The TKPOTD for nine years ago today dealt with birds of a feather flocking together.
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The Gentle Reader should not be surprised to learn that various people associated with Brett Kimberlin “charities” have common interests. Consider marijuana.
Brett Kimberlin pleaded guilty after being caught trying to receive a 5+ ton shipment of Columbian pot.
Kevin Zeese was with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws as Chief Counsel from 1980 to 1983 (his first job after law school?) and as Executive Director from 1983 to 1986.
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Kimberlin and Zeese have something else in common. They were both losers. Kimberlin has been batting 0.000 in his LOLsuits and appeals, and every political campaign Zeese was associated with (including his own run for the US Senate from Maryland) was a failure.
Jill Stein is the wacko running for President on the Green Party ticket this year. The Daily Beast has a post analyzing her financial holdings—Big Carbon, Big Banks, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Defense. She doesn’t appear to practice what she preaches.
She has made purity a central pillar of her presidential candidacy, and she has held that the Green Party reigns above all others with respect to moral and ethical supremacy. In an interview with CNN last April, she said, “I have long since thrown in the towel on the Democratic and Republican parties because they are really a front group for the 1 percent, for predatory banks, fossil-fuel giants, and war profiteers.”
According to the article, she has sizable investments in mutual funds that have significant holdings in Exxon, Duke Energy, Conoco Phillips, and Toho Gas. Other funds have positions with Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank. She also has directly invested in the shares of Merck (pharma), Phillip Morris (tobacco), and Raytheon (defense).
She lamely defends her investments by saying that it’s hard to find funds that align with her politics and have good returns. Well, duh!
If you go over to the Velvet Revolution US home page (No, I won’t link to it.), you’ll find a partial list of “VR Affiliates.” It includes several of the usual suspects.
Code Pink says it is primarily focused on anti-war issues, but has also taken positions on gun control, social justice, Palestinian statehood, green jobs, and health care issues. It’s in favor of suppressing Second Amendment rights, supports greater transfer payments to non-productive but able bodied individuals, routinely sides against Israel, favors increased government subsidy of unproven technologies, and supports the bureaucratic take over of the practice of medicine.
Democracy Now is a Progressive news program aired by “more than 1000 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks in North America.” Fewer than 50 of the stations carrying their programming are actually over-the-air TV stations; almost none are in major markets. The radio programming can be found mostly on public stations at the bottom end of the FM dial, although in my hometown (Nashville) it can be found at 810 on the AM band.
The Green Party of the United States of America emphasizes environmentalism, non-hierarchical participatory democracy, social justice, respect for diversity, peace, and nonviolence. <sarcasm>That nonviolence theme fits really well with an organization fronted by an unrepentant bomber.</sarcasm>
Progressive Democrats of America’s mission is to strengthen the voice of progressive ideas within the Democratic Party by using “inside/outside” and “grassroots fusion” models of working both in the Democratic Party as well as working with other progressive organizations both inside and outside the Party.
Truthout says that it works to broaden and diversify the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on undercovered issues and unconventional thinking. The organization has reported extensively on the torture policies of the Bush administration, the health care debate, veterans’ issues, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the labor movement, prison reform, and election politics.
Campaign for America’s Future is an American political organization with a strongly left-leaning orientation. Its main issues of concern include the environment, energy independence, health care reform, Social Security, and education. Board members include The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, former AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The VRUS website About Us page claims “VR’s issues are not a matter of Right and Left.”