Do you want to win a copy of “War Is A Racket” ?


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The next book in my “Book of the Month” series is “War is a Racket.”

“War is a Racket” is an anti-war classic written by one of America’s most decorated soldiers, a two-time Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler.

As with every “Book of the Month,” you can win a copy by answering a trivia question:

What question would the Governor want to ask Smedley Butler if he were alive today? 

(The answer is in the episode. If you missed the episode, you can view it anytime here. )

Good luck! Five winners will be chosen randomly from those who answer the question.

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Ohio ReBLOODlicans Block Libertarians From Ballot

 

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THE PEOPLE OF OHIO decided they will continue to have ReBLOODlican gang leadership when the only person who appealed the decision to remove a third party candidate from the ballot for governor was that third party candidate, Mr. Charles R. Earl.

It’s easy to remove someone from the ballot when your entire political party runs the state: Republican Governor John Kasich conspired with the Republican-controlled legislature and Secretary of State Jon Husted (also ReBLOODlican) backed up their ruling. By law, Libertarian Charles R. Earl is not allowed to run for governor.

The people of Ohio expressed their approval of this decision through their silence.

I’ve never met Charles R. Earl or any of the ReBLOODlicans who decided they know what’s best for Ohio. I just know the ReBLOODlicans were so scared they were wrong – that someone else might actually win the election – they did what they could to get rid of him…and they succeeded. And that’s wrong.

Like I continue to say, if you let government decide for itself, you’re going to get bad government. It is up to us to be vigilant. It is up to us to pay attention. Through your silence, you send a message that you’re okay with what is going on.

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Tom Drake: Why You Can’t Miss Tomorrow’s #OffTheGrid

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IN HIS OWN WORDS: Jesse Ventura explains the importance of Thomas Drake.


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My new show “Off The Grid” has been on the internet now for a month, and I have to tell you, I’m thrilled to see so much support and positive feedback for the stories I’ve covered and the people I’ve interviewed.

Though each interview has been exciting and each one has moments I truly enjoy, I must say that tomorrow’s episode of “Off The Grid” is one you don’t want to miss.

Tomorrow, I interview Thomas Drake. And if you’ve never heard of him, then mainstream media has succeeded yet again in denying you access to the truth.

Thomas Drake worked for the CIA and then for the NSA. He took his oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution seriously. So seriously in fact that when he found out about several NSA projects that were unconstitutional, he brought the matter to his supervisors, only to be marginalized and alienated from those projects.

Those who criticize Edward Snowden for leaving the country don’t know what happened to Thomas Drake.

Drake tried to fix the problem from within by telling his supervisors, bringing the matter to Congress, and then leaking information that was not classified to the press:

He felt 9/11 could have been avoided if the NSA had deployed ThinThread – a data collection program that could provide pivotal intelligence for government agencies charged with identifying terrorism threats and networks. Even better, the program had privacy protections for Americans built into the system. ThinThread was ready to deploy prior to 9/11, but the NSA rejected it for another program – Trailblazer. This program was vastly more expensive than ThinThread, completely undeveloped, and lacked critical protections needed to safeguard Americans’ privacy.

So what happened to Thomas Drake? In 2007, The FBI blamed him for another leak – this one classified – that proved the NSA was illegally wiretapping citizens, so they raided his home, took everything his family owned as “evidence,” and then the courts took two and a half years to indict him under the Espionage Act.  

Luckily, Drake had lawyers on his side who were able to keep him from life in prison. He was charged with one year of probation and community service. He gave a warning that “the next target of such a witch-hunt will not be as fortunate” and Edward Snowden took the hint.

If you’re interested in learning more about Thomas Drake, here’s a good place to start:

http://www.whistleblower.org/action-center/save-tom-drake

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How James Tague Changed History

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IN HIS WORDS: Jesse Ventura explains how James Tague Changed History


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A memorial service is planned today for James Tague.

If you’ve researched the JFK assassination, then you know Mr. Tague was a key witness who changed the course of history. He was also a brilliant researcher who wrote LBJ and the Kennedy Killing, which came out last year.

Above all, James Tague was a man who wasn’t afraid to tell the truth.

Without James Tague, we would not be questioning the JFK assassination today.

His integrity is what true vigilance is all about.

My First AMA on Reddit is Tomorrow @ 2 – 4 pm Eastern

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TOMORROW from 2 – 4 pm EST, I will be on Reddit to answer your questions on literally anything.

Nothing is off limits: my time as a pro-wrestler, my days as a mayor and a governor, my thoughts on today’s politics and current events, and even what conspiracy theories I really believe.

I always speak my mind and search for the truth. Now I want to hear from you.

Go to reddit.com/r/IAmA tomorrow to join in the conversation.

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If You ‘Can’t Afford’ to Take Care of Veterans, DON’T Go to War

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“How is it that we can afford to allow 1 in 4 major corporations not to pay federal income taxes, but we can’t afford to help our veterans?” – Senator Bernie Sanders 

I hope someone gives Senator Sanders the answer to that question because I would also like to know why our government continues to send our men and women into harm’s way and then refuses to hold up to their end of the bargain.

Bernie Sanders is the Independent Senator of Vermont who tried to pass S. 1982 this week — a bill for improved care for veterans. This bill would have given much needed care for veterans: education, job training and improved health care.

Yesterday afternoon, Sanders motioned to advance the bill (which means move it from the Senate to Congress and then to the President’s desk) and he won by a vote of 56-41, but then Republicans invoked a rule that requires 60 votes to proceed. The bill never made it out of the Senate.

So who should you be mad at? My good friend Angus King, the Independent from Maine, voted in favor of the bill. Every Democrat voted in favor of the bill. Only two Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Sadly, the bill only needed three more Republicans to vote yes for it to go to Congress.

This legislation was backed by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and virtually every other veterans’ and military service organization in the country.

Senator Sanders is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, so believe me when I say this Independent had the veterans’ best interests in mind.

When the American Legion heard about the decision, their spokesperson commented: “I don’t know how anyone who voted ‘no’ today can look a veteran in the eye and justify that vote.”

What this decision tells me is that our country is still run by ChickenHawks. They were chicken when it was their time to go to war, but they’re hawks now – sending everyone but their children to fight, die, or come back mentally or physically wounded.

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If I were president, I would try drafting all those ChickenHawk legislators who dodged the draft the first time. When the shoe is on the other foot, you bet they’d vote differently. I wrote about this in my book “Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me!” in homage to “War Is A Racket” by Major General Smedley Butler:

Every elected federal official must pre-designate an individual in their immediate family who has to begin Military Service — the moment that official casts an affirmative vote toward going to war.  This could be a grandchild, a niece or nephew, but someone.  It doesn’t mean they necessarily go the to the war zone.  What it does mean is that they and their family experience some personal discomfort because of this decision. Going to war “should” bring difficulty, especially to those who are the orchestrators or the authorizers.  Right now, it’s far too easy for them to go on TV with their bleeding hearts and give standing ovations to our service personnel.  War should not be laissez-faire.  If you’re not willing to send someone from your family, how can you be so willing to send someone else’s?

Remember people, this is an election year. Want to hold the politicians’ feet to the fire? Then call up your Republican Senators and tell them how you feel. Or call up those who voted in favor of the vote to express your support and gratitude.

And you know why you should call? Because Bernie Sanders isn’t giving up. He is going to push until he gets three additional Republican votes. Do you want to help him secure those three extra votes? Then do what we do best — call and annoy the hell out of them:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org

This bill (S. 1982) would have improved health and dental care services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also would have allowed the VA to open 27 new clinics and medical facilities. Educational opportunities would have been expanded for post-9/11 veterans. There would have been improved access to care and benefits for veterans who experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military. Also full cost-of-living adjustments would be restored for future military retirees. So all the things our military men and women need most– as well as help for the survivors of our fallen heroes — would have been addressed.

I’ll leave you with some words from Senator Sanders:

“The cost of war does not end once the last shots are fired and the last battles are fought. When members of the military lose arms, legs and eyesight fighting in wars that Congress authorized, we have a moral obligation to make sure that those Americans receive all of the benefits that they have earned and deserve.  When American soldiers die in combat, we have a moral obligation to make sure that the spouses and children they leave behind are taken care of and do not live in abject poverty.”

We should be outraged! So be vigilant with me. Call these bums and complain! Here’s who voted against S. 1982:

Alexander (R-TN), Nay

Ayotte (R-NH), Nay

Barrasso (R-WY), Nay

Blunt (R-MO), Nay

Boozman (R-AR), Nay

Burr (R-NC), Nay

Chambliss (R-GA), Nay

Coats (R-IN), Nay

Coburn (R-OK), Nay

Cochran (R-MS), Nay

Collins (R-ME), Nay

Coons (D-DE), Yea

Corker (R-TN), Nay

Cornyn (R-TX), Nay

Crapo (R-ID), Nay

Cruz (R-TX), Nay

Enzi (R-WY), Nay

Fischer (R-NE), Nay

Flake (R-AZ), Nay

Graham (R-SC), Nay

Grassley (R-IA), Nay

Hatch (R-UT), Nay

Hoeven (R-ND), Nay

Inhofe (R-OK), Nay

Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Johanns (R-NE), Nay

Johnson (R-WI), Nay

Kirk (R-IL), Nay

Lee (R-UT), Nay

McCain (R-AZ), Nay

McConnell (R-KY), Nay

Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting

Nelson (D-FL), Not Voting

Paul (R-KY), Nay

Portman (R-OH), Nay

Risch (R-ID), Nay

Roberts (R-KS), Nay

Rubio (R-FL), Nay

Scott (R-SC), Nay

Sessions (R-AL), Nay

Shelby (R-AL), Nay

Thune (R-SD), Nay

Toomey (R-PA), Nay

Vitter (R-LA), Nay

Wicker (R-MS), Not Voting

You can find out more information about the bill and who voted here: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00046

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Remembering Harold Ramis and ‘Caddyshack’

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IN HIS WORDS: Jesse Ventura discusses the legacy of Harold Ramis


HAROLD RAMIS was celebrated and mourned today at a private funeral service. The late director-writer-actor brought comedic joy to many generations.

When I was governor of Minnesota, I had the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama and ask him the most important question I think you could ask – I asked him if he had ever seen “Caddyshack” because they make reference to him in the movie.

“Caddyshack” is one of my all time favorite movies. Any avid golfer would agree it’s comedy genius. In fact, Adam Sandler admits the movie inspired him to make “Happy Gilmore.”

From “Ghostbusters” to “Groundhog Day” to “Analyze This,” the comedies of Harold Ramis live on and inspire today’s comedians, filmmakers, writers, and actors.

Among the many who cite Harold Ramis as a mentor and a source of key inspiration: Judd Apatow (“The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up”), Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents,” the “Austin Powers” movies), Peter Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber”), Jake Kasdan (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Orange County,” both of which featured Ramis in small roles) and as I mentioned before, Adam Sandler.

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