Monday, March 14, 2011

Return With Us Now To Those Days Of Yester Year As We Reduce America To A 1930’s Nation, Forfeiting Every Gain For The “Common Citizen”.

Return With Us Now To Those Days Of Yester Year As We Reduce America To A 1930’s Nation, Forfeiting Every Gain For The “Common Citizen”.

This is unconscionable; this is intolerable; this is unacceptable. Join with the rest of the world and rise up and strike back at those who believe they have us on the ropes finally, and that they are destined to win back their right to reduce us to begging hand to mouth slaves.

This is not rhetoric; it is the truth. We are witnessing the rapid destruction of every social, political and economic advance and the return to the whimsical domination of the Corporate/Financial powers of this nation who cede to their followers the right to dictate a moral code, that as single issue fanatics; they will suffer any thing in the name of their share of the “New American” Society.

Jefferson, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry would have taken up arms at this point. What the hell is wrong with us?  Are we so blind as to believe that the nation will right itself miraculously; that someone else will become our savior and the savior of the state that we are content to simply wait in progressing poverty, political impotence and fear; personal indulgence; that we are willing to witness the laying waste of generations of advances and equalization rather than risk any amount of time, energy or even a hang nail or a few stitches in taking to the streets to reclaim this nation?   

The struggle in Wisconsin and Ohio is all of our struggles. The perversity at Quantico is a stain on all of our consciences. Torture at Guantanamo is criminal; Torture at Quantico is criminal.

Have simply surrendered and are sitting back marveling in wonderment at the people of the African Coast and Middle East as some sort of interesting “reality TV” without perceiving that we are walking down the path to the very same oppression that they are willing die to put an end to. Our day will come. The longer it is delayed; the more desperate and bloody it will be.  


UPDATE: The emails appear to have been released on this website, though the site has been extremely unstable and the information does not appear to have been independently verified or reviewed by anybody outside of the blog's anonymous author. More information will be posted on HuffPost Business as it becomes available.

(Reuters) - Anonymous, a hacker group sympathetic to WikiLeaks, plans to release e-mails obtained from Bank of America Corp early Monday morning, according to posts on the group's Twitter feed.
The group, unrelated to the document leak website founded by Julian Assange, said it plans to release documents exposing "corruption and fraud" at the largest U.S. bank by assets.
A representative of Anonymous said the documents relate to the issue of whether Bank of America has improperly foreclosed on homes. The representative added that he had not seen the documents, but he has been briefed on their contents.
A Bank of America Corp spokesman said the documents were non-foreclosure related clerical and administrative documents stolen by a former Balboa Insurance employee.
The division -- which BofA has since agreed to sell to Australian insurer QBE Insurance Group -- provides mortgage and auto insurance for banks, and provides home insurance for consumers.
"We are confident that his extravagant assertions are untrue," the spokesman said.
(Reporting by Joe Rauch; Editing by Gunna Dickson and Dhara Ranasinghe)


Delaware's Joe Biden may be the least wealthy vice president in recent history -- he was never a rich U.S. senator either -- but the wealthy tag continues to go hand in hand with members of Congress.

According to an analysis of Congress' freshman class by the  Center for Responsive Politics, the new members are far wealthier than the people they represent.

Dozens of them are millionaires several times over.
The center's report says that, of the newcomers, 60 percent in the Senate and 40 percent in the House are worth $1 million or more.

The nonprofit center said that only about 1 percent of the total population are millionaires.

Freshmen Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, while not likely to go on food stamps anytime soon, did not make the cut for millionaire status. Actually he didn't come close to the top level.

The richest freshman by far is Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, with an average estimated worth of about $95 million, the center said.

Sen. Blumenthal, you may recall, spent over $2.5 million of his own money to defeat professional wrestling mogul Linda McMahon. She spent $47 million of her own fortune in the loss.

It was the most expensive congressional race in the country.
Among the rest of the freshman millionaires, their worth ranged from $49.4 million for Rep. Diane Lynn Black, of Tennessee, to $22.1 million for Rep. Richard L. Hanna, of New York. Both are Republicans.
The new members of Congress most of us can relate to are the three whose liabilities exceed their assets -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R.-Fla., Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.

It's too bad we don't have more members of Congress like that.

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06-19-08 Detroit Free Press-Impeach Bush Now~ by RAY McGOVERN                                                                                                   
As well as ranking the rich by net worth on this year’s Forbes Billionaires List, we looked at the moguls making the most social impact beyond their wealth. Of course, if you’re looking to save the oceans, explore space or build schools, it helps to be loaded — but we’re looking at the billionaires setting the agenda outside of their respective businesses.
In the U.S., look no further than the country’s richest brothers, oil heirs  Charles  and David Koch, tied for #18 on the Billionaires List.
The Koch brothers — America’s wealthiest industrialists — had a direct hand in the resurgence of the right during November’s midterm elections. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the conservative nonprofit that David founded, spent $45 million bankrolling right-wing candidates, many of them Tea Partiers. AFP outspent the Democratic Governors Association by more than three to one. That same election cycle,  Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hills Resources contributed $1 million to California’s failed Proposition 23, that ballot that would have killed legislation cutting back greenhouse gas emissions.
Weeks later the billionaire brothers convened their secretive biannual retreat of rich, influential Republican donors at a resort in Palm Springs; Forbes 4oo power players Rich DeVosKen Langone and Diane Hendricks all reportedly attended to strategize for the 2012 elections. Waiting for them: a thousand protesters (Greenpeace flew a blimp over the rally, its banner reading “Koch Brothers: Dirty Money”).
Their tremendous spending power and influence — dubbed “the Kochtopus” by some media — gained further unwanted attention in February after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was pranked by a blogger posing as David. When the fake Koch offered to fly the governor to California to thank him for his union-crushing efforts, Walker jumped at the chance.
Joining the Kochs on our list of U.S. billionaires making the most impact outside their businesses, in the Forbes Billionaires Issue out now:
- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has donated a total of $1.6 billion to philanthropic efforts while balancing his official duties with his role as head of a multibillion-dollar media empire
- AOL founder Steve Case, who is an advocate for American entrepreneurs and has invested in dozens of young firms
Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, who is building a massive telescope that will be able to look back in space and time.
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In Resigning, State Dept. Spokesman PJ Crowley Does Not Back Away From Criticism Of Manning’s Detention

Numerous civil rights groups and even members of Congress have criticized the Defense Department for its alleged treatment of Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is being detained on charges of leaking classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks. Manning has reportedly been kept in solitary confinement without access to bedding and been forced to strip naked every night.

Last week, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley criticized DOD for its treatment of Manning, calling it “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” CNN reported today that the White House has now forced Crowley to resign. But in his resignation statement, Crowley did not back down from his criticism:

The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime under U.S. law. My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership. The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values.

Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Spokesman for the Department of State.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she accepted Crowley’s resignation “with regret.” “PJ has served our nation with distinction for more than three decades, in uniform and as a civilian,” she said. “His service to country is motivated by a deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy, and I wish him the very best.” He previously served as a spokesman for the National Security Council and the Defense Department during the Clinton administration.
Crowley resigned today due to reported White House pressure. FDL’s Michael Whitney writes that this means that White House now “owns the abuse” of Manning.

“Manning is alleged to have committed serious crimes,” Matt Yglesias writes, referring to Crowley’s abrupt resignation, adding, “The correct response would be to put him on trial. To hold a person without trial in solitary confinement under degrading conditions is a perversion of justice.”

UPDATE While he worked at the Center for American Progress, Crowley authored a homeland security strategy in 2008, which stated the following criticism of the Bush administration:

[W]e have policies, including harsh interrogation techniques, detention without charge, government surveillance, and immigration that are inconsistent with our values and our long-term interest. All this in the name of something called the “war on terror.”

Are people crazy for thinking that they can change the politics of guns in America?

Beltway types would say yes, and with good reason.

Consider the case of Tombstone, Arizona, which lies 70 miles southeast of Tucson. When Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp shot up the O.K. Corral in 1881, civilians weren’t allowed to carry guns in town; a local ordinance required visitors to check their weapons at the Grand Hotel or the sheriff’s office.

But today, Tombstone residents are free to pack concealed firearms pretty much wherever they want, without a permit. The state is now wilder than the Wild West.

 The national numbers tell the larger story. Over the last two decades, the pro-gun lobby has outspent gun-control forces by a factor of 20 to 1, according to the Center for Responsive Politics; in 2008 alone, the NRA and its allies shelled out $2.4 million, or 41 times what the other side was able to spend. In 1988, 18 states had laws that made it easy for civilians to carry concealed handguns in public; now that number is approaching 40.

New Mexico may expand concealed carry to elementary schools and preschools and “liquor establishments”; Michigan has pushed to open up day-care centers, sports arenas, and hospitals. Public opinion, meanwhile, has been trending in a similar direction.

In 1959, for instance, 60 percent of respondents told Gallup they favored a ban on handguns except for “police and other authorized persons.” Now, after absorbing decades’ worth of NRA messaging—and after a recent drop in crime that sapped some urgency from the issue—more than 70 percent of voters oppose it. THAT IS NOT THE REASON!

Few politicians are eager to paddle against such a powerful tide, which is why so many of them called for “a new era of civility” after one of their colleagues was shot in the head—as opposed to, say, a new era of gun safety.

I acknowledge that I am staunch Second Amendment Democrat who holds the Declaration Of Independence to be first and highest law of this land, but I suffer no illusions about this nation’s populous rushing to arm itself. It is not a healthy sign! 

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