An affidavit is never mentioned in the Republican Party’s rules for selecting delegates and has never been required of delegates in the past, GOP critics say. Suspicions are steep this year because Kenney and the others are supporters of Ron Paul, the libertarian candidate whose quixotic campaign for president culminated in an effort to take over state caucuses nationwide. The delegates must vote for Romney, based on his strong primary win in Massachusetts, but Paul’s supporters hope to use the convention to draw attention to his agenda, including auditing the Federal Reserve and requiring wars to be declared by Congress.
Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe
I'm a PCP for the Jackson County, Oregon Republican party, and I witnessed some real shenanigans at the 2nd Congressional District Convention in Bend. Check it out:
I took this 15 or so minute stretch of video just after they tried to adjourn our meeting before letting us cast votes for the At-Large Alternates and CD2 Alternates.
Things get more interesting, though, as I was also one of the observers of the Ballot counting.
Here is an account of what I saw that I sent to some people after the convention:
By Dan Keating, David S. Fallis, Kimberly Kindy and Scott Higham
One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found.
The lawmakers bought and sold a total of between $85 million and $218 million in 323 companies registered to lobby on legislation that appeared before them, according to an examination of all 45,000 individual congressional stock transactions contained in computerized financial disclosure data from 2007 to 2010.
Almost one in every eight trades — 5,531 — intersected with legislation. The 130 lawmakers traded stocks or bonds in companies as bills passed through their committees or while Congress was still considering the legislation. The party affiliation of the lawmakers was almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, 68 to 62.
Continue reading at the Washington Post
Here's is the most sensible article I have read about ending the war on drugs.
By Bernie King | Policy Mic
The war on drugs is a catastrophic failure. Every year billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted on prosecuting and imprisoning non-violent Americans. Prohibition fuels a dangerous black market where ordinary contract disputes are settled not in civil court, but in violent turf wars between gangs and cartels. Once peaceful communities have become lawless war zones; millions of lives have been ruined. Families are torn apart.
The heaviest burdens of the drug culture are laid upon African-American and Hispanic communities, prompting Ron Paul and others to rightly criticize prohibition as being the most racist policy promoted by our government. From Barney Frank to Rupert Murdoch, all sides of the political spectrum realize it's time for a change. It's now time to end prohibition, but let us be clear: ending the failed war on drugs will not grant unfettered rights to produce and sell any drug to any person. We must consider how to sensibly regulate the drug trade in the post-prohibition era.
The winners are the drone makers, and much of the reason for that is the aggressive and powerful lobbying by the defense and aerospace industry.
The drones of today have revolutionized modern warfare and are known for their seek and destroy missions over Afghanistan and Pakistan. The drones of tomorrow, however, will be humming over American homes.
Continue reading at RT.com
Ron Paul is in top form and answers questions on anything from the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations to foreign policy and non-interventionism, as well as shares his thoughts on the two-party system.
(By "watching them closely" he means "I'm reading the Daily Paul".)
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 6/25/12: Get the Government Out of Healthcare!
The Republican National Party is a PRIVATE Club. So they can do WHATEVER they want, right? Not...so...FAST!Submitted by sharkhearted on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 18:18
Now that I have gotten your attention with the title... (grin)
The oft-repeated meme about you know..."RNC...private club....not subject to laws"...and other nonsense...is certainly a clever straw man that they can try to hide behind.
But watch out...that straw man is about to be vaporized by the white-hot heat of the TRUTH...and that is:
THE RULE OF LAW IS EVERYWHERE AND AT ALL TIMES.
Its that simple.
Let's say I own a private bank...not publicly traded, and I commit fraud...then I commit a crime...and a felony at that.
Google today released updated data about government requests to remove data from its network or hand over user information, and said that recent trends are "troubling."
"This is the fifth data set that we've released. And just like every other time before, we've been asked to take down political speech," Dorothy Chou, a Google senior policy analyst, wrote in a blog post. "It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect—Western democracies not typically associated with censorship."
Traveling on I-44 in SW Missouri and seen this awesome sign made out of 10 Ft High white letters.
In can be seen by tens of thousands of interstate travelers a day.
It's in Sarcoxie MO.
Great job to whoever did this
I am going to plead the case to legalize hemp AND marijuana and explain the real reasons why this plant yes plant is not legal. I also want to make clear that what is categorized as hemp now days is not the same as marijuana although they are usually lumped together as the same thing I assure you they are not . You could smoke a garbage bag full of hemp and you would not get high!
I also need to state I do not smoke marijuana so my opinions as well as my facts are not bias, with that said take a seat and prepare to be shocked about the truth. I came to the conclusion that the only sense this made as to why this plant is illegal is that it didn't make any sense at all!
First I want to speak about medical marijuana and the good it actually does to various terminally ill and sick people around the world. Before some of you say wait a minute we have a synthetic form of marijuana called marinol let me point out some important facts.
If you look at the studies, marinol makes most people physically ill when they take it, even though it is supposed to give the same effect as marijuana. The fact is that it is not natural, it is synthetic, and it is not marijuana. Next time you get a prescription for anything get a list of the side effects of these legal prescription drugs you are taking and watch how quick you get a headache from reading the 3 pages of side effects this single pill could possibly give you. On the other hand in 99.9% of people that take medical marijuana guess what? They don't get physically sick, now why is that? Could it be because it is 100% natural? What do I know I am just some idiot that knows how to read and make an intellegent decision based on facts? Shame on me for educating myself!
I became educated on this subject years ago when my father was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer and he was taking marinol for pain and couldn't hold down his food even after taking this so called wonder drug marinol.
VIDEO: Freedom Watch on Fox Business News tells the story...
ReasonTV - VIDEO:
While cities across the country are cutting services, raising taxes and contemplating bankruptcy, something extraordinary is happening in a suburban community just north of Atlanta, Georgia.
Since incorporating in 2005, Sandy Springs has improved its services, invested tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure and kept taxes flat. And get this: Sandy Springs has no long-term liabilities.
This is the story of Sandy Springs, Georgia—the city that outsourced everything.
while driving my old pickup to haul household goods to storage for my son, who's moving overseas.
The first thing the sheriff said was to ask about my big plastic Ron Paul sign over the cab (you know, the big flashy magnet-mounted kind) and if I was still going to vote for Ron Paul. Thus began our 15 minute discussion about Ron Paul, The Constitution, Oath Keepers, Constitutional Sheriffs, and Sheriff Joe (of AZ).
After a while, I asked him what I did wrong. He said my right hand mirror was missing, did I lose it recently. I said, "No, it's been gone for decades." We talked more Ron Paul and then he said he had to go. I asked him if I should rearrange the load in my pickup for better visibility. He said, "No it's all right. But you might think about getting another mirror if you ever find one."
We shook hands and that was it. He was just curious about Ron Paul. Weird.