November 6, 2012
Today I will vote for a man who will bring the troops home so young men stop coming home missing legs, arms, faces and life because they were defending foreign oil wells. Today I will vote for a man who will restore habeas corpus. Today I will vote for a man who will end the “war on drugs” that is such an abysmal failure going on 50% of the prison population today is non-violent offenders. Who…
will NOT mandate every American buy health insurance from corporations at triple rates because Wellpoint said that looks like an awesome plan and then wrote the bills to make it so. Who will not appoint Goldman Sachs heads of state to oversee banking regulations and will not appoint Monsanto officials to oversea food and health regulation. Who will not say “It’s complicated” every time a simple question is asked. Who is not backed by nuclear power to the extent he will be in Chile pimping solar power while Fukushima is melting because, hey, Exelon paid for the Chicago campaign. Today I will vote for the last man standing who might save this country. And 90% of my friends and family members and fellow Americans will not.
September 13, 2012
“Strongly believes that to detain American citizens in military custody infinitely without trial, would be a break with our traditions and values as a nation, and wants to make sure that any type of authorization coming from congress, complies with our Constitution, our rules of war and any applicable laws.”
So that was a lie. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in favor of Chris Hedges’ suit against Obama and NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act], permanently blocking disputed provisions in the NDAA as unconstitutional. And Obama and friends immediately filed an appeal. Actually they filed some sort of appeal a while back, anticipating NDAA would be knocked down by the judge after her May stance which temporarily restrained the implementation of NDAA.
Here is the thing to think about. A US president is fighting tooth and nail for the legal right to throw US citizens into jail, for life, without charges or a trial.
What sick science fiction movie is this coming out of?
And why is anyone voting for a president who would want the power to or try to do that?
There is another guy, by the way, who was big on arresting citizens and throwing them into prisons without charges or trial. His name was Stalin.
August 29, 2012
I have been avoiding news and politics. One, I really hate politics, two, I am too emotionally involved in politics [yes, politics and me, it's like a bad boyfriend] — and three, I figured I did everything I could do for Ron Paul and now it was just a case of wait and see what happened at the Republican National Convention.
It wasn’t good.
Quoting a Minnesota Paul supporter, “They stole votes. They stole delegates. They refused to send buses for our delegates. [*Max note, when they did send buses, the buses got mysteriously lost for hours during important votes.] It’s a totalitarian process. This is not democracy.”
:::what happened at the republican national convention:::
So Ron Paul is out. He wasn’t even allowed to speak at the Republican convention unless he’d agree to have his speech written by the RNC and to publicly endorse Romney. [Bummer RNC. Ron Paul doesn't take dictation. Though his son does. Rand is one of yours I figure.]
That leaves one man standing who might bring the troops home, end the “war on drugs,” and start putting the Constitution back together: Gary Johnson.
I don’t know that much about Gary Johnson. I know what his campaign site says. He’s pro due process, anti nation building, internet friendly and anti SOPA/CISPA/et al/censorship, anti “drug war” — those are all good. He is kind of anti Medicare medical care which is not so good, but if he stops the damn wars and deployments and nation building, I’ll trade off on that. I was willing to do that with Ron Paul. He seems to be more localized control of education, but I haven’t yet sussed out in what way to interpret that. Bottom line. Bring the troops home, end the war on drugs, reinstate the Constitution and protect the internet is a fucking moonshot beyond what Obama or Romney are talking about.
Johnson’s got a crap campaign. The site is weak, the mission statement’s unclear. And the site and campaign are hanging on by trying to tuck into Ron Paul’s coattails. Unfortunate. But then —
Independents always do have crap campaigns, crap websites — they don’t have big money, they don’t get on TV. Only Democrats and Republicans get on TV and then only Democrat and Republican candidates networks like or can’t ignore — and the networks all have dogs in the race. That’s why Ron Paul went on the Republican ticket, it was the only way to get on stage and be heard.
Johnson hasn’t been fighting for decades to do the things that matter most to me like Ron Paul has, bring the troops home, end the war on drugs, protect and defend the Constitution — and more recently, protect the internet. And I am distrustful of political promises from newer younger politicians. Why wouldn’t I be? Obama was lying through his teeth. But —
Gary Johnson’s nomination pick for VP is one of my personal heroes:
Judge Gray has been fighting a long time to stop the war on drugs:
Votes more than likely won’t make any difference in this election. They haven’t for a while. Not while paper ballots are gone — or being dumped in Louisiana swamps or worse discounted for “chad” infractions” [seriously, chad infractions, Florida you so dick elections away, why?] and electronic voting machines rule the day and are manipulated with algorithms. Which everyone knows but no one is doing anything about.
And why would anyone do anything about that? The people in charge don’t want to do anything about boxes that can be manipulated. They are doing the manipulating.
There is no oversight on electronic voting machines. There are only a few companies, only one that programs, and it looks somewhat problematic how this all works. For example :::the landes report::: — you get that link because I am tired tonight, it’s hard to dig out the good links, and the fifty articles I have read on this that are stronger are buried beneath Google’s horrifying hundred page accruement of bad links so don’t get all excited it is not the New York Times, the New York Times, according to its editor, Arthur Brisbane, the New York Times doesn’t fact check any more [that would be "vigilante journalism --- according to Brisbane --- though when I was in school it was called just, um, you know, fucking journalism]. So now The New York Times just takes dictation from politicians. So think about your news sources. Maybe they aren’t as “legitimate” as you think.
But, anyway —
American citizens dutifully trudge to the polls and cast votes and the machines dutifully spit out a different result someone else programmed in. Someone’s benefitting from that. That someone is not the American people though. The American people keep thinking their votes count. I think that is called “cognitive dissonance.” But I will do it anyway. Better a cast vote that is manipulated than no cast vote at all. The only thing worse than being gagged by someone else is gagging yourself for them.
I know the arguments. The arguments will be fierce and ongoing and I will be besieged. “A vote for Johnson is a vote for [Obama/Romney, pick your "brand" candidate]!. Newsflash. One, I would rather throw away a vote than throw away my country. Two? Obama/Romney? They’re the same face on one politically corrupt machine taking this country to hell. And I’d rather be shot dead than vote for either one of them.
Take that to the bank that financed both of them.
where that art work comes from:
that is dovima with elephants by richard avedon
June 6, 2012
On Twitter are talking about Sheryl Crow. She has a brain tumor. One of them says it is benign. Another guy really likes her music. Another says it’s not his thing but she’s better than most of the pop girl singers. They note she’s hot.
This is all especially funny to me because these are big brawny military guys. Usually they are talking about things like Mauser Broomhandles or what to do if your optics fail. Today they’re talking Sheryl Crow’s music and one of them is a fan. This is like Rambo suddenly launching into why he likes Disney movies.
I consider making popcorn.
They are also seriously not Democrats. I’m unsure whether they are Republican or Libertarian, but it is one or the other. Most likely Libertarian. This effects their reaction to hot chicks apparently —
Guy One: Isn’t she kinda liberal too?
Guy Two: Oh yeah, big time.
Guy One: Almost all the hot talented celebrity chicks are, its a shame.
Guy Two: Together we can turn them!
And people wonder why I love Twitter.
June 6, 2012
In the original script, the father – who was a very bad father – was a currency trader. He traded globally. And if he wanted a currency to dip, he helped. By making people disappear or dead, if necessary, because that’s a pretty fast way to disrupt a currency. Disrupt chain of command — in whatever form it takes. He was a pretty cold guy in general, not just on the father platform.
I thought I was making that up at the time. It never would have occurred to me someone would actually do that. I was just looking for the broadest harshest way to make money trading and when I hit currency trading, I thought, that’s it, that’s the way to do it.
[That required a fuck load of research to pull off too because I’m not exactly currency trading wired and it is a damn shame none of that made it into the movie.]
Now I’m watching the world and getting, I wasn’t the first person to think that up. I was just the only person naive enough to think of it as fiction.