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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Now the Democratic "debate".

Posted Monday, November 16, 2015, at 9:24 AM
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    Nice to know that comrade Bernie thinks global warming or climate change or whatever they are calling it today is the number one threat to our military. Of course he wouldn't mention the left wingers that want to get rid of it or the muslims that have declared war on us. Maybe it is getting to hot for him and he just needs to get out of the kitchen.

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Nov 16, 2015, at 2:16 PM
  • Not much interest in this blog. Maybe because there was not much of a debate? Is it just advertisement for the Democrats?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 17, 2015, at 9:50 AM
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    I think they are all afraid to say anything for fear the Republicans will make fools out of them.

    Too late for that. They pretty much made fools of themselves by laying down and letting Hillary walk all over them.

    According to Hillary, Obama did that too when she was the Secretary of State. She admitted being the Leading Person in most of Obama's World Famous un-accomplishments.

    -- Posted by sui on Wed, Nov 18, 2015, at 10:23 AM
  • Hillary will be laughing all the way to the Whitehouse.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Wed, Nov 18, 2015, at 12:02 PM
  • The only "debate" is who will promise the most handouts.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Nov 19, 2015, at 4:26 AM
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    If Hillary makes it to the White House I agree that she will be laughing because she would know that she tricked all you **** democrats into believing her lies.

    Obama is laughing at the people because we want stricter screening of immigrants that are coming into our country. Obama said he would Veto the bill if it got passed. Well, it was passed by he House so let's see what the Democrats do with it.

    The Senate won't pass it so Obama won't have to Veto the bill.

    Obama is trading intelligence with France who is sharing our intelligence with Russia. Same thing as if Obama gave our intelligence to Russia himself. Isn't that worse than what Edward Snowden the whistleblower did?

    Impeach Obama before it's too late.

    -- Posted by sui on Thu, Nov 19, 2015, at 4:36 PM
  • This posting is written to encourage voters to participate in their patriotic duty to VOTE in the Presidential Preference Primary for Tennessee. The Presidential Primary for Tennessee will be conducted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. In order to vote in the Primary you must be Registered to vote by January, 31, 2016. I urge everyone who has not registered to do so by going to the Election Commission Office. You will need to bring documents establishing your Tennessee residency and a valid government issued Photo-ID. See: http://www.tn.gov/safety/topic/photoids .

    The 2016 election year will be the most consequential vote in decades due to the many problems in the governing of our nation and state along with the wildly divergent positions taken by the candidates.

    Why is your vote important? In the 2012 Presidential Election, only 57.5% of (218,959,000)voting age population voted in that election (126,849,296). Of those, 51.1% voted for the Winner and 47.2% voted for the Loser. This means that for the popular vote, the highest elected leader in the USA was elected by only 29.6% of voting age adults. 42.5% of the voting age population had to put up with the results of NOT voting. And if you don't vote, you have no basis to complain about the wisdom of the people who voted for the Winner. Even worse, because of the winner-take-all approach, rather than proportional, assignment of electoral college votes in our election system, the 27.9% who did go vote and voted for the Loser had their vote gain absolutely zero benefit. Winner-take-all allocation of votes in the electoral college leaves massive numbers of people with no representation and should be rectified. So the current allocation method makes it extremely important you vote on election day. Indeed, in 1980 Political Strategist Paul Weyrich stated that he doesn't want everyone to vote because it would be bad for the party. See:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fR4wxlCGIu0

    As a result we see several red states implementing voter suppression.

    Politicians at the federal and state levels are supposed to vote the interests of the constituents in the district they represent. But thanks to the Supreme Court opening the floodgates of massive election spending by corporations, claiming corporations are "people", the politicians primarily vote the interest of "people" in Delaware or Nevada where most of these corporations are domiciled. This same political strategist went on to co-found the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC puts on (private) meetings whereby state politicians wine and dine with corporate lawyers who have drawn up cookie-cutter templates of laws which benefit the corporations. The state legislators then duly implement these corporate created laws into state codes. If you think that when this happens, YOUR interests are being considered, well I have about 100 acres of prime agricultural land resting on top of the empire state building that I will sell you cheap.

    It's up to you to study the position on issues (platforms) of these candidates and decide which candidate will support your interests and whether you trust that he/she will carry them out. Candidates have been know to say one thing and then do right the opposite when attaining office. On the matter of trust first, I suggest you Follow-the-Money. See who is backing the candidate with donations. See: https://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/ at the Center for Response Politics. As a second step concerning trust check into the past history of the candidate on matters of importance for you. For example, if you were against the War on IRAQ, check to see how he/she voted on this matter.

    As an aid in deciding on candidates why not determine your position on several problems plaguing our nation in 2016.

    Why not answer YES/NO to the following questions. YES means this is important, I'm Voting. NO means I'm Staying home.

    MINIMUM WAGE: The Minimum Wage, unlike other laws that affect incomes of Americans has never been adjested for inflation.

    The minimum wage was last raised on July 24, 2009 to $7.25hr. The value of the minimum wage has fallen dramatically. Since the minimum wage was last raised in 2009, the price of apples went up 16%, bacon 67%, cheddar cheese 21%, coffee 27%, ground beef 39%, and milk 21%. The minimum wage went up 0%. Plus, in the 1960s the minimum wage was essentially half the average wage. If that was still the case it would be $12.50 an hour. If our standard for minimum wages had kept pace with overall income growth in the American economy, it would now be $21.16 per hour. Job losses from raising the minimum wage are negligible. Minimum wage has already been raised 23 times. Every time it was raised it was opposed by some few who said "it is going to lose jobs and wreck the economy" which is factually untrue as study after study has proven. There is widespread bipartisan support for raising the minimum wage. In a 2015 poll, 75% of Americans, including 53% of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage to $12.50 by 2020. As President Franklin Roosevelt said in 1933: "No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." For further justification see: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/03/16/top-ten-arguments-raising-minimum-w...

    YES: I'm voting. The minimum wage is a national tragedy. Millions of people are suffering.

    NO: I'm doing fine. Not my problem. I'm staying home.

    LOW CD RATES: In the dead of night, on December 23, 1923, Congress passed a Wall Street written law which turned the total control of Money over to a Private Banking Cartel. Thus was birthed the Federal Reserve. Private control of the money creation and supply is a direct violation of the US Constitution, Article-1, Section-8. The reason that Main Street Savers get less than 1% return on Certificates of Deposits is that the FED has pushed the Discount Rate and the Federal Funds Rate to near zero. The Discount Rate is the rate which the FED charges commercial banks to borrow money from the FED. The Federal Funds Rate is the rate banks use to charge one another and their best prime customers. The outcome is that the banks and credit unions only need enough CD deposits to cover their Reserve Requirements. They profit more from borrowing money from other banks at near zero rates and loan to the federal government for wars and weapons. They have no incentive to give fair rates to customers.

    YES: I'm voting. Control over the money supply should follow the constitution.

    NO: I've got plenty of money. Not my problem.

    SOCIAL SECURITY: During the Bush Administration a push was made to turn Social Security funds over to Wall Street Banks. It would have been a disaster as the 2nd Depression Crash of 2008 demonstrated. Big money interests have tried to cut Social Security benefits by claiming falsely that the SS funds are going broke. The problem is that SS administration invested these funds in Treasury Securities which are due to be redeemed from the Federal Government Operating Fund.

    YES: I'm voting. Social Security funds are owned by the citizenry who rely on them in retirement.

    NO: I'm not voting. I won't need Social Security in retirement. Not my problem.

    FEAR MONGERING: In 2014, four terrorism-related incidents involving Muslim-Americans -- two using firearms, one a knife, and one a hatchet -- killed seven people in 2014, bringing the total number of fatalities in the United States from terrorism by Muslim-Americans since 9/11 to 50. Meanwhile, the United States suffered approximately 14,000 murders in 2014 and more than 200,000 murders since 9/11. The main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists. Just ask the police. All violence is bad, however you are more likely to be struck by lightning than being victim of terror attacks.

    YES: I'm voting. I want a president who will stop this hijacking of the public airways for fear mongering.

    NO: I'm NOT voting. I will be hiding in my basement from the terrorists.

    WAR: General Wesley Clark, Ret., was told by an officer in the Pentagon: "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."

    YES: I'm voting. I don't believe the USA should be in Perpetual War.

    NO: Doesn't effect me directly. Not my problem. I'll stay at home.

    Now VOTE! It's your patriotic duty.

    -- Posted by manicrealtor on Sun, Jan 3, 2016, at 4:23 PM
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    Who decides who is Patriotic and who isn't Patriotic?

    Who in America knows what a patriotic man or woman is?

    Patriotic is not supporting a liar, a thief, an embezzler, a leader who doesn't lead, unworthy politicians, Congressmen/women who don't act accordingly to their constituents demands, Congressmen/women who bow down to a false king or someone who thinks their President is the most powerful man in the world.

    Patriotism is the knowing of the United States Constitution and living according to it because it is the supreme law of the land.

    Patriotism is knowing who you are and how to protect your rights, once you find out what they are.

    Patriotism is not someone who begs for handouts or begs for some unworthy woman president to give you equal rights.

    Patriotism is knowing what your rights are and demanding them from your government.

    Patriotism is knowing that the constitution doesn't give you any rights. It protects any rights that you claim to have by preventing the governments interference into your life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.

    We the people CREATED the Federal Government and the State Governments. Act like it.

    Where is the Patriotic Candidate that is saying "I will serve YOU not the Administrations and the Powers To Be"?

    That is who you want to vote for! A Patriotic man or woman.

    Every government employee should have to learn about the constitution and what it really means before they can be hired. They can be held liable for any injury they cause you by their ignorance of the Law.

    Search - "The Color of Law". There are a lot of laws, executive orders and actions that should be repealed, but it will take a Patriotic Man or Woman to do it.

    How can anyone say it is Patriotic to Vote when you sign the voter registration form as a subject to the US Government and waive your Inalienable rights to Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness to be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Central Government? You just signed your Inalienable rights away to the Government for civil privileges, unless you sign it without prejudice!

    -- Posted by sui on Wed, Jan 6, 2016, at 9:19 PM
  • How do you sign a voter registration card without prejudice?

    Patriotism to a country can be a tough choice. That was discussed (to say it lightly) quite a bit during the Vietnam War.

    It is a BIG subject to analyze but I would say my patriotism is to the country as a unit, not to an individual. Although I respect the office of president, I cannot say that I have always respected the person in the office.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 7, 2016, at 7:03 AM
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    If you write Without Prejudice UCC1-308 over the top of your signature you have reserved your Unalienable Rights and you can protect yourself from anything they throw at you by using the constitution.

    Of course if you sign it that way the voter registration agent may not accept it signed that way, but you have a right to protect your name and buy your freedom.

    It all goes back to ignorance of the law. They could violate your rights by not knowing what you wrote on your registration form.

    I would not advize anyone to do that unless they take one not signed that way if you want to vote.

    -- Posted by sui on Thu, Jan 7, 2016, at 8:42 PM
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