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Gov. Gary Johnson Files Complaint In Federal Court Against Commission On Presidential Debates

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October 19, 2012, Washington, DC – Citing survey data showing former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has in fact achieved the narrow criteria required for inclusion in the Monday debate, earning more than 40 percent of the vote in “head-to-head” polls against President Barack Obama, the Libertarian Party nominee’s campaign today filed a complaint in Federal Court in the District of Columbia maintaining that Johnson has, in fact, met the Commission on Presidential Debates’ criteria for inclusion. The complaint asks the Court to compel the CPD to include Johnson.

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Why not let him and Jill Stein debate? God forbid we hear more than two people.

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Nope. 

Just give it up, superfans. Truly. Your guy has retired. 

First, it was the Republican Party. Then, it was the media. Now, it’s organized crime interests cockblocking Ron Paul. 

I have another theory. The majority of people think Ron Paul is a crankier Grandpa Simpson with occasional bouts of sanity. Let me put this another way: Yes, a broken clock is right twice a day – but for the other 1,438 minutes, it’s wrong.

Just stop. Find a hobby. I hear knitting is fun.

Nope.

Just give it up, superfans. Truly. Your guy has retired.

First, it was the Republican Party. Then, it was the media. Now, it’s organized crime interests cockblocking Ron Paul.

I have another theory. The majority of people think Ron Paul is a crankier Grandpa Simpson with occasional bouts of sanity. Let me put this another way: Yes, a broken clock is right twice a day – but for the other 1,438 minutes, it’s wrong.

Just stop. Find a hobby. I hear knitting is fun.

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election:

cognitivedissonance:

This is some fantastic product placement…
#RNC2012 (Taken with Instagram at Tampa International Airport (TPA))

I’m just sayin’. I’m now sitting at the gate and waiting to board my plane. Next to me are some sadfaced Ron Paul fans discussing the strategy for 2016.
Guys. I know the RNC pulled some shenanigans, but really…
When Jerry Garcia died, the deadheads went home. Rep. Ron Paul said this was his last hurrah. At least unite behind Sen. Rand Paul, or former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
Instead, this is what they did down at the bookstore at the United Terminal as a form of protest:

When the clerk would move the books, they’d put them back. Seriously. It’s a little ridiculous. I think you could find something else to do. Like knitting. Or pick up a copy of The Hunger Games. I hear it’s a good read.
In all seriousness, the Paul fans are much more passionate than I saw anyone be about Romney at the RNC. I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a good forecast for the general feeling the GOP has regarding their nominee, but I did run into two delegates Thursday wearing these pins they bought on Zazzle.com:

— Meg

More from Tampa ^^

election:

cognitivedissonance:

This is some fantastic product placement…

#RNC2012 (Taken with Instagram at Tampa International Airport (TPA))

I’m just sayin’. I’m now sitting at the gate and waiting to board my plane. Next to me are some sadfaced Ron Paul fans discussing the strategy for 2016.

Guys. I know the RNC pulled some shenanigans, but really…

When Jerry Garcia died, the deadheads went home. Rep. Ron Paul said this was his last hurrah. At least unite behind Sen. Rand Paul, or former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Instead, this is what they did down at the bookstore at the United Terminal as a form of protest:

When the clerk would move the books, they’d put them back. Seriously. It’s a little ridiculous. I think you could find something else to do. Like knitting. Or pick up a copy of The Hunger Games. I hear it’s a good read.

In all seriousness, the Paul fans are much more passionate than I saw anyone be about Romney at the RNC. I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a good forecast for the general feeling the GOP has regarding their nominee, but I did run into two delegates Thursday wearing these pins they bought on Zazzle.com:

— Meg

More from Tampa ^^

(via gov)

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Police Intervene, Arrest Ron Paul Backers at Missouri Caucus

And the circus rolls on:

Police and organizers shut down proceedings at one of Missouri’s largest caucuses today, as Ron Paul supporters feuded with local GOP leaders.

"It’s like the Hatfields and the McCoys around here," St. Charles County’s former GOP chairman told ABC News, after police arrived on-scene with a helicopter and removed Paul backers.

In St. Charles, an exurb of St. Louis and one of the state’s largest GOP counties, Paul supporters sought to elect their own chairman and adopt their own rules when proceedings opened — both of which are part of standard caucus rules and procedure. But as they argued with the caucus chair, Paul supporters held video cameras — against caucus rules, according to a GOP official who was there — and things became contentious.

"It turned into a little food fight within the caucus, between the caucus chairman trying to control the caucus and certain elements, I guess with Ron Paul, trying to be heard," said Tom Kipers, a former chairman of the St. Charles GOP, who attended the caucus at Francis Howell North High School.

An off-duty police officer, hired as security, eventually filed a trespassing complaint against the Paul supporters and notified on-duty police in the area municipality of St. Peters, who, along with police from other jurisdictions, arrested two Paul supporters and ended the caucuses early. A joint-jurisdictional police helicopter arrived on the scene. Kipers said about 10 officers arrived in total.

As amusing as this story is on the surface, the law-enforcement involvement is a disconcerting…

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Ron Paul fans and Citizens United present Election 2012™

Seriously, hear me out.

I realized this when answering nice Anon. I’m just sitting there typing, when it hits me!

Inspiration for an explanation!

They’re chaotic neutral. For reals:

A character of this alignment is an individualist who follows his or her own heart, and generally shirks rules and traditions. Although they promote the ideals of freedom, it is their own freedom that comes first. Good and Evil come second to their need to be free, and the only reliable thing about them is how totally unreliable they are. Chaotic Neutral characters are free-spirited and do not enjoy the unnecessary suffering of others, but if they join a team, it is because that team’s goals happen to coincide with their own at the moment.

They invariably resent taking orders and can be very selfish in their pursuit of personal goals. A Chaotic Neutral character does not have to be an aimless wanderer; they may have a specific goal in mind, but their methods of achieving that goal are often disorganized, unorthodox, or entirely unpredictable. An unusual subset of Chaotic Neutral is “strongly Chaotic Neutral,” describing a character who behaves chaotically to the point of appearing insane.

This was submitted to me several weeks ago by a reader named David L.

He writes, “Though you could debate whether or not Harvey Dent truly has the alignment of chaotic neutral, does it not stand to reason the libertarian philosophy could be debated as one looking at chance as the only fair option in society? Government is unfair, social support is unfair if the individual is not self-sufficient… etc. The libertarian champions chance and freedom until their freedom is pissed upon via an imaginary or real injustice. Then SOMEONE must DO SOMETHING. In primary school, these little miscreants never learned to share their toys. Perhaps I’m over-simplifying, but over in the UK, it appears American politics and American society as a whole has gone entirely bloody mad. Ron Paul would never be voted into parliament. Even under Cameron, a man of his caliber and ideas would be relegated to preaching in a park or a street corner. Your election is a reality show, a Dungeons and Dragons for the easily bored.”

Trust me, I’ve thought the same thing about the political scene being a freak show. Perhaps politics is just a role-playing game.

But then who the fuck is throwing the die?

Riiiight…. And let’s not forget the top ten list of corporate donors. Ron Paul fans frequently support the Citizens United v. FEC (2010) decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision opened the floodgates to corporate cash in the election process. Interestingly enough, I spoke with many Paul fans months ago who insisted their hero needed no corporate or PAC cash because that money is tainted, comes with strings, etc.

In any case, Ron Paul’s rise is perhaps not as meteoric as predicted. However, don’t tell his chaotic neutral fans:

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the-cold-revolution asked: "I’m skeptical of Ron Paul’s “baby in a bucket” story. If this appalling situation happened, why did Paul just keep on walking? Or was that “life” just not worth his time that day? If such a thing happened and I were a doctor, I’d make a scene. Short of that, I’d take it out of the “bucket” and give it comfort for its last few moments. Really, he’s either telling a tall tale or guilty of the same heartlessness he’s condemning." by this logic, go stand in front a tank and stop paying the IRS.

I can pull quotes too. From your reblog of said link:

"…I wish all women were aborted like in China so we wouldn’t have this problem in a hundred years or so. You bitches done fucked up. You killed so many god dammed [sic] babies, men decided to create a uterus and we don’t fucking need you anymore. p sout! source: http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/kyle-xy Can someone teach me how to make that link look like the word ‘source’? k, Thanks.

With supporters like this, I’m 100% sure I can quit posting about Ron Paul and let y’all do the trick. My posts are just insurance.

"You bitches done fucked up…" — I can’t make this shit up.

But you did.

Oh, and if you’ll note, the link to that comment is clickable. In other words, the source of the comment. Basically, you’re bitching to the wrong source.

Cheers!

-Meg

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The Personhood USA Pledge

"I proclaim that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and is endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to life.

I stand with President Ronald Reagan in supporting ‘the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death,’ and with the Republican Party platform in affirming that I ‘support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children.’

I believe that in order to properly protect the right to life of the vulnerable among us, every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise. I recognize that in cases where a mother’s life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child as an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing.

I oppose assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and procedures that intentionally destroy developing human beings.

I pledge to the American people that I will defend all innocent human life. Abortion and the intentional killing of an innocent human being are always wrong and should be prohibited.

If elected President, I will work to advance state and federal laws and amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings as persons at every stage of development, and to the best of my knowledge, I will only appoint federal judges and relevant officials who will uphold and enforce state and federal laws recognizing that all human beings at every stage of development are persons with the unalienable right to life.”

So who’s signed it? 3 of 4 current presidential candidates. I’ll give you a hint…

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Shep Smith: Pimps and prostitutes for Ron Paul, Donald Trump for Mitt Romney, we still don’t know about Shakira and Big Bird but we’ll learn in the next hour.

Judge Napolitano: Isn’t it great being in this business?

Shep Smith: It’s the weirdest election season I’ve ever lived through and I’ve been here for what feels like 130,000.

Shep Smith, discussing presidential endorsements today on Fox News.

I bet it feels like forever, Shep.

I am 100% sure Shep Smith is about the only voice of quasi-reason over in Rupert Murdoch’s kingdom. One day they’ll figure it out and he’ll get disappeared. Until then, I’ll totally enjoy his snark.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Occupy Tulsa Denounces Ron Paul and Other Republican Candidates: “Puppets for the One Percent.”

Occupy Tulsa issued on its website today a condemnation of Ron Paul and other Republican presidential candidates, calling them “puppets for the One Percent.” Group organizer Daniel Lee writes, “The Republican Party has worked for years against the working class of this country, promoting crony capitalism and unregulated corporate corruption, handing tax breaks and corporate welfare to the rich, while slashing public support programs for the poor and encouraging the exploitation of the people. Ron Paul is no exception.”

[Lee] continued, “His blatant racism and fanatical support of rampant unregulated corporate greed under the guise of ‘free markets’ poses as great a threat to the freedom and equality of the people of this country as bloated, openly bigoted Republican bureaucrats like Newt Gingrich or the trust-fund club elitists like Mitt Romney.”

Occupy Tulsa, now as ever, does not promote or endorse political parties or candidates. However, it is committed to exposing corruption and cronyism wherever it is found, and it bears a strong responsibility to the people to warn of candidates seeking to adopt a populist stance while promoting the interests of the One Percent, such as Ron Paul. Paul’s strong defense of Mitt Romney’s record as a venture capitalist shows clearly he is on the side of the very institutions which have exploited the American people and ruined our economy. Despite his stance on the war and other popular libertarian issues, Paul’s public social and economic policy would bring this country to a complete state of ruin, and dismantle what little safety net is left for minorities, the poor, and the working class.

As such, his positions are incompatible with the ideals and goals of the Occupy movement, and concerted attempts by Ron Paul groups to co-opt the movement should be taken as a serious threat to the cohesion and unity of the revolution. As always, all individuals are welcome to join Occupy Tulsa as part of the 99%, but it is imperative that the movement remain true to its founding ideals of direct democracy and complete social and economic equality.

I’m delighted to see a condemnation like this for one significant reason - in recent debates and interviews, Ron Paul has begun stating he sympathizes with the plight of the 99%. Notice he also essentially states he empathizes with the one percent as well, using the same language as Romney about punishing success, then typically moves into claims it was too much government regulation which caused the financial crisis. 

If over-regulation were the case, the decrease of government oversight, coupled with the increase in severity of crises and complexity of risky financial instruments, makes for an awfully interesting correlation.

Using the language of populism does not make one a champion of the working class.

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Anonymous asked: nobody cares about your fucking uterus. get over it. Ron Paul is not taking away anyone’s right to reproductive freedom. This country is fucked in so many ways and you can’t look past a wedge issue like this that will NEVER effect anyone directly.

cognitivedissonance:

I care about my uterus and the uteruses (uteri?) of others. I also care about our rights to have a family (or not) when we so choose. This country is fucked in a lot of different ways. Why add to it by making safe, legal abortion no longer safe and no longer legal?

And yes, he would take away reproductive freedom. He’s written and co-sponsored bills to do just that - from defunding Planned Parenthood, to outright banning abortion. Of course, there’s other reasons why Ron Paul is ridiculous. Here’s a laundry list, complete with links. But reproductive rights? That’s something he should be entirely familiar with, considering his job as an OB/GYN. He should be familiar with the complications that can arise when reproductive rights are denied.

And it will never affect anyone directly? How about me? I want to avoid pregnancy, and yet still enjoy sex within my heterosexual, monogamous marriage. (You know, the kind the GOP supposedly likes, and encourges.) So Catholic roulette? That method (rhythm method) has a high rate of failure when a person’s menstrual cycle can’t be tracked well.

So let’s pretend I’ve become pregnant. Oopsies! Well, there goes the likelihood of law school. But whatever, it’s not like I should be educated anyhow, right? And then, in about the fifth month of pregnancy, I begin bleeding uncontrollably. And that doctor looks at me and says, “Sorry, I’m going to let you bleed because I don’t do abortions.” Typically, he’s supposed to call someone - but that doesn’t always happen. And under President Ron Paul, the conscience clause states he doesn’t have to save my life. Because his own reasons. 

Don’t believe me? This already happened. Not to me, but to another woman who barely survived. A historical overview of abortion is here.

Your attitude of “nobody cares” leads to headlines like this:

Read Mrs. Jones’ story here. Or Susannah Lattin’s story. Or look at the picture of Geraldine Santoro face-down and bloody after dying on the floor of a hotel after an illegal abortion. (Warning: The photo is graphic).

Or let’s go global. Did you know abortion is more common in countries where it is banned? From Time magazine:

About 47,000 women died from unsafe abortions in 2008, and another 8.5 million women had serious medical complications. Almost all unsafe abortions were in developing countries, where family planning and contraceptive programs have mostly levelled off.

But who cares? They’re just women. We’re all just a bunch of whiny bitches who don’t understand the genius of Ron Paul, right? These are not wedge issues. You want to talk about personal liberty? How about liberty to choose when to raise a family? How about the rights of people to keep government out from between our legs? Come out from behind your gray box and defend your heartlessness.

In summary, fuck your “nobody cares” sentiment and fuck Ron Paul.

Rebloggable from hobojew! Huzzah!

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Live coverage of tonight’s CNN Debate

My coverage of the CNN debate tonight. Yes, there was another one.

It’s getting ridiculous in terms of the introductions - each debate is introduced as the most important one. This debate may actually be relatively important - it’s the last one before Florida’s primary, and with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich tied in the polls, they needed a strong night. The result? Eh, not so much.

Romney managed to get some hits in on Gingrich, and vice-versa, but the consensus on Twitter seemed to be that it was less strategic debate tactic and more tantrum-throwing. Either way, I predict Florida is Rick Santorum’s last stand. He’s running out of cash. The sweater vest market is small, and there’s only so many you can sell to each person, y’know?

And the discussion over colonizing the moon… Statehood for the moon. Seriously. Don’t miss that.

The next debate isn’t scheduled until February 22nd, so we have at least a month ‘til the next one. 

If you missed tonight’s debate, catch it here:

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