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Saturday, 26 April 2008 at 9h 4m 54s

Israel's spies

Click here for source number one.

Click here for source number two -- the American Conservative magazine !!!!

There are sleeper cells in the United States. They are from extremist Israeli reactionaries, passing United States military secrets to spy networks, and infiltrating the United States State Department in order to manipulate US policy in the interests of hard-right Israel reactionaries.


Saturday, 26 April 2008 at 8h 23m 5s

McCain gets a free pass

Click here for the complete article.

McCain releases 2 years of his tax records, and not any of his wife's tax records. And the media quietly says nothing and cheerleads that McCain is wonderful.

McCain is currently breaking the law by spending over the legal campaign finance limits, but nada is mentioned in the corporate media, who still call this corrupt old man a "maverick" anti-lobbyist politician. His entire campaign is filled with lobbyists. He uses putative non-profit organizations as fund-raising agents of his own political campaign, and the media says nothing.

If Americans ever learned to stop bothering to watch television, the media heads would not be able to manufacture opinion. But 75% are addicted to mind fodder, helplessly unable to live without having to turn on the tube everyday to get their brain food.

Read the link.


Sunday, 13 April 2008 at 8h 41m 49s

The face of American Suburbia

Lenders foreclosed on about 7,700 homes in Denver last year; officials expect 11,000 this year, mirroring a national increase. Among the neighborhoods hardest hit was this corner of the Green Valley Ranch subdivision.

The face of American suburbia is going to be a slew of vacant homes. Next, the rental market gets the influx of ex-home owners, because once families leave their homes in suburbia, they have to live somewhere.

[SOURCE:USA TODAY†|†10 April 2008]


Thursday, 10 April 2008 at 7h 37m 12s

LIST OF REPUBLICAN SEX SCANDALS

This is a partial list. For the complete list, click on http://hammernews2.com/scandals.htm

(in alphabethical order)

Edison Misla Aldarondo, Republican legislator, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for molestation of his daughter and her friend for eight-year period starting when they were 9. [1]

Randal David Ankeney, Republican activist, arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child with force. He faces 6 charges related to getting a 13-year-old girl stoned on pot and then having sex with her. [2] Also accused of sexually assaulting another girl. [3]

Jim Bakker, televangelist with Pat Robertson at Robertson's Christian Broadcasting network. Committed adultery with Jessica Hahn [4] and then used charitable donations to pay her hush money[5]. Fellow televangelists say he's gay. [6][7] Indicted on 23 federal charges of fraud, tax evasion, and racketeering [8].

Merrill Robert Barter, Republican County Commissioner, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy. [9]

Robert Bauman, Republican congressman and anti-gay activist, was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar. [10]

Parker J. Bena, Republican activist and Bush Elector, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography (including children as young as 3 years old) on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000. [11]

Louis Beres, chairman of the Christian Coalition of Oregon. 3 of his family members accuse him of molesting them when they were pre-teens. [12]

Howard L. Brooks, Republican legislative aide and advisor to a California assemblyman, was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography. [13]

John Bolton Bush's appointee ambassador to United Nations, corroborated allegations that Mr. Boltonís first wife, Christina Bolton, was forced to engage in group sex have not been refuted by the State Department. [14]

Mike Bowers Former State Attorney General, prosecuted the famous Bowers vs. Hardwick case, based on Georgia anti-sodomy laws. Admitted to a 10-year adulterous affair. [15]

Andrew Buhr, Republican politician, former committeeman for Hadley Township Missouri, was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy. [16]

Ted Bundy campaigned for the Republican Party. Infamous serial rapist who murdered 16 women. [17]

Jim Bunn Congressman of Oregon: With his success due in great part to support from the Christian Coalition, Bunn won his congressional seat, then left his wife (and mother of his five children), married a staffer, and put his new wife on the state payroll with a salary of $97,500. [18]

John Allen Burt, Republican anti-abortion activist, convicted of sexually molesting a 15 year old girl at the home for troubled girls that he ran.[19]

Dan Burton, Republican Congressman who, while married, fathered a child by another woman. [20]

George W. Bush, Republican president, accused in a criminal complaint and lawsuit of raping Margie Schoedinger, who later committed suicide. Accused by Tammy Phillips, a former stripper quoted in the National Enquirer in 2000 saying she had an affair with Bush that had ended in 1999.[21][22]

John Butler, Republican activist, was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.[23]

Ken Calvert, Congressman (R-Ca), champion of the Christian Coalition and its "family values." Sued as an alimony deadbeat by his ex-wife. Said "We can't forgive what occurred between the President and Lewinsky." In 1993 he was caught by police receiving oral sex from a prostitute and attempted to flee the scene.[24]

Helen Chenoweth, Congresswoman (R-Id.). Admitted to a six-year adulterous affair with a married associate. In 1995, Chenoweth had denied the affair when asked about it by The Spokane Spokesman-Review, but now she claims a pardon from a higher authority: "I've asked for God's forgiveness, and I've received it," she revealed. [25]

Keola Childs, Republican County Councilman, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in the first degree for molesting a male child.[26]

Kevin Coan, Republican St. Louis Election Board official, arrested and charged with trying to buy sex from a 14-year-old girl whom he met on the Internet.[27]

Dan Crane, Republican Congressman, married, father of six. Received a 100% "Morality Rating" from Christian Voice. Had sex with a minor working as a congressional page. [28] On July 20, the House voted for censure Crane, the first time that censure had been imposed for sexual misconduct.[29]

Paul Crouch Televangelist, Former President of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Paid $425,000 in hush money in an attempt to cover up a gay affair.[30]

Richard A. Dasen Sr., Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, convicted of sexual abuse of children, promotion of prostitution and several counts of solicitation, enough to add up to a sentence of 126 years in prison. [31][32][33]

Richard A. Delgaudio, Republican fundraiser and Bush pioneer, was found guilty of child porn charges. [34]

Peter Dibble, Republican legislator pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl. [35]

Nicholas Elizondo, Director of the Young Republican Federation molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison. [36]

Larry Dale Floyd, Republican Constable in Denton County, Texas Precinct Two. Arrested for allegedly crossing state lines to have sex with an 8-year old child and was charged with 7 related offenses. Age 62 at time of arrest. [37][38]

John Fund, of the Wall Street Journal, a prominent anti-abortion columnist and GOP fund raiser. He lost his position after it was revealed that he impregnated the daughter of an old girlfriend and then encouraged her to abort his child. [39]

Jeff Gannon Partisan blogger with no journalism credentials and a fake name who got invited to Bush's Press conferences. Is also a pimp and a gay prostitute.[40]

Jack W. Gardner, Republican Councilman, had been convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl. when the Republican Party, knowing of these crimes, put him on the ballot.[41]

Richard Gardner, a Nevada State Representative (R), admitted to molesting his two daughters. [42]

Newt Gingrich, married three times. Gingrich campaign worker Anne Manning admitted that she gave Newt oral sex while he was still married to his first wife. Informed one wife he was filing for divorce while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer treatments.[43]

Philip Giordano, Republican mayor sentenced to 37 years for forcing two 8 and 10 year old girls to perform oral sex on him in his City Hall office. [44][45]

Rudy Giuliani, had an adulterous affair.[46][47]

Matthew Glavin, president and CEO of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, big player in the Clinton Impeachment, and many anti-gay jihads, has been arrested multiple times for public indeceny, one time fondling the crotch of the officer who was arresting him. [48]

Mark A. Grethen, Republican activist, convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.[49]

Jon Grunseth, Republican businessman and candidate for Minnesota governor, withdrew his candidacy after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter, and tried to grope one. [50]

Dr. W. David Hager Bush appointee, member of Focus on the Family's Physician Resource Council, player in movement to ban the morning-after-pill. Had an adulterous affair, before divorcing his wife he sexually abused her, including sodomizing her in her sleep.[51]

Mark Harris, Republican city councilman who is described as a "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.[52]

John Hathaway, Republican Senate candidate, was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media. [53]

Howard Scott Heldreth, anti-abortion activist who gained fame during the Shiavo media-circus, was convicted of two charges of raping a child in 2002. [54]

Mike Hintz, a First Assembly of God youth pastor, introduced by Bush on the campaign trail, and promoted his policies.[55] Says he supports Bush's values. Two months later, this married father of four turned himself into police, charged with the sexual exploitation of a child. [56][57]

Neal Horsley has called for the arrest of all homosexuals. Admitted on the Fox News Radio's The Alan Colmes Show, that he's had sex with mules.[58][59]

Tim Hutchinson, divorced his wife of 29 years to marry a congressional aide he was having an affair with.[60]

Henry Hyde, Judge who oversaw Clinton's impeachment proceedings, prominent opponent of reproductive rights, who had an extramarital affair with a woman who was married and had three children, during the course of which she and her husband were divorced. [61]

Don Haidl, Assistant Sheriff of Orange Country, in violation of California's rape shield law, led a smear campaign against the child his son poisoned and then violently gang-raped on videotape, adding up to 24 felony counts. He said that his son "acted accordingly" because the child was a "slut". [62]

Paul Ingram, Republican Party leader of Thurston County, Washington, pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.[63]

Earl Kimmerling, sentenced to 40 years in prison after he confessed to molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.[64]

Lewis Libby, former Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. In 1996 published a novel containing bizaree sexual content, including beastiality and pedophillia. [65]

Rush Limbaugh, triple-divorcee[66], 30-pill a day drug addict. [67]

Bob Livingston, former Congressman (R-La.) resigned from the House in the wake of revelations about his past adultery.

Donald Lukens, Republican Congressman, was found guilty of having sex with a minor - a girl he was accused of sleeping with since she was 13. [68]

Pat McPherson, Douglas County Election Commissioner. Arrested for fondling a 17-year-old girl. [69]

Jon Matthews, Republican talk show host in Houston, was indicted for indecency with a child, including exposing his genitals to a girl under the age of 17. [70]

Jeff Miller, (R-Cleveland), Senate Republican Caucus Chairman in Tennessee and the sponsor of Tennesseeís Marriage Protection act, getting divorced (as of April 2005) because of an affair he was having with an office aid.

Miller described the Tennessee Marriage Protection Act as a means of preserving the sanctity of marriage. He opposed an amendment, however, which stated that ďAdultery is deemed to be a threat to the institution of marriage and contrary to public policy in Tennessee.

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By AfricaBambaNovember 17, 2006 - 3:16pm


Sunday, 6 April 2008 at 8h 37m 7s

Why I love Wisconsin Senator Russell Feingold

He writes a formal letter to The Honorable J.M. McConnell Director of National Intelligence Washington, D.C. 20511

Dear Director McConnell:

I have received a copy of your March 28, 2008, speech at Furman University. In it, you described Senate action on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, stating:

"We had a bill go into the Senate. It was debated vigorously. There were some who said we shouldn't have an Intelligence Community. Some have that point of view. Some say the President of the United States violated the process, spied on Americans, should be impeached and should go to jail. I mean, this is democracy, you can say anything you want to say. That was the argument made. The vote was 68 to 29."

As you correctly noted, the bill was the subject of vigorous debate. Many members of the Senate expressed serious concerns about the lack of checks and balances included in the legislation and the potential impact of the new authorities on the privacy and civil liberties of Americans. Many Senators were also concerned that retroactive immunity for companies alleged to have cooperated with the President's warrantless wiretapping program would undermine the rule of law.

However, I am not aware of any Senator saying or suggesting that "we shouldn't have an Intelligence Community" or that President Bush "should be impeached and should go to jail." I would therefore appreciate your providing a list of all statements made by Senators during the debate that you believe support these assertions. If there are no such examples, you should issue an immediate correction and an apology.

While all sides of this debate deserve to be heard, to falsely attribute statements to United States Senators serves only to mislead the American people. It also undermines your credibility and that of the position of Director of National Intelligence.

Sincerely,

Russell D. Feingold U.S. Senator


Bingo. Bravo Senator Feingold. Bravo.


Sunday, 6 April 2008 at 8h 18m 22s

Abandoned houses in suburban America

This is from the Chicago Tribune, but I read about it at the bigpicture blog.

The local market conditions are what seems to determine the abandonment decision. In a region where the job and real estate market is doing anything better than "a little soft," I would surmise that abandonment makes no sense at all.

However, at a certain point, in a weaker region, with declining neighborhoods, certain lenders might make the decision to simply walkaway from a large swath of (potential) real estate holdings, on the simple basis that it might be cheaper to do so.

There are very significant costs to this. Consider what the potential impact of these property abandonments by the lender means:

- Total write off of the loan; - Boarded up homes / neighborhoods; - Loss of tax revenue to the local school district or town; - Long delays before the local town, municipality, or state can take possession due to tax arrears.

Thus, these incomplete foreclosures/abandonments can have very significant impacts.

If this becomes widespread, we could be in the process of creating an entire new universe of suburban slums . . .


This happened in New Orleans during the 1990's, after first the oil bust in the 80's and then the slow trickle of shipping and warehousing activity due to NAFTA. At one point, 40% of all houses were abandoned.

But slums are fine with the rich elites that run the financial sector. They don't live there.


Sunday, 6 April 2008 at 7h 57m 0s

Tom Toles cartoon


I love Tom Toles.

When the elites break the law, they get 6 month furloughs at Federal prisons, or they pay a fine and get to keep 90% of the illegal proceeds. When everyone breaks the law, we lose everything and got locked up with rapists and murders for years.

Keep watching cops 911, so you can maintain your skewed perspective about Justice.


Saturday, 5 April 2008 at 18h 57m 45s

177 Nations

Absolutely incredible. I'm watching this baseball game between the Angels and the Rangers, and then suddenly, a graphic comes on the screen while the announcer states the caption. The Armed Forces Network is broadcasting the game to our forces in 177 countries across the globe.

Did you catch that? This was on the FSN West (Fox Sports Network) but it really did not matter what network. Proudly boasting that we have our troops stationed in 177 countries who get to watch a baseball game back in the homeland. Need I say more.

We are an empire, and we don't even realize we are an empire. This baseball game is a cultural event for troops stationed in 177 foreign lands. Just like British folk Eating Mutton stew in the middle of Shanghai listening to Mozart.

But the American empire is different than the British version, which openly acknowledged and proclaimed the British sovereignty. The navigation of the world's seas during the time period before 1800 was European, and the British navy was essentially the policeman of the waters for European commerce. Today the world's commerce is more widely dispersed: from Korea, to Japan, China, and India, to Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Morocco.

To say America has replaced the function of the British Navy is a current historical question. Our navy is certainly unparalleled across the entire globe. No other national naval force even comes close, except that Russia has probably an equal number of submarines. Most of the 177 bases in 177 countries are really just air or naval bases, however, the presence is nonetheless involved and interwined in the local foreign politics.

How many nations does the United States allow to keep full-time military personnel within the borders of the United States?

Zero. Enough said.


Saturday, 29 March 2008 at 8h 30m 7s

Paul Krugman on the myth of a Social Security crisis


Social Security is a government program supported by a dedicated tax, like highway maintenance. Now you can say that assigning a particular tax to a particular program is merely a fiction, but in fact such assignments have both legal and political force. If Ronald Reagan had said, back in the 1980s, ďLetís increase a regressive tax that falls mainly on the working class, while cutting taxes that fall mainly on much richer people,Ē he would have faced a political firestorm. But because the increase in the regressive payroll tax was recommended by the Greenspan Commission to support Social Security, it was politically in a different box - you might even call it a lockbox - from Reaganís tax cuts.

The purpose of that tax increase was to maintain the dedicated tax system into the future, by having Social Securityís assigned tax take in more money than the system paid out while the baby boomers were still working, then use the trust fund built up by those surpluses to pay future bills. Viewed in its own terms, that strategy was highly successful.

The date at which the trust fund will run out, according to Social Security Administration projections, has receded steadily into the future: 10 years ago it was 2029, now itís 2042. As Kevin Drum, Brad DeLong, and others have pointed out, the SSA estimates are very conservative, and quite moderate projections of economic growth push the exhaustion date into the indefinite future.

But the privatizers wonít take yes for an answer when it comes to the sustainability of Social Security. Their answer to the pretty good numbers is to say that the trust fund is meaningless, because itís invested in U.S. government bonds. They arenít really saying that government bonds are worthless; their point is that the whole notion of a separate budget for Social Security is a fiction. And if thatís true, the idea that one part of the government can have a positive trust fund while the government as a whole is in debt does become strange.

But there are two problems with their position.

The lesser problem is that if you say that there is no link between the payroll tax and future Social Security benefits - which is what denying the reality of the trust fund amounts to - then Greenspan and company pulled a fast one back in the 1980s: they sold a regressive tax switch, raising taxes on workers while cutting them on the wealthy, on false pretenses. More broadly, weíre breaking a major promise if we now, after 20 years of high payroll taxes to pay for Social Securityís future, declare that it was all a little joke on the public.

The bigger problem for those who want to see a crisis in Social Securityís future is this: if Social Security is just part of the federal budget, with no budget or trust fund of its own, then, well, itís just part of the federal budget: there canít be a Social Security crisis. All you can have is a general budget crisis. Rising Social Security benefit payments might be one reason for that crisis, but itís hard to make the case that it will be central.

But those who insist that we face a Social Security crisis want to have it both ways. Having invoked the concept of a unified budget to reject the existence of a trust fund, they refuse to accept the implications of that unified budget going forward. Instead, having changed the rules to make the trust fund meaningless, they want to change the rules back around 15 years from now: today, when the payroll tax takes in more revenue than SS benefits, they say thatís meaningless, but when - in 2018 or later - benefits start to exceed the payroll tax, why, thatís a crisis. Huh?

I donít know why this contradiction is so hard to understand, except to echo Upton Sinclair: itís hard to get a man to understand something when his salary (or, in the current situation, his membership in the political club) depends on his not understanding it. But let me try this one more time, by asking the following: What happens in 2018 or whenever, when benefits payments exceed payroll tax revenues?

The answer, very clearly, is nothing.

The Social Security system wonít be in trouble: it will, in fact, still have a growing trust fund, because of the interest that the trust earns on its accumulated surplus. The only way Social Security gets in trouble is if Congress votes not to honor U.S. government bonds held by Social Security. Thatís not going to happen. So legally, mechanically, 2018 has no meaning.

Now itís true that rising benefit costs will be a drag on the federal budget. So will rising Medicare costs. So will the ongoing drain from tax cuts. So will whatever wars we get into. I canít find a story under which Social Security payments, as opposed to other things, become a crucial budgetary problem in 2018.

What we really have is a looming crisis in the General Fund. Social Security, with its own dedicated tax, has been run responsibly; the rest of the government has not. So why are we talking about a Social Security crisis?


There is no social security crisis. There are a bunch of idiosyncratic, desperate elitists who want to destroy the government by the people, and creating a financial crisis enables them to "get government down to the point where you can flush it down the toilet." Rule by spoiled rich trust fund babies and their sycophants is preferable to the collective wisdom of a voting public. These conservatives don't want to conserve the accumulated historical bureaucracy of the government. They want to tear it down and build offices for lobbyists and public relations firms.


Sunday, 16 March 2008 at 8h 10m 58s

The Republican scandal you didn't hear about

Especially when there are prostitutes involving a Governor of New York. Stealing money from the Republican National Committee by a man who was put in the position in 1995 is minor when the Democratic Governor gets busted putting his dilly in the wrong place and paying for sex with high society hooker.

Christopher Ward, the National Republican Congressional Committee's longtime treasurer, was fired in January after committee officials learned that he had been making unauthorized fund transfers dating to 2004, said Rep. Tom Cole, the committee's chairman.

"Based on analysis conducted to date, it appears likely that over a period of several years Ward made several hundred thousand dollars in unauthorized transfers of NRCC funds to outside committees whose bank accounts he had access to, including joint fund-raising committees in which the NRCC participated," Cole said in a written statement.

"He also appears to have made subsequent transfers of several hundred thousand dollars in funds from those outside committees to what appear to be his personal and business bank accounts."


[SOURCE:Brian Todd and Dugald McConnel†|†CNN†|†14 March 2008]

If this would have been the Democratic National Committee, the press would have been all over it. But it's the corrupt Republicans and so the story dies on a windy Friday afternoon.




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