35 votes

Michael Steele, MSNBC TV commentator, gives his rejoinder. Postmortem 1

Michael Steele, MSNBC TV commentator, gives his rejoinder. Postmortem 1 .

http://youtu.be/aIuhGDDrBUg

46 votes

Don’t Be Scammed Into Another War - 7 Ways Kony 2012 Does Exactly That

There’s a 30-minute long YouTube sensation that’s gotten more than 70 million views in just a few days.  The stated goals of the expertly produced Kony 2012 is to make an African warlord a household name and to keep U.S. military advisors in Uganda.

Because ideas presented in the documentary are stated as “something we can all agree on,” I find it important to step forward and say that I do not in the slightest agree with the idea of U.S. military advisors in Uganda.  In fact, I think that the work being done by Kony 2012 director Jason Russell and a number of organizations and activists on this topic is flat wrong.

Kony 2012 has a “power-to-the-people” feel to it and calls for action that is humanitarian in nature, making it ideal in convincing naïve, well-intentioned people about the justness of having foreign troops in Uganda.

However, my years of political involvement have shown me that people must not be judged on what they say, but on what they do.  As well-intentioned as they are couched, Russell’s actions move us toward American military involvement in Uganda under popular pressure and under a veneer of justice.  This is not an admirable goal and the talking points are familiar ones.

In fact, his techniques are so familiar that the maker of this film sounds like a neo-conservative, especially from September 10, 2001 until W’s mission accomplished speech on May 1, 2003.

102 votes

Tom Mullen in the Washington Times: Ron Paul Strategy is Authentic Republicanism

by Tom Mullen | Washington Times

TAMPA, March 19, 2012 – Give yourself a test. Without doing a web search or whipping out that pocket U.S. Constitution that a wild-eyed Tea Partier handed you, fill in the blank in the following sentence: The U.S. Constitution guarantees to every state in the union a _____form of government.

If you are like ninety percent of the American electorate, you answered “democratic” and you were wrong. The answer is “a republican form of government.” There is a drastic difference between the two and one would think that the Republican Party would know it. Instead, they are identical to their rivals in not only ignoring the distinction but promoting democracy instead.

In a democracy, the will of the majority is the law. Fifty-one percent of the vote empowers the winners to exercise any power they wish. Not so in a republic. The reason the founders constructed a constitutional republic was to protect Americans from democracy.

Continue:
http://communities.washin...

161 votes

Open Thread: Missouri Caucuses - Saturday March 17 - 24

Missouri caucuses

RESULTS FROM: Google - Politico - CNN - MSNBC - Fox News

NOTE: When posting new threads, please categorize by state, when relevant (It is the second drop-down menu after choosing the appropriate forum) to help keep things organized for future reference here on the DP. Thank you!

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More stories on the DP TOP page, New Page and Missouri specific stories (please be sure to tag your state when posting threads, or they won't show up on the state lists. Tag them with the state where they happened, not the state you're in! :)

58 votes

☛Exclusive Ron Paul Flix Interview of Brent Stafford on St Charles County Caucus Arrest 3/19

Ron Paul Flix did and exclusive interview with Brent Stafford on St Charles County Caucus Arrest

Eugene Dokes, Bryan Spencer, Santorum hacks call police BEFORE they convene caucus.

http://youtu.be/KM5x098jqtA

http://ronpaulflix.com/20...

83 votes

TSA Nabs Suspected Al Queda Terrorist at O'Hare Airport - A toddler in a wheelchair

http://youtu.be/YNO-AzPxS4U

A toddler in a wheelchair is stopped by the TSA at ORD (O'Hare Airport in Chicago) and forced to into a sequestered area. On his way to a family vacation in Disney, this 3 year old boy is in a body cast for a broken leg. Despite assurances from his father that "everything is ok", he is physically trembling with fear while he watches his two siblings, mother, father, grandfather and grandmother pass through along with everyone else...only to be singled out.

22 votes

Video: Brent Stafford Arrested at St. Charles County Caucus

The arrest begins at the 2:05 mark in this video

http://youtu.be/Ofu_MlypJms

And at 7:00 in this one:

http://youtu.be/DzgnpBYEq0A

72 votes

We had a great day at our 3rd District Iowa Platform Committee meeting.

We adopted the platform resolutions from the Warren County convention as our template, which gave us some really great planks right out of the chute.

Then over the course of eight hours we added several strong statements on 2nd Amendment rights, auditing and ending the Fed, stopping Agenda 21, getting out of the U.N., repealing the 16th and 17th Amendments, etc.

I got this one passed (modeled after Dr. Paul's "We the People Act"):

We support a Concurrent Resolution of the U.S. Congress asserting its Constitutional authority to limit the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in the following manner: “Pursuant to Section 2 of Article III of the Constitution of the United States, Congress has the sole and exclusive power to make regulations and exceptions to the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Accordingly, effective this date, the Congress of the United States denies the Supreme Court appellate jurisdiction over cases relating to personal or public religious expression, sexual orientation, abortion, or marriage.”

We even got a resolution that supported making transactions in COUNTY currencies tax exempt.

All in all, an excellent day's work and an encouraging sign of how the r3volution is progressing here in Iowa.

56 votes

UPDATE: Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in currencies other than the dollar from March 20

“The dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme is nothing more than a convenient excuse for the US to use threats to protect the 'reserve currency’ status of the dollar,” the newspaper, which calls itself the voice of the Islamic Revolution, said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/commodities/9077600/Iran-...

UPDATE:
03-17-20 SWIFT FREEZE "exclusion of Iranian banks from international financial transfer networks"
Israel Finance Minister: SWIFT decision may cause collapse of Iran's economy
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-finance...

31 votes

New York Times on Missouri Caucus Chaos

Don't miss this NY Times article with their photo of Missouri Caucus Chaos.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/disruption-clo...

117 votes

St. Charles Caucus HIJACKED - Bryce's Report

I'm one of the St. Charles County Coordinators for Ron Paul. This is my account of the caucus hijacking on March 17.

Available for sharing on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/bryce-steinhoff/st-charles-cau...

The St. Charles County Republican Central Committee HIJACKED the St. Charles County Caucus today!

Due to long lines, the caucus didn't convene until until nearly 11 AM (it should have begun at 10 AM, but that wait was by far the most bearable of the day).

Bryan Spencer, chairman of the caucus subcommittee of the St. Charles Central Committee, told me personally, very strongly, at the committee meeting on March 8 that he would work to challenge the St. Charles delegation on a technicality if any one group came in and "hijacked" the caucus by taking all the delegates or otherwise not allowing for a proportionate distribution. This narrow definition of "fair" as described by Spencer simply isn't his definition to decide. It is the very purpose of the caucus for the body to decide what is fair - how delegates would be apportioned. It is clear that Spencer and the committee were fearful of a Paul or Paul and Romney majority at the caucus - and so they hijacked it instead by ignoring all rules, the orders of the day, and general fairness in chairmanship.

Bryan Spencer tried to enforce an arbitrary "house rule" ban on recording devices and eject a caucus body member who refused to stop recording. The caucus body of many hundreds erupted into howls of disapproval for what seemed like an eternity. Spencer dispatched on-site police officers to remove him or arrest him for trespassing. So much for fair and accountable. It is clear that the committee had something to hide, but we didn't have to wait too long to find out what it was.

It is important to note here that, by Robert's Rules of Order, the caucus body must vote to approve all rules that govern itself other than the ones defined in the organization's bylaws. There are no "house rules" unless the body approves them.

Spencer and temporary caucus chairman and Central Committee Chairman Eugene Dokes refused to continue the caucus until the recording devices were stopped and the crowd settled down. During this time I, along with many others, attempted to motion for the rule against recording devices be lifted. No motions or points of order were recognized by either Dokes or Spencer. A large number of additional police officers and highway patrolmen entered the gymnasium during this time to help keep the peace.

It is my feeling that the body realized that in order for the caucus to have any semblance of productivity, we would have to get quiet so that Eugene Dokes would continue the meeting. The plan was to wait until the election of the Caucus Chairman (Paul and Romney supporters had previously agreed to rally behind Brent Stafford, a Paul supporter) after which we could move to approve recording devices.

Once we quieted, Dokes carried on with facilitating the prayer and pledge which went off without incident. After this point, Dokes proceeded to entirely ignore the published MO GOP Caucus Agenda and appointed a parliamentarian, the credentials committee, and the rules committee. All three of these are very clearly supposed to be appointed by a newly elected Caucus Chairman. The crowd booed loudly at the gross misconduct by the chair and I, along with others, called for points of order and for the orders of the day. No motions were recognized from the floor.

At this point, Dokes opened the floor for nominations for Caucus Chairman. The Central Committee shills nominated Matt Ehlen while the crowd nearly-unanimously chanted "Brent Stafford". After not waiting for further nominations, Dokes called for a voice vote. There were no audible ayes and an uproar of no's, but Dokes declared that the ayes had it and awarded the position of Caucus Chairman to Ehlen. Dokes refused to recognize many, many calls for a division of the vote, which would have required him to count the votes for the purpose of transparency and clarity.

Matt Ehlen, illegally "elected" and de-facto appointed chair, then proceeded to demand order, which was rightly met with rejection from the body.

Bryan Spencer and Matt Ehlen warned that the caucus would be disqualified and no delegates would be awarded if the raucous continued, but united supporters from all campaigns continued to show extreme disgust with the actions of the Central Committee. A motion to adjourn (at least I think there was a motion; I didn't hear it) was put forward by Spencer and his cronies and Ehlen put it up for a voice vote and declared the caucus adjourned.

At this point Brent Stafford attempted to declare the chair vacant, as is proper parliamentary procedure when a chairman continually disrupts order and steps down. Stafford attempted to facilitate the election of a new chairman to preside over the caucus, but attempts were futile and Spencer and clan demanded that the body evacuate the gym or face arrest.

We rallied as many of the caucus body as possible to hold a rump convention in the parking lot, where we planned to generate a roster of the pre-credentialed body and hold the caucus fairly according to the agenda released by the MO GOP. We were greeted outside by a large police presence, including at least one helicopter. When word had gotten around and the body that remained congregated in the designated location for the rump convention, Brent Stafford stood on a chair and began instructing the new rump convention body how to turn in credential information.

While this was happening, two police officers approached Brent and placed him under arrest for trespassing, a charge which was entirely unfounded.

Police continued efforts to eject the body from the public school grounds and much of the body gathered at nearly Wapelhorst Park to talk, rehash, and rally behind our common goals - transparency and fairness in the process. The entire process uncovered great unity among many camps, particularly the Romney and Paul camps, much to my delight.

During this process at least one other person, Kenny Suitter, was detained or arrested for refusing to turn off his recording device.

My belief is that the St. Charles Republican Central Committee had full intentions from the beginning to railroad the caucus results in favor of Santorum, the candidate most supported by the committee's members. They were vastly outnumbered by Paul and Romney supporters at the caucus and knew they couldn't pull out delegates without overtly breaking the rules. Bryan Spencer's cries of "fairness" were a sham intended to skew media reports of the caucus he knew would be heavily contested. Even if the intention wasn't to support Santorum, it is clear that the organizers weren't about to allow the body to decide what "fair" was - they had a plan and it was their way or the highway.

Let me be clear: The St. Charles Republican Central Committee, lead by Eugene Dokes and Bryan Spencer (and I have my suspicions about the involvement of Jon Bennett, Cheryl Bates, and Tom Kuypers), broke a wide variety of rules, refused to follow the established parliamentary procedure, Robert's Rules of Order, and HIJACKED the caucus.

Dokes, Spencer, and Ehlen are all running for public office in Missouri.

160 votes

I'm "THE Camera Man"

who's actions caused this fiasco by refusing to put down my camera at the St. Charles county caucus. I though you might want to hear my side of the story.

Let me first say, I had my suspicions that something like this might happen, having been a delegate for Dr. Paul in 2008. I decided to video tape the proceedings to assure a fair caucus for everyone in attendance.

Before the caucus began, I was told, by the then acting chairman, to turn off my video camera (which was in plain view, mounted on a tripod in the bleachers). I immediately shouted "TRANSPARENCY" and about half the gymnasium started booing at the chairman's demands. The chairman then instructed the police to have me removed. I was sitting about half way up the bleachers. Two policemen made their way up and confronted me. They told me to stop recording or I would be arrested. The whole time, the place was booing them AND the chairman. Romney, Paul, Santorum and Gingrich supporters alike seemed to be expressing their discontent. I ignored the officer's intimidating demands and continued to tape as if to say "if you want me to take this camera down you're going to have to arrest me".After about a minute of staring me down they decided to retreat to the floor and call for back up.

Twenty minutes later many police arrived and made their presence very well known. We were told the caucus would not continue until all cameras were turned off. I decided at that time to turn off my camera so the proceeding could begin. There must have been 4 or 5 officers keeping their eyes on me to make sure I did not start taping again. When the caucus began, the shenanigans started. As soon as I realized the fix was in, I reached for the camera and started taping again. The whole place was yelling "Brent Stafford!", "Point of order!" and "Division!" but the chairman ignored everyone that was not associated with the Santorum campaign. By this time the police had noticed I was taping again and they came after me. Again, the place started booing while the arrest took place and it turned into utter chaos.

I was hand-cuffed in the bleachers and escorted to a "patty wagon" that was obviously just brought in to accommodate me, and others if need be. The next thing I know, I see Brent Stafford entering the vehicle with hand cuffs. We were eventually taken to St. Peters Police Department and charged with "Trespassing" and released without bond. The police confiscated my camera and said they needed it as evidence.

Here's video of how it got started http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXBc7f074Eg&context=C457d3c6A... I'm the person in the light blue shirt that's located to the bottom right of the large number 2 on the wall.

84 votes

More delegates for Ron Paul

First time poster, long time follower. I have supported Ron Paul since 2007 when I shook his hand and told him my family and conscience would not let me join the marines unless he was president (and had him sign my favorite shirt on the spot!!!). It was in a small town in Iowa and there was barely one hundred in attendance at a small church.

Fast forward to 2012 and I'm in the front row at the Minneapolis convention center blown away with over 1500 in attendance, inspired to fight for my country in any capacity my conscience would allow, I hold my nose and join the Republican party. I was elected in 2008 as a precinct secretary, with my father being the chair. We made it to the state convention as alternate, but were drowned out quickly by McCain supporters. We decided we would stick to it and become the party insiders by getting on the senate district executive committee (just one level above the precinct offices), my father being co chair and myself a director.

We just had our convention today in a south metro suburb. My dad being the chair of the convention and myself the chair of the rules and constitution committee (best way to insure there are not any shenanigans!). After hitting Roberts rules of order hard, and studying older senate and congressional district constitutions, we worked to create as fair and open a process as possible, making sure to email all delegates possible what we had come up with.

Anyway on to the juicy details:

332 votes

This is Brent Stafford from Missouri - Updated #3

This is Brent Stafford. I wanted to let everyone know I am out of jail and am just now starting to read some of the posts about what happened today.

I am actually in my car right now, so I will post more complete details when I get to someplace where I can take more time.

First of all, thank you to everyone who was concerned and calling the police station. Apparently they were getting flooded with calls.

I was trying to reconvene the meeting in the gymnasium, according to the rules, and was told I have the leave the gym along with everyone else or I would be trespassing. I went outside and tried to let everyone know we were going to try to reconvene. Some people we trying to go to a nearby park to do so, but the rules are clear the the caucus may only be held in the location printed in the Call to Caucus printed in a newspaper 15 days prior. The ONLY place we could reconvene was at the high school.

I stood on a chair to address the crowd to let them know we were going to reconvene and what we needed to do. At that point I was approached by told I was under arrest.

More to come...

--------------- Update

Okay, I have a minute, and a beer! Here is the saga.

There are three main culprits to today's fiasco. Eugene Dokes - St. Charles County Republican Committee Chairman, Bryan Spencer - Chairman of the Caucus Committee for the St. Charles County GOP (he organized the caucus), and Matt Ehlen - The guy they installed as Chairman and who ended the meeting before conducting any business.

I approached Bryan Spencer several times, prior to the commencement of the caucus, to point out where things that were being planned violated the rules. He said, "We are going to do it this way, challenge it if you want." He is the one that was trying to rig the process to select delegates proportionally based on who was in attendance. They conducted a straw poll as people were checked in, in violation of State GOP rules.

The meeting was supposed to begin at 10:00am. There were so many people still in line that by the time the meeting was ready to start it was just after 11:00am.

Eugene Dokes started the meeting by immediately declaring there would be no video or audio recording allowed, and that if anyone refused to stop, they would be removed by police. The entire room of what has been reported as over 2,500 people began booing and demanding that recording be allowed. It was not just Ron Paul people.

Eugene Dokes then refused to commence the meeting until everyone stopped recording. I made multiple attempts to make a point of order to address the situation, but he refused to acknowledge me. He then left the podium and called the police.

There were St. Peters Police, St. Charles Police, St. Charles County Sheriffs, and Missouri Highway Patrol that eventually came into the gymnasium and through threat of arrest made everyone turn off their cameras. Of course many did not.

Eugene Dokes then started to convene the meeting a second time.

Let me digress a moment. We had prepared very well ahead of time. I won't get into all of the details, but the Mitt Romney people agreed to support me for Chairman. This was an incredible vote of confidence in my ability to chair and to convene a fair process. I had also hire the President of the Missouri Association of Parliamentarians who I intended to appoint for that role. I never got that chance.

Eugene Dokes appointed the Creditials Committee, Rules Committee, and Parliamentarian. These are all appointments made by the elected Chairman, not the temporary Chair which is what Eugene Dokes was acting as. The body loudly booed and started making all kinds of points of order and other declarations of disgust at the blatant disregard for the proper process.

He then opened the floor for nominations. I immediately started nominating myself multiple times. He recognized a woman, who was obviously preselected, who nominated Matt Ehlen. At that point about 2,000 people started chanting my name to be appointed. Eugene Dokes ignored that and called a hasty voice vote and declared the one nominee, Matt Ehlen, as the Chair.

Hundreds of people started calling for Division of the vote. Eugene Dokes ignored them all.

Matt Ehlen took the podium and tried to regain order. After anout 20 seconds he declared that St. Charles County would not send any delegates to the CD and State Conventions. He quickly found motions to adjourn and closed the meeting.

At that point I went to grab the parliamentarian I had hired. She had not been allowed inside, because of an arbitrary rule Bryan Spencer made up, but I had checked in with her by sticking my head through the door of and on earlier. I told her to come with me and I headed to the podium. I asked her how to reconvene and since no business had been conducted according to the Call to Convention, we had every right to reconvene.

I took the microphone and announced that people should not leave and that we would reconvene the meeting. Eugene Dokes came up and unplugged the microphone. At that point the police began ordering people out of the gymnasium.

At that point I went outside to try to reconvene the caucus, according to the rules. A number of people were going to go to another location to reconvene. I had to stop those that had not left and explained that we were required to convene at the location published 15 days prior in the newspaper or it would be invalid.

I then found where the biggest crowd had gathered and began to address the crowd. Everyone got quiet to hear me. There were 300-400 people there. I explained very quickly that we needed to begin collecting a roster, as required, and what that meant. I was immediately approached by 4 or 5 police of unknown jurisdictions who made me step down from the chair and put me into handcuffs.

When I asked what I was being arrested for, or if I was being arrested, I was told they would tell me later. Eventually I was booked for trespassing and released.

The actions of Eugene Doke, Bryan Spencer, and Matt Ehlen were the direct cause of the event getting out of control. They have tried to shift the blame, but it is all on them. If they had conducted the meeting according to Robert's Rules and the proper order of the agenda, none of this would have happened.

---------------- Update #2

I forgot to mention, I am on the St. Charles GOP Central Committee, the one Eugene Dokes is Chairman of, as well as being Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of three different GOP Legislative Committees.

I need to remember to tell the media that. It was so crazy today I just wanted to tell what happened and forgot to mention it.

------------- Update #3

67 votes

Weekend Watching: Boogie Man - The Lee Atwater Story

The only reason Santorum and Gingrich are still in the race is to serve as blocks on Ron Paul. Everyone knew from the beginning that Paul was in for the long haul. And we all saw what happened in Virginia when only Paul and Romney were on the ballot. Paul got 41% of the vote. Santorum and Gingrich remain in the race to dilute the anti-Romney vote that Paul would otherwise be reaping, and building upon. And when the appointed hour comes, both will fold their hands and deliver their endorsements to Romney. This is typical of the kinds of dirty tricks played in politics in general, and the GOP specifically.

Nothing opened my eyes wider to the true nature of politics in general, and the GOP in particular than this film: Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story. In the event you haven't seen it, here is the preview:

http://youtu.be/9UwJYfTC9Hw

I cannot recommend a better political movie. There may be free versions floating around on the 'net. I once had a free version on the site, but the filmmakers wrote and requested I remove it, and I complied. But you can stream it on Amazon for $3.99, and using any of the links on this page, the DP will pick up a few cents commission to boot.

I will be away for the bulk of the weekend in a training course to expand my horizons, and learn some new things. Always stay hungry and stay foolish, friends.

As a result, the front page updates to the site will be sparse this weekend. If you have the time, please watch this movie. It will give us all a shared reference for understanding.

Amazon link: Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Free on Hulu.com, with commercials.

Also free to stream on Netflix

Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy the show, and let me know what you think.

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