An Open Letter To Mayor And Council Of The City Of Tucson, as delivered in chambers on 19 May 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUCSON, ARIZONA, 21 May 2015 (UFNPSI).

An Open Letter To Mayor And Council Of The City Of Tucson,
as delivered in chambers on 19 May 2015.

Mayor, Council, thank you. My name is Michael Oatman, and I live in Tucson.

I am here to talk to you about dinosaurs … and while you might think I am refering to Access Tucson, … no. To which I refer *is* the Mayor and Council.

You are trying to privatize Tucson 12 and Access Tucson, through the RFP process, when so many of us in the community bear the conviction that our community media should remain fully funded through the City of Tucson.

Now, I thought privatization was a Republican thing ….

The amount you set, $300,000, when the current budget for both is somewhere between $550,000 and $650,000, is clearly not enough for both Tucson 12 and Access, and it is setting a very low bar. These both cannot be funded this way without draconian cuts, or, charging for programming time, or advertising, or all of these.

What’s worse is that you are still keeping millions of dollars in franchise fees which are earmarked to fund both these channels.

Now if you do not have enough pie to go around, please expand the pie and invest in projects, like providing Gigabit Ethernet, which is massively revenue positive, using the Copenhagen or Chattanooga models, as very many US cities are now doing.

Why do we deal with uncertainty? We all know what Access and Tucson 12 are like now. Why risk throwing that all away? Who knows what we will get with private enterprise handling these? It would be that much better to keep them as they are.

Or, is it actually your goal for the RFP process to fail, so that you can sell the property for another giant student housing complex?

Now, if you continue to pursue the RFP process instead of using City Funding … *you* will be DINOs … that is, Democrats In Name Only. Yes, you too will go the way of the dinosaurs, and *your* asteroid will be *your* loss in *your* next election.

Thank you.

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Michael Oatman
Host / Producer,
Illegal Knowledge TV
(520) 302-5465
mac@IllegalKnowledge.com
IllegalKnowledge.com

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Okay, spoilers, it’s official.  Of Course I’m Running Again!

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Liars, Liars Everywhere, And Not A Brain To Think!

Romney’s VP Ryan seems to have a similar memory affliction to Romney and Reagan, or perhaps they all just lie an awful much

Michael Oatman (G) Endorses Gary Johnson (L) for President!

You know, I was going to do all that research and fact-checking by myself, but thankfully, some people beat me to it.

There are many, many of these posts on the internet, so you could Google them or just try these:

Actually, what came up on my Google search of "paul ryan convention speech lies and more lies abound" was even more informative.

Well, that’s it for now.

Have fun not voting for Romney / Ryan, oh and don’t worry…  Next week, I will be equally as hard on Obama — it’s just that the angry sore losers, bigots and racists went first this year.

Gary Johnson (L) For President in 2012!
If you listened to my most recent TV Show on the 17th of August this year, you would know that I am endorsing Gary Johnson (L) who was the Governor of New Mexico a few years back.  I’ll be doing an election special on Illegal Knowledge TV in two months for more information about why I support him.

Please vote for him, since you will be literally throwing your vote away if you vote for either Romney or Obama.

This is also not to mention that you are voting against your self-interests if you vote for anyone except Gary Johnson (L) or Jill Stein (G).  The reason here is that it has been obvious that Obama is simply continuing Bush’s policies on building a fascist federal government which stealthily removes your liberties in no one’s name, and to think that Romney will not exhibit the same cronyism from the Cheney/Bush era is to simply bury your head in the sand.

If the Global Elites can give you a false choice between two equally destructive candidates and shut everyone else out, they will get their way, which is to force all but the top 0.0001% into global slavery by utilizing their global tyranny for which you voted.  We need two new parties and the Libertarians and Greens (not to mention The Truth Party) seem to be pretty fine candidates!  Again, do not throw you vote away!

See you soon!  Vote Gary Johnson (L) in 2012!  I’ll be running again in 2016!

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Romney Shares Something With Reagan After All: No Memory When Convenient

Sources: Washington Post, LA Times, Don’t take my word for it.

Well, talk about using a Bully Pulpit.

Not so fast though, it appears that Mitt Romney is actually a bully, and the worst kind at that, as if there were any other kinds.

As it turns out, Mittens might have been better named Scissors, since The Post recently revealed that:

Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenage son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

The LA Times goes on to report that:

After Romney’s campaign spokesperson initially denied the story, Romney went on Fox Radio to say he did not remember the incident but that he was sorry about it anyway. “I’m a very different person than I was in high school, of course, but I’m glad I learned as much as I did during those high school years,” he said in the radio interview.

So I’m now thinking, “isn’t it rather convenient to forget about these things?”  Reagan did, about authorizing the Iran-Contra affair, which is somewhat now paralleled by the infamous “Operation Fast and Furious” into which Obama seems to be needing a new recollection.

I do not forget things like this, and nor do I forget my own.

The one bully I had in high school, after he intentionally “spilled” pudding on my shirt, I, right there and then, decided to left-swoop back hand Alex MacKenzie into the side of the head, which sent him reeling backward onto the pavement, knocked out for a few.  It was the worst thing I have done to someone, but after he woke up, he suddenly decided to become my best friend the next day in school.

I think we just can do the same forgeting to Romney by simply not voting for him.

Ever.

It makes you wonder whether, between the crass class callousness combined with the elite aloof, whether someone like Romney is to ever be fit for the job.  If history is to be of any use, you would expect to be ripped off unless you are already rich and then bullied if you dare to be unlike “them”.

I wonder where Alex is….

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Michael Oatman Seeking LD-29 Seat Held By Daniel Patterson

HELP OUT NOW!  CALL (520) 740-8126 or (520) 724-8449 TO ENDORSE MY APPOINTMENT TODAY!

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Michael Oatman Seeking LD-29 Seat Held By Daniel Patterson

Description:  Michael Oatman files for the Arizona Legislative District 29 seat vacated by Daniel Patterson.

TUCSON, AZ, 19 April 2012 — Michael Oatman reported today from his Tucson offices, that as of 4:15 pm on 18 April 2012, Oatman has filed the necessary paperwork to be considered by the Pima County Board of Supervisors’ Nominating Committee to be appointed to replace ex-Rep. Daniel Patterson, who resigned last Wednesday amid an ethics investigation.

Oatman had reregistered as an independent voter on 11 April 2012 after having been registered with the Green Party, in order to participate in the 2012 Arizona Presidential Preference Election.  He placed third in Arizona Green Party voting, and won outright in Apache County.  He also placed tied for first with fellow Green Party candidate Richard Grayson in voting amongst candidates who participated in the Tucson Weekly’s Project White House contest.

Oatman has been an independent voter for most of his last 12 years living in Tucson, having briefly registered Democrat to participate in the 2008 Presidential Preference Election where he received 192 votes, and having registered Green Party for about a year in order to assist in providing the party with enough voters on their rolls to qualify as a major political party in 2002.

When asked for a comment, Oatman replied, “I was appointed once to the Senate when I was at Penn State [in the Undergraduate Student Government], so I think there is a decent precedent that I would get appointed here.  I was in THIMUN [The Hague International Model United Nations] so at least I know parlimentary procedure.  In fact, I might be most qualified to be the replacement for Patterson, since we were both in Food Not Bombs together.”

Oatman is a local Tucsonan businessman and entrepreneur, and lives a few blocks north of the Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Legislative District 29.

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors can be reached by calling (520) 740-8126 or (520) 724-8449.

Michael Oatman is currently accepting invitations for interviews from all news and media outlets.  Please contact Mr. Oatman using any of the contact methods provided in the header of this release.  Thank You for Your Interest!

Michael Oatman For LD-29!
Email: LD29@MichaelOatman.net
Website: http://2012.MichaelOatman.net/

With Love, We Can Take the Power Back!

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I Am Tied For First in PWH Voting!  Thank You To Everyone Who Voted!

I am rather pleased to report that after all the votes have been tallied, I placed tied for third place with 6.87% of the vote total in the Arizona Green Party results in the 2012 Presidential Preference Election.  First I would like to say thank you incredibly much to the people who voted for me this year, I would like to congratulate all the voters who made this election one of the most participated with a 45% turnout, and I will guarantee that I will be running again for US President as well as for other offices in the future.

I would also like to congratulate Jill Stein, the winner of the Green Party Election with 68.9% of the total vote, and her runner up, Kent Mesplay with 8.68% of the total Arizona Greens voting for him.  I would also like to congratulate all the Project White House (PWH) candidates who participated in this year’s election.

Among the PWH candidates, who were Richard Grayson, Gary Swing, and myself, it was Richard and I who tied for first place with 35.8% each of the PWH vote.  Gary Swing finished closely behind in third with 28.3% of the PWH vote and fifth overall with 5.42% of the total vote.  Jill Stein, Kent Mesplay and Gerard Davis (who received 3.25% of the total vote, thereby finishing last amongst the Arizona Greens) all chose not to participate in Project White House in 2012.

The PWH Greens kicked butt compared to their PWH Republican counterparts when it came to capturing the largest portion of the electorate, beating the Republican percentage by 18.4%, although not so much if you only count raw numbers of votes since there are far fewer Greens in Arizona.

There were 106 people in Arizona who voted for any of the Project White House Green Party candidates (19.1% of total Green votes), and (a huge!) 3,444 Arizonans who voted for PWH Republican Party candidates (well, not that huge, since those 3,444 people make up less than 1%, only 0.68%, of the total votes cast by Republicans).  Of those few thousand some Republicans, Sarah Gonzales was the clear winner at 44.7% of the PWH vote, and placed sixth in the total Republican vote (after Romney, Santorum yuck, Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry) with 0.30% of the total.  I wholeheartedly offer my congrats to Sarah for her outstanding performance and participation in the debates.

Of the PWH Republicans, second place went to Cesar Cisneros with 12.2% of the PWH vote (placing ninth in total), third went to Mark Callahan with 10.4% of PWH voters, and in fourth, fifth and sixth places were “Dick” Perry, Don Benjamin and Kip Dean respectively, with 9.1%, 6.5% and 5.7% of all PWH votes.  The remaining five PWH Republican candidates were Ron Zack (4.4%), Matt Welch (2.5%), Jim Terr (1.7%), Charles Skelley (1.7%) and lastly Simon Bollander (1.5%).  The five lowest placing PWH Republicans totaled 11.8% of the PWH vote, and places 2 through 6 totaled 43.9% of the PWH vote for the Republicans.

Of all the votes which I received, Pima County voters accounted for only 21.1%, with the majority of my votes coming from voters in Maricopa County with 52.6% of the total.  I also received votes from voters in Yavapai (10.5%), Coconino (5.3%), Pinal (2.6%), Navajo (2.6%), Mohave (2.6%) and Apache (2.6%) Counties.  Thank you again to everyone in those counties who voted for me.  Actually, Jill Stein won the county-by-county in every county except Apache County, where I received the sole Green Party vote cast from the Lukachukai precinct, thereby actually winning the only county in Arizona which Jill Stein did not win.  Now, do I get delegates for that?

I would also like to thank the single Green Party voter in Oatman, Mohave County, Arizona who noticed the name similarity (the town was named after a branch of my family which moved out west about 180 years before I did) and voted for and carried your precinct for me.  It’s nice to have support from a town which shares your name.

I compiled a map which you can see here which contains the county-by-county results for the Green Party and how I placed (or, see the map of only the PWH candidate placements).  As it turns out, I either placed or tied for either first or second place in six of the 15 counties in Arizona, there were six others in which I made the top three, I tied for fourth twice, and I never placed last.  Aside from Jill Stein, who outplaced me (and everyone) in 14 of the 15 counties, of the four other Green candidates running, I was outplaced by no one in six counties, by Grayson in five counties, by Mesplay in four, and by Swing and Davis in just two.  So all in all I’d say I did pretty well.  Thank you all again for your support!

I’ll keep writing here; I will keep this blog active, so check back often, and please remember to comment if you would like!

Thank You for Voting Green, and Thank You for Voting Oatman!!!

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Announcing First Arizona Presidential Preference Election Debate in 2012 (press release)

Hello, please circulate widely, thank you!

Contact: Michael Oatman
Oatman for President 2012
Tel: (202) 642-4785 (D.C. Offices)
Tel: (520) 302-5465 (Tucson Offices)
Fax: (206) 202-2194
Email: 2012@MichaelOatman.net
Website: http://2012.MichaelOatman.net/

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Announcing First Arizona Presidential Preference Election Debate in 2012

Description:  The first Arizona Presidential Preference Election debate of 2012 will be held on 18 February 2012 at 8:00 PM.

TUCSON, AZ, 15 February 2012 — All candidates whose names appear on either the Green Party or Republican Arizona Presidential Preference Election ballots have been invited to participate in the first debate of the 2012 election season.  The debate will be held at Access Tucson, 124 East Broadway Blvd. in Tucson, Arizona, at 8:00 pm on 18 February 2012.  All media outlets are welcomed to cover the debate immediately prior to and following the event.

The presidential debate will be produced by the television show entitled “Illegal Knowledge” and will be hosted by Tucson Weekly contributor and San Diego City Beat newspaper columnist Dave Maass.  It is being coordinated by Illegal Knowledge producer and candidate Michael Oatman and Tucson Weekly writer Jim Nintzel.  There will not be a specific topic to be debated, but will cover all areas of the social and political spheres.

There will also be a second debate to be held at Access Tucson on the following day, on the 19th.  This next debate will be produced by the Tucson Weekly in conjunction with Access Tucson and feature the winners from the debate on the 18th.  More details of the second debate will be given on the night of the 18th at the first debate.

A third debate has been scheduled to be held in Mesa, Arizona on the following Thursday 23 February 2012.

Green Party candidate Michael Oatman quipped, “We did this in 2008 and it worked really well, so I’m definitely looking forward to the debate this year”.

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Michael Oatman is currently accepting invitations for interviews from all news and media outlets.  Please contact Mr. Oatman using any of the contact methods provided in the header of this release.  Thank You for Your Interest!

Vote Green!  Vote Oatman!

Michael Oatman For President of
These United States of America!
Email: 2012@MichaelOatman.net
Website: http://2012.MichaelOatman.net/

With Love, We Can Take the Power Back!

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