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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
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Loyalty without truth
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a middle-aged
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Tuesday, 7 June 2005 at 2h 29m 10s

Bush and the Ohio Noe bag man

President Bush will not keep campaign contributions from someone who likely engaged in criminal conduct:[LINK -- from the Dallas Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.

President Bush is returning $4,000 in campaign contributions from Tom Noe, the Ohio coin dealer under investigation for his handling of $55 million the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation gave to him to invest in rare coins.

Sounds good and honorable, doesn't it.

If the alleged criminal, however, collects big checks from all his friends and presents them to President Bush in a big bundle, well, that’s another matter:

Bush has no immediate plans to return more than $100,000 Noe raised for the Bush-Cheney campaign last year.

“Those are from other individuals,” McClellan said.

This is how they intend to distance themselves from the gradual unravelling of the Ohio Coingate scandal. Tom Noe is a Bush Pioneer. Which means he personally delivered more than $100,000 in checks -- not just the little $4,000 Bush is very ostensibly returning. Without Noe, the other $100,000 in political veins would not have been possible. All the contributors understood they were connecting to the network that Noe provided, and Bush certainly knows that Noe is head of the political gang in Ohio.

Those "other individuals" are neither independent of nor disconnected from the head bagman of the clan.

Isn't it sickeningly artful how the Bush-mafia spin this abject corruption?

Tuesday, 7 June 2005 at 2h 12m 33s

What did Bolton say?

This is from Thinkprogress [LINK]

Revelations about John Bolton’s unlawful orchestration of the firing of Jose Bustani, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, are not entirely new. In fact, the firing of Bustani caught the attention of many individuals who had become wary that the Bush administration was intent on military action against Iraq. In an April 16, 2002, column published by the British newspaper the Guardian, George Monbiot asserted:

On Monday, the U.S. government forced the departure of Jose Bustani, director- general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.… These recent attempts to undermine international treaties are being pursued with an eye to the impending war with Iraq.… The U.S. justification for war is that Saddam Hussein may possess weapons of mass destruction. So the two foremost obstacles to war were Blix and Bustani, who have proposed nonviolent methods of getting rid of these weapons.

The ousting of Bustani was typical of the smoke and mirror games that the administration played during the run-up to the Iraq war: present a false claim and push ahead before anyone can ask questions. One of the principal justifications for getting rid of Bustani was that the organization had hit financial problems under his reign. However, according to Bustani, “the organization had hit financial problems because its three biggest funders – the US, Germany, and Japan – failed to make their payments on time.” [Press Association, 5/14/02]

As if the treatment of Bustani wasn’t enough, the further emasculation of the entire Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was equally as shameful. According to the 7/1/02 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

The U.S. ambassador to the OPCW told the staff it would be difficult to find a replacement for Bustani, because no one wants ‘to be associated with a dying organization.’ After remarking that the United States also wanted no more Latin American directors because of their ‘sheer incompetence,’ the ambassador then added, ‘If any of this gets out of this room, I’ll kill the person responsible.’”

Yep, that's what he said alright.

They knew what they were doing. They've been planning this for a long time.

Tuesday, 7 June 2005 at 0h 33m 53s

The strain of a paranoid neurotic

Please get me the names of the Jews. You know, the big Jewish contributors of the Democrats. Could we please investigate some of those c---suckers?
--Richard. M. Nixon, from the Nixon Tapes.

Tuesday, 7 June 2005 at 0h 8m 43s

It does happen here

This is a story from the New York Times [LINK] written by Steven Greenhouse. It was brought to my attention by Nathan Newman's blog.

For many workers in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the possibility of receiving the legally required time and a half for overtime, even when they work 80-hour weeks, seems as likely as winning the lottery.

"They always told us work faster, faster, and the money was really bad," said Deisi Cortes, who worked as a stocker at Super Star 99 until April when she was fired, she said, for being pregnant. "We'd ask for a raise, and all they'd say is, 'Maybe later on.' " 'It's pretty stunning the extent to which stores here break wage and hour laws," said Deborah Axt, a lawyer with Make the Road by Walking, an immigrant advocacy group in Bushwick. "The violations seem epidemic."

Why should this be a surprise? Farm laborers have been experiencing wage manipulation for at least as long as sharecropping. Sharecroppers got the right to work a plot of the landowner for a small portion of the revenue, only to fall into debt by the need to borrow before the sale of the harvest. Illegal immigrant laborers were often allowed to work the fields, only to be turned in when the 6 week labor was over and it was time for the employer to pay -- sometimes with a financial kickback to local legal authorities. Racism no doubt justified(-ies) this greed.

Have you ever noticed that hate and selfishness have to have a scapegoat and an excuse, whereas love and consideration need no justification at all.

For those with little to no experience or education, the vulnerability in the labor market is very real. Intimidation is a constant factor, as common as overbearing and mind-game playing mid-level managers, where the employee is essential interchangeable with someone else who can do the same job.

And in a large market with plenty looking for work, there's no reason for any employer to keep on an employee at higher cost unless experience matters, or the employer is an individual who values devotion more than profit.

Sunday, 5 June 2005 at 21h 34m 35s

Tax rates and super wealth

The new york times had a story today [LINK] by David Kay Johnston -- one of my favorite journalists. The story: the tax rate for the super wealthy is signifigantly less than the moderately wealthy.

Specifically, the effective tax rate for those who make $100,000 to $10 million is a higher portion of their income than those who earn more than 10 million.

Those who earn $50,000 to $75,000 pay 17.4% of their income. The top 400 tax payers pay 17.5% of their income.

Here is a helpful graphic.

Interestingly enough, the top tax rate during the 1950s was 90% for all income over 1 million. If you made 10 million dollars, the first 1 million was taxed at the lower rate. The remaining 9 million dollars was taxed at 90% -- 8.1 million.

Extreme wealth does not necessarily get invested in ways that are beneficial to the nation and the national well-being. This money goes abroad, gets uselessly wasted on conspicuous consumption, or gets spent aggregating more revenue sources -- not necessarily of benefit to the consumer or nation. Using economic resources to accrue monopolistic control or external profit sources (outside the U.S. -- like Walmart inporting Chinese manufactured goods) is usually not in the long-term interest of the nation, although a small assortment of wealthy individuals might make a lot of money.

Thus, the whole point of the extra taxation of extreme wealth ensures that this money is invested in ways that are beneficial to the nation. In the 1950s, that surplus tax money was invested in education and the interstate highway system.

The assumption of noblesse oblige by the wealthy is not credible. Donations to charity and non-profits are not equivalent because they are too narrow and diffused to have the desired effect. The history of the last 100 years shows this to be true.

The problem is not taxation. The problem is unfair taxation and wasteful spending by the government. There are a plethora of potent government investments. Such as ....

  1.) Reduced class size for all classes to 20 students per teacher, thereby employing more teachers, and increasing the ability of each teacher to reach each student more effectively.

  2.) subsidizing College tuition expenses based upon income instead of student loans, or at least very low (2 percent) interest-rate loans

  3.) Metro rail systems for urban areas of more than a million, reduces traffic congestion, and energy consumption

  4.) investment in solar energy and wind stations across the country.

  5.) pension fund for all workers high and low, instead of burdening business with the costs of providing pensions. No exceptions

  6.) Month long paid vacations for all workers, thereby increasing the number of possible employed.

  7.) Government subsidized minimum wage and cost-of-living supports for all workers who are at the bottom. That way business is not the first front for maintaining a living wage for all workers.

  8.) One single insurance plan for all citizens, and a central regulations board which oversees all state regulations boards for doctors and hospitals. Multiple insurance companies are the main source of cost overrun.

Would this be infinitely better than a presumption that our super-wealthy individuals will invest in these large-scale benefits to society?

Discussion of what is in the national interest has been captured by multi- national corporations, which are only the legal forms of the super-wealthy. Not that this is entirely bad. Philosophical perspectives are not a function of wealth or lack thereof. Enlightened ideas are not lacking from those with large financial resources. However, only through diversity has the resemblance of democracy and freedom been maintained. With each decrease in this diversity, and with each concomitant increase in concentration of economic power into smaller hands, the resemblance to democracy and freedom diminishes accordingly.

Sunday, 5 June 2005 at 19h 47m 18s

In case you missed it ... Ohio coingate is really smelly.

This is from Americablog who discusses and article from the newspaper Toledo Blade. A link for the story is provided below.

The Headline:

"Noe fallout taints early candidates to succeed Taft; Democrats take aim at GOP trio"

The main article in the Toledo Blade [LINK] gives the overview of the scandal and how the GOP leaders are involved.

Here is a portion of the Blade article.


Tom Noe has outraged and angered the governor of Ohio, caused the President to return his campaign contributions, and his $50 million state-coin funds are in disarray.

But the Maumee coin dealer's biggest political victims might be Attorney General Jim Petro, Auditor Betty Montgomery, and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell - who are competing to become Ohio's next governor.

The three Republican officeholders running for governor have all received campaign cash from Mr. Noe and have been criticized for their slow reaction to the growing coin scandal.

Now they find themselves on the defensive, quickly distancing themselves from the prominent Republican campaign fund-raiser, who is facing multiple investigations, including a probe into whether Mr. Noe violated campaign- finance laws by laundering money into the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. All of the candidates say they have known Mr. Noe for years and they returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from him and his wife, Bernadette, last week.

That piece alone was a good read...but it gets better. In separate articles, The Blade examines each of the three GOP candidates for Governor (Blackwell, Montgomery and Petro) and their relationship to Noe and the scandal.

Secretary of State Ken Blackwell

Blackwell had few concerns at first:

In fact, Mr. Blackwell told The Blade on April 5 that "most people" wouldn't find it "unreasonable" that the state had invested in rare coins with Tom Noe, who has said through his attorneys that at least $10 million of the state's assets are missing.

"When you run a fund the size of $18 billion and you're looking at $50 million, beyond what one's disposition might be, is that an irresponsible amount of risk? Most people would say no," Mr. Blackwell said on April 5 - two days after The Blade's initial report on the coin investment.

State Auditor Betty Montgomery

Montgomery insists she didn't delay action on audit: it took 43 days after The Blade's first story for Ms. Montgomery to announce that her office would do a special audit of the rare-coin investment.

Democrats have charged that Ms. Montgomery, a former Wood County prosecutor and state senator, didn't act sooner because she has known Mr. Noe for several years and has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from him and his wife, Bernadette. She relinquished $8,150 in contributions last week.

Attorney General Jim Petro

Petro saw no 'sense of illegality' at first in coin scandal: Attorney General Jim Petro waited more than a month to begin taking legal action after learning that two state-owned coins worth $300,000 were reportedly stolen from the suburban Denver office of Tom Noe's rare-coin venture with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

But Mr. Petro, who first read about the bureau's $50 million investment with Mr. Noe in The Blade on April 3, is adamant he took appropriate measures to protect the bureau's assets as soon as there were questions of wrongdoing.

"The first story simply said he was an influential guy in the Republican Party and he had a contract with BWC," Mr. Petro told The Blade last week. "I might have looked at it that it's not the world's greatest investment from my perspective, but that's not a cause of action."

A "breach" of contract, "possible misappropriation," or "misdeed" - would be necessary to begin legal proceedings, but there "was not any sense of illegality at that point," he said.


What a great way to spend a Sunday...reading about squirming, nasty Ohio Republicans wrapped up in the biggest scandal to hit that state in decades. And, they are all involved.

Saturday, 4 June 2005 at 20h 27m 44s

I couldn't have said it better myself

"We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true. But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube. You even think like the tube. In God's name, you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion."
--Howard Beale

Friday, 3 June 2005 at 20h 38m 4s

What did he say?

"In my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
--George Bush

"Effective propaganda must limit its points of a few and these points must be repeated until the audience understands what is meant by them."
--Joseph Goebbels

Friday, 3 June 2005 at 20h 33m 43s

Remember Pat Tillman

They will even lie about those who consider themselves patriotic. The spin must not reveal the ugly truth.

From the NewYork Times [LINK]

Pat Tillman, for example, was a popular N.F.L. player who, in a burst of patriotism after Sept. 11, gave up a $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers. He was sent first to Iraq, and then to Afghanistan, where he was shot to death by members of his own unit who mistook him for the enemy.

Instead of disclosing that Corporal Tillman had died tragically in a friendly fire incident, the Army spun a phony tale of heroism for his family and the nation. According to the Army, Corporal Tillman had been killed by enemy fire as he stormed a hill. Soldiers who knew the truth were ordered to keep quiet about the matter. Corporal Tillman's family was not told how he really died until after a nationally televised memorial service that recruiters viewed as a public relations bonanza.

Mary Tillman, Corporal Tillman's mother, told The Washington Post:

"The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting."

If the administration treats our patriots this way, how can we trust them on anything?

Friday, 20 May 2005 at 3h 44m 7s

No way, not us, we are innocent