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Beyond Bush, Kerry & Nader 

A guide to some (very real) alternative Presidential candidates

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Sanderson Beck

Sanderson Beck is perhaps the most well-educated and outspoken candidate for world peace and spiritual awareness. He undoubtedly has one of the lengthiest arrest records. Beck was born March 5, 1947, in Los Angeles, has various university degrees, and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. In 1982 he formulated World Peace Movement Principles, Purposes, and Methods, with its basic principle being "the earth is one world, and its human beings must learn to live in peace with each other or perish." In 1987 Beck traveled to 47 states and met with 600 peace groups to promote peace and disarmament. He has been arrested many times for nonviolently protesting nuclear weapons and military intervention, and in 1989 was imprisoned for six months for his involvement in a protest against nuclear weapons at a US military base. Not surprisingly, Beck is also a staunch opponent of the war on terrorism. Last year he was arrested and jailed for four months because of a non-violent protest he staged against the Iraq war. In addition to teaching philosophy at various California colleges, Beck has also written and self-published many peace-related books. His platform could be summed up in the following statement: "We need to learn how to make peace and establish justice by protecting everyone's rights, learning how to share our wealth rather than merely exploit people, and trust in democratic institutions that recognize the votes of all."

Al Hamburg

A house painter by trade, perennial candidate Al Hamburg, 72, had lost 14 consecutive bids for President, Governor, US Senate and Congress before the 2004 race. He proudly describes himself as the "Very Independent UNPOPULAR Candidate. I make more people mad than I make want to vote for me," he says. The fact that he's wearing a Nazi helmet in one of his publicity photos probably doesn't win him many fans either. Hamburg spent nearly 20 years in the Army -- serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He has run for state office repeatedly as a Democrat, an Independent, and as a member of the now-defunct New Alliance Party. Hamburg also made news in the 1980s when he sued a woman for breach of contract involving a car he sold to her. In the lawsuit, he said the woman agreed to have sex with him 50 times in exchange for the car -- but that she quit living up to her end of the deal after 33 times. Claiming to be a homeless veteran, Hamburg popped up in Nebraska in 2000, and filed as a candidate there for US Senator in the Democratic primary. Hamburg has since moved back to Wyoming.

Caroline Killeen

Unlike other candidates who campaign by kissing babies, plastering posters of themselves everywhere and driving around in fancy cars, Caroline Killeen, 77, has bicycled cross-country an estimated 10 times -- often accompanied by her loyal dog -- in her indefatigable run for the Presidency. In addition, this sometimes homeless former Catholic nun's main political goal is to legalize marijuana. The self-styled "Hemp Lady" previously ran for President in the NH primary in 1992 (96 votes) and 1996 (393 votes), and most recently qualified for a spot on the 2004 New Hampshire primary ballot (19th place -- 31 votes). If elected, she promises to personally lobby the Pope to have him endorse marijuana use. She also supports converting the US to the metric system, environmental protection laws, abolishing the Electoral College, and protecting smokers' rights. Oddly enough, despite her liberal leanings, she opposes gay rights laws and women's rights laws.

Jim Prattas

Campaigning under the slogan of "Love is the Doorway In," Jim Prattas describes himself as "a poor ignorant soul who is just an artist, healer and disabled combat Vietnam veteran living on a stipend." Pratta says he's had several near death experiences (including meeting God and seeing angels), and has been threatened by the Hawaiian Mafia. He was also the victim of a plot hatched by President G.H.W. Bush's friends to have him arrested when he wanted to challenge Bush in the 1992 race. His website -- which is decorated with his original artworks throughout -- mostly hypes a book he wrote called An American Odyssey, which he explains is a "spiritual portal, and it will facilitate you to co-create a good fortunate thankful life for yourself, a good positive healthy attitude, and it will help you in your life just when you do need some good fortune just as this story has brought me good fortune in my life." Then, apropos of nothing, he writes, "Ladder 49 is a Great Movie. Thank you John Travolta!"

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