Monthly Archives: February, 2006

Bye-Bye Balls — Bill Frist Humor

I just can’t stop writing humorous verse about the Dubai seaport deal. My latest is Bye-Bye Balls.

When Americans No Longer Own America

The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality: So-called “conservatives” and “flat world” globalists have bankrupted our nation for their own bag of silver, and in the process are selling off America.

Through a combination of the “Fast Track” authority pushed for by Reagan and GHW Bush, sweetheart trade deals involving “most favored nation status” for dictatorships like China, and Clinton pushing us into NAFTA and the WTO (via GATT), we’ve abandoned the principles of tariff-based trade that built American industry and kept us strong for over 200 years.

The old concept was that if there was a dollar’s worth of labor in a pair of shoes made in the USA, and somebody wanted to import shoes from China where there may only be ten cents worth of labor in those shoes, we’d level the playing field for labor by putting a 90-cent import tariff on each pair of shoes. Companies could choose to make their products here or overseas, but the ultimate cost of labor would be the same.

Then came the flat-worlders, led by misguided true believers and promoted by multinational corporations. Do away with those tariffs, they said, because they “restrain trade.” Let everything in, and tax nothing. The result has been an explosion of cheap goods coming into our nation, and the loss of millions of good manufacturing jobs and thousands of manufacturing companies. Entire industry sectors have been wiped out.

These policies have kneecapped the American middle class.

He goes on to list by sector the percentage of many industries that are foreign owned…wire yr. jaw…

· Sound recording industries – 97%
· Commodity contracts dealing and brokerage – 79%
· Motion picture and sound recording industries – 75%
· Metal ore mining – 65%
· Motion picture and video industries – 64%
· Wineries and distilleries – 64%
· Database, directory, and other publishers – 63%
· Book publishers – 63%
· Cement, concrete, lime, and gypsum product – 62%
· Engine, turbine and power transmission equipment – 57%
· Rubber product – 53%
· Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing – 53%


And so forth, through a quite exhaustive & horrifying list. And I dedicate this post to our all American boy, troll scott.

SCRUBBING

Back in the days when newspapers and magazines were printed on paper once something was committed to ink that was pretty much it, you had to live with it. And while I do look quite fetching in my tin foil hat I generally like to save it for special occasions, but there’s something unexplained and a little disturbing going on with internet news scrubbing.

We’ve seen quite a few instances of it recently and it usually has to do with explosive comments that are unfavorable to the narrative being disseminated by the administration (and quite often the Vice President)

via WRH

Don’t miss the comments, there are many more examples there too…

Hemmy So: Man Pleads Not Guilty in Voting Device Case

A word processor accused of stealing damaging documents about electronic voting machine manufacturer Diebold Election Systems was arraigned Tuesday on three felony counts. Stephen Heller was charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with felony access to computer data, commercial burglary and receiving stolen property. He pleaded not guilty.

“It’s a devastating allegation for a whistle-blower,” said Blair Berk, Heller’s attorney. “Certainly, someone who saw those documents could have reasonably believed that thousands of voters were going to be potentially disenfranchised in upcoming elections.” The charges arise from Heller’s alleged disclosure two years ago of legal papers from the Los Angeles office of international law firm Jones Day, which represented Diebold at the time. Heller was under contract as a word processor at Jones Day.

[Article continues at link.]

FBI had qualms over Gitmo tactics

Gen. Geoffrey Miller has requested early retirement.

After his refusal to testify during the court martial of the dog handlers last month, it’s not surprising. Using Article 31 tends to shorten one’s military career, or so I’ve been told.

Next time we hear from him, I hope it’s at The Hague for war crimes before The International Criminal Court (ICC).

Finally, see:

New Yorker Exposes the Efforts Instituting Abuse and Torture

The New Yorker in its February 27th, 2006 magazine has published an article by Jane Mayer which is the most complete behind the scenes presentation of how and who within the Bush Administration derailed an internal effort to stop the abuse and torture of detainees and prisoners. The connections between The Pentagon operatives and the office of the Vice President are detailed to an extent I have not seen before. There was clear and concerted effort to institute the policies that produced torture.

“From the sleep of reason”…and all that.

Whistleblower Charged With Three Felonies for Exposing Diebold’s Crimes

JUST SO YOU KNOW WHERE WE STAND:

The next battlefield in massive election fraud is California.
Diebold law firm whistleblower convicted for exposing California Dieblold machines as using uncertified software. Diebold was warned, they did it anyway, and now this guy is going to jail for spilling the beans on them.

A Magic Way to Make Billions

EXCLUSIVE HOW LOBBYISTS ARE PULLING OFF A SYNFUEL SCHEME WITH HELP FROM KEY LAWMAKERS–AND YOU’LL PAY

The wording is so bland and buried so deep within a 324-page budget document that almost no one would notice that a multibillion-dollar scam is going on. Not the members of Congress voting for it and certainly not the taxpayers who will get fleeced by it. And that is exactly the idea. (…)

.. a select group of investors and companies will walk away with billions of dollars in tax subsidies, not from oil but from the marketing of a dubious concoction of synthetic fuel produced from coal and dependent on government tax credits tied to the price of oil. (…)

The stealth amendment would roll back the calendar. (Sort of like your missing the deadline for your mortgage payment, then backdating your check to avoid a late charge. But much more lucrative. (…)

…the provision originated as an amendment from Sen. [Rick] Santorum… When contacted by TIME, Santorum’s staff had no comment…

“Sit down my son. We [members] don’t actually read most of the bills we vote on. …-Representative John Conyers

Bush’s Obstruction of History

A disturbing story from the Washington Post notes that President Bush has used national security as an excuse to change laws that would have declassified his Presidential papers after he had been out of office for 12 years. From the story:

in 2001 President Bush used post-Sept. 11 security measures as a reason to issue an executive order that turns the law on its head. Bush’s decree allows former presidents and their heirs to bar the release of documents for almost any reason. It flies in the face of congressional intent and forces our nation’s leading historians to take legal action if they want to gain access to documents.

See, Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know for more…

Rumsfeld Zeros in on the Internet

The Pentagon is aiming for “full spectrum dominance” of the Internet. Their objective is to manipulate public perceptions, quash competing points of view, and perpetuate a narrative of American generosity and good-will.

The War Department is planning to insert itself into every area of the Internet from blogs to chat rooms, from leftist web sites to editorial commentary. Their rapid response team will be on hair-trigger alert to dispute any tidbit of information that challenges the official storyline.

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Also see, The Battle for the Control of the Press

A comprehensive new report augmented by the Yurica Report reveals a devastating attack on our free press by the Bush administration.

A host of recent developments have made it clear that the Bush White House is doing battle against the journalistic standards and practices that underpin our democracy. With its unprecedented campaign to undermine and stifle independent journalism, Bush & Co. have demonstrated a brazen contempt for the Constitution and considerable fear of an informed public

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