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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#874367 Mar 15, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> nobody watches the news cable channels on the weekend unless something major is going on. Should have just put him out to pasture and leave with a little dignity.
Schultz had a contract and MSNBC had a worthless time slot to fill, so why not make him work for his money?
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874368 Mar 15, 2013
In 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower gave an eloquent address to the nation which included the following statement:“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874369 Mar 15, 2013
Peppy wrote:
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Same old stuff Flack, I just took a vacation, that's all.
Did Grey Goat ever come back to visit?
You doing all right?
He's okay, after his basement flooded and his roof collapsed things seemed to settle down a bit until he rolled his ATV. Unfortunately for him his limited insurance covered none of these incidents, but he just dug up a few extra mason jars to cover the expenses.
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874370 Mar 15, 2013
Jack Ruby, the man who shot accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy Lee Harvey Oswald, said in his interview with the Warren Commission (the investigative team appointed by the federal government to probe the Kennedy assassination) on June 7th, 1964:

“Everything pertaining to what’s happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts of what occurred or my motives. The people that had so much to gain and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I’m in will never let the true facts come above board to the world. Gentlemen, I want to tell you the truth, but I cannot tell it here. If you want a fair shake out of me you have to take me to Washington. I tell you that a whole new form of government is going to take over the country and I know I won’t live to see you another time.”
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874371 Mar 15, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> nobody watches the news cable channels on the weekend unless something major is going on. Should have just put him out to pasture and leave with a little dignity.
Sorta like Nascar.
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874372 Mar 15, 2013
On December 21st, 1963, former president Harry Truman said in The Washington Post:“For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at time a policy-making arm of the government. I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak-and-dagger operations.”

Something is wrong in Washington

These are all very alarming statements uttered from a few guys who are more ‘in the know’ than your average John Q. Citizen. Their statements aren’t as black and white as that of Jack Ruby, but reading them, hearing them, and objectively interpreting them can lead one to believe there was something very wrong in Washington, DC during this time. So the questions remain. Were all of these people trying to warn us and tell us something? Or, is it also possible that these are just four misinterpreted statements from four different people about four different things? Depending on whom one asks, there is a wide range of answers from people. Some have even gone as far as making up speeches by John Kennedy such as the hoaxed Columbia University speech in 1963, as well as the ‘enslaving’ quote uttered supposedly seven days before his assassination in Dallas, TX, all to support their answers to these questions.(Sorry to disappoint all of you Illuminati believers out there, but John Kennedy simply never said those things) The essential reality is this:1) There were some groundbreaking things happening in the political structure of the United States after World War II; 2) The economic, foreign policy decisions, and attitude toward the Soviet Union of John Kennedy were incomprehensible to some people; 3) The United States dramatically changed its policies after the assassination of John Kennedy. All of these are still evident today in 2013.

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NUT surpriZed

Pompano Beach, FL

#874373 Mar 15, 2013
waxywaxturd wrote:
I'm really on a roll now!!!!! I've got four sockpuppets excluding one illegitimate poster, myself, going at once. Hope my doctors don't catch on!!!!!
Excited, Not Surprized
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!

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Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874374 Mar 15, 2013
Peppy wrote:
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Same old stuff Flack, I just took a vacation, that's all.
Did Grey Goat ever come back to visit?
You doing all right?
It's been about 6 months, did your uneployment run out?

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TSM

El Paso, TX

#874375 Mar 15, 2013
The Flamethrower Shultz demoted to Week Ends!! I’m wondering will Al Gore old TV network now own by Al Jazeera reach out to Shultz!

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#874376 Mar 15, 2013
Peppy wrote:
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More embarrassing than Joe Buffoon Biden, I think not.
I got those tickets to see Hairspray you asked for. This is fourth time you have seen that musical, what's up?
Homer hums show tunes all the time.

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#874377 Mar 15, 2013
Peppy wrote:
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Same old stuff Flack, I just took a vacation, that's all.
Did Grey Goat ever come back to visit?
You doing all right?
Good for you! Yeah he pops in once in a while. Claims he is living up in the woods of Virginia. Doing great! Girls driving me crazy though.

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#874378 Mar 15, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>Sorta like Nascar.
Homer is a soccer kind of guy, fan of the sport designed for kids not skilled enough to play anything else.

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#874379 Mar 15, 2013
TSM wrote:
The Flamethrower Shultz demoted to Week Ends!! I’m wondering will Al Gore old TV network now own by Al Jazeera reach out to Shultz!
Chris Matthews is next.

MSNBC now owned by a for-profit corporation.

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HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874380 Mar 15, 2013
1953: The U.S. overthrows Prime Minister Mossadeq of Iran and installs the Shah as Dictator
1954: The U.S. overthrows democratically-elected President Arbenz of Guatamala while killing over 200,000 civilians.
1963: The U.S. backs the assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem paving the way for the killing of 4 million civilians in Southeast Asia from 1963 to 1975
1973: The U.S. stages a coup in Chile. Democratically-elected President Salvador Allende was assassinated. Augusto Pinochet was installed as Dictator. 5,000 Chileans were murdered.
1977: The U.S. backs military rulers of El Salvador. 70,000 Salvadorans were killed along with 4 American nuns.
1980: The U.S. trains Osama Bin Laden and his men to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan bankrolled by 3 billion dollars from the CIA.
1981: The Reagan Administration trains and funds contras (Nicaraguan rebels) 30,000 Nicaraguans die.
1982: The U.S. provides billions of dollars in aid to Saddam Hussein for weapons to fight the Iranians.
1983: The White House secretly gives Iranians the weapons to fight the Iraqis they are also funding.
1989: CIA agent Manuel Noriega (also serving as President of Panama) disobeys orders from Washington leading to an American invasion to remove him. There were 3,000 Panamanian civilian casualties.
1990: Iraq invades Kuwait with weapons provided from the United States.
1991: The U.S. enters Iraq and President Bush reinstates the dictator of Kuwait.
1998: President Clinton orders the bombing of a supposed weapons factory in the Sudan. The factory, as it turns out, was making aspirin.
2000: The U.S. gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 245 million dollars in aid.
2001: Osama Bin Laden purportedly uses his expert CIA training to murder 3,000 U.S. citizens on American soil.

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#874381 Mar 15, 2013
Peppy wrote:
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Just ask yourself, what would jeebuss do?
So, Peppy, are you here to be the kind of Republican that Homer likes?

You know, the kind who is really a Democrat, but allows Homer to vote Republican so he can claim to be an independent.

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HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874382 Mar 15, 2013
The New Style of the 1980s

It is not until the 1980s and after, with the massive stockpiling of arms, dismantling of the New Deal, and manipulation of foreign governments through assassination, insurgency support, and cold hard cash that one can begin to clearly see the direction of the supposed ‘new form of government’ that Jack Ruby spoke of in 1964. It was always there before the 1980s, but just harder to see. 2002’s Bowling for Columbine summarized U.S. involvement in government throughout the world after WW II very succinctly:Try coupling this with unraveling the regulations on the financial industry put in place by President Roosevelt and the New Deal: it’s devastatingly scary. What exactly happened in the financial industry from the 1980s and up? Here’s a condensed summary in layman’s terms rather than language Wall Street doesn’t want us to understand:

The Reagan administration loosened the chains on financial regulations set forth after the Great Depression. It was an unprecedented ‘credit revolution’ and predatory lending for (and to) the middle class soared. Can’t pay for it? Don’t worry; just put it on this credit card. Own a house and need some money? Take out a second mortgage. It’s quick and easy.

The argument can be made that the 1980s saw a massive economic up-swing for Wall Street and the banking industry, not because of Reaganomics and supply-side economics, but simply because there was a tremendous influx of middle-class Americans buying things they could never afford to pay back. Debt equals money.

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#874383 Mar 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Chris Matthews is next.
MSNBC now owned by a for-profit corporation.
They all got to be quaking in their boots over there!
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874384 Mar 15, 2013
The de-regulation of the 1990s
De-regulation of the financial industry continued in the 1990s during the Clinton administration. Mentioned earlier, the Glass-Steagall Act in 1933 separated securities firms from commercial banks in order to protect the deposits from consumers. It wasn’t foolproof. The Federal Reserve offered an alternate interpretation of Glass-Steagall in 1998, which allowed securities banks and deposit banks to operate as one entity, thereby allowing Citibank and Salomon Smith Barney to merge. We now had one of America’s largest securities firms and largest banks in the same basket. It is like giving a compulsive gambler a truckload of extra cash and turning him loose at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Because of this loophole that the Federal Reserve created, Clinton in turn declared that Glass-Steagall was no longer relevant. 1999’s Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, and the rash of corporate banking mergers began. If financial regulations were pants, this act just invited bankers to a nudist colony.
As the 1990s turned into the 2000s and the George W. Bush presidency, the same pattern continued. In 2003,‘regulations’ were issued that simply exempted banks from state laws against predatory lending. All state laws in that regard were then nullified and the banks were free to engage. In 2004, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) eliminated the net capital rule, which required that brokers limit their debt-to-net capital ratio to 12 to 1, which means that for every dollar that they earned, they could invest $12. This repeal meant little to smaller banks who not only did not merge with investment banks but also did not participate in gambling with their customers’ money. However, there were five investment banks that qualified for the newly loosened restrictions of 40 to 1; these were Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. Later, in 2007, the SEC eliminated the uptick rule, which essentially made it hard for speculators (or gamblers) to push down the price of a stock after betting it would fall. Eliminating the uptick rule gave a green light to stock manipulation. Gordon Gekko would have been proud.
The economic disaster that occurred in 2008 has been so over-complicated that most Americans still can’t understand what transpired. It, in fact, was very simple high stakes gambling that went horribly wrong. Aaron Sorkin’s script for Too Big to Fail explained it perfectly:
“Wall Street started bundling home loans together, mortgaged backed securities, and selling slices of these bundles to investors. They were making big money, so they started pushing the lenders and saying; come on, we need more loans. The lenders were already giving loans to those with good credit, but they needed more. So, they started going bottom-feeding. Before, you needed a credit score of 620 and a down payment of 20 percent to buy a home. Now they will settle for a 500 score and no money down. The regular home buyer on the street assumes the experts know what they are doing. If the bank is willing to loan me the money, then I must be able to afford it. So he reaches for that American dream and he buys that house. At the same time, banks knew that securities based on shit mortgages were risky. So to control that risk, the banks started buying insurance. So if a mortgage defaults, the insurance company pays (which is called a default swap, i.e. credit default swap). The banks insure their potential losses so they can move the risk off of their books so they can invest more and in turn make more money. One insurance firm was willing to take on an incredible amount of risk – AIG. Why? Fees. Hundreds of millions in fees alone. AIG figures the housing market would keep going up and up, but then the unexpected happens. Housing prices suddenly go down.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874385 Mar 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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So, Peppy, are you here to be the kind of Republican that Homer likes?
You know, the kind who is really a Democrat, but allows Homer to vote Republican so he can claim to be an independent.
You seem fixated on me today.

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HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874386 Mar 15, 2013
Fourteen Signs of Fascism
What does all this mean? Yes, the United States has made some bad financial decisions and some bad foreign policy decisions since the late 1950s and early 1960s. Still feels like the same government, doesn’t it? We have a Congress, a Senate, a President, and a Supreme Court. You know, the same system of checks and balances that those guys like Washington, Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson had a part in putting together. We are still a democracy aren’t we? We still have a free market that drives capitalism, don’t we? If so, then what changed? What was Jack Ruby talking about? Look closer. Look at the characteristics of our government and its policies from 1960 to the present day. Look at those characteristics beside Dr. Lawrence Britt’s Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism (after he studied Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and Franco’s Spain) and re-answer that question. They are as follows:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

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