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Ten Years Later – The BS Continues

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I got all weepy eyed when I read this article from ABC “Bush to Be in NYC to Mark 10th Anniversary of 9/11”:

The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include former President George W. Bush and a chance for victims’ families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

President Barack Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also be there, he said.

As the Ol’ Boys Club (OBC) gathers to remember the events of 10 years ago, obviously Government is showing their thanks in spectacular ways. Like the Compensation funds distributed later to those affected or the Companies that cleaned up on the backs of workers:  Cancer-stricken WTC worker gets $0 settlement check:

Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker Edgar Galvis has finally received a compensation check — for zero dollars. More

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CRAPitalism: Liquidating the elderly: Part 2

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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We are on the verge of seeing the boomers, who have contributed FICA taxes for 40 years or more, pauperized.  Obama and the Gang of 6 (A very apt name, this is a criminal enterprise) are about to chop up SS, and medicare rather than cut costly and useless government programs or shutting down any of the unlawful federal agencies that suck the lifeblood out of the country. 

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It is an amazing thing to me to hear those in the District of Criminals continue to spew the mantra that increasing taxes on the wealthiest will somehow cost us jobs.  Knock! Knock! Puddin’ heads!  WE got no jobs!! We have an admitted 22 million out of work. What is your excuse now?  Where are those jobs you promised if we treated the wealthy preferentially and absolved them of any meaningful responsibility to our country?

I believe the excuse for not taxing the wealthy has long since been exposed as fraud.  The wealthy do not create jobs, at least not here in the US. The wealthy do not invest in America to any great degree.  The wealthy are not willing to make any sacrifices in order to help stabilize the economy and reduce the national debt.  Why this privileged class is allowed to exempt themselves from the burden the rest of the country has to shoulder is a nagging question many of us are asking.  Maybe God could put a word of knowledge on the hearts of some of those pious Republicans who would see most of us destitute before they called on their wealthy friends or corporate donors to contribute. 

Why is it you will tax small business owners and working class people into oblivion but refuse to tax pirating corporations and uber wealthy individuals and families that are plundering the economy and the country?  

At what point did these hard core, bible thumping, scripture quoting right wing fanatics decide that it was morally acceptable to relieve their best wealthy friends (and themselves) along with mega corporate donors from any meaningful responsibility in sacrificing for the national debt, but it was just fine and damn dandy to go after the elderly and disabled after decades of plundering the investments in Social Security. 

Obviously it is far more acceptable to put the screws to the elderly, retired or disabled rather than ask those skimming the cream off the top to contribute one damn thing to this country. 

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Social Security, Medicare & Public Education Now on the U.S. Government Chopping Block

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As Secret Deals are Made by President Obama & Members of the U.S. Congress this week
 
http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=social-security
 
July 26, 2011
 
President Obama and a “Gang of Six” members of the U.S. House and Senate have placed Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the chopping block in secret, ongoing debt ceiling negotiations.  In these secret negotiations, far away from public enlightenment or debate, deals are being cooked-up to undermine, cut or privatize these important and highly beneficial programs.  With a vote on the impending national debt ceiling deadline these programs may be cut at any time in the next few days.
 
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate several times this week.  We can support his efforts to protect these vital programs by contacting our elected officials.
 
His Speech on Social Security and Medicare is on this link:
http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/content/bernie-sanders
 
Take Action Today to Stop immediate cuts to these programs.  According to several members of congress the cuts to these programs will begin this year after proposed changes are made to the CPI Consumer Price Index so that no cost of living increases will be made to recipients, only cuts.
 
(The Toll Free Number for any member of the U.S. House or Senate is:  (1866) 220-0044)

The Ruthie Report with guest Bob Carrillo/Illegal immigration

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Is Someone Kidding Me?

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I can’t stand it!

Stop, before I die laughing!

“MinnPost’s Don Shelby has a fascinating scoop about how the parent company of Polymet, which is proposing new nonferrous mining on the Iron Range, has hired Tony Hayward. You might remember Hayward as the CEO of BP during the massive underwater Gulf Coast oil spill last year.

HAYWARD’S JOB WITH GLENCORE: OVERSEEING ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PRACTICES.”

http://www.minnesotabrown.com/2011/07/much-maligned-former-bp-boss-hayward-to.html

SMART METERS: A triple threat

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Marti Oakley (C)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“Along with the known health hazards, the unwarranted and unlawful surveillance and inflated energy rates after installation of a SMART METER, is the threat of compromised national security.

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As a nationwide revolt is growing against the invasive and costly electric Smart Meters, public utilities and corporations, intent on putting the entire nation under surveillance unlawfully, not to mention creating a massive health threat, are moving quickly to install phase 2 of the SMART GRID:  Gas Smart Meters.  It won’t stop there; they are planning on rolling out SMART water meters as quickly as possible. 

On March 31, 2011 in Capitola California, it was reported that PG & E spokesman Jeff Smith said a total of 17 of the wireless devices were installed on residences and businesses where existing meters had been damaged by floods. Fifteen of the meters were for gas and two were for electric.

The City Council placed a moratorium on Smart Meter installations in February, though the California Public Utilities Commission has sole authority over PG&E.” (This authority over PG&E pertains ONLY to PG&E and cannot be construed and extended to mean authority over private citizens and communitites)

The CPUC has no authority to override a city council inititiative and to move ahead with a private corporate contract between CPUC  and PG&E that the public is unaware of, has not seen and did not enter into. More

An Education For The President et al.

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The timber rattlesnake and eastern diamondback rattlesnake both populate the geographical areas of the original thirteen colonies. Their use as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England.[1]

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Dear Mr. President,

The American people understand your frustration in dealing with the Debt Ceiling. I personally understand that it is your impression that those of us “outside” of Washington do not have the mental capacity to be aware of the conditions we now face.  Contrary to professional political individuals – you Sir are wrong.

Now, what makes today’s stalemate so dangerous is that it has been tied to something known as the debt ceiling — a term that most people outside of Washington have probably never heard of before.

Respectfully I would like to point out that we do understand. That is why last election cycle we placed (through the electoral process) over 100 new Legislators replacing those who chose to “go along” as Legislators are want to do for special interest purposes. While skewed media pointed out that “only” 32% of Tea Party Candidates won their elections, the American Public cheered because this is the beginning of the “Change” you proposed to support in the Political landscape.

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Delta smelt numbers ‘improve’ as pumps kill millions of splittail

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Dan Bacher/PPJ Contributor

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Department of Fish and Game (DFG) officials announced on July 20 that young Delta smelt abundance this year roughly doubles that of last year, but noted that this is “but a small fraction of their historical abundance.”

“The improvement is likely due in large part to higher than usual flows from the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers this year that resulted in better habitat conditions and water quality,” according to a DFG news release.

The announcement of “improved” Delta smelt numbers was issued as one of the greatest fish kills in California history continues to take place in the state and federal Delta pumps.

A horrific total of 8,942,347 splittail, 35,435 chinook salmon, 385,392 striped bass, 49,812 largemouth bass, 67,383 bluegill, 66,403 white catfish, 20,178 channel catfish, 91,956 threadfin shad, 166,336 American shad, 1,642 steelhead and 51 Delta smelt were “salvaged” in the state and federal water export facilities from January 1 to July 21, 2011, according to DFG data. More

CRapitalism: The Liquidating of America/ Part 1

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“we have a system of privileged corporations using the congresses, the presidents and all the alphabet soup agencies to enact and enforce oppressive legislation, regulations, rules, and other enforcement instruments to drive independent competitors from the markets,”

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I had to look up the definition of capitalism just to make sure my understanding of that concept was accurate.  It was.

Capitalism defined by Merriam’s Online

: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

While I hear one politician or another extolling the virtues of free markets and while these same corporate hiney huggers along with successive presidents admonishes us that we must participate in the global economy, I find myself wondering just how bad the negative effects of the global economy have to become before someone cries “uncle”!  As in “Sam!”  

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The Ultimate “Underground” Market (UPDATE TO THE UPDATE)

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At least the Monks have Cajones enough to challenge this farce.

Louisiana Monks Win Casket Case

Federal Court Protects Economic Liberty by Ruling that Casket Monopoly is Unconstitutional

A federal court today ruled (read the court’s decision) that Louisiana’s government-imposed monopoly on casket sales in the state is unconstitutional, closing the lid on the economic protection scheme and resurrecting an opportunity for local monks to provide for themselves by creating and selling their handmade caskets. The monks of Saint Joseph Abbey of Saint Benedict, La., and the Institute for Justice, which represents the order in court, had filed suit to fight Louisiana’s government-imposed casket cartel.

 

I repeat, “A pretty sorry state of affairs when a bunch of hermits do what the rest of America won’t. Question why the Constitution doesn’t just apply unless you have the correct lobby group”.

 

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USDA Closing Roads to Public Lands While Opening Doors for the United Nations

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Debbie Coffey   Copyright 2011  All Rights Reserved.

Investigative reporter/PPJ

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“Mack cited a Supreme Court case in which Justice Scalia wrote a ruling for the majority that stated “The Federal Government may not compel the states to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program.”

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Where? 

COLORADO – (3/27/11, Denverpost.com)

“Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell is waiting for his conscience to tell him: Should he start handing out tickets this week to U.S. Forest Service agents who are closing backcountry roads? Should he cut locks on gates that shut off access to public lands?

The fact that a county sheriff is considering such actions against the federal government is a good indication that more than a run-of-the-mill dustup over road and trail closures on public lands is erupting in the far southwest corner of the state…

In recent weeks, protesters have marched on the local Forest Service and BLM office located between Cortez and Dolores, calling Forest Service officials “government pukes.”

OREGON – (3/2/11, by Sara Foster, NewsWithViews.com) Josephine County, Oregon -When Gil Gilbertson was sworn in as Sheriff of Josephine County, a rural county in southwest Oregon, in 2007, he had 30 years of law enforcement experience behind him, both in the United States and with various military missions overseas. More

Never Carry A Goose On The Glock Side

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I ask readers to once again read this inane experience to get to the final allegory presented. Y’all are pretty much above the cut of blog consumers, so I’m thinking I may be in luck.

In the tradition of many rural homesteaders, I had something someone else wanted. Geese. After the preliminary examination of said fowl – and I do mean fowl – a deal was struck. Without the entire “addressing of Committees” and “passing Resolutions before the Press”, we’d managed to hammer out a deal over the pasture fence in the intense heat. I’d herded the two 20 pound Toulouse down from the upper back 40 and was preparing to load them. Leaning down I slung “Thing One” up and over to my left hip. About 2 steps into the production, I felt the warm, gooey mess that leads to the term “loosey goosey” begin to slide down the inside of my waistband. Of course the cross draw Glock 40 on my left hip was coated with the odious mess – probably the most important resource I had upon myself at the time.

After the obligatory farm humor, I progressed over to transport “Thing Two”.

Now here readers is where the allegory of “learning from past mistakes” comes to mind. What exactly did I do? Did I think as the current Republican Party leaders and fling that sucker up on the same hip thinking “In for a penny, in for a pound” ’cause we’ll clean up this mess (debt) later. Or could I perhaps have crossed the party lines stating “I’ll just shift the shit dumping to the other side and hope it sticks”.

I’ll tell you what I did. I placed Number Two on the ground and guided it over. Sure enough a few steps into the process she let loose with the familiar gift unique to Geese across the world – in a harmless location – without fuss.

This entire situation gave rise to an interesting thought process. If in the past 49 years the debt ceiling has been raised over 74 times (10 times since 2001), what exactly are both parties doing? In the simplest sense of the word they are continuing the great tradition of stupidity. Reaching down and hoisting ol’ reliable “goosey loosey” on their left hip, they run to the nearest printer to whip themselves up a Bill to spend the cash no matter what is cascading down the waistband of the American Taxpayer (the most important resource of The United States).

The situation is neither as dire nor as “unexpected” as .gov would have us believe. The political games could easily have been solved across Washington’s pasture fences if either side chose to. What would be missing is the Political Posturing that creates great sound bites for re-election. They surely cannot have that. Both sides of the warped Washington coin will arrive at a deal considered “great” for the Nation as a whole.

It would be easier if all considered the issues across the pasture fencing stretching across this Nation – person to person versus party to party. Instead, I suppose after reconsidering that impossibility, the only words of wisdom I can propose are “Never carry a goose on the Glock side.”

Guardianship Abuse with Dennis Ball 2012 Presidential Candidate

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Lending – Not Spending – The Problem?

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

In yet another round of finger-pointing, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed last year turned up this bit of information:

Audit: Fed gave $16 trillion in emergency loans

I spent mine already – how about you? Didn’t get it? That is because it wasn’t for the “little people”. Oh no. Just like the skinny new kid on the block gives his brought from home outlawed Twinkie to the big kids at school so they’ll play with him, the Administration(s) played nice with the very people who are now being condemned as the “causation” of various bubbles, CEO raises, and “unexpected Economic downturn”. Are we seeing a pattern here? More

GMO’s: Invasive Species Council and USDA ignore environmental infection and contamination

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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How can a mutated germ plasm be so vastly different that a patent can be obtained and, at the same time, be so substantially the same as the germ plasm it was derived from that it should be generally considered safe and unregulated?”  Someone?  Anyone?

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The recent deregulation of genetically mutated bluegrass is the first domino to fall in the scheme to deregulate all gmo’s and to avoid having to label these disgusting creations so that consumers, many of whom are fully aware of the dangers of these products, can choose to avoid them.  The economic power wielded by consumers via their food dollars would quickly put an end to genetic modification, mutation and alteration. Therefore, regulation, control, liability for harm and damage along with labeling, must be avoided at all costs.

The reduction of biodiversity as a result of the infestation of transgenic plants and crops will cause the rise of monocultures where a single crop is grown in a region or, becomes the only crop that will grow wiping out any biodiversity and by necessity causing a rise in the use of pesticides and herbicides as insects and weeds alike develop a tolerance to genetically mutated seeds and chemical applications. This infestation and resulting contamination of food crops in particular, or those crops to be used for feeds and fuel should be treated for what they actually are: the equivalent of AIDS in the plant world.  

Transgenic crops are protected by fraudulent patents and will eventually be used to eradicate all rights to regional germ plasms.  The GATT agreement will facilitate the loss of the right of farmers in any given region to reproduce or save seed, and will prohibit the sharing of seed; exactly what is being implemented now. More

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