Saturday, January 15, 2011

On Camera: Luxury Yacht Sinks - Video - KETV Omaha

On Camera: Luxury Yacht Sinks - Video - KETV Omaha

"In a minute honey...it's a tied score." ...“Maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today if we’d just said ‘enough is enough’.”

The following courtesy of Texas Fred                                   ↑Photo credit Norman E. Hooben↑

The Ghost of Thanksgiving Yet to Come
“Winston, come into the dining room, it’s time to eat,” Julia yelled to her husband.
“In a minute, honey, it’s a tie score”, he answered. Actually Winston wasn’t very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington.
Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its “unseemly violence” and the “bad example it sets for the rest of the world,” Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch wasn’t nearly as exciting.
Yet it wasn’t the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey. Even though it was the best type of Veggie Meat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce and mince-meat pie), it wasn’t anything like real turkey.
And ever since the government officially changed the name of “Thanksgiving Day” to “A National Day of Atonement” in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims’ historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster. Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold.
Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats—which were monitored and controlled by the electric company — be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.
Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the family. Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of live-saving medical treatment.
Winston had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program. And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort. “The RHC’s resources are limited,” explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. “Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled. I’m sorry for your loss.”
Ed couldn’t make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines — for everyone but government officials. The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn’t want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.
Thankfully, Winston’s brother, John, and his wife were flying in. Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion. No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government – mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids.
Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added “inconvenience” was an “absolute necessity” in order to stay “one step ahead of the terrorists.” Winston’s own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022.
That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for “unequal scrutiny,” even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine. Almost.
The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact. “A living Constitution is extremely flexible,” said the Court’s eldest member, Elena Kagan. “Europe has had laws like this one for years. We should learn from their example,” she added.
Winston’s thoughts turned to his own children. He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him. Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford. She whined for a week, but got over it.
His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether. Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism or any of a number of other calamities were “just around the corner,” but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility.
It didn’t help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being.
Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13. The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to “spur economic growth.” This time they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.
Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement.. At least he had his memories. He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life “fair for everyone” realized their full potential.
Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn’t happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.
He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2009, when all the real nonsense began. “Maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today if we’d just said ‘enough is enough’ when we had the chance,” he thought.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Far Left Hate Amplified By Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee

Where does Chafee get off with his idiotic pronouncements?  Is he that dyslexic that he doesn't know his left from his right?  Over 98% of the vitriolic hate comes from the left...and I should add that 99.9% of the hypocrisy is also from the left...must be that Alinsky school they attended.
Note:  I used to live in Chafee country (Cranston, RI) and at the time rated him as a little left of center.  As far as I'm concerned, the statement he made in the commentary that follows should give him a free pass to the house of Marx...Karl Marx! ~ Norman E. Hooben
Source for the following: Ballot News

Rhode Island Governor calls for advertisers to “shut down” talk radio hosts

January 14, 2011
SANFORD, Rhode Island: Speaking with reporters after a meeting concerning health care in the state, Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee said that talk radio hosts who choose to use harsh and divisive language in their programs should have their advertisers “shut them down.” [1] Chafee has become part of an ever increasing list of center/left of center politicians and pundits who have attacked what they consider to be the vitriolic hate of the “far right-wing” of American politics. Though the Governor did not mention the Tucson shooting in responding to reporters, the timing of his response, at a time when the media has suggested divisive political debate, particularly from conservatives, might have motivated the young man who killed six individuals and injured 12 others, including a recovering Democratic Arizona Congresswoman, over the weekend, seems implied.
Chafee’s comments after the health care meeting appear to be just another step in his ramped up efforts to counter Republican/conservative influence in the state and distinguish himself from his Republican predecessor, Donald L. Carcieri. The day after the massacre in Tucson, the independent politician said he did not “plan to spend his own time on talk-radio, and he intends to ban state employees from spending their state-work time talking on talk radio.” [2] He claimed his decision was based on his belief that taxpayer resources, in the form of state employee work-time, should be wasted on “support for-profit, ratings-driven programming.” [2] A spokesman for the Governor claims that the ban had been in the works for some time before the event that occurred in Arizona over the weekend. Again, however, the timing is suspect.
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Picture of the day... of the year …of the last two years !

...every once in a while you should be reminding yourself of rule #8

"...there will be no “quantitative easing” for municipal governments." ~ So ya had some Munies, did ya! ...psst, if ya still got 'em, get rid of 'em !!!

Source: The Web of Debt

THE FED HAS SPOKEN: NO BAILOUT FOR MAIN STREET

by Ellen Brown

The Federal Reserve was set up by bankers for bankers, and it has served them well. Out of the blue, it came up with $12.3 trillion in nearly interest-free credit to bail the banks out of a credit crunch they created. That same credit crisis has plunged state and local governments into insolvency, but the Fed has now delivered its ultimatum: there will be no “quantitative easing” for municipal governments.


On January 7, according to the Wall Street Journal, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed had ruled out a central bank bailout of state and local governments. “We have no expectation or intention to get involved in state and local finance,” he said in testimony before the Senate Budget Committee. The states “should not expect loans from the Fed.”
So much for the proposal of President Barack Obama, reported in Reuters a year ago, to have the Fed buy municipal bonds to cut the heavy borrowing costs of cash-strapped cities and states.
The credit woes of state and municipal governments are a direct result of Wall Street’s malfeasance. Their borrowing costs first shot up in 2008, when the “monoline” bond insurers lost their own credit ratings after gambling in derivatives. The Fed’s low-interest facilities could have been used to restore local government credit, just as it was used to restore the credit of the banks. But Chairman Bernanke has now vetoed that plan.
Why? It can hardly be argued that the Fed doesn’t have the money. The collective budget deficit of the states for 2011 is projected at $140 billion, a mere drop in the bucket compared to the sums the Fed managed to come up with to bail out the banks. According to data recently released, the central bank provided roughly $3.3 trillion in liquidity and $9 trillion in short-term loans and other financial arrangements to banks, multinational corporations, and foreign financial institutions following the credit crisis of 2008.
The argument may be that continuing the Fed’s controversial “quantitative easing” program (easing credit conditions by creating money with accounting entries) will drive the economy into hyperinflation. But creating $12.3 trillion for the banks — nearly one hundred times the sum needed by state governments — did not have that dire effect. Rather, the money supply is shrinking – by some estimates, at the fastest rate since the Great Depression. Creating another $140 billion would hardly affect the money supply at all.
Why didn’t the $12.3 trillion drive the economy into hyperinflation? Because, contrary to popular belief, when the Fed engages in “quantitative easing,” it is not simply printing money and giving it away. It is merely extending CREDIT, creating an overdraft on the account of the borrower to be paid back in due course. The Fed is simply replacing expensive credit from private banks (which also create the loan money on their books) with cheap credit from the central bank.
So why isn’t the Fed open to advancing this cheap credit to the states? According to Mr. Bernanke, its hands are tied. He says the Fed is limited by statute to buying municipal government debt with maturities of six months or less that is directly backed by tax or other assured revenue, a form of debt that makes up less than 2% of the overall muni market. Congress imposed that restriction, and only Congress can change it.
That may sound like he is passing the buck, but he is probably right. Bailing out state and local governments IS outside the Fed’s mandate. The Federal Reserve Act was drafted by bankers to create a banker’s bank that would serve their interests. No others need apply. The Federal Reserve is the bankers’ own private club, and its legal structure keeps all non-members out.
Earlier Central Bank Ventures into Commercial Lending
That is how the Fed is structured today, but it hasn’t always been that way. In 1934, Section 13(b) was added to the Federal Reserve Act, authorizing the Fed to “make credit available for the purpose of supplying working capital to established industrial and commercial businesses.” This long-forgotten section was implemented and remained in effect for 24 years. In a 2002 article called “Lender of More Than Last Resort” posted on the Minneapolis Fed’s website, David Fettig summarized its provisions as follows:
  • [Federal] Reserve banks could make loans to any established businesses, including businesses begun that year (a change from earlier legislation that limited funds to more established enterprises).
  • Reserve banks were permitted to participate [share in loans] with lending institutions, but only if the latter assumed 20 percent of the risk.
  • No limitation was placed on the amount of a single loan.
  • A Reserve bank could make a direct loan only to a business in its district.
Today, that venture into commercial banking sounds like a radical departure from the Fed’s given role; but at the time it evidently seemed like a reasonable alternative. Fettig notes that “the Fed was still less than 20 years old and many likely remembered the arguments put forth during the System’s founding, when some advocated that the discount window should be open to all comers, not just member banks.” In Australia and other countries, the central bank was then assuming commercial as well as central bank functions.
Section 13(b) was repealed in 1958, but one state has kept its memory alive. In North Dakota, the publicly owned Bank of North Dakota (BND) acts as a “mini-Fed” for the state. Like the Federal Reserve of the 1930s and 1940s, the BND makes loans to local businesses and participates in loans made by local banks.
The BND has helped North Dakota escape the credit crisis. In 2009, when other states were teetering on bankruptcy, North Dakota sported the largest surplus it had ever had. Other states, prompted by their own budget crises to explore alternatives, are now looking to North Dakota for inspiration.
The “Unusual and Exigent Circumstances” Exception
Although Section 13(b) was repealed, the Federal Reserve Act retained enough vestiges of it in 2008 to allow the Fed to intervene to save a variety of non-bank entities from bankruptcy. The problem was that the tool was applied selectively. The recipients were major corporate players, not local businesses or local governments. Fettig writes:
Section 13(b) may be a memory, . . . but Section 13 paragraph 3 . . . is alive and well in the Federal Reserve Act. . . . [T]his amendment allows, “in unusual and exigent circumstances,” a Reserve bank to advance credit to individuals, partnerships and corporations that are not depository institutions.
In 2008, the Fed bailed out investment company Bear Stearns and insurer AIG, neither of which was a bank. John Nichols reports in The Nation that Bear Stearns got almost $1 trillion in short-term loans, with interest rates as low as 0.5%. The Fed also made loans to other corporations, including GE, McDonald’s, and Verizon.
In 2010, Section 13(3) was modified by the Dodd-Frank bill, which replaced the phrase “individuals, partnerships and corporations” with the vaguer phrase “any program or facility with broad-based eligibility.” As explained in the notes to the bill:
Only Broad-Based Facilities Permitted. Section 13(3) is modified to remove the authority to extend credit to specific individuals, partnerships and corporations. Instead, the Board may authorize credit under section 13(3) only under a program or facility with “broad-based eligibility.”
What programs have “broad-based eligibility” isn’t clear from a reading of the Section, but long-term municipal bonds are evidently excluded. Mr. Bernanke said that if municipal defaults became a problem, it would be in Congress’ hands, not his.
Congress could change the law, just as it did in 1934, 1958, and 2010. It could change the law to allow the Fed to help Main Street just as it helped Wall Street. But as Senator Dick Durbin blurted out on a radio program in April 2009, Congress is owned by the banks. Changes in the law today are more likely to go the other way. Mike Whitney, writing in December 2010, noted:
So far, not one CEO or CFO of a major investment bank or financial institution has been charged, arrested, prosecuted, or convicted in what amounts to the largest incident of securities fraud in history. In the much-smaller Savings and Loan investigation, more than 1,000 people were charged and convicted. . . . [T]he system is broken and the old rules no longer apply.
The old rules no longer apply because they have been changed to suit the moneyed interests that hold Congress and the Fed captive. The law has been changed not only to keep the guilty out of jail but to preserve their exorbitant profits and bonuses at the expense of their victims.
To do this, the Federal Reserve had to take “extraordinary measures.” They were extraordinary but not illegal, because the Fed’s congressional mandate made them legal. Nobody’s permission even had to be sought. Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act allows it to do what it needs to do in “unusual and exigent circumstances” to save its constituents.
If you’re a bank, it seems, anything goes. If you’re not a bank, you’re on your own.
So Who Will Save the States?
Highlighting the immediacy of the local government budget crisis, The Wall Street Journal quoted Meredith Whitney, a banking analyst who recently turned to analyzing state and local finances. She said on a recent broadcast of CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the U.S. could see “50 to 100 sizable defaults” in 2011 among its local governments, amounting to “hundreds of billions of dollars.”
If the Fed could so easily come up with 12.3 trillion dollars to save the banks, why can’t it find a few hundred billion under the mattress to save the states? Obviously it could, if Congress were inclined to put non-bank lending back into the Fed’s job description. Then why isn’t that being done?
The cynical view is that the states are purposely being kept on the edge of bankruptcy, because the banks that hold Congress hostage want the interest income and the control.
Whatever the reason, Congress is standing down while the nation is sinking. Congress must summon the courage to take needed action; and that action is not to impose “austerity” by cutting services, at a time when an already-squeezed populace most needs them. Rather, it is to create the jobs that will generate real productivity. To do this, Congress would not even have to go through the Federal Reserve. It could issue its own debt-free money and spend it on repairing and modernizing our decaying infrastructure, among other needed works.  Congress’ task will become easier if the people stand with them in demanding action, but Congress is now so gridlocked that change may still be long in coming.
In the meantime, the states could take matters in their own hands and set up their own state-owned banks, on the model of the Bank of North Dakota. They could then have their own very-low-interest credit lines, just as the Wall Street banks do. Rather than spending or selling off valuable public assets, or hoarding them in massive rainy day funds made necessary by the lack of ready credit, states could LEVERAGE their assets into a very strong and abundant local credit system, following the accepted business practices of the Wall Street banks themselves.
The Public Banking Institute is being launched on January 13 to explore that alternative. For more information, see http://PublicBankingInstitute.org.
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Ellen Brown is an attorney and the author of eleven books, including Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free. Her websites are webofdebt.com, ellenbrown.com, and public-banking.com.

My previous comments regarding the author can be found here in the forward section.

America Is Not Dead Yet...as long as we have patriots like this we will live forever

I have something in my eye...The combination of that girl's beautiful voice, her poise, and then the crowd...Wow. ~ Source

Chesapeake Girl's Anthem At Scope A YouTube hit
"...gaining more than 2 million hits by early Friday morning"
 
CHESAPEAKE
A microphone failure and a viral video have cast an 8-year-old Chesapeake girl into the national spotlight.  Elizabeth Hughes has gained attention for her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that was cut short when her microphone died. She sang last weekend at an Admirals hockey game at Norfolk’s Scope.
The girl had just finished the line “the bombs bursting in air” when the microphone went silent.  Composed beyond her years, Elizabeth kept singing – although her voice wasn’t audible to the crowd. The spectators soon joined in for a rousing finish and gave the girl a nice reception.
A YouTube video of the performance posted by Elizabeth’s mother, Dorothy Hughes, has become a sensation, gaining more than 2 million hits by early Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the interview requests for the third-grader at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater have been streaming in, said her father, Ralph Hughes. Among the requests: a pending interview on CBS’ “The Early Show.”
“We’re just basking in her 15 minutes of fame,” said Ralph Hughes, calling from the studios of WTKR-TV NewsChannel 3 in Norfolk, where Elizabeth recorded an interview Thursday.
She also recorded a segment via satellite for the cable TV show “Inside Edition,” which was set to air Thursday night.
“Everything is happening pretty fast, just from that moment,” her dad said.
The family has lived in Hampton Roads since 2004, moving from New Orleans. Ralph is a retired Marine, and Dorothy is a fifth-grade teacher at Hebrew Academy.
Elizabeth, a crystal-clear soprano, was selected to sing the national anthem after her parents submitted a demo tape to the Admirals.
Elizabeth is a member of the Virginia Children’s Chorus and loves musical theater.
Her mother notes that the Admirals’ crowd didn’t get to hear Elizabeth’s big finish – the amazing high note she hits at the end of “land of the free ” – but they will have another chance.
The Admirals have invited her back to sing at the Feb. 5 game.
“It turned out to be a wonderful moment for everybody,” her dad said.
Rashod Ollison, (757) 446-2732, rashod.ollison@pilotonline.com

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"It is completely unacceptable that Americans at work, doing their job in America, come under gun fire from across the border in Mexico." ...blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...

Hey Congressman, Texas is part of the United States the last time I checked...get that usurper in the White House to do his job and we wouldn't have these problems.  You guys are all talk and no action!

Source: El Paso Times

Mexican gunman fires across border toward U.S. highway workers
By Adriana Gómez Licón and Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times

FORT QUITMAN, Texas - At least one Mexican gunman fired toward U.S. road workers 25 miles east of Fort Hancock, Texas, about 10:30 a.m., said Arvin West, sheriff of Hudspeth County. 
County employees were working on the Indian Hot Springs Road, a county road that runs almost adjacent to the western Texas-Mexico border. They heard shots coming from the Mexican side and departed the area.
West said the four workers were not injured.
West said his sheriff's office and the Texas Ranger Division were investigating the shooting. West said drug smugglers use the area to traffic narcotics and appeared to have fired their guns to scare the road workers away.
Hudspeth County sheriff's chief deputy Mike Doyle said a rancher spotted a white truck fleeing the area on the Mexican side, about three-quarters of mile from where the workers were filling a hole in the road.
One of the four workers said he heard eight shots from a high-powered rifle during the incident.
Two Texas Rangers, West and Doyle arrived about 4 p.m. at the scene where the four county road workers saw the bullets hit. They were looking for the bullets with a metal detector.
Indian Hot Springs Road is an unpaved road that runs about half a mile from the border. Fort Quitman is west Texas ghost town 25 miles east of Fort Hancock and 80 miles east of El Paso. The area where the bullets hit is privately owned and lent to Hudspeth County to store the gravel and rocks used to fill holes left by lastyear's rains in the area.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said the governor's office had yet to confirm the incident.
"If these reports are true, it is yet another incident of border violence and spillover," Cesinger said. "It goes back for the need for the federal government to provide more resources to the border, which is certainly feeling the effects of the escalating violence in Mexico."
U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, who represents the area, was angered by the report.
"It is completely unacceptable that Americans at work, doing their job in America, come under gun fire from across the border in Mexico," Canseco said. "Our border is not secure from violence that threatens American lives. Securing our border against the cartels and their violent threat must be a top priority."

Fundamental Change...you asked for it, you got it! (Will we get it back?)

Source: Townhall.com

The final piece of the total government control puzzle

" We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Those words were spoken by President elect Barack Obama shortly before being sworn in as the forty-fourth President of the United States. To many people, these were the words that they had been longing to hear. They wanted a new America, or so they thought! Not only did Barack Obama deliver on his promise to change our country, but he is very close to putting into place the last piece of his socialist, communistic ideological puzzle. Think this sounds crazy? Consider the "fundamental" changes already put into place and then imagine what will happen when the last piece falls into place.
1. Barack Obama has fundamentally changed the financial industry. Consider the role that the federal government plays in our financial lives as of today. Want a student loan? Uncle Sam is the only one authorized to give it to you. This change they passed as part of the health care bill! http://http//oudaily.com/news/2010/mar/31/health-care-bill-strips-student-loans-private-lend/ Aside from the student loan hijacking, many banks fell victim to the government as a provider scam when they accepted bailouts from the federal government in exchange for complying with new federal regulations. What happened to the banks who didn't want federal funds? Uncle Sam responded by telling the banks that they would take the money or they would see their banks downgraded by the feds. Control of the financial industry? Check!
2. Barack Obama has fundamentally transformed the way the government interacts with the manufacturing industry. Need we look any further than GM? The money that the government "loaned" to GM came with a very hefty price tag for GM. The government would have the power to regulate the salaries of top ranking officials of the company and even forced one to resign. Rick Wagoner was asked by the Obama administration to resign and Wagoner obliged. Forcing the CEO of a private sector company to quit his job as the CEO was clearly a power move designed to send a message that the government made all the decisions for GM now, not Rick Wagoner! As always, taking money from the government also meant taking orders from them, a classic Chicago style beat down by Chicago thugs themselves! The government also tried to convince Ford that they could not survive without relying on the government, but Ford declined to succumb to the hypnotic chant of Obama and his cronies. How did Ford do? They only made 1.7 billion dollars of profit in the third quarter of 2010, a 69% increase over the same period last year.http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/27/business/la-fi-1027-autos-ford-20101027 Oh, I guess success can be had by relying on entrepreneurs and not the government! Oops.
3. Fundamentally transforming the governments role in providing health care? Check! You know, this is the bill that Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass to find out what was in it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoE1R-xH5To This bill has absolutely nothing to do with providing health care to all Americans but has everything to do with squeezing the private industry out of the health care coverage business. You see, once the government has no competition when it comes to selling us health care, every single one of us is dependent on them! That, in essence, is the ultimate goal of this socialist, Marxist regime. They want all of us to crawl to the government for everything, and health care would entrap all of us, everyone!
So, there you have it. Three areas of society that our government has seized control of in just the past two years! But, as if that is not bad enough, there is one more piece of the puzzle that is about ready to fall into place, total control of the media. The recent wikileaks headlines has captivated the attention of most of America. The story looks a little different if you look at it through the lens of a revolutionary, however. Former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, has been quoted as saying that "You never want a serious crises to go to waste." http://http//online.wsj.com/article/SB122721278056345271.html Most people would say that the leaking of Americas secrets on a website would qualify as a serious crises, but what would Emanuel and Obama propose that we do about it so as not to waste the opportunity? Two words; Net Neutrality. This bill, which will be introduced in the house of Representative very shortly, will give phone and cable companies the power to decide what you can and cannot see on the internet. http://www.google.com/help/netneutrality_letter.htmlOh, well that's just great, isn't it? You see, Net Neutrality is not a response to wikileaks, as they will try to make you believe. No, no, wikileaks is simply the crises that the government will not want  to waste in order to push net neutrality, the final piece of the total government control puzzle into place. And then, it will be over. They will control our finances, our manufacturing, our health care and our media. I hope, for your sake, that you are on good speaking terms with Uncle Sam. I have a feeling that you'll be talking to him about a lot of things soon. Or most probably, he will be talking to you!

"The time is coming when we must all stand upon a conviction."

"A man must stand for something or else he'll fall for anything...and right now we are falling"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Obama Agenda...it's as clear as clear can be!

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See longer version of the above video here.
Updated 7:15 P.M.
You took the words right out of my mouth!

Message To Obama...

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are you yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!
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From Oliver Cromwell's speech on the dissolution of the Long Parliament given to the House of Commons 20 April 1653.
Thank you Oliver!
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While you study this picture remember Rule #8

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Most Dangerous Man Alive...or is it the puppet?

"There is a man who is more dangerous to mankind than any other living person today. His name is Zbigniew Brzezinski, ..."  For the rest of that story click here
Obviously I did not write the above quote and only partially agree with the author's premise.  Certainly Brzezinski is dangerous for he has been an integral part of the cabal for many years and he may be one of the many string pullers behind the Obama puppet...but ultimately, it is the puppet who gives the order to pull the trigger... ~ Norman E. Hooben
ps: I would place Cass Sundstein and several other Obama string pullers in the same category as Brzezinski; after all, it takes a village (in case you didn't get it, Hillary and the gang are all residents of the village).

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Arizona tragedy exposes the shameful bias of the news media

Not that this will be watched by those on the left but those on the right will....well lets just say that those on the right are right and those on the left are hypocritical morons...they prove it to themselves and the world over and over again...so they must get some kind of vicarious thrill from the process.

"...the death of his daughter should not be exploited to revoke freedoms."

Classy Father Of 9-Year-Old Victim: Don’t Exploit My Daughter’s Death To Revoke Freedoms
January 11, 2011 by Infowars Ireland 
What a classy, brave and thoughtful individual John Green is – father of the 9-year-old girl murdered by Jared Loughner – Green contradicts the distasteful rush to exploit Saturday’s tragic events as a vehicle through which to eviscerate the 1st and 2nd Amendments.
Speaking to Fox News, Green labeled Loughner’s rampage a “random act” and said that the death of his daughter should not be exploited to revoke freedoms.
Speaking on the subject of how travel became a nightmare after 9/11, John Green said, “We don’t need any more restrictions on our society,” as a consequence of the shootings, and said that tragic events such as those that led to the murder of his daughter was the price Americans have to pay for freedom.

Cadillac... getting so versatile lately

Monday, January 10, 2011

Miller and Moderate Murderous Muslims...you know, the ones supported by the Associate Press and that British poop sheet called the Guardian

Dennis Miller...shall I say more?

Then we should know this kind of stuff...it cuts to the chase when it comes to Muslims

It Is Moderates That Have Hijacked Islam

In my blog article of 18 Oct 2010 No One Has Hijacked Islam I wrote that it is the moderate Muslim who is not following the Quran, who is ignoring the commands to kill the unbelievers. Any infidel who reads the Quran will quickly and correctly conclude that it is the moderates who are trying to hijack the religion from the extremists.

I am not the only one who sees this clearly: blogger Kathy Shaidle at Five Feet of Fury points us to this article by Jonah Goldberg:

National Review Online, 7 Jan 2011,
Who Are the Real Hijackers of Islam?
Salman Taseer, a popular Pakistani governor, was assassinated this week because he was critical of Pakistan’s blasphemy law.
Specifically, Taseer was supportive of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who has been sentenced to death for “insulting Muhammad.”
... Governor Taseer, who bravely visited her and sympathized with her plight, had 40 bullets pumped into him by one of his own bodyguards.
...
And what of the reaction to the assassination?
Many columnists and commentators denounced the murder, but the public’s reaction was often celebratory. A Facebook fan page for Qadri had to be taken down as it was drawing thousands of followers.
And what of the country’s official guardians of the faith?
A group of more than 500 leading Muslim scholars, representing what the Associated Press describes as a “moderate school of Islam” and the British Guardian calls the “mainstream religious organizations” in Pakistan not only celebrated the murder, but warned that no Muslim should mourn Taseer’s murder or pray for him.
They even went so far as to warn government officials and journalists that the “supporter is as equally guilty as one who committed blasphemy,” and so therefore they should all take “a lesson from the exemplary death” of Salman Taseer.
If that’s what counts for religious moderation in Pakistan, I think it’s a little late to be talking about extremists hijacking the religion. The religion has long since been hijacked, and it’s now moving on to even bigger things.
In the following video Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri was showered with rose petals for a second day as he arrived at an anti-terror court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, hours after media first gathered in anticipation of the event. He is greeted as a hero.

...and Oprah cannot explain Him away

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Arizona Murders/Assassinations Linked To Obama

Source: THE EUROPEAN UNION TIMES

Top US Federal Judge Assassinated After Threat To Obama Agenda

A Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that the top US Federal Judge for the State of Arizona was assassinated barely 72-hours after he made a critical ruling against the Obama administrations plan to begin the confiscation of their citizen’s private retirement and banking accounts in order to stave off their nations imminent economic collapse, and after having the US Marshals protecting him removed.
According to this SVR report, Federal Judge John McCarthy Roll was the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona who this past Friday issued what is called a “preliminary ruling” in a case titled “United States of America v. $333,520.00 in United States Currency et al” [Case Number: 4:2010cv00703 Filed: November 30, 2010] wherein he stated he was preparing to rule against Obama’s power to seize American citizens money without clear and convincing evidence of a crime being committed.
The case being ruled on by Judge Roll, this report continues, was about bulk cash smuggling into or out of the United States that the Obama administration claimed was their right to seize under what are called Presidential Executive Orders, instead of using existing laws. The Obama administration used as support for their claim before Judge Roll, the SVR says, the seizing of all American citizens’ gold, in 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 6102, which was ruled at the time to be constitutional.
Should the Obama administration win their argument to seize their citizen’s money by Executive Order without having to abide by the law was made more chilling this past week when reports emerged from the US stating that President Obama and his regime allies were, indeed, preparing to rule America by decree since their loss this past November of their control over the US House of Representatives, and in the words of the Washington Posts columnist Charles Krauthammer: “For an Obama bureaucrat … the will of the Congress is a mere speed bump”.
Since taking office in early 2009, Obama has completely overturned the once free United States through his use of Executive Orders that asserts his power to put anyone he wants in prison without charges or trial forever and his right to assassinate any American citizen he deems a threat.
The most chilling of these powers Obama has asserted for himself, however, are contained in Executive Order 13528 he signed nearly a year ago (January 10, 2010) creating a Council of Governors he has hand-picked to rule over the United States in place of its elected representatives when their next “disaster” strikes and orders them to begin “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities”.
Going from the chilling to the outright scary, about whatever “disaster” the American regime is preparing their people for, is Obama’s Homeland Security Department, through their Ready.Gov organization, beginning to air this past week a public service television commercial titled “World Upside Down” that shows a typical family sitting in their home suddenly losing all of its gravity and warning all who watch it to begin preparing.
Note: In our previous reports US Descends Into Total Police State As 2012 ‘Solar Chaos’ Fears Grow, Pole Shift Blamed For Russian Air Disaster, Closure Of US Airport and Poisonous Space Clouds Slamming Into Earth Cause Mass Bird And Fish Deaths we had detailed some of fears the US government are most worried about, but which they still will not be truthful to their citizens about.


Interesting to note about the assassination of Judge Roll is that it is being blamed on a “lone gunman” said to be mentally unstable (aren’t they all) said directed at a US Congresswoman named Gabrielle Giffords, who survived this mass killing, and that killed at least 5 other innocent people, including a 9-year-old girl named Christina Taylor Green “curiously” born on September 11, 2001 (9/11).
Equally interesting to note about the assassin, a 22-year-old man named Jared Loughner, is that he is being described by the propaganda media organs in the US as an “anti-government” type individual who prior to this mass killing is said to have left “crazed rantings” on the Internet, but whose “handler”, described as a white male between 40-50 years old with dark hair, is still being sought after.
The circumstances surrounding Judge Roll’s assassination by Loughner, also, mirror those of Farouk Abdulmutallab (aka The Underwear Bomber) who “used cash to buy a one-way ticket to the United States at the last minute while carrying no luggage and being on a terrorist watch list. Incredibly, his father had communicated to the US Embassy in Nigeria in November that Abdulmutallab had been radicalized and may be planning a terrorist attack.
At least one witness—passenger Kurt Haskell—claimed that a well-dressed Indian man had escorted Abdulmutallab to the ticket counter and told a ticket agent that Abdulmutallab didn’t have a passport but needed to get on the plane.”
To if this Loughner is able to join the long list of CIA/US Military “mind controlled” assassins there appears to be no doubt as his actions, past, present and future, shows his fitting the “profile” of these maniacs as detailed in the massive lawsuit currently wending its way through the US Federal Court system [United States District Court Northern District Of California, San Francisco Division Case: CV-09-0037] filed against the US government by hundreds of veterans, and as we can read as reported by the Raw Story news service:
“It’s well known that the CIA began testing substances like LSD on soldiers beginning in the 1950s but less is known about allegations that the agency implanted electrodes in subjects. A 2009 lawsuit claimed that the CIA intended to design and test septal electrodes that would enable them to control human behavior. The lawsuit said that because the government never disclosed the risks, the subjects were not able to give informed consent.”
To if the American people will ever be told the truth about Loughner and his assassination of Judge Roll there seems little doubt as the Obama regime is fighting with everything it has to keep the information on these “mind controlled” assassins secret, and as we can read as reported by the Courthouse News service:
“The Central Intelligence Agency in January (2011) will argue for dismissal of Vietnam veterans’ claims that the CIA must provide them with information about the health effects of chemicals used on them during Cold War-era human experiments. The CIA also claims it is not obligated to provide the veterans with medical care for side effects of the drugs. It’s the CIA’s third attempt to get the case dismissed.
“In a 2009 federal lawsuit, Vietnam Veterans of America claimed that the Army and CIA had used at least 7,800 soldiers as guinea pigs in “Project Paperclip.” They were given at least 250 and as many as 400 types of drugs, among them sarin, one of the most deadly drugs known to man, amphetamines, barbiturates, mustard gas, phosgene gas and LSD.
Among the project’s goals were to control human behavior, develop drugs that would cause confusion, promote weakness or temporarily cause loss of hearing or vision, create a drug to induce hypnosis and identify drugs that could enhance a person’s ability to withstand torture.
The veterans say that some of the soldiers died, and others suffered grand mal seizures, epileptic seizures and paranoia. The veterans say the CIA promised in the 1970s to compensate those who were made guinea pigs, but the 2009 complaint states that the government “never made a sincere effort to locate the survivors.”
In its 32-page motion to dismiss the group’s third amended complaint, the CIA claims it has no legal obligation under the Administrative Procedures Act to provide the veterans with notice of the drugs’ health effects and that the veterans’ notice claim “rests solely on state common-law duty.”
The CIA claims that the law on which the veterans base their claim for health care compensation stems from the Department of Defense and Army regulations, “which do not purport to have a binding affect on the CIA.” And it claims that the Defense Department “never intended nor committed to providing medical care for service member participants in the test programs.”
Based upon the CIA’s assertion that the US Defense Department “never intended nor committed to providing medical care for service member participants in the test programs” clearly shows their knowing of the existence of these “mind control” assassins, like Loughner, leading one to wonder how many more of them are out there, and even worse, when they will strike next.
One can only hope that there is some “power” in America today able to stop the madness currently taking over that once great nation before all is truly lost, we hope it is much sooner than later for all of the worlds sake.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Where are Paul Krugman's brains?

Picture at left altered from original source...

Paul Krugman Blames Giffords Shooting on Palin, Limbaugh and Beck

By Noel Sheppard
While Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) fights for her life in a Tucson, Arizona, hospital, liberal media members continue to point fingers of blame for Saturday’s tragic shooting spree at prominent conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck.
Jumping on this pathetic bandwagon Saturday was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman:
We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” list. [...]
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
The Left are making a big issue out of the fact that Palin targeted Giffords as a vulnerable Democrat last year, but Markos Moulitsas did the same thing in June 2008:
As we’ve seen these past couple of weeks, we’ve got a problem in our caucus — while we have been busy stocking up on more Democrats, fact is the good ones are being swamped by the bad ones. [...]
If your local congresscritter is one of the bad apples, start organizing locally. Plug into existing networks or start your own. Begin looking for primary challengers. Do the groundwork. Don’t expect help from the local party establishment, they’ll close ranks. So tap into alternate infrastructures. Find allies in the progressive movement. If your local shitty Democrat is anti-union, approach the unions. They’d love to send this kind of message. If the Democrat is anti-choice, work with the women’s groups. If the Democrat is anti-environment … you get the idea. If you have access to professional networks and money, start organizing those.
Of course, this takes more than just bitching about your frustrations on a blog, damning a whole party for the actions of a minority more scared of Mr. 28% than of protecting the Constitution they swore to protect. This takes hard work. But now is the time to start.
And while people like me will focus on the task at hand this year, it won’t be long after Election Day that we’ll start looking at the 2010 map, looking for those great primary challengers.
Who to primary? Well, I’d argue that we can narrow the target list by looking at those Democrats who sold out the Constitution last week. I’ve bolded members of the Blue Dogs for added emphasis.

When does the punishment fit the crime? Was it a crime?

Hell no!  It was an accident!  There was no intent to kill anyone... 
Isn't it high time we stop wanting to prosecute every accident?  This case should never had gone to trial...a board of inquiry, sure, ...this is not a criminal act.  Some form of disciplinary punishment may be warranted but certainly not life ruining imprisonment.  One life was already ruined, now you want to ruin two...c'mon it was an accident, this guy is not a criminal.
During the trial of Edward Fleury, jurors were shown the video of the Uzi shooting death of Christopher Bizilj, 8, and the testimony of his father Dr. Charles Bizilj.


Jury at Edward Fleury trial gets close look at Micro Uzi that killed 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj MassLive

SPRINGFIELD - Jurors in the involuntary manslaughter case against former Pelham Police Chief Edward B. Fleury Thursday got a close look at the Micro Uzi machine gun that ended the life of 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj as a state police ballistics expert said it was inherently too dangerous for a small child to handle.
They also heard the teen who directed Christopher at the firing line say he told the boy’s father twice that the gun was too dangerous for a child to fire.
Michael Spano, now a 17-year-old from Milford, Conn., said during the Oct. 26, 2008, machine gun show at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club he warned Charles Bizilj, Christopher’s father, that the Micro Uzi “kicks hard and shoots fast.” Bizilj wanted his sons to shoot “full automatic” weapons, Spano said.
Prosecutors maintain Fleury was responsible for illegally allowing the underage boy to fire a machine gun at an exhibition ...Read full story here MassLive

Worth it's weight...

"...exactly the weight of eight quarters"

'Fiddy-Cal' Becomes Weapon Of Choice In Iraq source Winged Victory 

WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops in Iraq are firing .50-caliber machine guns at such a high rate, the Army is scrambling to resupply them with ammunition -- in some cases dusting off crates of World War II machine gun rounds and shipping them off to combat units.
In the dangerous and unanticipated conflict that has intensified in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in March 2003, the gun that grunts call the "fiddy-cal" or "Ma Deuce," after its official designation, M-2, has become a ubiquitous sight mounted on armored Humvees and other heavy vehicles.
Above the staccato crackle and squeak of small arms fire, the fiddy-cal's distinctive "THUMP THUMP THUMP" indicates that its 1.6-ounce bullets, exactly the weight of eight quarters, are going downrange at 2,000 mph. The bullets are said to be able to stop an onrushing car packed with deadly explosives dead in its tracks from a mile away. A .50-cal round can travel four miles, generally not with great accuracy.
At closer ranges, it is so powerful that a round will obliterate a person, penetrate a concrete wall behind him and several houses beyond that, gunners in Iraq have said.
"You can stop a car, definitely penetrate the vehicle to take out the engine -- and the driver," said Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., who recently retired after commanding the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq.
Merely "the noise of it is huge. Intimidating," Swannack said. But it's so powerful, he added, "I would not use it in an area where there's lots of noncombatants."
In the 1990s, fiddy-cals and crates of .50-cal ammunition gathered dust as the Army struggled to shed its heavy image and become lighter, quicker and more high-tech. Fiddy-cals are early Industrial Age artifacts, invented by John Moses Browning during World War I. Browning's 1919 drawings specified machined steel plates and rivets; today's manufacturers haven't monkeyed with his basic design. The gun alone weighs a bone-crushing 84 pounds, not including its 40-pound tripod and heavy brass-jacketed ammunition.
Outmoded or not, when Iraq erupted, the Army and Marines reached back for the .50-cal and its heavy killing power.
Swivel-mounted in the turret of a Humvee, the gun can lay down a heavy steel blizzard, 40 rounds a minute, on grouped insurgents or vehicles, and is often used in convoys or at checkpoints as a last resort to stop suicide car bombers.
Small wonder, then, that the steady increase in .50-cal use began to rapidly drain ammo stockpiles. At the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky., ammunition left over from Desert Storm, Vietnam, Korea and even World War II had been stored in massive concrete bunkers, including some 12 million rounds of .50-cal. They began shipping it off to Iraq.
By the time the war stretched into its second year, the Blue Grass stockpile of .50 cal had shrunk to 4 million rounds.
The Army surged production of new .50-cal ammunition, taking on more than a thousand new workers at its Lake City ammunition plant in Independence, Mo.
"Fifty-cal is crazy," said Bryce Hallowell, spokesman for Alliant Techsystems Inc., the contractor that runs the plant. Four years ago, Lake City was manufacturing about 10 million rounds a year; currently it is producing at an annual rate of 50 million rounds and rising.
Even that five-fold increase hasn't been enough.
At Blue Grass, Darryl Brewer, a combat medic in Vietnam, is chief of logistics for the ammunition depot. Recently, he started pulling out .50 cal. crates marked 1945. He opened some up and peered inside.
"Pristine," Brewer reported. "It's in lead-sealed cans, like sardines. Just like it was made yesterday."
The 1945 ammunition was opened and test rounds fired to check for reliability and accuracy, standard testing done for all aging ammunition. "They find anything wrong, they'll do a suspension," Brewer said, adding with some pride, "Very seldom you see that in a fiddy-cal."
Fifty-cal rounds are linked into belts that are fed from steel ammo boxes into the side of the weapon. At Blue Grass, technicians have to replace the World War II links, using a "delinker-linker" machine so old they had to make parts for it before it would work. The relinked rounds are sealed back in ammo boxes, like sardines, and shipped.
Once grunts open up the boxes in Iraq, "then you start to have deterioration," Brewer said. "Stuff goes pretty fast."
Like other workers at Blue Grass, Brewer, 58, has a personal stake in the war, and the ammo. His son, 1st Lt. William Bryan Brewer, deploys to Iraq in December as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. Conceivably, suppressive ground fire from .50-cals will force insurgents to keep their heads down as his aircraft passes.
"We got a couple guys with sons over there," Brewer said. "That's why we're kinda particular to make sure this stuff is right when it goes out.
"It could save their lives one day, you never know."