Now There Are 4!

All the news out of South Carolina is that Mitt is on the defense, Newt is attacking Paul is….well Paul and Santorum is just pouty……let me see…..did I leave anyone out?  Oh yeah Perry!  With good reason….he has tucked his alligator boots between his legs and decided the best place for his mindless dribble would be in the place that will appreciate it….TEXAS…..(cue song, “Nah Nah Hey Hey Good-bye)…..

And he has choked down an endorsement for Newt……..

AS of today, Mr. Rick Perry has decided to suspend his attempt at winning the GOP presidential nomination for reason will he knows…maybe it is to spend more time with his family (that seems to be the lie for losing and quitting)……whatever the reason does not matter….that know leaves only Santorum as the alternative to Newt….personally, if he can find some cash he will go on to Florida….if not then he will join Perry in the losers circle….if he somehow makes it to Florida….it will be his Waterloo and then he will know that his uber right wing message appealed to NO one but him……

So bid a fond adue to Perry……he will be gone but not forgotten…but you can bet your butt the he will be anything but silent!

I close with a quote from Joe Klein of Time magazine, “these campaigns are like the ‘stupid’ Olympics”!

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Are The Winds Of War Blowing…Again?

Inkwell Institute

Today in history…….30 years ago it was WAR!

Do you remember the “Iron Lady”?  That strong female PM of the UK?  If not, do not fret there is a movie you can see to fill in any blanks in your memory…..I could go on and on and try to educate my readers, but it would be a waste of time….why?  Most people could care less about Thatcher and her rule as the Iron Lady of British politics…..but there is a few things that seem to merit a mention…..

I racked my brain trying to find the best way to start this post and being an old fart Google did not come to mind at first….but then that damn light bulb went off and thanx to Wikipedia……The Falklands War began on Friday 2 April 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, which returned the islands to British control. 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders died during the conflict. It remains the most recent external conflict to be fought by the UK without any allied states and the only external Argentine war since the 1880s.

The conflict was the result of a protracted historical confrontation regarding the sovereignty of the islands. Argentina has asserted that the Falkland Islands are Argentinian territory since the 19th century and, as of 2011, shows no sign of relinquishing the claim.  The claim was added to the Argentine constitution after its reformation in 1994.  As such, the Argentine government characterised their initial invasion as the re-occupation of its own territory, whilst the British government saw it as an invasion of a British dependent territory. However, neither state officially declared war and hostilities were almost exclusively limited to the territories under dispute and the local area of the South Atlantic.

Now with that short history lesson down….why on earth would I post something as trivial, at least to the US, as the 1982 conflict between Argentina and the UK?

Good question  with an excellent answer…..

Military chiefs are dusting off their plans for the defence of the Falklands after South American countries banned ships from the islands docking in their ports.

Sources fear Prince William’s six-month deployment to the South Atlantic as an air-sea rescue pilot next year could provoke more sabre-rattling.

Yesterday Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed Britain was ready to use its military to steal natural resources ‘anywhere, anyhow’.

She said: ‘They’re currently taking our oil reserves and fish stocks from the Falklands but when they need more natural resources they will come and use force to steal them wherever and however they can.

Mercosur, the South American trading block which also includes Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay have agreed to ban boats sailing under the Falklands flag from docking at their ports – even though Paraguay does not even have a coastline.

Full article here

Will this be how the new year begins?

Evolution Of The “Bag Man”

This election we have those darn Super Pacs that are all the rage……unlimited amounts of money used for political purposes…..to be fair…candidates are not suppose to lead these organizations in any way…,but there are ways around any regulation on campaign funds……but where did this all begin?

First of all, what is a “bag man”?…….an advocate who represents someone else’s policy or purpose; “the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government” or Any person in charge of organizing and collecting contributions to political parties or funds gathered for political reasons. These contributions may be legitimate or illegitimate.

Back in the day, money was collected by campaign friends and put into paper bags and was then doled out as needed….sometimes legally and often times not so legal ways and for not so moral purposes……then in the 60’s and 70’s the paper bag was replaced by the attache case….but the reason and the use were the same….so legal and some illegal.  And then came Nixon and his posse at CREEP (Committee For Re-Election of the President)….after Watergate money in campaigns came under more scrutiny….and that was the day until the cash started infiltrating back into political campaigns back in the 90’s and the 2000’s….and then SCOTUS ruled that corporations were people and as such could donate and donate and donate….and there is where we are today…….special interests can donate unlimited amount of funds to be used by Super PACs in support of a candidate……

There is the evolutionary cycle of the use of a “Bag Man”……..from the sleazy cash in paper bags used for purposes that may not have been on the up and up to the more civilized attache case, but still just as sleazy and just as legally questionable to today’s Bag Man….the Super PAC.

Thanx to the use of a Bag Man, all our elections are nothing more than a political auction (thanx to Dylan Ratigan for the term) where the candidate that raises the most money wins the election….at least in 94% of the time……

Time to Get The Money Out of politics and return the government to the people!  PERIOD!