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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/28/2014

L'il Bushie pinned down the strategy 9-years-ago: "As Iraqis Stand Up, We Will Stand Down".  And the United Snakes spent over 4-trillion-dollars (some say 6.5 but who's counting?)  coachin' up them Eye-Rack-ies.  But as soon as Prince Bandar's bad-boyz from ISIS or ISIL or Khorasan or whatever the NY Times focus groups tell Sulzberger's liars to call the insurgency this week showed up, the Iraqi troops turned-tail & ran, dropping weapons and even their uniforms along the way.  Only good thing was that the Pentagon, neocons, war-profiteers and mountebanks were exposed for the low lying scumbags that they truly are.  But, unfortunately, they're all back, lying & scamming & grifting, because President Barry can't hold them off anymore:
After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the U.S. military is shifting its strategy against the Islamic State, choosing to train a smaller number of Iraqi soldiers rather than trying to stand up an entire army anew.

At their peak, Iraqi combat forces, painstakingly built and paid for by the United States during the last Iraq war, numbered about 400,000 troops. By the time the Islamist militant group launched its advance across northern Iraq in June, the Iraqi forces had shrunk by as much as half ...

[U.S. officials] have decided against trying to rebuild entire vanished divisions or introduce new personnel in underperforming, undermanned units across the country ...

“The idea is, at least in the first instance, to try and build a kind of leaner, meaner Iraqi army,” said a senior U.S. official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss planning.
Okay.  All recruits will be put on the Jenny Craig Everywhere program and encouraged to consume more wholegrain bread, fruit and vegetables.

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Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/27/2014

One of the things Grady has to deal with more & more every Thanksgiving is the whole Cranberry Jellied vs. Whole-Berry controversy.  He absolutely loathes Whole-Berry - won't eat it - and LUVs him Jellied.  There are less & less people every year, especially in Southern California where Grady chillax, eating Jellied.  Getting harder & harder to even find good ol', with all sorts'a chemicals & nasty shit, Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.  Look, I know it's bad but you only eat it once-a-year.  And a coupl'a slabs of Jellied on the far corner of the plate are the perfect finishing touch to the gravy/stuffing/mashed potatoes wort at the end of your third helping.  Grady needs this on Thanksgiving.  So today he's taking his own Ocean Spray Jellied and a melmac plate to the Thanksgiving fest and will find a discreet corner of the kitchen to slice 'em up.  Then he'll quietly bring them to his corner of the table - without saying anything - and fan 4 round slices onto his plate.  Guaranteed that a few old-timers will see this and quietly ask him to pass the "real" Cranberry sauce, which he will happily share.  There will be frowns from the hostesses but Grady believes they will countenance this impolitic manger to maintain the overall wah at table.

But this is getting harder & harder to do every year.  Grady remembers the days when you could still steal outside to a far corner of the yard where the lads were deep-frying the turkey for a cigarette and other contraband.  Those days are long gone and so soon will be the high-fructose injected charge of complex, indigestible carbohydrates flavored cranberry.  But, hey, now we've got Black Friday! (even on Thursday) and cyber-Monday and the wonderful corporate-welfare state to nurture & protect us
from all that old bad stuffAlso, too ... Apple Pay™ so you don't even have to stand in line to debit & inject your money directly into the corporations' feed-hole for some shiny bullshit Chinese trinket!


She Makes Banksters Nervous

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/26/2014

Wavy told you about Fed Bank Regulator Carmen Segarra recording conversations with Goldman Sachs managers and her Fed bosses telling her what she could & could not investigate.  The Carmen Tapes are a perfect example of banksters gone wild and reveal their absolute contempt for the law.  Now we're hearing from Alayne Fleischmann, a former Chase transaction manager who's ripping the cover-up off the JPMorgan Chase settlement that was so stinky that golden-boy Chase CEO Jamie Dimon had to "get cancer" and step down from the chairmanship of the teetering banking giant.
Fleischmann is the central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history, possessing secrets that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 billion (not $13 billion as regularly reported – more on that later) to keep the public from hearing ...

Thanks to a confidentiality agreement, she's kept her mouth shut since then ...

That's why the more important part of Fleischmann's story is in the pains Chase and the Justice Department took to silence her.

She was blocked at every turn: by asleep-on-the-job regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a court system that allowed Chase to use its billions to bury her evidence, and, finally, by officials like outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, the chief architect of the crazily elaborate government policy of surrender, secrecy and cover-up. "Every time I had a chance to talk, something always got in the way," Fleischmann says.

This past year she watched as Holder's Justice Department struck a series of historic settlement deals with Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America. The root bargain in these deals was cash for secrecy. The banks paid big fines, without trials or even judges – only secret negotiations that typically ended with the public shown nothing but vague, quasi-official papers called "statements of facts," which were conveniently devoid of anything like actual facts.

And now, with Holder about to leave office and his Justice Department reportedly wrapping up its final settlements, the state is effectively putting the finishing touches on what will amount to a sweeping, industrywide effort to bury the facts of a whole generation of Wall Street corruption ...

{Fleischmann] believes the proof is easily there for all the elements of the crime as defined by federal law – the bank made material misrepresentations, it made material omissions, and it did so willfully and with specific intent, consciously ignoring warnings from inside the firm and out ...

The people who stole all those billions are still in place. And the bank is more untouchable than ever – former Debevoise & Plimpton hotshots Mary Jo White and Andrew Ceresny, who represented Chase for some of this case, have since been named to the two top jobs at the SEC. As for the bank itself, its stock price has gone up since the settlement and flirts weekly with five-year highs.
Just like the Ferguson "prosecutor" assembled a grand jury and then proceeded to confuse the shit out of them so he could get a murdering cop off ...

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Different Perspective on Ferguson

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/25/2014

What if our rulers' lick-spittle media was in another country covering the unrest in Ferguson.  Vox has a great take on this and captures that Amerikan media racist paranoia perfectly.
FERGUSON — Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.

"We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.

The crisis began in August in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

In response, ancient American tradition called for the gathering of a community tribal council known as a "grand jury" to weigh the case. On November 24, it announced there would be no charges against the responsible security forces. The stunning decision, which reflects the opaque and mysterious nature of the "grand jury" tradition, further outraged the already despondent local populace.

America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists ...

Now, international leaders say they fear the crisis could spread.

"The only lasting solution is reconciliation among American communities and stronger Missouri security forces," Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech from his vacation home in Hainan. "However, we can and should support moderate forces who can bring stability to America. So we will continue to pursue a broader strategy that empowers Americans to confront this crisis."

Xi's comments were widely taken as an indication that China would begin arming moderate factions in Missouri, in the hopes of overpowering rogue regime forces and preventing extremism from taking root. An unknown number of Kurdish peshmerga military "advisers" have traveled to the region to help provide security. Gun sales have been spiking in the US since the crisis began.
The next step for Xi Jinping would, of course, be Freedom Bombs™ dropped on those "rogue regime forces" to support the "moderate" rebels and regime change.

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Like Rape? Go to UVA

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/24/2014

The University of Virginia enjoys high status for a public, state university, mostly because it's founder and chief designer was slave-owner and probable serial-rapist Thomas Jefferson.  It also has a reputation as a party-school for VERY rich and connected young, white men whose career paths to the very top of the Amerikan corporate-welfare state are well-worn.  This sort of over-privilege naturally promotes an atmosphere of entitlement and resulting culture of acquiescence to the crime of rape.
From reading headlines today, one might think colleges have suddenly become hotbeds of protest by celebrated anti-rape activists. But like most colleges across America, genteel University of Virginia has no radical feminist culture seeking to upend the patriarchy ... UVA isn't an edgy or progressive campus by any stretch ... But the dearth of attention isn't because rape doesn't happen in Charlottesville. It's because at UVA, rapes are kept quiet, both by students – who brush off sexual assaults as regrettable but inevitable casualties of their cherished party culture – and by an administration that critics say is less concerned with protecting students than it is with protecting its own reputation from scandal. Some UVA women, so sickened by the university's culture of hidden sexual violence, have taken to calling it "UVrApe."

"University of Virginia thinks they're above the law," says UVA grad and victims-rights advocate Liz Seccuro. "They go to such lengths to protect themselves. There's a national conversation about sexual assault, but nothing at UVA is changing" ...

Frats are often the sole option for an underage drinker looking to party, since bars are off-limits, sororities are dry and first-year students don't get many invites to apartment soirees ... Once successfully inside the frat house, women play the role of grateful guests in unfamiliar territory where men control the variables. In dark, loud basements, girls accept drinks, are pulled onto dance floors to be ground and groped and, later, often having lost sight of their friends, led into bathrooms or up the stairs for privacy ... against that backdrop, as psychologist David Lisak discovered, lurk undetected predators. Lisak's 2002 groundbreaking study of more than 1,800 college men found that roughly nine out of 10 rapes are committed by serial offenders, who are responsible for an astonishing average of six rapes each. None of the offenders in Lisak's study had ever been reported. Lisak's findings upended general presumptions about campus sexual assault: It implied that most incidents are not bumbling, he-said-she-said miscommunications, but rather deliberate crimes by serial sex offenders.
There will be a little noise in our rulers' media about this to assuage parents' concerns that they are paying some hefty freight, about $50K/year, to send their daughters to UVA where rapists roam free and with impunity.

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3 Feet Deep in Number 2

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/23/2014

The odor around our nation's capitol got considerably worse this weekend as the House Committee on 'Intelligence' slinked out of town and left behind the ReePub pile-of-poo report about Benghazi! they've been "investigating" for the last 2-years.  The stink's so bad that even the biggest Benghazi! screechers, like Sen. Huckleberry ClosetCase (R - S.Carolinastan) here, are 3-feet-deep-in-Number-2, calling his own fellow ReePubs "full of crap" on the Sunday morning chat shows.
As members of Congress slipped out of town Friday for a long Thanksgiving break, they left behind a report on Benghazi that might seem surprising – coming as it did from the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee.

In essence, the committee sums up its two-year investigation of the [Benghazi] attack ... by citing fog-of-war circumstances rather than politically-motivated manipulation by the Obama administration in the immediate aftermath.

Among the report’s major findings:

• The CIA ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi … and found no evidence that there was either a stand down order or denial of available air support.

• There was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks.

• The Committee found intelligence to support CIA’s initial assessment that the attacks had evolved out of a protest in Benghazi over an anti-Islam YouTube video that was roiling the region; but it also found contrary intelligence, which ultimately proved to be the correct intelligence. The CIA only changed its initial assessment about the protest … two days after Ambassador Susan Rice spoke.

• The Committee found no evidence that any officer was intimidated, wrongly forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement, or otherwise kept from speaking to Congress, or polygraphed because of their presence in Benghazi.
There ya' go.  The Benghazi! scandal has backfired on FoxNews and exposed it for the ReePub pile-of-poo that it is.

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Iceland Sends Banksters to Jail

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/22/2014

This is Sigurjon Arnason and he's going to jail.
LONDON — The former chief executive of Landsbanki of Iceland was sentenced to prison on Wednesday, the third of the top executives of the country’s three largest banks that the government has successfully prosecuted and jailed for misconduct during the financial crisis.

Sigurjon Arnason was ordered jailed for a year at a hearing at the Reykjavik District Court on Wednesday ...

Iceland was one of the countries hardest hit by the financial crisis and was forced to nationalize its three largest lenders in 2008.

Mr. Arnason is the third former chief executive of an Icelandic bank to be ordered jailed for misdeeds in the run-up to the nationalization of Landsbanki and two other of the island nation’s biggest lenders ...

After the banks were nationalized, Iceland’s government restructured them, purging their management and refusing to bail out foreign bondholders who held tens of billions of dollars of the banks’ debt.

A special prosecutor, Olafur Hauksson, was appointed to investigate the actions of bank executives in the run-up to the financial crisis.

The prosecutor accused Mr. Arnason and others at Landsbanki of manipulating the bank’s stock price ahead of its collapse.
This is what happens when you have a functioning democracy where laws are equally enforced against any citizen who breaks them.

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It's All Managed

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/21/2014
https://crayfisher.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/obama-reagan.jpg Like healthcare reform, our rulers' decided to use their whipping boy, President Barry - the colored president - to implement their immigration plan as well.  Now his 'legacy' will be 'failed' healthcare, immigration and foreign policy reforms which the ReePubs will use, along with the ol' reliables abortion and gay-marriage prohibition, to fluff their racist base for the 2016 elections - even though they are, and will remain, completely complacent on these 5 issues.  Because ReePubs only care about 3 things: 1. Cutting rich folks (their rulers) taxes, 2. Kicking the Olds, the Poors and anyone weak, and 3. Free money for them & their pals.  That's it.

In the late 1960s our rulers determined that Ronald Reagan was just the right guy to kill off workers' unions so they made him Governor of California.  First thing Reagan & his gang did was create the California 'Abstract' of Birth - a 'temporary' birth certificate without an embossed seal that could be used to obtain a driver's license and Social Security Card back then, presumably until your genuine "sealed" birth certificate was delivered.  Of course undocumented aliens would never receive the embossed certificate, because it didn't exist since they weren't born in the United Snakes.  But the Abstract provided the necessary documents for them to live and work in the U.S. for slave wages.  The U.S. border floodgates opened wide and the unions began to die.  By 2001 the unions were so weak and there was a sufficient low wage-slave population in the U.S. that our rulers' could order their politicians in the border States to turn off the Abstract of Birth machines.  It was time to exploit these new 'Americans' in another way.  Sign them up with a real Social Security Number so they could be tagged and commoditied.

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Rick Warren's Going To Be Nervous

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/20/2014

The Tee-vee preacher-grifters aren't going to like the big news from the Rosetta spacecraft, 500-million-miles away on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  The Philae lander's instruments found organic molecules - the building blocks of life:
Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history.

The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere.

Other analyses suggest the comet's surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer.

The European Space Agency (Esa) craft touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey ...

[T]he results are likely to provide insights into the possible role of comets in contributing some of the chemical building blocks to the primordial mix from which life evolved on the early Earth.
So the two conflicting theories of how life formed on Earth: 1. An invisible super-grandpa-type guy with a beard sort of like Santa Claus made mudballs and zapped them into humans with magic, or 2. organic compounds from the water-ice on comets combined to form nucleic acids and thus single-celled bacteria - have some science-y type evidence now - facts - to prove the latter.

Something to perhaps think about before you sign the next weekly tithing check for Rick Warren's Saddleback Church fund-drive?

Speaking of Massacres

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/19/2014

The word 'massacre' is being thrown around like cheap beads on Mardi Gras in our rulers' media these days.  Grady doesn't know if killing 4 persons qualifies as a massacre, but slaughtering over 100 unarmed, noncombatant persons by a military death-squad most certainly does which is exactly what happened in the Har Nof district, where the B'nei Torah synagogue, the scene of Monday's killings, is located, outside East Jerusalem.  But this massacre did not happen last Monday.  It occurred on April 9, 1948 when the Jewish Har Nof district was then a peaceful Palestinian village known as Deir Yassin:
Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. The village lay outside of the area to be assigned by the United Nations to the Jewish State; it had a peaceful reputation. But it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Deir Yassin was slated for occupation under Plan Dalet and the mainstream Jewish defense force, the Haganah, authorized the irregular terrorist forces of the Irgun and the Stern Gang to perform the takeover.

In all over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered. Fifty-three orphaned children were literally dumped along the wall of the Old City ...
The Har Nof neighborhood, and the B'nei Torah synagogue, the scene of the murder of the four unfortunate rabbis, were literally built right on top of the ruins of the village of Deir Yassin where over 100 Palestinians were slaughtered by Menachem Begin (the 6th prime Minister of Israel) and his right-wing death-squad known as the Stern Gang.  Most evidence for the reason for Monday's B'nei Torah incident points to the brutal beating and hanging of Palestinian bus driver Youssef al-Ramouni on Sunday night.  There could have been a connection to the Deir Yassin massacre but, of course, you will never hear anything about that, or the Nakba, in our rulers' media.

Two Sides to Every Story - Only One Reported

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/18/2014

Our rulers' media is in full batshit-hissy-fit mode with news of an attack by a couple of Palestinians against worshipers at the B'nei Torah yeshiva in Jerusalem. 
It was a pernicious act - much like an unreported one - against Youssef al-Ramouni, a Palestinian bus driver who was found horribly beaten and hanged-by-the-neck inside his bus at the beginning of his route in East Jerusalem on Sunday night.  There are large, organized right-wing death-squads in Israel now terrorizing Palestinians and causing these retaliatory attacks.  Since media in the United Snakes does not report these attacks by right-wing Jews against Palestinians we'll provide some balance here:
The attack on the religious institution follows months of attacks by right-wing Israeli Jews against Palestinians which went largely uninvestigated by the Israeli police. These include the brutal murder of 16-year old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in June, who was forced to swallow kerosene and then burned alive, according to autopsy reports. The killers were identified and charged, but were released from jail within two weeks of their arrest.

That incident was followed by dozens of others, carried out by Israeli civilians and soldiers throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem, reaching a peak during the brutal Israeli military assault in July and August in which over 2100 Palestinians were killed, including over 400 children.

Most recently, on Sunday a Palestinian bus driver was hanged to death inside his bus – despite his body being covered with bruises, the Israeli police immediately ruled the death a suicide. Their ruling led to protests by Palestinians, who have no legal recourse in Israeli courts.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, rather than actually 'governing', i.e. doing the responsible thing and trying to tamp down the escalating retaliatory violence between these two groups, said his military forces would respond 'with a firm hand'.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/17/2014

Our rulers' default solution to any foreign disquiet anywhere near Israel is to Freedom Bomb™ the shit outta the brown people there, overthrow the local government, whether democratically-elected or not, and then implement their tied-and-true re-civilization strategy - sending in psychopaths like Geoffrey D. Miller here to arm & train the survivors:
The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions ...

The proposed CIA buildup would expand a clandestine mission that has grown substantially ...

The agency’s ability to scale up its operation over the past year has given officials confidence that U.S. teams can recruit and screen larger numbers of fighters without increasing their exposure to security risks including infiltration by al-Qaeda ...

CIA-backed factions were routed by Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s primary affiliate in Syria. Fighters with militias including Harakat Hazm — one of the biggest recipients of U.S. arms — fled positions in towns across northern Syria, with many leaving their weapons to be scooped up by al-Nusra ...

U.S. officials said their vetting efforts will focus on identifying recruits who are willing and motivated to fight the Islamic State, but they acknowledge that enforcing that agenda may prove difficult once the fighters leave CIA and U.S. military camps.
Freedom Bomb™, depose, install puppet, and then arm & train the poor, fucked-up people who somehow survived?

Yep.  Works every time.

They Want 3 Things: Lunch, Golf, Kinky Sex

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/16/2014


Our rulers and some of their courtiers, such as British Parliamentary Members (Congressmen) like Cyril Smith here, enjoy a life so devoid of financial disquiet and full of kinky sex that they often become bored and must resort to more extreme methods of amusement to arouse themselves.  Like murdering little boys:

A victim of the Westminster pedophile abuse scandal has claimed he saw a Conservative MP murder a young boy during a depraved sex party ...

The horrifying account comes days after Scotland Yard confirmed they have launched a murder probe ­connected to allegations of sex abuse from the 1970s and 80s ... shocking events the witness, known as Nick, has described to the Metropolitan Police pedophile unit.

Nick claims the first death was of a boy aged ten or 11 who was deliberately run down by a car.

Another chilling allegation is that he was in the same room in the 1980s when a 12-year-old boy was strangled by a Tory MP ...

Nick told of his terror as he and the strangling victim were driven to an orgy.

“I knew we were being taken somewhere to be sexually abused by powerful men. But I had no idea of the true horror of what was about to happen” ...

In hours of video testimony, he described how he saw the Conservative MP – who was sitting in Parliament at the time – throttle the boy.

He said: “The MP was particularly nasty, even among the group of people who sexually abused me and others" ...

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Exotic Beaters of L.A. - Part II

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/15/2014

More & more exotic beater-cars parked on the streets of L.A. these days.  This is a Bentley Eight, produced from 1984 'til 1990.  Back in those days, when Rolls Royce was still owned and managed by Rolls Royce of England, Ltd. (the nameplate's owned by BMW now) Bentley's were merely Rolls Royces without the distinctive radiator/grille adornment and different badging.  The Bentley Eight sold for just under $100K whereas the Rolls was comfortably over $100K back then.  That would be $177,000 in today's dollars so this Bentley rates exoticar status.

The Bentley Eight was distinguished from the Mulsanne model by its rakish wire-mesh grille and suspension & motor enhancements that made it the quickest car in the Rolls Royce line-up back then.  It's 205hp engine could drag its nearly 5000-pounds up to 60mph in under 11 seconds for a top speed of 121mph.

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Stupidity or Irony? You Decide. Also, More TRAINING!

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/14/2014

The current United Snakes Ambassador to the United Nations is a neocon tool named Samantha Power who takes orders, not from President Barry, but directly from Israel.  So it was not surprising that she lectured the Europeans at a conference in Berlin yesterday about 'anti-semitism':
Power called antisemitism a rising global problem that threatens the human rights of Jews, as well as all individuals targeted with hatred and violence on account of their religion or ethnicity. Power's keynote speech came as European leaders gathered to discuss the rising tide of antisemitism across the continent at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
A Ukrainian militia commander, Semyon Semyonchenko, was in Washington, DC ginning up support for more weapons, ammo and Freedom Bombs™:
A commander of one of the Ukrainian neo-nazi battalions, the Donbass, Semyon Semyonchenko, has just returned from the US, where he met with senior senators from both parties, and received commitments of material support.

He was also received by IRI (International Republican Institute) and NDI (National Democratic Institute), the international branches of the two main American political parties, and met with democratic Senator Robert Menendez and republican senator Robert Corker.

Semyonchenko wrote on Facebook:

"Menendez and Corker are the two senators who have sponsored the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, a bill that will allocate money to provide assistance to Ukraine, including the supply of weapons. Radar, anti-tank weapons, drones, communications systems and many other useful things for our army.

"Yesterday I signed a contract to organize training courses for the fighters and officers of the battalion Donbass by mobile groups of instructors from the United States, held by military that are not currently in service."
First of all, remember that an important part of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act that Congress passed was the provision to give $320Million to Vicky Nuland's fake Ukrainian "government" to pay overdue Gazprom Bills so Putin wouldn't shut off the gas this winter.  Except - the Ukrainians embezzled & stole ALL of that money - didn't pay any of it to Gazprom, so they had to come back for another $320Million.

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Not Quite a Reach-Around - But Close

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/13/2014

Yesterday President Barry and Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised everyone with an announcement on carbon emissions but Vladimir Putin's reaction, as chief representative of Russia's carbon-based energy oligarchs, was even more curious:
The historic announcement by President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China that they will commit to targets for cuts in their nations’ carbon emissions has fundamentally shifted the global politics of climate change. The agreement has given a fresh jolt of optimism to negotiations aimed at reaching a new international climate treaty next year in Paris, where the American and Chinese targets are expected to be the heart of the deal ...

Many other major emitters — including Australia, India and Russia, as well as petrostates like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, whose economies depend on continued markets for fossil fuels — do not appear likely to offer up similar targets anytime soon ...

In India, the world’s third-largest carbon polluter, the government of President Narendra Modi has signaled that it will not announce a target for specific emissions cuts ...

(But) Mr. Modi is, like Mr. Xi, interested in pursuing economic growth fueled by low-carbon energy — if that energy can be obtained cheaply. As the negotiations for the Paris deal play out, India is expected to pressure the United States to provide cheap or subsidized access to renewable energy technology.
When Presidents Barry & Xi announce emissions cuts and Vlad-the Impaler smiles and back-slaps that's a pretty clear signal that our rulers have finally acknowledged that this climate change science is some deeply serious shit and have instructed their politicians to change to a renewable energy propaganda paradigm.  Starting like yesterday.  PROFITZ! are switching from carbon to renewables.  But of course PROFITZ! from Freedom Bombs™ aren't changing one iota because "Everybody (still) has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours...Everything we don't grab will go to them," as the really, Really, REALLY Big 'A' used to say.  The Oded Yinon Plan is still present, active and continuing, thank you.

Cops Just Steal Your Stuff

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/12/2014

Thanks to Reagan, his partner in crime, Fat Eddie Meese, and the most crooked presidential administration in recent history, we have a law called The Equitable Sharing Program which is just a way for cops to stop you and steal your car or break in your house and steal everything, including your house.
Cops have the authority to seize items they suspect are linked to a crime, most individuals can’t afford a lawyer to fight the forfeiture. And once the property is taken, it’s extremely rare that they ever get it back ...

The newest revelation on this practice comes from the Institute for Justice, which compiled video clips from government officials on the civil forfeiture industry, and shared the most offensive bits that suggest cities and law enforcement agencies are motivated by profit ...

Referring to the case of the Philadelphia grandmother whose home was seized, a city attorney with extensive civil forfeiture legal knowledge called the house seizure a “gold mine” ... City Attorney for Las Cruces, New Mexico, Pete Connelly surmised that the legal concept of “public nuisance,” might allow seizure of other items, too. “Could you take an airplane? Could you take bicycles? … I mean where could you go with it?”
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L'il Bushie Scribbles

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/11/2014

L'il Bushie's crawled out from under his rock this week and onto the Tee-vee because his Account Manager at Baker Botts probably told him the family trust needs topping-up.  They ghost-wrote a book for him based on some of his recent scribblings about his dad.  The big promo-tease is a dual portrait he colored during his after lunch time-outs.  L'il Bushie humbly described it as: "First thing I wanted to make sure is I got the noses right. I've tried to paint a gentle soul, and I did it. As for me, I kind of bumbled through."  The continued, determined lack of any sort of introspection in this callous buffoon is still absolutely astounding, isn't it?

But the glimpses we get of him during these highly-controlled Tee-vee encounters do confirm that this guy, next to Reagan & Millard Fillmore, is the dumbest SOB our rulers ever foisted on us as President.  During an interview Sunday on Face the Nation, a fawning Bob Schieffer, whose brother L'il Bushie appointed Ambassador to Australia & Japan, reached around and asked about future Bushies & Presidentin':
SCHIEFFER: When former first lady Laura Bush joined us we turned back to the possibility of a Bush 45. So let's talk about the Bush dynasty here. Your mom says there have been enough Bushes running for President. What do you-- what do you two think about that?

L'IL BUSH: Sometimes her prognostications haven't been very accurate. And no, no, I think you have to earn your way into politics. I don't think anything is ever given to you.
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Wonder If This Would Work with Ferrets

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/10/2014

Salmon had been swimming back up the Yakima River in Washington State to spawn for eons until the Roza Dam was constructed in 1939.  Since the Yakima was blocked, there have been several attempts to help the salmon complete their trip from "fish ladders" to just hauling them up above the dam with fork-lifts and pick-up trucks.  This new method of fish passage, the Salmon Cannon, is the best thing we've come up with yet.  But ReePubs in our new Congress have sworn to de-fund such silly, trivial expenditures so the United Snakes can fund more serious matters, such as dropping Freedom Bombs™ on little brown children in more Wars-4-Israel so that we can have more soldier-boy heroes to worship on our Tee-vees before important sports contests and, most importantly, so that Eastern Europeans, pretending to be "Israelites" in Palestine, can "move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours...Everything we don't grab will go to them," as the really, Really, REALLY Big 'A' used to say.

Yeah.  Fuck the salmon.

Johnnie & Mrs. Gee Just Laugh & Laugh

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/9/2014

The one thing you always have to remember about John McCain is that there was only ONE guy dumber than him in his graduating class at Annapolis.  Yet, because of the  $4-Billion our rulers spent on the last fake elections, Johnnie-Jerk-Off is going to be on the Tee-vee even MORE these days chatting & giggling with ghouls like Mrs. Greenspan here about why we need to Freedom Bomb™ even more little brown children in Syria and Iran because?  PROFITZ!  Also, free-dumb!  Also, too, "playin' footsie!"  Funny-as-all-get-out!
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday the Obama administration is not carrying out more airstrikes against Islamic militants inside Syria because it is instead “playing footsie” with Iran ...

“It's, as I say, it's immoral and shameful and somehow we are playing footsie with the Iranians and hope that they will somehow have an effect on ISIS,” said McCain, who is poised to serve as chairman of the committee next year.
Here's what happens to the little kids under them Freedom Bombs™, Johnnie & Mrs. Gee.  Yeah.  It's just funnier & cuter than shit, ain't it.

Exotic Beaters of L.A.

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/8/2014

Walking the mean streets of L.A., one sees many old jalopies, junkers, hoopties, beaters - whatever you want to call old cars with one tire in the bone-yard.  But you also see exotic beaters here, like this Ferrari Testarossa Type 110.  The Testarossa was manufactured from the mid-80s to the mid-90s and cost about $200,000 new ($425,000 in today's dollars).  It's 12-cylinder engine produced 380-horsepower and could accelerate the Testa from 0-60 in 5-seconds, all the way to a top speed of 180 mph.

But this Italian stallion has seen better days like when it starred in the Tee-vee series Miami Vice.  It's aluminum-alloy skin is crumpled, bondo'd & primer'd.  Rubber-insulation torn and tattered.  Its tires bald.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/7/2014

Mercenaries like
Ahmed al-Sha’ara here & his boys are going through weapons & ammo in Syria at such an alarming rate that Prince Bandar and his Pentagon ordinance managers are scrambling to re-supply them - and will use any means to do so:
The U.S. Army has been slow to investigate hundreds of millions of dollars in missing weapons systems, vehicles, electronics and communications gear in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general.

The Army field support brigade in Afghanistan responsible for managing gear being shipped out of the country failed to report “in a timely manner” 156,000 pieces of unaccounted gear valued at as much as $419.5 million, according to a report labeled “For Official Use Only” that reviewed major lost- property reports from fiscal 2013 ...

The Army alone had an inventory of about $27 billion in military hardware in Afghanistan. As of Sept. 30, there were 35 U.S. bases and outposts, down from 850 in 2012. The U.S. plans to draw down its forces in the country to 9,800 by Jan. 1 from about 19,650 currently, with further reductions after that.

“There is a risk that missing property will not be recovered” and “no one was held financially responsible for the property losses or accountable for missing reporting deadlines,” the report found ...

The audit praised Army officials for acknowledging during the review that improvements are needed as they “immediately acted upon our suggestions and resolved several of the concerns identified. We commend their efforts.”
So a half-billion-dollars worth the weapons & ammo have disappeared, the Pentagon has no idea where they went, but the Army’s 1st Sustainment Command, responsible for inventory & security of those weapons, receives praise and commendations for "recognizing" its total incompetence?  Begs question:

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Forget Politics For A While

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/6/2014

Everything's gonna get lighter.  Even if it doesn't get better.

It's not much, but I do have this - This whole Democratic "strategy" deal, where you run AWAY from your Leftist base, while the ReePubs are licking the ass of their Right-wing base?  Ginning it up in the media every goddam'd minute.  And everybody, even the Dems, are constantly denigrating "The Liberals"?  Starting to not pass the smell test.

Because that's exactly what the corporations want.  And they all, by the way, absolutely hate Freak Flags.

The ReePubs Are Back

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/5/2014

Grady knew it was pretty much over for the Amerikan electorate back in 2003 when our rulers allowed L'il Bushie's political handlers to put him in a navy aviator uniform and march around on the deck of an aircraft carrier like he'd just flown missions in the phony Iraq War-4-Israel.  Generalissimo Banana Republic provided the big swinging dick that the white Amerikan electorate craves and it followed him right down the rat hole to perpetual war and financial ruin.  At the end of L'il Bushie's reign, the economy was in shambles and he was sporting a 28% approval rating.  The white Amerikan electorate and the corporate-welfare power structure had such a big fat sad that they disengaged from the whole electoral process and allowed the lower classes to elect one of their own president.  But our rulers knew that seeing a brown family in the White house was all it would take to re-ignite that electoral fire in the white tribe and, with the help of massive amounts of money from the oil industry, the Koch Party Tea Poopers was born.  When President Barry made clear to the Israel lobby and its war-profiteers that he wasn't going to jump into any new Wars-4-Israel, particularly with Iran, that's when the two-pronged, relentless media attack began, about the middle of 2009.  By 2010 the ReePubs had won control back of the lower house of Congress and there were enough ReePubs to stop via filibuster any meaningful jobs or stimulus plans.  The economy sputtered along and coupled with a continuous narrative that the President was 'weak' on foreign policy, which only means more war-4-Israel, his approval rating started to drop.  But it was still in the 40s, nowhere NEAR as low as L'il Bushie's was during most of his 2nd term, but that didn't matter.  Because, thanks to the Citizen's United decision, billionaires could spend as much as they wanted multimedia pummeling President Barry.  It didn't work in 2012 because it was still possible to rally the left portion of the Democratic Party for a national election which, as Mittens pointed out, has 47% of the real electorate right there.  But the promises offered to the left were stifled by the ReePub machine through the filibuster and by 2014 the movement was just out-of-gas.  The billionaires knew it which is why they spent 4-billion-dollars, more than has ever been spent on an election before, feeding their racist and fundamentalist base.  And they voted.

So there will be two more years of gridlock, with a ReePub Congress offering all sorts of shiny objects to their base: abortion-repeal, prayer-in-schools, a new Defense-of-Marriage Act, etc.  President Barry will probably even have to veto some of these and there could be articles of impeachment.  Of course, none of those shiny objects will ever become law and they're not designed to do so.  They are just there to distract so that the real business of ReePub governing - privatization & de-regulation - can be implemented in time for the new president in 2016.  If the ReePub ruling elite can somehow get their man, Chris Christie, through the primaries that will be the end of this country as we have known it and the birth of the new, true United Snakes of Amerika.  But the problem with ginning up the base and making them this strong is that they start to get the crazy idea that they are actually governing.  They'll nominate some cuckoo-clock like Huckabee or Cruz.  Remember Barry Goldwater?  Our rulers won't allow that so we could have Hillary which would be just fine with the Israel lobby because that will mean war with Iran.  Guaranteed.

This is why we decided to make Freak Flags.  Because its the only thing you can do to at least show our rulers that you're not buyin' their bullshit.  And it all started when they overreached with L'il Bushie struttin' around in his sailor suit on the deck of that aircraft carrier.  That's when they debased soldier-worship and that American Flag icon.  They thought it was just a little.  It wouldn't hurt.  "Just politics," as they like to say.  And maybe they were right.  But Grady thinks they were wrong, so he flys Freak and more & more people are joining in, showing our rulers, in NO uncertain terms, that they've corrupted that flag and this country.

Which Do You Want? Education or War

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/4/2014

There are seven countries - France, Germany, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Finland & Slovenia, where you or your child, if grades are good enough, could go to a good college nearly for free, even though you are not a citizen of the country and don't speak the language.  No.  Really.
Noting that U.S. college costs have gone up 500% since 1985, the Washington Post recommends seven countries where U.S. students can go to college for free without bothering to learn the language of the natives or anything so primitive.

These are nations with less wealth than the United States has, but which make college free or nearly free, both for citizens and for dangerous illegals visiting their Homelands.

How do they do it?

Three of them have a higher top tax rate than the United States has, but four of them don’t ...

A comprehensive calculation of U.S. military spending ... puts it at $645.7 billion in 2012 ... let’s compare military spending in those seven free education nations to military spending in the United States.

France $48.1 billion or 7.4% of U.S.
Germany $40.4 billion or 6.3% of U.S.
Brazil $35.3 billion or 5.5% of U.S.
Norway $6.9 billion or 1.1% of U.S.
Sweden $5.8 billion or 0.9% of U.S.
Finland $3.6 billion or 0.6% of U.S.
Slovenia $0.6 billion or 0.1% of U.S.

Oh, but those are smaller countries. Well, let’s compare military spending per capita:

United States $2,057
Norway $1,455 or 71% of U.S.
France $733 or 35% of U.S.
Finland $683 or 33% of U.S.
Sweden $636 or 31% of U.S.
Germany $496 or 24% of U.S.
Slovenia $284 or 14% of U.S.
Brazil $177 or 9% of U.S.

It’s worth noting that in wealth per capita, Norway is wealthier than the United States. It still spends significantly less per capita on war preparations. The others all spend between 9% and 35%.
Our rulers believe that dropping Freedom Bombs™ on mostly defenseless brown people is a better national objective than education.  Because?  PROFITZ!

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