Saturday, October 25, 2014

Is this accurate, Gary Palmer?

I know. Your lips are sealed.

Will there be disarray regardless, Gary Palmer?

Susan Sarandon has found me.

I post her email below because of her sentence which says in part, "We can allow Congress to fall even further into disarray by letting Republicans take charge of the Senate or . . .."

Is our Congress currently in disarray, Gary Palmer?

If the Republicans take the Senate, will Congress be in less disarray? More disarray? About the same disarray?

I think Congress is in disarray and will continue to be in disarray regardless, so long as politicians such as yourself cannot bring themselves to talk about the matter with their consitituents.

What do you say, Gary Palmer?

I know.

You won't say anything.

(Are you getting fed up with Gary Palmer?  Write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in AL06.)

From: Susan Sarandon <>
Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Subject: We need to do something big, together
To: Robert Shattuck <>

Susan Sarandon 
Can you join us in calling women voters in key battleground states this weekend to make sure they show up to vote?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,
I'm going to keep this brief because, believe it or not, I don't really like speaking in front of large groups. And while this isn't exactly a speech, MoveOn members are actually a pretty big crowd.
Truth be told, that's the reason I thought this note was worth sending—because we need to do something big, together, to stop Democrats from losing the Senate this year.
We can allow Congress to fall even further into disarray by letting Republicans take charge of the Senate or, together, we can fend them off by joining one of the country's biggest get-out-the-vote programs.
Look, there are a lot of causes in the world that we should care about. As an "activist" (I really prefer the term "engaged citizen"), I do what I can to draw attention to them.
But here's the thing: If you care about any individual causes, then you have to care about elections—because so much boils down to who we allow to make the laws we live under. And this election is particularly important to women—and the men who love them.
There are too many Republican candidates downright lying about their positions on issues important to women—from equal pay for equal work to access to contraception.
That's why MoveOn has dedicated this weekend exclusively to calling women voters. (Don't worry, fellas—you all can still make calls this weekend too. In fact, we need everyone to step up and talk to voters.)
I live in New York, and there's no big Senate race here this year. Instead, the action is in states like Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina. What voters there decide to do—or not do—will impact me, too.
If you care about Social Security being around for this generation and the next, if you care about working people getting a raise, if you care about women earning equal pay, then I hope you'll make a few calls to voters this year.
It's good being in the struggle with you all, and I'm looking forward to hearing about the tens of thousands of women who turn out to vote because of our calls.
Thanks for all you do.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who will you work for, Gary Palmer?

Below is Independent candidate John Denney running for Congress in the Minnesota 6th Congressional district.

Please listen to Mr. Denney tell you why there is good reason to think that Gary Palmer will not be working for you in Washington DC.

Keep in mind this is the Gary Palmer who won't tell you whether he believes the machinery in Washington DC is "broke" or not. How can you think Gary Palmer will be working for you in Washington when he cannot even tell you about the condition of the machinery there?

It is pretty clear that Gary Palmer is thumbing his nose at the 6th Congressional district, and he will continue to thumb his nose at you about answering the charges made by Mr. Denney. See Is Gary Palmer thumbing his nose at the AL 6th Cong'l district? 

Please listen anyway to the below.

Thank you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Is Gary Palmer thumbing his nose at the AL 6th Cong'l district?

The above tweet exchange took place this morning, in which I asked, "Is Gary Palmer ever going to answer the question?" (referring to this: Just answer the question, Gary Palmer), and Matt Murphy replied "no".

Unless Gary Palmer chooses to repudiate Matt's answer, I will take the "no" as Gary Palmer's answer as well that he is not going to answer the question of whether he thinks Congress is "broke" or not.

Now, Matt will probably say that the only person Gary Palmer is thumbing his nose at is me.

I am at work on building the case that Gary Palmer is thumbing his nose at a whole lot more of the AL 6th Congressional district, and not just at me.

If, before Election Day, you conclude that Gary Palmer is thumbing his nose at you, and you don't like it, I ask for you to write me in for Congress on Nov. 4th to show you don't appreciate Gary Palmer thumbing his nose at you. See Write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in AL06.

Update 10/24
See Who will you work for, Gary Palmer?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in AL06

I ask you to write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in the AL 6th Congressional district on Nov. 4th.

Now, why should you do that?

Here's why:

You should write me in on the ballot to protest a Gary Palmer who refuses to tell you whether he thinks Congress is "broke," or whether he thinks Congress is fine, or something else. See Just answer the question, Gary Palmer.

How can Gary Palmer be a good servant for you in Washington if he won't answer that question for you? If he won't tell you whether he thinks the machinery of government there is broken and needs fixing, or is in ok shape and we don't have to worry about that.

Gary Palmer will be ineffective if he cannot talk to the voters about these things. See Why Gary Palmer will be ineffective.

There is no doubt Gary Palmer will win on November 4th.

But what do you think about him if he just plain won't talk to you about whether Congress is or is not properly doing its job for the American people?

Don't you want to send Gary Palmer a message that you don't think much of him if he won't answer these questions?

You can send Gary Palmer that message by writing me in for Congress in the Alabama 6th Congressional district on November 4th.

Thank you.

Is Gary Palmer thumbing his nose at the AL 6th Cong'l district?

Monday, October 20, 2014

AL 6th Cong'l dist: "MAYDAY, MAYDAY"


I need tweet bombing in the Alabama 6th Congressional district.

See Please help me out with Gary Palmer in AL06 Cong'l district.

Now it's time to tweet this message (and link):
Write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in the #AL06 Cong'l district on Nov. 4, 2014.

Here are some follower lists to use that should be good for tweeting to voters in the AL 6th Congressional district (approximate numbers of followers shown in parentheses):

Kyle Whitmire: (6051)
John Archibald: (7848)
Joey Kennedy: (4184)
Matt Murphy: (4581)
Jeff Co. GOP (545)
Shelby Co. GOP (8934)
Chilton County HS: (295) (a lot of students but they can pass info on)
Blount County Sports (1593)
Run Gardendale (126)
Homewood Chamber of Commerce (2099)
Shelby County Sheriffs Office (1692)
City of Fultondale (169)
Shelby County Reporter (4987)
Over The Mountain Journal (924)
Village Living (600)
Vestavia Voice (112)
Weld For Birmingham (6296)
Birmingham Business ((7425) (most of B'ham not in 6th district)
Trussville Tribune (3272)
Vestavia Hils (1184)
Hoover Library (739)
Mountain Brook Chamber (4461)

It is quick and easy to send tweets, and you can probably send 50 tweets in 15 minutes.

After you pick a follower list, start tweeting to followers on the list individually. Put the above tweet message on your clipboard.   Start going through the follower list you have chosen.. Right click on a follower's twitter account, click the "tweet to _______" button, paste your tweet message in the box which pops up, click "send tweet" button, and close that follower's page. Go on to the next follower on the followers list you have selected.

Suggestions: If a follower does not show tweet activity within the past couple of wees, I would skip that follower. I would not worry about precise geography. If location is Birmingham, I would say send a tweet. (The 6th district includes Blount County, Shelby County, Chilton County, and Bibb County. For Jefferson County, it includes, among other suburbs, Gardendale on the north, picks up Trussville, Irondale and Leeds on the east, and then the "over the mountain" Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Hoover , etc.)  (Here is Map of the 6th Congressional District.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BCA endorsement of Gary Palmer

This week's endorsement of Gary Palmer by the Business Council of Alabama provides another opportunity for me to get on my soapbox.

In July, I posted the entry BhamBizJournal: "Congressional Inaction Could Derail Recovery".

I have never heard anything in response from the Birmingham Business Journal, the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Business Council of Alabama, or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

I am a nobody and can live with that, but I can still make pronouncement here and disseminate the same by means of email, Twitter and Facebook.

In the Birmingham Business Journal editorial in question, the Journal said, among other things:

Even the ongoing recovery is threatened by the fierce political divide that has taken hold in our nation....
As has often been the case lately, the primary culprit is Congress . . ..
The petty disputes in Washington must stop. Business leaders need to take an active role by supporting candidates who won't fall into the red vs. blue and Democrat vs. Republican debates.

So, I ask the Business Council of Alabama:  What does it think about what the editorial said? What internal discussions has the BCA had about the same? What discussions has the BCA had with Gary Palmer about the same? If the BCA agrees with the editorial, what ideas does it have for improving Congressional performance?

The same questions can be asked of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which has also endorsed Gary Palmer, but which has a much lesser connection with Alabama and the 6th Congressional district), and of the Birmingham Business Alliance (which has the closest connection to the 6th Congressional district, but I am not aware of any endorsement yet by the BBA).

To my knowledge, Gary Palmer steadfastly refuses to talk about the matter (see Just answer the question, Gary Palmer), and, given that, I have put out that Gary Palmer will be ineffective (see Why Gary Palmer will be ineffective).

Relative to Mark Lester, the reports I see on the Internet are that there is not expected to be any debate between Gary Palmer and Mark Lester.

In my campaign in the 6th Congressional district Republican primary, I contended that questions, answers, and discussion about many important national issues was largely academic because Congress was "broke" or "kaput" and incapable of properly performing its role for the American people in addressing and taking action about such issues. One impediment I said was that reasonable and rational discourse on issues was not possible in the "broke" condition of Congress.

I would carry that view over to the matter of any debate between Gary Palmer and Mark Lester and say that such a debate would be academic and not worth voters' time, with the exception that I think discussion and debate about whether or not Congress is "broke" and what the American people can do to improve the situation, would be of incalculable benefit to the voters in the 6th Congressional district.

I have tried to get a local symposium going before November 4th, but I doubt my efforts will yield that result. (See Extension of Solicitation of Symposium before Nov. 4th.)

Thank you for listening to me on my soapbox.