Monday, April 13, 2009

Tweedledum Tweedledee Dumo-cans Republi-crats


American Crisis

[Click on the screen shot to link to the American Crisis essay website.]

Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.

Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but "show your faith by your works," that God may bless you.

It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike.

The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy.

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light.

-- from Tom Paine, The American Crisis--

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Disorder in the American Courts, "funny" yet NOT really funny...

Subject: FW: The Courts - Truth is Funnier than Fiction (kinda, not truly...)

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are
things people...

(ed. note: Are attorneys still people? Or were their brains extracted went they were required to join the Bar, see the last item...)

...actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now

published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while
these exchanges were actually taking place.

[THANK GOD for Court Reporters, whose mere presence usually instills increased integrity by the BAR-bar-ians of the Bar in the Court Room (BAR=JUDGES, bar=bar member attorneys) However, in a case CURRENTLY BEFORE THE VIRGINIA COURTS, one "barbarian", Democrat prosecutor Paul T., a married man, was instilled with the opposite of Integrity by the mere presence of a Court Reporter, slept with her, she then altered Court Transcripts, and later the female Court Reporter attempted Suicide.]

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he
doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's twenty, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the circus was in town, I'm going with male.

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition
notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

And the best for last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began
the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing

Explanation of the Hammer, Bell, Song to Sing items below...

The "hammer" has been given by Virginia Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine to the Rock the Boat! Roll out YOUR VOTE! Revive this Republic by Revolution by Kaine's refusal to obey or honor a U. S. supreme Court case of Atkins v. Virginia where the Mentally Retarded are NOT to be executed, so cravenly Kaine killed Eddie Bell on 19 February a.d. 2009.

And that politically motivated, cravenly cowardly act came after Kaine received from this investigative reporter (author and activist) copies of Winchester Police Notes that reveal that the Democrat prosecutor who "convicted" Bell, was reported by a trusted informant: "Paul Thomson is skimming money from drug dealers."

Democrat Kaine (or his lawyers) met with Democrat Thomson on 18 February, and decided to kill Eddie Bell to cover-up the corruption of Democrat Thomson in this case and at LEAST one other. Reading a blog entry of Thomson gloating about his meeting with Democrat Kaine, this author authored an Emergency Motion for Stay of Execution.

The far less than supreme Court justices created a legal fiction to define a Citizen as a "Legal stranger" (because a Citizen does not have a Bar card to play in their 'supreme Court' playground?) as an excuse to claim no standing, thereby Dismiss the Motion to Stay, and IGNORE the Evidence that was presented in a companion document "Petition for Writ of Error Coram Vobis", documents that NO LAWYER would present to the Courts in Bell's defense, that the Public Prosecutor, Democrat Paul Thomson is "Guilty" of GROSS Prosecutorial Misconduct.

But the issue of in-Justice in Virginia Courts is just one of many issues for the Virginia Voter Revolution... Please stay tuned and post your comments of what YOU vote for as key issues!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hammer, Bell, Song
lyrics revised by J.R. "States" Manship
for Virginia Voter Revolution, a.d. 2009

If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening ...
all over this land,
I'd hammer FOR JUSTICE
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer for JUSTICE FOR all
OUR brothers and OUR sisters
All over OUR land.

We ONCE had a BELL
Who’d ring out the morning
Who’d ring in the evening ...
All over this land,
BELL was framed as a danger
Killed BELL as a warning to all
of OUR brothers and OUR sisters
All over OUR land.

May we have a song?
To sing in the morning?
To sing in the evening? ...
in all of our Courts?
To sing as a warning?
for OUR brothers and OUR sisters?
All over OUR land?

OUR VOTE is THE hammer!
Tho’ we’ve lost a BELL...
SO we’ve got to sing out a song ...
Stop Kaine killing a BELL and Freedom!
Sing OUR song about EQUAL JUSTICE
for ALL OUR brothers and OUR sisters
All over OUR land.

-- Words revised by J R “States” Manship

Friday, April 10, 2009

VA-Gov: New Poll, And First-Quarter Fundraising Numbers / Daily Kos

VA-Gov: New Poll, And First-Quarter Fundraising Numbers

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Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 08:08:02 AM PDT

Good news and bad news all around. First the poll, which is good news for the campaign of state Delegate Brian Moran:

Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 4/6-8. Registered voters. MoE 4%. (No trend lines)

Democratic Primary

Brian Moran (D) 24
Terry McAuliffe (D) 19
Creigh Deeds (D) 16

That's the best performance Moran has seen in any public poll - the best any of the candidates has done in a public poll.

There isn't a lot of daylight between the candidates, either in raw numbers or favorability, and nearly 40% of Democratic primary voters are undecided. So this is still anyone's game.

The favorability numbers show Moran with slight positive favorability - 36/33. McAuliffe's numbers are inferior, but not by a whole lot, at 35/36. Meanwhile, Creigh Deeds enjoys the best numbers (ever so slightly) at 34/30.

Among Democrats, all the boys in blue are in pretty good shape, meaning they're all pretty viable in the primary. Again, Deeds' are the best by a slim margin, at 55/12. Moran is next, at 56/15, while McAuliffe again trails by a slight margin at 55/17.

Moran has the best head-to-head numbers at this point against GOP candidate Bob McDonnell, although he is trailing:

Bob McDonnell (R) 37
Brian Moran (D) 36

Bob McDonnell (R) 40
Terry McAuliffe (D) 33

Bob McDonnell (R) 38
Creigh Deeds (D) 31

McDonnell's favorables are the best of all candidates in this poll, at 48/31. He's going to be very, very difficult to defeat.

While the polling numbers are very close, this poll should be considered good news for Brian Moran. He has plenty of institutional support (with the most endorsements of any candidate), and his base in Northern Virginia is critical in a Democratic primary where the lion's share of the vote comes from NoVA.

So what's the good news for Deeds and McAuliffe, and their supporters?

The area of concern for the Moran campaign is in the number of undecideds - 40%. Because while Moran leads at the moment, the fundraising numbers for the first quarter indicate that both of the other Democrats will have greater resources to pursue undecideds...even Deeds, who was unable to fundraise for half of Q1 as he was serving in the Virginia Senate.

Terry McAuliffe: $4.2 million raised, $2.5 million cash on hand
Creigh Deeds: $600,000 raised, $1.2 million cash on hand
Brian Moran: $800,000 raised, $825,000 cash on hand

Moran left the House of Delegates early, in part, so that he could get a head start raising money this quarter. Nevertheless, Deeds (who had only 44 days to raise money) maintains a cash-on-hand advantage, and his raw numbers aren't half bad for half a quarter's work.

So Deeds fans can take comfort in the fundraising numbers, and the knowledge that he can devote himself full-time to campaigning this spring.

McAuliffe's numbers are also worrisome for Moran; he was expected to raise plenty of money, but he raised $760,000 from within Virginia, outraising Moran (and Deeds) in-state.

Moran's spending money almost as fast as it comes in, too. He finished last quarter with $769,000 on hand; he now has $825,000. That's not a great burn rate. McAuliffe spent a good bit of money himself in the first quarter - $1.7 million - but he can probably afford to spend twice that over the next two months if he wants to.

So McAuliffe fans should also feel pretty optimistic.

With so many undecided voters, this primary may well come down to who has the most resources with them in the closing two months. Moran's leading now, but there's a long time between now and June 9. It's still anyone's game.

On the web:
Creigh Deeds for Governor
Terry McAuliffe for Governor
Brian Moran for Governor

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

the hammer of Justice, ...the "BELL" of Freedom,

It's the hammer of Justice,
it's the bell of Freedom,
it's the song about Love
between my brothers and my sisters,
all over this land.

If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)
Words and music by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger
Performed by many, including Peter, Paul, and Mary

If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening, all over this land
I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning,
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
all over this land.

If I had a bell, I'd ring it in the morning,
I'd ring it in the evening, all over this land
I'd ring out danger, I'd ring out a warning
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters,
all over this land.

If I had a song, I'd sing it in the morning,
I'd sing it in the evening, all over this land
I'd sing out danger, I'd sing out a warning
I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters,
all over this land.

Well I got a hammer, and I got a bell,
and I got a song to sing, all over this land.
It's the hammer of Justice, it's the bell of Freedom,
it's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
all over this land.

It's the hammer of Justice, it's the bell of Freedom,
it's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
all over this land.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Psycho-strategy of Obama money men...

The behavioral science behind Barack Obama’s fundraising strategy

April 6, 2009 by nudgeblog

During the 2008 presidential campaign, you may remember a unique fundraising strategy by the Barack Obama campaign. About a week or so before the end of each quarter, just before fundraising totals were to be reported to the Federal Election Committee, the campaign would unveil the following offer: A donation of any size, given before the end of the quarter, would enter the donor in a contest from which five people would win the opportunity to sit down for an intimate dinner with the candidate himself.

It just so happens that this strategy comes straight out of the lessons in Nudge. One common bias among humans is the tendency to overestimate tiny probabilities. This bias explains why lottery tickets are so popular. People think the odds of winning are slim - but they don’t think they are as slim as they actually are! By tying fundraising to a common bias, the Obama campaign was able to create a terrific nudge. It helps, of course, to have a candidate whom lots of people want to have dinner with. Still, don’t be surprised if this becomes a staple of fundraising strategies for all candidates in the future.

That’s just one of the tidbits recently unveiled in a terrific Time Magazine piece about a “behavioral dream team” that advised the campaign, including Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Some of the other ideas will be familiar to Nudge blog readers like automatic 401(k) enrollment, incremental tax rebates instead of a single lump sum, and prompting people to take action by telling them that lots of other people are already doing so.

Other tidbits of interest to readers:

Obama has a community organizer’s appreciation for human motivation, and his rhetoric often sounds as if it’s straight out of a behavioral textbook. He has also read Nudge, which inspired him to pick his friend Sunstein — best known as a constitutional scholar — to run the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the obscure but influential corner of the Office of Management and Budget where federal regulations are reviewed and rewritten. “Cass is one of the people in the Administration he knows best,” says Thaler, the founder of behavioral economics and co-author of Nudge. “He knew what he was doing when he gave Cass that job.”

We’ve written about the influence of social norms and cues on voting. The most consistent result from literature about how to increase voter turnout rates is that personal contact makes the biggest impact; far more than direct mail, email and texting, and phone calls. Personal contact is expensive, but Obama had an army of volunteers that lowered its cost dramatically. Personal contact isn’t the only get-out-the-vote strategy, though.

In a 2005 study, Alan Gerber of Yale got Michigan voters to increase their turnout an amazing 8.6% with a single peer-pressure mailer that listed the previous voting records of their neighbors and noted that a follow-up would be sent indicating who voted this time. (The Obama campaign actually priced out a similar mailer but decided not to risk a backlash.)