~JOHN MCCAIN, speech, May 12, 2008
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"Monk had not raised his voice or threatened anybody. He merely stated in no uncertain terms that the government violated the civil liberties of several citizens who had spoken in opposition to proposed anti-homeless ordinances earlier in the week.
The council took umbrage and had the citizens removed after they made comparisons between the ordinances and Heinrich Himmler’s Final Solution.
“As Americans, we have the right to redress our government without fear of being arrested,” said Monk. “Whether or not they’re connecting dots from Hitler to George Wallace to Barney … you should be asking, ‘well what are we doing that’s allowing people to connect those dots?’ It was a sick and gross abuse of power.”
Council President Hall interrupted Monk. “Your time is up, sit down,” he said.
“No, I have a minute and 12 seconds left,” Monk said as he glanced at the timer on the speaker’s lectern.
“I’m ruling you out of order,” Hall said.
At that point the council had cops flank Monk.
The priest was not arrested and two council members stormed off in protest of the obvious dictatorial behavior of their fellow members.
The incident is more evidence that government – from the federal government all the way down to state and local government – is increasingly out of control and often flagrantly violates the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It treats citizens like subjects to be abused, culled for “revenue enhancement,” victimized by militarized police, and taxed relentlessly." Kurt NimmoInfowars.com
"The U.S. economy appears to be coming apart at the seams. Unemployment remains at nearly ten percent, the highest level in almost 30 years; foreclosures have forced millions of Americans out of their homes; and real incomes have fallen faster and further than at any time since the Great Depression. Many of those laid off fear that the jobs they have lost -- the secure, often unionized, industrial jobs that provided wealth, security, and opportunity -- will never return. They are probably right.
And yet a curious thing has happened in the midst of all this misery. The wealthiest Americans, among them presumably the very titans of global finance whose misadventures brought about the financial meltdown, got richer. And not just a little bit richer; a lot richer. In 2009, the average income of the top five percent of earners went up, while on average everyone else's income went down. This was not an anomaly but rather a continuation of a 40-year trend of ballooning incomes at the very top and stagnant incomes in the middle and at the bottom. The share of total income going to the top one percent has increased from roughly eight percent in the 1960s to more than 20 percent today.
This is what the political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson call the "winner-take-all economy." It is not a picture of a healthy society. Such a level of economic inequality, not seen in the United States since the eve of the Great Depression, bespeaks a political economy in which the financial rewards are increasingly concentrated among a tiny elite and whose risks are borne by an increasingly exposed and unprotected middle class. Income inequality in the United States is higher than in any other advanced industrial democracy and by conventional measures comparable to that in countries such as Ghana, Nicaragua, and Turkmenistan. It breeds political polarization, mistrust, and resentment between the haves and the have-nots and tends to distort the workings of a democratic political system in which money increasingly confers political voice and power.
It is generally presumed that economic forces alone are responsible for this astonishing concentration of wealth. Technological changes, particularly the information revolution, have transformed the economy, making workers more productive and placing a premium on intellectual, rather than manual, labor. Simultaneously, the rise of global markets -- itself accelerated by information technology -- has hollowed out the once dominant U.S. manufacturing sector and reoriented the U.S. economy toward the service sector. The service economy also rewards the educated, with high-paying professional jobs in finance, health care, and information technology. At the low end, however, jobs in the service economy are concentrated in retail sales and entertainment, where salaries are low, unions are weak, and workers are expendable...." Foreign Affairs
"Wall Street banks, many which received government bailouts in 2008, saw higher bonuses in 2009. Even though profits returned robustly in 2009, the bonus pools still fell short of the banner year of 2007.
For example, Goldman Sachs, the poster child for excessive pay, paid out $16.2 billion in 2009, ahead of the $10.9 billion it paid in 2008, but still well below the record $20 billion it set aside for compensation in 2007.
"Really what's going on is the people on the top of the firm want to make a lot of money and if they're going to make a lot of money, they have got to pay the people under them a lot of money," Lewis said.
"So it's a very elegant form of theft right now." Reuters.com
2009, 2010 saw more of the same and so will 2011.
"Making Sen$e correspondent Paul Solman reports on the extreme inequality in the U.S. It's now on par with African dictatorships. In a telling moment after interviewing a recent immigrant from Haiti, where she says the American Dream isn't something she feels she'll ever have, Solman says, "The U.S. looks unequal to a Haitian?"
He then looks into a recent study about wealth in the U.S. "The first constant finding," Solman says. "Most Americans don't realize how unequal our country really is."
Yay for non-profit media." Crooksandliars.com
“The governor of Texas should not be initiating a Christians-only prayer.”
~Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, according to the Post. Washington Post
Author H. Beam Piper, science fiction writer, in his work Space Vikings speaks of the barbarians from within society. "He says, even at their worst, they are in engaged in honest butchery compared to the nefarious do-gooders and do-nothings."
"The barbarians are rising . . . Every society rests on a barbarian base. The people who don't understand civilization, and wouldn't like it if they did. The hitchhikers. The people who create nothing, and who don't appreciate what others have created for them, and who think civilization is something that just exists and that all they need to do is enjoy what they can understand of it --- luxuries, high living standards, and easy work for high pay . . .
It wasn't the war that put Hitler into power. It was the fact that the ruling class of his nation, the people who keep things running, were discredited. The masses, the homemade barbarians, didn't have anybody to take their responsibilities for them."
We see this today in America. The rich, powerful and banksters make nothing. They live on dividends and interest. They are the hitchhikers. The barbarians, the Tea Party, know nothings who want to wreck the American society because they are "the people who don't understand civilization, and wouldn't like it if they did." They are led by Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. The others Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul have a degree of integrity but are still willing to sell their souls to the devil.
If a man like Rick Perry or a woman like Michele Bachmann can reach the white house we are finished as a nation. The day of a statesman leading America will have been over.
A friend recently wrote the following about the riots in the U.K. While it is easy to just say it is a criminal element, it is more, it is the social breakdown and disenfranchisement of the poor and lower classes.
"I've also been closely following the riots in, and elsewhere in
. Frankly it comes as no surprise to me and my fellow Mancunians
when I see what is happening. These recent incidents appear to be a
backhanded tribute to the long-term intellectual torpor, moral cowardice,
incompetence and careerist opportunism of the British political and
For years, politicians of all parties but especially those with a Tory
bent, have somehow managed not to notice what has long been apparent to
anyone who has taken a short walk with his eyes open down any British city
street: that a considerable proportion of the country's young population
is ugly, aggressive, vicious, badly educated, uncouth and criminally
inclined because they're marginalised. British youth leads the Western
world in almost all aspects of social pathology, from teenage pregnancy to
drug taking, from drunkenness to violent criminality. In many northern
constituencies, British kids are much likelier to have a television in
their bedroom than a father living at home. One-third of them never eat a
meal at a table with another member of their household and 'family' is not
the word for the social arrangements of the people in the areas from which
the rioters mainly come. So this is what happens. And it's going to get
worse if the British National Party (neo-nazi racists) get involved and
play the immigrant/race card."
"On Tuesday in Wisconsin Americans will have the chance to reverse the mistakes of the last election. Americans are taking action. It is not lost on people across the country. It is a movement by the middle class to oust the far right and their mean spirited policies that hurt the middle class, the poor, veterans and seniors." BBC.co.uk
Pelosi: My Deficit Committee Members Will Oppose All Entitlement Benefit Cuts
"The debt limit fight is over, but the fight over entitlement programs will continue for months. In the weeks ahead, the leaders of both parties in both the House and Senate will name three members each to a new committee tasked with reducing the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion.
The ultimate makeup of that committee is key. It will determine whether this Congress will pass further fiscal legislation, and, thus, what the major themes of the 2012 election will be.
At a pre-recess press conference Tuesday afternoon, TPM asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) whether the people she appoints to the committee will make the same stand she made during the debt limit fight -- that entitlement benefits -- as opposed to provider payments, waste and other Medicare spending -- should be off limits.
In short, yes."
MARK KARLIN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
"Ignorance isn't bliss, or so we are learning as political discourse based on misinformation plays itself out in the corporate mass media and the halls of Congress.
As the narrator/director of the cult classic documentary, "Orwell Rolls in His Grave," asks: "Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?"
The answer, of course, is yes." more at BUZZFLASH.COM