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Showing posts with label Libertarians. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Alleged Russian Agent And Her Web Of Deceit


The Russia Agent, Had A Republican Boyfriend

Talking Points Memo adds to our understanding of the real version of the FX series. The Americans.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Alleged Russian Agent Mariia Butina’s Influence Operation

Alleged Russian agent Mariia Butina was indicted this week on two very serious charges: conspiring against the U.S. and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.  
Butina was captured on camera at a 2015 Las Vegas libertarian convention asking then-candidate Donald Trump about U.S. sanctions. She popped up at NRA events throughout the Midwest and at the National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. On the day of President Trump’s inauguration, Butina even sent a selfie to her alleged handler, Russian Central Bank official Alexander Torshin, of her beaming near the U.S. Capitol building.
Many of those interactions, like her run-ins with short-lived GOP candidates Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum, were just embarrassing photo ops for those politicians she was allegedly targeting. But some of the connections—like her intimate relationship with GOP operative Paul Erickson and her association with former NRA president David Keene—were involved and forged over years. 
As the Washington Post and others have documented, Russia used religion and guns to make inroads with the American conservative community. According to court documents, Butina also used sexual favors as a lure, allegedly offering sex for a position at a special interest organization.
Infographic by Christine Frapech
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GOP Complicity
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A word of caution: Be careful of the Libertarian. They appear as nothing more than conservatives who have contempt for being called Republican. Make no mistake they are as conservative as some Trump supporters and many harbor tenets of that American social disease called business owners rights to refuse service. There is nothing progressive about their support for the rights of the private business owner over human rights and Civil Rights. If you need an example I offer three: Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and Edward Snowden. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party candidate in two recent elections and major pothead, draws votes from the more gullible in the nation.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Posted with permission from Soldiers For Peace International


Monday, October 21, 2013

Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb..... "Building Keystone XL Pipeline Will Mean $100 Billion in Profits for the Koch Brothers"

$100 million dollar windfall!

When you think of your net worth and your earnings power, do you ever imagine a figure at what point you might feel satiated, and maybe sit back with the thought, "Now, that could be enough money for me, my family, for maintaining business operations for generations and any philanthropy (should you have that inclination)?"

A thought wasted on these plutocrats corporatist.

How about the prospect of being two of the wealthiest people on Earth with an opportunity to earn an additional $100 billion via approval of a pipeline?  A pipeline that travels from Canada across the health of the Midwest (and tornado alley) with fissures across the Mississippi River with end terminals on or near the Gulf of Mexico. The Keystone XL Pipeline offers that opportunity to the Koch brothers. International Forum on Globalization (IFG), A progressive think tank, has completed and published a report that may explain over-the-top GOP support and dogma for the pipeline.

Koch Cash Dot Org published the October 2013 report in pdf form. We are posting a (must read) link to press page with the Google map embed below. 
Below is our Google map showing all the Koch Assets in the tar sands as well as interests all along the proposed pipeline itself. Or if you prefer to see it the whole page itself, click here.

View Koch Assets Map in a larger map
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Wealth is a state of being that has grown to a common expectation and standard in the United States. According to Huffington Post, October 17th 2013, America blows away the rest of world when considering individual wealth.  

The U.S. Blows Everyone Else Out Of The Water In 1 Key WayThe Huffington Post  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 10/17/2013 11:38 pm EDT

That one way? We're really, really good at creating really, really rich people -- like, $50 million-plus rich. Just ignore the fact that our 400 wealthiest people are worth more than the entire bottom half of the country combined. And now, the chart:
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Wealth in the US is such that the people who comprise our upper  (uber wealthy) crust 20% have carved a special niche comparable to a caste system. Caste systems exist in environments where in aggregate people accept their plight and scrap among themselves for trappings of the good life. 

The US caste systems differs via the very nature of its uber wealthy obscenely opulent button pushers: the Koch brothers. The Kochs are biblical "temple money brokers" who, if you are follower and believer of scripture, Jesus extricated from the Money Changer Temple." 

When do we say, "enough is enough?"  Since first mention of an expanded XL version of existing Keystone Pipeline (beyond the current Keystone Pipeline), conservatives, politicians, and even a few noted quasi-Democrats (e.g.,Harold Ford) have spoken frequently and loudly about approval of the project. Outright lies about potential jobs and to decreasing US energy dependence, have peppered Pipeline-friendly media and barraged the Obama Administration.

Studies have documented the fallacy of thousands of jobs from the project and the US will soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the leading energy producer on Earth.  Additionally, the Keystone XL Pipeline will deliver fossil fuel derivatives to overseas market in Asia (China). Before, we move on, it should be noted the Canadian Province of Alberta has denied approval of  a western pipeline (to the Pacific Ocean) based on inadequate safety measures from tar sands oil producers.

Why should the United States stand-in as a conduit for pushing the Kochs to the top of  the international uber wealthy?  What should the heartland of the United States become the next potential major oil spill? While we dread the thought, what if that spill deposits tar sand sludge into the nation's busiest commercial thorough fare? Catastrophe in either scenario would lead to armies of Koch Lawyers combating corporate responsibility much like that of British Petroleum and the Gulf Oil Spill.

From another perspective, why should the US pave a path for uber wealthy people who have serious social shortcomings probably handed to them by the John Birch Society co-founder Fred Koch.
 DNA that today manifest in attempts to re-segregate a school system in North Carolina. The brothers are Ayn Rand like Libertarians who suffer from innate contempt for people who are less fortunate regarding. financial wherewithal, jobs, medical coverage and who are simply unfortunate as denizens of the middle class or poor.

We can find no rational justification for spending $200 million to combat the ACA, when neither the Koch's nor their families have need for medical insurance.  If we place the $200 million in perspective,  there should be little doubt why the House of Oz voted 45 times to repeal or defund the ACA (at a cost of over $65 million). Can you imagine a  GOP Government shutdown, without approval via the party's major "Money-Brokers?"  The shutdown cost the nation $24 billion tangible dollars and untold international ramifications.

Now we find the Kochs will benefit at the tine of $100 billion with full development of the tar sands fields in Canada.

Al Shaprton, Politics Nation provides a poignant segment on people who would rule our nation without regard for common people. 

It is important to know, if you are reading this piece, you are probably one of America's common people. When you go to the voting booths and vote GOP, know that you are handing the Koch's another $100 billion dollars! You are also voting to elect Koch approved candidates who will work to advance Koch plutocracy detrimental to the well being of the nation.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Charles Koch Says Get Rid Of Minimum Wage Laws!

David and Charles Koch..they would be king!
One of the worlds most wealthy billionaires has come completely out of the "wage"  closet and declared eliminating the minimum wage will help the poor. Charles Koch has sprinkled a bit more oral plutocracy and "Hunger Game" rhetoric across the land. In essence, he commented the poor would be better off with no minimum wage laws on Federals Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Registers. (Linked below).

The National Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour , equivalent to $15,080 per year (without overtime pay at 1.5 times the hourly rate...that Eric Cantor would eliminate).  The US Congress allowed the rate to sit at $5.15 per hour for approximately 20 years. US companies had to love the $5.15 rate, even though a vast majority of companies paid much higher minimum wage rates; a reality forced by labor (Unions) and pay rate competitiveness. Yet, millions lived with the minimum wage at $5.15 per hour until it was raised to the current rate of $7.25 per hour. In many cases state minimum wage rates are higher than the national minimum wage.  

How does the current minimum wage compare against income levels considered to be "impoverished?" 

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Federal Poverty Level:
For 2013, the Federal poverty guideline is an annual income of $23,550 for a family of four. This is the most commonly used statistic. Add $4,020 for each additional person to compute the Federal poverty level for larger families. Subtract $4,020 per person to compute it for smaller families. For example, a single-person household is considered poor if his or her income is $11,490 or less. These are the guidelines for the 48 contiguous states. Guidelines for Alaska and Hawaii are a little higher, since it is more expensive to live there. The Federal poverty level is updated every year to keep up with price increases in the previous year. For more, see How the Poverty Level Accounts for Inflation.
A quick question. Do you believe there are families in the United States with a one income earners earning minimum wage or close to minimum wage? Let's complicate the scenario with a family with three to four kids vs two kids. The answer is obvious and it is so obvious the family is impoverished.

The Koch Brother's net-worth compared to history of middle America's earnings is stark and illustrative of corporate plutocracy, greed and opulent personal gain at the expense of the masses. 


The Koch Brothers are an upper crust elitist (like Mitt Romney only far more wealthy) who have never wanted for anything. Their grandparents were instrumental in the Third Reich with the grandmother having connection to concentration camps. Their grandfather was reported to have worked in the Stalin Regime before entry into the United States and after showing evidence of anti-communism.".  The Koch lineage included a father who facilitated a inheritance in the billions (per kid), and he left them the mindset and paradigm that facilitated his serving as a co-founder of the John Birch Society. 

We assert the brothers, all three, are of one mindset. The mindset of the conservative billionaire with social views that may not have affinity for any demographic group other than white males and personal opportunity to earn more millions.

Charles Koch espouses eliminating the minimum wage to help the poor. we suggest his comments are the "Oxymoron of 2013."

Think Progress 
Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor 
By Rebecca Leber on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm
A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth. 
On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. It is the Kochs’ biggest media buy since they promised to do more to “persuade politicians” after suffering losses in the 2012 election. 
In an interview with the Wichita Eagle published Tuesday, Koch said that the minimum wage is one policy he is working against: 
We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’ We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency. And like permitting, to start a business, in many cities, to drive a taxicab, to become a hairdresser. Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor.
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Charles Koch practices pure unadulterated sophism. His point may sound rational to millions who subscribe to his forms of Libertarianism, his far right conservatism, and his predominately white male GOP. His point is factually ridiculous in practicality and application. How about one basic question for Charles Koch?  Before we pose the question, we know that it could take years for pay erosion to kick-in once the minimum wage laws are stricken from the FLSA Registers. That is a given. Companies cannot and will not summarily "roll-back" wages like a Wal-mart Rollback sale.  The lowered wages will evolve over time and your younger loved ones or friends will suffer most.  Another perspective is embedded in my question.  

"Will Charles and David Koch order their corporations to across the board lower prices commensurate with lowering of the minimum wage?"  Of course, they will not order such. In fact, before the full impact of Charles Koch's ridiculous comments would be come reality, he would have passed on to a place beyond this life. Thus another far right demagogue corporatist would leave a legacy that could only benefit corporations. Part of his false premise would include deductive reasoning that   reducing costs will lead to lower prices. Of course, now sell me same land in the Florida Everglades, Mr. Koch!

I can actually visualize corporate strategies focused on rewarding executives for creative ways to lower wages after the defunct federal minimum wage.

After seeing and reading comments from Charles Koch,  is there any wonder Eric Cantor has gone public with asinine comments, and possible legislation about eliminating over-time pay? 

If you know of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and its support from the Koch Brothers, is there any need to seriously contemplate the logic of Charles Koch's point and Eric Cantor's servitude via marching to drums that benefit the mega wealthy vs the needs of families?



Sunday, April 21, 2013

The "Founding Fathers", The Pauls, The US Constitution

Eric Smith has a page on the TPI

We are posting this here for a few days prior to posting on "Eric Smith' Comments and Screed" Page.  I must address the phraseology "Grounding Fathers' prior to the Eric Smith read.  If you have visited here and read other pieces related the Constitutional Convention,  you know the TPI does not use the phraseology "Founding Fathers". The words are commonly accepted and easily understood, so use of the phrase is a personal aversion when I write. We more often refer to the the Continental Congress and its 79 actual crafters of the US Constitution as "Crafters of the US Constitution". Some prefer to refer to the "Crafters" as "Framers". It should be noted one of the nation's worse presidents prior to ascension while serving as a US Senator is responsible for the words "Founding Fathers". Warren Harding coined the phrase as Keynote Speaker for the 1916 Republican National Convention. 

Why does the developer of the TPI not used the phrase?  No civilized father would sanction human  bondage (the 3/5s persons) nor would such a man practice slavery.  The Constitutional Convention was comprised of 70 state and territory representatives, 55 were active in the Convention, 39 actually signed the US Constitution. 

Sixteen owned slaves,
Twelve presidents were slave owners,
Eight owned human beings while serving as president,

Thus my contempt for the phrase "Founding Fathers". 

Re- Posted from Eric Smith's Notes

Eric SmithThe Founding Fathers as Frauds or the Great Libertarian Lie. By Eric Smith  

by Eric Smith (Notes) on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 1:42pm
There is a great lie being told to the America these days.  In fact, this lie is one of the whoppers of all time.  It is a lie being told by Ron Paul and his son Rand.  The lie they're telling us is that the Libertarian Party is for Liberty.  It is not  for  the "Liberty" that the Libertarian Party is speaking of is the "Liberty" of White Supremacy; it is the "freedom" of a Master Race to do with all other races & peoples as it see's fit; their individual freedoms be damned.

The Libertarians say they want to return America to the days  immediately following the  American Revolution; to have our national Constitution interpreted as our Founding Fathers interpreted it.  I've got news for you, when it comes to Liberty, our Founding Fathers were frauds.  They didn't believe in freedom so much as wanting to be  free of being oppressed by the British government.  They objected to being treated by King George III the same way they treated everyone else who was not white, Protestant, or male.

Our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, came about because the white males in the American colonies wanted freedom for themselves and only for themselves.  If it were otherwise then the words "All men are created equal" would have read "All people are created equal" instead.  If creating a Land of Liberty had been our Founding Fathers true intent, then the slaves would have been immediately emancipated and all the former slaves and women of voting age would have been given the right to vote.

If our Founding Fathers had not been frauds; if they had been what they said they were, then subsequent Amendments to our Constitution freeing the slaves and making the elective franchise universal for all people regardless of race or gender would not have been necessary for they would have been included in our original Bill of Rights.  If the Founding Fathers had not been frauds and been what they said they were then the United States would never have needed to fight a Civil War.  There would never have been a need for a Woman's Suffrage Movement or a Civil Rights Movement.

Why, because these issues would have been settled when this nation was originally founded.  They would have been settled if our Founding Fathers had not been frauds.  They would have been settled if, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the night of April 3rd, 1968 America had been what "it says it is on paper."  We can say we are for anything but our words  mean nothing if our rhetoric is not equal to our reality.

If you are for Liberty then you are going to do whatever is necessary to ensure that everyone is free; even if it means denying the freedom of some to deny freedom to others for the only ones who are unworthy to be free are those who feel that others are not as worthy of being as free as they are.

The Pauls and the Libertarians argue that they are for Liberty and that they believe that people should have the right to deny those very Liberties they say they are in favor of to others because of their race, their gender, their religion, and their sexual orientation.  How else can we take their argument that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an overreach of Federal authority and that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a "racial entitlement" other than proof positive that Ron & Rand Paul and the Libertarian Party are the very same thing those Founding Fathers of ours they so revere were; frauds?

Don't repeat this nonsense that our Founding Fathers were merely acting in the spirit of their times.  The full humanity of people of color and women was just as "self evident" in their time as it is in ours.  They, like the Libertarians of today, simply chose to ignore that reality because that reality did not jibe with their feelings of racial and gender superiority.  If these people really believed in Liberty; if they really felt that women and people of color were not their inferiors, would they have denied them their human rights?  No, because they would have rightly seen these denials as a direct contradiction of that Liberty  they said they were for.

Constructing our Constitution in such a manner so as to make it possible that these rights they were denying to people of color and women could be given to them at some future time through Constitutional Amendments was a tacit admission by our Founding Fathers that they were frauds; that they were wrong not to include  these  universal rights in our nation's founding documents.  What's more they were smart enough to realize that if they did not include in our founding documents mechanisms to give those rights they were then denying to people of color and women, that everyone around the world would see right through their lies and recognize the fraud they were perpetrating upon the globe.

The many freedoms our nation now enjoys came about not because of our Founding Fathers but in spite of them.  They came about because if they had not made it possible for future  generations of  America's  oppressed to be made free then they themselves would never have been freed from the yoke of British tyranny; the French would never have fought on our side and the American Revolution would have been crushed before it even really began.  The Founding Fathers proclaimed Liberty for All but they did so with the fingers of one hand crossed behind their backs because they knew that that was the only way they could secure Liberty for themselves.

The Founding Fathers were frauds, period.  They lied to the world and the world fell for it.  We just lucked out in that Dr. King was right when he said "truth crushed to Earth shall rise again for no lie can live forever", that lie of course being that Liberty can exist where some some people are more free than others.  It can't, no matter what Ron & Rand Paul and their Libertarian Liars would have us believe.  There is simply  no such thing as Freedom for the Few.  Freedom can only Freedom can only exist where there is Freedom for All.  It is as simple as that.

Eric Smith also publishes on We Demand That Democrats Fight Back and Bag The GOP Facebook pages

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Libertarianism...Lost Conservatives et al

Great Venn Diagram of realists, racists and race deniers from Anatoly Karlin.
I have an aversion to Libertarians.   Yes, I said , "I have an aversion to Libertarians."  Regardless of their positions and accompanying arguments, every libertarian I have ever met, argued with, discussed, or read about from a  distance has struck me as a conservative. A conservative that simply has disdain for their conservative views.

Before I am accused of casting blanket stereotyping against all libertarians,  I will qualify my thoughts and comment with frank admission to harboring an affinity for a few who claim libertarianism.  The admission is far cry from my total contempt for all things conservative: modern day conservatism.

Evidence of my contempt for conservatism has deep roots, and current manifestations that are truly bothersome.

Current manifestations...

Kochs (Link) and Pauls (Link I, Link II, Link III) 

Of course, I know one or two libertarians who claim complete contempt for conservative America. I actually, believe they harbor as much angst towards conservative America as do I. Yet, deeper conversation with the person often yields a cadre of conservative economic values and beliefs.  Those beliefs, now-a-days, keeps bad company: Bias, bigotry and the ultimate racism.

The following is an interesting and revealing view of Libertarianism.  We certainly realize there is more to the ideology than is depicted below, but the developer of the graphic performed admirable job of capturing the core of libertarian.

Facebook (Source)from this point.


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