Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sand and Gravel

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Gravel For President 2008

A Personal Message from Mike Gravel

Dear friend,

I wanted to update you on my latest plans before news gets out. Today, I am announcing my plan to join the Libertarian Party, because the Democratic Party no longer represents my vision for our great country. I wanted my supporters to get this news first, because you have been the ones who have kept my campaign alive since I first declared my candidacy on April 17, 2006.

The fact is, the Democratic Party today is no longer the party of FDR. It is a party that continues to sustain war, the military-industrial complex and imperialism -- all of which I find anathema to my views.

By and large, I have been repeatedly marginalized in both national debates and in media exposure by the Democratic leadership, which works in tandem with the corporate interests that control what we read and hear in the media.

I look forward to advancing my presidential candidacy within the Libertarian Party, which is considerably closer to my values, my foreign policy views and my domestic views.

Please take a moment to make your most generous donation to my presidential campaign today. $10, $20, $50 -- whatever you feel you can afford.

I want to thank you all for your continued support.

Gratefully yours,

Mike Sig Small

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Never would have figured Mike for a Libertarian but I suppose if the Dems would not support him he would find someone who would.

Actually Mike is a pretty decent guy. He stands for America and The Constitution with a good dose of humor thrown in. Some think he is daffy, I think he was ignored deliberately.

Cast aside like yesterdays news he and many others fell from the MSM's graces, of course the fact that the MSM is controlled by major government contractors, we should not be surprised.
By publicity alone the choice candidates have been paraded before us disallowing the others by sheer neglect.

Folks we are under fascist rule right now. Ever so slowly our Constitution is being argued against in favor of the rich and powerful, Habeus Corpus? gone, Privacy? gone, Free Speech?, gone(except in specified zones).

Real ID, Patriot Act, Military Commisions act, KBR detention centers, Illegal Search and Seizure, Executive Privilege, Torture, Unlawful Detention, The new Constitution provisions for an by the BIG corporations and politicians controlled by them.

We are on a hell-bound train headed straight for our own demise, Mike and others like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich tried to tell us but we were redirected to other choices and made them look like we chose them.

See what I mean about fascism yet?

I'm not surprised.



DEN said...

MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami police could soon be the first in the United States to use cutting-edge, spy-in-the-sky technology to beef up their fight against crime.

A small pilotless drone manufactured by Honeywell International, capable of hovering and "staring" using electro-optic or infrared sensors, is expected to make its debut soon in the skies over the Florida Everglades.

If use of the drone wins Federal Aviation Administration approval after tests, the Miami-Dade Police Department will start flying the 14-pound (6.3 kg) drone over urban areas with an eye toward full-fledged employment in crime fighting.

"Our intentions are to use it only in tactical situations as an extra set of eyes," said police department spokesman Juan Villalba.



Yea right! You think they would say they're were going to use it to spy on people, of course they will say it is for 'tactical' SWAT.

No place to hide except a cave.

I know he was daffy said...

A backstory on Gravel

A lesson about politicians and what they say during a campaign....Mike Gravel was not a "popular" figure among Democratic progressives and liberals in Alaska.

Democrat Senator Ernest Greuning was an early opponent of the Vietnam War. He voted with Republican Wayne Morse of Oregon against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in Aug., 1964 -- the only two senators to vote NAY. Greuning was defeated in the 1968 primary by Mike Gravel, who won by supporting the U.S. role in Vietnam.

Clark Gruening (Ernest's grandson), in the 1980 U.S. Senate election in Alaska, ran in the Democratic Senate primary, defeating incumbent Senator Mike Gravel. It was a sweet victory because of the way Gravel had LIED to Alaska voters when he first was elected to the US Senate. But, alas, Clark Gruening lost the 1980 election to Republican candidate Frank Murkowski.

Gravel was in the US Senate when we moved to Alaska, so he was "our" senator -- he WAS DAFFY. Not all bad, but definitely DAFFY.

Laughing out loud said...

According to WaPo Obama's allies are searching for ways to disabuse people from believing that he is a liberal.

Obama's allies note that his "most liberal" ranking in the National Journal was slanted by the many votes he missed while campaigning.

Oh, great. This is what happens when ya wanta be all things to all people. LOL!

pouring salt in the wound said...

What I was wondering about was... did Hillary have an experience somewhere else like the sniper-thing she described? I mean, either she got the two places mixed up or... she completely made it up out of thin air.
I'm thinking her allies are searching for ways to disabuse people from believing that she is a LIAR.

DEN said...

I think she wants to look tough, and it has been said and confirmed that she would do anything to get elected.

Many of her tactics mimic repugs.

I cannot stress it any more, she is a DINO and as such can sink the democratic party completely.

I want to know what Harry Reid knows but is not saying right now.

the tonya harding 'kneecap' said...

Can't find it at their site, but I read an article this morning that says if Hillary can't win the nomination over Obama, then she wants to sabotage Obama's general election run so McSame will win. That way she won't have to wait till 2016 to run again (if Obama wins, he'll serve two terms). She'll have a shot at an even weaker McSame because he will have continued most of bush's failures and gotten even THAT MUCH older as well.
The article all made sense.

lost and found said...

Here's some strange news.

D.B. Cooper's Parachute Possibly Found

David B. Benson said...

Avoid Pills in 7 Common Ills

Good advice. Just avoid pills.

Buy beer instead.

David B. Benson said...

Global Warming Could Radically Change Lake Tahoe In Ten Years

Not for the better...

cum grano salis said...

I mean, either she got the two places mixed up or.

She got two places mixed up. The incident occurred on one of her visits to over 80 countries as first lady.

DEN said...

Sez who?

º¿carol said...

I can't believe for one minute that anyone in government that has traveled to Iraq had to dodge bullets! Get outta here! People like that are protected beyond all reason, I'm sure. My gosh, they're royalty!

just saying.... said...

Not Iraq. The busheviks don't want anyone harmed there....well, except journalists.

sinking dollar said...

Ford Motor Company sold Land Rover and Jaguar to Tata Motors in India for about 1/2 the amount they initially wanted.

Next Ford has to shell out gazillion dollars (well, I think $600,000,000) for pension plan "parity."

How many lost jobs?

{ò,ó}arol said...

Life sucks

1. My husband is sick again. Didn't go to work. Went to the doctor that his new, awful insurance won't cover. The script was $104 so he didn't buy it. Now I'm scared. Plus, if he ends up in the hospital, we're doomed. He spent five days in there to the tune of $18,000! I COULD STRANGLE HIS HEARTLESS, EVIL BOSS AS COULD EVERYONE THAT WORKS FOR HIM!

2. Dentist today for me, getting my crown started. There went $760.

Doctor and dentist added up to $857. If he would have bought the drug it would have been $991.


3. My daughter took a position at a new company. After she accepted they told her she would be drug tested, she would have a background check, they would check her credit.

The next person I see on some blog somewhere brag about our freedoms will certainly get a piece of my mind! Idiots.

4. Oh, and whatever Bob caught I have a touch of. I keep coughing and my chest hurts. Haven't had to cough since I quit smoking. This is awful, but not NEARLY as awful and dangerous as it is for my Bob. *sniff*

And I could strangle him even as I'm worried! When I got back from the dentist and found out he didn't buy the antibiotic, I told him to call the doctor's office back. The almost-doctor told him he could get that drug FREE at the big box store right by the doctor's office. He didn't know it would cost $104 in town and didn't want to walk all the way into the huge store, he wouldn't have made it.

If he would have called them when I told him, or hell, before I got home, I could have picked it up for him. The dentist like the doctor is right by that same store.

He'll call in the morning and we'll get this straightened out. And he also better call his boss to find out if he straightened out the mess he made of the new insurance. Lives hang in the balance!

I'm so happy neither of my kids had kids. I asked Jill just the other day after she told me about the requirements for the new job if she was happy she didn't have kids. Oh, yeah. The future is too awful in so many ways both personally and globally. She's really happy she made that decision.

Alan said...

She got two places mixed up. The incident occurred on one of her visits to over 80 countries as first lady.

Grain of salt, I'm with Den. Says who? You sounded pretty sure of your statement, so tell us where it was.
I've been shot at twice, and I remember when and where like it was yesterday. No way you get something like that mixed up. I think Hillary's a LIAR. On the tee-vee, I've seen her tell the same lie two other times. That's three times (McCain numbers haha) now, plus her explanation had even more lies. "tsk tsk"

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- More vitamin C will surely help.

You & Bob get well soon!

Carey said...

I'm late to the ballpark.

Interesting you bring up Gruening, Micki. I've read of this and had some hesitations on Gravel. Libertarian? Pleeeeze, what is that about, Mike? Sometimes......

Good writing Den.


Well, reality ain't so good for Clinton right now. I think it's screwed with her psyche a little, she's going through quite a bit, I imagine, emotionally. I know I do everyday and I'm not running for President. I'm just trying to get my life together. I find my mind doing stupid, stupid things. Especially when other life events get heavy, I make mental mistakes all over the place.

Carey said...


Shit. Your life is truly sucking. It's happening everywhere.

Yeah, the younger ones who haven't had kids, they are so happy they didn't. Cuz look, a chunk of the Antartic ice shelf collapsed. That was supposed to happen maybe fifteen years from now, David. It's happening like that.

Life sucks.

tytandanmar said...

One of the events where Hillary recaled her harrowing experience was, I believe, in Texas. She was reading from a prepared statement!

As I said before, "mis-spoke" is relating a story of a speech you gave at Cal only later to find out it was given at Stanford. An absolute fabrication of a story, no matter where it happened is a bald faced lie.

No wonder the military is so anti-Clinton. She told an absolute lie basically saying that those military and secret service people charged with keeping her and Chelsea safe actually had them exit the safety of a C-17, run across a tarmac and into a vehicle. Only a sick person makes up a story like that.

DEN said...


DEN said...

Have we become so jaded that nothing told can be true?

tytandanmar said...

I just watched Hillary's interview with Greta on Fox. She accused Obama of "disenfranchising" the Michigan and Florida voters by not supporting them being seated at the convention in Denver.

Just another lie and she knows it is a lie. Michigan and Florida citizens voted in their primary. They were not denied their right to vote. There is no such right to be seated at the convention, therefore "disenfranchisement" does not exist.

º¿carol said...

We've got our echinacea, Dr. B. Three this morning, three this evening. It usually works.

Thanks for the advice.

Alan said...

I'm watching WEC Wreckage (world extreme cagefighting) and a Marine Lieutenant is 'bout to go for the light heavyweight title. He's a tough mo/fo, but so is the champ. Both have 'heavy hands', meaning either one can end the fight with one good punch. We'll see how it goes.

tytandanmar said...


You have a good point. It is a sad time indeed when everything we hear or read we have to look at under a magnifying glass. What is really odd is that the very people who need our trust and support the most are the ones most likely to look us directly in the eye and lie, lie, lie.

DEN said...

Trying not to look desperate.


DEN said...

Commence hitting of the!

Alan said...

The Marine knocked out the champ in the first round. Both were hurt by punches and the Marine was first on a good follow-up shot.

ò¿óarol said...

Alan, if that's on one of our channels, I'm sure Bob would be watching it if he didn't fall asleep. He's always watching boxing, or ultimate fighting, or whatever. I'm just grateful he doesn't watch football or Nascar. *phew*

I'm going to shut down since I'm not feeling well and I'm worried and mad and I'm going to watch Sicko again. To keep myself upset, to break my heart again when I see how horribly we're treated in this country compared to the civilized ones.

Goodnight all.

Carey said...

Uhmm, Carol. Don't you have something else to watch in a half hour?????

Alan, you're funny, ultimate fighting and whatnot. My father loved boxing, I sort of loved it with him and for him. But I hated it Alan.

It's a horrible sport, all those blows to the head. No. Not right. Not sport.

I tried Alan. Now that my dad is gone, I really shout out against any form of boxing. The problem is, I love kung fu, jeet kune do to be precise. The important thing, though, is that brain injuries are very, very bad things-they lead to all kinds of health problems down the road.

Alan said...

" that brain injuries are very, very bad things-they lead to all kinds of health problems down the road."

Boxing WAS my fav sport to watch, but now it's MMA. With mixed martial arts, there's a ton of other ways to win besides punching. BUT, lemme tell you the difference between boxing and mma. The gloves. Boxing has the big full gloves and boxers can absorb hundreds of blows during a standard 10-round fight... 12 rounds if a belt is at stake. MMA uses only enough glove (fingers free) to protect the knuckles. You catch a punch solid and you're down, if not out as well, with those gloves. No hundreds of blows, repeated jostling of the brain, and mma fights are 3 five-minute rounds, or 5 rounds for a belt.
I only know of one death from a MMA fight, but I dunno the details. It happens more often in boxing. But the brain damage that shows up later hasn't been linked to MMA.

micki said...

Sorry to hear about you and Bob not feeling well, Carol. Rest. Rest. Liquids. Lots of advice, eh?

Carey, I just read the book, "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms" by Gail Tsukiyama, which spans 1939-1966. Two orphaned brothers living in a section of Tokyo, raised by their grandparents, decide when very young what they want to do in life. Hiroshi wants to reach the top in SUMO WRESTLING and Kenji decides to be a mask maker in the NOH TRADITION. (The war is a huge interruption to their plans.)

I mention this because of the sumo wrestling aspect -- I now understand it better. But boxing and that stuff...I don't get it. And never will.

Alan said...

Have y'all heard about this yet?

Miss Bimbo, virtual fashion game!

A greedy site for 'tweens and teens. Dress your bimbo, buy her boobs, or starve her, to look the hottest.
Oh yeahhh, that'll go over great with parents... NOT !@#$