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Archive for November 25th, 2007

American Dream Revisited

by Geezer Power …9:43 pm

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By- Suzie-Q @ 3:15 PM MST

Richard Perle: ‘I Don’t Believe I Was Wrong’ About Iraq

Appearing on BBC’s Hardtalk with Stephen Sackur this weekend, Iraq war architect Richard Perle attempted, on the one hand, to distance himself from the failures of the Iraq war, and on the other hand, to claim it was a fantastic success.

“I’m not happy about the way events have unfolded in Iraq,” Perle began. But when asked whether he felt a “sense of personal responsibility” for what has happened in the aftermath of the invasion, Perle said “I certainly don’t consider myself responsible” for the disastrous post-war occupation of Iraq.

Asked whether he was wrong on Iraq, Perle gave this response:

Well, I don’t believe I was wrong. Let me be very clear about that. What I think happened is that a successful invasion was turned into an unsuccessful occupation. I didn’t favor the occupation strategy. I think the occupation was a mistake.

Perle also defended his pre-war claim that regime change in Iraq would bring about “dancing in the streets.” “Essentially,” there was, said Perle. “The Iraqis actually tend to shoot weapons in the air rather than dance in the streets,” he observed. “But we were regarded as liberators at the beginning.”

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Regime Change Comes to Australia!

by GEF @ 11:48 AM MST

But Howard’s unwavering support of Bush’s policies (ie Iraq) cost him dearly at the ballot box.

Indignity for John Howard, who redefined Australia

By Tim Johnston

Sunday, November 25, 2007

SYDNEY: Prime Minister John Howard’s election loss was an ignominious end to a 33-year career for a man who in some ways redefined both his country and its politics.

His coalition lost some 30 seats in the 150-seat lower house to a resurgent Labor Party on Saturday, and it appeared likely that Howard had suffered the additional indignity of losing his own constituency.

Howard was a reluctant interventionist who committed Australian troops, police officers and resources across the Middle East and Asia. He disagreed with attempts by his predecessor, Paul Keating, to reposition Australia politically as part of Asia, but presided over a period of greater engagement with Asia than any other leader of the country.

Australia is the only country to have fought alongside the United States in every major conflict of the 20th and 21st centuries, and for Howard the U.S. alliance was an article of faith. Following President George W. Bush’s intervention into the cauldron of Iraq, he remained steadfast even as the deeply unpopular war cost him public support at home.

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American People, Look at your Nation!!

by GEF @ 10:29 AM MST

Shocking video emerges of driver tasered for not signing speeding ticket

Last updated at 11:15am on 23rd November 2007

Authorities have confirmed they are speeding up their investigation of a state trooper who shocked a motorist with a Taser after video footage of the incident was posted on YouTube.

The video, taken from Trooper John Gardner’s patrol car, shows him drawing his Taser after Jared Massey refused to sign a speeding ticket on September 14th and walked away from the officer in eastern Utah.

Watch the footage here…
Warning: Some may find the video distressing

Video pulled today Nov 25 2007

**Update: Second Video found by Geezerpower

Check CBS News Link for Further Video!

A surprised Massey asks, “What the heck is wrong with you?”


Jared Massey is tasered as he walks away

Jared Massey is tasered as he walks away

Gardner fires, and Massey shrieks and falls. “Face down! Face down! Put your hands behind your back!” Gardner orders.

A woman screaming hysterically emerges from the passenger side of the sport-utility vehicle Massey was driving, and the trooper tells her to get back inside “or you’re going to jail, too.”

The highway patrol declined to make Gardner available for comment. “I can’t speculate on what was happening in the trooper’s mind,” said Trooper Cameron Roden, a patrol spokesman.

“We have an internal investigation going on…With it coming out on YouTube, we have expedited the investigation.”

The 10-minute video landed on YouTube after it was released to Massey under a public records request.

“We definitely have received a lot of feedback on it, calls and e-mail,” Roden said.

Signing a speeding ticket is not an admission of guilt, Roden said. He described it as a promise that a motorist “will take care of the citation.”

Under patrol policy, troopers can use a Taser if someone is a threat to themselves or others and other means of control are unreasonable, Roden said.

Massey has filed a complaint, Roden said. He didn’t know the status of the speeding ticket.

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Noam Chomsky On U.S. Policy Towards Iran

Sudhan @12:40 CET

Source: Information Clearing House

Must watch – Video and Transcript

“Suppose it was true that Iran is helping insurgents in Iraq. I mean, wasn’t the United States helping insurgents when the Russians invaded Afghanistan? Did we think there was anything wrong with that? I mean, Iraq’s a country that was invaded and is under military occupation. You can’t have a serious discussion about whether someone else is interfering in it. The basic assumption underlying the discussion is that we own the world.” Continue

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The American Nightmare

by Geezer Power …1:07 am

The American Nightmare

By Ms. Gumby
Anonymous bank worker…

What the hell is the American dream anyway? Getting married, having children, buying the house, the car? Well if part of the American dream is owning a house, then lots of folks are going to have to just kiss that dream goodbye.

Many people are losing their homes. Well, not really “their” homes, but the homes that the banks own that they are trying to pay off and eventually own. The biggest problem Americans face today is the notorious ARM, or adjustable rate mortgage. The sub-prime mortgage. You see, many people that never should have qualified for a home loan, did at the hands of greedy predatory lenders that pushed as many people as they could through the process offering what the industry refers to as the “teaser rate”. It’s an interest rate that is fairly low and attractive.

Now for those of you that are not familiar with how a mortgage works, the interest rate determines what your monthly payment is going to be. So… if you start with a low rate, your payment is also fairly low. Attractive, huh? Yes, well that is what the borrowers sees as well. Now, after about a year or two (it’s written into the loan documents otherwise known as the “note”), the interest rate changes.

For example, Mr. Jones may have started with a payment of $560.00 a month, but his two years is up and now his new payment is 900.00 a month. Mr. Jones used a predatory lender to get his mortgage, so his income was falsely represented (inflated), making him qualify for much more than he could even afford. This predatory lender assured Mr. Jones that if he just “hung in there” and made the payments for a while, he could refinance it before the interest rate change came up, and he would be just fine. Mr. Jones was pretty excited to get into his first home, so he signed away.

Meanwhile, as the months passed Mr. Jones faithfully paid his mortgage, month after painful month, oftentimes even letting his other bills go just a little further past due, all the while dreaming of the day he could refinance into an even lower payment. He hoped everything would be OK, and that he could pull through this. Eventually, he could stretch no further, and something had to give. With a shut off notice on his utilities, and a garnishment on his wages, he had to skip a mortgage payment.

Finally, the pre-determined date that the interest rate was set to change came. As written in the agreement,, The LIBOR and index rate published in the Wall Street Journal were used by the mortgage company to determine the new interest rate. the economy was bad, so the interest rate ended up increasing significantly. Poor Mr. Jones had done all he could, but now he couldn’t pay anything.

To make things even worse, Mr. Jones had set up his Mortgage to be escrowed, a process where the customer requests the mortgage company to charge an extra payment amount each month and save it in an account to pay the taxes and insurance for the property each year. Well, Mr. Jones lives in Florida, and the taxes went up there due to the hurricanes. The insurance went up to. This increase, of course, HAD to be passed on the Mr. Jones in his payment. How else would the mortgage company be able to pay the taxes and insurance?

Mr. Jones shot himself. Just kidding he didn’t really shoot himself. He called me, and I told him to sell his property because he couldn’t afford it. He begged and pleaded with me to lower the payments to whatever they were originally. I reasoned with him that it was a possibility, but wouldn’t really help since the taxes and insurance had gone up. I went over his income and found out that his expenses were more than his income. Mr. Jones said that he would work 2 jobs, sell his car, and cut his expenses but it was plain to see that he never should have been approved for this home in the first place. Mr. Jones needed to just sell the property if he even could, before foreclosure happened.

Predatory lenders have caused America to rethink the lending process. It is no longer as easy to get a home loan. Many of those who were able to get a predatory lender to get them qualified and that were able to somehow make good on the payments can’t even qualify for a refinance now.

I often talk to Customers in Florida, and in many other states who say they can’t sell their property now because every house on their block is for sale. There’s too much competition. Besides, you can now buy a brand new freshly built house for less than an old one because the property values have decreased so much.

There have been a reported total of 925,986 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — on 573,397 properties nationwide during the first six months of the year. That’s one foreclosure filing for every 134 U.S. households for the first half of the year.. The Foreclosure rate jumped 55% in the first half of 2007 alone.

I will let your imagination take you from there. Consider the effects on everything else. Consider the delicate balance of our ecosystem and also consider how everything is connected, etc… and consider what is going to happen here. Enough to make you sick. Well that’s my job. To save all of them I can, or more importantly to decide if foreclosure is indeed the only option.

That’s all folks. hope I didn’t shock you too much. But get ready for shit to hit the fan, cuz it aint over yet by a long shot.

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