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Ron Paul backers ‘hijack’ delegates

Posted by wordforit on April 7, 2008

Andy Barnett

WorldNetDaily

BLAINE, Minn. – Ron Paul supporters shook things up in at least three of Minnesota’s congressional district conventions yesterday when they captured nearly all of the national delegates and alternates for the Republican National Convention this fall.

There was controversy at Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District Convention. The district covers part of the Twin Cities metro area and extends to the west and into nearby St. Cloud, Minn. Paul supporters were accused of dirty tricks. 

“They hijacked the convention,” said Jeff Johnson who serves as Minnesota’s Senate District 15 co-chairman. 

Two out of three national delegates elected were Ron Paul supporters and all three of the alternates supported Paul. After the election results were announced at the convention, they were immediately disputed when it was discovered that the candidates had agreed to support John McCain in pre-screening questions.  

“I had people coming up to me saying that they wanted to ensure that Ron Paul has a chance to speak at the convention,” said   Andy Aplikowsky, the vice chairman of the 6th District in Anoka County, “These people hid what their intentions were and that’s deceptive.” 

Prior to the voting, candidates running to be national delegates were screened by a nominating committee and asked two questions.

“We asked them if they were Republican and then asked if they would support John McCain at the national convention” said Aplikowsky. “They had the option to answer yes, no, or maybe.” 

The answers to these questions were then presented to the body of congressional delegates to take into consideration in the voting process. When it was discovered the elected national delegates were Paul supporters despite saying they would support McCain, the convention erupted in debate.

A motion was made to ensure the delegates supported McCain at the national convention.

“I moved that we bind the national delegates and alternates to what they told the nominating committee which is what was reported to the voters,” said Aplikowsky.

A heated debate lasting more than an hour followed the motion. Eventually, the motion passed by a slim margin, but not without harsh words and harsh exchanges.

The feeling among many of the congressional delegates who voted was that the Paul supporters had been dishonest. Ron Baert, one of the elected national delegates and a Ron Paul supporter disagreed.

“I don’t recall the exact wording of the question (about McCain), and so I wanted to clarify it,” he said. “So I said that the endorsement hasn’t even taken place yet, but that if McCain were endorsed I would support him, however I did not say I would vote to endorse him at the national convention.”

Could the wording of the pre-screening questions have been confusing? Aplikowsky who helped in the process didn’t think that was likely.

“There were 98 people who went through the questions and it was explained very thoroughly at the time the nominations report was given to the voters,” he said.

The 98 candidate names, and their answers to the pre-screening questions were displayed on an overhead projector as well as on a handout available to voters.

Some Paul supporters wanted to know why the pre-screening questions were asked in the first place, and Baert said he and other Paul backers felt intimidated. So what was the purpose of the questions?

“The intention was to identify people and who they were going to support,” said Aplikowski. “It wasn’t to keep out Ron Paul supporters but to present that information to the body of delegates to vote on, which is one of the purposes of the nominating committee.”

The RNC was contacted by phone while the debate was going on, and, according to party rules, the national delegates must endorse John McCain or their votes won’t count. That left some angry.

“If they intended to bind candidates to vote for the presumptive nominee (John McCain), they should’ve announced this at the beginning,” said Paul supporter Jim Sutton. “This convention has never bound delegates to a candidate before. It was a torpedo job against us!”

The Ron Paul Revolution also struck Minnesota’s 4th and 5th districts where Paul supporters swept the votes for national delegates and alternates. Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey said that the delegates’ decision to not unite behind McCain only hurts the Republican party.

Paul has remained in the presidential race despite the fact McCain has now earned enough delegates to become the Republican nominee for president.

Andy Barnett is a former radio talk-show host and freelance contributor to WND.

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Freedom is not Free/Images

Posted by wordforit on March 5, 2008

h/t Freedom is not Free « MK’s Views – Down under on the right side

Freedom is not Free

Please read this, it costs you nothing to do so, because someone paid the ultimate sacrifice. Don’t just tune out or roll your eyes. Enjoy your freedom, but know why you are able to do so.

Warning – Some Graphic Images.

You will truly be touched by this amazing tribute to our nations military and men and women serving as contractors!

You stay up for 16 hours.
He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn’t get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.

You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t.
He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.

If you support your troops, pass this on.

If you don’t support those supporting us, then don’t re-post. You won’t die in 7 days, your love life won’t be affected, and you won’t have the worst day ever. You don’t have to repost. It’s not like you know these men and women are dying to preserve your rights.

Sourced with thanks from Freedom is not Free & The Freedom Fighter’s Journal.

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Dear Obama Groupies

Posted by wordforit on February 17, 2008

American Thinker 

by Ian Rock

Looks like you are one of 300,000 or so “Barack Obama” supporters on TheFacebook.com. First, congratulations and thank you all for logging on to the debate. It’s great to see so much participation.

Now, let me share something that scares me about you. I have been listening to many of your reasons for supporting Obama. I have watched a good number of interviews on CNN, MSNBC and YouTube to better understand why you think Obama will be great president in 2008, and I keep hearing things like:

“It’s just the way he lights up a room”

“We haven’t seen a candidate this charismatic since JFK.”

“It’s just hard to be objective with this guy”

Obama fans seem to give you the same general answer. Mostly, it has something to do with this charisma. If you want a good example check out a recent interview George Clooney gave explaining his reason; you get the same JFK personality “thing.”

To me, it’s like you are all voting for Obama because of some unexplainable aura he exudes. Everyone is swooning over this almost mysterious attraction he exudes. “Electric” is another word I have been hearing. Call it what you will; let’s just call it his innate charisma.

I understand that some of you are voting for Obama for reasons other than his charisma. But, as I watch the size of your group swell before my very eyes (literally every refresh shows another five to ten more supporters) I am becoming more alarmed by your thought processes, and less convinced that you know what an Obama presidency will actually look like.

History shows that it was exactly this kind of thinking which allowed charismatic leaders like Adolf Hitler to take power. Extreme? For sure. But, it is a relevant comparison when looking at large groups of people being swayed to act for all the wrong reasons.

I’ll name another likeable persona. George W. Bush (Did you ever see Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary Journeys with George?) It was Dub’s personality — not his ideas — that beat John Kerry. Remember that image of him quarterbacking the football on the White House lawn. For many, it was this image of being “tough” and ” in command” that made a choice a little easier. Many of you may not feel that was a good choice.

When an NBC reporter admitted to Brian Williams that it was hard for him “to stay objective when covering this guy” many others began to wonder about this mysterious Obama magic. This comment was alarming coming from a journalist who we assume is schooled in objectivity! Someone who gets paid to be our watchdog and cut through the b.s.

If Obama is having this effect on our media how do we, as a responsible public, stand a chance in being objective ourselves? Who is going to ask the hard questions? Further, how can democracy survive without objective thinking?

Sadly, (for Obama) it all comes down to the race. As much as Obama would like to believe that race is no longer an issue for us voters, it absolutely is an issue, and may even be the source of his charismatic power. Let’s play a pretend to see how it works. Pretend that Barack Obama is white. Imagine a white, mostly inexperienced junior senator from Illinois with the exact same ideas and speeches.

Does it have the same effect? Imagine a lanky white candidate with the exact same rhetoric and the exact same calls for “change.” Is the image as powerful? Does he seem as attractive to you? Are you even listening?

Barack Obama is able to compensate for his lack of experience by being black. And to me this is a shame, because I think there were a handful of highly qualified Democrats with betters ideas and a whole lot more experience who were out-dazzled by Obama’s race.

What I really want is to ask you for a favor. There are a lot of Obama groupies who I know cannot fully explain or articulate their attraction to Obama in terms of real or even imagined policies. If this sounds like your or someone you love, please ask why you are drawn to this man. If your answer has to do with charisma, then I would like you to explain to how exactly charisma can solve things like a slowing economy or the threat of a nuclear attack on a major American city.

Through this process, you might even see that Obama shies away from explicitly stating how he intends to achieve universal healthcare or ending the war.

So to you 300,000 or so Obama groupies: when I ask why you are voting Obama, don’t sound like George Clooney and say something silly like, “He reminds of JFK,” or, “He just lights up the room a certain way.”

To his credit, Obama has gotten young people back in politics. That is awesome. But the record throughout history of people who have won power through great charisma is not encouraging.

Put your feelings aside and think it over.

Ian Rock recently graduated from college.

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