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BTC – There are going to be a few people who will throw garbage at me for giving this material second life. I don’t write for them anyway. You can forget any apology.

Today I’m writing for people who attended a NASCAR dirt race, watched a WWF match or grew up on the Dukes of Hazzard or who attempted a renactment of these scenarios in their backyard. I was flipping through the TV channels when my eyes and ears drifted magnetically to the familiar sounds of Jesse Ventura’s voice – a combination of pouring gravel and ..a mountain lion. Jesse Ventura as a Governor of the great state of Minnesota should be enough to make him credible. However, I think his ex-wrestler cred is really what is still carrying him.

As cynicial as you can become, you know America needs a superhero. The current generation, the ones who are losing their rights and their hair, need the power of his brand of Lucha Libre to go the distance in an endurance run to save our rights. It creates courage to see The Body take political risks we would not, tread where we would never go in our right mind, displaying mind splitting truth about our government. He shows us the human faces inside the velvet glove doing their best to beat us out of our lunch money and our freedom.

Jesse Ventura beats Chuck Norris 10-to-one as a political action figure.

Jesse Ventura is not Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich. He’s not Chris Matthews or Wolf Blitzer. He’s not Alex Jones.  He’s not Rush Limbaugh or Rachel Maddow. He’s not John Stewart or Bill Maher; and he’s not your dad.  He’s Jesse “The Body” Ventura and I watched him put “the best-of-the-best” aspiring white collar criminals in training at Goldmann Sach’s on the ropes and try to tapp out! NOTHING beats that to date for politi-tainment.

After that I felt better about calling a spade, a spade. I just needed a role model. Someday I want to be like Ventura. When it’s time to jump in the ring, armed with only my body, my wits and some quaking frenemies, I’ll donn some lycra tights and resolve to take on the Bosses at the 112th Level of Congress.

Which is why I went on a hunt looking for that episode online and found his previous work: A 6 episode series on Big Brother; see below. Now all I need is a wrestler name.


Thanks to James for more Slashdot news tips

An anonymous reader writes“Cable operators at the semi-annual CableLab’s Innovation Showcase have informally voted as best new product a gizmo that can determine how many people are watching a TV. Developed by Israeli company PrimeSense, the product lets digital devices see a 3-D view of the world (the images look like something from thermal imaging). In other words, that cable set-top box will know whether three people are sitting on the sofa watching TV and how many are adults vs. children. Do we really need cable and/or video service operators knowing this? It all happens via a chip that resides in a camera that plugs into the set-top box.”

Barr Urges Congressional Action to Repeal

Rep. Bob Barr, small-government party prodigal returned, as Libertarian Presidential nominee cites he has been consistently in favor of a repeal of Real ID.

Unfortunately, skepticism naggs Libertarians who soured against a penitent Barr over his affirmative Patriot Act vote while he was a Republican Congressional leader. In an election where Constitutional mores are muffled by Corporate media censorship and cast aside in favor of “Homeland Security” by the Bush Administration; civil libertarians are exceptionally sensitive to any hint of losing ground.

Those who stopped watching OBAMA TV a.k.a CNN, NBC/MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX {You get it.} months ago for any peep on gains of Constitutional relevance may still have an eye out for any resurfacing of approaches to halt the massive attack on our country’s fundamental documents. 

“’September 11’ has become the catch-all excuse for virtually every proposed expansion of government power,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party nominee for president. “One example is a national identification card and data base, long desired by some in government, and which was mandated by legislation passed by the Congress in 2005 with the support of both Senators McCain and Obama. Although I was no longer in the Congress when this bad legislation was passed, I had vigorously opposed it in the years since it became law, just as I led the successful effort to rescind a previous mandate for a national ID card, ” says Barr of his opponents unfavorable voting record.

Those looking to Obama to uphold the Constitution should take account of the only sneak-preview they may get prior to the November election. He voted “Aye” for FISA. Which means we’ll have green energy solutions and the warrantless wire-tappings will continue with carte-blanche immunity for highly compensated Telecomm traitors. Only the greed of corporate whistleblowers can save us now.

He voted AYE for the Patriot Act and AYE for Real ID. Benefit of the doubt?

We’ll be checking in with the McCain camp for any radar regarding Real ID – even though it’s not really a war or economy issue. Maybe if we pretend its a taxation issue he’ll look.

Barr’s campaign release included an Executive Branch plan of action on Real ID.

“As president, I would submit legislation to repeal the law.  I also would use my authority as president to limit the law’s impact to the extent allowed by law—establishing privacy safeguards, extending compliance deadlines, and relaxing license requirements.  Protecting the people’s liberties and privacy is central to government’s role, not an afterthought – factors obviously not important to my opponents in both the Republican and Democratic Parties who supported the Real ID Act.”