12 BIG REASONS TO NOT VOTE FOR LIBERTARIAN GARY JOHNSON!

Sept. 29, 2016  By Jack Jodell. The article below appeared in AlterNet Headlines a few says back and is a very telling piece written by their Washington editor Adele M. Stein.

GARY JOHNSON RSeveral posts back I ran a post called “DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY!” explaining how voting for Libertaruan Party candidate Gary Johnson would be a horrible mistake and would very possibly enable that terrible fraud Donald Trump to actually steal the presidency. Here are 12 more big and related reasons why we voters must reject this Libertarian farce Johnson!

“A recent NBC News/Quinnipiac poll reveals that more than a quarter of young voters—many who had supported the presidential bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders—plan to cast their presidential ballots for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Democrats are increasingly nervous that Johnson’s candidacy could pull more voters from Hillary Clinton than from her Republican rival, Donald Trump, especially in key states like Colorado and Wisconsin. While Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein draws mostly progressive voters, Johnson’s support hails from the breadth of the political spectrum, making it more difficult to suss out. However, because he is on the ballot in all 50 states (Stein is not), most pollsters consider his campaign to be a greater threat to Clinton’s chances in some swing states. And because the U.S. uses the electoral college system to determine the outcome of presidential elections, that could matter on November 8, no matter Clinton’s overall support among the general population.

Johnson’s former adviser, Roger Stone, is now advising the Trump campaign, and has talked in the past of how to use a third-party candidate to split an opponent’s vote.

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has emphasized his support for marijuana legalization and touts an anti-war stance in an attempt to lure progressives to his cause. But progressives are likely less aware of his links to the radical right and the Koch brothers, as well as his billionaire-coddling tax policies. AlterNet found that the largest corporate donor to his campaign is a California polluter, and that the pro-Johnson political action committee, Purple PAC, is primarily financed by a member of the radical right involved with efforts to privatize public education.

Here we examine a few of Johnson’s alarming stances and ties.

1. Opposes federal guarantees for student loans. In June, Johnson told Julia Glum of the International Business Times that the reason college tuition is so high is that federal government-guaranteed loans eliminate competition for students. At the crux of Johnson’s argument is that if you don’t have the money up front to attend college, you shouldn’t have the opportunity to attend college.

2. Opposes virtually all forms of gun control. Even more trigger-happy than most of the Republicans in Congress—who wouldn’t even pass loophole-closing gun legislation in the wake of the Orlando and Sandy Hook mass shootings—Johnson has bought into the National Rifle Association’s “good-guy-with-a-gun” trope, which argues that levels of gun violence would decrease if everybody had a gun.

3. Opposes the minimum wage. “I do not support the federal minimum wage,” Johnson told CNN in June. In July, he told the Washington Examiner, if given the chance, “I would sign legislation to abolish it. I don’t think it should be established and I, having been in business, having employed a thousand people myself, the minimum wage was never an issue.” But if you think he’s all for a state-level minimum wage, consider this: In 1999, during his first term as New Mexico governor, Johnson vetoed a bill that would have raised his state’s minimum wage from $4.25 an hour to $5.65.

4. Opposes equal-pay laws. According to the website ISideWith.com, Johnson answered the following when asked whether he supports requiring employers to pay men and women the same for performing the same job: “No, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary.”

5. Opposes collective bargaining for public employees. When it comes to his stance toward labor unions, Johnson is on par with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Like the Koch-linked Walker, Johnson opposes allowing public employees to collectively bargain. In May 1999, Johnson vetoed a bill that would have renewed the contracts of the state’s public employees, as well as one that would have renewed the state’s collective bargaining law that covered state employees.

6. Proposes cuts to Social Security and removing Medicare and Medicaid from federal control. Johnson says he believes in “devolving” Medicare and Medicaid programs to the states, and raising the retirement age for collecting Social Security. Given his druthers, Johnson would also means-test eligibility for Social Security.

7. Supports private prisons. Johnson touts the discredited notion that private prisons are more cost-effective than public facilities while adhering to state and federal standards. When Johnson came into office in New Mexico, the state was housing some 700 prisoners outside its borders because the Department of Justice had found New Mexico’s facilities to be inadequate for the number of prisoners held by the state. Johnson brought in private contractors to build two new prisons. But in April 1999, one of the prisons run by Wackenhut Corrections Corporation erupted into violence when prison administrators refused to provide Native American prisoners the firewood needed to practice their spiritual traditions, as mandated by law. That same month, Johnson vetoed a bill that would have provided enhanced oversight of New Mexico’s privately run prisons.

8. Gave a sole-bidder contract to Koch Industries. In 1998, Gov. Johnson announced that Koch Materials, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, was contracted by the state for a $323 million highway project that involved the widening of N.M. Highway 44 to four lanes. A loophole in the controversial $62 million (on top of the construction costs) warranty provision of the contract, as well as the relegation of payment to federal highway funds (after Johnson vetoed the use of a gas tax for such projects) ultimately cost the taxpayers of New Mexico some $20 million a year in federal highway funds over the course of the next five gubernatorial administrations. After winning the contract, Koch Industries donated the maximum allowable $5,000 to Johnson’s re-election campaign.

9. May have Koch backing for 2016 effort. The Daily Caller, a right-wing website, breathlessly reported in May an anonymous Johnson campaign staffer’s assertion that David Koch had pledged “tens of millions of dollars” to bankroll Johnson’s 2016 campaign. (David Koch was the Libertarian Party’s 1980 vice-presidential nominee.) According to reporter Drew Johnson, “[a] Koch spokesman declined to comment on record.” But after his article was published at the Daily Caller, Drew Johnson wrote, the unnamed spokesman said Koch had not pledged his support to any presidential candidate. So, who knows? You don’t have to pledge your support in order to pass money to a PAC.

10. Uses dirty tricksters. In his 2012 presidential campaign on the Libertarian Party ticket, the Johnson campaign employed several unsavory operatives, as documented by independent reporter Mark Ames. They included Maureen Otis, a right-wing vote-caging specialist affiliated with the anti-immigrant Minutemen Civil Defense Force militia group; Jim Lacy, also involved with the Minutemen; and birther propagandist Floyd Brown, who also created the infamous racist Willie Horton ad that many credit with having won George H.W. Bush the presidency. Then there’s Roger Stone, now an adviser to the Trump campaign.

11. Accepted $1 million in PAC money from anti-education right-wing donor. Since September 8, an entity called Purple PAC has purchased $550,000 in airtime and online advertising on behalf of Johnson. Founded by former Cato Institute president Ed Crane, Purple PAC has few donors, and is primarily bankrolled by Jeffrey Yass, an options trader whose pet cause is the privatization of public education. In the 2016 election cycle, Yass, who has donated $1 million to Purple PAC, sits on the Cato board with David Koch. Yass is also known for his work with Students First PAC, a group formed by the right-wing Betsy DeVos, a member of the Koch network and the religious right. The PAC shared its name with the Students First initiative of Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools who is a star proponent of education privatization.

12. Top corporate contributor slapped with $1.5 million pollution fine. The top corporate contributor to the Johnson campaign (as opposed to PACs) is Morning Star Packing Company, an agribusiness tomato grower and processor of tomato products. Morning Star is also the top donor to AlternativePAC, which is behind a purported “matching service” between liberal and conservative voters inclined toward Johnson in order to falsely assure such voters they won’t be skewing the election toward either Clinton or Trump should they cast a vote for Johnson. In March, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in California slapped the company with a $1.5 million fine for illegally enlarging wastewater ponds, polluting groundwater with excess salts, nitrates and organic waste.”

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet’s senior Washington editor, and a weekly columnist for The American Prospect. Follow her on Twitter @addiestan.

SANDERSThis, my friends, proves – (ESPECIALLY for millennials and others who had originally backed Bernie Sanders, as I did) – that a vote for Gary Johnson would be a BAD idea! For Gary Johnson is opposed to almost all of what Bernie Sanders stands for, and Bernie himself would be the very first to encourage you to instead vote for Hillary Clinton! Bernie has already encouraged us to do so. Let us follow his advice and keep that lastardly Donald Trump from stealing this election!
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Obama Creation Myth

Sept. 26, 2016   By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Hello, readers, and happy last Monday pf the month. In today’s  offering, podcaster extraordinaire BIRR DEMING harkens back to his younger days and to a creationist preacher he once knew.

burr demingBurr states, “The famous creationist visited me many years ago. Today’s Trump supporters remind me of the man’s favorite argument.”

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Obama Creation Myth

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176 BIG REASONS TO NOT VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP!

Sept. 22, 2016  By Jack Jodell.

keith-oMy thanks to Gwen Barry, who sent me this brilliant video on Sept. 13, and to Keith Olbermann, who summed it all up perfectly as only he can do! Just click on the link below to hear 17 minutes of complete illumination, and a hearty “WELCOME BACK!” to Mr. Olbermann! He has proven to be as truthful, scornful, and sharp-witted as ever, carving up the preposterous windbag known as Donald Trump and that other lying, phony hy[pocrite Rudy Giuliani only a few days later. Keep it up, Keith – BRAVO!🙂


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This Trump character is not only the least quailfied individual ever to be nominated for the presidency, but he is also extremely dangerous. His steam-of-consciousness, shoot from the hip style may appeal to some, but his inability to grasp even the simplest of complicated details make him far too great a liability to engage in or even to direct sensitive foreign policy issues. His rashness and recklessness will certainly embroil us into a very costly, unnecessary, and bloody war which would cost not only thousands but tens of millions of lives! Trump’s narcissistic and bullying behavior  are NOT suited in the least to lead our country forward. He is also a horrible role model for our young, scaring the minorities of them into believing they will be sent back to Africa or Mexico should he become elected, and has shown white kids that it is ok to belittle or demean others who are black or Muslim. Lying, bullying, and bribing are tactics that may help some people get ahead in “bidness”, but they are just nowhere near the mark of what is needed to run an entire country!

Think about this, my fellow voters: we would hardly support a man who throws gasoline onto bonfires to be our town Fire Chief, would we? Then why would we EVER elect a man supported strongly by white supremacists like David Duke to be our President – ESPECIALLY in these times of racial tension caused by trigger-happy police who fire upon and murder minorities and ask questions later? Do YOU want angry racial riots to erupt in every city in the country? Of course not! We would hardly hire an inexperienced business owner to do a brake job on our car, would we? Absolutely NOT – we would want a good, experienced mechanic! So why in the world would we EVER hire a so-called businessman with no experience in diplomacy OR warfare to conduct our foreign affairs and run our military? And do you want our economic ship of state to be run by a billionaire who wants to give even more unneeded tax breaks to the undeserving wealthy? Or one who has declared bankruptcy  as often as he has,  forcing workers and contractors to accept mere pennies on the dollar instead of the full wages they so rightfully earned for the work they did? Certainly NOT!

This man Trump is a fraud and is not qualified to be even a small-town mayor, let alone Pressdent! And one more, final word of caution: voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is no solution – doing so may very well hand the election to Trump!
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Hillary Takes the Lewton Bus

Sept. 19, 2016 By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).      

HILLARY RHappy Monday, everybody!  Enemies of the Clinton family have long tried, with no success at all, to portray them as criminals or somehow operating outside of (or believing themselves to be above) the law. From countless false allegations about Bill (Vince Foster’s death, the Whutewater non-scandal, among others), to renewed ones involving Hillary (Benghazi, emails, and Donald Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” name-calling nonsense), these pathetic failed attempts at defamation are repeated over and over by fearful Republicans who are grabbing wildly and futilely at any straw they can to try and keep Hillary from winning the presidency.  

In today’s podcast, our master podcaster Burr Deming very accurately draws parallels with an old and overused Hollywood  device called the Lewton Bus  and these Republican attempts to destroy Hillary Clinton.  

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Burr says, “Lewton’s Bus, the technique of scaring the imaginative with hints of danger that turn out to be nothing, reminds me of the generation-long vendetta that so many dedicated enemies have waged against the Clinton family…We watch in horror as the scandal erupts and overtakes the candidate.

Then we remember. We saw this in a low budget 1942 horror film. Val Lewton knew how to scare us. But now we know how it all ends.”

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Transcript:
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A CHALLENGE TO ALL OF MY READERS!

Sept. 15, 2916  By Jack Jodell.

FSTV blueHello again, everyone. The third quarter fundraising drive for FREE SPEECH
TV is still going on, and I want to stress again just how vitally important this network is to us and why it is our duty as progressives to keep it on the air! As you can see from the staff photo below this paragraph, this fabulous independent media outlet is completely staffed by only a few very intelligent and dedicated individuals – many of whom are millennials or near-millennials. Whereas most corporate-owned media networks typically have at least this many employees working on just one of their shows and only assigned to one task, FREE SPEECH TV runs efficiently lean, with each of these persons wearing several different hats and doing a tremendous job at each task! Unlike the corporate media, NOBODY at FSTV draws a multimillion dollar salary, so you can be assured that your contribution will go directly to providing excellent programming, NOT to line some overpaid
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Long time visitors to this site know I am constantly promoting this fabulous network. I do so completely on a volunteer basis, for I AM NOT AN EMPLOYEE OF FREE SPEECH TV, NOR DO I RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION – NO SPIFS OR FAVORS OF ANY KIND FROM THEM WHATSOEVER. For the fact is that this network can’t afford to hand out money for promotions, as every cent it takes in is earmarked directly for bringing us the kind of fantastic shows we are accustomed to! They are simply a great national treasure we cannot afford to lose, and FSTV means a great deal to me. That is why I will continue to promote them for free!

FREE SPEECH TV can be seen on channel 9415 DISH Network, channel 348 on DIRECTV, channel 122 on Burlington Telecom, channel 96 on Ashland Home Net, and FSTV in the ROKU Channel store. Even if it is not available in your viewing area, you can still watch this great network on your computer by visiting their website at http://www.freespeech.org/. They stream live many of their shows, and archives of past shows are easily accessible.

Now why do I carry on this love affair with FREE SPEECH TV? Simple: FREE SPEECH TV brings me news and covers topics that the corporate-owned mainstream media either ignores altogether, underreports, or constantly FSTVMISreports! Rather than featuring corporate shills posing as industry “experts” from right-wing, billionaire-financed groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, or other similar organizations to give us corporate spin, FSTV presents REAL news and REAL facts and does so with brilliant investigative reporting that enlightens its viewers! PLUS, FSTV is commercial-free!   

I have learned so incredibly much from watching the shows on this network: how fracking damages our environment and contaminates our drinking NO TPPwater; the dangers that joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would pose to our wages and overall economic freedom and country’s sovereignty; how greedy and seedy billionaires like the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy by donating millions to political campaigns and setting up pro-corporate, anti-government and anti-labor groups like the American ALEC LogoLegislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to advise legislators and even write bills for them to submit to be NRXT SYSTEM PROJECTvoted into law; plus, thanks to The Next System Project, fabulously innovative NEW and alternative ways to get around the stifling, corrupt, and thoroughly rigged and unfair corporatist system which is strangling all but the very wealthy today, along with a whole lot MORE outstandingly useful and relevant information which can and will help us all eventually overcome the needless futility we are all facing in the pathetically inept system we are seemingly trapped in now.

FSConsider FREE SPEECH TV to be your alternative to TV networks owned and dominated by billionaires, corporations, and governments. Whereas corporate-owned media aims to constantly please and never offend its big business sponsors, WE are FSTV’s ONLY sponsors! They don’t bring us programming filtered through pharmaceutical companies, big banks, the fossil fuel industry, or the insurance companies – FSTV is beholden to NO ONE! This amazing and vibrant network is now more than 20 years old, is completely viewer-supported and receives NO funding whatsoever from commercial interests! That is why it can operate and grow by NEVER showing commercials and can report accurately without first having to defer to anyone’s approval. It is such pleasure to watch one of their awesome shows and not have them be interrupted every 7 or 8 minutes by a 3 or 4 minute string of annoying and intelligence-insulting advertisements! In fact, the only things which may interrupt their programming are an occasional public service announcement or a short informative and educational piece, and those are few and far between. WHAT A RELIEF! While you can go to their website and actually stream a number of their shows live, here for your convenience is a listing of what they offer each weekday:

bill-pTHE BILL PRESS DHOW – savvy and experienced commentator Bill Press brings us the latest political and economic news from his spot in Washington, D,C., usually with guest reporters, political figures, and/or authors he interviews. This is an excellent way to start your viewing day!

AMYlDEMOCRACY NOW! – Based in New York City, veteran investigative reporter Amy Goodman presents news stories from around the world and, together with either co-hosts Juan Gonzalez or Nermeen Shaikh, interviews in-depth figures of interest that are often all too ignored on corporate-owned, mainstream media. Good examples would be the brilliant progressive journalist Glenn Greenwald, plus Noam Chomsky and even Naomi Klein! On Wednesday, she interviewed director Oliver Stone in advance of the premier of his newest film Snowden. Ms. Goodman has traveled the globe, has been arrested several times in numerous countries while in pursuit of a story, and has seen it all. Recently, she flew to North Dakota to give us the ONLY close-up view of Native American tribes uniting in protest against the oil industry Dakota Access pipeline construction, and her footage was widely seen on corporate media “news” programs who never bothered to send their own “reporters” there to cover it! There has even been a warrant issued for her arrest, should she ever return to North Dakota! This is just a thinly-veiled attempt by authoritarian reactionaries designed to intimidate and muzzle independent media. THAT is precisely why FREE SPEECH TV is so vital and necessary, and why we MUST support it NOW!  Amy’s show is highly recommended by this blogger!

STEPHANIE MILLERTHE STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW is an irreverent riot, and often pokes fun at some of the ridiculous stances and statements made by various political figures. With the help of brilliant contributor “Rocky Mountain Mike” who supplies her with hilarious parodies of current pols using variations on former hit songs to do so, I have had many thigh-slapping and hearty laughs while enjoying this show. It is often like a fun-filled, frat house party, and is not to be missed!

thom-hTHE THOM HARTMANN PROGRAM and THE BIG PICTURE WITH THOM HARTMANN are very informative shows which are guaranteed to enlighten you.The first runs in the early afternoon hours eastern time, and it features Thom presenting many fascinating political, economic, and legal facts plus a large number of viewer call-ins to discuss or comment on virtually anything. The latter show runs from 10-11 PM Eastern, and features more vital info presented by Thom and often includes a discussion / debate with other panel members, some of them conservatives. Many times he will have a segment called “Conversations with Great Minds” wherein he will discuss current relevant topics with noted intellectuals or authors.

laura-flanders-lTHE LAURA FLANDERS SHOW is hosted by this English progressive, and she, like Amy Goodman, features probing interviews with guests and discusses topics seldom found on commercial TV. She comes from a family packed with journalists. While she has been living in this country for a long time, it is still interesting to note the English perspectives and form she occasionally displays on the show.

FRANCE 14FRANCE 24 is a fantastic global news channel, broadcasting in English from the heart of Paris. It covers round-the-clock international news, weather, and sports in an unbiased and impartial way, without the hype and spectacle we have grown so accustomed to from our pathetic U.S. corporate-owned media. It is very interesting to see how events and politicians in our own country are covered on this hour-long news digest.

kohatcharRISING UP WITH SONALI – Los Angeles-based digest featuring award-winning investigative reporter and artivist Sonali Kolhatkar, who is also a weekly contributor to Truthdig. Somali roots out relevantnt but often overlooked stories from around the world. A native of India, she has long been an advocate for the rights of oppressed women in Afghanistan.

PAPFARRON COUSINSRING OF FIRE with “America’s Lawyer” Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins, features a fascinating glimpse into the legal and illegal goings-on within our government and business community. Together, they focus on government corruption and corporate malfeasance, and have included guests like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

elon-james-whiteBRAND NEW on FSTV is TWiB PRIME, a news show hosted by This Week in Blackness founder Elon James White. He proves that Black Lives DO Matter by featuring the latest in news, race, politics and pop-culture. This award winning and critically acclaimed TWiB Prime offers real talk on all levels. Evolving from talk radio, as many FSTV shows have, it was previously known as Blacking It Up & TWiB! Radio.

david pakmanTHE DAVID PAKMAN SHOW offers a wide variety of contemporary topics for discussion, often taking a controversial approach on subjects such as organized religion, politics, films, books, the economy, and our culture in general. These are presented from a millennial’s perspective, and his interviews with ideological opponents are often quite engaging. Just last Tuesday, for example, he presented a devastating and fully factual analysis of the candidate Donald Trump. His point-by-point analysis was was thorough and most compelling!

On weekends, shows like ACT OUT! ELEANOR ACT OUT!feature fiery young activist Eleanor Goldfield interviewing fabulous progressive journalists like Chris Hedges and highlighting representatives from progressive movements like Move to Amend to tell us about what they are attempting to accomplish. farmer-showShe begins each program with a spectacularly insightful bit of self-written prose; while MEET THE FARMER gives us a glimpse into innovative but seldom discussed techniques that are being practiced by farmers to market their products in a sustainable way; and TOM HAYDENBIONEERS treats us to visionaries like activist TOM HAYDEN and others delivering alternate methods of promoting practical, realistic, and innovative solutions to environmental and bio-cultural challenges gay-usaacross the world. Let’s not forget GAY USA, hosted by Andy Hum and Ann Northrup, which covers news and events pertinent to the LGBTQ community, or MEET THE RENEGADES with host Ross MEET RENEGADESAshcroft, which spotlights the world’s most compelling entrepreneurs, educators, and thinkers. He has these guests speak freely about the issues shaping our lives by talking about their work and the influence it has on the shift to a new political and business system which is gradually evolving.  

Finally, we definitely can’t omit the outstanding documentaries which are run quite often on this remarkable network! Such greats as PAY2 PLAY, which examines the way money (bribery) is corrupting our government; THE CORPORATION, which demonstrates how corporations, given rights through the utterly ridiculous notion of corporate personhood, are actually behaving like dangerous narcissistic sociopaths; PLUTOCRACY,which gives us the story of how the wealthy elite have used their economic and political power to subjugate those below them and create economic instability for their own benefit all throughout our history. It portrays the sacrifices of all who have struggled to win the freedoms we enjoy today, and reminds us of the importance of speaking truth to power and pushing for equality for all; AFTER THE END, which relates the suffering different people go through after experiencing the sudden loss of somebody close to them – it’s a a hope-filled example which invites us to observe grief in a powerful and honest way; and MONEY AND LIFE, which educates us about how and why currency came about, and how its use has changed and been corrupted over the years , plus new alternatives that are arising on how to combat this change, plus many, MANY more!

FSTVI strongly urge you – in fact, I CHALLENGE you – as progressives and open-minded thinkers, to become a member and contributor NOW to this great treasure trove known as FREE SPEECH TV! NO amount is too small – ALL contributions are TAX DEDUCTIBLE – and you will be doing your part to assure the continuation of this great American treasure! Call 1-877-378-8669 to pledge whatever amount you can afford – NO amount is too small! You can even arrange to contribute a small, set amount each month, or one bulk amount all at once! It;s completely up to you. You can even donate directly on their secure website of www,freespeech.org/. The donation you make may even qualify you for great premiums like DVDs, books, caps, sturdy tote bags, t shirts, and more!

Think about it, my friends: sitting around complaining about the state of today’s media, government, poorly informed electorate, or business climate accomplishes NOTHING! Only by taking concrete, definite ACTION will we obtain solid, measurable results! NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD PROGRESSIVES TO COME TO THE AID OF A QUALITY NEWS SOURCE – PLEASE donate generously NOWTODAY – and be sure to tell all your friends! Thank you very much!🙂
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BE WITH US LIVE nearly every Sunday from 6 – 7 PM Eastern Time on BlogTalkRadio’s HERE-BE-MONSTERS THE SUNDAY SHOW. My co-hosts GWEN BARRY of ROUNDTREE7 Blog, WAYNE JOHNSON of MINDS AND TIMES OF F. WAYME JOHNSON, and I discuss a wide range of political, social, and economic topics in an open forum, often with additional guest activists and other persons of interest. Past guests have included ELEANOR GOLDFIELD of FREE SPPECH TV’s ACT OUT!; activist CHERRI FOYTLIN of Bridge the Gulf Project; DANIELLE GUILDAY of The THOM HARTMANN PROGRAM; DENNIS TRAINOR of Acronym TV; comedian LEE CAMP of RT America’s Redacted Tonight, “The Progressive Professor” Dr. RONALD FEINMAN, and many more! Call in to participate at (213) 816-0357 , or click on this link to hear an archive of past shows: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters

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The Serious Side of the Corner Taco Truck

Sept. 12, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy start of a new week, everybody! In this election year, we have seen a seemingly endless parade of Donald Trump surrogates making ridiculously 

baumgoofpiersonnonsensical statements as well as outright lies. From Healy Baumgardner to Katrina Pierson to the latest, “Latinos for Trump” founder Marco Gutierrez, these self-proclaimed spokespersons gutierrezend up putting their feet in their mouths as often as Trump does and making their candidate appear to be a lightweight. Gutierrez, with his insane warning of how we had better elect Trump or we will soon find a Taco truck on every corner, reinforces Trump’s ethnocentricity and bigotry in a way that should make even a KKK member blush.

In today’s podcast, our master podcaster Burr Deming carves up and shreds this prejudice, giving us some interesting and seldom-discussed history on immigration in the process. He even relates an incident from his youth which he still carries with him. 

burrBurr tells us, “Humans often make a point of not letting facts interfere with opinions…      

We laugh at the absurd warning. Our society will be overtaken by a Taco culture.

But there is a deadly serious side, in our politics and in our history.”

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=2270

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NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD PROGRESSIVES TO COME TO THE AID OF A QUALITY NEWS SOURCE!

Sept. 8, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

FSTV STAFFFSTVHello, everyone. The third quarter fundraising drive for FREE SPEECH TV has just begun, and I want to stress just how vitally important this network is to us and why it is our duty as progressives to keep it on the air! As you can see from the staff photo above, this fabulous independent media outlet is completely staffed by only a few very intelligent and dedicated individuals – many of whom are millennials or near-millennials. Whereas most corporate-owned media networks typically have at least this many employees working on just one of their shows and only assigned to one task,  FREE SPEECH TV runs efficiently lean, with each of these persons wearing several different hats and doing a tremendous job at each task! Unlike the corporate media, NOBODY at FSTV draws a multimillion dollar salary, so you can be assured that your contribution will go directly to providing excellent programming, NOT to line some overpaid executive’s pockets!

FREE SPEECH TV can be seen on channel 9415 DISH Network, channel 348 on DIRECTV, channel 122 on Burlington Telecom, channel 96 on Ashland Home Net, and FSTV in the ROKU Channel store. Even if it is not available in your viewing area, you can still watch this great network on your computer by visiting their website at http://www.freespeech.org/. They stream live many of their shows. 

Now why is it that I like this network so much and promote it and the end of each and every post I make here? Simple: FREE SPEECH TV brings me news and covers topics that commercially-owned media either ignores, underreports, or constantly MISreports! Rather than featuring corporate shills posing as industry “experts” from right-wing, billionaire-financed groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, or other similar organizations, FSTV presents PAPREAL news and REAL facts from the likes of  ‘America’s Lawyer” Mike AMYPapantonio, award-winning investigative journalist Amy Goodman, author and in-depth analyst Thom Hartmann, and fiery young activists like Eleanor Goldfield, and so very many more. I have learned so THOMincredibly much from watching the ELEANOR ACT OUT!shows on this network: how fracking damages our environment and contaminates our drinking water; the dangers joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would pose to our wages and overall economic freedom and country’s  STOP TPP
sovereignty; how greedy and seedy billionaires like the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy  by
donating millions to campaigns and setting up pro-ALEC Logocorporate, anti-government and anti-labor groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to advise legislators and even write bills for them to submit to be thenextsystemproject_CMYK_200voted into law; plus, thanks to The Next System Project, fabulously innovative NEW and alternative ways to get around the stifling, corrupt, and thoroughly rigged and unfair corporatist system which is strangling all but the very wealthy today, along with a whole lot MORE outstandingly useful and relevant information which can and will help us all eventually overcome  the needless futility we are all facing in the pathetically inept system we are seemingly trapped in now.  

Consider FREE SPEECH TV  to be your alternative to TV networks owned and dominated by billionaires, corporations, and governments. Whereas corporate-owned media aims to constantly please and never offend its shareholders, FSTV’s ONLY shareholders are US – its viewers and supporters! This amazing and vibrant network is now more than 20 years old, is  completely viewer-supported and receives NO funding whatsoever from commercial interests! That is why it can operate and grow by NEVER showing commercials and can report accurately without first having to defer to anyone’s approval. It is such pleasure to watch one of their awesome shows and not have it be interrupted every 7 or 8 minutes by a 3 or 4 minute string of annoying  and intelligence-insulting advertisements: in fact, the only things which may interrupt their programming are an occasional public service announcement or short informative and educational piece, and those are few and far between. WHAT A RELIEF! While you can go to their website and actually stream a number of their shows live, here for your convenience is a listing of what they offer each weekday:

BILL PRESSTHE BILL PRESS SHOW – savvy and experienced commentator Bill Press brings us the latest political and economic news from his spot in Washington, D,C., usually with guest reporters, political figures, and/or authors he will interview. This is an excellent way to start your viewing day!  

amy goodman lDEMOCRACY NOW! Veteran investigative reporter Amy Goodman presents news stories from around the world and, together with either co-hosts Juan Gonzalez or Nermeen Shaikh, interviews in-depth figures of interest that are often all too ignored on corporate-owned, mainstream media. A good example would be the brilliant progressive journalist Glenn Greenwald, plus Noam Chomsky and even Naomi Klein! Ms. Goodman has traveled the globe, has been arrested several  times in numerous countries while in pursuit of a story, and has seen it all. Her show is highly recommended by this blogger!

STEPHANIE MILLERTHE STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW is a riot, and often pokes fun at some of the ridiculous stances and statements made by various political figures. With the help of brilliant contributor “Rocky Mountain Mike” who supplies her with hilarious parodies of current pols using variations on former hit songs to do so, I have had many thigh-slapping and hearty laughs while enjoying this show. It is often like a fun-filled, frat house party, and is not to be missed!

THOMTHE THOM HARTMANN PROGRAM and  THE BIG PICTURE WITH THOM HARTMANN are very informative shows which are guaranteed to enlighten you.The first runs in the early afternoon hours eastern time, and it features Thom presenting many fascinating political, economic, and legal facts plus a large number of viewer call-ins to discuss or comment on virtually anything. The latter show runs from 10-11 PM Eastern, and features more vital info presented by Thom and often includes a discussion / debate with other panel members, some of them conservatives. Many times he will have a segment called “Conversations with Great Minds” wherein he will discuss current relevant topics with noted intellectuals or authors.

LAURA FLANDERS LTHE LAURA FLANDERS SHOW is hosted by this English progressive,  and she, like Amy Goodman, features probing interviews with guests and discusses topics seldom found on commercial TV. She comes from a family packed with journalists. While she has been living in this country for a long time, it is still interesting to note the English perspectives and form she occasionally displays on the show.

FRANCE 14FRANCE 24 is a fantastic global news channel, broadcasting in English from the heart of Paris. It covers round-the-clock international news, weather, and sports in an unbiased and impartial way, without the hype and spectacle we have grown so accustomed to from our pathetic U.S. corporate-owned media. It is very interesting to see how events in the U.S. are covered by them, plus we see great amounts of real news from other countries which is completely omitted here!

FARRON COUSINSPAPRING OF FIRE with “America’s Lawyer” Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins, features a fascinating glimpse into the legal and illegal goings-on within our government and business community.  Together, they focus on government corruption and corporate malfeasance, and have included guests like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

elon-james-whiteBRAND NEW on FSTV is TWiB Prime,  a news show hosted by This Week in Blackness founder Elon James White. He proves that Black Lives DO Matter by featuring the latest in news, race, politics and pop-culture. This award winning and critically acclaimed TWiB Prime offers real talk on all levels. Evolving from talk radio, as many FSTV shows have, it was previously known as Blacking It Up & TWiB! Radio.

david pakmanTHE DAVID PAKMAN SHOW offers a wide variety of contemporary topics for discussion, often taking a controversial approach on subjects such as organized religion, politics, films, books, the economy, and our culture in general.  These are presented from a millennial’s perspective, and his interviews with ideological opponents are often quite engaging.  

eleanor on screen episode 11These are mainly the daily offerings. On weekends, shows like ACT OUT!
feature activist Eleanor Goldfield interviewing fabulous progressive journalists like Chris Hedges and highlight representatives from progressive movements like Move to Amend to tell us about what they are attempting to accomplish. She begins each program with a spectacular MEET FARMERinsightful bit of self-written prose; while MEET THE FARMER gives us a glimpse into innovative but seldom discussed techniques that are being practiced by farmers to market their products in a sustainable way; and BIONEERS treats us to visionaries like activist Tom TOM HAYDENHayden and others delivering alternate methods  of promoting practical, realistic, and                                                                                                      innovative solutions to environmental and bio-cultural GAY USAchallenges across the world. Let’s not forget GAY USA, hosted by Andy Hum and Ann Northrup, which covers news and events pertinent to the LGBTQ community, or MEET THE RENEGADES with host Ross Ashcroft, which spotlights the world’s most MEET RENEGADEScompelling entrepreneurs, educators, and thinkers. He has these guests speak freely about the issues shaping  our lives by talking about their work and the influence it has on the shift to a new social, political, and business system which is evolving.

But alas, we definitely can’t omit the outstanding documentaries which are run quite often on this remarkable network! Such greats as PAY2 PLAY, which examines the way money (bribery) is corrupting our government; PLUTOCRACY,which gives us the story of how the wealthy elite have used their economic and political power to subjugate those below them and create economic instability for their own benefit all throughout our history. It portrays the sacrifices of all who have struggled to win the freedoms we enjoy today, and reminds us of the importance of speaking truth to power and pushing for equality for all; AFTER THE END, which relates the suffering different people go through after experiencing the sudden loss of somebody close to them – it’s a a hope-filled example which invites us to observe grief in a powerful and honest way; MONEY AND LIFE, which educates us about how and why currency came about, and how its use has changed and been corrupted over the years , plus new alternatives that are arising on how to combat this change; WATER WARS, which shows how water will become increasingly more valuable as pollution limits its availability, as well as how its possession is already being used in a gluttonous and harmful way, plus many, MANY more!  

I strongly urge you, as progressives and open-minded thinkers, to become a member and contributor NOW to this great treasure trove known as FREE SPEECH TV!  NO amount is too small – ALL contributions are TAX DEDUCTIBLE – and you will be doing your part to assure the continuation of this great American treasure! Call 1-877-378-8669  to pledge whatever amount you can afford – NO amount is too small! You can even arrange to  contribute a small, set amount each month, or one bulk amount all at once! It;s completely up to you.  You can even donate directly on their secure website. The donation you make may even qualify you for great premiums like DVDs, books, caps, sturdy tote bags, t shirts, and more!

FSTV blueThink about it: sitting around complaining about the state of today;s media, government, poorly informed electorate, or business climate accomplishes NOTHING! Only by taking concrete, definite ACTION will we obtain solid, measurable results! NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD PROGRESSIVES TO COME TO THE AID OF A QUALITY NEWS SOURCE – PLEASE donate generously TODAY to FREE SPEECH TV, and TELL YOUR FRIENDS, too!
1-877-378-8669 or http://www.freespeech.org/ Thank you!!!🙂
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BE WITH US LIVE nearly every Sunday from 6 – 7 PM Eastern Time on BlogTalkRadio’s HERE-BE-MONSTERS THE SUNDAY SHOW. My co-hosts GWEN BARRY of ROUNDTREE7 Blog, WAYNE JOHNSON of MINDS AND TIMES OF F. WAYME JOHNSON, and I discuss a wide range of political, social, and economic topics in an open forum, often with additional guest activists and other persons of interest. Past guests have included ELEANOR GOLDFIELD of FREE SPPECH TV’s ACT OUT!; activist CHERRI FOYTLIN of Bridge the Gulf Project; DANIELLE GUILDAY of The THOM HARTMANN PROGRAM; DENNIS TRAINOR of Acronym TV; comedian LEE CAMP of RT America’s Redacted Tonight, “The Progressive Professor” Dr. RONALD FEINMAN, and many more! Call in to participate at (213) 816-0357 , or click on this link to hear an archive of past shows: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters

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