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Obama breaks election promises on human rights, Rachel Maddow reacts 
Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:26 PM - Elections, Foreign Policy, Media, News, Opinion, Policy
Posted by Administrator
The liberals are already turning on Obama, even quicker than conservatives turned on Bush. However, they really should have done so before the election–for example, when he voted in July to give telecommunications companies retroactive immunity after they broke the law to help the NSA spy on Americans. It was irresponsible of liberals to forgive Barack Obama before the election for violating our civil liberties. Their party came into power at the expense of our liberty. The least they could have done is voted for a third party progressive. Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader are still socialists, but at least they respect basic human rights and government transparency. Obama speaks like he supports those things, but his actions before and after the election show his dishonesty and complete lack of respect for the American people.

Here is MSNBC liberal commentator Rachel Maddow reporting on Obama's policy on handling detainees:


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Indy activists will protest at Sen. McCain appearance 
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 03:56 AM - Activism, Elections, Media, News
Posted by Administrator
Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain will speak in Indianapolis at the National Sherrifs' Association 2008 Annual Conference & Exhibition this Tuesday, July 1st. Members of We Are Change Central Indiana will demonstrate outside the convention center from 9:00 AM to Noon.

We Are Change is an international grassroots organization originally started by family and friends of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It's members seek answers to the questions posed by the victims' families to the 9/11 Commission which remain unanswered. They seek proper care for first responders who suffer from health problems following their heroic efforts that day.

We Are Change is also committed to exposing government corruption and threats to national sovereignty. Its members seek to defend civil liberties and to hold government officials accountable. They advocate for these issues through investigative journalism and street activism.

On July 1st, the members of We Are Change Central Indiana intend to demonstrate on the streets of Indianapolis in protest of the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. McCain has failed to address the questions of 9/11 victims and their families. He has a track record in Congress that advocates military aggression and disregards civil liberties. He does not represent conservatives or lower and middle class Americans. He represents special interests and elitists.

We Are Change will expose these truths while John McCain is in Indianapolis. Members of the public are welcome to join our demonstration. Members of the press are also welcome to attend.
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Boston Tea Party Nominates Jay/Knapp Presidential Ticket 
Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 04:40 AM - Elections, Media, News, Opinion
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The Boston Tea Party, an off-shoot of the Libertarian Party founded in 2006, has finished it's twenty-four hour long online convention to select its nominees for President and Vice President of the United States. Polling closed at 9:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday night with Charles Jay leading the presidential vote and Tom Knapp earning the vice presidential nomination.

Charles Jay has already started his general election campaign as the nominee of Utah's Personal Choice Party. He is a libertarian and expressed in the Saturday night debates his intention to stick to the BTP's short and simple platform,

The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.


The Boston Tea Party's Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates were hosted by me, Douglass Gaking on RPI Radio on Saturday night. I host the IndyTruth Show every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM Eastern Time on RPI.

During the debate, Jay's competitor Robert Milnes said that he planned to continue running as an independent if he did not receive the BTP's nomination. He also plans to attend the Green Party's national convention in Chicago to seek their support.

In a message to the party membership shortly before voting began, Jay made several pledges, including, "Remember, though my name may wind up associated with this campaign, this is YOUR party, not just mine." He also pledged that "when the dust clears, a vote for Charles Jay and the Boston Tea Party will be anything BUT a 'wasted vote.'"

Tom Knapp has won the BTP's VP nomination. He founded the party in 2006. He is also running for U.S. Congress in Missouri as a Libertarian. Knapp recently wrote on his campaign site that he supports Congressman Dennis Kucinich's 35 articles of impeachment which were introduced to the House of Representatives earlier this week.

Knapp offered three pledges to the party membership before the convention began:

I am not a wealthy man, but if at all possible I will travel to appear at campaign events in the states where we achieve ballot access, or to HELP us achieve ballot access, or to assist in the formation and promotion of new state affiliates.

I will not only accept, but actively seek, opportunities to positively represent (or book our presidential nominee to represent) the party's ticket on talk radio and in other media.

I will proactively promote the party's platform and program, and work with our presidential nominee to create a campaign approach that accords with the party's aims in both letter and spirit.


Knapp competed against Todd Andrew Barnett and Chris Bennett for the VP nomination. In his concession, Barnett said that Knapp "is the best representative and speaker for the Party ... without any doubt." He pledged to support the Jay/Knapp ticket. Chris Bennett also conceded, suggesting that he may be interested in being their campaign manager.

It will be interesting to see how this ticket affects the turnout for contraversial Libertarian Party nominees Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root. The Boston Tea Party has seen a significant increase in membership since that nomination, which led many purist libertarians to leave the LP or at least object to voting for the LP's ticket in the general election. These members have argued that the former Republican congressman Barr is not a true libertarian, but a libertarian-leaning conservative.

Barr authored the Defense of Marriage Act and voted for the Patriot Act while he was in Congress. He has changed his position on those issues, but is still criticized for not being libertarian enough on many parts of his platform. While Barr calls for a decrease in government spending, he does not have a clear plan for eliminating the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve, a disappointment to many libertarians and conservatives who see these as unconstitutional and supporting of corruption.

The Boston Tea Party's candidates were critical of the FairTax during the debates, and most suggested that it would be better to eliminate the federal income tax and replace it with nothing. I am personally excited about the Jay/Knapp ticket because I know that I will be able to vote for a President who is truly libertarian, constitutionalist, and has clear, strong plans for tackling the root of foreign policy and economic problems.
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Bob Barr Saturates the Internet Media 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 03:53 AM - Elections, Media, Opinion
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With a background in the CIA, an alarming congressional record, and a platform that still has libertarians uneasy, Bob Barr is far from the best thing the third parties can offer this year. How then is Barr dominating coverage in the Internet Media?

Austin Cassidy's Independent Political Report posted an analysis of Google News hits today, which concluded that "Bob Barr, Ralph Nader dominate online coverage of alternative candidates."

"Bob Barr, Libertarian Party" makes up 58 percent of the total share, while "Ralph Nader" comes in a distant second with 34 percent. No other candidate surpassed three percent. Green Party front-runner Cynthia McKinney was in third at 2.5 percent, and Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin was in fourth at 2.3 percent. Nine other candidates from various "minor parties" each had less than one percent.

It is no surprise that Nader is doing so well. This is his third consecutive run for the presidency. How is it that Bob Barr dominating?

Before he even began his campaign for the presidency, Bob Barr was already attracting attention in the third party world. Since America is trapped in a two party, left-right paradigm, it helps as an outsider to be a former insider in one of the two major parties. Barr is viewed as a former Republican by the media much more than a Libertarian. This alone will draw more mainstream media attention to Barr.

To start off his campaign, Barr hired campaign manager Russ Verney. After advising Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996, Verney knows a thing or two about getting a third party candidate some attention. Next, Barr consulted with the Ron Paul campaign, and hired some of the same people to create his campaign web site. The web site is updated frequently throughout each day with blog posts and other content.

In the first two weeks of Barr's general election campaign, he managed to attain appearances on some highly rated prime time cable television shows. He was a guest on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. After a successful segment with Glen Beck on CNN, he was invited back to do a full hour interview, which was also featured on Beck's daytime radio show. Televised appearances always pick up blog chatter, especially when they appear on YouTube seemingly within seconds of their live broadcast.

Finally, what I attribute most to Barr's domination of the online media is a tool that is hardly mentioned as a key to successful campaigning, press releases. From the first days following the nomination, the Barr campaign has been printing out press releases on a daily basis. If a day goes by without one, the next day will have two.

These aren't boring press releases or the three paragraph cookie-cutter releases that I often find myself snoozing through. They discuss hard issues in detail, and many of them are quite provocative.

A May 30th release took on former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee for his criticisms on libertarianism:

"Perhaps Governor Huckabee is forgetting that it is compassionate conservatism that led to our record budget deficits and explosion in the size of government. His vision of more of the same will lead his party deeper into the quagmire," warned Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, "I am reminded of then-Governor Ronald Reagan saying ‘I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism’ and that ‘The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.’ The problem we face isn’t too much libertarianism, but not enough of it."


A June 3rd release accused his major party opponents John McCain and Barack Obama of "playing a petty game of 'gotcha' while Iraqis demonstrate against the Bush administration’s plan to create long-term, if not permanent, bases in Iraq."

On June 4th, Barr attracted some attention in a press release urging weekly debates between himself, Obama, and McCain.

On June 5th, Barr drew on some heavy statistics to discredit the Lieberman-Warner bill, saying "Don’t Wreck the Economy in the Name of the Environment." Is it worth a $1 trillion tax hike, or $1,300 per American household to cut potential warming only .013 degress (Celcius)?

On June 8th, Barr's "Time to Remove Troops from South Korea" reminded me of Ron Paul's exciting discussions of non-interventionist policy. He again supported his argument with some rousing statistics.

The South has an economy estimated to be 40 times as large as that of North Korea; South Korea has twice the North’s population and a vast technological edge. "It is time for real leadership on this important national security matter,” Barr said, adding that "maintaining a large and costly American military presence in Korea largely because that’s the way it’s been done for more than half a century makes little sense."


He went on to point out that South Korea has been sending money and food to the government in Pyongyang.

That same day, Barr told McCain in another release, "No Spying Outside the Law."

"Along with President George W. Bush, Sen. McCain seems to believe that the president, like the British king of old, possesses unconstrained and unreviewable power," warns Barr. "This is a truly shocking claim: when the American colonists created a new nation, they were determined to limit both government and executive power."

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Sen. McCain has sought to distance himself from President Bush, but he now sounds like a member of the Bush administration. "The Constitution must come before any political party," says Barr.


Today, Barr held a much anticipated press conference regarding U.S. relations with Iran. He called for an emphasis on diplomacy, rather than threats, criticizing McCain for his "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" tune.

These press releases are a strategic treasure for the Barr campaign. They trigger widespread chatter in the blogosphere. They also take on a strategy that has shown to be successful for alternative candidates. If the media will only focus on the establishment candidates, and the media also emphasizes gossip as a means to be entertaining, then an alternative candidate must spur controversy with those candidates. One of Ron Paul's most successful periods of media attention was when he took on Rudy Giuliani on the issue of foreign policy, calling him out for neglecting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report.

Barr has aimed at the weak spots of both the major candidates. Obama is trying to appear as an "anti-war" candidate (this blog has exposed him as an imperialist). Barr showed how Obama shares a policy with McCain which is unpopular with the people of Iraq as well as the war opposition in America, permanent bases. He then went after McCain for a weakness the mainstream media as well as the bloggers enjoy criticizing him for, his close association with the Bush administration.

I am hardly a Barr fan, and it will take a lot more than some press releases and YouTube one-liners for him to get my vote, but I have to give him credit for getting off to an impressive start for a third party campaign. With a quality staff, a constant stream of activity from the campaign, and a little provocation, Barr has made himself the most talked about alternative candidate these past few weeks. The other alternative candidates should take a lesson from Bob Barr and use these strategies. Perhaps they should use them against him. They must get aggressive to earn their share of coverage in 2008.
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New Direction of Alternative Media 
Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 08:13 PM - Media
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Through the Ron Paul movement, we have truly seen the power and potential of the alternative media online. Hundreds of web sites were started to support Ron Paul's campaign, and many new resources have been created to wake people up and help them defend liberty. I believe that this was a turning point for the alternative media.

One of the new innovations it created was more multimedia and more interactive activity in the media. We saw this in the Ron Paul Radio channels on Justin.tv, where "Paulers" were broadcasting live from major Republican primary events and on daily radio shows, while viewers and listeners from around the globe were chatting with each other as they received the latest news on the campaign.

Utilizing Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and other technologies, I am currently working on two projects to continue the trend of interactive alternative media online.

The first project I am heading up is part of this web site, IndyTruth.org. For the past year, I have been blogging, sharing my research, and promoting actions online to you through this site for almost a year. Just this past weekend, I broadcasted the first edition of my live radio show. It airs every Saturday morning from 10AM-Noon EST (just before GCN's afternoon block of What Really Happened and World Crisis Radio, two shows I also recommend). The show is broadcast over the RPI Radio Network, formerly Ron Paul Radio. At www.rpiradio.com, you can listen to the show online and chat with me and sometimes my show guests in the RPI Radio chatroom. Since the Indiana Primary is today, my guest on Saturday was Cat Ping, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress for Indiana's District 7.

Another project I have been contributing to is an IRC channel on EFNET called #deprogram. In this room, dozens of people are on at any given time, chatting 24/7 about issues. We help to wake up newcomers who enter the room, while we empower each other to get more active in our local communities and online. We will also be adding a radio show and a web site to this program soon. To join us in the room, go to www.efnet.org. Type a nickname on the left and enter #deprogram for the channel. Until the web site and radio show are up, you can find out more about this project on MySpace.

As citizens and activists, we must make ourselves a part of the media in order to ensure that the truth comes out about issues like 9/11, Real ID, and the North American Union. Through the alternative media online, we can involve more people in creating and reporting news, and have a real forum for ideas that is not suppressed by the biases of corporate media. Please join us in these two revolutionary programs.
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