Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/22/2014
Here's some war porn revealing how the bad guys (ISIS, ISIL, Khorasan - or whatever phony name is testing highest in the NYT focus groups), who used to be good guys, that clueless ol' codger John McCain hung around with, got a BIG load of weapons from the United Snakes via air-drop. These weapons were targeted for the PKK, which used to be on the terrorist list but the Saudi Israelians changed that and ordered the United Snakes to start arming them. Like an inept, loser minor-league team, you can't tell the players in these new wars-4-Israel without a scorecard:
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/21/2014
Donald Trump inherited a lot of real estate and money and NYC connections from his dad. He parlayed them into a celebrity-driven persona as a real estate entrepreneur. But his failing enterprises drove him onto the Tee-vee where he portrays a successful businessman on a reality-show for NBC's Sarah Palin trailer-trash demographic. His show's ratings have flagged in recent years so he occasionally buys PR-space on the "News" pandering to his fan-base with pronouncements about President Barry's citizenship and Rosie O'Donnell's physique, raising his TV-Q rating just enough to keep his show alive. Though, unfortunately for The Donald, cash flow problems forced him into the netherworld of self-help "education":
Donald Trump is personally liable for operating a for-profit investment school without the required license, a New York judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General against the real estate entrepreneur.
New York state Supreme Court Justice Cynthia S. Kern said he was notified by the state in 2005 that his Trump Entrepreneur Initiative - known as Trump University until 2010 - was in violation of state education law.
"It is undisputed that Mr. Trump never complied with the licensing requirements," Kern wrote in a decision made public on Wednesday ...
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/20/2014
The World Series starts tomorrow at Kauffmann Stadium ("The K") in Kansas City and the 2nd-greatest Royal of them all, Frank White, won't be there. White was a true local hero. He was raised a stone's throw from The K and was the first player to attend the Royals, local "Baseball Academy" who made it to the the major leagues, signing with the Royals in 1973 and becoming a fixture at 2nd-base for them for 18-years. White was a 5-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glover and batted clean-up in the '85 series, the first time in history a 2nd-baseman ever did that, contributing a crucial home-run in game 3. His homer turned the tide of the '85 series and secured Kansas City's first, and only, championship. There is a bronze statue of him and the #1 Royal, George Brett, out in the right-center field stands. They don't come much Royal-er than Frank White.
After he retired, he worked in various front-office positions, mostly in community-relations since he was truly a local hero in Kansas City. The Royals eventually hired White as manager of their Double-A minor league team in Wichita in preparation for promoting him to the big club. This was a period when the team routinely languished at the bottom of the standings and manager-replacement was frequent. But the front office passed over White, twice, for the manager's position and White got the message. He left Wichita and went back to community-relations, also working as a color analyst on local team broadcasts. But when ex Wal-Mart CEO David Glass bought the team and implemented his vulture-capitalist, cost-cutting strategies, White's salary was cut by two-thirds and he decided this loss-leader, loser organization could limp along without him:
Frank White should be in the middle of all this. He should be on the field, slapping the backs of Alex Gordon and Billy Butler, two linchpins of these Royals whom he once managed ...
The saddest estrangement in baseball, between a man who embodied the ascent of a franchise and a franchise that once again has risen, lingers on the fringe of a World Series set to begin Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. Frank White and the Royals, happily married for nearly two decades, tolerant of one another for two more, now exist at an awkward impasse forged by slights perceived and actual, insults spoken and monetary, and the most intractable force of all: pride.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/19/2014
Back in April, 80-year-old L.A. Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling got in a lot of trouble with the NBA by telling his 30-year-old mistress: "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people ... You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want", but "the little I ask you is ... not to bring them to my games." This statement caused an uproar but, curiously, another statement that Sterling made did not. Sterling, attempting to justify his racist comments denied that they were racist because - racism is pervasive in Israel: "You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs." Based upon Sterling's comment, renowned Israeli journalist David Sheen wrote an excellent article about the blatant racism, aimed generally at Gentiles but most specifically at dark-skinned Gentiles, in the "most enlightened, liberal democracy in the Middle East":
Is anti-black racism pervasive in Israel? Is it true that if you "go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs"? Upon learning of the Donald Sterling controversy, I tweeted a series of statements examining this comparison. I included links to articles and videos, because some of the facts I mention are so shocking that they are hard to believe, if you are hearing about them for the first time.Sheen follows with a long list of tweets describing blatant racism in Israel, with links where you see & hear famous Israelis, from congressman Michael Ben-Ari to Minister of Industry Naftali Bennett to Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau wax poetic in the most racist terms imaginable:
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/18/2014
Back in June, Wikileaks exposed the new Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) that the U.S. and European Union are negotiating. TISA would internationally prevent more regulation of financial services by individual countries making it virtually impossible to protect their citizens from predatory financial practices. TISA lobbyists & banksters are hard at work behind the scenes in Washington, London, Paris & Frankfort paying off politicians so they can drink the blood of their constituents.
But there's something even worse. Wikileaks has exposed the latest Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement for the Asia/Pacific Region. Like TISA, the TPP would supersede all individual countries' laws - meaning citizens' votes for lawmakers would have NO effect on these regulations. First, the TPP would criminalize corporate whistleblowing:
The draft text provides that TPP countries will introduce criminal penalties for unauthorized access to, misappropriation or disclosure of trade secrets, defined as information that has commercial value because it is secret, by any person using a computer system ...
There are no public interest or free speech exemptions. Criminalization of disclosure would apply to journalists working for commercial media organizations or wherever the leak was considered harmful to the "economic interests" of any TPP country.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/17/2014
This is Rick Scott, the governor of Florida. Rick was elected in 2010 despite being the Founder-CEO of Columbia/HCA, a hospital management company convicted of 14 felonies for Medicare fraud and fined $600Million, the largest Medicare scam case in history. Rick dodged personal indictment, resigned in disgrace, took his golden parachute cash and went venture-capitalizing. He failed at that but made enough connections in the Florida vulture-capitalist community to run for governor, garnering just enough votes from the ReePub racist base by promising he'd kick the colored-folks off welfare. Of course he didn't do that but did cut taxes for the corporations and his rich pals, rejected Federal funds for high-speed rail and dredging Miami's harbor and accepted Medicaid expansion for Obamacare. So now he's got to run for election again after majorly pissing off the racist base, losing jobs and mismanaging the State's finances thus raising bond prices. What does he do?
Next time Grady tells you we are ruled by the silliest people who've ever drawn breath, you better believe it.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/16/2014
The few, mostly government workers who still have pensions are now worried (see: Detroit) because since the 1980s, when Ronnie Reagan and the banksters opened the floodgates for Wall St. shysters to steal pensions and contribute a tiny portion of the SWAG to right-wing political campaigns so they could keep stealing, Amerika's pension system has been hopelessly corrupt and unstable:
You will never retire, in part because America's existing pension system is crazy quilt of various empty bank accounts full of lies and IOUs. Does a better pension system actually exist? Yes, it does.
For the sake of pure civic engagement, I would like to draw your attention to this weekend's New York Times profile of the Dutch pension system. "A profile of the Dutch pension system? Sounds boring as hell, when I could be reading about various 'hot' celebrities of the moment, and their picayune fashion choices for the upcoming awards shows," you're probably thinking to yourself, if you are Caity Weaver. Not true at all. All this bullshit news about celebrity bullshit is nothing but a bullshit smokescreen. I'll tell you what is really exciting: the cold hard fiscal facts about how this nation is screwing its retirees and what we might learn from a friendly nation by the name of "THE NETHERLANDS," when it comes to proper accounting practices that can assure pension stability. That is "exciting." Because you don't want to be old and broke!
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/15/2014
This is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the richest members of the ruling house of Saud in Saudi Arabia. Prince Aly is Rupert Murdoch's partner in News Corporation and has major influence on what ReePubs & Libertarians watch on their Fox "News". He makes sure that these viewers' fear-factors against Syria, Iran, colored-folks and all the other hyped threats to Amerika, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fed continuously 24/7. But now that oil has fallen dangerously close to the Saudi break-even, national-budget price of $86.1/barrel, Aly is majorly pissed:
In a letter in Arabic addressed to ministers and posted on his website, Prince Alwaleed described the idea of the kingdom tolerating lower prices below $100 per barrel as potentially "catastrophic" for the economy of the desert kingdom.The simple reason Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi says there's "no cause for alarm" is because it is he and his boss King Abdullah who are directly responsible for the falling oil price:
The letter ... is a significant attack on Saudi's highly respected 79-year-old oil minister Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi who has the most powerful voice within the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) ...
Prince Alwaleed had taken particular issue with a remark attributed to Saudi Arabia's oil minister, in which he said that falling prices were "no cause for alarm".
Saudi Arabia will force the price of oil down, in an effort to put political pressure on Iran and Russia ...King Abdullah and al-Naimi told President Barry that if he'd drop Freedom Bombs™ on Syria, they'd push down the price of oil which would force Iran to cooperate on the nuclear issue and Putin to stop supporting Assad.
Riyadh will sell oil below the average spot price at $50 to $60 per barrel in the Asian markets and North America ...
Saudi Arabia wants to get Iran to limit its nuclear energy expansion, and to make Russia change its position of support for the Assad Regime in Syria. Both countries depend heavily on petroleum exports for revenue, and a lower oil price means less money coming in ... The Gulf states will be less affected by the price drop.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/14/2014
The United Snakes is one of the champs at torture & bullshit. Remember Abu Ghraib? And Dick Cheney, the Vice-President for chrissakes, even bragged about waterboarding, which, by the way, the United Snaked hanged Japanese & German officials for after military tribunals at the end of WWII. So it is certainly ironic that our rulers' propaganda ministers have a new, fake snitch from Syria they call 'Caesar' who, supposedly, was a military photographer for the Assad government who - get this - documented torture atrocities. Under direct orders from President Assad. So, the idea here was that - Assad wanted to make sure that if/when Caesar defected to Saudi Israelia he would have plenty of photographic evidence of torture to sell to American media so it would have plenty of pictures to demonize him and sell Amerikans on a march to war with Syria? Yeah. Sure. That's what torturing leaders always do - pay guys to record evidence of their atrocities so that the United Snakes can use this 'evidence' to drop more Freedom Bombs™ on them. Yeah. Makes perfect sense:
The State Department has obtained 27,000 photographs showing the emaciated, bruised and burned bodies of Syrian torture victims — gruesome images that a top official told Yahoo News constitute "smoking gun" evidence that can be used to bring war-crimes charges against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad ...The ONLY way to positively kill that "crucial metadata" is to PrtScr-copy/paste the photos - which, of course, has nothing to do with 'compressing' them.
The photos — a small number of which will be put on public display for the first time on Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Museum — were smuggled out of Syria by an official regime photographer who has since defected and is known only by his code name, Caesar ...
The Syrian government has officially denounced the photos as fakes and suggested many of the corpses seen are actually of militants who died in battle ...
Because many of the photos had to be compressed by Caesar to get them to fit on thumb drives, crucial metadata — which would yield the precise date and time that each image was recorded — was lost.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/13/2014
Back in 1984, before the Wedtech Scandal and a resignation in disgrace, Fat Eddie Meese, Ronnie Reagan's Attorney General and a crook of the first order, proposed The Equitable Sharing Program: "One of our most effective weapons against drug traffickers," Meese wrote in his autobiography, "was to confiscate the assets of their criminal activity, such as expensive autos, yachts, businesses, and homes... To make this technique even more effective, we shared the proceeds with cooperating local law enforcement agencies to enhance their drug-fighting activities". Of course, and as usual with the Reagan crowd, this slush-fund opened floodgates to rampant corruption and outright government thievery:
Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles ...
[P]olice departments and drug task forces across the country are benefiting from laws that allow them to take cash and property without proving a crime has occurred. The law was meant to decimate drug organizations, but The Post found that it has been used as a routine source of funding for law enforcement at every level ...
Brad Cates, a former director of asset forfeiture programs at the Justice Department, said the spending ... suggests police are using Equitable Sharing as “a free floating slush fund” ...
Of the nearly $2.5 billion in spending reported in the forms, 81 percent came from cash and property seizures in which no indictment was filed ... Owners must prove that their money or property was acquired legally in order to get it back ...
Sparkles the Clown was hired for $225 by Chief Jeff Buck in Reminderville, Ohio, to improve community relations. But Buck said the seizure money has been crucial to sustaining long-term investigations that have put thousands of drug traffickers in prison.
“The money I spent on Sparkles the Clown is ... fighting the war on drugs,” he told The Post ...
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/12/2014
This is the best open-carry story ever:
An Oregon man proudly carrying his brand new pistol out in the open had it stolen at gunpoint by a brazen thief, police said.
William Coleman III, of Gresham, near Portland, had owned his Walther P22 pistol for just a few hours before it was stolen by a gun-toting passerby early Saturday, The Oregonian reported.
Cops say the bumbling gun enthusiast had the piece out in the open when he was talking to his cousin on a street at about 2:10 a.m.
Coleman told police a young man approached and asked for a cigarette, and then suddenly flashed a piece of his own.
"I like your gun. Give it to me," he demanded, according to the Oregonian.
Coleman handed it over, and the young man took off.
Coleman had just bought the gun, estimated at $380, Friday and was carrying it out in the open legally, according to local reports.
The perp was described as a thin black man, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, between ages 19 and 23, with a small patch of hair on his chin.
He was wearing grey sweats, a white shirt and flip flops.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/11/2014
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and a reporter named Garry Webb, we now know, for certain, that back in the 1980s, nasty people around a doddering and senile Ronald Reagan broke a lot of laws so they could channel funding to a bunch of dope-dealing criminals in Central America, known as "The Contras", because they were attempting to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Nicaragua. This Reagan Administration criminality was known as the Iran-Contra Scandal and was forgiven by a lot of Amerikans because Ronnie went on the Tee-vee, exactly three weeks after forcefully denying that he'd illegally funded the contras and helped with their dope-dealing, and tearfully blamed the whole thing - on his staff. Then Ronnie said, "But as President, I cannot escape responsibility." And for the rest of the speech, of course, explained why he wasn't responsible.
Our lick-spittle media picked up on Ronnie's cowardly theme and came with their usual "America must move on" bullshit full-force, working hard to exonerate Reagan of wrongdoing. Any reporter, most notably Gary Webb, who actually researched the Contra's crack cocaine connection was vilified by the palace guard:
In the mid- to late '80s, a number of reports had surfaced that connected the Contras to the cocaine trade. The first was by Associated Press scribes Brian Barger and Robert Parry, who published a story in December 1985 that begins, "Nicaraguan rebels operating in northern Costa Rica have engaged in cocaine trafficking, in part to help finance their war against Nicaragua's leftist government ..."
Then came the San Jose Mercury News piece, a 20,000-word three-parter by Pulitzer Prize–winning staffer Gary Webb published under the title "Dark Alliance." "For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found," it begins ...
In response, the [Washigton] Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times would all weigh in with multiple articles claiming that Webb's assertions were bunk. His career was effectively ruined, and even his own paper eventually disavowed "Dark Alliance" ...
[Webb] was demoted and sent to a dustbin bureau 150 miles from San Jose. He resigned after settling an arbitration claim and went to work for a small alt-weekly. Over the next several years, his marriage fell apart and his meager wages were garnished for child support. On Dec. 10, 2004, Webb was discovered dead, shot twice in the head with his father's .38. The local coroner declared the death a suicide.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/10/2014
Once President Barry gave in to the Israelis and sanctioned Freedom Bombs™ for their latest enemy who's so phony that they can't even decide on a name for it, the rest of the usual suspects lined up to show their fealty to their Israeli overlords. Now we have the British and the Dutch vying for who's sending the most fighter-bombers. Problem is: there aren't enough targets. Also, too, Hitler ...
It is my first Hitler of this war. I queried the west’s strategy of bombing Islamic State (Isis) and an elegant thinktanker retorted, “I suppose you would let Hitler run riot over Europe.” I walked away. I always respect Godwin’s Law, which states that the longer an argument runs, the greater the likelihood Hitler gets mentioned, killing it stone dead.
I cannot recall a conflict so swamped by incoherence as the one in northern Iraq. The awfulness of Isis has given the something-must-be-done-even-if-it’s-stupid lobby an ostensibly crushing moral ascendancy ...
All these leaders have a terror of being thought of as a wimp. The same is true in America. There, Barack Obama may have been elected on a platform of withdrawal from foreign wars ... His plea that “doing stupid stuff” is no answer to a global crisis is derided by his old secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. “Great nations need organising principles,” she says, whatever they may be. “Not doing stupid” lacks what the New Yorker last month called the “snarl and swagger” that Americans want in their leaders, even if they lead to defeat ...
This is vividly displayed by the Isis predicament. The war motion passed by the House of Commons on 26 September – yes to bombing Iraq, no to troops on the ground – received just 43 votes against. Canada’s parliament mustered 134 against. Did it really need General David Richards to point out last month that bombing made no sense without ground forces to follow? The enemy would simply relocate. The war, Richards said, would go on for ever unless a competent land army was involved. As it was, British jets were finding little to bomb. Two more Tornados were sent to raise the British deployment to eight, because, I am told, Denmark had sent seven.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/9/2014
Light blogging today because Freak Flag World Headquarters is getting new floors. Here's what John Lennon said in an interview 46-years ago:
“I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. And I think that's what I sussed when I was sixteen and twelve, way down the line. But I expressed it differently all through my life. It's the same thing I'm expressing all the time. But NOW I can put it into that sentence that I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends, you know. If anybody can put on paper what our government, and the American government, and the Russian, Chinese... what they are all trying to do, and what they THINK they're doing, I'd be very pleased to know what they think they're doing. I think they're all insane.”Johnny, they all think they're running the best route to kiss-the-ass of the people with the most power & money so they'll share in mad PROFITZ! And, of course, ALWAYS mindful of the necessity for Khazars from Eastern Europe in Palestine 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.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/8/2014
The lead story throughout our rulers' media is the death from Ebola of 42-year-old Thomas Eric Duncan, an otherwise completely obscure man from an equally obscure country, Liberia, that 98% of Americans couldn't find on a map. But Duncan is an even bigger story than Celebrity Nude Selfies because our rulers are ginning up the fear of Ebola, an obscure and weak virus found only in Sub-Saharan Africa. A little over 3,000 people have died from the current 2014 West Africa Outbreak. To put this 'outbreak' in a perspective that our rulers most definitely do NOT want you to think about, compare those 3,000 deaths to the more than 38-Thousand deaths (a very conservative estimate from the British medical journal Lancet) that result from 6-Million illegal abortions performed in Africa per year. But women dying from botched abortions does not have nearly the PROFITZ! potential that a good pandemic scare like Ebola has. When American Dr. Kent Bradley was first reported with Ebola on July 17th, the stock price for Chimerix, Inc. (CMRX), the maker of Brincidofovir, the anti-virus drug used for treatment of Ebola, was $19.35 per share. As of today, BEFORE the news of Duncan's death, it had rocketed to $33.23 - a 72% increase in just 2˝ months. The kind of PROFITZ! Hedge Fund wet-dreams are made from. The 'News' of Duncan's death sent the profit-takers running and Chimerix has already fallen 20% to $28. But you can rest assured that the big boys at Goldie got out before that and made millions. The persistence of reporting of this story means that there's definitely way more PROFITZ! in the Ebola-scare. There will be a vaccine and it will be expensive and the whole world will be inoculated and all of those mad PROFITZ! will only go to a very few persons at the tippy-top of the 1%. Grady's got his GlaxoSmithKline at 45-and-a-half.
Hey. Remember "Bird Flu"?
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/7/2014
L'il Bushie and his cabal of war-profiteers and Israel-firsters told us for 6-years, over & over, "As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." American taxpayers spent over $100Billion training and arming a new, Shiite-led and staffed Iraqi army. That army dropped its weapons, and even its uniforms, and fled in the face of "ISIS" or "ISIL" or "Khorasan" or whatever our rulers' media is calling the Sunni-based mercenaries that the Saudi Israelians paid to invade Iraq & Syria. Turns out that these mercenaries are not only using U.S. weapons but, more importantly, U.S. ammo as well:
In its campaign across northern Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group Islamic State has been using ammunition from the United States and other countries that have been supporting the regional security forces fighting the group ...
[A]mmunition transferred into Syria and Iraq to help stabilize governments has instead passed from the governments to the jihadists, helping to fuel the Islamic State’s rise and persistent combat power. Rifle cartridges from the United States, the sample shows, have played a significant role.
“The lesson learned here is that the defense and security forces that have been supplied ammunition by external nations really don’t have the capacity to maintain custody of that ammunition,” said James Bevan, director of Conflict Armament Research, the organization that is gathering and analyzing weapons used by the Islamic State.
Once we 'stabilize' the situation in Iraq through Freedom Bombing™, our rulers will gain new, mad PROFITZ! re-arming and ammo-ing the NEW, new Iraqi army that the Saudi/Qatar/UAE/Israeli mercenaries will steal once again.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/6/2014
The Supremes stopped Karl Rove's ReePub base-voters, a whole lotta bigots in the United Snakes, from preventing gay marriages today:
The Supreme Court on Monday denied review in all five pending same-sex marriage cases, clearing the way for such marriages to proceed in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The move ... suggests that the justices are not going to intercede in the wave of decisions in favor of same-sex marriage at least until a federal appeals court upholds a state ban ...
The justices last agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to a same-sex marriage ban, California’s Proposition 8, in December 2012. But a majority of the justices said it was not properly before the court. That move indicated that the Supreme Court may have wanted to stay out of the fray until the number of states allowing same-sex marriage was much higher.
There is precedent for such an approach. The court waited until 1967, for instance, to strike down bans on interracial marriage, when the number of states allowing such unions had grown to 34, though it was still opposed by a significant majority of Americans ...
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/5/2014
Ben Affleck went on Bill Maher's Tee-vee show to promote his new movie "Gone Girl". Maher's other guest on the program was fellow Israeli PR apparatchik Sam Harris who believes, along with Maher and their bosses, that "the only thing likely to ensure our survival may be a nuclear first strike of our own" against "the Muslims" as Harris wrote in his book, "The End of Faith". It is Harris & Maher's job to promote this idea of incinerating Muslims so that Eastern European Jews can keep stealing land & water in Palestine. That is what passes as sensible foreign policy for the United Snakes to these ghouls.
When Affleck pointed out that their remarks were "gross and racist", Maher & Harris shouted him down and "unpacked" their racism with the usual hackneyed Israeli talking points about suicide bombers, virgins and fictitious polls.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/4/2014
Grady thought that even with the bridge scandal, Chris Christie would somehow prevail and secure the ReePub presidential nomination because he had SO much money behind him. But Christie has fucked up policy decisions so largely and consistently that even our rulers' media won't be able to cover it up. First there was the Revel Casino, a failed Billion-dollar turkey in Atlantic City that Christie promoted with $261-Million in tax incentives. It closed for good in September. Then there was the Xanadu shopping mall, a 3-billion-dollar turkey that Christie sunk $200-million into. The new grand-opening date has been extended twice and the BK vultures are circling. But the biggest mistake that the big guy made is about to blow up in his face:
... all manner of stuff was being built across the country with stimulus money. The biggest project of all was called Access to the Region's Core, a plan for a desperately needed new tunnel under the Hudson River and a new train station in Manhattan. There are only two other tunnels under the Hudson, both single-track and over 100 years old, both stuffed to capacity during rush hour, with demand only projected to grow.
The cost was projected at around $8 billion to $10 billion, with the federal government and the Port Authority picking up roughly three-quarters of the tab. Construction started in 2009, and hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on rights-of-way and initial work.
Then Christie unilaterally canceled the project, charging that costs were skyrocketing, that New Jersey would thus have to pay 70 percent of the bill, and that the feds were going to stick the state with any cost overruns.
He was lying through his teeth.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/3/2014
The very First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begins like this:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"Antonin Scalia, a right-wing religious kook and activist judge on the U.S. Supreme Court does not believe this:
The separation of church and state doesn’t mean “the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday ... arguing that the Constitution is only obligated to protect freedom of religion -- not freedom from it.The First Amendment is absolutely clear: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." That's ANY religion. NO law. Period. From Scalia's pedophile protectorate Catholic Church to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Americans are safe from being forced to pay for, support and/or participate in some fruitcake like Scalia's collective delusion. And Grady does not use the sobriquet "fruitcake" lightly. Here's Scalia in a New York Magazine interview a year ago:
“I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion ... We do Him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies,” the conservative Catholic justice continued.
Interviewer: You believe in heaven and hell?
Scalia: Oh, of course I do. Don’t you believe in heaven and hell?
Does that mean I’m not going?
[Laughing.] Unfortunately not! It doesn’t mean you’re not going to hell, just because you don’t believe in it. That’s Catholic doctrine! Everyone is going one place or the other.
But you don’t have to be a Catholic to get into heaven? Or believe in it?
Of course not! ... [Leans in, stage-whispers.] I even believe in the Devil.
Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.
Have you seen evidence of the Devil lately?
You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore ...
So what’s he doing now?
What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/2/2014
This is ex-Secret Service Agent Arthur Huntington.
Artie was a strict Baptist Christian man who home-schooled his two boys
and led a home Bible study class along with his wife, Jolie, in the DC,
Maryland suburb of Severna Park. But when Artie went on the road,
protecting first L'il Bushie and then President Barry, he turned devil and liked to get drunk & fuck around. One night in Cartagena,
Colombia Artie was partyin' hard with some other Secret Service frat-boy
types when he spied a pretty escort named Dania Suarez. They both
negotiated Dania's fee of $800 for any kind of sex Artie could conjure.
But the next morning when Dania tried to collect her fee, Artie stiffed
her, counter-offering her $28 for her night's work, so she went to the
The result was that President Barry, sensibly, brought in a
female, Julia Pierson, to take over the Secret Service and curtail the
frat-boy drunken behavior that these yahoos had traditionally exhibited
while on the road and which Grady has personally witnessed at hotels in
Dallas & St. Louis. And she did. New, strict rules of decorum were
put in place and enforced. But the Secret Service rank & file
didn't like this, nor their new 'chick' Director and started undermining
Pierson and the Service in any way they could. This 'morale problem'
started manifesting itself in small security breeches which these rank
& file Secret Servicers could blab about to their fellow drunken
party-travelers, the DC political press, so they could write about it in
our useless media and start the "Fire Pierson!" campaign.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 10/1/2014
Today is the 65th Anniversary of the founding of the current People's Republic of China when Chairman Mao Tse-tung and his heroic People's Liberation Army finally overthrew western puppet dictator Chiang Kai-shek and took back control of their country from the Imperialist Bankster Capitalist dogs of Wall St. To celebrate this, Mao's successor, Xi Jinping ordered 10,000 pigeons to be released as part of a national celebration in Beijing's infamous Tiananmen Square:
BEIJING -- The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.So in China, they anal check the birds before flying over a national ceremony? Okay. But it's not as bad in China as it is for people here in the United Snakes - where you can be strip-searched and anal checked any-old-day for just getting on a plane and flying over to see your little ol' Aunt Edna in Pasadena.
The symbols of peace were released at sunrise in Beijing's symbolic heart of Tiananmen Square in a ceremony for the Oct. 1 holiday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Beijing domestic security police officer Guo Chunwei was quoted in the Jinghua Times as saying workers checked the wings, legs and anus of each pigeon ahead of time to ensure they were "not carrying suspicious material." The entire process was videotaped, and the birds were then loaded into sealed vehicles for the trip to Tiananmen Square, the newspaper said.
Ah! The United Snakes. Where people, not pigeons, can be anal checked any time they step in an airport. Is this a great country or what?
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/30/2014
Nancy Reagan was a big believer and promoter of astrology so it's not surprising that Politico, an online magazine founded in 2007 by Ronnie Reagan's ex Chief-of-Staff and ReePub PR apparatchik Fred Ryan leads some stories from a unique political-astrological perspective. The magazine is basically a gossip-sheet and ReePub public relations tool that pretends to be non-partisan while spreading as much right-wing and anti-Dem scuttlebutt as possible. So when Chelsea Clinton delivered her baby girl last Friday, Politico had two elements that its delusional Conservaturd readership craves: Clinton-hatred and an astrological rationalization for it:
After Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky’s daughter was born at 7:03 pm at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday, POLITICO asked astrologers to weigh in on what is written in the stars for the former first daughter’s first daughter.You gotta remember that during the Reagan Administration, Nancy actually altered Ronnie's appointment & travel schedules based upon - astrology.
“She may not follow her family’s politics, but she will follow the family’s activism and social justice ... ”said Ophira Edut, of the AstroTwins and co-author of the book “Momstrology: The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting your Little One by the Stars” ...
John Marchesella, the Education Director for the astrology organization of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, predicted that her political endeavors would be focused in economics.
“Although she is likely to have political leanings, a strong humanitarian nature, she’s likely to do so from the position of power and money…" Marchesella said.
Astrologers looked at the time, date and place of birth to get a snapshot of how the planets aligned when Charlotte was brought into the world.
“It creates a map that shows clues to her personality and strengths and weaknesses,” Edut said.
Charlotte was born when the moon was in the Scorpio position, known as a “Scorpio Moon,” which sets her up for a strong relationship with her grandmother.
“The moon often shows your emotions and also your relationships with the important women in your life, and actually Hillary herself is a Scorpio so [Charlotte will] probably be very close to her grandmother and even a lot like her in certain ways,” Edut said. “The Scorpio moon can be a little bit intense, so she may be a little quiet and sweet but also observing everything and very much like her grandmother, probably very direct when she really does believe or want something.”
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/29/2014
A week ago, Sunday, Sept. 21, the New York Times ran a front-page story about a new terrorist group, supposedly, even scarier than the phony ISIS group they'd been hyping for a week:
As the United States begins what could be a lengthy military campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe.Of course, like Weapons of Mass Bullshit, Yellowcake, Aluminum Tubes, and shoe-bombs, "Khorasan" can now join the ranks of bullshit stories the New York Times has proclaimed in its never-ending quest to promote more wars-4-Israel:
American officials said that the group called Khorasan had emerged in the past year as the cell in Syria that may be the most intent on hitting the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack. The officials said that the group is led by Muhsin al-Fadhli, a senior Qaeda operative who, according to the State Department, was so close to Bin Laden that he was among a small group of people who knew about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before they were launched.
... just days after bombing “Khorasan” targets in Syria, high-ranking U.S. officials seemingly backed off all their previous claims of an “imminent” threat from the group.
Regarding claims that an attack [by Khorasan] was “imminent,” [FBI Director] Comey said: “I don’t know exactly what that word means…’imminent’” — a rather consequential admission given that said imminence was used as the justification for launching military action in the first place.
Even more remarkable, it turns out the very existence of an actual “Khorasan Group” was to some degree an invention of the American government ...
There are serious questions about whether the Khorasan Group even exists in any meaningful or identifiable manner ...
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/28/2014
Stephen Hawking is a physicist with a unique talent for writing best-selling books. His "Brief History of Time" is the best selling Physics book of all-time. His newest book, "The Grand Design" is a little more complicated and not quite as accessible but is an absolute mind-opener if you put in the time and effort to savvy it. Like other popular physicists, Hawking has always seemed to leave a little crack open for the godsey and spirituality crowd. Much like Einstein did with his "God does not play dice with the universe" quote. Looks like he's finally decided to come clean and narrow his fan-base:
For a time, it was thought that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had also left a tiny gap in his credo window for a magical deity. However, he has now come out and declared that there is no God.Our rulers have always used belief in the sky-dictator type god to keep their subjects ignorant, frightened and complacent. The presidency of L'il Bushie was the latest manifestation of this policy.
He gave an interview to Spain's El Mundo in which he expressed his firm belief that el mundo was the work of scientifically explainable phenomena, not of a supreme being ...
El Mundo pressed him on the suggestion in "A Brief History of Time" that a unifying theory of science would help mankind "know the mind of God."
Hawking now explained: "What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God. Which there isn't. I'm an atheist" ...
Hawking's been tending toward such an absolute pronouncement for a while. In a speech last year, he offered an explanation of how the world came to being without God. He mused: "What was God doing before the divine creation? Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions?"