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Thank Goodness for George Bush
"truthers" are full of baloney
Since: Feb 13
Wow !!! Talk about being in a minority. Even the Repub leaders today never speak his name and sure wouldn't be caught on the same stage with him.
Ten years after the Bush-Cheney fiasco:
130,000 dead Iraqis
5,000 dead US troops
800,000 Iraqi orphans
1,400,000 Iraqis wounded and displaced
500,000 wounded US personnel
Taxpayer gets billed for $6 trillion
I bet Jim Jones would agree ...
“Freedom Isnt Free”
Since: Jan 12
Governmental use of unmanned surveillance drones has inspired a lot of concern about privacy, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the battle's already over.
In a radio interview this week, Bloomberg said essentially that drones are an inevitable part of our future (and maybe our present), comparing them to the thousands of cameras already located around Manhattan. "What's the difference whether the drone is up in the air or on the building?" he asked.
"We're going into a different world, uncharted... you can't keep the tide from coming in."
Just one...why are we returning?
Over 3,000 US troops have secretly returned to Iraq via Kuwait for missions pertaining to the recent developments in Syria and northern Iraq, Press TV reports.
According to our correspondent, the US troops have secretly entered Iraq in multiple stages and are mostly stationed at Balad military garrison in Salahuddin province and al-Asad air base in al-Anbar province.
Reports say the troops include US Army officers and almost 17,000 more are set to secretly return to Iraq via the same route.
All US troops left Iraq by the end of 2011, after nine years of occupation, as required by a 2008 bilateral security agreement between the two countries. The troops left Iraq for the neighboring Kuwait.
Washington decided to pull out all its troops from Iraq after Baghdad refused to grant legal immunity to the remaining US soldiers.
Washington claims that the only US military presence left in Iraq now is 157 soldiers responsible for training at the US Embassy, as well as a small contingent of marines protecting the diplomatic mission.
Okay, maybe TWO QUESTIONS...why is Obumble lying about the number of US troops currently in Iraq?
I am making a dispassionate plea for the legalization of home ownership of
atomic weapons, based on the freedom to bear arms; the fact that that all
radioactive substances are well contained within the bomb casing itself
(i.e. no leakage); the obvious fact that it's not bombs that kill people,
but bombers; and the need for escalation in the war of protection.
I do not want to appeal to yours sense of charity or goodwill; these have
always been besides the point. Humans were meant to carry weapons;
the first tools of man and woman were hand-axes for smiting the enemy,
and, were it not for these tools, the most intelligent of our species
might already have been killed, tortured, maimed. It is weapons, in other
words, that keep us free, giving us the ability to say whatever we please.
And as it has been pointed out, over and over again, if it were not for
people like me, the rest of you would be enslaved forever.
Private ownership of atomic weaponry in the United States would give us a
competitive edge on others who would take away our freedom! And we cannot
assume our armed forces will protect us everywhere in this huge land of
ours; the dispersion of weaponry would ensure that we could fight along
with them, tooth and nail. It was Darwin who pointed out that the strongest
among us are those with the will to survive, acquiring atomic weaponry
at almost any cost, as guaranteed in our Declaration of Independence
(last part, near the signatures).
Remember: It is bombers who kill, not bombs. There is no reason whatsoever,
logical or illogical, that advanced weapons should not be made
available to the general public. The number of bombs in the entire United
States probably amounts to about four or five demented individuals, who
could not afford even a handgun, much less something on the order of
100,000 kilotons. So I urge you: Write your congressman (forget the women)
or better yet: write the United Nations (United Nations, 1 United Nations
Plaza, New York City). If we all do this, both buyers and sellers will
emerge out of the darkness, and our government will capitulate to, what
after all, is our right and our inheritance.
Big. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
The Americans are learning how much they are being lied to and there is no transparency as promised by the current administration. How about 2 Congressmen and a potential Presidential candidate on the same stage.
The lame stream media's coverage leaves a lot to be desired.
He's been dead since 1978. You are drinking the wrong koolaid
“From The Desert To The Sea”
Since: Sep 09
To All Across The Lands
From the it will all be over soon files.
source: Kashmir put on high alert
Sources said the movement of militants across Kashmir has surged in the past two weeks.“There is no specific target but the security forces are the possible targets,” sources said. The militants have ample manpower, weapons and money to carry out more attacks.
This country has always operated under deficit spending, and there's nothing inherently wrong with that, as long as economic growth outpaces it. Please note that the worst deficit year as a percentage of GNP was 2009 ... the last fiscal year of the George W. Bush presidency, and his lasting legacy.
The United States is like a business whose model for making revenue is failing, trying to save itself by cutting down on travel expenditures and the cost of making photocopies. Sure, we shouldn't overspend. But if we don't figure out what business we're in -- what new industries will create tomorrow's jobs, what kind of new workers we'll need, what kind of infrastructure we must have to be competitive and attract investment -- our deficit problems will seem minor compared with our social and political concerns.
Our most important national discussion should not be about spending but about investment. We need to recognize that some federal programs help grow the economy and weigh the return on investment we will get from these and which are essential to growing the new industries that will be the employers of tomorrow ... and will provide the growth that is the only real solution to our debt issues.
The Ryan budget cuts transportation spending in a country that has neglected its highways and bridges for over half a century. It doesn't plan for the infrastructure spending we will need to respond to the consequences of climate change (like hurricane relief) or anticipate the investment we could make to avoid such problems in the first place. It doesn't discuss how to expand information technology and next-generation energy infrastructure as we must.
LOL...All ready campaigning against our next POTUS? How fresh...
Hey...SPEAKING OF OBUMBLE RACISM...
A poll out this morning shows that a majority of Americans believe the US shouldn't assassinate its own citizens abroad (41% favor the killings, with 52% opposed), which is a little weird, points out Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian, because when the US actually killed citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, it was considered a BIG POLITICAL WIN for President Obumble.
So What happened?
Well, it's possible Americans oppose the killings in the abstract, but not in Awlaki's case, given his infamy. But Greenwald doubts it.
He thinks that for many, the term "Americans" means "their nice neighbors down the street, and anyone else who looks like them, not people with foreign and Muslim-ish names like Anwar al-Awlaki. This decade-long Othering of Muslims has long driven War on Terror politics...
I for one would have thought that the great one Obumble would have changed that image...but nay-nay...anyhoot moving right along...
Does anyone doubt that if Obama's drone bombs were killing nice white British teenagers or smiling blond Swiss infants rather than unnamed Yemenis, Pakistanis, Afghans, and Somalis that the reaction to this sustained killing would be drastically different?
However it should be noted by the righwingnutz that white british teens and blonde swiss infants haven't been involved in to many suicide market bombings in the past several centuries or so...
Nukes are a maintenance nightmare, let me tell you...I'd rather have a ray gun...and the BONUS with a laser is that it not only kills your prey, it cooks it!
I bet you're loving the supreme court today.....ha ha ha! America, where everyone gets treated equally. Thanks Obama.https://petitions.whiteh ouse.gov/ Send him a thank-you letter.:)
Despite the 6.5% stock market rally over the last three months, a handful of billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks ... and fast.
Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.
In the latest filing for Buffett’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced his overall stake in “consumer product stocks” by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold its entire stake in California-based computer parts supplier Intel.
With 70% of the U.S. economy dependent on consumer spending, Buffett’s apparent lack of faith in these companies’ future prospects is worrisome.
Unfortunately Buffett isn’t alone.
Fellow billionaire John Paulson, who made a fortune betting on the subprime mortgage meltdown, is clearing out of U.S. stocks too. Finally, billionaire George Soros recently sold nearly all of his bank stocks, including shares of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. Between the three banks, Soros sold more than a million shares.
So why are these billionaires dumping their shares of U.S. companies?
After all, the stock market is still in the midst of its historic rally. Real estate prices have finally leveled off, and for the first time in five years are actually rising in many locations. And the unemployment rate seems to have stabilized.
It’s very likely that these professional investors are aware of specific research that points toward a massive market correction, as much as 90%.
One such person publishing this research is Robert Wiedemer, an esteemed economist and author of the New York Times best-selling book Aftershock.
“Once you hit 10% inflation, 10-year Treasury bonds lose about half their value. And by 20%, any value is all but gone. Interest rates will increase dramatically at this point, and that will cause real estate values to collapse. And the stock market will collapse as a consequence of these other problems.”
And this is where Wiedemer explains why Buffett, Paulson, and Soros could be dumping U.S. stocks:
“Companies will be spending more money on borrowing costs than business expansion costs. That means lower profit margins, lower dividends, and less hiring. Plus, more layoffs.”
No investors, let alone billionaires, will want to own stocks with falling profit margins and shrinking dividends. So if that’s why Buffett, Paulson, and Soros are dumping stocks, they have decided to cash out early and leave Main Street investors holding the bag.
The exact opposite is happening Warren Buffet just bought HJ Heinz for 23 Billion
Quote: "You're seeing a shrinking world and an equilibrium of wealth creation, this kind of activity is only going to accelerate over the next years."
Always the comedian you are Francis...
Next you will tell us that buying Heinz by teaming up with a BRAZILIAN PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM has what bearing on his aggressive dumping of stocks in US companies?
Speaking of your mother, here's another joke for you...
Subject: Fw: An Observation on an Age Old Question - really - which would you rather???
I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold beer.
The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking on various topics.
Finally I thought about an age old question:
Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the nuts?
Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts.
Well, after another beer, and some heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question.
Getting kicked in the nuts is more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason for my conclusion.
A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, "It might be nice to have another child."
On the other hand, you never hear a guy say, "You know, I think I would like another kick in the nuts."
I rest my case. Time for another beer.
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