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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#851412 Jan 31, 2013
dem wrote:
<quoted text>
and why is that?
where do you think carbon goes when it leaves your monster truck?
does it turn into an asteroid?
The free market is/will lead the way. Not some government run/funded bullshit!!! The technology will come as soon as someone figures out how to make an honest profit. Not some propped up government crap. There are many things coming down the pipe that will change society forever. The world we know today will seem like ancient history in just the next few years. Most of you people have no clue what is about to happen. Technology is advancing at a rate that it will simply overwhelm the average person. This may cause problems of it's own. Technophobia is a growing illness.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#851413 Jan 31, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Devotion to big government is most certainly a religion.
And their are one helluva lot of Progressive High Priests everywhere from academia to news outlets to prostitution services.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851414 Jan 31, 2013
The Politics of Debt in America: From Debtor’s Prison to Debtor Nation,[This essay will appear in the next issue of Jacobin. It is posted on Global Research with the kind permission of that magazine.]

Shakespeare’s Polonius offered this classic advice to his son:“neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Many of our nation’s Founding Fathers emphatically saw it otherwise. They often lived by the maxim: always a borrower, never a lender be. As tobacco and rice planters, slave traders, and merchants, as well as land and currency speculators, they depended upon long lines of credit to finance their livelihoods and splendid ways of life. So, too, in those days, did shopkeepers, tradesmen, artisans, and farmers, as well as casual laborers and sailors. Without debt, the seedlings of a commercial economy could never have grown to maturity.

Ben Franklin, however, was wary on the subject.“Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt” was his warning, and even now his cautionary words carry great moral weight. We worry about debt, yet we can’t live without it.

Debt remains, as it long has been, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of capitalism. For a small minority, it’s a blessing; for others a curse. For some the moral burden of carrying debt is a heavy one, and no one lets them forget it. For privileged others, debt bears no moral baggage at all, presents itself as an opportunity to prosper, and if things go wrong can be dumped without a qualm.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#851415 Jan 31, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
I think we are all well aware of your and most righties position...Head in the sand Butt up in the air.
How could you possibly observe all of this with your head in the sand and Cowboys riding you?
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851416 Jan 31, 2013
Those who view debt with a smiley face as the royal road to wealth accumulation and tend to be forgiven if their default is large enough almost invariably come from the top rungs of the economic hierarchy. Then there are the rest of us, who get scolded for our impecunious ways, foreclosed upon and dispossessed, leaving behind scars that never fade away and wounds that disable our futures.

Think of this upstairs-downstairs class calculus as the politics of debt. British economist John Maynard Keynes put it like this:“If I owe you a pound, I have a problem; but if I owe you a million, the problem is yours.”

After months of an impending “debtpocalypse,” the dreaded “debt ceiling,” and the “fiscal cliff,” Americans remain preoccupied with debt, public and private. Austerity is what we’re promised for our sins. Millions are drowning, or have already drowned, in a sea of debt — mortgages gone bad, student loans that may never be paid off, spiraling credit card bills, car loans, payday loans, and a menagerie of new-fangled financial mechanisms cooked up by the country’s “financial engineers” to milk what’s left of the American standard of living.

The world economy almost came apart in 2007-2008, and still may do so under the whale-sized carcass of debt left behind by financial plunderers who found in debt the leverage to get ever richer. Most of them still live in their mansions and McMansions, while other debtors live outdoors, or in cars or shelters, or doubled-up with relatives and friends — or even in debtor’s prison. Believe it or not, a version of debtor’s prison, that relic of early American commercial barbarism, is back.

In 2013, you can’t actually be jailed for not paying your bills, but ingenious corporations, collection agencies, cops, courts, and lawyers have devised ways to insure that debt “delinquents” will end up in jail anyway. With one-third of the states now allowing the jailing of debtors (without necessarily calling it that), it looks ever more like a trend in the making.

Will Americans tolerate this, or might there emerge a politics of resistance to debt, as has happened more than once in a past that shouldn’t be forgotten?
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851417 Jan 31, 2013
The World of Debtor’s Prisons

Imprisonment for debt was a commonplace in colonial America and the early republic, and wasn’t abolished in most states until the 1830s or 1840s, in some cases not until after the Civil War. Today, we think of it as a peculiar and heartless way of punishing the poor — and it was. But it was more than that.

Some of the richest, most esteemed members of society also ended up there, men like Robert Morris, who helped finance the American Revolution and ran the Treasury under the Articles of Confederation; John Pintard, a stock-broker, state legislator, and founder of the New York Historical Society; William Duer, graduate of Eton, powerful merchant and speculator, assistant secretary in the Treasury Department of the new federal government, and master of a Hudson River manse; a Pennsylvania Supreme Court judge; army generals; and other notables.

Whether rich or poor, you were there for a long stretch, even for life, unless you could figure out some way of discharging your debts. That, however, is where the similarity between wealthy and impoverished debtors ended.

Whether in the famous Marshalsea in London where Charles Dickens had Little Dorritt’s father incarcerated (and where Dickens’s father had actually languished when the author was 12), or in the New Gaol in New York City, where men like Duer and Morris did their time, debtors prisons were segregated by class. If your debts were large enough and your social connections weighty enough (the two tended to go together) you lived comfortably. You were supplied with good food and well-appointed living quarters, as well as books and other pleasures, including on occasion manicurists and prostitutes.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#851418 Jan 31, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Wow, an unnoticed email (now noticed) by a right-wing hatchet blog--that's what YOU call proof...why are you all so hot suddenly to prosecute Limbaugh's crime of choice? Isn't Grumpy Old Prick chickenhawks going after war heroes enough for one day?
Btw, the article said "little noticed". Aren't teachers trained to notice things like that?

“It's always darkest 'fore dawn”

Since: Jul 08

When's dawn?

#851419 Jan 31, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
If you'll read that post again, you'll notice I didn't comment. You are free to come up with your own opinion/conclusion.
My opinion is that anyone who posts an undocumented, anonymous blog attack on a U.S. Congressman is doing so to libel and slander the individual because of his politics.("I received an email from a highly placed reliable source that namE's son was a well-known supplier for T. Boone Pickens' grandson.")
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851420 Jan 31, 2013
THE LIB DEMOCRAT NEW NATION STATE The World of Debtor’s Prisons

HEADED BY BARAK H OBAMA Robert Morris entertained George Washington for dinner in his “cell.” Once released, he resumed his career as the new nation’s richest man. Before John Pintard moved to New Gaol, he redecorated his cell, had it repainted and upholstered, and shipped in two mahogany writing desks.

Meanwhile, the mass of petty debtors housed in the same institution survived, if at all, amid squalor, filth, and disease. They were often shackled, and lacked heat, clean water, adequate food, or often food of any kind.(You usually had to have the money to buy your own food, clothing, and fuel.) Debtors in these prisons frequently found themselves quite literally dying of debt. And you could end up in such circumstances for trivial sums. Of the 1,162 jailed debtors in New York City in 1787, 716 owed less than twenty shillings or one pound. A third of Philadelphia’s inmates in 1817 were there for owing less than $5, and debtors in the city’s prisons outnumbered violent criminals by 5:1. In Boston, 15% of them were women. Shaming was more the point of punishment than anything else.

Scenes of public pathos were commonplace. Inmates at the New Gaol, if housed on its upper floors, would lower shoes out the window on strings to collect alms for their release. Other prisons installed “beggar gates” through which those jailed in cellar dungeons could stretch out their palms for the odd coins from passersby.
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#851421 Jan 31, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Graham and McCain would have us knee deep in Syria, Iran, Mali and perhaps even North Korea. Fk all that nonsense, give war a frikken rest for twenty or thirty years.
Stupid azz Carol is going on about "Obammy gives jets to Egypt." The entire Egyptian military was a gifted by the United States, because Egypt has protected Israel, as has Jordan, Turkey and some smaller nations. Syria belongs to Russia and Iran, Lebanon teeters back and forth, currently favoring the US.
Hagel is right, Israel is our ally but they're not our only ally and it's high time that Israel's hawks and their American neocon backers came to grips with that because the USA can no longer afford to cover for Israel's political blunders.
Well said, I agree.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#851423 Jan 31, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Flack believes that we landed on the moon & the rover is actually on Mars but when NASA talks about Global Warming, he thinks they are lying.
You see, there isn't anything political about the lunar landing or the rover but ever since Al Gore come out warning about Global Warming, the Rabid Right has a freakout.
Now if Fox News said there was Man Made Global Warming, Flack would give up his love of coal and actually give a sh*t about what kind of planet his grandchildren will have.
Realtime says we shouldn't worry about what will happen after we are dead.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851428 Jan 31, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>My opinion is that anyone who posts an undocumented, anonymous blog attack on a U.S. Congressman is doing so to libel and slander the individual because of his politics.("I received an email from a highly placed reliable source that namE's son was a well-known supplier for T. Boone Pickens' grandson.")
LOLOL HAHAHAh IN ITS OPINION WHO THE F CARES ABOUT YOUR OPINION LOLOL F O H

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#851429 Jan 31, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>My opinion is that anyone who posts an undocumented, anonymous blog attack on a U.S. Congressman is doing so to libel and slander the individual because of his politics.("I received an email from a highly placed reliable source that namE's son was a well-known supplier for T. Boone Pickens' grandson.")
My son isn't a U.S. Congressman. Want to try again? Maybe substitute "Ted Cruz" for "nameE's son"?
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851431 Jan 31, 2013
THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT JOINS HANDS WITH SLAVE TRADERS TO RAPE AFRICA BLACK LIB DEMOCRATS AND LILLY LIBS HAVE NO PROBLEM MURDERING BLACK PEOPLE IN AFRICA AND BLACK DEMOCRATS CHEER FOR THEIR LILLY LIB KKK JIM CROW DEMOCRAT MASTERS,Long planned as a “mission” for NATO, not to mention the ever-zealous French, whose colonial lost causes remain on permanent standby, the war on Africa became urgent in 2011 when the Arab world appeared to be liberating itself from the Mubaraks and other clients of Washington and Europe. The hysteria this caused in imperial capitals cannot be exaggerated. NATO bombers were dispatched not to Tunis or Cairo but Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi ruled over Africa’s largest oil reserves. With the Libyan city of Sirte reduced to rubble, the British SAS directed the “rebel” militias in what has since been exposed as a racist bloodbath.

The indigenous people of the Sahara, the Tuareg, whose Berber fighters Gaddafi had protected, fled home across Algeria to Mali, where the Tuareg have been claiming a separate state since the 1960s. As the ever watchful Patrick Cockburn points out, it is this local dispute, not al-Qaeda, that the West fears most in northwest Africa…“poor though the Tuareg may be, they are often living on top of great reserves of oil, gas, uranium and other valuable minerals”.

Almost certainly the consequence of a French/US attack on Mali on 13 January, a siege at a gas complex in Algeria ended bloodily, inspiring a 9/11 moment in David Cameron. The former Carlton TV PR man raged about a “global threat” requiring “decades” of western violence. He meant implantation of the west’s business plan for Africa, together with the rape of multi-ethnic Syria and the conquest of independent Iran.

Cameron has now ordered British troops to Mali, and sent an RAF drone, while his verbose military chief, General Sir David Richards, has addressed “a very clear message to jihadists worldwide: don’t dangle and tangle with us. We will deal with it robustly”– exactly what jihadists want to hear. The trail of blood of British army terror victims, all Muslims, their “systemic” torture cases currently heading to court, add necessary irony to the general’s words. I once experienced Sir David’s “robust” ways when I asked him if he had read the courageous Afghan feminist Malalai Joya’s description of the barbaric behaviour of westerners and their clients in her country.“You are an apologist for the Taliban” was his reply.(He later apologised).

These bleak comedians are straight out of Evelyn Waugh and allow us to feel the bracing breeze of history and hypocrisy. The “Islamic terrorism” that is their excuse for the enduring theft of Africa’s riches was all but invented by them. There is no longer any excuse to swallow the BBC/CNN line and not know the truth. Read Mark Curtis’s Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam (Serpent’s Tail) or John Cooley’s Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism (Pluto Press) or The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski (HarperCollins) who was midwife to the birth of modern fundamentalist terror. In effect, the mujahedin of al-Qaida and the Taliban were created by the CIA, its Pakistani equivalent, the Inter-Services Intelligence, and Britain’s MI6.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851434 Jan 31, 2013
MORE LILLY LIB DEMOCRAT MURDERERS Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser, describes a secret presidential directive in 1979 that began what became the current “war on terror”. For 17 years, the US deliberately cultivated, bank-rolled, armed and brainwashed jihadi extremists that “steeped a generation in violence”. Code-named Operation Cyclone, this was the “great game” to bring down the Soviet Union but brought down the Twin Towers.

Since then, the news that intelligent, educated people both dispense and ingest has become a kind of Disney journalism, fortified, as ever, by Hollywood’s licence to lie, and lie. There is the coming Dreamworks movie on WikiLeaks, a fabrication inspired by a book of perfidious title-tattle by two enriched Guardian journalists; and there is Zero Dark Thirty, which promotes torture and murder, directed by the Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow, the Leni Riefenstahl of our time, promoting her master’s voice as did the Fuhrer’s pet film-maker. Such is the one-way mirror through which we barely glimpse what power does in our name.
BLAME CARTER NOT JUST BUSH AND REPUBLICANS DEMOCRATS ARE DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY
Rejected SurpriZe

Pompano Beach, FL

#851436 Jan 31, 2013
Not Surprized wrote:
Nostrilis Waxman wrote:
<quoted text>
Whatever Kathy. It's obvious you liberals have a problem with honesty and reality. Sure - you are not posting under a different name, right. Everyone but you was born yesterday loon, right. Pathetic!
You mean like this, right you lyin sack of hypocritial shit.
Liberals R Sick/WAXTURDS
Windsor, CT
Liberals R Sick wrote:
<quoted text>
Good point, but actually, I'm sure she's just repeating someone else's opinion. That's what the zombies are programmed to do.
Brainless twits!
Billy Carter/WAXTURDS wrote:
<quoted text>
Ahh, swift one. IN case you been under a moonshine barrel, we all but won da wah in Iraq so that's whahh y'alls lyin media aint repoting on dat.
As fahh as Afghanastanah, aint you no we aint the only country fightin there and that the NATO counties support us - afta all swift one, even da libvtards don't dipute that one, except you loons.
Mah brotheah Jimma said you a loon. That's really, really bad when a loon calls you a loon.
Stay swift - an keep on postin, please. Ignorance is needed.
Have a nice day y'all.
Billy Carter/WAXTURDS wrote:
<quoted text>
Naw, Joe Biden isn't as smart as the Parrot. He gets my two bit despot Obozo in trouble with things he says!
I'm the smarter brother and Palin would have been a better V.P.
Billy Carter/WAXTURDS wrote:
<quoted text>
Haj, mah. I thought swift fellahs could stay on topic. This thread is about mah mullah Obama "saving 600,000" jobs. He can't be a liah can he, so he wouldn't lie about health caah would he?
Obamahs stimulus plan was enacted a long ime ago and unemployment keep on goin' up.
Billy Carter/WAXTURDS wrote:
<quoted text>
How dare you tell senile Kathy this? She wants to stay in lollipop land with the rest of her liberal/fascist friends like mah brothah Jimmah!
http://www.youtube.com/watch ...
And yes, from reading her posts, this cathy chick is waaaayyyy out there!
LiberalsR_Fascists/WAXTURDS wrote:
<quoted text>
ROFL! That video reminds me of the early Clinton Administration cabinet (Madeline NotBright, Robert Reich...).Obama and promises? What a joke!
Billy Carter/WAXTURDS wrote:
<quoted text>
Mah brothah Jimmah tells Kathy is the spitefull one and y'all know Jimmah is right. To calm ha down, I'll let her view her favorite song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch ...
Feel bettah now Kathy, my mental Munchkin?
Haav a nice dayah deah!
You forgot to include your latest bust measurement... ROTFLMAO!
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#851437 Jan 31, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> The free market is/will lead the way. Not some government run/funded bullshit!!! The technology will come as soon as someone figures out how to make an honest profit. Not some propped up government crap. There are many things coming down the pipe that will change society forever. The world we know today will seem like ancient history in just the next few years. Most of you people have no clue what is about to happen. Technology is advancing at a rate that it will simply overwhelm the average person. This may cause problems of it's own. Technophobia is a growing illness.
By the way it's "coming down the pike". Chicken Little.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851441 Jan 31, 2013
Since then, the news that intelligent, educated people both dispense and ingest has become a kind of Disney journalism, fortified, as ever, by Hollywood’s licence to lie, and lie. There is the coming Dreamworks movie on WikiLeaks, a fabrication inspired by a book of perfidious title-tattle by two enriched Guardian journalists; and there is Zero Dark Thirty, which promotes torture and murder, directed by the Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow, the Leni Riefenstahl of our time, promoting her master’s voice as did the Fuhrer’s pet film-maker. Such is the one-way mirror through which we barely glimpse what power does in our name.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851443 Jan 31, 2013
A lot of what we say and do becomes habit-forming. Groundhog Day 2013 could serve as a reminder that some political habits should be kicked. Here are a few:

**“Defense budget”

No, it’s not a defense budget. It’s a military budget.

But countless people and organizations keep saying they want to cut “the defense budget” or reduce “defense spending.”

Anyone who wants to challenge the warfare state should dispense with this misnomer. We don’t object to “defense”— what we do oppose, vehemently, is military spending that has nothing to do with real defense and everything to do with killing people, enforcing geopolitical control and making vast profits for military contractors. And no, they’re not “defense contractors.”

President Eisenhower’s farewell address didn’t warn against a “defense-industrial complex.”

The fact that there’s something officially called the Department of Defense — formerly the Department of War, until 1947 — doesn’t make its huge budget a “defense budget,” any more than renaming the Bureau of Prisons “the Bureau of Love” would mean we should talk about wanting to cut the “love budget.”

**“Pro-life”

Last week, midway through a heated debate on the PBS “NewsHour,” the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America said that some politicians get elected while hiding their extreme anti-abortion positions — but would be rejected at the ballot box “if they ran on their pro-life values.”

“Pro-life” values? Not a label that abortion-rights advocates should use for opponents of a woman’s right to choose an abortion. One of the main reasons those opponents keep calling themselves “pro-life” is they want to imply that supporters of abortion rights are anti-life. Why help?

**“Globalization”

In many realms, globalization can be positive, even essential. For instance, wonderful results flow from globalizing solidarity among workers around the world. Likewise, the planetary spread of awareness and cooperation among people taking action to protect the environment, stop human-rights abuses and end war.

Corporate globalization is another matter. Its destructive effects are lashing every continent with voracious commercialization along with exploitive races to the bottom for cheap labor, extraction of raw materials, privatization, flattening of protective tariffs, overriding of national laws that protect workers and replacement of democratic possibilities with the rule of big money.

Putting “corporate” before “globalization” may seem cumbersome, but it’s worth another three syllables. There’s a world of difference between globalization for human cooperation and corporate globalization. Blurring it all together misses the chance to clarify the distinct possibilities.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#851446 Jan 31, 2013
Skimming the headlines

We all do it sometimes — glancing at headlines and scarcely reading the stories — one of the reasons why, all too often, what we think we know actually isn’t so.

Case in point: a headline at the top of the New York Times front page days ago, no doubt leaving many quick readers with the belief that President Obama is getting tough on Wall Street.

Well, that’s what the headline conveyed.“SIGNAL TO STREET IN OBAMA’S PICK FOR REGULATORS,” it began, followed by an elaboration in big type just below:“A Renewed Resolve to Hold Financial Firms Accountable.”

Mostly focusing on the appointment of Mary Jo White to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, the article offered a fleeting indication in its eighth paragraph that the “renewed resolve” might actually be wobbly.“While Ms. White is best known as an aggressive prosecutor,” the article noted,“she also built a lucrative legal practice defending Wall Street executives, a potential concern for consumer advocates.”

The basis for that potential concern, however, did not gain any further elucidation until the article’s twenty-sixth paragraph, which provided the other mention of why consumer advocates might be concerned:“Ms. White could face additional questions about her career, a revolving door in and out of government. In private practice, she defended some of Wall Street’s biggest names, including Kenneth D. Lewis, a former chief of Bank of America. As the head of litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton, she also represented JPMorgan Chase and the board of Morgan Stanley.”

So much for headlines.

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He writes the Political Culture 2013 column.

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