Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Wednesday, 23 November 2005 at 19h 0m 21s|
Two interesting facts
Why do we need tax reform? According to Senator Byron
There is a 5 story white building
in the Cayman islands where 12,000 American corporations keep the records of
their headquarters so they don't have to pay taxes on their income. They use
the 5 story building as post-office box to re-route their profits so those
profits are not taxed.
Last year 274 American
corporations made 1 trillion dollars in profits -- not revenue: these are
profits, what is left after all the bills are paid. Now for the kicker: ALL
BUT 72 PAID NO TAXES LAST YEAR.
Senator from North Dakota.
They want all the benefits of America, but don't want to pay for it.
Oh, but these corporations are paying workers and creating jobs, they say.
Accordingly, this argument goes, they can't compete in the global economy
because taxes are too high. Tax breaks are supposed to be an incentive for
corporations to "invest" and "innovate" and make a lot more money.
Only that is not how it works, nor how this happens. Corporations play state
governments off each other, just like they do globally with nations. Whoever
offers them the best deal gets the new factory, but that factory is still going
to get built incentive or not. Companies invest and innovate
when they can realize a greater market share or larger profit within the
foreseeable future, not because they pay less taxes. It is very true that
paying less taxes will make the bottom line better, but the function of making
the bottom line better is completely independent of taxation. That is my
point. Turning the faucet is not connected to the flow of water. Beyond the
extra-ordinary, the archaic, or the extreme, taxation is a just another cost
balanced against the revenue and is just economic background noise.
Companies also innovate when they can save money. But again, they can also
save money in other ways by paying less wages,
or transferring assets abroad where costs are cheaper and there are no
obligations of labor benefits. Innovations do not always have to be labor
and/or technology driven. (This bull does not wear all clothes alike.) They
can be driven by merely a desire or need to cut costs, and companies will do
this without tax breaks, or regardless of tax breaks. There is no causation.
Small businesses, home-owners can all benefit from tax breaks, and the result
is more spendable cash that can be used for other things. This supports the
community and functioning of the local economy, which is precisely the intended
result. Government is supposed to spend tax dollars for society's benefit, so
cost of the benefit gets spread over all of the citizens and we all share the
burden, thus making the overall
cost cheaper. Our government functions for the people, and although every
nascent rising aristocraty will always try to take control of the government
for its own uses, the ideal is still the foundation of government -- which is
why marauders have to clothe their actions with the words of the great ideals.
Government subsidizes industry and communities when the benefit will not
occur any other way, or the initial investment is too prohibitive. This is how
plumbing, railroads, interstate highways, electricity, telephones, radio, the
computers all eventually became independent. Before the technology has
advanced to a point where it becomes practical, the wisdom of the technology is
nevertheless worthy of support. Corporations cannot lose money hoping on a big
idea, when the competition is such that there is no guaranteed that a 10 year
investment will ever be realized. To some extent it is true that Research and
Development is a
function of re-invested profits, but since no corporation can re-invest more
money than there is available, the aggregation of a very large initial
investment is only possible through collective action. This collective can be
in the form of investors, but only government has the force of legal
requirement when the desired result runs counter to the profit motive.
A corporation is also not a small business or a home-owner, where a single
individual makes all the decisions and participates in all of the functions
necessary to operate the business or own the house. A corporation is a large
bureaucracy compartmentalized into specific functions, all of which are
coordinated by multiple layers of managers and officers all the way up to the
Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Maintaining the
files and records alone of corporate debts and assets might employ 1000 plus
persons. Departments produce reports and have meetings to discuss reports and
balance sheets. Stockholders vote for the Board of Directors by proxy, which
means anonymously. The stock price, and to some extent the value of the
corporation, is thus extremely dependent upon yearly profits, if for no other
reason than the inherent herd mentality of the asset markets. The pressure to
increase profits is very real, and should not be underestimated nor overlooked.
But that's just what the tax-break incentive myth does -- assumes that large
corporations respond the same way as individuals. The decisions of what to do
with any surplus cash are obviously not as simple as one person who gets some
extra money deciding to expand his painting business and hire 2 more workers --
assuming the same boss doesn't just add a garage to his home or install a new
pool in the backyard.
Tax incentives that are targeted work best when individual behaviors are
subsidized, like college expenses or insurance payments, not when they are
the abstract assumption that investments will get sponsored. The surplus just
gets added to the pile because they are not targeted or guaranteed to be spent
on anything specific. Hence they are actually a waste of investment, because
inevitably there will always be a sizeable percentage of the total that is not
going to get spent as desired.
When you give a benefit for college expenses, the money got spent on college
expenses. A lot of the so called "tax benefits" that corporations get is
really just window-dressing. Corn is subsidized so that all of the products
derived from corn have a cheap source of corn, which may arguably be a good
thing to have. However, all of the coal producing electricity plants got tax-
incentives for the last 10 years to help them modernize, but instead, they took
the money and did nothing, and 20,000 got a 20 year reprieve from having to
modernize by Bush in 2003. The nuclear energy industry has always been
subsidized (50 years worth) and is still neither practical nor sustainable. The
telephone corporation would never have hooked
up the current network absent government regulation. Without forcing the
corporation to perform an end result, the company would have sat on the tax-
benefits money and manipulated it's market position to monopolize and make more
money. And as we all know, politicians can be bought to keep passing on the
tax-benefits without creating a means of enforcement.
Why give $100,000 to the "someone" as an "incentive" to make loans, when you
could just give out the $100,000 directly as loans? Answer : so the "someone"
can get a cut of the business, of course.
And do you think the Oil conglomerates are going to invest in Solar or
energy that will cost the corporation lots of market share? At some point, the
corporation's drive for profits and market position diverge from the need to
modernize. In the long run, the changes will force them to the wall, but the
short term might be 50 years. Are we gonna ride on the backs of 2 generations
people waiting for the transition to "naturally" occur? Don't forget, bad
decisions are sometimes made, human vanity does not always enable the presumed
democratic competition of the economic order. Aristocracy and oligarchy and
plutocracy are all ancient Greek words for a reason, because they can
quite "naturally" occur.
|Tuesday, 22 November 2005 at 22h 36m 47s|
They knew they were lying
This is really smoking hot.
Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel
By Murray Waas, special to National Journal
© National Journal Group Inc.
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005
Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, President Bush was told in a highly classified
briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible
evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda,
according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand
knowledge of the matter.
One of the more intriguing things that Bush was told during the briefing was
that the few credible reports of contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda involved
attempts by Saddam Hussein to monitor the terrorist group. Saddam viewed Al
Qaeda as well as other theocratic radical Islamist organizations as a potential
threat to his secular regime. At one point, analysts believed, Saddam
considered infiltrating the ranks of Al Qaeda with Iraqi nationals or even
Iraqi intelligence operatives to learn more about its inner workings, according
to records and sources.
The September 21, 2001, briefing was prepared at the request of the president,
who was eager in the days following the terrorist attacks to learn all that he
could about any possible connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
That is only the first 3%. Read on ...
|Tuesday, 22 November 2005 at 22h 24m 3s|
Jean is full of Schmidt
This comes from Thinkprogress [SOURCE] and the Washington Monthly [SOURCE]
Marine Quoted By Schmidt Says He Never Mentioned Murtha
During Rep. Jean Schmidt’s (R-OH) shameful attack on Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) on
the House Floor she said she was communicating a message from Marine Colonel
This is what Jean Schmidt said:
A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio
Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked
me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send
Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny
and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body – that
we will see this through.
Bubp denies he said that [SOURCE -- Cincinnati
Danny Bubp, a freshman state representative who is a colonel in the Marine
Corps Reserve, told The Enquirer that he never mentioned Rep. John Murtha, D-
Pa., by name when talking with Schmidt…”There was no discussion of him
personally being a coward or about any person being a coward,” Bubp said.
And further, from the NYTimes: [SOURCE -- at bottom of page]
...a spokeswoman for the colonel, Danny R. Bubp, said Ms. Schmidt had
misconstrued their conversation.
While Mr. Bubp, a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives,
opposes a quick withdrawal for forces, "he did not mention Congressman Murtha
by name nor did he mean to disparage Congressman Murtha," said Karen Tabor, his
spokeswoman. "He feels as though the words that Congresswoman Schmidt chose did
not represent their conversation."
One picture is the screed ... the other is for the cameras.
How about those eerie, scary blue-ish eyes looking up at ... "God" ? Receiving
signals from alien invaders? Seeing a golf ball coming at her from above? I
wonder how many photos had to be taken before they got her head tilted at just
the right angle, with just the right pose.
She's a front. She was the candidate that had to beat Iraq vet Paul Hackett
(with possible help, thanks to an 11th hour shift of 4,000 votes by the
computer counting - Diebold - machines in Ohio.
The 2nd Congressional District is East of Cincinnati, along the Ohio River.
Some Excerpts from the House Rules and Manual that Jean should read:
"In the practice of the House, a member is not permitted to refer to another
member by name, or to address him in the second person. The proper reference to
another member is 'the gentleman (or gentlewoman) from ...,' naming the
"By rule of the House, as well as by parliamentary law, personalities are
forbidden, whether against the member in the member's capacity as
representative or otherwise, even if the references may be relevant to the
pending question. The House has censured a member for gross personalities. The
chair may intervene to prevent improper references where it is evident that a
particular member is being described. The chair does not rule on the veracity
of a statement made by a member in debate. Although accusing another member of
deceit engages in personality, merely accusing another member of making a
mistake does not.
"A member may not read in debate extraneous material critical of another
member, which would be improper if spoken in the member's own words."
And remember, Murtha is merely conveying what will happen eventually. He is
not "cutting and running" like a "coward." This insidious wench was merely
trying to help the Rethuglican "team" gain political points, since in her mind
this is a vituperative trench fight not a rational discussion about policy
decisions. And her insistence that "we see this through" was more for the
purpose of insisting that congressman Murtha said otherwise.
This is how the party "strategists" (goons??) create an opposition movement by
allocating to "the opponent" an untruth, whilst the wily politician takes the
truth position for themself.
These are the games they play. They don't listen to you. You are the enemy.
While you are speaking, their minds are spinning trying to figure out their
next counter move -- so of course they don't really hear a word you say.
|Monday, 21 November 2005 at 19h 42m 3s|
Roll out the presses, xmas shoppers are on the march
|Monday, 21 November 2005 at 19h 43m 48s|
They are foolish and have no shame
Who are these people, standing
Murtha's 37 years of Marine service and playing word games by accusing his bill
as "cutting and running."
Then, on Friday, the Republican leadership attempts to sneak a "substitute"
bill drawn up by California Republican Duncan Hunter (boo, hiss) by calling a
vote on the resolution. Thankfully
representative Lantos was keen enough to ask what bill was before the House,
and thus forcing the House speaker to legally state the bill. [SOURCE] Had the vote occurred, Democrats could have been
lured into thinking they voted for another bill. This trick has been pulled by
the Republicans -- and Lyndon Baines Johnson even -- before. Thankfully,
Lantos was wise to them this time.
Good thing too, because the two resolutions are very different.
Murtha has proposed his own resolution that would force the president to
withdraw the nearly 160,000 troops in Iraq "at the earliest practicable date."
It would establish a quick-reaction force and a nearby presence of Marines in
the region. It also said the U.S. must pursue stability in Iraq through
The Republican alternative: "It is the sense of the House of Representatives
that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately."
That's the entire Hunter resolution by the way. We get "the sense." Which
sense, the sense of "smell" -- cause that's what this does, it smells.
Congressman Duncan Hunter,52nd District of California
(East of San Diego)
" Believe everything they tell me to say. Trust me. The honesty and
integrity will become more obvious as my hands approach one another while I am
This is the same Duncan Hunter who earlier in the year read the menu of the
Guantanamo Prisoners, so as to dispel any notions that prisoner abuse and
torture were not occuring merely because he is reading a "menu" given to him
purporting to come directly from spot. He recently also sponsored building
a "wall" along the entire border between Mexico and the United States.
Sounds like the Berlin Wall to me, Mr. HUNTER.
Keep in mind that this is the chairman of the House Armed Services
Committee during this time of egregious corruption in the sub-contracting
process of military procurement, and when 9 billion of 18 billion to be spent
cannot be accounted for and in which was specifically written by law to be
spent on Reconstruction in Iraq.
Accordingly "snake-oil" salesman Rep. Duncan Hunter R-Calif., chairman of the
House Armed Services Committee, said that the above resolution vote was not a
is not an attack on an individual. This is a legitimate question," he said, in
the sourced article.
Oh really? So if it is a "legitimate question" then why try to sneak in an
resolution without making clear which resolution, Hunter's or Murtha's was
about to be voted upon. You see how this works, eh. Those who did not pay
attention, only thought the fight was about some "legitimate question," when
the fight was really about the secretive tactics. This is how these
Rethuglicans (damn near everyone) and a few spineless Democrats (Lieberman and
Biden) play the game. They know that at least 80% of the people will not know
the details or even the actual series of events, so what the TV audiences and
the corporate newspapers get is the offsetting quotes -- with very little or
not enough background information.
(Which is why the sourced yahoo article comes from a writer of the
Associated Press -
- the "associated" means some writer wrote another story and distributed it
across the wire, as opposed to a writer from the staff of a particular
85 to 90 percent of the article is a quotation, or mentions conflicts and
disagreements in lieu of a quotation without detailing either conflict or
It's like, He said,she said, he said, oh and by the way 1+1=2, and then
finally, he said. Story over.
Uh .... hello! Who cares what the @*$$!* he or
she said, what the hell happened !!!!
Just look how the article describes the voting scenario. Each of the bolded
parts are deliberate subjective choices of description
The Republican-controlled House spurned calls for an immediate pullout
of troops from Iraq in a vote hastily arranged [ie, not forced by the
Murtha resolution] by the GOP that Democrats vociferously denounced as
...Democrats accused Republicans of orchestrating a political stunt that
prohibited thoughtful debate on the issue, and nearly all voted against the
...The House action came in a week that also saw the GOP-controlled Senate
defeat a Democratic push for President Bush to lay out a timetable for
withdrawal. Instead, senators approved a statement that 2006 should
be a significant year in which conditions are created for the phased
withdrawal of U.S. forces.
...In little more than 24 hours, Hastert and Republicans decided to put the
question to the House.
...Republicans hoped to place Democrats in an unappealing position — either
supporting a withdrawal that critics said would be precipitous or opposing it
and angering voters who want an end to the conflict. They also hoped the
vote could restore GOP momentum on an issue — the war — that has seen
plummeting public support in recent weeks.
Democrats said it was a sham and quickly decided to vote against the resolution
in an attempt to drain it of significance.
Nowhere in this damn piece of $#@@**!% article are the major facts that
occurred. The Republicans tried to put their own Resolution before the vote
without making clear what was being voted upon. That resolution was one
sentence long and only conveyed "a sense" of doing something. And the Murtha
resolution was not a call for immediate withdrawal, as the Hunter resolution
suggests with a "sense". But apparently, according to
the ap writer "Republicans hoped to place Democrats in an unappealing
position — either supporting a withdrawal that critics said would be
precipitous or opposing it and angering voters who want an end to the
Indeed, was that the choice according to the ubiquitous "critics" ? A choice
between a "precipitous" withdrawal or "angering voters." Was that the choice?
Thank you bullshit ap hack writer for such an insightful clue about your true
purpose on the ap wire. Notice that in the paragraph above I can summarize in
3 sentences what you could not even mention in the entirety of your epic
whitewashing of the event.
However, the Republican's got other strings to pull, and quickly get on the
trail of yet another auspicious ethics
probe ... ?
From Roll Call (the House record of business each day):
GOP Lawmakers Float Ethics Probe of Murtha Republican lawmakers say that ties
between Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and his brother’s lobbying firm, KSA
Consulting, may warrant investigation by the House ethics committee.
So they go around attacking the credentials and ideas of John Murtha and then
they try to sneak through a fake bill so they don't have to vote on the
real "Murtha bill" ...
argh, this truly is disgusting.
Our boys are dying because they can't accept reality without first trying to
milk the events for some political gain. This is not about "cutting and
running." This is about redeployment. According to the Pentagon, no amount of
time or addition of troops will improve the situation in Iraq. The troops will
be drawn down and redeployed by the military anyway. Murtha is just saying
publically what is already in the works.
But these Republicans have to take their politics to the level of sewage pipes
underneath the streets. But then that is where the rats live and breed, so go
|Saturday, 19 November 2005 at 12h 1m 55s|
Da Prez meets regular guy fo uh be-air
Ever get that down to Earth feeling?
Go here to read more ...
The Onion story behind this mythical meeting by Bush with a "regular Joe" is
hilarious, and quite true, even if the actual event did not really occur.
Sometimes the truth is more relevent in fiction than real life, because one's
loyalties and misconceptions can be stripped free of their symbolism.
|Saturday, 19 November 2005 at 11h 50m 23s|
Why did they out Valerie Plame again?
From _Dave in Half Moon Bay
Just to add a little detail to my claim that Plame was outed because she had
the BFEE from planting WMD, here's one place I saw an example by Wayne Madsen:
"According to U.S. intelligence sources, the White House exposure of Plame and
Brewster Jennings was intended to
retaliate against the CIA's work in limiting the proliferation of WMDs. The
CIA Counter-Proliferation Division prevented
the shipment of binary VX nerve gas from Turkey into Iraq in November 2002.
The Brewster Jennings network in Turkey
was able to intercept this shipment which was intended to be hidden in Iraq and
later used as evidence that Saddam was
in possession of WMDs. U.S. intelligence sources revealed that this was a major
reason Bush targeted Plame and her network."
|Thursday, 17 November 2005 at 22h 21m 25s|
The propaganda machine at work
This is from a recent ROLLING STONE article, By JAMES BAMFORD. [
On December 17th, 2001, in a small room within the sound of the crashing tide,
a CIA officer attached metal electrodes to the ring and index fingers of a man
sitting pensively in a padded chair. The officer then stretched a black rubber
tube, pleated like an accordion, around the man's chest and another across his
abdomen. Finally, he slipped a thick cuff over the man's brachial artery, on
the inside of his upper arm.
Strapped to the polygraph machine was Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri, a forty-
three-year-old Iraqi who had fled his homeland in Kurdistan and was now
determined to bring down Saddam Hussein. For hours, as thin mechanical styluses
traced black lines on rolling graph paper, al-Haideri laid out an explosive
tale. Answering yes and no to a series of questions, he insisted repeatedly
that he was a civil engineer who had helped Saddam's men to secretly bury tons
of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. The illegal arms, according to al-
Haideri, were buried in subterranean wells, hidden in private villas, even
stashed beneath the Saddam Hussein Hospital, the largest medical facility in
It was damning stuff -- just the kind of evidence the Bush administration was
looking for. If the charges were true, they would offer the White House a
compelling reason to invade Iraq and depose Saddam. That's why the Pentagon had
flown a CIA polygraph expert to Pattaya: to question al-Haideri and confirm,
once and for all, that Saddam was secretly stockpiling weapons of mass
There was only one problem: It was all a lie. After a review of the sharp peaks
and deep valleys on the polygraph chart, the intelligence officer concluded
that al-Haideri had made up the entire story, apparently in the hopes of
securing a visa.
The fabrication might have ended there, the tale of another political refugee
trying to scheme his way to a better life. But just because the story wasn't
true didn't mean it couldn't be put to good use. Al-Haideri, in fact, was the
product of a clandestine operation -- part espionage, part PR campaign -- that
had been set up and funded by the CIA and the Pentagon for the express purpose
of selling the world a war. And the man who had long been in charge of the
marketing was a secretive and mysterious creature of the Washington
establishment named John Rendon.
Rendon is a man who fills a need that few people even know exists. Two months
before al-Haideri took the lie-detector test, the Pentagon had secretly awarded
him a $16 million contract to target Iraq and other adversaries with
propaganda. One of the most powerful people in Washington, Rendon is a leader
in the strategic field known as "perception management," manipulating
information -- and, by extension, the news media -- to achieve the desired
result. His firm, the Rendon Group, has made millions off government contracts
since 1991, when it was hired by the CIA to help "create the conditions for the
removal of Hussein from power." Working under this extraordinary transfer of
secret authority, Rendon assembled a group of anti-Saddam militants, personally
gave them their name -- the Iraqi National Congress -- and served as their
media guru and "senior adviser" as they set out to engineer an uprising against
Saddam. It was as if President John F. Kennedy had outsourced the Bay of Pigs
operation to the advertising and public-relations firm of J. Walter Thompson.
Oh, and that is just the beginning 5 per cent. There is a whole lot more, read on.
|Thursday, 17 November 2005 at 21h 58m 1s|
Proverbs, Chapter 6
Thanks to the passionate and knowledgeable Mike Malloy, I can
Biblical scripture from the Proverbs, Chapter 6 verses #16 - #19.
There are six things which the LORD hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood.
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.
By the way, I find the New American Standard Bible much better than the often
cryptic and hard to decipher King James Version.
|Thursday, 17 November 2005 at 20h 21m 31s|
Supermarket meat may not be so fresh
The source can be found here , Capiltal Hill Blue.
Under little-noted rulings over the last three years, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has allowed meat processors to use small amounts of carbon
monoxide to maintain the red color in fresh meat sold in pre-assembled or "case-
Such packages are airtight containers assembled with the product at meat-
packing plants and are not made to be reopened until they are sold to
consumers. Some packages are marketed for up to 35 days, or 28 days in the case
of ground beef.
Kalsec, a food-and-spice company based in Kalamazoo, Mich., is protesting the
FDA action, saying the carbon-monoxide treatment is an illegal additive to
fresh meat that disguises the freshness of the meat and hides spoilage.
"Color is the indicator consumers use most often to determine if meat is
fresh," said Don Berdahl, Kalsec's vice president. He explained that carbon-
monoxide gas reacts with the pigment of the blood in meat and gives it a deep
red color that can fool shoppers.
The company also charged that the practice is not safe and can hide the growth
of dangerous pathogens like botulinum, salmonella and E. coli.
Kalsec wants the FDA to either rescind its approval of the use of carbon
monoxide or require meat packers to label treated product to alert consumers.
The FDA has not objected to companies using carbon monoxide as a processing aid
in several cases over the last three years, ruling that the gas is in the
category of "substances generally recognized as safe" and so not requiring
complete regulatory review.
Of course the idea is to cut the butcher staff at the stores. My best friend
has been a butcher for the last 15 years. He's told me the whole story of how
the large big box market corporations have turned his profession from one of an
entire staff cutting the meat fresh from the carcasses that came two or three
times a week, into just him and two other shift workers opening pre-packaged,
pre-cut meat in seated containers. Mexican workers in the plants at the border
cost 5 to 10% what the cost of the butcher staff workers cost you see. The
modern butcher has turned into a customer service representative.
So you buy the bright red meat that happens to be 28 days from being cut and
packaged and then put it in the fridge for a day or more before eating it. And
when you get diarrhea or feel slightly ill, did you inaccurately attribute the
illness to ... the flu? This happens more often then you think.
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