Archive for February 11th, 2008

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By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

H/T to Chrisco

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Evening Jukebox… Illegal

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:30 PM MST

Shakira- Illegal (featuring Carlos Santana)

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How Do THEY Sleep At Night?

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:30 PM MST

It’s going to get ugly the closer we get to November

The RNC is offering a chance to send e-cards to loved ones this Valentine’s Day, including this charmer:

Good to know that enabling the worst administration ever and causing the destruction of millions of lives as well as our standing globally doesn’t prevent them from being as mean-spirited and small as they’ve ever been.

How these people sleep at night, I’ll never know.

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by Geezer Power …2:06 pm

Yep, thats George in the middle of the picture. This is how he makes his jumps.
They probably cover him up in bubble wrap before he hits the ground.

George H.W. Gets Jump on Bill Clinton, Tells Sarkozy: “Oui, mon fils est un idiot”

Huffington Post December 20, 2007

George HW Bush today began a world tour to tell people the US is again open for business and cooperation. Although Bill Clinton had planned to do this tour together with Bush in November, 2009, Bush decided to get a jump on the process, parachuting into Paris.

HW said that he had been miffed ever since George W. told Woodward that he only appealed to a higher father. “Well, when you saw me in the parachute –that’s the highest father that’s ever done anything for him. And, believe me, he needed a lot of help…When he prayed to get into prep school, then into college, then into the National Guard to avoid combat service, then into business school, then into the oil business, then getting out of the oil business leaving others to suffer financial loss, then into the Texas Rangers organization, I am here to tell you that I was the father that did all of that for him.”

I’ve always wondered why Pappy Bu$h & Bill Clinton were hanging out together doing humanitarian projects and being portrayed as good guys on the cover of Time magazine. Well, it’s becoming a little clearer to me now, as they have known each other for a long time, going back to when Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas.

Compromised is the true story of Bill Clinton’s political sell-out to the CIA. Clinton’s unbridled political ambitions and his campaign pledge to create “jobs for Arkansans” led him to compromise his ideals in exchange for CIA support in his bid for the Presidency. He permitted the “Agency” to use Arkansas factories to make untraceable weapons and he allowed CIA contract agents to train Contra pilots on rural airstrips in support of the war in Nicaragua – effectively evading the Congressional ban on military aid to the Contras. This expose unfolds through the eyewitness account of Terry Reed, a former CIA asset whose patriotism transformed him into a liability when he refused to turn a blind eye to the Agency’s drug trafficking. While helping the CIA set up its secret “black” operations, he unwittingly compromised his family’s safety, ultimately forcing them to become fugitives. Realizing that Reed witnessed the making of a counterfeit President and knew too much about its drug operations, the Agency set out to destroy him and his family. This Arkansas-CIA connection became Clinton’s darkest secret – a secret he shared by then Vice-President Bush, who himself was compromised by his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal. Their shared guilt kept them silent and tied their hands as they faced off in the 1992 Presidential election with neither mentioning Iran-Contra. The Justice Departments of Reagan, Bush – and now Clinton – have orchestrated an ongoing cover-up of the Arkansas-CIA connection, which has gone undetected for eight years with Bill Clinton its major beneficiary. Clinton’s reward for this Faustian pact? The White House. Reed puts Clinton directly in the “Iran-Contra loop”. Both attended a secret meeting where CIA arms arrangements, illegal Contra training and money laundering were discussed. Involved with Clinton in this cabal were Colonel Oliver North, William Barr (George Bush’s attorney general), Felix Rodriguez (Bay of Pigs veteran and George Bush’s CIA contact) and CIA contract agent Barry Seal, who used the cover of a high-profile drug trafficker to carry out his missions. “Compromised” reveals the details and names of all who were involved, including these faceless power brokers now in positions of public prominence in Washington, D.C. When the CIA learned Reed had more patriotism than they bargained for, forces within President Bush’s Justice Department, the CIA and the State of Arkansas decided he had to be neutralized. People close to Clinton conspired to set Reed up on false federal criminal charges, forcing him and his family into hiding. But Reed was acquitted, and now wages a one-man legal war to bring those who framed him to justice. Found innocent by a court of law, Reed was then convicted by TIME Magazine, which aligned itself with a Clinton campaign consumed with protecting its candidate from scandals. Why did Terry Reed, who performed intelligence services for the US Air Force, FBI, and CIA, come forward with these revelations now? – to set the record straight and to clear his name. “Compromised” reveals one of the most clandestine operations in recent U.S. history. It also offers behind-the-scenes insights into the sordid world of intelligence, where things are seldom what they seem and powerful people disguise greed and ambition behind the convenient mask of national security.

Clinton, Bush and the CIA, (NY: S.P.I. Books, 1994), that Barry Seal made deposits of cash from the Mena drug operation directly to Lasater & Co. Reed also says that Lasater introduced Seal to him once as a client of his, although Lasater’s attorney denies the charge. This drug money laundering was in addition to services ADFA was providing to channel large amounts of cash to POM and other companies. Former ADFA marketing director Larry Nichols claims that no one was actually buying these bonds, that they were instead sold to out-of-state banks, two with connections to BCCI. The losses from these junk bonds were then mixed into the vortex of vanishing money in the S&L crisis.[14]
Nichols and other witnesses state that ADFA used BCCI branches in Florida and Georgia, as well as Garfield Ridge Trust & Savings Bank in Chicago. That bank is partially owned by indicted congressman Dan Rostenkowsi.[15] Other shady deals known to be made by the ADFA included the transfer of $50 million into Fuji Bank in the Caymen Islands and using a trading account belonging to Dennis Patrick to move another $50 million in junk bonds.[16]
Awash in drug money and good connections, Lasater became a heavy user of cocaine. The noose tightened when his friend Roger Clinton, who was then working as Lasater’s driver, came under scrutiny by narcotics police. Lasater sent him to his Florida horse-farm to lie low, but to no avail. The pair were eventually arrested and indicted on drug charges.
Lasater was charged with “social distribution” of drugs and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. He served only six months, until Governor Clinton pardoned him. (Lasater is now back in Little Rock and still active in business. His aptly-named Phoenix Corporation has been bidding on assets being sold off by the Resolution Trust Company. Some of these very S&Ls collapsed precisely because of Lasater & Co.’s illegal bond trading.)

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Too Much Information?

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:00 AM MST

Today’s Must Read

Back in the summer of 2005, just as journalists were toiling to produce the first books on what had gone so horribly wrong in Iraq, the Army was handed a thorough study by the RAND Corporation, its federally-financed research arm.

And it came, as one might expect, to some sharp conclusions. It faulted the President and Condoleezza Rice, Don Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, Colin Powell’s State Department, and Gen. Tommy Franks’ Central Command for a variety of shortcomings, all essentially for their role in not adequately preparing for securing postwar Iraq. The report provided a strategy for how the Army and the government in general might avoid a similar plight the next time around (the short version: try preparing for the aftermath).

Unclassified versions of RAND reports are regularly made public, and the researchers had hoped a version of this report would be too. But, as The New York Times reports this morning, the Army wasn’t happy with the product. So they buried it. The reason, an Army official explains, is that the report was just too gosh darn informative:

“After carefully reviewing the findings and recommendations of the thorough RAND assessment, the Army determined that the analysts had in some cases taken a broader perspective on the early planning and operational phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom than desired or chartered by the Army…. Some of the RAND findings and recommendations were determined to be outside the purview of the Army and therefore of limited value in informing Army policies, programs and priorities.”

Another Pentagon official, this one whispering to the Times anonymously, gives another version:

A Pentagon official who is familiar with the episode offered a different interpretation: Army officials were concerned that the report would strain relations with a powerful defense secretary and become caught up in the political debate over the war. “The Army leaders who were involved did not want to take the chance of increasing the friction with Secretary Rumsfeld,” said the official, who asked not to be identified because he did not want to alienate senior military officials.

Of course, the report still isn’t publicly available, and from what the Times describes, it would make for interesting reading. Overlaying the various critiques of the agencies, the report cites a general principle (The Cheney Principle of Prewar Bravado?) that explains the general failure:

One serious problem the study described was the Bush administration’s assumption that the reconstruction requirements would be minimal. There was also little incentive to challenge that assumption, the report said.

“Building public support for any pre-emptive or preventative war is inherently challenging, since by definition, action is being taken before the threat has fully manifested itself,” it said. “Any serious discussion of the costs and challenges of reconstruction might undermine efforts to build that support.”

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anthony @ 17:20

From Gary Allen’s None Dare Call it Conspiracy, Chapter 3:

When the Federal Reserve System was foisted on an unsuspecting American public, there were absolute guarantees that there would be no more boom and bust economic cycles. The men who, behind the scenes, were pushing the central bank concept for the international bankers faithfully promised that from then on there would be only steady growth and perpetual prosperity. However, Congressman Charles A. Lindberg Sr. accurately proclaimed:

“From now on depressions will be scientifically created.”

Using a central bank to create alternate periods of inflation and deflation, and thus whipsawing the public for vast profits, had been worked out by the international bankers to an exact science.

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The greatest story never told: Winston Churchill and the crash of 1929

There is an amazing book titled, The Greatest Story Never Told: Winston Churchill and the Crash of 1929 by Pat Riott, which is a real eye opener. In light of all the talk about the dollar and the fact that America’s economy is in hock to foreign countries, our “strong economy” and other popular sound bites, I thought this would be a good time to let you know about this excellent little book.

The Greatest Story lays out the events of October 1929 in a simple fashion in this thoroughly documented work. The big cigar puffer, Winston Churchill, is a great hero to many Americans. Was he, really? I think people will find out differently after they read this well researched work. Sadly, most Americans won’t because they would rather willfully believe lies than have their comfort zone disturbed and because Americans have become intellectually lazy and just want to be entertained by the TV, drugs, booze, porn and “leisure activities.” In the meantime, they are jeopardizing everything they have ever worked for by placing their blind trust in their elected public officials in Washington, DC who have proven themselves to be crooks, cowards, liars and the worst of scoundrels.

The majority of comfort zone Americans think the “Crash of ‘29″ was some sort of anomaly that can’t happen again. They think that because some “safeguards” have been put in place by the NYSE, a big crash can’t happen again. Not here in America! Really? Here’s a few points about The Greatest Story Never Told that might interest you: (more…)

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Should the Archbishop of Canterbury resign?

anthony @ 14:15 GMT

telegraph.co.uk | Monday, February 11, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing himself for an angry confrontation with senior Church members today as he refuses to apologise for comments suggesting that the adoption of sharia law in the UK is “unavoidable”.

Dr Rowan Williams has been urged to resign and faces claims from within the Anglican Church that confidence in him has “plummeted”.

  • Full transcript of the Archbishop’s comments

    He will use his presidential address today at the start of the General Synod, the Church of England’s parliament, to head off pressure for an emergency debate on his competence.

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    A spokesman for Dr Williams said he had no intention of resigning. A number of Synod members are, however, likely to try and force the issue.

    Should the Archbishop of Canterbury quit? Would an apology for his remarks of last week restore confidence in his ability to lead the church, not just in England but worldwide?

    What future is there for the Church of England if Dr Williams continues to hold his position?

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    Hillary’s Curious Campaign Loan

    Sudhan @14:15 CET

    By Nat Parry | Consortiumnews.com, Feb 10, 2008

    Only days before the make-or-break “Super Tuesday” primaries, Hillary Clinton dipped into her personal finances to lend her campaign $5 million, a move she kept secret until the day after she had battled Barack Obama to a standstill in the coast-to-coast voting.

    If she had disclosed the loan before Super Tuesday, it might not only have generated troubling questions about the financial health of her campaign; it might have focused unwanted attention on the sources of the Clintons’ money.

    Unlike other well-to-do politicians, the Clintons did not inherit their wealth or amass a fortune during a prior business career. Just seven years ago, on leaving the White House, the Clintons were millions of dollars in debt due to the costs of fighting legal battles.

    Since then, they amassed a personal fortune – now estimated at about $30 million – largely from book contracts and the cachet of a former U.S. President, whose status attracted lucrative business deals and speaking tours, many involving overseas interests.

    The proximity between the Clintons’ new-found wealth and Hillary Clinton’s presidential run raised eyebrows over whether the $5 million loan – and any future financial help she might give her campaign – could constitute backdoor financing from benefactors beyond what they could legally donate.

    On Feb. 6, Sen. Clinton told reporters that the loan was “my money,” apparently meaning that she was not relying on the funds of her husband or anyone else. A Clinton spokesman later added that the loan was from her “share of their joint resources.”

    Since 2001, Sen. Clinton has reported earning $9.9 million from Simon & Shuster for her memoir, Living History, on top of her Senate salary of $169,300 a year.

    Continued . . .

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    Iraq inquiry appeal goes to Lords

    anthony @ 13:05 GMT

    ITN – 11.02.2008 10:39

    An attempt to force the Government to order a public inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq conflict is to go to the House of Lords.

    The move comes after the Court of Appeal dismissed a claim by the mothers of two dead soldiers that the Government was under an implied obligation to hold an independent inquiry under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the “right to life”.

    Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, President of the High Court Queen’s Bench Division Sir Igor Judge and Lord Justice Dyson said that, while they had “every sympathy” for Beverley Clarke and Rose Gentle, the UK was not obliged to set up an independent inquiry into the lawfulness of the invasion.

    They said: “Such an inquiry would inevitably involve, not only questions of international law, but also questions of policy, which are essentially matters for the executive and not the courts.”

    The trio also said that the deaths of Trooper David Jeffrey Clarke and Fusilier Gordon Gentle would be investigated through the inquest process.

    Trooper Clarke, 19, from Littleworth, Staffordshire, was one of two soldiers who died in March 2003 in a “friendly fire” incident west of Basra. Fusilier Gentle, 19, from Glasgow, of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, died in June 2004 in an improvised explosive device attack on British vehicles in Basra.

    Speaking at Westminster, Mrs Gentle said: “I think Tony Blair sent our boys to war on a lie. He just agreed with George Bush right away. They didn’t even give it a second thought.”

    She said the Government’s promise of an inquiry “when the time was right” was not good enough.

    Peter Brierley, whose son Shaun was killed in the conflict, said: “My son always used to say he would defend his country. This was not defending his country. The country was not under any threat of attack.”

    The hearing at the Lords is expected to last three days.

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