B’Man’s Hypocrite Watch: Post Christmas Edition

I love Christmas. It is one day that I promise to put away all anger (best I can). I don’t do it for any religious reasons, but because I always believed those words that say, “Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards Man” (Luke 2:14). Yep. I took it from a Bible, but it is the sentiment that means something to me. The spirit of peace, based from love, is an important ingredient missing nowadays that my friend Kelso keeps insisting that Americans seem to have lost for each other. The loss of love causes loss of peace, for I cannot see how it is conceivably possible to love and war your enemy simultaneously. It is impossible to show “good will” towards someone you are warring against.

So, I kept my mouth shut yesterday.

Today is different. Today I want to point out some hypocrisy that should inflame your redneck hide because it simply proves that those whom many of you think are Patriots and respect as Mavericks and the new “Conservatives” are nothing but what they “say” they despise… Welfare Queens and Kings (by way of the Young Turks):

Disgusting, but not surprising.

And before you get all mad at me, Mr Southern Republican, I don’t care a rat’s ass for the other “side” you want to paint me as. You see, there are plenty of rocks to throw at the “other side”. Basically, you have the leader of our country caught, red-handed, in a blatant lie of expediency (which is his modus operandi) regarding healthcare and his desires (by way of AfterDowningStreet):

This is true of many of the “centrist” (gag) Democrats who have bought Medicare/Medicaid improvements for their states and other forms of pork:

This vote was also a political win. It was a big deal for politicians–like Barack Obama, Max Baucus, Rahm Emanuel, and Harry Reid–who cared more about putting up a “W” on the scoreboard than about the policy. It was also a big day for senators like Blanche Lincoln, Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, and Joe Lieberman. The incredibly broken rules of the Senate gave them an absurd amount of anti-constitutional power that allowed them to hold reform hostage for pork and industry favors.

It was loss for the country. Our broken health care system will remain broken and costs will continue to rise at an alarming rate. Things like drug re-importation and a robust public option, which would have helped bring down prices for millions of Americans, were stripped from the bill at the request of powerful industry lobbyists.

All-the-while these “moderate” congresspeople are insisting that coverage for all Americans (as in a Single Payer System) is un-American or Socialist or whatever boogey man scare tactic they can dream up. But, as I always point out here, follow my advice and follow the money to see how the Quid Pro Quo works (all from the current year contributionsbribes):

Sen Mary Landrieu

Sen Blanche Lincoln

Sen Ben Nelson

Joe LIEberman

The last numbers for Barack Obama are from 2008. You can see them here, if interested. It is overwhelming and simply shows that every one of these people are owned by the very industries that give the most and vote/manipulate the system to the dictate of their coffers.

In a poignant display of Christmas “peace” hypocrisy, understand that Karl Rove was born on Christmas Day, 1950. This fact, in and of itself, is reason enough to change the Holiday date.

The Recession Is Over… I Want My Caviar and Bubbly

Time to celebrate. No sky falling. Its all just been a bunch of raving blogger lunatics like me who scream Chicken Little.

Sorry about that.

I mean, gosh, since we have so many of the Talking Heads telling us that we are on the rebound, it might be time to party hardy (almost like it was 1999 again). I can just see my guests as they file in through my front door, explain to me how good their “recovery” is right now. I can just imagine how my buddy Ray in Memphis feels about the recovery since he lost his job (and can’t find one for many months).

Shoot, since we only lost 19,000 jobs last month, we should pop the corks, shouldn’t we. Maybe break out the little fish eggs like real rich folk.

There may be a problem buying the caviar, though. It appears that when we compare real numbers in the world, we see what a recession really is and that our Trade War enemy seems to be fairing quite well for themselves. With that many fish egg eaters doing so well, we might be able to just find our own carp eggs and do the best we can with a Budweiser.

And speaking of food (or the lack thereof)… it appears that someone is lying to us about how much food is available in America and what is available can’t be afforded by over 10% of our fellow Americans. In a Reuter’s Article titled Record Number of Americans Using Food Stamps breaks the numbers down:

Last month, the USDA said 36.2 million Americans or 11 percent of households struggle to get enough food to eat, and one-third of them had to sometimes skip or cut back on meals.

The previous high was 10.5% (and this in the aftermath of Katrina).

Well, forget all that shit. The recession is over and they will begin adding jobs very soon, right? Just around the corner?

Better not listen to another raving lunatic blogger, Mr Dave Lindorff as he explains the contrary view over at AfterDowningStreet (some might even call it the “reality” view) in an article called, “Forget the Happy Talk: Longer, Deeper Recession Ahead, Execs Warn“. It appears that someone is telling some mistruths and reality from those that ARE in-the-know (as opposed to in-the-propaganda-business) needs some illumination if you are going to be an educated redneck:

What didn’t get widely reported was a report by the Association of Financial Professionals, a trade association that includes CFOs, treasurers, comptrollers, and risk managers of mid-sized and large corporations, which asked over 1000 of these executives the question: “When do you expect your company to begin hiring again?”

The answer tells you all you need to know about the depth of the current economic crisis, and blows all the media and government happy talk out of the water.

This Outlook Survey by the APF, which was funded by Wells Fargo Bank, shows that 26 percent of executives expect to see their company payrolls continue to shrink in 2010, while 46% more expect employoment to stay at current low levels. Put another way,only 25% of companies surveyed expect to return to pre-recession hiring levels in 2011, while 32% don’t expect a hiring rebound until 2012. And fully 30% “do not expect their organizations ever to return their payrolls to pre-recessionary levels.”

And here’s another troubling bit of news. The same survey respondents say that their companies’ access to credit–the willingness of banks to lend–has barely budged. In fact only one in six reported that the had found credit a little easier to obtain in the last six months, while one in five actually reported that it had become harder to obtain credit. So much for the Obama administration’s and the Federal Reserve’s vaunted efforts to throw so much money–literally trillions of dollars–at the banks that they would start lending.

More than half of the executives responding to the survey said that if credit doesn’t become more accessible by mid-2010, their firms will have to take steps to conserve cash–steps which could include cutting capital spending (68%), freezing or cutting hiring (62%), cutting inventory (25%), delaying payments to suppliers (23%), tightening credit offered to customers (23%) and drawing down existing credit lines (22%). Note that all of these steps are things that would put a further drag on the economy and could push it into a second downward spiral.

The people who hire employees don’t seem to have such a glowing review, nor the small business owners who “thought” that the huge banker bail-outs would free that credit again. Nope. None of that.

That seems to be the overall consensus of the situation, but in my line of work (manufacturing) things are VERY BLEAK in the USA and LOOKING SWEET with our Trade War Enemy (China). You see, when it comes to making stuff (you know, the thing we were once known and renowned for in the world as the masters of), China is doing pretty dad gum good, where we are sucking hind teat.

What? {You ask in total surprise that I didn’t explain how Americans are the “most productive workers in the world” (or any of that other lying BS)}

Here are the facts: China Adds Almost As Many Manufacturing Jobs As Exist In America

This little article by Richard McCormack at Manufacturing & Technology News breaks down the numbers for you. Yes. That title is correct. In this “recession” for America, China has added as many manufacturing jobs to their economy as exists in TOTAL in America.

While the United States was losing millions of manufacturing jobs over the past decade, China was gaining many millions more. China’s manufacturing employment increased by 10 percent in four years, from 100.9 million workers in 2002 to 112 million in 2006, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The increase was almost equal to the total number of Americans working in the U.S. manufacturing sector (14 million at the end of 2006, declining to 11.6 million in November, 2009). China has 100 million more people working in its manufacturing sector than does the United States.
The massive growth in manufacturing employment in China counters a myth propagated in America’s economic circles that China’s manufacturing employment is declining, just as it is in America.Yet the number of manufacturing workers in China is equal to 33 percent of the U.S. population. By comparison, the 11.7 million U.S. manufacturing workers at the end of November represented an order of magnitude less — 3.8 percent of the U.S. population.

You see, you hard working American (Redneck, like me, or not), as our recession is bottoming out and the “green shoots” start swelling you with pride at our recovery, and the bankers’ bonuses hitting a 40% increase from last year (on your dime, I might add), we (normal Americans) are still losing only 19,000 jobs per month (a point that Mr Lindorff points out to be a sham by seeing how the beginning of Dec showed an “unexpected increase” of  unemployment claims of 474,000).

We are losing jobs, China is adding them. We barely make anything and they make it all for us, by and large.

So, what happens when you find out that we are about to see a record loss in food production and exporting? What if you knew that one of the few things that stand between us making it through this recession/depression and not making it is that we provide around 40% of the world’s corn and soy beans (and a lot of other food stuff). As long as the supply is good, we have them by the starvation balls.

But it appears that this past year was not as wonderful as some government agencies would lead us to believe. And that a disruption and/or major shortage may be the catalyst for all the other countries invested in the American dollar to say, “Enough is enough!”

Read this article if you want to have the scare of your life (and a glimpse into the doomsday scenario I have been trying to link  with all the actions of our Corporate Elitist owned government).

*****2010 Food Crisis for Dummies*****

Over the last two years, the world has faced a series of unprecedented financial crises: the collapse of the housing market, the freezing of the credit markets, the failure of Wall Street brokerage firms (Bear Stearns/Lehman Brothers), the failure of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the failure of AIG, Iceland’s economic collapse, the bankruptcy of the major auto manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), etc… In the face of all these challenges, the demise of the dollar, derivative markets, and the modern international system of credit has been repeatedly forecasted and feared. However, all these doomsday scenarios have so far been proved false, and, despite tremendous chaos and losses, the global financial system has held together.
The 2010 Food Crisis is different. It is THE CRISIS. The one that makes all doomsday scenarios come true. The government bailouts and central bank interventions, which have held the financial world together during the last two years, will be powerless to prevent the 2010 Food Crisis from bringing the global financial system to its knees.

You will find how the losses this year are not being reported as they should and what this effect will be on the world. I did hear an interview with a Mississippi Sweet Potato Council member on MPBOnline last week as he explained that the Sweet potato crop last year was devastated (Mississippi is the sweet potato capital of the world). He said you better buy what you want now, because there will be a huge shortage soon.

So, from what I understand (and have heard on the periphery), there are shortages not being heavily reported and they could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back regarding the Dollar. When she fails, that is it.

But WAIT… there is more. What if you found out that the gold in Fort Knox is 70 – 80% Tungston and that we are shipping bogus gold to the rest of the world. What of India bought a bunch of it and found out it was bogus. What if the world finds this out?

There is the perfect storm that has come together. We are prepping by having forces all over the world and bases to make it possible for a first strike on any of the remaining enemies that we owe and seemingly have cheated.

Last month, the USDA said 36.2 million Americans or 11 percent of households struggle to get enough food to eat, and one-third of them had to sometimes skip or cut back on meals.

Oral Was Hung…

… like a children’s pencil… “You can’t stick it in the nose orifICEs”:

What is truly interesting about this tape is that the next few things he said were truly “out there”. One sentence that caught my attention was when he caught himself and ask that they edit the tape:

God made the female breasts, young man—what’s wrong with you handling it, fondling it? Oh, sure, you’re married to this girl, you’re married to this man, but awww, come on now, let’s have a good time. Somebody go get a six pack. Bring in some bourbon. Uhhh, pick up the phone and send in a couple call girls. I go to church, too, but, uh, you know, it didn’t make me queer. Well, I wouldn’t buy that 100%. [aside] Um, please erase that from the tape, uh, I didn’t—let’s edit that out, will ya?

h/t Pam’s House Blend

God made the female breasts, young man—what’s wrong with you handling it, fondling it? Oh, sure, you’re married to this girl, you’re married to this man, but awww, come on now, let’s have a good time. Somebody go get a six pack. Bring in some bourbon. Uhhh, pick up the phone and send in a couple call girls. I go to church, too, but, uh, you know, it didn’t make me queer. Well, I wouldn’t buy that 100%. [aside] Um, please erase that from the tape, uh, I didn’t—let’s edit that out, will ya?

The “Fat Cat Banker” Sleight of Hand

It appears that the media clowns are going to tell you about how pissed off Barack Obama is with the bankers:

Obama Complains About “Fat cat bankers”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama complained about “fat-cat bankers” and sharply criticized Wall Street banks for paying out big bonuses to executives in a television interview to air on Sunday.

Obama, who has taken some heat from Americans for supporting a Wall Street bailout, told CBS’ “60 Minutes” banks do not understand how angry people are with them.

“I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street,” Obama said.

cont at link…

So, when you read something like that, Mr ObamaManiac, what comes to mind? That he is doing the best he can and he will take these bankers to task for what they have done? Or, do you think that like everything else that comes from this shell of a man, he is lying?

My lil ole Mama has always said, “Actions speak louder than words“. Take a look at this action:

Do you REALLY think that he meant what he said? Remember when he said this about having Lobbyists in his administration?

Or any number of things to convince you to vote for him, like the gullible Two-Party Sheople you have become.

In the case of financial focus, he began the campaign with a couple of folks who were critical of Wall Street, but what happened after his election? Matt Taibbi explained it in his article, “Obama’s Big Sellout“:

But come November 5th, both were banished from Obama’s inner circle — and replaced with a group of Wall Street bankers. Leading the search for the president’s new economic team was his close friend and Harvard Law classmate Michael Froman, a high-ranking executive at Citigroup. During the campaign, Froman had emerged as one of Obama’s biggest fundraisers, bundling $200,000 in contributions and introducing the candidate to a host of heavy hitters — chief among them his mentor Bob Rubin, the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who served as Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton. Froman had served as chief of staff to Rubin at Treasury, and had followed his boss when Rubin left the Clinton administration to serve as a senior counselor to Citigroup (a massive new financial conglomerate created by deregulatory moves pushed through by Rubin himself).

Incredibly, Froman did not resign from the bank when he went to work for Obama: He remained in the employ of Citigroup for two more months, even as he helped appoint the very people who would shape the future of his own firm. And to help him pick Obama’s economic team, Froman brought in none other than Jamie Rubin who happens to be Bob Rubin’s son. At the time, Jamie’s dad was still earning roughly $15 million a year working for Citigroup, which was in the midst of a collapse brought on in part because Rubin had pushed the bank to invest heavily in mortgage-backed CDOs and other risky instruments.

Now here’s where it gets really interesting. It’s three weeks after the election. You have a lame-duck president in George W. Bush — still nominally in charge, but in reality already halfway to the golf-and-O’Doul’s portion of his career and more than happy to vacate the scene. Left to deal with the still-reeling economy are lame-duck Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a former head of Goldman Sachs, and New York Fed chief Timothy Geithner, who served under Bob Rubin in the Clinton White House. Running Obama’s economic team are a still-employed Citigroup executive and the son of another Citigroup executive, who himself joined Obama’s transition team that same month.

So on November 23rd, 2008, a deal is announced in which the government will bail out Rubin’s messes at Citigroup with a massive buffet of taxpayer-funded cash and guarantees. It is a terrible deal for the government, almost universally panned by all serious economists, an outrage to anyone who pays taxes. Under the deal, the bank gets $20 billion in cash, on top of the $25 billion it had already received just weeks before as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. But that’s just the appetizer. The government also agrees to charge taxpayers for up to $277 billion in losses on troubled Citi assets, many of them those toxic CDOs that Rubin had pushed Citi to invest in. No Citi executives are replaced, and few restrictions are placed on their compensation. It’s the sweetheart deal of the century, putting generations of working-stiff taxpayers on the hook to pay off Bob Rubin’s fuck-up-rich tenure at Citi. “If you had any doubts at all about the primacy of Wall Street over Main Street,” former labor secretary Robert Reich declares when the bailout is announced, “your doubts should be laid to rest.”

It is bad enough that one of Bob Rubin’s former protégés from the Clinton years, the New York Fed chief Geithner, is intimately involved in the negotiations, which unsurprisingly leave the Federal Reserve massively exposed to future Citi losses. But the real stunner comes only hours after the bailout deal is struck, when the Obama transition team makes a cheerful announcement: Timothy Geithner is going to be Barack Obama’s Treasury secretary!

Geithner, in other words, is hired to head the U.S. Treasury by an executive from Citigroup — Michael Froman — before the ink is even dry on a massive government giveaway to Citigroup that Geithner himself was instrumental in delivering. In the annals of brazen political swindles, this one has to go in the all-time Fuck-the-Optics Hall of Fame.

Wall Street loved the Citi bailout and the Geithner nomination so much that the Dow immediately posted its biggest two-day jump since 1987, rising 11.8 percent. Citi shares jumped 58 percent in a single day, and JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley soared more than 20 percent, as Wall Street embraced the news that the government’s bailout generosity would not die with George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.

Isn’t it funny how it all works out for the bankers? Or how what actually happened (the ACTION) is so very different from the WORDS.

I dunno ’bout you, but they call that “lying” down in these parts. Or worse. Thievery. But if your gullible blood isn’t boiling just yet, listen to the interview with Matt for the whole picture of how we were duped into “hope” for “change” when there was never any intention of that, whatsoever.

Pissed yet? Mr Obama is “telling” you how pissed he is at these guys, yet he takes them into his administration to form and carry out the current debacle that has ONLY benefited the ones he is now using harsh words on. Yeah, he is really upset. So much so that he took more money from them than any other politician last election cycle.