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Few presidential candidates have military experience


It has always been a sort of unspoken rule that military experience is a requirement for running the oval office. But in a day and age when presidential prospects are more about celebrity status than adherence to the Constitution, does it really matter? Apparently, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham and Jim Webb are the only major presidential contenders with any experience donning the uniform. And when one of the only presidential prospects is a neocon war-monger, that’s pretty bad. Seeing as the televised debates only seem to focus on whatever the trending story of the moment on twitter is (#twitterisapsyop) then that makes it really hard for voters to wrap their heads around the important questions–like, which candidates won’t throw us into unconstitutionally declared wars?

That trend is no more apparent than in the 10 Republican presidential candidates who will line up for the first GOP debate Thursday night. None of the participants has any military service, leaving some veterans’ groups and veterans alike to wonder: During a time when the U.S.

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LA Times: “If Clinton loses this election, it will not be television’s fault.”

The left oriented press criticized the Republican National Committee in 2013 for accepting a resolution that would ban CNN and MSNBC from covering the republican candidacy debates.

WHEREAS, former Secretary Hillary Clinton is likely to run for President in 2016, and CNN and NBC have both announced programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton; and

WHEREAS, these programming decisions are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election; and

WHEREAS, airing this programming will jeopardize the credibility of CNN and NBC as supposedly unbiased news networks and undermine the perceived objectivity of the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by these networks…

RESOLVED, that if CNN and NBC continue to move forward with this and other such programming, the Republican National Committee will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor…

The rhetoric from critics is the same argument we have all heard over the years…”you mean fox news is biased?” “They at least report news, Fox is nothing but bias” and so on.… Read the rest

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Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern For President 2016

Jesse “The Body” Ventura for President!When asked whether he would run for president someday, former Minnesota governor and former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura said: sure, why not.“I like the idea of waging war on the Democrats and the Republicans,” Ventura told POLITICO. “I enjoy it because they’re so vulnerable. They’re so easy. If I can debate them, I can beat them.”

Jesse Ventura has said in the past that he did not want to run for president, but that has now changed.

VIA Politico

“It all comes down to whether Howard will do it, and I need Howard,” said Ventura, adding that Stern’s access to satellite radio — and millions of listeners — will not only help out fundraising but free Ventura from the Federal Communications Commission.

“I can use his radio station right up to the day of the election to win this thing without spending any money,” Ventura said.

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Osama Raid Movie Airing Two Days Before Election Edited to Remove Romney, Showcase Obama

Picture Derived from US DOD Public Domain Image

Lest you are somehow under the mistaken impression (and how could you be?) that only the Right indulges in brazen propaganda…

Via Deadline:

A scene in an upcoming TV movie that depicted Mitt Romney appearing to oppose the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden was cut from the film, according to a report in the New York Times. “We wouldn’t air this if it were propaganda,” said National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens who said he had insisted upon removal of the scene from Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden. It’s scheduled to air November 4, two days before the election. Cutting the Romney scene wasn’t the only change. The Times said the movie has been edited to highlight President Obama’s role.

(Emphasis mine. The lady doth protest too much, methinks)

Also of potential interest: The extra footage for the edit was collected by Meghan O’Hara, whose resume includes several collaborations with documentarian Michael Moore.… Read the rest

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How Romney Might Steal the Election

Picture: IowaPolitics.com (CC)

Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis and Gerry Bello write at Common Dreams:

The Romneys are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board seats in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.

In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall’s election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who “owns” the White House.

They are especially crucial in Ohio, without which no Republican candidate has ever won the White House. In 2004, in the dead of election night, an electronic swing of more than 300,000 votes switched Ohio from the John Kerry column to George W.

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Don’t Vote for Archie Or Jughead

Picture: Maurice Coyne, Louis Silberkleit, John L. Goldwater (PD)

A recent essay at Spyoptaelip draws comparisons between those two archetypal images of bumbling teenage Americana and our two presidential candidates:

The great non-event of the 2012 presidential election is upon us. The money has been pouring in, the scripts and teleprompters are in place, and the pantomime is about to begin. No candidate would have gotten this far unless permitted to do so by the macro-engineers who manipulate all things; that mysterious force “behind the curtain” that vets and trains and stage-manages its unwitting puppet-clones so as to do its bidding.

Archie and Jughead are comic book characters meant to portray normal American kids. Readers are supposed to be able to relate to them, much as Americans are expected to relate to Obama and Romney. Archie is a lovable, though accident-prone, redheaded 17-year-old and a typical small-town teenager. This might be Obama.

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Oh, The Pain Of The Believer: Barack’s Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can’t Deny

480px-BarackObamaportraitJournalists are not supposed to have political opinions and yet we all do. Our “biases” are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover and how we cover them.

Even ‘just the fact’s maam,’ journos for big media have to decide which facts to include and which to ignore.

Our outlooks are always shaped by our worldviews, values and experience, not too mention the outlets we work for.

Which brings me to the challenge of seeking truth and recognizing it when you see it.

I have to admit that I was seduced by the idea of Barack Obama.

The idea of a black President, the idea of a young President, the idea of an articulate President, and the idea of a man married to such a stand up woman from a working class family was hard to resist.

Here’s a guy who seemed really smart, not just because he went to Harvard, but because professors there I liked were impressed with him.… Read the rest

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Polish Singer Uses Bikini Photos In Election Campaign


"Beautiful, independent, and competent."

Katarzyna Szczolek, known as singer Sara May in Poland, is campaigning for a seat in the Warsaw district council. It seems she thinks that if sexy sells albums it will get votes. From The Huffington Post:

A Polish singer says she is determined to break out of pop music and into local politics — so much so that she’s taken to distributing scintillating photographs of herself posing in a bikini to ensure her campaign isn’t overlooked.

The Toronto Sun reports that Katarzyna Szczolek, who is better known in Poland by the stage name Sara May, is hoping a series of sizzling campaign images will help her nab a spot on the Warsaw district council as a representative of her native district, Bemowo.

On her official blog, the curvy Szczolek touts herself as “honest, consistent, ambitious, hardworking and independent.” She goes on to note that she “wants to change the world and help people solve their problems…I am young, but I have a lot of experience and my education is related to cultural policy, media and soliciting funds from the European Union.”

Listen to one of Sara May’s pop tune In The End

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Astronauts Cast Their Ballots From Space

Astronauts are casting their votes from space. So if you haven’t voted by now, what’s your excuse? From TIME:

2010 was the year of a different brand of space exploration, as NASA brought us the first interstellar tweet. Now it’s the year of the extra-planetary vote. Thanks to a bill passed by Texas legislators back in 1997, astronauts can vote from orbit, and this week three of them did just that.

Astronaut Doug Wheelock, who also has the honor of being the first person to check in on Foursquare from the cosmos, cast his ballot alongside colleagues Shannon Walker and Scott Kelly from the International Space Station, 220 miles above the Earth.

Voting from space involves a complex, secure e-mail system which beams the votes back down to Earth, though there’s no word yet on whether Google’s new vote mapping technology aided in moving the space ballots from Mission Control to the local polling station.

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