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The Imperialism You Can Believe In

Posted in News, Truth/Freedom on November 20, 2008 by truthwillrise

 

Another great article from infowars.com It echoes many of the same things myself and many of my informed friends say to each other all the time. The only question is when will the Obama zombies wake up and see what is really going on that it is more of the same. As I said many months ago. “doing business as usual in a different way is not really change”.

The Imperialism You Can Believe In
While Leftists Celebrate “Change,” Obama Appointees Suggest Massive Expansion Of Bush War Doctrine

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, November 20, 2008

While naive, giddy and myopic establishment leftists have been celebrating the great “change” heralded by the election of Barack Obama, the President elect has been busy appointing people to key positions who advocate the same Neo-Con imperialist foreign policy crafted during eight years of the Bush administration.

The New York Times, widely recognized as the voice of the establishment Democratic left, set the tone of what we can expect from an Obama foreign policy in a lead editorial last Sunday entitled, “A military for a dangerous new world.”

The editorial calls for U.S. military imperialism not to be scaled back under Obama, but to be vastly expanded both in terms of budget and scope.

Iran, China, Somalia, Russia and Pakistan are all listed as potential targets of U.S. military aggression and the paper echoes what Obama himself has said he will implement – an addition of nearly 100,000 more soldiers and marines to American ground forces, bringing the total to 759,000 active duty forces, at a cost of $100 billion dollars over the next six years.

Does this sound like a “change” from the Project For a New American century framework of endless “multi-theatre warfare,” the inspiration for eight years of Bush administration militarism, or an expansion of that very doctrine?

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Obama’s announced appointees and those that are expected to follow differ only from their Bush administration contemporaries in proficiency and competence, their zeal for military adventurism is coequal, while others that shaped eight awful years of spying, torture, eviscerations on freedom and unprovoked military attacks on sovereign nations will merely stay on in their roles.

Welcome to the “change that you can believe in”.

Obama’s likely selection of Hillary Clinton for the position of Secretary of State highlights the brazen hypocrisy with which the “change” agenda has begun to be implemented since Obama won the election two and a half weeks ago.


Hillary Clinton

Clinton voted for the invasion of Iraq, a point on which she was attacked by Obama during the phony punch and judy show of the debates. Obama also denounced Clinton for voting in favor of a Senate resolution branding the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Clinton promised to “obliterate” Iran if it attacked Israel, a mantra echoed by Obama when he assured AIPAC, the notorious Israeli lobby, that military strikes against Iran were very much on the table.

Does this sound like the language of diplomacy or a change from eight years of the Bush doctrine?

Likewise, one of the favorites to become Obama’s Defense Secretary is Michèle A. Flournoy, deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton administration and president of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) think tank.

As Alex Lantier writes, “Members of CNAS, a rather small Washington think tank with a staff of 30 employees founded in 2003 by (John) Podesta and Flournoy, play an outsized role in the Obama transition team.”

“So many CNAS members are likely to join the Obama administration that CNAS officials told the (Wall Street) Journal they were concerned the think tank might fold after Obama’s inauguration.”

CNAS has opposed a set timeline for withdrawal from Iraq, has advocated the deployment of more troops in Afghanistan and has called for U.S. troops to be stationed in Pakistan. CNAS has also urged military spending to be beefed up in order to compete with China’s growing Navy.

“CNAS publications, many of which are publicly available on its web site, make it clear that the Obama administration’s foreign policy will have a thoroughly imperialist character,” notes Lantier.

How does this represent a “change” from eight years of Bush administration foreign policy? How does this represent a shift from a strategy of diplomacy based on intimidation, invasion and occupation?


Robert Gates

Obama’s advisors have also been floating the likelihood of Robert Gates remaining as Obama’s Secretary of Defense, so it looks like we’re either going to have a warmonger or a warmonger in the position – what a choice!

The Financial Times reported this week, “President-Elect Barack Obama and Robert Gates are negotiating terms under which the defense secretary would remain as Pentagon chief in the new administration.”

Gates of course has a history of entanglement with the military-industrial complex having pushed for the U.S. bombing of Nicaragua when he was deputy director of the CIA and later being indicted for his involvement in covering up the Iran Contra scandal.

Gates was the primary advocate for the Iraq “surge” which increased the U.S. military presence in the country.

Obama’s decision to appoint Eric Holder as Attorney General caused a flutter of controversy considering Holder’s involvement in ensuring billionaire fugitive investor Marc Rich received a presidential pardon at the end of Bill Clinton’s term, but the real dirt on Holder is far more shocking.


Eric Holder

After leaving the Clinton administration, Holder, who played a key role in the 2005 re-authorization of the Patriot Act, which Obama voted for, set up the legal and lobbying firm of Covington & Burling. The firm’s most high-profile case was its defense of Chiquita Brands International, Inc, whose executives were facing charges of aiding terrorists for bankrolling and arming right-wing death squads in Colombia.

As Bill Van Auken writes, “Using his longstanding ties at the Justice Department, Holder managed to get Chiquita off the hook with a fine that amounted to 0.55 percent of its annual revenue. This was despite the overwhelming evidence—and the company’s own admission—that it had paid out millions of dollars to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym AUC), as its gunmen carried out the massacre, assassination, kidnapping and torture of tens of thousands of Colombian workers, peasants, trade union officials and left-wing political activists.”

“Holder’s record is not that of a champion of civil and democratic rights or a defender of the oppressed, but rather a legal servant of the corporations and the state, complicit in their criminality and repression.”

Holder’s law enforcement deputy in the Obama administration is likely to be Robert Mueller, who will remain as FBI Director despite his involvement in the use of National Security Letters to illegally spy on American citizens via the collection of email, telecommunications and financial records.


Robert Mueller

Obama’s head of the CIA transition team is none other than John Brennan, an aide to former CIA director George Tenet and a key participant in the formulation of policies that led to the torture scandal, extraordinary renditions and secret prisons.

Van Auken notes, “Brennan, like Tenet, deserves to confront a war crimes tribunal, yet he is shaping intelligence policy for Obama.”

“Given these appointments, a report published Monday by the Associated Press that the incoming Obama administration “is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged in” torture hardly comes as a surprise.”

Then we have Rahm Emanuel, “the enforcer”, and Obama’s new chief of staff.

Emanuel is the son of a member of the Zionist terrorist group Irgun, which was responsible for bombing hotels, marketplaces as well as the infamous Deir Yassin massacre, in which hundreds of Palestinian villagers were slaughtered.

Upon news of his appointment, Emanuel’s father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, told the Jerusalem Post, “Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he be? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to clean the floors of the White House.”

But forget sins of the father, Rahm Emanuel himself is a former Israeli IDF soldier who has a penchant for making death threats against his political enemies while crazily slamming a knife into a dinner table. Sounds like a diplomatic kind of guy.


Rahm Emanuel

When Emanuel’s appointment was confirmed, top Israeli newspaper the Maariv Daily hailed the news with the headline, “Our man in the White House.”

Another Israeli news outlet, Y Net, reported, “Emanuel is pro-Israeli, and would not be willing to consider accepting the job unless he was convinced that President-elect Obama is pro-Israel.”

Recall that President elect Barack Obama’s first act of “change” upon winning the Democratic presidential nomination back in June was to don a joint US-Israeli label pin, head on over to AIPAC and prostrate himself in front of the Israeli lobby, vowing to keep military action in mind for Iran and promising to hand over another $30 billion of American taxpayers’ money in military assistance to the Zionist state.

It seems that Obama has already answered the question of whether he can be a more hardcore Israel hard-liner than George W. Bush – ‘yes he can’!

When are left-wing establishment liberals going to overcome their inane idolatry for Obama and realize that the people he is putting into positions of power are the same and in some cases worse than the Neo-Cons who ran eight years of Bush foreign policy?

When are leftists going to get over their petty power trips and understand that the mantra of “change” is a mere illusion to provide left cover for a massive expansion in U.S. imperialism the likes of which the Bush administration could never have accomplished?

When are liberals going to stop behaving like gloating children and understand that Obama’s exalted messiah status and political capital, allied with his publicly stated agenda and the nature and track record of those he has appointed to key positions, is a recipe for a new wave of militarism and an expansion of the pre-emptive Bush foreign policy doctrine that Obama himself campaigned against with his rhetorical and empty promises of “change”?

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Over the last few days, unlike scores of other left-wing websites who are still in a zombiefied trance over their new “ObaMassiah”, WSWS.org have put out a series of excellent articles concerning the “change” illusion and we encourage you to read them via the links below.

Obama’s “seamless transition” to endless war by Bill Van Auken

Obama’s transition: A who’s who of imperialist policy by Alex Lantier

Obama’s attorney general pick and the illusion of change by Bill Van Auken

Paulson Was Behind Bailout Martial Law Threat

Posted in News, Truth/Freedom on November 20, 2008 by truthwillrise

 

Paulson Was Behind Martial Law Threat

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Senator James Inhofe has revealed that Henry Paulson was behind the threats of martial law and a new great depression prior to the passage of the bailout bill, having made such warnings during a conference call on September 19th, around two weeks before the legislation was eventually approved by both the Senate and Congress.

As we reported at the time, on October 2, Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman gave a stunning speech on the House floor during which he decried the fact that, “Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day, another couple of thousand the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no.”

A few days before, Rep. Michael Burgess also told the House, “Mr. Speaker I understand we are under Martial Law as declared by the speaker last night,” referring to a temporary suspension of the rules and procedures of Congress by its leaders so that a bill can be passed quickly.

But the origin of the most dire warnings about physical martial law in America, to which Sherman was likely referring, has now been exposed.

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Speaking on Tulsa Oklahoma’s 1170 KFAQ, when asked who was behind threats of martial law and civil unrest if the bailout bill failed, Senator James Inhofe named Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson as the source.

“Somebody in D.C. was feeding you guys quite a story prior to the bailout, a story that if we didn’t do this we were going to see something on the scale of the depression, there were people talking about martial law being instituted, civil unrest….who was feeding you guys this stuff?,” asked host Pat Campbell.

“That’s Henry Paulson,” responded Inhofe, “We had a conference call early on, it was on a Friday I think – a week and half before the vote on Oct. 1. So it would have been the middle … what was it – the 19th of September, we had a conference call. In this conference call – and I guess there’s no reason for me not to repeat what he said, but he said – he painted this picture you just described. He said, ‘This is serious. This is the most serious thing that we faced.’”

Inhofe said that Paulson told members of Congress the crisis would be “far worse than the great depression” if Congress didn’t authorize the bill to buy out toxic debt, a proposal “which he abandoned the day after he got the money,” added Inhofe.

Inhofe is referring to the controversy last week when it emerged that the bailout money was not going to buy up toxic debt but instead Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, had pulled a bait and switch and ordered the money be injected directly into banks.

Senator Inhofe has slammed the secrecy surrounding the destination of the bailout money, saying that Hank Paulson could have given it to his friends and that the “blank check” must be cancelled now.

Inhofe is now trying to rally support for a freeze on what’s left of the initial $350 billion of bailout money with his “roll back the bailout” proposal, which will also require an affirmative vote on the part of Congress to approve Treasury’s plan for the remaining $350 billion.

Watch the clip from Inhofe’s interview below.

inhofe interview

Texas jury indicts Cheney, Gonzalez in prison abuse case (AFP)

Posted in News, Truth/Freedom on November 19, 2008 by truthwillrise
I hope this actually goes through. It is about time that the criminals who run this country have to pay the piper.
Texas jury indicts Cheney, Gonzalez in prison abuse case (AFP)
(18 hrs, 25 mins ago)
WASHINGTON, (AFP) – A Texas grand jury has issued indictments against Vice President Dick Cheney and former attorney general Alberto Gonzalez over abuse at privately run prisons, court documents showed.

The three-page indictment Tuesday alleges that Cheney profited from the abuse because he invested 85 million dollars in a mutual fund company which holds shares of for-profit prisons.

It said this is a “direct conflict of interest” because Cheney had influence over the federal contracts awarded to the prison companies.

The indictment also accused Cheney of committing “at least misdemeanor assaults” of inmates by allowing other inmates to assault them.

The indictment further alleges that Gonzalez “participated by further having used his position … to stop the investigations as to the wrong doings which includes the assaults committed in the prison for profit in Willacy County, Texas.”

Cheney and Gonzalez were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

Several other related indictments were brought against a host of public officials in what one lawyer called a circus act by a local prosecutor seeking revenge in his final weeks in office.

“We look forward to having the opportunity to have an independent, competent prosecutor review the facts, and are confident that once that happens these baseless charges will be dismissed,” said Michael Cowen, who represents Texas state senator Eddie Lucio

Cheney’s spokeswoman declined to comment because his office had not yet received a copy of the indictment.

“I’m not going to speculate or forecast the vice president’s legal options,” Megan Mitchell told AFP.

“Let’s wait and see if we even receive one.”

Do Something Once and Get Paid Forever!

Posted in Business on November 18, 2008 by truthwillrise

Do you listen to the radio, watch reruns of television shows,or look at the credits on shows and movies? Most of us do every day and we do not realize they have something in common. Someone gets paid every time that song play, that show airs or that name flashes by on the closing credits. How is that possible? These people have tapped into a force that one of the keys to wealth, residual, passive income.
Put simply, residual income is continually getting paid for something you did one time. This is how wealthy people build their wealth. That is leverage. Why do something once and only get paid once when you can do something and get paid for it continually? Most people never experience residual income; the majority of us work jobs where we do something and only get paid that one time.
So the question is how is residual income created? Some ways include writing a song or building a business. You are setting up an asset that will pay you whether you are there working them or not. The accumulation of assets is how wealth is obtained. Rich people understand this; they think differently than most people do. Wealthy people do not have 401(k)s . The assets they accumulate return better than any retirement plan out there. This is imperative to understand when you realize that there are proposals for government takeovers of retirement funds. It is there for you reading this right now. At my young age, I, and many others are building a business that has changed not only our lives but with the passive,residual incomes we are growing, we are bettering the lives of generations to come. That same opportunity is available to those who want it and I would like to extend the invitation to you! Your journey begins by logging onto http://www.greatjoboption.com/brandonking and http://www.prepaidlegal.com/go/bking62. We want to help change your life and that of your family as well but we are just showing the door; it us up to you to walk through it.

Inhofe:”No Way of Knowing” Where Money Has Gone

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 17, 2008 by truthwillrise

Inhofe: “No Way Of Knowing” Where Bailout Money Has Gone

 

Senator calls for blank check to be cancelled, says passage of legislation was predicated on lies

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Monday, November 17, 2008

Senator Jim Inhofe has slammed the continued secrecy behind where the bailout money has gone, saying that Hank Paulson could have given it to his friends and that the “blank check” must be cancelled now.

The Federal Reserve has failed to comply with congressional demands for transparency and disclose the destination of at least $2 trillion dollars in bailout funds, underscoring once again the failure of top down socialism and the folly of trusting the foxes to guard the henhouse.

Speaking with Tulsa World, the Oklahoma Republican said, “It is just outrageous that the American people don’t know that Congress doesn’t know how much money he (Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson) has given away to anyone,” adding, “It could be to his friends. It could be to anybody else. We don’t know. There is no way of knowing.”

Inhofe chastised Paulson for carrying out a bait and switch in which he abandoned the central promise to buy out bad mortgage debt after passage of the bill by Congress.

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“He was able to get this authority from Congress predicated on what he was going to do, and then he didn’t do it,” Inhofe said.

Inhofe also highlighted the urgency with which the bailout bill was pushed and said this was a tell-tale sign that its advocates were lying about the problem in order to ram through the legislation.

“I have learned a long time ago. When they come up and say this has to be done and has to be done immediately, there is no other way of doing it, you have to sit back and take a deep breath and nine times out of 10 they are not telling the truth,” he said.

“And this is one of those nine times.”

As we reported at the time, some members of Congress were threatened with martial law in America if they failed to vote for the bill.

Inhofe is now trying to rally support for a freeze on what’s left of the initial $350 billion of bailout money with his “roll back the bailout” proposal, which will also require an affirmative vote on the part of Congress to approve Treasury’s plan for the remaining $350 billion.

“It is imperative that we not allow that amount of money to be added to a deficit approaching $1 trillion this year without any input from the legislative branch,” stated Inhofe on his website.

“Congress abdicated its constitutional responsibility by signing a truly blank check over to the Treasury Secretary,” he wrote.

“However, the lame duck session of Congress offers us a tremendous opportunity to change course. We should take it.”

Inhofe dismissed the premise of the bailout, affirming that giving away money does not stimulate the economy.

“If we keep on nursing a broken system, then we can’t expect to have a different result come later on,” he said.

“I just think we have to draw the line someplace, and the time is here.”

Government To Confiscate 401(k)s and IRAs For Mandatory Savings Tax?

Posted in Business, Truth/Freedom on November 17, 2008 by truthwillrise

 

I read this article on prisonplanet.com, and although this is just a proposal, most people are not even aware of most proposals.  I think because of the economic times we are in anything dealing with the money of the people should be of great importance to them.

Government to Confiscate 401(k)s and IRAs For Mandatory Savings Tax?

Proposals to implement additional form of income tax while seizing private pensions raised in Congress

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Under the pretext of combating the financial crisis, Democrats in Congress have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate private retirement accounts and turn them into government-controlled accounts managed by the Social Security Administration, by implementing a new tax in the guise of mandatory savings scheme.

Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, testified before Congress last month, proposing that 401(k)s and IRAs be confiscated and converted into universal Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs) managed by the Social Security Administration.

The GRAs would be enforced by means of a mandatory savings tax equating to 5 per cent of an individual’s annual paycheck deposited to the GRA. Social Security and Medicare taxes would still be payable, employers would no longer would be able to write off their contributions and capital gains would be taxable year-on-year. In addition, workers could bequeath only half of their account balances to their heirs, unlike full balances from existing 401(k) and IRA accounts.

Justifying government intervention, Ghilarducci cited a 2004 HSBC global survey in claiming, “a third of Americans wanted the government to force them to save more for retirement.” In actual fact, the survey concluded that Americans wanted the government to “enforce additional private savings,” a vastly different meaning than mandatory government-run savings, as Karen McMahan points out.

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The mandatory savings account scheme is actually a brainchild of lifelong Republican and former chairmen of the New York Fed, Peter Peterson, who proposed “mandatory savings accounts,” also called “forced savings accounts,” back in 1999.

During a Seattle radio interview on October 27, Ghilarducci explained the motive behind the plan, stating, “I’m just rearranging the tax breaks that are available now for 401(k)s and spreading – spreading the wealth.”

Unfortunately, as we have again painfully learned in light of the Federal Reserve’s refusal to identify where $2 trillion of taxpayers’ money has gone, governments that propose “spreading the wealth” under socialist-style financial reforms almost always collect the wealth under the pretext of being the saviors before greedily hoarding it all for themselves.

Ghilarducci let slip the true agenda being the move in her testimony before Congress and also acknowledged that social security payments are a form of taxation when she stated, “Should we mandate savings in a recession? Yes, as long as fiscal policy provides for short-term stimulus. No one is proposing we suspend Social Security taxes in recessions. Households need a source of disciplined savings over the business cycles.”

As Jim Capo highlights, “Not only does Ghilarducci promote Peterson’s call for mandatory savings, she also fesses up to the crime that is our Social Security system. Social Security is not the mandatory retirement savings plan it was sold as to the American people. It is simply another tax. Ghilarducci admits the bait and switch in one breath and in the other proposes the next bait and switch. Except, this time it will be different.”

“So, shock! Democrats and Republicans alike are now proposing a new mandated retirement savings plan. Like offering voters a choice between growing the government at 4% or 6%, all that is really being debated is whether our new “savings” tax will go through the federal government or not, before these protection racket proceeds are turned over to the crime syndicates in New York and London for ultimate management and control.”

Would the government risk a widespread revolt and potential riots by confiscating 401(k)s and IRAs? They probably wouldn’t brazenly do it under that banner, but in the name of financial reform and saving the economy, Americans could find their voluntary retirement savings stolen and replaced by a government promise of a completely devalued mandatory savings account.

As the Lew Rockwell blog notes, the intention of the move is clear, but it will be down to American citizens whether or not the government is allowed to get away with it.

Think of it as an ATM for the government. Part two would be confiscating current 401Ks and IRAs and rolling them into the GRAs. Knowing that could be very politically unpopular (riots, perhaps?), Ghilarducci said, “Short term, I propose that since 401(k) accounts and the like are financial institutions — the bank about where 38% of the workforce can intend to save for their retirement — Congress let workers trade their 401(k) and 401(k) – type plan assets (perhaps valued at mid-August prices) for a Guaranteed Retirement Account composed of government bonds (earning a 3% return, adjusted for inflation).” —- “Short term”? And surely, we’ll all “retire” on 3% (or less) returns.”

“So the battle will be to allow “voluntary” rollover or not, to confiscate or not. You know what a democratic congress and its left-wing, academia elites want to do, but what will they be able to get away with doing? I suppose that depends upon peoples’ reaction and their ability to make enough noise to make any confiscation or mandatory savings too unpopular to jam down our throats.

Argentina has already vowed to push through similar measures in the name of rescuing the wider financial system. Last month, the government of the South American country signed a bill to mandate the National Social Security Administration takeover of $30 billion worth of private pensions.

The move sent stock markets plummeting with critics accusing the government of stealing the pensions to get their hands on extra money at a time of economic crisis, as citizens protested across the country.

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Kashkari Accused of Bailout” Bait and Switch” During Angry Hearing

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 17, 2008 by truthwillrise

I watched this hearing and I was angered and disappointed by the testimony of Mr. Kashkari. I was watitng for him to actually answer a question but he never did. He epitomizes the lack of caring and dedication to the American people by our “misleaders”. How he ,Paulson, Bush, Bernanke , Greenspan and MANY others are not in prison right now is beyond me.

Kashkari Accused of Bailout” Bait and Switch” During Angry Hearing

 

Former Goldman Sachs executive grilled by Kucinich and Issa

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, November 14, 2008

Neel Kashkari, the fox appointed to guard the henhouse and front the multi-trillion dollar bailout, faced angry questions from Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Darrell Issa during a hearing today, as Issa accused him of playing a “bait and switch” game with taxpayers’ money.

All the major networks carried footage of the U.S. House subcommittee hearing this morning and aired Kashkari’s opening statement in full. But as soon as Kucinich and Issa were about to weigh in, the networks almost simultaneously cut the feed and moved on to a different story. Another example of how the corporate media is owned by the same elite that runs the Federal Reserve.

Kucinich accused Paulson and Bush of circumventing Congress by completely changing the destination of where the bailout money would go and refusing to disclose what had happened to $2 trillion dollars of taxpayer money, adding, “I think it’s fairly obvious that Congress would have never passed the [rescue plan] had it known how Treasury would marshal the resources it was given.”

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Kucinich’s battle with Kashkari went as follows, according to a Washington Post blog report.

“I assure you the secretary is passionate about this,” Kashkari said.

“Passionate about what?” Kucinich said.

“About helping homeowners,” Kashkari replied.

“Where?” Kucinich asked, sarcastically. “What country?”

“We are using all the tools available to ease the credit crises,” Kashkari said. “Let me give you an example…”

Kucinich interrupted Kashkari and continued his harangue.

“Maybe this is a game to some people in the administration. They’re on their way out of office and they can do whatever they want,” said Kucinich who tried to launch impeachment proceedings against Bush. “Meanwhile, people are hoping against hope” for help with their mortgages.

Kashkari tried to explain why the $700 billion was not used to buy troubled mortgages, but Kucinich would hear none of it.

Shortly after, Rep. Darrell Issa told Kashkari, “You’re here today because Congress is convinced you played a bait-and-switch and you’re not doing anything to convince us otherwise,” accusing the former Goldman Sachs executive of playing “ring around the rosie” with their questions.

Others slammed Kashkari for the administration’s agenda of helping banks while abandoning consumers.

“This administration wants to privatize Wall Street’s gains and socialize Wall Street’s losses,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

“Secretary Paulson’s policy reversal breaks with Congressional intent, contradicts public assurances previously made by Treasury, and leaves the federal government without an adequate mechanism to stem a tide of home foreclosures,” said Kucinich.

“Thus, the only significant use by Treasury of the funds Congress authorized to address the mortgage crisis underlying the financial crisis includes, among other things, propping up a Beverly Hills banker to the stars; subsidizing the evisceration of National City Bank and the laying-off of thousands of Clevelanders who worked there; and indirectly funding the payment of bonuses, compensation, and dividends by financial firms that could not have afforded to make them without the TARP capital infusion,” Kucinich continued.

Watch clips from the hearing below.

 

 

 

Financial Meltdown Summit Featured Lavish Dinner Menu, $300 Bottles of Wine

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 17, 2008 by truthwillrise

While people are starving, getting kicked out of their homes and losing their jobs at a break neck pace, this is what our so called “leaders” are doing?!? We have got to get rid of these criminal bastards!

Financial Meltdown Summit Featured Lavish Dinner Menu , $300 Bottles of Wine 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

 

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Nov. 14: President George W. Bush welcomes world leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House at the world financial summit.

Nov. 14: President George W. Bush welcomes world leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House at the world financial summit.

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WASHINGTON  —  Brother, can you spare a $300 bottle of wine?

The White House dinner Friday night for foreign leaders working to resolve the global economic crisis featured traditionally gourmet selections for such an august gathering.

There was no risk of a menu meltdown to go along with the subject of the meeting — austere markets, lost jobs and homeowners with mortgages they can’t afford.

The White House said the menu included fruitwood-smoked quail with quince gastrique; quinoa risotto; thyme-roasted rack of lamb; tomato, fennel and eggplant fondue; a salad course of endive, baked brie and walnuts; and a pear torte to cap the meal.

Among the wines: bottles of Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003 — about $300 per bottle — for the main course and the much cheaper Landmark Chardonnay “Damaris Reserve” 2006 for about $40 per bottle with the appetizer course. The Chandon DEtoile RosDe sparkling wine that accompanied dessert runs around $30 a bottle.

Presidents pay for their own groceries, even while living in the White House. But during official or state dinners, such as Friday night’s, U.S. taxpayers foot the bill.

·         Bush’s guests for the dinner included Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper; Chinese President Hu Jintao; French President Nicolas Sarkozy; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. About two dozen leaders in all attended the dinner in the White House’s State Dining Room.

IPCC Scientists Caught Producing False Data To Push Global Warming

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 17, 2008 by truthwillrise

IPCC Scientists Caught Producing False Data To Push Global Warming 

Al Gore-linked Goddard Institute claimed “hottest October on record” after using temperature figures from September

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Monday, November 17, 2008

Climate scientists allied with the IPCC have been caught citing fake data to make the case that global warming is accelerating, a shocking example of mass public deception that could spell the beginning of the end for the acceptance of man-made climate change theories.

On Monday, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

“This was startling,” reports the London Telegraph. “Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever”. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.”

It soon came to light that the data produced by NASA to make the claim, and in particular temperature records covering large areas of Russia, was merely carried over from the previous month. NASA had used temperature records from the naturally hotter month of September and claimed they represented temperature figures in October.

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When NASA was confronted with this glaring error, they then attempted to compensate for the lower temperatures in Russia by claiming they had discovered a new “hotspot” in the Arctic, despite satellite imagery clearly showing that Arctic sea ice had massively expanded its coverage by 30 per cent, an area the size of Germany, since summer 2007.

The figures published by Dr Hansen’s institute are one of the primary sets of data used by the IPCC to promote its case for man-made global warming and they are widely quoted because they consistently show higher temperatures than other figures.

“Yet last week’s latest episode is far from the first time Dr Hansen’s methodology has been called in question,” reports the Telegraph. “In 2007 he was forced by Mr Watts and Mr McIntyre to revise his published figures for US surface temperatures, to show that the hottest decade of the 20th century was not the 1990s, as he had claimed, but the 1930s.”

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC and a close ally of Hansen, also raised eyebrows recently during a presentation in Australia, during which he claimed that global temperatures have recently been rising “very much faster” than ever as he cited a graph showing purported temperature increases over the last decade. In fact, as even the vast majority of man-made global warming advocates will concede, temperatures since 1998 have moved sideways and over the last 18 months they have clearly begun a downward trend.

Whether such “mistakes” are made in genuine error or are part of a politicized push for man-made global warming to be universally accepted, and the evidence clearly suggests that latter is the case, the fact is that we can no longer tolerate the cry that “the debate is over” on man-made global warming in light of such gargantuan falsehoods.

Likewise, the push for carbon emissions to be reduced by 80 per cent or more, a figure that would completely cripple western economies and lower living standards to a near third world level, can no longer be accepted as a reasonable course of action now that the primary authority on man-made global warming, the UN IPCC, has been proven to be using fraudulent data to make its case.

Foisted upon the public by means of giant multi-million dollar PR campaigns and brainwashing mandates that have worked themselves into every sector of society, including education, movies, television the arts and culture, all the attention and funding is being lavished upon a manufactured hoax, peddled with the aid of phony data, as governments prepare to suck what’s left out of the middle class and poor with carbon taxes that do nothing to help the environment, while all the real environmental problems are left in the shadows.

Eight Thomas Co. residents victimized by Identity Theft

Posted in Business, Identity Theft on November 17, 2008 by truthwillrise

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Eight Thomas Co. residents victimized by identity theft

Posted: Nov 10, 2008 04:02 PM CST

Updated: Nov 13, 2008 05:21 PM CST

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By Christian Jennings – bio | email

November 10, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – Charges have been made everywhere from Maryland to Florida. Some cards were even used for online pornography subscriptions, and investigators say it could happen to you.

We use them everyday, and virtually everywhere, Shopping, eating, and paying with plastic.

“In the last week though we’ve had five instances with credit or debit cards that have been compromised,” says Lt. Tim Watkins of the Thomas Co. Sheriff’s Office.

 Eight people are now victims in a rash of identity fraud cases in Thomas county. But they didn’t fall for some sort of scam. Investigators think the card numbers were copied at local businesses.
“This guy’s actually purchasing a laptop computer using a victim’s cloned debit card,” Watkins.

That $700 purchase and even pornography subscriptions are a few of the things victims unexpectedly found on their bank statements. And this suspect made a hefty Wal-Mart purchase in Florida, with a Thomas co. woman’s card.

But how? “Easiest way to explain it is if you go to a restaurant and purchase a meal and you do it with your debit or credit card, you’ll give that card to the waiter or waitress,” says Watkins.
All it takes is one swipe and in seconds someone can take the information stored in the magnetic strip, and produce a clone. It’s done using a device called a ‘skimmer.’  They’re small,and cheap. “Be aware,” says Lt. Tim Watkins. “Scrutinize your statements and make sure all the charges on there are legit.”

And if you find a charge that isn’t, report it. You just might be another victim of identity theft.

Investigators think someone is locally making copies of the cards, and possibly selling them online.

Right now they are gathering victim’s bank statements to see if any connections can be made.

If you experience similar charges, contact the Thomas Co. Sheriff’s office.

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