of assassination, and also, most likely, a war with Iran.
Thank you for voting. God bless America. Goodnight.

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May 9, 2012

Obama 59%, “Inmate 11593-051” 41%

Filed under: Soapbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 9:53 pm

Your thrown-away vote counted. In a victory for the people against the Leviathan, West Virginians denied Barack Obama 41% of the vote in an “uncontested” election.

Keith Judd, Federal Inmate 11593-051, is doing hard time for extortion in Texarkana, Texas, but he managed to get himself on West Virginia’s Democratic Primary ballot. Apparently, in West Virginia this means submitting $2,500 and a notarized form. He took 41% of the vote, and above that many people who felt they couldn’t responsibly vote for the random guy they’d never of just abstained from the Presidential vote, and worried about voting for their U.S. Senator instead (20% more votes were cast for a “safe” Senate seat than for the Presidential spot.) President Obama, West Virginia rejects you.

Republicans are loving to flaunt that Obama is so unpopular that he was seriously challenged by an imprisoned felon with a nappy Rasta mullet and beard. However, Judd won almost as many votes as Mitt Romney, so their guy isn’t looking so strong in West Virginia, either.

Judd may have won a delegate to the Democratic Convention. Democrats active in the Party are feverishly reading through the organization’s by-laws right about now.

I’m not sure what to believe from Judd’s profile on Vote Smart. It lists some normal jobs such as teaching music and mentions previous runs for office, but there are also strange claims such as precognition and membership in the “Federation of Super Heroes, 1976-1982.” Judd supports the Tenth Amendment against Obamacare, and wants to dispense with bank-controlled money creation in favor of the government directly spending its own fiat money (not too bad an idea, IMHO).

Congratulations, West Virginia, we heard your message loud and clear. Always remember, dear reader, that you don’t have to vote for a despotic power-hound like Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. You may vote “none of the above” by checking some other box, or writing in the candidate of your choice. It will be pretty embarrassing for the elites, who pretend at democracy, when they can no longer muster a majority of voters for their awful, lying, betraying candidates.

March 21, 2012

Supreme Creaming Barr in “Americans Elect” Delegates

Checking Out Americans Elect

Americans Elect is an organization that ditches the primary / caucusing nightmare in favor of secure Internet voting as a means for nominating a Presidential candidate. They are avowedly nonpartisan, but are seeking ballot access similar to that enjoyed by many of the parties. Americans Elect was founded and funded by managerial multimillionaires, and according to its bylaws the Board of Directors actually holds most of the control over the nominating process, thus rendering the Internet voting little more than a fraud! So, you know, I figure they deserve as much chance as the two major parties, since they’re pretty much all guilty of running the same type of scam…

I was intrigued by Americans Elect’s promise to match me with politicians who hold similar views, based on my answers to survey questions. First, I gave them basic info like my name and e-mail address. Then, they asked me creepy security questions, like “which of these corporations have you been associated with?” If they knew the answers, I assume that any data miner out there would know. Once I got into the matching process, I found myself craving for the “gold” merit badge, so to earn it I slogged through 200 grindingly similar survey questions.

They matched me with Ralph Nader as my top pick. Nader and I have pretty compatible views, I’ll grant, but he needs to stay out of electoral politics since being blamed for Bush’s win over Gore. Never mind that the Socialist candidate also got enough votes to tip the scales to Bush; never mind that Republican politicians dispatched thugs to stop vote counting with threats of violence in the Brooks Brothers Riot; never mind that five members of the Supreme Court committed treason with their indefensible and blatantly partisan ruling in Bush v Gore; everyone thinks that it was somehow Ralph Nader’s fault, so he needs to keep his talents directed elsewhere.

In second place was Rahm Emanuel! Emanuel is one of these sleazy characters who drifts between government and banking jobs, making millions through graft, inside information and usually fraud. While Emanuel was a director of Freddie Mac, the company was plagued with scandals. The entire B.o.D. earned remarks of censure from the Office of of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. The Obama Administration denied a FOIA request to open Freddie Mac’s books from Rahm’s time there (circa 2000), which comes as no surprise because Emanuel served as Obama’s Chief of Staff. Getting rid of banking corruption and government acquiescence is pretty close to my number-one issue, but it’s not an issue that registers with the Americans Elect algorithm. This is no political eHarmony, let me tell you.

The Presidential Contest that Really Matters

I was pleased this morning to visit Misinformed Citizen’s of America and find that Vermin Supreme is collecting Americans Elect delegates as a draft candidate (49 so far). With his platform of mandatory oral hygiene, a pony for every citizen and time travel research (to be used for killing baby Hitler), he is edging out lesser-known political figures like Jeb Bush and Paul Krugman (48 each), at least since I cast my vote this morning. Roseanne Barr, running also for the Green Party nomination, has collected only 25 “Americans Elect” delegates.

I want to see Supreme get at least 66 supporters on Americans Elect, which may be enough to put him ahead of Noam Chomsky (65 supporters). Noam Chomsky is no fun anymore, and he just keeps on framing American foreign policy in terms reflecting the Vietnam fiasco. Vermin Supreme, by contrast, glitterbombed Randall Terry. The future of everything hangs on Supreme vs. Chomsky as much as it hangs on the ultimate “winner” in the race for Chief Marionette. At least the minor characters have distinguishable platforms! Some of these people speak as their own thinking person, not as a mouthpiece for interest groups with bribes of campaign dollars and inside information. So how to weigh a choice between real people who can’t win, or trying to choose a winner from amongst self-lobotomized programmable sponsorship-seeking zombies? I’ll throw my lot in with human intelligence, thank you, and be defeated with enough integrity to be able to go on living. Someday, the people may even begin to win against the zombies — it’s normal to lose before you start winning, for what that’s worth.

But I have to tell you Green Party people, Roseanne Barr is a bit of a loose cannon. Doesn’t she know that she splits Vermin Supreme’s vote and risks ruining everything?

March 18, 2012

Spot Perseids Aug. 12-13

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — paragardener @ 2:09 am

The Perseids are reliable, abundant annual meteors that splash Earth’s sky every goddamned year as numerous shooting stars. This year they peak around August 12-13, nights with a morning crescent moon (meaning zero moonlight for some while after the sun goes down), but they stretch out for weeks before and after. The best place to see them is any place in the Northern Hemisphere with little light pollution and a fair chance of clear weather. Maybe camping? Sailing? Trekking on camel?

flee populated areas

World Light Pollution Map. Credit: P. Cinzano, F. Falchi (University of Padova), C. D. Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder). Copyright Royal Astronomical Society. Reproduced from the Monthly Notices of the RAS by permission of Blackwell Science.

 

 

January 22, 2012

Finally, a Candidate worth Wasting my Vote on.

Filed under: Soapbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 7:08 pm

Lately I’ve been watching the cable news networks, thinking that a little passive absorption of infotainment would keep me informed in a very general way. Like, I hate it when I realize that everyone’s been talking about an earthquake or a hurricane or a war almost breaking out for the last week, and I was going about my life all oblivious.

When I tune in, though, it’s nothing but the Republican primaries over and over. “Romney said a jackass thing last night at a fundraiser. Gingrich piled onto Romney this morning with petulant comments. Whose advantage will it play to?” When I get into political discussions with friends lately, I tend to twist the topic into the race for Presidency. It goes against all evidence, which suggests one President is the same as the next (to do: start a war without Congress’s say-so, enhance police powers, grant Wall Street’s every whimsical request, rearrange the hoops educators must jump through to get Federal funding…).

It depresses me, to find myself pondering questions like: would I vote for Adolph Hitler or Ghengis Khan? Some pushy character would surely get in my face: “Every patriotic American must vote for Adolph Hitler — his record is slightly less violent than Ghengis Khan’s! If you don’t vote for Hitler, it’s like you’re giving up on democracy! How could you just throw away the precious, precious vote our forefathers fought and died for?”

What is the bare minimum of acceptability for a President? It’s unlikely that I’ll get a candidate who agrees with me on economic policy, imperial policy (aka foreign policy), gun control, abortion, marijuana, environmental protections, the best Federal holidays, etc, etc. I’m not looking for perfection here. I’m thinking: at the least, a President should not make problems worse for the country as a whole. Otherwise, voting for them is also making things worse.

Mainstream Republicans are right out for me, because they support imposing Christian laws on this land. They stand against everything that is right and good and cool about America.

If Ron Paul hangs in there, I might actually consider that guy. I’ve noticed that most of the attacks on him are actually attacks on the douchebag who wrote his newsletter, or some crazy supporter who supports the death penalty for gays, and this makes me think: Paul must be a really clean player and a gentleman if the media can’t really disparage him, himself. He actually stands up to banker central control of our economy. However, can he really cut $1 trillion from the budget and not hurt the rest of the economy? Would restoring Constitutional federalism have unacceptable side effects for women and minorities? I’ll have to consider those questions, if the dude can stay in the race long enough for me to get a vote on the matter.

Now Obama. Obama has supported an escalation of attacks on medical marijuana, started a foreign war, and bailed out the bankers ($10 trillion?) while offering us nothing but some coupons for energy efficient windows and a mandate to buy our own health insurance. He’s thoroughly demonstrated that he is worthless to the 99%. By turning a blind eye to Wall Street’s orgy of looting, Obama has shown that he is, in fact, bad for the country as a whole, and I would no more vote for him than Ghengis Khan.

I could abstain from voting. Since government has no respect for people’s rights, and government is selected by election, by voting I’m participating in the stripping of my fellow citizens’ rights. Unfortunately, non-voters are counted as “apathetic,” people so lazily squashed onto their couch that they could care less what is going on in the outside world. The solution is the protest vote – a vote wasted on someone who could never in a million years win. It counts as participation, without supporting the illusion that “we the people” actually want the leadership of either Hitler or Ghengis.

So, it looks like a vote for Vermin Supreme.

And remember- a vote for Vermin Supreme is a vote completely thrown away!

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