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Anyone Here Notice How The Presidential Campaign Is A Poorly Orchestrated FARCE?

who even remembers who Howard Dean and Wesley Clark are?

(what really makes me LOL is all the Dean and Clark Boosters who busted their spleens here on PDX IMC and elswhere over them)
it's going to be a SKULL AND BONES Battle Royal in Novembah!
it's going to be a SKULL AND BONES Battle Royal in Novembah!
even John Edwards has now dropped off the face of the planet.

you still have the option of voting for Kucinich nationwide until July (unless he drops out before that).

otherwise,

GOOD LUCK SUCKAS!

Kucinich is not dropping out 02.Mar.2004 22:14

farce indeed

So sad to wake up and find we are so far from where our forefathers started...power corupts and Kerry is part of that corupt system. I do not believe the numbers in the primaries. Does anyone you know like Kerry? Diebolds are STEALING the elections. What are we going to do?

To the Streets, people! 02.Mar.2004 23:38

clearest channel

general strike, civil disobedience. It's what's left to us. Lets use it while we are able. The screw is turning....

Kerry has the most progressive voting record in the Senate 03.Mar.2004 00:31

facts

in other times you might be gay bashing or race baiting, or spreading lies about the Jewish people, but here you're spreading lies about "Republicrats" and spreading senseless conspiracy theories about Skull & Bones. I know that just like all gay bashers and race haters and Jew haters you come back with all your crap. Why is it so much fun for you to act morally superior to the rest of us?

None of your hate speech changes the fact that there is a world of difference between the Democratic and Republican party nominees.

hate speech, or researched facts 03.Mar.2004 01:12

researcher

Kerry's votes.

Bush's tax cuts
Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Absent

Bush's tax cuts
Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Yea
(This one did extend unemployment and gave tax cuts to businesses, though only temporarily, supposedly)

Patriot Act
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Yea

Homeland Security Act
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Yea

Help America Vote Act
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Yea

Terrorism Risk Protection Act
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Yea

Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Yea

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004
 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:SN01050:@@@L&summ2=m&
Kerry - Yea

Amendment SA 715 - To strike the repeal of the prohibition on research and development of low-yield nuclear weapons.
 link to www.senate.gov
Kerry - Absent

So what exactly is this progressive record of Kerry's...

'facts' ? 03.Mar.2004 01:35

THE FACTS.

Kerry Should Explain War-Making Stand  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281928.shtml

The subject came up Thursday night, when Kerry debated his Democratic opponents in a debate in Los Angeles. What Kerry had to say was troubling.

After explaining that "no, I do not regret my vote" for the resolution that authorized Bush to use force in Iraq, Kerry said, "Let me make it very clear: We did not give the president any authority that the president of the United States didn't have.

"Did we ratify what he was doing? Yes. But Clinton went to Haiti without the Congress. Clinton went to Kosovo without the Congress. And the fact is, the president was determined to go, evidently. But we changed the dynamics by getting him to agree to go to the United Nations and to make a set of promises to the nation."

Apart from the question of whether Congress actually "changed the dynamics" of Bush's march toward war, Kerry again appeared to embrace the view that presidents can go to war without congressional approval. The comments Thursday night echoed statements Kerry made in a Feb. 15 debate in Milwaukee.

Amazingly, no one - not even Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Dennis Kucinich or the Rev. Al Sharpton, let alone the media questioners - challenged Kerry to explain his views regarding the advice and consent that the Constitution says Congress is required to provide before presidents start wars.

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If Kerry's the Answer, What's the Question?  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281932.shtml

It does not require total cynicism to point out that at most, at best, John Kerry's beef with the Bush administration over foreign policy -- to the extent that he really has any -- is a very minor difference of opinion between technocrats, Kerry offering a few tiny adjustments, a tweaking here or there. Most of his policy suggestions concerned things already being done by the Bush administration.

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Wall Street likes Kerry  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281898.shtml

Over the last fifteen years, Kerry has received more money from lobbyists than any other serving senator. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, during this election cycle, Kerry raked in $531,251 from the health care industry. Kerry was also among the top ten recipients of money from the airline and automotive industries, with donations totaling $87,925. By the way, Kerry is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which influences laws governing these industries.

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Nader threatens corporate rule  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281916.shtml

Now, the call goes out to silence Nader. He is told to fall in line behind John Kerry, a smart and serious man who nonetheless voted for the Iraq war, the USA Patriot Act, NAFTA, the World Trade Organization and the Bush tax cuts, and against Kyoto (contrast:  http://www.votenader.org).

An Enemy Of The People  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281838.shtml

Putting up Kerry to replace Bush is like putting up Rutherford B. Hayes to replace Calvin Coolidge.

Kerry is identical to Bush on the Iraq military occupation, Pentagon budget, national health care, NAFTA, WTO, drug war  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/02/281640.shtml

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Kerry's Support for the Invasion of Iraq and the Bush Doctrine Still Unexplained  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281808.shtml

Back in October 2002, when Senator Kerry voted to grant President Bush a blank check to make war, he tried to scare the American public into thinking that such an invasion was essential to the defense of the United States. Despite a lack of credible evidence, Kerry categorically declared that "Iraq has chemical and biological weapons" and even claimed that most elements of Iraq's chemical and biological weapons programs were "larger and more advanced than they were before the Gulf War." Furthermore, Kerry asserted that Iraq was "attempting to develop nuclear weapons," backing up this accusation by claiming that "all U.S. intelligence experts agree" with such an assessment. He also alleged that "Iraq is developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of delivering chemical and biological warfare agents, which could threaten Iraq's neighbors as well as American forces in the Persian Gulf."

Every single one of these claims, no less than similar claims by President Bush, was false. Despite this, however, Senator Kerry and his supporters somehow want the American public to trust him enough to elect him as the next president of the United States.

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Democratic frontrunner declares he will be stronger "war president" than Bush  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/281799.shtml

In a speech Friday in Los Angeles, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the likely presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, attacked the Bush administration's management of the "war on terror" and declared that he would be a more effective—and more aggressive—"war president."

The bulk of Kerry's criticism of the Bush administration's foreign and military policy was from the right, not the left, a clear indication of the type of campaign the Democratic Party will wage for the November election.

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'It's Time to Get Over It'
John Kerry Tells Antiwar Movement to Move On  link to portland.indymedia.org

John Kerry, the frontrunner in the quest for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, has been promoting a foreign policy perspective called "progressive internationalism." It's a concept concocted by establishment Democrats seeking to convince potential backers in the corporate and political world that, if installed in the White House, they would preserve U.S. power and influence around the world, but in a kinder, gentler fashion than the current administration.

In the domestic battle to captain the American empire, the neocons have in their corner the Partnership for a New American Century while the New Democrats have the Progressive Policy Institute. Come November, who will get your vote? Coke or Pepsi?

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John Kerry's Multimillionaire Wild Wife  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/02/279913.shtml

Stormy and eccentric, multi-millionaire Teresa Heinz Kerry is not obvious First Lady material. But with her stepdaughters she is helping her husband scoop the Democratic presidential candidacy.

The supporting role seems slightly strange for her - at least compared to the reputation that has followed her in the US media. She is seen as tempestuous, eccentric, wilful and rich. Much of the evidence for those charges is drawn from a disastrous interview the Kerrys granted to the Washington Post two years ago at home in Washington, DC.

To the reporter's delight, Heinz Kerry had a framed photograph of herself with the late John Heinz in the hall, and did not bother to correct the slip when she referred to him as "my husband". Then she had a blazing row with her living husband Kerry over a Republican from Pennsylvania who insulted the memory of her first spouse.

To Kerry's mortification, she went on to mimic him having a nightmare flashback to his days in Vietnam - beating her head and shouting "down, down, down". She also revealed that he had been in therapy seconds after Kerry tried to deny it.

Since then, Heinz Kerry has enlivened American political debate by revealing that she signed a prenuptial agreement to protect her fortune, threatened to maim her first husband if he was unfaithful, and resorts regularly to Botox.

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Disaster of Convenience - John Heinz' Widow Marries John Kerry
 http://www.skolnicksreport.com/ootar26.html

President Ronald Reagan . . . was implicated in the Iran-Contra situation. . . . funds secretly given to the Iranians were skimmed off to finance the counter-revolutionaries in Nicaragua, to evade the Boland Amendment, prohibiting the U.S. from financing the Contras as they were called.

At the time Daddy Bush, as Vice President, denied he knew anything about this. He said he was "out of the loop" and thus not told what was going on. Later facts brought out by the Independent Counsel showed otherwise. In later years, some Congressmen an d other insiders admitted that they thought about impeaching President Reagan but thought it would be a bad thing for the nation. Working on a report on the Iran-Contra mess was a commission headed by Senator John Tower (R. Texas). For short, it was cal led the Tower Commission. In 1991, when he was unfairly defamed in being rejected by the Daddy Bush Administration for Secretary of Defense, Tower began grumbling he was going to bring out some dirty secrets of the elder Bush then President. Convenient ly, Tower perished with his daughter in an apparent sabotaged plane crash in April, 1991. About the same time, Senator John Heinz (R., Penn.), heir to the Heinz Ketchup fortune was himself snuffed out when his airplane was hit fro! m below by a helicopter. Although some believed it was foul play, others contended the helicopter pilot, examining whether the Heinz plane could not lower the landing wheels, slammed into the plane. Others raised the sinister version that the whirlybir d pilot wanted somehow to commit "suicide". Heinz' widow married Senator John Kerry (D., Mass.), long connected to the American CIA. Senator Kerry in investigating the dope traffic through his subcommittee, conveniently covered up the role of the espion age agency money laundry, Bank of Credit and Commerce International, BCCI, that also financed the campaigns of a group of senators including Kerry.

NEW CHIEF OF SECRET POLITICAL POLICE
 http://www.skolnicksreport.com/spoliticalp.html

Please note. Senator Kerry is no sweet angel. He is an expert reputed blackmailer and cover up artist. He is married to the widow of the late U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, John Heinz, heir to the ketchup and canned beans fortune. Heinz died in a sabotaged plane crash in 1991, just as he was planning to expose U.S. government complicity in several domestic and foreign political assassinations.

As to the infamous BCCI, Sen Kerry himself had a conflict of interest in that he headed a group of U.S. Senators who accepted campaign funds from the worldwide spy-money laundry-murder machine BCCI. Kerry's subcommittee refused to delve into the highly pertinent Chicago branch office of BCCI and their Chicago twin, a branch of Italy's largest bank, owned in part by the Vatican, Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro, BNL. [Suppressed BNL records as to the secret private partnership of the Elder Bush and Saddam Hussein were the subject of my exclusive story, in Spotlight, August 19, 1991, referred to earlier.]

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Skeleton key to the White House
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/02/281367.shtml

John Kerry and George Bushs junior and senior were members of the secretive Skull and Bones society at Yale university. The final words of the initiation ceremony, according to the intrepid New York Observer journalist Ron Rosenbaum, who has secretly recorded the secret incantations, centre around the command, "Run neophyte!"

Well, in maturity, both men are certainly running, and it's impossible [????] to know how much their membership of the exclusive Skull and Bones Society has helped them reach the positions of eminence they now occupy: President of the United States, and senatorial lead-contender for president.

vote for me
vote for me

facts, ha ha 03.Mar.2004 02:22

ha ha ha ha

"in other times you might be gay bashing or race baiting, or spreading lies about the Jewish people, but here you're spreading lies about "Republicrats" and spreading senseless conspiracy theories about Skull & Bones."

Yeah, I actually don't see much gay-bashing on indymedia. I don't see much race baiting either, unless it has something to do with Israel. I don't see much in the way of spreading lies about Jewish people either on Indymedia, unless you call opposition to Israels policies "Jew Hating". Then I guess you could say the only ones spreading lies about Jews would be those who support Israel. I know Israel works hard to make each and every Jew think they're hated and despised because of Israel. The fact is, most of us jews DON'T support Israelis policies. Neither do most Israelis.

So just because you spit out a bunch of nonsense and then proclaim that "there's a world of difference between Republicans and Democrats", doesn't make it true.

Sounds like your just a fucking worthless hate monger yourself there, bud. Rather than explain the difference between Kerry and Bush ( which you cant because there is none ), you blindly insult anyone other than yourself who may be reading these posts. You're the bigot here.

be fair 03.Mar.2004 03:03

there is a difference

Bush wants to keep the same number of troops in Iraq, Kerry wants more troops in Iraq. Bush wants a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage; Kerry supports the amendment only if it allows for civil unions.

response to "ha ha ha" 03.Mar.2004 04:52

facts

I meant that there is a similar mad drive for political purity on the extreme right and left. I don't mean that the two are morally equivalent. I don't mean that attacking the aspiratons of the workers for some decent leadership in this country because they are in danger of losing Social Security, health care and their homes is the same as attacking African-Americans. I don't say that any left-wing radicals are racist or anti-semetic -- just that some of them are wrapped up in feeling superior to the masses and reinforcing that sense of superiority rather than in reaching out.

Scripted Media play of Bogus Election 03.Mar.2004 06:45

courtesy of ES&S, Diebold, Sequoia

That's right folks-we are not seeing the vo8ice of America in this election. We are witnessing an
in-your-face scripted sitcom called "American Democracy", the faked elections.
Yes, I voted anyway. I just had to declare my view in their farce, but then I gave out information and resources to all the election volunteers, employees, supporters and activivists campaigning for their candidates. I then posed this question to the people who were there, how would you feel after all your efforts to know that Diebold and others were going to determine the outcome and not the people?
Many new converts had their eyes opened to the election fraud that day!

Why All The Smoke and Mirrors? 03.Mar.2004 14:53

Curious George

Now the hype is in for "Who Wants to Be Kerry's VP?" I don't know why he doesn't just cut to the chase and ask Edwards. Nobody else makes sense politically, as Edwards plays Charisma Man to Kerry's Old Politico, and will bring his southern constituency along with him and that's a weakness in Kerry's campaign. Unfortunately neither of the remaining Presidential candidates brings enough political punch to the table to make them viable as running mates. Not to mention that they would probably refuse. As Vicomte
de Valmont sez in Dangerous Liaisons, "It is beyond [our] control" at this point but it does bring a tear to your eye when you think about what could have been if money didn't make so much difference.

The only way to stop the corruption. 03.Mar.2004 15:20

Bird dog

Is to stir the pot!
Civil disobedience is the only way!

What did the Boston tea party do?
Did it work?
YES!

 http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/chronicle/episode1.html
Boston
April 1, 1774 - King George III and Parliament responded decisively this week to The Boston Tea Party by closing the city port.

Four British regiments were sent to Boston, along with new Governor General Thomas Gage, who will replace the much-maligned Thomas Hutchinson.


Hardliners in the British government, looking for reasons to clamp down on the Bay colony, found their cause last December when the Sons of Liberty made a salty Darjeeling of Boston Harbor. 342 crates of tea were dumped into the ocean in response to a parliamentary act which imposed restrictions on the purchase of tea in the colonies.

In London, Massachusetts' agent to the British government, Benjamin Franklin, also felt the wrath of the British government. Franklin was excoriated in Parliament's Privy Council by Scottish barrister Alexander Wedderburn for his role in publishing some private correspondence damaging to Hutchinson.

For his part, Franklin stood stoically through the ordeal, but was heard to mutter "I shall make your king a little man for this," to Wedderburn as both left the council at the end of the day.



The 1765 Stamp Act
Daniel Boone and the Expanding Frontier
The Boston Tea Party
Joseph Brant
Diverse Colonies
Edenton Ladies
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Hutchinson and the Loyalists
Native Americans
Tar and Feathering




The tea party, Franklin's roasting in Parliament and now the closing of Boston harbor exemplify the hardening of positions on both sides of the Atlantic.

Relations began to sour soon after Britain tried to exact a price from her colonists for the protection of America and its ever expanding frontier. The 1765 Stamp Act, which was intended by Parliament to provide the funds necessary to keep the peace between settlers and the Native American populations in the wilderness, was loathed throughout the colonies. While its repeal in Parliament a year later was applauded by Americans, the British Government quickly enacted other provisions designed to fulfill the same function. Each was met with resistance in America. (At left, The Boston Massacre.)

Where Britain's actions will lead is the subject of wide speculation. While there is talk in America of some concerted effort on the part of the colonies to protest the closing of Boston harbor, historically, the colonies have been a diverse lot and many are skeptical whether they can unite in this cause. In any case, emotions are running high, and a sense of gloom is encompassing Massachusetts, and other colonies in America. One patriot mournfully observed, "Our cause is righteous and I have no doubt of final success. But I see our generation, and perhaps our whole land, drowned in blood."

The Boston Tea Party 03.Mar.2004 15:53

Bird dog

The Boston Tea Party
1773
 http://www.npcts.edu/history/WebChron/USA/TeaParty.html

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On December 16, 1773, American patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians boarded the vessels of the East Indian Company docked in the Boston harbor and dumped all the tea that was on the three ships into the ocean. They emptied 342 chests of tea which was valued at more than 10,000 pounds. This event became known as the "Boston Tea Party."

The Boston Tea Party was a reaction to the Tea Act of 1773 that was passed by Parliament to save the British East India Company from bankruptcy. The Tea Act essentially eliminated all taxes on tea except the three pence Townshend tax. More importantly, it offered Americans tea at a lower price than that of the colonial smugglers. Hence, the British East Indian Company would be saved from bankruptcy, the colonial smugglers would be out of business, and the principle of parliamentary taxation would be upheld.

However, there were rumors that the Tea Act created an illegal monopoly so resistance to the importation of tea was encouraged throughout the colonies. If the people bought from the East India Company, it would give that company a monopoly of the American tea trade and establish the right of Parliament to raise a colonial revenue by means of port duties. Since the patriots believed that the cheap price of tea would be too much of a temptation to the people, the patriots took steps to maneuver Britain into a difficult position.

The patriots decided to reject tea shipments and they demanded that tea ships be permitted to return to England without paying the duty required by law. Over 5,000 townspeople of Boston and surrounding towns gathered at Old South Meeting House to plead with the governor to send the ships back to England. However, Governor Hutchinson refused and it was that night, December 16, that sixty men dressed as Mohawk Indians and went over to the Boston harbor. There they boarded the three ships of the East India Company and dumped over 10,000 pounds of tea into the Boston harbor. Parliament was furious and retaliated by passing the Coercive Acts, one of which closed the Boston harbor. Thus, the Boston Tea Party marked the beginning of violence in the dispute between mother country and colonies.