Joel Skousen: My Election Advice

World Affairs Brief, October 31, 2008. Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief

MY ELECTION ADVICE

It is time for Americans to stop voting for the “lesser of two evils,” and make a firm commitment always to vote only for principled candidates who will defend our liberty without compromise. If you are a conservative and think that we will suffer more damage under Obama than McCain, think again. Both parties are going to foist a national health insurance plan on the nation. Both will continue intervening around the world. Neither will fight against the evils of fiat money and insider trading and speculation that has brought our nation to economic destruction. Both will favor more bailouts of all varieties that will create a complete dependency upon government controls. At least with a Democrat in office the conservatives will fight against them. With a Republican in office, unthinking conservatives accept what they are told and believe that it is somehow a virtue.

I, along with Ron Paul, am endorsing Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party for President. Baldwin is principled, articulate, and capable of rising to be the next great leader of the conservative movement in America. He’s a great religious leader but will not compromise with the PTB in order to gain political favors for Christianity as do the other mainline evangelical leaders. He is also very sensitive to the fact that there are others in this nation with different religious beliefs. Baldwin allows for religious diversity and does not believe in limiting our constitutional freedoms on one religion only. Voting for a third party is not a waste of your vote. It sends a strong message to the establishment that we are not going to be fooled or persuaded any longer into voting for evil in the illusory fear of “wasting our vote.”

It is hard to stop opportunists from running for office when courts allow them to legislate benefits for others. That’s why term limits don’t work for us. It’s far easier for socialists to replaced their kind of representative than for us to find principled constitutionalists to run in a system that doesn’t have limits on lawmaking power.

Ultimately, our only long-term solution is to rebuild a network of influential conservatives and libertarians who can recognize the difference between good and bad laws (new founding fathers, if you will) so that we can build a movement to once again bind Congress and state legislatures down with the chains of a tighter set of laws–with proper limits on lawmaking powers and the use of majority rule. My Law and Government section on my personal website http://www.joelskousen.com/Philosophy/philosophy.html is a first start in this area.

I’ve tried to take the principles of the constitution and restructure them in tight legal language so our fundamental rights cannot be legislated or interpreted away. Another effort focusing on eliminating bad law directly has been started by subscriber David Shields. I encourage you to go to his website www.fixbadlaws.com and click on the “Featured Article” link; read it and then sign on to help disseminate this to others. It’s a good beginning. If there are any other legal minds out there willing to help me begin the process of preparing a new legal structure for the Ideal State, let me know by return email.

VIDEO: Both Third Party Debates

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Third Party Debate from the City Club of Cleveland

Ralph Nader, Independent Party, fmr. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), Libertarian Party, and Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party, met in a debate hosted by the City Club of Cleveland. 1 hr. 3 min.

C-Span is also hosting this video in Real format, but only from their home page, currently.

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Third Party Presidential Debate with candidates Ralph Nader and The Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin

Related: Watch Online: Chuck Baldwin on C-Span—3rd Party Debate with Nader; Today’s 1/2-Hour Call-in

Most Presidents Ignore the Constitution: The government we have today is something the Founders could never have imagined

From: Wall Street Journal, Opinion

In a radio interview in 2001, then-Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama noted — somewhat ruefully — that the same Supreme Court that ordered political and educational equality in the 1960s and 1970s did not bring about economic equality as well. Although Mr. Obama said he could come up with arguments for the constitutionality of such action, the plain meaning of the Constitution quite obviously prohibits it.

Mr. Obama is hardly alone in his expansive view of legitimate government. During the past month, Sen. John McCain (who, like Sen. Obama, voted in favor of the $700 billion bank bailout) has been advocating that $300 billion be spent to pay the monthly mortgage payments of those in danger of foreclosure. The federal government is legally powerless to do that, as well.

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt first proposed legislation that authorized the secretary of agriculture to engage in Soviet-style central planning — a program so rigid that it regulated how much wheat a homeowner could grow for his own family’s consumption — he rejected arguments of unconstitutionality. He proclaimed that the Constitution was “quaint” and written in the “horse and buggy era,” and predicted the public and the courts would agree with him.

Remember that FDR had taken — and either Mr. Obama or Mr. McCain will soon take — the oath to uphold that old-fashioned document, the one from which all presidential powers come.

Unfortunately, these presidential attitudes about the Constitution are par for the course. Beginning with John Adams, and proceeding to Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and George W. Bush, Congress has enacted and the president has signed laws that criminalized political speech, suspended habeas corpus, compelled support for war, forbade freedom of contract, allowed the government to spy on Americans without a search warrant, and used taxpayer dollars to shore up failing private banks.

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RAND Lobbies Pentagon: Start Major War To Save U.S. Economy

From: Prison Planet

According to reports out of top Chinese mainstream news outlets, the RAND Corporation recently presented a shocking proposal to the Pentagon in which it lobbied for a war to be started with a major foreign power in an attempt to stimulate the American economy and prevent a recession.

A fierce debate has now ensued in China about who that foreign power may be, with China itself as well as Russia and even Japan suspected to be the targets of aggression.

The reports cite French media news sources as having uncovered the proposal, in which RAND suggested that the $700 billion dollars that has been earmarked to bailout Wall Street and failing banks instead be used to finance a new war which would in turn re-invigorate the flagging stock markets.

The RAND Corporation is a notoriously powerful NGO with deep ties to the U.S. military-industrial complex as well as interlocking connections with the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations.

Current directors of RAND include Frank Charles Carlucci III, former Defense Secretary and Deputy Director of the CIA, Ronald L. Olson, Council on Foreign Relations luminary and former Secretary of Labor, and Carl Bildt, top Bilderberg member and former Swedish Prime Minister. …

China’s biggest media outlet, Sohu.com, speculated that the target of the new war would probably be China or Russia, but that it could also be Iran or another middle eastern country. Japan was also mentioned as a potential target for the reason that Japan holds the most U.S. debt. …

The reported RAND proposal dovetails with recent comments made by Joe Biden, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and others, concerning the “guarantee” that Barack Obama will face a major “international crisis” soon after taking office.

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Farewell, Northwest: Delta Takeover is official

From: Star & Tribune

It’s a done deal: Delta owns Northwest

Company officials signed merger papers within hours of a Justice Department OK.

The setting sun provides a dramatic backdrop to a Northwest Airlines jet as it soars into the clouds during takeoff from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Finally, it’s official: Northwest Airlines is Delta’s.

More than eight decades after it was founded, Minnesota’s airline giant became part of Delta Air Lines on Wednesday. Hours after federal regulators cleared the merger for takeoff, the companies consummated the deal creating the world’s largest airline. …

On Wednesday, the IAM’s Robert Roach, general vice president, said federal approval of the merger came as “no surprise” after “eight years of disastrous economic decisions by the Bush administration.”

The merger connects Northwest’s network in Asia with Delta’s strength in Europe and growing presence in Africa and Latin America.

The carrier will maintain Northwest’s domestic hubs in the Twin Cities, Detroit and Memphis as well as Delta’s hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, New York and Salt Lake City.

The merger makes even more sense as we face an economic recession because we can capture $2 billion of benefits annually that neither airline could accomplish alone,” Anderson and Bastian said in a memo Wednesday to employees.

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[Alaska] Ron Paul: Please Support Bob Bird for Senate

From: Congressman Ron Paul <updates08@ronpaulforcongress.com>

Dear Friend:

As I’m sure you know, Senator Ted Stevens was this week found guilty of corruption. With national Republicans, including John McCain and Sarah Palin, calling for Steven’s resignation, his re-election bid appears lost. However, defenders of Liberty like you and I cannot sit idly by and allow big government liberal and Harry Reid disciple Mark Begich to waltz right into the Senate for the next six years.

That is why I am endorsing Bob Bird for US Senate. Bob is a true warrior in the fight against big government. If elected, he has committed to caucus with the GOP, yet would retain the independence and integrity Alaskans expect and deserve.

The hour is growing late, and time is short. Will you help Bob Bird with your generous online contribution of $250, $100, $50 or even the legal maximum of $2,300? http://www.birdforsenate.com/contribute.html

Bob also needs all the volunteer support and energy you, your friends and family might provide.To pitch in, please contact him at http://www.birdforsenate.com/contribute.html.

You have stood with me as I campaigned for the Presidency to return our federal government to its proper role. Will you help me bring a reliable ally to Washington?

Many thanks for all you have done.

In Liberty,

Ron Paul

Related: Alaskans: Instead of Ted, Vote for Bob [Bird]

10/29/08 3rd Party Debate with Chuck Baldwin…

From: An email from the Constitution Party

3rd Party Debate To Focus On Economy

“No Bailouts”
Presidential Candidate To Tell Voters The Rest Of The Story

Cleveland, OH (October 29, 2008)  Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin (www.Baldwin08.com) will address economic issues in a debate  scheduled for Thursday, October 30th at 4:30 PM at the City Club of Cleveland, 850- Euclid Ave, Cleveland.

The forum, organized by the City Club will effectively break the media blackout on viable third party candidates running in the presidential race. Third party candidates in the debate include Independent Ralph Nader, the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney and the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr.

“As long as Americans are denied the opportunity to hear from all the candidates we cannot pretend we have unbiased election coverage or fair elections,” said Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin.

Baldwin, standard-bearer for the fast-growing Constitution Party has received the endorsement of former GOP presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul (http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=547).

Last month Paul urged all Americans to end the duopoly of the Republican and Democratic parties and vote for a third party candidate in November (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ7fcbst3VE ).

Baldwin, a Pensacola, Florida pastor and former Moral Majority state chair, is a political columnist, author and radio talk show host and was the 2004 Constitution Party vice presidential candidate.

Baldwin has distinguished himself as the only candidate running who is for secure borders, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for overturning Roe v Wade and abolishing the IRS and the Federal Reserve. Baldwin has received an A rating from Gun Owners of America (www.gunowners.org) and Numbers USA, (www.numbersusa.org) the pro-secure borders, anti- illegal immigration group in contrast to McCain and Obama’s F- ratings.

The City Club of Cleveland debate, moderated by Dan Moulthrop of Cleveland’s PBS radio and television stations, will be streamed live by ideastream (http://www.wviz.org/). The debate’s main focus will be on the economy. Baldwin has spoken out against the federal government’s recent so-called “bailouts” in contrast to Senators Obama and McCain who support what Baldwin calls “a disastrous scheme against the American taxpayer.”

C-Span will tape Thursday’s debate for broadcast later that night.

Skousen: Evidence Indicates Obama’s Hawaiian Birth Certificate Falsified

Listen to Joel discuss this important, unreported Constitutional issue here with Dr. Stanley Monteith on Radio Liberty [click on ‘Save’ for standard MP3]:

Date: 10-23-08
Hour: a – 1 hr.
3:00: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Cause and Solution of the Economic crash
Hour: b – 1 hr.
4:00: Joel Skousen: World Affairs Brief

Dr. Stan’s Radio Liberty Audio Archive Page

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World Affairs Brief, October 24, 2008. Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief.

THE LEGAL BATTLE OVER OBAMA’S CITIZENSHIP STILL ALIVE

I’m putting the economic issues in second position this week to cover an important and ongoing election story with tremendous legal consequences to the issue of presidential qualifications. The election’s most under-reported story, among many, is the story of Obama’s origins in Kenya and the evidence indicating that Obama’s subsequent birth certificate from Hawaii was falsified to give him citizen status. Continue reading “Skousen: Evidence Indicates Obama’s Hawaiian Birth Certificate Falsified”

The Government’s Actions Are Making the Financial Crisis Worse

From: George Washington’s Blog

  • The bailouts are causing HIGHER mortgage rates for consumers
  • The government’s commercial paper buying spree is INCREASING the cost of borrowing
  • They also undermine consumer confidence. For example, consumer confidence is now at an “all-time low”, due partly to “increasing uncertainty about the government’s rescue plan“.

…economists at UCLA have concluded that some of FDR’s policies extended the length of the Great Depression by 7 years.

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In Trying to Stop the Inevitable Deleveraging Process, the Government is Only Making It Worse

From: George Washington’s Blog

The financial system is undergoing a period of deleveraging that cannot be stopped. For example:

• Barrons is running an editorial entitled “The Crash Must Come: Intervention can’t stop the business cycle”. ….

Instead of allowing an orderly deleveraging process, the government is actually trying to prop up the leverage.

For example, instead of requiring banks to deleverage, the government is reducing their cash reserve requirements so they can increase their leverage to loan money they don’t have through fractional reserve banking. See also this.

And – even after Greenspan confessed that derivatives were dangerous (and see this) – the government refuses to rescind them or take any other real actions to contain the nuclear fallout from such “weapons of mass destruction“. Instead, the government is trying to prop up the derivatives market by various means.

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Synchronized Presidential Debating

Spin multiplies when 3rd party candidates, who have real answers and are more likely to tell the truth are banned.

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Did watching the 2nd and 3rd debates give you a feeling of déjà vu? This montage of synced-up footage from all three presidential debates confirms our deep-seated belief that every debate was exactly the same.

Jury finds Stevens guilty of lying about gifts

As I said before: ‘May our airport, again, be called Stevenslessly, ‘Anchorage International Airport.’ We should never name real estate after living, electable politicians,  no matter what.

From: Anchorage Daily News

WASHINGTON – A jury today found U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens guilty of all seven counts of lying on his financial disclosure forms.

It is the highest-profile felony conviction in a sweeping four-year federal investigation into corruption in Alaska politics, and a rare conviction by a jury of a sitting U.S. senator.

Jurors found Stevens, 84, guilty of willfully filing false financial-disclosure forms….

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Related: Skousen: Stevens Only One of Many Financially Corrupt Senators


Watch Online: Chuck Baldwin on C-Span—3rd Party Debate with Nader; Today’s 1/2-Hour Call-in

Both C-Span programs are excellent! I would have liked to hear the moderator less in the debate, but what he says is good.

Third Party Presidential Candidate Debate
(just Chuck & Ralph)

Constitution Party Call-in
(32-minutes with Chuck)

Vote clean this time. Stand up for righteousness!

Chuck Baldwin is Ron Paul endorsed and is awesome! I have voted for the Constitution party candidate for President the last two times, and will again, now that the people foolishly chose John McCain over Ron Paul in the primaries.

The globalist picked, promoted, funded and controlled McCain and Obama will both continue the destruction of this once great nation to its utter demise.

Related

At ToBeFree:

Both Third Party Debates

All 45 of my Chuck Baldwin posts (in reverse-chronological order)

All of my Sarah Palin posts (in reverse-chronological order)

All of my John McCain posts (in reverse-chronological order)

Ron Paul: “I’m supporting Chuck Baldwin” & “the most difficult group to recruit has been the evangelicals who supported McCain and his pro-war positions”

Ron Paul’s Biggest Eye-Opener: ‘Christian’ Evangelicals Pushing Preemptive War in the Name of Spreading Christian ‘Love’

At OneCanHappen:

President Bush — “Bad Fruits versus Good Fruits” List

Pastor Baldwin: The Religious Right is AWOL From the Real War

Pastor Baldwin: Today’s ‘Christians’—No Hope In God’s Way

Voting for the ‘Lesser of Evils,’ Thinking We’re Going to Heaven

TUNE IN SUNDAY OCT. 26: Willie Nelson, Jesse Ventura, Alex Jones to Host Anti-War, Pro-Peace Event

From: Jones Report

Willie Nelson, Jesse Ventura, Alex Jones and Jimmie Vaughan will all appear live at the Backyard Live Oak Amphitheater this Sunday 26th for the Peaceful Solution, Peace Revolution, Take Back America event, which will be streamed live on the Internet for free.

As well as a fantastic helping of live music from Willie Nelson and others, Nelson, Jones and Ventura will each give a speech and conduct a question and answer session during the course of the evening.

The title for the event originates from a lyric from Willie Nelson’s “Peaceful Solution” song.

The event will be video streamed live on Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com from 9pm CST onwards for free.

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Alex Jones Learning To Be Free — No Hate!

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from Willie Nelson on The Alex Jones Show, 10/22/08.

“You know, Willie, in the past, I hated those people [cold hearted, sovereign-nations-destroying, NWO globalists].

And as soon as I turned loose and stopped hating them a few years ago, and really—I want to stop them; I want to resist them; I want to fight them—but I don’t hate them. I really feel sorry for them and realize they’re really screwed up, bad people.

That took a weight off me.”

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Entire Interview at: Willie Nelson on The Alex Jones Show “Take America Back”

“Avoid Flu Shots With the One Vitamin that Will Stop Flu in Its Tracks”

From: Dr. Mercola

Another influenza season is beginning, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will strongly urge Americans to get a flu shot. In fact, the CDC mounts a well-orchestrated campaign each season to generate interest and demand for flu shots.

But a recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. …

There is some evidence that flu shots cause Alzheimer’s disease, most likely as a result of combining mercury with aluminum and formaldehyde. Mercury in vaccines has also been implicated as a cause of autism.

Three other serious adverse reactions….

One credible hypothesis that explains the seasonal nature of flu is that influenza is a vitamin D deficiency disease.

Vitamin D levels in your blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons.

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Related: Dr. Mercola: How Much Vitamin D?

McCain and the POW Cover-up: The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam

From: The Nation Institute

Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute. This is an expanded version, with primary documents attached, of a story that appears in the October 6, 2008 issue of The Nation.

By Sydney H. Schanberg
September 18, 2008

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.

The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small.

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Related: Author Interviewed at Democracy Now! — Report: McCain Suppressed Info on Fellow Vietnam POWs Left Behind

Paul Craig Roberts: Government abandoned Vietnam POWs now COMPLETELY CONFIRMED! John McCain and others exposed!

John McCain: War Hero or Something Less? — ‘Songbird’ McCain’s cover up of Vietnam era POW sightings could have been driven by fear that some released prisoners might have unpleasant things to say about his activities while at Hoa Lo prison

8 Facts That Prove John McCain is an Unhinged Warmonger

(video) McCain Laughs, Sings “Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran”

(video) McCain Laughing About Killing Iranians Again

Ron Paul: Christian Just War Theory — “Evidently, I have been reading a different Bible. I remember something about ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’”

Ron Paul’s Biggest Eye-Opener: ‘Christian’ Evangelicals Pushing Preemptive War in the Name of Spreading Christian ‘Love’

(video) Ron Paul Booed by Reverse-Christian Debate Audience for Endorsing the Golden Rule

Oppose Genetically Engineered Papayas!

From: True Food Network

Oppose GE Papayas!

COMMENTS NEEDED BY NOVEMBER 3rd TO STOP GE PAPAYA IN FLORIDA!

The US Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments between now and November 3, 2008 on a petition that would allow commercial growing and marketing of the first genetically engineered (GE) papaya trees on mainland US soil. If approved, this would remove all regulatory oversight of this GE variety by USDA of a virus-resistant papaya tree known as the Ring Spot Virus Resistant Papaya.

The USDA admits that this GE papaya will contaminate both organic and conventional non-genetically engineered papaya groves if it is approved. GE papaya pollen carried by wind, bees and other insects will contaminate the papaya groves of organic and conventional growers.

In Hawaii, a previously approved virus resistant [Hawaiian] papaya has caused extensive contamination of organic, conventional and wild papaya groves on most of the Hawaiian Islands in just a few years. This contamination has spread far more quickly than the USDA predicted in its initial assessment. Once native and cultivated papaya varieties are contaminated with transgenic pollen and the resulting seeds are planted, there is no calling it back.

Read Entire Article, Take Action

Biden Predicts an “International…Generated Crisis” Within 6 Months of Inauguration

From: Prison Planet

What Will Obama’s “International Crisis” Be?

Joe Biden’s “guarantee” that an “international crisis” will unfold shortly after President Obama takes office conjures up several different possibilities, but it seems the likely outcome will revolve around an announcement that Iran has developed a nuclear bomb, prompting a potential military attack.

“It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy,” Biden told an audience in Seattle this past weekend.

“Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

The assured tone with which Biden delivered his forecast was staggeringly convincing, and left the observer in no doubt that there will be a major world crisis shortly after Obama takes office. “Mark my words, mark my words,” Biden stressed, adding that “tough” and “unpopular” foreign policy decisions will have to be made.“I promise you it will occur,” Biden added, “As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it is going to happen.”

Biden’s use of the word “generated” is even more startling. One of the dictionary definitions we find for the word “generated” is “to bring into existence; cause to be; produce,” which begs the question, will this be another staged and manufactured crisis like the 9/11 attacks, which occurred less than 8 months after Bush took office?

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It’s Official: LIVE 3rd Party Debate Tonight on C-Span 2 (9pm Eastern)

From: C-Span’s Home Page

LIVE 3rd Party Debate Tonight

Today

Tonight, Ralph Nader (I) & Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party) meet in a 3rd Party debate, hosted by Free and Equal. This is Mr. Nader’s fourth presidential campaign. Mr. Baldwin is a radio talk show host and Baptist Minister.

It’s listed on today’s C-Span schedule to be aired at 9pm (Eastern) for 1.5 hours — C-Span 2.

From: http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/cspan.csp?command=dprogram&record=567806903

Debate
Third Party Presidential Candidate Debate
Free and Equal Elections
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
ID: 281952 10/23/2008 – 1:30 – No Sale

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Nader, Ralph Presidential Candidate, I, Independent
Hedges, Chris Senior Fellow, Nation Institute
Baldwin, Chuck Presidential Candidate, Constitution Party

Third party presidential candidates Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin had a debate. At the time of the debate, they were the only candidates whose appearance was confirmed.

Chris Hedges moderated the debate held in the Colonial Room at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.

This debate is important because real solutions will actually be discussed here by candidates who aren’t bought and paid for, who could actually turn the destruction of America around; though, they’re completely ignored by even most pastors in this nation. So now it’s basically too late, having dissed Ron Paul as well, which is even more incredible, because Ron Paul really had a chance….

Ron-Paul-endorsed Chuck Baldwin has my vote. I will not vote for the destruction of this once great country, which McCain and Obama will almost certainly continue on the fast track.

Corporate Lying Example: Panasonic LX3 Lens Distortion Deception

From: SeriousCompacts.com

Panasonic LX3 Lens Distortion

Here’s what Panasonic has to say about the LX3 lens:

As a result of the F 2.0 lens, the DMC-LX3 produces high resolution and minimal distortion. ….

[test images]

It takes about a +15 distortion adjustment in the Photoshop lens correction tool to eliminate the barrel, and then one has to crop to ~88% in each dimension to get rid of the empty space. In 16:9 aspect, that cropping decreases the image from 8.9MP to roughly 7MP.

Panasonic has been open about the fact that they have been correcting lens distortion in camera for years now. Reviewers were impressed by the low distortion wide angle 18x zoom in the Panasonic FZ18. By leaving a bit of barrel distortion uncorrected and shipping both the LX3 and D-LUX 4 with a RAW converter that automatically applies the same correction as the in-camera processing, Panasonic has made it so that only a minority of reviewers and customers will take notice.

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I’m uncomfortable with Panasonic…