Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Thursday, 6 December 2007 at 18h 56m 17s|
The boondoogle continues
Click here for this CBS News story (and accompanying PDF
document) about the inspector generals report on $1 billion dollars of missing
military equipement in Iraq.
One. Billion. Dollars. Lost. Gone. Bye bye.
And that's in addition to the current running total, that was recently assessed
by Nobel Prize winning Joseph Stiglitz as topping $2 trillion, closing in on $3
We could have treated the "terrorism" issue by uniting the world and using
cooperative action from multiple police agencies, after the Afghanistan
operation. But no, the cabal of narcissists had to link this to their dreams
of invading Iraq and Iran, and in the process completely bungled the entire
operation, while allowing massive fraud and corrupt practices in the
procurement and privatization process. Private contractors were used to
perform the torture routines, because US military are trained that it is their
duty to apprehend and stop any abuse of prisoners of war , as is required by
the Geneva Conventions. The Bush administration has tried to avoid the "Geneva
issue" (as ex-Attorney General Gonzalez said) by creating a legal term
called "enemy combattants" which enabled US military to hold people in offshore
prison camps indefinately without rights of habeus corpus.
Here is video and transcript of attorney general gonzalez
explaining to Republican Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania that there is no right
of habeus corpus in the constitution.
Oh really. Ladies and Gentle, here is your constitution. Scroll all the way down to
Section 9 (note Cornell Law will ask for a donation, click "No Thanks" and the
constitution page will appear).
The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when
in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.
Most of those held at Guantanamo for 3,4,5,and 6 years have no evidence against
them. Some were sold and turned over by various tribal clans or groups. Some
were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some were accidentally picked up in
place of someone else. More than 200 were forced to be released by Britain 2
years ago, because they were British citizens, and the British government would
have none of this nonsense. It was the British lords who first brought to life
the right of habeus corpus, which occurred when a group of them banned together
and surrounded the King in the 1200's and forced him to sign the Magna Charta
which listed various rights of the Lords in relationship with the King. One of
these was the right to not be thrown in jail without public notification and
without a trial where you can defend yourself and have the government explain
why you are going to jail.
Go ahead. Watch some more Television. Meanwhile, the history of events passes
you by like a whispering hurricane, and your brain becomes a receptacle for
advertizing and psychic manipulation.
|Thursday, 6 December 2007 at 21h 16m 51s|
Interesting quote from Adam Smith
"The wealth of an individual naturally
command the work of other persons, but the organization(s) of wealth, where
there is a division of labor, is motivated by the desire to save ourselves from
disagreeable work and impose it upon others. In this way a man increases his
wealth or the goods that he possesses by increasing the quantity of work done
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776) , Chapter 5.
|Tuesday, 4 December 2007 at 19h 11m 56s|
Honest Intel on Iran Nukes
Click here to read Ray McGovern's commentary on the NIE
report which judged "with high confidence" that Iran stopped it's nuclear
program in 2003. Yes, because of pressure from Russia and China, which don't
really want the crazy man in the White House to go through with the next step
in the PNAC doctrine, written in 1997.
During his 27-year career as a CIA analyst, Ray McGovern chaired National
Intelligence Estimates and produced/briefed the President’s Daily Brief. He is
now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Iran is not a threat. Nuclear terrorism is a very real threat, but invading
and bombing a nation is not the way to deal with that very real threat. It is
a waste of lives, a waste of money, and will only worsen the situation by
further destabilizing the region. If the Bush administration were truly
concerned about terrorism they would not be completely defunding bolstering
security at vulnerable sites in the USA, or slashing the budgets of first
responders so they can siphon more money into the hands of private contractors
who skim their percentage while they provide less than adequate services and
create public relations fiasco's. Halliburton and Blackwater should both be
dismantled as shameful institutions, and their CEO's should be imprisoned for
their treachery and treasonous behavior. Young people and innocent civilians
are dying and whole societies are being devastated and polluted by this
horrific bad idea.
Americans might be stupid, but the world is not. We Americans are so used to
corporate media's stranglehold that we have no clue about international news.
When is the last time you heard about Africa, Columbia, or France's current
upheavel against newly elected President Sarkozy -- who is by the way calling
out the police to quell the riots. Pakistan seems to have disappeared off the
news. And when is the last time you heard about Howard Dean, who had the gall
to say the media giants are monopolies in need of being dismantled under the
Sherman Anti-Trust Law of 1890 (there is also The
Clayton AntiTrust Act of 1914 - part of the brief Progressive spate of
legislation that occurred from 1912 to 1915) you know so much, eh? Watch some
more TV, and get more stupider (sic).
Russia has a dominion that stretches from Poland to the Caspian Sea and to the
Pacific North of China. India and China combined have 10 times the population
of the United States. Brazil has become virtual independent of the world
financial banking syndicate. The days of New York Banking hegemony in the
world are over. And now, thanks to Bush's incompetence and wasted surplus,
America is on the verge of an incredible Financial precipace. The stress on
the financial system is enormous right now, and the government is completely
|Tuesday, 4 December 2007 at 19h 31m 53s|
Hail to the thief
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
* * *
Oh by the way, according to the America people,
“Fifty-two percent of Americans say the economy and health care are most
important to them in choosing a president, compared with 34% who cite terrorism
and social and moral issues, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC
|Monday, 3 December 2007 at 23h 59m 45s|
Read this right now
Clear here for an analysis of the derivatives and corporate
credit financial markets, which the author is describing as something that
will "dwarf" the sub-prime loan crash.
I'm reading it right now myself.
Here is another article on the plight of the Interest rates: keep the rates low
to soften the blow on over-extended borrowers, or jack the interest rates up so
that bonds and treasuries are saleable to the foreigners who are losing their
shirts when the dollar's value falls on the international markets.
Click here. It's a lot easier to read than the first
article, which is very technical and abstruse.
Here's the money quote
Superpower America is a ship of fools in denial of their plight. While
offshoring kills American economic prospects, “free market economists” sing its
praises. While war imposes enormous costs on a bankrupt country,
neoconservatives call for more war, and Republicans and Democrats appropriate
war funds which can only be obtained by borrowing abroad.
By focusing America on war in the Middle East, the purpose of which is to
guarantee Israel’s territorial expansion, the executive and legislative
branches, along with the media, have let slip the last opportunities the US had
to put its financial house in order. We have arrived at the point where it is
no longer bold to say that nothing now can be done. Unless the rest of the
world decides to underwrite our economic rescue, the chips will fall where they
Now, in case you ask, who is this guy, and assume he must be some left-wing
cynical heretic ...
Dr. Paul John Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for
Economic Policy in the Reagan administration. He is credited with curing
stagflation and eliminating “Phillips curve” trade-offs between employment and
inflation, an achievement now on the verge of being lost by the worst economic
mismanagement in US history.
Honesty and integrity stand far above any loyalty to a political party.
|Sunday, 2 December 2007 at 18h 23m 26s|
This is damn hilarious
Thank you bartcop
|Sunday, 2 December 2007 at 18h 24m 46s|
The plight of the real Republicans
From today's Cal
Majority by Sean Barry.
"What should the Republicans do if they want to keep the White House in '08?
Grit their teeth, swallow their pride and nominate John McCain, and have him
pick Mike Huckabee as his running mate, writes David Broder. McCain-Huckabee
may not win California, but the least you can say about these two is that they
have integrity, and a sense of humanity. Aint going to happen though."
And this is from the "dean" of Washington DC conventional thinking, David
Broder. Broder is an ancient columnist opinion writer for the Washington Post
that gets syndicated throughout the circuit of national newspapers as
the "common wisdom" (the Sacramenton Bee is one of these.)
Here's how Broder
begins his piece:
If the Republican Party really wanted to hold on to the White House in 2009,
it's pretty clear what it would do. It would grit its teeth, swallow its doubts
and nominate a ticket of John McCain for president and Mike Huckabee for vice
president – and president-in-waiting.
Those two are far from front-runners. They trail Mitt Romney in Iowa and New
Hampshire and lag behind Rudy Giuliani in national surveys of Republican
voters. But, in a series of debates, including last week's CNN/YouTube
extravaganza. McCain and Huckabee have been notable for their clarity,
character and, yes, simple humanity.
From everything I have heard on the campaign trail, it's obvious that they are
the pair who have earned the widest respect among the eight Republican
Now I am not a fan of Broder. Frankly I often think of him as the "bought"
safety opinion for the upper class corporatists that are comforted by a
perception of his "conventional" wisdom. But to be fair, Broder is a saavy man
and can be perceptive when he is not framing something on behalf of the
elitists that craft Washington DC mainstream thinking. The fact that Broder is
speaking the truth actually accentuates the fact of the absolute depravity of
the modern Republican party.
Whoa, Debra Saunders agrees with Broder. This means that the push is on from
the minions attached to the fax machine -- so it can't be traced, email is more
vulnerable because it resides in the memory of the receivers machine. The
wicked lying witch of The San Francisco Chronicle is trying to salvage her own
reputation after being a cheerleader for bad ideas and palpitating over the
corrupt morons in her party for too long. Will some real conservative please
stand up? This woman is bankrupt. Nothing she says or has said is worthwhile.
|Saturday, 1 December 2007 at 8h 8m 57s|
It's coming sooner than you think
to read a
conservative Libertarian discuss the Homegrown Terrorist Prevention Act. This
act will prevent nothing, as the above article explains but what it does is
very scary. Notice how the national media has said nothing about this, not a
peep, which is even more scary.
The Act was signed 400-6 by weak-kneed Legislators who don't read the bills
they sign. Democratic apologist Jane Harman sponsored the bill.
(NEWSFLASH to anyone reading -- I am not a Democrat. I am not a liberal or a
socialist either. I fervently believe in a free market and democratic society.
I am an American steeped in the tradition of Thomas
Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison. Ya dig.)
The Act creates a roving commission of 10 commissioners selected by Congress
who will hold hearings
all across the country. People will be summoned to testify and prove they
are "real" Americans. Assets can be frozen and anyone who helps the defendent
can also have their assets frozen. Worse, after 18 months, these commissions
will become privatized and private corporations will be performing these
This happened during French Revolution when Robespierre and the Radical
Jacobins set up the Committee of Public Safety to purge the non-patriots from
the French streets. After 2 years and tens of thousands of guillotined
citizens the "Reign of Terror" ended.
In our country, the HUAAC (House Un-american Activities Committee) was set up
in the 1930's by a Russian spy and a Southern racist (its true, look it up) to
investigate communism in America. In the 1950's when the alcoholic Senator Joe
McCarthy terrorized innocent victims in the State department, whole
groups of people were called up. Many people were blacklisted and lost their
jobs because of the hysteria -- Lucille Ball was one, J. Robert Oppenheimer
another -- for no substantive reason.
This Act will NOT prevent nuts and crazy people from doing anything. But what
it do? Read the conservative libertarian position from the link above to find
out. Here is a brief snippet:
As should be clear from the vagueness of the definitions, the Violent
Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act could easily be abused to
define any group that is pressuring the political system as "terrorist,"
ranging from polygamists, to second amendment rights supporters, anti-abortion
protesters, anti-tax agitators, immigration activists, and peace demonstrators.
In reality, of course, it will be primarily directed against Muslims and Muslim
organizations. Given that, there is the question of who will select which
groups will be investigated by the roving commissions. There is no evidence to
suggest that there will be any transparent or objective screening process.
Through their proven access both to the media and to Congress, the agenda will
undoubtedly be shaped by the usual players including David Horowitz, Daniel
Pipes, Steve Emerson, and Frank Gaffney who see a terrorist hiding under every
rock, particularly if the rock is concealing a Muslim. They and their
associates will undoubtedly find plenty of terrorists and radical groups to
investigate. Many of the suspects will inevitably be "anti-American" professors
at various universities and also groups of Palestinians organized against the
Israeli occupation, but it will be easy to use the commission formula to sweep
them all in for examination.
The view that 9/11 has "changed everything" is unfortunately all too true. It
has unleashed American paranoia, institutionalized mistrust of foreigners, and
created a fantasy universe in which a US beset by enemies must do anything and
everything to counter the alien threat.
Yes, it can happen here people. It is already happening here. Get your head
out of your (ass) television and wake up.
|Wednesday, 28 November 2007 at 0h 29m 44s|
Why did Trent Lott resign
with 5 years left in his term?
Come on now. How obvious does this have to be? But I admit, I did not know
the entirety of the depravity at work. Turns out there are 3 probable reasons.
the link here[SOURCE: Think Progress]
- The change in the lobby law -- and possible further changes -- will occur
at the end of the year. How soon does Mr. Lott get swooped up for a million
dollar a year salary by a "lobby" firm -- which is another way of saying
- A brewing connection with the very Veco Oil Alaskan tycoon Bill Allen who
corrupted Ted Stevens and got enmeshed in the Feds bribery net.
- Larry Flynt of Hustler magazine attests he has evidence of Trent Lott's
extra-marrital affairs (via Prostitutes?)
Actually, what Lott can do is drop out of sight for a couple of years, and then
step quietly into some lobby firm or get hired as part-time "consultant" with a
million dollar a year salary, after the storm passes. He won't be held to the
changes in the laws because he left in 2007, before the law takes affect.
And when you hear Lott at the press conference yakkin up the weak reporters
salavating high hinnie-ness, Lott talks about perhaps dabbling into teaching
just like his folks, getting all down-home folksie while he pretends to
represent the common man. Then he brings up the "football team" at Ole Miss --
he knows his home-boys well.
What a slimy, weasel.
What has Trent Lott ever done for the people? Nothing. He's in this for the
money. He has been a shameful Senator for Mississippi and represents a blemish
(or skid mark) on the history of this nation.
|Thursday, 8 November 2007 at 20h 14m 56s|
The American deficits are financed by China
Here is a translation of some of an article in Le Monde. [Click here]
China's savings finance consumer debt and the deficits of the the United
Have poor countries become the new bankers to the rich nations? The
spectacular growth of the reserves in Asian nations (1,400 million dollars from
China alone at the end of the year 2007 ...), the accumulation of petro-dollars
in the Persian Gulf nations and in Russia, the anticipated re-issuances of the
debts of Argentina or Brazil [translator's note: which have
traditionally been made by American banks] makes one think that developing
nations will henceforth finance industrial nations.
"On the morality of the plan, this situation is rather shocking," judges
Dominique Plihon, economics professor at Paris XIII and the president of the
Scientific Council of Attac. The flight of capital towards the Northern
countries in effect hitches the development of emerging economies who are far
from being able finance their own needs to ameliorate their infrastructures.
This paradox is only partially true. The receipts of direct foreign
investments published by the Conference of Nations United on Commerce and
Development(CNUCED) attests to it: industrial nations received 857 millions of
dollars of captial in 2006, but they also exported even more (1,022 millions).
For developping nations, the situation is reversed: they have received more
(379 millions) than they have exported (174 millions).
"In fact," Boris Cournede surmises (economist in the Political economy and
money division of the Organization of Cooperation and Developing economies
(OCDE), "The deficit with a running balance is an especially American
Phenomenom. IN the United States, the deficiat will attain 842 millions of
dollars this year. The interesting thing is that it is financed by China's
commercial surplus and by oil-rich nations, when in other times, these dis-
equilibriums would exist
between developing countries.
This is confirmed by Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis ... "Latin
America and the European Union are in a general equilibrium. The first ran
deficits to finance their development, but the traumatism of the debt crisis
was so hard that Latin American countries prefer no longer to have debts -- at
the risk of slowing down their growth -- rather than revive the strict budgets
and unemployment which result."
"WE have arrived at an astonishing situation" which has been going on for many
years, commented Xavier Musca, a treasury director. Certain emerging
countries, with China at the head, have invested massively in American
Treasuries. China has financed a very large part of the colossal deficit of
the [United States].
Now what this means for us concerns what happens to all those dollars and
treasury bonds in the hands of foreign nations, China in particular. Currently
they are slowly getting sold and the result is a gradual devaluation of the
dollar. This makes the money supply within the United States fragile because
it will be needed to support the value in the foreign markets.
Economists call this a "credit crunch" but all that really means is that cash
reserves are being drawn down in order to pay for goods and bills that are now
more expensive because the value of dollars has depreciated. Businesses with
assets in the millions and having to service debts are having increased
expenses, and thus bank reserves are being drawn down, which makes less
available for banks to extend credit. But banks get the double-whammy, because
when the foreign exchange rates plummet,large businesses or persons with
international portfolios suffer a percentage loss from assets that are valued
I think we're in trouble. The markets have been wobbly all year, and with the
oil prices spiking damn near $100, the costs of everything are going to
accelerate, and this can't help the already bad economic situation.
Hold on to your ass, the real shit is coming.
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