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.There ya' go. The Benghazi! scandal has backfired on FoxNews and exposed it for the ReePub pile-of-poo that it is.
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.
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.This is what happens when you have a functioning democracy where laws are equally enforced against any citizen who breaks them.
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.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/21/2014
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.
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.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.
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.
Something to perhaps think about before you sign the next weekly tithing check for Rick Warren's Saddleback Church fund-drive?
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.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.
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 ...
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.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'.
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.
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 ...Freedom
Bomb™, depose, install puppet, and then arm & train the poor, fucked-up people who somehow survived?
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.
Yep. Works every time.
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" ...
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.
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.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.
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."
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 ...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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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 ...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.
“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.
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.
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:
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/6/2014
Everything's gonna get lighter. Even if it doesn't get better.
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.
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.
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.Our rulers believe that dropping Freedom Bombs™ on mostly defenseless brown people is a better national objective than education. Because? PROFITZ!
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%.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/3/2014
Grady's reading Rick Pearlstein's superb new book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. It has some wonderful quotes from Ronnie Reagan, from the 70s, before he was the doddering, senile old queen that Wall Streeters like Don Regan controlled so they could steal the country. The book exposes Reagan for the first-class bigot he was, who knew how to use that bigotry to mine the hate in many Amerikans for campaign donations and votes. In November of 1973, after U.S. involvement in the stupid, phony, useless and absurdly expensive Vietnam War had FINALLY ended, after 10-long-years, just 3-months before, Ronnie politicized the POW and MIA issue to stir some good ol' fashioned racism in the loins of Amerikans to help Nixon cover-up his Watergate crimes:
Governor Reagan, in Singapore as a special presidential representative for a trade deal, said North Vietnam must "return" the POWs & MIAs supposedly still being held, and that if they didn't, "bombing should be resumed." He accused liberals in Congress of taking away "the power to sway those monkeys over there to straighten up and follow through on the deal."After 10-years of war and 3-years of negotiations to end it this idiotic nimrod, actually representing the U.S. in a foreign city at a trade conference, proposed a renewed attack on a sovereign country and added in an insulting racist reference to boot.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/2/2014
A couple of years ago, Elizabeth Warren asked The "Honorable" Thomas C. Curry, the Comptroller of the U.S. Currency, and his staff a simple question: When was the last time the COC or SEC actually indicted a big Wall St. bank? Please don't forget that de-regulation of banks brought the world economic system to its knees just 6-years-ago. Trillions of dollars were disappeared from the pensions & savings accounts of ordinary Americans so that a few bankster assholes, like Steven A. Cohen, could act like big-shots at a Christie's auction, bidding up a silly painting like Willem de Kooning's "Woman III" and showing each other who has the biggest ... pile of stolen cash. Banksters like Cohen broke every law in the book but promised to never ever do it again when we bailed them out. Well? They're doing it again anyway:
Just two years after avoiding prosecution for a variety of crimes, some of the world’s biggest banks are suspected of having broken their promises to behave.
A mixture of new issues and lingering problems could violate earlier settlements that imposed new practices and fines on the banks but stopped short of criminal charges ... Prosecutors are exploring whether to ... force the banks to plead guilty to a crime.
That effort ... has ensnared several giant banks and consulting firms that until now were thought to be in the clear.
Prosecutors ... have reopened an investigation into Standard Chartered, the big British bank that reached a settlement in 2012 over accusations that it transferred billions of dollars for Iran and other nations blacklisted by the United States ...
[P]rosecutors are also threatening to tear up deals with banks like Barclays and UBS that were accused of manipulating interest rates, pointing to evidence that the same banks also manipulated foreign currencies, a violation of the interest rate settlements. The prosecutors and banks have agreed to extend probationary periods that would have otherwise expired this year ...
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 11/1/2014
There used to be a popular young-Earth (6000-yr-old) creationist on the A-List grifter preacher-circuit and Tee-vee religious analyst named Kent Hovind. Kent's no longer on the preacher-circuit, and won't be replacing Mike Huckabee on the FoxNews when he gets elected prez'nint, because he was convicted of 58 federal counts, including 12 tax offenses, one count of obstructing federal agents, and 45 counts of structuring cash transactions and is doing 10-years in Atlanta Federal Prison. But Grifters Gots to Grift, so Kent's son Eric makes videos trolling donations for Kent's "defense fund" (there are new indictments for mail fraud and a trial beginning Dec. 01, 2014) from gullible folks who like to get their hate on against atheists. So here is Rebecca Watson, atheist extraordinaire and the Skepchick blogger, doing commentary on the Hovinds' latest grift where she opines: "God is pretty much just a slightly more complex and more accepted Santa Claus."
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/31/2014
The Senate and Governor races in Georgia were just getting interesting when we learned that the ReePubs' voter suppression efforts there are kicking more & more poor folks & people of color off the voting roles:
Voting-rights advocates are running out of time in Georgia, where civil-rights groups say more than 50,000 new voter registrations have gone missing since they submitted them to state and local officials earlier this year. But with Election Day less than a week away, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, Brian Kemp, is insisting that every voter-registration application submitted by Georgians before the registration deadline has been processed. The missing potential voters? He says there aren’t any.Remember what Chris Christie told a ReePub Chamber of Commerce donation gang-bang:
“Would you rather
have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie
Crist?” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie asked this week at a Chamber
of Commerce event in Washington. “Would you rather have Scott Walker in
Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary
Burke? Who would you rather have in Ohio, John Kasich or Ed
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/30/2014
The fellow slouching in his chair on the frame-right of this video, acting like a petulant little punk in front of a panel of Ohio newspaper reporters, is John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio. They are asking him about a budget bill that had a clause inserted into it - at the last second so it was never debated - that had absolutely nothing to do with the state budget. The clause was a restriction, aimed solely at poor women, which prevented rape counselors - by law - from discussing ALL of the options they have after being raped, particularly the option of making sure they don't have to carry the rapist's seed to full-term. John Kasich is a self-righteous little asshole who doesn't care how you feel about being raped and its result because he believes his imaginary, invisible, super sky-grandpa doesn't like women controlling their own bodies. And John Kasich doesn't care what the rape-victim thinks. His - religion - his god, trumps her freedom from his religion and his god. And since he's also signed laws restricting the ability and the right of poor women to vote, he's going to continue governing and imposing his, personal religious ideology on poor women in Ohio.
Fascism is so easy-peasy when you can stop the poor folks from voting.