GREENSBORO, N.C. –The presidential election is just around the corner and voting issues have already become a problem in Guilford County.
On Monday, several voters complained that their electronic ballot machine cast the wrong vote. All the complaints were made by people who voted at the Bur-Mil Park polling location.
One of the voters, Sher Coromalis, says she cast her ballot for Governor Mitt Romney, but every time she entered her vote the machine defaulted to President Obama.
“I was so upset that this could happen,” said Coromalis.
Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert says the problem arises every election. It can be resolved after the machine is re-calibrated by poll workers.
“It’s not a conspiracy it’s just a machine that needs to be corrected,” Gilbert said.
After the third try, Coromalis says she was able to get her vote counted for Gov. Romney but was still annoyed.
“I should have just mailed it in,” Coromalis said.
Marie Haydock, who also voted at the Bur-Mil Park polling location, had the same problem.
“The frustration is… every vote counts,” said Haydock.
Elections officials say the machines have been fixed as of Tuesday, and no problems have been reported since.
Source: Saman Mohammadi
“That era of American dominance is drawing to a close as the country’s relative power declines, along with its ability to manage global economics and security.This does not mean the United States will go the way of Great Britain during the first half of the twentieth century. As Harvard’s Stephen Walt wrote in this magazine last year, it is more accurate to say the “American Era” is nearing its end. For now, and for some time to come, the United States will remain primus inter pares–the strongest of the major world powers–though it is uncertain whether it can maintain that position over the next twenty years. Regardless, America’s power and influence over the international political system will diminish markedly from what it was at the apogee of Pax Americana. That was the Old Order, forged through the momentous events of World War I, the Great Depression and World War II. Now that Old Order of nearly seven decades’ duration is fading from the scene. It is natural that U.S. leaders would want to deny it–or feel they must finesse it when talking to the American people. But the real questions for America and its leaders are: What will replace the Old Order? How can Washington protect its interests in the new global era? And how much international disruption will attend the transition from the old to the new?” – Christopher Layne, “The End of Pax Americana: How Western Decline Became Inevitable,” The Atlantic, April 26, 2012.
The last debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney was not a debate about the most pressing questions of the hour but a parade of American power. It was a charade of a debate. There is a greater range of opinion at a rally of a totalitarian political party, whether current or historical.
There was also no passion in their words. The spirits of Lincoln and Douglas are saying, “Where is the fire in your bellies? Where is the drama of a debate? Where is the great display of American common sense and wisdom?”
Both candidates reaffirmed the core myths and fallacies that have guided U.S. decision making and served as the ideological bedrock of U.S. foreign policy in the post-9/11 world. Here is a list of the key statements that were made in the debate in one form or another by both candidates: “America is the indispensable nation,” “Israel is a true friend and our best ally” “Iran is the greatest national security threat,” “We must support democracy in Syria and the Middle East,” “Iran must not get a nuclear bomb.”
Why are Obama and Romney so obsessed about creating democracy in Syria and preventing the emergence of nuclear weapons in Iran, but overlook the lack of democracy and the existence of nuclear weapons in Israel?
Why do Obama and Romney worship Israel and treat it as a nation that is above criticism, above America, and above the world? Why does a great nation like America bend its knee to Israel and submit to its will? The reason can’t be to simply defend Israel in a volatile region because Israel has the means to defend itself.
And if volatility is the big worry, then why not change the current U.S. and Israeli policies that create volatility and hatred? U.S. and Israel reign through chaos and terror. This is the global reality. The world demands defense from USrael.
Israel is not a victim, so it is insane for American leaders to treat it like a victim and defend the indefensible in the process. Since its birth, Israel has chosen to endlessly wage war and commit aggression against its neighbours. It will pay the price for its criminal disregard of human rights and international law. Ruling by fear doesn’t work forever.
One of the main themes of the debate was Iran. Both candidates threatened Iran with war, but they would’ve served America and the world better if they laid out the consequences of a war between USrael and Iran. They did not discuss the limits of U.S. military power in a possible war with Iran. Is this how responsible leaders act? How serious are they about their threats?
And why are both of them so anti-Iranian? We know it’s not about the nuclear issue because Iran is not interested in acquiring nuclear weapons. Is the issue about regime change? Do they want to wipe the Islamic Republic and Islam off the consciousness of humanity? Do they want war with Iran even if it involves nuclear weapons? Are they sure America will emerge victorious in an apocalyptic clash with Iran and the world of Islam? And what will it take to achieve a favourable outcome for USrael in this stupid war: for example, the use of nuclear bombs on Iranian cities?
You can’t just say, “Iran is the greatest national security threat,” and leave it there. That is not good enough. The American people and the world deserve better from American leaders. Ultimately, we’re talking about the possibility of nuclear war. Bob Schieffer referenced at the beginning of the debate the Cuban missile crisis, reminding both candidates what is at stake at the end of the day.
But nuclear war doesn’t seem to phase Obama and Romney. Both men piled on Iran during the debate and bowed down to Israel like slaves. Obama talked about a “nuclear arms race” in the Middle East if Iran builds a nuclear weapon —- but what about Israel and Pakistan? The nuclear arms race in the Middle East started when Israel stole America’s nuclear technology and uranium.
Why is Iran being singled out? Obama said he will make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon at all costs. Really? So, will Obama blow up Iran to stop Iran from attaining the means to defend itself from aggression? This is backwards logic. There is no sanity in official U.S. discourse about Iran.
Both Obama and Romney also repeated the fallacy that Iranian President Ahmadinejad said he will wipe Israel off the map. What he said was that the current government in Israel will be gone from the page of time, quoting Khomeini. Obama says the exact same thing when he calls for Assad to step down. Gaddafi’s regime also disappeared from the page of time, due to U.S. efforts. Ahmadinejad made a political statement, not a genocidal statement.
What is so controversial about calling for greater openness, expansion of democracy, and protection of human rights in Israel? Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and other world leaders stand with the Ayatollahs on this issue, at least in principle.
If change must come to Syria and the Arab world, then why not also to Israel and the Western world? Israel and America are not beacons of democracy and freedom, they must also undergo democratic changes and join the community of civilized nations.
I’m not defending the Islamic regime, but the talk of war is stupid. Romney said that a “nuclear capable” Iran provides enough political justification for U.S. military action. Does this mean he will commit to an American invasion of Iran? What does he have in mind, exactly?
Obamney’s rhetoric about Iran is dangerous and foolish. It distracts the world from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the collapsing global economy. When will this insanity end? If world peace is not achieved through dialogue and diplomacy, then how? If not by American leaders, then by who? Russia? China? Will these enlightened countries lead humanity to world peace? Is the era of American leadership over? How can America lead the world if it is not enlightened enough to distinguish between reality and fantasy?
It is interesting and significant that President Obama restated the mantras of “Al-Qaeda killed us,” and “I got Bin Laden and decimated Al-Qaeda’s leadership,” over the course of the debate. From a logical point of view, this statement is ludicrous because Al-Qaeda has CIA roots, and its top leaders were covert CIA spies, above all Osama Bin Laden. So unless Obama fires the CIA leaders who created Al-Qaeda he can’t say “I decimated Al-Qaeda’s leadership.” It is a lie.
History matters. Truth matters. It is a mistake for Obama and Romney to breeze over the facts and embrace the mighty wind of power, because sooner or later the winds of history will change and they will have to answer for their lies and crimes against humanity.
They cannot fall back on 9/11 and say Al-Qaeda is the reason America invaded Afghanistan in 2001. The world knows that 9/11 was an invented trauma of the Jewish and American peoples. Using an invented psychological wound to erase and excuse one’s crimes from the historical record is a reflection of insanity and dishonesty.
America can be a true leader of nations and become a reliable rock in a world submerged in chaos only if it regains its sanity and deals with foreign and domestic matters honestly. Humanity is not asking American leaders to retreat from the world, but to reflect on their actions, recognize the limits to their power, and respect international law.
Political opportunists seize upon tragedy to attack second amendment
Source: Paul Joseph Watson
Within hours of the tragic ‘Batman’ shooting in Aurora, Colorado, political opportunists have seized upon the incident to push for gun control, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg demanding that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama “stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about” mass shootings.
Exactly as we predicted in our earlier article, leftists have wasted no time in exploiting the actions of a lone lunatic for political grist, with Bloomberg calling on the two presidential candidates to crack down on gun rights.
We knew ghouls like Bloomberg would rush to exploit this tragedy to try and crush the right to self defense.
Quite how either Romney or Obama have the power to reverse a Hollywood-inspired culture that serves up lashings of violence to young people like turkey at Thanksgiving is anyone’s guess.
In addition, the notion that either of the presidential candidates can put a halt to a juggernaut pharmaceutical industry that doles out violence-causing SSRI drugs to youngsters like penny candy is clearly asinine.
“I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day,” said Bloomberg. “It’s just gotta stop. And instead of these two people, President [Barack] Obama and Governor [Mitt] Romney talking in broad things about, they want to make the world a better place. OK. Tell us how. And this is a problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?” Bloomberg told WOR News Talk Radio 710.
Bloomberg was followed in his idiocy by CNN host and all-round smarm-merchant Piers Morgan, who in a series of tweets hastily seized upon the tragedy to promote his lust for disarming the general public.
“America has got to do something about its gun laws. Now is the time,” said Morgan.
“Lunatics like this will always try and get guns. It should be 100,000 times harder than it is for them to do so. That’s my point,” he added.
Perhaps the more fundamental question that needs to be asked as to why America keeps experiencing mass shootings, when as recently as twenty years ago they were few and far between, is to what extent our sick culture and entertainment industry is contributing to the general malaise and unfeeling psychosis that seems to have gripped the younger generations?
Why were there so few mass shootings just two decades ago compared to now? Has the number and availability of guns increased substantially? No. Is the sewer pipe we call Hollywood and the entertainment industry pumping out sicker, more nihilistic and more violence-strewn films than ever before? Yes.
As numerous observers have noted, the recent Batman films have contained unnerving amounts of violence that seem to serve little purpose other than to appease a bloodthirsty craving for gore and brutality amongst young people, who have had such sickness foisted upon them through movies, entertainment, video games and popular music.
As Jenny McCartney notes in the Telegraph, we have been turned into a society seduced by sadism.
This sadism is also more accessible to children and young people than ever before. Many people today are asking what a 6-year-old child was doing at a midnight screening of a movie?
In addition, the fact that these kind of movies are able to generate such a level of suspended disbelief that victims thought the shooting was initially part of the movie, is a shocking example of how much power the big screen has to warp minds.
It’s also now come to light that Warner Bros paired the Batman movie with a trailer for a film which shows “a gangster with a machine gun shooting up people in a movie theater from behind the big screen.”
Once again, before we even know anything about the 24-year-old shooter James Holmes, the establishment media and leftist political operatives are rushing to denounce gun rights as the culprit behind the tragedy, once again failing to address the underlying root cause – a sadistic, death obsessed culture that allows young men to be drawn into bizarre fantasy worlds where violence is seen as an alluring adventure.
Memo outlines strategy for influencing party platform at RNC
Source: Steve Watson
As the mainstream media continues to idiotically blather on about Ron Paul “quitting”, the campaign is forging ahead, today releasing a memo outlining Paul’s strategy for the GOP national convention.
“Let me be very clear,” writes chief strategist Jesse Benton in the opening lines of the memo, “Dr. Paul is NOT dropping out or suspending his campaign.”
“As Dr. Paul has previously stated, he is in this race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August,” Benton adds, noting that the campaign will look to maximize the resources it has, thus it will not fruitlessly pour money into the remaining primary states.
“We will continue to run strong programs at district and state [party] conventions to win more delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention.” Benton continues, noting that the campaign will enter a “new phase” on Friday at the Minnesota state GOP convention, where Paul will make an appearance.
While Benton acknowledges that “barring something very unforeseen”, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will now secure enough delegates to win the nomination, he asks Paul supporters to stay positive and help the Congressman secure a legacy for the future of the liberty movement.
“We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve.” Benton states.
“Our delegates can still make a major impact at the national convention and beyond.” Including, he adds, using their influence “to shape the process for future liberty candidates.”
“By sending a large, respectful, and professional delegation to Tampa, we will show the Party and the country that not only is our movement growing and here to stay, but that the future belongs to us,” Benton notes, perhaps tacitly asking supporters to rise above the recent dirty tricks that Romney supporters and GOP insiders have attempted to pull at state conventions.
In comments to reporters, Benton elaborated on the calls for decorum, noting “We our doing everything in our power to work with out supporters to make sure decorum and respect are the name of the game.” Benton added that he was well aware that “our supporters are going to get an excessive amount of blame for problems that arise at heated conventions.”
Senior Paul advisor Doug Wead also elaborated, noting “Shouting people down is not Ron Paul’s way. Winning a battle of ideals based on principles, in a respectful way, is how he approaches the contest and it is how he wants others to approach the contest as well.”
The strategy memo outlines three key areas where the Paul campaign will seek to influence policy at the national convention; monetary policy reform, prohibitions on indefinite detention and internet freedom.
Benton also told reporters that the campaign has been discussing the party platform with Mitt Romney’s team.
“I’d like to thank them for the respect that they’ve showed us,” Benton said. When asked if Ron Paul would endorse Romney, Benton said “I do not believe that is likely”. When asked if Paul would work with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Benton said “No, there’s no chance of that.”
“Some will say that it is a lost cause,” Doug Wead said in his written statement today, referring to Paul’s ongoing campaign for liberty. “I will not concede but it does remind me of Clarence Darrow’s famous line, “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for” he concluded.
“Our people have been punched, yelled at, lied to and worked until they can hardly stand.” Wead added. “But on they come, fighting for their children, fighting for their future, angry at the corruption of the banks, of Wall Street, of the lobbyists, of the Congress, of the White House. The battle for liberty is not over. It has just taken on a new phase. It cannot be stopped by the national media. If that were the case it would never have been born in the first place.”