Third Party & Independents

EC 101

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 1, 2015 at 8:33 PM

Cuba and US back to biz as usual. Stand by for a new influx of 'huddling masses' needing a job. Puerto Rico on it's back so we should expect more huddling masses from there, and so on - - -

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Judge Presnell and Marcus Dwayne Robertson

Posted by AllardK on June 30, 2015 at 9:33 PM

How high a bar does prosecutorial evidence have to clear in order for someone like Marcus Dwayne Robertson to be convicted? It's a reasonable question to ask, seeing that U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell has thrown out the case against Robertson, who is accused of aiding and training or inspiring potential American jihadists to emigrate to training camps abroad. Robertson was the leader of crazed muslim bank-robbing gang Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves that robbed and killed in New York in the early 90's. At the time he was also close to Omar Rahman, the "Blind Shiek" responsible for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. As in he was the shiek's bodyguard. And it gets worse. Robertson is an ex-marine trained in:

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Therian Wimbush's Excessive Litigation

Posted by AllardK on June 25, 2015 at 7:18 PM

A few years ago, the House Judiciary Committee, investigating the effect of excessive litigation on the United States' global competitiveness, was told of five types of litigation abuse by plaintiffs counsel: improperly recruiting plaintiffs, importing foreign claims, piggybacking off government investigations, pursuing aggregate litigation, and seeking third party litigation financing. They forgot to add a sixth: plain old crazy litigation by self-represented plaintiffs. In Georgia, the bizarre case of Recardo and Therian Wimbush, and their nine children - one of whom they essentially locked up for months in a sealed room with a bucket for toilet - has added a new chapter. Therian Wimbush is suing all the principal actors in the case against her and her husband for false and malicious defamation. And the amount? Why for $500 million. US dollars to be precise. Although in almost any currency, save Zimbabwean dollars, that's a lot of money. In fact, at current rates, that's 1.38 million US dollars, if 500 million is measured in Zimbabwean dollars.

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Bureaucrats and the Pursuit of Your Happiness

Posted by AllardK on June 22, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Existing Home sales are up nicely and new home sales are expected to follow and prices are firming as well in the face of limited inventory growth. 30 year mortgage rates are around 4% and will rise slightly at some point in the future as the Fed finally begins to lightly tap on the gas pedal. All we need is Ike in the White House right? Wrong. As the economy slowly builds a stable base and things improve, the mood in America is far from sunny. As conservatives debate the flag flying in South Carolina with many saying it's time to take it down, and while liberals and other progressives rage at it's presence; as incomes stay low to stagnant for the majority of workers; as the Middle East slides into a medieval cauldron of terror and violence; as gender continues to be a reason for conflict and show trials on college campuses and as we all worry about how education - especially public education - can keep up with a tech world that innovates and destroys and innovates again faster than the blink of an eye; after all that who can afford to be happy? And health issues like Obamacare? Better to stop right now.

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Jeb Bush and the Democratic Establishment

Posted by AllardK on June 17, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Some people are still arguing about the 92 election and Ross Perot's supposed role as a spoiler. If you believe the spoiler crowd, the diminutive Texan cost Jeb Bush's father the election. Others insist that given the economy and the tailing off of the Iraq War boost, as well as 12 years of GOP administrations, Clinton had a low hurdle to climb over and would have won with or without Perot in the election. Does Jeb Bush feel that he now has to compete with a whole host of Ross Perots? If only all those pesky GOP rivals would drop out, or at least most of them, we could have a serious GOP nomination process. The kind that rewards the establishment candidate with his - or theoretically her - turn at the White House.

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Mrs. Undecided's Followers

Posted by AllardK on June 15, 2015 at 6:36 PM

The leader in the GOP race according to a recent national poll by Monmouth University is a candidate named Mrs. Undecided. With almost double the numbers at 20 points of second place Ben Carson who has 11, Mrs. Undecided is the clear leader at this point in the GOP race, having surged over 6 points in 2 months. With a wide field of candidates, it's not surprising that undecideds - as the followers of Mrs. Undecided are called - are high. Looking at the top issues of concern to GOP voters:

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Elvis, Ike and Toll Booths

Posted by AllardK on June 11, 2015 at 5:27 PM

In 1956, Elvis had his 1954 pink-and-white Cadillac and Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 into law in late June. Like Elvis, the Highway Act and it's needy twin, The Highway Trust Fund, grew and grew and grew. The one in popularity and sales and concerts and films and fame, the other in terms of the tax bite it took from drivers. And nearly 60 years later, the Highway Trust Fund once again needs to cover shortfalls. But both Congress and the general public - which means drivers really - have had enough. And that has GOP legislators, along with Democrats in Congress, casting far and wide to fill the funding gap while letting drivers fill their tanks without any further increases in fuel-related excise taxes. And that means earnings held overseas by U.S. corporations hoping for a reduction in what is a historically and internationally high corporate tax rate are in the sights of Congress. They hope to force repatriation of those earnings and use the collected taxes to top off the Highway Trust Fund and cover shortfalls.

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Ralph Thinks Hillary Is a Hawk?

Posted by AllardK on June 8, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Elizabeth Warren is not running for president. She meant what she said, apparently. So her supporters might back Vermont independent Sanders, because they really have nowhere else to go. And Sanders is - realistically speaking - an amusing distraction from the central dynamics of the campaign: a diverse field of GOP contenders against warhorse Hillary Clinton. The descriptive term seems apt given Ralph Nader's opinion that Hillary would be as tough as Lindsey Graham on defense issues if only gender politics wouldn't keep getting in the way.

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Why Is This A Controversy?

Posted by Weary_Willie on June 4, 2015 at 9:18 PM

Trade in Services Agreement

It's not an abdication of power when you consider the 3 types of trade agreements (treaties) the president can negotiate.

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Rawlings-Blake Better Build Bridges

Posted by AllardK on May 29, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Have police in Baltimore responded to Mayor Rawlings-Blake loose hand with rioters in the wake of Freddie Gray riots in late April with a go-slow work policy? That is, are they now working to rule, so to speak, after 6 of them have been charged in the 25-year-old's death while in custody? Or have criminals taken advantage of the perceived judicial leash on police in Baltimore to go on a crime rampage?

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Employer Wage Theft Has Reached 'Epidemic' Levels

Posted by DFaris on May 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Does the phrase "wage theft" sound like something that would land an unscrupulous blue- or white-collar employee in either the unemployment line or prison? If so, it's time to set the record straight.

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Evil Is not Banal

Posted by AllardK on May 22, 2015 at 5:37 PM

There are no "layers of intrigue" in the horrifying details of the murder of the Savapolous family, including their 10 year old son, and their housekeeper. Daron Dylon Wint and four associates have been nabbed and charged. But it is a mistake to insert the term "intrigue" into the story, as if the steady decaying drift into evil that Wint most certainly followed is somehow a thrilling mystery. Wint was accused of assaulting a partner and threatening her in 2009, and in 2010 he was detained with a machete and a BB pistol outside the headquarters of American Iron Works - where Savapolous was CEO - where the former welder had briefly been employed. But then it should not surprise that Fox - or other media far less prone to outrage when describing crime - would allow that salacious and lurid little slip in one of their articles on the murders. With shows like Criminal Minds having long caressed the psychological profiles of sociopaths and Breaking Bad making the desperate choices of crazed criminals seem everyday, why shouldn't Fox feel that the sickening details of these murders are layered levels of "intrigue"?

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Getting Comfortable With Marco Rubio

Posted by AllardK on May 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM

At the Weekly Standard's Broadmoor Summit, Marco Rubio's name supposedly stood out along with Scott Walker's. This may be interesting in as much as attendees at the so-called Summit reflect the views of GOP money men and women. Because as a statistical poll, the sample in Colorado Springs is just a touch small. But the available cash that might flow from those predisposed to give the young Florida senator an earnest listen, is another matter. So the question is: can Rubio start to attract anywhere near the kind of cash that his erstwhile mentor Jeb Bush has been able to? And the reasonable answer is: that depends on what Rubio says and does and on what Jeb says and does.

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Pollsters: Let the Voters Speak

Posted by AllardK on May 14, 2015 at 7:55 PM

Is the end of polling at hand? Perhaps not, but polling seems to have entered a slow and steady decline in accuracy and in participation rates. Apparently less than 10% of those who receive a call from some organization doing a poll actually answer the call. And moving from landline and cellphones (where people are even less likely to respond) to online surveys brings up serious credibility problems as to how accurate online polling results are. Pollsters nowadays seem to be frantically adjusting their methodology and hoping to present more accurate polling results - look at the May 7 (or next day the 8th to be more accurate) polling failures in the UK. Should we be worried?

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A Shy Sociopath From Birmingham UK

Posted by AllardK on May 11, 2015 at 7:20 PM

A once shy kid in Birmingham England, make that a loner and soon-to-be psychopath, fled the UK in 2013 after jumping bail over charges of cyber mischief to put it politely. Where did he go? Syria. And yes, he's now another ISIS recruit. That he is apparently married to a much older ex-rocker also from the UK who now vows to cut Christians heads off with a blunt knife is just another detail in the increasing litany of unhinged people who are joining the terrorist group. ISIS recruits in places like the UK and Texas in fact don't even fit the term recruits. They are anyone crazy enough to heed ISIS calls for violence. While that makes their actions very hard to predict, it may also mean that they are just that: untrained psycho's who will likely die in the face of any vigorous law enforcement response. But they are out there. How many is something the intelligence community is hopefully working hard to estimate. But the question is, what can be done?

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