Friday, October 31, 2008
A vicar claims a potato got stuck up his bottom after he fell on to the vegetable while hanging curtains in the nude.
The clergyman, in his 50s, told medical staff at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital that the accident was definitely not due to a sex game.
He had to undergo surgery to extract the spud from his backside, according to The Sun.
A&E nurse Trudi Watson told the paper: “He explained to me, quite sincerely, he had been hanging curtains naked in he kitchen when he fell backwards on to the kitchen table and on to a potato.
“But it’s not for me to question his story.”
She went on to reveal other objects removed from people’s derriére, including a cucumber, a Russian doll and a carnation.
October 30, 2008
WASHINGTON—As election day nears, millions of the nation’s poorest voters have reportedly yet to settle on the most profound and enduring way to completely fuck themselves over when they head to the polls this year.
“On the one hand, I’m pretty sure Barack Obama will undermine my best interests by maintaining the same centrist, pro-corporate policies of previous Democratic administrations,” said Jim Estey, 34, a recently laid-off assembly-line worker. “Conversely, I agree with McCain and Palin on abortion, which might just balance out the fact that they’ll further marginalize people like me by supporting deregulation and slashing social programs. So it’s pretty much a toss-up at this point.”
Though such behavior appears to directly undermine their own well-being, lower-income voters have historically supported candidates determined to screw them six ways to Sunday, including Bill Clinton, who incarcerated them in record numbers and cut the welfare benefits many depended on for day-to-day sustenance, and George W. Bush, who widened the gap between them and the rich and sent thousands of them to die in Iraq. This year’s election is reportedly unique in that the nation’s poor must not only weigh how deeply and painfully their chosen candidate will penetrate their rectums, but must also consider unforeseen outside circumstances—such as economic collapse and terrorism—that might allow the next president to bend them over and brutally rape them in ways they never thought possible.
The latest polls indicate that a majority of lower-class citizens might choose not to vote at all Nov. 4, preferring instead to leave the details of how they get fucked to the moneyed classes.
Read at World Prout Assembly, I found an article that lays out, quite concisely, the main issues that form my opinion of Mr Obama. I believe that Mr Obama has changed some of his views for political expediency (which, to me, is worse than those who stick to what appear to me to be foolish ideas). I can respect someone who truly believes something contrary to my belief, IF I know they are truthful about their rationale and purpose. In the case of Mr Obama, he has said and done some things before that now has changed (to fit a militaristic strategy). It is also true with universal, Single-payer healthcare.
That has basically disappeared with a nuance of “more affordable” healthcare that endures the Insurance companies keep a cut of the pie.
Many people are clinging to “hope” for “change”, but they deny what their chosen candidate says and does that is antithetical to hope and change. Many good, sound people cling to a hollow “hope”. A hope that Barack, himself, says quite frequently that “we” will do together. WTF is this “we” shit?
The only thing “we” can do is voice our thoughts to our representatives (which, in many cases means exactly Jack Shit) and we can vote in and out the people we want to DO the shit we want done.
So, I keep asking myself why in the hell people are either blind or willing to not hope for change, but more aptly, “hope” for “hope” that something will change. Duh! Why can’t we toss the blinders of the MSM and see the truth for what it is? Why can’t we then ask, “who truly wants to DO the shit we need done”?
They are out there, but so many of you are ear deep in the BS… you are drowning in hope for change that simply will not come from the one you place your hope in. His own words and advisors say this very plainly. Yet, you act as if it isn’t true. As if the Savior has a hidden agenda AFTER he winds the election.
Jeezus, people. It is always the same.
By James Petras
World Prout Assembly
Oct 28, 2008
10/29/08 – “WPA” – The presidential elections in the US, once again, provide an acid test of the integrity and consequential conduct of US intellectuals. If it is the duty and responsibility of the public intellectual to speak truth to power, the recent statements of most of our well-known and prestigious public pundits have failed miserably. Instead of highlighting, exposing and denouncing the reactionary foreign and domestic policies of Democratic Party candidate Senator Barack Obama, they have chosen to support him, ‘critically, offering as excuses that even ‘limited differences’ can result in positive outcomes,and that ‘Obama is the lesser evil’ and ‘creates an opportunity for a possibility of change.’
What makes these arguments untenable is the fact that Obama’s public pronouncements, his top policy advisers, and the likely policymakers in his government have openly defined a most bellicose foreign policy and a profoundly reactionary domestic economic policy totally in line with Paulson-Bush-Wall Street. On the major issues of war, peace, the economic crisis and the savaging of the US wage and salaried class, Obama promises to extend and deepen the policies which the majority of Americans reject and repudiate.
Twelve Reasons to Reject Obama
1. Obama publicly and repeatedly promises to escalate the US military intervention in Afghanistan, increasing the number of US troops, expanding their operations and engaging in systematic cross-border attacks. In other words, Obama is a greater warmonger than Bush.
2. Obama publicly has declared that his regime will extend the ‘war against terrorism’ by systematic, large-scale ground and air attacks on Pakistan, thus escalating the war to include villages, towns and cities deemed sympathetic to the Afghan resistance.
3. Obama opposes the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq in favor of redeployment; the relocation of US troops from combat zones to training and logistical positions, contingent on the military capability of the Iraqi Army to defeat the resistance. Obama opposes a clearly defined deadline to withdraw US forces from Iraq because US troops in Iraq are essential to pursuing his overall policies in the Middle East, which include military confrontations with Iran, Syria and Southern Lebanon.
4. Obama has declared his unconditional support for the position of the pro-Israel Lobby and the colonial expansionist and bellicose policies of the Jewish state. He has promised to back Israeli military attacks whatever the cost to the US. His abject servility to Israel was evident in his speech at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington 2008. Top advisers who have long and notorious links to the top echelons of the principle Zionist propaganda mills and the Presidents of the Leading Jewish American Organizations wrote the speech and formulate
his Middle East policy.
5. Obama has promised to attack Iran if it continues to process uranium for its nuclear programs. Twice, just weeks before the elections, Obama’s running mate Joseph Biden spelled out a series of ‘points of conflict’ (including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and North Korea) emphasizing that Obama ‘would respond forcefully’. Obama’s senior Middle East advisers include leading Zionists like Dennis Ross, closely linked to the ‘Bipartisan Policy Center’, which published a report serving as a blueprint for war with Iran. Obama’s proposed offer to negotiate with Iran is little more than a pretext for issuing an ultimatum to Iran to surrender its sovereignty or face massive military assault.
6. Obama unconditionally supports Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians and the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the leading cause of Middle East hostility, warfare and the discredit of US policy in the region. With three dozen Israel-Firsters among his leading campaign organizers, top policy advisers, speech writers and among the likely candidates for cabinet positions, there is virtually no hope of ‘influencing from within’ or ‘applying popular pressure’ to change Obama’s slavish submission to the Zionist Power Configuration. By supporting Obama, the “progressive intellectuals” are, in effect, allies of his Zionist mentors.
7. On the domestic front, Obama’s key economic advisers have impeccable Wall Street credentials. He gave unquestioning and immediate endorsement to Treasury Secretary Paulson’s $700 billion dollar taxpayer bailout of the richest investment banks in the US. Obama has failed to challenge Paulson or the banks over the use of Federal funds for buyouts and acquisitions instead of loans and credit to producers and homeowners. Obama’s backing of Paulson and the Wall Street bailout is matched by his meager proposals to suspend mortgage foreclosures for a three-month period, pending re-negotiations of interest payments. Obama proposes to escalate transfers of government funds to mismanaged financial institutions and bankrupt capitalist corporations, in efforts to save failed capitalism rather than pursue any new large-scale, long-term public investment programs which will generate well-paid employment for workers.
8. Obama’s economic team has openly declared their embrace and practice of ‘free market’ ideology and opposition to any effort to engage in large-scale injections of government funds in publicly-owned productive activity and social services in the face of wide-spread private sector failure, corruption and collapse.
9. Obama embraces failed private sector health plans, run and controlled by corporate insurance companies, conservative medical and hospital associations and Big Pharma. He publicly rejects a universal national health program modeled after the successful Federal Medicare program in favor of inefficient, state-subsidized private for profit plans that are costly and beyond the means of over one third of US families.
10. Obama is and continues to be an advocate for Big Agro and its highly subsidized and profitable ethanol program, which has increased food prices for millions in the US and for hundreds of millions in the world.
11. Obama advocates continuing the criminal embargo on Cuba, hostile confrontation with Venezuela’s populist President Chavez and other Latin American reformers and the duplicitous policy of promoting protectionism at home and free market access to Latin America. His key policy advicers on Latin America propose cosmetic changes in style and diplomacy but unrelenting support for re-asserting US hegemony.
12. Obama has not proposed, nor do his free market advisers and billionaire financial backers envision, any comprehensive plan or strategy to get us out of the deepening recession. On the contrary, the course of piecemeal measures presented by Obama are internally inconsistent: Fiscal austerity is incompatible with job creation; bailing out Wall Street drains funds from productive investment; and pursuing new wars undermine domestic recovery.
The intellectuals who, in the name of ‘realism’, support a politician who publicly and openly embraces new wars, billionaire bailouts and for profit, private sector-run health programs are repudiating their own claims as ‘responsible critics’. They are what C. Wright Mills called ‘crackpot realists’, abdicating their responsibility as critical intellectuals. In purporting to support the ‘lesser evil’ they are promoting the ‘greater evil’: The continuation of four more years of deepening recession, colonial wars and popular alienation. Moreover, they are allies of the mass media, major parties and the legal system which has marginalized or outright excluded the alternative candidates, Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney, who do speak out and oppose the war, the pro-Wall Street bailouts and propose genuine large-scale public investment in the domestic economy, a universal single payer health program, sustainable and pro-environment economic policies and large-scale, long-term income redistributive policies.
What is crass and unacceptable is the argument of these intellectuals, (an insignificant pimple on the Democratic donkey’s rear-end)that for a single moment believe that their ‘critical support’ of the Obama political machine will open space for radical ideas. The Zionists and civilian militarists totally control Obama’s war policy in the Middle East: There will be no space for peace with Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq. Wall Street controls the Obama’s financial policy: There will be no space for some Cambridge progressive to sneak in a handout for families losing their homes.
If multi-million trade union treasuries have spent a hundred million dollars on each presidential campaign have failed to secure a single piece of progressive legislation in over 50 years, isn’t it delusional for our progressive ‘public intellectuals’ to imagine that they, in their splendid organizational isolation, can ‘pressure’ President Obama to renounce his advisers, backers and public defense of military escalation, to see his way to peace with Iran and to promote social justice for our workers and unemployed?
h/t to a “Retired Person of Interest” and Newsday.
Have sound on!! Hilarious!!!
The right-wing ideologues have been preying on Americans for so long we have become brainwashed by their incessant lies and enuendo. We have become complacent, believeing that these fools who call Government overbloated and too big or too much in American’s lives as truth, when, in fact, it is the very people (adequate people, I should say) who are to protect us from all enemies (even those found in food products from overseas, especially China).
But what does Bush and his corrupt clan do to protect us?
Please view this BrassCheckTV video (at least the first 5 minutes) to see how the US government is complicit in allowing Chinese melamine tainted food onto our shelves at stores. We are the ONLY country that hasn’t banned these food stuffs from China.
Very telling, indeed.
Take this seriously and pass it along
In China, ANYTHING made with Chinese-manufactured milk powder before September 14th was PULLED from their store shelves.
In the US, this garbage is still being sold!
Note: Brasscheck TV has found independent verification of all the claims in this video.
Foods at risk: ANY food manufactured in China and potentially any food containing milk powder. US food manufacturers imported millions of pounds of milk powder from China before September 14th. The FDA continues to allow to be sold.
This includes chocolate, cookies, cakes, and even things like packaged macaroni and cheese.
Mike Mozart is a product designer who also runs a video blog about new developments in the toy industry.
His reviews are normally light, cheerful affairs and completely apolitical.
If he appears distraught, it’s because he is. This is serious.
Mozart has discovered that the US is the ONLY country that still permits potentially melamine-contaminated food on its shelves. Even China has removed these products from its stores.
That’s right. This poison that killed and injured thousands of people, mainly children, may be in US food. We’re the only country that hasn’t pulled it from its shelves.
There is a lot of background information on the melamine contamination issue found here. This is bigger than anyone is letting on and since every other industrialized country, including China, have taken the precautions to protect the people, is there any reason whatsoever that our fools in charge are NOT pulling this shit from our shelves?
Here’s what you need to know
Here are the indisputable facts of this case:
1. Chinese manufacturers are known to have added melamine to powdered milk products including baby food.
2. Melamine is not a permitted food additive in any country. It is an industrial product and is often contaminated with other toxins.
It damages the kidneys and is particularly dangerous, even fatal, to small children and infants.
3. Every other country on earth – including China – has removed all products made with Chinese-manufactured milk powder from their stores.
4. The FDA and the Bush Administration has made the US the only country on earth to have opted to leave these potentially tainted products on store shelves.
5. The FDA and the Bush administration knows that millions of pounds of Chinese-manufactured milk powder was imported into the US in the last twelve months.
6. It knows exactly what companies imported this material and the food manufacturers that used it know exactly what batches of their products this material is in.
7. The FDA and the Bush Administration further knows that:
a) injury and death associated with consumption of products containing melamine will not take place immediately (except perhaps in the case of infants) and
b) it will be practically impossible for sufferers of this tainted food to attribute their injuries to specific products since weeks, months or even years might pass between ingestion and symptoms.
By leaving these food products on store shelves, the FDA and the Bush Administration is deliberately risking serious harm to US consumers, no doubt hoping that because of the nature of the poisoning that they will be able get away with it and thus avoid the political consequences of a mass nationwide recall.
Please share this information with friends, family members and colleagues so they can make an informed decision about what they eat.
Knowing the parties involved – the Chinese government, the FDA, the Bush administration, the US news media, and corporate America – you can be sure that none of them can be trusted to look out for your welfare.
Avoid ALL food products manufactured in China and any product that contains milk powder that does not disclose its source. (Egg powder is also being identified as a potential source of this contamination.)
Linked by Alternet, I read this blog post at Socialogical Images about a Palin Look-alike contest at a Nevada Strip Club. Funny and the ladies aren’t too bad.
There will be those who consider this sexist or whatever, but I believe all is fair in love and politics. The fact is that this woman has made her entire career using this very same sexual exploitation and you women know it. So don’t go there to defend her.
Speaking for myself, I do not think the woman is all that attractive. She is pretty, yes, but being attractive means more to me. Being “attractive” means that people want to be around or close to you. I wouldn’t spend 2 minutes with this maniac, Palin. And even if she isn’t a maniac, she is a calculating scurge that is simply playing a role that was thrust upon her. Her entire career, from what I have read has been nothing but lies and using other’s power and influence to go places (like the Governor’s mansion).
I am not fooled by it. I am not fooled into thinking that her hunting makes her anything special. An ability to shoot animals from a helicopter doesn’t show me anything attractive, but causes me to want to run the other way.
Yet, there are men who want to spend time with her (for whatever reason). I don’t get it, because I have had the luxury (if we could call it that) of spending ‘time’ with some of the most beautiful women around (there was a time I was considered a “catch”, myself) and what I inevitably found out is that they use whatever beauty they have to cover up shortfalls in other areas (usually intellect or passion).
To this old man, attractiveness is so much more than a pretty body and face. It is the actual desire to want to spend other, less physical time with the person that means more to me.
Grudge-f*cking is no longer a worthy goal for this old man. But it appears McBush has no qualms with it. Must be that 24 hour Levitra.
Whirlpool to lay off 5,000 workers as profit declines
The Wall Street Journal (10/29, Cameron, Brat) reports, “Whirlpool Corp. more than doubled its planned layoffs through next year to about 5,000 people as its profit fell 6.9 percent in the third quarter.” The manufacturer “also cut its earnings outlook, suspended its stock-buyback program and said it would raise prices further.” Company officials noted that “some consumers are delaying replacing appliances that are beyond repair” because of current economic conditions, but added that “such consumers eventually will buy the company’s [wares] because they are critical for maintaining a modern standard of living in the US.” Even so, Whirlpool “is uncertain enough about the global economy that it delayed forecasting its 2009 profit until early next year.” The Journal notes the company “is cutting production in the US and Europe by 20 percent in the fourth quarter and shutting plants in those two markets as well as Mexico.
Regarding the job cuts, the AP (10/29) notes that “about 500 are salaried and contract positions throughout North America, including approximately 300 in or near its corporate home of Benton Harbor, Mich. Another 1,900 overseas jobs are being trimmed, mostly in Europe.” Whirlpool will also “close a dishwasher plant in Jackson, Tenn., probably during the third quarter of 2009, and move production to a larger Whirlpool dishwasher factory in Findlay, Ohio. About 500 workers in Jackson will lose their jobs.” The announcement follows previous initiatives to “close four other plants, two in the United States and two in Mexico, displacing about 2,000 employees.”
Bloomberg News (10/29, Wolf) adds, “The global financial crisis, declining home values, rising unemployment and lower consumer confidence will keep appliance sales from rebounding anytime soon,” according to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fettig. Analyst David MacGregor agreed, saying, “The outlook for any company that is selling products to the consumer right now is pretty bleak. … There is no sign of relief anytime soon.” MacGregor added, “Whirlpool appears to be” cutting costs and preparing for a downturn, “and management deserves credit for it.” The article notes, “In July, the company raised its 2008 projection for the increase in the cost of steel, copper and other raw materials used to make appliances to as much as $650 million.”
Forbes (10/29) reports that Whirlpool “slashed its forecast for free-cash flow to a range of zero to $50.0 million this year from an earlier view of up to $550.0 million.” The company “posted earnings of $163.0 million, or $2.15 per share, on sales of $4.9 billion, in the latest period, compared with profits of $175.0 million, or $2.20 per share, on sales of $4.8 billion, in the year-earlier quarter. AFP (10/28) also covered the story.
This says much about Murphy’s character, but even more about Nader’s. What I like the most is the annihilation of the idea that Nader caused Gore to lose in 2000. The article points out the issues that truly lost Gore the election (for even Gore doesn’t make the claim that Nader cost him anything). Hell, Gore didn’t even carry Tennessee (his own state). Had he done that, he would have won.
This sentence says it all:
But the Democrats and the MSM never let the facts get in the way of a good lie if it gets votes or sells media ads.
Nader’s reputation as a truthful, hard-working citizen representative (you don’t know how much you owe to this man’s efforts) is one thing. But I challenge anyone to show me where he has been incorrect on any subject. Economy, Safety, Iraq war, Military Industrial Complex… every issue. He has foresight and intellect the others can only dream about.
He is so much more than wishing that we “hope” for “change”. He has the answers that will bring the change that will make us respected and powerful (economically and socially). For, the answer is as clear as the nose on my face… we MUST shrink the over-bloated and unnecessary military, if we are ever going to come back financially. Barney Franks was brave enough to say it. It is time for the “Change and Hope” guy to admit it (but he won’t, for he is afraid it will lose him votes). McCain never will. His entire persona rides on unending war. Obama’s is a quiet, misleading rhetoric that is fooling a lot of people. People “hoping” that he will become the Progressive he first eluded to to win the Primaries, then “changed” to the war monger in the main election cycle.
“Change”? Hell, no. He has become one of them.
Just look at who he has chosen as advisors (many of the Clinton regime).
“Hope”? For what? The miracle that he isn’t lying and has some grand scheme to be presented after the election?
Hope on, sheople. Just like usual. Just like it always is.
NATION’S FOREMOST PROPONENT FOR POLITICAL CHANGE SAYS MURPHY BELIEVES THAT CORPORATIONS SHOULD BE OUR SERVANTS, NOT OUR MASTERS
For Immediate Release: October 28, 2008
For Further Information: John Murphy (610) 384-4460
EAST FALLOWFIELD, PA – The John Murphy for Congress Campaign is extremely happy to announce that Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader has endorsed Independent Congressional Candidate John Murphy for House of Representatives in the 16th district.
According to Ralph Nader, “John Murphy is as rugged as a buffalo and keeps his eye on the horizons of justice. He believes that corporations should be our servants, not our masters, and works hard to get them off our back. So the government can serve the people, as the framers of the constitution intended.”
John Murphy said that “Ralph has been one of my mentors since the 1960s. His endorsement is one of the highest honors that I have ever received. But I have been honored by him in the past. In 2004 I represented Ralph in a series of debate-like forums all throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and since that time I have represented him in the Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition. The PBAC is an organization dedicated to enacting fair ballot access laws in Pennsylvania. It is composed of the leaders of all of the newer parties and I am pleased to be Ralph’s representative”.
One of the big lies told by the Democrat Party and the MSM (mainstream media) is that Ralph caused Al Gore to lose in Florida in 2000 even though exit polls showed that the reason for Gore’s loss was that 250,000 registered Democrats voted for George Bush. There were also several other factors that accounted for Gore’s loss including the removal of 80,000 Florida citizens from the voters list by Katherine Harris and the unprecedented decision by the Supreme Court to stop the recount. But the Democrats and the MSM never let the facts get in the way of a good lie if it gets votes or sells media ads.
John Murphy said “the Democrat Party leaders like to say that Ralph took votes from Gore but of course that would imply that Democrat Party owned them in the first place. Votes cannot be owned” continued Murphy, “votes must be earned. As if in retaliation, the Democrat Party removed Ralph from the ballot in Pennsylvania in 2004 yet only 4% of his over 50,000 signatures were found to be not authentic. Democrat Party leaders in Pennsylvania are now being prosecuted because they used state employees to pull off this travesty. And paid them bonuses to boot! This is what ‘bonusgate’ is all about”.
Murphy concluded “there are two ways you can defeat democracy; one way is by preventing people from voting, the other is by preventing worthy candidates from ever appearing on the ballot. Here in Pennsylvania, in 2004 the Democrat Party chose the latter”.
Elect him president, of course.
If not, put his sorry ass in jail for being the piece of shit he is. From The Hill and h/t Amanda at ThinkProgress:
Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in history and patriarch of Alaska politics, was convicted Monday of all seven felony charges for making false statements.
The verdict could spell an ignominious end to the political career of a man who rose to be one of the most dominant figures in the Senate and helped transform Alaska in its 50 years of statehood.
Jurors deliberated from scratch Monday morning with the addition of an alternate juror, and in little more than five hours delivered a unanimous verdict on all counts. The verdict comes just eight days before Stevens faces the toughest reelection bid of his four-decade career.
Shortly before 4 p.m., the jury convicted the 84-year-old senator for making false statements by failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts from Bill Allen, the former head of Veco Corp., and other friends.
In a packed courtroom, Stevens appeared expressionless, holding his stomach while the verdict was read. The courtroom was silent as the powerful Republican’s fate was read to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The senator left the courtroom without taking questions and was shuttled into a white van waiting for him and his team of attorneys.
A defiant Stevens released a statement later Monday, saying that he was “obviously disappointed in the verdict but not surprised given the repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct in this case.”
The senator vowed to “fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have” and said he would return home to defend his seat.
“I am innocent. This verdict is the result of the unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial,” Stevens added. “I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights. I remain a candidate for the United States Senate. I will come home on Wednesday and ask for your vote”….
You old fucker. I hope that you and the rest of the crooked bastards you serve with (including this piece of work) end up in the coldest, darkest prisons we have available.
How we got George Bush
It’s no secret – the election was a fraud
George Bush has shredded the Constitution; bankrupted the country; blackened our reputation as a people; and lied us into an illegal, immoral, self-destructive military operation in Iraq.
And he was never elected president.
Not in 2000. Not in 2004.
And the news media, Congress, and the Democratic Party have never even attempted to do anything about it.
If you’re living in America, that’s the kind of country you’re living in now.
It’s not a question of when or if we’ll lose our democracy, it’s been gone a long time. The only question is what we’re going to do to get it back.
I don’t believe it really matters which of the Big Two win, the result is basically the same. More military, more war, more Imperialism, more Big Money control. But, I also believe that this man that testified knows what he is talking about and that hsi story has been totally squashed.
That tells me that the Dems are complicit. If so, it truly doesn’t matter who wins next week.
Here it comes, folks. The Tsunami is brewing and taking some of its first victims.
Heartland Building Products abruptly closed on Sunday, telling its employees not to show up for work today.
Prentiss County Development Association Executive Director Gerald Williams said the vinyl siding manufacturer employed about 200 workers at its plant in the Booneville/Prentiss County Industrial Park.
It’s another unfortunate blow for Prentiss County, which a couple of weeks ago got word that Parker Hannefin was closing its 150-worker plant by year’s end.
For Heartland, the layoffs are immediate. Williams said the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Northeast Mississippi Community College and the Three Rivers Planning and Development District were working to put a rapid response team together.
For more details, check out the Daily Journal tomorrow.
The Hattiesburg (MS) American (10/26) reported, “Manufacturing jobs in Mississippi are evaporating with at least 2,100 job losses announced since July 1, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.” And, “more could be coming, particularly if the economy remains in a tailspin.” The American noted, “The job losses are evidenced by the state’s 7.7 percent unemployment rate. … Since the start of the year, the state’s furniture industry has lost about 2,000 of its 50,000 jobs related directly or indirectly to the industry, said Ken Pruett, president of the Mississippi Furniture Association.” Across the US, “furniture manufacturers…have been hurt by a housing market wracked by foreclosures, sales drops and slowed construction.” Another factor impacting the loss of manufacturing jobs, according to Paul Grimes, head of Mississippi State University’s Department of Finance and Economics, is that “the state’s economy is shifting from manufacturing to service jobs.” Grimes added, “Since furniture and cars are often financed, the disheveled credit market is making it harder for the state’s manufacturers in an age of increasing overseas competition.’
So, my home state is becoming a “service” state, instead of a manufacturing state.
Let me explain what this does, rednecks. It means that these people expect you to clean shitters and flip burgers for a living, instead of make shit. Why? Becasue the shit can be made cheaper elsewhere (I would expect that Mississippi has some of the lowest wages in the country), which means that the people who own the factories that make the shit can go anywhere in the world to have it made (as long as it is cheaper).
Rednecks, the ReTHUGlicans that you continuously vote in are the ones that have made this idiotic ideology steal your jobs. But, do not think that Obama or a single Democrat will do anything to stop it.
They are all the same and they don’t give a rat’s ass about you. They care about their power and influence.
It ain’t you.
Well, you know they are a bunch of crooks and damned liars when it comes to this, as the determining factor for us staying in Iraq. If it were about “handing the country over to them”, this is our chance to let them have their country.
But the truth is that the goal was to never “let them have it”. We are there to stay and if you think that Obama will change that, you haven’t listened to what he says… just what his undying worshipers say, which is the antithesis of what he says.
Amazing how so many people can put so much faith into someone that tells them that he wont do what they want.
I call people like that dumbasses.
You and your dumbassery is screwing me.
There is much more that you ignore to my peril.
By Roy Gutman and Leila Fadel
Oct 27, 2008
BAGHDAD _ The U.S. military has warned Iraq that it will shut down military operations and other vital services throughout the country on Jan. 1 if the Iraqi government doesn’t agree to a new agreement on the status of U.S. forces or a renewed United Nations mandate for the American mission in Iraq.
Many Iraqi politicians view the move as akin to political blackmail, a top Iraqi official told McClatchy Sunday.
In addition to halting all military actions, U.S. forces would cease activities that support Iraq’s economy, educational sector and other areas _ “everything” _ said Tariq al Hashimi, the country’s Sunni Muslim vice president. “I didn’t know the Americans are rendering such wide-scale services.”
Hashimi said that Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, listed “tens” of areas of potential cutoffs in a three-page letter, and he said the implied threat caught Iraqi leaders by surprise.
“It was really shocking for us,” he said. “Many people are looking to this attitude as a matter of blackmailing.”
Odierno had no comment Sunday, but U.S. Embassy officials told McClatchy that a lengthy list of the sort Hashimi described has been passed to the Iraqi government. Among the services the U.S. provides are protection of Iraq’s principal borders, of its oil exports and other shipping through the Shatt al Arab into the Persian Gulf and all air traffic control over Iraq.
The status of forces agreement, which calls for a final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, was supposed to resolve a number of contentious issues between the two countries, but its completion 10 days ago has instead provoked a political crisis within Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government and between Iraq and the United States.
Fearing a major battle in the Iraqi parliament, Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki solicited proposed amendments from his cabinet and called a meeting to review them Sunday afternoon.
However, the two main Shiite parties, Maliki’s Dawa party and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, were unable to produce their full lists of demands, and he postponed the meeting until Tuesday, other cabinet members said.
Hashimi said that Iran, a longtime backer of both parties, is pressuring Iraq’s leaders not to accept the agreement.
The dispute “is real and factual. The government is not manipulating this dispute,” Hashimi said. He said he hadn’t yet seen the objections to the accord, even those from his own Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party.
Political party heads, including Hashimi, say that Maliki is responsible for the agreement, but Maliki has been unwilling to back the accord unless his Shiite coalition and other party members join him to take the political heat.
An additional complication is the decision of Hashimi’s Iraqi Islamic party to suspend all “official communication” with U.S. military and civilian officials until it receives an explanation and an apology following a joint U.S.-Iraqi military raid against party backers in Anbar province in which one man was killed.
It’s unclear what will happen when the Iraqi cabinet offers a list of proposed changes and Maliki winnows them down to proposed amendments.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said, “I don’t think you slam the door shut” on amendments, but Hashimi said the U.S. is “adamant in saying, ‘We close the door, we are not accepting any sort of amendment.’ “
He said that if the United States met Iraq halfway and accepted amendments to the controversial articles of the accord, it would make it “rather easy” to submit the agreement to the parliament.
The alternative to a new agreement governing U.S. forces, an Iraqi request to the U.N. Security Council to extend the U.N. mandate, which now expires on Dec. 31, is also highly contentious.
One of the biggest concessions Iraq won from Washington in the negotiations over the forces accord was a stipulation that private contractors such as Blackwater that have been accused of killing Iraqi civilians would become subject to Iraqi law.
Immunity from prosecution for private contractors _ and for all official U.S. entities _ under Iraqi law was promulgated by the U.S. occupation government in June 2004, and ending that order is the subject of another confrontation between Iraq and the United States, Hashimi said. He said the United States insists that it would reject any Iraqi request to change the mandate.
Ironically, Iraqi politicians of practically every stripe agree that the proposed agreement would be a major advance toward restoring Iraq’s full sovereignty and a vast improvement over the initial U.S. proposal made last spring.
He credited President Bush with changing the U.S. position as a result of twice-weekly conference calls with Maliki.
h/t BrassCheckTV for sending this video this morning. Allowing Hank Paulson to run the “Bail-out” is like letting Ted Bundy loose in a Sorority House.
Remember all the BS about being open and “transparent”. Would you be surprised that they lied, AGAIN?
Fox in the hen house
I hate to give TheStreet.com any exposure or credence.
It’s the home of Jim Cramer, the pyromaniac TV stock picker who led thousands of people to financial catastrophe with his BS shoot-from-the-hip “investment” advice.
That being said this clip of theirs is unusually informative (in spite of the moronically chipper interviewer.)
US Treasury Secretary Paulson is, in fact, one of the small handful of people who is personally responsible for the mess we’re currently in. He pushed hard for the conditions that created the sub-prime disaster while CEO of Goldman Sachs.
It’s bizarre, to say the least, that he’s the person who’s been given the job of cleaning up the mess.
That his “solution” to the problem was to give his former employer access to billions of dollars in taxpayer money with no strings attached is troubling.
Also, troubling is where the money went and where it’s going.
As predicted by many, the bank bailout did nothing to change the tone of the financial markets. They’re still in free fall and there literally is not enough money in the world to bail them out.
The final insult:
Minutes of the meetings in which the bail out billions (trillions?) are being distributed are issued to the news media with key figures blacked out.
I have an abundance of farts and they don’t lower my BP, so I question the accuracy of this study. Courtesy of Daily Rotten:
By Amelia Tomas, LiveScience Staff
A smelly rotten-egg gas in farts controls blood pressure in mice, a new study finds.
The unpleasant aroma of the gas, called hydrogen sulfide (H2S), can be a little too familiar, as it is expelled by bacteria living in the human colon and eventually makes its way, well, out.
The new research found that cells lining mice’s blood vessels naturally make the gas and this action can help keep the rodents’ blood pressure low by relaxing the blood vessels to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure). This gas is “no doubt” produced in cells lining human blood vessels too, the researchers said.
“Now that we know hydrogen sulfide’s role in regulating blood pressure, it may be possible to design drug therapies that enhance its formation as an alternative to the current methods of treatment for hypertension,” said Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., a co-author of the study detailed in the Oct. 24th issue of the journal Science.
Snyder and his colleagues compared normal mice to mice that were missing a gene for an enzyme known as CSE, long suspected as being responsible for making hydrogen sulfide. As they measured hydrogen sulfide levels taken from tissues of the CSE-deficient mice, the scientists found that the gas was depleted in the cardiovascular systems of the altered mice. By contrast, normal mice had higher levels of the gas, thereby showing that hydrogen sulfide is naturally made by mammalian tissues using CSE.
Next, the mice were subjected to higher blood pressures comparable to serious hypertension in humans. Scientists had them respond to a chemical called methacholine that relaxes normal blood vessels. The blood vessels of the CSE-lacking mice hardly relaxed, indicating that hydrogen sulfide is a huge contender for regulating blood pressure.
Hydrogen sulfide is the most recently discovered member of a family of gasotransmitters, small molecules inside our bodies with important physiological functions.
This study is the first to reveal that the CSE enzyme that triggers hydrogen sulfide is activated itself in the same way as other enzymes when they trigger their respective gasotransmitter, such as a nitric oxide-forming enzyme that also regulates blood pressure, Dr. Snyder said.
Because gasotransmitters are common in mammals all over the evolutionary tree, these findings on the importance of hydrogen sulfide are thought to have broad applications to human diseases, such as diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases.
The research was supported by grants from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as well as a Research Scientist Award.