SOTU 2014

Sad day all around. Pete Seeger is dead and The Prez will be giving his State of the Union Address while the people who ran on jobs, jobs, jobs but only worked 126 days last year will clap or not clap based on their party affiliation and not on the merits or dis-merits of what he says.

You can watch it on C-SPAN, beginning at 9 PM, east coast time.

There are several drinking games available out there. I like this one:

Take a shot…
…for every “State of the Union Drinking Game” article you’ve opened today.
…if Obama says: “The state of the union is strong.”
…if Obama says: “Jobs,” “deficit,” or “inequality.”

Eat one of those tiny bottle-shaped chocolates filled with liquor…
…if a Fox News host or pundit lambastes the president’s “recycled ideas” or “bully pulpit.”
…if an MSNBC host or pundit fawns over the president’s “legacy” or “vision.”

Take a swig of liquor…
…if Obama says: “Let me be clear.”
…if an Obama “uhhh” lasts more than two seconds. (Keep drinking for every second after two.)
…if a conservative pundit attacks Jason Collins on Twitter during the speech
…if Obama mentions the government shutdown.

Drink some tea…
…if Obama mentions Syria or Iran.

Chug a beer…
…if Obama mentions gun violence.
…if cameras cut away to Sean Hannity in the gallery.
…for every second of every standing ovation. Do not remove the beer from your lips until the last clap dies down.
…if a Fox pundit mentions “European-style socialism” in his/her post-game analysis.

(more at the link)

Bye Bye Pete. I will certainly miss you.

Obama assassination plan report a “Hoax”

I owe a few people on this blog an apology. I take these things very seriously, mainly because I remember as a young girl the assassination of JFK — and I know how an assassination of a President can devastate our country. It doesn’t matter whether you like the President or you don’t like the President. It is an assault upon the USA.

That’s what makes the publicity surrounding the report that someone planned to assassinate President Obama doubly shameful.

What actually happened:

Turkish police detained a man after receiving a hoax tip that he was plotting to kill President Barack Obama but quickly released him without charge, a government official said Tuesday.

The official, who is close to police operations in Turkey, said police detained the suspect — a Turkish national — on Friday after receiving an anonymous e-mail which even gave the suspect’s address in Istanbul. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of rules that bar civil servants from speaking to the media without prior authorization.

“There was nothing serious. Police released the man and said he was mentally disturbed,” the official said. “The tip turned out to be a hoax. The IP address from which the e-mail was sent was traced to the United States.”

It does make you wonder not only why such a hoax would be reported as real, but who would  want to do such a thing. The list suddenly gets very short.

According to Hot Air:

The tip came from an e-mail from the US, or at least someone using an e-mail system based in the US, but they had the suspect’s address and apparently knew his mental state.  I’m not sure the word “hoax” is correct here; maybe “overreaction” might be better.

Crying Wolf on things such as this is not a very good idea.  This entire Presidency is beginning to look like a produced and directed faux Reality Show complete with choreography.

In less  deliberately choreographed times, “Tips” such as this one, even if sincere,  would be investigated and never make it to the press. What should be reported at this point, now that America was adequately alarmed,  is who the Tipster was.

Americans now compete/grovel for low wage and shitty jobs

One more sign of how much “better” things are getting while our government laughingly imagines that Americans can’t wait to get bank credit to buy another house and a new car:

LEWISTON, Pa. — The growing ranks of unemployed Americans are turning to the traditional fallbacks — retail, restaurants, customer service — to ride out a rough economy. The bad news is job openings there are growing scarce, too.

Widespread “trading down” is sparking a fight for low-wage jobs that employers once struggled to fill. Mark Hall, 24 years old, of Alexandria, Pa., lost his $12-an-hour gig as a videographer when his employer folded and is now looking for anything to make ends meet.

And as our elected officials prattle about how every American should be able to get a four-year degree, whether they have any brains or not:

“Finding a regular job, not even in my field, is very challenging,” said Mr. Hall. “Even working for Lowe’s, I’d settle for that, and I have a four-year degree.”

…….snip……

Despite what objectives they may have put atop their resumes, when asked to describe the work they really wanted, the job seekers largely had the same goal: “I’ll take anything right now.”

In many cases, that desperation means that even educated workers must trade down to jobs below their potential and with lower pay. That results in painful, long-term effects, from hurting their own career advancement to displacing those with less education or experience.

So basically, it won’t be long  before you need that freshly dumbed down four- year degree just to sell hardware at Lowe’s.

All of this while we anticipate yet another major hike in the cost of heat and light with the Bomb Shelter and Y2K scare of the 21st Century known as Global Warming. But not to worry. Homeless people don’t have to worry about utility bills.

But don’t worry, Comrades. Nancy, Harry,  Tim and Barack are going to fix everything. They are going to fix you  good.

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On a “Lighter note”, it does look as though The Onion was right. Promises kept. Thanks for reminding me, DE.

Blue Dogs resist cap and trade, so Harry is looking for a sneaky way to do it anyhow

The smarm on Capitol Hill and  their disregard for the people of the USA is just never-ending. The People no longer have any say whatsoever. They are prisoners now.

At this very moment, Harry Reid is considering passing the budget with the cap and trade intact using “Reconciliation”.

Reconciliation is basically a sneaky way to get something passed when you don’t have enough votes, even if you are the majority.  Harry is looking to pass this mess using a simple majority instead of a two-thirds vote. In other words, The People be damned and Screw The Whole Lot of You. You can all just eat shit and die as far as Harry is concerned. And you probably will when these people get done with you.

Congress is rumored to be considering passing a cap-and-trade plan through budget reconciliation, which is a process that is only completed if there are special instructions passed in the budget resolution and requires a simple majority, rather than a 2/3rds vote to pass the Senate.

Unfortunately, this action sets a very low bar for a high-cost, big-government bill such as cap-and-trade, but fortunately the Blue Dogs, a group of fifty-one fiscally conservative House Democrats, have warned that the reconciliation strategy is a bad idea.

The budget reconciliation “is utilized when Congress issues directives to legislate policy changes in mandatory spending (entitlements) or revenue programs (tax laws) to achieve the goals in spending and revenue contemplated by the budget resolution.”

harry-reid-fingerThis is no longer “rumored” or a “consideration”.

It’s real.

Harry is manipulating the system in the Senate right now as you read this. It’s happening today.

Cap and Trade will be a financially devastating thing to every American who turns on a light switch. The taxes and fees attached to energy use and, in some cases, even the purchase of something that requires energy to make it, will be outrageous. This will not only affect whether or not you can afford to be warm or live with light. It will affect the cost of food and other necessities.

The Bald-faced Lie of No Taxes for the middle class will ring hollow when people see what this is going to cost them every single day. They aim to get it out of your hide another way. This is a financially crippling thing to do to people who are already struggling just to pay their energy bills. The Global Warming fanatics are going to make it so that people can no longer afford to stay alive if this kind of thought process keeps up and goes unchecked.

It all reminds me of the bomb shelter scare, the Y2K bullshit and Chicken Little all rolled into one. It’s very profitable for certain people though, including and especially Al Gore, who incidentally left a number of his own house lights on during Earth Hour, while expecting the rest of the world to go dark. Trust me, he can afford the cap and trade costs attached to his utility bill.

As you are reading this, the Reconciliation threat is unfolding in the Senate. You should tune into CSPAN and take a look at your senate leader trying to shove it up your nose while his hand is in your wallet.

In the meantime, the Blue Dogs are not pleased and are meeting right now.

One concern surrounds cap and trade, which the Blue Dogs contend pits regions of the country that have plentiful renewable resources against regions that produce traditional energy resources, such as coal. He said Blue Dogs oppose using reconciliation for cap-and-trade to ensure fairness. House and Senate Democratic leaders and the White House this week said it remains an option.

Moderates in both parties have voiced doubts about the cost of the program. Democrats from industrial and coal-producing states hit hard by the recession, such as Michigan and Ohio, fear that a cap-and-trade bill will fail to include provisions to keep new, green jobs at home.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has gathered a group of 16 industrial and Rust Belt state Democrats to try to limit any potential economic damage the proposal could wreak on their states.

The Republicans actually stopped worrying about how everybody else lives long enough to join in as well.

Republicans, meanwhile, have questioned the revenue projections included in the budget for the proposal.

Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who last year supported climate change legislation sponsored by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), voiced concerns about Obama’s proposal.

“President Obama promised a middle-class tax cut, but what he didn’t tell us was that he would pay for it with a climate tax,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said in a statement. “This is a major sleight of hand.”

Keep your eye on Harry, folks. He’s getting very creative about circumventing Democracy. This is going to cost you big time if he pulls the ultimate nose-thumbing trick of Reconciliation on the American people. If you think your heat and electric bills are high now, you haven’t seen anything yet until Harry finishes your off.

Out of control.

Out. Of. Control.

A dead rose by any other name would smell as…..

39910funnynoseglassesUsing the AIG rendition of the social idiot who shows up at the party wearing a plastic groucho nose, eyebrows and glasses prop, AIG tore down their headquarters sign this weekend and unceremoniously, if not surreptitiously, changed their company name to AIU–although IOU seems to be a more appropriate name.

No kidding. You can’t make this shit up. Apparently, in the future, we won’t recognize who they are. Let’s call it the Wall Street rendition of the witness protection program.

NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) – Workmen rolled up their sleeves at American International Group Inc (AIG.N) this weekend to take down the most prominent sign at the downtown Manhattan offices of the embattled insurer that has become the scorn of America.

 A spokesman said the company had decided to replace the large AIG sign — outside the entrance to its property-casualty offices — as part of its plan to change that operation’s name to AIU Holdings Ltd.

 The move is designed to “distinguish these well-capitalized businesses from AIG,” said a second spokesman.

In what is probably the closest thing to a truthful remark from AIG’s AIU’s   Fed-Selected CEO we have heard in a month, the man finally admitted what a thieving, morally-bankrupt sack of crap this company truly is.

“I think the AIG name is so thoroughly wounded and disgraced that we’re probably going to have to change it,” Liddy told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee last Wednesday.

Funny, I kind of get the feeling that the move is to Disappear the name “AIG”. I am sure they are all hoping that angry mobs won’t be able to find their thieving asses any longer.

bag-over-headI get the distinct feeling that in the near future, Geithner, Paulson and Bernanke may be borrowing three sets of those groucho glasses. Barring that possibility due to a run on purchases of  these props caused by the rest of their Goldman-Sachs and other Wall Street friends, they can always temporarily go for the bag over the head routine until novelty companies restock.  The photo above is a custom-made bag earmarked for Chris Dodd, whose wife seems to have had previous employment ties to AIGan AIU-owned business.

Geithner attempts to crap on the Constitution, asking for Unprecedented Powers

geithnerCan you even imagine giving unchecked power to this character who clearly works for unnamed people who aren’t even remotely interested in the  taxpayers  or the citizens of the USA? And can you even imagine a President of a DEMOCRACY thinking this is a good idea? Or the Congress of the USA even  listening to this horse shit, much less considering it?

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asked Congress Tuesday to give the White House unprecedented powers to seize large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, leaping beyond its present authority to seize only banks.

Geithner argued for such authority during the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the handling of bonuses paid to executives at American International Group.

“As we have seen with AIG, distress at large, interconnected, non-depository financial institutions can pose systematic risks just as distress at banks can. The administration proposes legislation to give the U.S. government the same basic set of tools for addressing financial distress at non-banks as it has in the bank context,” Geithner told the committee.

“The proposed resolution authority would allow the government to provide financial assistance to make loans to an institution, purchase its obligations or assets, assume or guarantee its liabilities and purchase an equity interest,” he said.

President Obama said later Tuesday that he hopes “it doesn’t take too long to convince Congress” that it should approve the new powers. 

hammersickleA Constitutional lawyer, President Obama? Really? Aside from the fact that Tim Geithner has appeared to screw up everything he touches, and aside from the fact that the Bilderberger Theory is starting to look more real every day, with Tim Geithner in the middle of it, the odor of this idea is extremely foul.  Tim Geithner having the utimate power to seize ownership of any business he wants, even if they aren’t using bailout money is the antithesis of capitalism. Is that the idea, wink wink? In China, the government can seize whatever it wants. What is this, the new Union of Soviet Socialist Republic? Is this a joke????? There are millions of immigrants in the USA who LEFT countries and came here to get away from this kind of crap.

This “idea” is an unprecedented assignment of power to Nationalize any American businesses at will—to a man nobody elected, and man who works for a President, and a man who would be virtually an unchecked loose canon, who appears bent on the Nationalization of American Corporations (whether they are in trouble or not!) on behalf of the Republic of Barackistan.

Specifically, the Treasury secretary asked for powers similar to those of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which has authority to seize control of banks, take over their bad assets and sell good ones to competitors.

“AIG highlights broad failures of our financial system,” Geithner told the House Financial Services Committee. “We must ensure that our country never faces this situation again.”

…snip…

Geithner made it clear he believes the treasury secretary should be granted unprecedented power, after consultation with Federal Reserve Board officials, to take control of a major financial institution and run it. The treasury chief is an official of the administration, unlike the FDIC, which is an independent regulatory agency.

The FDIC is an independent agency. They do not have the authority to seize banks that are not in trouble. The Secretary of the Treasury works for the President of the United States, and serves at that President’s pleasure………or, in this case,  somebody’s pleasure.  And he wants authority to take any business he wants and Nationalize it?

More and more you have to ask yourself……..who the hell IS this guy who has the arrogance and audacity to demand this kind of power? And what kind of President thinks it’s a great idea?????

How many of you would hire Tim Geithner to run anything, much less give him unchecked and unaccountable power to take over any business he wants, whether they want him there or not? Anybody?

I’m a little concerned,” House Minority Leader John Boehner told reporters during a press conference. “This is an unprecedented grab of power and before that occurs, there ought to be a real debate about whether we should give that authority to the Treasury secretary.”

House Democratic leaders also showed reservation over supporting the administration’s call for expanded authority.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday: “I want to discuss it with a number of people. Obviously one of the issues that Congress is concerned about is the delegation of authority. We are talking about huge sums of money — huge consequences for one individual.”

“At this point in time, I want to look at it more carefully,” he added.

Who do you want to “discuss it with”? Your lobbyist contributors? Thought so. Mr. Hoyer, you are a sellout against the entire concept of Democracy and Free Market and should be run out of Congress on a rail for even treating this like it’s not a totally insane assault upon a Free Market. You should go run for office in China.

Why don’t you Congressional wimps grow some cajones?? You all sound like a bunch of snot-nosed dumb children waiting to ask Mommy what to do next. 

How the hell did these people get into to Congress? Any fool can see that this is a power grab of the worst unaccountable and UnAmerican kind.  How dumb can they be to even listen to this kind of  despot-generating horse crap and dignify it with such a limp answer?  They all deserve  to lose  their powers for the political whores that they are.

My God. No wonder America is falling apart, much to the thrill of its Robber Barons. No wonder more and more States are shoring up their Sovereignty rights.

Rolling Stone: “The Big Takeover”

screwedIf you read nothing else on the internet today, I urge you to read Matt  Taibbi’s piece in Rolling Stone, entitled The Big Takeover.

This is an eight page jaw-dropping piece that traces the sequence of events that brought America and its hard-working, responsible citizens to their financial kness.

Taibbi declares:

The global economic crisis isn’t about money – it’s about power. How Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution

You should send that link to everybody you care about.  Tell them they’ve been had and ask them exactly what they intend to do about it. It’s nearly midnight. Do we know where are money is?

So it’s time to admit it: We’re fools, protagonists in a kind of gruesome comedy about the marriage of greed and stupidity. And the worst part about it is that we’re still in denial — we still think this is some kind of unfortunate accident, not something that was created by the group of psychopaths on Wall Street whom we allowed to gang-rape the American Dream.

Matt is dead-on about one thing in particular:

People are pissed off about this financial crisis, and about this bailout, but they’re not pissed off enough.

The reality is that the worldwide economic meltdown and the bailout that followed were together a kind of revolution, a coup d’état. They cemented and formalized a political trend that has been snowballing for decades: the gradual takeover of the government by a small class of connected insiders, who used money to control elections, buy influence and systematically weaken financial regulations.

Not only is he dead-on, but he provides the sequence of events surround the plan to screw Americans out of the money they earned, saved and invested. One commenter on the article  sums up what Taibbi has done here:

Matt, This article is brilliant! I’ve circulated it to all my friends who are pissed off, but not pissed off enough — and not pissed off at Barack Obama. I adore Obama, campaigned my butt off for him, cried my eyes out when he was sworn in, but I am beginning to wonder if perhaps Obama is Goldman Sach’s gift horse to us dumb bunny Trojans. We opened our gates, rolled him inside amidst joyous festivities, but in the dark of night, out of his belly popped Summers, and Geithner, and Liddy, and Patterson … you get the picture!

Please to there now and read.