December 31, 2008
December 30, 2008
I got this from Lisa the other day, and until I saw that it was from 15 years ago, I figured it out. Calvin changed his name and became Lee Raymond, chairman of Exxon Mobil. Greed is the cause of the economic failure, not the housing industry, credit industry or any other type, it was the greed that was driving it. Until that’s cleaned out…. I’ll also leave you this phrase from a while longer back as well. You can click on the picture to make it larger.
Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
December 29, 2008
This spiffy little article appeared on Fox News…something I’ve been telling you about the NWO, the financial system, the Amero, and the lack of morality this country has. There are folks now that argue and fight over the right to display immorality and decadence on the streets…don’t say you haven’t been warned!
MOSCOW — For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media, who are interviewing him twice a day.
A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Professor Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire.
“There’s a 55-45 percent chance right now that disintegration will occur,” says Panarin. “One could rejoice in that process,” he adds, poker-faced. “But if we’re talking reasonably, it’s not the best scenario — for Russia.”
Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.
Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces — with Alaska reverting to Russian control.
I highlighted the prediction…June 2010, the target date of the Security and Prosperity Partnership.
December 28, 2008
Well here we go….banker bailout (takeover), insurance bailout (AIG),Big 3 automakers bailout(government strings) and now a retail sales bailout. Everyone has their hand out for something….we’re just pouring on the “socialism” and even tipping into a “fascist” economy by letting the government get involved in it looks like every facet of the US economy before it’s over and have more control over the operations of everything. Just consider this while reading this article….If up to 75% off sales didn’t help, how much will the “tax free holiday” help?…(That’s around 9% saved in Tennessee)
Retailers want their bailout, too
The National Retail Federation pushes for any new stimulus legislation to also include three tax-free shopping periods in 2009.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Facing a disastrous holiday shopping season, the retail industry on Tuesday urged President-elect Barack Obama to incorporate three national tax-free shopping holidays in 2009.
The group wants the measure to be included in Obama’s stimulus efforts.
“The situation is critical,” the National Retail Federation (NRF) wrote in a letter to Obama. “In October, consumer confidence was at its lowest level in the 41 years. We urge you to act quickly on legislation to help stimulate consumer spending as one of the first priorities of your new administration,” the NRF said.
So far, most of the ideas under consideration as part of the stimulus package vary widely, but do not include a plan for a tax holiday.
Consumer spending is vital since it fuels two-thirds of U.S. economic activity.
To that end, the NRF proposes that tax holidays be held during March, July and October 2009, each lasting 10 days.
It said the tax-free benefits would apply to all goods subject to a state sales tax from clothing and home furnishings to restaurant dining and automobiles but would exclude tobacco and alcohol.
According to the Census Bureau, state sales tax rates range from 2.9% to 7.25%. By temporarily lifting the sales tax for the three 10-day periods, the NRF estimates that consumers could save nearly $20 billion.
Based on the 112.4 million households in the United States, the figure would amount to almost $175 saved by the average family, the group said. It says that the sales tax holidays would also help millions of U.S. retail workers keep their jobs.
The NRF wants states to opt into these tax-free holidays and is asking Obama to urge them to participate in the effort, explained Rachelle Bernstein, vice president and tax counsel with the NRF.
The group wants the federal government to reimburse states that charge a sales tax for the lost revenue from this effort. The NRF also wants states without a sales tax to get federal funds on par with the rest of the nation.
This year holiday sales are expected to be the weakest in six years, according to the NRF. That’s a huge problem for merchants since the November-December shopping months can account for as much as 50% of their annual profits and sales.
December 26, 2008
Here’s some news that most of us already knew…..That’s why internet news sites are becoming so popular, even though mainstream media tries to hurt the internet news’s credibility….it’s not working. Sure there are good and bad on the internet. You can say the same thing about TV or radio. You just have to pick your sources that you trust.
Americans prefer news from Web to newspapers: survey
The Internet has surpassed newspapers as the main source for national and international news for Americans, according to a new survey.
Television, however, remains the preferred medium for Americans, according to the survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Seventy percent of the 1,489 people surveyed by Pew said television is their primary source for national and international news.
Forty percent said they get most of their news from the Internet, up from 24 percent in September 2007, and more than the 35 percent who cited newspapers as their main news source.
Only 59 percent of people younger than 30 years old prefer television, Pew said, down from 68 percent in the September 2007 survey.
The latest survey was conducted December 3-7 and released on Tuesday. Pew did not provide the margin of error.
December 26, 2008
Well this maybe a surprising information to some who think G.W. was against the UN as was perceived by many. You may change your mind about that as you read this article and see the real reason for the talk about a pullout of troops from Iraq by Bush and Obama both further evidence that there is “not a dime’s worth of difference” between the two major parties.. Our readers might find this interesting that we are negotiating the pull out not for the reason we hear in the media, but because the UN Security Council unanimously voted on Monday to recognize the expiration of the mandate of the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq (MNF-I) by the end of the year. The 15-member body adopted a U.S.-British resolution “recognizing the expiration of the mandate of the multinational force at the end of December 31, 2008,” as requested by the Iraqi government.
So while the Bush administration has been frantically trying to get an security agreement with Iraq now. It’s only a cover for protecting American forces in Iraq once the U.N. mandate expired December 31,2008. If Coalition Forces remained in Iraq without a new mandate allowing them to be there, they would instantly become illegal occupying forces. So again we see the U.N. dictating to the US and other countries. Things are never what they appear to be are they? Bush is trying to look like the US is in control in Iraq, when in reality the UN is telling us it’s OK to invade and when to make planes to withdraw..The biggest reason why Japan, Poland and Australia pulled their forces out of Iraq is because they knew the U.N. was not going to extend their mandate past the end of 2008 and they did not want to be caught with forces beyond that date. Now you know more of what’s really going on with the Iraq pullout of forces.
UN recognizes end of mandate of multinational force in Iraq
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 23 (APP): The UN Security Council unanimously voted Monday to recognize the expiration of the mandate of the U.S.‑led multinational force in Iraq (MNF‑I) by the end of the year. The 15‑member body adopted a U.S.‑British resolution “recognizing the expiration of the mandate of the multinational force at the end of December 31 2008,” as requested by the Iraqi government.
“This termination marks a turning point for Iraq and the end of an important era for the UN and, above all, the contributing countries to the MNF‑I,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the 15‑member council.
Zebari said that Iraq and the United States have negotiated “new security arrangements to direct the future bilateral partnership”between the two countries, including an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and a strategic framework agreement for U.S.‑Iraq friendship and cooperation, which have been approved by the Iraqi government and parliament.
Past Security Council resolutions which authorized and extended the MNF mandate, have been based on the “premise that the MNF‑I’s continued presence would be until such time that Iraq can assume full responsibility and self‑sufficiency in maintaining security for the country and the people of Iraq,” he said.
“Now, according to the agreement with the United States, 2011 would be a realistic date for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from our country,” Zebari said.
“Therefore, noting the significant progress achieved, and the conclusion of the security accord with the United States, Prime Minister (Nouri) Maliki’s letter, dated December 7 2007, was the final request to extend the MNF‑I mandate, which will thus expire at the end of this year,” said the foreign minister.
Zebari thanked the multinational force for contributing “vital support to the progress in building security and stability in Iraq, and towards our transition to a sovereign, federal and united democracy,” as well as all the MNF’s contributing countries.
The UN Security Council adopted resolution 1546 on June 8 2004 to authorize the multinational force to stay in Iraq and has successively extended its mandate at the request of the Iraqi government.
December 24, 2008
Government agents should not have the right to stop and question Americans anywhere without suspicion within 100 miles of the border, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday, pointing attention to the little known power of the federal government to set up immigration checkpoints far from the nation’s border lines.
The government has long been able to search people entering and exiting the country without need to say why, which is known as the border search exception of the Fourth Amendment.
After 9/11, Congress gave the Department of Homeland Security the right to use some of its powers deeper within the country, and now DHS has set up at least 33 internal checkpoints where they stop people, question them and ask them to prove citizenship, according to the ACLU.
“It is a classic example of law enforcement powers expanding far beyond their proper boundaries – in this case, literally,” said Caroline Fredrickson, who heads the ACLU’s Washington, D.C., Legislative Office.
The ACLU says it has scores of complaints from citizens and wants Congress to investigate and roll back the buffer zone. According to a map the rights group released Wednesday, some 190 million citizens live within what the ACLU dubs the “Constitution-free Zone.”
DHS spokesman Jason Ciliberti says the ACLU’s description of the zone as “Constitution-Free” couldn’t be further from the truth and that the check points follow rules set by Supreme Court rulings.
“We don’t have the abilitty to just set up checkpoints willy-nilly,” Ciliberti said. “The Supreme Court has determined that brief investigative encontuers do not constitute a serach or seizure.”
When citizens or visa holders encounter a checkpoint, most are waived on after showing identification, but if an agent suspects the person is not lawfully in the country, the agent can detain the person until the agent’s investigation is satisfied.
The government has long had the power to set up such check points, but has recently expanded the number of permanent and ‘tactical’ check points and deployed them in areas they hadn’t before — such as near the Canadian border.
The courts, however, are not on the ACLU’s side — and have regularly ruled that the Fourth Amendment’s protections don’t extend to the border area, airport screening or even to laptops at the border.
In a video shown to reporters at a national press conference event Wednesday, retired San Diego social worker Vince Peppard complained that he and his wife were stopped at a checkpoint on a road east of San Diego
on I-94, many miles after crossing back into the United States with tiles he’d bought in Mexico.
When he refused to let the Customs and Border Protection officer search his car, the officer led him to a bench, called in the contraband dog and then “ransacked” his car.
“I didn’t feel like I was inside the U.S.,” Peppard said, calling the search on the side of the road embarrassing. “I felt like I was in a B-movie with Nazis asking for my papers.”
ACLU attorney Chris Calabrese is certain there are more people who have been negatively affected than have complained.
As an example, he cited Seattle’s domestic ferries, where DHS agents ask passengers for ID to check their citizenship and use license plate readers.
Customs and Border Protection Cilberti’s says he did not specifically look into Peppard’s case, but said that refusing a search does not create probable cause for a search and that if a CBP agent searched his car, it’s because their experience and training made them believe they had probable cause.