VOTE for KEVIN STODA (Kansas) in Iowa Straw Poll this August

By Kevin Stoda

Hello Iowa Republicans!

With a band of “Koch Brother Waterboys” and another demagogic Texan throwing their hats into the ring in the Iowa Straw Poll currently, this Kansas Progressive Republican is going to ask you in Iowa to vote for him, instead. I have long been ahead of the curve in calling for assistance for the poor, the middle-class and the manipulated masses of Americans. Just recall my warnings in 2007 when I last ran in Iowa.[1]

America needs some progressive Republicans to get more balanced political representation in 2012.[2] I am going to represent this need and the group of Americans who have been left out in the cold by the Tea Party and Luke Warm candidates on the current slate before you. I am a christian fundamentalist who believes in progressive and socially conscious governance and political economy–just at the Bible preaches. The Bible calls for us to shake up this unequal system constructed obtusely by man over the past half century.[3]

Alas, a lot of folks, including Governor Perry of Texas, do not understand that they should thank the Lord for the good governance they have had–including the highways, pre-school programs, and vaccinations used by nearly all citizens in the USA–and demand much more “socially just governance”.

Finally, as a progressive I call upon Republicans on the so-called “super committee” to hold fast to three progressive principles:
1. Oppose any plan that ends Medicare as we know it.
2. Protect Social Security — a program that isn’t responsible for the deficit.
3. Demand that big corporations and the wealthy share in the sacrifice.

Please consider me in this August 2011 Straw Poll in your great state of Iowa!






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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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  1. eslkevin says:

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  2. eslkevin says:

    Our Climate Of Extremes

    Aug 12, 2011 | By Brad Johnson

    In a speech this month at the Aspen Institute, Vice President Al Gore passionately excoriated the anti-science propaganda of the climate pollution industry. He denounced the decades-long effort by top carbon dioxide polluters to pollute the public’s knowledge of the growing threat of climate change. “There’s no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened,” Gore concluded, after rejecting the denier memes as “the same crap over and over and over again.” As the planet’s climate grows increasingly disastrous, the world’s polluters are digging in. Top multi-national corporations, from Johnson & Johnson to Walmart, fund the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbying front group that touts the “benefits of carbon dioxide.” The Republican candidates for president are either long-time deniers of climate science — like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) — or have cast aside their previous support for carbon cap-and-trade systems, like former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), and Tim Pawlenty.

    EXTREME CLIMATE DISASTERS: With fossil pollution superheating the world’s atmosphere, it has been one of the most extreme years to date for climate in the United States in recorded history, and it was previewed by the extreme weather in 2010 that had the most FEMA disaster declarations ever . After the winter’s blizzards and the spring’s floods, it was the hottest July on record in Oklahoma and in communities throughout the United States. July was so hot “that just by plotting the location of each daily heat record that was broken, a nearly complete image of the contiguous United States is visible,” reports NOAA. “Almost 9,000 daily records were broken or tied last month.” And the National Resources Defense Council reported more than 2,000 “code orange” air quality alerts, or times when it is dangerous for children, older adults, or people with breathing problems to be outside, in the first seven months of the year. In fact, every state in the union saw record high temperatures in July. Texas is now in its worst-ever one-year drought. “Corn, soybean and spring-wheat harvests in the U.S., the world’s largest exporter, will be smaller than the government forecast last month after a damaging heat wave.” “Arctic sea ice is thinning, on average, four times faster than the models say, and it’s drifting twice as quickly.” The global oceans continue to store ever more heat. “The Arctic is all but certain to be virtually ice free within two decades,” Center for American Progress senior fellow Joe Romm writes.

    EXTREME CLIMATE DENIERS: How did the right wing respond to the record-shattering climate disasters? “Record-breaking Heat Wave Was a Myth,” blared “Global Warming Theory Faces Sudden Collapse.” Fox News also attacked SpongeBob SquarePants for “pushing a global warming agenda,” and hosted denier Joe Bastardi, who cited “the first law of thermodynamics” and “La Chatelier’s principle” to argue that the greenhouse effect isn’t physically possible. Texas and Oklahoma are the states hit hardest by climate disasters this year. The oil-rich states are also dominated by politicians who deny the existence of global warming, and who rail against science-based policy to deal with our extreme climate. Governors Rick Perry (R-TX) and Mary Fallin (R-OK) have both issued calls for prayer as the official policy response to their historic heat wave and drought. But still the drought got worse. In a USA Today op-ed this week, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) reflected upon the “devastating” and “historic” Texas drought. He said that policy makers should ignore “flawed” climate science, then joined Perry and Fallin: “A prayer for rain, however, would be appreciated.”

    EXTREME CLIMATE FUTURE: “If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur,” the American Physical Society concluded in 2007. “We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.” Fortunately, some leaders are trying to prepare humanity to survive our increasingly catastrophic future. “The climate is clearly changing, with increasing evidence this climate change is leading to more frequent severe weather events,” Trevor Maynard, who heads the office of exposure management at Lloyd’s, said in a new report on long-range forecasting for the insurance industry. “As we suffer through severe droughts, more intense rainfall and flooding, and sea level rise along the coast, the nation’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is coming under increasing levels of stress,” Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) announced, with the introduction of legislation to “help drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities prepare for the impacts of climate-related risks.” “The weather is getting worse and more violent,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) recognized at a recent hearing. “The federal government needs to do more to be ready to protect federal assets and provide disaster assistance on an increasing frequency.” Citizens are also rising up with greater urgency, blocking mountaintop removal, protesting at the White House, and organizing global events in September to get the planet moving toward a sustainable future.
    Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed

    When Congress returns to Washington, the U.S. House will debate a bill that threatens to slash the tax revenue states collect from corporations.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving Florida $100 million to restore 24,000 acres of its wetlands — the largest conservation deal ever to be allotted to one state.

    GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is against any changes to the U.S. Constitution — unless it’s banning same-sex marriage.

    Revisiting the legacy of the Home Affordable Modification Program (and it isn’t pretty).

    JP Morgan pushes Jefferson County, Alabama to the brink of bankruptcy, and walks away “unscathed.”

    Stuff rich people like: Hotels, rugs, and tickets.

    Why the 11th Circuit’s decision declaring the individual mandate unconstitutional cannot be squared with the Constitution.

    Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty gets confused and says President Obama is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan too quickly yet too slow at the same time.

  3. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin,

    Did you see what Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney said yesterday? He actually told an Iowa crowd that “Corporations are people.”

    Corporations are people? Could the GOP be any deeper into the pockets of big business?

    This is a perfect example of the crazy ideology we’re up against, and what our Emergency Media Campaign is designed to fight. We need to raise $50,000 by midnight to send this message from coast to coast: Corporations are NOT people. People are people, and we must put the needs of the American people – not multibillion-dollar corporations and their tax loopholes – first. Will you help us?

    The American people – NOT corporations – must come first.

    Saying that corporations are people is ridiculous – but this kind of rhetoric will pay off for Republicans. The Citizens United decision means those same corporations that Mitt Romney thinks are people can give unlimited donations in support of candidates. The Koch Brothers and Karl Rove’s groups are already hard at work spending for Republican candidates. Our Emergency Media Campaign will play a big role in fighting back.

    Romney’s the quintessential Republican: He made his millions leading a private equity firm that bought up companies, closed plants and killed American jobs. The workers who lost their jobs are people. The corporation that cost them those jobs is not. It’s high time Republicans learn the difference.


    Guy Cecil

  4. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin,

    Even though it is summer, there’s no lull at the American Friends Service Committee. Our witness to the power of nonviolence goes on in many forms and in many places, no matter the season.

    We are responding to those suffering from drought, famine, and conflict in the Horn of Africa, where we have worked for years. We continue to press for human rights, for immigrant communities in Massachusetts, and for prison inmates in California. And we are nurturing the next generation of peacemakers, reaching middle and high school students in Georgia.


    Countries in the Horn of Africa are facing the worst food crisis in the world today and Somalia is the hardest hit. In a rare move, the United Nations declared a state of famine for southern Somalia. Before this famine struck, AFSC was working in the Dadaab refugee complex on the Somalia-Kenya border and with local partners inside Somalia to support lasting peace efforts. In these difficult days, we are working with our partners to meet the pressing needs for food and shelter.

    Read personal stories from Dadaab.


    Springfield’s City Council unanimously voted to opt-out of participating in a controversial federal program, Secure Communities, which would have local police screen the immigration status of every person they detain, including those with no criminal record and those stopped for a minor offense. Denounced by the immigrant rights movement and resisted strongly by governors, local officials, and police nationwide, this program cripples police-community relations and deters crime reporting in immigrant communities. The council’s rejection of Secure Communities came after intense efforts by a coalition formed by AFSC’s Western MA office. In a surprising announcement made last Friday (August 5), the Department of Homeland Security indicated that it will unilaterally rescind the memorandum of agreements between state and local jurisdictions, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to force implementation of Secure Communities. Despite this news, Northampton, MA intends to vote on a similar resolution.

    Read more on the Springfield vote.


    After nearly three weeks, the hunger strike over conditions in the solitary confinement unit at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison ended on July 21. Corrections officials have promised long-term, positive changes and made some immediate concessions, prompting the inmates to break their fasts. Mediators, including AFSC’s Laura Magnani, report the strike leaders consider this victory the beginning of holding corrections officials more accountable.

    Learn more about the hunger strike and its impact


    AFSC’s Atlanta office, along with the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, organized a three-day convergence for Georgia youth to imagine the state that they want to live in. Participants learned about organizing tools used in past social movements in the South, while they began building a new “community.” After much discussion, the young people chose public education as their issue. Then they unanimously decided to meet again in August to discuss next steps in a campaign a move that delighted and surprised the organizers!

    For pictures and more visit our Atlanta office’s blog

    In Somalia, Georgia, California, Massachusetts, and in dozens of places around the world, AFSC programs are addressing basic human needs, supporting respect and tolerance for all our neighbors, and working with communities weary of violence to build lasting peace. Thanks to your support, AFSC’s engagement in this important work continues through every season.


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    Shan Cretin, General Secretary

  5. eslkevin says:

    As your presidential candidate, I would stop such horrible ideas from being encouraged and implemented in my homeland.

    Kevin Stoda

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  7. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin,

    The results are in. And the Republicans are as crazy as we knew.

    Newt Gingrich? No.

    Ron Paul? No.

    Herman Cain? No.

    The winner of the Ames Straw Poll is?

    Michele Bachmann.

    Yes, the woman who believes abolishing the minimum wage would eliminate unemployment. She also suggested we return to the McCarthy era of questioning individuals’ loyalty to America. And let’s not forget, Michele Bachmann said in February that we should just let Glenn Beck solve the debt crisis.

    There’s no question: the Tea Party is now on top. Social Security? Medicare? Public schools? The minimum wage? They are all now in danger.

    Are we going to give up? Or fight back?

    Don’t let Michele Bachmann and her Tea Partiers take over our country. Join our fight take back the House of Representatives and keep the Senate. We need to elect progressives from the courthouse to the White House.

    Contribute Now

    Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party won this weekend. But if we fight back, she won’t be president!


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    Website: 21st Century Democrats


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  8. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin Stoda

    after this last year in Wisconsin during which i have observed first hand how immoral, no-holds-bared, take no prisoners approach of republicans in their aim for an upward redistribution of wealth i will never vote for a republican no matter what.


  9. eslkevin says:

    Bachmann Makes Her Move

    Aug 15, 2011 | By Jeff Spross

    GOP presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) won the Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa on Saturday with 4,823 votes; more than twice that of any other candidate save Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), whom she beat by just under 200 votes. However, neither former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, nor current Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who announced his candidacy for the nomination the same day — made any serious commitment of time or resources to the poll (though Perry supporters were in evidence on the ground in Ames). It’s not clear how much, if anything, the poll actually reveals about Bachmann’s political odds. Still, the event was decisive enough to drive third place finisher and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty from the race, and served as a symbolic capstone to Bachmann’s dramatic rise through the GOP ranks.

    As Ryan Lizza summed up in his recent New Yorker profile, “Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians. Her campaign is going to be a conversation about a set of beliefs more extreme than those of any politician of her stature.” But while her political career originated and remains steeped in culture war politics, this has not prevented her from staking out an exceptionally hard-line on economic issues: She came out against the plan put forward by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to end the debt ceiling stand-off, advocated blanket opposition to an increase in the debt ceiling under any circumstances, and has called for making more than a $1 TRILLION in cuts in just one year to balance the budget immediately, to take just the most recent examples.

    BACHMANN’S INFLUENCES: Among Bachmann’s influences is a series of evangelical films by Francis Schaeffer titled How Should We Then Live?, which she has cited on the campaign trail as a profound influence, and a biography of Confederate General Robert E. Lee by author J. Steven Wilkins, which was listed as a recommended read on Bachmann’s personal website for a number of years. Schaeffer, whom Bachmann praised as “a tremendous philosopher” to Lizza, is striking for his hard-line right-wing evangelical stances on everything from politics to philosophy to art. His film series condemned the Italian Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Darwin, secular humanism, and postmodernism as morally corrosive and oppositional to a God-centered worldview, while asserting the inerrancy of the Bible and the moral imperative of a biblical worldview. According to Lizza’s interview with Schaefer’s son Frank, the Roe v. Wade decision held particular prominence in his father’s thinking, marking a critical turn in America towards moral degeneracy. Still, all of this is small potatoes compared to J. Steven Wilkins book Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee, which describes slavery as an institution fostering “mutual respect” between black slaves and the white South, and one that left slaves “immeasurably better off” than they were in Africa. Wilkins goes on to argue against abolitionism, saying time was needed for the “sanctifying effects of Christianity” to take hold — presumably through slavery’s institutional causeways — before emancipation would be appropriate. Lizza correctly described the book as “objectively pro-slavery” and called Bachmann’s recommendation of the tome “one of the most startling things I learned about her.” The book’s bizarre moral inversion has carried over into other areas of Bachmann’s political activity, when in one instance she signed onto a marriage pledge by the FAMiLY LEADER that included language suggesting African-American children were better off under two-parent households during slavery than they are under one-parent households in modern America.

    SOCIAL EXTREMISM: Bachmann’s commitment to the goals of the far right on social issues has not wavered as she has climbed the political ladder. Her early success in conflating educational activism with right-wing culture war issues was helped along by a now-disbanded group called EdWatch, which promoted everything from the teaching of creationism, to climate change denial, to opposition to gay rights and equality. Considered its “prized pupil,” EdWatch provided Bachmann with critical support in both her 2000 run for the Minnesota state Senate and her 2006 run for Congress. She retains the group’s two founders as staff members, and actively campaigns against the “homosexual agenda” in public schools. In 2004, Bachmann voiced concerns that the arrival of gay marriage in Massachusetts would lead Minnesotan couples to marry there, return to the state, and then “group marriage, polygamy, and things much worse may not be far behind.” Bachmann has both endorsed and received the endorsement of pastors who have advocated “ex-gay” therapy, called homosexuality immoral and unnatural, and dismissed recent concerns over the effects of anti-gay bullying in schools. The pledge by the FAMiLY LEADER which Bachmann signed included assertions that homosexuality was both a chosen lifestyle and a health risk, and Bachmann herself recently stated that the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy “worked very well,” and if president, she would “probably” reinstate it. Finally, her husband Marcus Bachmann runs a clinic providing “ex-gay” reparative therapy — which runs counter to the American Psychological Association’s conclusions concerning the appropriate therapeutic response to sexual orientation. To hear Bachmann tell it, she is “very proud” of the clinics, despite repeatedly dodging more pointed questions about the issue, particularly after scrutiny turned to her husband for referring to gays as “barbarians” and for taking over $137,000 in Medicaid funds over the past five years. In fact, the resulting scrutiny has become sufficiently intense that Marcus Bachmann has been forced to backtrack, claiming his clinic has never been involved with reparative therapy and suggesting the “barbarians” incident was the result of an interview doctored to embarrass the campaign.

    ECONOMIC PRIORITIES REWARD THE WEALTHY: Bachmann’s economic views are no less striking for being relatively new-formed and often incoherent. She ended the recent debate over the debt ceiling increase with a move to the most extreme position possible, namely blanket opposition to any increase under any circumstances. When reminded that reaching America’s borrowing limit while preserving all payments to Social Security, Medicare, the military, and America’s creditors — as Bachmann has insisted — would mathematically require gargantuan and immediate cuts to every other area of government, Bachmann has responded with platitudes and obfuscation. When Fox News’ own Chris Wallace recently pressed Bachmann on this same point, she insisted that the budget gap be closed with “pro-growth policies” to increase revenue without altering the tax system — nevermind that a growth in revenue necessary to close the deficit, even if possible, would require time, and thus borrowing would have to continue in the interim if massive cuts are to be avoided. As for those pro-growth policies, they seem to consist of lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 to 9 percent and eliminating the capital gains tax entirely, all at a cost to the federal budget of multiple trillions in revenue over 10 years. And all while calling for an increase in taxes on the working poor. Last year, Bachmann decried President Obama’s payroll tax cut for people lower down the economic ladder as an unaffordable increase in the deficit while simultaneously defending the need and legitimacy of much greater tax cuts for the rich regardless of their budgetary effect — all within the same interview, no less. And she has bizarrely claimed an extension of unemployment benefits, at a cost of only $34 billion for six months, would be unaffordable, even as she advocates tax policies that would decimate the government’s revenue stream. As for the recent downgrade of the United States credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, Bachmann laid claim to the downgrade as a validation of her position in the debt ceiling debate, while directly denying and contradicting the analysis Standard & Poor’s offered to explain the downgrade — and analysis whose cited reasons included the Republicans’ intransigent refusal to raise tax revenue, as well as the rhetoric offered by some, including Bachmann herself, suggesting the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling would not be particularly severe. Whether Bachmann is simply being disingenuous and politically opportunistic, or if she actually believes lightening the tax burden on the rich while increasing it for the poor is defensible on moral and policy grounds, or if she genuinely does not understand the economic consequences of her stated positions, or if she simply assumes anything advocated by Republicans is by definition good for the country while anything advocated by President Obama is by definition destructive, remains unclear.

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    Dear Kevin,

    A big business is making net profits of $6 billion in a recession and paying its executives millions. So why are they trying to cut pay and benefits to employees by $20,000 a year? What’s wrong with this picture?

    Sounds absurd, but that’s exactly what Verizon Communications is doing. They want to roll back worker pay to where it was 50 years ago. Verizon is keeping their workers from earning a living so they can add to their $6 billion profits.

    Verizon workers are standing up against this corporate greed and going on strike. These hard-working Americans are making their voice heard and bringing awareness to the public about what the company is doing. Now the pressure is on Verizon to stop delaying and negotiate with its workers for a contract.

    Together, the striking workers are strong, but they can’t do it alone. Verizon may not support middle class workers, but we can!

    There’s no better way to show striking workers you support them than joining them on the picket line. You can take a look on the Communications Workers of America website to see what picket lines have been formed in your area. If there isn’t one already, you can adopt a store and organize your own!

    You can also sign our petition to the CEO of Verizon Communications, Ivan Seidenberg. Let’s show him Americans want Verizon to take care of their workers and let go of their selfish demands!

    And please, contribute what you can to our cause. We want to find more supporters like you to sign our petition!

    We can’t let corporations like Verizon keep walking all over the middle class! Show your support today for these courageous Verizon workers.


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