Mike Bryan – Interviews Annie Loyd

Interview with Annie Loyd, Independent for Congress in Arizona’s CD3

Annie Loyd is running for Congress in CD 3 as an Independent. Mike Bryan of Blog for Arizona sent Annie a questionnaire about her views and positions on the issues that she returned as a PDF that you can download, or read online by clicking the continuation link here.

Annie and Mike also had a roughly half-hour telephone conversation following up on her answers, and touching on some additional matters, which you can listen to as a podcast here.

The full questionnaire is after the click…

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Stop Playing Games With Safety: Stop the NAFTA Trucks ‘Pilot’

Congress was very clear with the Bush administration: before allowing any Mexico-based trucking companies to cross into the U.S. beyond a limited border zone, it must guarantee the public’s safety. But the administration has failed to meet even the most basic conditions.Now, the Bush administration is barreling ahead with a so-called “pilot project” to allow 100 Mexico-based companies to send their trucks into the U.S. — even though the congressional demands for safety guarantees have not been satisfied.The Bush administration announced the “pilot project” while Congress was out for the August recess. Now that Congress is back, demand that it take action and stop the NAFTA trucks pilot program! >>Learn More

Driving Social Change on the Web: Grassroots.org

Sedo would like to announce a special partnership with Grassroots.org. Grassroots.org drives social change by providing free technology services to non-profits so they can better focus their resources on their organizations. They also host a portal of high profile websites to educate citizens on making social impact. Sedo will be contributing $50,000 as well as advertising space to Grassroots.org.”Grassroots.org shares our vision that the internet and related technology can make a huge, positive difference in the world,” said Tim Schumacher, CEO of Sedo. “We also value its use of generic domains to inform citizens seeking to both digest and deliver content regarding key social issues.”Currently, Grassroots.org operates more than 30 portals, including planetearth.org, relief.org, diseases.org, homeless.org, and philanthropists.org.

TOP OF THE TICKET Blog on Bloomberg Candidacy

And, boy, does he have the immense fortune to philanthropy with.
From the Associated Press 12:22 PM PDT, September 16, 2007
NEW YORK — Whether Michael Bloomberg decides to run for president in 2008, it is clear he is serious about building up his philanthropic giving.The billionaire mayor is expected to disclose shortly that he gave $165 million to more than 1,000 charities in 2006, and is forming an organization called Bloomberg Philanthropies that will organize all of his giving: his personal one-time contributions, his company’s donations and the projects undertaken by the new foundation.

TOP OF THE TICKET Blog on Bloomberg Candidacy
He recently purchased two buildings near his home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to use as the headquarters and has begun to assemble a staff that is sketching out some of the foundation’s first projects. He is even recreating another Bloomberg bullpen there — his trademark office arrangement that has everyone sitting together with no walls.Despite the speculation that Bloomberg will dip into his fortune to bankroll a presidential run, the billionaire insists that when he leaves City Hall at the end of 2009, he will take a vacation and then focus on giving his money away.But if he were to run for president while also operating a foundation, it would be a historic moment in the philanthropic world and likely a tricky road to navigate.”It has never happened before — people who are affluent do run for president, but nobody who’s had such a major role in philanthropy,” said Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. “Foundations are really not allowed to be involved in politics at all, so he would have to be extra careful so that one world doesn’t mess with the other.”Palmer said the fact that Bloomberg is creating an official foundation is a signal “that even though he’s been giving generously, he is going to ratchet up his giving and needs something more formal.”He’s already supporting a huge number of charities, but this is probably a sign that he needs more professional advisers and may be thinking about something more ambitious,” she said.
Estimates of Bloomberg’s wealth range from $5.5 billion to more than $13 billion, and his riches would multiply if he sold the financial information company he founded in the early 1980s. He said last year he had decided not to sell at that time. But he had previously indicated that establishing his foundation would probably involve selling the company.Bloomberg has been giving his money away for many years. Since he has been in office, his staff has released annual lists of where his money goes and the total amount.Every year, he is giving more money to more groups. In 2005, he gave $144 million to 987 organizations, compared with $139 million to 843 groups in 2004 and $136 million to 653 charities in 2003.Some of last year’s $165 million went toward starting a worldwide campaign he announced last year against smoking, a health concern he says is often overlooked in philanthropy. He has pledged $125 million over a few years for the cause.The anti-tobacco initiative is the first project by his foundation. It is consistent with the overall themes that have guided his giving over the years, such as public health, medical research, arts and education.Aides said he is set to announce a $9 million gift to the World Health Organization over the next two years to prevent traffic fatalities. They are a leading cause of death among young people in low- and middle-income countries and one more cause that does not get a lot of philanthropic attention.The money will go to pilot programs in Mexico and Vietnam to reduce drunken driving and improve use of motorcycle helmets, seat belts and child restraints.Some of his largest personal gifts have gone to his alma mater, The Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, in addition to the $165 million he spread to hundreds of charities, he also gave $100 million for medical research and a new children’s hospital at the university.Bloomberg will continue to make personal contributions while his foundation will focus on wider projects, including newer interests such as government accountability that have sharpened during his public life.The agenda for this cause is not fully formed, but Bloomberg envisions a sort of scorecard to keep track of elected officials and candidates. The mayor, who this summer dropped his Republican affiliation to become an independent, says it would give voters a chance to scrutinize their leaders but not favor any candidate.”What I would like to focus on a little bit is how the public knows who they’re voting for, what they’ve done, whether once elected they do it,” Bloomberg said in describing the concept earlier this year. “Being able to improve the democratic process, not trying to influence it in one direction or another.”Bloomberg has hardly avoided throwing his money behind candidates and political causes — thousands of dollars on both sides of the aisle for races at all levels of government. He also contributed $7 million to the host committee for the 2004 Republican convention in New York that nominated President Bush for re-election.Bloomberg gave more than $2.13 million to the housekeeping account of the state Republican Committee between 1999 and 2006, a record for any individual, according to the state chapter of Common Cause, a government watchdog group.The mayor, who was a Democrat for most of his life, steers his money toward New York-centric groups and causes typically considered to be liberal. He has given millions to abortion rights groups, stem cell research, gay rights and gun control advocacy organizations.But there are more conservative groups as well, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Boy Scouts of America.Within his foundation, Bloomberg says he has little interest in starting his own programs. He will fund existing organizations that he believes are already doing good work.He also wants his foundation to fund projects with measurable results, which is what he calls a “new trend in philanthropy.” He points to the Robin Hood Foundation, which targets poverty in New York City, as an example. That group uses independent evaluators to hold accountable the programs it supports.His eldest daughter, Emma Bloomberg, has recently begun working for that foundation. Bloomberg told Contribute magazine last year that both of his daughters are socially conscious and support a number of causes, but he does not expect they will run his foundation.Bloomberg’s donations are ostensibly anonymous, but his giving is not a closely guarded secret either, with the donations often easily traced back to the source. Although he does not like to publicly discuss dollar amounts, he does not mind talking about his pet causes and reasons for giving.An oft-told story is that he first learned about the importance of philanthropy from his father, a bookkeeper whom Bloomberg says never earned more than $11,000 a year. Still, the mayor recalls, the family gave money to the Red Cross, UNICEF and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”I’ve always believed it’s important to give during your lifetime,” Bloomberg told Contribute last year. “I mean, you can’t take the money with you. You should be able to enjoy any difference you can make.”

One Planet Conversations Launching the 2007-2008 Salon Series

Phoenix, AZ

Information Event Info Name: One Planet Conversations

Tagline: Launching the 2007-2008 Salon Series

Host: One Planet Magazine

Type: Meetings – Informational Meeting

Time and Place Date: Thursday, September 20, 2007 Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Creative Living Fellowship (CLF)

Street: 6530 N 7th St

City/Town: Phoenix, AZ

View Map Contact Info Phone: 480.217.1720

Description What can Annie Loyd and Renee Morgan Brooks do together in one evening? Come and find out as One Planet magazine (www.oneplanetmagazine.com) celebrates positive visions and solutions for all of us. This month, at CLF, for our One Planet Conversations, our monthly speaker salon, we proudly present our Publisher, Annie Loyd, speaking on “Together – we can make the change.” Are you confused by the “conservatives” but leary of the “liberals”? Are you weary of the war and peeved at pundits of both major parties? Have you almost or already given up on voting? Do you ever wonder if Oneness can be applied for results and resolutions? Join us for a dialogue and discussion on transpartisan politics, the transformational politics of hope. Let Renee Morgan Brooks raise you soul with song and Annie Loyd lift your heart with hope.

Be part of the dialogue as Annie shares her inspiring message of healing yesterday’s political wounds, standing n the Consciousness of today, and bringing fourth the Vision for tomorrow. Will you find out you’re Planetarian?

Hunter S. Thompson on Politicians & Journalism

“He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time.” –on Richard Nixon

“Jesus! How much more of this cheap-jack bullshit can we be expected to take from that stupid little gunsel? Who gives a fuck if he’s lonely and depressed down there in San Clemente? If there were any such thing as true justice in this world, his rancid carcass would be somewhere down around Easter Island right now, in the belly of a hammerhead shark. ” –on Richard Nixon’s life after resignation

“Richard Nixon has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I’ve regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosones that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad.”

“The Nixon I remembered was absolutely humorless; I couldn’t imagine him laughing at anything except maybe a paraplegic who wanted to vote Democratic but couldn’t quite reach the lever on the voting machine.”

“Bill Clinton does not inhale marijuana, right? You bet. Like I chew on LSD but I don’t swallow it.'”

“Did you see Bush on TV, trying to debate? Jesus, he talked like a donkey with no brains at all…It was pitiful…I almost felt sorry for him, until I heard someone call him ‘Mr. President,’ and then I felt ashamed.” -on Bush’s 2004 debate performance

“In four short years he has turned our country from a prosperous nation at peace into a desperately indebted nation at war. But so what? He is the President of the United States, and you’re not. Love it or leave it.” –on George W. Bush

“Richard Nixon looks like a flaming liberal today, compared to a golem like George Bush. Indeed. Where is Richard Nixon now that we finally need him?”

“Nixon was a professional politician, and I despised everything he stood for — but if he were running for president this year against the evil Bush-Cheney gang, I would happily vote for him.”

“Bush is a natural-born loser with a filthy-rich daddy who pimped his son out to rich oil-mongers. He hates music, football and sex, in no particular order, and he is no fun at all.”

“I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000, but I will not make that mistake again. The joke is over for Nader. He was funny once, but now he belongs to the dead.”

“There was one exact moment, in fact, when I knew for sure that Al Gore would Never be President of the United States, no matter what the experts were saying — and that was when the whole Bush family suddenly appeared on TV and openly scoffed at the idea of Gore winning Florida. It was Nonsense, said the Candidate, Utter nonsense. . .Anybody who believed Bush had lost Florida was a Fool. The Media, all of them, were Liars & Dunces or treacherous whores trying to sabotage his victory. . . Here was the whole bloody Family laughing & hooting & sneering at the dumbness of the whole world on National TV. The old man was the real tip-off. The leer on his face was almost frightening. It was like looking into the eyes of a tall hyena with a living sheep in its mouth. The sheep’s fate was sealed, and so was Al Gore’s.”

“[T]his blizzard of mind-warping war propaganda out of Washington is building up steam. Monday is Anthrax, Tuesday is Bankruptcy, Friday is Child-Rape, Thursday is Bomb-scares, etc., etc., etc…. If we believed all the brutal, frat-boy threats coming out of the White House, we would be dead before Sunday. It is pure and savage terrorism reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

“We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear — fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer.”

“If we get chased out of Iraq with our tail between our legs, that will be the fifth consecutive Third-world country with no hint of a Navy or an Air Force to have whipped us in the past 40 years.”

“He knew who I was, at that time, because I had a reputation as a writer. I knew he was part of the Bush dynasty. But he was nothing, he offered nothing, and he promised nothing. He had no humor. He was insignificant in every way and consequently I didn’t pay much attention to him. But when he passed out in my bathtub, then I noticed him. I’d been in another room, talking to the bright people. I had to have him taken away.” -on meeting George W Bush at Thompson’s Super Bowl party in Houston in 1974

“All we have to do is get out and vote, while it’s still legal, and we will wash those crooked warmongers out of the White House.”

“America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

“A word to the wise is infuriating.””So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here — not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”

“The genetically vicious nature of presidential campaigns in America is too obvious to argue with, but some people call it fun, and I am one of them.”

“Election Day — especially a presidential election — is always a wild and terrifying time for politics junkies, and I am one of those, too. We look forward to major election days like sex addicts look forward to orgies. We are slaves to it.”

“Every GOP administration since 1952 has let the Military-Industrial Complex loot the Treasury and plunge the nation into debt on the excuse of a wartime economic emergency. Richard Nixon comes quickly to mind, along with Ronald Reagan and his ridiculous ‘trickle-down’ theory of U.S. economic policy. If the Rich get Richer, the theory goes, before long their pots will overflow and somehow ‘trickle down’ to the poor, who would rather eat scraps off the Bush family plates than eat nothing at all. Republicans have never approved of democracy, and they never will. It goes back to preindustrial America, when only white male property owners could vote.”

“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.”

“If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”

“Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.”

“You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.”

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

“Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads?”

For Campaign ’08, Video Web Seen Making Inroads on Traditional Media

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While “traditional media” – TV, radio and print – figures to remain in the driver’s seat during Campaign ‘08, established outlets will increasingly need to share the road with online video.

That’s the clear conclusion of a new consumer survey, conducted for ClipBlast! (http://www.clipblast.com/), the Web’s premier video search platform, by Chicago market researcher Synovate. The survey – which asked 1,000 Americans to identify the various sources from which they anticipate getting their news on the presidential candidates – was fielded in August, shortly after the CNN/YouTube debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Overall, 86 percent of respondents say they will turn to TV and radio for information on the candidates; 63.5 percent will rely on newspapers and magazines. Even so, substantial percentages expect to get their news from the Video Web: 29.5 percent from news video, 22 percent from debates online, and another 7.5 percent from video bloggers.

“These findings unquestionably affirm the rise of the Video Web in public life,” said Gary Baker, CEO, ClipBlast! “What’s more, we believe that online video is engaging new audiences and drawing new, otherwise disaffected or disinterested viewers. Organizing debates on the Video Web is anything but a novelty – it’s an alternative that has emerged literally from nowhere to capture the public’s imagination.”

Indeed, the fall season figures to be dotted with successors to the CNN/YouTube experience. This Wednesday, Yahoo!, in tandem with Slate and The Huffington Post, will host the first Web-only U.S. presidential debate, with PBS’s Charlie Rose serving as moderator. Two weeks later, on Sept. 27, MySpace and MTV will hold the first of 11 hour-long candidate dialogues, to be streamed live on their respective websites. And on Nov. 28, CNN and YouTube will reprise the online/broadcast debate format, in association with the Republican Party of Florida.

It IS Your Father’s Video Web

Although youth will be served, so will their elders, according to the ClipBlast!/Synovate survey. Findings confirm the popularity of online video with the youngest demographic – 37 percent of those 18-24 will turn to the Video Web – and reveals that that group hasn’t forsaken TV (87 percent) or newspapers (54 percent). While those in mid-life and beyond maintain their loyalty to traditional media (89 percent for anyone over 55), they’re also embracing new media, albeit at a lesser pace (29 percent for those over 65, marginally more than those 45-54 and 55-64, at 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively).

And while just 16 percent of those 55-64 expect to turn to the Web for presidential debates, 27 percent of those over 65 plan to be there – the highest percentage among all demographic groups. Likewise, video blogging isn’t solely the province of the young; 10 percent of those 35-44 will include vlogs in the information mix – roughly the same as those in 18-24 age group.

Among other notable survey findings:

The more affluent you are, the more likely it is that you’ll rely on TV and radio for campaign news (88 percent, for those with annual incomes in excess of $75,000, against 82 percent for those at the bottom rung of the income ladder). Those with incomes of $50,000-$75,000 are relatively more inclined to include news video in their diet of campaign info (32 percent) than are those in other income strata. And those in the $25,000-$50,000 bracket are relatively more likely to view debates online (23 percent) than the rest of the population.

Those who aren’t married tend to gravitate to the Video Web and are relatively less enamored of traditional media. By an eight-point margin, marrieds prefer newspapers and magazines (66 percent to 59 percent); that almost exactly flips when online video is in play. (34 percent of unmarrieds will look to news video online, against 27 percent of marrieds). Households without children will be tuning into debate coverage online in greater numbers than those with kids (24 percent to 18 percent).

On a regional basis, TV and radio are robust nationwide, but strongest in the South (87 percent); newspapers and magazines fare best in the Midwest (71.5 percent). News video online will capture an identical 30 percent in both regions – a marginally greater number than in the Northeast, ostensibly the home base of traditional media. Debate coverage online looks to be relatively strongest in the South and West, at 23 percent each.

Considering race as a factor, newspapers and magazines draw significantly more whites than non-whites (65 percent to 54.5 percent). Conversely, presidential debates on the Video Web are expected to attract a greater percentage of nonwhites than whites (28 percent to 21 percent). Similarly, nearly twice as many nonwhites expect to get their info from video blogs (11 percent to 6.5 percent).

Looking at educational levels, while TV and radio are consistent across the board, newspapers and magazines draw significantly more respondents with post-graduate degrees (78 percent, to 65 percent with some college and 52.5 percent with high school or less). That pattern – the greater the educational level, the greater the reliance on online video for information – holds steady across the range of sources on the Video Web (news video, debates and video blogs).
Based on employment status: those employed fulltime are marginally less likely to depend on TV and radio; retirees are most reliant on traditional media, print and broadcast.

The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. For a full copy of the survey results, email info@edgecommunicationsinc.com.

About ClipBlast!
Founded in 2004, ClipBlast! provides pioneering Web-wide video search that uses patent-pending technology to continuously update the largest index of video content across the Internet. ClipBlast!’s fast, easy interface gives users instant access to millions of quality, highly relevant, targeted video clips from the world’s major media brands, independent producers and individuals – video that informs, enlightens, inspires and entertains. The company is based in Agoura Hills, Calif. To learn more, visit

The Emerging Transpartisan Field in American Politics

Transpartisanship Defined

Transpartisanship represents an emerging field in political thought distinct from bipartisanship, which aims to negotiate between “right” and “left,” resulting in a dualistic perspective, and nonpartisanship, which tends to avoid political affiliation altogether. Rather, transpartisanship acknowledges the validity of truths across a range of political perspectives and seeks to synthesize them into an inclusive, pragmatic container beyond typical political dualities.In practice, transpartisan solutions emerge out of a new kind of public conversation that moves beyond polarization by applying proven methods of facilitated dialogue, deliberation and conflict resolution. In this way it is possible to achieve the ideal of a democratic republic by integrating the values of a democracy — freedom, equality, and a regard for the common good, with the values of a republic — order, responsibility and security.

The Transpartisan Field

Transpartisanship is increasingly being used to describe the collaborative efforts of citizens and leaders who seek to discover and implement the best possible policies regardless of political ideology. Transpartisanship practices and methods are currently being employed by all levels of government (national, state, and local), various citizen groups, nonprofit organizations, corporations, consulting and conflict-resolution firms, university programs and more. Together these efforts have generated a considerable body of work that is forming the Transpartisan field.

History of the Emerging Transpartisan Field

Like most modern schools of political or social thought it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of Transpartisanship. The term was used as early as the late 1980’s when it appeared in an essay titled “Self-Reliant Defense: Without Bankruptcy or War,” by American scholars Gene Sharp and Bruce Jenkins of the Albert Einstein Institute. Sharp and Jenkins state: “whether the proposal is to add a civilian-based resistance component or to transform to a full civilian-based defense policy, the presentation, consideration, and decision should not be made on an ideological or partisan basis. Instead, civilian-based options in defense need to be presented and evaluated in a “Transpartisan” manner-not tied to any doctrinal outlook or narrow group.” This early use of the term Transpartisanship emphasized the selection of best practices regardless of specific political ideologies. The ideas behind Transpartisanship have quickly spread into other disciplines including politics, society, culture, economics etc.

Emerging Elements of the Transpartisanship Field

  • Transpartisanship is a vibrant and evolving field; however there are a few key concepts that are especially characteristic:
  • All systems are interdependent – All things are fundamentally interconnected influence one another, which in turn validates each individual component (or belief). Transpartisanship therefore honors each belief and strives to fully integrate it into the system, thus achieving equilibrium.
  • All points of view are equally valuable – Every belief or view can be important in reaching collaborative decisions.
  • Optimal solutions are reached through honest and authentic dialogue – In order to arrive at practical and sustainable solutions all viewpoints can be shared openly and honestly.
  • Disagreement can be an asset – Disagreements over an issue need not undermine consensus if all parties are willing to harness existing tension to find common ground. New alliances will naturally form and collaboration will often reveal previously unanticipated solutions that can satisfy all those involved.
  • The public must take responsibility for being heard – Transpartisanship holds that good decisions are made by considering a wide range of opinions. Reintegrating the public at large into the conversation can enhance the range of opinions and lead to better decisions.
  • Need to protect the sovereignty of the individual – While the role of the community is undoubtedly vital for reaching effective solutions, so too is the need to protect individuals from the dictates of the collective. Views and opinions may only be expressed honestly when the individual is free from coercion.

Note: Transpartisanship in currently an evolving field and therefore lacks a unitary definition or set of core values. The definition and values listed above should be seen as a guideline to begin the discourse over Transpartisanship, not a terminus.

Sam Nunn’s Being Court For Independent Bid – And Now He Confirms Interest

As first reported by InsiderAdvantage Georgia and the Southern Political Report, former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn is being courted for a possible third-party bid for president or vice president next year, and now Nunn has publicly confirmed he may be interested.
Last night, WSB-TV’s Lori Geary caught up with Nunn – and he didn’t close the door on the possibility.
Nunn told Geary he didn’t hear the current crop of candidates discussing the issues he believes are important and went on to say he plans to spend the next few months considering his options.
When she asked him point-blank about a possible independent bid, he didn’t rule it out.
Nunn, now 68, was Georgia’s U.S. senator for 24 years (1972-1966). During part of that time, he chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee. John Kerry considered the moderate Georgia Democrat as a potential running mate in 2004.
Nunn currently is chief executive officer of the NTI (Nuclear Threat Initiative), a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
We reported on the possible Nunn bid on July 26 and said our sources were telling us that Nunn continues to be known among the DC establishment and media as “the man” when it comes to matters related to defense.
We also told our readers that a group of former Washington operatives, including former Carter administration members Hamilton Jordan and Gerald Rafshoon, has been quietly working to create a legitimate third-party effort in ‘o8, and that they were sounding Nunn out, possibly with an eye towards a Bloomberg-Nunn independent candidacy.
You can read that story here.