October 1, 2010 archive

And the Cheat Goes On


For the last week or so we have been regaled with claims from the Bushwa Barry administration that the taxpayer will turn a profit on AIG, TARP money has been paid back and the economy was fixed over a year ago even though nobody seemed to notice at the time.  Perhaps it’s an attempt by the shyster in chief to get his demoralized base – the ones he’s been crapping on for the last couple years – to “stop whining” and perhaps they would it it weren’t so obvious that all these claims are complete and utter bullshit.

Meanwhile, the bankers who made scads of cash pushing fraudulent mortgages they knew couldn’t be repaid and then made even more when their mortgage schemes blew up and the government decided to bail them out are now looking to hit the trifecta by using fraudulent documents to foreclose on the specious mortgages they pushed in the first place.  Because who could have foreseen that a bunch of criminals who were rewarded for their duplicity rather than punished would take that as a pass to keep running the scam?   Of course none of the myriad regulatory agencies ostensibly created to prevent this sort of thing could be bothered to do much about it ahead of time, so now that the latest round of fraud is coming to light JP Morgan, GMAC and others are suspending their foreclosure proceedings until they can get things sorted out.  Translation – now that they’ve been caught red handed they’re going to try to pretend it was all an innocent mistake that they will fix with all due diligence and haste.  And they’ll probably get away with it too, just like they have with the rest of their criminal practices.

Moqtada Makes a King in Iraq

From the New York Times…

After nearly seven months of deadlock, Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, took a decisive step toward winning a second term, gaining the endorsement of a Shiite bloc that had until recently opposed returning him to power, officials from his party said.

Mr. Maliki’s party, State of Law, and another Shiite party with ties to the cleric Moktada al-Sadr shut out a third, the Iraqi National Alliance, and its contender, Adel Abdelmehdi, in negotiations within the Shiite bloc, alliance officials said Friday.


Who is this Moqtada al Sadr with his Mahdi Army whose support for Maliki may finally allow the suffering Iraqis to form a new government after almost seven months of futile negotiations since the parliamentary elections March 7, 2010?

He’s the driller!

Death squads connected to the Mahdi Army, as well as to other Shia and Sunni groups, capture and execute civilians in cold blood, sometimes dragging them out of hospitals or government ministries. Corpses turn up on the street with acid burns on their backs, or electric-drill holes in their knees, stomachs and heads.

“The Americans will arrest the Sunni young men only and clear the way for the Mahdi Army to work their electric drills on people’s bodies,” Khalid Aziz, 35, told IPS.

Moqtada’s ascendance as a maker of kings in Iraq is exactly the outcome predicted by  Jacob Freeze, “the prophetic wonder-man of political blogging,” only ten days after the indecisive election, in his blog from March 17, 2010.

Imbecile Americans Empower Brutal Anti-American Fanatic

If you want to cast a vote that says “I hate America,” there is nobody in the world you could vote for and say “I hate America” more clearly than you can say “I hate America” by voting for Moktada al-Sadr, and Moktada al-Sadr just swamped all other parties in Baghdad, in an election that’s supposedly the triumphant outcome of our genocidal occupation of Iraq.

Congratulations, imbeciles! You just spent at least a trillion dollars and killed more than 1,000,000 Iraqis and more than 5000 American soldiers to make a brutal anti-American fanatic the king of Baghdad!


This is what the imbecile George W. Bush created in 2003!

This is what the imbeciles John Kerry, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton, and 26 other Democrats and 48 Republican Senators voted for in 2002!

This is what the imbecile Senator Barack Obama voted to fund in 2005 and 2006 and 2007 and 2008!

This is what the imbecile President and Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama has been commanding for the last 14 months!

Open Stooge


There is no life without thought

I was so delighted this morning to find this incredibly fascinating eKos diary over at GOS (by FishOutofWater)… what a welcome respite for me. I’ll probably be snooping around all day, looking for more info and background about the Kogi, located in northern Colombia in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

The Kogi are the last surviving civilization from the world of the Inca and Aztec, and their cities are untouched by our world. The mountain they inhabit is an isolated triangular pyramid rising over 18,000 feet from the sea, the highest coastal mountain on earth. It is on a separate tectonic plate from the Andes, and its unique structure means that it is virtually a miniature version of the planet, with all the world’s climates represented. The mountain is quite literally a micro-cosmos, a mirror of the planet on which every ecological zone is represented and in which most of the plants and animals of the planet can find homes.more

The diary is well sourced, full of links, and there’s quite a few video’s to see, I’m still watching. I figured I’d post about it here so y’all can try to catch up! It’s right up our alley, DharmaKids. lol. I’ll update with more thoughts or links as I go along. I’ve pretty much decided to devote my blog day to this.  Please add or embellish at will in comments.

When the priests, or Mamas, speak, they immediately reveal that their reference points are not of our world. They refer to the Spanish conquest as if it were a recent event. They talk openly of the force of creation, or Se, the spiritual core of all existence, and aluna, human thought, soul, and imagination. What is important, what has ultimate value, is not what is measured and seen but what exists in the many realms of meanings and connections that lie beneath the tangible realities of the world, linking all things. The nine-layered universe of their cosmology, the nine-tiered temple where they gather, the nine months a child spends in its mother’s womb are all expressions of creation, and each reflects and informs the other. A hill can also be a house, the mountains a model of the cosmos. The white hats worn by Arhuaco men also symbolize the snowfields of the sacred peaks. The hairs on a person’s body echo the forest trees that cover the mountain flanks. Every element of nature is imbued with higher significance, so that even the most modest of creatures can be seen as a teacher, and every feature of the world mirrors the whole. NG

And they have some warnings for the rest of us.

The War Addicts Alternative Mission in Afghanistan

The War Addicts – 2016 and Then Some

by Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes it’s the little things in the big stories that catch your eye.  On Monday, the Washington Post ran the first of three pieces adapted from Bob Woodward’s new book Obama’s Wars, a vivid account of the way the U.S. high command boxed the Commander-in-Chief into the smallest of Afghan corners.  As an illustration, the Post included a graphic the military offered President Obama at a key November 2009 meeting to review war policy.  It caught in a nutshell the favored “solution” to the Afghan War of those in charge of fighting it — Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David Petraeus, then-Centcom commander, General Stanley McChrystal, then-Afghan War commander, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, among others.

Labeled “Alternative Mission in Afghanistan,” it’s a classic of visual wish fulfillment.  Atop it is a soaring green line that represents the growing strength of the notoriously underwhelming “Afghan Forces,” military and police, as they move toward a theoretical goal of 400,000 — an unlikely “end state” given present desertion rates.  Underneath that green trajectory of putative success is a modest, herky-jerky blue curving line, representing the 40,000 U.S. troops Gates, Petraeus, Mullen, and company were pressuring the president to surge into Afghanistan.

The eye-catching detail, however, was the dating on the chart.  Sometime between 2013 and 2016, according to a hesitant dotted white line (that left plenty of room for error), those U.S. surge forces would be drawn down radically enough to dip somewhere below — don’t gasp — the 68,000 level.  In other words, three to six years from now, if all went as planned — a radical unlikelihood, given the Afghan War so far — the U.S. might be back close to the force levels of early 2009, before the President’s second surge was launched.  (When Obama entered office, there were only 31,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.)

Wild Wild Left Radio #82 Our Government, Our Stalker

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Hear the Unreported & Under Reported Headlines stories you should be paying attention to, from US Politics, to the farthest reaches of the Earth by the WWL coalition of subversion: undermining the PTB by speaking Truth to Power!!!!

When did the men and women we hire to represent us suddenly become not only our keepers, but our stalkers?

The pertinent definitions if stalk:   To move threateningly or menacingly. To track prey or quarry. To pursue by tracking stealthily. To follow or observe (a person) persistently, especially out of obsession or derangement.

From rulings by our Highest Courts against our privacy, to the Unitary Executive “internet kill switch”, to commando raids on Peace Activists, all the way to letting our Media and Elections be co-opted by the Neo-Liberal Elites… we are being WATCHED, Stalked, Manipulated by our own Government.

When will we say enough is enough???

Tonight’s report connects those dots for us all in a don’t-miss episode of WWL Radio.


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An Opened Mind XXXVII

Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul. 

–Robert Ingersoll



At some instant

one day

the words will cease to flow

their creator (or vessel)

having passed through

the Door

between herenow

and therethen

The words left behind

the ideas they expressed

the actions they instigated

will be all

that remains

to weigh the meaning

of this particular existence

Regret is extinguished

if the words

have expressed


concern and care

and a life lived well

–Robyn Serven

–September 21, 2007

Late Night Karaoke

Hat Tip To Jeralyn Merritt

for the quote of the new century…

Rahm Emanuel Leaving White House Friday

TalkLeft, September 30, 2010

Tomorrow is Rahm Emanuel’s last day at the White House. He’s returning to Chicago to run for Mayor. Too bad for Chicago.