Sunday, August 31, 2008
Local Board members are volunteers appointed by the President. They play an important community role closely connected with our nation's defense. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 Local Boards throughout America would decide which young men in each community receive deferments, postponements, or exemptions from military service based on federal guidelines."
Ron Paul fans gather for own convention
WASHINGTON - There's no room at the Xcel Energy Center for maverick Ron Paul, so his acolytes have packed their cars, hitched rides on "Ronvoys" and will pitch tents at Ronstock '08 in defiance of next week's GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.
Almost 9,800 tickets had been sold for the Rally for the Republic, being held in Minneapolis, which seeks to bring together activists who are anti-war, anti-government regulation, anti-immigration, anti-taxes, anti-Federal Reserve, anti-outsourcing, pro-individual liberty, pro-civil liberties and pro-Paul.
The Ronvoys — fleets of buses and vans carrying Paul's loyalists — were to begin arriving Saturday. A few rally-goers planned to walk from Green Bay, Wis., and join up with Paul for the final miles of their Walk4Freedom. Other attendees are driving, carpooling or flying in for the convention alternative.
Paul, a Texas congressman who failed in a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, considers the rally a celebration of traditional Republican values of limited government — and a poke in the eye of the GOP. They don't plan to crash the Republican party, but to show they and their Campaign for Liberty are not going away.
"No matter how much our message is ignored or ridiculed, as was done in the campaign, no matter how much they did to us, it only energized our grass roots," Paul said.
No GOP speaking role for Paul
The rally builds on Paul's presidential bid, in which he set a record for single-day fundraising on the Web and touched a nerve with some disaffected voters, largely in the Republican Party.
In a few Western states, Paul was a serious contender for votes, placing second ahead of Republican John McCain in Nevada and Montana. He drew 14 percent from McCain in New Mexico, a battleground state.
But Paul has no speaking role at the GOP convention. He said his staff made overtures to the party, but nothing came of its efforts.
Republican Party spokeswoman Joanna Burgos said she had to research whether Paul was invited to speak when asked about a convention role for Paul.
"Our focus is really on this side of the river," Burgos said. "We think there's enough excitement and energy on this side." McCain's campaign spokesman did not return a phone message.
Paul's faithful still hope to permeate the ranks of the establishment by winning local and state races and pulling in disenchanted party members. There are a couple dozen Paul delegates attending the GOP convention, though some loyalists say there are more delegates who support Paul.
'We only want to cause noise'
Meanwhile, their focus is on their own political convergence in Minneapolis.
"We only want to cause noise in the sense of letting people know there are other movements out there that other people believe in," said Kathleen Buchholz, 28, of Denver. Unable to take time off from school for the rally, Buchholz is attending Tuesday's events, when Paul will speak. She's bypassing sleep to save on hotel costs and flying out early Wednesday.
Rally organizers reported last week they sold all 500 tickets priced at $85 each for their Real Politics Training School scheduled for Sunday. Attendees will learn political-organizing skills and "how to compete and win at the political game," organizers said on the rally Web site.
Speakers at the Paul rally include former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, tax activist Grover Norquist, former California Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr., political commentator Tucker Carlson, former two-term New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and the baby-delivering doctor supporters call Dr. Paul.
A few entertainers also are joining in, such as country star Sara Evans; pop singer Aimee Allen, known for the song "Cooties" from Hairspray but whose favorite song among rally-goers is "Ron Paul Anthem"; and Texas blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
Paul backers who aren't staying at the Minneapolis hotel or a budget motel for the rally planned to bunk in group cabins at Camp Ihduhapi on Lake Independence, park RVs or pitch tents at campgrounds. Many others also prepared to head to a Goodhue, Minn., dairy farm for Ronstock '08, an imitation of the 1960s Woodstock counterculture festival; organizers there say a neighbor of the farm's owner is donating a cow to feed the flock.
Sonny Thomas of Springboro, Ohio, plans to drive 12 hours to attend the rally, leaving Sunday. He was offering in a Web posting to fit one or two others in his car.
"I feel as one person who stands up, I have a voice and letting it be heard sends fear to the establishment," said Thomas, a gas station manager who was laid off a previous job.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008
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R and DThe Republicans have released the line up of speakers for their convention next week and it is more notable for who is not going to speak than it is for who is.
All of the primary candidates will be speaking, all but one -Ron Paul. Now, he probably does not care about that anymore because he is going to be holding his own convention at the same time. But it could make a difference to the Republicans in November.
The talk up to now has been mostly about whether or not Hillary Clinton’s supporters will fall in line behind Barack Obama. The Republicans are so concerned about it, they are running adds trying to lure them away. Meanwhile at least 15% of the Republican voters still support Ron Paul and the chance of them falling in line behind John McCain is about the same as John Edwards becoming Secretary of State.
So far, the Democratic Convention has gone pretty smooth. They have come under criticism for not attacking John McCain right fro"
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Much like previous drug panics (See Agency of Fear: Opiates and Political Power in America), the Federal Government sought to frighten the public. Because this drug panic coincided with the launching of the Bush Administration's war in the Middle East, the campaign was highly successful.
Doctors who treated chronic or intractable pain with opioid pain medications were literally rounded up and put on trial, the government demanding that they serve decades, sometimes hundreds of years in prison. Medical professionals not yet targeted, responded by fleeing the discipline of pain management in droves.
Clinics across America became tertiary medical facilities of the federal apparatus, essentially operating at the whim of DEA.
Behind the scenes, and sometimes out front, PRN represents the solitary organized response to this onslaught.
APF and The HealthCentral Network, Inc. announced their call for entries for the second annual “Pain and Creativity Exhibit”. Those dealing with chronic pain from around the world are encouraged to submit expressions of how pain has influenced their lives. Welcome submissions include photos of still art, videos, music and writing that reflect the experience of pain. Select artists and their pain stories will be highlighted through video, online and print publications to help share and illuminate the stories of pain and its impact on individuals and families. Selected videos and the completed pain quilt will be shown at APF’s annual celebration and awards dinner, Images and Inspiration, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland on October 23rd. Click here to electronically submit an entry. Online submissions must be entered by September 15th. Read the full press release."
September is Pain Awareness Month!
September is Pain Awareness Month, a time for uniting and doubling our efforts to raise awareness about the persisting barriers preventing those living with pain from getting the help they desperately need and, more urgently, to take action to break down these obstacles. Serendipitously, it comes as we are pushing for final passage of a national pain policy for members of the military and civilians. These pieces of legislation, if passed, would change the landscape of pain medicine in a similar way to other, once neglected conditions, including HIV/AIDS.
Here are some simple, but powerful ways you can make a difference:
- Add your voice to the movement working to getting this national legislation pass. In a few simple steps you can compose and forward a letter to your Congressperson asking them to sign onto the bill as a sponsor.
- Join APF’s Power Over Pain advocacy network so that you’ll so that you’ll be in the know about movement on this pain bill as it happens.
- Visit the September is Pain Awareness Month section of our website to download valuable tools to help with your pain advocacy efforts. You can find information about hosting a Power Over Pain presentation, and reaching out to your local media to raise awareness about the problems with the under treatment of pain. Consider writing an op-ed piece or submitting a letter to the editor of your local paper. Our PAM toolkit contains easy to use templates for media outreach.
- Check out the Pain Awareness Month planned activities and connect with your POPAN state leader.
If you’ve been thinking about getting involved with this growing movement, today can be the day to make a difference in the lives of 76.5 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. Let us combine our voices and our muscle to demand better access to better pain care!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Hello, I am a registered republican in Ohio and attended the LIVESTRONG Summit where you spoke about your experience with cancer. Thank you so much for attending. I am concerned because I want the Republican Party to win, and I am highly connected online with over a thousand direct contacts on various sites for various reasons. I am telling you, the only way to win the election is to select Ron Paul as your VP. If you had any idea how strong a following he has, you would realize that pull would not only benefit your agenda, it would re-energize the American spirit and increase moral. If you do not choose him as your VP, the multitude of supporters he has that plan to write him in, would inevitably throw off the election to leave the democrats to win. (Also take in account the third-party candidates who will be pulling more votes from the republicans than the democrats also.) Please do whatever it takes to convince Ron Paul to accept your invitation to be your VP. If you really are for our country, this is your only hope. The people are not buying your ads, your speeches nor are they convinced that you are honest, or that you have a clue what they are going through. I am telling you this will be the only way to pull the republicans together for victory.
You are in my prayers. Take care,
A VERY concerned Republican American