Daily Archives: December 14, 2009

Conservatives may defect to independent candidate in swing VA-05 Congressional district

Talking Points Memo reports (excerpt):

The cry of “RINO” in Virginia’s fifth Congressional district is starting to sound a bit familiar as Republicans have opted for a primary election to choose their nominee to challenge freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA).

Tea party activists in the district don’t think the favored candidate Robert Hurt, a state senator from rural Chatham, is conservative enough.

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Independent Challenger to Keith Ellison Has Strong Feelings About Islam

Lynne Torgerson is running for Minnesota’s fifth Congressional district as an independent, against Democratic incumbent Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. On Torgerson’s website, she claims that we cannot discriminate against anybody on the basis of religion, race, sex, etc, but she goes on to declare that Islam is not a religion protected under the First Amendment.… Read more ...

Three Green Party of Suffolk members elected chairs of National Committees

Posted at On The Wilder Side:


Amityville Record & Babylon Beacon

Roger Snyder

Roger Snyder

The Green Party of Suffolk is proud to announce that its chair Roger Snyder and secretary Ian Wilder have been elected to be cochairs of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) Accreditation Committee (AC) and Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC) respectively.… Read more ...

Chris Hedges: ‘Gravel’s Lament’

Following a protest outside the White House featuring many antiwar leaders, from Cynthia McKinney to Dennis Kucinich to Lynne Williams to Mike Gravel, journalist Chris Hedges wrote a piece titled “Gravel’s Lament.” A video is also included here featuring Gravel’s speech and him leading a chant, saying, “Hey, hey, Obama, say, how many kids did you kill today?”

Barack Obama, who is as mesmerized by the red, white and blue bunting draped around our vast killing machine as the press, the two main political parties and our entertainment industry, will not halt our doomed imperial projects or renege on the $1 trillion in defense-related spending that is hollowing out the country from the inside.

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PSL: ‘Peace prizes for war makers’

Posted at PSLweb.org:

By: Anne Gamboni

Only the defeat of ‘great nation’ imperialism will end war

In a seemingly surprising move this past October, the Nobel Prize Committee named U.S. President Barack Obama as the recipient of its prestigious peace prize for 2009.

Alfred Nobel
Alfred Nobel, ‘merchant of death’

The nomination is ironic for at least two reasons:

Nominations for the prize had to be postmarked by Feb.… Read more ...

Socialist Webzine: Memphis Socialists Protest Obama’s Escalation

Socialist Webzine reports:

Two dozen people braved the cold and rain last week in Memphis to protest against Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Memphis Socialist Party members participated in the demo and joined thousands of others across the country in demanding an end to the war and occupation of Afghanistan.… Read more ...

Despite vow, no arrests at Dodd Fundraiser

Libertarian Common Sense updates a previous IPR story:


When I read this on the Independent Political Report:

Angry citizens vow arrests at Sen. Dodd fundraiser with Vice President Biden
What: Protest at Senator Dodd fundraising event with Vice President Biden to demand single-payer health reform
When: Friday, December 11, 2009, Human Rights Day at 11 a.m.… Read more ...

Nader 2000 campaign manager publishes article on discriminatory ballot access laws

Posted at Green Party Watch by Dave Schwab:


Theresa Amato, who served as campaign manager for Ralph Nader’s 2000 Green and 2004 independent runs for president, has an opinion piece in the Harvard Law Record entitled “The Two Party Ballot Suppresses Third Party Change”. She notes that although Nader wrote a piece on discriminatory ballot access laws for the same publication in 1958, the situation has not improved in the 51 years since then.… Read more ...

Libertarian Joe Kennedy: Democrats and Republicans are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Posted at Poli-Tea:

The Boston Herald reports on recent appearances by independent libertarian candidate for US Senate in Massachusetts, Joe Kennedy, and highlights his campaign to be included in upcoming debates:


The long-shot candidate at the center of a Senate campaign spat yesterday dismissed the Democratic and Republican parties as “two sides of the same coin,” saying both had failed to address the two most pressing issues of the campaign.… Read more ...

Wayne Allyn Root: “Obama May Be a Socialist If…”

By Wayne Allyn Root

Have you read the headlines the past few months? Obama has proposed trillions of dollars in new taxes, and trillions of dollars of irresponsible, unsustainable big government spending. With no way to pay for it all…except to wipe out small businessmen and women, and wipe out the upper middle class…and enslave our children and grandchildren with a mountain of debt and heavy taxes for a lifetime.… Read more ...