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Iowa Caucus results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tyler Reedy   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 08:33
On the evening of January 3rd Occupy Iowa Caucus (#OIC) met a set back; despite a combined effort of media and work on the ground we have achieved a small turnout for “Uncommitted”; with 1.5% in the Democratic caucus and 0.6% in the GOP’s caucus. This is a set back for all who identify with the 99%.

The set back is not due to our own organization, but rather the powerful organization and allies of our enemies. The GOP, the Democratic Party and corporations have been working to suppress the voices of the 99%.

This has suppression been seen in the fact that corporate media has denied our approaches and not covered this effort. Furthermore the threats of both parties to ignore or not count uncommitted votes show their willingness to suppress democracy

This is a clear illustration of that which we are working against. This exercise, in democracy, has clearly demonstrated that this current system cannot work for the interests of the 99%. This shows the flawed nature of our system where it is impossible for the small underfunded contender to achieve victory.

This is a clear sign of a corrupt system. The fact that the candidate who can spend the most money wins 9 out of 10 times, as was the case last night, illustrates the deepest flaw of the current voting system. However this is not the end, a better world is still possible.

Website: occupyIAcaucus.org


 
Ron Paul Campaign Celebrates Great Victory at Iowa Caucus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:39
Paul makes history in first-in-nation voting state
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign is celebrating a great victory with its strong top-three finish at the Iowa Caucus.  Below please find comments from Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

“The Ron Paul campaign is celebrating a great victory tonight.

“There were three tickets out of Iowa, and Ron Paul earned one of them.

“One of the three tickets, the one belonging to Rick Santorum, is a dead-end due to Santorum’s weak fundraising and lack of national campaign organization.

"This is now a two way race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and the candidate for real change, Ron Paul.

“Ron Paul has a top notch national organization, tremendous fundraising prowess, and unequaled enthusiasm among his volunteers and supporters.

“Dr. Paul has taken the first step towards earning the delegates it will take to be the GOP nominee and is the only candidate not named Mitt Romney with the ability to do so.

“Ron Paul is now off to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nevada, Maine, North Dakota, Washington, Colorado, and beyond.

"See you on the campaign trail.”

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News from the Ron Paul Campaign late-December PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:34
In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul a ‘Rock Star’ at West Des Moines High School Rally
‘Rock the Caucus’ attendees greet Dr. Paul and by applause judge him to be their favorite
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul got rock star treatment at a ‘Rock the Caucus’ youth rally held today in West Des Moines.  The 12-term Congressman from Texas addressed 800 caucus-eligible seniors and juniors at Valley High School.

The Des Moines Register’s Mary Stegmeir gets it spot-on when she says the energy and admiration for Paul were appreciable.

Ron Paul gets rock star reception at Valley High School
By Mary Stegmeir
Des Moines Register

West Des Moines, Ia. — Ron Paul enjoyed a rock star reception this morning during a get-out-the-vote rally at Valley High School in West Des Moines.

Throngs of reporters snapped photos and yelled out questions as he made his way into the school’s gymnasium. Once inside, the students offered the 76-year-0ld congressman their warmest welcome of the day.

Roughly 800 juniors and seniors gathered clapped and cheered for the Paul, who briefly sported a pair of shades. Chris Moody, a political reporter with Yahoo! News tweeted this gem: “Iowa HS girl on Ron Paul when he enters rally: ‘He’s got his glasses on. Like a BOSS.’”

U.S. Congressman Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and the sons of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also addressed students at this morning’s rally — but were not treated to as enthusiastic of a welcome…

For the full article in the Des Moines Register, please click here.

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In Case You Missed It:Rick Santorum’s Nephew Endorses Ron Paul for President
“If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum.”
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul can count his competitor Rick Santorum’s nephew as a key youth supporter, demonstrating how young people as well as other voters are conversant on the important issues of the day.

Santorum’s 19-year-old nephew John Garver writes in the Daily Caller all about how his uncle’s longstanding, misplaced insecurities cause him to doubt how economic and civil liberties will help America reach its potential – if those like Santorum just step aside and permit them to.

The trouble with my uncle, Rick Santorum
By John Garver, Student, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum. America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty. My uncle’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working.

It is not the government’s job to dictate to individuals how they must live. The Constitution was designed to protect individual liberty. My Uncle Rick cannot fathom a society in which people cooperate and work with each other freely. When Republicans were spending so much money under President Bush, my uncle was right there along with them as a senator. The reason we have so much debt is not only because of Democrats, but also because of big-spending Republicans like my Uncle Rick.

It is because of this inability of status quo politicians to recognize the importance of our individual liberties that I have been drawn to Ron Paul. Unlike my uncle, he does not believe that the American people are incapable of forming decisions. He believes that an individual is more powerful than any group (a notion our founding fathers also believed in).

Another important reason I support Ron Paul is his position on foreign policy. He is the only candidate willing to bring our troops home, not only from the Middle East, but from around the world.

Ron Paul seems to be the only candidate trying to win the election for a reason other than simply winning the election.

This year, I’ll vote for an honest change in our government. I’ll vote for real hope. I’ll vote for a real leader. This year, I will vote for Ron Paul.

John Garver is a 19-year-old student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. John is a strong supporter of Ron Paul despite his love for family member Rick Santorum.

For the original article posted to Daily Caller, please click here.

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Former CIA Agent in Charge of bin Laden Unit Endorses Ron Paul

Foreign policy and national security expert Michael Scheuer regards Paul as the presidential candidate best able to keep America strong and secure

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed by the CIA’s former lead agent in charge of tracking Osama bin Laden.  The endorsement was made in a recent column Mr. Scheuer published on his website.

The former high-ranking intelligence officer Scheuer and the 12-term Congressman from Texas, both with decades of experience working on and witnessing the costly interventionist foreign policy of the past decades, agree that a foreign policy that puts America first keeps America safest.

The endorsement by Michael Scheuer is certain to cause a ripple effect of discussion throughout the political establishment, especially in foreign policy circles where policymakers promote endless U.S. military involvement and subsidization of global security as the solution to conflicts often having an unclear connection to U.S. national security.  An endlessly interventionist foreign policy like the one practiced by the Obama administration is certain to result in bankruptcy and increased hostility toward the U.S., a prediction Mr. Scheuer and Dr. Paul both make and endeavor to share with the American public.

“We’re pleased to have the endorsement of Michael Scheuer, who is the world’s leading expert on the notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden and who like Ron Paul understands the connection between U.S military adventurism and emerging threats against America,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

“Michael Scheuer understands that only Dr. Paul will put our national security first and stop the foreign wars and nation building.  Our campaign is very proud to have his support," said Mr. Benton.

Mr. Scheuer is a former CIA intelligence officer, American blogger, historian, foreign policy critic, and political analyst.  He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies. Throughout his 22-year tenure with the CIA,he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka "Alec Station"), from 1996 to 1999, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center.  He then worked again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.


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Cain is Right on “Gotcha” Question Campaign Ends but Media Attacks on Cain Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Hoekstra   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:33
(New York) During an appearance this morning on “The Early Show”, former presidential candidate Herman Cain was asked a question about the number of active and reserve military personnel. Mr. Cain gave a correct answer of 3 million total military personnel in the armed services. (U.S. Department of Defense figures for active military personnel, reservists and civilian personnel indicate 3.03 million personnel.) 

It is with regret, however, that Mr. Cain needed to clarify the anchor’s query as a ‘gotcha’ question. She proved him right with an attempt to correct him, albeit with incorrect figures.

These media attempts to ‘catch’ Mr. Cain in an error, or trip him up, began during his presidential campaign. Unfortunately, during a campaign, there is not always the opportunity to set the record straight when the media misrepresent information.

As evidenced during this morning’s interview on CBS “The Early Show”, Mr. Cain is rewriting these rules. It is clear that an overall effort remains to discredit Mr. Cain as he looks to help Americans rewrite their future.

It is with every good intention Mr. Cain called the question for what it was, a ‘gotcha’. It’s time to set the record straight. America has too much at stake to be misguided or misled by misinformation, intentional or otherwise.

 
My Caucus Endorsement(s) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:28

Dear Friends,

It's really dumb to endorse a candidate, or even multiple candidates. All you do is anger your friends, fire-up your enemies and burn political capital. So, with that in mind, here are my endorsements:

DEMOCRAT: Go "uncommitted." President Obama has disappointed his base on so many issues, even signing the National Defense Authorization Act. Obama needs our support to win in November. He needs to know that we're unhappy, and that we intend to hold him accountable. We do that with a strong showing of uncommitted Democrats at Tuesday's 7:00 pm caucus. Call the Iowa Democratic Party at (515) 244-7292 to find out where to caucus.

REPUBLICAN: Support one of the less extreme candidates: Ron Paul, John Huntsman, Buddy Roemer or Fred Karger. Any of them would provide a far healthier debate with President Obama on key issues. Of course, three of these candidates have long been dismissed by the corporate media and the Republican Party. That's wrong, it's unfair, and pre-picking an "acceptable" field of candidates must change . . . but that's a battle for another day. Call the Iowa Republican Party at (515) 282-8105 to find out where to caucus at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

These endorsements in no way reflect my opinion on next fall's general election. And whether you attend the Democratic or Republican caucus, you should introduce resolutions on issues important to you.

So, join the conversation Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (no Fallon Fourm on Caucus night) from 7:00-8:00 pm at 98.3 FM and online. Call-in at (515) 312-0983 or toll-free at (866) 908-TALK. You can download the Fallon Forum as a podcast, too. Thanks!

Ed


EVENTS

Ongoing - Occupy Des Moines (Des Moines)
At Stewart Square, East 14th and Grand, all are welcome at a daily assembly at 6:00 pm (2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday). Lots of regular activities planned. Check the Occupydsm Facebook page for details. Also, check Occupy Iowa's Facebook page for information about other actions around the state.

January 3 - Iowa Caucuses (Statewide)
At 7:00 pm, 1,774 precinct Democratic and Republican caucuses will vote for presidential candidates, elect delegates to the county conventions, and adopt resolutions to build the parties' platforms. Contact either the Iowa Democratic Party at (515) 244-7292 or the Iowa Republican Party at (515) 282-8105.

January 5 - Green Drinks (Des Moines)
Join casual conversation with people interested in environmental issues and sustainable energy over something to eat and/or drink. It's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gateway Market and Cafe, 2002 Woodland Ave. Contact Shari Hrdina at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 5 - Drinking Liberally (Des Moines)
You don't have to be a card-carrying liberal to enjoy political conversation and excellent libations at AJ's, 419 E Court starting at 8:00 pm every Thursday. If the revolution is going to start anyplace, this is probably it. Contact desmoines@drinkingliberally.org.

January 7 (and every Saturday) Occupy Decorah (Decorah)
At the Winneshiek County Courthouse steps at 1:00 pm to discuss issues and plan action. Contact Jim Tripp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 12 - Cool Congregations Coffee (Ames)
From 7:00–8:30 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave for conversation about what faith communities in Iowa are doing to care for the earth. See firsthand what Bethesda Lutheran has done, installing a ground source heat pump system to heat and cool their facility with a goal of reducing their energy use and costs. Contact Sarah Webb at (515) 238-3587 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 14 - Forey Fest (Des Moines)
There has been an outpouring of care and concern for Forey, the barefoot runner who was badly beaten recently. This will be an event filled with fun to benefit Forey. Details are still in progress, but the day will include a 5K run/walk and live music at Full Court Press bars and restaurants. See Forey Fest Facebook Page for details.

January 17 - Irish Jam at Open Sesame (Des Moines)
Discover the fusion of Lebanese and Celtic culture every third Tuesday of the month: belly dancing to Irish gigs and reels, Lebanese cooking washed-down with a pint of Guinness. All musicians patrons welcome, at 313 E. Locust St from 8:30-10:30 pm.

January 26 - Green Drinks (Des Moines)
Join casual conversation with people interested in environmental issues and sustainable energy over something to eat and/or drink. It's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gateway Market and Cafe, 2002 Woodland Ave. Contact Shari Hrdina at DesMoinesGreenDrinks@gmail.com.

 
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