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First, It Was War On Crime, Then Drugs, Next Terror, Now It’s War On Americans
There’s A Press Blackout on S 1959, the Thought Crime Prevention Bill; Why?

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As odd as it sounds, it’s true. The Mainstream News Media appears to be in a total news blackout in regard S 1959. At first, I believed it was merely the reluctance of the MSM to discuss this Bill, however, the answer may be much more sinister than that! Below is a reply I found on Ron Paul’s Campaign site which references this Bill, and I double and triple checked for ANY Mainstream News Coverage on this issue – and so far, it appears to almost be non-existent!

The Greatest Obstacle

On December 4th, 2007 hemingway811 says:

is that the MSM has had a total blackout on the House’s passage of HR 1955 on Oct. 23rd. Do a search at any major newspaper & the major television stations, including cable. I have found a few comments in Blogs at a couple of television sites, but that’s about it.

For example, at the Washington Post you get:

“No Results Found”

No matches found on search for: hr 1955

No matches found on search for: violent radicalization

404 members of the House voted for this “thought crime” Bill. The ACLU is working with members of the Senate to amend the language. They specifically refer to the regulation of thoughts. I don’t expect the ACLU to make much headway with the Senate. We have been bombarded with so much fear-mongering 24/7 for so long, members of Congress are too afraid of being labeled unpatriotic if they don’t vote for legislation like this.

RP did not cast a vote on HR 1955.

It is time to flood Keith Olbermann, Lou Dobbs, Jack Cafferty, and anyone else speaking out of the real issues the rest of the MSM ignores, with e-mails urging them to speak out about this Legislation. I already have.

Lou Dobbs:

Jack Cafferty LINK

Unfortunately, writing Lou Dobbs or Jack Cafferty is futile, as CNN refuses to publish any information in regard this assault on our Constitution, and that’s after they have received hundreds, maybe even thousands of requests to editorialize on the subject. Has the government issued “signing letters” or other orders that prevent ALL of America’s Mainstream News Media from reporting on this vital issue? Jack Cafferty is attempting to promote his so-called “Blog” on CNN, however, if you even mention S 1959 in your comment, it probably won’t be published. CNN is stonewalling their viewer-ship, and on an issue where the public is demanding that this Bill be discussed in a public forum; CNN, along with the rest of the MSM, have turned their backs on America and have shown, despite increasing public outrage that they don’t give a damn about public opinion!

If you fine-tune your Internet searches, and Google S 1959, there are pages and pages of results, almost all of them Blogs and Discussion forums in the US who are discussing this matter and urging their subscribers to call, email, and write to Congress to defeat this Bill, yet it appears we are screaming into a void – and no one in the MSM has the courage to bring this odious Bill to the publics attention. In fact, there is little or nothing mentioned in the foreign press as well, and in this writer’s opinion, we must break the silence of the Mainstream News Media to bring about enough awareness where the people can protest in enough numbers to kill this Bill before free speech in America is nothing more than a fleeting memory.

To anyone that is aware of Naomi Wolf’s writing, the Guardian Unlimited published her recent essay, Fascist America, in 10 easy steps. One chilling part of that essay is published below, and we all need to take note that a Fascist America appears to be on our doorstep, and only by making the MSM report upon this attempt to silence free speech in America will we have any chance of stopping the steady march toward total fascism and dictatorship in America:

8. Control the press

Italy in the 1920s, Germany in the 30s, East Germany in the 50s, Czechoslovakia in the 60s, the Latin American dictatorships in the 70s, China in the 80s and 90s – all dictatorships and would-be dictators target newspapers and journalists. They threaten and harass them in more open societies that they are seeking to close, and they arrest them and worse in societies that have been closed already.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says arrests of US journalists are at an all-time high: Josh Wolf (no relation), a blogger in San Francisco, has been put in jail for a year for refusing to turn over video of an anti-war demonstration; Homeland Security brought a criminal complaint against reporter Greg Palast, claiming he threatened “critical infrastructure” when he and a TV producer were filming victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Palast had written a bestseller critical of the Bush administration.

Other reporters and writers have been punished in other ways. Joseph C Wilson accused Bush, in a New York Times op-ed, of leading the country to war on the basis of a false charge that Saddam Hussein had acquired yellowcake uranium in Niger. His wife, Valerie Plame, was outed as a CIA spy – a form of retaliation that ended her career.

Prosecution and job loss are nothing, though, compared with how the US is treating journalists seeking to cover the conflict in Iraq in an unbiased way. The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented multiple accounts of the US military in Iraq firing upon or threatening to fire upon unembedded (meaning independent) reporters and camera operators from organisations ranging from al-Jazeera to the BBC. While westerners may question the accounts by al-Jazeera, they should pay attention to the accounts of reporters such as the BBC’s Kate Adie. In some cases reporters have been wounded or killed, including ITN’s Terry Lloyd in 2003. Both CBS and the Associated Press in Iraq had staff members seized by the US military and taken to violent prisons; the news organisations were unable to see the evidence against their staffers.

Over time in closing societies, real news is supplanted by fake news and false documents. Pinochet showed Chilean citizens falsified documents to back up his claim that terrorists had been about to attack the nation. The yellowcake charge, too, was based on forged papers.

You won’t have a shutdown of news in modern America – it is not possible. But you can have, as Frank Rich and Sidney Blumenthal have pointed out, a steady stream of lies polluting the news well. What you already have is a White House directing a stream of false information that is so relentless that it is increasingly hard to sort out truth from untruth. In a fascist system, it’s not the lies that count but the muddying. When citizens can’t tell real news from fake, they give up their demands for accountability bit by bit.

9. Dissent equals treason

Cast dissent as “treason” and criticism as “espionage’. Every closing society does this, just as it elaborates laws that increasingly criminalize certain kinds of speech and expand the definition of “spy” and “traitor”. When Bill Keller, the publisher of the New York Times, ran the Lichtblau/Risen stories, Bush called the Times’ leaking of classified information “disgraceful”, while Republicans in Congress called for Keller to be charged with treason, and rightwing commentators and news outlets kept up the “treason” drumbeat. Some commentators, as Conason noted, reminded readers smugly that one penalty for violating the Espionage Act is execution.MORE

Based on all of the Blogs which are standing in solidarity against this issue, I’d bet my last dollar (If I had one to spare…) the Congress has received hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails, yet they still remain mute and refuse to offer the public anything at all – not even an assurance they will look into our concern and outrage; instead, it appears The United States Congress is betraying their constituents, this time in an assault that could change the face of America! Based on the refusal of the MSM to publicize the issue, and Congress remaining deaf and dumb in the performance of their duties, we can only ascertain that Congress is attempting to pass this Bill while the bulk of the population isn’t even aware of its existence, and to me, that speaks of treason!

We have only one chance of defeating this Bill before it gets out of Committee, and that’s to make enough calls and send enough emails to effectively jam-up the phone systems in Congress, and only by acting in unison will we be able to save free speech in America. As an alternative, I’m calling upon the foreign press to publicize this matter, especially those in England, Germany, France, and all of the countries that America gave so many lives in World War I and II to help them throw off the yolk of oppression. America was there for them when Nazi Germany was attempting to enslave all of Europe, and I believe they have a debt of honor to repay -to stand tall and write about this critical issue that affects all of America. We were there for them, and now it seems that we need their help, if it’s nothing more than embarrassing the American Mainstream News Media into covering an issue that affects each and every American alive, here and abroad, and to lend their assistance in helping to insure that the United States will remain a free and democratic nation.

William Cormier

FootNote: This morning, I noted that NBC is quietly refunding money to advertisers because their ratings have been so low. LINK NBC, if you want to jump-start your ratings and be a top network again, maybe you might try reporting the news – all of it, and if you would break this press blackout and show some courage, I’m guessing, based on the interest of the public in regard S 1959, your ratings would soar and rather than giving refunds for poor ratings, you’d see your viewer-ship increase dramatically.


To anyone in the foreign Press reading this Op-Ed

As you read this Op-Ed, please sit back and contemplate on the significance of this matter; President Bush is blathering on and on about “Democratic Principles” while our own society is closing down and now we don’t even have a free press except for what the Internet offers us – and we can’t reach enough people by the Internet alone unless every one of us bands together in solidarity, and so far, that’s been a daunting task -although people from all walks of life are joining in, but without fair representation in the media, we remain unaware of how many thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of Americans who have called or emailed Congress in regard this assault on our constitution.

Freedom in Americana is quickly becoming what the Presidency “feels like” rather than a strict adherence to our constitution and laws – and without massive foreign coverage of the assault against the freedom of Americans by the Bush administration, this nation could easily be overwhelmed by fascism, something countless Americans died for in helping to protect Europe so many years ago.

Keep in mind these actions will not help the Bush administration and the Neo-cons who seem to want perpetual war, but will benefit the average American that still believes the United States should return to our constitutional roots, adhere to the Rule of American Law as well as International law, something this President holds in utter contempt.

Your help will be appreciated, and although I have been loathe to request international press support, however, with the mainstream news media compromised by so many factors, we are now looking for any measure that could help to bring awareness to the general public in regard S 1959. Even the United Nations should be able to see through this ploy to keep the American people in ignorance – and ignorance and propaganda is how a free society is transformed to a fascist and authoritarian government.

It’s time for the international community to understand the struggle the “Freedom Fighters” in America are engaged in to bring our country back under the rule of law, and publicizing this struggle and giving “the people” credit for their efforts to throw-off oppression and the unconstitutional muzzling of the News will help us to bring our fight to the countless millions of Americans who still remain unaware of the danger(s) they face. If the US MSM won’t represent us, then maybe it’s time for the international community to step-in and lend their support, and tomorrow won’t be fast enough!

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Why Socialism? By Albert Einstein

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Why Socialism? By Albert Einstein

This essay was originally published in the first issue of Monthly Review (May 1949).

Is it advisable for one who is not an expert on economic and social issues to express views on the subject of socialism? I believe for a number of reasons that it is.

Let us first consider the question from the point of view of scientific knowledge. It might appear that there are no essential methodological differences between astronomy and economics: scientists in both fields attempt to discover laws of general acceptability for a circumscribed group of phenomena in order to make the interconnection of these phenomena as clearly understandable as possible. But in reality such methodological differences do exist. The discovery of general laws in the field of economics is made difficult by the circumstance that observed economic phenomena are often affected by many factors which are very hard to evaluate separately. In addition, the experience which has accumulated since the beginning of the so-called civilized period of human history has—as is well known—been largely influenced and limited by causes which are by no means exclusively economic in nature. For example, most of the major states of history owed their existence to conquest. The conquering peoples established themselves, legally and economically, as the privileged class of the conquered country. They seized for themselves a monopoly of the land ownership and appointed a priesthood from among their own ranks. The priests, in control of education, made the class division of society into a permanent institution and created a system of values by which the people were thenceforth, to a large extent unconsciously, guided in their social behavior.

But historic tradition is, so to speak, of yesterday; nowhere have we really overcome what Thorstein Veblen called “the predatory phase” of human development. The observable economic facts belong to that phase and even such laws as we can derive from them are not applicable to other phases. Since the real purpose of socialism is precisely to overcome and advance beyond the predatory phase of human development, economic science in its present state can throw little light on the socialist society of the future.

Second, socialism is directed towards a social-ethical end. Science, however, cannot create ends and, even less, instill them in human beings; science, at most, can supply the means by which to attain certain ends. But the ends themselves are conceived by personalities with lofty ethical ideals and—if these ends are not stillborn, but vital and vigorous—are adopted and carried forward by those many human beings who, half unconsciously, determine the slow evolution of society.

For these reasons, we should be on our guard not to overestimate science and scientific methods when it is a question of human problems; and we should not assume that experts are the only ones who have a right to express themselves on questions affecting the organization of society.

Innumerable voices have been asserting for some time now that human society is passing through a crisis, that its stability has been gravely shattered. It is characteristic of such a situation that individuals feel indifferent or even hostile toward the group, small or large, to which they belong. In order to illustrate my meaning, let me record here a personal experience. I recently discussed with an intelligent and well-disposed man the threat of another war, which in my opinion would seriously endanger the existence of mankind, and I remarked that only a supra-national organization would offer protection from that danger. Thereupon my visitor, very calmly and coolly, said to me: “Why are you so deeply opposed to the disappearance of the human race?”

I am sure that as little as a century ago no one would have so lightly made a statement of this kind. It is the statement of a man who has striven in vain to attain an equilibrium within himself and has more or less lost hope of succeeding. It is the expression of a painful solitude and isolation from which so many people are suffering in these days. What is the cause? Is there a way out?

It is easy to raise such questions, but difficult to answer them with any degree of assurance. I must try, however, as best I can, although I am very conscious of the fact that our feelings and strivings are often contradictory and obscure and that they cannot be expressed in easy and simple formulas.

Man is, at one and the same time, a solitary being and a social being. As a solitary being, he attempts to protect his own existence and that of those who are closest to him, to satisfy his personal desires, and to develop his innate abilities. As a social being, he seeks to gain the recognition and affection of his fellow human beings, to share in their pleasures, to comfort them in their sorrows, and to improve their conditions of life. Only the existence of these varied, frequently conflicting, strivings accounts for the special character of a man, and their specific combination determines the extent to which an individual can achieve an inner equilibrium and can contribute to the well-being of society. It is quite possible that the relative strength of these two drives is, in the main, fixed by inheritance. But the personality that finally emerges is largely formed by the environment in which a man happens to find himself during his development, by the structure of the society in which he grows up, by the tradition of that society, and by its appraisal of particular types of behavior. The abstract concept “society” means to the individual human being the sum total of his direct and indirect relations to his contemporaries and to all the people of earlier generations. The individual is able to think, feel, strive, and work by himself; but he depends so much upon society—in his physical, intellectual, and emotional existence—that it is impossible to think of him, or to understand him, outside the framework of society. It is “society” which provides man with food, clothing, a home, the tools of work, language, the forms of thought, and most of the content of thought; his life is made possible through the labor and the accomplishments of the many millions past and present who are all hidden behind the small word “society.”

It is evident, therefore, that the dependence of the individual upon society is a fact of nature which cannot be abolished—just as in the case of ants and bees. However, while the whole life process of ants and bees is fixed down to the smallest detail by rigid, hereditary instincts, the social pattern and interrelationships of human beings are very variable and susceptible to change. Memory, the capacity to make new combinations, the gift of oral communication have made possible developments among human being which are not dictated by biological necessities. Such developments manifest themselves in traditions, institutions, and organizations; in literature; in scientific and engineering accomplishments; in works of art. This explains how it happens that, in a certain sense, man can influence his life through his own conduct, and that in this process conscious thinking and wanting can play a part.

Man acquires at birth, through heredity, a biological constitution which we must consider fixed and unalterable, including the natural urges which are characteristic of the human species. In addition, during his lifetime, he acquires a cultural constitution which he adopts from society through communication and through many other types of influences. It is this cultural constitution which, with the passage of time, is subject to change and which determines to a very large extent the relationship between the individual and society. Modern anthropology has taught us, through comparative investigation of so-called primitive cultures, that the social behavior of human beings may differ greatly, depending upon prevailing cultural patterns and the types of organization which predominate in society. It is on this that those who are striving to improve the lot of man may ground their hopes: human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate.

If we ask ourselves how the structure of society and the cultural attitude of man should be changed in order to make human life as satisfying as possible, we should constantly be conscious of the fact that there are certain conditions which we are unable to modify. As mentioned before, the biological nature of man is, for all practical purposes, not subject to change. Furthermore, technological and demographic developments of the last few centuries have created conditions which are here to stay. In relatively densely settled populations with the goods which are indispensable to their continued existence, an extreme division of labor and a highly-centralized productive apparatus are absolutely necessary. The time—which, looking back, seems so idyllic—is gone forever when individuals or relatively small groups could be completely self-sufficient. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that mankind constitutes even now a planetary community of production and consumption.

I have now reached the point where I may indicate briefly what to me constitutes the essence of the crisis of our time. It concerns the relationship of the individual to society. The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence. Moreover, his position in society is such that the egotistical drives of his make-up are constantly being accentuated, while his social drives, which are by nature weaker, progressively deteriorate. All human beings, whatever their position in society, are suffering from this process of deterioration. Unknowingly prisoners of their own egotism, they feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life. Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.

The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly striving to deprive each other of the fruits of their collective labor—not by force, but on the whole in faithful compliance with legally established rules. In this respect, it is important to realize that the means of production—that is to say, the entire productive capacity that is needed for producing consumer goods as well as additional capital goods—may legally be, and for the most part are, the private property of individuals.

For the sake of simplicity, in the discussion that follows I shall call “workers” all those who do not share in the ownership of the means of production—although this does not quite correspond to the customary use of the term. The owner of the means of production is in a position to purchase the labor power of the worker. By using the means of production, the worker produces new goods which become the property of the capitalist. The essential point about this process is the relation between what the worker produces and what he is paid, both measured in terms of real value. Insofar as the labor contract is “free,” what the worker receives is determined not by the real value of the goods he produces, but by his minimum needs and by the capitalists’ requirements for labor power in relation to the number of workers competing for jobs. It is important to understand that even in theory the payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.

Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.

The situation prevailing in an economy based on the private ownership of capital is thus characterized by two main principles: first, means of production (capital) are privately owned and the owners dispose of them as they see fit; second, the labor contract is free. Of course, there is no such thing as a pure capitalist society in this sense. In particular, it should be noted that the workers, through long and bitter political struggles, have succeeded in securing a somewhat improved form of the “free labor contract” for certain categories of workers. But taken as a whole, the present day economy does not differ much from “pure” capitalism.

Production is carried on for profit, not for use. There is no provision that all those able and willing to work will always be in a position to find employment; an “army of unemployed” almost always exists. The worker is constantly in fear of losing his job. Since unemployed and poorly paid workers do not provide a profitable market, the production of consumers’ goods is restricted, and great hardship is the consequence. Technological progress frequently results in more unemployment rather than in an easing of the burden of work for all. The profit motive, in conjunction with competition among capitalists, is responsible for an instability in the accumulation and utilization of capital which leads to increasingly severe depressions. Unlimited competition leads to a huge waste of labor, and to that crippling of the social consciousness of individuals which I mentioned before.

This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.

I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.

Nevertheless, it is necessary to remember that a planned economy is not yet socialism. A planned economy as such may be accompanied by the complete enslavement of the individual. The achievement of socialism requires the solution of some extremely difficult socio-political problems: how is it possible, in view of the far-reaching centralization of political and economic power, to prevent bureaucracy from becoming all-powerful and overweening? How can the rights of the individual be protected and therewith a democratic counterweight to the power of bureaucracy be assured?

Clarity about the aims and problems of socialism is of greatest significance in our age of transition. Since, under present circumstances, free and unhindered discussion of these problems has come under a powerful taboo, I consider the foundation of this magazine to be an important public service.

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No Escape from War and Unemployment By Paul Craig Roberts

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No Escape from War and Unemployment

By Paul Craig Roberts

10/01/08 “ICH” – – New Hampshire voters have chosen warmonger clones of Bush/Cheney for their party’s presidential candidates.  The only candidates not in Israel’s pocket are Kucinich, Paul, and Gravel, who have no chance for their party’s nomination.  

Obama, who provided some hope for change, undercut his support on the eve of the New Hampshire primary by declaring that he would invade Pakistan in order to protect America.  It is a mystery why Obama thought this message would motivate those inclined to support his candidacy.

This means change is unlikely.  Neocon think tanks, media, evangelical preachers, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and many other members of the government have succeeded in turning a majority of Americans into scared Islamophobes and in denying Americans any reliable information about the cause of the conflict.  

Unfolding economic events during 2008 are likely to increase fear among the US population–the fear that comes from recession and indebtedness. 

As the German National Socialists said, a fearful population welcomes a savior.  The Bush Regime has put into place all the necessary pieces for rule by the executive.

The Greenspan Fed created money and low interest rates to hide the effect on the US economy of job loss from offshoring.  The low prices, achieved by substituting low-cost Asian labor for American labor, masked the inflationary impact of the Fed’s monetary policy.  

The low interest rates created artificial increases in home prices by reducing the carrying costs of mortgages.  Most people buy according to monthly payment, not purchase price of the home.

Many homeowners refinanced to capture and spend the rise in home equity produced by the low interest rates.  This spending and the construction boom misled people about the strength of the economy.

So did US productivity and GDP statistics.  As Susan Houseman has shown, US statistics have not been adjusted for offshoring and include in US productivity and GDP growth both the lower labor costs and the real output of offshored goods that are in fact part of Asian GDP.   

Performance-driven executives at financial institutions were suckered into purchasing subprime derivatives, which have crashed, leaving the financial system with serious problems. 

Bailouts require yet more liquidity, but the exchange value of the US dollar has been reeling from US budget and trade deficits.  Creating more dollars makes holding existing dollar assets even less attractive to the foreigners who finance US deficits.

The dollar has retained its reserve currency role despite its loss of value, because there is no clear alternative.  The euro is a currency without a country, and might be adversely affected by differential interest rates arising within the EU membership.  The UK economy is comparatively small and faces similar problems to the US.  The rising Asian economies are not ready to assume the role.  

As I have documented repeatedly, job growth in the US has been confined to domestic nontradeable services.  The US is now far more dependent on imported manufactured goods than it is on imported energy. Offshoring makes it impossible for the US to balance its trade as offshoring turns US GDP into imports.  

Offshoring is now reaching beyond manufacturing into high-end service jobs.  Princeton University economist Alan Blinder, a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, estimates that there are as many as 30 million US service jobs filled by college graduates that are susceptible to offshoring.  

As long as China continues its currency peg to the dollar, lower prices from a continuation of offshoring can hide the new round of Fed money creation.  But can a new round of money creation create enough new consumer spending by over-indebted consumers to mask the jobs lost to offshoring with more employment for waitresses and bartenders, or will the new liquidity be used up in saving the troubled financial institutions?  Access to more credit does not help people who are maxed out and cannot pay their bills, especially when they are losing their jobs.

Studies by economists with the Economics Policy Institute report that as of 2006, the most recent data, the typical American family’s income remained $1,000 below its peak in 2000.  Six years of “economic recovery” were unable to put the real median family income back to its previous peak.  The combination of massive indebtedness, offshoring job loss, and recession is likely to produce further decline in US living standards. 

Last month (December 2007) the Congressional Budget Office released its report on household incomes.  The CBO data show that 80% of Americans have experienced a falling share of US income, and that the top 1% of the income distribution has received almost the entire income gain of the top 20% of Americans.  Keep in mind that some of this measured income gain is in reality phantom income according to the research of Susan Houseman.

An economy that concentrates its income gains at the very top while wiping out high value-added jobs by sending them abroad, thus dismantling the ladders of upward mobility, is an economy headed for serious troubles even without subprime derivative and currency problems.

All of the presidential candidates currently in the running have authoritarian personalities. America’s next president is likely to seize upon rising domestic economic hardship and growing resistance abroad to US hegemony to complete the dismantling of America’s constitutional system. 

Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan administration. He is credited with curing stagflation and eliminating “Phillips curve” trade-offs between employment and inflation, an achievement now on the verge of being lost by the worst economic mismanagement in US history.

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Ron Paul And The Death Of The Great White Hope Syndrome By Michael Hoffman III

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Ron Paul And The Death Of The Great White Hope Syndrome
By Michael Hoffman III

As millions of dollars were raised for Ron Paul I heard Dr. Paul called ” our last hope.” Really? I thought that after Jesus Christ, our last hope on this earth was ourselves and the people in our communities with whom we should be helping to build an alternative society. Does the suggestion that Rep. Paul is our last hope (this was also said about Pat Buchanan, Ross Perot, David Duke, and in 1988 of “Pat” Robertson), imply that if Paul does not gain the presidency we will all be watching television all day and “veg” out in defeat, for the rest of our lives?

The presidency of the United States is the bought and paid for domain of the Cryptocracy. But don’t blame the theft of the presidency solely on the Cryptocrats. Everyday Americans are also responsible. They have been put through a human alchemy process and they are not the same people they were in 1808 or even 1908. This occult processing has culminated in the security state, as evidenced by Fox News on television, whose broadcasts can be described as “all terrorism, all the time.” Fox could cover the opening of a nursery school that was decorated with balloons and graced by an appearance by Winnie the Pooh and they’d still manage to find a terror angle (“what’s in those balloons?”).

The formerly fighting, up-on-their-hind-legs, American yeomanry who wanted to “live free or die,” as the citizens of New Hampshire parsed that yearning, have been transformed into consumers and more recently, subjects of King George (W).

The financial, corporate and governmental forces of tyranny and control are viewed by many Americans as so overwhelming that they can no longer be challenged at any radical level. Americans in Iowa and New Hampshire heaved a collective sigh of resignation and voted for second, third or fourth best for president. This translates into another rabid-Zionist warlover in the White House for four more years. Whether that president’s name will be McCain, Clinton, Obama, Giuliani or Romney matters not. Any one of these stooges is acceptable to the banksters, bureaucrats and occultists who form the authentic governing body of these United States.

Ron Paul is a fine man, though I think he’s horribly mistaken in his admiration for Ayn Rand and Martin Luther King Jr. But a Ron Paul presidency would be light years ahead of any of the System shills (withe exception of Dennis Kucinch) who are his rivals.

Dr. Paul has been the recipient of millions of dollars in donations and these have drained funds and support from other causes and projects at least as worthy. If the donors who poured those funds into the Paul campaign did so because they wanted publicity for libertarian policies and philosophy, then it was probably money well-spent.

But if they donated those huge sums because they thought Rep. Paul could be elected president, then they were deluded. He couldn’t even do well in New Hampshire, which Buchanan won in 1996, and which has a more honest voting system than most states, and a population widely regarded as among the most libertarian in America. If Paul can’t win in New Hampshire, where else is he likely to prevail?

It is unfortunate that Great White Hope politics occlude the vision of its proponents. A genuine victory is possible, through education and community.

The millions that went into Ron Paul’s campaign could have been used to build “Ron Paul University” instead, with a brick and mortar campus and degrees in American history, law, economics, journalism and education, to start. Graduates would take their place in the lower courts, in business, in the media and as teachers in the high schools and college classrooms of the U.S.

Next would come the building of a community of like-minded persons. Yes, it’s slow and decidedly not as “sexy” a process as elections, which dangle the hope of “our man in the White House.” Every four years that chimera is tossed at us like cotton candy in front of kids, and we grab for it. After our candidate loses and our money gets flushed, we go back to another four years in our cocoon. Is this a picture of victory?

Our enemies own hundreds of colleges and universities, have billions of corporate dollars at their command, millions of audience members tuned to their broadcasts and reading their newspapers; and the FBI, the NSA, the army, the navy, the air force and the marines.

Except for Youtube and letters to the editor and hyper-space, virtual reality phantoms and cheshire cats, we have next to nothing, no “sociological presence,” no brick and mortar college campus to act as a haven, a refuge, a think-tank and the makings of a community. Yes, this writer insists on face-to-face, human community. It can’t be done mainly through e-mail or the Internet. The benefit derived from common bonds and solidarity forged by dwelling in the same town with like-minded mentors and sympathizers, is incalculable. The System has intuited to us that in a “wired” universe we need not bother with brick and mortar communities. We have dutifully obeyed their lethal hypnotic suggestion.

Our vision is seriously fractured by a process of human alchemy that has been imposed on us. We must address this psychological warfare and build for the future by means which are independent of the national presidential election campaigns. We must offer hope to an America in which one million of our children have been “diagnosed” by child psychiatrists on the payroll of the incredibly avaricious, pill- pushing pharmaceutical industry, as “bi-polar” psychotics who are to be drugged almost from infancy.

We must offer hope to an America that is silent about the media and the government’s story that Sept. 11, 2001 was solely perpetrated by Arab terrorists even as Pres. Bush is allied with the nations that supposedly produced those terrorists, against an Iran that had no role in 9/11 and was itself under attack by bin Laden and the Taliban.

Our fellow Americans are spiritually ill because they do not bring to justice the surviving killers of President Kennedy, they do not shut down the Satanic abortion mills and they do not care to prosecute George W. Bush and his administration for invading and waging aggressive war on a sovereign nation while facilitating an attack on our own people on Sept. 11, 2001.

This dizzying occult funhouse state of mind of our fellow Americans is not going to be resolved by business as usual, politics as usual or any other political remedy from the pre-2001 past. Only a new paradigm led by occult-busting disenchanters working at the grassroots of education and community can begin, by God’s grace, to turn our nation around and we are referring to work that will take decades, not months or a few years.

The New Hampshire primary is eloquent testimony to the complete, total and utter irrelevance of national politics. I can support voting in a block in local, municipal and even state-wide elections and referendums, but I cannot countenance voting in national primaries and presidential elections. In that latter case, the best “protest vote” we can register is to picket and march outside the polling places while refusing to play their game by going inside to vote. What would the Establishment have said or done on the morning of Jan. 9, if on Jan. 8, ninety-five percent of New Hampshire voters had refused to cast ballots? What could the media have said, except that such a low turnout would constitute a stark and dramatic referendum on the bankruptcy of the System itself. In some cases, in national elections, not to cast a ballot is a vote of no-confidence that resonates louder and longer and to better effect, than actually casting a ballot.

Instead, the Establishment’s television, radio and newspapers (including newspapers with a huge online audience, like the New York Times) order us to play our parts in the Establishment’s election-stage-play, and millions of deluded, processed people are doing as they are told.


I will allow myself four paragraphs on this topic of President Bush’s travels, mainly to say that the trip is intended to burnish for posterity’s sake, Bush’s otherwise dreadful record of war-Zionist mass-murder (as for example in Lebanon in 2006), with token gestures and stagecraft. In terms of realpolitik, it’s an exercise in futility. Bush is a lame duck. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is, politically, a dead duck. Olmert’s alleged “peace partner” among the Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas, is equally lacking a popular base, and the tragic and self-defeating Palestinian penchant for becoming what they oppose by imitating Zionist tactics and firing rockets from Gaza at Israeli civilians, is costing them their capital as victims.

What Bush will actually be doing on this trip is helping the Israelis build an anti-Iranian coalition. The Gulf of Tonkin-style incident with the big, bad Iranian speedboats (fit for little more than a daring afternoon of water-skiing), was intended to establish the necessary ominous mood concerning the “threat from Iran.” The Islamic Republic of Iran is a bulwark against the shylock usury system of the West, as all nations faithful to Islam are (and before I am accused of being an Islamist, permit me to add: as all nations faithful to Christianity and the Bible would be as well).

Iran is not controlled by the Cryptocracy and is not part of the new World Order, so it must fall — whether by covert CIA assassination, subversion and terror, or overt invasion and bombing on the Iraq-invasion model. A client regime with an Islamic facade, like the ones in Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan, must be established, one way or another. To the extent that Arab states can cajole Russia and China into cooperating in the overthrow of the independent Persians, so much the better.

There will be no peace in Palestine for the foreseeable future. The Palestinians are hostage to a resistance movement that imitates the methods, not of the Koran, but of the Communist partisan resistance of World War II and the Zionist Stern gang of the 1940s; terrorists all. By cleverly exploiting the violence of the Palestinian resistance to justify further violence and collective punishment of the Palestinian people, the Israelis can say they have “no partner for peace.” By the same process, George W. Bush will be presented to history as “having done his best to bring peace and freedom to a troubled region.”

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Son: Don’t count Paul out yet

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Son: Don’t count Paul out yet

By JIM GAINES, The Daily News,

For Rand Paul, a Bowling Green opthamologist and son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire carried echoes of another Republican outsider’s run for his party’s nomination.

“The first day that I was here I went around with former congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.,” Rand Paul said. “He came up to campaign for my dad.”

The last time Barry Goldwater Jr. campaigned in New Hampshire, it was for his own father in 1964, who was running against – among others – Mitt Romney’s father George, Rand Paul said.

Tuesday night, Ron Paul took 8 percent of the vote, behind John McCain’s 32 percent, Mitt Romney’s 28, Mike Huckabee’s 12 and Rudy Guiliani’s 9.

“I guess we would have hoped for a little better vote,” Rand Paul said, but he is hoping history continues to repeat for his father, whom he describes as “the only ‘Goldwater conservative’ in the race.” Neither Barry Goldwater Sr. nor George Romney won the New Hampshire primary in 1964, but Goldwater went on to win the Republican nomination.

“We think that we made a significant showing, in the sense that the Republican vote is still split up about five different ways,” Rand Paul said.

Ron Paul raised $20 million last quarter, so he’s got enough on hand to staff campaign offices in states with upcoming primaries through at least Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, Rand Paul said.

Ron Paul, 71, a Republican congressman from Texas, was the Libertarian party’s nominee for president in 1988, when he received less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote. Despite that close association, Ron Paul has been elected 10 times as a Republican.

While polls by major research organizations give Ron Paul only a few percent of the vote, he has a huge online presence and has astonished other candidates with his recent fundraising success.

Rand Paul and his family have campaigned in New Hampshire intermittently since June. At that time, Rand Paul was optimistic about his father’s chances to win that first primary.

For the last several days, he’s done interviews and campaign events in southern New Hampshire with his wife, Kelley, and half a dozen other relatives. They plan to return to Bowling Green today, he said.

Rand Paul said he wasn’t involved in several reported incidents in which crowds of Ron Paul supporters acted aggressively toward backers of other candidates and anchor Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel. The demonstrations were spontaneous, like the 1789 “Paris mob, marching to Versailles,” he said.

He added, however, that anger directed against Fox News personnel was deserved, so long as it was nonviolent – Fox excluded Ron Paul from its recent televised forum before the Republican primary, a decision which Rand Paul says may have cost his father a couple of percentage points.

“We’re not alone in really questioning Fox’s credibility,” he said. “The Democrats won’t even debate on Fox anymore, since they don’t consider Fox to be an objective news network.”

He also brushes off the allegations leveled in an article just published by the liberal-leaning newsmagazine The New Republic, titled “Angry White Man: The Bigoted Past of Ron Paul.”

James Kirchick, an assistant editor at the magazine, quotes from a series of little-known newsletters which Paul circulated largely among Libertarian groups. He quotes issues ranging from 1978 through 1995 which advocate secession from the United States, sneer at African Americans as hopelessly lazy and violent, frequently denounce the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., allege that homosexuals were deliberately trying to spread AIDS, flirt with anti-Semitism, approve the growth of a heavily-armed “militia” movement and recite classic conspiracy theories.

Few of the articles bore authors’ names, though all of them ran under Ron Paul’s name on the masthead, according to Kirchick.

Rand Paul says that he’s never heard his father, in public or private, disparage anyone for their color, religion or sexual orientation. He said his father admires King and frequently quotes his admonition to judge people on character rather than color.

“He didn’t write the stuff that was written in his newsletter,” Rand Paul said.

Rand Paul criticized Kirchick for not contacting Ron Paul himself for the story.

Kirchick says he talked to Paul spokesman Jesse Benton, who replied that Paul often didn’t even see most of the newsletters and had little knowledge of what was going out under his name.

Rand Paul said he’s been asked to campaign in South Carolina for that state’s upcoming primary, but he’s not sure when he’ll go. He acknowledges that his father won’t take the Republican nomination unless he begins placing first in primaries, not just making stronger-than-expected showing.

But again, Rand Paul reaches back to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign, which did poorly in the northeast but gathered strength in the south and west.

“We bring something to the debate that no one else brings, and that’s that you can espouse fiscal conservatism and still call for bringing the troops home from the war.”


Betrayal, deceit, corruption and John McCain

January 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Betrayal, deceit, corruption and John McCain

By Ted Sampley
U.S. Veteran Dispatch
November 14, 2007

Last week, Sen. John McCain launched on fellow Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani criticizing the former New York City mayor because Bernie Kerik, police commissioner under Giuliani, was indicted and accused of fraudulent dealings.

“A president’s judgment matters and Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly placed personal loyalty over regard for the facts,” declared McCain, suggesting that Giuliani’s support of Kerik showed a serious lapse in judgment.

Kerik, 52, according to a 16-count federal indictment, received cash and gifts for lobbying regulators on behalf of a New Jersey construction and waste-management firm. Prosecutors allege that Kerik cheated on taxes and lied to investigators–including those recommending him for a cabinet-level post on behalf of President George W. Bush.

McCain has forgotten his own history of involvement with betrayal, deceit and corruption

When McCain returned to the United States in 1973 after more than five years as a prisoner of war, he found his wife was a different person. Carol McCain, once a model, had been badly injured in a car wreck in 1969. The accident “left her 4 inches shorter and on crutches, and she gained a good deal of weight.” Despite her injures, she had refused to allow her POW husband to be notified about her condition, fearing that such news would not be good for him while he was being held prisoner.

But, just a couple years later, McCain, while pondering a future in politics, met Cindy Hensley, an attractive 25-year-old woman from a very wealthy politically-connected Arizona family. While still married to Carol, McCain began an adulterous relationship with Cindy. He married Cindy in May 1980 — just a month after dumping his crippled wife and securing a divorce.

McCain followed his young, millionairess wife back to Arizona. Not long after settling in, the former POW newlywed was introduced to Darrow “Duke” Tully, publisher of the conservative and powerful Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette.

Tully, who quickly became a close friend of McCain, wasted no time in using the power of his newspapers to jump start McCain’s political career. His newspapers endorsed McCain’s first run for Congress and touted him as successor for retiring Sen. Barry Goldwater.

Described as “equal parts cowboy, commando, swashbuckler and elegant tycoon” by the Chicago Tribune, Tully was “a George Patton who drove a Corvette, a Randolph Hearst who flew an F-16, a John Wayne in aviator glasses and Air Force dress blues.”

Tully appeared to have a lot in common with his close friend, former Navy combat pilot and war hero McCain. Tully boasted of his 100 missions over Vietnam, retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant-colonel. Tully’s military service, according to Tully, included air combat in Korea, where he once was forced to crash land his P-51 Mustang fighter and spent time in a hospital as a result–so he said. His smashed front teeth were replaced with stainless steel, he also said.

Tully, just like his friend McCain, claimed he had received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Tully painstaking groomed McCain for public office. He introduced him to the influential and gave him guest column space in The Arizona Republic. He manipulated endless favorable references from the paper’s other columnists. McCain, in turn, honored Tully by asking him to be godfather of one of his children

However, the day after Christmas 1985, it was revealed in the Chicago Tribune, that McCain’s close friend Duke Tully had “an imagination as big as his ego.”

Tully had never even been the military.

At the same time McCain’s political ambitions were being assisted by Tully, he had cultivated political relationships with developer and future Arizona governor Fife Symington III and lawyer, politician and banker Charles Keating Jr.

When Goldwater did not to run for re-election to the Senate in 1986, McCain’s powerful new friends quickly catapulted him into Goldwater’s Arizona senate seat.

In the senate, McCain managed to stay low key until suddenly he found himself on television trying to explain himself as one of the “Keating 5,” five senators who became enmeshed in the scandal involving the collapsed Lincoln Savings and Loan and the financial machinations of Charles Keating.

Keating was convicted of federal fraud and racketeering charges and in 1997, McCain’s friend Symington was forced out of office after being convicted on seven counts of fraud.

For years McCain has successfully cultivated a false facade as the “straight-talking” politician unsullied by big-money influence of special-interest groups. He has shrewdly manipulated most of the national press corps into ignoring (or forgiving) facts that expose him as a disreputable character and enemy of the truth..

Reports from a variety of U.S. publications exposed McCain’s true scandalous character

The Arizona Republic – October 17, 1989” . . . both in telephone conversations with reporters and on a live radio talk show, the Republican senator was far from calm. He was agitated. Angry. And the way he dealt with unpleasant questions was to bully the questioners . . . ‘You’re a liar,’ McCain snapped Sept. 29 when an Arizona Republic reporter asked him about business ties between his wife, Cindy McCain, and Keating . . . ‘That’s the spouse’s involvement, you idiot,’ McCain sneered later in the same conversation. ‘You do understand English, don’t you?’ “. . . Not content with just bullying reporters, McCain tried belittling them: ‘It’s up to you to find that out, kids.’ . . . McCain wasn’t talking to liars. He wasn’t talking to juveniles. The senator was talking to two reporters.”

The Arizona Republic – October 17, 1989 — “McCain, in a radio talk-show appearance last week condemned disclosures of his family’s ties to Keating as ‘irresponsible journalism.’”

The Phoenix Gazette, November 13, 1989 — “Reporters also ‘discovered’ that the senator’s wife and father-in-law invested $359,100.00 in one of Mr. Keating’s projects in 1986 . . .”

The Arizona Republic, April 29, 1990 — “McCain’s involvement with Keating . . . when reporters called him with questions last year about previously unknown ties to Keating, an investment by wife Cindy McCain in a Keating shopping center and trips to Keating’s Bahamas home, McCain went into a rage.”

New Republic, Dec. 31, 1990–”The only Republican of the bunch [the five Senators], John McCain of Arizona wins credit for finally drawing the line. After the second of the two April meetings [with Federal regulators] he told Mr. [Sen. Dennis] DeConcini [D-Ariz.] and Mr. Keating that he wouldn’t lean on the regulators any more. Mr. Keating called him a wimp. But before the rupture, Mr. McCain and his family were regular guests of Mr. Keating’s on trips to the Bahamas. Mr. McCain reimbursed the owner of Lincoln Savings and Loan for only a small fraction of the cost of these holidays. Yet, he never reported the vacations on Senate disclosure forms, or his income taxes. He said he thought his wife had paid Mr. Keating back. This is hard to believe.”

Economist, Mar. 9, 1991–”Mr. McCain, despite his claims of innocense, was the only one of the five who benefitted personally–family holidays in the Bahamas on Mr. Keating’s tab.”

New Republic, Sept. 9, 1991–Calling McCain part of the “Senatorial Lincoln Brigade,” the New Republic reported that Keating, while bankrupting his savings and loan, had channeled $1.4 million to the campaigns or causes of the five senators, who in turn pressured the savings and loan regulators to back off our friend.”

Regardie’s magazine, April-May 1992 issue. “Ultimately, the fall of Lincoln Savings and Loan will cost the U.S. taxpayers $2 billion. It lost $1 million dollars a day from the time Keating bought it in 1984 until its collapse in 1989, and yet he continued to pay off McCain as ‘one of his assets.’”

Cindy McCain escaped prosecution for stealing/using drugs

The Arizona Republic, August 24, 1994 — “Cindy McCain, the wife of U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, admitted in a series of media interviews Monday that she became addicted to the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin. She said that she used the drugs from 1989 to 1992 and acknowledged that she had stolen some pills from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a charitable organization of which she is president . . . at one point, McCain, 40, was ingesting 15 to 20 pills a day . . . the normal dosage for seriously ill patients is 6 to 10 a day for a short period.”

The Phoenix Gazette, August 25, 1994 — “Cindy McCain was investigated recently by the Drug Enforcement Administration for stealing and using Percocet and Vicodin, both narcotic painkillers from her aid organization . . . the county attorney’s report provides a window to drug dealings within Cindy McCain’s nonprofit corporation . . . Gosinski also alleged that Cindy McCain abused her husband’s office and diplomatic privileges by transporting illegal substances overseas. He also claimed, according to her lawyers, that Cindy McCain tried to prevent him from providing accurate information to the DEA.”

Playboy, July 1999. — “Ms. McCain admitted stealing Percocet and Vicodin from the American Voluntary Medical Team, an organization that aids Third World countries. Percocet and Vicodin are schedule 2 drugs, in the same legal category as opium. Each pill theft carries a penalty of one year in prison and a monetary fine.” However, McCain did not face prosecution. She was allowed to enter a pretrial diversion program and escaped with no blemish to her record. Source: James Bovard, Prison Sentences of the Politically Connected.

McCain’s Crime family connection

The Arizona Republic Jan. 17, 1995 “About 300 guests turned out Saturday night to celebrate the 90th birthday of Joseph ‘Joe Bananas’ Bonanno, retired boss of New York’s Bonanno crime family. He retired to Tucson in 1968 . . . John McCain, R-Ariz., and Gov. Fife Symington sent their regards by telegram.”

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The Essence of Liberty #219, Judges: Power-Hungry from the Beginning Washington crusades for a whiskey tax

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The Essence of Liberty: Part 219 

Compiled by 

Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume 

A Summary of Gutzman, Kevin R.C. The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution 

(The book is available from the Ludwig von Mises Institute at 

Chapter 4: Judges: Power-Hungry from the Beginning 

Washington crusades for a whiskey tax

The first Congress imposed excise taxes on carriages and whiskey. Farmers in western regions of the new nation grew wheat but could only eat so much. Furthermore, transporting it to market was generally impracticable. So, they converted it to whiskey. Therefore, the excise fell hardest on those least able to afford it—farmers in remote districts. This culminated in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.

Hamilton saw the rebellion as opportunity to demonstrate to foreigners that the uS government was a good credit risk. Using armed force to collect the tax would improve America ‘s credit rating. Washington followed his advice and called out the militia, becoming the only sitting president to lead an army in person. The rebellion dissolved but not without consequence.

Political divisions deepened. Republicans (defenders of the Constitution) were now, more than ever, convinced that the Federalists usurpers would stop at nothing to impose their monarchist agenda.

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The Ron Paul Movement by Lew Rockwell

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January 09, 2008

The Ron Paul Movement

Posted by Lew Rockwell at January 9, 2008 11:16 AM
It was always Murray Rothbard’s argument that while we might from time to time be short-term pessimists, we should always be long term optimists, for many reasons from economics and history.

And look at what Ron Paul has done. Building on an unmatched record in public life, and decades of serious study of Austrian economics, foreign policy, American history, and constitutional law and philosophy, he has led a movement that is rightly called a revolution.

That revolution has touched the hearts of young people–and not only young people–across the country and the world. The ideals of peace, free trade, non-intervention, the gold standard, free markets, private property, and civil liberties have never been spread so well and so widely.

The fact that up to 10% of the Republican Party base, people who have historically supported war, empire, managed trade, central banking, business regulation, and the police state–”red-state fascists ,” as I have called them–is really something quite extraordinary. Among independents and some Democrats, we will do much better.

Libertarians have long exulted in Ed Clark’s almost-one percent. Ron has improved on Ed by 900%. The political fight is far from done, of course. Ron will campaign hard in Michigan, Nevada, South Carolinia, and all the Super Tuesday states. He will not give up. He will never give up.

From the standpoint of the right and good, Ron Paul and our ideas should have an easy victory. But when has that ever been true, in all of human history?

Ron and his revolutionaries face not only bad ideas from neoconservatism to socialism, but a vast apparatus of entrenched rip-off artists from the Fed and its big banks and investment houses, to the military-industrial complex. There is, we could say, much work to do, and Ron Paul will do it.

Through the primaries, the convention, and beyond, Ron and his movement will stand for liberty against its enemies. He will get more and more votes, and more and more supporters, to add to the hundreds of thousands already onboard. His presence on the national scene will only grow, and so will libertarian ideals. Murray loved Ron Paul, thought the world of him as a candidate in 1988 and as an intellectual, and so do all real libertarians and pro-liberty conservatives.

And now, by the way, on to Michigan, where people are really feeling the pain of the Fed’s deepening recession, and will be especially ready to hear Ron’s message of sound noney and no business cycles under freedom.

“Wilkes and Liberty” was the cry of English and American classical liberals in the 18th century, naming a parliamentary champion of free speech, free press, and civil liberties against government tyranny. From now on, the cry of every libertarian will be, “Ron Paul and Liberty”! We have much work to do.Roll up your sleeves and join our champion!

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Congressman’ s supporters confront Frank Luntz The Klutz….

January 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Frank Luntz the Klutz
Congressman’ s supporters confront Frank Luntz
Steve Watson
Monday, Jan 07, 2008

Frank Luntz, a political pollster who regularly appears on Fox news’ presidential
race analysis and has been heavily criticized for his manipulative methods and
slanted coverage, has finally been exposed for the fraud he is after it emerged
that his “randomly selected” and “undecided” focus groups, that constitute the
figures for his news features, are being populated by the same people months apart
from each other. 
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Bloggers form theory New Hampshire vote was rigged

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Bloggers form theory New Hampshire vote was rigged

Posts question polls’ inaccuracy, point to documentary on fraud

By KAREN BROOKS / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN – The results weren’t even in when the blogosphere started to hum with a theory that sharply divided Democrats online: Barack Obama lost to Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire because the vote was rigged.

“Something stinks in New Hampshire,” a commenter posted on the popular liberal site

Curious about the “wildly inaccurate” polls that put Mr. Obama in a double-digit lead going into Tuesday’s primary, blogger Brad Friedman, a Los Angeles-based election-fraud watchdog, questioned the results as soon as they arrived, and all day Wednesday.

“Other folks that I’ve spoken to, who follow this sort of thing, share my concern at this hour,” he wrote on “If I was Barack Obama, I’d certainly not have conceded this election this quickly. I’m not quite sure what he was thinking.”

An Obama representative said the campaign is not alleging that fraud occurred. Clinton aides did not return calls seeking comment.

But the buzz grew all day Wednesday as bloggers across the nation keyed into the fact that 81 percent of New Hampshire votes were being counted on machines that an HBO documentary alleged are easily hacked. It also didn’t hurt that New Hampshire was the site of a recount after allegations of fraud in 2004, spotlighted in the much-praised documentary.

It wasn’t just on the Democratic side: Supporters of Texas Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Paul were pointing to discrepancies in at least one town, where dozens of votes cast were initially counted as zero – before an elections official corrected the error. Mr. Paul’s campaign did not return calls seeking comment.

From to Crooks and Liars to several news blogs, readers posted their concerns – drawing the gleeful eye of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday morning, who pointed to a debate raging on Democratic Underground.

That site, which has more than 100,000 registered users, was alive with debate throughout the day – mainly between Obama supporters and Clinton fans.

“Please come back to your senses,” one commenter wrote. “What is most disturbing is the fact some people are accusing the fellow Democrats of fraud. Please, dear reasonable Obama supporter, tell those people to stop.”

Some of the nation’s most prominent bloggers sparred over the issue as well. Markos Moulitsas, who runs the popular site DailyKos, called the allegations “a load of bull” from “a bunch of cranks.” Mr. Moulitsas, who has said he’ll vote for Mr. Obama, also said it was typical of the blogosphere to host a “tiny minority” who pose “wild claims.”

“This is the price you pay for a medium that democratizes media access,” he said. “But really, is that any different than traditional media outlets who pushed the conspiracy theory that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction? A little skepticism from the public in regards to all media would be well advised.”

Mr. Friedman took issue with that characterization, saying the process should be transparent and trustworthy, and that the polls were “wildly out of whack” with the results – combined with the questionable machines – should be enough to raise concerns.

“It’s no longer a theory that these systems are vulnerable to tampering,” he said. “And it doesn’t take a conspiracy, it takes one real person.”

Online-buzz trackers said the conversation still hasn’t grown to the point where it’s more than a blip on the radar, if even that. But that could change if the objections gain traction, said Pete Blackshaw, executive vice president of strategic services for Nielsen Online, which tracks blogs and buzz on the Web.

“It could bubble into a broader conversation,” he said. “What will be interesting is, to what extent does the hoopla run into the next [contest]? … For a lot of the bloggers, they’re going to have to run the calculus of [whether] prying into this issue of alleged fraud is … a better conversation starter than the next primary.”

IRAQ WAR BASED ON FRAUD By Frosty Wooldridge

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By Frosty Wooldridge
January 10, 2008

The latest in America’s misguided leaders, George W. Bush proves the most immoral and unethical president in recent history. His legacy makes Richard Nixon and Lyndon Baines Johnson look like saints. His corruption makes Ulysses Grant’s administration resemble Mother Theresa’s chastity. He stands daily in violation of his oath of office to the U.S. Constitution.

The fact remains that Bush contrived and lied about weapons of mass destruction. He lied about Iraq being a threat to America. He manufactured a lie to create a hysterical and perceived danger by a sandbox thug named Saddam Hussein in the Iraq desert.

Bush fertilized a centuries-old civil war in a country that did nothing to provoke or instigate violence toward the USA. He pushed Muslims into deep and long lasting hatred toward the USA. He created terror where no terror existed.

The Bush War

Every month for the past six years, George Bush’s Iraq War piled up dead American soldiers, now at 3,900, while Halliburton piled up billions of dollars in profits. More than 28,000 U.S. soldiers returned without legs and arms or suffered paralyzed bodies–while munitions dealers counted their billions of dollars.

In the same breath, according to the Johns Hopkins Report and –George Bush killed 1.16 million Iraqi citizens thus far! He destroyed a functioning society and created over 2.5 million refugees. While Saddam ruled with terror, today, Iraq staggers through incredible violence on a daily basis.

“Enemy” deaths and “collateral damage”

George Bush advocated and used ‘bunker busting bombs’ filled with high density, depleted uranium which creates deadly radiation in Iraq that lasts for centuries. Experts say it creates mutations and cancer defects not only in the people and future children of Iraq, but it creates horrific consequences for the children of our U.S. soldiers who breathe its deadly contents daily while policing Baghdad. Of his failures as a man and as a president, his legacy of horribly disfigured babies, men and women make him the most immoral and unethical president of the 21st century.

Where peace reigned, Bush created war. Where respect and admiration for the U.S. abounded in the world after 9/11, Bush cultivated anger, animosity and deep distrust.

While he wages his farcical and preposterous “War on Terror” 10,000 miles away, he openly invites terrorists into the United States via open borders. He invites millions of illegal aliens into our country when enforcement of this nation’s laws ranks on the low rung of his ladder. He’s fostered three times more American citizens killed at the hands of illegal aliens on American soil than all the soldiers that died in the war zone. He’s allowed hundreds of billions of dollars in drugs to cross over our borders without lifting a finger to stop them. Bush promotes our schools, hospitals and prisons to be overrun, distorted and destroyed by illegal aliens. His actions make his “War on Terror” the biggest fraud in the history of the United States.

While he sacrifices our young men and women as cannon fodder, he drives us into a $9 trillion debt that plunges our civilization into a financial crisis from which we may not recover. Who makes money? International and national bankers ride the ‘interest wave’ to uncounted billions of dollars. The military-industrial complex reaps a world-wind of profits.

While spending $2 billion a week in Iraq and $1 billion a week in Afghanistan, he leads protracted wars that do nothing for U.S. stability or safety.

All the while, he injects 572,000 military personnel onto 700 bases in 120 countries around the world. For what? Answer: the American empire. What result? Answer: ultimate collapse of America by driving it to the cliff of its own financial death.

Our lower middle-class suffers foreclosures and job losses

At the same time, Bush degrades and debases America’s middle class with an unending line of immigrants, both legal and illegal. He partners with multinationals and other corporations that offshore, outsource and insource millions of American jobs as he destroys our manufacturing base.


While he tears down America’s middle class, he floods our country with millions from the third world. He creates a new slave class that will work any job for peanuts while it destroys our working poor and undermines our middle class. All the while, scant few of those immigrants speak our language or invest in our nation. They no more know what our U.S. Constitution means or what lives paid for its creation than they know the name of our first president.

What’s happening in the meantime? He forces us to educate, feed, medicate and pay for incarceration for millions of poor, illiterate and unskilled that flood into our country.

Result of massive, relentless and unending immigration?

We face social, environmental, infrastructure, resource, water and carrying capacity consequences greater than anyone can imagine in 2008.

All the while, he takes away our individual freedoms with the Patriot Act while he allows terrorists open access to our country at their convenience. Homeland Security and threat levels prove the biggest deceptions and perpetrated skullduggery in the history of our nation.

What’s the worst aspect of Bush’s legacy? He does not respect our U.S. Constitution! He arrogantly supports the dissolution of our borders in favor of a North American Union. He signed the Security Prosperity Partnership that delivers our nation into the hands of the New World Order his father promoted. George 43 promotes the loss of our sovereignty, language and culture as a distinct nation.

No man ever did as much damage to the United States of America as George W. Bush. God help us make it through the next 12 months of his immoral and fraudulent control. If ever a president needs to be dismissed, George W. Bush’s actions meet or exceed every article of impeachment.

An American mother summed up George Bush with these words, “Why is George Bush going to his daughter’s wedding while I’m going to my son’s funeral?”

© 2008 Frosty Wooldridge – All Rights Reserved



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The Media Created Mythical John McCain….

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The Media Created Mythical John McCain

My candidate is Sen. John McCain. As was Truman, McCain is a member of the majority party with an unassailable military background. Also, like Truman, McCain has sufficient maverick in his pedigree and a reputation for straight talk that gives him instant credibility.
Ken Bode, DePauw University –COLLEGENEWS.ORG, March 2004

“Few politicians can match McCain’s record and reputation for candor and integrity . . . ” Mike O’Connor,  The Daily Texan, 6/8/2004.

When Senators see John McCain on C-SPAN, they know to grit their teeth and say a prayer. Chances are the Republican is calling them panderers and pork barrelers. In a town where politicians are in a daily tug-of-war with their scruples, McCain is the most conscientious of objectors to business as usual. Their consciences pricked, Senators would rather he just shut up. But McCain, 60, doesn’t care; faced with congressional ill will, he points to the order of his priorities: “First their respect, then their affection.” TIME’s 25 most influential people, 1997 edition

The Real John McCain

Citizens for Life, a New Hampshire group, complained in ads that McCain once referred to the Leisure World senior citizens home as ”Seizure World.”

McCain, reveling in adoration at a June 1998 Republican fund-raiser and sure his joke would go no further, said: “Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father.”

“The nice thing about Alzheimer’s is you get to hide your own Easter eggs,” John McCain said to reporters while sitting in his campaign bus.

McCain Takes Aim At Religious Right
Republican Says Bush Panders To the ‘Agents of Intolerance’
By Brian Knowlton International Herald Tribune

– Senator John McCain, in a provocative and politically risky speech, sharply criticized leaders of the religious right on Monday as ”agents of intolerance” allied to his rival, Governor George W. Bush, and denounced what he said were the tactics of ”division and slander.”
Specifically, Mr. McCain singled out the evangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell as ”corrupting influences on religion and politics” and said parts of the religious right were divisive and even un-American.

<>McCain comes to Kerry’s defense
By Associated Press
Published August 6, 2004

– Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, called an ad [Swift Boat Veterans for Truth] criticizing John Kerry’s military service “dishonest and dishonorable” . . . “I deplore this kind of politics,” McCain said.
“I think the ad is dishonest and dishonorable.”
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by Alan Stang

January 10, 2008

Now Fox News is news itself because it banned Dr. Ron Paul from the Republican debate before the New Hampshire primary. Why would Fox ban the Party’s biggest fund raiser by far, who got more than 10% of the vote in Iowa? The answer is that Rupert Murdoch runs Fox and a metastasizing chunk of this country’s media, recently including the Wall St. Journal.

Murdoch owns the Times of London, the New York Post and 20th Century FOX, along with enough television stations to cover almost half the country. Other competent correspondents have set forth the immensity of this man’s U.S. media control. I do not need to repeat them; but there is an area I have not seen covered.

The News Corporation owns Fox News. Who are the directors of the News Corporation? There is Rupert Moloch himself, of course. Moloch hails from Down Under. He is technically a U.S. citizen, but the only reason he became one is that aliens are forbidden by law to own certain U.S. media outlets. Rupert strongly supports the woman who placed third in the Iowa Democrud caucus. I can’t recall her name. He is also friendly to Rudy the Ghoul.

Kenneth E. Cowley, another director, is also an Australian. Director Viet Din comes to us from Communist Vietnam, from which his family escaped. The trouble is that, as Assistant Attorney General, Din wrote the Patriot Act, which goes a long way toward imposing Communism here. Is Din a victim of Stockholm Syndrome, in which a hostage adopts the views of his captors?

Sir Rod Eddington is still another Australian. He is a director of News Corporation and Chairman of JP Morgan for Australia and New Zealand. Morgan has been an integral element of the conspiracy for world government for more than a century. Through chairman Thomas Lamont and son Corliss, it was even plugged into the Communist Party itself.

News Corporation director Andrew S.B. Knight is English. The English are our traditional enemies and have conspired against us from the beginning. One of Andy’s wives was Begum Sabiha Rumani Malik. That’s all I know about her. Andy is also a director of the Rothschild Investment Trust. I am guessing that I don’t need to tell you about the Rothschild banking family. Knight is also a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg group. The Bilderbergers are at the very pinnacle of the conspiracy for world government.

They are so secret they do not have a name. We call them “Bilderbergers” for want of something better because they met for the first time in 1954 at the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oostebeek, Holland, under the direction of founder Prince Bernhard, the World War II Nazi. They meet once or twice a year. They take over a five star resort somewhere in the world, kick out the other guests, surround the place with armed guards and decide in secret what they will do with your lives and property.

Son Lachlan Murdoch is another director and is of course another Australian. News Corporation director Stanley S. Shuman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Marxist group that is the secret government of the United States. The C.F.R. was founded after World War I to destroy our national independence and has conspired relentlessly toward that goal ever since. To see my findings in the library at C.F.R. headquarters in New York, go to and order my book, The Actor, a biography of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.

And there is heir apparent James Murdoch, another Australian, who has urged his father to “go green,” because James admires air apparent Al Gore and his preposterous – but immensely profitable – theory of “global warming.” Gore is of course the son of Albert Gore, Sr., a flunky of Soviet traitor Armand Hammer’s. Armand was a favorite of Lenin’s. James Murdoch leans about as far left as one can without falling off the planet. His wife works for the Clinton Climate Initiative, a charitable foundation established by Bildo and Hillaroid. Was it James who persuaded Papa Moloch to contribute $500,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative?

Finally, there is director John L. Thornton, member of the C.F.R., and president of investment banker Goldman Sachs, who since has become an educator. At last word, Thornton was Professor and Director of Global Leadership at Tsinghua University, which just happens to be located in Beijing, the latest name for the capital of Red China. The dictatorship that runs Red China has killed more people than any other dictatorship in history. Its present leaders have threatened to nuke the United States. Remember that they committed an act of war against us early in the Boosh Administration when they attacked a U.S. Navy plane over international waters.

A pattern emerges. First, the News Corporation, and therefore Fox News, which it owns, is essentially a foreign operation. The Fox News slogan should not be “Fair and Balanced,” but “Foreign Balanced.” A minor adjustment in pronunciation would convey the thought. Rupert Moloch and Fox have been able to circumvent the law that forbids foreigners to own substantial chunks of the U.S. media.

Second, notice that the News Corporation is plugged into the conspiracy for world government at the top. Of course, it is not alone. So are the Communist Broadcasting System, the Communist News Network, and etcetera. But these latter are recognizably far left mouthpieces, part of the Left Communist media.


Fox News is supposed to be “conservative,” and is home to such utter frauds as Republicrud front man Sean Hannitwerp. Fox is part of the Right Communist media that also includes Republicrud front man Rush Limbag. There has been no alternative to this classic, dialectical straitjacket until the emergence of the internet.

With sufficient exposure of the fact that the same people run both sides, the “neo-con” arm of the media vise could collapse. To keep most Americans corralled, a major realignment would be required. It was amusing to note that Fox commentators Greta van Susteren and Shepard Smith timidly wondered on the air why their network had excluded Dr. No. And one wonders what Hannitwerp and the Spin Master will do.

Remember that Fox is just the latest example of conspiracy control of the media that goes back almost seventy five years. In the 1930s, Englishman Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting to the New York Times from Moscow that Stalin was a hero. Duranty did everything he could to excuse Stalin’s murder of millions. His Pulitzer is still on display at the Times.

This country’s establishment media told us again and again that Mao Tse-tung was a benign avuncular type; indeed, he was the “George Washington of China,” who had come to institute “agrarian reform.” Mao could not have seized the government in Peking without the invaluable help of the American media, which buried the fact that Washington actually installed him in power in 1949. Again, he and his fellow psychopaths went on to murder more victims than any other dictator in history.

New York Times correspondent Herbert L. Matthews wrote for the Communists in Spain in the Thirties. In 1959, he defended Fidel Castro, who was trying to solidify his power. Some people were calling Castro a Communist. Imagine! Matthews wrote on the front page of the Times that Castro was not a Communist; he was an anti-Communist, trying to find and remove the few Communists who had infiltrated his movement. Matthews lied about the Cuban patriots who were desperately trying to warn us that Fidel Castro was a Red.

So, again, Fox is just the latest example of Communist media manipulation. And it will get worse, as son James takes more and more control from Papa Moloch. As I write, Paul Patriots have launched a boycott of Fox and its sponsors. Fox stock is hurting. Sufficient exposure would kill its spurious reputation.

On a related subject, recently I received an email from a “Jamie” Kirchick, assistant editor of New Republic magazine, in Washington. Kirchick said he was writing an article about Ron Paul and wanted to interview me about him. Of course, I responded at once, but never did hear from him. In the interim, maybe he found out who I am.

Now, here is the article, done without my help, and it is as nauseating a piece of c**p as you would expect from a piece of c**p like New Republic. How many publications do you know so inaccurate – caught in so many lies – that Hollyweird has made a movie out of them? The New Republic movie is “Shattered Glass.”

Indeed, later, New Republic was caught again in a monster lying scandal as big as the one that is the basis for the movie. The magazine is a serial liar. Maybe there will be a movie sequel. So, when you read the New Republic piece about Dr. No, remember that you really can’t believe the page numbers in it unless you count them yourself.

By the way, James Kirchick is a faggot and therefore deranged. No doubt this helps explain why his tone is so nasty. Deranged people resent a paragon of wholesome normalcy like Dr. No.

© 2008 – Alan Stang – All Rights Reserved

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His first book, It’s Very Simple: The True Story of Civil Rights, was an instant best-seller. His first novel, The Highest Virtue, set in the Russian Revolution, won smashing reviews and five stars, top rating, from the West Coast Review of Books, which gave five stars in only one per cent of its reviews.

Stang has lectured in every American state and around the world and has guested on many top shows, including CNN’s Cross Fire. Because he and his wife had the most kids in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, where they lived at the time, the entire family was chosen to be actors in “Havana,” directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, the most expensive movie ever made (at the time). Alan Stang is the man in the ridiculous Harry Truman shirt with the pasted-down hair. He says they made him do it.







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Will Ron Paul Authorize an Audit of the New Hampshire Primary?
Regular readers of my column know I have been on the vote fraud issue since 1993. It is real and has dominated our elections since the late ’60s. While the corporate media flunkies have been diligent in their efforts to marginalize and crush Dr. Paul’s run for the White House the past several months, his support has swelled and along with it, the necessary cash to run a viable campaign. [See this excellent DVD on vote fraud "Hacking Democracy"]…….
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By: Devvy
January 10, 2008

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While the political pundits chatter on about the shocking “upset” in the New Hampshire primary between Marxist Hillary Clinton and ‘No Change’ Barack Obama, there is a storm brewing regarding the vote count for Congressman Ron Paul.

Regular readers of my column know I have been on the vote fraud issue since 1993. It is real and has dominated our elections since the late ’60s. While the corporate media flunkies have been diligent in their efforts to marginalize and crush Dr. Paul’s run for the White House the past several months, his support has swelled and along with it, the necessary cash to run a viable campaign. [See this excellent DVD on vote fraud "Hacking Democracy"]

Those of us who have followed the events taking place in this country the past couple of decades are fully cognizant of how the shadow government operates behind the curtain and feeds the peasants (you and me) what they want the people to know and make sure via technology, that enough of their kind are “elected” to higher offices and stay in office. Over the past eight years, I have watched the anger and activism over vote fraud continue to grow as more and more Americans have finally come to the realization that the ballot box no longer belongs to we the people.

This presidential election, and I say this after being in the trenches full time for 18 long years, this is our last hope of putting a true man of the U.S. Constitution and freedom in the White House. These primaries are critical because the delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer which will pick the GOP candidate are being pledged during this process. That’s why every single vote counts and it’s our right to have every vote counted.

Iowa was a dismal affair with Dr. Paul allegedly coming in fifth place with 10%. As I wrote in my last column, in several counties in Iowa, Dr. Paul pulled in 35%, 14%, 15%, 21% and several with 12% of the vote. Of course, that didn’t make the “news” on any cable or “mainstream” network. I didn’t believe the final count because I know better. The machines are in control and the powerful elites who rule our lives intend to install their new puppet in the White House regardless of what we the people want.

While I don’t follow vote fraud activist, Jim Condit, a friend sent me a link to a piece written by Condit regarding the efforts in Iowa to get an open vote, how they were kicked in the teeth by the GOP heavies and the problems they encountered. What he describes is what I encountered in 1996 when I ran (GOP) for Congress: the local and state machine cared nothing for the truth, only how many backsides they could kiss in their quest to climb the political ladder to power. Believe me, I experienced and watched it first hand. After that primary I walked from the GOP because I could no longer support a party that cared nothing for this country or the truth, only whose boots they could spit and shine making them feel important in their magniloquent little worlds.

I found these comments particularly disturbing in Condit’s recounting of events: “3. Right after the hour radio show, — so many irate Iowans called the Iowa GOP headquarters demanding to know why they were using the discredited Diebold machines, that the Iowa GOP made an appeal to the Ron Paul paid staff in Iowa to send out an email asking Ron Paul supporters to quit calling GOP headquarters! The email, sent out by RP paid staff member, Jeff Frazee, to Ron Paul supporters was nasty; it told them to “Stop it”, regarding any more calls to the political thugs at Iowa GOP Headquarters. He also said that the RP paid staff was doing everything they could to insure a fair count, which was a blatant falsehood, as they did nothing but support the Iowa GOP in their unconscionable, secret count of the votes (behind police guard).” (Regarding the Diebold Machines, please see my last column because it contains links to many items on the corrupt Diebold machines.)

Next we have the fiasco two days ago in New Hampshire. The first incident was a report that two family members had voted in Sutton, New Hampshire, but the returns showed 0 votes cast for Dr. Paul. This 0 vote count was displayed on prominent sites like On January 9, 2008, the day following the farce out in New Hampshire, Bev Harris, of, called the county clerk’s office in Sutton and, oops, the vote count for Ron Paul was 31:

Update January 9 am PST: Town of Sutton Confirms Ron Paul Totals were 31, not zero. “I just got off the phone with Jennifer Call, Town Clerk for Sutton. She confirmed that the Ron Paul totals in Sutton were actually 31, and said that they were “left off the tally sheet” and it was human error. This is not an acceptable answer, especially because one of the most common forms of fraud in a hand count system is to alter or omit results on the reporting sheet. Hand count is lovely, transparent. They then fill out another reconciliation sheet, often in front of witnesses, and it looks fine. Then they provide a summary or media sheet with the incorrect results.”

Bev Harris is amazing and the input below from her is just the beginning of unraveling the fraud in New Hampshire: “One noticeable thing on the 59 screen shots I grabbed between 10:45 pm NH time and midnight NH time, is that the ones that had late results (not submitted as of 4 hours after poll closing) — well, you’d expect them to be hand count locations, right? Nope. Mostly Diebold locations. That’s a major red flag to me. How the heck can you not push “print” for four hours??? It normally takes only 30 minutes to wrap things up and print the poll tape when the polls close.

“My method was grabbing the municipalities left to right, right to left, starting at the south end of the state and working up. I only got about three rows up. Anyone who has additional time slice information documenting late reporters I’d like to see it. Late reporters from the first 59 locations I grabbed”:

Brentwood – Diebold location – had the Dem results, but no Republican results as of 11:53 pm (polls closed at 7)
Chesterfield – Hand count location – no results as of 11:00 pm
Derry – Diebold location – no results in as of 11:42 pm
Fremont – Diebold location – no results in as of 11:48 pm
Greenfield – Hand count location – no results in as of 11:52 pm
Hampton – Diebold location – results in on time, but I flagged this because every Dem candidate had a result divisible by 5 and for Republicans, Huckabee 217, McCain 1217, Romney 1217, it just looked weird. So much for my statistical capabilities.
Hollis – Diebold location – results not in as of 11:54 pm
New Ipswich – Diebold location – results not in as of 10:52 pm
Newton – Diebold location – results not in as of 10:58 pm
Pelham – Diebold location – results not in as of 10:56 pm
Temple – Hand count location – results not in as of 11:26 pm
Winchester – Diebold location – results not in as of 10:46 pm

McCain was declared the winner by several networks 17 MINUTES after the polls closed. Same thing I wrote about in my last column. With a few precincts “reporting” or “projected,” it’s all over – even before the bulk of ballots are “counted” by the machines. What a farce.

If you will go to this link on and scroll down a ways, you’ll see a chart comparing Towns with Paper Ballots and Towns with Diebold Machines. The results are stunning for the Clinton/Obama race. I also recommend you book mark and read over the weekend: ’99 Ways to Steal Elections: The Story of John Fund and Ron Paul’ by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, where she writes:

“The book, “Stealing Elections,” was written as cover for plans already in motion. When did those Diebold Machines have their software installed? Who wrote it? We really need a time line here. When his book hit the market John was disappointed that it did not get more of the same kind of treatment that routinely is accorded to Ann Coulter’s vitriolic offerings. But he was supposed to have finished it several years before, so what could he expect? Disinformation tools have deadlines.


“Diebold Machines, purged lists, a book that positions election fraud as committed primarily by Democrats; When you put the means for stealing in place in advance it is no accident. This corporate strategy, intended to cement the control of their markets so that America becomes one big company town, is theft on a scale that boggles the mind. The means for stealing elections have multiplied over the years. No new technology is left unplumbed for its possibilities for ensuring the corporations their continued stream of income. John and his cadre of pundits and media personalities, for instance Sean Hannity, simulate popular opinion. Their think tanks, like Cato, are to persuade us to accept their ideas. They are paid a lot, so they must know, right?”

Here’s the bottom line for me. There is no question in my mind and heart that Congressman Ron Paul is the only true statesman in Washington, D.C., in my lifetime and the only man who can take on what will be happening by the end of this year on the economy, endless wars and other issues. Last week I read the most superb, concise explanation on Ron Paul and his candidacy. Thomas J. DiLorenzo’s words rang with such sweet truth, I read it twice: The Jefferson of Our Times. This isn’t just another ho-hum, rah-rah election and we cannot treat it as such.

The question is this: Had these voters not stepped forward and put their complaint on a Ron Paul blog site, would the county clerk have corrected the “error” and Dr. Paul’s real vote numbers entered as official results? Does her excuse ring true? Not to those of us who have been into the vote fraud issue for so long. How many more missing votes are there for Ron Paul?

This whole process is a travesty. Ron Paul is moving on to the next primaries, but what about the mess left behind? He simply can’t afford not to get those delegate votes. One thing people aren’t paying enough attention to is that each of these primary “events” gets the candidate convention delegates. Go to this news item which gives the delegate count. Ron Paul has zero. If he doesn’t start racking up those convention delegates, forget the White House. He can’t do that if the vote is being stolen because those delegates hinge on the vote. Rasmussen had Dr. Paul at 14% for New Hampshire. FAUX had him at 8% all day and the machines made sure it stayed that way to the final “count.” The chatter all over electronic and print media the day following the primary: all these polling orgs have egg on their faces! It’s called eating their own when it’s expedient – place the blame away from the true culprit. The bull, the cape and the matador.

I don’t know who is advising Dr. Paul or if he’s even being told what’s going on. There is no shame in a candidate paying for a hand recount. The shame is doing nothing about it and moving on as if everything is okay. It’s not. Look at all these dedicated Americans fighting for every vote for Ron Paul. Is his campaign simply going to blow off this fight for his votes? In four days it’s Michigan, the same thing happens and his campaign just says, oh well, off to the next state?

Right now the polls are showing Congressman Paul at a pathetic 4% for South Carolina. That state is considered a crucial one, yet South Carolina is going to use voting machines banned in other states! ( see here) There will be NO delegates for Dr. Paul if this happens because the machines will keep the vote count below 10%. Take ten minutes to watch this test of a vote counting machine where 6 no votes and 2 yes votes are fed into it. The demonstrator confidently hits the button to get the vote tally. The results: 7 yes and 1 no. The demonstrator is shocked. Not me. This is what’s happening to our elections and Ron Paul is the number one target in the presidential race on the GOP side.

If this continues into “Super Tuesday,” Feb. 5th, it will be all over for Ron Paul. If there isn’t some accountability at this stage, we’re going to see more of the same. Same old game I’ve watched for 14 long years when I became aware of fraud fraud. As hard as this quiet, decent and honorable man has worked during his candidacy and for all the dedicated supporters of his, how can you simply over look what’s going on and not challenge it? What message does that send to supporters? How can a candidate expect his ground troops to get out there and fight for every vote for him, if the candidate won’t even make the effort to verify every vote has been counted fairly when there is evidence of vote tampering? It’s not money for a hand recount because we have opened our wallets big time. There are things that simply must take priority.

I’ve encouraged Ron Paul supporters to continue contacting his NH Campaign HQ and ask them if there is going to be any audit of a dozen or so precincts. So far, several have gotten no where with claims by the staff that they don’t know anything about what’s going on with the vote count! This bothers me to no end. There has to be a fight for honest votes by the candidate, otherwise hope dwindles and so will the cash. So will the hope. Nobody had any wild and unrealistic expectations Dr. Paul would win New Hampshire, but his massive number of wins in straw polls simply doesn’t jive with the alleged vote Tuesday night.

Will Ron Paul authorize an audit of a cross section of precincts or let this fraud stand?

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2 - NH Primary: Pre-Election Polls Wildly Different Than Results Announced for Clinton/Obama
3- Questions raised over Romney’s Wyoming win ‘Results don’t jibe with statewide delegate selection’
4 - A Closer Look At The Count

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John McCain’s suicide attempt and his resulting PTSD

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John McCain’s suicide attempt and his resulting PTSD

By Ted Sampley
U.S. Veteran Dispatch
December 23, 2007

Presidential candidate John McCain’s recently released Christmas ad depicting him as a tortured POW survivor underscores a reoccurring theme McCain’s handlers have, for decades, carefully intertwined deep into his public persona and political campaigns.

McCain says because he survived 5½ years of brutal torture, while a prisoner of the communist Vietnamese, he is better qualified to be president of the United States than any other candidate. McCain claims his POW sufferings included three years in solitary confinement where he was tortured so badly that he “broke,” causing him to attempt suicide.

What McCain’s promoters have carefully edited out of their McCain-for-president equation is his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Department of Defense psychiatrists have evaluated McCain for PTSD several times, the results of which remain locked by privacy laws.

PTSD can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which physical harm occurred or was threatened. U.S. government studies have concluded that former POWs “may remain embroiled in a harsh psychological battle with themselves for decades after returning home.”

An outcome of PTSD is a subtle web of personal problems including difficulty in controlling intense emotions such as anger and an inability to function well under stress.

Psychologist Patricia B. Sutker of the New Orleans Veterans Administration Medical Center and her colleagues reported in a 1991 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry that as many as nine of 10 surviving U.S. servicemen taken captive during the Korean War may suffer from PTSD and other mental disorders more than 35 years after their release.

In a follow-up study, VA experts concluded that POWs suffer “a much greater risk of developing PTSD than combat veterans.”

Robert Timberg, in his book, The Nightingale’s Song, wrote that POW McCain “suffered terribly in North Vietnamese camps.”

Timberg wrote that in July 1968, McCain was taken to a room in which the North Vietnamese POW camp commander, whom the prisoners had nicknamed “Slopehead,” was waiting with 10 guards and an interrogator nicked named “The Prick.”

The guards, according to Timberg, charged into McCain, beating and kicking him until he “lay on the floor, bloody, arms and legs throbbing, ribs cracked, several teeth broken off at the gumline.” The Vietnamese wanted McCain to confess to being a war criminal.

It was then and there that McCain, Timberg noted, was introduced for the first time to the “torture ropes.” He wrote that McCain was tortured for several days before he broke and signed a confession that he was a war criminal. After signing the confession, McCain was so distraught that he attempted suicide but was stopped when a guard burst into the room.

Over the years, countless numbers of columnist/pundits have nearly drowned in their own drool suggesting McCain’s POW experience greatly qualifies him to be president.

Washington Post columnist George Will once wrote that because McCain was such an “obstinate” POW hero resister, he was kept “in solitary confinement most of that time … Every day for two years, one of his guards ordered him to bow, and then knocked him down.”

Another columnist/pundit wrote, “McCain is a war hero … He was tossed into the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison camp, where he was hung by his fractured arms for hours at a time.”

In the last two weeks before Christmas 2007, McCain is riding high on a new round of high-profile endorsements.

The New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed McCain on Dec. 16. Then former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), gave his blessings followed by “back-to-back-to-back endorsements from three other major newspapers, The Des Moines Register, The Boston Globe and The Portsmouth Herald.”

The New Hampshire Union Leader wrote, “Sen. McCain is much more than just a war hero who chose to endure years of abuse at the hands of a sadistic enemy rather than abandon his comrades.”

The Des Moines Register wrote. “In an era of instant celebrity, we sometimes forget the real heroes in our midst. The defining chapter of McCain’s life came 40 years ago as a naval aviator, when he was shot down over Vietnam. The crash broke both arms and a leg. When first seeing him, a fellow prisoner recalls thinking he wouldn’t live the night. He was beaten and kept in solitary confinement, held five years. Sen. McCain is much more than just a war hero who chose to endure years of abuse at the hands of a sadistic enemy rather than abandon his comrades.”

The Portsmouth Herald wrote, “As a former prisoner of war who was denied medical care and beaten by the North Vietnamese, McCain understands at the deepest level that torturing helpless prisoners who may or may not have some information …”

Unfortunately for McCain, the baggage that accompanies understanding “the deepest level” of torture and especially “attempted suicide” is the psychological trauma known as PTSD.

During McCain’s 1999 presidential campaign, he carefully controlled the release of some “redacted medical records” in what appeared to be an effort to counter discussions of whether McCain’s legendary “short fuse” temperament makes him unfit to serve as president and commander in chief of the military. His campaign did not allow any pages to be photocopied and selectively picked news organizations to examine the records.

The 1999 campaign released a statement by Dr. Michael M. Ambrose, director of the Robert E. Mitchell Center for Prisoner of War Studies, that said: ”Senator McCain has never been diagnosed with or treated at the center for a psychological or psychiatric disorder. He has been subject to an extensive battery of psychological tests and following his last examination in 1993, we judged him to be in good physical and mental health.”

The doctors said McCain explained that while in solitary confinement he created for himself a fantasy world in which he lived. The doctors said McCain always heard the guards coming with his food, but “was often so much in his private world, that he strongly resented their coming around and bringing him back to reality by intruding. He was enjoying his fantasies so much.”

Members of the two major POW/MIA family organizations know the “real” John McCain and they despise him. They have experienced firsthand his cruel, angry temperament.

In 1996, McCain encountered a group of POW/MIA family members outside a Senate hearing room. The family members were some of the same who worked tirelessly during the Vietnam War to make sure Hanoi released all U.S. POWs – including POW McCain.

McCain immediately began quarreling with the POW/MIA family members, who were eager to question him on the issue of what happened to their loved ones.

Instead showing courtesy and appropriate compassion by answering their questions, the Arizona senator pushed through the group, shoving them out of his way, nearly toppling the wheelchair of POW/MIA mother Jane Duke Gaylor. Her son, Charles Duke, a civilian worker in Vietnam, is among 2,300 American POWs and MIAs still unaccounted for by the communists.

The POW/MIA families, shocked at McCain’s overly aggressive behavior toward Mrs. Gaylor, registered complaints with senate officials.

In an earlier incident involving families of servicemen still MIA, McCain got so angry that he went ballistic.

McCain was advised (Nov. 11, 1992) that Dolores Apodaca Alfond, chairwoman of the National Alliance of POW/MIA Families (her pilot brother Capt. Victor J. Apodaca is missing in action in North Vietnam), was offering testimony critical of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. He rushed into the hearing room to confront her.

Award winning journalist Sydney Schanberg described the scene. “His face [McCain] angry and his voice very loud, he accused her of making ‘allegations … that are patently and totally false and deceptive.’

“Making a fist, he shook his index finger at her and said she had insulted an emissary to Vietnam sent by President Bush. He said she had insulted other MIA families with her remarks. And then he said, through clenched teeth: ‘And I am sick and tired of you insulting mine and other people’s [patriotism] who happen to have different views than yours.’

“By this time, tears were running down Alfond’s cheeks. She reached into her handbag for a handkerchief. She tried to speak: ‘The family members have been waiting for years — years! And now you’re shutting down.’ He kept interrupting her. She tried to say, through tears, that she had issued no insults. He kept talking over her words. He said she was accusing him and others of ‘some conspiracy without proof, and some cover-up.’ She said she was merely seeking ‘some answers. That is what I am asking.’ He ripped into her for using the word ‘fiasco.’ She replied: ‘The fiasco was the people that stepped out and said we have written the end, the final chapter to Vietnam.’ ‘No one said that,’ he shouted. ‘No one said what you are saying they said, Ms. Alfond.’ And then, his face flaming pink, he stalked out of the room, to shouts of disfavor from members of the audience.”

POW families were even more angered when they saw McCain actually bonding with his former torturers during and after the 1992 Senate Select Committee hearings on POW/MIA Affairs. Psychologist have identified behavior in which a prisoner emotionally bonds with an abuser as the Stockholm Syndrome.

The first display of bonding occurred when Col. Bui Tin, a former senior colonel in the North Vietnamese Army who had actually interrogated McCain and other U.S. prisoners, testified before the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.

During a break in the hearing, McCain moved to where Col. Bui Tin was seated. Instead of grabbing Bui Tin by the neck and demanding his arrest for war crimes against U.S. POWs, McCain reached out and warmly hugged his former interrogator as if he were a long lost brother. Never mind that at least 55 American POW were murdered by interrogators and guards while in North Vietnamese prisoner of war camps.

In a 1992 visit to Hanoi, McCain warmly greeted Vietnam Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet, who had been a ranking Communist Party member of the secret Viet Cong National Liberation Front Central Committee during the Vietnam War.

As a senior Central Committee member, Kiet was responsible for helping formulate Viet Cong policy, which included ordering American POWs to be punished by execution.

On orders issued by Kiet’s Viet Cong Central Committee, three U.S POWs, Special Forces Capt. “Rocky” Versace, Special Forces Sgt. Kenneth Mills Roraback and Army Sgt. Harold Bennett were publicly executed by the Viet Cong on Sunday, Sept. 26, 1965

On a Nov. 13, 1996 trip to Hanoi, McCain posed for a picture embracing Mai Van On, one of the Vietnamese who pulled McCain from Hanoi’s Truc Bach Lake, where McCain parachuted in 1967 after his bomber was shot down. McCain has said many times that after being pulled from the lake, his Vietnamese rescuers brutally beat him and stabbed him with a bayonet.

Early in 2007, columnist Sidney Blumenthal, who once served as a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, questioned if McCain’s “volatile temper” might derail his bid to be President.

Blumenthal wrote that the senator’s temper sometimes surfaces in the form of obscenities: “McCain’s political colleagues, however, know another side of the action hero — a volatile man with a hair-trigger temper, who shouted at Sen. Ted Kennedy on the Senate floor to ‘shut up,’ called his fellow Republican senators ‘shithead,’ ‘f******* jerk,’ ‘a**hole,’ and joked in 1998 at a Republican fundraiser about the teenage daughter of President Clinton, ‘Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father.’”

Regardless of all the obvious signs pointing to McCain’s PTSD, the one outstanding fact is that McCain, by his own admission, broke under the stress of captivity and tried to kill himself.

National columnists and pundits have, so far, given McCain a “free pass” on the attempted suicide. Would the other presidential candidates be treated with the same indifference if they had an attempted suicide in their biographies?

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Mexican soldiers found invading United States

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Government report documents dozens of armed campaigns in Texas, Arizona

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© 2008 A federal document obtained and released by Judicial Watch reveals that there were dozens of armed incursions by Mexican soldiers and police into the United States during Fiscal Year 2007.

The report was obtained by the Washington-based organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and it documents 29 confirmed incidents along the U.S.-Mexican border involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement personnel during that time.

“These documents not only show the dangerous and chaotic situation at the Mexican border, but also the complicity of some Mexican government agents in violating U.S. law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“The U.S. government must begin to take these incidents more seriously, publicize them and take measures to bring the crisis at our border under control,” he said.

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The report documents incidents such as the one at the Fort Hancock Station in El Paso.

“[Troopers] attempted to apprehend three vehicles believed to be smuggling contraband on I-10 … As the vehicles approached the border, [troopers] stated that a Mexican Military Humvee armed with a .50 caliber weapon and several soldiers were seen assisting smugglers return to Mexico … Officers then noticed several armed subjects dressed in fatigue type clothing unload the contraband into the Humvee. These subjects set fire to the stalled vehicle before leaving the area.”

Judicial Watch noted that of the 29 documented instances, 17 involved armed Mexican government agents.

Another situation:

“On Sept. 16, 2006, a Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Calexico, California Station observed an individual in an olive drab uniform with a possible Mexican flag on the shoulder approximately 100 yards north of the International Border near the Calexico [Port of Entry]. The individual appeared to be carrying a sidearm… “

It’s not as though the situations are new, but Judicial Watch spokeswoman Jill Farrell said it appears the U.S. government’s policy on such cases is to count them and file the paperwork.

The document also states that between 1996 and September 30, 2006, there were 253 confirmed incursions into the United States by Mexican government personnel. The government has documented shots fired on both sides of the border, unmarked helicopters invading U.S. airspace, drug smuggling and actual confrontations between U.S. Border Patrol agents and armed members of the Mexican military.

One such case happened near Brownsville:

“As the boat proceeded to go down river towards the scene, the [Border Patrol] Agent on board advised via radio that several Mexican soldiers were pointing their rifles in his direction. The agent decided for his safety and the safety of the crew to turn back, but advised that the soldiers were still aiming at them.”

Another case found a “Mexican Military boat” that was “providing security and escort for the two others that were later found to be transporting 2,716.53 pounds of marijuana.”

“It seems as if, once again, the government is failing to secure our border,” Fitton said.

Farrell told WND that the government needs to take such situations seriously, and make sure the public knows. Her group, which obtained the federal reports through a Freedom of Information Act procedure, believes there are some real concerns about the border crisis, she said.

“You would think that the State Department or DHS [Department of Homeland Security] would be involved,” she said.

Revealingly, the U.S. government report notes that many of the incursions were both “armed” and “intentional” and cited one incident in a location where construction of a security fence was incomplete.

In another case near Yuma, two uniformed Mexican police officers advanced onto U.S. soil and spent some time there “before walking back south into Mexico.”

Previous government documents obtained and released by Judicial Watch note that such “incursions” have been documented in sectors including San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, Mafa, Lareda and McAllen.

WND previously has reported such armed trafficking has in a series of research projects in the southwestern U.S. deserts.

“I got kind of allergic to pistols being held to my forehead,” botanist Richard Felger said in the report.

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Fool Me Twice+ – Suckered Again

January 10, 2008 Leave a comment

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January 10, 2008; Page A14

So, to a political career marked by the “pretty in pink” cattle-futures press conference, and the “vast right-wing conspiracy” strategy to save her husband from impeachment, we can now add the legend of the falling tears. Everyone in politics seems to agree that Hillary Clinton saved her candidacy by tearing up ever so briefly on Monday as she responded to a question about the travails of campaigning.

Barack Obama’s team believes it, judging from the comment by an anonymous adviser to that, “there is no other reason we can see. Every poll showed us even with Clinton with women, and then we lose women to her. There was a big gender gap that didn’t show up until yesterday.” Mrs. Clinton also credits her misty moment, telling the CBS “Early Show” yesterday that “I had this incredible moment of connection with the voters of New Hampshire, and they saw it and they heard it.”

The only real debate seems to be whether she was sincere, or cynical, in her emotional outreach. Readers can make up their own minds, though we’d note from watching the video that it took no more than a few seconds for her to pivot from dewy reflection to an attack line on Mr. Obama. And her latest fund-raising pitch, arriving right on time yesterday, says that “you and I have to keep speaking from the heart.” Whatever else you can say about Mrs. Clinton, she’s no political amateur.

This crying-for-votes analysis nonetheless strikes us as simplistic, especially in the way it sells voters short. The press loves these dramatic moments as political definers. Many pundits still claim that Ronald Reagan won the New Hampshire primary in 1980 because he grabbed the microphone at a debate and declared he had “paid” for it. There were a few other reasons, starting with his ideas.

We suspect the real reason for Senator Clinton’s victory is that her campaign’s attacks on Mr. Obama began to sink in with voters. She’d danced around his weaknesses in Iowa, no doubt realizing it’s better to win with as little intraparty mayhem as possible. But with her career on the line, she and Bill and their surrogates began hitting the Illinois Senator on the lightness of his political being. Her husband was even so rude as to call Obamania a “fairy tale” — a political category he understands.

The Clintons are onto something in an election year when even antiwar Democrats understand they will be electing a President in wartime. Mr. Obama is a neophyte on national security, and it often shows. That’s a better explanation for the gaping generation gap in Tuesday’s vote: The two candidates broke even among voters age 18-64, but Mrs. Clinton won among seniors 48% to 32%, according to the exit polls. It also better explains the gender gap. Women and seniors tend to care more about security and seasoning than do the young.

Mr. Obama can still rebound, and yesterday he nailed a key endorsement from the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Union that will help him in Nevada’s caucuses next week. He won’t prevail, however, if he buys into the tears explanation for his Tuesday defeat. If it’s emotional connection the voters are looking for, Mr. Obama will win the Democratic nomination in a rout. What they’re wondering is whether a Senator not long out of the Illinois legislature has what it takes to be Commander in Chief.

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