Koch.

It came to pass on the 23d day of the 9th month in the beginning of the 20th Century that a troubling cloud appeared atop Wichita, Kansas. In the fields below, ground and trees trembled at the first cries of a certain infant arrived, a child of dark forces, who would bring misery to so many for so long. And his name was Fred Koch.

All manner of riches would come with ease, commanded perhaps by unstoppable evil, but neither possessions nor power would end the pain for others caused.

In the 11th month of 1967 Fred’s living presence left, but things concocted ended not. Soon, a son would stir the infamy his father brewed – bringing forth even more sorrow across the land.

This boy was David, and with older brother Charles, they pledged great fortunes to crush the public weal. Roads, bridges, schools, prisons, even water and power to light and heat, were touched by a Koch crusade.

Last week, on Friday his family and fanatic fans mourned David’s passing. Meanwhile, millions of victims went on as usual, struggling for food, health, ever wishing for a fairer share of America’s bounty.

– Anonymous

All of the fawning obituaries and all the memorial plaudits will not put David Koch’s reputation back together again. It was lost at birth if you believe in the “evil seed”, and nothing he did for the rest of his life could counter the universal harm he promoted.

I first encountered the effects of the Koch philosophy in the late 60s, when one of Fred Koch’s followers presented me with a copy of The Blue Book, a pithy bible of the John Birch Society. At the time I was editor of The Recorder newspaper in Conshohocken, PA, and Fred Koch was one of the founders of the Birch organization.

Ayn Rand

After reading The Blue Book, I saw a corruption of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism philosophy. Her novels on self-determination emphasized individual freedom of thought and cognitive evaluation. She deplored how fruits of inventors were destroyed or stolen by second-rate “experts” and corporate chicanery.

There is someone named after Ayn Rand in the Senate today – Rand Paul – who fights proposals to increase our minimum wage, seeks to privatize all things short of the air we breathe, and suggests everything should be legal unless it physically harms someone else. He is a corporate tool – no regulation, no anti-trust, no consumer protection.

Conshohocken had once produced 500,000 tons of steel per year and was also home to the national brand – Lee Tires. As companies closed, the town grew poorer, jobs were lost, boarding houses replaced elegant homes, and at least one new crime seemed to be reported every day in a borough with only 8,000 citizens.

Urban Renewal, a federal program that paid to purchase land, clear acres and grant the property to a developer, was the only salvation possible. Some $28 million was promised, and nearly everyone in town was excited with hope of new homes, businesses and roads.

A few folks hated the idea. Long letters about Communism and federal government takeover of the town were sent to me for publication. Angry residents wandered into the newspaper’s office, claiming they represented the opposition to renewal.

It was insane, made no sense, until one of the leaders handed me a copy of The Blue Book and told me to read it and I would change my mind.

I didn’t.

Fred Koch’s Birch Society was the source of today’s Tea Party and Libertarian movement.

To achieve their privatization goals the Kochs funded dozens of front groups, and even spent some $400 million to elect favored candidates in 2018.

What are the ultimate goals of the John Birch Society/Libertarians:

  • No minimum wage
  • No public schools
  • No public prisons
  • No U.S. Department of Education
  • No Environmental Protection Agency
  • No public highways
  • No public police departments
  • No public fire departments
  • No union movement or right to strike
  • No unemployment compensation
  • No workman’s compensation
  • No Food  Stamps
  • No Medicaid
  • No Medicare
  • No public hospitals
  • No public mental institutions
  • No Federal Reserve System
  • No income tax
  • No tariffs
  • No Social Security

In every case benefits now free to the public would be taken by investors to make profits.

For example, only charter schools would remain after public schools deteriorated from politicians deliberately cutting funding.

All highways would be toll roads. Annual dues would be required for fire or police protection.

Our seniors would die quickly without Social Security, leaving the only alternative: Wall Street pension plans. Emergency rooms would collapse from the influx of the poor and seniors without Medicaid or Medicare.

What do the pure Libertarians, like the Kochs, think are good ideas:

  • No laws against gambling or prostitution
  • No penalty for drug use of any kind
  • Unlimited immigration with no borders
  • Dividing public by race and sexual persuasion
  • Earned Income Tax Credits to subsidize business
  • More military funding
  • Sales taxes
  • Ending deficit spending

After a long battle Conshohocken won the urban renewal battle and is replete with high-rise hotels, public parking garages, two large fire departments, and a structure called Marshall Lee Towers.

When all the objections were cleared, the borough’s leaders discovered that the major Birch Society opposition was to the public housing required by the dislocation of residents in the renewal zone.

The critics wanted as few of these homes as possible, citing the “danger” of outsiders moving into town. My opinion at the time was that they meant Black families from Norristown or Philadelphia, but this was never proven.

Finally, someone proposed that part of the renewal program would be housing for the poor elderly, a towering structure on the main drag just for senior citizens. One stipulation was that the waiting list place borough residents on top, county residents next, and others at the end.

There wasn’t very much need for restrictions. The Towers have always been filled only by Conshohocken residents, the demand being so great.

Following the renewal battle I noticed that many of the opponents had left town. They had rented apartments nearby to fight renewal, and now they were off to deprive another community of so-called “government welfare.”

David Koch was about 30 at the time, and Fred had died in 1967.

Mick Mulvaney

The society lives on without much publicity, but it has prominent advocates:

Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), offered the 2008 keynote speech at the John Birch Society 50th anniversary, and Donald Trump’s current Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was the speaker at the John Birch Society’s National Council dinner shortly before joining the President’s administration.

Other members over the years included: Roy Cohn, H. L. Hunt, Adolphe Menjou, Roger Milliken, Archibald Roosevelt, John Wayne and Robert W. Welch Jr.

“The Inconvenient Truth” – El Paso terrorist’s droning manifesto equally rips Trump, GOP, Dems and big corporations

El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language
Headline from New York Times

The manifesto that guy wrote could have been written by the people that write Trump’s speeches
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX)

Patrick Wood Crusius – a 21-year-old Texan who murdered 22 and injured 24 others in a Walmart rampage – is probably legally insane, certainly a coward (he swore never to surrender), surely a race separatist, but he is hardly a Donald Trump or Republican devotee.

In his manifesto, published below, he hates corporations, advocates that universal healthcare and guaranteed income are inevitable, and blasts both the GOP and Dems for environmental inaction that he deems criminal.

Water sheds around the country, especially in agricultural areas, are being depleted, he wrote.

Mass murderer

Fresh water is being polluted from farming and oil drilling operations.

Consumer culture is creating thousands of tons of unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste, and recycling to help slow this down is almost non-existent. Urban sprawl creates inefficient cities which unnecessarily destroys millions of acres of land.

We even use God knows how many trees worth of paper towels just (to) wipe water off our hands.

Everything I have seen and heard in my short life has led me to believe that the average American isn’t willing to change their lifestyle, even if the changes only cause a slight inconvenience. The government is unwilling to tackle these issues beyond empty promises since they are owned by corporations.

Don’t tell any of the above to the average member of the GOP or to Donald Trump. They will argue, laugh and condemn you. That’s opposite the platform for the many Republicans loved and supported by the Koch bros. and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Crusius reminds me of a reporter, who was very rational until he had a couple of drinks. In my case I was walking with him in a parking lot and when we got to his car, he pulled out a gun, pointed it at my head, and wanted me to explain why he shouldn’t kill me. Talked my way out, but learned that the insane really can know how to hide it.

The terrorist rants about corporations in his manifesto:

In short, America is rotting from the inside out, and peaceful means to stop this seem to be nearly impossible. The inconvenient truth is that our leaders, both Democrat AND Republican, have been failing us for decades. They are either complacent or involved in one of the biggest betrayals of the American public in our history. The takeover of the United States government by unchecked corporations. I could write a ten page essay on all the damage these corporations have caused…

There is a general lament about education:

To compete, people have to get better credentials by spending more time in college. It used to be that a high school degree was worth something. Now a bachelor’s degree is what’s recommended to be competitive in the job market. The cost of college degrees has exploded as their value has plummeted. This has led to a generation of indebted, overqualified students filling menial, low paying and unfulfilling jobs.

But as he runs out of ideas to promote, the other side of a killer emerges. Cold, evil, with no feeling, he explains:

Main gun: AK47 (WASR 10) – I realized pretty quickly that this isn’t a great choice since it’s the civilian version of the ak47. It’s not designed to shoot rounds quickly, so it overheats massively after about 100 shots fired in quick succession. I’ll have to use a heat-resistant glove to get around this.

8m3 bullet: This bullet, unlike pretty much any other 7.62×39 bullet, actually fragments like a pistol hollow point when shot out of an ak47 at the cost of penetration. Penetration is still reasonable, but not nearly as high as a normal ak47 bullet.

The boasting and threatening lead him to write:

My death is likely inevitable. If I’m not killed by the police, then I’ll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders. Capture in this case is far worse than dying during the shooting, because I’ll get the death penalty anyway. Worse still is that I would live knowing that my family despises me. This is why I’m not going to surrender even if I run out of ammo.

Despite boasts, he not only surrendered, but immediately turned himself in to the Texas Rangers.

SHOOTER MANIFESTO
Sat Aug 03 2019 22:31:51 ET

The Inconvenient Truth

About Me
In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion. Some people will think this statement is hypocritical because of the nearly complete ethnic and cultural destruction brought to the Native Americans by our European ancestors, but this just reinforces my point. The natives didn’t take the invasion of Europeans seriously, and now what’s left is just a shadow of what was. My motives for this attack are not at all personal. Actually the Hispanic community was not my target before I read The Great Replacement. This manifesto will cover the political and economic reasons behind the attack, my gear, my expectations of what response this will generate and my personal motivations and thoughts.

Political Reasons
In short, America is rotting from the inside out, and peaceful means to stop this seem to be nearly impossible. The inconvenient truth is that our leaders, both Democrat AND Republican, have been failing us for decades. They are either complacent or involved in one of the biggest betrayals of the American public in our history. The takeover of the United States government by unchecked corporations. I could write a ten page essay on all the damage these corporations have caused, but here is what is important. Due to the death of the baby boomers, the increasingly anti-immigrant rhetoric of the right and the ever increasing Hispanic population, America will soon become a one party-state. The Democrat party will own America and they know it. They have already begun the transition by pandering heavily to the Hispanic voting bloc in the 1st Democratic Debate. They intend to use open borders, free healthcare for illegals, citizenship and more to enact a political coup by importing and then legalizing millions of new voters. With policies like these, the Hispanic support for Democrats will likely become nearly unanimous in the future. The heavy Hispanic population in Texas will make us a Democrat stronghold. Losing Texas and a few other states with heavy Hispanic population to the Democrats is all it would take for them to win nearly every presidential election. Although the Republican Party is also terrible. Many factions within the Republican Party are pro-corporation. Pro-corporation = pro-immigration. But some factions within the Republican Party don’t prioritize corporations over our future. So the Democrats are nearly unanimous with their support of immigration while the Republicans are divided over it. At least with Republicans, the process of mass immigration and citizenship can be greatly reduced.

Economic Reasons
In short, immigration can only be detrimental to the future of America. Continued immigration will make one of the biggest issues of our time, automation, so much worse. Some sources say that in under two decades, half of American jobs will be lost to it. Of course some people will be retrained, but most will not. So it makes no sense to keep on letting millions of illegal or legal immigrants flood into the United States, and to keep the tens of millions that are already here. Invaders who also have close to the highest birthrate of all ethnicities in America. In the near future, America will have to initiate a basic universal income to prevent widespread poverty and civil unrest as people lose their jobs. Joblessness in itself is a source of civil unrest. The less dependents on a government welfare system, the better. The lower the unemployment rate, the better. Achieving ambitions social projects like universal healthcare and UBI would become far more likely to succeed if tens of millions of dependents are removed. Even though new migrants do the dirty work, their kids typically don’t. They want to live the American Dream which is why they get college degrees and fill higher-paying skilled positions. This is why corporations lobby for even more illegal immigration even after decades of it of happening. They need to keep replenishing the low-skilled labor pool. Even as migrant children flood skilled jobs, Corporations make this worse by lobbying for even more work visas to be issued for skilled foreign workers to come here. Recently, the senate under a REPUBLICAN administration has greatly increased the number of foreign workers that will take American jobs. Remember that both Democrats and Republicans support immigration and work visas. Corporations need to keep replenishing the labor pool for both skilled and unskilled jobs to keep wages down. So Automation is a good thing as it will eliminate the need for new migrants to fill unskilled jobs. Jobs that Americans can’t survive on anyway. Automation can and would replace millions of low-skilled jobs if immigrants were deported. This source of competition for skilled labor from immigrants and visa holders around the world has made a very difficult situation even worse for natives as they compete in the skilled job market. To compete, people have to get better credentials by spending more time in college. It used to be that a high school degree was worth something. Now a bachelor’s degree is what’s recommended to be competitive in the job market. The cost of college degrees has exploded as their value has plummeted. This has led to a generation of indebted, overqualified students filling menial, low paying and unfulfilling jobs. Of course these migrants and their children have contributed to the problem, but are not the sole cause of it. The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heaing the destruction of our environment by shamelessly over harvesting resources. This has been a problem for decades. For example, this phenomenon is brilliantly portrayed in the decades old classic “The Lorax”. Water sheds around the country, especially in agricultural areas, are being depleted. Fresh water is being polluted from farming and oil drilling operations. Consumer culture is creating thousands of tons of unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste, and recycling to help slow this down is almost non-existent. Urban sprawl creates inefficient cities which unnecessarily destroys millions of acres of land. We even use god knows how many trees worth of paper towels just wipe water off our hands. Everything I have seen and heard in my short life has led me to believe that the average American isn’t willing to change their lifestyle, even if the changes only cause a slight inconvenience. The government is unwilling to tackle these issues beyond empty promises since they are owned by corporations. Corporations that also like immigration because more people means a bigger market for their products. I just want to say that I love the people of this country, but god damn most of y’all are just too stubborn to change your lifestyle. So the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.

Gear
Main gun: AK47 (WASR 10) – I realized pretty quickly that this isn’t a great choice since it’s the civilian version of the ak47. It’s not designed to shoot rounds quickly, so it overheats massively after about 100 shots fired in quick succession. I’ll have to use a heat-resistant glove to get around this. 8m3 bullet: This bullet, unlike pretty much any other 7.62×39 bullet, actually fragments like a pistol hollow point when shot out of an ak47 at the cost of penetration. Penetration is still reasonable, but not nearly as high as a normal ak47 bullet. The ak47 is definitely a bad choice without this bullet design, and may still be with it. Other gun(if I get one): Ar15 – Pretty much any variation of this gun doesn’t heat up nearly as fast as the AK47. The round of this gun isn’t designed to fragment, but instead tumbles inside a target causing lethal wounding. This gun is probably better, but I wanted to explore different options. The ar15 is probably the best gun for military applications but this isn’t a military application. This will be a test of which is more lethal, either it’s fragmentation or tumbling. I didn’t spend much time at all preparing for this attack. Maybe a month, probably less. I have do this before I lose my nerve. I figured that an under-prepared attack and a meh manifesto is better than no attack and no manifesto.

Reaction
Statistically, millions of migrants have returned to their home countries to reunite with the family they lost contact with when they moved to America. They come here as economic immigrants, not for asylum reasons. This is an encouraging sign that the Hispanic population is willing to return to their home countries if given the right incentive. An incentive that myself and many other patriotic Americans will provide. This will remove the threat of the Hispanic voting bloc which will make up for the loss of millions of baby boomers. This will also make the elites that run corporations realize that it’s not in their interest to continue piss off Americans. Corporate America doesn’t need to be destroyed, but just shown that they are on the wrong side of history. That if they don’t bend, they will break.

Personal Reasons and Thoughts
My whole life I have been preparing for a future that currently doesn’t exist. The job of my dreams will likely be automated. Hispanics will take control of the local and state government of my beloved Texas, changing policy to better suit their needs. They will turn Texas into an instrument of a political coup which will hasten the destruction of our country. The environment is getting worse by the year. If you take nothing else from this document, remember this: INACTION IS A CHOICE. I can no longer bear the shame of inaction knowing that our founding fathers have endowed me with the rights needed to save our country from the brink destruction. Our European comrades don’t have the gun rights needed to repel the millions of invaders that plaque their country. They have no choice but to sit by and watch their countries burn. America can only be destroyed from the inside-out. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. This is why I see my actions as faultless. Because this isn’t an act of imperialism but an act of preservation. America is full of hypocrites who will blast my actions as the sole result of racism and hatred of other countries, despite the extensive evidence of all the problems these invaders cause and will cause. People who are hypocrites because they support imperialistic wars that have caused the loss of tens of thousands of American lives and untold numbers of civilian lives. The argument that mass murder is okay when it is state sanctioned is absurd. Our government has killed a whole lot more people for a whole lot less. Even if other non-immigrant targets would have a greater impact, I can’t bring myself to kill my fellow Americans. Even the Americans that seem hell-bent on destroying our country. Even if they are shameless race mixers, massive polluters, haters ofour collective values, etc. One day they will see error of their ways. Either when American patriots fail to reform our country and it collapses or when we saveit. But they will see the error of their ways. I promise y’all that. I am against race mixing because it destroys genetic diversity and creates identity problems. Also because it’s completely unnecessary and selfish. 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanics form interracial unions at much higher rates than average. Yet another reason to send them back. Cultural and racial diversity is largely temporary. Cultural diversity diminishes as stronger and/or more appealing cultures overtake weaker and/or undesirable ones. Racial diversity will disappear as either race mixing or genocide will take place. But the idea of deporting or murdering all non-white Americans is horrific. Many have been here at least as long as the whites, and have done as much to build our country. The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race. This physical separation would nearly eliminate race mixing and improve social unity by granting each race self-determination within their respective territory(s). My death is likely inevitable. If I’m not killed by the police, then I’ll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders. Capture in this case if far worse than dying during the shooting because I’ll get the death penalty anyway. Worse still is that I would live knowing that my family despises me. This is why I’m not going to surrender even if I run out of ammo. If I’m captured, it will be because I was subdued somehow. Remember: it is not cowardly to pick low hanging fruit. AKA Don’t attack heavily guarded areas to fulfll your super soldier COD fantasy. Attack low security targets. Even though you might out gun a security guard or police man, they likely beat you in armor,

Training and Numbers
Do not throw away your life on an unnecessarily dangerous target. If a target seems too hot, live to fight another day. My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that. Many people think that the fight for America is already lost. They couldn’t be more wrong. This is just the beginning of the fight for America and Europe. I am honored to head the fight to reclaim my country from destruction.

And a few words from Marcus Tullius Cicero in 42 A.D. to show we can object to corruption without violence:

A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city.

But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague. — Cicero, from a speech given to the Roman Senate.

Democrat poll shuffles deck, but doesn’t count for debates!

The Economist/YouGov poll of Aug. 3-6 on Wednesday, last week, listed the standings of candidates for the 2020 Democrat Party primary, and it was a somewhat different result than last week’s blog on the Harvard-Harris survey.

  • Joseph Biden – 22%
  • Elizabeth Warren – 16%
  • Bernie Sanders – 13%
  • Pete Buttigieg – 8%
  • Kamala Harris – 8%
  • Tulsi Gabbard – 3%
  • Andrew Yang – 2%
  • Beto O’Rourke – 2%
  • All others – 1% or less

Unfortunately for some of the candidates, this was not one of the DNC-selected polls, which count as the four 2% results required to qualify for the September tv debates.

For example, Gabbard’s 3% finish is meaningless, and since she is facing two weeks overseas as an Army Major on reserve duty, it seems unlikely she will be on the stage next month.

But what struck me the most was the size of the poll – 417 pages (click to open).

Who would sit on the phone and answer that many questions without falling asleep?

The answer is: no phone necessary or ever used.

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A look inside the primary poll reveals the type of respondent participating to YouGov on the Internet.

Question: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the following people?

Here’s the list of those who just said “Don’t know” by % – lower is better:

  • Joe Biden – 18%
  • Cory Booker – 34%
  • Pete Buttigieg – 39%
  • Julian Castro – 34%
  • Bill de Blasio – 42%
  • John Delaney – 58%
  • Tulsi Gabbard – 48%
  • Kirsten Gillibrand – 42%
  • Kamala Harris – 29%
  • Jay Inslee – 59%
  • Amy Klobuchar – 47%
  • Beto O’Rourke – 35%
  • Tim Ryan – 56%
  • Bernie Sanders – 18%
  • Elizabeth Warren – 24%
  • Marianne Williamson – 50%
  • Andrew Yang – 48%

This raises the question of how do you ask someone’s opinion on voting when they have no opinion at all on the candidate(s)?

Some 34% said they weren’t sure or just wouldn’t vote in the 2020 primary, and 58% said they were not interested in watching the most recent debates. Only 12% said they watched an entire debate.

And these are the folks who reflect public opinion for the rest of us?

Two high-ranking conservative British politicians Stephan Adrian Shakespeare and Nadhim Zahawi – founded YouGov in 2000. Major shareholders of the company are BlackRock and Standard Life Aberdeen.

BlackRock, Inc. is an American global investment management corporation founded in 1988, and is is the world’s largest asset manager with $6.84 trillion in assets under management as of June 2019. It was founded in 1988 by Larry Fink, who had worked at First Boston, where he pioneered mortgage-backed securities.

Fink sought funding (for initial capital) from the late Pete Peterson of The Blackstone Group. Peterson called it Blackstone Financial Management for a 50 percent stake in the bond business.

Peterson spent some $1 billion in a campaign since 2008 to raise the Social Security retirement age, cut its benefits and ultimately make it into a Wall Street-managed pension fund. He also wanted to end Medicare and Medicaid, and was a confidant of our Presidents since Richard Nixon, headed the Federal Reserve, and was active in the Trilateral Commission (TC).

Trilateral Commission Members Pete Peterson, Paul Volker, David Rockefeller and Alan Greenspan – Photo: Brian Stanton

Tulsi was most Googled Dem in Primary debate, but then scored 0% in Harvard-Harris poll – are those results “fixed”?

Tulsi Gabbard

Army Major Tulsi Gabbard was riding high at the end of July, when many observers thought they saw an outstanding performance in the July 31 Democrat Primary debate.

But the Major was shot down two days later when polls showed her popularity almost at zero.

Right of center Drudge Report thought Tulsi easily won the debate in their after-debate polling, and populist/right Breitbart News saw it the same way. CNN also praised her.

2020 presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) had a breakout performance on the second night of the CNN Detroit Democratic Debate, making her the most searched 2020 democratic candidate on Google.

In Breitbart News poll, Gabbard won 50 percent, Andrew Yang came in second at 20 percent, former Vice President Joe Biden came in third at eight percent, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio fourth at seven percent.

Gabbard won the Drudge poll with over 39 percent of the vote, with Yang coming in second at 24 percent. Joe Biden came in third with 15 percent, while de Blasio came in fourth at five percent.

Surprise! The Harvard-Harris Poll found that none of the above meant anything two days later on August 2, and Gabbard fell below folks who weren’t even running, including Eric Swalwell and Michael Bloomberg. Out of 23 candidates only Wayne Messam had less support (no votes).

She was awarded one vote out of 570.

And it wasn’t just Tulsi. Horrible results were reported for others, including Julian Castro, who received 4 out of 570 in a poll that included 14% Hispanics. Kirsten Gillibrand also had only one, despite an aggressive performance on July 31.

These are the results. Keep reading, as the plot thickens. Candidates are marked in bold for a reason.

Page 151 – question and results from Harvard-Harris Poll

Fielding Period: July 31 – August 1, 2019
HCAPS (Filtered on Registered Voters)
Weighted To The U.S. General Adult Population
2 Aug 2019 Table 130 HORSE1A
Which of the following candidates are you most likely to vote for in a Democratic primary?

Base: Democrats AND After Debates (After July 31 11:00 PM ET)
Total: Unweighted Base 585, Weighted Base 570

  • Joe Biden 196 – 34%
  • Bernie Sanders 95 – 17%
  • Elizabeth Warren 47 – 8%
  • Kamala Harris 47 – 9%
  • Pete Buttigieg 21 – 4%
  • Beto O’Rourke 17 – 3%
  • Tim Ryan 4 – 1%
  • Tulsi Gabbard 1 – 0%
  • Andrew Yang 7 – 1%
  • Michael Bloomberg 2 – 0%
  • Cory Booker 13 – 2%
  • Amy Klobuchar 7 – 1%
  • John Delaney 1 – 0%
  • Julian Castro 4 – 1%
  • Kirsten Gillibrand 1 – 0%
  • Seth Moulton 1 – 0%
  • Marianne Williamson 2 – 0%
  • Mike Gravel 4 – 1%
  • Tom Steyer 3 – 1%
  • John Hickenlooper 1 – 0%
  • Jay Inslee 2 – 0%
  • Eric Swalwell 2 – 0%
  • Wayne Messam 0 – 0%
  • Other 2 – 0%
  • Not sure 80 – 14%
  • Not planning on voting 8 – 1%

Why were the questions on the Primary vote delayed until late in the poll – page 151 out of 170?

My following opinion is that it took the pollsters that many questions to slant the views of the respondents to vote for the candidates the pollsters wanted.

On page 116 the poll asks:

Now we will show you some names and groups. Please indicate if you have a favorable or unfavorable view of that person or group – or if you’ve never heard of them…

  • Donald Trump 95%
  • Barack Obama 94%
  • Hillary Clinton 93%
  • U.S. Military 92%
  • Facebook 91%
  • Bernie Sanders 88%
  • Joe Biden 87%
  • U.S. Supreme Court 86%
  • FBI 86%
  • Nancy Pelosi 84%
  • Mike Pence 84%
  • Department of Justice 84%
  • Elizabeth Warren 77%
  • Robert Mueller 74%
  • Kamala Harris 72%
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 70%
  • Mitch McConnell 69%
  • Chuck Schumer 66%
  • Beto O’Rourke 62%
  • Pete Buttigieg 56%
  • William Barr 55%
  • Ilhan Omar 54%
  • Nikki Haley 51%
  • Rashida Tlaib 49%
  • Larry Kudlow 35%
  • Ayanna Pressley 33%

Then the poll delves into favorable, unfavorable, etc. on each of the folks and topics above, again repeating only these candidate names:

  • Joe Biden
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Kamala Harris
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Beto O’Rourke

At this point respondents are finally asked who they would pick for nominee and – Holy Mackerel – the top six, the big winners in the poll, are exactly the same as the top six “mentioned” in the multiple questioning.

How important is this? These same six are also the only ones to poll above 1%, with the exception of Cory Booker (2%).

The September debates require getting 2% in four authorized polls, and having more than 130,000 unique donors to their campaign.

Harvard-Harris_July_2019_Topline_Summary

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In January 2017, Harris polling was acquired by the Stagwell Group, 1700 K Street Northwest Suite 750 Washington, DC 20006. Stagwell is a private equity firm that offers financial planning and investment management services.

Mark J. Penn is president of Stagwell and a former executive of the Microsoft Corporation, as well as PR firm Burson-Marsteller.

Together with Doug Schoen, according to Wikipedia, he was co-founder of the polling firm Penn Schoen Berland, whose clients have included U.S. President Bill Clinton, British prime minister Tony Blair, and Bill Gates. Penn was a chief strategist and pollster in the Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign.

Tuesday, next week – read about another poll to decide if they “laundered” results.