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?"
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/27/2014
Back at the beginning of September, Ukraine's fake Prime Minister Artseniy "Yats" Yatsenyuk was complaining that nothing short of 'freezing' Russia's assets would stop Putin from squeezing Vicky Nuland's fake government into irrelevance. Germany and the rest of Europe's economies have been contracted by the Russian sanctions as far as they can possibly go and now Putin is playing the trump card that anyone with a brain-and-a-pulse (like Grady!) told you he was going to play from the very beginning:
Ukraine's PM Argeny Yatseniuk, or Yats as he is known to Victoria Nuland, almost cried in an interview with Reuters yesterday when he pleaded that "[Russia] wants us to freeze... This is the aim and this is another trump card in Russian hands.... So, except military offense, except military operation against Ukraine, they have another trump card, which is energy". we have just two things to say to him: 1.) he is absolutely correct, about Russia having the trump card that is - something obvious to everyone with half a brain from the start of the conflict, and 2.) perhaps Ukraine should finally pay Gazprom not only for the gas they would like to use in the future, but also the gas they have already used and payment for which is overdue and which the IMF, i.e., the US taxpayer, gave Ukraine explicit money to pay for and instead was embezzled by the people in power.Back in March 2014 our lick-spittle Congress, realizing Putin could play the Gazprom card, approved the Bill S.2124 - the "Payment of Overdue Gazprom Invoices Act" in which they allocated $320-Million to pay the Ukraine's overdue Russian Gazprom bill.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/26/2014
This is Carmen Segarra. Carmen is really smart. She speaks four languages, holds degrees from Harvard, Cornell and Columbia and worked in the legal and compliance departments of Big Banks. She knows banking shit cold. So when she went to work as a Federal regulator assigned to Goldman Sachs, you'd think that we finally had a smart cop in there who's going to keep Goldie from totally destroying the economy again like it did back in 2008.
Carmen didn't even last two years before Goldie used it's influence to get her canned from her Fed job. But before she left, Carmen did something really smart:
The job right from the start seems to have been different from what [Carmen] had imagined: In meetings, Fed employees would defer to the Goldman people; if one of the Goldman people said something revealing or even alarming, the other Fed employees in the meeting would either ignore or downplay it. For instance, in one meeting a Goldman employee expressed the view that "once clients are wealthy enough certain consumer laws don't apply to them." After that meeting, Segarra turned to a fellow Fed regulator and said how surprised she was by that statement -- to which the regulator replied, "You didn't hear that."The "Carmen Tapes" reveal that Goldie completely controls the regulators assigned to police it and that if they indeed actually try to regulate, as Carmen did, they'll be fired and their careers in banking will be ended.
This sort of thing occurred often enough -- Fed regulators denying what had been said in meetings, Fed managers asking her to alter minutes of meetings after the fact -- that Segarra decided she needed to record what actually had been said. So she went to the Spy Store and bought a tiny tape recorder, then began to record her meetings at Goldman Sachs, until she was fired.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/25/2014
This is Bashar al-Assad, the current President of Syria. Our rulers in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) want to depose him, like they did the governments in Tunisia, Libya & Egypt in 2011-2012. They want President Barry to bomb Assad's government forces and crucial military installations to weaken them enough so that their hired mercenaries can overthrow the government in Syria. Then they'll pick some puppet dictator and Qatar can build the necessary natural gas pipelines through Syria to feed Europe and, thus, weaken Putin's hold over that market. They could have skipped the step of overthrowing Assad except he is an intelligent, secular leader who promotes gender equality and human rights and that threatens the military/religious dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the UAE. The Saudis & their "coalition" thought they had the green-light for Freedom Bombing™ last year when they loudly, and falsely, blamed Assad for chemical-weapons' use that their mercenaries had sneaked into Syria and employed, but Putin put the kibosh on that which is why the Saudis finally started cooperating with Qatar (the Saudis had been squabbling with Qatar because it had backed the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Mursi in Egypt - once he was overthrown that calmed down).
So now there is a "coalition" with the stated task of stopping ISIS or ISIL or Khorasan or whatever other bullshit label the New York Times' focus groups come up with. The real goal here is removing Assad and the threat of another secular and ultimately democratic nation in the Middle East that would make the people of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and the rest of the military/religious dictatorships take notice of how royally they are being screwed by the House of Saud. The ultimate goal is the Oded Yinon Plan: a nation with a military nuclear force that commands the entire area between the Euphrates and the Nile Valley which has been the plan all along.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/24/2014
After six-years, President Barry's first war has started and the supposed "liberal" commentators on MSNBC or SO excited! They just LUVs them bein' all butch and soldier-y, spittin' out that fly-boy talk like they're right there on the front lines, loading them Freedom Bombs™ on the racks! Rachel Maddow actually swooned for the first 5-minutes of her show, blabbering about how AWESOME the LIGHT is when a cruise-missile blasts off at night from some Navy yacht. Hey, Rachel-honey, when that awesome missile LANDS on its target, here's how awesome that looks, you-fucking-ghoul:
Wonder how all-bubbly you'd feel if the brilliant light from one of those cruise-missiles ended up landing on your brother's house while his kids were having a play-over? I'm sure you'd be able to separate your rage from the fact that during the fog-of-war there's going to be some innocent collateral damage in service to our mission. So that as many Eastern Europeans 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 your hero, the really, Really, REALLY Big 'A' used to say. Because that's what really counts, right babe? So you can keep gettin' that paycheck.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/23/2014
There is dancing in the halls of the Knesset and AIPAC today. The Freedom Bombs™ have begun falling - finally - on Syria! At last the Khazars in Occupied Palestine have a distraction significant enough to cover up their theft of the rest of the land & water in the West Bank (which was part of Syria until they stole it in the illegal 1967 War). But amidst all this cheering and war mongering isn't anyone thinking about ... The Deficit?
The ReePubs and their Koch Party Tea Poopers started the Deficit-Gonna-Git-Ya' campaign as soon as they took the House in 2010 and actually closed down the Federal government in October of 2013 - for nothing. Remember the "Fiscal Cliff" and the $24-Billion extra that madness cost us? But now these exact same fiscal warriors are completely MUTE about how many extra Billion$ we'll have to borrow to drop these Freedom Bombs™ on little children in Syria. What happened to either cutting spending or RAISING TAXES (especially on the rich fuckers who own the Freedom Bomb™ factories) to pay for these glorious, stupid, useless wars? Where's Ted Cruz and the rest of those wankers now? Why aren't they threatening another gub'mint shut down unless there's an appropriation to pay for all of this awesome new war?
If this hypocrisy is as repugnant to you as it is to Grady, you need to start flyin' your Freak Flag right now. Otherwise, shut-up and watch Instagram cat videos.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/22/2014
There were HUGE Climate Change demonstrations yesterday (Sunday, 09/22) but if you watched Amerikan Tee-vee, you wouldn't know it. Of course, if a hundred Koch Party Tea Poopers had gathered somewhere, FoxNews would've made it an all-day telethon with ABC, CBS, NBC & CNN providing ample propaganda support. But whether our rulers liked it or not, over 300,000 people demonstrated in New York with thousands more in cities around the world:
NEW YORK — More than 300,000 people marched through the streets of New York City on Sunday in what organizers called the largest climate-change demonstration in history ...Of course, New York City's and Amerika's 'newspaper of record', the New York Times, had not a single word in its Sunday Edition about this huge demonstration happening right outside its doors.
The massive march kicked off at 11:30 a.m. on the ritzy Upper West Side along Central Park before winding its way through the city on a two-mile route. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, former U.S. vice president Al Gore, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and actors Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio joined thousands of protesters at the march ...
The march is the first in a series of events held around the world this week to shine a spotlight on global warming ahead of the U.N. summit Tuesday ...
This year's Climate Week events follow a series of scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that conclude global warming is "unequivocal" and that it is extremely likely that human activity has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century.
According to the IPCC, the world is on a path to exceed a 3.6-degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature, the limit that countries have set to ensure that the world would not suffer the worst effects of climate change.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/21/2014
Remember Cliven Bundy? A 2-bit shyster who turned graze-mooching his cattle into a sweeps-week Libertarian circle-jerk on the FoxNews reality goon show? Well, Cliven's changed his tune 'bout some'a that gub'mint stuff. He's all lawyer'd up and ready to tyrannize the fuck outta a coupl'a of his fellow citizens:
It seems that back on April 14, just two days after the Bureau of Land Management backed down in its confrontation with Bundy’s army of ammosexuals and returned the rancher’s cattle to him, a woman named Danielle Beck and her boyfriend were driving on Interstate 15 in Nevada when they suddenly found all the lanes blocked by a herd of cattle. The boyfriend, Mark Zanatta, tried to swerve around the cows but hit one, killing it and sending the car into a culvert. Beck suffered a whole bunch of fractured ribs. She’s suing Bundy for $20,000 for medical damages and lost income, since the schoolteacher was unable to take a summer job like she usually does to earn some extra cash.Our rulers use clowns like Bundy to turn we-the-Peeps against each other, rather than them and, thanks to Rupert Murdoch's Tee-vee, have a built-in mechanism to bring it right into our double-wides.
Bundy’s response? “Hey, I turn my cattle loose on all this land near an interstate. If there happens to be a fence with a giant hole in it, them’s the breaks,” basically.
He said it is the state’s job to maintain the fence that keeps his livestock off the interstate.
“It’s a state problem. It’s not our problem,” Bundy said. “We really feel bad when it happens. We sure don’t want it to happen. But we’re not liable” ...
Bundy said he has the right to make a claim against Zanatta and Beck for the value of the cow they killed.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 9/20/2014
This is Mark E. Fuller. He's a District Court Judge for the Middle District of Alabamastan, a military theocracy in the Southeast quadrant of North America. Mark was appointed judgie by L'il Bushie and achieved some notoriety for his handling of the trial of former Alabamastan Gov. Don Siegelman in 2006. L'il Bushie's consigliere, Karl Rove, set-up a smear campaign & vote rigging to defeat the popular Governor Siegelman in the 2002 election and then Fuller delivered a conviction in the rigged trial. So Fuller's scumbag credentials were already confirmed when he was caught drunk & beating his wife last month:
On the evening of Aug. 9, the judge’s wife, Kelli Fuller, dialed 911 from a Ritz-Carlton to report that he had assaulted her during an argument about her suspicions that he was engaged in an extramarital relationship with a law clerk. An Atlanta police officer wrote in an incident report that Mrs. Fuller had “visible lacerations to her mouth and forehead” when she opened the door of her hotel room, which the officer said smelled of alcohol.The NFL's domestic violence stories are all the rage in our rulers' media these days but this story, about a white judgie and "good Christian man", has been relegated to the far back pages.
“Mrs. Fuller stated when she confronted him about their issues, he pulled her hair and threw her to the ground and kicked her,” the police report said. “Mrs. Fuller also stated she was dragged around the room and Mr. Fuller hit her in the mouth several times with his hands.”
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.
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 ...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.
... 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."
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.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.
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.
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:
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
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 ...
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 ...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.
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.”
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.
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 ...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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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  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 ...
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.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.
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.