Archive for January 25th, 2008

GEF @ 11:08 AM MST



Snipes warned IRS agents: Back off or face ‘increased collateral risk’

Snipes warned IRS agents: Back off or face ‘increased collateral risk’


(Updated at 7:30 p.m.) OCALA – After being indicted in 2006, actor Wesley Snipes sent a document to the Internal Revenue Service declaring he was a “nonresident alien” of the United States, refuting his Social Security number and warning that continued prosecution could lead to professional consequences for federal employees.

Among other things, the letter claimed the IRS deceives people to “terrorize, enslave, rape or pillage” taxpayers.

IRS Frivolous Return Program senior technical advisor Shauna Henline read excerpts of the document into the record during Snipes’ tax evasion trial Thursday at prosecutors’ direction.

In the 600-page declaration signed by Snipes and sent Dec. 4, 2006, Snipes said he had “no ill intent or malice” and didn’t want to evade any lawful requirement to pay taxes. But he went on to say the government had “no lawful authority to impose any kind of criminal sanctions.”


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Jim Cramer: Bernanke has No Idea What he’s doing..

GEF @ 10:08 AM MST

Jim Cramer: Fed Chairman Bernanke has No Idea What he’s doing..

We need to Investigate the Federal Reserve!

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Poor folks don’t run for Pre$ident

by Geezer Power …8:59 am

The Nation — Dennis Kucinich is dropping out of the presidential campaign, telling
Cleveland’s Plain Dealer he will formalize his announcement on Friday. It is far earlier than Kucinich dropped out in 2004.

The Ohio Congressman’s long shot campaign faced a particularly hard slog this cycle: He had anemic fundraising, scant grassroots support and an uphill battle with the mainstream media, which rarely covered his campaign and recently shut him out of televised debates. Soon he will receive a ritualistic, farewell media dis… the tasteless “Red X” that Time Magazine slashes across the face of every would-be president who drops out of the race:

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The Liar President to Give Another SOTU!

GEF @ 6:08 AM MST

Looking Ahead To Bush’s State Of The Union Address


As the campaign moves forward and the Democratic candidates go at each other, this video, which shows some of the many broken promises made by President Bush in his 2007 SOTU speech, contains some excellent talking points they may want use when they finally begin to focus on the mess our country is in and who is to blame for it — namely, the Republican Party and their president. The current batch of GOP candidates have vowed to carry on Bush’s failed policies if elected and it would be nice to see the Democratic candidates driving these points home at every opportunity. Remember the REAL bad guys?

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The Danse Macabre of US-Style Democracy

Sudhan @11:40 CET

By John Pilger | Information Clearing House, January 24, 2008

The former president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere once asked, “Why haven’t we all got a vote in the US election? Surely everyone with a TV set has earned that right just for enduring the merciless bombardment every four years.” Having reported four presidential election campaigns, from the Kennedys to Nixon, Carter to Reagan, with their Zeppelins of platitudes, robotic followers and rictal wives, I can sympathize. But what difference would the vote make? Of the presidential candidates I have interviewed, only George C. Wallace, governor of Alabama, spoke the truth. “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans,” he said. And he was shot.

What struck me, living and working in the United States, was that presidential campaigns were a parody, entertaining and often grotesque. They are a ritual danse macabre of flags, balloons and bullsh*t, designed to camouflage a venal system based on money power, human division and a culture of permanent war.

Traveling with Robert Kennedy in 1968 was eye-opening for me. To audiences of the poor, Kennedy would present himself as a savior. The words “change” and “hope” were used relentlessly and cynically. For audiences of fearful whites, he would use racist codes, such as “law and order.” With those opposed to the invasion of Vietnam, he would attack “putting American boys in the line of fire,” but never say when he would withdraw them. That year (after Kennedy was assassinated), Richard Nixon used a version of the same, malleable speech to win the presidency. Thereafter, it was used successfully by Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and the two Bushes. Carter promised a foreign policy based on “human rights” – and practiced the very opposite. Reagan’s “freedom agenda” was a bloodbath in Central America. Clinton “solemnly pledged” universal health care and tore down the last safety net of the Depression.

Continued . . .

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Sword dancing while Gaza starves

Sudhan @11:10 CET

Osamah Khalil, The Electronic Intifada, 24 January 2008

President George W. Bush and Prince Salman bin Abdul Al-Aziz (right) join sword dancers during the President’s visit to Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, 15 January 2008. (White House photo by Eric Draper)

A staggering disparity in images has emanated from the Middle East over the past two weeks. While US President George W. Bush received a warm welcome during his tour of the Persian Gulf, Israel pounded Gaza killing over 40 Palestinians, nearly half of them civilians. Bush participated in sword dancing ceremonies, watched the prowess of hunting falcons, and in the United Arab Emirates he was finally greeted with the flowers that he once believed American troops would receive in Iraq. The obscene displays of wealth and extravagant gifts by the Gulf states, whose coffers are flush with cash from near-record oil prices, contrasted sharply with the images of death and destruction unleashed on impoverished Gaza. This was compounded by Israel’s total closure of the tiny strip late last week, leaving the 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants with dwindling food and fuel supplies. As the only power plant in Gaza shut down Sunday night, Palestinian children in a candle-light march covered by Al Jazeera asked, “Where are the Arabs?” Yet, the Arabs weren’t the only ones absent from the scene. Indeed, Gaza appears to have been abandoned by the entire world, further revealing the state of fragmentation and isolation of the Palestinian national movement.

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