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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

Revolution and Uniting the People: Bernie Sanders, Thomas Jefferson and FDR I would say that Bernie Sanders is not only a good candidate for US President, and beyond that, the only serious candidate for the people, since he is the only one who is not t… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH-17, anti-Russian rhetoric was hard to miss on MSM. The rhetoric has toned down of late. The Obama administration has also been noticeably quieter on the subject of MH-17. For former rep Ron Paul the ratcheting down of the volume in itself raises questions, in particular about what . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

Alberta Diary: Let’s hear a big welcome for Preston Manning, a fresh new voice in Canadian satirical writing!

Preston Manning admonishes the Children of Alberta for abandoning the principles of Social Credit. Actual right-wing patriarchs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Manning and, speaking of patriarchs, the sainted Ernest Manning, Ron Paul, the crazy uncle of the American right, and Ukip Leader Nigel Farage.

“Cancer and lightning . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Let’s hear a big welcome for Preston Manning, a fresh new voice in Canadian satirical writing!

Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour.

It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Alberta Diary: The Top 13 from 2013: Alberta Diary borne ever upward on wings of far-right loons

Ron Paul, the crazy uncle of the American right, surrounded by grinning acolytes at the 2013 conference of the Manning Centre for Undermining Democracy in Ottawa. Putting Dr. Paul here worked before, so maybe it’ll work again! Below: For New Year’s Eve, we show Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who says he doesn’t drink . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Top 13 from 2013: Alberta Diary borne ever upward on wings of far-right loons

Alberta Diary: Is the right-wing Manning Centre plotting ‘Manchurian Municipal Candidates’?

Former Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, the crazy uncle of American politics, with some of his young acolytes at this weekend’s Manning Centre “Big Ideas” conference. Below: anti-medicare crusader Dr. Brian Day, a sign directing conferees to advice on how to sell their kidneys, and Mr. Manning himself.

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You can’t . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Is the right-wing Manning Centre plotting ‘Manchurian Municipal Candidates’?

Alberta Diary: With Liberals in rear-view mirror, conservative deep thinkers ponder greener look

Your blogger offers Preston Manning a couple of big ideas for conservatives to think about. Below: Liberal Justin Trudeau, pollster Andre Turcotte.

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While the Forum Research polling company was proclaiming that if an election were held today, Justin Trudeau would be prime minister, conservatives of an assortment of exotic and garden varieties . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: With Liberals in rear-view mirror, conservative deep thinkers ponder greener look

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Public Interest Alberta takes a closer look at that province’s rhetoric about taxes, and finds that in fact most Albertans pay more income tax than they would under the more fair and progressive systems applied in other province: “Albertans who believe the myth that we pay the lowest . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

bastard.logic: Ron Paul on Murdered SEAL Chris Kyle: “He Who Lives By The Sword…”

You’re all class, Doc:

Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword." Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) February 04, 2013

Ok, so maybe the 140 is not exactly conducive to nuance.

Onward Facebook ho:

As a veteran, I certainly . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Ron Paul on Murdered SEAL Chris Kyle: “He Who Lives By The Sword…”

The Ranting Canadian: Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other…

Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other websites, the pushiest proselytizers are almost always the libertarian capitalists? They are like cult members.

The glassy-eyed worshippers of the fortunate rich (who are rarely rich themselves) are by far the most persistent of the zealots who spread propaganda and attempt . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other…

Canadian Progressive: Same-sex marriage and the 2012 U.S. presidential election debate

As the 2012 U.S. presidential election approaches, it’s safe to assume that a significant chunk of the debate will revolve around same-sex unions. This graphic from the Marriage & Family Counseling puts things into perspective. Source: Marriage and Family Counseling Degrees RELATED: On the chopping block, Canada gay marriages Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Same-sex marriage and the 2012 U.S. presidential election debate

Eclectic Lip: In praise of (some specific aspects of) libertarianism

(written Dec 8, 2010 — uploaded Aug 28, 2012)

I ridiculed the silliness of some aspects of libertarian thought in an earlier post, and planned to offer some balance by noting that their inherent suspicion-of-authority has played a big role in raising awareness of the financial crimes and improprieties of recent years. Alpha-dog libertarians are . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: In praise of (some specific aspects of) libertarianism

LeDaro: What Ron Paul is running for or running from?

His chances of being a nominee are zilch, zero but he keeps going. Especially now that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have dropped out and Romney’s nomination is all but certain.

I like Ron Paul’s foreign policy platform as he is not in favour of U.S. intervention and he believes that the . . . → Read More: LeDaro: What Ron Paul is running for or running from?

Progressive Proselytizing: The importance of fundamentals for a stable nomination race

For any analyst, covering this GOP Presidential Nominee race is a humbling experience. Almost everybody – myself included – has made bad predictions. It has been so wildly unpredictable and erratic experiencing swings up and down in the polls for almost every candidate. While the eventual winner, Mitt Romney, has long been relatively clear, exactly . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The importance of fundamentals for a stable nomination race

From Orangutan: Dear Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich,

Your tone is more convincing than your words.

Canadian Soapbox: Think Ron Paul is nuts? Good, the MSM is doing its job…check out John Stewart

Ron Paul could easily drop out of the GOP race and coporate media would be very happy.  They’ve built up candidates like Rick Santorum, while working very hard at avoiding the Texas doctor and service vertran. Don’t believe me?  Check out John Stewart.  Pretty telling when Comedy Central provides more insight than major . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Think Ron Paul is nuts? Good, the MSM is doing its job…check out John Stewart

Canadian Soapbox: Americans can win back world respect by electing Ron Paul

I spent a bit of time growing up in the United States.  I attended kindergarten and grades one to three and a bit of four in NJ and all of grade six near Portland Oregon.  It is probably for that reason that I have enormous respect for our southern neighbours.  With that being said I . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Americans can win back world respect by electing Ron Paul

DeSmogBlog: Kochtopus Cato Institute Power Grab: A Historical Perspective

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A new chapter is being added to the ongoing Kochtopus saga. On March 1 the Washington Post, in a story sure to fill the airwaves for the weeks and months to come, revealed the Kochtopus is suing the Cato Institute for control of the recently deceased and former Cato Chairman William Niskanen's ownership share in the think-tank.

The Koch . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Kochtopus Cato Institute Power Grab: A Historical Perspective

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

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It is nearly impossible to discuss the vast climate change denial echo chamber and not mention the Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, and what some have called the Koch Empire.

Perhaps unsurpisingly then, the origins of the Heartland Institute — whose internal documents were recently leaked to DeSmogBlog — have a direct historical link to the rise of the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

From Orangutan: Dear Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich,

If you were my father, I’d be very ashamed.

Progressive Proselytizing: How the GOP candidates choose who to attack

Ron Paul: There has been a lot of buzz recently about the fact that Ron Paul, while viscously attacking his other opponents, seems to give Ron Paul a free pass. And vice versa. ThinkProgress has a count which shows that Ron Paul has, despite 20 debates and 39 attacks on other candidates, has not . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: How the GOP candidates choose who to attack

LeDaro: GOP Debates and the State of the Republican Party

I admit, I am a political junkie. I enjoy following elections and rarely miss any national level debates whether Canadian or American.

Watching the GOP presidential debate on February 22nd in Arizona, I have to say, this is the worse group of candidates any political party has ever put forward – Ron Paul . . . → Read More: LeDaro: GOP Debates and the State of the Republican Party

Ron Paul, Contraceptives & Abortion

Of the four(4) GOP primary candidates still standing, the only one I can even come close to listening to with a serious ear is libertarian Ron Paul. Now before everyone jumps all over the comments section with the “Ron Paul is no friend of progressives!!” stuff, yeah yeah, I get that, but I don’t have . . . → Read More: Ron Paul, Contraceptives & Abortion

Progressive Proselytizing: Iran and the CNN Arizona GOP Presidential Debate

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As it often has been in the past, Iran was the principle foreign policy topic discussed in what may well be the last GOP Presidential Debate that we have to suffer through. If it is possible, the hyperbolic, warmongering rhetoric reached a new low. Additional debate comments outside of the . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Iran and the CNN Arizona GOP Presidential Debate

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Latest Ron Paul Attack Ad

Here’s the latest negative attack ad from the Ron Paul campaign slagging Rick Santorum for not being a “fiscal conservative”… (Seems to have been done by the same agency that created the tough-talking Ford F-150 truck ads.)

I suppose one could quibble about specifics of the dubious allegations made if there was a point . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Latest Ron Paul Attack Ad