I was fortunate to visit the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte on Wednesday, September 5. This was a great experience, thanks largely to the cool community center provided by MSNBC. The city was very well-prepared in terms of security and logistics. However, for those of us without credentials, there really was no public welcome center or place to get an orientation. Fortunately, MSNBC was ready, willing and able to serve as a community center for the thousands of convention delegates and international media, as well as for plain-old citizens like me.
MSNBC’s efforts paid off very well. Read here about how and why their ratings rocked during the DNC (and will continue to grow.) You will also learn about the positive experiences they provided daily for thousands of people in Charlotte, as well as millions of viewers around the world. Their nearly constant coverage and the overall MSNBC experience have clearly cemented their position (in many minds) as the world leader in all form of news – not just progressive politics. It was also the one place for thousands to turn on Thursday night after the big speeches were moved indoors (see right.) Click Below for a Behind-the-Scenes look at the MSNBC Experience and their Coverage of the DNC.
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President Obama recently doubled-down on his harassment of the 17 states who now make medical marijuana available to adults with medical need. The president seems to think he can rest on his progressive laurels — figuring no liberals will vote for Mitt Romney. That may be true; but a significant number of voters are either going to sit this election out or support the Libertarian party candidate – former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson. Most significantly, the groups that are most opposed to Obama’s drug war include those groups he most needs to motivate and mobilize again (e.g., young people, minorities, and those concerned with civil rights.)
Like many others, I was turned-off by the president’s flippant and condescending attitude he displayed during his recent Rolling Stone interview. He then grew even more sarcastic during the White House Correspondence Dinner and on his appearance on Jimmy Fallon (where he was trying to woo young voters.) The president we thought would be reasonable and fair, has become a “holier-than-thou” hypocrite who even admits to having smoked marijuana regularly while he was young. In fact, the Obama administration has greatly accelerated the drug war way past George Bush – ruining millions of people’s lives and wasting billions of public dollars. You will learn all about that here.
Now he is shifting the blame to congress which is a lazy cop-out. As you will read, Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders are urging him to get real and end this stupid war on weed. In this article, you will learn all about the special interest groups that are pulling the president’s strings on this important public policy and public health matter (e.g., lobbyists representing the pharmaceutical industry, alcohol companies, prison guards, police, and private prisons.) You will also learn about some positive initiatives – including how Anonymous is getting involved in this vital issue. Click below to learn the truth!!
Mitt Romney is steamrolling his way to the Republican nomination – thanks in part to the culture and connections of his Mormon faith. Important questions have been raised about his financial assets and history as a corporate raider. These issues alone render him unfit to serve as president. However, his indoctrination into and current leadership within the Mormon Church should be of even greater concern. This cult-like organization is a pyramid scheme tied to international power and wealth networks. Romney is actually a Bishop in the Church of Latter Day Saints (i.e., the Mormons.) If you look closely you swill see how he exhibits the arrogance and self-righteousness you would expect from a mid-level cult leader. His Mormon upbringing ensures he will always look down on the rest of humanity. The scary part is how far off base Mormonism is when it comes to truth, equality, and the American way.
One festering part of Romney’s Mormon problem is that those most opposed to electing a Mormon president are also the foundation of the Republican party – namely uneducated and conservative Evangelical Christians. This is really the battle of two powerful religious institutions – neither of which deserve as much recognition and respect as they receive in American politics. In this article, you will learn why allowing Romney to become president will give his cult much more credibility than it deserves. Read about how Romney dodged the draft during the Viet Nam War doing “missionary work” in luxury and safety. In addition, Mormon preaching and teaching cause social problems to persist, particularly inequality, sexism, environmental damage, and war. You will learn about all these important issues, plus more. The media and his opponents need to get over their timidity about discussing religion and start going after this madman with some facts. We must never have a Mormon in the White House (nor a Moonie or a Scientologist for that matter.)
South Carolina was in the news recently when Newt Gingriff won the Republican primary. His victory turned out to be an anomaly, given how his campaign has tanked since then. It is interesting to note that he won largely by playing the “Rebel.” Ironically, one of South Carolina’s most famous rebel sons is Francis Marion (better known as “The Swamp Fox.”) He was agile and aggressive. He broke the rules of warfare – using techniques and tips he learned while fighting Native Americans. In particular, he used the element of surprise to attack the straight-marching redcoats when they least expected it. He and his men would blend into the natural environment before and after their attacks.
As a youngster, I watched all the Disney episodes, starring a young Leslie Nielsen as the Swamp Fox. In addition, I have lived in North Carolina for 25 years – visiting our neighbor’s hot tourist spots – Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston; as well as other spots (e.g., Clemson a couple times.) South Carolina is a state of contrasts – poor lowland communities leading to world-class beach resorts. High tech industry competing with Redneck philosophy and racist culture. Battle re-enactments not far from exclusive golf courses. Anyhow, as one of the premiere colonial settlements, Charleston was also a focal point in the War of Independence. Today, activists can use the Swamp Fox’s tactics to get their message across, practice civil disobedience, and take things down without hurting people. Click Below to learn all about one of America’s true heroes – and what his legacy means for our current American Revolution.
Many people were shocked over the extreme response of the Chapel Hill police to a group of peaceful protestors who were camped out in an abandoned building. This is especially surprising because this small and sleepy college town has a lot of experience with huge crowds of wild and crazy young people. I live in the “twin town” of Carrboro which is one of the most hip and relaxed places around. This incident is a very bad reflection of the democratic process and fairness for which our community has been known. This could have been much worse if one of the nervous young cops had shot someone. This shows how it really is time to reign in the police state before it takes hold!! As Jeff Bridges maintained in The Big Lebowski “This aggression must not stand, man!” Why are they carrying such deadly weapons?
I was surprised and saddened after hearing about this incident on Countdown with Keith Olberman (now on Current TV.) Chapel Hill is the last place where police would ever confront the kind of aggressive violence they were dressed up and ready for. They are able to deal with huge crowds of drunk revelers on Halloween and whenever UNC-Chapel Hill wins a national championship. Clearly someone up the chain of command (ultimately the mayor) screwed up badly when they estimated the extent of threat that this rag-tag group of protestors represented. The absentee landlord is the real social deviant who should be taken to task for blighting Franklin Street for a decade. Fortunately, former US Senate candidate Jim Neal delivered a detailed list of questions that Chapel Hill authorities need to have answered by an independent commission. Click below to learn all the details.