Archive for February 2009
Not that he needs any help from us. Apparently, white men, in particular old white men, need someone to speak for them in this “pussy” dominated America.
Eric Kirk, the great authority on racism, racist, white people and men posted this, Pat Buchanan speaks up for the white folk . He did not provide any link for reference to his “excerpt”.
Joe Blow doesn’t know Eric Kirk personally, but if we were to guess we’d have to say he is, among other unmentionable things, mixed race and female and never met a real man in his life. His bio says he’s an “attorney,” so I would guess that says something about his class strictures. Here’s a copy of his post as of Thursday, February 24, 2009 with our compliments:
He’s our champion. What can I say? After all these years of oppression, I can speak up as a white man. We need more programs. We need affirmative action! We need media by and for white men who can speak to our concerns and experiences. I feel so empowered!
Here’s an excerpt.
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks.It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere have done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ‘ 60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated their time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude???
Where indeed? Ingrates.
And later in the column he explains why we white men find black people so scary. Black people need to think about that. But I would criticize him for focusing on the anecdotal issues at the expense of the systemic discrimination against white people, especially white men. We want equal representation in the Board rooms! We want equal representation in Congress! And I’m tired of security in the department stores not watching me closely when I walk in. I want attention too!
What an effeminate like Kirk doesn’t seem to understand is the heritage carried by American men and women that battled to settle this country and passed down through their living offspring until today. Their true nature is not something you want to expose by going down that ridicule road. He and his kind just might find that the Pandora Box opened in Iraq becomes child’s play in this country, once the restraints are loosened and people decide it’s time for payback. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before in this country, including right here in Humboldt County.
Time to act like a man Mr. President.
OR Hey Man! It’s time to act like a real peoples President.
Time to put up or shut up. So, let’s see if you’ve got the guts to be a real President and do the hard things that need to be done for everyone.
You were elected to do what’s necessary to save this country. So, stop the pussy political crap and enforce the law – Obama’s Law.
The Republican’s had their say, now it’s time for them to shut up and move aside. Since they won’t, go to the people and tell them to get the Republican’s straight. They caused this crisis and their lame reasons for trying to justify their crimes did not fly. You can forget what your Democrat buddies in Congress are saying because they are just a guilty.
It’s time to put the responsibility for all of this right where it belongs. Right on top of the American people. Tell the American people to take care of these Republican nay-sayers or they will own whatever happens.
For all of you impotent citizens that happen to read this commentary, you can start by looking at your Republican neighbor and hold them accountable. Their representatives want to boycott President Obama right at this critical time. Boycotts are acts of violence and it’s time they were dealt with as such. This country is already in a state of revolution and low-level anarchy. We just haven’t quite gotten to the mobs, riots, bombs and bullets.
You can always tell who the villain is when they blame the victim. If 350 million Americans are to blame for living way beyond their means for the past 25 – 30 years, then it’s time they fixed the problem.
The Story – The New Yorker
Will Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects?
by Jane Mayer – February 23, 2009
Her comment on Democracy Now about President Obama’s reluctance to prosecute and uphold the law. Read the whole interview with her and Glenn Greenwald.
This whole setup during the Bush years was a criminal situation, where you’ve got our government working with other governments doing things that were war crimes and violations of all kinds of rights. And the question for the Obama administration is whether they’re going to treat these things as criminal, or are they going to—they’re on the spot—are they going to cover them up? Right now, they’re trying to move forward and not get bogged down in what they see as something that’s divisive, politically poisonous, you know, a political problem for them.
I think it’s going to turn out to be a mistake for them to do this. I think they’ve—because these questions are going to keep popping up again and again.
War Crimes and American Exceptionalism
by Glenn Greenwald in Salon written February 19, 2009
It cannot be emphasized enough that those who are arguing against criminal investigations for Bush officials are — whether consciously or implicitly — arguing that the U.S., alone in the world, is exempt from the laws and principles which we’ve been advocating and imposing on other countries for decades. There is simply no way to argue that our leaders should be immunized from criminal investigations for torture and other war crimes without believing that (a) the U.S. is and should be immune from the principles we’ve long demanded other nations obey and (b) we are free to ignore our treaty obligations any time it suits us.
It’s just as simple as that: one must embrace both of those premises in order to argue for a bar against criminal investigations. And that’s particularly true for those who argue that Bush officials should not be held liable for what they did either because (a) DOJ lawyers said it was legal and/or (b) Congress provided retroactive immunity to the torturers. As documented below, those are two of the most common and most universally discredited excuses in Western justice.
That fact may not lead anyone to change their minds about investigations and prosecutions, but those who are arguing for immunity for Bush officials ought to at least be honest and admit that they don’t care about our treaty obligations and the principles we spent decades advocating for others because those rules — for whatever reasons (e.g., we’re special; we have too many other important things to do; we’re the strongest and so nobody can make us do anything) — don’t apply to us. Those who oppose criminal investigations and prosecutions should acknowledge that this is what they believe (or at least are willing implicitly to embrace). Why pretend otherwise?
You can read why the arguments for no prosecutions are really just more poison for America. It’s rather compelling. The Democrat’s (and other collaborators’) gutless worrying about their political appearance are on the brink of doing exactly what the so-called terrorist’s want. A Constitutional America ceases to exist when the “government” can imprison someone – anyone without charge indefinitely on a mere unsubstantiated accusation. The so-called terrorist did not need to attack America, the had George Bush and all his gutless Democrats doing it for him.
I just found out that my home, conservatively speaking, depreciated 16.4 percent and the Republican’s are responsible. That’s a lot of money flat gone in one year!
Not only that but the dirty b******’s are fighting the stimulus package that’s preconditioned on more political smoke-blowing double-talk rather than enforce the law. Talk about a pack of mongrel dogs!
Report: $9.7 Trillion Government Tab in Financial Crisis
Bloomberg News estimates the economic stimulus package would raise the government tab in addressing the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion. In addition to the Wall Street bailout and the current stimulus plan, the US government is believed to have lent or spent more than $8 trillion through the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The $9.7 trillion figure would nearly be enough to pay off every mortgage in the nation.
This is what we can look forward to according to this economist and professor of public affairs at the University of Texas:
JAMES GALBRAITH: The stimulus package is a very good bill, and it should pass. It will not, by itself, deal with the economic crisis that we’re in. I think we should be very clear about that. Expectations for an early turnaround should not be—you know, should not be very high. A clear—a major problem that we face is that the stimulus package is sized so that it will work only if the revival of credit, which is part of the plan that the Treasury is announcing today, also works. And the problem is that that plan is still, I think, not well designed and is not likely to succeed. I think it actually, in many ways, misconceives the nature of the credit problem that we have, and therefore is very unlikely to succeed at bringing about an early revival of credit markets, of housing markets, of consumer credit markets, automobile loans, and the rest. Now, we could talk about that, but I think it’s very important to understand that this spending package is really geared to the success of this other piece, and this other piece is much more problematic than the spending package is.
What should happen today, BUT probably won’t:
JAMES GALBRAITH: Well, the crucial question is, on what terms does the Treasury plan to guarantee or to repurchase or to otherwise deal with the bad assets that the banks have? These assets are mortgage-backed securities. They are securities derived from subprime loans that were made in an atmosphere of regulatory laxness and complicity and fraud, basically, during the Bush administration, which came to take over the system of housing finance and to infect it with assets which nobody trusts, which nobody can value. And nobody really knows what’s in the files, what’s on the loan tapes of those—that underlie those securities. So the question that I think we need to ask is, before we issue a public guarantee, does the Treasury of the United States plan to conduct a meticulous audit of the assets that underlie the securities that they’re expecting to take off the banks’ books, so that we, the taxpayer, can have an idea of what, if anything, these securities are worth?
And the problem is that when you—the little bit of checking that has been done appears to reveal that a very large fraction of these securities contain, on the face of it, misrepresentation or fraud in the files. And so, we are looking at an asset which nobody, no outside investor doing due diligence on behalf of a client for whom they have some responsibility, would touch. And that is the issue. That’s the problem.
If that is indeed the case, then I think it’s fair to conclude that the large banks, which the Treasury is trying very hard to protect, cannot in fact be protected, that they are in fact insolvent, and that the proper approach for dealing with them is for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to move in and take the steps that the FDIC normally takes when dealing with insolvent banks.
And the sooner that you get to that and the sooner that you take these steps, which every administration, including the Bush administration, actually took in certain cases—replacing the management, making the risk capital take the first loss, reorganizing the institution, guaranteeing the deposits so that there isn’t a run, reopening the bank under new management so that it can begin to function again as it should have all along as a normal bank—the sooner you get to that, the more quickly you’ll work through the crisis.
The more you delay and the more you try to essentially prop up an institution whose books have already been poisoned, in effect, by this—the practices of the past few years, the longer it will take before the credit markets begin to function again. And as I said before, the functioning of the credit markets is absolutely essential to the success of the larger package, of the stimulus package and everything else, in beginning to revive the economy.
Maybe I can’t do anything about President Obama’s gutless inability to hold George Bush, his people, and the banks accountable for their crimes, but I certainly can those that I know were responsible for installing and supporting that rogue regime for the past decade. I can show them how the Second Commandment works.
New Class of Ruling Elite To Hate
Not much hope in this “no-plan”:
MICHAEL HUDSON: (Obama recover plan is no good.) Because it’s not leading to recovery at all. It’s now up to $12 trillion. It’s a giveaway to the banks, to the creditors, without a single penny for actual debt reduction. And I had thought that at least half a percentage point, $50 billion, was going to be to write down troubled mortgage debtors, but it turns out that not a penny of mortgage debt is going to be written down. When the banks have lent more money than a mortgage owes, with 38 percent, the government is going to create its own debt to come in and make up the difference, so the debt is going to continue to grow exponentially, and it’s way beyond the ability of the economy to pay. If people have to pay the amount of debt that they have now, there won’t be any money to buy goods and services, companies will not sell as much, they’ll invest less, they’ll hire less, and they’ll continue to downsize.
And what’s happened is that this is the greatest transfer of wealth really in American history. It’s doubled the American debt. The closest parallel I can think of is William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. He came with a military band, conquered the land and imposed taxes over the whole land, basing it all on the Domesday Book, what—the rent could be squeezed out. In this case, the rip-off has been non-military. The bankers have done insider dealing to get the government to give them or guarantee them $12 trillion of bad loans they’ve made, many of them fraudulent.
And then they’re trying to blame the poor for all this, as if the poor are somehow exploiting the rich by taking out more loans than they can pay. Yesterday, Senator McCain said—he warned that all of this debt was going to be paid by the future generation, and we’re exploiting them. But that’s not how to think of it at all. When you have a debt that goes to a future generation, you have taxpayers paying to bondholders, just like in the nineteenth century you had the western states paying to the eastern states. So what you’ve done is given $12 trillion to the richest one percent—or ten percent of the population, and you’ve indebted the economy and the government to them for the next hundred years. You’ve created a new class of ruling families. –Updated February 13, 2009
If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander.
As Israel blocks aid ships from reaching Gaza, dock workers in South Africa are refusing to unload Israeli goods at their ports. The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union says it will no longer unload Israeli ships in solidarity with Palestinians. Last year, South African dock workers refused to unload a Zimbabwe weapons shipment in protest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
At the State Department Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated the Obama administration commitment to follow the Bush administration policy of boycotting Hamas.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “I would only add that our conditions respecting Hamas are very clear. We will not, in any way, negotiate with or recognize Hamas until they renounce violence, recognize Israel and agree to abide by, as the Foreign Minister said, the prior agreements entered into by the PLO and the Palestinian Authority.”
The US position has been criticized in part because it refuses to impose the same conditions on Israel. Israel refuses to renounce violence, recognize a Palestinian state and abide by agreements, including a pledge to freeze settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. [Source]
If you really want peace, then you do the works of peace. You practice what you preach.
If you are a war-mongering criminal, not to mention a liar and a hypocrite, then so be it. If you enable and support such people, then you share their crimes. If you are one of these aberations and my neighbor, expect my boycott.
How many years have we watched this country proselytize Democracy’s so-called freedom either by peaceful conversion or at the point of the bayonet? That’s all ex-President George W. Bush and his gaggle of confederates talked about and enforced in every other way they could think of for eight solid years. In another time and place, it was called the Crusades to bring an obscene perversion of Christianity. Incidentally, much like the perversion of “liberty” for “freedom”.
All Hail our new purveyor of hope in blessed “hope,” America’s High Priest of Civil Religion, “Democracy”. Read what Terry Mattingly has to say in the Saturday Times-Standard, ‘Promoting the gospel of America’s ‘civil religion’.
First, American “civil religion” attempts to promote unity while accepting religious pluralism. Second, this faith must remain separate from both the state and any specific religion, he said. However, if it ever favors a particular creed, it does so in defense of fundamental human rights. Finally, this “civil religion” provides unity by appealing to shared values and beliefs, acted out in common rites that are acceptable to most believers.
In one passage, the new president managed to combine a number of “civil religion” themes, while also evoking deep emotions at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement and his own personal pilgrimage.
“This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny,” said Obama. “This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall. And why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”
The key, said Hanson, is that Obama managed to hit a few hard topics — from global terror to an economic recession — while emphasizing words of hope.
“If you are trying to bring people together, you can’t be too specific when you talk about the things that drive people apart,” he said. “Inaugural addresses, and I’ve read them all, are supposed to be vague — but inspiring. …
“In the end, it’s easier to be a priestly and successful president than it is to be a prophetic and successful president. It’s hard to tell people, ‘We have really messed up and all of us are going to have to change.’ “
Welcome to the New World.
I was greeted by an above-the-fold Saturday, January 31, 2009 Times-Standard picture of some guy grinning like a Cheshire cat that just ate the canary, under the headline: “Fighting for Hearts and Minds.”
The question I ask is: Whose “hearts and minds?”
Underneath that picture it says, The fight for Baghdad, and Deputy District Attorney Allen Dollison’s role in it.” The T/S reporter Thadeus Greenson makes it sound like this guy’s a rather important “know-it-all” authority. Read the article and that is exactly what he is made to sound like. He rolls out the propaganda like any brain-washed good soldier should. He makes all the “good” excuses ala George W. Bush et al. justifying why no one is at fault for anything, certainly not any of our good and virtuous fighting men and women. Listening to him you’d think we won the war, justified the rape and everything is just peachy in the world. We can rape and butcher another country on lies and at will and it isn’t going to cost us a thing. Well, the few thousand killed and injured compared to the tens of thousands of Iraqi people is a small price to pay just to make a point. Oh, yeah the point, “If you’re not with us, you’re agin us.”
…and this guy is a DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY?