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“The powerful appear to be big because we are on our knees” . . . Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to serve. Tyrants fall when the people withdraw their support. – Boétie, 1548

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Obama: ‘I will allow Congress to vote on action by MY military in Syria’

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Over 250 Reasons Why Obama is Dispised

By: Squirrel Hill,

Source: http://www.randpaulreview.com/2013/08/obama-supporters-go-hysterical-over-list-of-252-examples-of-obamas-lying-corruption-and-cronyism/

1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval

In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libya without Congressional approval.

2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton – just like Bush did

In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011, just hours after the Justice Department had said it would pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of using kickbacks to get foreign contracts.

3) Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any

While running for President, Obama had promised that, unlike Bush, he would not have any lobbyists working in his administration. However, by February 2010, he had more than 40 lobbyists working in his administration.

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Any one of these supposed conspiracies ‘coincidences’ when taken singularly appear to not mean much, but if even half can be verified . . .

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Obama just happened to know 60s far-left radical revolutionary William Ayers,

  • whose father just happened to be Thomas Ayers, who just happened to be a close friend of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis,
  • who just happened to work at the communist-sympathizing Chicago Defender with Vernon Jarrett, who just happened to later become the father-in-law of Iranian-born leftist Valerie Jarrett,
  • who Obama just happened to choose as his closest White House advisor, and who just happened to have been CEO of Habitat Company, which just happened to manage public housing in Chicago,
  • which just happened to get millions of dollars from the Illinois state legislature, and which just happened not to properly maintain the housing—which eventually just happened to require demolition.

Valerie Jarrett also just happened to work for the City of Chicago, and

  • just happened to hire Michelle LaVaughan Robinson (later Michelle Obama), who just happened to have worked at the Sidley Austin law firm,
  • where former fugitive from the FBI Bernardine Dohrn also just happened to work, and where Barack Obama just happened to get a summer job.
  • Jarrett also just happened to follow Obama as a member of the board of the Joyce Foundation, where she served with Michael Brewer, who just happens to be married to Janet Brown,
  • who just happens to be executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which just happened to select four leftist members of the mainstream media to moderate the 2012 presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Bernardine Dohrn just happened to be married to William Ayers,

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Obama removes ‘protect whistleblowers’ from Change.gov

Obama's crumbling edifice of lies . . .

Obama’s crumbling edifice of hypocrisy . . .

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Obama spent $100 million on his “historic” trip to Africa.

Why didn’t Obama didn’t get his photo-op with Mandela?

The CIA and the US Government collaborated with the South African government in the 1960s to track down and arrest Nelson Mandela–who, as a result, was thrown in jail for 28 years

No wonder Nelson Mandela was “unable” to meet with Obama . . .

No wonder President Obama cut his Africa trip a day short and is returning to the US on July 2, 2013, instead of the previously scheduled July 3, 2013.

Crocodile tears to mask US imperialism’s role as the enemy of African liberation

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The malevolent elite are reduced to grasping at straws.

No joke. The US is now arming Al-Qaeda.

The scent of flailing desperation is in the air . . .

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Syrian 'REBELS' Pledge Loyalty to Al-Qaeda... (USA Today)

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USA MILITARY PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN 'REBELS' (Drudge Report)

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Syria–who’s up for yet another senseless war?

Even the United States recognizes one of the key Syrian opposition organizations as terrorist … how can the US justify delivering arms to them?

Washington Is Insane

Fighting Al Qaeda by Supporting Al Qaeda in Syria

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It’s Orwellian . . .

Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania America and Al-Qaeda were at war with Eurasia Syria: therefore Oceania America and Al-Qaeda had always been at war with Eurasia Syria. — 1984, George Orwell.

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“Once you allow the government to start breaking the law, no matter how seemingly justifiable the reason, you relinquish the contract between you and the government which establishes that the government works for and obeys you, the citizen”

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Secret Deal Allows NSA to Share Americans’ Data With Israel

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on NSA data requests: ‘You don’t comply, it’s treason’

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He [King George] has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people . . .” — The Declaration of Independence, 1776.

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Campaign promises fail again . . .

Obama promised in 2007: No more spying on citizens who are not suspected of a crime, No More NSA Illegal Wiretaps, Man I fell For This One.

Of course, our President also swore to uphold the US Constitution . . . Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights, US Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” US Constitution, Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights (But, NSA ‘rethought’ the 4th Ammendment to the Bill of Rights)

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Fisa court oversight: Obama and other NSA defenders insist there are robust limitations on surveillance but the documents show otherwise

NSA Boss Asks Congress For Blanket Immunity For Companies That Help NSA Spy On Everyone

Is the NSA actually Blackmail Inc. for the military industrial complex?

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Why surveillance is not OK

I live in a country generally assumed to be a dictatorship. One of the Arab spring countries. I have lived through curfews and have seen the outcomes of the sort of surveillance now being revealed in the US. People here talking about curfews aren’t realizing what that actually FEELS like. It isn’t about having to go inside, and the practicality of that. It’s about creating the feeling that everyone, everything is watching. A few points:

1) the purpose of this surveillance from the governments point of view is to control enemies of the state. Not terrorists. People who are coalescing around ideas that would destabilize the status quo. These could be religious ideas. These could be groups like anon who are too good with tech for the governments liking. It makes it very easy to know who these people are. It also makes it very simple to control these people.

Lets say you are a college student and you get in with some people who want to stop farming practices that hurt animals. So you make a plan and go to protest these practices. You get there, and wow, the protest is huge. You never expected this, you were just goofing off. Well now everyone who was there is suspect. Even though you technically had the right to protest, you’re now considered a dangerous person.

With this tech in place, the government doesn’t have to put you in jail. They can do something more sinister. They can just email you a sexy picture you took with a girlfriend. Or they can email you a note saying that they can prove your dad is cheating on his taxes. Or they can threaten to get your dad fired. All you have to do, the email says, is help them catch your friends in the group. You have to report back every week, or you dad might lose his job. So you do. You turn in your friends and even though they try to keep meetings off grid, you’re reporting on them to protect your dad.

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Obama, like Bush Jr, is able to maintain his suspiciously consistent clone-smile. Both always have a switch-on perfect smile ready for the camera. Switch-on perfect, switch-on perfect, switch-on perfect; it never changes.

On Wednesday 23rd September 2009, Obama hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. During this event, he stood for 135 separate photographs with visiting foreign dignitaries who were in town for a major UN meeting. As this rapid-fire slideshow from Eric Spiegelman demonstrates,

The US President has exactly the same smile in every shot. Spiegelman put his compilation on Vimeo shortly after the Met event and gave it the title: “Barack Obama’s amazingly consistent smile.” (The 135 raw photoshots he used can be found on Flickr here.)

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. . . inhumanly charming, isn’t he?

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The military can arrest ________ citizens, detain them indefinitely, torture and interrogate them without charge or trial.

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was recently passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Under NDAA the military can now arrest American citizens, detain them indefinitely, torture and interrogate them without charge or trial. In essence, this Act implemented martial law in the United States. It also nullifies the Magna Carta of 1215, Bill of Rights and Posse Comitatus, which prohibited the military policing civilians inside the U.S. since 1878.  (Source)

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Ron Paul

Speech before the US House of Representatives, 02/12/09

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The USA Is Broke But Can Afford 737 U.S. Military Bases And 2-1/2 Million Troops Around The World   . . . But we are going to be forced to “sacrifice” the Social Security money we paid into the government, which they looted and refuse to cannot afford to pay back.

The USA Is Broke But Can Afford to Give $10,700 in Foreign Aid for Every Man, Woman, and Child in Israel:

. . . and, in the news on Aug. 8, 2011, just by coincidence:

81 US congressmen to visit Israel in coming weeks.

[Why are we reading about this in the Jerusalem Post and not the NY Times or the Wall Street Journal? . . . Although accepting free trips from lobbyists is illegal for Congress members under US anti-graft and corruption laws, the trips to Israel have been granted a special exception by the Congress. (Source) ]

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The USA Is Broke But Can Afford to Give Another “Tax Holiday” to Big Corporations . . . Can’t ask corporations to pay their share–can we? 60 Minutes Expose On How Corporations Avoid Taxes While Citizens Pay Over $1 Trillion A Year

Big Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes–taxes are for the little people

1)      Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009.  Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

2)      Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

3)      Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

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A new Rasmussen survey has found that 85 percent of Americans believe that members of Congress “are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people.
Well, There’s Your Problem Right There … Insider Trading Rules Don’t Apply To Congress: They’re  incentivized to lie, cheat and steal.  So – of course – they will continue to lie, cheat and steal. Duh.
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Many have had the sneaking suspicion that our elected “leaders” in Congress are not going to Washington D.C. to represent us…but for their own personal gain. This video may just validate that assessment!Using the net worth data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics we found a disturbing trend. The analysis of the information in this video has not been seen by anyone…not on Fox News…not on CNN…and you have not read about this in the Wall Street Journal…yet. After watching the video click HERE to view “The List”   (Source)

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Don’t you just hate it when something is marked up beforehand to set up a phony “sale” reduction later?

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US troops in Afghanistan

(Source: Don’t Believe The Hype: Obama’s Af-Pak Troop Withdrawal Is A Propaganda Stunt)

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Lol! Obama doesn’t even know his supposed “birth date”:

How obvious does it have to be?

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Obama’s Birth Certificate To Be Questioned By Alabama Supreme Court

1. Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes.’ So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate’ state he is ‘African-American’ when the term wasn’t even used at that time? The correct term would be “Malado” one black parent, one white parent

2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth …as August 4, 1961 It lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya, East Africa”. This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “British East Africa Protectorate”.

3. On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital”.
This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, respectively. The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

4. Why hasn’t this been discussed in the major media? Perhaps a clue comes from Obama’s book on his father. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WW II. I’m not a math genius, so I may need some help from you. Barack Obama’s “birth certificate” says his father was 25 years old in 1961 when he was born. That should have put his father’s date of birth approximately 1936. Now we need a non-revised history book—one that hasn’t been altered to satisfy the author’s goals—to verify that WW II was basically between 1939 and 1945. Just how many 3 year olds fight in wars? Even in the latest stages of WW II his father wouldn’t have been more than 9. Does that mean that Mr. Obama is a liar, or simply chooses to alter the facts to satisfy his imagination or political purposes (still qualifies as a “liar”).

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A close look at Obama’s Birth Certificate:

A tale of two birth certificates: ‘Rosetta Stone’ documents provide comparison

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From CNN: Eliot Spitzer challenges U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to prosecute Goldman Sachs or resign during an interview on AC360.

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Click here to watch.

See also: An Updated List of Goldman Sachs Ties to the Obama Government Including Elena Kagan

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America’s First Black President Invades Africa

“He has shamelessly become the opposite of what he said he would be. This former defender of the constitution and civil liberties has effectively silenced the anti-war left, legitimized neo-conservatism, and maintained his predecessors security-state policies” – Judge Napolitano

Obama has now unilaterally attacked more countries than Bush, notably bombing inside Pakistan, Yemen and now Libya without Congressional approval. Obama is worse than war-mongering Neocons because he moved the war bar from requiring a real or manufactured threat to justify American military intervention, to vague humanitarian justifications. In other words, if a secular dictator is stamping out a handful of jihadists that threaten his regime, we will now bomb the dictator and support the jihadists when it serves corporate interests. By all counts Obama is serving the same military/oil masters no matter what labels or excuses are given. (Source)

Of Arms and the Man: The “progressive blogosphere” is ablaze with partisan fervor bent toward a single goal: the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012. Because if Obama is not re-elected, we might get a president who … kowtows to Wall Street, tortures Americans, kills innocent people — that is, who actually, literally, physically has children torn into splatters and shreds of viscera and bone — and sells arms to tyrants.

Do you want to know why Barack Obama will be re-elected President of the United States in 2012?

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Update 3/17/2011: More Tax Cuts for the Rich: Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wants to cut the tax rate for the richest of the rich to 25%. To pay for it he would like to see popular middle class tax deductions eliminated. This would add $2 trillion to the public debt over a decade, but well worth it in terms of campaign contributions. (Source)

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“What this fight is really about is not unions versus taxpayers … It’s a fight about who’s going to pay for the crisis that was created by the wealthiest elite in this country.”

Our choice is this. Find the money or lose our civilization. If we want safety, hire cops; if we want education, hire teachers; if we want roads, pay construction workers; if we want clean air, food, drugs and water, pay inspectors. If we want chaos, don’t. (Source)

The average member of the country’s largest public-sector union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, “earns less than $45,000 a year and receives an annual pension of roughly $19,000.” (Source: NY Times)

Wall Street bankrupting America: What happened and how we recover; download infographic here; see petition here.

  • Wall Street banks caused the economic crisis that has left millions unemployed, foreclosed-on, and without prospects in the worst economy since the Great Depression.
  • This crisis has, in turn, caused massive tax revenue shortfalls for the federal government and for state governments across the country: nearly $300 billion combined for 50 states in the years since the crisis began.
  • To deal with these budget woes, politicians are cutting public spending: laying off teachers, attacking public sector workers, raiding pensions, closing hospitals, and eliminating essential services for children, veterans, and the elderly. Download full report here

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What we are dealing with here, is nothing short than the transformation of the world as we know it. It is going to sweep the Arab world and from there it will sweep outward in all directions.

Look upon the world at this time and marvel. You can see the plans hatch and fail in real time. You can see the wave, as it rises up from the plains and sweeps around the world into the hearts of every living thing, causing them to vibrate and cry out the truth concerning themselves. (Source)

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This video shows 24 different countries that began 2011 with protests. The video shows the country location and news about the protest/riot. 2011 protests are increasing in quantity and support. Countries shown are Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela and Yemen.

McCain Calls Middle East Pro-Democracy Movement A ‘Virus’

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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people . . .” — The Declaration of Independence, 1776.

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“Signs of Terrorism”

Do you wear Levi jeans, act like a “nice guy,” look “normal” or support Ron Paul? – but wait – you like scuba diving! Oh no, you’re a terrorist.

This is not a joke.

The following is a complied list of our government’s supposed “signs of terrorism“. (Source)

The federal government, via centralized threat fusion centers, pursuant to the MIAC Report, may suspect you as a “terrorist” if you exhibit any of the following signs of terrorism:

  • Displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties
  • Supporting Congressman Ron Paul
  • Supporting former presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin
  • Supporting former Congressman Bob Barr
  • Opposing the implementation of a North American Union
  • Owning gold bullion
  • Displaying historical U.S. flags
  • Opposing abortion
  • Talking about the documentary Zeitgeist

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What he said: Obama pledged during his election campaign to close Guantanamo prison, which he argued had become:

A blot on the human rights record of the United States and a symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge. (Source)

What he does:

White House drafts executive order for indefinite detention

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The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to several administration officials.

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What Obama said in 2008 (to get elected):

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama promised to end the Bush tax cuts for the top earners, arguing that it’s necessary to cut the federal deficit and has a minimal stimulative effect on the economy. (Source)

What Obama did December, 2010:

December 06, 2010: President Obama has agreed to extend tax cuts for the rich in a deal with a total cost estimated by the NY Times at $900 billion over the next two years. (Source1, Source2)

What Obama says now:

I will fight to end tax cuts for rich in 2012. (Source)

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If ever there was a "mandate" from "the people" . . .

For, By and Of the People: About 60% of the electorate want us to get out of both wars, so of course the Administration plans on hanging onto both for a few more years despite promises to withdraw.  And to pay for these, we’ll have to cut Social Security, gut Medicare and downgrade veteran’s benefits.  I’m not really sure who won the election but I’m pretty sure who lost. (Source)

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Headlines: (Source)

Tax Cuts for the rich to be extended

We learn the Democrats and President Obama are likely going to fold to Republican demands and extend all the Bush tax cuts. A move that will cost the government hundreds of billions. From the Huffington Post, ”White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts”

Three more years of war

We also are hearing rumors Obama plans to spend hundreds of billions to keep troops in Afghanistan for several more years—because, for some reason, we need to prop up a deeply corrupt and unpopular government. “U.S. Tweaks Message on Troops in Afghanistan”

Cut the middle class’s Social Security, Medicare and veteran’s benefits

Finally while we are told by the “serious” people that we need to completely ignore those two massive expenditures, we are also told we must really consider Alan Simpson’s and Erskine Bowles’ plan to cut social security, Medicare, soldiers’ pay and veterans’ benefits to get “serious” about the deficit. From the New York Times Editorial page, ”Some Fiscal Reality”

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Well, do they?

Arguing with the forces that appear to be, legitimizes them. They are illegitimate and have no real basis for existence as they are. They are parasitical entities. They are ticks. (Source)

PhD economist Michael Hudson says that the financial “parasites” are “sucking as much money out” as they can before “jumping ship”. . . The problem with parasites is not merely that they siphon off the food and nourishment of their host, crippling its reproductive power, but that they take over the host’s brain as well. The parasite tricks the host into thinking that it is feeding itself. (Source)

Sacculina Carcini parasite

Saculina Carcini is an extraordinary creature, a barnacle that degenerates practically into a plant. It starts life as a free-swimming larva that invades a crab then changes into a microscopic slug, which plunges into the crab’s underside and sprouts “roots” that draw in nutrients from the crab’s blood.

The crab’s immune system cannot fight off Sacculina. but continues living with the parasite filling its entire body and begins to change into a new sort of creature. One that exists to serve the parasite. Externally it appears the same, but internally it is merely a puppet controlled by the intruder. (Source)

See any parallels?

But one cannot defend the actions of Team Obama on taking office. Law, policy and politics all pointed in one direction: turn the systemically dangerous banks over to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Insure the depositors, replace the management, fire the lobbyists, audit the books, prosecute the frauds, and restructure and downsize the institutions. The financial system would have been cleaned up. And the big bankers would have been beaten as a political force.

Team Obama did none of these things. Instead they announced “stress tests,” plainly designed so as to obscure the banks’ true condition. They pressured the Federal Accounting Standards Board to permit the banks to ignore the market value of their toxic assets. Management stayed in place. They prosecuted no one. The Fed cut the cost of funds to zero. The President justified all this by repeating, many times, that the goal of policy was “to get credit flowing again.”

The banks threw a party. Reported profits soared, as did bonuses. With free funds, the banks could make money with no risk, by lending back to the Treasury. (Source)

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Hey, you, middle class people. Get back to sleep.

In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt “held by the public” increased by $2.5260 trillion. (Source)

This works out to $22,158 of new federal debt added for each and every US household. How is that calculated?  Lets do the math:

  • $2,526,000,000,000 / 114,000,000 US households = $22,158 per US household

When President Barack Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, the total federal debt held by the public stood at 6.3073 trillion, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department. As of Aug. 20, 2010, after the first nineteen months of President Obama’s term, the total federal debt held by the public had grown to a total of $8.8333 trillion, an increase of $2.5260 trillion.

“Debt held by the public,” includes U.S. government securities owned by individuals, corporations, state or local governments, foreign governments and other entities outside the federal government itself.

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Christina Romer, chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, has resigned her position. (Source)

"I quit" . . . Christina Romer, Chair, Obama's Council of Economic Advisers

Why did she quit? Maybe she feels like a failure?

Romer had predicted that Obama’s stimulus package (which she advocated strongly) would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent or less; it is now 9.5 percent.

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Here’s what she shared at her final speech:

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At a lunch at the National Press Club on Wednesday Romer gave a farewell speech with four points, each more unnerving than the last:

  • She had no idea how bad the economic collapse would be.
  • She still doesn’t understand exactly why it was so bad.
  • The response to the collapse was inadequate.
  • And she doesn’t have much of an idea about how to fix things.

The speech included scary descriptions and warnings:

  • “Terrible recession. . . .
  • Incredibly searing. . . .
  • Dramatically below trend. . . .
  • Suffering terribly. . . .
  • Risk of making high unemployment permanent. . . .
  • Economic nightmare.”

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Lots of luck guys . . .

According to Romer, “What we would all love to find – the inexpensive magic bullet to our economic troubles – the truth is it almost surely doesn’t exist.”

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84% of Mainstream Americans say the country has gotten off on the wrong track

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 67% of Political Class voters believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction. (Source)

However, things look a lot different to Mainstream Americans. Among these voters, 84% say the country has gotten off on the wrong track. (Source)

With a gap that wide, it’s not surprising that 68% of voters believe the Political Class doesn’t care what most Americans think.  (Source)

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Some “report card” statistics about the U.S. economy (Source):

  • According to a new survey, 28% of U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.
  • There are 9.2 million Americans that are unemployed but that are not receiving an unemployment insurance check. [That’s 5.9% of the entire 155 M US work force--who are no longer counted as “unemployed” according to US Govt statistics.]
  • Hmmm . . .

    According to a poll taken in 2009, 61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck.  That was up significantly from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.

  • The FDIC’s deposit insurance fund now has negative 20.7 billion dollars in it, which represents a slight improvement from the end of 2009.
  • For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.

Meanwhile, looking a little beyond the immediate situation:

  • Robert Novy-Marx of the University of Chicago and Joshua D. Rauh of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management recently calculated the combined pension liability for all 50 U.S. states.  What they found was that the 50 states are collectively facing $5.17 trillion in pension obligations, but they only have $1.94 trillion set aside in state pension funds.  That is a difference of 3.2 trillion dollars. (Source)

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When people say one thing and do another . . .

On one hand, “what they say” (Source):

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Intolerant governments across the globe are “slowly crushing” activist and advocacy groups that play an essential role in the development of democracy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday. “We must be wary of the steel vise in which governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit,” she said.

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President Barack Obama, in a statement released in Washington, said the United States is particularly concerned about “the spread of restrictions on civil society, the growing use of law to curb rather than enhance freedom and widespread corruption that is undermining the faith of citizens in their governments.”

While on the other hand, “what they do” (Source):

CNN reports the U.S. government has issued a new rule that would make it a felony crime for any journalist, reporter, blogger or photographer to approach any oil cleanup operation, equipment or vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Anyone caught is subject to arrest, a $40,000 fine and prosecution for a federal felony crime.
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CNN reporter Anderson Cooper says, “A new law passed today, and back by the force of law and the threat of fines and felony charges, … will prevent reporters and photographers from getting anywhere close to booms and oil-soaked wildlife just about any place we need to be. By now you’re probably familiar with cleanup crews stiff-arming the media, private security blocking cameras, ordinary workers clamming up, some not even saying who they’re working for because they’re afraid of losing their jobs.” (Watch the CNN video clip yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PURGICWHPk)

Understand this:

The Obama administration officially suspended First Amendment Rights this Fourth of July weekend.

So much for transparency!!! News is censored and controlled by the government in order to prevent us, the public, from learning the truth about what’s really happening in the Gulf.

The very first right in the U.S. Constitution or its Bill of Rights is Freedom of Speech, which absolutely includes the right to walk onto a public beach and take photographs of something happening out in the open, on public waters. It is one of the most basic rights of our citizens and our press.

But now the Obama administration has stripped away this right, transforming journalists into criminals.

This isn’t a hoax. I know, it sounds more like something you might hear about in Saudi Arabia, or Venezuela or some other nation run by dictators. But now it’s happening right here in the USA.

U.S. government is in the business of taking away our rights.

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Racial and ethnic tension is a persistent human calamity. Kyrgyzstan is only a recent example of explosive racial/ethnic conflict–in the last few weeks around 400,000 people have been displaced and about 2,000 are estimated to have been killed. The circumstances leading to this problem aren’t completely unlike the United States. The violence in Kyrgyzstan started with extreme frustration, took root in land disputes, and then was fueled by government corruption and increases in living expenses. Source (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-06/19/c_13358406.htm)

Sound familiar?

The environment, culture and economy in the United States today is tense, and many are extremely frustrated.

There are upwards of 1 in 5 people who are unemployed but want a job. Many are simultaneously struggling to pay down debt. Compounding the stress over personal finances is the government’s questionable management of public finances. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and oil spills aren’t helping either. Source (http://www.gallup.com/poll/139346/No-Improvement-Gallup-Underemployment-Rate-May.aspx)

History shows us that under such apprehensive circumstances groups of people may lash out at others–irrationally laying blame on other groups.

Illegal immigration along the United States’ southern border has been a festering sore to many Americans for decades.

I feel illegal immigration may be coming to a head and, if it does, could easily erupt into violence.

What makes me think illegal immigration may be coming to a head now?

Yahoo news gives us easy access into the thoughts of the online public. How? The online comment section for each news article provides not only a mechanism for open discourse, but also a “Thumbs up” and “Thumbs down” rating system where each reader can indicate their approval or disapproval of a specific comment. Although not a random sample it serve as a readings of sentiment–as sign posts.

I’ve done a little research on Yahoo News articles and found an astonishing number of hateful comments getting voted up, with copious approval ratings. Many times hateful comments were favored 10 to 1 over more subdued, rational comments. I do not agree with the hateful sentiment being expressed. I find it an ominous sign.

Here’s a few examples illustrating America’s festering frustration and malevolence–from Yahoo News:

Example 1–Yahoo News Headline: “Mexico teen killed by US Border Patrol, anger high”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100609/ap_on_re_us/us_border_patrol_shooting_15

Over 23,000 comments

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

  • 14719/2681 “How does protecting our borders from an ILLEGAL ALIEN qualify as a homicide?”
  • 8375/900   “Mess with the bull and you get the horn.”
  • 7281/1131  “so sick of all these illegals coming to United States, and the nerve of the Mexican president blaming the law of Arizona, Hello!!!!”
  • 2680/140   “in our country attacking a police officer with weapons causes lead poisoning, which is often fatal. No investigation is needed.”
  • 1564/165   “For you that don’t approve of (how we are) handling the ILLEGAL immigrants, then pack your bags and move south of the border. “
  • 500/130    “boycott all mexican restaurants in the USA, including Taco Bell. Get rid of the D A M N mexisicko culture.”

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Example 2Yahoo News Headline: “FBI opens civil rights probe into border shooting”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100611/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/border_patrol_shooting_18

Over 7,000 comments

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

  • 655/43 “issue more ammo to our Border Patrol”
  • 387/40 “Lets invade Mexico and give them something to complain about.”
  • 762/28 “hey i got an idea,,,,,,,dont cross the border!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
  • 321/9  “When we finally decided to crack down on some of these illegals, you knew there would be violence. I just hope and pray we don’t back down now”

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Example 3An Online Game: An online “game” requiring the shooting of Mexicans crossing the United States Border has been played over 923,000 times on one web site alone. The game is called “Border Patrol.” It has a rating of 3.5 stars and over 18,000 votes. There are many racial comments made between Mexican/Latino and (mostly) white individuals on this site are explicitly stating they will kill members of the opposing ethnicity. Check it out. Source: http://nerdnirvana.org/g4m3s/borderpatrol.htm

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Examples 4 & 5Yahoo News Headlines: Many to most comments on the following two stories involve further acts of violence, and some outright killing, of Mexicans. Check out the comments for yourself:

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Americans may take little notice of international ethnic hate crimes (such as is currently happening in Kyrgyzstan), but how will Americans react when if it erupts at home?

Afterward, if it explodes into violence, we’ll all chant together: “Who could have known?

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More examples of specific hate crimes committed recently:

Further Reading:

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About sixty Mexican soldiers attacked a training camp of the armed group Los Zetas in Nuevo Leon

How explosive? What do you think? The following pics are from a May, 2010 raid on drug traffickers by the Mexican army near Nuevo Leon, in the province of Higueras, Mexico, less than 100 miles south of the US-Mexican border.  (Source)

See anything here that might pose a problem?

Can drug violence become racial/ethnic violence?

Can drug lords become warlords?

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Over 200 assualt rifles

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Uniforms and hundreds of ammo clips

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Other seized equipment

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The city of Ciudad Juarez was recently designated the most dangerous city in the world after Mogadishu. Yeah, that’s in Somalia, where the US lost two Blackhawks and the crews got hacked up with machetes. Juarez, second best death hole on the planet today, beats out Baghdad and Kabul and adjoins the US city of El Paso. The politicians are too busy in Iraq and Afghanistan, air dumping trillions of dollars for our ‘freedom’, while here at home Ciudad Juarez is inches south of sovereign US territory and is a war zone? Yeah. (Source)

Mexican Drug Territories

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There are quite a few Cartels controlling different areas but by far my favourite group are Los Zetas. These motherfuckers scare the shit out of me. These guys started out as a legit group of elite Mexican military officers trained in counter insurgency ops, small group and aerial assault, advanced comms, fuck, you name it, these guys have gotten training in it at Bragg and at the euphemistically named “School of the Americas” which is basically a South American assassin training school in Georgia that makes Amnesty International want to rage quit the whole game.

They went rogue in the late 80s after witnessing the huge profits they were missing out on by staying legit. These guys are even better equipped then the Mexican army, wearing body armor, fielding AKs, ARs, 50cals, Stinger missiles and RPGs. They also operate helos and have shitloads of up armored SUVs and are experts in demo and advanced comms. These guys wiretap the Mexican government to make sure any bribes made get delivered on. They also employ armies of teen look out kids and hordes of prostitutes who suck cock for intel from unsuspecting targeted customers. Los Zetas are not only involved in drug smuggling, but extortion rackets, kidnapping, jail breakouts and human trafficking. (Source)

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Deconstructing the sovereign United States

Our southern border remains unsecured allowing millions to enter the country at will.  At the same time and since 1990 with the creation of free trade zones, what can only be estimated at hundreds of thousands if not millions, of  foreign nationals are transplanted into the US under the EB-5 visa program.

Quietly, out of sight of most of the public, the deconstruction of the sovereign United States is underway.  Already at work was the Security & Prosperity Partnership begun by Bush which creates the North American Union and obliterates our borders with Canada and Mexico for the free movement of goods and people (referred to as “human capital”) to benefit corporate business.  It is this agreement that stands in the way of our southern border being secured.  The S&PP is still rolling on out of the public’s eye as working groups continue planning the evisceration of the US for corporate interests

Prior to the creation of S&PP was the “Enterprise for the America’s” established in 1990 by George HW Bush which created the now prolific and pervasive  “Free Trade Zones” (FTZ’s) that exist right here in virtually every state of the US.  While these zones must obey local and state laws special permission must obtained and a request for entry into the FTZ has to be initiated in the event of any investigation. These can of course be denied by questioning jurisdictional authority as the FTZ has essentially been redefined and protected as foreign sovereign territory.

To accommodate these zones, trans-model transportation centers are being constructed at airports across the country.  Billed as transportation hubs to centralize services, these airports also include taxi, bus, train and trucking and warehousing and manufacturing centers.  They also include something most people are not at all aware of; free trade zones where the unemployed from other countries are ferried into the US under EB-5 visas.  Once here under the visa, the investor and his mobile work force can move unhindered into any other free trade zone in the US. (Source)

Free trade zones and the EB-5 Immigrant Investor (from the .gov site)

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Pentagon Fingered as a Source of Narco-Firepower in Mexico

The Big Clubs in Mexico’s Drug War Aren’t Slipping Through the Gun-Show Loophole

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Another series of leaked State Department cables made public this week by WikiLeaks lend credence to investigative reports on gun trafficking and the drug war published by Narco News as far back as 2009.

The big battles in the drug war in Mexico are “not being fought with Saturday night specials, hobby rifles and hunting shotguns,” Narco News reported in March 2009, against the grain, at a time when the mainstream media was pushing a narrative that assigned the blame for the rising tide of weapons flowing into Mexico to U.S. gun stores and gun shows.

Rather, we reported at the time, “the drug trafficking organizations are now in possession of high-powered munitions in vast quantities that can’t be explained by the gun-show loophole.”

Those weapons, found in stashes seized by Mexican law enforcers and military over the past several years, include U.S.-military issued rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers and explosives.

The State Department cables released recently by WikiLeaks support Narco News’ reporting and also confirm that our government is very aware of the fact that U.S military munitions are finding their way into Mexico, and into the hands of narco-trafficking organizations, via a multi-billion dollar stream of private-sector and Pentagon arms exports.

Narco News, in a report in December 2008 [“Juarez murders shine a light on an emerging Military Cartel”] examined the increasing militarization of narco-trafficking groups in Mexico and pointed out that U.S. military-issued ammunition popped up in an arms cache seized in Reynosa, Mexico, in November 2008 that was linked to the Zetas, a mercenary group that provides enforcement services to Mexican narco-trafficking organizations.

Tosh Plumlee, a former CIA asset who still has deep connections in the covert world, told Narco News recently that a special-operations task force under Pentagon command, which has provided training to Mexican troops south of the border, has previously “… found [in Mexico] hundreds of [U.S.-made] M-67s [grenades] as well as thousands of rounds of machine gun-type ammo, .50 [and] .30 [caliber] and the famous [U.S.-made] M-16 — most later confirmed as being shipped from Guatemala into Mexico as well as from USA vendors. …”

Similarly, an AP video report from May 2009 confirms that “M16 machine guns” have been seized from Mexican criminal groups engaged in the drug war.

“It’s unclear how cartels are getting military grade weapons,” the AP report states.

Narco News offered an answer to that question in March 2009, when it reported that the deadliest of the weapons now in the hands of criminal groups in Mexico, particularly along the U.S. border, by any reasonable standard of an analysis of the facts, appear to be getting into that nation through perfectly legal private-sector arms exports, measured in the billions of dollars.

Those exports are approved through the State Department, under a program known as Direct Commercial Sales. A sister program, called Foreign Military Sales, is overseen by the Pentagon and also taps U.S. contractors to manufacture weapons (such as machine guns and grenades) for export to foreign entities, including companies and governments.

Between 2005 and 2009, a total of $41 billion worth of U.S. defense articles were exported under the FMS program and a total of nearly $60 billion via the DCS program, according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The bulk of those exports went to seven nations, including South Korea, but Mexico, too, was a receiving nation, with some $204 million in military arms shipments approved for export in fiscal year 2008 alone, according to the most recently available DCS report.

So, based on that evidence, it is clear that there is a grand river of military-grade munitions flowing out of major gun factories in the U.S. and being exported globally — completely bypassing the mom-and-pop gun store. That river of doom, however, does not bypass the drug war in Mexico.

The WikiLeaks Cables

Two separate diplomatic cables that came out of the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, in early 2009 discuss drug war-related attacks on the U.S. consulate in that city as well as on a Monterrey TV station — with each incident involving the use of U.S. military grenades.

From a State Department cable created on Jan. 12, 2009, by the American Consul General in Monterrey and sent to the Secretary of State, U.S. Northcom and other U.S. consulates:

On January 6 the Televisa TV station in Monterrey was attacked by unknown assailants, who shot eight .40 caliber rounds into the station wall and threw a grenade over a fence into the parking lot, which exploded but did not injure anyone.

… The Consulate [in Monterrey] was attacked in a similar manner on October 11, 2008, and is located approximately one mile from the Televisa station.

… The investigators recovered the grenade fuse spoon, which appears to be from a US military M67 fragmentation grenade. ATF is investigating if any M67 grenades from this lot were exported to foreign militaries. The M67 grenade is different than the M26 grenade [an older U.S.-made grenade from the Vietnam era] used to attack the Consulate on October 11, but five M67 grenades were recovered during a raid several days after the Consulate attack in a Gulf Cartel warehouse. [Emphasis added.]

So the State Department cable makes clear that the attacks on the TV station and on the consulate itself involved military grade explosives made in the USA that somehow found their way to Mexico. A second cable issued in March 2009 lays out the plausible path those grenades followed on their journey to Mexico’s drug war.

From a cable issued by the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey on March 3, 2009, and sent to the Secretary of State, the FBI as well as various other consulates:

AmConsulate General Monterrey’s ATF Office, the ATF Explosives Technology Branch, and AmEmbassy Mexico DAO have been working with Mexican law enforcement authorities to identify the origin of various grenades and other explosive devices recovered locally over the past few months, including the unexploded M26A2 fragmentation grenade hurled at the Consulate itself during the October 11, 2008 attack. Other ordnance recovered includes 21 grenades recovered by Mexican law enforcement on October 16, 2008 after a raid at a narco-warehouse in Guadalupe (a working class suburb of Monterrey), and twenty-five 40mm explosive projectiles, a U.S. M203 40mm grenade launcher, and three South Korean K400 fragmentation grenades recovered the same day in an abandoned armored vehicle that suspected narco-traffickers used to escape apprehension.

Local Mexican law enforcement has recovered a Grenade spoon and pull ring from an exploded hand grenade used in a January 6, 2009 attack on Televisa Monterrey, a Monterrey television station. Based upon ATF examination, it appears that the grenade used in the attack on the Consulate has the same lot number, and is of similar design and style, as the three of the grenades found at the narco-warehouse in Guadalupe. On January 7, 2009, the Mexican Army recovered 14 [U.S.-made] M-67 fragmentation grenades and 1 K400 fragmentation grenade in Durango City, Durango. ….

The lot numbers of some of the grenades recovered, including the grenade used in the attack on Televisa, indicate that previously ordnance with these same lot numbers may have been sold by the USG [U.S. Government] to the El Salvadoran military in the early 1990s via the Foreign Military Sales program. We would like to thank AmEmbassy San Salvador for its ongoing efforts to query the Government of El Salvador as whether any of its stocks of grenades and other munitions have been diverted or are otherwise unaccounted for. [Emphasis added.]

Again, this is the U.S. state Department confirming that it suspects U.S. military munitions sold in the 1990s to a foreign military were subsequently diverted to Mexican narco-traffickers.

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Friday, 22 April 2011 07:34

‘A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels — overseen by U.S. government agents — threatens to become a major scandal for the Obama administration.

The operation, called “Fast and Furious,” was run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona. ATF sanctioned the purchase of weapons in U.S. gun shops and tracked the smuggling route to the Mexican border. Reportedly, more than 2,500 firearms were sold to straw buyers who then handed off the weapons to gunrunners under the nose of ATF.

But once across the border, the agency seemed to lose track of the weapons. Hundreds of AK-47s and Barrett .50 caliber rifles — favorites of warring drug cartels —made it easily into the hands of some of Mexico’s most ruthless crime organizations.’

Read more: Obama’s Mexico-gate?

February 11, 2011: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently told Mexican reporters that drugs like marijuana can never be legalized because “there is just too much money in it.” (Source) [But] Legalization would actually drive down drug prices, which would in turn be a disincentive to drug lords to continue selling as they currently do. . . There is so much money to be made by selling illegal drugs precisely because they are illegal.” . . . Others say that Clinton’s statements were not birthed out of ignorance, but rather are a clear reflection of central government efforts to protect the illegal drug market. A 1998 PBS investigation, for instance, explains how the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) relies on international drug dealing to finance covert operations, which offers insight into the real reasons for the war on drugs (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front…). (Source)

CIA Drug Smuggling:

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This Florida based Gulfstream II jet aircraft # N987SA  crash landed on September 24, 2007 after it ran out of fuel over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula it had a cargo of several tons of Cocaine on board now documents have turned up on both sides of the Atlantic that link this Cocaine Smuggling Gulfstream II jet aircraft # N987SA that crashed in Mexico to the CIA who used it on at least 3 rendition flights from Europe and the USA to Guantanamo’s infamous torture chambers between 2003 to 2005. (Source)

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Ever wonder why the US is in Afghanistan — the planet’s foremost narco-state?

Amazing photos–US troops patrolling opium fields of Afghanistan.

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Most Americans Now Think Afganistan War Was a Mistake

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Notice the near zero opium production in 2001–while the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan.

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Pretty obvious what’s happening . . .

Read the entire blog post here: Ever wonder why the US is in Afghanistan — the planet’s foremost narco-state?

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By Guest Contributor:  Deltalect

President Obama mentioned the May 2010 BLS Non Farm Payroll figures this afternoon saying “This report is a sign that our economy is getting stronger by the day, a lot of businesses that were hit hard during this downturn, they are starting to hire again.” (Source)

Is our economy really getting stronger? Let’s run the numbers. Of the 431,000 new jobs added in May, 411,000 were government census workers. These jobs will completely disappear in the next few months baring any extraneous events such as an executive order to continue their employment. These jobs have nothing to do with the health of the economy because they arise every decade independent of how the economy is faring. President Obama said that businesses “…are starting to hire again”. Government workers do not work for businesses and therefore must be subtracted from his argument. This leaves us with only 20,000 new jobs. (Source)

Temporary work has grown rapidly during this recession as unemployment has risen or remained steady. Aside from temp workers rarely receiving the full complement of pay (40% less on average) and benefits (usually none), 1 in 5 temp workers work less than 35 hours a week and many who are “hired” by agencies fail to find consistent work every week. Of all the jobs gained, 31,000 were temporary jobs. These aren’t indicative of a strengthening economy and when subtracted we’re down to a LOSS of 11,000 jobs in May. (Source1, Source2)

We’re not done.

The BLS report is based off of a statistical computation of two reports; the Current Population Survey which samples 60,000 households and the Current Employment Statistics Survey which samples 140,000 businesses and government agencies. This method cannot account for new businesses which are formed or old ones which have closed shop during the month. Enter the Birth/Death model. From BLS: “The sample-based estimates are adjusted each month by a statistical model designed to reduce a primary source of non-sampling error which is the inability of the sample to capture, on a timely basis, employment growth generated by new business formations.” The BLS reports 215,000 jobs were added in may due to this. In essence, they are saying that far more businesses opened up in may than closed. This defies logic as vacancy rates continue to increase; up 2.7% last month. 3 out of 5 commercial properties now sit vacant. The 215,000 jobs attributed by the birth/death model number is, at best, a giant question mark. We cannot simply subtract the 215,000 birth/death model jobs because there exists a real number, we just have no idea what it might be. (Source1, Source2, Source3)

A minimum of 98,000 jobs are required just to maintain a steady economy, as this is approximately how many young adults enter the work force every month. We can say with a high degree of confidence that the economy has grown nowhere near that number in May. (Source)

If you think the drop in unemployment is a silver lining, think again. The official unemployment number (U-3) was at 9.7% for the month of May, but U-3 only includes all people who are actively looking for work. If people give up on finding a job, U-3 goes down, and this is what happened: “In May, the civilian labor force participation rate edged down by 0.2 percentage point(sic) to 65.0 percent.” People are just giving up on finding jobs. Probably because they’ve been looking for jobs for a very long time. (Source)

Ominously, the number of persons unemployed by 27 weeks, the longest time span measured by the BLS, has risen steadily. In fact, we are shattering all previous records for long-term unemployment. (Source)

Gallop takes a more granular approach to unemployment. According to them, we’re at 19.1%. (Source)

To obtain a reasonable understanding of where we are in terms of a recovery, we must assess where we are relative to the long term trend. As you can see, we haven’t seen this sort of pain in over 70 years. (Source)

I wish it were otherwise, Mr. President, but I most definitely do not see any strength in this economy.

What do you think, dear reader? Is our economy about to rebound?

Further Reading:

http://www.econedlink.org/real_gdp/

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2010/06/04/economists-react-recoveries-dont-move-in-straight-lines/

http://www.declineoftheempire.com/2010/06/tracking-the-job-trackers-june-4-2010.html

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2010/06/temporary-help-services-starting-to.html

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/non-farm-payrolls-come-226k-after-census-411k-temporary-31k-and-birth-death-adjustment-215k

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Obama's #1 Partner

That the Obama administration continues to place Goldman Sachs executives in government positions illustrates how little effort is devoted to hiding what is really taking place. (Source)

The list below shows the pervasive influence of Goldman Sachs and its units in the Obama government. Combined, this is the largest and most comprehensive list of such ties yet published. Source: http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/46267 (see also here):

  1. Obama and Buffett

    ALTMAN, ROGER.

  2. BERKOWITZ, HOWARD P.
  3. BIDEN, JOE.
  4. BRAINARD, LAEL.
  5. BUFFETT, WARREN.
  6. CLINTON, HILLARY.
  7. CRAIG, GREGORY.
  8. DONILON, THOMAS.
  9. Rahm Emanuel

    DUDLEY, WILLIAM C.

  10. EFFRON, BLAIR W.
  11. ELMENDORF, DOUGLAS.
  12. EMANUEL, RAHM.
  13. FARRELL, DIANA.
  14. FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN.
  15. FROMAN, Michael.
  16. FUDGE, ANNE.
  17. FURMAN, JASON.
  18. Tim Geithner

    GALLOGLY, MARK.

  19. GEITHNER, TIMOTHY.
  20. GENSLER, GARY.
  21. GEPHARDT, RICHARD
  22. GREENSTONE, MICHAEL
  23. HAMILTON PROJECT, THE
  24. HORMATS, ROBERT.
  25. KAGAN, ELENA.
  26. KASHKARI, NEEL.
  27. Elena Kagan

    KORNBLUH, KAREN.

  28. LEW, JACOB (AKA “JACK”) J.
  29. LIDDY, EDWARD MICHAEL.
  30. LIPTON, DAVID A.
  31. MINDICH, ERIC
  32. MURPHY, PHILLIP.
  33. NIEDERAUER, DUNCAN.
  34. OBAMA, BARACK H.
  35. ORSZAG, PETER.
  36. Adam Storch, Head of SEC Enforcement

    PATTERSON, MARK.

  37. PERRY, RICHARD.
  38. RATTNER, STEVE.
  39. REISCHAUER, ROBERT D.
  40. RIVLIN, ALICE.
  41. RUBIN, JAMES.
  42. RUBIN, ROBERT.
  43. SHAFRAN, STEVEN.
  44. SPERLING, GENE.
  45. STORCH, ADAM.
  46. SUMMERS, LARRY.
  47. THAIN, JOHN.
  48. TYSON, LAURA D’ANDREA.

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FURTHER READING:

1. Greg Gordon (McClatchy Newspapers), “Goldman’s White House Connections Raise Eyebrows” April 21, 2010.

2. Fflambeau, “With the Obama Administration Infested With Goldman Sachs People, How Real is the Obama/Democratic Attack on Big Banks” FDL Diary, April 21, 2010.

3. “More Investigations of Goldman Sachs, A Double-Edge Swords for Obama and Democrats”

4. Paul Street’s article showing that Obama held corporatist ideas long before elected and his indebtedness to the interests of big business.

5. Matthew Skomarovsky, “Obama Packs Debt Commission with Social Security Looters”, March 28, 2010 at Alternet.

6. Fflambeau, “A List of Goldman Sachs People in the Obama Administration: Names Attached to the Giant Squid’s Tentacles”

7. David Sirota, “Wall Street Democrats Unveil Plan to Undermine Progressives”, April 5, 2006.

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U.S. deficit tops record 1.56 trillion dollars in fiscal year 2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama sent Congress a 3.83-trillion-dollar budget in fiscal year 2011 on Monday to boost the fragile economic recovery, with a record- breaking 1.56-trillion-dollar deficit in fiscal year 2010 ending in September. The budget shortfall in 2010 would equal an unsustainable 10.6 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output. (Source)

C K Michaelson notes:

Next year I expect to earn $100,000, spend $170,000 and forge my granddaughter’s name to the IOU. That’s the effect of the deficit ($1.6 trillion) in Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget. (Source)

Here’s the chart to contemplate.

White House Office of Management and Budget

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Besides $150 Billion dollar bonuses for Wall St, where’s all this deficit money going to go? Here’s a clue — and it isn’t for you and me.

Stimulating the real economy to create jobs, right?

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The intelligent minority of this nation lacks the one thing that animates intelligence in the service of reality, and that is the courage to tell the truth. (Source)

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