Just like he told you, Ron Paul is continuing to rack up delegates and outright state wins in his continuing race for the Republican Party presidential nomination. In the Minnesota state Republican Party convention on Saturday, he came out controlling 32 of 40 delegates from the state.
The Park Rapids Enterprise reports on how Paul, who showed up to talk to his people at the convention the day before the final delegate vote, was received:
To chants of “President Paul,” 2,000 Minnesota convention delegates welcomed the Texas congressman and presidential candidate.
“There are a lot of friends of liberty in this town,” Paul said….
U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills endorsed Paul and Paul endorsed Bills. The Senate candidate said he will continue to back Paul until he is out of the race.
Several convention observers said that while Paul was well received, they did not hear probable Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney mentioned during the day-long convention.
Paul, who finished second to Rick Santorum in this year’s precinct caucuses, told the Republicans that it is not just their party that latches onto his ideas.
“It is much, much bigger than this,” he added, saying that independents “and even Democrats” support his ideas.
In 10 or 15 years from now, when gay marriage is legal in every state, historians will look back on days like today. They will be amazed that people actually thought it was really controversial that the President of the United States would say he was in support of it. I think it will be like now looking back on African American and woman rights. All the people on the wrong side of history today need to remember this day because I imagine there will be a lot of apologizing in your future.
Protesters across the world hit the streets Tuesday on May Day to rally against austerity measures and call for higher wages and more jobs.
Marches turned violent in Oakland, where protesters pounded on bank windows and went face-to-face with a police line, and in Seattle, where protesters dressed in black smashed windows and police pepper-sprayed some in the crowds.
In the United States, the protests are seen as the biggest test for the Occupy movement since many of its camps were shuttered late last year. Occupiers in more than 100 cities across the country were expected to protest on the day that traditionally celebrates workers’ rights.
State lawmakers are calling for greater oversight of campus police departments after investigators blasted administrators and officers at the University of California, Davis, for pepper-spraying demonstrators—a police action that drew widespread criticism after a video went viral.
In a report released Wednesday, a UC Davis task force said the decision to douse seated Occupy protesters with the eye-stinging chemical was “objectively unreasonable” and not authorized by campus policy.
“The pepper-spraying incident that took place on Nov. 18, 2011, should and could have been prevented,” concluded the task force created to investigate the confrontation.
The chemical crackdown prompted widespread condemnation, campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after videos shot by witnesses were widely played online. Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Assembly Speaker John Perez, who sits on the UC Board of Regents, said in a statement that the report “shows the systemic and administrative problems that led up to an outrageous and excessive use of force against peaceful student demonstrators.”
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An elderly couple has reached a settlement with Spike Lee after the pair said they had to leave their Florida home after the director help spread a Twitter posting listing their address as that of the man who shot an unarmed teen.
The couple’s attorney, Matt Morgan, announced the settlement Thursday. Morgan says Lee called them to apologize for retweeting their address. Specifics of the settlement weren’t disclosed.
Elaine and David McClain are in their 70s and say they have a son named William George Zimmerman, who lived in their Sanford area home in the mid-1990s. They say he is no relation to 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.
The killing has touched off widespread protests around the country and expressions of outrage — including from Lee and other celebrities — because Zimmerman was not arrested. The neighborhood watch volunteer has said he acted in self-defense. Occupy Wall Street doesn’t know what to make of all of this.
The family of Trayvon Martin joined thousands of demonstrators, who teamed up with Occupy Wall Street, to march across New York City last night to protest the shooting death of the Florida teenager. The “Million Hoodie March,” as it was dubbed, was organized to show support for the Martin family and call for the arrest of the George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Martin last month, but has not been charged after claiming self-defense. Martin’s parents spoke to crowd to thank them for their support and continue to push for chages to be filed against Zimmerman. Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton told the gathered protesters that “My son is your son.”
SACRAMENTO (CN) – Nineteen UC Davis students claim in Federal Court that campus police unconstitutionally dispersed their “occupy”-style protest with pepper spray and targeted students for arrest.
The students set up tents on Nov. 17, 2011 to support the Occupy Wall Street Movement. They say that police in riot gear showed up the next day after Chancellor Linda Katehi ordered the tents removed.
“Students held another assembly, discussed the letter the Chancellor had delivered, and many decided to remove their tents and did so. Others resolved to remain,” the complaint states.
“Shortly before 3:00 p.m., a large number of police in riot gear armed with long batons, pepper-ball guns and other weapons were seen massing in formation adjacent to the quad. The students moved the remaining tents to the circle on the Centennial Walk, a concrete pathway in the middle of the campus quad, and stood around them.
GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a freedom problem. He says there is too much freedom on the Internet and it should be regulated. He was the only candidate that did not take a strong stand against SOPA and PIPA and called for regulating the Internet and said freedom should be limited. He called those that want limited government “radical individualism”. Rick Santorum is no conservative. Don’t be fooled by this authoritarian masquerading as a conservative.
“They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.
That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”
Not only is Smith the one who introduced SOPA; he’s also the one who blocked the Frank-Ron Paul marijuana legalization bill from ever reaching the House floor.
His opponent, Sheriff Richard Mack, is by no means the kind of candidate that Occupy Wall Street would ever support. However, this is a very conservative Texas district, so it’s not like we have much choice. What’s important is that this will get Lamar Smith off the judiciary committee and demonstrate that we will not tolerate bills like SOPA. Plus, Mack does have a bit of a libertarian streak and opposes the War on Drugs.
His district is heavily gerrymandered, so it won’t be easy to get rid of him. We’re in for an uphill battle here.
According to ProPublica.org : The entertainment industry made $5,579,819 in contributions to US Senators, with an average contribution of $55,798. The $88,900 I took from them is $33,102 more than the average senator.
(there are some suggested tweets below too!)
Hi. My name is Al Franken. I am a Senator from Minnesota. A proposed bill in the Senate, PIPA, threatens to treat the concept of free speech in much the same way that totalitarian regimes in China, Iran and North Korea do. This bill is why so many internet sites have ‘gone black’ in protest. It was written for lobbyists to place corporate greed over the fundamental freedoms our nation was founded on, and I support it.
I don’t get it. I keep on seeing him do well in these Primaries. Who are the people that approve of him? Who are the people that are voting for him? I really want to know. I don’t know one person that is a fan of this guy.
What is Mitt Romney for? He’s for bigger government, he’s for less personal freedoms, and hates gay people. He’s a friend of Wall Street, wait what am I saying, he is Wall street. His top contributors are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.
He wants more wars. He wants to invade Iran. He wants more bases in other countries. He support NDAA and approves of detaining Americans indefinitely with no trial, judge or jury.
Why is no one mentioning his religious beliefs? I guess some Mormons will vote for their own kind no matter what he’s about (which is sad) but how is he getting so much of the Christian vote? Christianity and Mormonism have NOTHING to do with each other. They are two extremely different ideologies. As a Mormon he believes he’ll get his own universe and become a god when he dies… that’s what he believes. He’s going to become a god of his own universe, just right after he becomes President of the United States. President is a good thing for your resume when trying to get the coolest universe I guess.
Who is voting for this guy? I mean, of course there is an agenda out there that wants to keep this broken machine working, working so it wipes out the lower and middle class, but how is he getting so many votes? Do people vote solely based on his demeanor or that he might have said something witty in the media lately? How pathetic.
Mitt Romney doesn’t want to fix any of the problems in the country, he wants to further the agenda of the 1%. This country needs a lot more than a good looking hair cut and that’s all Mitt Romney is, a good looking hair cut.
Here’s some numbers of the top contributors from the top two candidates in this race
Occupy Wall Street doesn’t support Mitt Romney. They don’t support anyone who is continuing the downward spiral of everything that is wrong with America.
Right when the soldier starts talking about how Ron Paul doesn’t support bombing Iran, the feed is cut.
How is this type of stuff happening in America? All this censorship surrounding Ron Paul (CNN, MSNBC & of course Fox)… then there’s the real possibility of SOPA… Obama signing NDAA which can detain Americans indefinitely… no crooks from Wall Street behind bars…the recession, high unemployment, the rich getting richer, the middle class being wiped out… things are getting worse and worse with no end in site.