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There are THREE that things we've learned from the media
about presidential elections:

  • "It's a Horse Race"

  • By universal acclamation (and the amount of time
    spent in handicapping), that's the aspect of the process we should all focus
    on, when making our choices for the next Commander-In-Chief.

  • "Who spends the most money wins the election." (At least 80 or 90 percent
    of the time.)

So here's the tote board. opensecrets.org is a useful link you might
just want to bookmark. The left side of the page is full of links to comparisons,
and assorted, interesting data fields that you can click through...


The numbers speak for themselves. Since "Citizens United" we don't
have all of them, of course, but this is a place to start.


Amounts and contributions to and from SUPER PAC's aren't shown in any candidate's
contributions list.

I think it's especially illustrative that the largest single amount listed, almost half a million dollars,
went to a candidate I don't think I heard talked about once:


Representing Michigan's 11th congressional district, a member of the House Financial Services
Committee, Republican "Thad" McCotter dropped out of the horse race at the end of September,
after having declared (as a horse jockey), on July 2nd, 2011.

The $450,000 donated by his congressional committee may be a typo.

I really don't know. But it was like a particularly large pebble dropping
in to the ocean, with no discernible splash that I ever noticed.

On the other hand, when you look at some of the major candidates' top, largest donors,
there are some interesting results:


"Voices" told to "Cease and Desist"

This morning I picked up a Spanish Journal at the BP Subway
near "The Clock," a couple of blocks south of 1st and National.

This somewhat confusing article took a good five minutes to sort through, parse
and digest. (I was still chewing through it when my 6" spinach, egg & cheese toasted
flatbread had been long gone.)


Milwaukee - The national director of “Voces Action” recently demanded that Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) cease and desist using the name “Voces Action”.

VLDF was told that legal action would be initiated if their trademarked name was not removed from all VLDF materials.

It appears that Voces de la Frontera has been endorsing political candidates under the brand name “Voces Action”.

The article appears to be very carefully worded. That may be for legal reasons.
It's a "just the facts," Joe Friday special.

It wasn't until I had the opportunity to do some web searches that possibly revealing and pertinent results jumped
to the top of the google page.

1.) As many people are probably aware, Voces de la Frontera has long been a non-profit/community social service agency/immigrant-rights advocate, and
all-around source of aid and inspiration for the predominantly Latino population on Milwaukee's south side. In fact, they have been a voice for many other
under-represented, predominantly low-income groups.

2.) The "Voces Action" referred to in the opening words of the article may be related to this organization:


location in Highland Village, TX. Active officers include Edna McDaniel, Adryana Boyne and Daryl Boyne. Voces Action filed as a Domestic
Nonprofit Corporation on Monday, June 29, 2009 in the state of Texas and is currently active. Daryl Boyne serves as the registered agent for this organization.

Assuming that "Edna" and "Daryl" were not likely to be Latino but "Adryana" (the Barbye-spelling notwithstanding) could be, I found this page:


Getting the conservative word out to Hispanics is an effort that Highland Village resident Adryana Boyne has made her passion. At the
recent Denton County Republican Party meeting, held in the communications room at Lewisville Medical Center, Ms. Boyne was the featured speaker. As the
recent organizer of VOCES (Voices Offering Conservative Empowering Solutions), Ms. Boyne is on a mission to educate Hispanics through Spanish and English
television, radio and other media on conservative viewpoints.

Daryl and the oddly sinister-looking "Adryana" list as "activities and interests" on their Facebook page, among other names


the following:

Texas Alliance for Life, donttearmedown, Sean Hannity, Roger Williams, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Dianne Costa for US Congress, Solid Rock
Leadership, Van Taylor, Write for the Right, John Cornyn, Texas GOP Vote

Sooooo..... cutting to the chase, these self-appointed spokesperson(s?) for the "conservative word" have commenced a legal initiative that includes
this "cease and desist" order. Copied and pasted from the Spanish Journal article:

1) Voces {the Highland, TX group} requires that VLDF{our local Voces group} cease promoting or marketing any audio-visual, multimedia, print or electronic or digital promotional materials that bear the phrase(s): “VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”;

2) VLDF needs to cease printing, duplicating, and/or circulating any marketing materials that include the phrase(s): “VOICES” and “ACTION” in any combination, “VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”;;” and that VLDF destroy any inventories of such materials that include either, “VOICES” and/or “ACTION,” “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”, (this includes removing any reference to the phrase(s) described above from any Internet website or webpage, Facebook page, Facebook events, etc. );

3) VLDF also needs to cancel any web, audiovisual, and/or print advertisements or distributions that include the phrase(s): “VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION;”

4) That VLDF agrees in a written reply to refrain from any use of the phrases: “”VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”;” or any colorable variation of that mark as a trademark in the future.”

....Could it all have anything to do with the fact that our local Voces has joined with the NAACP in challenging Herr Walker's restricitive, voter-suppression Photo ID diktat?


The Voces/NAACP lawsuit follows the same roadmap that Missouri voters used to successfully overturn the Missouri photo ID law in 2006, when the Missouri Supreme Court invalidated photo ID under the State of Missouri Constitution’s right to vote.

"The photo ID requirement is a repressive law aimed at deterring Latino voters from coming to the polls," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces. "The Wisconsin Constitution guarantees all citizens and Wisconsin residents the right to vote and we intend to ardently protect that right.”

Started from behind then sharted out front

Boy that's sophomoric, but I think Iowans just got
tired of all the political ads for Romney and Perry;
all the negative images and gloomy fear-mongering,
the posturing and the broadcast Total War BS blitzkrieg.

I'm not sure but I think I heard today that for every vote
cast, in the whole state, the campaign spending per voter
was something like 200 to 1. Two hundred bucks spent
(give or take?) to influence each and everyone who cast
a vote.

(Bet the write-in / just-gave-up-in-the-booth --- couldn't
hold their noses long enough to actually vote list, produced
some interesting names. That we'll never get to see.)

Standing up to them doesn't mean you deny their humanity.

It's just a fact. Human beings are limited. We don't know what we don't know... about the other person.

I don't go out of my way to "socialize" with R's, and I boycott and actively work to stop "Movement Conservatives"
and their agenda. But I don't want to cut off all normal associations with people I meet, just because they
happen to have bought in to the lies of the CONservative PR blitzkrieg.

That "threat" can not be construed as ever having originated from people I run in to in my daily life.

That's the important distinction I'm trying to make. The "organized money" folks who are the real originators
of the R agenda are terrified that they won't be able to keep us all divided, forever.

Edit add:

The other thing is, I hope DU never devolves into a Bizarro World mirror of Freeperville. Where all dissent,
thought, exchange of ideas, and "silent whistle" call to arms ringing a Pavlovian bell replaces authentic dialogue.

(In case you haven't guessed, I'm not yet sold on DU3. The independent voices that used to grace the right
side of the home page have been whited out. Why?)

Hey, News Flash, he's an old white man from Texas.

Somebody dug up some slimy "investment" newsletters/mailers/whatever from
over twenty years ago....

Did I mention R. Paul's an elderly, caucasian gentleman from the Deep South?

That's not what makes him interesting.

What makes R.P. interesting is that he is THE anti-war candidate. That's what
Cenk Uygar said on the Young Turks, anyway, last week. He said it in the
context of the question, "which of the Republican candidates .... if you had to
vote for one of them... a gun at your head...." something like that. Cenk said,
"Ron Paul," and didn't blink or blush. The rest of the Klown car cavalcade of R.
pretenders are total frauds. R.P., at least on that one subject, is consistent,
accurate and pretty honest.

The banks, the 1 percent? The bloated military is the other half of that. (Tanks,
airplanes, submarines? Those are the only things we're still the undisputed best
at manufacturing, compared to the rest of the planet. Which we out-spend in
total military budget, every year.)

...But for the writer of this NY Mag piece to claim, "nobody is attacking him,"
is bogus and disingenuous.

R. Paul's been thoroughly, professionally slimed ever since he became -- however flawed
he might be, in so many other ways -- the "Peace" candidate.

The really arrogant, really greasy and hideous big money guys sponsoring the R's
are just terrified that R. Paul is going to become this election cycle's
uncontrollable loose cannon. What that other, skinny, old, wrinkled guy from
Texas was, back in '92 and '96, when Bill Clinton won both elections.

This what the NYMAG piece is all about:

"You don't need to see his identification." (Doesn't ID as anti-war candidate.)

"These aren't the droids you're looking for." (No, R. Paul's *not* a 'social liberal.')

*Everybody* in Eastern Europe smoked

It's one of the social differences between those folks and what most Americans understand as "normal."
Along with being much more "we" - identified than "me" - identified. (When one person does something, it's
much more likely for it to become a group thing, over there. Shared by everybody all at once.) Also,
the polution levels were really, really bad, in a lot of places. From cars, from smokestack industries -- it
was so noxious, puffing a cigarette gave your lungs a break from the acid mists washing through the air.

Not exactly.

It's not because "they're Republicans," it's because they're shameless, posturing, two-faced political whores.

Their ability as "administrators" and to "get things done" conveniently overlooks that their success or
failure as candidates and politicians rests on their ability to satisfy the demands of their uber-wealthy
sponsors, while maintaining the charade (a total fiction), that they're 'really looking out for the middle
class,' and represent traditional 'middle class values' and 'common sense.'

You only have to look at the economic history of the last 3 decades. The interests of the middle class
have been sold out and sacrificed at every turn, and the real patrons, backers and behind-the-scenes
string-pullers have been rewarded beyond the wildest dreams of avarice.

In fact, the Republican Party is splitting. There is at present a Civil War. It's being played out in the
media between Fox News, the pro-Newt faction, which no longer sees any need to maintain the fiction
that anything but Raw, Pure, Right-Wing ideological Outrage is needed to run a campaign, and the National
Review crew, which lacks the sheer bile, vitriol and spleen Tea Party activists thrive on, but would be
quite happy with a Romney candidacy. Based on his "ability as an administrator."

That Romney made his money by buying companies and firing workers and slashing costs -- regardless
of the effect on the actual, long-term financial health of the company that was purchased (or the best
interests of the local economy, and the 'middle class') -- is NEVER discussed.

But by virtue of the incredibly large sums of money invested in the PR for these candidates, the notion
that they have "nuts and bolts" financial acumen of some sort, is still maintained. It's always assumed,
like the dogma of the religious belief that it's become....

It's a joke.


The only dollars and cents, or balance sheets that matter, are those invested by the very wealthiest
backers of each candidate.

Propaganda.... "on both sides." That's one of the key elements of the self-sustaining frame.

There are certainly hardened, hard-line, implacable types on both sides of the ideological divide.

But I think it's a mistake to characterize it as propaganda being "spewed" from both sides.

We 'vent' (often under conditions of explosively high pressure) in response to the deliberate,
manufactured distortions that dominate 'their' media.

But it's not really head-to-head, locked-horns, direct debate:

That would look like this:

--------------> <----------------

What's going on looks more like a perpetual motion machine, with the curves looping
around a circle.

It's hardly ever Problem > Solution vs. Alternate Problem > Solution. The debates
that exist are more childish than that, revolving around Identity Politics. "I'm
Rubber and You're Glue..."

But -- that there is a Right Wing Noise Machine / Echo Chamber goes without saying.

Faux News + Hate Radio AM + the 'official' news channels and PR outlets. Think
of an upside down pyramid, or a funnel. Gatekeepers at the top control the news
flow. With fewer and fewer (but always bigger and bigger) news companies running
the show, it's easier & easier to keep conservatives on all the Sunday AM chat shows.
It's easier to screen out comparably liberal spokespeople -- unless they're set up as straw

Leading the parade is that whole cavalcade of clown car presidential candidates,
on the Republican side. Their debates are squarely aimed at the Freeperville /
Looney Tune right wing hard-line True Believers. That echo chamber resonates
with boos, hostility and rage, with the slightest provocation. It's not representative
of the American voting public, as a whole, but successes and failures are gauged by
their 'reactions,' in the Republican debates.

Goebbels and the Cold War Stalinist propagandists would be jealous with admiration.

if they could see the extent to which those folks have been programmed to respond,
to all the talking points, and Pavlovian bells and whistles.

But the reason for optimism is that it really is a weapon of Mass Deception.
"Psy. Ops." military grade psychological warfare. Plus a lot of persuasion through
straight brand marketing, fear and intimidation.

Miles wide but skin deep.

Under the surface, the physiological response mechanisms for pain and stimuli
are intact, even when they're being bombarded with fake stimuli.

Their nightmare is that we -- Americans, all of us -- will wake up to the extent to
which the mutual assured destruction, the demonization of both sides by the other,
is intentional. A tactic to divide and conquer and maintain rule.

So the few, at the top of the pyramid, can stay there.

On Thom Hartmann yesterday, I heard the 2 words, "claw back," w/ref to bank accounts.

It was in passing, I was at work. Googled it today and this is what I found:


"...you could lose everything in your bank and investment accounts -- every single dime.
Recently Bank of America transferred a bunch of derivatives into their banking arm. "A bunch" means
somewhere around $80 trillion worth... ....part of the bankruptcy "reform" law in 2005 placed
derivative claims in front of depositors in a business failure - including a bank failure.

What JP Morgan is claiming in the MF Global case is that the derivative trade (which is exactly what
a "Repo to Maturity" trade is - it's a derivative) is entitled to preference in the case of MF Global over
those who had cash there for safekeeping either as a margin deposit or just as free cash as you would
hold free cash in a bank.

If a major bank blows up this very same claim, supported in existing Bankruptcy Law with the
changes signed by George Bush in 2005, will be used to steal the entirety of your bank account,
and if you detect the impending blowup shortly before it happens -- say, 90 days before -- you're
still exposed to the risk through clawback!

Don't run any crap about FDIC insurance in this sort of event either -- in the singular case of Bank of
America we're talking about $77 trillion in face value of derivatives. While "notional" values are wildly
beyond what anyone would have to pay (as that figure assumes the reference all goes to a literal value
of zero) the fact remains that with even a 5% loss the amount of money required would be roughly
equal to the entire US Federal Budget, which the FDIC clearly does not have -- nor could it acquire.

I mean, WTF, the chips in the casino -- there are so many of them, it's like trying to calculate mass, or
the number of particles in a quantum physics problem -- outweigh actual, folding cash money, all the
sweat-from-brow-earned, deposits in Joe Lunch Buckets checking account.

Digital, bogus "bucket shop" investment instruments are "more real" than what everyone thinks of as
our (analog?) monetary system?

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