Latest MSNBC Poll;
53 % of Americans say that President Obama is NOT honest & trustworthy
60 % believe that Mr Obama lacks the ability to effectively manage the Government
Latest MSNBC Poll;
53 % of Americans say that President Obama is NOT honest & trustworthy
60 % believe that Mr Obama lacks the ability to effectively manage the Government
The BUSH-OBAMA WAR in AFGHANISTAN will be extended for another 10 years under an agreement negotiated between the Obama regime and its Afghan puppet. Despite repeated pledges to be out by the end of 2014, the military-industrial complex loves the continuing flow of funds so that it can churn out arms and ammo for the never-ending war.
Fearful that Congress would reject its Imperial aspirations, the Regime refuses to submit the agreement for Congressional approval. It therefore is an “executive agreement” solely at the discretion of a lame-duck President and the American-designated toady. The war which is already the Longest War in American History at 12 years will now chew up yet more young men and women in a cause that cannot be defined. Older brothers started 12 years ago, their younger brothers are there now, and sons will be fighting in another decade or so.
Readers should know that the Government Shutdown is not business as usual. It is part of a comprehensive strategy to overturn our democratic form of government and replace it with an authoritarian state under the guise of Freedom. Similar to the “people’s democracies” of the Soviet era, the freedom which will be loudly proclaimed will not be real.
There is a “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” funded by Kochs, Mellons, Coors and others working through a network of puppets and quislings. The last 20 years evidence a pattern, not of random events, but of planned, intended consequences: the rightist subversion of the courts, the imperial reach of military bases around the world, government by executive diktat, voting roll purges, election manipulation, district gerrymandering, candidate recruitment and central training, the concentration of the media, intimidation of “liberals” on campus and in the media, a rolling back of constitutional rights, the appointment of czars to replace elected officials, union-busting, the pauperization of the working class, the debt slavery of students, mass home foreclosures and so forth.
If it were the result of happenstance then odds are we would occasionally win one. It isn’t.
The Government Shutdown isn’t merely the result of an aggressive Congressional conservative caucus and a weak, incompetent “liberal” President, it is the desired outcome of planning at the highest levels; to-wit:
From the New York Times (October 5, 2013 )
The current budget brinkmanship is just the latest development in a well-financed, broad-based assault on the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are all immersed in the fight, as is Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Some, like Generation Opportunity and Young Americans for Liberty, both aimed at young adults, are upstarts. Heritage Action is new, too, founded in 2010 to advance the policy prescriptions of its sister group, the Heritage Foundation.
The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.
The groups have also sought to pressure vulnerable Republican members of Congress with scorecards keeping track of their health care votes; have burned faux “Obamacare cards” on college campuses; and have distributed scripts for phone calls to Congressional offices, sample letters to editors and Twitter and Facebook offerings for followers to present as their own.
Link the dots, the pattern isn’t a misperception, it is a plan.
In 2008, a law was passed by Congress and signed by then President George W Bush, you know the warmonger we all detested, as it was supported by then-candidate Barack Obama, the human rights advocate, the candidate for the Nobel Peace prize and all-around Messiah. Now 5 years later, the warmonger is gone and we have the peace president in the White House. Our messiah-king who keeps a kill list of foreign enemies and U.S. citizens, and routinely sends forth drones to destroy our enemies (as well as nearby villages).
The law passed in 2008, the Child Soldier Prevention Act, banned provided military aid to any government which intentionally uses children as soldiers. Seems a simple enough idea and one consistent with American values. But President Obama, now warrior-in-chief has had a change of heart, child-soldiers are now favored by the Peace Prize winner albeit less than noble.
The President has issued waivers for his buddies in Yemen, Chad and South Sudan. You see it is wrong to use children as soldiers if you’re a bad guy but it is A-OK if you are one of the good guys. Just as bad guys cannot be allowed to have nukes while good guys get a wink and a nod.
It’s hard for most Americans to understand but the U.S. is only for such things as “rights”, “values” or “ideals” when it is convenient to do so. When it serves our Realpolitick purposes to promote the proliferation of nuclear weapons, recruit children as soldiers, bomb countries, and support vicious dictators then all is permitted.
We had a law that banned U.S. aid to terrorists, the sort who attacked us on 9-11, but Obama waived that law as well. He wanted his good friends the Islamist terrorists currently killing Christians and Alawis in Syria to get the good arms and ammo and the law stood in his way. Can’t let a law get in the way of a good massacre, can we? When Bush used to ignore the law and morality, liberals scorned him widely but now that a “liberal” is ignoring law and morality, liberals just sigh, after all, the messiah must know what he is doing.
Mr Obama, killing American citizens, spying on everyone, bombing villagers, torture, rendition, aiding Islamist terrorists, defending land mines and now supporting the conscription of kids for military service. . . is there anything you won’t do?
SOURCE: “Obama Quietly Okays Military Aid to Countries That Use Child Soildiers”, COMMON DREAMS (October 2, 2013)
A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.
Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.
“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”
“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.
“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.
At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.
From THE RAW STORY http://www.rawstory.com (October 9, 2013)
Excerpted from Nader’s article at Common Dreams
Usually lapdogs for big business or business lobbies back in their one-party dominated Congressional Districts, this small echo chamber in the House, assisted by some of their ilk in the Senate, have become “mad dogs.” These “mad dogs” do not obey their owners, they embarrass them and make our tepid economic recovery shudder. They shake foreign allies’ confidence in the super-power, whose lawless military Empire budgets are mostly untouched by the shutdown.
To make matters more calamitous, these “mad dogs” are also attempting to block the increase in the nation’s debt ceiling later this month that is necessary to pay for bills already incurred. Just the rhetoric by these ideologically inebriated Republicans is giving the stock marketers and the big business barons nightmares.
The ostensible reason for these “mad dogs” frothing at the mouth is Obamacare, or what is euphemistically called the Affordable Care Act, which does little to control the drug, hospital and insurance industry’s prices. These congressional canines bark daily that the American people are against “big government” Obamacare. They fail to point out that a solid segment in the polls consists of Americans who oppose Obamacare because they want full Medicare for all, or what is called single-payer – a far more efficient, accessible, and simple system with better outcomes and opportunities for disease and injury prevention. Under single-payer, everybody is in, nobody is out, with free choice of doctor and hospital.
Why is this Republican faction – a minority in its own Party – so extortionately against Obamacare that they would shut the government down? The answer is simple: Obama. They do not like him. Moreover, these Congressional “mad dogs”, well paid and insured by taxpayers, prefer the present ‘pay-or-die’ gouging marketplace that, according to a peer-reviewed study by Harvard Medical School, takes the lives of 800 Americans each week who cannot afford health insurance to be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
The question remains: Why have all these power brokers suddenly become powerless, including all the business lobbies? One explanation is that hyped-up Tea Party activists can threaten primaries against moderate Republicans. In addition these “mad dogs” are in a feeding frenzy and cannot see any reality beyond their pack.
Read the full article at http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/03
If the Democratic Party abandons Democracy, Democrats and other Progressives should not fear supporting alternative parties such as the Greens. Nevertheless, if the excerpt from the Post below is any indication perhaps the old Jackass can still kick.
FROM: Harold Meyerson WASHINGTON POST (September 17, 2013)
“The Democratic Party’s romance with Wall Street may finally be breaking up. In the past 10 days, a diverse group of Democratic senators scuttled Larry Summers’ candidacy for Federal Reserve chair and New York Democrats voted for the candidate whose campaign was an attack on Michael Bloomberg’s care and feeding of the super-rich at the expense of the rest of the city. Former commerce secretary (and JP Morgan Chase executive) William Daley’s surprise withdrawal from the Illinois Democratic gubernatorial primary is one more indication of Wall Street’s diminished sway.
Democrats have reached a watershed. After two decades in which the party has moved leftward on social issues but has largely accepted the financial sector’s economic preferences – for smaller government; a greater role for markets; and reduced regulation, particularly of finance – the abject failures of the market economy are pushing the party leftward. The revolt against Summers was less about his positions on today’s economic issues than his adamant opposition to regulating derivatives during his tenure as Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretary, when he invoked as an argument against such oversight the dismay of the big banks at the one set of regulations that might have staved off, or at least diminished, the Great Recession of the past five years.”
My wife has breast cancer.
I write this, with her permission, while sitting in the hospital waiting room as she undergoes surgery. Afterward, there will be another surgery, radiation, and probably chemo, but what else might be in the offing is guesswork at this point. I’ll know more this afternoon, when the operation is over.
Theresa discovered the lump four weeks ago while we were watching television. Fortunately, as a doctor with excellent health insurance, she was able to take quick action. The next day, she had a mammogram and sonogram. Soon after, a radiologist biopsied the growth; we were notified that it was malignant in a call from her doctor seconds before a flight attendant told us to shut off our phones in preparation for takeoff. We quickly met with the surgeon and scheduled today’s operation. Before Theresa left the office, she had a blood test for genetic markers. The next day, an M.R.I.
The whirlwind of activity sometimes allowed us to sidestep our feelings; at the beginning, the diagnosis seemed more like a list of things to do rather than a potentially life-threatening condition. There was, of course, denial. When we informed our sons of what was happening, Theresa wasn’t able to use the words “breast cancer.” I did, and she later told me that, when I said the term, she felt like I was talking about someone else.
Of course, there was fear: she worried about the possibility of a mastectomy, I only worried that she would die. And finally, in that very short time frame of a few weeks, we reached some level of acceptance.
But there were other feelings that struck us hard: fury, dismay, contempt. Not at our situation, but at the realization that untold thousands of women would not be as lucky as Theresa. Instead, they will die because of conservatives’ endless efforts to block poor women from having access to mammograms, breast exams and treatment. Theresa detected her cancer early enough that we feel confident she will survive. But we’re both aware that, right now, there are other women who don’t know they have this vicious invader growing inside them and will not find out until it is too late. Their husbands and loved ones will not have the chance, as I do, to sit in the waiting room of the hospital, and instead will stand at the entryway of the funeral home.
Many Republicans, either out of self-delusion or deceit, deny they are causing any such thing. But there is no question that, in their obsession with zygotes, embryos, and non-viable fetuses as part of their supposed pro-life stance, they are effectively murdering real, walking, talking women—mothers and daughters, grandmothers and sisters, all sacrificed on an altar of Pecksniffian hypocrisy and contemptible disregard by people who have the insurance, connections, and available health care to feel certain their politics won’t kill their loved ones. Perhaps Theresa and I are re-directing our anger from the cancer, but so be it; our rage has focused on the financially comfortable, morally blind, and arrogantly self-righteous who tyrannically conspire to rob poor women of years of life they might otherwise have. It is for this reason that Theresa is willing to disclose her condition, in hopes that, in doing so, we will help highlight how politicians are blithely choosing to kill women who are not as fortunate as she is.
We live in Texas, a state that often makes us proud of its communities and ashamed of its politicians, and have been dealing with our breast-cancer scare at the same time Republicans in the state House have been rushing forward with the now-infamous anti-abortion legislation (or, as I prefer to call it, the forced-birth bill). For a moment, forget the scientific nonsense and bogus assertions that have fed this debate—that rape kits used by law enforcement to collect evidence can prevent pregnancy, that fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks (contrary to scientific evidence), that proof of that pain can be seen in the “fact” that male fetuses masturbate at 20 weeks, that the American economic crisis was caused by abortions, that an abortionist distributed ineffective birth control to teenagers so perforfming the procedure he could make millions of dollars, and on and on.
What is scary here is not that kind of silliness, but what it shows about a scientific debate devoid of science: the advocates just don’t care. Like a boy trying to justify what he wants to believe, rather than forming belief around demonstrable facts, the Texas legislators and their mostly G.O.P. counterparts around the country aren’t making arguments. They’re just saying things based on a woeful ignorance of the issues involved. And small wonder: working in the Texas state legislature is a part-time job, involving people whose knowledge comes not from public-policy analysis but from all sorts of other professions. Lawyers, farmers, real-estate title searchers, and the like. One of the primary supporters of the House bill, Rep. Cindy Burkett, is the owner of three Subway sandwich restaurants. Given that she and other legislators are ignoring the recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, where have they learned about medical issues in public policy?
Apparently nowhere. Let’s set aside the 20-week debate, since that is unrelated to the issue of access to breast-cancer screening and other women’s-health care. Also, it is a topic I think honest people can have reasonable disagreements about. Instead, let’s talk about the other rules in this legislation that will kill people.
One of the requirements of the legislation is that any facility performing abortions must have a doctor on staff who has admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away that has an obstetrical or gynecological health service. This is something that the Texas Hospital Association says is a bad idea. But when asked in the course of the House “debate” to define the words in this requirement, Burkett could not even explain what admitting privileges are! She, like the other forced birthers in the debate, just picked up the idea from the anti-abortion crowd that advanced it in states around the country as a means of shutting down clinics that provide the procedures.
But her lack of knowledge is nothing compared to that of Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, the bill’s author and the primary proponent of both the “rape kits can stop pregnancies” and “fetal pain at 20 weeks” nonsense. (She is also the legislator who, famously in Texas, opposed state funding of prenatal care—essential for the health of babies—because fetuses “aren’t born yet.” The sanctity of life, it seems, is not as important as the sanctity of tax dollars.) If the consequences of her ignorance were not so dire, Laubenberg could perhaps be forgiven for it. As she has zero medical training and her sole background credit is as a city-council member in a town of just under 4,000 people, there is no reason to expect that she would know anything about health issues.
And boy, did it show: when questioned by her colleagues earlier this month about what the bill contained, she was not only unable to answer questions, but she seemed unfamiliar with the legislation. She didn’t comprehend how doctors receive admitting privileges. While the legislation requires significant, expensive, and often financially impossible upgrades in the facilities that provide abortions, she refused to consider amendments to provide the clinics with money to meet new standards. She dismissed concerns that the bill would shut down health clinics as “hypothetical” (even though her forced-birther allies proclaim that is the reason for the clinic restrictions). And, whenever she faced a difficult question, she simply refused to respond.
Since you don’t understand the issue beyond your desire to limit abortions, Rep. Laubenberg, let me put the meaning of what you have done in clear terms: through your ignorance or incompetence or general lack of interest in the well-being of people who don’t look like you or have your size bank account, you will be responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of Texas women. You, Rep. Laubenberg, will be a murderer, no different than some street punk who shoots up a liquor store. His weapon is a gun; yours, a smug satisfaction with your limited understanding of health policy. If Theresa and I were among the rural poor, she would now almost certainly be one the many people you would kill as a result of her inability to gain access to breast screenings. And for that, you deserve not only our contempt, but the contempt of every decent human being with the humility and intelligence to recognize the impact of the legislation you have “written,” yet aren’t bright enough to understand.
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I just took a break. Theresa is still in surgery, and Dr. Aditi Anand, her pathologist, stopped by the waiting room to discuss her case with me. After our talk, I mentioned what I was writing and why. Dr. Anand’s eyes flashed. Not only did I strike a nerve, but she told me of a problem I didn’t know about that is caused by the onslaught against health clinics that provide abortions: even when doctors are willing to provide the services for free, the actions of the Texas legislature are all but guaranteeing that poor women at risk of cancer will not be able to find them.
Dr. Anand told me she is part of a Texas group known as the Bridge Breast Network, a coalition of physicians, mammographers, pathologists, and surgeons who have all volunteered to provide care for women who suffer from breast cancer. In other words, the treatment is available for these women— not because the state government makes the effort to help, but because the doctors are willing to donate their services. But the linchpins of this whole system, Dr. Anand said, are the clinics that provide referrals—the very clinics Texas is shutting down.
“These women go to Planned Parenthood and other clinics where women who have no insurance go, and they get referred to the Bridge,” she said. When these clinics get closed down, there is no way for these women to go anywhere. “This is just a strata of society that isn’t savvy, that nobody thinks about, nobody fights for, nobody cares about.”
When the clinics close, “the clients cannot reach you,” Dr. Anand said. “They are going to have advanced disease.”
Dr. Anand left and another hour has passed. It is now late in the afternoon, and Theresa’s surgeon just came out to the waiting room to speak with me. The operation went well, she told me. The bleeding was controlled, although the tumor was large enough that Theresa will likely require chemo starting in the next few weeks. Still, while there will be a need for a second surgery, there was no sign that the cancer had spread. We had caught it early enough, thanks to our own knowledge and our access to top-flight medical care.
The surgeon told me that I would be able to see Theresa in the recovery room in about 45 minutes. She left, and I closed my eyes. Then, to my everlasting shame, I thanked God that we aren’t poor. I don’t want my wife to die of breast cancer, the way so many other Texas women soon will.
The excerpts above are from an article published in Vanity Fair (July 15, 2013) to which readers are referred for the complete article.
Kurt Eichenwald is a journalist frequently breaking news and investigations into business and governmental corruption and scandals. He is the author of CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS, SERPENT ON A ROCK and THE INFORMANT on which the film of the same name was based.
On Tuesday in Atlanta, former President Jimmy Carter called the Edward Snowden NSA leak “beneficial to the nation”. Der Spiegel reported that Carter – speaking at an Atlantic Bridge meeting – said the US has “no functional democracy at this moment”. Earlier on CNN Carter said, “the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far”.
With Snowden holed up in the transit area at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, the issues of out-of-control NSA spying and personal privacy have jumped from the proverbial frying pan and into an angry global firestorm.
A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that 55% of Americans think of Snowden as a whistleblower, while only 34% swallowed the Illuminati bankster line that he is a traitor.
Excerpt from another WORDPRESS Blog at http://deanhenderson.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/booz-allen-mercosur-the-snowden-snowball/#more-3017