Obama Lies. Often. And Without fear of accountability.
The best ones are prepared for almost anything (kinda proves that my “scouting” abilities suck):
Looking at what happened last September/October, we know that the whole ponzi financial system is very fragile. Gerald Celente issued a bank holiday warning late last year. A Congressman from PA told that the world financial system was only a few hours away from complete meltdown last year. German chancellor Angela Merkel, argued that national sovereignty over financial regulation is what caused the crisis in the first place. The stage has been set for a new global finiancal order to soon take effect.
Bloomberg reports corporate executives have started ditching their stocks at a rate not seen in years. This suggests that the market—currently enjoying one of the greatest rallies in decades as stocks continue to rise from last year’s post-crash nadir—is about to have the rug pulled out from under it, a fact that corporate executives in the know are taking to heart as they scramble to get rid of their worthless stocks before the general public realize what’s going on.
“They’re looking to take some money off the table because they think the rally will come to an end,” said Ben Silverman, the Seattle-based research director at InsiderScore. “It’s the most bearish we’ve seen insiders, on a whole, in two years.”
The last time there were more U.S. corporations with executives reducing their holdings than adding to them was during the week ended June 19, 2007, the data show. The next month, two Bear Stearns Cos. hedge funds filed for bankruptcy protection as securities linked to subprime mortgages fell apart, helping trigger almost $1.5 trillion in losses and writedowns at the world’s biggest financial companies and the 57 percent drop in the S&P 500 from Oct. 9, 2007, to March 9, 2009.
There’s much more information in the report about stock sales at individual companies, but, perhaps the most important detail is that insider selling reached an all-time record back in the first quarter of 2000, as the 18-year bull market in stocks reached its climax, the official demarcation point between “dotcom” and “dotbomb”.
Are the wheels coming off the system? Many think so.
Bob Chapman’s Int’l Forecaster newsletter revealed (5/20) this startling intelligence (from within US State Dept & embassies):
”Some US embassies worldwide are being advised to purchase massive amounts of local currencies; enough to last them a year. Some embassies are being sent enormous amounts of US cash to purchase currencies from those govts, quietly. But not £’s. Inside the State Dept there is a sense of sadness & foreboding that ‘something’ is about to happen, unknown re a date—just that within 180 days, but could be 120-150 days.”
Bob quotes another source that “Panasonic has told their people to be back in Japan by Sept 09.”
Harry Schultz, dean of newsletter writers, has quoted the Chapman letter of May 30 regarding US embassies being sent large amounts of cash with which to buy local currencies, to last them a year. Here is Harry’s remarkable take on the situation:
“My HSL suspicion is that the elite plan another FDR style “bank holiday” of indefinite length, perhaps very soon, to let the insiders sort-out the bank mess which is getting more out of their control every day. Insiders want/need to impose new bank rules. Widespread nationalization could result, already under way. It could also lead to a formal US$ devaluation, as FDR did by revaluing gold (& then confiscating it). But devalue against what? The euro? Doubtful. Gold? Maybe. Or vs. the IMF basket of currencies (which seems more likely)—& much in the news recently. Any kind of bank holiday will push the US$ lower, which may be a bonus benefit to their ongoing scenario of letting the $ fall. Such a fall would get the devaluation they want without having to declare it. In sum, the insiders want more bank & system control, fewer banks & a lower US$. A bank holiday would suit all their needs.
A Bob Chapman subscriber reported overhearing 2 FEMA jacketed men talking to a police chief in Calif. They wanted to federalize the police across the US. They (govt) would be closing banks in late Aug, early Sept & that it will get ugly.”
A bank holiday would be a response to panic, which is not imminent. It may happen in the future when all the problems are revealed, but only in response to an acute situation. A proactive shutting down of banks is not in anyone’s economic interest. Spending would freeze up and a total loss of confidence would ensue, sending everything into a downward spiral. What could change this equation would be a pandemic type of event.
Late August also marks the date when the Spanish flu became incredibly deadly:
In late August 1918, the second wave of the Spanish flu struck three port cities at nearly the same time. These cities (Boston, United States; Brest, France; and Freetown, Sierra Leone) all felt the lethalness of this new mutation immediately.
If history repeats itself and the swine flu second-wave becomes a mega-death killer, late August or early September would be the time of year we can expect it to hit with fullforce. The Spanish flu spread quickly, killing an estimated 50 million to 100 million people around the world.
If this Swine Flu is the Spanish Flu reborn and has escaped the labortory (or been unleased as a population control device), then banking insiders might know this. If there is a conspiracy afoot, late August or early September seems a good time for their ‘bank holiday’ because they know people will be preocupped with the pandemic.
Now is the time to prepare for worst case senerio, as any good Boy or Girl Scout would do.
I have no idea if it will be the Swine Flu or some other catalyst, but they will need the scapegoat to implement the worst that is on its way. The system is crashing all around us and they aren’t telling us the truth about it.
I am headed to the attorney in a few minutes to file Chapter 7. This is the last “boy scout” badge I hope to earn.
I hear ya, Marie, but if you didn’t figure out the bastards were lying to you before you actually voted for the lying scumbag, then all that can really be said about you is that your judgment is shit.
Too damned late and another election gone due to the gullible fools who call themselves “progressives”. Another 4 years of the same old shit.
Ask for your money back now, Marie, but I hold you and all of the rest of you idiots responsible.
by Marie Marchand
I want my money back.
I gave $20 a week for seven months, plus $60 every once in a while for a t-shirt and sticker. I gave of my modest purse joyfully. Once I add that all up, it makes a grand total of… $106 billion?! Wait a minute, I thought I was supporting change I could believe in, not more of the same bloodshed and war!
Betrayal is a part of life. After awhile, you just come to expect it. Yet, the initial shock always hits you as a surprise. Alas, the nature of betrayal. Humans are vulnerable to being betrayed because underneath our husky shells, our pain and hardened hearts, we are soft and trustful creatures. We want to believe in people.
I’m not that young, so I possess some cynicism. But I’m not that old either, so I manage some idealism. Sure, I am used to being betrayed by my government. But I thought my days of calling the White House in tears were over. To think that Barack Obama preyed on this naive hope in me and millions like me is unforgivable.
I expect the Republicans to throw money at the Military Industrial Complex. Yet, from the Democrats, I was promised a different direction (like OUT of the Middle East). Regrettably, there has been miniscule change. There is still nothing to believe in.
It is against my religion to say the Pledge of Allegiance. (I am a Christian so I pledge allegiance only to God.) I did, however, pledge my time and treasure to Barack Obama. On November 4, 2008, I danced in the streets waving the American Flag, feeling proud to be an American. I was pathetically close to bustin’ out some Toby Keith ditties.
It’s not just the $106 billion that makes me feel betrayed. It’s not just the fact that Gitmo probably won’t be shut down after all. It is not even the president’s assurance to Republicans that he will not release the photos of detainee abuse.
It is the rumors of intimidation and strong-arming that are, to me, the greatest betrayal.
That President Barack Obama sent Rahm Emanuel and Nancy Pelosi to bully anti-war Democrats into voting for the supplemental (and threatening to withdraw the leadership’s support for their re-elections if they didn’t) is a shameful misuse of power. Where’s the humanity I once saw in Barack? It’s just more of the same and I can’t stomach it.
I knew I was naïve; yet like millions of Americans, I had no choice but to believe. Our hearts were desperate for hope. We saw Barack Obama as an oasis in the desert. To think that he may be just a mirage is heartbreaking.When you have a minute, give Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold a call at (202) 224-5323. He was the only Democrat in the Senate to vote against the war funding (along with three Republicans and an Independent).
Oh, and please consider supporting my grassroots campaign to get my $680 back so I can donate it to the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. Thanks.
Marie Marchand is executive director of the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in Bellingham, WA.
By Glen Ford, Executive Editor Black Agenda Report
As of this writing, the Progressives for Obama website still exists, a relic of Left delusion that should have died of embarrassment months ago. Barack Obama has, indeed, grown in the presidency – but not into the FDR-like figure of his leftish supporters’ imaginations. Nor has his presence in the Oval Office served to spur Blacks and progressives to dramatic action, creating the “push” that Left Obamites had predicted would allow their champion to act on his more “liberal” instincts. Quite the contrary. The “Obama Effect” has led to the near-total collapse of the Left– both its white and Black wings – and made the nation safe for rule by finance capital and militarists.
The military, finance capital and healthcare corporations (insurers are a branch of finance capital) are winning every important battle because, on fundamental issues, President Obama is on their side. It is he who crushed the anti-war bloc in the US. House; who silenced and marginalized single payer advocates, while fawning over health profiteers; who engineered the greatest transfer of wealth in human history to bankers, leaving them free to once again ruin themselves and the rest of us.
So let us give President Obama his due. He not only smashed the Left opposition, he humiliated them.
Here are the few, the brave:
Less than seven years ago, only four members of the CBC supported George Bush’s Iraq War Powers: Harold Ford, Jr. (TN), William Jefferson (LA), Albert Wynn (MD) and Sanford Bishop (GA). In the pages of The Black Commentator I called them the “Four Eunuchs of War” and felt confident in writing:
“The rest of the 36 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus defended Black America’s political legacy, voting No. Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) led half of her CBC colleagues in support of her ‘alternative to war’ resolution, demonstrating once again that African Americans are the core of the forces of peace and justice in the U.S.”
It’s been all down hill for the CBC since 2002, a steady slide into corporatism and irrelevance. With the Black progressive “core” definitively demobilized since January 20, the Left is largely adrift.
Obama has accomplished what George Bush could not: virtually silence progressive voices in Congress, so that he can stoke the fires of war on two fronts without significant challenge from the legislative branch. It is a great victory, so why not congratulate the president, and give him the elemental respect of recognizing that he is – or is trying his best to be – a Man of War?
A Murdered Dream
Give Obama his props. He has turned the tide against real reform at a time of generalized crisis, when the chances for creating a civilized healthcare system were most propitious. He is a wonderment!
“Much like Herbert Hoover, Barack Obama is a man attempting to realize a stirring new vision of his society without cutting himself free from the dogmas of the past—without accepting the inevitable conflict….
With their champion saddled with such baggage, it will be interesting to see when “Progressives for Obama” become extinct.
A Tiny Revolution is a Must Read Blog.
Let us not be distracted by The Elite’s Shining Little Objects that sway our attention from their dictates and policies of domination. Don’t allow their propaganda arms (commonly referred to as the MSM) to take your attention away from the real issues (as in the non-stop MSNBC Keith Olbermann coverage of Michael’s demise). For hours on end, we saw the top of the hospital and heard over and over again about the “King of Pop” being dead. I kept thinking that OJ Simpson’s Bronco would pop up at any moment and we could spend several hours watching that and reminiscing about how fun those days were.
Oh, and the only pinup model I ever actually “pinned up” on a wall died, too.
It’s like manna from heaven for the corporate media. Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” and Farrah Fawcett, the “It Girl,” have died on the same day. Details of these two tragic events will now dominate the media for more than a week and push vastly more important events into the shadows.
Obama and Congress plan to hand the entire U.S. economy over to an evil cartel of private banksters and inbred elitists, thus creating a dictatorship not answerable to the people. Meanwhile, the corporate media has gathered in a feeding frenzy over the death of a mentally disturbed music icon.
It is no longer news that the Fed will soon have the power to seize any company, from the corner hot dog stand to once mighty automotive corporations. Farrah Fawcett’s death by cancer is more important than the fact the government will soon usher in a form of corporatism – what Mussolini called fascism – of a magnitude and sophistication never before witnessed.
Earlier in the week, Rep. Ron Paul warned that Obama and Congress are working together to produce a complete economic collapse, and yet this did not even make a ripple in the corporate media news cycle.
Globalist Brent Scowcroft admits the CIA and the Pentagon are busy at work undermining the government of Iran and yet the media focuses on what appears to be the staged murder of a young woman in Tehran and does not bother to mention her death is obviously part of the overall diabolical scheme to meddle in Iran’s affairs and prepare for a shock and awe campaign to rival the one unleashed on Iraq with the horrific result of more than a million dead people.
Evidence abounds that the World Health Organization, the United Nations, big pharma and governments around the world at the behest of the international bankers are planning to unleash a bioweapon attack in the guise of a flu pandemic. Journalist Jane Burgermeister has presented compelling evidence of this plot (including the declaration of martial law and mandatory toxic vaccinations) and yet the corporate media is silent.
The documented existence of FEMA detention and work camps and mass grave sites for this engineered pandemic are ignored by the corporate media with the exception of a lame hit piece conducted by government disinfo operative Glenn Beck and his sidekick from the paragon of yellow journalism, Hearst publishing.
There are government encroachments aimed at liberty on all fronts — water rights, CPS snatching children across the country, numerous laws proposed to limit and diminish if not eliminate gun rights — and yet the corporate media focuses exclusively on the death of celebrities.
In 200 BC the Roman poet Juvenal wrote about the lamentable fact the masses had given up their birthright of political involvement and abdicated their duties for only two things — bread and circuses.
Our rulers have yet to hand out bread, but they have engineered alluring electronic circuses and grand distractions. In doing so they are leading the masses down the path to enslavement.
There is a lot of HooDoo going on about Gov Sanford’s liaison with his Argentinian sweetie (as a side a note, most Argentine women I have seen are drop dead gorgeous, but maybe I just look at the wrong magazines).
“Well, I went for a 4 day hike on the Appalachian trail“. Jesus, dude. You suck as a liar (which explains the R behind your name).
Anyway, what this does is open up the gallery for all the right-wing idiots clamoring all over themselves to be the next RayGun. Facing South has been on the spot regarding the missing Governor. Chris is also on spot regarding how this affects the upcoming presidential race in 2012.
The RGA (The Republican Governors Association) quickly announced that they are replacing Gov Sanford after he resigned his position. Found at Politico:
That was fast: The Republican Governors Association just announced that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour — already “in line” to take the chairmanship of the RGA — has assumed it.
” As a former RNC chairman and one of the best governors in the country, no one is better positioned to takeover as RGA chairman than Governor Barbour,” executive director Nick Ayers said in a statement.
Barbour is also a 2012 contender who sees the virtue of keeping his profile, for now, comfortably low, and one of the best-respected political minds in the Republican Party.
How low a profile is it when you do this?
It makes me wonder if all of this is intentional. Would Gov Sanford still be protecting the R Party for some reason? I mean, I know he has been an idiot and had his foolish stance shut down by his state congress via veto (which has to be extremely embarrassing). Maybe it is simply that Sanford was thinking with little head instead of the hollow one on his shoulders.
But as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”
Sanford is a clown who was playing diddly with a hot Latina woman and my bet is that it was about to become huge news. He circumvented the further destruction of the R Party (yeah, good luck with that one) by “coming out”. This also erases the the black eye that the “Stimulus Fighters” brought on themselves.
Is this the best that R’s have to offer? Or Palin?
Somehow I am convinced that there are enough ignorant rednecks that even this worthless bag of shit may actually get a chance. Nothing will surprise me with this country. And the clueless Yahoos who have brought us to this state we are in.
I have absolutley nothing else left to lose. The appointment with the attorney is Monday and I had to scrape up all my coins and borrow a bit just to pay the amount to file Chapter7.
Luckily, my business can be run with very little credit and if I continue to work smartly (only travel when it is a known, viable project; continue to focus on businesses that may upstart or grow with the economy, like solar, medical and, yes, military; and continue to look out for new and exciting products to add to my repertoire).
I am very concerned about health care: my wife’s issues and I do have controlled high blood pressure. I am most concerned about my daughter, tho and making sure I can keep her healthy.
So, after a couple of days of introspection and hard work with my business and garden, I have decided that the scope of this blog must change. I have never been one to hold back much, but I do hold back (believe it or not). Not any more.
The fact of the matter is that in most cases I have been extraordinarily prophetic (and correct) about the circumstances that face America and the rest of the world. I knew on 9-11-2001 that those buildings were brought down by something other than planes. I knew back then that W wanted to take out Saddam and invade Iraq and would look for any excuse to do so (following the PNAC dictate to a “T”). When W was getting all those rave reviews from you “progressives”, I took the side of Phil Donahue and Dennis Kucinich and KNEW damn well that it was all a bunch of lies. (What this means is that if you were part of the 90%+ approval rating of that ignorant fuck early on, you have no credibility, forethought or discernment) . Just a mindless sycophantic Sheople awaiting the slaughter.
I saw the financial thing long before many others even considered it newsworthy. I felt it in my business and saw it slowly trail off until I cannot seem to get an order (I lost one order, but all the rest are just sitting on their money until the economy starts to pick up: a never-ending cycle of “wait and starve”). I have been correct that the man that you, the dumbass Sheople in this country elected, was a lying sum-bitch. But you fell for it to spite Bush and the perceived “bad guys” (I’m talking to you pretend Progressives now). You lame-assed fuckers have elected a black Bush, even though you thought you were voting for the antithesis of Bush. It only proves what a bunch of ignorant assholes you are. He proves it with virtually every initiative and act.
The fact of the matter is that I have been correct and you, you stupid fuck heads have NOT been correct. So, if you truly want to try and correct things from your debacle, we need to address the 6 critical issues that this country must address as quickly as possible for us to try and salvage this country from those that are hell-bent on what can only be called Fascism (Friendly or unfriendly). Fascism is the corporate takover of a government and this is certainly the case for America. When that “corporate” entity includes the MIC, PIC, a controlled media and public, and a controlling Big Money/Fed Reserve, it will take a mass uprising to change things.
But you ignorant fucks are going to have to wake up and stop figting over their little wedge issues; come together and stand for truth and morality; get rid of these money grubbing politicians who are reaping huge benefits from stealing your money and taking the money from their Corporate cronies.
#1: Election Reform MUST take place. It should be publicly funded and the committees that control debates should NOT be the ones who fund and control the candidates. There should be no PAC money or any corporate funding allowed. Period. The DNC and RNC should have no say in who debates.
#2: We need to dissolve the Corporate Personhood. ONLY a human being should have the rights that were intended for us… Corporations should not be allowed any of these rights, as if they, too, were human.
#3: We must End The Fed and re-introduce a monetary system that is controlled by government, not the private banking systems.
#3A: We need to find, charge, and prosecute any and all of the bankers and thieves who brought the country to its knees.
#3B: we need every tax dollar back from the TARP and various banking bailouts and let those sorry, thieving mutherfuckers default and fail. Period.
4: We MUST introduce a Single-Payer, Not-for-profit healthcare system and totally eradicate the scurge we call “Health Insurance Companies”. In the meantime (please see #1), let’s vote out each and every asshole who has taken a single dime from these entities (including Obama, Baucus and all the other rich dickheads who are also “invested” in these very same companies). Each and every state needs to take out those sorry fuckers who won’t put the only viable system “on-the-table” (and goddamnit, stop agreeing with these lying assholes that the “Public Option” is a real option for Single Payer. It is NOT). It is just a weak-kneed population so easily swayed by bullshit that it is sickening.
#5: Stop The American Empire and Hegemony. We must stop spending over a $1Trillion a year of “defense” when their is nothing to defend ourselves from with military might. Everyone knows that Iraq is a damned lie (but your Messiah wants to continue the “war” and also fund the IMF with some of those funds). If you ignorant rednecks would simply get your head out of your ass, this is really quite simple: we are pouring money into other countries while we are falling totally apart here. Yet, you and your ignorant ass will argue about abortion and ACORN being the biggest issues that face us or that we are headed to Socialism (I wish).
#6: Stop the Prison Industrial Complex and Disable America’s Police State We must stop the imprisoning of marijuana/drug users and instill a real program for rehabilitation, instead of the feeding of the private Prison beast. At the same time, we need to implement studies of the medicinal value of marijuana and get rid of the wore-out and failed, “War on Drugs”. we need to educate cops that they are not above the law and to stop government funding of their coverups in abuse (police departments get money to defend against lawsuits for their actions and/or mistakes, instead of being held accountable)
More than anything else: WAKE THE FUCK UP!
This blog is ratcheting up the rhetoric. I have nothing to lose and don’t give a fuck. You can stick along for the BuelahRide or jump off now. But if you want real change, you better start listening to my redneck ass and actually begin to help. Otherwise, you will be in my spot shortly; broke, bankrupt and not a customer (family member) ready to offer even a crumb.
Which reminds me of a song:
Them that’s got, shall get
Them that’s not, shall lose
So the Bible said, and it still is news
Mama may have, and papa may have
God bless’ the child,
That’s got his own
That’s got his own
Yes the strong seem to get more
While the weak ones fade
Empty pockets don’t
Ever make the grade
As mama may have
And papa may have
God bless’ the child
That’s got his own
That’s got his own.
And when you got money,
You got a lots of friends
Crowdin’ ’round your door
When the money’s gone
And all you’re spendin’ ends
They won’t be ’round any more
No, no, no more
And rich relations
May give you
A crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don’t take too much
Mama may have
And your papa may have
But God bless’ the child
That’s got his own
That’s got his own
God bless’ the child who can stand up and say
I’ve got my own Ev’ry child’s, got to have his own!
It has finally happened. Healthcare costs have taken their ugly toll and I can say that I am flat broke.
I have been paying $1,173/month premiums to Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS (BCBS of TN would not sign us when we moved due to pre-existing conditions). As I informed a friend today, we were forced to drive over 7,000 miles last year alone, just to go to our doctors (Susan’s Psych is in Tupelo, over 1.5 hours one way). BuelahGirl’s money-grubbing Doctors would not cut out her adenoids and tonsils at the same time, so we had two surgery bills for her last year (then found out that her allergies were the culprit and that she could have been treated with allergy shots, which she is Now on and doing great).
BuelahLady has one medication that costs $800/month with out insurance coverage, so we can’t do without it. We simply MUST have the very thing that is slowly killing me: Health Insurance.
I finally convinced BuelahLady to do the one thing I swore many years ago I would never allow to happen in my family, ask for help. She signed up for Disability (and she is most certainly unable to work and hasn’t in many years). They say they always get turned down the first attempt, but any Doctor who sees her Xrays and views her history will well know that she has massive problems.
And I am in a bout of severe depression, the likes of which I have never experienced before. I am wallowing in the pity of failure: failure as a provider, failure as a husband and dad, and failure as an activist (trying to help bring change). Each day is more difficult to endure, simply because it appears that I am wasting my time. It appears no one is going to buy anything anytime soon and my intuition tells me that things will get much worse before they get better.
I can’t work any harder or try new strategies and customer prospects (I have exhausted most everything I can think of). All I know to do is spend every waking moment looking for new avenues to make money or provide food for my family.
I lost a sale last week that was supposed to end up being around 35 robots (each one paid me about $2K). Every deal I work on ends up either delayed, not carried forward, or as in this case, lost due to an integrator not knowing what he was doing and me not being able to correct the issues in time. It just seems that I am batting 0 and I cannot continue much longer.
That being said, it appears that I will be taking more time away from the computer and trying desperately to find something else to do to make money. I must also put more focus on my garden (which I worked on all weekend) to make sure I can have some food.
I have asked a few friends about bankruptcy, but no one has any advice. If you do know anything about it, I’d appreciate a few pointers.
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Iran: The USA needs to shut the fuck up…
This is not our issue!! And we have NO ROOM
The consequences of engaging Iran
By Kim Ghattas
BBC News, Washington
The White House has so far resisted calls to speak out more forcefully in support of Iranian demonstrators and shelve plans for a dialogue with Iran’s leadership.
But as reports of violent clashes between demonstrators and the feared Basij paramilitary forces emerged from Tehran, US officials said that a large-scale crackdown would change the tenor of statements coming out Washington.
Analysts and diplomats in the US have been exploring how President Barack Obama’s offer of engagement, combined with internal Iranian factors, may have contributed to the dynamic of events unfolding inside Iran.
Over the weekend, President Obama upped the ante ever so slightly as he warned Iran’s leaders that the world was watching.
“How they approach and deal with people who are, through peaceful means, trying to be heard will, I think, send a pretty clear signal to the international community about what Iran is and is not,” said Mr Obama in an interview with the CBS network on Friday.
In a statement on Saturday he added: “We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people.”
“ In offering negotiation and conciliation, [President Obama] has put the region’s extremists on the defensive ”
Despite some debate within the administration and vocal criticism of President Obama by Republicans accusing him of being weak for failing to taking a strong moral stand, there is generally a sense the White House has chosen the right tone so far – one it has carefully developed based on close consultations with Iran experts, inside and outside the administration.
The challenge has been threefold:
keeping faith with the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who have taken to the streets without undermining their credibility in a country where the US is routinely called the “great Satan”
condemning the violence used to quell the protesters without cutting off all chances of talks with Iran should the current leadership remain in power
maintaining a cautious tone in referring to the protesters without ending up on the wrong side of history should the opposition emerge on top at the end of the struggle
The measured approach and offer of talks, which was repeated this week, may have also been highly unnerving for Iran’s hardliners, who are more used to hostility from the West and whose positions were solidified during the Bush administration, which included Iran in the “axis of evil”.
“In offering negotiation and conciliation, [President Obama] has put the region’s extremists on the defensive,” wrote Senator John Kerry in the New York Times on Thursday.
Mr Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and former presidential candidate, now chairs the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.
While events unfolded slowly, Mr Kerry cautioned the administration against voicing strong support for the demonstrators or tougher condemnation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“Returning to harsh criticism now would only erase this progress, empower hardliners in Iran who want to see negotiations fail and undercut those who have risen up in support of a better relationship,” added Mr Kerry.
State department official Phillip Crowley said the offer of engagement appeared to have contributed to the dynamic of events in Iran even though “the debate is mostly among Iranians and about the future of Iran”.
“The offer of engagement by the president helped start a debate in Iran that was perhaps more robust than the Iranian government anticipated,” he said.
“In the midst of this debate, it would appear the government overreacted and the results of the election have lacked credibility in the eyes of the Iranian people.”
The US administration has been at pains to stress that the crisis in Iran is a domestic one and that it is up to the Iranians to decide who they want as their leaders.
And indeed, as they took to the streets, thousands of Iranians released years of pent-up frustrations and voiced their opposition to another Ahmadinejad presidency, angered by the last four years of worsening economic crisis, mismanagement, severe clamping down on social freedoms and increasing international isolation.
But many Iranians had also been hoping their country would have a more conciliatory president at the helm to capitalise on the opportunity presented by President Obama’s overtures.
Meanwhile analysts and Western diplomats say hardliners were probably working to ensure they remained the sole interlocutors with the outside world.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is thought to be averse to open confrontation with the West, while at the same reluctant to engage openly, especially with the US.
“I believe that Ahmadinejad and his entourage had been preparing this coup from within anyway, consolidating their power over the last four years,” said an Iranian-American journalist who wishes to remain anonymous to avoid reprisal during future travels to Iran.
“But the Obama offer for a dialogue also played a role.”
Authoritarian regimes often use outside threats, real or perceived, to rally their people around and silence internal dissent.
President Ahmadinejad’s core appeal as the man defending Iran and standing up to the West was suddenly undermined by Washington’s repeated calls for dialogue and gestures such as President Obama’s message for Iranian New Year and invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend 4 July celebrations held by US embassies around the world.
”Whereas the Bush administration united Iran’s disparate political factions against a common threat, Obama’s overtures have accentuated the deep divisions and incongruities among Iran’s political elites,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The Iranian-American journalist added that the offer had “made Ayatollah Ali Khamenei nervous. He had felt vulnerable when [reformist] President Mohammed Khatami was in power and wanted to make sure he remained fully in control of managing relations with the West”.
In this analysis, the elections were blatantly rigged.
Intent on preserving the status quo of a tandem between the supreme leader and a hardline president, the regime produced what it thought were sure-fire results.
“[Ayatollah Khamenei] miscalculated,” says Mr Sadjadpour.
“Political, economic, and social malaise had been brewing for many years and this ‘selection’ was for many people the last straw.”
In a letter to Iran’s top legislative body, the Guardian Council, opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi on Saturday accused the regime of planning the election rigging months in advance and he again called for the cancellation of the results.
Ironically, the supreme leader now finds himself faced with a “green revolution” just as Washington stopped calling for regime change in Iran.
So, although the outcome of the Iranian power struggle remains unclear, the unintended and indirect consequence of President Obama’s offer for dialogue may be to have succeeded where threats had previously failed – seriously rattling Iran’s hardline clerical establishment.
Engagement itself however will now probably have to be put on hold.
If you ever wanted a detailed documentary that traces the plight of America owned by the very rich and how they have been able to pull it off, this one is the best I have ever seen. I added a page dedicated to the entire film found here. Or you can watch the videos (broken down into Chapters) in their entirety here:
From their site:
Hijacking Humanity is the first film in the series, “The Cause Of Effect”. This series is designed to introduce and empower people with information that has been suppressed by The Powers That Be, because it is too profitable to Cartel Capitalism.
Hijacking Humanity covers the Origins of our Modern Media and Consumer Culture, The History of Banking and Currency, how Law and Commerce work to make us all Legal Persons, and some contextual information on False-Flag Terrorism.
You’ve got questions about the world around you, and Hijacking Humanity will set you on a path to find the REAL answers.
If you found the films Zeitgeist or Loose Change interesting, you’ll love Hijacking Humanity…
Here is the Trailer:
When I talk to people I get the feeling that they believe their lives belong to them and only to them; in part because as Americans they believe they are actually free people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Aside from this idea, that so many have no idea at all of what this country or their actual status in this place really is: People ought to know who is in charge of whether they live or die-shouldn’t they?
Back in the stone-age when Americans were extremely naive there was a phrase that went something like this: ‘America has a government of laws, not of men, where no man is above the law.’ That, given the entirety of the twenty-first century, is something that is definitely no longer ‘in vogue’.
America is a nation that unlike most other nations has chosen not to teach its people the real history of this country; because the true story is not a fit topic for polite discussion. For those interested, this video outlines the on-the-ground realities inside “Manifest Destiny” which set the tone for American Imperialism in this hemisphere; that has become the core for American international aggression around the world. (1)
Who we once were or might have been is behind us now. What we are now is what matters today; not just to us, but to the whole world that has been suffering beneath the colonial military-might of our Empirical aggressions, as never before. This has been directly due to the complicit actions of the totally corrupt Supreme Court and the cowardly Congress that have both colluded with the now criminal administrative branch to steal this nation from the people; the same people, that were supposedly the only reason for their existence as government officials in the first place.
Personal ‘Risk’ is a permanent part of every life; but what the New World Order is trying to do is to ‘rig’ the entire process of government at all levels; in order to eliminate any chance that anyone could ever again challenge whatever might pleasure the privatized world of the elites. This construct will never be able to stand for very long, we must end this now, along with the careers of all the key traitors at the top of this administration. Nature will not tolerate an out-of-balance world for long, and we’re already living on borrowed time.
The Congress of the United States surrendered early on to the takeover, when they gave-away their constitutional obligation to the idea of the ‘Commander-in-Chief’ as dictator over every aspect of the American government, instead of simply being what the office of Commander-in-Chief really is, which is strictly limited to absolute control over the US military. ?Bush apparently decided that the title meant that he was ‘Commander-in-Chief over all branches of this government, and possibly he even thought he might well be the ‘Commander-in-Chief of the World’ which would account for his total disregard for any international laws or borders on the planet.
So in 2002, when the Congress chose to abdicate its constitutional duties to ‘Advise and Consent’ on presidential appointments; they became fully fledged partners in crime together with the dictator who created “signing statements” as a permanent way to get around new laws that he chose to ignore (a practice that Obama has chosen to continue with-despite its illegality). What these acts have led to are what has created the runaway corruption of the government, on all levels. One of the by-products of these crimes will be the death of this nation that fails to conform to the dictates of the US Constitution upon which the Republic was supposedly-founded.
Today, the Supreme Court re-confirmed that it is firmly inside the coup that seeks to end Constitutional protections under the 14th Amendment that promised equal protection for all Americans, under the Constitution of the United States: The Supreme Court is nothing more now than a rubber stamp for the totalitarian policies of the fascist police state that owns this country.
“Supreme Court Denies Post-Conviction DNA Testing: Prisoners attempting to challenge their convictions have been dealt a major setback by the Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled Thursday that criminals do not have a constitutional right to DNA testing after their conviction. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said it is up to the states and Congress to decide who has a right to testing that might prove innocence long after conviction. In the dissenting opinion, John Paul Stevens wrote, “There is no reason to deny access to the evidence and there are many reasons to provide it, not least of which is a fundamental concern in ensuring that justice has been done.” The Innocence Project says DNA testing has exonerated 240 people nationwide, at least seventeen of whom had been sentenced to die.”
Since 911, the public has begun to finally see that the crimes of that day are the product of the inside-job that it was; a massive-crime that was created to furnish cover for the takedown of this Republic. This act was designed and planned from the inside, in the name of ‘fighting a false terrorism’ that was initiated by Al Qaeda; a CIA created branch of the federal government in good standing on September 10, 2001, that was magically transformed on September 11, 2001, into ‘this nation’s worst nightmare.’ Nine-Eleven was a criminal act against the people of the United States; carried out by traitors within this government in collaboration with Israel and Britain.
This false-flag mass-murder was supposedly the reason for our presence, in Afghanistan (where we went to chase down Osama bin Laden): But the real reason we bombed Afghanistan back to the Stone Age was because of a Unocal pipeline that needed to pass through Afghanistan which was hostile to that effort. The attacks upon Afghanistan were planned and prepared for over a year before 911, which simply provided the excuse for our initial attacks on that country. The current president of that country, Ahmid Karzi, is a former official of Unocal, and everything that’s happened since flows directly from the needs of the oil companies and their pipeline plans in the Middle-East. In the end this has not worked for us, especially for those that are cursed with having to pay for all of these crimes that have no-end-in-sight. (2)
What do we say to those who have lost loved ones on 911, or in the six years of these phony wars that continue to destroy so many lives; while our military machine-without-conscience, continues to slaughter millions of innocent people simply because the privatized global powers of the multi-national bankers and the munitions makers along with the oil companies are seeking ever greater record profits?
The administrations answer was to label everyone and anyone that actually could be seen to be doing anything real as “heroes,” when the truth is and was that in America today there is no longer any standard of behavior for ordinary, much less for exemplary behavior. What happened to honor, to self-responsibility and to living the thoughts and words we use to describe the world we are forced to live in today?
The US, with Israel as its mouthpiece, is a rogue nation; a lawless but very public collection of criminals, that have become the greatest threat to peace in the world today. The fascinating thing is that this is truer now than it was under the treasons of Cheney-Bush; and still the public is not moved to question or resist this takeover of their lives and dreams, by this charade of creatures that have come to kill all of us that have rejected them!
We have reached the point in history where ‘ideas’ are no longer the stuff of knowledge or parts of the pathway that can lead humanity out of this dark-night-of-the-soul that we are racing to construct where once there was a country. No – we have allowed the Zionists and their New World Order to classify our thoughts and words into thought-crimes and possible prison-terms for any that maintain their right to think and speak freely in that marketplace of ideas that America once so proudly proclaimed, as an integral part of the heritage of the new nation. In Cheney-Bush-Obama’s world it will soon become a crime to be a human being.
It matters very much “Who Owns Us” but if this farce continues unchecked; then we shall be thoroughly and completely reduced to the nothingness that we are embracing by our failure to commit to ending this nightmare, before it is too late.
1) Nicaragua A Nations Right to
2) The American Empire is Bankrupt
Bankster Bailouts of 2008/09 Exceed Over 200 Years of Major Government Spending
Of course, the best way to understand who owns who is to hear George Carlin explain it perfectly:
Using his law enforcement experience and data drawn from the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit, Jim Kouri has collected a series of personality traits common to a couple of professions.
Kouri, who’s a vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has assembled traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others.
These traits, Kouri points out in his analysis, are common to psychopathic serial killers.
But — and here’s the part that may spark some controversy and defensive discussion — these traits are also common to American politicians. (Maybe you already suspected.)
Yup. Violent homicide aside, our elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut-jobs, who run from police but not for office.
Kouri notes that these criminals are psychologically capable of committing their dirty deeds free of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences and with absolutely no remorse.
“This allows them to do what they want, whenever they want,” he wrote. “Ironically, these same traits exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society including political officeholders.”
Which also provided the following graphic with link to Freedom’s Phoenix
If you ever doubted that Mr Obama was allied with powers that do not equate to the best vision and opportunity for America, take no further look than the financial plan that has been devised by the very Foxes who killed and ate all the chickens. The very ones who were instrumental in the biggest fraud ever to confront us as a nation are now being pushed upon us as the over seers of their own criminal activities. InfoWars has an article that breaks down their idea of what is happening and it appears to be pretty close (h/t DeProgram):
President Obama’s plan to give the privately-owned and unaccountable Federal Reserve complete regulatory oversight across the entire U.S. economy, which is likely to be enacted before the end of the year, will officially herald the beginning of a new form of government in the United States – an ultra-powerful banking dictatorship controlled by a small gaggle of shadowy and corrupt elitists.
The new rules would see the Fed given the authority to “regulate” any company whose activity it believes could threaten the economy and the markets.
This goes a step further than the centrally planned economies of the Soviet Union or Communist China, in that the Federal Reserve is not even accountable to the U.S. government, it is a private entity that according to former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, is accountable to nobody but the banking families that own it.
Obama’s regulatory “reform” plan is nothing less than a green light for the complete and total takeover of the United States by a private banking cartel that will usurp the power of existing regulatory bodies, who are now being blamed for the financial crisis in order that their status can be abolished and their roles handed over to the all-powerful Fed.
It appears to me that they smell an audit and are going to finally make the ultimate grab for power (with a complicit Democratic Party).
Most Americans, especially rednecks, do not understand that The Federal reserve is NOT “Federal” (owned or controlled by this country or our government). The Fed is privately owned by the ultra rich. The Fed can control interest rates and the “boom/bust” cycles we have seen over the years. Remember that these people make money off of every dollar produced because they charge interest on every dollar they print. This is important to understand. Our country is OWNED by Rich Bastards (many aren’t even American, nor live here or pay taxes here).
To me, not only is it time to audit The Fed, it is high time we End The Fed and implement a Greenback system, just like Lincoln did. Disappointingly, we can’t audit them because they are unaccountable. Alan Greenspan even said as much a year ago; that the Fed is above the law (at 7:40 in the video below):
I don’t know about you, but stuff like this steams this old redneck up. Thank goodness that ALL of congress isn’t corrupt and owned by these bankers or their minions. One American Patriot is sponsoring HR Bill 1207 which is gaining more and more signatories:
If Obama’s Friendly Fascist plan is not stopped, the latest power grab will congeal all powers to that private bank.
How can we allow this to happen? How can we, as Americans, allow these thieves to take full control? Are going to let them “oversee” our entire system?
This is precisely what many of our country’s Founding Fathers warned us against (not to mention countless others since). Here is just one:
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds…our people.. must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live.. We have not time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers. Our landholders, too…retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury, must…be contented with penury, obscurity and exile.. private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance.
This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in it’s train wretchedness and oppression.”
Allowing private, unaccountable entities to control our money making process is certain doom (we are living it today and they don’t even have total control at this moment). They want this power while this entire breakdown is upon us. They know it is going down and they want to control it all.
I believe they are afraid that the movement to audit and SHUT DOWN The Fed is taking serious traction and will fight this tooth and nail. This will show us who is owned and who is not within Congress.
One person who definitely is NOT owned by these crooks and scum is one of my personal heroes, Dennis Kucinich:
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of new financial regulations that includes increasing the oversight authority of the Federal Reserve (the Fed):
“Before Congress gives the Fed any new authority, we must thoroughly examine the Fed’s response to our current economic crisis.
“Since August 2007 the Fed has intervened in the economy in an extraordinary way, as a result ballooning their balance sheet from $847 billion to more than $2 trillion. Yet, we still don’t know what the Fed has done or who got the money. That is why I introduced the bipartisan HR 2424, which would grant the GAO the authority to audit the Fed’s response to our nation’s economic crisis, a response that has dwarfed the $700 billion TARP program by more than 2 to 1.
“Before we grant the Fed any new authority, we must demand greater transparency from the Fed; an earnest and open audit of the Federal Reserve’s response to the economic crisis would be a significant step in the right direction. We can’t continue to let the Fed operate within a black box.”
Kucinich used the text of HR 2424 in an amendment to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Improvement Act of 2009 during its markup in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The amendment was adopted unanimously. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is charged with overseeing government policy and often relies on the GAO.
The Empire is falling and they want to ensure full control by forcing Americans to be beholden to the crooked Fascist cartel.
Let me be clear: all you right wing rednecks who think Obama is a Socialist… I can only WISH that were true. As my buddy Kelso aptly named the man and the administration (and the American government, in general): Friendly Fascists
Socialism would be dream land compared to Obama’s Friendly Fascism. (And from the looks of it, the friendly part is about to disappear)
Now the kneejerk reaction is to ask what this has to do with being a patriot. You must understand that Patriotism is not always meant as being nationalistic (or worse, jingoistic). Patriotism can be defined as devotion to humanity and beneficence.
As he was presenting an essay (click the link and read it… very nicely done) to an assembly at South Sound High School in Gig Harbor, WA, he fired up a doob, took a few hits as he spoke then ate it. He knew precisely what was going to happen and was prepared for the consequences. He said later, “Whether you agree with me or not that marijuana should be legal, I hope you see and respect that I stood on principle and stood up for something I believe in.”
If you bother to read his essay (it is fairly long, but precise and chock full of historical and scientific data) you will note that he is extremely well informed on the subject and isn’t simply a “couch sitting pot head” (whatever that may mean).
BTW: whether or not the other kids in school agreed with his stance, many look to him as a hero.
You can see him fire up here.
Speaking of fired up: I have been traveling very heavy the last two days with limited posting time or time to follow up with comments (and people, I appreciate them very, very much). Another long day today, but my hopes are to close some big accounts. We are dying on the vine (as I told a friend recently).
Something in the water “over there”. But now that Mr Obama is “over there” it is obvious he has now swallowed gallons of that very tainted water. In fact, they seem to have water boarded his ass with that nasty water.
Methinks that it has absoultely NOTHING, whatsoever, to do with water. It has everything to do with political expediency, deceit and speakers who will say anything they need to say to a particular audience to convince them that he is on their side and wants the same thing as they do.
In Mississippi we call people like that, “Damned Liars”.
Isn’t it amazing to you Obamaphobes that you can listen to this man, on those two past occasions, then consider him today and still support him without being so damned angry it makes you want to spit nails? It makes me feel like you are as stupid as you appear.