CNN falsely labels third party supporters as “undecided”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-10-07/cnn-cut-big-3rd-party-support-from-debate-focus-group-coverage-participant-says

CNN cut big 3rd party support from debate focus group coverage, participant says

October 7, 2016

A participant in the CNN focus group conducted Tuesday during this year’s only vice presidential debate says the cable network omitted a strong showing of third-party support.

Justin Smith says participants were asked after the debate ended if they support the ticket led by Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump or a third-party candidate, with 12 indicating third-party support, five backing Clinton and two Trump.

Such a result would not reflect national polling, and Smith wrote on Facebook “once they saw the response,” the third party option was dropped in favor of “undecided” — with the second question asked twice before being aired live, yielding 11 votes for “undecided.”

“As you see a majority here in this room at the University of Richmond still undecided,” CNN reporter Pamela Brown told anchor Wolf Blitzer in the segment that aired.

“Interesting stuff,” Blitzer said.

October 7, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Media bias. Leave a comment.

Chicago Tribune editorial board endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for President

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-gary-johnson-president-endorsement-edit-1002-20160930-story.html

Editorial: A principled option for U.S. president: Endorsing Gary Johnson, Libertarian

By Editorial Board

September 30, 2016

As Nov. 8 looms, a dismayed, disconsolate America waits and wonders: What is it about 2016?

How has our country fallen so inescapably into political and policy gridlock? How did pandering to aggrieved niche groups and seducing blocs of angry voters replace working toward solutions as the coin of our governing class? How could the Democratic and Republican parties stagger so far from this nation’s political mainstream?

And the most pressing question: What should tens of millions of voters who yearn for answers do with two major-party candidates they disdain? Polls show an unprecedented number of people saying they wish they had another choice.

This is the moment to look at the candidates on this year’s ballot. This is the moment to see this election as not so much about them as about the American people and where their country is heading. And this is the moment to rebuke the Republican and Democratic parties.

The Republicans have nominated Donald Trump, a man not fit to be president of the United States. We first wrote on March 10 that we would not, could not, endorse him. And in the intervening six-plus months he has splendidly reinforced our verdict: Trump has gone out of his way to anger world leaders, giant swaths of the American public, and people of other lands who aspire to immigrate here legally. He has neither the character nor the prudent disposition for the job.

The mystery and shame of Trump’s rise — we have red, white and blue coffee mugs that are more genuinely Republican — is the party’s inability or unwillingness to repulse his hostile takeover. We appreciate the disgust for failed career politicians that Trump’s supporters invoke; many of those voters are doubly victimized — by economic forces beyond their control, and by the scorn of mocking elitists who look down their noses to see them. He has ridden to the White House gate on the backs of Americans who believe they’ve been robbed of opportunity and respect. But inaugurating a bombastic and self-aggrandizing President Donald Trump isn’t the cure.

The Democrats have nominated Hillary Clinton, who, by contrast, is undeniably capable of leading the United States. Electing her the first woman president would break a barrier that has no reason to be. We see no rough equivalence between Trump and Clinton. Any American who lists their respective shortcomings should be more apoplectic about the litany under his name than the one under hers. He couldn’t do this job. She could.

But for reasons we’ll explain — her intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust — we cannot endorse her.

Clinton’s vision of ever-expanding government is in such denial of our national debt crisis as to be fanciful. Rather than run as a practical-minded Democrat as in 2008, this year she lurched left, pandering to match the Free Stuff agenda of then-rival Bernie Sanders. She has positioned herself so far to the left on spending that her presidency would extend the political schism that has divided America for some 24 years. That is, since the middle of a relatively moderate Clinton presidency. Today’s Hillary Clinton, unlike yesteryear’s, renounces many of Bill Clinton’s priorities — freer trade, spending discipline, light regulation and private sector growth to generate jobs and tax revenues.

Hillary Clinton calls for a vast expansion of federal spending, supported by the kinds of tax hikes that were comically impossible even in the years when President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats dominated both houses of Congress. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget calculates that Clinton’s plan would increase spending by $1.65 trillion over a decade, mostly for college education, paid family leave, infrastructure and health-related expenditures. Spending just on debt interest would rise by $50 billion. Personal and business taxation would rise by $1.5 trillion. Sort through all the details and her plan would raise the national debt by $200 billion.

Now as in the primary season, Clinton knows she is proposing orgies of spending, and taxing, that simply will … not … happen. She is promising Americans all manner of things she cannot deliver.

That is but one of the reasons why so many Americans reject Clinton: They don’t trust what she says, how she makes decisions, and her up-to-the-present history of egregiously erasing the truth:

In the wake of a deadly attack on American personnel in Libya, she steered the American public away from the real cause — an inconvenient terror attack right before the 2012 election — after privately emailing the truth to her daughter. The head of the FBI, while delivering an indictment minus the grand jury paperwork, labeled her “extremely careless” for mishandling emails sensitive to national security. In public she stonewalled, dissembled and repeatedly lied — several were astonishing whoppers — about her private communications system (“There is no classified material,” “Everything I did was permitted,” and on and on). Her negligence in enforcing conflict-of-interest boundaries allowed her family’s foundation to exploit the U.S. Department of State as a favor factory. Even her command and control of a routine medical issue devolved into a secretive, misleading mission to hide information from Americans.

Time upon time, Clinton’s behavior affirms the perception that she’s a corner-cutter whose ambitions drive her decisions. One telling episode among the countless: Asked by a voter if she was for or against the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, she replied, “If it’s undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.” As we’ve asked here before, will Hillary Clinton ever get over her consuming fear of straight talk?

Taken together, Trump and Clinton have serious flaws that prevent us from offering our support to either of them. Still, come Nov. 8, tens of millions of Americans with make a draw that they consider beyond distasteful.

We choose not to do that. We would rather recommend a principled candidate for president — regardless of his or her prospects for victory — than suggest that voters cast ballots for such disappointing major-party candidates.

With that demand for a principled president paramount, we turn to the candidate we can recommend. One party has two moderate Republicans — veteran governors who successfully led Democratic states — atop its ticket. Libertarians Gary Johnson of New Mexico and running mate William Weld of Massachusetts are agile, practical and, unlike the major-party candidates, experienced at managing governments. They offer an agenda that appeals not only to the Tribune’s principles but to those of the many Americans who say they are socially tolerant but fiscally responsible. “Most people are Libertarian,” Johnson told the Tribune Editorial Board when he and Weld met with us in July. “It’s just that they don’t know it.”

Theirs is small-L libertarianism, built on individual freedom and convinced that, at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, official Washington is clumsy, expensive and demonstrably unable to solve this nation’s problems. They speak of reunifying an America now balkanized into identity and economic groups — and of avoiding their opponents’ bullying behavior and sanctimonious lectures. Johnson and Weld are even-keeled — provided they aren’t discussing the injustice of trapping young black children in this nation’s worst-performing schools. On that and other galling injustices, they’re animated.

We reject the cliche that a citizen who chooses a principled third-party candidate is squandering his or her vote. Look at the number of fed-up Americans telling pollsters they clamor for alternatives to Trump and Clinton. What we’re recommending will appeal less to people who think tactically than to conscientious Americans so infuriated that they want to send a message about the failings of the major parties and their candidates. Put short:

We offer this endorsement to encourage voters who want to feel comfortable with their choice. Who want to vote for someone they can admire.

Johnson, who built a construction business before entering politics, speaks in terms that appeal to many among us: Expanded global trade and resulting job expansion. Robust economic growth, rather than ever-higher taxation, to raise government revenue. A smaller, and less costly, federal government. Faith in Americans’ ability to parlay economic opportunity into success. While many Democrats and Republicans outdo one another in opposing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, or TPP, we’re amused by this oddity: Today the nation’s two most ardent free-traders arguably are Barack Obama and Gary Johnson.

That said, Obama and Johnson are but two of the many candidates we’ve endorsed yet with whom we also can disagree. Johnson’s foreign policy stance approaches isolationism. He is too reluctant to support what we view as necessary interventions overseas. He likely wouldn’t dispatch U.S. forces in situations where Clinton would do so and where Trump … who can reliably predict?

But unless the United States tames a national debt that’s rapidly approaching $20 trillion-with-a-T, Americans face ever tighter constrictions on what this country can afford, at home or overseas. Clinton and Trump are too cowardly even to whisper about entitlement reforms that each of them knows are imperative. Johnson? He wants to raise the retirement age and apply a means test on benefits to the wealthiest.

What’s more, principled third-party candidates can make big contributions even when they lose. In 1992 businessman H. Ross Perot won 19 percent of the popular vote on a thin but sensible platform, much of it constructed around reducing federal deficits. That strong showing by Perot the relative centrist influenced how President Bill Clinton would govern.

We wish the two major parties had not run away from today’s centrist Americans. Just as we wish either of their candidates evoked the principles that a Chicago Tribune now in its 170th year espouses, among them high integrity, free markets, personal responsibility and a limited role for government in the lives of the governed. We hope Johnson does well enough that Republicans and Democrats get the message — and that his ideas make progress over time.

This year neither major party presents a good option. So the Chicago Tribune today endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for president of the United States. Every American who casts a vote for him is standing for principles — and can be proud of that vote. Yes, proud of a candidate in 2016.

September 30, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

New York Times Mislabels Aleppo Twice While Chastising Gary Johnson’s Gaffe

http://www.dailycaller.com/2016/09/08/new-york-times-mislabels-aleppo-twice-while-chastising-gary-johnsons-gaff/

New York Times Mislabels Aleppo Twice While Chastising Gary Johnson’s Gaffe

September 8, 2016

The New York Times incorrectly cited Aleppo as the capital of the Islamic State while skewering Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson for his embarrassing lack of knowledge regarding the city.

NYT journalist Alan Rappeport described Johnson’s gaffe as a being a potentially “serious blow” to his hopes of making the debate stage, as he himself labeled Aleppo as ISIS’s de facto capital. To make matters worse, NYT had to run a correction to the correction after describing Aleppo as the capital of Syria.

To clarify the matter, Damascus is the capital of Syria and Raqqa is the de facto capital of ISIS. Aleppo, the war-torn city at the center of the ongoing Syrian conflict, was the country’s largest city before the civil war began in 2011. Today, many of the city’s residents have either been killed or forced to flee.

The series of fumbles regarding Aleppo began Thursday morning, when Johnson was asked by MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle what he would do to solve the crisis in Aleppo.

“And what is Aleppo?” replied Johnson.

As Rappeport put it, Johnson then “struggled to recover,” much in the same way NYT did after publishing the piece.

September 9, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , . Media bias. Leave a comment.

Thehill.com: “Poll: Libertarian Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops”

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/288546-poll-libertarian-johnson-beating-trump-clinton-among-active-duty-troops

Poll: Libertarian Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops

July 20, 2016

Military troops favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president over Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, according to a new survey.

Johnson garnered 38.7 percent of the active duty vote, versus 30.9 for Trump, and 14.1 for Clinton, according to the survey, which was conducted via the popular military personality Doctrine Man.

Although the survey was not a scientific poll with a margin of error, it provides a snapshot of the preferences of about 3,500 active duty, reservists, retired and former members of the military and their family members, 95.7 percent of which were registered voters.

Among all services except for the Navy, Johnson performed better than Trump and Clinton.

Current, reserve and former members of the Army preferred Johnson at 35.4 percent. Trump, the Republican nominee, came in second at 31.4 percent, and Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, at 15.3 percent.

Among the Marine community, an overwhelming 44.1 percent chose Johnson, while 27.1 percent chose Trump, and 12.7 percent chose Clinton.

The majority of the Air Force respondents chose Johnson at 39 percent, but Trump next at 29.9 percent and Clinton at 12.9 percent.

Trump ranked the top choice for the Navy community, at 32.4 percent, versus 31.7 percent for Johnson and 22.9 percent for Clinton.

Despite Clinton’s underwhelming performance among active duty troops in the poll, their family members preferred Clinton at 29.4 percent to 27.5 percent for Trump. Johnson came in third, at 24.5 percent.

Trump came out on top among members of the military who retired after serving at least 20 years.

Retirees preferred Trump at 37.4 percent, compared to 32.2 percent for Johnson and only 11 percent for Hillary Clinton.

However, when former members of the military who served fewer than 20 years were included, Johnson came in first, at 36.1 percent, while Hillary Clinton garnered 12.6 percent.

The new survey underscores the unpopularity of both Trump and Clinton, something that was also reflected in a recent Military Times survey.

Troops have found themselves at the center of several heated campaign debates, many of them sparked by Trump.

Trump has said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was held captive during the Vietnam War, is “not a war hero” and has said that if he ordered troops to re-institute waterboarding, they would do it. Trump has also called for killing terrorists’ families.

Trump has also railed against the Department of Veteran Affairs and suggested Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should be executed for leaving his post.

The attention to troops this campaign cycle has prompted the nation’s top military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, to remind troops not to politicize the military during the elections.

“What we must collectively guard against is allowing our institution to become politicized, or even perceived as being politicized, by how we conduct ourselves during engagements with the media, the public, or in open or social forums,” he wrote in the July issue of Joint Force Quarterly, a military academic journal.

July 21, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Military, Politics. 1 comment.

Here are 167 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, government waste, and other misdeeds

Note: A longer, more recent version of this list can be found at Please show everyone these 271 well sourced examples of Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

Here are 167 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, government waste, and other misdeeds.

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for the Green Party in future elections.


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April 29, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

Here are 163 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, government waste, and other misdeeds

Note: A longer, more recent version of this list can be found at Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 252 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for the Green Party in future elections.


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April 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 3 comments.

Here are 138 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, government waste, and other misdeeds

Note: A longer, more recent version of this list can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for the Green Party in future elections.

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January 21, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

Man who obeyed Montana’s medical marijuana laws could get life in prison from Obama administration

This seven minute video from the New York Times shows the story of Chris Williams in Montana. This makes me really glad that I wrote in Ron Paul for President in 2008, and voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2012. I also applaud Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s position on this issue.
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December 10, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Health care, War on drugs. 2 comments.

Camille Paglia explains why she will be voting for Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, for president

In a recent interview with salon.com, Camille Paglia explained why she will be voting for Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, for president. Paglia said:
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October 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Please show everyone this list of Obama’s lies and illegal actions

If you know anyone with an interest in politics who likes to get links through emails, or if you post on any political message boards, please show this link to them. Just copy and paste the following. Thank you!

Here are 95 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, and cronyism:

https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/here-are-95-examples-of-barack-obamas-lying-lawbreaking-corruption-and-cronyism/

September 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

I just got a phone call from the Obama campaign

It’s the evening of September 20, 2012. I’m sitting here typing now – trying to get this down as accurately as I can remember. The following is just a rough version based on my memory – I did not record the call, so these are not the exact words.
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September 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Pittsburgh, Politics. 6 comments.

Let Gary Johnson and Jill Stein participate in the Presidential debates

The speaker in this video makes some great arguments for letting Gary Johnson and Jill Stein participate in the Presidential debates:
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September 17, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Here are 95 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, and cronyism

Note: A longer, more recent version of this list can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I will be voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Here are 95 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, and cronyism:
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September 8, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 92 comments.

Obama supporters don’t care that he did the same things they hated Bush for doing

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I will be voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Here are 17 things that Obama supporters hated Bush for doing,  but which they don’t care that Obama did the same thing:
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September 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 5 comments.

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein has tweeted a link to one of my blog posts!

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein recently made this tweet, where she links to one of my blog posts:

https://twitter.com/jillstein2012/status/237957623146745857

August 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

93 reasons why Obama supporters should switch to Gary Johnson or Jill Stein

Note: A longer, more recent version of this list can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I will be voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Here are 93 things that Barack Obama has done, that should cause his supporters to switch to Gary Johnson or Jill Stein:

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August 9, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 23 comments.

The biggest current obstacles to medical marijuana are President Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court

I’m a libertarian, and I think that both medical and recreational marijuana should be legal. That being said, I myself have never smoked marijuana, or tobacco, or been drunk, or used any illegal drug. I do, however, think that it’s completely ridiculous to put non-violent people in jail for using mind altering substances. And I especially detest the idea of the government preventing people from using a medical treatment which has been proven in scientific studies to be beneficial for patients who are suffering from AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other medical conditions. I voted for Ron Paul for President in 2008, and I will be voting for Gary Johnson in 2012. The ridiculous “war on drugs” has caused the U.S. incarceration rate to skyrocket in recent decades – to the highest rate of any country in the entire world. Ending the “war on drugs” is my #1 most important political issue.

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August 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics, War on drugs. 6 comments.

Here are 56 reasons why Barack Obama is a lying, lawbreaking, warmongering, corrupt cronyist, who loves corporate lobbyists and Wall St., and who has no respect for the Constitution, limited government, rule of law, individual freedom, civil liberties, the taxpayers, or sick people who have prescriptions for medical marijuana

Note: A longer, more recent version of this list can be found at Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 252 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I will be voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
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August 4, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 4 comments.

According to this political quiz, I should vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson for President

I found this political quiz:

http://www.isidewith.com/

My results show that I agree the most with Gary Johnson, and that I agree the least with Barack Obama.

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July 27, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.