<I´m referring to the Colombian presidential election first round on May 30. At first glance, Rednecks might not think this is relevant to them. They would be wrong. Obama is itching for a war in South America with Colombia as a staging area. It will be Redneck kids doing the fighting and dying for Ameriican Imperial Corporatist interests here so Rednecks and every other American should pay attention.

Here are you candidates. I include their party and political orientation along with some color about each, although Wikipedia will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about each of them

Uribe´s Defense Minister, Juan Manuel Santos (Party Of The U), Far Right. This man is a butcher so bad he makes Uribe look like Russ Feingold. War with Venezuela, Ecuador and/or Bolivia is a likelihood with Santos. An even more violent drug-war, US-backed police state and anti-trade unionist state is a certainty

Former Mayor of Bogota, Anantas Mockus (Green Party), Center-Left. He was probably the most successful mayor Bogota had in a long time. He has degrees in math and philosophy and is more of a pragmatist than an idealist, although he´s anti-war and for a peace process. He´s flirted with market-based solutions to civil issues found they didn´t work, and was quick to abandon them. He´s known for a big personality and over the top sense of humor. He once mooned a political rival and rode an elephant into his wedding ceremony. He´s declared a Women´s Day in which men were excused from work to do all cooking, cleaning and childcare. His running-mate is another popular ex-mayor, Sergio Fajardo of Medellín. Mockus could also peel off a good number of moderate conservative voters who are pro-peace, drug legalization, etc.

Uribe´s Ambassador (UK) Sra Noemi Sanín (Conservative), Right Wing. She´s got a thin resume but has been around the Colombian political and business scene for years and did her time studying at Harvard when she lost a primary to Andres Pastrana in the late 1990s. She´s basically a global elitist and would not get in the way of any US imperial plans for the region.

Senator Gustavo Petro (Alternative Democratic Pole), Bolvarian Left. As a young man he was an M-19 guerrilla who fought the government. When M-19 briefly became a political party, Petro got a degree in economics, a master´s, a second master´s in Belgium in Human Rights Economics, and a PhD in business administration from the University of Salamanca in Spain, one of the world´s finest schools. He is regarded as both the most intelligent candidate and the most left-wing. He won a seat as a Representative in the lower house and quickly earned a reputation as a fighter of government violence and corruption, something he´s carried over to the Senate, where he led an investigation into drug-trafficking by the president´s brother. He is opposed to US bases and wants a peace process.

Senator Rafael Pardo (Liberal), center-left. He´s the choice of the party bosses, having been party chair Cesar Gavíria´s Mininster of National Security. His low standing in the polls suggests that today´s Liberal Party is Piedad Córdoba´s (She was the actual winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on the votes, but they ignored their own votes and picked Barack Obama), not Cesar Gavíria´s. Pardo isn´t bad. For example, he was tough on the Auto-Defensores, the far right paramilitary terrorist group. He´s just a party time-server and careerist.

Senator Germán Vargas Lleras, (Radical Change), neo-liberal. He was a number of right-wing Liberals who jumped ship to support Uribe in 2006. He has, along with Santos and Sanín, remained a Uribe-supporter. He approves of both Obama´s Plan Colombia and a U.S. FTA.

I like Petro best. I could live with Mockus or Pardo. Sanín and Vargas Lleras are trouble. Santos is a nightmare of war and violence and re-colonialization.

Right now, Mockus holds a small lead over Santos. My guy, Petro, is far back on 6-7% leading only Pardo and Vargas Lleras.

You get one guess as to whom the Obama administration supports. Here´s a hint: it isn´t Gustavo Petro or Antanas Mockus.

The Dogs Are Back

For the last several days, I have been hearing a bark or two in the distance. Nothing alarming. I kept telling myself that they wouldn’t bring them back.

But guess what? She has 4 dogs in small pens now. Is this any better?

Excuse the language.

Mississippi: The Military Wants Your 3 and 4 Year Olds, But HealthCare May Kill Them First

Report: Pre-K needed to increase military recruits

By MARIA BURNHAM – Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss. — National security is threatened by soaring obesity rates among young people, a lack of early education and by high juvenile crime rates, a group of retired officers says in a report. About 75 percent of Mississippians aged 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve in the military mainly because of these three factors, according to the report issued by Mission: Readiness, a nationwide nonprofit group of retired military leaders. That number matches the national percentage. If that trend continues, in 20 years the military will be significantly understaffed, said retired Army Brig. Gen. Augustus Collins of Madison. “We need to support long-term strategies to help our young people maintain healthy lifestyles and keep them on the right side of the law,” Collins said at a news conference at the state Capitol. The best way to do that in Mississippi is through increased early education, in particular state funded pre-kindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, the report says.

Lazy, fat asses better shape up so you can ship out. They NEED your kids to fill the ranks and you are letting them down. They have a long-range plan to coincide with their new hundred years wars and they need their next 15 year “crop” in decent shape for the grinder.

But let me ask you something. Wonder why your kid is so fat to begin with? Think it may have anything to do with the fact that it is cheaper to feed them a fast food hamburger than to buy, cook and serve a decent meal of fresh vegetables? That chips are cheaper than carrots?

MUST WATCH: Food Inc.- Hungry For Change?

From Information Clearinghouse: In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-issues.php Posted February 09, 2010

That movie tells it all about Big Farming and how corporations rule everything in the process, especially the very food (plant or animal) that you put in your mouth. If you watch that film you will come away with the same disgust for fast food as I have developed in the last few months. Especially in regards to the change in my diet the last couple of weeks to this paleolithic diet. Food tastes so different. So much better. Just the elimination of added sugars (I haven’t eaten any processed foods… only stuff we meticulously prepare here) has made a major difference (not to mention the elimination of salt, which has actually enhanced my sense of taste). I feel so much better and now look forward to eating.

I prove it to myself and you can prove it to yourself, as well. But you will PAY for it. It costs us MUCH more to eat this way than to go to a fast food restaurant at every meal. By far. That movie will explain why that is.

I want to point out a couple of things that I didn’t know until recently. 1st, We are killing ourselves with cancer by the way Big Food adulterated their products (milk and meat). Did you know that US milk is banned from all of Europe? And most don’t want our meat either?

… About 20 percent of our milk is genetically engineered. Technically this is known as rBGH, the small r stands for recombinant, BGH, is bovine growth hormone… This [milk] contains very high levels of a natural growth factor known as IGF-1… IGF-1 stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor 1. So growth factor 1 is a natural growth factor and is responsible for normal growth but when you drink rBGH milk, you have very, very high levels of this natural growth factor. When you drink it, the IGF-1 survives digestion and is readily absorbed from your small intestine, into your blood. Increased levels of IGF-1 have been shown to increase risks of breast cancer and we have about 20 publications showing this; risk of colon cancer [shown] by about 10 publications; prostate cancer by about another 10 publications. And a further concern: increased levels of IGF-1 block natural defense mechanisms against early cancers, [mechanisms] known as ‘apoptosis.'” The scientific evidence of the dangers of rBGH milk is explained in great detail in Dr. Epstein’s book What’s in Your Milk?, published in 2006. “Based on the concerns which I have just briefly summarized, in 1999, the United Nations Food and Safety Agency, which represents a hundred nations worldwide, ruled unanimously not to set safety standards for rBGH milk, and effectively this has resulted in an international ban on U.S. milk. – Dr. Joseph Mercola

h/t World Prout Assembly

Secondly, Health Insurance Companies invest BIG BUCKS in fast food companies. Yep! They know where to put all that dough they take from you. They put it right back into some of the main reasons you are getting so fat, sick, diabetic and dead.

Health insurance companies invest billions in fast food chains – Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) – Did you ever wonder how health insurance companies drum up future business? It’s easy: Just invest in companies whose products cause chronic degenerative disease, driving people towards more health care needs and therefore more health insurance. And that’s exactly what the health insurance industry is doing.

A new article published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals that U.S. and Canadian health insurance giants own nearly $2 billion worth of stock in fast food giants like McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell and others. So profits made by health insurance companies are reinvested in industries that make people sick and diseased, bringing them back to buy more health insurance down the road.

It’s a pretty clever business model for an industry that seems focused on the almighty dollar and obviously has no concern whatsoever for the actual health status of its customers. If anything, these health insurance companies hope you get sicker!

The simple fact is that our entire health “care” system is totally built around treating illnesses… NOT preventing sickness. It is all PROFIT motive. Why do other countries that have far better health stats fare so much better than the USA (which spends more per capita than any other developed country for health care)? Because they provide and insist on preventative care. They know that if you eat healthy, you don’t need all the meds and procedures. It costs less.

We are a bunch of lazy fat asses (me included) on the most part. 1/2 of young people in Mississippi are obese and this is why the military is worried. One of their poorest, most dependent portions of society is getting too fat for their slaughter mill and they want to remedy that.

Personally I am torn. Altho I don’t want those kids to die for a very long time, it may be better to get fat as hell and have a heart attack than join them and die from a bullet to the head over their Empire.

Maybe that’s just me.

But the other side of the evil coin (pharmaceutical companies) has the answer for our fat assed woes… EVEN MORE MEDICINE:

If Main Stream medicine really works, Why Are Americans So Unhealthy?

Now, to hear mainstream medicine pushers say it, the only reason Americans are so sick and diseased right now is because — get this — not enough people are taking enough medications! Yes… if they could only convince more parents to drug more babies and toddlers; or if they could get more teens on four, five or six drugs at once; or if they could convince nursing homes to pop a dozen different meds into the mouths of senior citizens then we’d all be healthier!

America, you see, suffers from a medication deficiency. That’s the line of mainstream medicine: More meds = less disease. And now, they’re trying to convince everyone that even healthy people now need meds (statin drugs) even if they show no symptoms of disease.

So now — get this — being healthy is no longer enough to avoid medications! We’re ALL supposed to be medicated, whether we’re healthy or not. Mainstream medicine, you see, isn’t satisfied to just treat sick people with its medications, radiation machines and surgical procedures: It wants to put all the healthy people on pills, too.

And what will be the result of all this? Imagine in your own mind, for a moment: What will be the result if, say, Americans start taking twice as much medication as they do right now. Will Americans be healthier? Of course not. They will be more diseased. More medicated and chemically contaminated.

The fish downstream will be even more polluted with pharmaceutical runoff and the bio sludge human waste “compost” products now being put on farms will be even more heavily saturated with medication chemicals. Will that create health for America? Of course not.

Mainstream medicine does not work. And pushing mainstream medicine onto more people will only cause more sickness, more suffering and more bankruptcies across American households. It will, however, accomplish one very important thing: The obscene financial enrichment of a few powerful corporations like Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.

And that, my friends, is the entire point of mainstream medicine: To mainline the profits for Big Pharma, sideline the legitimate health problems of the American people, and streamline the criminal soaking of the rich, the poor and the recently-insured in order to turn sickness into profit.

That’s mainstream medicine for you. I’m sure glad I don’t use it.

h/t NaturalNews and Dprogram

Time To Clean House

I have been harping on breaking the “Faux Two Party Paradigm” (that aggravates a certain teacher friend of mine that reads here). Every where I go and the discussion leads to politics (maybe 50% of the time lately) I make the point that until Americans stop voting for either of the two complicit corrupt and criminal “Parties”, we are nothing more than a dumb ole ping pong ball being hit back and forth,  still getting the hell, knocked out of us.

I have told everyone who will listen about this idiotic effect it has on us… how it seemingly makes us very gullible for any sort of lie they tell us. We almost NEED to choose between them, as if we couldn’t dare consider some other potential source. Of course there are plenty of reasons why this is true (I broad brush it calling it “brainwashing”, but it is a very deep psychological control they have on a mass of us, whatever you call it). Maybe some people just need an “easy” choice, instead of actually having to think about important issues. Having someone you “trust” to make decisions, even when it is apparent that nothing any of them ever do seems to turn out in any good way.

I call them thieves and liars and scum and all sorts of ugly words. Some actually believe the shit they spew, but many more know what they are doing is foul and simply for gain. But when you look right down to it, if we put the two ruling “parties” on the road by cleaning house; by swearing to NEVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, we could make change. Even if 50% of America did this, it would end the stranglehold.

I mentioned this over at American Everyman and a friend mentioned that a new media to compete or replace the current MSM (but not the internet) should be pursued and would be the fastest route to accomplishing what I think will make the change. I disagree in the time line. I believe it would take a very long time to establish such a media and that we better use the internet to catalyze other current media outlets by force (they simply cannot avoid certain issues forever… even 911 is getting a bit more play at local levels lately).

But, in the span of two years, 4 at most, a movement to totally avoid those parties would gain enough seats to enact real debate (and change) into the system. Election reform, term limits, campaign finance reform, not to mention real investigations into all the thievery and criminal activities that have occurred in the past decade or two. To obtain BACK our rights that we, as gullible little slaves, turned over to them with as much trouble as a bad salad run comes out your ass.

Think of it. It is possible.

Or is it? Chris Hedges thinks (and I tend to agree with him from all available evidence) that Americans are too illiterate to understand the difference n=between their lies and what little truth is available:

When America Leaves Reality Behind

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Pulitzer-prize winning foreign correspondent Chris Hedges argues that our country is undergoing an economic, political and moral collapse. He says most Americans “cannot differentiate between lies and truth” because they’ve abandoned literacy and print culture.

I am torn. I am torn by my own vision and understanding and not understanding why others can’t or won’t see what I see (and realize how dire things truly are). I was part of one conversation this morning that highlighted that some people simply do not WANT to think about it. For me, I cannot imagine not thinking about how my America is being ravaged right before our eyes and most of my fellow Americans can’t, won’t or don’t give a fuck enough to do anything about it.

There is some evidence that we are getting pissed off.

Studies reveal Americans’ declining living standards and increasing anger

By Hiram Lee
23 April 2010

A series of recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center shed new light on the scope of the economic crisis in the US and the level of hostility the majority of the American population holds for the US government.

Released in March, before the passage of the Obama administration’s health care legislation, a survey entitled “Health Care Reform—Can’t Live With It, or Without It” indicates that 92 percent of Americans give the national economy a negative rating. No fewer than 70 percent of the respondents report having suffered job-related and financial problems in the past year, an increase from 59 percent the year before. Fifty-four percent report someone in their home has been without a job and looking for work in the past year, up from 39 percent in 2009.

The poll saw an aggravation of conditions in every area of economic life studied the year before. Increasing numbers of people are reporting difficulty receiving or affording medical care (26 percent) or paying their rent or mortgage payments (24 percent). More Americans faced problems with collections and credit agencies (21 percent), or had mortgages, loans or credit card applications denied (19 percent).

As could be expected, the poorest Americans are suffering the most. Some 44 percent of those making $30,000 per year or less report difficulty obtaining medical care, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 per year or more. A similar gap can be found in the category of rents and mortgages, with 37 percent of those making $30,000 or less reporting difficulty making rent or mortgage payments, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 or more. However, the percentage of those facing difficulties paying rent has increased dramatically for both groups since 2009…

More at the link.

So, yeah, there are some who are pissed, but there are also a few loud mouths that have made some movements like the Tea Party a laughing-stock (even without the MSM’s help). But, the movement began with an ideology I DO agree with. Unfortunately, there will be those that want to circumvent such a movement. Take advantage of it and try to hijack it to become a part of the system. Look at how the Republican Party is taking over the Tea Party making it irrelevant in any real change oriented way.

CBS Poll: Republicans Have Absorbed the Tea Party

A CBS poll portrays the Tea Party movement as white, middle age, and Republican. Not Libertarian, but Republican. If we can believe the poll members of the Tea Party movement favor Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and even George Bush over Ron Paul. Yes, George Bush, the man who presided over two wars. Even John McCain did better than Ron Paul according to this poll.

h/t PrisonPlanet

Maybe ppl should smarten up and see that their rage will be hijacked and consumed by the very Party that turned its back on them long ago. Maybe, instead of swallowing the shit that the corrupt assholes who commandeer them spew from every orifice and at every opportunity, the Tea party ppl should finally grow a real brain and critically think about how far removed from reality the GOP is and if they allow the GOP to take them over (as it seems), that you will again be relegated to the shithole of irrelevancy. How about calling them on the bullshit and express that the best thing that movement could do is distance itself from those monsters, as fast as possible.

Whatever. That movement is basically toast if they allow the reTHUGlicans to take them over. Probably the same people who would donate to “The Restoration of Stephen Baldwyn” (yes, real). Some will be forever forgotten due to their ignorance.

The best move would have been to follow my advice about Ralph Nader. Or someone like him. Someone who actually cares about you and has proved it his entire life.

I did everything locally I knew to do as a seemingly sole voice of reason in this little country town. I was the ONLY one in the county that canvassed and got enough signatures to help get him on the TN ballot. People would listen to me and agree, then go in the booth and vote for whichever of the bogus lying parties convinced them they were the real Truth purveyors. Lemmings.

If you go to that particular link on Ralph above at American Everyman (this video is hitting all over the place so I won’t bother putting it here), you will see someone asking the right questions about these criminals.

Why aren’t corporate crimes prosecuted?

Because they own the two party system, which protects them.

I don’t know. Maybe Nader is too “liberal” for you. Maybe someone like Bob Barr, a libertarian, or Cynthia McKinney, or Chuck Baldwyn were more politically in your favor.

The point is that we MUST look elsewhere. We must abandon the Demublicans. We must help our fellow Sheople get past their sleepy little trance.

Maybe this is a way?

The Liberty Coalition (Third Party Alliance)

What is The Liberty Coalition?

The Liberty Coalition is not a new registered party. We are an electoral alliance of activists from liberty caucuses, minor parties and grassroots movements. We are independent-minded Americans. We refuse to follow the unwritten rules of politics which the Two Parties, the Mainstream Media and Corporations have established.

Our short-term goal is to establish our own Political Action Committee (PAC) to endorse and support Liberty Candidates across all party lines who agree with our Four Points of Unity.

Our long-term goal is to reach one million Americans who support our vision. Once we reach this milestone, the Leadership and our grassroots supporters will decide how the Coalition will act as an unregistered Third Party movement.  This Coalition will be a broad alliance of Liberty-loving Americans committed to winning national elections for our candidates outside of the media-controlled Two-Party process.

The Coalition will not replace existing third parties, caucuses or independents. It will EMPOWER them by joining forces in a grand alliance.

Any input on this group?

(BTW: h/t to Dandelion Salad twice)

Can you agree that it is high time we “Clean House”? Never vote for an R or D again.

Banks and Taxes Don’t Mix (At Least Not The Way Rednecks and Taxes Mix)

GE is really hurting in their American operations (so they say). But let’s look a little closer to make sure we see that the truth is that they are able to manipulate paperwork to make sure they don’t have to pay any taxes, all the while making hundreds of Billions in profit.

Washington’s Blog tells us that “After Getting Bailed Out By American Taxpayers, General Electric Pays ZERO U.S. Taxes, Pretending that All of Its Profits are Overseas

General Electric got bailed out by American taxpayers.

Specifically, it was given $139 billion in FDIC guarantees and support by the Federal Reserve for it’s commercial paper (see this).

So you’d think that GE would return the favor by paying American taxes, right?

Wrong. GE paid no U.S. taxes for 2009.

As CNN points out:

GE had plenty of earnings last year — just not in the United States. For tax purposes, the company’s U.S. operations lost $408 million, while its international businesses netted a $10.8 billion profit.

It’s not just GE. Continuing to quote from the Washington Post the Blog explains that it is far worse than we can imagine:

About two-thirds of corporations operating in the United States did not pay taxes annually from 1998 to 2005, according to a new report scheduled to be made public today from the U.S. Government Accountability Office…

In 2005, about 28 percent of large corporations paid no taxes…

Dorgan and Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) requested the report out of concern that some corporations were using “transfer pricing” to reduce their tax bills. The practice allows multi-national companies to transfer goods and assets between internal divisions so they can record income in a jurisdiction with low tax rates…

[Senator] Levin said: “This report makes clear that too many corporations are using tax trickery to send their profits overseas and avoid paying their fair share in the United States.”

Don’t that sting you a little bit? To know that you have been laying down around 30% (ONLY considering income taxes) and they skip on theirs? (BTW: the estimate for Corporate Income Taxes is claimed to be almost 40%, but how does that jive when many skip out totally… more importantly, who makes up the difference?)

What about that criminal outfit that owns you and your credit card? Should they pay any taxes when they show a $4.4Billion profit? Of course not:

Why is Bank of America Not Paying Any Taxes on $4.4 Billion in Income?

April 17, 2010

By sonicjamesdean

Posted on 07 April 2010
By Sara Flocks
California Labor Federation

Around this time every year, Californians scramble to finish doing their taxes and pay what they owe to the government.

But not everyone is paying their fair share. Forbes Magazine recently analyzed the tax returns of the top 25 U.S. companies and found out that they’re not paying much in taxes. In fact, corporations such as Bank of America, General Electric and Citigroup will not be paying ANY taxes this year — they’re actually getting money back from the government. Forbes explains:

How did Bank of America not pay any taxes on $4.4 billion in income? Because of deductions like $860 million in tax-exempt income, $670 million in low-income housing credits and a $600 million loss on shares of foreign subsidiaries. With a provision for credit losses of $49 billion, Bank of America probably won’t be paying taxes for a long time.

After taxpayers bailed out Bank of America to the tune of $45 billion and helped boost their income to $4.4 billion, Bank of America is using every possible tax loophole to get out of paying their fair share.

Bank of America isn’t alone in using tax loopholes, shelters and other shell games to get out of paying taxes. A study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that two out of every three U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes from 1998 through 2005.

h/t America 20XY

Will people ever grow enough brain cells to realize they need to Walk Away from these criminals? That these very monsters are the reason this country is falling apart? Matt Taibbi explains this very well in the series of videos found at BrassCheckTV

I also recommend listening to Webster Griffin Tarpley’s April 17 radio broadcast as he gets in to this topic and several others.

But while you are waiting for the next bit of entertainment, please note the following graphic which expresses itself quite clearly:

You don’t think there is some sort of connection to how the man has conducted his efforts (aka “failures”) and this list above, do you?

Naaa. Couldn’t be. Especially that top bank that is getting a little heat right now. I mean, they were forced to pay a whopping ONE PERCENT tax. That’ll learn ‘em.

HOLD EVERYTHING: Goldman has its defenders…

And now Lehman Bros has its detractors:

You REALLY need to watch this, if you haven’t seen it already:

(who let this dude sneak in to testify?)

Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool

“Ultimately the video paints a truthful picture of the lies which affect our current state of existence in a (so called) free world. From the moment we’re born we are controlled, manipulated, and led astray from what really matters in life – freedom.

We are orchestrated from high above; even our leaders are merely puppets/clowns with their strings being pulled by powerful groups out of sight. Conspiracy theories, Illuminati, The New World Order; the free world is no longer free, our decisions no longer our own. An Orwellian future which has come to be realised within our own lifetime – A case of the corrupt blind leading the free minds.”

video directed by Lennox Brothers @ Between The Eyes.www.piasrecordings.com

Rise Up and Say “Baaaa”

This dude reminds me of me:

Except that he knows what he is talking about.

So, when you consider and compare where our tax money goes, what is your priority? Is it education? Is it healthcare? Is it Empire continuation?

How about adding a VAT (Value added tax) to the mix? Obama is considering it (which means it WILL be implemented).

Look, whatever you do, please do not mention our military. No matter what happens to this country, let us NEVER question the mistake of Iraq or the wonderful intentions of our glorious leaders who thrive to keep this question (and many others) away from the discerning public.

You must understand just how important it is that you continue to convince yourself that America truly is the most exceptional country in the world. In this vein, it may be important that you read how we are The Number One Country in the World in many stats:

  • The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (the New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the earth. Seventeen percent believe the earth revolves around the sun once a day (The Week, Jan. 7, 2005).
  • “The International Adult Literacy Survey…found that Americans with less than nine years of education ‘score worse than virtually all of the other countries'” (Jeremy Rifkin’s superbly documented book The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, p.78).
  • Our workers are so ignorant and lack so many basic skills that American businesses spend $30 billion a year on remedial training (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004). No wonder they relocate elsewhere!
  • “The European Union leads the U.S. in…the number of science and engineering graduates; public research and development (R&D) expenditures; and new capital raised” (The European Dream, p.70).
  • “Europe surpassed the United States in the mid-1990s as the largest producer of scientific literature” (The European Dream, p.70).
  • Nevertheless, Congress cut funds to the National Science Foundation. The agency will issue 1,000 fewer research grants this year (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004).
  • Foreign applications to U.S. grad schools declined 28 percent last year. Foreign student enrollment on all levels fell for the first time in three decades, but increased greatly in Europe and China. Last year Chinese grad-school graduates in the U.S. dropped 56 percent, Indians 51 percent, South Koreans 28 percent (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004). We’re not the place to be anymore.
  • The World Health Organization “ranked the countries of the world in terms of overall health performance, and the U.S. [was]…37th.” In the fairness of health care, we’re 54th. “The irony is that the United States spends more per capita for health care than any other nation in the world” (The European Dream, pp.79-80). Pay more, get lots, lots less.
  • “The U.S. and South Africa are the only two developed countries in the world that do not provide health care for all their citizens” (The European Dream, p.80). Excuse me, but since when is South Africa a “developed” country? Anyway, that’s the company we’re keeping.
  • Lack of health insurance coverage causes 18,000 unnecessary American deaths a year. (That’s six times the number of people killed on 9/11.) (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005.)
  • “U.S. childhood poverty now ranks 22nd, or second to last, among the developed nations. Only Mexico scores lower” (The European Dream, p.81). Been to Mexico lately? Does it look “developed” to you? Yet it’s the only “developed” country to score lower in childhood poverty.
  • Twelve million American families–more than 10 percent of all U.S. households–“continue to struggle, and not always successfully, to feed themselves.” Families that “had members who actually went hungry at some point last year” numbered 3.9 million (NYT, Nov. 22, 2004).
  • The United States is 41st in the world in infant mortality. Cuba scores higher (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
  • Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
  • The leading cause of death of pregnant women in this country is murder (CNN, Dec. 14, 2004).
  • “Of the 20 most developed countries in the world, the U.S. was dead last in the growth rate of total compensation to its workforce in the 1980s…. In the 1990s, the U.S. average compensation growth rate grew only slightly, at an annual rate of about 0.1 percent” (The European Dream, p.39). Yet Americans work longer hours per year than any other industrialized country, and get less vacation time.
  • “Sixty-one of the 140 biggest companies on the Global Fortune 500 rankings are European, while only 50 are U.S. companies” (The European Dream, p.66). “In a recent survey of the world’s 50 best companies, conducted by Global Finance, all but one were European” (The European Dream, p.69).
  • “Fourteen of the 20 largest commercial banks in the world today are European…. In the chemical industry, the European company BASF is the world’s leader, and three of the top six players are European. In engineering and construction, three of the top five companies are European…. The two others are Japanese. Not a single American engineering and construction company is included among the world’s top nine competitors. In food and consumer products, Nestlé and Unilever, two European giants, rank first and second, respectively, in the world. In the food and drugstore retail trade, two European companies…are first and second, and European companies make up five of the top ten. Only four U.S. companies are on the list” (The European Dream, p.68).
  • The United States has lost 1.3 million jobs to China in the last decade (CNN, Jan. 12, 2005).
  • U.S. employers eliminated 1 million jobs in 2004 (The Week, Jan. 14, 2005).
  • Three million six hundred thousand Americans ran out of unemployment insurance last year; 1.8 million–one in five–unemployed workers are jobless for more than six months (NYT, Jan. 9, 2005).
  • Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea hold 40 percent of our government debt. (That’s why we talk nice to them.) “By helping keep mortgage rates from rising, China has come to play an enormous and little-noticed role in sustaining the American housing boom” (NYT, Dec. 4, 2004). Read that twice. We owe our housing boom to China, because they want us to keep buying all that stuff they manufacture.
  • Sometime in the next 10 years Brazil will probably pass the U.S. as the world’s largest agricultural producer. Brazil is now the world’s largest exporter of chickens, orange juice, sugar, coffee, and tobacco. Last year, Brazil passed the U.S. as the world’s largest beef producer. (Hear that, you poor deluded cowboys?) As a result, while we bear record trade deficits, Brazil boasts a $30 billion trade surplus (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • As of last June, the U.S. imported more food than it exported (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • Bush: 62,027,582 votes. Kerry: 59,026,003 votes. Number of eligible voters who didn’t show up: 79,279,000 (NYT, Dec. 26, 2004). That’s more than a third. Way more. If more than a third of Iraqis don’t show for their election, no country in the world will think that election legitimate.
  • One-third of all U.S. children are born out of wedlock. One-half of all U.S. children will live in a one-parent house (CNN, Dec. 10, 2004).
  • “Americans are now spending more money on gambling than on movies, videos, DVDs, music, and books combined” (The European Dream, p.28).
  • “Nearly one out of four Americans [believe] that using violence to get what they want is acceptable” (The European Dream, p.32).
  • Forty-three percent of Americans think torture is sometimes justified, according to a PEW Poll (Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2004).
  • “Nearly 900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2002, the last year for which such data are available” (USA Today, Dec. 21, 2004).
  • “The International Association of Chiefs of Police said that cuts by the [Bush] administration in federal aid to local police agencies have left the nation more vulnerable than ever” (USA Today, Nov. 17, 2004).

h/t InformationClearinghouse

Whoa there, Partner. Sorry for such a rude awakening. Do you think I made some mistake here? Do you still want to scream at me how great this country is? How about mixing in some adoration and worship of your new Messiah, Barack Obama? Or that you now have your “party” in control, so you are still hoping that they will actually DO the things they said they would do to convince your gullible ass to vote for them?

Is your commitment and “investment” into these criminal parties keeping you from seeing what is as obvious as the ingrown hair on your ass cheek?

How To Stop Zionism?

Let them consume (as they force onto their victims) the remnants from their illegal and horrific usage of American provided DU weaponry. If we start seeing quite a few two-headed Israeli babies, maybe (Just Maybe) the Israeli citizens will stop their evil and corrupt government from doing this to others. Somehow, I come to the conclusion that it simply would be used as rationale to do even MORE horrific things to the Palestinians.

Israel’s Declining Sperm Quality Tied to Depleted Uranium Exposure

Israel’s Declining Sperm Quality Tied to Depleted Uranium Exposure
Tim King | Salem-News.com

Israel’s population is facing a dire threat: a drastic depopulation, from the use of weapons that leave behind Depleted Uranium (DU). Depleted Uranium leads to the word Omnicidal, as DU kills everything in the food chain, everywhere the wind blows. Experts say the dramatic drop in Israel’s sperm count could eliminate their ability to reproduce.

Research by an Israeli doctor shows a significant drop in sperm count level and sperm motility among young Israeli soldiers in recent years. Sperm motility is the ability of sperm to move properly toward an egg.

It is attributed to the inhalation of DU aerosolized nano-particles; the dirty results of extra powerful weapons used by Israel and the U.S.

All of that military might as it turns out, could set the stage for a massive Israeli act of population suicide.

A study by Dr. Ronit Haimov-Kokhman released in November, showed a 40-percent decline in the concentration of sperm cells in Israeli sperm donors from 2004 to 2008, compared to samples taken between 1995 and 1999.

Sperm banks in Israel are now reportedly turning away as many as two-thirds of potential donors, due to the low-quality sperm. In the past, around one-third of the potential donors were turned away. Read more.

h/t AfterDowningStreet

Let’s Bump Dicks and Rub Heads

From The Invisible Hair Suit, another funny cartoon that addresses a particular issue I deal with… hair loss.

Click Graphic or Bump Dicks to Enlarge

Back in 1979, I worked for a construction crew on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. I was working for a carpenter crew who built and removed concrete forms as we were building a dam.

There was this older guy who had been a carpenter for 30+ years (he had these Popeye forearms). With a big turnover of laborers, he had a peculiar way of selecting which gopher he wanted on his crew. First, he never shut up… about anything. If you paid much attention, he would get on your nerves. But, he had a way of culling the bogus ones.

He could take a 15 pound sledge hammer, hold it at the end of the stick (with the head straight up in the air) and would suggest to the newbie that “to be a man” you should be able to rotate the hammer back towards your face and and just using one’s wrist, make the hammer go up and down. (Of course, the momentum would start and everyone would almost hit themselves in the nose)

This guy could do this over and over and barely touch his nose with he hammer. Popeye Forearms.

But he had another test for the newbie and it was even more disarming. He would wait until he and the new guy were alone and he would whisper, “Let’s bump dicks.” Inevitably, the young whipper snapper would say, “I ain’t gay.” And Popeye would retort, “Come on. It ain’t sex, just two guys bumping dicks.”

I saw more people quit due to this than anyone almost hitting themselves in the nose with a sledgehammer.

So in honor of Popeye, “Let’s bump dicks.” (Said in the most non-gay way I can muster)

Willie Nelson Gets High Before Performing? Say It Isn’t So.

Dedicated to Dr Doug…

more about “Willie Nelson is high while on Larry …“, posted with vodpod

Doug is a rocker, but he also does this (from this morning)

21.75lbs 11"beard 7/8" spurs

As Doug said (and I have said here before) “A Country Boy Can Survive“…

BTW, when this man hunts, he sets up decoys and calls the turkey in. The story behind this one is pretty fascinating (and awe inspiring for hunters). That is a pretty big bird for around here.

Here is Doug and the band (Doug is playing the lead guitar on Blackfoot’s Highway Song)