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Obama’s Department of Injustice, another whistle blows

September 24th, 2010 12:03 pm  |  by  |  Published in ballot access, Civil Liberties, Commentary, Court Cases, Election, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Media, Racism  |  Comments Off

Earlier this year J. Christian Adams resigned his Justice Department position and began discussing the new administration’s policy of inequality under the rule of law. This story, which should have been national news, petered out over the past few months. However, there’s a new whistleblower in town corroborating everything Adams said. And it’s not just anyone, it is Christopher Coates, the former Justice Department Voting Rights section chief.

He’s testifying against the Justice Department today after being forbidden to do so. From Doc Vega, the Dallas Tea Party Examiner:

Despite news coverage of this lack of response thanks Eric Holder’s discriminatory direction. New Blank Panthers who threatened voters and verbalized racial slurs, clearly in violation of the law, were never charged. Not only was Chris Adams characterized as a disgruntled employee, but he was forbidden by his former employer to testify if subpoenaed by the US Commission on Civil Rights.  Adams left and the story died. Adams was quoted as accusing fellow employees as making comments such as , “this is payback.”

Now Chris Coates, Section Chief, and a vigorous, award winning, litigator for the DOJ, his career has spanned more than three decades, now intends to testify against his former employer. Coates resigned months ago unable to rationalize politicizing his department’s primary purpose. In opposition to the blatant conflict of interest  that has been orchestrated by Eric Holder, Chris will appear in court despite obvious pressure exerted upon him to remain silent.

This crucial testimony will uncover the illegal abandonment of duty based upon racial bias and in violation of civil rights laws. Coates testimony will necessitate proceedings against the Department of Justice. As before with Christian Adams, their defense strategy will probably entail trying to discredit Coates by portraying him as yet just one more disgruntled attorney who is making unfounded allegations. The only other possible defense would be to feign ignorance of the internal policy of the DOJ that had dictated an illegal leniency for black offenders. Either defense will prove preposterous. To depict Chris Coates, one of the most prolific defenders of civil rights as a right wing protester to an ideological argument will not bode well for Obama or Eric Holder. It will expose them!

Will the main stream media cover this new development in this story? Shouldn’t this be something the American people are made aware of? There are a few reasons they could sweep this under the rug again.

Could it be that the media is just liberal-leaning and delivers the news much like today’s Justice Department selectively litigates cases? Could “white guilt” be the culprit? Where is the objectivity? Whatever the reason for the media stonewall, the age-old axiom of “blind justice” does not apply to Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

You can read Chris Coates damning testimony from Pajamas Media while we all wait and see if the main stream media does its job.

How is Congress spending its time — and your money? (Part 9)

March 16th, 2009 9:53 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, ballot access, Big Government, congress, Constitution, Economics, Federal Reserve, Foreign Policy, globalism, government spending, Individual Responsibility, law, Liberty, Market Regulation, Politics, Taxes  |  3 Responses

Wow, an astounding eighty-six new bills were introduced in Congress on Thursday alone.  I’m starting to get a headache.  How many of these bills are for causes would you voluntarily donate to?  Certainly none of these examples are the bailiwick of the Federal Government:   [As always my sarcastic criticism is offered in red.]

  • HR242 – Recognizing the apology offered by the Government of Australia to the aboriginal people and its significance as a gesture of healing for this proud nation.  [Huh?  The Aussie government apologizes to the aborigines.  How is this our business? The arrogance here is nauseating.]
  • HR1385 – To extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.
  • HR1505 – To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide services for birth parents who have placed a child for adoption, and for other purposes.
  • HR1504 – To require that, in the questionnaires used in the taking of any decennial census of population, a checkbox or other similar option be included so that respondents may indicate Dominican extraction or descent.  [The Constitution says that one of the jobs of the federal government is enumeration of the U.S. population.  This means they are required to count the number of people living at each address.  I have no problem with that.  But I do have a problem with being asked about my race, income, and other personal and intrusive questions.  If we expect to be a "color-blind" society, we need to disregard race, ethnicity, and skin color in all official capacities.]
  • HR1502 – To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for equity in the calculation of Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments for hospitals in Puerto Rico.
  • HR1501 – To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase inpatient hospital payments under the Medicare Program to Puerto Rico hospitals.
  • HR1494 – To ensure that a private for-profit nursing home affected by a major disaster receives the same reimbursement as a public nursing home affected by a major disaster.  [This bill was written by Ron Paul. I don't understand.  Clearly, no nursing home (private,  public or otherwise)  should receive any reimbursement for any major disaster.  Do you think you disagree?  Please read Davy Crockett vs. Welfare.]
  • HR1492 – To establish a pilot program to provide assistance for partnerships supporting applied sciences in renewable energy.
  • HR1490 – To establish a grant program to assist in the provision of safety measures to protect social workers and other professionals who work with at-risk populations.
  • HR1484 – To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Rabbi Arthur Schneier in recognition of his pioneering role in promoting religious freedom and human rights throughout the world, for close to half a century.
  • HR1481 – To authorize certain States to prohibit the importation of solid waste from other States, and for other purposes.  [The states should not (do not) require authorization from the Feds to prohibit whatever they wish to prohibit, as long as the rights of the individual are not infringed.]

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Bob Barr Looks Back On His Own Campaign

November 24th, 2008 6:07 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, ballot access, Bob Barr, Election, Fund Raising, Libertarianism, Liberty, Politics, Ron Paul  |  1

Dave Weigel at Reason magazine sat down with Bob Barr for a kind of exit interview for his failed bid to become the first Libertarian President of the United States. The Ron Paul phenomenon is discussed openly except for one particular answer about access to fund raising lists.

reason: What did matter? Campaign funds? At the convention, Russ Verney told me that he hoped to raise $30 million, and the campaign eventually raised about $1.2 million.

Barr: If certain things had happened that we expected to happen early on, like gaining access to certain lists very quickly, I think we could have gotten there. But those lists turned out to be not available, unfortunately, and that prevented us early to turn over and over again into significant fundraising. We didn’t get that seed money early on that we anticipated. We realistically anticipated it. We didn’t sit around say ‘it would be nice to have all that money.’”

reason: Was one of these Ron Paul’s fundraising list?

Barr: All I can say is that it appeared very realistic that we would have a list that let us raise a large amount of seed money that we could build on. And that didn’t happen.

Read the full interview

Ron Paul Clears The Air On Bob Barr, Sort Of

November 14th, 2008 1:55 pm  |  by  |  Published in ballot access, Bob Barr, campaign for liberty, Constitution, Philosophy, Politics, Ron Paul  |  Comments Off

The New York Times has published their first part of the Ron Paul “answers your questions” interview this morning. One of the questions was regarding running third party or independent after failing to get the GOP nomination. Finally, Dr. Paul explains what Jesse Benton sent us in an email a few days ago.

Q: Even before the primaries, you said you would not run in the general election. Why specifically did you not run?

A: I was running for the Republican nomination, and I would have run in the general if I had won. I had little interest in running third party due to the inherent biases against such efforts. I also signed legally binding agreements not run third party in 2008 if I failed to win the G.O.P. primary. That was the cost for ballot access in several states, 11 total I believe. So even I had wanted to, it would not have been possible to run in the general after I lost the primary.

In another interesting question (That I swear wasn’t submitted by me. Well, truthfully it was.) that Ron Paul sort of “punts” on is about his relationship with Bob Barr.

Q: Did Bob Barr’s failure to appear at your press conference endorsing the third-party vote cause a rift between you and him? Are you still friends with him?

A: That’s old news as far I’m concerned. I’m more interested in focusing on positive things Americans can accomplish moving forward.

He makes a fair point, but he didn’t answer the question. Then again, judging from his answer we can infer the truth. I’m reminded of the age-old axiom, if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, say nothing at all. I doubt there will be any future joint efforts toward liberty between Paul and Barr. Is it getting cold in here or is it just me?

Judging from some of the comments to the interview we still have a long way to go before people get it through their thick skulls that the government is not a substitute for parenting, hand holding, and individual responsibility.

Read the full set of questions, answers, and several inane comments here.

Ron Paul Third Party Run Impossible – GOP Forbade It

November 5th, 2008 9:48 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, ballot access, Election, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Politics, Ron Paul  |  13 Responses

I recently published my criticism of Ron Paul’s decision to not run as a Third Party or Independent candidate for President once he lost his bid for the GOP nomination. I suggested that he made a poor choice by not doing so because he had the momentum to truly make a mark on this election. I must retract my criticism on this point because, as it turns out, Ron Paul didn’t really have an option.

Ron Paul had no choice in the matter. The GOP primary ballot access laws in several states force candidates to pledge to not run on another party’s ticket if they should not win the Republican nomination. In an email sent to us (included below) by Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s spokesman and campaign communications manager, clarified this fact:

Marc,

I enjoy your writing very much and check your website regularly. As a fan, I do have clear one point up with you.

Ron Paul could not have run Libertarian if he wanted to. In order to be on the GOP Primary Ballot in at least 11 states, including Texas, Ron had to pledge that he would not seek the presidency on another ticket if he failed to secure the GOP nomination. Not running third party was the price of admission.

We are certainly open to fair criticism of Dr. Paul. But criticizing him for not running third party is not fair criticism. I hope this clears things up.

Best,

Jesse Benton

I replied to Jesse thanking him for the clarification and expressed a wish that Ron Paul had mentioned this fact when asked about a third party run by the media. I was not aware of such rules and I expect many others who have been critical of Paul for “choosing” not to run on another party’s ticket were not aware of such rules.

So in the end, once Ron Paul was on the ballot in one of these “GOP hostage” states he gave up his ability to run outside the Republican Party.

Hopefully, this information will temper the criticism of Ron Paul on this point. Thanks to Jesse Benton for granting me permission to post his email.

Everyone Votes for Jane and Joe Schmoe for President on Tuesday!

November 3rd, 2008 4:33 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, ballot access, Election, Liberty, Politics, Polling  |  2 Responses

A reminder that your vote for any candidate really goes to an unnamed Elector, and a few offbeat ideas on how to change the presidential election.

by Jake, the Champion of the Constitution
Originally published November 3, 2008 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article5381.html

The vote for President and Vice President is quite different from any other vote you will cast on Tuesday.  When you view your ballot, it has written on it your choices (say you pick John McCain and Sarah Palin) but unlike other votes, this vote does not actually go to Senator McCain nor Governor Palin.  Your vote is actually in favor of a pool of specially selected representatives from the Republican Party, equal to your state’s number of electoral votes.  These Electors pledge to support their party’s candidates, are NOT constitutionally bound to vote for either McCain or Palin.  Electors are chosen by the States and the Electors elect the President and Vice-President.   So, in effect, you are voting for a group of Jane or Joe Schmoe’s.  [Except in Maine and Nebraska, where things get a little more complicated.]

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Mock the Vote

November 3rd, 2008 11:57 am  |  by  |  Published in Bailouts, ballot access, Banking, Big Government, Civil Liberties, congress, Constitution, Debt, Economics, Election, Federal Reserve, Free Market, Liberty, Ludwig Von Mises, Money, national debt, Politics, Taxes  |  2 Responses

Today’s article at the Ludwig von Mises Institute describes the farce that is our political system these days, building on quotes from Jesse Ventura, Walter E. Williams, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Philip Jackson, Murray Rothbard, and James Bovard:

Jesse Ventura, when he’s not talking about 9-11, makes a lot of sense. Describing the two party system to Larry King, he said,

[W]hat you have today is like walking into the grocery store and you go to the soft drink department, and there is only Pepsi and Coke. Those are the two you get to choose from. There is no Mountain Dew, no Root Beer, no Orange. They’re both Colas; one is slightly sweeter than the other, depending on which side of the aisle you are on.

In an interview with Newsmax, he described politicians in the two party system as pro wrestlers.

In pro wrestling, out in front of the people, we make it look like we all hate each other and want to beat the crap out of each other, and that’s how we get your money, [and get you to] come down and buy tickets. They’re the same thing. Out in front of the public and the cameras, they hate each other, are going to beat the crap out of each other, but behind the scenes they’re all going to dinner, cutting deals. And [they're] doing what we did, too — laughing all the way to the bank. And that to me is what you have today, in today’s political world, with these two parties.

Jesse’s right. Our political system is a farce. This year, we have running for president a warmonger who’s a reluctant socialist versus a socialist who’s a reluctant warmonger. We have two parties that claim they’re different, but when the Establishment, the Complex, our shadowy overlords, whatever you want to call them, really want something, they get it. When the Establishment wanted the Bailout in the face of almost universal grassroots opposition, they got it. When the Complex wanted immunity to the telecoms who knowingly spied on Americans, they got it. When our shadowy overlords wanted stormtroopers to brutally stifle protesters during the party conventions, they got it.

But even if voters had a real choice — and even if the politicians followed the majority will on issues that matter — the system would still most likely be a farce. As Augustine observed, without justice, a government is nothing but a band of thieves. Augustine was writing about kingdoms, but his insight applies to democracies as well. Without justice, the ability of the subjects of a government to vote on the laws and rulers that govern them doesn’t make a government any more legitimate than an unjust monarchy. And the founders of this country did not believe democracies were likely to be just.

Continue reading here.

Ron Paul on Rachel Maddow Hammering Obama and McCain

October 29th, 2008 11:58 pm  |  by  |  Published in ballot access, Election, Foreign Policy, Free Market, John McCain, Liberty, Media, Obama, Ron Paul  |  1

Ron Paul appeared on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow tonight. He again answered the question about running as an Independent or Third Party candidate with the ballot access spending and marginalization arguments. What Paul doesn’t seem to realize is that his own candidacy on a Third Party/Independent ticket could have been a status quo breaker with the support he had.

He then has some strong words for Maddow’s liberal ears as he attacks Obama and McCain saying they both have the same ideas on foreign policy and monetary policy.

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Fake Board Of Elections Flyers Being Distributed in Virginia

October 28th, 2008 4:38 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, ballot access, Election, Politics  |  1

CNN is reporting that a flyer supposedly put out by the Virginia State Board of Elections is being circulated in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The problem being, the flyer is fake and attempts to get Democrats to vote on November 5th instead of November 4th.

The flyer states that due to the expected high voter turnout the Virginia General Assembly has voted to split the election over two days instead of one. Those supporting Republican candidates are supposed to vote on November 4th and those supporting Democratic candidates are supposed to vote on the 5th. The flyer itself looks official (sort of). Apparently, officials are investigating the source of the flyer.

Here is an image of the flyer.

I find this quite funny, but I suppose those trying to vote on the 5th my not share my amusement.

Ron Paul Is Now An Official Write-In Ballot in California !!!

October 26th, 2008 1:41 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, ballot access, Big Government, Bob Barr, Election, John McCain, Liberty, Obama, Politics, Ron Paul  |  3 Responses

There are Four Official Write-In Candidates on the ballot in California:  Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party), James Harris (Socialist Workers Party), Frank Moore (independent), and, NOW, RON PAUL! If you write in EITHER of these Candidates, your votes WILL be counted, and the public and the politicians WILL see those numbers.

However, the fact that it is the very state of California has even greater significance.  There are 55 electors in California.  There are 3 electors in Montana, and 9 in Louisiana, the two states for which Ron Paul is on the ballot.  That is a total of 68 total electoral votes which he could potentially win.  In a close election, he could actually throw the election to the House of Representatives.

For anyone who has been dissatisfied with the two current choices, or who has been wanting to vote for a 3rd party candidate, but unable, LET EVERYONE YOU KNOW in those three states about their choices.  Let your vote count this election!