Friday, July 10, 2009

Two more Libertarian’s for 2010…

Two more Libertarian’s for 2010… in Maryland.

Two libertarian candidates that lost congressional races in 2008 will give it another shot.
In the First District, Dr. Richard Davis was nominated as the Libertarian candidate for Congress; he ran in 2008. The libertarians describe Davis as a dentist with a “mild manner and firm grasp of the issues”. Davis received 2% of the vote in 2008.

Lorenzo Gaztañaga will be running in the Second Congressional district. The Cuba-born American became a citizen in 1973. Gaztañaga picked-up 3% of the vote in 2008 and was described as being in, “a security business… (and is) active in his church.”

Maryland Libertarians ran a candidate in every congressional race in 2008 except one. No candidate garnered more than 3% of the vote.

The Maryland Lib’s also nominated two people to run for the House of Delegates; Justin Kinsey in District 5B, and Brandon Brooks in District 11.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Libertarians of Georgia taking marijuana stand…

Libertarians of Georgia taking marijuana stand… and it’s for marijuana.

In two tweets sent out on July 9th the LPGeorgia sent out tweets saying, “Why are some people so adamantly against marijuana legalization?” and “Why on earth is hemp illegal to grow in the US, yet it's legal to grow in Canada, UK, and over 30 European nations?

A recent proposal in California to legalize marijuana has raised the national discussion on the issue. The California proposal is in an effort to collect tax money from the sales of pot.


Libertarians get a new Executive Director …

Libertarians get a new Executive Director … in Wes Benedict.

Libertarian Director of Communications Donny Ferguson, blogged about Benedict on July 8th, 2008. Ferguson wrote, “(Wes) Benedict begins his service July 17 at the LNC's quarterly meeting in St. Louis, Missouri and will then move directly to the Party's Washington, D.C. headquarters.”

Benedict was the Libertarian Party of Texas Executive Director from 2004 to 2008. He is also a former member of the Libertarian National Committee.

The Thirds last wrote about Benedict when he volunteered to help get more Libertarians on the West Virginia ballot.


I don’t feel safe in federal buildings…

I don’t feel safe in federal buildings… says Independent-Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut.

Senator Lieberman said he felt safe in federal building “…until after I saw this investigation.” The Senator made the state on Fox News when he was asked if he felt safe in federal buildings.

The interview was about GAO investigators smuggling bomb-making materials into high-profile federal buildings. In ten attempts GAO investigators were successful ten times.


Opening for Independent for Governor…

Opening for Independent for Governor… in New Jersey?

A new Rasmussen poll shows Republican Chris Christie challenger leading Democratic incumbent Governor Jon Corzine in the New Jersey 46%-39%. There is some opportunity for independent candidates. The polls says 5% of people are leaning towards voting for a third-party or independent candidate.

While only having a 5% lean is not great news it is still early.

The real opportunity is in the very unfavorable rakings of both big party candidates. Democrat Governor Jon Corzine has a 40% very unfavorable rating, Republican challenger Chris Christie has an 18% very unfavorable rating. If a candidate can cash-in with those unfavorable people there could be an opening. Each candidate is in the teens for somewhat unfavorable ratings.


State Treasurer leaves his political party…

State Treasurer leaves his political party… in Massachusetts.

Treasurer Tim Cahill dropped his Democrat moniker for the independent title. A story posted on reads, “Speculation has been that Cahill left the Democratic Party to position himself for a gubernatorial run in 2010.”

Cahill admitted going independent is not easy. The article continued with Cahil saying he doesn't have the infrastructure to run for office right now but he believes. “there is a path to victory as an independent.”

The question is what office will Cahill run for in 2010? Wayne Woodlief in the Boston Herald says, “Ex-state and national Democratic chairman Steve Grossman announced that he’ll seek the nomination for treasurer next year even if Cahill opts for re-election.”

It is likely Cahill’s move is to position himself for 2010 run. But for what office?


Holy Father, is your socialism showing…

Holy Father, is your socialism showing… asks the Constitution Party.

A tweet sent out by the Constitution Party read, “Pope Pushes Socialism-Calls For New World Order”. The tweet then directed readers to a New York Times article titled, “Pope Urges Forming New World Economic Order to Work for the ‘Common Good’”

The story seemed to call for at a minimum some strong world government. The piece by Rachel Donadio and Laurie Goodstein started, “Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a growing divide between rich and poor and urging the establishment of a “true world political authority” to oversee the economy and work for the “common good.””

The URL of the full story is below.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New political party in California…

New political party in California… The Modern Whigs.

The Whigs said they are now going to be active in the nation’s most populated state. In a tweet sent out on July 8th they said, “Modern Whigs in California officially notify state of intention to qualify as registered political party.”

A letter from the California state elections analyst to all California County Clerks/Registrars of Voters says the Whigs will, “attempt to qualify as a political party for the June 2010 Direct Primary Election”


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Third Party Independence Day messages…

ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY: No message published on their website.

THE AMERICA FIRST PARTY: No message published on their website.

AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE PARTY: No message published on their website.

AMERICAN PATRIOT PARTY: No message published on their website.

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY: A short note on their website give a few stances on committee resolutions including, “supporting self-determination for Puerto Rico… (endorsements of) John Wayne Smith for Governor of Florida, 2010…. Adam Kokesh for Congress, New Mexico's 3rd district…” The note continues, “Membership on this site has grown to 1,423...”

CENTERIST PARTY: No message published on their website.

CONSTITUTION PARTY: A message from Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party 2008 Presidential Candidate, on the Party’s website says, “…it behooves us to recall the principles of America’s founding… If the United States is going to maintain its independence and freedom much beyond the year 2010, it will only be because millions of freedom-loving Americans (and the governments of the States in which they reside) are willing to fight for it…. There is no freedom without independence, and there is no independence without eternal vigilance.”

COMMUNIST PARTY USA: No message published on their website.

GREEN PARTY: No message published on their website.

INDEPENDENCE PARTY OF AMERICA: No message published on their website.

INDEPENDENT AMERICAN PARTY: Has a link to Ron Paul’s message on the Fourth of July. The page also has a ‘Prayer Alert’ reading, “Please read and ponder on the truths contained in the Declaration… This president has worn out his welcome exceptionally fast and Congress is beginning to balk at what he wants done… let us make it a matter of prayer that the forces of Freedom will be strengthened nationally and that the enemies of Freedom will be stymied…”

JEFFERSON REPUBLICAN PARTY: No message published on their blog.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY: No specific Independence Day message. There was a post regarding July 4th Tea Parties. On July 3rd, Libertarian Party Director of Communications, Donny Ferguson, blogged about a Washington Time editorial on the July 4th tea party movement. The editorial says in part, “The tea party movement has become more than a one-time tax protest.”

INDEPENDCENCE PARTY OF MINNESOTA: No message published on their website.

MODERN WHIG PARTY: A July 3rd message on their blog reads, “…the Modern Whig Party has so far attracted about 27,000 members… there are a number of projects and endeavors underway as we continue to build this movement…. we wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.”

NEW UNION PARTY: No message published on their website.

PARTY FOR SOCIALISM AND LIBERATION: No message published on their website.

PERSONAL CHOICE PARTY: No message published on their website.

PROHIBITION PARTY: No message published on their website.

REFORM PARTY: No message published on their website.

SOCIALIST PARTY USA: No message published on their website.

VERMONT PROGESSIVE PARTY: No message published on their website.

WORLD SOCIALIST PARTY: No message published on their website.

WORKERS PARTY: No message published on their website.

WORKERS WORLD PARTY: No message published on their website.

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY: No message published on their website.


Modern Whigs back second candidate…

Modern Whigs back second candidate… for Congress.

In their Independence Day message the Modern Whig party announced they are backing Adam Kokesh’s run for Congress. Kokesh is running in New Mexico’s Third District.

Kokesh has said if he will run on any party ticket. Kokesh has also been endorsed by two people that ran for President in 2008; Congressman Ron Paul and former Senator Mike Gravel.

Democrat Ben Lujan is currently in his first term in Congress representing New Mexico’s Third District. In 2008, the area showed 14% support for independent Carol Miller.

Paul McKain is running for Congress on the Modern Whig Party ticket in Florida. McKain was the first person to run for office on the Modern Whig ticket.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Independent American Party candidate gets record campaign violation fine…

Independent American Party candidate gets record campaign violation fine… in Nevada.

Multiple media sources in Nevada are reporting the Independent American Party candidate for Washoe County clerk, Zachary Triggs was hit with a huge fine.

The report says a Carson City District Judge fined Triggs $54,303 for failing to file required reports. The judge got that total from: $15,000 in civil penalties for failing to file the reports, $33,369 in attorneys’ fees and $5,934 in interest.

Secretary of State Ross Miller says he believes the previous penalty record was $37,000.

To make it even worse, Triggs lost the race only getting 20-percent of the vote.


Prohibition Party fields candidate for Governor...

Prohibition Party fields candidate for Governor... of Tennessee.

According to the June Griffin of Dayton, Tennessee will run for Governor. She made the announcement at the Prohibition Party Convention, of which she is a member of the executive committee.

The article said she has previously run for office, and received 5,000 votes across Tennessee against Senator Lamar Alexander.


Two-party politics: GOP vs. Constitution Party in…

Two-party politics: GOP vs. Constitution Party in… Virginia. is reporting on the race between Republican House Delegate Bob Tata and Constitution Party candidate French Mackes. According to the report, Mackes was a Republican until last year, said he offers a more fiscally and socially conservative option and that is why he joined the Constitution Party. Makes has also been endorsed by the of the fiscally conservative Independent Green Party of Virginia. This race is for the 85th house district.

But this is not the only instance of Republican versus Constitution Parties in the 2009 Virginia house races. The 18th district race features incumbent Republican Clay Athey Junior battling Constitution Party candidate Todd M. Jack.

Just a note, the 19th District race will feature Democrat and Constitution Party members running against Independent incumbent Lacey E. Putney.


British find Declaration of Independence…

British find Declaration of Independence… more than 200 years late.

The Associated Press is reporting the British discovered a rare original copy of the American Declaration of Independence "several months ago".

According to the article, British National Archives spokeswoman Frances McDarby said it was "possible that an American coastal vessel was intercepted by the British navy and that is how the document was able to come into our possession."


Professor to run for Senate…

Professor to run for Senate… in Florida.

Marshall L. DeRosa has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Florida on the Constitution Party ticket.

The Constitution Party of Florida’s website describes DeRosa as, “..a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Houston, and has taught at Louisiana State University and Davis and Elkins College. He is an adjunct faculty member for the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a Salvatori Fellow of the Heritage Foundation, and a member of the Philadelphia Society.”

DeRosa says Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential run inspired him to run for office.


Former U.S. Presidential candidate speaks from jail…

Former U.S. Presidential candidate speaks from jail… an Israeli jail.

In a news release from the National Green Party former U.S. Representative and 2008 Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney talked about her jailing in Israeli.

Cynthia McKinney delivered the following statement by phone: "We were in international waters on a boat delivering humanitarian aid to people in Gaza when the Israeli Navy ships surrounded us and illegally threatened us… Immigration officials in Israel said they did not want to keep us, but we remain imprisoned.”

The news release says McKinney and other people jailed have refused to sign: “a self-incriminating 'deportation form' stating that the Spirit of Humanity was violating the Israeli blockade and trespassing Israeli territorial waters by attempting to deliver supplies to Gaza.”

The boat McKinney was on was delivering medical supplies, cement, and children's toys to Pro- Palestinian groups in Gaza.


Ralph Nader says Perot was right...

Ralph Nader says Perot was right… in an e-mail to supporters.

Nader wrote Perot was, “right on General Motors, right on NAFTA trade, and right on the federal deficits.”

Nader pointed to Perot’s days on the General Motors Board of Directors and how Perot believed GM executives were inefficiently running the company. Nader argues that Perot’s calls against NAFTA can be seen in Michigan today as car plants were moved to Mexico. Perot's beliefs on having a large national debt were also highlighted.

The former Presidental candidate writing about another former Presidential candidate wrapped-up by saying a person like Perot could not survive today. “In Bush’s and Obama’s Washington, there is no room for Perot to gain visibility and recognition,” wrote Nader.

----NADER'S E-MAIL----

I’ve wondered often why people who go to “town meetings” held by campaigning politicians rarely ask fundamental questions.

Here is one that should have been asked of presidential candidate Barack Obama: “If you get to the White House, will you appoint to top positions Americans who have a track record of making the right decisions in their respective fields?”

“Of course, I will,” Obama would have undoubtedly replied.

Of course, he did not when it came to the collapse of the corrupt Wall Street casinos and the bailout of these gamblers by the American people. Obama chose the very Wall Streeters and Wall Street servants who were involved in, condoned, or profited from the speculative binges that led to the biggest government bailout scheme in world history. The President’s explanation is that he wants experienced people who know how Wall Street works. Yeah, right! In reality, he wanted political cover.

Something very important is missing when even people who are part of the ruling establishment are ignored, marginalized, or ridiculed even though their detailed, public warnings prove to be all too accurate.

Consider billionaire, Ross Perot. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Ross, as everyone calls him, was right on General Motors, right on NAFTA trade, and right on the federal deficits.

In 1984, he joined the Board of Directors of GM after selling his successful company, EDS, to the auto giant. He could scarcely believe how stodgy, bureaucratic, and insensitive GM executives were in running the company. He tried to shake up the boys at the top to meet the fast-growing competition from Asia and Europe.

The GM brass couldn’t stand Ross “at large” probing up and down the company, so in 1986 they bought out his shares in return for him leaving the Board.

Two years later, reflecting on his experience at GM with a reporter from Fortune, Perot called the “General Motors system a blanket of fog that keeps people from doing what they know needs to be done.”

Warming up, Perot continued: “One day I made a speech to some senior executives. I said, ‘Okay, guys, I’m going to give you the whole code on what’s wrong. You don’t like your customers. You don’t like your dealers. You don’t like the people who make your cars. You don’t like your stockholders. And, to a large extent, you don’t like one another. For this company to win, we’re going to have to love our customers. We’re going to have to stop fretting about dealers who make too much money and hope they make $1 billion a year though us. The guys on the factory floor are the salt of the earth—not mad-dog, rabid, burn-the-plant-down radicals. And all this sniping at one another—the financial guys vs. the cars guys—is terribly destructive.’”

GM didn’t listen to Ross. Now, after a long, relentless slide, GM is bankrupt, abandoning their workers, two thousand of their dealers, and their customers’ grievances. Moreover, GM is into the U.S. taxpayer for over $70 billion.

Perot devoted much of his 1993 published book Save Your Job, Save Our Country to NAFTA and trade. Looking back, he was right most of the time. NAFTA cost more U.S. jobs than it created, generated a huge U.S. trade deficit with Mexico, and mainly benefited the “36 businessmen who own Mexico’s 39 largest conglomerates or over half of Mexico’s Gross National Product.”

The border-located maquiladora factories have high worker turnover and squeeze the laborers in often unsafe conditions for little pay.

Here is how Perot described the scene behind the boasting of Washington, DC, and corporations about the large increase in trade after NAFTA:

“Most of the goods produced in the maquiladoras are shipped into the U.S. market. Consequently, most of the so-called trade between the U.S. and Mexico is not trade as trade is commonly understood. Rather, it is primarily U.S. companies shipping their own machinery, components, and raw materials across the border into their Mexican factories and then shipping their finished or semi-finished goods back over the border into the U.S.”

A good deal of the U.S. auto industry went south after NAFTA, leaving workers and communities stranded in Michigan and other states. Bankrupt Chrysler is planning to move a modern, award-winning engine plant in Wisconsin to Mexico after receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts.

On Perot’s nationally-televised deficit warnings (with charts), what more need be said? Even he did not envision what would pile up after his clarion calls. The burden on the next generation and the tax dollars diverted from our country’s needs to pay the interest on these trillions of dollars of debt were pointed out again and again nearly twenty years ago by the Texas entrepreneur. He even has a website ( updating the red ink.

In Bush’s and Obama’s Washington, there is no room for Perot to gain visibility and recognition.

It is one thing for the Washington politicians to ignore prescient progressive commentators, like William Grieder, who have been prophetically right on. It is quite another escape from reality to turn their backs on leaders within the business establishment itself.

There are many like Perot who must be watching the day’s news and saying “we told you so, but you didn’t listen then and you are not listening now.”

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