Mark Ritchie File 1 – Conflict of Interest? Minnesota S.O.S. Adjudicates Committee Colleagues’ Election Results

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie may be involved in a serious, but so far unreported, conflict of interest.

One of Ritchie’s responsibilities is to supervise the re-count of very closely contested state elections. With the power to decide which ballots may be counted as valid, Ritchie effectively has the power to decide the outcome of closely fought races.

This drew national attention in early 2009, when Ritchie handed a critical U.S. Senate seat to Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party) candidate and former comedian Al Franken, though Republican Norm Coleman had been ahead on election night.

Now Ritchie is set to supervise another tight re-count, a two-way race for the Minnesota governorship. The leading contender in this race is another far left Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (D.F.L.) member, far left former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton.

Yet while adjudicating the outcome of their races, Mark Ritchie serves on the advisory committee of a far left, D.F.L./Democratic Party/socialist affiliated organization with both Franken and Dayton.

The organization in question is Wellstone Action, an organization established to carry on the radical leftist agenda of the late D.F.L. Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone.

Mark Ritchie, Al Franken and Mark Dayton are listed as members of the Wellstone Action Advisory Committee, as are several leftist heavy hitters including:

That so many Democratic Socialists of America aligned radicals should be supporting the Wellstone agenda is no surprise.

In 1990, D.S.A.’s Democratic Left, November/December issue, page 5 stated:

Twin cities DSA in Minnesota continues its resurgence with ongoing support of Paul Wellstone’s campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Rudy Boschwitz. Local activists are doing literature drops and helping to raise money for this watershed campaign… As a professor at Carlton College, Wellstone has mentored many DSA Youth Section activists… Contributions, made out to Wellstone for U.S. Senate, can be sent to the DSA national Office and will be forwarded to the campaign.

Mark Ritchie is clearly involved in an organization that is clearly pro-D.F.L./Democratic Party and is heavily influenced by D.S.A. and the Institute for Policy studies aligned socialists.

Mark Ritchie, campaigning 2008

The fact that Mark Ritchie helped put one fellow Wellstone Action Advisory Committee member Al Franken into the US Senate and may soon put another, Mark Dayton, into the Minnesota Governor’s mansion, should be ringing alarm bells all over the state.

Why is a man, with such close connections to two prominent candidates being entrusted with overseeing their electoral re-counts?

Talk about the fox guarding the chicken coop.


Comrade Atkins Admits Communist Infiltration of Democratic Party

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

This blog has long contended that the Communist Party USA and other Marxist groups have heavily infiltrated the Democratic Party.

This has enabled the Communist Party to both influence Democratic Party policy and to choose and promote Democratic candidates at all levels.

Writing on the Party website Political Affairs, comrade C.J. Atkins admits that Communists indeed do work inside the Democratic Party, including on state level policy committees.

Comrade Atkins also admits that Party members work in Democratic-aligned organizations including Organize for America, Progressive Democrats of America, the Campaign for America’s Future and the New York Working Families Party.

The context here is that Atkins believes that the Party is stigmatized by the “communist” label and should drop the name, in order to more easily and effectively work through the Democrats and other “mainstream” organizations.

Forces on the progressive left must organize as currents within the orbit of the Democratic Party, but as elements separate from it. This is the stance taken by the organized labor movement. And, if the CPUSA is honest with itself, we would see that this is an approach which we have already taken for quite some time as well. Our members participate in the Democratic primary process at the local level, volunteer in GOTV (Get Out The Vote) efforts, and many take part in the platform-drafting process in their local Democratic committees. More participate in Democratic-aligned outfits such as Organize for America, Progressive Democrats of America, or the Campaign for America’s Future.

However, by not formally affiliating with the Democratic Party organizationally (though many members do individually), the CPUSA and some of these other left formations are able to maintain the independence that allows them to join in the mass coalition efforts to defeat the ultra right without endorsing or accepting the corporate influence and control that prevails among too many top Democratic policy-makers.

All of this is to say, we have to consider the possibility that our current practice, which is broadly in agreement with the understanding of political independence summarized above, may not best be served by our continued adherence to a specifically party-type of organization. I would suggest that we ponder whether it may be appropriate to drop not only the “communist” half of our title, but the “party” half as well.

It is my belief that we could be more effectual operating as a socialist and working-class political organization which does not present itself as a “party” as such. By doing so, we could eliminate the ambiguities and confusion which sometimes arises when CPUSA members run as Democratic or independent candidates. Our members can freely participate in the Democratic Party process, with the Working Families Party or other independent political formations, etc. as appropriate to the circumstances and in accordance with collective judgment of the situation. The details of what such an organization would look like would of course have to be discussed in greater detail by the party as a whole, but it is a transformation worth considering.

So as should be clear, this article is both a call for change as well as a suggestion for the codification of existing practice. The CPUSA has done much to renew itself and join the 21st century. It is now time to move forward with this process and remove any obstacles that still stand in the way of fully participating in the broad democratic upsurge of our times. We are living in an era of change and must do everything to make sure we stay in tune with the movement of history.

The Communist Party USA works closely with the Communist parties of Cuba, China, Russia and with many in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

It’s loyalties do not lie with the United States of America, but with a re-energized and growing international communist movement.

The fact that the Communist Party USA has heavily infiltrated the Party of President Barack Obama, a man the Communists call a “friend,” should be very big news.

Why isn’t it?


George Soros & Friends: Telling Those You Know about Glenn Beck’s Programs Today & Tomorrow

From: Gulag Bound

…and watching them, of course

If you have not been paying attention, today’s Glenn Beck program on Fox News marks the first of at least three programs on the George Soros network (and we don’t mean TV network — or do we?).

This program airs at 5pm and 2am Eastern Time. Do you need to set your recording device? at least the alarm in your mobile phone?

He has promised to collate and broadcast information on Soros himself and the network of which he is a part, as no one ever has before.

If you would like preliminary or subsequent reading, the following are suggested:

…and another three items, from Gulag Bound:

You may wish to see the “share” links associated with this item — including the little envelope at the bottom right.

Who do you know, who would, should know?


Financial News Update – 11/9/10

A Fantastic Overview Of What’s Happening To America’s Love Affair With Debt

Here’s The Story Of How Ireland Became The Biggest Basket Case In Europe

Fed Governor Warsh Slams QE: “The Federal Reserve Is Not A Repair Shop”

Dallas Fed Chief: The Fed Is Monetizing The Nation’s Debt For The Next 8 Months

The 10 Worst Cities For Finding A Job

“The Most Ignorant Remarks Ever Made By A Central Banker”

Stock Rally Screeches To A Halt, While Gold Goes Wild: Here’s What You Need To Know

The Next Wave Of The Irish Crisis: A Massive Mess Of Underwater Mortgages

It’s Official: U.S. Consumers Are Becoming Way More Frugal

Bond insurer Ambac files for bankruptcy (Hat Tip: Bix Weir)

Obama acknowledges decline of US dominance (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Roubini Tweets: US Banks at Risk of Insolvency

FDIC Proposes to Boost Failure Assessments on Large Banks

Cohen Says Obama Trip Displays Concern About U.S. Jobs

Obama Says Trade, Currency Imbalances Hurting Global Growth

Stocks Drop as Cotton, Gold Lead Commodities Higher; Bonds Fall

Mutual Funds Seek to Avoid Risk Supervision by Fed

Job Openings in U.S. Decreased 163,000 in September

Sarah Palin Takes Aim at Fed (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Is An ATM Cash Shortage Coming? (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

R.I.P.: Al Gore’s Chicago Climate Exchange Has Died (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

Chinese Panic as West Waits?

Global Warming and the Undead

A Return to the Gold Standard?

Bankruptcy the End of ACORN?

Hunger strike to stop foreclosure

China Fires Back At Bernanke With Harsh New Capital Controls


Chinese Credit Rater Downgrades U.S.

GERMANY: ‘The US Has Lived on Borrowed Money for Too Long’

Fed Global Backlash Grows

Palin Takes Aim

Key banker skeptical about Fed plan

Gold hits record high, tops $1,400+ per ounce

UPDATE: Oil price hits two-year high


Auditors want $3.2 million from ACORN

Biden meets on government transparency; Meeting closed

California’s unemployment fund has deficit of $10.3 billion

Inflation and euro debt worries drive gold to record high (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Money Is Not A Tangible “Thing”, It Is A Concept (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Cowardly Old World

Should a Balanced Budget Be a Top Priority for Congress?

South Korea, U.S. go down to wire on trade talks

Tax Cut Timing Is Proving Problematic for Democrats

With Obama’s visit, India displays new power

The Food Shock of 2011 (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

FDIC Failed Banks – 2010 Bank Failures (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

UN draft proposals: G77 & China will submit to Agenda 21 (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Barack Obama And Ben Bernanke Continue To Defend Quantitative Easing, But For The Rest Of The World The Verdict Is In: They Hate It

Is Soros Betting on U.S. Financial Collapse?

Here’s The Massive Commodities Surge About To Send Food Prices Sky High

David Rosenberg: Basically, The “Good” Jobs Report Was A Flat-Out Lie

“The Most Ignorant Remarks Ever Made By A Central Banker”

This Is What Happens When The Market Gets Addicted To Federal Reserve Smack

Korea Discovers A Large Source Of Rare Earth Metals

Food price fears as feds warn on crop yields


COURT: No campaign finance limits for small groups

Oil and Natural Gas Group Files Suit Against EPA

CBS News Fails to Offer Updates on $113 Billion Lawsuit Against Chevron in Ecuador – Why?

As G-20 Summit Nears, China Is Unlikely to Budge On Currency

Side Effects: Obamacare Encourages States to Drop Medicaid

Health Care Voters Overwhelming Favor Repealing Obamacare

Obama’s De Facto Oil Ban Still Killing Jobs


China downgrades US credit rating (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Radical Difference Between Monetization 1 and QE2 (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Fed Policy: Another Wealth Transfer to Wall Street (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Fed Pushes U.S. Economy Into An Inflationary Death Spiral (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

How Bernanke Is Using the Printing Press to Win Friends and Influence People (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Soros Group Wants Obama to Rule by Executive Order (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

When JPM/HSBC Don’t Like The Results, The CME Just Changes The Rules: Full Revised Silver Margin Schedule (Hat Tip: Bix Weir)

Americans on Food Stamps Reach New High (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Dark Ages for a modern Middle Class – Modern day debt serfdom and rising prices not seen through the consumer price index. Coffee up 50 percent for the year. (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Energy demand to be driven by China by 2035: IEA Report (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Waiting For The Next Inflation Report (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The Real Reason For Obama’s Trip To India: The Sixth Biggest Arms Deal In U.S. History (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Soros bets on US Financial Collapse (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Forget The Distorted Jobs Numbers, We’re On The Brink And The Fed Bullets Are Spent

Markets Tank AGAIN: Here’s What You Need To Know

The Fed Doesn’t Get It: Unemployment Isn’t Falling, The Participation Rate Is


California borrows $40 million a day to pay unemployment benefits.

Obama returns fire after China slams Fed’s move. [JWR’s comment: The Obama Administration’s position on the Quantitative Easing monetization scheme is like a teenager claiming that he can pay his VISA Card balance with his MasterCard.]

This news item explains the big drop in the silver price, in after-hours trading on Tuesday: CME Taps the Brakes on Silver. This reminds me of how the COMEX power elite stopped the Hunt Brothers, 30 years ago. The metals markets are both thin and manipulated. Buckle up and be ready for some huge price swings in coming months.)

US Federal Reserve Stokes Global Currency War

China Leads Backlash Against US Stimulus as Risk of Currency War, Protectionism Grows

Bob Chapman: Creation of Debt as the Basis of Growth

Federal Reserve Rains Money on Corporate America But Main Street Left High and Dry

Glenn Beck: Coming Insurrection

An Economic Certainty: Gold to Rise as Fiat Currencies Fall

Gold’s Hot Streak Has a Silver Lining

The Growing Threat of Food Insecurity in America

Rick Rule on Scarce Commodities, the High Price of Gold and the Sale of Global Resources

Zoellick seeks gold standard debate

Quantifying What QE 2 Means for Future Inflation and Gold and Silver Prices

Number of the Week: $10.2 Trillion in Global Borrowing

Fed’s Trillions Purchase of Bonds is a Fraud

Caught In A Lie: Bernanke Promised Congress the Federal Reserve Would Not Monetize the Debt But Now That is Exactly What is Happening

Currency Wars, Debase, Debt Default and Deny!

Nine Reasons Why Quantitative Easing is Bad for the US Economy

ForeclosureGate Could Force Bank Nationalization


Mystery Missile Launched Near Calif. Has Military Speechless

Hat Tips: Jean Stoner/Nancy Jacques/Brian B.
From: The Blaze

Mystery Missile Launched Near Calif. Has Military Speechless

Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast

Mysterious Missile Launched in Southern California and Possibly Phoenix, Pentagon CANNOT Confirm Who Fired It

Sources have indicated that there was not only a missile in Southern California but also in Phoenix and on the east coast. Whether this is true remains to be seen.

Military Gives Conflicting Statements Regarding Mystery Missile

Missile Launch Incident Raises Serious Questions

This had to show on radar. Why is the Pentagon and NORAD claiming the US and Canada are not in any danger, but are still claiming they don’t know who shot the missile? Fox News asked them this and the Pentagon would not answer. If they don’t know who did this, why was the threat alert not immediately raised and everything locked down? I don’t see this on global security news or Stratfor… What the hell?

Mystery Missile Launch Off Cali Coast

Mystery missile: Shades of Scare Force One; Update: Was it a missile or not?

My two cents – this was a missile launch. It is not a plane and they can make excuses about light all they want – it’s a missile launch. Beck posed that it could be China or someone else showing us their strength. Entirely possible, except you would think we would respond, but who knows anymore?

Pentagon can’t explain apparent mystery rocket off California coast (Hat Tip: Bix Weir)

Pentagon calls mystery missile ‘unexplained,’ cannot rule out threat (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Pentagon Can’t Explain ‘Missile’ Off California Coast (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Does This Picture Prove That The California Missile Was Actually A Commercial Jet?

You Should Be Terrified By What We’ve Learned About The California Missile Launch

The Best Theory We’ve Heard Yet: The “Mystery Missile” Was Actually A Covert Spy Satellite

Update: Military Says Missile-Like Object Wasn’t Missile

The Pentagon spends billions of dollars a year making sure it is never surprised by a missile launch – so finding out what the camera saw became a top priority. Both the Navy and the Air Force insisted they had not launched any missiles and the North American Air Defense Command – which is supposed to track incoming missiles – declared it had not been fired by any other military. But nobody could say what it was.

But Doug Richardson, the editor of Jane’s Missiles and Rockets, examined the video for the Times of London and said he was left with little doubt.

“It’s a solid propellant missile,” he told the Times. “You can tell from the efflux [smoke].”

Richardson said it could have been a ballistic missile launched from a submarine or an interceptor, the defensive anti-missile weapon used by Navy surface ships.