By: AJ

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has presided over the Senate for the past four years and we’ve just learned today that his current Lame Duck session is “RIGGED.” Color me surprised!

A hot mic picked up Senator Michael Bennet’s words… “It’s all rigged. The whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck. It’s just rigged.”

Welcome to our world Senator Bennet. We’ve known for quite a while that our government apparatus is rigged.

Take for example, the Food Safety Bill which is designed to take over our food supply and grow government by adding 17,000 more employees. It passed in the Senate today – against the will of the American people, and is sure to pass the House before the end of the year. Why does our government want to take over our food supply? Because they’ve already co-opted Monsanto and the Food Takeover Bill seals the deal.

The government organization chart illustrates that the position of ‘Office of Foods Deputy Commissioner’ is Michael Taylor, who was appointed to this position by President Obama. Mr. Taylor was the Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto. How cozy is that?

The incestuous relationship between our government and corporations does not represent America’s free-market system. It’s Socialism straight up. Banks, food, healthcare, home mortgage loans, student loans, GM, AIG… the list goes on and on.

Clear thinking Americans have learned that all of it is “rigged” and it warms our hearts to see that there’s a Senator who is catching on and who actually said it out loud even though he didn’t realize his words were being picked up by the microphone.

We yearn to hear other Senators and Congressmen speak the truth… at a microphone that they know is on.


Senate passes new food police bill: Roll call vote 73-25; Senator (Bennet?): “It’s all rigged”

Hot mic picks up discussion on Senate floor: ‘It’s all rigged’


Mark Ritchie – File 5: Mark Ritchie’s Communist Party Connection Exposed

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Mark Ritchie – File 4 here.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is regarded as a “non-party friend” by the Communist Party USA.

So highly does the Communist Party regard Mr. Ritchie, that he has been allowed to attend a high level “not to be publicized” Party meeting in Minneapolis.

Some of the Communist Party members at this meeting, later supported Ritchie in his Secretary of State election campaigns. One of them, labor leader Mark Froemke, went on to support two of Ritchie’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor-Party colleagues – Al Franken and Mark Dayton in their respective election campaigns.

As Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie’s job includes overseeing the State’s electoral recounts. In 2009, following a very controversial recount, Ritchie awarded a U.S. Senate seat to Al Franken. Currently Ritchie is overseeing another recount which could give Mark Dayton the Minnesota Governorship.

In this column, I post extracts from a four-page document I obtained during my research in the United States. The document was marked “Not for publication.” As you read this post you will understand why. Click on any scanned excerpt of the document to enlarge it for easier reading. The documents in full and unedited are viewable on Mark Ritchie’s page at our sister site KeyWikidirect link here.

Note in the first scan that Mark Ritchie is named as a “non-party friend,” an honor bestowed only on the most trusted and respected of Party allies. Ritchie was allowed to spend the entire morning of an important Party meeting, addressing comrades from all over the U.S.

Ritchie and three of the Communists had just returned from the “Battle in Seattle” – the mass riots that broke out around the World Trade Organization meeting in that city.

Though he was an official U.S. delegate to the W.T.O. meeting, Ritchie gloats that the rioting and protests “stopped the WTO,” and that “It is a tremendous victory.”

Check the profiles of several of the Communist Party members listed by clicking their blue linked names below.

Erwin Marquit, Helvi Savola, Peter Molenaar, Morgan Soderburg, Bill Gudex, Mark Froemke, Scott Marshall, Gary Severson, Tim Wheeler.

Ever the skilled propagandist, Mark Ritchie then advises the Communists on how best to present their message – to use the more emotive term “food” rather than the harder sounding “agriculture.”

Mark Ritchie points out a target for activism, the proposed merger of Agri-giants “Continental” and “Cargills.”

Next, Chicago based Communist Party USA Labor Commission chair Scott Marshall raises the issue of agribusiness nationalization. Minnesota/North Dakota based Mark Froemke gives the example of so-called successful socialist agri-enterprise, North Dakota’s state owned grain elevators. A suggestion is made to use this example in a future article in the Communist Party USA’s newspaper, People’s Weekly World.

This article was later done by Tim Wheeler.

Here is a quote from it:

“Karl Marx, Frederick Engels and V.I. Lenin devoted much study to the “agrarian question.” To prepare this report, I read for the first time parts of Volume III of Capital. “This natural productivity of agricultural labor (which implies here the labor of gathering, hunting, fishing, cattle raising) is the basis of all surplus labor,” Marx writes. “So is all labor primarily and originally directed toward the appropriation and production of food. Originally, agricultural and industrial labor are not separated. The second joins the first.” For Lenin, the strategy that underlay the Russian Revolution was the alliance of workers and the poor and landless peasantry. In the U.S., for much of the past century, the strategic goal of left and progressive movements was the creation of a Farmer-Labor party.”

Several resolutions were agreed to at the end of the meeting.

In the third, Mark Froemke agrees to try to organize an alliance of farmer and labor organizations.

Next came discussions of a march on Washington D.C., by the same coalition that had “staged” the “Battle in Seattle.” Niel Ritchie, (spelled incorrectly in the report), Mark Ritchie’s brother, is also revealed as a Communist Party contact. Niel Ritchie is now a leader of the League of Rural Voters.

The document is signed by former People’s Weekly World editor, Baltimore/Washington State based dairy farmer Tim Wheeler – son of Donald Niven Wheeler, a communist and once a Soviet spy inside the World War 2 Office of Strategic Services.

Mark Ritchie’s ties to the Communist Party USA did not end there. In 2006 and 2010, Erwin and his wife, Doris Marquit, donated to Ritchie’s Secretary of State campaigns. In 2006, Erwin and Doris Marqit, Peter Molenaar and Mark Froemke were all listed as Mark Ritchie campaign supporters.

Mark Froemke also went on to support Mark Ritchie’s colleagues Al Franken and Mark Dayton – Ritchie, Franken and Dayton all serve on the advisory committee of Wellstone Action.

In 2008, Mark Froemke’s Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union, Local 167G, endorsed Al Franken.

In October 2009, Mark Froemke was the Fargo Moorehead organizer for a 10 Days of Labor Action campaign for Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

Froemke did more work for Dayton in 2010. The pair were apparently very close as demonstrated by the Froemke/Dayton “man hug” shown in the January 2010 photo below.

The controversial 2009 recount. which confirmed Al Franken as a U.S. Senator, was closely followed by the Communist Party USA.

The Communists were well aware that their Democratic allies, desperately needed Franken’s 60th seat in the Senate. This was the “magic number” required to ensure that “progressive” legislation, such as the pro-union “Employee Free Choice Act,” could be passed without the inconvenience of a Republican filibuster.

In the Communist Party’s People’s Weekly World, November 22, 2008, labor journalist Barb Kucera wrote an article, Minnesota euphoria over Obama win tempered by Senate recount, which quoted both Mark Ritchie and Mark Froemke:

“Whether Minnesota labor’s massive effort to mobilize members in the 2008 elections was a success will ultimately turn on the results of a recount in the U.S. Senate race, Labor 2008 coordinators say.

While most AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions backed Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) challenger Franken, a few labor organizations–notably the Carpenters and Pipe Trades–endorsed Coleman. After all the results were turned in, Coleman led Franken by only 215 votes out of just under 3 million cast. An official recount began Nov. 18 and could take a month, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.

Franken’s race against GOP incumbent Norman Coleman is important nationally. To get pro-worker bills through the Senate, workers and their allies need 60 votes, out of 100 senators, to cut off GOP filibusters. That includes a presumed GOP talkathon against the Employee Free Choice Act, which is designed to help level the playing field between workers and bosses in union organizing and bargaining first contracts…

Independence Party candidates made the difference in the Bachmann and Paulsen races and definitely affected the Senate race, said Mark Froemke, president of the West Area Labor Council that spans the western half of the state. ‘The Independence Party got a better number than I would have expected in this area,’ he said.”

Clearly the Communist Party USA supports at least some sections of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. In particular the Mark Ritchie/Al Franken/Mark Dayton faction.

It is also very significant that the Communist Party USA, an ultra secretive and highly paranoid organization, trusts Mark Ritchie enough to admit him to a high level secret (“not for publication”) meeting.

If Mark Ritchie is willing to keep his connection to the Communist Party hidden from Minnesota voters, what other deceptions, or dishonesty, is he capable of? If he was willing to help sabotage the 1999 WTO talks in Seattle, while serving as an official delegate, why should anybody trust him?

A senior Communist Party USA member, Mark Froemke, connected to Mark Ritchie, supported both Al Franken and Mark Dayton.

Mark Ritchie, the Communist Party’s “non-party friend” was tasked with overseeing both elections.

Just who is Mark Ritchie actually working for? Where do his true loyalties lie? Minnesota voters deserve to know.

Secretary of State Ritchie needs to answer some serious questions.

The integrity of Minnesota’s voting system depends on it.


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Senate Backs Biggest Food-Safety Overhaul in 70 Years

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Food Safety Modernization Act’ Passes! (List of Traitors Included)

List of Traitors Who Voted To Give Dictatorial Control Of America’s Food Supply To George Soros & His Tentacles In The Federal Government

YEAs —73 (CALL THEM and POLITELY EXPRESS Your Feelings!)

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)


Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bunning (R-KY)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting – 2

Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)


List of REPUBLICAN Traitors Who Voted To Give Control Of America’s Food Supply To George Soros

YEAs —16

Alexander (R-TN)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Collins (R-ME)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kirk (R-IL)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Pryor (D-AR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)



Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Alaska: Begich (D-AK), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Nay McCain (R-AZ), Nay
Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Yea Udall (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Yea Coons (D-DE), Yea
Florida: LeMieux (R-FL), Yea Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Nay Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Nay Risch (R-ID), Nay
Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Yea Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Yea Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Yea Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Not Voting Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Nay McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Massachusetts: Brown (R-MA), Yea Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Minnesota: Franken (D-MN), Yea Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Nay Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Not Voting McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Yea
Nebraska: Johanns (R-NE), Yea Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Nay Reid (D-NV), Yea
New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Yea Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Udall (D-NM), Yea
New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Yea Hagan (D-NC), Yea
North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Yea Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Yea
Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Specter (D-PA), Yea
Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Nay Graham (R-SC), Nay
South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Nay
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Corker (R-TN), Nay
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Nay Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Virginia: Warner (D-VA), Yea Webb (D-VA), Yea
Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea
West Virginia: Manchin (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Wisconsin: Feingold (D-WI), Yea Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Nay Enzi (R-WY), Yea

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Senate passes new food police bill: Roll call vote 73-25; Senator (Bennet?): “It’s all rigged”

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