Saturday, June 6, 2009

The dollar is safe (yeah, right) and Tennessee Ernie Ford makes a comeback! - Chinese Laugh At Geithner's Remarks








Geithner backs strong dlr, says China's assets safe


Sun May 31, 2009 11:57pm EDT


BEIJING, June 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Monday reaffirmed his faith in a strong dollar and reassured the Chinese government that its huge holdings of dollar-denominated assets are safe.

"We believe in a strong dollar," Geithner said in a question-and-answer session after a speech to students at Peking University.



A major goal of Geithner's maiden visit to China as Treasury secretary is to allay Beijing's concerns that Washington's mushrooming budget deficit and ultra-loose monetary policy will undermine both the dollar and U.S. bonds. China is the biggest foreign owner of U.S. Treasury bonds.

"Chinese financial assets are very safe," Geithner said. His response drew laughter from the audience. (Reporting by Glenn Somerville; Editing by Alan Wheatley)

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predicting the end of American life as we know it - I’m now beginning to wonder if the powers that be are actually trying to destroy the dollar...

Source: Web of Debt
I meant to post this back when I received it from Ellen Brown last March. The article is very informative to say the least. Ms. Brown is indeed on top of what is going on in the financial world and is probably the only one making the right recommendations. The only problem with that is the powers to be will not listen and will continue to go on the rampage to destroy the dollar and our American way of life. I have presented similar views as this in the past but not with the academic eloquence such as that presented by the author below. A lot has happened since this article was published but it only goes to prove that there is a sinister force driving this country to the brink of financial collapse... What happens then? Only God knows, but I'm sticking by my earlier prediction that the point of no return will come as early as next year (2010) unless some drastic measures are taken to stop the cancer that is eating away at the heartland. One remedy (if we can get together on this) is to empty the House of Representatives of all current members and do not re-elect any of the incumbent Senators coming up for re-election next year.
...and God forbid my prediction comes before November! - Norman E. Hooben

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THINKING POSITIVELY:

HOW “QUANTITATIVE EASING” MAY BE HARNESSED FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD


Nervous pundits are predicting the end of American life as we know it, after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced on March 18 that he would be dropping yet another trillion dollars in helicopter money – up to $300 billion to buy long-term government bonds and an additional $750 billion to buy private debt, with the Term Asset-backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) to be opened up for the sake of consumers and small businesses. The dollar immediately experienced its worst drop in 25 years, amid worries that the Fed’s intervention would spur hyperinflation. Typical of the concerned commentators expressing these sentiments was Mark Larson, who wrote in “Money and Markets” on March 20:

“This is Banana Republic-type stuff! And I’m not talking about the clothing store. Printing money out of thin air at the central bank, only to turn around and buy debt securities issued by your Treasury, is the kind of practice you typically see in emerging market regimes. We’re essentially monetizing our country’s debt and deliberately devaluing our country’s currency.”

Tim Wood wrote in “Financial Sense” on March 21:

“I’m now beginning to wonder if the powers that be are really in their minds trying to ‘fix’ things or if they are actually trying to destroy the dollar, the free markets and perhaps even the nation. To be honest, the latter is starting to make more sense to me because surely there is enough intelligence in Washington to understand the potential consequences of these actions.”

Commentators on the Financial Sense Newshour suggested that the Fed’s move toward “quantitative easing” would be looked back upon as the watershed event in the beginning of the end of the United States dollar. As explained in Wikipedia:

“The term quantitative easing refers to the creation of a pre-determined quantity of new money . . . In very simple layman’s terms, the central bank creates new money out of thin air. It then uses this money to buy what is essentially an IOU [that is, to make a loan]. . . . Today the new money is generally created electronically rather than physically printed.”

The Federal Reserve remains a privately-owned “bankers’ bank,” and it has not asked Congress’s permission before engaging in its new policy of massive “quantitative easing.” The Fed has the capacity to create money on its books and lend it to whomever it will. There is thus a danger that we may just see more money being funneled to those same Wall Street banks that got us into this crisis in the first place. But while the Fed’s new “quantitative easing” tool is fraught with risk, it also has some interesting potential. This funding mechanism could be extended not only to replace the loans that banks have been unwilling or unable to make but to fund Obama’s stimulus package – at little or no cost to the American taxpayer. What we are faced with today is not inflation but deflation. Lending has dried up not only from banks but from the “shadow banking system” – all those pension funds, hedge funds, and foreign investors who used to snatch up mortgage-backed securities – and that means the velocity of money has slowed. Money is sitting in bank accounts rather than being lent into the economy for consumer and homeowner use. The government’s stimulus plan is meant to pick up the slack, but who is going to fund it? The Chinese and other foreign investors are balking at buying more of our debt, and the taxpayers are tapped out. That just leaves the central bank itself.

Thinking positively, in fact, we may look back upon this as the watershed moment when the Federal Reserve finally adjusted its focus and started to act more like a government central bank, one that advances “the full faith and credit of the United States” for the benefit of the United States and its citizenry, rather than just for the bankers who have held the government and its central bank hostage for so long. President Obama suggested a move in that direction when he said on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 19:

“[W]e’re taking a lot of steps to . . . open up separate credit lines outside of banks for small businesses so that they can get credit -- because there are a lot of small businesses out here who are just barely hanging on. Their credit lines are starting to be cut. We’re trying to set up a securitized market for student loans and auto loans outside of the banking system. So there are other ways of getting credit flowing again.” [Emphasis added.]

The Fed now appears to be taking on the role of lender of last resort not just for its member banks but for consumers, businesses, and the government itself. Provisos and cautions aside, its new “quantitative easing” policy at least has the potential to be harnessed to serve the government and the people it represents; and that is a promising development.

Harnessing the Federal Reserve for Federal Purposes

The key to this potential is something that is little known or appreciated: the Fed now rebates all of its profits to the government after deducting its costs. [cite] 1 That means that it is actually the government that gets the benefit of the interest on the Fed’s loans; and that is how it should be, since the U.S. dollar today is backed by nothing but “the full faith and credit of the United States.” The dollar is the government’s credit – its promise to repay value for value, nothing more. If the government is taking the risk that credit will not be repaid, the government should get the interest on the loans.

The Federal Reserve was originally set up in 1913 by a powerful Wall Street group to serve the private banking system, and it agreed to return its profits to the government only under duress. This happened after Congressman Wright Patman, head of the House Banking and Currency Committee in the 1960s, peered closely at its operations and pressed for its nationalization. The developments were chronicled by Congressman Jerry Voorhis, who wrote in 1973:

“As a direct result of logical and relentless agitation by members of Congress, led by Congressman Wright Patman as well as by other competent monetary experts, the Federal Reserve began to pay to the U.S. Treasury a considerable part of its earnings from interest on government securities. This was done without public notice and few people, even today, know that it is being done. It was done, quite obviously, as acknowledgment that the Federal Reserve Banks were acting on the one hand as a national bank of issue, creating the nation’s money, but on the other hand charging the nation interest on its own credit – which no true national bank of issue could conceivably, or with any show of justice, dare to do.”2

The potential for the Fed to acts as a truly “federal” central bank that issues loans to the public and returns the profits to the government has been there since the 1960s; but until now, the Fed and the Administration have not made much use of it. The Fed has used its dollar-issuing power only to the extent necessary to provide the reserves to backstop bank runs. The vast majority of the money supply has continued to be created privately by banks in the form of loans; and as Congressman Voorhis observed, “where the commercial banks are concerned, there is no such repayment of the people’s money” as there is with the Federal Reserve. Commercial banks do not rebate the interest they receive, although they also “‘buy’ the bonds with newly created demand deposit entries on their books – nothing more.” This, Voorhis maintained, was a violation of the Constitutional provision that “Congress shall have the power to coin money [and] regulate the value thereof.”

Bernanke’s Greenback Solution

The Federal Reserve under Alan Greenspan continued to operate in its traditional role of serving the interests of its banker owners, but Ben Bernanke seemed to have other things in mind as far back as 2002, when he made his notorious “helicopter money” speech. The speech was made before the National Economists Club in Washington, D.C. on November 21, 2002 and was titled “Deflation: Making Sure ‘It’ Doesn’t Happen Here.” Dr. Bernanke stated that the Fed would not be “out of ammunition” to counteract deflation just because the federal funds rate had fallen to 0 percent and could not be brought down lower. Lowering interest rates was not the only way to get new money into the economy. He said, “the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.” Note that he said the government (not the central bank) has a printing press, and that the government could print money at essentially no cost. The implication was that the government could create money without paying interest and without having to pay it back to the Fed or the banks.

That fairly well characterizes the money created by “quantitative easing” today. The Fed rebates the interest only after deducting its costs, which are no doubt quite generous; but in 2008, it reported that it rebated 85% of the interest it received to the Treasury.3 Since interest on long-term bonds is now under 3%, that means the interest paid by the government is less than ½ % – clearly the best deal in town, particularly since the Chinese and other foreigners are now balking at buying more U.S. debt. This is comparable to what Australia did in the 1930s, when it avoided the serious depression conditions suffered in other countries by funding public projects with credit advanced by its government-owned central bank at a fraction of one percent interest.4

Not only are the Fed’s loans nearly interest-free, but they are never paid back. The federal debt has not been paid off since 1838, when Andrew Jackson shut down the Second U.S. Bank. “Balancing the budget” just involves “servicing” the debt with interest. Money that comes from an interest-free loan that is rolled over indefinitely is essentially debt-free legal tender.

The infamous helicopter line in Bernanke’s 2002 speech came in when he was discussing how the government’s money-creating power could be used to cut taxes. He said, “A money-financed tax cut is essentially equivalent to Milton Friedman’s famous ‘helicopter drop’ of money.” Dropping money from helicopters was Professor Friedman’s hypothetical cure for deflation. The “money-financed tax cut” discussed by Dr. Bernanke was one in which taxes would be replaced with money that was simply printed up by the government and spent into the economy. He added, “[I]n lieu of tax cuts, the government could increase spending on current goods and services or even acquire existing real or financial assets.” The government could reverse deflation by printing money and buying hard assets with it – assets such as real estate or corporate stock.

And that, for a Federal Reserve official next in line to become its Chairman, was a pretty radical suggestion. It was basically a Greenback proposal, the sort of government self-funding used by Abraham Lincoln to finance the Civil War. It was also the sort of money system endorsed by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and William Jennings Bryan, the system used by the American colonists and demonstrated to be particularly successful in colonial Pennsylvania.

Reviving the Banking Model of Benjamin Franklin’s Day

In Pennsylvania in the first half of the 18th century, the provincial government not only printed its own money but owned its own bank. Colonial scrip was printed and lent to farmers at 5% interest, and this money recycled back to the government as it was repaid. The money went out and came back in a circular flow, preventing inflation. This was quite different from what happened in those Banana Republics that used the power to print money simply to pay off foreign debts owed in dollars. The invariable result was to invite speculators to jack up the price of the dollars relative to the local currency, causing the currency’s rapid devaluation. The Bank of Pennsylvania, by contrast, issued its fiat currency as loans for domestic use, loans on which not only the principal but the interest came back to the government. Since the provincial government had the power to issue the local scrip, it could issue some extra to meet its expenses; and this money filtered through the economy to provide the additional sums needed to cover the interest on the loans. During the time this provincial system was in place, the Pennsylvania colonists paid no taxes, there was no government debt, and price inflation did not result.

What the Fed is doing today could be considered comparable: it is generating the equivalent of debt-free government-issued colonial scrip with its “quantitative easing” tool, and it is advancing credit for private use, with the interest on the loans returning to the government.

The Case for Nationalizing the Fed

One major difference between the Federal Reserve and the bank of colonial Pennsylvania is that the Fed remains a private bank owned by other banks. There is the fear that the powerful tool of “quantitative easing” could turn into a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands. A private central bank can be driven by a small financial elite in secret boardroom meetings beyond congressional control. The power to create money is a double-edged sword even for a government, but at least a government must answer to the people in the public forum of a democracy.

That is true in theory, but we the people don’t have much more control over Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, a government official, than we have over Ben Bernanke. The Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (or TARP) has been heavily criticized for moving “toxic” assets off the books of the culpable Wall Street derivative banks and onto the backs of the taxpayers. The problem is that government officials and Federal Reserve officials alike believe that the only way the nation can have a functioning credit system is to maintain business as usual on Wall Street. This is not true. A public banking system headed by a truly federal central bank could provide all the credit we need.

To prevent corruption and abuse, this system of money and credit would need to be made subject to the sort of public monitoring and control provided by the checks and balances built into the Constitution. Stephen Zarlenga, president of the American Monetary Institute, suggests that the money system should be organized as a fourth branch of government alongside the executive, judicial and congressional branches. The Fed is acting like a fourth branch now, but without the public oversight of a true government agency. Congressman Ron Paul has brought a bill (HR1027) to audit the Federal Reserve, and Congressman Dennis Kucinich told Congress earlier this month that he would soon be bringing a bill to nationalize the Fed. He said:

“Banking is not a proper function of the government, but oversight is. The Treasury Department should not be outsourcing to the Fed its oversight responsibilities. The Fed, which failed miserably to oversee the banks, should be put under Treasury instead. It’s time for the government to operate in the public interest, not in the interest of private banks. It’s time to stop bailing out banks and begin building up America.”

Note, however, that if the Fed is nationalized and it continues to issue credit for the benefit of consumers, small businesses, and the government itself, it will actually be in the banking business; and that, arguably, is how it should be. Our money system today is nothing more than a series of legal agreements between parties. “Credit” is merely an agreement to repay over time. While private parties and private banks should be free to lend their own money or their investors’ money, we also need the sort of “credit” that is created on a computer screen; and that sort of credit, as money reformer Richard Cook observes, is properly administered as a public utility. The dollar is backed by nothing but “the full faith and credit of the United States” and should be dispensed and monitored by the United States. As William Jennings Bryan declared in his winning presidential nomination speech at the Democratic Convention in 1896:

[W]e believe that the right to coin money and issue money is a function of government. . . . Those who are opposed to this proposition tell us that the issue of paper money is a function of the bank and that the government ought to go out of the banking business. I stand with Jefferson . . . and tell them, as he did, that the issue of money is a function of the government and that the banks should go out of the governing business. . . . [W]hen we have restored the money of the Constitution, all other necessary reforms will be possible, and . . . until that is done there is no reform that can be accomplished.”

The loans the Fed creates by “quantitative easing” are no more inflationary than the credit created daily on a computer screen by private banks.5 At least, loans used to be created daily by private banks, until their ability to lend was frozen for accounting reasons. The Fed’s credit facility has the advantages over private banks’ that (a) it is not subject to the lending freeze, and (b) its profits are rebated to the government, which ultimately serves the taxpayers’ interest. Nationalizing the Federal Reserve is the ideal solution; but while we are waiting for that development, the government can do the next best thing and tap into the very cheap, readily available credit provided by its own central bank.







  1. “FAQs: Federal Reserve System,” federalreserve.gov.
  2. J. Voorhis, The Strange Case of Richard Milhous Nixon (1973), excerpted at
    http://www.sonic.net/~doretk/ArchiveARCHIVE/ECONOMICSPOLITICS/FEDERAL%20RESERVE/Jerry%20VoorhisFedReserve.html.
  3. See Benjamin Gisin, Michael Krajovic, “Rescuing the Physical Economy,” Conscious Economics (January 2009); Ellen Brown, “Monetize this!”, webofdebt.com/articles (February 22, 2009).
  4. David Kidd, “How Money is Created in Australia,” www.http://dkd.net/davekidd/politics/money.html (2001).
  5. See Ellen Brown, “The Wall Street Ponzi Scheme Called Fractional Reserve Banking,” webofdebt.com/articles (December 29, 2008).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Military Cut Backs With The New Admistration

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You can't make these things up...ROFL

The Electric Fence

Posted by: John D. Weimer


My son sent me this one today.

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We have the standard 6 ft. fence in the backyard, and a few
months ago, I heard about burglaries increasing dramatically in the
entire city. To make sure this never happened to me I got an electric
fence and ran a single wire along the top of the fence. Actually, I got
the biggest cattle charger Tractor Supply had, made for 26 miles of
fence.

I then used an 8 ft. long ground round, drove 7.5 feet into the
ground. The ground rod is the key, with the more you have in the
ground, the better the fence works.

One day I'm mowing the back yard with my cheapo Walmart 6 hp big
wheel push mower. The hot wire is broken and laying out in the yard. I
knew for a fact that I unplugged the charger. I pushed the mower around
the wire and reached down to grab it, to throw it out of the way.

It seems as though I hadn't remembered to unplug it after all.
Now I'm standing there, I've got the running lawnmower in my right hand
and the 1.7 giga volt fence wire in the other hand. Keep in mind the
charger is about the size of a marine battery and has a picture of an
upside down cow on fire on the cover.

Time stood still.

The first thing I notice is my balls trying to climb up the
front side of my body. My ears curled downwards and I could feel the
lawnmower ignition firing in the backside of my brain. Every time that
Briggs & Stratton rolled over, I could feel the spark in my head. I was
literally at one with the engine. It seems as though the fence charger
and the POS lawn mower were fighting over who would control my
electrical impulses.

Science says you cannot crap, pee, and jump at the same time. I
beg to differ.

Not only did I do all three at once, but my bowels emptied 3
different times in less than half of a second. It was a Matrix kind of
bowel movement, where time is creeping along and you're all leaned back
and BAM BAM BAM you just crap your pants 3 times.

It seemed like there were minutes in between but in reality it
was so close together it was like exhaust pulses from a big block Chevy
turning 8 grand. At this point I'm about 30 minutes (maybe 2 seconds)
into holding onto the
fence wire. My hand is wrapped around the wire palm down so I
can't let go.

I grew up on a farm so I know all about electric fences...but
Dad always had those POS chargers made by International or whoever that
were like 9 volts and just kinda tickled. This I could not let go of.

The 8 foot long ground rod is now accepting signals from me
through the permadamp Ark-La-Tex river bottom soil.

At this point I'm thinking I'm going to have to just man up and
take it, until the lawnmower runs out of gas. 'Damn!' I think, as I
remember I just filled the tank! Now the lawnmower is starting to run
rough. It has settled into a loping run pattern as if it had some kind
of big lawnmower race cam in it. Covered in poop, pee, jizz, and with
my balls on my chest I think 'Oh God,
please die... pleeeeze die'. But nooooo, it settles into the
rough lumpy cam idle nicely and remains there, like a big bore roller
cam EFI motor waiting for the go command from its owner's right foot.

So here I am in the middle of July, 104 degrees, 80% humidity,
standing in my own backyard, begging God to kill me.
God did not take me that day... he left me there covered in my
own fluids to writhe in the misery my own stupidity had created...

I honestly don't know how I got loose from the wire.... I woke
up laying on the ground hours later. The lawnmower was beside me, out
of gas. It was later on in the day and I was sunburned. There were two
large dead grass spots where
I had been standing, and then another long skinny dead spot were
the wire had laid while I was on the ground still holding on to it. I
assume I finally had a seizure and in the resulting thrashing had
somehow let go of the wire.

Upon waking from my electrically induced sleep I realized a few
things.

1- Three of my teeth seem to have melted.
2- I now have cramps in the bottoms of my feet and my right
butt cheek (not the left, just the right).
3- Poop, pee, and semen when all mixed together, do not smell
as bad as you might think.
4- My left eye will not open.
5- My right eye will not close.
6- The lawnmower runs like a sumnabitch now. Seriously! I think
our little session cleared out some carbon fouling or something, because
it was better than new after that.
7- My balls are still smaller than average yet they are almost
a foot long

8- I can turn on the TV in the game room by farting while
thinking of the number 4 (still don't understand this?)

That day changed my life. I now have a newfound respect for
things. I appreciate the little things more, and now I always triple
check to make sure the fence is unplugged before I mow.

The good news, is that if a burglar does try to come over the
fence, I can clearly visualize what my security system will do to him,
and THAT gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, which also reminds
me to triple check before I mow.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Taxachusetts to Tax Satellite Television

Update 3 March 2010 (We have a distinguished visitor):
Domain Name state.ma.us ? (U.S.)
IP Address 146.243.4.# (Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
ISP Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Location 
Continent : North America
Country : United States  (Facts)
State : Massachusetts
City : Boston

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Wouldn't you know it...
I finally got rid of the cable television (a big move for me) and got me one of those satellite dishes that you see sprouting up all over the country. I see them everywhere; even at the campgrounds. I mention that because we have a travel trailer and the package deal we got included an extra dish for trailer for only $5.00 more per month.
After a somewhat lengthy installation (about 4 or 5 hours) for for both systems we decided to run out to the nearest campground to test my ability to set the dang thing up by myself (the installer was not a whole lot of help with instructions for greenhorns). In any event I fiddled with the dish antenna that comes with it's own tripod and got connected to that high tech gadget in the sky (It's really spaced out there a bit!).
Getting back to my opening line...
Wouldn't you know it, the very first station that came into view had the headline, "Massachusetts to impose tax on satellite TV!" Wow! I didn't know they could do that!
The Communications Act of 1934 (to the best of my knowledge is still in effect) gave the airways to the people. That's why you don't have to pay for AM, FM, shortwave, or regular television broadcasts. I don't remember which president said it but I do recall hearing one say, "Anything going out over the air and into a receiver should be free to the public (transmitting is another story). Which leads me to think, "Why do we have to pay for satellite TV or radio for that matter. If we can buy AM-FM radios and other receivers to listen and/or watch, then why cannot we simply buy our own satellite dishes and receiver's and get what's coming in free as the Act was intended? Well I'm sure we won't get around the use fee for the satellite so I can understand that's the way it is and that's the way it's going to be.
But the tax! That shouldn't be! If this legislation is approved by the Taxachusetts politicians, then what's stopping the other states from joining the revenue trough?
The story below hints of some kind of backdoor politics that will ultimately serve only the politicians and the consumer be damned...hey there cable companies, didn't you ever hear of competitive pricing? - Norman E. Hooben
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Cable Industry Lobbies to tax Satellite TV

Cable is out to strike a blow against satellite TV. They are pushing for a bill in Massachusetts that would tax Satellite Television 5% under the terms of a proposed House bill, a move the cable TV industry is pushing because satellite providers such as DirecTV are competing with them for subscribers.
The proposal bill would officially levy the tax on both cable and satellite TV users. But there is a catch, but wording in the bill, which is written by the cable industry, would then nullify the charge for cable subscribers because they already pay up to 5 percent in so-called franchise fees.
Cities and towns have traditionally charged cable companies the fees to compensate a community for stringing wires and digging up roads to provide their service. And therefore the tax on cable television is justified. Massachusetts regulators have directed that the money be used for public access programming such as televised city council and selectmen meetings.

Satellite companies have been spared the fees both because they came into existence after the fees were created and because their service does not rely on public infrastructure such as roads and utility rights of way. Since they are not using the community infrastructure, why should they pay the same tax as cable?
``These guys can't compete fairly in the marketplace so, in our view, they have attempted to impose these taxes to gain a competitive advantage,'' said Robert Mercer, a spokesman for DirecTV satellite television.
``We don't tear up the city infrastructure,'' Mercer added. ``Our infrastructure is 22,300 miles in space.'' In fact, satellite TV must pay for their own infrastructure of satellite communication.
A cable industry spokesman acknowledged the aim of the bill is to raise the price of satellite TV bills, since satellite television has increasing taken away market share from the cable industry.

If you are a subscriber to satellite television in Massachusetts contact your local representative and voice your disagreement over this bill.

Monday, June 1, 2009

"Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is." - His only enemies are fellow Americans.

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Telegraph .co.UK
by Gerald Warner


OBAMA AND THE CIA:
WHY DOES PRESIDENT PANTYWAIST
HATE AMERICA SO BADLY?


If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people - not even Jimmy Carter.

Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution . Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.

That is why he opened Pandora's Box by publishing the Justice Department's legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he had to rush to Langley, Virginia to try to reassure a demoralised CIA that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even more formidable foe than al-Qaeda.

"Don't be discouraged by what's happened the last few weeks," he told intelligence officers. Is he kidding? Thanks to him, al-Qaeda knows the private interrogation techniques available to the US intelligence agencies and can train its operatives to withstand them - or would do so, if they had not already been outlawed.

So, next time a senior al-Qaeda hood is captured, all the CIA can do is ask him nicely if he would care to reveal when a major population centre is due to be hit by a terror spectacular, or which American city is about to be irradiated by a dirty bomb. Your view of this situation will be dictated by one simple criterion: whether or not you watched the people jumping from the twin towers...

President Pantywaist's recent world tour, cosying up to all the bad guys, excited the ambitions of America's enemies. Here, they realised, is a sucker they can really take to the cleaners. His only enemies are fellow Americans. Which prompts the question: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?

America Has Talent...above and beyond the call of duty! - Truly, One of America's Best!

Source: Connecticut Post

Bride Saves Family From Burning House



By Daniel Tepfer
STAFF WRITER


Later, the Eitelberg family sat huddled on a lawn across the street from their West McKinley Avenue colonial as firefighters blasted water into the blackened remains of their home. They lamented the loss of their two-story house, but were happy that they and their pets had been spirited to freedom.

A short distance away their rescuer, Georgette Clemons, of Bridgeport, was surrounded by her wedding entourage as she neatly folded her blackened and stained wedding dress.

"It's been an eventful day," she said matter of factly.

Shortly before 5:30 Sunday evening, Clemons, formerly Georgette Fogary, had just been married to Charles Clemons and was being driven from Testo's restaurant where the reception was held when she spotted smoke coming from the Eitelberg's home.

Hanifah Bost, who was driving the car, said Clemons suddenly yelled, "Stop the car, stop the car."

"There was smoke coming from this house and as soon as I stopped the car, Georgette got out in her wedding dress and ran toward the front door." She said Clemons ran through the smoke into the house and she ran after her.

"I don't know what she was thinking, she had just got married," Bost said.

Clemons said she saw flames on the outside of the house and yelled for the occupants to get out. She said she could see someone inside and when they didn't come out, she ran in to get them.
"The woman was yelling about her animals and didn't want to get out so I had to pull her out," Clemons said. The occupants, including two dogs and two ferrets, out safely, Clemons then ran next door to warn the neighbors of the fire.

"My shoes got messed up, but what are you going to do?" Clemons said later. "At least the people are OK." Firefighters arrived as a thick blanket of smoke covered the neighborhood. Residents, who had come out of their homes to see the fire, ran back covering their faces from the smoke.

"I smelled smoke and then in two seconds the whole place was up in smoke," said neighbor, Sean O'Regan. "It was unreal."

"There was smoke at first and then flames erupted," added Jim O'Donnell.

Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Martin said when firefighters arrived flames were shooting out of the second-floor windows.

"The right side of the house appears to have total damage. The people were out when we arrived, and fortunately there were no injuries," he said.

Martin said it appears the fire started in the rear of the house, but the Eitelbergs did not know what started it.

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What the H- - - is going on here? Is this happening in the United States of America? ...OUTRAGEOUS!


Oorah Banned! ...could it happen here?

Story: Atlas Shrugs

Patriots and Vets Under Attack: Oorah banned!

Oorah banned

This ought to rattle every great American in their boots. I bet there are Obama stickers there .... (hat tip van)

Vet's Patriotic Stickers Under Fire FOX4

DALLAS -Frank Larison is a disabled veteran with more than 14 years of service, including more than a year of combat duty in Vietnam.

The 58-year-old former Marine now finds himself under attack by his Dallas homeowners association for displaying seven decals on his vehicle supporting the Marine Corps.

The board says the decals are advertisements that violate HOA rules, and must be covered or removed.

[...]

Larimore says the decals, ranging from the Marine emblem to Semper Fi slogans, aren't advertisements for anything. "You can't buy freedom," he reasoned.

Some neighbors are outraged.

"That is his identity," said neighbor Mary Castagna. "He goes to a lot of the veteran meetings, and it means a lot to him. Everyone else agrees with it; it doesn't bother anybody."

"He's in the Marines, and he's proud of it, and I don't blame him," said neighbor Paul Hardy. "If I'd gone through what he's gone through, I'd be kind of proud of it myself."

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The letter from the board states you can't have any form of advertisement anywhere on your car on your property. FOX 4 cameras spotted bumper stickers for political parties, health causes, and other non-commercial interests on the property as well.

So what do you call this HOA?

...it's an ASSociation we could do without!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Preparing For The Hunt In South Texas...mountain lions, deer, wild pigs, you name it!

From the mailbox:

The following message from an across town friend forwarded from the great state of Texas...a lot going on in that part of the country...

Forwarded message from -----
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 01:38:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: (link removed)
Reply-To: fdgpatten@yahoo.com
Subject: Fw: WATER TANK - BETTER THAN A DEER FEEDER
To: undisclosed recipients:

Be sure to scroll to the last picture.

The last pic is the best...

For those of you that have never hunted in South Texas, sometimes we post motion detector cameras at our feeders/tanks to see what is going on - check out this sequence at a water tank.




Attention Texas: Kill Bill HB 300

From the mail bag (H-T Hoot Gibson)

Subj: [Indyfriends] Action Request -- Let's kill HB 300 graveyard dead!
Date: 5/27/2009 9:29:10 PM Central Daylight Time
From: (link removed)

To: (link removed)
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Dear Friends and Members:

It is truly appalling that our legislators spent most of this legislative session dealing with a non-issue (Voter ID and "voter fraud").
Meanwhile, the real fraud in this state is sitting in the Governor's office getting ready to pull a fast one again so he can have his Trans-Texas Corridor piecemeal.

We have a real opportunity here. Let's kill HB 300 -- graveyard dead. Call in tomorrow and get all your friends and family to do the same. Instructions are below from our friends at Texas TURF.

Independently yours,


Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
http://IndyTexans.org
ljcurtis@IndyTexans.org

PO Box 14294
Austin, TX 78761
512-535-0989 home office
512-383-8484 Austin office
512-657-2089 cell


URGENT 30 SECOND ACTION ITEM Calls needed NOW to KILL HB 300!

Get their phones ringing and keep them ringing! This bill ENDS the private toll moratorium, sells our highways to the highest bidder, keeps the Trans Texas Corridor alive, opens a new loophole to toll existing freeways, allows counties a 10 cent gas tax hike, raids public employee pension funds for toll roads, reduces the number of elected officials on transportation boards, and more!

Contact your Texas STATE representatives and tell them:

"KILL HB 300, and pass a safety net bill."

Find your STATE Representative here...

Call the Capitol switchboard (512) 463-4630 between 8 AM - 5 PM. Most are there late into the evening, to get your reps direct phone numbers, go here...

You can also email your STATE Representative by using this formula:
Plug in the name of your STATE Representative to: firstname.lastname@house.state.tx.us

You can also email your STATE Senator by using this formula:
Plug in the name of your STATE Senator to: firstname.lastname@senate.state.tx.us

Phone calls are best at this stage of the game...if you can't get through, keep calling and email.