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29 December 2010

Ice Age Now!: Damaged Gulf Stream affects Jet Stream

by: Peter of Lone Tree

Signs-of-the-Times:
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 06:47 CST

"Lord Stirling gives the definitive low-down on how the Gulf Oil tragedy has affected the weather worldwide, the Jet stream 5 to 7 miles above the Sea is driven by the waters (the Gulf Stream) below, this has caused (or exacerbated) freak weather in Russia, and South and North America.

"The outlook is not good, with the possibility of cold soil lasting until May or June instead of Jan or Feb, crop failures can be expected. In short, we are at the front edge of an oncoming Ice-age.

"Thank the hubris and unfettered greed of the corporate and government psychopaths. The death knell for a large part of life on earth has sounded."

Video at LINK.
26 December 2010

This is news?

by: Peter of Lone Tree

Cops' Use of Illegal Steroids a 'Big Problem'

"The badge and a steroid-filled syringe -- it's not the typical image most have for the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. But as more within law enforcement get nabbed in steroid investigations nationwide, observers say that usage levels among police officers could rival the seediest patches of the pro sports landscape.

"It's a big problem, and from the number of cases, it's something we shouldn't ignore," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Lawrence Payne told AOL News. "It's not that we set out to target cops, but when we're in the middle of an active investigation into steroids, there have been quite a few cases that have led back to police officers."

Read more at AOL News.
22 December 2010

How 'bout some jail time?

by: Peter of Lone Tree

"Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s largest bank, admitted criminal wrongdoing and agreed to pay $553.6 million to avoid prosecution in the U.S. over fraudulent tax shelters that generated $29 billion in “bogus” tax losses.

"The U.S. Justice Department, under an agreement yesterday, won’t prosecute the Frankfurt-based bank for fraud or tax evasion for enabling wealthy U.S. citizens to avoid $5.9 billion in taxes, after the bank admitted criminal wrongdoing."


If you have enough money, I guess you can do anything. Full story at
Deutsche Bank to Pay $554 Million in Tax Shelter Case
16 December 2010

Even without their rose-colored glasses...

by: Father Tyme




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14 December 2010

When one falls, another must continue the quest...

by: Father Tyme

Talk about prognostication...
This is from Buzzflash, 2004. But might just as well have been written last week.


"Karl Rove's Master Plan: A One-Party America," for BuzzFlash.com by James Moore, Co-Author of "Bush's Brain"
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by James C. Moore, Co-Author of "Bush's Brain"

BuzzFlash Editor's Note: If you caught the admission by former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes (revealed on the Internet this weekend) that he got George W. Bush in the Texas Air National Guard because he was a rich kid, jumping his name over hundreds of other applicants, some of whom died in Vietnam, you can thank Jim Moore who uncovered the video on a website.

Moore is a long-time Texas journalist and Karl Rove watcher. He co-wrote "Bush's Brain," the seminal book on Bush's Machiavelli, a truly evil man, with Wayne Slater. The book, now a movie, leaves little doubt, from his past Lee Atwater style dirty tricks, that Rove designed the Bush GOP Swift Liars strategy and the most recent outbreak of unpatriotic, anti-Veteran sophomoric demagoguery on the floor of the GOP convention: delegates wearing band-aids to mock recipients of the purple heart.

As for the admission of Ben Barnes that he was ashamed of enabling Bush to avoid service in Vietnam while other young men died whose place Bush took in the Air National Guard, the mainstream press virtually ignored it, except for a lone Associated Press story that appeared in the back pages of the pro-GOP news section of the New York Times. Yes, the American media feasted on the lies of the Karl Rove Swift Boat prevaricators, but they couldn't handle the truth about America's man in the White House being a coward and a liar. The guy wouldn't even take his medical exam as a pilot because he was allegedly doing drugs and was grounded. But why let the facts get in the way of Rove-orchestrated lies about Kerry'

In the following commentary, written exclusively for BuzzFlash, Jim Moore, who apologized in a previous BuzzFlash piece for voting for Bush in 2000, reveals what Rove has in store for America.

For more background on Rove, we urge you to read "Bush's Brain" or see the movie now playing at selected theaters.


Here is Moore's commentary:
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While everyone analyzes and complains about his tactics, Karl Rove has his eyes on a grand strategy.

The Swift Boat Veterans for Lies is but a tiny piece of a schematic Rove has been carrying in his head since his salad days in Texas. Bush's Brain will die happy the day he achieves his two greatest goals. The first of these is to turn the U.S. into what is fundamentally a one-party system. Secondly, he wants the federal government to have so little money that it can do nothing to get in the way of business interests; nor will it be able to sustain any kind of socially progressive assistance for disadvantaged Americans.

His desire to destroy the Democratic Party is not about fair play politics. Rove sees a country where there is only symbolic opposition and democracy is more of a "Potemkin Village" show than an actually tallying of votes and a discussion of issues. He and the Republicans believe they know what is best for America. They do not consider ideas from the left or the center. Those people are simply wrong to them.

Of course, the irony is lost on Rove and his henchmen that a one-party nation, at the worst, turns us into something akin to a communist country or, as a minimum, the pseudo-democracy maintained for decades by Mexico.

But Karl doesn't care. America is not important. Political victory is what matters, the control of power, and the economy. This isn't conspiracy theory nonsense. He's taking the steps. And they are working. During his interview with Brit Hume on Fox News last week, the network played a video clip of an interview with me and I said, 'I truly believe that the policy and politics of Karl Rove are a threat to our republic.' The senior presidential advisor dismissed me as 'a far left-winger who has been drinking too much swamp water.' Rove obviously doesn't realize that 99 percent of America is to the left of him politically and the remaining one percent is likely holed up in a compound in Montana.

So what is he doing' Why do I believe one guy is ruining our political system' Because I know his three-step plan.

It began here in Texas when Rove was rebuilding the Republican Party in the Lone Star State. Rich people were asked to contribute to an organization called the Civil Justice League. They were billed as a grass roots political action committee that wanted to elect judges more sympathetic to the business community. And they did. They also carried the message that trial lawyers are bad people who are ruining our civil justice system. Eventually, sweeping tort reform was enacted in Texas and trial lawyers discovered there was no money in taking most cases because the size of settlements had been limited.

It is not a coincidence that trial lawyers contribute mightily to Democratic Party causes. And tort reform in Texas was not about bringing more justice to the courtroom. It was a step in taking away the ability of trial lawyers to make contributions to Democrats. And it worked. Rove has taken the 'lawyers are bad people' campaign onto the national stage and he is winning there, too. Trial lawyers are getting hammered on issues like asbestos and mercury poisoning and every other case they bring against corporate America. If President Bush is re-elected, we will see sweeping reforms that drastically limit the amount of
money any lawyer can earn in a liability lawsuit. Trial lawyers will discover, as they already are, that they cannot afford to take most contingency cases. Damage caps generally will not cover costs of preparing for trial. This accomplishes Rove's first step: Lawyers without money mean the Democratic Party has lost a critical source of funding.

Step two is to destroy unions. They, too, give greatly to Democrats. Every chance he gets, Rove has a Republican member of congress drop a provision into a bill that weakens collective bargaining rights. This was the Democrats' main complaint against the Bush-backed version of the Homeland Security Bill. A key provision reduced the ability of federal workers to negotiate for better pay. Every time an industry is on its knees, Rove sees a chance to get government to help them, but only if its workers will make concessions to get the company going again. These are always about the strength of unions. If he can destroy unions, Rove will take away another critical source of money for Democrats. If Mr. Bush wins another term, there will be draconian measures enacted reducing the negotiating power of unions in this country and their right to organize and negotiate.

The third ingredient in Mr. Rove's political stew is Israel. Through the years, Jewish voters in America have contributed as much as 40 percent of the funds for the Democratic Party on an annualized basis. This is an astounding figure given the fact that people who identify their faith as Jewish in census forms amount to only about two percent of the U.S. population. Their money is critical to Democratic issues and Rove wants to get as much of it over to Republicans as possible. To do this, he has simply had the president step back from criticizing Israel. Bush Administration policy regarding Ariel Sharon has been strictly laissez faire. Sharon can do no wrong. 'Israel has a right to protect itself,' White House spokesman Scott McClellan says ad infinitum. There is little, if any, pressure for Sharon to make concessions for peace.

America's interests are Israel's interests and since our sworn enemy is Arab Muslim, this calculus is easy for Rove. The Bush White House has been the most disengaged on the question of Israel and Mideast peace of any in the past half century. And don't think the Arab world does not further resent us for this policy. While Rove and company rattle their sabers at Iran for building a nuclear reactor, Israel has not even formally acknowledged to the world that it has a nuclear program, even though its arsenal is estimated to be the world's third largest. Israel has not signed the non-proliferation treaty nor has it ever undergone nuclear inspections by an international team. Many Democratic Jewish voters (who tend to be more sympathetic to the Israeli Labor Party) are angry about Sharon's policies and the Bush administration's tolerance of them, but others are
beginning to send money to the Republicans. I interviewed a Jewish industrialist in the south last summer while doing research for a book and he told me he had been a Democrat his entire life until Bush came along. When I asked why the switch he said simply, 'He cares about Israel.' This man is now a Bush Pioneer and has raised $100,000 on three occasions for the president.*

When Rove has finally dried up the lifeblood of the Democratic Party, he will guide the president and congress in a direction that begins to bleed the federal government of its money.

Eventually, the Washington bureaucracy will be a vestigial organ, a government that cannot govern because it has no money. There will be no social programs to help the poor. Businesses will develop risky products without the risk of liability and the great institutions, which have nurtured the growth of our nation, will begin to falter and fail.

This, of course, has already begun to happen. We move closer each day to an imperial presidency and a one party nation while Section 8 Housing for the poor is reduced and more homeless are created and state governments are given the option to bail out of Head Start funding, a program the president promised to protect when he was campaigning. As we reduce assistance for the poor, we still manage to send our troops into combat without bulletproof vests or armored plating on their outdated vehicles. But the president smiles and says things are getting better. And we believe him because Americans choose to believe their president.

Rove knows that, too. He knows that we are all too busy worrying about our jobs and retirement and health care or paying for our children's college education that we don't have time to pay attention to the details of issues. Few of us read the three thousand word stories in the newspaper. We read the headlines. We watch the news with the sound turned down. We're too busy. But citizenship is a job, too. And while we're worrying about the mortgage, Karl Rove is busy stealing our democracy.

The plan is working perfectly.





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13 December 2010

The more things change...

by: Father Tyme




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11 December 2010

Business has come such a long way since 1968...

by: Father Tyme




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08 December 2010

America...10 Years After!

by: Father Tyme

Life after wars, just like the late 20s.
Everything old is new again.




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What the Hell Century is This?! Stop the Carnage!!!

by: Anna Van Z

Goddamn, this is just so wrong on every level! There is NO EXCUSE - NONE - for this heinous butchery! And don't you wonder, as you do with horrific crimes against humanity, who are the "people" that are capable of committing these atrocities? Who are the defectives that can club to death defenseless baby seals, for example? (Undoubtedly Sarah Palin, for one). These are the kind of mutants I don't want to even be on the same planet with, let alone patronize or have any sort of dealings with.

Greenpeace says that "the Japanese whaling fleet is steaming towards the Southern Ocean to begin their annual whale slaughter. Their planned death "quota" this season: nearly 1,000 minke whales, 50 humpback whales, and 50 endangered fin whales." I'll spare you the video segments I have.

During the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama said, "As president, I will ensure that the U.S. provides leadership in enforcing international wildlife protection agreements, including the international moratorium on commercial whaling." Three more whaling seasons have come and gone since Obama spoke those words, and no change has been made. (Gee, now that's a surprise!)

Anyway, it goes without saying that we need to raise our voices in a loud howl of outrage, NOW. Boycott all goods and foods from Japan, and let their embassy know it (and Iceland and Norway while you're at it). And please consider making a donation, whatever you can afford, to Greenpeace, or the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

These are intelligent, highly developed mammals, with families, social groups, and language. This is absolutely monstrous and must be ENDED NOW!! There is no humane way to kill a whale.














Whether or not you can swing a donation, you can take action now, today. Please visit the IFAW page here for simple actions you can take, including calling the White House Comment line, and urging your representative to co-sponsor the Whale Conservation and Protection Act.

The whales need you, need us, to speak for them. Don't wait, do something today!

Our so-called advanced species, most of which fancy themselves the very pinnacle of creation, continue to butcher, maim, destroy every other species on the planet, and are destroying the very planet itself. Consumed by greed, ignorance, and self-centered delusions of entitlement, humans seem too stupid to grasp what many indigenous peoples knew long ago: What we do to the earth and her beings, we do to ourselves. We are destroying the world, and every day more species are doomed to extinction. The butchery of whales is just another example of the greed of a few destroying what's precious and irreplaceable for everyone on the planet.
07 December 2010

AAWWW! Poor Baby!

by: Peter of Lone Tree

Allen Stanford Too Drugged for Trial, Lawyer Says
Jailed financier R. Allen Stanford is too heavily medicated to prepare for or testify at his January trial on charges he led a $7 billion investment fraud, his lawyer claimed in a bid for bail.

Stanford, 60, has been held as a flight risk in a Houston federal lockup since June 2009, when he was charged in an indictment with selling bogus certificates of deposit at his Antigua-based Stanford International Bank Ltd.

“Mr. Stanford’s mental, emotional and physical health are drastically deteriorating,’’ Ali Fazel, the financier’s co-lead lawyer, said yesterday in papers in federal court in Houston seeking Stanford’s release. “These medications have left Mr. Stanford in an unfocused and numbed state of mind’’ and have “created a condition where the accused can no longer assist counsel or invoke basic constitutional rights.’’


If he's in a "Houston federal lockup" what the fuck are they dosing him with?
Why don't they WATERBOARD him until he snaps out of it?
05 December 2010

Unforgiven

by: Dark Wraith

UNFORGIVEN, by Dark Wraith


My latest graphic produced for the Cheezburger Network:

UNFORGIVEN: Lie low, McCain. Sarah "Superstar" Palin is your fault FOREVER, dumbass.



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04 December 2010

Naaaah!!!

by: Father Tyme




02 December 2010

The following is pure, adulterated fiction...

by: Father Tyme


Johnny Boy McCain
1 Imaginary Rd.
Over the Rainbow, Az.

Father Tyme
169 Maple Drive
Somewhere, Here-on-earth


Dear, dear Johnny Boy,

I feel the patriotic need to congratulate you on flipping on your convictions concerning DADT. It’s not every day that someone of your stature can change his mind so readily after years of supporting something, but you took to that change like Rene Richards deciding on a new Tennis Outfit.
Like you, Johnny Boy, I too, am a manly man! Got no time for “those” who insult our manhood! Why, even during my all-expense paid vacation (courtesy of your good buddy Tricky Dick), I never saw one of “those” types there. And I’m sure during your service "those" types just never existed!
Now you want to study this thing everyone is talking about, this DADT repeal. Good for you. If there’s one thing we need, it’s a lot more studying…of everything, especially before these “snap” decisions are made (like repealing DADT) by people who never served.
Heck, that edict has been in effect for nearly 20 years and has worked out just fine; why change things now?
So, yep, you betcha, Johnny Boy. We need to re-study this DADT thing even if it takes a couple of years. It’s better to be sure of something, like that Iraq thing you supported, than to rush into it head-first (so to speak!) just because some unpatriotic Americans make a fuss.
But I’m writing this to you because something else bothers me, Johnny Boy. I’ve heard rumors “those” kind may be in other places, too. Mostly that doesn’t bother me too much (because I can avoid “them” and "their kind"), but what if there are some of “them” in Congress? Do you think “they” could have some kind of affect on the American way of life by being representatives or even senators? And I’m really concerned, not about you of course, because you’re a manly man too and wouldn’t be affected by “them.” But what happens if “they” can influence some of the younger members of Congress to pass or, Heaven forbid, repeal some of the laws we all know make us Red-Blooded Americans? Can we manly men allow “them” to start making laws? What will “they” pass next, maybe a law that allows them to teach our children, work in our hospitals, on Wall Street or the Movie Industry or even sneak into our churches to influence patriotic Americans (we all know what the really One, True Supreme Commander thinks of that!)?
I think you should chair a hearing to get more information on this. Maybe you could get Senator Lindsey Graham to co-chair it with you. You seem to work well with him. And over in the house, you have a number of friends who would love to help you out, bipartisan-wise. I understand you’re friends with Representative Barney Frank. I’m sure you would enjoy his input.
This isn’t a trivial matter, Johnny Boy. I certainly wouldn't waste your time when there are other pressing matters to worry about too..like the deficit and unemployment and Social Security. And thanks for your stand against those wasteful entitlements, too!
I hope you understand the need to look into this before some of our American Boys in uniform are subject to those “others” trying to corrupt them on what you and I both know is just plain wrong.
I’m sure you’ll agree that if we shouldn't have “those kind” in the service fighting alongside our Blonde, Blue-Eyed, All-American Guys what would it say if “they” infiltrated our political system? And what better man to look for “them” than you? A man who makes his mind up and sticks to his convictions!

Thanks for the time, Johnny Boy. Here’s to “straightening out” Congress, hopefully starting with you!

Affectionately yours,

Father Tyme




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01 December 2010

"The Gulf of Mexico is Dying"

by: Peter of Lone Tree

"A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill"
By Dr. Tom Termotto

It is with deep regret that we file this report. We do not take this responsibility lightly, as the consequences of the following observations are of such great import and have such far-reaching ramifications for the entire planet. Truly, the fate of the oceans of the world hangs in the balance, as does the future of humankind.

http://phoenixrisingfromthegulf.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/the-gulf-of-mexico-is-dying/