By Ron Paul
Sept 30, 2008
Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.
The events of the past week are no exception.
The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister. It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect. It promises the American people a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will have to shoulder. Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist than China! “This is welfare for the rich,” he said. “This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters.”
That describes the current bailout package to a T. And we’re being told it’s unavoidable.
The claim that the market caused all this is so staggeringly foolish that only politicians and the media could pretend to believe it. But that has become the conventional wisdom, with the desired result that those responsible for the credit bubble and its predictable consequences – predictable, that is, to those who understand sound, Austrian economics – are being let off the hook. The Federal Reserve System is actually positioning itself as the savior, rather than the culprit, in this mess!
* The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgage-related assets at any one time. That means $700 billion is only the very beginning of what will hit us.
* Financial institutions are “designated as financial agents of the Government.” This is the New Deal to end all New Deals.
* Then there’s this: “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.” Translation: the Secretary can buy up whatever junk debt he wants to, burden the American people with it, and be subject to no one in the process.
There goes your country.
Even some so-called free-market economists are calling all this “sadly necessary.” Sad, yes. Necessary? Don’t make me laugh.
Our one-party system is complicit in yet another crime against the American people. The two major party candidates for president themselves initially indicated their strong support for bailouts of this kind – another example of the big choice we’re supposedly presented with this November: yes or yes. Now, with a backlash brewing, they’re not quite sure what their views are. A sad display, really.
Although the present bailout package is almost certainly not the end of the political atrocities we’ll witness in connection with the crisis, time is short. Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow. With a Rasmussen poll finding support for the bailout at an anemic seven percent, some members of Congress are afraid to vote for it. Call them! Let them hear from you! Tell them you will never vote for anyone who supports this atrocity.
The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom? Do we care about responsibility and accountability? Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for? Do we care that average Americans are about to be looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government? Do we care?
When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media?
Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.
The attack dogs are out in force. My Scar Watch (Joe Scarborough) this morning had Joe, Mika and guests all up in arms about how the Dems (Pelosi) made this a political issue and that is why it didn’t pass. To these asswipes, it is all about political posturing, then turn the fear factor on to scare the American people into thinking that they are about to lose their jobs, pensions, 401K’s, etc, etc, etc.
But let me tell you what the latest bail-out proposal did to protect these issues that concern them so much…
There is not a single thing in the proposal that holds these very same criminals who did this accountable for their actions that got us into this mess, nor anything that holds them accountable for future rip-offs. It is simply giving them money to do it again, if they so desire. So, fuck them.
It does nothing to help protect your mortgage or to refinance your high interest rates. There is NOTHING in it to protect the American citizen from an even bigger loss. But they are protected from their previous loss and future losses because this does not change the system in any real way. Fuck them.
There is nothing in it that makes them do anything different than what they did to create this. And we are supposed to be worried and scared when they won’t be held accountable. Fuck them.
There is nothing in the bill that forces that the 700 Billion be paid back, except by the suggestion of the president. Sorry. Fuck them.
The fact is that if they were to bail these criminals out, we are simply rewarding them for their thievery.
Do not let the MSM scare you. Don’t let the imbecile “W” scare you (again).
Say no. Keep calling your congressmen and Senators and tell them “NO”.
On Wednesday, the House passed a mammoth defense bill by a 392-39 vote. It’s expected to clear the Senate with little difficulty next week.
It was part of a trillion-dollar stop-gap measure to keep programs running through next March, allowing lawmakers to skip town without passing a final budget. The Associated Press reports, “The legislation came together in a remarkably secret process that concentrated decision-making power in the hands of a few lawmakers.”
In keeping with the tradition of recent years, Bush held a gun to his own head and threatened to pull the trigger if his demands weren’t met. According to the AP, “To earn President Bush’s signature rather than a veto, House and Senate negotiators dropped several provisions he opposed. They include a ban on private interrogators in U.S. military detention facilities and what would have amounted to congressional veto power over a security pact with Iraq.”
In other words, Congress also maintained recent tradition, swearing not to give Bush a blank check and then whipping out their pens and signing a blank check.
The number that the House sent to the Senate for “defense” — $612 billion for the coming year — is eye-popping. Imagine a stack of 612,000 million-dollar bills. Quite a pile.
That number’s a sham, however. The budget calls for $68.6 billion for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009. War costs this year totaled $182 billion, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
The House passed the Brobdingnagian spending measure 11 months after George W. Bush vetoed a bill — one passed with a lot of bipartisan support — that would have added $7 billion measly dollars per year to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, covering 4 million more uninsured children. You’d be hard-pressed to find a clearer sign of national psychosis.
Throw in a bit more than $50 billion for Homeland Security, around $20 billion for the nuclear arsenal in the Department of Energy’s budget, about $10 billion for the Coast Guard, a similar number for foreign “security assistance” and maybe another $125 billion — according to one estimate — in other defense-related programs scattered throughout the federal budget.
Bush also requested $91 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009, up from $72 billion just three years ago. A generation of damaged young men and women are going to cost more and more as the years go by — many post-traumatic injuries, for example, don’t manifest themselves for 10 or more years after people get out of combat. In 2000, nine years after the first Gulf War, 56 percent of those who had served in that conflict were receiving disability payments.
But wait, as they say on late-night infomercials, there’s more!
All of this only finances our current military adventures. We’re still paying for Korea and Vietnam and Grenada and Panama and the first Gulf War and Somalia and the Balkans and on and on. Estimates of just how much of our national debt payments are from past military spending vary wildly. Economist Robert Higgs calculated it like this:
I added up all past deficits (minus surpluses) since 1916 (when the debt was nearly zero), prorated according to each year’s ratio of narrowly defined national security spending–military, veterans, and international affairs–to total federal spending, expressing everything in dollars of constant purchasing power. This sum is equal to 91.2 percent of the value of the national debt held by the public at the end of 2006. Therefore, I attribute that same percentage of the government’s net interest outlays in that year to past debt-financed defense spending.
In 2006, he came up with a figure of $206.7 billion for interest payments on past militarism. Add it all up, and we’re talking about at least a trillion dollars in military and homeland security spending. If there were a million-dollar bill, you’d have to stack a million of them to reach a trillion dollars.
Of course, very little of this is “defense.” This is empire spending, pure and simple …
What’s that? You want health care, education, affordable housing, 21st-century infrastructure?
Sorry, we’ve got other priorities.
Treasury will own troubled assets without any control
Terms of bad mortgages cannot be changed absent controlling share of underlying securities
If you are tempted to vote for this legislation because you think it will keep people in their homes, think again: in fact, Treasury will not be able to change the terms of bad mortgages because the Act does not require Treasury to purchase a controlling share in the underlying mortgage backed securities and collateralized debt obligations. The Secretary will be powerless to make any real and substantive change in the terms of mortgage. The Secretary will have NO power to avoid foreclosures and keep families in their homes.
I commend to your attention a letter I received last night from Frank Alexander, Professor of Law at Emory University. Professor Alexander testified before my Subcommittee on Domestic Policy on targeting federal assistance to help neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis. He is an expert on housing law and community development.
Professor Alexander clearly demonstrates that the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act will not fulfill its stated goal of preserving homeownership. Unless the Secretary of the Treasury is required to prioritize assets that will give the Treasury a controlling share in the underlying whole mortgage, the Secretary will hold bad assets with no power to make them solid again.
Because the rule prohibits amendments, and we do not have the opportunity to correct this terrible oversight, I must encourage you to oppose this bill so that it can be reworked and the oversight addressed. To be sure, the recent past has taught us the valuable lesson that action in haste can be more destructive than delayed action.
Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress
and I just don’t want to talk to ‘em now…
Well my telephone was ringing
And they told me it was Chairman Mao
Well my telephone was ringing
And they told me it was Chairman Mao
You can tell him anything
‘Cause I just don’t wanna talk to him now
I’ve got the apolitical blues
And that’s the meanest blues of all
And that’s the meanest blues of all
I don’t care if it’s John Wayne
I just don’t wanna talk to him now
Trevor Lyman is the man who organized the Ron Paul money bombs.
One Lyman money bomb raised $4 million in one day.
Another raised $6 million in one day.
Now, Lyman is at it again.
Lyman wants to hold a third party debate in New York City.
Lyman was inspired by Ron Paul’s press conference a couple of weeks ago.
At that press conference, Paul called on his followers to ditch the two major parties and throw their support to one of the independent or third party candidates.
So, we all need to support Lyman’s push for an alternative debate now.
If Lyman gets 10,000 pledges by October 8, he and the other sponsors will organize a debate in New York City.
All major candidates — Nader, Barr, McKinney, Baldwin, Obama and McCain will be invited.
Already, with no publicity, Lyman has close to 1,000 pledgers.
So go to thirdpartyticket.com now.
And add your name to the pledge list.
You don’t have to say how much you are pledging.
Just add your name.
The Commission on Presidential Debates won’t let Ralph debate.
Let’s crank it up.
And get it done.
The Nader Team
The Washington Post tells us that we are about to pay for the abuses of the ultra-rich. We are being held accountable for their thievery. I hope you understand this.
Congressional leaders and the Bush administration this morning said they had struck an accord to insert the government deeply into the nation’s financial markets, agreeing to spend up to $700 billion to relieve Wall Street of troubled assets backed by faltering home mortgages.
House and Senate negotiators from both parties emerged with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. at 12:30 a.m. from a marathon session in the Capitol to announce that they had reached a tentative agreement on a proposal to give Paulson broad authority to organize one of the biggest government interventions in the private sector since the Great Depression.
Full details of the plan were not immediately available. Lawmakers said their staffs would be working through the night to assemble the package and post it on the Internet.
“We’ve made great progress, but we have to commit it to paper before we can formally agree,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has pledged to make the plan available to the public for at least 24 hours before the House votes on it. A vote could come as early as tomorrow in the House, with the Senate expected to follow soon after.
“We’ve been working on this a long time. We’ve still got more to do to finalize it, but I think we’re there,” Paulson said. “So far, so good.”
Let me interrupt here to say that if that crooked bastard, Paulson thinks this is a good idea, we should do precisely 180 degrees different. “So far so good” means that they feel like they have duped us.
Think about this again, they provided an absolutely atrocious plan to get it all taken care of by the tax payer. By doing this, by asking for it ALL, they knew that they would end up with enough to sink us and bail them out.
I say fuck them and that horse they are riding in on. But before we nasty our dicks on the skank, let us look at what HAS been agreed to and how that equates to my insistence that they are getting exactly what they want because they asked for what they knew would not be given to them. Anything less is a win for Big Money and a loss for real Americans.
… A senior administration official, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the plan, said both sides had made significant concessions to achieve compromise. The Bush administration has agreed to accept a number of Democratic demands, including:
· The money would be dispersed in segments, with Paulson receiving $250 billion immediately, $100 billion upon White House certification of its necessity and the final $350 billion only after Congress has been given 15 days to object.
· Firms participating in the bailout would be required to grant the government warrants to obtain nonvoting shares of stock, so taxpayers can benefit if the companies return to profitability.
· Firms taking advantage of the bailout would be required to limit compensation for senior executives, with especially severe limits on “golden parachutes” at failing firms. The compensation limits will be enacted primarily, but not solely, through the tax code by reducing tax deductions for firms that pay executives more than $400,000 a year.
Thanks goodness for the acceptance of the Bush Administration of the Dem plan. He is such a leader. With his record of leadership, the Dems should be falling all over themselves to do anything he and his crooked administration asks for.
Think about this. Every day for the last week, these firms have been borrowing $188Billion per DAY. How far do you think that &00Billion will go at almost $200B per day?
Then this, “so taxpayers can benefit if the companies return to profitability”
What a god damned big assed “IF” in that sentence.
Or this, “Firms taking advantage of the bailout would be required to limit compensation for senior executives”.
What a god damned big assed “limit”. Let me explain a better plan. You fire those fuckers, put their asses in jail and put new ones in. Any person who has received any compensation regarding these firms that have failed or have been taken over by the FDIC should be forced to return ALL monies and be charged with the theft and the destruction they have caused.
The administration also agreed to Democratic demands that the financial services industry should help pay for the program. Under the agreement, the president would be required to propose a fee on the industry if the government has not recovered its money through sales of the assets within five years.
Democrats also made a number of concessions, abandoning demands that bankruptcy judges be empowered to modify home mortgages on primary residences for people in foreclosure. They also agreed not to dedicate a portion of any profits from the bailout program to an affordable housing fund that Republicans claimed would primarily assist social service organizations that support the Democratic Party, the official said
Really? The people who did this should have to help pay for it? I will be damned. What an amazing leader. But wait 5 years (just long enough for the entire system to crash and become a barter system).
And you Dems. Gave up on helping the people who are going to pay for this? Just like a dime-store pimp, who beats the fuck out of the people paying his bills, we the American people are now the country’s elite’s hos.
…Bush attempted to address criticisms from the right and left that the plan would bail out irresponsible financiers while doing nothing for regular Americans. Echoing frequent comments by him and his aides, Bush said allowing Wall Street to collapse further would pose greater dangers to the economy, perhaps triggering a “deep and painful recession.”
“The rescue effort we’re negotiating is not aimed at Wall Street — it is aimed at your street,” Bush said. “And there is now widespread agreement on the major principles. We must free up the flow of credit to consumers and businesses by reducing the risk posed by troubled assets.”
Democratic leaders have emphasized to rank-and-file members that Paulson has told them that he could only spend about $50 billion a month on the securities purchase program. Of the $700 billion figure, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said: “Nobody believes that’s going to be the final cost.”
Really, Harry? No one believes any of this shit except you complicit thieves who are putting the final death knell on this Wall Street rip-off of enormous size.
Like I said before, if George W Bush says something, please do the opposite. If you want to save yourselves and this country, you MUST insist that we stop the bail out, completely. Bush said it was good. You know it is bad.
Wake Up, rednecks.
From Paul Joseph Watson at Prison Planet
Friday, September 26, 2008
Congressman Ron Paul says that the bailout bill is likely to pass, heralding a 10-year plus economic depression for America and the potential for martial law should civil unrest arise as the financial meltdown worsens.
Speaking on The Alex Jones Show, Paul said of the bailout, “They want dictatorship, they want to pass all the penalties and suffering on to the average person on Main Street,” adding, “We will have a depression or recession, it’s locked in place due to previous Federal Reserve actions.”
“When they say that if we don’t do exactly as they say and turn over more of our money and more of our liberties and exempt themselves from any court in the whole nation, they’re trying to intimidate us and lead us into doing the wrong thing,” said Paul.
The Congressman added that serious problems would arise if nothing was done to address the problem, but that more serious consequences would follow should the bailout be passed.
Paul warned that the only question was whether the meltdown would last one year or ten years and how much liberty would be lost in that time frame.
“It looks like from I see in Congress, that they’re opting for a decade plus of depression rather than saying let’s correct our ways, let’s balance the budget, let’s bring our troops home,” said Paul, adding that the same course of printing money would continue – prolonging the agony and preventing a necessary correction.
Asked if civil unrest was a possibility in the midst of an economic depression, referencing a recent Army Times report concerning the use of active duty military being brought back from Iraq for “Homeland patrols” and “crowd control,” Paul questioned, “Are we going to have martial law or are we going to have more freedoms? The more problems that we have, the more likely it is that we’re going to have martial law, so I do think they anticipate and they plan for these things.”
Read the rest at Prison Planet.
He goes farther to say that Greenspan and Bernanke should be charged criminally (which is true). But each and every complicit Big Money Thief needs to relainquish every nickel they stole and do jail time equivalent with a pot head’s possession charge, ensuring they never get out again.
Pieces of shit.
Now focus on the link from The Army Times, which I mentioned earlier in the week. This is the setup for our very own military to come into our homes and take control. Do you rednecks truly understand how close to total military control we are?
Jonathon Turley shows us that farting on a police officer is now a criminal act.
Yet it is ok for them to spray us in the face with chemicals?
Jose Cruz was being charged with a DUI in South Charleston, West Virginia when he intentionally or negligently expelled gas in the presence of the arresting officer. The result was a charge for battery upon an officer, who noted in the charge form that it was particularly potent.
Putting aside Cruz’s manners, the charge is clearly an abuse of authority by the officer. The question is whether any action will be taken to educate this officer that such rude behavior is not covered under the criminal code and that criminal charges are not there for cathartic expressions of disgust.
For the full story, click here.
Say what you will about The Onion, but sometimes they do stuff so outrageous I can’t help but laugh (even when the truth of the matter is so horrible). I would never celebrate John McCain’s torture or what he may have done for his country serving… in that he is commended and respected.
But The Onion’s new War For The White House Blog falls to new ‘heights’ of hilarity when they use a pseudo like “Dac Kien, Retired Vietcong Torturer” to explain the psychology of John McCain (since they had such a long, intimate and sharing relationship):
About This Blogger
Dac spent 12 years fighting for the Vietcong to unify his country. For five of those years, he tortured John McCain and developed a deep and intimate view of the Republican nominee in the process. Read his posts from the beginning, or return to the main blog.
In this case, Dac is discussing Sarah Palin and her “electricity”:
Boy, Sarah Palin has really energized the campaign of the senator John McCain hasn’t she? There’s this electricity about him that I haven’t seen in decades, maybe even not since the last time I clamped jumper cables to his scrotum and ran 5,000 volts through his scrawny American balls.
Yes. Sarah Palin is that exciting!
What a great thing for Mr. McCain. To think of all he’s been through to get where he’s at today, how he’s risen from the fetal position, quivering and crying in a pile of his own feces, to be this close to the White House. You will make America proud John, so proud! Just don’t let the American people see what a huge pussy you are when it comes to being slapped in the face with turpentine-soaked rags for ours on end, and you’ll make them proud.
Ha, ha, ha, pussy!… (read the rest here)
You know, I probably have a sick sense of humor…
Follwing up to my Bush Dictatorship post I wrote this morning, I wanted to share some information regarding the Presidential Bulletins, NSPD51 & HSPD20.
On May 24, 2007, The Chattanoogan offered an Op-Ed regarding these two directives (and that is one of the few places in print you can find it easily). In light of the oncoming Financial “Disaster”, one may want to consider the powers Bush will have with the simply utterance of the word.
Bush Makes Power Grab – And Response
posted May 24, 2007
President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president.
The “National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive,” with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator.
That job, as the document describes, is to make plans for “National Essential Functions” of all federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president’s directives in the event of a national emergency.
The directive loosely defines “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.”
When the President determines a catastrophic emergency has occurred, the President can take over all government functions and direct all private sector activities to ensure we will emerge from the emergency with an “enduring constitutional government.”
Translated into layman’s terms, when the President determines a national emergency has occurred, the President can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over.
What you need to understand is that these directives supersede a perfectly good act, The National Emergency Act that provides for this, but makes sure that the president must go through Congress. What Bush did with these two directives (strokes of his pen) is render the Congress moot, simply by issuing a national emergency.
The directive issued May 9 makes no attempt to reconcile the powers created there for the National Continuity Coordinator with the National Emergency Act. As specified by U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 34, Subchapter II, Section 1621, the National Emergency Act allows that the president may declare a national emergency but requires that such proclamation “shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.”
A Congressional Research Service study notes that under the National Emergency Act, the President “may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.”
The CRS study notes that the National Emergency Act sets up congress as a balance empowered to “modify, rescind, or render dormant such delegated emergency authority,” if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately.
NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 appears to supersede the National Emergency Act by creating the new position of National Continuity Coordinator without any specific act of Congress authorizing the position.
NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The language of the May 9 directive appears to negate any a requirement that the President submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.
Bush has basically set up himself for a dictatorship, if certain things happen (and they all are progressing towards that end from every indication). We are already being blasted by him and the media about the dire emergency the Financial Crisis could cause, and I submit that this IS the emergency that is planned.
The Army is being given orders to set up shop within the borders, to control the civilians (goodbye Posse Comitatus) the first of Oct.
IF our country is going to fall apart, it will happen within the first two to three weeks of Oct, canceling the elections and giving us Bush III.
Impossible you say?
With Bush and the NWO, anything is possible.
Everything this Bush Administration has had a hand in has turned to pure dee old shit. So, when he comes out and tells me one thing, I generally go for the opposite and I am safe.
And I did say “Everything”, which includes this country.
We are expected to bail out these high rollers when it is their blatant greed and thievery that is tearing it totally apart. But what about the timing of this? This ain’t nothing new and even this clueless redneck has been writing about it since March.
Then on March 19 I posted a video where Jim Rogers says the reason that Bear Stearns was being bailed out and not allowing their bankruptcy, 6 weeks after their officers were given $multi-BILLION bonues, so they could keep their bonuses. And that Big Money has decided to kill the dollar. See that 1 & 2 below are coming close to fruition.
Then I read today that this Paulson plan has been around for a while, but they had not presented it yet.
So think about the liars that are involved with anything ‘Bush’ and then reflect on everything happening… coincidences, maybe, but with these criminals everything is suspect.
Election upcoming and a new president after the first of the year. But what is the one thing that my little conspiracy mind keeps talking about is the possibility for some happening that would allow Bush to take us under Marshall Law and become a defacto Dictator. I have been laughed at and belittled for even thinking it, but consider…
I posted about the March 23 meeting that prompted some scary leaks with these warnings:
* The imminent collapse of the U.S. Economy to occur sometime in late 2008
* The imminent collapse of the U.S. Government finances sometime in mid 2009
* The possibility of Civil War inside the United States as a result of the collapse
* The advance round-ups of “insurgent U.S. Citizens” likely to move against the government
* The detention of those rounded up at The REX 84 Camps constructed throughout the United States
* The possibility of public retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses
* The location of safe facilities for members of Congress and their families to reside during massive civil unrest
What if McCain and Obama are prepping for the big hit and fallout? What if this move by McCain is a setup for a take-over?
Did you know that the Posse Comitatus act has been taken apart and that we will have active troops conducting operations in the US starting Oct 1.
What if this is the thing I have been warning about for 9 months?
What if this is the false flag ‘Shock Doctrine’ occurence that is needed to change our country into something the Constitution bans?
Are you ready?
News Flash: Ralph Nader on Democracy Now! on Thursday. That’s this coming morning, folks!
Ralph Nader will be Amy Goodman’s guest on Democracy Now! between 8:10 AM and 8:30 AM Eastern time on Thursday, September 25th. It will be viewable live at www.democracynow.org or available via podcast by 10 AM Eastern. Be sure to tune in!
The campaign released this statement to the press on Wednesday, September 24th. It’s Ralph’s reaction to the postponement of the first CPD “debate.” We thought you might be interested in reading it.
NADER CALLS MCCAIN’S MOVE TO POSTPONE DEBATE ‘POLITICAL STUNT’ SAYS MCCAIN TO BLAME FOR FINANCIAL CRISIS
Senator John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign and participation in the first presidential debate is pure and simple showboating. The Washington DC bailout by Bush and his Congressional allies of the Wall Street crooks and speculators is not dependent on Senator McCain’s return to Washington.
He has been an advocate of the deregulation that caused this debacle and offers nothing significant to address it. However, tens of millions of Americans depended on Senator McCain to show up at Friday’s debate in Old Mississippi.
They expected him to do so and have arranged their plans to watch him interact with Barack Obama. By turning his back on at least 50 million American voters anticipating Friday’s debate, he has dishonored his commitment and undermined the respect which he hoped the American people would accord him during his presidential campaign.
I urge him to restore his honor and self-respect by ending this political stunt and maturely fulfilling his commitment on the presidential debate stage this Friday.
Should he choose to maintain his present, impulsive course and leave an empty chair on the stage, I would be most pleased to take his place as the number three Presidential candidate in the race.
He denied trying to break into the museum, but claimed he had been in the museum grounds to sleep off a drinking session.
Speaking from the Cambridge West home he shares with his parents and siblings, Siyanda Pasiwe, 32, said he had been drinking somewhere in town that evening.
But because it was late and he was drunk, he decided to go into the museum grounds to sleep it off before walking home.
“I woke up and decided to continue walking home, but when I saw a tree I thought I would be able to jump to the other side,” he said.
When he fell on the fence he did not feel the spike piercing his bottom and thought the fence had an electric force that was holding him to it .
“I thought that the electric fence had a mechanism to keep me glued to it,” Pasiwe said.
He says he had screamed for someone to come and rescue him and not because he was in pain .
Pasiwe was impaled by a 30cm metal spike at the museum’s security fence almost a month ago, after what police suspect was an attempt to break into the museum.
The police said he probably panicked after an alarm went off, after he allegedly broke a glass door.
His screams were heard by a tow truck driver who called the police and fire department.
Fire and rescue workers used an angle grinder to cut the steel spike off the fence.
Medical staff at the hospital, where the spike was removed, said Pasiwe had suffered severe rectal and intestinal injuries .
He was discharged last Thursday and is still undergoing medical check-ups at the hospital.
Although police said he was under police guard during his stay in hospital, on Friday they confirmed that he was discharged without their knowledge .
Spokesperson Mtati Tana said the suspect’s case was brought before the East London Magistrate’s Court on September 7, but postponed to September 22. – By NTANDO MAKHUBU and XOLISA MGWATYU
SCOTTSDALE, AZ—In an act designed to completely reassure voters about his health, presidential candidate John McCain checked himself into the Mayo Clinic yesterday, where he successfully completed another unbearably bloody, invasive, and most foul operation. “Sen. McCain’s enterocutaneous fistula was treated swiftly and without incident, ” said Dr. Michael Yardley, standing before the press covered in the 72-year-old’s blood and fecal matter. “After we breached the abdominal wall to take numerous tissue samples from his small intestine, it was clear the senator was in perfect health for his age. A few more simple blood and mucus tests too horrifying to discuss here and the senator will be fit as a fiddle.” Next month, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic will manually disimpact stool from McCain’s fetid rectum in what is expected to be a painless procedure for the spry and virile Arizona senator.