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 say to the voters 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?

Gary Palmer will be ineffective if he cannot bring himself to respond to the voters on this question. See Why Gary Palmer will be ineffective.

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

But what do you think about him if he just plain refuses to answer the above question?

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

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

Thank you.


Monday, October 20, 2014

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

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. http://al6thcongdist-ihaveuntiljan13.blogspot.com/2014/10/write-in-rob-shattuck-for-congress-in.html

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:    https://twitter.com/WarOnDumb (6051)
John Archibald:   https://twitter.com/JohnArchibald (7848)
Joey Kennedy:   https://twitter.com/joeykennedy (4184)
Matt Murphy:   https://twitter.com/mattmurphyshow (4581)
Jeff Co. GOP   https://twitter.com/JeffCo_GOP/ (545)
Shelby Co. GOP https://twitter.com/ShelbyCountyGOP/ (8934)
Chilton County HS: https://twitter.com/ChiltonCountyHS/ (295) (a lot of students but they can pass info on)
Blount County Sports https://twitter.com/BlountSports (1593)
Run Gardendale https://twitter.com/RunGardendale/ (126)
Homewood Chamber of Commerce https://twitter.com/HomewoodChamber (2099)
Shelby County Sheriffs Office https://twitter.com/ShelbyCountySO (1692)
City of Fultondale https://twitter.com/fultondale (169)
Shelby County Reporter https://twitter.com/shelbycreporter (4987)
Over The Mountain Journal https://twitter.com/OTMJnews (924)
Village Living https://twitter.com/village_living (600)
Vestavia Voice https://twitter.com/VestaviaVoice (112)
Weld For Birmingham https://twitter.com/WeldBham (6296)
Birmingham Business https://twitter.com/business_bham ((7425) (most of B'ham not in 6th district)
Trussville Tribune https://twitter.com/TrussTribune (3272)
Vestavia Hils https://twitter.com/VestaviaHillsAL (1184)
Hoover Library https://twitter.com/hooverlibrary (739)
Mountain Brook Chamber https://twitter.com/shopmtnbrook/ (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.


Friday, October 17, 2014

For the University of Montevallo community

Yesterday, Gary Palmer met with President Stewart, and Gary Palmer tweeted about the meeting (which tweet I have embedded below).

More than a month ago, I initiated trying to get a local symposium with the suggested title of  "The Condition of Our Federal Government, Campaign Finance, and Freedom of Speech". See Extension of Solicitation of Symposium before Nov. 4th. I sent the idea to Provost Suzanne Ozment. Dr. Ozment replied that she forwarded my proposal to the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, but expressed that special event schedules had been already set.

I doubt that a local symposium will be held before November 4th.

I am trying to disseminate as widely as possible in the Alabama 6th Congressional district (including by email and tweets) this link:

Just answer the question, Gary Palmer



I hope Dr. Stewart and the University of Montevallo community will think it worthwhile to get Gary Palmer to answer my question.

Thank you.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mark Lester on special interest money

On September 10th, Mark Lester, the Democratic candidate in the AL 6th Congressional district, posted the below video of highlights from a press conference he held the day before about special interest money.

Please note Professor Lester's opening statement that, "The most important issue in this campaign is that Congress is broken, and one of the great reasons that Congress is broken is that it is awash with special interest money."

Highlights from Mark Lester's press conference on special interest money


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I agree with Professor Lester that "The most important issue in this campaign is that Congress is broken."

I have been trying to talk about this "most important issue" since February.

I encountered steadfast unwillingness to talk about it from all of the following: (i) Senators Sessions and Shelby and Representative Bachus (as well as the rest of the Alabama legislative delegation in Washington DC); (ii) the other six candidates in the Republican primary; (iii) the sponsors of and questioners in numerous 6th Congressional candidate forums; and (iv) local media and political commentators.

Currently, I am trying to get a local Symposium about the subject before Nov. 4th, having the suggested title "The Condition of Our Federal Government, Campaign Finance, and Freedom of Speech". See Extension of Solicitation of Symposium before Nov. 4th.

If there is anything you can do to help me get such a Symposium, please contact me.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Just answer the question, Gary Palmer

Gary Palmer, is Congress broke?

Or is it not broke?

Can't you give the voters in the Alabama 6th Congressional district an answer on that question?

How can you go to Washington to serve the district if you can't tell the voters whether you think Congress is broke, or not broke?

So, Gary Palmer, just answer the question.

Is Congress broke, or not?


BACKGROUND FOR READERS

Gary Palmer knows what this is about. Many readers won't know so much, so let me fill them in.

I ran in the Republican primary election starting in February and ending on June 3rd.

Throughout my campaign I tried to ask these questions: 

1. Is Congress "broke"? How "broke" is Congress? (The word "broke" comes from Dale Jackson. I variously used the adjectives "broken","dysfunctional", "failed", and "kaput" to describe our Congress.)

2. If one's answer to the first question is "very" broke (or dysfunctional, or failed, or kaput), is there a diagnosis that can be made about reasons for the same?

3. If there is such a diagnosis, is there anything that can be done to fix (or significantly improve) the situation?

In my campaign in the primary election, I could not get any meaningful discussion by the other candidates about question 1.

The unwillingness to talk about question 1 also extended to: (i) Senators Sessions and Shelby and Representative Bachus (and the rest of the Alabama legislative delegation in Washington DC); (ii) the sponsors of and questioners in numerous 6th Congressional district candidate forums; and (iii) local media and political commentators.

With no answer being given by the other candidates or others to question 1, I could get no consideration of questions 2 or 3.

(Dale Jackson was an exception. Dale emphatically said Congress was broke, and he further said everyone agrees Congress is broke. Dale also gave a diagnosis that, "the electoral process lends itself to the stupidest people being played to , and that has failed us, money or not, and they will always pander to the rubes." See Dale Jackson says and listen to the podcast link.)

This campaign website documents fulsomely the foregoing. Here are a few key links:

So, reader, let me leave it to you to figure this out about why Gary Palmer probably won't answer the question.

Here's something, however, I consider worthy for you to consider.

Senator Shelby and Representative Bachus at least gave me a non-response response to the above referenced "open letter." Senator Sessions did not deign to give me even a non-response response.

If you go to Gary Palmer's Facebook campaign page https://www.facebook.com/PalmerforAlabama, you can check out Gary Palmer's September 18th timeline entry reporting the endorsement of Gary Palmer by Senator Sessions. My guess is that I have been entirely unspoken about between Senator Sessions and Gary Palmer, and Gary Palmer knows he need not bring up to the voters in the Alabama 6th Congressional district any idea about whether Congress is broke or not broke.

What do you think?

EDIT: Gary Palmer is going to be on Matt Murphy tomorrow morning. Please call in to Matt to make sure he gets Gary Palmer to answer the question I have posed.

UPDATE 9/25: Matt Murphy did not ask Gary Palmer the question this morning. I believe I have greater reason today (compared to yesterday) to think Gary Palmer will not answer the question. I think Matt has made a conscious decision that he will not ask Gary Palmer the question. I think the same is true for Dale Jackson and Richard Dixon. I have sent an email to a WAPI contact to confirm this about Matt, Dale and Richard, and that a fair inference is that Matt, Dale and Richard do not believe that an answer to the question from Gary Palmer is or could be of material interest to voters in the 6th Congressional district.


YOU TWEET TOO!

If you want Gary Palmer to answer the question, you should help me out.

I have sent a couple hundred tweets (such as the one you probably received), giving a link to this page. My page view counter says that (as of 9/27) I have had more than a 150 page views of this page, most of which have resulted from recipients of my tweets clicking on the link to this page.

I will keep on tweeting.

I alone cannot get Gary Palmer to answer the question. If others will tweet as well, possibly the number of page views will mount into the thousands, and Gary Palmer will be forced to answer the question.

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

Find a follower list for sending to followers on the list individually. There are many, many follower lists which can be used to send tweets.

Then, put the 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.

For your tweet message, I suggest the message I am using, which is
Just answer the question, Gary Palmer.  http://al6thcongdist-ihaveuntiljan13.blogspot.com/2014/09/just-answer-question-gary-palmer.html 
There are hundreds of follower lists you can choose from. Perhaps you want a follower list which will have some followers whom you know, such as the follower list for a school or church twitter account.

If you want some suggestions for follower lists to use, consider the following (approximate numbers of followers shown in parentheses).:

Kyle Whitmire:    https://twitter.com/WarOnDumb (6051)
John Archibald:   https://twitter.com/JohnArchibald (7848)
Joey Kennedy:   https://twitter.com/joeykennedy (4184)
Matt Murphy:   https://twitter.com/mattmurphyshow (4581)
Jeff Co. GOP   https://twitter.com/JeffCo_GOP/ (545)
Shelby Co. GOP https://twitter.com/ShelbyCountyGOP/ (8934)
Chilton County HS: https://twitter.com/ChiltonCountyHS/ (295) (a lot of students but they can pass info on)
Blount County Sports https://twitter.com/BlountSports (1593)
Run Gardendale https://twitter.com/RunGardendale/ (126)
Homewood Chamber of Commerce https://twitter.com/HomewoodChamber (2099)
Shelby County Sheriffs Office https://twitter.com/ShelbyCountySO (1692)
City of Fultondale https://twitter.com/fultondale (169)
Shelby County Reporter https://twitter.com/shelbycreporter (4987)
Over The Mountain Journal https://twitter.com/OTMJnews (924)
Village Living https://twitter.com/village_living (600)
Vestavia Voice https://twitter.com/VestaviaVoice (112)
Weld For Birmingham https://twitter.com/WeldBham (6296)
Birmingham Business https://twitter.com/business_bham ((7425) (most of B'ham not in 6th district)
Trussville Tribune https://twitter.com/TrussTribune (3272)
Vestavia Hils https://twitter.com/VestaviaHillsAL (1184)
Hoover Library https://twitter.com/hooverlibrary (739)
Mountain Brook Chamber https://twitter.com/shopmtnbrook/ (4461)

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.)

Start sending your tweets, and I will keep you updated here on total page view of this page. Let's the voters send Gary Palmer a message he cannot ignore!