Its over. Man, we got close that time. Our leader told us the worst is over and the recession is lifting AND we avoided a major depression.
Whew! Thank God we had him to ram rod all these wonderful, economy-saving techiques in place, eh?
One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse, and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted -– immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.
I want to say a couple of things here. First, the man voted FOR the freaking bailouts and has taken huge amounts of money from the very thieving assholes who did this to us. I will NOT allow you to say, “you inherited” shit, when you were complicit in its implementation. You have done nothing to stop those two wars and contrarily, have opened up even more avenues of death and carnage. The government debt is taken care of, isn’t it? By me and all my fellow Americans. Don’t take credit for shit that you and your corrupt bunch of thieving minions created and WE, the real Americans in this country, are paying for. We are not given hope by your false economic indicators, for we are living the truth, Mr Obama.
The Ivory Towers have no clue or you are a part of the devastation, so please, STFU about what you and your evil administration has done. You have done nothing but make the matter far worse, which makes me believe it is orchestrated and purposeful. You paid off the cronies from Wall Street and all those lobbyists that YOU said would never be a part of your administration.
Look, rednecks, evidence shows what an idiot or liar he is.
I can drive down any street in this town and see the devastation (businesses shut down, run down or at death’s door). I can read any article online, in print and, yes, even on the boob tube and see that this shit ain’t no where near over. It is just getting started.
The outcome of what appears to be the orchestrated game plan is to demolish the USA economy, take as much of the wealth from the mases as possible, depend upon the military to keep the debtors off our back and to make a huge run for all the resources in the world for us to TAKE and use and leave those people who own them destitute and/or dead (preferably). THIS IS THE APPEARANCE of things to me.
Now there may be some of you who still believe that the man is just doing the best he can with what he has to work with. To you, eat shit and grow up. Look at reality. Think back just a couple of years, listen to the words he said and then watch his actions. If you STILL think that motives are honorable, you are a fool and a real problem for America.
World Prout had the following article by The Economic Collapse that points out 11 signs that The Foundations of the US Economy have been Destroyed
#1) When even Wal-Mart is closing stores you know things are bad. Wal-Mart announced on Monday that it will close 10 money-losing Sam’s Club stores and will cut 1,500 jobs in order to reduce costs. So if even Wal-Mart has to shut down stores, what chance do other retailers have?
#2) Americans are going broke at a staggering pace. 1.41 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009 – a 32 percent increase over 2008.
#3) American workers are working harder than ever and yet making less. After adjusting for inflation, pay for production and non-supervisory workers (80 percent of the private workforce) is 9% lower than it was in 1973. But those Americans who do still have jobs are the fortunate ones.
#4) Unemployment is absolutely exploding all over the United States. Minority groups have been hit particularly hard. For example, unemployment on many U.S. Indian reservations is over 80 percent.
#5) Unfortunately the employment situation is showing no signs of turning around. December was actually the worst month for U.S. unemployment since the so-called “Great Recession” began.
#6) So just how bad are things when compared to past recessions? During the 2001 recession, the U.S. economy lost 2% of its jobs and it took four years to get them back. This time the U.S. economy has lost more than 5% of its jobs and there is no sign that the bleeding of jobs will stop any time soon.
#7) Can you imagine trying to get your first job in this economic climate? Our young men and women either can’t get work or have given up on work altogether. The percentage of Americans 16 to 24 who have jobs is 13 percent lower than ten years ago.
#8) So where did all the jobs go? Over the past few decades we have allowed the corporate giants to ship mountains of American jobs overseas, and there are signs that this trend is only going to get worse. In fact, Princeton University economist Alan S. Blinder estimates that 22% to 29% of all current U.S. jobs will be offshorable within two decades. So get ready for even more of our jobs to be shipped off to Mexico, China and India.
#9) All of these job losses are leading to defaults on mortgages. Over the past couple of years we have seen the American Dream in reverse. According to a report that was just released, delinquent home loans at government-controlled mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac surged 20 percent from July through September.
#10) But that is nothing compared to what is coming. A massive “second wave” of mortgage defaults is getting ready to hit the U.S. economy starting in 2010. In fact, this “second wave” is so frightening that even 60 Minutes is reporting on it.
#11) Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has announced that it made a record profit of $46.1 billion in 2009. Apparently during this economic crisis it is a very good time to be a bankster.
I don’t know about you, but I have witnessed and acknowledged every one of these indicators. Massive job losses still on the way. And, don’t be a putz: just because the manipulated stock market or those huge bonueses are being paid out to the Elite bankers, this helps you in ZERO ways. Neither of those indicators indicate jack shit, except that they are getting richer while us poor-assed rednecks are dying on the vine. It indicates that they are stealing our treasury, enriching themselves and putting us into a debt that can NEVER be paid for. DO YOU UNDERTSAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS?
How many times can you borrow money knowing you can never pay it back?
(Yeah, that is real life, and what our leadership experiences is not real life)
There are but two options I can think of when this occurs. Either I go bankrupt (which I did last summer) or I load the weapons and tell the creditors, come and get it, for I ain’t giving it willingly.
What did America do?
I don’t know why I put myself thru it, but I noticed that Dennis Kucinich was going to be on the Ed Show and wanted to hear what he had to say in regards to the POTUS’s speech and his plan for health care (not INSURANCE) reform.
View the clip here.
One thing that you won’t see in that clip (or in any clip I can find) was the very next guest that Ed brought on to totally discount Mr Kucinich. Ed gave Jonathan Alter much more and uninterrupted air time so he could offer the contrary view that just happens to go along with the POTUS. Just ram the bill thru and work from there. But as Dennis points out, the entire bill is a non-starter and a sham. It is nothing more than forcing people to buy insurance when they can’t afford it, anyway.
Jonathan Alter is nothing more than a media clown who knows where his bread gets its butter. The main point, tho, is how a Congressman, elected multiple times and ran for the presidency, is simply shrugged off by this foolish little man. Who, in their right mind, would give Alter more credence than Kucinich?
Of course you won’t hear the entire argument, for they would not allow Dennis to rebut the idiocy Jonathon (then the ass-kissing Ed Shultz) spread out for you rednecks.
Jesus Christ, I know better than to watch that shit.
Notice that you can’t find the clip of Jonathon coming in and discounting Kucinich and saying “He’s wrong.” But all those gullible assholes who gobble this shit up every night saw it.
There is no doubt in my mind that these corrupt sycophants know exactly what they are doing and who’s direction they follow. It has nothing, whatsoever, to do with what is best for this country.
For, as Mr Obama said in that clip, “show me”. How can you show someone something when they won’t open their eyes due to the money stacks that disallow it?
I’ve been screaming the answer for well over a year now. The bastard just says shit, but cares nothing for the real answers. Empty suit and a lying asshole.
I just don’t swallow.
Or maybe I just think, critically:
Have you ever wondered about all the amazing coincidences that occur that always seem to get quickly swept down the memory hole? To me, it is amazing how certain events occur simultaneously or at the precise correct time to implement a preconceived goal.
One of my favorites is the video below from Sept 10, 2001. This video is of Sec of Def Rumsfeld as he discusses his newly declared war against the Pentagon Bureaucracy. You see, just one day before that horrible false flag event, Mr Rumsfeld came out and started to explain that so much money is wasted and unaccounted for that it could “be a matter of life and death”. They couldn’t track $2.3TRILLION.
WHAT? $2.3T and we are having a financial crisis right? What a coincidence.
Anyway, we know they are thieves of the highest order. The thing that gets me is that since 9/11, this has basically fallen off the map.
How about the strange coincidence that VP Cheney was heading NORAD on that fateful day. A practice “coincidentally” started just a couple of months before and NEVER before done in the entire history of the USA. In other words, this devilish man took the reigns of the most sophisticated air defense system in the world and just “coincidentally” the attackers got thru and did Mr Cheney’s bidding (or whichever personification of Beelzebub he was taking at the time). Or that on that very day, 9/11, we were actually conducting war games that mimic the occurrences of that day… the hijacking of airplanes.
Or that on 7/7 when London was bombed in their subways, there was “coincidentally” the very same war game occurring. Security details were doing a live war game regarding terrorists blowing up buses and subways. ON THAT VERY DAY.
What a coincidence, huh?
Well, this brings me to the most recent coincidence to occur and it revolves around Haiti and the earthquake. A couple of days ago, I wrote about it and mentioned HAARP. My bud, Tengrain, also added some commentary and we both seem to agree that it “sounds” far fetched that humans have the technology to control weather, or much less, an earthquake. Since that day, I have slowly investigated the issue and found that Sec of Def Cohen (during the Clinton Admin) said that the technology was available already back then. This ain’t some old dumbass redneck like me. This is a man that should know what he is talking about.
As much as I find it difficult to comprehend and/or believe, I keep coming back to HAARP and the reports I have read. Then today I read Stephen Lendman’s piece, “Haiti’s Eathquake: Natural or Engineered” and I found the amazing “coincidence” that preceded this event.
ViVe said the US Navy may have had “full knowledge” of the test’s damage potential, and speculated it was why Deputy Southern Command General PK Keen was in Haiti when the quake struck, preparing to act in case of a disaster, perhaps an engineered one. In his January 21 Global Research article, Michel Chossudovsky said:
“A Haiti disaster relief scenario had been envisaged at the headquarters of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami one day prior to the earthquake (since) pre-disaster simulations pertain(ing) to the impacts of a hurricane in Haiti” were conducted.
A “communication-information tool” called the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project (TISC) “links non-government organizations with the United States (government and military) and other nations for tracking, coordinating and organizing relief efforts.”
When the quake struck, TISC was in “an advanced stage of readiness.” The next day, SOUTHCOM implemented the system. “The (DOD’s) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)” set up a relief effort among “a range of Defense units and various” NGOs and aid groups operating “as part of a carefully planned military operation.” Did DOD have advance knowledge of the quake so could act immediately when it struck? Was the drill’s timing a coincidence or something more sinister?
One day prior to the event, there were plans implemented in case there was a disaster in Haiti. Not only that, but the dude in charge of our forces there was available the day the earthquake hit… supposedly IN Haiti.
It appears to me that either America has been hit with a hurricane of coincidences or something is being engineered.
Let me know what you think.
BTW: this may be a good time to watch Jesse Ventura’s new program that focused on the HAARP phenomena. I have added a page for all his shows. Click here to view the Main Conspiracy Theory page and here for the HAARP episode.
And of course there will be thousands of poor, right-wing sycophantic fools that will gobble up the insane rhetoric as if there is truth to it (just because some southern scumbag Pol who gets his damned money from the ones he protects says that he thinks it is best to cut spending). And, of course, with the empowered Democratic party base, they will change their anti-war focus and do anything the Messiah (POTUS Obama) tells them to do.
This simple fact should be enough for any real anti-war or peace activist to call the sycophants on their ass kissing. But I won’t hold my breath because an ass kissing sycophant is indiscernible from party. Whatever their favorite object of worship dictates, they fall all over themselves to make themselves approved in the Messiah’s light. That is why Crooks and Liars, Daily Kos and the whole host of “liberal” blogs have turned into nothing more than yes men intent on keeping the masses brainwashed as they are. Clowns. Oh, and the “conservative” blogs are even more worthless.
Funny how the “cut spending” argument NEVER seems to take in to account our largest out lying costs by any stretch: our Empire. I have addressed the amount of spending at this blog many times (here, here and here and many more places). One of my favorite charts and earliest posts on the subject is found here (this chart compares the spending we do in America on energy sources across all the areas of society compared to military spending). It is excellent, because it scales the dollar value and it is unmistakable that we spend far more money than any enemy we have (or group of enemies). But worse, we spend more than the rest of the world combined.
One of my favorite blogs is Glen Greenwald’s and I focus on his work often. He has become a truly independent voice of reason, whereas one of my other past favorite legal blogs (Jonathon Turley) has become a mouthpiece for the MSM. Normally, his blog is prescient and on top of the issue, but lately, the man keeps spreading bogus propaganda against America’s latest enemy of the state, Venezuela and Hugo Chavez.
Yet, opposed to his normal fashion, he refuses to check to see what other information can be gathered and trusts CNN as a sole source.
I always find it amazing when a person I respect normally, finds some way to totally betray their normal behavior. No, I cannot say unequivocally that he is doing his master’s bidding, but I can say (and have on his blog) that he is incorrect and is now spreading the same type of lying rhetoric that Bush and those that Jonathon so vehemently dissected during their terms. I find that Mr Turley is basically another party clown, by many measures. He should turn off the TV, but that might mean he gets no more air time on MSNBC, GE’s darling Liberal channel).
Nevertheless, I find that Glenn, again, is superior in every way in his analysis (no matter what the subject matter) and that he does his best to stay even keeled and without prejudice. Just a cursory look at both blogs proves the vast difference in content. Turley was great as a Bush basher (and this is where he made is entry into the mainstream). But, he is terrible when it comes to being the mouthpiece for Military propaganda and it has cost him a regular visitor.
Glenn, however, penned this, “The sanctity of military spending” and he is NOT afraid to call a spade a spade (wherein, it seems that depending upon the subject matter, to Jonathon a spade is sometimes nothing more than a plastic spoon).
In the article, Glenn explains the intended social cuts, but then does what I do, focuses on the unheralded PROBLEM that is ravaging our men and women (and our treasury). This is a reason I believe Glenn is an American hero and Patriot.
The facts about America’s bloated, excessive, always-increasing military spending are now well-known. The U.S. spends almost as much on military spending as the entire rest of the world combined, and spends roughly six times more than the second-largest spender, China. Even as the U.S. sunk under increasingly crippling levels of debt over the last decade, defense spending rose steadily, sometimes precipitously. That explosion occurred even as overall military spending in the rest of the world decreased, thus expanding the already-vast gap between our expenditures and the world’s. As one “defense” spending watchdog group put it: ”The US military budget was almost 29 times as large as the combined spending of the six ‘rogue’ states (Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria) who spent $14.65 billion.” To get a sense for how thoroughly military spending dominates our national budget, consider this chart showing where Americans’ tax revenue goes:
Since much of that overall spending is mandatory, military spending — all of which is discretionary — accounts for over 50% of discretionary government spending. Yet it’s absolutely forbidden to even contemplate reducing it as a means of reducing our debt or deficit…
He goes on to explain that Mr Obama actually ran on expanding the military. In fact, this spending is breaking us: financially, morally and in the number of needlessly killed and maimed soldiers of whom I love and respect greatly. We are spreading the tentacles across the world, spending money like the worst drunken sailor alive, yet we will not take care of our own.
My question to each and every redneck alive today: is this ok with you? Is it ok to spend all that money, killing all those people, taking all their shit and then take away the only real protection your little old mother has… Social Security?
Are you that stupid? Really?
Wake up, folks. It is almost too late. For even if we were spending far more on Social stuff, I think that is exactly what our taxes are for. I sure as hell don’t care about paying a tax that is used to lie me into believing another invasion excuse. I’d rather every bit of my money go to taking care of those who need the help. Iraq didn’t need our help. Yemen doesn’t. Afghanistan, Pakistan, ANY OF THEM. All liess. They do not need our military aid. Stop believing the bullshit.
As Glenn ends his article, we see that the goober gobbling media is joining in on the cary stroy, ensuring that all of us simply shit our pants and trust our government to take care of us:
Apparently, it’s breaking news — meriting screaming red-alert headlines — that Al Qaeda would like to (“aims to”) acquire WMDs and use them against the U.S. But we should all try to remain a little calm, at least. I’m sure if we just buy some more fighter jets, create some better underground bombs, invade a few more Muslim countries, keep more Muslims imprisoned forever with no charges, give the Pentagon, the CIA and their private contractors a lot more unaccounted-for cash and stay out of their way, expand our domestic spying networks even further through private sector telecom contracts, pour tens of billions of dollars more into the coffers of our Middle East client states, and kill a few more civilians with drones, this problem will be handled. It’s just a matter of making sure we bulk up our military budget — and Look Forward, not Backward to what was done in the past — and we’ll be able to Stay Safe from this Terrorist-WMD menace.
As for the deficit, no need to worry about that. We can just freeze programs for national parks and cut Social Security and Medicare.
WTF happened to this child??? Moral and Social Protective Systems everywhere are shot to hell!!!!!
A 12-year-old boy whose mother was convicted of raping him was also allegedly raped at a boarding school and while under the care of the foster family he was subsequently placed with, police suspect.
In 2008, the boy’s mother, of Netivot, was arrested for raping her son and his younger brother in what she said was “vengeance against my husband.” Now, police suspect that the boy’s nightmare of sexual assault continued after the state placed him in a boarding school and under the care of a foster family.
The boy stayed at a boarding school in Bnei Brak after his father, who had since remarried, refused to take him due to objections by his new spouse. He spent weekends and holidays with a foster family from central Israel located by his father.
The boy’s foster mother filed a police complaint against her 51-year-old husband in December at a Rosh Ha’ayin police station, alleging that her husband regularly sodomized the boy. The couple are in the midst of divorce proceedings.
The woman also told police that the boy was sexually assaulted by his councilor at the boarding school.
The councilor, 30, has confessed to police and is expected to be indicted by state prosecutors this week. The boy’s foster father was arrested on Sunday night after having disappeared and apparently evaded police. He has denied all charges.
The woman who lodged the complaint is suspected of not reporting the alleged abuse for several months despite being aware of it.
Police say the boy is facing extreme emotional hardships. He has been sent to a new foster family in a different city.
I want to know what happened to his brother… and the fact that one woman took awhile before she reported the sexual abuse by her husband seems to give her no credit for finally working through fear or whatever and getting it reported!
During the Cold War serious protocols were set to protect the Americans and Soviets in case of a first strike and even more vigorous protocols were in place regarding how to respond to it. Unlike conventional weapons, nuclear weapons are counter-value weapons, which do not distinguish between civilian and military targets – they will destroy all.
There has been a great deal of discussion on the prevention and deterrence of a nuclear strike on Israel by Iran. Most assume the missile would originate from Iran. But with US airpower in Iraq and Afghanistan, multitudes of Awacs and electronics in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations, and with NATO ships with sophisticated electronics positioned in the Persian Gulf, it is doubtful that missiles could make their way from Iran to Israel. However, missiles could easily be launched from locations much closer to Israel. There is so much instability in the region that it would be easy for a rogue nation to entice one or more proxies to act on its behalf.
While Iranian plans for nuclear self-sufficiency were born in the early 1970s and are the focus of a great deal of national pride, achieving nuclear capability during President Ahmadinejad’s tenure is said to be a mandate of the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC). With the IRGC’s significant influence and control over the Iranian economy, security, public policy and military, the goal will undoubtedly be reached.
We cannot ignore the potential uses for this nuclear capability once it is developed. Perhaps one of the few things that could shift Iranian public opinion regarding weaponization of nuclear power, and cascade the current public opposition to the regime, would be a large-scale accident in one of IRGC’s many nuclear facilities. This is a significant risk as the IRGC is rushing to get there and may be cutting corners in the process.
Operating a multibillion-dollar enterprise inside Iran and across the globe, while directing nuclear research and development, the IRGC would have little interest in an Armageddon, at least in the short term. Having said that, there is a significant desire to cause turmoil and damage to those who are perceived as enemies of the state – Israel and the United States being at the top of the list.
WITH IRAN on a fast track towards military dictatorship and swept up in serious expansionist ideology, the prospect of being a target for second strike as a direct result of attacking Israel would not be very appealing to the IRGC.
Given its significant investments in strategic planning in conventional and unconventional military engagement, and following established patterns (Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen), it seems unlikely that a IRGC would launch the first strike directly from Iran. It is more likely that this would be put into motion by an IRGC proxy much closer to Israel. The IRGC could then embark on conventional warfare to cover its tracks. With media and public opinion generally unsympathetic to Israel, it is not beyond belief that Iran could convince people or develop doubts in people’s minds that the nuclear first strike was instead conventional warfare striking Israel’s own nuclear war-heads and giving the impression of a nuclear attack.
A first strike on Israel would also present a convenient opportunity for Israel’s enemies to engage in further destruction. Israel, perceived as weakened and vulnerable, might be seen as ripe for a multi-pronged attack by those who want to see the Jewish state destroyed. In fact it would be far easier for the IRGC to let the Arabs finish the job all on their own. Strategically, the IRGC’s expansionist strategies would work perfectly in the aftermath of such events.
A first strike from a closer proximity would be devastating to Israel, possibly irrecoverable, considering Israel’s size versus the coverage of the strike. Being somewhat larger, Iran would survive a second strike by Israel quite well. Not only might a first strike on Israel eliminate its capacity to launch a second strike from land, but Israel might also find it hard to justify launching an attack on Iran if the first strike originated from a third country. That would only bring more international condemnation of Israel. With any missile launched towards Israel from anywhere having potential to be ”the one,” Israel’s future military success will be defined by how well it can address incoming missiles of any kind. Investment in anti-ballistic missile technologies will continue to be a priority.
A first strike on any location in Israel would have devastating impact on the Palestinian population as well, including those in the Gaza and the West Bank. A strike on Tel Aviv would not be felt only in Tel Aviv, but would have a much larger impact in the region, perhaps as far as Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Egypt.
Whether the IRGC uses the nuclear threat as a bargaining chip to deter any military action against it, or to strengthen its proxies such as Hizbollah and Hamas in the region, they all point to an expansionist agenda for the IRGC. Some may say that Israel, as the common foe, has united some Arabs with the Persians, and it wouldn’t make sense to destroy the unifying force. On the other hand, the IRGC might find delivering the first strike to the most powerful country in the region an irresistible and impressive military demonstration of its own power.
At the end of the cold war the two superpowers realized that no matter how many nuclear warheads they aimed at one another, thermonuclear war would not be in their or the rest of the world’s best interests. This realization resulted in further talks, and an understanding.
The Iranian administration will eventually realize that annihilation of Israel and 7.5 million Jews would have reciprocal impact on its own existence and that of its proxies, even if they use one of those proxies to launch the first strike.
I would of much rather our government of said… ” Hey we are going to take your son’s and daughter’s overseas to some strategic areas so we can occupy them to keep Isreal safe”. At least as we buried our children we would of, in some way, had a drop less insanity going on with the pain! Plus we wuld of been able to voice a true and actual protest that mattered. Geeeeece.
Just like Jason, he keeps coming back for more.
Osama comes out of the woodwork to take credit for the miserably failed panty bomber attack. To me this is amazing, considering that around 20 people used box cutters to take control of planes and the entire NORAD system of defenses and then bring down those humongous buildings with weaponized jets creating more dust than demolition explosive experts create in their line of work.
20+ (including their fearless leader, Osama) brought America to her shivering, sniveling knees in fear and total complacent following of each and every value and liberty reducing/eliminating action our leaders TOLD us we needed so they could protect us.
Then, after all of these years of their preparation to “defend us”, a simpleton (or drug-induced patsy) was able to sneak a bomb in his panties and then fart a small flame to freak us all out (enough so that most of us don’t mind showing our junk to the TSA mindless idiots (if you travel, you know what I’m talking about… these people are not the brightest crayons in the box). I wonder how many $BILLIONS have been spent already in preparation for such an event and then this happens? Coincidence? I laugh in your face at your foolish folly.
But to the point at hand… Jason Bin Laden keeps coming back, over and over, at the most critical times for propaganda. But there is a rub. Just look at how Scott Creighton describes the illusion in America Everyman‘s article entitled,
But now Osama bin Laden is channeling himself on the Umar Fizzlepants topic at a time when it seems that our new president may have already wiggled himself off the hook. That’s right folks, Osama has “officially” confirmed what the FBI claims Umar ”confessed” to; that he is in fact… al Qaeda.
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden issued a new audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt in Detroit and vowed further attacks. MSNBC
What gets me about this, is that it is another example of how decrepid and morally bankrupt the journalism industry has become these days. The industry itself has become nothing more than a parade of millionaire whores working for the propaganda ministry and whatever globalist regime happens to occupy our White House at the time. There is no real journalism anymore. The entire profession is littered with prostitutes and dim-witted sycophants who forgot long ago what it means to possess even the slightest modicum of journalistic integrity (Of course, the corporate compliance prep institutions that we laughingly refer to as “universities” would have stomped any illusions of integrity out of the journalism students from the very beginning).
See what little gem follows, buried later in this same article from MSNBC.
There was no way to confirm the voice was actually that of bin Laden, but it resembled previous recordings attributed to him. MSNBC
Really? No way to know if it is bin Laden… yet the attention grabbing headline they went with reads “Bin Laden Takes Credit for Failed Detroit Attack“? And that’s “journalism” in America these days? Sounds more like propaganda to me. But why? Another October Surprize? In January?
Please read the entire article here. So, here is my issue (and Scott addresses it next). How is it that almost every report of a Bin Laden recording, since 2001, is labeled as “alleged”/”attributed”, when the last “confirmed” one was in 2001? Words have meaning, you know.
Pay close attention to the fact that they say it is impossible to confirm this message is from bin Laden and that it “resembles” previous records “attributed” to him. Not recordings “confirmed” to be bin Laden, but rather, more recordings in the past that always seem to come out when it’s the most advantageous for whatever regime is in the White House (and thus in charge of the CIA) that were, like this one, “attributed” to bin Laden. Which means that this fake bin Laden propaganda piece is just as fake as previous bin Laden propaganda pieces in MSNBC’s legalistic “you can’t sue us later for spreading fake news as “truth”” speak.
By the way, do you know what was the last “confirmed” message from bin Laden? It was the Sept. 16th, 2001 message in which bin Laden clearly stated that he had nothing to do with 9/11. In that message he said that since he was living in Afghanistan, the leadership there (Taliban) would not allow him to have struck at the U.S. because the current administration (BushCo) was just looking for an excuse to bomb and invade Afghanistan.
In a statement issued to the Arabic satellite channel Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, bin Laden said, “The U.S. government has consistently blamed me for being behind every occasion its enemies attack it.
“I would like to assure the world that I did not plan the recent attacks, which seems to have been planned by people for personal reasons,” bin Laden’s statement said.
“I have been living in the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan and following its leaders’ rules. The current leader does not allow me to exercise such operations,” bin Laden said. CNN
Now those of you still convinced that Al Qaeda is this massive, super-human organization of super-killing ragheads that are at your door ready to kill you, I wonder why it is that these very important words being used are so illusionary… like vapor. Just enough cloudiness to keep you BELIEVING the lie without factualness to keep them accountable.
Look, I don’t know if Bin Laden is alive or dead. But I do know that these maniacs that use the mirage of Al Qaeda are the very ones who invented them in the first place. So why would I believe them now, as if they are Dr Frankenstein who cannot create their own monster?
Is it because they have such a long history of honor and truth?
Unless you are a Republican, then you probably don’t want the ride.
Even Republicans should should be able to get stoned, according to a Fox News anchor. While interviewing Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson found herself in the curious position of advocating for marijuana rights Friday.
Chong told Carlson that he wants to see marijuana legalized — but not for Republicans. “We want to legalize pot for everyone that wants to smoke it. You know, we don’t want to legalize it for Republicans.”
Carlson quickly came to the defense of stoners in the GOP. “That wouldn’t be fair. Would it?” asked Carlson. “I mean being fair and balanced, if you want to legalize it shouldn’t you want to legalize it for everyone?”
“I want to legalize it for everyone,” answered Cheech Marin.
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Jan. 22, 2010.
h/t Pete at DrugWar Rant
As thousands of well-equipped U.S. soldiers pour into Haiti, there is an increasing concern about the militarization of the country, supporting the soldiers and not the people. Or, as one doctor put it, ‘people need gauze, not guns.’ We take a look at aid distribution in Haiti and the effect on Haitians fighting to survive in the aftermath of the earthquake.
But, Noooooo, not the American government. We feel as if the answer to anything and everything is weaponry and troops (at least that is the storyline). It doesn’t matter that the objective is called a policing action in one quarter, but in another it is NOT a policing action. Or that we are supposedly there to keep the peace, but NOT police. (Gates, you numbskull.) Seems to me had we been quck to help, instead of quick to invade and set up a military beachhead, there wouldn’t be as much of a need to police or whatever it is that our American troops are doing there. Notice that they didn’t say they would be removing people from fallen buildings.
The involvement of such a mass of troops can only mean one thing: the Empire Moves Forward. But why that repugnant, devil-worshiping sin hole of nothing but black people (that speak FRENCH for goodness sakes)? Because, of course, they have oil and gold, silver and copper reserves basically untouched.
At the same time, those godless heathens called Venezuelans and Cubans are sending REAL medical assistance (scum bags are elbowing in our “passionate” side). China, another enemy of the state, is sending teams of dogs to rescue people.
All the while, we muster clogging up the real helpers’ efforts by using the blunt weapon of our forces to put a “bottleneck” on the airport and delay by days the real help.
by Deirdre Griswold
As soon as the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Cuban doctors began saving lives.
Years before this monumental disaster hit, Cuba had set up a medical mission in Haiti to provide health care in areas where there had been little or none; Cubans also were training Haitian medical workers in basic first aid. When the quake struck, these teams quickly went into emergency mode.
A relief plane from Venezuela was among the first to land in the stricken country, where normal services had ground to a halt. Venezuelan and Brazilian doctors soon joined the Cuban teams, who were accustomed to working in spartan conditions and had their own generators to power surgical equipment.
Other Cuban doctors who had been working in Haiti, but were in Cuba on vacation when the quake occurred, quickly returned. They were joined by additional Cuban surgeons experienced in working in difficult situations and Haitian doctors who had been training in Cuban medical schools in various specialties.
Within less than 24 hours, Cuban medical personnel in Haiti had already assisted hundreds of patients — a figure that grew to thousands by the weekend.
Chinese search and rescue team
At 2 a.m. on Jan. 14, about 32 hours after the quake, a plane landed in Port-au-Prince with a search and rescue team from China — which had its own earthquake catastrophe just two years ago. The plane had left China within hours of hearing of Haiti’s urgent need and flew halfway around the world.
The China Earthquake Administration reported that the team worked for more than 60 hours pulling people out of collapsed buildings in the capital. According to China Daily, the team “started working with peacekeeping forces from Brazil and Nepal and rescue teams from the U.S. and France.
“They had retrieved the bodies of some United Nations officials, including U.N. chief in Haiti Hedi Annabi and Luiz Da Costa, deputy special representative of the U.N. general secretary in Haiti, in addition to eight Chinese police officers.
“The team also set up a medical station to offer treatment for patients pulled out of debris and medical support to medical and security personnel. The team will continue search and rescue work in other parts of Haiti in coordination with the U.N., the CEA said.”
Hou Shike, chief doctor of the Chinese medical team, reported that the team had already treated more than 200 patients with severe trauma.
Three days later, on Jan. 17, a Chinese transport plane arrived in Port-au-Prince with 90 tons of supplies, including medicines, tents, emergency lights, water purification supplies, food, drinking water and clothing.
Also on Jan. 17, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela pledged his country would provide as much fuel as Haiti needed to generate electricity and provide transport.
U.S.-controlled airport a ‘bottleneck’
Meanwhile, the Haitian government, now barely able to function, turned over control of its international airport to the U.S. Washington’s first priority was to rush in thousands of troops. This has already brought criticism from aid groups.
Doctors Without Borders, based in Geneva, said the U.S.-controlled airport was a supply bottleneck and that there was “little sign of significant aid distribution.” (Telegraph [Britain], Jan. 18) The aid group said a flight carrying its own inflatable hospital was denied landing clearance and the material was being trucked overland from the Dominican Republic, delaying its arrival by 24 hours.
“French, Brazilian and other officials had earlier complained about the airport’s refusal to allow their supply planes to land. A World Food Program official told The New York Times that the Americans’ priorities were out of sync, allowing too many U.S. military flights and too few aid deliveries.
“Alain Joyandet, French cooperation minister, said he had protested to Washington about the U.S. military’s management of the airport, where he said a French medical aid flight had been turned away.” (Telegraph)
China Daily on Jan. 18 in a report from Port-au-Prince said that aid distribution was in general “random, chaotic and minimal.” It described how crowds jostled for food and water “as U.S. military helicopters swooped down to throw out boxes of water bottles and rations. A reporter also saw foreign aid workers tossing packets of food to desperate Haitians.
“’The distribution is totally disorganized. They are not identifying the people who need the water. The sick and the old have no chance,’ said Estime Pierre Deny, standing at the back of a crowd looking for water with his empty plastic container.”
The Chinese paper added that “Dozens of countries have sent planes with rescue teams, doctors, tents, food, medicine and other supplies, but faced a bottleneck at Port-au-Prince’s small airport.”
It is very difficult to find coverage in the U.S. corporate media of what socialist and progressive countries are doing to help Haiti. Perhaps it is because they don’t put a price tag on their sacrifice? We do hear a lot about the $100 million that the Obama administration is promising. But on the ground, when thousands are dying every day from lack of water, food and medicine, that promise of greenbacks down the line isn’t enough.
Now I don’t know about “causing” an earthquake with HAARP or any other means (that has been tossed about on shows like Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory). I have read several accounts of strange earthquakes in China and other places that people are saying was done by HAARP.
Whether or not the technology is available to cause something like this, it is a certainty that we are going to take advantage and not allow the crisis to go to waste.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
If we had taken the stance that our sworn enemies did and actually try to help, instead of establish a military presence, there would be more people alive today. But our country does not have a moral compass any longer. We have been hijacked by the most ruthless, thieving bunch of assholes who are set upon nothing but the full domination of this planet. And little Haiti just happened to fall in line with that earthquake, bolstered by the horrendous failures of the American Military to provide the real assistance that was needed.
Something tells me that in reality, everything is going precisely to their plans.
Does any country at all feel slightly guilty for any Haitian at all? Just saying. Call me the ever jaded-one. I realize when the U.S. should keep it’s nose out of other countries shit– but when it comes to genocide and Rawanda, Dufar… Poland Haiti etc… the aid and intervention should of come so much sooner!!! No peoples of any country should be allowed to be pawns and suffer for any international game of greed monopoly and chicken. These are thoughts folks… thoughts. Here is my offering of ‘reports and hummmmmmmmmmmmmms’ for today.
The government of Haiti says the bodies of at least 75,000 people have so far been buried in mass graves following the earthquake that struck more than a week ago.
International aid agencies have raised concerns about what is happening.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is important for surviving family members to know what happened to relatives and where they are buried.
More than half of Haiti’s nine million people are thought to practise some form of Voodoo.
Max Beauvoir, head of the country’s main organization of Voodoo priests, also has concerns.
Now– let’s recall the Mariel Boatlift for a second. In the 80’s when over 125,000 Cubans were rescued from the seas after being exiled and escapees floated half dead in the waters off of Miami and the US Coast Guards saved them– BUT at the same time in fear of anyone invoking the wet-foot-dry-foot policy– when the Haitian’s were bobbing around– we pushed them back into the sea! Now, where was the International outcry and rage and support of human Rights and Aid then? Just sayin’.
So– now we are bringing funds to bear for the sincerely unthinkable devastation at hand. And yes it is needed.. But it it so very important to place it into the right hands.
Unless the International Community as a whole takes on the total task of not only providing immediate aid– as well as watching closely the deals made along the way with the aid monies, that may or may not be of the most sincere nature for permanent help and regrowth of a totally impoverished, devastated small country– we shall still see Human suffering for these people in the future.
oh yes… and the pre-exsisting 380,000 orphans BEFORE this earthquake [now with countless afterwards] that for some miracle have histories straight and paperwork done and can be whisked off into the nights skys on military planes to new homes in America. Don’t get me wrong… save them all but what about their parents? are they dead? .. are they looking for their children? Why the speedy adoption-swoosh? How can all that be so easily prepared and be at the ready… when absolutely nothing else can. I am NOT stating I am against anything… I just am trying to figure out how come somethings are the way they are. People can’t even find their loved ones now and haven’t a clue as to who is dead an who is alive. These children have family— somewhere.
I don´t believe that there is an electoral political solution to cracking Brand Obama before the USD cracks. The opposition to the one party fascist system in the USA is now down to three people: Dennis Kucinich (Democrat), Cynthia McKinney (Green) and Ron Paul (Republican). Oh, I suppose that it´s possible all the Republican Liberty Caucus candidates will win and one will find his or her way to Kucinich, McKinney and Paul.
But I´ve seen this movie 4 years ago in Colombia. The Conservative and Liberal Parties fused into a one META-PARTY, with very few dissenting voices in it, Sra Senadora Piedad Córdoba being one. I imagine that most AmeriKKKans don´t follow Latino politics as closely as I do! But American politics have taken the form of Colombian politics of 2006. Carlos (not Cesar) Gaviria founded a brand-new opposition party, the Alternative Democratic Pole. Gavíria ran second to Uribe but the margin was huge 65%-22%. The Liberal party once the job was done separated again from the Conservative Party. I believe 22% is about the ceiling Kucinich, McKinney and/or Paul can expect to get should any or all run against Obama.
But the ADP is an interesting party in the style of Germany´s DIE LINKE. They draw from across the spectrum all the voters who felt disenfranchised from AUC who were tired of sadism as a career, the PC which liked ADP budget focus, prudence and a platform of social justice. The more left-wing members of PL who liked the socialist-libertarian mix of the ADP. College and post grads, certainly. It didn´t win but it put the possibilities for a new Colombia on they table by being dreamers and dedicated to core values of peace, individual liberty, and social justice.
I have come to feel that DIRECT ACTION is more fruitful now in the USA than party politics. Nevertheless, it is my opinion that a McKinney (Green)/Paul (Republican) fusion ticket is probably the only thing that keeps Obama and Emanuel up at night. Brand Obama gets blown to smithereens having to face that ticket with only the 2nd rate minds of Obama and Biden. It also draws away a lot of Black and student support from Brand Obama.
I don´t think the USA would be ready to elect Cynthia McKinney President Of The United States, though despite her reputation as a HOT-HEAD is actually one of the most cordial people in American politics, followed closely by Ron Paul. These are very pleasant and rarely petulant people. They have been anti-war absolutists, and anti-NEW WORLD ORDER from the beginning, not “FLEXIBLE”.
It is my contention that Piedad Córdoba or Cesar (not Carlos) Gavíria will be the next president of Colombia (boy, that is going to piss off the White House and every anti-peace institution in the USA!). It is also my contention that student, trade union, and dissidents of all kind were the rank and file of the ADP which despite being new and disorganzied has set the state for a TRUE Partido Liberal candidate to win.
To me, if BLACK-IS-BACK, the REPUBLICAN-LIBERTY-CAUCUS, CAMPAIGN-FOR-LIBERTY, and a confederation of all the traditional left wing collectivist parties, can organize under an umbrella of Peace, Invididual Liberty, and Social justice, students will be attracted by real republicanism and the importance of the US Constitution.
Barack Obama doesn´t want to debate Cynthia McKinney, he´s over-matched in every possible way from intelligence, to public speaking, to knowledge base, improvisational speaking skill, and NICENESS. But he´ll have to 3 times or so. That will peel off about 1/3 Obama´s African-American and student rank and file. The Democratic Party and its Progressive and Black Caucuses won´t be part of this. This will join up with direct action.
David Swanson gave a number of great talks this week stressing small victories at the local level and winning by losing. If there is a sense of an anti-establishment movement going on, THAT perhaps could mean a Kucinich, McKinney, or Paul presidency in 2016.
Link to article and video of all Swanson´s talks.
wish I could say that there were tons of Democrats and a handful of Republicans ready to support this, but I can´t. They won´t. 20% of the vote against Obama in 2012 would be enough because that will teach organizing on the fly and will suggest ways to break the Demopublican/Republicrat fascist system.
It´s possible, I suppose that, say a President Kucinich or McKinney or Paul would be taken aside by those that permit or don´t permit these thing and add some intimidation and coercion. If you run for president, though, you do so with at least a fantasy of “what if I win?” And intimidation from K-street and within the Executive will probably try to co-opt anyway under all sorts of threats of violence or psy-ops.
I try to point out hypocrisy that burns my butt. I am convinced from a military and Imperialization standpoint (and the general view of American Exceptionalness), we are the world’s greatest hypocrites: using weapons made from nuclear waste that is killing and causing untold deformities in infants, invading countries under the auspices of lies, criticizing other nations for their civil rights abuses while we live and endure our own brand of caste system (enabled by ignorance), and expressing huge dismay for abuses of citizens of other countries by their government (yet we are the world’s greatest prison nation in percentages by a huge amount). Did I mention anything about religion, yet? I’ll get to that in a minute.
One of the main reasons I found Obama repugnant initially was his speechifying about wireless eavesdropping on citizens (and his outrage), then he voted against holding them accountable. Just like he wants to “move forward” on many subjects of immense importance, he “moved on” with that vote (telling me that he is simply opportunistic in his lies, depending upon who the audience is).
But he is not alone. All the stalwart protectors of liberty in Congress (except for less than a handful) voted lockstep.
So, when I read Glenn Greenwald’s excellent dissection (and this summary quoted below), I knew I had to point out our nauseating hypocrisy at least one more time. From “Congress takes a Bold Stand Against Surveillance Abuses“:
That’s our Government and political class in a nutshell: vocally condemning other countries for abuses which we ourselves engage in with impunity. Earlier this year, Business Week described how “Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are making fools of themselves with their war on Nokia Siemens for supplying the Iranian government with equipment that lets authorities monitor wireless phone calls and data transmissions.” Why, as Business Week described it, must this crusade be the by-product either of “ignorance or hypocrisy”? Because U.S. law “requires that all wireless carriers provide the technological means for law enforcement authorities to tap wireless accounts” and the Congress has done nothing about mountains of evidence of abuses by the U.S. Government within the U.S.
It goes without saying that countries like China and Iran — along with many of our closest allies — are far more repressive of internal dissent than is the U.S. But the role of the American Congress is supposed to be to check surveillance abuses by the U.S. Government and to safeguard the privacy of American citizens inside the U.S. Instead, they do the opposite: flamboyantly condemn transgressions by other governments (at least the ones we don’t like) while enabling, empowering and protecting our own government officials and private telecoms who illegally spy within our own country.
Now, back to the religious hypocrisy connection (if you don’t know much about the Bible, there are plenty of online sources that make the search easy… even using a basic Google search). Did you know that Jesus’ biggest ass chapper was the religious hypocrites? In fact, the ONLY people He ever threatened was the religious hypocrite of the day (the person saying those long, self-ingratiating prayers of nothingness; the person who constantly regurgitates verses from his Bible; the ones who claimed piousness, but in fact, were spiritually dead).
From this perspective, it would seem that Jesus would have a field day with America’s Christians of Note.
And to prove I know what I’m talking about:
I talk about the power grab going on in the world, especially related to the world’s resources and our stealing them with armed might.
But, old redneck friends, it is a reality now that the power grab is internal. I haven’t said much about this Cass Sunstein guy, but every article I read proves that this man, a supposed favorite pick of Mr Obama’s for the Supreme Court, is a potential fascist shill who will help bring about many losses of rights, especially the right to bear arms.
He is all too clear about what he thinks and said about 3 years ago to expect the loss of that right (even suggesting that the Constitution does NOT give us this right):
If you think that Mr Obama and the current administration has your best interests in mind, you are a fool. If you think that any of these maniacs care about the Constitution or the rights we have as Americans, just put that gun to your mouth while you still have the opportunity.
David Edwards at Raw Story shared a clip from The Daily Show in an article named, “Stewart to Robertson: ‘Shut your pie hole, old man‘”, and added commentary about how Jon Stewart took Pat Robertson apart with the words of The Book that Pat uses to control and manipulate people with. It is the same old religious hypocritical craziness that tears me a new butthole, as well. It is plain that these “Men of God” who “Follow Christ” wouldn’t know The Christ, if the man slapped them in the face with an olive branch.
But, I don’t want to get on the religious bashing subject today, but want to focus on the second part of that clip in which Mr Edwards made nary a mention of: how Jon Stewart also took apart Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for politicizing the very same thing.
Rachel made a deal with the devil, herself, to tow the corporate line for GE. It is obvious. I wonder why Mr Edwards totally ignored this part of the clip he highlighted.
With Miss Maddow, it is glaringly obvious when you see the second part of the clip (all of it is included just so you can see how Pat is a asshole, even tho Lynda already shared a clip in an earlier post):
The Blog Queen posted a rebuttal letter from Satan to Pat in which the old devil takes Pat to task for lying about Satan being a welcher and a cheat. The funniest part, is that Satan describes America perfectly:
Dear Pat Robertson,
I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I’m all over that action.
But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I’m no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished.
Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth — glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven’t you seen “Crossroads”? Or “Damn Yankees”?
If I had a thing going with Haiti, there’d be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox — that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it — I’m just saying: Not how I roll.
You’re doing great work, Pat, and I don’t want to clip your wings — just, come on, you’re making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That’s working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.