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Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/19/2014

This is Dr. Farid Fata.  One of the most difficult and emotionally-wrenching acts a doctor needs to occasionally do is inform a patient that s/he has cancer.  Dr. Fata did this - a LOT.  But he did it WAY more than necessary so he could churn his patients' Medicare/Medicaid accounts for his seven cancer-clinic branches:
In a crowded courtroom in downtown Detroit, the onetime prominent cancer doctor stood before the judge ...

Dr. Farid Fata, who was charged with intentionally misdiagnosing healthy people with cancer and pumping dying patients with chemo to make money, pleaded guilty ...

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said she plans to seek life in prison for Fata, calling his case "the most egregious" health care fraud case her office has seen. She said Fata not only bilked the government -- which is typical in such cases -- but he also harmed patients.

"In this case, we had Dr. Fata administering chemotherapy to people who didn't need it, essentially putting poison into their bodies and telling them that they had cancer when they didn't have cancer," McQuade told the Free Press. "The idea that a doctor would lie to a patient just to make money is shocking ... Dr. Fata was unique in that he saw patients not as people to heal, but as commodities to exploit" ...

Fata had a patient load of 1,200 people and received $62 million from Medicare; he billed for more than $150 million.
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The Face of Slime

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/18/2014

This is Brian Lederman.  Brian likes to grope female bartenders in NYC because he makes just enough money as a trader at a Wall St. animal farm churning customers' accounts to generally get away with it.  Except, thanks to a very brave woman, not this time:
A SoHo bartender is fed up with misogynistic bros treating her like a piece of meat, and she's written a powerful open letter to the hedge funder who she says grabbed her ass at work. Laura Ramadei, an actor who tends bar at Lucky Strike on Grand Street, says that when she asked customer Brian Lederman what he'd like, he immediately groped her. And after she made it clear she wasn't enamored by his charms, he left her with a shabby tip. Ramadei's outraged Facebook message to Lederman is going viral ...

 ... when informed of Ramadei's open letter, Lederman took us to DoucheCon 5: "That f-king c-t, for her to do something like that is pretty ridiculous. I will make sure she doesn’t get another job in New York City. I know everybody. The bar owners, the club owners — that’s a terrible thing to write about somebody."
Grady himself's heard "You'll never work in this town again" more than a few times.  And as John Huston said, "You're nobody in this town 'til you've been fired three-times."  Laura Ramadei probably did her acting career a huge service calling this guy out.  She'll at least get a better agent and more auditions and if she's got anything it'll show and she'll work.  It's a publish-or-perish world that we live in these days and sometimes the fringes of the ruling elite, like Brian here, can give you a boost.

They CRAVE The Syrian War

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/17/2014

When Israel breaks out its go-to warmonger, Sen. Huckleberry ClosetCase, this signals that it believes the American people are sufficiently liquored-up on fear, bigotry & hate from their media onslaught for a new war, with soldier-boyz and Freedom Bombs™ and everything.  And that war will not be in Iraq.  No.  It will be in Syria and then spread to Iran.  The New York Times has its war-trumpets out, polished and ready to herald the United Snakes next, phony, stupid and useless war-4-Israel:
President Obama’s top military adviser said Tuesday that he would recommend deploying United States forces in ground operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq if airstrikes proved insufficient, opening the door to a riskier, more expansive American combat role than the president has publicly outlined.

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that while he was confident that an American-led coalition would defeat the Islamic State, he would not foreclose the possibility of asking Mr. Obama to send American troops to fight the militants on the ground — something Mr. Obama has ruled out.
The scenario will go something like this: The U.S. will Freedom Bomb™ Iraq first and then some of these bombs will leak into Syria and decapitate some 4-year-olds there.

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Israel Violates Ceasefire - Again

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/16/2014

Over the past 40-years there have been several ceasefires negotiated between Palestine & Israel and they always follow the same pattern.  Israel provokes Palestinians with several - always unreported - attacks, often involving bulldozers stealing land and killing children and innocent bystanders.  When Palestinians finally try to defend themselves, our rulers' media gets busy lying and blaming the whole thing on them. 

Global Research is an independent organization focusing on social, economic, strategic and environmental issues.  It is the go-to source for non-partisan analysis of disquiet throughout the world.  GR has been studying the latest Gaza ceasefire since its implementation on August 26th:

On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following:

1. Annexed another 1500 acres of West Bank land

2. Seized $56 million of PA tax revenue

3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire)

4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions

5. Detained six fishermen

6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding

7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head

8. Tortured a prisoner to the point of hospitalisation

9. Refused 13 members of the European Parliament entry into Gaza

10. Detained at least 127 people across the West Bank, including a seven-year-old boy in Hebron and two children, aged seven and eight, taken from the courtyard of their house in Silwad – and tear-gassed their mother

11. Continued to hold 33 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in prison

12. Continued to hold 500 prisoners in administrative detention without charge or trial

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Subpoenas Are for the Little People

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/15/2014

This is Meir Dagan.  He was the Chief of Israeli Mossad until he retired in 2010 and joined the Advisory Board of a joint, "non-partisan" NGO (NON-government organization) DC stink-tank called United Against Nuclear Iran and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (UANI - ISD).  A lawsuit against Dagan and UANI - ISD has been quietly dismissed by the Attorney General, Eric Holder.  Why does the Justice Department of the United States directly intervene in a PRIVATE defamation lawsuit?  Because the alleged NON-government defamer must have MORE power than ANYONE over the United States Justice Department.  That's why.
The Justice Department intervened late Friday in a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran, a prominent advocacy group that pushes for tough sanctions against Tehran. The government said the case should be dropped because forcing the group to open its files would jeopardize national security.

The group is not affiliated with the government, and lists no government contracts on its tax forms. The government has cited no precedent for using the so-called state-secrets privilege to quash a private lawsuit that does not focus on government activity.

The lawsuit, by a Greek shipping magnate, accuses United Against Nuclear Iran of falsely accusing him of doing business with Iran. The businessman, Victor Restis, subpoenaed the group for its donor list and all information it had collected about him. That was when the Justice Department stepped in.

“There is no precedent, literally, for what the government is attempting to do,” said Abbe D. Lowell, a lawyer for Mr. Restis ...

The government’s power in such cases is absolute. Once it declares that information would jeopardize national security, a judge cannot force the government to reveal it ...

Typically, an assertion of the state secrets privilege is accompanied by a sworn public statement from a senior official — the secretary of defense or C.I.A. director, for example ... [to] explain the government’s interest.

In this case, however, the Justice Department said that “the concerned federal agency, the particular information at issue and the bases for the assertion of the state-secrets privilege cannot be disclosed” without jeopardizing national security.

If United Against Nuclear Iran possesses American classified information, it is not clear how the group obtained it ...
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Grifters Gots to Grift - XVII

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/14/2014

This is Jason Mullaney.  He was a Navy Seal who retired and then went into the grifting business to grift fellow Seals out of their money.  And apparently, it was pretty easy:
Mullaney joined the SEALs in 1993 ... After making it through the rigorous six-month Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course in Coronado, California, famous for its grueling “hell week,” and completing the 26-week SEAL Qualification Training program ...

Mullaney left the military ... in good enough standing within the SEAL community to attract fellow veterans when he started a new business venture.

In January 2008, Mullaney formed Trident Financial Holdings & Acquisitions, LLC. The name evoked his elite military background, trading on the SEALs’ trident symbol for a money-lending business.

The investment proposal was simple. Mullaney convinced friends to give him their money and promised them a 24 percent return. He said he would be lending to risky investors, presumably people willing to pay a high premium because they were hard up for a loan, and collecting collateral to ensure they paid.

“The SEALs thought they were investing money, but in reality, Mr. Mullaney was simply spending their money for his own purposes,” said Deputy District Attorney Hector Jimenez, the prosecutor in the case. The end result was that Mullaney “lost all their money.”
So this scumbag was going into the loan-sharking business and covering up the moral and ethical abomination of a PayDay Loan Amerika store with the patriotic Navy Seals logo.

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CIA to Feinstein: Shut Up!

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/13/2014

Our rulers could always count on Dianne Feinstein (TWO 'n's, dammit!) to run cover from her position as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee when it came to spying on Americans.  But when the CIA started spying on Dianne and her staff, she threw down hard and ordered CIA Director John Brennan up to the Hill this week to 'splain hisself to our ELECTED representatives in this Beacon of Democracy.  Well Brennan, at least, showed up for Dianne's meeting but told her, and the rest of the Senators on the Intelligence Committee, that they could all take their questions, written or otherwise, and shove'm:
Tensions between the CIA and its congressional overseers erupted anew this week when CIA Director John Brennan refused to tell lawmakers who authorized intrusions into computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a damning report on the spy agency’s interrogation program ...

Hours before Tuesday’s meeting in the committee’s secure offices, the panel received a letter in which Brennan said he wouldn’t respond to written questions he’d received in January from the chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper joined Brennan for the meeting, which had been expected to focus on the threat posed by the Islamic State. But tempers flared as some lawmakers challenged Brennan on his decision not to answer Feinstein’s questions, witnesses said.

At one point, said a person familiar with the meeting, Brennan raised his voice at Feinstein.
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Prison Face

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/12/2014

This is Dinesh "Prison Face" D'Souza.  He's a PR hack who works for conservaturd stink-tanks like Heritage and AEI.  He made a smear-movie, fake documentary about President Barry that the ReePubs ran in theaters prior to the the 2012 presidential election.  It obviously didn't help.  But Dinesh was doing something a little extra during his conservaturd campaigning prior to the 2012 election:
(Reuters) - The U.S. government wants conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza to be sentenced to as much as 16 months in prison, following his guilty plea to a campaign finance law violation ...

D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.

The government said a 10- to 16-month prison sentence was appropriate for D'Souza ...

It also said D'Souza waited to "the last possible moment" prior to trial before admitting guilt, and then went on TV shows and the Internet to complain about being "selectively" targeted for prosecution, and having little choice but to plead guilty ...

In his own sentencing recommendation on Sept. 3, D'Souza said he "cannot believe how stupid I was, how careless, and how irresponsible."

This slimy little ass-clown was all over the FoxNews Tee-vee and right-wing radio claiming he was a victim of Obama retribution and unfair persecution by the DOJ - until his lawyer realized the case against him was air-tight.

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And the Difference THIS Time Is?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/11/2014

The Israeli PR campaign, starring the fake ISIS or ISIL or whatever name the focus groups have decided will stick, has finally yielded - more Freedom Bombs™!  Yippee!!  Of course, instead of Freedom Bombs™ all President Barry would have had to do was order Janet Yellin to freeze Prince Bandar bin Sultan's assets and ISIS/ISIL/whatever would be out of business in three weeks.  But his overlords won't allow him to do that so it's Freedom Bombs™ -  but - with one major difference: THIS time we're only going to give the RIGHT weapons to the RIGHT people.  Okay?

Whole thing has really very little to do with President Barry and the taxpayers in the United States - other than the fact that they pay for it.  It is a struggle between the two political parties in Israel - Likud on the Far Right and Kadima on the Right.  There is no Centrist or Leftist political party in Israel of any consequence.

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Take A Good Look

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/10/2014

This what Gaza looks like today, after the Khazars in Occupied Palestine bombed the shit outta these people.  This is what President Barry has ordered for Iraq - again - to placate the Zionist ghouls who want to see Arab blood and destruction so that they can steal more land & water for the Eastern European thieves who have absolutely no connection to this land whatsoever.  And Amerikans pay for it.  We've spent over 300-billion-dollars financing the killing machine that these cowards use to murder & maim basically defenseless people.

When you look at this footage, think of your own neighborhood, and how you'd feel about Zionism if they were doing this to you.  If it were your children under this rubble.  And then think of the families, just like yours, who are under the new Freedom Bombing™ campaign that the fiends on the Tee-vee are so excited about right now.  And then turn on your Tee-vee and enjoy the Shock & Awe but remember: what goes around, certainly can, come around.

Same Thing 12 Years Ago

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/9/2014

Twelve years ago yesterday, our rulers' media was rabid - ginning up fear and loathing about Saddam Hussein, Iraq and a new war-4-Israel with utter bullshit about "aluminum tubes":
In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium. American officials said several efforts to arrange the shipment of the aluminum tubes were blocked or intercepted but declined to say, citing the sensitivity of the intelligence, where they came from or how they were stopped.
Nuclear engineers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Livermore, and Los Alamos National Laboratories de-bunked this phony claim the very next day, stating unequivocally that the aluminum tubes were totally unsuitable for nuclear centrifuges and were obviously casings for artillery rockets.  But the New York Times didn't print any of the opinions of technical experts about the aluminum tubes.  No.  They just printed scare-propaganda that suited their bullshit story about Iraq's non-existent nuclear program.

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A New Magic Pony for Iraq

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/8/2014

During the Iraq War, as it kept death-spiraling into worse & worse scenarios, the Amerikan & Israeli punditry kept telling us, "just six more months".  The Magic Pony™ would finally emerge and L'il Bushie's "As Iraqis Stand Up We Will Stand Down" strategy would prevail.  After Trillions of dollars of failure, the strategy changed to "The Surge" and that just barely allowed Amerika to stop hemorrhaging money and get-the-fuck-out.  But "The Surge" has finally completed its fail so now, looks like, our rulers at the New York Times are sending us BACK in with a newer, better, more intenser "As Iraqis Stand Up We Will Stand Down" deal with a little more nicer government.  Or something:
The next phase, which would begin sometime after Iraq forms a more inclusive government, scheduled this week, is expected to involve an intensified effort to train, advise or equip the Iraqi military, Kurdish fighters and possibly members of Sunni tribes.
Give it another six months.

How Israel Intimidates

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/7/2014

For a complete and thoroughly researched analysis of how Israel intimidates our elected officials and ruins our foreign policy, read Mearsheimer & Walt's superb book, "The Israel Lobby".  But here's a little, everyday example by MJ Rosenberg from when he was an aid to Senator Carl Levin of Michigan:
 ... the first time I saw the true face of AIPAC in all its ugliness. It’s a horror story.

It was in 1988 and I was a foreign policy aide to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) ... he was disturbed at a quote he saw in that day’s New York Times ... Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir saying that he rejected the idea of withdrawing from any of the land Israel captured in the 1967 war ...

Levin instantly understood what Shamir was saying. He was repudiating U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338  which provided for “withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent [1967] conflict” in exchange for peace and security. Those resolutions represented official U.S. and international policy then, and they still do.

But, in 1988, Shamir tried to declare them null and void.

Levin asked me to draft a letter to Secretary of State George Shultz stating that it was the view of the Senate that the U.N. Resolutions remained the policy of the U.S. whether Shamir liked it or not. Of course, the letter wasn’t written in that kind of language. It was more than polite. Additionally, Levin wanted it addressed to Shultz, not to Shamir, to avoid ruffling too many feathers in Israel.

Levin ... said that first he would try to round up a few other senators to join him in signing it. In an hour he had 30 ...

I personally delivered the letter to Shultz. Because Levin wanted to avoid a brouhaha, the Levin office did no press about it. It was essentially a secret initiative.

But then one of the senators who had the letter gave it to the New York Times. And within minutes the phones started ringing off the hook. Reporters and AIPAC donors were going crazy. The donors were vulgar and threatening. Levin was asked to appear on all three Sunday morning talk shows. He declined. In fact, he took off for Moscow, on a long-planned trip.

On Sunday, news of the Levin “Letter of 30" was the lead story in the New York Times ...
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The Paymaster for ISIS

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/6/2014

This is Prince Bandar bin Sultan.  He is the paymaster for ISIS which our rulers' media has built into a monster to scare Americans into voting for ReePubs in the upcoming November mid-term elections.  The idea is to get ReePub control over the Congress so it can by-pass President Barry and give the Israelis the wars with Syria and Iran it so craves.  The resulting war PROFITZ! would filter to the very top and finish off what's left of the American, and world, economy.

Grady told you, back in November, that Bandar and his band of Saudi billionaires had gone freelance and a little cuckoo - first threatening Putin with terrorism at his Sochi Olympics unless he rejected Assad in Syria, and then arming/supporting the most violent nutcases in the Syrian opposition, which is where ISIS was born.  The behind-scenes diplomatic response to not only Bandar, but also Saudi King Abdullah, was to cool it or there could be revelations about 9-11 that would make them all VERY nervous.  Now, apparently, the ISIS monster, and the right-wing Saudi Israelian billionaires feeding it, are maybe even out of Bandar's and even King Abdullah's control?
The governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar [would] rather not discuss ... the role of wealthy funders in the Gulf in helping ISIS rise to prominence.

Qatar has officially stopped giving aid to more radical groups under U.S. pressure, and Saudi Arabia has also backed off its support of the rebels, a process that culminated in the removal of spy chief and Syria point man Prince Bandar bin Sultan earlier this year, but private donations from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states—notably Kuwait—have likely continued.

For the last few months, the Saudi government in particular has been attempting, somewhat awkwardly, to both continue to fund non-extremist groups fighting Assad while combating the growth of al-Qaida and its affiliates and offshoots. The kingdom has good reason to fear the revival of an al-Qaida-like group with wide territorial ambitions. The government claims to have broken up a terrorist cell in May that had links to both ISIS and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. ISIS has also reportedly launched a recruitment drive in Riyadh.
There is a simple, guaranteed way to stop ISIS.  NOT Freedom Bombing™.  NO.  Just. Stop. Funding. It.  And the world's banks could do that in a heartbeat.

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The Ukraine Junta Backs Down

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/5/2014

This is
Petro Poroshenko the current fake-president of the Ukraine.  Take a good look at him cuz he ain't gonna be around for long:
Kiev officials and representatives of the two self-proclaimed republics in southeastern Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire, as the contact group met behind closed doors in Belarus.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed the ceasefire agreement on his Twitter account ...

“I give the order to the chief of the General staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to cease fire, starting from 18.00 [local time] on September 5,” Poroshenko's statement says.
Poroshenko represents the right-wing junta that overthrew the democratically-elected government in the Ukraine with support from neocons in the U.S. State Dept., billionaire eBay-founder Pierre Omidyar and the International Monetary Fund.  He's just a lesser-oligarch who bribed officials and stole candy factories back when the Soviet Union folded and is known as the "Chocolate King" of Eastern Europe.  He's a compromise neocon-puppet and is back-pedaling now because Germany, France and the rest of the EU can no longer sustain the sanctions against Putin - they are killing their economies because Putin provides the natural gas that makes their countries go:
[the ceasefire is] Great news, especially for Merkel (and Hollande) who has already come out and noted that the cease-fire means EU could suspend sanctions (saving face and avoiding some further escalation). The question is - how much of Putin's 7-point-peace-plan will Ukraine acquiesce to? If any?

As WaPo notes,
Poroshenko did not specifically address the “Putin plan,” as it was dubbed by the Kremlin, but he said that the time had come to end the conflict.
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/4/2014

Say you're a kid growing up in a reasonably stable family in a relatively peaceful town in West Africa.  These sick, psychopathic, white motherfuckers, from a country thousands of miles away on another continent, start flying robot death-machines over your town, killing innocent people at random.  Say these murderous assholes kill some members of your family "by mistake, sorry" but you live to grow into adulthood.  How would you feel about that and those cowards who killed your family by remote control?
The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara.

After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has authorized the U.S. military to fly unarmed drones from the mud-walled desert city of Agadez, according to Nigerien and U.S. officials.

The previously undisclosed decision gives the Pentagon another surveillance hub — its second in Niger and third in the region — to track Islamist fighters who have destabilized parts of North and West Africa.
From Weapons of Mass Bullshit to the lies about Gaza to the ignoring of the root cause of disquiet in the Ukraine - the thugs we paid to overthrow the democratically-elected government there in January - our rulers and their propaganda media machine march on towards their next glorious war, as soon as they get rid of that peacenik in the White House and get their boy, their made-man scumbag from New Jersey, in there in 2016.

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Not Smart; Just Rich

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/3/2014

The 1% keep proving that they're just selfish, asshole, money pack-rats who know nothing about monetary policy.  And even if great grandpa, who invented the whosie-whatsit, was smart, there's no reason to believe his heirs are.  Our rulers have been wrong-about-everything about monetary policy for going-on 6-years now.  We hear nothing but gloom & doom because?  Deficit!  Nobel Prize in Economics winner Paul Krugman's column about the failed economics policy the ReePub Congress has stuck us with ever since it promised it's bigoted base that President Barry would be a one-term President explains that this contractionary money policy is working - just fine!  The economy keeps retracting because the Congress won't spend anything on our crumbling infrastructure.  One of the commenters, Mather, nails it:
Trying to create demand in a liquidity trap through monetary policy is like trying to push a boulder up a hill with a wet noodle. But I guess it's better than doing nothing at all, since all the Western economies have essentially abandoned the idea of fiscal stimulus.

Economic policy has been so ridiculous during the Great Recession and the Euro debt crises. It makes you wonder whether future historians of our epoch will be motivated to laugh or cry. I'm betting it'll be a bit of both.
Before you scream, "But - the DEFICIT!" know this: that the 10-Year Treasury Note (the ^TNX) - the true measure of monetary inflation - has been BELOW 4% for almost SEVEN YEARS, since January, 2008.  It was as LOW as 1.63% two-years-ago and is firmly stuck below 2.5% now.  There is NO "monetary inflation" (The DEFICIT!) to be scared about.  Oh, there's inflation all right.  But it's all at the very Tippy-TOP of the economy.  The 1% keep getting richer at an alarming rate and that is causing inflation across the economy which is especially harmful to the lower 90% because their income has remained flat-as-a-tortilla and not inflated ONE IOTA.

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Just Because You're Rich ...

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/2/2014

Just because you're rich; doesn't mean your smart department: Ken Langone, a rich ReePub old crank who made his money sucking up to other rich cranks like Ross Perot and Bernard Marcus, is mad at the new Pope for liking poor folks too much.
Billionaire Ken Langone ... issued a warning to Pope Francis ... that wealthy people ... are feeling ostracized by the Pope’s messages in support of the poor, and might stop giving to charity if the Pope continues to make statements criticizing capitalism and income inequality.

Mr. Langone described the Pope's comments about a "culture of prosperity" as "exclusionary" statements that may make some of the rich "incapable of feeling compassion for the poor."

The billionaire, who’s a major donor to the Republican Party, is currently working with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, to raise $180 million for the restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Langone said that he told the Archbishop about a wealthy donor who could give millions of dollars to the Cathedral project but was worried about the Pope's "exclusionary" remarks ...

A number of people, from Republican Sen. John McCain to conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, have weighed in on Francis' statements, with the latter calling it "pure Marxism."

Dolan calls the Marxist label "hyperbole," telling CNBC that the pope thinks "money in itself is morally neutral. Money, our wealth, is a gift from God. And the morality comes in the way we use it.
"If it becomes a god, if it becomes an idol, Pope Francis is saying, then it's wrong. Because there is only one God. If we use it for our own selves and our families, for a secure and a safe present and future, if we use it to reinvest in the community, to help others, and if we share with the poor, then it's morally good," Dolan said.
Of course, all that Popesy Frank's gotta to do to shut up Kenny and the rest of the old, crank billionaires forever is play the excommunication card, which would be SO hilarious.

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War In Europe Is ... Doable

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/1/2014

This is Anne Applebaum.  She, presumably, describes herself in her Wikipedia article as "an American Jewish journalist and ... a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post (2002–2006) and Slate Magazine."  During her WaPo tenure Anne actually offered a plan for assassinating Saddam Hussein based upon something she saw in the movie "Air Force One".  I kid you not.  She wrote several editorials cheer-leading for the Iraq War and, like all of the rest of the cheerleaders, she was absolutely wrong about everything.  But Annie's past incompetence has not dulled her lust for war and the blood of innocents, especially "Arab children", splattered by Freedom Bombs™.
Over and over again ... I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939 ... I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own ...

In retrospect, all of them now look naive. Instead of celebrating weddings, they should have dropped everything, mobilized, prepared for total war while it was still possible. And now I have to ask: Should Ukrainians, in the summer of 2014, do the same?
This little ghoul wants war SO bad she can hardly wait for that "show the West who really holds power in Europe" showdown.

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But They Own the ReePubs

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 8/31/2014

Our rulers' media has done its best to degrade President Barry simply because he won't rubber-stamp the phony, useless wars-4-Israel they want to keep profiting from.  The ReePubs, on the other hand, have made it clear they will do whatever these crank billionaires want to take what's left of the United Snakes and hand it over to them:
The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, the head of the Republican Governors Association ... kowtowing to Charles and David Koch and other billionaires gathered at the luxury resort ...

The Kochs invite the most powerful party leaders, the most important candidates, to their "seminars," and they all come running. These politicians thank the Kochs and their billionaire friends profusely, talk about how they wouldn't be where they are today without them, and then tell them how they will battle on their behalf if they win ...

The Koch brothers have made clear their agenda. They don't believe in climate change, and want no regulations on their oil companies. They want their taxes reduced to almost nothing since they, after all, are the "job creators." They oppose reform and regulation of Wall Street. They don't believe in a minimum wage, or unemployment compensation, or student loans, or Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They think public education should be privatized and turned over to the corporate sector ...

The Kochs and their millionaire/billionaire friends in that luxury hotel in Orange County, California are now in control of the Republican party- lock, stock, and barrel ... The Republicans know where their bread is buttered, and will dance with the ones who brung 'em.
If Paul Singer and the Kochs get what they want: President Chris Christie and a ReePub Senate and Congress, like L'il Bushie had from 2002-2006, we will get, for starters, two more phony wars-4-Israel in Syria and Iran.  And Medicare, Social Security and Public Education will be privatized.

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A Measure of Hate

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 8/30/2014

The central theme of renowned Israeli historian Shlomo Sand in his book "The Invention of the Jewish People" is that the Jews of Europe, the Ashkenazim, are largely descendants of peoples who converted to Judaism in the 9th Century and that the claim that all Jews descend from ancient Israelites is false.  There is an overwhelming amount of facts, and DNA evidence, to support Sand's thesis that most Israelis are descendants of Khazars.  So since most Israelis are immigrants, the above video of a recent demonstration in Tel Aviv against African people in which violent Jewish supremacists verbally and physically attack an Ethiopian Jewish Israeli man, after he politely asks the protestors to clarify who it is they are calling for to be expelled from the country, is certainly ironic.  He has just as much of a right, based upon his heritage, to be in occupied Palestine as these Eastern European Khazars have.  But the Khazars have been taught to hate other 'tribes', by their holy book, The Torah or Old Testament, since infancy, more than any other culture.

Kind of puts the whole Khazarian colonization of Palestine into perspective.  Just 'who' is the interloper here?

Time To Stop

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 8/29/2014

The PR hacks at Burson-Marstellar were very successful promoting the Ice Bucket Challenge and have made some grifters richer by fund-raising off it.  One thing you can be sure of:  NONE of the money raised will do one-single-thing to alleviate ALS.  But when Dolly Parton weighs in comparing it to a "wet t-shirt contest"?  It's time to stop.

Please. Make. Them. Stop.

The Answer? Always. More Freedom Bombs™!

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 8/28/2014

When there's foreign disquiet, like, say, in Syria that is completely caused by American and Saudi Israelian money supporting imported mercenaries trying to overthrow the democratically-elected government there, the default position for the conventional wisdom in our Israeli-controlled media and State Department is: Freedom Bombing™Always.
From Bill Kristol, during an appearance on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's show, bringing his megawatt analytic powers to bear on the problem of ISIS in Iraq:
"What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens? I don’t think there’s much in the way of unanticipated side effects that are going to be bad there."
If the United Snakes and Saudi Israelia simply stopped supporting the mercenary-thugs in Syria, the fighting there would stop in a week and the Tee-vee could go back to stories about Christine Aguilera's new hairdresser.

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How Does A 9-Yr-Old Get An Uzi In Her Hand?

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 8/27/2014

When you hand a 9-yr-old girl a fully-loaded Uzi submachine gun and tell her, "It's fun, honey. Fire away!" there is a high likelihood something bad is going to happen.  In this case there is one less gun-fairy nutcase - the instructor who idiotically handed the machine gun to the little girl - for the rest of us who reason and wear shoes will have to endure in the National Rifle Association's sick version of society.  Also, once the wrongful death lawsuits kick in, one less - insured - firing range supplying gun-nuts with vigilante fantasies.  The rise in insurance premiums will cause a commensurate rise in fees for all of these gun-fairy fantasy shooting ranges, currently at around $60 for 50-rounds in an Uzi.  That will become $600 for 50-rounds and this nonsense of handing 9-yr-olds fully-loaded machine guns will stop - for a while - until the NRA can get its lawyers & lobbyists working the courts for "special exemption easement".

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Protect Your Space!

Posted by Wavy McGrady on 8/26/2014

Ever since Ronnie & The ReePubs changed Virtue of Selfishness from an old, cranky screed into a personal plan for happiness, Americans began hating each other.   Grabbing anything they could to maximize their own indulgence at the inconvenience of others became as Amerikan as a leveraged buy-out.  The Knee Defender is the latest weapon for defending your personal space against those overly-entitled, moocher, fellow Amerikans:
The fight started when the male passenger, seated in a middle seat of row 12, used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining while he was on his laptop, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak.

A flight attendant asked him to remove the device and he refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him, the official says. That's when United decided to land in Chicago. The two passengers were not allowed to continue to Denver.
Grady has a business in South-of-France and a son in São Paulo.  So, he does at least four 12-and-a-half hour flights per-year.  As his son says, "If you aren't on a plane for more than 10-hours; you haven't gone anywhere."  The longest domestic flight any Amerikan has to endure is 6-hours.  If you can't do that, share space for 6-measly-hours, without causing a fight with another passenger, we have one of these and a lifetime membership to the Ronnie & Nancy "Me First!" museum for you, Johnny Galt-boy.

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