This fuckwad was sending stank face and bad juju fingers to my wife while she was taking pictures of The Noises 10 and the Brandi Carlile Band last night at the Mishawaka Ampitheater in Bellvue, CO. To top it off, she and her obnoxious concert companion led the ledge jump at the encore so that the 90% of the crowd behind them no longer had decent sight lines to the stage for the whole encore. Fuck you. Fuck you all very much.
We’ve been had. Plain and simple… or not so simple. The scheme has been complex and on a scale so large it’s difficult to fathom, but fathom it we must or face the consequences of a fallen republic.
You are hereby assigned to read this article: The Big Takeover – The global economic crisis isn’t about money – it’s about power. How Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution by Matt Taibbi. It may take some effort to get through if you’ve not neen following the economic meltdown, but time is short, and this article will catch you up on what’s happened to date.
After you’ve read the article, and you’re as concerned as I am about the future, and concerned about Matt’s heavy use of the past tense in the article (implying turning points already passed), come back here and let’s confer about what action we can take as citizens (not consumers) of the once greatest country ever known to humanity.
Can we right the ship?
WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The price of a one-ounce first-class stamp will rise to 44 cents on May 11, the U.S. Postal Service said on Tuesday.
Postmaster General John Potter said the price of a stamp is going up because operational costs for the postal service are rising while the recession is dragging down mail volume.
“The Postal Service is not immune to rising costs which are affecting homes and businesses across America today,” said Potter.
Well Mr. Potter, the USPS needs to do what every other household and busniess across America is doing these days — reduce your costs. I wish I could walk in my employer’s office and demand that I receive a 4.76% increase in my salary. In point of fact, I may very well be subject to a 4.76% decrease in my salary next fiscal year, and I’m for certain not getting any increase at all.
I’d be perfectly fine with forgoing mail delivery on an additional day (or two) a week. It’s not like I’m receiving much in the mail of any value these days. I’ve even changed how I remit the one payment a month I used to send by check in a stamped envelope to avoid paying the usurious $.42 rate in effect today!
Mail volume is clearly decreasing, so the USPS needs to contract accordingly. Anything less is just grift on the American population.
A Bank Defends Las Vegas Party
February 09, 2009 9:39 AM
ABC’s Tom Shine from Washington, DC:
On Wednesday, John Stumpf, the President and CEO of Wells Fargo will appear before Barney Frank’s House Financial Services Committee. But before he’s grilled by a very angry congress, Stumpf is trying to convince an equally angry public that those stories in the media about expensive, wasteful junkets are “deliberately misleading.”
On Sunday Wells Fargo bought full page ads in the New York Times and Washington Post to proclaim those trips being planned were not junkets, but employee recognition events to thank and inspire team members who have worked very hard, like “our terrific mortgage team who helped us originate $230 billion in mortgages in the last year.” Stumpf went on to say that the money for the recognition events would have come from company profits and not from the taxpayer financed bailout and he said canceling the events hurt not only his employees, “but the workers who depend on their business, the hospitality industry, hotel housekeepers, restaurant servers, the airlines.” The CEO closed by saying “since we aren’t thanking our award winners in person this year, we’ll have to do it this way. Thank you, all out 281,000 team members. You are the best!”
CITI and Bank of America, whose CEOs will also face Frank and company on Wednesday took out full page ads in both papers too with Bank of America saying we’re taking the trust and faith that America has put in us and getting to work–by lending and investing…”
But it will likely take much more than Full Page ads to convince congress and the public.
The absolute gall of John Stumpf leaves me gobsmacked! Your bank gets 25 billion in bailout funds, and you have the audacity to conceptually separate ‘profits’ from TARP money? You clueless motherfucker! You don’t have any profits. Not until you give my country back what you’ve taken plus interest just to keep your mismanaged institution afloat.
Also, have they not noticed that no one is reading newspapers? Taking out full page ads in a dying media format is not the best way to spread your message. Again, clueless motherfuckers!
Here’s a song for you and your buddies.
I’m not clear whether I’m being hypersensitive, or whether I really am detecting lingering resentment and bigotry by people over the fact that Mr. Obama is president-elect?
Yesterday I received an email forward that I’d classify as blatant bigotry.
Today, I read another on-line contact associating the election of Mr. Obama with the fall of the republic as symptomatic of an apathetic and now dependent populace headed back into bondage.
Yes, the end of the republic is nigh; but I’ll be damned if I stand idly by while those who are at least equally responsible for the decline (republican party) assert that the cause(s) lie with the democratic party. The country has been run into the ground by those in power, and that includes both democrats and republicans.
Raising racial divisions at this time (or any time for that matter) is counter productive, and could be perceived as fueling the fires of civil unrest.
Fear not this post is not about bestiality. Read on.
Denver cops get T-shirts that mock DNC protesters
Denver’s police union is facing criticism for printing a commemorative T-shirt that makes light of the use of violence by police, particularly in the wake of 154 arrests during the week of Democratic National Convention this past August.
“We get up early, to beat the crowds,” the shirt reads, followed by “2008 DNC.” The words flank a grinning police officer holding a baton and wearing a hat with a crossed-out number “68,” presumably making reference to activist organization Recreate 68, which staged several anti-war demonstrations during the convention.
“The people of Denver were assured by the city that it would respect First Amendment rights during the DNC, and that that police officers were being trained to do so. The actions of police during the DNC, which involved numerous violations of people’s right to freedom of speech and assembly, put the lie to those promises,” said Recreate 68’s Glenn Spagnuolo. “And now this appalling, tasteless t-shirt shows why. The members of Denver’s police union clearly have no respect for the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The Denver Police Department Operations Manual includes a Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, which begins, ‘As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind, to safeguard lives and property, to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.’ The creation of this t-shirt makes a mockery of that statement.”
Detective Nick Rogers of the Police Protective Association said that the union predicts sales of about 2,000 shirts in addition to the ones given free to Denver police officers, and also told KMGH that he hadn’t received any complaints about the shirt.
This is an outrage. So help me if I see someone wearing this shirt on the street they will be addressed.
If you think this shirt is as tasteless and crass as I do, I encourage you to contact the Denver Police Protective Association and share your thoughts.
What I’d like to know is what kind of a liberal nutmeat in New York thought it was a good idea to publish this:
The cover art, depicting Senator Obama in a turban, while wife Michelle, packing an assault rifle, shares a “fist bump” with him, is described by the New Yorker as artist’s Barry Blitt’s lampooning of “scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.”
“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create,” countered Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton. “But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”
“This is as offensive a caricature as any magazine could publish,” one high-profile Obama backer told ABC News, “and I suspect that other Obama supporters like me are also thinking about not subscribing to or buying a magazine that trafficks (sic) in such trash.”
“We completely agree with the Obama campaign,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds added. “Itâ€™s tasteless and offensive.”
Are they so insulated in the towers in New York City that they don’t know that the rest of us out here in fly-over country are scared shitless that the knuckle-draggers are just going to see that as an affirmation of their (ignorant) opinions. Seriously WTF New Yorker.
Los Angeles Says Piracy ‘Detrimental to the Public Health, Safety’
By David Kravets EmailMay 08, 2008 | 11:29:38 AM
Local governments in California and the United States have long had the power to declare property a public nuisance when their owners allow their land to become denizens of drugs, gangs, prostitution and gambling.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, following New York’s lead, is adding a new category: music and video piracy.
In an ordinance just adopted, the five-member board is declaring that piracy “substantially interferes with the interest of the public in the quality of life and community peace, lawful commerce in the county, property values, and is detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare of the county’s citizens, its businesses and its visitors.”
The regulation was crafted at the urging of the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America.
The county retains the right to shutter a property for up to a year for violating ordinance 13.90.010 and also gives local authorities the right to bring a civil action to “temporarily restrain, preliminarily enjoin, and/or permanently enjoin the person or persons intentionally conducting, or knowingly maintaining or permitting the public nuisance from further conducting, maintaining, or permitting such a public nuisance.”
Property owners who knowingly permit such activity can also be dinged $1,000 for each counterfeited work produced on the property.
The bastards on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors should be thrown out of office for dereliction of duty. This egregious abuse of the power of eminent domain should be fought with all resources of reason and the public right. What a waste.
EDIT: More has been revealed:
A Los Angeles County ordinance adopted last week giving authorities the legal muscle to shutter property used to produce counterfeit DVDs and CDs was the result of intense pressure from Hollywood and the recording industry.
Additionally, the so-called nuisance abatement ordinance was based, in part, on exaggerated piracy figures provided by the entertainment industry, which also gave the measure’s key political backer thousands of dollars in campaign contributions….
That Sami al Hajj, a Sudanese citizen, was held 2,340 days at GuantÃ¡namo bay before being released last week. Hajj was never prosecuted; the U.S. did not make public its full allegations against him.
In a hearing that classified the cameraman as an enemy combatant, U.S. officials alleged that in the 1990s, Hajj was an executive assistant at a Qatar-based beverage company that provided support to Muslim fighters in Bosnia and Chechnya.
May the world know that there is at least one American who noticed this violation of human rights, and believes, nay, knows, this is contrary to the very principles upon which our country was founded. As-sallamu aleykum, Sami al Hajj.
Thursday, April 17, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON: … I think that we should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel. Of course I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States, but I would do the same with other countries in the region.
You know, we are at a very dangerous point with Iran. The Bush policy has failed.Iran has not been deterred. They continue to try to not only obtain the fissile material for nuclear weapons but they are intent upon and using their efforts to intimidate the region and to have their way when it comes to the support of terrorism in Lebanon and elsewhere.
And I think that this is an opportunity, with skillful diplomacy, for the United States to go to the region and enlist the region in a security agreement vis-a-vis Iran. It would give us three tools we don’t now have.
Number one, we’ve got to begin diplomatic engagement with Iran, and we want the region and the world to understand how serious we are about it. And I would begin those discussions at a low level. I certainly would not meet with Ahmadinejad, because even again today he made light of 9/11 and said he’s not even sure it happened and that people actually died. He’s not someone who would have an opportunity to meet with me in the White House. But I would have a diplomatic process that would engage him.
And secondly, we’ve got to deter other countries from feeling that they have to acquire nuclear weapons. You can’t go to the Saudis or the Kuwaitis or UAE and others who have a legitimate concern about Iran and say: Well, don’t acquire these weapons to defend yourself unless you’re also willing to say we will provide a deterrent backup and we will let the Iranians know that, yes, an attack on Israel would trigger massive retaliation, but so would an attack on those countries that are willing to go under this security umbrella and forswear their own nuclear ambitions.
And finally we cannot permit Iran to become a nuclear weapons power. And this administration has failed in our efforts to convince the rest of the world that that is a danger, not only to us and not just to Israel but to the region and beyond.
Therefore we have got to have this process that reaches out, beyond even who we would put under the security umbrella, to get the rest of the world on our side to try to impose the kind of sanctions and diplomatic efforts that might prevent this from occurring.
It’s shameful that a United States Senator running for President should be so fast and loose with the facts. It practically sounds like she’s reading from MC Rove’s play book. Let’s find some facts shall we?
A. We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program1; we also assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Tehran at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons. We judge with high confidence that the halt, and Tehranâ€™s announcement of its decision to suspend its declared uranium enrichment program and sign an Additional Protocol to its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement, was directed primarily in response to increasing international scrutiny and pressure resulting from exposure of Iranâ€™s previously undeclared nuclear work.
â€¢ We assess with high confidence that until fall 2003, Iranian military entities were working under government direction to develop nuclear weapons.
â€¢ We judge with high confidence that the halt lasted at least several years. (Because of intelligence gaps discussed elsewhere in this Estimate, however, DOE and the NIC assess with only moderate confidence that the halt to those activities represents a halt to Iran’s entire nuclear weapons program.)
â€¢ We assess with moderate confidence Tehran had not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007, but we do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons.
â€¢ We continue to assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapon.
â€¢ Tehranâ€™s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005. Our assessment that the program probably was halted primarily in response to international pressure suggests Iran may be more vulnerable to influence on the issue than we judged previously.
1 For the purposes of this Estimate, by â€œnuclear weapons programâ€ we mean Iranâ€™s nuclear weapon design and weaponization work and covert uranium conversion-related and uranium enrichment-related work; we do not mean Iranâ€™s declared civil work related to uranium conversion and enrichment.
If Mr. Ahmadinejad is, in fact, a dangerous idiot, not meeting with him will not make him less so. Is this the kind of administration we need next?